If there’s one thing bloggers will give anything for on the Internet, it’s traffic. After you’ve spent time doing your research and written your best work, the very last thing you want is to see your effort go to waste, only to be read by your best friend. Understanding SEO can be difficult for the majority of bloggers out there. We spend hours commenting on blogs to get a few eyeballs on our work. While networking is a fantastic and recommended way of establishing a platform and building reputation on the web, it takes a very long time to do. This is why I’ve put together a list of 3 ignored traffic sources on the Internet. Note; I’ve tried first-hand what I’m about to tell you and these really work.
After 4 weeks of adding my sites on Alltop, this site became the top 10 traffic source for 2 of my blogs. Alltop requires you to register to the site. You can then freely add as many of your blogs as you wish. Make sure you add your blog to the correct topic to take full advantage of the right kind of traffic. Blogs are arranged based on their topics, so your site will be found by someone interested in your niche whether they formally knew your site existed or not. You don’t have to search for readers. They come to you. Alltop is a PR7 site, and readers can arrange all their favourite blogs on the web, on one page – based on niche/topic. Readers go to Alltop to find all the top stories, but unless your blog is on the site, they won’t find your story. So get your blog on Alltop and start getting traffic.
Tumblr will also require you to register. It’s a fantastic site on which you can share your pictures and texts. Tumblr is different from Alltop. It requires more work to start with. You’re allowed to share your links on Tumblr, so you can upload texts or pictures from your new blog posts as soon as they’re published. It’s recommended to follow other users and take an interest in what they’re sharing too. Follow people who have the same interest so that your home page won’t be clogged up with things in which you have no interest. I’ve found that the click-through rate is greater when you share pictures on Tumblr. Tumblr is more of a picture based site than a text-friendly one, so I suggest sharing the pictures you’ve created to accompany your post. You can then add a caption explaining what the picture is about.
Quora was a surprise little earner (blog traffic source) for me. I joined up because this site allows you to create boards. Boards are like those on Pinterest. You can upload your new post and images from your blogs. Quora is mainly about answering questions. Find the niche/topic you’re interested in and answer questions related to it. Each time you answer a question, your bio is tagged onto your answer. This means you have to make sure your bio is filled in properly to take advantage of the click-through you may receive. The better your answers, the better the rate of click-through traffic to your blog. You can also get traffic from your boards if they’re interesting enough. Quora is a great source of traffic to your blog but the trick is to have a great bio, a link to your site, and create fantastic boards showing what you do.