So today is supposed to be Part 3 of our series on Unusual Traffic Strategies.
But this morning when I woke up I decided to scrap the whole thing and do something better.
Ok… not really.
But we’re definitely putting a bit of a twist on it.
I want to tell you the crap that entrepreneurs never talk about.
The things we think about but never dare say out loud.
It does have to do with traffic. And it has everything to do with building an audience and growing a tribe of raving fans.
More on that later.
About that crap that entrepreneurs never talk about.
Let’s start with one that we can all relate to.
As you probably know, reach and engagement are going down across almost all social networks. Including Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Instagram.
In fact, Instagram has recently hit an 11-month low. With growth down 93% and engagement down 70%.
That means less and less of your followers are actually seeing your updates.
This is largely because the news feed is getting more and more crowded. With more people posting every day. To combat that, almost all of the social media platforms have rolled out algorithms that decide what to show in the news feed. So that you’re only seeing the content that you’re most likely to be interested in.
So… does that mean you should give up on social media?
Throw in the towel.
It just means the game has changed.
And you’ll need to change up your strategy.
But the good news is…
We have more ways to reach our audience now than ever before.
Through paid media, native ads, retargeting, influencer marketing, Facebook LIVE video, and now Facebook Instant Articles.
We’re starting a brand new series this week all about new and unusual traffic strategies for 2016.
This is Part 1 in a 3-part series.
I’ve personally been seeing a lot of “rehashed” traffic strategies lately.
Just the same thing being repeated over and over.
Pinterest Group Boards
Google Plus Communities
All of those are great.
But I’m ready for something fresh.
And that’s why I’ve created this 3-part traffic series.
To share with you some of the latest traffic strategies that are working RIGHT NOW.
And a few that you may not have heard of yet :)
So let’s dive right in to Unusual Traffic Strategy #1:
These have become a staple on our cell phones. They’re those little messages you get on your phone telling you that someone has posted on your Facebook wall, or someone has sent you a friend request, or
that it’s your turn on “Words with Friends”.
Push notifications we’re originally introduced by Apple in 2009 to provide a way for mobile app developers to re-engage their users.
They quickly became one of the main marketing channels for mobile apps.
This technology has now come to the desktop.
Which means that your website visitors are now able to “subscribe” to your website without providing any contact information. No need to enter their name and email. They can subscribe to “desktop updates” with just one click.
Do you know the best way to generate traffic to your website?
It’s actually a very simple formula.
Step 1: Find out WHERE your target audience hangs out online.
This could be specific websites, forums, Facebook groups, Pinterest Group Boards, email newsletters, etc…
Step 2: Once you identify where your people hang out online, it’s simply a matter of POSITIONING your content in front of them.
This could be buying banner ads on other websites. Paying to advertise in specific email newsletters. Sharing your blog posts with related Pinterest Group Boards. Or contributing to related forums.
But one of my favorite ways to start building an audience is to guest post on OTHER people’s blogs.
This means creating an exclusive article for a related website or blog. By doing so, you get to link back to your website in the bio. Sending you some highly targeted traffic.
In fact, did you know you can get featured on sites like Forbes, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Business Insider, and Fast Company.
With just one blog post, you can start to establish your expertise online, get backlinks from authority sites, and start building an audience of your own.
Guest blogging is an opportunity to get in front of a hungry audience.
And hundreds of articles have been written on how to build your audience using guest blogging.
In fact, here are some of my favorites…
How to Guest Blog For Entrepreneur Magazine, Business Insider, Inc.com,
Fast Company, and Forbes.
The Definitive Guide to Guest Blogging
7 Lessons Learned From Publishing 300 Guest Posts
How We’ve Reached More Than 1 Million People By Guest Blogging
Guest Blogging Strategies that Helped Grow 36,733 Email Subscribers
25 Lessons From Guest Blogging For The Top Blogs In The World
But how do you find the BEST places to guest post in your niche?
That’s what this post is all about :)
Listed below are 327+ websites where you can syndicate your content around
the web. Over 300 sites where you can guest post, contribute articles,
submit links, news, and more.
Simply select your category and find the top blogs in your industry
that accept guest posts.
I love shortcuts.
Especially those small tweaks that instantly generate more traffic. More subscribers. Or more sales.
In this blog post, I’m going to share the Top 12 proven list building strategies that will turn your blog into a lead magnet. Generating more subscribers from your existing traffic.
But first you must be warned.
These strategies are going to seem simple.
Too simple in fact.
And because of that… many of you will read this article and then go do nothing about it.
Which makes me mad.
I don’t write these big, long posts just for your enjoyment!
I write these posts so that you go away… IMPLEMENT… and start seeing some immediate growth in your business.
These simple strategies can grow your blog today.
Notice I said today. Like RIGHT NOW.
Not when you have extra “free” time.
Not after you study and read yet another article.
Or go through another course.
You’re going to receive some very specific action-steps for you to implement on your blog TODAY.
Don’t put it off until tomorrow.
Promise me now that you will implement at least ONE of the strategies below immediately after you read this blog post.
Otherwise you must go away now.
Seriously… if you’re not going to take action, leave this site now and fill up your time somewhere else.
I only want to work with DOERS.
Are you up for taking just 10 minutes of action.
10 Minutes to grow your business?
You’re the one I want to talk to.
The one that is actually going to do something with this information.
You’ve made a promise that you will do ONE action today to grow your subscriber list.
So with that commitment in place, let’s get started…
So…. you just pushed “Publish” on your blog.
Your masterpiece is now live.
Unfortunately, the only people who came to the party were your mom and your grandma.
You refresh your statistics every five minutes.
But that thing must be broke.
Maybe you just need a better plan.
“The Ultimate Blog Promotion Checklist”
101 ways to increase your traffic, comments, share, and subscribers!
Follow this list. Print it out. Tape it to your desk.
And most importantly… Use it!
(Quick Note: You don’t need all of them :) Even just a handful could get you to your first 1,000 visitors.)
Ok… enough talk.
Let’s get to work…