Look, I get it…
You’re a brand new blogger, wet behind the ears and you just launched your very first blog…
You are elated, happy and excited, but you soon realize that no one is reading the blog posts that you worked extremely hard on…
You realize that you need to drive traffic to your lonely blog for it to get any sort of traction…
Not any kind of low quality, nonsense traffic but quality traffic with “engaged” readers.
You do your research and learn about over 50+ traffic sources and methods you can use, but you are overwhelmed with all the options you have at your disposal…
So due to you being overwhelmed, you enter a state of inaction because you don’t know which traffic sources to choose.
But here’s the next problem, you don’t have much of a budget to buy paid traffic, so you need to stick with free traffic, but as you already know, everything that’s free isn’t always gold…
That’s where I come in… 🙂
In this article, I am going to show you 7 Powerful Free Traffic Sources you can use as a new Blogger.
No, I am not going to show you 100+ traffic sources because all that’s gonna do is overwhelm you to the 10th degree and you’ll end up spreading yourself too thin. That is clearly not my intention.
All you need to do is focus on one or two free sources and go all in.
Eventually, within time you will grow your traffic and readership if you stay consistent. Consistency is the name of the game.
So without further ado, let’s begin!
If you are a blogger and you don’t have a Pinterest account, you need to get on it immediately.
If you don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s basically a search engine platform where people save & post beautiful images of things like home decor, fitness tips, personal finance tips, recipes, etc. These pins usually links to someone’s website or blog where you can get more content and information on the topic of the pin, which is usually an article or blog.
Here’s an example of how it works below:
Pinterest is a very underutilized traffic source used by bloggers and marketers which is good news for you since you won’t have too much competition.
Take advantage of Pinterest & learn how to use it effectively to grow your blog.
YouTube is another powerful free traffic source that you can use to bring traffic to your blog. YouTube gets over 30 million visitors a day and almost 5 billion videos are watched on the platform every single day.
Talk about a viable way to bring in traffic!
You can utilize YouTube by uploading informative and helpful videos that will help your viewers. People use YouTube to search for how to do something, tips & advice or just simply want to be entertained.
You can serve your audience by creating videos offering solutions to their needs and wants.
Also one of the best things about YouTube is that you don’t need expensive camera gear or equipment to get started. Just use the camera on your smartphone and upload your videos from there. When you get more experience and you are seeing the returns from uploading on YouTube, then you can invest a better camera.
YouTube is a major source of traffic, so I encourage you to create a channel and start making videos!
Forum marketing is another underutilized free traffic source.
To utilize forums properly, you should sign up to a forum related to your niche and leave helpful advice & answer other forum member’s questions.
The more you stay consistent with helping people on the forums, is the more you get your name out there, become the go to person for help, and ultimately become an authority. Then when you become the authority, you can point them to your site (if you are allowed by the forum owners).
And as an added bonus, some forum owners will let you leave a link in the signature area of your forum replies that you can use to link back to your site. So just imagine all of the traffic you can get by just being helpful and adding consistent value. People will see your link and generally be interested in what you have to offer.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a solid way of getting free organic traffic to your blog, but it comes with one caveat…
It takes time…
To rank high up on the search engines, you need to choose to rank for a specific keyword/search phrase such as “how to play the guitar”, “Amazon Firestick Review”, “Best Caribbean Islands to Travel To”, etc…
You can research which keywords get traffic by using a keyword research tool. There are plenty of them on the market, but the one I like to use is called Wordtracker.
By using Wordtracker, you can see how much searches a particular keyword is getting per month, the competition level, and domain authority.
Then after you have chosen a keyword, you should write a useful article about the specific keyword and include it in the title, and a few times in the article.
There are way more factors regarding ranking for keywords which is way too much to cover in this article.
Case and point, consider optimizing your blog post for SEO because once you start ranking on the first page, you can “Set and forget” and the traffic will keep pouring in steadily.
Commenting on other blogger’s blog posts is another effective way to get your name & your blog out there.
When you read another blogger’s post, make sure to leave a thoughtful comment in the comment section. Please don’t leave generic, half baked comments like “Great Post!” or “Nice”. Those types of comments are annoying, don’t add any value, and usually ignored.
Usually, comment sections will let you leave a link to your website. So if you say something useful & interesting, other people reading will click on your reply and check out what your site is all about.
Reddit is an underrated but another powerful free traffic source you can utilize.
What you want to do is join a subreddit that is related to your niche, join the conversation and add value.
Never go into a subreddit spamming your links or blog posts. That’s the fastest way to receive the banhammer.
Only after you added enough consistent value in the community and you have gained a good reputation, the mods may be ok with you leaving a blog post/a link back to your blog.
For the last and final free traffic source, we have Podcasting.
Creating a podcast is an effective way to direct people to your website because lots of people listen to podcasts while they are commuting to work, traveling, working out, cooking, etc.
People like to consume content in audio format rather than visual format because they are not required to look at the screen. For example, reading a blog post or watching a video requires you to look at a screen.
Starting a Podcast is not hard and it does not require expensive equipment. You can use your smartphone and download a Podcast creation app called Anchor to walk you through launching your first Podcast.
Also, there is minimal competition in the Podcasting space because alot of people feel insecure about hearing their own voice-over audio. (I get it, sometimes I cringe when I hear my own voice also.)
So since podcasting is easy to get into and doesn’t take a lot to get started, you should consider this traffic source to bring people to your site.
In conclusion, these 7 free traffic sources are extremely solid ways to bring in quality traffic to your website.
I hope you realize there is one overarching theme every traffic method mentioned in this article requires of you…
You must add value to people’s lives.
The more value you give, the more you will receive in return.
As the late Zig Ziglar said, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”
It’s true, and you can get all the traffic you dreamed of if you do this one thing.
That’s all for now folks. I hope you enjoyed this article. Let me know in the comment section if you have had experiences with these traffic sources or if you plan to use any of them in the near future.
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next time