How to Get Traffic to Your Blog Using Guest Posts
Traffic is the blood of every site. Without it we would die and so would our blogs. Without an audience we bloggers aren’t worth a damn thing. So let’s make sure we find traffic to our blogs that can help customer interaction.
In an effort to get to know the readers who visit Making a Passive Income Blog I did a search for common questions on blogging and came up with several questions including “How can I get Traffic to My Blog!” Therefore, I have been doing a lot of research on how to get traffic to your blog. Here is some useful information that I’ve found and would like to expand on.
How to Get Traffic to Your Blog With Guest Posts
Guest posts are articles written for another blog which can be accepted or rejected by the content manager of the blog. He or she can determine to publish your article, depending on certain factors which very can very from blog to blog.
What you receive if the article is published is a link to your site that will normally include an anchor text of your choosing. Sometimes blogs will allow you to link both in the resources box as well as in the article itself if it is relevant, be sure to read the guidelines for each of the blogs you would like to post on.
Guest posts are a great way to get traffic to your blog.
This is going to sound a little controversial but stay with me. Blog posts are not going to bring you more traffic. Let me say that again, guest posts are not going to get traffic to your blog by themselves and here’s why.
Backlinking to Get Traffic to Your Blog
The majority of blogs you are going to find are going to benefit you in providing you with backlinks. Backlinks are like a vote of confidence from another site that your blog is providing content that is relevant to the keywords you are targeting within the article.
However like in the real world not every vote is equal, the more popular and influential a site is; such as high ranking sites like LifeHacker, will provide you with a higher quality vote. Therefore you will receive a better ranking in Google for the anchored keyword you’ve targeted. This way you will get more traffic to your blog by guest posting on other blogs.
YoungPrePro.com shows his own experiment on how to get traffic to your blog with guest posts. He wrote 31 blog posts in a week and shared his results. Yongprepro.com targeted specific keywords for each guest post and tracked his results. The guest posts he wrote were proving to be very successful, within 10 days he saw improvements on his blog.
Finding a Blog to Guest Post on to Get Traffic to Your Blog
Finding blogs to guest post on are fairly easy. You can use Technorati.com or posts like this one 150+ Sites that Accept Guest Posts and you can also search for gust posting opportunities in Google here are some variations is use:
- our niche + submit guest post
- Your niche + write for us
- Your niche + contribute
- Your niche + submit post
- Your niche + guest blogging
- Your niche + submit your post
- Your niche + submit an article
- Your niche “submit post”
- Your niche “write for us”
- Your niche “guest blogging”
- Your niche “guest posting”
- Your niche “submit an article”
However guest posting is not going to benefit you unless you find blogs that are relevant, and are ranking better than your blog.
You can do this easily by going to Alexa and typing in your domain name, and looking for your traffic ranking, then do the same for blogs that you are considering posting to. After this I like to check the Google Page rank of each blog I am considering posting on, I check by going to Google Page Rankerand typing in my domain name and then checking to see if the Google Page Rank is higher than my own.
Posting several guest posts on other blogs will help expose your site to new readers and in return you will receive:
- More Traffic
- More Subscribers
- Better SEO and SERP
- Build Your Brand
- Makes you seem more authoritative in your niche
Writing Your Guest Post
There are several different ways you can write your guest posts. Whether it be geared for a specific audience, problem, solution or backlink building its your choice. Here is a simple guideline I like to use when I am searching for guest post opportunities.
How does backlinking from guest posts get traffic to your blog?
Using anchor links with the targeted keywords will help you do that. Anchor links are links such as this one ‘Easy Passive Income from Blogging’. The link goes to a specific page that is targeting the specific keyword within the linked text; therefore it’s an anchored link.
Anchored links help give your site more SEO juice. The better your SEO the better your results are going to be. If you would like to learn more about SEO here is a free Ebook from SEOmoz.com once you’ve signup for their email newsletter, which will provide you with great information on how to get traffic to your blog by learning and building a better site that is more SEO friendly.