As of April 2018, we can count more than 400 million blogs online.
Wait, did I forget to mention this is only for Tumblr?
Yup, there’s a lot of blogs out there.
I don’t even want to know how many websites there are…must be gazillions.
The Internet is a beautiful place, but you’ll need some help if you want people to notice you.
One perpetual question affiliates and webmasters have is how can you bring traffic to your site?
You could pay through the nose on some networks for traffic. That does work.
What I’m going to show you today are 5 ways to boost your online presence for free.
Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
Only your time & dedication.
Become Involved With Social Media
The best way in my opinion to give your online presence a kick is to join people you’re targeting by becoming involved.
What you’re going to do is simple: join as many groups as possible on Facebook, Google + or your social network of choice.
When choosing which groups to join, be sure they actually make sense with your affiliate offers.
Start interacting with members. Answer questions, show that you care.
After a while, you’ll be able to link to your content without falling into spammer territory.
In fact, you’ll offer a real added value to the readers.
NEVER directly link to an offer.
Affiliate marketing is a game of seduction: take your time, and don’t shove offers into anyone’s throat.
Try Guest Blogging
Chances are if you have a blog, it’s because you like to write. At least, I’d like to think so.
Why not use your skill and create a unique piece of content for another website?
Guest blogging is a powerful tool at your disposal.
Business is all about networking.
In exchange for your post, you will usually get a backlink (dofollow), one of the most determining ranking factor for Google.
Planting these seeds will grow your brand, thus bringing more traffic and clicks to your offers.
Reach New Heights With On-site SEO
I like to think of my blog as my house.
And just like home, there’s always something to clean or upgrade. Even if you’re unwilling to admit it.
The upkeep cost is real.
Virtual cobwebs take the form of poorly optimized content & pages.
Here’s a few tips to get you started:
- Place your keyword near the beginning of your post/page for relevancy
- Target long-tail keywords whenever possible
- Use a SEO-friendly permalink structure (ex: yoursite(dot)com/article-name instead of yoursite(dot)com/date/category/article-name)
- Don’t forget H2 tags for your subheadings
- Place your keyword in the first paragraph of your copy
- Choose a responsive design or better yet, a mobile-first theme
- Do place relevant links to other sites
- Internal links to other posts/pages on your site are very important
- Avoid big images so your website loads fast
- Add your keyword as ALT for every image
Answer Questions on Forums and Q&A Websites
This is something I love to do.
Go on a site like Quora.com and start answering some questions relevant to you.
Let’s say I want to promote male enhancement pills.
I’d start typing questions people might ask, aka problems, and provide them with an answer, i.e. a solution.
You have to be legit because if you only post hoping you’ll get some clicks, you’ll be hit with a banhammer.
I’d start by building trust before linking to my own posts. And you need to actually provide value.
As far as forums are concerned, most of them allow you to put a custom signature where you can add your own URL.
If you post content regularly, you will start seeing more and more people click on your sig (either members or visitors from search engines).
Build a Mailing List ASAP
Online presence takes a while to build.
One way to accelerate things is to make sure you don’t let visitors slip through the cracks.
To do so, you’re going to build a mailing list.
Before though, you need to ask yourself what you can offer to entice people to subscribe.
If you’re running low on ideas, let me suggest two things:
- Give a free eBook
- Offer a free course
You can’t beat free and if the perceived value is high, conversions will follow.
Once you have a mailing list in place, you’ll be able to generate more buzz for your content.
Emails are especially great if you plan on having an e-commerce store, with a 5% conversion rate for Abandoned Carts.
If you’re not sure how to add a mail catcher on your website, it’s quite easy.
My favorite tool is Privy. It’s very powerful and there’s a free version available so you can actually try it in a live environment.
You can choose from various templates or create your own. It’s drag-and-drop easy.
I hate interstitials and think they’re invading, so I’m only using exit intents and a sidebar widget from WordPress.
If you’re not sure how to proceed, drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.
Online Presence Takes Time And Dedication
Even with all the best tools you can think of to bring traffic to your website, it’ll take time.
If I had to estimate, I’d say between 6 to 12 months before seeing any real results.
That assumes you’re not going to invest money in media buying.
What’s your favorite way to generate free traffic to your websites? There are many other options around, but I’d like to hear it from you. Don’t hesitate to spill the beans in the comments below!