I have been asked a few times who I advertise my blog with and how much do I spend on advertising. So today I am going to answer those questions and explain how I got the bulk of my traffic and followers on my blog, Facebook and Twitter. Now I know there are some people out there with thousands of followers but ask yourself one question: “How long have they been blogging?” So don’t get down on yourself because you haven’t reached that high it takes time build up a follower list like those people. I know when I first started I was happy when I got my very first follower and every since then it has been rising steadily some things have worked more than others.
Here are my Top Traffic Sources (keep in mind that this will vary but these are the ones that have worked best for me there are tons of other options such as the mom networks, Twitter, Facebook, Technorati, BlogFrog)
I have talked about Digg, EntreCard and Adgitize before so I am going to just touch on them briefly and then explain more in depth on my most recent focus Blog Hops.
Digg: If you don’t know much about Digg it is much like a social networking site which allows people to vote up interesting articles that they find on the web. So how do you use this to get more traffic to your site? First open an account and stay aware of the articles on the front page. Find one or two interesting articles and comment on them (within your comment leave a link to one of your most interesting post). It never fails tons of people will click on it. It’s crazy how they just jump on those links. I have gotten around 6,000 + from doing this on Digg. I would suggest that you don’t try to comment on every single front page article with your link because you will be suspended for spamming. You will also be able to add your own articles to the site and have your readers vote them up. If you get to the top page your golden its guaranteed traffic if you make it to the front page. I suggest reviewing your site and finding your most interesting article DO NOT post all of your articles.
EntreCard: I absolutely love EntreCard. They are the bloggers business card. This is a free service that utilizes its own currency called EC these are credits that you get from visiting others and for other placing ads on your site using their widget. Now not only do they offer this free option but I also utilize their paid advertising which is $10 to advertise on their main page. They have an extremely busy site so you can gain a ton of traffic just from placing an ad on their main page but if you aren’t looking to spend any money you can advertise on blogs of your choice using just the EC that you have earned from visiting other bloggers and dropping on their widget. I would suggest this one to all bloggers because it allows you to really network and most people return the favor as far as visiting and commenting. It is one to take a look at.
Adgitize: Here is why I like Adgitize you make back what you pay for advertising. They are cheaper than EntreCard because for $14 you can advertise on their entire network of blogs. The great thing about Adgitize is that you can make your $14 back making your advertising ultimately free. I have currently made about $20.63 so my advertising was free. You can also earn money in many other ways through Adgitize but I won’t be talking about that today.
Blog Hops: Okay so I know that everyone here that blogs is familiar with blog hops but I constantly notice many people on the different mom networks asking for more followers on their blogs, Facebook and twitter but I don’t necessarily see them using the various blog hops that happen almost every single day of the week. There are different blog hops for different purposes so if you want more Facebook followers jump on a hop that trades likes (instantly more likes). I decided to test this out and I did a blog hop every single day this week and I set a goal to get to 200 GFC followers and I made it all thanks to participating in the different blog hops. Now I know that everyone doesn’t have time to do this and personally it is not something I would be able to keep up every single week but I will participate in a few every week so that I can discover new blogs and get more followers as well. I do challenge everyone to at least try to do one every single day for one week and see the results that you get. Now the only way for this to work for you is to actually go and visit a big portion of the links and follow their blogs and leave them a comment so they will know to follow you back. Some may just follow you to return the favor but others may actually come and find something that really interest them and hang around and look at more pages and post on your site ( these are the people your focusing on getting).
So if you are up for the challenge to participate in at least one blog hop a day here is a list of hops for every single day of the week. Enjoy and get started hopping