The Four Simplest Ways to Increase Website Traffic

Daily tasks for increasing website traffic with little to no effort

While we search and search for new and innovative ways to get more people to our website, there are still the fundamentals that you shouldn’t miss. If you ask any Internet marketer that publishes content, they’ll be able to tell you what they do on a daily basis, and then they’ll be able to tell you the nitty gritty of everything else.

These are those daily tasks to get your articles distributed to the masses with little to no effort:

  • Comments. Do a Google search and find blogs that are talking about a similar topic. In the comments, leave some valuable feedback on their article including a link to your own article. DON’T leave comments like “Great article, read mine!” (it’s tacky), but DO offer a paragraph or two that adds to the existing discussion and offer your article as a secondary reference that compliments the article you are commenting on. This method builds an inbound link to your website and it also gets your article read by the blog owner and other readers of the blog.
  • Twitter. One of the fastest ways to spread your article around is to carefully construct an interesting teaser that describes the article, and post a link on Twitter. This can cause other people to re-tweet (forward) the link onto their own followers. Leave at least 20 characters in your tweet so that people have room to add the re-tweet lingo. Twitter is our second largest driver of incoming traffic, and it didn’t take anything more than posting valuable content and links.
  • Facebook. This works the same way as Twitter. Say you have people who love your content but don’t love email newsletters. By asking them to “like” you on Facebook, you can start pushing your new articles to their Facebook friend feed. You are automatically updating them every time you have a new article. Less intrusive than an email newsletter and more likely to be paid attention to.
  • Bookmarks. Add the article link to your social bookmarks. Digg, StumbleUpon, and Reddit are a good set for your starter pack. Submitting your articles to these sites is like distributing an online press release. Your article is live and people can choose to read it or not. If you want to have a more valuable following on these types of sites, try linking to sites other than just your own.
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