Driving Traffic to your blog is a very difficult and tedious thing to do. I have seen quite often that most of the people stop blogging at this point because they are frustrated at the number of things that they have done after following advices from multiple quarters, yet they end up getting zero traffic to their blogs.
What is the one way to get traffic to your blogs?
If I am to answer frankly, then there is no one way. You have to follow multiple ways in order to generate traffic. But that does not mean that you do everything in the world. Pick about 4-5 strategies and follow them religiously and you would start to see results. What would be the best strategy, is something that you need to decide and would depend upon the time you are willing to spend and your patience.
When you have just started blogging, seldom does it happen that you get direct traffic to your blogs. Instead the visitors that come to your blog comes from “Diverted traffic”.
What is “Diverted Traffic”?
I call the first visitors to my blog as “diverted traffic” because they did not end up on my blog because they were searching for my blog. Rather they were sent to my blog from somewhere else. What this “somewhere else” is something that the blog owner needs to decide. These visitors were searching for something and reached some websites in this course. There they found a link to my blog and clicked on it to be taken to my blog. This meant that these visitors were diverted from some other website, webpage or, blog, to myblog. This is why I call them “Diverted Traffic”.
Squidoo – A Monster for Diverted Traffic:-
It is highly unlikely that you are not aware of what “Squidoo” is. Because there are multiple sites out there that would have a mention of Squidoo and you would have stumbled upon a few of them by the time your reached this post, if you have been searching around for ways of making money online.
Let me still take a minute to tell you all about what Squidoo is. Squidoo is a storehouse of thousands of millions of one-pager websites where you can create your own one-pager website at the click of a few buttons. Unlike designing and creating a normal website, at Squidoo you do not need any knowledge about HTML or, any of those complicated programming languages. If you know how to use you mouse and your keyboard you can have a webpage of your up and running in a matter of a few minutes.
This is just the beginning. The best part about Squidoo is that it can help you divert huge amount of traffic to your blogs and websites. Wondering how? Let me explain.
You head over to Squidoo and create a one pager website about your niche (the topic you are blogging on). Put all your creativity to use when your design the one-pager at Squidoo. Add content that is relevant and keyword rich (assuming you have done a bit of keyword research) to this webpage. Pick a few of these keywords and ad a link to your blog to them. You can also use modules (Squidoo’s term for a section in the webpage) like “Talk-Bubble” to highlight your blog by using a catchy punchline and add a link to it, pointing to your blog. Keep making small changes to this webpage everyday and in about 10-12 days you would see traffic coming to your blog from Squidoo. Surprised?
I am sure you might be thinking that I have gone crazy. It is indeed crazy. Google lover Squidoo very much and Google’s spiders spends quite some time crawling Squidoo for good content. So regularly updated, fresh Squidoo pages (called as Lenses) with rich content and keywords, get ranked in Google very quickly. Internet users searching for specific terms related to your niche are sure to see your lens when it starts featuring on the first page of Google. They click on this link and reach Squidoo, read your content there. They then click on one of the link you have put out there to further read on the topic and come to your blog. Isn’t that crazy?
You would surprised to see the amout of traffic coming to your websites and blogs from Squidoo, if you do it correctly and judiciously.
For all those who are still wondering how all this works, I would be posting a video on “How to create a lens at Squidoo and get traffic?” in another weeks time. Till then head on straight to Squidoo and create and account and start fiddling with the tools available there.
Squidoo is available at http://www.squidoo.com.
A few of my lenses are available at:-
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