Just recently we created a survey for our readers to let us know what were their biggest issues with making money online. It wasn’t surprising really to hear that traffic generation was at the top of the list.
Traffic is really the one thing that is the deciding factor for whether someone will make it online or not….at least in my opinion. If you can’t get the traffic then you can’t get the sales.
So with this in mind, we are going to start adding more blog posts related to traffic. To begin with, we are going to provide a nice little tip for generating some instant targeted traffic. Some of you may already be aware of this one but I am sure there are a lot that aren’t. This technique will provide you with some fairly decent traffic if you do it right. For me, it’s not a long term solution however – I prefer long lasting good quality backlinks via guest blogging but even so, traffic is traffic and this technique will keep you motivated and give you the mindset to keep working on getting more traffic.
The technique I am talking about is blog commenting. Ho hum, yes I know it’s just blog commenting but stay with me here because what I’m about to tell you may be a little different to what you are currently doing.
Most people when leaving blog comments find related blogs and plonk down a comment and move on to the next one. Then there are others who go for quantity and leave comments on any blog whether it’s related to their topic or not. And others at the extreme end of the scale that use blog commenting software and spam thousands of sites a day.
What these people are focusing on is quantity rather than quality and as any regular reader to this blog knows that is not how we do things. We focus instead on doing less but getting more out of it. In other words, quality is more important to us than quantity.
So this is the process we use for blog commenting. Doing it this way results in instant traffic because it involves being the first person to leave a comment on a high traffic blog. It’s almost like being in the number 1 spot in Google – being at the top in Google means you get more traffic and the same applies with blog commenting.
The key however is to find high traffic blogs. The reason you want to focus on high traffic blogs is so that you can benefit from their traffic. By adding your comment to their site you are effectively advertising your site on their blog. When people see your well written comment at the top of the list, they will hopefully click through to your website.
This is how it works…
The first step is finding those high traffic blogs. To do this you can use a few different sites:
1. Alexa.com – Alexa displays information about sites and their traffic rank. Now Alexa isn’t entirely accurate, however for the purpose of this exercise, it’s great way of finding high traffic blogs. Simply type in a keyword related to your website and the word ‘blog’. For example, if your site is about dogs then type in ‘dog blog’. When the results are displayed you will see the word ‘Rank’ with a number next to each website listed. This number shows the traffic rank of a site, according to Alexa. The lower that number the more traffic that site gets.
2. Technorati – This site focuses on blogs so when searching you can simply type in your keyword without the word ‘blog’ next to it.
3. Google – It may take a little longer by using Google but you can still find high traffic blogs this way.
Your goal here is to find a list of 20 to 30 blogs that relate to your site that are getting lots of traffic and/or comments. If they are averaging around a minimum of 10 to 20 comments per post then it is one that I would add
to my list.
The second step is to download a free piece of software called Comment Sniper. What Comment Sniper does is provide you with an alert to let you know that a post has just been published to one of those high traffic blogs. You’ll get a pop-up on you computer screen or you can get an SMS message to your phone to let you know when it happens. This allows you to quickly go to that blog and leave a comment. And since you were alerted as soon as the post was published you will generally be the first to leave a comment. (Update: Unfortuantely Comment Sniper is no longer available. You might want to try Google Alerts or Yahoo Alerts which will do a similar thing.)
Use common sense and don’t go crazy with this. By this I mean don’t always be the first to leave a comment on every single post on the same blog. This starts to look a bit odd, almost like stalking, and the owner may decide to ban you especially if your comments are a little spammy. Just be a little relaxed about it.
The main thing you need to keep in mind when doing this is that you leave a good quality comment. This won’t be as effective if you leave a one sentence response. Quickly read the post and leave a comment based on the content of that post – you can make a suggestion, ask a question or simply add your thoughts. However, if you can’t think of anything worthwhile to say then don’t leave anything at all.
If you can leave 10 comments a day on various high traffic blogs using this method you will start to see some nice traffic flow in.