This post will save you time.
This post will save you possibly futile attempts at generating traffic.
This post is based on blogging experts’ proven research.
This post is based on numbers which are concrete and irrefutable.
This post will help you get mind-blowing traffic to your blog.
Today’s post is presumptuous.
Recently, I hosted a guest author who explained how to get 3,000 blog followers without gimmicks or cost.
Consider a reader‘s response to the post:
Good points to think of. It can be challenging to find the time to do it all…
All these tips presume you agree with the commenter. You are so busy, you just can not “do it all”.
What if you could do it all by only doing the one strategy that gets you the most traffic?
You must prioritize. By following the advice in this post, you will research, write, promote, and network less but achieve greater return on your time invested (ROI).
17 Ways to Generate Mind-Blowing Traffic
1. Use Top 10 Lists
According to Quora.com, “We love lists because it helps us to process massive amount of information by categorizing them into groups. People love round numbers or the number 5 and it’s considered as the round number bias and that’s why top 10 lists are most popular.”
Top 10 lists are very popular. Perhaps the alliteration in the “T’s” makes it catchy.
According to Quicksprout‘s Neil Patel, Top 10 Posts get the most social shares.
However, I have read disadvantages of using “Top 10 Lists.” Knowing the popularity of the “Top Ten,” bloggers often rely on the popularity of the headline and skimp on the information offered for each of the ten tips. Great content is still needed.
2. Use the Number 5 in your headline.
The explanation is in the above quote. It advises using the number 5 in your headline as the second best number with 10 as first choice.
3. Use round numbers in your headlines.
According to fastcodesign.com, people have an “affection” for round-numbered headlines.
4. Write a list post.
If you write a list post, you will have a number in your headline. I have a number in my subhead.
Readers love lists. It condenses the information for them. The greater the number, the more likely there will be at least one tip on the list they can use, so they will be more likely to read your article.
Quicksprout’s Neil Patel explains the popularity of list posts.
According to Neil, readers’ curiosity is aroused because they wonder if they can predict all the ways you are about to share.
Also, they want to see if you can keep the promise you made in your headline. Will you really be able to come up with that many tips for helping them solve their problem?
Finally, reading your list will save them time since they can skim your tips.
5. Use the word “How” in your headline.
This is a great way to increase your search engine traffic. When people go to Google, what do they type most often?
“How do I…?” Your “how to…” headline will come up, and they will find your blog.
6. Beat your competition.
Pick a topic where you know, or can research, more tips than your competition.
Google the question, and you can know the highest number in your competitors’ headlines. For today’s post, I actually did Google my headline.
I found three articles on this topic. One had the number 8, two others had the number 3. I am now on number 6. I am confident I can come up with at least three more.
Look, this is supposed to be a feel-good blog. I am not trying to influence you to be competitive. However, if someone Googles your headline, and you and four others come up in the search results, they will click your headline if it has more tips than the others on the screen.
Common sense says they will since the likelihood of finding a valuable tip is greater the more tips there are.
7. Write articles like your most popular posts.
I checked my most popular post for the week. It is my guest author’s article How to Quickly Get 3,000 New Blog Followers. Then, I checked my most popular post for the month. It is the same article! Clearly, my readers want to read posts about how to increase blog followers.
If you go to your stats in your dashboard. click Top Posts and Pages, Summaries, you can see what your readers like, and they will be more likely not only to read your writing, but also to share your posts with their social media followers.
8. Include backlinks to your popular posts.
You might have new readers who haven’t read those articles yet. This would be a great way to get additional traffic to older posts. Again, check your stats, Top Posts and Pages, Summaries to know what your most popular posts are.
9. Write about an influencer in your niche.
Go to Topsy to find out which influencer in your blogging niche has the most Twitter followers.
Mention him or her in the post and include a backlink. Then, send the post to them via Google+ or Twitter.
The odds are probable that they will share the post with their followers. Since they are an influencer, they will have massive amounts of followers and you will get massive amounts of new eyes looking at your blog.
10. Use numbers in your Tweets.
According to research, the links clicked on the most at Twitter contain numbers.
11. Include an infographic containing numbers in your post.
Infographics get shared more often on Pinterest than any other type of graphic. Infographics with numbers get shared more than infographics without numbers.
12. Promote your post in your top referrer of traffic.
Go to your blog’s dashboard. Click Referrers, Summaries.
My leading referrer of traffic has always been Facebook. If I only had time to promote my post in one place, it would be Facebook. Play to your strengths, and you will get the maximum return on your time investment.
13. Pin your post’s graphic on a group board with the most followers.
By going to pingroupie.com, you can find the community board in your niche that has the most active pinners.
14. Post in the Google+ community with the greatest number of members.
If you only have time to promote in one community, it should be the community, in your niche, that has the greatest number. The number of members for each Google+ community is listed. The probability of people clicking on your link is greater the more people there are that see it.
15. Include a graphic with your Tweet.
Statistics say in addition to Tweets with numbers, Tweets with graphics are clicked on the most.
16. Find a bigger blog in your niche.
Guest post and comment on the blog. The odds are good that some of those followers will click on your link.
17. Set a featured image.
When you make your blog post, off to the right, you are given the option to “set a feature image.” Choose this.
Since #15 explained your Tweet is more likely to be clicked if there is a picture, your graphic will stay with your link.
Bonus Tip: 18. Use an odd number in your headline.
According to Baker Marketing Services,
…the simple act of breaking up larger chunks of information into odd-numbered batches, helped the brain process the information in manageable groups.
In marketing communication, it is also believed that odd numbers of facts suggest the content of the list has been dictated by the nuggets of information available, making in more authentic, than even numbered lists.
This tip has appeared in many blogging articles.
In conclusion, if you follow these tips, you will do less but achieve better results–more traffic which could convert to permanent readership.
This post was about hacks, shortcuts, that can save you time but still enable you to stand out. According to the latest statistics, there are one billion web sites. Will it be a challenge for you to get attention in the crowded Blogosphere? No, not now that you’ve read this post.
Before you go implement some of these time-saving, traffic-inducing tips, please share with other bloggers who might appreciate the traffic and the extra sleep.
Readers, do you have any additional ideas for either time-saving tips or traffic-inducing tips with numbers? Have you tried any of these ideas? How did they work? I look forward to your views.