Disillusioning, isn’t it?
You create your post’s shareable image, you research, you write, you proofread, you edit, you publish, and you wait, and wait, and wait for people to notice your content.
Don’t get me wrong, Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. However, being patient is one thing, and being so patient you become disillusioned about blogging is another.
Where to Get More Traffic
Notice the subhead does not say “How to Get More Traffic;” it says where. You have to know where to look for it. Traffic is actually easy to find, if you look for it in the right places.
1. Go to Meet and Greets
You don’t have to be coy about trying to get people to come to your blog. You don’t have to be a spammer. There are literally people at Meet and Greets waiting right now to network with you. They are there for only one reason–to meet bloggers looking to meet new bloggers.
There are many places you can find Meet and Greets.
- I have recently held two, for example. If you are interested, they can be found under Related Posts.
There are approximately 70 comments on each of those posts on my site alone. Even if half of that number is my welcoming people to the Meet and Greet, that’s still 70 combined people waiting to meet you to potentially bring traffic to your site. I understand some of that may be the same bloggers, but you get the idea.
Other people have Meet and Greets too. Because I already know many of the bloggers at my site, when I want to grow my readership, I go to other people’s blogging events.
- Jason Cushman, for example, periodically has Meet and Greets. He has a massive following of over 50,000 followers. Even if only 10% of his followers went to his Meet and Greet, there would be 5,000 people waiting to meet me.
- I Googled Blogger Meet and Greet, and over 7 million hits came up. With over 7 million choices, the odds of you finding a Meet and Greet with bloggers interested in your topic are favorable.
2. Other Blogging Events
- Every Monday the Daily Post has a Community Pool. Although it is designed with the sole purpose of bloggers getting feedback on their writing, many people are there to network in addition to getting input about their posts.
They finish their request for feedback with an offer to check out other blogs if those people check out theirs.
Those are the posts you should read. You are guaranteed traffic from those people. They are guaranteeing they will come to your site if you go to theirs–immediate traffic.
Just one disclaimer: For people on the west coast, if you network in the evening, you may not find them at your site until you wake up the next morning.
I can’t promise they will become followers, but you get them to come to your site this way. Their foot is now in your door. They can’t stay forever if they never come at all.
3. Other Places to Find New Traffic
- Follow to Follow Directories
While the above tips were designed with the intent of getting you more page views, this tip is designed with the intention of getting you more followers.
In a Follow to Follow Directory, you follow people you want to follow you. You actually get to pick the number of followers you want! If you want ten new followers, for example, you follow ten people.
Some people find these directories overwhelming fearing they must follow every blog on the list. Not at all. Follow blogs you would be interested in reading.
Do I know of any Follow to Follow Directories? Of course I do. I happen to have one! Since it is my intention to help bloggers, I am happy to be the administrator of one. If you are interested, the link is under “Related Posts”.
The directory works on the honor system. If people don’t follow you back within a reasonable amount of time, simply unfollow their blog.
What Are You Waiting For?
Frustration over traffic problems need not be a source of stress any longer. You have more important things to think about, like composing your next blog post.
Readers, if other bloggers could benefit from these traffic sources, please share.
Are there any other bloggers that regularly hold Meet and Greets that you know of? Are there any other sources of new traffic that you can share? I look forward to your views.
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