Traffic is important. You may have created a quality website, but if you don’t have any visitors, who cares? You may write unique stories, take fantastic photographs or shoot amazing videos, but if you can’t get people to visit your site, all of that doesn’t matter. That’s why it has always been important to get more traffic to your site.
Share on Twitter
Twitter doesn’t require a lot of introduction. If you still haven’t done so, create a free account. In a minute, you’ll be able to tweet your first message. Start working towards getting new followers, don’t forget to follow others, retweet, send messages and hit the like button from time to time, and you’ll start getting new clicks on your articles in no time. Don’t forget to update your profile info and include a link to your website.
Share on Facebook
If you aren’t on Facebook, you don’t exist. Luckily, that’s not true, but the saying goes around for the last few years. While it’s been mostly known for its personal profiles, Facebook allows business profiles to be made and you can’t miss this opportunity. Create a Facebook page, fill in the details about your website and start publishing articles on this huge social network. Once you start getting first likes and shares, you’ll notice the increase in traffic on your site. Don’t forget to update your profile info and include a link to your website.
Join Facebook groups
Facebook is huge and there is practically a group for everything. There are public and private groups you can join. Those groups will allow you to participate in discussions about different topics, you’ll be able to comment on other peoples’ articles and finally, you’ll get a chance to publish your own posts.
Share on Google +
Although it never got as popular as Twitter and Facebook, Google’s social network is still quite popular. Don’t forget to create an account on Google+ and start sharing your articles. Not only this will get your articles to a broader audience, but there’s a chance it will help you with ranking in Google’s search results. Also, don’t forget to update your profile info and include a link to your website.
Share on Reddit
Reddit is a huge community which allows you to discuss literally everything. You can share links, text and it also serves as a news aggregation site. While it is really easy to create an account and publish your link, be careful. Reddit moderators are really sensitive about self-promotion. While we definitely suggest that you become a Reddit member, don’t consider it just as a promotion platform. Before you’ll get a chance to publish your own links, make sure that you actually prove yourself as a true Reddit member. That means that you have to participate in other discussions, comment on peoples’ links and text messages and also share articles that aren’t exclusively yours.
Share on Pinterest
Pinterest is a network which allows you to share stories by pinning images and videos on different boards. Those boards act as groups which can be seen by people who liked them. Unfortunately, Pinterest takes a bit more effort than aforementioned social networks because if you want to stand out, you will have to be creative. Instead of simply sharing a link, you will need to create the entire graphic which will represent your article. Then, if the graphic is good enough, you’ll be able to interest people into clicking the link you may leave on the image.
Add sharing buttons
While everything mentioned before asked that you do the sharing, don’t forget to allow others to share your content. If your article is interesting enough, people will take time and copy the link to share it on social networks. But you want to make that as simple as possible, and that’s why you need to add your social icons. While there are dozens of popular social sites, you don’t have to include them all, but at least add buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. If your reader can share a story just by clicking a beautiful button next to the article, he’ll be more likely to do so.
Share on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a business-oriented social network which connects people all over the world. Still, it allows you to share your thoughts and your articles with people you’re connected to. If you’re careful with what you share, you might get new visitors from the popular business network. Just like the other social networks, LinkedIn allows you to participate in groups. Find a group which is interested in the topic you’re writing about and you’ll be able to publish your articles to people who will be interested in them.
Submit Posts to StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon is a unique discovery network which allows you to stumble upon a new content of interest. It is easy to create an account and set up everything, add interests and submit links. Once you choose a category, you can post an article to it while all the other Stumblers may get your site loaded on their screens. If you’re lucky (and you have a quality content), people will start to like your pages, and that means getting even more social shares. Don’t expect instant success, but if you try hard enough, you might get a decent number of new visits from this impressive network.
Post YouTube videos
Practically everything you write about can have a video attached to it. Whether it’s a simple promotional video, step by step tutorial or your own opinion about something, it’s a good idea to post it on YouTube. The video itself will generate new traffic, plus, you’ll be able to add your link in the video description. If you’re creating interesting videos, other bloggers might want to share your videos as well. Depending on the quality of your videos, you might easily get hundreds if not thousand of new clicks just through YouTube.
Although social networks have become a much more popular way of participating in discussions, forums are still to be found all over the Internet. Find forums where people gather to discuss things of your interest. There you’ll be able to join discussions and hopefully, add a link or two when appropriate. Don’t forget to fill in details about yourself and your site in the signature.
Don’t neglect blog comments
Once you start receiving comments on your article, you should always respond to them as soon as possible. This will keep your commenters even more active and you’ll show them that you care about their words. That means they will be more eager to come back to your site and they also might refer friends to your site.
Answer questions on Quora
Get yourself an account on Quora and start participating in discussions related to your niche. If you start answering questions and help people, you’ll be able to leave links to your original articles where you might have explained more about the topic.