There are many different kinds of traffic which can be generated to the blog or website such as organic traffic, direct traffic, referral traffic and etc. When it comes to traffic generation to blog or website, bloggers or webmasters don’t really bother what kind of traffic they will generate because all kinds of traffic are useful to the sites. Anyway, organic search engine traffic from Google seems to be most attractive to webmasters because Google search engine has more searchers and it will bring more traffic to the sites if it ranks well in the search engine.
However, search engine war today seems to be different compared to last time, it is getting harder to rank well in the search engine even big guns on the web. Google keeps updating the algorithm all over the time, the latest Google algorithm updates called Google Penguin and the previous Google algorithm updates called Google Panda had killed a lot of micro niche sites as well as some well established sites.
These days, bloggers and webmasters prefer to drive other traffic rather than blindly and eagerly chasing for organic search engine traffic which doesn’t give any guarantee. One day Google change the algorithm and slaps your blog or website to no where, your blog traffic will fall to the ground.
5 Ways How To Drive Direct and Referral Traffic To Your Blog
1. Blog Commenting
Blog commenting is one of the most popular ways that people use to drive traffic to the blog. Searching around for relevant niche blogs which are around your niche, read the blog posts in the blog and leave a genuine and relevant comment to the blog post. It’s not only driving you traffic, it also helps to build up your brand.
2. Guest Posting
Guest posting has been claimed by many big guns out there to be the best way to drive traffic, build your brand and improve search engine ranking with one-way dofollow backlink. If you used to read others blog in your niche, you can actually see a lot of guest posts in the blog nowadays. This is the way that would bring various advantages to your blog.
3. Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Social media tends to be the second largest sources where people can drive traffic to the blog. In order to drive more traffic from social networking site to your blog, you need to get more followers or friends with your account, you’ll receive traffic when you share your blog updates in your account. There are many social networking sites which will drive you traffic such as Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg, Linkedin and etc.
4. Forum Posting
Forum posting is not a popular way that people used to drive traffic, but I could see the potential of forum posting. You will still receive traffic if you do the right way, you’re required to join relevant forum which has similar niche to your blog niche, you also need to do forum posting the right way. For example, you have a blogging related blog, I would suggest you to join WarriorForum which has similar niche, there are many sections which are in internet marketing topic and all are open for discussion, there will be many people asking questions or sharing experiences, it’s your time to search Q&A thread in your niche and answer the questions with your profession. If they like your answer and help, they’ll be more likely to read your blog too. In order to get people to visit your blog, you need to place your blog URL in your signature.
5. Build A Community Around Your Niche
Building a community around your niche takes a long time, but it’s a good way to drive traffic in a long run basis. Nowadays, there are many bloggers are partner up to do something together such as building a blog, leaving blog comment in each other blog, and etc. Building a healthy relationship between bloggers are good because bloggers will help each other if you’re in trouble. Indirectly, it could help to drive traffic to your blog with the help of community.
Today, it is difficult to rank well in the search engine to drive organic traffic to your blog, even though you rank well for now, your blog may drop in some days after some Google algorithm updates, there is no guarantee. Therefore, bloggers and webmasters are prefer to receive direct and referral traffic because it is much more secure as it doesn’t need to depend on the search engine ranking and Google algorithm.
How do you drive traffic to your blog? Direct, referral or organic traffic?