In this post, you’re going to learn exactly how to get drive more traffic to your blog.
I have been using these methods myself to get 282,094 pageviews on just one of my blogs:
And I have repeated this process several times with other blogs to successfully get traffic.
So in this post, I’m going to show you 2 ways to get traffic to your blog, including some ADVANCED traffic techniques that you might have never heard of.
Let’s kick things off with…
Strategy #1: Drive Traffic To Your Blog With The “Tribal Traffic” Technique
The Tribal Traffic method helps you get FREE traffic and it works in ANY niche.
Using this Tribal Traffic source, I’ve been able to get 57,033 visitors to just one of my niche websites, and similar amounts of traffic to several of my other sites:
What is this traffic source? It’s a social media network called Pinterest.
Pinterest is a GOLDMINE for free, targeted, buying traffic.
However, it’s extremely important to use Pinterest in a VERY specific way to get results, and you will learn it in the next few minutes as you’re reading this post.
Tribal Traffic quality
First of all, it’s very important to understand that Pinterest traffic is very high quality.
According to the insights published by Shopify, average order value of sales coming from Pinterest is $50 – higher than any other major social platform.
And 93% of Pinterest users use the platform to plan purchases.
So that means that Pinterest traffic is high quality, with a high buying intent, and is definitely the type of traffic that you will want to get to your blog.
Now I am going to show you how to use Pinterest in a very unique way, using something called Tailwind Tribes (this is a software tool that has a free pricing tier which is enough to get started, you don’t even need a credit card for the free trial).
Here is what it’s all about:
Tailwind Tribes solves a massive issue for everyone who wants to get traffic using Pinterest.
Here is how I discovered this…
If you have already tried social media or even Pinterest and failed… I know how you feel.
When I first started out, my social media results, well, sucked.
I posted great posts on my blog, then created excellent posts on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, shared my content and… nothing. Silence. No shares and no traffic.
Nobody was finding my content. And nobody was sharing it.
So I was getting just tiny amounts of traffic to my blog from all my social media efforts.
At the time, I was thinking:
“Nobody is sharing my content. I just wish there was a way to team up with a group of people in the same niche as me, so that we could share each other’s content”
If I have 100 followers and someone else has 100 followers…
Why don’t we just agree to share each other’s content on a consistent basis?
Surely we can both get traffic from each other and grow our accounts much faster?”
Well – turns out there is something like this out there already!
That’s exactly what Tailwind Tribes does.
So how does it work exactly?
A Tribe is a group of people who are all in the same niche, for example a group of bloggers in the health niche, or dating niche, or internet marketing niche.
They all agree to share each other’s content on their Pinterest account.
And this sharing is done via this tool called Tailwind.
Let’s break down exactly how you can get traffic to your website using Tailwind Tribes.
First, you need to register a Pinterest Business Account if you don’t have one yet
Just go to business.pinterest.com and open your account.
Fill out your profile:
Done! Your profile is created. Now we need to make your profile look complete and active.
Go through and fill out all the details in your profile, such as your blog URL etc.
Then, you will need to “beef it up” a bit.
Here is exactly how you can do that.
First, create 10-20 boards with subtopics inside your niche. If your niche is guitars, then you can name your boards “acoustic guitars”, “electric guitars”, “second hand guitars”, “vintage guitars” and so on.
Now pin 10-20 pins to each of those boards.
To find the pins for the “acoustic guitars” board, type in acoustic guitars into the Pinterest search bar.
Find some pin images that look good and click the “Save” button on those images, then save them to the Acoustic Guitars board that you created earlier.
Repeat this, and save 10-20 pin images into each of your boards.
Now you profile will no longer look empty, and you can move on to the next step.
- My detailed post on that walks you through how to set up your Pinterest profile and get Pinterest Traffic
Next, it’s time to create pins for your content.
Go through each post on your website that you’d like to get traffic to from Pinterest.
Create a Pinterest-sized image for it. Vertical images that are 1000 pixels wide by 1500 pixels tall work great.
You can use a program like Canva to create these types of vertical images simply and easily:
Then create a Pin on Pinterest for each of your website posts.
Click the “+” sign, upload the vertical image, enter a keyword-rich description, and enter the link to the individual post URL. This is where you’d like the traffic to go to when someone discovers your pin image on Pinterest and clicks on it.
Take every post on your site where you’d like to get the traffic, and repeat the process, creating pin images and linking each pin to each post.
Watch this video for full instructions on how to create pins on Pinterest:
Then you will need to arrange all of the Pins that link to your own posts into a separate board.
For example, you can see that I’ve arrange all the pins from my blog into a board called “Best of Caffeinated Blogger”. This will help you stay organized in the future:
Ok, you’re ready to start getting traffic to your website, so it’s time to start using Tailwind Tribes.
This Free Trial does not have a time limit and will allow you to publish 100 pins which is more than enough to get started.
After you sign up, fill out your profile, and connect your Pinterest account to your Tailwind account from Tailwind dashboard:
Then, click on the Tribes feature, and select “Find a tribe”.
From here, you can search for the Tribes in your niche.
For example, you can type in Fitness and you will see all the Tribes you can join in the Fitness niche:
From there, all you have to do is request to join that Tribe. Some have instance acceptance, and with others, you might need to wait to get accepted.
Once you’re accepted, you will be able to nominate which of your content you want others to Share.
And you will be able to start sharing the content from other tribe members.
Generally, the more content from others you share, the more likely it will be that your own content will get shared, since Tailwind keeps track of all these numbers.
For example, you can see that my recent pin “How to make money on YouTube” got shared 4 times in just a few days since I’ve added it to Tailwind Tribes:
So what does a good Tailwind Strategy look like?
It’s very simple.
Most people agree that you need to pin approximately 30-50 times a day.
You can schedule all of your Pins via Tailwind for days or weeks in advance.
Ideally, you want to pin approximately 50% your own pins and 50% the pins from other Tribe members.
That will ensure that you are scoring a lot of “loyalty points” in the Tribe that you’re part of, and you will get a lot of pins back from the members of the Tribe.
As you pin others' content, your own content will get suggested to more members of the trive, so generally if you DON'T pin other people's pins, yours also won't get pinned.
How exactly do you get the traffic?
Just to be 100% crystal-clear: the traffic will come from people clicking on your pin.
Here's an example: let's say you have a blog post to which you'd like to get traffic. And that blog post is "7 ways to lose weight while eating doughnuts".
So then you can create a pin on Pinterest with that same title, insert the URL to your blog post into that pin, and "nominate" that pin for shares by others inside the Tailwind Tribe.
Then someone from that tribe might take your pin and share it on their Pinterest profile. Here, two things will happen:
- Firstly, the followers of that profile will see your pin, and will click on it and find your site
- Secondly, your pin gets more "authority" as it gets shared, and will be more likely to come up on Pinterest for various search terms like "ways to lose weight" as well as recommended as "related content" when people are browsing other pins.
Alright, so this was Strategy #1 - Tribal Traffic.
Let’s move on to...
Strategy #2 - “The Reverse Pitch Method”
The Reverse Pitch method will help you get traffic by increasing your search engine rankings.
Google Search traffic is free, and can be very targeted and profitable.
One of my niche websites has received over 74,000 visitors from Google Search traffic since I started it:
The Reverse Pitch method will help you improve the results from your efforts to get traffic from Google Search.
Here is how it works:
You already know that having backlinks to your content is very important to your search engine rankings.
Here's an interesting fact:
When Backlinko.com analyzed the most relevant ranking factors, they found the the #1 factor is the number of links pointing to a page.
So a page from a weaker domain with more links pointing to it can outrank a page from a stronger domain with fewer links pointing to it.
This means you need to focus on building white-hat backlinks to your content, usually “Pitching” the content to other sites.
Here is how the Normal Pitch process usually looks:
- You select keywords
- You produce the content
- Then you start contacting other bloggers and site owners to link to your content
- Some people even simply passively wait for the links to come… which rarely happens
In this “Normal Pitch” process, when you send outreach messages, it’s always really hard to get a response. It’s not uncommon to send out 100 high-quality messages and not hear back from anyone.
Here is how the “Reverse Pitch Process” works and why it’s much better than the “Normal Ptich” process.
We basically flip the whole process.
Let’s break it down.
Step 1: Find the keywords for your post and create the content
The keywords need to be selected so that you have a reasonably good chance to actually rank for them.
A free way to do that would be to use a tool such as KWFinder.com to generate a list of keywords.
KWFinder has a free pricing tier which is enough to get started.
If you type in a seed keyword such as “blog”, KWFinder will bring up a list of results along with the anticipated difficulty of how hard it will be to rank for this keyword.
In this example, KWFinder is suggesting that “blog names” will be a reasonably good target keyword:
Step 2: Start the Reverse Pitch
With the Reverse Pitch method, we will do the pitch BEFORE we create the content.
Going with the previous example, let’s say we want to create a blog post about “blog names”, something like “15 Ways To Come Up With a Blog Name”.
With the Reverse Pitch process, we want to pitch our content and try to get backlinks BEFORE we actually create the content.
How exactly does it work?
You will contact the other websites or blogs and ask them to contribute to the content.
And while you’re doing it, you can “plant” the idea of linking to that content later, once it’s finished.
In my experience, this strategy works great, because you will offer something back to them, something of great value.
First, you need to identify good targets for your Reverse Pitch.
To do that, we need to create a list of sites that we’ll ask to be contributors to our post.
I find that around 30 sites is a good guideline.
To find these sites, you can use a free tool such as Moz Toolbar. (Alternatively, simply google Moz Toolbar, and install it).
Next, head over to Google and type in a query that does not directly compete with the topic of the post you’re going to create.
If our post is about “blog names” then you can Google something like “how to start a blog”
Then in the top right of your screen, you will be prompted to log in or create a Moz account:
After logging in, repeat the search query.
This time, you will see search results, along with Domain Authority and Page Authority metrics:
TIP: I recommend targeting sites which have Domain Authority similar to yours, slightly above or slightly below.
Contact them, and ask them if they’d like to be featured in your round-up post by submitting a piece of advice or input.
Importantly, you want to tell them that you will link to them and give them full credit to the contribution.
A script like this works great:
I was wondering if we can feature you in one of our upcoming blog posts?
I run a blog over at CaffeinatedBlogger.com and we’re now working on an article to show [insert topic here].
I know you are quite experienced with [xyz] so I wanted to see if you’d be interested in being featured in this upcoming blog post.
If you are interested, could you please share your best tip for [xyz].
Ideally, it would be amazing if your tip is as specific as possible, with any examples, links to any resources, any stats if relevant, etc. Our aim is to provide our readers with high quality, actionable and unique tips and ideas.
Any tip you share, we’ll include it in our post with credit and a do-follow link to your site. We’ll send you the post URL once it’s published, all we ask is that you consider linking to it from somewhere on your site (for example in an "I've been featured in" section or elsewhere).
If you’re interested, please just shoot me an email back with your #1 tip by [date] and I’ll make sure your input gets included in the post.
Thank you, and please let me know if you have any questions 🙂
Looking forward to speaking to you soon."
Notice that we’re offering them something of value - a link to their website.
All website owners are looking for more backlinks. So chances are that they will be really happy to hear from you.
Also notice that we’re carefully suggesting that perhaps they consider linking to our article once it’s finished, without being too pushy about it.
This is a true win-win.
And your response rate will be much higher than with the “Regular Pitch” method, where you try to get the people to link to your content AFTER you publish your own content.
For example, here is a response I got:
Step 3: Gather Responses and Publish
After you get your responses back, create an excellent article.
It’s important to make sure it’s insanely high quality.
It should be pretty easy, because you will have some real tips from some real people, along with some stats.
This type of content is not just theoretical so it will carry a high amount of value.
Once you’ve created the article and posted it on your website…
Simply contact all contributors, thank them, and send them the finished post link along with a polite suggestion that they consider linking to it.
It works like a charm and will result in:
- High quality content based on real stories and statistics
- A good number of near-instant backlinks to it
- Rankings and traffic, as long as you’ve selected low competition keywords
There it is, two of my favorite ways that you can instantly use to get traffic to your blog or website.
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