10 Sure-Fire Blog Traffic Magnets That Make NO Money But You Still Want Them

This is a guest post by Ana Hoffman (@WebTrafficCafe) who teaches how to increase Web site traffic in her WebTrafficCafe blog.

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You’ve probably heard it a hundred times, but apart from making money with your blog, there are several other reasons to strive for more traffic.

Some of the most important reasons include higher rankings on search engines, self-promotion and brand awareness.

After all, as long as your conversion funnel works like a well-oiled machine, as it should, you have a great chance of still converting a good portion of your blog traffic that didn’t come to your blog to buy – necessarily.

So let’s take a look at the following 10 blog traffic magnets that are meant to do one thing and one thing only: bring you tons of targeted traffic.

Traffic Magnet #1:  High volume, FREE searches

You will need: a keyword research tool

Method: Find searches related to your niche. These searches need to have good traffic, but not advertiser bidding.

If nobody is bidding on these keywords, there is no money to be made on the search upfront. However, there will still be sufficient traffic to be directed to your blog.

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How do you tap into this kind of traffic?

There are 2 options: Using paid advertising such as Google Adwords is the quicker option; alternatively, you can use SEO to optimize your search terms to ensure that you are on the first page of Google. While this takes longer to achieve results this way, it is free.

Traffic Magnet #2:  Controversy Brings Visitors

You will need: A controversial blog post

Challenging beliefs or passions make controversial content.

Method: You need to have a plan in mind for how you will approach the post and how you will defend your position. The best places to create controversy would be via social media, blog comments and online groups. This will bring a good amount of traffic from various sources, but you should know that the bulk of the traffic would be from the group that opposes your views.

Warning: Be professional in handling objections, as this is a great way to win a good following.

Traffic Magnetic #3:  Cover Industry Events

You will need: A popular industry event in your niche.

Method: Attend the event, meet new people, socialize and rub shoulders with the big names. Be the insider for your readers by posting everything you learned in a timely manner to make your readers feel that they were there.

Traffic Magnet #4:  Create a Top 10 List

You will need: 10 great ideas with a common goal that will be beneficial to your audience.

Method: While this seems simple enough, you should bear in mind that many similar lists do exist. Make sure that your list stands out from the crowd. Think it through, ensure that it is targeted and ensure that it will benefit your readers. It has to work!

Traffic Magnet #5:  Explain Complicated Concepts

You will need: A good understanding of the topic, or a good publication, which explains it.

Method: Create a simplified version of the publication and include tips and examples. Simpler posts often outrank complex explanations on search engines.  That is the objective of the exercise – to make it simpler for the reader!

Traffic Magnet #6: Translator Plugin

You will need: Any translator plugin

Method: By using a translator plugin on your site, you will be able to increase page-views by readers who are not native English speakers.  While the translation will not be perfect (as with most automated writing applications), it will still attract an international readership.

Traffic Magnet #7:  Blog Carnival Submission

You will need: A good blog post and a niche-related carnival.

Method: Search online for blog carnivals and then find one related to your topic. The post will most likely be published, resulting in backlinks and increased blog traffic.

Traffic Magnet #8:  Social Bookmarking Sites

You will need: Fresh, unique, solid and targeted content using a great title and description.

Method: Submit your content to bookmarking and link sharing services. I would stay away from the big ones such as Del.icio.us, Digg and Technorati, StumbleUpon, and Reddit, but stick with smaller, but active services like Blokube, BlobEngage, Bizsugar, etc.

Traffic Magnet #9:  Top 10 Blogs in Your Niche

You will need: Research

Method: Be the first person to compile a Top Ten list of blogs in your niche. This type of post will rank highly in general searches, which will translate into a good stream of targeted traffic.

Traffic Magnet #10:  Giveaway!

You will need: Something to give away – duh.

Method: Find or create something niche related to give away. E-books work well, as do free consultations, marketing opportunities and more.

Marketing Takeaway

Your next step? To take what you’ve just learned and put it to the test!

Plus, remember: any traffic is useless traffic if you don’t know how to convert it to paying customers / subscribers. So make sure your conversion pieces are all in place before you go out and invest your time in this kind of blog traffic generation.

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  1. Yes, another great article to increase blog traffic quickly! If someone follow these 10 traffic magnets, he or she will definitely increase blog more blog traffic and it is free! Great idea! This is worthy to share. Eager to know updated traffic magnets from you!
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  2. Hi Anna, you explaine all the points in detail very well. i hope i will be able to use some of these magical magnets.
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  3. The fundamental reality is this: to build a web business that gets good traffic the vast majority of (non-tech) people need an easy-to-follow, all-in-one, proven, ethical ebusiness-building system (not a get rich quick scheme) to get (1) a significant amount of traffic and get (2) targeted traffic (example of such a system: IncredibleFreedom dot com). Otherwise you\’ll end up having (and building) only a webSITE but not a webBUSINESS.

  4. Already tried stuffs like this out and it helped alot ,Nice article.This will help others,

  5. Hello Ana,

    I can not but print this article. As a new blogger it helps me lot. You have saved a year of learning. I don’t know how may i thank you. I did not learn it from Darren Rowse. You have taught me awesome blogging tips.

    Keep Writing awesome things…


  6. I would like to add that interviewing successful internet gurus is also the best way to drive traffic to your blog easily.
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  7. I am sort of not agree with your point that this traffic will not make money for you. Everything make money, if you know what to do. You are just favoring the sales, or at least affiliate marketing business model and writing this with term that these tricks will not bring any sale to your business, which means no money. But I would like to say that selling things online are not the only way to make money.

    One can use different type of ad-networks on his blog to cash this traffic. One can even break his records of earning money with huge traffic. According to me, it all depends on your strategy and planning.
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  8. Very well said Ana. I really agree with your approach, they surely can really make your traffic fiery. I will surely put them into action, by the way blog carnival is also new to me. I will check them out too. Thanks again
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  9. iPhone App Development says:

    Very well explained but magnet no 2 “Controversy Brings Visitors” should be 100% sure because sometime controversial posts create major issue. Better is to be all clear with sufficient proof before going to launch such posts.

  10. It’s the first time I’ve heard about blog carnival…will check it out. Thanks for the great tips.

  11. Social bookmarking sites can be great source of traffic but you have to be careful because they can be a big time waster and keep you from doing more important things in your business.
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  12. I just want to say your post is entirely unique and different from others and all your tips are very effective and I am gonna try these tips.Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.


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  13. Steve Watson says:

    Hi Ana enjoyed your list. Really thought the translator plugin was a terrific idea, will be trying that on my site.
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  14. mbatran123 says:

    It is a very good article, but it takes a long time.
    So what to do if you want to make a living from online affiliate marketing
    and want to promote more than one product?

  15. great list..what a great outline to drive traffic
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  16. I have been trying these steps but i guess it something that I am not doing right because my traffic still sucks, but I am still trying to make it work. I have been thinking about install a translator plugin on my site but dont want to make plugin to deal with.

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