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7 Effective Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog without SEO

How to increase your blog traffic without depending on the search engines

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7 Effective Ways to Drive Traffic to blog without SEO
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Whether we blog for the sole purpose of knowledge sharing or to make money, we all need traffic, right?

It doesn’t matter how good we write or how useful our product is; it’s of no use if no one visits our space.

So, the main concept to make a blog successful is to drive traffic.

SEO is the most popular & widely used web traffic generation technique. However, for that, you need to rank your site to the top. And, it’s not always easy to rank a web page when there is high competition.

One can, of course, build thousands of links overnight and rank their site higher. But I don’t think it’s a wise idea to invite an option for search engine penalty.

So what are the ways to generate traffic to your blog other than SEO?

If you are wondering what the answer could be, then let me tell you that there are actually numerous such techniques which are easy to implement. In this article, I will share seven such strategies which you can use to drive a good amount of web traffic.

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How to Drive Massive Traffic without SEO

What if there was no Google! Have you ever thought of such a scenario?

Well, if not, then do so now. I’m going to reveal seven ways to drive traffic to your website without being dependent on Google or any other search engine.

If you’re not SEO savvy, then this is the website traffic solution for you.

1. Blog Commenting (Wisely!)

We all know blog commenting is one of the easiest ways to build links and relationship with other fellow bloggers. But do you know it is also an awesome technique to drive traffic?

You can actually pull the traffic to your blog from those high traffic websites!

You just need to find the authority blogs in your niche and join their email list. Keep track of their blog post updates and act immediately as soon as an article is published. Read the article and drop a thoughtful comment in that. Try to be the first commenter for maximum results.

It’s always fantastic to be on the podium, and, of course, the top step is always our target.~ Romain Grosjean

You can also provide the link of any of your relevant post instead of your blog’s homepage in the comment form’s website field. So, if other people like your helpful comment, they might want to click your site and by doing this, you help them to land to another related page.

This way the chances are higher that they will spend a longer time on your site and become your repeat visitors.

2. Guest Posting

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No, guest posting is not dead. It is a proven technique of increasing exposure and growing your network with people in the similar niche. And it’s also a great idea for the branding of your blog.

However, you need to work harder for that, as the standard of writing might be higher on authority blogs. So try to get your best work published there to enjoy better branding and the subsequent results.

Also, you might get a chance to become a regular contributor if you can establish relationship with the blog owner by providing high-quality content. So utilize this technique to drive a good amount of targeted traffic to your website.

“Content builds relationships. Relationships are built on trust. Trust drives revenue.” ~ Andrew Davis

3. Interviews

Interviewing someone is a well-known technique of getting web traffic.

People are always interested to read the story of successful individuals. This gives them an opportunity to learn through the failures and learning of those who have achieved success in life.

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You can take interviews of inspirational persons in your niche or of those who you think many people would be interested to know about. And you may expect vast social shares on their network, if not a mention on their site.

4. RoundUps

Roundups are also like interviews. The main difference being, you ask one or two questions to many people at a time. The efforts are less, while the impact is bigger. However, you have to plan your roundup campaign properly to get the maximum results.

Make a list of people/ influencers in your niche who would be a perfect fit to answer those questions. Send them the questionnaire (either through email/ social media) beforehand and give enough time to respond.

You can send a reminder 3 – 4 days before the deadline, in case you do not receive from few of them. Also, make sure you have a bigger list as you may not expect a response from everyone in the list.

5. Forums & QA Sites

Forum postings can be your best traffic generation strategies if done properly. It is indeed an old and well-known technique.

Join related forums in your niche, participate in discussions and contribute your valuable inputs. Also, make sure you abide by the rules of that particular forum. Gradually you will become an authority member of that community, which in turn will help you to send traffic to your site.

Question and Answer sites (Q&A sites) are another great place to generate highly targeted traffic. People mostly seek out answers for their problems in these sites. So if you can provide a practical solution to any problem, they might feel curious to visit your profile and read more answers of yours.

It’s even better if you already have an existing related post in your blog. You can mention that in your answer and directly send them to your site.

“The buyer journey is nothing more than a series of questions that must be answered.” ~ Michael Brenner

6. Quizzes & Giveaways

Quizzes & Giveaways are two extremely powerful tools to drive traffic to any blog. A well-organized quiz is always better than any static content. It encourages the visitors to engage and stay longer on your site.

If the subject of the quiz is interesting and compelling, people will be more inclined to give their answers and share the same with their friends.

In a similar way, Giveaways can also do wonders. Many times, companies & brands want to promote their products/ services by providing a couple of their stuff for free. They want to utilize your platform by sponsoring some samples to your visitors. This is an opportunity for you too.

You can arrange a Giveaway on your site and share it in different places – this way more people will be interested to visit your site to win the giveaway product. After all, who doesn’t want to get free gifts!

Giveaways are also great in terms of building your email list. You can make a rule that those who are subscribing to your newsletter can only take part in it. So it’s a win-win situation from both the sides.

7. Social Media

How can we forget about Social Networking sites! Social Media is actually the new SEO. For many people, Facebook and Twitter are the best drivers of social media traffic. However, Pinterest is also a great medium to drive targeted traffic.

The idea is quite simple. Create your profile in the top social networking sites that suit your need. Optimize your profile there with a link to your site to increase click-through. Share useful content on a regular basis (share others’ post too, along with yours).

One of the common blogging mistakes people do is, not engaging with their audience. So make sure that you reply to any comments/ queries, which are asked in your posts. Sometimes, you will find negative comments too, however, you might not want to delete them. As your reply to these will serve as a solution to many others and people will gradually understand your authority in that particular topic.

“Social media is not just a spoke on the wheel of marketing. It’s becoming the way entire bicycles are built.” ~ Ryan Lilly

Also, try to keep the same profile image across networks, as this will help you to create a brand identity in the minds of people. You must understand the different schedule of people across the globe and schedule your posts accordingly for better results.

Wrapping Up

These all are indeed very effective ways to drive traffic without SEO. And the best part is, they all are free!

It’s, of course, great if you can rank a web page higher in the search engines to bring organic traffic. But don’t let your site survive only on the courtesy of big G.

You don’t need to be an SEO expert to drive traffic to your blog. Just explore the different strategies and be consistent in whatever you are doing.

Over to you –

Which traffic generation technique works best for you? Please feel free to share your ways to drive traffic to a newly started blog.

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  1. Praveen

    January 8, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Manidipa,

    Very good insight!!! You have almost covered everything in this article to drive traffic to the website.

    • Manidipa Bhaumik

      February 9, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      Hi Praveen,

      Glad to know that you liked the post.

      Thank you so much for taking time to share your comment 🙂

  2. Riya

    October 21, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Hi Manidipa. Its such a nice article Its very useful tips to get the traffic. I am the beginner of the seo. Its very useful to me and am very interesting about this topic. Thanks a lot for sharing this information.

    • Manidipa Bhaumik

      February 9, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Hi Riya,

      I am glad to know that you liked the post. Hope you will get benefits from these techniques.

      Thank you so much for taking time to share your thoughts 🙂

  3. ankit

    October 19, 2016 at 11:30 am

    It’s important to engage with your readers. Your readers can turn into your clients if you do it the right way.
    Social sharing would improve the SEO.
    Thanks for sharing

    • Manidipa Bhaumik

      February 9, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Ankit,

      You are very true in saying that. Increased traffic surely implies to increase leads and hence conversion.

      Thank you so much for sharing your comment 🙂

  4. aarti

    October 19, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Hello mam,
    Writing a blog is not so difficult but driving traffic to blog is most important things.
    You mentioned some good steps for increasing or driving traffic to the blog.
    Thanks for sharing this post.

    • Manidipa Bhaumik

      February 9, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Hi Aarti,

      Great to know that you liked the post. Hope these traffic generation techniques will come handy for you.

      Thank you so much for reading through and sharing your comment 🙂

  5. Paramjot Singh

    October 16, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Hello, Mandipia and Harleena Ma’am.

    All the points you’ve shared are excellent to get traffic without SEO, but If you think another side, then you can say this is totally SEO-Based article. I know, you know it very well, why I’m saying this.

    Most of the tips you’ve shared automatically increase backlinks to your blog and you know it very well that backlinks are quite useful for search engine optimization of a blog.

    1 – Blog Commenting – When we comment on other blogs, then we always use our blog URL. – Backlinking Strategy.

    2 – Guest Posting – We always get backlinks just like as you (Manidipa) get from this blog post. 🙂

    3 – Interviews – Another Backlinking Strategy. 🙂 Wondering, Why I’m saying this? Check interview page of this blog you can understand why I’m saying.

    4 – Forum Posting – Biggest source to get traffic without SEO but how? because you’re putting your blog links there. – Again Backlinking. :p

    5 – Social Media – Social sharing = Getting Backlinks = Social Signals = Rank improving strategy. 🙂

    You’re right using these ways we can get massive traffic without SEO but another side, it is a backlinking SEO strategy. 😉

    Nice write up @Mandipia. Wish you a great week ahead. 🙂

    Harleena Ma’am I’m reading your blog since 4 months but today I’ve drop my first comment. I’ve learned a lot of things from your blog not only about blogging but also self improvementing techniques.

    I’m a big fan of your’s.
    Widh you a great week ahead!

    – Paramjot Singh

    • Manidipa Bhaumik

      February 9, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Hi Paramjot,

      True it is. Most of these techniques help you to get backlinks while improving the website rank. However, the actual purpose of them is surely different from getting links.

      Thank you so much for taking time to share your thoughts 🙂

  6. Saurabh Tiwari

    September 24, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Manidipa,

    Glad to see your post here.

    For online marketing, the most important thing is to drive targeted traffic to your blog/website. Well I use social media more than anything. Thanks for sharing these great points. It has refreshed my memory as well as giving me new idea to increase traffic to my blog.

    Thank you

    • Manidipa Bhaumik

      October 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Hi Saurabh,

      It sounds great that you liked the post.

      Yes, social media is an awesome platform for driving targeted traffic and well, you are one of those in my buddy list who is very active in the right social networks.

      Thank you so much for taking time to share your thoughts 🙂

  7. Gaurav Jain

    September 23, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Hello Manidipa,

    My very first visit to aha-now and yours is the first article I read here. I totally agree with the strategies you have shared. Thanks for sharing.

    • Manidipa Bhaumik

      October 4, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Hi Gaurav,

      I am glad to hear that your first experience with AHA was great because of my article. Thank you for reading through and sharing your comment 🙂

  8. Shamsudeen Adeshokan

    September 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Hi Manidipa,

    SEO is the last thing one should worry over in my pinion.

    If we focus on delivery quality, excellent, and provide users with great satisfaction…our SEO score will improve in the process.

    This is because every methods you mentioned in the article might indirectly leads to linkback, shares, branding, guest appearance opportunities etc…if they’re done right and with sincerity.

    Don’t worry over your blog SEO, worry over giving your visitors the best of services.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Manidipa Bhaumik

      October 4, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Hey Shamsudeen,

      I like the way how you said, “worry over giving your visitors the best of services.” This should surely be the mantra of every blogger.

      Thank you so much for taking time to read through and share your comment 🙂




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