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5 Growth Hacks That Get Real Traffic to Your Blog

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5 Growth Hacks That Get Real Traffic to Your Blog

It’s hard to get, isn’t it?

You’ve read tons of articles on how to get traffic to your blog, but none of them seem to get you as many visitors as you expected. You expected more and you deserve it.

Well, here’s the thing…

Most traffic tactics won’t get you thousands of visitors overnight. They may take time, but they actually work. Your plan should be to pick at least one of them and implement it consistently. If you do that, you’ll unlock traffic that most bloggers only dream of.

Here are 5 growth hacks you can start to implement today to increase your future blog traffic.

1. SEO – Search Engine Optimization

Although SEO takes time to take effect, it is still considered as a growth hack. If you consider the time it takes and the traffic it can possibly get you, it’s really worth it.

Let’s do the math:

It takes 6 hours or more to write an exceptional blog post. To be on the safe side, let’s say 20 hours.

Then, after the post is published it’s time to build links. That means you need to reach out to a number of blogs, begging them to link to your post because it’s better than all the existing ones out there. Usually, you’d look at the blogs linking to your competitors using a tool such as Ahrefs and then try and “steal” their links.

The average response rate for a link building outreach campaign is around 10%, which means you’ll need to reach out to 1,000 bloggers to get around 100 responses. Of course, you may need to reach out to more (or less) depending on the blog post you wrote and what niche you’re in.

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I once reached out to 600 influencers. It took me 4 days to do it, so 1,000 blogs should take around 7-8 days if you’re doing it full-time. Now, let’s add all of that up: 20 hours to write + 8 days outreach = 9 days.

Hopefully, you attempted to rank for a keyword with a decent search volume of over 1,000 searches per month and with an average click through rate of 31% for the 1st result, 14% for the 2nd, and 9.8% for the 3rd. That means:

1st position 310 clicks per month (or 3,720 clicks per year)

2nd position 140 clicks per month (or 1,680 clicks per year)

3rd position 98 clicks per month (or 1,176 clicks per year)

Remember that it took 9 days of hard work, which is pretty good considering we only attempted to rank for a keyword with a search volume of 1,000 searches per month. The higher the search volume, the higher your results will be, as well as the more competitive it’ll be. Keep in mind, it’s recommended not to target keywords with a search volume above 10,000 searches per month as a beginner. As time passes by, you’ll build momentum and you’ll start getting referral traffic (i.e. shares and natural links) resulting in more traffic than you planned.

Key Takeaways:

  • So is SEO hard work? Yes.
  • Does the hard work and effort pay off long term? Yes.
  • Can it be considered as a growth hack? Yes, since the traffic you get is extremely high compared to the time and effort it takes. It’s much better than paying for ads. Since ad traffic will most likely stop after the ad is stopped. On the other hand, organic traffic from Google (or any other search engine) keeps coming for months (or even years) to come.

2. Guest Blogging

Many bloggers and startups have built empires from guest blogging, raking in thousands of email subscribers from just a few guest posts, who then converted to paying customers.

That said, is it the same for everyone?

Of course, not.

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Guest blogging ROI (Return On Investment) is different for everyone. It depends on two things:

  • How good your blog post is.
  • How active the blog audience is.

If your blog post solves a huge problem for the blog’s audience then you’re likely to get a reasonable amount of them clicking on the link in your bio and subscribing to your email list. It’s an extremely good way to grow your blog. Keep in mind that you’ll probably need to write for a few blogs before you find a blog with a high ROI worth writing for. You may also need to hone your writing skills as well.

It takes around 6-20 hours to write an awesome guest post. Therefore, measuring results and refining your list of blogs to write for should be regularly updated unless you can afford to waste hours on guest posts that get you no traffic for the rest of your life.

Key Takeaways:

  • Make sure you research each blog before writing a guest post for them.
  • Don’t settle with just one blog, write for several blogs, then write for the ones that offer a ROI worth your time.

3. Connecting With Influencers

Influencers usually have influence over a large audience. Some influencers send you tons of traffic, while others send you only a trickle of visitors. Many blog owners hail influencer marketing and blogger outreach because of all the traffic it get’s them. Not only do influencers send you traffic, but they also boost your credibility since promoting you is an endorsement.

So, how do you get influencers to send you traffic, and how is this a growth hack?

The way to get them to send you traffic is by building a relationship with influencers beforehand. Don’t ask for a favor before giving value to them several times before. You must be a giver, not a taker. Start your relationship off by giving them value, then at some point they’ll want to reciprocate and give you in return usually by recommending you to their audience. It’s a win-win.

Key Takeaways:

Give value to influencers and you’ll eventually get value in return.

4. Reddit

Many bloggers rely on social media for traffic. It’s true, social media can offer a reasonable amount of traffic; however, the problem with social media is that it takes a lot of time and effort to build a following. Plus, click through rates can be extremely low.

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This is where Reddit comes in. In Reddit you don’t need a following. In fact, you can’t even build one. You’re judged based on what you post. Furthermore, you can post in front of thousands of targeted users from day one. Reddit can get you over 10,000 visitors a month if you do it right. Granted, Reddit users (or Redditors) can be fussy and hard to please. They hate self-promotion. They are also ready to call you out and hurt your feelings or even get you shadow banned.

So, what’s a blogger like yourself to do with angry Redditors?

Well, truth be told, you’re going to have haters all of the time. If you can’t handle hurtful comments, then growing a blog might not be your thing. Look for another career. On the other hand, if you can take a few harsh comments then here’s what to do:

Step 1: Create an account on Reddit (if you don’t have one already).

Step 2: Unsubscribe to all subreddits that you’re not interested in, since you’ll automatically be subscribed to some popular subreddits after you create an account.

Step 3: Search and subscribe to all relevant subreddits that could possibly have your target audience.

Step 4: Become an active and regular Redditor. You must be helpful. I usually spend time answering people’s questions and providing feedback to people in the /r/entrepreneur subreddit and others. Do this regularly. Once you build 1,000 link karma, have 10+ post and comments, then you’re good to move on to the next step.

Step 5: Share your links every once in a while, whilst continuing to do whatever you’re doing in Step 4. Don’t stop offering value to subreddits. Getting 1,000 links karma and 10+ posts and comments doesn’t mean you’re promoted, it’s just what makes you eligible to post your own content. That said, remember not to overdo it. Most importantly, make sure your posts are valuable. Look at the previous top posts to get an idea of what that particular subreddit likes. Post your own stuff once every 3-4 posts.

Your goal is to become a top post in that particular subreddit in order to get the thousands of visitors per month.

Key Takeaways:

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  • Reddit is harsh but worth it.
  • Redditors are real people. If you help them and you do it often, they’ll appreciate it and you’ll get traffic.

5. Printed Letters

Huh, printed letters? But, don’t they cost money? Sure they do, but they also work.

You can send out printed letters (a.k.a. snail mail) to inactive subscribers, current customers, or to acquire new leads. You don’t need to write a masterful sales letter either. A nice personal note telling people to visit your blog for a special free offer should do the trick. Like everything else, make sure you send to a small group of 250 people first before mailing thousands of people.

It should cost you no more than $1 per letters, so it should cost you no more than $250 for your first sample campaign of 250 contacts. The odds of people reading your snail mail is much higher than them reading your email newsletter. Many bloggers would rather pay for PPC ads instead of snail mail, which means you’ll easily stand out from the crowd of electronic mailing bloggers. You’ll also be more memorable. In return, your subscribers will likely open your emails resulting in a higher open rate than usual.

Let’s say after sending out 250 letters, only 150 became new subscribers. If you have a good autoresponder series that sells a low priced product like an ebook at $10, you’ll only need 25 out of 150 new subscribers to buy your ebook to cover the full costs of your campaign – and that’s just your first low-priced product.

Make sure your campaigns are paying for themselves before you go for another one. If each campaign pays for itself then you can gain thousands of subscribers through traditional old school mail. Give it a try and see for yourself. You don’t need to be a multi-million dollar company to do this either since just a few hundred bucks from your wallet will do the trick.

Key Takeaways:

  • Email inboxes are crowded compared to mail boxes. That’s why the open rates are higher.
  • Create a personal note with a call to action for people to get access to your free lead magnet. Think of it as your printed squeeze page.
  • Create an autoresponder that will sell to new subscribers to make up for your campaign costs.

Conclusion

Growth hacking is anything that leads to your business/blog’s growth. Try at least one of these 5 tactics and you’ll see your blog traffic increasing soon enough. Be patient. Be persistent.

Featured photo credit: Shutterstock via shutterstock.com

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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