Free Traffic to your site with these Engaging Tips
Engagement. It's just a little buzzword for describing how you interact with your online audience, both online and even offline. It's also measurable with the ultimate goal of bringing traffic back to you. It's funny how the Internet has taken a normal human ability for socialization and has us quantifying our interactions with others, then measuring the outcome of those interactions all in hopes that we can maximize our impact with future interactions. But that is a philosophical debate for another time. Simply, engagement is no different from brick and mortar stores where they talk to their customers, call up their mentors, visit surrounding businesses, and participate in various business associations. All in hopes that the more you put yourself out there, the more business will come your way. Let's talk about just how to do that on the Wild Wild Webs with our new buzzword - Engagement. (pssst - all methods are FREE)
But before we jump in, I wanted to remind ya this is part of a series for driving traffic to your blog or website - all for FREE. First, we gave an overview of 4 basic tactics for driving traffic. Then we continued the series, by delving into the specifics of our first topic: Social Media. Next up is today's topic: Engagement. A lot will refer to social media as engagement, which it certainly is part of it, but I'll provide other, more creative ways of engagement. That discussion begins now.....
5 tips to try today to engage your audience and bring traffic to your site:
1. Blog and Forum Commenting
I'm pretty sure you already are reading blogs that are similar to your niche as well as reviewing specific topics in helpful forums. Get to commenting! Every time. By commenting on other's blogs and participating in niche specific forums you are interacting with an audience that is targeted to your niche. While commenting use these tips:
-Hopefully you've already created a Social Media presence. Most blogs will allow you to comment as your Twitter self - for example. This way, if people are interested in you, they click your avatar and find out information about you -maybe even leading back to your site!
-Leave a thoughtful comment. Avoid: "great post" or "good job". State specifically what interested you or how the blog enlightened you. These details get attention and give someone a reason to reach out to you.
-Avoid placing a link back to your website in your comment. Most blog commentators or forums will delete your comment if you appear 'spammy'. Your avatar for commenting should have details on how one can find you online.
If you don't already have a blog roll you follow, try social sharing forums such as Reddit or Stumbleupon. You'll quickly come across some you'd like to follow. Bonus: don't forget to register your blog to these forums to get found.
2. Link back to other sites from your blog or website
If they are checking their analytics, they'll take notice and most likely visit you. This may lead to a link exchange if they find you relevant. Linking back to you is the ultimate goal here. In this way they share their audience with you, meaning eyeballs to your site.
3. Attend your industry events
Remember our analogy of how brick and mortar stores attend their area business meetings and industry events? Well this is one offline form of engagement that still matters. Begin interacting in person with those who are similar to your niche. With everything so automated lately, a little emotional human interaction will help you to stick out in their minds. People are more likely to work with those they know. Maybe a joint development will come about that shares the audience between you and your new business partner. More visits to your site! Added bonus is the energy you pick up on from the events. You'll return to your site motivated to make it the best.
4. Install a RSS feed/email subscription on your website or blog
Use the feed and email subscription to remind your traffic that you're still there. Send them website updates or an email newsletter. Keep in touch with those who are already your visitors in hopes that they will return and just maybe, bring more people to your website. Need help in developing an email newsletter? I got the details for you here: Anatomy of a Weekly Email Newsletter
5. Guest Post
Guest posting is where you write a blog post for another blog. This is in hopes that others will take notice, become interested in what you have to say, and then visit your website or blog. Be careful not to be sales-y in your guest post. It should remain objective and helpful to the audience of the blog you are writing for. Instead, make sure your avatar and 'about me' section of the post contain your expertise and the link back to your site or social media channels.
Again, all methods above are the online and offline replacement of the socializing that brick and mortar stores do for bringing in business. Take advantage of these engagement tactics for visits back to your site.
Want more free ways of getting traffic back to your blog or website? Check out the previous two articles in this series.
Next up: We'll detail some ways of using the various services Google offers for getting your traffic.
Let us know in the comments below if you have anything to add to these tips or ways I did not mention.