3 Valuable Posts That Can Help You Flood Your Blog With More Traffic

I once had a friend who wanted to become famous.

So she set out making videos of herself and posting them on the internet hoping for more likes and becoming insta-famous. The problem was, she wasn’t getting more targeted visitors no matter how informative or amusing her posts are.


She posted about the things that she liked which included DIY-ing things and reviewing her favorite movies. She even did some weird videos that she hoped would be funny enough to get people to notice her.

Unfortunately, those videos ended with her in the hospital. No major harm done – just a few broken bones and an irrational fear of hamster wheels.

Still, the views to her videos remained low. Finally, she gave up trying to become insta-famous and just went about her way. She isn’t famous now, but she’s living a great life and all traces of her attempts to gain world fame are already forgotten.

I tell you about this story because I wanted to let you see how even the best ideas cannot get off the ground unless you get a discovery. My friend made about a hundred or so videos that she felt would make her famous but it didn’t work out. Her mistake was that she was relying on talent alone to make it big, she didn’t think of how to get more targeted traffic onto her page.

In a similar manner Richard Branson, the famous founder of the Virgin Group, also had so many great ideas. But a lot of them failed to take off just because there was not enough interest in the most of these products (read the article here). He had great ideas but ideas won’t succeed without customer interest.

So how does it relate to our topic of guest blogging? Let me show you.

Guest blogging can be a great way to gain more referral traffic to your site and grow your target audience. It can be a great way to get new subscribers which could mean more profit for you and your business.

For some bloggers, it has increased their following from zero to a thousand hits per day. This is the way to get your foot in more people’s doors. Had my friend tried to guest post with other more famous and more established blogs she would have gotten more attention for her own vlog.

Expert blogger Yaro Starak once said that

You can work quite hard, in particular online, and do quite well independently, but if you really want to grow you need points of leverage and most of them come from knowing people.” This is where guest posting comes in. Guest posting lets you know more people and lets more people know about you.

In Adam Connell’s post, he wrote about some great guest posting tips. He taught us how to gain an advantage over hundreds of others who are vying for the same spot for the audience attention. He gave us 7 great tips including promoting your guest post like you would all your regular posts, and guest posting for relevant sites.

guest posting for traffic to your blogImage from Adam Connell’s post

Guest posting with relevant sites is important because you want to connect with an active audience. Choose to guest post in sites where the blog owner posts content and replies to the comments regularly as well.  Guest post in blogs that engages with the audience and the topics are similar or connected to that of yours.

Here’s an example

If your blog is about cars, you should guest post with a blogger or blogs that also talk about cars or car accessories. Don’t go guest posting in a blog that talks about sewage cleanup. It’s a completely different topic and the chances of people being interested in your guest post will be slim.

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John Gannon also had the right idea when he said in his post that the key to helping a blogger gain more traffic is to guest post on sites that have many regular visitors, also called “premium sites.”

For example, if you are a digital artist who would like to tell people more about your craft then guest post in well-known sites where other digital artists visit often. Search online for these sites and try to get a guest posting spot if you can.

Image from John Gannon’s post

It might be tough to guest post on more established sites but there’s no harm in trying. A good tip to get your post noticed is to try to find an awesome topic with keyword planner and add an expert quote to increase interest in your topic of choice.

Once you get a guest post on a premium site, ask readers to head to your site and include a link. When they get to your site, ask them for their emails. That’s how you grow your follower count and receive more targeted traffic.

In Brian Dean’s article “The Definitive Guide to Guest Blogging” he outlined the importance of guest blogging. One of them is that guest blogging can make people see you as an expert in the field that you are engaged in.

guest bloggingImage from Brian Dean’s article

You guest post to share your knowledge and let people see your skill and expertise in your chosen topic. The more you talk about your topic on different blogs, the more they see you as an expert of sorts.

Take for example makeup experts who specialize on wedding makeup. These makeup artists would start guest posting on other blogs devoted to makeup to show people their talents. Once people see and prove for themselves how effective their wedding makeup tips are then they become the gurus of wedding makeup.

People go to professional websites for expert advice, more wedding makeup tips and other tricks they can learn to make their special day magical. They become the “go-to” blogs for everything about wedding makeup just because of some guest posting stints with other makeup sites.

Guest posting is basically marketing you and your brand through other people’s channel. It’s all about building networks and making your product known.

Guest posting is also a way to make new friends and increase your following. Be open to suggestions, talk to your customers in the comments section and engage them often.

These days it’s no longer enough to be talented or have a great idea as in the case of my friend who wants to be famous and Richard Branson. You should act fast and act accordingly if you want to make yourself heard and make your brand known.

Use guest posting to tell the world more about you. Create awesome content, make sure that it is well researched and well written, and watch as your website gains more targeted referral traffic. With every post and guest post make sure that you give something that will add value to people’s lives.

Now I want to hear from you.

Any tips that I missed here? Let me know your thoughts, insights and opinions in the comment box below.

Bill Achola is a content creator who helps entrepreneurs and small business owners create the right content for their business. If you want to get featured on large publications sign up now on his site and you’ll get his free report instantly!

32 thoughts on “3 Valuable Posts That Can Help You Flood Your Blog With More Traffic”

  1. Great post as usual. Whenever I write about generating traffic or building an email list, I have guest blogging at the top of my list. Even though it’s a great way to drive traffic, there is an art to it. I took Jon Morrows Guest Posting course, and there are a considerable number of steps that’ll you’ll need to take before contacting the owner of the blog.

    First, you need to check out the blogs you’ll be pitching to. Even if your niche match is good you still need to read a bunch of posts and to try to find out who the key players are on the blog you’ll be targeting. You will want to try to match the tone and language of the blog that you are targeting as well as the length and number of words.

    Next, you’ll need to know how to craft an email that will gain the attention of the owner that you’re trying to pitch to. You need to be brief and to the point. Make sure you have an excellent, professional outline for your pitch.

    You will want to make sure that you are following the directions that the blog owner has laid down for guest posting. You need to follow them to the letter.

    Finally, if you get a chance to write for a well-known blog , do all of your research on the front end and find out what is keeping the readers of the blog up at night. You can use research tools like Buzzsumo to check out what the highest read and shared posts were.

    Finally, if you need a quick list of the different sites that accept guest posts are you can check these out:

    Guest Post Tracker – This is a site that has a list of 928 blogs that allow guest posts. This site also provides a service that helps you track and approach those blogs.

    Peter Sandeen’s Site – Peter Sandeen is an online marketing guru, and he’s compiled a list of 140 sites that he thinks are pretty sweet for guest bloggers.

    The Shout Me Loud Blog – This resource has about 40 blogs that are about blogging and accept guest bloggers. This is a great site for those of you that are bloggers and like writing about it.

    The Web Marketing Saga Blog – This blog states, “Get the Most Out Of Your Blog” and it certainly tries to live up to its theme.

    Easy M6 – This site has an ultimate list to guest blogging, but I would probably say that there are a lot of sites that say they have an “ultimate guide”.

    Sue, I hope this comment finds you well and I wish you and your awesome blog a Happy New Year!

  2. I often write guest posts for link building purpose – never try to get traffic before. The reason is that I think when to get links can help to gain better positions in search engines – it's mean more traffic.

    The other reason that the chance to get a post published on a popular blog isn't easy. So to get traffic from those sites is harder than doing SEO.

  3. Hey Tony, thanks for your thought.

    I agree with you, getting published on top sites it's a bit difficult, but if you create a serious connection with them or their editors, you will stand a high chance of guest posting.

    It has worked for me and I believe if you give it a try, you will succeed.



  4. I have recently come across a few opportunities to guest post. I was wondering if I should start doing this. Your post answered some questions that I had. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Ok, your comment about your friend seeking fame, ending in some broken bones and fear of hamster wheels got me both giggling, and wanting to know the full story there!

    Mark, thanks for the wealth of resources there. I'd love to find a great match to do some guests posts in the future.

  6. Hey Bill,

    Just like your friend, many people are depressed because of no traffic. People try hard to drive readers to their blog but somehow nothing is working.

    Just like Yaro said, to leverage your blogging business, you need a hand. Guest blogging is the key for that.

    More you write, more you receive the results. You will come to meet new people.


  7. Hi Bill,

    Thanks for reminding us of the immense value guest posting could have on our business.

    If done right, guest posting left alone can skyrocket a blog traffic to the roof top within a reasonable time frame.

    But in most of the time, I think is a bit overrated and doesn't fit well for all bloggers. Some bloggers have done really well with guest blogging, while many just waste their time doing it.

    They would've better off focusing on other marketing tactics that is more suitable and effective for their type of blogging style, personality, and business.

    In my opinion, guest blogging shouldn't be seen or use as a "direct traffic" tactics, rather…as a relationship building, brand awareness, showcasing your expertise, getting business deal etc.

    The traffic guest blogging drive back to the author page (except for some exceptional cases) is little and occasional. There are other better benefits of guest blogging than just traffic.

    Thanks for sharing, Bill and nice to meet you on Sue blog.

  8. Hey Bill,

    Some people consider guest blogging to be one of the more powerful of available tactics, while others disparage this viewpoint, saying that guest blogging is highly misunderstood and that people are misusing it. In my honest opinion, both mindsets are correct.

    Guest blogging is, indeed, one of the powerful ways of building strong and high-quality relationships that may help you in multiple ways, including developing business opportunities and professional connections, setting brand value and, of course, acquisition of link juice. Increased website traffic is one of the main reasons why many writers choose to begin guest blogging in the first place. Eventually, thanks for sharing your best experience with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

  9. Hey Bill,

    Thanks for including tips for a successful guest posting campaigns.

    In recent few days, I have tried for guest posting on big blogs. The problem is that we need to wait for longer to get a reply of our first email.

    So I started targeting tier 2 blogs which are having more authority than my blog. It also gives lots of advantages. Many marketers contacted me with business proposals.

    It was all good going with guest posting. It also gives good links pointing back to our blogs.



  10. Hello Bill,

    This is awesome. Guest blogging remains one of the most effective ways to consciously build backlinks and of course drive traffic to your blog. Like Mark rightly said, you need to make your proposal simple and professional or else the editor or owner of the blog won't be patient reading further to understand you.

    I get lots of guest post requests daily and I know what it feels like abandoning my other work to read through my email. Those with long grammar, I postpone them for other days; some I never have a chance to respond to again. I know in their mind they will be feeling I'm not doing it right but what else will they have me do when they sent me an epistle as proposal and expect me to spend 20 minutes reading it? No. It doesn't work that way.

    State the topic or category you want to write on, having read and followed the blog for months. Good enough, if you are a regular commenter on the blog the owner will likely accept your proposal because they are familiar with you. Build relationship ahead of time.

    Thanks for sharing from your heart.

  11. Great points, Bill! If you want to get off the ground, you need traffic. If you want traffic, there are few ways that are better when you're starting out than guest blogging.

    Like Jon Morrow said in his guest blogging course – Martin Luther King and Winston Churchill's greatest speeches would have had a lot less impact on the world if they were given to an empty room.

  12. Hello,

    Thank you for sharing this.
    Yes! Guest blogging can actually help you get targeted traffic especially when you write for blogs in your niche.

  13. Thank you Sue, you're blogs always resonate with me. For me you're the 'Tom Tom' of blogging…..guiding with sensible blogging advice!

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