Are you in the “just getting started” phase of blogging where your cat and your goldfish are your only readers?
If you don’t have traffic of your own yet, the best way to get some is to take the "Pirate" approach and steal it!
But in a nice way...
Here are some simple ways to get traffic from other people’s networks:
Be Loud & Rowdy (Comment on Other Blogs)
When you comment on a blog it adds a link from your comment to your website (if you put your URL in the URL field). So get out there and be chatty!
Tip: Look for blogs that have CommentLuv enabled. You’ll get not just one link but two—one to your website and another one to your most recent blog post. Here’s a great list of CommentLuv enabled blogs: http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/commentluv-enabled/
Jump on the Table and Sing/Dance (Be a Guest Blogger)
Blogging as a guest on other people’s blogs is a great way to get in front of their readers and bring some of them back to your blog. It also helps establish credibility for you.
Tip: When searching for sites to guest blog at, look for ones that have readers who would be interested in your blog. If you blog about social media, try SocialMediaToday.com. If you blog about SEO, try the list at Search Engine Journal. Get the idea? Search at AllTop or Technorati to find blogs in your niche.
Sign In & Be on the "List" (Get Listed at Blogging Directories)
There are lots of directories and search engines you can get your blog listed in. Look for directories that are based on niche, too.
Rub Shoulders with the Great Ones (Share Resources & Bloggers)
By featuring other bloggers in a post on your website, you get their attention and if it’s nice, they’re likely to tweet/share your post. You could write about them, link to a helpful post they’ve written, or even interview them for a post.
Let Others Do the Work (Feature Guest Bloggers)
Invite other bloggers to write for your blog. Guest bloggers usually bring their traffic and fans with them because they’ll promote the post when it goes live on your site.
Oh, and don't really let others do the work. When you get a guest blogger, do what you can to drive traffic to that post, too!
Round Up Your Crew (Create a Tribe)
If you’re on Twitter, join http://triberr.com/ and create a tribe of pirate mateys. You’ll be setup to automatically Tweet out their new posts, and they’ll tweet out yours, helping all of you reach a great audience by leveraging the networks of everyone in the Tribe.
Or use HootSuite to setup each other's RSS feeds to share with your networks automatically.
What Else Would a Pirate Do?
What other ways can you think of to build your blog by connecting with others? Get creative!
Pirate Image Credit: http://stockfresh.com/gallery/keeweeboy