Blog Traffic Made Easy: A Free Report

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Today’s Freebie Friday gift is a free report, Blog Traffic Made Easy, written by John Robinson of SiteFever.com. You can download the report directly by clicking the link as John doesn’t require an opt-in for this information.

This guide begins with step-by-step blog setup instructions, then offers advice on finding a blog host, which plugins are useful for bloggers, and lists some services bloggers will find helpful as well.

The third section of this report is on promotion, and John gives a number of ways to drive traffic to your blog. He finishes off his guide by giving tips on writing posts and ways to encourage linking. All in all, it’s a concise work that gives a great overview of all the basic information bloggers need. I hope you find it helpful.

Until next time,

Happy Blogging!

41 Free Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

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Today’s Marketing Monday tip offers a list of 41 free (online and offline) tactics to drive traffic to your blog. This post is an introduction to a series of follow-up posts that will provide in-depth information about each item, one at a time.

Here’s the list:

  1. Word of Mouth
  2. Business Cards
  3. Free Report or White Paper
  4. Social Bookmarking**
  5. Blog Directory Submissions
  6. Produce an Ezine
  7. Develop Relevant Inbound Links
  8. Optimize Your Blog for Search Engines*
  9. Submit Articles to Content Distribution Services
  10. Network within Your Niche
  11. Interact on Forums
  12. Create an Email Newsletter
  13. Start an Online Community for Your Niche
  14. RSS Feeds
  15. Product Marketing
  16. Barter/Swap Advertising
  17. Ebay & Craig’s List
  18. Wikipedia & Other Wiki Sites
  19. Social Media**
  20. Joint Ventures/Affiliates
  21. News Releases
  22. Video
  23. Industry Trade Publications
  24. Local Media — TV/Radio/Newspaper Interviews
  25. Regional Magazine Articles
  26. Podcasting
  27. Bizstreaming/Lifestreaming
  28. Multi-media Sharing/Slidecasting
  29. Relationships with Fellow Bloggers
  30. Email Signatures
  31. Creating Valuable Content
  32. Contests
  33. Polls/Surveys
  34. Car Banner
  35. Offer Freebies (Products or Services)
  36. Become an Expert (write for Examiner and/or other reporter-type sites)
  37. Develop a Referral System
  38. Create an Online Directory for Your Niche
  39. Create a Resource Page for Your Niche
  40. Amazon.com
  41. Images (SEO* and Social Photo-sharing**)

* This topic is already being covered through SEO Saturday tips.
**Beginning on January 27, we’ll start a series on Social Media/Social Bookmarking. This series will be held on Wednesdays, since Wednesday is “Friends Day.”

Posts of the Week: Nov. 30 – Dec. 5

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The best posts for bloggers that I read during the week of November 30 – December 5, 2009, are:

Guest Post: Angie Breidenbach

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Angela Breidenbach is Mrs. Montana International 2009 working with the American Heart Association, the Jadyn Fred Foundation, Hope’s Promise Orphan Ministries, and drawing awareness to Fair Trade practices. Full Spirit Magazine’s president, Angela also teaches online classes in personal growth and powerful living. She’s certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and Assisting Minister. She is a multi-award winning inspirational speaker and author, writing freelance and non-fiction. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom’s brain, but she is also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital. She has a combined family of six grown children, one grandson.

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