5 Rules About Online Traffic You Need To Know

Traffic Rule #1First off I wanted to let you know that my writing tutorial is almost completed,  and will be ready to come out  in later this month, which I think is a great month for a tutorial to come out, anyway.

In order for my hard work of putting  this tutorial together not to be in vain, I’ve been studying different areas to increase my traffic. Traffic is something that we try to avoid in real life, but online, it’s a whole different game, isn’t?

Online we are constantly looking for better strategies to increase traffic.

Believe me, I’m still searching, but I wanted to share some things I’ve found and learned recently.

Today, I wanted to share with you 5 rules that you need to know about online traffic.

Traffic Rule #2Rule # 1 Do Not Chase After Traffic

What I call chasing after traffic is paying for traffic. Now, I’m not saying that if you pay for a Google ad, or a Facebook ad you won’t get traffic.  If you create a paid ad you probably will get some hits, but is this the type of traffic you really want?

The type of traffic that you get from ads is what I call “anonymous traffic.” It’s traffic that needs something, gets it, and just go away. Most likely, you won’t see such traffic again until you place another ad.

Maybe your business model is a good fit for such traffic, but if you want traffic to your blog and to your business, this is not really the type of traffic you want.  What you want is recurring traffic made of individuals who know you and refer you to others.

What’s the best medicine against chasing traffic?

  • Create good content
  • Learn about methods to share your content effectively
  • Connect with other bloggers by commenting on their blogs
  • Share other people’s traffic
  • Be a likable person

Traffic Rule #3Rule #2 Offer Something Worthy of Traffic

In real life what provokes traffic is because a large amount of people go somewhere they either really WANT to go, or really NEED to go.  So, in order to attract traffic to your blog, you need to make people really want or really need to come as well.

In order to get traffic to your blog, you need to offer something worthy of traffic to start with. Whether you are looking for traffic to grab your free offer or your paid offer, if it’s not worth anybody’s time, your traffic won’t last even if you are a master at getting it in the first place.

Valuable content, valuable products, not matter what you might have, make it worth people’s time, and you’ll be able to build, keep, and even increase your traffic.

How do you offer something of value?

In order to create valuable content (no matter the content) you need to be an information digger, and read a lot of stuff yourself. There is no substitute for this.

If you create written content, but not a great writer, yet, you need to learn about writing. This blog’s main topic is helping you to write better, and as I mentioned at the beginning of this post I will have a writing tutorial that you’ll be able to download for free very soon.

Either way, no matter what you do, you need to find a way to create good content that people will WANT and NEED to read, watch or hear.

Traffic Rule #4Rule # 3 Go Where Traffic Hangs Out

Where does online traffic hangout?

That’s an easy one to answer.  Traffic hangs out on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pintrest, and so forth.  Traffic hangs out on all social media sites.

When you go to those sites you want to check who is following your niche, and try to connect with them by building relationships with such people.

By the way, you do not build relationships with people by telling them, “Hey here is my product if you want to check it out!”  I would never check your product out if you’d approached me that way, and I’m not the only one.

What you want to do is introduce yourself to individuals, and try to get to know them.  Try to connect with them on a more personal level. If you know that they are following your niche, you can let them know that you have something that may be of interest to them, but let it not be the first thing you do.

Recently, I express interested about someone’s product and we chatted on Facebook.  It was easy for her to see that I like cats just by looking at my picture there, so on our chatting thread she sent me a picture of her cat, and she started telling me about her furry child.  This is smart networking.

Don’t forget, people will always like you more if you show some interest in them.  Not everything can be about you.  People like that bore me to death, and make me want to flee. I’m sure I’m not the only one either.

Don’t just be the talker all the time, be the listener.  You’ll find out that it really pays off.

How do you hangout where the traffic is?

Spend at least 10-15 minutes each day on your 3 favorite social media sites, and try to get to know people in your niche.  While you do, remember that it’s not so much about how much time you spend each day, but how constant you are doing it.

Taffic Rule #5Rule #4 Put Yourself in Front of that Traffic

Once you’ve found those traffic avenues that are hanging around your niche, it’s time to put your content in front of them.

How to put your content in front of people through social media?

For example, this is what I am doing on LinkedIn right now.  I joined several groups within my niches and I share my content with those groups, while I read they content and share my thoughts with them on the group and on their sites as well.

Most of the social media sites have groups that you can join or even create.  Join a few groups in each of the sites that you want to share your content on.

Joining groups is one of the easiest ways to share your content with people using social media.

Traffic Rule #6Rule #5 Re-direct Social Media Traffic to you

I think that it’s worth it to remind you – because I know we tend to forget this – that the traffic which we “think” we have on social media sites, is not “our” traffic, it’s theirs.

Yes, that’s right!

If you have Facebook friends and Twitter followers that have only connected with you through Facebook or Twitter, they are not “your” traffic, but “these social media sites’ traffic“.  That’s why you need to redirect them to you.

How do you redirect social media traffic to you?

Invite people to your site.  As long as they communicate with you only through a social media site, they’re not really useful to you anyway, you want to have those people interested in what you do or what you are about at the right place, and that place is you blog, for most of you.

Ten thousands followers on Twitter really look good, but how many of those are following you on your blog?

Instead of collecting more followers on Twitter, more viewers on YouTube and more friends of Facebook, try to re-direct some of that traffic to your own site.

Only when such traffic is on your own site will it be of any good to your blog, services or business.

There you have it… I hope you enjoyed these 5 rules about online traffic that we all need to know in order to manage such traffic the right way and fully benefit form it.

Over to you now.  What are your tips or rules about traffic? What don’t you share some that, today?

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47 Comments

  • EmmanuelTwitter: cudjoe1991 says:

    Hi Syiviane,
    There is nothing more to add to this post than to just thank you for this lovely piece.Everything has being well ‘swallowed’ by me.
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Emmanuel,

      I wasn’t sure if I should delete your comment or not to tell you the truth, because there is nothing in it, but I let it go for this time.

      I hope you did read the post, however, and will apply some of the tips mentioned here.

      • EmmanuelTwitter: cudjoe1991 says:

        Oh, that’s a great indictment. I’m really saddened by your reply. What’s wrong congratulating you for this lovely piece you’ve written.

        Anyway,I guess it will be prudent taking my comment off! That of course will be the right thing to do!
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        • Sylviane Nuccio says:

          Hi Again Emmanuel,

          Sorry about that, I didn’t mean to sadden you.

          Nothing is wrong with congratulating, but read you comment again and tell me if it shows that you’ve even read the post 🙂 I know a lot of bloggers who just delete such comments. Everytime! But I didn’t.

          As a matter of fact, take my advice as a friendly reminder. I didn’t delete the comment, because you seem to be a “real” person with a “real” blog, but if you do read other blog posts, you might want to add something so you don’t look like a spammer if you’re not. It’s for your own good, my friend.

  • William ButlerTwitter: wiarbu says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Thank you for the useful traffic tips. As to point #3, having a relationship with someone, I was once asked by someone to look over a link and let him know what I thought of it. After I told him that it was not for me, he unfriended me on Facebook and then wrote some garbage on my Facebook wall. When I spoke with him directly, as he had included his phone number in his link, I asked if he found this tactic useful. He admitted he hadn’t had much success.

    Why not get to know someone first, build a relationship with them, and then find out where their interests lie? Those are the questions I asked him to consider.

    Kind Regards,
    Bill
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi William,

      Thank you so much for adding this experience of yours here.

      Such behavior can’t be successful, indeed. I’m not surprise that such tactics didn’t work for him. How could it?

      It also looks a bit like a desperate behavior to me, and that’s not good to “attract” success and money either.

      Relationship building is such a huge part of making your business work, online as well as offline. Nothing can replace that part of doing business.

      Thank you for coming, and have a great week!

  • Majharul Hossain says:

    I always believe that social medias are the huge source of quality traffic. But you need to be more social in order to get actual benefit from it. Social media is not working for traditional online promotion methods. It need close relationship with your targeted people. therefor No.3rd,4th and 5th points of this post are really effective.

    Now, you need to create valuable contents that your audience probably looking for. In my point of view, a valuable content means- a) Full of valuable information (well researched). b) Ability to engage audience. c) Well written (should be written for all quality of readers). d) Proper use of targeted keywords. So, No. 1st and 2nd points of this poet is perfect.

    Thanks for informing people the reality behind generating online traffic…

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Majharul, and thank you for coming to my blog.

      This is very true, social media doesn’t work if all you do is blast some links to your “friends” that you actually don’t even know. When people do this on Facebook or other media sites, I just delete them. Most people do, that’s why it doesn’t work. I wish they would just get it 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoy this post, and left such a valuable comment.

      Have a great week!

  • Sandy Halliday says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Great tips. One of the most underrated places to hang out is on busy forums. By being helpful and giving great value others will notice you and then are likely to click on your signature which should take them to your website or blog.

    What ever method you use consistency is the key. It does make a difference.

    Sandy

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Sandy,

      Yes, I’m glad you mentioned forums to add to this post. Forums work, but of course they take time.

      I used to belong to a paid forum for 4 years and I’m also still a member of Warrior Forum which had a one time payment membership. Because of lack of time I haven’t been there in a long time though, I know I should get back to it.

      Thanks for the reminder.

      Have a great week ahead.

  • LisaTwitter: Lisapatb says:

    Sylviane, great tips! I need to work on sharing my stuff more with groups on Twitter. I started to do that with Facebook and a little on Google plus. I would recommend Triberr as it’s a great way to meet new bloggers and generate shares along the way too. I’ve also found BizSugar a great way to generate some traffic to my blog recently too. You make a great point instead of getting them to follow your social profiles get them to your blog, that’s the hub of your website and business 🙂
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Every time I read the word “triberr” I’m thinking, gosh I need to get to this one. I don’t know what’s with me and triberr, I can’t get to really understand, and/or like it, but I hear everywhere that it works well for them.

      I do know about BizSugar though, and I post my posts each week there, what I don’t do enough is the relationship building, wish of course takes time. Need to work on that 🙂

      Thank you for coming, Lisa and have a great week!

  • Donna MerrillTwitter: donna_tribe says:

    Hi Sylviane!

    Great advise as usual. People have funny notions going about getting traffic. When they “buy” traffic, it is a hopeless case. These are people who are not interested in what you do, but rather one’s that may have signed up for something in your niche. I never understood that! And those traffic-chasers annoy the heck out of everyone!

    You have explained how to increase traffic in an ethical business savvy way! From creating good content and commenting on other people’s blogs to joining groups on the social sites and creating good relationships. All the while, being mindful that you are honestly interested in their content.

    I like the way you are using LinkedIn. I used that for the longest time, fell away from it for a while, but I back into it! The groups there I find are more serious than on other social sites.

    The best of all to me is rule #5 because it isn’t our traffic, it’s theirs! I don’t care how many numbers I might have on Twitter and other sites, as long as they come to mine, I’m a happy camper! They usually come because I go to their blog first, leave a comment and may connect on social sites.

    -Donna
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Donna, and nice to see you online again.

      I’ve never really understood traffic chasers either. One of the worst traffic chasing I know is buying leads, the worst money wasting one can do. This doesn’t work!

      Yes, people on linkedin tend to me more serious and professional than other media. Now that I’m using it I like it too. Of course it takes time, and time is what’s most missing for me, right now, but success requires efforts, doesn’t it?

      Glad to see you again and I hope you like your new place 🙂

  • Jeevanjacobjohn says:

    I don’t fully agree with you on number one, Sylviane. If we run ads in a very targeted manner (perhaps on similar blogs), it could drive more traffic to our blog. Then again, our comments and guest posts are ads on other sites (then why should you go and pay for an ad).

    One particular (useful) situation that comes to my mind is FB fans. We could ran targeted FB ads and get loyal followers (it worked really well for my page :D). And later on, we can redirect those folks to our blog 🙂

    I do agree with your other tips. We have to go where the traffic is (I have heard of a quote – “build and they will come”. It doesn’t work that way). We have to go and promote our brand (of course, that shouldn’t be our priority. Our priority should be networking with others).

    I loved the example you provided 😉 We have to get personal with our audience – ask questions, engage and act like real humans (Socialize! Instead of completely automating our SM accounts).

    Right now, I am focusing on two SM sites – Twitter and Google Plus. Since I don’t have a blog, I am mainly trying to build/grow my profiles. I think that’s one tip I can provide. If a person is starting out, they shouldn’t probably go and start a blog. Instead they should wait a while.

    Read blogs, educate themselves about the niche, build their SM profiles, comment and guest post. Repeat, and after a while, they can start a blog. And this time, they are sure to receive traffic in the first day itself 😀

    Anyways, thank you for the tips, Sylviane! Good luck on your writing tutorial 🙂

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Jeevan,

      Well, I agree with what you are saying, that’s why I did say that if you post an ad you will probably get something from that ad, but from what I’ve seen those are like one time hitters, probably not repeating business.

      You’re right guest posts are also ads, but since you mentioned that, let me tell you that guest posts haven’t worked for repeated business for me at all!

      What you mentioned at the end of your comment, not starting a blog right away, but read and learn first, is exactly what I’ve mentioned on a recent post right here on this blog, so, thanks for emphasizing this. You doing great by doing this before you start blogging again.

      Nice to have you around again, Jeevan, and have a great week ahead!

  • Sherman SmithTwitter: shermanksmith75 says:

    Hey Sylviane,

    You are right one point with this post about online traffic. What really stuck out to me is number 1.. do not chase traffic.

    I’ve been approach by a lot of people to like their page, look at their offers, and read their blog post and comment. Now it’s one thing if we have rapport and been helping each other out, but it’s another thing when you barely know each other if just meeting and you ask each other this. This is definitely not professional.

    If anything, if you want people to come to your blog, then doing what you mentioned in Number 4 will indeed help you get traffic to your blog. You want to be where the traffic you want is and engage. You find good content and you share, and the same goes for others to read yours and share your posts.

    I follow these tips and they have been working quite well for me! Thanks for sharing Sylviane!
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Sherman,

      I’m glad you like and agree with number 1. You know when you write a list like this, you’ve got those who agree and those who don’t so that makes things even more interesting.

      Chasing traffic may work at times for some, but for the most part it doesn’t. and it never did work for me.

      I’m glad that you are following those tips for your online business and that it’s been working well for you.

      Thanks for coming 🙂

  • Sonia says:

    I like #1 and #3. Chasing traffic will leave you burnt out and why does anyone have to try that hard anyway? You end up focusing on stuff that doesn’t matter and in the long run it might not be the traffic you want (spam). #3 is so true because it is how I built my traffic. I can’t say my content alone helped, but networking was a large part of it. I got to meet many bloggers I wouldn’t otherwise know had I not get my tail out there. That old saying of “if you build it, they will come” is a load of crap and many people still believe this crazy notion. Great tips Sylvianne!

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Sonia,

      I agree with you, “build it and they will come” is BS 🙂 And my blogs alone are testimonies enough for me. I’m still starving for the traffic and success that my blogs deserve, and they have been built alright 🙂

      Getting traffic takes work, no doubt. Like you, without networking with other bloggers I would have never met the great people I’ve met, YOU included 😉

      Thank you for coming and have a great week 🙂

  • Barbara CharlesTwitter: BarbaraCharles says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    I thought these were great tips. Something we need to hear sometimes over and over again. I had a guest blogger just recently, Connor, write about ‘chasing traffic.’ Paying for traffic is just not productive in the long run and cost you money that will likely not get you results. I think this is the best one as #1. Finally, I think the re-directing the traffic to you is right up there with the top #1. It is so crucial to get traffic to our site by re-directing the traffic to us. Smart and you would think common sense, but common sense is not common so people do not do this.

    Anyway, great post and excellent info. Thanks for the share.
    Barbara
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for coming and I appreciate that.

      Yes, most of these tips are really common sense, but we know that not everyone does things that are common sense, like the idiots who leave dozens of spam comments everyday on each and every one of my blogs. That’s not common sense, but they do it over and over.

      Hope you are having a good time 🙂

  • Entreb says:

    For me, traffic is not actually the ultimate reward for online businesses, it’s only a raw result that must be converted to constant profit and good relationship with your customers or users. Therefore, it is always wise to think for the deeper reason why we are getting traffic.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Yes, that’s true. Traffic can mean several things and we need both the traffic that populate our blog with comments and the one that actually purchase the product or the service.

  • AdrienneTwitter: adriennesmith40 says:

    Hey Sylviane,

    I remember when I was first learning about how to get traffic to my blog I kept hearing the same things over and over again but for some reason I was looking for some magic answer. Of course back then they didn’t explain things well enough for me to comprehend how this was actually done because you know how some people are. They never give you all the information, they hope you’ll keep coming back to learn more.

    I’ve done a little bit of paid advertising and although I got opt-ins, I made no sales. What’s up with that! So I paid for traffic that didn’t stick around and didn’t buy my product. Well that was a waste of my hard earned money which is why I strongly agree with you, we need to pay attention more to referral traffic.

    You’ve really laid out the best plans for how to get in front of people and make those lasting connections. I’m sure if everyone is honest with themselves they’ll say that all they want is for someone to read their content, comment and make a connection with them. So if that’s what they want then why aren’t they doing that for others because that’s what it’s all about. Do that enough times and it will start coming back to you.

    Great post Sylviane and spot on tips for getting lasting traffic to our blogs. Yep, that’s what we all want, them coming back time and time again.

    Have a fabulous day young lady and thanks again.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      Yes, you’re right, back in the days as you said they either didn’t explained things well or it sounded so darn complicated. I remember that!

      I had a crazy blogger woman once about 2 years ago who gave me a comment about my post on her own blog as a reply to my comment on her blog. Was she new at this? No, she wasn’t. Just a stupid selfish person, and I stopped going to her blog not long after that.

      What’s wrong with people like that? It really beats me. I do not understand how you can have a blog and do this to your readers. I know she’s lost me and pretty sure, as they say, if she did it to me, she probably did it to others.

      Of course, we want to be much smarter than that at building relationships 🙂

      Thanks for coming, Adrienne, and have a great day too 🙂

  • Susan Velez says:

    I am always looking for a way to get more traffic to a site. I found Adrienne Smith’s blog about two month ago and she had a post on her blog talking about the exact steps she took to get her blog successful.

    I have been following her method for a little over a month now. Although I do miss some days here and there. I think consistency is the key.

    I haven’t really had a chance to do social marketing to the fullest effect. Although it sounds like it could definitely help me. I told myself I would follow the same method for at least 2-3 months to see the results. Although I have added some extra steps into the method like forum marketing.

    It seems to be working out great for me. When I am ready to implement another method I will be using some of these. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Susan,

      Yes, we are all in the search for more traffic, aren’t we?

      I am myslef learning and implementing more traffic methods right now, because it’s something I still most definitely need on all my 3 blogs.

      Forum marketing is great, and I’ve done some of that a couple of years back, but it’s also time consuming and I stopped for that reason, eventhough, eventually I want to get back to it.

      Thanks for your input, Susan and have a great day!

  • Disha says:

    Traffic is basic point of Online! This is a really good article. I’m happy to know best idea about traffic, Awesome! Thank you

  • Pst BlessTwitter: ngobless says:

    Thanks a million time for coming to visit my humble blog, i appreciate.
    Like you rightly pointed out, Traffic is something that we try to avoid in real life, but online, it’s a whole different game, isn’t?

    In any Online business, we are constantly looking for better strategies to increase traffic.
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hello there,

      Well, you’re welcome.

      Indeed, we all are looking for more traffic because without it we are dead as far as our online estate goes.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for coming.

  • Barry Wells says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Excellent tips you shared here, thanks.

    When I first started my blog I got into Total Web Traffic which showed me a variety of traffic tips. the main one I latched onto was YouTube, which has been working well.

    I totally agree with you on paid traffic and have never gone down that road. For me the social media sites work a treat but as you say we have to work at building the relationships first.

    Twitter is my favourite and is always in my top ten but I do apply myself there on a regular basis and try my best to bring people to my sites.

    Thanks for sharing these tips Sylviane and the best of luck finishing your ebook 🙂

    Barry

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Barry,

      Thank you for coming. Yes, I know you do well with YouTube. I haven’t even faced that one yet, but I am in the process of turbo charging my involvement with social media, because I need and want way more exposure than I have now.

      Thank you about the eBook. Need to make it happen before the end of the month 🙂

      Have a great weekend!

  • Reginald says:

    Hey Sylvia,

    I really like about the ‘do not chase’ traffic part. That is lovely advise. Personally, i believe traffic will come by itself if you put enough heart and soul in it.

    Just keep everything as basic as possible and you should be just fine. At least, that’s what I believe 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Reginald,

      OK, my name is Sylviane 🙂

      I don’t think that chasing traffic works either, but we need to do our very best to promote our blogs, sales pages, squeeze pages, etc. There’s a lot of work to do still, and it doesn’t stop 🙂

      Thanks for coming by. Really appreciate it.

  • Nate Leung says:

    Hi Sylviane!

    I’m a big fan of referral traffic. That’s why #4 hits it home for me. I believe that you still need to know the basics of SEO but at the same time, I believe that consistency over SEO and trying to get ranked for a particular keyword. That’s just me.

    I’ve been able to get a lot of traffic to my site off organic searches as well as referral traffic. As long as the blog is providing great value, it also doesn’t hurt to make sure the blog post has a keyword density of 1-2%.

    What’s great about blogging is that provided you are consistent, you do the blog post one time and it pays over time with the compound effect. Loved your article and very nicely written! Have a great weekend!

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Nate and always a pleasure having you here.

      I love referral traffic as well. Traffic is traffic, but referral traffic is the one that will comment on your blogs and share your stuff. Even people on my list are rarely commenting on my posts, for example, that’s why referral traffic is my favorite.

      Of course, doing a bit of SEO helps and I always do that too. I love to be found organically as well.

      Thanks for your comment and have a great day!

  • Silviu says:

    Hi Sylviane, I like the idea of information digger. It is more important than it seems.

    People must understand that finding good, quality information is not so easy. Sometimes it is very hard.

    You are an expert in a field and you provide information that helps people in that field. There is no shame in that and you have the right to ask for a reward in exchange for that information. This is a kind of a new \”profession\”, if I may say so.

    As for the rest, I think it depends very much on the model of business that you choose. I think the idea of paid traffic is important and you must use it at some point in your business.

    That’s because there is an important question that is still missing from the internet: How many people can you engage in that direct manner you described in the article? You are an individual and no matter how talented you are, there is a time limit of a day (24 hours) and the lifespan is also limited. So I am afraid the number of people you can connect and directly engage on the net is limited. That raise the most important question: Are those people you engage on the net enough to make a living? What about the dream to be rich and free and all?

    Have a wonderful day

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      I Silviu,

      Sorry for replying so late.

      Well, I don’t agree with you. I do think that we can, with the time that we have, reach out far and wide and yes, that’s enough to make lots money with it too. Maybe you don’t know anyone doing it personally, but I do. That’s why I know that paid traffic is absolutely NOT necessary and that people CAN do it indeed on their own.

      There is nothing wrong to add some paid ads, if you wish, but it will never be as great as what you can get with referral traffic from people that will like and trust you. Of course for that, you have to be “likable” and “trustworthy” but it DOES work!

      Thanks for coming and have a great day ahead.

      • Silviu says:

        Hi Sylviane,

        You know, most bloggers I have met so far are never direct, honest and sincere. They prefer to keep things in some kind of a cloud that allows them to make any kind of affirmation they want.

        When I ask them a direct question, they usually avoid a clear answer. When I dare to express a different opinion, directly, honestly they perceive this as an insult and their feelings are hurt. They say to me that I am impolite, even rude.

        It seems that you are different. You are not afraid to tell what you feel, you are not afraid to be direct and you are not afraid to answer questions. Even more: you are not afraid to disagree, directly, in writing.

        Disagreement, contradiction, the power to say what is right and what is wrong, what you like and what you don’t like … this is the mark of true courage, dignity and real human value.

        This is the first time when somebody gives me a real, practical information. I will keep that information in mind and meditate on it. That’s because I am still at crossroads and the decision was not taken, yet.

        Have a wonderful day

  • JuneTwitter: miraculousladie says:

    Thanks Sylviane for this useful post. Yesterday my teenage daughter said to me, “Mum do you know that you can buy Facebook followers?” I told her I wasn’t interested in buying followers just to show that I have a large number liking my page. I’d rather have a few loyal followers who followed me because they genuinely liked my blog content or have none at all.
    I like #5 about inviting social media followers to your blog. That’s something I need to do.
    Have a good weekend. 🙂
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi June,

      Yes, we sure can buy those followers alright! But I’ve always wondered who wants FAKE followers that don’t give a darn about your page?

      Of course, we know that’s a marketing tactic to show off to the world that you’ve got lots of followers, but that’s the side of marketing that is really shameful if you ask me. I’m glad you’ve mentioned this.

      Thank you for coming and sorry for taking so long for replying to your comment.

      Have a great day!

  • MayuraTwitter: MayuraDeSilva says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    First off, congratulations on your writing tutorial dear 🙂 You know, I’ve been applying some tips of yours into my writing and still improving. Way to go 😀 lol… But I’m grateful enough for your help here.

    Excellent piece again and I like the formation of your post this time dear 🙂 Lovely!

    A great point at the first! If someone got enough money to spend, this is a great way for ’em to bring more traffic and increase their online ranks 🙂 Personally, I know this worked for business websites sometimes and even bloggers doing it to increase their advertising revenue. Just $10 or less to bring 2000+ hits. May be 10000 hits per day and 2000 followers, but very few actually reading ’em.

    After knowing all this, I still worries why some bloggers “really obsessed” with the rankings too much. Buying traffic, followers and all that. We need to be obsessed a bit, not too much, eh? As you implied, I think the best way is the gradual approach.

    What I love about offering something valuable is, it’s like residual income 🙂 Get more and more traffic even they get older. Like Adrienne showed how to find magic keywords, we can see what people really looking for and offer ’em what they need if we can.

    Promotion is something I still lack of Sylviane 🙂 But I intentionally slowed down myself and blogging schedule to take more time to some other stuff which I need to work on. See, I’m always late to comment 😀 Anyway, I’m glad to see traffic flowing and happy for that.

    I really like your last point too! Redirecting traffic is something we bloggers should think about. If someone follow us, it doesn’t mean they like our blog too. Unless we are branding ourselves, I think having a separate account for blog or business is a great way to measure real traffic Sylviane 🙂 I found that some clients I had were following my brand accounts for so long, but never commented or interacted with me until they shoot me an email requesting services 🙂

    You have a lovely weekend there dear! 🙂

    Cheers…
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Mayura,

      I’m glad you liked that post and sorry for being late replying too. So busy!

      Yes, paid traffic does just that. You’ve mentioned it all. That’s why it will never replace referral or organic traffic. NEVER!

      Redirecting traffic that’s what I’m doing right now more and more. What’s the point having too many followers that don’t really follow YOU?

      Thanks for your feedback and have a great week! Always svery much appreciated 🙂

  • CarolynTwitter: wonderoftech says:

    Hi Sylviane, You are very right about this. People pay for Twitter followers and Facebook ads, but neither one will bring you engaged readers. There is quality and there is quantity. Better to have quality and build up the quantity.

    You’re right about providing content that people will want to read. That\’s what really brings them in. No matter what your relationship is on Facebook, people will only come to your site repeatedly if you offer value.

    I like your idea of inviting people using Social Media. If they like what they see, they’ll be back.

    My only question about your advice was about being a likable person. How do I do that? 😉

    Thanks for this article that is spot on with its advice, Sylviane!
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  • OktoTwitter: oktohakim says:

    Really true Sylviane. First time I knew about blog (couple of years a go) I made these mistakes. Its important that we should not go for traffic. We must create value first then get connected and traffic will come.
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