Monday, September 28, 2009 21 Untapped Traffic Sources for Your Website

Kim Roach of, she is one of my favorite SEO bloggers, dispenses great info, see below, on the 21 Untapped Traffic Sources

I have included the initial 6 sources and just click on the link above to read the entire blog post.

For those of you who know me, you probably know that I’m a traffic addict. Finding new traffic strategies is like opening a shiny new present on Christmas day. And in this article, I want to turn you into a Traffic Yoda.

Below you’ll find 21 high-powered traffic strategies for kicking your website into high gear. Now, I realize that this article is pretty long. But I promise that it’s well-worth the read.

So, without further ado, let’s dive in…

1. Submit your Blog to Content Aggregators like and 9Rules.

If you have a top-notch blog that regularly publishes valuable content (which you should), then you can submit your blog to sites like and These are content aggregators that aggregates the best content from around the web.

AllTop is the creation of Guy Kawaski. Alltop aggregates content from leading blogs around the Web, allowing you to get the hottest new information all in one place.

As a blogger, Alltop can also be a tremendous traffic source if you can get your blog listed. You can submit your site at: is another top content aggregator online the pulls the best content from around the web into one location. 9Rules accepts submissions throughout the year. You can see when their next opening is at

2. High-Profile Content Syndication

As you probably know, article marketing is becoming less and less effective. Simply posting your articles to sites like will no longer cut it.

There’s nothing wrong with submitting your content to article directories, but you’re going to get exponentially more results if you start zoning in on high-profile content syndication.

So, what is high-profile content syndication?

Well, instead of submitting your articles to article directories, you submit them to the top websites and blogs within your market.

So, for example, if you have a blog about sports, you could submit your articles to , one of the most popular sports websites online.

If you have a website about parenting, you could submit articles to

If you have a website about finance, you could submit articles to

If you have a blog about Internet Marketing, then you can submit your articles to sites like,,, and

No matter what market you’re in, there are very popular websites that you could be submitting articles to for massive traffic.

Another great place that you can submit your articles are Ning Communities. There are thousands of Ning Social Networks online centered around almost every topic imaginable.

Simply go to and search for a community related to your target market. Find one with over 1,000 members and start getting involved in the community.

Best of all, you can contribute articles within EVERY Ning community and they are displayed on the FRONT PAGE. I hope you’re starting to see how incredible powerful this is.

Ning communities are one of the biggest untapped traffic sources online.

3. Guest Blogging

Another great way to get lots of extra exposure and laser-targeted
traffic is guest blogging. Now, I can hear what you’re probably thinking… “Kim, that’s not a new traffic source!”. But how many of you are actually USING this technique to generate traffic to your website. I’m betting that VERY few of you are actually IMPLEMENTING this EXTREMELY powerful traffic strategy.

Guest blogging is one of the best ways to expose your content to a completely new audience. Best of all, at the end of your post is your name, your brand, and a link back to your website.

So, you might be wondering how you get a popular blog to post your content. As always, it comes down to value. You want to showcase your very best content.

Plus, you’ll also need to develop a relationship with the blogger that you want to guest post for. Now, at first this might sound hard but it’s really not. Here’s what I like to do to initiate the relationship with other bloggers.

First, I start making in-depth, insightful comments on their blog…comments that will really stand out. After I do that for a couple days (maybe even a week or two), then I send the blogger an email telling them how much I enjoy their blog. I also like to make some sort of deeper connection as well. So I try and find out what their favorite hobbies are, their favorite music, etc… and I look for something that we have in common so that I can make a deeper connection.

So then I send them a personalized email, which is ALWAYS well-received. You can never go wrong paying compliments, as long as they’re sincere. Plus, the blogger already knows your name because you’ve been leaving all-star comments on their blog.

So now that you’ve developed a relationship with them, you can approach them about doing a blog post and chances are that they will happily post your article (as long as it contains extremely valuable content).

And you now have your content in front of thousands of new readers. Guest blogging is one of the best ways to increase your traffic and exposure.

Great Resources about Guest Blogging:

Why Guest Blogging is a Powerful Way to Gain Exposure for Your Blog
7 Reasons Every Blogger Should Be Guest Posting
What Makes a Great Guest Post
How to Get Your Guest Post Featured on Bigger Blogs

4. Trackbacks

A trackback is an automated process of notifying another blog that you have linked to one of their articles. Whenever you link to an article on another blog, Wordpress will automatically “ping” the other blog, alerting them to the incoming link.

Trackbacks are an excellent way of letting another blogger know that you have linked to them. Plus, trackbacks are also displayed in the comments section, so your link will immediately show up in the comments section of that blog, which can lead to lots of traffic (especially on a high-traffic blog like TechCrunch, ZenHabits, etc…)

Plus, bloggers LOVE it when you link to them… and out of gratitude, they will often link back to you, which sends even more traffic your way.

Don’t underestimate the power of linking to other blogs. It’s a very powerful traffic strategy that can also help you build relationships with other bloggers online.

Trackback Resources:

Link Karma: How Linking to Others Can Get You Lots of Links in Return
How to Do a Trackback to Get More Links and Traffic
5 Thinks You Need to Know about Trackbacks

5. Blog Commenting

Blog commenting can be an extremely powerful technique for building traffic to your website. Click here to find out how one blog comment can bring 230+ unique visitors.

Unfortunately, most bloggers underestimate the value of blog commenting. Not only can commenting bring you lots of extra exposure it’s also an excellent way to start building relationships with other bloggers.

And these relationships can lead to guest posting opportunities, backlinks, interviews, and more.

In order to optimize your comments for the most traffic, you’ll want to make sure that you’re one of the first to comment. The earlier you comment, the more exposure you’re going to get because your comment will be at the top of the page. And, as always, make sure that your comment provides tremendous value. You want your comment to stand out from the others. You do this by providing in-depth, insightful comments that ADD to the conversation.

Now imagine if you do this consistently on several high-profile blogs you could drive some serious traffic to your blog and build invaluable relationships with your fellow bloggers.

6. Write Tutorials!

Tutorials are a HUGE untapped traffic source online. If you have a
website related to graphic design, wordpress, web development, SEO,
marketing, or programming, then you can use tutorials to send thousands of visitors to your website. There are hundreds of websites online that you can submit your tutorials to. One of the most popular is

Here’s a more complete list of popular sites where you can submit your tutorials for tons of extra exposure, traffic, and backlinks… - (This one is one of my favorites because it has a section for marketing and SEO.) This site alone has sent me thousands of visitors.

21 Untapped Traffic Sources

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