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Ten Sites to Leverage Traffic From for Your Blog or Website


top_tenLists are kind of a cliche on the Internet, but they continue to be popular because people read them and link to them.

I believe in working together, synergy and leverage.  If I can leverage traffic or links from another site with minimal effort or cost, I do it.  Not every one of these sites will get you a lot of traffic, but together they’ll get you some traffic and definitely inbound links that will generate more traffic down the road.

Top 10 sites to leverage traffic from -

  1. Technorati – This is a blog aggregator, so you can only submit blogs, not websites.  It will create a profile for your site and if you link to sites or topics that are represented in Technorati, you’ll get extra exposure, even if it’s for a short period of time.
  2. Flickr – You’re not really blogging if you’re not taking and posting photos.  Unless you have your own hosting, some files may need a third party host.  Enter Flickr.  Upload, store and tag your photos, plus if other people like your pictures, they can download them and credit you!  I also like to put my URL in the description area.  One blogger I know puts photos in his Flickr account, just before he puts them on his blog.  It builds buzz in his audience to try and figure out what they mean.
  3. YouTube – This can be a big one…or not.  Viral video is a huge craze, but we never know what’s going to hit it big.  I spearheaded a project for one company I worked for and we shot three one minute videos.  They were for our website, so any additional play would be a bonus.  Except for two paid actors, we used employees to fill in and our total cost including production, editing and actors was right around $5,000.  I put them on YouTube, but they never became a “hit.”  One video did outplay the others, so if I was still working there, we’d know how to proceed in the future.
  4. Facebook – Just in the few days I’ve had a Facebook business page, I’m convinced that’s going to be one of the easiest and best ways to leverage traffic in the future.  While there is a lot of traffic to be had, you do have to stay on top of it and respond to feedback, but heck, you already spend a lot of time on Facebook anyway, so it’s not really work!  Facebook business integrates with Twitter, so you’re really killing two birds with one stone.
  5. Twitter – I’ve been very pleased with the results from Twitter.  In just a few days 15 new people know about me and this site without me expending hardly any effort at all.  If I start getting good at Twitter the results could be more astounding.  Twitter’s easy, free and actually helps you focus on crisp messaging to your audience.  This is a service that will be around and every business person should learn to use it effectively.
  6. Craigslist – This free classifieds service is really taking over.  From what I’m seeing Craigslist is going to replace Monster and Hotjobs as a destination job seekers site.  Plus it’s got a whole bunch of other products, services, discussion boards and communities.  This economy is making “free” a very popular thing.  I’ve been toying with some ads for this site on Craigslist.  I’m a bit frustrated, but I’m beginning to get the hang of it.  I rented out my house last week with ads solely from Craigslist, so I know it works.  The beauty of Craigslist is the ads are targeted geographically and by product.  If you know who your target audience is, Craigslist is definitely a site to be leveraged.
  7. Blogtopsites – This is a blog directory where position is determined by your traffic.  I’ve used it in the past and it’s good for a little traffic.  If you’re not on the first page, you won’t see very good results.  Though it’s fairly easy to set up, you do have to put some of their code on your blog.
  8. Blogtoplist – Like Reddit is to Digg, Blogtoplist is to Blogtopsites.  In other words it’s not as popular, but still worth something.  Your site does need to be a blog and you do need to install code on your page, but all in all, pretty easy to set up and nothing to maintain.
  9. Reddit – A touch of democracy for the web.  Popular articles and threads get voted up, others go away.  It’s very easy to get started and could be easier than Digg to get popular.
  10. Digg – Like Reddit, Digg is a popularity based social website with the top stories and blog posts making the front page.  It’s been around longer than Reddit, so it’s harder to make that front page.  But if you do?  Watch out for the traffic.  The beauty of a top Digg ranking is your site/article/story will be picked up by other sites on the web.  It definitely has a multiplier effect.
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  1. September 10, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Nigel,
    In addition to these 10 sites, I would also add Myspace and LinkedIn. I know they are not currently highly regarded, but these site still rank very high with Google and creating a profile only takes a few minutes.
    Gail

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  2. seobyswaby
    September 10, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Gail,

    Good thoughts. Thanks for commenting.

    Like

  3. December 27, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Good , also add delicious

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