Top 50 Sites to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

By Posted 2010 Updated   Guest PostsSEOTutorials

How to drive traffic to your blog? Traffic Generation is so crucial to any web business that depends on unique visitors to survive. Blogs like Mashable, Techcrunch, Problogger.com, Copyblogger.com and Zen Habits generate tons of traffic daily. Traffic is the key to online businesses which depend on visitors to make money. if you have targeted traffic in abundance then you will laugh all the way to the bank when you begin to monetize your blog.

My quest to drive traffic to my two blogs (Boostta and Alltopstartups) motivated me to compile this list. It has taken me a lot of site registrations to sometimes submit my blogs. Traffic generation demands a lot of work and commitment. Your blog’s link needs to be on several sites to be able to see the kind of traffic you expect.

I must confess that I am still using the sites I have provided below, some have worked pretty well and others don’t make a lot of difference. It’s a combination of different strategies and you stick to the ones that bring in the most traffic. Promotion will be a very large component of your success with your blog, and its an ongoing process and trust me it takes time and commitment.

Traffic

Treat your blog like a business that needs planning. Set out your goals. Are you blogging just to educate your niche or to inform them? Do you intend to monetize your blog? If yes, that is why you must approach your blog like a business. What would you do with a business to help it grow?  You promote it. This is essentially what you need to do with your blog if you want people to read it.

Ebooks Directories

Most e-books directories offer the best of e-books from different categories. A lot of people visit these sites to download books to enhance and boost their blogging career.

Compile some of your best and popular posts into e-books and submit them to some of the great sites listed in this collection. If you intend to monetize your blog, you can offer the short books you create for free on your site as a downloadable version, but offer it in exchange for the users’ email address. This way you can send them future products or free products and advertise to them as well.

Here are some great sites for your E-book submissions:

  1. ebookjunke.com
  2. ebook88.com
  3. thefreesite.com
  4. getfreeebooks.com
  5. changethis.com
  6. ebooksubmit.com
  7. getfreeebooks.com
  8. ideamarketers.com/bookpr.cfm
  9. mind-like-water.com

Blog Directories

Blog directories are useful places people search for blog posts. Don’t be left out when your target market in the results displayed in these sites. Make a conscious effort to send your blog to at least one blog directory every day when you check your blog traffic for the day. It’s the submissions that bring in the traffic you want to see increase.

Here are some great sites for blog submission:

  1. Blogged.com
  2. BlogCatalog.com
  3. blogcarnival.com
  4. technorati.com
  5. topblogarea.com
  6. topblogging.com
  7. blogtoplist.com
  8. fuelmyblog.com
  9. bloggingfusion.com
  10. blogarama.com
  11. topbloglists.com
  12. blogs.botw.org
  13. bloggeries.com
  14. icerocket.com
  15. yousaytoo.com
  16. blogsearchengine.com

Social Media Marketing

Almost every blog now has a way to share posts on multiple social media sites. This works for some niche sites but unfortunately it does not work for others. Mashable   gets tons of traffic from social media sites. Posts are submitted multiple times to Twitter, Digg, Facebook and the new Google buzz makes it even better. Some of these sites you know already, I will not waste your time by repeating these links or sites.

But what I can say is that it depends on your niche. Choose and monitor your social media marketing carefully.  Stumbleupon and hacker news works very well for my boostta.com site because users of the niche I have chosen. I expose plugins and applications that can boost and enhance your blogging experience. There are also a lot of How-to articles on my site.

Online News / Tools Aggregation sites

This category has a lot in common with social media marketing. Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit, Slashdot and Delicious all qualify for this category as well. You are familiar with most of them. Provide buttons to these sites on your blog and your users will bring you tons of traffic.

News aggregation is very popular in recent times; fortunately some of the sites allow users to submit their news or stories to their sites for their readers. Y combinator’s hacker news aggregation is not known for good design but it can send a lot of traffic to your site if your article or post will be useful for startup founders, or technology news readers. With compelling headlines and descriptions, you can quickly gain traffic to your blog.

Here are some great sites for news aggregation submission:

  1. N4G.com is great for game news
  2. BizHeat.com for business news
  3. Y Combinator for tech news

Podcast Directories

Some readers prefer podcasts to reading your text online. Give them what they want when they them ta the places they find them most.  You can convert your blog posts into podcasts with Vozmo.

Here are some great sites for podcast submission:

  1. podcastdirectory.com
  2. podcastalley.com
  3. podiobooks.com
  4. odeo.com

Video Marketing

Video streaming and downloading is very popular among some section of blog readers. You may have your videos scattered on multiple video sites. If you have not done that already and are wondering how to convert that top and popular post into a video, you can try  ArticleVideoRobot, Camtasia Studio and here is a great site for video submission: tubemogul.com

Article Directories

Article directories work best for your popular posts. All you need to do is to submit your top posts to as many article directories as possible. Don’t waste your time on directories without a better page rank because they will do you no good. Make sure you sign off at the footer with your link. I will submit the content of this e-book to the directories I have provided below.

Here are some great sites for article submission:

  1. ezinearticles.com
  2. goarticles.com
  3. ehow.com
  4. articlesbase.com

Guest Posting

If a post is drawing a lot of traffic, then certainly a lot of your users are finding it useful. To generate even greater amount of traffic from that post submit it to authors of  blogs in your niche for publication on their blogs, Some bloggers encourage guest posting and accept great post  on their sites.  This is one of the best ways to gain acknowledgment in your niche.

Document Sharing Marketing

Sharing your post on a PowerPoint  could take a lot of time, but once that is done you can send or submit it to multiple document sharing sites. It has a significant impact on the number of people who could land on your blog from these sites. I use slideshare.com to distribute my slides and those posts keep sending traffic to my alltopstartup blog. Remember link back to your blog with your url when creating the PowerPoint slide. Putting hyperlinks on your slides makes it easy.

Here are some great sites for document  submission:

  1. scribd.com
  2. docstoc.com
  3. slideshare.net
  4. issuu.com
  5. edocr.com
  6. empressr.com
  7. yudu.com
  8. calameo.com

RSS Feed Submissions

Many blog users immediately scan your blog for an RSS feed if they like your content once they land on your blog. RSS traffic constitutes some of your loyal readers. If your content is great don’t hesitate to publicize your feeds and provide a way for subscribers to sign on your feeds easily.

Here are some great sites for RSS  submission:

  1. rsshugger.com
  2. feedfury.com
  3. feedlisting.com
  4. feedgy.com

Automatic  Blog / RSS Submissions

Blogs can be submitted automatically with a single registration. Some sites provide this service for free, whilst other charge to submit your blog URL  and description to multiple sites. The greater the number of your links scattered on the web on other sites, the higher your page ranks on search engines and sites like Compete and Alexa.  There are other sites that are interested in pinging your blog or its RSS on other sites when you post new content. It helps to ping your blog from time to time.

Here are some great sites for multiple blog and RSS  submission:

  1. Submitterbot.com

Ping your Blog on these sites:

  1. pingmyblog.com

Blog  Communities

Bloggers share ideas links, tips, and learn from each other on blog communities. Joining a community gives you the opportunity to interact with other bloggers and possibly share and exchange links. The most important thing is to make contact with other users and develop relationships when you join forums and communities.

Here are some great communities and Forums you can join:

  1. MyBlogLog
  2. Blogengage.com

If you are committed to promote your blog to the max, there is no denying of the fact that it will pay of finally when you begin to monetize it. Take time to build the blog and gain the traffic and the money will follow. Notwithstanding if you plan to monetize your blog introduce your ads as soon you think you are ready to sell ads.

Your users should be used to the ads whilst you still have time. If  ads begin to battle for space when you finally introduce it, your faithful readers will read into your intentions quicker than you think.  I hope you have submitted your links to at least 50 of the links above. If you have, you have done what is required of you as a blogger, but don’t stop its an ongoing process.

Guest author Thomas Oppong writes about tools, applications and plug-ins for twitter, Firefox, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress and any other tool that will make your life easier as a publisher or consumer of web content. Image by invisiblekid2007 under CC. You can also submit guest posts and share your traffic tips.

This is a guest article and represents opinions of the guest author

37 comments on “Top 50 Sites to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

  1. Ed says:

    awesome dude. thanks for the great resources

  2. Andrew @ Blogging Guide says:

    Thanks for sharing such a great article full of ideas. I do most of these but never submitted my e-books to the free sites. On to that now!

    Andrew

  3. Mark Thompson says:

    Awesome list. A lot of great resources.

    I actually just launched a new product on my blog called the Link Builders Toolkit, which has over 1400 high PR (PR3 +) sites all organized into different types of link building. If you are an SEO, Internet Marketing or Link Builder, I highly recommend going and downloading it. For the 1st week there is a 30% off discount as well.

  4. Vivek @ InfoEduTech says:

    after a long time quickonlinetips got an article. Really an awesome list of achieving a quite huge traffic thanks for sharing

  5. Edward says:

    Adding my blog to these directories provided quite a boost of traffic for the first day. Lets see if it keeps up (which I seriously doubt from my experience).

    @Mark Thompson I just love how marketers promise us a magical SEO tool that will automatically or magically boost our rankings =) Real SEO is never that simple (at least if we are looking for a long term results) =)

  6. Jenny says:

    Thanks for the great tips — I had forgotten about posting PowerPoint presentations and the traffic that could be generated from those. It’s also a nice format to present information. I don’t think I’d turn a blog post into a powerpoint, but using existing presentations is easy.

  7. Colin Perini says:

    I subscribed to quite a few sites on your very helpful list, Thanks

  8. Thomas Oppong says:

    @Jenny
    If you believe a post is a killer, especially if users land on your site from search engines through that post,you need to create different version of it and distribute it. slideshare.com has been one of my biggest traffic on alltopstartups.com. The killer post “Startup ideas worth exploring in 2010” still keeps sending me traffic. I used bullets to present the idea on the powerpoint.

  9. Chiropractor in Vacaville says:

    Great resources here. I did not know about ebook submissions or automatic blog submissions. Thank you.

  10. Ranbir says:

    Really amazing, one of the biggest list of useful websites i have ever read for increasing traffic to my blogs… thanks my fren

  11. bollywood3000 Celebrities says:

    This is amazing wow, i have added my site much more site through this site. thanks for this solution..

  12. Amelia Champion says:

    Great post and very useful… thanks for the share

  13. Alex Murray says:

    Nice post. I will be bookmarking this for future use.

  14. Swamykant says:

    Very Good collection of sites to promote blogs

    Thanks Thomas Oppong and QOT

  15. Fauzi says:

    Hi Brother: Many ideas here, how to monetize blog. Thank you. I’m sure you’re a very experience blogger. Your adsense ads’s location is some what different from what has been mostly suggested by some bloggers.Yours, are at the middle-top. For me it’s quite a convincing place which should be considered. I’ve a free blog, from blogger com. People said that anybody could get some revenue, if you’re able to build adsense blog. But from personal experienced, I’ve traced nothing, yet, not even a click, though experienced a few impressions. Your blog has given me valuable suggestions to take notes. Thanks a lot.

    Fauzi from Malaysia

  16. Andy says:

    These are some very helpful tips. Driving traffic to a blogsite can really put your SEO skills to the test. But here’s what I really love, there are tons of effective marketing tools out there and you will never run out of options. Some of these great tips were discussed here and two of my favorites are article marketing and blogging. Blogging is a great marketing tool. Selecting the right keywords is extremely important for SEO. Some minor tips for bloggers: you have to be interesting and unique so that people will feel their time wasn’t wasted while reading your post. Eventually, you’ll gain loyal subscribers who may become potential buyers to your online business (if you have one) and before you know it, your business is up and running.

  17. Maisam says:

    Awesome post. Helped my blog gain success

  18. Jia Bin says:

    Thanks for sharing, good resources, tweeted your post! :)

  19. Muhabbet says:

    I hope that they don’t take another year to open the other NS stores…

  20. free says:

    You get what you pay for… I see many people look for free ways.

  21. DailyTechPost says:

    Great info, certainly a treasure for a newbie..thanks for sharing this :)

  22. Outsource guru says:

    Great ideas allways bring great traffic like this one

  23. Aleina says:

    Thanks.Really a great post.I am giving comment after using some of the tips in my blog(funnyandspicy.com).Result was dramatic.

  24. Heshan says:

    Great tips, very useful set of sites.. thanks for sharing

  25. Tech Looser says:

    Directory submissions are old news now .. they barely have any effect on driving traffic to your website .. search engines have evolved beyond there initial days where they would look at directory listings

  26. Techmug says:

    I have already follow these tricks
    and getting most of the traffic from rss feed

  27. Yasar Ev says:

    Oh nice.. a Great post. It will help everyone to get more traffic & back links to their Blog.

  28. Betty says:

    thanks again, I learned really a lot from this, will go take a look at Vozmo, great idea!

  29. Cindy Seipel says:

    Thanks from those of us who are trying to figure out how to get more exposure to our blogs!

  30. Sarah says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this great tips along with great resources.

  31. Baju bayi says:

    Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is magnificent, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about Top 50 Sites to Drive Traffic to Your Blog .

  32. Firman says:

    Hello..It’s a Great article..Thank You very much..
    I search on google and find this useful article..Ok I will try those sites to get backlinks and traffic..

    Thanks once again..

    Firman

  33. Chibueze Paul says:

    http://www.readfreebook.net is a great site for your ebook submission

  34. sonesh says:

    Woww

    Now i can easily submit my blog and get the good traffic from all this sites

    Thanks for sharing this huge list

  35. Quick Buffet says:

    This list is exhaustive. It takes some doing too and all this has to happen in between other activities like attending chamber meetings, liaising with developers and so on and so forth…will give it a go however

  36. Baju Harga Murah says:

    Thanks for sharing such a great article full of ideas. I do most of these but never submitted my e-books to the free sites. On to that now!

  37. simran says:

    Thanks for the great tips — I had forgotten about posting PowerPoint presentations and the traffic that could be generated from those. It’s also a nice format to present information. I don’t think I’d turn a blog post into a powerpoint, but using existing presentations is easy.

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