When it comes to generating traffic, the majority of people concentrate solely on Google.
There are good reasons to do so. After all, 93 percent of online experiences start with a search engine and Google’s global market share is around 80 percent.
So, if your goal is to generate traffic, the search giant seems like your best bet.
However, it is far from the only source of traffic.
There are plenty of other online traffic sources out there. Many can bring in significant numbers of visitors.
That is, if you take advantage of them.
In this article, we want to look at some lesser known alternatives to Google for online traffic and how you can tap into their potential.
This will allow you to diversify your traffic sources and make you less dependent on the big G (in case, God forbid, you ever get hit with a penalty or wiped out by an algorithm update).
Ready to increase your site traffic?
Then just keep reading.
Untapped Online Traffic Sources and How to Take Advantage of Them
In the following, we will show you where else online you can find visitors and how to get them to your site.
Back in the day, commenting was a way to build backlinks.
That was when site links from blog comments actually carried weight.
It’s also the reason why anyone who has a WordPress site is struggling with automated comment spam.
These days, pretty much everyone has a nofollow attribute attached to their comment links, so this is no longer a valid option (which doesn’t seem to deter spammers though).
Even if the links are set to dofollow, comments don’t really carry that much weight for SEO.
Plus, they could even get you penalized if comment backlinks are the only links to your site.
However, comments have other benefits.
If done right, they can help demonstrate your expertise, build your brand and lead others back to your site.
Plus, leaving meaningful comments on other blog posts will put you on the radar of other bloggers in your niche.
Besides learning more about your audience that is.
While one comment won’t make much of a difference, they can have a cumulative effect.
Don’t believe me?
Patel managed to generate $25,000 from 249 comments.
Not bad, right?
If you want to give it a try, here’s how to make the whole commenting for traffic work:
Be first — Stay on top of popular blogs in your industry and try to be the first to add a comment on new blog posts.
That gives you a lot of visibility as many people will scroll at least that far.
It also makes it more likely others will be tempted to click through to your site.
Be good — When you do leave a comment, make sure it adds value.
Refer to points made in the post and add important information to the discussion.
If you have references or hard data, even better!