Now that I’ve buttered you up a little, I’d love to make this the best “ask the readers” segment we’ve ever created together. With your input this could become an awesome resource of traffic-building tips. Read on to find out how you can win a free strategy session with me.
Here’s the question: what’s the most effective thing you’ve done to build traffic to your website or blog this year?
If you have more than one traffic-building tip, feel free to talk about more than one, or just pick one. In any case, let’s hear it! I can’t wait to read your responses.
I’m focusing this question on what you’ve done this year because what worked last year or before might not work as well today.
Last Question’s Winning Comment
If you’re new to these “ask the readers” segments, here’s how they work. I run them occasionally, usually once a month or so. This is a way to get a broader opinion on important traffic-building topics.
In each segment, I recap the previous question and choose a favorite comment or two to highlight. Last time I asked: what do you do when someone steals your content?
Using other’s content (especially without permission) is a controversial topic online. There were heated opinions on both sides of the comments.
Well, hopefully, all of our content is the result of hard work, research (be it literary or life-learned, depending on the topic) and carefully edited etc. I just don’t see the point in getting too riled over it. I do believe in giving credit where credit is due, but not everyone else does. I can’t control them, nor would I want to spend the energy or time trying.
As any kind of artist (writer, painter, sculptor, singer… you name it) can attest – nothing is truly original. I do believe that everything is derivative. Hopefully, each new voice (or brush stroke, etc) brings a new ring of truth to the subject.
If you’re interested in how other people deal with “stolen” content, check out the rest of the comments on that post. There is some really valuable advice and discussion there.
Back to Today’s Question (and Your Chance to Win)
Now it’s your turn. What’s the most effective thing you’ve done to build traffic to your website or blog this year?
To encourage more answers, I’m going to give the person who leaves my favorite comment a free 60-minute blog/website consulting session with me (a $195 value). We can talk about anything you need help with to make your audience grow faster.
And don’t worry, I understand the irony of giving a traffic-building strategy session to the person who leaves the best traffic-building tip.
You might think the person with the best tip isn’t the person in the greatest need of a consulting session. This isn’t about absolute traffic numbers. I’m looking for creative answers and you have an equal shot to win, whether your site’s audience is really tiny and new or bigger and more established.
Don’t limit yourself to promotional tactics, either. Think deeper if it’s important. Content, design, branding, networking and anything else that might have helped you build your audience is fair game.
To win, you simply have to comment below and retweet this post (use the little green button below). If you don’t have a Twitter account, just mention that in your comment. I’ll choose a winner next week.
Oh, and you all leave more than 100 comments on this post, I’ll choose a second winner for another strategy session.
Here we go! Let’s hear your best answer!
Thanks in advance for participating.