How To Get Great Free Traffic To Your Blog

If you’re a blogger of course you’d love to have quality free traffic. Traffic to your blog means money in most cases, or even better, influence.

In case you haven’t heard, I quit my job recently to go after other endeavors, namely working remotely. I took this week off before I start my new job and contract. That means I have some time to post a bit more (you might have already noticed).

It also means I get to browse the internet looking for some good story and blogging opportunities too.

This evening I ran across a site called Mike’s Money Making Blog which sounds like a total hoax of a name. I expected to just see a sales letter and close the tab and move on. Instead, I found insightful commentary on things like Adsense, referrals, good website reviews, and other things.

I think Mike tells his story best:

I retired early after publishing several business opportunity magazines. I’m now trying to see if I can make money on the Internet using only free blogs and with no capital outlay.

That pretty much says it all. What it doesn’t say, though, is that although his blog has some advertisements on it, it’s not plastered with them. I give him credit for staying sane where I fail at times (although you’ll notice I did remove the ads from between the posts. They made me some money, but I just didn’t feel they were worth the headache for me and others to look at. It was a good experiment, but probably not one that will return).

One thing that I appreciate Mike’s blog for is his candid and honest attempt to gain traffic to his blog via something called Fair Review.

Fair Review is a program that works kind of like that chain letter where if you send $5 to the top 5 people on the list and then pass on the letter you’ll make a bunch of money… except this isn’t as shady and according to Mike, works much better.

The deal is if you write an honest review of one of the blogs in the Fair Review list, you can be included in that list. Once you’re included, others can write a review about your blog.

What Mike has experienced is that the traffic generated from Fair Review and it’s bloggers seems to generate traffic which stays on average 2-3x longer than traffic generated from search engines.

He also says it’s become his second largest referrer. I don’t know what kind of traffic he gets, but considering he’s making about 20x the Adsense money I am, I’d say he gets a healthy amount of non-Fair Review traffic. If he’s honestly getting more traffic and longer reading times from those visitors, I’m in.

Consider this my first review of a Fair Review blog, and I have to personally thank Mike for leading me to that site. I’ll be sure to write an update in the future on how this stuff turned out for me. Perhaps Mike will have some suggestions. He seems to be making enough money (about $3k per week?) to be able to give good advice.

If you have any experience with Mike or the Fair Review site, I’d love to hear your take on it in the comments section.


[tags]blog traffic, blogging, diy, howto[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

6 Comments on "How To Get Great Free Traffic To Your Blog"

  1. Malathy says:

    Consider this as testimonial for fair review. I did a review on one of the blogs in their dir and for that one of my blogs is included in their list of blogs to be reviewed. As of this moment, my blog avenues is sitting second from the top.

    It is a good way for wider exposure.

  2. Mukund Mohan says:

    Where’s free book fridays?

  3. One way to make adsense more unobtrusive is to only serve it to IE users, with conditional comments or some server-side mechanism. Firefox and/or Safari users don’t click on them anyway, and may be more offended by their presence.

  4. nate says:

    Malathy, thanks for the testimonial on Fair Review. I’ll keep an eye on my traffic an report back what happens too.

    Mukund, sorry, I leaked to you and your readers that I would be doing a Free Book Fridays series, but didn’t schedule the post to be published until 10am today. It’ll be up soon. Don’t you worry. Thanks for leaking it to my readers too…. heh.

    Ted (Edward), that is one brilliant idea. I don’t know why I didn’t think about that before. I’m definitely going to check into my stats to see how many visitors I have that fit that profile. Thanks for the tip.

  5. Emma says:

    Hi Nate, remember me? Guess What? We have something in common. Actually 2 things. We are both listed in the new batch of URLs for Fair Review and we are both fans or Mike’s Money Making Mission. I’ll talk to you soon. Emma

  6. nate says:

    Hey Emma! Of course I remember you. Your blog is in my RSS reader, so I see all your articles. And yes, MMMM is a good blog too. I look forward to chatting with ya.

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