Larry BraunerIn 8 Simple Ways to Penetrate Social Media Clutter, I recommended  that you leverage multiple traffic sources. In Looking for Traffic in All the Wrong Places, I gave you a partial list of the places I look to get more website traffic.

Based upon Google Analytics data pertaining to my recent blog visits, bounce rates and average time on site, I present my top 10 blog traffic sources along with some notes on each:

  1. Search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing - They account for 35% of my traffic. When my blog was new, I didn’t get any search engine traffic at all. Now, however, I get 5,000 visits from searches per month — including business people seeking precisely the types of services I offer. The credit goes to search engine optimization and to a growing reservoir of content.
  2. Entrecard, a traffic exchange for bloggers - Admittedly, Entrecard provides me with lots of worthless traffic. Fortunately, however, the site provides me with some great traffic too and an opportunity to build key relationships with other bloggers. One of my favorites at Entrecard is Gera from Uruguay, owner of the Sweets Foods blog. He and I are now also connected by email, Facebook and Twitter. As with all other traffic sources, to benefit from Entrecard you’ll need to make a long-term commitment to developing it.
  3. Twitter - I’ve written at length about Twitter. Read Twitter Stats Defy Measurement. I’m happy to have started with Twitter in 2008 when Twitter’s rules didn’t get in the way of building a large following. Today, different tactics are necessary to connect with your target audience. Start by encouraging your website visitors and friends on social networking sites to follow you on Twitter. Then gradually introduce new Twitter tools into your mix. My favorite tool, Tweet Adder, which I use daily, is worth the small investment.
  4. Facebook - I turned my attention to Facebook in June 2009 and experimented with the NetworkedBlogs application, which may have introduced new readers to my blog, but proved to be a poor source of ongoing traffic. On the other hand, profiles, fan pages and events showed themselves to be excellent traffic sources. It seems to me, so far, that Facebook fan pages are very effective as a form of web site subscription.
  5. Ning social network - I’m sorry to report that Ning has morphed into a host of unrelated niche sites. If you have your own Ning site, or a group or lots of friends on someone else’s Ning site, you can use that site to move traffic. As with Twitter, getting started with Ning is harder than it used to be, and the marketing benefits are fewer. I belong to many Ning sites and have several of my own. My primary Ning site is Small Business Network.
  6. Business Exchange - Discovered this social bookmarking site recently and wrote about it in 12 Tips for Using Business Week’s Social Bookmarking Site. I’m hoping that Business Exchange will help me generate a lot of high quality traffic in the year to come.
  7. Blog Catalog - If you have a blog and decide to use BlogCatalog, start your own group there; make many friends on the site and invite them to join your group. Those who join are interested in you and your group’s theme.
  8. StumbleUpon - Planning to learn much more about StumbleUpon and use it much more this year. I’ll keep you posted.
  9. LinkedIn - While well connected on LinkedIn, I’m not using it much at present. Most of my LinkedIn traffic is coming as a result of the Twitter LinkedIn integration.
  10. Ryze - Here I first encountered online social networking back in 2003. I  find Ryze very underwhelming in 2010. The traffic I get from Ryze comes from posting in groups, which are really forums.

I believe that Blogger is sending me websitetraffic because of Google Friend Connect. Also, I heard a rumor that Yahoo! is dumping MyBlogLog. Will let you know about both of them.

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  1. Chrystal on January 25th, 2010 3:37 am

    Larry, as usual, great information. Do you ever do Blog Carnivals? Interesting that you do not mention any of the article publishing sites as a good source of traffic. According to my analytics on my blog, FB fan page is amazing for traffic and conversions to my blog and online store. Can’t wait for people to really start embracing fan pages on FB.

  2. Larry Brauner on January 25th, 2010 3:44 am

    Thank you Chrystal. Don’t do blog carnivals, although I have participated in other people’s contests. Didn’t like that many people delete their links after the contest is over.

    Agree that article publishing sites are good a good source of traffic. I just listed the traffic sources I personally use.

    Have a great week.

  3. Charlotte (using EFT for ADHD and ADD symptoms) on January 25th, 2010 7:25 am

    Hey Larry!

    Good list of possibilities - clearly lined out. Thanks for that. Will have another look at my own networking, it got all very chaotic after joining too many sites and networks and applications… Time for streamlining!

    Chrystal:I have a FB fan page, will start to use it more. I have enough friends on FB, but probably too un-targeted..

    Take care

    Charlotte

  4. Dave on January 25th, 2010 8:22 am

    Thanks for the info.

    I use a number of the ways you have listed but do not get near the same traffic. This is certainly one area that I would like to do better at and that is generating traffic.

    I will be trying some of the ones you’ve listed that I have not used and continue to work at it.

    Thanks again for helping with this article.

    Dave, the How To Guy

  5. Richard on January 25th, 2010 9:04 am

    Hi Larry,

    I have yet to utilize LinkedIn. I have read a lot of pros and cons. In your opinion, do you think it would be a wise decision to focus a better part of my time on creating connections through LinkedIn? (or is that a future blog post? hehe)

    I’m going to stick around a bit and see what other posts you’ve got. Thanks again and have a great day!

    - Richard

  6. Leonard Sipes on January 25th, 2010 10:05 am

    Hi Larry: Wonderful post!!! The interesting part of posting an article on sites like Blog Catalog is that the conversation stays there–it never reaches your site. That’s fine with me, but I would like to see some additional traffic.

    Best, Len Sipes, “DC Public Safety” Television, Radio and Blog.

  7. Cheryl H on January 25th, 2010 10:27 am

    Great information Larry! We’re about 2 weeks out from getting my company blog up and running so this is incredibly timely information for me. I will also be interested to watch for your StumbledUpon updates, I’ve just started using it myself and haven’t quite got the hang of it yet. Thanks for another great post Larry.

  8. Heidi Walter on January 25th, 2010 11:34 am

    Good info here, Larry. I get just a wee bit overwhelmed with all the social networks, so this is great to keep as a reference.

    Heidi

  9. Stocks on Wall Street on January 25th, 2010 11:57 am

    Thanks for the tips Larry, traffic to my website is very similar to yours, so this helps a lot.

  10. Steve on January 25th, 2010 12:06 pm

    Larry, great information. I have found recently that guest posting contributes to a nice upward bump in traffic and potentially loyal readers. I learned about this through @patflynn. Like you, I receive about 30% of my traffic through search engines, 30% through direct referrals, maybe 20% through Entrecard, and the remaining 20% are direct referrals from other blogs I consistently read and post comments on.

  11. Lorraine Arams on January 25th, 2010 12:10 pm

    Larry - thanks - I use most of these but traffic on my blog is the same as it was for you for a while - not much traffic and, despite, my best efforts, not getting onto Google in my niche. They say it takes time.

    You talk about Blogger - is your blog on Blogger? How does Google Friend Connect with Blogger to move traffic to your blog?

  12. Gera on January 25th, 2010 2:09 pm

    Larry, it’s an honor to be mentioned at your blog!! I agree with you about entrecard, this is worthless traffic but the most important is the social connection you can achieve from it.

    I always say that behind the screen are real people (apart of bots) and this is the essential point when you’re connecting with others.

    Apart of the obvious traffic coming from search engines, direct, in my case, stumbleupon, facebook and twitter are very significant in terms of traffic sources.

    Have a great week and thanks again :)

    Gera

  13. Brooke on January 25th, 2010 2:24 pm

    Larry great suggestions like usual -i am one of your follower who found you on facebook :-) this will help provide other idea for my rapid attempt to spread my blog. one thing you didnt mention was directories and press releases do you use those?

  14. Dawn on January 25th, 2010 2:32 pm

    Thanks for the great advice Larry. There are some resources you listed that I haven’t explored yet. Look forward to your continuing updates on what works and what doesn’t.

  15. Larry Brauner on January 25th, 2010 2:52 pm

    @Charlotte Please check out The 80/20 Rule and Social Media.

    @Dave It’s a matter of finding a strategy that works and working it consistently.

    @Richard Your use of any site is good only to the extent that it helps you achieve your marketing and public relations objectives. There’s no one solution that fits all cases.

    @Leonard I never post complete articles on BlogCatalog. I post a snippet with a link to the full article on my blog.

    @Cheryl Let’s keep in touch. :)

    @Heidi Thank you.

    @James (Stocks on Wall Street) Thank you. [James is a blogging connection from Entrecard.]

    @Steve Thank you for your insights.

    @Lorraine When somebody follows you on Google Friend Connect, and the have a Blogger blog, you show up on their list of followed blogs in their Blogger profile.

    @Gera All the best!

    @Brooke Directories and press releases are great. I do not currently use them to generate traffic.

    @Dawn Thank you.

    @Everyone Want to emphasize that my choice of traffic sources may not be right for you. Be sure to look for social media that’s targeted to your niche.

  16. Debbie Morgan on January 25th, 2010 4:32 pm

    Hi Larry,

    Thanks for the information. It’s a big help to know where we should put our efforts.

    Deb

  17. Man Over Board on January 25th, 2010 7:19 pm

    Larry, while I rarely comment on your site, it is one of my most read blogs when I get the chance to just become a “reader” and not a blogger. This is a great resource in regards to you using your own stats and it is highly appreciated. While we both could probably come up with easily another 20 more sites or programs to help people build their traffic, here are two I think should be mentioned.

    The first is one of the interactive comment site/programs like Disqus, CommentLuv etc. I tried them all and have found in the past three weeks that Intense Debate is easily the best in regards to interactivity and social networking. As social media continues to grow, a comment system like Intense will prove invaluable to a blogger. It still has annoying bugs, and it has slowed down my load time a bit, even though it states that it loads last. But the benefits I get from it are becoming more and more evident as each day passes.

    The second program for those who use WordPress and I am sure they might have it for those who use Blogger also, is called Zemanta. I started using this plugin at the very start of my blog, even though it was only 3 months old. But it has really helped in developing my blog greatly. It has many features, a few of the better ones are, it helps define your tags (something that I believe many bloggers do not use enough of), it can also add links into your post if you want it to, for further reading especially with sites like Wikipedia, I usually don’t use this feature that much. As you write your post the more it pulls from it and grabs key words, links, and it also gets pictures and graphics for you to use, easily to inject into your post. Lastly the most important feature is you are added to their network, by doing so you get suggested links from other blogs/sites that have additional information on some of the topics your post is about and this is also true in reverse. Other blogs will use your posts by adding them to the bottom links of the post they are writing. Thus giving you a backlink and also free advertising. The longer you stay with them, like the blog itself, the more content from your blog is available to other people who use Zemanta. I don’t see this plug in advertised enough on SEO sites and it should be, I find it a great tool and traffic builder.

  18. Deborah Bishop on January 25th, 2010 10:07 pm

    Love all your great tips, and enjoyed the comments. Would be great to print this page without the sidebars.

    Keep up the great work! Always something new to learn.

  19. Carla J Gardiner on January 25th, 2010 10:19 pm

    Hi Larry,

    Once again you have written an article that I’ve learned from. Hopefully one day soon, my blog will be as widely utilized as yours. My intent is to share with others ways to expedite their personal growth while building their home businesses, instead of wallowing in the muck and mire like I did.

    Thanks again for leading the way to success in online social media, I truly appreciate you, Larry.

  20. Larry Brauner on January 25th, 2010 10:27 pm

    @MOB Thank you for the long and well thought out comment.

    Gera over at Sweets Foods just installed Intense Debate and had some issues with it today. Once it’s more stable, I may be interested. However, Zemanta seems like something I should look at.

    I wish you all the best!

    @Deborah Thanks. You never know what you might find in your email.

    @Carla Hopefully one day soon your blog will be utilized more than mine.

  21. Shari Weiss on January 26th, 2010 3:05 am

    Larry, and your readers :-)

    If you’d like to know more about StumbleUpon, Tamar Weinberg has an Excellent section on bookmarking sites in her book The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web.

  22. Latief@AnotherBlogger on January 26th, 2010 5:20 am

    I found your blog from Entrecard Larry, and now I’m your regular visitor ;) Connect on several social networking sites too.

    Your blog is proof to me that content is the king, I can’t wait to read your articles Larry.

    Hope you have all the energy and health so you can always give us good and useful articles.

    Thanks,

    Latief

  23. Steve on January 26th, 2010 11:29 am

    I use Intense Debate, but to be honest, I think I like Disqus better, from my experience with it on others’ sites. What is your opinion, and those of your readers?

  24. Larry Brauner on January 26th, 2010 12:14 pm

    I found this recent blog post: Changed Comments from IntenseDebate to Disqus

  25. Polly on January 26th, 2010 4:30 pm

    As always your blog is full of useful tips and pieces of relevant information. I wonder why amongst the other names you haven’t mentioned LinkReferral - this is a smaller commitment than Entrecard. Users may only visit 30 sites per day and if they wish review a further 5 sites. This however also generates traffic and users can if they so wish find blogs and websites that they are particularly interested in. It is not necessary to use the site every day but it is helpful to boost a blog in the search engines.

    There are also other options - it is useful to check out where traffic is originating on other blogs that you visit especially those with the feedjit widget - this gives clues as to useful places to add your blog to.

    I wonder also if you have fathomed out how to add your blog to the Indian, Chinese and Russian blog listings … these are massive markets of which many users speak and read English … we would all benefit from this knowledge.

  26. Teasastips on January 26th, 2010 7:39 pm

    Hey Larry, when you do start to use StumbleUpon, two things:

    1. Look me up (marketingstar)

    2. Use the StumbleUpon toolbar. It makes sharing simple and fast. If you don’t use the toolbar and share with your friends from the StumbleUpon website, then you will have to enter them in one by one…a sure time killer!

    Great info, by the way.

  27. Larry Brauner on January 27th, 2010 1:15 am

    @Polly I belong joined Link Referral but found the marketing related sites unpleasant.

    Haven’t thought much about foreign directories. Seems interesting, but I’m still trying to figure out how to market myself in my own country. ;-)

    @LaTease I already belong to StumbleUpon and use the StumbleUpon toolbar. I’ll look you up there. :-)

  28. Norman on January 27th, 2010 11:41 am

    Thanks for the post. Nos. 1,3 and 4 are similar in Germany. We don´t use Ning that much, but niche social networks are still good for high quality traffic.

  29. Paul Segreto on January 28th, 2010 12:43 am

    Good stuff, Larry. Thanks for sharing. As much time as I spend within social media, both for myself and my clients, I often skirt right past blog tools. Has anyone written Blogs for Dummies yet? If not, Larry, you need to get with the Dummies people right away! Thanks, again.

  30. Sam Ragnarsson on January 28th, 2010 2:12 am

    Great info as usual, though I always wonder about the time. It seems to me that in order to get good traffic you have to spend so much time on your marketing. I rather want to spend time just writing!

    So many tips and tricks are out there to get a site “popular”, while not so many are about content.

    While really enjoying your good info and using it to some extent, I would like to hear more about how to simply increase traffic to your site by what you write on the site (and how you do it).

    So, Larry, maybe you already have a post for this and if so link me to it, or if you haven’t I hope to see one soon from you :)

  31. Larry Brauner on January 28th, 2010 9:54 am

    @Norm Thanks.

    @Paul Somebody already wrote Blogging For Dummies. I’m busy writing Crash Testing for Dummies. ;-)

    @Sam I haven’t written about how to write quality content. The topic is very subjective. I did, however, write Social Marketing for Non-Gurus in which I made suggestions for people who have trouble writing. I’m encouraging my friend Ivo Jackson to resume writing about content development. In my mind, she’s the Content Development Diva. :-)

  32. Perfect Plastic cards on January 29th, 2010 2:05 pm

    Very nice list, but what do you think about social networking? And what if you don’t have blog, but only small business website? Will these tips also work for non-blog sites?

  33. Gail Doby on January 30th, 2010 5:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing your insights, Larry. I agree on many of these comments. Here are a few other ways to generate traffic: press releases with SEO and videos, blogging for other large blogs, article marketing, Facebook and LinkedIn ads. All of these work quite well. Setting up an opt-in form on your Fan page is also a great traffic resource if you have a tempting offer that is free.

  34. Maqbool Ahmad on February 2nd, 2010 6:29 am

    Great article Larry, I personally use strategies 1-5 to draw in visitors to my site, and I get excellent traffic (quantity and quality). Guest blogging is another way to get defensible traffic; when this is done on the right sites, the results are phenomenal.

  35. Cool Devices Designs on February 3rd, 2010 10:06 am

    Do not ignore the power of StumbleUpon. I have gotten almost %30 of all my blog traffic from it during 2 years and earned much money with Amazon products. It is my #2 traffic source after search engine traffic which is at %55

  36. Mike Cadogan on February 4th, 2010 1:53 am

    Thanks Larry,

    I monitor a similar top 10 list of sites to see when and where traffic is coming from.

    Only 2.4% of my traffic comes from traditional search engines so I rely heavily on social media and alternative sources.

    52% of my traffic comes from StumbleUpon, and I would agree with other comments and suggest that this is a high priority on your ‘to do’ list. I find it very effective.

    Mike

  37. Larry Brauner on February 4th, 2010 11:49 am

    I need to make a clarification. I do use StumbleUpon. Otherwise it wouldn’t be in my list. I haven’t invested the time in StumbleUpon that I’ve invested if Twitter, Facebook and Ning.

    About 35% of my traffic comes from organic search. However, social media sites are extremely important to me, and I’m always looking for better ways to use them.

  38. Tammy on February 17th, 2010 10:06 pm

    Larry, I just stumbled onto this amazing resource. I totally agree with your list. I also will agree that fan pages are a great way to build traffic. The key is the amount of information you give away on the fan page so the users WANT to visit the site. Also the relationship with Twitter, Facebook, linked in and Google is important for organic optimization. In my opinion. I will be a frequent visitor to your site! Thanks again.

  39. Ravi Shanker on May 8th, 2010 9:55 am

    Yes, these are the best traffic sources, as well Digg.

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    I really found this article useful .. In fact I have good traffic to my blog but since I rely on my blog to generate me some extra cash could someone please make a list of the best methods to make business with blogs ..!

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    I just want to say, your article is outstanding. The clarity in your post is simply spectacular and i can assume you are an expert on this field.

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