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5 Grow Hacks to Boost Your Followers & Blog Visitors

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Dmitry Dragilev Last updated on May 17, 2016

I have received a lot of emails lately asking me about the grow hacks I employ to boost traffic and followership. I found myself repeating myself a lot so I thought a nice short blog post is in order. So here are some of the most successful grow hacks I’ve used lately:

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1. Favoriting a Tweet to Get More Followers

The most valuable traffic to this very blog you are reading which I put up just about a week ago has been from Twitter. In fact visitors from Twitter spent an average of 5 minutes and 20 seconds on my last article 7 Steps for Do It Yourself PR. I got a lot of visitors from Reddit, Growthhackers.com and HackerNews but the ones that stuck around and read the whole article were from Twitter.

Naturally I thought I’d increase my Twitter followership. Working with clients I’ve been focused on their twitter accounts and not mine, so it’s time I get mine crankin’.

I’ve experimented with a lot of tools but one of the best ones lately has been FriendFeed which lets me specify which keywords I’d like it to search for in public tweets. Once it finds public tweets with these keywords the tool will let me manually favor those tweets from my Twitter profile. Folks who see me favoring their tweets follow me back. It’s very relevant and directed way of reaching out to folks who might be interested in your content. It works like a charm.

2. Make Lists of People on Twitter to Get Followers

I noticed this a little while back, if you make a Twitter list of people, they see that you added them to a list and will follow you if you provide relevant content to their interests. Since they do get an email form Twitter when you add them to a new list it works nice.

The folks from Tactics Cloud have created a perfect tool for anybody to make lists at scale, so now you can create a list of 5000 people (which is a max Twitter allowment for a list) in a matter of seconds. Here is how it works step by step. It’s dead simple and works like a charm.

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3. Use Outbrain to Drive Traffic To Your Blog Post

After you publish your blog post and tweet it out it’s pretty hard to get a lot of exposure. That’s where Outbrain comes in. These guys are killin’ it. They let you amplify your content across hundreds of millions of properties and it works really well. All you do is add a link of the blog post you’d like to promote. You specify a budget (minimum is $10 a day) and a CPC (suggested is $0.35 per click) and you’re off!

Outbrain fronts up your blog post in relevant places across hudrends of millions of publications in the “From around the web” sections on publications. Outbrain works with everyone so big boys such as CNN, FastCompany, Time, CNBC as well as smaller ones will all display your article headline if it is relevant to the page content itself. The tool lets you specify multiple titles for the blog post you’d like to promote so you can optimize for the best one. It works like a charm, traffic starts to roll in right away.

4. Tip Reddit, HackerNews, StumbleUpon, Quora and GrowthHackers.com

I’ve been very pleasantly surprised with the amount of people who have visited my last blog post from Reddit, HackerNews and Growth Hackers. I got about 600 visits to my blog post from tipping my last article to Reddit. That said the traffic was not as valuable as my Twitter traffic, meaning they spent an average of 50 seconds on my article vs. 5 minutes, but still not bad! I try and tip all these sites when I put a blog post out, the most important part here is of course the title, the best article on the subject of picking a title is from Darren Rowe of ProBlogger. All these sites are a bit different in terms of rules and what they allow but I strongly urge you to experiment with them, they can help a lot if you’ve got hot content.

5. Write More Guest Posts

Tech blogs are always looking out for awesome new content. If you have some expertise and there is a market overlap – reach out to the blog and write an article for them. I suggestion writing the article first and then reaching out, blogs love proactive writers. If for some reason the blog declines you can offer your article to the next blog. AllTop gives you lists of hundreds of blogs for any topic. Worst case if nobody wants your guest article you can publish the post on your own blog. The upside is awesome SEO value and direct links to your blog, before anybody publishes your article they always include a link to your site in your bio.

So here they are, the hacks that have helped me recently. There is of course an endless number of these out there, I’m just listing the ones that have helped me here. Would love to hear ones that have helped others. If you have any to add, would love to hear from you.

P.S. Forgot to mention that advertising on Reddit works pretty well for getting quality traffic to read your blog posts and articles.

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