I know what your thinking, that sounds impossible right? After all, if you totally ignore Google, how can that help you get high search engine ranking optimzation? Well, I will get how to do that in just a minute, but first, let me ask a question.
Have you ever been slapped by Google so hard that it hurt for months? I mean slapped so bad that you could swear it left scar tissue ?
If so, you aren't alone.
If it hasn't happened to you yet, and you are still relying on search engine traffic, then just you wait. It's bound to happen eventually. Luckily there are ways to get around all this, and Ileane here has hit the nail on the head. If you didn't check out her post over at Comluv about Why You Don't Need SEO, you better run on over there and check it out.
I will wait right here until you get back…
Done reading it yet?
Okay, so, once you know you don't need SEO, where does that leave you? A blog with no traffic …. Right?
Nope, actually you are in the perfect place to get higher search rankings that you crave more than a chocolate cake and cold pizza for breakfast… ( okay, so I have the worst diet in the world. Sue me!); and you can get the traffic you want without them at the same time
How to Get Higher Search Rankings Without SEO
You see, I found that by using a few tactics that pretty much ignores what others teach, I still get higher search rankings, and I don't waste my life away on spammy tactics that leave Google listing full of bile.
Okay, we won't totally ignore Google, but we will ignore most of the “Google Experts” and still find a way to succeed.
At the same time, you can get loads of traffic to your sites, (built one up to over 500 visitors per day this way myself) without even having any search listings at all.
I have loads of traffic tips, but there are 2 main ways to get traffic that I want to mention here, and they tie in together.
- Commenting on blogs within your niche to get loads of targeted traffic, (look for commentluv blogs to get ones with super cool SEO backlinks to your site)
- Going back to those blogs you comment on, and getting a guest posting spot. (which gives you even more exposure with people who like what you have to say which can lead to even more guest posting success)
Now, each one of those could get a weeks worth of posts in and of themselves and there has already been a lot said about how to use each one here along with lots of other blogging tips. But before you can even start using them, you gotta learn where to find them.
Now, I know a lot of you are hanging out on blogs about blogging, and maybe a few IM forums…
(if your not sure that you fit into that category, here is a test… IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE READING A BLOG ABOUT BLOGGING! 😀 )
But, the problem is that most of the bloggers I know aren't actually in the blog marketing niche. Although it's cool to hang out with the super cool blogging dudes like Hesham of Famous Bloggers or even Andy Bailey of Comluv, it's not necessarily going to give you the best traffic to your blog about underwater basket weaving.
Don't get me wrong, we love having you stop by, and you can leave all the comments you like, but the traffic you get probably isn't the traffic you want.
(kinda like heading out to the Arizona desert to go deep sea fishing. You might get lucky after California falls off…)
How do you find these sites to get free traffic?
Well, Ileane asked this of me a few weeks ago, so I put together a short little video about how to find niche blogs to comment on just to show you how its done. (if you don't have 15 minutes to watch it now, make sure you bookmark this post and come back to watch it later. It will really help you get going much faster…)
Now, this was just a quickie. Generally I will go through this process several times using specific keywords from my niche research, and build up a list of 20-30 blogs to follow. While I am doing that, I keep the Google Reader open, and subscribe to their RSS feeds so that I can quickly find them whenever they are needed.
Then, it is just a matter of visiting those sites on a regular basis, like every time they add a new post, and commenting on them.
How To Get Higher Search Rankings:
When you make a post yourself, do some light SEO. Generally, I put a keyword in my Title, the first sentence of the post, and maybe the description of the post. Any other times it shows up are great, but those are really all you need.
As you comment, your keyword will be in the comment luv links.People on those blogs will follow your links, and comment on your blog as well. Often, they will tweet it to their fans, stumble it, digg it, and share it with their followers on facebook.
All this engagement will catch Google's eyes, and you will start to see some traffic trickling through from the search results. Keep it up long enough, and that trickle will explode into a flood.
What ever you do though, don't stop just because Google started ranking your site. Keep the relationships going, so that if Google decides to drop dead, you won't be out of business like all those SEO marketing experts.
So How do you get traffic and increase rankings at the same time? do you have a trick that you don't see others talking about? Share your ideas in the comments below..