There are hundreds and even thousands of plugins, web apps, desktop programs, and more being developed each month that have something to do with getting traffic to a website.

No longer do we have issues finding amazing tools to scale our website, but the problem now lies in which one is right for us.

With all the content being published about traffic generation software and best practices, it can be confusing if you’re starting a blog or a site and need some solid information on what tools you can use to quickly scale your traffic within your budget.

That’s why I asked some of the best entrepreneurs and marketers that have written specifically about website traffic and tools to let me know the best tools that are working for them, specifically, what are their top five.

As you will see in the comments below, there are some tools that many of these same bloggers mentioned numerous times, while there are some unique ones that they are using for a specific traffic strategy that’s working for them now.

Also, a few mentioned general strategies that involve a variety of tools and software to make it work.

 

That being said, here are some responses top marketers and bloggers said to the question “What are your top five tools to get traffic and why?”

 

 

Yaro Starak

1. My number one tool by far is my email list, currently powered by Ontraport. No other tool gives me the power to send a wave of traffic to anything I direct to, which is usually my blog content, my podcast or one of my products. It’s the most powerful tool in my entire business, although of course it wouldn’t exist without my blog.

2. The OptinMonster plugin for wordpress while not directly increasing my traffic, is a significant source of optins to my email list, which as per the previous point is a key traffic source, hence it offers significantly value too.

3. While social media is not my focus, I do get some traffic from people sharing my blog posts, so using tools like the Appsumo social sharing toolbar for mobile browsers, and the ‘click to tweet’ plugin and the ‘WP Socializer’ plugin for WordPress all help spread my content further through social media.

4. Continuing with the social media theme, I also use an in-house Facebook slider on my blog, which is responsible for growing my following on that platform from about 1,000 people to 8,000 people in the last few months. I’m in the process of having it turned into a full blown social slider for all the top social media platforms at the moment, so look out for that soon. You can see what it is here – http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/15879/would-you-use-this-plugin/

5. The final tool I have to mention is WordPress itself. I’ve been blogging for ten years and I’ve received more traffic from Google search than anything else. If WordPress wasn’t around to make it so easy for me to publish blog articles and podcast interviews, I would not have the business I have today.

To learn more from Yaro, visit http://entrepreneurs-journey.com

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 Ana Hoffman

My traffic generation strategy revolves around my ability to share my content across multiple platforms in multiple formats: blog posts, visuals, Slideshare presentations, videos, etc.

So the tools I use every day to do just that are not your common traffic generation tools, yet that’s exactly how I use them – to bring more free traffic to Traffic Generation Café.

1. PowerPoint and Keynote – these are the two presentation builders I use daily. I use them to create quick images or to repurpose my blog posts as Slideshare presentations.

2. Screenflow/Camtasia – I use it to convert my Slideshare presentations into videos.

3. SEMrush – allows me to do a quick keyword search before I publish my content anywhere.

4. SnagIt – I constantly take screenshots of everything for posts, social media shares, future ideas of posts, etc.

5. Checklists – not the kind of tool you were asking about, yet this is my most effective traffic generation strategy. My checklists allow me to do more of what already works. And when I do that, my traffic multiplies as a result.

Ana Hoffman is the founder of http://trafficgenerationcafe.com and the creator of TrafficologyBlueprint.com, a new program that focuses on doing more of what already works through checklists, schedules, and insider traffic strategies.

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 Lee Odden and Evan Prokop of Top Rank Marketing

 

Keywordtool.io

In order to attract traffic to your website content from search engines and social networks, you must understand your target audience and their habits. What questions are they asking? What pain points are they looking to alleviate? What topics are likely to be interesting to them? Good keyword research can help to answer all of these questions.

There are many great free keyword research tools available today, but I keep coming back to keywordtool.io because it’s easy to use, gives great related / long tail keyword ideas and it has a nice clean interface. One thing it doesn’t do is provide estimated search volumes, but the ability to easily copy / paste into Google Adwords Keyword Planner makes this a non-issue. 

Social sharing widgets

Great content is wasted if nobody sees it, and one of the best ways to help your website content reach a larger audience is by making it easy to share on social networks, which is why strategically placed social sharing widgets are essential.

When selecting a social sharing widget solution, look for one that:

  • Supports all major social networks
  • Can be styled to match the look and feel of your website
  • Has customizable placement options, as you’ll want to test which location(s) on the page perform the best
  • Integrates with your website analytics platform

Two options I recommend that fit most scenarios are Digg Digg (for WordPress) and AddThis (for any type of website).

SEMRush

Some of the best insights that can lead to generating more website traffic come from your competitors. Which keywords are they targeting and getting search traffic from? Where are they investing their advertising dollars? Who is linking to them? These are just a few of the questions that can be answered by a good competitive research tool like SEMRush. 

Email Marketing Platform

Email marketing may be one of the oldest tactics in a digital marketer’s playbook, but it’s still one of the most effective means of driving qualified traffic to your website. Because it isn’t a ‘new kid on the block’, email marketing venders have had plenty of time to perfect their solutions, meaning you’ll likely have a good experience with any of the major offerings. Thus, your objective should be finding an email service that closely fits your business needs and budget.

Two solutions I recommend are Constant Contact and StrongView (disclosure: TopRank client).

Google Webmaster Tools

Technical errors like broken links, duplicate content or uncrawlable content on your website can negatively impact both user experience and search visibility. Because they aren’t usually obvious on the surface and tend to accumulate over time when unattended, this can be a huge opportunity

A great free tool to help with assessing and fixing technical errors is Google Webmaster Tools. GWT offers a wealth of information on crawl errors, mobile usability, search impressions / clicks and even warning messages from Google if a problem is severe (you definitely want to be aware if this happens).

For major technical issues, I strongly recommend calling in some backup. An agency or expert can help to assess your site’s technical health, put together a prioritized plan of action and help with implementation of technical fixes. Given how technical issues tend to have a global effect on your website’s performance, an investment here is nearly always money well spent.

To learn more from the Top Rank Marketing team, visit http://toprankmarketing.com.

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 James Schramko

My prime traffic is content driven so my tools relate to content creation:
1. Microphone for dictating and creating recorded audio content  (Rode Podcaster USB Mic  / Rode Smart Lav for portable recordings)
2. Blubrry plugin for WordPress to setup iTunes Podcast to leverage that platform
3. iPhone for recording Video and Audio
4. Keynote for creating visual slides
5. Screenflow [Mac] for recording and editing Audio and Video content

To learn more from James, visit http://superfastbusiness.com.

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Ann Smarty

Here’s my list of traffic generation tools.

  1. Viral Content Buzz: I know it’s terrible of me to include my own tool at #1 but that’s my #1 traffic generation tool, so I must be honest. It drives traffic from relevant social media shares and builds long-term traffic
  2. Mail Chimp auto-responders: Every time I publish a blog post, I know it will send an update to my subscribers automatically. It scales traffic very easily
  3. Keyword Suggest: This free tool helps me find popular long-tail phrases to include in my copy and title for it to catch some long-term search referral traffic
  4. Hootsuite helps me scale my Facebook business page management which drive some traffic too
  5. Google Plus / Explore is another useful keyword research tool which I use both for brainstorming and promotion. You can read more about that here

 To learn more from Ann and traffic generation, visit http://viralcontentbuzz.com.

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Greg Narayan

There’s one common problem I always see on blogs that fail to get blog traffic. Oddly enough, it’s often not a matter of using some expensive plugin or proven technique – t’s a problem of perspective.

Not there aren’t great free and paid resources on popular blogs to attract web traffic – there are.

But what I see is most-often is a blogger tries to get too many readers at once. They see popular blogs succeeding and try to replicate. Doing this, the blogger misses their critical audience.

Critical audience is the small group who loves you and shares you. It might only be 15 people, but if you can make your goal to find these 15 people, they’ll do a whole lot of work for you. And you actually can sustain a blog on this few readers if they are in fact loyal.

Critical audience can also help your blog grow QUICKLY, say within 6 months. And finding them can be as easy as a real Google+ conversation or a guest post baked with love and care. It’s not always this easy but it’s so necessary.

So if I had to say 5 tools, I would I guess say recruit 5 people to help your blog. 5 folks who loves your voice and will even openly tell you what you do wrong. Call them “evangelists” or “followers” or your “tribe” or whatever you want, or better yet make up a new term. Get this down and the rest becomes clear as a glass table.

To learn more about Neil, visit http://dearblogger.org.

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Lisa Baker, Danny Inny & Firepole Marketing

We recently got inbound writer, which is an amazing SEO tool. We haven’t been using it long enough yet to measure whether the results are worth the price, but so far it’s pretty impressive.

On a less expensive scale, it’s not a tool, but Andy Crestodina’s book Content Chemistry is amazing. Andy’s a genius and his ideas are incredible tools!

Snip.ly is a fun little tool that lets you point people to your own site whenever you share other people’s links. It’s kind of brilliant.

Buzzsumo is my favorite for researching popular content ideas.

And Contactually is a fabulous tool for reaching out to influencers to promote your content.

To learn more from the Firepole Marketing team, visit http://firepolemarketing.com.

 

Zac Johnson

My top five tools for increasing traffic (and an expect of each) would be:
Podcasting – Not only do I have my own show called Rise of the Entrepreneur, but I also appear on many other shows as well.
Infographics – An excellent way to distribute your information and gain backlinks at the same time. One of my most popular infographics was for top web hosting sites.
Guest Blogging – No matter what people say, guest blogging still works extremely well when you do it the right way.
Interviews and Expert Roundups – This post is a perfect example. Once again, it’s about becoming an authority within your space and having people bring opportunities to you.
Tutorial Guides – Showing people how to do anything and walking them through the process step-by-step is key. I did this not only with affiliate marketing, but also showing people how to create a blog as well.

To learn more from Zac, visit http://zacjohnson.com.

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Neil from Blogician.com

“Being a blogger, my choices are a little blog oriented. But I feel these tools would also work well for normal sites.

Adwords Keyword tool (or Long tail Pro) to find out long tail, low competition keywords, which are easy to rank. You will find many sites using this strategy to write ultra targeted posts and generating good traffic.

SEO plugin to ensure that on-page SEO is perfect. Unlike off-page factors, on-page SEO is completely in your hand . Make full use of it. AIOSEO or SEO by Yoast are good options for WordPress sites. Make sure you add noindex to duplicate content to avoid penalty.

Related content plugin to show related content after every article. The idea is to persuade your visitors in exploring more content (and thus increase traffic as well as engagement). This internal recycling of traffic is very important to slowly generate interest about your site. Yet another related posts plugin works well with WordPress.

Bufferapp to manage your social profiles. Social media drives a lot of traffic these days. Take 15 minutes a day to schedule your tweets and facebook posts. Then sit back and enjoy the social traffic throughout the day (you need a good number of followers).

Aweber for email marketing purposes. Your email list subscribers are your most loyal readers. Every piece of new content should be mailed to your email list. It is a guaranteed source of traffic, and these readers are also more likely to share the content, leading to even more traffic.”

To learn more from Neil, learn how to start a blog from his site.

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Adrienne Smith

1)  I don’t really look at human interaction as a tool but my most popular and fun way to increase traffic to my blog is commenting.  When you add value to the post and leave a genuine comment that’s what will always grab someone’s attention.  Let’s face it…people want you to do the same thing on their blog so the way for them to accomplish this is to visit yours.  Hopefully with what you share they’ll want to stick around for more.

 

2)  My number one source for referral traffic is Twitter.  Like anything else in social media you want to share other people’s content but it’s more than that.  You want to have actual conversations and thank them when they share yours.  People notice that and they definitely appreciate it.

 

3)  My number two source for referral traffic is Triberr; I love this platform.  There are so many bloggers on this site in so many different niches.  By sharing their posts and making those connections then they’re more eager to continue sharing your content.

 

4)  Email is definitely on my list because I have a really good relationship with my subscribers.  People know I’m really big on making those connections and building those relationships so when you do that, people are eager to spread the word about you.

 

5)  Facebook isn’t bringing in as much as it use to but it’s still hanging in there and I’m getting a good amount of traffic from my personal profile.  I stopped using my business profile at the beginning of this year.  I still would have to say that all of my traffic mostly comes due to the relationships I’ve formed.

 

To learn more from Adrienne, visit http://adriennesmith.net.

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Rachel Rofe

My top 5 tools to increase website traffic (besides the obvious things like my mailing list, my host, and so forth) are:

1. LibSyn or EasyAudello. Each podcast I release gets anywhere from 1,500 to 4,000 downloads. The people who listen to my podcast end up coming to my website, so any tool that helps me get my podcast out is extremely helpful. LibSyn is great for a basic version of podcast hosting and what I got started with. EasyAudello has a ton of “bells and whistles” that take it to the next level.

2.  Kinstant Formatter. The last book I promoted was downloaded 6,364 times in 5 days. Many people who downloaded the book ended up coming to my website. Kindle is a huge source of traffic for me, and I do my best to make my books as valuable as possible. I developed KinstantFormatter because Kindle books need a very specific type of formatting or they come out looking horrible. It’s NOT easy to try and do the formatting on your own. Kinstant Formatter helps people read my books easily, which means they’re happy and eager to come to my site and sign up for my mailing list.

3. ManageFlitter. This is a Twitter tool that helps you find new people to follow, queues up messages, and shows all kinds of interesting analytics. I’ve found some excellent people with this tool and have used it to increase my Twitter following to, at the time of this writing, 41.6k real Twitter followers. This ends up sending a ton of traffic back to my site.

4. Google Analytics. The more statistics I have on where I’m getting traffic from, the more I can optimize what’s working. Google Analytics is a godsend and it’s set up on every website I own.

5. SelfControlApp.com (or the PC equivalent is FocalFilter). I  know this is a weird one, but I use this app to block myself from time-wasting websites, so I can focus more on creating great content that gets shared, which ends up sending more people to my website.

To learn more from Rachel, visit http://rachelrofe.com.

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Jenna Dalton

There are literally millions of different ways to get more traffic to your site. I believe that the one that works best is the one that you actually use and stick with to get results.

I wouldn’t spend a ton of time trying to figure out the perfect strategy. Try a small handful of things at a time, analyze your results, and decide whether it’s worth your time (and possibly money) to keep using them, or if it’d be smart to try something else.

Here’s a couple things I’ve used that have helped me get more traffic…
1. Contactually – I absolutely buy into the idea that being successful has a lot to do with the connections you make. Contactually is a networking app that helps make sure I’m staying connected with influencers in my field. By sharing relevant articles with them, introducing them to people, and keeping in touch with them, it makes it easier for me to ask them for help when I need it – like when I want to boost my traffic. When I’d like that to happen, I can easily reach out to a handful of people I’ve already helped so they’re happy to make it happen.

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2. WiseStamp – When I first started my blog I used WiseStamp to create an email signature that had a link to my latest blog post. That way whenever I sent an email I had the opportunity to drive more traffic to my site. They have a ton of different, free templates you can play with. You can add your latest blog posts, a link to your email list sign-up page, or something else that’ll drive more traffic to your site.

3. Facebook – I took advantage of Facebook’s new design and created a sign-up link on my Facebook page that takes people to my website where they can opt-in to my email list. I made it even more enticing by creating a cover photo with a clear call-to-action and a big arrow pointing right at the sign-up link (you can check it out by clicking here.) Now whenever someone in my community comments, likes, or shares one of my posts, one of their friends might see it, come check out my page, and click that link to go to my site. Even though I just set it up about a week ago, I’ve already seen a boost in Facebook traffic to my website.

4. Guest Blogging – While guest blogging isn’t technically a tool, it’s been one of the best methods I’ve used to drive more traffic to my site. And even better than that, it’s helped me double (and then-some) my email list. You can use my Ultimate Guest Blogging Hit List guide as a way to get started if you’re curious to give it a go.

5. Commenting – I have some favorite blogs that I follow and comment on on a regular basis. I was actually just checking my Google Analytics out the other day and noticed that a blog post that I commented on over a year ago drove some traffic to my site when it was shared again on Social Media. If you focus on leaving thoughtful, non-spammy (i.e., you’re not just trying to promote your own stuff), and valuable comments it can help you get more traffic.

To learn more from Jenna, visit her site at http://jennadalton.com.

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  Sue Ann Dunlevie

Analytics: I like to track my traffic with Clicky. I can see who is on my website at any time, as well as how many visitors a day I’m getting that particular day. I can see what pages are getting the most social media traffic, traffic from an email I just sent or even just organic search traffic.

Keyword Research: I use InboundWriter, which allows me to pick keywords that are going to result in a lot of organic traffic, before I even write the post. It saves me time searching for keywords and drives 2x – 4x more organic traffic to my posts.

Link internally and to other blogs: By linking internally to my older, popular content, I get “Google juice” to my new post. Readers enjoy the links also since it connects them with similar content.

Guest blogging: This is what I recommend to all my clients and I do it myself at least twice a month. Write a great pitch after commenting on someone’s blog for at least 3 weeks. After guest posting successfully for that blog, ask for another gig and try to work it into a monthly guest post.

Start an email list: The biggest regret most experienced bloggers have is not starting an email list the first day they published their blog. You can even start with a free email service like MailChimp.( A bonus tip: use an exit-intent pop-up on your site to double your email subscribers. Optinmonster is the best and is what I use on Successful Blogging since you can customize it, but SumoMe has a free one for when you are just starting out.)

To learn more from Sue Anne, visit http://www.successfulblogging.com and follow her on Twitter @sueannedunlevie

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 Syed Balkhi

Google Keyword Planner — Allows you to create query driven content.

– Buffer + BulkBuffer — Allows me to share my old articles on social media and bring extra traffic.

– EMV Headline Analyzer – Allows me to analyze the headline which plays a huge role in the click-through rate. The better my CTR, the more shares I get thus more traffic.

OptinMonster – Allows me to convert my visitors into email subscribers which means they become returning visitors (i.e increase in traffic and conversions).

– WordPress SEO by Yoast – Allows me to optimize my content for search engines, so I can get more traffic.

To learn more from Syed, visit http://wpbeginner.com.

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 Devesh Sharma

Triberr – Triberr is powerful site that serves a lot of purposes for bloggers:

  • It can be a place for getting 200+ retweets.
  • It can be a place for driving traffic to your new site.
  • And it can be place for connecting with other bloggers in your niche.

I have been using since its inception and if it wasn’t Triberr, I don’t think I would have been able to get the amount of social shares & traffic I am getting now.

ViralContentBuzz – ViralContentBuzz is a great place to earn social shares for your blog posts. In simple words, it is a place where bloggers from different niches gather to share content and earn points. Those points can then be used for promoting your own content. I have been using VCB for a long time, and it is a great source for quality traffic.

JustRetweet – JustRetweet is similar to ViralContentBuzz, and perfect for generating initial buzz.Buffer – Buffer is not so much of a tool for generating traffic as it is about improving the traffic levels by sharing your content when people are most active / online. Buffer also has a PRO plan, but if you are beginner blogger or someone who only has 1-2 sites, then you’d be fine with the free plan.

MyBlogU – MyBlogU is a new tool by Ann Smarty. It is one of the most exceptional blogging and traffic generation tools. It can be used for conducting expert roundups and interviews just like this one on your blog. Expert roundups are best ways to get noticed by authority bloggers and drive traffic to your site in a short time.

To learn more from Devesh, visit http://wpkube.com.

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John Meese

CoSchedule – No joke, my traffic has gone up 36% in six months of using this tool alone. It allows me to better plan content, manage social media like a pro, and consistently engage with my audience.

LeadPages – Using the LeadBoxes feature, I’ve been able to add email optins with different focuses around my site. Growing my list has made my traffic not only grow, but grow with consistency

SumoMe – It’s insane that this entire suite of tools is completely free. I’ve used tools for social sharing, content heat maps, and a little list-building as well.

Evergreen Post Tweeter – During seasons of busyness where I can’t post to social media much, I activate this plugin to make sure my content still gets shared.

WP Super Cache – Having a fast-loading site is essential to keeping readers and encouraging them to come back, and caching dramatically speeds up my site.

To learn more from John, visit http://johnmeese.me.

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 Adam Connell

1.       Triberr – The best tool I’ve found for networking and gaining traction on social media.

2.       Buffer – The easiest tool to schedule social shares.

3.       Outbrain – Get your blog posts featured in “recommended content” widgets on huge sites. Super cheap but high quality traffic.

4.       CoSchedule’s headline analyzer – Headlines can make or break your content, this is the best headline tool I’ve found so far.

5.       SEMrush – SEO is an incredible way to generate traffic when done right, this tool lets me know exactly what my competitors are ranking for.

To learn more from Adam, visit http://bloggingwizard.com.

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Joel Comm

(Due to some important projects in the works, Joel was unable to fully give a response, but he wanted me to tell everyone about two exciting tools is he is loving right now.)

Meerkat: This lets users stream live video via Twitter.

Wordswag: This is a tool that allows you to easily add text to your photos very quickly.

To learn more from Joel, visit his site at http://joelcomm.com

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Ryan Biddulph

I use 1 tool to increase my traffic; Hootsuite Pro.
Other than that, my mind is the top tool. Most bloggers feel something outside of them will make or break their traffic. While you may resonate with one tool or th other, the belief in yourself, and your offering, and the level of clarity you have in your blog contribute more to traffic than anything else.
When you get clear, you’ll naturally find the tools which vibe with you.

To learn more from Ryan, visit http://bloggingfromparadise.com.

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Ron Sela

There are a lot of ways to drive traffic to your website. Fortunately, you can mix and match the following tools to increase website traffic that work best for you to create a systematic way of consistently driving traffic to your site every day. More specifically, you can use direct sources, paid search, organic search, email marketing, social media and referrals.

Positionly

This is an organic search method that lets you keep track of your SEO ranking as it appears on a daily basis. The great thing about it is that you can track the performance of your website and the sites that belong to your competition. When you use it, you can vastly improve your rankings on major search engines, which helps you get more business.

Flipboard

This method is based on referrals. In other words, you get links from people “in the know” that send others to your website. There are people who spend their entire day creating custom magazines out of everything from social media platforms to practically everything else online. Flipboard helps you get access to those who create this content and that helps you get referrals from sites that can drive up your business.

Triberr

This is the place to be for bloggers, as it is a premier social media platform. It brings people together who like to blog about the same subject matter. The thing that makes Triberr valuable is that whenever one person writes about something, everyone else in the network shares it on social media. This helps you get the word out about your website, and your business, very rapidly.

SendinBlue

If you want to use email marketing, this is a good place to start. This is especially true if you send a lot of text messages or emails. It also works well of you make frequent use of newsletters to promote your business. You can customize campaigns with SendinBlue and it only takes a small amount of your time. This is a near perfect solution for creating an email autoresponder system and you can monitor everything that you are doing as it happens.

Perfect Audience

This is a paid search method that you can use to automatically send ads to screens on the Web so people will know about your website (Facebook, Twitter, web and dynamic retargeting). You can target certain types of customers and Perfect Audience will walk you through the entire process (website visitors, email list participants, etc.). This is an ideal tool to use if you have recently experienced a drop in your website traffic and you need to get those customers back.

Summary

These methods will help you maximize your website traffic with a minimum amount of effort. It may seem daunting at first, but if you want your business to succeed, this is a great place to start.


Ron Sela is a Blogger at RonSela.com

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Carol Amato

My top 5 tools to increase traffic to my site are:

1. Email Marketing with ActiveCampaign – I’m always amazed at how I can get a huge boost in traffic when I email my subscribers about new content that is relevant to what they’re wanting to know. List building and email marketing is an essential area of my business and one of the best traffic sources.

2. WordPress.org blog and content that is share-worthy – Making sure to have high quality content and a variety of rich media types is imperative because content is the core and foundation of my website. Posting content that your audience will naturally want to share is key. I’ve recently started offering infographics, and the increase in traffic and shares is notable. Pinterest? Absolutely more shares now, not to mention folks using the embed code to share on their site, resulting in backlinks and additional traffic.

3. My Blog Comment Section and Disqus – Interaction and engagement takes place with myself and my readers, subscribers and peers which sometimes results in a full blown discussion. I also get repeat traffic because Disqus sends an email to the commenter’s Inbox which loops them back. Disqus also has related posts below the comment section which encourages readers to visit the inner pages of my blog, increasing engagement and time spent, as well as improves bounce rate.

4. Triberr – Connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs who genuinely want to engage and share high quality content is a wonderful thing. I’ve made friendships through Triberr which I would have never made elsewhere, and these bonds are strong. I get an incredible amount of traffic from folks sharing my content on Triberr.

5. Blogger Outreach – If I would tell you ONE regret that I have in my business it would be that I did not reach out to other bloggers early on. Forming strong relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs and building friendships where you give without expecting anything in return is very important. I wanted to reach out to be a blessing, learn and grow with others, and ended up with some amazing friends who would do anything to help me in achieving my goals.

To learn more from Carol, visit http://carolamato.com.

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 Stuart Walker

The only tool I use to increase website traffic isn’t really a traffic tool.

It’s OptinMonster. It’s how I collect email addresses and my blog converts traffic into subscribers at around 10%.
I then follow up with them via email, send them back to my best content on my site, as well as updating them of new posts.
This drives almost 50% of my total traffic and how I managed to grow the blog to nearly 40.000 visitors per month even though I’ve done no promotion for well over 6 months and only managed to do 1 guest post in the whole 15 months the blogs been live.
My strategies for collecting emails are documented here (http://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/tutorials/increase-email-subscribers/) where I took Matt W’s opt in rate from 1.07% to 5.81% in just 24hrs.
If people focus on growing their email list and engaging with their subscribers they won’t have to worry about traffic nearly so much.
I talk about ways to grow your email list here: http://nichehacks.com/increase-email-list/

To learn more from Stuart, visit http://nichehacks.com.

 

profile  Finally, I thought I would share 5 tools I am using for this blog you’re reading now. There are may tools to choose from, but here are some of the big ones to take a look at that I think everyone can afford.

1. Aweber + Leadpages.net. These are really two tools, but I combined them as one seeing as though they work as one type of strategy. Email marketing is the biggest source of traffic other than affiliate/partner promotions and Aweber (the software used to store and mass email people) plus Leadpages (a software program designed to help get people on those lists) is a great combination.

2. Buffer. Just about every marketer and agency these days is doing some sort of automatic posting or at least hiring staff to post for them. Due to the drop in organic reach of platforms like Facebook and Twitter, it’s essential to post multiple times per day as well. Buffer is a great tool that will allow you to schedule these posts ahead of time.

3. Google Analytics. Google analytics may be the most important traffic tool listed on here. Why? Because it will show you what’s working and what’s not for your traffic getting efforts. Google analytics can show way more than just what sources are your best ones. It can even show you which content is driving the most ROI or return on your time invested so you know what content to even produce.

4. WordPress.org + plugins. I have to mention the actual software this blog is running on, which is wordpress.org. WordPress not only makes it easy to product and get the content out, but there are a number of plugins that can drive traffic and help rank your content such as W3 total cache plugin, Yoast SEO plugin, Flare social sharing bar, and many others essential to drive traffic today, many which are free to install.

5. TrafficFresh. This is a program I’ve been developing and is only available for my use at this time, but is what helped write this very post you’re reading so it should be mentioned. This program helps locate influencers such as the ones that contributed to this post, as well as find opportunities around the web to participate in to get relevant traffic back to my site. I’ll let you know when it becomes available for everyone to use.

 

There you have it, some of the best tools that are working now for top bloggers and marketers today.

Are you using any of these tools or found an amazing one that wasn’t mentioned?

Also, do you consider yourself an expert on traffic software and tools? If so let me know what your top tools are as well and I can add you to this resource.

 

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This post was written by Ben Murray, founder of the site and main contributor.