4 Ways To Foster Relationships With Your Best Traffic Sources

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Once you’ve figured out your best traffic sources you might be wondering what you need to do to build a stronger connection with them and how you can milk more traffic from those sources. These are important people! You’ll be working with them to make your blogs better, it can’t hurt to get to know them right?

This article will take you through 4 ways your can build your relationship with these websites. If you haven’t read my recent article on finding out your best traffic sources then you should go and read it now otherwise I’ll sound stupid.

4 Ways To Build A Better Relationship With Other Bloggers

Once you’ve done your identification of the site you want to connect with there’s a few tactics you can use to increase the amount of traffic you get from them.

1. Commenting

By leaving relevant and thoughtful comments on their website you’ll provoke their attention, especially if they don’t normally get lots of comments.

Make sure the comments you leave a relevant. “Good post” just isn’t going to cut the mustard. By connecting with these people by regularly commenting on their content you’ll begin to see increase response rates, more traffic, and increased discussion both on their blog around your comments and on your own blog from visitors looking to keep the discussion with you going.

2. Emailing

Got a question about something they recently wrote? Instead of leaving a comment try emailing instead. Most bloggers appreciate their audience reaching out to them. If you want to be remembered then you can connect with people by talking to them directly.

I’m recommending emailing here and there just to keep your face fresh in their mind – don’t spam them and avoid direct messaging on Twitter, it’s not a good substitute for an email. Personally, I think Direct Messaging in Twitter’s stupidest feature. I don’t think I’ve ever received a genuine one.

Being in direct contact with someone has the added benefit of the “I know you” factor and they are therefore more likely to link to you in the future in their writing.

3. Linking To Them Frequently

Reciprocation is a huge player here. If you give, give, give you’ll eventually receive. This strategy works best with people who aren’t quite A-Listers, but apply it however you will.

I like linking to my friends online, I read them because I enjoy their content and if my visitors are coming here for me then it’s not so far a stretch that they might like what I like. It’s good both ways and Oh So Good when you finally get that reciprocal link back.

4. Guest Posting

Guest posting is a great strategy that more than a few A-Listers have used to leverage other people’s audiences. It’s like having the temporary attention of thousands of people you don’t normally talk to. It’s your opportunity to be fresh and exciting.

Writing guest posts can be a lot of work, but it can also be easy if you know the person and what they like. I’d recommending doing the above strategies for a while first as it’s all about building repore.

It’s All About Building Rapport

Building a relationship with someone takes time. In sales this is referred to as building a rapport with your customer. Once you’re in, you’re trusted and working with them becomes a lot easier.

Remember though, at the end of the day you’re dealing with people. It helps to not come across like a robot trying to gain something. Be genuine, pay attention to what their needs are and be there for them. Turning up and being present is half the battle won.

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About Josh Kohlbach

Josh is a programmer, entrepreneur and the founder of Code My Own Road. He started this website to help programmers with business stuff and also to get things straight in his head. You can read more about Code My Own Road and Josh on the About page

4 Responses to 4 Ways To Foster Relationships With Your Best Traffic Sources

  1. Dave Doolin August 17, 2010 at 2:28 am #

    And putting in the hours!

    All this stuff is a lot of work. Too few people do the work, too many complain about no results.

    • Josh Kohlbach August 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

      Too right mate, putting in your 10k hours is important for honing any craft. Some thing just don’t happen overnight, I’m only now starting to have some success with my freelance web services which I’ve been advertising for nearly a year!

  2. Rose August 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm #

    Good advice Josh!

    I’m having a hard time finding Guest posters. No one wants to guest post. lol

    • Josh Kohlbach August 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Rose! I’d guest post for you again, but I’m short on time at the moment (always a downer when you really want to do more than what you can fit in a day/week :S), Keep on plugging it I’m sure they’ll come. In the meantime have you thought of doing any more guest posting yourself on other people’s sites?

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