How To Drive Free Traffic without Guest Blogging

I received this email two days ago, from one of my blog readers.

He wanted to know how to drive free traffic to his blog without writing guest posts. Note that this kind of question isn’t new and I’m sure a lot of you out there would be glad to know other strategies that work.

I’m not going to brag here because humility is the only virtue that can take any blogger to the top.

But for the past 2 years, I’ve been actively guest blogging and has published over 800 informative articles on A-list and B-list blogs.

That notwithstanding, I strongly believe that if you don’t like to pitch guest post topics and wait for a YES, then you should look for alternative means of promotion. Period!

One good thing about blogging is that you’re the Boss – you decide what strategy you can stick to. When it comes to guest blogging, experts like Danny, Oni, Ali Luke among others have achieved tremendous success through this marketing medium. But that’s not the only way to drive free traffic to your blog.

Get to know other A-list Bloggers

Before I share one of the powerful ways to drive avalanche of free traffic to your blog, I want to encourage you to start building relationships from today. Why?

It’s because you’re going to leverage on the rapport you build with experts to grow your blog’s community and make more money, doing what you love. Start following industry experts on Twitter, like their facebook pages and go follow them on

Whenever they publish new content, learn from it and appreciate their work. These little acts can go a long way in helping you bridge the divide between authority and amateur – since your goal is to promote your blog and get readers, without doing guest posting of any sorts.

You can also write valuable comments on blog posts. Don’t just say “nice post” because such can’t stick into the mind of the author. Instead, take time to read the post.

If the article is lengthy, you can read few paragraphs to extract insights before writing your comment. As much as you can, avoid short irrelevant comments. Make it detailed (100 words+ will do wonders).

Now, are you ready for the smartest way to drive free traffic without guest blogging?

Write a List Post

List Post

You may frown at it, but list post has been my #1 strategy for dominating my niche, even when I started out. Remember, you’ve followed A-list bloggers and known what they like the most.

Seriously, almost all of these fellow bloggers want to build a brand and make more money. They also want to boost their ego – even if they don’t announce it openly.

When you write a List Post that includes all these people who are influencers in their own niche markets, you’ll not only get free traffic, but also, you’d garner hundreds of backlinks to increase your Google rankings eventually.

In order to guide you on the type of list post that works, you may write content on these titles:

  • Top 20 List Building Experts Who Can Kiss Ass
  • Top 10 Bloggers To Hit $10,000 In 3 Months
  • Top 50 Marketing Blogs That Have Exclusive Content
  • Top 30 Solopreneurs To Watch In 2013

You can scale it up…

The above titles are unique when I wrote them. So feel free to copy, research and contact top bloggers and ask them simple questions for the post.

If you don’t have time to write, then this is one way to get a full-blown article without writing much (except for highlights and formatting).

When the post goes live, send the live URL to those concerned, and ask them to tweet, share, cite and promote it. Trust me. It works.

If out of 20 influencers, 4 of them tweet to their huge twitter databases, you’ll get at least 100 visitors daily for the next 7 days. This isn’t a guarantee though – but it’s an estimate.

Over to you

I want to hear what you’ve to say concerning this post. Have you ever written a List Post in the past that went viral, generated floods of free traffic and enhanced your credibility?

Note: If you want a List-Post content that can bring you free traffic and backlinks, I can help you write it. Contact me.

Tags: , , ,

25 thoughts on “How To Drive Free Traffic without Guest Blogging”

  1. Thanks John for another great tip to drive free traffic. 🙂

  2. Very informative content. Thank you very much Mr. John for sharing with us!

  3. This is my first post on your site John. I heard a lot about you and your blog. I am new to blogging, your posts helped me a lot thanks.

  4. Hello John,
    Thank you for the interesting post. However, I don’t understand one moment – how I can get ‘hundreds of backlinks’ by writing a List Post?

    1. Here’s how it works:

      You write a list post say “top 30 SEO bloggers who still ranks.”

      When the post goes live, send the URL to the bloggers on the list and
      respectfully ask them to promote it for you. Just a tweet or share is enough. You may not know who you’ve emailed the list post URL to. Maybe a blogger with an active twitter following of 2000 – 20,000.

      A single tweet can bring you targeted traffic, backlinks and social signals. I hope you understand.

  5. Agreed, list posts generate great traffic! People love lists because they are short and to the point.

  6. Bogdan says:

    Hello Michael. I have a few questions.
    1. In the list article, you only mention names, or you also write a little about each of them ?
    2. You first write the article, or..get in contact with the bloggers to let them know and after that write the article

    And if you can show us an example would be great.


    1. For the ones I’ve written in the past, I mentioned names, websites and a description of what the blogger does and why people should listen to him/her. Just be creative. You could even highlight their recent/popular posts and they’d love this single act so much and promote the post.

      Yes, you can contact the bloggers and ask them questions. On the other hand, you may not actually contact them if what you’re writing about is hot. What the influencers desire is “increase” and if you can help them out, you’re good to go – whether or not you let them know at first.

      Just go and experiment it. If you add my blog on your list post, contact me and I’ll tweet it to my followers. How priceless is that to you?

      1. Bogdan says:

        Yes, I understand. Great tip, I will implement it.

        Thanks again 🙂

  7. tinkukumar says:

    This information is helpful to me thanks for sharing a lot of new information with us. thanks friends for this..

  8. John Gibb says:

    hi Michael

    I like this post… what a catching title. It definitely stirred my interested, and got me reading to find the “secret”. 

    I always been a fan of letting others do the hard work, interview people and use samples within my content. That’s the best leverage of one’s time.

    I believe this can be done in any niche, regardless. Right?

    I must say if you don’t take the extra time and effort to contact all these specialists/interviewees, then your list post have slim changes to get viral. So the core of this strategy (as you synthesize) is not just the content, but its active promotion afterward.


    1. Exactly John, you’ve to promote the list post to those whose name and website appeared on your blog. Thank you so much.

  9. I. C. Daniel says:

    Never done this list, after my blogging plan didn’t went pretty well I made a forum plan on paper, plan went pretty well and now I have a forum project in developing faze, ‘ve been 3 weeks by now since I’m working on it.

    If you kind enough to give suggestions would be awesome Michael.

    PS: Logo for forum is on it’s way, the designer is working on it.

  10. Roman says:

    Hi Michael,

    Thank you very much for all these valuable information. I’ll try to implement it on my blog.

    Best wishes,


  11. Arbaz K says:

    Blog commenting is another great way to drive traffic and works a lot better when you do it right and on the best blogs.

  12. faisal says:

    Guest blogging also helps to build credibility.

  13. Sunday says:

    The idea of writing a list post always sound engaging. For the writer, more research and inclusion of data and statistics can help the post gain relevance. Driving traffic with list posts is sure an effective way of driving free traffic.

    I have also shared this comment in the social bookmarking site for Internet marketers –, where this post was found.
    Sunday – contributor

  14. Alex Hughes says:

    Hi John,

    I enjoyed this post a lot. It’s nice to hear alternatives to guest posting, because this is hard to do when your just starting out.

    I also think that contributing to other sites like Buzzfeed or Listverse can be a big boost to your blog. As long as they allow you to post a backlink. I’m going to give this some thought and maybe I’ll be contacting you to get your point of view.

    Thanks agains,
    Alex Hughes

  15. Abhishek says:

    Really an amazing article and I am gonna follow all these tactics for my blogs too. Writing A list post is really amazing suggestion. Thanks again for this post.

  16. I have been following your blog for some time now though I wasn’t a blogger yet. Just started my personal blog: and have used almost all the so-called “traffic-generating’stuff” but my blog still has few readers (Though it has nice layout and content). In fact, I need your help!

  17. Hi Michael,

    I am pretty new to blogging but I recently tried a blog post that was a list and I have to say I’m very happy with how it worked. A nice amount of traffic and comments for a new blogger 🙂

    I have never thought about doing a list about people though, so thanks for the idea. I can see how that would work really well.

    Have a great weekend!


  18. Kevin Martin says:

    I will definitely compose a list post highlighting certain bloggers in order to boost my traffic, grow my readership, and build business relationships with other bloggers. I’ve been writing posts in list format for quite some time now and not once have I thought to create a list of bloggers in order to receive more blog traffic. Thank you for the insight, Michael!

  19. Dk Patel says:

    Very true , List posts are always a treasure for traffic to your blog.

  20. Metz says:

    I have to agree with Eyram, Michael. YOU NAILED IT!
    The tips were spot on! Most especially when you say that:
    “You can also write valuable comments on blog posts. Don’t just say “nice post” because such can’t stick into the mind of the author. Instead, take time to read the post.” is what I can put forward in here.”
    Well, you can’t say “Nice post” if aren’t reading it. And Author will be pleased about comments that throw in reputation and information. Length doesn’t vary, as long it is helpful and valuable.
    By doing so, the guest blogging will be diminished into time. 🙂

  21. Points aren’t fresh, but serve as a good reminder not to depend too much on Google. Guest blogging, perhaps soon will be discounted as well.

Comments are closed.