How to Get Visitors to Your Blog Cheap

by on 07/29/2009 in Internet

PPC (Pay Per Click) can be very costly especially if you’re in a niche that’s relatively competitive. For example; let’s look at two companies such as Home Depot and Loews. They obviously are competing for the same keywords and that will drive up the cost per click. This is not a good way to market a blog unless you’re selling a product or service.

How to you get more traffic for cheap?

The most popular way is sharing your blog articles across many of the social networks like; StumbleUpon, Reddit, Facebook and Twitter, but this traffic is very sporadic and there’s no guarantee that you will get enough traffic to potentially convert visitors into loyal fans.

StumbleUpon offers an easy way you can get cheap traffic to your blog. I am not getting paid to advertise this article so please do not go there! You can get a visitor to your blog for the cost compared to a piece of Bazooka bubble gum. What if you could get a visitor to your blog for as little as 5 cents? If you were to set a spend limit of $5 per day for 30 days, your total investment would be $150.stumbleupon-logo

Let’s do the math

5 cents per visit divided into $5 = 100 visitors daily
$150 per month = 3000 unique visitors per month

It’s a very small investment to get traffic to your blog. I have used StumbleUpon advertising when I first launched my blog. My spend limit was $150 per month for 3 consecutive months. The total cost of this campaign was $450, bringing in a total of 4500 unique visitors in 90 days.

Let’s not forget the potential of more traffic if a StumbleUpon user likes your page and they give it thumbs up and/or review and share. The potential of your blog getting viral is very good. I have seen an additional 300 unique visitors per day above and beyond the campaign I was running with StumbleUpon.

Here’s how it works

  • You must create a separate advertiser account and not your existing account
  • StumbleUpon shows your page directly to interested web surfers
  • Target the exact audience you want
  • No click through required
  • Get valuable feedback from interested users

See a demo on StumbleUpon Advertising or visit the StumbleUpon Ad page.

17 Responses to “How to Get Visitors to Your Blog Cheap”

  1. Kikolani

    Jul 29th, 2009

    I’ve heard that thumbs ups and reviews from new users are weighted with more importance than ones from regular visitors, so I bet those will definitely result in higher traffic. Plus if you have ads that work off of page impressions, then those will benefit as well. Great idea!

    ~ Kristi

    • Frank J

      Jul 29th, 2009

      Kristi,

      You are 100% correct. If you get Stumbled by a new user who has a decent amount of subscribers you will see a huge difference in referrals.

  2. Deneil Merritt

    Jul 29th, 2009

    Using stumbleupon advertising is good but my problem is targeting the right people. Since I focus on blogging and internet marketing. It’s hard to get it right since they do not have a section for blogging and internet marketing.

    • Frank J

      Jul 29th, 2009

      Deneil,

      You can target by category. If you sell computer hardware for example, you can select that same category.

      You are correct, they need to add more categories. They do have a category for weblogs.

      • Deneil Merritt

        Jul 30th, 2009

        You right there is a category for weblogs. Now to get them to make an internet marketing section. lol

  3. Joanie

    Jul 29th, 2009

    When you did your advertising, did you direct to specific posts or to your homepage?

    • Frank J

      Jul 29th, 2009

      My homepage only. This way they can see my last 4 posts and hopefully they would click a little deeper into the site.

  4. Social Media Optimization

    Jul 30th, 2009

    Cool, I wasn’t even aware we can advertise on SU as well!! Thanks Frank, for informing its important. But does it really give you targeted visitors? and can you also advertise a business site?

    • Frank J

      Jul 30th, 2009

      Anytime! I am running a campaign on SU today.

  5. HART (aka PetLvr)

    Jul 30th, 2009

    I’ve tried stumbleupon advertising last year to revive a site and get traffic. For 30 days I tried $150 hoping to get 3000 visitors in 30 days. In 30 days, I got 3100 visitors in total. In the next month, I had 100 visitors. and no benefit from spending $150 at all.

    • Frank J

      Jul 30th, 2009

      Hart,

      Are you saying it was a good investment or not?

      • Deneil Merritt

        Jul 30th, 2009

        Hart is saying its a bad investment. I think it really depends on what you use the advertisement for.

      • HART (aka PetLvr)

        Jul 30th, 2009

        Yes .. I didn’t think it was worth the investment or rather expense .. It was like a tap open on people with their user profiles that may had topic “ticked” and as soon as my limit each day happened – no more traffic.

  6. Robin Bal

    Jul 31st, 2009

    Well I have paid for visitors from Stumbleupon a few times and I did it in an erratic pattern. I mean spent $50 on one day and $25 on another, however I guess investing 5 bucks a day for a month probably makes more sense. Have them directed to your homepage and make a lot of good posts, particularly if you have a new blog. Might give it a shot in the future :) . Thanks.

  7. Hesham

    Jul 31st, 2009

    I am thinking about it since last month, but I am not sure how much to spend daily because it will depends on my earning from my blogs.

    thanks for the good information on your post, I will think about it again!

  8. Ching Ya

    Aug 4th, 2009

    Thanks Frank for the info.
    Although I have yet to try SU advertising, but I thought if I did, would probably based on the posts I’m publishing for that particular month(s). Doing a little topic research or knowing more about the behaviors of fellow stumblers could be a plus, in my opinion.

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker

    • Frank J

      Aug 5th, 2009

      Ching,

      It is a great boost for new blogs to get discovered for cheap.