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How To Install a WordPress Theme

WordPress Theme

The WordPress theme repository contains thousands of themes, and in this post I’ll show you how to install a WordPress theme. Its quick, it’s easy and it can be 100% free.

WordPress Themes

WordPress is a really great blogging platform, but can also be used as a fully featured website. One of the best things about WordPress is its themes. WordPress can easily be extended by uploading and installing a theme. This changes the appearance of your whole website to something more suited to your niche or requirements.

The WordPress theme repository has thousands of free themes that you can install. And thanks to the most recent WordPress updates, you can now install themes directly from within your WordPress website no need to download and upload ZIP files anymore!

If you would like to browse the WordPress theme repository, go to https://wordpress.org/themes

Free vs. Paid Themes

Although the WordPress theme repository contains many free themes, you can also buy paid themes for WordPress. These themes are usually of higher quality, and comes with additional features such as premium plugins and special layouts.

Free themes are usually very basic. These are really great for beginners if you want to touch the blogging industry without having to spend money. There are quite a few free themes with premium features as well you just have to search a little bit to find these.

How to install a WordPress theme

Now that I’ve told you a little bit about WordPress themes, let me show you how to install a WordPress theme. There’s generally two different ways to install a theme on WordPress, so Ill guide you through both of these processing in this post.

The first method is the easiest and allows you to install a theme without leaving your website. There’s also no need to upload any files to your server with this method.

The second method is just as easy, but involves downloading theme files and uploading them to your WordPress website.

Don’t worry if these methods sound hard, I will be guiding you through both processes and Ill include screenshots along the way.

  1. Internal Theme Installation

This is the first method Ill guide you through. With this method, you’ll be installing a theme from within your WordPress website. This is also the easiest method out of the two methods Ill guide you through.

Step 1: Log in to your WordPress admin area

The first step is to log into your WordPress admin area. This is really easy simply go to your domain and add /wp-admin at the end. So let’s say your domain name is example.com and your WordPress installation is in the root folder, you’ll be able to log into your WordPress admin area by going to example.com/wp-admin

WordPress Admin Login

Step 2: Go to the Add New Theme page

Next up you need to access the Add New Theme page. After logging into your admin area, simply go to Appearance > Themes as shown below.

Appearance > Themes

The Themes page will show you all the current themes you have installed on your WordPress website. Here you can activate a new theme or customize your currently active theme.

You need to click on the Add New button at the top, next to the word Themes.

This will bring you to the Browse Themes page. On this page, you can browse through the different themes available for FREE on the WordPress themes repository. There’s thousands of great themes available that you can choose from to install a theme, simply hover over the themes thumbnail and click the Install button. If you want to see how your website will look with the theme activated before actually installing the theme, click the Preview button instead.

Step 3: Filter your options

This step is completely optional, but a great help indeed!

The page inside your WordPress website that allows you to browse the different themes also allows you to filter the themes. This is extremely useful, especially if you have certain features in mind. You get different types of filtering options.

To access these filters, simply click the Feature Filter option in the top bar while browsing for a theme.

This will show you all the options there are to help you filter the results and find the perfect theme for your website.

Now use these filters to your advantage. Tick the boxes next to filters you want to apply to the theme browser, and hit Apply Filters once you are happy. This will give you a filtered list that only contains themes that matches your filter options.

  1. Theme Upload Option

The second option is also quite easy, but involves a bit more work from your side. With option 2, you need to download the actual theme files and upload them to your website. Dont worry Ill show you how you can upload a theme directly inside your WordPress website without having to fiddle with FTP or cPanel.

For this option, follow step 1 and step 2 from the previous option (1. Internal Theme Installation). Do not install a theme through the theme browser though follow the instructions below.

When you get to the Add Themes page, click on the Upload Theme option.

Next you’ll be presented with the built-in theme uploader. Click on Choose File, browse to the ZIP file you downloaded (The theme package) and double click on it. Now simply click on Install Now. The installer will upload the file, install the theme and then you can active the theme or preview it on your website.

As for finding zip packaged themes, you can browse the WordPress theme repository and download the themes manually, or you can buy a theme from a website such as ThemeForest these themes always come in ZIP packages since they are not part of the WordPress theme repository. You also get a How to install a WordPress theme PDF document with most of the premium themes.

Conclusion

I really hope this How to install a WordPress theme quick tutorial helps you out. I covered two different theme installation methods so whether you want to use a free theme or buy a premium theme you now know how to install it.

Turn Your WordPress Website Into a FREE List Building Machine

WordPress Website

Every blogger and internet marketer knows that list building is the key to success. Building an email list allows you to profit more in the long run, and gives you the opportunity to profit multiple times from a single lead.

One of the main problems with this, mostly for beginners, is the pricing involved with top quality list builders. Yes, you can get a free trial that lasts about 30 days, but what if your blog doesn’t blow up and make enough money within the first 30 days? Or what if you have to wait for your commissions to get paid out, and that’s only going to happen next month?

If you’re in such a position, then this post is for you! I will tell you how you can turn your WordPress website into a list building machine. The best part is you don’t have to spend a single penny to do this. I will tell you about a WordPress plugin that will let you set up an entire email marketing system INSIDE your WordPress website for free.

WordPress & List Building

WordPress is a truly amazing piece of software. By installing it on your server, you can instantly set up a complete, fully-functional website in a couple of minutes. This is why it’s such a great platform to use when building a list of email subscribers.

List building with WordPress is really a walk in the park. And the best part is it doesn’t matter what type of WordPress website you are running. Blogs, corporate websites, portfolios, and news portals you can build a list with just about any type of WordPress website.

Requirements

Let’s start off with the requirements. I’m going to tell you exactly what you need in order to turn your WordPress website into a list building machine. Don’t worry you only need a few things and some time. Remember earlier in this post I mentioned you don’t have to spend a penny to do this.

  • First of all, you need a website powered by WordPress. This can be a blog, your portfolio or any other type of website.
  • You need to install a specific plugin. I’ll tell you more about this plugin and how to install it later on in this post.
  • You need a couple of minutes to complete the process and configure the plugin once installed.

I also recommend using a theme with a sidebar, since it increases your conversion rate when you have a subscription form in your sidebar. This is only optional though you can integrate the subscription form wherever you want to.

The FREE list building plugin

So let’s get started let’s turn your WordPress site into a list building machine!

The first step is to install the FREE list building plugin. This plugin is called MailPoet, and can be installed directly from the admin dashboard of your WordPress website. Simply log in, go to Plugins > Add New and search for MailPoet.

Search for MailPoet plugin.

Note: When searching for MailPoet, you will see an Install Now button. Click on this button, and then Activate once installed. The screenshot above shows the search results for MailPoet after the plugin has been installed on my system.

Once installed, click on MailPoet in the WordPress admin sidebar. The first time you visit a MailPoet page, you’ll be directed to a Welcome page. Simply browse through the page, subscribe to their newsletter if you want to, and click the Continue to MailPoet button at the bottom of the page to access MailPoet.

Configure MailPoet

Now that you’ve installed MailPoet, it’s time to configure the plugin.

Step 1: Setup up a subscriber list

The first step, before even configuring the plugin itself, is to set up a subscriber list. You can, of course, have more than one lists on one installation. These lists will help you filter and categorize your subscribers if you are promoting different types of offers.

Next you need to click on Add List in the top bar.

This page allows you to add a new subscriber list. Simply enter a name for your new list, and optionally you can also add a description. Descriptions are never shown to your subscribers so these fields are useful for internal use.

Click on Add list once you’ve entered the details. This will create your new list for you.

Step 2: Configure MailPoet

Now we move on to configuring MailPoet. Go to MailPoet > Settings to reach the settings page for MailPoet.

You should complete as much details in the settings pages as possible. This will help optimize the plugin for you. Here’s a quick overview on some of the most important parts.

Basics

Your Company’s Address be sure to complete this. This enhances authenticity, and keeps you on the safe side of the law.

Email Notifications Here you can configure the plugin to send you an email update every time someone subscribes / unsubscribes.

Sender of notifications here you can configure the details of the email sent when someone subscribes / unsubscribes.

Subscribe in comments if you use the default WordPress comment system, you can enable this option to allow visitors to subscribe to your lists when they leave a comment.

Subscribe in registration form If you allow user registrations on your site, you can enable this option to give users the option to also subscribe to your list while they register.

Link to browser version Ads a link to email newsletters so subscribers can view the newsletter in their browser should they experience any problems viewing your email in their default email client.

Forms

Here you can add new subscription forms with different fields. Creating multiple forms to test out the performance of multiple fields is a great way to find the perfect form for your website. For example, you might have one form only collecting email addresses and another collecting first names as well.

Signup Confirmation

Here you can configure whether a subscriber needs to confirm their email address or not. If you enable this feature, anyone who enters their email address in your subscription form will have to verify their email address first before being entered into your subscriber list.

Send with

Here you can configure how emails should be sent. You can use the built-in feature, or an external SMTP service. Using the built-in feature is free and pretty powerful if you’re only starting out.

Advanced

Here you can configure some more advance settings for MailPoet. Settings like permissions and details of the emails being sent to your subscribers.

Add-ons

Here you can find a variety of add-ons that you can install with MailPoet to enhance your list building strategy.

Step 3: Embed your subscription form

The last step is to simply embed your subscription form on your website. This is usually best done in a sidebar, but if you do not have a sidebar, you can always add your subscription form to the footer of your website, or even at the end of your posts.

Add a subscription form via Widgets

The easiest way to add a subscription form to your website is to go to Appearance > Widgets and drag the MailPoet subscription form widget into one of your sidebar choices. This is quick and easy and allows you to customize the title text of your form

This will add a subscription form to the sidebar or footer of your website. The form usually fits the CSS styles of your website.

Subscription form on The Profit Blogger

Add a subscription form via Shortcodes

An alternative option is to use a shortcode to integrate a subscription form on your website. The advantage here is that you can basically integrate a subscription form ANYWHERE on your website adding a form at the bottom of your posts is a very good idea.

To integrate a subscription form via a shortcode, simply go to MailPoet > Settings and click on the Forms tab.

Now hover over the form that you want to integrate, and click on Edit. Once you reach the Edit page, look at the bottom of the screen.

As you can see in the image above, there’s different options including HTML, PHP, iframe and shortcode options available. In this step, I’ll show you how to use the shortcode option. You can also use the other options if you choose to, but the shortcode option is easiest in this case since you’re integrating the form on your own site.

Click on the shortcode option and a new textbox pops up with the shortcode in. Copy this shortcode!

Now for the integration part you can use this shortcode in pages and posts. Wherever you paste this shortcode, a subscription form will appear. Handy hey!!

Tip: When using the shortcode integration method, be sure to add a catchy title since the shortcode will only add the subscription form and no title or other text.

So let’s see this in action. In the screenshot below, I opened one of my older posts and simply pasted my shortcode at the bottom of the post. I also added a heading that tells the user if they enter their email address, they will receive further updates.

Now when I update this post and visit it, the result is as below:

Want to test out how this type of integration works? Here’s a live preview of the integration feel free to enter your email address if you want to receive updates from my blog 🙂

Now it’s your turn

I just showed you how you can turn your WordPress installation into a complete list building machine. It’s easy to do, and can help you save hundreds of dollars if you’re only starting out in the blogging or list building world. Now it’s your turn follow the steps, add the plugin and integrate your subscription form.

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Optimize Your On Page SEO With Yoast SEO

On Page SEO

On page Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is very important. From ensuring your content is keyword optimized to adding meta tags to your pages, it’s important to follow certain guidelines to ensure your pages rank better in search engines.

One of the many advantages of blogging with WordPress is the ability to extend your website by simply installing a plugin. And in this post, I would like to tell you about one amazing plugin that helps you optimize all your content to get your posts ranking higher in search engines.

This plugin helps you optimize your posts by giving you a rating for each post, and listing tips that will help you better optimize your content. You are also able to use your focus keywords more effectively thanks to this plugin.

On Page SEO

Before I introduce you to the plugin, let’s take a quick overview of on page SEO. On page SEO involves optimizing the content ON your website in certain ways. By doing this, you can increase the ranking of your content, and website, in search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.

On page SEO includes optimizing your content with a focus keyword, optimizing the titles of your content, as well as the body of your content. This also involves adding appropriate, keyword optimized tags to your page so search engines know what your page is about.

Yoast SEO

Now on to the plugin.

Yoast SEO is a very popular WordPress plugin, used by thousands of blogs. This plugin has helped many people, including myself, rank posts and pages higher in search engines. And the best part is its super easy to install and super easy to use. The plugin gives you clear instructions on how to optimize your content these instructions are easy to follow and helps you improve the optimization of your on page SEO.

Yoast SEO Features

Let’s take a quick look at the features Yoast SEO offers WordPress users.

  • First of all, this plugin helps you write better optimized content, and helps you fully optimize your entire websites content. Yoast gives you a preview snippet with various tips to help you optimize your content. This feature is extremely useful as it helps you optimize your content for a specific focus keyword, and will tell you exactly what to do in order to rank your post better in search engines.
  • The full page analysis will also help you optimize the body of your pages, including the headings, meta title and meta description.
  • This plugin will set up meta tags for you, and allows you to manually specify them if you want to. Meta tags gives your page a better chance to rank high since it gives important information to search engines.
  • XML Sitemaps is another great feature of Yoast SEO. The plugin will generate your XML sitemaps, which will allow search engines to crawl your website faster. Yoast SEO will also notify Google and Bing about updates to your XML sitemaps.
  • This plugin can also help you optimize pages by adding breadcrumbs to your pages. a Useful feature that helps with on page SEO.
  • You can use Yoast SEOs built-in editor to directly edit your . htaccess and robots.txt files.
  • Social media is now a vital part of any website. Yoast SEO will automatically optimize your pages and add the necessary tags for social media optimization.
  • You can also import SEO settings from a variety of other SEO plugins directly into Yoast SEO for an instant setup.

These are only some of the amazing features offered by Yoast SEO. The best part is the basic plugin (which gives you everything you need to get started) is 100% free! In this post, I will show you how to install Yoast SEO and how you can get started with this plugin to help with your on page SEO.

On Page SEO + Yoast SEO

Were now moving on to the installation of this plugin. Ill also show you some screenshots that will give you an idea of how powerful Yoast SEO is when it comes to on page SEO. To install and setup this plugin on your WordPress powered website, simply follow the instructions below and you’ll be ready to start writing better content in a couple of minutes.

Installation

The first step is to install the Yoast SEO plugin on your WordPress website. It doesn’t matter what type of website you have you can definitely benefit from this plugin. Remember that Yoast SEO helps you optimize pages as well as posts, so you can optimize the on page SEO of any type of content you post on your WordPress website.

To install Yoast SEO, log in to the admin dashboard of your WordPress website. Next go to Plugins > Add New and search for Yoast SEO.

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New
  2. Search for Yoast SEO

Once you’ve searched for Yoast SEO, click the Install Now button at the first result which reads Yoast SEO. After installing, you should click the Activate Plugin button to activate Yoast SEO on your website.

  1. Click Install now to install Yoast SEO
  2. Click on Activate Plugin to activate Yoast SEO

You’ve completed the first step. Great work! Now let’s move on to setting things up.

Configure Yoast SEO

It’s time to set up Yoast SEO to ensure you take advantage of all the features the plugin offers. I will guide you through the different setting pages.

To access Yoast SEO settings, simply click on the new SEO option in your left-hand menu. This will take you to the main General Settings page. This will also expand the Yoast SEO menu for easy access.

Yoast SEO Menu Option

Yoast SEO Sub-Menu

Yoast SEO General Settings

The main General settings screen gives you an option to start an introduction tour, view the latest changes in Yoast SEO, and lets you restore the default settings. You can explore the plugin via the tour if you want to, and you can view the changes introduced with the latest update to the plugin. If you make any errors or mistakes while configuring the plugin, you can also restore the default settings.

Let’s get started with the configuration. Click on the Your Info tab to fill out some important information about your website. This brings you to the following page:

Yoast SEO > General Settings > Your Info

On this page, you should enter your websites name, as well as an alternative name for your website if you have any. You should also choose whether the website is operated by a person or a company and fill out the additional details after choosing an option. Remember to click on Save Changes after completing these fields.

Next click on Webmaster Tools to enter some verification codes to help with your websites SEO.

Yoast SEO > General Settings > Webmaster Tools

These verification codes help you easily identify your website at each of the services including Alexa, Bing, Google and Yandex. To retrieve your verification IDs, simply click on each link, complete the process and copy/paste the code in here.

You can leave both Security and OnPage.org settings as they are. Move on to the next section of Yoast SEOs settings Titles & Metas you can find this option in the left-hand sidebar menu.

Here you can set up different options involving the titles of your pages, and the meta tags generated by Yoast SEO. These settings are usually fine as they are once youve installed Yoast SEO, but feel free to take a look around. This will also give you an idea of how Yoast SEO will help you optimize page titles and meta tags.

Moving on to the Social option, you need to fill out your social account URLs, and configure settings for different social networks. Be sure to complete this as far as possible as it will greatly help you with your websites SEO and social presence.

Yoast SEO > Social Settings

Remember to visit the tabs for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ specific settings as well. These are all vital to enhance the social share-ability of the content on your website.

You can skip the XML Sitemap section if you do not need the URL of your sitemap immediately. All the default settings are pretty much done-for-you, and will automatically generate your XML sitemap.

Next visit Advanced. The first page gives you an option to add breadcrumbs to your website this is a really great feature and also helps with on page SEO. There might be a possibility that your theme doesnt support breadcrumbs though in this case you can follow the instructions given to integrate breadcrumbs manually into your theme.

If you need more information about integrating breadcrumbs manually, visit http://yoa.st/breadcrumbs.

Click on the tab Permalinks. Here you can configure different elements regarding your websites permalinks (a.k.a your search engine friendly URLs). The only option I change here usually is the option to strip the /category from category URLs. This is quite useful.

Yoast SEO > Advanced > Permalinks

You can basically skip the rest of the options as the default options Yoast SEO configures for you are usually great. You can connect your WordPress site to Google Search Console to automatically check for search errors and other Google related issues. To do this, simply go to the Search Console submenu and autenticate.

Taking Yoast SEO for a text-drive

Youve successfully configured Yoast SEO to help you optimize your on page SEO better. Congratulations! You can now start to use Yoast SEO and write better content EVERYTIME!!

Let’s take the plugin for a quick text-drive. Go to Posts > Add New to start writing a new post. Then scroll down to see the new snippet widget added to the bottom of the New Post page.

Yoast SEO Snippet Widget

If you look at the Content Analysis part, you can already see the amazing power of this plugin. It instantly tells you why the content in your post won’t rank and what you can do to improve the optimization of your content.

To start off, you should enter your focus keyword. This should be the very first thing you do before you even start to write the title of your post, add your focus keyword. Remember that SEO is all about optimizing your content, and using keyword to rank in search engines. So each of your posts or pages need to be keyword-optimized.

Once you’ve entered your focus keyword, the snippet will automatically start to update as you write your post.

Below you can see a screenshot of what the snippet looks like after I added a focus keyword and wrote a couple of words. I also entered a custom meta description.

As you can see here, the snippet tells me that I do not have enough words in the body of my post. It also tells me that no images appear on the page, and that the meta description is too short. Other tips such as outbound links, page title and subheading tags also appear. These are all vital tips that will help you improve the on page SEO of your content, and rank your content higher in search engines.

The red bullet points are the most important. Take care of them first. Then move on to the orange bullet points. Wherever you see a green bullet point, it means you did good!

If you look at the top of the snippet, you will see a small tab with the word Content, a bullet and your focus keyword. This is the overall quality of the content you are working on think of it as your on page SEO score. Always ensure the quality is GREEN before posting content!

Start writing better content

I’ve shown you how to install Yoast SEO, how to configure the plugin and how to use it to write better content. Remember that the quality of your content is important, as well as the keyword-optimization rate of your content. Be sure to write good quality content that will give value to the reader, and always ensure that you’re on page SEO rating is green before you publish your pages and posts. Together Yoast SEO and these tips will help you write better optimized content, and will help you rocket up your rankings in search engines.

Make working with WordPress Shortcodes a Blast

WordPress Shortcodes

WordPress shortcodes are short little text codes that instantly adds a feature to a page or post. These shortcodes are very handy when it comes to implementing sliders, contact forms and other types of content directly into your page or post. They also allow you to use different type of features without having to copy/paste long lines of code just one short little text code.

In this post, I would like to tell you that you no longer have to struggle to find the perfect shortcode. I’m going to introduce you to different shortcode plugins that will make working with WordPress shortcodes a breeze for you.

WordPress Shortcodes

Before jumping into the plugin and how it works, let’s take a quick look at what WordPress shortcodes really are. As mentioned before, WordPress shortcodes are short text codes that adds a feature into a page or post without having to copy/paste long lines of coding.

Some of the things that can be done using WordPress shortcodes include the integration of image slideshows, video sliders, list building subscription forms, contact forms and much more. You can even style your text using shortcodes. All of this makes it really easy to create well-formatted posts on your WordPress website.

Top 3 WordPress Shortcodes Plugins

WordPress Shortcodes plugins give you the ability to add different elements directly into your posts and pages without having to write a single line of code. This is really handy imagine being able to insert beautiful buttons, tabs, sliders, videos and more directly into your posts and pages by simply clicking a button.

I’m going to reveal to you the top 3 WordPress shortcodes plugins that you can install and instantly have access to a wide variety of shortcodes.

Shortcodes Ultimate

The first plugin I want to introduce to you is Shortcodes Ultimate. Shortcodes Ultimate is a free WordPress Shortcodes plugin that gives you more than 40 professional looking shortcodes that you can instantly add into any post or page. The shortcodes can be accessed directly from the built-in WordPress text editor so there’s no need to browse to a different page while writing content.

This plugin also works with any theme, so there’s no need to implement extra coding to make the plugin compatible with your current theme. And if the plugin doesn’t offer enough features for your taste, you can always grab their add-ons to add additional features to the plugin.

Read more about Shortcodes Ultimate: http://gndev.info/shortcodes-ultimate/

Download Shortcodes Ultimate: https://wordpress.org/plugins/shortcodes-ultimate/

Easy Bootstrap Shortcode

Easy Bootstrap Shortcode is another really great WordPress shortcodes plugin. This plugin gives you the ability to add Bootstrap widgets and elements to your pages through shortcodes. One of the really great features of this plugin is the button it adds to the built-in WordPress text editor it adds a button that gives you access to all the elements you can add to your posts and pages via shortcode.

The plugin also comes with shortcodes for columns, which means styling and formatting your content is now super easy.

Read more & Download Easy Bootstrap Shortcode: https://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-bootstrap-shortcodes/

WordPress Shortcodes

The third shortcodes plugin is known as WordPress Shortcodes. This is another useful shortcodes plugin that adds different shortcode shortcuts to the default WordPress text-editor. With the WordPress Shortcodes plugin, you can instantly add elements like tabs, accordions, alerts, lists and more to your posts and pages with a click of a button.

In total, the plugin features more than 26 different shortcodes. The plugin also creates SEO-friendly tabs, and provides layout shortcodes for easy formatting of your content.

To read more about WordPress Shortcodes, or to download the plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/synved-shortcodes/

Easier access to layout elements

These three WordPress Shortcodes plugins are all really great examples of plugins that you can install to have instant access to different shortcodes on your WordPress website. Apart from these plugins, you will also find that a variety of other plugins also offer their own shortcodes plugins such as Revolutionary Slider, MailPoet and Contact Form 7. These shortcodes will actually insert a complete feature into your page, such as a slider, a subscription form or a contact form with just one single piece of code.

Free Website Traffic: Proven Strategies To Drive Hoards Of Visitors To Your Website [+ Infographic]

Website_Traffic

Free website traffic is something every new blogger needs if they want to become successful online with a small budget. If you’re only starting out, and you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on expensive advertising and paid traffic; then you need to look for alternative options. The good news is that driving free website traffic isn’t as hard as some believe.

By using only the 3 proven strategies to drive free website traffic, you’ll already be on your way to making your blog more popular. These 3 proven strategies have been used by many bloggers, internet marketers, SEO-experts and website owners to drive free traffic to their website, and it always works.

Free Website Traffic The Easy Way

Driving free website traffic is a process that takes some time and effort, but it pays off. Putting in the time and effort needed to drive high quality traffic back to your website using free strategies will help you learn many new things in the internet marketing industry, and will also create high quality backlinks to your website in the process. Think of it as killing two birds with one stone you drive traffic back to your website and build backlinks in one go.

  1. Forum Signature Links

The first strategy I would like to discuss today is forum signature links. Okay, okay I know you’ve probably heard about this one before. But let me tell you I’m listing it for a very good reason. It works!!

To drive free website traffic through Forums, the first step is to find forums related to your niche. You can do a simple search on Google to find niche-related forums. Try one of the following searches: (Just replace your niche with your actual niche ;D)

your niche + forum

your niche + discussion

Both of these searches will bring up thousands of Google search results. Scan through the results and find forums to join.

Now I’m going to tell you how you can drive insane amounts of free website traffic through forums, and a simple link in your signature. Be sure to follow these steps so you do it right the first time.

Before you start, you might want to consider registering a new email address to use here. If you own a custom domain, simply create a new email address for this purpose.

  1. The very first thing you should do is open a new document where you can store all the information in. I recommend using a spreadsheet application for this step. If you don’t have Microsoft Excel or a different spreadsheet processor installed on your computer, head over to Google Sheets and create a new spreadsheet. You will store your usernames/passwords here, and you will store URLs of all threads you posted on.
  2. Search for different forums in your niche. Find ones with a lot of active users, and threads that was recently published and replied to. This means there’s a lot of users on the forum, and you can drive more traffic from these forums. Copy and paste the URLs of these forums into your spreadsheet.
  3. Start registering at each forum. To make things simpler, you can use the same username/password combination of each. Take down the credentials you use to register at each forum. Some forums require email verification be sure to verify your email if necessary.
  4. After registering at forums, take some time to fill out your profile. Add a profile picture, a short bio and be sure to fill in a link to your website if they provide such a field. (Do not add a signature yet!)
  5. Now it’s time to start posting in these forums. Browse around each forum and find threads where you can reply to. You should find threads where you can add value. For instance, if you are targeting the weight loss niche, you can answer questions about how do I lose weight fast? Or What food should I avoid to lose weight?. Be sure to reply to the threads with a valuable answer provide value to the community. This way, people in the forum will start to get to know you, and once you add a signature link they will be more likely to click since you’ll be considered an established member.
  6. After making a few posts in these forums, head over to your account settings and fill out your account signature. Include a link back to your website in your signature. Now every time you reply to a thread, this link will show in your signature driving free website traffic, and creating backlinks to your website at the same time.

By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to drive tons of free website traffic from online forums. Just be sure to always provide value and NEVER simply reply to a thread by adding Thanks, great thread or something similar. This will come across as spam and might even get your account banned remember you want to provide value so people will click on the link in your signature.

Tip: Some forums won’t allow you to add a signature to your account before you become an established member. In this case, simply be active within the forum for a couple of days until you reach the required permission level.

  1. Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing is also a well-known internet marketing strategy that helps you drive free website traffic. Unfortunately a lot of people taking social media marketing on just can’t seem to succeed. So here I will tell you a bit more about driving free traffic back to your website through social media marketing, and building social backlinks for your website at the same time.

As we all know, social media networks are becoming more and more popular. With more than 1 billion active users each day on Facebook alone, you cannot ignore the power of social media anymore. Its time to take action and to take advantage of these powerful platforms to drive traffic to your website.

Facebook

Let’s start with Facebook. I really enjoy promoting my content on Facebook its easy and it works. With Facebook, you have several ways to drive traffic back to your website without having to spend thousands on paid advertising. Yes, Facebook offers PPC advertising, but that’s only optional. The free Facebook marketing methods still work.

The first way to drive traffic back to your website is by sharing content on your own wall. Each time you add new content to your website, add a short shoutout to your Facebook timeline. All of your friends will be able to see this, and if they are interested, they can click to go to your website. Just remember to add a link to your website in each shoutout.

Another way to drive traffic is to create a fan page for your website. This works really well since you are able to create a community of people interested in what your website has to offer. To create a fan page, simply log in to Facebook and look on the left-hand sidebar. You’ll see a tab that reads Pages click on Create New Page. Now simply follow the steps to create your page I usually choose Brand and Website for my type of page.

Once you’ve created a fan page, start by adding an avatar / profile picture for your fan page. Next up add a cover photo that’s related to your niche. Your cover photo should be attractive. If you’re not sure how to create a cover photo, you can head over to Fiverr and pay someone $5 to design one for you. You should also create a Call to Action button simply click on the Create Call-to-Action button and choose the button that best suits your page.

Now you should post helpful content to your fan page, as well as updates every time you publish new content on your website. Also invite your Facebook friends to your fan page there’s an option to quickly invite your friends directly from your fan page.

After you’ve build up some content on your fan page (about 4 or 5 posts), search Facebook for groups related to your niche. Simply search your niche keyword in Facebooks search box, and choose Groups when you’re presented with the results. Start joining multiple groups related to your niche. You can also join Advertise for free and Advertise your page and Advertise your business groups. When joining a group, a request is sent to the admin of the group you’ll receive a notification once they approve your request to join the group. Keep adding content to your page (Update your page about 3 times a week) and wait until you are approved in a couple of niche-related groups.

Once you’re approved in a few groups, start sharing helpful content with the groups. Also reply to posts created by other members of the group. Always share thoughtful and helpful content that provides some kind of value to the group and its members. Once you become an established member, start sharing content from your Facebook fan page in these groups (Share directly from within your Facebook fan page). This way your links will have more authority when shared in the groups. Anyone who sees your share will be able to click on your Facebook fan pages name and access / like your fan page, and they will be able to visit your website driving free website traffic back to you.

Tip: When composing a new post to share on Facebook, be sure to include the URL you are promoting within the first few lines. After publishing your update, Facebook will cut the message short if its too long, with a more link at the end. You need to make sure the URL you want users to visit appears above this more link.

There are more ways to drive traffic back to your website using Facebook. You can add some of the people in niche-related groups as your friends on Facebook this means they will see your updates if you post anything directly to your own timeline. You can also contact group admins and ask them if they could pin your post for a couple of days some admins will charge you for this, others will do it as a favor if the content you’re sharing provides value to the group. You can also exchange shares on different pages once you’ve built up a strong amount of followers simply contact admins of pages related to your niche and ask them if they would exchange a shoutout with you. This means that they will mention your page / website on their page, and you will do the same for them on your page.

Twitter

Twitter is actually very straightforward. Head over to Twitters home page and register a new account for your website. Make sure you choose a username that’s closely related to your website (preferrably exactly your websites brand name). Next you should verify the email address you used to register the account simply head over to your inbox and click on the validation link. Do this before you fill out your profile!

Now go to your profile settings. You need a profile picture and a cover photo. If you’re not good with creating graphics, get someone on Fiverr to do it for you for only $5 each. Fill in a short bio and include a link back to your website. This way, users will be able to click on your websites link whenever they check out your profile.

Now you need to find the top trending hashtags, and find some way to create tweets that can be tagged with these hashtags. Some hashtags are very global, while others are very filtered / narrow. It’s important to find some popular tags to tag your tweets with this will help you build up followers faster. You should also use hashtags directly related to your niche.

To make things more clear for you, I’m going to state a short example here. Let’s assume you have an online affiliate store selling music and movies. You visit Twitter and see that theres a popular trending hashtag #JustinBieber. You’ve got it simply head over to your website, add the latest Justin Bieber music with an affiliate link, and then post a link to this page, along with the trending hashtag #JustinBieber as a Tweet. This will put your tweet in front of millions of Twitter users.

Do not only use your Twitter account to post links to your website. Share helpful content, and maybe even a few jokes. Then drop your link in every now and then. This will build up more authority and will give you better quality traffic.

This is basically how Twitter works, and how you can use Twitter to drive free website traffic back to you.

Google Plus

Google Plus is Googles social media network, and can be accessed with your default Google account. It’s actually quite convenient! Google gives you access to multiple apps and platforms with one single account.

Using Google Plus to drive free website traffic is also quite easy, but it will take some time depending on the strategy you approach. Similar to Facebook, Google Plus has a couple of different ways you can utilize the network to drive traffic back to your website for free.

The first way to drive traffic back to your website for free using Google Plus is by posting content on your own wall. You will need a lot of followers if you want to drive free website traffic using this strategy. A Good way to start getting followers is to search for pages and communities related to your niche, and then following some of the members of these pages and communities. When these people follow you back, you get niche-specific followers, which means they will be more interested in the posts you share on your wall than generic followers. The more followers you have, the more exposure every post you create on your wall will receive.

Apart from posting to your own wall, you can also join some communities and share your links within these communities. Communities on Google Plus works similar to Groups on Facebook it’s a collection of members within a community that shares a common interest. Joining the right community can help you drive free targeted traffic to your website, blog or even to your affiliate links. There’s also thousands of communities dedicated to promoting your own blog, advertising products, and general online promotion. It’s a good idea to join a couple of niche-related communities, as well as some of the generic advertising communities. With niche-related communities, it’s important to share helpful content with the community to build up more authority for yourself, and then you can start dropping your links. With generic advertising communities you can simply drop your link as this is the sole purpose of these communities.

Google Plus also offers its users the ability to create their own community and pages. It’s a very good idea to create your own Google plus Page. You can also create a couple of different niche-related communities, add your link in the links section and then share some helpful content in the community. If you share helpful content, choose a popular search term for your communitys name and add an attention-grabbing cover image, then your community will start to grow all by itself.

Pinterest

Pinterest is probably one of the best social networks to use when driving free targeted traffic to your website. By utilizing this pin-board styled social network, you can easily start to drive free website traffic by simply pinning, following and liking. Popular niches that usually get high volumes of traffic from Pinterest include cooking, recipes, weight loss and website themes. These are NOT the only popular choices, but I’ve seen thousands of visitors driven to blogs and websites (targeting these niches) from Pinterest.

Think of Pinterest as a pin board where you can pin everything you like. You can also create different boards for different topics. For example, if you write recipes and want to drive people from Pinterest to your recipe blog, then you could create a different board for different types of recipes. Cakes, Desserts, Pasta Dishes, Chicken Dishes, etc. As another example, if you are targeting the gaming niche, you could create a different board for every console, or maybe even a different board for every gaming genre. You can thin pin content onto these boards and anyone following you will see them. Your pins will also show up in search results this is how people can discover your content, like them and even follow your account.

I suggest creating a separate Pinterest account for your website / blog. Name your Pinterest account after your website or blog, and include a link to your website in your bio. Then create a few boards and pin some of your content on them.

Now here is how you can start getting followers, repins and likes. After you’ve added some of your own content, search Pinterest for phrases related to your niche. Then like a couple of pins, repin a couple of pins and follow a couple of the accounts you see in the search results. You could even leave a comment on some of the pins. This way people will start to notice you and follow your account once they follow you, it means they will see everything you pin on their own homepage / pin board.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the last social media network I’d like to share with you. This network is more business focused, but can also be a great asset for driving free targeted traffic back to your website or blog. And thanks to this network growing larger and larger every day, you can now drive free website traffic from LinkedIn to virtually any niche business related or not.

It’s a good idea to use your own LinkedIn account for promoting and driving traffic back to your website or blog. This will also help you build more authority as an internet marketer and blogger. You can also use LinkedIn to drive traffic in different ways and it’s a lot similar to Facebook and Google Plus when you think of it!

The first strategy you can use to drive traffic to your website from LinkedIn is to get a lot of people interested in your niche to connect with you on LinkedIn. Similar to Facebook, when you connect with someone on LinkedIn (like adding a friend on Facebook), they will have to accept your connection request. They will only see updates from you appear on their timeline AFTER they’ve accepted your connection request. Once you have a few connections on LinkedIn, you can share a few links to your website (remember to balance sharing of your links out with helpful content).

Another way to drive free website traffic with LinkedIn is by utilizing Groups. Groups are collections of members interested in a similar topic like making money online or losing weight. The strategy works similar to the strategy you use with Facebook Groups and Google Plus Communities find and join a couple of Groups related to your niche, share helpful content with the group, build up some authority so you don’t look like a spammer, and then drop a link in there.

  1. Blog Commenting

On to the third strategy that will show you how you can drive free website traffic back to your sites by simply posting comments on other niche-related blogs. This strategy is very easy to follow, and it’s quickly to implement. This means you can drive free targeted traffic to your website or blog by only doing a couple of minutes work each day.

When driving traffic to your website through blog comments, it’s important to remember that you DO NOT want to spam. You don’t even want to come across as a little bit spammy. This could get your comments rejected, or even get your IP addresses blocked from the domain.

I’m going to tell you exactly how you can post simple comments on blogs related to your topic and niche, and drive high quality, targeted traffic back to your website FOR FREE!

First of all, head over to DropMyLink and register a new account. It’s very simple, simpy fill in your email address and then create a password for your account. You’ll be presented with the DropMyLink dashboard immediately after you register.

DropMyLink is a SEO Footprint search engine that searches through various online blogs, forums and other platforms to find places you can drop backlinks on. Apart from creating backlinks to your website, this technique also allows you to drive free website traffic back to your sites.

This platform is actually quite simple to ease, and it allows you to customize the results to your requirements.

Start by entering a keyword you want to search for. Then choose a category, and finally a Footprint. You can also filter results by specific times and TLDs (domain extensions) and you can specify how many results you want to be displayed in your search results.

I usually use the category Comment backlinks and the Footprint Comment Luv Premium. Comment Luv Premium is a comment technology that usually gets your comments approved easily, and allows you to drop a link. This technology also pulls your latest blog post from your blog, and then adds it to the bottom of your comment. This drives traffic to your website in 2 ways from every comment you post.

Driving More Free Targeted Traffic

The 3 strategies for driving free website traffic to your blog and sites are all great strategies that works. I’ve been using them and a LOT of other internet marketers are also using these strategies on a daily basis to drive high quality, targeted traffic to their websites, blogs and affiliate links without having to spend thousands of dollars on paid advertising.

I recommend using these 3 strategies in a balanced combination for the best results. By utilizing all 3 options, and by putting in a little effort, you will be able to drive thousands of unique visitors to your website or blog using easy methods that really works. These methods have been tried and tested, and I personally find these 3 strategies to be some of the best ways to drive free website traffic.

Once you master the 3 strategies I shared with you in this post, you should look into other strategies as well to expand your reach and drive even more free targeted traffic to your website or blog.

Some methods to keep in mind when expanding your traffic building techniques include article marketing, infographics, image promotion, content marketing, document sharing, directory listing, blogging communities and, of course, by publishing regular press releases. The more techniques and strategies you implement for driving free targeted traffic back to your website or blog, the more exposure you will get, the more backlinks you will generate and, most importantly, the more free website traffic you get.