When I first launched my blog, I knew getting search traffic would take months or longer, so I needed to find a way to drive some traffic.
I had zero money, so paid ads weren’t an option and I had absolutely no social media following. I was truly starting from scratch.
I ended up writing an insanely detailed post about retirement communities in Florida, of all topics, and I found exactly one blog that I could drop my link on.
The post was *buried* on the site, way far away from the home page, and it didn’t look like the site had very much traffic.
I expected there to be no chance that it would do anything. Much to my surprise, I was getting almost 1,000 high-quality users to my site every month just from that one little link.
The traffic was very sticky and I generated quite a few email signups from the early days of my blog, all from that one link that I thought was going nowhere fast.
Moral of the story: Don’t underestimate the power of a well-placed link on a relevant site. Relevancy is key, even if it’s not hard to get the link placed.
Contributor: Ryan Shaw