5 “Tricks” To Get Free Blog Content & Big Traffic

Producing high quality in demand content that readers love is the most important, yet one of the most difficult, parts of blogging.

Building a successful blog is almost wholly dependent on high quality content and in this blog post I’m going to reveal five methods you can use to get free and original content (and auto-pilot traffic) when you can’t face producing it yourself.

Method #1
Host Guest Posts

This is my biggest source of free, lazy content.

I’ve set my WordPress blog up in a way that allows other people to register to become a contributor. This allows them to set up an account, log-in to my WordPress backend and submit a post for me to review. (Don’t worry, they don’t have any other privileges.)

I can then log in, go through their post, make any amendments required and publish the post. Or reject it if it doesn’t meet my standards.

It’s really simple to set your blog up to be able to do this and once you have it ready to go, you can accept many new submissions per day without lifting a finger.

Here’s how you do it…

In your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Settings and then General. On that page, check the box next to the “Anyone can register” field and set the “User default role” to “Contributor”.

And then you’re done!

Now you simply need to send someone to http://www.YourBlogURL.com/wp-login.php?action=register and they can register and submit some content.

It may be a good idea to set up a “Write For Us” page where potential guest bloggers can read your rules, guidelines and find your register page.

Here’s an example of my Write For Us page.

One more thing you’ll want to do is set up a plug-in called Sabre which adds a Captcha code when people register to your site. Before Sabre I was getting a LOT of spam submissions and it took a long time to clear out so make sure you get Sabre installed ASAP.

Even with Sabre installed, I still get some junk submissions from real life humans. I probably get about ten submissions per week and reject nine of them. I have high standards for my blog and you should, too.

Now that you’re all set up, you just need to attract guest bloggers. Here are some ways to do that…

– Register at MyBlogGuest.com and post in the forums requesting guest bloggers. Direct them to your Write For Us page and instruct them to submit their post directly to minimize your workload.

– Register at BloggerLinkUp.com and submit a request for guest posters.

– Optimize your “Write For Us” page to target keywords related to your blog topic followed by “contributors”, “submit an article” and “guest post”. This will attract guest posters trying to find opportunities using Google.

Method #2
Invite Authority Guest Posters

This is an extension to the previous method – but a much more powerful strategy.

With this method you find bloggers in your market whose content you like (and who have a big social following), and you approach them asking them if they’d like to submit a guest post on your blog in exchange for a link back.

Most of them would be happy to, and the best part of all?

After you’ve published their post you email them to let them know and you ask if they can share it with their Facebook fans and Pinterest and Twitter followers.

90% of the time they will do so and send you some significant traffic. Not only do you get free content, you also get free traffic!

Method #3
Invite Product Owners

This is another of my favorite methods that I should use more. It’s a great way to get free content and earn more affiliate commissions.

If you find an affiliate product you’d like to promote, or if you are already promoting a product but would like to make more sales, then try this method.

Contact the owner/author of the product and ask if they can contribute a 400+ word blog post on a topic related to the product they are selling.

Tell them that you will promote their article to your email list and social media following and will push their product within and at the end of the article with your affiliate link.

Most product owners want to make more sales and this gives them an easy opportunity. It also gives you free content and the chance to make more affiliate sales.

Plus, don’t forget to ask the product owner to share the post with their social following once it goes live.

Method #4
Interview An Expert

This is another strategy I want to start using more.

Write down seven or eight really good questions that you think your readers would like answered by authority bloggers in your market.

Email an authority blogger asking if they’d like to be interviewed, if they say yes then send them the questions, wait for them to return the answers and then publish the interview.

And then of course ask them to share your post with their social following.

A few weeks later find another blogger you’d like to interview, send them the questions, publish the interview and then ask them to promote.

Rinse and repeat.

Nate Rivers of StrayBlogger.com uses this strategy to great effect. He regularly posts text interviews from other bloggers. You can see his interview with me here. 

Method #5
Try My Viral Blog Post Strategy

This method does require a little bit of writing, but the rewards are well worth it.

It’s the method I reveal in my new product – Viral Blog Post Case Study. It’s a strategy I’ve used to generate over 25,000 visitors to one blog post. I’ve used this method about six or seven times now and each blog post has produced over 5,000 views in the first few days.

I’ll sum it up briefly here, but for a real life example and a detailed step-by-step plan (including copy and paste emails), download Viral Blog Post Case Study.

Here’s what you do…

Write a “Top 10” list for any topic that fits in your market. For example, if you have  food blog then write a post titled “Top 10 Healthy Breakfast Recipes”. Browse around the popular blogs in your market looking for healthy breakfast recipes and find ten of them. Compile a blog post with a very brief overview of each recipe and then link out to the original recipe on each blog. Publish your post and then contact each featured blogger to notify them of their inclusion and ask them to share the post with their social following.

I’ve got a few clever tactics (and a proven to work) email that convinces the featured bloggers to share which is why I can get such big traffic numbers from these “Top 10” posts.

If you want to try one for yourself then get all the details in my new report: Viral Blog Post Case Study.

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Producing content is one of the most difficult aspects of being a blogger, but if you arm yourself with these five “tricks” for getting free content and free traffic then you’ll never be short of new blog posts again.

What do you do when you need new content but can’t face sitting in front of your keyboard for hours? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Thanks,
James Penn

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Comments

  1. What’s up James- I just came over to read this post and saw you mentioned me- Thanks.

    I actually used a tip of yours from another blog post with my latest interview- I added a little contest for readers to like the page and leave a comment and it’s blown up.

    Great stuff.

    • Hi Nate

      That’s great to hear. I saw that post actually and thought it had blown up judging by the number of comments there were.

      Your interviews are great. I’ve read all of the one’s you’ve done over the last few weeks.

      James

  2. Thanks James for the great post I am going to share this with my list and membership site, you always give out great posts that help.

  3. Great stuff, James. You’ve put in words what I’ve done in some of my niches (why not all? Because I’m stupid and lazy).

    Truly great ideas, a couple of which I haven’t fully optimized. You’ve inspired me! Thank you.

  4. Hi James,

    Just when I was facing one of those ‘what to write next’ days you come up with not one but a handful of great idea-starters – thanks so much! I’ve also noticed Nate Rivers using one of these strategies – interviewing other top bloggers or top marketers, and learned from what you had to say on Strayblogger.

  5. Hi James,

    This is one of the most refreshing posts on traffic I’ve read in ages.

    I’ll be checking out your guest post section just to see if I qualify and a couple of the other suggestions are going to get followed up straight away.

    Martin

  6. Hi James,
    How can someone born with the name Penn ever tire of writing? You were born to write James!
    I really enjoy your posts – they are informative & engaging but what I`d like to know is how everything fits together for you?
    How far in advance do you plan? How do you chose your next post topic? Any chance of a run down please James?
    Nick

  7. Hi James,fantastic write up.
    Your methods have proved great value to my blog. Will try these tips too.Sure they’ll work.
    Best regards,
    Andi

  8. Thank you so so much. i am seriously struggling with getting traffic to my websites, and this is just too awesome. You are one of the few people that i follow because you always have something awesome to share. I am definitely going to implement these traffic tricks asap