So you launched a killer blog or brand, and now you may be asking how do you get traffic. There is no shortage of courses and guides online, offering the secret sauce to driving traffic.
The reality is there is no secret; the key to traffic is getting your blog or brand in front of people who may be interested. One of the best ways to get in front of the right people is to do interviews.
Interviews offer several benefits, ranging from getting in front of new audiences, building credibility, and offering backlinks, so someday Google may shower you with some love. Finding places to do interviews can be a challenge, so here is a list of the top blogs offering interviews, guest posts, and the potential for free traffic.
Guide to Free Backlinks and More Traffic
ESI Money has two of the hottest interview series going. He is one of the OG’s of blogging and can be thought of lovingly, a combination of Dr. Dre, Nick Fury, and Batman. ESI Money has helped many bloggers get their “big break,” myself included.
Unlike, other interview series in this list, ESI Money interviews are not restricted to just bloggers. So, if you are a celebrity, influencer, author, or business owner, and you meet the requirements, you may be able to do an interview.
These are interviews with people who have over $1 million in net worth. I’m a big believer in learning from those who have been successful. That’s why this series is about discovering how others have become wealthy — so readers can apply those efforts to their lives and get similar results. The series can be found here.
ESI Scale Interviews
This series is a review of a person’s finances in the three key wealth-building areas focused on by my site — earning, saving, and investing. Interviewees tell their stories, rate themselves on how well they are doing, and ask readers for suggestions/advice for doing better. The series can be found here.
The Kickass Entrepreneur
Another site that is accepting guest posts that you might want to consider is The Kickass Entrepreneur. Jeff is an entrepreneur who sold his business in 2017 and is now living the FIRE life, blogging about entrepreneurship and wealth creation, and helping entrepreneurs scale their business.
Jeff is accepting guest submissions from fellow entrepreneurs who are comfortable telling their entrepreneurship story, including not just the successes, but, also their business challenges. You can view the entrepreneurial journey series here, and connect with Jeff if you’re interested.
Drew over at FI Introvert has a great interview series focusing on introverts, similar to ESI Money; this series is not limited to just bloggers.
The Introvert Interview series is designed to provide you with insights, tactics, and wisdom for successful introverts to achieve your career and financial goals. Introverts can be wonderful as engineers, coders, and writers. But contrary to popular belief, introverts make great leaders, salespeople, and marketers.
Extroverts will benefit from the series by getting an inside look into an introvert’s head. This rare opportunity will help extroverts excel with bosses, clients, and coworkers.
If you want to be interviewed for the series, contact Drew here.
Every Day By The Lake
Laura from Every Day By The Lake provides a fun opportunity for guest posters, with her Financially Dumb, Personally Brilliant series.
The Financially Dumb, Personally Brilliant series is a collection of guest poster stories showcasing how each poster’s seemingly bad money choice turned out to be the best decision for their life overall. The series pushes back on conventional wisdom and societal expectations, underscoring that there are, in fact, more important things than the almighty dollar.
If you have a story where you went with your heart/gut over your wallet AND it worked out for the best, pitch it to me at email@example.com. This is a monthly series, and stories are needed for 2019.
Life For The Better
Tim and L from Life For The Better recently launched an interview series focusing on living better lives.
In our brand new interview series, we are interviewing various individuals from across the web. This interview series focuses on how they are living a better life. They can be living a better life by pursuing financial independence, minimalism, simplicity, and many more aspects.
Are you interested in being interviewed? If you want to be interviewed about how you are living a better life. Contact us at TimLifeForTheBetter@gmail.com and tell us why you’d be a great candidate!
Method To Your Money
Method To Your Money is on a mission to help the personal finance community get to know each other.
Band of Bloggers isn’t your typical blogger feature. Yes, there’s wisdom to be shared about how to build a successful blog. We talk about traffic, plugins, and general blogging advice. But this is an in-depth dive interview meant to let you get to know what makes your crew in the Blogosphere tick.
We talk about how to build resilience in the face of failure, the best investments (time, money, or other) bloggers have ever made, and how they’ve powered through fear to reap the benefits on the other side. In short, Band of Bloggers is about building a community. And you can’t build community unless you get to know people. Get to know your blogging brothers and sisters in Band of Bloggers
Momentum Series Interviews
What is the Momentum Series? An interview series to share the stories of bloggers and community members from across the world of personal finance.
The goal is to showcase their story, the wins, the losses, and the actionable advice that others can take value from and insights about their blogging journey. Whether that be conquering debt, maximizing career earnings, the road to financial independence, or other strategies for financial and blogging success.
MillennialMoney.com has a Side Hustle Success Stories interview series. Do you have a unique or innovative side hustle? Head over to Millennial Money! We’d love to hear from you!
City for Millennials
CityforMillennials.com hosts an interview series highlighting clever city side hustles, stellar budget city adventures, and financial independence wins in the high cost of living areas. What city do you live in!? Head over to City for Millennials and get in touch!
“I’m Millionaire Mob. I’m looking to interview some of the very best in investing and wealth building. I’ve interviewed some of the top money bloggers out there already and would love to have you join our list. Escalate your life!”
The Flawed Consumer
The Flawed Consumer loves craft beer.
In fact, she loves it so much that she started an interview series called the ‘Beer O’clock Brewing Sessions.’ This interview series is designed to provide insight into the world of homebrewing for beer-loving frugal folk who want to save their pennies, but aren’t willing to give up beer to achieve financial freedom! You can find the series here:
The Physician Philosopher
At The Physician Philosopher, we have a Friday interview series called the Physician Finance Interview Series. Those being interviewed are medical professionals of some kind (physicians, dentists, Ph.D., CRNAs, PAs, etc.) or are married to one. We dive into their background, financial history, and decision-making processes as they try to build wealth. You can reach out to The Physician Philosopher here.
Money with a Purpose
I’m Fred Leamnson. I run the blog Money with a Purpose. I write about personal finance, lifestyle, and overcoming adversity. The overcoming adversity posts are in an interview format. I talk to people who have dealt with and overcome some significant adversity in their lives. To date, I’ve interviewed a recovering addict, a survivor of child abuse, a man who spent ten years in prison, a pastor who deals with a significant cognitive disability daily, and a someone who overcame a gambling addiction.
Upcoming interviews include a teaching physician who graduated medical school at a 5th-grade reading level, a man who fell into depression after a loss, gained a lot of weight and overcame both, and a woman who, along with her husband, tried, unsuccessfully, adopting a baby in a foreign country.
All of these stories have three things in common:
- A significant adversity
- A story of how they overcame it
- Encouragement for anyone dealing with something similar.
If you or someone you know has a similar story, I’d love to hear from you.
Personal Finance for Beginners
Aaron over at Personal Finance for Beginners allows guest posts and has a great interview series for bloggers.
From Personal Finance for Beginners
It’s easy to assume that personal finance bloggers have been money-making/saving/investing robots from birth. But in reality, each of us starts as a “personal finance beginner” with the knowledge we need to acquire and the habits we need to develop. The Beginner to Blogger interview series shares how bloggers started their personal finance journey, what early obstacles or mistakes they’ve overcome, and how they’re still improving – even as an “expert” – today.
Think Save Retire
Think Save Retire is one of my favorite blogs, although I’m not sure I could whittle down my Star Wars paraphernalia enough to live in an Airstream. I always manage to find a bit of inspiration from his posts, and I appreciate his willingness to embrace a bit of controversy. Steve from Think Save Retire is tremendously supportive of other bloggers and offers several opportunities for bloggers to guest post.
Recently, Steve mentioned he is launching an interview series, titled Blogger Confessions.
Blogger Confessions is a new interview series that asks personal finance bloggers questions that aren’t always easy to answer. The questions are designed to get bloggers thinking more deeply about what they do and also gives readers new insight into their favorite bloggers and what makes them tick. Best of all, these are questions for personal finance bloggers, but they have nothing to do with money!
Note: I don’t like to publish an email address, so your best bet is to contact Steve here
Fly to FI
Fly to FI has a fun, 5-minute survey open to ALL bloggers called Know Your Blogger. Let your readers satisfy their inner curiosity and learn a bit more about your hobbies, interests, and quirks. Just fill out this survey, and you’ll be added to the directory! All spam will be ignored.
XRAYVSN is an up and coming physician blogger, what is remarkable about his blog is he happens to stand out in a quite frankly oversaturated niche. Like a few other bloggers, XRAYVSN offers guests posts and features interviews.
From XRAYVSN- now and then, I encounter a remarkable individual (whether in person or on the web) and have the opportunity to go beyond the skin surface and see what makes that person tick.
The insights gained from these interviews are invaluable, and I hope to show to my readers that there are multiple pathways to success.
If you, or someone you know, have an exciting story, please contact me, and I would love the opportunity to share it with everyone.
How to Get Free Traffic
Campfire Finance is one leading sites for people seeking FIRE (Financial Independent Retire Early). Should your blog cover FIRE, you will want to make sure you add your website to the feed. Campfire also allows people to guest post for the site, so if you have a great idea and are looking for a place to share it with the FIRE community, you will want to check out the website.
PT Money is the founder of FinCon, an annual conference where advisors, podcasters, YouTubers, bloggers, and financial media all meet up and geek out about money. If you are looking to network with fellow money geeks, the FinCon community on Facebook is where you will want to be. This is another place you will want to check daily, and freelancers are continually looking for sources for articles, and if you are quick with a reply, you can get quoted in some great pieces.
Tip: Make sure to ask to have your site added to PT Money’s world map for an excellent backlink.
Your Money Geek (Yours Truly)
Success Stories: The Real People Success Stories offers two versions:
- Interviews with people who have achieved financial success on modest incomes.
- Inspiring stories and profiles of interesting people who have achieved success.
If you are interested in doing either version, you may contact me here.
If you found this list helpful, please share it and make sure you follow me on twitter for great financial posts, inspiring stories, and tips to grow your blog and brand.
Do you know of any other bloggers offering an interview series? If so, I would love to add them to the list, have them contact me here.
Bonus 1: How to Promote Your Blog
So, you followed our advice and now your looking to promote your blog and all of your killer interviews? Well, good news!
We have compiled a list of the top places to promote blog posts. These are the same sites I used to grow Your Money Geek from zero to over 250k monthly pageviews.
Great Places To Promote Your Blog
MIX is a new social media site launched by the same people behind StumbleUpon. The best way to describe MIX is a poorly conceived combination of Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
What makes MIX compelling is the platform is smaller than other social media sites, so now it is easier to stand out. Getting involved with MIX at this point is essentially an “option’ that if the website takes off, you’re not left behind. Imagine if you could have been in on the ground floor or Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.
Tumblr is a mix of a social media platform and a micro-blogging site. Tumblr is like a mermaid; neither a fish or a human. Similarly, the website is neither a great social media site or a great blogging platform.
Tumbler has approximately 550 million unique monthly visitors, so clearly it’s worth maintaining a presence on the site. A post that does well on Tumblr can be worth a few thousand sessions. Viral Content Bee recently launched sharing on Tumblr, so the site is a great way to get on Tumblr if you don’t have the time or inclination to lean an additional platform.
Tip: if posting on various channels seems daunting, you can use a tool like Scoop.it to publish your blog posts across all of your social media channels. Additionaly, you can use Scoop.it to recommend your content to new audiences.
Snapzu could be thought of as a combination of Tumblr and Reddit. The site is free for bloggers to use, however, the site does offer some paid upgrades
Users can set up communities on the site call tribes and invite people to join their tribe. Members of the tribe can submit content and upvote or downvote submissions like Reddit.
What is notable about Snapzu is the links to posts are dofollow, and if you use MailChimp, you can collect the email address of members who join your tribe through your invite code or referral link.
Now the site does not appear to be very active. However, the backlink is strong, and it could be an excellent platform to run a networking group with a few other bloggers.
Reddit bills itself as being internets front page, and ironically, its also the internet’s smoky backroom. Reddit is not for the faint of heart. If you do not bring your A-game, Reddit will eat you alive.
Reddit is organized around communities, called Subreddits, for virtually any topic you can think of.
Do you believe that Luke Skywalker and his buddies were a bunch of terrorists and that the Empire did nothing wrong?
Well, if so there is a Subreddit for that; r/EmpireDidNothingWrong
To be successful on Reddit, you must learn the culture of the communities you hope to be active in. Each Subreddit has its own set of rules and tolerances for self-promotion. Violating the group’s rules can result in getting kicked out of the Subreddit and worst having your website reported as spam. Too many spam reports, and you will find your website essentially blacklisted from the site.
Don’t let Redditt’s reputation scare you.
The good news is if you follow the rules, Reddit is worth considering, as it’s an excellent opportunity to network and interact with people who may be interested in your blog. If, for some reason, you cannot find a community for your niche, then you are free to start your subreddit.
Maybe even invite some Google Plus users. ?
Bonus 2: Increase Traffic for Free!
How To Get More Blog Traffic
These are the same tools I use to get an extra 3k to 15k monthly sessions. Now I realize I just wrote the worlds’ most unsexy sales copy; I am sure people would rather read “how I increased blog traffic 10x or more.” However, we’re going to focus on ways to get a few easy ”wins” each month.
In my experience, there isn’t a secret recipe for getting massive amounts of readers to your blog or more visitors to your website. Growing your traffic is a function of building multiple avenues of traffic to your site and increasing your audience.
Why you Need Traffic Fast
When I started blogging a little less than a year ago, I spent an excessive amount of time researching traffic generating tactics. I’m not sure if I read all the blogs online. However, I am pretty sure I put a pretty good scratch on the surface (more like a gouge).
Every blogging guru agrees you must have killer content. I’m not going to focus on content; I assume if you have blogged for some time that you realize even the best traffic hacks in the world won’t help you if your content is not on point.
What most bloggers tell me is they don’t struggle with content. Instead, the number one question I hear from bloggers is how to get their blog noticed? Even if you have the best content in the world, if readers are not finding your blog, it won’t do anyone any good.
Most bloggers quit blogging in less than six months from starting. Why??? It’s not because they were not writing killer content. Instead, they stopped because they did not see traffic fast enough.
Note: I have been there it’s heartbreaking when you slave over a killer post and all you hear are virtual crickets.
What most bloggers need is a consistent system to drive traffic quickly, until they can build a larger online audience through social media and an email list.
Free Blogging Tools
I wrote about Viral Content Bee before; it is one of my favorite free blogging tools. Viral Content Bee works like a blog share, similar to what you might find on Facebook or some of the blogging forums. However, Viral Content bee uses a novel twist that makes it my favorite blog post sharing tools.
There are two common complaints with most blog share groups.
- Lack of reciprocity. I have been a member of several blog share groups, and even the better groups have a large percentage of members who roll up, drop their link, then bounce.
- Members may not have an audience. Related to reciprocity, let’s be honest the general concept of a blog share, is to cross-promote your content. What happens when the person you are cross-promoting has not put in the effort to build an engaged audience?
Viral Content Bee solves these problems by using a point-based system. Users earn points for sharing the work of others, and users spend points to have their content shared. The use of points solves the issue or reciprocity to some extent. A user who is not sharing won’t earn points to have their posts shared, problem solved. (Mostly)
- Engagement. The larger your social media audience is the more points you receive for sharing a post. Additionally, the cost to have a post shared depends on the size of the person sharing audience. The system does not account for engagement, so while theoretically, a person sharing with a large following should lead to traffic, their audience may not be that engaged.
- Niches Underrepresented. Some categories on Viral Content Bee are underrepresented. Submissions in the SEO-Social, Real Estate, or Blogging categories get shared rapidly. However, posts on topics such as Family, Entertainment, and Finance may take days to get shared, if ever. The interim fix is to post in off-topic categories with more users.
- Clutter in your feed. Sharing a ton of posts on Twitter to earn points can clutter up your feed and confuse your audience. (Good news! I have a fix.)
How to Use Viral Content Bee
Viral Content Bee allows users to share and be shared on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and MIX. My anecdotal observation is sharing on Twitter is the most popular. However, that’s not where you will see the best traffic by using the system.
The best results come from having your blog posts shared on Tumblr, Pinterest, and MIX. I have seen a post shared on Tumblr via Viral Content Bee receive a thousand visits or more. Depending on your posting schedule, a few wins like that each month is easily worth 3k views or more. A blogger who posts daily and has their content shared across all the social media channels can pick up and additional 10k users more or a month.
Note: Viral Content Bee has a lot of potentials to drive traffic: please join me in sharing VCB with other bloggers and website owners, and encourage them to share posts on MIX, Tumblr, and Pinterest as well as Twitter.
MIX and VCB: The Traffic Stack!!!
When used with VCB, MIX becomes a powerful traffic-driving machine.
Note: if you do not currently have a MIX profile, please sign up with my referral link
MIX complements Viral Content Bee nearly perfect for a couple of reasons.
- MIX is a content discovery engine; every time your post is shared you increase the odds of people finding your blog. A social media platform like Twitter or Facebook requires readers to engage almost immediately as tweets and posts are short-lived unless of course, they go viral.
- Mix allows you to earn points for Viral Content Bee without cluttering up your Twitter and Facebook feeds. Many bloggers, brands and authors are reluctant to share tons of content from others. MIX is a perfect way to earn points to get your content shared across the board increasing traffic for free.
MOZ, the company behind the popular Domain Authority, metric craws MIX regularly. When I am searching for my backlinks, MIX is routinely one of the first I find. As a result, I have taken to sharing any post that links to my site to MIX. While your Domain Authority will not influence how you perform Google, DA is used by advertisers and brands looking for bloggers to partner. Having your links crawled by MOZ could speed up improving your DA score.
Increasing Blog Traffic
Viral Content Bee and MIX are two valuable tools to help get your blog noticed. However, it takes time; many bloggers will try a tactic expecting immediate traffic and become disappointed when the plan underwhelms. What they don’t warn you in all the “how to triple your website traffic” is that you will have to endure a ton of failures to get to a win. Tools like Viral Content Bee are great. However you have to stick with them and share your content regularly, it may take several tries before you get that post that does will on Tumble, MIX, or Pinterest.
Blogging is called a Side Hustle for a reason; you have to Hustle, it takes consistency and persistence. If you are not willing to put in the work, then it’s even doubtful any tools would help. However, if you have the drive, your content is on point, and you need a little help getting your blog noticed, check out VCB.