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057 Five tips for driving FREE Traffic to your blog – with Ana Hoffman

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Today’s interview is about a topic that people LOVE to hear about, when it comes to internet marketing – Traffic Generation.

Why do people love to hear about it? Because it’s the thing that most people struggle with, when it comes to starting an online business.

Well, Ana Hoffman definitely doesn’t struggle with Traffic Generation. According to Ana, there’s nothing new in Traffic Generation. It’s a process that makes sense.

We all know how to drive traffic – sometimes we just need a little reminder.

In this interview, Ana gives some AWESOME tips on how you can drive FREE traffic to your blog. The cool thing is that I’ve never heard some of them before, so it gives me something new to try out (and report back to you of course).

Inside this interview, we cover:

  • Why it’s important to take action
  • How she got into blogging
  • Her experience moving from Communist Russia to the U.S. to climb the Corporate Ladder
  • How modeling fit into her story
  • How her relationship with Jesus Christ guides what she does
  • How to drive FREE traffic to your blog

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35 Responses to “057 Five tips for driving FREE Traffic to your blog – with Ana Hoffman”

  1. Rochelle Hanson December 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Haha I love that your blog is snowing :) Listening to your podcast now ;)

    • Leslie Samuel December 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      @Rochelle Hanson LOL. Yep, gotta get you guys into the Christmas Spirit :D

    • Ana | Traffic Generation December 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

      And I want to know HOW you make it snow! @Leslie Samuel @Rochelle Hanson

    • Leslie Samuel December 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

      @Ana | Traffic Generation@Rochelle Hanson It’s Magic :) Jk. I use the Wibiya toolbar. They have a number of apps that you can add to it and they have a holiday one that I just found today. “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” :)

    • Ana | Traffic Generation December 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

      @Leslie Samuel I’ve been asked to test the new version of Wibia, but procrastinated. LOL

      I am all over it now!

    • Rochelle Hanson December 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

      @Ana | Traffic Generation@Leslie Samuel Ana, did you enter “Traffic Generation” as your last name? You’re SO SMART!!!! haha. I’m gonna do that next time i sign up for something. Except i’m gonna say “Simply Natural Ideas” lolol :)

    • Leslie Samuel December 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

      @Ana | Traffic Generation I actually didn’t have it installed, but then I got an email from there about the new Holiday app. Jumped on it immediately ;)

    • Andrea December 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      @Rochelle Hanson@Ana | Traffic Generation@Leslie Samuel That`s smart. Gonna use it too :)

  2. Rochelle Hanson December 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    And this new livefyre thing… is there something special about it?

    Should I use it?

    I mean, like on my blog lol

    • Leslie Samuel December 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

      @Rochelle Hanson I’m testing it out. Seems cool so far. I was just responding to this comment and saw that you left another comment, while I was talking, which is AWESOME. Not just that you left the comment, but that I saw it LIVE while it was happening. I think it will help to facilitate discussion. We’ll see how I feel after trying it out for a while.

    • Rochelle Hanson December 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

      @Leslie Samuel And it’s so easy to sign up. SO easy. How much control do YOU have over who leaves a comment tho…. what about spammers… i don’t remember being asked if I was a spammer lolol. I could be one lol So be careful MWahahahaha :)

    • Leslie Samuel December 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

      @Rochelle Hanson You have the same amount of control as you normally has. It actually uses the built in WordPress commenting feature, but just makes it better (as you can see). And just think about this – You would’ve never commented so much on 1 post if LiveFyre wasn’t installed. It’s obviously working :)

    • Rochelle Hanson December 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

      @Leslie Samuel Yes. it is LOL. It’ve very interactive lol. I shall try it. Where do I go? Is it in the wordpress place? lol *newbie*

    • Leslie Samuel December 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

      @Rochelle Hanson Yep, just do a search for livefyre in the wordpress plugin directory. It’s called LiveFyre Realtime Comments. Takes a little bit of setup, but it’s very easy and self-explanatory.

    • Rochelle Hanson December 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

      @Leslie Samuel OK writing it in my notes. I’ve gotta do that PLUS change my menu set up. MUST do it tomorrow. like it’s SO overdue. But i’m really happy with the way things are going so far. Wanna keep moving forward though…

  3. Rochelle Hanson December 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    I’m thinking about trying her automatic twitter thank you message idea…

    • Leslie Samuel December 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

      @Rochelle Hanson Yep, I’m doing it too! But for more than twitter. Even for when People sign up to my newsletter :)

    • Ana | Traffic Generation December 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

      @Leslie Samuel@Rochelle Hanson I actually send a personal email to each of my new subscribers; it works great!

    • Leslie Samuel December 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

      @Ana | Traffic Generation Wow, that’s some serious stuff there!

    • Rochelle Hanson December 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

      @Ana | Traffic Generation@Leslie Samuel Oh OK. Cause in the back of my mind I was thinking… when i get automatic msgs on twitter i can tell, and i usually don’t click their link lol so it’s great that you do that!! And Leslie… this new livefyre is REALLY cool lol. I see what you mean about how the other persons comment shows up as you are typing. it’s like chat or somethinglol I LIKE IIIT :)

    • Leslie Samuel December 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

      @Rochelle Hanson@Ana | Traffic Generation Yep, it Rocks. I think I’m convinced. Didn’t think I would like it as much. I tried Disqus and didn’t like that too much. LiveFyre – I’m Loving it!

  4. golfwinch December 22, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    Great interview. I love your podcast Leslie. Thanks for the great content.

    • Leslie Samuel December 22, 2011 at 7:58 am #

      @golfwinch Thanks David. So glad to hear that you are enjoying the podcast. Stay tuned for 2012, because it’s gonna be even more “Awesommer” :D

  5. AnaTrafficCafe December 22, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    @wasimalrayes As always, pleasure to see you on my blog, Wasim.

  6. Andrea December 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Hi Leslie, great interview with Ana. Real good stuff! Now I want to quit my job and become a successful blogger even more lol. I start my blog in January. Let`s see where I am at in a year from today :)

    Have great x-mas & holidays all of you!

    • Leslie Samuel December 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

      LOL. Seems like everyone wants to quit their jobs these days. I must be the only weird one online that loves his job :D

      Hey, if that’s your goal, make it happen! Can’t wait to see

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :D

  7. Manu December 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Leslie Happy Holidays and thank you for providing awesome material as usual. I can’t wait to check out your revamped 7 Day Bootcamp in Jan. Looking forward to checking out all the great stuff you are going to provide in the new year.

    • Leslie Samuel December 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

      Happy Holidays to you too Manu. I’m actually working on the revamped version as I type this and I’m SO EXCITED. It’s going to be Awesome! WOOHOOO. 2012 will ROCK! You’ll see what I mean ;)

  8. Mitch_SCP December 29, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    Nice interview and some interesting notes and great job for your first year, you are well on your way and I think you subscribe to the same simple formula I have found that works: Lazy=Not Successful, Not Lazy=Successful

    And while this wasn’t the “beef” of the interview I found it really interesting that your Alexa ranking is in the 8,000 range, mine is in the 70,000 range. What makes this even more interesting is I get more pageviews a day than you get a month and I get more unique visitors in 3 days than you get page views in a month..Not a knock on you but isn’t it time we all just start ignoring Alexa just like the ad agencies do?

    Keep doing what you are doing :)

    • Leslie Samuel December 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

      You’re right Mitch, Alexa isn’t as good a measure as many people make it out to be. Ana’s audience is made up of a lot of internet marketers and they are much more likely to have the alexa toolbar installed. That would definitely make her numbers lower than your audience of Sports fans.

      I think a better measure of her success would be the engagement of her readers. When you go to her blog, you can see in the comments section that they are very much into what’s happening over there. That’s where it really counts.

      She’s engaging lots of people and accomplishing awesome things, especially while having such a young blog in such a competitive niche.

      Thanks for your comment. Will be in touch with you soon for a follow up interview ;)

  9. brandonfig3 January 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Probably the BEST podcast I’ve heard to date (maybe because I’m also a network marketer who stumbled into internet marketing haha)

    I started with network marketing. I still am and I’m really loving the industry, I’m not super successful, but I guess all that matters is that I’m enjoying the process. As I kept trying to learn more, I started to really get into internet marketing.

    Great Stuff Ana and Leslie! Thanks for the podcast

    • Leslie Samuel January 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

      @Brandon Figueroa Hi Brandon. Thanks for stopping by and joining in on the conversation. Yep, I’ve met a few network marketers who’ve stumbled into internet marketing. I actually have a good friend that did the same and is doing pretty well.Glad to know you are loving the industry. Hey, it’s not a destination, but a journey. Stay tuned for more awesome podcast episodes. This is gonna be an AWESOME Year! :D

  10. lesliesamuel January 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    @prolificliving GREAT job on the Promote yourself page (you action taker). When I get some time (probably Sunday), I’ll head over and add :)

  11. Lewis Saka November 23, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    free traffic is a god send – glad I found this

  12. Lewis Saka November 23, 2012 at 4:47 am #

    free traffic is a god send – glad I found this