How to Create Your Own Traffic-Boosting Army of Robot Minions

If only there were a button you could push to power on your own army of traffic-boosting robot minions…

Wouldn’t that be a dream?

Well, I don’t have that “easy button” but I do have 3 free ways you can power on “robot minions” to do promotion for you!

1.  Automated Syndication (Put Amazon to Work for You?)

Can you turn Amazon (yes, that Amazon) into your own robot minion?

Every blog has an RSS feed.  RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication and it’s designed to help make it easy for you to share your blog posts as soon as they’re published.  By using your RSS feed you can automatically send your new blog posts to various websites and services.

Your RSS feed is usually your domain + /feed, for example:

https://www.michelleshaeffer.com/feed

Once you’ve got that link, here are some ways to use it…

Add it to Your Amazon Author Profile

Get setup as an author on Amazon – you can publish a simple ebook to qualify!  Then add your RSS feed to your Amazon author profile and it’ll show up on Amazon like this:

Get Listed on AllTop

AllTop sends consistent daily traffic to my blog.  Submit your blog here and once it’s approved it’ll be listed on in their blog directory like this:

I suggest beginning with these two sites (they’ve been the most useful in sending traffic and building credibility for me) but there are many other sites you can submit your RSS feed to.

2.  Schedule Content Sharing

Your content deserves to be shared.  And shared again.

So let’s put “robots” to work for you with tools like HootSuite, Buffer, Dlvr.it, MeetEdgar, IFTTT…  you can also use plugins like Revive Old Post.

Create a spreadsheet.  Go through your blog and choose your top 10 best blog posts.  Write 5-10 different hook-lines for each of them.  Now organize them so each day you’re sharing 2 or 3 of them.

(Bonus Tip: Add your opt-in pages into this as well, with varying hook-lines.)

You can create a csv file to use with HootSuite (my preference) or you can schedule them in Buffer, or add them to your content library in MeetEdgar.

Here’s an example of sharing one blog post every 2-3 days with a variety of hook-lines.

You’ll spend a few minutes each month setting up your sharing, and then have “minions” sharing your content for you consistently!

3.  Participate in Promo Exchanges & Tribes

This is one of my favorite strategies because it works and it helps build your network with other bloggers in your niche.  I recommend checking out the following sites:

  • Triberr – Great community.  You join “tribes” and then can share content from others while they share yours. Useful for connecting to people in your niche, too.
  • Just Retweet – Super easy to use, works on a credit system.  You earn credits when you follow users and share their content.  Then you can spend your credits for others to share your content.

  • Viral Content Bee – Get shared (and share) on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and StumbleUpon.  Works with a credit system.
  • Social Buzz Club – Paid service with an active community.  Share content on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Bonus: Work with a Virtual Assistant

You might also consider working with a virtual assistant who can help you organize and implement your promotion plan.  Your own “minion for hire” so to speak.

Now, go get your robots in motion!

P.S.  Got ideas or suggestions for more minion strategies?  Leave a comment and share!

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17 Comments

  1. I have my blog feed on my author page, and on alltop, plus I’m a big user of IFTTT for dirrect sharing and Buffer for scheduled sharing. I also use revive Old Posts. Most of my traffic ends up coming from facebook and stumbleupon (52% social, 25 % organic search). I also have Triberr etc. set up but I haven’t seen many shares coming through those. I am fortunate enough to have a couple of followers that almost always share my posts :) I get about 300-400 unique visits on the website that has the blog each week, and strangely enough, I get about 2500 a week on the witchy site which I don’t promote. SEO only :) I wish I had that for the main site.
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    1. Interesting! So SEO sounds like it’s working really well on the witchy site? Do you do SEO on the other site as well?
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  2. Hi, Michelle.

    I’m in the process of adding my feed to Apple News (will add it to Amazon as well).

    Enjoy Triberr (actually am apart of that community because of a blog challenge you hosted in the past).

    I can understand a blog like yours being on AllTop, but is it even worth it for tiny blog?

    I actually found creating the CSV file (spreadsheet) time consuming so I use IFTTT and Google Calendar for blog posts. I can schedule each post and title to repeat once a week for 35 times. (example)

    Each time I write a post, I just add it to my GCal Tweets and it’s set. One less step for me.

    I used to belong to SocialBuzzClub when it was free, but do belong to Ann’s group ViralContenBee (excellent RT’s) and of course JustRetweet (again because of you).

    Man, I’ve been Stalking (following) you for a long time. ^_^

    Shared to Pinterest and Twitter for you.

    Have a Lovely Day,

    Sara @SaraDuggan.me
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    1. Hey Sara,

      I’d definitely say it’s worth it to get listed on AllTop. :)

      I’ll have to check out IFTTT. If you’re ever up for a guest post on it, let me know. (hint,hint) ;)

      Thanks for sharing this, too!
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  3. These are great suggestions Michelle. It didn’t occur to me to update my profile on Amazon but that’s a great suggestion. I’m going to schedule regular reviews of my profiles to make sure they stay updated.

    1. Yep, that’s a smart plan! :)
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  4. Hey Michelle,

    It is really very interesting post and agree with your points. I am also participated in promo exchanges such as Just Retweet and Viral Content Bee.

    And I’ve a good experience with these two, it is really a effective strategy to implement your network with other bloggers in your niche. Eventually, thanks for sharing your worthy thought with us.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar
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    1. Great to hear those tactics have worked for you, too. Thanks for reading and commenting, Amar.
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  5. nice blog very helpful

  6. Hello,

    WOW this is indeed very informative post. I never tried any of the methods listed above and I guess they are quite unique strategies.

    Thanks
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    1. I’d suggest you try a few out, Adam! :)
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  7. Been working for this! Finally you have provided great ideas. Thanks a lot!

    1. You’re welcome, Antonette. Thanks for commenting.
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  8. As always, you have the best blog posts ever. Always full of educational content. Thanks Michelle!

    1. Thanks Rhonda, I appreciate that.
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  9. I am curious about hiring a virtual assistant. I know there are many of them out there and while it can help lighten my load, I am worried something may go wrong. How do you actually go about finding someone to help out with your online tasks? I wouldn’t want to just hire anyone, specially someone who will slack off!

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