photo-1414690165279-49ab0a9a7e66This is a guest contribution from John Stevens of Hosting Facts.

If you want tons of traffic, you better be ready to pay for it, right?

Not true.

Besides the obvious – share content on social media, connect with influencers, invest in SEO – there are dozens of clever hacks you can implement to get more traffic for free.

In this post, I’m going to share 7 unusual tips you can use right away on your blog to get more traffic and shares, without spending a penny on advertising.

1. Turn your images into an imgur.com album, and share it on Reddit

If you’re like most bloggers, you probably share your posts to a relevant sub-reddit, collect some upvotes and call it a day.

But what if I told you that you could get twice, even thrice the traffic through a simple hack?

Here’s how: by turning your blog posts into Imgur.com albums.

Imgur, for the uninitiated, is an image hosting site founded by a redditor. It is now one of the fastest growing websites in the world, thanks in no small part to its close integration with Reddit.

More importantly, Imgur has evolved into a platform of its own with a thriving community where people shares images and albums.

You can use this to your advantage by turning your blog posts into images and sharing them on both Reddit and Imgur.

This tactic works due to two reasons:

You get traffic from two sources – Reddit and Imgur’s user-submission gallery.

Redditors are more likely to upvote an Imgur link than a link to a website. Imgur, for instance, consistently ranks as the most submitted domain on Reddit.

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Here’s an example: the site KickAssFacts.com frequently turns its list of factors into visual albums and shares them on Imgur and Reddit.

This album earned close to 350,000 views:

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Follow the steps below to use this method.

Step #1: Turn blog posts into images

Start by turning your blog posts into images.

Not every blog post would work with this tactic, but if you work in any consumer-focused niche – say, cooking or photography – you’d be right at home.

This template from KickAssFacts is a good place to start – an illustrative image with white text and a black outline. You should be able to do this MS Paint or any other image editor of your choice.

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If you’re not comfortable with image editing, you can even simply use images and write your content in the image description box on Imgur. This album of photography tips is a great example:

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This tactic works best with list posts. Thus, if you have a blog post about “7 Lighting Tips for Photographers”, you would turn each of these 7 tips into separate images.

Do remember to add a watermark to your website URL at the bottom of each image.:

Step #2: Turn images into an album

First, make an account on Imgur.com by clicking here.

After you’ve made an account, sign-in and click on “Upload Images” in the navigation menu.

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On the pop-up screen, click on “Browse Your Computer”, then select all the images you made in step #1.

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Make sure to select “Create an album” and click on “Start Upload”.

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Once you’ve uploaded the images, click on “Edit image titles or descriptions” in the right sidebar. Here, you can add sources or text to each image.

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If you’re making a claim, it helps to add a source. It’s also a good idea to include a link to your website at the bottom of the last image in the album. This way, people who’ve seen your album can click on the link and check out your site.