How To Get Your Blog More Traffic Using CNN

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A few days ago a client of mine asked me, “How can I get more traffic to my blog?” I gave her many tips and she told me she wanted something different. Another way to make her blog post appear on a popular site which would allow her to link it back to her website, share it, make it appear on Google News and more. I told her about a tactic I use on CNN that does everything she wanted and more. My client was blown away by this information and begged me to share it with the world. I was a bit hesitant but after talking to my co-worker Gina Nieves, I decided to go for it.

CNN is a very powerful tool which can be used to link back to your website. CNN does not show you how to create a back link. Lucky for you, I will show you this and more. Here are some of the benefits:

  1. It’s ranked as the 74th most popular site in the world. In America it is the 23rd most popular site. Can you say “Fresh Link”
  2. Who doesn’t want their blog post to appear on CNN?
  3. Its social!! You can share it on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
  4. Appear on Google News
  5. Another great way to get traffic and attention to your blog

Here are the step by step instructions on how to get your blog more traffic using CNN:

Step 1: Create an account on www.cnn.com

Go to the upper right hand corner an click on Sign up.

 

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Step 2: Go to the navigation bar and click on iReport.

You are now in your newsroom dashboard.

 

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Step 3: On the upper right hand corner you will see Upload

Click on upload. Here is where you will upload your blog post.

 

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Step 4: Now it’s time to Post Your Blog.

Here you will copy and paste your blog post. It is very easy. Just go to the required fields and paste. Do not do any editing yet. It is very important you add tags. People who are interested in your topic will find your article via tags. Tags are like keywords. Make sure you add a related photo.

 

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Step 5: You will now edit your story

When you first post your blog, CNN does allow you to add HTML link tags. This is where my little known secret comes into play. Go to your dashboard, find your latest entry and click edit.  You can now edit your article. To the left you will see the bold, italic and underline icons. If you look to the right, you will see the HTML link. Click on the link and now you will see your article in HTML format. This is where you will link CNN to your actual blog or website.

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Step 6: Linking CNN to your blog and website

Use the HTML link tag like this: <a href=”http://yourwebsitegoeshere.com/”>Word your linking goes here</a> For example I want to link to my home page. When using this link tag, it will look like this: PR Underground. Here is how the code looks: <a href=”http://prunderground.com/”>PR Underground</a>

Once you add the links just scroll to the bottom and click Save Update. Its that easy. Now you have added your blog post to CNN. Go ahead and share it on Facebook and Twitter.

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About Alex Miranda

is the Editor-in-Chief of the social media press release distribution company PR Underground. He is also the Chief SEO Analyst at Marknet Group Inc. A master of WordPress SEO, Alex was a featured SEO speaker at WordCamp NYC 2010. At WordCamp NYC 2012 Alex Presented about Blogging for SEO.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/JohnnaCrider Johnna Crider

    Whoa that’s an awesome and creative tip! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/msmir Miriam Slozberg

    Wow that is really interesting that you can utilize CNN for this. 

  • docreo

    I lost this page last night. I will be definitely trying this today. I could use the boost in traffic as we continue to beta test DocViewTV™ version 2 at Doc Reo TV™ 

    If you have any more tips, I will be following your blog. I will also come back and comment when we appear on Google News. :)  Thanks.

    ~ Doc Reo

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clay-Adams/100000066094793 Clay Adams

    I’ve always loved the idea of leveraging news outlets this way. Great article!!

  • http://www.marknetgroup.com Gina N

    Great tip Alex as always.  I will try this on my next social media press release.

  • prunderground

     Thank you for following Doc Reo. Another easy way to appear on Google News within minutes is using out social media press releases. If you are interested email me and I give you more information.

  • prunderground

     Yes Miriam it is. Not many people are aware of this strategy. Glad I could share with you all.

  • prunderground

     Yes it is Johnna. You should give it a try.

  • prunderground

    Combined with a press release, it really does wonders. Now you are getting attention and links to your blog post and website via CNN and a social media release. Awesome!!

  • prunderground

    Thank you Clay. Like Gina said, trying it combined with a social media release works like a charm.

  • http://twitter.com/haroldlgardner Harold Gardner

    I was wondering if CNN approves of this approach?

  • Ed Michelson

    What a great tool! Seems totally doable and worth the small effort and time too.

  • Andrew Yessen

    Great way to build solid traffic. 

  • http://twitter.com/CristinaDegas Cristina Degas

    very helpful and timely – great blog!

  • http://www.SnappyGeek.com/ Dave Soucy

    Great info Alex. I’ll definitely be testing that out.

  • http://twitter.com/RimoftheWorld Lake Arrowhead

    Wow, I did it, you rock! I took me a couple of tries, but now I realize how easy that is, thank you sooooooo much!

  • Wyn Nathan Davis

    Great tips!  I amd going to follow your direction right now and get these backlinks!  Cheers!

  • http://twitter.com/sonalkhodiyar Sonal Khodiyar

    thats a good informative article… 

  • prunderground

    Great Question Harold!! They have the tools there for you to share your thoughts. This is not something we go in and manipulate. It is a free service CNN offers. It’s just many people are not aware of it. Just like many other services and tips in the blogosphere. The more we share our findings, the more educated we all become.

  • prunderground

    Yes it is very easy and valuable

  • prunderground

    Andrew you are dead on!! Building solid reputable traffic.

  • prunderground

    Thank you very much Cristina

  • prunderground

    Dave I am glad you will be making use of this.

  • prunderground

    Thanks Arrowhead :) yes it is very easy to do. Glad it worked for you.

  • prunderground

     Thank you Sonal. Glad you liked it.

  • prunderground

    Thanks Wyn. Glad it was helpful!!

  • http://bajabybus.com/ Baja By Bus

    Interesting! Will give it a try……

  • Rick Thomas

    Great ideas and a great read!  I did a couple of social shares just to be sure I could find it again!

  • jovell alingod

    This is great! But just one question, can you post on CNN a copy of one of your published blog posts from your blog or should it be a new and not yet published elsewhere blog post?

  • prunderground

     Thank you Johnna.Glad you liked it!!

  • prunderground

    Yes Jovell you post one of your published blog post. It’s another way of getting traffic to your post. Just make sure you link it back to your original post.

  • prunderground

     Glad I could share with you all.

  • prunderground

     Thanks Baja!!

  • luvavell

     Thanks so much! :)

  • prunderground

     You are very welcome!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/LizPullen Liz Pullen

    I think I will try this out! Thanks for the instructions.

  • Janis Borgueta

    Super cool! I love this and will be figuring out just which blog post to put on CNN!! Thanks for the tip.

  • MrAlexMiranda

    Your welcome Liz. Glad you are trying it out.

  • MrAlexMiranda

    You are welcome Janis.It really is super cool!!

  • Ginny Lacey Gorman

    Alex, great tip for realtors in different parts of the country to use too…thanks

  • Ross Lowe

    I don’t think a lot of people realise that CNN can be used as a marketing tool. Great post, very easy read :)

  • suzen pettit

    great tip Alex! I’m going to go do it now and will get back with results!

  • MrAlexMiranda

    Glad you read it!! Hope all is well :)

  • MrAlexMiranda

    Thank you for the comment

  • MrAlexMiranda

    Thank you Ginny :)