A very simple, free but effective means of increasing your blog traffic and creating more backlinks is through blog carnivals.
All you have to do to participate in a blog carnival is to type in ‘blog carnival’ in a search engine and set up a new account here after confirming your email address.
Once you have set up an account in a blog carnival, you have to login so that you can browse through all the carnivals and find one that fits the subject of the blog you own.
There are usually various blog carnivals that cater to your blog subject; you have to find the blog carnival best suited for your blog as they generate maximum traffic to your blog.
Make sure you submit a good quality and original article that you had written to the blog carnival as the better the post, the higher are the chances of the host including your URL in the ezine.
Try to submit your articles to the blog carnival as early as possible for a better chance of getting it featured in the blog carnival’s publication.
As different blog carnivals have different dates for updating their articles, make sure you check this date before submitting your post to the blog carnival so that you know when your can track your blog stats.
As many bloggers follow blog carnivals every week, they generate traffic and if they find your post interesting, may visit your blog just by clicking on the link you provide in the blog carnival.
If you are one of the active bloggers registered to a blog carnival, you may get chosen to host a blog carnival on a particular topic and thus get more exposure for your blog.
Make sure you follow the rules of the blog carnival to avoid getting suspended and terminated, and to maintain a good reputation on the carnival.