Last time I did this to gain traffic I utilised market samurai, identified long tail keywords and then aimed fot those words, a webpage per keyword, all relevant to the main domain.
They I posted on ezines and a few other blogging sites to use the bio and get visitors.
I also posted on relevant forums and got visitors in that way.
But...this was around 3-4 years ago. I also used EDMs for the domains and ranked quite quickly for the keywords. However I think this has long gone.
So, question is really, do all of the above tactics still work to get traffic to a blog? For now I am deciding NOT to monetise it until it can offer decent value and information.
Also, how do YOU get traffic to your blog nowadays?
Any thoughts or input would be appreciated.