Include an Image
If you just write an article, the only organic will come from search engines. If you include an image in your article, you include all the Google, Bing, Yahoo etc.. image searches which can have the potential to help bring in double the traffic. Therefore, whenever you make an article, always make sure you have an image in there too.
Google searches every page on the internet. After that, it searches all the links on every article. In theory, if you place enough links in all your articles, you can cause Google to go around in circles because you have made a spider-web of links linking to each other. This helps massively in boosting your pagerank meaning your closer to the top position of page one on Google search results.
I have found that Twitter and Reddit are the two top ways to get fast short term traffic. They provide instant results because if you reach the right people in each social media site, you will get traffic. Doing this to the same article every two-three days can prove quite effective in bringing 1000s of views of traffic in the article's first week of publication.
Make a Great Introduction
Google tend to only upload/look at the introduction of articles to get an idea what keywords the article are related to etc.. Therefore, fill your introduction with as many keywords as you can! Take this introduction for example. Below, I have highlighted all the keywords which will help SEO the article on search engines:
Online, it can be very difficult to research the number one spot on Google search results for certain keywords. It's a constant SEO fight to get top. This ultimately means you need to perform intensive SEO on your article to gain it maximum exposure. However, there are other ways you can gain exposure of an article, free, organic and easy.
I hope that has made clear how with a few simple steps you can gain lots of traffic for the short and long term. When you create an article, you will want to give it the best potential to get the maximum amount of traffic. Implementing the above will do just that.