Building Traffic to your Blog


Building Traffic to your Blog


Traffic is the lifeblood on any online business.  Building traffic to your blog is probably the primary problem most new bloggers struggle with.


The old saying of “just build them, and they will come” is not valid anymore.  The sheer number of blogs has put an end to this. People are spoilt for choice and can afford to be more “picky”.


Google has also put the brakes on automated methods (read spammy backlinks, etc.) to improve search engine rankings in order to get traffic.


So, where to now for the blogger?


Corbett Barr from has approach some of his favorite bloggers for traffic building tips.  We feature a selection of them here.



1.  “Give your very best content away.”

Josh Hanagarne, World’s Strongest Librarian


2. “Find people wherever they hang out and bring them back home. If your audience likes to use YouTube then create videos, if they are businesses then check out LinkedIn, and if they are mostly consumers then put effort into engaging them in Facebook and attract them to your blog from there.”

Chris Garrett, Chris Garrett on New Media


3.  “Make your content unmissable. Think ‘How could I make all of my content be viewed as something that can’t be missed?’ That may mean writing when you can’t not write. It might mean killing a lot of mediocre ideas. But it’s mostly about deliberately choosing to only publish content that makes people hungry for more.”

Jonathan Mead, Illuminated Mind


4.   “After you hit publish on your next blog post, head on over to Google blogsearch and find other people who have wrote about the same thing. If it is fairly popular, there will be quite a few blogs which have covered the same subject recently, so go to their posts and join in the conversation by leaving a comment. Anyone who clicks on your comment from that site will find very relevant content, as if it is an ‘extension’ of the site they were just reading, and they’ll probably stick around for quite a while.”

Glen Allsopp, ViperChill


5.  One of the often overlooked ways to build traffic online is by leveraging offline strategies & tactics. By that I mean things like:

* Attending conferences for networking opportunities
* Speaking or presenting at relevant events
* Handing out business cards with your website URL

…and any activity which positions you as an expert in your field offline. National press exposure (or even local press) usually results in huge spikes of traffic and it’s one of our main strategies for the Location Independent network this year. It’s often overlooked because people naturally focus on the online world – which, let’s face it, is actually relatively small, incestuous and often we’re all talking to the same people! Expanding your outreach to focus on spreading the word and your message to audiences who aren’t already online is a great way to build high traffic quickly.

Lea Woodward, Location Independent


6.   “Considering that April is just around the corner, here is an uncommon tip to generate traffic: leverage April Fools’ Day. That is right, if you pull a crazy enough prank on your blog it might go viral, and the traffic will be huge. Last year I invented a service that would let Internet users download the whole Internet to their hard drives….!”

Daniel Scocco, Daily Blog Tips


7.  The best thing that has worked for me is to avoid incestuous blogging. Most blogs live in a small circle of influence; they write about other blogs in the circle and other blogs in the circle write about them. To really increase traffic beyond the same group of readers, you have to establish multiple spheres of influence within a variety of industries. This is contrary to the old idea of ‘do one thing well.’”

Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity


8.  Visualize it. Imagine. Chant. Pray. Believe. FEEL what it will feel like to hit your traffic goal. Do whatever woo-woo thing you’re inclined to do that is about the energetics of what you’re aiming to achieve. It’s amazing how many practical ideas — and synchronicities — will happen when you get get away from your to-do list and into an affirmative mindset.”

Danielle LaPorte, White Hot Truth


9.  “Video is all of the rage these days, not only with people, but with search engines too. If you’d like to drive both direct and search engine traffic to your website, I’d recommend using video as part of your traffic generation arsenal. If you have a blog post, or a certain page on your website that you’d like to drive traffic to, create a short video that compliments the written content on your site. Upload it to YouTube, and make sure the name of the video and all of the tags are related to the keywords of the specific page on your blog, and be sure to insert the URL into the description of the video as well. Embed the video on your webpage, and make sure all backend meta, video description data all contain the keywords as well. Your blog post or webpage will now climb the ranks of the search engines, and you’ll also have direct/search traffic coming from the YouTube site of things as well. Additionally, you may end up on the first page of the SERPs for the video results related to those keywords as well.”

Pat Flynn, The Smart Passive Income Blog


10.   “Focus on one topic, write great content, interview great people who are also in your niche = overnight success!”

Everett Bogue, Far Beyond the Stars



Solid ways (some unusual J) tips for building traffic to your blog.  These and more from Corbett’s fellow bloggers are available here.


Photo by michale


To your success


Deon and Johan Reynders






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