Want to Know How to Get Traffic? 8 Bloggers Share Their Secrets

get blog trafficTraffic.

We all want it.

That’s the point of starting a blog isn’t it? To get people to read it.

While we all struggle with traffic at one time or another, there are many bloggers who have the traffic thing down. Here are 8 expert bloggers who have all been there, done that, and succeeded! They all answered the question:

“What is your #1 way to get traffic to your site?”

(Be sure to read the entire post. #8 is EPIC! Plus there’s a freebie from me)

Ryan Biddulph of Blogging From Paradise

Ryan B “My #1 way to get traffic is to create something inspired, something heartfelt, and something authentic.

I used to get so caught up in the marketing aspect of traffic driving which is super important but in the end, traffic seems to flow freely to my blog when I create a long form, in-depth, entertaining post.

As I have found my writing voice – writing how I speak – I seem to boost my blog traffic without promoting my posts aggressively. Put a heavy focus on writing 1,000 words or more a day. Blog from the heart. Get really real. Stand out from the crowd. Drive that sweet, sweet blog traffic.”

My #1 way to get traffic is to create something inspired and something authentic. #bloggingtips Click To Tweet

Harleena Singh of Aha! Now

Harleena“If I look at my traffic stats, my site’s organic search tops the list. That means SEO is my #1 way of getting traffic. I do not do much of SEO except that I try to incorporate keyword phrases into my blog posts, and that works. So, I don’t really make much efforts there.

My effort goes into developing relations with other bloggers through blog commenting, and promoting their and my own posts on the social media. That brings good traffic as well. However, if you ask for the #1 way, it is SEO and organic traffic through the search engines.”

 

Elna Cain of Elna Cain

Elna“The number one way I get traffic to my site is via social. I work hard to share my posts and make them pinnable. I seem to get a lot of action from Twitter and Facebook. I also seem to get a lot of traffic from bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon. Surprisingly this hasn’t affected my bounce rate by much so I’m happy!”

 

 

Sue Anne Dunlevie of Successful Blogging

Sue Anne“I learned about blogger outreach from Brian Dean two years ago and still do it (and recommend it) to this day. Emailing other bloggers to ask them to share your new post is very effective. When you take the time to do blogger outreach, you:

Get new “eyeballs” on your site

Gain a new platform

Acquire more subscribers who turn into loyal readers

Secure influencers to promote your content for free

Tap into the power of influence.

If you spend more time promoting your post then writing it, your traffic will soar.”

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Ariel Rule of Freelance Freedom Fighter

Ariel“The main way I use to get traffic to my site it to post in relevant social media groups.

I find communities and groups in places like Facebook and LinkedIn and work to establish myself there and be helpful to those with questions or who need help with something. That way, when I post a link to a blog, I don’t come off as spamming the group and I gain targeted traffic.”

 

Corina Ramos of Not Now Mom’s Busy

Cori“The thing that’s been driving traffic to my blog is participating in Facebook groups, not to mention I’m connecting with bloggers. The key to it is finding a group that actively participates.”

 

 

 

Gina Horkey of Horkey Handbook

GinaI think for me it’s been two-fold; consistently blogging and promoting my content through social media and relationships.

When I started Horkey HandBook, I began by blogging once per week. I was still working full-time at my day job, so I knew that any more than that would be unrealistic.

Side note: When I coach newbie bloggers, I encourage them to also get started with what’s realistic for them – that could be weekly like me, biweekly or even once per month. Quality and consistency beats quantity at this point!

Writing and publishing content is only one side of the coin though. If you publish, but don’t tell anyone about it, it’s unlikely that the public at large will just stumble upon your blog (millions of new blogs are launched on the daily!).

So it’s equally (if not more) important to make sure you’re promoting your content via social media and leveraging online relationships as well.

 

Tor Refsland of Time Management Chef (click link for special offer from Tor!)

TorThere are basically only 3 things that matter when it comes to having a successful blog.

1. Traffic
2. Conversion from traffic to subscriber
3. Conversion from subscriber to customer

If you can master these three things, you will not only have a blog that is perceived as successful…

you will have a profitable blog that actually helps you to pay your bills.

There are basically only 3 things that matter when it comes to having a successful blog Click To Tweet

Traffic is actually the easiest part, if you know how to do it.

Most people are talking about how important it is to create great content.

Yes, content is important.

However, great content alone will get you nowhere.

Hey! You might even just have published the world´s best blog post on your blog.

But what good does that do, if no one knows that it exists?

The experts say that you should spend 20% creating your content and 80% promoting it.

That means that if you spend 4 hours writing a blog post, you should spend 16 hours promoting it.

How many people do that?

Very few.

To be quite honest, you can actually create…

Traffic On Demand

Yes, you read correct.

When I want extra traffic to my website, I write an awesome post and email my friends to share (and I know a lot of people).

And guess what happens?

The influencers share my stuff.

However, in order for this to work, you need this:

1. Built a relationship with the influencer through blogger outreach in advance

2. Written an epic post (yes, it has to be one of the best posts that you have ever written)

3. The post has to be a great fit for the influencers audience

4.  Reach out to the influencers you know and ask them politely to share you stuff

I have done this several times, and it works like a charm.

My huge roundup post, 80 Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy Experts, generated 20 231 page views in 6 days, 1500+ social shares and 86 comments.

Note:
It wouldn´t have been possible if I hadn´t built a relationship FIRST through blogger outreach.

Blogger outreach was also my #1 strategy that helped me to get featured on 85 blogs and get 3000+ email subscribers in my first year of blogging.

No magic, just a recipe that works.

Short recap: build relationships first, create epic content that is a great fit for the influencers´ audience and then ask them to promote.

I´m not special. I´m just a guy living in Norway with my girlfriend, Sara, and my baby daughter Luna on 7,5 months.

And did you know that English is my third language?

Heck, if I can do it, then so can you.

Want more traffic to your blog?

Awesome.

Go out there and take massive action!”

Wrapping up: So traffic. It’s really not as elusive as you might think. It is possible, and it’s not difficult! The overwhelming consensus is creating relationships with other bloggers, or blogger outreach. Want to learn more about blogger outreach, read this post.

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Comments

  1. Very helpful article. Most of the tactics I learned from this post and will be implementing to my blog. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Hi Corinne,

    What a nice round up you did. I agree with what Sue and Tor said about influencer outreach. Building relations with other bloggers it’s very beneficial in your blogging career. A mistake that I see many newbies and even experienced bloggers do is that they approach other bloggers only when they need something. Shares or comments, usually. I think you should treat your fellow bloggers the way you treat your friends in real life.

    Don’t just email them periodically to ask them to promote you. Engage with them, help them and provide value. I think facebook groups are great for building relations. I prefer groups that do NOT allow self-promotion. Why? Because in a group where anyone shares his one articles, nobody interacts with each other.

    Groups, where you can ask and answer questions about blogging, are awesome. I’m in a lot of groups, but I recently chose one group that is my favorite and I try to answer to every question that I feel I can provide a valuable tip.

    I’m heading over to twitter to share this roundup with my followers.
    Minuca

    • Corinne says:

      Hey Minuca!
      I agree, lately I’ve been seeing bloggers questioning how to approach experienced bloggers because no one is going to pay attention to them since they’re so new. They’re going about it all wrong! Like you said, it’s about connecting and helping first before asking for something.

      Great tip on FB groups. I hear ya on the self-promotion thing. They sometimes get out of hand don’t they?

      Thanks again for reading Minuca, have a wonderful day!

  3. Hey Corinne,

    Your blog is a inspiration for new bloggers. They can start their blog and get traffic an easily. We can get much more traffic rather than unnatural.

    ~Dr. Diana
    Dr. Diana Hardy recently posted…I Need the Whole ThingMy Profile

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Diana,
      I do hope the advice here will help new bloggers get that traffic quicker 🙂

      Have a great weekend!

  4. Awesome tips! This has motivate me a lot to continue pushing forward. Thanks! 🙂

  5. Hi Corinne,

    I love these kinds of posts because we get to hear from those who are having the success and learn what it is that they’re doing. Maybe a few people need to step up their game and find new avenues to venture into.

    Most of these on this list are good blogging buddies of mine. I’ve never seen Ariel before and have only stumbled into Gina a couple of times now. They have all given us such wonderful advice though.

    Thank you for asking them all and for them sharing with us what works. I’m off to share this post too, thank you Corinne.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted…3 Reasons Blog Commenting Is Still Important TodayMy Profile

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Adrienne, I agree, it’s wonderful to hear from a bunch of different people to see what works and maybe what doesn’t. It seems most people are focused on blogger outreach – something you are very skilled at 🙂

      Thanks for sharing too! I appreciate it!

  6. Thanks for posting this. This is my number one initiative for me. L love what Tor said about how he knows a lot of people. I feel that is my number one limitation. I do not know enough people right now. And I appreciate what Sue says about emailing people directly and asking them to share your content. Once you make those relationships, it is easy to ask people for help. And your help also becomes that much more valuable. I’m excited to get started, again.
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  7. Hi Corinne,

    So glad I seen this on G+ I see many of bloggers I know listed here giving wonderful advice. What a great way to show others how each one gets traffic. This will sure help so many people.

    -Donna

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Donna! I agree, these bloggers gave some wonderful advice. Thanks for stopping by!

      Corinne

  8. Hi Corinne,

    Thanks for sharing this awesome list of bloggers and their tips for getting traffic. It’ll really help us to get more traffic onward.
    Awesome post!
    Thank you. 🙂

  9. Such great tips! Now I’m motivated, thank you! 🙂

  10. Dipin Samuel says:

    Very helpful post as all the greatest bloggers (stardust ) are here and share their own views and taught new bies like me and something new to veterans.

  11. Loved this post. I’m struggling with getting traffic to my blog and often times it is discouraging because just like you, I spend so much time into my blog. I need to work on my SEO. Loved all the tips. 20 percent writing the post and 80 percent promoting… that’s a lot of work. I wish we could only write out posts and did not have to do some much work promoting it. 🙁

  12. Hi Corinne,

    Awesome post! I like all the advice everyone gave.

    Especially about blogger outreach. It’s what I’ve been focusing on since I started my blog.

    And so far so good. 🙂 I’ve had my first 2k visits per month. 😀

    Anyway, I really enjoyed the post. Off to share it now.

    Cheers,
    Julian
    Julian recently posted…The Step-by-Step Guide of a Successful Blogger Outreach StrategyMy Profile

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Julian,
      Great to have you here. I appreciate you stopping by.
      You’re blogger outreach post is fantastic! You really have it down and it seems to be working great for you!

      Thanks again!

  13. I just checked my analytics and organic is number 2. It could be better but I am happy.
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  14. Great post!
    Such a step by step explanation of all the steps to increase traffic to one’s blog..
    Thank you!
    Rahul Yadav recently posted…Technical SEO Services Gurgaon First Page Ranking Services: Panda/Penguin Proof, White Hat SEO StrategyMy Profile

  15. Your nice post will really help us in getting more traffic onwards. Also known some awesome personality behind blogging. Thanks for your such a nice post.
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  16. Hi Corinne,

    Thanks for sharing this awesome list of bloggers and their tips for getting traffic 🙂 Very valuable and so helpful!

    This is my first time on your blog as well and I really enjoy all of the valuable resources you have here 🙂 I look forward on coming back soon!
    Joan Harrington recently posted…Connecting With Your Audience What You Need To KnowMy Profile

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Joan, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you found the post helpful. Hope to see you around more 🙂

  17. Hi Corinne,

    Thanks so much for including me in this post. You have star-studded list of bloggers here. Some who have become great counterparts and friends as well as some new faces.

    I enjoyed reading everyone’s feedback. It’s so great of them to share what works for them because even as a seasoned blogger, I’m still learning something everyday. 🙂

    Thanks for putting this together! You know I’m passing this along. 🙂

    Cori
    Corina Ramos recently posted…How to Approach Big Goals by Asking Small QuestionsMy Profile

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Cori,
      Thank you for being included in this post 🙂 And thank you so much for sharing

  18. Thanks for the invite, Corinne.

    I had a blast participating 🙂

    Best,

    Tor
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  19. Hi Corinne,

    Nice one. If you allow me, I have a question for Elna. She said, “I also seem to get a lot of traffic from bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon. Surprisingly this hasn’t affected my bounce rate by much so I’m happy!”

    I don’t like StumbleUpon so I don’t know too much about SU. However, very recently one of my friends shared one of my blog posts on SU. I got 3-400 visitors. All traffic bounced except for one visitor. That’s terrible and very unusual for my blog. I had some similar past experiences.

    The question for Elna: getting a lot of traffic isn’t difficult. See the paragraph above. But junk traffic won’t pay any bills. It will only affect your search engines rankings. Are you sure that the traffic from SU isn’t junk traffic? Did the visitors perform any action like clicking a link, commenting, subscribing to your mailing list?

    Thank you in advance for your answer.
    Adrian Jock recently posted…Did Your Blog Monetization Fail? Food for ThoughtMy Profile

    • Corinne says:

      Hey Adrian, Thanks for stopping by. I’m thrilled to have you here!

      Great question. I’ve never used SU personally, so I’m interested to see what Elna has to say.

      Have a great week!

    • Adrian,

      I was also under the impression that StumbleUpon might affect my bounce rate and you know what? In the beginning it was high, but for some reason I have a band of people who regularly stumble my content.

      I just checked and my bounce rate is 29%. I’ve had people from Stumble sign up to my newsletter, but it isn’t often. Some comment too, but it’s not often. I also lean on Pinterest too for traffic.

      For me, my blog isn’t a priority for traffic generally. I do want my post shared, that’s all. I seem to generate more subscriptions via Twitter and Facebook.
      My thing though isn’t about

  20. Hi Corinne,

    Wonderful roundup indeed 🙂

    Thanks so much for adding my two cents along with those of other blogging friend’s. I think what matters most is how you make those connections with fellow bloggers, isn’t it? After all, that is how we met as well – the best way to get traffic to our blogs is through those interactions that take place when we visit each others blogs, besides the other things!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
    Harleena Singh recently posted…5 Steps To Turn Your Blog Posts Into An Online CourseMy Profile

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Harleena,
      Totally! Those interactions are so important. Bloggers become friends who help each other out.
      Thanks so much for being a part of this round up 🙂

  21. It was so fun reading this post and seeing so many of my blogger friends! Thanks for the great post, Corinne, and for asking me to take part!

    Sue
    Sue Anne Dunlevie recently posted…Traffic Strategies That Work: How I Increased My Traffic 300%My Profile

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