This post has been updated as of 2019-09-12
I was talking with a fellow blogger recently about the current methods people are getting traffic to their blogs.
He joked that it seems as though there are now 3 big questions in life and they are…
- Are we alone in the universe?
- What happens after we die?
- How do you get traffic to your blog?
So this post will tell you exactly how to get traffic on a daily basis to your new, not so new or dormant blog and get it as quick as possible.
It Sucks! I know.
You spend countless hours trying to learn how the hell to drive traffic to your site and a few weeks of that, show little results if anything.
It probably has driven you to a point of wanting to throw your
computer through the window because you want the…
raw unfiltered truth to
what it takes to get traffic to your blog as quickly as possible.
And you are not getting the answer to this problem.
The Problem and The Solution
Seems as though everyone and their
Grandmother are the experts on getting traffic to a blog
The 2 Methods…
So what are the two methods to get traffic? Well, simply
Paid and Unpaid.
Paid traffic is just that. You forked over money to get some visitors to see your stuff. This is the fastest route but can also be the riskiest way to go broke.
Also, you have to understand that in paid traffic, there’s a learning curve to doing it right.
Quality traffic, like real people who are interested in what you have to offer, and garbage traffic that basically means (bots) programs that make it look like you are getting visitors but not really.
The other type of bad traffic, is traffic that usually originates from 3rd world countries.
Again, it is disguised as though your site is getting massive amounts of visitors but really you’re getting broke people who can’t buy anything anyways and are looking for free stuff only.
Like I said, garbage traffic. Don’t waste your money on this type.
Quality traffic will cost you a bit more but if you do the research first and find decent networks selling traffic that is quality, at least it will be real people who are able to buy stuff online.
We’ll discuss some of the best paid traffic strategies later.
Unpaid traffic, known as organic traffic or “free” traffic is basically search engine traffic like Google, Bing, social media traffic and everything else.
Organic traffic is when people who type in a specific keyword whatever they are looking for and find your link on Google or any of the other search engines.
How To Get Visitors To Your Blog as fast as possible.
Let’s assume you have a blog that is content rich and you have
been slaving away at it for a few weeks now
and you are getting zero traffic.
Okay, no problem. (we are going to focus on organic traffic.
Search engine optimization for the usual, Google, Bing and everyone else)
By the time you read this post you should have a better understanding
of why and then how to tackle your traffic woes. Also what to avoid doing as well.
First let’s go through a basic
Below is a sort of basic guide that you can use to figure out where you are having issues with your site and how to fix it.
- Are you creating awesome content that either solves a problem, provides some great value, be it info or entertainment purposes?
- What is your average word-count for your posts? Is it at least 300 plus?
- Are you using a focused keyword (phrase) for each post to rank in the search engines?
- Are you using at least one image in your post that is keyword relevant?
- Are your blog posts easy to read?
- Are you focused on your readers needs or are you focused on mostly driving traffic and making money?
- Is you stuff boring?
- Are you patient or expecting results right now?
Let’s break these 8 questions down now.
There are a whole bunch more we could list but we’ll start with these 8 first.
- Forget about trying to find that perfect niche that others are having success with. Write about the things that you enjoy talking about.
I have several niche blogs out there from years ago when I was learning and a few of them haven’t been updated for a long time.
Because I hate writing about how to cure somebody’s acne problem or worse, some dude’s erectile disorder.
When you write about what you know and enjoy talking about it gets a WHOLE lot easier to do it. That is called creating great content.
- Your blog posts should have at least a word-count of 300. (this post your reading is at 492 so far up to this point….now it’s 499…now it’s….(sorry, got carried away here)
Google will ignore you for a life time if you are trying to get much SEO love from them without actually putting in the effort that shows you are serious about great content.
- Figuring out what keyword phrase to use to best target your intended audience, using your keyword strategically in your post so as to not be looked at as a keyword stuffer.
A lot of times, beginners make the fatal mistake of using a keyword that they would never rank for in 10 million years.
I’ve done this when I was starting out too.
As a “for instance”, if you are writing about how to lose weight, and you choose the most common phrase, “lose weight”
Here is what your competing against…
Instead of wasting time on those 1 and 2 word keywords, go for the “longtail keyword phrases”.
Target the 3 and 4 or more worded phrases that get about 50 to 300 or more searches a month. You’ll have to brainstorm a bit and build a short list of potential phrases that will allow you to ranks in the search engines on the first and second page, rather than the 400th page.
- Images that are tagged with your target keyword phrase will make your posts more interesting and better for the eyes (that visual stuff that helps get your point across.
I sometimes will draw goofy cartoons (like the one above in this post) where to put my point of view across the reader and at the same time it separates me from what everyone else is doing.
- Until you are a blogger who can get a 100 thousand unique visitors a month no matter how or what you write, you should write your posts so they are easy to read and…
Basically, just use short paragraphs, bold headings and write as if you are talking to a friend face to face.
- Make sure that you are in the right mindset before you begin. Yes ultimately you want to monetize your blog and posts but if that is your sole reason for doing this, in my opinion, it’s the recipe for failure.
People first, Business second.
- Are you writing a math text book? Uh, meaning are you boring people with fancy jargon that only you and your college professor understand?
Unless you talk to your friends like a math text book, loosen up!
Use slang once in a while if you want. Do you swear? Okay then, throw some of that in as well, unless you are writing for children :/
- Patience is your greatest trait.
It may take 3 months or more to see anything in terms of results. That is just the way it is.
Unless you buy traffic and even then, this organic traffic is long term. Think of it like this… I know that the work I do today will show me results probably 60 to 90 days from now. If you put your mindset in that thinking, you’re less likely to quit.
So, there you should have a little bit of a better idea on how to either fix or start your new blog.
These screen shots I took below are my traffic stats of a couple of my lesser performing or new sites and maybe give you a little motivation and, well, basically hope.
I remember when I started and how frustrating it was to see no results for my efforts for a long time.
This first site is one I built 3 years ago and I haven’t touched it for at least 2 years.
It still gets 200 to 450 + unique visitors a month
It also still makes about $100 to $140 a week through a few affiliate offers.
This next site I officially created in January 2018
The thing is, I left it without anything on the site until around end of June.
But even with no content it was getting nearly 200 visits a month!
I wanted to show you that even if you give a small effort and with the help of some really great but simple techniques that make a lot of difference, you can start getting real visitors to your blog almost right away.