We all blog for different purposes. At the core, though, blogging means we want our voices to be heard by others. We want an audience. In a blogosphere with millions and millions of sites compete for readers. It often seems tough to crack through the din of competing distractions. There is a good news; you have the power to make your blog more visible and more attractive to people interested in the same things as you.
I write this post which contains a wealth of tips, advice, and general wisdom, culled from our growing archive of posts on traffic and growth, on how to get your blog noticed.
No matter what type of blog you have or even where you keep it (BlogSpot, WordPress.com or self-hosted), I hope this article will help you reach new audiences and make blogging the rewarding activity it can be.
How to Get 1000+ Visitors per Day?
Who else wants to get 1000+ visitors per day?
Hands down, every beginner blogger wants it.
Do you know the ONE reason why most people quit blogging?
Lack of traffic.
I know how it hurts when no one reads your blog. If I had to start over again, I would do the same things that you’re going to explore now.
Why 1,000 visitors per day?
It’s a magic number. The meaning of getting 1,000+ visits each and every day you’re on your way to make some serious business online. Traffic is money baby!
You can attract more conversions, likes, shares and affiliate income once you hit that magic number.
Do you know? 95% of the blogs in the blogosphere don’t reach that number. That is the truth. They eventually die with lack of traffic.
But here’s the good news. If you’re searching for proven ways to getting 1000+ visitors a day and ready to put some serious efforts, I’ll share few proven ways to get long lasting traffic.
This approach takes MASSIVE effort!
If you’re searching for “fastest ways to Get 1000+ Visitors Per day” this is NOT for you.
Grab a cup of coffee, this post is going to be a bit long..
Strategy #1: Write long, thorough blog posts
Small, short blog posts have no future.
Read it again.
Neil Patel says the average content length for a web page that ranks in the top 10 results for any keyword on Google has at least 2,000 words.
Based on the graph above, you can see that the first result typically has 2,416 words and the 10th result has 2,032 words.
Is “Content” king?
The research says it all – “lengthy content” is king. Not just the “content”.
Pillar articles act a major role of your blog. Most blogs fail to get traffic because one simple reason. They don’t create pillar articles that are the corner stones of any successful blogs.
What is a pillar article? A pillar article is something that is;
- Well researched
- 2000+ Words
- Relevantly linked to other blogs
- Full of actionable tips
Those are the basic features of a pillar article. In short, a pillar article is something where your readers take immediate action after read it be sharing, commenting, linking or subscribing to your blog.
Most readers don’t have time to read blogs. They should have strong reasons to read. What else could be the better reason than creating something that is worth implementing? Now you might ask, I’m already creating good enough content.
Listen – good enough content is not good enough.
It must be epic. It must solve your readers’ problems, create curiosity and ignite them to take action.
Focus on readers’ tendency first and find out what they are struggling with. Then provide solutions to solve their problems through your blog posts. This is the way of getting popularity.
Best General Writing Tips
Start with a good headline.
A good headline makes people want to click and read your content. Impart a sense of urgency, be dramatic, promise better results, or use a big number like “101 Ways…” Readers will be enticed out of curiosity.
Explore New Topic and Title Ideas
Researching content by topic easily helps you find what’s trending across your niche and you might be surprised at what you’ll discover.
Bloggers and content marketers are starting to pay a lot of attention to a fabulous content development tool called Buzzsumo. And with good reason! Buzzsumo is a content development and research tool that is worthy of praise.
Write a good introduction.
Your headline can get readers to click, but your intro needs to hook them to continue reading. Make an outrageous statement. Ask a difficult or relatable question. Tell them how the article is going to improve some aspect of their life.
Have a conversation.
Do you talk to your friends using 15-letter words or long, complex sentences? Readers don’t want to reference an online dictionary every other sentence, nor do they want a subject matter so complicated, they don’t understand what they are reading. Make reading easy by using simple words and sentences, which also makes for more shareable content.
Talk directly to the reader.
This is similar to the above point. Don’t alienate yourself. Use words like “you” and “I” freely. Write as if the reader were in front of you.
Don’t ramble to meet a word-count. Delete the fluff and unnecessary discussions. The sooner you make your points, the longer you will have them engaged.
Write short paragraphs.
No offense, but readers have short attention spans. I probably lost half the readers of this blog by now. There is no hard and fast rule, but generally, 5 to 7-sentence paragraphs are easier to comprehend.
Break up your content with subheadings.
Subheadings help organize content, making it easier on a reader’s eyes to scan the page.
Start your post with an interesting, relevant image. Research shows that images increase click-through rates, shares and links. In fact, images (charts, graphs, spreadsheets, graphics, etc.) can often facilitate the transfer of information better than text.
Tell a story.
Everyone loves a good story. Don’t just present facts and figures. Share how the topic of discussion has changed or influenced your life or someone you know.
Connect with your readers.
You’re a human being with character, personality, and experiences. Allow your readers to relate to you and build a stronger connection.
Write a good closing.
Don’t leave your readers hanging. Just as a good intro hooks them, a good closing makes them feel that they didn’t waste their time.
Proofread and fact-check.
The facts and statistics you use to support your opinion/argument need to be accurate if you want to be seen as credible. Similarly, one or two typos is acceptable, but an article littered with poor grammar and incorrect spelling won’t get shared.
Make social sharing buttons visible.
It’s hard to expect social shares when you make the act of sharing difficult and tedious. If you are a B2B blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook are your top platforms. If you are a visual B2C brand, such fashion or foodie blogs, you will want to leverage Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. Research your target demographic and be active on the social mediums they utilize.
Focus on readers’ interaction instead of visits.
When you’re starting from scratch to get 1,000 visitors a day – try NOT to focus on “blog traffic”, focus on reader interaction.
Reader interaction includes;
- Leaving comments on your blog posts
- Sharing your posts
- Subscribing to your email lists
- Linking to your sites
- Taking your interviews
- Buying your products etc.
So how to increase reader interaction on your blogs?
Start treating your blog visitors like your family.
Strategy #2: Kindle select 90-day traffic plan
Did you know that self-published books now represent 31% of eBook sales in the Amazon Kindle Store?
You used to need thousands of dollars and a contract with a large publishing house to get published. That’s changed. Anyone with an idea worth sharing can be a published author within a week and, more importantly, drive a lot of traffic to their blog.
I’m won’t discuss Kindle publishing in detail here (read Copyblogger’s excellent guide instead), but I will show you how to drive targeted traffic and reach thousands of people for free when you publish via Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).
Here’s how it works, when you publish your Kindle book, you can enroll your book into the “Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program”. That puts makes your book exclusive to the Kindle Store for 90 days and includes it in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, where thousands of targeted readers can borrow it for free. You can even run a free promotion for a paid eBook for 5 of those 90 days.
There are two simple ways to use your Kindle book to drive traffic to your blog or landing page:
- Link directly to your website inside the book
- Use a free giveaway
Let’s first go over how you can get traffic by linking directly to your site.
The screenshot above shows how you can link directly to your blog or website inside your book before you enroll it in Kindle Direct Publishing Program. This strategy alone sends up to 200 extra visitors to your site within 30 days. Chris Guthrie peaked at #119 in the Kindle Store when he got about 2000 free downloads. With the right call to action a top 100 ranked eBook can send you anywhere from 300 to 3700 visitors a month.
But linking directly to your website isn’t enough to make you stand out. To get even more traffic, use your eBook as a traffic magnet by including a free giveaway… which gets us into our second method of leveraging KDP.
Steve Scott has published more than a dozen Kindle eBooks and has built a huge list of targeted subscribers. His technique? Giving a freebie to book buyers. When they buy, they see a “free gift” message, with two links to the author’s landing page. This is a simple and hugely effective technique.
But that’s not all. Use Amazon’s “Look Inside” and “Download a Sample” features to give readers a free report. Add a call to action on page 4 of your eBook (the last page in the preview) and link this back to your landing page or blog. Every 30 previews send about 10 visitors to your blog.
If your book is free, expect 1000+ visitors to your blog in about 7 days or close to 6500 visitors per month. Free downloads make your eBook rank higher and attract the attention of your target audience. Chris Guthrie’s book “How to Make Money as an Amazon Affiliate” got 3,500 free downloads in 48 hours, and climbed to #1 in its category.
Strategy #3: Long-tail Keyword Domination
Even before Google first rolled out their Panda update in 2011, long tail keywords were a major traffic driver. Since then, it’s been even easier to dominate Google, drive organic traffic to your blog and build a profitable business.
Search Engine Journal recorded a 78% increase in organic traffic after optimizing naturally for long-tail keywords.
The question is: how do you identify long tail key phrases with minimal or low competition? Is it even possible to find long-tail keywords that virtually no one is targeting?
Yes it is!
But you need to research extensively and create lengthy, useful content with our long-tail keywords front and center. Do that and you will not only funnel targeted traffic to your blog, but also build a sustainable, enduring community around your ideas – in other words, an evergreen audience. 🙂
What do long-tail keywords show you? Long tail keywords are great because:
- They reveal searcher intent. If someone types “buy golf bag online” you know what they are looking for.
- They tell you how to structure your content so that it can solve the searcher’s problem. If someone isn’t interested in buying, there’s nothing in it for you. If they are, you can focus on product features and benefits in your content to deliver what they want.
- They help you meet a specific need.
There are 3 steps to dominating Google’s top 10 with long tail keywords.
- Step #1: Google Autosuggest
- Step #2: Google Keyword Planner
- Step #3: Write
Strategy #4: Guest blogging
Guest blogging helps you gain traffic, get in front of your audience, and boost your SEO ranking in a cost-effective way.
It helps you gain traffic because you’re able to get in front of a large and relevant audience—If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Plus, you establish credibility and authority by providing a valuable article and being shown on a reputable site. Once you provide value, these readers will go to your site.
If you read enough blogs in your industry (which you should), these will be the names you see over and over writing content for others.
Read more: Major Benefits of Guest Blogging?
Strategy #5: Share your content on social media
It should be the first place you send your new post.
Social networks are also a way to get traffic for free. If you are popular on networks, such as Twitter or Facebook, the traffic you get from there can easily surpass the traffic from Google and the other search engines. It is true that building a large network of targeted followers on Twitter and supporters on Facebook takes a lot of time and effort but generally the result is worth.
Social bookmarking sites (especially the most popular among them) are another powerful way to get traffic for free. If you want to learn how to do it, check the How to get Traffic from Social Bookmarking sites article, where I have explained what to do if you want to get free traffic from sites such as Digg, Delicious, etc.
Strategy #6: Forum Posting
URLs in forum signatures are also a way to get traffic for free. There are forums, which get millions of visitors a day and if you are a popular user on such a forum, you can use this to get traffic to your site. When you post on forums and people like your posts, they tend to click the link to your site on your signature to learn more about you. In rare cases you might be able to post a deep link (i.e. a link to an internal page of the site) rather than a link to your homepage and this is also a way to focus attention to a particular page. Unfortunately, deep links are rarely allowed.
Strategy #7: Blog Commenting
First off, commenting on blogs is quite possibly the most overlooked method for building blog traffic – mostly because people suck at making quality, meaningful conversation with strangers. However, blog commenting is a quality method for building traffic that also happens to be free – can’t argue with that!
Blog commenting, NOT spamming
Let’s back up for a moment – I’m not talking about dropping a link out of the blue or spamming the blog owner with a “nice post – thank you” comment… those aren’t relevant, nor will they get you anywhere.
I’m talking about leaving a quality, helpful comment that intrigues the blog owner and their readers, making them want to learn more about you – which means you need to give other readers a reason (in your comment) to learn more about you.
Effective blog comment marketing
There are two golden rules to blog commenting:
(1) Always write a quality comment – meaning, if you don’t have something meaningful to add to the discussion, don’t leave a comment.
(2) Only drop a link where appropriate – don’t spam, no matter how tempting it may be; it will backfire on you. While not a golden rule, perhaps, it is important – if you leave a link, don’t just give your blog’s URL – instead, link to a relevant post of your own that contributes to the original post and discussion… that relevancy is key.
Real life scenario: Blog commenting done right
Here’s a great example of someone who has done it right:
For starters, Mr. Miller goes into some detail, offering unique perspective relevant to the original post while also letting readers know about him and his relevancy to the topic. By sharing his own experience, he displays his own expertise in the search field, earning my attention and drawing me to learn more about him… so much so that I clicked on his Moz profile and now follow him on Twitter.
This is how it works… and did I mention that it’s free?
Read more: High PR DoFollow Blogs List For Comments
Strategy #8: Email Traffic Generation
In 2013, Redicati revealed that there are over 3.6 billion email accounts worldwide, and more than 247 million emails are sent every day. Email experts also claim that on average, for every $1 you spend on email marketing, you’re going to make up to $42 back.
Building an elite email list is the first step of email marketing. If you have a blog with useful & valuable content, it’s the best way to build an email list. Use a plugin like Thrive Leads and place opt-in forms in multiple opt-in places on your site.
Let’s say you email a link to a new blog post to your 1,000 email subscribers. 20%, or 200 of them, click on the link. Of those 200, a dozen or so share it with their friends on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and so on, sending you another 100 visitors.
That’s 300 visitors from one email. You can also repeat the process as many times as you like. Publish three great blog posts per week, and you get yourself 900 visitors a week, easy as pie.
That’s why building an email list is so important. It’s traffic on demand.
It’s so important, in fact, that increasing the size of your email list should be more of a priority than just getting traffic. So, put up an email subscription box your site, pronto, preferably with a nice, juicy incentive to make joining your list irresistible.
Strategy #9: Link Building
Another way to get traffic for free is from other sites in your niche. Getting links with other sites in your niche is also good for SEO, especially if you manage to get links without the famous nofollow attribute. But even if the links are nofollow (i.e. they are useless for SEO), they still help to get traffic to your site. If you manage to put your link in a visible place on a site with high volumes of traffic, you can get thousands of hits from this link alone. If you need list of sites within your niche where you could get backlinks from, check the Backlink Builder tool. However, be careful if you exchange links because linking to bad neighbors can do you a lot of harm.
Strategy #10: Content Marketing
Marketers are investing more into content marketing than ever before – but just like them, you want to make sure that you get the best ROI.
Brands like Coca Cola changed their marketing focus from creative excellence to content excellence. Other companies like Red Bull took this revolution seriously and created a 150 person publishing company hidden somewhere in the mountains of Austria. The drink company is becoming a media company.
Content marketing was supercharged by fast growing social networks that made content flow with little friction. Bloggers now could get attention by building tribes on social networks.
Strategy #11: Youtube
YouTube is the second largest search engine on the Web, processing more than 3 billion searches a month. To put this in perspective, it’s bigger than Yahoo, Bing, Ask, and AOL combined and should not be ignored.
In my experience, the best performing videos for many e-commerce websites are how-tos and tutorials. Niche videos can drive tons of traffic.
I bet you’ve never heard of the Honda Ruckus – it’s a small scooter. If you have a Honda repair shop, you might want to consider producing a video on how to change the oil – this one has generated more than 35,000 views.
Check out Brian dean’s post on 5 Advanced YouTube SEO Tactics to Drive More Traffic to Your Videos & Website.
How much time does it take to get 1000+ visitors per day?
It depends on your niche. We can divide any blog into two categories;
- niche that needs less updates (viz SEO/SEM, IM, Web design blogs)
- niche that needs frequent updates (viz technology, news, entertainment etc.)
What’s your niche? Type 1 or 2?
For type 2 blogs: if you’re really consistent in providing quality stuff, it won’t take more than 4-5 months to hit the magic number. Type 1 blogs take much time than 2 (to reach 1,000+ visitors mark).
You know the reason. The more updates, the more traffic.
One more step you can’t skip is to making your site responsive. If your site is not mobile responsive yet, consider using a free plugin like WP Touch. According to a recent survey conducted by QuickSprout over 50% of people are now using smart phones or tablets to browse online information. If your blog is not mobile responsive, you are losing them!
Building traffic to a website is a vast topic and it is not possible to list all the ways to do it. However, if you know the most important ways – i.e. the ways we discussed in this article and you apply them properly, it is guaranteed that you will be able to get lots of traffic for free.
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