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How To Get Over 50,000 Visits to Your Blog in the First Month

Note from Caleb: A few weeks back I got an email from a reader of Think Traffic that said, “I launched a new blog one month ago, started out with a specific growth strategy in mind, and got over 50k visitors in the first month.”

You could say he piqued my interest a bit. 

That reader was Peep Laja of ConversionXL. He used a simple formula to attract visits to his site and used a launch plan instead of just “getting it out there”. Read on to find out why he spent eight hours on each post and how he was able to get over 40,000 uniques to his site in month number one.

Take it away Peep.


I launched ConversionXL on October 31st when I published my first public post, on pricing experiments.

One month later, these were my stats:

In addition to this traffic, I got 600 RSS subscribers, a double opt-in email list of 700 and a bunch of new Twitter followers. Not bad for the first month.

Here were the strategies I followed to achieve this.

Write Long, Thorough Posts

Research into which blog posts are most linked to said this:

  • They’re long: between 2700 – 3000 words
  • Extra visual content attracts extra links: posts with videos, images, and lists will attract almost 6 times more links than a plain text post.

Neil Patel says you should write detailed how-to posts with proof and convey authority to ensure blog post popularity. Check.

My first strategic decision was to only write long, well-researched posts with lots of links to sources and great visuals. In order to make reading of these long posts a good experience, I focused on readability.

  • Font size 16px, since that is what our browsers were made for. That size font on a webpage is equivalent to the way text appears in an average paper book.
  • Line height 24px to ensure enough white space.
  • I use Georgia font because its beautiful and especially designed for computer screens. People who say serif fonts are harder to read are just ignorant. All standard web fonts are pretty much equal.
  • New paragraph every 4-5 lines. Empty line between paragraphs. Lots of sub-headlines.

Corbett says ‘write epic shit‘. There is no way around it. You won’t hit the jackpot every single time, but you should aim to.

Look at the traction some of the posts got (with no pre-existing audience, no relationships, no name recognition):

Okay, but what about user feedback?

I’ve blogged since 2008 and I’ve never gotten such amazing feedback in this short amount of time.

Either comments on the blog like this:

Or people mentioning the blog on Twitter:

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, writing long, thorough blog posts would be it.

Distribute Your Content

No epic content will help you if you don’t help the distribution along. People will not find your content by accident or via search if the site is new – lots of case studies show this.

I had 2 key strategies I followed in distribution.

1. Social sharing

Have you read Zarella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness? You should. It demystifies social sharing of content and dispels a lot of myths with real data.

The hierarchy of contagiousness itself is this:

  1. A person must be exposed to your content to ever have a chance of spreading it. This means they have to be following you on Twitter, fans of your page on Facebook, on your email list, etc.
  2. The person must become aware of your specific piece of content before they can spread it. They have to read your Tweet or open your email.
  3. That person must be motivated by something (generally in the content itself) to want to share it with their contacts.

I followed the model to make sure my content spreads.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Since I only had like 2000 followers on Twitter, I needed additional channels to get more people exposed to my content and share it. In addition to sharing the posts on my Twitter and FB account, I submitted every post of mine to Reddit, StumbleUpon, and Hacker News. You can only do so much to spread the word yourself, the content has to be able to carry its own weight. A ton of influencers picked up my blog posts either from these channels directly or via someone else spreading the word, bringing in even more traffic.
  2. Some people saw my posts, read them and because they were really good, they voted for my stories. That made even more people aware of the content and the content kept spreading.
  3. Because I worked my butt off to write really useful posts (6 to 8 hours per post), they offered a lot of value and therefore people were motivated to share them.

At the same time I made sure I was actively turning the visitors into subscribers – I added social sharing buttons to all the blog posts, invited the readers to follow me on Twitter, join my email list or subscribe to the rss feed. Oh yeah – 85% of the email subscribers joined via popup. People might hate them, but they sure are effective.

Content is definitely the key to getting spread in social media. Yes, writing these thorough posts is hard work and finding 8 hrs to write a blog post can be tough. But I think John Jantsch said it best:

The secret to success is to be willing to do the things that others aren’t and be prepared to do them for a really long time.

Most people keep on writing those 300 – 500 word personal opinion articles. Fine for them. Great for you. You know better.

2. Names, names, names

Both of the following statements are true:

  • The sweetest sound to anyone’s ears is the sound of their own name.
  • Entrepreneurs, bloggers and tweeters have (really) big egos.

I don’t remember which book I read this from, but there was a case study of a local newspaper that keeps on growing even when the rest of the industry is going downhill. Their secret? Naming names. They make sure they can add as many names (mentioned in articles, social events commentary, etc) to every newspaper as possible – people want to find their name (or that of their close friend / family member) in the paper and hence they keep buying it. Brilliant.

I decided to use the same tactic and I’d say it’s been a success. I make sure I reference and link to a ton of people and companies in my posts, and then I’ll let them know about it either over email or Twitter. Perhaps half the time they mention my blog post on their Twitter account, on their blog or they’ll just find out about me and start following my blog or Twitter.

The best strategies are the ones you actually follow.

What I’ve described here is not rocket science. Allocate time and start doing it. It’s more fun than you think.

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  • http://www.conspicuousleisure.com Eric

    This is so, so killer.

    I can definitely confirm the strategy outlined in “Names, names, names” has worked well on my much smaller scale.

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Thanks Eric. Glad to hear the names strategy works across sizes and niches.

      • http://www.foundora.com Akram Quraishi

        Hey Peep,
        I guess you’ve read the names strategy in the Book “Made to Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath.

        It worked really well for us too. When ever we shared a blog post on twitter, We try to add the twitter handle of the author of the post in the tweet. That helped us connect with a lot of influencerson.

  • http://www.sparringmind.com/ Gregory Ciotti

    Good stuff, especially liked your take on what kind of content get linked too, I’ve been following a similar publishing strategy and it’s been working, just nice to see some confirmation from another blogger doing the same thing.

    I 100% agree on names too, if you are going to discuss strategy, include a specific example from a big name and they will almost always share it.

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Yeah, the 3000-word post thing works like a charm.

      I’ve found that the smaller the guy you mention in the post, the more likely they are to share it. Big guys might take it for granted.

  • http://www.dearbusiness.com Marketing Articles

    Thanks for this great post on how to get huge traffic.I will try to follow your advice

  • http://www.WriteaBookandBookMoreBusiness.com Angela Artemis/WriteABook

    Peep,
    Thanks so much for sharing all your research. I had been writing longer posts but, thought my readers preferred shorter ones so I shortened them. I’m going to go back to the longer posts and see how this translates to subscribers.
    Happy holidays to you,
    Angela

    • http://gamer-lifestyle.com Johnn Four

      @Angela – I was mulling the same thing over as I read this post.

      A theory might be that those who stick around to read the full posts are more engaged with you, for various reasons.

      So, though we might not see a gain in aggregate stats (subscribers, visits) those who do end up sticking around are more valuable.

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Hey Angela

      What people say and what they really think or do are different. Some people might like short ones better, but the main point here was about getting incoming links, mentions on Twitter etc.

      If the 3000+ word post is all the way useful, I think it will rock better than short ones, gets more links and shared on social media.

    • http://website-in-a-weekend.net/ Dave Doolin

      Angela, I’ve generally stayed with the longer posts, even when it was going against the grain. It just suits my style to weight in around 1200 words for “light” material, 1500-3000 for consequential material.

      I’ve never understood why people beef about content. It’s not like anyone’s holding a gun to their head and screaming “You Must Read Every Word!!!” Just click away already, sheesh.

  • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    absolutely loved the advice Peep, and thanks for introducing him to us C. long and thorough posts have certainly given my blog a boost. nearly 6,000 RSS subscribers in just about a year – something that has far exceeded my expectations

    great tip on names. sounds common sense, but i surely haven’t been able to follow as well as i should. you are right that “The Best Strategies Are the Ones You Actually Follow” – indeed

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Hey Sunil. Good to hear long posts are working for you too.

      Yup – nothing more useless than a great strategy you never executed!

  • http://khojy.com Santu Mahapatra

    Hi Peep,

    Thanks for the incredible stuff you have put together in a single blog post. Just subscribed to your blog. You really have great condensed information on every post of your blog.

    I get most of my visitors through Social Sharing and I try my best to use Corbett’s advice to make every post “epic”.

    And I really like the quote :
    “The secret to success is to be willing to do the things that others aren’t and be prepared to do them for a really long time.”

    Great to meet you, Peep. :)

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Great to meet you too, Santu – and thank you.

  • http://www.paulovsk.com Paulo

    Really thank you for that.
    Good stuff.

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      And thank you!

  • http://ensojourney.com/ Alejandro Reyes

    Truly interesting article, it seems like I need to beef up a lot more my articles, even when they are 1000+ words. I will give it a try, it’s a good idea indeed.
    I also can back up the naming names strategy, since list post of bloggers get spread around real fast, it’s a good technique that you should try once in a while. it’s a lot of fun too.
    Thanks for the great post!

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Thanks Alejandro.

      I bet you can name names in every single post. It doesn’t need to be a list of blogger or anything like that, but just bring examples and link to people / websites in the example. I do it in every single post.

  • http://optima-lifestyle.com Cristina Ansbjerg

    I love this post. Writing long posts is definitely less common every day.
    I also agree about font size. Whenever I see a blog written in 12px I hit close. I can hardly read it without zooming in.

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Same here! Sometimes I come across 10px font sizes and I’m always like Aaargh! Get me outta here!

  • http://carefulcents.com Carrie – Careful Cents

    This is a really inspiring post. Peep shares some simple tips but if you just APPLY them they can have a dramatic and effective impact. For a newbie blogger like me, this is valuable information. I’m a big believer in getting to the point and not rambling on in my posts, so they tend to be shorter. But now I want to keep my same style in mind, but be EXTRA thorough. I will take the advice to write longer posts, but keep my voice intact.

    This is great advice and my mind is already spinning ways on how I can apply it to my writing. Awesome, thanks for sharing your story Peep!

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Thanks!

      Approach writing long posts like doing research and publishing your findings. It’s essential that all those 3000 words is interesting stuff, nobody wants to read ramblings (unless it’s really eloquent;)

  • http://www.findingmyfitness.com Jason

    I like the “names” idea. I’m working on a “31 Top” post for January 1, an idea I got from Mary Jaksch, and she said she contacted each one she linked to as well. I wasn’t going to, because it seems silly to me, but since you mention it too, I’m going to do it.

    Thanks for the insight!
    -jason

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Go for it and let us know the results!

  • http://www.thepickupdiary.com Steve Wells @ How to Pick up a Girl

    Interesting! Long posts and using references – gotta try it. Social sharing can be huge – especially stumbleupon (last month it gave me more than 50,000 visitors). Thanks for sharing. However, you have to weigh up tje pros and cons of spending 6-8 hours per post (provided you have the time).

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Anything worth doing is worth doing well is my approach.

      Better put your energy and effort into a long, thorough 8 hour post than five mediocre 400 word articles nobody will share. There are millions of bloggers out there, standing out with extra useful content is essential and a requirement for being linked to and shared on social media.

  • http://www.netbizinfoguide.com Chris @ NetBizInfoGuide

    You really got to love what you do in order to write a long post with a breeze :)

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Even if you love it, it’s no breeze, but hard work (that you don’t mind since you love it). Takes me like 6 to 8 hrs to craft one.

  • http://marketingwithsergio.com Sergio Felix

    Wow I’m literally BLOWN AWAY by this.

    I want to assume that Peep Laja was not new in the driving traffic game, right?

    The numbers are totally radical, really going to check this out a lot further.

    Thanks for sharing this, absolutely insane information!

    Sergio

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      I’m glad you found it useful, Sergio.

      I’ve been around some;), but this was the first time I started a new blog with a specific strategy in mind.

  • http://marketingwithsergio.com Sergio Felix

    Oh I forgot to say, the StumbleUpon link has a typo as it is not redirecting properly.

    • http://www.pocketchanged.com Caleb Wojcik

      Thanks Sergio, I’ve updated the link.

  • http://www.travel-outback-australia.com/ Amanda

    Hi Peep,

    This is an incredible post. It’s kind of like an early Christmas present!
    I’ve been writing 1000-1200 word posts, but this takes posting to the stratosphere – yes, I’m with Corbett on ‘writing epic shit’. It works. So now I’ll have to test out the 3000 word behemoth. I wonder if it will scale to a travel niche, though?

    I am going to check out ‘Hierarchy of Contagiousness’ – so thanks for sharing that one, too.

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Great, Amanda!

      I think if you write how-to posts, getting up to 3000 words is not really difficult. Use a ton of imagery and videos as well – huge chunk of pure text can put people off. Good think visuals are easy in the travel niche.

  • Shane

    Hey Peep,

    Awesome story and congrats on the growth. I agree with your strategies in terms of quality, etc. but the one thing here I am not totally inline with is the statement about personal opinion posts.

    Take a look at the bloggess. Jenny Lawson gets between 300-700 comments per post and some have upwards of 3,550 comments. Her blog is all personal opinion.

    She is a real blogger that connects without business crap and jargon….it’s personal and people connect emotionally. She is also making a nice living off her stuff without even selling information.

    So I really think it matters how you engage and it does not always take smashing headlines or how-to posts….it does, however, take having a personality and creating an emotional connection. But again, this is all very subjective in nature and what works for some doesn’t work for others.

    Thanks for the awesome work you do as well.

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Hey Shane

      Yeah, I didn’t mean that you shouldn’t put personality in the posts and have opinions – you definitely should. My main point was that write thorough, useful how-to posts that are back by solid research rather than your idea of what works.

      For instance, if I say long blog posts are get more links, it’s far more credible to link to a research stating that rather than stating this is what I happen to believe (“I don’t have the facts to back this up, but..”).

      Naturally this can be different depending on the niche. Relationships, mommy-stuff and “my daily life” are very different genres from say business or fitness, where research matters.

      Jenny Lawson has been in this game for a long time, 4-5 years right? It’s a huge time to build an audience.

  • http://easyfastseo.com Easy Fast SEO

    Nice article. Btw, the word is “piqued”.

    • http://www.pocketchanged.com Caleb Wojcik

      Didn’t know it was the French word piqued. Thanks!

  • http://www.janar.ee Janar Eit

    It’s great to see Peep how your dedication pays off. Really glad for your success!

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Thanks Janar.

  • http://themarketersapprentice.com Jenn Lawlor

    Hey Peep:

    Congratulations on your success! And thanks for sharing your story.

    This article is a good example of your content—well written, solid content, and visually engaging.

    It’s always interesting to hear pop up metrics. 85% of your subscribers coming from the pop up speaks for itself :)

    Good reminder to name drop while writing epic posts.

    Thanks again!

    Jenn

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Thanks Jenn.

      Yeah weird about the popups, right? Wouldn’t have believed myself!

      Good luck with name dropping.

  • http://www.the99percenteconomy.com/ 99% Economy

    Great tips here, Peep! With a new baby in the house, I’ve been writing mostly shorter posts lately, but this may be the kick in the rear I need to get back to writing longer ones. Thanks. :)

    I like your tips about names, too. I’ve definitely noticed that blog posts where I “name names” tend to get picked up more quickly and widely by social media than those that don’t.

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      I’ve got a pretty new baby in the house myself :) Give it a try!

  • http://www.marcussortijas.com Marcus

    Man, this is so inspiring. I love it when I discover a blog post that really nails a topic and explains it in depth. One of the main points I took away from your post was to make your posts “multimedia.” Don’t just have text. Embed videos, have pictures, link to other useful articles, etc. In fact, these are the elements that give blog posts such a big advantage over printed media.

    By the way, that “names, names, names” strategy might have come from “Made to Stick” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. It’s really great as a follow-up read to “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell. While Gladwell talks about how ideas spread, the Heath brothers explain what makes ideas stick.

    In “Made to Stick” they use a case study of the Dunn Daily Record, a newspaper in Dunn, North Carolina. When the editor was asked why his newspaper was successful, he answered, “It’s because of three things: names, names, and names.”

    That strategy of promoting others reminded me of a lesson I learned from a music business entrepreneur. She said, “You have to give to get.” The more you help people, the more you make them look good, the more you get in return. You don’t have to make explicit demands, and you can trust that karma will reward you in the end.

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Yes, “Made to Stick” was it! Thanks!

      I am a firm believer in the post karma myself!

  • http://www.blogging24h.com Trung Nguyen

    So impressive, I can’t believe if I didn’t read this article – 50,000 visitor in the first month publishing a blog – thanks a lot for share.

  • http://livewithoutajob.com Danielle McGaw

    Great post. This is exactly the strategy that I am planning on implementing in the new year.

  • http://website-in-a-weekend.net/ Dave Doolin

    I totally agree about serif fonts, and use Minion Pro for my main body text.

    I’ve found the line spacing/height, paragraph spacing, even kerning all affect readability, but the precise values depend not only on the font, but the size at which that font is rendered.

  • Eugene N

    Great post. The part about naming names and then letting people know about it was great. And I’m pretty sure the book you’re referring to is made to stick.

  • http://www.lifestoogood.net Alan Chatfield

    Very Impressive Peep & thanks for sharing this,

    One other thing which really counts in my view is having a good ‘voice’ in the way you put forward your content – reading the above you clearly have, I don’t know about others reading this, but the way you write comes across like gentle advice from a friend – perfect!

    The even better news is that this way should be even easier to write (as opposed to worrying about using clever words or having perfect grammar – not that there’s anything wrong with your grammar ;-))

    I’m going to be checking out your sites thanks too really enjoying reading this (sorry I know this is the kind of thing a lot of spammers say ‘Great Post’ and ‘I’m going to Bookmark your site’ but it’s true in my case),

    thanks again,

    take care & have a great XMas!
    Alan

  • http://lifestoogood.net/promise-yourself-a-happy-stress-free-christmas/ Alan Chatfield

    Doh! As if to prove you don’t need good grammar…

    obviously I meant to say: ‘…thanks to really enjoying reading this…’

    take care,
    Alan

  • http://goldeagles.blogspot.com Joe@goldeagles

    Thank you Peep for sharing your story, and advice and tips there. You can already see how most people are surprised at the finding of long posts getting linked to more. When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense, if those longer posts contain a lot of helpful information that people want to share even on their own without directly being asked to.

  • http://www.infobarrel.com/The_Ultimate_Infobarrel_Publishing_Guide_Everything_You_Ever_Wanted_To_Know Anthony

    I think is has been one of the best articles I have read in a long time. Thanks so much for the information. It lead me to write and article called the Ultimate Infobarrel Guide. My name is the link so if you want to check it out, I would appreciate everyones feedback.

    I have never written anything so epic before and now that I have done it I am happy I did and sad it is on another site. But, I am excited about the experience and I hope everyone can use the information.

    I make a decent amount of money online but nothing like the big boys. I hope that this is the element I was missing. Thanks again Caleb and Peep for putting this together.

  • http://skepticalempiricism.com ben sima

    “I don’t remember which book I read this from, but there was a case study of a local newspaper that keeps on growing even when the rest of the industry is going downhill. Their secret? Naming names.”

    the book was _Made to Stick_ by Chip and Dan Heath

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  • http://www.smallbusinessunleashed.com/ Chris Green

    I’ve been a bit naughty towards the end of the year and I didn’t write the level of content that I could have done. I’ll be honest with you … people didn’t sign up to the site half as much as they did when the posts were longer and deeper in the content.

    So thanks for the awesome post and awesome reminder that we need to be servants with our blog posts and put the best out there that we have to give!!

  • http://www.naturalremediesalternative.com Bob Gill

    I like it. Most of us have been told not to make your posts too long, so it’s refreshing to hear about the success someone is getting with really long posts. Time to experiment myself, then!

    Thanks for the tips – and inspiration!

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  • Mark

    Thanks a lot for sharing those awesome traffic’s tips. Traffic is king Seo is the Queen.

    Best Regards,
    TheMoneyMakingNetwork

  • http://willkwan.com Will Kwan

    Awesome! I’m a new blogger and this post really changed my perspectives. 3000 words sounds daunting, but I guess hard work pays off.

  • http://Ledershiphacking.com Robert

    Thank you for this post. I liked hearing that you longer posts do well. Everything that I have read till now says limit posts to 500 words. I’ve felt this keeps my posts from going into the depth of what I writing about.

  • http://asxguru.com.au/ Tom

    A very useful post and useful site.

    Tanks!

  • http://jbdcolley.com John Colley

    Caleb
    Thanks for these really helpful suggestions and thoughts.
    A question: when you say you submitted your blog posts to reddit etc, did you spin them or is Google’s aversion to duplicate content not relevant here?
    I have hesitated to distribute my posts in this way and may follow your advice but would like to know your view on duplicate content
    Best regards and Happy New Year
    John, The Six Minute Strategist

    • http://conversionxl.com Peep

      Hey John

      I only wrote original articles, hence duplicate content is never an issue.

      What I submitted to those sites was the link to the article on my site. Spinning articles is a waste of time, success isn’t in gaming in the system nor in shortcuts.

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  • http://wordpress-websitebuilder.com/ mitz

    I agree about the long posts! I wrote an article that mentioned writing 100 x 1,000 word articles to start a blog off and an overwhelming amount of bloggers said that 1,000 words was too much. Nuts I say!

    I make all of my money from long posts that cover the information fully, along with video or images. This is the only way I like to write. I also shoot for the best every time. Sometimes I come up with a post that supplies me with sales for years to come!

  • http://www.bizbuildingtoday.com/2012/01/blog-engage-contest.html Mike Cleveland

    Peep,

    talk about great timing. I had just decide a this week to work more quality than quantity of the number blog posts. You just confirm to me what I’ve thinking. I just got off the phone today telling someone this. I am really excite about things to come.

  • http://blogntips.info Anwar

    Peep, I must say that after reading this post I was like “wow” why haven’t I thought of implementing such a technique while my instinct told me to do so. Anyway, I should stop doing the same traditional style of working and start working on such a powerful method. Thanks a lot for waking me up. Killer strategy.

  • http://www.nichesense.com Anshul

    Hey Peep, would be interested to know how long you spend writing an “epic” article.

    I normally post around 500-600 words every 2-3 days which takes about 1-2 hours max but was curious to know how much time normalt spend writing a great big article.

    • http://www.jamienorthrup.com Jamie Northrup

      In the post he mentions 6-8 hours.

      My posts are normally 300-500 words, looks like I gotta work harder!

  • http://downppt.com/ manoj kotak

    Really researched blog post. I had an impression that on line readers may not have patience there fore I should keep the material short and simple.But I you gave got the right point as far as length is concerned. I do agree about tne images and graphics importance.You have also made the right point about font size and line heights.

  • http://iphonecentral.dk klaus

    thanks for a great post.

    Really impressive with so many visitors after one month. my posts are usually about 400 words. but I’ll try with a much longer post and with names you mention, I will surely try to come.

  • http://www.northwestworkwear.co.uk Personalised Workwear

    “The secret to success is to be willing to do the things that others aren’t and be prepared to do them for a really long time.”

    Interesting quote. Kind of makes me think I should be doing more for my SEO campaigns.

    Thanks for this article it makes a brilliant read.

  • http://www.neilhorton.com TheGreenovator

    The nice thing about long posts is that google loves them. I wrote a 3000 plus word front page for one of my blogs and made it to the first page of Google in a couple of days.

  • http://www.old-fashion-recipe.com MaryO

    What an awesome article! Thank you Peep, for reminding me of something I had forgotten. That is to call out folks names. Not because it helps you, but because it is the right thing to do! I know helping others, help you! You have just helped ME! :0)

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  • http://popcred.net Alison Moore Smith

    Just saw this post linked in Kristi’s Fetching Friday. This is going on the must-read for my blogging clients.

    Great info and advice, Peep.

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  • http://www.menslifestyleblog.com mike

    somehow i think this is very misleading. even if the post is 2700 or 3000 words long, it still has to be QUALITY. so now we are going to see a sudden surge in long, pointless and meandering posts. the only thing that you are really doing with posts so long is hitting long tail keywords you didnt even plan to just because of the sheer length of the article. and that must go a fair distance to getting traffic like that, presuming you have like 20 posts of that length. LENGTH doesnt make them more shareable!

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  • http://iaffiliatemarketingtips.com/ Karun

    I like your style of writing and it is true doing things that others aren’t consistently will definitely get us what other’s aren’t getting.

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    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

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  • http://thisthatandthemba.com Christopher @ This That and The MBA

    This is great information. Being a new blogger like myself looking to get my feet on the ground and start running these tips were invaluable. I am currently looking for ways to get people in the door. I know once they are in the door, I believe my content can keep them in the door…!! Thanks!!!

    Christopher

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  • http://www.themodernyou.com Matthew De Feo

    I was really impressed by this post. Not only does it do a lot of name dropping but it also provides useful links and useful content – which as we all know is difficult to find.

    Though I would love to see a post related to writing an ‘epic article’ with more of a formula approach for us analytical people. Just a thought.

    -Matthew
    TheModernYou.com

  • http://www.jamjee.com Jamjee

    Hello Peep, interesting name :) Well all the things you have mentioned in your article to increase traffic are great. You have phrased the article in an easy manner for everyone to understand rather then those typical optimized type of articles. Thanks. I am subscribing.

  • http://www.paveyourlife.com John

    Hi Peep!

    Quick question, how many times per week did you write these epic length posts?

    Thank you so so much for your knowledge

    Best,
    John Wade

  • http://www.lotusartichoke.com Justin P. Moore

    Peep,
    Thanks for the insights and ideas. After reading your post I’m more comfortable with the amount of time I spend writing posts. So many online writers are focusing on quantity and speed, but not really quality and articulation. It’s also interesting this balance between succinctness and decent-length. This is also the second or third time I’ve heard about The Hierarchy of Contagiousness and exposure-awareness-motivation and I plan to look more into it. Also, I think you’ve convinced me to invest some time and effort into StumbleUpon, too. I’m still figuring out which social networking platforms to focus my main exposure efforts on, but have a few more to dedicate 20% of my attention to as well. Good ol’ 80/20. Thanks- Justin

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  • http://theparttimeentrepreneur.com Ernie

    Very interesting. Maybe someone mentioned this before but when you said you only had 2000 Twitter followers I thought that was funny. I say that because I only have like 70. Ugh.
    Writing the long posts ins’t a problem. I think I talk too much anyway so I guess it works for me in this situation. Thanks for all the great information. Can’t wait to apply it and see what happens.

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  • http://confidencecues.com Rob Leonardo

    This is truly awesome. I can see the way Peep writes from this post! “name names” seems true. I have a personal blog that continues to get traffic because of the links I got from some establishments I mentioned and traffic keeps going- just as if when I was actively posting in that blog months ago.

    I want 50k uniques! Reality bites. That’s hard work!

  • http://www.bloggomat.net George DeLion

    Good to know. I was just thinking if people really like to read long posts or better short once. Quality is no 1 i know but that it can be long is interesting. Thanks for this one. Hard work but it pays off in the long run.

  • http://www.kamov.net Toni

    One of the best post about content writing that I ever read. 6-8 hours per post? Wow

  • http://earnmoneyonlinephilippines.com/ Malds Menzon

    Loved this. Just changed my font size and spacing coz I read this lol. I agree with the really long posts and super informative content strategy. Epic shit really does sell itself. The really long posts I write seem to be the ones that get shared a lot. I’m always delighted to see even just one more like or share when I check on my blog.

    I used to split my posts as well like some of the other commenters. I did it for the whole SEO thing about posting regularly. Figured if I could splite one post into two or three, I’d be set for the week lol. Will have to change my strategy it seems.

  • http://DecoratedLife.com christine

    Hey Peep
    just read this amazing post and wanted to ask, do you think the same applies all niches. I’m in the decorating niche so have been sticking to less words and more photos. What do you recommend – especially after penguin and panda? I noticed this post is almost a year old.

    Thanks

    Christine

  • http://www.thingsmykidsaskme.com Loz James

    Hey Peep

    This is a great post but having blogged myself in various forms over the last year or so, your content must be truly exceptional in order to achieve the heights you did through the distribution channels you mention.

    50,000 visits in the first month for a new blog is absolutely incredible, and it shows how value packed your content is. However, from my side I don’t really get a handle on how good (or bad) my stuff is until I see the reaction to it – and then I can emulate any successes I get.

    Sometimes, even very good quality content doesn’t suffice – when only exceptional will do. But who can hit a home run every time!

    Cheers

    Loz :-)

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  • http://hightrafficacademyzone.com/ David Oriol

    Thanks Buddy these great information you sharing with all of us

  • http://www.online-schaatsen.nl Bob

    Wow, 50k is a lot of traffic for your first month. Thanks for sharing some insights, I really like your point of view on using specific font sizes and paragraph lengths.

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  • http://cashflowgenerating.blogspot.com Kyle

    Great job on your explanations. I’m just starting out and all this info is helping me immensely. Thank you :) Keep up the good work.

  • http://behgopa.com Miss Kim @ behgopa

    This is so insightful and inspiring. I’ve been blogging for a month and I’ve only got 1,300 page views. It makes me sad!

  • http://livingexcited.com Alexandra

    Amazing article! I’m very new to blogging, and I felt a little bit discouraged by statistics on how most of the bloggers fail to succeed. But this information is not only useful, but also is very inspiring. Hard work does pay off!

  • http://www.techfriki.com Fahad

    Woow!
    I love the strategies that you’ve mentioned. Noted ‘em on my notebook and will follow from now on upon my new blog. Mentioning names in posts really seems to be awesome by looking at your visitors’ stats.
    Thank you so much! I’ve really learned a lot. :)

  • http://www.FastandFuriousCook.com Kurt Jacobson

    Great post! Thanks for the useful tips. I am into my firts 6 months of food blogging and wonder if the longer post would work in that arena? Well I’m not waiting for an answer, I’ll give it a try on a post next week and see what happens. I am committed to this project and love your use of the quote:
    “The secret to success is to be willing to do the things that others aren’t and be prepared to do them for a really long time”.

  • http://launchyourgenius.com Harish

    Hey Peep,
    Thanks a lot for a great post!
    I have been writing what I thought were really long posts…2000 words or more. And not only that, I was/am writing 2-part posts…each 2k or more words each. But I have been doing what Corbett suggested and what you mentioned in your post…try to write write EPIC shit. :)

    And of late, I have been having some doubts about long posts since SO many people are recommending 500 to 700 word posts. But, now I feel reassured. I am very glad to know that the long posts do work! YEA to great content and long posts!

    Thanks for the excellent article!
    Harish

  • Amy Zemser

    I think this is a fantastic article, really fantastic, but again, it’s another website teaching people how to make money online. What I’d really like to see is someone getting massive amounts of traffic on a site that isn’t connected to said industry. What do you think?

  • http://www.productivesuperdad.com/ Timo Kiander

    Hi Peep!

    This sounds like a solid strategy!

    Just wondering … how often you publish a new post on your blog?

    Cheers,
    Timo

  • http://www.InspirationBoost.com JJ Wong

    Totally agree, content is the evergreen way towards great achievement and successful blogging. Write epic contents.

    Thanks for the sharing. :)

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  • http://www.shebuildsabusiness.com Susan Osborne

    This is a fantastic post, thank you. I just wrote a 2,000 word article and submitted it to Reddit after reading your post. Within 20 minutes I literally had over 10 visitors from Reddit.

    Great advice!

    • http://www.shebuildsabusiness.com Susan Osborne

      Revision to my last comment. I submitted my article to Reddit 5 hours ago and have had over 500 visitors to my site in that time frame. Wow! Thanks for this tip :).

    • marten

      Yeah, that’s usually the case.

      But have you checked google analytics or some similar tool?

      Usually you’ll get hundreds of visitors from reddit, but they tend to stay only a couple of seconds… How many out of that “visitors” liked the post, subscribed to your blog etc?

  • http://www.eurotribe.com Zorica

    I am just trying Reddit. And definitely agree with the names strategy!

  • http://Www.investfourmore.com Mark ferguson

    Great article! I have noticed my longer more in depth posts do the best even though a lot of tips say to keep your articles short. My plan to purchase 100 rental properties was a massive post broken down in two articles am it was by far my most popular article besides the HUD home Info I provide.

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    Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence People

    “Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

    Most management books are based in part on this book, if you haven’t read it yet, get it and learn it. Not just if you manage but it’s fantastic for how to interact with people.

    Thanks for the solid advice Peep!

  • http://pinoyathletics.com pinoyathletics

    This has to be one of the best articles i have read on increasing blog traffic. Most advocate 500 words. But it makes alot more sense having 2700-3000 word posts. I often combine my posts into larger posts to try and reach quota.

  • marten

    The big issue is not to get many visitors. If you post every single article to reddit, stumbleupon, pinterest, a couple of discussion forums, etc etc it’s not difficult at all to get 50.000 “visitors” in a month.

    The problem is that the bounce rate tends to be very high. Especially on Reddit. Just post whatever there and you’ll easy get a couple of hundred “visits”. Add a catchy and compelling title and you’ll get even more… But the bounce rate at reddit is usually VERY high…

    I agree that many people must be exposed to your content, before they will subscribe, like it etc… But I don’t want to see bounce rates above 90%.

    Not sure how much bounce rates actually matters to SEO though…

  • http://www.khaurproduction.blogspot.com/ Muhammad Asim

    amazing contents i like that

  • http://ruby.elevatedintel.com Thai Wood

    It looks like Alex’s post about serif fonts and readability is now at: http://alexpoole.info/blog/which-are-more-legible-serif-or-sans-serif-typefaces/

    He also made an updated post in March 2012 found here: http://alexpoole.info/blog/fighting-bad-typography-research/

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  • http://www.guiablogger.com.br Aldenir Araújo

    Congratulations on your success! And thanks for sharing your story.

    This article is a good example of your content—well written, solid content, and visually engaging.

    Thanks again!

    Hello from Brazil!

  • http://www.webenthusiastonline.com/ Ashish Jain

    Really Incredible Post,

    I have just created my blog last month. Now I will apply these strategies for my blog. I have shared this post on twitter and Facebook.

    Thanks Peep and keep up writing killer posts like this.

  • http://blog.selz.com/ Geoff

    Hey Peep, just repeating what many others have said before. Thanks for a great post. Good recommendation about mentioning other people and suggestion about longer posts. Setting myself some deadlines now (helps its Friday afternoon, so I can reward myself with a beer when finished!)

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  • Iza

    Great article :) So many things to learn and some are so obvious :)
    Thanks :D
    Iza

  • http://mybloggingdiary.com Vicky

    Hey, can you share some tips to attract visitors from US, UK to increase adsense revenue. Like what kind of post should we publish on our blog? Reply Asap.
    Thanks

  • http://www.toptechbook.com Santosh Humagain

    Surely gonna try this for my tech blog.
    I had started it a month ago and still the visitors are not satisfactory :(

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  • https://rotalume.com/ Chris Navarre

    Including video content where relevant is such an obvious boon that I completely overlooked today after writing a post about some of the best Youtube channels in the programming category. Of all the things to NOT embed videos in… I went ahead and rectified that one. Thank you.

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