42 Timeless Ideas for Attracting More Visitors to Your Website

The latest social media fads may come and go, but some strategies for attracting an audience online will always be in style.

Here are 42 of my favorite timeless ideas for attracting more visitors to your website. You can bet the farm on these. They’ll be as effective in five years as they are today.

Make Your Content Irresistible

  1. All the promotion in the world won’t build a thriving audience if your content sucks. Truly incredible content, products or services can be your best marketing tool. Everything you do online has to start with creating something incredible.
  2. Don’t be afraid to say what everyone else is thinking but not saying. Other people are probably thinking about it too, and they’ll love you for being brave enough to say something.
  3. Write epic shit.
  4. While you’re at it, make a real case for why the world should actually give a shit about what you have to say.
  5. Put your words in a different format. Go visual. Try creating an infographic or slideshare presentation.
  6. Go big. Write something so incredibly thorough and valuable that people are compelled to share it.
  7. Interview someone exciting. You’ll learn something and the interviewee will probably share your session if you do a great job.
  8. Learn how to create a viral post, and try creating one yourself as many of our readers like MariaBennySteve and Jim have done.
  9. Cut out the fluff. Publish when you have something worthwhile to share, not when your calendar says you’re supposed to publish.
  10. Headlines! Headlines! Headlines! They’re ridiculously important. Enough said. Try these 5 easy tips for writing catchy headlines from Jeff Goins.
  11. Give away your secrets. All of them.

Take Your Show on The Road

  1. Be everywhere (as my friend Pat Flynn likes to say). Make videos, create a podcast, represent on different social media platforms.
  2. Write guest articles for other blogs. This is still one of the most effective and underused strategies for building your own audience. Just do it and stop making excuses. Start with this complete overview of how to land guest posting spots by Glen Allsopp.
  3. Join Help a Reporter Out (HARO). Do a good job and you might just end up on the front page of Yahoo like our friend Jaime Tardy did.

Make Your Case Clear

  1. When someone comes to your site, you have to answer the question they’ll be asking themselves: “why should I spend any time on this site instead of one of the dozens of other sites I already know and love?” You have to answer this question quickly, clearly and compellingly. Your Unique Selling Proposition is the key to making your case. If you don’t have a USP, it’s time to get one. Start with our guide to finding your USP.

Keep Them Coming Back

  1. The best audience is a captive one. Instead of constantly relying on other sources of traffic, create your own by getting your visitors to subscribe for updates from you (focus on email first, social media second).
  2. Directly ask people to subscribe once in a while. Tell ‘em what’s in it for them.
  3. Create special subscriber-only content.
  4. In your welcome email for new subscribers, point them to your social media profiles so they can connect with you in different ways.
  5. Optimize the heck out of your email sign-up offer. Try placing email sign-up boxes in different places (in your header, sidebar, within posts, end of posts or footer). Try changing the wording, button label, call to action and offer. See what works best over time. Just keep the best interests of your audience in mind and don’t do anything you don’t appreciate yourself.

Make it Pretty(ier) and More Functional

  1. Your site’s design matters more than you think. If you have a crappy looking design, you’re missing out because too many of your hard earned visitors are leaving before they read your incredible content.
  2. Design for function. What do you want your site to achieve? You want to hook your visitors and keep them coming back. Design with the end goal in mind.
  3. Use social proof. New visitors are looking for clues about whether your site is worth spending time on. Use validation (in the form of metrics, testimonials, “as seen in” logos, etc.) to reinforce your value.
  4. Make it easy for people to share your content (try using a plugin like Digg Digg, for example).

Play Nice with the Search Engines (SEO)

  1. Optimize your headline and content URL for the search engines. Use the Google Keyword Tool to find popular keywords. Don’t worry about optimizing your content. Write for humans like normal but use keywords in your headline and content URL.
  2. Make sure your site is Google friendly. Offer a sitemap, use an SEO-optimized platform (or plugin) and register for Google Webmaster Tools.
  3. Focus on optimized content instead of link-building for long-term SEO success.
  4. Make your site as fast as possible. Site speed is now a factor in search rankings, and a faster site will keep more people from leaving before your page loads. Consider moving to a faster webhost and leverage caching (if you’re on WordPress try using a caching plugin like Quick Cache).

Borrow What Works

  1. Innovation is important, but using proven formulas is smart and effective. Don’t be afraid to borrow from what you’ve seen work elsewhere. Try to figure out how other sites are bringing in visitors and try their techniques. Don’t copy directly, just tweak things to suit your own needs and audience. (For example, thanks to Chris Brogan for the inspiration for this post)
  2. Your own successes can be borrowed upon as well. Look through your old content and think about your most successful strategies. Reuse what works until it doesn’t work any longer.
  3. Use past behavior to predict future results.

Organize Group Projects

  1. Organize a group writing project. Each blogger writes on a central theme, and each article links to all the others in the series.
  2. Start a social media promotion group. Invite people you respect. Each person can submit content for others in the group to Tweet, Like, etc. only if it’s a good fit. Organize this for free using Google Groups.
  3. Organize a group survey in your niche.

Make a Splash

  1. The best way to rise above the noise of the billions and billions of pieces of content being shared every day is to do something remarkable.
  2. Create a big ambitious group project and invite your readers to participate.
  3. Set a big audacious goal for yourself and report on your progress over the months or years it takes you to get there. Chris Guillebeau is visiting every country in the world by his 35th birthday, for example. That’s a story worth tuning into.

Launch a Product or Service

  1. Did you know that launching a new product or service can actually help grow your audience? It’s true. Launching a product also always leads to tons of interview requests, links from other blogs, partnership inquiries, and a different kind of respect from colleagues. Plus, because your new product will generate revenue, this should be top on your list.
  2. Offer an affiliate program and pay commissions to people who refer customers to your product. Reach out to these affiliates before your launch and offer to help them with content, interviews, webinars or anything else that will help them drive sales. You’ll be getting access to a whole group of customers you wouldn’t have otherwise.

Make Friends in High Places

  1. The most consistent source of highly desirable visitors you can tap into are links for other respected sites in your niche. To attract these links on a regular basis, you need to 1) create remarkable link-worthy content and 2) make friends with other great content creators who could link to you. Just don’t make connecting with people online harder than it actually is.
  2. Link out freely to content you admire and think your audience would appreciate. Linking out is one of the best ways to get noticed and start making friends online. Make sure you include the name of the site or content author you’re linking to increase the chances of the author learning about your link.
  3. Try creating a “follow friday” or “link love wednesday” type of post on a regular basis. It’s a great way to get noticed, make friends and share useful content with your audience.

 

Now, there are two things I’d love you to do.

First, choose three or more of the items on this list. Implement them in the next day or two. Come back here and report on your success.

If you’ve already tried some of these strategies, let us know below which are your favorite.

Next, I’d love to also know, what would you add to this list? What are your favorite timeless ways to attract more visitors to your website or blog?

Tell us below in the comments. And don’t forget to put some of these into practice today. Action is what this is all about, after all.

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  • http://SuccessNexus.com/blog/ Ankesh Kothari

    Thanks Corbett for compiling this awesome list. How I attract more visitors:

    1. By running a site wide affiliate program. Your readers can only promote your salesletter to their audience once in a while. But if you offer a site wide affiliate program, they can share your blog posts if they think your content is awesome. They will still earn the commission when their referrals browse through other pages on your website, and eventually end up buying your products or services. But because they don’t have to hardsell you – and they can promote any single page on your website, they can promote you more frequently.

    2. By writing thank you notes to awesome people. This works really well in connecting with the influential leaders of your industry. Most people send a note only when something breaks down. So you’ll stand out if you send in a decent heart felt thank you note. (Sent one to you too – because I think you are awesome, which was intercepted by Caleb.)

    • Corbett Barr

      Awesome Ankesh, thanks for sharing. Which system do you use to offer the site-wide affiliate program?

      I saw your thank you not today. Thanks so much for the positive feedback. Always appreciated :)

      • http://SuccessNexus.com/blog/ Ankesh Kothari

        I had hired a developer to create a custom site wide affiliate management script for me as there was no solution available on the market that worked well with blogs.

        Some time back, I made a decision to roll the script as an app that others could use too. http://SuccessNexus.com

        Here is a working demo:
        http://successnexus.com/seo-strategy/?u=admin@thinktraffic.net
        (You will receive an email when anyone clicks on the above link, asking you to create an optional username that you can use to replace the email address. Also, if anyone signs up for a SuccessNexus account and upgrades to a paid plan in the future, you will earn 25% commission forever.)

        • Corbett Barr

          Oh cool, thanks for the details.

    • http://outcareyourcompetition.com Jordan J. Caron

      Corbett,

      I just picked up on your blog a few months back but this is my first comment. I wanted to thank you for your wonderful posts and reminding me time and time it again it’s all about writing epic shit!

      Chances are our blogs are not a new idea and we need to stand out. Along with your great posts on blog design and creating a USP, writing epic shit it the easiest way to stand out.

      Nice touch on the personal note Ankesh. I registered my corportations back account a few months back and I had very engaging conversation with my new bank manager.

      After two hours I had to leave but I was impressed by how much he seemed to care for me. Two weeks later I received a hand written thank you note.

      This is old school but I really liked the personal touch. It doesn’t take a lot of effort but it goes such a long ways!

  • http://lilmanIT.com Greg

    Ahhhhh June 7th Blog World. Great!!!!! Would love to go.

    Oh wait…..June 7th is also the date my wife will be delivering our first child.

    Corbett, first born, Corbett, first born……sorry Corbett. First born wins. LOL.

    But once again great stuff. While I work to re-launch my website I will definitely be keeping all these tips in mind.

    Thanks again.

    • Corbett Barr

      If it were your second born I might push the issue. This time you get a pass :)

  • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

    This list gave me some ideas to try out for sure.

    I did end up buying my ticket to Blogworld! So I’ll be there. This is will my first ever conference too. Excited to learn lots and meet face to face. Look forward to saying hi.

    • Corbett Barr

      Awesome Benny, I look forward to meeting you in person.

  • http://jumptheblog.com Ben Holt

    Love this list! It affirmed that I’m on the right track. Nearly everything here is already on my (very long) list of blogging “to-dos”.

    Thanks again for all you do, Corbett!

  • http://www.itechcode.com Amit Shaw

    Thanks Corbett for this awesome list. I am newbie in blogging arena and i will implement it one by one. Hope i can gain more visitor.
    Soon i will come again with my report.
    Thanks.

    • Corbett Barr

      I look forward to hearing about your results Amit. Please do share.

  • http://marketingwithsergio.com Sergio Felix

    Awesome compilation of resources man, as always pushing the bar higher for us.

    I wish I could attend an offline blog/marketing conference someday, I know the value of face to face networking is well, invaluable.

    Sergio

    • Corbett Barr

      Absolutely. Invaluable, but not critical. When you can afford it, I would definitely give one a try.

  • http://lifestoogood.net/100-business-models-when-to-use-them/ Alan | Life’s Too Good

    Hey Corbett,

    another great list of resources/ideas which also serves as a kick up the butt to do something more with the last great similar list post you wrote which I bookmarked (21 Quick Actions…) which was also a great post (as most of your posts are).

    Add to that Chris Brogans 97 ideas and I’ve got some work to do… ;-)

    thanks dude,
    Alan

    • Corbett Barr

      Thanks Alan, I hope you get a lot out of these.

  • http://www.onlinebusinessmania.com/ Sajan Elanthoor

    Hey Corbett, once again, what an awesome post! I salute you for giving us this much valuable informaiton for free. I wish you all the very best in advance for your speaking in Blog World, I’ve no doubt that you will be a shining star there.

    • Corbett Barr

      Thanks so much Sajan!

  • http://thefrugalgirl.com Kristen | The Frugal Girl

    Ooh, I have a question. I have WP-cache right now…is the plugin you recommended better than that?

    • Corbett Barr

      After reading the reviews of several caching plugins, I decided to give “Quick Cache” a try. It’s by the same people who wrote S2Member, which I also like. Quick Cache is easy to configure, and supposedly performs at least as well as all the other plugins. I’ve been very pleased.

  • http://blog.bookmarket.com John Kremer

    Great post. Very thorough. Well worth reading more than once – and making a list. Thanks.

    • Corbett Barr

      Thanks John, glad you liked it.

  • http://www.ivblogger.com Sheyi

    Great post as usual and I love those links inbtw the post.

    thanks for writing this. my main fear is writing a guest post that will be accepted by other bloggers and I just hope i’ll be able to get someone out there to outsource it to

    Sheyi

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  • http://www.alphamaleexamples.com Ian Mackay

    An awesome and helpful list.
    I have been blogging on my site for two months now and have no idea if it’s any good or not. Copyblogger say no comments are fine until you have been blogging for at least six months but no feedback means you have no idea what sort of blog you have.

    No feedback means you remain unsure and it’s a horrible place to be. At least negative feedback gives you something to use, a place to start from.

    • Corbett Barr

      No comments for six months? I’m not sure I’d have the confidence to keep going if I didn’t know what people thought about it. Can you at least talk some friends or colleagues into giving you feedback?

      • http://www.alphamaleexamples.com Ian Mackay

        Thanks for the reply C. It’s weird, I get a lot of traffic, hear back from other dating guys that say it’s good stuff but no comments. None from guys that read the site.

        I have big dating star bloggers who say my stuff is great, bottom half of page 2 on the MDBP, I have a big dating website wanting me to write for them once a month but no comments.

        I can’t figure it out to be honest. I ask for people to comment. I have about 4 mins as the average time a user is on the site. Not sure what else I can do just now.

        It’s an unusual type of site and maybe people dont know WHAT to comment, and instead just use it as a reference tool.

  • http://www.victoralexon.com Victoralexon

    Great article as always, Corbett.

    I have been visiting your blog on and off for about 6 months now, first hearing about it from Pat Flynn if I am not mistaken.

    I will certainly bookmark this and use these tips to promote my own blog that I just started.

    Cheers!

    • Corbett Barr

      Glad you found us :) Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://jumptheblog.com Ben Holt

    Thanks Corbett. Love this article for the awesome value. Hate this article cuz it just made my do-to list much, much longer. :-)

    I’ll definitely report back on my progress with one or two of these.

    • http://www.nikkinoya.com health wellness

      well said. New to all of this and looking for some help, now of course have 42 more things to cover.

  • http://splash-wave.com Website Traffic Geek

    To make it in today’s marketing world, one has to be unique. I agree with you that making a splash page instead of using default sales pages can put you one step ahead of 90% of the other marketers. Making friends and being social also is a great way to get yourself out there but even that has to be done i the right way. But the main thing is, don’t use spammy methods to approach new potential leads. They can spot you a mile away, lol

  • http://www.alden-tan.com Alden

    To expand on writing epic shit, I think writing real, personal content from the heart sprinkled with real-life experiences works the best in gaining people’s attention.

    Showing that you are vulnerable and unafraid to admit the unconventional/controversial things you have done can gain people’s attention and even their respect.

    The readers are human, so is the writer. At the end of the day, we just want to connect on an emotional level.

  • http://pmstudycircle.com Fahad

    Good article, short, brief and two the point.
    I like the way you gave credit to Chris Brogan for the inspiration; however, I don’t know if he will like it or not.
    ;)

  • http://pmstudycircle.com Fahad

    Good article, short, brief and to the point.
    I like the way you gave credit to Chris Brogan for the inspiration; however, I don’t know if he will like it or not.
    ;)

  • http://www.yourworkisyourlife.com/sign-up Razwana

    A comprehensive Corbett – there are a few I will try out on my blog.

    To this I would add ‘hanging out where your audience hang out’ – as long as we link to our website. Connecting with the audience there is invaluable in highlighting us as experts and reinforcing the message on our respective sites.

    – Razwana

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

    Awesome list, I will find the best way that you listed above to apply for my blog.

  • http://www.alternativerockbands.net Brad

    Im glad ive run into your site from Pat’s. This post is epic!

    Great content and info man. Keep it going!

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  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Great tips, Corbett. I especially like the one about giving away ALL of your secrets. Excellent stuff.

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  • http://www.blake.co.za/blog Sarah

    This is one thing most companies are constantly trying to get right, getting traffic to their site. I know that is one of the things i try and do everyday. Your tips should come and handy. Excited to see where changes can be made. Thank you for sharing your list of 42 timeless ideas to gaining more traffic.

  • http://wizims.com WizIMS

    Great material Corbett.
    I’m linking to this blog for the 3rd day in a raw. I have to say that I really like your stuff.

    Keep it up :)

    • Corbett Barr

      Thanks!

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  • Marian

    Hey! I just joined your blog and keep reading, though I know I have to stop reading and start thinking!! Thank you.
    Anyway, as a newbie my biggest obstacle is how to attract people. Imagine that I have a great facebook page, a wonderful blog post. But how the first, second, ten and … will be informed that there is such a content?!
    I saw many bloggers leave comments in similar blogs, but does it really works good enough! (though, you can not know about a great article in another blog by seeing a link and a name that writes about similar contact).
    Thanks again for your great articles.

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  • http://abfabdesigns.com Teena Hughes

    Hey Corbett, just watched your interview with Pat Flynn Smartpassiveincome.com/how-to-get-more-blog-traffic/ and it’s nice to have it reinforced – write epic sh*t, give more, expect nothing, be engaging and as helpful as possible. Excelent blueprint for success, loved it :-)

    I’ve been following you for a while now, and I love your 42 Ideas – I’m doing some of them and I know there’s always room for improvement. My two cent’s worth:

    Tip 1 — Something I’ve found which works for my websites is to not be too precious, admit it to your followers if you screw up, and don’t take yourself too seriously. If I make mistakes while making my video tips/tutorials, I laugh about it and keep going – these are the videos I get good comments (from others) about being “down to earth” and being able to laugh at myself. I have some lovely folks who’ve been following my different lists, and it’s always lovely to engage with them.

    Tip 2 – Another thing I like to do is send bits of information to individual readers who’ve mentioned something they’re interested in. I like the personal touch when I can say, “Hey, saw this article online today and thought you might enjoy it!”

    Tip 3 — I agree – sending a card in the post is a very powerful strategy I’ve been using for years – I like to do this after I chat with a potential new client (or current client), 2 days later I send a hand-written card (and I make my own cards too) and I get great feedback about that.

    Tip 4 – this is my super duper favourite – I often make a quick video thank you after a meeting, conference call etc (don’t put it on a video site! – I host it on my site or amazon S3), and it’s such a surprise and seems to make a big impact.

    Thanks again Corbett for your fabulous tips! I’m off to make my list of 3 and will try 3 new techniques this week :-)

    Ciao for now
    Teena!

  • http://www.tktia.info/im101 LPogue

    What a great to-do list! Looks like I need to get to work and implement some of these ideas. Thank you!

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  • http://www.selfesteem-building.com Michelle Sears

    Thanks for the list. I’m going to start with rewriting my content because I know it’s not standing out. I have a decent amount of visitors but I want to create relationships with my site not just numbers.

    I do get visitor feedback which helps me stay focused but I want my content to not only inspire, I want it to move people to take action. Kinda like this post.

    Bottom line, I’m rewriting, then redesigning my look and feel, then refocusing on building lots of traffic.

    So I’ll post an update in a few weeks after I put your list into action.

    Thanks again.

  • http://www.tabletsquare.com/ Krishna Kiran

    I think these steps can help me drive twice the traffic I have now to my blog.. Thanks for the inspiring and cool ideas buddy.. I am now confident that I can make my way in this blogging world.. I owe it to you @Corbett.. Thanks alot! :)

  • http://www.createdcash.com Katina Blue

    I am inspired. I am in a blogging rut of sorts. Trying to create fresh content in a niche field is tiring, and nearly impossible, considering everything that needs to be said is said. Still, this article makes me understand that I have not been thinking outside of the box. I have to up my game now.

  • http://byderekj.com Derek Jensen

    Still one of my favorite resources! Something I always keep in the back of my head. Even easier now with the new design in case I forget.

  • http://www.musclebuildingover40.com kevin redman

    Thanks for a great article using a lot of them already but got some good ideas. Ps loving your webinars as well

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  • http://www.KimberlyTurnerOnline.com Kimberly Turner

    Fantastic list Corbett! Many of them have been on my list of to-dos and some were great reminders to continue doing! I have enjoyed many posts on your blog and will be a frequent visitor! Thanks!

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  • http://excelcorner.com Fims

    Wonderful list Corbett, i will try to follow it one by one.. hope i can make a blog that matter, anyway i love your site, great design and easy to read.. it’s been one of my favorite blog to follow..

  • http://www.eyes4tech.com/ Arsie Organo

    I have been a blogger for almost 3 years now but was never that successful enough, and I know for myself that there’s something lacking. I will take seriously your 42 recommendations and see for myself what happens. Thanks.

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  • http://www.omabu.com Mike

    Amazing List. Very helpful for starters.
    some tips I never thought of.

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  • http://www.makethenetworkbetter.com Ria Wood

    Corbett, you rock! Where have you been all my life???
    Today I’ve decided you’re going to be my new idol… See you over at Facebook ;)
    Ria

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  • http://www.web2earth.com/ Mickel Vaessen

    Thank you for the tips.

    I use:

    step 5 since 2 weeks: Go visual. Try creating an infographic . On every page.
    step 22 since the beginning: Design for function.
    step 28 since the beginning: Make your site as fast as possible.

    I will try some more tips from u.

  • http://www.psd-dude.com John

    I will try to follow some of these great advice :) and come back hopefully with good news about my blog traffic. Thanks!

  • http://www.blogkori.com/about/ Tamal Anwar

    Hi Corbett, what a wonderful article you presented here, this is EPIC SHIT! I have implement many of these tips on my early days of blogging, but couldn’t get consistent on it.

    I am thinking about doing a REBOOT of my blog. Doing a fresh start with everything and bringing back my old readers. I also have a product that went well, just need to push it more :D

    Thanks again!

  • http://hudsonvalleygraphics.com/ Janeen Violante

    You continue to be one of my fav’s..I look forward to my weekend email from you guys..you teach me so much, in my OWN language, you have no idea…as a matter of fact…I am implementing some of these things today on my blog post—thanks to YOU YOU YOU!
    Janeen

  • http://bonsai.ie/ Paul Masterson

    Thanks for the extra ideas! I have been pumping my blog lately with some fresh content from some great guest bloggers and now have hit number 1 globally in my Alexa category. Perhaps these ideas will help me with my next target ‘Top 200k’ globally, still someway to go…

    Appreciate the info!

  • http://joelwarby.wordpress.com/ Joel Warby

    Incredible article Corbett! I don’t think theres a single blogger/writer out there that couldn’t benefit from reading this. Its the ‘basics’ that everyone knows but don’t always apply!

    Keep up the good work with ThinkTraffic & especially Fizzle!

    Regards Joel.

  • http://http//substanceofliving.blogspot.com Marie

    Corbett,

    The three items I’ve been working on consist of growing my email membership, solicting comments, and linking to other websites.

    What is working is I’m seeing visits when I make a comment on another website, my social media (twitter, pinterest, google+) are growing, and I’m noticing a change in my writing. I think I’m finding my voice.

    I think people don’t like to be the first to leave a comment. It’s the old addage; Momentum truly begets momentum.

    I study other websites to see what attracts or grabs my interest and why. I look at their writing style, pictures, widgets, sign-off, and how they are trying to gain email subscribers. I know I need to create/complete my email incentive. :-)

    Thank you for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Marie

  • http://www.guukle.com/ Lucas Bowen

    Awesome post Corbett. A quick review and I’d say we probably do some 15 points of so of what you shortlist. Leaves a lot still to do of course so thank you.

    In this light – a question please. Looking for help.

    My main blog – Guukle.com – is about 7 months old and from start to this msg., the journey has been wonderful. +300 post into the journey so far, the feedback, commentary and readership rate is phenomenal (to me at least). UV by end March 2013 will pass the 14,000 mark (per month) so this is pretty great for a small scale operation with limited resources (that work hard, 24×7 though :-). My need for help: Scale.

    Like many, our goal is to establish Guukle.com as an authority blog, a go to place for information, advice and assistance in the niche we focus on. We are on the journey (I think) but shall refrain from asking/commenting on what authority is. My immediate task on top of the pile is to focus on traffic – in short – how do we go from 14,000 a month to 140,000 a month? No easy.

    I think I know the SEO book pretty well now and have tried a lot. I’m left with the impression that whatever I do today to built whitehat traffic – red. focus on pushing the 200+ KWs that we have shortlisted – we get slapped. We enjoy a very strong position for top 10 KWs or so and this brings 75% of traffic. We really want to avoid having all our traffic eggs in one basket so I’m focused on dispersement. But how? We’ve done everything legit viz. ranking BL’s. We have done conservative SEO and focused on off-line SEO too. E.g. have reached out to many prestigious blog owners, EDU’s, ORG’s etc. to seek collaboration etc. but every outreach goes unnoticed/unanswered. We’ve even encouraged niche groups on linkedIn to use our blog as a publishing platform.

    I’m not complaining – just impatient. Growth is hoovering at 10-20% a months and sustained (in a short period). But we have grand plans and are a bit impatient :-)

    Hence the call out….. Any great piece of advice that we may have overlooked?

    Happy to share more details!

    Cheers, Lucas

  • http://www.everydaylanguagelearner.com Aaron

    Corbett,

    Went for a few of these and getting them underway today.

    1. Read again Jeff Goin’s article about headlines and will publish tomorrow: “10 Free Resources for Learning Nearly Any Language” (#10)

    2. Today: Launched my first course on Udemy!!! Master Your Time found here: https://www.udemy.com/master-your-time/ (Language Learning 101 is coming up next) (#29)

    3. Been copying you, Chris Guillebeau and Pat Flynn as much as I can. Trying to emulate what works. (#38)

    Thanks for all the great encouragement, inspiration and ideas. Keep them coming!

    Aaron

  • Wale

    Good job again Corbett. Since I signed up, I am always on the look out for your post in my email box.

    Thanks for the inspirations & ideas.

    Regards,

    Wale

  • http://zoomingjapan.com/ zoomingjapan

    My biggest problem is that I don’t know how to write incredible blog posts – or like you say, epic shit. At least not for my niche!

    And as far as I understand if I can’t do that, then all the other steps you mentioned here will be pretty much meaningless, right?

  • http://techcode.in Siddhant yadav

    hello Corbett,
    i have just started my blog a few weeks before and made some posts too and looking for traffic for my website, thanks for your tips about attracting more traffic towards the blog and i am going to apply these and hoping i will get some good results.
    thanks for the post,
    Siddhant

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

    Great ideas! I particularly like the post a crazy goal idea. I want to purchase 100 rental houses in the next ten years. I have not mentioned this at all in my blog in fear of sounding cocky or a little crazy. I think I will post can article on it now.

    I Also like the idea if giving away secrets. My dad never tells anyone anything about our real estate business, but I find great satisfaction in helping others even if it doesn’t make me any money. Lol. I have been giving all the details away in my long term rental strategy and the truth is 98% of people will never act on them even though i am seeing 24% cadh in cash returns because it takes work and is a little scary.

  • http://mousenbrush.in rajendra ray

    Hi,
    i am new to your blog and i can see lot of valuable points you have mentioned in your post. after reading your post i have planed for try some of your suggestions. BTW great article. thanks!

  • http://www.swayamdas.com/how-to-improve-social-media-marketing-strategy.html Swayam Das

    Thanks Corbett for your awesome tips :-) I got to start implementing them one by one :-) Even Ankesh’s idea about running an Affiliate Program sounds cool :-)

  • Akash Agarwal

    Very nice! Awesome idea. Today is a big thing that how to attract visitors to your website or blog. And you have posted a great post. Thank you very much for this post.

  • http://anzum.com Marshall

    Corbett you’re awesome! Thank you for this great article.

  • http://www.knowitwhat.com Ashutosh

    very informative post
    generally people face problems for getting their good tracks back once they leave their site for a longs period of time.
    Using above tips we can easily attract a lot of traffic to our site and may b also able to make a good repo, nice share
    keep sharing!!!

  • http://survivinginitaly.wordpress.com Misty

    Great list! I have been blogging for years but only started taking it seriously recently. I have fans who repeatedly visit my site daily/weekly and I get new followers daily but I would really like to boost it. Need more traffic! Implementing your lists and I will check back in with either a success story or epic fail. Someone should probably just tell me if my blog sucks or not. :)

  • 101 Tripz

    Great ideas Corbett, I have started implementing them in my blog http://karnatakawildlife.blogspot.com, thanks

  • http://www.spegle.com Avinash Kabra

    I think the best and most effective way to drive traffic to website are unique content writing and high PR backlink building.

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    Very nice & usefull ..

  • http://soulachievment.com/ Gregg

    Fantastic, thanks for the insightful posts, great ideas I’m looking forward to implementing.

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  • David

    I have a question. Would you say advertising is the right way to go as a crucial part or not ? By this I mean mainly AdWords. Is there a reason this is not mentioned ? Would you say advertising is not needed if you do good people oriented marketing practices ? Would value your views here Corbett.

  • http://zackable.com Sampath Kumar

    Great Article,I will implement some tip found here on my newly launched blog.

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    we have tried the group project and we did link posts one to the other in a raw, it was a nice project and everyone came out happy from the experience. We are planning to do it again.

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  • Tom Lindstrom

    Great list of ideas! Another way to get more visitors is to create so called resource posts on your blog.A place where visitors come back to over and over again, something that cannot be found anywhere else online.I made a post about 202+ high traffic blogs that accept guest posts and it gets a lot of traffic.That´s just one idea that has worked really well for me.It does take a lot of time and research, but totally worth it.

  • James Cruz

    content is king and proving awesome articles will always help.

  • locroute

    excellent content is the way to go. SEO can be a big help as well. Recommend Josh’s learnseoclass

  • Sara Lee

    Great Post!! I have found another related article too in the link
    below:

    http://technology-vibe.com/blog/creative-ways-drive-massive-traffic-blog/

    Thanks

  • http://ivanottinger.com/ Ivan Ottinger

    Thanks for great tips! :)

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