Monday, February 05, 2007

Heavy Traffic

DailyBlogTips ran a group blogging project for tips on how to increase traffic to your blog. I participated, and here are the group results...

1. Tillerman
Be the first to write a post about the ‘Top Ten Blogs’ in your niche. The post will rank highly in any general search for blogs in your niche and other bloggers in your niche will write about the post and link to it.

It's true. My posts on Top Ten Sailing Blogs of 2006 and ditto 2005 have been two of the most popular posts on Proper Course.

2. Engtech
Community. It’s one word but it is the most important one when it comes to blogging. The only “blog metric” that makes sense is the vibrant community of readers it has. Building a community around your blog will bring you increased traffic, but how do you start? The boilerplate response to building traffic is always “SEO, social networking sites, and commenting on blogs” but it can be simplified to “be part of a community”. The easiest way to seed your blog is with an already existing community. But the only way to do that is to be part of the community yourself.

Alan Thomas
Don’t forget your archives. I just posted a roundup of all interviews I did over the past seven months. One of them generated a new link and a big traffic spike from a group of users that look like they will be loyal readers now.

4. Brandon Wood

A simple trick I’ve used to increase traffic to my blog is participate in group writing projects. In fact, that’s what I’m doing right now.

5. Eric Atkins
Create a new design for your website. Not only will it be more attractive to your regular readers, but you can submit it to some CSS gallery showcase sites that feature great designs. This will give you exposure on those sites while generating a lot of traffic and backlinks from those types of sites.

6. Sridhar Katakam
Keep track of blogs and leave comments on them. How do you know which blogs to keep track of in the first place? Add the MyBlogLog widget/code to your blog. When you notice a MyBlogLog user visiting your blog, visit that person’s in turn.

7. Dennis Coughlin
Find the best blogs on your niche and contact the authors. Introduce yourself and send a link of your blog. This might help them to discover your blog, read it and possibly link to it.

8. Guido
Comment on blogs, write useful content and make good friends on forums.

9. Grant Gerver
Try to be polemic. I write obsessively about all-things political from the left-wing perspective in the form of humorous, sarcastic one-liners.

10. Megan Taylor
Participate in conversations on related blogs. Start conversations on your own blog. Don’t just post about a story and leave it at that, engage your audience.

11. Ramen Junkie
Newsgroups. I always see a spike when I post a review to a newsgroup.

12. Ian Delaney
Nothing creates long-term traffic more than value. Making a post along the lines of ‘Evaluated resources for XYZ’ is useful. Useful things get linked to and they get onto, which is far better long-term than a digg front page.

13. KWiz
Write something controversial. I don’t think it’s good to write something controversial just for the purpose of getting traffic necessarily (especially if it’s only for that purpose and you’re being disingenuous), but it works.

14. Splork
I’ve had good success writing articles and submitting them to EzineArticles. Articles that have been written from well-researched keyword phrases and accepted by EzineArticles tend to rank very high in Google for that search term. Placing anchor text in the footer of those articles so the reader can visit my relevant website has always increased my site traffic.

15. Kat
I’ve recently gotten involved with several “MySpace-like” community sites that focus on my target audience. I share my thoughts in their forums, post intros to my real blog on their system blog and I’ve even created a group for my specific niche. It’s been very, very successful for me.

16. Daniel
A simple tip that will probably boost your page views: install a translator plugin. I decided to use a paid plugin for this, but if I am not wrong there are some free ones as well. The translation is not very good, as you can imagine, but it helps to attract readers that are not fluent in English.

17. Brian Auer
According to my Google Analytics, about 35% of my traffic comes from other people’s blogs and 25% comes from the forums I’m active with, while search engines provide about 15%. I post comments on other blogs that are related to mine, and I post my site link in my signature at the forums.

18. Goerge Manty
Post 3-5 times a day. Use ping services like pingomatic or setting up wordpress to ping some of the ping services. Engage your readers. Put up polls, ask them questions, give them quizes, free tools, etc. Make them want to come back and tell their friends about you.

19. Mark Alves
Participate in Yahoo Answers and LinkedIn Answers where you can demonstrate your expertise, get associated with relevant keywords and put your URL out there.

20. Andrew Timberlake
A great tip for generating traffic is off-line by including your url in all your off-line liturature from business cards, letterheads, pamphlets, adverts through in-store signage if applicable. I even have our website on my vehicle.

21. Inspirationbit
Well, obviously everyone knows that social bookmarking sites like Digg,, etc. bring lots of traffic. But I’m now submitting some of my articles to (a digg like site for bloggers), and I always get not a bad traffic from there.

22. Scott Townsend
Inform search engines and aggregators like Technorati (using the ping functionality) when your blog is updated, this should ensure maximum traffic coming from those sources.

23. Jen Gordon
I came upon some unexpected traffic when my blog popped up on some css design portals like and If you can put some time into the concept behind and design for your blog, I’d recommend submitting your site to a design portal not only for
additional traffic but to build an additional community around your site.

24. Chris
Squidoo Lenses are a good way to generate traffic. By using a lense, you can generate your own custom “community” of webpages, including some of the more popular pages in your “neighborhood.” Including your own webpage in such a list is a good way of generating traffic.

25. Kyle
Simplify. Pay attention to complex issues in your field of work. It may be a big long publication that is hard to wade through or a concept that is hard to grasp. Reference it and make a shorter “for dummies” version with your own lessons learned and relevant tips. When doing this, I have been surprised to find that the simplified post will appear before the more complex version in search results. Perhaps this is why it results in increased traffic; people looking for more help or clarification on the subject will land on your blog.

26. Nick
Participating in forums is a great way to get loyal readers. Either link baiting people in your signature or posting great advice and tips will give you high quality traffic, which will result in return visitors.

27. Jester
Leave comments on other blogs. If you’re already reading them, it takes
just a couple of seconds to leave a message agreeing or disagreeing
with the author, you get to leave a link to your site, and you will almost
ALWAYS get traffic from your comments.

28. Cory OBrien
Read lots of other blogs. Leave trackbacks. Make sure your blog is optimized for search engines. Leverage social bookmarking sites like digg (both for new ideas and for traffic).

29. Shankar Ganesh
Just browse around and you will surely get visitors to your blog.

30. Rory
Submit articles to blog carnivals ( Your article almost always gets posted, and it must generate a handful of visitors, at least.


Turinas said...

This is amazing. I work for a firm that develops web sites and help firms build business online. This is the best set of tips about how to create a successful blog. We have a corporate blog and if you don't mind I am going to post this. Let me know if you'd rather I didn't.

Tillerman said...

Sure Adam. Please feel free to post these tips. I assume you'll include links to all the original authors.

Turinas said...

better yet I will do an abstract and link back to your blog posting

EVK4 said...

Tillerman, you mentioned a while back that you had your first 1000 visit day, how many do you get usually? I get about 50 unique visitors a day and marvel at your attention to your blog.

Turinas said...

Curse you all. I am lucky if I get 30 a day and most of those are me.

EVK4 said...

Turinas, I'm going to click on your blog now.


Turinas said...

I love this community thing. I will click on your too

Zen said...

Amazing amount of people that are out surfing blogs and not work :-)

Tillerman said...

Site Meter currently shows the daily average of unique visits to Proper Course as 187. Last couple of weeks that has been based on about 150 to 230 each weekday with fewer than that on weekends. But thanks to Adam, and Tacticat, and DailyBlogTips it looks like this week it will be higher.

The 1000 visitor day was an anomaly based on Scuttlebutt republishing one of my posts -- the Top Ten Blogs of 2006 I think. Whenever they do that the count goes throught the roof.

The monthly count has gone from 1500 a year ago to 6000 last month. Wonder if four-fold growth annually can continue?

Keep clicking guys.

Zen said...

Turinas; no you not only have another click today, but a link as well.

Blog-on dude :-)

Zen said...

Doh! should be: "now you have"
I got type faster than I think, or think as slow as I type...

Turinas said...

Actually I thought you were doing a zen-like Yoda impersonation

EVK4 said...

Interestingly enough I found a new link today when going to messing around in boats for the second time. The australian guy on Big Oceans is pretty fascinating.

1. decide to sail from Europe to Australia
2. Buy boat
3. learn to sail

I like that and that he's doing it in the same type of boat as Tania Aebi is pretty appropriate.

Arty said...

Hey man love your blog and tips! Keep it coming.

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