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How to Get Traffic to Your Blog

By Jul 21, 2013 July 9th, 2014 67 Comments

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We all want more traffic to our blogs. We want to share our story with the world, build up our numbers for sponsors and just know that someone out there is listening to what we have to say!

A big question in the blogging community is how to get traffic to your blog! There are several ways to go about increasing your blog’s traffic but today we are going to supply you with a 4-step plan, to get more traffic.


4 Step Plan – How to Get Traffic to Your Blog

You need blog traffic if you want a business.. but who has time (or inclination) to do everything? Exactly… I don’t either!

So here is a Four Step Plan to get not only traffic, but targeted website traffic. It’s what I implement with my personal sites to start building raving fans who visit and buy.

Steps 1,2,3 occur as I’m putting together the site. Step 4 is the ninja traffic tool I use once my blog looks pretty good. Notice I didn’t say perfect. Let’s not wait for perfect. You’ll waste valuable time that you could use building your audience and even making sales.

Pssstt.. Do not miss the two bonus tips in Step 1. The second one sent my traffic through the roof the day I used it on a super popular blog.

Read the Full Post Here: 4 Step Plan – To Get More Traffic


  • Thanks for giving your views about getting traffic but i have applied all the steps told by you but i am unable to get traffic. So can you help me out with some other useful way to gain more traffic. Thanks in Advance.

  • Kimberly says:

    Love these suggestions. I know the first thing I need to do is post more, but after that I have been trying to figure out what else to employ. This validates many of my actions. 🙂

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  • Hi Martin! Thanks for commenting..

    Yeah, it took me a long time to figure out that no matter how fab my post was, no one would see it without promotion.

    There’s a point where your traffic gains traction, and the momentum begins. From that point, typically the traffic will double every month for quite awhile. But until you get enough promotion to make that happen, it’s a struggle.

    darlene 🙂
    p.s. The traffic (audience building) method that sets my blog on fire is traffic tip #4 in “How to Get Traffic to Your Blog” post.

  • Martin says:

    Great tips for anyone who wants to get started with their own blog online. I think that nost people think that it is easy, they set up a blog and begin promoting content…

    The hardest part is driving traffic to it. You can’t forget the promotions, otherwise you will be writing content and no one will be reading it. Great tips for anyone who wants to set up a blog to make money.

  • Michelle E. says:

    I have found this very useful. It is a rare commodity that folks are actually trying to help others succeed– for free;)

  • Good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed information. Wonderful read!

  • Hi Deanna!

    I’m glad you posted here because I don’t see your email. Did you submit thru http://blogboldly.com/contact/ ?

    To answer your question.. YES.. cuz if you’re like me, you’ll never finish tweaking your site anyway. LOL

    I used to be a perfectionist, but now I see all the lost time and money.

    You have nothing to lose. People don’t relate to “perfect” pp anyway so just put yourself out there.. be honest (so what if everything isn’t ready) and start talking to pp.

    A perfect example is your name, in this comment, is not clickable to your site. I looked because I wanted to see your site.. and I gladly would have commented on one of your posts.. or followed you on Twitter.. or something to give you a friendly “hello.”

    So come back and reply to this comment (with link) so we have the opportunity to build community with you!

    darlene 🙂

  • Deanna says:

    I emailed you actually via your own site before realizing you have been responding here, so either way you can reply :-))

    This is a great post, what caught my attention was when you said you didn’t wait until it was “perfect” to launch. I am creating a new blog as we speak and really antsy to start posting,but I am still tweaking my design,adjusting the colors and fonts,header,tagline… I have my about me page up ,my gravatar bio profile and working on my social media icons. Should still wait to launch my blog or can I go ahead since I have the basics up?

  • Kriselle says:

    I totally appreciate these tips! Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been getting into commenting on other blogs more often!

    Through the Eyes of a Cali Girl

    • Kriselle..

      ” I’ve been getting into commenting on other blogs more often!” …Be sure and do the second bonus tip in that section.

      When you use that tip the results are like commenting on 5-10 blogs instead of just that one!

      I’m all for maximizing effort. LOL


  • sparklingker says:

    Great tips! I try to be active on forums and I use social media. The only thing I haven’t tried yet is guest blogging, I just don’t know where to start!

    • If you go to bottom of Guest Posting part of the traffic page, I recommend a very inexpensive Guest Posting/Blogging course by a guy that built his six figure blog with guest posting.

      I discovered it quite by accident before it was all the rage and as you can see by the screen-capture I show in my post, it skyrocketed my traffic literally overnight.

      There is a right and wrong way to go about it tho, and that’s why I suggest you get guidance so you don’t waste time and get frustrated.

      Good luck to you!


  • Great tips, I do some of these all ready.

  • Candi says:

    there is so much info in this post. I love the twitter info. I struggle with knowing what to do with it. I do have a gravatar but probably need to update the bio, I also need to watch your seo video, got that on my todo list.

  • Ali Sue says:

    Thanks for your experience and tips – I often wonder if I am spending too little time on social media because I focus on only a couple of sites so I appreciate your thoughts on doing too much. I am trying to soak up all this info like a sponge!

    • Ali..

      For more details about using social media for business, check out the link below this reply.

      I know most bloggers say to be everywhere.. and in a perfect world, obviously being everywhere is more beneficial to being in one or two places.

      But in the real world.. in the world of the solo-entrepreneur, we can’t effectively be everywhere AND keep our sanity!

      And I like to have fun and make money. In that order. 🙂


  • michael says:

    I think this was a great write up and something i am actually currently learning, I believe in if you put the time and effort into it in the beginning then it will provide a long term pay off only id you implement the right way and your true to what you do and really educate people on the different things to help them become successful as well.

  • Great tps! It is hard to keep up with all the SEO rules/Google changes and I appreciate this resource!

  • Jenny says:

    tried ’em all. failed miserably. don’t care anymore 😛

  • Stefanie says:

    Thanks for the tips! I definitely feel I’ve hit a plateau in traffic. Guess I can’t put it off learning about SEO any longer 😉

    • Stefanie..

      I don’t focus on SEO like I used to (after Goolge slammed one of my highest incoming producing blogs) but I still always do the basic onpage SEO because otherwise there’s no chance of getting that traffic.

  • Catherine says:

    Thx for the tips!
    It’s really hard for a new blog to bring some visitors.
    Thx again for your advices!
    (I love your blog btw 🙂

  • Rebecca when you asked how quickly our list should grow, I believe the average conversion rate is 4-8% so for every 100 visitors, 4-8 should be opting in.

    But I don’t see an optin on your site?


    • Thanks, for replying! There is a section to follow if you scroll to the bottom at the left. I want to move it to the top, but my husband is my web designer and it’s on the “honey-do” list. I’ll share this info with him and maybe it will light a fire. Because it is not optimally placed on my site at the end of each post, I give information on how to follow and thank the readers…. Thanks so much for your info again! I’ve been pleased with the growth, but it’s not easy to keep it coming and it’s good to have a little measuring stick!

  • All wonderful tips! I’ve done all of these with the exception of really studying the SEO thing. I suppose I should do that. I’m curious about how quickly you think a blog’s audience should grow? I’d never heard of the 80/20 rule, but I like it! Thanks 🙂

  • Kristi West says:

    Great tips! I am always amazed at how many new visitors I get just by posting on other blogs! The more you are out there sharing with the public, the more you will be seen.

  • Thanks for sharing! I really appreciate the information about picking one or two areas of social media to really make an online presence. I agree that it can be totally overwhelming, and I need to really pick one to focus more on to better connect with my readers. I also needed to hear about that 80/20 rule too! A must needed read for me today! Thanks again! 🙂

    • Hi Victoria,,

      Yeah, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed because there’s practically an unending list of tasks.. that’s why I try and keep it simple.. I want to enjoy mt business, not be forever stressed out over it. 🙂


  • Carli says:

    As always, perfect timing! Headed over to see the tips now.

  • Teresa says:

    Thanks for the advice. I am continually trying to get more traffic to my blog.

  • Stacie says:

    Thanks so much for this information. I’m going to the Gravatar site now. Have a great week! Stacie xo

  • Thanks so much for the tips- I too need a lot of help on this topic! My sweeps and giveaways get hits, but my content is still lagging..

  • Kristen says:

    Great tips! I’ve been torn about my gravatar for quite some time. I like it because it’s unique so I know anytime someone sees it, they know it’s me. It’s also so unique that it’s eye-catching. I get comments on it quite a bit. But it’s not “me” and I know a picture of myself is ideal.

    I definitely know I need to work on #2. At first, I tried to be everywhere at once, and you’re right, it’s just too much of a time suck. I think I need to focus on Facebook and Twitter and not worry so much about all the others.

    • But Kristen think of all the pp who have no clue you’re behind the dog picture?

      and like I mentioned with the duck, who wants to interact with a dog picture?

      You could switch for a month (to a fab pix of YOU) and tract the difference.


  • Darlene, These are great tips. I’ve done two guest posts, but I don’t think I handled them well on my end and they didn’t end up bringing me very much traffic. I would definitely be willing to try again, though

  • Neha says:

    Just what I was looking for… started blogging a few months ago and was always trying to find out the ways to get more traffic. Thanks for the wonderfully informative post.

  • Great information. I will have to try this out!

  • Your post has got me thinking! I have had a duck as my gravatar since I started my blog and have often wondered if I should use a photo instead. At first I used it because I wanted to be anonymous, but now I have become attached to it. I follow a lot of these tips but could definitely strengthen my SEO skills – that one always remains a bit of a mystery to me.

    • For what it’s worth, Kim; I see that duck and I know it’s you. It stands out to me and I instantly recognize it. It even cathes my eye when I scroll through comments (case in point) and I stop to read what you’ve said.

    • My guess is you’ll get a LOT more response to your comments once you have your real picture.

      I mean who wants to talk to a duck! 🙂


  • Charlotte says:

    Awesome tips! I wouldn’t mind a few more visitors, especially during the summer months when things die down a bit in the blog world. Thanks for this!

  • This was excellent information! I have been trying so hard not only to get traffic to my blog, but to get people commenting as well. I will definitely be looking for nutrition, health and wellness sites that are looking for guest posts.

    Thanks again SITS for always informative posts!

  • just signed up for the gravatar. Thanks for the info…always wondered how to customize the gravatar. Should be working in 10 minutes or so.

  • Thank you for writing this! I have been toying with the idea of guest posting. I guess it’s time to get my butt in gear!!! LOL

  • I’m getting ready to submit my first guest post this week. I’m super excited since I’m really stepping out of my comfort zone.

    I’ll be honest and say I fear rejection — but I’ve got to push forward anyway. And besides, if they don’t accept my post, I’ll post it to my website!

    I also have my opt-in box up and ready to go to collect email addresses!

    • Jennifer.. If you don’t mind me jumping in about the guest post.. I encourage you to start writing another one for another blog just as soon as you submit this guest post.

      Reason is because you just never know how long it might take to even get a yes or no response..

      The rejection (and waiting) isn’t so bad if you have several out there at once.

      darlene 🙂

      • You’re absolutely right, Darlene! I need to get started on the next one!

        I really need to get into a posting schedule because I’m also having trouble scheduling out my own content. But, I’m sure I’ll soon come into a comfortable content schedule.

        Thanks again.

  • What an awesome set of tips! I’m always looking for ways to grow my traffic and readership. I’ll definitely be implementing these tips on my blog.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Michelle says:

    This was really helpful. I do all of these but I certainly have room for improvement in each of them. And the bonus tips were great too…I love Comment Luv. I never thought about #2 though! That makes complete sense!

  • Felicia says:

    Really great tips! I think they’ll certainly come in handy!

  • Shawn says:

    Thanks for these tips, I really need them.

    • Hi Shawn!

      I’m glad you liked them!

      The 2nd bonus tip in Step One is especially easy to implement and super effective. Be sure and try that one. I came about it quite by accident, and it’s really helped build up traffic plus the people from that source are especially responsive.. . So I’m building great relationships with them.


  • Superfresh says:

    I’ve started multiple blogs in the past but never followed through. This time just feels different though so thank you for the tip! I’ll start incorporating these now!

    • The follow thru is the difference between success or not, as you’ve probably found.

      It takes tenacity and focus in this business but the payoff in terms of personal fulfillment, time freedom, and income is astounding.

      You have such a great start on your new SuperFreshBabyPants site. Good luck yo you!

      darlene 🙂
      p.s. I couldn’t find your name even in the “About” section

  • Brittany says:

    Great and informative post!! Need to practice on some of those.