How to Increase Blog Traffic: Top 10 Ways That Works

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Blogging isn’t a one way street; A blog can’t exist without traffic and It’s readers, can it?

I grew up with this quote.

Today I am going to share with you some really awesome working ways to get those readers and increase blog traffic that I’ve tried and worked on myself.

Before I start, let me tell you that the days of easy Google traffic are over. If you want more traffic to your blog, then the first thing you need to bear in your mind is that they are not traffic! They are humans, they are your readers who trust you.

You should respect this fact and start on building an everlasting traffic source (email list) of your own as soon as possible to wrest the control of your blog from Google, and other websites.

When you have set this thought in your mind, you are eligible to read on this post further.

This is a long post:

When I talk about website traffic, I have to go long. The reason is, I have a lot to say (Don’t worry, I seem to know when to shut up). I’m sick of the fluffy traffic tips and tricks that doesn’t work. If you want to know about the strategies that works to increase your blog or website traffic, you’ve come to the right place.

In this post, I’d like to address a few dos and don’t that If you work on will help you increase your blog traffic. This post will cover the topics like:

  1. What is traffic and why it matters?
  2. Why most blogs fail to get traffic?
  3. Best ways to increase blog traffic
  4. Bad ways to increase blog traffic
  5. And more…

Understanding what is traffic and why It matters?

Sticking to my habit and starting with the basics as usual. ;)

Before I teach you how to increase blog traffic let me tell you what is traffic and why it matters If this is something you’re hearing of first time.

Traffic refers to the number of people who visit your site in an interval of time, a month, a week or a year.

If your primary goal with your blog is to make money, than traffic is REALLY necessary.

Traffic doesn’t come in one day, even those top bloggers whom you worship today also used to get only a few pageviews per day until they met me, I told them how to increase blog traffic like I am telling it to you today, kidding.

Okay, let’s talk about it a bit more.

Why Most Blogs Fail to Get Traffic?

I think It’s important to address a couple of problems first that might be holding you back from getting more traffic to your blog.

The reasons why most bloggers are able to attract only a few people are:

Bad Content: When the comments you get, or you see on other blogs are better than the content you create

Bad Reputation: You know it when people call you a fake guy or a cheater

Bad Practices: Black Hat SEO, buying links etc. More on bad practices and bad ways to get traffic at the end of the post!

Not using social media: You and your blog need to be everywhere, on all social media websites especially on Google Plus.

Unable to create a brand: You need to convert your blog into a brand. Don’t know what a brand is? Read my bud, Greg’s branding guide here.

And there are many other reasons too why they don’t get traffic which we will discuss later in this post.

Best ways to increase blog traffic:

Here’s the list of the top 10 best ways to increase blog traffic.

1. Be a king with your content:

If you’ve been blogging for any amount of time, you have definitely been hearing the term “CONTENT IS KING”, Aren’t you?

That’s my first point, Your content needs to be the king.

In order to get huge traffic, in order attract a lot of people to your blog to read your blog, you need to write something that’s worth their time and when they visit your blog they don’t feel like they have just visited a stupid blog.

So mark my words, create wonderful content on your blog and make your readers feel that they are worth the best, so they’ll comeback to your blog and share it with their friends.

2. Think of the queen:

If there’s a king in the kingdom of blogging, there has to be a queen right?

The queen is SEO.

Yeah! Search engine optimization, I mean see what’s the use of creating that epic shit when people can’t find it when they need your creations.

You have written a wonderful piece and people can’t just find it when they are searching it on Google you are still lying on the third or fourth page. Organic traffic from Google will keep your business going and growing.

So in order to reach the first page of the search results, optimize your posts and once you are able to get on the the first page of Google with your targeted keyword, then traffic will come flowing in like water. I recommend using Keyword tool by Google and create posts with SEO friendly titles, and permalinks.

Read my SEO optimization guide to learn how to write a blog post that ranks in Google’s top 10.

3. Harness the power of social media:

Till date for most of the bloggers social media is the second largest source of their traffic above advertising referrals and direct traffic all because they were and still are active on social networking sites.

That’s what you need to do, harness the power of social media use it at its fullest.

Connecting with other bloggers in your niche on all social media websites is really important, especially on Google+. Here’s the article I’ve recently written on how to use Google Plus for blogging and business.

4. Do blog commenting:

In my early days of blogging some of my comments on other blogs in my niche were the largest source of traffic at Guide and News.

Try to be everywhere, and get your comments early at the top of the list on other blogs. Let them know you, this will have two benefits:

They will start recognizing you, and if the blog you are commenting on is a CommentLuv enabled blog then you are also getting a link back to your blog which is really better for you in terms of increasing rankings and traffic

People will only click your name If your comment is quality.

5. Start guest posting on major blogs:

Guest posting is a really popular phenomenon. If you look at it most of the blogs whether they are the top ones or a few new ones have guest posting enabled on their blogs. They allow their readers and other fellow bloggers to post on their blogs in exchange for a link.

You write an awesome post which the blog owner feels are useful or may be useful for his readers so he publishes the post by giving you the whole credit of the post and give a link to your blog, and you meet a new audience.

That link works in two ways to increase your traffic:

  1. Firstly it increases your authority among search engines and they respect your site so there are chances that it will rank higher for more keywords.
  2. The people who read your post on that blog, if they like and read it word to word then they will surely follow the link to reach your blog. Once they reach your blog they will search for more such content there and here again point number one comes into action.

6. Join forums:

Like guest posting forum posting is also beneficial to increase your blog traffic.

Online forums are great place to interact with other bloggers, and the best part is that you can find the forums related to your niche.

Forums play an important role in getting targeted traffic to your blog. The concept is simple: The more you participate and post on different discussions on the forum, the more visibility you’ll get and the more traffic you’ll get from the link you have in your signature.

7. Network with other bloggers, and make friends:

Making friends and being social is a really good not only in your real life, but in blogging too. The more people you connect with the more name you will make out of yourself.

The best strategy to grow your blog is to make as many friends as possible that are interested in what you do, and build a community around yourself.

No matter what niche you’re in, you’re definitely gonna need some friends to get you up there. I’ve aready described the importance of it more in my post on one of the best strategy to grow your blog.

8. Write case studies, long articles:

Let’s start with an experiment: Search for anything which comes into your mind on Google, and have a look at the results on the first page.

Now If you open each and every result one by one you’ll notice that no post which came on the first page was short. Nine out of ten posts ranked on the first page are really long ones with a lot of research behind them.

Search engines want to deliver quality content to their readers and they also know that short posts don’t convey any value so they prefer long posts over short ones.

That’s might be the reason that the article you are currently reading is more than 2000+ words in length ;)

9. Write controversial posts:

A blog can’t stand only with long articles. Sometimes short and controversial posts works great.

I love writing long detailed articles, but I don’t do it always. Let me tell you that the length of the post has nothing to do with how good or bad it is.

Writing short and interesting posts can also be effective to get more traffic and readers because people are curious to know about it. I often write these type of posts, check out this one and this one.

10. Host giveaways:

Giveaways are really a huge source of traffic but the only problem with them is that they work only for a short period of time. Till your giveaway is live you will receive a lot of traffic and once it ends the traffic will again come back to normal, but It can get you more exposure and new visitors.

In a giveaway you ask people to share your post this time when you host one ask them to subscribe to your email list.

This way even after the giveaway ends you will be able to bring all those people back to your blog who only came there to try their luck. I’ve hosted several giveaways here at Guide and News, and I know it works!

So what do you think? These were a few awesome techniques to increase blog traffic, but If you think I’ve missed a useful traffic strategy, just drop a comment and let me know about it. Again, start working on your own traffic stream from today!

Bad ways to increase blog traffic:

Now you know about the best ways to increase blog traffic. I’d like to end up with bad traffic strategies that you should avoid.

  1. Spin content: If you think that more articles means more traffic then you are wrong, more traffic means more probability to rank higher that’s all and one more thing you can’t rank higher if you create stupid content
  2. Black Hat SEO: Search engines are smarter than you just because you can fool your brother for some cookies doesn’t mean that you can fool the search engines too. Accept it, they are smarter than you and if you try to overdo them then sooner or later you will face the penalty.
  3. Overdoing things The traffic strategies I shared above are great, but they are good and they work only if done properly, I mean if you overdo them then they will only decrease your blog readership.
  4. Comment Spam: Over commenting will make you look like a spammer in front of search engines so don’t do it.
  5. Forum spam: There’s nothing worse than spamming on forums

Over to you:

Are you thinking of using any of the above strategies to increase your blog traffic? Have you been using any of the BAD traffic strategy before? And what else has helped you to find more traffic? Post a quick comment below and let us know.

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131 Awesome Responses to “How to Increase Blog Traffic: Top 10 Ways That Works”

  1. August 10, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Hello Ehsaan,

    Good Article and i like your 10 ways. but as we know that its totally depend on your content so i always prefer of original content we need to write unique and interesting and Guest posting is also a powerful tool which help me to get huge traffic on our Blog so i think its the best for me.. Well thanks a lot for this post and keep doing well.

  2. August 9, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    That’s the first time I’ve heard the analogy regarding the king and queen of boosting traffic, but I definitely agree with it! :)

    Good content and SEO go hand in hand – after all, it’s good content that gets shared, it’s good content that gets backlinks. And that’s what boosts your SERP rankings.

    Great post.

  3. August 8, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    Having a good relationship and gaining the trust and confidence of your readers is a big move to continually increase blog traffic. It takes a lot of effort though. Consistently providing quality blogs is one way.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      August 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Well said Mike.

  4. August 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    great work yar…
    i’ll also try it. it will definitely helpful for me. till now i was doing some mistakes in order to optimize my posts. but now after reading this article my confusion is go away.
    thanks a lot bro for sharing your article among us..

  5. August 4, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    It was really awesome post.. its very beneficial for all blogger users and website seo.
    But I want to include one more think in this.. all tha content of the post must be unique and new. if we are taking copy and past form other sits then they will not work for us. second think is we have to use unique keywords along with best keywords according to the website and they will describe your page and reflect your idea to google and many more search engines. i totally agree with u and i always try to search these kinds for articles that increase my seo knowledge.

  6. July 31, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    Nice article, Social media does help to a great extent and having a great presence on Google+ can give any blogger great success

    • Ehsan Ullah
      August 1, 2013 at 8:03 am #

      Hey Dhiras.

  7. July 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    I think building relationship with readers and fellow bloggers is a great leap to build returning traffic and subsequently increase blog traffic gradually.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      August 1, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      Hey Gautham,
      Thanks for your comment.

  8. July 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Hello Ehsan Ullah ! This is simply awesome. Great tips. I appreciate all the points. I really liked your point of view on “Why Most Blogs Fail to Get Traffic?” This is so true.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this helpful post.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

      Hey Barret, glad you liked the post. There’s gotta more to the topic. Keep visiting!

  9. July 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    Although the article is too large but all your points are so valid. I do believe that nowadays blackhat ways doesn’t play any role. Blog commeting and Social sharing is very useful.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

      Thanks Sushen, which are the “blackhat” ways?

  10. July 27, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    WOW!! That’s pretty great tips Ehsan. There are some quality points to be noted. Keep up the good work buddy!!!!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      Thanks Fardeen.

  11. July 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    yes great tips about blog/website traffic thanks to share i will learn more here.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      Hey Humayun,
      There’s more. Keep visiting!

  12. July 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    I definitely agree about forum posting. If you blog on a subject related to the forum then you can stick the link in your signature and post useful content and get a lot of exposure without having to spam the forum to get traffic.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

      That’s what I used to do in my early days of blogging, but forum’s traffic is kinda slow traffic. Isn’t it Adam?

  13. July 24, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    Thanks for another great read @Ehsan. I have one question. I’m not much comfortable with Google+ and I find it really annoying. I mostly use Fb and Twitter for social promotions. Is it okay..?

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Hey Karthik,
      Great question! Google+ is REALLY important for bloggers, not only for traffic but for everything. It’s authorship, circles, hangouts and everything plays a huge role in increasing your rankings on Google.
      If you find it complicated and annoying, you should read my article on how to use Google Plus here.

  14. July 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Hey Ehsan,
    Want to ask you something. I have a blog which features about phones, tech and other nerdy stuff. Suppose new phone is launched. So if I write about that phone or give specification it is not content spinning. I mean specification would be same every where. We can not change it. But the representation could be different.
    I can give my reviews abt the particular device.
    Well you have mentioned everything and once again keep up the good work and keep posting more related content.
    Regards :) :)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Hey Ashi, good to have ya here!
      Good question, and the answer is NO! It won’t be, because specification is definitely the same every where, but you have give it your own voice. That’s what matters!
      Hope to have ya back!

      • July 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

        Hi Ehsan
        Thanks for taking your time and reply to my comment. I appreciate that. Guess I have to work really hard for the upcoming things.
        Try to build the traffic back on track.
        I have one more question. Well I have applied for adsense and they always say
        Site does not comply with Google Policies. I have concerned many bloggers and some wise peoples but guess no one knows the exact problem . Can you please help me with this . I would be really thankful to you.
        Waiting for your reply.
        Have a great week ahead
        Regards

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

          Hey again Ashi,
          Hard work pays off! Keep up your strength :)
          Well, I’m not an Adsense guy. I guess your blog or website must be older than 6 months old in order to get a verified Adsense account. How old your blog is?
          And did you read the Adsense policies and TOS?

          • July 23, 2013 at 4:00 am #

            it is almost 1 year old. I have read the Adsense policies. I have not any content which violate the TOS of Google Adsense.
            Still not be able to understand the actual problem

          • Ehsan Ullah
            July 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

            Don’t get discouraged Ashi!
            Aside from Adsense, there are certainly other way to monetize a tech blog. Just keep posting, and working hard on your blog. You’ll get your Adsense account soon.

  15. July 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Great dude !!!! it really help us. You put your ideas in an understandable way. I will follow your ideas . Because i had written many articles but still my traffic is very low. Now i will analyze the change after following your ideas.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

      Cheers Nitin.

  16. July 21, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    Hi Ehsaan,

    Thanks for sharing such deep informative tips about increasing web traffic. I liked the point where you mentioned to make a post as conversational. I believe that is the true essence behind blogging and as a blogger we must do it. It opens a new debatable form that just like me is loved by each and every blogger.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Hey Ashutosh, there’s something special in writing controversial posts, that’s why I always do it – and hope you’re too!

      Thanks for your thoughts.

  17. July 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Good pointers, Ehsan. I have yet to try all these tips so I can make money from blogs in the future. This article would be of a great help especially to me. =)

    Regards..

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Welcome to blogging Crisspy, good to have beginners like you here.
      If you’re new to blogging, keep reading – you’ll learn everything to grow your blog. What’s up?

  18. July 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Now that’s what we call a complete guide, Awesome post Ehasn. Without Queen, king can’t make you win the game not even in game of chess :P
    For me Guest posting and Social media are working great to grab traffic to blog. Loved your article.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

      Glad my king/queen analogy made sense ;)
      That’s so great Tarun, how many guest posts have you submitted yet?

      • July 21, 2013 at 8:21 am #

        That’s really a difficult question for me. I am also working as a freelance writer and providing guest posting service. So, it’s difficult for me to tell the exact no. of guest posts submitted by me :D

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

          There’s a difference between ghost posts and guest posts. I thought you’re doing it for the sake of traffic and backlinks.

          • July 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

            Yeah, You can consider them as Ghost Guest posts. I am doing guest posts for traffic and backlinks too. Have few posts live on HBB, Allbloggingtips.com, seobloggertips, seommotips and few more.

          • Ehsan Ullah
            July 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

            You’re too fast in responding to comment Tarun, love it! Always great to have ya back. :)
            Yep, I’ve read your entry on ABT before, It was nice! Try guest post on major blogs!
            And keep on chatting here ;)

  19. Mehtab
    July 19, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Write a controversial post , That’s Interesting :)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Thanks Mehtab.

  20. July 19, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    It is really an awesome guide that cover almost all possible area of Traffic.
    Your hard work is clearly visible here Ehsan bro

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

      Feels great to hear that Sandeep, motivates me! ;)
      Great to see you here after long time. What’s new with your writing?

  21. July 19, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    Great inforgraphic, Ehsaan!

    Normally I find them to be too cluttered and hard to follow; you created this one just for me – clean and easy to understand.and the awesome points you shared in this post. I agree well with on the point of long posts, Long posts really works…Long posts are my favorites and I can see from my own perspective that I share and tend to comment on multimedia + long posts. And the stats speak for themselves.
    Personally, I use blog communities for getting more Traffic!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

      Hey welcome to blogging Aisha.
      More long pieces on the draft, so keep visiting ;)

  22. July 19, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    You always come with some innovative ideas. One more point which i would like to add int this whole article is – a proper keyword research and optimization of your website if you want to attract a whole new targeted traffic for your site for forever. Otherwise, each of these type of traffic source will be dried very soon.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

      And you always come with awesome points in your comments Rakesh.
      I definitely agree. SEO optimization for your blog is must in order to convert casual readers into profits
      Always great to have ya here rakesh.

  23. July 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    hey Ullah,

    lately notice this post and missed lot .lot of bloggers concentrate limited traffic and spending time . am also among them but this article changed me into right way

    thanks very much special

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      Hey Gadendra, It’s never too late! You’ve came here at the perfect time!
      I offer a lot of blogging/seo help, what’s up?

  24. July 18, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    I also notice many bloggers fail to drive visitors to their blog. I encounter that they are not writing the content what people are looking for. Many bloggers collect the information from another website and write the content by using that information. I would tell you People are no more interested in reading a similar post available on many other websites. If you want to attract genuine users then you must share your own thoughts or knowledge with others. Your knowledge will make that blog post unique. Your visitors also appreciate your writing and they will share your blog url on their websites. My recommendation is starting sharing your experience on your blog.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      Thanks for the timely comment @TitleSEO. Why don’t you try to make your comment more quality by using your real name?

  25. Abuzar
    July 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Currently I’m using Step 4,5,6 & 7 to boost my website traffic and my loved once is point 4 because it even gives a backlinks… I really appreciate Ehsan that you have shared this top 10 tips with us :)

    Btw I have request from you could you please write a post about wordpress SEO plugins? so that we can get to know that which one is best and how to use then effectively…

    Thanks again :)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Thanks for the appreciation Abuzar.
      A complete guide to WordPress SEO post coming soon, so stay tuned :)

  26. July 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Great post Ehsan, I can identify most of the things I’m doing already, except being active on forums and hosting giveaways on my blog. I think I should try them out. Hopefully, this would help in increasing the traffic. By the way, what kind of giveaway should I host money oriented or some kind of product like WordPress themes and plugins?

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 17, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      Hey Tesur,
      Do what suits your blog theme, and niche. What’s your niche? Digital stuff giveaways work better in my opinion.
      And make sure you join forums related to your niche as soon as possible because forums are great place to share and learn.

      • July 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

        Hey Ehsan,

        Thanks for the advice gonna join some forums soon. You asked about my niche well one of my blog is related movies, and the other one is about WordPress and SEO.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

          Than on your movies related blog, you can host giveaway free copies of movies, or anything else. You just need to think out of the box :)
          And you know what to giveaway on your WordPress and SEO related blog, don’t you? ;)

  27. July 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Hi Ehsan Ullah,

    Thanks for sharing this great post with your tips, hosting a giveaway is becoming really a great way to increase traffic for your blog as people love free stuff, hosting giveaways can boost your blog traffic and help market your sponsors however you should be able to attract this new traffic with your blog design and content to keep them coming back and not just leave your blog once the giveaway is over.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 17, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      Super glad you enjoyed reading the post Qasim, and as usual great to have you here.

      Yep, I know you’re a giveaway expert ;) What’s new with AliensMoney?

      • July 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

        Hi Ehsan Ullah,

        Thanks for asking, everything is moving little slowly. I am still trying to build my traffic. I just recently hosted a giveaway at my blog and it was great one. Also I just recently start building my email list, I know you are thinking which blogger will start building his email list after one year! and I know I lost a lot of email entries one the past year. However I didn’t feel as an email marketing person.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 18, 2013 at 8:20 am #

          Hey Qasim, you’re back!
          Great to hear that. what did you give away?
          Not to worry Qasim. I also start building my email list after a year of starting my blog ;)

          • July 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

            I did giveaway a sponsored web hosting reseller accounts by UKHosting company.

          • Ehsan Ullah
            July 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

            Ahh, Zyma host. Great one! :)

  28. July 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Good post Ehsan, Agree with your views of driving traffic to a blog.

    Hope am following most of the ways to get traffic to my blog, but not the bad ways.

    I need to work more for my blog as am driving quite low traffic with it.

    Will follow the genuine ways which you’ve listed here, thanks for sharing it!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

      Hey Nirmala, glad you liked the post.
      Yep, apply the strategies and let me know how it goes okay.
      Good luck.

  29. July 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Hey Ehsan thanks for your awesome post, i think all strategies explained by you are milestone but i prefer the seo optimized content,because the more you have organic traffic the more chances are there to get new visitors,and the more chances are there to get handsome income.
    I do quote the sentence” Search engines are smarter than you just because you can fool your brother for some cookies doesn’t mean that you can fool the search engines too. Accept it, they are smarter than you and if you try to overdo them then sooner or later you will face the penalty”
    So keep your self within Google TOS and avoid to become victim.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

      Hey Rafaqat, right on! in order to convert readers into profits, you need to get organic traffic to your blog.
      Glad that sentence made sense! What’s new with your tech blog?

  30. vishan sahu
    July 15, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I think If Content is Nice ,traffice will automatically generated. No need to Any Kind of SEO…
    Thanks so much for this post…very nice post ..i really appreciate your work..thank you so much again and looking for new post..

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

      Thanks for the compliment Vishan.
      How do you generate traffic automatically Vishan?

  31. July 15, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I never knew i was making a big mistake by spinning my contents, time to run away from that angle. Well Ehsan, you’ve said it all, I’m speechless and i don’t think i have any two cents to offer. A blog without traffic is overboard even if it has great content, traffic is the most essential ingredient and the next is actually converting those traffic into subscribers by building a massive list. Its time we bow to the Queen of contents and configure her the right way for search engine optimization. Thanks for this post again Ehsan, I’m really inspired. Off to do some guest posting to feed my blog :)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      You’re smashing it Gilbert! Glad to have ya back here.
      Haven’t you done any guest post yet?

      • July 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

        Nope! My blog is two weeks old, this week is going to make it three weeks and i want to have up 10 posts before submitting a guest post, i have just nine now (published my latest today). I wouldn’t want a situation where I’ll submit a guest post and there won’t be much to read if i should get a referral traffic from the blog i submitted a guest post on. What do you think Ehsan, am i doing the right thing?

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

          You’re doing great Gilbert. Read my conversation with aMaan below. You just have to make sure that your blog is able to make the new visitors feel home when they arrive. Just let them know about your goals, and their expectations.

  32. July 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Ehsan, you hit the nail on the head with this one! I still say blog commenting and guest posting are two surefire ways to get regular, meaningful traffic to your blog or website. And of course, high quality content that brings value to your readers is a must. I also think following a regular posting schedule is important. It doesn’t have to be every day, but just regular so your readers know when to expect something new.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      Hey Tom, good to have ya back here.
      Yep, those two are great traffic strategy. I don’t like having a fixed posting schedule, I only publish post when I have something that adds value in reader’s life.
      Thanks for dropping in Tom.

  33. July 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    Hey Ehsan,

    Another great post chalked full of fabulous tips.

    So I agree with the majority of them but am a little iffy on a few.

    For one, Matt Cutts continues to now say that guest posting isn’t what it use to be because if you’re not some big named blogger then just writing anywhere really is not going to benefit you. I think they’ve probably just seen a lot of very low quality content from people who just accepted guest posts to build links and now that is hurting everyone who is here to do this the right way. I just get so confused about what they really want sometimes you know.

    I refuse to write controversial posts just to get traffic because most of the time it’s not targeted and they don’t stick around. The same thing with giveaways. Those people just want something for free and then they’re gone. Great way to show the numbers of having a big list but they aren’t quality and they’re not sticking around so for the long haul they really aren’t that great to begin with.

    Thanks for these tips though and for taking the time once again to write a really great post.

    ~Adrienne

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

      You’re exactly right Adrienne, but guest posting is still the most effective linkbuilding/traffic strategy If done right. I’ve also seen some bloggers accepting paid posts, they’re accepting low quality content from people for a few dollars.
      I think by just being aware of the fact that some people are doing wrong things with guest posting, we shouldn’t stop doing it. There’s still a lot of ways guest blogging can help us bloggers.
      You’re again right, I’ve hosted several giveaways here and experienced it, but we can still benefit by running giveaways because, in a giveaways we ask people to share the post on his network in order to participate, so the chance of meeting a new audience ;) And who knows our blog content or design might convince those people to stick around?
      Thanks for your comment Adrienne.

  34. July 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Hi Ehsan, like your king and queen analogies too :) John makes it sound so easy but that is what it’s really about – although I would add targeted traffic – right? What good is traffic if they leave immediately? A high bounce rate would not be liked well by the Google gods. I finally joined a forum, now to get back to it! Excellent tips Ehsan.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

      Thanks for the praise Lisa.
      I don’t think It matters, because well there’s a way to convert first time visitors into returning readers – right?
      Wow, which forum did you join?

      • July 16, 2013 at 11:42 am #

        The Warrior Forum, now to just get activve Ehsan :)

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 17, 2013 at 10:38 am #

          :)

  35. July 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Awesome post as always.

    I just want to add one thing. Always try to follow the 80/20 principle.

    80% of the traffic comes from 20% of the work that you did. Try to find out what works and do a lot of it.

    Danny Iny found that guest posting is great to build his blog, then he went to start guest posting and landed 80 guest posts on top blogs in less than a year.

    Now, he is one of the recognized experts and on the way to make 700,000$ this year.

    Maybe guest posting isn’t what will work with you, just try to find what works and then do a lot of it.

    Another way to get traffic is to market your blog using content in different formats like podcasts, video and slideshare presentations.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

      Hey Ahmed,
      OMG, great to see ya here. I’ve already started following that principle after publishing your guest post here.
      Well said, finding what works and doing a lot of it will definitely help.
      Video tutorials and slideshare presentations are what I’m going to start working on soon.
      Thanks for the awesome comment Ahmed, keep on commenting back.

  36. July 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Hi Ehsan

    I don’t anything is left to say in your praise, it is ofcourse a great post

    I struggled with my traffic a lot in beginning but now I am starting with more and more methods to double my readership

    The best and the working one according to me is Guest Posting, Even after a decade the links you get from your guest posts are dead the relationship you’ll create with the blogger will be sustained for a very long time

    thanks a lot for this useful read! Cheers! :-)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

      Hey Nishant,
      Yep, out of all the strategies above, guest posting is #1! It not only helps in finding traffic, but also helps in building backlinks and authority. Have you tried it yet?

  37. July 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Brilliant post! one of the best strategies I have seen so far!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      Thanks Saqib.

  38. July 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Hi Ehsan,

    Yet another wonderful post by you :)

    You are so-so right about the ways to increase blog traffic, and I don’t think you left out anything. Ah…don’t worry about your post length because mine too often run to nearly 3000 words at times and I have sit and edit it to shorten it’s length, but I think the longer the better as they you know you have given the complete information there, though not necessary as you mentioned too.

    Thankfully, I’ve never tried any of the bad ways to increase traffic, some of which I’d not even heard so far! However, I yet have to join forums, which I haven’t due to the lack of time, nor guest posting that I’m going to start with pretty soon now. Nor have I tried any giveaways so far for which I need to do something lucrative. I guess I need to not post for a few weeks as currently posting twice weekly keeps my hands full of comments, and then get down to doing these things.

    Thanks for sharing and the reminders to get started with things that I’ve yet to tap. Have a nice weekend :)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      Hey Harleena, excited to see ya again. Was missing your comment.
      Well, I love writing long detailed posts that includes all information about a specific topic, but some people think that Ehsan don’t seem to know when to shut up in his posts, even some bloggers told me personally that they don’t like reading my long posts, do you think the same?
      I think that the post length doesn’t matter, and the length has nothing to do with how good or bad the post is. The only think that matters is how interesting the post is. That’s the reason I take out everything from my posts that aren’t interesting, If I don’t than all my posts would be 5000+ words in length.

      Well, there are some great forums related to your niche that you should join to hangout with other blogging elites in your niche. Yeah, don’t kill yourself. change your posting frequency to one post a week!

      • July 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

        Ah…I was right here and headed over as soon as I saw your new post on FB :)

        Oh yes…people tell me too that why do I write such long posts that they find takes them time to read through, but I don’t think I’d like to change that because of them, though I do write smaller ones at times, yet the smallest might be 1500 words at the most…lol :)

        I agree, it’s never the length, but the content that should grasp the readers attention and want them to keep reading right till the end that matters.

        Hmm…yes, I need to start off with those too. I used to have the posts once a week earlier, then made it to twice a week, but with the number of comments that’ve started coming now, it gets a little overwhelming at times.

        Thanks once again, and have a nice weekend, whatever little is left of it :)

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

          ha ha. 1500 words post wouldn’t be a short. You know what, 1000 words post are the longest of some bloggers.
          Well, my shortest post is the welcome message I guess, and It’s 600 words in length which normal.
          Don’t let the comments discourage you, I know your comments are better than the actual posts I read on some blogs. :D Thanks for your comment, and you too enjoy your weekend :)

  39. July 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Hello Ehsan bro,
    Well all of your articles are very long, but is worth reading. So is this article :-D
    You have mentioned out some great points to increase traffic. I personally follow some of these, but will surely follow the other methods too :-)
    Keep Posting !

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Hey Akhil, thanks for dropping in again.
      Which one of the above strategies do you already follow, and which one you’re going to follow in future?

  40. July 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    These tips will be required by every blogger and really thanks for it…These days am writing for other bloggers and trying to mention such tips…You have mentioned 10 tips in a very good manner….Ehsan can u tell me which thing has always worked out for you???

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      Mohit, If you ask me for one traffic strategy out of all, I’d say guest posting because It’s not only the most effective way to get traffic, but also to build backlinks.

  41. July 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    These are very detailed tips to increase blog traffic. I agree with you that quality is still more important than quality.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      Hey Mike,
      You agree with me, or with mike? :D

  42. July 14, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    after reading your post i realized few thins that i never gave much importance,time to change.thanx for the post Ehsan Ullah

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      And what are those things Ajay?

      • July 15, 2013 at 3:29 am #

        guest posting,blog commenting etc

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 15, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

          Start work on ‘em TODAY.
          And you’re already doing great blog commenting. ;)

  43. Navneet Viswanadha
    July 14, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Hi Ehsan,

    Yet another killer article. I don’t get your posting frequency? Why this hiatus? I am looking forward to more content from your side. ;) :P BTW I was waiting for a guide like this. :)
    Have a nice day and keep publishing killer posts.

    Regards,
    Navneet

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      Hey Navneet, always great to see ya here.
      I don’t have a posting frequency. I just publish post when I have something that I think will add value in my reader’s life.
      Thanks for your comment, and hope to have ya back again.

  44. July 14, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Very good ways to increase traffic. One thing I have not done so far is doing giveaways. Perhaps its time that I should but to be honest, I don’t know what to give away. Do you have any ideas for me?

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      Welcome back Shalu, Good to have you here after a while.
      You know what Shalu, hosting giveaways works better in niches like yours than mine. You can think of anything related to your niche. Do you visit other travel blogs?

  45. July 14, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Hello Ehsan,again an awesome article written. I made accounts on some forums, but never found them good enough, Can u suggest me some good forums of Technology and Internet forums ?

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Hey Anmol,
      Thanks. Forums are great If you become active there. Which forums did you join?
      I love internet marketing forums like Worriorforum, DPforum, BlackHatWorld etc. And yeah, I heard CNET forum is a great place for techie guys.

      • July 14, 2013 at 10:56 am #

        Firstly I joined Digital point and now registered for Warrior Forums and CNET also, we’ll connect there. :)

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 14, 2013 at 11:04 am #

          Seems you’re a pretty eager Anmol :D what other traffic strategies do you work on?

          • July 16, 2013 at 10:16 am #

            Actually Mostly I’m dependent more on Google for traffic.
            I also frequently use Social Media and CommentLuv blogs commenting to get traffic. After reading this post I have started on Forums also.

          • Ehsan Ullah
            July 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

            Good luck with forums Anmol, hope you see effective results using ‘em.

            And how do you rank your posts on Google?

  46. July 14, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Great post as always Ehsan,

    Traffic can be compared to a fuel and our blog to a car. We can’t get far with that car if we ain’t got enough fuel.

    But since we can’t use any random fuels we need to get the quality one to get the best out of it. Same thing with a blog, we need quality targeted traffic if we want to get our convesions growing up.

    Take care Ehsan ;)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      Hey Darek, welcome back!
      Well said. Quality is superior than quantity.
      What’s new with your affiliate tips blog?

      • July 14, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

        Well, apart from new posts, not much. My blog is growing bigger everyday so I’m happy so far.

        I’m actually working on my first wordpress theme right now and I might use on my blog, and maybe release it to the public, we’ll see how it goes ;)

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

          Good to see you’re becoming stronger everyday.
          That’s great news Darek. Looking forward to more amazing things from you.

  47. July 14, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Just like other posts, this is also a killer one.

    I believe that controversial posts gets lots of traffic. My competitor has used this topic and he won the guest blogging competition.

    I believe content with marketing strategy that one use is the king as Carl Ocab said in his post.

    Blog commenting and guest posting has already driven lots of traffic to my blog.

    I’m thinking of starting giveaways on my blog. And what about taking interviews?

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      Good to have ya back, Sriram.
      Yep, who was your competitor? Controversial posts works great!
      Interviews is a great way to make connection with other top bloggers in your niche, and can be effective to get more traffic. I’ve done some interviews here at Guide and News, have you checked them yet?

      • July 14, 2013 at 9:53 am #

        His name is Lahaul Seth and the it is the guest blogging contest conducted in Internet Dreams. I will read the interviews in Guide and news soon :)

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 14, 2013 at 9:59 am #

          ha ha. Lahaul, aka Lion Blogger. I was just waiting for his comment here.

  48. July 14, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Salaam Ehsan =]
    As usual an awesome article from you!
    I genuinely find your tips useful and applicable as I have seen that people link to your content for giving reference to some of the point being discussed. Meanwhile you get traffic + HIGH authority back-link. So i find high-quality equally prospective like GUEST POST or even more.
    I have a question to ask, if you don’t mind. Should I guest post when my blog only have 21 post? I am not sure, that readers from my guest post will like a blog with less content. My Niche:Tech

    Ramdaan Mubarak :)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 9:34 am #

      Greetings Amaan, thanks for the compliment. :)
      You can guest post on major blogs in your niche at anytime, even If your blog has only one post – 20 is great! The only thing that you need consider before guest posting on other blogs is that, your blog must be able to encourage new visitors to stay around. Are you building email list on your blog?
      Happy Ramadan to you as well.

      • July 14, 2013 at 9:49 am #

        No :/ , but I am using Feedburner. I dismissed the idea of making a email list as I think that the number of post on my blog and visitors are not that much. And keeping feed burner and separate newsletter thing together is good idea ?

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 14, 2013 at 9:55 am #

          Feedburner doesn’t work any more. I recommend you start with Mailchimp as It is free until you reach 2000 subscribers.
          Number of posts doesn’t matter. You just need to let your readers know what they can expect from your blog, and what solutions you can provide to them. Let them know about it on your blog’s about page, or you could have created a welcome message in the beginning.
          You know what, I submitted my firs guest post on a top blog when Guide and News had only 16 posts published?

          • July 14, 2013 at 10:03 am #

            Feedburner doesn’t work anymore?, can you please elaborate ?. And do you any alternative to Mailchimp which is always free ? :P

          • Ehsan Ullah
            July 14, 2013 at 10:09 am #

            Yep, because you have to build your own email list (a traffic stream) and wrest the control of your blog and list from Google.
            Might be, but I’ve used MC and I’m in love with it. 2000 is a lot, and reaching that number of subscribers takes a lot of time. Have you heard of GetResponse?

          • July 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

            Thanks for directing me here Ehsan, I’ve done all you listed above and yea! i’m using mailchimp i have just 1 campaign and i’ll be working on that later, i’ve also gotten a few numbers of subscribers, though not much. :) You made me remember my first post “welcome to viralwriter” well i was the happiest when i got my first comment on my blog.
            THE MONEY IS IN THE LIST :)

          • Ehsan Ullah
            July 16, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

            Hey again Gilbert, good to know you’ve started building email list on Viralwriter, and yeah I loved the welcome post of yours. :)

  49. July 14, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Hey Ehsan,
    Another awesome article by you, :D
    Trying to Increase your blog traffic is a must you should do for your blog because it may be said as the best criteria for determining the success of your blog. Further more traffic means more chances of conversions.
    All the points you mentioned above work for sure (why would you otherwise list them).
    I loved your work brother. Keep Going :)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 14, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      OMG, good to see ya here after a while Harsh. I was expecting the first comment from someone else ;)

      Glad you enjoyed the post, what’s hot with your writing?