Top Ten Blog Traffic Tip

This article was guest blogged by Yaro Starak of Blog Mastermind, a mentoring program designed to teach bloggers how to earn a full time income blogging part time.

In every bloggers life comes a special day – the day they first launch a new blog. Now unless you went out and purchased someone else”s blog chances are your blog launched with only one very loyal reader – you. Maybe a few days later you received a few hits when you told your sister, father, girlfriend and best friend about your new blog but that”s about as far you went when it comes to finding readers.

Here are the top 10 techniques new bloggers can use to find readers. These are tips specifically for new bloggers, those people who have next-to-no audience at the moment and want to get the ball rolling.

It helps if you work on this list from top to bottom as each technique builds on the previous step to help you create momentum. Eventually once you establish enough momentum you gain what is called "traction", which is a large enough audience base (about 500 readers a day is good) that you no longer have to work too hard on finding new readers. Instead your current loyal readers do the work for you through word of mouth.

Top 10 Tips

10. Write at least five major “pillar” articles. A pillar article is a tutorial style article aimed to teach your audience something. Generally they are longer than 500 words and have lots of very practical tips or advice. This article you are currently reading could be considered a pillar article since it is very practical and a good “how-to” lesson. This style of article has long term appeal, stays current (it isn’t news or time dependent) and offers real value and insight. The more pillars you have on your blog the better.

9. Write one new blog post per day minimum. Not every post has to be a pillar, but you should work on getting those five pillars done at the same time as you keep your blog fresh with a daily news or short article style post. The important thing here is to demonstrate to first time visitors that your blog is updated all the time so they feel that if they come back tomorrow they will likely find something new. This causes them to bookmark your site or subscribe to your blog feed.

You don”t have to produce one post per day all the time but it is important you do when your blog is brand new. Once you get traction you still need to keep the fresh content coming but your loyal audience will be more forgiving if you slow down to a few per week instead. The first few months are critical so the more content you can produce at this time the better.

8. Use a proper domain name. If you are serious about blogging be serious about what you call your blog. In order for people to easily spread the word about your blog you need a easily rememberable domain name. People often talk about blogs they like when they are speaking to friends in the real world (that”s the offline world, you remember that place right?) so you need to make it easy for them to spread the word and pass on your URL. Try and get a .com if you can and focus on small easy to remember domains rather than worry about having the correct keywords (of course if you can get great keywords and easy to remember then you’ve done a good job!).

7. Start commenting on other blogs. Once you have your pillar articles and your daily fresh smaller articles your blog is ready to be exposed to the world. One of the best ways to find the right type of reader for your blog is to comment on other people’s blogs. You should aim to comment on blogs focused on a similar niche topic to yours since the readers there will be more likely to be interested in your blog.

Most blog commenting systems allow you to have your name/title linked to your blog when you leave a comment. This is how people find your blog. If you are a prolific commentor and always have something valuable to say then people will be interested to read more of your work and hence click through to visit your blog.

6. Trackback and link to other blogs in your blog posts. A trackback is sort of like a blog conversation. When you write a new article to your blog and it links or references another blogger”s article you can do a trackback to their entry. What this does is leave a truncated summary of your blog post on their blog entry – it”s sort of like your blog telling someone else’s blog that you wrote an article mentioning them. Trackbacks often appear like comments.

This is a good technique because like leaving comments a trackback leaves a link from another blog back to yours for readers to follow, but it also does something very important – it gets the attention of another blogger. The other blogger will likely come and read your post eager to see what you wrote about them. They may then become a loyal reader of yours or at least monitor you and if you are lucky some time down the road they may do a post linking to your blog bringing in more new readers.

5. Encourage comments on your own blog. One of the most powerful ways to convince someone to become a loyal reader is to show there are other loyal readers already following your work. If they see people commenting on your blog then they infer that your content must be good since you have readers so they should stick around and see what all the fuss is about. To encourage comments you can simply pose a question in a blog post. Be sure to always respond to comments as well so you can keep the conversation going.

4. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival. A blog carnival is a post in a blog that summarizes a collection of articles from many different blogs on a specific topic. The idea is to collect some of the best content on a topic in a given week. Often many other blogs link back to a carnival host and as such the people that have articles featured in the carnival often enjoy a spike in new readers.

To find the right blog carnival for your blog, do a search at blogcarnival.com.

3. Submit your blog to blogtopsites.com. To be honest this tip is not going to bring in a flood of new readers but it”s so easy to do and only takes five minutes so it”s worth the effort. Go to Blog Top Sites, find the appropriate category for your blog and submit it. You have to copy and paste a couple of lines of code on to your blog so you can rank and then sit back and watch the traffic come in. You will probably only get 1-10 incoming readers per day with this technique but over time it can build up as you climb the rankings. It all helps!

2. Submit your articles to EzineArticles.com. This is another tip that doesn’t bring in hundreds of new visitors immediately (although it can if you keep doing it) but it”s worthwhile because you simply leverage what you already have – your pillar articles. Once a week or so take one of your pillar articles and submit it to Ezine Articles. Your article then becomes available to other people who can republish your article on their website or in their newsletter.

How you benefit is through what is called your “Resource Box”. You create your own resource box which is like a signature file where you include one to two sentences and link back to your website (or blog in this case). Anyone who publishes your article has to include your resource box so you get incoming links. If someone with a large newsletter publishes your article you can get a lot of new readers at once.

1. Write more pillar articles. Everything you do above will help you to find blog readers however all of the techniques I’ve listed only work when you have strong pillars in place. Without them if you do everything above you may bring in readers but they won’t stay or bother to come back. Aim for one solid pillar article per week and by the end of the year you will have a database of over 50 fantastic feature articles that will work hard for you to bring in more and more readers.

I hope you enjoyed my list of traffic tips. Everything listed above are techniques I’ve put into place myself for my blogs and have worked for me, however it”s certainly not a comprehensive list. There are many more things you can do. Finding readers is all about testing to see what works best for you and your audience and I have no doubt if you put your mind to it you will find a balance that works for you.

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117 thoughts on “Top Ten Blog Traffic Tip”

  1. This is all great advice. I’ve only just created a blog for my fitness site a couple of days ago. I’m going to follow it once it is up and running. Talk about a timely post! Thanks John and Yaro!

    – Dave

    1. Oopps – I forgot to thank Yaro as well – good guest post!!

      1. Then of course there are the evil tricks….he-he-he

        1. Evil tricks?

          You mean, like, telling your neighbor? LoL.. just kidding.

          Seriously what evil tricks?

          1. Ryan McLean says:

            There are blackhat ways to get traffic
            They are evil though

          2. Yea I get it, but what about a few examples? After all, this blog is by the master of evil…

      2. Ben Pei says:

        Thumbs up Yaro!

        1. Yup read this before on Yaros blog.

    2. Well goodluck David on your new fitness blog venture!

    3. Cashtactics says:

      Starting a new blog can be hark work if you also have a full time job. I suggest getting some “pillar” articles ready before you launch. Also make sure it’s a topic you enjoy… Otherwise you’ll be tired of the blog in just a couple of weeks.

      1. That’s a great post Yaro. Everyone just loves top 10 posts and traffic tips posts.
        Thanks for the post.

        Peter Lee

  2. I can say that I follow all of these top tips, and they definitely work!!! Good post John

    1. Jon says:

      Keep the great content coming… I actually learned something today from this article… will submit my blogs to the directory ASAP!

      Jon
      http://Buzvia.com – Where’s Your Traffic Going?

  3. GP says:

    Great information. These are all great tips and some that I will be using as well.

  4. The pillars are a great way to keep a reader engaged in your site. It also helps build an internal link structure. Blog mastermind sounds like a great program.

    1. Yep. Works every time for me.

  5. good pieces of information, thanks for sharing.

  6. Insightful Tips! Regarding the blog carnivals! I’ve tested this method and I found that if you post to a good quality carnival your chances of improving PR – SERP Rank and Traffic are pretty good.

  7. Another good tips for newbie bloggers from Yaro Starak…kudos

  8. Mike B says:

    Another good post. Its good to have these type of list available. I have been using most of these techniques just from reading bits of info here and there. But to have a reference list to come back to like this helps.

  9. This is great info. I follow most but will have to follow the rest./

  10. Good tip about the Ezine articles, hadn’t heard of that yet. And the pillars Idea is a good one. Sometimes even have a hard time to find my own articles back. Google is helpfull though.

  11. mbreti3gut says:

    good tips. thanks Yaro

  12. Diet Cleanse says:

    3. I’m not going to post some reciprocal link on my site for every blog directory on the web.

  13. Jack says:

    THanks for your tips

  14. Having a domain name, having regular updates and having great content is very important! Linking to other blogs and commenting on other blogs is good too.

    For traffic I would also recommend joining relevant forums and posting useful answers there.
    Joining social media sites like Twitter and StumbleUpon, look for your target audience and be useful to them there.
    Write good guest posts for bigger blogs in your niche.

    Do this daily, over and over again, and you will see increases in traffic to your blog, increases in number of comments to your blog and increases in number of RSS subscribers.

    Marko
    http://www.howtomakemyblog.com

    1. Richard M says:

      I’ve noticed a few trends lately of people actually not having their own domains and doing quit well. I’d say they are still in the minority but it does show that it really isn’t a necessity. Personal I think having your own domain is a must and definitely improves your sites respectability as well as marketing position.

      A tip I don’t see much of that really pushes a lot of the blogs is who your friends are. For example Tweeting blog post on Twitter only gets you so far. If you don’t have a good circle of followers that will RT your stuff then your message doesn’t spread as far. The same goes for using stumbleupon or even sites like Digg. If all you are doing is stumbling or digging the site yourself you aren’t going to get as much traffic. If you build a circle of good freinds that will help push your site you are going to be much more succesful.

  15. This is an excellent guide, I have not tried the Blog carnival and not done much Trackbacks. I will look into the Blog Carnival and see how well I do to get traffic to my blogs with these two new tips. Thanks!

  16. Dean Saliba says:

    Very good article, I’ll be looking use some of these tips myself. 🙂

  17. Thanks for the tips Yaro. I envy those who have got the time to write like you. Just trying the blogging thing out and this surely will be a handy piece.

  18. Submitting the articles to EzineArticles has became useless, trust me you won´t be satisfed with them, but you can still receive 2 or 3 visitors a week from there!

  19. make150aday says:

    great but nothing new.
    And this is also great way to invest in yaro’s project.

    If you think that you are creating a blog just to make money–good luck!!!
    Its not easy as so-called experts say.

    Content is the king and you need to be regular on that. You also need to have a skill in writing.
    Its just like informercials that you see on TV. If you have good skills of writing then you can fool/convince people.

    Oh yeah—don’t be looking only for free stuff…If you wanna make money–you gotta spend some also. This is also one major way of getting traffic.

    Good Luck.

  20. Ben Pei says:

    Yeah kinda all the methods I am following here.. They do work and you see result really..

  21. SEO Tips says:

    Thanks for the tips, but don’t you think adding your pillar article to Ezine articles is a bit of a waste? It means your article will be duplicated for one.

  22. AdJingo says:

    Tip #11, write even more pillar articles!
    Visit other blogs, comment wisely, contribute and share.
    If you’re gong to submit to ezinearticles, might as well submit to social sites like stumble, digg & others
    Have fun

  23. I think 6 and 7 are really key, but also getting out on MyBlogLog, Twitter, BlogCatalog and other social media to interact with other bloggers. That is really what makes the difference. The content needs to be good, no question, but it’s getting the word out there and making a name for yourself that will draw people in to your blog.

  24. Gennaro says:

    Thanks for the helpful tips. Haven’t done the Ezine Articles, but that sounds interesting. I agree with limiting the posts per day. Most blog reader go to several blogs. Too much will cause a post or two to be ignored.

  25. Don Wilson says:

    A recurring point, and seemingly the most important, is that of posting “pillar” articles. My current focus is on blogging daily, as that has been a challenge for me in the past. I’m better about that, but can definitely see a need for the “pillars.”

  26. Kevin Wynn says:

    Thanks for the tips. I will print these tips out and post it on my bulletin board to remind myself each day what I need to do if I am serious about blogging.

  27. Once I saw Yaro Starak’s name in the beginning, I knew it was going to be a great article. 🙂

  28. Melissa says:

    I do have several pillar articles on my blog and they do seem to attract the most traffic. Thanks, Yaro, for the info. I’m in the middle of reading Blog Mastermind!

  29. The information in this post is probably the best I have ever read on the subject of blogging. That is why your site and this site are both in my reader.

  30. All excellent tips from Yaro…I regularly visit his blog and there’s a lot of great information there and I especially get a lot out of his podcasts.

    I’d like to add a couple more quick ways of getting traffic, albeit not a gigantic amount, but they still help.

    Yahoo answers and forums are also a good way to boost the attention to your blog. Yahoo answers doesn’t provide a huge amount, but being consistent with forum posts has the capability to drive much more if your thread becomes popular.

    And, as with every technique, consistency is key…stick with it and you’ll be sure to see results.

  31. Thanks for share TIPs. It really useful. I learn alot from it.

    Thank again.

    FreeAllSoftwareZ,

    http://freeallsoftwarez.maihuong.vn

  32. Matt says:

    Great pointers again.

    I agree with “Earn Extra Money Online”

    I think consitency is definitely key to seeing results with these traffic ideas.

    Im trying to implement them myself over at Urbantie.com

    Having read this, I ve been given a load more ideas to increase my readership

    Thanks a lot

    Matt

  33. Ashley says:

    Yaro;

    Is there a problem with duplicate content when you post on EZ Articles? I mean if you give away your pillar articles will Google hit you with a duplicate content penalty? I assume since you’re recomending it you must know that it’s not a problem but should you tweak your pillar article a bit, re-write a few paragraphs, and then submit it just to be safe?

    Ashley

  34. Harry Tran says:

    These tips are not bad at all.

  35. Great tips Yaro. I will surely apply them in my new tech blog. I believe #7 is one of the most effective one.

  36. Robby G says:

    Yaro, always great advice. I’m surprised not too many people take advice numero 8 as seriously as they should. When someone sees .blogspot.com or the like, that blog isn’t reacted to as good as someone with their own real url like mine 😛

  37. Rose says:

    Thank you for the useful tips

  38. Warren B says:

    Thanks for the information.

  39. ET says:

    Why not digg or stumble upon ? Blogtopsites and ezinearticles are not favourite. Think so

  40. Jery says:

    John. The ideas, Blog traffic tips and really fantastic.The Idea of pillar article is more important and really new to me. Thank you for your helpful post.

    1. John didn’t type up this article. Yaro Starak did.

  41. Reyn Aria says:

    Excellent tips. I always love Yaro’s blogging tips. Writing pillar articles is indeed the most important element you must have in your blog.

  42. Great information. These are all great tips and some that I will be using as well.

  43. I agree with you! I think just pillar articles can only attract new readers and loyal readers to your blog because they find your blog useful.
    But my food blog is only sharing good foods around the country, but I do share with my readers what is the good foods in the town and where they can get it, including the price list too. I think it’s some kind pillar articles too, right? 🙂

    Regards,
    Food Cuisine Blog

  44. J.D. Meier says:

    I like the simplicity of the tips.

    I never did a blog carnival, since I never heard any body rave about the impact. Maybe it’s time for me to test.

  45. Flyssy says:

    Great article, thanks!

    Nice to read a post that doesn’t involve John’s eating habits for a change..

  46. Simon says:

    This is the same rehashed shit that wanna-be pro-bloggers like Yaro have been blabbing on about for years – I have read versions of this article many times…and it’s utter crap. Newbie bloggers should be building targeted properly anchored links to their sites, using researched keywords – and blogging with-in a defined profitable niche or their blogs will never make them good money.

  47. Greg Ellison says:

    Nice tips on how to get traffic to your blog or website. Thanks Greg Ellison

  48. I’ve noticed trackbacks to be a surprising source of new visitors, especially when all I intended to do was direct readers to a good blog post on another site. Must admit, blog carnivals are new to me – I’m interested to see how they work.

  49. John says:

    JC, dude, once again great tips. I’m gonna run the tips on FuckedStartups.com blog and inform my audience.

    John

  50. Ambo says:

    Nice article. Thanks for sharing and giving more tips!

  51. Pheak Tol says:

    good article, i need to start doing #6

  52. Some good advice, I just launched my new blog today and am enjoying just connecting with the blogging community.

  53. Albert says:

    What I get mostly from this is that blogs that teach people essential skills are popular. Think about Yaro’s website, Problogger etc. They are filed with “pillar” posts and not a day passes without me (and millions of other bloggers) visiting them for essential tips. I just discovered John Chow too.

  54. game-girl says:

    I like the idea of bog carnival most of all. A great device to be used.

  55. Hardi says:

    Yahoo Answer is doing good for me 🙂

  56. I guess it is all about motivation in doing this. I think the thing many people do not realize and which i do not realize a lot is that to become successfull at blogging you need to put time into it and it is a real job. But I guess the best part about it is that it is a fun job.

  57. Nice post, Yaro. I agree with these tips.

  58. Andrey says:

    Thanks to John and Yaкo, will necessarily follow their advice on his new blog!

  59. What if you have the blogs and in such blogs there is nothing to teach to your visitors. Suppose if I want to start a blog on movies than what I will teach to my visitors.

    Its ok if you are into money making blog or some langauge speaking or on cooking but what about those kind of blogs where you cant offer any teaching.

    Please guide us what to do in such situation ?

  60. game-girl says:

    I think just offer entertaining to the people not teaching,it is also a money point.

  61. Very interesting tips.Thanks a lot

  62. Yaro is awesome – the concept of 1 pillar article per week is pretty much insane for some people to even consider~

    Asher

  63. Sebastien says:

    I just started a blog and this gives me some good ideas about how to drive traffic to it. Traffic has been slowly increasing since I started. This is the first article about blog marketing that doesn’t mention Social Media. I heard stumbling does great.

  64. Fact is there are plenty of ways to make money online and I have LOTs of websites that create residual income for me. (I’m not talking thousands of dollars, but many of these websites generate roughly $100 to $200 per month.) If you have 10 streams of income that make $150 per month – you make $1,500 per month. That is more than most people’s rent. Everyday I will be adding a new source of supplemental income on my blog called Residuals and Royalties.

  65. I wonder if commenting on others people blog really helps that much

  66. 4all2all says:

    Good Tips – Follow him!

    Thanks!

  67. thanks Yaro, learnt many things from your article , especially blog commenting..lol

  68. Love the tips! You are a ‘pillar’ Yaro!!

  69. Subscribed to Yaro’s feed and blogging book before I started my blog. Enjoyed the reminders here. It appears I need to get busy writing pillar articles.

    Have you noticed that a certain person has been leaving comment after comment here? Hmmmm….very interesting.

  70. Richie says:

    About submitting to EzineArticles.com, do I have to make a separate article for it or can I use an article for my blog?

    Thanks!

  71. Mai says:

    thanks for this nice tip man.. 🙂

  72. I am very happy and agree for your good advise thanks very much sharing for us.

  73. Tommy says:

    Nice tips on how to attract traffics to blogs!

  74. munawar am says:

    I have read Yaro’s ebook talking about blogging strategies. with my own perspective, than I wrote them on my blog in Indonesian language. that was very clearly helpful and useful for me. thanks John.

  75. Joyce says:

    Great post. Blogging can become a fulltime job when getting started. I think the key factor is to become organized and have a plan. Otherwise you will go around in circles, like I do at times.

  76. Profitopia says:

    Commenting on other peoples blogs is one of the best methods that actually works.

  77. eGruve.com says:

    Thanks for all the ideas.

  78. abee says:

    Very Inspiring Traffic tactic. Thanks a lot John & Yaro…

  79. Froi says:

    Reality is It’s quite really hard for a start-up online blogger (like me) to come up with good content and writeup, but not that I’m being negative, just being honest, but only thing that makes you go on with what you started is having the proper mindset. However thanks Yora for sharing with us this Pillar thing, it was something that enlighten me as a blogger. Some advice from the experienced bloggers like you does really help a lot. Again Thanks Man : )

  80. Very nice piece of information. I always wait to read your articles. This piece of information is very beneficial especially for bloggers who are finding it difficult to get traffic. One more thing Sir, it is quite important to stress on content writing with good keywords while writing articles.

  81. Thanks to Yaro for this and thanks to you, John, for sharing it. But seriously, as awesome as these tips sounds, what beats me is that MOST people will read these and shrug their shoulders and NOT implement them. Why this happens is always surprising. Heck, lots of people even pay money to buy good ebooks/videos but don’t implement the strategies taught there. Pretty strange.

  82. ¿Para cuando johnchow en español?

  83. Commenting is a top three. It help to build a community and relations within that community. Any traffic you get is a bonus.

  84. 100wordrants says:

    As a new blogger, I am trying to find new ways to build traffic and I think a few of these will benefit me a great deal. Only problem I face is my posts have to be less than 100 words. It may be hard to write pillar articles that short. I find myself writing insperational things lateley like the one below. They attract more people because they are real and not just something random. People can relate to them more, and it attracts commenting.

    http://100wordrants.com/sometimes-winning-is-actually-loosing

  85. lordcajen says:

    Excellent post! I have a couple of pillar articles and was looking to try and find more sources of traffic. Thanks for these TIPS – i’ll definitely try them out.

  86. Great advice. My experience is that my blogs that have posts split between part 1&2 works great but only if the total word count is in excess of 1000 words. Blog posts that are less than 100 words (as someone mentioned above) are pretty worthless in my opinion and will not get you any ranking on Google at all.

  87. Ali Hussain says:

    Thankyou for the tips. Will keep them in mind

  88. I like to follow your way the tips you write is excellent.Please show me the way how earn more by google adsense and others related way.

  89. All great tips and coming from Yaro, that’s what we’ve come to expect. My favorite is blog commenting as I’ve seen much traffic from this method. What I like about blog commenting is that besides bringing in the traffic, it gives me plenty of backlinks and the opportunity to build my blogging community which to me is the most important.

    Peter Lee

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