How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog and Keep It There

It happens to the best of us. At some point, each blogger faces the same issue. It’s the bane of our existence. We’ve set up our blog, crafted our message, and now we ask: How do we get more traffic?

How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog and Keep It There

The blog traffic jam. We’ve all experienced it at some point. That sudden halt of visitors to your site that has you wondering, “What did I do wrong?” It may happen at the beginning, middle, or end of a blog’s life, but it’s inevitable.

If you’re just getting started or have been blogging for a while, you’ve faced this nemesis. And you’ve asked yourself,

How do I get out of this? How do I get more traffic to my site?

To help answer that question, I came up with a simple list. But before that, let’s talk about motives…

Why do you want more traffic?

So, you have a blog, but want more traffic?

First, check your motives: Is it help people, be a resource, and make a difference? Or to make you famous?

If the latter, quit blogging now. If you’re blogging for self-serving reasons, then that may be the real inhibitor to your blog’s growth. Because here’s the truth:

People want you to talk about them, not you.

It’s okay to write about personal experiences and share what you’ve learned from a first-hand perspective, but be careful of making yourself into some kind of blog rock star. Instead, aim to be a resource and help to others.

The irony is that if you do that, you’ll end up becoming a star.

So if you want more traffic to your blog, don’t focus on the traffic. Focus on the people.

23 tips for getting more traffic to your site

Here are some ideas for how to get more traffic to your blog (click the links for more helpful resources).

  1. Leave thoughtful comments on other people’s blogs.
  2. Write shorter posts.
  3. Blog consistently.
  4. Write less.
  5. Be a resource.
  6. Use trackbacks.
  7. Organize your posts with lists and subheads.
  8. Get on Twitter. Tweet links to your posts and other useful content.
  9. Link out to other sites (but only ones that will help people).
  10. Share your content on Facebook (and ask your friends to share it, too).
  11. Write stuff people will want to link to.
  12. Ask questions.
  13. Be funny.
  14. Be clever.
  15. Be remarkable.
  16. Request a link from someone else to a blog post.
  17. Do some public speaking.
  18. Write attractive headlines.
  19. Optimize your site for search engines.
  20. Deliver killer content.
  21. Guest post on someone else’s blog.
  22. Write in the second person (“you” not “me”).
  23. Tell stories.

Any serious blogger will eventually hit a plateau and need some help extending her platform beyond its initial reach.

This happens to all of us. And there’s nothing wrong with asking the question: “How can I get more traffic?” (Just make sure that your motive is to help and not merely to make you famous.)

We all get stuck some times. This is where using a “jump starter” like this list may come in handy. (Thanks to Seth Godin for inspiring this post with his own list of tips for how to get traffic for your blog.)

If you want more help on building a blog, check out my free training on launching a blog and monetizing it.

What tips would you offer for getting more traffic to your blog? Share in the comments.

506 thoughts on “How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog and Keep It There

  1. I really appreciate all of the useful tips and information. Your writing (blog, books, etc) is like a nurturing shower of rain and I feel blessed be in a place where I can benefit from the water. Thanks so much for all that you do to help us grow!

  2. Nice post Jeff, you’ve been a great resource per usual!

    You left out one thing you practice which other bloggers can learn from.  Nice use of white space can often keep a reader comfortable within a website for longer periods of time.  That means short paragraphs, big round fonts, etc.  

  3. Great stuff Jeff.  To be honest, I initially stopped reading after the first 3 strategies because I couldn’t say I was executing on any of the first three.  It made me seriously reevaluate some things and go back to the drawing board.  Much needed.

  4. Thanks for the great advice, Jeff. I’m in the plateau mode myself, and need to work on a few of those items on the list.  I think that will help me get over the hump.  Love your advice, as always!

  5. People who are successful in blogging never knew they could make a lot of money from it. They saw it as a passion and a way to help others and it is is important because when you just think of the money you are sure to give up  easily.

  6. Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for the tips! I have been blogging for about 2 years now and one of my biggest struggles in the beginning was getting my traffic to stay & keep coming back. I would have a huge amount of traffic for a day, and them virtually no traffic at all for a while. I have followed most of the tips above, and my traffic has greatly improved. There are a few tips that I was not familiar with until I read this post that I will definitely try. Thanks again!

  7. I started blogging today…and may be following your ideas will help me in future..Thank you so much…

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  9. Hi Jeff!  You provided some excellent information in this post, which leads me to specific question.  I’ve been blogging for about a year, but the blog has seen very little traffic.  I know that inconsistency is a factor, but I also found that there are several other websites and blogs that have the same name as mine (or contain several elements of it in its name.)

    Would you recommend starting a new blog with a new name, and then applying the tips you recommended for optimal success, or can I potentially achieve the same success with these tips on my current blog?

    My blog: http://onthewritepage.blogspot.com/

    1.  Hey Shawanda,

      I hope you don’t mind me giving you a few tips.  I wouldn’t suggest starting over with a new name, unless you’re moving to a .com address.  And while tip #4 is write less, you need to write more.  I would suggest at least one post a week to start.  Mondays are the most popular days to read posts – so post on Mondays, before 8am.  Apply the other tips and your blog traffic should increase.

      1. Hi Michaela,

        Thank you for the tips you shared; I really appreciate you taking the time to share them with me.  I’m excited about using these and the tips that Jeff offered.  Do you have a blog?  If so, can you give me the link to it?  I’m looking for read (and support) more blogs and bloggers like myself.

        1.  Sure!  I blog at http://www.aweinclusive.com.  Building a network is really important to keeping motivation, testing ideas, and getting good feedback.  I’m participating in my first blogger conference this year, but I’ve joined quite a few blogger/traveler networks since staring my blog.  They’ve helped tremendously.

  10. I would add be constant and predictable.  Readers should visit your site with the expectation of great, timely content and they should leave with their expectation fulfilled.

  11. Your tip to write shorter posts is one that has made a world of difference for me. If people know that most of my posts are going to be about the same length (usually 400-500 words) and that I am going to be consistent in posting, my traffic goes up and up. Great, simple list. Thanks!

  12. I wrote for my first website for a few years, I honestly can say that my writing skills were low par. I hardly had any interesting topics, yet I was killing it traffic wise. A couple thousand hits a day. On my new blog, the highest I had hit traffic wise is a couple hundred hits in one day. And it averages around 100 on a daily basis.

    Hopefully if I get back into the loop, and start writing every day again, my popularity will go back up.

  13. these are realy cool tips but how we can tweet our blog to other tweets if we are new on twitor?

  14. Ha! Thanks Jeff!

    Liking these tips, this was an engaging read and straight to the point… been trying to get some visibility for a product blog @665283b83c4ee51d39576312020a0917:disqus  http://blog.webchurchconnect.com but haven’t really gotten much traffic but next post I’m going to use your tips!

  15. This is really useful! I am really wanting to increase traffic to my blog I think writing shorter posts is the way forward for me!

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  16. Thank you for that, Jeff. For a amateur like me it really is useful reading posts such as the above- especially as up until now my blog articles have been wayyyyyyy too long. Thanks for the tips…

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  17. This is very helpful Jeff, and many thanks. I also am a new blogger, and although I have been in the book business for many years and am a published author (rock biographies – saddo me!) the idea of blogging has always been a bit daunting. But your point about the reader wanting to read about themselves not about me is very true (old Lit Crit maxim – “it’s not the book the writer writes that is important, but the book the reader reads”). So thanks again. My blog is about how I got into the publishing world, and hundreds of stories from being kissed by Sophia Loren on my first day at work to throwing several hundred pounds/dollars out of a 30th storey+ Holiday Inn window. And so, shamefully of course, if anyone would like to read my first three posts…. http://lifeinbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. I always find these kinds of posts interesting because some say the same things and others say something completely different. I think if you have a good idea, interesting information, and you attempt to network and get yourself out there. You will find readers. Thanks
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  21. Great post, I have recently just doubled my traffic by guest posting alone, my traffic wasn’t that good before but double is quite the difference. I found that the more useful the comment was, the more traffic I could bring in and I posted 5 guest posts per day and it is working wonders. 

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  23. Jeff that is one nice list of tips on how to get AND maintain traffic to our blogs. Being fresh and posting unique content is definitely one of the most important aspects of blog posting, but what many of us often forget is, just as you said, “write for others, not yourself”.

    If we stick to that and be persistent anyone can make a blog work. People like to read useful content, not the same articles over and over again.

    So thanks for some great tips, which we all should follow!

    Kind regards

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  25. Your acually saying that they are the top tips ,,, hahaha your having a laugh arent you, some good ideas but .. others like ,, make people laugh wtf ?

  26. So happy that I stumbled upon this post. I’ve been trying to figure out how to bring traffic to my blog. There’s so much out there on this subject. You broke it down in a with relevance and simplicity. Thank you, Jeff!

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