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Three simple actions that doubled my website traffic in 30 days

The following post on how to increase website traffic was submitted by Adrian W Kingsley-Hughes.

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I started the PC Doctor blog in May of 2005 and for the first few months my traffic was really low – down in the few hundreds of visitors a day. It was pretty depressing I can tell you and there were times when I thought about quitting.  I knew that the site was in the Google ‘sandbox’ and so I either had to keep on plugging at it until it was out or I had to give up.

Fortunately, I decided to keep on posting but in the interim I decided that I was also going to do my utmost to drive traffic to my site manually until Google kicked in. I took a look around at what some of the successful blogs were doing and came up with three tactics that helped to double my website traffic in a month.

  1. First, I made the most of Technorati tags.  I tagged every key word in each of my posts. Initially I did this manually but them I discovered a WordPress plugin called SimpleTags that made the job a whole lot easier. I found that by tagging my post effectively they were getting a lot more attention then their untagged counterparts, and as an added advantage I was getting focused, quality traffic to the site!
  2. I leveraged my existing website.  I’ve been running my business website for a few years and that was getting modest levels of traffic that was relevant to my blog – so why not try to drive some of that to my new blog! I placed a few FeedBurner headline animator blocks on some of my most popular pages and after a day or so I noticed a significant increase in traffic for 5 minutes worth of work on my part.
  3. Finally, I made effective use of trackback links to popular sites. If I commented on a post on another site I would make sure that I set up the appropriate trackback for it. The results from this are varied depending on the site and post that you are linking to but since I liked to comment and interact with the wider blogosphere anyway, it was free traffic!

Using these three simple techniques, I took The PC Doctor blog from a few hundred hits a day into the thousands in less than 30 days. This kept my interest in the site until it came out of the Google sandbox and I started to receiver some serious traffic. However, I’m convinced that these actions I took at the early stages have helped me create a loyal and targeted readership that continues to benefit my blog today.

Further Reading: If finding new traffic for your blog is what you’re interested in – check out 31 Days to Build a Better Blog – a month long set of exercises to help you develop content but also build a well read blog.

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Comments

  1. skipratt says:

    Hello, thanks for this article. But has any one got any idea on how I can implement the 3 steps to my blogger blog? Nothing ever seems easy when dealing with blogger unlike wordpress and it’s vast amount of plugins. Saying that though, I am using free blogger with my own domain name so I thought about switching to wordpress, but realised that free wordpress is no better!

    Maybe if I can get some decent traffic to my blog and make a little money from it, I can get some paid hosting!!!! whoops,,, I’m rambling about nothing again, sorry!!! ;-)

  2. erick says:

    ah…this is what i need….thank you somuch..sometimes even little things out from my eyes and mind to do…..once again thank you so much….

  3. A Dawn says:

    Keywords via Simple Tags and trackback links are the most commonly used techniques to increase website traffic. Although it takes a lot of time and effort, the return is worth it.

  4. great tips. for almost a year my blog visitor is stagnant.. so hard to double it up. I’ll try this simple tips.

    Bobby
    http://www.inspiration-inbox.com

  5. Vicki Finn says:

    Thanks for the info Adrian! Thanks to you I was able to see that my blog was actually hacked and I fixed it and added the things you suggested to my blog: http://www.favorcreative.com/blog

    Thanks again!

  6. SEO India says:

    Great article! Thanks for these useful tips now i can definitely increase my website traffic.

  7. Doug says:

    Thanks Adrian! There is some great information in all these replies too.

    I really enjoy the challenge of not only proactively seeking traffic but chasing my new blogs up the search engine rankings. I find this to be my greatest motivator when things seem slow.

    My next venture is going to be starting two similar blogs in the same niche and race them both to the highest ranking possible inside 30 days. Should be fun while a learning experience at the same time.

    All the best,
    Doug

  8. SEO Company says:

    yaa i like your article i use your step three more time and it would give me some benefit, i also share one more thing if you make more online friends you got more traffic!!! thanks for nice article

  9. Alexis says:

    I believe that the most important factor to realize a constant traffic is to let the users to recycle the website, meaning that some articles are just enough to read once, therefore you need to put articles or set things up so that people can re use them every single time they visit your website. Something like this will work properly I think: http://www.dictipedie.com/

  10. good job on doubling your website traffic in just one month, it really goes to show that when you doubled your effort, it will pay off and reaping the rewards of your effort is something that keeps on pushing us towards our goal.

  11. Ares Vista says:

    The best thing about building a high-traffic site is that once it is built, it can continue to produce revenues for years to come. A lot of hard work is definitely involved, but once it’s done, it’s easy to see what an amazing investment all that time and effort really was.

  12. This article had some very interesting tips. I will be trying these tips in the future. One of the best ways to build up traffic is to understand how niche marketing works to cut through all the big name websites and build targeted traffic. Also building up your link popularity will help you get out of the Google Sand Box.

  13. Smokey says:

    i could be curious to know how many posts per day you put out during that 30 day period

  14. Very interesting and useful tips. I am trying these tips, and let me find out if it works for me!

  15. Nice post, I will try these tips and will thank you if it works..

  16. Chadwick says:

    Good info. I am only a local company and only receive an avg of 10 hits a day. I would love more.

  17. Whitley says:
  18. Salvy says:

    Thank you for your advice. I am currently promoting my website: http://www.hobbyistparadise.com I know it has a lot of useful content, but it seems nobody is noticing it existes. Advertising is kind of hard.

  19. neon says:

    Everything is very open and very clear explanation of issues. was truly information. Your website is very useful. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Novephel says:

    Good Advice! This blog is amazing. It’s definitely something a beginner blogger like myself strives to be like!

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