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How To Promote Your Blog – The Fastest Way To 1000 Visitors Per Day

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Today’s post is about that most important ingredient of Blogging Success – HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR BLOG.

I am often asked: ‘If you had to start over online, from scratch – what would you do to promote your blog and build up your traffic again as quickly as possible’

A very good question and one I have been giving quite a bit of thought to recently.

I think most people over-complicate traffic. They’re reading too much into all these techniques and spending all their time making sure their blog looks good.

There’s nothing wrong with having a great blog design or doing SEO the right way. But it is a problem when you’re spending so much time on the technical stuff that you forget your site’s purpose: to provide immense value for your visitors.

Extraordinary content is the key to extraordinary traffic.

So assuming you are starting from scratch or your funds are limited here is my Kick Start Strategy For Bloggers:

How To Get 1000 Visitors To You Blog Every Day

Step 1) Create Great Content For Your Blog

The number 1 thing you should focus on to get traffic is, great content. Why? because that’s what attracts people to your website.

When I’m writing an article, I have two things in mind. Firstly, I want to make it as simple for someone to understand as possible. Secondly, I want to make it as beneficial to the reader as possible.

So, with that in mind, how much great content do you need to get 1000 visitors a day.

10 articles getting 100 visitors a day.

20 articles getting 50 visitors a day.

100 articles getting 10 visitors a day.

Looking at these numbers, I would say you were best of focusing on less articles, that bring more traffic.

So how do you go about creating content so good that you can get 1000 visitors a day? Here is step by step what I would do:

Brainstorm and research high traffic keywords.

Great content gets linked to a lot, on both social media and blogs, but only if people can find it in the first place.

Links help you rank high in Google.

But none of this matters if you don’t target your blog post for something people are actually searching for in Google.

That’s where keyword research comes in.

Keyword research is all about finding keywords that get the most searches in Google.

To do this, we use Ahrefs. This has to be my favorite tool that I have found this year. It’s far better and more user friendly than any other tool similar to it.

Once you signup for an account (they have a free trial), go to their Keywords Explorer tool and type in the topic you want to write a blog post about. You want to find keywords that have a lot of searches but are not so competitive that you can’t rank for them.

Ahrefs will tell you how much traffic a search term is getting and how many backlinks you are likely to need to rank for this search term. It will also tell you who is already ranking for it, how much traffic they are getting and what other keywords they rank for on that page.

This is an important point to remember. Your blog posts won’t just rank for 1 keyword, but perhaps 100’s and in some cases, 1000’s of different keywords.

Write a headline to sell people on your article.

A headline is what attracts people to your blog post.

When we write headlines for our posts, we try to include what they will learn, the benefit from learning it and also why they should learn it from us.

A good example of this is: 10 Headlines Examples That Got Us 10 Million Readers

They will learn the best headlines, to get lots of traffic and they should listen to us because we have been successful at it.

Another example could be: 18 Website Optimization Tips For More Traffic and Higher Conversions

They learn website optimization tips, the benefit being more traffic and higher conversions.

Create a top list article around keywords.

Our readers seem to prefer top list articles much more than any other type of post. I think this is because you know exactly what you are going to get.

Not only do you know what you are going to get but you also know how the content is going to be laid out.

I think this is key to their success because people want to skim content. They don’t want to invest time into reading long posts if they don’t know it’s going to be worth it.

One recommendation I would make is, link out to other websites in your blog posts. When we write articles such as 50 Most Influential People In Blogging, we link to each blogger. When they see the post, they often share it and link to it somewhere on their blog.

As mentioned earlier in this post, the more links a website has pointing to it, the higher it ranks in Google.

Write a Top List Post

Make Sure Your Blog Post Looks Amazing

Optimize readability and proof read your blog posts.

We like to write content in a way that people can come to our site and quickly skim an article and figure out if it’s an article they want to read. I think this is a big part of why so many people read our posts.

Think about it this way, if you go to one of our blog posts and it’s just 2000 words, no paragraphs, no headlines, no images, are you going to invest your time reading it? It’s unlikely you would.

When we create a blog post, we make sure we use images, not just to promote our posts, but to split up the content.

Here is an outline of how we display our blog posts on IncomeDiary:

Main Headline
Introduction
Headline 2 (h2 tag)
Headline 3 (h3 tag)
Text
Image
Headline 4 (h3 tag)
Text
Image

And so on…

Sometimes we include sub-headlines for sub-headlines. It’s important to break up content to make it easy to read.

Step 2) Search Engine Optimization

Now that you have found a good keyword and written a blog post, you need to optimize your post for that keyword.

Optimizing Your Blog Post For a Keyword

Go and download a free WordPress plugin called Yoast SEO. This plugin will ask you what search term you want your blog post to rank for. Then it will tell you everything you need to do to best rank for it.

Such as:

  • Including keyword in headline
  • Including keyword is meta description
  • Including keyword in first paragraph of post
  • Including internal and external links
  • Including an image with the name of your keyword
  • Add alt attributes with the focus keyword to your images
  • Mentioning the keyword enough times

Once you have done this, you should be ready to publish your post.

Blog Post SEO

Optimizing Your Website For Search Engines

A big part of how Google decides on where your blog post will rank in it’s search engine is based on how much it likes your website.

Google wants to link to websites that are up to date, user friendly, trustworthy and popular.

Here is a list of ways to achieve this:

  • Have a contact page with address and phone number
  • Get HTTPS in your website URL
  • Add a sitemap to your website
  • Always fix broken links
  • Improve your page speed
  • Make sure you have no duplicated content

Remember, you can optimize your blog posts as much as you like, but if the content isn’t amazing, it’s not going to get linked to, which means it’s not going to rank well in Google.

Step 3) Optimize Your Blog Marketing

Now that your blog post is published and it’s optimized for Google, the next important thing I recommend you do, is to make it easy for people to find your content.

You want as many people as possible, all coming to your website at the same time to view your new post. Not just because you want lot’s of traffic but because it gives you a better chance of getting even more traffic.

Think about it this way, if someone sees one person share your article, they often won’t look at it. But if they see 10 people sharing your article, they start to think, WOW, this must be good.

If you’re creating great content, you’re bound to eventually get some big spikes in traffic.

When starting out with a website, we could be getting about 400 visitors a day. Then one day we post an interesting article that does well on social media and it gets about 4,000 visitors that day. That’s 10 times the amount of traffic.

The only problem with spikes in traffic is that they can be gone as quickly as they come. The spike of a successful article goes down after two or three days.

But a good website is designed to turn one-time traffic into recurring traffic. After jumping from 400 visitors a day to 4,000 visitors a day, it goes back down to 600 or 700. That’s a big increase from where it was before.

How to promote your blog

We turn traffic spikes into long-term traffic by asking people to subscribe to our email list. You’ll notice we have a popup and an opt-in box in the footer of this web page which offer exclusive content for people who subscribe by email. Email is the most direct way to let people know that you’ve published a great new article.

Another way to get first-time visitors to come back to your site is through social media.  These communities bring a consistent social buzz to each new post.

Every time we do a new blog posts, we have all these new fans, all these new people. So every time we do something it’s just going to get bigger, and bigger. That’s real momentum.

Here are my top tips for getting lots of traffic to a brand new blog post:

Email Your Subscribers

Like I just mentioned, one of the best way to instantly get a lot of people to visit your website is to email subscribers.

Every time we email our list about a new post, 1000’s of people visit our site. Some of them share it on social media, some link to it on their blog.

This gets us backlinks to our blog post and gives our search engine optimization a good boost.

This is an important part to the success of any post.

But how do you get email subscribers if your blog is new? Read this post about 10 ways to get email subscribers.

Mention It On Social Media

Similar to having an email list, you can Tweet/Facebook your article and a whole load of people will visit it. If the article is amazing, people will share it.

We don’t put a lot of effort into building our social media accounts because we know if we write great posts, our readers will do the sharing for us. Having said this, social media has been one of our best traffic sources. One of the reasons for our success with social media is we signed up and started using it way earlier then the majority of other people.

When I launched IncomeDiary, something that was going really well right then was Twitter. Twitter was the in-thing. Everyone was jumping on board.

Since Twitter was new, the make money online niche wasn’t yet saturated.

I was getting huge amounts of traffic — literally 100,000 visitors in a month from Twitter. And I could take advantage of it so easily by just following thousands of Twitter users a day. Thousands of people would come to my profile to see who has followed them and follow me back, click my profile link, my updates, and so on.

Then when Pinterest launched, we were able to do the same thing.

We have found that often in business, we are able to achieve huge amounts of success by acting quickly and not waiting to see how things work out. Some bloggers may of looked at Twitter and thought it won’t last and decided not to join until a lot later.

Getting People On Your Blog To Read Your New Posts

This is also an important step in your blog promotion. One of the easiest way to keep website traffic high, is to keep people visiting page after page and coming back to your website. A few ways you can do this:

  • Add a link to your top navigation bar. If people enjoy your content, they will want to look for more.
  • Add a link to the top of your sidebar.
  • Make sure the post is featured on the home and category pages.
  • Make sure the post is featured in related/popular posts.

Ask Friends to Comment and Share (read why)

When I first started blogging, I would often ask friends in the industry to comment and share my posts. Most of them didn’t have any traffic, but that wasn’t important.

What was important, was if I was getting lots of comments and shares, other people coming to the site would be a lot more likely to comment and share.

Remember, it’s about momentum.

The Last Word:

Traffic is a Marathon, Not a Sprint.

People are so excited at the beginning. They go on writing blog posts left, right, and center. But then after a few months, they haven’t made any money and they just give up. That’s why people fail so often.

Even if you’re doing everything right, it’s unrealistic to expect to have a ton of traffic and income right away. These things need time.

My brother didn’t make any money with Expert Photography the first few months. But he kept at it because he’d seen exactly how long it had taken me to grow my websites in the past. Eventually, he was making $100 per month, then $1000 per month, now he makes $1000’s a day.

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Comments

  1. Love the video Michael! You should do more of them. I have never really been into facebook fan pages, but might have to set one up to see if I can get it to work for me.

  2. aaron darko says:

    That guy behind the camera did an awesome job lol

    Was great shooting this Mike. I learnt a lot from this video.

    Very very valuable information for people.

    I think top lists is the best way to cause a splash in a niche!

  3. great video Mike…amazing content, thanks for the share. the new retire@21 looks pretty neat.. good luck mate 🙂 cheers

  4. Top list is the key. Always need to remember that

  5. Mayank Patel says:

    Excellent post and video mate! You really are an inspiration to people like me… 🙂

    I’ve a lot to learn though to get my blog going, just about manages to get 150 pageviews on average 🙁

    Anyway, nice new (Retire@21) website look too!

  6. Michael Anderson says:

    Hi Michael,
    Haven’t heard from you in while – now I know why. Nice video – I like the new site too.
    Thanks

  7. John Paul Aguiar says:

    I agree 1000% That Twitter is the best source for free quick traffic,, Facebook close second for me.

  8. Leon Aldrich says:

    Michael,
    Great post with the video. (tips hat).

    My tendency is to learn all that I can, before diving in. Thanks to your articles and advice, I’ll be switching over to a hosted domain using WordPress and a WOOTheme (and other products and services you have recommended).

    What I would like to see on your site that would give you an edge over what many others are doing is, when you make statements, you back them up by illustrating with who, what, when, where, how? You answer questions before they are asked because you filter your content through the looking glass of “What does the new person need to know here?”

    One example is when you basically state, “Host with hostgator because I do.” If I hadn’t already been a fan of yours from your Twitter post, you would have lost me at that point as a student and consumer. As someone willing to learn from you, I wanted to know WHY I should use hostgator over godaddy or the others? I needed specifics and not just because of a “I said so”.

    In my case, because the information wasn’t on your site for me to review, I had to troll the net looking for who could spell it out for me. Who could explain storage and bandwidth and page load times and all the other basics that would define my reason for choosing one host over another. As a consumer, I need to know the benefits of a product before I purchase it. What will hostgator do for me at what price vs. the other hosters? What will using WordPress do for me over any other blogging/cms software? Etc.

    An added note, I have researched almost ALL of your recommendations this way: WordPress, WooThemes,
    MarketMeTweet, and more. I spent countless hours digging around online. And though the end result is the same (your suggestions are near 100% the correct choice); I had to figure this out myself by trial and error. I would much rather of just learned it directly from your site (hint hint).

    Sincerely (the 46 year old 21 year old),
    Leon Aldrich

    • eorge Aldrich says:

      Thoughtful comments Bro.

    • Leon,

      Thanks very much for your comment, really have taken it and will do what you ask. Launching a new site for IncomeDiary in the coming weeks and it will be included, if not sooner.

      Michael

  9. Manikandan says:

    Hi Michael nice post. You really inspired me to start my own blog. Hope i can make a better blog. Take care 🙂

    Thanks/regards,
    Manikandan

  10. Yeah, Twitter is the best source for traffic. Now I’m learning how to use facebook to gain traffic like twitter did.

  11. What perfect timing for this post as I’ve just finished my 7 day IncomeDiary course and I’m all set up and ready to go!

    My next step is traffic, so I found this post really useful. Keep it up!

  12. Hi Michael, I’ve always loved your posts. It’s actually my main ‘make money online’ destination; and this post’s just wonderful.:)

  13. going to do some top lists. thanks

  14. Hi Mike,

    The Top Lists are huge because it becomes industry specific and generates a lot of buzz and continues to bring traffic after Twitter and Facebook are done with. I use dominic.freelancer@gmail.com as my regular freelance writer and content provider. He does my blogs/article marketing and PR and saves me a lot of time.

    Thanks for the post – i’ve marked it as a Fav.

  15. Michael Davies says:

    Hey,

    That is one sweet video presentation!

    And thanks for including the transcript with this. 🙂

    I never really gave any considerations to the “top lists”. That really opened up some interesting possibilities.

    I’ll be working through these steps starting now!!

    Cheers,
    Michael Davies

  16. Hi Michale, I am big Fan of you.. you inspired me a lot.. good keep it up

  17. Hey Michael – Great post!
    Though (as a new blogger) I am still not clear about this ‘Top lists’ thing.
    How will it drive traffic to me in a huge way?

    Thanks!

  18. Luke Etheridge says:

    Michael, Michael, Michael!

    As always man – that was a really great post – they are all great but this one stands out like a saw thumb – Brilliant!

    Well done to Aaron on the camera too 😉 …skills of a young spielberg!

    Just been thinking about a meet up soon bud…what are your movements next weekend, you about? Skype me up when you get the chance.

    Thanks for a REALLY inspirational post mate…got me thinking LOADS!

    Luke

    • Hey Luke,

      Sounds good, Skype me sometime and we can organize a time to meet up.

      Thinking of doing a monthly meet up for Internet Entrepreneurs as well.

      Glad you liked the video,

      Michael

  19. Sweet post, that is still one thing I need to keep up in doing, participating in the social media. In addition, I never even though about creating top lists, you just gave me content ideas for the next couple of months. Thanks again Michael, keep up the good job.

  20. Excellent video.. I like it Michael

  21. Hi Michale,

    Excellent video post, twitter is great traffic source for us but I am still struggling with facebook.

    Thanks.

  22. Chris Peacock says:

    Great tips Michael especially the top lists. Good to see you doing video as well. Keep it up!

    Thanks!

  23. Great tips Michael especially the top lists. Good to see you doing video as well. Keep it up!

    Thanks!

  24. SalStabler says:

    Hey, Michael, great video post, twitter is a great traffic source, but i have to say Facebook is just as good. Increase your fan page followers is the trick, also try facebook advertising. One of my favorite traffic sources has been StumbleUpon, it’s been doing great, and the advertising has worked very well, give them a try.

  25. Juan Carlos Hurtado says:

    Michael,

    I am learning a lot from you!

    Thanks for including THE TRANSCRIPTS !!!

    Great idea for us who hardly understand spoken english !

    From Colombia …. JUAN CARLOS

  26. Moon Hussain says:

    Good stuff there, Michael. Love the top lists idea. We all do the three things you mentioned but I’m not doing them effectively.

    Which is the key 😉 Def. deserves a re-tweet.

  27. Tammy from MarketMeTweet says:

    Hi Michael! Great post, and thanks for the plug. I’m so glad you like MarketMeTweet and will be so excited when you get to download version 2 coming very very soon! (cough cough facebook integration)

  28. Your video is superb, very nicely you explained the things. I use all the methods you mentioned but traffic is not increasing. what to do?

  29. David Stillwagon says:

    Your posts are always informative. I really like the idea of having a fan page and the lists sound pretty good too.

  30. Micah Sewell says:

    Dude, Thanks! I had forgotten how important tweeting was. I tweeted from two accounts and got like twenty people immediately. :o) I know that’s small, but I’m just starting with this new graphic design blog. Now I need to go write some top list posts.

  31. Nate @ Possible Cash says:

    Thanks for the information…

    I’m little confused on something.

  32. Hi everyone
    i donot really understand the list concept.?
    can any body please help me how to create a list.? and how to get traffic by using list.?
    thank you so much
    Steven

    • Kate Kutny says:

      Steven I can help you if you like. This is how you create a list:

      For example let’s write a list about Hosting Sites. And we are going to do a top 10 list for Hosting Sites. It would look like this:

      Top 10 Hosting Sites

      1 – Add Hosting Site here that you think is the best! Then talk about it’s benefits.
      2 – Add 2nd best Hosting Site here….
      3 – Add 3rd best Hosting Site here….
      4 – Add 4th best
      5 – Add 5th best
      6 – Add 6th best
      7 – Add 7th best
      8 – Add 8th best
      9 – Add 9th best
      10- Add 10th best

      Near each Hosting site on the top 10 you should write a short description on “why” this Hosting site is so great. Let people know the benefits and why it’s better than the one below it. You could give 4 reasons why it’s so great!

      After you are finished writing the top 10 list you should make sure to have an introduction and a conclusion. This will make your list more professional.

      I hope this helps you. I know it’s been awhile since you posted your question, but maybe someone else will read it and it could help them as well.

  33. Charlie Hash says:

    Thanks for this information, Nice video.. Hope it help me..

  34. I kinda thought lists were played out from reading so many blogs that do them, but just like in direct advertising and mail oreder if so many are doing it then it must be profitible. The trick in using a certain technique is getting in and out before oversaturization takes effect 😉

  35. Lester e.a.Wilson says:

    Michael,your video was tops man.

    It was very very informative,especially the part to do with top list…

    Thanks a lot.and keep up the good work!

    Lester e.a.Wilson

    http://www.4ugood.com

  36. Kate Kutny says:

    The reason why it’s good to write list type articles is because people LOVE them! When I see a top 10 list article I have to read it. I’m sure you have seen a top 10 that you liked and you felt the urge to read it as well. We are curious to find out what is the top. And that is what we are doing. Trying to make people curious. So creating Top 10, Top 20, Top 50 and Top 100 “fill in blank” can help you get a ton of traffic!

  37. Praveen-Techperk says:

    Great Post Micheal

  38. Great post…

  39. Sean M Kelly says:

    Hi Michael

    Some very useful insights here. I’ve certainly noticed a lot of people doing “Top lists” so it must be working!

    Carpe Diem
    Sean
    http://www.BeInspired-blog.com

  40. Thank you so much for this! It really helped me, Really!

  41. Great Video, superb tips! I guess it’s all about having something interesting to say and sticking your neck out. And that’s such a big step to take for many of us.
    Keep up the good content!
    Cheers,
    Andreas

  42. Hello,
    I join your short course just yesterday and I am hoping to learn from you Michael.
    Thanks in advance.

  43. Wayne Lambert says:

    Top lists always attracts a lot of attention. It’s a common blog post type on places like Digg and Mashable.

  44. Jeff Anderson says:

    Michael,

    What a simple but great idea, thanks so much for sharing!

    The rest of your site is loaded with great info as well, so thanks for all of the education.

    Jeff

  45. Guts N Glam says:

    I really like your posts… They are all so informative. Subscribing here is not a mistake… Keep it coming, Mike!

    you rock!

  46. Twitter & RTs can be very difficult to stimulate when you’re working with something very niche.

    My specialism is email marketing but because some of my tweets/posts are very specialist rather than just ‘My Top 10 ways to increase deliverability’ I find it hard to propagate through.

  47. Martyn Hall says:

    Great Post learned a huge amount from this and will be using it as one of my strategies in the very near future.

  48. joine jukas says:

    wow.great post.i will try your tips..thx a lot

  49. Fazal Mayar says:

    Thanks for sharing your tips, as i can see, you have a lot of backlinks. Some other autority sites probably accepted to link exchange with you but still, I think backlinking is vital for traffic.

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  51. John Allred says:

    Reddit is the best one site for get huge traffic,but you should know about this sites rules and regulations first.