10 Ways to Generate More Blog Traffic

Whenever I speak on the topic of platform-building, someone always asks, “How can I generate more traffic for my blog?” Most are hoping I have a silver bullet, something that will instantly get them the recognition they deserve.

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The bad news is that it’s not quite that simple. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a platform. It takes doing several things right—and doing them over a long period of time.

The good news is that it’s not rocket science. I have used these basic techniques to increase my blog traffic every year since I started tracking it in 2008 using Google Analytics. Some years have been better than others, but all have shown an increase:

Year Pageviews Increase
2008 574,778 N/A
2009 1,496,241 160.3%
2010 1,972,497 31.8%
2011 5,060,331 156.5%

Based on my experience, I believe you can dramatically increase your blog traffic by following these ten suggestions. (Forgive me if I cover some of the basics.)

  1. Write content worth sharing. Nothing I suggest in 2–10 below will compensate for weak content. If you are not writing stuff people want to read, smarter marketing will not fix the problem. Begin by creating a killer headline that makes people want to read what you have to say. Read Advertising Headlines That Make You Rich. It’s my secret sauce.
  2. Adhere to a consistent schedule. You can’t expect to increase your traffic if you don’t blog regularly. By this, I mean at least once a week. Three times a week is even better. Five times a week is best—but not if the quality of your content suffers. Frequency equals visibility.
  3. Get your own domain name. Make it easy on your readers to pass along your blog name. What do you think is easier, “yourname.wordpress.com” or “yourname.com”? This is the foundation of branding and making your blog memorable. If you can get your name or a short phrase, it is worth paying (within reason) to do so.
  4. Include your blog address everywhere. In the beginning, you are adding readers, one at a time. You never know when someone with a bigger audience will quote you or link to you. Include your blog address in your email signature, on your business cards, and on your stationery. It should appear virtually everywhere your name appears.
  5. Make it easy to subscribe to your blog. You don’t want to depend on your readers to remember to come back to your blog. Instead, you want them to subscribe, so they get every new post you write. They should be able to do so by either RSS or email. (Use both.) Position these two buttons prominently so that those who want to subscribe don’t have to hunt for them.
  6. Optimize your posts for SEO. You want people to be able to find you when they Google one of your key words or your name. I use two WordPress plugins for this: All-in-One SEO Pack and ScribeSEO. The latter analyzes every blog post you write and suggests how you can optimize it for the search engines. It is not cheap but worth every penny.
  7. Utilize social media. If you want to build visibility for your blog, you must go where the people are. In days gone by, people gathered in the marketplace at the center of the city. Today, they gather online in places like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. Which service is best? The one you will use regularly. Use social media to network, build relationships, and announce new blog posts.
  8. Engage in the conversation. Start by making it easy for your readers to comment. People today want to participate. I recommend the Disqus commenting system. (It’s what I use.) Don’t make them register. This only adds friction. Engage in the conversation yourself, reading your comments and replying as appropriate.
  9. Comment on other blogs. As you read other people’s blog posts, leave comments. I’m not taking about spamming people with invitations to read your blog. Instead, engage in the conversations that interest you and build credibility. Make sure that you register with their commenting system if possible, so there is always a link back to your blog.
  10. Write guest posts for other bloggers. Frankly, this is not something I have done. But most successful bloggers swear by it. Jeff Goins wrote a guest post for me on this very subject. He claims that it grew his own blog traffic more in six months than in the last six years. (If you are interested in guest posting on my site, here are my guidelines.)

You will also want to use a good, SEO-optimized blog theme. There are hundreds on the market. I use StandardTheme for WordPress and love it.

Finally, be patient. Building traffic takes time. Like anything else, the ones who win are the ones who stay at it after everyone else has quit.

Question: What other suggestions do you have for generating more traffic? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com/ Patricia Zell

    I’m so glad you’ve put the time into writing this blog–I’ve learned so much from you. Thanks for your faithfulness!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome, Patricia. I appreciate you being such an active participant.

    • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

      He has definitely taught me so much over the last two years as well. 

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        Glad you have learned a lot from the MH blog. 

  • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

    Michael, How do you know if your blog topic is just too narrow?

    I understand and agree with your points about consistent and strong content over time (like Collins’ flywheel), but if the audience is too small, the traffic will not grow much.  Here is my elevator pitch (written based on your post about them!):

    I have started a new blog called Christian Faith At Work.  I am writing it to business owners and leaders who are trying to figure out how to integrate their Christian faith into their businesses.  By including the resources I have accumulated over the past eight years of learning to use my business as a vehicle for ministry, as well as real-life examples from my experiences, I will teach the readers how to run their business from an eternal perspective.  They will not only learn from the resources I have gathered, but they can also interact with someone who is actually doing it, learning from my mistakes and victories. 

    What are your thoughts?

    • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

      Chris, I would come to your blog based on that pitch. Most of us have to start small and grow…just like Mr. Hyatt is saying….and it does take time….sometimes a long time. However, I try to remember that if I am doing everything that the experts suggest and my platform is still small, then God has a reason for keeping it small at that point. I try to remind myself that not all of us will be a Beth Moore or Michael Hyatt. Only eternity will reveal how many lives we truly touch. Keep pressing on .

      • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

        Thanks, Leah!  I am willing to spend the time and effort.  

        I am not looking for overnight success.  I am not looking for a huge following.  I am not even doing this for an income (though I would accept anything that comes!).  I am simply trying to be a witness about how I believe Christians should approach their business opportunities.

        At the same time, I am spending a lot of time on this and want to make sure the potential impact is greater than the effort invested.  Thank you for your encouragement!

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        Good thought, Leah.  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I definitely don’t think this is too narrow. I do see it as very focused—and that is a positive thing. I think you are on the right path!

      • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

        Thank you.  

        I have felt the focus was a positive thing as well – it is where my passion is!  I felt that I would lose energy if I tried to expand the scope too much.  Then I would be speaking a diluted message to more people…not good in my book!

        • http://twitter.com/burlw Burl Walker

          Chris, I have had that same fear with my blog, but with time, you will see your niche grow as people find you. If you don’t maintain any focus, there will be no core of followers. Great “elevator pitch” by the way!

          • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

            Thanks Burl!  I appreciate the compliment!

            I had some help…elevator pitch post!

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      I think that your blog title is great. I would focus on a few key topics, but don’t feel like you have to 100% of the time go with it.

      My blog is mainly Christian life topics relating to worship and guitars. I stray away sometimes and write about leadership, but I always talk about it in a way that appeals to the readers on my site. ie) worship leader posts, etc.

      • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

        Good idea, Brandon.  I have done a little of that, but have been unsure at times.  I will be a little more confident in doing so, without getting off-focus.

        Nice blog, by the way…I checked it out.  Looks great!

        • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

          Thanks! And it sounds like you have a great gameplan!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      This is a great pitch, Chris. A specific product designed to address a felt need for a particular market. Good job!

      • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

        Thanks Michele.

    • http://sevensentences.com Geoff Talbot

      niche is good.  I think this is niche rather than narrow Chris.

      • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

        Thanks Geoff.

  • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

    Great post!  I’ve been working on many of these things.  In fact, I just established my own domain this week.  It’s been a great adventure.  I’ve been trying to expand my guest posting opportunities which has definitely contributed to growth on my site.  More than anything, I’ve been trying to be consistent, and I’ve been striving for content that matters.

    Thanks for great info!

    • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

      You are doing a great job, Jon. Eager to have your guest post on my site on Thursday.

      • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

        Thanks, Leah.  I’m looking forward to the opportunity to share on your blog!

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      Love the new domain!

      • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

        Thanks, Brandon!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      Michael’s info has been incredibly helpful! I see small amounts of growth and it is very encouraging!

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I love what you’re doing Jon!  Keep it up!

      • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

        Thanks, Jeff.  As I was pondering this post and the comments, I kept thinking that well ahead of the blog traffic…I want my blog to bring glory and honor to God.  If improving traffic can do that then this post my Michael Hyatt is very important.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          I agree.  That’s the main purpose behind my writing as well.

  • Gareth

    Thank you for your post.

    I do have one question: why do you think there was a smaller increase in 2010 compared with 2009 and 2011? Did you have a quieter year or did you not promote the blog as much in 2010?

    Many thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great question. I think it had to do with my schedule and focus. In 2010 I was still the CEO of Thomas Nelson. It was a big year of change for us. I blogged less frequently and didn’t really have the time to do much promotion.
      I stepped out of that role in April 2011, so I had most of last year to focus on my blog. I think this made the difference.

  • http://www.timemanagementninja.com Craig Jarrow

    The last line is key… “the ones who win are the ones who stay at it after everyone else has quit.”

    Blogging is not a quick start endeavor. There are a few random exceptions to that rule, however, ironically those are the ones that typically don’t last.

    I like that you showed your growth over the years. It has taken me 2.5 years to grow my site and build my platform. 

    Looking back, there were many trials and errors along they way, but I couldn’t have changed much.  You work… you learn.  :)

    • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

      I agree Craig! Out of my little group of blogging friends who started in 2008, only 3 of us remain! We joke that Facebook killed blogging. The truth is, those who were blogging to keep in touch, have all migrated to FB. Those who write for the love of writing are the ones who remain.

      I’m still growing my little blog, and at times I get frustrated at the rate of speed, but then I can’t stop writing. I love it too much.

      • Anonymous

        You nailed it, Kelly! 

        Blogging for the love of writing,  to build a platform, to establish credibility, to enhance a business, to show the personality of a business – all of these are motivations and reasons to continue blogging. 

        It isn’t an easy way to just stay in touch with friends, and the blogs that sound too personal or chatty are usually the ones with giant gaps between posts.

      • http://www.timemanagementninja.com Craig Jarrow

        Kelly… loving it is key!

        I see too many people who are miserable writing about their blog’s topic. You have to start with your passion.

        People ask me how I write so many articles on productivity and time management. It is simple actually, “I think about the stuff all day long.” 

        My advice to others would be… write about what you think about all the time… whether that is gardening or travel or accounting.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          This is great advice, Craig. Thanks.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      2.5 years is a relatively short amount of time in the blogging world. Congratulations for getting some traction so quickly! I’ve found most successful bloggers have been at it for 5-7 years. Definitely a marathon, not a sprint.

      • Anonymous

        5-7 years??? Mine will hit 4 years in April, and I am READY for some traction to begin. 

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          It’s been a long time since I did any significant research on it, and I could be wrong. But when I started, 3-4 years ago, that was the number I kept hearing. Daunting, isn’t it? Hang in there. You’re one of the few who continues to press on!

      • http://www.timemanagementninja.com Craig Jarrow

        Michelle, true true. I am grateful for the readership that I have.

        It is a slow process to build a platform.

        I still have a long way to go! :)

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      It is very encouraging to a new blogger like me to hear that others have gone through the same things I am to come out with a bigger platform. It is easy to get discouraged when my daily views are 30 (or on the weekends 1), but I keep looking at the small amounts of growth and that keeps me going!

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Craig, completely agree.  I am learning perseverance is key!

      • http://www.timemanagementninja.com Craig Jarrow

        Thanks, Tim. I know many friends who started blogs about the same time I did. None of them are still doing it. 

        Keep at it! 

  • http://www.clintarcher.com/ Clint

    What is your advice on the initial launch of a new blog? Rather than simply letting it trickle out over Twitter and FB, and before anyone wants to let you guest post on their site, is there a way to land with a splash? 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Personally, I think you should take a page from the software business. Do a “soft launch” without too much fanfare. Get about a month’s worth of posts under your belt. Then, assuming you have added value to your readers, enlist them in the “hard launch.”
      Ask them to tweet, Facebook, and link to your blog. Perhaps offer a contest. Be creative. The value of this is that when people now come to your site, you have more content for them to review. People can “sample the brew” and, hopefully, get hooked.
      I have seen many people go big on their first “Welcome to My Blog” post. People come and think, ”big deal.” It’s not enough to bring them back. And THIS is the key.
      Thanks for a great question.

      • http://www.clintarcher.com/ Clint

        That is really good advice, Mr. Hyatt. Thanks for your counsel. 

      • Anonymous

        Especially when they go big and there is no follow up!

    • http://twitter.com/burlw Burl Walker

      I would advise blogging at least 30 posts before you tell anyone about it. That way, if you decide to modify your topic or work out glitches in your platform, you won’t have offended a bunch of readers. We all become better at writing by writing…so after a few dozen blog posts, they should be smoother than those first few. I point to one of my favorite bloggers for example: If you look at Seth Godin’s first few posts, they were sporadic and not that impressive. Now, he is one of the most sought after marketers in the world and has a blog with a huge following.

      • http://www.clintarcher.com/ Clint

        Great insight, thanks Burl. I have however been blogging at a team blog (theCripplegate.com) since its inception. That kinda went viral when a really well known professional blogger mentioned us favorably a few times this year. It became quite successful in the theological, pastoral polls we swim in. The new blog, Café Seminoid, is a solo venture (like Sting after the Police, except I’m still in the band). So I have been writing consistently. It’s just a question of how to let people know about the new one without it being a tacky “please go check it out” message. Thanks for your guideline of 30 posts. That’s helpful advice. I’m not quite at 30 yet.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Good advice, Burl. One addition … I’d write another 10-20 posts and save them as drafts for future posting. Helps you stay consistent when life unexpectedly interrupts — and it always does!

        • http://twitter.com/patman2520 Patrick Sledz

          Now that is a great tip. Have some posts ready for when time is not allowing you to blog. +1 

        • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

          Yes!  I agree.  I wished I had stored up a ton of posts.  Great idea for a new blogger. 

          • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

            I wish I had too, Tim. Thus the reason I only posted a handful of times in the past few months … Life happened!

        • http://searchandtrace.wordpress.com/ searchandtrace

          Thank you Michelle and Burl. I am in a similar position to many of those looking for help on this very important subject and your comments have added value for me to Michael’s already useful post. 

          • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

            I’m glad it was helpful! Blogging can be a beast.

  • http://twitter.com/peterwalters64 Peter Walters

    Thanks Michael,  I am beginning my blog in February 1st.  I have put most of these suggestions into practice but there are still a couple of more I need to begin.

    • http://twitter.com/burlw Burl Walker

      Peter, what are you planning to blog about?

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      What is your blog going to be on?

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the world was created in six. 

    I don’t have any traffic to speak of on my blog, as I rarely post (between one and three times a month), but most of the traffic I do get comes from people googling search terms that my posts happen to contain. 

    In my second to last post, for instance (published about three weeks ago), which discusses (among other things) what might happen after we die, I included the name of a young—and apparently very popular—spin instructor that had died the day before, and in parentheses I added that her cause of death was yet unknown. And then I suddenly got this humongous—virtually unprecedented, in fact—spike in traffic from people googling her name and “cause of death.” 

    In another post I had used the phrase “kinkiest sexual fantasy” in a completely non-sexual context, and then for a while my post was listed third in the Google search results anytime someone googled this particular term (although, I’m sure, anyone who stumbled onto my site this way was very disappointed). 

    Therefore, one strategy to increase blog traffic is to sneak into the text and headlines of your posts as many terms that people might google (without, of course, being too obvious about it). 

    And my second biggest traffic creator is from comments I leave on other blogs (such as this one) that backlink to mine, but I suppose the only reason this strategy generates such a huge chunk of traffic for me percentage-wise is that my overall traffic is relatively low to begin with. (If I had thousands or more hits a day, the backlinking from other blogs would add only a negligible percentage of total traffic.) 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You make two good points. The use of key words is crucial. That is exactly what ScribeSEO, which I mentioned in the post, does. You can do this yourself, of course, but Scribe automates it.
      The comments really do help, especially at the beginning. I see to many beginning bloggers blow off methods that could get them ten or so visitors, because they don’t think that will be enough to get them the big traffic. Big mistake.
      If your content is good, those first few visitors are the key to recruiting more visitors. Jesus started with 12. If you have the right followers, you will grow.

  • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

    Thanks, Ryan. I appreciate you participating here!

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    I’ve been struggling lately with the idea of keeping my blog up or taking it down. I don’t seem able to write anything people want to read. Many blogs that are popular to me seem to have a lot of softball content, and I don’t want to produce softball content, but I suppose I’ll have to learn to live with it.

    On guest posting, I’d be interested in seeing if this truly helps. I suppose it can help the guest poster gain some traffic. As a reader, I normally don’t like guest posts. Even here on your blog, most of your guest posters seem to produce a summary of things we should already know. I usually breeze through them or ignore them entirely. I’m like that with most guest posters on blogs, and as someone who has written 950 blog posts over 7 years and can’t attract readership, don’t take anything I say seriously.

    On a preference issue, if you blog, please consider providing a full post RSS feed. I hate when blogs provide a partial feed. When I’m going through Google Reader, I don’t want to have to stop, open a tab to your page, and go back. Especially on my iPad 1, which is short on RAM and refreshes Google Reader every time I go back to it, causing me to lose my place and preventing me from going back up to an earlier post I just realized I wanted to look at again for some reason. Unless there’s a reason I really want to follow somebody like that, I usually unsubscribe from blogs that don’t provide a full feed. Michael, I appreciate that you’ve always done this, and you provide a link directly to your comments at the bottom of the post.

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    I’ve been struggling lately with the idea of keeping my blog up or taking it down. I don’t seem able to write anything people want to read. Many blogs that are popular to me seem to have a lot of softball content, and I don’t want to produce softball content, but I suppose I’ll have to learn to live with it.

    On guest posting, I’d be interested in seeing if this truly helps. I suppose it can help the guest poster gain some traffic. As a reader, I normally don’t like guest posts. Even here on your blog, most of your guest posters seem to produce a summary of things we should already know. I usually breeze through them or ignore them entirely. I’m like that with most guest posters on blogs, and as someone who has written 950 blog posts over 7 years and can’t attract readership, don’t take anything I say seriously.

    On a preference issue, if you blog, please consider providing a full post RSS feed. I hate when blogs provide a partial feed. When I’m going through Google Reader, I don’t want to have to stop, open a tab to your page, and go back. Especially on my iPad 1, which is short on RAM and refreshes Google Reader every time I go back to it, causing me to lose my place and preventing me from going back up to an earlier post I just realized I wanted to look at again for some reason. Unless there’s a reason I really want to follow somebody like that, I usually unsubscribe from blogs that don’t provide a full feed. Michael, I appreciate that you’ve always done this, and you provide a link directly to your comments at the bottom of the post.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good point on the RSS feed, Eric. I totally agree with this. It drives me crazy when bloggers only provide an excerpt. Many of them do this because they think it won’t register on their stats if they don’t. I say, “Forget about that.” Serve the reader first and everything else will take care of itself. Thanks.

      • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

        I agree. I tend to live by “do the right thing and it’ll work out”. If your content is compelling, people will come in from their reader to comment. That shows up in stats.

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    I’ve been struggling lately with the idea of keeping my blog up or taking it down. I don’t seem able to write anything people want to read. Many blogs that are popular to me seem to have a lot of softball content, and I don’t want to produce softball content, but I suppose I’ll have to learn to live with it.

    On guest posting, I’d be interested in seeing if this truly helps. I suppose it can help the guest poster gain some traffic. As a reader, I normally don’t like guest posts. Even here on your blog, most of your guest posters seem to produce a summary of things we should already know. I usually breeze through them or ignore them entirely. I’m like that with most guest posters on blogs, and as someone who has written 950 blog posts over 7 years and can’t attract readership, don’t take anything I say seriously.

    On a preference issue, if you blog, please consider providing a full post RSS feed. I hate when blogs provide a partial feed. When I’m going through Google Reader, I don’t want to have to stop, open a tab to your page, and go back. Especially on my iPad 1, which is short on RAM and refreshes Google Reader every time I go back to it, causing me to lose my place and preventing me from going back up to an earlier post I just realized I wanted to look at again for some reason. Unless there’s a reason I really want to follow somebody like that, I usually unsubscribe from blogs that don’t provide a full feed. Michael, I appreciate that you’ve always done this, and you provide a link directly to your comments at the bottom of the post.

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    I’ve been struggling lately with the idea of keeping my blog up or taking it down. I don’t seem able to write anything people want to read. Many blogs that are popular to me seem to have a lot of softball content, and I don’t want to produce softball content, but I suppose I’ll have to learn to live with it.

    On guest posting, I’d be interested in seeing if this truly helps. I suppose it can help the guest poster gain some traffic. As a reader, I normally don’t like guest posts. Even here on your blog, most of your guest posters seem to produce a summary of things we should already know. I usually breeze through them or ignore them entirely. I’m like that with most guest posters on blogs, and as someone who has written 950 blog posts over 7 years and can’t attract readership, don’t take anything I say seriously.

    On a preference issue, if you blog, please consider providing a full post RSS feed. I hate when blogs provide a partial feed. When I’m going through Google Reader, I don’t want to have to stop, open a tab to your page, and go back. Especially on my iPad 1, which is short on RAM and refreshes Google Reader every time I go back to it, causing me to lose my place and preventing me from going back up to an earlier post I just realized I wanted to look at again for some reason. Unless there’s a reason I really want to follow somebody like that, I usually unsubscribe from blogs that don’t provide a full feed. Michael, I appreciate that you’ve always done this, and you provide a link directly to your comments at the bottom of the post.

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      You can go into disqus.com and delete/edit them…

  • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad P

    Michael you always have great tips, from life to blogging!  Just last week at the prompting of Darren Rouse I set a simple goal of increasing page views on my blog to, drumroll please, double digits daily (impressive, huh?) .

    Two days ago I heard about a blogging challenge called the “Yakezie Challenge”.  I joined it, and have already received excellent feedback from many bloggers over there!  I suggest people have a peek like I did.  

    Oh, and my page views on my blog jumped immediately.

    Thanks again for your great blog…one of my first stops each day on the information superhighway.

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Thad, thank you for the Yakezie Challenge information. 

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    I’ve been struggling lately with the idea of keeping my blog up or taking it down. I don’t seem able to write anything people want to read. Many blogs that are popular to me seem to have a lot of softball content, and I don’t want to produce softball content, but I suppose I’ll have to learn to live with it.

    On guest posting, I’d be interested in seeing if this truly helps. I suppose it can help the guest poster gain some traffic. As a reader, I normally don’t like guest posts. Even here on your blog, most of your guest posters seem to produce a summary of things we should already know. I usually breeze through them or ignore them entirely. I’m like that with most guest posters on blogs, and as someone who has written 950 blog posts over 7 years and can’t attract readership, don’t take anything I say seriously.

    On a preference issue, if you blog, please consider providing a full post RSS feed. I hate when blogs provide a partial feed. When I’m going through Google Reader, I don’t want to have to stop, open a tab to your page, and go back. Especially on my iPad 1, which is short on RAM and refreshes Google Reader every time I go back to it, causing me to lose my place and preventing me from going back up to an earlier post I just realized I wanted to look at again for some reason. Unless there’s a reason I really want to follow somebody like that, I usually unsubscribe from blogs that don’t provide a full feed. Michael, I appreciate that you’ve always done this, and you provide a link directly to your comments at the bottom of the post.

  • Jeneenjefferson112

    This has helped me a great deal.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Thanks Michael, for this helpful post. There are so many people out there wanting to start blogging, but they don’t know where to start. One thing I tell friends who are interested in blogging is that it is a permanent endeavor. You can’t just put a few posts up and expect to draw traffic. This requires a permanent time block, one that many people either do not have or are not willing to set aside. Most blogs take about a year to see meaningful traffic, so the patience factor comes in. In the beginning you’ll feel like you are talking to yourself.

    One thing that can dramatically increase the draw of a blog is to offer a free e-book or newsletter for subscribing. This builds an e-mail list and gives you a great way to promote your blog on social media. After all… who wouldn’t want a free book? I know you have shared how your “Life Plan” e-book has helped your traffic. This might be a good prerequisite for starting a blog. It will certainly make things more interesting for the reader.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Thanks for sharing. I’ve been thinking about what to call this “dark” period before your blog really starts to gain traction (it needs a name). It’s incredibly difficult to persevere when it seems like no one is listening.

      I’ve found that it helps to stay focused on the mission (your passion). If your primary focus is on web traffic and prestige I think your blogging effort will be short lived. It’s hard to authentically build a platform if you lose sight of the mission that drove you to start the blog in the first place.

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        So true! As Simon Sinek so eloquently said in his TED speech, “Start With Why.” You need to be passionate about your subject and have a defined purpose. One great way to do this is to start with a written manifesto. http://www.changethis.com has a collection of  powerful ones that are sure to fire up some motivation.

        • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

          Great resource. Thanks for sharing John.

  • Gustavo

    Great post!!! Obviously it will take time!!! Butnit is worth the waiting! Thanks for sharing

  • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

    Guest blogging certainly helps a great amount when it comes to gaining traffic and new subscribers. I haven’t hosted a guest post on my blog yet, but I’ve heard it’s just as effective for both parties involved. Regardless, guest posting is a fantastic way to not only increase traffic, but to build a relationship with the host blogger and new readers. 

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I was just recently asked to guest post on another blog and I am very excited about this opportunity. The person who asked me liked my content and wanted me to bring something to the community at his blog site!

      • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

        That’s great! Congratulations! Guest posting is fantastic. :D

        • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

          Thanks! I’m excited.

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        It’s a great feeling!

  • http://darensirbough.com/ Daren Sirbough

    I really do agree with providing good content consistently. Headlines are definitely key as well.

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      Definitely!

  • http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/ Geoff Webb

    Something I’m experimenting with next month is running a challenge on my blog. I have 29 posts ready (one for every day of February) to help people prepare for and take a leap on one big dream this year. 

    Initially I started The Leap Challenge to increase interaction with my community and help them lead themselves better, but a secondary effect is the growth it’s generated from people sharing the challenge with others.

    I’ll let you know how it goes. If anyone’s interested/up for it, here’s the info: http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/announcing-the-leap-challenge/

    Thanks, Mike for “opening up the hood” again and letting us in. Your blog and personal support have been invaluable to me.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Very cool idea and kudos to you for getting 29 posts queued up!

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        Yeah, congratz!

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      Awesome! I’m heading over to your blog now…

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Sounds like a great idea!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      That sounds great!

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Very good idea.  Please keep us posted.  

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      Subscribing via RSS right now…

  • Anonymous

    Simple, consistent, committed action!  I LOVE this post!  Thanks for reminding me (us) that there’s no magic bullet, and to stay the course.  I appreciate how clean and pure your writing style is Micheal.  Thanks!  No real magic… just right motion.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      I’m reminded of Dave Ramsey’s Momentum Theorem. Focused Intensity/Time, multiplied by God, equals Momentum. 

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        Jason, I was reminded of that equation just yesterday as I am reading Ramsey’s new book.  I am practicing that with my blog and company. 

        • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

          Entreleadership? I am reading that right now too! What do you think so far?

          • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

            I like the book. I combing thru sections applicable to my business. Overall good practical content. You?

          • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

            I always enjoy Dave’s stories. Having done FPU and heard him speak three times, I’ve heard all of the material in this book at one time or another. It is a nice review of how to lead with purpose.

  • Christine Pietryla

    Michael, this post could not have come at a better time for me as I try to convince a client how important its online content is to branding. 
    I work in B2B PR where blogging is a new-ish concept. In my experience, the problem is – people don’t know what they don’t know. Some clients think just getting a post written is an accomplishment and getting them to think further is a challenge.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      Agreed, thanks for the comment. Keep up the good work.

  • http://henryfiallo.wordpress.com/ Enrique Fiallo

    As usual, sound advice that is “implementable” in a straightforward way. I can vouch for the guest blogging. I had the great fortune of submitting  a blog that Michael chose to post, and it generated a lot of traffic for me that I would not have easily obtained on my own, especially since I am just starting out. In this manner, blogs with a large audience and traffic, make available the platform they have built so that those of us that are just starting out, and with a great message (good content – very important!) can take advantage of the established platform. I also recommend reading some of the great advice that Michael has for bloggers and authors right here on his site. Nothing beats great content, and, in the end, that’s totally under the author’s control. Thanks Michael. Good stuff!

  • http://twitter.com/burlw Burl Walker

    Thanks for the great tips and for consistently blogging over the last few years! It is quite a feat to put out great content every day! It is amazing what someone with a higher profile blog mentioning you can do to help your traffic grow. A couple months ago, that happened to me and my traffic has gone up by over 200% since the beginning of December 2011.

    • http://www.heartyourchurch.com/ Jason Stambaugh

      How long were you blogging before you were picked up by the more prominent blog?

  • http://twitter.com/bicienzo Vincenzo Vecchio

    Michael, as usual a full-of-tips post. One of the things I like most is the always present numbered list of elements in your posts :) 
    Thanks for sharing. 

    • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

      Vincenzo, I too like the lists!  Easy to read. 

  • http://repeatexcellence.wordpress.com/ Todd Smith

    Michael, This post is so appropriate and timely. I am trying to break into the world of popular blogging. I feel like my content is worth sharing (doesn’t everyone?!?) but can’t seem to get it out there. Your suggestions are very helpful. I’m looking forward to applying them. Starting…now!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Be sure to come back and let us know how it’s going. We want to celebrate with you!

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    I really enjoyed this post! Thanks for sharing your growth and traffic stats with us!

    I have been working on a lot of these, but I am still trying to increase a lot of traffic. I have increased my blog almost 500% in the past year.

    And about guest posting- it has really helped me. I have guest posted on about 7-8 different blogs, and it has been a great experience. I am doing something on my blog right now called “Guest Post Fridays”. Every Friday, I will have someone guest post. I allow it to be a new post or an older one that they have written that has been a hit on their site.

    It has been good so far, but I am still looking for guest posters for the next few weeks.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Hmmmm … I bet you could find a couple guest posters right here. Any takers?

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        Yeah… If you anyone is interested, send me a message, and I will contact you! http://www.bigb94.info

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

        Brandon’s already asked me. Now that I know the need I better follow up on his invitation.

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          Yes! And then let us know when it posts.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I still have to put something together for your site Brandon. I’ll see what I can do over the weekend or early next week.

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        Sounds good! Just email me when you come up with something!

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    By the way, would you say that I can still grow my blog considerably if I am with wordpress.com?

    I have my own domain name: http://www.bigb94.info, but I’m just wondering?

  • http://www.wonderwomanimnot.com/ Elizabeth Hill

    Being socially active online is definitely important and sometimes the hardest one to do, at least for me.    As a wife and mother who works full time outside of the house, I can only allocate so many hours a week to blogging.  Most of the time I have allocated goes to writing good content, at least I hope it’s viewed as good content! 

    One the days when I am more successful in my social networking I do see my stats go up.  One of my blogging goals in 2012 is to try to squeeze some more time out of my schedule to network.  Thanks for the good tips.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      It’s tough trying to find time to do it all, isn’t it? I’m a married, working mom, with kids between the ages of 4 and 19. For years I’ve touted the importance of consistency in blogging and social networking — it really does make a difference! But sometimes life doesn’t allow for the ideal scenario. Right now I try to set aside  one day a week or every other week to do nothing but write blog content. I also schedule tweets/FB posts since I can’t be online all day long. How do you manage it all? Any other tips for us?

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    Yeah, the comments here are almost as good as the blog!

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com/2012/01/02/how-my-experiment-in-seo-will-change-the-game-on-small-business-blogging/ Ryan Hanley

      I would certainly agree with that Brandon…

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I agree.  I love the community here!

  • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

    I participate in occasional blog hops and link-ups when my content is already a match for the theme/focus. My traffic always spikes and subscriptions increase. (But when I’m the 279th link on a list of 500+, I do think there must be better ways!)

    • http://www.wonderwomanimnot.com/ Elizabeth Hill

      I participate in link ups also, but find some sites are better than others.  Typically I keep a list of all the blogs I’ve linked-up to and monitor my stats.  After a couple of link ups without a lot of traffic I cross them off the list.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I recently joined a blog ring, which I think is similar to what you’ve been doing. This is the first month that I’ve done it and am waiting to see the results. I’m hoping it helps.

      • Anonymous

        What are blog hops, link ups and blog rings? Thanks!

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          A blog ring is a group of bloggers who have joined forces to help promote each others blogs. There is normally a monthly topic and you have a day to post regarding the topic. You also put a list of the bloggers participating in the ring in one of your sidebars.

          • http://www.TehLemonsmith.com Tyler Smith

            Is this something you’ve organized with friends?

          • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

            Joe —

            I like this concept better than the “Manic Monday” idea with dozens of bloggers posting on the same topic on the same day. 

            I feel a bit guilty adding myself to the list purely for self-serving reasons, since I know I won’t be reading everyone else’s posts.

            If it was just one post a day, I’d enjoy the monthly opportunity to write mine and receive feedback — and, yes, increased traffic! But then I’d be able to make a point to visit everyone else’s blogs, engage in the discussion, and highlight them on Facebook and Twitter.

            Thanks for clarifying what a “blog ring” is!

        • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

          The terms “blog hop” and “link up” seem to be interchangeable.

          Formal: one blogger decides on an overall topic, invites other bloggers to join in, finalizes the detailed topics/dates/bloggers, and then everyone launches on the same day and blogs daily for the time period.  (10 days of…31 days of…etc.)

          Spontaneous: a blogger includes a widget at the end of a blog post, inviting any other bloggers to add the url of a specific blog post that connects to the day’s topic. 

          Great examples are  e-Mom’s twice-a-month “Marriage Monday”: http://www.chrysaliscafe.com/2012/01/welcome-to-marriage-monday.html
          and
          Sheila Wray Gregoire’s “Wifey Wednesday”:  http://tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2012/01/wifey-wednesday-prioritize-your-marriage/

  • Michael Mulligan

    Another great post, Michael.  I agree with all your points.  #2- consistency, is critical.  I would like to add some icing on the cake you served your readers this morning.   Like your favorite TV show has a schedule, I have a specific time for releasing my blog stories. Readers can count on my posts to appear at 8:08AM every day.  And the spikes can be specifically measured using Google Analytics.

    I used this specific time period to tease my high school classmates when I posted this blog title…

    The Blog That Got Banned from my High School Facebook Page.  Here’s the link:  http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/

    They couldn’t read it until 8:08AM.  This build up some suspense at the Cyber-bistro, the blog where my readers interact.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Sounds like what we told kids in the youth group when we went on trips. “Bus leaves at 7:32.” The unusual time stuck in their minds.

  • http://curtisofletcher.com/ Curtis O Fletcher

    Question about guest posting. I’m currently bloging three days a week which feels managable at the moment. If I were to guest post on someone elses blog would I point my blog there for that day or would I just make that a four post week?

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Great question Curtis.

      When I’ve had a guest post on another site I keep my normal schedule on mine. I will also post a note letting my readers know that I have a guest post. It seems to work for me.

      I know others that won’t mention it on their site and if their readers find it, they find it. I feel it stems from the feeling of “I’m guest posting to get traffic to my site, not to others.” I’m not a big fan of that as I would like my readers to know of the other things I’m publishing.

      In the end, it’s all up to your personal preference.

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

        Chris Patton recently guest blogged over on my website. He wrote his regular material then directed his readers to my website. I know I enjoyed his post and appreciated those who visited. I also appreciated the fact his guest article was a fresh piece.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EWBNZ6YNARCYIV25PXS7HQZAEY Justin

    On number 6. “Optimize your posts for SEO. You people to be able to find you when they Google one of your key words or your name. ”  You are missing “want”.  It shoud say, “You want peope”. 

    I think you should have a number 11.  Reread your work and edit grammer.  This is my biggest complaint on most blogs. 

    • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

      * people

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Michael does his best at catching these types of errors but they slip by once in awhile. Thanks for calling attention to it. We’ll see about getting it corrected.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Got it. I fixed the typo.

      I didn’t want to add theme comment as an eleventh point. That was intentional. Thanks.

  • http://www.danieldecker.net/ Daniel Decker

    Excellent post. Packed full of truth. Far too many people give up right before they are about to make the turn.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      You’re right, too many people don’t realize they’re at the precipice of “overnight success” and quit.

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

        If you write, even without “overnight success” ever arriving, you learn some important lessons–consistency, the discipline of deadlines, etc. For me, it’s also about exercising my writing voice. I don’t mean shouting in public but developing my writing style. At times it means trying something new and different. Blogging gives you that opportunity.

        • Rachel Lance

          I think you used some really important words: discipline, exercising, developing. Blog building & body building have a lot in common, I think!

  • http://www.ruthiedean.com/ Ruthie Dean

    I have learned a great deal about blogging and generating quality content from you, Mike! Thanks for publishing such great content. Something helpful I’ve found for growing traffic is to engage with people representative of my target audience and really listen to what concerns/struggles/dreams/etc. they have…

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      So where do you engage your target audience?

  • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

    Great stuff. That’s a job all in itself!

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      No doubt! That’s the job I want when I grow up ;)

  • http://www.caitlinmuir.com Caitlin Muir

    Fantastic list. I like that you included responding to your reader’s comments. Because you can have all the traffic in the world one day, and lose them all the next because you’ve ignored them. 

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Do you find responding to comments to be essential? I find that the people I read most often I rarely comment on their posts. When I do, it’s rare to get a response. Yet, I still read! I guess I’m a glutton for punishment ;)

      Curious about your experience….

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

        For me, it depends on the website. With the people I read regularly and enjoy the most, like Michael Hyatt and Jeff Goins, I tend to appreciate their comments or, as in this case, the conversational style among its readership.

        Since I work at home (alone if you don’t count my thieving hound dog), I value a place where ideas are discussed. I find great benefit in the additional thoughts expressed in the comment section.

        • http://www.caitlinmuir.com Caitlin Muir

          Yes! I love it when the authors jump in and interact. I tend to think of blogs as a living room. You have a conversation. You invite people to linger and express their thoughts. You wouldn’t just ignore someone speaking to you, would you? :)

          • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

            Excellent analogy!

      • http://www.caitlinmuir.com Caitlin Muir

        I think it takes time to build that community. Some people do respond and others don’t. I try to ask them return questions to keep engaging them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. 
         
        Having a comment app like Disqus helps because people get notifications when their comment was responded to. 

        Do you use one of those? 

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I have not had many people comment on my blog but when they do I make sure to respond. I really do appreciate the feedback and I want them to know!

      • http://www.caitlinmuir.com Caitlin Muir

        Yup! It makes my day when the author responds. I want to be that kind of blogger as well. 

  • Rob Sorbo

    All of these make a lot of sense to me. My biggest struggle is content and schedule. The biggest issue is that if you don’t have content to write, it doesn’t matter what schedule you put yourself on.

    My wife is training to be a counselor and she has a blog about anxiety and she has received a lot of traffic by engaging in anxiety discussion boards online. She got more traffic in one day from that than my blog has ever had in its 3-4 years of existence.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Rob, I find content can be a tough one too. However, I think if you’re taking in a steady stream of new content you will be able to produce new content easier. Look for what interests you and then find a way it can relate to your blog.

      • Rob Sorbo

        Yes, I agree with that. A few of my more recent posts have been like that–I feel a little guilty though, because I know that the post isn’t 100% original (not that I copy other people’s posts or anything, I just like the idea that a blog is someone’s creation).

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      For me, I’m constantly aware of tie-ins to my blog, “A Curious Band of Others.” My blog focus, the application of our faith in Christian community, also narrows my focus and attention on what’s happening around me–what I read, what others say, what I experience, which books to review, etc. I invited Chris Patton to guest blog because his focus, living out his faith as a business owner, lined up with my focus. He did a marvelous job.

      So what is the direction of your blog? What do you write about?

      • Rob Sorbo

        My blog started as mostly a personal online journal and a place where I reflected on current events. I have recently tried to be a little more topical, but I haven’t had much luck here since I’m never sure what to write about. I work an entry-level job in a field that I don’t have a degree in, so I wouldn’t say I have any level of expertise.

        • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

          From what you’ve written, Rob, this might simply be a time to write and explore. You’re in the beta-testing period of your writing journey. You don’t need to attract a large audience. You just need to develop your style and find your direction. If you continue writing, you will find both.

          I know that my first novel really meandered because I didn’t have a clear since of direction, just some niggling thoughts. I wrote to the end anyway and discovered what the book was about. I had a general direction but it clarified as I continued to write.

          • Rob Sorbo

            Thanks for the advice–I know that several people have told me that they like my writing, so I’m really interested in finding my voice and using writing to be a blessing. I’ll keep at it–can’t wait to see where it goes.

        • Rachel Lance

          Two thoughts on the journey to a niche, Rob. 1) don’t rush – enjoy the discovery! 2) don’t pin yourself in to writing about what you do for a living. What do you love? Let your writing flow from what you’re passionate about.

      • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

        Thanks for the call-out Tom!  I appreciate any help I can get!

        Rob, I struggled with blogging in the first place because of that very reason.  I was afraid of running out of content.

        However, when I began to think about what I do every day (run a group of auto dealerships as a platform for Christian ministry), I realized there may be more people out there wanting to do the same thing. 

        I realized I had close to eight years of experiences, successes and disappointments, to draw content from.  I realized that I just needed to start making a list of those experiences (in Evernote!) and draw from that list whenever I ran dry.  This has really worked for me.

        The key for me has been that I am blogging about what I do everyday.  I will only run out of material for posts when I quit trying or start making the same mistakes again!  

        Think about what it is that you do…what are you passionate about?  How does the subject of your blog connect with your passion?  If you find that connection, the content will likely flow faster than you can type!

        **By the way, you need to add your blog address to your Disqus profile (and anywhere else you can) so we can connect to it.  You will get traffic from your comments on blogs like this one if you will do that one simple thing.  

        • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

          Your welcome, Chris, and ditto to what you’ve said here. If someone makes an interesting comment or says something about his blog, I automatically click on the person’s name. If the click doesn’t lead me to the his blog, I probably won’t track it down. Rob, I would have gone to check out your blog if I had a link.

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    Commenting in other forums related to the niche you’re blogging about as well. I’m finally going to break down and get ScribeSEO. I’ve been putting it off, but it’s time. 

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      What do you like about Scribe that makes you want to invest in it? I’ve looked into it, but never pulled the trigger.

      • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

        The fact that it suggests how to better optimize my content for SEO purposes. Gives keyword suggestions and so much more. Also, I’ve seen Michael talk about it several times, so it must be worth the money. 

  • Anonymous

    Great advice, Michael!

    I’ve only been blogging about six months, and my traffic is still tiny.  However, I’ve seen it grow, steadily, with each month having a little more than the previous month.

    I’ve tried to focus on quality content.  With limited time to spend on blogging, I made a decision to consistently post just once a week, but to really work on making sure that one post is worth a reader’s time to read.

    I’m still learning, and appreciate input from experienced hands like yourself.

    Thanks!

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Joseph … In your comment, I think you hit on nearly all of the tips Michael mentioned! Great job. In my experience, the single-most important item is sticking to a regular schedule. You seem to have that down pat :)

      • Anonymous

        Thanks, Justin!  The encouragement is much appreciated!

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Joseph, I would have checked out your website if I had found a link. I’d encourage you to offer your link to others when you mention it. This ties into Michael’s advice to “include your blog address everywhere.” With many of us, you simply click on our names and you go to our websites. Someone else will have to remind both you and me how that happens because, if I don’t repeat the action, I don’t remember how. God bless–Tom

      • Anonymous

        Hmmm… 

        I’ve become accustomed to my avitar linking to my website.  I didn’t realize that’s not happening on this site.

        Thanks for letting me know, Tom!

        Here’s my web address:  http://www.josephjpote.com

        • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

          Thanks for inviting us over to your place. I enjoyed the visit. I especially liked your poem and the imagery it put into my mind.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks, Tom!  I don’t consider myself much of a poet, but I do enjoy poetry.  Somehow it seems to draw on our senses more than most forms of written communication.

  • http://www.authorcynthiaherron.com/ Cynthia Herron

    This was a fantastic post with such great points!

    Varied content is key, which you’ve proven over and over again. Your genuineness and passion for Christ and His people are evident, as well.

    Thanks so much for your servant’s heart!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      The varied content is interesting. When looking at the monthly top posts of Michael’s site and others, I notice a lot variation. Yet the advice most successful bloggers give is to focus heavily on a specific topic. I think the key is to have a primary topic that you can branch out from.

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

        I was thinking the same thing, Joe. Michael’s blog reflects a simple truth about blogging success–follow your passion. In this case, his topics reflect his various passions which are all anchored in leadership and influence.

        I started here because of his publishing advice and got drawn into other areas I wouldn’t have considered prior to reading his blog.

  • http://DesignStudios-Inc.com/ sue k

    Thanks for repeating this blog! Always good to review. I sent a friendly invite to my address book last week. It doubled my readership (I am still very small…) and I received several thank yous. Also took up your advise to throw in a freebie now and then.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Congrats on growing your blog through your address book. That is something I have not done but I will be doing now that you’ve brought it up. Thank you!

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Interesting thought and some good advice. I will have to work on that one as well.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    “…and making sure those comments add value to the community.” That’s the key! Thanks for doing it well.

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com/2012/01/02/how-my-experiment-in-seo-will-change-the-game-on-small-business-blogging/ Ryan Hanley

      Thanks Michele… This is a great community that I am happy to consider myself a part.  I’ve gotten so much great information for all the participants… You could say it’s “invaluable”

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    All of your points are valid and ones that I follow. Especially making it easy to subscribe to your blog. I’ve come across many sites that their subscribe system is hidden. Frustrates me to no end.

    Another suggestion is to mention your blog, when appropriate, to those you interact with face to face. It’s slower and may return less traffic but those that are willing to take the time to go to your site will be committed.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Agree with the frustration for a good blog that’s difficult to find the subscription button. I’ve given up on a few that I’d subscribe to if I could just figure out how.

      As to subscriptions, adding an invitation at the end of each article seems to have increased my subscription rate.

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        Thanks for that suggestion. I may start adding a call to action for subscribing to the end of my blog posts. Great time to catch a reader, especially if they’ve gotten to the bottom of a post.

    • Rob Sorbo

      Great point. There is a writer/leader who I really respect, but he doesn’t make his blog very easy to follow (he doesn’t do RSS, he only does e-mail notification, and he doesn’t make his archives easy to access). Even though I respect him and enjoy his blog, I find that I don’t read it very often because of the inconvenience.

  • http://mondokblog.blogspot.com/ bryonm

    Great post. This will definitely make a great reference for me.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Bryon … What was the one thing that stuck out to you the most in this post?

      • http://mondokblog.blogspot.com/ bryonm

        Justin: Thanks for the question. The first one – creating compelling content – is always the challenge. We were talking about this in a social media strategy meeting just this morning. The rest are all good disciplines (except get your own domain name – I don’t think this is absolutely necessary if you are using good SEO techniques). But creating compelling content takes real talent, giftedness, and discipline.

  • Johny

    Hi Michael,

    What plugin do you use to show the “email subscription” box at the end of each post? And what about the related posts plugin?

    Thanks,
    Johny.

  • Rajan Singh Jolly

    Nice useful tips here. I’ll try to incorporate and work towards getting as many as possible. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.karisslynch.com Kariss Lynch

    Thank you for these suggestions! I believe you may have covered this before, but I have also heard that it is wise to select a topic or theme and stick to it to increase blog traffic.

    • Rachel Lance

      Having a niche is also good advice – and one of the hardest pieces to nail down, in my experience.

      • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

        Yes,
        I am with you Rachel!

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    This is basically still year one for me as a blogger and I can ditto so much of what you’ve suggested here. I just signed up last week for my own domain name after test driving my WordPress account for seven months.

    I also changed my blog title which moved me from I-have-no-idea-which-page on Google to the #1 spot on page 1. The former name was too generic. The newer title more memorable.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Congrats on taking the jump to your own domain name. You won’t regret it!

    • Rachel Lance

      Thanks for sharing your successes!

  • http://twitter.com/HelpMeSelfPub Mary & Andrea

    Excellent post. This is great for anyone whether they are just starting out or been around awhile and are noticing stagnant stats. Thanks, Michael! ~ Andrea Bandle http://www.helpmeselfpublish.com

    • Jim Martin

      Andrea, you are right!  This post is great for anyone just starting out or someone who has been blogging for awhile.  I have been blogging for some years and find it very, very helpful to read posts like this one.  Great for re-evaluation.

  • Bryon Harvey

    Thanks for posting this again.  I saw it a couple of years ago.  It’s a good reminder.

  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    My traffic has slowly been growing. I have been following many of these “rules” and it has been paying off. I have done quite a bit of reading to find what other people say about growing traffic and it is all pretty much the same. That gives me hope that I am on the right track. I am still really new to blogging and all that goes with it though. I have found that plug-ins like Google Analytics and Disqus requires not only my own domain name but self-hosting as well. Is that true or is it just me not understanding?

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    Write guest posts… This is something I’ve yet to do although I have two invitations I need to follow up on. Today’s post serves as a prompt to move forward on that.

    I do know that my biggest day on my website involved Chris Patton as my guest blogger.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      I think having Chris guest post is tip #11.

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

        Hopefully we can all look back and say that we knew him when … :-)

  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    I have been surprised at the community that I have found here. I look for some people’s comments now and look forward to what they have to say back to me! I did not expect that when I started reading this blog.

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com/2012/01/02/how-my-experiment-in-seo-will-change-the-game-on-small-business-blogging/ Ryan Hanley

      I feel the same way…

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I quickly became addicted.  At first, it was because of the free books.  But more and more, I find that I’ve already got the book he offers, so I’m free to pass on the extra copy.  But the relationships I’ve developed here are becoming a key part of my life.

      • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

        I was very excited about the free books! But now I really am here to read the post and to engage in the conversation. It is still surprising to me.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          The sense of community here is contagious!

  • http://sevensentences.com Geoff Talbot

    Thanks Michael,

    This is really helpful and a great reminder of the tried and true. We need to work on our consistency.

    I loved Guest Posting on your site last year. A wonderful experience.

    Geoff

  • http://twitter.com/TheWhirlingBlog The Whirling Blog

    Thank you so much! I’m in the process of upgrading The Whirling Blog and truly appreciate this information. All best.

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

    This post was what I needed today since increasing blog traffic is my current focus. I am glad to know that I have done 9 out of the 10 things that you suggest. This means I need to do #10 (literally, the 10th item on your list), and I also need to wait. I needed to be reminded to be patient. So, I’m trusting this process!

    • Rachel Lance

      One of my favorite parts of the blogging world is its community nature. There are tons of bloggers out there with platforms to share. Have you thought of partnering your efforts on 9 & 10 to build up a network of like-minded bloggers who might be open to exchanging guest posts with you? Blessings as you grow your blog!

      • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

        I have been commenting on other blogs quite a bit and attempting to interact with other bloggers, but I have not done anything with trying to guest blog. At this point, I don’t have much to offer someone if they give me a guest blog to post. I don’t have much of a following yet. I would like to guest blog for someone else, but I haven’t worked up the confidence to check into it much yet. Thank you for the encouragement. I am definitely going to do something in this area soon.

  • http://www.FaithfulChoices.com/ Paula

    Michael, I love it when you share your tools and help me be smarter.  You are consistently generous.  Thanks. I just signed up for Disqus and got the All-in-one-SEO plugin.  Now I’m curious to see the process.  

    • Jim Martin

      Paula, 
      I agree!  I have been helped so much by the tools Michael has shared about blogging and a number of other matters.  His generosity is very helpful!

  • http://mjharvell.com/ mjharvell

    Thanks!  Always love your advice!  You are a great teacher and mentor!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for all of the information in the past year or so I have been “lurking” your blog and tweets. I have gained a wealth of knowledge from your insights and suggestions. I have been blogging for almost two years http://lessonsfrommatthew.com and have built a small, but consistent platform blogging and commenting on other’s blogs about our journey of raising a special needs son/sibling with CHARGE Syndrome. I am on track to publish this spring through Westbow Press…any suggestions or comments as I begin to put my blog-to-book project together?

    • Rachel Lance

      I’ll leave the publishing suggestions to the experts but definitely want to congratulate you on the discipline required to maintain a blog worthy of transforming into book format. I can only imagine how many families you’ve blessed by sharing your story. Blessings on this next leg of your journey.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Kevin,
      That’s amazing! Congratulations!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Kevin,
      Just checked out your blog and it looks great! Congrats on #5!

  • http://www.andygill.org/ Andy Gill

    following through with point #9 right… now. ;)

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Well done, Andy.

  • http://searchandtrace.wordpress.com/ searchandtrace

    Thank you Michael, we are brand new at this but we were encouraged to see that we have applied 7 of the 10 suggestions you have listed. We’re off now to go and attend to the other 3 suggestions. Blessings in Jesus.

    • Jim Martin

      Searchandtrace,
      Wow!  I am impressed that you are new at this and yet have applied 7 of Michael’s 10 suggestions.  Unfortunately, I learned some of this the hard way.  Good for you in starting off so well!

  • http://fitnessexpose.com Michael Mahony

    Michael, yet another wonderful post from you! You lay out some simple steps here that need to be followed. I have found that one that is very important is the consistent schedule of posts. People tend to come back at regular intervals and posting on a schedule helps them out in that process.

    • Jim Martin

      Michael, you are so right about posting at regular intervals.  On one occasion, I overheard a guy talking about the days that he looks at my blog.  He knew the days of the week in which I posted.  As you say, he was coming back at regular intervals.

  • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

    I agree, Ryan.  Do you have any tips on scheduling time to comment on blogs? I find it very time consuming.  Thoughts? 

    • http://www.ryanhanley.com/2012/01/02/how-my-experiment-in-seo-will-change-the-game-on-small-business-blogging/ Ryan Hanley

      Tim, I have all my favorite blogs in Google Reader and while I’m eating my breakfast I pull out the articles that I want to comment on… I read them and comment.

      If I don’t have time to comment I mark them as unread in Google Reader and then I comment during dinner.  That way I’m not taking away from the work day.

      Unless like today we get a good conversation going and then I break my personal rules…

      • http://www.timpeters.org/ Tim Peters

        Thanks Ryan. Good idea.

  • http://kyledowden.blogspot.com/ Kyle Dowden

    Thanks for the post, Michael. When I started my blog, I intended to post every day. That worked until my day job became much busier. That extra workload drained the creative juices, and I let my blog slip last year.

    I’ve cut back to three days a week, and use each day to focus on a different general subject (two that I’m passionate about and one that is work-related).

    Your postings have helped immensely.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Kyle,
      I have a scheduled time to blog, and when things get busy with work or home it’s always very tempting for me to cut into that time. I am learning to hold that time as sacred. Not only because I feel like I am called, but also because it’s a centering and grounding process.

  • Jeff Miller

    I have sat in that “traffic jam” in that picture more times than I care to count. Oh, yeah about the blog, thanks. I am about to embark on my second try at a blog this time more focused thanks to your blogging about your experiences. 

    • Jim Martin

      Jeff, I wish you the best as you embark on you blog again.

  • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

    Thank you for the specific book referral in #1! Just downloaded it to Kindle.  The hardback version includes a couple of CDs — do you recommend them?

    Saw #1 at work just today. Just so happened that the blog on grief I posted last night (http://tinyurl.com/7spjqte) struck a chord this morning w/an old friend. She forwarded it to many friends, as they just had the memorial service for a beloved teacher in their community.

    There’s something rather awesome about having this kind of impact without meaning to. I didn’t write my post with her/them in mind, and yet they found value in it.

    • Jim Martin

      Cheri, it is interesting how various people will find value in a particular post.  Like you, I have written posts with no one in particular in mind, but a few people find value in it who then forward it to many others.

  • http://www.turningthepage.info/ Barry Pearman

    Hi, thanks for the post. Can you or anyone recommend an SEO tool for Blogspot. thanks
    Barry

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry. I can’t. Hopefully, someone else will jump in here. Thanks.

  • http://www.brandonkraft.com/ Brandon Kraft

    Blogging on a regular basis is huge. I’ve had my site for years, but in the last two weeks made a decision to focus on consistent posting.

    Since then, my average daily views on days I post has doubled. My average daily views on days I don’t post has quadrupled.

    I’ve had a couple days in the last couple of weeks that has had more views that day than some months a few years ago.

    • Jim Martin

      Brandon, I’ve learned the same lesson.  Consistent posting really makes a difference.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good for you. Blogging regularly does really help.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Brandon,
      Yeah, I am with you—content and consistency are the biggest factors for me!

  • http://twitter.com/tripeakprod Charles Miske

    awesome – going to do a couple of  these right now – thanks

  • Lisa Colon DeLay

    That’s a heck of a lot of blog traffic you have. Stunning.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Lisa,
      I know, right?

  • http://twitter.com/ConnorMeaks Connor Meakin

    Awesome post MH. Only came across your blog few days ago. Been reading the whole thing. Excited to pull the trigger on my blog!

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Glad you’re here, Connor!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Good for you! All the best on your launch.

  • http://talesofwork.com kimanzi constable

    I really wanted to focus on growing my blog this year (talesofwork.com) so I started posting 3 times a week, it really has increased the traffic. I use 8 out of 10 suggestions you have in this post, you’re right on. I would say if you wanted to grow your blog faster, you got to guest post on a larger blog or blogs, that also helps build backlinks.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Kimanzi,
      What two aren’t you using?

      • http://talesofwork.com kimanzi constable

        Now that I think about it, the only one is that I don’t have a SEO pack installed on my site. It was two but I’m going to be having a couple of guest post!

  • http://tijuanabecky.wordpress.com/ Becky

    Thank you for sharing these Michael. I need to work on some of them, especially the SEO part. 

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      Becky, The SEO part can seem a little daunting. I need to work on that too.

  • http://www.15minutewriter.com Sharon Gibson

    Great ideas and practical suggestions! Amazing the way you’ve increased your traffic. Thanks for sharing your experience and this information!

  • http://twitter.com/lovely40plus Phuong Bui

    Michael, Thank you for your pearls!  I am a newbie blogger so taking lots of notes ;)  Also, thanks for sharing your stats.  Curious, you had a HUGE jump in 2011, what did you do differently that year vs. 2010? 

  • http://www.caminomyway.com/ Randall St. Germain

    Thanks again, Michael. Congratulations, on your success. My blog is only two months old now and I understand the difficulty with getting people. Then again, my book came out in November and it’s also difficult to get it noticed. I’m learning though, and I appreciate your info. By the way, I use the Standard theme on my site, installed after I saw your  recommendation back in November.

  • http://www.brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/ Brooke Espinoza

    Great post! Your first point about writing content worth sharing reminded me of Seth Godin’s challenge to “Be remarkable. Remarkable is anything worth remarking
    about.” That’s my goal: be remarkable by writing content worth sharing.

  • elizabeth byler younts

    As always, your advice is stellar. I am working on my blog but just can’t find my “blog-voice.” I read blogs like yours for great information…maybe a few for the occasional inspiration…and one of my favorites for a quick witty post for the week (she only blogs on Mondays & it’s a huge must read for me). But I can’t find my blog-voice. I have an Amish memoir that is selling like hotcakes and one of the reasons I keep hearing is b/c of the “voice”…so why can’t I find it in the blogosphere!!!!??? Any thoughts on that?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I get asked this a lot. I think you will find this with practice. I don’t know any shortcut for it. Just write and write some more. Your voice will emerge. Thanks.

  • Graham

    As a new blogger for 2012 as part of my efforts to write a novel, this advice is very valuable. Thanks so much.

    • Jim Martin

      Graham, I wish you the best as you continue your new blog and as you write the novele.

  • http://www.unshakeablebelief.com/ Mike

    Genius.  Thanks Michael for the terrific support.  Using every point and already bought the book you recommended above.  I make plenty of mistakes in the learning process and appreciate being able to learn from your experience.  

  • http://www.leightonhart.com/ Leighton Hart

    Your first point – write content worth sharing – is spot-on. I think it’s also okay to jump in and train readers to share content every now and then. For instance, I’m scheduling a dedicated post thanking my readers for reading and asking for their support by sharing the stuff they like.

    My blog is tiny and most of my readers are friends, many of whom don’t share a lot of stuff, so I’m just going to ask for the occasional Facebook, Twitter or email share.

  • Barby

    Hi Michael,  I have found your content very helpful in keeping up the faith.  One of the things I do that generates some additional new traffic for my site is writing and submitting articles.  My personal rules for what goes on my blog does not leave a lot of room for creativity, writing articles allows me to be a little more opinionated without getting far off of my subject and has led people to find my blog and become regular users.  I don’t have a strong following like you, but it is one thing you can do to increase traffic and if your content is good increase followers.

  • http://twitter.com/captivemedical Michael Allen

    One technique I’ve used it to have content replicate itself. For instance if I post to LinkedIn or my blog, it automatically posts to Twitter. Thanks for posting the necessity of posting quality content above all. Its a great feeling to know that the content you provide delivers value to the reader.
    Keeping Doctors from Going Broke
    http://captivemedicalsolutions.wordpress.com/

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for this great post! I am working on generating more traffic, and your suggestions are helpful. It’s certainly a slow process. I realize I need more consistency!

    • Jim Martin

      Astonger, I think a lot of us are working on consistency.  I wish you the best as you work to generate more traffic.

  • Malika Bourne

    Thanks for the best advice. I will use it for my new blog.
    Will you be adding a google+ button?
    Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna
    http://nonon-centsnanna.blogspot.com 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, probably at some point. Thanks.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now.  The things I’ve found to be helpful are content and consistency, both of which you mentioned.  My blog is growing slowly, mainly due to my time constraints, but I add new things on a regular basis.  For example, I set up an automatic email of all new posts for email subscribers just a couple of weeks ago.  My email subscriptions tripled in less than a week.  Pretty exciting!  For me, it’s one step at a time.

    • http://www.ChristianFaithAtWork.com/ Chris Patton

      Jeff, I am not sure I understand. What did the email subscribers receive before you made the change?

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        Ummm…..  Not much.  I thought about using it as a weekly newsletter, listing out a summary of the week’s posts and goings on.  But wasn’t sure how to do it.  I eventually settled on allowing Mail Chimp to generate a campaign after every post, much like Michael does here.  I may still use it to occasionally write specific content just to those subscribers, but I don’t know exactly about that yet.

  • http://twitter.com/DuttaDeb Deb Dutta

    Hey Michael, this a great post and has really helped me in my efforts to make my blog better.  I have started asking around for a guest blogger to write for me.   I’m also looking to make my blog into a revenue producing website, do you have any suggestions?  

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for the advice! I recently started blogging and I really need the help. My dad reads your blog and showed me this post. Now I am going to start reading your blog too!

    • Jim Martin

      JoshuaOneNine, I wish you the best with your new blog.  I have learned much about blogging on this blog.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome. Welcome!

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  • http://www.dwaynes--world.blogspot.com Dwayne Morris

    This is all great content! I’ve learned that by following a consistent schedule, thus creating more content, you give readers more things to read. This drives your Pageviews.

    Here’s a question: Is there any drawback to using a blogging platform (Blogger or WordPress) as a website?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The only drawback is that you won’t be able to do much customization. Still, I think it is a good place to start—especially WordPress.com.

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  • Tim Blankenship

    Not a suggestion but an observation of this blog. Variety….I love the different topics and yet it obviously has the underlying theme of leadership.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Tim!

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    I am currently  learning to blog. Thanks for these ideas Mike. It kindles my interest to be more consistent and intentional in blogging. I have never thought about bloging seriously. I think its time to change now.

  • Anonymous

    These are some great points. I just started to have and do guest posting and have started to see the benefits from it. I just wrote about getting results and one of the example I used was in blogging. If anyone wants to read it here it is http://danblackonleadership.info/

  • privatdetektiv

    Well i am running two personal blogs of mine but day by day the traffic is being decrease on it, new visits are becoming less, After reading this blog I would surely follow all this steps, Thanks. 

  • Anonymous

    Great post. A lot it is common sense, but it’s surprising how little of that is around nowadays. ;-)

  • http://www.studentlinc.net timage

    I’m here, posting a comment on this site because Michael does such a great job with his email subscription (#5). I get a weekly email with the posts from the week. It is laid out beautifully and is something I look forward to every Saturday morning. You may choose to receive notifications in a more timely manner. But this works well for me.

  • http://paulwilkinson.wordpress.com/ Paul Wilkinson

    Number 11:  Give away cash.  Daily. Really works on my blog.

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  • http://www.spch.org.au/ Bren McLean

    Perfect timing Michael. I am in the process of setting up my blog and these are all really helpful tips. Bless you

  • http://twitter.com/lipstick_writer Arden McLaughlin

    I think it’s helpful when well established bloggers retweet my work or post it on their Facebook pages. It lends credibility to me and hopefully builds my readership. These are great tips. Thank you!

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  • Tony Jones

    I am a minister at a church and a seminary student.  God has blessed me with a call to the pastorate, and I want to start blogging.  I don’t have a lot of money to invest, poor seminary student, but I want to start blogging.  I read these suggestions.  I like them, but where in the world do I start?

  • http://www.TheNarrowPassage.com/ Timothy Lynn Burchfield

    Great insight.  

  • Bill

    I really appreciate the resources you bring to the table. This comment system is a great suggestion. Thanks for sharing what you use.

  • http://twitter.com/GodsReminders Tristine Fleming

    I wish this didn’t have to be so complicated. I don’t get the SEO thing at all. I thought I was using great keywords that are appropriate for my readers, so I’m not sure where I’m going wrong. I’ve been up and running for almost a year now and I’m only averaging 750 visits per month, and my facebook fan page only has 35 likes. However, I go to other sites that have little content worth reading and they have 1.5 million followers. I’m baffled. And I’ve been working on this for days now, and my family is starting suffer as I spend countless hours trying to figure it out. I just want an easier solution and there just doesn’t seem to be one out there, but I’m so determined to make my blog successful… Catch 22?

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  • Renacentanugwom

    seriously, I have never read any post that sincerely helped with traffic issue. though, I have done almost all of this but I’m yet to see much progress. please, can you help visit my blog and suggest for me what I can do to increase traffic? it is a relationship blog: http://www.trueloverelationship-advice.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.miller.92754 Matthew Miller

    Hi Michael.  

    Great Post.  I have one question. 

    I recently wrote a post on John 3:5 entitled What does Water mean? or Why Context is the Key to Interpretation.  The title has generated and continues to generate a lot of traffic though I’m pretty confident almost all these hits aren’t interested in John 3:5.  Should I change the title of my post to more accurately reflect the content or leave it the way it is and hope that the a few will stick around? 

    Thanks for your time
    Matthew Miller

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      As long as the title isn’t misleading, it is probably fine. Thanks.

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    You nailed it, this is exactly the way to attract blog followers. I have done it for years and plan to with my current blog as well. Cheers to your success. Thank you for inspiring and bringing content and value to the lives of your followers, fans and FRIENDS!

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    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      As far as I know, it only works for self-hosted. I don’t think you can use any plugins for hosted WordPress other than the ones WordPress makes available.

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    I use Ad Words for specific products. It has worked well for me. I am not sure what you mean by backtracking. Do you mean back-linking?

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    Michael, I subscribed to your platform a couple of weeks ago, and just wanted to thank you for all your guidance and support that you’ve given me through your posts. I started creating my own platform and it helped me sharing my passion with others.
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    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Alexander.

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    Michael,

    Awesome post and very informative. I wondered if you provide a bit more context as to how you approach item #5. I subscribe to your email digest and enjoy reviewing your work every Saturday morning. If you’d be willing to share, I’m interested in hearing what tools you’re using to deliver the emails and manage subscriptions. Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am currently using MailChimp. I had my developer write a custom template in MailChimp and a custom RSS feed in WordPress. I don’t really know the details beyond that; it just works.
      However, we are in the process of converting everything over to Infusionsoft. It will give us even more control. Thanks.

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        Awesome, thanks for sharing Michael! As always, I appreciate your openness to share your strategies!

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  • AskQNA

    I appreciate the tips listed above. I have particularly struggled with catchy headlines, and although my blog is new, I can see what a difference the proper headline makes. Wish me luck!

  • Mediarail.be

    Interessant suggestions, Michaël. Just remark : traffic depends of the core business of the blog. In my case, i’m not american and… my blog concerns railways fans, a very little “closed world” :-). But I retain all of your suggestions…

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  • http://brentjonesonline.com/ Brent Jones

    It’s always amazing to me how often people overlook #9. ;-)

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        Did you mean to include the rest of that? :-)

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