Ayear ago I started on blogger.com. Two months in I switched to wordpress.org to get a more professional design and take advantage of plugins that are exclusive to that platform. In the first month I had a few hundred views. At the 7 month mark I hit 30 000 monthly unique visitors and 45 000 monthly page views for the first time. It’s not a wild success story but I’m on the right track. Here’s how you can grow your blog traffic the same way.

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SRATEGY 1: QUANTITY > QUALITY

Right from the first article I ran some facebook ads and had a good friend (thanks Nick) post to a couple of big facebook pages focused on politics in the months that followed. That temporarily boosted traffic on specific posts but overall traffic growth was extremely slow. The first hard fought lesson was thus that one or two semi-viral articles are not enough to boost traffic permanently.

You need to keep coming up with new fresh content over an extended period of time

That was indeed what I felt I was doing as I wrote quality articles with useful information. At least that was the feedback I got from the first people who showed some appreciation for my work. In hindsight the topics I focused on were likely to niche. Besides I didn’t have the quantity and track record for people to want to come back. When my focus shifted towards quantity I started slowly growing traffic at a steady pace.

The more you post the faster the growth. The first 6 months I posted between 8 and 4 times per month. For more explosive growth post 4-5 times per week. Even if your posts aren’t that good, and you don’t see people even reading them, they simply attract more traffic. I can’t explain it but I’ve tested it and it really works.

 

SRATEGY 2: CRITICAL MASS

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  • James X

    This is excellent practical advice. I have just started a blog, and only made one post thus far, so your advice is timely, and, being a novice, exactly the kind of stuff I needed to read. I know I would have made many of the mistakes you mentioned.

    Your ‘Why Your Life Sucks’ post was one of my favourites. At the same time, I thought the Polish post, which you thought was barely worthy of anything, was thorough, and gave the reader a full picture. It could easily save a traveller two nights getting everything wrong. While travelling, as you well know, two nights is an eternity! We have to make it count! If someone can save me wasted time on the road, I am reading his stuff!

    I read your blog not just to save time, but because I can relate to your thoughts, and am grateful that you put things on ‘paper’ that I would hesitate to say publicly. Your practical posts, such as the Polish one, and the philosophical ones, such as ‘Why Your Life Sucks’, are both very much appreciated.

    The Borderless podcast was great, but I was already a fan of your blog!

    Thanks!

    • Hey James,
      awesome to hear that you enjoy my musings on a wide variety of topics.

      About running a blog, the advice in this post and the other two published today should indeed save you tons of time. Good luck with it. Hope you succeed 😉

  • A mate of mine recommended your site today – glad I found it, lots of top articles! I’m a blogger as well, right now in the Czech Rep. and can relate to many things on here..

    • Thanks David. I’m very happy to have you as a reader 😉

      Remember to thank your friend for me for recommending my site

  • Tom

    Hi Harald 🙂 I found this article very interesting. In 2011 I worked with a man from Manchester and he taught me a lot about marketing and SEO and we designed some businesses together utilising things like the social media friends lists and amazon and shop affiliate programs. I was the same as you and I still am in my heart I want the ability to leave my country as its so much more interesting and enjoyable for me away from home. I tried so hard for many years to make it work mate, but it just gave in I got depressed, although I did make some small money before google got rid of all the spam. I’d like to post to the link to a project we worked on I really thought it was amazing at the time, but I don’t want to pollute your comment box with links. I’m just really curious where you make the majority of your money online cause I don’t see any ads (only on your youtube) Im just really curious how do u make money 🙂 Is it mostly through your skype 1 on 1 chats? By the way thats a spot on idea to sell your life experience on a personal level

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