So you want more traffic?
After all, without traffic you can't build a successful blog.
But you're craving to get the traffic your posts deserve and yet, nothing happens.
You spend hours to find that original and creative idea that no one talks about, and you spend dozen more hours to write that epic post.
And at the end, you get 10 visitors per hour invested or maybe less, where you could have bought those visits for 10 bucks or less.
Is your time worth $10?
On the other hand, people blog about topics that are not original.
They write posts that are ordinary, and not epic ones like yours. And guess what, they get more traffic than you do.
The question now is, why do your posts, which are epic, get less traffic, while those crappy posts get more traffic than they deserve.
The myth of originality
Do you know Pablo Picasso? Who doesn't know that “creative” artist?
Many people think he is creative, and he did a lot of great things that no one else has done, right?
Well, here is exactly what Pablo Picasso said about bad and great artists:
“Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.” ~ Pablo Picasso
Yes, Picasso said this.
And you know what? This is the truth behind everything in this universe, even online marketing.
- If you want to build a profitable funnel in any competitive industry, steal one that works and change it.
- If you want to drive traffic, find the traffic sources of your competitor, and advertise, or guest post there.
- If you want to write a successful post, find a topic that is proven to be popular and write an even better one.
So, if you want to write a post on a topic that is proven to be popular, find a post that is popular in your niche, create a better one, and share it with the same people who promoted it.
Let's tackle the first part in this post.
How to Find Popular Content in Your Niche?
There are many sources you could use to find a gold gem of popular posts to model, and make an even better one.
If you're wondering what an epic popular post looks like, check these posts:
These are the kinds of posts, you should look after. They are epic posts that are popular in their niche.
So, how to find great content to model?
Here are 3 sources that could help you:
Just a quick note: you could do this exercise once and have a spreadsheet of blog posts that will make you busy for the few months to come. So do the work.
1. Google is your best friend
Whenever you want to search about anything online, Google is your best friend. You may just need to adjust the way you search, and you're good to go.ogle is your best friend. You may just need to adjust the way you search, and you're good to go.
Here is how you could use Google:
1. Search for Content Resources
You could save yourself hours of research and find those who did the research for you and aggregated the top content in your niche in one post.
Here is an example of a content resources page. Jenna Dalton compiled a list of 111 resources to increase your email list.
So if you write about list building, you know where to go.
Here are some phrases you could type in Google to help you find these types of posts in almost any niche:
- best (niche) posts
- niche + “all time best”
- niche + “best 2014?
- niche + “top 100?
- niche + “top 50?
- best niche posts 2014
Just replace “niche” with your blog niche. Mix between different keywords, search for previous year's best content and so on. You get the idea.
2. Search for popular blogs in your niche
You could do a search for popular blogs in your niche, and then you would know popular content on that blog “this is the job of second tool.”
You could use the above keywords I provided you, but add the word blogs.
So, if you're in the fitness industry, you're looking for posts like:
QuickSprout is a great tool by the awesome Neil Patel. It's a web analyzer app that shows you how you could improve your traffic, your SEO errors, how to improve it, your popular content and many other features.
You could also download the data in a PDF or Excel file.
You should plug your site in and improve it. You'll find a lot of great insights, but that is not why I featured it here.
You could use it to analyze your competitors' site. You could see their weakness and improve on it.
You could also use it to find popular content on their site. That's where the gold is.
These sites are popular, well, because they have popular content that made them popular. Your job is to look for those posts.
Using Google, you could find the popular blogs in your niche. Now, plug these sites here one by one, and then click on the social media analysis. It may take a few minutes to compile all the date for you.
After that, scroll down and check the sites. Here's what happened when I entered successful blogging.
Now, you know the popular content on this site 😉
3. Use Reddit
Reddit was a popular social bookmarking site a few years back. Some people still use it, but it's not as popular as it used to be.
But here's why it's a great tool that you should use.
You could look for hot posts in different subreddits related to your niche to model after.
Some of these are old posts that your competitors didn't even know about. You could add fresh prospective to these, and you'll have an epic post to go with.
Here's what you should do:
- Search for great http://www.searchreddit.com/ subreddits related to your niche. Reddit doesn't always show the best ones. Do yourself a favor and search on.
- Take a look at the hot threads. If you find something compelling, save it. If you don't, move on.
- Go to the Top tab. You'll find posts that got the most votes in this subreddit.
- Repeat the 2 steps above for different subreddits, and you'll have a good list of posts to model.
Reddit is a great site for finding potential blog post topics.
You now have it
You now know how to compile a big list of blog posts to model.
Grab one of these and create an even better one. Publish it and promote the heck out of it.
Doors are now open for you to get a flood of traffic to your site.
You need to take action. Nothing will happen if you just move on and surf Facebook or read more posts on other sites.
You need to take action.
Traffic is waiting for you.
And here's a special gift for the Successful Blogging Team (Yes, you.) If you're wondering the 3 types of posts that are proven to be popular and the promotion strategy you should follow to promote your next post, I got you covered.
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By night, Ahmed Safwan is busy “figuring out how to make blogging simpler, not easier” over at Smart Marketing Boost. By day, he studies to be a dentist. Don’t leave without snagging your free videos on the 3 types of blogs posts that goes viral and the only promotion strategy you need to follow to make sure that your next idea go viral.