1. Zarayna says

    Hi Sue,
    Thank you for this post and how lovely to hear your warm voice.
    Don’t wish to sound creepy but having both sound and visuals helps your useful content ‘stick’ (even in somewhat shallow little minds like mine).
    I imagine it is also a demonstration for your tribe to use podcasts, videos etc as a means of deepening their relationship with their audience – the more we see and know, the more we trust and therefore can build trustworthy relationships.
    I must also thank you for the clarity of the content. Although I appreciate the integrity of your advice, for me, personally, I do and shall struggle with the concept of 80% of one’s time and energy on the marketing side and only 20% on the content.
    I think you know my weakness – I would prefer 80% writing but I also know that is my problem to overcome – not yours.
    Thank you again and kindest regards, Zara.

    • says

      Hi, Zara,

      Thanks for your comment on the video! I’ve done podcasts but was finally ready to share via video and slides.

      I agree with you – most bloggers would rather write all the time instead of spending the majority of their time on promotion. But traffic doesn’t consistently grow that way. Promotion is key to blog growth.

      Thanks again for commenting.

  2. says

    Thanks Sue Anne for this video, hope I can get the blogging formula to work, 🙂

    I will be following all 3 steps!

    • says

      It works well if you do it, Brigitte!

      Let me know if I can help. Thanks for your comment.

  3. says

    Thanks, Sue Anne. I’m very guilty about the 20/80 Rule. I more into content creation rather than social media. I’m working on revising my formula and will work my way up to your 20/80 Rule. I’m sure you’re right!

    • says

      Hi, Carole,

      You’ll be please with the results of the 20/80 Rule!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment,

  4. says

    Hey Sue,

    Thank you so much for this email. I have been saving up all your emails and keeping them for a later date as I have been busy, creating content, playing on social media to become familiar with it.

    I am so glad I took a peak at this because I absolutely agree with what you were saying and I was doing it all the wrong way around. And you have given me so much excitement I am struggling to sit down. So now I am going to go in search of blogs, so I can comment away.

    Cheers for some great advice. You are no longer going into a folder for later, as soon as you hit my inbox, you will have my full attention.

    Have a great day


    • says

      Hi, Rachel,

      I was just as excited when I found out most of this information from my mentors. It really works well and I’m looking forward to your results.

      Thanks for the great comment – you made my day!

  5. says

    Hi Sue,
    Thanks for this video. It’s really simplifies things into concrete steps. I’m in the beginning stages of putting together my blog, so this is very helpful. I’m excited to see more of your ideas.

    • says

      I’m so glad it was helpful to you, Donna. Keep reading and I’ll help you out as much as I possibly can with your blog.

      Thanks for commenting,

  6. says

    Sue, Another great piece that walks the talk. I am interested in learning more about preselling. Perhaps you could do another piece with a couple of ideas so I understand it better. I had not considered this before. Also would you presell up coming blog posts on social media? Fran
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    • says

      Hi, Fran,

      I will be talking more about preselling in some upcoming blog posts. The most important part is to pre-talk about your offers before you actually offer them.

      I like your idea of preselling your blog posts on social media! I never thought of that. You would basically “tease” the premise of the post in advance of actually publishing it.

      Thanks for your comment, Fran.

        • says

          Great, Fran! I love to make the Successful Blogging team members think about my posts.

          Thanks for commenting.

      • says

        Hi Sue, I was actually about to send you an e-mail about the question Fran just asked – how do you presell something. I look forward to reading your content on preselling.

        I’ve did an expert round up post which did really well and would most likely fit under the “Reverse Guest Blogging Category”. My goal this month is to get my feet wet with guest blogging. Looking forward to it !

        Thank you so much for the informative video Sue 😀
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        • says

          WhooooHoooo, Gertrude, I’m so proud of you doing an expert round up! That’s great.

          As you know from Fran’s answer – preselling is just selling before the actual sale. Doing blog posts on the topic that is the same as the product you are releasing. Teaser emails talking a little about what’s to come. As simple as that.

          Let me know when you do your guest blog and I’ll comment and share it!

  7. says

    Thanks so much for sharing this information. As a new blogger I have been reading everything I can get my hands on about growing my blog. I feel like everything I read talks about writing great content and promoting it on social media. So I have been spending so much time making content and then trying to promote it on my social media pages that have very small following. Which hasn’t worked well and has been discouraging. Your post has given me new idea of how I should really be trying to promote my blog ( guest posting and commenting). This post was so encouraging for me and has given me a new direction to focus my time on. Thanks again.

    • says

      Hi, Julie Anne,

      You are so right about most people recommending it to write great content and promote it on social media. That will not get you many visitors at all – which you have seen for yourself.

      Follow the fact-based plan of blog commenting, guest blogging and blogger outreach and your blog will flourish and take off with more engagement and more traffic and subscribers.It’s inevitable. You’ll reach a critical mass and your traffic will take off.

      Thanks so much for your comment. I know that next month, your visitor and subscriber numbers will be higher if you follow this plan!

  8. says

    This is very helpful. Thanks so much. I need this help. I have been blogging for over a year now and have hardly any subscribers. I think I have great content but do not have a clear understanding on getting more traffic. I have been working hard on social media and have little response.

    • says

      Hi, Jenay,

      We all do the same thing in the beginning – lots of social media. Until you get 1000 subscribers, you don’t need to do anything on social media except post or tweet your new blog posts. You’ll do better spending that time on blogger outreach, blog commenting, and guest posting.

      I really appreciate your commenting today.

  9. says

    This was an awesome video and very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  10. says

    Thanks for the great advice. I have listened to this two times and am following your plan. In the process, I have found some great blogs and bloggers!


    • says

      Hi, Debra,

      That is so great to hear! Now you have an action plan with blogs to comment on and start interacting with.

      Thanks for your comment today.

  11. Brenna says

    Thanks for the video! You always give such helpful tips.

  12. says

    [ Smiles ] Sue, it is nice to finally hear your voice.

    Okay, we bloggers are interested in getting traffic to our blog.

    One thing that I do know for sure is, that guest blogging helps a lot in the area of acquiring popularity.
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    • says

      Thanks, Renard, that’s nice of you to say!

      I had a guest post this week at TwelveSkip and got 70 comments and 50+ subscribers in 24 hours.

      Guest posting really does work. I appreciate your comment.

      • says

        Getting 50 new subscribers from one guest post in 24 hours is very impressive.

        It requires guest posting on a popular blog, writing a very good guest post and having a very good blog.
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        • says

          Hi, John,

          Thanks so much for your compliment and comment! You are so right that it is a trifecta of good ‘stuff’.


  13. says

    Great tips Sue. I can attest that guest posting does work which reminds me that I have to get back to doing that.


  14. says

    This is great Sue Anne! I love that you point out that it’s more about who you know than how you write, because it’s so true. Even with working online and freelance writing, who you know (and who can help refer and promote you) is incredibly important for getting ahead.
    Corinne Kerston recently posted…Online Heatmaps-What They Are and Why You Need ThemMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Corinne,

      You said a mouthful! Who you know is huge in any business, but especially if it’s an online business.

      I appreciate your comment here and on my guest post this week at TwelveSkip.

  15. says

    A must watch for beginners or those who are finding it tough to push it forward.

  16. says

    It is really necessary that a person should blog only in the way he/she is comfortable with. Guest blogging is still important, it hasn`t lost its charm but gained value with authentic efforts.

    Passion blogging, guest posting, a special social media presence bring huge traffic and earning. Blogging is a work of patience. So don`t burn yourself up with overnight success expectation.

    Guest blogging with proper criteria will bring not only traffic but also help to gain authority of your blog.

    It`s right that promotion take much more time than it take to write that content. Definitely preselling is a key to success to boost selling and revenue.

    Your tips are healthy and definitely useful and the offer of Kindle Fire, is definitely gonna add some fireworks to shine your blog and it`s marketing plans.

    “You with your own kindle Fire”, doesn`t it sound attractive to everyone. Well it does sound attractive to me.

    Thank you again Sue for writing helpful article to make everyone understand how to blog, create brand and generate revenue.
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    • says

      Hi, Gaurav,

      I so appreciate your thoughtful comment! You are so right that promotion takes much more time than writing and that preselling really works.

      Thanks again for commenting on all of my posts.

  17. says

    Hi Sue Anne

    I appreciate your idea of making a video instead of podcast as it is more useful because of the images and data one can see while listening your words as well.

    The whole idea is very attractive and your input has made it more amazing.

    Thanks a lot for sharing

    • says

      Thanks so much, Mi, for the nice comment on my video. I certainly appreciate it!

      I will do more videos in the future.

      I appreciate your comment today,

  18. says

    Thanks for sharing this great content, Sue.

    Guestblogging, social media, commenting and outreach is definitely the best way for a newbie to get noticed in the crowded blogger space 😉

    It`s all about providing great content and sticking out 🙂


    • says

      Hi, Tor,

      Well, I totally agree with your comment! I appreciate you taking the time to leave it.


  19. says

    Wao! This is great. I am loving your blog. I am a web developer and I got in contact with your blog while searching for “Sponsored Post Pricing”. I requested for your advice and you replied.That shows commitment to your readers and that also help to drive traffic to your blog. The truth is that if you did not reply, I may not come back but because you showed me that you care, am here again.

    The points you raised on how to drive traffic are eye-opener and your helps to dive the messages home. Your voice is amazingly sweet and I listened again, again and again without been tired.
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    • says

      Hi, Stanislaus,

      So good to see your here!

      I do reply to my emails, which shocks a lot of people 🙂 I’m so glad I was able to help you.

      I’m happy you liked the video. Thanks for your lovely comment.

  20. Heather says

    Thank you so much Sue Anne, for someone who has never done this and is just getting ready to embark, your insight is AMAZING. At times it helps me feel like I am on the right track with what I want to do and then gives a bit of direction in areas I am unsure of. I am so happy that I was able to find your blog.

    • says

      Hi, Heather,

      I’m SO glad you were able to get on the right track. That’s half the battle in blogging!

      Thanks so much for leaving a comment today.

  21. says

    Hi Sue! Thanks for the book. I’ve just started on it. I liked the way how you’ve given credits to your mentors. Plus, it is presented in a very organized way.

    Great to connect with you on Twitter. I’m afraid I’m also one of those who’d rather spend their time in content creation than in marketing. I have a thing about networking on social media websites! Trying to work on it though.

    You have a neat blog. Will try to keep in touch. See you.

    • says

      Hi, Kaddu,

      I’m glad the free guide book is helping you!

      Promoting doesn’t have to be scummy and salesy. It’s as simple as getting to know someone on social media or by commenting on their blog 🙂 and then emailing them after a couple of weeks.

      Thanks for your comment.

  22. says


    Thanks so much for providing this content! I am a new blogger and your information has been very helpful. I plan on following all your suggestions for improving traffic. Thanks again and keep up the good work!

    • says

      Hi, Rox,

      If you follow the plan, your traffic will skyrocket. It has worked for all my clients.

      I appreciate you commenting and being a Successful Blogging Team member!

  23. says


    Thanks so much this awesome content.It’s all information which you share in this post totally helpful for the newbie.Nice video give in this post.I think I will follow your ideas for improving my blog traffic.

    Have a nice day!
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    • says

      Hi, Sonam,

      I’m glad it was helpful for you. Let me know how it goes when you start to implement the plan.

      Thanks for commenting.

  24. says

    I met Sue around a month ago and she was so gracious and helpful and answered ALL of my questions! This video is just another example of how awesome and passionate Sue is about helping us new bloggers navigate this blogosphere. I am learning daily everything I can before launching my blog-well going live any way-later this month (so please do not visit my site yet!) and I have no doubt I will be prepared with Sue’s help!

    Thank you Sue!


    • says

      Oh, you made my day, Jessica! You are a delight to work with and I enjoyed answering your questions.

      You are going far! Thanks so much for your lovely comment.

      • says

        Well Sue, Thank YOU! I am only as good as my mentors! I believe in you and your success and want my own. This video is just another piece to my arsenal that I am releasing to the world very soon! You are simply the best out there! Anyone who comes across your blog and has even one chance to talk to you will be forever changed like I have been!

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  25. says


    Glad to be back here at Successful Blogging.

    This video is so good – glad you highlighted blogger outreach, and I’ve seen in expert roundups you’ve featured in elsewhere that you consider this to be one of the most important aspects of blogging – you’re absolutely RIGHT!

    People say forget all about SEO and focus your efforts elsewhere, this advice is okay (albeit completely harmful if you totally disregard it altogether) but why not do BOTH? If you spend a good amount of time outreaching – following the 80/20 rule like you said – you’re going to pick up links AND develop good friendships, plus networking opportunities.

    Not focusing on social media too much is another great point, and it’s something I’m sure a lot of us (myself absolutely included) are guilty of doing. Doing it in moderation and with focus is key.

    I have no idea why but for some reason I wasn’t subscribed to this site! It must have slipped my mind as I always love what you post and you’re always such a BOSS on social media.

    Enjoy the rest of your week. Speak soon!

    Luke Jordan
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    • says

      Hi, Luke,

      Love this comment! SEO plus blogger outreach = success

      So glad you are now a Successful Blog Team member once again and thanks so much for your comment.

  26. says

    Hello Sue,

    I second you with regard to the 20/80 rule. it only makes sense to take time promoting your article as opposed to writing it. John Chow has inspired me a lot on this topic.

    Enock recently posted…One Factor Lies Between You and SuccessMy Profile

  27. says

    Awesome tips (as always) Sue!

    Great video, it seemed like you have done thousands in the past!

    Your point about promotion, spot on. The “if you build it, they will come” mentality is just not how it works in blogging.


    P.S. from the address in your newsletter I think we are neighbors!
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    • says

      Hi, Neighbor!

      It’s starting to get warm, right? But it is April in Florida 🙂

      Thanks for your lovely comment and thank goodness for that Kevin Costner movie so I have something to compare my method to.

    • says

      Hi, Zain,

      It does seem easy but it doesn’t come naturally to beginning bloggers,right? We think if we just write great content and put lots of it on our site, we will be successful.

      Thanks so much for your nice comment!

  28. says

    Hey Sue Anne,

    What a great video and you gave away all your goodies. I love that and you explained what they were and how they should go about doing that as well.

    I saw some of my favorite ways as well and what’s worked best for me. That’s what I love about blogging Sue Anne, it’s not a one size fits all so there are so many different ways you can go about this. I think that they should choose what they want to do and then be consistent in their action steps and they’ll definitely start getting some good results.

    Really enjoyed your video and I’ll be sure to pass this along as well, thanks.

    Happy Easter!

    Adrienne recently posted…Magical Monday: Blog Content, SEO, Guest Posting, TOC, Make MoneyMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Adrienne,

      I agree – as long as you have a focused plan and take action, blogging will work. It takes awhile to build traffic and an audience, like you have so successfully done. But it can be done – focused action works.

      Thanks so much for your comment today!

  29. says

    Excellent stuff, Sue Anne.

    It’s great to see the unfiltered insight. It’s really good to know that, not only do the insights come from your mentors but also that you’ve tested them, validated them, and built on them. It’s amazing how much we can all learn from all this experience. As someone trying to get off the ground now I really appreciate that.

    Ken Carroll recently posted…To Be Successful, Write About SuccessMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Ken,

      It’s great that you appreciate the point of testing and validation. A lot of beginning bloggers don’t do any of that and don’t ask their mentors why they do certain things.

      If I’m going to spend 40 hours a week working on my blogging business, I want to know what definitely works! And these traffic methods have been tested and do work. A perfect example: I did a guest post this week on TwelveSkip and got 97 comments and 37 subscribers in 48 hours.

      Thanks so much for your comment!

  30. says

    Hello Sue,

    Just a wonderful post and the video content is what I was looking for — to boost my traffic and actually get to know pro’s stuff like yours that how you do it. 🙂

    Okay, things are for the new bloggers. We do lots and lots of workout making out content look good, no grammatical errors, no spelling issues and make it look like a professional stuff. But that’s where we take it all wrong.

    Writing improves by practicing, not spending too much time correcting it. The more you write the more it improves day by day. This is where new bloggers spend their entire time making the content to shine and leave the other highly-effective aspects to actually promote it. Send to the people in need.

    I so liked where you said we should spend 20% of our time in writing the content. I’d say keep the gap of a couple of days to create/publish the new post and make the last one to promote to the wider audience through the things you mentioned in the video.

    So awesome to download your transcript. I am happy that you don’t record the videos on YouTube because it is blocked here since 4 I don’t need to try something notorious like proxies to watch your valuable videos. 🙂

    Thanks! See me often!

    ~ Adeel Sami
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    • says

      Hi, Adeel,

      I love your comments on actually doing the writing. That’s the 2nd most question I’m asked – “How do I stop editing and push publish?” It’s actually more important to get the post done and promote it, just like you said. 20%/80% rules.

      I always do a transcript when I do a video or audio. I’m so glad you like that service I provide for my readers.

      Thanks so much for your comment!

  31. says

    After listening to your video my key takeaway was to spend more time doing outreach to other bloggers – commenting on their blogs, asking to guest post and sharing their content and tagging them. Thanks so much!

    • says

      Hi, Judi,

      You got it! Those are the keys to attracting more traffic to your blog.

      Thanks for watching the video and for your comment.

  32. says

    Hi Sue! Loved this multi-media approach to teaching that is, of course packed with great info! So excited that we are beginning our journey together. I agree with the 80/20 rule, it’s implementation and losing the mindset that so many have that all one should be doing is writing. The promotional part, as I am quickly learning, is key!

    • says

      Hi, Laurie,

      It’s great to have a part of the Successful Blogging Team! I’m so glad you enjoyed the video and transcript.

      You are an awesome social media expert and it is so great to be on this blogging journey together.

      Thanks for your comment today!

  33. says


    It is a fantastic way of presenting your idea. Driving traffic is important to make our blog and blogging journey successful. I like to follow your method. Keep sharing. Thank you so much.

    Have a nice day!

  34. says

    Thanks for the post containing so many excellent points. My blogging is easier because I curate much information. I also use Buffer – as I did with this post – to forward valuable information to my followers on FB, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I’m strongly considering starting a podcast. A friend suggests making a podcast or video series easier to produce by recycling blog posts as audio and/or video. What do you think of that approach?
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    • says

      Hi, Joe,

      I like your approach! I have a podcast that I do once or twice a month to interview experts.

      Either a podcast and/or a video series are excellent ways to get content out in a new way that appeals to readers. I believe you should go with the one you personally enjoy doing the most.

      I appreciate your comment and your question.


  35. says

    Hi Sue –

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I’m just starting out my blog, so I’ve been looking for free ways to increase my traffic and this video was much more in depth and informative than most other things I am running across. Everything else I am coming across seems to be very general or common sense. I love the idea of using the 80/20 formula and thank you again so much for the tips!

    • says

      Hi, Dayna,

      You made my day! Thanks so much for your comment. I really appreciate it.


  36. says

    Thanks Sue Anne. This was helpful. I have just started a new blog with only 6 posts and no followers yet so I guess I would definitely still be considered a new blogger, LOL! These tips are quite helpful!
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    • says

      We all had to start out the same way, Karen!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the info.


  37. Melanie says

    Great video! Thanks for this information, so useful, so helpful. There’s a lot to learn about blogging, so educational info in easy to manage chunks is much appreciated! Thank you.

    • says

      Hi, Melanie,

      I’ve done podcasts but this is my first video training that hasn’t been in a course.

      So glad you liked it. Thanks for your comment!

  38. says

    Thanks for this great post. I also am interested in your thoughts about pre-selling so I’ll keep an eye out for those posts. I also thought it was interesting that you mentioned commenting on blogs in your genre is more important than, for example, posting on Pinterest 15 times a day. 🙂 I’m a craft/DIY blogger and am still very new at what I’m doing but I’ve found that social media drives most of my traffic (more than when I comment on blogs.) However, this might be because I’m not regularly commenting on large blogs! Ironically, before I had this blog I used to do that because I was so inspired by what I was reading.

    In the DIY/craft world, many bloggers say that it is really important to do as many linky parties/link up parties as possible. What do you think about them? Would my time be better spent forming relationships through commenting on blogs in my niche? I receive very minimal traffic from linky parties but I do find them helpful in finding great content to share on social media. Well, now that this comment is twenty pages long, I’ll go! Thanks for all of your help. I’ve really appreciated reading your emails and posts.
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    • says

      Hi, Jennie,

      Thanks for both your comment and your questions!

      Preselling is simple – just send emails and/or write a blog post talking about what is coming up! I’ll be discussing it more in my upcoming ‘Successful Blogging School’ class that starts 4/30.

      Social media, especially Pinterest, can be helpful to DIY/craft bloggers. But guest posting and blog commenting will help just as much, if not more, because you’ll get subscribers and loyal readers.

      I personally don’t care for link parties. I always tell my clients that want to do them to be in charge of their own link party. I have talked to some big craft bloggers and it only works if you are the person hosting the party.

      I hope this helps. I also recommend hosting your own community board on Pinterest. I do that and it brings a lot of new traffic to my blog.

  39. says

    Good evening Sue !

    Thank you for the very informative post! As usual your content is always helpful and easy to understand. I will definitely utilize these strategies going forward.

    Thanks again..Horace

  40. says

    Hi, Sue. Nice tips to get traffic to blog and the video is awesome, I think that best sources for my traffic is Facebook, Twitter and Google + I mainly use these 3 social media networks to drive traffic to my blog

    Cheers Sue and keep up the good work!
    Rohit Singh recently posted…How To Start A Blog For Free and Make MoneyMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Rohit,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the video. I’m glad that social media is working for you. Have you tried guest posting or regular blog commenting also?

      Thanks for your comment!

  41. says

    I’ve been blogging about Aussie travel for a few years on the Blogger platform without trying (or expecting!) to get a great deal of traffic other than my niche. Last year I got a deal to move to self-hosting and so I re-vamped the blog and moved to the WordPress platform. Just doing that has made a difference to my traffic, so I’m now actually taking heed of the messages I’d been hearing over the last few years about how to increase traffic even more. Like many others commenting above, I’m more interested in writing content than promoting it – I don’t even like ‘wasting time’ on blog maintenance!! But although it’s taken a few years to sink in, the time is SO right for your message!!! Also like another commenter above, I’ll be taking heed of the email updates from you instead of just putting them into the ‘read later’ folder!

    Red NomadOZ recently posted…7 Wonderful Walks in Innes National ParkMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Red,

      That’s interesting – self-hosting leading to more traffic. Right there is an excellent reason to have a self-hosted blog right from the beginning!

      At heart, all bloggers would prefer to be writers and not marketers. But marketing is what makes your money.

      I so appreciate your kind comment,

  42. says

    Hello Sue,
    greeting from Hong Kong.
    I have recently bookmarked your blog, because your posts are very valuable. I am in learning process now about Guest Blogging that seems to me very important.

    Thank you for your video and I have one more question, what tool do you use for recording such a perfect presentation? 🙂
    Have a nice day.

    • says

      Hi, Patrick,

      I’m glad that Sussessful Blogging is helpful to you. Guest blogging is extremely important. It’s brought me thousands in traffic and hundreds of subscribers.

      I used my meeting software, Any Meeting so I could use slides and they record it. $18/month is their starter package and you can conduct classes that way or do video courses as well as webinars.

      Thanks for you comment and question!

  43. Kristie Lovelace says

    Hi Sue! I appreciate all your advice. I keep all of your emails for future reference so I will have them when I am able to become serious writing my blog. I look forward to having your help when the time is right. : )

  44. says

    Hi Sue Anne,

    Thank you again for the post and podcast. I have held off writing for a long time but our blog performance id quite frankly an embarrassment to your training and great wisdom.

    We started using a blog under the guidance of your predecessor / partner Annabel Candy, mainly as a means of keeping a diary and log of our progress / thinking as we progressed a sustainability project in a small village in SW France, developing a unique brand Bordeaux micro wine business exporting to the world. We write a short blog each week on various wine viticulture and other business related topics, incorporating some of the best visual media for our industry, including our own winebiz leading edge videos and #WineTips. We guest blog and comment wherever possible – generally other producers and sommeliers don’t much appreciate a healthy debate.

    Our full marketing strategy is different to the industry due to our size and very limited budget. We use a significant range and depth of social media to promote. For our size we have extraordinary reach in those media. But our blog has a reach of about 60 people on our Newsletter emailing, most of whom have come from face to face customer contact.

    We will never stop bloging – it is our story and therefore our brand. But it is driving us mad hearing you every week talk about 1000’s of readers when we believe that we are following all the right steps. If we added just ten new blog followers this month, we would crack open a bottle in celebration!

    Somewhere somehow something is not working? I would love to find out why!!

    Keep up the great work,
    David Stannard, Founder Director SAS Paradise Rescued

    • says

      Hi, David,

      I understand your frustration. You are doing all the right things. But I just took a look at your blog – very nice, by the way.

      My issue is that your “newsletter” sign up is buried in your blog – I had to go looking for it. It isn’t even on your home page. I’d highly recommend a slider or popup that is exit-intent (only when your visitor goes to leave your site). This is the least intrusive way to get email addresses and it will up your subscribers dramatically.

      If you’d like, please email me (see contact form) and we can discuss your situation on a free 20 minute call.

      Thanks for your comment and questions.

  45. says

    Hi Sue Anne-
    I just discovered your blog and I’m so grateful! I have been in digital communications professionally for years and now I’m starting my own business. I look forward to reading the rest of your posts for tips and tricks. Thank you for creating such useful content.

    Very truly yours,

    • says

      Hi, Angelica,

      Welcome to the Successful Blogging Team (what I call my readers and commenters).

      I’m so glad this was helpful to you. Keep reading and ask any questions you may have – my email address is on the Contact form.


  46. says

    Hi, Sue,

    Very nice video! 🙂 Glad to see your presentation and hear your voice again. Awesome that you use Wistia too! Who knew! 🙂

    I couldn’t agree more with what you shared. Wish I had started Blogger Outreach earlier in my business because it’s just so powerful, and I’ve benefited so much from building strong relationships with like-minded influencers in the industry.

    Great takeaways, Sue – have already shared this out…

    Talk soon,
    Carol Amato recently posted…How To Create A Call To Action In Each Blog PostMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Carol,

      You are like me – I could kick myself that I didn’t do blogger outreach when I was new 4 years ago. People didn’t talk about it then – it as the “secret handshake” of the old internet guys.

      But you and I know better now and we teach our clients and readers how to do it!

      Thanks for commenting and sharing, Carol.

  47. Debbie T says

    I really appreciate this video! I had been building a blog – and had to take a break due to some family needs – and really can’t get back on the bandwagon. Blogging is so dynamic – and changes happen fast. I appreciate your matter-of-fact view of social media and gaining blog traffic. That is encouraging!!!

    • says

      I’m so glad it helped you, Debbie! You can always get back to blogging. Traffic will come with promotion.

      Thanks for commenting today.

    • says

      Hi, Raza,

      You are right – my first video on this blog! Follow this plan and you will get more traffic.

      Thanks for your comment today.

  48. says

    I enjoy your emails and firstly want to say thank you. I’m still figuring out what kind of blogger I am with my way of presenting my content. I am a paper crafter and find that I’m not really changing anything in my usuall crafting day but just documentingas I go. This is where I get caught up. If I choose to do a pictorial tutorial my time is spent watermarking and writing up each step and of course loading images up to my blog. I admire those who do a one take wonder instructional video, being human and not editing out gafs etc but not sure if this is me. It would be no extra finacial outlay to me as I have all the equipment. Then there is the audio slide show as you have done here and it’s not something I had ever considered until just now. How do you prepared yourself before recording one of these and is it easier?

    • says

      Hi, June,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Yes, I believe the slides are easier to record. You can have notes in front of you and basically read off them when you have slides – no one sees that you are looking at your notes 🙂 Try it out!


  49. says

    Thank you for the very informative and helpful tutorial. As a new blogger, I find this type of free training extremely valuable. I am looking forward to following you and you blog!


    • says

      Thanks SO much, Craig!

      I’ll be doing more trainings soon – keep your eye out.

      I appreciate your comment today.

  50. says

    Great Tips. Will this all methods work for our corporate business sites also? We don’t have 500 words content on that. Does that affect?

    • says

      Yes, these methods work for every type of blog. You don’t need to write long posts ever single time – but I recommend writing a long post at least once a month.

      Thanks for your comment and question!

  51. says

    Hi Sue,

    Great video here.

    The key thing that I picked up from this was the tip regarding blog commenting and sending out an email to influencers/friends you have letting them know about your guest post on a major site. That’s very smart actually and is something I’ll be doing for every guest post I do from here on out on a major influencers’ blog.

    Thanks for that awesome tip.

    – Andrew
    Andrew M. Warner recently posted…3 Optimization Experiments To Growth Hack My Blog (and Why You Should Do Them Too)My Profile

    • says

      Hi, Andrew,

      You’ll love the results of doing blogger outreach!

      Thanks for your comment,

  52. says

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for the presentation.

    Now just to find some guest blogging opportunities.

    If you are a new blogger and want to guest on each other’s blogs feel free to contact me through my website.


    • says

      You’ll find them, Dale! Shadow the big guys by commenting and sharing their content and they will remember you when you write your “pitch” email. And you’ll find writers for your blog because they will be shadowing you.

      Thanks so much for your comment!

  53. says

    Nice methods to increase blog traffic ..

    Love the way you described it. It is super easy and a genuine way to get more views on your blog.

    • says

      Hi, Melissa,

      I’m so glad it was helpful!

      Thanks for letting me know in the comments.

  54. says

    Hi Sue,

    I took a look at the video. Thank you. It was very helpful. Here a few things I took away that I know I am not doing:

    Spend 20% of my time on writing and 80% on promoting. I am definitely NOT doing that. I would venture to say I concentrate on the reverse (80% writing; 20% promoting).

    Ally myself with influential bloggers in my niche. I have NOT done this. I have mostly allied myself with bigger bloggers who are not in my niche at all. Although I do not teach blogging for business, I am drawn to those communities and love commenting on posts like that. Go figure.

    As a newer blogger, do not concentrate on social media. Mercy! I have concentrated a great deal of time on social media and it has not netted me many new email subscribers. In fact, I pulled back from social media at the beginning of the year because I wasn’t getting the traction I wanted and I couldn’t figure out what wasn’t working.

    I think my only question is that I didn’t fully grasp what “reverse guest blogging” is.

    Thanks again for recommending the video.


    • says

      Hi, Sherri,

      I so appreciate your honest reflection!

      Switching that 80/20 split will create a whole shift for you in new traffic and subscribers. Also, “reverse guest blogging” is when someone else writes for your blog. Find someone you took a course with or is in a Facebook group with you and ask them if you can exchange blogs for a day.

      Let me know how it goes!

  55. says

    Very good video Sue, my take out is not to spend more time on social media instead focusing on producing great content and getting connected with niche blogs.

    Definitely will apply all of these valuable suggestions!

    Thanks Sue!

  56. says

    The traffic is very important for any blog/website. Being a new bloggers, they need to understand the optimization methods to give a quality to a readers and as well as a search spiders. If you want a blog traffic, then make sure you will not become impatient.

    The video is well clear, and piece of a quality for the new comers. Never indulge in any black hat activities to gain short term benefits.
    sunil k
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  57. says

    Great material, Sue Anne. I’m sure you are right about the formula for blogging success. Not only am I likely to make more money following your strategy but I will have more fun. Great writers love to read, and with your method I can spend time reading and commenting on blogs related to travel without feeling guilty about it! Thanks.

    • says

      Hey, Carole,

      Thanks so much! I so appreciate your comment today.

      Let me know, anytime, how I can help you.

  58. says

    I am happy read your suggestion to bring a lot of traffic. We do not need to spend time to write articles every day. However, each article requires intensive promotion so that it can grow with getting traffic. But, how long it takes to successfully bring a lot of traffic? Thank you.
    Sudarto recently posted…94% Students Satisfied Using Journey Credit CardMy Profile

    • says

      I’m so glad it helped you, Sudarto.

      If you do what I say, your traffic will be significantly higher in 3 month’s time.

  59. says

    What a great video! Thanks for sharing these tips. I’ve been blogging for about a year and plan to use these tips to help grow my blog.

  60. says

    Hi Sue,

    Awesome video indeed!

    Really, creating high quality content is must for getting more traffic to a blog and we need to promote our site regularly by following best content marketing strategy. In video you shared some cool tips for marketing blog online and i found it very useful.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing this useful video with us,

    MINHAJ UDDIN recently posted…Where to promote your blog-Ethical Trick to promote your business on 500+Facebook groups in 6 secondsMy Profile

  61. says

    Thank you for sharing. Your blog was filled with lots of great information. Looking forward to your future blog posts.

  62. says

    Thank you, I really enjoyed your video and got great value from watching & listening.

    I’m very new to blogging, in fact it’s taken me a long time to start one because I don’t believe I’m a good enough writer simply because I failed academically.

    I was a very creative kid who always wanted to draw and art & craft work was all I was interested in at school. I totally switched off in every other lesson.

    I’m now an Internet Marketer and love using my creativity to market. I have yet to fall in love with blogging but I am desperately trying to find a way. For example because of my love of art, I love a great image, so I try to use images in my blog posts that hopefully help my readers feel what I am saying.

    I’ve often thought of using my own doodles and sketches to help tell my story rather than hunt the internet for the right image which can take time. I really do see the power of blogging and I am trying to get my blog going.

    I would love to know how much time should be spent on blogging from writing the post to blog commenting in order to get traffic?


    Ian G. Howarth.

    • says

      I love the idea of your own doodles and sketches for your blog, Ian. My colleague, Henneke at Enchanting Marketing, does her own cartoon character sketch for each post. Check it out.

      You should spend 20% of your time writing and 80% of your time promoting the post and doing comments and guest blogging.

      Hope this helps!

  63. says

    I really enjoyed your video. can i have the address to your youtube channel so i can subscribe. I will please ask that you help me promote my Blog. Thank You.

  64. says

    Oh my gosh. This video is to the point but so good! I wish I would’ve found this sooner! Thanks Sue.

  65. says

    Was able to watch the video in as much as my network connection was slow. I was really exposed to the preselling offer guide. Thanks

  66. says

    Very informative! I have been reading everything about successful blogging and I will be working on this formula! Thank you!

  67. says

    You make a great point about asking for links and guest posts. I hate spam comments and I can only imagine how more successful bloggers feel when they have strangers or first time blog visitors asking for content promotion.

    Would you say that blogging is simply about quality content creation and a promotion over a long period of time?
    Laria recently posted…My Personal Swagbucks ReviewMy Profile

  68. says

    Wow. All this time I’ve been over thinking things, lol.

    No problem. I’m happy to comment.

    Thanks so much for the insight.

  69. Precious says

    hello Sue,
    Great content and really helpful. keep up the good work.

  70. says

    Thanks for this video.The video is very Informative and no doubt very helpful for beginners.I plan on following your ideas for improving my blog traffic..Thanks a lot for sharing Sue.
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  71. says

    I have been selling free mrr ebooks on sellfy for many years promoting through social media and making moderate money doing this part time. I really found your blog extremely useful and have started to put some of your methods into place as an addition to my usual marketing and am very excited to see the results

    Many thanks

    Jeff Goodman
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  72. says

    WOW! Thanks for sharing these tips- especially putting social media in perspective. Apparently I’m spending (way) too much time trying to build social media presence, and not enough time guest posting!
    Daniel Palmer recently posted…I’m Sacrificing My Privacy for $104/yearMy Profile

  73. says

    Awesome post Sue, thanks for sharing this great work.

  74. says

    Great straightforward video Sue! Thank you!

    I launched my products and then started the blog, the wrong way around really.

    When I launch the next design collection, I will certainly be pre-promoting and pre-selling the collection before launching it!
    Laura Hart recently posted…Birds and Flowers Wallpaper | Design FeatureMy Profile

  75. says

    Thank you so much for this information! You have confirmed I’m on the right track with networking and reaching out to others in my niche. I’ll be sharing your website with my blogging communities. Please keep creating excellent resources for us.

  76. says


    Really awesome Guide. I’ve started following this guide hope my Traffic will increase due to this Guide.

    Thanks for this awesome Guide.


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