How 4 Bloggers Increased Their Traffic Almost Overnight

Do you ever feel like getting traffic is a never-ending battle? Like no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get the right eyeballs on your content?

I’ve been there too.

Believe it or not, when I first started blogging, I didn’t know how to get traffic. Sure, I read about SEO and keywords, but I didn’t know the best ways, the right ways, to get traffic.

increased blog trafficBut that all changed when I started to follow bloggers like Yaro Starak, Jon Morrow, and Adam Connell. Through their insightful blogs, I learned that getting traffic isn’t as elusive as I thought. 

In fact, by focusing on just 3 main tactics, I managed to grow Successful Blogging into the blog it is today.

And you know what? My results aren’t out of the ordinary. In fact, these 4 bloggers did it too. They have all been clients of mine and have created amazing results that brought them…

 …more traffic

…loyal readers

 …and more engagement.

1) Pillar Content

Pillar content is content that is more: more detailed, more information, more value.

Yaro Starak says: “A pillar article is usually a tutorial style article aimed to teach your audience something. Generally, they are longer than 500 words and have lots of very practical tips or advice.”

For example, my post called “How To Start A Blog And Make Money” shows readers everything they need to know, from setting up a site to starting to monetize. It has over 2,000 social shares to date, and new bloggers continue to turn to it as a resource.

But like I said, my results are not unique.

Liz’s Epic Results

Let’s look at another example.

Liz from Downtown Demure blogs about modest, but fabulous, clothing. She was seeing modest views on her site until one post changed all that.

Liz put together an ultimate guide, an epic pillar post. Entitled “The Ultimate Guide to Finding Modest Clothing,” she created a guide of the best places to shop for modest clothing, arranged by clothing type, and even noted by price range. Her results?

Liz says:

I typically received 100-200 repins on my posts, and that post has received 2,554 repins to date. I also typically receive a reach of 500-1,000 on Facebook, but this particular post was shared with over 29,000 people. At the time, the page views for most of my posts during a 30-day period fell between 500-1,000. That post received 4,417 views in a 30-day period.

But Liz gained even more than traffic. She added, “More importantly, it continues to lead to paid opportunities with companies who are featured on the list.”

She added,

More importantly, it continues to lead to paid opportunities with companies who are featured on the list.

How great is that? All from a pillar post.

2)Expert Roundup Posts

If you’ve been around Successful Blogging long enough, you know I often mention roundup posts. I post roundups often on my blog, and I also contribute to them.

I recently published “46 Top Entrepreneurs Confess Their Biggest Selling Mistake” and “110 Top Bloggers And Entrepreneurs Share Their Most Successful Social Media Action.” As a matter of fact, Minuca at Minuca Elena wrote these for me. When you don’t have time to do your own roundup, she creates great roundup posts for a very reasonable fee.

And just this year I’ve contributed to 27 posts like 18 Pro Bloggers Share Their Monetization Strategy for 2016” and “15 Famous Bloggers Share Their Best SEO Helpers

I often recommend my clients start building their traffic by writing roundups. They are a great way to connect with experts in your niche and to get tons of traffic.

Let’s look at some examples of roundups that worked.

Crystal Grew Her Email List

Crystal of Happily Ever Uncluttered published her roundup post, “16 Organizing Experts Reveal How to Organize When You Are to Overwhelmed to Start, and immediately saw an increase in traffic.

She reports:

Facebook has never been one of my better areas for social media. However, for this post Facebook did amazing. This post has reached over 21,600 with close to 1200 engaged. And 168 Facebook shares. I have always been lucky enough to get only 10 in the past and even that is hit or miss. This post went up on a Tuesday. That day I had an increase in pageviews of roughly 150. But on that Wednesday, my pageviews were up over 1300! That Thursday, it was still 50% over the normal amount of pageviews.

She also grew her email subscribers. She said while she’s not sure the exact amount, her list did grow to over 100 – great for a new blog!

Gareth Increased His Social Shares

Another benefit of a roundup post is the social shares. Gareth of Lift Like a Rock Star gathered 37 of the top fitness experts to share their biggest workout mistakes.

Gareth says of his results:

Before I did my roundup post my site was getting between 5 and 10 visitors per day which was rubbish! In the 7 days after I published my roundup post, I had just under 5,000 visitors to my site – a pretty big increase!

The article was shared around 100 times directly from my site but I’ve got no idea how much it was shared in total. Around a quarter of the experts who featured in my roundup shared my article across their social networks which was undoubtedly the reason I got the amount of traffic I did.

Even better than the traffic, Gareth says he gained connections:

The main benefit of the article was it allowed me to start building relationships with people in my industry. Before this article no one except my friends knew who I was, this is completely different now and have had 2 of the contributors to the round up post offering me the chance to guest post on their site.

There’s an insane amount of work that goes into doing a roundup post, I worked non-stop on it for well over a week but the results were worth it.

3. Blog Commenting

The third tactic I like to focus on is commenting. By leaving comments on other popular blogs in your niche you get the attention of the blogger and their readers. Ryan Biddulph of Blogging From Paradise says,

I’ve seen nice traffic through guest posting but nothing compares to blog commenting. More bloggers from top sites have asked to interview me based on my comments than you’d believe. It’s amazing how simply treating comments like content, sharing your thoughts to add value to a post, opens doors for you and drives traffic to your blog.

How great is that?

Waseem’s Commenting Results

Waseem runs The Better Yoo, a blog dedicated to teaching you to be a better version of yourself. He started off doing a roundup post but didn’t quite get the results he was looking for.

He recounts:

Basically, I have followed Sue on her blog for about 6 months or so and actually spoke with her for one of her Power Hours, where she went over my site with me to see how I could get more traffic.

On her suggestion, I started an expert roundup for my next post and got in contact with many influencers in my field.

The article was published and I got a huge spike in traffic but it didn’t last long, like I’d hoped.

My blog is very new, about 9 months, so I knew I couldn’t be too hard on myself. I had been away and busy with my sister’s wedding so I didn’t work on it at all during September, October and November.”

But Waseem didn’t give up! He decided to try blog commenting.

He says,

So I continued to work at it and followed another of Sue’s recommendations to leave comments on other blogs.

I’ve done that for the past 2 months am now noticing more traffic.

Previously I was getting 800 views per monthly on average. Now, I’m doing a lot better and for this month I’ve already got 3300 views. This is huge for me!

Not only that, but my articles are now getting comments too. From zero comments on all my articles, I currently have 11 comments for my expert roundup post. My older articles are even getting comments.

One of my earlier posts jumped from about 1.5K shares to 3K shares.

This is great, because since I started following Sue’s tactics I’ve been slowly grown my audience.

I’ve also built good relations with some top bloggers, for whom I now regularly guest post.

So from nothing –  no comments, no social shares; and no engagement, Waseem now has traffic, comments, subscribers and guest post opportunities.

Getting traffic, even for a new blog, doesn’t have to be difficult.

Through these 3 tactics, I managed to grow Successful Blogging, and I’ve watched many readers, clients, and other bloggers skyrocket their traffic as well.
Over to you: what is your best traffic-getting tip? Leave a comment and share.

95 thoughts on “How 4 Bloggers Increased Their Traffic Almost Overnight”

  1. Those are 3 good ideas; all of which I have done.

    One of the things that doesn't get nearly enough focus is great content that attracts visitors for years. My most read posts are not the ones I right this year. For my blogs the average for the most popular posts in 2015 would be something like 2 of the top 10 from 2015, 1 from 2014, 1 from 2013, 1 from 2012, 2 from 2011, 1 2009, 2 from 2007. For each blog it is different but only a couple are from the current year and many are 5+ years old.

    The current year posts to get a bunch of traffic initially. And on average a new will have more visitors than some random 6 year old post. But over 70% of page views are from years old blog posts.
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    • I love organic Google search and I'm sure you do also, John, now that you know what's working for you. Put content upgrades on your 5 most popular posts and your subscribers will increase also!

      Thanks for your comment.
      Sue

  2. Hi Sue,

    Thank you so much for mentioning me and the expert roundups I did for you! For me, roundups are one of the best content strategies that can bring a huge increase in traffic even to a new blog. It's all about leveraging the power of influencers and outreaching to other bloggers.

    Best regards,

    Minuca

  3. Thank you, Sue! I am so grateful you encouraged me to start doing roundup posts. The success I have had with doing them has been amazing! My Facebook and Pinterest have both grown, in addition to my email list and daily traffic. Thank you!

  4. Hi, Ryan in super sunny NJ,

    Back at you from sunny FL! We met thru commenting – that says a LOT. Now I'm in one of your books: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Influential-Bloggers-You-Need-Follow-ebook/dp/B010RP4GQ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461246367&sr=1-1&keywords=ryan+biddulph+27&quot; target="_blank" rel="nofollow">27 Influential Bloggers You Need To Know over on Amazon JUST because of meeting each other thru blog comments!

    We are a case study, right?

    Thanks for your comments, Ryan!
    Sue

  5. Hi Sue, great post! These are interesting points that bring a new angle to the whole 'getting more traffic' strategy. You busted 2 myths that I had with this article.

    1. I always considered commenting on other blogs as a means to only build a relationship with influencers and peers. But never knew it could boost traffic too.

    2. I always thought roundup posts wouldn't quite work for very new bloggers and that experts wouldn't really contribute if they weren't familiar with your name. Good to know from the case studies that this definitely isn't true. Now I'm excited to dive in and try it out myself. Thanks for the post Sue. Off to tweet this 🙂

  6. Thank you so much Sue! I have been fallowing this exact rhetoric and have had a huge increase after a pillar post for my Adventuring America Off-Road page. I am working on the round up posts as well. Out of all the sites I have visited, yours is the one I always come back too. Thank you so much for your heart.

    • Hi, Marie,

      What a lovely comment! I SO appreciate my loyal readers and thanks from the bottom of my heart.

      Pillar posts rock!
      Sue

  7. Hi Sue,

    Love the new design, very professional!

    I love this article too. it's straight to the point, cutting everything back and just showing how blogging can be simplified.

    I often pop back to this site to see what gem I can pick up!

    Thanks,

    • Well, thanks so much, Claire! You made my day.

      I so appreciate your comment and you being a loyal Team Successful Blogging reader and guest poster 🙂
      Sue

  8. Hi Sue

    Very nice write-up, This information is very useful and interesting to read as this also motivate us to get subscribers for your blog. Thanks for sharing

    Arpit

  9. Hi Sue,

    Nice post. These are 3 very effective ways to increase traffic.

    I really like the expert roundup.

    Every time you check one of these, you'll hundreds of social shares.

    Very effective, eh? 🙂

    Guest blogging is also awesome.

    And these days, it seems like it's getting easier. You know? Especially in certain industries, like marketing or blogging.

    Plus a lot of blogs have "write for us" pages, right? Which clearly tells you they want content.

    All you have to do is find them, give them a good idea, and follow their guest posting guidelines. Basically. 😛

    Julian
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  10. Hi Sue, I have followed your blog for quite a while and surely you have got good content. But it is not the only thing you need I suppose. This blog post is insightful and conveys directly what is needed to be done. Two questions: how to make pillar posts if that's how I think about my every post.. Being pillar in some sense. Does pillar posts need to be very different? And second.. Should I start off with YouTube as a venture to attract larger audiences to my blog. I will be very pleased if you could answer these. Thanks. And your blog rocks

    • Thanks so much!

      Yes, if all your posts are Pillar Posts – that's great! No problem there 🙂

      If you enjoy doing videos, go for YouTube. Just make sure to show a link to sign up for your Lead Magnet at the end of every video – NOT just your blog URL!

      Thanks,
      Sue

  11. I still think Gareth's results are pretty awesome!

    I'm currently working on my first roundup post. Can't wait to publish it!

  12. Great article Sue Anne! I never took up blog commenting seriously until Ryan mentioned it in one of his great books on Amazon… Now, well, I do… Thanks for this great post and I will look forward to reading more!

  13. Sue,

    We discovered your blog last month and yet again are amazed! This post really helped us realize how pivitol blog commenting can be. We're going to look into Yaro Starak too. Thanks for helping newbie bloggers learn the ropes. 🙂

  14. Hi Sue,

    I still remember the first time I landed here few years back, I can recall that is in relation to commenting. Even in one of my earlier posts i mentioned about you and your page, Yes, Blog commenting can do a lot more good for your pages, I am sure it will increase our traffic and at the same time can develop a good relationship with other readers as well as the blog owner. In fact I was a blog commentor or comment author even before I was having a blog page of my own!

    Coming to the Roundup posts, I can very well say that it surely increases our traffic, In a recent roundup post, i noticed a great flow of traffic and my Google algorithm shows a great increase in traffic,

    You very well put all these aspects in this post and am sure this will be a great guide who do not take time to read the posts and comment,

    Thank you, Sue for this wonderful and educational post

    Keep sharing

    Best

    ~ Phil

  15. Hello Sue,

    This is a very inspiring post. Thee results are awesome. Congratulations to you and your clients.

    I have been following the blog commenting method, and it does make a difference. I have met may new bloggers from the comments section of different blogs.

    I definitely need to think and come up with a round-up post idea. Thank you for this helpful post.
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  16. I'm actually working on my first expert roundup post! I've been postponing it time and time again because I felt it wasn't that valuable. But I finally decided to go for it and to really take the time to do something remarkable and not just a gathering of quotes.

    I feel that the hardest part when starting out is to get the right people to see your content. You can write outstanding articles, but if nobody except your mom sees it, it's useless. An expert roundup seems a great it to work around this difficulty.

  17. Excellent and quiet Interesting post,

    This will defiantly improve the work of many bloggers, like it has provided me a great inspiration.

    Thank You for posting this valuable content 🙂

  18. Hi Sue, awesome post – I love how each one of the bloggers told us in simple terms what they did to increase their traffic. I think blog commenting is a key component of that. I would like to know on the one from Liz that got a lot from the Facebook post if she promoted it too. (FB promoted posts).

    I love the look of your new logo – photo, very nice Sue!

    • Great idea, Lisa! I'm sending her my Facebook training right now.

      I always appreciate when you stop by. Have a great weekend.
      Sue

  19. It's truly an honor to be included in this post, Sue! Your advice has been invaluable to me as I grow my blog, and I'm happy others can now see how effective it is. Thank you for everything!

    • I'm so happy to feature you, Liz! You were a great client and let me know if there is anything I can ever do to help you.

      Thanks a million for your comment.
      Sue

  20. I usually don't update blog post (other than to remove broken links). If there is new information to share I create a new post. For content that benefits from being continually updated I use regular web sites or pages (in wordpress). I am the rare blogger that had several websites for years before I started blogging.

    I have very occasionally edited a very popular post to add a bit or update some point. I also very occasionally add a bit to prompt readers to subscribe, such as the big subscribe button on:

    engineering.curiouscatblog.net/2007/08/30/one-species-genome-discovered-inside-anothers/
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    • Good things to do, John. I also love to add content upgrades to my popular posts.

      Thanks for your comment today!
      Sue

  21. Hello Sue,

    This is epic as usual.

    All the types of posts you mentioned here are really very good and drives lots of engagements.

    Among all of them, i prefer expert round-up the most especially when it's about an important topic. If you can compile a list of great bloggers on the post, it will have no other choice than to go viral.

    Epic type of posts is also very good. If the post itself is interesting and compelling enough, it can really perform magic for you.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
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  22. Wow… I just read the whole blog and I didn't even noticed it. Very well written and easy to followup for increasing my own skills as I new to the world of blogging. Thanks.

  23. That's a very inspiring piece! Inspiring in may ways 🙂

    I constantly think on the ways to increase traffic and I'm definitely am going to try the ones you recommend as obviously you're the authority.

    What's your take on downloadables? Did ebooks in exchange for email work for you or your clients good to generate traffic and traction?
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  24. Thank you for this advice. I am a subscriber and receive your tips via eMail. Was checking my Inbox this morning and found this one. The one tip I am certain I can do is Number 3. Blog Commenting. Hey! One out of three ain't bad. 🙂 The other 2 tips give me something to aim for. I moderate a group in a blogging community called “Online Work – Success Tips and Advice”. I'll be sharing this link there and in my other circles. Great post!

  25. What I really love about you Sue is your attention to the comments posted after you put up a new post. There aren't many bloggers who spend the time to answer multiple comments. When the blogger doesn't respond to your comment, you feel like way bother. You're Tops!

  26. Fantastic Sue!

    Ultimate guides are perfect to start getting momentum. From my experience though for a new site expert roundup posts are the cream of the crop.

    Ego Lists do well too – Top 40 Bloggers/Gardeners/Mums You Have To Follow, I would compile the list and publish and then go back and email everyone. The amount of shares is crazy!

    These sort of posts cause momentum, I have seen trickles of traffic continue for a long time after the post has been and gone.

    Thanks Again

    Joe

  27. Hi Sue,

    Sorry to jump in late. Been busy with a lot.

    This is a road map to really standing out with your blog. Creating Pillar content and knowing how to network with other bloggers.

    Guestblogging and blog commenting has really helped me grow my blog and have an engaged audience in the 4 months since it was launched. It even led to a surprise contact for a sponsored post. Thanks to your tips.

    I'd check out Minuca soon, I didn't know people could get stuff like that done. (Round up posts). After I did my round up post for the Huffington post this Jan/Feb, I realised how much work/time it was going to take. So I sort of shelved the others.

    Thanks for awesome value as usual.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  28. Awesome Sue!

    Big congrats! Once again, you've managed to hit it out of the park!LOL!

    And I so love the fact, that even though you definitely get the techie side

    of online marketing in general and blogging in particular.

    You don't stress it in your excellent posts, like this one! So your proven

    concepts, are not only extremely practical, but so easy for even the non techies,

    such a myself to embrace and implement them as well!

    Thanks, so greatly appreciated! And I will definitely check out the

    other expert bloggers you referenced as well!
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  29. Hi Sue,

    A great post once again. Creating Pillar or Epic content is the backbone of a new blog with very less authority or traffic. Proper Blog commenting make it more visible and attract organic visitors.

    Waseem's testimonial is per perfect example of right approach, all thanks to you.

  30. Hello, Sue!

    Long time. Hope all is good. Finally got the time to read this post, very useful and good for my much-needed reminders. I'm seeing that my traffic is growing more steadily, as I'm also honing in on my subject and message.

    My topic is very much exploding all over the world, it's just not that many who write openly about my message for people waking up in their "spirit".

    Put this posts headlines on my checklist 🙂 Thanks.

    • Great to hear from you, Johnny. I read your emails and have been keeping up with you.

      Have a great weekend!
      Sue

  31. I've been focusing on the commenting method, and while I've found another like minded blogger to chat with, I really haven't noticed an increase in my views by commenting. Long story, but the only social media avenue I'm using is Twitter, so I feel that's a hard nut to crack, since it's very difficult for people to actually catch your updates. I'm not giving up!
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    • Love you attitude, Stacey! Keep trying things that work and see how they do in your niche.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Sue

  32. It is good to be one of the first commenters on a post but a comment is still better than not commenting.

    Thanks,
    Sue

  33. As per your suggestion pillar content is the best thing to rank content nowadays and I am focusing on only two things creating pillar content and natural back links to create those pillar content. Your articles are nice and you share your success methods to connect with people. Thanks,
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