A few weeks ago my natural health blog hit 1,000 unique visitors per day. In early April I was at about 80 per day so in about 3-4 months, without actually doing that much work, I managed to grow my traffic by more than 1,000%.
In this post I want to share some of the strategies I employed to grow my traffic, and even share some of the real life keywords I targeted.
But first, here's a screenshot:
And here's the strategies...
Focus On Keyword Research
Most of the blog posts I publish target one or two very specific keyphrases that may get between 500-10,000 searches per month.
Usually, for the keyphrases that get below 1,000 searches I can write a post, press "Publish" and I'm instantly ranking on Google on the first page for my chosen keyphrase. Not necessarily in position one, but perhaps position 5, 6 or 7.
And that means instant traffic. Not thousands of visitors per day, but a few more.
For example, one of my recent posts targets the keyphrase "bentonite clay for hair".
The Google Keyword Tool suggests that this gets 480 searches per month - just over 15 per day.
As soon as I pressed publish I added the keyphrase to my Market Samurai Rank Tracker. It told me I was ranking at number 5 - and I've remained in a similar position ever since.
That post has received 144 visitors so far from the search engines for a variety of keywords - the main one being "bentonite clay for hair".
It's quite motivating to know that as soon as I publish a blog post it will start generating traffic.
Some keyphrases need a little more work.
For example, I wrote a blog post targeting the keyphrase "olive oil for hair". This keyphrase gets 15,000 searches per month - 500 per day.
I don't think I was even ranking in the top 100 when I published this article. But, using strategies 4, 5 and 6 (discussed shortly), I have managed to rank up to position 3 for this highly competitive, in demand keyphrase.
At the moment I'm in position 3 and generating about 80-100 visits per day through this keyphrase only.
Pick your keywords wisely. Mix up easy to rank keyphrases with high demand keywords and promote the hell out of those posts for serious traffic.
Create Lots Of Content
Another reason for my increase in traffic is due to my more regular posting.
If you know that every single post is going to generate you an average of 10-20 visitors per day, then it makes sense that the more content you have, the more traffic you'll generate.
If you have 10 posts you could get 100-200 visitors per day. But with 100 posts you could get 1,000-2,000 visitors per day.
Of course there's no way of telling how much traffic a blog post will generate you. Some of my posts get virtually zero traffic, but I have one or two posts that get 150+ visits per day.
Create lots of content - some will strike lucky.
Build Your List
It's hugely important to build your email list when you are blogging.
The reason being that as soon as I publish a new blog post, I can send an email to my subscribers and I've instantly got a couple of hundred engaged readers. And these readers can share the post on Twitter or Facebook giving me more traffic.
You can use your email list as a huge platform - start building it.
Interlink Your Posts
The next four strategies are all about promoting your content and boosting your search engine rank.
The easiest thing you can do is interlink your posts. To do this, simply hyperlink a couple of keyphrases to other relevant blog posts on your blog.
It's a good way to show the search engines what content you see as being important, and Google, hopefully, will rank your posts accordingly.
This is perhaps my most effective traffic strategy. Not necessarily because it sends the greatest amount of traffic, but more because of the search engine value it offers.
Get in touch with other bloggers and ask if you can contribute some content to their blog in exchange for a couple of backlinks.
I usually ask for one anchor text link within the article to a specific blog post and one link at the end within an author resource box.
I've had a couple of guest blog posts that have generated 100+ visitors in a 24 hour period and they continue to generate 10+ visitors per day even now - a month or so after publishing.
Create more content and get it published on more blogs.
Get Links On Other Blogs
This has been a useful little strategy for me - but it needs a bit of luck for you to find the right blogs at the right time.
I stumbled upon a food blog recently that asked fellow bloggers to submit a link to their own food related blog posts.
Here's an example:
Fight Back Friday July 1st | Food Renegade
I was late to the party and was the one of the last bloggers to add their link - yet I still received 20 visitors per day for a number of days and still get a little trickle of traffic daily.
I came across about three of these types of blog posts and they generate a nice little stream of traffic. I'm not sure if it provides a valuable backlink, but it can't hurt.
This provides little search engine value, but does provide a little bit of traffic from highly targeted sources.
It's also a great way to build relationships with other bloggers.
Get on the feeds or email lists of fellow bloggers and comment on their posts quickly after they are published to yield the maximum amount of traffic.
So there are my seven strategies to get your blog to 1,000 visitors per day.
It's simply a case of repeating these processes and improving on each one. For example, get a guest post on a bigger, more powerful, higher traffic blog.
I didn't have to use many tools to achieve 1,000 visitors per day.
The only essential tool I used was the Google Keyword Tool which is completely free.
The other tool I used is not necessary but highly useful. It's Market Samurai.
Market Samurai is incredibly useful for doing keyword research, checking competition and finding promotional strategies. The main reason I use it however is for its Rank Tracker feature.
Using the example I shared above, let's say I published an article targeting the keyphrase "bentonite clay for hair".
I'd add this keyphrase into my Rank Tracker and update every day to see the progress it is making. It's highly useful for identifying keywords whose ranking can be improved to generate more traffic.
I'm not a Market Samurai affiliate, just an avid user. If you fancy getting yourself a copy do a Google search for some reviews to see if it's right for you.
I hope this post helps.
Share some of your own strategies by replying below.