I am hoping for some advice. I launched a new travel guide website around 5 months ago (competitive niche, I know) and have been adding original editorial content on a consistent basis.
There are now almost 400 pages of unique and well-written content. I'm a journalist so I think the writing part is okay. Organic traffic from Google is growing every week, but still averaging only around 45 hits a day, which is roughly one hit for every ten pages... I'm getting good traffic from other sources - yesterday I had 1,300+ uniques but almost all from social/referrals.
So my question is, why is organic traffic so sluggish? I've targeted a mix of high and low traffic keywords, all with 'low' competition.
Some useful info:
- Some great do-follow backlinks including from sites like msn.com, washingtonpost.com, huffpost.com and others - maybe 30 do-follow links in total
- No manual penalties
- Self-hosted site, using premium wordpress template and a .com address
Do I need to just wait longer, as the weekly total of organic searches edges upwards? Or try something new?
Would really appreciate your thoughts!