Organic traffic growing sloooowly

by ttyp
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Hi guys,

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!

#google #growing #organic #seo #slowly #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author Gijsbertus
    Well, you are doing good so far, it's a fierce competition niche, so it all takes a little longer.

    Did you buy the site on flippa? If so was the seller = Gemma/KillerDesigns?

    She should have provided a guide to help you generating traffic.

    If not, then I can send it to you, no problem.
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    • Profile picture of the author ttyp
      Thanks, it's good to hear that at least it seems to be going ok. Time seems to be a big factor too!

      I launched the site from scratch, but would definitely be glad to receive any advice you have from similar sites. Appreciate your time!
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  • Profile picture of the author PBScott
    The internet is really really tough these days to start out on. Everyone and their dog, and sometimes their cat also already have a web page. However the longer you do it the better, eventually everyone in you niche will give up, and if your still at it you will get a portion of their customers.

    I would suggest an excellent social media campaign instead of SEO, I am pretty sure SEO alone can not make you popular these days, that was ten years ago unfortunately. Now it is only a piece of the puzzle. You have to do some marketing. Stuff like a link in your signature helps. See below for an example
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    • Profile picture of the author Riccur
      Originally Posted by PBScott View Post

      The internet is really really tough these days to start out on. Everyone and their dog, and sometimes their cat also already have a web page. However the longer you do it the better, eventually everyone in you niche will give up, and if your still at it you will get a portion of their customers.

      I would suggest an excellent social media campaign instead of SEO, I am pretty sure SEO alone can not make you popular these days, that was ten years ago unfortunately. Now it is only a piece of the puzzle. You have to do some marketing. Stuff like a link in your signature helps. See below for an example
      How is social media better? Do you guys use your personal facebooks and twitter or do you create one just for your site?
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    You are in a highly competitive niche and you only have 30 links to the site. That is pretty much the answer right there. You are not going to rank in that market space without a lot more high quality links.
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    • Profile picture of the author ttyp
      Thanks for the feedback. What do you suggest, aside from buying links (which I definitely don't want to do) and waiting for people to - maybe - link back to useful articles? I have guest posted a few times but am keen not to get too spammy. Would appreciate any tips. Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin Marshall
        Originally Posted by ttyp View Post

        Thanks for the feedback. What do you suggest, aside from buying links (which I definitely don't want to do) and waiting for people to - maybe - link back to useful articles? I have guest posted a few times but am keen not to get too spammy. Would appreciate any tips. Thanks!
        You need to keep building your audience. Stop thinking about SEO as the foundation of your traffic. SEO is nothing more than one way of hundreds of ways to attract traffic to your site.

        Start building your audience in social media. Facebook is obviously the biggest opportunity, but you'll need to be prepared to pay to play there.

        I used to work for a company that was the major player in a specific niche online. The biggest site they own attracts most of it's traffic from Facebook, and not from organic traffic. Basically the site had multiple large Facebook pages sending traffic to it.

        If you don't have money to invest there, start with Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. Start following people on these sites and building a following on each social media site.

        As you build your audience on each site, you will begin attracting natural links from your mini audiences on each site, and this is one of the ways social media helps with SEO.

        Are you collecting email addresses? Build your list and send your followers back to your site to consume more content.

        With the list, you can sell products, and then you'll have the money to invest in FB ads, Adwords, email campaigns with other travel website lists, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShawnSwail
    Yes, You are right because organic traffic come only through natural rankings and natural ranking we can get slowly ways that is reason we can increase organic traffic by slowly.


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  • Profile picture of the author inetguru_987
    Sounds like you are on the right track just keep getting more backlinks. Organic results take time especially in competitive niches.
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    • Profile picture of the author ttyp
      Originally Posted by inetguru_987 View Post

      Sounds like you are on the right track just keep getting more backlinks. Organic results take time especially in competitive niches.
      Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author CPABeyondNetwork
    You need more high quality links, send messages to owners of your niche related sites to exchange backlinks, that can give you significant boost of rankings.


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