Man, getting blog traffic is tough. This site is a few months old at the time of writing and gets its share of daily visitors, sometimes quite a few, but when it comes to search engine traffic it is strictly in the so called Sandbox. Well and truly down in the dumps and if I was trying to make money from it, well I would not be a happy Internet Marketer. But choosing such a stupid niche to spend writing about, well, what can you expect, organic traffic will not come quickly to such a niche.
But I don’t care, and why is that?
Because I know it will come.
Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of it’s life.
This is all too common with people starting to try to make money blogging. They have a site and it has been going for a few months and not a lot is happening. Here, because I do actually try to write some helpful stuff, if it can get out of my addled and unfocused brain, I get referral traffic and people link to the site on forums and blog posts so I get some visitors.
But for those who are building sites to sell products direct using buying keyword rich post titles, the last thing you want is nosy visitors, you want people who come from the search engines with money that needs to be spent. And getting blog traffic like that is the holy grail of how to make money with a blog.
Let’s take a nosy little peek in to the murky world of how I would get blog traffic to a site that I was building to get a great income from.
How To Get Blog Traffic
My goal is to get traffic from the search engines, mostly because I want people to come to sites I have that are for products to buy or, gasp, dare I say it, for Adsense. Yes we do have a few sites that earn that way, but I am using it less and less as the keyword research is so damn hard. And time consuming. Give me an affiliate product any day and I will do better with my earnings.
So, blog traffic and how to get it.
Anyone above beginner status should know that a keyword rich post title is the place to start. The most important thing really. So, we should already have blog posts that use the exact words we want to rank high for in the search engines. If you have not done that yet, then go back through all the posts you have written and change the post titles, not the URL’s though. Cool.
So, we have lots of content on our sites don’t we? If you have a little mini five post site then I would add some more content. The larger a site the better we can rank.
But the sad and depressing fact is that our new sites are not going to get much traffic for months and months, 6 months to a year until we get some search engine respect in most cases, and longer for difficult stuff. I dread to think how long this site, in such a stupid niche to try to ever make money from, will take to get decent search engine traffic. But hey, this is my hobby and has only made $5000 over the last couple of months. Joke, or is it……….?
So, with a new site the first thing that we have to accept is that we can normally forget about great traffic for many months. Search engine traffic that is. But right from the start we should be getting backlinks from anywhere that we can. A few a day, every day. But to our individual blog posts. Not just the home pages. Get more to the internal pages right from the get go as you want each and every post on a blog or website to be seen as important. And this is at the heart of learning how to build authority sites, which one day this will be, but I am in no rush for this site.
Over many months the traffic will grow.
But why do we have to wait? We want to earn money now and we want to know that our efforts are not wasted right?
Nah, here is the secret formula to getting blog traffic from day 1.
Use all ‘dem web 2.0 things that you keep hearing about innit.
Basically if you want traffic straight away then put content on sites that rank highly straight away. This is often overlooked and not even something that I have taken full advantage of, but have taken advantage of to a fair degree.
I wrote about Infobarrel before and we should be adding plenty of content there. With highlighted backlinks we get through traffic but we make money from the keywords. But that is if adsense is the aim. But backlinks from revenue sharing sites should always be our first target. We make money for getting links so this is definitely not to be overlooked.
But then we have the dreaded Hubpages. I just got back in to them a little. You get a backlink if you keep your score up but you can add an affiliate link on Hubpages as well as the Amazon module, so you make money from your keywords. If we get some links to those hubs we will see good rankings for them and also boost up the value of the link to our main sites. The work will pay off in the future when our main sites starts to age and we begin to get more search engine traffic. We backlink our backlinks in a crazy merry go round that boggles the brain and if we are not careful we can end up becoming totally parlyzed and get nothing done. Get in on Backlink Solutions and use free stuff to like Free Traffic System, and use them to send automatic links to your hubs, they will rank very well and you will be making money and getting traffic too.
My Ezine articles account has over 600 articles published and gets a 20% click through rate on the author box. The amount of traffic that gets me is not to be dismissed. Take advantage of this and write short 250 word articles with a decent resource box and you earn yourself traffic and backlinks.
But here is the main reason why most people simply do not get blog traffic:
The game of making money on the Internet is so frustrating. We need a time machine to see if our efforts are going to pay off. A lot of them won’t. We make sites and rank well and even then most of them will make no money.
This is the way it is. But what can you do?
Just get on with it.
So many people moan about not getting traffic or not making sales or wondering why people never click on ads. Some niches are simply full of people who either do not click on ads or are simply window shopping and have no interest in buying anything. I have lots of sites like that, and I have sites where 1 in 10 visitors buys. I have a hundred buying keyword post titles on the site and give my visitors exactly what they want. And the sites rank well.
And here is where most people simply fail. They give up and are not willing to put in the work it takes.
Having seen countless questions abou thow to rank higher and how to make more money from a blog the answer is so simple.
But not just that, get traffic to sites that earn the most.
You know what, this is stupid. I can’t go on with this article.
Write content and get backlinks until you are number 1 in google.
UPDATE: Now I am in a better mood.
Sorry about that guys. It was just as I was writing that post I felt like I was repeating myself and talking about things I had already covered.
The last thing I want it this site to be like nearly all other make money online site, which are frankly a joke. No real information and just a repetition of the same old crap. If I get like that then I will not write here anymore.
Anyway, time is a real factor for getting traffic. Stick with it, get backlinks daily and in time the traffic suddenly jumps in a major way. I am very hot as we have been clearing our few acres of land today as there is Olive branches strewn everywhere and the tractor dude is coming to plough it tomorrow. Late June is not the time to be sawing Olive wood I can tell you.
But do me a favor. I did it the other day.
Go through your reader and take a look at what sites you read. Have they helped you? Do they offer good tips and advice. I bet a lot do not.
Ditch them and instead of reading other peoples blogs just get down to work of writing content and getting backlinks. You will learn a lot more by doing rather than reading. There are probably only a few blogs in the make money online etc niche that are actually worth reading. So, a grumpy post from a hot man in Spain about getting blog traffic.