I’d like to welcome to the introductory lesson of what’s called the “Get More Blog Traffic Blueprint.” This will be a weekly course on how to skyrocket the amount of traffic your blog gets on a daily basis. As you already know, every online business needs web visitors. In this series, I’ll detail the exact steps for taking your blog to the next level.
Today I’m going to give some background on blog traffic – Specifically I want to answer a few questions you might have about this series. Then next week, we’ll cover what I consider to be the most important aspect for building massive amounts of traffic to your site. Are you ready?
Do We Walk the Walk Instead of Talking the Talk?
First and foremost, I’d like to show that we know what we’re talking about when it comes to blog traffic. Right now, this site gets an average of 1100 visitors a day, with an Alexa ranking of around 60,000. I know these numbers aren’t setting the world on fire. But I think it’s a good start, since I just spent the past seven months traveling and only had enough time to focus on creating content.
Right now, my primary goal is to double, triple, (even quadruple) the amount of traffic this site gets. And the better we do, the more we’ll be able to teach in this weekly series.
Steve, Why Are You Saying “We”?
You probably noticed I’m using the word we instead of I. The reason is my brother Gene (and my virtual assistant Soniya) help with a number of tasks related to traffic generation. In fact, Gene has taken over a couple of jobs that are vital to the success of the Steve Scott Site. Moving forward, we’re going to be working together on the strategies that’ll be discussed in this series. Some articles will be written by me. Others will be written by Gene.
Bottom line is it’s going to be a joint effort between two brothers. Perhaps it’ll even give Gene that extra nudge to start posting more about his experiences as a newbie Internet Marketer. Trust me, he’s got some great ideas I haven’t seen anywhere else.
How Many Hours Per Week?
The statement I’m about to make is going to make a lot of people upset. I feel you can’t build a successful blog unless you’re willing to spend at least 20 hours a week on it. Here’s how I’d break it down:
- 8 to 10 hours on content
- 7 to 9 hours on traffic generation
- 3 to 5 hours on long-term strategies (list building, info products, and networking)
This might seem harsh, but I don’t think blogging is for everyone. I’ve been doing Internet marketing for almost seven years and this is the most challenging business model I’ve ever encountered. Seriously, if you want to make money from blogging, then you better be prepared to work your ass off!
On the other hand, if your time is limited it might be better spent on building a long-term affiliate marketing business. This series will be a 20+ week journey for increasing blog traffic. I guarantee it’s not going to be easy. So please take some time and really think about how much effort you’re willing to put into your blog.
This series will follow a very simple format. Each post will detail one strategy for building traffic to your blog. We’ll do our best to give information in a step-by-step format. You won’t find a lot of worthless theory. Instead you’ll get information you can use right away!
To get started, I’m going to ask you to do three things:
#1- Know your Baseline
To improve web traffic it’s important to know your baseline. Right now, go to your web stats and write down how many visitors you get on a daily basis. Then go to Alexa and record your current ranking.
These stats aren’t the ultimate measure of a site’s success, but they give a decent indicator of where you are at the present moment.
Stats are important because they’ll measure how successful you are at building web traffic. The numbers don’t lie – Either your traffic is increasing or it’s decreasing. Hopefully this series will help skyrocket these numbers.
#2- Create a Daily Log
As you work on blog traffic, it’s important to keep track of how much time is spent on individual traffic strategies. You’ll discover some methods work really well, while others don’t. Recording what you do on a daily basis will help you discover the activities that are getting results. Then all you need to do is an 80/20 analysis and focus on what’s working best!
#3- Track Everything
It’s equally important to know where web traffic is coming from. Like I just said, some methods work, while others will tank. You won’t know this until you pay close attention to web stats. I urge you to measure each source of traffic you’re getting and see which methods attract the most attention from visitors.
A Quick Story (With a Recommendation)
I’d like to end this introductory post with a quick story…
I started this blog back in January during one of the darker periods of my life. To make a long story short, I just ended a very toxic relationship and was living alone in an apartment that was constantly bombarded by giant snowstorms. To avoid having my life turn into a bad version of The Shining, I focused all of my energy into this blog.
What I haven’t said before… EVER… was I gained a lot of expert knowledge about this business model from the people at Blog Success. In fact, a lot of what will be discussed in this series originally came from the material I learned in this membership site.
I never mentioned this because I quit the program right before leaving for Europe. I knew I would have zero time for learning, so I didn’t want to maintain a subscription that wouldn’t be used. Ultimately, I don’t think it’s fair to promote something I’m not personally using.
With that said, I rejoined Blog Success last night and I’m really excited to see what I’ve missed in the last seven months. In this series, I’ll be applying some of what I learn from this resource, but I definitely recommend you check it out on your own to increase your blogging knowledge.
In Next Week’s Lesson…
Okay, we’ve covered the preliminaries. Next week, we’re going to talk about the cornerstone of all successful well-trafficked blogs – Content. I know you’ve already heard about the importance of content. However I urge you to pay close attention to this lesson because I’ll be covering a lot of basic rules I see many bloggers breaking.
See you next week!Take Action. Get Results.