101 Incredibly Powerful Traffic Resources To Take Your Blog From Invisible To Popular


Okay, who else wants to get more traffic?

Silly question, right?

But often, getting traffic can be a real struggle, can’t it?

One that leaves you feeling frustrated and disappointed.

What makes it all worse is finding out that almost all those tactics peddled by the guru-squad as steps to success, don’t actually work when you put them to the test.

Sound familiar?

By the way, this is rather a long post so if you'd like to save time, you can go to the contents and click on the links to relevant sections you want to read most.

Then, you can read the rest when you've got a few more minutes to space.



Like you, I found this out to my cost too. I started 3 blogs before starting this blog, Traffic Smart Marketing.

All 3 failed.

Yes, I made mistakes. Yes, I gave up too soon on one blog. But mostly, I failed because I was trying to create a successful blog based on broken tactics and strategies (and in a couple of cases, probably crappy advice that may have worked once but certainly didn’t work by the time I came to use them).

So, I stopped.

I stopped following the guru-squad experts crappy advice and started looking for people who were truly successful online. And by successful, I mean people who actually did have a large audience. People who actually did have products or a service their audience bought. People who actually did make money, in some cases 6-figure incomes.

It took me awhile but eventually I began to find them.

They stand out. Head and shoulders above the guru-squad. Their truth, honesty and realism are refreshing. You recognise them as soon as you see them for these reasons.

Among the out-standing blogs and people I discovered Lisa Irby’s 2CreateAWebsite (and 2CreateABlog) was the first. I especially found her Youtube videos a great help.

(Quick side note here) Funnily enough, I discovered Lisa’s blog because I was looking for how-to advice on creating PDFs and from there followed links to her other content.). Which shows an important point at work: if you want to attract traffic to your blog and then convert it into readers: solve a real problem for someone first – then keep them by introducing them to more useful and helpful advice. Thanks for this lesson, Lisa! I’m grateful.)

Then I discovered Marco Saric’s HowToMakeMyBlog.com. Finally, here was advice I could get my head round because instead of talking about how to make trillions of dollars a month with a blog, or how to get millions of people to my blog, Marco gave sensible advice like How To Get Your First 500 Readers, a figure that I could relate to and believe that I, as a new blogger, could reach.

I kept on searching, realising that there was good advice and people out there ready and willing to help people like me trying to start our own blogs. People like …

Corbett Barr and his blog ThinkTraffic.net (now Sparkline). He led me to others, namely Jon Morrow, and these others led me to more in turn … David Cain of Rapitude.com, Copyblogger.com (Yes, I know – bit late to the party with Copyblogger!) which actually taught me a lot about how to structure my blog posts.

These 101 Incredibly Powerful Traffic Resources Are The Result Of This Search …

Read them and you’ll discover some of the best lessons, tips, tools and advice out there, right now, on the internet today.

I know because these are the posts that taught me valuable lessons, skills and know-how in my journey to creating a blog.

A blog that worked and took the frustration out of getting traffic.

Some of these posts I got off my bookmarked list (a list that I keep going back to for real advice whenever I need a strategy that actually works). It’s a list that I started some time ago now. Some of them I had noted down in various notebooks I kept as I learnt.

This is my living resource kit.

Excellent and Timeless Quality Advice

A few resources included in this 101 list may be a few years old now. But it’s a tribute to the real, un-guru-squad advice they offer, that they still give you excellent and timeless quality advice. So, that’s why they’re here.

When you’re just starting out on your blogging journey (or even if you’ve been struggling to get noticed for awhile now) you need resources you can rely on.

You’ll find these resources right here. They taught me so much in the beginning that I feel a loyalty to them.

Not to mention, their authors, the blogging geniuses who really know their stuff, are actually as successful as they claim and are still telling it like it is with strategies that actually work.

That’s saying something when half your struggle and frustration to get noticed and create a popular blog as been created by crappy advice from the guru-squad.

None of these posts are here because they “look good”. They’re ALL here because they each have something concrete, sensible, realistic and workable to teach you whatever step along the journey to frustration-free traffic generation you’re on.

Swipe File of Strategies

Make these resources your swipe file of strategies to go from frustrated invisible blogger to popular. Make it a living resource, so like I did with these posts, bookmark this page.

Are you ready to go from invisible to popular blogger?

Here’s what you need to do now …

First, the best way to stop being invisible is by following me on Twitter …

So, come on over and introduce yourself. I share useful links about Twitter, writing, getting traffic, links to really good content, the odd cat video and more. And, it’s a good way stay updated on the latest traffic resources that are working now.

Then, after you’ve followed me on Twitter, you can continue to get maximum benefit from these incredibly powerful traffic resources.

These resources will teach you how to start a blog, how to get traffic, build a loyal follower base from scratch, little-known ways to grow your readers and subscribers and more!

Here’s how to get maximum benefit from these blog traffic resourses …

Each resource is collected under a specific subheading which relates directly to the outcome you want to get.

When you click one of the links below, it will take you straight to full resource post … without refreshing the page. So, all you need to do now is pick an outcome you want to discover how to get first – and off you go …

How to Get Traffic to Your Blog Fast

“the last five years, I’ve mentored over 2,000 bloggers. I’ve examined their promotional activities. I’ve seen their traffic stats. And the vast majority of what you’re being told to do simply does not work. It’s not just less effective than advertised. It produces almost no meaningful results whatsoever.”
-Jon Morrow @jonmorrow, Boost Blog Traffic.

Jon Morrow knows a thing or two about getting traffic. He grew his blog to 13,000 email subscribers before he had even launched it.

Jon taught me a powerful lesson about traffic – Not all traffic is good. Not all traffic is worth the effort most people put into getting it.

Traffic is only as good as the readers, subscribers and income it brings you.

There are people out there who will tell you ALL traffic matters. That ALL traffic will get you readers, subscribers and an income. They’re wrong. It won’t.

To make it worth your effort you need to get the right kind of traffic. You need to get traffic-smart. This means, knowing who is most likely to want what you’re offering now and has the desire and money to buy it.

The resources in this section (and in the section that follows it) will give you the steps and the know-how you need to get the right kind of traffic for you and save yourself a great deal of time, effort and frustration into the bargain.

11 Traffic Techniques That Are a Waste of Time for Beginners – Jon Morrow, BoostBlogTraffic.com

Not Getting Enough Blog Traffic? Here’s Why… – Corbett Barr writing on DIYThemes.com

17 Traffic Building Tips from Some of the World’s Most Popular Bloggers – Corbett Barr, fizzle.co/sparkline

5 Ways to Start a Blog and Get Big Traffic from the First Day – Ramsay Taplin writing on Lifehack.org

21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Set Your Blog Up for Massive Blog Success – Corbett Barr, Fizzle.co/sparkline

How to Grow Your Blog to 100,000 Visits a Month Within 1.5 Years – Neil Patel, Quicksprout.com

The One Secret to Growing a Blog Quickly (Really Quickly) – Ramsay Taplin, BlogTyrant.com

How to Grow a Blog to 100,000 Visitors in Less than a Year – Peep Laja writing on Okdork.com

How I Got Over 11,908 Visitors in My Blog’s Third Week – Ramsay Taplin, BlogTyrant

How to Get (More)Traffic to Your Blog

“Show people they matter by listening to them and paying attention to who they are — beyond the confines of their business.”
– Tea Silvestre, @TeaSilvestre, StoryBistro.com

Perhaps the best way to get more traffic is to ditch your niche. That’s right. Stop confining yourself to a box because sooner or later, you’re going to run out of air. That’s one of the many lessons I’ve learnt from Jon Morrow.

His advice is to ditch your niche because if you pick a niche and stay there, you’re limiting yourself in the same way you’d be limiting yourself of air if you shut yourself away in a box.

Sure, you could have a big box that’s got a lot more air inside it for you to keep going longer. But not much longer. A big problem that sticking to one niche is that it limits the amount of traffic you get.

If you want to get more traffic, you need to ditch your niche in favour of looking for people; individuals who have a problem that you can help them solve.

You see, the bloggers with the biggest, most engaged audiences, don’t confine themselves to niches. Once you’ve been around their blogs for a while and seen who they mix with and who they know, you discover they cross over into all kinds of industries, topics, interests and subjects.

For example, let’s say there’s a blogger who blogs about Social Media. Then there’s another blogger who blogs about Chinese Medicine as a healing alternative. Let’s say they’re both wanting to start their own podcast shows and they need to learn how to start podcasting.

Both have been looking round the web for someone who knows how to podcast and is doing it successfully right now.

Let’s say the @SocialMediablogger sees a tweet from the @ChineseMedicineblogger mentioning that they want to start podcasting does anyone know someone who can teach them how to do it.

@SocialMediablogger gets in touch saying “Me too. Let me know when you find someone.”

@ChineseMedicineblogger tweets back “You bet!”

Astute @Podcastingblogger has been watching out for people on Twitter who want to learn how to do podcasts. He or she gets in touch and tweets both @SocialMediablogger and @ChineseMedicineblogger and says …

Get the idea? This getting together of bloggers from different backgrounds and interests through a common problem they want solving and a solution is an example of how there are no borders out there. There are no limits.

No confines.

Success is a community activity. It happens when people help each other out. No strings attached.

Remember this and start looking for bloggers you can get-together with to solve a common problem with. Bring other bloggers together. Introduce them to each other.

Believe me, you’ll start to get more traffic. Because you’ll be introducing more people to you and your solutions as well as other bloggers to each other.

And while you’re looking for other bloggers to form connections with and introduce to each other, here are some powerful resources that will give your efforts an extra boost …

How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog and Keep It There – Jeff Goins, GoinsWriter.com

How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog Without a Ton of Extra Effort – Tommy Walker writing on CrazyEgg.com

42 Timeless Ideas for Attracting More Visitors to Your Website – Corbett Barr, Fizzle.co/Sparline

5 Creative Ways to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts – Kimberly Reynolds writing on SocialMediaExaminer.com

10 Blogs with Explosive Growth to Learn From – Corbett Barr, ThinkTraffic.net

Bad Traffic: How to Get 9,229 Useless Visitors Every Month – Ramsay Taplin, BlogTyrant.com

How to Get More Traffic and Traction by Promoting Your Content Like a Boss – Andy Crestodina, writing on BoostBlogTraffic.com

The Ultimate Guide on How to get More Blog Traffic – Jeff Bullas, JeffBullas.com

Secrets to Getting More Traffic to Your Website

– Jeff Goins, GoinsWriter.com

8 Incredibly Simple Ways to Get More People to Read Your Content – Pamela Wilson writing on Copyblogger.com

7 Proven Strategies to Increase Your Blog’s Traffic by 206%/”> – Neil Patel, NeilPatel.com

If you’re looking for more traffic, STOP! – Derek Halpern, SocialTriggers.com

The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Site More Mobile-Friendly – Greg Hickman writing on BoostBlogTraffic.com

Is Getting More Blog Traffic Really Your Goal? – Bernadette Jiwa, TheStoryofTelling.com

How to Get Traffic to a New Blog

One big fact stands out above all others when your blog is new …

You not only want results quickly. You need to have results quickly.

If my 3 failed blogs have taught me anything valuable it’s this …

Nothing is more soul-destroying than starting a blog with the desire, goal and dream of making a living doing what you want to do above all else and an income out of it that supports you … Only to get zero response.

No traffic. No readers. No subscribers. No money. It’s horrible. And it results in more bloggers quitting than anything else.

What you need and want as a new blogger are results. These resources will get them for you (if you act on them)…

The 7 Dumbest Mistakes You Can Make When Launching a New Blog – Jon Morrow, BoostBlogTraffic.com

How to Beat Quiet-Blog-Syndrome and Drive Traffic to a New Blog – Henneke, EnchantingMarketing.com

Starting a New Blog? Assume Nothing – Demian Farnworth, TheCopyBot.com

The Massive Guide to Getting Massive Traffic – Neil Patel, QuickSprout.com

This is How Derek Halpern Grew a 17,000 Subscriber Blog in 11 Months – Corbett Barr, Fizzle.co/Sparkiline

Web Traffic 101 – How To Get More Customers – Fast – Clay Collins, LeadPages.com

Sex, Lies, and the Art of Commanding Attention – Jon Morrow writing on Copyblogger.com

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How to Get Traffic from Social Media

“You need to hear that your site is probably not worth most people’s time in its current form, and THAT is why you don’t have enough visitors. It’s not because you didn’t tweet enough last week, sorry.”
-Corbett Barr @CorbettBarr, fizzle.co

How relevant is your blog to the people you want to be visiting it, reading it, subscribing to it and buying your products or service?

This is a fundamental question you need to ask yourself.

Social media can be an easy of convincing yourself that you’re taking positive action to get traffic, readers, money by building connections and promoting your blog.

Not so. Social media cannot replace creating real meaningful, relevant content that actually gives people what they want and gives them the tools and steps that will get them to the results, outcomes and destinations they desire.

As Corbett Barr puts it bluntly in his post Why Every “Twitter Tips” Article You’ve Ever Read is Essentially Worthless (or Worse), there is no substitute for real hard graft and useful content. Unless you take time to create it, every minute you spend on social media is a waste of time …

Why Every “Twitter Tips” Article You’ve Ever Read is Essentially Worthless (or Worse) – Corbett Barr, Fizzle.co/Sparkline

How to Easily Double Your Traffic from Social Media – Garrett Moon writing on KISSmetrics.com

The Simple Blog Tweak That Gets You More Social Shares Right Now – Lisa Kasanicky writing on BoostBlogTraffic.com

Master This Copywriting Formula to Dominate Any Social Media Platform – Demian Farnworth writing on Copyblogger.com

An Open Letter to Marketers Who Abuse Social Media for Selfish Gain – Jon Morrow writing on KISSmetrics.com

How To Get 1,000 Shares Per Blog Post – Adrienne Smith, AdrienneSmith.net

How to Breakthrough Traffic Plateaus

If your traffic and readership is stalling it’s a good bet that you’ve stopped being useful to your audience.

Ongoing success online depends on engagement. Nurture your audience, your readers. Every single one of them. Keep giving value. Yes, some readers will leave. You may have given them everything they wanted and now they’re off to make it on their own. That’s success!

But often, if you’ve been getting traffic and growing your audience nicely, discovering a back-slide can be a big blow.

Here’s one way to prevent your blog stalling …

How to Increase Targeted Traffic to Your Blog or Website – Henri Junttila, WakeUpCloud.com

How to Get Traffic That Converts

Getting traffic doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t stay long enough to read anything, or buy anything.

Traffic that comes then goes away never to return wastes a lot of your time. Because you have to spend too much time finding this kind of traffic then persuading it to visit your blog.

Far better, and more astute thing to do is to go after traffic then keep it. That means you converting it. These incredibly powerful traffic resources posts show you how to do this …

How to Get Traffic That Converts – Ott Niggulis writing on ConversionXL.com

How To Do Conversion Optimization With Very Little Traffic? – Peep Laja, ConversionXL.com

How to Get 6,312 Subscribers to Your Business Blog in One Day – Brian Clark, Copyblogger.com

How to Make Money Blogging

Before you can make money through your blog you need to convert traffic into customers. It’s always nice to have a lot of traffic and a lot of guru-squad experts will have you believe that you need to keep getting traffic if you want to make money. It’s not always true.

Here are some people who’ve made money with only small traffic figures. Or by thinking more about their readers experience and results than their own …

Why You Can’t Make Money Blogging
– Sonia Simone, Copyblogger.com

What You Need to Know to Make a Living as a Blogger Right Now – Demian Farnworth writing on Copyblogger

How Much Traffic Does Your Blog Need To Make $100,000 – Yaro Starak, Entrepreneurs-Journey.com

How I Created a Tiny Niche Blog That Earns Six Figures – Carol Tice writing on WriteToDone.com

The Best Way to Make Money Blogging (That You’re Ignoring) – Tom Ewer, LeavingWorkBehind.com

How to Start Earning From Your Blog — Right Away – Carol Tice writing on WriteToDone.com

These Plugins Can Boost Traffic to Your Blog – Jon Rognerud writing on Entrepreneur.com

Seo Tips, Tools and Techniques

“any bona fide SEO expert will tell you keywords are only a tiny part of it. The biggest, most important factor is the number of links from trusted sources.”
– Jon Morrow, @jonmorrow, BoostBlogTraffic.com

What really works for getting you traffic is making truly genuine connections with other bloggers and writing content that matters to people.

These resources will give you real strategies to get traffic-smart …

How to Beat Quiet-Blog-Syndrome and Drive Traffic to a New Blog – Henneke, EnchantingMarketing.com

6 SEO Sins That’ll Put You on Google’s Naughty List – Jon Morrow, BoostBlogTraffic.com

5 Ways to Grow Your Blog Without Relying on Google Traffic – Jerry Low writing on Problogger.net

No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers – Henneke writing on Copyblogger.com

Is Your Blog Struggling? Here’s How to Fix It – Danny Iny writing on ThinkTraffic.net (now f=Fizzle.com/Sparkline)

Why Bloggers Fail (and What To Do To Ensure You Don’t) – Derek Halpern

Common Blogging Mistakes

If you’re not getting results you want and don’t know why, it can be really frustrating.

You can blame yourself. But it’s not your fault. If you’re not getting results and you’re working hard to get them, then it’s probably the tactics you’re using.

Sometimes it IS your tools that are to blame.

These resources will turn your results around. And turn a lot of those crappy tools and tactics on their heads …

How Boring Is Your Blog? – Julien Smith writing on Problogger.net

Web Traffic: Why Guru Strategies for Blog Growth DON’T … and What Does! – Danny Iny, FirepoleMarketing.com

Why Your Site Gets Such Pitiful Traffic (and What to Do about It) – Jon Morrow, BoostBlogTraffic.com

Why Posting Every Day is a Silly Strategy (And What to Do Instead) – Dries Cronje writing on BoostBlogTraffic.com

Don’t Follow Your Passion – Amy Hoy, UnicornFree.com

The Five Words That Killed Your Blog – Scott Stratten, UnMarketing.com

The 7 Dumbest Mistakes You Can Make When Launching a Blog – Jon Morrow, BoostBlogTraffic.com

11 Ways Your Website Redesigns Destroy Search Traffic – And How You Can Keep Yours! – Brian Carter, BrianCarterGroup.com

Screwed Up Your Blog? Here’s What to Do – Jon Morrow writing on Copyblogger.com

How to Promote Your Blog

If no one knows about your blog it’s not hard to conclude that you won’t get traffic.

If you want people to come and read your blog you need to tell them about it. Better still, you need to get other people to tell them about your blog. The more influence each of these “other people” have, the more people will listen to them and come to check out your blog.

Promotion means that you need to tell people about your blog AND, you need to get influential bloggers to tell people about your blog too (and you can do this by writing great content.).

It all starts by understanding how to promote actively and smartly …

Why Most Companies Fail At Content Marketing – Ricardo Bueno, RicardoBueno.com

3 Methods To Increase Your Blog Traffic Without Guest Posting – David Risley, BlogMarketingAcademy.com

The Secret to Effective Marketing – Quant Based Marketing – Noah Kagan, Okdork.com

How to Get Traffic to Your Blog (How I Became the Freddy Kruger of Blogging) – Danny Iny, FirepoleMakreting.com

The Sunday Share: Why Great Marketers Must Be Great Skeptics – Danny Brown, DannyBrown.me

How to Write Great Content

If you listen to any blogging expert you’ll hear them give you the same old advice:

Want traffic? Write great content.

Want more readers? Write great content.

Want to make money from your blog? Write great content.

Ever wondered how to write great content?

These resources posts are for you. And anyone else who wants to become a better writer and blogger …

Write Epic Shit – Corbett Barr, Fizzle.co/Sparkline

How to Write a Blog Post That Wins Your Audience’s Undying Loyalty – Sophie Lizard writing on FirepoleMarketing.com

Want to Know What Makes Content Truly Successful? – Chris Garrett, ChirsG.com

“Go out there and do stuff, even if that means failing. Read. Listen. Discuss. Sure … But make sure you are not just consuming but experimenting and implementing.”
– Chris Garrett, @chrisgarrett, ChrisG.com

How To Get Blog Visitors: 10 Key Traffic Driving Principles – Marko Saric, HowToMakeMyBlog.com

21 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue – Danny Iny writing on Copyblogger.com

How to Get Awesome Results with a Low Traffic Blog – Will Hoekenga writing on LeadPages.com

Blogging Your Way to Traffic, Subscribers, and Sales with Danny Iny – Danny Iny writing on Kikolani.com

How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Bloggers – Jon Morrow, BoostBlogTraffic.com

Little-Known Ways to Get More Blog Traffic

What you discover when go out there searching for real strategies to become successful online is that it’s the uncommon techniques that bring in the most results.

While other bloggers struggle because those tired old guru-squad tactics don’t work, those bloggers who become known across the internet for their quality, their writing and their success, have usually stayed away from boring tactics like SEO and keyword research.

Instead they’ve reached out to people they can help and given more than expected. They’ve chosen to the different road and it’s made all the difference …

The Anti-Strategy For How To Grow Your Business Online – Rebecca Tracey writing on FirepoleMarketing.com

You Might Not Be the Kind of Person Who Can Use This Copywriting Trick – Demian Farnworth, TheCopyBot.com

1,000 True Fans – Kevin Kelly, KK.org

(BIG Thanks to Corbett Barr for introducing me (and now you) to this post because it’s a brilliant lesson in getting a lot out of a small pot if you put the work into putting your readers first. If you asked me which of these posts to read first, I’d say it’s this one.)

The Secret To Attracting 1,000 True Fans – Jonathan Mead, PaidToExist.com

How to Be a Traffic-Smart Blogger

“You can’t please everyone, So proudly exclude people.”
-Derek Sivers, @sivers, sivers.org

39 Actionable Ideas For Driving Traffic To Your Website – Jayson DeMers writing on Forbes.com

You Don’t Need As Much Traffic As You Think – Yaro Starak, Enterpreneurs-Journey.com

21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic (Updated 2014) – Rand Fishkin, Moz.com

The Best Advice You’ll Ever Receive on Becoming a Big Shot Blogger – Demian Farnworth writing on CrazyEgg.com

Understanding Your Blog Audience and What You Want From Them – Danny Brown, DannyBrown.me

How To Build the Trust You Need for an Engaged Community – Danny Brown, DannyBrown.me

The Difference Between Traffic And Visitors – Bernadette Jiwa, TheStoryofTelling.com

The Traffic Building Formula – David Risley, BlogMarketingMarketing.com

How To Get Blog Traffic By Pissing Off Your Audience – David Risley, BlogMarketingAcademy.com

How to Get Readers to Your Blog

“In a hectic world, we make time to listen to our friends. We trust them. Be a good friend to your readers.”
– Henneke Duistermaat, @HennekeD, Enchanting Marketing

What you really need are readers. Yes, traffic is what introduces people to what you’ve got to offer, just as shop windows let passers-by know what’s on offer inside.

But unless you write about topics those “passers-by” want to read – again and again – they’ll just pass by without even looking at your window display …

3 Tricks to Entice Busy People to Read Your Content … Word-by-Word – Henneke, EnchantingMarketing.com

How to Avoid Cold-Feet Killing Your Progress – Chris Garrett, ChrisG.com

Don’t Read This If You Want To Be A Better Blogger – Jonathan Mead, PaidToExist.com

Blog Traffic: Case Studies

At school case studies bored me rigid.

Reading about how Giant Corp Ltd did whatever to whoever for whatever meant nothing to me because it didn’t relate to anything I wanted to do.

Searching for how to get traffic to make my blog work has taught me that case studies are one of the best ways to learn how to do exactly that.

The best lesson I’ve learnt that’s changed my view of case studies is that readers want to read about how to actually put strategies into action and get results out of. (It’s what’s inspired me to use this blog, Traffic Smart Marketing, as one big case study – a look-over-my-shoulder and see what I’m doing example of how to put the strategies I’ve learnt into play.). Because the best way of doing learning is to see what strategies successful people have used and how they’ve got them to work.

So, aim to create some case studies of your own for your blog. Pitched right (and on topics your readers are most interested in) they can rank amongst your most popular posts.

Here’s some case studies that inspired me and which I know will inspire you.

Make Money From a Low-traffic Blog [Case Study] – Nathan Barry writing on Problogger.net

Case Study: How a Self-Published Author and Blogger Negotiated a Six-Figure Traditional Book Deal – Beth Hayden writing on Copyblogger.com

How to Do 500 Times Better than AdSense – Johnny B. Truant writing on Copyblogger.com

20 Warning Signs That Your Content Sucks – Jon Morrow writing on Copyblogger.com

The Minimalist’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer – Demian Farnworth, TheCopyBot.com

How A New Blog Brought In $2,000 in Revenue—and Attracted 800 Readers—In A Single Day (case study) – Derek Halpern, SocialTriggers.com

How to Turn New Customers Into Repeat Customers (customer loyalty secrets) – Derek Halpern, SocialTriggers.co,

Case Study: How a “No Meat Athlete” Built His Profitable and Satisfying Business – Beth Hayden writing on Copyblogger.com

How I Went From Unknown to Boost Blog Traffic Writer in Six Months (and How You Can, Too) – Kevin Duncan, BeABetterBlogger.com

Amazing Case Study: How Sarai Mitnick Attracts 380k Pageviews a Month and Built a Business Around a Sewing Blog – Corbett Barr, ThinkTraffic.net


Well it’s nearly the end of this giant traffic resources post so I want to say “Thank-you” to each and everyone of these top influential bloggers who, through these posts and through their blogs, are helping me (and now you) turn my dream of having a successful, popular blog into reality. I know you’ll get as much value, inspiration and know-how out of them as I have.

I got the idea for creating this resource post from Derek Halpern of SocialTriggers.com who’s created this incredibly useful resource guide to get more Twitter followers that I recommend highly if you want to really get the best out of Twitter. Thanks Derek :).

To find really useful content that gives you the steps, tools, tips, techniques you need to take the frustration out of getting traffic to your blog is hard.

There’s a lot of crap out there.

A lot of copy-cat, trendy and jump-on-the-band-wagon crap.

But, there’s also a lot useful, breath-taking content out there too just as this giant post shows (when you discover the gems – the bloggers who matter).

You’ll notice some of these 101 Incredibly Powerful Traffic Resources posts come from the same few bloggers. It’s because they write a lot of amazing posts.

And So, It’s Your Turn

Are you ready to take your blog from invisible to popular?

It’s a challenge. But one that I know that you’re up to and ready to accept. Because you’re smarter than most bloggers out there. You’re smarter and you’ve got the guts to reach out for opportunities that come your way.

It’s time to stop being frustrated, to stop being disappointed, to stop feeling you’ve failed and that your dreams of changing lives and making something of your own that brings you recognition and rewards you deserve is just some silly delusional thinking.

Because it’s not, is it?

It’s a real-live desire and goal. Right?

You want to make this work for you and for all the people you know you can help and solve real problems for and bring in to your ideas, skills, know-how and creativity.

It’s time to stop being limited and broken down by the crap out there. It’s time to stop forcing yourself to be “realistic” and face up to your “responsibilities” because, let’s face it, who’s realism and responsibilities are they talking about anyway? Certainly not yours, right?

Because you know that with the right resources, the right advice, the right people by your side, that you can make it. That you can take what you have, or what you know about, or can share with others and turn it into real resources of your own that others can use and get results from too, right?

It’s time. It’s your time. Your time to stop being invisible and to start finding popularity amongst the people who’s lives you can change, in however small or large a way.

It’s your time. And there a lot of good and generous people out there ready to help you and see you succeed. Start your success here by reading and sharing these resources with others – the people you know, who follow you on Twitter and Facebook.

And you can leave me a comment in the Comments section below to tell me how you want to start becoming popular and what resources are helping you get there.

Share your dreams and your goals here and let’s start helping each other find the resources and the know-how to make the difference they long to make, because …

It’s your time to start making the difference you’ve always wanted to make.

Are you ready to accept the challenge?

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  • Karen Karper Fredette

    Reply Reply January 7, 2015

    Dear Tom,
    I wish you the best for your new endeavor. I think you have hit on the right topic at the right time. By now, many serious bloggers (or bloggers-to-be) have realized that many of the glitzy promises don’t produce the results you want and need. You’ve performed a great service by sifting through the hype and delivering the meat. I will be using any number of your recommended sites to break through the strange gap between the number of hits on our website (avg. 1100 per day) that don’t convert into sales of the unique materials we have on offer. What is wrong? I’m planning to upgrade the website but how? Ditto with the blog. We are getting fabulous and gripping content from contributors to which I respond. That alone makes the site worthwhile – free service. But I’d like to direct folks to the stuff on the website ….. Thanks! And all Good Blessings to you! Karen http://www.ravensbreadministries.com/blog

    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 7, 2015

      Thanks Karen, it’s good to have you stop by and leaving such a gracious comment.

      Converting visitors into customers is a common problem for bloggers. One way to work on solving this problem for your blog would be to think about your blog’s purpose, e.g. what do visitors get for buying – what outcome or result?

      You need to sell *this* to visitors. Sell the outcome or the purpose that your products are supporting. I’ve visited your site and I don’t see any posts on your site. I’d really recommend that you write some. You don’t need a lot. I’d start with writing one aimed at telling the story of your blog, your mission and linking it to your story of why Raven Bread Ministries exist.

      Add an opt-in box at the end of each post where people give you their email address to get something of value in return.

      One lesson I’ve learned from these excellent bloggers included in this 101 post is that before anyone buys from you, they need to have made a connection with you. This happens when they start to feel part of your mission, message, etc. You can help this get started by promoting your products more clearly to visitors.

      I can’t see if your site is a WordPress.org site or not.

      Are you thinking of changing your blog’s layout as part of any upgrade you do?

  • LauraS

    Reply Reply January 7, 2015

    Hi, Tom –

    Congrats on the new debut. And I’ll need these resources as I start to switch my site and blog from Polished Paragraph to something new (more to do with rugs and hooking). But I’ll probably print this out so that I can read it at my leisure. It’s too long for me to deal with at the moment; it’s very encompassing from what I can tell. I just need to deal with it in chunks. :) But thank you!

    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 7, 2015

      Hi Laura, great to have you stop by. Your new project sounds exciting. Check out the post included here in the Case Studies section by Corbett Barr about Sarai Mitnick and her sewing blog: https://www.colettepatterns.com/ . You’ll find it useful and give it a study because I think it’ll teach you a lot about growing your new project. I know it’s not quite about rugs and hooking, but it’s a similar topic and she could be an excellent blogger to make contact with as she’s very influential in her market.

  • Ion Doaga

    Reply Reply January 8, 2015

    Thanks for compiling this huge resource about getting more traffic. That’s great effort from your part and in some way I envy you, because I still didn’t write a post like that in wellness niche where I try to settle my blog as a meaningful one. I also admire the fact that you are able to follow so many guys that are known of writing meaty posts of 1500-2000 words posts, and still be able to keep with your own writing and building connections on Twitter.

    Seems like you have all the ingredients to make this blog a success in traffic and affection people have for your humble personality. You the 3 blogs which failed. You know how it feels when you knock on the door for traffic, shares, and comments, but no one opens the door. You’ve learned to differentiate what’s right and what’s wrong in the internet marketing world. All at one that’s a long and thorny road every serious blogger should follow, and you are fully equipped.

    Wish you have a great start!

    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 9, 2015

      Thanks for your kind words Ion. You’re right, this post took me awhile to write but I wanted to start this blog off with a meaty post that will act as a resource for people in itself. Long posts are hard work to write but worth it.

      Yes, blogging is hard and can be frustrating. What I’ve discovered is that what really matters is getting to know other bloggers at all levels, the influencers in their topics and the ones to watch because they’re about to become influential and the newcomers.

      I’ll be writing about this and what I’ve learnt about blogging in future posts so keep coming here to read and I hope you’ll find them as useful as this one.

  • Adrienne

    Reply Reply January 11, 2015

    Hey Tom,

    I finally made it and wow. My goodness gracious sakes, this is an awesome post. I know this really took you some time to put together so I definitely appreciate the hard work behind it all.

    I can also sympathize with you so I understand with your first three blogs having failed. I’ve had a few other blogs too but they were geared toward affiliate marketing and specific products so when all the resources that worked back then ran dry I just went a different direction. My main blog I would have to say has been a failure for the first few years as well but it’s the drive and determination to succeed is what will keep us coming back for more.

    I appreciate you including my post as well, thanks for that. This is going to be an excellent reference post to hang onto so that when I run into an issue I’ll know where to go to find the solution.

    Thank you again for taking the time to construct this one. By the way, where are your social sharing buttons? You’ve definitely got to get those on here my friend. 😉

    Have a great weekend and take care.


    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 11, 2015

      Thanks for your kind words, Adrienne. It’s so good to have you come here and check out my site and leave such an encouraging and supportive comment.

      Your experience is a real inspiration to bloggers like me and how you engage your readers is a really brilliant lesson to us all. Sharing failures as well as successes with our readers lets them know they’re not alone and that success isn’t just a pip dream. Failure can be a good lesson, don’t you think?- if we’re prepared to let it teach us. And you’re right about how important it is not to feel defeated and to keep learning, then coming back to have another go.

      You’re right social sharing are crucial. The plugins were deactivated and it seems you stopped by during this time (Sorry!). I’ve been having a little problem with my site and I had to get some help with it.The problem is being stubborn and not going away fully. But hopefully things will be sorted soon for everyone. Teething problems I think :). Please accept my apologies for your not being able to share this with your readers yet.

  • Jeff McKinney

    Reply Reply January 15, 2015

    Tom – this post provides the volume and info deserving of an ebook! Well done, I will know where to look for web traffic info and tips. Thanks for the great post.

    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 16, 2015

      Thanks Jeff :). Who knows, an ebook might just be coming out soon. Good to have you stop by and take time out to comment.

  • Renard Moreau

    Reply Reply January 26, 2015

    [ Smiles ] Tom, I am absolutely impressed; I have noticed that you did your homework with this one. This article of yours is filled with priceless blogging advice.

    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 26, 2015

      Thanks Renard. Yup, this post sure took me some time to write and then to get all the links to work :).

      Glad to hear you think this work to make it a valuable resource was worth it. Cheers!

  • Ryan Biddulph

    Reply Reply January 26, 2015

    Tremendous list of resources here Tom! Thanks for putting in the time and energy to create this fab post. I know how long it takes because I publish a 7,000 word post weekly 😉 Adrienne sent me this way and I am so happy she did. All the best with your new blog and keep on inspiring Tom!!


    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 27, 2015

      Hey Ryan! Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s great to see you here.

      Adrienne’s a real star, isn’t she? Such an Engagement Superstar as Ashley Faulkes refers to her.

      7,000 word post weekly? Wow, that’s some content creation power there Ryan. Can you share your secret for how you manage such a mega post weekly?

  • Sherman Smith

    Reply Reply January 27, 2015

    Hey Tom,

    Wow, you really did your due diligence with coming up with this list of great bloggers and topics. Some of them look quite familiar, but the rest I have yet to look into. I never thought that to gain more traffic that sometimes changing your niche could be the answer to your problem. But you know what, it does make sense! I definitely want to grow my email list as well. You know what, I feel like a kid in a candy store and yes, I bookmarked this post! Thanks for the share Tom and I will reference back to this post!

    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 27, 2015

      Hey Sherman, thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment. Welcome!

      Yeh, the advice to change your niche (or just branch out into related niches) is an excellent one. Niches grow and change like people and it’s always pays off to keep up them. Good image regarding the kid in the candy store, btw :)

      I’m so glad that you’ve got ideas for helping you out with ideas you’ve got for your own blog. Also, I’m going to be writing about how to grow email lists too. And I’ll be including some little-known advice in there too which I know you’ll find useful.

  • Sylviane Nuccio

    Reply Reply January 27, 2015

    Hi Tom,

    Well, here I am and boy am I glad that Adrienne introduced you through her blog yesterday, and that you reminded me to get to know you today :)

    I will most definitely save this post of yours and I love especially the last part where you talk about going out of one’s niche.

    At times I felt a bit annoyed by people who keep saying that they visit blogs only within their niche. I guess they’re only concerned about what Google will be thinking of them. Anyways that seems to be the argument.

    Frankly, I’ve never really cared about that.

    Up to late last year, I had 3 blogs. One in the writing/blogging niche. One in the personal development niche. And one about travel and France which I’m from.

    I got very tired of maintaining 3 different platforms, traffic sources, social media and so on, so I decided to totally redesign my blog and put those 3 niches together under the same roof. Since did didn’t want to get rid of any of them.

    Needless to say that when I announced what I was going to do, I got a lot of advice not to, but my little voice inside, kept telling to go for it. Plus 2 professionals of the web that I happened to know on a more personal level told me that it could be done, so I did it!

    The result?

    So far, my blog has received more new comers and commentors than ever. I post 3 times a week under the same URL now, so Google can only like that. Each post gets visits and comments.

    So instead of having 3 mediocre blogs I can one stronger one which averages 70 comments each week.

    Thank you for this wonderful post. A keeper!

    Nice meting you.


    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 27, 2015

      Hi Sylviane,

      Thanks for taking time to leave such an insightful comment. Your experience of merging your 3 blogs and getting a lot better response is an excellent example of why sticking inside a niche, however large, is not advice, especially in the long run. After all, niches don’t stand alone. They intersect with others. Writing, blogging, personal development and travel intersect perfectly and makes an excellent topic for a blog.

      I think people are stuck to strategies that don’t work, preferring to say instead that blogging doesn’t work. Truthfully, blogging is about your message, or the result people will get out of reading your blog.

      Your blog is really inviting and I’ll definitely be coming to read it regularly (and I was pleased to see some familiar faces there too).

  • Lisa Irby

    Reply Reply January 28, 2015

    Wow! This post was FILLED with golden nuggets and pure awesomeness. Thank you so much for the mention and glad I could be a part of your journey. Here’s to even more success!


    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 29, 2015

      Hey Lisa! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking time to comment. It’s really great to see you here. Yes, you certainly were a part of my journey to where I am today. Your blog was so helpful in the early days and I still stop by there, as well as your Youtube channel, to see what you’re doing there. Thanks again, Lisa.

  • Jason B

    Reply Reply January 28, 2015

    Thank you for this wonderful resource.

    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 29, 2015

      You bet, Jason.

  • Barbara Charles

    Reply Reply January 29, 2015

    Hi Tom,

    Wow, this is an awesome post. Packed full of info that just needs to be read. I started printing out the first few because I think this selection needs to be compiled into materials I can get my hands on quick and take notes. Just how I learn that’s all. Great stuff.

    I know I’ve been getting traffic to my blog and I’m happy with this but all this info sounds like an explosion so got to get to reading.

    A lot of work went into this post. Thanks for your patience and perservance in order to bring us all this information.

    Great job.

    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 30, 2015

      Welcome Barbara! Your encouragement and support is a real motivation and confirmation that this post was worth the effort.

      Great idea of yours to print out the posts linked to in this post. That’s just what I did when I first read a lot of them and still have them in a swipe file I keep handy.

      Good to meet you and hope you keep coming back to read this blog and your comments and thoughts are always welcome. Cheers!

  • Don Purdum

    Reply Reply January 30, 2015

    Hi Tom,

    WOW! What a blockbuster post. I’m so glad Adrienne Smith included you in her list as this is one of the absolute deepest and most useful posts I’ve seen in a long time.

    I’m really looking forward to digging into a lot of these links… I’m not sure if anyone is covering this but I think there are a couple of reasons people aren’t finding success in blogging for their businesses is because they haven’t done the hard work on their business:

    – What business are you “really” in – i.e. how does the consumer and the world understand you when you’re found? This is from their perspective, not yours.

    – What tangible values do you offer?

    – What “specific” problems do you solve for each tangible value?

    – Who do you “specifically” solve them for? It’s much easier to realize your audience when you know the problems you solve.

    – How are your products or services a solution to the problems.

    This is not easy work and many businesses struggle with it at first. In my opinion one isn’t ready for all of the “how to’s” until they have clarity around their business and then can create strategies, goals and objectives (obj are the tasks or “how to’s”).

    I can’t wait to dig in. I’ll be doing that over the next few days and brainstorming myself about my own business and website/blog. I’m really proud of my blog and how it has grown in just six months.

    It’s really good to connect Tom. I’ve included you in my “must read” list of weekly bloggers and I look forward to engaging with you. Thanks for reaching out on Twitter and connecting.

    I hope you have an incredible week!!!!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Tom

      Reply Reply January 30, 2015

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking time out to offer such insightful comments, Don.

      You’re so right about these major reasons for not finding success. So many people just rush in without a lot of thought about why people will be interested, let alone want to buy anything. These 4 points you highlight are so on the mark.

      It’s all about finding the gaps in what people want but can’t find. Then finding a reason why people who aren’t finding what they want yet in products or services. Then finding the best way to reach out to these people to let them know that they can find what they’re looking with you.

      Thanks so much for including me in your “must read” list, Don, your support and encouragement are awesome and great motivators. Look forward to hearing more from you.

  • Jannat

    Reply Reply February 9, 2015

    Who wants to get more traffic? this question makes me remember another question , who wants a blanket during the winter! lol. Cool post. I just visited a few links. It would go hours or time to go through all the links. But I have bookmarked this page and will check back soon when I am free. Thanks for this kind of post Tom, good job indeed. :)

    • Tom

      Reply Reply February 15, 2015

      Ha-Ha! Yes, you’re right there Jannat :). Glad you found it useful.

  • Damn, Tom – now this is how you make an entry!

    Excellent overview, mate, moreso because you’re offering your reasons why we should read these other blogs, and the impact they’ve had on you. Many would have taken the easy route and just linked out for clickbait – kudos on making this valuable instead of generic.

    Here’s to your growing blog!

    • Tom

      Reply Reply February 15, 2015

      Hey, thanks Danny. Yes, you’re right, this resource post is more than just clickbait. These posts have all taught me such a lot about blogging and I wanted to share why and how they have. I think it’s useful for readers to actually see how much can be learnt from reading and following the truly successful bloggers who care about their content and message. This post is a tribute to you, and all the other people included here (as well as a Thank-you).

      Thanks for your support. Really appreciate you stopping by. It’s not just motivating, it’s vindication what I’m learning is paying off. Cheers mate!

  • Darren

    Reply Reply February 18, 2015

    Heads up: The link to Jon Morrow’s site is dead – you got a typo on the URL.

    Search “He led me to others, namely Jon Morrow,” and you’ll see the anchor for Jon Morrow is linking out to a link with an error in it. You have an apostrophe in the link which is causing the 404.

    • Tom

      Reply Reply February 19, 2015

      Thanks Darren. Really appreciate you letting me know about it. Link should be fixed now. Cheers!

  • Kore Duke

    Reply Reply September 27, 2015

    Hello Tom,

    I must confess that you’ve outdone yourself with this post. Awesome!

    It’s a good thing you’re showing people what you’ve learnt from owning 3 blogs. I see traffic as the lifeline of any blog because without traffic blogging can be discouraging even if you are writing for fun. I guess you agree with me.

    You’ve listed out useful links here and I’ll definitely check them out because I definitely need to get more traffic, who doesn’t?

    Thanks for sharing this great resource. I’ll be bookmarking.

    Have a terrific week!

    • Tom

      Reply Reply September 27, 2015

      Hi Kore,

      Thanks for your comment, it’s good to hear from you and Welcome.

      You’re right, traffic is the lifeline of any blog and not getting it can be really frustrating. I’m all about taking that frustration out of getting traffic and doing this by using a strategy that works and is simple to put into action – but does take work.

      Thanks Kore.


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