#073: How To Get More Blog Traffic [Podcast]

For many bloggers, it's the number one topic of discussion: how to get more traffic to your blog.  Having a bigger number of visitors doesn't necessarily mean you have a more profitable business, but let's face it; we all want more traffic.

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In this episode, I'll explain how  to get more traffic to your blog.


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Spiritual Foundations

“But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”
Luke 5:15-16

The more value you have to offer, the more demand others will place on you.

The more value you place on serving, the more tempted you will be to supply what others demand. This seems good, but there is one problem…

…you are a limited resource. Which means eventually the supply (you) will be exhausted by the demand (others).

At that point, everyone ceases to be served.

In order to serve at the highest level, for the longest possible time, you must preserve the resource.

What this means:

  • Not everyone who wants “just five minutes” from you can have it.
  • Not everyone who wants to partner with you on a business or a project gets a “yes”.
  • Not everyone who makes a request of you, or a demand on your time/money/energy, gets their request granted.

You must preserve the resource (you) and learn to say “no”

Most people will not be happy with your boundaries.

That’s why most people fail to establish and enforce them.

Be different than most people.

Because you are a limited resource, and we need you.

Feature Segment: How To  Get More Blog Traffic

Success as a blogger cannot be measured by subscriber numbers alone. That doesn't mean we don't count the number of subscribers. How do you get more traffic to your blog? Here are seven tips…

  1. Write 3 to 5 “Pillar Posts”.
  2. Post Consistently And Frequently.
  3. Comment On High Traffic Blogs.
  4. Write Guest Posts For High-Traffic Blogs. See this post by Jeff Goins about guest posting.
  5. Link To Other Blogs in Your Posts.
  6. Encourage Commenting on Your Blog.
  7. Use Social Media to Promote Your Blog Posts.

Question:   What tactics do you use to get more traffic to your blog? Click here to leave your comments.


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Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • Awesome post. Great job. I agree.

  • Great job, Ray. I’d add …

    * cross promotion with other bloggers.

    * giving away a valuable item in exchange for a subscription. In my experience, an eBook of high quality works very well.

    * writing a controversial post and asking other bloggers to weigh-in.

    * holding contests, such as “if we get 50 comments, I’ll give away a free book to 3 people who comment” or something similar.

    * cross promoting blog links with some friends who use Twitter and Facebook.


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    • Great additions, Frank. Thank you very much.

  • Thanks for some great content Ray! As a blogger I desire more traffic, because I desire to increase the influence I can have in the life of others. You have challenged me to seek out opportunities to guest post on other blogs.

    I am currently in the process of writing an e-book to help build email subscription list. I have heard this work really well for others and hope it will help drive more traffic to my blog.

    • That’s a great reason to what more traffic, Paul. Keep up the great work!

  • I noticed the “consistency” thing here on your blog, Ray. Last week or so it seems to me that it had been a little light on offerings. I found myself wondering if you were either tied up in speaking engagements or if you had fallen ill.

    I am having a bit of trouble getting comments on my blog site. I get significant traffic from various LinkedIn groups. The readers will follow the inbound link to read the blog post, but they return to LinkedIn to make comments in their groups. So I have to figure out how to solve that issue… Or, maybe it’s not a problem?

    • I have noticed an increase in blog comments by adding a link to the comment section at the end of the post. It seems like it should be obvious, but apparently it was not. Are they perhaps reading the entire post in LinkedIn and thus think they’re supposed to respond there?

  • I recently participated in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I wanted to do it first and foremost to be accountable to myself, secondly to get in the habit of writing everyday, and lastly to see what kind of traffic I would get. Although I am nowhere near where I want to be, I have learned quite a bit from this process and felt blessed by many of the comments that I received on my posts.

    • I really appreciate you sharing your experience. Participating in events like that is definitely a good addition to the list.

  • This is immensely helpful to me as I am in the early stages of building my online platform. I have been so focused on creating content, and not so much on engaging my tribe, OR, focusing on adding value on other’s websites. The two take-a-ways that I really want to work on are, identifying and engaging other websites that are in my niche, and two, encouraging more interaction on my own site by being more personally involved … daily. Thanks Ray. Always helpful!

    • Thank you Brian, your comments are much appreciated.

  • I was in the middle of formulating a comment when I heard you mention my name! Now I can’t remember what I was going to say. 🙂

    Seriously, I think everyone should write down or print out these tips and post them at their work station as a reminder to do all of these things every week. I’m doing it now.

  • I really enjoyed this episode. Along with reading and commenting on other big blogs, I’ve found reading, commenting, and connecting with less known bloggers a great benefit. So I would add taking time to read and connect with less known bloggers.

    • Really good point Dan. Thanks for adding this.

  • Cathy Goodwin

    Just finished listening to this podcast – love the music!
    I am becoming a huge fan of screen capture videos. I make the video, put it up on YouTbe and then in a blog post, and then share on social media. I have gotten traffic, comments and even clients from screen capture videos.

    It took me awhile because I have a Mac and camtasia isn’t kind to Macs. I’ve been amazed how many people will say they listened! Some of them think they’re listening to a webinar or a podcast, but that’s okay with me: they’re listening.

    I’m now starting to educate my followers in the jours of screen capture videos. I think it’s the new article marketing!

    • Thanks Cathy – and what you’re saying here is fascinating.

      Ray Edwards

  • As a new kid on the block. I’m concentrating on finding interesting blogs and working on social media. It all takes too much time. The tips are very useful. I’ll try to implement couple of tips on my site.