One of the most challenging goals for many bloggers is to generate 1000 visitors a month to their blog.
For veterans this is a small number, but for the majority of bloggers, just getting 100 visits a month is a reward in and of itself. You may have a routine that you carry out that get you this number of visits.
But I ask you, do you want more? Do you believe that it’s possible for you to start generating 1000 visitors a month? Do you believe that this will also help you generate more opt ins?
Well you know what? I’m going to share with you some steps I took just to get 1000 visitors a month. When you hit this mark, this is just the beginning of something even bigger!
“See the things that you want as already yours. Know that they will come to you at need. Then let them come. Don’t fret and worry about them. Don’t think about your lack of them. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession.” ~ Robert Collier
Just getting over that one hump can drive you nuts!
You think you’re doing the right type of work just to go beyond the threshold, but yet it seems like you’re on a short leash.
You publish a blog post every week, you comment and you share blog posts, but to your dismay it’s just not enough!
And thoughts of quitting start creeping in!
But wait, you start to think if others are gaining momentum then you can too!
So you put in a little more work, but yet you still get the same results.
Now as I was going through this, I noticed one thing.
I notice I was doing the same routine, my solution was just to put in more work which with no avail really didn’t help me a lot except that I lost sleep over the extra work.
I also found myself not taking the advice of the many blog topics I read. I would just read and not apply. Do you ever find yourself doing this as well?
Well if you do, you know already something has to change, and that change has to do with applying what you read.
Now don’t get me wrong, you do have to filter some of those tips out so you don’t end up not going anywhere trying to do everything under the sun to get better results.
But one thing you want to do is to set goals. That is, reachable goals.
One of the goals I set for myself some years ago is to get 1000 targeted visitors a month which is a task within itself, but once you reach it, it’s the best feeling in the world.
Reaching 1000 Targeted Visitors A Month
Before I go into what steps I took in order to reach this feat, I want to stress how important it is to link your site to an analytics tool so that you can measure your site’s performance.
It’s not enough to just do a routine because you can end up getting the same results. You want to see what’s holding you back or what you may need to add to that routine in order to get better results.
Now for me to reach 1,000 visitors a month took some time, education, and patience. In fact, it took me quite a few years to reach this threshold.
Well I was all over the place LOL.. I was going in every direction and not getting anywhere. But although this happened to me, it doesn’t have to happen to you.
Another thing I like to stress is that it’s not enough to just to get 1,000 people to come to your site. One thing I like to make clear is that it’s much better to get 100 targeted people to come to your blog versus 1,000 visitors that aren’t already within your niche or interested in what you publish.
The one thing I was finicky about was who I connected with. You want to have sort of a template of the type of people you find valuable, influential and consistent.
I don’t want you to get the misunderstanding of it being arrogant. The more arrogant you are, the more narrow minded you get and I’m far from being arrogant.
Everyone has potential, but some find it, display it, are more consistent, and keep honing it more so than others. I say focus on these people and be open to others.
With that said, lets go into what I did to get 1,000 Visitors a month!
Different Actions I Took To Reach 1,000 Visitors A Month
As I mentioned, make sure that you have your analytics set up first. This takes some time and patience in order to reach this goal. Keep your mind open and stay alert for any possibilities for you to make those necessary improvements. So here is a list of 9 things I do to accomplish this.
Connected With Bloggers Who Were Consistent
As I mentioned before, this is a major action that you must take in order to reach 1,000 Visitors a month. They will be your advocates as far as promoting you and they are usually the ones that will come to your blog, comment, and share it with their audience.
With this mentality it proves the old saying that it’s not what you know, it’s about who you know in a way. You also want to keep in mind that for them to promote you, you want to publish some quality content because also their reputation is on line as well. So make it a win/win situation for them and yourself.
Wrote Longer Posts
A lot of successful bloggers put emphasis on writing longer posts a few years ago. I use to write posts every other day where each one was under 1,000 words.
It was great that I was getting content out there, but there were a few problems that came with it.
- This content didn’t have enough quality
- Search engines preferred longer ones than short ones
- I didn’t have enough time to promote each post
So starting towards the end of 2013 I started writing post that were over 1,000 words. And guess what happened? I started to get more traffic as you probably have guessed.
From what I’ve seen, writing a 1,000 words is the bare minimum as far as getting decent traffic and ranking. writing between 1500 and 2500 words each post would be more substantial.
Comment On Blogs With Commentluv Premium Plugin
Do you know anything about commentluv premium?
This is a commenting system that allows your commenters to display one of the last published blog post they did with their comment.
Now imagine you leaving a comment on a blog post that gets a lot of traffic. Do you think that their visitors are going to notice your comment and blog post?
They sure will. I have gotten a lot of referral traffic from other blogs just from commentluv premium itself.
Not only do I go to these sites with this plugin installed, I also installed it on my blog. It definitely gives a great incentive for my visitors if they decide to leave a comment. It makes it a win/win situation for all parties.
Comment on Blogs With An Alexa Rating Less than 100,000
Have you ever been on alexa.com?
It’s an analytical site that measures how much traffic each blog is getting through their own analytics.
When it comes to traffic, sites that having a ranking between 1 to 100,000 ( where 1 being the best) are the ones you want to focus on.
So with that said, back then, before I would comment on a site, I would usually check their alexa ranking to see if it’s between those numbers.
If it’s a dofollow blog and their blog is between those numbers, I would leave a comment. With a dofollow blog, once you comment, it creates a backlink, or a bridge back to your blog for Search Engines to rank it.
The more dofollow blogs with this ranking you comment on, the better chance you’ll get more traffic pointing back to your blog.
Improved Copywriting on Headlines and Intros On Each Blog Post
Have you ever heard the term “Copywriting” or “Writing Copy”?
When it comes to writing for your audience, there’s a psychological element that’s vital so that you can better engage your target audience.
For me, writing attractive, engaging copy helped me to really trigger the emotions of my target audience. And It actually made a difference in my traffic.
What is copywriting?
It’s the words, phrases, or sentences you would use to persuade your audience to take some type of action. This is a skill set that you definitely want to hone.
You want to add the elements of copywriting within your headlines and the intro of your blog posts for the most part.
Comment on 6 to 10 Blogs a Day
This is a challenge for me since I don’t have a lot of time.
I use to comment on 5 blogs a day, 5 days a week which got me up to around 800 visitors a month.
But as you know this wasn’t enough for me.
So I stepped it up a bit and started to comment between 6 to 10 blogs a day, 6 days a week.
How do I squeeze in time for this?
Well I just have to say thank God for smart phones!
On my breaks and lunch time, I’m constantly reading blog posts one after the other. I’ll read one in the morning before I go to work, and I’ll read more after I’m off from work.
And you know what else? It’s not just me that’s reading blogs from a smart phone. That’s why it’s so important that you make your blog site mobile ready. As of April 21st, 2015 this became another way of ranking for Google. If your site isn’t ready, then it can get penalized.
Shared and Mentioned the Author of Blog Posts
We all want to be recognized for our efforts. Especially when it comes to connecting with other great, successful bloggers in our niche.
One thing I made a habit of doing is sharing each post I comment on as well as mentioning the author of each post on social media sites like Google plus, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
And you know what?
A lot of these successful bloggers will acknowledge you! Some of them will even come to your blog, comment and share. Can you imagine if they were getting a lot of visitors just because of their name and they shared your blog posts?
You will definitely get more exposure to your blog as well as get more traffic just because you were of value to the author of each posts.
The more you do this, the more you get acknowledged, the more you’ll get comments, the more your blog gets shared, and the more traffic you generate!
Leveraged Automated Tools Like Revive Old Post and Bufferapp
I had a few people tell me that I work too hard and they see my blog posts everywhere.
Well, the secret is that I’m not working harder, I’m just working smarter.
And using Automated tools like Revive Old Post and Bufferapp are smart ways to get your blog posts out there.
With Revive Old Post you can schedule for it to post your old posts a different number of times a day. With Bufferapp you can schedule the time your blog posts are posted on different social media sites.
This works great whenever you take a break and go on vacation. You can have these tools work for you while you’re sipping on a pina colada on a remote island beach.
Stayed Up-To-Date On Your Progress With Google Analytics
Once again I stress using an analytic tool.
As I mentioned before I use Google Analytics and it has helped me measure my performance, and pin point the times when my traffic goes down and when it spikes.
Also I set up my affiliate links within Google Analytics to see if they are getting clicked or not. This helps me make the necessary changes needed to improve the targeted traffic towards these links.
With this tool, it gave me the information on my site reaching 1,000 visitors/month. So if you haven’t done so, make sure you set up this tool with your wordpress blog, or any analytic tool for that matter!
This routine that I do is just one routine that worked for me. This is not necessarily the one, true, golden strategy in the sky technique that every successful blogger has used. There is not just one way of accomplishing this feat.
One thing I also like to point out is that this is without using paid advertising, guest posting, and doing roundups. So the routine I use will work for any blogger whether they’re a beginner or considered intermediate.
Yes, this routine may seem quite tedious, but in due time you will learn how to work smarter when it comes to traffic, resulting doing a lot less of the tedious tasks but yet get a lot more better results.
Patience is key to this and in the process make sure you learn and apply those techniques you read from each of the valuable blog posts you come across!
Now It’s Your Turn
How many visitors a month are you getting? Are you getting at least a 1,000? 10K? 50K? More? What strategies or daily routine are you using to get those numbers? What have you done to make improvements?
If you’re not getting the numbers you like was this post helpful? What subtopics would you have like for me to go more into detail about? Is there anything missing from this list you’d like to know more about?
Please leave your comments below and share this post with your friends. I look forward to reading them!