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What Did You Learn From These Blog Traffic Challenge Entrants Results?

Written by George Manty  · July 24, 2007

For those of you who haven’t been reading my blog for a while, I started something called The Blog Traffic Challenge three months ago to see if I could double the traffic to my blog in three months time. I also challenged others to join in the fun.

A few weeks ago I asked for people to send me their results from the blog traffic challenge. I was a bit surprised that so few of the participants shared their results, but I am very happy to present the results that were shared…

John Wesley from Pick the Brain

I’m not sure when I entered, so I don’t know exactly how much my traffic has changed, but its gone up from approximately 1200 visitors a day to 3500.

My best technique has been writing viral content – long, well written articles, with useful information – and then using social media to market them. StumbleUpon, Reddit, Digg, and delicious have been my biggest referrers. Also, once I had a few articles get popular on those sites I started to get noticed by some larger blogs and got links from ProBlogger, Lifehacker, and that also drive traffic and lead to subscribers. I’ve also had some success with emailing bloggers directly and telling them about a well written article that’s relevant to their blog.

That’s really about it. There is no substitute for great content and aggressive social marketing. I look forward to seeing the techniques others bloggers have used to succeed.

Wendy Peirsall of eMoms at Home:

I just pulled stats from the first 15 days of March vs. the first 15 days of June (which were actually not that great traffic-wise because my site was down a significant amount of time as I moved to my new semi-dedicated server!).

Although I won’t disclose exact numbers, my visits are up 237% and pageviews are up 151%.

I had almost forgotten about your challenge – I’m so happy to see that I way more than doubled my numbers since then!

Perhaps I can double them again for the rest of the summer?! I think that’s my next challenge! šŸ˜‰

Well, I can attribute the growth to a few things:

Momentum – my blog had been gaining speed for 10 months prior – at some point hard work HAS TO pay off!

Publicity – Winning Elite Retreat and writing for really significantly raised my visibility

Networking – I wouldn’t have landed either of the above opportunities without the networking I have done since day one

Social Media – A few big wins on sites such as Digg and SU have had a good lasting effect on growth

In other words – nothing really new here – just hard work and doing the things we know we need to do to grow our businesses!

Rob StGeorge from The Million Dollar Experiment Down Under

Rob reported his results in the following blog post on his site:

Here are a couple of notable quotes from Rob’s results:

There are a number of things that you can do to increase traffic to your site, and that includes things like search engine optimization, social networking, quality content creation, consistency of posting and much much more. What I found worked for me was choosing one thing at a time and then doing whatever I could do in that area to improve things going forward.


I recommend that anyone that wants to significantly boost the traffic to their site participant in a challenge like this, and if there isn’t one around why not start your own?

By having a goal to aim for that is concrete it really helps you get motivated

Simonne from All Tips And Tricks

I managed only a 35% increase in number of visitors within the 3 months of the challenge. I mostly rely on Google organic search to bring in the traffic, and on Stumble Upon, which offers very nice traffic spikes, although not materialized in extra income.

As an unusual method of promotion, I used John Chow’s blog to find people who need links and who would write a review in exchange, and I asked them to review my blog. Some of them did.

My Final Thoughts On The Blog Traffic Challenge

When you include my results the three most common techniques people used to increase their traffic were:

1. Writing quality content.
2. Networking with other bloggers.
3. Participating in social bookmarking sites.

Search Engine optimization also played a role for some of us, but across the board it was not as significant a role as one might expect.

What Did You Learn From These Blog Traffic Challenge Entrants Results?

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8 Responses to “What Did You Learn From These Blog Traffic Challenge Entrants Results?”

  1. Leroy Brown on July 25th, 2007 4:37 am

    I re-realized the power of social networking. My numbers were off 85% when using the first 15 days of June vs the first 15 days of March. Why? No Digg love – ouch. Take that out of the equation, and my stats were up.. but unfortunately life doesn’t work that way.

  2. Simonne on July 25th, 2007 5:05 am

    Thank you for posting the results and for organizing this challenge. It is interesting to see how everybody did, as there is always something to learn from such projects.

  3. George Manty on July 25th, 2007 6:38 am

    Wow Leroy,

    I didn’t realize social networking had such a strong impact on your blog.

  4. George Manty on July 25th, 2007 6:40 am


    You are welcome. It was actually quite enlightening.

  5. Andy Martin on July 25th, 2007 6:54 am

    Ya every blogger should keep it as their basic principle. These things really help in increasing traffic.

  6. Andrea on July 26th, 2007 4:49 am


    I have yet to check out StumbleUpon, but I find that every time I digg one of my posts, I have to put it in ‘offbeat news’ and that is even a stretch – they dont have any categories related to marketing – do the others?

    Also, do you know how to add the digg widget next to a blog post, so people can see how many times it’s been dugg..

    Bottom line – can you squeeze a little more info out of these people šŸ™‚ ??

    Thanks for posting this great info!

  7. kalpesh on July 28th, 2007 11:48 am

    I guess in the end it is content which counts.

  8. George Manty on July 30th, 2007 12:31 pm

    Ooops, I forogt to answer your questions Andrea.

    I find it hard to choose a category on Digg as well.

    There are a couple of Digg plugins you can use, just search for “digg plugin wordpress” and you will find a lot of them. Personally, I use an all encompassing widget for all the major social sites. It’s called

    I have stumbleupon to bring in decent traffic. I hope to talk about it more sometime. Maki over at has several good posts about using stumbleupon for traffic and John Wesley wrote a good post on how he used stumbleupon. I don’t recall the links off the top of my head.

    Hope that helps,