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The 10 Best Ways To Increase Blog Traffic

Written by George Manty  · March 7, 2008

I wrote a list of 101 ways to get traffic to your blog a while back. I decided to narrow that list down to the ten best ways I have found to get traffic to my blogs.

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The 10 Best Ways To Increase Blog Traffic:

  1. SEO
    Without a doubt SEO has been my favorite way to get traffic to my blogs. The Google algorithm loves blogs, which makes SEO a very good way to get traffic to your blog.

  2. Commenting
    Leaving comments on blogs in related niches is a great way to get new targeted traffic to your blog. It is also an excellent way to build relationships with other bloggers which leads me to number 3…

  3. Networking
    Networking is possibly the single most important skill for making big money online. It is also a great way to build traffic to your blog.

  4. Word Of Mouth
    Simply tell your friends and family about your blog and/or specific posts on your blog. You will be surprised by how much traffic that can generate.

  5. Linkbait
    Create posts that are designed to grab people’s attention. Controversial posts are often associated with linkbait, but there are plenty of other ways to create linkbait. 101 lists make for good linkbait and so do posts that are out of the ordinary in some way.

  6. Link Out
    Link liberally to other blogs in your posts. Many bloggers keep track of incoming links to their blog and will come check out your blog when you link to them. This can also help you get comments.

  7. Stumbleupon
    I am a big fan of using stumbleupon for getting traffic to your blog. If you haven’t signed up for it you should. Stumbleupon is this blogs third best traffic source, behind retuning visitors, and Google.

  8. List Posts
    I have found that posts with lists (like this one) generate more traffic to your blog. They tend to get bookmarked and voted on more on social sites. The more list posts you write the more traffic you will get.

  9. Blog Memes
    Create a blog meme and tag other bloggers. Participating in blog memes has definitely increased my blog traffic. One blog meme in particular really helped this blog out and I never even participated in it.

  10. Quality Content
    Quality content is the key to keep people coming back for more. If you write posts that people enjoy reading, they will come back regularly to read your posts. Having regular readers is a great way to increase blog traffic.

Those are the ten best ways I have found to get traffic to my blogs. What are your favorite ways to get traffic to your blog?

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33 Responses to “The 10 Best Ways To Increase Blog Traffic”

  1. Nancy on March 7th, 2008 12:29 pm

    Very good list. I will print it out for reference.
    Thanks for putting it together.

  2. Joseph Martin on March 7th, 2008 10:34 pm

    Great post, I can honestly say that every traffic technique outlined above work great.

  3. George Manty on March 8th, 2008 6:10 pm

    @Nancy – You are welcome.

    @Joseph – yes they do.

  4. Pablo Palatnik on March 9th, 2008 7:43 pm

    commenting on blogs with “do follow” tag can help 2 of the strategies on the list =)

  5. George Manty on March 9th, 2008 9:41 pm


    That is true…

  6. James Shaffer on March 10th, 2008 1:05 pm

    Great post… I think people should look at youtube for other ways to advertise their blogs. Placing your URL in a video watermark is an easy and fast way to get some targetted traffic.

  7. clueless on March 22nd, 2008 2:32 am

    nice list.. never read the 101 ways but this one sums it up nicely

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  9. GreekMooMan on April 14th, 2008 11:21 am

    This is a great list! I have included it in my recent blog posting, top 8 ways to make money blogging! Thanks!

  10. Jarret Morrow on May 29th, 2008 9:41 am

    Tip #11: Make a comment in an ultra high traffic blog post such as yours ūüėõ Now for my question, I see a lot custom blogs that have buttons at the end of every post to allow people to digg, stumble upon, or other services. How do you find the HTML code to allow people to do this for indiividual blog posts?



  11. George Manty on May 30th, 2008 1:45 pm


    There a lot of good plugins that do what you want. What I use is a service call addthis:

    It is very easy to use.

  12. kevin on June 11th, 2008 6:46 pm

    Great list, but what is a blog memes?

  13. George Manty on June 12th, 2008 7:31 am


    Chris Garrett has a really good post about blog memes:

  14. Brent Lane on June 19th, 2008 10:07 pm

    Thanks for the great list! I wish I was hitting on everyone of those! Maybe then I would get more traffic.

  15. on June 25th, 2008 8:29 am

    What a great top 10 list. Its nice to get an opinion of traffic option rankings. Some of those are debatable, but SEO should most def be #1.

  16. Blooks LLC on June 26th, 2008 8:19 pm

    Two other ways to increase your traffic:

    1) – a free web2.0 traffic exchange widget. It finds pages that are similar and trades traffic back and forth between them.

    2) – If you’re a make money online blogger, it is a niche social news site with free backlinks, seo optimized categories, and shares up to 75% of revenue with submitters (plus 10% if you reffer someone).

  17. Peter Bruce on June 27th, 2008 2:49 pm

    You could always pay for traffic and hope they besome repeat visitors.

  18. George Manty on June 27th, 2008 2:56 pm


    That is one method worth trying.

  19. Nigerian Entrepreneur on July 2nd, 2008 2:40 am

    I know this works because I have tried at least 8 out of the 10 listed and they worked. Nice post.

  20. Reverse Lookup on July 10th, 2008 9:50 am

    Personally, I submit my site to Yahoo Directory and BOTW. This doesn’t not generate direct traffic…but it builds up my PR which in turn generates traffic.

  21. TheCashBible on July 23rd, 2008 4:31 am

    This is a really great list. Props to you for compiling it!

  22. CJordan on August 13th, 2008 10:27 pm

    Great list. I especially liked the part about lists. Very useful

  23. Tim on November 10th, 2008 1:40 pm

    This is a great post, thanks so much for the information. i am implementing all these ideas on my blog so i will see how well each one works!

  24. Tamir B. on December 20th, 2008 10:28 pm

    Great post, I agree with a lot of the methods you talked about. I think the number 1 method however is quality content. I would also add forums to the list. When I started my politics blog, I used related forums to gain attention and traffic to my blog. It’s a great way to start the traffic flow.

  25. Fred Gq on December 29th, 2008 6:08 am

    The only thing I don’t like is word-of-mouth. That can sometimes cause a spike in your adsense reports and may raise a flag. Other than that, the list looks great! Thanks!

  26. EZMoney on January 1st, 2009 6:47 am

    I found this article to be very useful in my quest to get more traffic. I completely agree that networking and establishing backlinks is very imprtant for SEO and Page Rank. In addition, I have utilized StumbleUpon and found great success with it. Quality content above all else seems like the key to generating interest and traffic. If possible, could you drop by my site and let me know what you think (please be honest, I’m good at taking constructive criticism.)


  27. Scott on January 20th, 2009 8:00 pm

    I have found that stumbleupon traffic come in short bursts… at least for me.
    I would love to find out how to keep the same level ( or better yet increase) the traffic.


  28. Investors times on February 14th, 2009 2:07 am

    I have been trying to raise my blog traffic but to no avail. I will try to do the things that you are saying and we will see later on. Good work.

  29. Investors times on February 16th, 2009 5:53 am

    I have been trying to increase blog traffic lately but it is on and off. Someone click on the comment and then thats it. How do you go about to go more than that?

  30. James on March 4th, 2009 11:15 am

    What are a few of the ways you like to Network to increase traffic? I have used stumbleupon a few times but unless you get a ton of people to stumble upon its hard to generate a decent about of traffic. high quality content is i think your best point. keep researching and share top information and you will be on your way.

  31. George Manty on March 5th, 2009 12:29 pm

    Personally my favorite way to network is to comment on people’s blog and meet them on their turf. I have found it easiest to form online relationships through commenting regularly on other people’s blogs.

  32. Kai Lo on March 10th, 2009 6:49 pm

    I think networking should be #1 on your list. Network with people who are better than you. They can guide you on how to improve your blog to increase traffic. Nothing beats knowing more people to network with.

  33. Investmutual on July 22nd, 2010 6:11 pm

    SEO is number one, but implementing it is no such easy game.