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Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by Nobody: 6:45am On May 16, 2016
i will like you to also check mine... http://naijastaytune.com
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by Raalsalghul: 7:01am On May 16, 2016
vicky6055:
Very impressive....

My blog is actually doing well my daily reach has been on the increase and never decreased... (so with comments) www.newsphases.com

But I still need more traffic and I quit understand the ways to get traffic comes from creating valuable content in which the readers will be ready to share
Sharing on social media platforms
Creating a Contest on your blog
Paying readers to share

But is there more ways in which you can use to get traffic more than these.... Although I have not tried all of them.

Am open for contacts @ hearts6055@gmail.com
Have you considered changing the name of your blog?

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Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by prestige2013(m): 7:16am On May 16, 2016
Am interested in learning Blogging, please advice.
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by kelvinnaira: 7:35am On May 16, 2016
I never wan talk yet, just observing.. Vicky and brian.... Interesting 2..
I think you both should change your blogs name now before its too late.
@vicky.. Unless you have a future plan for ur blog (like maybe u wish to expand and make it a news portal in d next few years..)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/amzn1.account.AE3XW73CKR5X53UJMZT4AAFJHSOQ

@Brian... Urs is carrying a family name coupled with a character, unless its you and your brothers and sisters that re interestingly running ur blog, (and maybe make it a family business) you should be thinking branding and know what to do if you have been reading neil and his quicksprout...

If you ve also been reading Brian Dean, you should knw his outreach link building strategies will not be easy for you to carry out. No authority site will like your domain name, doesnt show authority..
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/profile/1b1c7f61-d74e-430c-810b-31267db006c2
I nor dey insult una oo.. I know say una be bosses oo.. I be learner

will be participating on this thread soon...
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by SegilolaSalami: 7:51am On May 16, 2016
I am not a marketing expert and I have only been blogging for about two months.

On my blog http://www.segilolasalami.co.uk/blog/ I update the latest episode of my podcast show, I write useful tidbits, write recommendations for children's books with downloadable illustrations

One strategy that I have found to get people to read my content but not necessarily on my website is by submitting my blog feed http://www.segilolasalami.co.uk/feed/ to RSS directories. For me that is a win because these people may not have found my blog otherwise.

I also linked my feed to twitter, so immediately I post a new article it goes directly to my twitter page which is linked to my facebook page. Twitter has been the number one source of traffic for my blog, then facebook and even reddit.

Now I will admit that my blog itself only gets about a 100 pageviews per day but has an amazing bounce rate of 16%. As my blog is niche (compared to say celebrity gossip) I am happy with the figures. Obviously I would like to still grow it but I understand that it may take a bit of time.

What do you guys think?

UPDATE: Here's an article I wrote about what I do to increase exposure for my blog http://www.segilolasalami.co.uk/increase-your-blog-exposure/. Feel free to check it out if you would like to increase your blog exposure

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Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by ajixkhid1(m): 7:56am On May 16, 2016
brianromel:
It hurts me to write this.

For years, I’ve been “the traffic guy.” Not only because I’m good at getting it, but because it’s the question on the top of every blogger’s mind:

“How do I get more traffic to my blog?”

To some degree, this entire site is an answer to that question. You’ll learn more about getting blog traffic here than maybe anywhere else on the web.

But there’s one giant problem…

It’s the wrong question.

And I’ve known it for years.

And I’ve said nothing.

Not because I’m an asshole (well, maybe). No, the real reason is I felt like we were serving the needs of the market. People wanted to know how to get more traffic, so we created courses teaching them how.

But Then I Noticed Something Horrifying…

A large percentage of our students couldn’t significantly increase their traffic, no matter how hard they tried.

And the worst part:

It wasn’t their fault.

They were doing all the homework. They were applying our techniques.

Except none of it was working. Not for the vast majority of them, anyway.

Why?

At first, I thought it was because we sucked. Maybe our techniques didn’t work, maybe the homework was too difficult, maybe we were just lousy teachers.

But then I noticed something…

A small percentage of students who initially struggled would all of a sudden take off like a rocket. For six months, they worked their butts off and got nowhere, and then BOOM, they would get so much traffic they could quit their jobs and become full-time bloggers.

So, I started investigating. What were these students doing differently than all the others?

Did they work harder? Were they better writers? Were they just smarter? Did they have powerful connections?

Turns out, the answer was none of the above.

The only commonality between all of our success stories is they changed the question they were asking. Instead of asking how to get more traffic, they asked a different, much less obvious question.

And it changed everything.

The Single Most Important Question for Beginning Bloggers

Ready to hear the question?

Here it is:

“Is my blog capable of getting traffic?”

I know, it probably doesn’t make any sense.

Is it capable? Of course it’s capable! Every blog is capable of getting more traffic.

Right?

Actually…

it turns out the answer is no. People think you can build a popular blog about anything, but you can’t.

Of course, that statement isn’t surprising in and of itself. It’s logical that some really bizarre topics like square tomatoes or diamond drill bits could never support a popular blog.

But the reality is worse. Far worse.

The Brutal Truth about Building a Popular Blog

After working with thousands of students, I can confidently say there are only a few hundred topics where blogging really works.

For instance, ever noticed how many parenting blogs there are?

Or marketing blogs?

Or social media blogs?

There’s a reason why. Blogging works really well for those types of topics.

But there aren’t any popular blogs about retirement, weddings, or becoming a better real estate agent.

And here’s the real shocker…

There never will be.

Yes, there are millions of people interested in those topics. Yes, it seems like you should be able to build a blog around them.
But you can’t.

Doesn’t matter how hard you work. Doesn’t matter how smart you are. Doesn’t matter how many connections you have.
It’s impossible.

In fact, it’s impossible to build a popular blog around 99% of our passions.

Let me explain why…

The Seven Tests Every Blog Must Pass

For months, I researched what blogs succeed and fail, and I found seven criteria or “tests” every blog passes before it becomes popular.

And here’s the thing:

To have a viable blog, you need to pass all seven tests. If you can’t, your blog will never succeed, no matter how hard you try.

On a more positive note, passing all seven of these tests practically guarantees you can build a popular blog. All that’s left is doing the work to make it happen.

Ready to find out what the tests are?




Here you go:

Size. The vast majority of popular blogs have a total market size of at least 5 million people. And that’s a minimum. Most top 100 blogs have a total market size of 200 million or more.

To be clear, that’s not how many readers they have. That’s how many readers they could have if everyone with an interest in the topic read their blog.

Age. The vast majority of blog readers are between the ages of 30 and 55. If you’re targeting an audience younger or older than that window, such as teenagers or baby boomers, it’s almost impossible to build a popular blog, simply because these people don’t like reading blogs. Not yet, anyway.

Longevity. Because blogs publish content on an ongoing basis, you need an audience that has an ongoing interest. Ideally, it’s a topic like personal finance or social media that changes all the time, and so people want to read about it forever. What you don’t want is a topic like wedding planning or pregnancy, because people are only interested in those subjects for a few months.

Language. In general, blogging as we know it is confined to the English language. Yes, it’s totally possible to build a popular blog in Japanese or Spanish, but the traffic techniques are totally different, and it’s much, much more difficult. In my opinion, it’s far more efficient to use other more traditional methods to build the audience, such as advertising.

Network. For a blog to really take off, you need an audience who is networked with each other through social media. Moms talk with each other on Facebook, foodies hang out on Pinterest, bloggers and journalists are big on Twitter. As a result, they are easy to reach. If your audience isn’t hanging out on a particular social media platform, on the other hand, it’s almost impossible to get any traffic.

Influencer. If a blog topic is viable, you pretty much always find influencers who have already built up their own audiences in the space. Sometimes they are bloggers, sometimes they are podcasters, sometimes they are best-selling authors. The key point: with a little research, you can easily find 5-10 influencers or “thought leaders” already dominating the space. If you can’t find any, there’s always a reason why, and it’s never good.

Desirability. Last but certainly not least, you need to like the audience. Surprisingly, this is the number one reason a blog stalls out following a period of rapid growth. After attracting a small audience, the blogger discovers they can’t stand them, and they stop writing because it’s not fun anymore. The moral of the story: make sure you like the people you are trying to attract because you’ll be hanging out with them for years.

Are You Depressed Yet?

Chances are, your blog fails at least one of these tests.

And you know what that means, right?

It’s curtains. Goodbye, dear one, we’ll remember you fondly forever.

At least as far as getting a bunch of free traffic is concerned.

You can absolutely continue writing, but it’s never going to attract a lot of readers without spending a fortune on advertising, and I’m guessing that’s not your cup of tea.


The Good News…

You can always launch a new blog. If you choose a viable topic, you might even be a little stunned by how quickly it grows.
Because you see, it’s easy to grow a blog that passes the above tests.

This blog got 4,379 visitors on the very first day I opened it. Granted, some of that was due to the promotion strategy I used, but a big part of it was I chose the right topic.

https://smartblogger.com/traffic-open-letter/

Morning brother
Please can you help me review this site
www.michelleaigbe.com
Which is owned by my sister .. BT am taking over soon fully.
I took in charge around late march
N around April I was able to get 10,000 page views in total .
I feel am nt having enough yet even with it been a gossip n entertainment blog
N dats niche m definitely comfortable
N its easy 4 me to right something tangible
Tho I don't really post BT 10000 page views in a month does it shows prospect
Tho I use Facebook group as my source of traffic
Pls how can I grow it more .
Like get comments and all that

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Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by kelvinnaira: 8:04am On May 16, 2016
WEMS:
join us now 100000 pageviews 4 blog site owners...free basic and premium members are welcome..download telegram messenger pc/android/iphone and chat me up 08064919517..kicks off this weekend..registered members be alert
who be this one? Na wa oo.. Oga ibeg show us one of ur blog that gets 100,000 pgviews/month and i will hurrily grab your course/join ur membership. I have enrolled in courses worth $700 with the highest been $997(yaros course), so i can join yours, no matter the cost.. Just show me proof...
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by kelvinnaira: 8:08am On May 16, 2016
SegilolaSalami:
I am not a marketing expert and I have only been blogging for about two months.

On my blog http://www.segilolasalami.co.uk/blog/ I update the latest episode of my podcast show, I write useful tidbits, write recommendations for children's books with downloadable illustrations

One strategy that I have found to get people to read my content but not necessarily on my website is by submitting my blog feed http://www.segilolasalami.co.uk/feed/ to RSS directories. For me that is a win because these people may not have found my blog otherwise.

I also linked my feed to twitter, so immediately I post a new article it goes directly to my twitter page which is linked to my facebook page. Twitter has been the number one source of traffic for my blog, then facebook and even reddit.

Now I will admit that my blog itself only gets about a 100 pageviews per day but has an amazing bounce rate of 16%. As my blog is niche (compared to say celebrity gossip) I am happy with the figures. Obviously I would like to still grow it but I understand that it may take a bit of time.

What do you guys think?

good one bro... Keep it up.. Keep and cage those 100 visitors per day, if your blog is really niched, you will get a good amount of money from them. (depending on your niche thoug)

;;;;;;not sharing your blogs url is a smart one.;;;;;;;

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Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by lordtriplee(m): 8:13am On May 16, 2016
brianromel:


Hi ola

Sometimes a 301 redirect might not work, for some reason it ends up doing this for some people I who do it.



There is no better option than a 301 redirect.
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by SegilolaSalami: 8:19am On May 16, 2016
kelvinnaira:
good one bro... Keep it up.. Keep and cage those 100 visitors per day, if your blog is really niched, you will get a good amount of money from them. (depending on your niche thoug)

;;;;;;not sharing your blogs url is a smart one.;;;;;;;

I don't understand . . . why is not sharing my blog URL a smart one? how else will people find my blog? other than via the feed
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by thereturnoflucy(f): 8:31am On May 16, 2016
I created a writing blog www.kikiotolu.com covers stories, poems, and editorials. Traffic have been kinda slow and little. I think its not a problem of niche or content. But I need real tips on how to get t steady traffic. The contents are there and they sure are interesting. But how do I get people to find it.
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by kelvinnaira: 8:37am On May 16, 2016
SegilolaSalami:


I don't understand . . . why is not sharing my blog URL a smart one? how else will people find my blog? other than via the feed
chaei... Too much typing on different platforms... That was a mistake.. Wasnt supposed to be in ur comment reply.. Nor mind me
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by SegilolaSalami: 8:42am On May 16, 2016
kelvinnaira:
chaei... Too much typing on different platforms... That was a mistake.. Wasnt supposed to be in ur comment reply.. Nor mind me

ah ok, no worries
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by godunia(m): 8:44am On May 16, 2016
Easiest way to move traffic to your blog, use caption like a guy smashed olosho, click to view the video or picture. That's all porn is what drive traffic than any other subject,though it's quite unfortunate but that's Satan's world for you. If you want to be a star in his world you must pay a price.
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by palicondom: 9:27am On May 16, 2016
vicky6055:
Please brainromel

I was looking for an experienced Nigerian Blogger to respond who has crafted his way into blogging with extreme traffic....... not someone who copied some blog post from a site...

Please understand!

Lmaoooo.. vickie why so harsh
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by karkinase(m): 9:38am On May 16, 2016
I really want to start blogging but getting started is just the problem, thou i ive a niche in mind. We love smone who can guide me thru. the nitty-gritty and basics of blogging 101...lets chat on whatsapp 08096633061.
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by orejo: 10:11am On May 16, 2016
Hello guys

I am quite new to blogging, Pls tell me how to improve nd recommendations @ blessingidoghor.blogspot.com
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by moyomax(m): 10:32am On May 16, 2016
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by pepigeorge(m): 10:44am On May 16, 2016
vicky6055:
Very impressive....

My blog is actually doing well my daily reach has been on the increase and never decreased... (so with comments) www.newsphases.com

But I still need more traffic and I quit understand the ways to get traffic comes from creating valuable content in which the readers will be ready to share
Sharing on social media platforms
Creating a Contest on your blog
Paying readers to share

But is there more ways in which you can use to get traffic more than these.... Although I have not tried all of them.

Am open for contacts @ hearts6055@gmail.com

Your posts are fantastic. ..I went through your blog...Have u been approved by Google adsense...u dont seem to have privacy policy. ..I need to improve on my blog too...I have tried applying 4 Google adsense but failed to get approval.just need more tips.
www.naijarex.com
email: naijarex@yahoo.com
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by pepigeorge(m): 11:08am On May 16, 2016
Please check my site and tell my wot I need to improve on. I need traffic and Google adsense approval
www.naijarex.com
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by fingard02k(m): 11:13am On May 16, 2016
Seriously I have been looking for someone with vast knowledge like the OP to help/assist me with my blog.
I have things going e g Adsense approved within two days but what I seem not to get is why have I been lacking visitors/traffic. Even when I searched for a particular unique post of my blog on Google, my site will not come up instead Google will show related topics from other sites.

PLEASE can you review www.enzyhub.com and tell me what I'm lacking.

1. MAIN problem is traffic.
The site's traffic is nothing to write home about.

2. Google doesn't show my topic unless I attach my site name beside the search input

3. After moving to cloudflare my "wordpres andriod app" stopped working and my VISUAL WRITING also not working. I have surfed, tried everything yet iz not working.

Please I really need your candid advise snd suggestions. Thanks

brianromel
kelvinnaira
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by vicky6055(f): 11:18am On May 16, 2016
Raalsalghul:
Have you considered changing the name of your blog?

Why do I need to change my blog name
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by vicky6055(f): 11:19am On May 16, 2016
pepigeorge:


Your posts are fantastic. ..I went through your blog...Have u been approved by Google adsense...u dont seem to have privacy policy. ..I need to improve on my blog too...I have tried applying 4 Google adsense but failed to get approval.just need more tips.
www.naijarex.com
email: naijarex@yahoo.com

I do have google adsense

I do have a privacy policy
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by samuelson06(m): 11:51am On May 16, 2016
vicky6055:
Very impressive....


Hello Vicky, please teach me how to create this menu bar as it is on your blog. Thank you.

Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by vicky6055(f): 12:36pm On May 16, 2016
samuelson06:


Hello Vicky, please teach me how to create this menu bar as it is on your blog. Thank you.

Different blogs have different html codes in which you can create them send me your blog url

Let me see how i can help you

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Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by BrainnewsNg(f): 1:14pm On May 16, 2016
vicky6055:
Very impressive....

My blog is actually doing well my daily reach has been on the increase and never decreased... (so with comments) www.newsphases.com

But I still need more traffic and I quit understand the ways to get traffic comes from creating valuable content in which the readers will be ready to share
Sharing on social media platforms
Creating a Contest on your blog
Paying readers to share

But is there more ways in which you can use to get traffic more than these.... Although I have not tried all of them.

Am open for contacts @ hearts6055@gmail.com

Work harder! If possible use paid ads like facebook ads or google ads.

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Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by samuelson06(m): 1:14pm On May 16, 2016
vicky6055:


Different blogs have different html codes in which you can create them send me your blog url

Let me see how i can help you

Thanks please. Am sorry my blog url isn't ready for now before because I change my dns. Once the propagation is completed, i'll send it to you.
Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by kelvinnaira: 1:51pm On May 16, 2016
godunia:
Easiest way to move traffic to your blog, use caption like a guy smashed olosho, click to view the video or picture. That's all porn is what drive traffic than any other subject,though it's quite unfortunate but that's Satan's world for you. If you want to be a star in his world you must pay a price.
hahaha.... Thats not it bro.. Try am make u see if e go work.. U wnt get quality traffin, Money no dey there..

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Re: An Open Letter To Bloggers Struggling To Get More Traffic By Jon Morrow by kelvinnaira: 2:08pm On May 16, 2016
karkinase:
I really want to start blogging but getting started is just the problem, thou i ive a niche in mind. We love smone who can guide me thru. the nitty-gritty and basics of blogging 101...lets chat on whatsapp 08096633061.
oga sir, no real serious blogger will teach you blogging on whatsapp..(even when you pay them) you know why? They re busy, real and making money.. So if anyone picks that ur number and tell u dey will put u through, then run.. Unless its a one on one coaching.. Bloggers use mails nt whatsapp, so they can always get glued and updated, so do business men.

(sorry if i sound harsh, bt am very passionate about blogging cox it pays my bills)

by the way, heres a step by step guide on how to start a blog.. Those guys really did a good job with that post..

I think that should get you started...
Kind regards
kelvin

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