Is Your Blog Lonely? How to Get More Blog Traffic

Last updated : 18 March 2014

No website traffic

Figuring out how to get more blog traffic is probably one of the biggest stumbling blocks that newbies face.

Actually, I’ll re-phrase that; it is not only beginners but seasoned bloggers and seasoned website owners who end up throwing their hands up in the air in frustration and giving up.

When I saw the book title “My Blog Traffic Sucks!“, I couldn’t resist it. Well actually, I looked at every one of the 63 reviews on Amazon at the time, as well as Steve’s blog, before proceeding with purchasing it. Plus I thought, what the heck, it’s only a couple of dollars (Kindle version), so what if it turns out to contain the same old message that so many other eBooks do on this subject.

How to Get Traffic to Your Blog

You see the biggest problem, as I see it, is that we are generally swamped with information. There are so many ideas out there, about how to get traffic to your blog, that the traffic-needy blogger is simply overwhelmed by it all.

 

Thoughts of a Frustrated Blogger

Need more blog traffic

Where do I start?
I need to work out how to get more blog traffic.

I’ve been following this method for over a week now and I’m not seeing any traffic growth.
How do I get free traffic to my website?
Oops, I just read about another guru who has all the answers. I’ll try that method.

Well if any of these thoughts ring a bell, you are in good company.

Is Anybody Out There?

Many bloggers must wonder after a while if ‘anybody is out there’ to read the priceless post that they have just spend a couple of days researching and writing before publishing.

Along Comes the eBook: My Blog Traffic Sucks

Buy From Amazon

So the points outlined above are among many of the reasons that I wanted to see what was inside “My Blog Traffic Sucks” by Steve Scott.

The part that appealed to me most about Steve’s book, before I even purchased it on Amazon, was the fact that the title of the book indicates that the reader is provided with 8 steps.

Yes 8 simple steps and then it goes on to say “to get 100,000 Blog visitors without working 8 days a week”. The only information lacking in this seductive title is whether or not that is 100,000 visitors in a month, a year or in several years. But it becomes clear from reading the first few pages that this is your “first” 100,000 visitors and it is not tied to any time frame.

8 Steps to Boost Blog Traffic

The idea of steps that can be followed appealed to me because as mentioned above, when you read some of the fantastic blog posts that are out there on traffic generation, or indeed whole blogs dedicated to the topic, you are often left floundering and wondering where to start.

And if you do start, where do you go next?  It’s a little like going to a smorgasbord banquet and all of sudden losing your appetite because you see too much food in front of you.

My Blog Traffic Sucks! 8 Simple Steps to Get 100,000 Blog Visitors without Working 8 Days a Week

So having made the purchase, I am now studying it in great detail to see if it can live up to its title.

It does come with a free eBook download as a bonus. Of course this requires that you provide an email address, which will mean that I am now on another email list. But that’s fair enough; it’s actually smart marketing and I will always have the option to unsubscribe further down the track if need be.

As it turns out, having merely glanced at the free download, there appears to be a lot of good ideas in its 99 pages. Plus I like the style of formatting used for the pdf.

Aspects That Impressed Me About ‘My Blog Traffic Sucks’

I complied this list as I worked my way through the book. Actually ‘worked my way through’ is a misnomer because it is not a laborious read at all. You can finish it in a couple of hours but you might want to take notes as you go or use the highlighter in your Kindle Reader.

  • The advice is based on Steve’s own experience as a blogger.
  • Rather than getting “this technique works” I am getting “this technique works and here is how to implement it”.
  • It is a step-by-step blueprint for how to get traffic to your blog.
  • It encourages the work-hard ethic but not every hour of the day.
  • He provides a step-by-step plan that you can follow each week.
  • He makes a lot of sense out of the Pareto principle, assuming that most of the readers probably have another job and are trying to blog in their spare time.
  • It avoids the ‘get rich quick scheme’ hype.
  • It has some good ideas regarding when and how to share the work of others.
  • I particularly like the stats that Steve is able to provide that are based on his own experiences, stats such as what you can expect from Stumble Upon traffic.

Aspects That I Didn’t Like

  • There were a couple of sample sites that I wouldn’t have linked out to.

My Verdict

I have always done a LOT of website analysis but I learned many good ideas that I hadn’t even thought of with respect to tracking my website traffic.

I really like the knowledge that Steve passes on about which social media platforms have worked best for him.

I also like the 14 action items at the end of the book which provide a good recap while making sure that you have an action plan to get started with.

I am very pleased with my purchase!!

>>> Get  My Blog Traffic Sucks! from Amazon <<<

Your Say on How to Get More Blog Traffic

Which books have helped you the most when trying to figure out how to get traffic to your site?

Which blogs have impressed you most with their ideas on increasing blog traffic? I’ve definitely come across some real gems but they can be the focus of a future post.

Update: Since publishing this post, I have indeed written another post highlighting some of these true gems. You can read about them here.

Which bloggers in particular have provided you with great ideas on how to get more traffic to your blog?

Let’s know what you think.

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Cartoon image of blogger: created by Glenys Grob
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