“How do I increase traffic to my blog?”

Hey, I got a poll on the sidebar. Are you going to boycott Google?”

Before you get giddy over the prospect of making money blogging and start counting your chicken before the eggs hatch, let me give you the bad news. You cannot make money blogging.

I have received quite a few emails and also comments asking me how they can make money. These come from folks who just started blogging for a few days. I usually am not able to get around to reply their emails and comments. So, let me pay back by giving you the very, very basic steps. I had probably written some related posts before but if I am too lazy to dig up the archives, I bet new comers will be lazy as well. So, here goes….

STEP ONE – Write, write and write and submit blog to be indexed by search engines

Start writing, keep your blog filled with at least two weeks worth of posts before you go to step two. If you have not given up after two weeks and if you have already filled at least 14 posts, then, you are ready to go to step two. But before that, submit your blog to be indexed by the search engines. Again, I am not going to teach you where to go. Just Google ‘submit URL (insert Yahoo, or MSN or Google). You will be able to find the links. Don’t fall for those ‘Free site submission to 1,000 search engines’. Those are bull craps. They will spam you to death.

STEP TWO – Put a stat counter to track traffic

Instal a stat counter. You can get it free from a few sites. I stick with Sitemeter and other bloggers like StatCounter. I am not giving links to their sites. Just Google it! Let me warn you, it is very depressing to see the stats. It may kill your ambition to be a problogger.

STEP THREE – Ping and pimp

Ping your blogs. What is ping? It is like pimping. Showing off your blog. There are many places to ping. But you know what? Those big names hardly drive any traffic to you. So, the safest is to find some crappy ones near your city/town/country. I live in a small country so we have only a couple. Start small. Google for blog aggregator or blog ping or some keywords like that and insert your country/city name.

STEP FOUR – Read others blogs, comments and stick around

I hope you have had read enough blogs before you start blogging? You probably have some regular blogs you visit. And if you want the extra lead, you should have commented in some blogs. Remember, commenting is the best way to help you to find some blogging peers. Try some famous blogs in your location. How about my personal blog? *blush* Why find a personal blog? Because people will not see you as a competition. Say if you are writing about SEO and you go to some famous tech/SEO blogs, the other readers/bloggers probably see you noobs not worthy of their time or you are their competitor. So, start with some general blogs. Show genuine interests or you will be doomed for life for being a comment whore.

STEP FIVE – Be part of the community, join forum etc

Join forum, discussion board and anything that allows you to drop your URL.

STEP SIX – Watch your blog traffic like a hawk, analyse

Start getting obsessed with your stat counter. Look if you have any visitors. Search where they come from. And when you first get your very first organic traffic, then, celebrate.

Between Step One to Step Six, it may take you at least 3 months before you eventually realise you love blogging. You have gotten the spirit of it, you like what you are reading and you enjoy writing to share with others.

When you are absolutely sure you have what it takes, then only you start thinking of the money from blogging. Then, you may want to join some ads program to make you money. Sign up with Google Adsense. *scratch nose, blink eyes, fidgets*

Along the way, you may be the lucky ones where some bloggers with much more traffic quote you. The trick to get notice is to link them. Then, if you find something they write inspiring or something, write about them (but don’t carry balls too openly, people hates that!) and link to their post. If you are lucky, you can get a trackback on their blog and their blog visitors will visit your site.

There are more tricks to come. All the above are what I adopt whenever I start a new domain and they work for my blogs so far. So, stick around and remember to add me to your RSS.

Post Author: lilian

25 thoughts on ““How do I increase traffic to my blog?”


    (November 19, 2007 - 1:51 am)

    Nice post for anyone who are rushing to make money from their blog

    Novice SEO

    (November 19, 2007 - 2:10 am)

    Thanks for the tips on traffic generation. I have been stuck about 40 on my RSS Subscribers and I really would like to see that number be at 200 by the first of the year. I have started commenting more but probably need to follow some of your steps.

    Thanks again ……. eric dytzel aka NoviceSEO


    (November 19, 2007 - 2:43 am)

    This is what I’m going to promote my blog with backlink to my blog.tq


    (November 19, 2007 - 2:59 am)

    STEP SEVEN – ‘Spam’ your friends about your blog

    Word-of-mouth is a powerful tool (“,)

    Lim Ee Chia

    (November 19, 2007 - 3:22 am)

    its really cool to let everyone know bout how to make money through blogging. Thanx.


    (November 19, 2007 - 3:25 am)

    Link me, link me…. click here and link link link link me. I’m hot, i’m geng, i’m everything you wish your gf is like. Dont wait…. just link me and add me to your RSS


    (November 19, 2007 - 7:25 am)

    Nobody notice me until I join FRENZRSS.
    Try it for yourself.
    Now I got 1000 -1500 visitors a day.


    (November 19, 2007 - 10:53 am)

    An informative steps for me as a new blogger.. Thanks for the info.

    Andrew Ooi

    (November 19, 2007 - 10:57 am)

    Getting linked in by some high traffic blog also helps. I got this one link from andybeard.eu (funny name) and the referrals hits doubled my traffic. I know it’s only temporary but it was fun anyway.


    (November 19, 2007 - 11:23 am)

    The most effective way probably would be commenting, not only they would reply but also it’s a good chance to get networking with them


    (November 19, 2007 - 12:44 pm)

    yeah, you might as well learn how to get traffic from search engine using SEO
    more traffic = more money


    (November 19, 2007 - 1:01 pm)

    The most effective way is through commenting. By leaving quality comment on other people posts, their readers will click your link and go to your posts. For blogger which want to encourage readers to take part commenting, they should install Top Commentators plaugin. I have an article regarding this, feel free to read about it. (http://blog.techsnack.net/why-i-install-top-commentators-plugin)


    (November 19, 2007 - 1:38 pm)

    What you wrote here is totally true. Alot of friends and family have been asking me how to earn money. I’ve had my share of incomes from the internet with my projects that runs donkey years.

    Its not as easy as setting up a blog today and earning thousands tomorrow. Every blog is special in its own way, it thus will attract certain groups of readers. So the more visitors that reads your blog, the more chances they click the ad banners and the better they sign up under our account.


    (November 19, 2007 - 1:50 pm)

    That’s very good advice. Although, I have reversed the process by signing up for adsense the first thing when I started blogging. Haha….thinking of making money ma….


    (November 19, 2007 - 2:44 pm)

    chatterbox – It’s find to put a big of ads there but usually, it won’t make any money and if over did it, may drive visitors away.

    sherizan – Ya,it is real hard work, which many people won’t want to see. They think of easy money only.

    dicky – Ya, that’s a good plugin but I had deactivated it to avoid empty talk. I cannot stand those. LOL.

    ipohchai – Don’t talk cock, can? I am writing this for those just starting a blog. Who are you trying to impress with the word SEO?

    edward – But commenting can get tedious as well. Cos you can only comment that many, and if comments are left with no sincerity, those veteran bloggers (like me) will find it an annoyance. Hehehe.

    andrew – AndyBeard is one of my favourite blog. I had written about Andy many months back.


    (November 19, 2007 - 2:45 pm)

    samm – I charge you for pimping on my blog. LOL.


    (November 19, 2007 - 2:52 pm)

    wow my comment was approved within minutes! see fellas, this is what i call dedication. I used to remember alot of scams out there like 12dailypro and such. Now its more legit with adsense, linkworth, nuffnangs, payperpost, etc.

    So, its a good time to quit our jobs and start blogging like our 5xmom here. Maybe Desperate housewives need to introduce a new character like 5xmom who blogs about the things that happened in Mysteria lane.

    And this website is the best place to start if you wish to learn the traits. I’ve already introduced a couple of friends to your blog, hmmm maybe you should start your own making money company by affiliations. hehe.. ok maybe i am getting carried away.


    (November 19, 2007 - 9:05 pm)

    Nice blog. I think i could use them too for my blog. thanks for the help.


    (November 19, 2007 - 10:10 pm)

    That is really true, thank you very much for the advice. The funny thing is, I started register google adsense on my 1st day of blogging and after that wondering why was this $$ number increase verrry slow but after sometime after read some advice from some kind people like you, my blog now
    ( http://jeffrims.blogspot.com ) has get into the correct direction. Thanks again and keep on the advice! :)


    (November 19, 2007 - 11:20 pm)

    I submitted my site to several search engines on my 1st day of blogging, but visitors didn’t come. Finally, after some weeks (4 or so), my site ( http://www.itexperience.net )was finally indexed. I immediately noticed an increase!
    So I guess that’s why you need to wait with the stats-counter :)

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    Ping Ping

    (April 20, 2008 - 12:13 pm)

    hahaha…I went to google for Ping/country and got my own blog instead cause my name is Ping Ping. -.-“


    (June 29, 2008 - 12:10 am)

    this is what i learn from lilian ahyi..I did whatever you teach..my blog traffic really increase by this all method ^^
    Thanks lilian ahyi !!
    But im still weak in analyse..im not sure which keyword shud i stick with..

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