7 Little Changes That’ll Make A Big Difference To Your Traffic Generation

Traffic GenerationIs Search Engine Optimization (SEO) your thing for traffic generation?

What about social media? Or do you prefer your traffic to come direct to you?

Whichever way you chose to generate traffic to your site, once a visitor gets there, you need to make sure you have everything in place to get them coming back for more as well as their friends!

There are a few things you should consider doing to make that more likely.

Let’s look at each of them in more detail.

Be Yourself

If there’s anything I’ve learnt about blogging that I need to pass on, then this is it!

Your visitors need to know you are a real person and that you’re not trying to imitate someone else’s style.

They need to understand who you are and what you’re about.

To be yourself sounds like an easy thing to do but when you start blogging, you might find it’s more difficult than you think.

Write in a conversational way as if you’re chatting with your readers.

That will make it easier for them to get to know you and relate to you.

Ask Questions

To start and continue the conversation in the comments section, ask questions of your visitors in your posts.

Make sure you have something in place to tell anyone who leaves a comment when you or other people have responded to their comment.

I use the Reply Me function of CommentLuv Premium to do just that. Ask more questions in your comments and your visitors will more than likely come back and respond.

When you’re sharing your post on social media, asking a question can also generate more traffic to your post.

Be Professional

You should always be professional on your blog.

Whether it’s dealing with readers’ comments, creating a great website design or making sure you proofread your blog posts, your visitors will respect you more if you do things in a professional way.

Try not to use slang or jargon and don’t make silly grammatical or spelling errors.

Making your blog look great and easy to navigate will make sure you don’t put your visitors off coming back again!

Have An Opinion

There’s nothing worse than sitting on the fence.

You should have an opinion on what you’re writing about, particularly if it’s about a controversial subject.

A controversial stance can drive traffic to your blog but be ready for opposing opinions in your comments section.

Remember to back up your opinion with plenty of facts and statistics though.

Always treat anyone who has an opposing opinion with respect even if you totally disagree with them!

Be Patient

Traffic generation is unlikely to happen over night. You need to give it time.

Don’t start a blog and get fed up with it after a couple of weeks because it can take months to generate any kind of traffic to your blog.

Have patience and be proactive in promoting your posts.

It’s wise not to rely on any one type of traffic.

Consider blog commenting as a way to get referral traffic to your blog.

You could also use Triberr to bring social media traffic and other services such as JustRetweet or Empire Avenue to generate interest.

Be Consistent

The general consensus is that the more often you post to your blog the more traffic it will generate.

That’s all well and good but you might not be able to post as often as you’d like.

What you do really need to do though is be consistent.

Be consistent when you post, how often you post, the niche you write about, the quality of your posts.

Consistency is more likely to bring return visitors to your blog.

Be Helpful

Isn’t this the point of blogging in the first place for most of us – being helpful?

It can be something we forget about though in the effort to monetize a blog.

Being helpful is one of the most important things that will bring more traffic to your blog.

Why? Because most people searching on Google are looking for a solution to a problem.

If you can give them the solution then you become more of a trusted source.

You’ll become the go to person and are much more likely to attract more customers and sales.

What Do You Do For Traffic Generation?

Do you do these sort of things to get more traffic?

Are there any other little changes you can think of that would make a big difference to traffic generation?

Please let me know in the comments section below!

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  • Adrienne

    There we go Tim, thanks for checking that on this post. Definitely can’t have comments closed now.

    I agree with everything you said here. When I started blogging it was more about keywords and being found in the search engines. It wasn’t as much about comments or communities. Tribes did start to form on the social networks eventually where they would start commenting on people’s posts and get it more attention. I never joined any of those because I didn’t think what I had to share was that great.

    Over the years though as we’ve all noticed, the way of blogging has changed. It’s always been about quality content but since Google was indexing even spammy posts we weren’t always given that impression that’s what it was all about.

    We all want traffic to our blogs but we want traffic that wants to stick around and continue to come back for more and not a pop in and pop out reader. Everything that you’ve covered here can make our blogs more appealing and our posts more enjoyable I believe. I know it’s worked for me. ;-)

    Thank you Tim for sharing these tips and I for one know they work.


    • Tim Bonner

      I was wondering why I wasn’t getting any comments on the post Adrienne!

      I had no idea I’d turned off comments and I’m still not sure how it happened.

      Ah well. These things happen but I’m grateful to you for pointing it out to me as no-one else did!

      It’s becoming more and more difficult to know what the search engines are looking for.

      But since quality is a big thing for Google now with Hummingbird, all we can do is write the best stuff we can.

      Following my 7 tips can only help with that. I know some people are scared of being themselves on their blog.

      I also know some people who don’t share their opinions.

      To me, both of those are hugely important if you want to generate more traffic – not only that but repeat traffic!

      I know these are all things you’ve had great success with Adrienne.

      I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this.

  • Sylviane Nuccio

    Hi Tim,

    Those are great points.

    Asking questions in our reply to comment is a great idea and one I probably don’t use nearly enough. Thanks for the needed reminder.

    It’s very important that we make sure to be ourselves as this will most definitely attract more people. People need to feel a human connection.

    Traffic is always something we are after and at times it can be a bit depressing when things don’t happen as fast as we want to, so patience is needed, indeed.

    • Tim Bonner

      Sometimes questions don’t always arise Sylviane but it’s something I try and do regularly.

      It does help to keep the conversation going and for other people to join in!

      On my travels, I visit a lot of blogs where I find authors to be very wooden and have no personality.

      I can’t say that I return to those very often even if they visit my blog religiously.

      Should we feel compelled to visit other blogs if they don’t inspire us? I used to but now I don’t. What do you reckon?

      That said, I’ve not had much time to visit any blogs just recently because of family commitments but I’m almost back on track now!

      I’m still trying to figure out what I want to get from this blog but patience has definitely been the key to build traffic here.

      I can be so much more patient since I’m now earning money from my potty training site!

  • Donna Merrill

    Hi Tim,

    Being patient is key to any business. If one expects to get rich quick, they are living in a fantasy world. It’s common sense!

    Being ourselves is the most important thing we can do. Never underestimate people. They can spot when people are not being themselves. We all have intuition lol. But when we are ourselves and tell it like it is we are more appealing. We all have a unique quality so go with it.

    Actually, I use all of the above and traffic comes in. But I must say that going the extra mile does help. I try to visit a few new blogs every week and comment, share, and connect on their social sites.

    I think that commenting is a very strong point when getting traffic. Even on social sites! I believe that we have to put our best foot forward first, and then see who comes into our space.

    Well, that’s my two cents!


    • Tim Bonner

      I think that the problem with blogging Donna is that many people still expect to come into it and make loads of money over night.

      I see quite a lot of “gurus” and “mentors” promoting their wonder courses to the blogosphere.

      In reality though, these courses usually involve promoting the “mentors” products and will lead to nothing more than frustration for the buyer.

      Blogging really isn’t easy, is it? It’s hard work and needs our hard work to get things moving.

      That’s when many people just stop blogging because they haven’t realised their expectations.

      If they only knew they should just be themselves and get out into the community then things might start to click into place!

      I agree that blog commenting can really help. I don’t do it so much as I used to but I try and still do it from time to time.

      At least as a way to support the community of other bloggers out there and meet the many interesting people out there.

  • Mark

    Tim: You have a totally smoking hot blog sir! Found you while uploading my latest post to my Google plus account. Glad to have discovered your expertise! Will plus this post & join your list too!

    And definitely agree with two of your main incites about proactively engaging your readers by asking thought provoking, provocative questions.

    For whatever reasons, it just seems to work like a charm. And consistently sharing your expertise with your target audience via your blog,is not only a proven low cost way to educate and market to your target audience.

    But it’s also a fabulous way to network,cross promote and JV with other non competitive savvy entrepreneurs as well! Well written & definitely bookmarked your site and will be returning far more often! Thanks!

    • Tim Bonner

      Thank you Mark. I appreciate your kind words!

      I think asking questions is a great way to get repeat traffic but also to get to know your readers a little better.

      I’ve made a lot of friends from blogging and being part of a community like this certainly helps to keep motivation high.

      This blog will eventually evolve into a way to offer products and services. I’m still working on in what form they will be.

      At the moment though, I’m concentrating on making a passive income from my niche sites as well.

      Whilst I’m doing that, I’ll still always maintain this blog and of course my email list!

  • Glenn Shepherd

    Hi Tim,

    All good points you make here, buddy.

    I think one that I don’t do enough of is asking questions in my comments threads. I’ll try to do that some more.

    I think patience is a very, very important point. So many people give up long before their blog’s been given the chance to really stretch its legs. Add to that their failure to implement a lot of the other points you mentioned and it doesn’t contribute to a good, successful blog. If they would just exercise patience then they may find that, as the learn, they would implement the other points and end up having a much more successful blog. Plus, as we learn and grow, our perceptions, approach, strategy and intentions can all change, which can have an enormous impact on our blog. But without patience none of that can come to fruition.

    Thanks for the great post, Tim. I hope you’re keeping well, buddy.


    • Tim Bonner

      Asking questions is always a good one to keep the conversation going Glenn.

      I don’t always do it either. It depends on the circumstance.

      It certainly brings people back though, so long as you have a way to notify them of your response!

      Patience is definitely one of the key fundamentals of blogging.

      Making money is often the biggest draw and the biggest failure for people.

      If I’d not kept up with this blog, I wouldn’t have thought about niche blogging.

      I’ve now started to make a steady income from that, or at least enough to cover my online expenses and a small profit!

      I agree that we will change out perceptions and approach as we learn.

      We’ll find our own voice and we’ll find we have more to offer in terms of products and services.

      Most people don’t find a monetary success from just blogging!

  • Geri Richmond

    Hi Tim,

    I have to agree with everything you said and especially with the BE YOURSELF point.
    Unless you are truthful and honest in the business world, your business won’t grow.

    People have to know the REAL you and they have to know that you can be trusted.

    I ask questions, but, not all the time. It’s a great way to get the conversation going and keep it going. The problem I see is that everyone is pressed for time.

    I don’t always get an answer to my question, but, at least I know I’m putting myself out there.

    Thanks Tim for sharing your thoughts and tips. I appreciate it.


    • Tim Bonner

      Trust is a big thing in business, isn’t it Geri?

      If you break someone’s trust then you’re unlikely to ever get it back.

      So the way we convey ourselves to others is so important.

      I don’t ask questions all the time either Geri. It does all depend on context.

      Great that we’re doing it though and giving people the opportunity to continue the conversation.

      They may not come back every time but it certainly helps to continue the relationship in many cases.

  • Amiti

    Great tips Tim! They are really simple and easy to implement, yet I think we all might forget one or two of them here and there. My two favorites that I would recommend to anyone would be to ask questions and be helpful.

    • Tim Bonner

      Thanks Amiti.

      I agree. Sometimes we need to be reminded of the basics when it comes to getting traffic to your blog or website.

      Being helpful and asking questions are some of the best ways to get repeat visits.

      I like those two as well :-).

  • Adam Dukes

    Tim, these are all spot on. As I read each one, I nodded my head agreeing to them. “Have an Opinion” is an important one. Take a stance and like you said, prepare to debate with stats/facts.

    “Be Patient” Huh? I want instant traffic now. It takes a time to build a following and it is a TON of work writing a blog. Not only the writing, but the promoting, networking with others, commenting, responding to comments, sending out emails, finding images. It’s work, but I have a lot of fun with it.

    “Be Yourself” This one is great. I use animated GIFs in some of my posts to add some humor (or I like to think so) in my posts. I also have a “this will take you x mins and xx seconds to read” at the top of each post. Anything to differentiate myself.

    Again, love all these, Tim! Great post and thanks for sharing!

    • Tim Bonner

      Thanks Adam

      I like the idea of having an indication of how long it will take to read a post at the top.

      I’ve seen that on Triberr but not didn’t think about doing that on my own blog.

      Do you time yourself reading the post to get an indication of how long it takes?

      • Adam Dukes

        Hey Tim!

        No, I recently came across an article on Forbes where it says the average person reads 300 words/min. I link to that post in the opening call out box.

        • Tim Bonner

          That’s a good way to do it Adam.

          I really like it!