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Three simple actions that doubled my website traffic in 30 days

Posted By Darren Rowse 30th of December 2005 Blog Promotion 0 Comments

The following post on how to increase website traffic was submitted by Adrian W Kingsley-Hughes.

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I started the PC Doctor blog in May of 2005 and for the first few months my traffic was really low – down in the few hundreds of visitors a day. It was pretty depressing I can tell you and there were times when I thought about quitting.  I knew that the site was in the Google ‘sandbox’ and so I either had to keep on plugging at it until it was out or I had to give up.

Fortunately, I decided to keep on posting but in the interim I decided that I was also going to do my utmost to drive traffic to my site manually until Google kicked in. I took a look around at what some of the successful blogs were doing and came up with three tactics that helped to double my website traffic in a month.

  1. First, I made the most of Technorati tags.  I tagged every key word in each of my posts. Initially I did this manually but them I discovered a WordPress plugin called SimpleTags that made the job a whole lot easier. I found that by tagging my post effectively they were getting a lot more attention then their untagged counterparts, and as an added advantage I was getting focused, quality traffic to the site!
  2. I leveraged my existing website.  I’ve been running my business website for a few years and that was getting modest levels of traffic that was relevant to my blog – so why not try to drive some of that to my new blog! I placed a few FeedBurner headline animator blocks on some of my most popular pages and after a day or so I noticed a significant increase in traffic for 5 minutes worth of work on my part.
  3. Finally, I made effective use of trackback links to popular sites. If I commented on a post on another site I would make sure that I set up the appropriate trackback for it. The results from this are varied depending on the site and post that you are linking to but since I liked to comment and interact with the wider blogosphere anyway, it was free traffic!

Using these three simple techniques, I took The PC Doctor blog from a few hundred hits a day into the thousands in less than 30 days. This kept my interest in the site until it came out of the Google sandbox and I started to receiver some serious traffic. However, I’m convinced that these actions I took at the early stages have helped me create a loyal and targeted readership that continues to benefit my blog today.

Further Reading: If finding new traffic for your blog is what you’re interested in – check out 31 Days to Build a Better Blog – a month long set of exercises to help you develop content but also build a well read blog.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. The whole trying to “create” traffic to my website is frustrating!!
    After all, the reason we all have created websites is to create more business, right? However, as a new website, we’re all tossed into the google sandbox until such time that the google gods see it fit that they pull us out. During this time in the box, I suppose one could attempt to create link exchanges with relevant sites, just make sure you don’t exchange with a site that’s considered a “bad neighbor” or your link will count against you (does anybody know how to verify if a site has been classified as a “bad neighbor” by google?)
    Don’t pay to have your link placed on a high page ranking site, ’cause if google finds out, you’ll never get out of “the box”.
    I suppose one could purchase traffic, but how do you know which sites are respectable. Or maybe more importantly, how do you know that the traffic that is being sent is even interested in what you’re offering – what if only 3 out of every 100 sent to your site could even care less?
    So, the way I see it is, as far as google is concerned and right now they are the King, we all will start recieving additional unsolicited traffic when google allows it – or not.
    In any case, I’ll give these ideas a shot, hopefully I’ll get a little boost once I’m let out of the box

  2. Now only if i can figure out how to trackback properly! Sucks that wordpress doesn’t allow plugins. So much for simpletag.

  3. some excellent tips here. i learned a lot about trackbacks. i cant wait to try it!

  4. I honestly had not heard of trackbacks before reading this article – thanks a billion!! I’ll give it a whirl on my blog post haste!
    Thanks for providing all of this great information

  5. I am not sure…. but I want to know just in 3 simple ways…. thanks for sharing

  6. I just started my blog…I will use some of these tips you provided. Thanks!

  7. Does these tags things really help to get traffic . ? i think it my time to try it also

  8. thanks for sharing these tips!
    I’ll definately try them out to increase traffic on my blog.

  9. This is great advice! Thanks for all the great info on here.

  10. Thanks for the tips, we just started our blog less than 3 months old so I am feeling the pain as regards traffic!

  11. Somehow I never get good traffic from Technorati even though I’ve put on the tags. There must be some other tweaks needed

  12. I just started my first blog about a month ago. I’m getting a little frustrated because I haven’t been getting much traffic. I’ve tried just about everything. I’m not going to give up though!

  13. Since it is very difficult to create a high website traffic page, I want to thank you for your great advices.

  14. You wrote this post a while ago yet it still remains so relevant. I am following some of these techniques on BlogStroll and I can already see some results.

  15. hello…I am not sure..only with 3 points above..you can increase traffic in 30 days…. but…..I will try, you need more than it… agtually I need free good ways to increase my web traffic http://www.diabetes.fat-site.com

  16. traffic is good but attracting buyers is the hard part

  17. Tags? How do we implement them actually? I can only write one tag per site on technorati.

    Is it alright?

    And i have just started my blog 3 days ago and i am at #17,001,293 in alexa? What should i do to make it to top 1mil?

    Thank you.

  18. This a great piece of advice, have been trying to improve my blog which is not ranked well, but now some reason for traffic to improve in my site

  19. I have never understood trackbacks, but reading through all the comments to this post has helped me tremendously.


  20. Hi,

    Thanks for the writing, this is really very effective piece of Idea.


  21. Great post ive tried all sorts of traffic but the one that converts for me is at http://www.crawlingthenet.com and nothin else converts so good.

  22. Thanks, My site has recently experienced a drop in page views for some reason. Hopefully your tips will help me revive Technology Current dot com!

  23. hey i need to know about the tags please help me!!!!can u take few moments on my blog and tell me wat to tag on any of the single post so that i can get any idea

  24. I had try the technorati tag plugin, it make live so easy. Already sees some traffic after 72 hours of installing.

  25. Cheers for the tips,

    Don’t think ive taken technorati tips seriously enough in the past – I’m going to look into that plugin you mentioned, hope it works…

  26. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I could stay on your blog for hours.

    Thank you for sharing.

  27. I’m afraid to put my feedburner icon on my website, It a very low number T_T.

  28. That is a very naturally inspirational post for bloggers who are just starting out online to learn and retain knowledge from. I actually am glad I decided to sop on by and read this post…:-)


  29. Hello Mr. Darren Rowse, I’m so grateful I found Problogger thru the blog of my admired personal development blogger Mr. Steve Pavlina.

    I found the above post informative and helpful in my hardwork of driving a good traffic to my blog(http://freebiztraffic-arsenal.blogspot.com).

    From your thoughts one thing that bothered in my mind was about the concept of trackbacks. Because I had never known it before and I have no exact idea how it works.

    Please let me know what it is all about and how I should get started? Thanks!

  30. Great advice Darren. I’ve never harnessed the power of Technorati – but just might have to try now.

  31. Thanks for this quality information.Yes, these are three simple steps that can help you a lot.But the most important factor in my point of view is your content.

  32. I appreciate your open-mindedness in help many to succeed in blogging.As a fresher in blogging,I have a few problems:

    1.i can’t see those tags from technorati.com
    2.i don’t understand what you call feed burners
    3. i don’t know how to use trackbacks

    Please help me out on these.

  33. They are good points, but do they apply across all blog types. Technorati is a very specific beast.

  34. Wow thanks a lot. I guess I should register my other bog to my technorati account. =)

  35. This was an amazing article! I never thought to use Tecnorati with my blogs to Drive Traffc to my Wesbtie – honestly I have to much more reading in order to understand the value of using these but the fact that by implementing this plug in called attention from technorati to his site – this is more than enough reason for me to do it – simple things like these that don’t hurt should be done by all bloggers, doesn’t cost money and it may make you some in the end….

  36. a nice article which help to beginners like me………

  37. Hi,

    It seems that you got lots of visitors in the first weeks (compared to what I get).
    Do you feel that the name of your blog has influenced this fact ?

    best regards,


  38. great tips…..I will try to use three tool above….very useful sharing and I hope following your success…thanks

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  40. Excellent post.
    I never thought displaying the tags has any meaning, always thought it’s annoying for the visitors.

    Learned again something :)


  41. I like the idea of listing tags, but Tecnorati with my blogs to Drive Traffic to my Website is both rewarding and credible.

    Great postings



  42. Hello,

    Ok your post and the replies have convinced me to try social sites for traffic. Even though everybody is saying that social traffic does not convert.

    Two questions: Is this method still valid since 2005? Do you think this strategy will work with a site like http://www.increased-website-traffic.net?

    Thanks for the blog post


  43. Excellent post.
    I never thought displaying the tags has any meaning, always thought it’s annoying for the visitors.

    Thanks for sharing.

    SMS 4 All

  44. The first and last tips are great. The second one doesn’t have much value unless you have another website.

  45. Woww!! It’s 2005’s post when there was no tagging system. Interesting.

  46. Pretty good article. But has anyone really had sucsess from this? I doubt my link will get any traffic.


  47. nice post….
    the backlinks trick is worth to try…

    thanks a lot..

  48. Natural Placement will come from many efforts and practical efforts. I have found link building to be both rewarding with traffic, but have made new Friends in the SEO world….

    Good post,


  49. wow, I liked the tagging tool. thanks a lot for that.

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