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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. Thanks for the article – I social bookmarked you at: http://www.tutable.com

  2. I think why people come to popular web or blog is the contain. your blog have many good contain thats why people intrest to come and come again to your blog, .nice tips!

  3. Hey Darren,

    where can I get a list of all your blogs? Your truly natural approach at SEM’s and Organic placement is AWESOME! I fully understand your direction and feel your direct and on target!



  4. SimpleTags looks very interesting. I have heard of it but never actually tried it out. But now thanks to this post, I am checking it out!


  5. Simple yet very effective ways to drive free traffic to your sites. Thanks for the informative article sir.

  6. Natural search engine placement is based on many facets of your inbound links and how traffic finds your site.

    Again, Darren is on target!

    Thanks D


  7. Nice article very good suggestion i implemented some of them found good result

  8. This is exactly what people need to be doing. There are so many top quality sites out there that the owners have put so much work into but most people never find them. If only they would put a fraction of their effort into building their traffic.

  9. Trying out the SimpleTag plugin now :)
    Nice post! Thanks.

  10. Great posting. I have been having some issues with getting readers to notice my site (http://www.realfreelancelife) but I am going to go and try the technorati tags trick and see how things work.

  11. I always find that blatant self promotion works best :)

  12. I will learn from this web site and def bookmark this one

  13. Great article i have implemented this in my blog and gets very much traffic to my blog

  14. Currently i have engineersguide.webnode.com site and i am using this stratergy now so i hope it will work

  15. Getting more traffic is hard task . It takes constant work and patience .


    with all the reading you have done, it is time for you to become the expert in your niche and write about what you have learned. I did the same thing for a long time, however kept good notes along the way, and introduced things like Darren has discussed here.

    Be the grease in the Wheel,


  17. This is amazing – this was originally written in 2005, with maybe a few updates (maybe?) the information is still very useful. I just want to say thank you for the advise. I just started my third blog (first two were unsuccessful) and really want this one to work. I implemented your advise and will post back with results. Thanks again!


  18. whats the best way to write a title tag…should i include my company name in the title tags?


  19. Does tagging make that big of an impact? Well I’m going to try it out and see how it goes and I am glad that you never gave in to your website. You can support me and check in my website and see if this tagging thing is working for me and perhaps wish me good luck. http://marketopinions.blogspot.com/

  20. I just started my own blog. Currently, I have no traffic. I’m going to try some of your suggestions. Thanks for the tips.

  21. I can totally relate to with your story of getting started. It definitely takes persistent to make money online.

    In your situation it sounds like you did the old “turn lemons into lemonade”. Good stuff.

  22. I have just started to be active blogging, I had been with a blog fragmented for the last one year without posing and knowing tips on how to increase my traffic

  23. I stumbled on this site in my bid to find a solution to my blogging issue as well as learn how to drive traffic to my blog and also make money blogging.
    Your humble and honest advice will be really appreciated aside tips gotten from this site.
    Thanks and God Bless.

  24. I came across your site, when I was very much confused about my blogging. I started blogging for the last one year, but only now i started it doing in a full-fledge. Your tips would be really useful to me. Thank you a lot.

  25. Wow! This is a great article about web traffic. People need good information about Web Traffic. Thanks!

  26. Here’s my problem, I’ve done all of that and my traffic still hasn’t gone up very much. What do you do in the case of following all the advice to no avail?


  27. Awesome and very encouraging. I guess I just have to work harder on my blogs to increase the 10s to a few hundred visits daily (much like yours when you started) to the 1000s a day mark (much like yours after you tweaked it).

    Thanks again!

  28. I already wrote a comment but I forgot to say something.

    I wanted to add one more thing to your list and that is;

    Always search for what others are doing, because there is always some people out there who does something different which might work better.

  29. Excellent post about how to increase you traffic to your website. Thanks I will put it into action right away :). Getting more traffic to your site in the end of the day not that difficult, you just need to work more!

  30. Thank you for all your help, i followed some of your advise and got a big jump in traffic, i advise as many people as possible to have a look at this blog.

  31. Great article, I’ve implemented 2 of the 3 steps.

  32. Sounds like some useful advice. You’ve really got to be able to think outside of the box in these lean times

  33. Great tips! The FeedBurner headline animator is also really cool to use in e-mails, as a sig.

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom, I need all that I can get!

  34. Great article! People need good information about Web Traffic. Thanks!

  35. Thanks! Actually, the only one that I hadn’t yet done was the Technorati one. I’ll have to see how this helps. I just did it and I’m really excited to see what this brings. Thanks again!

  36. Thanks! I’ll have to see how this helps. I just did it and I’m really excited to see what this brings. Thanks again!

  37. Very basic steps, I am thinking if they can really increase that much traffic. Anyway, thank you very much

  38. This is a great post of how some real simple measures can make a huge difference. I have noticed a huge increase from my blog with another simple method..social networking

  39. Thanks so much! Our traffic has increased tenfold in just one week!!

  40. Hi thanks for the tips. Even i use Technorati to get good results . I suggest every one to use it. I appreciate you for writing the use of Technorati so that every one can be benefited by Technorati.

  41. Great tips. I will try them out when my blog is launched later this month.

  42. Great tips! I am using them now hopefully they work for me! I’ll post results here in 30 days. Thanks again for being such a great help!

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  44. Great tips, this subject definitely comes up a lot in my line of work and I’m always interested in learning new things. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Thank you for sharing these tips. I’m always interested in learning about keywords and SEO. I’ll definitely try everything you mention.

  46. Great help to doubled the website traffic, will try on few blog and website, hope can doubled the my traffic

  47. It seemed to me that Adrian knew his stuff but after opening the PC Doctor, I know he knows his stuff! I too use technorati and I think it should be par ‘for the course’ these days. Feedburner is also a must. Not sure I want to experiemnet with Google sand-box though…LOL

  48. Can’t wait to see the results from trying these steps.. I am hoping to turn in the numbers with some improvements to my traffic strategies.

  49. Plan to put these tips into action. Let me see what I come up with and share it with you folks. Thanks for sharing this info.

  50. Thank you for the information. I have just installed simpletags on my blog..

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