The Massive Guide to Getting Massive Traffic

hungry for traffic

Growing a blog takes time. It takes consistent sharing of great content for months and months on end. Usually, it takes most people about two years to get big.

This means that your growth is slow and steady just as the traffic coming to your site is slow and steady. While that strategy will work, it’s always nice to get a huge jump in traffic every once in awhile.

Would you like to know how to do that? Then study and apply the following online marketing tactics.

Tactic #1: Write ultimate guides

Over at KISSmetrics we create a lot of ultimate guides as I do at Quick Sprout too.

kissmetrics guides

These are great tools for generating traffic since people like to share them via the social media, so I wanted to share with you the tips for creating your own, based on an article by Kristi Hines called Creating Ultimate Guides and Using Them to Build Your Marketing List.

Here are the tips to your first ultimate guide:

  1. Subscribe to hundreds of blogs in your field – Get to know what is going on in your industry, wait for that single piece of eye-opening information that no one has blogged about and then create an ultimate guide.
  2. Read posts on your topic – Once you have an idea about an ultimate guide, see if there are any others out there. If there are, how can you make yours different? Can you combine some of the current guides to make an ultimate guide?
  3. Provide a ton of screenshots – Even if the topic behind your ultimate guide is pretty basic, provide screenshots. The visuals break up the content and help people scroll through it. If the topic is complex, then do screen shots of the steps.
  4. Present case studies – An ultimate guide comes alive when you share real life examples. People tend to believe what you are saying when you have credible examples.

Once you’ve written the guide, your next step is to promote it.

If you don’t have that big of an audience, then you may want to offer to share it on a popular blog. This is exactly what the authors of the Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies did with their Ultimate Guide to Facebook Marketing at Copyblogger.

Once traffic dies down, the nice thing about your ultimate guide is that you can then turn it into a free download.

Tactic #2: Get covered in big media without spending a dime

A few years ago, I interviewed Chris Winfield of Blue Glass on public relations and on how he got tons of press in big media like the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the New York Times.

The thing you have to know is that Chris didn’t spend a dime on that type of attention. Fortunately, you can repeat his success with these proven steps:

  • Understand your message – Knowing who you are and what your business stands for is your first crucial step. When you know your message, then you can target trade publications in that industry.
  • Create a list – Pull up an Excel spreadsheet and start filling it with magazines, websites, blogs, trade journals and newspapers you’d like to appear in. In the column beside each entry, type in the reporter who covers that field.
  • Collect contact info – Sometimes you can find contact info like an email address in the article. Grab it! If nothing is available in the article, follow the link to the author’s page. If that’s not available, then you will have to Google the autor’s name, search LinkedIn or simply call the organization.
  • Connect with the reporter – Email them when you read an article you liked and let them know that you’ve been reading them for awhile. If they email back, offer to help them in whatever way you can.
  • Pitch reporters with ideas – When news breaks in your industry, send the reporter your angle of the story. Keep it short and to the point. If they accept your content, send them a bio.
  • Go above and beyond – After your phone call, make sure you email them additional information: act like their assistant in collecting research and data about the story.
  • Get out of your office – Don’t forget to attend networking events, parties and press conferences. Talk to as many reporters as you can. Be friendly and not pushy. Get to know them and understand what they need in order to write their stories.

Building a relationship with a reporter as an indispensible resource will lead to more introductions and leads. So, be persistent and become the person everyone wants to interview.

When you finally get a break, and a reporter writes a story using you as a source, then you’ll get that massive boost in traffic that you’ve been hoping for!

Tactic #3: Suck in traffic with egobait

Egobait is a pretty simple concept: offer a reward to people who accomplish a certain challenge. If they win, they get to show off to the world.

In other words, this technique appeals to their vanity.

For example, Write to Done runs an annual top ten best writing blogs award. Those who win get to display a badge that declares they are one of the best. Of course, that badge drives traffic back to Write to Done.

write to done

Social Media Examiner does the same thing with their top ten social media blogs as does Advertising Age’s Power 150 List.

ad age power 150

Even the social media tool Klout appeals to people’s vanity by showing them how influential they are in the social media world.

The disadvantage of this technique is that it is not going to work unless you have some authority in the space. If you don’t and you create an egobait badge, then nobody will care.

You first have to develop a loyal following through consistent publication of practical and persuasive content. Then, you have to offer your badge year after year until it gains a following.

Tactic #4: Create a stampede of visitors with StumbleUpon Paid Discovery

StumbleUpon can drive some massive traffic to your site if you create a piece of content that goes viral on the site.

However, that’s not easy to do because it’s sort of a guessing game on what will go viral. Plus, you have to know some serious StumbleUpon users to help your content spread.

It can happen, but it takes time. If you don’t have time, you can always speed up the process with Paid Discovery.

A Paid Discovery campaign is broken down into 5 steps:

  1. Choose a plan – You’ve got three options. Make sure you choose the middle or expensive one. The lower end plan doesn’t work too well.
  2. Enter the URL – Drop in the web address of the page you want Stumblers to stumble and visit. You can track this with a Google Analytics utm_parameter.
  3. Choose topics – You have 10 topics to choose from. If you can’t choose, you can let StumbleUpon choose for you. You can also do a split campaign based upon topics.
  4. Choose your audience – Next, choose who your audience will be based upon demographics like gender, income and location.
  5. Set your budget – You can find your way to the front page of StumbleUpon with a priority placement, but that comes at a premium price. Or just set a daily spend limit and generate as many leads as you can afford.
  6. Schedule – You have two basic options: let the ad run as soon as it is approved or schedule to launch it at a predetermined time. Scheduling will allow you to create multiple campaigns at once.
  7. Add funds – Your last step is to pay for your campaign, and you can do that inside your StumbleUpon dashboard.

If you want to optimize your content, select “Manual Targeting” before you submit content to see the most popular categories. Then experiment with your content to see pulls the best response.

Tactic #5: Going viral on Tumblr to drive traffic

Tumblr is great for meme-based content like goofy pictures of cats that look like Ron Swanson or a combination of the teachings of an old theologian and Justin Bieber to get Reinhold Beiber.

justin beiber

Strike the right combination on Tumblr, and you will create a meme that could get you some serious traffic. The other way to go viral on Tumblr is to publish a long post.

That may sound totally wrong for a site like Tumblr, but let me explain.

When people who are flying through Tumblr come to a post that is four times as long as normal, they are going to pause and look.

Then, you’ve got them.

The trick to making either technique work is to have links back to your site. Perhaps this means you share a long post on Tumblr but link back to your site, where you share even more details and data.

For the meme, the link back to your site could send the readers to a gallery of your other stuff. Either way, you’ll get massive traffic.

Tactic #6: Timing your Reddit submissions and buying traffic

Reddit is a huge site getting huge numbers of page views. Back in December of 2011, they got a total of 2 billion.

reddit traffic

That means you can post content on Reddit and drive a boatload of traffic to your site. Naturally, you have to create great content, but when you share that content is just as important.

Studies have shown that before 5 PM EST is the best time.

But studies have also shown that other things affect your ranking on your submissions on Reddit. These include whether you shared an older story versus a new one or how quickly you get your first 100 upvotes.

If it takes you 10 hours, then your post will not appear as high on the front page than if you had gotten those 100 upvotes in the first hour.

Here is a chart to explain…

reddit vote hours

What’s interesting is that the first 10 upvotes matter just as much as the next 100. And those 100 matter just as much as the next 1,000…

reddit up down votes

Keep in mind that controversial stories don’t really work as well on Reddit as you might think. The reason for it is that a post with many upvotes and downvotes doesn’t rank as high as a post that got proportionately more upvotes than downvotes. In theory, a submission with 1,000 upvotes and downvotes will not rank as high as a post with 750 upvotes and 250 downvotes.

reddit vote ratio

Another element that affects your Reddit rankings is how many comments people leave. The more comments, the more weight that post will get. This means you need to use these strategies to generate more comments.

And just like StumbleUpon, Reddit also offers a way to buy traffic on Reddit.

reddit paid

There are two ways in which you can do this: buy an ad that shows up across all of Reddit or buy an ad that targets specific sub-Reddits.

This approach can drive a lot of traffic since you are targeting a highly-engaged segment.

Tactic #7: Leverage Pinterest like a power user

The image-driven new social media powerhouse known as Pinterest can also provide you with massive traffic. But you have to know how to get people to pin images of your content and products from your website and blog.

Here are 6 techniques that are tried-and-true methods for creating a flood of visits using Pinterest.

  1. Formatting photos – First of all, your blog should be set up to allow people to share content on Pinterest. This means having a simple Pinterest button on your site. However, have you ever considered whether your photos are even going to work on Pinterest? You can check by going to this page and replacing your URL with “”. That little test will help you see what people might see on Pinterest. If your photos are not optimized, then use these great tips on optimizing images for Pinterest.
  2. Put messages on your images – You probably put a lot of effort into writing great content, but do you do the same with your images? To get people to pin these images, share a great message about your content on your featured image like this one from a blog post title from Complex Style. You can use tools like Pixlr, FotoFlexer and Gimp 2.6 to create these messages.
  3. Daily theme board – If you want to take the text-based message image idea into overdrive, then create a board in your Pinterest account that is based on a theme. Sevenly has done this very well with their Daily Inspirational board.
  4. Run contests and giveaways – Do a simple search for “giveaway” on Pinterest, and you will see that contests are very popular. The reason they are popular is because of their ability to stir up traffic. Create a contest where people have to go to your site to enter, and you’ll get that spike that you’ve been dreaming of.
  5. Share pics of people, animals and cool technology – Since Pinterest is hugely visual, images of people and animals work really, really well. GE has created an account with boards that show off their bad-ass machines and that are full of photos of trains, airplanes and huge turbines. The U.S. Central Command has done a really great job of humanizing its institution with a board called Interesting and one on its military dogs.
  6. Follow the golden rule – This one is simple and basic…if you want people to pin and share your pins, then you need to do the same. You need to develop relationships with targeted users and share their stuff. The karma will come back to you…I promise.

Tactic #8: Write a high-quality guest post

One of the hottest and easiest ways to give your traffic a significant bump is to write a guest article for a popular blog.

Easier said than done, of course.

Your first step is to build a relationship with the blog’s owner. Fortunately, with social media, connecting with these bloggers is pretty easy.

  • You can contact them on Twitter and comment on their site. When tweeting their stuff, make sure you are using their Twitter handle so they know what you are doing.
  • Then head over to their blog and leave high-quality comment on posts.
  • Get introduced by another guest writer. Contact one of the writers who has published on this popular blog and ask them for an introduction. That will give you credibility when contacting the blog owner.
  • Meet them face-to-face. I love it when people come up to me during conferences and strike up a conversation. They are usually readers of Quick Sprout like Alex Mangini or Doina Oncel. After hearing their story, I’ll either usually write about them or give them the opportunity to write.

Once you have that connection with the blog owner, make sure you take care of it. Make yourself available to do things that they need done. Maybe it’s providing them with content they are missing, or maybe it’s putting a series of articles together they can package as a book.

Now, let me give you a few tips on creating a guest post that will actually knock them out and create a stream of leads to your site.

So, writing a popular guest blog post goes like this:

  • Use simple words – You want people to be able to read and understand quickly what you are writing about, especially if it is about a complex topic. So, write at a 5th grade level.
  • Write advanced how-to blog posts – Once you have your topic, sit down and write out all the steps to accomplishing your stated goal. Then revise, working in greater and greater detail.
  • Links – Put plenty of internal and external links into your post. Bloggers love this. Ali Luke did a great job with her Copywriting Essentials from A-Z post.
  • Create a conversation – Ask questions throughout your post that invite readers to think about and respond to what you are saying.
  • Prove you are the authority – Fill your post with research and statistics that prove your point and show readers that you are an expert on this information.
  • Create powerful headlines – Finally, concentrate on generating some truly persuasive headlines. This is by far the most important feature, so work hard at it! I know you can!

Okay, that will help you create a great article, but you’re not done yet. You want to catch all those leads you drive to your site, right? Then do this:

  1. Use 3-sentence formula for your byline – Your byline is the bio on your guest piece. To make it truly compelling and concise, answer these three questions: Who are you? What do you do and for whom? What’s the call to action?
  2. Create a landing page – Next, the links in your byline should drive traffic to a landing page that is designed for that audience and is tied to the topic of your guest post.
  3. Write a killer headline – Your landing page headline should address that blog audience. For example, if you wrote a quest post for Quick Sprout, you might write a headline like this: “Quick Sprout Readers, Get This Free and Exclusive Report on Traffic Boosting Secrets Today.”
  4. Write killer copy – Of course, you have to write clear, concise and compelling copy if you want people to read what you wrote.
  5. Add a call to action above the fold – Make sure you add a clear call-to-action button above the fold on your landing page. Do not bury it below the fold or your conversion will sink.
  6. Add a short video on the landing page ­– This Eye View Digital study has shown that you can skyrocket conversions simply by adding a short video to your landing page…by almost 80%. Now, that’s huge!
  7. Do not request a lot of information – The minimum amount of information that you need is an email address. If you can live with that, then don’t ask for anything more. If you want to, ask for a name. Asking for any more than that will drive down conversions.
  8. Use social proof – A great landing page needs social proof. This includes things like endorsements, number of clients, subscriber counts and social media followers.
  9. Don’t forget the design – A well-designed site will always convert better than a site with poor design. No ifs, ands or buts. If you can’t do it yourself, hire someone.
  10. Test – Obviously, this won’t be the first and last time you write a guest post. A good strategy involves writing dozens a year. That means you need to test with each one…maximizing your conversions each time!

Tactic #9: How even an average infographic can get you 10,000 impressions

People love infographics because they make complex ideas simple and visual. Several years ago, GOOD magazine used them effectively to grow their magazine. Some of their most popular ones are The Almighty Dollar and Drugged Culture.

drug infographic

LinkedIn also created a really sweet example of an effective infographic with their 100 Million professionals. And The Oatmeal’s 15ish Things Worth Knowing About Coffee uses humor to show you the history of coffee.

The great thing about infographics is that even an average infographic can give you a nice boost in traffic. Why? Other bloggers want a simple way to give their readers content, so when they are offered the ability to embed an infographic into their site, they jump on it.

This means that by conservative estimates, you might get five people embedding your infographic. If they have an average of 500 subscribers, it’s like getting in front of 2,500 people. But if 100 blogs embed it with different sizes and subscriber numbers, then hold onto your servers!

That kind of attention is also likely to catch the eye of people like Mashable, who have a huge audience, which would amount to a huge score for you.


I get really excited just talking about all of these tactics that can drive traffic to your site because they are the tactics that anybody can use, and they work!

As I’ve tried to show you throughout this article, they’ve been used by people effectively. I’ve used them for myself as well as for our sites at Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics.

What other ways do you know of that can help people drive a lot of traffic to their sites?


  1. Every time, I read a post … I have to create a to do list out of all the great information. Basically, the conclusion i’ve come to is that I only need to do a few things really well and consistently and that your posts always go above and beyond.

    • Martin, you took the words right out of my mouth! As soon as I started reading, I also opened a text doc to record the many things to be done, not to mention opened practically all of the links in another tab.

      The only downside is that it looks like there’s a *lot* of work to be done to get that reporter to write about you, or to write like an expert on your topic.

      • Google, Facebook, StumbleUpon etc etc are just mediums of traffic. The core remains the same: Delve deep into your niche, and come up with the best content.

        The problem is, everyone says what to do once you develop good content.

        But no one says ‘How’ to develop good content!!

      • It’s a ton of work, but it is worth it in the long run.

    • That is pretty much what it takes, consistency, quality and not taking on too much at a time.

    • Haha exactly right! I’m using Wunderlist to-do list just because I had too many to do 😛 Still overwhelming occasionally on what’s the right way to go.

  2. Amir @ Blue Mile Media :

    Great post. I’m in the process of setting up the blog for my business and this has a lot of great information. I think #1 is one of the best ways. Personally I always find myself going back to the KISSmetrics blog because it has the 101/ultimate guides for almost everything pertaining to internet marketing.


  3. Neil,

    Great article as usual. What are your thoughts on using an advertising platform like Retargeter to generate more traffic to a blog?

  4. I run a fairly new blog for startup entrepreneurs and small business owners called Sprout Geek.

    Last week, I wrote an article on how to boost the happiness level of a Facebook Page and after a few comments on some influencers’ Facebook Page, blogs and tweets, I sent them an email asking for their feedback on the post.

    It turned out that they like the article a lot and decided to feature it on their Facebook Page and even newsletters. I got my spike and I’m now in the process of coming up with another killer article. 😉

  5. Hi Neil,
    Another fantastic ebook sorry I mean post, 🙂 you certainly deliver quality useful content. Some very useful tips here, many I didn’t know so this is another post that will be bookmarked and re read many times, and another one to be shared.

  6. This post is amazing, and chocked full of some awesome ideas to implement! Thanks for taking the time to put this together Neil!

  7. Awesome Post.

    For Tactic #1, is this something you could outsource? Basically give someone the “Tactic” you just created, and tell them to follow that and start creating “ultimate” guides for our market?

    Or do you think that would be a little far-fetched for something of this quality?

    • Yes off course you can outsource it.. but only thing you need to consider is, you hire a writer who is expert in that field. (affiliate marketing, for example)

    • Thanks Derek,

      You can certainly outsource #1. Just be careful when picking who you outsource it to. You want to make sure the guide is accurate.

  8. Kevin Woodberry :

    Good compilation article with some great infographics to illustrate your points. Finding the time to write long informative posts is a constant struggle for me and most small business owners I would suspect.

  9. eranda @ learn forex trading :

    once again, a brilliant article. I will try to check the effectiveness of Ego-bait by running a top 10 blog list in my industry. and as a redditter, couldn’t agree more about what it can do to your traffic. Waiting for your next email..

  10. I love this post. Full of gold mine’s here. I’ve tested Press Release last week and it works, it drives enormous traffic and quality traffic to my site. Awesome job!

  11. Insiya Hussain :

    Spectacular post, Neil. Am a long-time fan and you blew it out of the water with this one. Love how everything is always neatly summarized and totally actionable.


  12. First of all great article once again…I am glad you pointed out that creating a successful takes time. Many people expect to see great results after about 15 post…it takes more than that.

    • I read somewhere that when you think about launching a blog, you must have 100 posts in draft before going public.

      Is it true that more posts = more traffic? Because I have also seen people who start making huge traffic from the first blog post itself. I guess they may be having a good platform already.

      What do you think, Marc?

    • Thank you Marc, it does take time and patience to reach success.

  13. Neil, out of curiosity, how long does it take you to write such an inclusive blog post?

    It seems like you’ve been doing years of research to come up with all of these links and examples!

  14. Writing guest posts may be easy for you, Neal! If I search in Google for “inurl:author/neilpatel” then I may get tons of reputed blogs in which you write guest posts.

    When I wrote a guest post for hell bound bloggers, I had pretty bad experience. The whole post was used by him to promote his own blog’s pages and I could get only one link back to my blog, darssh.

    I agree that Guest posts are good.. and a good way to generate traffic, but can you please tell me how do I find blogs where I can submit my valuable guest posts?


    • Hey Darshan,

      Below I have provided you with links to older post that provide tips that should help you find where to submit your guest post.

      Why You Ought to Build an Online Brand Through Guest Blogging and Not Just Chase SEO Tricks

      How to Build Links Through Guest Blogging

      The Marketer’s Guide to Blogging

  15. Neil,

    Your content is not just excellent. It is beyond, over the top, out of this world superb and amazing!!! 🙂

  16. New Way to Earn Revenue Online :

    Thanks for these great tips!
    Here are some of new traffic getting tips like Pinterest, Tumblr, infographics! I should definitely pay close attention to them and also Stumbleupon paid discovery and Reddit!

  17. Hi Neil, thank you for all the valuable information on Quick Sprout all these while. They are really awesome stuffs. Appreciate.

  18. Neil, This is a great article (as always!). I especially love the Pinterest tip. But I don’t see anything here about using Facebook to drive traffic to your blog. Any Facebook tips you can share?

    • Hey Andreea, I have linked to older post below that discuss using FB and other social sites to increase traffic.

      The Marketer’s Guide to the New Facebook Pages

      10 Ways to Get More Traffic, Attention and Higher Rankings Through Social Sharing

  19. Miki Vicioso @ My Learning Process :

    Great post Neil! Loved the Reddit information. I will be doing some tests with some of my sites, we will see if I can get that content up on the main page.

  20. Joseph @ SEO Goa India :

    One must remember that any content that we create has to be useful, original and something lots of people want to read like the posts in this blog

  21. Dexter Abraham - MyNoteTakingNerd :


    Wow!!! That’s all I can say.

    I just went through a program I paid $299 for this past weekend and didn’t get what I just got out of the 20 minute read here. (both on traffic)

    So thanks.

    I’m a big believer in EPIC Content like your creating here.

    We live in a world where everyone is trying to game the system and get ahead of the Google Monster.

    But the real key to traffic and fans is content that keeps them coming back and spreading the word.


  22. So many good tips. I need to take some hours off just to read again your article and adapt your suggestions to my business. So many things i have never heard about. There is so much better way to bring traffic other being a slave of SEO!

  23. Interesting tips as usual…my rule is to be active and sticky to every blogs related to your niche, especially the best ones that have already a huge traffic daily

  24. Reddit is an great source to drive traffic as i got some experience on it Thanks for adding it up on your list

  25. Hi Neil

    Your post itself is a great example of an article that will automatically attract links…content + images + resource links = a post that wil be shared and shared again.

    We spend a lot of time on really wordy posts but it is obvious that we don’t use enough images or external links like you have done here.

    Even if our content is better (if we were comparing apples with apples) yours LOOKS better and that is key I think.

  26. Mihai @ Celebrity Wallpapers :

    Hi Neil,

    Really great post with a lot of useful information. I haven’t tried yet the strategy with infographics, but I will do for sure …I was really impressed by how many shares the Oatmeal infographics has

    • Hey Mihai,

      When you try it out also refer to one of my older post I have linked to below. It should help. 🙂

      5 Ways to Get Your Infographic to Go Viral

  27. I love the first picture, restaurant menu, neat.

  28. Brian Anderson :

    This post is full of gold nuggets. Tactic #7 alone is worth many readings for me. I have been learning Pinterest and this is the type of advice I needed. Thank you for the great information.

    • Thanks Brian,

      If you are still learning about Pinterest, check out my older post it should help.

      The Marketer’s Guide to Pinterest

  29. Jill @Beeworks Philippines :

    Neil, I like your site also your articles. They are very informative. I’ve actually subscribed to your list. Great content! I am always learning something every time I read your article. Cheers!

  30. Hi Neil!

    Excellent post and tips and I really love reading the article and learned few new things from here.

    I was just curious that if we do all the tips you have mentioned above and can managed to jumped huge number of traffic in a month than previous don’t you think that google didn’t hurt your site through penguin update?

    • In most cases yes, but not always. Just because you got hit with an update doesn’t mean your traffic can’t go up again.

  31. nice post Neil
    please can i have your email address??

  32. Mirko Ceselkoski at :

    I have already printed this article…Pinterest is my 4th source of traffic for my fashion blog. Stumbleupon is sending some crazy traffic, I’m using it and practicing all the tips and advices from your stumbleupon article:

  33. The basic rule are: Make your site look good, have quality content and have a user friendly site = instant success

  34. Forgot to say thanks to this article, hence it is very informative and useful!

  35. Neil forgot to mention one tip keep sharing valuable post and adding friends will help to build the community

  36. David - Boundless Opportunities :

    Hey Neil,

    As always 10 years worth of knowledge squeezed in one post. This should be a course not just an ebook. Thanks for sharing, I may have to comeback a couple of times to this one to remind myself of all these tips.

  37. The time factor is something many bloggers forget. I’ve been at this since May 2012, and it always helps to see articles like this reinforcing the spirit of patience – and to just keep producing quality, helpful content. Every mountain climbed needed a great journey to get there! Awesome post, Neil! Very inspiring.

  38. my site isn’t based around a blog but does have a blog on the site so i have regular content update. I am car detailing service so finding blogs in this industry to comment on is very difficult or to guest blog on. My site is relatively new so i am trying to increase traffic to increase my page rank. Do you have any suggestions

    • Other than the tips above, here is an older post that should help.

      10 Ways to Get More Traffic, Attention and Higher Rankings Through Social Sharing

  39. Wow. Great post. I had no clue the power of Reddit and the Paid Discovery on Stumble Upon. I am excited to check into them and see what they can do for us!

  40. Thanks for the article. I am attempting to start up a proofreading website myself but I didn’t realise how much SEO was needed. This is very useful.

  41. Kelsey @ Auction Hunters :

    I think writing “ultimate guides” can really help you establish credibility and exposure in the field.

  42. Great post! The “long post” on tumblr is an awesome tactic! Not just adding a bunch of photos, but also including attention grabbing text helps it become more effective at getting the viewer to see your point or go in the direction you intend to lead them.

  43. Deepa@make money online :

    Hi Neil so far I have tried only Stumbleupon to drive traffic for my blog, thanks for your guidance about tumblr and reddit I will try it for sure…

  44. These steps are all so important, and probably the most important is the first one, writing ultimate guides. High quality and the highest quality content will always be found and promoted, and using these tools, especially those of social media can really jump start and help the process !!!!

  45. Hey Neil,

    This post goes along so well with the “75 Tips to Manage Your Social Media Efforts in 2012” post.

    Participating and making a name for yourself in communities, blogs and forums where you niche is, can send you a lot of steady targeted traffic.

  46. These are very natural but more concrete way of generating traffic.

    I have to say the best part is the one for Attracting big media.

    I have personally tried these and they are efffective. I would like to add one point here:

    Always talk and recommend to “Big People” in your circles about the “Media” people. People like loyalty and specially when they know you are doing good great personal branding for them.

    For example,
    I always connect my clients (Who are Big People) to my friends of the press for Interviews,reviews,expert opinion,etc… Its a Win -Win for all.

    But I am blessed to be friends with some very nice people.

  47. eMarketing Coach :

    I like how you also included Pinterest on this list. I will definitely have a closer look at the optimisation techniques you recommend about it.

  48. Haha what about suing a big company like google 😛 then getting covered by media and boom 😛 u are already getting huge amount of traffic lol 🙂

  49. Wow – I cant believe i read ALL of that! Great ideas – i’ve just released an iPhone app that is unique as it gives away cash prizes but the marketing side of things is tough on a small budget. I will definitely try a few of these techniques. Cheers

  50. Online Mastering :

    these graphics you use for all of your posts, the header graphics i mean…do you have these made by graphic designers? they’re always very nice and perfect for the topic.

  51. As usual, great Post Neil.. It’s a full of great ideas to implement.. I just loved the tips for Reddit and Pinterest. Tips #9 about Inforgraphic strategy is really cool, will definitely apply it on my website..

    • They should work out well for you. You just have to keep at it though as it doesn’t always work on the first pass.

  52. Hey Neil,

    Nice post, but those tactics do not really works for me.
    I tried to drive massive traffic to this post:
    and I failed. Can you please take a look and advice something really good.

    I know you can =)

  53. Great tips here, infographs and high quality pictures can really bring a lot of high quality traffic, fast 🙂

  54. Thank you again – do you have any suggestions on cool tools to make infographics? This looks like a good way to take available data and statistics to make an impact.

  55. property dealers noida :

    another great article to boost your website traffic!

  56. Traffic strategies are always wonderful to read, but implementing takes lots of effort and days and night. Thanks for the tips.

  57. Hi Neil. Do you think it’s wise to use paid traffic like adwords and solo ads to drive my site’s traffic? Since organic SEO might take some times and it will took me slower to monetize my blog.


  58. Hi,
    This is really excellent post and tips . I really love reading the article and learned few new things from here.
    Thanks for the sharing Neil.

  59. Web design company :


    Excellent post. This is what every one wants. Every one wants massive traffic on his website and i think SEO is the best way to get quality traffic.

    Thank you

  60. This is a massive guide in true sense. and this is the fact that every one wants quality traffic on his website, and SEO is the best way indeed.

    Thanks neil for your instructions.


  61. How about using traffic exchange?

  62. hey neil, thanks for the massive guide!
    i’m slowly using some of them, but i think it’s harder for me to use reddit and stumbleupon as my site is not fully in english.

    by the way, great post as always 🙂

  63. Nice guide!!!

  64. Hi!,,,,,,,,,,,

    Hello!,,,,,,This post is amazing, and chocked full of some awesome ideas to implement! Thanks for taking the time to put this together Neil!


  65. Paul - Apollo Nutraceutical :

    Hey Neil

    I am now looking forward to creating our own “Massive Guide to ______ ” (something yet to be decided).

    I have to say reading your articles has shown me that SEO is not dead, buts its more alive then it ever has been, and instead of focusing on negative aspects of Google’s constant algorithm changes ( which have reduced our sites ranks quite drastically) to start embracing the social aspect of SEO instead of focusing on ways to “trick” or “manipulate” search engines.

    Your articles are breathing new life into our companies future strategies and I am excited about trying them out ( which is a big deal, as normally I don’t particularly enjoy creating content)

    Thank you


  66. I can hardly believe that such well-designed blogs exist.

  67. Truly epic post, Neil.

    I bookmarked this post a while back, and that was a big part of the reason for my returning to your site to search of other great content.

    Definitely a great source for people wishing to have a broad range of ideas to put to work for leveraging more traffic to their sites..

  68. James George :

    Okay Neil, hands down, I learned more from this one post about driving traffic to a website than I have learned from 20+ other sites put together. I own a site called Creative Beacon, where I write quality design tutorials. My articles have always been good, and I try my best to help people and offer incentives, etc., but my site hasn’t grown like I wanted it to. I figured that I must be approaching this all wrong, and after reading this one post, I had to break out the composition book and takes notes. That’s how much I learned- from one post! I have been reading other posts on your site as well, but I had to come back and comment on this post. You have done an EXCELLENT job, and with the information that you have provided, I hope to turn my sites situation around quickly. Thank you for all of your hard work! As a fellow blogger, I know how much work goes into a post.

    • James, I try to find all of the information out there and present it in an easy to read way. Glad you found it helpful. Thanks for reading!

  69. Thank you very much for precious advices. Neil, maybe you’ll smile now but I’m really curious about a small detail:

    You said that “A Paid Discovery campaign is broken down into 5 steps” but there are 7 steps told. 😛

    Was it a kind of trick about people’s attention, or just an unimportant mistake?..

  70. Vivek Bhatt :

    Always awesome! 😉 Thank you for providing tips. other than this I like the way you write , it make me read like anything 😉 superb post!! Will try to implement those tricks on my blog. thank you Neil

  71. Hello Neil !
    This is a nice guide. well , Egobait is a new term to me. i really liked its meaning which is “offer a reward to people who accomplish a certain challenge”. I am sure that this would be useful for all of us. Because it’s a solid technique man.

    • Stan, I am all about rewarding those who achieve things which seem insurmountable. It’s all about encouraging growth 🙂

  72. Hi Everybody,

    I have just started to do my research on the web and honestly I feel completely overwhelmed by so many self pronounced TOP entrepreneurs that I don´t know who to believe and what to think anymore. Some of them make you believe you badly need them (like DEA, SFM or BIM), but I am not sure I really DO need them to start.

    I already learned that I need a good product (in my case I supose I have to find a high ticket one as I do not have the luxury en time to develop one of my own), I need a good automated system to back up and support my sales activities, built a list and I need to generate traffic. Please don´t laugh at me if I am wrong (but please feel free to correct me), I am a completely newbie in this matter.

    I don´t wan´t to earn millions and millions (well I DO want so later on), for the moment I´m just trying to save my home. I have only 25 days left to come up with a 2.000 € to get the bank of my back for a little time. I know I can do it, I just need somebody to help me to select my mentor. I will dedicate myself 200% to this business. Promise, I won´t let you down………

    I think starting with the Quick Sprout Traffic System of Neil Patel would be a excellent idea, as he seems to be very good as his work, but I am so afraid of spending my last money to a course that maybe isn´t what I need being a compleet dummie in this business. I am afraid that all the stuff he´s talking about is to complicated to me, and I only can spend my last money once. If I fail I´ll loose everything……..

    Can anybody give me a helping hand and please inform me about how I can get started asap. Does anybody knows a good mentor? PLEASE..??

    Sorry to bother you all with my problems, but I really need some help.

    Kind regards,


  73. The higher than mentioned factors ar truely useful in increasing the traffic to any web site.I don’t suppose there’s any road technique that may increase traffic.Time issue extremely matters plenty.By adopting the higher than strategies and with some quantity of your time,a website will increase its ranking simply.Thanks for providing nice article.i hope you may post such article in future conjointly.

    • Kishore, great points. I think timing is essential and matters when you are trying to build traffic to any site. Glad you found the article helpful. Thanks for reading!

  74. I knew about you very few months ago & Currently i am one of the fig fan about your post, content & clarifications.

    Really i have no words for these type of materials !!! Awesome…

    • Prem, glad you are finding the posts helpful. I look forward to hearing more from you. Please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime!

  75. One of the best blog articles I have read in a while explaining in details about any newcomer to this industry. Very clever.

  76. Adrian Lucernas :

    Useful points, Targeting too many niches in your blog create huge pain. You won’t be able to deliver it nicely, however if you focus on one niche then you can easily do market research and come up with solutions that your targeted audience is searching for.

  77. Afrasiab Ali Khan :

    great guide! i really like you guide and your great tips for generating website traffic, thank you very much for this and it really helped me a lot to understand about generating website traffic.

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  80. Michael Hussy :

    Awesome guides Neil. Thanks a lot for such a stuff.

  81. As usual, very detailed. I will take it bit by bit. I’m starting of with reddit and guest post.

  82. Blog Lecturer :

    Neil Patel, after reading most of your post, especially this particular post, i then registered my domain and start blogging. And now all i can say is ‘wow, Neil Patel is the key to blogging’

    I applied most of your method and now my new 1 month blog is doing just too well.. Thanks you sire.

  83. Everyone wants to get fame and traffic in the marketing profession which is not an easy task and it takes time approximately may be 2 or more years. Here you present 9 tactics or strategies to complete this mission and these are very useful.

  84. Christo Fouche :

    Hey Neil, Thanks for the comprehensive article. You mentioned that a blog can take up to two years to become big. What would you say is the optimum number of times I should write a blog post?

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