5 Ways to Increase Your Pageviews Per Visitor by 23.52%

user experience

Why are you spending all this time and effort to get visitors to your website only to let them leave after the first or second page they see?

It’s much cheaper to get a visitor already on your site to go to another page than it is to attract a new visitor to that page.

Guess what? It’s more valuable too. If a visitor is checking out several pages, chances are they like you. Each post or page they read will increase brand recognition and trust, which will lead to conversions down the line.

If I told you that you could double, triple…or even quadruple the average number of pages viewed by a visitor, wouldn’t you be interested?

Assuming you haven’t spend a ton of time optimizing your user experience (UX), you can see crazy results from a bit of work.

Want to increase your pageviews? Follow these 5 ways to increase your pageviews per visitor by 23.52%.

This post is going to show you the 5 most effective ways to improve your UX, which will lead to an instant boost in page views. 

User experience is not art—it’s science

The thing that prevents website owners from UX optimization is that it sounds like a complicated thing.

It’s something that you might think that only developers understand.

But in reality, it’s pretty simple and requires no specialized knowledge. Sure, getting experience will help you see results faster in the future, but anyone can start improving the UX of their visitors.

First off, what exactly is user experience?

It’s a broad term, which can lead to confusion. The user experience encompasses all parts of how your website’s content affects someone’s visit. It’s best summed up in the Morville honeycomb:

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There are 7 distinct keys to a good user experience:

  1. Useful – your content must accomplish something.
  2. Useable – content should be practical, and tools must work as intended.
  3. Desirable – users need to actually want what you’re offering.
  4. Findable – not only should your original content be findable but your other content should be easily findable as well (good navigation).
  5. Accessible – if visitors can’t access your content (pop-ups, overlays, poor loading, etc.), they won’t have a good experience.
  6. Credible – a user can only have a great experience if they trust what they’re reading/using.
  7. Valuable – your website must accomplish something that people value (essentially an extension of useful).

The 5 ways of improving UX I’m about to show you fall into one of these 7 categories.

A final important thing you need to know is that user experience is unique to each individual.

Sometimes, two sites can make the same change, and the UX on one site will improve but get worse on the other. It depends on your visitors.

What that means for you is that even if you agree with something I show you in this post, test it on your website to see if it’s actually going to be a positive change.

The UX is not an opinion. It should be backed by data from real users.

1. Links are not just for SEO—they’re for users

Too often, site owners make the mistake of making changes and marketing decisions based on how they think search engines will react.

I’ve been guilty of this in the past. Almost everyone has.

When you put a link in an article, it shouldn’t be just because you read that Google rewards content that links out to authority sites. Instead, it should be because it adds value for your visitor.

Have you seen how much I link in my posts on Quick Sprout and NeilPatel.com?

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Of course, it depends on the topic, but typically I have a minimum of 20 links per post. This works out to at least one link per 200 words, but often more.

Why are links good for UX?

  • Links can answer questions: if it’s a really common question, you might write a paragraph on it. But if you think only a minority of your readers might ask it, you can include a link just for them.
  • Links logically lead readers to the next step: when you write something, you must pick a scope (what you’re going to cover). Even if there’s a related topic that’s really interesting, you might not have the space to cover it. Instead, a link can connect the reader to another article, giving them the chance to continue exploring the topic.
  • Links build trust: remember those 7 factors of UX? Credibility was one of them. Links to sources and resources in a data-driven post make readers feel more confident about the information you are providing.

If you include the right links, you can let users customize their own experience, which is always a positive thing.

There’s one more thing we need to talk about…

Should you include internal links or external links: I’ll make this as simple as possible. Always link to the most valuable resource for your visitors, whether it’s on your site or someone else’s.

Note that other articles on your site often hold the most value if they are highly relevant because the reader is already familiar with your work and likes it enough to read the current article.

Internal links have the obvious benefit of increasing the number of pages a visitor will see on your site. A new site won’t have much valuable content to link to, but a site that’s been creating content for years (e.g., Quick Sprout) will have tons of related content that can be linked to in each post.

External links, as I mentioned earlier, might help you appear more trusted to search engines. That’s a small potential benefit.

The real benefit is that if you link to a great resource, your visitor will associate that with you (you just did them a favor). This leads to more trust and more loyal readers. This is why it might not be the best strategy to link to the first resource you find on Google. Dig a bit deeper to find something really valuable.

Finally, remember that each separate link won’t be clicked very frequently (usually 1-10%). But all of those links add up. If you added 10 extra internal links to a post, you’ll likely get an extra 10-20% pageviews on average from a visitor.

That’s a big difference. Imagine going from your regular 10,000 page views per month to 11,000 or 12,000, just from one simple change.

2. Some of your visitors are turtles

My super long posts (5,000 words or so) typically have a ton of pictures.

I include images for a variety of reasons, but mainly to break up content to make it more readable.

I’m only able to do this because most of my blog visitors use a desktop/laptop. Think about it: who has the time to read 5,000 words on a phone’s screen?

The reason I mention this is because mobile and desktop browsing differ not only in screen size but in speed.

Most people using computers can download a few hundred kilobytes or even a few megabytes in less than a second.

The same can’t be said about mobile phones. A survey found that mobile connection speeds ranged from 0.6 Mbps to 9.5 Mbps. Clearly, some mobile users will be able to load your site quickly, but many won’t.

Most phone users accept that their Internet browsing will be a bit slower than normal, but not as much as you might think.

A reported 47% of consumers expect a web page to load in under 2 seconds. But those are desktop users.

Phone users expect pages to load in under 4 seconds, so there’s a bit more leeway. But the average site loads in 9 seconds on mobile, which isn’t even close to good enough.

The real reason this is a problem is that a slow loading page isn’t just annoying—it will turn visitors away from your content. Forty percent of visitors will leave your site if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load (on desktops). You can extrapolate that to 6 seconds for mobile users, which still is less than the average speed of a mobile site.

The problem with page speed tests: Many website owners have already tested their websites for page speed and found no problems. Unfortunately, there’s a flaw with the average page speed tester.

By default, almost all popular page load speed tests (e.g., GTmetrix, Pingdom) use an unthrottle connection. What this does is take connection speed out of the equation and looks solely at the technical side.

Now, that’s important. That’s how you see if you have any major speed issues. The problem is that the page load time you get with such tests only represents a fraction of your users (even if it’s a fairly big chunk).

Consider this: I tested Quick Sprout on GTmetrix with the standard default settings. It passed with flying colors and had a 1.5 second loading time—nice.

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What you can also do is create a free account and then change the connection speed to 3G, which is what a large portion of mobile users are still stuck on (57% of users).

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When I run Quick Sprout through the test again, I get a very different loading speed: 3.3 seconds.

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In this case, my page load time more than doubled, and that’s on a pretty simple page.

If you run this test for other pages, you will often see the load times more than double. This means that narrowly beating that original 2 second limit is not enough.

I’m not going to write a full guide to page speed optimization here, but I will address the most efficient ways to optimize your site for mobile users.

Factor #1 – HTTP requests: One of the main metrics that any page speed tester will show you is the number of HTTP requests made.

An HTTP request is made to get the information for each script, image, CSS file, etc. within the HTML. Each request takes time to process. About 78% of time is spent making HTTP requests when loading a page.

You can speed up your sites by reducing the number of HTTP requests that a browser needs to make.

How do you do this?

The easiest ways is to consolidate CSS files and images as much as possible. It’s not uncommon for a poorly-optimized WordPress theme to have three or more CSS files requested together on the same page. Copy all the CSS files into a single file, and edit out any references to the now deleted files.

Most sites also have the ability to decrease the number of requests by creating CSS sprites. Sprites are image files that contain multiple images inside them. The CSS code tells the browser which image is located where.

Sprites should be made for all images that are called on every page such as navigation images or logos.

To make this easy, use a tool such as Spritepad. Simply drag and drop your images onto the canvas provided. The CSS with location details will be created automatically.

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When you’ve added all your common images, you can download your CSS sprite (at the top) and then call that in your pages instead of multiple separate images.

The above were two quick ways to get rid of several HTTP requests on most websites, but there’s more to it than that. Here’s a slightly more thorough guide for more information.

Factor #2 – Page size: The other main metric measured with a speed tool is the size of the page in bytes. Ideally, your page shouldn’t be more than a few hundred kilobytes (sometimes it’s unavoidable to go over).

If you’re having big page speed issues, you may have to reduce the number of images you use, but there are a few things you can do before then.

First, compress your images. Most image files have useless metadata attached that take up a lot of space. Use a tool like Optimizilla or a WordPress plugin like WP Smush to reduce file size.

Second, use HTTP compression to compress the size of files as they are transferred. The most common form of HTTP compression is GZIP. To use GZIP compression in WordPress, check the GZIP option in the W3 Total Cache plugin.

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Finally, simplify your site as much as possible. Don’t include an excessive sidebar or tons of images in your header. Stick to simple text and HTML as much as possible.

Factor #3 – Hosting and delivery: Even if you do all that technical stuff right, visitors may not be able to load your pages fast if your hosting and delivery sucks.

The hosting part is pretty simple. If you’re paying $5 per month for a shared plan, your site is never going to be very fast. Unless you are just getting started, get on a serious hosting server that is dedicated to your site.

Secondly, I also recommend using a content delivery network (CDN) for static files such as images. This will cost you more, but your website will grow faster, and visitors will convert better, which is worth it. Here’s a guide to choosing a good CDN.

Bonus Tip – trick your users into being more satisfied by dialing up the relevance: When residents in a building complained that waiting times for elevators were excessively long, instead of speeding up the elevators, the building owners gave the residents something that could occupy their time while waiting. The building manager installed mirrors so that the residents could look at themselves while waiting, and the complaints stopped.

While it’s not a perfect analogy, waiting for a page to load could be as frustrating and boring as waiting for an elevator to arrive. Visitors realize that they are sacrificing their time for content. The more they enjoy your content, the less they will mind waiting. I suspect that a large portion of my readers like you would wait longer than 2 seconds for a new blog post to load.

“If users cannot find what they want on a website, they will regard the download time as slower than it actually might be. Conversely, if users do find what they want on a website quickly and easily, they perceive the download time as faster than it actually might be. I have observed these perceptions, consistently, during usability testing for over 10 years.” – Shari Thurow

What does this mean for your site?

It means that including a table of contents to help your visitors find the answers they’re looking for, writing a highly relevant meta description, and highlighting important parts of your post can make your readers feel that it was worth their time to wait for the page to load.

A happy reader is much more likely to click on other links to posts on your site than a frustrated reader.

3. Your message comes first, so eliminate distractions

Your message needs to be front and center, whether it’s on a landing page or a blog post.

It’s what your visitors are there to read. This falls under multiple UX categories but mostly accessibility.

If you make content easily accessible, readers will continue to read. If you make it difficult, many will either leave right away or not be excited to visit another page on your site.

Although sites vary in their designs, there are 3 common sources of distractions that most site have that should be eliminated.

Here’s how to fix them…

Tactic #1 – Minimize or eliminate the sidebar: The sidebar is a neglected element on most blogs. You need to put a lot of thought into what you put into your sidebar, or if you even need one at all.

Medium is currently one of the most popular blogging platforms, renowned for being highly readable. There is no sidebar on a Medium post—just content:

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The no-sidebar layout has zero distraction, so the reader focuses solely on the post.

Others using this layout have been able to increase not only their page views but also their conversion rates by 26-71%.

This can be a good thing, but sometimes you do want to show your readers certain elements of your site every time they visit it even if it might distract them a bit.

If you do continue to use a sidebar, only include the most important information in it such as:

  • opt-in
  • bio
  • links to top posts
  • links to products/service

That’s what I do on my blogs:

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Notice, I don’t have anything flashy in my sidebar. Readers know it’s there, but they can focus on the post content if they aren’t interested in the sidebar information.

Tactic #2 – Think about dropping scrolling elements: This is a tricky one. Having parts of your page that are fixed and scroll down as the user scrolls down can improve conversion rates. But if you go overboard, it will have a negative effect on UX.

You need to test any scrolling element you add. Compare before and after metrics for time on page and pages per visitor to see if it’s worth it.

I use some scrolling elements, but not a lot. See how the top menu scrolls down with the page on NeilPatel.com:

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Alternatively, I have the thin Hello Bar on Quick Sprout.

Notice that in both cases the elements aren’t highly distracting and only take up a small part of the screen.

But when you start adding a scrolling header, a footer, and social sharing buttons or a sidebar, it can get busy fast. A page like this will turn off many readers, no matter how great the content is:

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Tactic #3 – Delay or get rid of pop-ups: Another sensitive subject—pop-ups—are great for improving your email opt-in conversion rate. But they also annoy users, which can lead to a lower number of pages per visitor.

I’ve tried using pop-ups on Quick Sprout in the past and have gotten good results from a conversion standpoint:

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If you’re going to use pop-ups, limit the detrimental effect that they have on your UX.

Don’t have them pop up as the page loads because that’s a sure way to scare off visitors. Instead, wait at least 10 seconds—60 seconds might be better.

The longer you wait before showing your pop-up, the less annoying it is. If a reader has already been reading for 30 seconds to a minute, asking them to close a simple box isn’t too much.

4. Consistency is more important than creativity

In order to be credible, your brand must be consistent.

In order to be usable, your layout and content must be consistent.

When a visitor returns at least a few times to your site, they should know what to expect. If they want to find blog posts, they should be easy to find. If they want to hire you, same thing: getting in touch with you should be easy.

There are two main factors to consider when it comes to consistency and UX.

Factor #1 – Branding and symbols: Your brand is defined by many different things but mainly by your logo and symbols.

When I talk about symbols, I’m talking about things like Google’s hamburger menu:

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This symbol indicates a menu with settings in it across Google products, including Chrome and almost all Android applications. When a Google user is looking for settings, they look for that hamburger menu.

Whatever your product is, you should use the same symbols and terms across all forms of communication: your blog, landing pages, emails, and in the product itself.

Take a look at the branding on Quick Sprout. You start to recognize the logo and color scheme after a while:

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If you go to a landing page, you see the exact same logo and color scheme:

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But imagine if you went from the Quick Sprout blog to a landing page that had a different logo and different color scheme. You’d feel there’s something wrong here and likely close the page—credibility lost.

All your blog posts and site content should look like they belong together.

Finally, you can make it even clearer for your readers if use icons and symbols relevant to their function.

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Icons might stand alone or be incorporated into a picture/link.

For example, if you’re linking to a tool like Quick Sprout in the sidebar, you could include a magnifying glass.

Or, if your blog excerpts say “read more,” like many do, you can include an arrow right after, indicating that there is more to come.

Factor #2 – Style: Style does include a color scheme, but it is more than that. You also need to think about font type, font size, layout, writing tone, etc.

Someone who maintains a consistent style really well is Bernadette Jiwa, a copywriter. She formats her posts the same way she formats her emails (post below):

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The emails have the same colored links, same text size, and same font:

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Being consistent helps your readers know what to expect, which improves their UX, no matter the platform.

If you’re on my email list for any of my blogs, I bet you’ve noticed something about my emails: they’re all laid out exactly the same.

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There’s a link with the anchor text “the latest (site) post” in the opening line.

After that, there’s a standalone link to the post with the title of the post as the anchor text.

Finally, I give you a quick introduction to the post plus another call to action to go read the post.

After a few emails, you’ll pick up on this pattern and know what to expect. This is good for me and you. It’s good for you because you know exactly what to expect and how to get to the content if you want it. It’s good for me because I know that you know (stay with me) that you can get to the new post from any of those links.

What would happen if in some emails I’d include only the first link and in others only the last link? You wouldn’t know what to expect. Sure, a large portion of the readers would still find the link, but others would scroll right by the first one at the top or not see the last one at the bottom.

5. Make important elements BIG

No, I’m not just talking about making opt-ins huge. When say “BIG,” I’m talking about visibility.

In order for content to be as useable as possible, readers need to be able to identify the most important parts easily.

Here’s what I mean: look at any site with a great UX, and there will always be a focal point on any page:

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In this case, it’s an email opt-in box. Although there’s a large picture and menu options, color and size have been used to make the opt-in box stand out.

Here’s another example:

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Unbounce made their sign-up buttons highly visible.

Both of these examples show the power of contrast.

If you want something to stand out from the rest of your web page, give it a drastically different color—it will get attention.

But making things more visible is important for other goals, not just email sign-ups or account creation.

Consider links within your content. These should be really easy to see and easy to click (use).

Some sites hide their links in grey or don’t underline them, thinking that readers will click on the links and never come back. You and I both know that if your content is great, your readers will always come back. Plus, there’s the other benefits discussed in the first section of this article.

On NeilPatel.com, for example, links are displayed as a bright and highly visible orange text. In addition, I use a fairly large text size. Even on mobile devices, links are easily visible and clickable:

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Considering that many of these links lead to other pages on the site, it’s a good thing when visitors are interested in them, so why wouldn’t you want to highlight them?

My orange links are another example of using contrast, just for a different purpose.

You can also make elements stand out by emphasizing them. This can be done by separating them from other elements (add more white space), using a unique font, or using bold or italic effects.

For example, Brian Dean at Backlinko uses a special yellow box to highlight his content upgrades. Plus, he bolds first few words to make them stand out:

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Being able to quickly identify what a user is looking for is a key part of usability. I recommend trying to get some new visitors to your site and tracking their mouse movement with software like Crazy Egg.

By looking at where most of your readers’ attention goes, you can see what naturally stands out to them when they visit a page. Then, you can adjust your elements and test the difference until you achieve the desired effect, e.g., directing your visitors to an opt-in, link, or specific content.

Conclusion

For all the time you spend building traffic, you owe it to yourself to spend more time optimizing the user experience.

If you implement at least a few of the methods in this post, you should be able to raise your pageviews by a large chunk.

If you currently get 10,000 monthly pageviews, what do you think is easier: to get an extra 3,000 visitors or increase the number of pages that an average user visits by 30%?

In most cases, the second option is way easier.

Keep in mind, however, that optimizing UX is not an overnight process. Remember that you need to split test any changes you make and make iterative improvements until you’re giving your visitor exactly what they’re looking for.

I challenge you to continuously think of, test, and evolve your website’s UX as your brand grows.

If you have any questions or can share results from a UX experiment, please leave me a comment below.

Comments

  1. Deepak Rana :

    Good Article Neil Patel bro.This is the 5 best way.I use all 3-4 of them.
    1. I keep testing my blog speed.
    2. I Don’t annoy my readers to subscribe me by subscription popus.
    3. I’m not that consistent ( coz I’m a college student)
    4. I do linking in articles but for readers profit only.

    But I get good response because I focus on quality than quantity.This is reason I’m getting good visitors on my blog http://www.shouterbuzz.com 🙂 THANX

    Good Article

    • Deepak, sounds like you are doing a lot of the right things.

      I think testing is very important and it’s great that it’s #1 on your list. Looking forward to hearing much more from you.

  2. Quick hit … Speed up your site!
    One of the issues you have is JS calls.

    1) Merge all those darn JS files (that’s after stripping the unnecessary ones).
    2) Put the JS at the bottom of the page (just before the closing body element).
    3) Consider using Defer or Async on the JS calls
    That will save you a fair bit of load time, even for mobile users

    • …. and now, back to the main program 😀

      I love how UX is getting a lot of attention of late.
      It’s kind of funny (in a sad way), as many proponents of Usability were utterly ignored for nearly a decade.
      Now, because G is kicking down link networks, people are actually beginning to pay attention to more important (if not as instantly influential) things.

      There is a slightly more encompassing/informative alternative to Morville’s Honeycomb,
      The User Experience Wheel;
      http://userexperienceproject.blogspot.co.uk/2007/04/user-experience-wheel.html
      Where as Morville’s is fairly generic/ambiguous, Revang’s Wheel is far more informative and can aid in identifying areas to examine.

      UX is HUGE.
      It interweaves with every aspect of a site … from design elements (layout, colours, sizing, positioning), through to interface elements (search, navigation, sub-content location), it touches SEO/SEM (wording/phrasing can be influenced, use of semantic structure, sizing of links, load speeds etc.), through to Conversion Rates (funnily enough, the more Usable a site is, the more likely you are to convert).

      The problem is – as with things like XRO – people often do a few little things, and leave it at that.
      Though there are some “best practices”, it really boils down to Knowing what your Users are trying to achieve, and aiding that objective.
      There some generic areas – such as Site Search being obvious, easy to use, informative in response etc., and navigation being clean, clear, comprehensible etc.

      Personally – I find Navigation and Search to be the 2 biggest Functional areas that need addressing on most sites.
      Along side those is Readability of the page (including not only font type and size, nor just line length … but margins/visual breaks and visual clues/CTAs).

      • Rogerson, thanks for sharing your tips they are always extremely helpful. UX is definitely huge — it’s what brings people to your site and wanting more.

        • Technically, UX is not going to bring you “new” traffic, but it will bring them back (along with good content and engagement).

          As a cheeky suggestion – why not do some comparisons between the different JS setups and load times? You could do a nice piece on that (though it does take some fiddling … and depending on the JS and load methods, you may want to look at a JS loader rather than using Asynch/Defer).

          Another tidbit to play with is preloading and prefetching.
          You use a CDN for your images. You could pre-fetch the DNS and speed up the resolution of that Domain whilst the page initialises.
          You can also prefetch resources, like CSS/JS/Images with a link in the head section, using rel=”preload” (the browser see’s that and runs off to get it immediately, out of que – so you can technically grab a hefty file whilst the rest is loading – several CDNs are able to utilise it, (at least 1 have their own system that did similar)).

  3. Ashwin Reddy :

    Awesome Article Neil Sir.Really Liked reading this Article about how to increase page-views per visitor.Thanks Once Again.
    Thanks to you I am growing my site http://www.droidtipstricks.com day by day

  4. Agreed… It is science and like the UI changes 🙂

  5. Greg Strandberg :

    I wish you would take your own advice and get rid of that dang Facebook pop-up when I first come to your site.

  6. Thanks, Neil!

  7. Great guide Neil keep it up !
    i called you but you aren’t responding my call 🙁

  8. As usual, great post!

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    • BloMag, I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for sharing.

    • Aha – a themer!

      * Pounce *

      blomag.envaios.com/html/index.html
      Go view the source.
      Count how many JS files you load up.
      Count how many CSS files you load up.

      Why?

      Why do themers’ insist on refusing to combine files?
      Do you realise how many sites use those themes … and are slower because of them?
      You’re the themer – please – please – please … make your themes “lighter”!

      Combine the resource files.
      (No – it doesn’t matter if some of the JS is barely used – once it’s cached, it’s cached … alternatively, combine the commonly used resources, and then combine the uncommon … and you can have a separate set for Admin resources if the theme is a bit different)

      Nothing personal … but I thought I’d throw it down and hope to get things a little better 😀

      (Good airy and clean looking design … but I’m getting no response from the menu with my keyboard (no reaction to “tab” … you may want to look at including :focus as well as :hover :D)

  9. Jack Knopfler :

    Lots of useful nuggets in this one Neil.

    I particularly like the part about links – it’s amazing how many people include links haphazardly throughout their content without really stopping to consider whether the user will actually benefit from them!

    Jack

  10. Ajaib Singh :

    Great tips for first time bloggers like me. I started my blog http://dopamineyoga.com/ to help people de stress in 5 minutes daily.

    I will keep in mind all your tips to keep readers hooked.

    Thanks a lot.

  11. Hi Neil,

    There is no doubt to the fact that this a great article. However one Question I wanted to put up is, do only homepage load time matter, or your post pages should load quickly too ?

    Thanks for sharing such an awesome article.

  12. Great post as always Neil.

    I’ve been a student of this blog for years and so I do quite a few things mentioned by you, specifically for a client. However, I see a 40-50 percent bounce rate. Is that normal? Also, quite a few hits on the Contact Us page but barely any conversions.

    Are they any ways to find out what’s going wrong there?

    • Vishal, depending on your niche that can be completely normal. You should monitor and track it over time.

  13. Nitin Singh :

    hello,

    What you consider Neil, Shall we also pass links to sites which are really related and be linked from our posts? What’s your opinion on this. Like, linking back to many different sites from our posts and giving dofollow – willn’t it destroy our link juice to those sites and we’ll rank a bit little in search engines?

    Thanks, looking for your opinion.

    • Nitin, you should be mindful and careful where you place links. With that being said — don’t just allow do follows everywhere.

  14. hey Neil your colour psychology just awesome can you help me to get some good and unique colours like you ? unlike colour psychology you chose green rather than blue plz suggest me the some hex color .

    PS : i want to be your student please !!!! 🙂

    • Stephen, I would need more information before I could provide guidance.

      • i know that i have the potential to do blogging, i was brought to blogging by you, for that i need your guidance . you are jus great i wanna learn with you 🙂
        i like your thinking .
        and your style of delivery 🙂 too i want to be successfull
        thanx

  15. Onlinegusto :

    Hey Neil,

    Loved the post, had amazing success with changing the width and having less clutter in my last sidebar from the last post and this will build onto it nicely.

    I’ve started reading you religiously and love opening up your posts (even though i never got accepted as an intern / you as my mentor) but things turned out pretty well anyway.

    Anyway, PLEASE tell me the fullscreen popup/plugin that shows up before I can enter the page, not the form.. The form is cool though but i don’t have the loyalty of my users like you so it will just piss them off, but I need facebook likes and that full page thing would work like a bomb.

    Kind regards,
    Matt

    • Looking in the source code – I see no direct inclusion of that overlay.
      Looking at the JS, I see no inline reference.
      What I do see is a resource request to Bounce Exchange … and they include an “exit” detector (I get the overlay when I go to leave),
      so my guess is that Neil’s using a 3rd party provider?
      (I admit, it could be a home-rolled solution – but I stop looking after seeing Bounce Exchange)

      A simple version can be made relatively easily if you have any knowledge of html/css/js (or jquery) – that includes triggering on page load, outbound links (even movements in a direct line to the top right (exit detection :D)).
      If you fancy a go, and want some examples, try Googling things like “page overlay jquery” or “page overlay on exit” etc.

      • Thanks for your detailed reply. I found it second time round coming into the blog post to check comment replies.

        Thanks again 🙂

    • It’s hellobar.com

  16. yet another terrific read Neil, regarding the sidebar, would it be a distraction to put some of your popular posts there?, thx

  17. Farcas Gelu Danut :

    I love this post, Neil.
    Sorry for offtopic: is possible to disable HelloBar (HelloBar blocked all my page)?

    • Farcas, I would go into the settings and see what may have been changed or went wrong.

    • That’s a page overlay.
      IT’s a popup window in an effort to convert readers to f acebook followers.
      There is a big X in the corner – clicking that will close the popup (showing the page behind it).

      From a usability/accesibility point, it’s a little poor.
      [Esc] doesn’t close it for me,
      and there is no clear link to say “close”,
      nor is there a timer.

      (Neil, don’t suppose you are monitoring stats and seeing how many people are bouncing because of this? And if this is 3rd party – I suggest you ask them for the accessible version :D)

      • Would love to know feedback to this question. ^^^

        Im desperately trying to grow my FB page likes and this seemed like a good option. I was using another popup, but from my heatmap out of 2000 visitors, none clicked on any of my “become a fan” buttons.

        I did read the last post about how you targeted for the health blog and im going to test a English 2nd language speaker country that have a high concentration in my niche as well as Facebook Custom Audience Pixel and see which brings the best result.

        But I will give the hello bar a try. I dont think it will irritate my users but with the escape or close function not being very obvious it may deter visitors.

        Tests will tell.

  18. Hi Neil,

    Great article. By the way, could you show the result for the poll? I was craving for the results as I took the poll and a simple “thank you” isn’t what I need.

    Thanks

  19. Rahul Sharma :

    Hi Neil,

    Another wonderful post for new bloggers.
    I am searching techniques for increase blog visitors or page views. I am grateful to reading your blog. Hopefully all techniques are helpful for my new blog.

    Thank You,

    Have a nice day!

    @AMRahulSharma

  20. Thanks neil for always give us great idea and i want to ask about external links that will affect my site ranking positive or negative if i put links to another sites inside article

    also for links about down article that source of article

    thanks again

  21. anurag chatap :

    great post , nice to read such informative containt . thanks a lot for sharing with us .

  22. Great article again 🙂 but It will only help me when I will have visitors. google doesn’t love my site at all. He only likes Big websites. One question, If we get backlinks from .edu and .gov website that not related to our niche, it will harm authority? And Backlink for Nutrition and health sites are hard to get they doesn’t allow comment option. if possible please mention your backlink strategy in your next 100k challenge article.. Thankyou (x

  23. thank’s neil your post is very help us to me, this is a great article i’m looking for

  24. Alecia Stringer :

    Good ideas to stand out!

  25. Nice post Neil, In my website I have problem about visit as well as Page views. but Not I got some idea and trick increase Page views . you give us 5 best way about traffic building.. Thanks a lot sharing this article for my website.

    Thanks
    Webleonz

  26. Great info Neil. Looking forward to increasing my pageviews.

  27. hey really that’s a informative post Neil sir I used to test my site speed and linking thank you

  28. Thanks Neil! I got my answers!

  29. Rajkaran Singh :

    Hi Neil,
    Thanks for the useful tips. I was trying to solve the page speed issue. But now I will fix this. Thanks again

  30. Sorry to say but that facebook like box popup is too anoying & main thing is that it cover whole screen.

  31. Theodore Nwangene :

    You’ve said it all Neil,
    Giving your visitors a great user experience is really very essential.

    If they’re not satisfied with what they see on your site, they’ll simple leave and will probably not come again.

    I’ve noticed how you link to your inner pages on every blog post you publish and that’s one of the things I want to start implementing on my site.

    But, how do you usually figure out which of your posts to link to? Do you just search your blog for related and relevant articles? Just wondering because I know you have lots of posts already and must have forgotten some.

    A very good post as always. Thanks for sharing.

    • Theodore, does your blog not have a Category or Tag system?
      That’s a quick way for you to see likely related content.
      If you have a half decent search, you should be able to filter by cat/tag … and that will help you find keyword related docs of the same topic.

      Failing that – you could always use the site: operator search in Google with a keyword/phrase in quotes 😀
      site:yourdomain.tld “keywordhere”

    • Theodore, great feedback per usual.

      That’s exactly what I do. I try to make everything as contextual as possible.

  32. David Throop :

    Neil,
    Thanks for the article! I really appreciate you sharing your link ratio – I thought that I was doing too much outbound linking in 1000+ article that had 5 links – and this solidified my thoughts on the amount I’m comfortable offering in an article.

    Again, great stuff and can’t wait for the next one!

  33. Neil, I really liked your line “Consistency is more important then creativity”. Pop ups are something which really annoys at times.
    I just tried for the page tests and it appears that there are certain things which needs improvement.

    Thanks Neil for sharing your knowledge.

    ~Sunil

  34. Hi Neil,
    it is very good and working method to increase page views.thanks for the great post

  35. Todd VanDuzer :

    Neil,
    Great post! I have a quick question for you though. We currently use the wordpress theme Salient for our blog. Although I love this theme it has a lot of extra features that I don’t need and ends up really slowing down our page speed.

    Do you have any theme recommendations for wordpress? We only need it for our blog. It would be ideal if the blog content length was already made like you describe in previous articles.

    Thanks in advance and thanks a ton for all the tips you provide! Really has helped our business grow.

  36. Ashley Higgins :

    Hi Neil,
    Thank you for your awesome article. I think valuable content is the best key for user experience.

  37. Another great post Neil.
    It made me chuckle when you asked who has time to read your posts on a mobile.

    I might not fit your regular target audience but I don’t have the time read your posts on a computer.

    I have two rug rats. I manage to read your posts on my phone while watching Sesame Street at 6am! When I turn on my computer I have to work, no time for reading blogs.

  38. Hi Neil,

    Very informative article. I am following your blog articles to get in-depth tips & tricks. Thank you very much for sharing the knowledge.

    Recently, I have started a video blog in Hindi http://www.jagruk.in and getting good response.

  39. Neil, great post as always! Don’t you think the sidebar thing wouldn’t apply to sites that are ad supported? That also relates to reducing the speed – combining js – its difficult because ad networks inject a whole lot of js that it becomes difficult to combine!

    We’re struggling with this, because now 70% of our readers are reading on mobile – we’re a food blog.

  40. Ashok Khandekar :

    Neil, I would like to ‘Like’ you on FB but Share button goes below the fold and is not accessible. Pl do necessary.

    Regards

  41. Hi Neil,

    Great post. Really helpful.

  42. Peter Nicholls :

    Sprites!
    I think all of the tips here are excellent, but the one that really would help a lot of people is using Sprites. I’m not sure how long Spritepad has been around but that’s surely going to help a lot of bloggers who have a ton of common images.

    I’ve struggled in the past to help non-developers create their own sprite images and the CSS to make it work, and this tool will make it super easy. Thanks.

    Q I cant find answer to: Where did the 23.52% mentioned in your title get calculated from?

  43. Should we go with broad niche like technology or smaller niche like marketing or seo when starting a new blog?
    Which is more profitable?

    • Atul, test it out — there is no definitive answer.

      • OK. is it possible to grow a new online marketing blog in 2015 and earn $500 with it if I consistently create and promote good, long, data driven content.??

  44. This post is awesome and very interesting.I’m curious to read this type of posts because I’m struggling to get visitors to my blog http://www.lollipopguide.com

  45. “… Instead, wait at least 10 seconds—60 seconds might be better. The longer you wait before showing your pop-up, the less annoying it is. If a reader has already been reading for 30 seconds to a minute, asking them to close a simple box isn’t too much.”

    Disagree. Pop-ups are annoying because being interrupted while reading is annoying.
    If it is necessary to have a pop up, I feel it best to have it trigger as the visitor has reached the bottom of the page or is about to click off the page.

    • It’s tough, as in many cases there is a direct conflict between Conversion and UserExperience.

      Most users don’t want to be hit with popups – at all.
      But from a conversion angle, they are effective.
      So you have to do a balancing act.

      Personally, I agree with you Troy – I detest popups in general.
      I find them uninvited, invasive and often poorly implemented.
      If a popup or overlay is to be used – it should have a specific profile.
      1) It must be easy to close (no hunting for a way to get rid of it – preferably multiple close methods (Such as [Esc], clickable [X] and a [close] link/button))
      2) It must be clear that it is an interstitial/overlay (in an earlier comment, a reader here was confused, thinking it was the HelloBar misbehaving!)
      3) It must be monitorable (you may find you drive away a % of “new” or “not yet loyal” traffic – this may not be worth it if the conversion rate and conversion value don’t equate or exceed the potential value of that loss).

      What really (REALLY!) gets to me though is the stupidity of Overlays/Popups.
      If I hit PageA, get a popup and instantly close it … Do Not load up the exact same thing when I click through to PageB, PageC … you will just **** me off and I’ll convince myself not to do what ever it is you are asking me to do.
      It’s worse if I comply with the request … and still get hit with it!

      Be Smart.
      Ue Triggers and checks (and honestly, if you are not smart enough to make it yourself, and cannot find one that can do that, nor find someone that can code it for you – then seriously consider not doing it!)

    • Troy, thanks for the feedback.

  46. I liked the post very interesting and gave myself some point the application, the part of the css I perform today
    And try to alleviate the page loading time.

  47. Hey Neil,
    Thanks for your article, great content as usual !

    Would you share how you have built your website? Do you use wordpress? Which template? Which plugins?

    I use a wordpress free template and my page is about 2 MB… And I have a lot of requests. Just want to know if you recommend some clean wordpress themes to use?

    Thanks a lot,
    Nicolas.

  48. Hi Neil,

    Very informative post about page view.I always getting inspired by you.

    thanks

  49. Quite an informative post. Page Speed, Good Navigation, Additional valuable content than available other resources, Content which is well presented (including relevant and attractive images) definitely enhances the user experiences.

  50. Mr Neil, Thanks I checked my Inbox and found This Article useful . well till now I never used keywords and SEO, I wrote for days and nights and cracked The Manipulated Expert Information.

    I sold huge on Networks till now with my sales Page, this is my first comment ever in past 5 years. I have read good reviews about your website every corner.

    I have a very limited buying audience but works out for me great.

    Being a good follower of this Industry Trap I have started writing a website with no SEO, Keywords.

    The only think I learnt in quicksprout/NeilPatel is “write for people not for page views “.
    Thanks for sharing this Information.

    Thanks and regards
    rohit
    New Delhi, India.

  51. Gordon White | @BluenibDesigns :

    Hi Neil, great post yet again. I always find your posts to be filled with useful information that can benefit anyone.

    I agree that pop-ups can be very annoying, especially if they load immediately when the page loads. I just close the page when that happens. I think its important to have a timer on your pop-up. This way you give the reader a chance to skim through your article.

    I’m using this on some of my websites and it really does work. Especially if you’re trying to build your email list. Offer your readers a free gift in exchange for their email address.

    Thanks for this article

    P.S. I started a new blog about my favorite Internet Marketing Gurus and you are one of them Neil Patel. You are actually my number one!

    Read my 5 lessons I learned from Neil Patel: http://www.internetmarketing.bluenibdesigns.co.za/5-lessons-learned-from-neil-patel-and-his-quicksprout-blog

    • Gordon, thanks for the support — it’s very humbling. If you need help with anything don’t hesitate to reach out.

  52. Muhammad ismail :

    Hi Neil:
    I just visited your blog through your email after very long time and believe me the post was awesome.. i liked how simply you explained all the techniques … thats why you are my Mentor .. and glad to know by seeing your response on each comment..
    thank you for giving us value

  53. One of my blog has large number of pages but i haven’t link to my internal pages but from not i will surely try to link them in my new post.

  54. This is absolutely mind boggling. I loved your approach towards creating post ”write for people” coz if people is happy, search bot will also be happy

  55. Michael Yardney :

    Great post as always Neil, but you seem to have a “Facebook” pop up on your site as soon as one goes to the page. How is it working

  56. Hi Neil:
    I just visited your blog through your email after very long time and believe me the post was awesome.. i liked how simply you explained all the techniques,I agree that pop-ups can be very annoying, especially if they load immediately when the page loads. I just close the page when that happens. I think its important to have a timer on your pop-up. This way you give the reader a chance to skim through your article.Thank you for your awesome article. I think valuable content is the best key for user experience.

  57. Neeraj Kaple :

    Thanks for the post !!!! Really Helpful

  58. Hi Neil, I am a beginner in online marketing. I like your blog post and got some useful tips which I keep them for life time. Thanks for sharing such an informative post.

  59. Hey,

    Holy Cripes, Neil. That was an awesome post. I have just spent over an hour reading what just might be your greatest post ever. Diving into your links, then surfaceing only to swim back and forth between successive oncoming waves and ideas.

    Thinking to myself, “just how smart is this Patel fellow?” Plenty, it would seem…

    NDA to follow.

  60. Hi Neil, Thanks for sharing such a nice article about increasing traffic. I was searching for the same topic and just tapped on your blog..

    Thanks again..

    Regards: Ataib

  61. Adrian Rosales :

    Thanks for your teachings Neil. Since I subscribed to your list, I’ve been learning a lot. I was wondering. Do you have any article about get profits from linking to other sites? What do I need to start? I’ll really appreciate. Best!

    • Adrian, every one of these articles provides info on how to get more traffic which in turn can provide you with value on getting more sales.

  62. hello Neil !
    As usual – a brilliant post !
    Good point – it’s amazing how many people include links haphazardly throughout their content without really stopping to consider whether the user will actually benefit from them!

  63. pankaj sharma :

    very nice neil bro . you are just awesome and even you perfect example of digital marketing and real person . would like to know you more about how to handle US Canada and Australia projects because there’s much high traffic require and also need good and quality content 🙂

  64. I learned something today, i will try implementing Efficient interlinking asap, although i do it manually it seems a pretty nice idea.

  65. Thanks again, Neil … I’ve been reading all your posts. I’ve created a website 3 months ago (http://fotografiamais.com.br) … I hope I can improve my traffic after reading your articles…

    Best regards;

    Rafael Mayrink

  66. I still learn to make a valuable and usefull for my web.. btw for a web guide is really need the user experience.. Thanks a lot for all

  67. Hello Neil,
    Dear I am fan of your articles. You have helped me a lot in taking my site to next level. I have a question.
    Earlier I was using forum software MyBB for my site. Then I converted to WordPress. I copied some great content from earlier version of my site to newer version. But the issue is the older version article was doing really good in google and newer version of site with same article is not showing up in google at earlier location where it used to show.
    What am I doing wrong or what I must do ?
    Looking for help.

  68. awsome post neil. I have been following your blog for long time and this is what i was trying to find. The most important thing that you have said about consistency is very true and i have also noticed it myself.

    • Geeky, consistency is key. If you constantly provide value and do it in an easy to digest manner people will come back for more.

  69. Now, this is what I called a detailed article. Thanks Neil for the article I will definitely apply these on my website.

  70. I come back time to time and read this post again, just to make sure I keep in mind these tips. ProbablyI should create a checklist…:)

    As far as I see there are two ways to increase pageviews on a website:
    Extensive way: increasing traffic to your website (new visitors).
    Intensive way: improving the pageviews/session metric by enticing existing readers to read more on a website.

    We recently published a post which is focusing on the “intensive way”, containing 14 actionable tips on how to improve the pageviews/session ratio: http://blog.brandvee.com/how-to-increase-pageviews-on-your-website

    • Tamas, glad you find this post helpful.

      Both ways you mentioned will drive traffic — it’s all about implementation at the end of the day. I think you’re doing a great job.

  71. Thanks Neil, Amazing tips. I think you should also include compression of js and css files as it helps reducing the page load time by a greater extent. Also moving the blocker js files to the end of the body section of a page. 🙂

  72. Hey Neil,
    I am looking at the percentage of my page views that are SEO-related referrals (as opposed to direct traffic). What would you suggest is a “good” percentage to aim for? 20 percent of traffic direct from SEO or 60%? Thanks! Hannah

    • Hannah, I would focus less on those metrics and more on the overall conversion rates — make sure everything is going in a positive trajectory!

  73. Neil, I really liked your line “Consistency is more important then creativity”. Pop ups are something which really annoys at times.
    I just tried for the page tests and it appears that there are certain things which needs improvement.

    Thanks Neil for sharing your knowledge.

    • That’s great, it looks like you have room for growth. The reason why most most people fail is simply because they stopped when it got too hard. The ones who can push through are the ones who succeed.

  74. There is no doubt to the fact that this a great article. However one Question I wanted to put up is, do only homepage load time matter, or your post pages should load quickly too ?

  75. There is no doubt to the fact that this a great article. However one Question I wanted to put up is, do only homepage load time matter, or your post pages should load quickly too ?

  76. Hi Neil sir,
    I like this article and I want to know should I discontinue adsense to increase my pageviews or not?

    also my pageviews is raging from 1.5 to 1.65 only and I did many things but not able to increase it.

    my adsense ctr is also very low which means I am not earning from adsense.

    I am in delema about using adsense for pageviews.

    • Focus on creating better quality content that keeps your audience engaged and it will naturally creaete better quality traffic and relevant adsense clicks.

  77. Hi!

    Great tips,sir. Although i started up with the linking up of relevant posts on my website http://www.careernirvaan.com ,really late. But i think they have started making the difference. I also regularly monitor my website to keep the loading speed below the required threshold,since they’re way above it.

    Thanks again!

    • Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of time and patience. Glad your starting to notice things moving, keep the momentum going!

  78. mohammed asif iqbal :

    your content is great Neil 🙂 quick sprout helps a lot, when it comes to basics question. thank you

  79. Mahantesh Bhavi :

    Great article! Thank you Sir. I really appreciate how the way you have explained about internal links. really helped me a lot.

  80. Also, it’s critical to have your website set up properly to take advantage of any free organic traffic you are likely missing out on. To do so your website or blog must be free of errors in the code and content so you rank higher and people can find you when conducting a google search. You should be using a free crawler analytic tool regularly like https://www.crawlmonster.com to identify issues and maintain an optimized website architecture.

  81. Wow so massive information ^^ thank you for the great post, definitely will try it ^^

  82. Franklin Robert :

    One of the great information, valuable points added here.

  83. Hi.. it’s really helpful. I started my website http://www.javasavvy.com recently that is technical website focused on content majorly and increasing visitors daily.

  84. Nice 🙂 it’s useful for optimize my blog (http://www.septian.web.id)

  85. Nepali Telecom :

    Can you help me with my website. What can be done to improve?
    http://www.nepalitelecom.com/

  86. Hey, Neil, thanks for the article, always find your work very insightful. I do have a question though, and it’s regarding this particular article (and there are a few more out there stating the same thing): https://www.wired.com/2015/12/everyone-knows-page-views-dont-matter-but-they-just-wont-die/

    It’s an old-ish article, but basically states that, often, time spent is more important than pageviews by quite some margin.

    I’ve checked using http://geekreport.stream , and there often seems to be a massive gap between pageviews and time spent on a single page (at least judging from Alexa’s data and such), but modern ranking brands (brands?) seem to give more kudos to pageviews still. Though I imagine that, say, for someone who has an online portfolio gallery, or writes in-depth articles/essays/short stories, they’d value time spent on a page more, than outright amount of pages visited. In other words, have someone read a story per morning commute, rather than skimp through half the website.

  87. You’re a legend man, I’ve been applying all these tricks on my blog http://csswoke.ga , and I’m starting to get results too.

  88. Hi Neil, My website https://myinvestmentideas.com has been running good all along. In the last 2 months the page views has reduced by almost 60%. How to get back our lost rank and increase the page views

  89. Dear Neil, i am running my website since two years. but i didn’t get proper viewer. and this is my website http://androidpcapps.com. your article helped me some how. but i need to know more can you please let me know.

  90. hai neil,
    thanks for your wonderful information. it helped lot to me. http://redboxtvdownloadapp.com/ is my website, still i didn’t get my proper viewers to my blog.

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  92. Sukhjeet Singh :

    You are right bro I also face same problem on my site. I m working on my blog from many years but could not received more than 200 pageviews per day sometimes they are only 70-80 per day. Please check my blog and tell me what can I do and also give a comment to solve this issue. http://www.amieexams.com

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  97. thanks for your post mr neil,

    i want change my site http://www.jaibiz2day.com from google to wordpress.

    is it possible

  98. These are really helpful tips!

    We at https://www.coincalendar.cc check our site speed constantly. This is mainly important for the traffic we get from countries with not so great internet speeds.

    Also, we try to make the content as valuable as possible. This way people stay on our site longer and visit more pages.

  99. i read your posts and following your tips for my blog http://www.differentjankari.com. My blog is in Hindi language so

  100. Rajesh Thakur :

    Hi Neil,

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful information. I have create fresh website for business listing http://www.wikibook.in/ please suggest me best to optimize my website.

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  102. Deeptanshu Panthi :

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