How to Grow Your Blog Traffic by 20,000 Visitors a Month

website traffic

Around eight months ago, I started a new blog in the marketing realm. When I first started out, my traffic was flat.

But around four months ago, I figured out a process that has allowed me to grow my traffic consistently—a process I could replicate. I am now at a point where I am adding about 20,000 new visitors each month.

Best of all, I’ve been doing it without spending a dollar on marketing.

The tactics I’ve been using will work for anyone. They work so well that the results I’m experiencing with my nutrition blog are even better, which is crazy since I don’t have a brand in that space and I don’t have many assets I can leverage to help it grow.

So, how did I achieve those results, and how can you gain similar ones? 

Collect emails

I’ve mentioned this in the past, but chances are you still aren’t collecting emails from your blog. Other than search traffic, it’s the most consistent form of traffic you can get.

Just look at Here is the email traffic I’ve received over the last 30 days:

email traffic

That’s not too bad, considering my list size is currently at 3,612.

So, how do you collect emails? The simplest ways are through page takeovers, interstitials, sliders, and bars. The beautiful news is you don’t have to be technical to use any of those features…you can just use Hello Bar, which is free.


In addition to using Hello Bar, you should consider using Thrive Leads, which allows you to offer bonus content.

For example, if I wrote a blog post on 11 marketing tips that will double your traffic, the bonus content could be two extra tips that weren’t mentioned in my post. In order for you to receive that bonus content, you would have to give me your email address.

Sure, this type of email collection takes a bit of time, but it will account for 50% of the emails you collect.

Once you have a list, every time you write, email to your list subscribers letting them know about your latest post. Here is the email template I use:

Subject: Title of your blog post


I just wanted to share with you the latest [Insert your blog name – and make this a link to your post] blog post. Let me know what you think.

[Insert the title of your blog post – and make this a link to your blog post] [Insert the first paragraph from your blog post] [Insert the second paragraph from your blog post] Click to continue [make the “click to continue a link]

[Insert your name].

P.S. [Add a promotional message here]

Just in case the template is confusing, here is an example of a recent email I sent out, based on this template:


I just wanted to share with you the latest Quick Sprout blog post. Let me know what you think.

Why You Need a Social Media Calendar and How to Create One

You’ve heard of social media calendars before, but do you know what they are and how to use one?

Chances are you don’t. And that’s okay… I didn’t either when I entered the realm of social media marketing. But once I learned about it and how to use it, it change how I marketed my businesses on the social web. [click to continue]


P.S. If you want to see how I can help you grow your traffic and revenue, go here.

Write extremely detailed content

The average blog post on my blog ranges from 4,000 words on the low end to 8,000 words on the high end.

I know what you are thinking: that’s a lot of text. And it is.

On top of that, each post contains tons of screenshots and images. If you don’t have time to add images, you can always pay someone to do it—like I do.

But just look at my search traffic for the last eight months:

  • September – 2,017 visitors
  • October – 3,952 visitors
  • November – 4,087 visitors
  • December – 5,572 visitors
  • January – 9,029 visitors
  • February – 13,783 visitors (only 28 days in this month)
  • March – 20,543 visitors
  • April – 24,540 visitors (projected)

How have I been able to increase my search traffic on a consistent basis? Is it link building?


It’s purely by writing extremely detailed content. This allows me to get ranked for thousands of long tail keywords that aren’t competitive.

If you are going to write content, consider writing extremely detailed content. Write something so detailed that people wouldn’t dare to copy you—that’s when you’ll know you have done a good job.

Building a fan base

Fan base? I know what you are thinking: why would anyone want to be your fan, right?

Well, you need to stop thinking that way. Everyone has fans.

How do you build a loyal following? You can start by trying to help everyone out. I know I’ve mentioned this in the past, but are you actually responding to each and every comment you receive on your blog?

Probably not…

And when your readers email you, are you taking the time to email them back? You should care about your readers and do whatever is in your power to help them out. And they will keep coming back.

Just look at Randy, who comments on every single blog post:

randy comment

He continually comes back because I truly care to help him. And sometimes he helps me out by pointing out things I wasn’t familiar with.

Strike partnerships

Business development may not sound sexy, but it works well. There are already people in your space with whom you can potentially work because they are not your direct competitors.

For example, I just struck a deal with Cyberchimps, who provide WordPress themes. Some of their themes are paid, while others are free.

Together, we will be offering more marketing-friendly themes—not just from a code perspective but also from a design perspective. It will take six months for this deal to fully go live, but once it does, it will help me generate more traffic.

This partnership will allow them to attach “marketed by Neil Patel” links to the bottom of each of their themes. To ensure that I don’t get penalized by Google, the links will be “no-followed,” but they still should drive good referral traffic.

How did I get this deal? And, more importantly, how can you get a similar deal? Well, I emailed around 30 people in the space telling them that I have an idea that will help them grow their businesses faster.

Some people responded, while others didn’t. I got on the phone with those who responded and pitched my idea to them. I broke down how it would separate them from other theme providers, and I even explained the benefit to me.

Once I had all the conversations and a few people said yes, I decided with whom I wanted to work.

Write more often

I used to publish blog posts on once a week. Over time, I ramped it up to twice a week.

Here is my monthly traffic when I was posting once a week:

once a month

And here is the traffic after I started posting twice a week:

twice a month

As you can see, the more frequently you post, the more search traffic you will receive, assuming your content is high in quality. My goal is to ramp up my personal blog to three posts a week as that will help me hit the 100,000 monthly visitor mark really fast. The only issue is finding the time…


Growing your blog traffic doesn’t have to be rocket science. Follow the steps above, and you too will be able to get more traffic.

Sure, your growth rate may not be as rapid as mine (as I am able to leverage my name to get certain deals done), but still—you should see more traffic.

If you had to pick just one thing to follow, consider writing long, detail content. What I learned by blogging on is that content that’s between 4,000 and 8,000 words does extremely well in search engines.

How else can you grow your blog traffic?


  1. Insightful.

    Thanks Neil.

  2. Neil,

    Thanks a lot for another informative post. The hits just keep coming.

    When the heck do you find time to sleep?

    Lately, you are a content-generating machine!

    And, your stuff keeps getting better.

    The Franchise King®

    • Joel, I just have a passion for writing that is evidenced by the number of posts I write. I just want to help people achieve great results.

      • gourab agarwal :

        Neil my question is- can I increase my traffic on fb twitter google plus & all ..if so then how to do it .plz mail me

        • Follow this guide gourab

  3. Thanks for the shout-out, Neil. I was totally surprised by that one.

    I do have a question for you about having someone add images to your posts for you. To me, this is an extremely boring and mindless task. I just hate adding images to my posts.

    So here’s my question–how much do you pay someone to do this for you?

    What kind of training and instruction do you provide that person?

    • Great question Randy, I am interested to know the answer too.

      BTW: Can you share with us how much traffic you got from this post ?

      • Randy, you can reach out to a number of people who are either photographers or have an eye for finding great stock images. With that being said — ask around and see what other blogs are doing.

        Andrew, Once the comments and views are done trickling in I can definitely. Just email me.

        • I have to collect images for client writing that I do, and that process takes time because I don’t have access to the sites in question. However, if you are running on WordPress, I’m pretty sure there is a Flickr plugin that would make the process easy. (At least, I believe there was a few years ago, before Flickr changed a few technical details on their end.) If I had more time, I would go hunt one down for you, but make sure to look for a plugin that lets you specify finding CC-Commercial licensing if you are making money on the site.

        • Way to go Randy!

          • Alex Connell :

            Was thinking the same question, then I saw Randy ask it, nice one and thanks neil for your answer and article. Love the material Quick Sprout gives us.

    • OMG Randy… super feature. That’s so cool. I love finding images. That’s the best bit. Are you finding images that engage with you or ones that take your breathe away.

      Be creative and don’t choose mediocre (expected) images. Always stay relevant just find something that makes you laugh, angry, sad, happy… Whatever.

      I guess I just love art and my way will save you money!


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  4. Hey Neil,

    I love the examples.

    How do you balance your attention between monetization vs traffic growth?


    • Tyler, it’s all a process. If you take it step by step you’ll see it’s easier to manage.

  5. Steve Estimable :

    Neil, great blog post on growing your blog traffic

    I like the idea of offering bonus content in exchange of the reader email address.

    It would be great if you were able to do a detailed blog post on your current content creation process from ideation to distribution. Im curious to know how much time it took you to produce a 8000 words blog post. This is incredible, your productivity is such an inspiration!

    Neil Q: How else can you grow your blog traffic?

    Steve A: By reading this blog post: 😉

    Have a productive day!

    • Eduardo Cornejo :

      Hey Steve,

      Have you seen this Backlinko post? – “The Content Upgrade”.

      I think the idea is genius too, and will be implementing it on my blog.

    • Steve, I can definitely do a revamp of some prior posts on the topic. I break things down into segments much like a writer of a book would. Instead of chapters I use subheadings — that way my brain can compartmentalize things. Thanks for sharing the post, btw.

      Eduardo, thanks for sharing the link.

  6. manish Kumar :

    Happy to see your nutrition blog 🙂

  7. Thanks Neil,

    I guess there can never be enough content!

  8. simply Awesome 😀 neil sir

  9. Hey Neil,

    What wordpress theme are you using on the nutritional resource site? It’s awesome.

    Thanks for a great post.

  10. Awesome Tips Neil.

    Your in depth content is awesome.

    Love it. Please keep us updated about nutrition blog.

    • Jon, thanks and glad you like it. As for the nutrition blog it’s up and running — there will be an update soon on this blog.

  11. Randy Kauffman :

    This is exactly what I needed to start building traffic. Thanks Neil!!

  12. Another great tips!

    I really agree that having long post does extremely well in search engines.

    Thank you Neil!

  13. Ari Sherbill :

    Hey Neil!

    AWESOME meeting you yesterday, I was the ‘loud guy’ on the mic, lol.

    Uber-valuable detailed and actionable post. The partnership idea, what you did with Cyberchimps is fantastic. Lots of strategies I’ll be implementing.

    Thanks so much Neil and look forward to seeing you again soon 🙂


    • Ari, great meeting you as well. Please let me know if you need help with anything at all.

  14. Thanks Neil! That is very helpful info for someone like me that is working as a freelance writer. 4K-8k words per post…wow! I will make that my goal.

  15. Oh, man, you always deliver the goods! Thanks, Neil.

    I especially like the part about writing long, detailed posts that use a lot of long-tail keywords. It’s a very simple (not easy) way to get ranked for a ton of keywords.

    Bravo. And thanks again!

  16. I like Randy’s question about images – for me the part that takes so long is never the content writing itself, but the formatting and images. I now outsource this to my VA and wow, what a burden that removes!

    A question, Neil: what’s the impact of the practice of sending a link to your email list for each new blog you publish? Just because you get more traffic to your blog by sending the link to your email list, doesn’t mean you get more customers, and they’re already subscribers. What do you see as the biggest benefit? Is it social shares? Or does it truly make them more likely to buy from you?

    • Jessica, great question.

      I think — the links work depending on what type of content I am promoting on this post. If the headlines and calls to action are compelling enough within the post then people will be more inclined to stop what they are doing and click the link–and get to the site.

      I think a multi-channel approach is essential. The biggest benefit would have to come from the email list & link building.

  17. good article

  18. Hi Neil

    I always get excited when i get to see new posts on or

    As always, this was another helpful post for me. I use all the methods mentioned above except the business partnership and I have some questions regarding it.

    First of all, how to find such businesses that will be interested for a partnership. my niche is graphic design and I find difficulties in finding such businesses which will be interested in this.

    Next thing, even if i find someone who is interested why would he choose a blogger like me who is not much followed or known. He could do a partnership with other big people.

    So is there a strategy of doing this? If yes, i would love to read a post about it or a small tip here which can help me achieve this.

    Thanks again for a lovely post.

    • Ahfaz, great question. Short answer is don’t sell yourself short. Continue blogging and writing like one of the “big guys” and you’ll feel like one. It’s all about being confident in your abilities so others see your value as well.

  19. That sounds like a cool partnership with cyberchimps, very neat strategy.

    Sounds like your site is growing really fast! I can not wait for the update on the nutrition blog!


  20. Another great post Neil!

    Very interesting about using a bunch of non-competitive long tail keywords instead of focusing on just a few. And min of 4,000 words is quite a bit. I am going to have to revamp some of my upcoming articles!


  21. i will follow your advice in my next blog. thanks 🙂

  22. William Zimmerman :


    Great post!! Bill Z

  23. Keith Bresee :

    Hey Neil!

    I love this! Its so straight forward and simple (I know that doesnt mean easy though).

    When looking for people or business to strike partnerships with, how do you determine if they are a good fit for a partnership? Relevant content, monthly traffic, email list, the person themselves?

    Thanks again! =)

    Be awesome!

    • Keith, I think a combination of all those factors is what will give you an idea of how good the deal/partnership is. Always take a holistic approach — just like I do when generating traffic.

      • Keith Bresee :

        Hey Neil!

        Makes sense!

        Im going to be trying to spark up some JV stuff soon. Ill let you know how it goes! 😉

        Thank you, Neil!

        Be awesome!

  24. Neil,

    You did it again. We got me to open an email. Read every single word twice, shared great value, and now added the extra bonus of excitement related to the new WP themes, because I know they be awesome.

    Thanks for the time and knowledge you impart!

  25. Another rich post, every time I read a post on quicksprout, i feel more motivated and eager to apply the tips I just learned from it. Thanks for this!

  26. I’m pretty sure you enjoy putting people to work. Not necessarily to work for you but for themselves. Good pieces of advice today, especially the one regarding the length of the blog posts. I still struggle to go over 500 words per posts. I have to work more, I understand.

  27. Nice Case Study Neil! I’ve discovered about your blog a month ago while searching for a way to drive more traffic to my website become your follower/fan from day 1!

    I’ve been amazed on how much “Value” you are providing on all the article that you’ve released! I’ve read a lot of them and each and always learn something new.

    As for my takeaway on this posts, I’ve noticed that majority of your traffic are “Direct”. I’m guessing came from your email subscriber.

    Also the Long post does not only bring a lot of value but also is good for SEO!

    Again, Thanks for this wonderful post!

    • Ed, good observations. Thanks for sharing your insights and feedback. I look forward to hearing much more from you.

  28. Blogging Guro :

    Amazing, and right to the point, i will be coming back to your blog for more stuff,


  29. Neil,

    Your perseverance is amazing.

    Publishing two 4000 to 8000 word posts is insane.

    But I’m sure you have some great processes in place to ensure all this works out seamlessly.

    Your content is enough to make people your fans, responding to their comments only makes them loyalists for life.

    Jawad Khan

    • Jawad, I definitely have a process — processes to me are essential. Looking forward to hearing much more from you.

  30. Neil,

    Awesome post as usual. I’m a bit confused though. Here, you suggest writing lengthy blogs but in your previous post you mentioned:

    “Keep your posts under 1,500 words – sure, this may not be ideal from a search engine perspective, but your readers are more likely to read your content if you keep things short and to the point”

    Please advise?


    • Gabby, in general I would say keep them from 1,500 to 2,000 words. However, if you are capable and have the time more does help.

  31. Dmitriy Solodukha :

    Awesome! Thanks Neil

  32. Kristin Harris :

    Great advice! I keep coming back to your blog time and time again. Recently I followed your advice on writing an epic blog post. I publlished it this weekend and already have 2,000 views and about 100 people signed up for my email list. I’m amazed!! Thank you thank you!

  33. Epic posts are certainly where the action is – the longest posts I write always get the most social shares, traffic and actual leads collected even without being previously known by anyone.

    Writing epic posts though is damn hard work – don’t know how you manage to maintain such a high rate and quality over so much time!

    I need to start outsourcing some of the related tasks to a VA like you say – for article images in particular… I get distracted by all the pretty pictures and can never decide which ones to use. 😉

    • Rob, you definitely should outsource small tasks to others. Let me know if you need any help along the way.

  34. Thanks Neil, another awesome post.

    Now one thing that strikes me right now as a blogger is : you’re writing more than ever before (with your 2 blogs pumping content) but your content has never been better. You’ve actually managed to increase your number of posts and how good they are simultaneously, it baffles the long time blogger I am… 🙂
    Anyways, thanks for sharing so much great info.

    • Boris, things come with time — that’s how I rationalize it. I think the passion for writing only grows stronger by the day. Let me know if you need help with anything.

  35. Thank you for the advice. I hope to implement them on my blog.
    I have recently started this blog and so far I believe I will be posting 6 days a week. Which I hope will generate traffic once I get some people reading.

    But my question is this, on my blog Do you think my posts are good? I know they are not long at all. But is it enough? Or do you think I should try to go into more detail?

    And do you happen to see something I am missing from my blog?

    • Boone, at first glance your blog looks good. I would suggest getting a little more in-depth with your posts and testing out different photos to see if click through rates go up when you share on social. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      • I actually do have another question. You said something about the pictures. That has been one of my hardest points. Every picture on there I have ether made, or I found for free.
        What is a good way to get pictures? Without it costing you an arm and a leg?

  36. Interesting post Neil!

    I’ve also found that the more work I put into posts, the better visitors respond to them. But that means well researched posts up to 2500 words. After that I find that it is hard to keep the post well structured and maintain an overview for the reader.

    But I’m going to give a 4000 word post a try and see what happens!

    • Dennis, people like easy to read content that is in-depth and guides them. Let me know if you need help along the way.

  37. Hiya, thanks for all the great traffic building advice, I will use this to gain more traffic on my tie dye website. PEACE!

  38. Nutrition blog! Nutrition Blog! Excited to see the results. Awesome post, nonetheless. I’ve already started building our Thrive Leads forms. Thanks for the recommendation, I was just searching the web late last week for the best forms out there that do just that. Appreciate it.

  39. Oh come on Neil, writing a blog under your own name/brand is cheating 😉

  40. Karl Karrlander :


    I have heard so many different answers. One expert says that updating new content more than once a week doesn’t affect rankings or traffic.

    And now you showed that writing two posts a week increase traffic.

    I’m confused, should I keep writing once a week or ramp it up?



    • Karl, definitely ramp it up. 2-3 times a week is ideal based on your niche.

      • Karl Karrlander :

        Thanks Neil,

        I’ll be sure to ramp it up, I have issues with writing a lot of content, most of my articles are over 4,000 words anyway!

        Looking forward to the nutrition blog update!

  41. Andrew McCauley :

    Hey Neil
    Another great piece ..we have followed your advice about writing longer posts and we have increased our traffic by over 400%…awesome..thank you

  42. Cool stuff Neil, as you say every time to build E-mail list, I’ve started to do it and for now I’m totally focusing on building my E-mail list form last 1 month instead of thinking of money. Thanks for decent information.

    Usually, I used to do post of about 1000-1500 words, now let’s see what large and great content will bring to me. I build content which helps readers to the point. So what I can add more to those type of content? What you say, like if I’m planning to write a blog post about ‘Making high CPC based adsense niche sites … and ranking!!’ in about 1000-1500 words and listing about finding high cpc keywords, figuring out competitors, stealing links, ranking for those keywords and start making money. What more can I add in such piece of content? 😛 Well this sounds bad, but waiting for your short and mind freaking answer.
    ~Nitin Singh

    • Nitin, I think your post covers a lot of topics that readers would find helpful. Try utilize some imagery and stats that would resonate with the readers as well.

  43. I’ve been reading for almost two years — this is favorite post so far. Really great contnet.

  44. Hey!

    What do you think about the importance of the website’s platform?

    I use Wix, but have been considering switching to WordPress. I’ve been told Wix isn’t good for “crawling” purposes, nor does it allow Adsense because I guess it can’t “read” anything on the website (because it’s javascript?)

    I’ve done paid marketing, I’ve done e-mail lists, I’ve written 2x/week, I’ve written in comments/forums to get my name out there… Yet I’m still struggling. I’m wondering if it’s partly because I can’t come up on search engines easily due to the low rating that Wix has with SEO…

    Thoughts? Thanks, Neil 😉

    • Using a SEO friendly CMS is really a big deal. While Wix gets you in the door fast for having a nice website, it’s hard to beat the out of the box search engine friendliness of WordPress. Not to mention the slew of optimizing plugins you can use like WordPress SEO by Yoast.

    • Jess, that could be part of the equation. I prefer WP because of the plugins and ability to optimize within the CMS. I am not as familiar with WIX. if you can transition the page to a new CMS I’d test it out.

  45. I just saw your email and then followed here to this blog post.I will definitely try to implement these steps to increase my website traffic soon.


  46. Thanks Neil for the insightful post. So many great resources in one place.

  47. Omkar Bhandare :

    Sir, no words completely speechless! u r just amazing.. every time I read ur post I get a new inspiration. 🙂

  48. Hello Neil, You mentioned 2nd point that is “Write extremely detailed content” but we have launched art exhibition portal of the artists. So there we have decided not to include lengthy content because we want to encourage visitors to focus more on images scrolling rather reading content.
    So is it our right move?

    • Mahesh, ideally Google still would look favorably on written content so try to find a way to incorporate it into the mix.

      • Yeah Neil, it is right Google still prefer written content. However, in the past post you had written about some blogging myths. In that, you had mentioned a myth about writing a lengthy post. A short but engaging post has got the top rank over that lengthy post.
        So my all blog posts have the less content but we have presented it in the attractive way (each post is containing exhibition images) that is why we are getting decent social likes to each post also our bounce rate is below 60%.
        We are not against writing lengthy post but we feel that lengthy post will loose interest from our posts.
        So how we should move ahead?

  49. Yeah yeah, I get it. I’m trying to rank for a keyword and a guy is sitting comfortably on the number 1 spot. I check his post and it’s 8,000 words long. What do I do? I run away. Ha ha!

    I notice this post is not as long as u preached. Are there some posts you leave out for the long-post strategy? What about if you get around 2000 words and you feel there’s nothing more to write on the topic? Do you tap out or fight on?

    I can’t wait to gather the kind of strength your name does so I can get a partnership deal with Google. 🙂

    • Samuel, if you can’t hit the 8000 word threshold that’s fine. Just write to the best of your ability and the rest will follow.

  50. Shubham kumar :

    Hey Neil,

    I have a Question.

    Does a 4000-8000 word article really matters even if it’s not required for a article?

    As I’m currently running my programming blog, it doesn’t need 4000-8000 words (according to me) article, but does it need to be that much lengthy to be in google?

    Kindly reply me.


  51. Once Neil chose the URL, he wrote an update to the original post announcing the project (after the conclusion).

    But you would only know that if you went back to the post! 🙂

    • thank you, Ahna! I had been following the blog for new posts.

      • Danielle Cosgrove :

        Neil, Incredible post!
        Thank you so much for this information. And Ahna, that link is great, too! So thankful to have stumbled upon this today. Will be an avid follower from now on.
        Have a great day everyone!

  52. Hi Neil –
    I’m curious how long you spend researching your posts before you write 4000+ words and if you also outsource that part?
    Thanks, Paul

    • Paul, I read a ton of blogs throughout any given day — I also read up on all new industry trends, which is helpful.

  53. Thanks Neil I really like reading your blog piece. Every time I came to know new things that really helps. I will also follow the same thing mentioned above… Thanks once again…

  54. Darvydas Šilkus :

    Randy is now going viral!

    Neil quite well showed how beeing a fan of someone can benefit even the fan himself.

    Great article Neil. And everyone has fans indeed.

  55. I agree! I just commented about this.

  56. I needed this information badly. Thank you so much Neil!

  57. Thanks for the great info. We’re building a blog on the Pets niche. Slowly incorporating your very helpful tips into our blog.

  58. Prerna Malik :

    Awesome tips as always Neil! I’ve started implementing the “bonus” content or rather a downloadable checklist with a few of my posts and it’s really made a difference to my pageviews AND my subscribers.. Now I’ll focus on writing in-depth 4000 to 8000 word posts…That’s my next Neil Patel challenge to take up. 😉 I’ll keep you posted with how it goes and maybe find a way to share GA screenshots 🙂

    • Prerna, great to hear! Please let me know if you need help along the way and keep me updated on your progress!

  59. Mandeep Hooda :

    Thanks Neil. you are awesome in your field. I have learn a lot just from your blog. Your depth content are always amazing. Keep with your blog in future also.


  61. Thanks, Neil. I know it sounds cliché, but your article totally spoke to me. Glad I put this on my reading list when I found it. There were advices here that reinforced what I’ve been telling myself to do. Keep it up.

  62. Great post Neil! My previous posted has disappeared hence this one.

    I was wondering why you picked the theme for your nutrition blog? I assume you will be serving ads with plugins. (I am a novice hence the simple questions)

    I notice that you haven’t got a privacy statement on that blog. Would that affect rankings?

    Cheers for helping us out. Really appreciate it!!

    • Lakhs, I did some research and that theme seemed to work best. I haven’t considered ads yet — I am just focused on content for the time being.

      The privacy statement will not affect rankings but it’s something I’ll get to soon.

  63. Hi Neil,
    Love it. Just when I was getting frustrated with all this noise about “people will not just come to you if you put out awesome content” you have to use paid distribution etc. you write this post. I WILL take you up on this advice and I will write 4000-8000 word blog posts that provide massive value.

  64. Rohan Bhardwaj :

    Hey Neil,

    It seems my last comment was deleted.

    Anyway, you sure do rock in every post and this post inspires me to grow my traffic with momentum.

    Quality content is something, I am focusing as of now. Once I reach a good traffic amount, I will share the details with you.

    Take care .

    • Rohan, it may have been caught in the spam filter. Do you have any specific question I can answer here?

  65. Wilco de Kreij :

    Hmm – not sure why, but it seems my previous comment got deleted?

    The point of my previous comment was about the sentence “The only issue is finding the time…” just before the conclusion.

    I’d be super interested to read how much of the posts are written by you – and how much by a ghost writer? Do you voice record what should be in it? Sit down and discuss it first?

    That’s something I’ve been struggling with before – when trying to blog more efficient. So far I haven’t been able to find someone who can represent “my voice” – but I know there HAS to be a way to make it more efficient.

    If you’d decide to blog about this (showing how you can blog without writing everything yourself) you could make it a decent linkbait if you add a controversial title to the post 😉

    • Wilco, it probably got picked up by the spam filter — sorry about that.

      I write all of my posts. I Honestly just sit down and write — I dedicate time every evening to writing.

      Thanks for the great questions.

  66. Hi Neil, I’m a big fan of your blog and look forward to hear how you’re progressing with the challenge you’ve set yourself with the nutrition blog!

    A couple of points with regards to your blog over at

    1. You write 4000-8000 word posts. I know you talk about long-tail search value but is getting traffic your main KPI? I note from above your average time on a page is 1:40. I image that is only akin to reading the intro and skimming the rest. When you couple it with users who read in full and then write a lengthy comment then your skew is even more dramatic – probably people there for 2 seconds and people there for 15 minutes. It would appear that for the majority of users they aren’t there to read all the text, therefore isn’t that painful that you’ve spent so long creating a post that only very few will read in full? I’d be interested to see how this compares to your readership on this blog and the dwell time you see here.

    2. Common with many blogs (including this one) you’ve opted for a sidebar post theme. This means the 4000+ word blog seems to flow forever, and frankly it’s quite hard to follow as even if it’s structured you can’t easily see the sections as they’re so spaced out with words and many many images. Wouldn’t a full page post theme help the readers to digest this? Ultimately you’ve wasted 1/3 of your site’s the most valuable real estate by including the sidebar, which seems only to have value of a quick snippet for 2% of the blog post, so 98% of the time it’s just write space. Have you ran a comparison to see how the two approaches stack up? What is your reasoning behind keeping a sidebar? Personally I’m moving further and further away from a traditional approach to blog layout.

    3. Finally, just a thought but your conclusions are incredibly short when compared to the text. Is this on purpose? They’re similar in length as to ones found here at Quicksprout. I’d assume that as a summary of the content (Which I agree is needed on a blog post) the longer the content the longer the summary should be. Either that or perhaps the main body doesn’t many more points of value than the shorter posts like here?

    Anyway, just my queries as to why you adopt the way in which you blog. I guess, challenging the status quo a bit. As I say, I’m a fan, just would be nice to hear how you’ve considered this aspects!

    Cheers, Will

    • Will great questions. I will answer them in number format:

      1. As I mentioned before I don’t write for algorithms I write so that I can inform people on topics and help them learn more. I know a lot of people will skim, however, my intent on writing such lengthy posts is to help those who actually read through the whole post and find value.

      2. Honestly, I just like the look and feel of the sidebar and have gotten some great feedback from it. I have done a lot of testing as well and this approach seems to work best, for the time being.

      3. I like to keep the conclusions short so I can ask questions and just wrap up the body.

      Thanks for the in-depth feedback and great questions!

      • Neil, thanks a lot for your response, it’s interesting to hear a bit about your thought process! I’m glad you do like to write longer posts and there are a bunch of us that get a lot of info from these 🙂

        Interesting about your views on sidebars, I’ll continue my testing as see what conclusions I can draw from these about their use! Brian Gardner’s side project over at writes about how to simplify life through minimalist design, well worth checking out!

        Cheers, Will

  67. Hi there is there anyway to make the hello bar window only pop up after a certain amount of time? After all why would someone sign up to receive emails when they have only just got to the site and not even seen what there is to offer?

  68. Hi Neil,
    Thanks for all your great posts. I love it!

    One question: you say it is possible to offer bonus content to visitors with Thrive Leads. But how does it work: do you place the bonus content in a confirmation after an email optin or…?

    Thanks for your help!

    • William — definitely. I have seen many people utilize that strategy with some great results.

  69. Hey Neil,

    Every article you write is totally worth my time. It requires real efforts to put up such great content as often as you do. Keep up the good work.


  70. Neil,

    I wrote something but it got deleted. Somehow, Ahna saw part of my post and responded above.

    I think in the same post I was asking this: how are you getting traffic to the nutrition blog? I understand you get some or quite a bit from your post here and maybe on your other blogs.

    But are you targetting any kspecific eywords or long tail keywords?

    Or are you just writing awesome content and counting on the fact that google will start ranking for nutrition-niche long tail keywords you may not even optimize for or target?

    Thank you for the great article(s),

    • Radu, that’s odd. I will look through the spam box for it.

      To answer your question: I am currently utilizing a number of techniques to get traffic to the blog. If you have noticed I utilize social media to promote the blogs that I have been writing. Let me know if you need any help with anything.

  71. gudtalent gt :

    With the information I read last from your blog, it helped me a lot. I will I can see u one day face to face just to say thank your for your blog post because they have been of good help to me. Thumbs up for you. Nice post.

  72. Hi Neil, thank you for the action steps. I can help you prepare or write content for the third day since you don’t have the time. My blog should serve as a writing sample.

  73. Hi niel!
    May I use aweber into my blog instead of hello bar gadget?
    Because I’m on blogspot blog????

  74. Humayun kabir :

    Well tips for getting a lot of traffic but i think a unique content with one page seo also helpful for getting huge traffic.

    • Humayan, content is always the key — it will provide tremendous results when done right.

    • Humayun, content is always the key — it will provide tremendous results when done right.

  75. Deborah von Donop :

    Thank you Neil,
    You are always spot on with articles for the newbie in this space. You are my secret to gaining momentum with your posts. I am especially enjoying this series where you have started a new site in the Nutrition space. I am watching with excitement and soaking it all up.

    • Neil Patel :

      Deborah — thanks for all the support. Let me know if you need help with anything at all!

  76. Second quick sprout post article i’ve read in a day! I’m boosting up my reading of niel patel articles. Also waiting for an update on that niche site!

  77. Hey Neil,

    Love your stuff–just share this post on Facebook. Know you’re busy, but quick question: My niche is in English learning/teaching so if I wrote a 4,000-8,000 word article with an audience of English-as-a-second-language learners, they would get overwhelmed and click away.

    If you were running a website where you had to err on the side of shorter content for your audience, what would you do to grow blog traffic? Curious to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

    • Neil Patel :

      Ryan, I think that’s a misconception people have. Shorter content doesn’t do a better job of people keeping engaged. Having in-depth content will keep readers glued t your page if you compartmentalize and provide value within the post. Value is always going to be the biggest indicator of true engagement.

  78. Hi Neil, loving your posts and great information. Definitely looking forward to the update on your nutrition blog. Will you show us how you monetize the site and what metrics you’re measuring?

    • Neil Patel :

      David, I will definitely share a lot on pretty much every aspect of the blog.

  79. Mudasir khan :

    Great article sir i really help me . thanks . u deserve all this

    Sir. can can i write more than one focus keyword in my article . Because in word press i didnt get any option of doing so . i want to use many keyword in one article
    waiting for ur reply

    • Neil Patel :

      Mudasir, you should ideally focus on one focus keyword — however if they are contextually similar there shouldn’t be an issue.

  80. Aftab Alam Siddiqui :

    Hi Neil,

    I am a big fan of your’s and i have been following lot of your stuffs for last 4 years now..

    It’s been really helpful to me when i started as a Freelancer and oDesk and Elance in 2009

    Now, i have been blessed to start my own online business and also serve as a Coach and help young freelancers to get started.

    Keep up the good work.


    • Neil Patel :

      Aftab, glad I could help. Let me know if you need help along the way & Good luck!

  81. Toni @ Debt Free Divas :

    Do you think a blog hosting tool can negatively impact search engine results. I use Joomla. I get great traffic from Pinterest but almost no search engine traffic. I wondering if it’s worth the effort to switch to WordPress. Thoughts?

    • Toni, if you feel it can give you more traffic I would. However, if things are going fairly well right now — I wouldn’t change too much.

  82. Hi Neil,

    I started following your blogs only about a couple of months ago and love your work 🙂

    For an article that is 4000- 5000 words long, how much time would you spend on research? I am in the planning stages for my own new blog and this information would be useful.

    Also, do you outsource any of your content?

    Thank you and also love the content under the University section of your blog.

    Regards, Dee.

    • Dee, I write all my content in-house. As for time spent on research, I am constantly reading & immerse myself in digital marketing.

  83. You’re my go-to guy for learning anything about how to be better! Two questions:
    1. Emailing your list every time you post: Personally, I tend to unsub from email lists that mail out too often. Weekly to monthly is my tolerance level. Am I the anomaly?

    2. Some of your advice is difficult for me to convert to actions for my music/entertainment website. I’ve been able to figure out some and have implemented. Any chance you’d like to do a few articles on ideas for growing traffic for more entertainment (not movies or celebs) but more indie art/music type blogs where there isn’t a lot of “teaching” posts? So many growth ideas seem to be geared toward blogs that teach and have big networks of others teaching about the same main topics. Thats my selfish request!

    Thanks for all you do!

    • Neil Patel :

      Tammy, great questions:

      1. You definitely aren’t the anomaly — some people like to send less emails because the list is either smaller or they like to update once a month with longer updates.

      2. I think you can provide education and knowledge for any niche — think of some creative ways to educate your audience and they will reward you ten fold.

  84. I’ve read this post over and over this weekend because it had so much and is So helpful!! Today I started collecting Emails after a year of thinking about it! Thanks- this gave me the push I needed!!:).

    • Neil Patel :

      Jessi, glad I could help. Best of luck & let me know if you need any help with anything.

  85. liela kevin :

    This is exactly what I needed to start building traffic. Thanks Neil!!

  86. If you use Thrive leads, do you also need Hello Bar? Thx and great post!

  87. Hey There Neil, great read based on your recommendation I have just installed the Hello Bar on my site. A bit scary when it did not really give too much information on the hello bar website and wanted access to analytics data…Anyway bit the bullet and installed the plugin. I will test this out to see how it performs vs the last email pop up, fingers crossed…then may also jump on Thrive to test and compare. Thanks for your hints keep up the good posts.

    • Neil Patel :

      John, thanks for installing — let me know if you need any help along the way.

  88. Anyway bit the bullet and installed the plugin. I will test this out to see how it performs vs the last email pop up, fingers crossed…then may also jump on Thr

  89. Anika Davis :

    Very nice technique Niel, very solid at that too. It’s not in the human nature to copy anything so detailed and complex.
    Makes perfect sense. And yes, I agree that building a
    relationship with your followers is very essential.

    Because it makes them feel important, it’s a process
    wherein you show that you care about them. There
    are even times wherein they may be able to help
    you without even asking them to do so.

    Another set of great tips. Thanks again for sharing.

  90. Hi Neil,

    This is a very helpful post again, 5 simple steps to grow your website traffic.

    The odd thing is that we all know this, but we simply need to do it and stick to the plan on a consistent basis.

    I enjoyed reading this post.

    All the best,

    • Neil Patel :

      Elmar, thanks for all the support. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

  91. Kevin Puls, the ", email marketing maven..." :

    You mentioned Randy Ray in this post,… partly because he offered some suggestions to you.

    If I may make one suggestion,.. you have an opt in box (at the bottom of this post, before the comments),… after opting in, the thank you form takes me AWAY from this post (instead of opening up in a new tab/window).

    Just a thought.

    • Neil Patel :

      Kevin, thanks for the feedback. I’ll definitely take it into consideration.

  92. Ethan Dunwill :

    Hi, Neil!
    Thanks for amazing post.
    I have a question. You suggest to write long detailed content just because it can fit more long-tail keywords or just because Google ranks it higher?
    Thanks again for interesting info!
    Regards, Ethan Dunwill

    • Neil Patel :

      Ethan, I think the challenge is two-fold and it accomplishes both tasks when you write long detailed content.

  93. Nice blog Neil!

  94. Niki Payne :

    Hey Neil,
    Love your content, especially that post you wrote about you’re able to crank out 8 guest blog posts a week!
    Any way, would love to have your expert opinion. I want to start a relationship marketing blog to build authority as a social media consultant but can’t decide whether my blog should be on my personal domain or my business domain. I’m also a dating journalist working on a book so I rebranded my personal site to be more in alignment with my writing background and niche. But my “day job” is in social media consulting. It’s all WOM right now but I really want stary generating leads via blogging and search. My name has more brand awareness but is it okay to talk about to different topics within the same blog or should one be for dating and one for marketing? I feel stuck on how to make proper use of my website and start practicing what I preach.

    • Neil Patel :

      Niki, I think ideally you want to separate the two so you don’t create confusion. Some people will only be interested in dating & others only marketing — very unlikely that there will always be an overlap.

  95. Hey Neil,
    It was a great helpful post. But I have something to know about the bounce rate. I saw you have a high bounce rate of above 70% Isn’t it too high? How do you thing to reduce the bounce rate? Actually I’m facing the same problem. Any idea?


    • Pritom, check out this article it may help:

  96. Neil..

    Very useful posting

    Special thanks for providing Hellobar information.

  97. Insightful post as always. Just started following your blog(s) in the last couple months and I’m learning a ton.

    The finding time part is the real trick 🙂

  98. Neil, I have one tutorial consisting of many posts. If I combine them all, they will certainly meet the number of words suggested in the article.

    So in my situation, since it’s already published previously would it better if I leave my tutorial as is, or should I combine the posts.

    In case of my situation, I wonder which one will do better, publishing a long tutorial, but takes time to make it, or divide it into shorter posts and I can publish it daily.

    • Juan, if it looks great in context and isn’t spammy then I would say go for it. It’s all about context, ultimately.

  99. Hi Neil

    Really loving your posts and following your challenge. Can I ask, you mention under partnerships ‘To ensure that I don’t get penalized by Google, the links will be “no-followed,” – I’m pretty new at all this and wondered why you would have to do that? Why would Google penalize you?



    • Jo, you want to make sure the links that are being shared and that are present on your site are high quality. Here’s an article that can help.

  100. Rueben Ubence :

    This article is great Neil! Driving traffic to your personal blog, portfolio, or business website is key to build a larger audience, gaining new customers, and going viral. I think SEO with unique and high quality content is the best way to get good traffic. And social media is a great way of getting your name out there and helping people discover your posts and products. Utilizing many of these outlets and channels can help you reach a larger audience and help promote your content when users share and distribute your content.

    • Rueben, glad you found it helpful. Social media is a great way to get reach your niche market — with the strategies I detailed above you can get great results.

  101. Hugh Culver :

    Neil this is great. We have got our users up about 50% over last year but now I’m seeing slow growth. The best results we get are partnering on webinars and getting those emails and then driving traffic to my blog.

    I’m curious what metrics do you watch in G Analytics to help you decide what’s working?

    • Hugh, sounds like you are on the right path. I like at GA holistically to see if I am doing all the right things.

  102. Hello Neil

    My website is My domain is 5 years old and PR is good. Optimized the website last month. Traffic also increased but not as expectation. What should i do ?

    • Dandy, test out some other growth hacking formulas. That’s how I go about things 😉

  103. Thanks Neil,
    This was exactly what I needed to read today, as I’m in the process of putting together a huge guide (almost 10.000 words) and I’m being very picky with the layout as well.

    I actually already wrote the whole guide but the layout is taking me forever, as I’ve noticed that good quality and detailed content is, as you said, very important to rank high, but a captivating layout really helps a lot.

    Since I’ve changed my theme and the layout of my articles I saw my bounce rate falling from 70% to 35%, and the new articles (obviously long ones) tend to rank higher quicker than before.

    So yes, long articles but also take care of the layout. It really helps!

    A final note: thanks for always reminding people about the comments. I reply to every single one and it really helped growing my traffic and my followers big time.

    Unfortunately many of the commenters don’t return as I have a travel website and I rank super high for a specific destination, so it’s unlikely that these people will be engaged with my other posts. BUT… there were cases in which the readers came back for further advice for the next season, as they didn’t manage to visit the place I recommended the previous year.

    And this happened because they were impressed with my replies and also recommended my website to other people interested in the destination, so replying to the comments is also crucial!


    • Clelia, sounds like you are doing all the right things. Keep up the great work and keep replying to comments — like me 😉

      If you need any help along the way let me know.

  104. TheGeekCircle :

    Thanks, this really helped, and my traffic ROCKETED! Last month I had 140 views and this month I had about 320!!! Thanks! My Blog:

  105. this is a great post but do u know how to increase traffic of my this log i have done several methods but it is not working

  106. Tunde Sanusi :

    Thanks for this well explanatory Post. So the main concept about growing blog traffic is Writing Posts frequently and long quality article?

  107. Hi Neil!

    I found your blog through google, so cheers to your SEO point! I enjoyed this post and will continue to try and build on the points you have mentioned. I will definitely look into the Hello Bar. I think it is a great option as my email subscribers has halted to a stop in the last few months.

    Thank you for the suggestion!


    • Chelsea, glad you found it helpful. I look forward to hearing much more from you.

  108. Hi,

    This technique is totally different from other, as many SEO expert always say that only backlink can give more and more traffic. But I think relationship with people by email and social share is the best way to get targeted traffic which are real. Thank you so much.

  109. Hey, could you help me find a wordpress plugin to acquire email addresses.

  110. Hey Neil,

    Thanks for this incredibly awesome post. I have been blogging daily now for over 5 months and the traffic I have been getting has not been encouraging but now I think I know what I might be doing wrong.

    Thank you.

  111. Hi Neil,
    I’ve read a few of your articles on Entrepreneur recently so I checked out your blog. Love this post. Though, it goes against all of the advice I’ve received in the past regarding blog post length. I started out writing 3,000 to 5,000 word posts, but was quickly hounded by hundreds of experts to reduce my posts down to 500 to 1500 words. I’ve found my groove at about 1000 words. But my search traffic isn’t very good. So I’m faced with a dilemma. Do I cater to my readers, or to Google? I write for my readers, first and foremost, but I do want to rank well. Do you understand my dilemma or do your readers love 8,000 word posts?
    Thanks so much for this post. I’ve learned a few good things from it 🙂

    • Greg, I think you can satisfy both. If time is a constraint then writer shorter articles but provide a lot of value within the post. Make sure it’s also contextual so Google gives you weight.

  112. Michael Kidzinski :

    Everytime I read your stuff Neil, I learn something new but what is also very important, you know how to describe things to be easy to understand.

    Thanks a lot for great content.

    BTW, what do you think about creating new blog post every single day?

    • Michael, glad I could help. If you don’t compromise the quality of your work then everyday is great!

  113. Gaurav Zawar :

    Hi Neil Sir,
    Thank you for such a great article. I have just started my blog and I’m getting no traffic, hope these tips will help me to gain some visitors.

  114. Hello Sir,

    I have got very informative tips about how to grow traffic on the blog. Such as via Email, writing extreme content, building fans, partnerships and etc.

    Thank You.

  115. Sashwato Chatterjee :

    Hi Neil,

    Firstly would like to say a big thanks to you for this article. You are truly correct in your observations with traffic directly proportional to our resource lengths. I have started believing about more researched topics that provide high insights to our readers!

    Reaching a target length of 3000 words posts is definitely possible if we start considering facts, subjects, infographics, ideas and give readers their view of advantages and disadvantages on certain levels. On occasions when I have written 2500+ lengths, they have given me very good results with search traffic.

    I will definitely try to implement this on my new project and see what happens. The points written by you are like gold dust for me at this moment.

    Thank You!

    • Sashwato, awesome. Thanks for sharing your insights — looking forward to hearing much more from you.

  116. Great Post! Much helpful!

  117. I pretend I haven’t read this blog every time I come here. It’s amazing as I try to grow my blog, everytime I learn a new point from this very same post. Love this post and I come here, again and again and again to simply read it.. This post is worth it’s weight in gold

  118. I am glad to find such a great article on how to grow blog traffic in a month, i hope these works ..

  119. Great tips! Loved how you kept it simple. Also how you mentioned the importance of creating content that is huge and informative. People will appreciate that value that is given.

    I was curious about any type of paid advertising you have done or currently do? Google Adwords? Facebook Ads? Etc. Thanks!

    – Will

  120. Everyone loves what you guys are usually up too.

    Such clever work and coverage! Keep up the terrific works guys I’ve incorporated
    you guys to blogroll.

  121. WOW!
    One of the best blog I have read recently!
    Can you tell me when should start(after how much traffic) I start putting ADS on my website hackpundit? This is in assumption my website is ADSENSE approved.

    Please suggest?

  122. I just bumped into this post. Thanks Neil. I think I will try out the Hello Bar lead capture.

  123. This is useful. I write 3-4 posts a week at 1000 words but I am going to try writing 2 posts a week at 4000 words+. I hate pop ups on sits asking for emails so I can’t do that on my site if I find it spammy myself, I keep getting pop ups on this site as I write. I think blogs are overdoing it with pop ups now. I get a lot of private emails from as you say fans, and I find this makes for a great relationship, would rather have 1000 of the right people coming to my site every month, than 10,000 who don’t even comment.

  124. Excellent Post to grow a blog traffic.. Very helpful.. 🙂

  125. Very useful. Thanks

  126. Great post. Today I know importance of mail in traffic generating for blog
    Now I am collecting mail for my new blog

    • Indra, glad to hear. I am sure you’ll see great results. Looking forward to hearing much more from you.

  127. Thanks for the post Neil, great as always. I actually read your blog regularly but found a file where I had saved a bunch of “must reads” -this article was one. The timing is great as I recently wrote a nearly 8,000 word blog post and was wondering if this is a big extreme.

    Glad to see your posts are of a similar length and tend to do well in the search engines – just what I wanted to hear.

    Keep up the good work.

  128. Utkarsh Shukla :

    Hello Neil!
    Thanks for this post. This post has inculcated a new spirit in me to work with my blog. Sure be applying these techniques in my blog.

    • Utkarsh, glad you found the post helpful. If you need anything else along the way don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

  129. Renee Groskreutz :

    Thank you so much for this incredibly helpful post. I am going to use the email template today. It is exactly the inspiration that I needed.

    Do you send this each time that you release a blog post?

    • Renee, Glad you liked it. The template has worked wonders for me in the past. I am sure it will do the same for you.

      I send it for most blog posts. Let me know how it works for you!

  130. Neil,

    Thanks for the awesome content! Just recently started a blog and was only posting once a week. Will defiently start doing twice a week!

  131. Really interesting. I know there’s a lot of experimentation when it comes to blogging so more than anything else, I’d encourage people to do just that. Mix it up a bit and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. In fact, make mistakes and be willing to learn from them.

    • Eric, mistakes are a great way to figure out how to succeed and do the things that will provide better results the next time around.

      Let me know if you need any help along the way. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

  132. Thank you for this amazing post. I have been struggling to find traffic for my website, then I found this.

  133. Jaivinder Singh :


    Very inspirational post for me. Neil you always remember your users and always reply them and it is necessary for everyone. Thanks for being with us because you are always helpful.

  134. Another rich post, every time I read a post on quicksprout, i feel more motivated and eager to apply the tips I just learned from it. Thanks for this!

    • That’s exactly what my intention is Jaimin. I hope you get the results you’re looking for.

  135. Thanks Neil! That is very helpful info for someone like me that is working as a freelance writer. 4K-8k words per post…wow! I will make that my goal.

  136. Amazing Content Neil always great reading your posts.

  137. Hi Neil,

    So helpful, as always! I’ve been on your site for hours and have read your guide to blogging, how to be a productive blogger in 2015, the 11 things you wish you knew before you started your blog…so much good information, I feel like I’m drowning in it!

    I noticed that a lot of your readers comment that your posts are too long…I wondered, do you have one actionable strategy that freelance bloggers/writers can use to get the GOOD, high-paying blogging gigs?

    • I think the best strategy is to manually reach out to bloggers and send them a sample blog post customized for their site. You’re giving them something of value and will get their complete attention. It won’t work everytime, but I bet if you reach out to 100 you can probably get 5-10 if not more. Then some may convert into recurring income.

  138. This is one the great experience I ever have. Thank a lot Neil to give my blog as a new look.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it Nahid. Please let me know if there’s anything else I could help you with.

  139. Hii Neil !

    I am new in blogging. I have just started a blog Zindagi Phir BHi Hai in Hindi Language. I don’t have much experience in the field of internet/social marketing, even I am not so comfortable in coding etc. But I can write quality content in Hindi.

    My Question is that, what strategy should I adopt to increase audience specially to a Hindi blog, and one more thing what is the scope of Hindi Blogging in future.



    • Use the same strategy in the sense that you want to create high quality content that gives value to your readers. Give them an experience of learning something new or being entertained by something you’re doing. The scope is what you want it to be, whether you’re looking to monetize it, get customers, fans etc.

  140. I can see where this is going Neil. But I have a question, how do you have the time to write extremely detailed content twice a week? I can barely even make it once a week if I have to write really exhaustive content? Do you hire someone? if you do, how can you find people who will pour their heart into the content? How much are you paying for these content?

    • I hire people to do the research and pay anywhere between $20-50 a post, but find myself cranking out a post within a couple hours. I’ve been doing this for over a decade now, it just becomes easier with practice and consistency.

  141. Dhruval Patel :

    Hello ,Neil

    This Guide Helped me to write my First 2000 Words post 🙂 guess what after writing long posts i got improvement in SEO 🙂

    all Credits to you , Thank you Neil Patel

  142. Emily Linger :

    Hey Neil,
    I have been blogging for 8 mo the and steadily increasing my monthly traffic. I am now at about between 1500- 2000 views per Month and 1000 unique viewers per month. I fell like I have exhausted all my outlets for social sharing however and don’t know where to go next. Everything I read says to keep trying to push through the fist 2 years before expecting to make any money,

    I’m not really selling anything just looking to maybe make money with ads and affiliate marketing but those two roads aren’t producing and profits yet. If you have time to look at my blog and offer up any suggestions/ critiques I would so appreciate it! Http://
    Thanks so much!

    • You won’t make much money with affiliate marketing and ads with those traffic numbers. However, if you had a 1000 people on your email list, that could turn into something.

      Focus on converting those traffic numbers into emails and then you can market products to your email list strategically.

  143. Look like a looong trip to make it for me as anewbie. Thanks for these tips.

  144. Thank you for this amazing post, Neil!

    The article is full of great content and information. Helped me a lot to increase my blog traffic. One of the points you mentioned is to collect emails. Well, it is a great approach to driving traffic to the blog. I would like to add one more point to the list. What about social sign-in? It also helps you to boost traffic. What are your views on this?

    Bifty Alex

    • Good suggestion Bifty. Having an option for social login can help, but my experience has always been good and bad with it. Maybe there are better tools today than there were when I was doing it.

  145. Nice post Patel. keep it up. thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. I also will want you to check my blog

  146. I love to write and would have no problem writing that many words, but I’ve seen elsewhere advice to keep it short in order to keep the audiences attention. I’m constantly summarizing my blog posts incredibly out of worry that people will take a look at the length and not bother.
    Also even advice to increase read-ability by keeping words to mostly two syllables and sentences short with few commas! Is that necessary?

    • No, I wouldn’t worry about it like that. Focus on a problem people have, write about a solution (to make this simple)

  147. I saw that you added some logos of ebay, amazon, etc on the offer. What those stand for?

  148. Hi Neil,

    Thanks for this article! I’m a bit confused on how a new blog gets so much traffic so quickly.

    It seems Google cares for older sites, but also can favor younger sites with lots of content. Since you’ve gotten these results in such a short time, did you focus mostly on production rather than promotion?


    • You need to do both. Derek Halpern shares a good formula for spending 20% of time producing and 80% promoting

  149. Vicky Pawar :

    Nice tips thanks for sharing I will try this tips in my blog…I hope it’s work in hindi blog….

  150. Hasan Jual Genset :

    thanks for your tips, now i know 🙂

  151. Jillian Zacchia :

    Hi Neil,

    I run my own blog and mentor a team of writers, who each have their own blogs as well. As a marketer / writer hybrid I understand the value of 4000+ word posts (although I’ve only written a few), how can I convince my writers who are already struggling with time, to write longer posts?

    How significant is the difference in search traffic between a post of 2000 words versus one at 6000 on the same subject?

    • If you current writers are struggling you should find new ones. It will be an uphill battle to get the current ones there.

      From 2000 to 6000 there isn’t a big difference. From 2000 to 30,000 there is a huge difference…

  152. Thank you for the information. Somehow I get that your 4000 to 8000 blog posts confirms that content is king.

    • It’s not the words, it’s the quality of the post and the experience it creates

  153. nice post, really learning alot.
    been struggling with my blog

  154. Here is my blog, started earlier this month
    Can you help me out

  155. Thank you for the tips. I signed up for Hello Bar before I even finished reading your blog! I had been looking for ways to add that pop up field to my site and couldn’t figure it out… Thank you

    I am in the stages of growing my blog which I started about one month ago. Any tips to get me started with SEO.

    • Email and someone from our team will help you get that figured out

  156. Thanks for sharing this. This guide is help me to grow my blog.

  157. Thank you very much, I’m trying to get my first visitor on my blog now

  158. Financial Canadian :


    Super inspiring post. One thing that I find really hard on my website is getting viewers to subscribe to my posts, and I never knew about some of the techniques you mentioned here to achieve that.

    Thanks for your help. As with anything else, I stand on the shoulders of giants.


    • When you make it easier for them to subscribe, they’ll most likely do it. I know it seems obvious, but you’d be surprised by all the people that just don’t do it

  159. Dedy Akas Website :

    Hi… thanks for share this article…

    Now I know more for visitor… 😀


  160. My blog visitors are very less before now i am gaining good visitors. thanks for sharing

  161. Thanks for these tips…quite straightforward. I’d work on the mailing list thing. thanks

  162. Great Post.

    Sir, I’m a newbie in the blogging industry. I read your complete post and happy to learn good tricks which helpful to increasing the traffic of my blog.

  163. NSW writers tips :

    Hello Neil Patel,

    I just read you blog and see your last month traffic report that’s Really Awesome but can you let me know where we can get real email ID which help us to traffic as well as leads because without leads traffic doesn’t workout so, also I have one question to you can you guide me how we can remove one listing from Google searches which comes from with my client name, I really want to down the position of this link Or can you suggest me some ORM Tips?

    waiting for your reply…!!!

  164. NaijaFoodTherapy :

    That’s exactly what I am doing to grow my new Food Therapy blog. Thanks

  165. Hi Neil,

    I am writing content for over 4k for some competitive keywords. I have also analyzed the competitors and they have content around 2.5k but not more than that still I am having difficulty to rank the keywords.

    I have enabled breadcrumbs in Yoast and I think that is causing issues for my new blog.

    When I check the indexed posts, my blog posts are like this

    However, I want to show it like this

    I have enabled breadcrumbs so is that where the issue is residing? I already have set my permalinks to post name and using the exact keyword in URL.

    Can you please let me know your opinion about this.

    • Have you tried disabling that in Yoast Susan? I would turn it off to see if that’s what is causing this

  166. Hilmy Musadhique :

    Very important content. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us Neil

  167. Tianah's inspirational blog :

    Very lovely piece of information. Thanks Neil.

  168. About extremely detailed content, I am agree with you, Neil. My friend have tried it. But for me, it’s a hard challange. I need to work harder, and I’ll try it. Thanks so much. 🙂

  169. So, I’d like it! I’d never thought about that methods. Thank you for post!

  170. Very Nice post, and i will try this to learn about blogging.. sorry bro for my bad english 🙂

  171. Facebook group not give significan effect for my blog.

  172. I need to get on this whole email thing! Thanks for sharing!

  173. Thanks for such an informative post, Neil! I have been blogging for about 6 years now and even though I’ve worked really hard on self promotion and the like, I haven’t really seen any growth at all. Your tips for content and collecting emails are something I’m going to have to work on. Also, the answering every comment I get hit home as well. I really don’t sit and answer every comment. Thanks again for your help!

  174. Munna Hossain :

    Great article. I got inspiration from your article. I hope I will get enough traffic within a short time. Thanks for sharing with us such an informative article.

  175. First things first, great article. You were the reason I started collecting emails the real way (I used Jetpack at first, it worked but still wasn’t great) and also have started to slowly transition to writing more in-depth articles. Thank you.

  176. Great article. Thanks Sir.

  177. Jagadish Prasad :

    great blog post on growing blog traffic.I recently created my blog and want to increase traffic,seo.

  178. Before you pitch a post to a blog, check its social influence to assess how much traffic you can expect to generate from social media, if your post gets featured. This twisted method of guest blogging is guaranteed to produce organic traffic and social shares and help you to build your elite email list.

  179. Thanks for the tips, Neil. One simple question, are these still working in 2017?

  180. A great read Neil, so thanks. I’m doing a blogging campaign for a client. I’m creating 500 word blog posts.

    Is it better to start the campaign with long-form blog posts instead? My client has next to no blog traffic, at this stage. Sixty

  181. Greetings Neil Patel Sir! This is Ramiz from India. Sir I have been planning to start a health related blog for a couple of months and since then I have been gathering information about all the factors related to a blog. How to grow traffic, how to monetize, affiliate marketing and quite a lot many things. But this post of yours, is by far the best I’ve come across. This was just what I wanted.Thank you.

    One thing I wanted to know that when I start the blog, how many articles do I need to publish to give it the best kickstart possible? (I have lots and lots of health related unique content)

    Also I wanted to know that would I be able to get an affiliate program just after a few days of my start(with lots of content in the blog)?

    Sir I’ve seen in your post that you answer to almost every question in the comment box. I would be really thankful if you enlighten about what I want to know.
    Thank You

    • Focus on quality posts and the promotion is the key part via relationships and networking. Ideally I would have 5 posts up and promoted but it really is about showing trust for the user, so more is better.

  182. Shalaria LeNoir :

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve been failing at blogging for years, but I’ve finally decided to give it another go and this time I won’t quit!

    Your tips will come in handy and I definitely needed to learn more about blog promotion because that’s one thing I never did in the past. I call it a lesson learned!

  183. The Noble Baby :

    What about the person who is at zero?! Like the blogger who is starting from scratch and wants to just get those first few readers?

    What should be the most important step for the total newbie? Besides creating great content of course!

    It seems that getting the ball rolling is really a difficult task… for those with say less than 100 readers where should you even start?

  184. OK thank you I got somethings reliable my blog spot us some what 1week and I blog just once with one comment …..its really kinda of elusive to understand but thanks all the same …

  185. Matt @ FreedomSearcher :

    Hi Neil,

    Thank you for the great tips again. I have use these tips to grow my personal finance blog “freedomsearcher” where I share money management tips and you can follow my path to financial freedom.

    I have found out also that so called “answer sites” works quite well at least what comes to finance blog referral traffic.


  186. I’ve written articles between 1000-2000 words and have rarely gone above it. I’m going to try the longer articles and see how it does. Thanks for the tip.

  187. I’ve just started my blog about living in Hawaii. Any feedback will help!! Thank you Neil!!:)

    • Your site looks nice! Great photos. You might consider adding excerpts of your posts on the homepage.

  188. I just started it is my first blog or attempt at writing. I was wondering if you might take a read and see what you think.

  189. hey, what subscriber plugin are u using, sidebar, full page cover and popup? Thanks

  190. No one, in their right mind, will do what you did when you wrote and posted this blog. I never had anyone explaining in so much detail. People keep the learnings to themselves but this article proves that there are people like you. I just started my blog on WordPress and was trying to understand how to grow it. You are Amazing to do this! Thanks a ton. 🙂

  191. Hello Neil, Now I’m a big fan of you.
    Now I’m trying to read every post of your blog and also watching your youtube video. Really Helpful 🙂
    I wanna grow my blog

    Thank you

    • I’m so glad that my articles are helping you, and thanks for checking out my videos. Good luck with your blog Didy!

  192. Some good information here. I generally write on evergreen topics for our blog but if something newsworthy comes up thats relevant to the niche I am in and I can add value – those posts tend to attract the most attention and shares.

  193. Hi, Neil!

    I was a beauty blogger for many years and have since gotten married and moved to Morocco, prompting me to start life as a digital nomad. I work full time remotely, and recently decided to get back into the blogging world. A lot has changed since 2011, and I have so much to learn it’s almost overwhelming! Buying my domain name today, and from there I think I’ll be able to succeed with your tips.

    Thanks so much for writing meaningful content! I appreciate your help.

  194. Hi Neil, this is not the first time I read this post. Read it some time ago, but still, I come back for more.

    I would like to ask for your professional opinion, if I’m only chunking out great and detailed content, but without building links or marketing, will my blog still grows organically?

    • Sure, Shawn, your blog will still grow. Link building would give you a boost, though 🙂