10 May 2013 ~ 72 Comments

23 Steps to 100,000 Visitors (Step-by-Step Guide)

I’ve created this guide to show you step-by-step how to get your
first 100,000 visitors.

Many, many hours have gone into creating this guide. But that was
just the writing part. I’ve spent 7+ years actually learning,
implementing, and testing these strategies – now served up
to you on a silver platter :)

Listed below our my top 23 favorite traffic strategies.

Or as I like to call them – “traffic engines”.

Just one of them can instantly boost your traffic.

Master all of them and you’ll be well on your way to becoming
a Traffic Jedi.

Your 23-step roadmap to 100,000+ visitors…

1. Create EPIC Content.

Creating EPIC content is BY FAR the best way to attract thousands of visitors from social media AND from Google :)

In fact, Google rewards EPIC posts. They LOVE content rich websites.

In fact, research has shown that the top 10 results for the majority of keywords in Google have an average content length of at least 2,000 words. Plus, longer content naturally attracts more links.

So if you want thousands of organic visitors from the search engines, write epic content for your readers.

When I sit down to write a new blog post – I’m not thinking about how many words does this have to be or how can I get the very best keywords in the title.

That’s LAME.

Instead – I’m thinking about how I can provide EPIC value that stops at nothing short of a braingasm.

I don’t want casual readers. I want rabid fans!

And building a tribe of rabid fans all starts with creating EPIC value.

And of course – it doesn’t hurt to have a bit of entertainment thrown in :)

Need traffic? Create something EPIC.

Until then… stop whining.

Resources:

http://thinktraffic.net/write-epic-shit
http://www.copyblogger.com/create-epic-content/
http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/viral-content/

Next step… Once you’ve created something epic, you need to make sure other people find out about it.

This is where the marketing side of the equation comes in.

Just a little bit of momentum will do :)

All you have to do is get the snowball rolling.

 

2. Social Media Seeding

Social media is making it easier to share and spread your content
than ever before. EVERYONE online now has a circle of influence that
you can tap into IF you’re providing massive value.

By submitting your blog post within your own social networks you’ll be able to spark that initial momentum to get your first hundred visitors.

And if you’ve created truly epic content, you’ll start getting retweets and Facebook likes that can quickly become a traffic snowball.

This is KEY for getting your content to go viral.

Plus, you can also ‘seed’ your content on sites like JustRetweet.com.

JustRetweet is a social sharing community. It’s essentially a huge blogging alliance that works together to promote each others content.

This is a super simple strategy for getting your first 20-30 retweets
and Facebook likes. Which will immediately kick off your first bit
of momentum.

Whenever I have an especially good article, I also like to do a Promoted Facebook post as well.

This is an easy way to get more of your Facebook Fans to see and click on your post. If you have a nice size fan base. This is one of the easiest ways to drive hundreds of extra visitors to your new blog post.

 

3. Google Authorship

You can instantly start getting more traffic to your blog using
Google Authorship.

By adding just a few lines of code to your blog you can get your
photo next to your search results and instantly start getting
MORE traffic.

But this isn’t just pie-in-the-sky theory I’m throwing around.

Back in January 2012, a search marketing firm named Catalyst
confirmed through their own research that Google’s rich snippets
do indeed increase CTR and traffic
.

Google has stated that rich snippets do not increase your search engine rankings. However, you can imagine if you have your photo next to the search results it’s going to have a BIG influence on how many people click-through your link versus somone else’s.

Which link would you click on?

Resources:

Complete Guide to Google Authorship Markup

The Definitive Guide to Google Authorship Markup

10 Reasons Why Writers Should Claim their Google Authorship

 

4. Submit to the top 25-50 Scoop.it Pages.

Here’s one of the fastest ways to get backlinks and additional traffic to your latest blog post.

If you haven’t heard of Scoop.it yet, it’s basically a content aggregator that pulls together the very best content on thousands of different topics.

It’s kind of like social bookmarking but with a more visual, magazine-like format.

As a content creator, you can search for your specific topic and submit your latest article to the creator of that particular Scoop.it page.

You’ll see a link at the top of each Scoop.it pages that allows you to submit a suggested link. It takes all of 10 seconds to suggest your link.

If they decide to share your link, it gets published and any followers of that page also get notified (instant backlink and high-quality traffic).

Resources:

How To Curate Content and Build Authority With Scoop.it
A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation
An In-Depth Guide to Scoop.it

 

5. Kickstart your promotion with a StumbleUpon ad

If you want to kickstart your content promotion you can spend $10-$20 on StumbleUpon ads. With StumbleUpon you can get clicks for just 10 cents per visitor.

(But keep in mind if you’ve created some great content you’ll also get lots of organic stumbles – which will decrease the cost.)
We get many of our StumbleUpon ads for an effective cpc of just 5 cents per visitor because the ad also generates a lot of organic votes as well.

On StumbleUpon you can target specific groups of people. Everyone from personal finance enthusiasts to bird watchers. Fitness fanatics or photographers. There are hundreds of targeting options to choose from.

So for a small investment you can give your article a quick boost. This gives you that initial momentum to get your blog post going viral. Once your blog post hits a tipping point – it spreads quickly via social media.

 

6. Submit your blog post to popular Link Roundups.

Here’s a cool traffic trick for you…

This one is super simple and can bring you hundreds of extra visitors.

Once you’ve created some EPIC content – simply submit your blog post to Weekly Link Roundups.

What????

Ok, so you might be wondering what a link roundup is?

They’re basically where blogger’s post their favorite links and articles each week in what’s called a Link Roundup. These are generally a collection of their favorite blog posts from around the blogosphere.

One of my favorite Link Roundups can be found at Kikolani.com.

I’ve been listed in numerous releases of Kristi’s Friday Roundups.

She ROCKS!

Here’s how it works…

You start by finding Link roundups within your market.

Simply type in the following search queries on Google:

“Daily Link Roundup”
“Weekly Link Roundup”
“Monday Link Roundup”
“Friday Link Roundup”
“Link Roundup”

If you want to find blogs that are specifically related to your market, then you can add a modifier. Something like:

“Weekly Link Roundup” + marketing
“Weekly Link Roundup” + moms
“Weekly Link Roundup” + parenting

You can also use these same queries on sites like Google Plus or Twitter Search.

This will give you a list of related blogs that do weekly link roundups.

Best of all, there are thousands of blogs that do these link roundups on every imaginable topic.

Now here’s where you come in…

Once you’ve found a related blog that does link roundups you can then contact the blog owner and send them a link to your latest blog post.

If you’ve published truly great content, then there’s a very good chance that they will link to you in their weekly link roundup.

Super simple and it can send you hundreds of high-quality visitors. Not to mention some of the best backlinks available online :)

 

7. Blog Hops

Here’s another super simple strategy you can use to get hundreds of extra visitors to your blog post. (Do you see how these strategies start stacking up?)

It’s something called a ‘Blog Hop’ (also known as a link party)

It’s kind of like a ‘link roundup’ but with a few twists.

Every week, bloggers all around the web host link parties.

It’s an opportunity for other bloggers to add their latest blog post
to the link party. In return – you get extra traffic to your website.

This is one of the best (and easiest) ways to get your blog posts in front of new readers.

Each party has a theme or topic – so you’ll need to find related
link parties to submit your latest blog post to.

The blog host uses a WordPress plugin (such as inlinkz.com or linkytools.com) that allows users to submit a link, upload a thumbnail and then publish it to the link party.

Some link parties allow you to post a photo while others are text
links only. Be sure to include an enticing title / headline.

Most link parties are centered around the following topics:

Crafts
Recipes
Mom Blogs
Homeschooling
Teachers
Wedding
Fitness – low fat recipes
Organizing

So if you’re in ANY of these markets – put this on your to-do list today!

Link parties can easily send you hundreds of extra visitors each week.

Plus, you get to form great relationships with some cool peeps :)

*** Important Note: Submit your link as EARLY as possible. The links are listed in the order that they are submitted. So if you’re the first person to submit a link to the link party – then you’ll be listed first on the page. (And also get a lot more traffic)

 

8. Convert your article into Powerpoint and submit to Slideshare.

Now that you’ve syndicated your content around the web using Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, StumbleUpon, link parties, and Scoop.it – let’s now shift our focus into new content platforms.

One of the biggest mistakes bloggers make is they create hundreds of articles each year – but they never ‘repurpose’ those articles for additional traffic and backlinks.

If you’ve put in the hours to create EPIC content – then you should also be repurposing that content into multiple formats to quickly tap into new traffic pools.

So first up we’re going to convert our article into a Powerpoint. Turn each main point in your article into an eye-popping PowerPoint slide.

You can then submit your Powerpoint presentation to top sites like SlideShare.net, SlideRocket.com, Slideburner.com and SlideBoom.com. These are great sites for high PR backlinks AND exposing your content to a completely new audience.

Resources:

Slideshare Traffic Case Study: From 0 to 243,000 Views in 30 Days
How to Milk SlideShare Homepage for All the Traffic You Can Handle
Attract 100,000 Pageviews in 1 Month Using Slideshare
How to Generate Leads with Slideshare

9. Convert your article into a PDF.

Simply by converting your article (or a group of articles) into a PDF you can now pull in extra traffic from the top document sharing sites online.

In fact – if you want to automate the entire process you can have your virtual assistant to convert each article into a PDF. You can do this for free at Doc2Pdf.net.

(Quick Note: I personally don’t like to duplicate the content on my site so I would recommend either rewriting your article OR creating a unique article for this particular strategy.)

Then from there you can have your virtual assistant to submit your PDF to the top 15-20 document sharing sites online.

Scribd.com
Docstoc.com
Slideshare.net (also accepts PDFs)
Issuu.com
WePapers.com
MyPlick.com
Powershow.com
Slidesix.com
Empressr.com
AuthorStream.com
Calameo.com
Yudu.com
Edocr.com
PDFCast.org

Here’s a full list:

http://blog.ribbun.com/document-sharing-sites-for-seo/

 

10. Ebook Directories

Once you’ve written at least 25 articles on your blog – turn it into an ebook and submit to the top ebook directories online.

Regardless of which market you’re in, you can generate additional traffic from ebook directories like E-Library.net.

Or – why not go full hog and publish your book in the Kindle marketplace.

 

11. Kindle Traffic

Publishing your ebook on Kindle is one of the best ways to attract
‘buyer traffic’.

Plus, Google LOVES Amazon pages and gives theme preferential ranking
because they’re a HUGE authority website online.

This is why it’s soooooo important to do your keyword research when
choosing your title and optimizing your Kindle page.

With just a little bit of link building – you can get your Kindle
book on the front page of Google. Leveraging off of their authority
platform.

I call this a “Google Backdoor”.

Plus – you don’t have to write your ebook from scratch. You can repurpose and reuse your old blog posts to create your completed ebook.

With your new Kindle book – you can create a new revenue stream in your business AND build your subscriber list.

Be sure to offer a ‘bonus gift’ at the beginning and end of EVERY Kindle book.

This will allow you to build your subscriber list. Remember, people that buy Kindle books are proven buyers. Some of THE most valuable traffic you can tap into.

So if this all sounds pretty cool – be sure to read some of the more extensive guides below…

Resources:

How to Make Money with Amazon Kindle Books

61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books

72 Places to Promote Your Kindle Ebook

 

12. Audio Submissions

Now let’s take this a step further and convert our content into audio.

Simply grab your headset and record yourself talking into the microphone.

You can do this using some free software like Audacity.

After recording, you can submit your file to the top audio sharing sites online. One of my favorites being SoundCloud.com. Or you can automate the entire process using Fiverr.

VERY few people are doing this and it opens you up to an entirely new audience. Plus, it creates high-quality backlinks as well :)

Or, if you’d really like to take your traffic to the next level, I recommend starting your very own podcast…

 

13. Podcasting


Starting a podcast is one of the best ways to tap into an entirely new traffic pool. Plus, it can do wonders for building your brand.

Regardless of your niche – you can use podcasting to grow your audience.

Podcasting allows you to instantly tap into the massive traffic on sites like iTunes, Stitcher, and Blackberry.com.

Plus, this is some of the highest quality traffic you can get. These are by far some of the most affluent consumers online. So not only are you tapping into a rich new traffic source, but you’re also reaching people who are frequent online customers.

iTunes has over 500,000,000 active buyers in their marketplace.

The average podcast listener is affluent, highly educated, and highly responsive.

Plus, the iTunes marketplace is still fairly untapped.

You can easily re-purpose your existing content and connect with an wntirely new audience on iTunes.

Creating a podcast show is something I’ve put on the top of my to-do list.

But in the meantime you can learn from the case studies below…

Resources:

How to Start a Podcast – Step-by-Step Tutorial
How I Reached #1 on iTunes: A Guide to Launching a Podcast
How to Podcast for Free Traffic

 

14. Blogging Communities

There are a number of communities online where you can submit your content for instant exposure.

Some of my favorites include BlogEngage.com, Blokube.com, BizSugar.com, ImNewsWatch.com, Inbound.org, Serpd.com, FamousBloggers.net, and MySEOCommunity.com.

These are social communities that allow bloggers to share their favorite content, vote on the best articles, and build their social network.

But like any online community – the key is to provide VALUE to others FIRST.

So before you start blasting your own articles to the site – ENGAGE with the community. Share OTHER people’s articles first. Comment and start building relationships.

Once you’ve done that, then you can start sharing some of your own stuff.

But get in the trenches first!

Provide value FIRST and you will reap MUCH greater rewards for your efforts and from the community.

Find out where YOUR target market hangs out online and position yourself in front of them. This is traffic 101 in a nutshell.

 

15. Blog Content Aggregators

If you’re regularly publishing great content on a weekly basis – you can get hundreds of extra visitors each week from sites like AllTop.com, Affposts.com, AffBuzz.com, and AffDaily.com. These are content aggregators that pull in the best content from around the web.

AllTop.com in particular has sections for almost every topic under the sun.

So whether you blog about pets or parenting – this is an additional traffic stream you can tap into in ANY market.

And the cool thing is they’re always looking for new blogs to publish.

Simply find a relevant category and submit your blog at

http://alltop.com/submission/

Or – if you have a site related to affiliate marketing, SEO, or blogging then you can get hundreds of new weekly visitors from sites like Affposts.com, AffBuzz.com, and AffDaily.com.

 

16. Build your Blogging Alliance

The most successful bloggers online have a secret that they rarely mention in public.

It’s a bit of a secret society.

But without the hidden passwords and funny hand shakes.

In fact, most of their meetings rarely happen in person.

And it’s generally a small group of people.

A handful of like-minded bloggers who strategically work together to grow their blogs faster.

If you look at any of the most popular blogs online – you’ll find that almost ALL of them have formed a strategic alliance of some sort – whether it be informal or strategically planned.

This closed door group is one of the key parts of growing a large, successful blog online. No one gets to the top by themselves. You simply cannot build your business to its greatest potential without also building relationships with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

Members of a blogging alliance help each other in a variety of ways:

* Commenting on each others blogs

* Link to each other.

* Swap Guest Posts

* Share each other’s content on sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google Plus.

* Promote each other’s products.

* And much, much more…

As you probably know – it can get a bit lonely working behind your computer all day long. But within a mastermind you’re able to share results, bounce off ideas, and help each other to grow faster.

But the blogging alliance has a secret code.

It’s a small tweak that makes the whole thing work…

* No one in the alliance is playing for themselves.

Each member looks for ways to help the OTHER person first.

Give unconditionally – and it will come back 100x.

With a group of blogging friends, you literally have traffic on tap simply by sending out an email, IM, or Skype message.

But the RELATIONSHIP comes first.

And when you put the RELATIONSHIP first. When you put GIVING first, you’ll be amazed at all of the incredibly powerful synergies that come from that.

 

17. Old-School Traffic


While many other ‘gurus’ are out there talking about the next best ‘shiny object’ – we’re using a handful of ‘old-school’ traffic strategies to drive thousands of extremely targeted visitors every month.

I’m talkin’ old school like Monopoly and your first Nintendo.

Remember the days!

Sometimes the oldies are still the best :)

One of my personal favorites is forum marketing.

To this day – forum marketing is still one of the FASTEST ways to drive laser-targeted traffic online.

Create some good content, post it on a popular forum in your market and you can start generating traffic within 5 minutes of posting.

Because you’ve positioned yourself directly in front of your target market.

With forums, you can instantly put your content in front of hundreds of people who are currently browsing that forum.

No where else online can you tap into that much traffic goodness so quickly :)

Just to give you an example…

My dad is generating 14,000+ visitors per month in a tiny, weird little niche.

Tennessee Walking Horses

However – this market has one very large forum that he posts videos to every day – funneling hundreds of visitors BACK to his site on a daily basis.

So go to Google – find the most active forums within YOUR market, and start engaging with the community. Provide over-the-top value and link to your squeeze page or blog in your signature file.

I think you’ll be surprised at what a ‘traffic powerhouse’ this can be.

Plus, what’s nice about forum traffic is that it’s generally VERY high converting. The traffic is laser-targeted and converts quickly into subscribers AND sales.

We’ve seen a 10% conversion rate into sales from our forum traffic. (tracked using Adtrackz Gold)

It just doesn’t get any better than that.

Old-School is still ROCKIN!

 

18. Marketplace Traffic

Now here’s a newer traffic source that’s still wide open.

If you have an existing product, this will open up a completely new traffic source for your business.

And the best part of all – these particular traffic sources are
packed with buyers. So it’s some incredibly high-quality traffic.

I’m talking about online marketplaces like AppSumo, Udemy, SkillShare.com StartupPlays.com, and Mighty Deals.

You can generate a TON of traffic by getting your product listed
in popular marketplaces online.

It’s a hot-little bed of traffic that can send you hundreds of new customers :)

Not just targeted traffic – but hot leads with credit card in hand.

These sites are kind of like Groupon.com. They have handpicked daily deals and are more than happy to feature YOUR product. That is… IF you have a good product. Which you should!

I’m going to assume your putting out good content and that you care about your customers.

Otherwise – this business just won’t work for you.

But if you do care about your customers and you over-deliver on value than you can partner with sites like AppSumo and instantly leverage their 730,000+ Newsletter Subscribers.

Or you can tap into a network of over 500,000 potential fans,
followers, and customers on Udemy.com.

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Hot…Diggity…Dog!!
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Plus – the cool thing about Udemy.com is that they handle all of the tech stuff and payment processing.

They take out all the tech work and allow you to focus exclusively on creating great content.

Many of these platforms also allow you to share free courses.

So if you have a great free training program – you can use these sites to generate leads and build your subscriber list.

Ain’t that nifty :)

Plus, the Top 10 instructors on Udemy are earning over $50,000.
The top dawg made more than $200,000.

Simply by creating great courses and leveraging the Udemy platform.

So, if you have an existing product (or a great free course) get it
listed in these popular online marketplaces for increased traffic,
exposure, and sales!

Resources:

$21,243 in 8 Days with AppSumo

How Chris Converse Did $80,000 In Sales Teaching On Udemy

A new way to make six figures on the Web: teaching

 

19. Build an Affiliate Army.

Creating your own affiliate program is still one of the biggest untapped traffic sources online. It allows you to literally automate your entire traffic funnel.

If you currently have your own product (or you’re going to be creating your own product) you MUST have your own affiliate program.

It is hands-down one of the most profitable things you’ll do in your business.

It’s literally like being able to hire an army of marketing specialist.

An entire sales team that sends you traffic day in and day out.

With an affiliate program you’re able to automate ALL of your traffic.

Your affiliates will do it all:

PPC traffic
Facebook Ads
Article Marketing
Guest Blogging
Content Syndication
Banner Advertising
Social Media
Solo Ads
etc…

And the cool part is – you don’t pay your affiliates a dime until they make a sale.

So there’s zero risk on your part.

Now, for your first product I would highly recommend you create a low-cost offer and give away 100% commissions. (Price Point: $7-$39)

Now, at first this might sound kind of crazy ;)

But creating a 100% commission affiliate program can add thousands of subscribers to your list.

For our Traffic Dashboard product last year we opened up a 100% commission affiliate program and it’s added 25,000+ subscribers to our list to date.

As you might imagine, having a top-notch product and offering 100% INSTANT commissions makes it pretty easy to start recruiting affiliates :)

We had over 2,000 affiliates come on board and we we’re generating over 200+ subscribers per day for MONTHS off the back of it.

That’s the power of a strong affiliate program. It becomes a self-perpetuating lead machine.

You can give 100% commissions on the front-end and generate many multiples of that on the back-end.

There are a couple different ways to create 100% instant commission affiliate programs.

Some of the main one’s include:

JVZoo
RAP (Rapid Action Profits)
DigiResults
PaySpree.com

 

20. Top List Traffic

There are certain types of blog posts that get MORE traffic than others.

3 of my personal favorites include:

EPIC posts
Top Lists
Roundup Posts

You can use these in your business any time you need an instant boost
in traffic.

Here are a few examples:

60 Must-Read Health & Fitness Blogs for 2012
Top 30 Richest Young Entrepreneurs
202 Bite-Sized Tips to Increase Your Traffic
Top 20 Most Influential Photography Bloggers

When you link out to people – they’re MUCH more likely to link back to you. Especially if you’ve put them in the spotlight.

So after your blog post goes live, send them a short, personalized email to let them know you’ve featured them in your latest blog post.

Subject Line: I LOVE IncomeDiary.com

This is guaranteed to get open.

Create a top list with 25-50 bloggers, email each one, and watch the traffic flood pour in. Repeat monthly.

Resources:

How I Get Over 100,000 Visitors a Month With Top List Articles

 

21. Facebook Ads

This has become my favorite hot spot for driving traffic.

Facebook is a marketers dream. You can pinpoint and target EXACTLY who you want to add to your list.

Want to build a list of teachers? Facebook will allow you to put your ad directly in front of people who have declared their profession on Facebook as a ‘teacher. In fact, you can get super specific and just target science teachers, english teachers, or math teachers.

In a matter of weeks you can build a group of fans.

You can also drill down to the exact age group you want. Male. Female. Married. Single. Choose to your hearts desire.

Want to advertise to people who are fans of Jillian Michaels? You can do it! And build a targeted list of fitness/ weight loss prospects at the same time.

Facebook is quickly becoming one of the best places to build and grow your business.

Plus, once you have a few thousand fans your content can spread very quickly. Social media has ‘supercharged’ traditional word-of-mouth.

Resources:

5 Facebook Ad Tips to Maximize Your Facebook Campaigns

Facebook Advertising – Soup to Nuts Guide

Facebook Ads and Beyond: What Marketers Need to Know

 

22. Build a Bigger Email List

A lot of blogs never reach Rock Star status because they’re not capturing their visitors and turning them into subscribers.

In fact, most blogs are what I call ‘leaky buckets’ – the majority of their visitors come once and leave never to return.

NOT because the blog was bad.

NOT because the content was bad.

But simply because they didn’t setup their blog properly to
convert visitors into subscribers.

Email allows you to turn one-time readers into loyal, long-term fans. Those raving fans in turn spread your content and build your brand even further.

Plus, with your subscriber list you now have traffic on tap.

Your subscriber list is by far THE most important asset in your business.

And you can quickly turn your blog into a lead magnet using just 3 tools:

* Opt-In Box (this should be placed on EVERY page of your blog. I personally prefer using a ‘header box’ – which you can see at the top of this blog. I’ve found the header opt-in box to have double and triple conversions vs. the sidebar opt-in box. )

* Welcome Gate – These are becoming a VERY popular tool for converting blog visitors into subscribers. You can see examples at Mixergy.com, AppSumo.com, and even the WhiteHouse.gov.

You can create your own welcome game with a free plugin called WelcomeGateApp.com.

* Pop-Up – The pop-up box is THE most effective tool for converting blog readers into subscribers. The stats speak for themselves. Our pop-up box converts 12% of our readers into subscribers.

When you combine the pop-up box, header box, and the welcome gate – you’ll be covnerting at least 15% of your blog visitors into subscribers.

Michael Stelzner recently announced that 60-70% of their 205,000+ subscriber list has come from the pop-up on their blog.

Your subscriber list is quite literally the lifeblood of your business.

And in order to become a Rock Star blogger you must build a community that is “on tap” at all times via email, twitter, Facebook, mobile and other platforms.

So provide VALUE first. Build the relationship FIRST and the selling becomes secondary.

 

23. Have FUN!

Hey, you made it to the very last step. I’m impressed :)

And you’re in for a treat because step #23 is really the secret sauce of success.

Having FUN!!

You must be passionate about the game of business.

And most importantly, you must be passionate about your subscribers and fans. (Serving your Tribe)

Success requires a BURNING DESIRE, an all-consuming obsession.

This is NOT about buying another course or reading another ebook.
This is about doing it, doing it, doing it.

Building a business requires an amazing amount of persistence and
a good bit of elbow grease. And that kind of persistence MUST be backed by PASSION. Passion is what gets you up in the morning and keeps you working late into the night.

If you want to win this game, you must center your business around
something you truly love. Don’t choose a market just because some guru told you it was profitable. You’ll lose interest quickly… and some of you probably already know what I’m talking about :)

But when you’re building a business around your passions – you’ll have the drive that it takes to work late into the night, cranking out new content for your readers.

You have to love the journey more than the results. You have to love your customers more than the bottom line.

Commit to something greater than yourself. Devote yourself to your community. Focus on providing overwhelming value and you’ll be surprised at how quickly success comes your way.

72 Responses to “23 Steps to 100,000 Visitors (Step-by-Step Guide)”

  1. Troy 10 May 2013 at 12:45 pm Permalink

    Hey Kim,

    Thanks for the shout out on our podcasting traffic case study… Awesome post here… good to keep in touch…

    BTW, in the next few days that case study will be available as a Kindle ebook and I’ve added about 2x the content to it for the Kindle edition…

    Take care,

    Troy Broussard

  2. Azad Shaikh 10 May 2013 at 2:17 pm Permalink

    Hi Kim,

    This is an epic post really. Thanks for sharing your best resources. After reading your post, I have some more ideas on how to get traffic, I will test them and will share with you later. :)

    Regards,
    Azad

  3. Joy 10 May 2013 at 4:20 pm Permalink

    Thanks Kim great content as always.

  4. CJ Mollo 10 May 2013 at 8:13 pm Permalink

    Kim, I’m so glad I found your new blog! I had just visited Buzzblogger a few moments ago and saw that there were no posts since October 2012. I got nervous as I thought you might have given up blogging! I’m so glad you haven’t. And thanks so much for this AWESOME post. I am doing some of these things now but there is a whole bunch that I didn’t know about! Keep up the great blog posts!

  5. Aaron 10 May 2013 at 9:41 pm Permalink

    Kim,

    wow. I haven’t finished this yet but after reading the first 1/2, I can tell this is EPIC (Nail Patel style :). Great resource that I am certainly sharing with our audience. Thanks for the time you put into this.

    Cheers,

    Aaron

  6. Dave Castle 10 May 2013 at 11:05 pm Permalink

    Kim I have to say right out loud I am amazed, I have known you now for what like 5 yrs… (feel free to correct me there) You just keep getting more and more valuable to learn from, follow and my gosh your content is reaching the stratosphere!

    This like every other thing you post offer up for free or share in your membership sites is just pure content value, it will take a bit of time but I need to invent a word for your type of content because epic does not even scratch the paint on this one… I’ll get back to you when I think of a good descriptive word to try on.

  7. Heather Stone 11 May 2013 at 4:23 am Permalink

    Whoa, Kim! Gotta say this is pretty hard core! When most people write a post entitled something like “23 Steps to 100,000 Visitors” my eyes just glaze over. But I gotta say you’ve covered an awful lot of bases here…including some I must admit I’d never even thought about! (I like step 8 about converting your post into a Powerpoint and putting it on Slideshare.) I don’t know whether you’ll get 100,000 visits doing all this stuff. I’m guessing you know better than I do! But I’ll bet you would get plenty. Thanks for sharing with the BizSugar community.

  8. Darnell Jackson 11 May 2013 at 9:02 am Permalink

    Ha haaaaa! Kim brings the pain awesome job yo.

    I’m sharing like a mofo

    How long did it take you to complete this?

    PS

    Big shout out to Ms Ileane for sharing this with me on G+.

  9. jimmy Bornamann 11 May 2013 at 10:14 am Permalink

    This post is probably one of the best I have seen in the entire 2013. You as always have awsome sauce drizzled all over this. You always over deliver, and this time is no exception. So much stuff I just did not know about. There are 3-4 products in here and your Gift to us, How amazing…Thank you this when really dug into could change the course of my business. I thank you, My family thanks you…keep up the great work

    Jimmy Bornamann

  10. Eric Holmlund 11 May 2013 at 1:36 pm Permalink

    Great post Kim! You practice what you preach, because this is epic content!

  11. Jennifer Cunningham 11 May 2013 at 2:22 pm Permalink

    Hi Kim,
    You gave us homework for the next year. It could have been a course or ebook. Thanks for offering epic content for free. My next choices will be scoop it or PowerPoint presentations. Somehow, I thought iread that you were coming out with a new product. Whatever–glad you are back.

  12. Chetz Togom 12 May 2013 at 11:03 am Permalink

    Awesome post!!

    Thanks so much for this. You gave me lots of ideas to get traffic!

    Now I need to pick a few first to implement.

    Live Daily, GrateFully & FaithFully.
    Chetz Togom

  13. Osei 12 May 2013 at 2:48 pm Permalink

    Well done Kim loved every second of this article it also contained some extra resources i wasn’t aware of thank oyu.

  14. Sunny 12 May 2013 at 4:05 pm Permalink

    Wow, what a King of a post. This is the kind of post that definitely deserves the “Content Is King” saying.

    Not only did Kim list the 23 amazingly wonderful ways to get 100,000 visitors but she even took the time to explain each of them very well and even added follow-up resources on nearly all of them.

    There’s NO way that anyone won’t get many thousands of visitors just be implementing some of these steps. And of course, the 100,000, and even way more than that, is certain if most or all of these steps are followed and actually implemented.

    Thanks to Kim, for this awesome true “Content is King” post! I have shared and “Kingged” this in the IM social site Kingged.com and I left a similar comment:
    http://www.kingged.com/kim-roachs-23-steps-100000-visitors-stepbystep-guide/

  15. Vic 13 May 2013 at 12:20 am Permalink

    Wow, over 5 five thousand words, but they MATTER. RRReally great post :)

  16. Marc Bell 13 May 2013 at 12:22 pm Permalink

    Hi Kim!

    This is an outstanding post. You really know how to generate traffic for low cost, if any cost at all. I myself have been looking at Scoop it, Stumble Upon, and Slideshare a lot here lately.

    I currently use many of the other traffic sources you’ve listed above and my traffic to my blog has increased consistently over the past 6 months!

    Thanks for the new tips and sources!

    Marc Bell

  17. Ana Hoffman 13 May 2013 at 12:42 pm Permalink

    Fancy stumbling on this new blog of yours, Kim – I like it! I am sure there’s a story behind what happened to BuzzBlogger….

    Thanks for the mention; off to share this post.

  18. lisa melia 13 May 2013 at 1:09 pm Permalink

    wow! epic post, well done! Added to my weekly round up LOL

  19. Nadeem Khan 13 May 2013 at 1:23 pm Permalink

    wonderful list, you can also add aggregators like n4g.com, techspy.com etc!

  20. IMPromoCoder 13 May 2013 at 2:44 pm Permalink

    Thanks for the great post Kim. I was looking for methods to lower my dependence of Google traffic and this list seems to give me just about enough work for a couple of weeks (or months).

  21. Sunday 13 May 2013 at 4:01 pm Permalink

    I guess this content virtually covered many details about creating powerful contents that would go viral. The biggest takeaway is that one should really understand the basics of creating EPIC content.

    This should a be content offering the greatest value. Kim Roach has detailed the need for this type of content and all other steps points to the promotion of this EPIC content.

    I think these are practical steps and require a little bit of effort and commitment for one to achieve the required result!

    Thanks Kim for this post, and for its valuable content, I have
    “kingged” it in the IM social site – kingged.com where it was shared as the comment above.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor

    http://www.kingged.com/kim-roachs-23-steps-100000-visitors-stepbystep-guide/

  22. ArkayP 13 May 2013 at 5:45 pm Permalink

    Omg, you definitely rocked it here. If you just some of these strategies consistently then over a period of time the traffic will be non stop! Me personally, I’d pick out several of the the strategies that I enjoy doing & work it from there.

    Thank you!

  23. Geri Richmond 13 May 2013 at 8:38 pm Permalink

    Hi Kim,

    You don’t write Epic posts, you write Novels. There is soooo much information in these posts, that I have to print them, because there is no way I can remember all the new stuff I learned. Thanks for all the info. I appreciate it!!

    Sincerely, Geri

  24. Carl 13 May 2013 at 11:45 pm Permalink

    One of the most detailed and well written guides to traffic. Definitely require a lot workforce, but I would say that, If all these steps are followed the goal is achievable.

  25. Carolan Ross 14 May 2013 at 9:17 am Permalink

    Wow Kim, this post is definitely “epic” !!! Definitely a keeper to refer back to again and again. Some of these resources I’ve used occasionally, while there are many I had never heard of. Thanks so much for this helpful info.

  26. Tehmina Zaman 14 May 2013 at 3:08 pm Permalink

    Wow, this is a truly EPIC post Kim and so timely, just as I’m getting my blogging act together. Thank you for these excellent and very attractively illustrated tips – I love the idea of leveraging blog content into multiple formats! Tehmina

  27. Jantje 14 May 2013 at 4:56 pm Permalink

    Hey Kim,
    I still have a long way to go when I look at your list, but that is a good sign. Thank you for sharing this step-by-step approach with us!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Jantje

  28. Vic 15 May 2013 at 12:45 am Permalink

    Hi, Kim. I and my blog subscribers consider you the Princess of internet marketing. You always write terrific posts. Is it possible to ask you a few questions about your Traffic Live course and it’s affiliate program in private?

  29. Ioan Draniciar 15 May 2013 at 9:00 am Permalink

    Hi Kim,

    Awesome post! I would love to be in your blogging alliance.
    This is another stellar traffic generation blog post which should’ve been included in a recent blog post of mine called “Top 10 Killer Traffic Generation Blog Posts”.

    In this article I already listed 2 of your awesome traffic generation articles from your old BuzzBlogger blog. You can check out my blog post here:
    http://www.lazycashmakingformula.com/top-10-killer-traffic-generation-blog-posts.html

    Thank you for creating such awesome content!

  30. Carol Amato 15 May 2013 at 4:52 pm Permalink

    Hi Kim,

    WOW! While I am implementing a few of the things mentioned, I will be taking this one chunk at a time to take advantage of the strategies you’ve so thoroughly laid out.

    A big, hearty thank you!!!

    Carol Amato :)

  31. Janice M Baird 16 May 2013 at 4:20 am Permalink

    Hi Kim

    Thank you for such a clear and helpful list. I’d never heard of Scoop-it.com and lots of other tips. I’ve written the list in big letters and put the list on the wall to inspire and remind me.
    Thank you
    Janice in Auckland

  32. Carlie Hamilton 16 May 2013 at 6:40 am Permalink

    Great post! I hadn’t heard of some of these so it was great to pick up some different tips. In fact, I started on some of these today. :)

    Thanks

    Carlie Hamilton

  33. Kristi Hines 16 May 2013 at 3:44 pm Permalink

    First of all, thanks for including my Friday roundup here! Second, this is an example of epic content. It’s a list, it has great resources, and it has actionable tips all rolled into one. Great work! :)

  34. Jim Hayward 18 May 2013 at 5:38 am Permalink

    Awesome post! I do some of those things – but there’s still a great deal to learn I can see.

    I’m just starting to use pdf files and Scribd – so the section on those, plus Powerpoint shares, is really interesting for me right now.

    Thanks for sharing.

  35. Dickinson Eddy 20 May 2013 at 10:26 pm Permalink

    Honesty and Integrity.Good to have you among our community of online entrepreneurs,kim!!!

  36. Latha 21 May 2013 at 12:25 pm Permalink

    Amazing and just what I needed again.

    I will be checking out the fiverr gig today.I have never ventured into audio and podcasting and I think that will be my next step.

  37. Dave Ward 21 May 2013 at 12:30 pm Permalink

    What a tremendous post, I’m focusing on promoting a charity cause at the moment but there is load of info i can use to get the message out. Fantastic stuff thanks Kim!!

  38. Sue Fleckenstein 21 May 2013 at 12:59 pm Permalink

    Thanks for taking the time to write this post Kim! Full of great information and will be sure to share your post with my list and my FB group members.

  39. Nanette Saylor 21 May 2013 at 1:20 pm Permalink

    Wow! What an awesome post, Kim. Thanks for once again sharing your years of experience and knowledge so openly.
    And most importantly, I always know that there will be great new content added every time you create an epic post like this.
    Thank you!
    Nanette

  40. Mike Norris 21 May 2013 at 1:39 pm Permalink

    Hi Kim,

    Wow, that’s a lot of stuff. An Epic post if there ever was one. I am going to add something new to my blog posts each week. Really have to work on my calendar to get this done.

    Thanks
    Mike

  41. Sajan Elanthoor 21 May 2013 at 2:42 pm Permalink

    Hey Kim,

    Awesome post. Thank you very much for providing massive value as always. Thank you very much for your time. I really appreciate.

  42. Phil Cullum 21 May 2013 at 3:02 pm Permalink

    Thanks for the mention of IM NewsWatch in connection with guest blogging. We are open to guest articles, as you say. If any of your readers would like to submit an article for consideration, they can so do at http://www.imnewswatch.com/submit-news/

  43. Suzen 21 May 2013 at 3:09 pm Permalink

    Hi Kim,

    Great post! There is a lot of useful information here and as a blogger myself, I will be taking the challenge to utilize as many of these steps as I can to help my own site. My goal for this Summer is to grow my list to about 5,000 and I’m sure these tips will help me out a lot. I’ll keep you updated on the results!

    Carpe Diem,
    Suzen

  44. Patricia Santhuff 21 May 2013 at 5:27 pm Permalink

    An absolute treasure trove. There are some new things you couldn’t have written about a year so) ago, and then you went and included your old favorite — one of the things I first learned from you, actually, and a really reliable source of traffic, IMO — forum marketing (sig files).

    GREAT list. Thanks so much.

  45. Paul Warner 21 May 2013 at 5:28 pm Permalink

    Once again an outstanding post. Don’t know how you found the time to do this but it is timely, so valuable, and more than anything much appreciated. It is a good thing that there is someone on the Internet who puts there soul into doing this stuff, because a lot of us, I am sure, either don’t have the time to do it, either because of life commitments, or the resolve to take the time to explore this as you have done. There are things you mentioned here that I have never heard of before, and that in itself is very exciting. There are very few people on the Internet who share as you do, and for this I am very grateful…Paul

  46. Charles 21 May 2013 at 6:39 pm Permalink

    Wow. After this post, Kim, you are my favorite internet marketer to follow. The content you provide is exactly as you teach – EPIC.

    Thanks!

  47. Alan Stransman 21 May 2013 at 8:03 pm Permalink

    Kim, I love you.

  48. Dr Kavita Shaikh 21 May 2013 at 11:44 pm Permalink

    Awesome tips Kim. You Rockkk! Thanks for your generosity in sharing these mind blowing traffic tips for free.

  49. Ryan Even 22 May 2013 at 1:00 am Permalink

    Amazing job Kim!

    I’ll definitely be sending my coaching clients over to check out this post.

  50. Christopher Jewell 22 May 2013 at 1:36 am Permalink

    Kim,
    Thanks so much for your continual efforts at educating all your fans/followers! I’ve just saved it as a .htm file for offline reading and stored it in a file with all your other great traffic building information I’ve accumulated.

    You are a great example to follow.

    Best,
    Chris

  51. Terry Kyle 22 May 2013 at 3:13 am Permalink

    Thank you Kim – epic post. You need a holiday now!

  52. steven 22 May 2013 at 5:27 am Permalink

    Epic.Did any one already said it? Actually really helpful and fun. Bookmarked and will follow in the future. Some of them i knew. Most of the techniques you presented i did not implement or even heard of them. A real thank you, for teaching me from your hard earned experience.

  53. Harold Glascock 22 May 2013 at 6:33 am Permalink

    Hi Kim:

    Forget the word ‘awesome’ its an over used Americanism, forget the word, ‘brilliant’ its an over used Britism use the words Excellent & Outstanding for these are the appropriate encomiums for your wonderful collation here.

    I don’t understand how you communed with yourself to follow the web traffic muse but thank goodness you have.

    Congratulations & wishing you happiness in Tennessee Walker Country.

    Sincerely,

    Harold

    Yokohama, Japan

  54. Nikki B. 22 May 2013 at 9:15 am Permalink

    Thank you SO MUCH Kim! You are the traffic queen for sure. :) I always appreciate what you have to share. I had never even heard of some of these ideas before so can’t wait to dig in.

  55. Alex Rivera 22 May 2013 at 1:58 pm Permalink

    Hey Kim,

    Thank you very much for putting this great information together, that most of us we have heard of these traffic generation tactics, but never all together and it was what it makes complete sense to give it a try to each one of them.
    Awesome job Kim, keep it up!

    Alex

  56. Wow, an informative and hard hitting post, thanks – I’ll stop whining now! I loved that bit. Tell it like it is. I love the tips, some I do, others I had no idea about so am off to check them out now. I truly love posts that are so very hepful.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy

  57. Thomas 22 May 2013 at 8:49 pm Permalink

    Kim. I thought you already gave your best but just to discover that you’re one of the most generous Ebiz-Marketers I met since 11 years. In fact, you have shared the most vital tools that many Internet Marketers will spend tons of resources to get. You gave them all just in few simple steps.

    Thanks for always being kind, and no wonder much productive people all
    around you.

    Admire you so much!
    Thomas.

  58. Alan Stransman 22 May 2013 at 9:39 pm Permalink

    Kim, if you ever think of removing this post from the internet, I will personally travel to wherever you live and give you a very stern talking to.

  59. Keller Coleman 22 May 2013 at 11:20 pm Permalink

    Kim this is fantastic information. As always you always provide excellent content!

  60. Ed MacDonald 23 May 2013 at 1:34 am Permalink

    ______________________
    any other content

    What’s this? Well…it is the bar that has just been raised by Kim.

    It is over the top of ‘any other content’ out there. Thanks Kim.

  61. Panicos Varnava 23 May 2013 at 11:24 am Permalink

    Kim,

    Again you provide valuable content with no strings attached, that’s rare nowadays, so that’s why I am now an avid fan of yours and always read your content.

    Keep it up, your giving internet marketing a good name which can only be good for those of us starting out.

    Panicos

  62. hagar 23 May 2013 at 2:27 pm Permalink

    I reposted this a bunch of places, plus FB – and led off each one with “Kim Roach hits one out of the park – again!”
    Awesome, awesome job, Kim!
    Who’s da Queen? KIM da Queen! yay!

  63. Barry J Hall 26 May 2013 at 6:32 pm Permalink

    Fantastic epic post Kim. Now to implement some of the ones I have not even thought of before. Thanks again you are a true diamond.

    Barry J

  64. HOlly Ann Tipton 1 June 2013 at 4:52 am Permalink

    What an absolutely amazing traffic building guide. Thanks for putting so much effort into helping people, taking the time to give us a gem of a plan. That was alot of work to create a piece of information that informative. Thanks again.

    Holly Tipton

  65. Alvaro Gutierrez 8 June 2013 at 4:43 pm Permalink

    Hi Kim,

    Well, what can I say! I though I knew one thing or two about Internet Marketing but you just made me feel like a newbie! :) so… I feel kind of depressed for that but also invigorated and excited to begin exploring and putting into practice what I have learn in this SUPER article.

    I am no someone to comment on posts at all, but I had to in this occasion. Needless to say, I have added you to Twitter and so I can follow what your up to.

    Truly impressed, How on earth did you learn that much? I knew some of the resources, but the way you organized them in the article and how you clearly explained them, made realise (or remind me) to start using these tactics.

    Something I really take away from this is: give EPIC value :)

    Many thanks for your contribution Kim

    Alvaro Gutierrez

  66. Donald Thomas 11 June 2013 at 8:08 pm Permalink

    Hi Kim, Thank you! Epic post. Thanks for the tips, and the direction. Some of these I have never even heard of doing, so thank you. I have bookmarked this for future reference. Thanks again.

    Donald

  67. Nicholas Wind 9 July 2013 at 12:02 pm Permalink

    This may be some of the most valuable free info I’ve ever seen.
    Thank you so much Kim!

  68. SEO Nick 19 July 2013 at 12:12 pm Permalink

    I like that you augmented this approach to include ad networks and other paid traffic sources.

    If you want to read a similar post but using a 100% organic approach to building a website to 100,000 visitors per month check out my case study: http://www.seonick.net/100000-visitors-per-month/

  69. Xihla 14 September 2013 at 10:39 am Permalink

    All i can say is wow . . . this post is a great resource of traffic generating ways. Now, I know what you mean by writing EPIC content.

    Thanks Kim!

  70. Mats 14 September 2013 at 10:54 am Permalink

    Really cool post Kim! I like how you syndicate content all around the web. I will try it all out on one of my blogs soon :)

  71. Burcin Agar 24 October 2013 at 2:00 pm Permalink

    Hi Kim,

    I have just come across your unique and lovely post. I am a newbie and make my website 2 days ago, looking for ways of getting traffic to it. How lucky I am. Your steps will really save my time and I can follow a true path about my sites traffic. I even never hear about some of your steps.

    So Thanks very much, I cant wait to implement them right away.

    Have a great day!


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