How to Get Mind-Blowing Blog Traffic with Numbers

By: | August 23, 2015 | Tags: , , , , |

Blog Traffic with NumbersIf you read one article about increasing blog traffic, read this one.

This post will save you time.

This post will save you possibly futile attempts at generating traffic.

This post is based on blogging experts’ proven research.

This post is based on numbers which are concrete and irrefutable.

This post will help you get mind-blowing traffic to your blog.

Today’s post is presumptuous.

Recently, I hosted a guest author who explained how to get 3,000 blog followers without gimmicks or cost.

Consider a reader‘s response to the post:

Good points to think of. It can be challenging to find the time to do it all…

All these tips presume you agree with the commenter.  You are so busy, you just can not “do it all”.

What if you could do it all by only doing the one strategy that gets you the most traffic?

You must prioritize.  By following the advice in this post, you will research, write, promote, and network less but achieve greater return on your time invested (ROI).


17 Ways to Generate Mind-Blowing  Traffic

1. Use Top 10 Lists  

According to, “We love lists because it helps us to process massive amount of information by categorizing them into groups. People love round numbers or the number 5 and it’s considered as the round number bias and that’s why top 10 lists are most popular.”

Top 10 lists are very popular.  Perhaps the alliteration in the “T’s” makes it catchy.

According to Quicksprout‘s Neil Patel, Top 10 Posts get the most social shares.

However, I have read disadvantages of using “Top 10 Lists.”  Knowing the popularity of the “Top Ten,” bloggers often rely on the popularity of the headline and skimp on the information offered for each of the ten tips.  Great content is still needed.

2. Use the Number 5 in your headline.

The explanation is in the above quote.  It advises using the number 5 in your headline as the second best number with 10 as first choice.

3. Use round numbers in your headlines.

According to, people have an “affection” for round-numbered headlines.

4. Write a list post.

If you write a list post, you will have a number in your headline.  I have a number in my subhead.

Readers love lists.  It condenses the information for them.  The greater the number, the more likely there will be at least one tip on the list they can use, so they will be more likely to read your article.

Quicksprout’s Neil Patel explains the popularity of list posts.

According to Neil, readers’ curiosity is aroused because they wonder if they can predict all the ways you are about to share.

Also, they want to see if you can keep the promise you made in your headline.  Will you really be able to come up with that many tips for helping them solve their problem?

Finally, reading your list will save them time since they can skim your tips.

5. Use the word “How” in your headline.

This is a great way to increase your search engine traffic.  When people go to Google, what do they type most often?

“How do I…?” Your “how to…” headline will come up, and they will find your blog.

6. Beat your competition.

Pick a topic where you know, or can research, more tips than your competition.

Google the question, and you can know the highest number in your competitors’ headlines.  For today’s post, I actually did Google my headline.

I found three articles on this topic.  One had the number 8, two others had the number 3.  I am now on number 6.  I am confident I can come up with at least three more.

Look, this is supposed to be a feel-good blog.  I am not trying to influence you to be competitive. However, if someone Googles your headline, and you and four others come up in the search results, they will click your headline if it has more tips than the others on the screen.

Common sense says they will since the likelihood of finding a valuable tip is greater the more tips there are.

7. Write articles like your most popular posts.

I checked my most popular post for the week.  It is my guest author’s article How to Quickly Get 3,000 New Blog Followers. Then, I checked my most popular post for the month.  It is the same article!  Clearly, my readers want to read posts about how to increase blog followers.

If you go to your stats in your dashboard. click Top Posts and Pages, Summaries, you can see what your readers like, and they will be more likely not only to read your writing, but also to share your posts with their social media followers.

8. Include backlinks to your popular posts.

You might have new readers who haven’t read those articles yet.  This would be a great way to get additional traffic to older posts.  Again, check your stats, Top Posts and Pages, Summaries to know what your most popular posts are.

9. Write about an influencer in your niche.

Go to Topsy to find out which influencer in your blogging niche has the most Twitter followers.

Mention him or her in the post and include a backlink.  Then, send the post to them via Google+ or Twitter.

The odds are probable that they will share the post with their followers.  Since they are an influencer, they will have massive amounts of followers and you will get massive amounts of new eyes looking at your blog.

10. Use numbers in your Tweets.

According to research, the links clicked on the most at Twitter contain numbers.

11. Include an infographic containing numbers in your post.

Infographics get shared more often on Pinterest than any other type of graphic.  Infographics with numbers get shared more than infographics without numbers.

12. Promote your post in your top referrer of traffic.

Go to your blog’s dashboard.  Click Referrers, Summaries.

My leading referrer of traffic has always been Facebook.  If I only had time to promote my post in one place, it would be Facebook.  Play to your strengths, and you will get the maximum return on your time investment.

13. Pin your post’s graphic on a group board with the most followers.

By going to, you can find the community board in your niche that has the most active pinners.

14. Post in the Google+ community with the greatest number of members.

If you only have time to promote in one community, it should be the community, in your niche, that has the greatest number. The number of members for each Google+ community is listed.  The probability of people clicking on your link is greater the more people there are that see it.

15. Include a graphic with your Tweet.

Statistics say in addition to Tweets with numbers, Tweets with graphics are clicked on the most.

16. Find a bigger blog in your niche.

Guest post and comment on the blog.  The odds are good that some of those followers will click on your link.

17. Set a featured image.

When you make your blog post, off to the right, you are given the option to “set a feature image.”  Choose this.

Since #15 explained your Tweet is more likely to be clicked if there is a picture, your graphic will stay with your link.

Bonus Tip: 18. Use an odd number in your headline. 

According to Baker Marketing Services,

…the simple act of breaking up larger chunks of information into odd-numbered batches, helped the brain process the information in manageable groups.

In marketing communication, it is also believed that odd numbers of facts suggest the content of the list has been dictated by the nuggets of information available, making in more authentic, than even numbered lists.

This tip has appeared in many blogging articles.



In conclusion, if you follow these tips, you will do less but achieve better results–more traffic which could convert to permanent readership.

This post was about hacks, shortcuts, that can save you time but still enable you to stand out.  According to the latest statistics, there are one billion web sites.  Will it be a challenge for you to get attention in the crowded Blogosphere?  No, not now that you’ve read this post.

Before you go implement some of these time-saving, traffic-inducing tips, please share with other bloggers who might appreciate the traffic and the extra sleep.

Readers, do you have any additional ideas for either time-saving tips or traffic-inducing tips with numbers?  Have you tried any of these ideas?  How did they work?  I look forward to your views.

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  1. Charles Rogers

    #18 way to get readers attention: put a picture of your pet(s)! Best use a kitten; next best I a puppy; then horse; a picture of your child holding an animal.
    I will try to send you some examples. I get at least 10 X as many likes on pictures of my pets than my writings! Charles Rogers

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Charles,
      I loved the cat photos! Thanks! How many do you have? We have soon to be three dogs. I used to be a pet blogger when I first started. I had photos of my dogs on my blog then. Thanks for writing these ideas, so others can read them.
      Thanks again for all the exposure you’ve been giving me. I saw you put my article in Networked Blogs, and people have been coming from your site since you put my link there. You’ve been a friend with your help and concern, and of course showing me your pet photos.
      Thanks again for everything.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Linda
      Let me know if your page views go up.
      Thanks for writing and letting me know.

  2. Melinda

    Janice, once again you give us bing bang for our buck. I definitely want to work less!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Melinda,
      I’m glad you thought my tips were valuable. Sorry I didn’t have time to Email you this weekend in response to your question. So not necessary, but I promise I will.

  3. Kristy as Giftie Etcetera

    I also interact with my readers regularly. They tell me what to post, sometimes, and they are amazing at knowing what people want to read!

    • Janice Wald

      I have written posts at followers’ requests. They have done well. Thanks for the idea and for writing.

  4. Danny Ray

    Such a great post. I must say this is loaded with ideas I have not employed, but I now have this post on my home screen as a checklist for my blog tasks each day!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Danny,
      I don’t know if you are aware, but I am so grateful for all your reblogs. I have consistently clicked on the reblog links and met wonderful people in your community.
      I’m glad you found my post valuable. You have helped me so much. I am glad I could help you with these tips.

    • Janice Wald

      You are the best Trudy!
      I need to get in there to do research for future posts. Maybe when my youngest goes back to school, I will have more time. I still haven’t read your Costco article!

  5. Kim L

    GREAT tips…I am going to finish this comment and go do some them. Thanks.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kim,
      My pleasure as always. Please let me know how tomorrow goes at the linky party. Rememer, scroll way way down and you will find the “Add link” button. Thanks for writing.

  6. Lloyd Lofthouse

    Wow, I wanted to print this Blog post so I hit the print option next to all the share links and ended up with 14 pages because it printed all the comments too. I won’t do that again. :o)

    • SherrieMiranda

      Usually there is a place that says “All” or between this number and that number. I have learned to double check those as I hate wasting paper OR ink. I am afraid of running out of both when printing something really important!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lloyd,
      I am so flattered you wanted to print my list of tips. I am sorry you had stress. I am glad Sherrie was there to help you with some tech advice.

  7. John Doe

    Your posts just keep getting more and more comprehensive every day. You are amazing. The blogging community is so lucky to have you. When any new blogger creates a new website, wordpress etc should include your link as part of their welcome package.

  8. SherrieMiranda

    Where is the “Reblog” link?
    Anyway, I also have a question because at the beginning of the post you say that readers like even numbers, esp. the number 10, but they also like the number 5.
    But toward the end of the article you say the brain likes odd numbered chunks. I find this confusing. Readers are using their brain, so what readers like should be what the brain likes, no?
    Just curious.
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sherrie,
      1. Early in the article it discusses: #10, #5, and round numbers. All three, according to the research I read and cited, are popular with readers who will be more apt to click your headline.
      However, I also read that odd numbered list posts do best. I agree that 10 and round numbers are not odd.
      Maybe they are exceptions to the rule that odd numbered posts do better than even?
      After reading your comment, I went back to my top page views. My post with 6 tips and 4 tips did better than my post with 5 tips, but I am just one person. I’m sure Neil Patel and Moz’s Rand Fishkin did extensive research to come up with these findings.
      Truthfully, I read contradictory information all the time, but I’m sorry if that part was confusing.
      2. Now that I self-host, I do not have a reblog button; it’s not possible to have one. However, if you’d ever like to embed a link of mine in one of your posts and in that way link to my site, I’d be grateful for the exposure.
      Thanks for helping Lloyd today with his tech issue and for writing me.

  9. Corinne Rodrigues

    I’ve bookmarked this post to try out the ideas you’ve mentioned! Thank you.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Corinne,
      I discovered my link on! How exciting! I’ve never had my link on GetPrismatic before. Then I discovered you put it there. Thank you so much.
      I respect you so much. Your support means so much to me, and I see it all across the Blogosphere.
      I am glad as well that you liked my post. Thank you for writing me, and for everything.

  10. Carol Graham

    You always have such great ideas and I have used many of them already — thank you

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carol,
      You found me at my new site! I have not heard from you in a while, but I still see your posts in my Email box. Did you know Snarky Mama? We all were on the Follow to Follow page when it started. I have not heard from her in a good six months. I hope she is okay.
      Thank you so much for the compliments on my post. I respect you so much. Your kind words mean a lot.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mohammad,
      I’m so glad you found the tips valuable. Nice to meet you.

      • Carol Graham

        Yes. It is for my radio show. Stories of ordinary people who have experienced the extraordinary. Your daily inspiration!

  11. Alka Girdhar

    Thanks for the nice tips! I usually write my heart out in my posts and feel my genuine readers will find me. But obviously, good blogging is more than that..

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Alka,
      Thanks for visiting my site, reading what I wrote, and commenting. I’d have to agree that good blogging is more than that since I’d love for you to follow my blog so you have access to my articles that say so. However, there are exceptions to that. There are people that do what they want, and sometimes, they are hugely successful.

  12. Tanya

    I love lists and as the Small Victories Sunday Linkup, a reader of many blogs. It’s easier as a reader to read a concise list. I agree that the content is key, I’m wary of lists promising more than like 20 things. I expect some of it to be fluff to get to that 50 or 100 item list.

    Thanks again for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup, pinned to our linkup board and hope you join us again this weekend.

  13. Debby Gies

    Hi Janice. Thanks for taking the time to investigate the issues I’ve been having trying to comment here. <3

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Iryna,
      I am always happy to help. As I’ve read some of my followers’ latest posts, I see numbers in their headlines now!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sagan,
      Thank you for the kind words about my post. Happily, it was definitely well-received.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Amber,
      Thank you so much for reading what I wrote and commenting. Lately, I’ve been switching to How to… However, I respect the bloggers (researchers) so much whose work I cited, that you are in good hands following their tips.
      Thanks for writing and the compliments on my article.

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  15. Heaven

    Another great article, Janice. I learned a lot from you today. Pinned and stumbled. Thanks!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kathryn,
      1. I did get your comment. I know you had a concern.
      2. I am so very glad you liked my article. Did you read the other comments? People were trying to print the list! I am so very flattered! I am glad you enjoyed and found the tips helpful.
      3. Thank you so much for stumbling my article. I love StumbleUpon! I followed you back there.

  16. Carol

    I’ve just recently changed my blog in so many ways and I’m really trying to get new followers. I’ve pinned this and will read. Thanks for the information.

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  18. Cathy Chester


    Do you have any idea what happened to Topsy? When I clicked on the link from another of your wonderful blog posts it took me to an Apple website. I’d love to find out who the top influencers are in my niche of disability or Multiple Sclerosis.

    Many thanks for all you do~

  19. Mark

    Wow Janice!

    Thank you for sharing some awesome content! This one really
    has my creative marketing wheels spinning!LOL!

    Because you have literally shared a ton of extremely practical, ready to
    go techniques and strategies etc!

    There is literally a ton of extremely subtle,market tested strategies to digest!

    And several of your resource links, I’d not previously heard of, let alone,
    had the benefit of utilizing!

    I am definitely sharing this one!No doubt about it going forward!

    I am officially referring to you (here on out), as my “Instant Traffic” generating
    specialist Coach!LOL!

    Because you always over deliver, with some truly amazing and extremely practical content!Thanks!

  20. Cathy Chester

    Thank you for your reply, Janet! Actually I’ve been a contributor for Huffington Post for a few years, but every time my post is published I am beyond thrilled to see it!

    Thank you for the Healthline link. My blog, AN EMPOWERED SPIRIT, was nominated. Last year I came in third. I don’t think I’ll win this year because I HATE begging for votes. My reward is being nominated, but more than that I love my work and helping people. That’s what it’s all about.

    If you do want to vote for me you can find my blog after clicking on the Healthline Best Health Blog contest link. You can vote once a day (twice every day using Facebook AND Twitter) through January 26.

    Whether you vote or not I appreciate your friendship, advice through your blog and constant attention to my questions!

    Happy New Year.

    • Janice Wald

      Yes, of course I would! Can you send the link? I don’t see it. Thanks. Your comments make me feel great. I really appreciate your friendship too. How nice that we are friends. What a great way to start the new year.

  21. Cathy Chester

    Oops! This is the right link to vote for me and my blog AN EMPOWERED SPIRIT.

    And thanks for giving me the link you forwarded to me instead of Topsy (or whatever it was called!) Thanks a lot.

  22. Cathy Chester

    Oh, thank you! The link is and my blog is AN EMPOWERED SPIRIT. The site is kind of funky so I hope you don’t have issues with it.

    Please feel free to share it. You can vote once a day using your FB and Twitter accounts thru Jan 21.

    I won’t win but I am proud to be nominated.

    Thanks again and Happy New Year!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Cathy,
      Thank you for the kind words yesterday. I so respect you. I am honored you consider me a friend. Back at you!
      I voted for you. I forgot to share, but I bookmarked so I can vote again. I will share then.

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