Top 5 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Search Traffic (What To Do About It)

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Not Getting Search Traffic, Here's what to do

by Theodore Nwangene

Most bloggers and website owners dream of ranking in Google’s top 10 for their chosen keywords.

But only a few makes that dream a reality.

Worst of all, a lot of them are on the verge of quitting, because they’re sick and tired of not appearing even in the top 100 position in the SERPs even when they’ve done everything they could.

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

You think you’re doing everything right, yet, you’ve never gathered up to 1,000 unique per month, and only a few, or none of your posts are getting search traffic.

Here’s the thing…

…If none of your posts are getting anywhere from a little to a couple thousand search visits per month; then you’re absolutely doing something wrong.

The landscape of SEO has transformed dramatically in the last couple of years. Even as it transforms, a lot remains the same. So far, it has been quite challenging to see a lot of colleagues and friends approach me with their search engine optimization frustrations. Everyone keeps complaining about the same thing…

  • I have a good looking blog
  • I update my blog frequently
  • I conduct keyword research before writing each post
  • I add relevant images to my posts
  • I added my primary keyword in the articles H1 tag
  • blah blah blah.

After all these things, I don’t know why my content is never showing up in the search engines.

Unfortunately, this frustration often results in many people giving up on their quest to make money from the internet. The public sentiment of search engine optimization is never very positive. Everyone needs search traffic, but only a few understand how it works.

Now, if you’re among the people often complaining about not getting search traffic, bring your seat closer because I’ve got something interesting and helpful to share with you today. After reading this post, you’ll understand why your search traffic tanks, and what to do about it immediately to turn things around for the better.

If you’re ready…

…I’m ready too.

  1. You’re Not Targeting Low Competition, Long Tail Keywords

Search engines are certainly not the only source of targeted traffic, but they’re the best type of traffic anyone can get, and efficiently targeting low competition, long tail keywords in your content can tremendously increase your monthly search visitors.

What are long tail keywords?

According to WordStream, “Long-tail keywords are longer and more specific keyword phrases that visitors are more likely to use when they’re closer to a point-of-purchase or when they’re using voice search. They’re a little bit counter-intuitive, at first, but they can be hugely valuable if you know how to use them.”

To further drive the point home, Neil Patel was able to generate over 173,000 qualified visitors from long-tail keywords in the past year, leading to a 91% increase in his traffic.

Even though your long-tail keywords may not rank on the first page of Google, and it’s true that 60 percent of all organic clicks go to the top 3 results in the SERPs, but that still leaves you with 40% of the organic clicks to leverage.

To me, any keyword that’s four words and above is long tail. Sometimes, 3-words keywords also fall into the same category.

You already know how fierce the competition is out there. If you’re just an average marketer with little to no money to throw on expensive backlinks, you’ll not be anywhere close to Google’s top 10 for your main keywords, that’s why a lot of people often get their hands burnt while trying to compete with the big guns.

So what should you do in this case?

It’s straightforward…

…Target low competition keywords. These are the keywords that most of your competitors never knew existed. I understand that many people often ignore those keywords with 70, 50…..5 monthly search volumes, but believe me, that’s where the traffic is.

Imagine when you’re ranking for multiple numbers of such keywords; that’ll give you more traffic than you can ever handle.

So, how do you get this type of keywords?

It’s simple. Just visit your best keyword research tool and type in your target keyword. For example, I typed the keyword “survival life” into the popular tool and below is what I got:

If you're not getting search traffic, follow these tips

As you can see, I have lots of long tail keywords here that I can work. The next thing I’ll do now is to figure out their search volume. Unfortunately, I guess that the free version of no longer show search volumes.

However, you can easily get that with the free version of Semrush or Moz Pro. Interestingly, these long tail keywords usually have low search volume, therefore, while carrying out your keyword research, pay attention to those “low-search volume,” low competition, long tail keywords. They’re golden.

  1. You’re Not Creating In-depth, Share-Worthy Content

Do you still remember the days when content quality and length didn’t matter much in the world of content strategy and SEO?

While you may hunger for those days of easier content creation, they are gone forever. Today, in-depth, high-quality, long-form content is critical to boosting rankings, attracting search engine traffic, and encouraging a healthy conversion rate.

However, with people’s attention span always reducing, and multitasking being the norm recently, inbound marketers have long agreed that short-form content is the best way to provide information to people without wasting their time.

Furthermore, people are always busy these days, and you’ve got to be brief to retain their interest – but when it comes to getting organic traffic and search engine ranking, this assumption is a total BS, long-form content works like magic.

As blogs have become widely-accepted as a good source of information, the competition for audience’s attention has skyrocketed as well. As a result of this, ranking higher on the SERPs is one of the simplest ways to get in front of your audience’s, which brings us back to long-form content.

What is Long-Form Content?

Typically, content that’s between 1,200 to 2,000 words is considered long-form. However, those numbers are dramatically increasing with 5,000 to 10,000 words becoming the current standard.

That’s far more than the traditional 300 to 700 words that we believed was the best practice back in 2013. Some years ago when inbound marketing was still new and not as widely-trusted as an excellent form of marketing, this practice was useful, but not anymore.

According to Pandu Nayak who’s technical staff member at Google, “Users often turn to Google to answer a quick question, but research suggests that up to 10% of users’ daily information needs involve learning about a broad topic. That’s why today we’re introducing new search results to help users find in-depth articles.”

The search engines not only seem to inherently love long content, but you’ll find an extra SEO benefit by writing a couple of thousand words with more backlinks. Of course, those extra backlinks will help you rank well in the SERPs, as well.

A recent study carried out by Moz reveals a direct correlation between content length and the total number of backlinks it gathered. It’s more evidence that long-form content is perfect for SEO.

Interestingly, however, long-form content not only helps in the aspects of SEO but it also helps in boosting a sites conversion rate. For example, by writing actionable, long-form content, Crazy Egg increased their conversion rate by over 30%.

How did they achieve this?

They added about 20% extra content to their initial home page and boom! Conversion skyrocketed.

Below is the original homepage they called “control,” and the challenging homepage:

And here’s an excerpt from the post:

Not getting search traffic? Here's what to do

Apart from SEO and boosting conversion rate, well-written long-form content will also generate lots of social media shares.

The chart below says it all:

Not getting search traffic, here's what you can do

That’s from interesting content Buzzsumo posted on the OkDork blog. The content went viral immediately it went live, and it did not only generate lots of shares across various social media platforms, but it also received more than 1000 backlinks.

That’s the type of result you can get with an in-depth, long-form content.

However, before you hurry back to your content management system with your newfound strategy, thinking with all certainty that if you dish out 3,018 words of content about how to grow a long, healthy hair in four weeks, you’re going to appear on the first page of Google. Bear in mind that it’s never guaranteed that you’ll rank well just by writing long-form content.

Here’s the point: Search engine algorithms take note of different factors before ranking a web page. Of course, I could go on and list all the factors here, but that is not exactly what this post is about.

But, you have to also focus on quality. If you spend 10 hours writing mediocre 5000-words content because you read on the Mostly Blogging blog that long-form content will boost your ranking, you’ll end up shooting yourself in the foot, because your ranking will be worse than it was.

Furthermore, while writing this type of content, ensure your blog is well designed, and your pages are rightly formatted for conversion. This is because having neat and attractive web pages will equally boost your website’s user-experience, which of cause is one of Google’s ranking factors.

Talking about a well-formatted content, take a look at this post from the Home Products HQ blog, see how beautiful it is? That’s what I’m talking about. Now, if you browse through the site, you’ll notice that almost all of their blog posts are also beautiful.

Finally, high-quality, long-form content will increase the likelihood of your website ranking for relevant terms. And that’s the most important thing.

  1. Your Content Is Not Well Organized

When you first created your blog, it’s easy to overlook “small issues” like information architecture. But when you grow the blog from 10 to 10,000 pages and more, the need for organization becomes a bit more critical.

Your content’s organization will often define how good your site’s internal linking is, and how easily accessible it is when other websites referenced it.

Another aspect that search engine optimization experts often have a hard time talking about is the concept of a “shallow architecture” vs. a “deep architecture”. Your information architecture consists primarily of the internal linking structure of your site (or how the pages link together) and your blog’s URL, and the organization of categories and subcategories in that URL.  

Everyone has his own opinion here as usual, but most people will agree with me that organizing and describing your blog posts effectively is among the top SEO priorities.

So what should you do about this?

Simply ensure your pages are properly structured and organized so that search engine robots will be able to easily understand what each page is talking about. This can be achieved by adding each content to relevant category, and subcategories.

  1. You’re Not Properly Optimizing Your Images

This one is pretty easy.

A lot of people think that by just adding lots of rich media to their blog posts, it will boost their search ranking as stated by the experts. While it is highly advisable always to add images to your content, they won’t do you much good “search ranking wise” if you didn’t optimize them for the search engines.

Optimizing your images properly will affect your search engine rankings in two ways:

  • You’ll most likely generate traffic via Google’s image search
  • It’s a great way to tell Google what your primary keyword is

Below are the only three ways you can optimize your images:

  • Add alt text as [keyword phrase]
  • Before you upload your image to your site, save it as [keyword-phrase.png]
  • Add title tag as [keyword phrase]

That’s about it.

  1. Your Site’s Loading Speed Sucks

Downtime is expensive, but a slow loading website is sometimes even worse because the problem can go unidentified much longer. There is nothing more aggravating to a large marketing campaign than a slow loading website.

A fast loading blog is often the foundation for powerful online marketing. It’s no secret that people want things done faster these days, or that a slow loading site increases bounce rates, which also affects search engine ranking.

Apart from frustrating users and sending poor engagement signals to Google about your website, a slow loading site will also hinder Google from discovering important pages, and equally impact how well your site is crawled.  

Unfortunately, these can cause crawl path problems and have sections or pages of a website drop intermittently from the search index.  These drops can be demoralizing after many months of positive engagement metrics and proper indexation to reach a top position.

What you should do?

Regularly test your site loading speed, and monitor downtime with tools that will minimize these issues.  When you’ve worked so hard to attract people to your site with all your organic marketing efforts – don’t keep them waiting, they’ll just go to the next site and tell Google that you’re not worthy of ranking.


If you’re still finding it hard to get search engine traffic on your website, pay close attention to all the reasons I mentioned here, and you may be able to figure out why your site is performing poorly on the search engines, and how to fix it.

Author Bio: Theodore Nwangene is a marketer, Freelance Writer, and a publisher. I’ve created lots of successful blogs for the past 8 years. Right now, I just created a new one called IM Views. On this blog, I will share with you all the things I’ve learned about making money from the internet for the past 8 years. It’s going to be like something you’ve never seen before. So, please stop by and say HI to me.

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I look forward to your views in the comment section: Are you frustrated because you’re not getting search traffic?

  1. Ashutosh singh

    Great tips on writing blog post. I surely help out to those people who are wanted to increase their traffic also including me.
    Newbies blogger have very difficulty to gain some organic traffic.
    Thank you for helping us by provide a great article!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ashutosh,
      Thanks for writing to tell me you enjoyed! Theodore’s tips will definitely help.

  2. Prince Akwarandu

    Hi Theodore,

    You did justice to the title of this post. I’d add my 45 cents though. One of the core reasons why newbie bloggers never learn, gather and actually apply the knowledge and tactics of SEO is because they want it now. What are they out for? Money, fame, and lot other stuff which deem irrelevant as a beginner.

    Something I loved about this article is the long tail keywords. Long tail keywords are life savers. You may not get the result immediately, but as time goes on it happens like magic. Thanks for the great piece I already shared.

    You are a superwoman, Janice!
    Much love 🙂

    • Theodore Nwangene

      Hi Prince,
      You rock buddy. Couldn’t have agreed more on the extra points you made.

      Seriously, impatience is one thing that destroys most bloggers. Like you said, they want everything immediately, and that’s usually because of the mindset they had while venturing into blogging.

      Some of the so called experts in the industry, sometimes, in the urge to sell their crappy products, made it look like internet marketing is something you’ll start today and start seeing money immediately. Hence, the reason while most people think thinks that’s true.

      Long Tail Keywords is always the best because like you said, it can perform wonders overtime.

  3. Ige Ebima

    Wonderful piece . My site search traffic is dwindling at a fast pace , please what can i do about this

      • Ige Ebima

        Yea ,except long form content . But these articles before now ranked on pages 1 and 2 , but most are no where to be found now

  4. Wijdan Shahid

    Very nice post but please tell me i want to choose a long tail keyword, so i type a word and then in related searches i get some long tail keywords related to that so i have to write my whole article on that single keyword?

  5. Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Theodore,

    This is excellent advice.

    Creating long form, thorough content was the difference maker for me, as far as seeing more Google traffic, or search traffic.

    For a week or so last year I made page 1 for 2 hyper competitive keywords but see some steady Google traffic through the lesser competitive, longtail keywords you speak of. Why fight the big boys for the competitive traffic? Nail down a few long tails in your niche, which get a healthy but not insane amount of searches, and you will carve out a nice slice of steady, targeted, search traffic.

    I still get Triberr traffic on the regular because for the longest time I have been ranked #2 for a Triberr search on Google. I did not try to get this result; I just went long form and over delivered on content, and Google did the rest.

    Thanks for sharing and hey, great to see you here bro.


    • Theodore Nwangene

      Thanks a lot for this wonderful comment Ryan,

      Yea, It’ll be insane to think you can outrun the experts in those competitive keywords, you’ll only get your fingers burnt. There’s a lot of long tail, low competition keywords out there in every niche that we can always leverage and keep banking on Google traffic.

      It’s just a matter of cooling down to dig them up. And yes, i know you’re very good in this, you really know what you’re doing.

      Thanks a lot for coming sir.

  6. Robin Khokhar

    Hi Theodore,
    Nice to see your post on Janice’s blog. All the tips you have shared are as important as traffic. But getting longtail keywords with high traffic and low competition is one of the best ways and have always worked for me to get a good amount of organic traffic.
    Thanks for the share.

    • Theodore Nwangene

      Thanks Robin,

      Long tail keywords is always the best way to go, and I’m glad to hear that it’s working for you.

  7. Rajinder Singh


    An informative article for newbie bloggers. Creating in-depth and share-worthy content is the best part of this article.

    It doesn’t matter when you are working on long-form or short-form content if you are creating a content that will be really helpful for your readers. Because of your content only thing that creates a trust among the readers about you.

    If your content has amazing value to share than your readers definitely follow you share your article on the web.

    Thank you for sharing an interesting and informative post with us.

    – Rajinder

  8. michele h peterson

    Thanks for the tips. I’m going to try those long tail keywords!

  9. Adesanmi Adedotun

    Hi Theodore
    Search traffic is more competitive than ever before. Search algorithm changes every day and night and that makes search traffic sucks for most bloggers. However, the only way to search traffic are well States in this post but I’ll also point out that, for effective search traffic, bloggers should endeavor to build backlinks no only to homepage but to individual posts at least. I personally don’t recommend just backlink, rather a quality backlink via White hat methods.

  10. Shantanu Sinha

    Hello Theodore,

    Nice to see you here on Janice’s space 🙂

    Awesome tips over here to generate a perfect blog post. Indeed there are many bloggers who are still struggling to get more
    and more traffic to their blogs, they put on rights things over there, does every thing well but still the traffic rate is
    very low.

    I have always faced problems in choosing Long tail key words and this has always been an issue for me. Can you please
    help me out with that?

    Thanks for the share.


    • Theodore Nwangene

      Hi Shantanu,

      Getting long tail keywords is pretty easy, it all depends on the tool you’re using.

      For example, when you want to target a particular keyword in your niche, begin by typing the keyword into Google search, and pay attention to the auto suggests, from there, you’ll be able to pick some LTKs.

      Also, you can see a lot of it in the Google’s Related Searches Section at the bottom of every goggle results.

      Tools like Ubersuggest and are also good at mining long tail keywords.

  11. Susan Velez

    Hi Theodore,

    Great tips and it’s nice to finally start seeing traffic coming from the search engines. It definitely takes some time to see some traffic.

    However, like you, I love to focus on those long tail keywords. I have found that it’s much easier to rank for those types of keywords.

    It’s a lot harder to rank for those extremely high keywords. Especially, if you don’t want to spend your whole time trying to rank for those types of keywords.

    I’d much rather pick those low hanging fruit that is easier to rank for.

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us, I have no doubt that they will help bloggers rank their sites.

    Have a great day 🙂


  12. Wendy

    I’ve never really understood long tail keywords. You’ve provided a lot of information here, and this post is staying open on my screen for a while so I can digest it. Thanks, Janice!

    • Janice Wald

      Thank YOU Wendy! If you have any questions I can answer, please let me know. Thanks for keeping my blog open and improving my bounce rate =). Thanks for commenting.

  13. Becky

    After blogging for 10 years, I recently discovered the value of long-tailed keywords. I am excited to see how much this will help my site. Thanks for the tips!

  14. mehedi hasan

    Nice to see your post on Janice’s blog. All the tips you have shared are as important as traffic. But getting longtail keywords with high traffic and low competition is one of the best ways and have always worked for me to get a good amount of organic traffic.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mehedi,
      I have blogged often about how to find those keywords. I take my own advice in this area. Has it paid off? Yes.

  15. Ava Meena

    This is a really informative post, thank you! I will definitely try using more long keywords – it makes sense that those keywords would be less saturated. I also hadn’t thought about saving my images with my keyword in the url – that’s very useful.

  16. Mairaj

    Hello Janice,

    You have nicely elucidated the 5 reasons which affect any blog or website search traffic. Bloggers need to follow this incredible guide if they want better search ranking as well as organic traffic. Long tail keywords, page speed content quality, and length are also important in this scenario.

    Many thanks for fantastic share 🙂

    Warm Regard’s


    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mairaj,
      Nice to meet you.
      Thanks for calling the guide “incredible.” I agree with your comment about the importance of page speed. I’ve recently boosted my page loading time and my organic traffic is way up.

  17. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    Thanks for bringing us all up to date from 2013 🙂 You have set it out so simply yet in depth. The thing is that we need to apply it not just admire it.

    The Blogger’s Pit Stop will feature this post next Thursday. We love quality posts.

    Thanks so much, Theodore and Janice.

    • Janice Wald

      Exciting to hear Kathleen! Thank you for writing to let us know.
      I will look forward to that.

  18. Elise Cohen Ho

    You always do an outstanding job of explaining things that often confuse many of us. I so appreciate that.

    • Janice Wald

      Well I appreciate you coming by today Elise. Thank you for your comments and the nice compliment.

  19. SaraBeth

    Theodore (and Janice), SEO, the blogger’s nemesis. I’m getting better at it. I added it to my blog writing checklist so now I make it a point to optimize posts instead of just writing and publishing.

    Two things I still need to work on:

    Before you upload your image to your site, save it as [keyword-phrase.png] <<>> This one I don’t think I ever did.<<<—–

  20. richie

    Hello is me owner of . i have sent a mail to your facebook ID, please read and give me feedback…Thanks for your Good work here, looking forward to having good friendship with you.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Richie, I’ve responded over at Facebook. Thanks for following up with me!

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