How to Increase Your Website Traffic and Get People to Read Your Articles

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How to boost website traffic

by Vinil Ramdev

Being unnoticed is the biggest fear for any blogger, writer, or author. It is frustrating to spend days and nights researching a topic, choosing wonderful words, writing up a beautiful piece, and then no one reads the article.

History has shown that great literature too can go into oblivion.

The success of a writer depends on his loyal readers and followers. There’s a lot more to a good article than just readability and good grammar.

Here are some simple ways to get more people to read your article.

5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Website Traffic

#1 Identify your ideal audience

If you are writing for anybody and everybody, then it’s highly unlikely that your articles will stick. As they say in branding, if your target market is everybody, then it is nobody.

Blogging is not just about choosing a topic or a niche; it’s about choosing an audience and writing for them.

Make a list of all the qualities of your ideal audience. It could include age, gender, profession, or geographic region. The easiest way to choose an audience is to target people just like you. If you are a single mom, your target audience could be single moms. If you are a small business owner, you could write articles for other business owners.

When you choose an audience just like you, the biggest advantage is that they are most likely going to be facing similar problems and challenges as you. In other words, you may be writing for yourself but whatever you write has a high probability of resonating with your audience because they could be facing similar challenges.

Article topics could include “I faced this <problem> and how I solved it.” Getting article ideas for an audience similar to you is easy because all you need to do is write about your problems and challenges, and how you solved them. When I write about blogging, I am writing for an audience who want to make money from their blogs. I write about all the challenges I faced and how I solved them.

Choosing an audience just like you is sometimes the easiest audience to target. But remember, this may not always be the right move. It depends on your objective for blogging. If you are looking to earn money from blogging, you also want to make sure that you are in a niche that is highly profitable.

 

#2 Keywords and SEO

SEO is big in the blogging world, especially for independent bloggers who do not have much of an advertising budget. SEO is one of the key factors that ensure more visibility for your articles. Successful bloggers get a majority of their website traffic from search engines. If you have no clue about SEO, it might be prudent to read this article about SEO.

Invest time in learning about SEO because it is an important factor in determining whether your blog post gets read or not. If you do not want to do it yourself, you can always hire a quality SEO professional who not only helps you rank high but also educates you about online marketing and increasing website traffic.

 

#3 Network with other bloggers

Blogging is not just about writing articles and hoping someone reads them. It’s about building a community, networking with like-minded people, and supporting one another. Read, share, and comment on other people’s articles. Guest post on a fellow blogger’s blog. Become a valuable resource and the go-to person in your online community.

 

#4 Articles that solve problems

One of the most common questions people ask me is “What should I write about?” The answer is simple.

I rarely run out of ideas for a blog post. Why? Am I creative? No, I am always on the lookout for questions.

I surf through websites like Quora, and I look through all the questions people are asking. I then answer that question in a long article. There are questions on Quora that can be answered in the form of an article.

 

#5 Write an enticing headline

The headline is the most important part of an article. Use headlines that will compel your readers to read your article.

Successful writers spend more time on their headlines than on the body of the article. If your headline is bad, readers won’t even read the rest of your article.

The purpose of the headline is to entice the reader to read the first sentence of your article, the job of your first sentence is to entice the reader to read the second, and so on.

A good headline is not something that is necessarily creative; it needs to be something more than that. My favorite headline is something that solves a problem. One of my best article headlines was “How I got 3413 page views in my first month of blogging?

So, you see there is a template you can use for all your articles.

It’s nice to analyze articles that have a large readership and figure out a template that you can use for your articles.

[Read: How To Write Headlines Guaranteed to Bring a Wealth of Traffic]

 

#6 Quality vs. Quantity

Many of us might think the quality is the obvious answer. But in the online world, quantity does matter. If you are doing just one guest post a year and posting just one article on your blog, it’s unlikely that you are going to become an internet sensation very soon.

If you observe some of the top influencers, they are posting all the time. They are feeding their audience with value in the form of entertainment, knowledge, and information.

Successful bloggers seem to be everywhere. They have articles not just on their blogs but also on other people’s blogs.

It’s important to write good quality articles but don’t forget quantity and consistency.

 

#7 Choose the right place to publish

The publication or blog where you publish your article might be as important as the content of the article. I’ve published over 50 articles on entrepreneur.com. Why? Because its website traffic is over 6 million page views a month.

It makes more sense to publish your article on sites that already have huge traffic. Some of their website traffic might spill over to your personal blog, but even if it doesn’t, at least you are getting your name out there and getting people to read your articles.

 

Conclusion

Getting people to read your article is not just about great grammar and language, it’s also about building an audience, connecting with them, solving their problems, and fulfilling their needs. Great writers understand that more than the average ones.

What are your thoughts on this article? Do you have any additional suggestions for boosting website traffic? Let us know in the comments below. 

Note: Janice Wald may be unable to respond to comments in a timely manner due to her vacation schedule.

About the Author

Vinil Ramdev considers himself a connector, and a marketer. When not blogging, he likes to play sports and enjoy the beaches. He has self-published several books on Amazon.  

This post was made possible by the support of our readers.

 

    • Janice Wald | at 2:17 am

      Hi Joe,
      Great to see you and thanks for your comments.
      Many people are commenting here that networking has exploded their page views and sign-ups.
      For me, it’s definitely SEO. Since I’ve made concerted efforts toward learning SEO and applying what I learned, my Google traffic has increased. When I ask new subscribers how they found me, many say “Google.”
      Janice

  1. Melinda Mitchell | at 1:08 pm

    Hi BBFFJ, I sure hope you’re enjoying your cruise!!
    Thanks as always for having such well informed guest authors on here!! I can always count on quality posts, as well as quantity!!
    Vinil is certainly an expert!!
    Love, Your BBFFM

    • Janice Wald | at 2:19 am

      Hi BBFFM,
      Great to hear from you! We are having a nice time– currently in Scotland.
      How is your summer going? Did you cut your hair really short again due to the Florida heat?
      I agree Vinil did a great time with his article.
      Thanks for writing me.
      Love,
      Your BBFFJ

  2. Ryan Biddulph | at 3:21 pm

    Networking was one of these game changers for me Vinil. Rocking post bro.

    I began to see increased success when I doubled down on genuine blog commenting and helping folks through promoting them on my blog and through social media. Amazing difference maker because I saw ow if you just help folks and expect nothing from the interaction, you make a ton of friends who promote your success at an exponential rate.

    Ryan

    • Janice Wald | at 2:22 am

      Hi Ryan,
      Great to hear from you! I hope your summer is going well.
      I agree with the power of promoting others. It’s helped me greatly both as the recipient and as someone who promotes other people.
      Thanks for writing to tell us first-hand how powerful the networking technique is.
      Janice

    • Vinil Ramdev | at 2:45 am

      Hey Ryan, how are you doing? A lot of bloggers don’t network as much because it can be time consuming.

      But it can be a lot of fun. And it’s so worth it 🙂

      It’s nice to follow a blogger’s journey and learn from their experiences.

    • Janice Wald | at 2:27 am

      Hi Curious Frugal,
      I don’t know if you read the other comments, but “networking” is definitely the most popular tip hands down.
      For me, SEO has been the most effective, but I agree with you. SEO does take time. Google need longevity to know you have a quality blog for them to share. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald | at 2:28 am

      Hi Rohan,
      The more you post, the greater your page views, the greater your page views, the greater the chance people will sign up.
      How many? How many can you produce that will be quality, indepth content in a week that solves problems for people? There’s your answer.
      Janice

    • Vinil Ramdev | at 2:51 am

      Hey Rohan, the quantity depends entirely on you. But you need content that resonates with your audience.

      As Janice said, “The more quality content you produce, the better.”

      If you are just starting off, you might want to do a lot more guest posts because it’ll take you a while building an audience on your own blog.

  3. Faizan Ali | at 12:19 am

    Great Post, Many traffic driven tactics unfolded in some new ways.
    I personally believe that networking with bloggers gives you a great boost in your traffic as well as recognition. That’s what I do….

    Thanks,

    • Janice Wald | at 2:31 am

      Hi Faizan,
      I’m glad you feel the Networking tip is the best. So many people here are writing about the value of networking, I may have to go back to putting my efforts there. Thanks for commenting.
      Janice

  4. Kimsea Sok | at 12:56 am

    Hello Vinil.

    Of course. WE, bloggers hash off the words that in our heart from our brain on our blog post. …and what we expect is to get decent people who intentionally read the article on our blog.

    You’re completely right. Identifying the target audience helps us to engage with the right audience that leads to networking with the right people.

    We don’t write for everybody, but a few people who in the area of interests.

    That’s why I always clarify the CAP (context, audience, purpose) before producing any article.

    Thanks for sharing the remaining such keyword and SEO.
    Kimsea Sok recently posted…How to Choose A Perfect Domain Name for Your WebsiteMy Profile

  5. Praveen Verma | at 3:40 am

    Hi
    Vinil,
    You have provided great tips and it will surely help to boost the website traffic. I just read this post and learned something new. I like all your tips, especially about “network with other bloggers” and yes, it is very important in the blogosphere. Networking is very important whether it is in your professional or personal life.

    The tips provided in this post about increasing website traffic are very effective and it is very easy to understand.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great day ahead.
    Praveen verma.

  6. Jagdish Adhikari | at 4:45 am

    Hi Vinil,

    Your article is very informative to know about effective tips for getting website traffic.
    To get traffic in website is not an easy task now a days. But yes to follow SEO best practices we can get the traffic in website, it’s not one day task it takes times so keep patience.
    Search Engines now a days are very intellegent so we should do the SEO keeping in view Search Engines Guidelines.

  7. tammy roser | at 2:33 am

    Awesome post. It is very informative and it is really interesting to increase our conversation rate.Many thanks.It will help a lot for ranking in search engine .Keep writing. Thank you once more

  8. Ramit | at 4:53 am

    Hello,

    Finding the right audience and writing quality content that endeavors to solve the problems of your readers is the hallmark of a good writer or a blogger. You have shared some interesting points out there. They are sure going to help me develop into a good writer. Its a welcome effort. Thanks for sharing these useful tips. Keep up the great work.

    Regards.

    Ramit
    Ramit recently posted…15 Best Vlogging Cameras Under $100 & up to $500My Profile

  9. Moss Clement | at 7:24 am

    Hi Vinil,

    Great article, I.must say. Tips ate great and when you talked about networking with others I’m your niche, than I knew you nailed it because it has worked well for me. But I also believe that cross-promoting your post on the major social media sites has the potential to increase web traffic significantly. I have experimented with this tips and it is a no brainer. More is that keyword research is important to your SEO strategy. You need to perform keyword research to find the right keywords for content optimization and Google search ranking. With an arsenal of keywords at your disposal, you can create amazing posts that will drive massive traffic even before you blink an eye.

    Thanks for sharing, Vinil, and thank you too, Janice for publishing. Bytheway, are you back from vacation, Janice?

  10. John Morris | at 2:12 pm

    Hey Janice,

    Thanks for always giving spot on information. I’m currently learning more about SEO, which is something I have neglected in the past, but you reminded me about networking. I can get overwhelmed with everything else that I forget to network with other bloggers in my niche. Thanks for the reminder. Now it’s time to put it in to action!

    – John
    John Morris recently posted…Loan Depot Vs Quicken LoansMy Profile

  11. Emma | at 7:51 pm

    Greetings,
    This is Emma. I have been practicing SEO for past 4 month. That was really helpful content , I rally appreciate it. Your research content is helping me a lot.
    Thank You.

  12. Stephen Davison | at 2:12 am

    Hi Janice,

    Thank you for sharing helpful article.

    Creating a network of like-minded bloggers or professionals will help you a lot in generating more traffic. This will lead to influence marketing, thereby you will become a successful blogger and valuable resource for new bloggers.

    Thank you once again.

  13. Rhodes Kriske | at 7:38 am

    Janice,

    Thank you for the great content. I have struggled to get my blog to have much traction, this helped me see some things I was missing. Thanks!

    Rhodes Kriske recently posted…Looking for custom stencils made online? Look no further.

  14. Anil Agarwal | at 8:24 pm

    Hi Vinail, excellent stuff!

    I always love SEO. When it comes to increasing traffic to your websites, nothing beats SEO. You need to learn the art of keyword research and optimization if you really want to get more visitors from search engines to your content.

    I also strongly agree with what you said about hiring an SEO expert if you’re not interested in doing SEO by yourself. After all, investing on things like SEO can only fetch you ultimate results in the long run.

    If you’re running a new website, one of the best ways to bring more traffic is to use various forums and online communities such as Blog Engage, Biz Sugar and so on. Just make sure to stick to promoting your new articles only in those forums that explicitly allow content promotion.

    Also remember one thing, if you’re already not active on any of the forums where you’re trying to promote your stuff, take some time to genuinely engage with other people on the forums so you can effectively promote your content later.

    Thanks so much for sharing great tips. Thanks Janice for publishing the guest post.

    • Janice Wald | at 4:36 pm

      Hi Anil,
      Great to hear from you. Thanks for coming by.
      I appreciate your suggestions, but I have a question. The last time I checked, Blog Engage wasn’t free. Is that still the case? I prefer to go to free websites. I do use and recommend BizSugar. Your tip about engaging before you promote is important. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.
      Janice

  15. sachin sharma | at 3:20 am

    Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having an intense time finding it at the same time, I’d jump at the chance to give you an email. I are very brave for your blog you may be occupied with hearing. In any case, extraordinary site and I anticipate seeing it develop after some time.

    • Janice Wald | at 4:43 pm

      Hi,
      Did you read the other comments? It’s unbelievable how many people agreed “networking” is the most valuable tip. Thanks for sharing your success tip.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald | at 4:46 pm

      Hi Jitender,
      Glad you enjoyed my guest author’s post about how to boost website traffic. I’m glad you feel it is helpful to new bloggers. Thanks for writing to tell us.
      Janice

  16. Joy T | at 5:32 am

    Awesome share and article, Rohan! Networking will always be key. Totally agree as we also practice the same in our business! Do check us out also as we’re one of you guys! 🙂

    • Janice Wald | at 4:47 pm

      Hi Joy,
      An overwhelming number of commenters agreed with you that networking is the most important element for boosting website traffic. Thanks for writing to tell us.
      Janice

  17. Cori Ramos | at 12:17 pm

    Hi Janice.

    It’s nice to meet you Anil. Thanks for sharing these suggestions to get free traffic to our website. I’d have to agree with the suggestions you gave here.

    Out of the ones you mentioned, the one that’s worked for me has worked best is networking with other bloggers.

    Thanks again for writing putting such a great blog post together.

    Have a great day and rest of the week.

    Cori
    Cori Ramos recently posted…How To Use Tailwind To Boost Traffic To Your WebsiteMy Profile

  18. Brandi Gates | at 10:50 am

    Hi Janice Wald
    first of all i want to appreciate you because you have nicely done everything about website traffic in article and i agreed with all tips but i want to know how to make relationship with bloggers? while some bloggers don’t approved comments as well on blogs
    Thank you

    • Janice Wald | at 10:13 am

      Hi Brandi,
      Congratulations on your graduation! I see the cap and gown in your photo.
      Thanks for the compliments on the website traffic post.
      You asked how to improve your relationship with other bloggers. There are many ways. For example, I retweet people’s posts on Twitter.
      This is a link to all my networking articles. You may have to scroll through the headlines to find relevant articles: https://www.mostlyblogging.com/?s=network. These should help you find networking strategies that improve your relationship with other bloggers.

      Janice

  19. Rich | at 5:57 pm

    Some really great advice there! My biggest problem when I first started writing blogs was to write posts for so many different Topix on the same blog. Today I have several blogs, one for each one of my interests. This helps to keep all of the blog posts on each blog relevant to one topic. Thanks for sharing

    • Janice Wald | at 10:03 am

      Hi Rich,
      Thanks for commenting. I had the same exact problem as you when I first started blogging! Someone actually called my blog “bipolar,” LOL! Now, I have a niche– blogging tips. I’m happy and my readers aren’t confused. Your idea to have different blogs for different topics is a good one if you have time to maintain those blogs. How many do you have, may I ask?
      Janice

      • Rich | at 12:28 pm

        I have 4 blogs at the moment. It is a lot of work and unfortunately they don’t all get the attention they deserve. But at least they are now niche specific, lol.

  20. Vishwajeet Kumar | at 2:39 am

    Hello Vinil and Janice,

    Fabulous Post. Driving traffic to a blog is definitely a time consuming task. Its need patience and a flow of proper strategy. Networking with bloggers is definitely help you to stand out from the crowd. By doing Guest posting and blog commenting definitely helps you to build a loyal audience base. I am able to connect with many bloggers online by doing this method. Nothing can beat SEO and You have to optimize your site and play with keywords to blast your organic traffic. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips.

    Have a Great Day 🙂
    Vishwajeet
    Vishwajeet Kumar recently posted…8 ways to Optimize your WordPress BlogMy Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 9:42 am

      Hi Vishwajeet,
      Great to hear from you. I hope summer is treating you well.
      Thanks for contributing to the discussion about website traffic by recommending which of Vinil’s tips work best.
      I focus on this tip you mentioned: Nothing can beat SEO and You have to optimize your site and play with keywords to blast your organic traffic.
      I spent a lot of time optimizing for SEO, but I generally find it’s worth it! Thanks for commenting.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Increase Your Website Traffic and Get People to Read Your ArticlesMy Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 12:29 pm

      I agree. I can only imagine how long keeping up with 4 blogs takes you. Keeping up with my one blog I consider a second full-time job. Thank you for writing to answer my question.

  21. GoldnoS | at 12:28 am

    I’m also starting to blog about online marketing. Thank you for your sharing, which helped me to recognize many points that need to be further optimized. Thanks

  22. Tony | at 4:11 am

    I think you’ve mentioned the most helpful tips to increase website traffic. Personally, I find Quora a very useful website, not only in terms of finding inspiration. You can get a few SEO benefits from it as well.

  23. Inksplore | at 8:48 pm

    Very true. Being unnoticed is the greatest fear that one starting with blogging has, and this is also the chasm that most are unable to cross, given the few moments where they are unable to see any viable results, bloggers stop putting effort and take their project down. What they don’t really understand is that their might be issues with their strategies or like the technical points mentioned over here might needed to be addressed. I am sure implementing this tips will help leverage a blog. Thank you for the post.

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  25. Steve | at 9:25 am

    Hey Janice, you said that you aren’t creative but checking questions on Quora for blog post topic is actually a good idea. It just showed that you were creative enough to find topics. I also think that networking is the best way to boost your website traffic, as well as building your own brand as a blogger.
    Thanks for sharing!

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