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    13 September 2007

    When Steven from VandelayDesign invited me to be a part of his 5 day series on growing your blog, I jumped at the chance of being involved in a community project. So far, Steven and Kevin from BloggingTips have posted, with Tay from SuperBloggingTips and John from SiteFever coming up on Thursday and Friday.

    Unfortunately, because of a stressful week of University Applications, I’ve been unable to sit-down and write a post out for Steven and the gang, and for that I really am sorry. Instead of me lecturing you guys about my best methods (which I will try and post about), I wanted to open the area up for discussion.

    So, what has been your best source of web traffic so far?

    In short, my best trafficking came from the release of 101 Essential Blogging Resources. This was essentially a digg-bait, that happened to get on the Popular Page, and got featured on many top blogs – which has continued to bring in links to this day. At number 2 has been traffic received from blogroll links on other sites and blogs – which bring targeted visitors to my webpage.

    Leave your thoughts in the comments area below or feel free to email me.

    38 Responses to What’s Your Best Source of Web Traffic?

    1. Steven Snell September 13, 2007 at 5:46 am #

      My best source of traffic (in terms of numbers) has been social media. I would rather have it from referrals or search, but the sheer volume of traffic that social media can send is really powerful. Yesterday was my first success with Digg. StumbleUpon is consistently good for me, and I’ve managed to get on the front page of delicious 3 or 4 times. Delicious hasn’t brought as much traffic as the others, but it always brings links. My search engine traffic is picking up and hopefully that will continue. Sometime after your schedule slows down I would be interested in reading about your strategies and results with social media.

    2. Tad Chef September 13, 2007 at 8:42 am #

      The 101 link is a 404 ;-)

    3. TextAdSearch September 13, 2007 at 1:43 pm #

      Google is a good passive form of traffic and so is passive social networking. Social networks seem to bring in more spiky traffic where as Google seems more consistent.

    4. Brian Purkiss September 13, 2007 at 2:22 pm #

      My #1 traffic source has been from comments I’ve made on other blogs. Making quality comments on other blogs actually gets you visitors!

      But hey, a good day on my blog involved 30 visitors. lol

    5. sarahG September 13, 2007 at 3:29 pm #

      For my blog Google is by far the best source with 200+ page views from Google visitors for the month so far.

      For our busiest site that sells products and makes about 50% of our online earnings, Google Images brings in the bulk of the traffic.

      I tend to find, search engines aside, that participation on other blogs and forums are a good way to improve traffic. A lot of social media can be spiky as TextAdSearch said. Of course if you do it right, that can bring the main traffic in which then returns of their own accord afterwards.

    6. GnomeyNewt September 13, 2007 at 3:40 pm #

      My main source of traffic has been by social networks, StumbleUpon being the #1. Digg can send quite a bit of visitors even if you don’t get to the first page so they are great too, but I do find it harder to get votes there as it seems to be a different crowd than StumbleUpon which my visitors use.

      I want my main source to be search engines, Google is my #2 source of web traffic right now. I figure I just need to keep blogging and keep up with articles and it will come in over time as my top source. Right now I’m trying to see what keywords my visitors use and create more articles based on those keywords.

      Congrats to you Steven on your first successful digg! Hope you give us a little report on it.

    7. Adam Donkus September 13, 2007 at 4:38 pm #

      You can just never tell were your next good bit of traffic will come from. Once I got a ton of traffic from Dave Barry when I got noticed because of a miss spelled word…oops…
      Then there is the Stumbleupon traffic that although it is a lot, usually it does not stay for long.
      Lots of quality traffic comes from other blogs that I happen to comment on…

      I really need to work on doing some guest blogger posts(it is on the to do list), since so many others have said it has done wonders for them.

    8. adnan September 13, 2007 at 5:09 pm #

      Firstly @ Tad: thanks for notifying me mate – it’s been fixed!

      It seems like the main 3 ways summarized by your comments above are Search Engines, Social Media and Other Blogs. I for one would agree on the other blogs part of the equation – as they can provide targeted readers to your site, eg. If I commented on another “entrepreneurial” blog.

      Being an active member in a popular forum can help, but I don’t frequent that many forums anymore due to time constraints.

      Google is the only part that I havn’t experienced to the full effect. I have well ranking articles, but none of them are no1 for a particular short phrase keyword. Maybe this is something I need to work on!

      Thanks for the discussion guys, and let’s try and keep the thoughts coming!

    9. Michael from Pro Blog Design September 13, 2007 at 6:22 pm #

      My main traffic source has been StumbleUpon, by a good amount. I was quite surprised to find so many visitors coming from there, right from day 1!

    10. Deron Sizemore September 13, 2007 at 7:14 pm #

      I don’t receive a whole lot of traffic, but the traffic I get the most of comes from CSS Mania where I submitted my site there, StumbleUpon, and other blogs where I’ve done link exchanges and have left comments.

    11. Steven Snell September 13, 2007 at 11:10 pm #

      I think that is a key feature of StumbleUpon that you pointed out, traffic can come to new blogs right away. That’s so much different than a lot of other social media.

      Did you submit your site to any other galleries besides CSS Mania?

    12. Josh Mullineaux September 13, 2007 at 11:11 pm #

      For obvious reasons my main source of traffic has been Nate. However, StumbleUpon has been great too!

    13. Deron Sizemore September 13, 2007 at 11:41 pm #

      Steven: Yes, I submitted it to as many as I could find, but CSS mania by far brings the most traffic. I’m still seeing traffic trickle in and I’ve not been on the front page of CSS mania now for over a month or so. When I was on the front page I was getting all kinds of traffic.

    14. Steven Snell September 13, 2007 at 11:46 pm #

      Thanks for the information, that’s good to know.

    15. Dave Starr --- ROI Guy September 14, 2007 at 6:53 am #

      A good source lately has been a neat little feature that is one of those ‘head slappers” as in. I knew you should do that, but I didn’t.
      here’s a fellow who read the same thing I’ve read at least a dozen times … start a lit of popularity index … but instead of sitting on his butt, he did it. (Blogtrepreneur is in there, #21, not too shabby). he’s put u a list of the top 100 blogs about making money and then he’s allowed the ‘also rans’ to list themselves for free as well. kewl traffic building idea for and since my blog has been listed just this morning I’ve already received visitors from 45n5 and linking requests in my email.

      In general we ‘small timers” sit around wishing we had money to do big traffic building schemes ahen you cna do great traffic builders for free … the “cost” of one web page and alittle work updating it.

    16. Bush Mackel September 14, 2007 at 7:55 pm #

      For me right now, it’s definitely tied between Google and Direct Visitors. I’m really trying to my search engine visits, but so far it has been a bit slow going.

    17. Steven Snell September 14, 2007 at 10:36 pm #

      I’ve also received some traffic from that list. I think that is the type of traffic that may continue too as the list is updated and people keep linking to it.

    18. adnan September 15, 2007 at 6:53 pm #

      Wow – thanks again for all the awesome comments guys. StumbleUpon has come up quite a bit so far – I agree in that you get some excellent, targeted traffic and its very easy for new sites to get voted up and seen by a lot of people. I’ve also just become a member at Sphinn – has anyone else tried it?

      Deron – using CSS sites is a very good one. But you’ve gotta have a site that’s good enough to get on the frontpage too – so well done for making yours get there!

      @ Josh – lol – yeah Nate’s subscribership is increasing massively. Won’t be long before he overtakes me!

      @ Dave – you’re right. Mark has recently been busy doing all of the viral stuff – like the list, and it seems to be working very nicely. He too seems to be approaching my level of readership, and it won’t be long before his tactics pay off big time in terms of traffic and income for his site. I tried my hand at viral with the How Bad Is Your Blog tool, but it didn’t really seem to go anywhere :(

      Sorry if I didn’t mention your name, there’s just too many of you fab commentors out there at the mo – thanks for contributing to the discussion!

    19. Reem September 20, 2007 at 3:31 am #

      I know I’m getting into this discussion a little late, but I just wanted to add my two cents. Recently we have seen an increase in traffic due to StumbleUpon. It’s been really great:)

    20. DayJobNuker September 20, 2007 at 10:12 pm #

      StumbleUpon for me. I just had my first major score with them of over 12,000 hits in the last two days.

    21. 12 year old blogger October 27, 2007 at 4:09 pm #

      Currently my souce of traffic is from stumbleupon

    22. March 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm #

      My thoughts on it…

      1. Participation in other blogs / forums (Webupon & JustaGuyThing have been good lately). I had one of my sites: mentioned in a webupon article and it killed my bandwidth. Something I didn’t expect – thought it was the Chinese hacking me. LOL.

      2. Social Media – StumbleUpon is great, digg and reddit are much harder to crack into. For a great “overview” on what’s hitting the net in popularity – captalizing on that is key – visit – it’s a great site to see an overview of what’s popping and what’s not. Lately that Obama picture being photoshop was the craze so we jumped on it to see what we could do – posted at: – the first day we had over 600 uniques – and ever since then we have consistent traffic in the 30+ mark – it was a curious experiment. Long story short, it’s how I found this blog.

      3. Google is great but real effectiveness comes when you run adwords – it probably pushes about 30-40 people a day to and – a more refined target market. About 25% of the visitors purchase which is awesome.

      4. Guest blogging – never did that yet but everyone is a fan of lists – that’s the ideal way to start.

      5. Most importantly – google analytics is key to tracking everything. It’s free and an essential tool to go over during your morning coffee. And don’t remember, no matter what you’re doing, if you’re not making money, it’s not working!

    23. SR March 21, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

      StumbleUpon works for me and provides a decent amount of hits.

    24. Wade Balsdon April 8, 2008 at 11:18 am # Very good source of quality traffic and information.

    25. High Heels August 30, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

      Google organic!

    26. Majogo September 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

      The social networking sites brought me more traffic and ofcourse the search engine

    27. boykalbo July 4, 2012 at 12:24 am #

      stumble upon is great… really works

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