10 Posts That’ll Instantly Put You in the Top 1% of Traffic Experts

10 Posts That’ll Instantly Put You in the Top 1% of Traffic Experts

Look, I get it.

You want more traffic. (Just like every other blogger on the planet.)

But here’s the big question:

Do you actually deserve more traffic?

You see, traffic doesn’t care how much you want it. It doesn’t care how long you’ve waited.

Traffic only comes to those who truly commit to understanding how to get it and then, implement what they’ve learned.

And that means becoming a traffic expert – learning more about the subject than almost any of your blogging peers.

Sound like hard work?

Good. That’s what stops just anyone becoming a guru.

The good news? It’s not nearly as hard as you might think — if you know what to study.

That’s why I’ve assembled this collection of the best posts on traffic we’ve ever published.

Study these and you will transform into a bonafide blog traffic expert in record time.

Why Your Site Gets Such Pitiful Traffic (and What to Do about It)

Website Traffic
Let’s be honest; Jon isn’t exactly famous for pulling his punches. He’s in blistering form in this post which lays bare the ten reasons you’re not getting the traffic you think you deserve for your blog. Uncommon insight – check. Hard truths – check. Mindset realignment – check. Oh, and he says “fart” in the opening paragraph. What more could you want?

77 Resources That’ll Get You More Traffic Than Naked Pictures of Kim Kardashian

Traffic Resources - Twitter
It’s hard to tell which is more obviously attention-seeking – the headline of this post by Philip Kleudgen or Mrs. Kanye West herself. But once the author’s won your attention, he quickly proves that there’s substance behind his showy tactics with this carefully curated monster list of quality traffic resources. While it’s true that sometimes less is more, other times, more is more. (I’m sure Kim would agree.)

Case Study: How to Increase Your Traffic by 226% in Just 60 Days

Traffic Case Study
You’ve heard of Canva, right? They’re the guys that made it possible for design-challenged, Photoshop-allergic writer types like me (and possibly you) to create attractive web graphics for our posts. Well, it turns out they know a thing or two about traffic. This post gives you an insider view on the valuable lessons the fine folks at Canva learned when they more than tripled their blog’s traffic in just two months. So, not just a pretty face then.

11 Traffic Techniques That Are a Waste of Time for Beginners

Traffic Techniques
Here’s quick riddle. Question: When is a good traffic tactic not a good traffic tactic? Answer: When you use it at the wrong time. You see, though it’s far from obvious, different techniques are effective at different stages of your blog’s growth. (And some techniques are never really effective.) Jon’s post names and shames the techniques that hopeful beginners are likely to try but will almost never produce worthwhile results. You’d better check you’re not doing any of these.

How to Get More Traffic from Every Post by Republishing on Medium

Republishing on Medium
Can I ask you a weird question? Is your content lazy? Because some content barely lifts a finger. It just sits there, attracting the occasional comment and idling while waiting for Google to send some traffic. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Republishing your content on a popular platform like Medium can make your content sweat from day one. Which means more traffic without creating more content. Cool, huh? Of course, you need to know how to get the best from the platform. Fortunately, it’s all covered in this guest post by Chelsea Baldwin.

How to Get More Traffic and Traction by Promoting Your Content Like a Boss

Content Promotion - Twitter
In magic blogging fantasy land, where herds of smiling unicorns tap out perfect posts on golden keyboards while butterflies look on in awe, no content promotion is required whatsoever. Instead, all content effortlessly attracts exactly the amount of attention it deserves. But here in the real world, even great content needs promotion. This guest post by Andy Crestodina shows you how to promote the ever living crap out of your content, unicorns be damned.

Blogger Outreach: How to Get Influencers to Promote Your Content for Free

Blogger Outreach
In blogging (as in life) it’s not what you know that leads you to success, it’s who you know. Frustrating but true. But if persuading popular bloggers to promote your humble content to their humongous audiences seems like a crazy dream, it just means you haven’t read this guest post by Brian Dean’s yet. He distils the potentially terrifying process of outreach to a simple-to-follow strategy even the shyest blogger can follow.

An Open Letter to Bloggers Struggling to Get More Traffic

Traffic Open Letter
It’s tough to hear, but some blogs don’t have a hope in hell of getting more traffic. You can work your ass off, create great content, promote it like crazy – basically doing all of the “right” things – and it doesn’t make the slightest difference. Why? Because at its core, it’s fundamentally flawed. Maybe it’s the topic. Maybe it’s the audience. Maybe it’s something else. But whatever it is, you’d rather find out sooner rather than later, right? Jon’s post reveals seven tests your blog must pass or be doomed to fail.

How to Turn Quora into a Traffic-Driving Machine for Your Blog

Quora Traffic
You know Quora, the Q&A site which invites you to tackle the questions you’ve been itching to answer (and a good number you haven’t)? Well, it can be a surprisingly good source of blog traffic – if you know what you’re doing. Fortunately, Imran Esmail is the perfect guide to becoming a traffic-savvy Quoran – after all, his answers have attracted over one million views on the platform. Use his strategy to divert traffic from this popular platform to your own blog.

10 Simple Twitter Tactics That Will Get You More Traffic Today

Twitter Traffic - Twitter
So here’s the thing, when you’re starting out, building a following on social media often isn’t the best use of your time. But if you already have a following on, say, Twitter, you’d be crazy not to use it to generate traffic for your blog. And as a smart blogger, you’ll naturally want to focus on the tactics that bring you the most traffic. In that case, Brian Honigman has you covered in this post about exploiting the true traffic potential of the little blue bird.

What’s That? You Want to Learn Even More about Traffic?

So there it is. An entire education in traffic generation in just ten posts.

Read them all and you’ll soon know more about traffic than 99% of your blogging peers.

Read even a handful and you’ll be overflowing with ideas about how to attract traffic to your own blog.

And if you’re still hungry to learn more about traffic – maybe you’d like to discover the perfect traffic strategy for you – keep an eye on your inbox over the next couple of weeks.

We have a little something in the pipeline you might just be interested to see.

In the meantime try to not to lord your newly acquired traffic expertise over your fellow bloggers too much.

Nobody likes a know-it-all. 😉

About the Author: Glen Long is the managing editor of Smart Blogger (a.k.a. chief content monkey). When he’s not creating or editing content for this blog or an upcoming course he’s probably watching Nordic Noir. Why not say hello to him on Twitter?


  1. Cody Lister
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:17:46

    So “Copyblogger” of you, Glen. 😉 Nice post.

    • Glen Long
      Jun 03, 2016 @ 08:41:21

      Thanks Cody. 🙂

  2. Francis
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:19:32

    …way too much information. Thanks all the same,

    • Jon Morrow
      Jun 02, 2016 @ 12:42:56

      This section from the introduction comes to mind:

      “Traffic only comes to those who truly commit to understanding how to get it and then, implement what they’ve learned.

      And that means becoming a traffic expert – learning more about the subject than almost any of your blogging peers.

      Sound like hard work?

      Good. That’s what stops just anyone becoming a guru.”

      • Scott Groves
        Jun 02, 2016 @ 22:31:58

        Totally agree Jon. That’s the biggest takeaway for me too!

      • Cody Lister
        Jun 05, 2016 @ 09:33:37

        Hit the nail on the head. Hard work = the point at which 99.9% of people fall off the wagon.

  3. Bill Achola
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:22:25

    Hey Glen

    Thanks for sharing such an informative posts on traffic. I know these posts will help the newbies to instantly learn how to get traffic to their blog and become traffic experts.


    • Glen Long
      Jun 03, 2016 @ 08:41:52

      I hope so! Thanks for stopping by Bill.

  4. Leanne Regalla
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:25:37

    Nice compilation Glen! Very useful. I refer people to the 11 beginner wastes of time all the time.

    Also, I just googled “Nordic Noir.” 😉

    • Glen Long
      Jun 03, 2016 @ 08:43:05

      Hey Leanne,

      Yes that beginner’s mistakes post is a valuable one for sure.

      As regards Nordic Noir, I am slightly addicted.

      Thanks for you comment.



  5. Dealwap
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:30:11

    Waw! i just love the way you carefully point out your words, this will be of great help! THanks!

    • Glen Long
      Jun 03, 2016 @ 08:43:19

      Thanks Dealway.

  6. Joshua
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:30:46

    I need this! There are so many ideas and viewpoints about getting traffic to a blog out there. But I’ve made up my mind. I’m going to read and follow the advice from all 10 of these posts. This will be my traffic education. Thanks for this Glen. Talk about information at the right time! 😃

    • Glen Long
      Jun 03, 2016 @ 08:43:37

      Awesome. Enjoy the posts Joshua.

  7. Pawan Diwakar
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:33:19

    Hi Glen

    Thanks a lot for sharing such a good collection of ideas for getting more ideas.

    I tried using quora and seen good results. I will be trying others as well.

  8. Nadeem
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:41:45

    Hey Glen,

    Wow!! This is just what I was looking for!!

    Well, I’ll have to study these beasts!! (not just read)

    I’m just starting out and I can’t seem to get any traction whatsoever!!

    Thanks for putting this together!! I’m sharing this right away 🙂


    • Joshua
      Jun 03, 2016 @ 00:10:17

      Hey Nadeem. I totally get you. It’s tough. I’m just starting out too. However, I will tell you this, the best advice I’ve taken from this blog on building traffic is to start by building relationships with influencers in your niche. Sounds intimidating but it works.

      So far, I’ve been able to connect with the editors from MindBodyGreen, SELF Magazine, and Women’s Health Magazine. I almost crapped my pants when I decided to make these connections, but hey, “go big, or go home,” right? Give it a shot.

      • Nadeem
        Jun 03, 2016 @ 07:05:22

        Hey Joshua,

        Yes, that’s practically it!! You need connections!! You need influencers to share the crap out of you!! lol

        Jon has suggested several times we should always start with guest blogging, but I can’t really seem to get my pitches right – I’ll be joining his guest blogging course ASAP!! So that I can learn the nitty gritty of a successful guest blogging journey!!

        Thanks for the motivation Joshua! See yaa!

  9. Dividend Beginner
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 11:05:00


    Thanks for the great, informative resources. Going to be great for increasing my traffic. I’ve definitely been on the right traffic but could use a bunch more boosts.


  10. Josh
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 11:33:02

    This made me want to click on every article. I will admit that I love Canva & do not use it as much as I should. Thanks for the reminder to use it on my next post.

    • Glen Long
      Jun 03, 2016 @ 08:44:53

      Yep – Canva rocks. We use it for our social images.

  11. Julia Harris
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 11:37:56

    So much good stuff, definetly one to bookmark thanks!!

    • Glen Long
      Jun 03, 2016 @ 08:44:22

      Thanks Julia.

  12. Matt
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 16:59:12

    Hi Glenn

    Thanks so much for rounding up such enormous value in one post. I started using Medium last year for republishing and can’t remember why I stopped (facepalm). And a colleague of mine was recently raging about how great Quora is. Each and every one of these posts will get my full attention.


    • Glen Long
      Jun 03, 2016 @ 08:45:31

      That’s great to hear. Yes, both of those platforms seem to be getting a lot of attention. Hope you enjoy the other posts too. Cheers, Glen.

  13. Halil
    Jun 02, 2016 @ 19:33:37

    Hello Glen, your post have collected the best of ways to drive traffic. I couldn’t read each post. I bookmarked this page so I can come back to it later.

    • Glen Long
      Jun 03, 2016 @ 08:47:38

      Hi Halil,

      Yes it might be too might to digest in one session. But do remember to come back to them! 🙂



  14. Blake Powell
    Jun 03, 2016 @ 21:30:13

    Thanks Glen and Jon for the resources here,

    Love what you’ve put together and can’t wait to dive into the posts you’ve highlighted here that I somehow missed before. Thanks for putting it all together for us! 🙂

  15. Josh Lugembe
    Jun 04, 2016 @ 20:32:25

    What a good jog, I mean job… you’ve done here Glen.

    It actually made me follow you on Twitter… (I’m @joshprogress.)

    After hours of going through what just 2/3 of the posts here are my thoughts:

    If anyone is serious in pushing their blogs to the next level, well… the gym and the trainers are here. And therefore take time to study all these because if you have an idea of where you want t take your blog, you will realise that to get such answers will cost you big money… but Jon, Glen and the team are simply kind enough to share all for FREE.

    So yes, I’ve bookmarked everything – for late!

  16. Hassaan Khan
    Jun 05, 2016 @ 14:18:04

    I try to use Pocket app to bookmark great content that I come across and I keep on adding it. It makes me feel good when I find helpful resources. I’m going to add this article and looking forward to reading the rest of the articles mentioned in it which otherwise I might not have been able to grab.

  17. stefany
    Jun 06, 2016 @ 08:15:39

    Hey Glen,

    Thanks for this great post, such valuable information. It’s a lot of information to digest in one post, but i’ll bookmark it and come back to it.

  18. Imran Soudagar
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 06:36:01

    Hi Glen,

    Thanks for sharing these awesome articles, I am about to start reading each one of those.

    Thank you.

  19. Debjyoti Ghosh
    Jun 07, 2016 @ 10:02:35

    Brilliant selection of valuable posts!

    I have not heard of Medium before but now when I do, I intent to get the most of it. I used to promote my content mainly on StumbleUpon and Flipboard.
    Admittedly, high quality content is important. However, efforts and time invested in creation could be in vain if you lack an adequate promotion attitude.

    Again, thanks for the inspiration and motivation! All posts are very helpful.

  20. Deepak Rana
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 11:21:01

    Great Post. You pulled out amazing information. Thank you for this ultimate & motivational piece of content. Keep the great work up!

  21. freeman mix
    Jun 10, 2016 @ 12:41:26

    Here is a great place to find some good quality web traffic

  22. freelancegigle
    Jun 10, 2016 @ 12:43:49

    Freelancegigle.com will get you top quality traffic at affordable prices.

  23. Kim
    Jun 10, 2016 @ 21:11:36

    Brilliant mate! Appreciate the candidness and can tell I’ve got some work to do. Bring it on, I say! Live every moment, Kim

  24. DNN
    Jun 12, 2016 @ 05:38:00

    It takes a visionary mind and a determined creative individual to continually create quality content in hopes of generating steady streams of passive traffic to their blog and reap large sums of ad revenue.

  25. اسیلوسکوپ
    Jun 12, 2016 @ 06:12:02

    very gooooooood

  26. Vipin
    Jun 21, 2016 @ 03:57:39

    Hi Glen,
    This post truly helps in boosting website traffic. And currently I am using only Quora and twitter, now will try to implement more techniques.

  27. Marvin
    Jun 27, 2016 @ 08:21:56

    Thanks for the Headline Hacks tips. I’m going to try one today!

  28. Ben
    Jun 29, 2016 @ 12:38:08

    I’m glad you shared the piece about Medium. I know Medium has been working well for Bloggers for a while now, but my SEO guy just got me on board with re-posting our original posts to Medium. It’s been a great source of traffic!

    Thanks for putting this list together, BTW.

  29. Asim Latif
    Jul 08, 2016 @ 17:00:43

    Hi sir! i read the article and I knew a lot of new strategies for getting more traffic, but I wanna ask a question that can we give some shares for getting traffic and social signals also help for ranking, but i want to ask to give the shares now-a-days because I gave shares and was getting awesome traffic from social networking sites, but my ranking keywords are getting down day by day and I think that the shares are the main reason of getting down the keywords so, can you tell that shares are good or not now-a-days

  30. Tim
    Jul 11, 2016 @ 06:29:56

    Nice, thanks Glen. A few cheeky little beauts in there! I love seeing quality posts like the ones listed – as it confirms you ‘get out what you put in’ and always ensuring you only do quality work instead of cutting corners.

    Thanks for giving so much value


  31. Sara Williams
    Jul 13, 2016 @ 14:06:22

    Hey Glen

    Thanks for sharing such an informative posts on traffic. I know these posts will help the newbies to instantly learn how to get traffic to their blog and become traffic experts.

  32. Corey Tat
    Jul 17, 2016 @ 14:51:44

    Hi Glen,

    nice post on how to be part of the 1%. This article really details the steps necessary to do what it takes to build a successful blog.

    As a business owner, I completely understand what it’s like to work your butt off. Nothing is handed, everything is earned by long hours of hard work, dedication to one’s craft, and persistence along the way.

    Nice post!

  33. Bhuboy Villanueva
    Jul 24, 2016 @ 07:09:31

    This are all awesome resources but I only clicked and read one, which I think is the most important for me now which is “11 Traffic Techniques That Are a Waste of Time for Beginners” and glad I did. It just makes me frown that I am doing most of this low VPH tactics. Thanks for this