How to Get Tons of Blog Traffic + Do More Visitors Equal More Money?

One section of my new internet marketing course is all about getting traffic. But here's the thing, more traffic doesn't always mean more money. If you just looked at my most popular posts here on my blog, you would assume that those are the ones that make me the most amount of money, but as confusing as it is, it's not the case.

So here's my insider tips on how to both get more traffic but also how to make the most of it as the goal with any website is to eventually be able to monetize it right?

Here's a Secret:

I've never paid for blog traffic so this isn't going to be advice on how to run facebook ads or an adwords campaign. Instead, I'm going to show you how I went from 0 visitors two years ago to over 20,000 unique visitors a month, all without spending any money.

The first thing you want to do is have a way to track your website visitors, I use blogger's built in stats as well as google analytics. 

It doesn't really matter what you use, even though google analytics is much more powerful, it just matters that you have some idea of if things are working or not. 

Tip #1: Focus less on specifics and focus more on doing what is working. 

Here is an inside peek on my dashboard:

Free Organic Search Traffic:

As you can see from the traffic sources tab, I get the majority of my visitors from google. I have never used a keyword research tool, don't use any software or complicated trackers, nothing.

I just create content that I would want to read, sharing things that are of high value and focus on creating things that are missing and i'd want to see myself or wish were there when I was starting out.

Another great way to get a lot of traffic is to create viral content.

How? Just look at BuzzFeed or Elite Daily. They're the best at it...however they are horrible at monetizing their traffic.

Tip #2 More traffic does not equal more money. 

The problem with viral traffic is that it is so untargeted that it's hard to make money from it. People who click funny facebook videos aren't looking to buy anything and at most, companies like Elite Daily and BuzzFeed rely on getting so much traffic that the $0.000001 cents they might make in ad revenue from each visitor adds up eventually.

But I decided to make a BuzzFeed Style Video anyways.

Here it is!

Why did I make this video?

I mainly made it because it was fun and it gave a bunch of us at the coworking space an excuse to take the afternoon off and try to random menu items at McDonald's here in Thailand. I got inspired after watching a bunch of "Americans Try ________ McDonald's" videos on youtube.

After watching the British, Hong Kong and even India ones, I searched for a Thai or Thailand version and realized it didn't exist.

I figured that not only would it be fun to create, but also that if I was looking for it, maybe other people were as well. Since this is just an experiment and I just uploaded the video a few minutes ago, who knows if it's going to get a lot of views or not. But that's just how the world of internet marketing works. You take the risk of wasting your time creating something that you think will be great not knowing if others will.

Tip #3 Create things that are missing in the world...or on the internet. 

Edit: It worked! This video has gotten a TON of views.

Why Viral Traffic Doesn't Equal Money:

The problem with getting more visitors from creating funny videos or in another extreme creating click bait type posts, celebrity gossip, or just having photos of hot girls is you are getting visitors who don't actually care about your niche and are just there to click around and be entertained before they leave your site and never return.

So even though it's tempting to focus on getting as many visitors as possible, realize that there is a balance between getting views and getting engagement.

In my course Earnest Affiliate I go through all of my traffic sources and show you which ones actually earn me money. You'll be surprised to see how much I still make from the most random blog posts that I wrote months ago as well as how many you'd think would do well that I wrote just for fun and don't actually earn any money.

Here is my a preview screenshot of how a $1,237.60 check I got from one of my affiliate products that I promote that I case study in my course.

Tip #4 Promote things you personally use and talk about anyways. 

The Wrap Up:

So there you have it! Now you know the methods behind my madness. The majority of the posts on my blog and videos I create are just for fun and to entertain myself while others are made to get traffic, educate, entertain others or promote offers.

Either way if you have a blog or website that you want to get more traffic to creating viral videos and blog posts are an easy way to do it, just remember, more visitors doesn't always equal more earnings so be careful where you spend your time...unless of course you're like me and just like to entertain yourself.

Tip #5 Don't be so serious. Blogging is supposed to be fun. 

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” ― Charles Dickens

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  1. "I just create content that I would want to read, sharing things that are of high value and focus on creating things that are missing and i'd want to see myself or wish were there when I was starting out."

    Perfect — that's the secret right there.

    1. I agree 100% Tim, not everything will be a home run, but if we just keep following that logic we'll come out on top =)

  2. All well and good in this article, except for the time commitment required to research, create, optimize, post, analyze, edit-while also doing the same for the actual products/courses that you create, edit... AND while responding to your customers and visitors, and, and, and. Not to mention if you have a family, another job to also attend to. And then where to squeeze in some downtime.

    1. I suggest reading Tim Ferriss' 4-Hour Workweek and following the elimination and automation chapters. It's the concepts that I've been following for myself and it's been working.

      We design our own free time.

  3. Interesting article, well written. I believe in good content and brand yourself or your product. It kinda like a numbers game really, it so important to have quality content over quantity. Thanks for sharing John. -Timothy B. Miller


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