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How To Get More Traffic To Your Website (and more!)

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In this week’s question time I talk about how you can drive more traffic to your website using a blog. The theory is quite simple, but keep in mind it can take a long time before the time you’ve invested brings in the opportunities you’ve been waiting for.

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Hi Chris, I started a website and I was wondering if you have any tips on how to increase traffic to the website?

Hey Chris, I have created a design website for myself and I was wondering if there was any way of getting more traffic to it to gain more clients?

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26 Comments

  1. Nikolai says:

    “make that for about 6m to a 1year” r u ok? This is very poor advice! Thing again if you are a person to give advice to people.

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    • aditia says:

      which mean you have to be patient, unless you are celebrities, here a great read http://graphicdesignblender.com/design-blog-fail-6-months describing almost the same thing

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    • Ivan says:

      Another advice. Be patient! Carefully make your plans, (sketch your plans on a paper if you need), start adding sites to inspiration galleries, directories, search engines. Create a blog, write content every 2-5 days. Make sure you have Rss there so your visitors can subscribe. Comment on dofollow blogs, answer sites, high profile forums. Create Facebook or Twitter account (if you haven’t done it yet) and start gathering friends and promoting your site with links. There are other ways of getting traffic to your site, but some of the mentioned are a must if you want to pop up on the web.

      Thanks for the tips Chris!

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  2. Jorden Tually says:

    @Nikolia There is no EXACT answer when it comes to traffic! His advice was spot on! Just keep on blogging and you will get there!

    Awesome article Chris! Thanks, always appreciated!

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  3. @Nikolai – The mindset that you can make a high traffic site in a short amount of time is why most people don’t succeed. It takes months to slowly build up decent rankings in search engines and to gain the exposure to become recognised in your niche.
    I could advise to spend thousands on ads, flyers, email campaigns etc, but I reckon the good old method of consistently pumping out useful content just to help people out and to share knowledge is the best way to go.

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  4. Phil says:

    Another excellent post Chris. I have a very junior blog and found your sharing of experience very reassuring. Just need to find the time to maintain it now!

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  5. Osawa says:

    Question : Do we need authority link for get more traffic? and

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  6. Ed says:

    Jorden Tually has a man crush.

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  7. RandyRuan says:

    create a blog is a good way
    but there are many ways to get targeted traffic
    you can post your link(s) to answer sites, forum, article sites, etc (because Google love those websites and Google will put those websites on the first few pages if the information is relevant.). you can comes out with some questions that you thinks people may ask and put those questions onto Google Alert. Google Alert will sent you websites that is relate to question(s) you putted on Google Alert (Google Alert will sent you those websites to your email IMMEDIATELLY, right after that person created their content. You can be the first one post the comment, hence people will saw your comment first when they visit that web page. Cool huh?). (dont forget to use ” at the beginning and at the end of each question to tell Google you wants websites that are similar to your questions.)
    You can get really targeted traffic by using this method, and most importantly it’s FREE :-)
    But,it’s important to solve the problem, provide a solution to a problem is crucial
    for example “what is best way to get targeted traffic?”,
    if you answered their question(s) in your comment they probably will do what you told them to do in return

    I have a free video eCourse shows you step by step on how to generate targeted traffic, feel free to check it out.
    http://www.myfirst3000.com/

    To Your Success
    RandyRuan

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  8. as always “Content Is King”

    When ever you release new content on your blog do you spend time submitting your content to other websites, like article directorys and tutorials submission websites. If you do, it would be nice to see what sites you are using.

    Thanks for the video

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  9. I am a web designer in Houston, TX and always enjoy reading your blog post and the videos like this one. It is always a struggle to get traffic to grow on a site, especially when the competition if large.

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  10. SA says:

    You know, search engine optimization is a compound process of friendly web design & content writing, keyword selection,link popularity, article submission, and internet marketing for increasing more traffics on your web site.

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  11. nathan says:

    Thanks Chris.

    My blog’s been up since february, and thanks to a more or less constant source of posts Ive seen a steady flow of traffic.

    Put it like this, the first month of my blog I had more traffic than in possibly the whole previous year.
    Anyone who has doubts about starting a blog should take the plunge. You wont regret it.

    Also, I second Richards request for a list of sites you submit your tutorials too. I submit to all the ususal suspects but it would be nice to compare.

    As always, thanks for sharing!

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  12. Asim Craft says:

    Nice post Chris! check out my site digitaldesignzmedia.com

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  13. Ashok says:

    I design graphics for print. Your posts are very nice and helpful. I never missed to check your updates since I found this site. I am also interested in web design and want to transfer for print to web. I would be very greatful to you if you share your signature steps in designing a website. I mean from start to end.
    I hope you understand my question.

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  14. shaun says:

    Hi Chris,
    excellent advice especially to a newbe like myself. Thanks for the advice.

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  15. Chris says:

    Another great article Chris, thanks for posting!

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  16. kreem says:

    I want to make this effect in this website :
    http://www.honeywellcity.com
    when you stop in any Buildings after press close ;
    the shadow begin slowly and be strong , i want make this effect how i can make This ??

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  17. Jermaine says:

    Hi Chris, thank you for the excellent advice especially to a newbe like myself. Thanks again!!

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  18. ben says:

    Thanks for the advise, your blog articles always help me out in some way. Thanks

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  19. Andy says:

    Hi Hi Chris,

    I have started a new photoshop resources community and I am not good in web marketing as b’coz am a designer. Please advice me how can I get more traffic and member for my website.

    Thanks
    Andy

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  20. Josh says:

    This… is great advice. I’d say it’s very true.

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  21. Ivan says:

    Another advice. Be patient, carefully make your plans, (sketch your plans on a paper if you need), start adding sites to inspiration galleries, directories, search engines. Create a blog, write content every 2-5 days. Make sure you have Rss there so your visitors can subscribe. Comment on dofollow blogs, answer sites, high profile forums. Create Facebook or Twitter account (if you haven’t done it yet) and start gathering friends and promoting your site with links. There are other ways of getting traffic to your site, but some of the mentioned are a must if you want to pop up on the web.

    Thanks for the tips Chris!

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  22. Graeme says:

    Thanks so much for the info! Helped me out a lot!

    I’ve recently launched my site and I’m going pretty good so far!

    Google Analytics is also a very handy!

    Graeme.

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  23. Ro says:

    What are your thoughts about klout score? Is this a dependable tool when keeping track of a person’s online presence?

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