From zero to hero: Targeting 10,000 or more visitors daily to my blog in one year
Posted on 9th March, 2006
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It’s every blog authors’ dreams to have truckloads of visitors visiting their blog daily.
When Sabahan.com and other blogs were created in February 2006, I set a goal to have my traffic level raised from less than 100 daily now to at least 10,000, within a year. That would be February 2007.
With so many blogs failed to attract even a decent number of visitors after over of year being online, how can I be sure if that’s even possible?
Several top Malaysian blogs have demonstrated that it’s not an impossible task at all.
Take Kahsoon.com for example. As you can see from his Sitemeter traffic graph below, his blog started with virtually zero visitor count in April 2005. A year later, 360,000 people had visited his blog in the month of February, 2006 alone.
Another blogger, Paul Tan who authored a blog about cars, started with a low visitor count in April 2005. The rise for the coming months has been nothing short of meteoric.
Then Liew CF, who blog about technology, computer and the Internet has consistently maintained a good number of daily visitor count.
So what did they do to attract tremendous amount of daily visitors to their blog? From my quick observation, I noticed they share several things in common.
1. Content, content content
Yes, in the world of blogging, content is still the king. But more importantly, they offer the right kind of contents that please their visitors’ palate.
2. Adding fresh content daily
They are adding new content daily, on average, 3 posts per day.
3. Accumulate incoming links
They manage to accumulate large number of incoming links. I am sure manual link exchange plays important an role here. Besides, writing quality and interesting content also encourage others to link to them
4. Taking it seriously
I know that LiewCF and Kahsoon are full time bloggers, but I do not know if Paul Tan is also a full timer. LiewCF and Kahsoon left their previous jobs after they saw the potential rewards by doing it full time.
5. Be the authority in their niche
It’s hardly surprising they are able to attract large followers since I can’t find many Malaysian bloggers who have the same success in tackling the car, technology or funny junk niches to become the ‘authority’ in those niche. Or perhaps, being among first ones to take it seriously might have helped them too.
6. Good search engine ranking
With so many posts, the chance for any of the posts to rank high in search engines increases. You only have to look at their stats to understand that a large chunk of their traffic comes from the free search engines.
There are other observations that I think have contributed to their success but the above are the main ones.
My plan now is to emulate these to help me achieve my goal. Starting a blog, adding content and bringing the traffic level up to the next level require hard work and time. If one can keep the motivation going, the traffic trend will go nowhere but up. I’ll keep you updated with my progress.