7 Surprising Things I Learnt on Reaching 1000 Daily Visitors Mark

By Posted 2010 Updated   BloggingGuest Posts

I recently reached the 1000 daily visitor milestone on my gaming blog. The journey was not the smoothest and there were many ups and downs. But along the way I learned many things – a couple of which surprised me.

Of course, my experience of growing my site will be different from yours. I’m a different person from you and I probably operate in a different niche but I think there are things you can learn and apply from my experience.

With that in mind, here are 7 surprising things I learned on my way to reaching 1K daily visitors.

1. You don’t need a lot of content

Many bloggers believe they need a lot of content to generate a good amount of traffic. This myth seems to be true because the biggest sites usually publish many articles each day.

I thought I would have to post at least 3 times a week to reach the traffic milestone. But I’ve only written 174 posts in two years. This comes out to only 1.67 posts per week.

Sure, it’s a good idea to post often, but if you’re strategic with your marketing, content topics, and keywords, you can generate a lot of traffic from just a few posts.

2. Plans are helpful but they will change

In every journey, there are going to be surprises. My current blogging strategy is very different from the initial plan and vision I had for my blog. That plan gave me direction and motivation in the beginning but as I tried different things, I had to change my tactics.

Through trial and error, I was able to see which tactics worked well and which ones didn’t. As I focused more and more on the things that worked and dropped the things that didn’t, my traffic grew.

My advice is to try a variety of techniques on your site. Then, cut out the ineffective activities and focus on the ones that bring a good return.

3. You don’t have to be good at many things

There are so many ways to create content and generate traffic. Just looking at all the internet marketing advice on the internet, you may think you need to learn a lot about many different things or else your blog won’t grow. This hasn’t been my experience.

I’m only actually good at a few things. I’m not very active on Twitter. I’ve only done a few guest posts. My Facebook page is not active. I haven’t left many comments on other blogs. I don’t submit articles to article directories. And I don’t have connections with other bloggers in my niche.

I basically only have one marketing strategy. I optimize my content for the search engines through in-depth keyword research. I used to participate in a popular forum but I haven’t done that in two months.

Being good at a few things is better than overextending yourself and being mediocre at many things.

4. Most webmasters don’t know SEO

I’m sure in other niches the general SEO knowledge of the webmasters is pretty good, but I’m willing to bet that there are many industries where the vast majority of the webmasters don’t know SEO.

Much of my success is due to the lack of competition on the search engine results pages (SERPs) for high traffic keywords. Most of my competitors simply lack the SEO knowledge to compete on the SERPs. They may spend more time and money on their site than me but I outrank them because I apply basic SEO fundamentals.

For example, there is a site authored by a well-known personality in my niche. But his site has the same title tag on every page. As such, he doesn’t rank very well on the search engines.

I’ve found that most webmasters don’t do keyword research or actively build links so you can gain a big advantage by becoming familiar with SEO.

5. Off topic links help if you follow certain rules

I haven’t been able to do much link building since I was busy with work and link building is time consuming. Still, I know that inbound links can be very effective, so I asked a couple friends to link to my site. With my staff blogger background I had a built a few friendships with webmasters that own quality sites. However, their site were unrelated to mine.

I didn’t think the off topic links would help that much but they boosted my rankings a great deal.

Now I wouldn’t overdo this strategy. I made sure I also had a good percentage of relevant links. Fortunately, I earned many links without asking from bloggers in my niche who liked my content. Also, you should only build off topic links from quality sites.

6. People appreciate longer posts

My longer posts (750+ words) have been my most commented, linked to, and most trafficked content. I think this is because most web content is short so longer content stands out. Plus, I think you’re perceived as an expert and authority if you write longer, meatier content than the norm.

I’m not talking about being wordy just to reach a certain word count like a college student writing a term paper. Instead, my advice is to pick a topic broad enough that it takes you over 750 words to explain.

7. Many of my visitors are beginners in the niche

This reality was surprising to me because my content was initially geared for advanced readers. I wrote for them but I attracted a lot of beginners. These beginners would leave many basic questions in the comments.

Therefore, I started writing more posts on the beginner level. This tactic helped me gain a lot of new readers. It was tough at first because I had to remember what it was like to be a beginner. But once I recalled the early stages, I was able to explain fundamental concepts clearly.

If you know a lot about your niche it may be difficult to write for newbies, but they are the most numerous group in any niche. If you cater to them, you can reap big traffic gains.

This is a guest post by Dee Barizo at magicgameplan.com. His goal for this site is to reach 1000 daily visitors within a couple of months and learn more surprising things in the process. You can also submit guest posts and share your blogging tips.

This is a guest article and represents opinions of the guest author

17 comments on “7 Surprising Things I Learnt on Reaching 1000 Daily Visitors Mark

  1. JohnFTM says:

    Solid info. You’re right on about not needing a lot of content; I took off for a few years and the traffic kept coming — mostly from search engines, though.

  2. Daryl Williams says:

    Great Post. There is a lot of talk from bloggers looking at the goal of 1,000 visitors. I guess it is a motivational goal to look at. SEO and Keywords appears to be difficult and an area I need to look at.

    It would be wonderful if you had articles on SEO and how to create titles and content using keywords?

    I will subscribe to your RSS feed to keep up to date and follow your twitter.

  3. David says:

    Congratulations on the daily 1000 visitors! Obviously, you must be happy with that. Are you going to set a new goal, say 2000? Or is 1000 enough for you?

  4. Dee says:

    @JohnFTM

    I too get most of my traffic from search engines – about 82%.

    @Anonymous

    I’m just being transparent and sharing my experience. Of course, I understand the benefits of connecting with other bloggers. I would do it but right now I don’t have time.

    @David

    I always to improve my traffic every month. It doesn’t always happen but with each attempt, I gain a little bit more experience to help me in the future. My new goal is 1,500 daily visitors.

  5. GDI Blog says:

    On the top you use to say that you did not make a link building and on the bottom you said that some of your friends linked to your blog so you boosted the SERP’s . Did I understand it wrong or what ?

  6. Patrick Toerner says:

    Awesome post. I can not remember how I ended up on this page, it was just open in one of my tabs, but I am glad I found it.

    I have a niche site that I just started, this was useful to me. Especially the part about focusing on what you are good at. Congrats on 1000 visitor mark btw :)

  7. Chris Peterson says:

    Amazing information – getting 1000 visitors not a major issue if your blogs already popular but if it’s new then to reach this Goal is difficult task.

  8. Linda says:

    The fact that you say people prefer longer post does surprise me.

    Congratulations on the 1000 visitor mark, it makes you what to keep blogging when you know people are actually reading.

  9. Dee says:

    @Linda

    In my experience, longer posts tend to be bookmarked (especially if they’re resource or reference type posts) so I get a lot of repeat traffic for these posts.

  10. Online marketing Calgary says:

    Dee, thanks a lot for practical post. This is something that’s extremely refreshing comparing to most of the tech filled posts. This is the way people should be trained. Thanks again for sharing the value!

  11. krissy knox says:

    Dee, thanks for an interesting and practical post. It is good to know that a blogger doesn’t have to spend his time applying every method to gain traffic — but instead he can be great at a few things, instead of being mediocre at many, many things. Learning this takes a great stress off of me, as well as will be a great time saver. Thanks for sharing this, as well as sharing all your other points.

  12. David says:

    I have 2,000 daily visitors and this article is very good.

  13. ashraf_2003 says:

    I’m also running a gaming blog, but only have few vistors a day, now I’m working on 1000 daily visitor.

  14. Purple'S Theory says:

    well i am half way there in two years. but i beg to differ about long posts. i get bored when i have read paragraphs and paragraphs. i think it’s all about the networking….then again….im different. thanks for this great information good job.

  15. seo says:

    What I’ve noticed about most website’s is that they don’t use good SEO structure. You have an awesome post here and I look forward to many more. Thank you very much.

  16. Justin says:

    Wow i hope to hit 1000 visitors a day at some point. I am no where close yet.This is some great info. Thanks for sharing.

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