16 Ways to Increase Website Traffic

How can you increase your website traffic? I’ve been working online for a few years now and what I’ve found is that a website is nothing without traffic.  If you’re struggling to get traffic, you’re going to find that your blog / website is pretty much useless.  Thankfully, there are things that you can do today, as well for the future than can draw in hundreds, if not thousands to your website.

Increase Website Traffic

  1. Just write: Make it a habit to write at least 4-5 articles a day.  Don’t just scrap up some content.  You want to make it something people want to link to.  Over time, your age will play an important role for search engine optimization factors.
  2. Guest posts: Do what I’m doing right now!  Contact blogs that relate to your niche.  Even if you can’t find anything about guest posting on the blog, throw them a proposal, and see what they say.
  3. StumbleUpon: I’ve found  StumbleUpon.com to draw a ton of traffic.  The key here again is to create something unique and worth promoting.  If it’s good enough, it will spread like wild fire.
  4. Facebook fan page: As of late, I’ve found this one to work really well.  The key here is to make something that people want to become a fan of.  For example, if you have a website about colleges, you may want to start a fan page about “I hate doing homework”, etc.  Make sure that you link to your site on the Facebook info page.
  5. Twitter: Find those that are in your niche.  Follow them and communicate with them.  The nice ones will ReTweet your articles, which can help your traffic.
  6. Craigslist: If you’re running a service, Craigslist is a great way to obviously advertise.  Don’t go overboard with this one though.  Post here and there and see what kind of response that you get.
  7. Forums: There is a message board out there for everyone.  Whether you’re writing about dogs, cats, or whatever it may be, you can find a place.  Post weekly and leave a link in your signature if they allow it.
  8. Contact the media: A lot of people don’t know about this, but if you join the HARO program, it’s 100% free, and you can have the media request stories.  If you can give them a story, contact them, and you may find yourself on a huge media outlet.  This one works really well.
  9. Create videos: You don’t have to be a professional to be a video creator.  Make some videos; upload them to the top video directories online.  Watermark them with your URL, as well as put it in the description as well.
  10. Article directories: This one works the best for me.  Write up some articles that are related to your site.  Link back in the footer and you will find since these major sites such as EzineArticles and GoArticles have a high reputation, your article will rank fairly fast.
  11. Write an EHow article: EHow, just like the article directories is another great way to promote your articles.  Write up some how-to articles, and link to your site in the links section.  You can even make decent side money here as well!
  12. Link out to others: This isn’t going to bring your traffic right away, but if you can send other people traffic, they may return the favor for you.
  13. Hold a contest: I ran a contest before giving away a simple gift card and the turnout was amazing.  Hold contests on your site.  Announce them on Facebook / Twitter and watch people flock to your site.
  14. Blog carnivals: Blog carnivals are a great way to get your articles out.  Use free sites such as BlogCarnival.com that can help you link with other blog owners.  Give them your article and if it’s good enough, they will post it on their “carnival.”
  15. Network: Get out there, stop hiding behind a rock, and network with those out there.  Attend conferences if you have to.  When you get to know people, they are going to be more than willing to link to your stuff.
  16. Digg: This is a harder one, but if you can take your time, create something wonderful, and spread the word, you can really get massive amounts of traffic, if you can hit the front page.

Out of everything, I’ve found that patience pays off.  Organic searches through major search engines are going to be your best friend.  Keep on writing on a weekly basis, promote it, and I can promise you that your hard work will pay on in the years to come!

Tom Tessin runs FindBizCards, a small business blog helping bloggers and entrepreneurs get off their feet, and get the small business advice that they need! You can also submit guest posts and share your site traffic tips.


  1. Qasim @ TechieCore.com says:

    In my opinion stumbleupon traffic isn’t so good.

  2. Kaila S says:

    I’d have to disagree with Qasim. I’ve found that Stumbleupon traffic can be very good, you just need to have great content to start with. Sure, if you have a spammy type post, or something that you didn’t spend very much time on it isn’t a great way to get traffic. But if you take the time to really look at what draws traffic, and links, to a post then you will surely find Stumbleupon to be a very valuable source of traffic.

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  4. Games388 says:

    Maybe I should try to create some videos to promote my games site.

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  6. WEBBUILDING says:

    I prefer StumbleUpon, Facebook and Twitter, but of course on the Twitter and Facebook I’m targeting visitors in order to facilitate long-term visit on my web page.

  7. Deepak Jain says:

    That’s a quite good list Tom.

    Thumbs up for the tip! Stumbled it. :)

  8. sean says:

    Nice tips. I find Video Marketing an excellent way to promote my site and to earn money with affiliate programs.

  9. techno blog says:

    a real good article still the target audience comes from se postiioning so try to concentrate on content.

  10. helmikuu says:

    Thumbs up for this! thank you for this article. It is really a big help for a newbie like me.

  11. Nathan s says:

    i prefer twitter..if people like it it will take hardly half an hour to spread…..

  12. blog4webs says:

    Good,i think i should do hard so that my blog can get much traffic~

  13. inspirationfeed says:

    Great info, twitter is my main source of traffic. With 12,000 followers as soon as i post something tons of click are coming my way.

  14. BROOKE says:

    Hello there :)

    5 stars for this post!

    More tips and tricks = more followers. cheers! **

  15. Usman Ahmed says:

    who says that stumbleupon is not a good channel. i have lots of visitors from stumbleupon. kaila S’s comments are right you just have good contents and then you will have readers from every channel :)

  16. Making money says:

    The above tips are unavoidable if u really wanna success on internet.

  17. internet and computer says:

    I never hear about blog carnival, so I say thanks for you about that and I must try it.

  18. Mr.Choice says:

    Excellent details for amateur website builders who want to monetize their sites.

  19. Testarol says:

    Thanks for the help. I’m only just starting out blogging and your posts are helping me get some direction in my early days.

  20. website design pune says:

    Thanks for sharing this useful info with us ..

  21. limo in dc says:

    I think the best part of increasing traffic is to make content and distribute it.

  22. Seo blogger says:

    I agree with the above the most important factor is content and its distribution.

  23. E46 Tuning says:

    Good list a few new things to think about here. I like number 8 contact the media, that’s something I have not thought about.

  24. Article Submissions says:

    Writing really good articles will drive traffic to your site.

  25. onPHP says:

    Nice suggestion. I really like those hints .Thank you very much.
    The StumbleUpon looks to be a ice source for interesting things.

  26. calligarisinteriors says:

    I really like no.8 and it is something I would not really have thought about to be honest. Excellent Tip!

  27. Michael says:

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  28. manish sharma says:

    very nyc post..it helped me a lot..stumble upon helps me to drive a lot of traffic to my website..

  29. swapnil says:

    Now i think that i have reached to the best post to increase my website traffic..Good post…

  30. mark says:

    pleased to find this as a very good article, I’ve tried some of the ones from your though others suggest I still do not understand how it works, but I will try to your suggestions later..


  31. mylocalstay says:

    Very nice article. I hope my online marketing colleagues can use all these methods for our leisure and business serviced apartments website :). I had no idea about Stumbleupon’s importance prior to this article.

  32. Patrick Tasner says:

    This is very cool. I have done some of the tips but there were other strategies that I just don’t mind before. I think it’s time for mt to implement these soon. Thanks for the heads-up.

  33. Agrodut Mandal says:

    Content is King as one says and it’s supreme that you post highly valuable content for your audience that may keep them coming back for more as you do not only desire readers to come to your site and just leave. If your site is educational and written with good grammar and spelling then you’ll gain acclaim and ranking online.

  34. Increase Website Traffic, Boost Website Traffic, Boost Your Traffic & Rankings says:

    It’s hard to come by educated people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  35. usman says:

    yeah i also tried that toolbar trick it will help a little ,.

  36. usman says:

    ehow is not gonna accept any new persons post they already have a lot of good writers.. :/

  37. Shayari says:

    thanks for the practical tips..i think anchor text plays an important role in bringing organic search results for the blog and hence increase traffic.one question are the backlinks too important.i have seen many blogs who have few backlinks but their ranks are too higher.so what is the secret of their success.

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