[Monthly Traffic Case Study #3] How I Went From ZERO to 19,828 Visitors In 3 Months Flat!

Note to the SEO Rebel Community: To every single person who’s ever interacted with me in the comments on my posts up until this point, I’ve mentioned you by name in this post and I’ve linked back to either your website or social profile in the “Blog Commenting” section of this case study update. Read on to see why and thanks for your support! ;)

Boy oh BOY!  It has been one heck of a month and a half (well, actually about two months). YES I know, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted a traffic case study. Don’t judge me, I’m only human, lol.

So much has gone on over these past couple of months, I don’t even know where to begin.  I have so much to catch you up on and tell you about. I’m excited to share some awesome news with you and some pretty stellar results! I hope you’re ready. :)

This post will serve as my catch all update for everything that has gone on with me, my business and my traffic since my last case study report. If there’s something that you’ve been wondering or had a question about in regards to some of the changes that’s taken place, this post will more than likely have the answer.

So saddle up partner, here we go!

The 411…

As I always do in my case study posts, I want to take a quick minute to give my new subbies the 411.

If you’re just joining us, WELCOME! I’m so happy to have you and I invite you to stick around with us.

To bring you up to speed, this here blog is only 3 months old. I just relaunched my blog at the end of September and boy did I have a blast doing it! And, I still am. :)

My whole goal for this blog is to build up my traffic using only high leveraged traffic strategies and social media… NO SEO, period. Thus the recent rebranding and name change of my blog to “The SEO Rebel” (more on the rebranding in a bit).

This blog has quickly been whipped into shape, and it’s still being whipped as we speak. :)

In the first 34 days of relaunch, this blog generated 8,500+ visitors …Using nothing but free marketing strategies..

Now, that may not be the most outrageous results out here, but I’d say that’s pretty darn good. Especially for a brand spanking new blog.

I’ve been chronicling my progress through what were weekly traffic case studies, which are now as the title reads, monthly traffic case studies (more on that in a bit too).

The purpose of my traffic case studies is to provide a step-by-step blueprint that you can implement on your blog and in business to produce the same results I have, if not better. These case studies are about as transparent as it gets, so I truly hope that you’ll be able to take away at least one golden nugget to start conjuring up a traffic tsunami in your stats.

Oh, and if you want to get the full story about my feelings towards SEO, you can check out this post here. ;)

A quick personal note

On a more personal note, it has been brought to my attention by my dear fellow blogger, Ana Hoffman, that many of you have no idea I’m currently in college.

A few weeks back Ana shared an excerpt from this blog post on her Facebook Fanpage and I noticed that she shared a link to a blogging scholarship on her wall as well.

As you can imagine, I was totally stoked about this (and about her sharing an excerpt from my post, as you’ll see as you read on). I commented on her post thanking her for sharing such great information. She responded saying that she didn’t realize I was in college and she was pulling for me to win the scholarship. That’s when I realized that many of you probably didn’t realize that either.

So, FYI, I’m in college! :)

I’m currently attending the University of Phoenix online full-time to get my Bachelors in Marketing Degree. I just re-enrolled in college in October as well, during the relaunch of this blog, so I have a lot on my plate. Which brings me to my next matter… the frequency of my traffic case study posts.

Because of school, work, and other personal obligations, what I thought were going to be weekly traffic case studies will have to be monthly traffic studies (or possibly every other month).

Don’t “Boo” me too loud! :)

As I’ve mentioned before, it takes a lot of hours to write these in depth case studies (anywhere from 8 to 12 hours). Because it takes so much time, I’ll be only be able to do them on a monthly or every other month basis. It’s just too much to try to do them on a weekly basis, plus try to keep up with school and work.

Of course, I’ll still be releasing at least one jam packed post a week updating you with the latest traffic tips and tricks. So if you’re not already, make sure you subscribe here so you’re kept up to date.

Okay! Is that everything on the personal front? I believe so.

Now! Let’s get down to business ;)

Alright, so I made my first post on this blog on September 24, 2012. Since that date, I’ve published 18 posts that are currently live on this blog (not including this post).

Here’s a collective rundown of my results from these 18 posts combined (Please note that these numbers are rough estimates):

  • 8,412 New Unique Visitors
  • 575 Facebook Likes
  • 217 Facebook Shares
  • 226 Retweets
  • 44 Google+1’s
  • 248 BizSugar Votes
  • 85 Comments
  • 378 New subscribers
  • 10 New Relationships with Influencers
  • 20 Natural Blog Backlinks

Here’s a recap of my results as reported in my last case study:

  • 444 New Unique Visitors
  • 270 Facebook Likes
  • 103 Facebook Shares
  • 47 Retweets
  • 7 Google+1’s
  • 43 BizSugar Votes
  • 22 Comments
  • 38 New subscribers
  • 3 New Relationships with Influencers
  • 7 Natural Blog Backlinks

In  my last case study I had 8 live posts. So since then, I’ve added 10 additional posts (not including this post).

Now, here’s a snapshot of the results I’ve gotten since my last traffic case study:

  • 6,643 New Unique Visitors
  • 146 Facebook Likes
  • 73 Facebook Shares
  • 109 Retweets
  • 25 Google+1’s
  • 116 BizSugar Votes
  • 63 Comments
  • 316 New subscribers
  • 4 New Relationships with Influencers
  • 4 Natural Blog Backlinks

Pretty cool, right?

But wait! There’s more…

If you’ve been following me since the relaunch of my blog, then you might’ve noticed quite a few changes. There’s been several of you who’ve emailed, Facebooked  and Twittered me asking about my new brand and blog design.

If you’re just coming in on this, here’s the scoop…

Before this blog was The SEO Rebel, it was The Bus Ridin’ Internet Marketer (a mouth full right)? I thought so too, which is one of the reasons I changed my brand/blog name. I feel that The SEO Rebel is much easier to say, plus it’s catchy don’t ya’ think?

(I won’t go into all the details of my previous brand in this post. if you’re interested in knowing the story behind my previous brand, just let me know in the comments below).

I actually started off calling my weekly link roundup “The SEO Rebel Roundup” while I was still using my old brand name, then one day I thought… “why not just change your whole blog to The SEO Rebel?” After all, rebelling against SEO is the whole angle of my blog anyway.

Thus, my new SEO Rebel brand was born!

The new design for my blog came after my new brand name, of course. This blog currently supports the Flexibility wordpress theme. Before, I was running the Twenty Ten 1.3 theme. Although the Twenty Ten theme was incredibly simple for me to use and customize, it didn’t do much to aid me in turning my traffic into subscribers – plus the look was rather outdated.

The free version of the Flexibility wordpress theme is pretty cool in the way of customization and the huge feature opt-in box has been great for increasing my blog’s conversion rates.  There’s a free and paid version of this theme. I’m currently running the free version so I can’t speak on the paid version. However, the free version is kicking butt for me so far, so I’d definitely recommend it.

I’m sure I’ll change up my theme again in the near future, but for now I’m happy.

Okay, shall we move on? :)…

Traffic sources

Since my last update, I’ve explored some cool new traffic sources. I was feeling a little edgy ;) and I actually decided to venture into the paid side of traffic generation (I’ll go into more detail about my experience with that in a bit).

So here’s the current traffic sources that I’ve been actively implementing:

  • BizSugar
  • Blog commenting
  • Social media (Facebook/Twitter)
  • Guest blogging
  • Forums (WF/SME)
  • Paid WSO’s (Warrior Forum Special Offers)
  • Ad swaps
  • Building and leveraging relationships with influencers

This list hasn’t changed too much, but as you can see there are some new pawns on the traffic board and I’m excited to have added them to the game.

Also, since my last update I’ve installed Google Analytics to my blog to get a more accurate view of my traffic stats. Yay me! And thanks to Ilene Smith for further suggesting that I do so.

It’s important to get as accurate picture as possible of whats going on with your traffic. I only use 3 tools to keep track of my stats – Google Analytics, Jetpack, and the traffic stats shown in my Cpanel (you can see screenshots of those further down in this post).

Even though I don’t fully understand the stats jargon, these 3 tools give me a pretty good idea of where my traffic comes from and what I can do to improve my results.  So, I’m pretty happy with them.

Let’s get started with my favorite traffic source…

Traffic candy

If you’re not aware by now, I’m a raving fan of BizSugar.com. When I say this site is traffic gold, I mean it! In fact, I’m proud to say that I’m officially apart of this traffic brigade.

What do I mean? Get this

If you remember from my previous case study in October, I was a featured member of BizSugar and became Contributor of The Week within only one week of joining their community. I was completely stoked about this; I mean my excitement was through the roof!  It was an incredible opportunity to get some crazy exposure and traffic, plus I was totally honored to have been asked to be featured by such a prestigious site.

Well, the day before my feature was scheduled to post BizSugar’s editor and Chief Moderator, Heather Stone, contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in becoming a moderator for the site… did I mention my feature post wasn’t even live yet?!

Talk about someone that was elated! Lol. I was literally dancing around my room doing a full fledged touchdown boogie! You would have been falling over with laughter had you seen me. :)

Of course, I accepted the offer and on October 23rd I became an official moderator for one of hottest traffic rockets around. Score! Lol.

Here’s some screen shots of my moderator profile:

Seriously though, it truly is a complete and total honor to be working with the very site that helped me jump start the relaunch of my blog. I know there’s more great things to come from our alignment.

So what’s the lesson here???

Well, isn’t it obvious? I say all that to show you that getting involved with these blogging community, aggregator/curating sites is SO worth your time! Seriously!

I didn’t get offered the opportunities I did with Bizsugar just because I signed up and activated my account. I got down and dirty and participated in full-fledged engagement with the community. Commenting, voting, and sharing other bloggers content with my network. That initial hard work I put in paid off. And, YOU can do the exact same thing I did.

Of course, I’m not guaranteeing that you’ll get offered a moderator position too. But, what I am saying is that true authentic engagement and interaction with like-minded people in a community WILL get you recognized and will ultimately send you butt loads of traffic.

The proof is in the pudding, as you’ll see in my traffic stats below.

Since my last update, I’ve only submitted 3 pieces of my own content to BizSugar (2 posts from my own blog and 1 guest post).

Here’s the screenshots:

2 posts from my blog:

My guest post:

As you can see, 1 of my own blog posts and my guest post became hot and got a high number of votes, which ultimately sent a gust of traffic my way. Awesome!

And, of course I can’t forget to shout out everyone who voted:

Voters for my first 2 submissions:

Voters for my guest post:

Thanks a bunch you guys! :)

Since first discovering BizSugar, the site has sent me 300+ visitors in 3 months (view stats below). And, most of my engaging audience is from BizSugar as well.

As I’ve always said, the key to getting traffic from BizSugar and other sites like it is to get in the trenches and start interacting with the members.  Begin commenting, voting, and sharing the members content with your social networks.  This is a great way to start building relationships and build your own blogging alliance where you can all promote, interact and engage with each others content.

I can’t stress enough to you how effective this is. Getting traffic is not about getting a windfall of traffic from just any old rinky dink source. You want to build up long-term sustainable and engaging traffic filled with visitors that will stick around with you for the long haul. BizSugar can give you that and so much more. And, the fact that they send fast quality traffic is a bonus as well.

Oh yeah, and did I mention that it’s FREE to join? Get on it! You’ll be happy you did. ;)

Social Media (Facebook/Twitter)

Alrighty then! On to good ol’ social media. I’ve had quite a bit of action from social media since my last update.  Seems like people are really taking a liking to me and my content and I couldn’t be happier.

That is one of the best things I love about social media and social traffic. When people share your stuff, you KNOW that people are really vibing and connecting with you as a person. They really like you and your brand and to know that people are really diggin’ you is one of the best feelings, isn’t it?

Social traffic isn’t manipulated traffic. <– Click to Tweet!

Every “like”, retweet, and share you get is a real vote of approval from a living person that came across your content via the share of a real person they’re connected with.

Social media traffic is 1000x’s different from search traffic and the way it behaves (I’ll be releasing a post on this topic soon).

Facebook

Same as with my previous case studies, Facebook takes the crown for being my top social media referrer. Since my last update, Facebook has sent me roughly 152+ visits. Plus, I’ve gotten some pretty notable shares from some blogging royalty…

Ana Hoffman of Traffic Generation Cafe shared and excerpt from this post on her Facebook Fanpage wall. She notified me of this by posting a short blurb under my own share on my FB wall (so did Brankica Underwood):

When I went to check it out Ana’s page, I was totally elated and instantly broke into my touchdown boogie dance! :):

I was even more excited to she that she’d tagged Kristie Hines and Mari Smith, two other blogging heavy hitters, to get their opinions on my traffic tip. Major name weight, right? I know! :)

This tip was received rather well by her audience. There was a bit of discussion in regards to the effectiveness of the strategy, but overall those who left their opinions seemed to like it.

Ana also commented on this same post:

Thanks so much Ana for sharing this with your following and commenting. You rock!

Brankica Underwood of Online Income Star shared that very same post with her Facebook following as well, and like Ana left a pretty awesome comment on it too.

Brankica’s FB wall share of my post:

Branckia’s comment on my post:

I was totally excited to see that Branckia liked and shared my post as well. I even did an extra boogie dance.  Thanks so much for sharing the post with your audience, Branckia. I appreciate it!

Ehsan Khosbakht is the radical blogger behind GuideandNews.com and gets some kick butt traffic to his blog. So when I saw that he both shared and commented on one of my post as well, I was too happy.

Ehsan shared my last case study with on his Facebook wall:

Ehsan commented my case study post and the same post that Ana and Branckia commented on as well:

Eshan’s comment on my case study post:

Eshan’s comment on my other post:

Thanks Ehsan! I appreciate the love. :)

The totally awesome and Twitter marketing phoneme Terrance Charles of TerranceCharles.com shared my last case study on his Facebook wall as well:

Terrance is such a cool dude and I can always count on him to help share and spread the love on any one of my posts. It’s been such an honor connecting and interacting with him. Thanks a bunch, Terrance! :)

I also got several other shares of several of my posts on Facebook as well aside from the ones mentioned above. If you’re reading this and you’ve shared any of my posts, THANK YOU! It’s much appreciated! :)

Twitter

Twit-ta! Lol, is coming in behind Facebook same as with my previous case studies as my #2 social media traffic referrer. Since my last case study, Twitter’s sent me around 100 or so visitors (you can check my traffic stats below).

This is credit to some generous RT’s from some of my blogging buddies:

Thanks Ileane and Brankica!

This same post was also retweeted by Kharim Tomlinson and he even featured my post in his Paper.li ezine.

Kharim’s Tweet:

Kharim’s Ezine:

Thanks Kharim!

Same as with FB, there were a lot more RT’s than the ones shown here. Especially on my first case study, which out of nowhere picked up some buzz and momentum again. If you were one of those kind RT’ers… SHOUTZ OUT TO YOU! Thanks for sharing the love. ;)

Blog Commenting

Ode to blog commenting, oh how I LOVE thee! Lol, seriously though, blog commenting has literally been my magic gateway to reeling in some major traffic and building awesome relationships with influencers/up and coming bloggers.

Since my last case study, I’ve been using blog commenting more so as a relationship builder than a traffic generator. You’ll see what I mean by that in a bit.

I’ve been doing a lot and I do mean A LOT of blog commenting since my last up date, but I’ve been commenting more on lower traffic blogs and focusing on connecting directly with the webmaster.

Blog commenting is still a great way to get quality traffic, however, building genuine and authentic relationships with other bloggers weather they’re in your niche or not (and just with people in general) will always be more beneficial in the long-term.

Since I got my new position with BizSugar, I’ve come across some fantastic up and coming bloggers who produce some world class content. I’ve had the pleasure of connecting and interacting with them in their comments and I’ve begun to build some great relationships.

Some of these bloggers include:

These are some great up and coming bloggers who produce quality content. It’s been pleasure engaging with them and I highly suggest you head on over to their blogs to check them out.

I haven’t done as much high profile commenting as I usually do, but I’ve had a few new comment interactions with some high profile bloggers including:

Here’s a few screen shots of my commenting interaction:

My comment on Ana’s blog:

Ana’s response to my comment:

Ana’s comment on one of my link roundup posts:

My comment on Brankica’s blog:


My comment on Ehsan’s Blog:

 

My comment on Kharim’s blog:

Kharim’s comment on one of my link roundup posts:

Kharim even shared my post and my comment on his FB wall as well.

His share of my comment on his post:

Kharim’s cross post comment share on my post:

I can’t tell you how excited I was to connect with these bloggers and actually see their comments on my posts! Talk about someone who was elated, lol.

To all of you, thanks SO much for your support. I’m grateful and extremely honored to share the blogosphere with you! :)

If you’re reading this and you think that it’s beyond your reach or ability to connect with and get on an influencers radar… think again. I mean, it’s really not all that difficult.

All it takes is persistence, some creativity and a solid commitment to quality. These are the 3 things that most people who start blogging lack. <– Click to Tweet!

There’s so many people that decide they want to start blogging for money and when they don’t see results in the first 3 weeks, they quit.

Well here’s your wake up call… blogging actually requires WORK… hardwork… possibly even more work than your 9 to 5.

You have to have a true passion for it and you can’t just be in it for a quick buck; you have to be in it for the long-haul. If you’re not, your potential audience, especially the influencers can tell.

Lack of persistence  creativity and commitment to quality are 3 of the main reasons I believe new bloggers can’t gain or maintain any traction online. If you’re one of those who’s struggling, I hope these case study posts show you exactly how to go about getting to where you deserve to be – and shows you the reality behind the hardwork that it takes to get there.

My blog comments

As for my blog comment count, I’ve gotten 63 comments since my last update and a total of 85 comments since my blog relaunch (not including my own). Stellar!

I want to give a special shout out to one of my commenters Michael Belk.

A few weeks ago, Michael expressed his dissatisfaction with my previous Cackle commenting system:

I really appreciated Michael’s expression because for a few weeks previous to his comment, I’d been thinking about switching commenting systems anyway. His comment was the last deciding factor to get me to go on and do the switch from Cackle to the new commenting system this blog now supports, Disqus. And, I have to say I’m rather happy about it.

If you’ve been keeping up with my case studies, I know you’ve read my raving reviews about the Cackle commenting system. The main reason I raved about Cackle was because of it’s automatic comment cross posting feature.

Well, although the system was great for driving social traffic, there was some things I discovered that I didn’t like about it…

For instance: In the rare event that some spammer actually does take the time to manually post spam to my blog, using Cackle’s system there’s no way to freaking delete it!

In the time I was using Cackle, I only got 2 spam comments on my blog – where spammers manually posted a spam comment via their Facebook profile.

When I tried to moderate it, it prompted me to upgrade to the pro version which is $10/year. When I attempted to do so, the system wouldn’t let me pay. Which in my opinion is rather odd and terrible for business.

What kind of business wouldn’t let you pay them? Not to mention, the payment currency was in a foreign currency called Rubels?

Ummm… never heard of it. Have you?

Well anyway, after going through the motions of trying to contact their customer service to get assistance in upgrading (and having to leave the unsightful spam on my posts for weeks) coupled with Michael’s comment, I decided to go on and make the switch.

I love the Disqus commenting system. It’s very sleek looking and it’s allows my commenters to link their names back to their websites. Plus, it still has the option to cross post to social networks if you choose to.

Unfortunately, the downside to switching is that I believe that some of my comments have disappeared or weren’t exported properly. And, many of the commenters who’s name were once linked to their social profile and had a lovely avatar picture, now has a grayed out square where their avatar once was and no clickable link attached to their name. :(

I apologize for this!

And, to show you all how much I truly appreciate you, here’s a comprehensive list of every single person who’s ever left a comment on my blog to date – with a link directly back to your website.

Note: If I couldn’t find your website, then your name links back to one of your social profiles. If your name isn’t listed or there’s no hyperlink connected to your name, it’s because you commented as anonymous and/or I couldn’t locate a site or profile using your email or name. If I somehow missed you, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll add you to this list!

Thank you all so much for making your presence known and leaving your feedback. I truly appreciate each of you and I hope you continue to comment and show your support! :)

Guest Blogging

Now, here’s a new one, well, for me anyway. If you remember in my last case study, I mentioned all the blog comment interaction I was doing on high profile blogs.

Well, all that interaction definitely paid off! :)

One comment interaction in particular got me an unsolicited guest post on Lisa Irby’s 2 Create A Website blog (one of the highest trafficked blogs in the IM niche).

Here’s a recap screen shot of our interaction:

Can you say, POWERFUL!

I couldn’t express my elation when my post went live on Lisa’s blog. I was in my room tearing it up! Lol.

You can check out that guest post by clicking here. ;)

As I mentioned, this guest post was totally unplanned. In fact, initially it was only meant to be 3 quotes/tips about how to get started with driving traffic through social media.

One thing that I’ve learned since relaunching my blog is that you always want to over deliver with the content that you create. So in keeping with that, I wanted to make sure that I packed as much value as possible in the tips I provided and I actually ended up providing 5 tips instead of the original 3  Lisa requested.

Let me just say that I’m totally SOLD on guest posting. The sheer amount of traffic and subscribers I got in one day was truly awe inspiring. And, the amount of visitors that I’ve received from that one guest post beats out all of my other traffic sources to date – which is about 400+ visitors since it went live on Nov. 5th. I’d say that’s pretty badass, wouldn’t you? :)

And to think that came from just one guest post that spawned from one blog comment.

Allow me to reiterate here if you will… If you think that blog  commenting is only good for driving short bursts of traffic, think again buddy! This right here is proof that blog commenting is so much more than that.

When you’re attempting to engage, interact and drive traffic through blog commenting it’s important that you’re (1) not leaving sorry one liner farts – no one likes that, they stink and they either won’t get approved or won’t get any recognition from the webmaster or their audience and (2) you need to be authentic and TRANSPARENT in your comment.

Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, relate to the blogger, share your personal experience, share what you’ve learned, ask questions, ect. When the webmaster and their audience see a real engaging comment like that, it’s bound to get some recognition.

Blog commenting is an art, and when done correctly can bring a windfall of radical opportunities. <– Click to Tweet!

Oh, and Lisa thanks SO MUCH for honoring me with the opportunity to provide value to your audience. It’s greatly appreciated! :)

Forums (Warrior Forum/Social Media Examiner)

Oh, how I love me some forums! Ya know… I’m just starting to really get the hang of them and they’re proving to be killer for traffic generation. If you remember in my last two case studies, me and forums weren’t seeing eye to eye. Well, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve ironed out our differences and we’re developing a budding relationship. :)

Since my last update I’ve made 7 posts on the Warrior Forum (including a WSO, more on that in a bit).

Some were misses, but I had a few that were a hit. In fact, one of those puppies was dubbed HOT by the community… SCORE! :)

I would normally plaster some screen shots here, but some of my posts were too long to screen shot so be sure to click the  links listed below to check out the posts:

One thing I want to mention about WF is that it’s heavily moderated. So when you’re going to post there, make sure that the content you’re sharing provides real value and that you’re posting your thread in the correct section – a mistake I’ve made several times.

It can take a minute to get the hang of forum marketing, especially in the IM niche because of all the forum regulations. But, if you keep at it forums can drive some stellar traffic.

For instance, WF has sent me around 200 or so visitors since my blog relaunch (check my stats charts below). That’s not including the traffic it’s sent to my squeeze pages. Pretty good right? I think so too.

Social Media Examiner (SME)

I have a few posts over on the SME forum (cross posting from my WF posts). I haven’t been too active over there and my results show it. I’ve only gotten about 16 or so visitors from SME (see my stats below). Eh, it’s not much but I’ll take it.

However, the content that I did post on SME got some interaction and replies from the members. I’ve even had someone visit my blog, subscribe and comment on one of my posts from finding my content on SME…

…so that was definitely worth the effort.

WSO’s (Warrior Special Offers)

Now this was the rodeo of my forum marketing escapades. :)

I actually did my first paid traffic strategy with posting a WSO. Yay me! Lol. The WSO I posted was a huge success as far as subscriber generation is concerned.

You can check out my free WSO by clicking here.

Most warriors post WSO’s to sell their product, but I decided to take a page of out of my traffic fairy God mother Kim Roach’s book and post a FREE WSO.

Talk about a traffic/subscriber windfall!

Here’s the numbers (I love this part :) ):

Okay, so the WSO cost me $40 to post. I got 213 unique clicks and out of those clicks I got 120 subscribers. So that’s about $0.19 per click, $0.33 per subscriber and a 56.3% conversion rate… ROCKIN’!

Usually anything less than a $1 per subscriber is a good deal, so judging by those numbers I’d say my WSO was definitely a success. Not to mention the total excitement of watching those new subscriber notifications popping up in my inbox!

I’d definitely suggest, in fact, strongly recommend that if you’re in the IM niche and you’re looking for a simple paid marketing strategy that’s measurable and scalable – posting free WSOs is where it’s at.

Ad Swaps

I’d like to plant a big fat one on whoever came up with ad swaps. I’m tellin’ ya, this traffic strategy is kick butt for growing a quality list lightening fast. Not to mention, it’s free!

I did my first ad swap and I couldn’t have been happier with the results and I couldn’t have done it with a better guy, Joshua Zamora of ZamuriBlogger.com. Josh is such an awesome marketer. I actually first heard about Josh when I saw his guest post over on Kim Roach’s blog (which is one ridiculously valuable post that I HIGHLY suggest you check out here).

After reading Josh’s post, I commented on it and proceeded to check out his personal blog. I saw that he shared some great content and this post in particular really caught my attention, so I commented on it as well. We engaged and interacted on his blog and on my blog….

Here’s some screenshots of our comment interaction:

My comment on one of his posts:

His comment on one of my posts:

A few weeks later, Josh contacted me on Facebook and asked if I’d be open to an ad swap. I said yes and it was on!

We decided to do the swap by exchanging a number of clicks. We settled on doing a 25 click ad swap and it worked out well. Let me just say that Josh is definitely an over deliverer in every sense of the word. I ended up getting 50+ clicks and 52 subscribers. Totally settler!

If you’re looking for a upstanding ad swap partner, I’d definitely suggest you get in contact with Josh and tell him Ti sent ya’!

Thanks Josh for an awesome first ad swap experience. I look forward to us continuing to learn, grow and experience many more successful endeavors!

Traffic Stats

Alright ladies and gents, time for the juicy stuff… traffic stats! :)

Now that you’ve gotten a detailed breakdown of my traffic generation activities, it’s time to clock the numbers on my traffic stats.

Below you’ll see a series of screenshots showing all of my blog’s traffic stats from my Cpanel, My Jetpack traffic stats (a really neat WP plugin that tracks your traffic), Google Analytics, and I’ve even thrown in my Alexa stats for ya’. ;)

Note that my traffic stats vary, depending on the reporting platform. There’s no perfect stats recorder (that I’m aware of anyway). These are what my numbers are as recorded by the 3 tracking systems I use.

Here’s my Google Analytics stats (I installed Google analytics on my blog the day that I published my last case study, so these stats don’t reflect the traffic generated before the 18th of October). This reflects my top 10 referrers:

 

Here’s my Jetpack stats (these stats reflect the entire last quarter of 2012 since I relaunched my blog). There were more referrers, but I only showed my top ones:

 

This is my traffic as recorded by my Cpanel. It reflects all traffic/visits since my relaunch:

 

As you know, I do absolutely no SEO for this blog at all. However, I’m still getting a fair amount of search traffic as shown in the above stats. According to the 2 charts below (from my Jetpack and Cpanel stats) most of my search traffic comes from people Googling my name, URL or brand name.

I think that’s pretty darn cool seeing that I’ve only been on the scene for 3 months! How bout that? :)

Jetpack search stats:

 

Cpanel search stats:

Here’s my Alexa stats. Check out that 3 month increase in traffic. Freaking awesome!

 

Here’s my Alexa click stream:

I even got a 5 star site review from Terrance Charles on Alexa:

Pretty cool stuff, huh? I know! I swear this is like the best video game ever, lol.

Subscribers

And this is what it all boils down to, isn’t it? Building that list! :)

If you remember in my last update (on October 18, 2012), I’d generated 64 new subscribers in total. Well since that update, I’ve generated 316 new subscribers. That’s a grand total of 378 new subscribers.

The proof is in the puddin’:

BAM! I’d say that’s pretty darn awesome for a brand new blog, wouldn’t you? :)

This number includes subscribers generated from my blog and all the other traffic generation methods I’ve covered in this update.

As I mentioned earlier, since my last update I’ve made quite a few changes to my blog design and layout to increase my conversion rate and it’s been working quite well.

If you’re just starting your blog and your goal is to make money with it, I would strongly suggest that you optimize your blog for generating subscribers and building your list immediately (if you haven’t already).

Building your own subscriber list is quite literally the lifeblood of your business. It’s like having your own social network. With your own list, you have traffic on tap whenever you summon it.

Think of it like this, if Facebook, Twitter, Google or even your blog were to shut down tomorrow, you would still be in business because you have your list of subscribers in tact. You can create a product, send a promo email out to your list, and still generate revenue. It’s like pulling traffic and money clear out of thin air.

I so wish I’d grasped this concept when I first got started online 7 years ago, I’d be much further along then I am now.

So, if you aren’t list building, start today! You can’t afford not to.

Relationships and Community

Natural backlinks

Since my last update, I’ve gotten 3 natural backlinks, all of which are high profile (no article marketing bots or spinners needed ;) ).

They include:

  • 2 links pointing back to 2 separate blog post from my guest post on 2createawebsite.com:

 

  • And 1 link pointing back to my blog from Josh Zamora in his subscriber update post here (I highly suggest you check his post out, good stuff :) )

Thanks Lisa and Josh! ‘Preciate ya’!

I also got some natural link traffic from a submission that Devesh Sharma of Wpkube.com did to Blokube.com (a site similar to BizSugar) of my last case study post.

I’ve been trying to get a account with Blokube for what seems like forever (they have a waiting list) and when I saw it show up in my traffic stats, I was pretty excited…

Here’s a screen shot of Devesh’s submission:

My post even made the editor’s picks:

…I was even more excited to see that Devesh was the one who submitted my post. Devesh is an awesome blogger and creates some great content over on his blog. Not to mention the killer traffic he gets. His share of my post brought me an extra 30+ visits to my site and Blokube is even in my top 10 or so referrers, which is pretty cool.

Thanks a lot Devesh for sharing my post and to everyone that voted for it. I really appreciate it!

Relationships

You’ve heard this countless times before and you’re gonna hear it again… relationships are everything when it comes to building a blogging business (or any kind of business for that matter).

Developing strong mutually beneficial relationships is one of the main things that you should be focusing on when you’re just getting started online and is essentially the key to effective social media marketing.

Since my last update, I’ve connected with 4 more blogging heavy hitters:

  • Kharim Tomlinson
  • Ana Hoffman
  • Ehsan Khoshbakht
  • Joshua Zamora

If you know anything about IM blogging, then you know that these are some serious players in the field. I’m incredibly honored to be connected with these fine folks and I’m elated to have their support in my blogging journey.

I want to further emphasize here that if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines and you haven’t taken the leap into reaching out and connecting with influencers in your niche, not only are you missing out on a ton of exposure and traffic, but you’re also robbing yourself of connecting with some pretty cool people in general.

So many newbies let fear and intimidation get in the way of their growth and it’s quite sad. The big names in the blogsphere are regular folk, just like you and I so there’s nothing really to be scared of.

As I mentioned, I’m releasing a post soon on this very topic in the few days, detailing exactly how to get over this phobia. So if you’re one that struggles with this, make sure you’re subscribed here and be on the watch out for it.

So, what’s going down in 2013?

Well, to put it simply… I’m busting out the BIG guns! Lol :)

If you’re already a subscriber to my blog then you’ve already got a sneak peek of what I’m conjuring up for 2013.

If you missed it, you can see what I mean here.

I’m totally excited about next year and I can hardly wait to unleash the traffic madness!

This last quarter of 2012 has been one of the best experiences of my entire career and it’s only the beginning.

Next week, I’ll be releasing a major announcement about my plans going into 2013 and you definitely don’t want to miss it, so make sure you’re subscribed so you’ll be one of the first ones to get the scoop. ;)

Well, there ya’ have it!

My 2012 traffic wrap up. From ZERO to HERO in 3 months flat, lol.

Now, I want to hear from YOU!

Tell me, what are your thoughts on this traffic case study? Did you find any specific parts helpful? Do you have any questions? Do you have any suggestions? What are  YOUR plans for 2013?

Let me know in the comments below.

And, be sure to “like”, share, RT, and spread the social love on this post as well if you found some value in it.

See ya’ around the net!… literally ;)

Ti

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  • http://billionsuccess.com/ Herby

    Wow TI, I do love your traffic case studies, very easy to follow from start to the end. I will be using some of these tips for sure – thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tiroberts1986 Ti Roberts

      Hi Herby,

      So glad to hear you enjoyed this case study. Please do keep me posted on your activities and how these strategies work out for you. Hope you have a great New Year!

      Ti

  • http://twitter.com/insidemyrocket Inside my Rocket

    Hi Ti – A tweet just brought me to this excellent post. I just love how you generously share your learnings. I will defenitely check out BizSugar – sounds very interesting.

    I’m doing kind of a similar project myself. My ambitious goal is to take my new (about 2 months old) IM blog from zero to 10K daily visitors by December 2013. So far I’ve written about 10 posts and I’m just starting to attract twitter followers so traffic is still very poor.

    I hope you don’t mind me asking but are you doing this full time?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tiroberts1986 Ti Roberts

      Hi Jakob,

      Awesome! Glad you found your way here. Welcome! :)

      That’s cool what your doing with your blog. I checked it out and you have some great content over there. I’m glad you found this post valuable. I’ll definitely be following your progress.

      Outside of my moderator work for Bizsugar, yup, I pretty much do this full-time. I also go to school full-time, as I mentioned in my post, so I have to balance the three. Well, I guess you can say two because a lot of my moderator work is what I would normally do to network with other bloggers and promote my blog – so that’s dual purpose.

      I’m in the process of revamping my schedule for 2013 to amp up my exposure and traffic 10 fold, so I’ll def be increasing my time spent on traffic and business building activities.

      Thanks for dropping by. I hope to see more of you and hope you have a great New Year!

      Ti

      • http://twitter.com/insidemyrocket Inside my Rocket

        Thanks Ti and a great New Year to you too :-)

        It’s comforting to hear that others can actually break through in the IM niche without doing it full time.

        All the best,
        Jakob

  • http://www.HowToBuildYourOnlineEmpire.com/blog Joshua Zamora

    Hey Ti,

    Wow you are rockin it! and it’s honor to have received your pingback notifications :) It was a pleasure swapping with you and mutually helping each other grow our traffic.

    I look forward to a growing relationship in 2013.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tiroberts1986 Ti Roberts

      Thanks, Josh! So glad you dropped by. :) Yes, it was awesome ad swapping with you. I’m totally excited about 2013. We’re going rock out! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far. Have a Happy New Year!!

      Ti

  • New Orleans Gluten Free Girl

    Ti,
    This was an awesome post in every way!!! I have learned so much here and you really pack the info into your posts. There is so much to do in just this article and things I have missed that I need to get to. Just wanted to say thank YOU!!!

    • tiroberts

      You’re welcome! So happy to see your comment and I’m glad to hear that you found this post helpful. I’d love to hear how the tactics in this post work for you so please do keep me posted.

      I like addressing those I connect with me by their name, so what’s yours??

      Hope you have a great weekend and Happy New Year!

      Ti

      • New Orleans Gluten Free Girl

        Oooops! Sorry, I haven’t quite figured out Disqus yet :/ the jury is still out on whether I like it or not. Right now, it’s leaning toward not.

        Anyway, I forgot how that you feel like you really know someone when you read their blog but they don’t know you- girl we have spent sooooo much time together- let me tell ya ;)

        My name is Sherry Fredley, pleased to meet ya, I signed up for your site but I think it has been going to spam or something so I have to check on that- but no worries cos I am here, ALL the time.

        You just give so much info, really. Sometimes I don’t even know where to begin.

        Have a Happy New Year!!!!
        Sherry

        • tiroberts

          Well, it’s great to meet you too Sherry! Glad to have you as apart of the community. I’m so glad to hear that you’re getting some real value from my posts. That’s my whole aim when I’m writing them, to provide true actionable content that people like you can immediately implement. So thanks a TON for letting me know. I LOVE hearing feedback from our community.

          Thanks again for commenting and I look forward to seeing more of you! :)’

          Ti

  • tiroberts

    Ramiro!

    So great to see your comment buddy! I hope all is well with you. I’m doing great! Thanks for asking.

    How long did it take to write this post?… Gosh, I’d say about a full week of active writing. I actually started working on this post a little over two weeks ago and I’m just now getting it published. As far as active hours to write it…about 14+. I wanted to make sure that I made it as thorough as possible so these case study posts always takes me a while to write.

    I updated your link and your name now links to your website. ;)

    Thanks so much for sharing this post! I truly appreciate it. :)

    I hope you’ve had a great weekend and Happy New Year!!

    Ti

  • tiroberts

    Kevin!

    Great to see your comment! I’m so happy that you like this post. Yes, Bizsugar has a ridiculously active and engaging community. That’s what I love the most about them and why I was initially attracted to the site. I’ve heard some good reviews on Blog Engage as well, but I haven’t gotten around to checking them out yet.

    You’re totally welcome for the mention! I had to shout you out; it’s been a pleasure interacting with you and reading your content. You’re definitely on a straight line to the top. ;)

    Thanks for your comment and I wish you an avalanche of success in the new year as well!

    Ti

  • tiroberts

    Hi Adrian,

    Great to see your comment. I truly appreciate your feedback and you made some good points. As I mentioned, I don’t create my content for search engine purposes, even though I know that I could be getting additional traffic if I intentionally did so.

    I have my acquired knowledge of what SEO is from being in the industry for so long. However, after reading your comment, I decided to look up the technical definition of SEO. Here’s what I found:

    Search-engine optimization – (1) the methods used to boost the ranking or frequency of a Web site in results returned by a search engine,in an effort to maximize user traffic to the site…

    …(2) the process of adjusting the content, structure, etc, of a website so that it will be displayed prominently by a search engine…

    ..(3) .the process of choosing targeted keywords and keyword phrases related to a Web site so the site will rank high when those terms are part of a Web search…

    Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/search+engine+optimization

    My whole goal and aim of building this blog was to get traffic w/o SEO (intentionally optimizing my content aiming to get found in the search engines) and it seems like I’ve been pretty successful in rapidly doing that thus far (seeing that I don’t get keyword related traffic). So, for that, I’m extremely proud.

    If I do get random traffic from Google via search for a for keyword that happens to pull up my site, that’s cool too. It has happened and I’m sure that it will continue to happen. I’m a fan of all free traffic sources, aside from SEO, and I try to employ as many of the most fast and effective ones that I can. Because I create pillar content on a sole subject (traffic generation) of course I’m bound to get some search traffic – even though that’s not my aim.

    Oh, and the All in one SEO pack plugin is indeed activated – although I don’t use it or even know how to use it, lol. In fact, I’ll be deactivating it after I finish this reply. Thanks for pointing that out too.

    My aim with this blog and my business is to build traffic and a well known brand through building relationships, engaging and interacting via social media and essentially any other high leverage method possible that doesn’t involve intentionally seeking to get traffic through search engines.

    I’m well aware that some of the traffic driving activities that I do are dubbed good for SEO and I don’t deny the fringe benefits that come as a by product of all the interaction I do. However, again intentional SEO isn’t my focus.

    As far as my bounce rate, that is something that I’ll definitely be working to improve in the future. I’m currently in the process of setting up additional testing/tracking systems so I can better monitor it and in subsequent case studies I’ll be examining this topic further. Thanks for pointing out and expanding on the importance of it. :)

    As far as my overall branding, as you referred to in your tweet, I still very much like it. I feel that it encompasses what I intend to do and have done thus far – driving traffic w/o intentionally optimizing my blog to get traffic from search engines. So, I think I’ll be sticking with it. :)

    Thanks again for leaving such an insightful and well thought out comment. I truly appreciate comments such as yours and I hope to see more you.

    Have a Happy New Year!

    Ti

    • http://www.soloadverts.com/ Adrian Jock

      Hi Ti,

      There is a true story of a known writer who wanted to correct some Wikipedia info about him… His comments were deleted by a stupid Wikipedia editor. This is one of my many reasons for not caring what Wikipedia editors think about SEO or other topics.

      I do believe you when you’re saying that you “don’t create your content for search engine purposes”. I do the same like you. However
      I do admit that I’m doing some SEO for my websites, basic stuff any responsible webmaster does. For example, having a title meta tag for each page. That is a basic SEO action and actually is not for human visitors. No one cares whether you have a title displayed in that bar or not, no human visitor starts reading a page from that place ;-) For a classic website, the webmaster has to add that meta tag. For a WordPress blog, the system does it automatically. WP does some basic SEO for bloggers and when you choose to install WP you choose to have some SEO performed automatically. That’s great, nothing wrong. In the same time WP does things against SEO principles (it creates duplicates if you don’t take care), but that is another story :)

      I’ll stop here writing about SEO. It’s not my plan to debate the topic “What is SEO?” and whether you’re doing it or not. I told you my point and if you don’t agree with it, there’s no problem :) I appreciate the fact that you approved my comment and didn’t pretend that it doesn’t exist. That’s what a real blogger does. Good attitude!

      A Happy New Year!

      Adrian

      P.S. I don’t know why you love the Disqus commenting system. You mentioned that “it’s allows my commenters to link their names back to their websites”. That cannot be a real reason – actually almost any system does it BETTER than Disqus. It makes lots of links to your own page (links from one page to the same page). That’s bad for both visitors and search engines. Not very important though, there are more negative aspects but the most important one is that… it doesn’t DIRECTLY link to commenter’s website (it’s a 2-step connection – the
      more steps, the less visitors to commenter’s website). That’s bad for the visitors and bad for the commenter. It’s good only for you ;-) From an SEO perspective you can get the same result by making all commenters’ links “nofollow”. Don’t debate this topic, just think about it from your community’s perspective! My suggestion is the CommentLuv plugin (premium or free version). Of course you decide :)

      • tiroberts

        Thanks again for your input, Adrian. It’s much appreciated. :)

        Ti

  • Kharim Tomlinson

    WOW Ti!!! Yet another great post.

    You have summed up a lot this time and I am going to be coming back to this post so that I can get it soaked in my brain.

    I like the fact that you are a new blogger and you have been doing extremely great in the blogosphere.

    Thanks for all the mentions and the others must be grateful as well for their mention.

    Keep up the good work and keep on blogging :)

    • tiroberts

      Hi Kharim!

      Thanks so much for your comment and compliments. I truly appreciate your support. I wish you much success in the 2013 and I look forward to growing and learning more from you. Happy New Year!

      Ti

  • http://www.ethicalbehaviorboy.com/ Michael Belk

    Ti,thanks for mentioning me and I love the changes you made. The report is very thorough and informative. I was surprised to hear that my comment made a big impression on your blog.
    I would love to help to help you get started the right way Lisa Joshua. Email me at mikeymike3004@att.net or contact me through my blog.

    • tiroberts

      Michael!

      So great to see your comment. Yes, your feedback was an important deciding factor in my decision to switch commenting systems and I’m totally glad I did. I appreciate you reading my content and sharing your input. It really does add value to the conversation and I respect your feedback! Glad that you enjoyed the post. Thanks again and have a Happy New Year!

      Ti

  • http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com/ Cendrine Marrouat

    What a FANTASTIC post, Ti! I can’t even imagine how long it took you to write it!

    Thank you so much for the mentions! I really appreciate it.

    You definitely rock in the interaction department. I see you comment on a lot of blogs.

    Happy new year and I hope you continue enjoying great success! You deserve it.

    • tiroberts

      Hi Cendrine,

      Glad to see your comment. Yeah, it took me about 14+ hours of active writing over a 2 week span to finish this post, but it was well worth it! Thanks so much for the compliments and no problem about the mentions. I respect your work and you definitely deserve them. A happy new year to you as well and here’s to an avalanche of success in 2013!

      Ti

  • http://twitter.com/SylvianeNuccio Sylviane Nuccio

    Hi Ti!

    Wow, thank you for pulling me to this post. No wonder it takes you 8 to 12 hours to come up with this stuff!

    I totally agree with you that SEO sucks these days and I am not even paying much attention to it anymore, but I have to say that I do use just about every item you are using.

    My question to you would be, what made you switch? Or maybe you already answered that in one of your posts… Either way let me know :)

    That’s a great read and great source of information you have right here.

    Have a very Happy New Year!

    • tiroberts

      Hi Sylviane!

      Great to see your comment. Yes, it does take me quite a while to write posts like these. This one took around 14+ hours over a 2 week span.

      Congrats on breaking free of the SEO chains! Great to have you as apart of the club. :)

      What made me switch? Well, I began to “see the light” when I came across Kim Roach’s blog Buzzblogger.com. She’s an incredible IM phenom and a traffic generation queen. Her ridiculously informative blog posts coupled with her Traffic Dashboard product showed me how to do a complete 180 as far as traffic generation is concerned. She was my “out” from the SEO freak show and I’m SO glad I discovered her.

      If you haven’t read them already, you can find out more about my switch from SEO in the following posts/pages:

      http://tiroberts.com/membership-options-page/

      http://tiroberts.com/7-things-i-hate-about-seo-how-i-put-an-end-to-my-content-marketing-misery/

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate it. Happy New Year!

      Ti

  • Dianne Dixon

    Hi Ti,

    First off HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Thanks for mentioning me and my itty-bitty blog in your post. I am a BizSugar addict and am working it more slowly than you but it’s working for me in spades. I have seen a bump in traffic myself and a chunk of it comes from social sites like Biz Sugar and my blog interactions. Thanks to your post and my analytics you’ve got me rethinking SEO. I do get a lot of traffic from Google organic but I want to interact more and increase social media push for the new year. Plus I think less SEO will help me to write better posts. Thanks and good luck in school. I toyed with the idea of going back for another bachelors and then the flashbacks start. :)

    • tiroberts

      Ahhh, so that’s what the initial “D” in your name stand for, Dianne. :)

      So glad to see your comment. Yes, BizSugar is totally a worth while addiction to have and I’m glad to have you as a part of our community there. As long as you keep the high quality level of engagement up that you do on the site, you should continue to see increasing traffic numbers in your stats. You’ve been doing and wonderful job and I’ve truly enjoyed reading your content and watching your interaction.

      I think you would do well to can SEO and focus on social interaction and write your content for the people. Once I decide to unlock the handcuffs of SEO, an entire new world was opened up to me and I actually started to have fun and enjoy blogging again. And, my writing became 1000x’s better.

      I appreciate the well wishes with school, I have finals coming up soon so I’m crunching to get past those. I’m praying!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I hope to see more of you.

      Happy New Year!

      Ti

  • http://about.me/Lindeskog lyceum1776

    Congrats Ti! I will bookmark this post and chew it! :)

    • tiroberts

      Awesome, Martin!

      Thanks for the comment and I hope you find value in this post. Happy New Year! :)

      Ti

    • http://www.marketingyourfarm.com/ Iain Robson

      I feel the same way. This is one I’ll need to chew for a while.

      • tiroberts

        LOL; chew away, lain. Be sure to circle back and let share your results with us. :)

        Ti

  • http://www.bizsugar.com/ Heather Stone

    Hi Ti,
    Wow! What an awesome post! Thanks for the link and the great mention of the BizSugar community. And you’re right! Engagement is the name of the game! It’s the way to really get results in social media and online marketing in general these days, and it’s nice to see so many getting it and spreading the word!

    • tiroberts

      Hi Heather!

      Thanks so much for your comment. You’re the very person that initially helped me get it all started. I truly appreciate all that you do as the chief mod of BizSugar. Your hard work and integrity is truly awe inspiring and I’m totally honored to work along side such an amazing team of people.

      Ti

  • Guest

    Hey Ti, just switched over to Disqus on my personal blog as well! I’ve used it before, but when I changed themes and moved servers I lost it. Josh is an awesome dude, and these suggestions in here plain rock!

  • http://truepassiveliving.com/ AustinTPL

    Hey Ti, just switched over to Disqus on my personal blog as well! I’ve used it before, but when I changed themes and moved servers I lost it. Josh is an awesome dude, and these suggestions in here plain rock!!

    • tiroberts

      Hi Austin!

      So glad to see your comment! It’s great to hear that you’ve enjoyed this post. Disqus is definitely my new found love, lol. Yes, Josh is totally amazing and I’m honored to be connected with him. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my content. I appreciate you dropping by and commenting and I hope to see more of you.

      Happy New Year!

      P.S. Awesome blog BTW, your titles are eye catching and I see that you’re keeping track of your traffic progress as well. I love it! Keep up the great work. ;)

      Ti

  • Tom Watson

    What a complete post on your efforts to date. Kudos for
    all that effort to bring it to us. I think it’s great when you (and
    Anna as well) go through so much trouble to allow others to see what
    has worked for you. Thanks! I really learn a lot from it!!

    • tiroberts

      Thanks for the kind words, Tom. So happy to hear that you’ve got value from our posts. I love hearing feedback from you all so thanks for sharing your input!

      Ti

  • ebsuccess

    Hi Ti,

    First of all, I want to thank you for mentioning my name above. It’s like seeing your name in lights :-) Football touchdown boogie time!

    This is the most informative post I’ve read on increasing Internet Marketing traffic without the use of deliberate SEO. And you give great examples of your statistics and interaction with the overall community. This is valuable information, because you are sharing the way you interact with comments on other blogs, some of which would not be seen if it weren’t included here. This shows that your success can be repeated and achieved by others using these methods.

    Congratulations on going to college. I am also a Phoenix and I know how difficult it can be to juggle school with everything else in life. Kudos, it’ll be worth it.

    P.S.: I tweeted, pinned, rebelmoused, gplussed, stumbled, and fb’d this post :-)

    • tiroberts

      Hi Ken!

      You’re so welcome for the mention. I truly appreciate your support and interaction. Yes, I show all the screen shots of my interaction because I want to illustrate how simple and easy it is to interact and engage with others in the blogosphere.

      A lot of newbies come online and think that it’s hard to do or aren’t quite sure exactly how to do it and get started. I hope the screenshots serve as a guide for others to follow to start engaging and interacting with other bloggers.

      Thanks for the congrats for college. I’m really enjoying Phoenix It’s a great school and I’m learning a lot. Yes, it’s proven to be a challenge to balance it all but I’m working it out. :)

      Thanks again for dropping by and all the shares on my post. Happy New Year!

      Ti

  • tiroberts

    Hi Raaj!

    So glad to see your comment. Thanks so much for the compliments. I truly appreciate it. Yes, I do pour my all into these post and I’m elated to hear that you appreciate it. I wish you much success in the new year as well! Thanks again for dropping by and I hope to see more of you.

    Ti

  • http://www.eventchecklist.net/ Arwin Adriano

    You’re simply amazing Ti. I am looking forward to replicate what you have done here with my event checklist blog. By the way I am very overwhelmed to see you giving me a shout here in your case study. I know it is a long way for me but seeing your success I am sure I am on my way too.

    • tiroberts

      Arwin!

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so glad to hear that you’ve found value in this post. I have no doubt that your blog will rise very quickly as you provide great content and are an engaging blogger. I’m excited to hear about your success! You’re welcome about the mention. Thanks again for dropping by and keep me posted on your progress!

      Ti

      • http://www.eventchecklist.net/ Arwin Adriano

        Looking forward to that. I’ll definitely let you know once I hit that peak.

  • myspalmer

    Whoop!

    That’s all I gotta say.

    Okay fine I wont be lazy ass commenter.

    It’s just astounding what you’ve been able to do through diligent consistency I tell ya.

    Fabulous. Keep up and I’ll be waiting for the next traffic tips. And welcome to BBT GP community! Isn’t it fantastic how interactive Ileane’s audience is?

    • tiroberts

      Heyyyyy Chica!

      So great to see your comment, girly. Thanks so much for the kind words of encouragement. I really appreciate them. Yes, Ms. Ileane has a wildly engaging community and I love it! I’m so excited to be apart of the GP team.

      Welcome to the community to you as well! So happy to have you as a SEO Rebel. ;)

      We def need to link up soon and do a collab of some sort.

      Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see more of you.

      Ti

  • http://www.TrafficGenerationCafe.com/ Ana | Traffic Generation Cafe

    What can I say, Ti, other than the fact that I am so proud to see you flourishing – you worked your butt off and it’s paying off.

    Now, if you can stay on track with this kind of engagement (and I am sure you can!), I’ll be delighted to see you break the “super-blogger” sound barrier in the near future. And I mean it, you’ve got what it takes.

    Don’t flunk college though (especially, if I am wrong about this bright future blogging career of yours :) ).

    • tiroberts

      Lol, thanks for the kind words, Ana!

      You’ve really just made my day, night, heck entire week! I deeply appreciate the encouragement and I’m totally excited about what this year holds for my blog and community.

      I def plan on finishing college. Getting my degree is my plan B, becoming a super blogger is my plan A. ;)

      I’m going to continue to pour my all into this thing and push the barriers Failure isn’t really an option for me.

      Thanks SO MUCH for all that you do and being such an inspirational blogging rock star! :)

      Ti

  • http://clayfranklin.com/ Clay Franklin

    Enjoyed these tips. I like SEO and free traffic. I came over from Anna’s post on Facebook. I loved the tweet this boxes. I’m reading and commenting on my iPhone so I’ll keep it short. Awesome results, thank you for sharing. I’ll be back!
    @ClayFranklin

    • tiroberts

      Hi Clay,

      Welcome to the community! So glad to see your comment. :)

      I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed my post so far, thanks for coming over and checking it out. Yes, aren’t those “tweet this” boxes cool? I learned how to do them from Kim Roach and they’re great to add to your posts to increase the amount of RT’s you get.

      Absolutely, free traffic is the best. The more you can rake in the better, right?

      Thanks for your kind words. I hope to see more of you! :)

      Ti

  • tiroberts

    Hi Ivan!

    Elated to see your comment. Welcome to the anti-SEO club my friend! :)

    I’m so glad to hear that my case study has helped you. I just saw your review on my post and blog – THANK YOU! I truly appreciate it. And, you have a really cool site as well. Your other site is awesome too, lots of big vibrant pictures. I like! :)

    Thanks for commenting and being such an awesome blogger. I’d love to keep up with your progress so please do keep me posted.

    Talk soon,

    Ti

  • tiroberts

    Hi Emmanuel,

    No problem, my friend. Thank YOU for your support. It’s much appreciated! :)

    I hope to see more of your around.

    Ti

  • http://www.facebook.com/5Billz Mike Rainz

    My oh my how detailed you were ! There’s not a detail you left out. I would feel almost guilty if I’m not successful online after reading your post.

    BizSugar seems to be a blessing in disguise. I didn’t even know about it until now. I hope to explore it myself and use it as one of my promotional strategies. As always, keep up the good work.

    • tiroberts

      Hi, Mike!

      Awesome to see your comment. Welcome to the community!

      Yes, I’m all about being detailed and specific, lol. I appreciate ya’ noticing! :)

      BizSugar is def a site you’ll want to get involved in. It’s truly a traffic and engagement treasure. I’m sure you’ll love it.

      Great! I’d love to keep up with your progress, so please do keep me posted. And if there’s anything I can help you with, just let me know.

      Thanks for your feedback. I hope to see more of you!

      Ti

  • tiroberts

    Hi, Anup!

    So great to see your comment. Welcome to the community!

    I’m glad to hear that you’ve found my content valuable. As have I on your blog!

    You’re latest post about the Fivver make money method is pure genus. Kudos to you for sharing such an awesome strategy!

    I’ll definitely be including it in my link roundup this week.

    Keep me posted on how everything goes with your new blog. If there’s anything I can do to help out, just let me know. :)

    Thanks for dropping by and I look forward to seeing more of you!

    Ti

  • Triston

    Amazing post! Pretty blown away actually!

    Definitely favorited this page. Looking forward to digging though your site!

    Triston Isaac

    • tiroberts

      Hi, Triston,

      So great to see your comment; welcome to the community!

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve found this post to be a good resource.

      Dig away my friend and let me know if there’s anything you need. :)

      Looking forward to seeing more of you around!

      Ti

  • http://twitter.com/seoxleu Gabriel Sita

    Wonderful post Ti! I really like it. This posts gives me inspiration and courage to move on forward and do some more blogging. I was at a point where I didn’t have ideas for the blog and wanted to sell it asap, but I didn’t. Thanks to your post, i’ll move forward and continue to blog. I have a question: It is ok to publish your blog posts in WF? It isn’t counted as duplicated content?
    If you have time to reply, i would be very happy. Keep up the good work, and sorry for reading this so late.

    • tiroberts

      Hi, Gabriel:

      Wonderful to see your comment, welcome to the community!

      I’m so happy to hear that I’ve inspired you. That’s exactly what I aim to do when I sit down to write my posts.

      I wouldn’t worry so much about duplicate content. I’d say post your pieces wherever the eyeballs are. Duplicate content is only a factor if your seeking to get traffic from Google. Even so, I don’t think it’s that much of a big deal.

      I’ve taken several snippets of my content and posted them on WF as thread starters, responses to newbie questions and several other things. So in short, it depends on what your end goal is; but I’d say go for it. The more people you can directly get in front of your content without Google, the better.

      Thanks for dropping by. I look forward to seeing more of your comments. :)

      Ti

  • engrmudasirmalik

    Thank you so much TI for nominating me as you commentor, thank you so much for you appreciation. I will keep on commenting here.

    • tiroberts

      You’re quite welcome. Glad to have you as apart of our community! :)

      Ti

      • engrmudasirmalik

        Ti i want you to write guest post for my blog please.
        I also want to write for you on my blog. I want to have your success story so i can publish that on my blog.

        • tiroberts

          What an awesome invite. Feel free to email me and we’ll see if there’s something that can be worked out. :)

          Ti

    • tiroberts

      You’re quite welcome, Mudasir, and welcome to the community!

      I look forward to seeing more of you around soon. :)

      Ti

  • Milica Pantic

    Holly shit! This article is crazy awesome! I do not even know where to start with commenting on this!

    • tiroberts

      LOL. Hey Mitz!

      So great to see your comment; welcome to the community!

      I can see that you like my case study and I’m glad you do!

      Thanks for your comment and support.

      I’ll be seeing ya’ around! :)

      Ti

    • tiroberts

      LOL! I ‘m so glad to hear you like it, Milica.

      Thanks for dropping by!

      Ti

  • tiroberts

    Hi Sylivia,

    I’m so glad to see your comment; welcome to the community!

    It happy to hear that you like my post and even happier to hear that you’re wanting to be apart of the bizsugar community.

    I’m sorry it took me so long to respond to your comment. For some reason your comment got stuck in my spam que. Have you’ve been able to get your account approved on BS yet??

    If not, just shoot me an email and let me know. I’ll give word to our chief moderator to get it taken care of.

    Thanks for the awesome comment and support. I’m glad that my comment on SPI lead you hear; I’m really glad to have you. :)

    Let me know if you need help with anything else and please do keep me posted on your progress.

    I look forward to seeing more of you around soon. :)

    Ti

  • Susan Velez

    Hey Ti,

    Wow awesome post, I thought that I was starting to see some traffic to my site. I have only taken the time to use blog commenting and I have noticed some traffic coming to my site.

    I have never heard of BizSugar till reading about it on your site. I definitely need to take a look at that. How long does it take for you to participate on it? I seem to have a lot to do right now and adding something else, can be a handful.

    However, I am interested because it seems to be working well for you.

    I thought about doing a free WSO, I just launched my first one the other day. (it’s not a free one)

    After seeing your stats from that WSO, I am totally intrigued.

    Did you just write up an ebook of what you were doing to generate traffic? Something similar to this huge and magnificent blog post?

    If so, how long was your ebook?

    As for using social media, I have to admit I am not that knowledgeable, this is something that I need to learn how to make better use of. I will definitely be back to read some more.

    I guess I need to start thinking about getting ready to launch my free WSO. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://alekseyzuravlov.com/ Aleksey Zuravlov

    Hi, Ti!

    What’s 411? :)

    Also, how much unique visitors do you have nowadays? According to Google Analytics that is.. I found that Awstats from Cpanel tend to be really inflated.

    And thanks for such huge and detailed overviews! It definitely helps.

    Best wishes,
    Aleks

  • tiroberts

    Hi Sylvia,

    I’m so glad to see your comment; welcome to the community!

    It’s great that my SPI comment brought you hear, that’s proof that comments still work for sending traffic and building community. :)

    I apologize about you BS registration issues. Did you ever get them straightened out?

    If not, just shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to help you get it corrected.

    Thanks again for dropping by and I look forward to seeing more of you soon. :)

    Ti

  • Denis D.

    These are some amazing results. I just recently started my own blog and have been using some of the very same traffic methods, albeit with less stellar results. Using social blog sites such as BizSugar or Blog Engage definitely helps drive traffic to your site/blog, but only if you are very active on those platforms.

    Thanks for sharing your results and tips on how to imrpove upon traffic without using any SEO. I feel like too many people nowadays try to only focus on SEO and nothing else.

    • tiroberts

      Hi Denis,

      It’s awesome to see your comment; welcome to the community!

      Yes, getting involved with social blogging/bookmarking communities is great for getting traffic and invoking community, but you do have to be dedicated to getting involved and engaging the members there to reap the benefits of it.

      I’m very happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed my case study. I’m in the process of starting the new monthly case study for Sept. so I hope you’ll stay tuned for that one. :)

      Thanks for adding your voice to the discussion. I look forward to seeing more of you around soon. :)

      Ti

  • http://gigieatscelebrities.com/ GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Is there a BIZSUGAR equiv. in the health and nutrition world? I signed up for BIZSUGAR but the content I produce is not geared towards the content posts on BIZSUGAR, thus I cannot submit my content :( Any tips?

    • http://tiroberts.com/ Ti Roberts

      Hi GiGi,

      It’s great to see your comment; welcome to the community!

      Unfortunately I don’t know of any nutrition based site similar to BizSugar.

      However, you can do a simple search on Google for “social bookmarking” + nutrition, to find possible sites that you can submit your content to.

      Another syndication site you might want to look into is Scoop.it. This is a content curation site and I’m sure you’ll be able to find pages related to nutrition that you can submit your articles to.

      I hope this helps you and let me know if you have any other questions.

      I hope to see more of you around soon. :)

      ~ Ti

      P.S. I checked out your blog and I LOVE it. It’s oozes fun and personality. Great job you’ve done there! :)

      • http://gigieatscelebrities.com/ GiGi Eats Celebrities

        Thanks Ti!!! :) I will definitely be back! I am subscribing now :)