Traffic Case Study #1 – How I Got 1,325 Unique Visitors, 159 Facebook Likes & 70 Retweets!


I… am… so… STOKED!  I feel like a kid who’s just found out they’re going to Disney Land, lol.

I’ve been going pretty hard last week creating content, promoting, and driving traffic.  It’s been quite an adventure.  This is going to be my first stats post ever in a series of weekly stats post that I’ll be releasing.

I’ll be sharing everything I did last week to drive traffic to my site and all the results that I’ve gotten for the week.  This is exciting stuff!

I’ve always loved reading stats posts like this and now I feel like I’m doing some kind of special initiation to join the “cool kids”….err… the “cool bloggers” I should say ;)

Let me bring you up to speed

Before we get into the good stuff, I wanna make sure I bring you up to speed.

In case you didn’t know, I’ve just relaunched this blog about two weeks ago and it’s undergone a complete (and much needed) makeover.  So these stats are starting from ground zero, completely building up new traffic channels and all.

I’ve been involved with internet marketing for 7 years and recently I found myself at a point in my business where I felt my business and blog needed a serious face lift.

You’re actually catching my rebuilding and re-branding at the front end of it all.  You’ll get to see me actually go through the process of rebuilding up my blog traffic and restructuring my entire business model, how cool it that??

I’m so excited about doing this and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride.  You’re in for quite a treat!

 Let’s dive in!

Alright, so I made my first post on this blog on September 24, 2012.  To date I’ve published 5 posts (corrected from the 6 posts I originally quoted).  Here’s a snapshot look at the results I’ve gotten collectively from those 5 posts.

  • 1,325 New Unique Visitors
  • 159 Facebook Likes
  • 41 Facebook Shares
  • 12 Google+’s
  • 89 BizSugar Votes
  • 24 New subscribers
  • 3 New Relationships with Influencers
  • 9 Natural Blog Backlinks

I’d say that’s not bad for my first few weeks :)

If you didn’t know, I’m a self proclaimed SEO Rebel.  You can click here to get the full story about how I feel about SEO.

I’ve done absolutely no SEO at all to drive traffic to my site (you’ll see the proof below).  I’m dead set on building up my blog traffic using only social media and other alternative forms of driving traffic.  It’s a lot quicker and lot more fun… kinda like speeding down a back road on a Ducati 1098s :)

Traffic sources

Since relaunching my blog, I’ve been focusing on driving traffic through 4 main sources.

  • Blog commenting
  • Content aggregators
  • Social media (Facebook/Twitter) and
  • Forums

Taste the sweetness of BizSugar

My biggest traffic geyser so far is definitely (my new found love) :)

This site is rockin’ for getting increased social media interaction on your posts, especially blog comments.

I submitted 4 blog posts to BisSugar and here’s the results:

Check out the number of votes, tweets, likes, and comments my posts got, killer right?  I think so.  (By the way, those comments are only the comments my post got on BizSugar’s site, outside of the 10 additional comments I got on my blog site).

I had 3 blog posts that became hot literally overnight and hit the popular front page.  Seeing this site do it’s “thang” was so awesome.  I was sold!

BizSugar is an absolute God sent and I love this site, not to mention the awesome community. I couldn’t do this post with shouting out all of my awesome BizSugar friends who voted for all of my posts, I couldnt’ve done it with out ya!

Special shout out to KundalinkISP, Sannwood, and Entrepreneurosaurus who made the 3 posts that the hit front page hot.  I appreciate you!

Blog commenting

My second traffic geyser has been blog commenting.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, blog commenting has become literally one of my favorite past times, lol.

This is one of the very best free ways to drive traffic to your blog and get more interaction and comments on your own blog posts.  Blog commenting has been responsible for sending me roughly 50 extra visitors to my site and 2 blog comments, not too shabby.

The bulk of my blog commenting traffic came from and, two high traffic sites in the blogosphere.  Not to mention the “crack like” information they give away.

I left a couple of well thought out, high quality comments on these two blogs (and a few others) and the traffic naturally came.  Easy right?

If you want to use blog commenting as a way to drive traffic to your site, here’s a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Try to be within the first 5 to 10 comments on a freshly published post (I was #13 on Buzzblogger and #2 on ProBlogger)
  • Always leave well thought out, quality comments.  One liners aren’t going to send you much traffic, if any.
  • Focus on commenting on about 3 to 5 high traffic blogs within your niche

Social Media

My third traffic geyser was good ol’ social media.  Social media is by far one of the fastest ways to get a few hundred visitors to your site, if you’re doing it properly.

Facebook was my top social media referrer.  Twitter came in second.

What’s so cool to me about this is that I didn’t get sucked into the Facebook death trap and spend hours aimiously click, click, clicking away on the “like” button or following other unproductive Facebook cracker trails.

All I did was Facebook optimize my comment section and follow a simple routine that always yielded me at least 30 FB likes or more.

I’m currently using an awesome wordpress comment plugin called Cackle.  This is a great plugin for increasing your FB exposure, interaction, engagement on your blog/FB page, and it provides awesome social proof.

Cackle allows your visitors to leave comments on your blog posts using several different social sites including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ just to name a few.

But the really cool thing I love about Cackle is the built in viral factor. Whenever you leave a comment, it’ll actually post it to your FB wall or Twitter status.

Check out how Cackle automatically posted to my wall when I replied to the awesome comment blogging phenom Ileane Smith left on one of my post.

Ms. Ileane’s Comment:

My response posted to my FB wall with a link pointing back to my blog post!

Check out the social interaction on my page:

I’m in love with this plugin.  Even though it isn’t dofollow, it’ll definitely increase your FB Edgerank, social interaction, and bring in more traffic.


According to my traffic stats, Twitter didn’t send me much traffic.  However, it did play a monumental part in helping me gain more exposure and building my social proof.

I’ve been using an ingenious new service for Twitter called JustRetweet.  You’ve probably already heard of this service and if you’re not using it yet… umm… why not???  If you’re craving to get more retweets on your post, this is the service to use.

JustRetweet played a big part in the 70 retweets my posts got.  It’s even responsible for helping me begin a pretty awesome relationship with one of Twitter’s heavy hitter bloggers Terrance Charles.

He actually retweeted this post I featured him in twice, exposing it to his over 46,000 followers, how awesome is that??

His following:

Retweet 1:

Retweet 2:

Awesomeness!  I was hyped to see Terrance’s 2 RT’s, and even more excited about connecting with him.  Thanks a lot Terrance!

Let me tell you, this is one awesome website.  This is a content curating site that is a potential traffic beast.  I’ve been using this site to get further exposure and it’s proven to be a decent traffic source for me.  It’s sent me about 40 extra visitors (you can see my traffic stats in the images below).

I submitted my blog posts to influential content curators that get a lot of views and have large audiences.  The curator can either accept or deny your submission.  If accepted, your blog post will show up on their page where tons of eyes will oggle it, possibly rescoop it and send tons of traffic.

I submitted this blog post where I featured Ms. Ileane to her Basic Blog Tips page:

I was stoked when she accepted it!  And even more excited when she dropped by and actually left a comment.

My follow up post got scooped my Ms. Ileane as well:

This is a great site to get hundreds of extra views on your content to send traffic to your website.

TIP:  You can use as a quick and fun way to start building relationships with other bloggers in your niche as well.  Try doing a top 7 or top 10 post including a few of your favorite bloggers.  Find them on and submit it to them.  Your submission is virtually guaranteed to be approved, especially if they’re included in the post.  Boom, you’ve made a valuable connection, gotten instant exposure and you can begin building a long term business relationship.

Warrior Forum

Ok, we’re getting down to the wire, lol.  Are ya’ still with me?  Great!

Warrior Forum is just badass (ahem…. excuse my french).  This is the internet marketing Disney Land for all things IM.  And it’s a magic traffic wand when used correctly.

I spent a total of about 3 to 4 hours doing forum marketing (answering questions, starting discussion threads, etc).  I’m still learning the ropes of WF so I didn’t do as much as I would’ve like too.  Also my attention was more focused on other traffic methods, but with the time I did put in, WF sent some ok traffic (you can check my stats chart below).

I’ve seen the traffic potential of WF in action and it’s really quite awe inspiring.  So this week I plan on doing a lot more forum marketing.  I’m in process of tweaking my marketing schedule to include more of it.  Next week I should have much more WF praises to sing.

Traffic Stats

Now that you’ve seen all of the “behind the scenes”  work that I’ve put into driving traffic, you get to see my real behind the scenes traffic stats. I wanted to be as transparent as possible with you in this post (and will to continue to be in future posts) so here they are:

Here’s my traffic stats for the part of the month September and October so far:

Here’s my traffic stats for only the month of October so far:

Here’s a list of the sites that’s sending me traffic so far this month:

You can see that BizSugar, Buzzblogger, Facebook, Problogger, and Warrior Forum were my top referrers.

Here’s the keywords that’s sent me traffic so far this month (again, I’ve done absolutely no SEO)

Pretty cool stuff, huh?  I think so :)


With all of the traffic generation I’ve done, it all comes to a big throbbing head… to build my subscriber list.

Since relaunching my blog, I’ve added a total of 24 new subscribers to my list.

That’s about a 1.8% conversion of traffic into subscribers (about 3 leads per day).

Eh… ok.  It’s not the best conversions but is a good starting point.  Plus I am only focusing on free traffic generation methods for right now.

I’m aiming to really rev up my traffic this week by doing some tweaking to my marketing plan so I’m thinking I’ll be able to amp that subscriber count up quite a bit.

Relationships and Community

Natural blog backlinks

As I’ve said before, I’ve done absolutely no SEO to any of my posts.  I’ve just been focusing on creating truly valuable content and spreading it through the traffic points I shared above.  As a result I’ve gotten true natural backlinks, which is pretty cool.  No mind numbing article spinning or CPU draining article submission software required, lol.

One of my blog commenters even asked if he could repost one of my post on his press release site:

You can see that repost here:

There were also several other press release sites/blogs who linked back to my content as well, including

Blog comments

I’ve been on a true traffic generation escapade and it felt so awesome to have my visitors take notice :)  I’ve gotten 10 blog comments so far and I think that’s pretty alright for starters.

Most of my blog comments came from members of the community.  I also got visitors from my blog comments, who then read my content and left me comments.  Funny how that works huh? :)

Here’s a quick shout out to all my commenters:

  • Shawn Hessinger
  • Ileane Smith
  • Simon Gabay
  • Annetta Powell
  • Mike Lopez
  • Brad Kinney
  • Vanessa Blais
  • Ramiro Rodriguez
  • Arwin Adriano
  • Sylviane Nuccio

Thank you all for contributing your input and making your presence known on my blog!  You’re appreciated!

If getting blog comments is something that you struggle with, I suggest you start reaching out engaging with your fellow bloggers.  Go out and leave comments on other blogs in your niche (you can start by leaving a comment on this post ;) ).  Get involved with the BizSugar community and start interacting there.

TIP:  Right after you publish your next blog post, do a search on Google for other recent posts on the same topic or a similar topic.  Make sure that it’s a dofollow blog that has Commentluv or a similar plugin that will show your latest blog post.  Leave a quality comment on that post.  When visitors read your comment and  click through to your site, they’ll see additional relevant information in your blog post and will be more inclined to comment on your post as well and/or subscribe to your list.  This is a killer way to drive more quality targeted traffic.

Getting your visitors to start commenting is one of the anchors to building a strong community and tribe around your blog.  “Boomerang traffic” is what you’re aiming for, you want to always keep them coming back for more.


Building relationships with influential bloggers is a priceless asset.  It’s the equivalent of virtual gold and is the one thing that will continue to pay for it’s self 1000x’s over.

During my traffic generation travels this week I’ve started to develop awesome relationships with 3 influential bloggers:

  • Ileane Smith
  • Terrance Charles and
  • Thu Nguyen

They are some established and up and coming bloggers that I’m honored to be connected with.

Through my interaction on BizSugar (where I met Thu), Twitter (where I connected with Terrance), and (where I connected with Ms. Ileane) I’ve made some radical connections that could lead to many opportunities such as guest posting, JV’s, and ad swaps just to name a few.

These budding relationships have already started helping me gain more exposure, starting with the 2 RT’s from Terrance and the exposure from Ms. Ileane.

If you take away nothing else from this traffic report, please remember this… Relationships are everything.  I know Ms. Ileane would agree.

Onward and Upward

So that completes my first traffic stats report. Yayyyyy! lol :)

It’s been a great ride so far and my journey to blogging and traffic mastery is just beginning.  If you made it this far, thanks for sticking it out.  I appreciate ya!

Hopefully you got some great info to chew on, digest, process and to apply to your business.

Be sure to “like”, share, and retweet this post if you found it helpful.

So, tell me… What are you’re traffic goals for this week?  Are there any new traffic points you’ve discovered that are working well for you?  Did you discover something in this post that you feel will be able to help you increase your traffic?  Let me know in the comments below.

See ya’ around the net!


Click here to see my kick butt traffic spike in case study #2
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  • Al Harrington

    I tried signing up for biz sugar but after I signed up and confirmed my registration they wont let me sign in.

  • Corina Ramos

    Hello Ti! I’m so glad I found you! I cannot wait to put these ideas your shared to my website. I love the vibe you give out and I so want to be just like you when I grow up! My site has been published for only three months and I’ve seen a increase in traffic daily, which is good but I’m excited to see what your ideas will do for me! You’ve reignited my motivation! Thank you for sharing these tips! Have a wonderful day!! Corina Ramos

  • Ramiro Rodriguez

    Hey Ti,

    Congrats on your high traffic stats.

    You’re right. BizSugar can drive a lot of traffic. And it’s a very engaging community. I once received an email from one of the founders congratulating me when when of my posts became ‘hot’.

    That one hot post drove a couple hundred eyes to my blog so BizSugar is definitely worth the time invested. With a good headline and a couple re-tweets, Twitter can also drive a lot of traffic to a blog.

    • Ti Roberts

      Hi Ramiro!

      Great to see you again :) Yes, when my first post became ‘hot’. I got a FR and an awesome FB message from Heather Stone (chief site moderator) congratulating me. I was so excited!

      Twitter is great for traffic as well. It’s actually one of my top referrers to this very post. Very cool :)

      Thanks again for stopping by and commenting!


  • Isaiah Coe

    Congrats of your traffic stats, I think I’m going to try Bizsugar :)

  • Ti Roberts

    Hi Isaiah!

    Yes, BizSugar is THE place to go to start building up some quality traffic, quick.

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting!


  • Brent Jones

    I couldn’t even tell you how I found this post… a whole series of clicks. Nonetheless, very cool ideas.

    • Ti Roberts

      Hi Brent!

      Lol, that’s usually how it goes. Glad you made it here! Happy you found this post useful and I hope it brings you some killer traffic.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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  • Ti Roberts


    Thanks for dropping by! I’m so happy found this post helpful. That’s what I’m aiming to do, to help others and I learn as well. I appreciate you too!

    Thanks again for the comment!


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  • James Scholes

    I’ve been doing this stuff since 2006 and even I learned a little trick (It was just in case you was wondering).

    Thanks Ti and keep up the good work… I’ll defo be visiting your Blog again.

    James Scholes

    • Ti Roberts

      Hi James!

      So glad that you’ve discovered something to further expand your business. is definitely a potential traffic beast and it’s awesome that you’ve decided to take advantage of it.

      If you don’t mind sharing, what has been your main sources of driving traffic so far?

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!


      • James Scholes

        Yeah sure, I mainly diversify as much as pos as you’ll may know… You can NEVER depend on just one source alone.

        But yeah, best traffic sources currently is Youtube, Twitter and banner swaps.

        There is other but these are my best performers.

        James Scholes

        • Ti Roberts

          Hi James,

          Thanks for sharing your traffic sources with us. Doing swap type traffic methods are great for bringing a significant amount of free traffic. I wish you much success and I hope to see more of you in the comments. I’d love to hear how the traffic tips in this post work out for you.


  • Thu Nguyen

    Ti from this post, I see you have gotten a few things in place:

    - strategy
    - tactics
    - marketing plan
    - results

    That last one, no matter who says anything, solidifies your trust. And I trust that you’ll continue to inspire, connect and build relationships further with bloggers who will be awaiting for your input.

    Thanks so much once again for sharing your secrets as it is these insights that allows us all to further follow with you and your progress.


    • Ti Roberts


      So honored to have you drop by and grace my blog with your comment :)

      Yes, having a set strategy, tactics, and a solid marketing plan certainly aided me in producing some measurable results. It took me sometime to get set in a marketing plan, but once I did BOY did it take off! Lol.

      That really shows to power of having an effective plan and sticking with it. So many new bloggers/IM’ers hop from one platform to the next without ever giving the previous thing a chance to prove itself.

      I aim for my weekly traffic case studies to really show the benefits of a focused game plan and the potential that lies within consistency.

      It makes me so happy that you feel you can trust me. That’s really important to me and it means a lot. My whole goal with the relaunch of my blog is to be as transparent and authentic a possible – sharing everything that I learn, the success (and the losses).

      That is what will really help people learn from what I’m teaching and provide them with the evidence and the encouragement they need to press on.

      Thanks again for your comment Thu! I really appreciate you!


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  • Arwin Adriano

    Hi Ti! Thank you for mentioning me in your blog post. I am looking forward for your progress. Keep it up!

    • Ti Roberts

      Hi Arwin! So great to see your comment! It was my pleasure to mention you, and everyone who had anything to do with helping me grow my blog.

      I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog, by the way. You share some really great event planning tips. I’ll definitely be using your blog as a resource for my next event. :)

      Thanks again for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate you!


  • Annetta Powell

    I knew you were up to something when I saw your first post :) Thanks for the shout out!

    Really impressive Ti.

    • Ti Roberts

      Hi Annetta,

      Hey, ya’ caught me, lol. Glad to see your comment again and no problem about the shout out. I appreciate you dropping by. Thanks!


  • Michael Belk

    Ti you have some great information. You were so transparent with this post. I am glad I discovered your blog. :) I am going to make sure I come back and often.

    You have inspired me to do more on my blogs. It is nice to see someone practicing what they preach.

    • Ti Roberts

      Hi Michael,

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve found my case study useful and thank you for the compliment. My goal is to be as transparent as possible in everything that I do to build my business because I’ve realized that transparency is the VERY BEST way to teach others and help others learn as I learn.

      I’m happy to hear that you’ve been inspired and I would love to check out your blog so be sure to drop back by to leave your like and keep me posted on your progress.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting; I truly appreciate it!


  • Trung Nguyen

    Hey Ti, I really appreciate you for sharing your experience on getting blog traffic, it’s really informative, I’ve learn so much from your blog post, and I’ll do the same like you, just looking for the same result. Thanks so much.

    Trung Nguyen

    • Ti Roberts

      Hi Trung,

      So glad you dropped by. I’m happy to hear that you’ve found my traffic case study helpful. My whole aim is to be as transparent as possible with building up my traffic and business, so I’m glad to hear that you’ve benefited from what I’ve put out so far. I’d love to hear how these traffic tips work for you, so please do drop back by and let me know. Thanks again for commenting and I hope to see more of you!


  • Daniel Robertson

    Hey Ti, this post was pretty awesome. Thanks for laying out your traffic strategies like this. I’ll be sure to put some of these to use. I’m really bad with social media so those tips were extra helpful for me.

    • tiroberts

      Hi Daniel,

      You’re welcome. I’m happy to hear you found this post value. I’d definitely love to hear how these strategies work out for you, so please do drop back by and let me know. Thanks for commenting and I hope you have a great weekend!


  • Lindsey Rainwater

    Wow. My head just exploded with all this info! :D

    Ok, not really – but this is an amazing post. I just overhauled my blog and business as well. I’m still creating products and whatnot, but I realized that I LOVE blogging and talking to people, and was not getting the visibility I needed.

    So I totally redid my blog and have been creating a lot more content. While I’ve done a little bit of SEO (hired someone else to do it though) my big thing has been social media and blog commenting. But I still haven’t seen the response I’d like.

    Your post has not only shown me some great tips on how to get that response, but also assured me that it IS possible! I’ve saved it to my bookmarks and am going to read it tomorrow when I’m ready to absorb more info. *laughs*

    Thanks for this post, and I’ll make sure to visit your blog often. I like your style.

    • tiroberts

      Hi Lindsey!

      I’m so happy to hear that you found value in my post. This is definitely one of the reasons why I create transparent content like this. I love hearing the takeaways, so your comment just made my day! Please do keep me posted on your progress and let me know if there’s anything I can do to further help you. I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for dropping by!


  • Charles @

    Hi, Ti.

    I keep returning back to this blog post for reference (I got alerted to it by Lisa Irby) so I thought I’d leave a comment.

    I’ve started using and JustRetweet since I first read this and I think I will try out BizSugar as well.

    A question: is it advisable to do any interaction on (rescooping etc) or is suggesting content enough. Would it increase my chances of getting featured if I had an established presence there to give myself some credibility?

    • tiroberts

      Hi Charles,

      Thanks for dropping by. I’m glad to hear you’re referencing this post.

      As far as interaction on, yes I would suggest that you do at least some interaction there i.e. re-scooping other’s content and maybe even leaving a short comment on some posts. Any kind of direct interaction like this would increase your chances of getting your submissions accepted by other curators.

      I would also suggest you start your own curating page dedicated for sharing your own content or you can mix other people’s content with your own that focus of the same topic. This would help you build some creditably and a following, especially if your sharing quality content.

      Thanks again for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate it!


  • Emperor

    Good tips for a new blogger like me.

    • tiroberts

      Hi, Emperor!

      Welcome to the community! I’m glad that you feel this post will help you. I wish you much success in your endeavors.

      Let me know if there’s anything I can do to further help you.

      I hope to see more of you around!


  • Robby Cox

    Hi Ti, found your blog from a comment you left on another blog. Im bookmarking and sharing this case study….so much valuable content.

    • tiroberts

      Hi, Robby:

      Welcome to the community! So glad you’ve found us and even happier you’ve found value in my content. Thanks for dropping by and sharing. I look forward to seeing more of your comments. :)


  • Iain Robson

    Awesome case study.

    You’re pretty amazing at generating traffic to your site.

    For me, it’s still a work in progress. Ideally, I’d like to snap my finger but I know that it doesn’t work that way.

    • tiroberts

      Great, lain.

      Yes, you and me both feel the same way, but anything worth having requires us to put in the work, right?

      Thanks for sharing your input. :)


  • tiroberts

    Hi Daniel,

    Wonderful to see your comment; welcome to the community!

    I’m really happy to hear that you’ve found my case study helpful. I’d love to keep up with your progress, so please do drop back by and keep me posted. And if there’s anything I can do to further help you, just let me know. :)