Written by Scott Dinsmore –  Follow me on Twitter.

Grow Your Blog

“Show me the path and I’ll walk it.”

~Unknown

Important Note: I created this post with the goal that it would be the last resource you’ll ever need for getting your first few thousand subscribers to your blog (and likely as many as you want). It’s very detailed and intentionally long (at over 3,300 words). It’s meant to be a resource you read, bookmark and come back to as you grow. If you know someone growing a website or blog, please share it with them.

Let the action begin:

I’ve spent the last year and half testing every strategy and gimmick out there for growing a blog. The bad news is that almost none of them are worth an ounce of effort.

The good news is that there are 3 tactics that work flawlessly.

Once I discovered these, my subscribers grew by 10,000 in about 15 months and this blog is now one of the top 0.7% most trafficked on the internet. I don’t say this to brag but instead to prove to you there’s a system that works.

Let’s dive in…

At the beginning of last year I had about 114 subscribers. Most were friends and family and the number hadn’t grown since I launched the blog a few years prior.

When I started my site I naively thought if I build it they will come. Turns out that doesn’t happen on the internet so much.

With the rare exception, you have to work your ass off to get people in front of your stuff. But you also have to focus on the right work.

Early last year I’d hit a crossroads: Either (sadly) shut this site down that clearly seemed to be going nowhere, or take it seriously and really see what’s possible.

I chose the latter.

That’s when I went to work. I studied every technique out there in search of the 80/20 solution to growing a blog. I literally spent dozens and dozens of hours reading every book and doing every course I could find. And then testing it out. Believe me there are a lot of things you can spend (read: waste) your time on. The problem is that hardly any of them are useful. You can mess with the best widgets, find new plugins, play on social networks. I did it all.

Almost all of it got me nowhere.

But then after testing everything, I found the holy grail. The 80/20 of growing a blog audience. I’d even call it the 95/5 – the top 5% of tasks that yield 95% of the results. And the best part about it is there are only 3 things to focus on.

After finding this 3-step formula, it was off to the races.

I get emails and requests almost daily from people who want my help or to hire me to teach them how to do the same.

I tell them the same three things every time. I sometimes feel badly charging for the guidance since it’s so simple, but as always the devil is in the details. The results speak for themselves and they’ve been consistent in every one of the dozens of people and case studies I’ve analyzed.

This post is going to cost me some consulting hours but I think it’s one of the most helpful things I could write for any of you looking to create a following for your cause.

Here’s a year snapshot of my site’s traffic:

1 year traffic

Here are a few stats to go with it:

  • Total visits April 2010: 1,097
  • Total visits April 2011: 17,230
  • Increase in monthly visitors: 14,700%
  • Subscribers on April 30, 2010: 114
  • Subscribers on April 30, 2011: 4,005
  • 12-month subscriber increase: 34,130%

Let’s talk about how you can do the same.

The only 3-Step Formula you’ll ever need to grow your blog by 4,000 in 12 months (or as big as you want):

1. Write insanely useful content.

Or as Corbett at ThinkTraffic likes to say, write epic shit. There is nothing more important than writing content that genuinely helps people. Did you hear that? Nothing. Seriously. Don’t convince yourself otherwise.

Find your voice. Speak from the heart. Be vulnerable. When people visit your site, they are going to make a very fast decision whether to stay or not. Your content has to keep them there.  They want to hear from you, not some generic top ten list generator.

Blow people’s minds. Tie in ridiculous personal experiences and stories – like how I worked out with Tim Ferriss or bought an engagement ring form Warren Buffett. Go out and have unique experiences and interact with passionate people and then bring it all back to your writing.

Always be helping. Think of the things your readers most need help with. What expertise do you have to help folks? Constantly be thinking of ways to help people with real problems and do it in unique ways. Start with your problems. You’re likely not alone.

Be dependable. Pick a writing and posting schedule and stick to it. Best to start with once a week and increase once you realize how much effort’s involved in a weekly post (good work takes serious time). Give your readers something to anticipate and expect on a schedule they can rely on.

Constantly practice. Every blogger is an artist. Good art takes time. The more writing you do, the better you’ll get at it. Learn about various post structures and headline techniques, vary your content. See what sticks. Find time to write everyday, even if it’s only a sentence or two. Pay attention to what your mentors in the space are doing. Notice how they write. Learn and apply it.

Your site has to be full of insanely useful shit. Simple as that. This is where it all starts.

2. Write guest posts (i.e. Write insanely useful content for other sites)

This is the game-changer. Having killer content on your site is the foundation where as this is how you turn on the fire hose. If you want new people to join your following, you have to get your insanely useful content in front of new people. The best and most consistent way to do this is by writing for other peoples’ sites (for those new to the scene, that’s what we call ‘guest posting’).

Potentially thousands more people will experience your work, and as a bonus the new inbound links will also help a ton with your Google rankings and online credibility. Most importantly, you’ll get to help more people with your content. That’s the key.

Become a guest posting machine. This is when it really clicked for me. Once I discovered guest posting I felt like I’d struck gold. I saw the value and committed to it. I wrote one guest post a week for months. I think I wrote 15 in the following two. My traffic absolutely took off. You can see a list of my recent guest posts here.

Sack up and start writing – stop putting it off! The funny thing is that I had been told guest posts were the answer for a couple months prior but I couldn’t work up the courage to start doing it. After all, it actually involves reaching out to people and pitching your work to others. That can be scary. And it was. Until I did my first two or three. Then the fear of asking turns into the excitement of being able to get your work out to a whole new world.

Start small. Reach out to people who have maybe twice your following. Pick sites that relate to your work. Look at their recent posts, check their comments and notice what their audience looks for.

Start pitching. Then write a short email mentioning your site and the idea you have for an article that would help their readers. Always focus on how you can help them and their readers. Everything comes back to that. List a few provocative headlines as possible topics. Mention any other sites you’ve written for with an example of your best work and send it out.

Write before you pitch. If you really want to nail it, write the whole article in advance and just attach it to the email so they know you mean business. They’ll get to see your stuff first hand, plus they’ll realize the massive effort you’ve already put in and be more likely to say yes. After all, it’s easy to ask in a three line email, but it’s a whole different show of effort to send over 1,000 of your best words. Stand out.

Customize to their site. Don’t write a generic post and try to pitch it to ten sites to see what sticks. You’re going to look like an idiot. Every post should be crafted to fit the message of the specific site’s readers and message. Show them you pay attention to their work. Worst case, they turn it down and you can repurpose it on your own site (but only if it hasn’t been published anywhere else–people nor Google like duplicate content).

Try sites out of your niche. If you’re a weight-lifting blog, don’t just focus on other fitness sites. That’s a good place to start but be sure to branch out into other categories. You’ll put your stuff in front of a whole different audience. Magical things can start to happen.

Start this week. There is a whole art behind guest posting and pitching and the best way to learn it is to start doing it. Seriously start this week. There is absolutely no reason to wait. Pitch and write at least one article in the next five days.

Leverage momentum. Maybe start with someone you know so you can ease the pressure. Do anything you can to start building the momentum. As you get more guest posts live, your credibility will build and more people will accept. Before long people will be offering you spots on their site without even having to ask.

People want you to write for them. This is not a one way street. Big bloggers are busy with all kind of projects. They’d love a great writer to take the load off their back for one of their weekly posts. Remember you are doing them a service. You are helping (likely saving them 5 or more hours!). We have to shift our psychology if we’re really going to get fired up for this (and in case you didn’t realize, being fired up is crucial!). You’re just giving them the chance to have you help out in a way only you can. Embrace it.

Trust the process. Realize that not every guest post you write will yield a ton of traffic, even from some of the big sites where you’d expect it. Don’t worry about it. Those are the exceptions. Stick to the process. You will get results. I’ve had single posts that have gotten me over 800 new subscribers in a matter of days. This stuff plain works.

Pay attention to those above you. Notice some of the top bloggers or the kick-ass up and coming guys like Tyler, BarrieMars or Steve. You see their work all over the place. It’s no coincidence they are growing like bamboo on steroids.

Why haven’t you taken this seriously yet? If you’ve been blogging for more that about a week, I know you’ve heard the guest posting drill. Then why aren’t you doing more of it? Commit right now to pitching a certain number of sites and writing a certain number of guest posts each week or month. Stick to it.

Create your dream list. Start making a list of sites you’d love to write for – from the smallest to the biggest in the world. Then start checking them off. You’ll likely get to write for all of them one day if you put your head down and get after it.

Prepare for the traffic. If you take this seriously, a lot of new people are going to be coming your way. At the least be sure you have a super easy way for them to subscribe (ideally using an email management program like Aweber – that’s what I use and others swear by it). Feedburner’s an ok place to start but is very limited. Put the subscribe box above the fold where it will catch the eye. Top right usually works well.

Give something away. Also offer something free for those who sign up. This can be as simple as a PDF of your top 10 or 20 posts. Just copy them to Word, format it a bit and save as PDF. It shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two and will likely increase conversion by 2x or 3x minimum (here’s a link to the free ebook I made in a few hours).

Don’t over think this stuff. Keep it simple and watch what happens.

Here’s what happened the day my guest post went live on Elance:

Elance

Here are a few stats to go with it:

  • Average daily visitors for two weeks prior: 94
  • Visitors on day post went live (July 27, 2010): 709
  • Average daily visitors for two weeks after: 234

3. Create genuine connections.

Hands down the best way to get the chance to write for other sites is by creating real-life connections with the people who own them.

People miss this one all the time. We forget that the online world is still run by real people. They want to connect. We all do. It’s time to get out from behind your screen and reach out.

Start thanking people. Make a point to send a note of thanks via twitter or email to people who’ve written content you enjoy. Be genuine with your praise.

Get face-to-face. Find virtual connections who live in your town and get together with them for tea or beers. Go out on workouts with them. Make real friends.

Link to people in every post you write. Links are the currency of the Internet. Start dishing them out like crazy.

Keep a list of people and their sites (use your guest post list from above) and try to link to at least a couple other sites in each of your posts. Be sure you’re linking to really useful content that your readers will enjoy and then do it often. Your readers will appreciate it. The other site will love it and people will start to notice you.

Tell people you mentioned them. Send a short note letting them know you linked to their article and thank them for giving you something awesome to link to. Don’t ask for anything in return. Just be generous.

Create a network. Find some people at a similar level and work together to link to each other’s work and build each other up. These relationships will be invaluable as you grow, create products and build your influence.

Notice how others connect. Look at some of your favorite blogs. How are people around you meeting up online or off. Perhaps they do webinars, tweet ups or interviews. Notice how often they link to others. People are doing it all the time. Corbett Barr and Pat Flynn seem to do it almost every week and they get a ton of vistors they would have never seen otherwise.

Interview people. Offering to interview someone on your site always makes folks happy and they’ll likely send their readers over to check it out.

Who are you more likely to link to? – an awesome site where you’re friends with the owner or an awesome site where you don’t even know the owner’s first name? Obvious I know. Start doing it.

The world, online and off, is run on personal interaction. I wrote a whole post purely on building world-class connections. Check it out.

Here’s what happened when Leo at ZenHabits decided to link to me one day:

ZenHabits Link

Here are a few stats to go with it:

  • Average daily visitors for two weeks prior: 363
  • Visitors on day linked post went live (December 6, 2010): 2,506
  • Average daily visitors for two weeks after: 620
  • New subscribers in 3 days after linked post going live: 920

4. Have a clear brand.

This is a little bonus. If you do the above three things you will grow faster than you could have ever imagined, (even if your core message is a little weak). But your brand still makes a huge difference and is very worth getting right. It also massively helps your chances of turning your blog into a business (in case that’s part of your plan).

Communicate how you want to help your readers. Are you making the value you’re offering to your readers crystal clear? The more obvious this is the easier it will be for them to explain your value to others, link to you and want to spend time with your stuff. It also makes anyone more likely to subscribe.

Take the time to nail a crystal clear brand message and design. It doesn’t have to be complicated and in-depth, just clear.

I’ve spent a ton of time on branding in the past few months to refine the way I communicate how I want to help all of you. I hope to have the rebranded site launched in the next couple weeks and cannot wait to share it with you. I’m seriously so freakin excited. Keep an eye out!

Warning: Hard work required.

Did you know that when Leo Babauta first started ZenHabits he did nearly 10 guest posts a week in addition to writing as many as 10 weekly posts on his own site? He did this for the whole first year. That’s twenty posts a week.

Think about that for a minute.

Most bloggers haven’t written 10 guest posts in their whole blogging career and most never will. Do you know how much work that is? Do you know how badly he must have wanted it to work that hard? As a result he had over 25,000 subscribers in his first year (and now has over 215k and is a Time Magazine top blog). He found what worked and gave it laser focus.

When I discovered the above formula, I dedicated 15 hours a week to making it happen. I didn’t write 20 posts each week but I did pick a number and didn’t let up. As a result, my passion, my blog, has now also become a sweet little business that helps thousands of people each week. I pinch myself every time I think about it.

How bad do you want it?

I’ve shared the above four steps with dozens of people so far and now many thousands in this post. The wild thing is do you know how many have taken the guidance to heart and put their head down to put it to use?

I could count on one hand.

It’s crazy how guaranteed these results are. This stuff is totally possible if you’re willing to put in the work. It is completely on you. The good news is not that many people are doing it. Don’t be one of them.

Time to start writing.

Have questions or success stories? I’m happy to answer any and all. Please ask them in the comments below.


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94 Responses to “The 3-Step Formula I Used to Get 10,000 Subscribers in 15 Months (the last web traffic guide you’ll ever need)”

  1. Talk about insanely useful—Scott, you have provided great info here at absolutely no charge. Excellent, excellent content. I have known for a while that guest posting is the way to go, but have yet to reach out and make an offer. Thanks for providing your info in such specific detail. You have given us a great road map to traffic, you need to go out and “Just Do It”….

    • Scott says:

      Awesome. That was just the point! This was the absolute most helpful thing I could think of writing and I’m so glad it’s sticking. The stuff flat works. Be sure to report back on your first guest post… and your 20th!

      • Patrick says:

        Scott,

        First and foremost, thank you for sharing this extremely valuable information. I just created a blog centered on helping people Learn Share and Grow. I launched in honor of my father’s 75 birthday. Please let me know what email I can send a blog post to you. I would Ike to guest blog on your site and discuss other sites that would take a newbie.

        Thanks again,

        Patrick Stephen

  2. Chris Stott says:

    Hi Scott,

    “the last resource you’ll ever need for getting your first few thousand subscribers to your blog”

    You killed that aim with this post. Problem is shiny object syndrome, and people wanting the latest tactics. I know I’m guilty of this.

    Therefore, point 5 should be : Take action. All you need is points 1-4. Go and do them!

    Cheers,

    Chris

    • Scott says:

      So true! You gotta stick to the simple, effective approach in everything. It’s so easy to get distracted. My point here was just the opposite–time to refocus on what matters!

  3. Well said, Scott. I find that consistency is key. I took a hiatus for way too many months this year (like 6!), but since starting over with building connections and doing for others, I’ve already increased my following and even started getting sales from the site, even without having posted anything new. This is the week I’m revamping the parenting site, switching over hosting, etc. I’ve put my writing schedule on the books. I’m constantly inspired for new topics almost daily, but now I’ll be consistently sticking to a regular schedule of getting it out there.

    Maria
    http://www.10MinuteParenting.com
    http://www.AdventuresInJumping.com

  4. Scott,
    Thank you so much! This is well written, immediately useful and is the perfect example of every point you make. You rocked it!

  5. This is great! Just what I was looking for as the ‘answer’ for growing my site. Thanks!

  6. Casey Berman says:

    Scott

    This is a great structure and set of easy to digest (baby) steps. Takes the mystery out of it – there is no magic bullet, just hard work, dedication, and enjoyment. Thanks again.

    Casey

    • Scott says:

      Just like we talked about on the phone last week. Our chat provided a great framework for this post. Thanks! See you out in SF soon…

  7. Brilliant Scott. You nailed it. We follow in your awesome footsteps.

  8. Ritu says:

    I used to think that the key to most things was an elusive secret that only a select few were privy to. Now that the internet that radically changed accessibility, those keys are not much of a secret.

    The secret is really, the application. Most of us know, few of us do.

    Thanks for putting it all on one page for us. Now, on to the doing . . . .

  9. Scott says:

    The ultimate quote to live by: “The secret is really, the application. Most of us know, few of us do.”

    Onward!

  10. Benny says:

    Talk about epic content. Wow!! Insane content. I’ll have to re-read it again. I need to jump start my guest post and this post gives me motivation. Thanks Scott!

  11. Scott says:

    Perfect. I can’t express how powerful guest posts are– have fun with it! Be sure to report back…

    Scott

  12. Kristin says:

    A wonderful post Scott as usual. Writing IS hard work, but if you want to be a blogger, you probably also have some mad, driven desire to write (so maybe not as hard as you might think). Just start.

    Fear can be a biggie especially when putting yourself out there has the potential for criticism. That fear can waste hours of writing time too – revising and revising to get it perfect. No writing really ever is perfect. So put something up that speaks to your heart and refine over time. Just start and I promise, at some point you’ll look back at something you wrote and think “actually that’s not too bad at all”. Just start now.

    • Scott says:

      Right on Kristin. I hear you on the fear of perfection. Leo of ZenHabits has a great trick of publishing the post very soon after he has a draft so that he has to work super fast to make any revisions. Pretty fun…

  13. Paula Bird says:

    Great stuff! So simple, as most terrific stuff is. I had not considered setting a “submission” goal, drawing up a prospects list, or keeping a tickler system. This makes sense! Now to take action. Thanks for sharing this advice! How about I put you on my prospects list and guest post for you? I’ll be contacting you soon.

    • Scott says:

      You really have to treat this like you would any big goal you’re going for. Measure and hold yourself accountable! As for GP on LYL, I have not yet started offering them but plan to in the months to come. Good luck with the writing!

  14. Anna says:

    Thank you for posting this article! It is very inspiring. My blog about living without refined sugars has quite some (Dutch) readers, but I would like to reach more so I can tell them about my experiences, inspire them, help them and read their stories (in replies to the articles). I’m inspired to write guestposts, I hadn’t thought about doing them, strangely. What seems most important to me is to always keep in mind why I am writing and sharing. Not to get readers, money, but to share my experiences, to inspire and get inspired.

    • Scott says:

      Exactly Anna. It all starts with sharing and helping. Do enough of that and good things will happen. Guest posts are just a way to share an help on a massively bigger scale ;)

  15. This post just came at perfect timing (found your blog through The Daily Brainstorm). I too am (was) at a crossroads with my blogs… do I put the effort in and continue or just let them go by the wayside and work on other projects? Your post gave me real hope, inspiration and the steps necessary to put my butt in gear and bring out the best I can. Thank you!

    • Scott says:

      Yeah!!! That’s what I’m talking about. Glad you decided to dive back in. Come back and report your progress in a few weeks!

  16. Sandy says:

    I *silently* knew all the points you talked in this post and you helped me to get enhanced with these golden rules again, thanks Scott :)

    I believe content always plays the 80% role, it is the king. Then comes marketing, which also contributes the key 20%.

    I like to always remind myself: create valuable stuff and connect with people genuinely :)

  17. Scott,

    This is a great post and I am happy that I came across it. I am currently working to build up my reader base and I am going to do what I can to do this and your advice is extremely helpful. I am at the point where I have to decide do I continue or move on. I think I will continue and work my ass off to build a more succussul sit.

    Jenn

  18. Matt Spaeth says:

    Thanks Scott. I just discovered your site because of your webinar with Corbett today and I’m glad I did! I appreciate the simplicity in which you outline these important techniques. I’ll definitely be coming back here to reference this post and more on your site.

    Matt

  19. Keith Clarke says:

    Scott,

    The timing of this post is perfect for me! So thank you. I am just starting my blog so the simple way you have laid this out is extremely helpful, and even more so, motivating.

    Keith

  20. Phenomenal post! Just what I needed. I’ve been growing my blog and it has some awesome content, just haven’t taken those next steps to really make it kickass, do guest posting and have my freebies up.

  21. Gabriel Bradly says:

    Scott, this information is worth $997 – probably even more given the time it will save my business.

    Thanks for the selfless generosity Scott.

  22. Yes, this post is still ‘out there’ and (more importantly) still doing the rounds. I’m inspired – thank you!

  23. Nina says:

    Bravo, Scott! Outstanding content; insanely usesul. Your generosity is much appreciated. Printed this out – timing is perfect for me…hugely motivating and inspiring! Gratefully, Nina

  24. elis says:

    dear Scott,

    I am really new on this internet marketing..pls dont smile. I start this by the time my business is broke and i m in serious debt. thats why i really need to learn it from you..:), hope you can give me a hand for me to stand up. And this your web is inspired me.

    Thank you and warm regards from Indonesia,elis

  25. Iris says:

    Thanks Scott. That was the kick in the pants and the clarity I needed.

    I’m launching my blog in 3 days (woooot). I really want this. So the action steps I’m going to take thanks to your inspiration are this: Write one killer article for my blog and decide on a day to post every week. Write and pitch one guest post every week.

    Thanks again, you got me all fired up!

    -Iris

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    Thanks for the resource. I appreciate it.

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    I love this article. My issue (and most likely why I’ve told myself that if I get to the gym I joined a month ago but haven’t gone to yet… TODAY; that I can sign up for the LYL course) is focus. I’ve known I lack focus since shortly after college.

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  37. Elise says:

    Oh my gosh, this formula has been staring me dead IN THE FACE for the last few months!

    I already have a crapload of connections that I am not at all utilizing in the way that would be successful for all of us.

    I also have upped my game in my content and will do more guest posting! (I slipped off the wagon there for a bit!)

    Thank you so much Scott!!

  38. Галина Беляева says:

    Pure awesomeness. Thank you, Scott! I guess I need to learn basics about writing guest blog posts.

  39. I kind of just discovered how valuable guest posts really are. At the moment, I have a handful of guest posts coming my way and a bunch of guest posts that I’m writing for others. And, man, is it a commitment! It’s a hell of a lot of writing. Not that I don’t have the ideas or the content, but it’s a long time to sit down and just write it all out.

    Grateful for this list. THANK YOU, beyond words, for sharing. So many insightful pieces of advice that I look forward to implementing in the coming months. I was saying to my family today that my dream is for Hay House to offer me a book deal and Huffington Post to feature me as a columnist. A girl can dream! (and make it happen). ;]

  40. Art Workshop says:

    Great article, just what I was looking for. Inspired me to write my first blog post. Just over 1000 words, didn’t know I had it in me! Now for guest blogging..

    Rory

  41. Pam Baglely says:

    I especially like your encouragement to thank people. I believe that thankfulness can open up an awareness of how we really do need each other. Also, your clear brand bonus has made me focus on how to label my niche.

  42. thank you so much Scott for demystifying the entire process! that was awesome! I am a PhD candidate and I am conducting research on self actualization. More specifically I am interested in the extent to which a society encourages the individuals’ desire to self actualize. And right after reading the 4 Hour Work Week, I instantly created the UNCON SCHOOL, an online interview based show for young academics that teaches skills that are relevant within and beyond academia: http://unconschool.com. Keep up the great work!

  43. Nemo says:

    I have just started blogging, i think imma a week old and thank the heavens that i watched your video on TedX. Really excited to learn and grow with all your great advice, thanks lots and God speed!

  44. Nicole says:

    This is such Awesome information and will really help me become a better blogger. Thank you so much for posting this!

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    Thanks to Nicole ( from professional slippers) for sharing this gem of an article on blogging. I am new to blogging and was feeling lost with all the information available around. I will retain this advice for a long time to come and try to follow as much as possible. Thanks a lot

  46. Jeffrey says:

    What a great list, thank you Scott. You suggest delivering epic content so in the name of that I would like to share my Affirmations for Transformation, excepted from my book in progress, Personal Policy. These tidy two-part thoughts have really helped me calm and focus my mind, take a look at http://policypillars.com/self-help-tools/life-skill-solutions/60-list-of-self-help-affirmations.html. Great luck to all who pull inspiration and guidance from your guidance. Jeffrey

  47. Tanita says:

    Hi Scott,
    Thank you for the post. But would you recommend the same strategy to people with English as their second language?

    Even though I can speak fluently I still make mistakes while speaking and writing.

    Thank you in advance for you reply,
    Tanita

  48. John vincent says:

    Hi Scott,

    It’s sunny here in the UK (that doesn’t happen much!), of course I’d like to think it’s always sunny in my mind  but…

    Guest blogging. Great idea.

    I’ve thought about that strategy for a while and seeing as its tropical hot outside I’ve decided to spend the day tomorrow writing insanely useful content for other sites… poolside at my members club (in between swimming in the pool).

    Great article,

    Thanks.

    John

  49. Jonny Blair says:

    Nice post here Scott – just came across it. It’s great information and I’m going to give them all a shot, although to be honest I’ve been doing most of this constantly on my travel blog, moreso in the last year but my blog began in 2007 and havent really increased that much or get many comments. I’m a real travellers (70 countries across all 7 continents in 10 years). I see some crap blogs put up a picture of a cat in a fridge (or something equally sh1t) and get about 5,000 likes etc. I put up a photo of me backpacking in Antarctica and nobody likes it. Long process but I hope after another 6 years I will have all those subsrcibers. I post every day on my blog, which you can find on google – it’s called Don’t Stop Living – a lifestyle of travel. Its the longest running one man travel blog on the internet and as well as tell my stories I tell everyone how easy it is to travel the world.

    Jonny

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  51. Hi Scott,
    You advised, above, that we should send an email to tell someone when we link to them in a blog post. So i am letting you know that i linked to Live Your Legend a few weeks ago in this post. http://www.aftermotherhoodwhat.com.au/80-of-people-hate-their-work-do-you/

    Thanks for your advice and inspiration.

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  52. I’ve plateaued; my subscribers have not increased much in the past couple of months and I found your honest and direct approach to be very inspirational. I’ve guest blogged and found that not to be very helpful but, again, you have inspired me to go “after the big dogs” and connect with them. Thanks so much.

  53. Write insanely useful content and then lead by example! Nicely done! I literally started a blog just this weekend and can’t wait to get going. I know that reading this early will help tremendously. Thank you!
    It’s awesome what you,Chris Guillebeau, Tim Ferris, Brendon Burchard and everyone else are doing for people. (I’m discovering new stellar folks every day. After I post this, I’ll going to ZenHabits.com)
    Seeing what all of you have accomplished and finding more constantly is reshaping how I view my life and world around me. Its all so positive. Keep it up!

  54. This has to be one of the best articles I’ve seen on this subject. I think many bloggers and website owners are looking for the silver bullet for traffic when it’s really all about targeted consistent work to provide amazing content that your audience is seeking.

    I need to get back to writing now. :)

  55. Anthea says:

    Hot Damn! Great actionable advice – thank you! I have a bricks and mortar business (that I love) but the idea of writing 20 blogs per week is calling… (and actually sounds like music to my ears) that’s how much I want it :-). Thanks again Scott.

  56. Deb says:

    Great article/blog. Much appreciated. I also appreciate the hard work you put in.

    I am literally about to launch my site, helping people who are unhappy, confused, dis-connected gain access to their own truth and wisdom. I have 17 blog posts written and I have 4 interviews/podcasts done. If I post them all there will be lots of content on the site but no comments from anyone as I literally have no list. So what would you recommend, put 3 blog posts up and send out my launch to me facebook/linked in/twitter and groups I belong to – start the list and then start making public the other posts weekly/ twice weekly? I hear many mixed messages one post a week as long as it is a good one is better than lots of posts that are not so good etc – staring out would it be better to send out 2 or 3 week to build the content on the site.

    Thanks so much

    Deb

  57. Heidi says:

    Great to be here! I found you in Jonathan Fields Good Life Projects amazing work!

  58. Jenny Spring says:

    Fabulous advice. I especially like the idea of guest blogging and giving out free advice to people.

    Thanks for posting this.

  59. Mary says:

    This was a great post.

    I admit, I have a great fear if writting a guest post. Of course, My sites are not authority sites yet. What does one need to become “worthy”?
    Thanks Mary

  60. Bev Hepting says:

    At last. someone who has given me straight forward, easy to understand advice to get traffic. No bull**** and honest advice to work hard and just write. I love this site. Just found it. Am trying to get my site up and running, so any feedback gratefully received and now have to get on and produce my athentic product that comes from my heart.
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    Thanks again :-)
    I’m at the beginning of my road and I think I’ve read this post more than 10 times already. It’s all clear.
    There’s one thing, though.
    I get it you’re a blog star hanging out with other uber bloggers, but I think normal people could use a little less mindblowing and intimidating examples (Buffet, etc.) The scale makes them kinda hard to follow.

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  66. Jackie says:

    This post is so useful, it has really given me some motivation to start a YouTube channel for teaching Spanish.

  67. Awesome post! Just recently got started in this online marketing world about 3 mos. ago. For the past weeks, I have been getting started and trying to start my website up (which is soon to be launched). Anyways, its been the past week, where I’ve started to begun shit. And everything that you say, is right on track to getting started. I am gathering my info first, and then hopefully this week (or maybe beginning of next) I’ll start the process of writing, writing, writing, and being a fizzler myself, hopefully create some EPIC shit. So thanks for this post. Its really great, and I am so interested in exploring more in your website.

  68. Jeff Halligan says:

    Scott, absolutely wonderful content as usual. 1 quick thing, with Reporter Connection going away, Is there any other service for bringing Blogs and writers together in a similar fashion?

    thanks in advance,
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  69. Bev says:

    Love this. At last someone who talks my language, does not throw BS at me and allows me to be a genuine (if at this moment poor) business woman.
    Thank you. Looking forward to the Live your Legend event in Bristol.

  70. Amanda Wilder says:

    Hi Scott, Great post, and very inspiring. I’m just curious; Is there a reason you don’t reference more women in your blog posts? I see examples of successful men, and quotes from men, which are great, but very little from women. Is your target just not women and that’s why? I notice a lot of women clearly writing just for women. Is it better to target a gender generally?

    Thanks for sharing and everything you do.

    Amanda

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  77. Kelly Winter says:

    Wow Scott, I am inspired. I have been keeping my writing in a ‘drawer’ because I have been intimidated – why I have no idea, I am pretty darn good! I am going to figure out a consistent writing schedule and fine tune my brand. Then on to guest posting! Thanks so much for your great resources, I am soaking them up like a sponge!

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  79. Zoe Zuniga says:

    thanks for the great article. It gave me ideas about who to write for. I like the idea of not having to stay within my niche market but go out and write for people in tangential markets that might relate and get me new types of audience.
    This is so simple and I love to write. I made a list of blogs to contact and a list of articles to write now to get to work.

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