How to Get Thousands of Visitors and User Sign-ups in a Day

by Jason Acidre on April 21, 2011 · 24 comments · Social


Today was quite an exciting day – mainly because I was already excited to write this post up just after waking up. What I think I felt this morning was destiny talking to me directly.

I guess the perfect way to begin this short story is to start off with how the day started. My morning routine is not quite unusual; it usually starts with me going online on Skype, checking my mail, my new Twitter account, my blog’s dashboard and smoking my first stick of the day.

Everything seemed to be normal, until I checked my blog’s stats, where I was like whoa, when I saw the spike in traffic. Then I immediately checked my Google Analytics’ dashboard (don’t be amazed yet, it’s not the real bait of the story, because I didn’t really received thousands of traffic in a day).

Note: Morning here is late afternoon/nighttime in the states.

Flashback

2 days ago, I published a new blog post about buying links ethically (a fairly contradicting title isn’t it) and I really didn’t expect it to be as popular as it has gotten now. After publishing the content, what I only did was just to submit it on SERPd (no other user has voted for it except for me) and to share it on Twitter (Kristi Hines got to tweet it first actually, before me).

Luckily, one of Sphinn’s editors, Julie Joyce, was able to see my content and published it right away on Sphinn. I was getting good traffic from Sphinn on the very same day I published that post, but not as plenty as today’s. That blog entry was also featured on MediaPost – managed to acquire 2 good natural links in 2 days.

Why I decided to write this post

This morning, while testing the upcoming Traffic Travis v4 (it’s part of my work at Affilorama) – which has solid new features that you should definitely check out and it’s going to launch early next month – I accidentally (not really) saw a tweet by Justin Briggs (tweeting while at work, tsk tsk) about how iDoneThis.com drive 25,000 new visitors and got 4,500 user sign-ups in a day, which really caught my attention.

Twitter Justin Briggs

I’ve read the entire entry and was shocked with the method they have used to successfully achieve that huge amount of sign ups through one link, seriously, 1 incoming link from a short review of them posted on Lifehacker courtesy of How To Geek as the source of the story, which they have originally contacted/requested in making a review of iDoneThis.

Reading that entry from iDoneThis’ blog was an out-of-body experience; a whispering voice telling me that I had to share this. I was virtually compelled to write about it.

How to Get Thousands of Traffic in a Day

Produce content that is newsworthy.

Content is king, again (yeah, we are all getting tired of that line, but it’s hard to deny the truth). Create content with the main intent of being very eligible to be shared or aggregated by absolute authority news sites that have thousands of daily visitors. With that kind of output is certain to be a strong foundation to any content marketing campaign, seeing as it proposes high value that is very much commendable to any form of exchange.

Engage and network with sites/people that have influential audiences.

Like the 2 stories I have shared above, getting social with people in your industry who have influential followers can get your own stories a long way. Kristi is a very influential blogger who has a lot of influential followers. When she tweeted my post, it landed on the front page of Sphinn. iDoneThis requested to be reviewed by How To Geek, what happened next? They got to LifeHacker’s front page.

Know the big fishes.

It’s very important to know your main targets – the big players in your industry – and observe how they interact with their relationships. These targets can be:

  • The top and most active users (in your industry) on social voting sites such as Reddit, Digg and Wikio. Observe how they get on front pages of these voting sites.
  • Editors and contributors on authority and high traffic news sites (ex. Lifehacker, TechCrunch, Mashable, Sphinn, etc…). Get their contact details.
  • Social media influencers in your field. Follow them.
  • Blogs that have thousands of subscribers.
  • And your possible connections to them. Get in touch with them.

Be fearless in doing cold-emails.

If you are confident with your site/product/content and you think that it truly deserves the link, then have faith in it. Don’t be afraid to make contact with significant people and send email requests for a review, since you have already increased your success rate by believing in your own creation.

Advantages:

  • It gets your content in front of their thousands of influential audiences.
  • Enhances your chances of acquiring more natural editorial links.
  • Develops a good brand for your site (getting featured on those absolute authority sites can surely boost your online reputation).

Call to Action

What’d you get done today? That is the question that iDoneThis will be asking you every end of your day if you sign up there (for free). It’s a free email service that enhances your productivity everyday as they collect each response you give and will constantly remind you of what you have previously achieved to further motivate you.

What I have done today? I’ve tested the new version of Traffic Travis (that’s coming out very soon), written this entry, and I signed up for the free service of iDoneThis.

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Image Credit: Digirazi

Jason Acidre

Jason Acidre is Co-Founder and CEO of Xight Interactive, marketing consultant for Affilorama and Traffic Travis, and also the sole author of this SEO blog. You can follow him on Twitter @jasonacidre and on Google+.

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Dennis Edell@ Direct Sales Marketing April 21, 2011 at 6:06 am

Now there’s a service that will open some eyes. I’m a little afraid to sign up myself. lol

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Kaiserthesage April 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

hahaha I was afraid as well, but thought that it may perhaps be worth trying :) I found it great actually, I’ll be checking my calendar next week to see how much I had accomplished this week.

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Dennis Edell@ Direct Sales Marketing April 27, 2011 at 7:51 am

Keep us posted on it, let us know how well you think it’s workin’ for ya, etc.

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TrafficColeman April 21, 2011 at 6:54 am

Doing is doing..put in that hard work pays off..you just need to be consistent with it..

“Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

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Kristi Hines@Blog Marketing April 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Going to have to check out that service and see if I can write the longest tally list ever on it! Great post about how you got the traffic volume, and I’m glad I beat you to the first post tweet. Not sure if it contributed to getting on Sphinn except in the someone tweeted me and the right person saw it, but I’m glad to have been in the chain! :)

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Kaiserthesage April 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm

haha, I know that you are a very busy person Kristi, you’ll be filling that list with accomplishments everyday – that is for sure. I’m personally excited to see how much work I’m able to fulfill each week, since I’m not really that organized with my to-do list (I just tend to focus on the tasks that need to be prioritized first).

I’m sure that you were the head of that chain :) Thanks Kristi!

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Justin Germino April 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Another way to is to find the big “facebook fanpages” of these sites, like them and then you are free to post on their wall, if you provide good two way engagement and interaction you can get some notice out of it. Good tips and I haven’t used Sphinn in a long time (don’t really write articles to that target niche) but should here and there.

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Kaiserthesage April 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

That’s indeed a fine idea Justin. Though I think most popular fanpages doesn’t approve links to be posted on their pages or sometimes they do charge for those links to be shared.

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Jack @ budget web hosting April 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

But I prefer google search visitors instead of other ways. I don’t know why i Don’t Like visitors except of google searches!

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Kaiserthesage April 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I prefer traffic from search as well, as they have higher conversions and obviously in need of the information/your content.

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Goran @ Black Hat Source April 23, 2011 at 3:43 am

Great idea but as Dennis said I am a little afraid to sing up as well. It will just show me how lazy I am and I don’t need another “person” beside my wife to tell me that every day lol

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lawmacs April 24, 2011 at 2:37 am

Thanks Jason this post just echo my belief that networking is a great way of getting noticed hey by the way i have always been looking at traffic travis but never paid much attention will have a look Thanks for the information have a great week end.

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jason@Car Insurance April 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

getting traffic to my blog has been very difficult, I will try these techniques and I hope fir better results

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charlene@LA insurance May 2, 2011 at 3:32 am

Be Fearless!! I will always forever remember this Kaiserthesage! I guess that’s the problem with me… I’m not that confident to take risks! Maybe, it’s time for me to have courage and step out from the dark.

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Louie Royupa Sison May 3, 2011 at 12:55 am

Hey Keiser,

Thanks for the story. I never really read long stories but I enjoyed yours :) By the way, thanks for visiting my site the other day.

Regards,
Louie Sison

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Walter May 31, 2011 at 8:55 am

Great post, Jason. I’d love to hear about how your experience with iDoneThis is going.

Thanks for the plug, too!

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Katherine Mehraban@sortflix May 31, 2011 at 11:10 am

Great article, good details! One thing I might add to folks who are really looking for huge spikes in traffic is to make sure your servers, or your internet provider/web host, etc. can handle the increased traffic too. As our businesses grow, (and traffic) our investment (expense) grows too. May be seems like common sense but you need to check what program you are on and be ready to scale up fast (uh, that means pay more money quickly) if the traffic increases substantially above the threshold. Of course that is a nice problem to have, but not nice if you cannot pay immediately for the increase. What else can you live without if you are tightly budgeted? Just giving you a heads up as we have had to do this three times now, and for bootstrapped startups, well it is an art to balance the budget!

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Geoff May 31, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Hi Jason,
I noticed you mentioned Traffic Travis 4, would you care to comment further on your experience with that software, I was really put off by the look and feel of it, and also what seems to be the endless AMAZING reviews which just felt paid for! imho. – So any impartial opinion about the tool would be appreciated.

Geoff.

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Andrew Walker June 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Very interesting, Jason. I will always aware of the big fish. Just like Geoff, I am waiting for your comment regarding Traffic Travis 4. Thanks a lot.

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Charlotte June 9, 2011 at 7:25 am

It doesn’t matter how many times you say content is king no one listens. A well crafted piece of content will get you more traffic and links than all your linkbuilding methods combined. Yet people see it as too difficult so don’t bother.Oh well, that just makes it easier for the rest of us.

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Mark @ TheBitBot Organic SEO & SEM Blog June 12, 2011 at 5:49 am

Kaiser,

I noticed that you mentioned Traffic Travis in you post as I was reading through it.

What is your opinion of this product?

Also, with respect to your other points. news make great linkbait as you pointed out. I have been seeing that point a lot lately. Nice writeup.

Mark

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primepost July 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm

there are loads of websites that do traffic but just how legit they are remains a mystery

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Murray@PLR Articles September 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Knowing people goes a long way and takes a long time to get into that circle of trust but it really does wonders, like you said, about traffic.

What I’ve been doing, since launching my blog, is to build up network connections with other writers. Just recently I saw something awesome – a forum post about articles popped up and a friend swooped in to make a recommendation for my work – I was completely blown away. Since then, I’ve gained a bit more traction and so things are starting to roll out the door no problem.

Moral of the story: If you help others, they start to help you. In time, your reputation grows and then you get on the radar of the authority leaders.

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