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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