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How to Not Get the Friends and Family Kind of Blog Traffic

Need More Traffic to your Blog? What are you doing to bring in the traffic at the moment?

While hopping and checking through a group meant for bloggers on Facebook, I came across a question that’s made me write this post.

A member explained how she’s been blogging for almost 3 months now and get only 5-50 views per day meanwhile she’s participated in different blogging groups, write at least twice a week, and shared her contents on Social Media but still yet get the Family and Friends Traffic.

This is very common to New Bloggers: Definitely traffic is the life of any blog Why? Its where the income lies.

A blog without traffic is like a hidden treasure in cyber space. Starting a blog is not hard, but maintaining and running the blog is where the work is, however quality posts should not be left out.

But hey;

You can’t publish quality posts and expect visitors to start flooding in

When I started my blog newly around 2014, Publishing quality posts was not the problem, traffic was.

What is the Friends and Family Blog Traffic?

Just as the title implies, It’s the kind of traffic that tends to bring in only little visitors probably those around you, your family, friends, folks etc.  This Kind doesn’t convert, its categorized as not traffic at all!

What a discouragement, when you check your blog stats only to see 5-50 page views? But not anymore with this Post.

You are going to learn the various no-fail ways you can start pulling traffic to your blog and get rid of  the Friends and Family Kind.

Lets dive into this long-awaited methods you can use to grow your blog traffic.

1. Promote other Bloggers

This is the most important part of this methods.

There are a lot of other practical tips that can help you build your blog traffic however one of the best ways you can get the exposure you so desire for your Blog is to actually promote other bloggers in your niche.

How do you Promote other Bloggers?   

Visit their Blogs

As much as you need more traffic so do other blogs need you too, Visit their blogs regularly and make sure to make it known to them that you are around by:

Leaving your Comments, read the posts and add quality comments. This way you are helping grow their blog’s community.

Get up and Start Blog Commenting

Make it a habit to Leave at least 20-30 Comments Daily and Tweet the articles: When you tweet people’s articles they get notification.

They do same to yours! That way you need not worry about traffic anymore.  All you need do is comment and tweet their Posts, Build relationship using that Medium with both the Blog Authors and their Readers.

That’s what Pros used to get traffic and not just traffic (Targeted and Potential Traffic)

How do you Find Blogs to Comment on?

You could easily get more commenting opportunities when you click-through each of other comments on the blog.

That way you land on the Readers’ blogs and leave more comments and build more

  • Relationship with the Author/Readers
  • Traffic
  • Exposure for your Blog

2. Do not Rely on Social Media Traffic But Use it (Wisely)

 don't rely on social media traffic

Did you know Facebook went down few days ago? It was huge that got everyone pondering on twitter.

Sharing your Posts on Social Media is OK but Putting one’s all eggs in one basket is one of the biggest mistakes that’s always made and one of the reasons you get the Friends and Family Blog Traffic.

Sure, Facebook and other social media network has helped a lot and still helping.

However it should not be seen as the only good network for blog promotion and growth.

Just like any other Social Media Network, they could crash any time, any day.

So what happens if they do?

Spend more time doing blog hopping instead!

Sharing on Social Media might not be so effective at times!

I once had that mindset:

-Write a Post

– Publish

– Share on Social Media

– Relax

That method doesn’t work, it can’t give you repeat traffic

So what works?

– Write and Publish your Quality Posts

– Help promote others Posts through your Commenting,  Sharing and Tweeting (Blog Hopping)

3. Answer Questions on Quora

You are an expert in what you are good at. Ever heard of Quora?

Quora.com is a community of users, a question and aswer website.

Quora is a place to gain and share knowledge.  It’s a platform to ask questions and connect with people who contribute unique insights and quality answers. – Quora

Is a big source of traffic if you add quality answers, you can link back to your blog as reference (Not spamming)

Start Answering 3-5 questions daily on Quora.

So the tricks Is all about building your friend network and you’d see the results (what you have achieved so far)

4. Don’t forget to Build Email List

Turn every visitor into a subscriber that’s the only way they won’t get to forget your Blog when they leave the first time.

My Blogging Buddy Ryan Biddulph of Blogging from Paradise says “Email List Traffic is Instant)  you write a post and email it to your subscribers, the next minute Boom Traffic.

You can easily use the free Mailchimp Email Marketing Tool for building your email list, here is a full guide.

When you build your list from scratch, you can keep your blog visitors and get them coming more often whenever you have any new post for them.

5. Write for Blogs in your Niche

This is the last on the list but an effective way of getting your blog exposed to larger audience from different parts of the world.

It’s also known as guest posting: You help contribute quality to other blogs’ contents  and in return, you build a relationship with both the readers and authors.

This means more traffic to your blog.  You need to take advantage of guest posting.

Practice these daily and you’d definitely not need worry about traffic anymore.

Take Action Immediately, when it works for you, keep repeating and it becomes a part of you.

Wrapping Up!

Following these tips I just shared with you, I’ve been able to grow my blog and still growing it on a daily basis.

Use it to your Success.

Your Turn

Are there other tips you feel should be added to the post? Do share your thoughts in the comment section.

About The Author:

Prosper NoahProsper Noah is the Founder of Tips On Blogging When it comes to Growing a Blog, he’s the best in the game. His tips have helped a lot of people start and manage their own Blogs.

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  1. Thanks Kumar for this Great Opportunity to interact and share some tips with your readers

  2. Hi Propser, Well I came over here from your email since I’m signed up and wow, I was surprised to find myself mentioned here, thank you 🙂
    You do bring up good points about how to increase your blog traffic. I love reading other blogs and commenting on them along the way. It really is a great way to generate more traffic and interest in your own blog. Plus you learn what others may need – and finding that need helps you create more content. It’s a great wheel to be on 🙂
    I don’t think my family and friends offline read my blog – they don’t seem to know what I’m talking about when I start explaining what I do online. They sort of have that glazed look on their faces – LOL.
    Thanks Prosper and have a fabulous Friday!

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for visiting Kumar’s blog, glad you loved the article.

      Sure, Offline Family and friends at times don’t seem to get what you say and do not even want to hear you explain Hehe

      Thanks for taking the time to share and add to the conversation.
      Do have a nice day!

  3. Really great article man. Traffic has been a major problems for my blog and because i have not much of a time to spend with it. I really don’t like the fact that when I publish an article, I only get few numbers of pageviews. But I’d like to work on that with this few tips. Thanks a lot

    • Hey Mudashiru,

      Sure, I once faced the issue of traffic too!

      However you should focus mainly on targeted page views/traffic as they tend to convert the most.
      Do practice the tips on this post and share your results.

      Have a nice day

      PS: Don’t forget to share with friends.

  4. I agree with you prosper, interactive with the fellow bloggers can result in good for both of them. Doesn’t matter if he/she is a well-known blogger or a starter, midlevel. Interact with everyone, spread the love with your valuable comments. You never know, when they can become a big fish in the industry.

    And when it comes to Quora, this is one of the best sources of free traffic, but yes need to be done properly and provide some value to the readers to get maximum results. Don’t just answer for traffic, answer for solve the questions, traffic will follow. Link back once or twice to your site, not more than that. Too many links won’t get the same results.

    Thanks Prosper for providing a valuable post at Vishwajeet Blog!


  5. Prosper sure you are a genus in the game. Keep the good work going

  6. Thanks grace for the kind words.

    Glad to see you on Kumar’s Blog.
    Do share the post with friends and have a nice day!

  7. Thanks Kumar for this Great Opportunity to interact and share some tips with your readers. appreciated it.

  8. I consider social media, tho I have never used quora for traffic, how much traffic are your able to gain from quora? thanks for the info.

    • Sure Pranav,

      Social Media is cool for traffic but having other source of traffic is always ok!
      You can drive as much traffic from quora, it all depends on your activeness and quality answers.
      Have a nice day pranav

  9. Really Enjoyed reading this article. Nice post you have here Prosper

  10. wow what a great post. I just love the way you represent it. It will help me alot in future.

  11. Hi Prosper,

    That was a smart one from you. Keep it up.


  12. I got too bored today…
    But since I’ve Interested in your blogpost..Saved in Pocket Application.

    So I went reading over it.. and amazingly read about 70% content..becoz that amazing engaging content.

    Thanks for your valuable content.

  13. Hello Prosper,

    Interesting topic and a engaging content good reading session,i would surely suggest this post to someone who is really spending more time on their website traffic. Even i have learnt some tips is well, thanks for the content Prosper. Applause:)

  14. true.. being professional blogger do good job rather than friendly or family type job,sometime this kind of traffic distract from the topic.. nicely written post

  15. Hi Prosper a really good article.
    I am a new blogger and i am facing the same issue as i am not able to get good traffic.
    I have been posting on quora too.
    Can you please suggest some more question answering websites apart from quora?
    A really good and helpful article though.
    thank you

    • Hey Pavit,

      Sure there are many question answering websites another is yahoo Answers

      Getting traffic really depends on the quality of your answers and activeness..

      Also try to answer questions with massive answers already, that way you get more exposure to your answer and that means more traffic!

      Always go with the aim of adding quality not just for traffic!

      Have a nice day!

  16. Hi Prosper and Vishwajeet,

    Great article and I love all these tips. I had no clue that Facebook went down a few days ago. (where have I been?)

    I totally agree that we shouldn’t put all our eggs in one traffic method. I love using Pinterest for my blog and right now that’s my biggest traffic referrer.

    However, I don’t want all my traffic coming from one place. That’s why I spend time blog hopping and guest posting.

    I totally agree, commenting on other bloggers blog and sharing their articles is a great way to get love back. I love blog hopping and it’s definitely helped me meet some amazing bloggers that I now consider my blogging friends.

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us, I know that they will help so many of us improve our blog traffic.

    Have a great day 🙂


  17. thanks for reading this article. I need these tips for my blog. really it’s very helpful for new bloggers.

  18. Impressive Prosper,
    This are very detailed and valid points you shared on getting real blog readers instead of friends and family types. I’d comment that email list also have a great conversion in every aspect of blogging and it helps a lot. Keep up the good work dear

  19. All good to know Harsh. Gotta keep your mobile game tight in this day and age. My developer shored things up on mobile about 1 year ago to the day, when he launched my current day theme.

  20. Really great and helpful post you have got here Prosper.

    With this awesome tips, newbie bloggers can start having good time seeing their blogs moving forward.

    ~Sylvester Chidi

  21. Thanks For the Post. Its a very useful. I am going to use those methods for sure. Keep up the good work

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