101 Essential Traffic-Building Resources

  • April 7, 2010 by Corbett Barr
  • 33 Comments

101 essential traffic-building resources

The web is full of resources that can help you attract readers and customers to build a popular site. You just need to know where to look. Over the years these 101 resources have been my favorites for building website traffic. Here they are (in no particular order). Enjoy!

If you have any resources that I missed for this list, share ‘em in the comments.

    Articles

    The kind of kick ass posts you refer back to time-and-time again.

  1. How to Build a High-Traffic Web Site (or Blog) (Steve Pavlina)
  2. How to get traffic for your blog (Seth Godin)
  3. How I Really Built a Blog with 6,500 Subscribers (ViperChill)
  4. 101 Ways to Build Link Popularity (SEOBook)
  5. 101 Great Posting Ideas That Will Make Your Blog Sizzle (Start Blogging Online)
  6. Use These 10 Tips to Write Your Most Popular Post Ever (Daily Blog Tips)
  7. 10 Effective Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers (Copyblogger)
  8. How to Build a High-Traffic Blog Without Killing Yourself (Tim Ferriss)
  9. 10 Remarkably Effective Strategies for Driving Traffic (SEOMoz)
  10. 17 Traffic Building Tips from Some of the World’s Most Popular Bloggers (Think Traffic)
  11. 55 SEO Experts Reveal 3 Favourite Link Building Tools (Clambr)
  12. 45 Blog Post Ideas That Always Generate Buzz (The Future Buzz)
  13. 3 Ways to Get More Subscribers for Your Blog (Problogger)
  14. Building Traffic to Build Your Fan Club (Copyblogger)
  15. 21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic (SEOMoz)
  16. 10 Tips For Content Marketing Success (Top Rank Blog)
  17. How We Killed Social Media (IttyBiz)
  18. 50 Ways To Take Your Blog to the Next Level (Chris Brogan)
  19. 21 Tips for Getting 500 Subscribers in 90 Days with No Blogging Experience (Free Pursuits)
  20. Blog Project: 30 Traffic Generation Tips (Daily Blog Tips)
  21. Building Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape (Gary Vaynerchuk)
  22. 14 Ways to Make Your Blog Get Real Attention (Forbes)
  23. Usability 101: Introduction to Usability (Jakob Nielsen)

    Measurement

    What good are traffic-building resources if you can’t measure the results?

  24. Google Analytics — the industry standard in web analytics
  25. Clicky — real-time web analytics
  26. Google Website Optimizer — website split testing and optimization tool
  27. Feedburner — RSS feed tracking
  28. Alexa — competitive traffic metrics
  29. Compete — another competitive traffic metrics service
  30. Technorati — blog influence rankings
  31. Split Test (A/B) Calculator — quick A/B test decision maker

    Blogs

    The very best blogs that focus on building great content, attracting customers or readers and building popular sites.

  32. Copyblogger — copywriting and content marketing strategies
  33. Skelliewag — for bloggers, freelancers, lovers of the internet and entrepreneurs
  34. ViperChill — viral marketing
  35. Gary Vaynerchuk — brash wisdom and inspiration
  36. The Future Buzz — digital marketing, social media & online PR
  37. Dosh Dosh — internet marketing
  38. Problogger — blog tips to help you make money online
  39. Chris Brogan — community and social media
  40. Top Rank Blog — online marketing
  41. Chris Garrett — new media
  42. Alertbox — current issues in web usability
  43. Daily Blog Tips
  44. Smashing Magazine — web design inspiration
  45. TwiTip — Twitter tips
  46. Social Media Examiner — social media guide
  47. IttyBiz — small business marketing
  48. Signal vs. Noise — design, usability and more

    Books and Reports

  49. 279 Days to Overnight Success (Chris Guillebeau)
  50. 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (Darren Rowse)
  51. Authority Rules (Brian Clark)
  52. Getting Real (37signals)

    News and Forums

  53. Sphinn — Internet marketing news & discussion forums
  54. WarriorForum — Internet marketing forum
  55. phpBB — create your own forum
  56. StackExchange — create your own Q&A site like StackOverflow

    Social Media

    The biggest social media sites for building traffic.

  57. Twitter
  58. StumbleUpon
  59. Facebook
  60. YouTube
  61. Digg
  62. Delicious
  63. Google Buzz

    Widgets and Plugins

  64. ShareThis — a sharing widget for your site
  65. Sexy Bookmarks — a WordPress bookmarking plugin
  66. DISQUS — advanced discussion system
  67. MyBlogLog — connect with your readers

    Search Engine Marketing (SEO) & Link Building

    When you want more traffic from the search engines, these resources will get you there.

  68. SEOMoz — SEO blog and tools
  69. Search Engine Land — SEO blog and tools
  70. SEOBook — SEO blog, tools and training
  71. WordTracker — web-based keyword research
  72. Micro Niche Finder — desktop keyword research
  73. Scribe — SEO copywriting tool
  74. Google Webmaster Tools — what Google thinks of your site

    Connecting With Other Bloggers

  75. Blog Engage — social network for bloggers
  76. My Blog Guest — a community for guest blogging
  77. The ProBlogger Community — a place where bloggers to come together

    Article Marketing

    Write articles for these other sites to gain traffic and build links.

  78. Squidoo
  79. Ezine Articles
  80. eHow
  81. Go Articles

    Blog and Copywriting Services

  82. Remarkablogger — blog consulting
  83. Men With Pens — copyrwriting, content creation and design
  84. The Launch Coach — for product launches that get noticed
  85. Blog Critique from Chris Garrett — Chris will find ways to improve your blog

    Advertising

    When you can afford to pay for traffic, here are some places to go.

  86. StumbleUpon Advertising
  87. Google Adwords
  88. Facebook Advertising
  89. PRWeb — for breaking news

    Other Tools and Resources

    Other tools for traffic-building productivity.

  90. TweetDeck — awesome client software for Twitter
  91. WriteRoom — clear the distractions and write great copy
  92. su.pr — url shortener, analytics and more from StumbleUpon
  93. MailChimp — mailing list management (some prefer AWeber or GetResponse)
  94. Toodledo — make better use of your time
  95. Woothemes — great looking and affordable WordPress designs
  96. Polldaddy — quickly build surveys and polls for your site
  97. ClickBank — find affiliates to sell your digital products
  98. Creative Commons — the license that improves sharing
  99. Flickr — find gorgeous images to use on your site
  100. CSS Gallery List — share your design with hundreds of sites
  101. Scribd — share documents, books, presentations, etc.

Do you have a resource we missed? Leave a comment and let us know!

Inspiration for this list: FreelanceSwitch’s 101 Essential Freelancing Resources

Written by . Corbett is cofounder of Fizzle, a place for creative entrepreneurs, writers, makers, coders and artists, all working to support themselves doing what they love independently on the Internet. Follow Corbett on on Twitter.


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ChristiaanH - Mind the Beginner April 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Not exactly resources but great ways to get more traffic:

102: Make a huge listpost with links to other sites. Links are the currency of the internet after all and will get you noticed

103: Comment on other blogs, making sure your blogname and url are in your name. Creating your own backlinks that way.

A great post again Corbett, this will take some time to get through. A side note however is that a lot of bloggers get stuck in reading about how to do things or as Seth puts it “Learning the tricks of the trade” and not actually “learning the trade”

There comes a time when you’re so saturated with information that you actually know everything you need to create a great blog/website/trafficstream/side-income. At that moment you need to realize that reading more about it will not get you any closer to your goal. You’ll just have to extract the essentials from the mountains of info you have and apply them.

In the end it comes down to a few things:
1. Offer great (inspiring, unique, insightful, honest) value
2. Get noticed
3. Get noticed even more
4. Repeat 1 through 3 as often as you can

Corbett Barr April 8, 2010 at 10:18 am

Yeah, Christiaan, I think building traffic is one of those things that takes a few months to learn (if you know where to look), and a lifetime to master. The problem is most people give up before mastering it because they don’t see enough results.

I disagree a little about the value of continually reading about the topic. It’s true, you should learn the trade instead of the “tricks of the trade,” but regularly reading about something you’re trying to learn can provide more value than just tricks (like motivation, for instance).

Tinh April 8, 2010 at 12:42 am

Wow, this is such a huge list and it needs a lot of time for compiling. Great job! It will take me a month to read them all, anyway, thanks very much

Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot April 8, 2010 at 3:14 am

Man Versus Debt’s How Not To Suck At Blogging is good too. I like Penelope Trunk, she has some great advice for bloggers with live webinars through Brazen Careerist. That and LinkedIn are good places to meet other keen bloggers. Brilliant list, thanks! There’s so much reading out there it’s amazing we have time to do any blogging ourselves:)

Corbett Barr April 8, 2010 at 6:40 am

Yes! I can’t believe I missed that post from Man Vs. Debt. It’s really great: http://manvsdebt.com/how-not-to-suck-at-blogging/

Thursday Bram April 8, 2010 at 4:26 am

Top notch list — I’ve been blogging for quite a while now and I see some tips here that may change the way I do things.

Corbett Barr April 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

I hope you’ll check back in and let me know what you change, Thursday.

Robert April 8, 2010 at 6:31 am

Awesome list, I just did something rather similar at my project site. Every resource I’ve used so far….some great articles in here. Now if only I developed the discipline to focus on getting traffic instead of reading about it.

Corbett Barr April 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

That’s right. That is a great list of lifestyle design resources you put together. Was it well received?

Hear Mum Roar April 8, 2010 at 6:32 am

OMG. That is just the sort of list I need! It’s gonna take some time to read, but I look forward to it. Thank you so much!

Corbett Barr April 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

Glad to help!

Ed April 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm

cant wait to implement these tips to my website

Gail from GrowMap April 8, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Thanks for the great list of resources Corbett. I just linked to this post from my own post about how best to build traffic to any blog or Web site. You can see that link in the post I’ll use in the URL field of this comment.

Corbett Barr April 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

Awesome, Gail. Thanks for including the list.

Lisa Zahran April 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

This is a killer list. Super helpful for a newbie blogger like me! Now I have a lot of homework to do… :)

iWoodpecker April 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

If you’d have included 101 images for these listings.. this post could have doubled its number of retweets :)

Anyways, as I’ve mentioned retweeting this post: all these are good and well-known resources :)

steve April 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Newbie blogger here! This is a fantastic list! I didn’t know you have to go through all this to get traffics!

Custom Web Site Design May 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Great List. Thanks for sharing it with us. I will try to implement these techniques right away.

Sherryl Perry May 25, 2010 at 7:55 am

Excellent resource. Thanks for sharing. I’ve bookmarked this post to share with others as well as retweeting it!

Adam Beckett July 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Hey Corbett, here I am popping up on this blog now…

I agree with Annabel Candy about LinkedIn – I started a discussion on a group called Linked Strategies called “Leave Linked Groups to be better connected” – got 93 comments before it ran its course and I killed it, made some really solid connections with the contributors

Lovin’ ThinkTraffic!

Adam

Corbett Barr July 29, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Cool, Adam. Thanks for stopping by. I haven’t tried to make connections over at LinkedIn, so thanks for the tip.

Dwight Anthony October 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Wow, thanks for taking the time to building this link list, really good traffic and helpful resources here.

Kevin|Simplebutcreative November 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm

wow! great post…I’ve been looking for a list like this =) A lot of information to take in but I’ll be bookmarking for sure so I can research each topic

thanks

Jia Jun December 19, 2010 at 4:31 am

With such blog post you’re coming up with, it’s too powerful as you gather up all the similar topic resources in one place for readers’ easy reading and searching.

Just consider how much value we gain in reading all these resources and apply it into our daily practices.

Thanks Corbett so much, will check out all these information , bookmark it.

jesse January 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

What a list to great topics, I’ve neglected my blog for several months or about a year to be exact, lost contents, PR and Alexa ranking and 97% of my visitors. This list will save me time by going to the source instead of “Googling” and for that, I thank you!

Jon Cooper January 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Wait, I’m confused. There’s only 62 listed above, but the title says 101?

By the way – Even though this is over a year old, I’m still going to check out some of these great resources.

Here’s a tip: Look back through the archives of traffic generation tips from posts published a while ago. Some get lost over the years! I recently picked up a link building strategy from a 2002 post that everyone forgot about :)

Cheers Corbett!

Corbett Barr January 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Hey Jon, thanks for the note. Something was funky about that post. I restored an older revision and all 101 links are back. Cheers!

Kristofer Jenck August 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

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Sherryl Perry July 30, 2010 at 5:32 am

Corbett, If you do decide to make connections at LinkedIn, please feel free to send me an invitation to connect. I’ve made solid connections there and I’ve also picked up a couple of jobs simply by offering fee technical tips.

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