Welcome to another Think Traffic monthly report!
We like to share these updates hoping you might learn something from what we’ve done to grow our audience here.
Later in this report, we’re going to share with you one blog post formula we’ve used that is proven to get traffic and subscribers time and time again.
But first, a little about our month…
May was a pretty huge month for Think Traffic in a lot ways. The biggest of which was the re-design, which we unveiled last week. Our “mystery designer” will be featured in the upcoming weeks and we’ll discuss why we took our site in a different direction aesthetically than other blogs online.
We’ll have some very interesting stats to share about the new design as well. We’ll give you a hint: Think Traffic added more subscribers last month than any month before.
Another big milestone was that we passed 10,000 comments here on Think Traffic with only 230 posts. That is an average of 43.5 comments a post for over two years.
Thank you to everyone that gave us feedback on the new design and commented over the past 28 months. We like to think we have one of the most thriving blog audiences and you all continue to amaze us each month by the things you create online.
On to the results for this month…
May Growth Stats for Think Traffic
We saw 43,495 visits this month (versus 44,703 last month).
If you include traffic from our case study blog of Expert Enough (but not visits to the Start a Blog that Matters or Traffic School site) we had roughly 63,000 visits to our two sites in May.
Also, we passed 10,000 total comments, our new posts were retweeted 689 times (a new high), and we gained 961 subscribers.
8 total posts were published last month (vs. 7 in the prior month), including 2 guest posts:
- Say Hello to the New Think Traffic
- The Naked Truth About How I Got 7,568 Subscribers in 5 Months (guest post by Danny Iny)
- 19 Women Who Will Teach You How to Kick Ass Online
- Behind an Insane Single Day 50 Guest Post Blitz: the Strategy and the Results (guest post by Adam Costa)
- Why “Follow Your Passion” is Flawed Advice – and What to Do Instead
- How to Get Your Site Featured on the Biggest Blogs on the Web (83 Times in One Year)
- Think Traffic Monthly Report – April 2012 (Compound Revenue and The 4 Points of Leverage)
- The Real Truth About Blog Comments (When They Matter and When They Don’t)
The Blog Post Formula Proven to Get Traffic and Subscribers Time and Time Again
If you look at the posts we published here from last month, you’ll notice one that attracted more social shares and comments than the rest.
We published 19 Women Who Will Teach You How to Kick Ass Online and knew it would be a big hit before we even hit the publish button.
This type of blog post just works. We’ve used it over and over with great success.
The formula is to profile a list of bloggers or blogs in your field or a field you want to feature. Just come up with a simple list of criteria and then list a series of kick-ass blogs or bloggers.
It’s really easy to put together, and these posts always attract a lot of traffic and subscribers. They’re always a hit on social media, and they’re a great way to get on the radar of some people you admire.
Here’s a list of other successful posts we’ve written in this style over the past few years (both here and over at CorbettBarr.com):
- 10 Digital Nomads to Learn From
- 44 Creative and Adventurous Bloggers You Should Know
- 10 Blogs with Explosive Growth to Learn From
- 10 Examples of Killer Unique Selling Propositions on the Web
Have you written a post like this before? We’d love to hear about your results in the comments below.
If you have questions about how this works, just let us know in the comments.
Back to this month’s stats…
Top Traffic Sources
If you have been following these monthly updates for a while you’ll notice that the organic growth from Google searches is increasing exponentially. As your site gets older, your audience shares your best work, and you continue to publish quality content, you can beat SEO experts without even trying. Epic content is the best SEO.
Top Search Terms:
- think traffic: 732
- blog topics: 621
- unique selling proposition examples: 397
- unique selling proposition: 241
- personal introduction: 217
- thinktraffic: 174
- what to write about: 128
- unique selling point examples: 118
- topics to blog about: 114
- blogging topics: 104
That’s it for this month’s stats, but we’d love to challenge you now.
Have you written a round-up post like the type we profiled in this post?
If so, please tell us about your results below and why you think it worked well or didn’t.
If you haven’t written a round-up post of influential blogs or bloggers in your space, try writing one in the next week and report back here about your experience. We think you’ll be pleased.
Cheers until next time!
-Corbett and Caleb