[Traffic Case Study] How to Quickly Explode Your Traffic By Connecting With Top Bloggers

[Traffic Case Study] How to Quickly Explode Your Traffic By Connecting With Top Bloggers

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traffic via building relationshipsAs I sit here about to start writing this guest post for Ana – Ana Hoffman, the Godmother of traffic generation herself, owner of one of the highest profile blogs in the niche… I have writers block!

How about that? Just terrible.

Don’t you hate it when that happens?

It’s really self defeating, ya’ know.

Well anyway, I’m going to start pecking away and just let the words flow through my finger tips and hopefully I’ll pull something amazing out of my magic hat.

The Results

I’ve been on the blogging scene closing in on 4 months now.

And in that time I’ve managed to generate over 27,875+ visitors to a brand spanking new blog…

My stats from the last quarter of 2012:

My stats from January so far:

…and build solid relationships with 10+ top bloggers including Lisa Irby, Ileane Smith, Kim Roach, and, of course, the infamous Ana Hoffman, just to name a few.

I’d say that’s not too shabby for being a born again blogger.

The way that I did it wasn’t rocket science.

However, I do think that it is kind of unique and I want to detail for you exactly how I’ve been able to:

I hope that this case study will open your eyes to the possibilities that lie ahead for you and inspire you to take the blogosphere by the horns and ride your way to the top!

The Journey

So, flashback back to when I first relaunched my blog in September of last year.

My first post went live on Sept. 24th of 2012.

I only had 2 published posts on my blog before I began to focus on driving traffic to it.

I was determined (and still am) to drive traffic to my blog without doing any form of intentional SEO: deliberately altering my content and blog to be found in the search engines.

The best way I figured to do this at the time was by:

  1. getting involved in a blogging community and
  2. focusing on commenting on high traffic blogs in my niche that used the Commentluv system (specifically zoning in on being in the first 5 to 10 comments on a fresh post).

I initially started blog commenting for the traffic benefits, but as I went along I quickly began to realize that blog commenting can serve a much bigger purpose – more on that in a bit.

By mostly just concentrating on engaging and interacting with the members of BizSugar.com (a hidden traffic goldmine) and blog commenting on high traffic blogs, in my first 34 days I generated over 8,500+ visitors (and that was with only about 10 live blog posts).

I must mention that during that first month some unplanned things took place that aided me in getting more exposure and traffic, which eventually helped me connect with top bloggers.

For one, because of all of the interaction and engaging I was doing on BizSugar, I was chosen as their featured Contributor of the Week within my first week of being an active member of the site.

And for two, right around the same time that I was chosen as BizSugar’s COW, I was finishing up my first traffic case study and it was set to go live the same day as the feature post.

Now, I hadn’t initially planned on doing case study posts as part of my content creation schedule.

However, after beginning to see some traffic hit my site as a result of the efforts I was doing on my own, I was pretty darn happy about it and I decided that I’d share what little results I was getting on my blog.

At the time, I had no idea that these case studies would blow up like they did, more on that in a bit too.

So the very same day, well a few hours past midnight after my feature post went live, I published my first case study.

And that was the start the biggest traffic tsunami I’ve ever experienced in my entire blogging career.

In one day, I watched my traffic hit over 200+ visitors and got a huge spike in social media shares.

As you can imagine, I was completely stoked about this and I was doing some serious computer chair dancin’ to celebrate. :)

You might be wondering…

“Ti, what’s the purpose of you telling me all this?”

Well, it’s definitely not to brag – there’s a good reason, I promise.

You see, this background story is the starting foundation of how I was able to get on so many top bloggers’ radars so quickly – which was by first creating my story (i.e. getting some results) and then sharing my story (results) with others.

The way that I created quick traffic and success is by building upon my small successes and leveraging them to build relationships and establish credibility.

By the way, if you like where this post is going so far, tweet the ish out of it for me (and Ana), would you?

If you examine the way I’ve done my traffic case studies and the way they’re constructed, you’ll notice that they’re rather long, but incredibly detailed as well, mixed with a bit of personality and humor – done in a way that I haven’t seen too many other bloggers do them.

So let’s break it down, shall we?

My case studies are put together in a similar fashion to a scrap book collection of sorts.

They pretty much exhibit and celebrate any type of results and success that I’ve had during the relaunch of my blog including any type of interaction I’ve had with top bloggers via social media, blog commenting, or any other medium.

By collecting and chronologically arranging my traffic generation and engagement activities in this way, it was kind of like I was creating my own blogging reality show – giving people an over the shoulder look at how I was building up my blog and traffic.

This type of content is quite attractive and addictive.

Who in the blogosphere doesn’t love a good case study?

I believe that the detailed nature of the case study posts I write is what allowed me to stand out online so quickly and put the needed weight behind all of the effort I put into engaging with top bloggers.

See, there is a method to my madness. :)

A method that I didn’t fully realize would work so well.

Let’s take it back to the first connection I ever made with a top blogger…

Lisa Irby of 2CreateAWebsite.com

Lisa and I already had some history prior to me relaunching my blog.

I initially connected with her over a year ago via YouTube.

Now, I’ve debated weather or not I wanted to reveal this video publicly because I personally think I look less than perfect in this video.

However, thinking back to the less than perfect picture Ana shared publicly in this post, I think it’s worth the sacrifice in the name of great branding and over deliverance.

Note from Ana: and there I was, trying to bury that post and the picture in the “it never happened” archives…

Brace yourself… :)

Click play below to watch the initial outreach video I sent to Lisa over a year ago:

As you can see, this video isn’t of the best quality (neither is my appearance), however, it still did the job because it got Lisa’s attention.

Here’s a screen shot of her comment on this video:

Oh, and if you happen to be interested in the paper itself, you can read it here.

Using video is one of the very best and most effective ways to make the initial connection with a top blogger.

It doesn’t require much effort and you’re virtually guaranteed to get on the bloggers radar and stay on their radar for a long time.

Lisa still remembered who I was even more than a year later after I initially reached out to her.

During the relaunch of my blog, I reconnected with Lisa through commenting on a blog post she wrote about one of Google’s many “mood swings” – the EMD update, to be exact.

Here’s a screenshot of my comment and her reply to it:

What I want to point out about our interaction is how we were like old friends catching up.

And it was, in a way.

Even though it had been a while since her and I spoke, she still remembered who I was and had been following my tweets on Twitter.

She even responded stating how she was proud of the progress I’d made with my blog relaunch.

Plus, asked for my contribution to a potential blog post she was going to write.

Not even three weeks later, my guest post was live on Lisa’s blog.

When I tell you, the sheer amount of traffic and new subscribers that guest post brought me was awe inspiring, I mean it.

That guest post was the second huge surge of traffic I got, bringing in about 400+ visitors in only 2 days.

If you’d asked me a year a ago if I knew what I was doing when I recorded that video, I would’ve told you I had no idea.

But looking back, I can see how this was a smart move.

This truly demonstrates the power and the long-term benefits of building true relationships with top bloggers.

I encourage you to do the same if you want to connect with top bloggers in your niche.

Going the extra mile by recording a personal video really does pay off – no matter how goofy you might think you look. :)

Now, let’s move on to…

Ms. Ileane Smith of BasicBlogTips.com

Ms. Ileane is an awesome blogger and was the first top blogger I made initial contact with during the actual relaunch of my blog.

I did this by doing a “top 7″ blog post.

A top 7 or top 10 blog post is one of the easiest kind of posts to write to catch the attention of a top blogger, plus list posts have a built in viral nature which will bring you even more traffic and exposure through social media.

In the first few weeks of my relaunch, I did a TON of research on how to drive fast traffic.

I picked up several neat tips, implemented them and got some great results.

So I decided to share the tips and feature the bloggers I learned them from in a top 7 post.

After I published my post, I went on the hunt to locate all the bloggers I’d included in my post to let them know about it.

At the time, I was using a neat content curation site called Scoop.it to help drive more traffic to my site and I ran across Ms. Ileane’s Scoop.it page.

BINGO! :)

I submitted my post to her via her Scoop.it page and that was the start of our relationship.

Thankfully, she liked and accepted my submission which brought me a gust of traffic and new visitors:

She even visited my blog and left a comment on my SEO allergy post (another post I’d mentioned her blog in that expresses my less than favorable feelings about SEO):

Notice how Ms. Ileane said that she liked my writing style and tone (and I must admit, I was pretty candid in that post).

This is a great example of the simplicity of connecting with top bloggers when you’re creating quality content and being authentic in your writing.

Connecting with top bloggers is more than just writing quality material, your content must ooze personality as well.

It does no good to write like an un-oiled tin man.

Top bloggers won’t be scared away if you have a strong opinion on a particular topic.

In fact, it’ll actually help you stand out even more if your opinion on a topic goes against the grain.

It worked for me in this scenario.

I continued to engage and interact with Ms. Ileane via social media.

I also engaged with her guest posters in the comments on her blog and on the submissions she published on BizSugar.

Then, the opportunity came for me to submit a guest post on her blog as a result of my continued engagement with her…

This was a comment I made on one of her guest post submissions to BizSugar and her response to it:

Naturally, I was totally stoked about this opportunity and about two weeks later my guest post went live on her blog!

The post was a hit with her readers and got over 130+ retweets and 60+ comments (not including my own).

And I was even happier to know that my contribution played a small part in helping Ms. Ileane have a spike in her traffic for that week as well.

Here’s the comment she left of my weekly link roundup which included my guest post:

This guest post did wonders for my exposure and further solidified my credibility.

If video isn’t your thing, try top 7 or top 10 posts on for size.

They can be just as effective for connecting with top bloggers in your niche and can open up even more opportunities for exposure.

Here’s a question for you…

“Isn’t creating quality content or submitting pre-written guest posts enough to connect with top bloggers?”

I’ve heard this question asked in so many ways several times over the last few months and ya’ know something, I’ve learned that there’s a completely different dynamic and type of relationships that’s built when a top blogger asks you to guest post for their site rather than it being the other way around.

For that to happen, you can’t just create quality content, it has to be insanely epic content, overflowing with a high doses of your individual personality.

The uniqueness of the traffic case studies I write and the way that I deliver the value is what I believe has caught the attention of these top bloggers including Ana and Kim Roach.

Ana Hoffman of TrafficGenerationCafe.com

The incredible Ana Hoffman and I first connected when she commented on and shared one of my blog posts on her Facebook wall:

I’m not quite sure how she found my blog post, but I was darn happy she did! :)

Note from Ana: it was most likely all the networking Ti’s done on other blogs that brought me to her blog.

Her great content did the rest.

That was the very beginning of our interaction and it went on to blossom into this surreal guest post that I’m writing at this very moment – that she actually invited me to do:

When someone like Ana Hoffman (who turns down 99% of the guest post submissions she receives) specifically invites you to guest post on her blog, you can’t help but feel like you’ve arrived.

Well, in my case “semi” arrived. :)

I believe that what helped me to connect with Ana was my content (specifically my case studies) and the connections I’d already made with Lisa and Ileane.

When you’ve already made strong connections with other top bloggers, it’s much easier to work your way around the “high roller” circuit.

As this comment interaction on this post between her and I shows:

Notice how she mentioned that I seemed to be everywhere.

Creating this feeling is one of the key things that you want to focus on when attempting to connect with top bloggers.

You want them to feel like they already know you by being everywhere, or creating the illusion that you are.

So much so that top bloggers pick up your sent out of the blue…

Kim Roach of BuzzBlogger.com

To tell you the truth, I have no idea how Kim Roach discovered my very first case study.

I didn’t directly tell her about it, but I suppose that somewhere among all to the social buzz from my BizSugar feature post she got wind of it because she was the very first one to retweet it:

That tweet was our first social media interaction and sparked our relationship.

We went on to engage with each other via blog comments:

And she continued to share my subsequent cases studies with her following:

What I to want to point out here is that Kim began sharing my content initially without me directly asking her to, which speaks to the caliber of content you have to create to really grab the attention of a top blogger.

After Kim’s initial share of my first case study, I continued to cultivate the relationship through social media, blog commenting and even through email (as with the other top bloggers mentioned here also).

What’s the moral of the story?

Well, the answer should’ve smacked you in the face by now.

Building true relationships with top bloggers that will continue to prosper and flourish to reap further benefits takes more effort than just a social media share or getting a one-time guest post spot on their blog.

There’s no hit it and quit it allowed.

It takes constant effort on your part to sustain and deepen the relationship into a true friendship.

I consider these ladies as true friends now, so that means that I will continue to interact and engage with them beyond the guest posts and social media shares.

Doing a high amount of consistent high-quality authentic engagement in the blogosphere, mixed with some creativity, insanely valuable and unique content will virtually guarantee top bloggers notice you.

To tie the pretty red bow on top…

Here’s a neat presentation I put together to simplify the whole concept of traffic generation through connecting with top bloggers:

 

Over to You

Building relationships with top bloggers is by far one the best and quickest ways to take your traffic and exposure from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye.

It’s just a matter of knowing how to snag and keep their attention.

I’d love to hear your feedback and input on this topic.

Have you ever launched or relaunched a blog in this way?

How about top bloggers, what have you tried to connect with them?

Share your personal experience in the comments below!

Ti Roberts

Ti Roberts is the quirky blogger and founder of The SEO Rebel, the traffic generation blog that teaches you how to rebel against SEO and drive fast targeted traffic using free, high-leveraged strategies. Get her FREE traffic guide to devour all 18 hearty servings of traffic goodness and get access to more case studies.

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  1. Hello Ti,
    You know what i just scored you an A+++ for this wonderfully written and awesomely inspiring post. it’s so motivating and above all is making me feel like why am i not doing such.

  2. Wow Ti!

    Your results are remarkable, Lisa Irby helped get me started in the industry back in 09 when I discovered her YouTube series for 2 Create A Website.

    I love the idea of using video responses to make a first impression, I’ve used the power of youtube in many facets, create multiple videos with 100,000′s of view, but never thought how useful it would be to build a relationship with people I respect in the industry via a video response.

    This is def. a bookmarked post, our team is always looking for the latest and greatest strategies to help our students to our arsenal, and this will be one we will be looking into!

    • Ana Hoffman

      Sometimes, the simplest things make the most difference, don’t they?

      Thanks for coming by, Ryan.

    • Ti Roberts

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Ryan.

      I’m elated to hear that my post has helped you.

      Good luck on your continued endeavors! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. :)

      Ti

  3. Hi Ti,

    This is spectacular. We are in the midst of “re-launching our blog” after spending our first year on design and building… Realizing now, that developing your audience and website concurrently is a truly powerful way to build a following of truth-seekers that are enlightened by our content. Thank you for openly sharing your case study on your fast, efficient progress of relationship building. My blogging & traffic-building perspective is renewed Again!

    Matt

    • Ana Hoffman

      Developing and designing never ends, Matt; if we wait to be happy with our blog before “releasing it” to the public, we’ll never launch it. :)

    • Ti Roberts

      You’re welcome, Matt!

      So glad you’ve found my post useful. You have an awesome looking blog! The shark is really neat.

      I wish you much success with your relaunch. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. :)

      Ti

      • Thank you Ti! The shark has been received differently across the board. You are the first woman to Really like him, LOL. I appreciate your feedback. Our designer is almost done with her template concept. I will send you a link so you can take a peek if you like after she’s done.

        Matt

  4. Dear Ana and Ti, I may be a newbie, but not for long! The learning curve is huge, but I’m game! That said, I stumbled upon your blog and just in time. I was thinking about trying out the very thing you’ve done! I just didn’t know how to go about it. You have reassured me that I am traveling down the right path in the right direction. While I’m not bringing in oodles of traffic as you are, what I am getting is steadily growing. I have to thank Lisa for all her wisdom, because of her and lovely ladies like yourselves, I will be a success. Bless you all! XOXO

    • Ana Hoffman

      We all had to start somewhere, Cat; all the best to you and look forward to seeing you around!

    • Ti Roberts

      Dido, I echo Ana’s comment, Cat.

      I’m so glad that I’ve been able to inspire you to continue with your plan. It does indeed and WILL work for you if you’re persistent in your efforts.

      Good luck and let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you. :)

      Ti

      • That’s right, inspiration is perishable and must be continuously replenished.

        I love following our leaders, they do exactly that for me, replenish inspiration daily. I can rely on them, like I can rely on my coffee pot, every morning, to have something quality brewin’.

        Keep driving, make a strong biz plan, stick to your plan, focus on your UVP, keep your short-lists short and just watch how much productive power comes flowing out of you naturally, as you gain that, oh so crucial, momentum.

        It’s a beautiful journey.

  5. That’s what I call an article. Respect!!! I haven’t seen a detailed post like that for a long time (maybe never).

    I am also quite new on blogging, but I usually do a lot of SEO to drive traffic instead of making relationships, mainly due to the nature of affiliate marketing.

    • Ti Roberts

      Hi, Rio,

      Thanks so much for the the kind words!! I’m stoked that you enjoyed it.

      I hope that it’s helped make the relationship building process clearer for you.

      Are you enjoying your new blogging journey so far? If there’s anything I could help you with, just let me know. :)

      Ti

  6. Ti, I hear you. I decided right now, in Feb to focus on driving traffic to my site and tweak the posts that are there by commenting and building up great rapport with some awesome bloggers. So are, so good. I am seeing the growth and interaction and finding some great blogs to connect with, blogs I may never have found otherwise. I didn’t want to get into this churn’em & burn’em blogging practice so I’m just taking the time to plan the next set of blogs, work these and really build relationships. Great post!…and I shared the ish out of it :)

    • Hi, D.,

      Great to see your comment.

      I’ve seen you buzzing your way around BizSugar and you are great at socializing and engaging the members.

      I definitely see you blowing up your traffic stats, especially if you keep up the level of engagement and interaction you’ve been doing.

      Keep me posted on your progress and let me know if you need anything.

      Oh, and thanks for sharing! ‘Preciate it. :)

      Ti

      • Hi Ti!
        I am definitely making the rounds and making sure I do my part to spread the news about some really cool posts. BizSugar is definitely a part of that in addition to a few others that I just align with. So thanks for the kind wish. I feel like I’m on the right-er track this year by being more “social” than “media”
        Cheers!

  7. I actually stumbled upon to this post from Danny’s blog ThinkTraffic. I read first few lines of the post and I couldn’t really stop myself to continue reading.

    Thank you so much sharing this awesome traffic strategy. This works because I’ve done this with few popular bloggers before. And yeah, the case study you’ve shared is invaluable.

    How can I give you favor back, Ti? :)

    Best, Anuo

    • Hi, Anup,

      So you found this post on ThinkTraffic? How cool!

      If you don’t mind me asking: was it mentioned in a post or did you find it via a comment? I’d be interested to hear how you came about it.

      Either way, I’m happy you made it here!

      I’m glad you enjoyed my post and it’s awesome to hear that this processed has worked for you as well.

      How can you return the favor?

      Well, share the ish out of it for me (and Ana), would you?

      Oh, and drop by my blog to say hi! :)

      Ti

  8. Hey Ti!

    I’m so happy to see you here. I had taken a blog commenting hiadus (So over now) and because I follow your blog I got to reconnect to a blog I’ve loved since I began blogging. Traffic Generation Cafe.

    Now, I know you must feel a gooey inside and have done a hellova happy dance having the understandably strict Ana Hoffman invite cha personally. How cool it that?

    Ana- as always you give us online marketers light at the end of the “how in the hay do I get traffic to this thing?” tunnel. LOVE your blog, always have. Ooooh, and I’m very much liking your BBT post ms lady. Keep it comin’!

    You gals rock!

    • Hi, Mys!

      So stoked to see ya’ comment!

      Yup, you def need to come up off that commenting hiatus and get to typing girly.

      I’ve been peeping you out, seeing ya’ activity increase. You go girl!

      I expect to see YOUR guest post sitting proudly on TGC soon.

      I’ll be sure to help you promote the ish out of it. ;)

      Ti

  9. Ti, awesome post! I love your style. You are proof that you don’t have to please Google to get loads of traffic. I think too many bloggers spend way too much time worrying about SEO and building backlinks, etc. when they should be using that time to write epic content and networking with other bloggers as in your examples.

    Who knows? This post could be the beginning of a Google revolution :-)

    • Ti Roberts

      Dido, Justin.

      If new bloggers would take the same time they spend on SEO and building backlinks and put it into building relationships with other bloggers, they’ll get results MUCH faster.

      I hope this post reaches those newbies that may be struggling with this concept and simplifies the process for them.

      Thanks for the compliments and comment!

      I can only hope this post and those like it conjures up a Google revolution! :)

      Ti

  10. Hi Ti,
    I begin to realize how important social interaction is online. My first thought when I decided to try making money online was that I won’t have to interact with so many people. But the internet gives you the opportunity to connect with exceptional individuals who can open your mind and help you improve at all levels.

    • Ti Roberts

      Yup, the internet puts everyone on the same playing field. No one person has a bigger advantage than the next person, depending on the individuals knowledge base.

      The internet allows you to connect with people you never thought you could otherwise. Even celebrities. Now THAT’S power, so use it for all it’s worth. :)

      Ti

  11. Ti,
    I think most people hate SEO. I am a bit of a nerd myself at times but still SEO is like the last on the things on my list of things I really want to do. I keep basic SEO things in mind when I post on my blog, but in truth I don’t do all that keyword research etc. It just doesn’t move me, although I know it hurts my wallet.

    I cannot wait until the days that search engines dont require any type of manipulation. I think Google is on track and headed in the right direction concerning that.
    Why shouildn’t things be organic and natural? Marketing should really never be about how you can tick the search engine with use of tags and keywords and all that other nonsense in my opinion.

    I like the community engagement. I always comment on any blog that comments on mine. My new site is only a week old, and no I don’t get much traffic to it yet, but I am already getting reader engagement…all through commenting on others blogs and having commentluv premium on mine.

    I think that is the way of the future. Networking with other bloggers is especially helpful iand not just from a traffic standpoint. I get to learn about others and read their blogs and although I am not currently writing a post on my blog, I am still in effect blogging the way blogging should be done.

    I didn’t start my blog so that I can talk to myself and hopefully get visitors by using the right targetted keywords. One of my former mentors once said and I hold the same philosophy ” I am looking for people that are looking for me” and that’s it!

    Thank you for the informative post and thank you Ana for providing a nice welcoming atmosphere. Your blog here rocks and I will be back to check it regularly. (much quicker if you comment on mine, I believe in reciprocity) :)

    ~Jacqueline

    • Ti Roberts

      Thanks so much for the thoughtful and insightful comment, Jacqeline.

      If I had understood the concept of building relationships and the effectiveness of it when I first came online 8 years ago, I’d be much further along.

      But, hey, it takes what it takes to get you to where you should be. We all have our learning curves to stumble through.

      Thanks again for your input. :)

      Ti

  12. Hi Aliabar,

    So happy to hear you’ve been inspired! Anyone can do the exact same things I’ve done if they commit and put in the effort. Thanks for commenting. :)

    Ti

  13. Wow! This post must have taken you ages and ages to write. I understand the importance of connecting with big bloggers in your niche. I just have one little thing to mention. Big bloggers like Ana, Lisa and Ilane will reply to you and actually connect. There are some others who won’t make the time or effort to know you if you’re just starting out.

    Maybe they just don’t have the time, or maybe they’ve just come so far, they’ve forgotten about how hard it is to start out.

    I’m sorry to sound all negative, but this is true in a lot of cases. Thank God for people like these bloggers who share the good stuff around, right.

    • Ana Hoffman

      I do agree, Anne: many bloggers I try to connect with just simply ignore me. And that’s OK. That most likely means that they have no value to add to my blog or my readership anyway.

    • Yup, I admit that is true.

      There’s just some bloggers out there who wont give those up and coming bloggers the time of day. Some top bloggers are harder to reach then others.

      You sometimes have to take different approaches.

      For instance: Although I was able to connect with Ana, Lisa, and Ileane through networking with them first, which resulted in being offered guest post spots; I realize that in some situations I’ll have to first offer up a great guest post first to some top bloggers and then relationship will begin.

      Or, there may still be no real relationship developed, even if my guest post does get accepted and published.

      Different scenarios will occur, it’s just a matter of being persistent in your efforts and celebrating the successes that you do create.

      Thanks for your input. :)

      Ti

  14. Excellent post Ti ! I read your post and honestly my expression was :O . I’m impressed. I’ve been a loyal follower of Lisa and her website 2createawebsite for over 2 years. In fact, she was my inspiration to start my own website.

    A recent stat update she made on her fan page brought me here and trust me I’ve learnt alot. I’ll be stalking your website now to learn all I can ( lol ). Keep up the good work.

    • Lol. Michael,

      I’ve got a huge grin on my face because I’m glad that you’ve discovered this post. The way you came about this post is a great example of what building and relationships and social media can do.

      It’s great to know that you’ve found value in it; let me know if there’s anything else I can do to further do to help you. :)

      Ti

  15. Great post, Ti!

    You’ve definitely put your money where your mouth is, so to speak.

    Your stats are AMAZING!

    I really enjoyed reading your post here. You have an engaging style of writing. And you fit right in here at Ana’s TGC.

    I like your take on SEO. In my humble opinion too many people spend too much time trying to get organic traffic from Google to the point that their posts sometimes don’t flow very well. It can really hurt their readability. Writing an optimized post that doesn’t read like an optimized post is truly an art form. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do some basic SEO stuff to your posts, but I just think some people take it too far.

    And then you have to worry about Google getting fickle again.

    I totally agree with you that building relationships does so much more to help your cause. Most everything that’s important in life involves relationships.

    Thanks for sharing your valuable information here. I’ll be heading over to your site from here!

    Have a great weekend!

    ~Barry

      • My pleasure, Ana!

        I thought your site and concept fit perfectly with what I was discussing so it only made sense to include it.

        I actually sent you an email just to give you a heads-up that I mentioned and linked to you, but I sent it to your email address from your list, which I’m on.

        It wasn’t until after I sent the email that I saw on your contact page that it’s better to get a hold of you on Twitter or Facebook. And then I saw this post and commented, so it all worked out anyways!

        Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

        Have a great end to the weekend!

        ~Barry

        • Ana Hoffman

          Found your email – for some reason, it was sitting in my Trash folder, unread. Email providers never cease to amaze me…

          • Yeah, I hate email. It’s convenient and pretty much THE primary way to communicate with people anymore, but I just don’t like it. Way too many issues with delivery, and you never really know if you’re having a delivery issue or if somebody is just not responding to you.

            As for the one I sent you, after seeing your contact page, I kind of figured you probably wouldn’t see the email in a timely fashion, if ever. Of course it would be even harder for you to find it in the Trash folder. :-)

            With the traffic you get here, I can only imagine the volume of email you have to deal with. Ugh.

            Anyways, it all worked out in the end.

            I hope you have an outstanding week!

            ~Barry

            P.S. Thanks for the recommendation you made for WP Subscribers. I bought it last week through your link and really like it!

    • Hi, Barry!

      Thanks so much for the kind words; I truly appreciate them. :)

      I’m a pretty random and quirky person; and my writing style is rather animated.

      I’d questioned if Ana would tinker with the intro of my guest post, as it does start of rather random. But then I thought, many of Ana’s own post start of random as well, and that’s what I loved about them; they’re infused with her personality – so I figured it would fit in quite well with style of her content.

      Glad to see she thought so too. :)

      Yes, I’m so over the SEO ‘rat race’. It’s funny how people usually start blogging or an online business to get out of the 9 to 5 rat race – only to join the another rat race that’s much harder, takes even longer hours to master, and possibly earn very little to no money doing it.

      Where does that make sense?

      I don’t comprehend.

      Thanks for sharing you input; I truly appreciate it and I’m glad to have you as a part of the SEO Rebel community. Your comment on my latest post was awesome. :)

      Ti

  16. TI!

    Thanks for sharing your story. What I love about what you’re doing is that it seems like you’re having a great time doing all of this. That’s the fire that so many people see behind your writing – there’s joy and excitement here and it’s infectious.

    Keep it up – I love seeing what you’re doing!

    • Hi, Jeff!

      Yes, I’m having a Football Sunday blast doing this! And, I truly have a deep passion for what I do.

      I appreciate your kind words and I’m glad to have connected with you.

      Let me know if you need anything. :)

      Ti

  17. Ti,

    I am so jealous, why, because you get to guest post on Ana’s blog! LOL, I guess I shouldn’t be jealous, I never gave her a chance to turn one of my guest posts down, I never submitted one to her. Ha ha!

    Your story is so inspirational. I gave up on trying to understand SEO. I was hurt last year by all their updates and lost a lot of traffic that I once ranked for. In anger and dismay I gave up and decided to start creating relationships instead with bloggers and work from home moms (my niche). It is working.

    This article tells me that bloggers are willing to help each other, big and small, and it gives hope to newbies.

    What an amazing job you did. Keep it up!

    ~Allie

    • Aww, Allie!

      Lol, jealousy can be a good motivator. :) There’s been quite a few times where it’s motivated me.

      I’m glad my story has inspired you. That was my purpose of starting to do these case studies to show people that you don’t have to rely on SEO to get traffic. I hope many more people come across this post and get inspired as well.

      I’m looking forward to seeing your guest post on TGC soon. ;)

      Ti

  18. That’s awesome Ti!

    Gosh! To get that kind of traffic in such a short period of time is commendable indeed. :)

    Yes, it all does come down to building those relationships , which happens when you visit and comment or connect to the top bloggers. Ana’s blog, just as Lisa’s, Ileane’s etc. are all resourceful and nuggets that each one of us should follow. They have something for all of us to take back home – isn’t it? I guess you did the right things at the right time and landed up where you ought to. :)

    Thanks for sharing all of this with us – a lesson for each one of us. :)

    • Thanks, Harleena.

      So glad that you enjoyed it. :)

      I believe the thing that really sustains traffic is becoming a go to resource for your audience. If you can product pillar content that’s crazy resourceful, you’ll have traffic for life.

      Ti

  19. Careful what you wish for.
    Last month I had 400,000+ visitors, I had to move my site twice and that didn’t slow it down. Two weeks ago my traffic had 150,000 visitors and my host dropped me and I had to move my site then and there. Last week 125,000 visitors, even with almost 48 hours of down time finding a new host and moving my site.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love traffic, but a dedicated server to handle it is around $130.00 a month.

    • Thanks for the heads up, eDee. Duly noted.

      I do sometimes think about the server headaches that comes along with lots of traffic. I haven’t yet reached that point, but I’ll be doing all that I can to prepare myself for it.

      Awesome traffic stats, BTW.

      Thanks for your input. :)

      Ti

      • Ana Hoffman

        I was wondering how you’d respond to eDee’s comment, Ti; that kind of traffic is very unusual for a site like hers and blogs like ours.

        I don’t think we’ll run into that problem any time soon…

        • Thanks for clearing this up, Anna. Although I do hear about server problems from a lot of traffic, I have heard few blogs in our niche talk having that issue.

          I had a feeling about this; I was thinking it would be a while before I’d have to worry about this, if at all.

  20. Ti, that is so amazing for 4 months time! Wow, you are working hard and smart together. Amazing stats and info here. I love Ms. Ilene, met her early on – she is wonderful. I’m amazed she still works too. Of course Ana is awesome too :) I haven’t yet met Lisa.
    It really is about relationships. It’s not just about writing and sharing your own stuff. It’s about the interactions that go on in between. What you can do for your readers. You must have passion for it too to work. And itt sounds like you have plenty of that Ti.

    • Hi Lisa,

      So great to see your comment! Yes, these ladies are awesome bloggers and I’m horned to associate with them.

      I believe to really do this kind of engagement, you really have to have a passion for what you do. And be committed to quality and consistency.

      I feel like my passion is stronger than it’s ever been, which is why I was finally able to break out of the woodwork.

      Thanks for the kind words. :)

      Ti

    • Ana Hoffman

      Working hard and smart together while being a full-time student; not too many people have that kind of dedication. No wonder Ti is getting places…

    • Thanks so much, Ed. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the ride so far. Isn’t it awesome?! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you further. :)

      Ti

      • Keep writing! Oh and let me in on all your secrets so I hit the traffic jackpot ;) hehehe

        I am trying to monetize my site so I can have the financial freedom to do cool stuff to write about…any suggestions?

        • I’d stick with promoting affiliate products or either starting a membership site (which is what I do) – but it really depends on your niche and what you’re comfortable with.

          What is your niche, anyway?

          There’s really no set way to monetize your site. You should test, track and see what works best for you.

  21. This is a great post. Very inspiring for people that have had trouble getting traffic lately due to the algorithm changes. One thing that will never go down is honest and helpful interaction with your peers. I realize that more and more as I engage more on different platforms such as Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc. I’m sure this is only the beginning of your success as a blogger, Ti.

    • Hi Jon,

      Yes, full blown engagement and interaction is where it’s at! There’s nothing else I’ve ever done that have brought me these kind of results. I’m an sworn “engager” for life, lol. And, I actually enjoy it.

      Had I’d known this when I first got started online 8 years ago, I’d be much further along.

      But, hey, it takes what it takes to get you there and I’m so glad I’ve finally cracked the code – and it sounds like you’re well on your way too!

      Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you out. :)

      Ti

  22. You are not just an awesome networker, Ti you also have *mad* writing skillz! Yes, skills with a “Z”! lol

    I just love how each and everything you write draws me in. You deserve all the success you’ve had and more. Keep up the great work. Just shared this on my FB page because I know it will inspire so many people.

    • Lisa!

      Thank’s so much for the compliment. “Skillz”? I love it! Lol.

      I totally appreciate you for all that you’ve done. You have helped me in more ways than one and I’m grateful to have met you.

      Do you know that it’s actually going on TWO years since we? Funny how time flies, huh?

      Can’t wait to see where the next year or two will have us. :)

      Ti

  23. Ti, thank you for sharing this!

    I totally agree with you: win-win relationships are a sure way to skyrocket your results in no time. I think they are the only shortcuts to success.

    One day I was talking with one of my friends. He was quite successful, and I wasn’t getting what I wanted.
    I listed him all the things that I did to reach the financial success. None of them worked. There was nothing left so I thought that nothing would work, and he said me “it’s obvious that it’s not the right level”. I didn’t understand.
    The day passed and the morning of the next day, as soon as I woke up I realized “The answer is people! The other level is people. The key of success is people”. Then I remembered that all my previous successes happened because of people.
    Since that day I’ve realized how people are important.

    I think that it’s important to connect also with emerging bloggers, not only with the top ones. They are easier to reach than top bloggers, and they’ll reach the “top blogger level” in the future.

    Thanks again for this great post, Ti.

    • Mauro!

      So great to see your comment, my friend.

      Yes, you can’t afford to be lazy when it comes to building a blog. When you open up a blog with the intent to make an income from it, you’ve opened up a business – whether you realize it or not.

      So that means you have to get out there and do the necessary footwork to make it successful. Just like you would with a offline business. A blog is no different.

      Thanks for you’re awesome input. I appreciate it! :)

      Ti

  24. Wow Ti,

    You have such a wonderful grasp of how things work. I think, aside from your personality which is refreshing, your biggest value is the amount of detail you include in your post. Other bloggers tell us to comment and leave it at that. You include actual comments and responses, which give us a much clearer picture. This is exactly the hand holding that readers need to take their efforts to the next level.

    I have no trouble seeing how you’ve captured the respect and interest of top bloggers. Such detail is why I come to Ana’s blog – and now to yours.

    Bob

    • Hi Bob,

      I’m glad that you found my content informative and I truly appreciate the honor of your subscription to my blog! Totally awesome of you. :)

      I realized that a lot of top bloggers will ‘tell’ you what to do but not really ‘show’ you how to do it. That’s what I aim to do with these posts; I’m glad to hear that they’re appreciated.

      Ti

    • Ana Hoffman

      I agree, Bob; I don’t need yet another blogger to tell me WHAT to do, I need them to show me HOW to do it and Ti does exactly that.

  25. I’m just going through my Google Reader, trying to read some posts… and BAM you show up twice in a row, Ti!

    Awesome!

    I guess that is the key to this blogging thing: Showing up all over the place!

    And darn, I was going to make a few videos for a similar purpose, but now I feel like I’m copying you haha

    Thanks a bunch,
    -Gabe

    • Hi Gabe!

      You’ve had me lol’ing since I saw the comment you left on my latest post.

      Yup, it’s all about being everywhere at once. I didn’t actually plan to have the post on my own blog go live at the same time as this guest post, it just sort of happened.

      I guess it’s working out for the best. Double the traffic! :)

      Feel free to “bite my style” (just joking). Everyone learns from everybody, nothings truly that original, so go for it!

      Ti

    • Ana Hoffman

      Being everywhere certainly does wonders for branding, and Ti is grabbing that bull by the horns!