The Newbie Blogger’s Guide to Getting More Search Engine Traffic

The Newbie Blogger's Guide to Getting More Search Engine Traffic

Search engine optimization… it sounds so intimidating, right?

I know I felt that way when I first started blogging. And to be honest, I’m still a little intimidated by search engine optimization, and I’ve been blogging for over a decade!

But once I saw what learning a little about SEO can do for your traffic (i.e. make you do a cartoon-style double-take because you can’t believe the numbers Google Analytics is showing you)… well, I decided that it might be worth my time to learn a little about how to get more search engine traffic.

Getting more search engine traffic is part art, part science, and part luck!

It’s the “part science” we’re going to talk about in this post. Namely, I’m going to walk you through the very basics of how you can optimize every blog post you write to get more search engine traffic using keyword research.

Now, before I start, let me say this: big companies have entire teams of people dedicated to search engine optimization. It can be a full time job. I don’t want to let that stop you from doing the basics!

Once you get into the groove, you can do simple keyword research in 10-15 minutes, I promise! Then, as you see results, you can devote more and more time to getting more search engine traffic through post optimization. Don’t run away scared right now, though, because you think you don’t have time for it.

We eat the elephant one bite at a time, right?

Without further ado, let’s get started!


Why Your List Post Isn’t Getting Any Traffic (And What To Do About It)

Why Your List Post Isn't Getting Any Traffic (And What To Do About It)

Ah, the list post.

I think most bloggers learn pretty early on that lists posts can bring you a ton of traffic. Heck, there are even bloggers who write nothing but list posts.

So you sit down at your computer, punch on a pretty great list post, and…


If you’re writing a list post, traffic is not a given. In fact, a lot of list posts really suck, because bloggers get the entire concept wrong.

Here’s a hint: it’s not the list part that matters.

Okay, okay, let me start at the beginning and teach you how to write a list post that really does catch the attention of your readers, and maybe even goes viral.


The #1 Way to Get More Blog Traffic

The #1 Way to Get More Blog Traffic

More blog traffic is everything.

Listen, you can make money even if your audience is small, and you can be successful without a million pageviews. Some of the most engaging, interesting bloggers I know have small but might communities.

But the more blog traffic you bring in, the better – as long as you’re not comparing your traffic to other people. This is a key mistake many bloggers make, and I’ll explain what I mean at the end of the post.

First, though… let’s talk about what you are here… to get more blog traffic!