How to Get More Traffic in 2019 (9 New Strategies)

By | August 13, 2019

– In this video you’re going to learn how to get more traffic
to your website, fast. In fact, I’ve used these exact
strategies to grow my site’s traffic to over 180,000
visitors per month. Now, I should warn,
you this video contains advanced strategies and tactics. So I’m not going to repeat the same tips you’ve heard a million times already, like share your content on Facebook. Instead, you’re going to see
advanced traffic techniques that work great, keep watching. (techno music) I’ll be honest, my first
website was a complete disaster. Sure, I had a great product
in a growing industry, but I lacked the number one thing a website needs to succeed: traffic. That’s when I started googling things like “how to get more traffic” and
“increase website traffic.” Unfortunately, most of the
advice that I read didn’t work. You know the kind of
stuff I’m talking about. Create a Facebook page, start a blog, share your content on social media. And look, this kind of advice
isn’t horrible or anything, but it’s not going to send thousands of targeted visitors to your site. Why, because everyone in the world is using these exact same strategies. So after trying dozens
of different tactics I decided to try something new. Specifically, I set out to test a bunch of different traffic techniques myself. It wasn’t easy but over
time I discovered a handful of untapped traffic techniques
that actually worked. And once I started using these techniques my traffic shot through the roof. Hey Mom, I’m getting so much traffic. Your boy’s going to be famous. And now it’s time for me to
reveal these proven techniques and show you exactly how to use them to get more traffic to your site. So let’s jump right in with technique number one, the upside down guest post. Here’s the deal, when most people read your guest post they completely skip the author bio section
and I can’t blame them. Most author bio boxes
are buried at the bottom of the page like this,
which is a huge problem. If people don’t see your
link in your author bio they’re not going to visit your site. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem, the
upside down guest post. Here’s the step by step process. First, write an awesome guest post just like you normally would. Awesome guest post, done. Next, include helpful resource
sections throughout the post. These sections should link to
two to three useful resources on the topic you just
covered, here’s an example. Finally, include your content as one of the helpful resources. For example, here’s a guest post that I published a while back. As you can see, I strategically linked out to my content as one of
the resources to check out. And that link brought in 78% more traffic than my author bio link. Pretty cool. And that leads us to strategy number two, use “Click to Tweet” links. This is one of the best ways to get more traffic through social media. In fact, click to tweet links are one of the main reasons that
this post from my blog has over 6000 social media shares. With that, let me show you
how click to tweet links work. First, find something
tweetable in your content. This could be a technique,
strategy, quote or statistic. For example, this post from my blog listed a bunch of list
building strategies. So I considered each strategy
on the list “tweetable”. Next, create a click to tweet link. To do that just head
over to and write your tweet and the tool will generate a special link for you. Finally, add that link to your content. Whenever someone clicks on the link they get a prewritten
tweet for easy sharing. It’s that easy. Moving right along to our third technique, publish more list posts. There’s no way around it, when
it comes to driving traffic to your website, list posts work great. And there’s evidence to back this up. BuzzSumo recently analyzed
a million articles to see which types of content worked best. And they found that list posts
crush other content formats. As you can see in this chart, list posts get six times more
shares than how-to posts and 40 times more shares
than infographics. And when I look at my own
content, I notice the same thing. List posts generate a ton of traffic. For example, this
massive list of SEO tools is one of the most successful pieces of content I’ve ever published. To date this list post has generated over 18,000 shares, 900
comments and 331,000 visits. With that, it’s time for
technique number four, overhaul and upgrade old blog posts. This simple strategy landed me 50.95% more traffic in seven days. Here’s exactly how I did it. First, I found a piece of content on my site that was out of date. And I found this guide on my
blog that was really outdated. Next, I updated and improved the post. Specifically I added new
screenshots, sprinkled in new strategies and
techniques and eliminated old strategies that didn’t work anymore. Finally I updated the post
to make the changes live. And just like that traffic to that page shot up like a rocket ship
and this wasn’t a fluke. I recently followed a similar
process with this post. This time, instead of
just updating the content I updated it and relaunched
it like a brand new post. So I shared the post on social media and sent out an announcement
to my email subscribers. Which lead to a significant
boost in traffic, including almost 5000 visitors in one day. So let’s keep it moving
with technique number five, add “Share Triggers” to your content. In my experience content largely
succeeds or fails based on one factor: whether or not the
content has share triggers. So, what are share triggers? Share triggers are things that you include in your content that
push people to share it. A lot of these principles were first discovered by behavioral scientists like Dr. Jonah Berger
and Dr. Katherine Milkman and they have proven in the lab, what I discovered through trial and error. When you include share
triggers in your content, people are significantly more likely to share and link to it. For example, one of the most powerful share triggers is known
as social currency. Social currency is the idea that we share things that make us look good. Looking good. And this share trigger is
a large part of the reason that this infographic that I made for a client a few years back did so well. In fact, this infographic
generated thousands of targeted visits in the first two days. Now there are dozens of reasons this infographic did so
well, from the design to the content promotion campaign. But a good chunk of it’s success was due to one simple thing: it contained the social currency share trigger. I’ll explain. At the time I made this infographic, lots of people were up
in arms about inflation. And my content backed up
their rants with solid data. So every time someone
shared my infographic, it made them look good. In other words, it boosted
their social currency. So they shared it, again and again. In fact the infographic even
got featured in google news. And it’s all thanks to the
social currency share trigger. Let’s dive right into technique number six for getting more traffic, go on podcasts. Podcasts are blowing up right now. In fact, one survey found
that 24% of Americans regularly listen to podcasts. Does that mean you should grab the nearest microphone and start a podcast, no. Instead, I recommend going on other people’s podcasts as a guest. This strategy works so
well that I try to go on at least two podcasts every month. In fact, over the last few years I’ve appeared on over 75 podcast episodes. And these episodes have brought me tens of thousands of visitors. For example, I once got 984 laser targeted visitors from a single podcast episode. As a bonus you usually
get at least one backlink in the show notes which can
help you rank higher in Google. Let’s move right along to
technique number seven, create predictably viral content. Is there a formula for creating
content that goes viral, no. If there was, everyone would use it. That said, there are four
things you could do to increase the odds that your content goes viral. First, viral content tends
to contain lots of visuals. This can be a bunch of images, or an infographic, or a video. The type of image doesn’t really matter. The important thing is that you
use visuals in your content. Why? Industry studies show that
image rich content gets 94% more social shares compared to
content that’s nothing but text. Second, viral content tends
to have a high utility. Utility simply means that your content is useful in some way. Maybe you show people
how to seed broccoli. Or maybe you teach people how
to nail their job interview. Either way, research shows that
extremely practical content has a very high chance of going viral. Third, long-form content tends to go viral more often than short
articles and blog posts. Like I mentioned earlier in this video, BuzzSumo recently analyzed
a million articles. Well in that same study,
they found that long-form content tends to get significantly more shares and backlinks
than short posts. In fact, as you can see,
content that’s at least 3000 words gets 208% more
shares than short articles. I’ve noticed the same thing, myself. For example, here’s a long-form article from my blog, a giant
list of SEO techniques. This post weighs in at a
staggering 6,525 words. And the simple fact that
my post is insanely long is a big reason that it’s been shared thousands of times, and
those shares have sent boatloads of traffic to my website. Lastly, viral content needs
an initial push to get going. Why? Well according to 2 million blog posts come
out every single day. So for your content to stand
out, you need to promote it. For example, entrepreneur
and backlinko reader Chris Gimmer, published this post on a site a while back, and it went viral. In fact, that single piece of content generated 17,000 visitors
to his site in one day. And it wouldn’t have
happened if Chris didn’t promote his content on sites like reddit, which led to hundreds of
visitors, within hours. Let’s keep things rolling
with technique number eight, post on social media at strategic times. So, CoSchedule recently analyzed the best times to post
on social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. So, what did they find? They discovered that these are the best times to post on each network. And now it’s time for our last tip, get more traffic with
content transformation. Content transformation is simple. Instead of starting from scratch, convert one of your articles
into another format, like an ebook, video,
infographic or podcast. For example, I published this case study on my blog a while back, as you can see, this post generated lots of
social shares and comments. But I knew that I could squeeze even more value out of this content. So I turned that post
into a YouTube video. That single video has over 90,000 views and has brought me hundreds
of website visitors. All from a piece of content
that I published years ago. You could republish your older content on sites like LinkedIn and Media. For example, I published this study of YouTube ranking factors
on my blog about a year ago. And I republished that same
piece of content as a LinkedIn article, which along with
my other LinkedIn posts, led to a decent chunk of targeted traffic. That’s the power of
content transformation. Now before we end this video I
want to show you a cool bonus technique, steal your
competitors traffic sources. Imagine that you can see exactly where your competitors get their traffic from. That would be a goal of mine, right? Well your competitors
probably aren’t about to send you their Google Analytics password. Fortunately, you don’t need it. That’s because you can see all of their top traffic sources
for free with SimilarWeb. SimilarWeb not only shows you
a nice overview of the sites traffic, but exactly where
they get that traffic from. So, what can you do with this information? For example, let’s say
that you noticed that one of your competitors gets a
big chunk of their traffic from guest posting on a particular site. Well you can guest post there too. Or let’s say they’re driving
lots of visitors from YouTube, it might be time to set
up a YouTube channel. You get the idea. Either way, with this approach
you don’t need to wonder what the best traffic
sources in your niche are. Instead, you get a list of sites that you can get targeted traffic from. Let’s end this video with one more quick bonus tip, drive traffic from forums. Forums are a very underrated
source of traffic. When you become an active member of a forum, you built a funnel. A funnel that brings people
back to your website. Let me walk you through
a real life example. When I first got started
with the Backlinko blog, I was starting from scratch. I had zero followers, zero visitors and zero email subscribers. And I knew that SEO and
social media can be great ways to get traffic but
they take time to kick in. So, to give my traffic a head start I became an active member of
a popular marketing forum. I answered questions that
people asked on the forum, and I even posted some original content. And this led to a solid influx of visitors to my brand new blog. So, there you have it. Nine techniques to help you
get more website traffic. If you learned something
new from today’s video then make sure to subscribe to the Backlinko YouTube Channel, right now. Just click on the subscribe
button below this video. Also, if you want exclusive
SEO traffic techniques that I only share with subscribers, head over to
and hop on the news letter. It’s free. And now I’d like to turn it over to you. Which technique from today’s video are you going to try first? Are you going to start
writing more list posts? Or maybe want to drive
traffic from forums? Either way let me know by leaving
a comment below right now. I feel like I could do like
ten more videos right now. [inhaling] zool. Oh it’s a slide anyway, what am I doing? All right so this one I’m calling my mom. So nervous, man. But a good chunk- agh. How many ways can you squeeze a lemon?

100 thoughts on “How to Get More Traffic in 2019 (9 New Strategies)

  1. Connor Beck Post author

    This was such a great post! So informative! Keep up the excellent work, Brian! And, thank you for all the usable advice so far. It's pure gold!

  2. Israel Englard Post author

    Hi Brian, I love your content! It helped/helping me so much! I have a Q, is it better to turn off comments or leave it on and receive a lot of negative comments?

  3. Ethiopia tube Post author

    i loved your tough …. i want ask you can i upload video that are no copy right video (free video ) as beginner youtuber

  4. Therapy in a Nutshell Post author

    Thanks for your videos! I only watched 3 of them, applied the strategy and got 10 times the views for my channel (went from 400 minutes a day to 4000/day). I'm excited to learn more and apply more of your techniques. Wish I could upload the graph from my analytics to show you…

  5. Yuvrajsinh Vaghela Post author

    Brian, as far as I understand session # users. In the video, I noticed we are presenting the sessions as users. Could you please check it out?

  6. Ray Montolio Post author

    you can learn a lot from watching the camera technique Brain uses in his videos. Notice the constant change of location of his image as he delivers his message. His excited tone of voice. The quick sound effects when he shows a chart. In between the chart transitions, you will hear the sound effect. All this will keep the watcher transfixed on the video. A very good technique for keeping folks watching. Bravo Brian!! I've learned quite a lot from watching your videos.😇👍

  7. LyfeAsCam Post author

    i have a request!!! could you pls make a video about instagram?? thanks so much!!

  8. saurav rai Post author

    Problem with forums are they either delete your comment or ban your account 🙁

  9. Sandeep Kaistha Post author

    Hi Brian… Awesome tips! Thanks a lot for sharing. I have a question. I have a business blog on photography and I was wondering which approach would be better – example, If I am writing a blog on family photoshoot tips, should I write 1 article which is 2000-3000 words long and covers all aspects of family photography such as group photo ideas, clothing, poses, outdoors versus indoors etc or should I create 4 separate blog posts of 500-600 words on each of the topics. Which one in your opinion would be a better approach for SEO?

  10. MSJ da Tube Post author

    Sure I will try these tips, as I'm not getting viewers on my blog post. Even though I wrote about – @t

  11. Corso di scrittura creativa online Post author

    Hi @Brian, there is a problem with strategy num 1. Most of the websites that accept guest posts are strict about backlinks: they accept only 1 link in the Bio. Any tips? thanks, great video 🙂

  12. Digital Nomad Post author

    Same bullshit again and again… Everybody is saying same things

  13. Tony Omary Post author

    really love you actionable tips. I'll be implementing more list post this year and repurposing my old posts

  14. Sean S Post author

    Thanks Brian! Quick Question: I'd prefer to turn off ads on my youtube channel so people are focused on my stuff. Will that affect how much YT decides to show my videos?

  15. zoeagility15 Post author

    Great tips! How do you recommend approaching podcast creators about being a guest?

  16. Jeff Hutchinson Post author

    This is awesome info, if content has more of an entertainment value like animation or music-based content and doesn't lend itself to informational list posts is there a way to get more shares?

  17. Trap Vibes Forever Post author

    what if i am where my competitors get their content from? … what do i do then? i have a channel that has been holding me back for years and its clear as day… he's even stolen from my channel…. if you're reading this Brian please for the love of god I am begging you for any tips on what to do…

  18. AULPINY Post author

    You are conten is very helpful, easy to understand, and fun to learn. I liked the way you described in this video. 💓💓

  19. BELIEVE INYOURSELF Post author

    You’re the only guy alive that makes so much of sense. Rest share shitty seo techniques

  20. Siri's Studio Post author

    Thanks for producing valuable content..
    Hope these strategies help my small channel grow fast..
    Thank you Brian

  21. Mohamed Chand Post author

    Awesome… you're very generous. I'm inspired to start using your strategies.

  22. Sauté Post author

    To the 10% who is reading this comment, I hope you realize your passion and be successful in life. I too realized my passion to become a YouTuber 3 months back. I love cooking and Video Editing. It's been an amazing journey.😬😬

  23. 8wiser Solutions Post author

    Hi Brian, I am Don which is one of your fans on SEO skills and knowledge. As Google always emphasises on Mobile experience and speed. However, while have done some research over some website which includes your backlinko as the sample. All of the website got the same result in which the scores maintain at 20+ on mobile sites, but your desktop score is pretty good. How do we justify whether Google speed test score is correct?

  24. modelchickny Post author

    Wow, such great information. I wish I found your channel sooner! Just subscribed today. I will apply what I just learned from your video to my YouTube channel. Thanks for this information!

  25. Pourya Kordi Post author

    Important question plz answer.

    Thank you for your awsome videos.

    I follow your work everywhere but im afraid of using your tips because our website is in persian language wich i heard persian google updates is way behind english and new seo tips even tips from around 2016 or so does not work on these languages is that true? And if it is true do u have any advice?

    Thank you in advance.

  26. Joe Monico Post author

    Just saw your website article and subscribed to your channel and I reatlive your expert opinion on how to grow your YouTube channel. I have s channel and I post backing tracks and original music. I will follow your channel and I will work on following your advice. Wish me luck! 🤡

  27. Strategy State Post author

    Between Brian and Neil Patel, these guys have SEO covered.
    Love your content mate!

  28. TRIPLEMLUXE Post author

    I love the fact that you don't share typical advice that we all know!! Thank you for sharing & I'm so happy I came across your channel!! SUBSCRIBED!

  29. Reevan Rodrigues Post author

    Hey, Brian Dean Awesome tips!!!. I love the way you explain all these tips. I am learning a lot from you. Thanks!!!

  30. Noman Anwar SEO Expert Post author

    I need ton's of traffic but I need some similar niche podcast to write up my content.

  31. Anwarul Azam Post author

    Topcellent tips. But how can the list post technique help to generate traffic when that list post isn't on the first page of Google?

  32. pratik babhulkar Post author

    Great video ..lot of information and useful. Thank you for making this video

  33. ស្ដាប់ បានចេះ Post author

    Good video but difficult for me

  34. Nite Nurs Beatz Post author

    Watched yur vid 10xs how can u help me get more traffic n views?
    Love jeff roses vids n i love yur channel i just subbed

  35. Ash Naiku Post author

    These WordPress hosting sites are suppose to be faster:
    1.servebolt 2.digitalocean 3.wpengine 4.kinsta 5.siteground
    Any recommendations ?

  36. Ash Naiku Post author

    What parameter to use to compare the speed :
    1.Connect (ms) 2.Time To First Byte (ms) 3.Load (ms) 4.Response (ms)

  37. Itumeleng Moshayi Post author

    Your channel is a real gold mine! Thank you for putting such a lot of effort into sharing valuable content. I have to say, one of the best.

  38. Fedor Timofeev Post author

    Искал что-то подобное, теперь нашел, ты лучший.

  39. Recicle fazendo Arte com ideias incríveis Post author

    I am one in the midst of billions, but what attracted me to your channel was having seen its thumbnail. In the photo you are without making strange faces as everyone is doing to attract people and you seemed more serious and full of content. I have difficulty understanding the whole English language, but I can understand some details and believe that their subjects are serious and focused. Thank you.👍👏

  40. MR. E Your Neighborhood Teacher Post author

    Content is great but the suddle humor is amazing!

  41. ABCDEFGH Post author

    500th comment!

    What did Brian Dean say when he appeared in the podcast episodes?

  42. Marnus Meyer Post author

    Brian, your videos are so insightful. Thank you! Do you have any tips or special techniques that you can share with those of us who have mostly visual websites? For example photographers, graphic designers, makeup artists, architects etc? We mostly use our websites as a graphic portfolio of our work. How can we get more reach and traffic to our websites?

  43. Corentin Bobichon Post author

    Hi Brian,
    Is there no duplicated content issues when you repost to Medium and LinkedIn ?
    Thanks for your help,

  44. Aboard Sea Oasis Post author

    Yes, I will try some of your Strategies but what hit me between the eyes is the fact that you deliver your message so enthusiastically and it contains original ideas that you have dug deeply to find. Thank you, you were a big encouragement!

  45. Robin Ooi Post author

    Thanks Brian for sharing such useful tips on getting more traffic to website. I can personally vouch for some that I've been using all this while and I got to say it still works even though they might be old, for example forum traffic.

  46. Cornelius & Cornelia Post author

    You're doing the Lord's work Brian – THANK YOU!

  47. FWA Marketing Post author

    It was actually helpful. One can use the content updation methods to revive the current blog into something new that can engage users. Valuable content indeed.

  48. Fox Run Environmental Education Center Post author

    Ive started making podcasts:) Thanks for the great advice

  49. Deycrew Post author

    Please answer which software do you use for editing? Im an upcoming youtuber and i really want to learn good editing🤞🏻

  50. Barton Interactive Post author

    Thank you for the great tips! We just tried #5 (update & relaunch an old post) last week and have seen some great results. Can't wait to try more!

  51. Penny Pinching Grandma Post author

    Thank you for being my youtube "Guru" I just started 3 weeks ago and have 208 Subscribers as of today. I will be working on all these suggestions you shared.

  52. Tokyoespresso Post author

    Love your tips. Really helpful for me as I start my channel.

  53. Bao Ng Post author

    Brian, thanks for your great information, it's very helpful

  54. Shan Anwar Post author

    Add a translator to your website to make easy readable every language

  55. akshay k Post author

    It is so good bro
    .Keep doing good videos!

  56. Kids Toysbox Post author

    Hey Brian. This is so amazing knowledge for the new youtubers.iam so inspired after watching your videos today.Thankyou very much for the great tricks for the new journey .Thumbs up 👍 2019 Best Teacher 👨‍🏫

  57. Decorate Genius Post author

    Wow great information! I'm ready to apply tips.

  58. Manpreet Kaur Post author

    When you reposted your content to linkedin, weren't you worried about duplicate content? How did you deal with that?

  59. BANK 7s ON Post author

    Thanx for dropping jems for the community 🤝💯

  60. FOREX IN WORLD Post author

    Reddit submited post is rank in google?

  61. Nikolaj Olsen Post author

    I get that being different and stealing your competitors traffic can make you more visible, but aren't big companies co-operating instead? If they are doing that, shouldn't we?

  62. Nichel Maycock Post author

    In terms of best times to post. What time zone were those times?

  63. Jonathon Heintze Post author

    Hey man i love your content and the effects. How do you make the animations, zoom in on pages etc.. That helps me stay engaged. Love to hear back.

  64. Matt Langford Post author

    Thanks Brian, you have made some fantastic points. You have a great approach, and you have a great way of delivering information clearly.

  65. luvya khushalani Post author

    Im going to try everything, slowly of course!

  66. Яхья Торшхоев Post author

    I need text version of this video..


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