So how long until that whole new site traffic wears off? I’m getting about 3 to 5 hits a day on my site and I’m not even on google. I would imagine it’s all techs and stuff because I’m WAY too new to be getting any kind of actual traffic…
Here’s my reply:
Another way of asking that is “how long until I start getting organic traffic”? The ballpark is a few months to a year (or never). My blog took a couple years to start getting organic traffic, then I switched domain name and it basically went back to zero, and after a year I’m only averaging 10 or so visits a day.
It’s a chicken and egg situation: search engines think your site is junk until people start linking to it and visiting it; and people will never link to it or visit it because search engines think it’s junk and so don’t ever show it.
To break that cycle (and get more “organic” visitors), you need to do some good ol’ hustling…
1. Tell your friends about your site on social media (bonus points if they add links to it too).
2. Add links to the site yourself. Eg tweet about it, post to applicable subreddits, ask to be listed by local community or interest-based websites
3. Make useful comments on other blogs, Reddit, Twitter, etc. If permitted, link to your applicable posts etc.
4. Make sure Google knows about your site (eg if you’re on WordPress, you can use the [XML sitemap plugin ](https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/) to tell Google you exist
5. Probably the biggest, ask to guest blog on someone else’s established site (although don’t go straight to asking the biggest players, they’re unlikely to take interest in a tiny no-traffic site owner; try sites from the second or third page of Google results.) Then make sure there’s a link to your site in your author profile.
Generally, you’re wanting to learn about the domain of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which is a potentially huge topic. But the above reflects my best understanding so far.
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