How to Get Google to Send You 119,717 Visitors Every Month

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I’ll never forget the first time I got 100,000 visitors from Google traffic in one month. It was a pretty sweet milestone. Today I’m going to show you how I did it. Get your reading glasses ready.

When you first think about starting a blog you kind of don’t imagine you’ll ever get more than a trickle of traffic.

And then you have your first 100-visitor day.

Then your first 1,000-visitor day.

After a while even 5,000 or 10,000 visitors a day seems like just part of the plan.

What I want to do today is show you that detailed plan and take away some of the mystery. Let’s look at all the ins and outs of how to get over 100,000 visitors a month from natural organic Google search.

Things are so much nicer when you have a plan.

Why is Google traffic still the best?

If you’ve been reading Blog Tyrant for a while you’ll know that I occasionally warn against relying on Google too much.

And I stand by that.

Organic traffic from Google search is still the most valuable traffic you can get because it grows, it’s free (sort of), and people who are using search engines are usually in a buy-ready frame of mind.

Google traffic
A screen shot of my Clicky Analytics account showing one of my first 28 day periods where I had 100,000+ unique visitors hitting my blog from Google searches.

However, if your begin to rely solely on that traffic you run the risk of getting yourself into a bit of trouble in the longterm. Every time Google updates its algorithm there is a chance your blog is going to be less relevant.

And that means your traffic vanishes.

My own little story with this issue

I’ve told this story before but when I first got into blogging I had a few fitness blogs which made money pretty exclusively through Google Adsense. One day I woke up and all my traffic (and revenue!) had gone – I’d received a pretty significant Google penalty for some unknown reason.

Lucky for me, the traffic came back.

But it was a very scary experience and it taught me that I need to ensure that I have diversified traffic sources that act as a back up in case one of them gets accidentally or deliberately turned off.

How long does it take to get 100,000 visitors a month from Google?

Something I want to stress in this post is that my approach to Google traffic is one that is very clean, natural and safe.

And “safe” isn’t always a word that sits well with entrepreneurs.

Because it usually means slow.

If you’re after some short term SEO tricks to help you get an inferior website ranked in two weeks then this isn’t the post for you. This is all about a high-value approach to blogging that you can use on a site that you love and don’t want to take unnecessary risks with.

But saying it will take 6 months or a year is kind of irresponsible of me because every blog and niche is different. It will depend a lot on how prolific you can be, and how willing you are to learn a new approach.

How to get 100,000 visitors a month from Google

Okay, now we can get into the real tofu and potatoes of the post.

And, as always, if you get to the end and think I’ve missed something important or have any questions please leave a comment and let me know.

1. Choose a topic, keywords and target market that has the depth

The very first thing you need to do if you want to have a good SEO strategy is know what keywords you are going after and what target market you are trying to tap into.

Too often I see blogs that have a very generalised topic which leads to a lot of fragmented content, an unresponsive mailing list and not a lot of success.

When researching your topic, please make sure you know what you want to talk about and how your blog is going to be different to all the others out there. It is very important that you think about deliberate ways that your topic is going to stand out.

When researching keywords, it’s a good idea to know who your competition is and how saturated the market is. There are some niches that are very, very hard to compete in. The main worry, however, is a niche with not enough traffic.

google traffic estimator

One simple place to start is by logging into Google Adwords and using their suite of Tools. One of them will estimate search volume and show you the Adwords bidding competition. This will give you a pretty good idea about whether your market is worth the effort.

Make sure you try a lot of variations of your keywords here. Even small changes like plurals or alternative words that seem similar can have a massive effect on traffic numbers.

At this stage you’ll also want to look at your competition using a service like Majestic to see what keywords are going around, who is working on what, etc. You can then go and spend some time manually searching and clicking through to websites to see if there is anything that you can do better than what is already out there.

At this point I’d like to just mention that passion really is the most important thing here. It’s something I’ve heard successful bloggers like Glen from ViperChill say again and again. Even if you find a profitable niche to work in, you’ll soon lose interest at all the hard (and boring tasks) if you don’t love it and sincerely want to help your readership.

That is very important.

2. Get your own domain name and self-hosted WordPress setup

How many times have you seen a free blog like Tumblr or Blogger in the first position on Google? Not often is the answer.

Google gives a much higher weighting to websites and blogs that have their own domain name and host because it is a pretty basic signal that that website is going to be taking itself more seriously – hence better quality. Here’s a quick video explaining my preferred setup.

So how do you choose a good domain name? Well, there are several options:

  • Exact match keywords
    A few years ago if you could get an exact match phrase you’d be more likely to rank at the top. Now this isn’t so popular and can look a bit spammy. However, for local search, things like still rank extremely well if you can get them.
  • Keyword + noun
    Another popular method is to take the keyword that you are targeting and add a noun or adjective to it. Blog Tyrant could be an example of this approach if I was targeting the keyword “blog”.
  • Distinctive domains
    This is actually now the best option given that all the good keyword domains are taken. Being distinctive is important. Look at a site like ViperChill where the domain name has nothing to do with anything but you’ll never forget it.

Once you’ve decided on your domain name you can register it and do all your WordPress set up through BlueHost. This is a good idea because then everything is in the one place. Here is a tutorial on how to start a WordPress blog and bit more about blog hosting in general if you’re interested.

3. Change your general WordPress settings for better SEO performance

For the most part, WordPress is a pretty SEO-friendly platform. That being said, there are a few little default things that we want to change from the get go.

The first is your default permalinks structure which is often set to some combo of the date and name. I like to set this to just post name as we will want the keywords that we are targeting to show up in the post. Just go Settings > Permalinks > Post Name.


Remember, if you already have your blog up and running you don’t want to change any existing permalinks as that will result in any links pointing to that old structure to throw an error. We only want it for future things.

The next thing you want to make sure is that your post titles are set to h1 tags and not anything else. Often you find that WordPress themes have the site name as the first header and then the post title is h2 which is a mistake. You can change this by going Appearance > Editor > Single Post and then changing your post title to the right tag.

The last basic WordPress thing we want to change is your sidebar. Get rid of everything in there except for an email subscriber opt-in form and maybe some links to your most popular posts. You don’t need all that Meta stuff in there, and you especially don’t want any blogroll links.

4. Install an SEO-specific plugin like WordPress SEO by Yoast

Now you’ll want to get a little more advanced and install a plugin that has been specifically designed for improving your WordPress blog’s search engine performance. The most popular and well respected is WordPress SEO by Yoast.

This plugin is actually quite intimidating for beginner/intermediate level bloggers. There are a lot of settings and options and you will be introduced to a whole new lexicon of SEO-related words.

Don’t panic.

Firstly, Yoast has written a really comprehensive guide on how to get yourself properly setup. Secondly, it’s not the kind of thing you need to get totally correct before you do anything else – you can tweak as you go. I would earmark half a day of your time to add the plugin and go through the above article making changes and then just leave it for a while.


The great thing about this plugin, as you can see above, is that it will tell you if you are making any large mistakes or errors as you go along. Combine this with the installation guide and you will find yourself learning a lot about SEO best practices for a WordPress blog setup.

5. Carefully tweak and improve your user experience ranking factors

The above plugin and settings mostly tweak your site to make it look better in the eyes of Google bots. But what we want to do now is make sure it looks good in the eyes of your human readers.

The interesting thing about this is that improving a blog’s user experience also leads to a better ranking performance because Google only wants to refer its customers to highly useful sites.

Start by making sure you have a mobile responsive WordPress theme. This is especially important since the Google mobile update that happened a few weeks ago.

If you’re not sure whether your site looks good to Google then use their mobile testing tool. Here’s what it says about Blog Tyrant:

mobile friendly

The next most important user experience ranking factor is speed. Google only wants to send visitors to website that load extremely quickly because they know that people are impatient. If your site is taking longer than about 2-3 seconds to load then it is too slow.

blog load speed

The above is a screenshot of a speed test I did on Blog Tyrant using Pingdom Tools where the results are very positive. Of course, this speed varies depending on the location of the user, how many people are on the website, etc. but overall my site is loading pretty well.

Some of the basic things you can do to ensure your blog is loading quickly include:

  • Shrinking images
    I’m always surprised at how often bloggers upload images that are > 2MB. It’s too large. Ideally you want to shrink your images down to around < 50KB or smush them.
  • Talking to your server technicians
    If you are on a good web host you will usually find that your server technicians will offer you some free advice on how to best optimise your blog. Open up a support ticket and tell them you need to make some site speed improvements and see what tips they give. They can do things like enabling GZIP which is a server-side speed improvement.
  • Using a caching plugin
    Caching is another big topic that takes a while to get your head around. A lot of it can be done on the server side of things, but there are also several good WordPress plugins like W3 Total Cache which you can install and get good results with.

Now that you’ve taken some steps to speed up your blog, you’ll want to start looking at the layout of your theme and ensuring that you have the design setup in a way that will encourage visitors to take an action.

For example, it’s a very good idea to ensure that you important stuff is above the fold. This is the area of your blog that people see before they have to scroll. Any opt-in forms, calls to action, etc. really need to be in this area, or at least catered to in a design that encourages scrolling.

You’ll also want to look at things like your typography and replace any slow self-hosted fonts with either web safe versions or a Google Font version which always seem to be quicker and you can test out text to see what looks nice.


Make sure you use a large, easy to read font size that fits with your branding. The general wisdom is that fonts like Arial, Verdana and Georgia are good choices because people are used to reading them and thus it feels familiar. Here’s some interesting recommendations from Apple on the topic.

6. Create strategic content based around keywords, value and point of difference

Ever since I first sold a blog in college I’ve preferred to approach blogging, SEO and online business with a “quality first” attitude where my stuff hopefully helps people.

And one of the mantras you hear a lot in the blogging world is the idea that content is king.

Well, I actually think that is a pretty ordinary phrase.

Quality content alone is not enough. It needs a strategy. – Tweet this.

If you really pay attention to what is appearing at the top of Google these days you’ll notice that there is a mix of local stuff, videos, long form content, aged content, fresh content, photos, etc. Have a look at a few results for the term “email marketing”.

email marketing

It is quite varied.

So instead of just attempting to write something “quality”, what we need to do is really dig deep into the niche and figure out what we can create that is not only useful, but different. How can I make something that will get attention?

That is very important.

But that content that we create also has to form part of an overall blogging strategy otherwise it is all a complete waste of time. There is absolutely no point in getting over 100,000 visitors to your blog each month if they aren’t taking some type of action towards your goals.

Here’s some more reading on why a blog is not enough in and of itself.

Let’s look at WPMU DEV as an example of someone who does strategic content very well. If you do a Google search for “most beautiful responsive WordPress themes” you’ll see they have this article ranking near the top.

Then at the top of that article they have this in-house promotion:

responsive design

This is a really clever way to build traffic using organic methods in order to sell a product that you own and control. A lot of their tutorials and articles are very closely related to the plugins and WordPress themes that they develop. This has the dual effect of benefiting their existing customers as well as finding new ones through Google.

Oh yeah – they have over 370,000 customers paying minimum $24 a month.

7. Leverage other sites’ authority and build links by providing value around the web

There is something quite intangible about this point but I want to write about it anyway because I feel like it has been really important for my own Google rankings.

Over the last few years I’ve noticed something interesting.

If you can write something really good about a topic everyone knows but have a new angle to it, and then get yourself in front of influencers regularly, you will find that they start to link to your articles quite naturally.

In the last few weeks alone I’ve had links from Neil Patel, Moz and Search Engine Watch all for things I’ve done on my About page or my article about About pages!

Another example would be the link I got on Boost Blog Traffic for an article about controversial titles where they featured a controversial title that I wrote.

Simple stuff.

This is another example of the fact that you don’t have to be first in your niche, you just have to try to find a way to stand out and be noticed. Sometimes you can do that with something as basic as your own personal story.

One of the other ways I do this is to make sure I link to all my favorite bloggers regularly when I write something that I think is pretty good. Bloggers really love getting links, and if you’ve included them on some awesome new resource that you’ve made you might just find that they link back to another one of your posts when they’re writing something new.

If you’re doing a guest post on someone else’s blog then this is the absolute best time to mention someone that you’d like to get in front of.

8. Update old stuff (including titles and descriptions)

These days Google is giving a lot of weight to fresh content.

What that means is that some of the brilliant articles that you wrote five years ago, even though they may be the best thing on the web, might not be appearing as high as they should be because some new whipper snapper is stealing your thunder.

One way to combat this is to go back and figure out which posts might need a bit of a fresh coat of paint and add things like new information, graphics, photos, videos, etc. and really make it feel modern again.

One of the good things about the WordPress SEO plugin mentioned above is that it lets you re-write your titles for search engines. One of the main reasons you might want to do this is to show that it has been updated.

For example, in 2014 I wrote a post about the things to know before starting a blog in that year. The content is still perfectly relevant today in 2015 so I updated the description to reflect that fact.

starting a blog

If it still had the old 2014 information in there I might see a lot fewer people clicking through from Google. I don’t recommend you go and do this for every post in your archive either – just try and keep the posts that need to be updated updated.

9. Reinvest part of your earnings to increase exposure

I know a lot of you might be getting sick of me talking about this but it’s so important so I’m going to keep saying it.

Advertising on Facebook Ads and Google Adwords is actually a really big part of good SEO.

Expert SEOs are going to laugh at me for saying that but I don’t care, hear me out.

When you have a really good piece of content that you’ve invested countless hours into researching, writing and editing, you want to make sure it does well. Now, even if you main goal is to get that article to rank on Google you’ll want to make sure you spend money on social advertising.

And the reason is simple.

The wider reach your article has the more likely it is to get seen by someone who’ll eventually link to it.

Think about it.

You can go onto Facebook and in five minutes create an advert that will target only people interested in XYZ niche. That might include other bloggers in the XYZ niche – hopefully even some influencers. If your article is any good it’ll be on their radar next time they are writing about that topic.

This type of promotion works extremely well for long form content and types of content that people can download and use as an everlasting resource. I reckon I’ve probably link to Jon Morrow’s headline PDF at least five times.

10. Listen to Google but don’t be afraid of Google

One of the things that I’ve learned from ViperChill that I’m very grateful for is the idea that you should listen to Google but not always be afraid that you are doing something terribly wrong.

Glen takes a lot of risks with his SEO approach, something that I’m not willing to do here, but he’s also kind of helped me loosen up about trying out new things without fear of a Google penalty.

I wrote about one example in my post on why guest posts still work.

When Matt Cutts told everyone that guest posts were a dangerous way to build backlinks everyone just kind of stopped doing guest posts.

That’s silly.

Guest posting is still a fantastic way to get traffic to your site and find a whole new readership, many of whom will link to your content, promote it on social media and share it with their own audiences. So guest posting for SEO is still very much alive, it’s just smarter now.

Make sure you know what Google wants and doesn’t want, but don’t be so scared of the rules that you stop making content that people want to consume.

One practical task you can do right now

I want to end this post by giving you one practical task that you can start today that will get you closer towards your first 100,000 visitors from Google in a single month.

Start by reading this post (I’m assuming you have if you’re this far) and taking into account all the ideas on keyword research, strategic content, etc. your task is:

Write one brilliant post of at least 3,500 words (include links to big bloggers in your niche, graphics, photos, etc.) based around one strategic keyword set and a point of difference. Find another blog to give it away to as a guest post.

This is something that I notice a lot of bloggers still really struggle to do. When it comes to getting traffic from Google a lot of it really starts with getting your name out there and building links by building up your brand awareness. And that can be done really simple with some good guest posting.

How much traffic do you get from Google?

If you have any questions about how to get more Google traffic I’d be more than happy to try and answer them in the comments below. I’d also be really interested to know how much traffic you get from Google searches and whether you think you could be doing better.

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  • Stefan Guy

    Great post Ramsey, I’ve been learning so much from your site. Thank you.

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Stefen. Glad you enjoyed it. πŸ˜‰

  • gaurav

    again a great post Ramsay,
    no matter what platform comes, google always play a great role in traffic generation.

    1. Ramsay

      Yep, I think it’s important not to ignore them, but also not be too reliant on them. Just in case.

  • xameliax

    What a fabarticle, so informative. Saving it for reference and will certainly be returning to implement all these tips


    1. Ramsay

      I hope it proves useful to you in the future. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Rinkesh

    Hi Ramsay,

    Great post. Which hosting provider are you using right now?


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Rinkesh.

      I use BlueHost for some projects and KnownHost for some others. In my opinion they are the two best around – phenomenal support.

      1. Brad

        Related question … if you are aiming for 100,000 visitors/month, will a shared Bluehost account handle that traffic? I know they say unlimited traffic but I’ve heard that in reality it isn’t unlimited.

        1. Ramsay

          Hi Brad.

          If you are starting to get bigger traffic I recommend you migrate up to their VPS package which is much better suited to high server loads.

          1. Brad

            Well, that’s kind of my question … how big is “bigger traffic?” 10,000/month; 100,000/month; 1,000,000/month? I’ve heard many times I’ll need to upgrade but how do I know when?

  • Hoda

    Hey Ramsay! Phew, that was a long read πŸ˜€
    First I just want to mention that the link for “Tweet this” after “Quality content alone is not enough. It needs a strategy.” isn’t working :/ It might just be me, but I thought I would bring it to your attention πŸ™‚

    Also I have a question–I know that you and most other rad blog-help blogger are always pushing for wordpress. I am currently on my own domain name using Blogger and I don’t really want to go through the huge mess of moving to wordpress when I don’t really feel like it would help me that much…but a lot of these SEO plugins that you mentioned are only relevant to wordpress–is there anything you would recommend for people on Blogger? Or do you think it’s really worth the pain of moving my blog over to another platform?

    Aside from that, It seems like I’m doing much of what you listed in this blog post (*usually* great content, specific niche (I’m an Iranian fashion + social action blogger, so like ethical fashion…from an Iranian’s point of view haha) and have tried and tested so many SEO tactics but it still doesn’t seem to be helping grow my audience. I know that a lot of the visitors I’m gettting are converting into loyal readers, so I don’t think there is much issue with my level of content, but my blog seems to be hidden by search engines & I’m not sure why?
    Sorry for the essay of a comment! πŸ™‚

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Hoda.

      Thanks for the heads up about the Tweet. I’d just fixed it as you wrote to me!

      I had a quick look at your site and it looks really nice. Lots of great photos. This kind of blog should be ranking nicely. However, I can see a few small SEO things that might be causing your problems – your post titles, for example, are set to H3 instead of H1.

      To be honest with you, I have almost no experience with Blogger so I don’t really know what to recommend. Migrating to WordPress would be a bit of a hassle though so I guess you have to weigh up your options.

      It might be worth getting an SEO audit from someone like Yoast?

      1. Hoda

        Oh thank you, Ramsay, for such a quick and helpful reply! I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚
        How did you notice that my titles were in H3 instead of H1?? (Also any tips on how to make my titles set to H1?)

        And okay, I’ll definitely look into Yoast, thank you for the suggestions!

        1. Ramsay

          I just looked at your page source in my browser. Using Chrome just right click and press Inspect element.

          No idea in Blogger, sorry.

  • Jeroen

    Hi Ramsay,

    I’m a SEO at a marketing agency and I must say that I really like how you simplify this whole “blog content into traffic”-thing. It’s super useful for me to share posts like this with people not really in the industry. Keep it up, then I’ll promise to keep sharing it πŸ˜‰


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Jeroen.

      Thanks so much for that feedback. Means a lot. Please don’t show it to people in the industry! Ha ha.

  • Forge

    Another great caching plugin is WP Rocket. The downside is it’s a paid plugin, but the upside is there is zero setup / config like W3 total cache.

    Have been recommending it to my WP clients lately

    1. Ramsay

      Yeah the config is really a bit off putting when it comes to W3. Thanks for recommending, I’ll check it out. Generally I’ve found that paid plugins don’t have a downside – usually much better products.

  • Kosta

    Thanks for the article Ramsay! I’m wondering how do you think this advice relates to fashion and lifestyle blogs? It sounds logical when reading the information, but I think most of the advice (linking to other bloggers, writing longer posts, updating old posts and finding new key words to target) is hard to apply in a natural way. What do you think?

    1. Ramsay

      Hey Kosta.

      I am honestly yet to find a niche where the long/valuable/etc. mantra doesn’t work. One example I really enjoy is Legal Nomads and this type of post:

      Even something as simple as “how to tie a tie” could have thousands of photos, variations, historical references, videos, etc. I think it’s all about the angle.

      1. Kosta

        Thanks Ramsay. You’re definitely right that it’s all about the angle. I guess I need to do some more thinking in order to produce the best content.

    2. Hoda

      Hey Kosta! As a fashion blogger myself, I totally understand where you’re coming from! I think a great way to incorporate the tips Ramsay uses here is by trying to find a way that you can use your outfit shoot to help/give suggestions to your readers–tips on layering, pattern clashing–that way the post is also more likely to be shared! (well that is at least in my own experience!).
      As for updating older posts I definitely think that is still relevant because maybe you’re editing photos now in a new way to create a more unified/noticeable “look” to your photos/you want to make the photos larger to fit your entire blog space (I know I didn’t used to do that)
      Hope that was semi-helpful! πŸ™‚

    3. Hoda

      Also p.s. your blog is beautiful! πŸ™‚

      1. Kosta

        Thank you so much, Hoda! What you’re saying definitely makes sense. I’ll try to incorporate some tips in my posts.

  • Avichai

    Thanks Ramsay!

    Would you have any advice for travel blogs for example? Of course it’s a very crowded (and large) niche but every post is pretty much about a different destination. I’ve started to toy around with ‘companion blogs’ so actually writing a few short posts to support the big one – but haven’t seen huge results.

    I wanted to expand on your point regarding re-investing some money into paid advertising. What good about putting money into AdWords, is that (aside from getting good traffic) you can use the search term report and see what people were actually searching for that triggered your ads and clicks. This is super helpful in developing a content strategy for SEO. Obviously with Facebook , this is not possible.

    See you in the next post!


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Avi.

      Check out the link in the comment directly above yours. That is my favorite example. Also the guys over at yTravel Blog do it really well:

  • Sue Anne Dunlevie

    Hi, Ramsay,

    Awesome guide to SEO! I guest post 2-3 times a month and I always get great traffic and more subscribers.

    Thanks for the info,

    1. Ramsay

      Hope it’s all going well for you, Sue. It’s awesome to pop into your blog occasionally and always see it stronger and stronger.

  • kaushik

    Hi ramsay,
    Must say, Google favors you a lot !

    And your content is worth reading really.
    Thanks for such useful tips.

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Kaushik.

      They could always favor me more! πŸ™‚

      Thank you. I’m glad you found it useful.

  • Paul

    Hi Ramsey, Out of 572,306 visitors last month Google sent 241,173. Keep up the good information!

    1. Ramsay

      You gonna add any tips or just bragging? πŸ˜‰

  • Cameron

    Great tips.

    I started a movie blog last October and have been working ever since to grow the site as a way of generating a secondary income for my family. I knew the road would be long and hard but had no idea how frustrated I’d get blogging. Some days are awful, nobody it seems visits or likes what you’re doing. Others are great. Yesterday for example I broke my record for views in a day, currently 18,902 off of 17,728 visitors from a reddit post that took off. But today my traffic is back to a trickle. My daily average views are about 400-500. Sometimes more, but hardly less.

    I promote by leaving comments on top ranked articles in google relevant to my own, leveraging facebook as best I can, Reddit heavily, Twitter not so much. Websites aggregates too. Adsense generates some money but I have nothing to sell through associate programs and I found out quickly I need a sledgehammer of traffic to make anything from it.

    It just feels like I’m doing everything I can, outside of spending money, which I don’t have, to grow my traffic and I’m plateauing. I really need Google search traffic to take hold but currently I’m only getting maybe 30 searches a day at best from it.

    Am I too broad? Am Am I doing SEO wrong? Does my content suck? Am I wasting my time? AM I leaving money on the table somehow? These are questions I ask myself daily. I don’t know the answers. All I can do is bury my head in the sand and keep plugging along hopping to reach the promised land one day.

    Thanks for the help.

    1. Ramsay

      Hey Cameron.

      Thanks for sharing. How would you feel about having me and the Tyrant Troops audit your site in a blog post? I used to do it quite a lot but we haven’t done it for a while and I feel like your case is perfect.

      You gotta be open to criticism though!

      1. Cameron

        Dowse me in gasoline and light me up!

        1. Ramsay

          Alright. I’ll get back to you soon when I get some time.

          1. Cameron

            I understand that.

            My email I can be reached at is on the website or I can give you my personal. Just let me know what you need, I’m open to anything, questionnaire, interview, analytic’s access. I’ll have to go research some of your old audits and see what I’m in for. πŸ™‚

  • Fiona

    Another great post Ramsay, lots of food for thought. The one thing that finally got me over the 100k hits a month mark was trend lead content, although it has a short life span it can give that immediate boost (in my case over 30k extra hits). Plus generally I find after a big spike like that traffic doesn’t go back to where it was before, it stays a little higher.

    For me in my niche (sewing) it was writing about a popular sewing based TV show that did it. Plus the SEM Rush software I won in your giveaway at the start of the year has been helping too πŸ˜‰

    1. Ramsay

      Amazing! So good to hear.

  • Maria Glenn

    Hi Ramsay,
    Great article. As someone just starting out in the world of blogging, I need all the tips I can get. I am so grateful for some simple, easy to implement advice.



    1. Ramsay

      Glad it helped.

  • Jennifer

    This is a post I will hold on to! I did the mobile-friendly test and was so happy to see the Awesome! result.
    I’ve had a difficult time getting consistent traffic. I’ve only had a WordPress blog for a few months, so I’m trying to be patient and diligent.
    I will be tweaking my settings according to your advice. Thank you, Ramsay. Your blog is my favorite, hands down.

    1. Ramsay

      Thank you so much. That means a lot to me.

  • Kelvin Igbinigie

    Hi Ramsay,

    I really appreciate you for this post. I’m starting a new blog and I have gained a lot from your post already. I will implement and expect that one day i will hit the 100k from Google visitor.

    Moving on to read your “19 Things To Know Before You Start A Blog”… πŸ™‚

    1. Ramsay

      Hope it helps!

      1. Kelvin Igbinigie

        It sure did… Still expecting your reply on this help I requested for…

        “Please Ramsay, I have been trying to change the post title of my blog to H1 before I start posting more articles. I run a child theme with Genesis Framework… Any suggestion on how to do that?

        Thanks in advance…”

        1. Ramsay

          Best to consult a coder for that one. I don’t use Genesis and it can be a bit difficult. I bet they have support documentation for it though.

  • africaintels

    I stumbled upon your site yesterday and learnt a whole lot and am addicted already.will ask for a favour please at your leisure take a sneak peek at my site and me things am doing wrong and things to add in order to improve it.i started this year thanks and continue the good work

    1. Ramsay


  • Jordannah

    Great post Ramsay, thank you πŸ™‚

  • Jimmy

    Hi Ramsey!

    When it comes to choosing keywords, do you use long keywords or short keywords? I’ve been blogging for five years, rarely get a lot of traffic from google (mostly organic through either my email list, facebook group etc) but I’ve been trying to change that.

    Thanks for such a helpful article!

    1. Cameron

      From what I’ve read/learned long tail are the best. They are less competitive and easier to rank for.

      1. Ramsay

        It depends how ambitious you are! πŸ˜‰

  • Joe

    Hey Ramsay

    It’s worth mentioning that if you plan on Google to be your main traffic source (which you should) and you are just starting up, where possible buy an expired or dormant domain which already has some DA and good quality backlinks. Rather than making a new domain name.

    It can save you months (?years) trying to get up the SERPs. I didn’t do that but wish I had.

    1. Ramsay

      That’s an interesting one. Gotta make sure it’s not a dropped domain, or one with a penalty though. That can be hard to come back from.

  • Kelvin Igbinigie

    Please Ramsay, I have been trying to change the post title of my blog to H1 before I start posting more articles. I run a child theme with Genesis Framework… Any suggestion on how to do that?

    Thanks in advance…

    1. Ramsay

      Best to ask Genesis support on that one.

  • Ryan Biddulph

    Fab Ramsay! What a post dude. Passion screams at me. You can follow practical easily if passion fuels your following. If that makes sense. I don’t pull in that type of Google traffic but I have the passion to fuel my drive, to reach that point. Really, loving what you do makes what you do fun, and if you’re a fun loving blogger you’ll detach from outcomes to do the slow stuff, mentioned, that leads to these staggering results. Thanks dude, what a resource!


    1. Ramsay

      Yeah you’re killing it man. Seeing your stuff everywhere lately.

  • just Stephanie


    I was one of those folks who simply stumbled across your blog in a google search about starting a blog a couple weeks ago. I am one of those folks who has been tinkering and researching blog fine-tuning for a few years now. I have never learned more from one blog. Your content is consistently relevant, and applicable. You clearly live (in the blog world) exactly what you preach and I am very thankful to have come across your blog. Thank you for continuing to share your knowledge, your expertise, and your trials and errors. I’m sure I will have a question or two down the line, but just wanted to take the time to say “Hello!” and thanks.

    1. Ramsay

      Thank you so much. That is such a wonderful comment. Made my day.

  • Anks

    Thank you. I never figured out why some SEO analyser tools were picking all the wrong keywords. It seems my theme uses the h1 tag for all that. I am going to fix that right away… I also liked what you said about the side bar. But I had a question. On a monetised site, where should the ads be placed if not the sidebar? Personally I am not a fan of inserting ads in the blog post. I like to keep them clean… Thanks again. This was very valuable advice.

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Anks. I don’t like ads as a way to make money. But if you have to do them then putting them in the sidebar is fine.

  • Paul Doherty

    I think you might have been looking at my site when getting ideas for this post, especially with the meta’s lol. Im not sure how to set the singlepost to h1 tho, of you have any other info on what exactly to change in there or what it might be set to?

    Cheers Ramsay

    1. Kelvin Igbinigie

      Hi Paul,

      I’m in the same condition with you. Not knowing how to change to h1… I make use of a genesis child theme… the single.php file is empty.

      Please Paul, if you find a solution kindly let me know. Thanks

      1. Paul Doherty

        I sure will Kelvin and if you could do the same please.

    2. Ramsay

      The WordPress support forums are a really good place to start. Usually you just have to edit your existing Single Post title tag to be h1 though. Appearance > Editor > Single Post

      Just make sure you backup.

  • Erik

    Thanks Ramsay!

    I am currently attempting to build more viewership in my niche and I appreciate the post.

    I’m trying to boost my traffic via guest posting. I think that this is great for indirect exposure. Comments on posts like this can get lost in the shuffle, but when you are the writer of the post and have links to your site, then you can get much more exposure.

    Thanks for your time and have a good day,
    Erik –

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Erik.

  • Paul Doherty

    Also Ramsay, I have seen a number of successful blogs in my niche, personal development, who do not have a comments section. Do you think the niche you choose affects the importance of a comments section?

    1. Ramsay

      Yeah I think so. Also, comments can dilute your SEO keyword value so they might be doing it for that reason as well.

  • Laura

    Your website is brilliant ^_^
    I will start a travel blog soon because I’m leaving for Australia and it’s my first ever solo trip. And I’d love to help people out and tell them about my mistakes and my success πŸ™‚
    I would never rely on my blog as my main income but I hope I will be able to encourage some people to follow their travel dreams ^_^

    1. Ramsay

      Good luck Laura!

      1. Laura

        Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Beth

    I’m still not getting it. πŸ™

    1. Ramsay

      Getting what?

  • Andrew

    Hey Ramsay, Excellent post here.

    For whatever reason, I steered away from getting really SEO specific in my posts. But I’m coming back around now and I’m using Google as one of my driving traffic forces again.

    I try to use some of my best posts as guest post anyway but I like your idea of making it SEO specific. Should you clear it with the site you’re guest posting on for the keyword you want to use first?

    – Andrew

    1. Ramsay

      I’m not sure what you mean, sorry. Do you mean ask them whether you can use an anchor rich link? If so, that’s not really best practice anymore.

  • christen

    Another fantastic post!
    I’m curious why you recommend changing all the titles to H1 rather than H2. Could you elaborate?

    1. Ramsay

      I think it has been best SEO practice for a while because each individual post is attempting to be ranked for individual keywords. The homepage of your blog is rarely where you want people to land.

  • Linda

    thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience. It is especially invaluable to those like me who are just starting out. Right now I’m working mostly on my website and have two dormant blogs, which because you’ve given me the tools, I can see the possibilities and the light for all three.
    I really wanted to comment specifically on your post about the “About Page,” because while I knew that it was important, I just din’t know where to start. Your post really helped me to write more than a couple sentences. it might still be a work in progress and I’ve rewritten and updated it a few times.
    I found the ‘About Pages of National geographic, Copy Blogger and Twitter among the most engaging. And I wonder if there isn’t a bias in being more willing to like that particular page if we are already interested in the subject being offered.
    Thanks again Linda

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks for sharing, Linda. I’m glad it was helpful for you.

  • Nate

    Ramsay, this is such a timely article. I’ve just received the green light to write a piece for one of the fastest growing men’s style and grooming sites.

    I’ll be taking your advice to write the best 3,500 word post I can to leave my mark.


    1. Ramsay

      Let me know how it goes. I’m really interested in this type of thing.

      1. Nate

        I sure will! Did you happen to have a chance to look at the eBook I sent you?

  • Aaron

    Thanks for that mate. My question is; does changing the date on an old post get it ranked higher on that basis alone? Or does Google know that it was written a few years ago and not change its ranking based on date? Does updating the content improve rankings? Thanks.

    1. Ramsay

      I think if you’re not careful it can actually be a bad thing. You don’t want to do it like it’s a trick. That’s why I recommend updating the content as well, if it’s needed. It’s hard to say though about the date alone, especially if your comments have dates on them, etc. Best to gently test and see what happens.

  • Jeewan garg

    Sir your article is really nice. But yoast has stopped working, Not able to see that stats now. Also not getting any answer from yoast or anybody else. If you can give me your email id : i share you the pics also.

    1. Ramsay

      Are you sure about that? Might be conflicting with one of your other plugins?

  • Kerra

    Hi Ramsay, I have learned so much from you, thanks!

    My question is related to Aaron’s above, when updating a post do we simply hit “publish” when done, or should we also change the “published on” date to the updated date?

    Also, I love the font you use, it is so easy to read. What font is it?

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Kerra.

      I just wrote a similar reply up above. Basically I think it’s worth testing all of these things carefully to see what results you get. It seems to be different for everyone and it’s a bit hard for me to say.

  • Vikas Singh Gusain

    you have explained it very well in step by steps. If anybody follow these steps with a definite goal in mind( good content, useful content and nice UI). They will definitely able to make money from their work.

    Google is not penalty master. It just a logical engine which take smart decision. So provide great content, you will get benefit of google.

    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Vinkas.

  • Dennis Seymour

    Great post! My cache plugin of choice is WP Rocket. W3 is a little bit too complicated for my taste lol!

    I’m still a bit far from the 100k uniques per month but I’m excited to hit it someday. You are an inspiration Ramsay.

    My latest blog post is about an SEO checklist so your readers might find it useful for their blogging journey πŸ™‚

    1. Ramsay

      Hi Dennis. Do you notice a speed difference using that plugin or is it only when it’s under heavy traffic?

  • Sharita Taz

    Thanks for the useful tips buddy. Once I was regular in blogging but I stopped it being too generic and getting very few visitors to make a good passive income. But your useful motivation to get that huge visitors per month is inspiring me to start the blogging again! Really appreciate it.

  • Vic

    Hi Ramsay, great post as always. I have a question on ranking. Does my individual blog post get ranked? Or does my blog website get ranked? By blogging regularly, does it help my blog website ranking? I guess what this equates to is do I spend a lot of time on individual post to rank the blog post high… or blog often and regularly (daily?) so that my blog website ranks high. thanks!

  • Nicholas

    This is great. Really like your points on having a blog strategy, it’s definitely something I’ll take on board. Makes a massive difference knowing where you’re going.

  • Kate

    Hi Ramsey

    Thanks for the very thorough and informative post. I’ve had a bit of a drop off in what used to be pretty healthy traffic over the last year or so and still trying to figure out why.

    The first task i picked up from this post was to check out the post titles H1 tag situation. Buuuut…that means editing the php file, right? I’m reasonably capable with technical stuff but have learned the hard way to be wary of touching those files, it’s so easy to take the whole template down. Anyway, having looked at the single.php I haven’t the first clue how i’d go about changing the title tags, or even knowing what they are now. I’m sure I won’t be the only one. Could you maybe flesh that bit out to show us what to look for in the file and whereabouts it might be?

    Thanks anyway – off to tackle Task 2, which is refreshing any existing articles which look dated!

  • vikramjeet

    Hi Ramsay,
    Really Very Useful. I think you do not know how many can be inspired from you. Great Work. Please provide some suggestion for my blogs. It will be helpful.