How to Get Explosive and Targeted Traffic—An Alternative to Guest Posting

Explosive, Targeted TrafficWe all know that guest posting is one of the best ways to get highly targeted traffic to your website. Everyone makes it sound so easy too: write a killer post, deliver it to a fellow blogger in your niche, and then BAM…instant traffic, and some new subscribers to boot.

Although I wholeheartedly believe that guest posting is a tactic that delivers exactly the traffic that you need, and one that you should definitely attempt several times throughout the life of your growing site, the truth is that it’s not always as easy as it sounds.


Because the author of the blog you are targeting has the option to reject your guest post request. It could be for any number of reasons, many of which are beyond your control.

There is, however, a strategy that I’ve noticed being used on a number of blogs lately that is working wonders – driving large amount of traffic, earning tons of retweets and landing tons of new subscribers. It’s a strategy that I wish I knew when I was just starting out, and the best part is that it’s a post that you publish on your own blog, so there’s no need to worry about rejection.

The strategy?

A list post that features some of the top and up & coming players in your niche.

Call it what you want – a “shout out post”, a “tribute post”, or a “community post” (thanks to @5kmission, @PaulCunningham, @Scottshelden & @NicWirtz for the name suggestions!) – the strategy works.

It does take some extra effort to find the top and up & coming players in your niche, gather all of the relevant information and really put together a killer post, but the results can be quite fruitful for you and your blog.

Why Does this Work?

There are several reasons why this strategy works:

  • Everyone appreciates being featured on another blog. Some (not all) will actually spend time to actually read the post and leave a “thanks for the mention” comment as well. This is an easy and friendly way to connect & network with others.
  • Often times, the people you feature (especially the up & coming ones), love the free press so much that they want to share it with as many people as possible. This is why it’s important to make sharing easy on your blog by including all of the necessary retweet, like, stumbleupon, and digg buttons, etc.
  • These posts are actually very useful. Anyone who is interested in your niche would love to have a list of the top players and get to know everyone and their importance to the industry.

A fine example of this strategy being put to use recently can be seen on Jade Craven’s post at, 50 Netsetters You Should Know About.

Take notice of how many comments were made, as well as how many of those comments were actually from people featured in that article. Also, although it doesn’t say on the blog itself, tells me that this post has been retweeted 458 times (as of about 24 hours after it’s post). That’s a lot of reach, and I guarantee you that many of those retweets came from people featured in that post as well. Just imagine how many followers total those 50 people have on Twitter alone.

Taking it to the Next Level

As with most things in life, there’s the standard way of writing these posts, and then there’s the “next level” way.

The standard way is to simply create a list of people and write a short paragraph about each – or, if your post is about a particular subject matter within your niche, you may write about how each of the people you are featuring have made an impact in regards to that.

The “next level” way is wonderfully demonstrated by my friend Corbett Bar from In his posts, 10 Blogs with Explosive Growth to Learn From and also 17 Traffic Building Tips From Some of the World’s Most Popular Bloggers, he not only includes a list of featured bloggers and a short paragraph about each, but he also includes an actual quote from each blogger as well. Having a quote from each of the people does a few extra things for Corbett:

  1. It increases the social proof of the post.
  2. It increases the chances of the article being shared to even more people. Because Corbett took the time to first contact each of the people, and then follow up after the post was written (I know he did this because The Smart Passive Income Blog had the honor of being included in these posts…thanks Corbett!), the authors are less likely to just pass over the post, and will most likely share it with others. If not through retweets and sharing on Facebook, then by posts such as the one I am writing now.
  3. And most importantly, it takes the networking aspect of these posts to a whole new level. Corbett contacted me personally to ask for a quotation for both of these articles, and because of that I know exactly who he is, what his blog is about, and that it’s totally awesome. In the future, I’m sure Corbett and I could possibly work together on something, or exchange guest posts, or whatever – because of the trust I now have for him and his blog – all of which came from the initial contact and the quality of his post.

If you take a look at the archives on, you’ll see that each of the posts before the 17 Traffic Building Tips article average 2 to 4 comments, and the same amount of retweets. Well, after posting this post, he earned 69 comments, and 145 retweets.

It works.

Yes, you will have to work a little harder to first contact each of the people you’d like to feature, but usually they are happy to spend 2-3 minutes to contribute a quote for you. Not all will respond, but the ones that do will be great contacts to have in the future, ones that can possibly help add to the rapid growth and expansion of your site.

So if guest posting just isn’t working out for you (or even if it is), give this alternative traffic building method a shot.


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  • Dan

    Corbett’s blogs have been so great lately, love this approach and it really helps online publishers get in touch with other interesting people, which is why I’m so interested in this whole thing. I’ve met way too many cool people and its been tons of fun.

    • Pat

      Definitely dude – it’s amazing how many awesome people are out there, and how blogs and posts like this can bring them together. Woot!

      • Gary David | Build Your List Fast

        I agree with you Pat. I actually never though of this before. It’s really great to see other people coming together. Thanks for sharing this alternative but effective traffic method.

    • Jack

      Just found Corbett’s blog on Thursday and I have been loving it too! Thank you Twitter :-)

  • Nabeel | Create Your First Website

    Hey Pat,

    Awesome info. I never heard about this strategy before. And it looks (you have proved it too) really powerful.

    This is really a neat idea to get loads of traffic, and it will be appreciated by all, especially the ones who get mentioned in the post.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome tip/strategy!


    • Pat

      Thanks Nabeel – I only with I knew about this strategy when I first created my website. It’s gold for anyone who is just starting out.

  • Rob

    Very nice analysis Pat!

    This reminds me of Sam Rosen & Thoughtlead’s recent Influencer Project & The Purposeful Project (the one you were the leadoff batter too)…How they brought together & featured many of the stellar people in the industry.

    Great idea & something I will try immediately :)

    Fa’afetai Pat

    • Pat

      Ahh yes – very much like Sam’s Purposeful Product stuff. I was honored to kick-off that project, and I heard the rest after me were awesome too. Cheers Rob, thanks!

  • Stacey

    Great idea! I can easily do this with just the people I follow on a regular basis. Thanks!

    • Pat

      Thanks Stacey – let me know when you write your article, I’d love to check it out and get to know your niche a little better. Cheers!

  • Patrick | Lalala Music


    You make me drool with every new piece. Great post, great podcast, great communication skills. Highly recommended.



    • Pat

      Haha – sorry about the drool!

  • Onibalusi Bamidele

    Wow! Really great post Pat!

    You are absolutely right.

    This is a strategy I have never thought about and I will begin to give it more concentration and efforts now.

    Thanks a lot for the great post,

    • Onibalusi Bamidele

      BTW Pat: Have you seen my guest post? (I have resent it and I made sure it is attached).

      Thanks a lot,

    • Pat

      Thanks Onibalusi, I’d love to see when you write this kind of post. Let me know!

  • Flor

    Very informative. I’m thinking of creating a site targeting people affiliated with my current profession, and your advice brings many experts to mind. Thanks! :)

    • Pat

      Awesome Flor, I’m glad I could help!

  • Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek

    Pat, this is an awesome tactic that I’ve honestly never thought of before. I love guest posts (despite only doing a couple) and I actually think they’re not too difficult to pull off if you’re a good writer and make a connection with another blogger before bombarding them with your guest post.

    Your idea, however, also seems like it would be highly effective as you’ve describe it. One thing I don’t think you mentioned – doing this “shout out post” could probably ALSO help you make the connection necessary to have another blogger accept your guest post. Think about it: You’ve honored him or her by mentioning their blog – would it be unreasonable for them to accept a guest post from you a week or two later while your shout out post is still fresh in their mind? I wouldn’t think so, assuming they have a policy of publishing guest posts (I know some bloggers don’t publish guest posts at all).

    Sorry about the long-winded comment – After your post, I’m envisioning LOTS of blogs writing these shout out posts, and I guarantee SPI will be on all of them (if the niche is appropriate) :)

    • Pat

      Eric – very good point. Maybe the shout out post is the first step, and the guest post is the second. You could target the bloggers who seemed very interested after the first one, because they would be more likely to allow your post to be published on their blog. Very nice tip to go along with this, thanks Eric!

      • Jade craven

        Eric you have no idea how awesome it is for networking. I wrote that post and my intention was to focus on the people that aren’t usually blogged about. The amount of love coming my way is phenonamal.

        People who didn’t know me, like pat, do. People I haven’t spoken to in a while are starting conversations and people I kinda knew are looking at ways to work together.

        This is my second post like this and seriously, best netowkring tip ever. I’d do what I did. In both cases they were on another blog and I was able to leverage that audience. It’s fascinating but not something I can type at length on an iPhone.


      • Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek

        That’s what I’m thinking! Maybe I’ll give it a try sometime…

  • Mike Ziarko Musing

    Great post Pat. I compiled a list of 22 bloggers and came up with an enticing title last week and had some good results. One thing I should have done is promoted the post more so the bloggers I wrote about would be aware of it. And as you suggested it would have helped to contact them each before I posted. Actually somehow Cody from Thrilling Heroics found it – not sure how, perhaps through Google Alerts. Anyway these are all lessons learned and I’m looking forward to applying your advice in a future post.

    • Pat

      Awesome Mike, it’s good to see that you already knew about this strategy, although now you know what to do next time to improve your results. Google Alerts = awesome. I use it to comment on blogs big and small who talk about me, and most appreciate the comments very much.

    • Jade craven

      One of the things you can do is contact their gatekeepers – the people that filter the information for them. I’m paid to help out Dave navarro and that’s how I found Thomas chambers. He emailed me to let me know Dave was in it and I was that impressed I featured him.

      The other thing is to make a resource that awesome that normal people will have an incentive to sneeze it. In my case, it was because many of the people were also resources.

      Lemme know if you need tips


      • Howie

        ah…interesting….I’ve followed both Dave Navarro’s blog, as well as his products. By “filter the information”, do you mean that you receive, and screen emails for him, as well?

        The reason I ask (lol….just thought I’d give this a shot….noone got anywhere without taking the risk to ask, right?)…..I spent a good hour + crafting an email that I had sent, that adhered to everyone of his criteria in his “JV with Dave” section of his blog.

        No response. (Although, I completely understand that he is a busy man)

        Would you mind if I contact you directly? (There are some growth factors and trends involved in my next project, however, without getting into too much detail here, I have a direct-in established to market directly to 37,000+ people). This project, dependent on which way we take it, could do a variety of things: which would ultimately reinforce his visiblity and reputation (more so than it already is) 1,000-fold.

        (I apologize for doing this on your blog, Pat, however, little guys, like me, have to take the risk somehow…). It would be in Dave’s best interest (or one of his “gatekeepers”) to contact me, I promise you.

        • Jade Craven

          You can contact me but I can’t guarantee anything. Dave is super busy. The sheer amount of work that is going into his next launch and mentorship. I could give you advice on other stuff to do though.

          I don’t screen his emails. In this contact section, people know to contact me for certain tasks and some people just decide to send some customer support ones to me. I don’t get many JV stuff unless people choose to send them to me, like Thom did.

          Hope that helps :-)

        • Howie

          Thank you for your response, Jade…and, I’d like to apologize to Pat for making his blog a forum for this exchange. Unfortunately, as you had painted a picture of, getting in touch with a man of the caliber and success of Dave is a near impossibility unless someone really pushes hard.

          I know there are no guarantees, however, I do hope value will at least be seen in what I have just emailed you. Thanks!

        • Pat

          Howie, dude…no need to apologize for THAT! That’s the beauty of the comment section of a blog, and why I love to see this type of communication happening, even when I’m not involved. I love it!

        • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot

          Howie, Dave not responding to your emails? Oh dear! That’s frustrating and sometimes downright inexplicable. I’d try resending a few more times. You might have just hit him at a bad moment. If you’re looking for someone to increase reputation and visibility 1000 times you could give me a shot:) I even answer my emails:) Pat does too but your 1000x increase task will be easier with me since I’m a few rungs down the ladder. Lol:)

  • Mike Ziarko Musing

    Oh and I should mention that post was for anyone curious. What do you think of the sailing analogy? =)

    • Pat

      I like it – a lot. And I saw the comment about leaving me out. No worries dude! Your comments here is all I need :)


  • Howie


    ….I know you didn’t mention this here….but, especially after your “What 3 words describes your blog” post, you can now see everyone’s website who posted AND gain a sense of how they, themselves, perceive their own blogs. Ingenious way to subtly ‘guage’ the ‘competition’, as well…since the people who comment on your blog are, by many recommendations in blogging, ‘typically’ apart of your Niche, seeking to establish themselves in your niche….

    Your blog posts, themselves, can be an amazing way to do that research. Geeze….a blog is such a powerful thing….can’t believe I haven’t done it yet….lol

    • Howie

      lol…and, don’t get me wrong, the entrepreneur mindset is so deeply ingrained that it’s those special people that have the drive and passion to be the BEST, regardless of the “competition”. Beyond traffic like you mentioned here, it’s utterly ingenious the subtleties in strategies and tactics that you are applying to even gather research from the basic functionality of your blog itself….very very very smart (lol…I guess that’s why you chose to call it $mart Passive Income) 😉 :)

    • Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek

      Pretty good points, Howie. It’s amazing how much information is at your fingertips when you have the eyeballs of thousands.

    • Pat

      I can’t believe it took you so long either Howie. Thanks for pointing out the “scope the competition” part of it, although that was not my intention, i can see how this could be put to good use.

      • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot

        Glad I’m not the competition here. I see my blog more as a complimentary side dish to the make money onliners:)

  • Jackie

    I’ve given something similar a try in the past and I can attest to it’s success. I did a post based around a particular topic, and found posts from other blogs that each illustrated one of my points. I then wrote a little bit about each point and linked to the corresponding blogs. I emailed the folks the day of letting them know I’d linked to them in my article. Since it was on a topic they were all interested in, many people promoted my post or linked back.

    • Pat

      Nice Jackie! See everyone, it totally works!

      Do you have a link you’d like to share? I’d love to check it out! Thanks Jackie!

  • Owen McGab Enaohwo

    I also think another way to increase traffic to your blog is to interview experts within your field and provide their information to your blog audience for free – the whole idea of being a “Resource before becoming a Vendor”

    • Owen McGab Enaohwo

      @Pat once you create the mp3 audio files for your podcast, don’t forget to include the ID3 tags and include the URL to your site so that those who download from iTunes and other podcasting service you use can get additional information about your audio as well as know your website

      • Jade craven

        Hi Owen

        if you want an example of someone that has gotten a lot of high profile interviews, talk to srinivas from He has had massive success.

        I’ve found that audio interviews leave more of an impression, to both the interviewee and audience. If you’re interested I could talk about it more :)

        • Owen McGab Enaohwo

          @Jade I already know Srinivas Rao I honestly think I have listened to all of his audio interviews. Another person on my radar for video interviews is David Sethman Garland, he is great too!

    • Pat

      Yep – good call Owen. Although, a straight up interview may be harder to get from people, it does have the same effect, and sometimes greater.

      • Owen McGab Enaohwo

        The trick with getting interviews is to consistently follow up with the interviewee until they are ready to be interviewed. If they blog, one way to get on their radar is to leave high value content on their blog and be a genuine part of their community.

  • Daniel Johnston

    Definitely a great way to get a bunch of traffic and attention. While it doesn’t drive as much traffic as getting a guest post on a popular blog, I’ve done a few of these and they have often been some of my most trafficked posts, and each one gave me a bunch of new readers. Definitely something worthwhile.

    • Jade craven

      Dude. Imagine doing it as a guest post on a popular blog. I’ve guest posted on a number of top blogs and feel that if you are going to do a post like this, traffic shouldn’t be your primary motivation. I get so much more from the networkig side of things which means more targeted traffic.

      I also think you can make just as much of an impact guesting on smaller
      blogs but that’s just me :-)

      • Daniel Johnston

        Definitely your traffic from writing a post like this will be targeted, but if you get a guest post on a larger site that’s in your niche, the traffic can be just as targeted.

        Doing as a guest post on another site; that’s a really great idea, I’ve never thought of that one. I’ll have to try it out sometime, thanks!

        I agree that it’s often true that guest posting on a smaller blog can gain as much influence, because the interaction on blogs such as those are bigger, but, of course, it depends on the blog and it’s particular readers. In any event, both ways (as well as the way mentioned in the post) are great for getting new readers and making your brand more widespread. :)

  • Blake Erickson

    Thanks, Pat. You really got my mind racing on how I can make this happen. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • Pat

      Thanks Blake, and a huge thank you for the awesome review on iTunes for my Podcast. It means a lot – really. Thank you!

  • Wilson

    One thing that has been helping me lately is doing interviews and I don’t get a lot of comments yet on my blog, probably cuz I don’t get a ton of traffic but I do get a lot of people emailing me instead. I am going to try this more often I know I been slacking on the list posts

    • Pat

      No worries Wilson – the nice thing about what we do is that it’s never too late to turn things on and do things we wish we had done earlier. No more slacking! 😉

  • Corbett Barr

    Hey Pat! Thanks so much for using me as an example. Yeah, those two posts at Think Traffic that use the formula you’re talking about (a round-up of experts, with quotes from each) have been my two most popular ever. You get a lot of synergies with those types of posts that tend to make them go viral.

    I should mention though, that the “17 Traffic Building Tips” article at Think Traffic was actually run intentionally on launch day. The posts before that don’t have many comments/retweets because the blog was private. I wanted to build up some content before launching. That 17 Tips post also had the benefit of being teed up for the launch. I cover the whole strategy in the article “How to Launch With a Bang” on the site.

    Thanks again, Pat. I’m so happy to be featured here. Your blog continues to be one of my favorites. And congrats on getting the podcast out. It’ll be a big hit I’m sure.

    • Pat

      Dude, you deserve it. You’re really crushing it with your blogs, and I love it.

      Ahh, I was wondering about all of the content before that post, because I thought I remembered that it was indeed your kickoff article. Do you think it was worth putting that content in BEFORE launch date?

      • Corbett Barr

        My logic for writing the content before my launch post was that I wanted visitors to have something to read when they arrived on launch day. I wanted them to have an idea of the content I’d be producing, and the level of dedication I’d be putting into the site. Sometimes when you visit a new site on launch day and it only has one post, don’t you think, “hmm is this new site really worth subscribing to if the author has only written one thing so far?”

    • Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek

      I’m really happy Pat shared your site – I hadn’t heard of it before, but now I’m a subscribed reader. Keep up the good work!

      • Corbett Barr

        Awesome Eric. Thanks for stopping over.

  • Nichole

    This is a fabulous idea – I’ve been thinking of new ways to connect with other bloggers and to drive more traffic. Thanks!

    • Pat

      No problem Nichole!


  • Abel Travis- The Hidden Entrepreneur

    Nice Tip Pat. I’ve never really used this before, but I think this is something I’ll try to implement in my own blog. As always, awesome information.

    • Pat

      Thanks Abel – let me know how it goes when you try it out!

  • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot

    Hi Pat, this is a great idea and being done more and more. I have one in the works myself:) The only worry is that people will start to see through it – both the bloggers mentioned and the readers who suspect you’re only doing it to try to garner a bit of link love! Still, I suppose if you genuinely provide top advice or introductions as Corbett or Jade did then that’s not a problem.

    There could still be a hitch though. I got blogging advice from 6 top bloggers and used it in a blog post, emailed them before, during, after, tweeted them, thanked them etc. The advice was excellent and the post well read but none of the big bloggers retweeted it. Sob! Maybe best to aim for big but not tooooo big bloggers:)

    • Jade craven

      Hola dudette!

      I was actually rather reluctant to do this as I had done the 30 bloggers to watch post 6 months ago and didn’t want to be typecast as the list post chick.

      My approach is to be totally selfless. This was a paid gig but I intentionally did little to speak about it other than to tell a few out of
      pure excitement.

      With this one, I decided to go againts the normal popularity contest. I focused on people from different hubs, or tribes. They would then share the conversation with that audience and perhaps create their own resource. I then focused on useful people. I included some people because they were tweetaholics. That wasn’t the primary reason but when I had to choose between two people that was occasionally a deciding factor.

      The big bloggers don’t retweet many interviews because of the sheer amount they do. It sucks but it’s like. If you really want them to you need to provide a compelling reason their readers would care, or hope that they had a
      media room for long term traffic.

      • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot

        Lol, that’s funny and a good tip. Follow the tweeters:)

  • Tinh

    Nice idea, that is indeed a good aternative to guest blogging. I have an idea that I will send a tweet through twitter or notes on my facebook to see who and what blogs are accepting guest posts and send and i am sure it will be accepted :-)

  • Pat

    Annabel – I think you hit a good point (which I sort of hinted at in the post a couple of times). The “up and coming” bloggers can actually have a greater effect on the growth of your blog than the big name players. The big names, unfortunately, don’t blog like they used to, because now they have all of this other stuff going on. So, they are less likely to care and share as they would have when they were first starting out. That’s why I think “up and coming” posts are gold.

    As far as seeing through the post – it depends. it you just link to the post without giving any real information or content, then yea – it’s almost obvious what’s going on. But if you go into it trying to genuinely provide great content for people, then it will be a hit no matter what. Also, formatting the post nicely and adding pictures helps a lot too.

    Thanks Annabel!

    • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot

      Hi Pat, glad I checked back here, lots to read and say:) Yes, that post was well formatted and lovely to read too. I think that’s a good point too! I tend to be a bit lazy with that. Sigh, better get on to it:)

  • Black Ops Beta Code

    I also agree with Annabel. And your right also, I don’t feel the big name bloggers come anywhere near close to what they used to. Shoemoney and Darren both seem more interested in there next check or selling you on there new brilliant idea which is just a rehashing of something the put out a couple months ago and now are selling it as the next biggest thing.

  • Caleb

    Thanks for this idea, Pat. Love the podcast! Listened to it the time when you sent that e-mail. Take care.

  • Jade Craven

    Hope you don’t mind me going a bit nuts in the comment section today. Fascinating post.

    Now – I want to clarify that this was a paid post and such to get all that crap out of the way. However, it meant that I had to go with what they wanted which was just a description. And thats cool. However I’m an overdeliverer and have done awesome stuff in the past.

    I did one at problogger earlier this year: and, where possible, linked to previous posts or mentions on Problogger. Not many picked that up. I would have loved to have done more and reached out but I had a tight deadline and couldn’t. I completely agree with what you were saying though.

    In terms of sheer traffic, it sucked for me. Maybe 50 hits. It sucked for some of the people at the end of the list too which interested me. Both posts were done on blogs other then my own.

    As for networking? oh gosh. Because I did the posts elsewhere and was able to transfer some of that social credibility, people are SO thankful. They are emailing me, thanking me, and it has really helped me stand out. Last time, I got so many opportunities and offers to help. This time i’m not really seeking to leverage it but I’m going to see what comes of it. I want to guest post more now and will be hitting up some of the people but, er, only ‘coz it’s fun and I need a challenge.

    Anyway, lemme know if I can do anything for you or your community. I don’t come here much but i’m a huge fan and love the way you empower people.

    I’m going to go and sleep now, 1am

    – Jade

  • TrafficColeman

    Howdy Pat,

    I also though about something like this some time ago, but just didn’t get around on making it happen. I think I’m going to come up with an system to consistent have top bloggers feature on my blog ever week.

    Thanks Pat..You got me back in the saddle of making this a realty.

    TrafficColeman “Signing Off”

  • Steve Haase

    Great post, Pat. I recently learned something important about how to build buzz by featuring other people on your blog that I want to share here. By far, the best way to tap into traffic sources of people you feature, is to create something that’s actually game-changing in some. Then people will tell their readers about it simply because what you created is worthy of their time and attention.

    The fact is, if folks have a following, they’ve done that in part by respecting and valuing their readers’ attention. So they won’t send people to a site or an event that isn’t interesting… even if they’re in it.

    So, before including other people in your event or blog post, make sure that the concept is unique and overflowing with value from the get-go. Then you might be rewarded with “earned media:” blog posts and articles about your event or initiative.

    Keep up the great work, Pat!

  • Carlos Velez

    Pat, that’s a stellar suggestion. Thanks! This is my first comment (I think) but I’ve been reading for a couple months now and I’m amazed at the quality of content I get on each post of yours. I’m excited everytime a new post drops into reader because I know I’m going to get something useful.

    I’ve been less active on commenting on other’s blogs and guest posting, etc due to the demands of launching a photography business with my wife recently. Your suggestion is a great way for me to reconnect with some of my favorite bloggers that I’ve been a bit out of touch with. I’ll be sure to put real effort into it giving details about what I love about their blogs, a specific post to check out, and do some kind of communicating with them about it before I publish it.

    thanks for this suggestion!


  • Jillian

    I love this idea. I think there are a few different ways to do this while still being genuine and not just fishing for traffic, which is awesome. I like the idea of sharing with your readers who you read, who inspires you and so on. You provide value to your readers while still paying homage to the people you admire.

  • Dustin Stevens-Baier

    Thanks for the ideas Pat. It is amazing how many ways there are to generate traffic when you think about it.

  • That Blogger Broad

    Well, I was all ready to try this technique until I ran across this at a blog I frequent:

    “No ‘Windshield Washer’ Schemes. Back in the ’70s on family drives into New York City, a guy would invariably jump out in front of our car while we were stopped at a traffic light, suds up our windshield and then demand payment to clean it off. Though I don’t know if that happens anymore in the real world, virtual forms of the “windshield wash” scheme are common online.

    “Here’s how it works. Essentially, an author will create a “top ten list” that includes a particular blogger that the author has been trying to reach, or will write an unsolicited bio about the blogger. The “hit-up” for payment comes after release of the list or bio, when the author contacts the subjects and suggests that they link to the story or list. My view? Feel free to write about this blog and me all you want. Or not. But if you do, don’t expect mention of here because you did.”


    Well, I think I’m just going to have to be careful to profile up-and-comers (as I believe you pointed out), not anyone who’s been featured enough to automatically think of it as just more link bait, and to use a truly value-added angle (as you also pointed out).

  • Srinivas Rao


    Thanks for this insight. I think one of the things that many more established bloggers don’t realize they can do is actually bring people into the limelight. For example if you see some early stage bloggers with talent then writing a post about them is actually a really good way to pay it forward. I’ve been keeping my eye on a few that I want to write a post about so this article is great validation for that :). BTW it’s an honor to be included among company like yourself on the netsetter list. I was telling my all my friends “dude, on this list are people who make a good amount of cash, best selling authors, and somehow, ME.”

  • Matt Hooper

    I actually stumbled on this concept by mistake. Although I haven’t done exactly what you have suggested above, I started a weekly “Five for Friday” series on my site where I highlight interesting articles that I have found over the week. As a result, I have noticed an increase in traffic.

    Perhaps I should contact the authors directly in hope of getting more retweets but I have found that some authors have found the articles on their own, probably from trackbacks.

  • baker

    Hey Pat,
    Wonderful idea here. It really does come down to making that extra effort to connect with others, by sending the email request, and proper follow up. Excellent insight here, thank you.

  • Jonathan Butterworth

    What a great strategy! After reading it it seems so obvious but I guess not obvious enough for me to think about it. Thanks Pat!

  • Deelip Khanal

    Great Post Pat.
    This is wonderful Idea.
    I am going to try this when I have time to update my blog ;(

  • Schmidty – Man Vs. Style

    Excellent post Pat.

    I am going to try this one soon. even this post itself earned you a lot more comments :-)

  • Rhys

    It’s obvious it works if you think about it. People are quite simply a little egotistical, bloggers even more so. So to see your name in lights must be a good thing :)

  • Steve at MakingAMillionDollars

    Hi Pat, great advice. I have noticed targeted lists that provide great information do attract traffic and want to build more of these on my blog. An example I saw was on WiseBread and they list the top Personal Finance Blogs. It ranks them my Alexa, Google Pr and other factors. I found myself going back to their list out of interest and to view these top financial blogs which I am sure drove lots of traffic. Really enjoy your blog. Steve

  • Mike

    Great Post Pat,

    This is a great idea and I think it’s a great way to open up other opportunities down the road. One alternative way I have recently discovered to guest post is to become a writer for a bigger blog in my industry.

    Here is a the strategy. Find a similar blog in your niche. Find a sub niche they are lacking that you happen to have an expertise in. Offer to write a post or 2 per week in that sub niche to “round out” that area. It helps by providing the bigger blog with a new area of quality content and while offering all the benefits of guest posting and more.

    Take Care!


  • Affiliate Management Maven

    Hey Pat,

    I have to admit this is quite brilliant and the possibilities are endless!

    I actually got a few ideas from reading this post and visiting some of the other bloggers on this list.

    You bring forth great ideas my friend.

    Thanks a lot!


  • Jimmy @ Run, Jimmy, Run

    Wow, what a coincidence! I just started my blog a little less than two weeks ago and I thought it would be a great idea to introduce some of my first few commenters to the rest of my readers in a roundup post this weekend. Now that the idea has been officially sanctioned by the one and only Pat Plynn, I can’t wait to see the results.

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  • Steve

    Great Article..!! I’m reading up right now..thanks

  • Functional Fitness –

    Hey Pat,

    Just came across your blog by way of the 2nd podcast popping up on iTunes when I did a search on blogging. Good Stuff! Great idea in this post which makes a lot of intuitive sense! Thanks!


  • Blake Erickson

    Hi Pat!

    I hope you read older comments, because I just wanted to follow up on the actions that I took from this great post of yours!

    I just released my article yesterday and I more than 200 visits! The most I have ever had in one day was 83 and my baseline is about 40-50 a day. So to achieve that many people in one day is a huge milestone for me.

    I was able to interview 7 people in my niche who have really hard to get Cisco Networking Certifications that I’m working toward myself. Most of them have blogs as well that I was able to link to in my article.

    It was actually really fun trying to get a hold of theses people because a lot of them didn’t just post their email on their blog so I had to get a little creative sometimes in trying to reach them. Some people didn’t respond to my request for an interview, but that’s just normal. No one bats 100 percent.

    So, not only am I excited for the amount of traffic my website got yesterday, I’m actually most excited about the connections I made with the people I interviewed. I was able to talk to one person on the phone and we had a really great conversation for awhile. I’m also going start writing monthly in his popular magazine he releases.

    Just thought that I would share my success with everyone so that you can see that it really works when you take the time to feature other people in your blog posts. Thanks Pat!


  • Jill Heijligers-Peloquin

    Thanks so much – I just ‘shared’ an awesome article like this on Facebook, and then came across this article today. Serendipity – I am inspired today! Thanks Pat. You and Corbett have been amazing sources of brain food for me!

  • Nick

    Great Post! Very informative. When I was first starting the blog I thought it would be harder to get consistent traffic. When I would advertise I would get maybe an hour or two of people coming to the blog every minute. But then it would slow down. This made me think that I could only get spurts of traffic. But after looking at Google Analytics. I saw that there was a spurt of traffic and when it had slowed down again my average viewers per day had doubled. So, even if traffic slows down after the initial traffic rush, you should have a better average number of daily visitors. I don’t know if this is obvious to everyone else, but it wasn’t for me.

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  • Pearls of Wisdom | Black Zen

    Hey Pat, thanks for the awesome info. I’ve only taken a closer look at thinktraffic because of this post, and I’m glad I did! I’ll have to try out writing a “next level” list post as you recommend, I can definitely see the potential benefits. Nice job!

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  • Daisy / Eurodisney hotels

    Why didn’t I think that?! 😀
    Thanks for the great ideas that are always inspiring!

  • Marimedia

    Awesome post! I wrote a similar article. Let me know if you like it:

  • Melody Priscila

    Great post. You’re well done. Thanks for sharing the information. Hope you get success. I have an idea of Viral Osphere which is a place for all people have the same interests to join and build targeted traffic together. Try it out. God Bless You

  • Janus@build online business

    Hi Pat,

    I love this post because it’s clear and makes the point. I’m already motivated to do a list post. In fact I’ll start doing it tomorrow and will be sharing with you the results!


  • Kyle

    Hey Pat,

    First things first – I love the blog and have used a lot of your information to help me build my first ever site! Keep up the good work!

    I’m curious though, if you’re in a competitive niche, don’t fellow bloggers benefited more by not replying to any comments and just taking your post as a traffic booster? I’m not saying there aren’t good people who will help you out for featuring them, but in a strictly competitive sense doesn’t this seem to detract from the overall value (by diluting the niche) of your site?

    Just a thought.

  • TheGreenovator

    #Kyle…Worrying about Internet competition is a great way to get an ulcer. Since a significant amount of traffic to most websites has little to do with the SERPs if you are doing your homework. Chaos on the net, varying algorythm changes, geographic searches, total pages, proper seo, and a zillion other things all affect what visitors and types of visitors who “find” or for lack of a better term “stumble upon” your site. With 60% of the world’s population connected to the net, and a significant portion trying to earn a living from online marketing, niche dilution will occur with or without an individual’s effect.

  • George Hawkins

    You can sell literally just about anything. If you have unwanted furniture, books, clothing or sports memorabilia someone else is probably prepared to buy it. Many people make money by buying stuff at yard sales and flea markets and then selling the items online to make a profit, and if there is something you know about such as children’s clothing, baseball cards or old toys, this can be profitable and fun.

    Writing can also be a great way of making money on the Internet, and writing sites allow you to either post your articles and set your price, or operate a system of posting requests for writers to claim. You do not have to be a great writer, as long as you can follow instructions, meet any deadline and have a reasonable grasp of grammar. A blog is a sort of online journal, and blogging has become increasingly popular and a way to generate income by attracting readers.

    There are various other ways to make some extra money with your computer, although these are two of the easiest and most popular ways. If you have not tried them yet, what are you waiting for?

  • Justin

    I m glad that I stopped by to check this benignant share of yours . Traffic is intrinsic to bolster business . The tips shared by you can indeed make a difference . Content is the king and plays a vital role to intrigue readers . Choosing the right keywords and using SEO to the optimum can always attract traffic. Would also like to add that opening website to guest blogging can also be helpful .Nice share

  • djs2e

    Thank you for your great post!

    I think, i will try this strategy. Thank you for sharing this strategy with us. I think I will check your site regularly.

    Greetings from Germany

  • Jeremiah Say

    WOW! This is something I definitely going to try out. I have tried several guest posts. but only 30% of the owner of the blog get back to me. I find guest-posting quite tedious sometimes.

    This method is definitely an alternative replacement for guest-posting

  • Suzanne

    Hi Pat
    I recently read some discussions about guest blog posting and that it is becoming a thing of the past due to guest blogs being spammy. Is this true? If so what is your take on this issue.

    PS I’m a huge fan. Thanks for all your help and ideas. Just published my first article on Infobarrel .

  • Adam

    Most people who say they want to make money online are just lazy, they don’t have a job, and they think they are just going to get on a computer, find some amazing program and make sooo much money. This system is free, and easy to understand and ranked #1 in the industry…anybody who backs out of doing this is infact just lazy and will never be successful in making any money online ever. This is affiliate marketing and this is where beginners begin.

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  • Jodha Sahib

    Thanks for the information,I also have a blog and facing traffic problem on it.

  • Alfredo Alvarez

    Great article Pat, totally truth. I´m working right now on one of these articles to see how it works and how the people responds to that. I hope you continue to give us all the valuable content.

    And one more thing Pat, if i can help you with something you have in mind, feel free to contact me. I may not have all the experience you have on this subjects, but maybe i also can contribute a bit for you and your incredible work.

    Hope you have an incredible Day!

    PD: Great job out there in Ghana man, you rock!


  • Dejan

    Useful article for guest bloggers.

    Thank you.

  • Lukasz Wiercinski

    Hi Pat, really useful post. I would choose a ‘tribute post’ name for 1st method. And for new way, the one with actual quotes, a ‘community post’. That way it’s well matched. Thanks!

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