SPI 008: How to Get More Traffic with Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net

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Note: Corbett has been back on the podcast since this episode, on episode 023 and on episode 147 with the whole Fizzle team. Check the Related Podcasts section at the bottom of this post.

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I welcome Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net as a co-host, and we discuss something I know most of you are very interested in…traffic!

We talk mostly about traffic for bloggers, although many of the same principles and techniques can apply to any other type of website you may have.

Here are just some of the questions we answer on today’s session:

  • What can you expect traffic-wise when you’re just starting out?
  • What things can you do to get your name out there and start to get traffic coming to your site?
  • How do you create buzz for a relatively new blog or website?
  • How many posts should you write before you start up a new blog?
  • What do you do with the great content that you’ve written for your new site that probably not very many people will read, since there’s hardly any traffic coming in at first?
  • Is blog commenting and participating in forum discussions a good way to drive traffic to your site?
  • As a blog starts to pick up momentum, in many cases the traffic will eventually begin to plateau. What can you do to break through to the next level and get off of that plateau?

So far, this has been one of my favorite podcast sessions to record, so I’m hoping it will be one of your favorites to listen to.


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SPI 008 : How to Get More Traffic with Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net

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  • http://anantshiva.com Anant Shiva

    Awesome. I’m in the office so I can’t listen right now (I’m in sunny Singapore). But man, I can’t wait!

    I love the questions you’ve posed though, Pat. I’ve got questions of my own but I’m gonna wait till I listen to the episode. Thanks again, Pat!

    • Pat

      Anant! Don’t forget to post your questions, we might do some kind of follow-up session. Cheers!

  • http://www.HectorJCuevas.com Hector Cuevas

    This is my favorite so far Pat. You answered the question I needed the answer to. How to get passed the plateau. I’ve been meaning to get into podcasting but somehow life gets in the way.. :/

    All the tips in this episode are dead-on for growing traffic. I actually featured both of you in my “popular bloggers” post which DID get me a good boost in traffic. – so for anyone reading this – IT WORKS!!

    Thanks for all you do bro
    talk soon

    • Pat

      Anytime Hector – I definitely think the plateau discussion is one of the most important things we hit on, because it’s something I know I’ve experienced and many other people too, and that’s when a lot of people give up or lose energy. That’s when you need the most energy to break free!

  • http://www.chetzyusof.com Chetz Yusof

    Thanks for this podcast!

    It’s really informative and I really enjoyed listening to it. Just downloaded Corbett new ebook. Gonna read it now!

    Chetz Yusof

    • Pat

      You’re gonna love it! It’s super inspiring and has a lot of gold nuggets for anyone looking to get into online business and this kind of lifestyle. Cheers!

  • http://www.upgradereality.com Diggy

    Heya Pat,
    Awesome, I’ve been looking forward to hearing this. Just downloading it now and will listen to it on the way home :)

    As always you produce kick-ass content and I’ve used quite a few of your tips and tricks in my online projects!


    • Pat

      Awesome Diggy! Let me know how you like the session once you finish, and what your biggest take-away from it was.

  • Bhavesh


    Please Do reply.

    Hi Pat , please help me out with this problem.Is the email newletter &the aweber service different or same.
    1) What do I need to do if I want to send my daily posts to my readers.What do they have to subscribe to.

    2) What do they have to subscribe to if they need my “FREEBIE”.

    3)Can I do the above both with one method .

    Please Do reply .

    • Bo

      Hey bhavesh

      Aweber is a program/business that automates the process for you. Its a system developed to handle collecting and delivering content. The news letter is content that you provide and input into aweber to deliver. These 2 things are not the same. One is a system and the other is a digital product. Hopefully I’m accurate. Search the internet for more info.

    • Pat

      Yep – Bo is right! Aweber is just one of the many email service providers out there that you can use to create an email newsletter. There are many others, such as MailChimp, iContact, Constant Contact, etc. although I’ve been using Aweber and love it.

      You can use an email service to delivery content to your readers daily, using a daily blog broadcast. You can set that up in Aweber, and when people subscribe, they will get your content when you post it. You can also set it up to send emails weekly, which might be better.

      You could also use a service like FeedBlitz, which lets people receive email notifications after each of your new posts. This is different though, because you don’t have the ability to send custom emails to your list, just updates from the blog posts. FeedBlitz runs through Feedburner.

      If you want to provide a freebie that people get when they sign up, you’ll need to use something other than FeedBlitz, like Aweber, etc.

      If you don’t want to use both Aweber and Feedblitz (one for broadcasts and the other for daily posts), you can use Aweber by itself to do both, like I said to send broadcasts and then updates on new blog posts too.

    • http://www.itarsenal.com Rob

      Hey Bharvesh if you need any help setting aWeber or a newsletter, let me know, I’d be glad to lend a hand!

  • http://www.vicdorfman.com Vic Dorfman


    This podcast is coming at a wonderful time as I’m in blog limbo (everyone’s there at one time or another!)

    Pat – thanks for mentioning testing. That’s the one pain-in-the-arse thing that seems to tell you what’s *really* going on.

    Keep the sexiness coming!

    Good Vibes~

    • Pat

      I’ll do my best to keep the sexiness coming! :)

  • Azzam

    The more I spend time on smartpassiveincome and read throught the network of sites you recommend Pat the more of a realization is manifesting itself that ‘social connection’ is what can spearhead your blog.

    The podcast essentially dealt with Corbett’s launch and its success and you further spoke about the ‘lonliness’ of bloggers at the outset and their blog not reaching any traction.

    My question therefore is whether should bloggers prior to even launch learn to ‘connect’? Will it be more effective for them to find players that on launch day will turn round as say ‘hey check this blog out..’

    • Pat

      Azzam, that’s definitely not a bad idea, however it can be difficult to build those relationships without some kind of web property (aka. proof) to show those players. If it can be done, though, it could be very powerful and provide a rapid boost for the birth and growth of a new blog.

  • Romico

    Great podcast. Learned so much from it, especially about the plateau. I have a couple of niche site’s which is not a blog, that have been stuck for almost 6 month on that certain amount of traffic, and it’s never grow since then. I hope Corbet’s tips will work on not blog sites.

    Thanks & keep em coming.

    • Azzam

      Generally the method used for sites that are not blogs are search engine traffic and the new medium of social media.

      The problem you foresee is that visitors percieve it to be a one time visit, one of the ways to turn that around would be an autoresponder; this allows the visitor to get more from you even if they are not visiting your site.

      • Romico

        I don’t think getting traffic to these non blog sites are limited to SERP, social media & email marketing. Hey Pat, with your green exam acedamy, do you built relationships with people that has similar niche as your’s? If yes, does it bring big impact to the site? If no, where does most of the traffic came from?


        • Azzam

          Good question

        • Pat

          Hey Romico, most of the traffic to that site comes from search engines, as well as from word of mouth. So, in other words, the relationships I build with my customers has really helped to spread the word about my site.

          There aren’t as many players in that niche I could develop a relationship with, but the ones I have connected with has driven a little bit of traffic to my site as well. Some of those relationships have actually led to promoting some of their products as an affiliate, which has proven to be quite profitable.

  • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

    Awesome Pat,

    Corbett really knows his stuff when it comes to increasing website traffic so I’ll be giving this one a listen.

    Thanks so much for bring in awesome guests,

    • Pat

      Corbett is awesome – he’s great as a co-host, just like he is as a blogger. Thanks for being a loyal listener dude!

  • http://www.mevsMJ.com Kenny Eller


    Loved the podcast! This is my first visit to your site. Nicely done! Learned some things and I will be back. :-)

    • http://latestartsuccess.com Alex Thio

      Hi Kenny! I’m sure you’ll find Pat’s blog a wealth of resource, like I have! BTW, I checked out your website at MeVsMJ.com – and WOW! Awesome site. Your post “When Have You Really Done Your Best?” motivated me this morning as I worked on my posting schedule!
      Hope you see you around these grounds more often! – Alex

      • http://www.mevsMJ.com Kenny Eller

        Thanks again Alex! I really really appreciate the support! I’m glad the post helped!

    • Pat

      Welcome to the blog Kenny! And thanks Alex for the kind words!

      Please let me know if there’s anything I can do for either of you. Cheers!

      By the way…sweet site Kenny! In another life I think I would want to be a b-ball player, for sure 😉

      • http://www.mevsMJ.com Kenny Eller

        Thank you Pat! Like I said, I love what you’re doing here!

        Thank you for checking out my site! I’m glad you like it :-) You can be a b-ball player in this life 😀

  • Ben

    Gary V sent me a birthday email!

    Just a good guy.

    FYI He has a new book coming out: http://www.amazon.com/Thank-You-Economy-Gary-Vaynerchuk/dp/0061914185

    • http://www.Sensophy.com Jacob Sokol

      Gary is the man Ben… You may be interested in my Gary Vee Challenge where one of my readers challenged me to go to a Jet’s game with Gary and i accepted! (influence by Pat and his challenge): http://www.sensophy.com/gary-vee-challenge-1/ That is post one. Post four comes out tomorrow!

      • Pat

        This is awesome!

        p.s. I’m likin’ the Jets this year. I’m an SD fan, which means I’m an LT fan no matter where he’s at, and he’s killing it this year. Plus, the Jets are my defense for fantasy football (although they do have a bye week this week).

  • http://www.reboundpodcast.com Lisa Ashby

    Great interview – love the ideas for generating traffic! After podcasting for a little over a year, we’ve finally seen some substantial traffic and downloads this year, but I’ll be implementing a few of these ideas to increase them even further.

    • Pat

      Awesome Lisa! Indeed, podcasting is a great way to reach a totally new audience, and it’s been driving a lot of traffic to my site too. Keep up the good work!

  • http://latestartsuccess.com Alex Thio

    Thank you, Pat – Thank you, Corbett! I KNOW I’ll be re-listening to this podcast later today on my drive to work. Getting on the radar is something I certainly need to work on, especially since my blog is .. um .. 4 days old. I call myself a Late Start Entrepreneur, and hope I’m not alone! I’d like to invite you and your readers to come by and visit sometime! Thanks again, and continued success on your VALUABLE posts!

    • Pat

      Alex – congrats on the start of your new blog! I checked it out, and it’s awesome! You write really well, and I can’t wait to see what it will become in the future :)


  • http://www.edgeofdavid.com IamDavid

    Up and coming is key. I have tried to get the attention of popular bloggers by retweeting comenting, linking, etc. But I have basically gone ignored (which is fine, I support people I actually like without any expectation)

    But when I deal with medium size it’s fantastic because they are my peers, and we grow together. Like you said you never know who will blow up. Who knows, I could be one of those big bloggers in a year or two, or maybe someone I am friends with now. What has worked best for me is actually SEO, building links and ranking in the search engines, interviewing, and networking with mediums size bloggers, but SEO has been the most effective surprisingly.

    • Pat

      Awesome insight David – I think this proves that going with the up and coming bloggers is definitely the way to go, plus it’s probably much easier to get a hold of them directly. SEO, yes, is definitely a great way to go to…although we tried to touch on other traffic generating ideas in this podcast :)


  • http://www.healthmoneysuccess.com Vincent

    Corbett caught my attention recently. I’m gonna download it and I’m looking forward to listening it.


    • http://anantshiva.com Anant Shiva

      dude, are you from Singapore by any chance?

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  • http://www.ayanaposadas.typepad.com/ Ayana Posadas

    Hello! Just wanted to say this is my first time visiting your website. Somebody posted a link on Twitter and I just spent the last 20 minutes watching our videos and listening to your podcasts. Just wanted to let you know you have a new follower. I really like what you have to say. :)

    • Pat

      Hi Ayana! Thanks so much for visiting the blog, and I’m really happy to have you as a new follower! Cheers!

  • http://www.murlu.com Murlu

    This was really ace especially when the subject content when you first begin blogging – I have a lot of old posts that I believe was really great that never really got the attention I think they deserved – I think I’ll have to bring them back into the light :)

    • Pat

      Absolutely dude! Some of our best content is written when the blog was fresh, unfortunately not so many have the opportunity to easily read them!

  • http://www.artofwoodshopdesign.com Bobby

    Holy guacamole this was very helpful. Thanks for giving yet another resource for me with Corbett’s blog and report. I’m gonna finish writing that Top List you guys talked about and keep at it. Your interview with Michael Dunlop also mentioned this so now I’m gonna make sure this gets included in my writing.

    I don’t mind this growth phase since I’m having fun doing it because it’s about my favorite niche–woodworking. Thanks for the inspirational push!

    • Pat

      Hehe – you know the “friend” I was talking about in the podcast was you right 😉

      • http://www.artofwoodshopdesign.com Bobby

        I did, that was awesome–thanks TONS. When I found out that this is what you do it started my whole thing of combining my hobby with an online business presence helping others. So thanks again…now I know it’s possible, which is highly motivating.

        • http://anantshiva.com Anant Shiva

          Ah so you’re the friend! : ) I hope your site takes off, dude! Best wishes! : )

  • http://experimentsinpassiveincome.com Moon Hussain

    Both of you did a great job and noticing the traffic changes, I can relate to what is being discussed. I’d like to give it another listen.

    P.S. Thanks for dropping by.

  • http://www.realcorporatelife.com Paul

    Wow, talk about “just in time” learning! I haven’t listened yet, but based on the description in the post, this is exactly what I need – today!

    Thanks Pat!

  • http://www.theweekendhomebrewer.com Clay

    Best one yet! My site has been bumping along for a few months now. I’m seeing some pick up in traffic but just a trickle. Picked up some good tips here. Keep ’em coming. Cheers to you!

  • http://www.activebodi.com Wade McMaster

    Thanks for the extra Resource Pat! I find out about thoe most useful sites just from reading your blog, theres a lot of blogging and online income related sites out there, but the quality ones always seem to pop up here on your site. Cheers!

  • http://makemoneybuzz.com Patrick from Make Money Buzz

    Hey, another top notch podcast! I’m building traffic as we speak (I love my 17 subscribers btw lol) so this podcast was super helpful for me. I have a few questions though.
    1. I’m starting to comment on your blog a lot and was wondering how I can get a picture next to my name? I feel everyone needs the opportunity to see my sexy face 😉
    2. I love how you embed the podcast into the top of your posts. How do you get it up there is it a plugin or something?

    Thanks man! Looking forward to your upcoming posts/podcasts

  • http://www.socialrockstar.co.uk Brandon

    That’s probably the most useful episode so far. Great job Pat

  • Ron


    Podcast was great, but would be nice if it was longer. Your content is excellent. I wish other podcast would take some clues from you.

  • http://www.officerevolt.com Join the Office Revolt

    Getting a little tired of saying “Great Job” all the time to you… LOL.

    Seriously, great post. It got my creative juices flowing… I always enjoy reading/listening to your stuff. The thing I like most about your content, besides it’s quality, is that it gets my mind racing and thinking about opportunities to make money beyond what you are talking about… and how I can capture them.

  • http://financiallyeliteblog.com Dwight Anthony

    I’ve followed Corbin for a while and look forward to downloading the podcast. He gives really good topics about building traffic.

    Dwight Anthony
    Financially Elite Blog dot Com

  • http://www.bojandjordjevic.com Bojan Djordjevic

    No content in this article… Don’t degrade quality of your blog with podcasts promotions.

    • Pat

      Are you serious?

    • http://www.freshalchemy.com James

      Have you listened to the Podcast?

      • http://www.bojandjordjevic.com Bojan Djordjevic

        Nope, typing from 3g… Will do when I get home, a lot of steam points to the fire…

    • Liam

      Yea, have you listened to the podcast? Based on your Alexa ranking, you could probably learn a thing or two by doing so.


      • http://www.thenichethinktank.com Larry Clark

        Alexa ranking? does anyone really use that? Alexa doesn’t mean squat. At least not to me…Traffic and stickiness does.

        • Pat

          Actually Larry – yes. Alexa IS Traffic. Well, it’s an indicator of the amount of traffic a site gets.

        • http://www.thenichethinktank.com Larry Clark

          Not sure why I can’t reply to your message, but I don’t think it’s really that important, unless you are an advertiser looking for people’s sites to advertise on. Or your a webmaster wanting more advertisers on your site. I’ve personally never really cared about it, as there are 2 sides of the road when it comes to Alexa thought.
          But now that I look at YOUR Alexa rankings, I may have to pay a bit more mind to this. :)

    • http://anantshiva.com Anant Shiva

      The podcast is the content, dude. It’s no fluff either. Check it out. It’s chock full of useful ideas and tips.

      • http://www.bojandjordjevic.com Bojan Djordjevic

        Thanks mate, but I am not able to listen it at the moment…

        @Flynn – sorry mate, but I was referring that post itself needs some meat. For instance I still can’t listen to the podcast, so was looking forward for reading something.

        • Pat

          I see what you mean, and thanks for your opinion. Would you have said the same thing if it was a YouTube video? I mean, people are posting certain types of blog posts: written text, audio and video, which all cater to those who prefer one type over the other. I’d have to respectfully disagree and say that it does not degrade from the quality of the site. In fact, it adds a bit of mystery as to what exactly is in the audio for those who haven’t listened to it.

          I do put in transcripts for my episodes, although the one for this episode is still being completed by my VA.

        • http://www.teNriA.com teNriA

          The website Fat Loss 4 Idiots has an Alexa traffic ranking of 23,769 (Alexa) and 10,102 (USA), which is much further down the ranking table compared to many blogs, yet there are articles on the internet stating that they made over $21m US in one year. Type into Google their web address followed by $21 million. So how important is Alexa rank to actual converted traffic (e.g. income)?

        • http://www.bojandjordjevic.com Bojan Djordjevic

          @Flynn – I guess it would be way easier. I am still not used to podcasts. When I find the appropriate application for android I will get into it.

        • Pat

          @teNriA – Alexa ranking, again, is just an indicator of how much traffic is coming to a site. It doesn’t say anything about where that traffic is coming from, how sticky it is, or how much it will convert into buyers. If you’ve got a good product, and it converts really well, you don’t need that much traffic in order to make a lot of money. I would say that Alexa ranking has nothing to do with conversion.

  • http://www.internetgeeks.org Azad @ Internet Geeks

    Yet another awesome podcast. Just a quick question does guest blogging bring traffics to our blog? Is it worth the time writing for other blogs? You said you had some unsuccessful guest posts.

    Also I really like that starting and ending voice over.

    • Pat

      Hey Azad, guest posts work, but I think it’s just been something everyone has been doing lately that it’s having less of an impact now compared to before. If you can get on the right blog, and the blog owner does a good job of promoting you and your article, it can be a great traffic generating post for your own blog. What you write matters too!


  • http://www.teNriA.com teNriA

    Good evening Pat,

    Really enjoyed this post and podcast. I first read about your inspirational LEED Exam story on Yaro Starak’s blog and have been a follower since.

    Your advice about not expecting organic search traffic immediately is good advice. Many people give up too soon due to unrealistic expectations; most people expect high levels of search engine traffic immediately, and give up when they fail to meet unrealistic goals.

    What I find refreshing about your “TSPI” blog is the brutal honesty of what to expect when starting from scratch. Instead of over hyped information that litters the internet, this honest blog really is a great source of motivation. Setting realistic expectations is so important and can help people stick to their projects. Most people sadly give up when they fail to meet the “overhyped” stories of success that are all over the internet. Finding an honest blog like this is rare.

    Thank you for sharing your great content and tips.

    • Pat

      Thank you so much, seriously, for your kind words. They mean a lot and I hope to continue to provide great value to the readers of SPI in the future, while still keeping things true, honest and transparent. All the best to you!

  • http://www.mindthebeginner.net ChristiaanH – Mind the Beginner

    Finally got round to listening to this one and it’s awesome. Tons of info in there.

    My take-home message: Get on the radar with bloggers in your niche. (Guestposting is so 2009 😉 …)

    Thanks for recording this one Pat & Corbett

  • Azzam

    That’s the problem Pat, you can not get people excited like that and leave them on a limbo :)
    Unfortunately smartphone technology is not yet up to speed with all that is happen in the different ways that people are using Tech on their blog. You think smartphones would be able to play a .mp3 file, fortunate for me I have the Galaxy S and it is compatible with flash and Samsung got an upgrade in November for Android Froyo to 2.2 making even more sophisticated.
    Either plugin creators will need to take smartphones in to consideration or the OS on smartphones will need to take the plugins into consideration. I doubt OS developers will do that since they still trying to keep with all the basics in HTML going on with sites.
    I will source the alternative for flash that is compatible for blogs for podcasts and shoot an email to my buddy Mike Little [co-founder wordpress] to see what he thinks is a viable solution

    • Pat

      I see what you mean, Azzam. I agree, things aren’t quite up to speed yet. The podcast is available through iTunes, for those people who have an iPhone. :)

      • http://www.teNriA.com teNriA

        Pat do you have an article on how to get podcasts and eBooks listed on Apples services e.g. iTunes, Apps Store etc.

        • Pat

          I don’t at the moment! Great idea though!

  • Azzam

    OK easier then I thought.


    It is 3.0.1 compatible so the creator is updating.

    I have an Android and it will be getting more and more popular so the itunes version may not to helpful in the longer term.

    This plugin is promising but untested.

    • http://makemoneybuzz.com Patrick from Make Money Buzz

      Thanks for the link. I’ll have to check this plugin out

  • http://www.rhythm-hub.com Steve

    Pat…! Pat ! You are on it man…! I’m a big fan of Corbett’s he has an amazing blog or should I say blogs..I’ve been reading you and then him..and then the amazing ViperChill..Your best show yet I learned a lot that I will implement on my next site about a bug….yes a bug..!

  • http://uniqueblog.net Derek Jensen

    I’ve never really thought about publishing a good amount of content before an actual launch but I see the positives being that people already see well established content and you can focus on more, new content.

    Additionally, I see this helping out the blogger because they have more of a sense of direction with some content already laid down.

    Thanks for the great podcast!

    Best, Derek

  • http://creativeabandon.wordpress.com Micki McNie

    It’s always good to hear that everyone starts from somewhere. Thanks for encouraging me to just keep at it. Can’t wait to see where I’m at by the time I hit the World Domination Summit!

  • http://razorfast.com Dan DeFelippi

    Great podcast Pat. I disagree with Corbett’s early claim that search engines won’t bring in traffic early and to not worry about it. While you may not have a lot of incoming links early on you can still rank well. If you write great content around a long tail keyword you can still end up with a good SERP position.

  • http://www.kadoredesigns.com Keisha Johnson

    I am looking to increase traffic onto my website, but it’s not a blog. Do you have resources that could help me? I have a online fashion boutique.
    However, I do enjoy reading the many articles here on your site..I have a blog that was once created for a class project, but I’ve not posted anything since then.

  • http://www.cashcampfire.com Christina Crowe ( @CashCampfire )

    Wow, what a great idea! I really love these podcasts, Pat.

    As soon as I’m done writing my eBook (will take a few days), I’ll try it out. I think that my readers would also get a lot out of a post like that if I made one on freelance writing.

    Thanks for doing these podcasts! They’re truly amazing.


  • http://www.onespoonatatime.com Paul Wolfe

    Hey pat

    Been busy, so haven’t had chance to listen to this yet. Will give it a listen tomorrow.

    Got a quick PodCast Traffic question for you – are you finding any significant increase in traffic to SPI from adding your podcasts to iTunes? And are you using any strategies to get your podcasts ranked in iTunes? Can you actually do that?

    Be interested in the answers. Thanks, looking forward to listening.


    • Pat

      Hey Paul, I am indeed seeing an increase in traffic from the podcast (see http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/youtube-podcasting-worth-effort/)

      As far as podcast rankings, it’s tough because the iTunes search engine is not very open as far as how things rank and whatnot, however ifyou apply some of the same rules for ranking in Google to your podcast, you can see some good results, which is what I’ve been doing. Keywords help a lot.

  • Chris

    Hey Pat!

    Great post again. The voice quality is excellent! What kind of equipment are you using?

    • Pat

      I’m using a Heil-PR40 Microphone with a mixer, and recording through Garageband & Skype for the interviews. Check out Cliff at http://www.podcastanswerman.com. He hooked me up with everything I needed to sound awesome.

      Thanks Chris!

  • http://www.newbizblogger.com Michele Welch

    Awesome podcast Pat and Corbertt! I’m in the process of finalizing my first online product and hearing this has really given me much inspiration to let go of the fear and just continuing to take action.

    I appreciate you sharing this! Ciao =)

  • http://www.exploringinfinity.com Mitch Tarala

    Wow that was a fantastic interview!

    It flew by listening to it as fast as it flew by for you while recording it!

    Some great tips for all of the newbies out there, and some tips for those who’ve been doing it a while too!

    Keep up the great work you guys!

  • http://legitmakemoneyonline.blogspot.com/ Alexander | Legit Make Money Online

    Thanks so much for sharing the great podcast and advice on how to get more traffic. I can’t wait to use these techniques because I’m seriously lacking in the traffic department and could never seem to gain anymore traffic. Thanks!

  • http://www.bojandjordjevic.com Bojan Djordjevic

    Listened to the podcast and I must say I liked it really much. You mentioned FBML landing page post, that’s the moment when I started reading you…

    It will be even more awesome when your VA finishes the transcript for those people who are reading your blog from Mobile devices.

  • http://thetitanproject.wordpress.com/ Jonathan Manor

    Great Podcasts. I stayed up all night fighting sleep to listen to the whole thing. Think traffic is an amazing site. Before Corbett came along I was reading up on ViperChill on how to properly market my blog. Since I finished it’s such a great thing to have reached Corbett just this week. Great timing!

  • http://financialfreedom.whuship.com lars Krogholt

    I think you are more than right in stressing the importance of networking as bloggers. We inspire each other as well as we help each other up and forward. Great podcast.

  • http://queersotv.com/daVinciPodcast.html Will Norman


    This was a particularly good episode. Solid questions, concise bullet points, specific tips, and a very engaging guest. I would have liked to hear more about affiliates, though. Perhaps, I’ll just take Barr’s course.

  • http://www.akilbrown.com Akil

    Hi Pat
    Great interview, I need this sort of motivation as I was recently laid off and started my blog almost two months now. So I am not in the best of position at the moment but material like this will keep me motivated. Atleast i know from the interview that nothing happens right away and i will continue to write and post my content.

    Keep up the great work

  • jose prochmann

    Hey, this is great stuff, I am learning a lot as a newbie. Thx !

  • http://www.bloggingteacher.com Paul Cunningham

    First point (and bear in mind I just quickly read all of the comments above but may have missed someone else saying the same thing) is that you discuss in the podcast how guest posting delivers very little traffic. You don’t mention one of the other benefits though, that you do mention later on about commenting – getting on people’s radar.

    Personal story about guest posting – I’ve been a guest poster on Problogger and it didn’t send me much traffic to speak of, but the exposure was huge. People were still remembering my name from that guest post months later at an in-person event I went to.

    The other point I’ll make is in support of your organic search traffic comments. This year my main blog (not the one linked in this comment) actually tripled in traffic. And I’m not talking going from 1000/mth to 3000/mth either, much bigger. Search traffic has seen the biggest boost out of that. There were a few factors involved but I mainly chalk it up to persistence and sticking it our fot a couple of years without giving up.

    • http://thinktraffic.net Corbett Barr

      Great points, Paul! Yes, guest posting and commenting on other blogs can be a great way to get on someone’s radar (both bloggers and readers). And I shouldn’t say that guest posting will never bring you decent traffic (a guest post on Zen Habits brought me 3000+ visitors last year), but guest posting is losing it’s magic from what I’m experiencing and hearing.

      Congrats on the recent tripling of traffic! What’s your main blog, BTW?

      • http://www.streetstyles4all.co.uk Rob

        Hi. Thanks for the great info and for sharing your knowledge. May I ask what your perspective is now, after all this time? Do you think things have changed much?

  • http://www.abstract-living.com Vinay

    wow, just listened to this yesterday and it kicks ass! I spent all day contacting people in my niche to build a launch post / manifesto and already got a bunch of responses!!! amazingly valuable advice in this podcast, worth paying for!

  • http://www.75dayjourney.com 75Day Journey

    This is an amazing podcast. I am in week 2 of my 75DayJourney .com blog and this podcast couldn’t come up at a better time. This week’s goals for me are to increase traffic to my site now that I have some content to show. Keep up the great guests Pat. You’re a great inspiration.

  • http://missiondrivenbrand.com Rob Pene

    Awesome show bro! I actually purchased Corbett’s Affiliate Marketing for beginners program and went through some of it…I really purchased it to moreso to support his new product and because he seemed like a really cool dude from his blog and from the other sites I’ve seen him on. Nice job bro, and looking forward to your product launch!

  • http://www.wealthyaffiliaterevolution.com/ Mark | Wealthy Affiliate Revolution

    Just finished listening to this yesterday. It’s hard for me to find the time since I no longer commute (thank God) and my 5yo daughter likes to fill the airwaves with the sound of her own voice (She doesn’t believe in “dead air”).

    In any event, I found an opportunity yesterday and played your podcast back on my Droid X. Great stuff! You and Corbett really provided awesome insight. I don’t have the bandwidth to follow too many blogs but I have already added Corbett’s to my Google reader. Thanks again for sharing.


  • http://msaunderson.blogspot.com/ Michelle Saunderson

    Great podcast. Being a new blogger, I found the info really helpful. Thanks.

  • http://www.gogvotitanium.com Sean Breslin

    I would have liked to have gone to that convention! Saved the traffic MP3 Just getting round to listening to Corbins stuff…

  • http://www.gvoconference.me Sean Breslin

    Sorry Corbett! did’nt mean to be rude!

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  • http://www.vaginaleschimmelinfectie.nl/Vaginale_schimmelinfectie_voorkomen.html Sharon Lisock

    My boyfriend wants to buy a Samsung led 42″ but my friends tell me we should get a Toshiba led tv. Can you guys tell me which one is the best?

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  • http://www.skjoldby.com Lars Skjoldby

    Hi Pat.
    Just heard this podcast and it was amazing. One question poped up though.
    I’m blogging about business networking in danish. Its a small audience since we are a small nation of only 5 million people, however i feel comfortable writing in my native language.
    You talk about networking with others blogging about the same or simular topics, writing reviews etc. But I seem to be the first to blog about business networking in danish. The only danish bloggers who I’ve found to blog about networking is either not active or blog very rarely. My advantage sure, but I need more traffic and buzz. Do you have any tips, links I need to read, podcasts I need to hear?

    Thanks again for your great podcast. Ideas just pop up in my head while and after I hear them.

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  • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

    Might be a late comment but I just listened to this on an elliptical machine while vacationing in Taipei. Really informative and motivational too. Enjoyed it.

  • http://fathertobe.info Qarau

    Hi Pat,

    Thank you for this and all the great tips you have on your site. I’ve just started blogging on a niche that probably isn’t too good because of the vast competition but it’s something I am really passionate about and so I’m going ahead with it anyway in the hope that I can write epic content and really provide value for my readers like you have. I am learning so much from you and the great thing about this…IT’S ALL FREE!

  • http://www.Bahamasecoventures.com Tansey Louis

    This interview Pat, was top notch! You are providing excellent value for me, a newbie blogger.

  • Rob

    I can’t play this file or download it because it says “the file cannot be found”. Has it been moved?


    P.S. Great range of information on your site, thanks for sharing.

    • Pat

      Hey Rob – I just played the file on my end and a few other people checked for me too, and it worked. Maybe a quick reload will help? Sorry about that!

      • Rob

        Hi Pat. Thanks for getting back so quickly! I checked the other ones too, and I can’t play any of them. I think it’s got to be a problem at my end – probably being blocked at work…I will try from home.

  • http://7Payouts.com Jeremiah Say

    The direction of this interview is more for bloggers than “product” owners.

    If possible, would you mind doing an interview (or write a blog post) on paid traffic? Like ppc, banner ads etc.

    With much appreciation,

    • http://www.tapchidanong.org/categories/Hap-dan/Thoi-trang-nam/ thanghn92

      But I seem to be the first to blog about business networking in danish.
      The only danish bloggers who I’ve found to blog about networking is
      either not active or blog very rarely gia vang giay nam thoi trang FiFa Online 3 thoi trang nu tu vi xem boi mon ngon am thuc My advantage sure, but I need more traffic and buzz. Do you have any tips, links I need to read, podcasts I need to hear?

  • http://www.pursueincome.com/ Angyer vandefan

    I have not heard nothing like this before,Good job guys

  • http://hsnyc.co/ Henry Sanchez

    Thinktraffic is now Fizzle and its a very cool looking site. Their program sounds very promising and something that can really help those starting out.

  • huyennhi

    How do you create buzz for a relatively new blog or website?
    ẩm thực,giảm cân,giải mã giấc mơ,Tin trong ngày,chuyện lạ

  • http://www.thepassionbusiness.com Alwin Reyes

    Hi Pat! This post have been here for a long time but I just finished listening to it. It’s awesome stuff! Thanks to you and Corbett for sharing these tips!

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