Ask the Experts: How to Get 1,000 Visitors in 30 Days from Scratch

For most people, starting a brand new site from scratch inevitably means a dip that can last months where you slave away building the site, creating content and putting in lots of hours but with little to no reward.

It’s the most difficult time in creating an online presence – you’re full of uncertainty about whether your efforts will pay off and even the most epic piece of content is rewarded with deafening silence from your tragically fictitious audience.

Well, you may be pleased to know that it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way!

We asked the top online entrepreneurs in our market to tell us what they would do to get 1,000 visitors to their site within the first 30 days. And here are the answers that they gave:


Neil Patel Says:

I would focus on business development deals. For example if the website was on "pet supplies" I would go out there and connect with all of the pet/animal blogs out there. I would do so by direct messaging them on Twitter, adding as friends on Facebook, emailing them, and even try calling them.

Once I get a hold of them I would make a pitch on why they should blog about my site. Ideally I would want them to do this for free, but if they weren't interested I would offer discount codes, gift cards, or some sort of promotional offer that benefits their readers.

By doing this throughout a 30 day period, you should easily be able to attain 1000 visitors if not a few thousand.

Social Triggers

Derek Halpern Says:

That's easy. I'd reach out to as many bloggers as possible to introduce myself. I wouldn't reach out to the top bloggers though because they're busy.

Instead, I'd reach out to people with smaller audiences... people who aren't used to getting a ton of emails from people. Why? Because when you need traffic, the easiest way to get it is to get it from people who have it. You can't get it from people who have it unless you know who they are.

Think Traffic

Corbett Barr Says:

Simply write great content on an interesting topic, craft engaging headlines and share that work across social media.

The Sales Lion

Marcus Sheridan Says:

My answer is the same one I give to most companies I work with--- I'd brainstorm the top 50 questions consumers ask in my industry and seek out *exactly* the way they would type that question into a search engine like Google. Then I'd turn each question into a title of a blog post and make the post itself the answer.

If a company publishes two posts a day for the first 25 days-- and they truly were addressing those top questions of their marketplace-- the results would be exceptional--and long lasting.

Gain Higher Ground

Rob Cornish Says:

1. Create a small product by either writing a report, recording some tutorial videos or, if I don't have a great deal of knowledge in the niche, find 5 experts and interview them on Skype.

2. List the product for $7-$17 on because this network is good for any niche and offers instant PayPal commissions to affiliates (very appealing for them compared to Clickbank where payments are delayed and there are other restrictions such as having to make sales on different credit cards). See Full Answer

Traffic Generation Cafe

Ana Hoffman Says:

The best way to create traffic is to find someone who's already driving a substantial amount of it and tap into it.

The most traditional example of that would be guest posting, but I am not talking about "find a couple of random blogs to post for, write a variety of miscellaneous articles (topics varying wildly) and then hope for the best" kind of guest posting. See Full Answer

Become a Blogger

Leslie Samuel Says:

I would do EXACTLY what I did to build my Biology Blog to 4,167 Unique Visitors in one month. I would create high quality, informative, and helpful videos. I'd keep them short, sweet and to the point. Then post them on Youtube and embed them in my blog.

Youtube is the #2 search engine in the world, and people go there to find videos that help them solve problems. If you can provide the solution, and have a clear call to action to come back to your site, you'd be surprised at how much traffic you can get.

Trent Dyrsmid Says:

Step 1. I would very clearly define precisely who I was writing for and carefully research what they were interested in by reading other blogs in my niche and making a note of the posts/topics that got the most social sharing.

Step 2. I would create content that was specifically targeted to this audience and I would be sure to make mention of several other prominent bloggers in my niche as I wrote my posts. See Full Answer


Bamidele Onibalusi Says:

The number one activity I would focus on is guest blogging.

I've written a single guest post on a big blog that sent over 1,000 visitors in a month before and I've also written a guest post on several smaller blogs that sent a few hundred visitors.

I'll look for the top blogs in my niche that cover a variety of topics and I'd look for smaller blogs that are very focused on what I blog about and work on getting published on them.

As long as I can find the right blogs, guest blogging is number one on my list.

Extra Money Blog

Sunil Says:

I'd hire a VA offshore, have them reach out to fan pages and groups that include the target audience of my site, and reach out to each one individually and introduce them to my site/facebook fan page (through which I'd encourage them to visit the site). I've done this for several new sites and it's worked great to get the ball rolling with some direct and hopefully (depending on your content) recurring visitors. my new authority site has greatly benefited from this approach.

other options are reaching out to folks with large email lists or readerships and propose a guest post or email broadcast of some sort. however, these relationships are difficult to build instantly. the response above assumes such relationships do not exist in place. it also assumes that the site owner is not willing to spend a large sum of money (i.e. pay for an email broadcast or guest post) to push this initiative.

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Casey Zeman Says:

I have a few different strategies in doing this. Some new promotional tools with Facebook have been getting me 500 visitors a day (from facebook) but that is paid...However, my niche is Video and YouTube so...let's talk simple strategies as they relate to video!

I would make education based videos on a niche, one every two-three days and post them up on YouTube. I would then add branded overlays to those videos so that people would click back to my blog site (or Webinar...where I can get signups). See Full Answer

And there you have it. 11 traffic generation strategies from some of the top marketing and blogging experts in the industry are now at your disposal. I want to give a big thank you to all our experts for sparing some of their valuable time to answer these questions – you all rock.

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Paul McCarthy is the co-founder of Thrive Themes, has a passion for self development and in his free time builds various niche sites, such as Hair Free Life