5 Ways to Get More Weekend Traffic To Your Site

by Rick on November 10, 2010

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If you check your website statistics you will notice that your traffic drops off during the weekend.

If you are looking to stop your drop in weekend traffic, then I have some suggestions that might work for you with a little extra effort on your part.

Increase Traffic to Your Site on this Weekend

In order to increase weekend traffic to your site you need to target websites with regular traffic flow and large number of users that can send visitors to your site.

These strategies are short-term and will allow you to get traffic to your site soon after implementation.  You might also get more traffic to your site during the weekdays, which is a definite plus.

  1. Comment on Other Blogs- Most blogs are not updated during the weekend but there are some that do.  You need to find those and comment on those.  You need to focus on the blogs with lots of traffic and try to be one of the first to comment.  Make your comment relevant to the topic and you will increase your likelihood of others visiting your site.
  2. Network on Social Sites- Participate by interacting and posting on relevant forums, social networks like Facebook, and news sites like Digg and Reddit.  People will always participate on online communities and you will get some visitors if you join in.
  3. Pitch Your Website via Email – Send an email to your subscribers to promote your website.  You can create and send a weekly wrap-up email on Saturdays.  Those subscribers that check their email on the weekend may decide to visit your site and check it out.
  4. Blog Traffic Exchanges – I’m not a big fan of blog traffic exchanges but there is a chance that you can get traffic.  Blog Traffic Exchanges operate based on a reciprocal viewing ratio.  You will have to  manually surf and visit various blogs in the network, in return for other users to visit your blog.
  5. Have Others Promote Your Blog – You can outsource some of your marketing efforts and have someone else promote your site for the weekend.

I recommend #5 because the first four strategies can be time consuming for you during the weekend.  I don’t know about you but I do not want to spend any of my weekend in front of the computer.

I would love to hear if any of these ideas help generate more traffic for you on the weekend.

Do you have any other strategies that I may have overlooked?  What would be the top strategy to implement if you had to choose just one?

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Alex November 10, 2010 at 6:15 am

Should I come back on the weekend?

I’m here now so… hahahaha (smart arse Alex)

Want the hottest tip you’ll ever get?
Same, but until such time as we find it, here is my 2 cents.
Four letters…
SU.PR

go there, submit your link, shorten it – add a bit on enticing copy and schedule the post/tweet/facebookshare for the weekend.
Promote your post as per normal, but when stumble Upon sends that out on Saturday, I guarantee the traffic will continue to flow.
I get around 100 visitors per post through this method. Yes – 100!

peace
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Alex November 10, 2010 at 6:16 am

sorry, thats 100 on the weekend. Usually the stumbles on every post add up to around 500 by weeks end
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Susan November 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Hi Rick, there is nothing more disheartening then checking your weekend stats and seeing they are half of what they are all week – even though you fully expect it! Thanks for the great tips on how to get more weekend traffic to your site!
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Rick November 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm

@Alex,

Yes, you and all your friends should come back on the weekend.

I thought you were about to give me this great tip and then you burst my bubble, thanks!

I have not checked out SU.PR yet but I will especially if you say I should.

Have fun!

- Rick

Rick November 10, 2010 at 12:28 pm

@Alex,

Thanks for the clarification for everyone.

- Rick

Rick November 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm

@Susan@At Home Workouts,

Thanks for stopping by.

I know we expect it but do we have to. I hope to change that.

Take care!

- Rick

Jeffrey Morgan November 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Hi Rick, How goes it? I’m here on a Wednesday mate. You should have written the post for the weekend. Now I’ll have to come back and read it again on Saturday.

Hey …….. I like sitting in front of my computer on the weekend!
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Rick November 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

@Jeffrey Morgan,

I thought about posting it on Friday but I wanted people to read it so they could put it to use this weekend.

Since you like sitting in front of your computer so much on the weekend, you better come back and read it again.

I won’t be in front of the computer this weekend as I am going on vacation with the family to Disney World.

Have fun!

- Rick

Tristan November 11, 2010 at 1:28 am

Great post! I always get a little depressed when I see the Saturday dip, followed by the deeper Sunday dip.

I think interacting on forums is a great thing to do on the weekend. That and sending out your newsletter to your email list.

Thanks!
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Matthew Needham November 11, 2010 at 9:25 am

@Alex, Sup.pr just announced that 12m people have signed up and for sure it generates a tonne of traffic for me. In fact over 65,000 page views.

Some ‘keynote’ posts have generated 700+ page views alone and very quickly.
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Matthew Needham November 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

Hi Rick,

Great tips here. I don’t quite understand why traffic dips at the weekend (but I’ve given up trying to work somethings out.) Because logic would dictate that people would have more time on their hands to surf and read blogs.

Then again logic would say that traffic would be low at 8am EST as people would be on their way to work, but that’s a busy time!

Good point about sending out reminder posts on a Friday/Saturday. I did use to automate it but for some reason Aweber split my email into 2 which caused a few folk to unsubscribe, so I stopped doing it.

But certainly it could be worth sending a single email out.

Thanks for the tips!
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Sathish November 12, 2010 at 3:45 am

Hey Rick, out of these five ways four makes sense to me. But what is blog traffic exchange?. I never heard about this term before. How does it work?
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Peter from Blogging Mechanics November 12, 2010 at 5:23 am

Good post. There is another method that I use for some of the niche blogs sometimes – check out Alexa hot topics and Google Insights. Find some of the top 5 topics and create a short post around it. Then distribute it via social networking sites, and you will get traffic. This helps attract new followers.
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Jeffrey Morgan November 14, 2010 at 12:25 am

@Rick, Just like I promised. I’m back. And you thought I was Kidding!
I’m not ……….. I have no life, and yes I’ll be in front of my computer this Sunday as well! I’ve lost my satellite signal, so no T.V. Church or Football this Sunday. I lose my signal every year at this time. I live in a forest and can’t get a clear signal. You might say I can’t see the forest (or TV) for the trees.
Bah Hum Bug!
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Mark Flavin November 15, 2010 at 7:15 am

Also if you’re on a tight budget you can always use Fiverr to get someone to do some really cheap outsourcing for you which can really help with step #5.

Mark
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Rick November 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm

@Tristan,

Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

Forum interaction is a good way to get weekend traffic but it also requires you to work during the weekend. For me I want to minimize my work on the weekend if not eliminate work on the weekend.

Have fun!

- Rick

Rick November 15, 2010 at 5:08 pm

@Matthew Needham,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

The interesting thing about the internet is that we have people from all over the world reading our blogs at different hours of the day.

I try to post my blog posts and send out emails early in the morning because of the different time zones. I am on the East Coast of the US so I try to have most posts and emails auto post and send around 4 a.m. EST.

That’s weird how aWeber split the email into 2 emails. Did you contact their support group? Maybe they can figure it out for you.

Take care!

- Rick

Rick November 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Sathish @ TechieMania,

Thanks for stopping by.

There are a few different type of blog traffic exchanges.

After signing up for the blog traffic exchanges, some require you to surf other blogs to gain credits. Those credits, in turn, bring visitors to your blog.

Some of the newer blog traffic exchanges require you to install a Related Websites plugin. The plugin shows related posts (from others that have signed up for the plugin) below your post. You can see some benefits from the free version but the paid version has many more enhancements.

I hope that helps.

- Rick

Rick November 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm

@Peter from Blogging Mechanics,

I never thought about using Alexa and Google Insights for current hot topics to create posts.

I guess it really depends on your niche.

Definitely using social networking not matter when you create posts is a great way to get traffic for both the weekdays and the weekend.

Thanks for sharing.

- Rick

Rick November 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

@Jeffrey Morgan,

I thought you were kidding. Thanks for coming back.

What no football this past Sunday??? I hope you get your service back soon. I am not sure how log I could go without satellite.

You may need to look into some of the online T.V. services.

Take care!

- Rick

Rick November 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm

@Mark Flavin,

Thanks for recommending Fiverr. I looed into it a few times but I have never pulled the trigger to request something yet.

Have you used Fiverr yet?

- Rick

Clinton November 26, 2010 at 2:09 am

Hello there Rick! :)

Definitely number 5 is the most effective if we talk about time limitations in getting traffic to your site. It is also true that you can find less cost in dealing with it when you do “outsourcing method”. Thanks for sharing your wise and effective strategy during weekends!

Rick November 27, 2010 at 1:27 pm

@Clinton@Custom cable assembly,

Thanks for sharing. Outsourcing can definitely save you time and money (once you’re making money). Just make sure the person(s) understands exactly what you want.

Take care!

- Rick

Alan Ashwood December 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Hi Rick, some valuable information here, thanks.

Personally, I find that visiting and commenting on other people’s blogs is a great way to build a network of buddies, wherever they are in the world. I blog hop regularly, learn a lot, have a few laughs, make some contacts, but mostly – learn a lot.
I have a policy of always replying to ‘useful’ comments, and then visit their blog to see what they are doing, and how they’re progressing.
I know not everybody does this, but it’s worth it’s weight in gold.
By the way, it’s Sunday, and very very cold. KIds outside sledging. :-)
Cheers
Alan

Rick December 20, 2010 at 10:29 am

@Alan Ashwood,

I agree, blog commenting is definitely a great way to make some great contacts, learn a lot from others and really have some interesting interaction with others all over the world.

How cold is it there?

Have fun!

- Rick

sai December 1, 2011 at 11:46 am

really you cached very nice points.nice tips to increase blog traffic:)
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