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The Best Traffic Sources And Why I am Not Fond of Them.

Getting traffic is one of the MOST important thing for a blog or a website. It’s the oxygen on which a blog runs. If a blog is not getting enough traffic then no matter what quality content is being published, all the efforts are a waste of time.


So along with producing killer content, you as a blogger must know different ways to drive traffic to your blog. There are many ways in which you can get visitors to your blog and turn them into loyal readers. But there are some sources which can give you instant hike in traffic stats. These sources are the best traffic sources that I have come across but something is still missing.

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The BEST Traffic Sources That gives Instant results.

Whenever you are trying to get visitors to your blog, I recommend you to check out two sites – StumbleUpon and Reddit. These two sites are the best traffic sources that can give you hundreds of visitors within minutes.

Each and every blogger knows the power of these two sites. Just bu submitting a link in Reddit or liking a page in StumbleUpon can give you instant hits. There is no trick, nothing; just submit a link of your post and see the magic happen.

Here is a screenshot of my traffic stats, the day I used these two sites:

Traffic increased


As you can see a superb rise in the visitors of my blog when I used these two sites. Further advantage of these source is that the visitors you get are maximum from the western countries.

But there is one big reason why I don’t like these BEST traffic sources.

Why I don’t like the Best Traffic Sources?

StumbleUpon and Reddit are the top traffic sources for many blogs and the bloggers are quite happy to see the rise in their stats. But there is one big reason that every blogger knows that prevents these best traffic sources from becoming GREAT traffic sources.

The most important thing for a blog to become successful is that it must get targeted visitors. And these two sources doesn’t take care of this very crucial point.

The visitors that come to our blog from StumbleUpon and Reddit don’t stay for long and leaves immediately and thus our bounce rate also increases. If you get good number of referrals from SU and Reddit, then go to your Analytics and check for yourself, the time period of a visitor from these sites stays between just a few seconds.

They Don’t Give You the Required Results.

If you rely on SU or Reddit or any other such source for getting traffic more than other reliable sources, then you must stop doing that. Getting visitors is quite helpful when you want to show off a good traffic stats to your readers, but the inside picture is not know by anyone but you.

High number of visitors means you will get better advertising opportunities but nothing else than that. If you manage to get some sponsors for your blog, then also they won’t stay for long as they won’t get the expected results from you.

Read : Make Money From Guest Posts on Your Blog

Another reason – as I said the visitors are not targeted so you won’t be able to get any clicks and thus you might no be able to generate any affiliate sales.

SO What do you think ?

I am not saying that you must not use StumbleUpon or Reddit; you must use them but don’t completely rely on them as they give many visitors. These visitors do not stay for long but it looks quite good if you have 1000 visitors instead of just 100 visitors.

Now it’s your turn. What do you think of my post? Do you think I am right or I made a blunder at some point? I am looking forward to hear your expert comments.

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29 thoughts on “The Best Traffic Sources And Why I am Not Fond of Them.

  1. Nwosu Desmond Reply

    I prefer organic traffic to referral traffic because once i can rank for a keyword it will always a steady source of traffic to my blog, but even if you get on top of Stumbleupon or reddit, the traffic don’t last. And such traffic tends to increase your bounce rate because most of such visitors may not be interested on other topics and bounce off immediately they came in and that will have adverse effect your your ranking.

    • Arbaz Khan Post authorReply

      Hi Nwosu,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Organic traffic lasts really long and if you can rank for a particular keyword then it’s the best we can get. Organic traffic and referral traffic are most of the times same, as the visitors know where they are heading to when they click on the link. The only difference is that organic traffic lasts long compared to referral traffic.

  2. Justin Reply

    So true Arbaz. I have one post on Stumbleupon that has gotten me over 25k visits in one year but the bounce rate is so high. I also had a couple of posts on Reddit too that did well but they were all drive by readers as well. Targeted traffic is the way to go even though it can take some time and money to get it.

    • Arbaz Khan Post authorReply

      Hi Justin,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Targeted traffic is the only way to achieve our goals. If your goal is to just get high number of visitors then StumbleUpon or Reddit is the best way but when you look for long-term results you must concentrate on driving targeted traffic and try to rank in organic search results.

  3. Holly Jahangiri Reply

    I don’t make much use of either of these; I’ve always seen them as options for readers who like the sites to share my posts there, but I don’t push for it and I don’t use them as much, maybe, as I ought to.

    I’d say that my main sources of traffic are loyal readers, Facebook, Blog Engage, Twitter, and search engines.

    For me, it’s useless to just have “a lot of traffic.” I want people to read and comment on what I write; that’s more of an end in itself. If they click an ad or two, great, but that’s not what my blog’s about. (It’s a nice way to show support without paying to read the posts, but it’s not going to stop me blogging if you don’t, and it’s not going to pay the hosting fees if you do, so… click if you’re there and a product interests you, or don’t.)

    • Arbaz Khan Post authorReply

      Hi Holly,
      Thanks for your comment.
      I sometimes use these sites but not too much. I concentrate more on getting organic traffic as it is the only thing that will help me in future. As you said, lot’s of traffic is of no use if your visitors are not getting in the conversation with you or not reading your articles. I too would like more if my blog visitors read a post and leave a thoughtful comment on it.

  4. Nirmala Reply

    Yes, you are right and agree with your points. Your another point that ” you won’t get any clicks from Reddit and Stumble upon as the visitors are not targeted ” is true. Really a good and informative post for bloggers. Thanks for sharing and keep writing.

    • Arbaz Khan Post authorReply

      Hi Nirmala,
      Thanks for your comment.
      I would like to see you more often on my blog and leave your valuable feedback :)

  5. bbrian017 Reply

    I agree, Arbaz Khan, the traffic for our blog should stay, read, comment and engage. Stumble and Reddit just come and go, it’s like they are looking for funny stuff or other things. I don’t think they like to read much.

    • Arbaz Khan Post authorReply

      Hi Brian,
      Thanks for your comment.
      You are right. Visitors should come to a blog, read the article, comment on it and engage themselves; that’s the true meaning of blogging. People coming from Stumble and Reddit don’t do the above things.

  6. Steve Reply

    Bing has become my best source of traffic since Google has become too hard to rank in. I do get some traffic spikes from Facebook but I haven’t noticed any sales coming from the social site.

    • Arbaz Khan Post authorReply

      Hi Steve,
      Thanks for your comment.
      If you want to get sales from your blog, then you need to get in the first page of SERP’s and that you already do good in Bing, you might be getting sales. Social sites are not as effective as organic traffic when you want to do affiliate marketing. So you must try to get more and more organic traffic to your blog. Also try to get ranked in Google; if you can rank in Bing so can you do with Google :)

  7. Jena Isle Reply

    I agree with you Arbaz. SU does bring traffic but it isn’t PROFITABLE traffic. It also increases your bounce rate because of this. The visitor just visited your site and left – no real value.
    I rarely use SU nowadays. For Reddit I haven’t used it yet. Reading your post, convinced me not to use it.
    At least with Facebook and Twitter, I’m sure that those who come from these sites would read my post.
    Thanks for the pointers.

    • Arbaz Khan Post authorReply

      Hi Jena,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Visitors from Facebook and Twitter does read your articles and engage themselves. I am glad that you liked my points. :)

  8. Ashish Reply

    “These visitors do not stay for long but it looks quite good if you have 1000 visitors instead of just 100 visitors.”
    ya i understand 😀 ppl just sell their blogs when they see no visitors

  9. Okto Reply

    Hi Arbaz,

    Interesting topics. I think the most common traffic source is search engine, it’s a sign that you have good SEO level within your blog. But wherever your traffic come from it won’t affect your income. Your income depends on what you have used for monetizing.

    In case of affiliates, it’s all depends on what product or service you offers. If you think traffic from reddit and stumbelupon is less profitable, maybe you give the wrong affiliate offers.


    • Arbaz Khan Post authorReply

      HI Okto,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Having a good traffic from search engines is a sign that your blog is heading in the right direction and have good SEO level. But when it comes to monetization, traffic matters a lot.

      If you are looking forward to do affiliate marketing through your blog, then you must concentrate to rank your blog for that particular keyword in search engines. If you can do this, you can get great sales and thus great commissions.

      But if you want to monetize traffic coming from SU and Reddit, then you can’t do that by promoting affiliate offers because the people from these sites don’t stay on the blog for more than 5-10 seconds.
      But it can be useful to lure advertisers by showing them high visitor stats and like this you can get banner advertisement or other advertisement opportunities.

      It all depends on how you can handle the traffic.
      Keep visiting and giving your valuable feedback :)

  10. Ehsan Ullah Reply

    Yup, StumpleUpon and Reddit sends the instant traffic, but If you are a serious blogger and want to treat it as a business than I must say that StumbleUpon and Reddit traffic is just waste of time because those visitors doesn’t convert and increase the bounce rate. The traffic you get from StumbleUpon doesn’t spent more than 10 seconds on your blog.

    As a blogger, you should focus on increasing the engagement and readership, not the number of visits!

    • Arbaz Khan Post authorReply

      Hi Ehsan,
      It’s great to see that the visitors you get from StumbleUpon and Reddit stay on your blog for 10 seconds, on my blog the time is not more than 5 seconds. LOL :)

  11. Istiak Rayhan Reply

    Hey Arbaz,
    Totally agree with you. SU and Reddit can be a good source of traffic. I got 1000 visitors form SU in a single day. I know those are not the loyal visitors but it helps me to increase my alexa rank.
    So I think it is better to submit post on SU and Reddit to get some traffic. And it require only two minutes.
    Thanks for the nice post.

    • Arbaz Khan Post authorReply

      Hi Istiak,
      Previously I was also thinking that at least I am getting high traffic stats by submitting my posts on SU and Reddit, but as my understanding grew I found out that my blog results were not as good as it should be. The traffic from these two sites doesn’t help you in any way. It just increases your bounce rate.

      And about Alexa, its a crap. If you publish a post on a regular basis, no matter what traffic you get, you will see your Alexa rank is getting better. It doesn’t depend on traffic but your posting frequency.

      Hope that helps :)

  12. Robinsh Reply

    I also prefer organic traffic and now since last 2-3 weeks testing PPC and results are awesome and now I have some extra dollar when compared to the last month earning means now I can dominate the affiliate marketing too that was untouched till now.

    • Arbaz Khan Post authorReply

      Hi Robinsh,
      Great to hear that you are getting good results with PPC. I can’t say anything in that topic as I have no experience.
      Just work your way up and you will become a successful affiliate.
      Best of luck :)

  13. Chadrack Reply

    Hi Arbaz,

    I totally agree with you on this. Sometime ago I tried these traffic sources and discovered that they are not really valuable. I have heard that list posts do better with stumbleupon but the fact is that if a visit is not ready to explore the blog after reading the post that brought him, the stats will only be hurting your results. Thanks for sharing.

  14. GoodTrader Reply

    There is no quick way to get loyal readers.
    The important thing is to connect with those who are interested in what you have to say.
    I think guest posting is a good way to get results because only attracts readers who have been previously interested in your content.

  15. Shathyan Raja Reply

    Yes you are right, They bring us some instant traffic but not targeted which is of no use for us. May be for the traffic count we can have it.

  16. Matt Hayden Reply

    I didn’t know that you’d have a high bounce rate from these sites but this doesn’t surprise me. Still, if you can get many thousands of hits from such sites over a period of a few months, then surely some of those readers would return and become regular readers.

    I think that blog commenting is one of the best ways of getting immediate and quality traffic. Sure, the numbers are low but they certainly come pretty quickly and will tend to read the posts right through, sometimes commenting themselves.

  17. Rohan Mod Reply

    hi arbaz i got success in getting traffic from stumbleupon but nothing is coming out of reddit.i agree that when i submit my posts on stumbleupon my post get indexed but still not appearing in search results.

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