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I'm currently only getting about 300 visitors a day, mostly return visitors. I don't rely on search engine traffic at all. My initial impression was that the site would grow virally without any reliance on the search engines.
Is 300 visitors a day poor for a site that's 10 months old? It is growing a little each month but nothing to really get excited about (maybe 10% increase a month if that).
The traffic is, to be frank, quite pathetic compared to some of my other non-community oriented sites which draw thousands of visitors a day from the SEs.
I'm interested in others who've been able to successfully build a community website here. How did you fare after 10 months and what are some realistic goals (traffic wise) for community website traffic growth?
1) Ensure you are both engaging users more and creating more content by stimulating discussion. Start topics, bump old ones, etc. Be provocative.
2) Make social sharing easy so your users can share your content on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Spend a little time yourself ensuring that new topics, etc. make it into those channels.
3) Optimize the site architecture for search. Free traffic is your friend.
4) Spend some time and/or money promoting the site on related sites, via press releases, etc. Do some link dev work to get visibility on relevant sites - this will drive direct traffic as well a help with search traffic.
With a stream of regulars, you should be able to crank things up easily - many startup communities have to resort to begging friends to post or creating bogus users, neither of which is a great strategy.