Here is a list of 20 Reasons for No Traffic on a Blog in 2020, I have written 20 Reasons you can please add more in the comments.
Table of Contents
- Poor Design Worst User Experience Leading to No Traffic
- No Traffic for Not having a responsive layout
- No Traffic as of Slow Pageload Speeds
- No Traffic as I am Giving away a damn to SEO
- Greed to Monetize More More Ads Less Content So No Traffic
- Wasting time looking at Income Reports of an old Successful Blog
- Publishing Irrelevant Baseless Stuff for No Traffic
- No Niche Topic, Blogging about Everything
- Backlinks From Everywhere
- No Traffic With Shared Hosting
- Longer Domain Names
- Selecting a wrong TLD
- Policy Violations No Indexing
- No Security for the Visitor
- Very Long Articles
- Lesser Posts Not Updating Content Frequently
- Switching over Hosting Zones and IP Addresses
- Changing permalinks not monitoring your 404 Hits
- No Interaction with your blog users on comments
- No promotion of your Blog
Primary Reason: No New Visitors No New Traffic to the BlogThis post is finding out reasons why blogs quit for no visitors
If your blog doesn’t get organic traffic or new visits even after many good efforts in creating content,
that can frustrate a lot,
you just keep on looking at the analytics, who visited your blog from which country what was time spent on a particular post / page, and so on.
Well, Does that Make Sense?
While as they say it all starts with a domain, an idea, or a niche, it would never make sense to quit your blog,
rather finding reasons for no visitors is what your target should be if you follow your niche correctly just stick to what is required you won’t ever quit writing your blog.
Finding reasons for No Traffic
No traffic could be many valid reasons, here are some that I find relevant, you may add more in the comments below.
Poor Design Worst User Experience Leading to No Traffic
A poorly designed blog would never engage the visitors to read more, follow a blog, or revisit it.
Blogs that have lots of design elements, and poor accessibility scores, for designs usually make the user quit the page and never return,
It’s just the same as visiting a new restaurant that has an ambiance and food you are comfortable with and would repeat the visits.
Always remember that the first impression is the last!
No Traffic for Not having a responsive layout
This is one of the major reasons for lesser or no organic traffic, mobile-friendly pages that are responsive in all screen resolutions, cross-browser compatible, and use technology like AMP for blogs are likely to get more impressions and rank higher.
If you ignore how your website looks on a mobile screen most likely you will lose traffic from search results.
No Traffic as of Slow Pageload Speeds
A visitor is most likely to leave your page. If the content loads slowly, never load, or has errors, the reasons can be many like not optimized images, poor hosting, weird server configuration, no use of CDN, or in short no focus on the core web vitals.
This performance now includes First Contentful Paint, Time to Interactive, Speed Index, Total Blocking Time, Largest Contentful Paint, Cumulative Layout Shift, Critical Request Chains, Critical path latency, request counts, and much more added frequently.
Here is a list of many tools to check the performance of your website.
Every page speed tool has its own term to determine the performance Yslow considers DNS lookups as a performance score, while many other tools don’t consider this as a performance score.
No Traffic as I am Giving away a damn to SEO
SEO is not just getting the green lights on your WordPress Seo Plugin, It’s definitely beyond that or much more beyond that, The search engines are smarter than you can imagine, they change with time and improve with the technology stacks, and your SEO plugin goes by the wish of the Developer how he wants it to be,
I can see many plugins most popular one like Yoast has lots of open bugs, and pending enhancements from years, ignoring them on their own the one that suffers is the new blog that would require to match everything to outshine.
Your blog won’t get organic traffic if you don’t follow how a search engine expects your content to be crawled, Things like Schema, Structured data play a vital role in the correct SEO strategy and plan.
Posts that are in the Rich Snippets get the most clicks and more impressions. As soon as your posts hit the rich snippets for certain keywords, you would see a jump in your organic traffic.
Greed to Monetize More More Ads Less Content So No Traffic
With the greed to make money from a blog initially, placing more and more advertisements after each paragraph, on the fixed widgets on the footer, headers everywhere, adding affiliate links to almost all your lines you write, to monetize the blog whether or not its useful to the readers or visitors is another reason for no organic traffic.
If you include more advertisements that eventually load more scripts, have more DNS lookups, and more cookies make your page slow.
Wasting time looking at Income Reports of an old Successful Blog
Most of the time new blogs get lured with the income charts, fake or real income disclosures, screenshots of an old blog site,
Never understanding the real way they made success it wasn’t overnight, decades of work sticking to a single category, working contributing, building a community, helping in forums how pleasant the approach could be,
only following the income of a blogger would not make you earn the same income even if you follow them in whatever they have done.
I have seen some old blogs, and it has just become rather I would call it a weird trend to show off the income reports,
but why only because they want to lure you with success stories, want you to follow what they did to make money online, and then click on the affiliate links and make them more famous or richer?
Content creation should be unique in your own way, not followed by how someone made a commission with affiliate programs or sponsored ads. So, Grow Up! Go to Work and Create the Content.
Please keep patience your time will don’t quit, keep on creating more and more good content.
For the bloggers flaunting the income reports can let success make the noise please,
Publishing Irrelevant Baseless Stuff for No Traffic
I follow many blogs, and even subscribe to newsletters but why would I follow or subscribe?
Only for some very good reasons like,
Blogs that have helped me solve a problem, or have given me a reason to explore what’s new with them, as a visitor I would never return to a blog that has irrelevant and baseless stuff,
By irrelevant I mean no relevance to the title and the post, in this post I am writing about “Why the Blogs Quit”, So I should not write the tips that can be done along with each reason in detail.
Yes, maybe a separate post would make sense.
No Niche Topic, Blogging about Everything
I have seen some Tech blogs discussing hosting. Also, writing about yoga, organic farming, and writing about how to get admission to that Great University, to me as a visitor looks like a piece of scrapped content nothing more than that, and I quit reading that blog.
If you need to blog, you have to stick to your niche. Remember it’s your blog and not a country’s national newspaper.
Backlinks From Everywhere
When a new blog is built, you just thrive to get a backlink, irrespective of where the referral traffic comes from how authoritative the domain is, and what the class of the IP address it has.
The link from a social media posting, again and again, spamming in social media groups, in comments to every other blog you visit just to make a backlink can also get you banned and your social media account can be suspended for spamming with posting links everywhere.
The backlinks from social media sites, spam posts emails, and forcing people to click with backlinks gradually make a blog rank lower and with no organic traffic at all.
No Traffic With Shared Hosting
Hosting with a good host plays a vital role in getting organic traffic making your domain more authoritative, secure, and available, get more relevant pings and crawls from search engines.
A Class C Static IP address could also result in a better SEO,
In short, when you get a Shared cheap hosting plan and start your blog, it’s mapped with many domains on the same IP address that could make your domain a culprit of another domain’s bad behavior on the web.
Longer Domain Names
Usually, people don’t type or remember longer domain names. This can be a major reason for no traffic at all. Indexing is ok, but what if someone visited your blog and wants to reconcile with your post again to open it directly when he needs to refer to the post again a shorter easy to remember name should preferably have good traffic.
Selecting a wrong TLD
When it comes to domain selection, you see a list of available options if you select a wrong TLD for example a most common TLD with .com is likely to get more traffic from all over the world than a TLD from a specific geo-location like .in for India .ca for Canada and so on.
Geo-targeted TLDs are often stuck to certain areas of the defined country which can be a major reason to get less traffic.
Policy Violations No Indexing
You might not even know, but you could have violated a policy of the search engine and they might have stopped indexing your site, this could be another good reason for no traffic, regular checks on guidelines and best practices should be followed to avoid violations,
You keep on creating the content but if your blog is not properly indexed would result in no organic traffic.
No Security for the Visitor
Search indexing will be better for a secure site on a secure hosting than a non-secured blog, I am not talking about getting the free SSL, security is beyond that the rating of your SSL the authority that has signed it, HSTS preloaded domain, How are cookies managed on your domain If you allow users to signup how safe they are with signups. How do you treat the privacy of the visitor?
Everything for safety counts if you need traffic for your blog.
Very Long Articles
A blog with very very long articles, more than 2000 Words, are most likely to adversely affect user engagement with the content, posts that do not stick to the title and the topic if you write irrelevant to what is not required for the topic or suddenly shift from the topic and start writing in between for another topic just to make the post contents long.
The long blog post should be presented up in points, or with a table of contents at the top for users to jump to the relevant topics.
Also, it’s recommended to make short paragraphs that have good readability.
Lesser Posts Not Updating Content Frequently
If you don’t post frequently have been or posting very fewer posts, that could be a reason that affects the visitors you receive.
Visitors seek blogs with new content every day if your blog is not updated; you are not likely to get organic traffic.
If you created a HOW-TO a year ago and it has now changed completely, you should also update the same with updated steps, else that would become irrelevant for the visitor.
Updating your posts and content is required regularly to maintain the user experience and get organic traffic.
Switching over Hosting Zones and IP Addresses
If you continuously shift over with hosting accounts, shift your sites entirely with where its available and hosted one zone to another zone and do not have a static availability can impact your traffic with my personal experience I shifted to Cloudflare for a day, and suffered a loss of organic traffic for at least 14 days till everything became normal.
The mistake I made was opting for a free plan to test something a few months ago. At the same time, I was saved by taking a quick decision to get back everything to normal AWS hosting, using a static IP on my domain that has just my domain hosted and is not shared with any other domain name.
Changing permalinks not monitoring your 404 Hits
Most new blogs when start publishing keeps on changing permalinks and do not monitor the 404 hits, or maintain a 404 page, this could lead to slow indexing as when a visitor browses through the indexed URL, he is directed to a blank 404 page it makes the worst user experience.
Many of the blogs to improve change the permalinks to make them shorter or change the entire structure of the URL. This can affect organic traffic, adversely resulting in less or no traffic.
No Interaction with your blog users on comments
When someone comments on your blog, and you do not reply to them at all, it sounds insulting, Quite similar to inviting someone to talk and not responding to them.
Most likely the user won’t turn back again to your blog if you don’t respond, for the appreciation of your posts you should thank and reply like ” Glad my post was helpful”,
For Answers, the author of the posts must be active to respond to the published content if the comment is not a relevant question you can direct them to something more relevant, you know.
No promotion of your Blog
If you have worked hard writing and making content, you should take out time to regularly promote your content the same with relevant posts to other authoritative blogs, like Quora, Medium, and many more not doing so will not get new traffic.
You can also make a Facebook group of users for your blog, building a community to help will achieve regular readers for your blog.