How to Get Your First 1,000 Subscribers



  1. Moses Joseph
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 08:04:16

    Getting just 20 subscribers was a long way to go but after looking at this, that was when I realise that I can get up to 1,000 subscribers! Doing a good job here, I will keep visiting.

  2. Jane @ JEM 9 Digital Marketing Consultancy
    Oct 03, 2014 @ 07:28:00

    Jon hi,

    I went and read your 2007 article. Then I came across the short view on what some folks wish they had learnt in college.
    (I went ahead and updated the UTM code to correctly reference any traffic from this link)

    On your article
    1. I agree: grades are not that important. It's important to get the job done i.e. start and finish the course in college. A friend of mine ran the backbone of Vodafone's Network for South East Asia. Her qualifications: pyschology. She was able to start, work through and get stuff done.

    2. Sleep I love. There's a lot of research out there now a days on the benefits of sufficient sleep. Is there something wrong with the way third level is set up? It should be 'possible' to get As and have a 'normal' student life.

    3. So sad. But did this stuff enrich your life or your life view? Not sure the point is too remember everything. (There is always Wikipedia for 'remembering'.)

    4. Oh no. Glad you found the people since! It seems you now have a tribe.

    5. Sounds like good feedback for colleges. Is there an article in that for you? "My Dear College Professors, Why I regret getting straight Aโ€™s in college" OR "My Dear College Professors, Encourage Your Students To Work For Straight Bs"
    I image the comments on this kind of a post would potentially be informative for colleges/educators and students.

    Other Idea: Is there a commencement speech in you? Just a thought.


  3. Nadia McDonald
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:05:14

    That video clip was awesome! It opened my eyes to the reality of great success in blogging. Thumbs up Jon! I would love to sign up for the training courses.

  4. Vishnu
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 09:23:37

    Hey Jon,
    That was an eye opener for me, it was simply amazing!!
    You are doing an incredible job, now I'm going to follow this video religiously and yeahhh Guest Blogging I'm coming!

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  7. Geri Richmond
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 22:15:03

    Hi Jon,

    I have never done a guest post,but,it's on my vision board for this years goals to be accomplished.
    You're video couldn't have come at a better time.
    Thanks so much for all the tips.
    Great info.


  8. Mary Mangold
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 13:58:04

    Awesome video. As a custom wordpress designer & blogger (using studio press /Genesis exclusively) I write blogs for my premium customers regularly. From guest ranches, to gluten free food bakeries to real estate brokerages. I really love the guest blog concept.

    thanks for sharing. Ready to watch your next video.

    BLOGS ROCK in 2014!

  9. Karen Cioffi
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 18:39:44

    Jon, this is great information. I've been guest blogging for a while now, on sites such as Renegade Writer and Inkwell Editorial, but would like to further spread my wings. Thanks for the tips.

    P.S. I get nice traffic from StumbleUpon also!

  10. Nina
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 07:28:00

    Hi Jon,
    I believe that the best teachers are the ones that answer the question you didn't know to ask yet...and that's what you did for me here. I very much look forward to leaning a lot more from you.

    Best wishes

  11. Arjun
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 05:10:59

    A gr8 video n gr8 instruction.. wud help alot...!!

  12. Jimmy Naraine
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 17:29:26

    Amazing video. I like how clearly you managed to present everything. I think that many people have a misconception that instead of writing content for others it's better to keep adding content to your own website. However, guest blogging is probably one of the best marketing tools that have ever existed!
    Thanks for some inspiration.

  13. Kathryne
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 13:51:01

    Hi Jon - Great information here and I am enjoying this graduate course in blogging! Quick question for you, I have noticed a growing trend on the blogs in my area (travel), and that is to turn off commenting. I'm sure this is in response to the ever-present internet trolls, but it does seem counter-intuitive to me. Not only that, but it does make it difficult to write that notice-worthy insightful comment! I'm just curious if you have any thoughts on this or if you have noticed this in other areas. Thanks again for these videos and blog posts!

  14. Saito
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 03:22:49

    Not a bad idea, but I would have preferred it in written version.

    • Steve
      Dec 31, 2013 @ 10:43:21

      So go ahead and create a written version ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Tandy Elisala
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 23:30:15

    WOW WOW WOW. I'm a new 'fan' and learn something new and valuable each time I connect with you. Thank you so much!

  16. Nikki Marie
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 13:59:34

    Wow, Jon, thanks for this video. Though the pressure to type up a memorable comment is overwhelming I did want to at least thank you for these great actionable steps. I've been told guest blogging is the way to increase valuable traffic so many times, but this video really cleared up a few things for me. I now see the value of taking the time to leave memorable comments and just asking if bloggers are open to guest posts.

    I NEVER subscribe to anything...but you just converted me!!!

  17. Dr. Simone Ravicz
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 12:41:25

    Greetings Jon.

    Thank you for your writings. I found your blog on blogging to be highly informative and user friendly. When I had just started entering the social media game with a new website, two bloggers asked me to submit blogs to their sites.

    I knew not what I was doing and lost track of one of them. The other, to whom I did send an article, indicated they would send me a link. My response (in my head, not to them directly) was "What is a link"?

    Recently, I submitted a blog to They accepted the blog which will be posted November 19. I finally know what to do on my part.

    I wish I had come upon your blogs sooner but am glad to have done so at all.

    Thanks again.

  18. Katrina Moody
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 14:39:01

    I find myself starting a new blog and scared to death so this series comes at the perfect time for me ๐Ÿ˜€ I have one personal blog out, but it is specificly about being a special needs parent - and that's a far cry from building WordPress sites and doing graphic design ... so I can't help but feel almost frozen with the idea that I have nothing good to say because everyone else has already written about it (well, it sure seems that way!) ... I think when it comes to guest posting I am much the same way - I feel scared to death that I won't be able to put something original and awesome together ... fear is not my friend. Thanks for the great and through-producing series - can't wait to work my way through it!

  19. Roxanne
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 09:27:12

    Fantastic video! Thank you for taking the time to provide details and hard numbers to help drive the importance of guest blogging home. This provided me with a much-needed attitude adjustment.

  20. Anne Omland
    Nov 10, 2013 @ 11:34:50

    Hi Jon,

    Thanks for this video. While I'm not new to business, I am new to blogging and I so appreciate your straight forward and actionable tips. It makes it all seem very doable. Great stuff!

    There's one point I'd love to hear from you on. If you aren't asked to do a guest post and are sending an email, I would think it would be important to offer specific topics on what you can contribute whereas you suggest making a broad offer. My instincts tell me to suggest a specific topic that will add value to their readers and will show you know your stuff.

    Do you recommend keeping it open for that blogger to decide? Is this so they can fit your post into their "bigger picture?"

    Would love to hear your thoughts.

    Thanks again, Jon. Looking forward to the next video!


  21. Glenda Bonin
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 14:39:35

    Hello Jon,

    I appreciate your kind advice and encouragement for those of us trying to dig out of Internet obscurity.

    I actually had a chance to write a guest blog for a leader in my niche, but I froze when it came time to submit. I was afraid I had not quite hit the mark for what was required, so I let the opportunity go by. There may be a chance for me to recover the opportunity, but I'm feeling very foolish about my lack of follow-through. I guess my confidence is rather low right now, and I'm wondering if I suffer from fear of success.

    Your posts remind me how important it is to work through whatever it is that's holding me back. When I manage to overcome my fear about guest blogging, I'll let you know how it goes.

    Best wishes,

  22. Arun Obulisamy
    Oct 20, 2013 @ 12:19:40

    Hi Jon,
    Firstly, Thank you for the great, 'spot on' content on getting your first 1000 bloggers. It is really helpful.


  23. Richard Ford
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 15:16:53


    Thanks for these videos. Reading the comments here, I find it really interesting who is using what you just shared and who isn't. Who is going to have results from watching the video?

    For me, I saw that I'm not that interested in the comments. I tend to scroll through a while and then get tired of the constant "thank you's" and "brilliant, as always" comments.

    What I'm going to do today is post comments on three blogs that I'm interested in with the intention of leaving them saying "who is this guy and why don't I know him?" I'll let you know what happens.

    One thing that is implied in your video which I think deserves special mention is to take these steps with creating compelling content. If you do guest blog and have this level of traffic, it is crucial to have real content for people to find. On your stats, the valuable traffic averaged just over 3 page visits. That means when they got to your site, you had content they found interesting.


  24. Caroline
    Oct 12, 2013 @ 08:09:24

    Hi Jon - what I really like here is that you've broken the lessons into 3 bite-sized pieces. This way, for me, it's much more likely to be implemented.

  25. Niyi
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 10:42:35

    Nice Post, Always try your luck, the worst that can happen is "No"

  26. Skint in the City
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 13:13:18

    Thanks Jon, I have the same issue as you did re decent traffic but they don't necessarily subscribe. I'll be taking a fresh look at how I do it thanks to your input here.
    Many thanks

  27. Jason
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 05:39:53

    great composition jon, straight to the point and very much important facts that most bloggers miss. it's a all in one advice. thx

  28. Rose
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 00:17:26

    Just when I was going to give up guest've roped me back in! Stellar. Thank you!

  29. Chris Ellis
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 10:00:45

    Hi Jon!
    Thanks so much for this video. I am just really getting started on writing a blog as I have written several books and am building a platform. This has tons of great information and was very concise which is something I LOVE!
    I am looking forward to your Webinar!
    XO Chris

  30. Mike C Smith
    Oct 02, 2013 @ 15:08:51

    Hi Jon
    I never cease to be amazed by things I learn everyday on the internet. I get so many emails each day and am unable to read them all, so delete dozens. I'm glad yours was one I opened, the information was an eye opener for me. I will continue to follow you and watch and learn as I go.
    Thank you.

  31. Isha
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 03:38:53

    Hey Jon

    This video has been really helpful. This is absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much for sharing this. Really looking forward to see more of these. ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. Anna McPherson
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 02:13:16


    What an easy to process and absorb video you have produced.

    I'm new to the blogosphere, and it has been easy to get lost in text heavy articles.

    With the myriad of blogging advice available, it's great to see a condensed and visual version.

    Guest posting has been a topic I've readily come across, but have been a little 'shy' in approaching it.

    This has provided me with the tools to 'get out there'!

    I'm so glad I was recommended to subscribe.


  33. Liz Harry
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 09:57:59

    Cool takeaway nuggest. Thanks Jon.

  34. nydia danas
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 06:39:11

    Hi Jon,

    This has been really helpful. At one point I did stop blogging because I thought it's a waste of time coz i'm not getting much traffic out of it. But I realize I'm doing things the wrong way.

    Your advise was really great. I will be following you. Thanks again

  35. Megan
    Sep 11, 2013 @ 07:43:50

    Hi, Jon!
    I'd like to tell you that you've just made a great contribution to my life!
    As a newcommer in blogging I'm trying to learn everything possible to make my efforts productive and I'd like to thank you very much for your info.

    The work you've done with your is simply brilliant for several reasons:

    1. All the info presented here is supported by arguments, actual sites and tips (that is very helpful for anyone involved in this niche)
    2. Everything you are talking about in your message is clear and provokes a desire to watch some more videos from you and to follow you tips(a great+for a blogger)
    3. It's rather simple to follow and you tell the exact way how-to
    4. Your videos are rather inspiring, seems like anyone can become a great blogger.
    The list is endless actually. Thank you again, for everything.

    Best regards! And good luck everyone here!

  36. Harsha
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 20:04:22

    Great vblog! Guest post is a vital tool for seo and traffic. WIth google recent updates and their new approach towards seo seems like seo is becoming a burden to google, guest post and social signals will be the key elements for traffic and also for seo.

  37. Daniel
    Aug 27, 2013 @ 20:22:15

    Wow. I was following every thing Jon said on that video. I have been reading the comments on here and I am not sure if this can apply to my field. I am in a competitive market ( fitness). Do I necessarly have to niche? I am extremly qualified but it looks like thats not what cuts it in online, unless I can show the benefit to the reader. Any advice? My reader is for busy professionals trying to get in exercise

  38. Fazimoon Samad
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 16:18:59

    I feel all fired up and ready to take on the world by just listening to you Jon, and I really enjoying listening to you and understanding what your are saying and I am really excited to see more of your videos, its like you are pounding me with a hummer in my head and its getting through. Thank you I have just shared this link on twitter, facebook, etc.

  39. Hadeel Al Musallam
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 12:06:41

    I love how you easily explain your points. Straight forward yet promising. We need to believe that we are good enough to pursue our dreams even if blogging is our first tool. I am excited to see your upcoming videos.

  40. Alexandra Skey
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 23:42:41

    Agreed with everything you said. Except...

    Your examples are from 2007. It's now 2013. The guest blogging craze has taken off, and since the best (and even worst) bloggers are getting inundated with guest blogging requests, I'm surprised you're still suggesting a direct "I'd love to do a g post for you" email, even if it's a follow up, without a hint of "this is what I want to chat about."

    If you were to start from scratch today, would you really do that, Jon?

    • Alexandra Skey
      Jul 19, 2013 @ 23:46:00

      p.s. Don't get me wrong Jon. I'm a newly converted fan, love your style and learning a lot!

      I'm just surprised this is what you're recommending today re cold/luke cold guest post request.

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  42. Johann Savalle
    Jul 06, 2013 @ 14:52:15

    Very inspirational videos you are producing ! I must say your desire to write is contagious, since I started to watch this course I can feel the words and ideas flowing !
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  43. Christina
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 18:20:42

    Great tips- helpful tips.

  44. Zala
    May 09, 2013 @ 15:33:38

    The most impressive thing is how generous you are with your information. Sincerely, thank you. I look forward to new informtion.

    May 06, 2013 @ 12:29:01

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  46. Deb Trotter
    May 05, 2013 @ 20:42:06

    I knew some of this, but I never connected the dots.

    I don't know if you've mentioned one point in a future video of this series, but people notice when a great blogger is generous. And you are!

  47. Susanne Mitchell - Serene Queen
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 23:40:51

    Hey Jon,

    Thanks so much for the video! Your info. on guest blogging is great and I'm looking forward to the rest.

    I've been blogging for a while but like many, my posts aren't finding followers - most of the info I've found on Google about blogging seems to be missing the first and perhaps most vital step - How To Set Up Your Blogging Platform.

    I have a basic WP blog set up on my own domain and I've just set up Google Analytics, but a guide for new bloggers with 'How To' steps would be awesome - eg:

    a) how to install and manage analytics
    b) RSS feeds - how to set up and manage
    c) email lead capture and auto-responders
    d) using social media to build followers to your blog

    I'm probably missing some steps - do you think that would be useful? Is there somewhere that offers this help specifically for wannabe bloggers?

    I help people to stay sane in this crazy world... but right now I'm being driven insane with the overwhelming world of blogging!

    Love your work ๐Ÿ™‚ Susanne

  48. Loz James
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 09:51:52

    Hi Jon

    Thanks for this great video - I've just found your stuff via Twitter and really like your advice.

    The action steps at the end are very useful.



  49. Margaret Webster
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 05:39:48

    Tremendous, thanks Jon

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    Apr 09, 2013 @ 12:06:48


    This has really helped out a lot. I see a ton of blogs that have less relevant info in our niche but a huge following and struggle with that.

    This video has given me a great insight into my ongoing quest.... thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Apr 07, 2013 @ 17:52:26

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  56. Charles
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 02:25:48

    This is a fantastic video. I tried exactly what you recommended. I notified a blog on which I commented, and asked about the possibility to do a guest post from my blog, which is, I am waiting for the reply. I also liked the ending, where you broke it down into specific steps. Can't wait to get into future videos. Thank you very much for sharing this.
    Oh, and one more point. I have been trying to "connect the dots" for months. I really believe you will be the one to help me accomplish this. Thank you,
    Charles, c/o

  57. Tina Truelove
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 15:46:24

    Thank you for this great information! I am new to serious blogging and learning how to generate an income from it. I found this video very helpful and look forward to learning more from you.

  58. Dleen
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 01:24:00

    Befor watching this video I was just asking everybody to let me write a guest post. Not surprising that I got NO RESPONSE AT ALL.
    Thanks for the tipps! Now I'll try to find the best blog in my niche and start to comment it, and who knows, may be I'll be invited for the guest posting too!

    Best Regards!

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  60. Marcus Grip
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 00:03:23

    Wow, that's some great new tips I've never heard about before. I really need to learn to find out how to find the biggest bloggers and people in my niche too.

    The comment ideas were great, I will sure make that happen and let you know about the results!

  61. Chris Akins
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 00:44:45


    This is hands down the best intro to traffic building I have read or seen. Its specific, detailed, and very useful. Thanks!


  62. Michelle Pearson
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 14:54:30

    Thanks for the coaching on the guest blogging. I especially appreciate it in the video format rather than jest text. It makes brushing up on the topic so much more enjoyable that reading pages and pages!

    One great benefit I got from this video was actually the way you used (knew) the stats from Google analytics. I've never paid much attention to these because my intent was to be relational with our readers in making specific and personal health changes. I am passionate about the topic and the people, not the numbers.

    But, as we seek to reach more with more help, I can clearly see from this video that knowing these and following them as we do guest blog will not just give me numbers, but help me to be a bigger help to those who do come by!

    Thanks again. On to the next video!

  63. Seyi
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 05:09:20

    Hey Jon,
    Thanks a bunch for this video. I only just subscribed a couple of weeks ago and am learning quite a bit. My blog is less than a year old and am still figuring thins out. I definitely will look for blogs in my niche and start leaving memorable comments. I love to learn and pass knowledge so that wont be a problem

    Thanks again

  64. Nikola
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 11:55:36

    Jon, good to find you.

    I'm pretty new in this whole blogging thing, I have my little blog on psychology topics where I published a few articles. But it's definitely time now to make a step further, and this video is just what I needed.

    Thanx man, and good luck to all of us!

  65. Devi Clark
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 08:45:07

    Hi Jon,
    This is brilliant, thanks. I also love your headline hacks and your reminder that you do not (should not) re-invent the wheel.

    I have heard before that guest blogging is the way to go, but this is the clearest guide yet to making it easy and worthwhile for the owner of the blogsite to want to use your content.

    No more excuses for me. Perhaps next time you see my name it will be as a guest blogger on a well known site!

    I love how insightful yet how simple your advice is. And I know how much work that takes to reduce the 'noise' in the message. Looking forward to the next one.

  66. Nikki
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 08:20:53

    You can't even imagine how happy I am that I found this video at this time. I just launched by blog earlier this week, and this will be pivotal in helping me gain more traffic.

    For right now, I'm just working on building up more quality posts of mine (you know, so people will actually come back to finish reading if they see a link to blog in a guest post.)

    The commenting part of your video was driven home even more when I logged into Google Analytics and saw traffic coming to my blog from comments I've left on

    The way I see it, if I can get clicks from a comment, I can see tremendous increases in traffic when I do a full guest blog post. I'm so excited to do my first one. The only thing I have to do now is find the right blogs to start with.

    My niche is sort of about life & work balance, sort of about finding your passion, and sort of in the money-making online niche. I brought those all together and narrowed my audience down to young adults in the transition years after high school. I think I'll be able to find plenty guest blogging opportunities on relvant & popular blogs.

    Looking forward to the next video! Thanks for posting ๐Ÿ™‚