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How I “Accidentally” Brought In 184 Unique Visitors To My Site With A Simple Trackback

January 14, 2009

I was on the plane to Korea for the ski trip during Christmas when I began writing a blog post about the fall of Cuil (aka the “Google Killer”) and how it was a complete disaster. As soon as we got off the plane, a RSS feed came in from TechCrunch that also covered the same topic about the fail of Cuil.

We had to wait one hour for the bus to arrive, so there was plenty of time for me to finish off the post (it was very short) and read the TechCrunch post. It was pretty relevant so I just decided to link to that post.

Little did I know how much traffic it brought me…

Traffic From Trackback

Traffic From Trackback

I was completely shocked and wasn’t expecting any traffic at all. Just goes to show the power of trackbacks. How an “accident” brought me 184 unique visitors of free traffic :) It’s not a lot, but keep in mind this was just from ONE trackback. What if you did 10, 20, 50? (obviously, I would recommend you to do so relevantly and not just spam/abuse)

18 Discussion to this post

  1. Leo Kan says:

    Very interesting statistics, Stanley.
    And yes, Cuil clearly is failing at the moment.
    It is also ironic that Cuil called themselves “The world’s biggest search engine”!

  2. Janis Krums says:

    That’s very interesting. I had the same thing happen recently. It makes tracking your traffic and seeing what works that much more important.

  3. Bob Kimball says:


    Very cool info. How exactly does one link to a site like that?


  4. Thanks, can you please explain what trackbacks is and how does the mechanic system works, I am newbies…lol

  5. Hi Stan,
    this looks pretty interesting! This should work in other non-english languages too, right?


  6. Interesting! I’m surprised it’s an accidental sorta of thing for ya. Anyway, it’s the smartest thing to outlink to popular sites that have trackback. Even spilled over traffic is good enough.


  7. Yeah, I followed back all the retweets and I’ve found yours. Really impressed with what you’ve achieved so far. We’ll keep in touch, Stanley. It seems like there is lots of going-ons here.


  8. […] A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post explaining how I brought in 184 unique visitors to my blog… just with a simple trackback that took me 2 s…. […]

  9. jan says:

    Which then leads me to think – how do you do trackbacks? Written entirely for the clueless like me. A post that walks a newbie through the process will be valuable. :)

  10. Ross Beckham says:

    Wow, pretty cool little trick there! I always knew trackbacks could be good traffic magnets if used properly. In the past, I’ve seen similar success “on accident”, but I sure didn’t mind it!

  11. william says:

    Stanley, an old boy is learning from You :)

  12. Blueschica says:

    Stanley, The trackbacks can be somewhat confusing at first, however you are Sooooo right about the unique link love it brings. I guess after you get the traffic it’s all about keeping your blog updated and fresh. Thanks much, I love your website.

  13. praveesh says:

    I didnt understand…what did u do actually?

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