what’s the ‘difficulty curve’ of getting certain levels of traffic?

I’m interested in the perspective of people who have sites with a large amount of traffic (several thousand to tens of thousand or even more per day).

Is there a ‘bell-curve’ of difficulty? is it a linear growth, exponential, exponential to a point then difficult?

I have gone from 0 to ~500/day in a shorter time than any previous site I have ever made (40 days) without doing any seo at all, any real marketing, etc — only word of mouth. Not to mention the volume is more than any site I’ve made unless I was heavily advertising. i’m wondering if this is a good sign or just average.

It’s kind of always been my dream () to have a site that gets thousands and thousands of visitors a day so I can treat it like my baby and grow it into something big.

Are there any plateaus, or any hidden benefits when you get enough social traffic, eg. viral?

I have had 3 or 4 influential people tweet my site, and when I look at my site compared to the last month of previous sites theyve tweeted, my site has in some cases more than 10x as many favorites and re-tweets as their other ‘top’ posts.. i take this to be a good sign, but I just don’t know.

It’s kind of funny because I always thought the phrase social marketing was a complete faggotry buzzword, until I see the effects of people with 60k followers tweeting my site, and watching the ripple effect in real time.

I wish I knew a few influential people.. I wonder if that’s all there is to it? Just getting something or someone popular and using their follower base.. I mean it’s what Fazle did for OT. It’s what companies do with celebrities to promote products, etc. I remember a site that sold tweets/shares/etc by celebrities and highly famous people, going to try to find it.

Myself personally, I’ve never had overnight success, every single visitor one way or another I’ve fought to get. I’m not at that point with traffic yet, but I’m progressing there, every month I move closer and closer..

I wish I knew a few influential people.. I wonder if that’s all there is to it? Just getting something or someone popular and using their follower base.. I mean it’s what Fazle did for OT. It’s what companies do with celebrities to promote products, etc. I remember a site that sold tweets/shares/etc by celebrities and highly famous people, going to try to find it.

Myself personally, I’ve never had overnight success, every single visitor one way or another I’ve fought to get. I’m not at that point with traffic yet, but I’m progressing there, every month I move closer and closer..

buysellads.com, you can pay for tweets. havent used it though

I think I’m going to blow my next paycheck purely on buying tweets and do a case study.. There’s another site too I found last night.

Well, to be honest I was going to spend $4k on an experiment, just to get a tweet from paris hilton with 8 million followers.

From the tweets that I got from people with only 50,000 followers, I got over 60 simultaneous users to my site, and several thousand visitors.

paris hilton’s 8 million / my 50k and you get 160x.

160 x 60 could mean close to 10,000 visitors at once on your site, with probably close to 100,000 or more visitors over a 48 hour period.

Sounds like a very fun experiment. Granted its not the demographic of my site at ALL, but I can’t help toying with the idea in my mind, even if it were only to stress test my server

edit: i should mention when i say almost, I wouldnt REALLY do that, but I have toyed with the idea in the name of science.. i havent convinced myself to do it yet. I think I will instead invest in some cheaper tweets with 1 million followers instead (only $200, etc)

I almost exclusively use social media(it’s a major part of my SEO strategy) now.. Find a way to integrate your postings with Twitter and Facebook.

Instant 2 free, authority back links.. + your followers(aka targeted traffic) know there’s something new to scour over.

At first, it’ll seem pointless. After 6 months of good content and building up your social media profile(on Twitter especially, INTERACT), it’ll be vastly beneficial.

Use hash tags. #programming #webdev …. etc… for Twitter.

Don’t get impatient. Trust me, it’ll pay off.

Also, don’t buy followers and shit like that.. it’s worthless. Build it up organically. Tomorrow, it won’t mean shit.

By Valentine’s day, you’ll thank me if you stick to it.

Edit: I’ve never purchased tweets on Twitter, so I don’t know. If it’s a similar niche, it’ll probably work out in your favor.