Gaining traffic and followers is one of the hardest things to do when your new to Steemit, and at times can be quite discouraging when you don't get the results you want. So here are some tips that will hopefully help you:
1 - Make Connections
You need to make connections with people to gain followers!
Commenting/upVoting peoples posts, answering questions, replying to comments and following people are all things that WILL gain you followers and attention. Try to interact with people that you have something in common with.
2 - Content
Don't expect to grow if you aren't putting any effort into your posts!
I spend up to 2 HOURS on each article I write! When comparing to other articles where people aren't trying at all, you can definitely see better results in the better content. Just keep in mind it needs to be content that people actually want to view.
It needs to have:
3 - Spam? (Following accounts hoping they'll follow back)
Even the most popular Steem accounts are guilty of spam!
This one is up to you to decide if it's something you want do because it may be a little unethical but is definitely one of the most effective strategies. Spam doesn't just include following random people, but also is done by replying to many peoples posts asking them to check your blog out.
The number one reason why people aren't successful on Steemit is because people give up. If you really want to be successful, don't give up and make sure you love what you're doing!