Literally every website or blog needs to increase web traffic. Web Traffic is the lifeblood of any online business, without it you will not be found.
You can have the best blog design made or the fanciest looking blog but if you don’t get traffic, your blog is worthless. Your primarily goal for your blog is to drive traffic.
I admit it is not a mere task but if done wisely and consistently we can achieve tremendous results in a short period of time. The main key to success having consistency in what you do. The problem with many users is they give up easily not seeing results. There is no magic formula. You have to try and test and try and test and see what best works.
Miracles don’t happen overnight but yes they can be accomplished. Nothing is impossible if you have the motivation to do it.
If you are just beginning, then you want to use methods that don’t cost you money. Yes, starting an online business can be very challenging. I would like to share with you some free traffic methods to increase web traffic for your blog:
Before writing your article, it is important to do some keyword research and find the keywords related to your topic. Many make a mistake of searching for high demand articles. If you are just starting out then go for the low demand articles. You can also make a variation of low/high demand.
Keep in mind that it is easier to rank in the search engines where there is low competition. The high demand articles will have high competition and it is will require a lot of work to get your article ranked for that keyword.
Although there are very good tools out there online, even the Google Adwords Free Keyword Tool will give you excellent results. In addition to Google’s free tool, I also use Market Samurai. Market Samurai gives you extra bit of information about the different keywords which is limited with Google’s tool.
Hint: When looking for keywords do an Exact match search, this is what the people type when they are looking for something and target those keywords rather than Broad or Phrase match
It is important to use the keywords in your Title Tag, first paragraph, a couple of times in your body content. Don’t stuff them with keywords; it will only make it worse for you.
Building link backs with Article Directories
Post your articles to different directories. There is confusion about duplicate content. Some say that Google will severely penalize you if they find duplicate content. Actually this is only in the case if you have exactly the same content in two different web pages in your website.
Some Top Article Sites
It is still better to create variations of your articles and post them to different article directories and link them back to your website.
Social Media Platforms
In today’s world, social media can play a vital role for your website. The friendship that you build in these different platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace can be different. What I mean by that is you may have friended John in Facebook and you have Tom following you on Twitter.
The best way to get your article out to your friends and followers is to let them know. So do post your articles in these social media platforms each time you post an article on your blog.
You are bound to get visits from people who have shown interest in what you do. Social media will not bring you visitors but will also build credibility. You will start building relationship with your readers and this will result in repeat visitors.
There are various other methods to increase web traffic. Some of which are interacting in forums, commenting on other blogs related to your niche, etc… These again create backlinks back to your website. Well, this will be for another day.
Hope you appreciate these methods. They are free and may take some time to develop, but in the long run you have nothing to lose. Not a penny to spend and a lot to gain.
My apologies to my humble readers for not being present and posting here. Since December last year, I have been facing some serious problems in my professional and personal life. As many of you know that I am a finance pro and I love my profession. Internet has been for me a passion and my hobby. It is something I like to spend my time on rather than being lazy in front of the TV. Although, I do make a money out of the online world, my day job is yet my primary source of income.
Last year, I decided to move back to France from Ireland. In February, this year I quit my job and in March I was back in Paris. Honestly, I should say in this present economy, I was lucky to find a job so quickly and it is a great company to work for. It is one of the world’s best fashion design company « La Haute-Coûture » as we say in French.
The Salary is excellent and all the benefits that go with it. I should say there was nothing to complain about. But here comes the sad part. Even with this good job, I can’t afford to bring my family in France. When we decided to leave Ireland, we had planned to rent out our house as with the present economy, Ireland has taken a big hit and the housing prices have gone way down beyond expectations.
Today, I will be making a loss of 160k€ if I try to sell the house. I am not the only one; every single owner is facing this horrible crisis. The worst thing is that I can’t even rent it today as many, like me, have thought of moving out of the country.
My house is located 70 km from Dublin and hence quite far to commute and you can guess now, no tenants to rent to. Irish news has stated that about 1000 people are leaving the country each month. So who is left behind, the poor land owners who can’t rent or sell, someone like me.
The saddest part is that as I can’t rent, I can’t bring my family. Paying the mortgage premium and the rent for a flat (very expensive in Paris) is out of the question.
The Decision Time
After a lot of thought, today, I resigned from my Paris job and am heading back to Ireland in a month’s time. Yes, honestly the decision was not easy for me but looking at the circumstances, I think it is more reasonable and a priority to save my house at the moment.
No job in hand but yet a lot of hope. Sometimes, we just have to make sacrifices and take serious decisions for the well-being of our dear ones and for the future.
And the great news, I will be able to get back from my bachelor life back to my family life once again and also spend more time on my blog.
Do you think I made the right decision? I would love to get your feedback and comments.
The easy part when it comes to blogging is finding information about the product or service that you are advertising or suggesting to your readers. You may have the greatest website on the planet and you are selling an item that makes the light bulb look like the stone wheel. The problem begins to arise when you begin writing your blog posts about these items. You can find information on the internet about what it is you are selling but you cannot take it word for word and place it in your blog. That is called plagiarism and it can land you in serious hot water.
The problem facing today’s article writers and bloggers is content. Many people do not even take the time to rewrite product descriptions or change articles to where the content is unique. They then submit these blurbs or blog posts to article directories so they can get back links to their webpage. The huge problem is that most of the popular directories have a plagiarism checker and very, very strict rules about having 100% unique content. If your article is a mish mash of stolen wording many of these directories will reject you due to duplicate content or plagiarism. That looks incredibly bad on you. It is even worse if the original authors find out.
The key is writing, or having someone else write, 100% unique content. You need to write your blog or blurb to where it is free from plagiarism. That means not lifting content from different places and just changing one word. You need to look at the material, summarize it in your mind and then write something new from the information you have gleamed. Yes, the other page helped inspire you and gave you information but the blog you write is all your own. You can then you a customized service that puts your blogs out there and gives you back links to your own webpage. You usually have to write a 100 word blurb to go with it but that is child’s play for you once you have writing the actual blogs down to a science.
It just cannot be stressed enough that unique content is the true seller on the Internet. You want your website and blog to stand out from the crowd. You do not want to be repeating the same information that you find on article directories. If you can convey the information in a new way you will engage readers and get their attention. And that is how you make money in this day and age. You having 100% unique content is the actual backbone of your entire infrastructure. The only problem is, creating unique content is time consuming and hard work. Not to mention, promoting your blog, getting backlinks and traffic also required a lot of heavy lifting. Well, not necessarily.
Writing is much easier when it comes from your heart. But how do you do that. We tend to focus towards earning money rather than providing value to our audience. When you start understanding your core values, express your passion then writing will flow smoothly like water.
So what is your action plan?
Sometimes the easiest way to blog is not always the best place to find a home for your blog. Take for example blogging on a social network site such as Facebook. While it is a great place to place a link to a blog on another site, it is not great for blogging itself. And this is something you absolutely must take into account. There is a way to blog and a way not to blog. There is a time to blog and a time not to blog. There is a place to blog and places where blogging is not going to be as beneficial to you as another place may be. So how do you know how, when and where?
So why is Facebook not a great place to blog? For starters the website is not set up per se for blogging. You can add “notes” but you have to tag each of your friends and followers if they are going to be notified. And then it shows up on their page which may not go over so well if being inundated with “notes” is not their preference. You could wind up losing followers. That means you are not going to be making any money. And you will not make money from your blog alone on Facebook. You will have to put links to your website or to another blogging webpage if you want to utilize ads and banner ads for affiliate programs.
Establishing the fact that social networking sites such as Facebook are out, leaves you with places such as WordPress or even Blogspot.com. There are some ups and downs for each site but they do, at least, allow the use of ads and promoting affiliate programs. You just have to get traffic to the site. That leaves you with the proper time to blog once you figure out where. Try not to post late night blogs because many people will miss out on new blogs if you are consistently posting at odd hours. Try posting at the same time each day or every couple of days. You may not want to even blog every single day for fear of inundating your followers with too much information or repeated information. Have a set number of blogs for the week and stick with that schedule.
All that being said, there is a specific formula (or blueprint) for when to blog, how frequently, and how to get links to your original page and traffic to your individual blog posts. However, all this usually takes a lot of work. Not many people want to devote that kind of time to maintaining their blog on a daily basis.