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.
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.
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Some people sit around waiting for things to happen. Some people “Make Things Happen”, and others just wonder…
“What the heck just happened?” Which of these three categories do you fall under? Be honest, I’m sure everyone wants to believe that they’re in the “Make It Happen” category, but are you really?
In these trying economic times, more and more people are turning to “internet marketing” each day as a means of supplementing their income. Home based businesses are becoming more and more common place across the world. Unfortunately many of these entrepreneurs fail. Here’s why, in many respects the very definition of “internet marketing” can preclude you from achieving success. You see, just marketing a product and raising awareness doesn’t make you money, SELLING that product over and over again does.
The key here is to sell, and there are four fundamental skills needed. There are also 8 basic components that you’ll need to thoroughly understand. I’m about to explain the 4 critical fundamentals here and then over the at the bottom of this article, you’ll click on a link where teyou can find the 8 components you’ll be using to master the fundamentals.
Fundamental #1 List Building
Everything, and I sincerely mean EVERYTHING you do online should be geared towards growing your subscriber list. Your members are the “lifeblood” of your internet business. Your subscribers and followers become your customers but more importantly, they also become your biggest asset in the acquisition of more members. To build a list of members you’ll need a squeeze page, this is basically a simple “mini website” specifically designed to capture the visitor’s name and email address by way of a web-form. A web-form is just a name & email field with a submit button that empowers you to store the visitors information in a database for future use.
Once the details are in the database you can bulk mail your subscribers to stay in touch with them. As your list grows, you can monetize it by emailing promotional offers for either your own products or affiliate products on which you’ll collect a commission if the subscriber makes a purchase. The easiest way to entice someone to subscribe to your list and enter their details into your web-form is by way of an “ethical bribe”. This means you give away something of value in exchange for the customers details, once they give you their name and email address you instantly give them access to their “Free Gift”.
Fundamental #2 Driving Traffic
Lets say you have a killer recipe for BBQ Sauce and you want to open your own BBQ restaurant but you’re on a limited budget. You know your restaurants success depends on foot traffic and visibility after all you’ve heard it said many times before in retail… “Location, Location, Location” so you are faced with a tough decision to make. “Do I pay top dollar for prime commercial real estate in a highly visible mall or do I save some money and put my restaurant in an obscure part of town with low rent?”
Even though the initial investment is higher, the mall location will produce a profit while the obscure location wont even cover the low rent. In the obscure location you would have to actually create the traffic by paying for advertising while the prime location will have inherent or what we like to refer to as “organic” traffic. This is what driving web-traffic is all about, it makes absolutely no difference how good your product is if no one can find it on the internet. You have to look for existing flows of traffic online and place traffic signals there which direct the surfers back to your internet real estate, your squeeze page. This can be done in a multitude of ways like banner exchanges, social networking, video sites, SEO, forums, safe-lists, ezines, any many more including Pay Per Click advertising..”
Fundamental #3 Increasing Conversions
Ok, so now you’ve gotten some customers to your BBQ restaurant where they can buy your delicious home cooked secret recipe Chicken & Ribs… but will they? Will they actually buy? How does your restaurant look? Is it clean and tidy? Do you have nice furniture and an attractive menu? Are you fairly priced? What kind of specials do you offer? Do you have a punch card that can earn me a free meal after a certain amount of purchases? What are you actually doing to convert your visitor into a REPEAT buyer? That is called conversions. The way you structure your website from, graphics & sales copy to offer and guarantee will all determine whether or not your visitor actually buys from you.
The key here is to monitor your site metrics impressions vs clicks in comparison to sales. Acknowledge trends and then tweak the site components by “Split Testing” different site parameters. Split testing can be done with special software or it can be done manually by monitoring the site statistics daily and making subtle changes to see how they affect conversions. Perhaps your background color is too bright, or your headline font is too big. Maybe you’re guarantee is not in a prominent location on the page. Who knows what it could be! The key here is to test, test, and retest. Once you’ve arrived at a high converting formula stick with it and repeat the process.
Fundamental #4 Duplication
This is probably the most important fundamental of the four… “Duplication.” If you want what one man has, do what that one man does. Contrary to what you may believe, one of the biggest reasons that Newbies fail online is not lack of direction. It’s actually “too much direction” or should I say too many directions (plural.) The average newbie opportunity seeker subscribes to multiple marketer’s lists and begins acquiring every product that appears to promise instant riches.
The problem is that different marketers have different marketing angles and strategies which pull the newbie into an exponential overstretched frenzy of information overload. This in turn causes multiple info products to accumulate on their hard drive until the tasks at hand become insurmountable and they just throw in the towel. The key to avoiding this is to go on a “Low Information Diet” by choosing a mentor that you like and relate to.
Do some research and once you’ve decided on who you will follow, then duplicate their success step by step. Once you begin to see positive results, just duplicate YOURSELF to increase your results. This is a sure fire way to avoid the snags and pitfalls of newbie marketing.
So thats all fine and dandy but “How Exactly Do I EXECUTE The Four Fundamentals?” Well, you can learn those at the website by clicking this link: Internet Selling For Newbies See You There!
To Your Sales Success,
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I am sure this is not new to anyone. Blogs can be an excellent method for building your list. And moreover it is a free traffic generation method. Every time you add new fresh contents to your blog, the search engines spiders will come and crawl your site. These are hungry spiders eagerly waiting for higly informative content to provide to the internet surfers. Why do you think Google is ranked as #1 search engine. Google always changes its algorithm so that it can locate the best content on the net for their readers.
Search engines are on the lookout for fresh content and valuable information. If the spiders like your content, they will index it and that means the search engine will be sending you quality traffic to your blog. The more your content appears in the search engine, more you will get traffic. It is important to note that your content should look like quality information and not a sales pitch. Spiders hate spammy contents and they will reject your hard done work.
Obviously, you would like to have some links in there. I suppose that is your main objective either to sell something or to build a list. One or two links are tolerated but more than that it looks like a sales pitch. So add value rather than a sales pitch.
A reasonable blog post could be around 500 words with a few paragraphs and headings. Use your primary keyword and secondary keyword in the headlines and text. Don’t over do it either.
Makes sure to add some images also. You can search for images from Flickr.com and use them in your blog as long as you give credit to the creator of the image. Google loves images and you will get good ranking for it.
Be consistent in your blog posting. Do a post on a regular basis using a relevant keyword in each of your post. You will get high ranking for that particular keyword. It is better to use long tail keywords (keywords more than 3 words) than short ones. Because there can be high competition and your objective is to get ranking quicker in the search engines.
When people are searching, they usually tend to type longer phrases to get the exact match to their search query therefore lower the volume of search better the chance of getting ranked on first page of Google. If you cannot get your link on the first few pages of search results then, it will most probably not be seen by people searching and they tend to do another search query if they are not satisfied. Therefore, it is very important to use keywords with low volume of search results. And if you end up on the first few pages, the chances are very good that you will get visitors to your site.
Google is the primary search engine on the net and it can send tons and tons of traffic, only if you have chosen the right keyword to rank for, and that tons and tons of traffic is may well be directed to your blog!
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