Saturday, December 2, 2006

How do I get More Traffic to My Site?

When you need Traffic for your site, where do you start? Here are some ideas for you.

by http://www.showmomthemoney.com/


Question: My website (http://www.slocountymoms.com/) was created late last year by a web designer. She maintains the site for me and I have absolutely NO knowledge of anything having to do with web construction or maintenance. I have very good results with people who have visited my site and asked to be contacted, but my problem is driving more traffic to my site. I do quite a bit of online advertising, but I'm thinking maybe I need to branch out from WAHM sites and start advertising on other types of sites. Any ideas? I'm drawing a blank as to what other types of sites I can advertise on. Or, is there a better way to drive traffic to my site? Ellen

Response ...


Hi Ellen! Thank you for this great question and for being willing to be my example. Your question is a great one, because it applies to so many Work at Home Moms. They may have purchased a site through their company or be in a situation like you where you don't know or necessarily want to learn Search Engine Optimization. You just want TRAFFIC!
The best news is that you are getting a good response from the visitors that come to your site. That means that your content on your site is working! That deserves Congrats!!!
Truth About Traffic - What works and What is a waste of your time and money. This course is great for your situation because it shows you mostly what NOT to do. And, it's great for those who are interested in Search Engine Optimization, too, but, for you, I'd recommend listening to the first half on what not to do and the rest is optional.
Write Articles - This can be a hard one to understand and to get started. I hope my step-by-step lesson helps!
Press Releases - Take this press release tutorial and learn how to get FREE exposure for your business. Placing ads in newspapers all over the country can get expensive ... unless you know how to play the Press Release game.
Want to start today? I recommend the Press Release Profits
Write an Ebook - It's a great way to promote your products!
Want to start today? I recommend the OneMinuteEbook.
Newsletter/Ezine - If you've followed my advice, you're doing a lot of writing for Articles and Press Releases. Take full advantage of all the great things you've written and start a Newsletter and build a membership.
It's All In The List - Why start an Ezine?
11 Ways to Quickly Build Your List! - How to Make it Grow?
Autoresponder - An good autoresponder makes selling your products and promoting your affiliate programs so much easier! I use this and can't live without it. If you have questions, contact me.

Blog - Start a blog and talk about your business.
Promote Your Website - Read these ways to promote your website offline and online.
This is just a partial list and I'll add to it in the coming weeks as I come up with more resources and ideas.
I hope this helps you plan your marketing strategy!
Nicole Dean, The wacky Mom behind http://www.showmomthemoney.com/ - helping WAHMs Succeed and http://www.showkidsthefun.com/ - helping Moms and Dads keep the lines of communication open with their children.

How Do I Get Traffic To My Website?

By Vickie Scanlon
Internet Marketing requires you to sale other people’s products or services, or if you have decided to create your own product, sale your own. But whether you are selling your own or others, we all have one thing in common – getting traffic to our websites. But what is most important is not just getting traffic, but targeted traffic. Thus, How Do you or I get traffic to our sites?
In my early beginnings on the Internet, I tried many methods of getting traffic to my website. I was definitely a newbie in training – some of the software or services that I bought did me no good. I found, at times, that it was truly difficult to decipher which was a good deal and which was not – who was honest, and who was not – but I guess it goes with the Internet territory – and you must always do your due diligence.
However, I have found three methods of getting traffic to my site or affiliate product or service – Buying it – PPC, such as Google, Mamma, Overture, linking or the hard one Search Engine Optimization.
Pay-Per-Click
If you have the money to invest in Google or some of the other search engines pay-per-click programs you can make some money. Here you create an ad or ads relevant to your affiliate program, and place a bid on the keywords you select. This takes time, energy, persistence and money – and research. Also, I would advise that you read your affiliate programs rules, as well as, the rules of Google Adwords before jumping into the pay-per-click arena. You usually have to put “aff” after your ad or something similar to that – it’s dependent upon the affiliate program you are in. The idea with pay-per-click is that you pay only when the individual clicks on your ad.
Linking
Linking can be by either paid or unpaid methods. The paid methods are paying for your link to be shown in Ezines, newsletters or on other peoples’ sites. It can be costly, so the best suggestion that I can give you is to research the Ezines, newsletters and or other people sites that you want to link with before buying. In most cases, if ezines are accepting advertising, you know they must have at least 500+ subscribers, or I should say, be sure that they have at least 500+ subscribers before advertising in their ezine. Know what you are getting before you put your money down – and as they always say, be sure to read the fine print.
The unpaid method is through article creation. This requires hard work on your part, but the return will be seen in the long term. Keep in mind, your articles should be relevant and address the subject matter of your site and products. Content reigns king on the Internet – and if it is relevant to their needs – they will eventually come to read.
Search Engine Optimization
Search Engine Optimization is basically the optimization of your web pages so that you can get a decent ranking by the search engines, and thus, to pull people to your website by it relevance. This is a difficult chore and needs to continually be worked at – and within the ethics of the Search Engines.
To conclude, getting targeted people to your site is really part of growing your business. And Internet marketing – well, it’s not for the faint-hearted, but for the determined, persistent individual who wants to really make a living on-line. Thus, if you really want to make a living on-line – don’t give up and promote.
Vickie J Scanlon has a BBA degree in Administrative Management and Marketing. Visit her site at: http://www.myaffiliateplace.biz for free/and need to buy promotional tools, articles, ebooks, how to info, affiliate opportunities, services and products – to meet your budget and needs.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Vickie_Scanlon

Three simple actions that doubled my website traffic in 30 days

The following post was submitted by Adrian W Kingsley-Hughes.
I started the PC Doctor blog in May of 2005 and for the first few months my traffic was really low - down in the few hundreds of visitors a day. It was pretty depressing I can tell you and there were times when I thought about quitting. I knew that the site was in the Google ’sandbox’ and so I either had to keep on plugging at it until it was out or I had to give up.
Fortunately, I decided to keep on posting but in the interim I decided that I was also going to do my utmost to drive traffic to my site manually until Google kicked in. I took a look around at what some of the successful blogs were doing and came up with three tactics that helped to double my website traffic in a month.
First, I made the most of Technorati tags. I tagged every key word in each of my posts. Initially I did this manually but them I discovered a WordPress plugin called SimpleTags that made the job a whole lot easier.
I found that by tagging my post effectively they were getting a lot more attention then their untagged counterparts, and as an added advantage I was getting focused, quality traffic to the site!
I leveraged my existing website. I’ve been running my business website for a few years and that was getting modest levels of traffic that was relevant to my blog - so why not try to drive some of that to my new blog! I placed a few FeedBurner headline animator blocks on some of my most popular pages and after a day or so I noticed a significant increase in traffic for 5 minutes worth of work on my part.
Finally, I made effective use of trackback links to popular sites. If I commented on a post on another site I would make sure that I set up the appropriate trackback for it. The results from this are varied depending on the site and post that you are linking to but since I liked to comment and interact with the wider blogosphere anyway, it was free traffic!
Using these three simple techniques, I took The PC Doctor blog from a few hundred hits a day into the thousands in less than 30 days. This kept my interest in the site until it came out of the Google sandbox and I started to receiver some serious traffic. However, I’m convinced that these actions I took at the early stages have helped me create a loyal and targeted readership that continues to benefit my blog today.

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