In need of visitors for your website? Setting up your new website can be fun and all but in just a few days after setting up your website completely, you will come to the shocking realization that there is one important thing all websites need to achieve online success and that is “getting visitors to the websites”. News Flash! This is commonly called traffic, and we always want this to be green! The more visitors to your website, the more money to your pockets if your website sells a product, service or has paid ads on it.
Trust me, there are alot of people out there who call themselves “Traffic specialists” who promise amazing results and thousands of traffic to your website, even though their tools and tactics might work, they always come with a hefty price. If your start-up budget is tight and you would rather not spend a dime in driving traffic to your website, then roll up your sleeves and lets get into the interesting part.
The following ways would not be easy if you are a newcomer in the internet space but after a while, you’ll get to master these things and get comfortable applying these with no stress and also in your subsequent websites:
(1) Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
A lot of people think SEO is some next level ish but its not – don’t be terrified by this word. SEO is simply a technique that you implement on your website to rank higher in search engines such as Google and other search engines but lets just say Google because no one really makes use of the other guys. Search engine is the number one place where people would start if they want some information about a product, a subject or a person on the internet. Want to know how much the new Iphone 7 costs? Google it! You get the gist.
Some of the SEO techniques you can implement right away to get amazing results are the following:
- (a) The title tag of each page of your website should contain your chosen keywords. (Keywords are the short phrases that best describes your website, product or service.) Title tags appears on the uppermost part of your browser. If your website was built with HTML, you’ll need a little HTML knowledge to do this. If your website was built with WordPress, plugins such as “Yoast SEO” will allow you do this without touching a line of code.
- (b) Your chosen keyword(s) should be on the first sentence of the paragraph of your page.
- (c) The image alt tags should contain your keyword(s).
- (d) The name of your pages or posts should have the keyword you are trying to rank for, for that page.
(2) Have A BLOG Linked To Your Website.
Ever heard the saying “content is king?”, in this age where the modern day customer is knowledgeable more than ever, businesses and websites that spend time creating valuable blogposts and articles are more likely to outperform those who just have websites with little or no engaging and valuable content. I have made purchases from websites solely because I landed on their blog and with the content and helpful information found on the blog, I perceived them to be a thought leader in that field and it was easy for me to be converted into a customer.
Because search engines loves valuable content, articles and blogposts are easily picked up by Google. Every time your blog is updated with new information, various search engines are alerted about this and this post will be indexed almost immediately. Putting your main keywords as part of your fresh content will help you rank higher in search engines. Blogging adds dynamic pages to your website and this one thing search engines love. The good thing is – Blogging is free and requires little technical knowledge or skill.
(3) Submit Content to Various Article Directories.
By writing then submitting articles to directories, you are guaranteed long term traffic. When your article gets posted in these directories, you get exposure. In the resource box provided by most article submission websites, you’ll get to write your website address and more information about your website and article. This becomes a link which points back to your website. And this is counted as a vote by search engines. There are literally hundreds of article directories out there waiting for your submission.
While your article stays in the directories, they get picked up by other sites hungry for fresh content and articles. What happens if thousands of other websites takes your article from these submission sites and reuse it on their websites? The result is – You’ll get an enormous amount of links pointing back to your website. Provided that your article stays in the directories that you submitted to and in the sites that picked them up, people can find it and the likelihood of getting traffic to your website is increased significantly. These are some FREE article submission websites where you can start your submissions: ezinearticles.com, goarticles.com, isnare.com and articlealley.com
The first 3 ways above can be implemented for FREE but this 4th way would cost you a very small investment. But remember this last one is extremely important.
(4) Register Your Domain Name With Your Keyword In It.
For example, if your website is about car parts, the best domain name would be carparts.com. If your site is about baby care, then babycare.com is an excellent choice. Registration of domain names is a lot cheaper today than it was years ago, for example – at Godaddy.com, the annual fee is only $11.99. Studies have shown that search engines are more likely to put your website at the top if your domain name matches the search phrase. Also remember that non hyphenated domain names rank higher than those separated by hyphens. For example, mydomain.com is better than my-domain.com.
These 4 inexpensive ways of getting traffic to your website are extremely effective and would assure you of a long term success. Start doing these things and see your site in the first page of the search engines in a matter of weeks.