How are You Driving Traffic to Your Website?
If you are going to have any success what so ever with your online business, one of the key skill sets that you will have to master is driving traffic to your website whether it be a blog or a more traditional website. Often times you can build a website on a social site (like a facebook page) to promote, but you will still have to learn the methods for generating traffic to it the same as any other site.
So when it comes to driving traffic to your website, there are a few methods that I have used through the years to generate a steady stream of targeted visitors to sites.
First, I will typically use blogs to promote any product or service that I have an interest in – either business related or otherwise. Today, blogs are just very simple to set up and WordPress specifically offers many plugins that a novice can use to generate an attractive blog as well as have the flexibility to perform customized functions.
Now, with that said, there are a few methods that you can use when driving traffic to your website that I think you will be able to use with great success.
Driving Traffic to Your Website With These Awesome Techniques
- Article marketing
- Video marketing
- Forum posting
- Social media and social media tools
Driving Traffic to Your Website with Article Marketing
If it seems as if I am a bit “stuck” on this form of marketing, it’s probably because I am, but why would I be so hip on article marketing do you think? Probably because it really works!
Over the years I have written tons of articles, in both my name and quite a number of “ghost” author names, and I have generated thousands of views with those articles. The thing I like most about placing articles online is that these act as a 24 hour, 7 day a week sales force that you create one time and they continue to work for you for years.
Another great benefit of article marketing is that by placing your articles on credible and “authority” sites, you will get some decent backlinks back to your own site which will help you rank better in the search engines.
Video Marketing and Traffic Generation
Our culture, in North America anyway, is fascinated and attracted to video. A bit strange that so many want to document their every waking moment and personal details, but great for us that want to promote our brands and products and since there are so many folks that watch videos, it is imperative that you start making them today.
YouTube, MetaCafe, Vimeo and Dailymotion (just to name a few) hosting sites are free to join and it is very simple for anyone to use them and start getting those videos loaded onto one – or all – of these sites.
I highly recommend that you sign up for YouTube and start developing a channel, it’s free and like all things Google has a ton of traffic every single day.
There are a few things that you may want to check out when it comes to creating videos and posting them, I happened to have written a blog post not so long ago about promoting your YouTube channel and a post on video production/SEO. Click on the links to check articles.
Driving Traffic to Your Website With a Blog
Blogging, as you may have guessed, is a bit more than a hobby of mine. I have been making money online for a few years now and while there have been a lot of ups and downs, blogging is going to always be a big part of my marketing efforts, no matter what I’m putting out there.
Today, there are more blogs out there than ever before. WordPress is one of the easiest blog applications and most people find it very simple to install and use whether it is the free WordPress.com version or, if you own your own domain name, set up a blog using the WordPress.org edition.
Another great advantage of marketing yourself or your products with a blog is the fact that a blog is so much easier to rank well with. Because there is a “ping” feature that is built into a blog, you have a much better chance of having your site indexed by the search engines and, more importantly, having your new blog posts ranking quickly (sometimes within hours of posting them).
Make sure that you give blogging a shot, once you get the hang of it, you can create blog after blog after blog all working to provide a steady stream of prospects to your opportunity or products or whatever.
Driving Traffic to Your Website With Social Media
Let’s think about this for second…do you think that there are a few folks on facebook? Do you think one or two people “tweet?”
Social media is huge and just gets bigger and bigger and bigger. If you don’t have a facebook account, what the hell are you waiting for? There are millions and millions of people out there that probably have an interest what you have to offer, so quit messing around and get out there.
Seriously, Google and some of the other search engines really like links from these social media sites. The one thing that is better than a simple posting of a link on a social media site are those links that are shared and “liked” on these sites and it is becoming imperative that you go out there and promote your information on these sites.
The sites that I recommend you join right away is facebook, twitter, linkedin and google+ – I have promoted my blog posts and articles on these sites and have done very well in terms of ranking with no more promoting than with these sites.
Posting Links for Traffic
The bottom line is this – Post your links EVERYWHERE. This means posting in niche forums, classified ad sites, basically anywhere that there are folks around to see your information.
Driving traffic to your website doesn’t have to be complicated. Just by creating quality content that is shared on a few reputable social sites will provide you with some quality backlinks as well as immediate traffic from the “friends” and acquaintances that you develop on these sites.