Need Traffic? Fast Solutions To Drive Traffic to Your Website

Website traffic is for many business models, the key to profits. The more traffic you have, the bigger your bottom line. Whether you’re launching a new product or just want a quick influx of cash, sometimes you need tons of traffic quickly. Here are 5 fast solutions to drive traffic to your website.

#1 Social media. Social media works quickly and if you have a large following on any of the social media sites, you can generate a ton of traffic to your website quickly. The key is to create attention grabbing posts that arouse curiosity, make people laugh or stir up a controversy. You want to generate click throughs to your website. Make the most of your social networking tactics and use technology to get the job done. For example, one StumbleUpon post can be integrated with both Facebook and Twitter profiles so you’re making waves on all three social sites at once.

#2 Article marketing. Article marketing works well when you concentrate your efforts on quality article marketing sites with large audiences. One well written and informative article, rewritten a few times, and submitted to a handful of directories can generate the traffic you’re looking for. Be sure to include a bio box that includes a call to action and a link to your website to motivate click throughs.

#3 Blogging. Post on your own blog or be a guest blogger on a blog with a large number of subscribers. Like social networking, if you offer an informative, controversial or entertaining post, you’ll have people clicking through to your website like mad. Of course, if you also promote this wonderful blog post(s) via social media, you can double your traffic results.

#4 Video content. It’s amazing how quickly a video can go viral. Like print content, videos that entertain, stir up a bit of controversy or offer tremendous value cause a buzz. They’re forwarded to friends and downloaded on laptops and mobile devices around the globe. A good video can generate all the traffic you need. Again, integrate a bit of social media to promote your video, blog about it too, and you can multiply your traffic results.

#5 Partnerships. Partnering with a relevant or compatible business can work quite well to generate traffic fast. The key is to come up with a mutually beneficial agreement. Find people in your industry that are willing to work with you and help each other drive traffic. A partnership may include guest blogging on each other’s sites, swapping advertisements or even promoting one another in your ezine.

It’s possible to drive a ton of traffic to your website fast. The trick is to have a plan in place, know your audience and your goals, and take action. To your success!

Tips for Higher Conversions with Link Building

Visitors to your blog are good. RSS subscribers are better. But the real money online is in your mailing list. Build a large list of qualified buyers, and you’ll see a much higher return on your investment than you will from any other marketing effort. The only question is, how do you build a qualified list?

  • Present an irresistible offer. The days of getting people to give you their email address with the promise of a monthly or weekly newsletter are gone. You need to offer your readers something of value. Downloadable products like eBooks and special reports are popular, as are software, and even trial subscriptions to membership sites.
  • Use highly targeted marketing. If your list focuses on gardening, and all your Twitter followers are other Internet marketers, pushing signups on your Twitter account is not going to result in a lot of conversions. Instead, concentrate your efforts where gardeners hang out – online forums, niche blogs, even Craig’s List are all good choices for getting your list in front of qualified, interested individuals.
  • Get traffic to your opt-in page. Common wisdom says that you need an opt-in form on every page of your site, and while that’s important, it’s even more critical to have a separate opt-in page. When linking back to your site from articles, forums, guest blogs, or ads, link to that page rather than your home page. You’ll see conversions increase dramatically.
  • Test, analyze, tweak, and repeat. No headline or opt-in page is perfect from the start. Keep an eye on your stats, and systematically change out elements to test performance. You can use scripts to split-test headlines and other parts of a squeeze page, or you can just manually track which ones work and which do not. And keep notes, you’ll want to refer back to them later for other campaigns.
  • Change your offer, too. Today’s hot ebook will eventually become yesterday’s news, and a new offer will often rejuvenate a quiet list.

Getting sign-ups is only part of your overall list building campaign, however. Once people are on your list, your job turns to keeping them there. Start by living up to the promise you made them. Revisit your opt-in page and welcome letter and make sure you’re doing what you said you would do. Did you promise a weekly newsletter? Then you need to get it out in a timely manner. Regardless of the promised schedule, don’t let weeks go by without contacting your list. An out-of-the-blue email from someone they haven’t heard from in three months will likely result in an unsubscribe.

At the same time, don’t make every contact with your list a sales pitch. Sure, they know they’re going to be marketed to when they sign-up, but they expect (and deserve) some value from being a member as well. It’s impossible to say what the exact ratio of information to sales pitch should be, but you should definitely test and analyze your results until you find the optimum mix for your market.

Building a list – and keeping it healthy – should be your highest priority as a business owner. Whether your business is selling diaper patterns to new moms, or multi-thousand-dollar software systems to IT professionals, your list is your biggest asset. Treat it well, and you will reap the rewards.

Link Building Tuesday Tip!

  1. Donations & Charity
    When you submit your donation – list your business website for possible link back. If the website has a PR 7 or 8, it might be to your best of interest to donate even if the site is not relevant to your industry because the single page could help give you a boost.
  2. Press Releases
    Why not right? When is the last time you submitted a press release about your company? I am positive that you have something that you can talk about – your free report? Your newest product (or service)? That is newsworthy – get to it!!
  3. What is one tip that you have been using for link building?
    Leave your tips below. 😉

Link Building Monday Tip!

  1. Text Link Brokers
  2. Although initial thoughts about link brokers can give a bad impression, this new industry can actually have a positive value on your link building efforts. If your goal is to build PR, purchasing sitewide links for directories or SEO related sites would be a good idea. Sitewide links have come to be associated with “manipulation” of the SERPs by search engines and should be largely avoided. However, purchasing text links on specific, related sites surrounded by the content of your choice can be beneficial, if difficult to find.

    The key to a successful text link is that all the components of natural SEO are there:

    Is the page closely related to your site’s topic?

    Is the link placed in a strategic position – not in an obvious advertisement space or footer?

    Is the site related to the topic of your site and the topic of the page?

    Is the site spidered frequently by the search engines and do the pages have visible PR?

    If the link meets these criteria, it could be worthwhile. However, be careful to avoid paying high prices for a particular page or site, simply because of its PR. It is more likely that multiple low PR (3, 4 & 5) pages are worth more to you then a single PR 7 & 8).

    Several lists of text links sellers are available online: (search for them – so you get the latest and greatest results!)

    Link Sellers – Find: Text Link Ad Sellers

    Text Link Brokers – Could check out: SearchEngineWatch Forums


  3. Unique Tools & Services
    By offering specific, relevant free Internet tools/services at your site, you can generate naturally built links. Some excellent examples are listed below: Provide diagrams/visuals

    Maps, pre-planning …

    Calculators

    The key is, after you build your tool is to promote is among industry leaders. Send it to bloggers who discuss your subject matter, ask people to use and evaluate it on forums, etc. You can even try to promote it by writing an article about your findings.

Link Building Friday Tip!

  1. Blogging Comments
  2. Writing and posting blog posts is the most effective way to get natural inbound links, and by having a personal blog at your site, you can more easily make commentary at other sites that link back to you. REMEMBER your main goal is to create an online reputation you can be PROUD of. Think before you post – decrease all opportunities that will be considered spam.

  3. Renting Pages from Authority Sites
  4. To rent, for a monthly fee, a page hosted on a larger site in your industry. You then add content and links on the page on your own site(s) with the anchor text you choose and in the format you select. These are almost like “advertorials” in magazines, where you provide content that the site links to (hopefully not more than 2 links from the homepage) and then link back to your own site.

    The fundamental difference between this tactic and simple article hosting is that you approach a site or company that doesn’t normally host other people’s content about having your information. Although rejection is often likely, the benefits can be phenomenal, as the page itself may rank well for your search terms very quickly.

  5. Purchasing Online Advertising
  6. Link building through advertising is exceptionally expensive, but it can bring in good returns if properly managed. Make sure as you buy links that you get the click-through rate from the seller for the past 6 months. You should get a lot of other statistics to review as well – make sure you avoid advertising in places where the seller doesn’t have good information on click-through rates, visitors, etc. You’ll also have to work around re-direct scripts, links sent through ad networks, etc. As long as you are up front and friendly, you’ll be able to have some success in this arena as long as you have the funding.

Link Building Thursday Tip!

  1. Using your competitor’s links!
  2. Yahoo! type linkdomain:url.com -site:url.com
    MSN’s techpreview type link:url.com -site:url.com
    Yahoo! type link:http://www.url.com
    Google type “url.com” -site:url.com

  3. Article Submissions : Keep all content on your website UNIQUE!
  4. Forums and Online Communities: Forum signature is where you can add your website into your signature line. Note of caution: READ all forum rules before becoming an active member. Your main goal is to JOIN the forum or online community and to contribute/learn from the community.

Link Building Wednesday Tip!

  1. Get listed in directories.
  2. Search Google, Bing, and Yahoo! for each of your main keyword phrases and make a point of attempting to get a link from each page. Call site owners or send an email can help to attempt to get a link. Make a spreadsheet listing for all the sites and gather as much contact information as you can about each one. If you can find a site that ranks in the top 20 you should get direct, targeted traffic.
  3. Reciprocal or payment required to list your link on their website. These sites are usually key sites that are focused with a niche in mind. You will find that overtime these sites can really help you with your SEO efforts.Try to find directories/websites to submit to: – intitle:add+url “keyword phrase”
    – intitle:submit+site “keyword phrase”
    – intitle:submit+url “keyword phrase”
    – intitle:add+site “keyword phrase”
    – intitle:add+your+site “keyword phrase”
    – intitle:directory “keyword phrase”
    – intitle:list “keyword phrase”
    – intitle:sites “keyword phrase”

    Want even more results? Use 1-8 without “intitle”.

    One more important tip – if the site fits well with your content, don’t worry if the page is PR 0, over time the site may get up to a PR 3 or 5 if they are trying to building their website – which is just like what you are currently trying to establish.

More Tips tomorrow!

Tracking your website's progress

Track your site on Linkscape and Yahoo! Site Explorer.

If this is a brand new website – wait a month for Linkscape and Yahoo! to find your links and then check to see what links are being counted. On Yahoo! Be sure to select Show inlinks “except from this domain” to “entire site”. Only the links on Linkscape are displayed in order of importance.

Blogging For Money: Is It Possible? Of course it can be!

When the blogging craze started, blogging was hailed as the new, easy way to make money online. Just slap up a blog, add a little content, throw in a few affiliate links, and your future was assured. You know it’s not that easy, don’t you?

Before you build your blog you need to do niche research. Ask yourself these questions: Is this niche viable, or is there too much competition? Can I beat some of the sites on Google’s first page? Does this niche have buyers, or just tire kickers? Are there some good affiliate programs associated with this niche?

It’s been said to pursue your passion and the money will follow. This is true to a point, but suppose your passion is juggling machetes? Do you think there’s a market for this skill? The broader niche of juggling might suit you better. Don’t limit yourself to things you know now, though. It’s easy to do research online, so if you have a strong desire to learn about a new topic, starting a blog is a great way to get an education.

Now that you have your niche you need to get your blog online. Don’t use free blog sites like blogger.com, or wordpress.com. You need your own domain name and your own hosting. These sites have their uses, but you should never trust your content (and maybe your livelihood!) to a free service.

Okay, you’ve got your domain name and hosting. What platform will you use for your blog? Many people use wordpress for this. You can install wordpress using Fantastico in your cPanel, or you can install it manually. You may want to install wordpress in its own directory rather than in the root folder. This leaves your root folder uncluttered and easy to navigate, but changes your URL from http://www.myblog.com to http://www.myblog.com/some-directory.

Now for the most important part: Content. You need to add posts regularly to your blog. This should be every day, if possible, but at least several times weekly. Set up a schedule and stick to it. An advantage of wordpress is that you can set posts to publish on a certain day. This means you can load posts in advance without having to write new ones every day.

Don’t make the mistake of just adding posts with affiliate links in them. This is a big turn off for visitors. People are coming to your blog for information. If everything on your blog is sell, sell, sell, you will soon be reading it alone.

Now comes the hard part: Traffic. Remember this formula: Content+Backlinks=Traffic. This means that the keyword-optimized content you add to your blog, plus the incoming links you have to your site, equals search engine ranking. The big thing here is backlinks. You can never have enough backlinks.

So, how do you get backlinks? You can post on forums with a link to your site in your signature. You can comment on other relevant blogs. You can submit articles to article directories with a link to your site in your resource box. Post a classified ad on free ad sites with a link to your blog. There are many ways to get backlinks. Just make sure they are relevant to your blog.

To answer the title question, yes it is possible to make money blogging and sometimes a lot of it. The important thing to remember is that it takes work, consistency, and perseverance. Remember that last one, because that’s the real key to making money with a blog.

Link Building Thursday

Add a link to your website on all of your social media, networking and bookmarking sites.

Can you use the tactic of link bait as a tool. [Read More from Wikipedia about Link bait]