I NEED to generate more traffic … but HOW?

  • Squidoo
  • Social Bookmarking sites
    • Digg
    • Del.icio.us
    • Technorati
    • Newswire
    • Wikipedia
    • Reddit
    • StumbleUpon
    • WikiHow
    • Flickr
    • Yahoo! 360
    • Google Buzz
    • Furl
    • Ning
    • Yahoo! Answers
  • Article Marketing
  • Press Release
  • Ezine Directories
  • Ads (about your products/services/business in general)
  • Webinars/Teleseminars/Teleclasses
  • Social Marketing
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • LinkedIn
    • MySpace
  • Podcasting
  • Blogging
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Forum Participation
  • Joint Ventures

All of these ideas would be a great way to generate more traffic – keep in mind – continue to use your keywords all throughout each task that you complete to ensure that you are generating the right traffic.

How Can I Customize SEO On My Site?

  1. Check to see if your wordpress.org theme has SEO Settings? If so – click and review and apply changes as you wish.
  2. If your theme doesn’t have SEO Settings – then you are still in luck – WordPress.org’s amazing plugins (of course!) – install All In One SEO Pack plugin.
    • When you use this plugin – make sure you have the Home Page set the way you want it, Post Title as “%post_title% and Page Title as %page_title% | %blog_title%
    • You may wish to apply “Noindex” to your archives and tag pages – as these are duplicate to the actual blog page.
    • “NoFollow” for your home page full over “Read More” linking to the complete blog posts – then you may want to apply this: within your index.php file

      Look for <a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>” then simply add “rel=”nofollow”

      <a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>” “rel=”nonfollow”

  3.  Are your permalinks customized? Change your permalinks to /%postname%/
  4. Does www and non-www work for your website? To test this – type in www.domain.com into your browser – does it go to your site? Then type in domain.com into your browser – does it go to your site? If one of them doesn’t work – then you need to get it setup so it does.Or visit WebsiteGrader.com –
    Permanent Redirect Not Found
    Search engines may think stacijansma.com and www.stacijansma.com are two different sites.You should set up a permanent redirect (technically called a “301 redirect”) between these sites. Once you do that, you will get full search engine credit for your work on these sites.

    With WordPress it should be setup – however it is coded as a 302 and 301 redirect is best.

    • To get this to work for your website you will need to edit your .htaccess file# Begin 301RewriteEngine OnRewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www.domain.com [NC]RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [L,R=301]

      # BEGIN WordPress
      <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
      RewriteEngine On
      RewriteBase /
      RewriteRule ^index.php$ – [L]
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
      RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
      RewriteRule ./index.php [L]
      </IfModule>
      # END WordPress

    If you want to redirect from the www to the non-www then this portion needs to be changed:

    # Begin 301RewriteEngine OnRewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^domain.com [NC]RewriteRule ^(.*) http://domain.com/$1 [L,R=301]

Hope this helps you! If you have anything to add – please leave a comment and share with others!

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) – What Can You Start With Today?

  1. Analyze the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages) for your keywords. Who is ranking (aka competitor)? What do you see that they are doing effectively/ineffectively? Learn more about your competition. I tell clients – tell me your top 3 competitors.
  2. Create a list of your competition – again focus on at least the top 3 competitors.
  3. Resources that can help you:
    • Yahoo Site Explorer
    • Google Analytics
    • Google Webmaster Tools
    • Bing Webmaster Center
  4.  Check Google, Bing and Yahoo to make sure the site you want ranked in the search engines is being indexed. The tool I use to help get a client’s website indexed – is by submitting their sitemap through the Webmaster Tools and WordPress.org Plugin: Google XML Sitemaps