Start A Traffic Stampede To Your Website!
Great website! Beautiful Design! You have done your work, but how do you now get traffic flowing to your site. A beautiful site without traffic is dead. A little secret I have learnt on my journey in internet marketing is that some poorly developed sites get great traffic and you ask how they do it?
1. Search engines
Traffic comes from various sources, one of the main ones being the search engines. These are the major way to get traffic. By submitting your site to Google and Yahoo, you have set the ball rolling to getting great traffic. But often times (and this is the part the SEO fails to tell you), submitting your site means just that submitting.
First, it make takes weeks and months to get your site indexed by the major engines, unless for some you pay an inclusion fee that gets you indexed in a few hours or days. So while you wait on the big guys, in the meanwhile get busy submitting to all the other engines you can , you stand a greater chance of being indexed and listed.
When you do get indexed by the major engines unless you are a niche marketer and or your site is well optimized and able to keep up with the ever changing algorithmic rules of the engine, you will not rank too highly.
Not ranking highly affects how many traffic you get. After all, how many people search through results to #3,876,456, and trust me that is a real search number. So maybe its time to look at other options if the search engines fail you the first time around.
Who's linking to you. Linking plays an important role in determining your page rank. How important is still the subject of debate. The fact is there are two types of link techniques considered by the engines. One way back links and reciprocal links. Now which one is better is also a hot topic, but it might just be that one way incoming links to your site has more weight. At least with the search engines current logarithms. That does not mean reciprocal linking does not work, and in fact since it is easier to get, might be your initial starting point with links.
Whichever method you choose, ensure that you link to reputable sites and avoid site with a lower pr value than yours. Make sure the content on the site is relevant to yours as it gives added boosts to your sites ratings.
One quick way to get links is from link partners wherein an automated system is set up to link subscribers. There are monthly fees, and be advised that to pay large amounts of money to persons who will just use a link farm to produce your links makes no sense. If you are going to use it make sure you keep your monthly cost down.
While this methods of garnering links works well, there is talk that the engines are not looking favourable on it. But then again there is always talk. The trick is to keep you eyes and ears open for new developments with the search engines.
At the end of it all, can you get traffic from the link method you will choose?. If so, then choose what works for you. If there was one magic and correct way, then there would not be so many self help books on SEO and search engine algorithms. They are many sites who do not rank high on the search algorithms but do quite well because they get their traffic from link partners.
3. Buy Traffic
When all else fails or like many in addition to, you can purchase traffic. Simply enter web traffic into Google and see the results. There are both free and paid traffic hosts.
The free ones are quite good if you have the time to view someone else's' site, and I have personally used some and have tracked the stats. But sometimes it takes viewing up to 5 sites to get one visitor to you. Another drawback can be that the person only want enough credits so that they can get their own visitors, so they do not really visit your site as so as to check your merchandise, they simply load your page. This does not help you sell.
Traffic sites sell traffic to you as country specific, global, targeted and untargeted.
The more targeted the visitor the more likely your chance to convert into a purchasing customer. The cost of the traffic package will vary depending on the type of traffic bought. Do not spend unnecessarily high amounts on traffic that may very well be an automated system 'visiting' your site. Check out the sites carefully before buying plans. Keep the amount low and if necessary spend it around different traffic sites. it is less like that you will lose all your money that way, and if one is ripping you off, chances are(we hope!) not all of them will.
About the Author: K Valentine is owner of Web Hosts Value(http://www.webhostsvalue.com)a webhosting business and Jamaica Stores for Jamaican Foods & Souvenirs (http://www.jamaicastores.com). For information mail:firstname.lastname@example.org