Online, one of the most significant keys to success is getting website traffic. The more visitors you have, the better your sales and profits. If you read my earlier articles The Foggy Mirror: Get Clear About Who You Are and The Blurry Lens: Get Clear About Your Market and Your Message, you have figured out a niche and you know your keywords, and regularly conduct keyword research to stay on top of what’s popular. Based on those assumptions, here are five quick and easy tips to get website traffic fast!
Tip #1 Make sure you’re actually tagging your keywords.
Do you spend a lot of time optimizing your content by researching and then writing around keywords, and then neglect to tag those keywords on your webpage? Tags are where search engines look and if there are no tags they may pass right by your web pages. Here’s a quick brief on tags.
There are a number of tag types including:
Title tags are quite possibly the most important place to situate your keywords. Here’s what they look like: <title>Primary keyword phrase here. </title>.Your title tag is where you place your primary keyword or keyword phrase. The sentence will describe your business in less than 90 characters.
Heading tags are next in order of importance to search engines. They’re ranked in order of importance and look like this: <h1>Primary and/or Secondary keywords here</h1>.
If you’re using WordPress you can choose the Heading level from the Styles drop down menu.The “1” designates this heading as the most important heading on the page. You should only have one H1 tag on a page, but you can use multiple H2, H3 etc. tags. Think of the H tags like outline levels when you write a report. Don’t use so many you dilute their purpose, but do use them strategically to both break up the text into bite-sized chunks and to emphasize your keywords.
Meta tags provide the small descriptive text found underneath the title tag on the search engine results page. Like title tags these should be kept brief, informative and up to date.
Alt tags are used to provide a text description of a graphic. Each graphic on your site should have a description and an alt tag.
I use the plugin All-In-One SEO in my WordPress sites . You can set global keywords for the entire site, but you can also get right and set keywords for every page and every post — and you should!
Tip #2 Add content to your site regularly
Content is essential for traffic and a top search engine ranking. Content is what search engine spiders look for and index – without it there’s nothing to index or rank. Give visitors and search engines a reason to visit and index your site. Make a commitment to provide regular, optimized content and your traffic will soar.
Tip #3 Procure valuable and relevant incoming links
The more websites that link to your webpages, the more valuable search engines perceive you to be, although not all links are created equal. Search engines give more leverage to links from sites which are popular and credible and from sites that are relevant to your website topic.
There are different types of links.
- A direct link looks like a basic website address, for example, www.yourwebsite.com
- A text link occurs when the webpage address is embedded in the text. Readers simply click on the link and are redirected to a new website page.
- If the link is to an internal web page, for example an article published on a website, rather than the home page, it is called a “deep link.”
You can encourage linking to your website by:
- Adding content to your site.
- Submitting to article directories.
- Publishing press releases.
- Blogging and participating in social networking forums, chat rooms and social networking sites.
Tip #4 Be Social!
Now more than ever before, internet marketing is about building a community. Whether you offer a forum on your website or you participate in social networking sites, social networking is a valuable traffic generating tactic. Sites like Facebook and Twitter can be powerful tools for generating links and traffic to your site – create a profile and then post comments, links to your site and ideas which generate conversation.
Get involved – many chat rooms and forums are industry specific, find those which cater to your industry, and begin participating. Speak to and connect with a highly targeted audience.
Tip #5 Advertise for more exposure and traffic
Advertising, when handled strategically, can be used to promote your content and products or services. PPC (pay per click) advertising is often the tool of choice because you control the advertising budget on a daily basis and have the tools to test and track your advertising efforts. Once you’ve honed your PPC ads the return on investment can be phenomenal in terms of traffic and purchases.
And look beyond Google for PPC opportunities. Facebook and LinkedIn now offers ads. So might related sites from companies who serve the same market you do and offer complementary – not competing – services.
Go for it!
For maximum results, create a traffic and SEO strategy. Outline your plan and your goals and then take the necessary action. Take advantage of these five traffic and search engine tips to boost your business.