The best way to see a return on your traffic investment is in the form of profits. When people who have clicked to your site go from visitors to customers, they are called conversions. You will want to look for websites that have both high click-through rates and a high amount of conversions before you place your ad. When purchasing actual visitors directly through a traffic company, you will want to take a look at their conversion numbers as well.
Great article as always. My wife is about to start a business about teaching (mainly) Mums how to film and edit little movies of their loved ones for posterity (www.lovethelittlethings.com launching soon). We have always struggled with thinking of and targeting relevant keywords because keywords like ‘videography’ and ‘family movies’ don’t really some up what she is about. Your article ties in with other learnings we have come across where we obviously need to reach out to right people and get them to share to get her product out there because purely focusing on keywords I don’t think will get us anywhere.
Editor’s note: Moz has shifted away from their previous difficulty score to a new tool, Keyword Explorer. It has its own difficulty metric that’s slightly different from what’s laid out here. AHREFs and SEMRush also have their own scores. Really, what tool you use is up to you/personal preference/assessment of accuracy, but there are several options for determining SERP difficulty.
An e-commerce store: You can buy traffic, but think for a second. Do you really think that they will purchase an item of your’s?. Try to get a targeted country wise or age appropriate set of customer mail list in case of an e-commerce website. In order to find this, you will have to research in the dark web and deep web. It will be expensive as hell if you want to purchase this traffic. Also SEO and re-targeting and re-marketing works well.
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Bid Only – you are going out, meeting people, going on many dates without discrimination. Maybe some folks you met are Saturday nighters (i.e. more valuable users = bid increases) while others are reserved for the less popular Monday nights (i.e. less valuable users = bid decreases). You are not restricting yourself to certain people, but rather playing the field and reaching/meeting as many people as possible.
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You can increase traffic from YouTube by creating YouTube ads, adding links to your description, adding annotation links to your video, or by getting other YouTubers to share your links on their videos. By creating a new video at least once a week, consistently and over the long haul, you’ll be able to drive more traffic back to your website. If you don’t have an audience yet, you can reach out to YouTubers with sizable audiences and ask them to become affiliates or pay their fee. This could work well in the short-term but it’s always a good idea to try to build out your own channels to lower your acquisition costs.
Brian, great post as always! Question: Do you consider authority sites (industry portals) a form of “influencer marketing?” e.g. guest blogging, etc? In some niches there are not so many individuals who are influencers (outside of journalists) but there are sites that those in the industry respect. I am in the digital video space and for me one site is actually a magazine that is building a very strong digital presence. Thanks, keep up the good work!
For one thing, not everybody is going to go straight from chatting with you to looking at your website. It’s usually not a good idea to send people directly to your site unless they have a clear idea “what’s in for them” and don’t have to spend much time looking around. On the other hand, going to your brand’s Facebook Page is a small win you can build on.

This keyword will show up for visits generated by ads that are not related to a user search, but which appear on Google’s Display Network. These are the ads which you will often see when visiting other websites, on your mobile phone, or in online videos. They are associated with the Google AdWords account that owns the campaign, but do not rely on any specific user search.


Example: An organization has one GA account (“corporate”), and two Google AdWords accounts (“corporate” and “branch”). The “corporate” Analytics and AdWords accounts are linked, but the “branch” AdWords account is not. However, both “corporate” and “branch” AdWords accounts are used to create ads for the website. If an ad belonging to a campaign from the “branch” AdWords account is clicked from a search, the visit will show up in the “corporate” Analytics account as “not set”.
Italiano: Aumentare il Traffico al Tuo Sito Web, Español: aumentar el tráfico en un sitio web, Português: Aumentar o Tráfego de Seu Website, Русский: увеличить посещаемость сайта, 中文: 增加网站流量, Deutsch: Die Zahl der Zugriffe auf Websites steigern, Français: augmenter le trafic de votre site web, Nederlands: Meer bezoekers naar je website trekken, Čeština: Jak zvýšit návštěvnost webových stránek, Bahasa Indonesia: Menaikkan Kunjungan ke Situs Web, العربية: زيادة حركة الزيارات على موقعك الإلكتروني, हिन्दी: वेबसाइट का ट्रैफिक बढ़ाएं, Tiếng Việt: Tăng Lượng truy cập Trang web
Of course, we are always thinking about cost/value/likelihood we can upgrade the best content in the vertical—it is almost always the case that the low competition content, although lower benefit, also doesn’t need the same content quality the high competition terms do, so we can sometimes capture more benefit at a faster velocity by hitting those terms earlier.
If you are looking to drive more traffic to your site, you should start utilizing different SEO tools and keyword research tactics. You need to analyze the different terms that your personas are using to search for solutions to their pain points. These tools are great resources to get a better understanding of what is being searched, and how difficult it is to rank for those terms. Once you analyze that information, you can start utilizing these terms in your blogging strategy to start driving the right qualified traffic to your site. 
For these, you may pay an initial fee for the time you want it highlighted and then pay a per-click amount on top of that. No matter what kind of traffic you buy, just make sure it’s bringing you 100% unique visitors with low bounce rates. That means you’re getting real people who are actually spending time on your site, increasing the likelihood that they’ll actually make purchases.

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Firstly, a disclaimer – don’t spam Reddit and other similar sites hoping to “hit the jackpot” of referral traffic, because it’s not going to happen. Members of communities like Reddit are extraordinarily savvy to spam disguised as legitimate links, but every now and again, it doesn’t hurt to submit links that these audiences will find genuinely useful. Choose a relevant subreddit, submit your content, then watch the traffic pour in.

Number two is http://flickr.com, a photo sharing site. To get traffic with this site you have to create interesting, niche targeted images or take interesting niche targeted photos or screenshots, sign up, upload the photos using proper tags (keywords) to make the traffic targeted, and say in the description of the photo: “Feel free to use this image, but give credits to http://www.yourwebsite.com.”, and then you’re getting permanent, targeted, free traffic forever from people sharing your photos and crediting your link.
I have been trying to produce more content because I believed the lack of traffic was to the small amount of content, but after reading your blog post, i’m beginning to doubt wether or not this is quality content. I will definitely do more research on influencers on my niche, now I have to figure out how to get their attention with my kind of content.
Breaking it down, Traffic Cost is SEMRush’s way of showing the hypothetical value of a page. Traffic Cost estimates the traffic a page is getting by estimating clickthrough rate (CTR), and then multiplying it against all the positions it ranks for. From there, it looks at what others would be willing to pay for that same traffic using Google AdWords’ CPC.
Awesome tips Brian. Always enjoy your posts. My question is, how can I boost traffic significantly if my keyword has pretty low search volume (around 100 monthly searches based on keyword planner)? I’ve been trying to expand my keyword list to include broader terms like “customer experience” but as you know that is super competitive. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks in advance.
The quality of a blog’s content generally has to be excellent in order to attract or increase the number of visitors, but the matter of actually classifying content as excellent can be a bit confusing. As such, it’s best to stick with the general rules. One is to check for grammatical or spelling mistakes. Two is to keep your choice of words very simple where possible. Three is to structure them in such a way as to make them eligible for visitors.
LinkedIn has become much more than a means of finding another job. The world’s largest professional social network is now a valuable publishing platform in its own right, which means you should be posting content to LinkedIn on a regular basis. Doing so can boost traffic to your site, as well as increase your profile within your industry – especially if you have a moderate to large following.
We purchased advertisement inclusion in two well-known opt-in / subscription newsletters. Both inserts were in the price range of $750 – $1000. For both campaigns we provided a banner ad with text for inclusion in a newsletter published on the internet and sent out to various email lists, made up of 25,000 to 500,000 opt-in subscribers. We were told to expect anywhere from 300 to 3000 click-throughs. From that number, 10% of the visitors might take out a free Opentracker trial, and of those trials in turn, a percentage of people would purchase website statistics subscriptions. We created separate landing pages for each mailing, so that we can very clearly see, by url, how many people landed on each page.
Guest blogging is a pretty straightforward way to grow traffic to any website. As long as you're guest blogging on a site that has considerable reach, it should generate some healthy traffic numbers for you. Even better? Ensure that the guest blog is topical or related to the industry that you're in. You might find a hard time convincing popular blogs and bloggers to guest blog on their site, but it's well worth it when just one of them agrees.
Be active in online groups and on websites that are relevant to your business and community. Comment on blogs and social media posts, answer questions people are posting, and participate in conversations about your industry. The more you engage with your community, the more exposure and profile visits you get. If your social media profiles contain a link to your website, then you’ve turned your engagement into another channel for website traffic. Just be sure to engage moderately and in a sincere way, and avoid including links to your website in your comments
Build a strong list of high traffic, low competition keywords: Keywords are the foundation of all SEO work. Keywords are the words or phrases that users type into a search engine to find something. You can search for keywords related to your website by using free tools like Google’s Keyword Planner or other tools online. Look for high traffic (1,000 or more searches per month) and low competition if possible. If you have to choose between high traffic or high competition, choose a higher traffic keyword phrase.
Your content is the main signal that Google uses to determine which country you are targeting. If you are targeting multiple countries with your generic domain name extension (.com, .org), add the country’s name in your posts’ meta titles and descriptions. This will not only make your content more keyword-targeted, but it will also give a clear signal that you are targeting a specific country.
My company has been working on a large link building project. We’ve already performed extensive keyword research and link analysis and now we’re considering executing an email outreach campaign. However, all the content we’ve created up until this point is geared more towards our target audience as opposed to the key influencers of our target audience. Do you think it would be worth it to try to build backlinks to our existing content or are we better off creating new content that directly appeals to the influencers of our target audience?
One of the simplest things to do that most people don’t actually do is send consistent email marketing to their customers who have given their email address. Whether this is a weekly newsletter or a daily piece of content to teach and sell, this is the best way to keep your users engaged. The best part is that once you set it up once, your customers will all see that same content.
YouTube is a great resource for driving free organic traffic to your website. Maybe it's because Google loves YouTube, and considering that it's the second most popular search engine in the world, gaining exposure on YouTube could be huge. Create useful tutorials and videos that add an immense amount of value and be sure to link to your content through the description.
Brian, great post as always! Question: Do you consider authority sites (industry portals) a form of “influencer marketing?” e.g. guest blogging, etc? In some niches there are not so many individuals who are influencers (outside of journalists) but there are sites that those in the industry respect. I am in the digital video space and for me one site is actually a magazine that is building a very strong digital presence. Thanks, keep up the good work!
Use this knowledge to understand your conversion rates per ad spend. If you spent $100 to make $800 then you made $8 for every $1 you spent. Conduct more tests, then scale out your efforts using the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20-Rule, which states that 80% of your results are coming from 20% of your efforts. Use meticulous tracking to discover the efforts that are leading to the biggest results. Simple as that.
I’m considering a niche that I’m not sure I can find good influencers for – fundraising. School fundraising or charitable fundraising. I’m passionate about it but how would I get my articles shared by influencers? The non-profit sector is somewhat apprehensive about promoting commercial sites, unless it’s fundraising software. The name really says it all: “non”-profit.
Display traffic is traffic to your site from ads or banners on other sites. For example, you might pay for placement of a banner on a related site, or run an affiliate program where the ads link back to your site. Display traffic contrasts with organic traffic, which comes from search engines, and paid traffic, which comes from programs like AdWords. If you want to attract display traffic, consider hiring a graphic design expert to create attractive, click-worthy banners.
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