Once you have a website, your next step is to get the word out. There are lots of different ways to lead people to your site, but attracting and building an online audience goes beyond getting one-time visits — thriving websites have a following. Below, we’ll discuss why site traffic matters and introduce some of the basics on how to bring visitors to your website...and keep them coming back.
On-page search engine optimization (SEO) is a fundamental building block of successful websites. It’s important to ensure that your site and content are as relevant as possible to those seeking your products or services. This means going the extra mile to research appropriate keywords, create valuable content and craft captivating meta descriptions. In 2018 it’s no longer enough to post consistently and tick the boxes -- you need to really nail your SEO to get (and stay) ahead of the competition.
Yes and no. A long time ago, Google stopped showing search term keywords in Google Analytics for its logged in users. You can read about it online. Most of your traffic may be from logged in Google users so it will hide their keywords searched and show up as "not provided". Rest assured, we are sending the traffic that is using your keywords and the service will work the same way regardless.
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.
Competitions or drawings. I’ve worked with companies to send out postcards inviting people that have shown interest in the business/industry to enter to win. We’ve brought them to a unique page for the contest, and after entering, ensured that we had a CTA in the Confirmation that pushed them to the main site. Resulted in a 30% bump in traffic during the contest period and a 5% bump over time.
In my latest ebook, I talked about some of my secrets when it comes to competitor analysis. Whenever I start a new online store, I’m always curious to know the main traffic sources of my competitors. This helps me understand which marketing channels I should prioritize. I sometimes use the free Alexa tool. All you need to do is type in your competitors website, scroll to “Upstream sites,” and look at the list of websites that were visited immediately before landing on your competitor’s website. If you see that Google tends to be the top choice, then you need to focus on Google Ads and SEO. If Facebook is the top website then you know you’ll need to create Facebook ads. Or if a niche blog is the highest source of traffic you can then focus on building out an outreach strategy to collaborate with that blog.
The number of pages the visitors view. This is important. There was a large difference in the quality of the traffic. For the first mailing, the average visitor viewed 7.5 pages, and hence was likely to create a trial account. The group that received the second mailing averaged 2.5 pageviews each. The lesson is to stress the importance of well-targeted traffic. The question remains; why would one group of visitors look at more pages than another?
Influencer marketing is taking the world by storm. Influencers across a variety of social media platforms and even blogs can help you get your message to the masses. And fast. While you might have to pay some money to access this medium, you can drive massive amounts of relevant traffic, and ultimately sales, to whatever it is that you're peddling.
If you have the resources to hire a marketing company which will run a huge campaign for your website - go for it, but even then you can still profit from buying highly targeted website traffic. From the moment you place an order, to the first visitors showing up and knocking at your website’s virtual door it usually takes less than 24 hours. Do you know any faster way to get to potential clients? If yes - please let us know :)