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.
It’s probably no surprise to see social media on this list. It’s an effective way to get more eyeballs on your content and tap into the personal networks of your existing fans. What may surprise you is the importance of hashtags. People have become increasingly picky about the content that they consume, which means they’re turning to hashtags as a way to streamline the influx. Smart use of hashtags enables you to precisely target your ideal customer and expand your reach beyond your existing audience.
Great post Ross but I have a question on scaling the work that goes into producing the Kob score: how do you recommend you go about getting the MOZ difficulty score – do you do it manually then VLOOKUP everything or some other way? My current membership at MOZ allows 750 searches a day for KW difficulty so this can be a limiting factor in this research. Would you agree?
You do not know what the quality of the traffic that you will receive is going to be. There is no way to guarantee that your visitors will take any action, which tells you that you need to both a) have well-targeted traffic, and b) make your site a great place to visit. Nobody can “force” people to come to your website, look around, and make purchases. Of course, some people are paid to surf to your site, a sneaky tactic which is covered later in part 3.
If you want to ensure that the traffic you are driving with your AdWords is almost ready to buy what you’re selling, then your ads should be as straightforward as possible. Including the price, shipping fees or discounts in your search ad copy can go a long way to ensure people who do click through are those potential shoppers who are willing to pay your prices, and ultimately more ready to make a buying decision then and there.
Think interviews are only for the big leaguers? You’d be amazed how many people will be willing to talk to you if you just ask them. Send out emails requesting an interview to thought leaders in your industry, and publish the interviews on your blog. Not only will the name recognition boost your credibility and increase traffic to your website, the interviewee will probably share the content too, further expanding its reach.
It’s not enough to just share content through social channels – you need to actively participate in the community, too. Got a Twitter account? Then join in group discussions with relevant hashtags. Is your audience leaving comments on your Facebook posts? Answer questions and engage with your readers. Nothing turns people off quicker than using social media as a broadcast channel – use social media as it was intended and actually interact with your fans.
Visitors are always more likely to visit your website if you offer something free. Valuable content is great to drive traffic but giving people the opportunity to try something for free gives you a powerful advantage. When your offer meets success then your prospect will come back or visit your other website pages. For example, we offer a free trial to crawl your website and rock your SEO.
Here’s the thing… when someone types in a search phrase, they are actively looking for something. When they view a Google Display ad (which is displayed on sites using AdSense), they are in the middle of something else and may just pop over out of interest (or by mistake) and then carry on. We are not saying display ads don’t work, but if you are a new store trying to get more targeted traffic on a smaller budget, search ads will get you the best ROIs. Use display ads if you’re looking for branding or have ‘sexy’ products that you can back up with awesome creatives. When you do start looking at display ads, remember to keep an eye on those conversions and ensure that it’s right for your products before you invest a chunk of your budget there.
It’s not enough to produce great content and hope that people find it – you have to be proactive. One of the best ways to increase traffic to your website is to use social media channels to promote your content. Twitter is ideal for short, snappy (and tempting) links, whereas Google+ promotion can help your site show up in personalized search results and seems especially effective in B2B niches. If you’re a B2C product company, you might find great traction with image-heavy social sites like Pinterest and Instagram. Here's more advice on making the most of social media marketing.
Hi, what we need to know in details is how to geo-target particular “blog post” or “Page” (as I have learnt that creating the post in page ranks faster). While writing Post in blogger can we use the location part and change the country, will that help? What If I want to work only on the Post and target particular country and Also can we target the specific number of countries (like US and Aus) simultaneously in a post? Pardon my ignorance if you already have an article on this particular topic, but am unable to find it in your website.