• 9 sure ways to increase your website traffic

    Everybody’s looking for that quick fix to increase their traffic.  So is there something out there that’s really fast and effective?  Well, there’s an option of signing up with sites that will most likely scam you  out of your money, or you can implement any of the following tips:

    • Get with the program: start blogging!  So if you haven’t noticed yet, everyone is blogging.  Big companies, small companies, and professionals at every level have taken on blogging, and so should you.  Don’t think that your line of work or your organization doesn’t require a blog; if you have a website, you need to blog! It’s such a great way to drive a natural traffic to your site.  People will begin to link back to beneficial posts and may refer friends to check out your site.  Don’t underestimate the power of a blog.

    • Don’t write regular posts: Too many bloggers think that posting short 100 words blogs is enough to get readers interested and to keep them coming back. I have to admit I was guilty of that when I first started blogging. Although there are no rules about the length of a post, what matters is that your posts are intriguing enough to create a faithful reader base. Most successful blogs will publish at least one lengthy and well researched post per week. Some call these lengthier posts “pillar posts” because they are a pillar to establish a great blog.

    • Establish Strong Social Media Connections: Well there isn’t much point to blogging if you haven’t established strong connections with other bloggers, forum members, and users of social media sites.  Why is this so crucial?  Because great content is not enough; you have to market that content. And social media marketing is probably when of the best ways to market your content online. So remember:

    • The more you comment on someone else’s blog, the more likely it is that they will comment on yours.
    • The more you participate in forums, the more you encourage people to visit.
    • The more you link to other blogs within your own entries, the more bloggers will link-back to you, thus helping you generate more and more traffic to your site.

    • What about Articles? Usually blogs can range from 200 words – 1500 words. Those entries are very valuable for ranking well within search engines because of the new content you’re offering.  However, writing SEO articles is a valuable technique as well.  SEO articles are keyword rich, useful content that can be designed to target specific words and phrases that you would like to rank for within search engine queries.  This can help generate a lot of natural traffic for you.  Additionally, you don’t always have to publish these articles on your site: consider article submissions or notable online magazines.  The amount of link-backs you will receive, in addition to the recognition of publishing on a worthy site will help double and triple your traffic in no time.  Article publishing sites use to work very well couple of years back but I believe that search engines discount the authority of these sites to a great extent nowadays. So the real value is not in these sites themselves; it is one someone picks up an article from these sites and publishes it on his own site or forum. I know we got couple of good clients when our articles were published on web pro world.

    • Make it easy to subscribe: Once you have an RSS feed to your site, you can easily expect people to subscribe to your blog, thus generating more traffic. Of course, be weary of partial vs. full feed because this will impact whether or not people will continue to subscribe to your blog.

    • Give them a reason to come back: Offering a valuable resource such as a whitepaper is a great incentive to get people coming back and referring others to your site. If you have the capability to write a whitepaper that is going to offer valuable information to your community and/or client base; than write one and offer it as a download.  If you are just starting out, offer your whitepapers for free. Most websites require visitors to subscribe to your site before downloading whitepapers. That can work very well in building up a mailing list.

    • Can I trust you? Nobody likes to subscribe to, our visit a site that seems fishy.  If you want to get more people coming to your site, you need to show that them that you value their privacy.  This can happen through simply stating the importance of their privacy, become a member of authentic groups, and placing the icons of your memberships throughout the site.

    • Winning something: If you want a surefire way to get you publicity throughout the web, then hold a contest and offer prize money or some material reward.  Our $400 blog contest generated tons of link backs from other bloggers as well as a ton of traffic to the site. People love it and will come flocking to your site, write about you, and give you lots of link love.

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    • Widgets and more…: There’s no secret that if you offer something valuable on your site, traffic will come. And online tools do just that! You’re offering something free and useful to online visitors, and as a result you become bookmarked, referred to, linked to, and even mentioned throughout the web. But please, no more calculators and calendars.  If you want good ideas for tools, visit any forums and see what people are actually looking for!

    So, let’s come up with an action plan:

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    1. If you have not started blogging, then plan on installing a blogging software in the next three days!
    2. Come up with a list of 20 blog topics that you can write about. At least 5 topics from your list will be lengthier posts of 1200 words or more.
    3. Select two online forums which you will start participating in regularly. At a minimum, you should post in each forum once a day. Your comments should be meaningful and enhance the discussion on the forum.
    4. Select 10 different blogs that write about something that interest you and start reading and commenting on them regularly. Just like forums, no spammy comments. The goal is to establish real relationships with bloggers.
    5. Come up with a list of lengthy articles that will be of interest to your client base. Plan on publishing one article per month.
    6. Come up with a list of authority sites in your field that accept article submission. Contact these site to understand what editorial guidelines they have for publishing articles
    7. As you go through forums and blogs, be on the look out for ways to create tools. If someone is complaining about a problem that does not have a real solution, that might your first tool.

    There are more ways to get traffic, but these ways will help you significantly see growth in less than 60 days. What other great techniques do you implement?

Ayat Shukairy

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45 thoughts on “9 sure ways to increase your website traffic”

  1. khalid khalid says:

    It is strange to find sites that do not have a blog nowadays. It is a great way to connect with customers and to give the company a realy human face. I think some of these points deserve few blogs by themseleves.

  2. Ayat Ayat says:

    MOre and more companies are catching on to the importance of incorporating a blog. Now, how they structure and use the blog is an entirely different discussion. Just because you have a blog it doesn’t mean anything; if you aren’t trying to achieve something through the blog, there’s really no point. I agree, a lot of the points can be elaborated on. I guess that gives me a list of topics I can discuss! yaaay!! 😉

  3. Brandon Watts says:

    Great suggestions. In terms of using widgets to increase traffic, you could also use AutoRoll, which is a blog widget that displays links to blogs that are similar to yours within the AutoRoll network.

    Since your blog will be listed on other relevant blogs, this provides a great way for you to receive highly qualified traffic. In addition to this, you’ll also be provided with detailed statistics that show you where your AutoRoll visitors are coming from and where they’re going to.

    Check it out and let me know what you think!

    Brandon Watts
    Criteo Evangelist

  4. Cybernautix says:

    Cool information and some of them are very useful information. With forums don’t waste your time with small ones, go for the biggies with tonnes of traffic. Anything you buy or install to help you out, find out their forums and join and ask a few questions. Say if you’d bought Vbulletin then go on their forums and introduce yourself, make a few posts and make a few replies and don’t forget to link in your signature to your site 🙂

  5. Mindcow says:

    Thanks for the great ideas. Is this method good for a digg-like site too?

  6. khalid khalid says:

    Thanks for the all the great feedback. Short posts are sometimes great fillers if you don’t have time, but they won’t get you the traffic or recognition you are looking for. The more valuable of a resource your a willing to offer readers, the more readers will be interested in your post. Good luck!

  7. Ayat Ayat says:

    I’m glad everyone enjoyed the post! Sometimes just following the basics can help you build up the targeted traffic you are looking for.

  8. khalid khalid says:

    Kim, you can simply install word press on your server and you will be all set to start blogging. That will be the easy part. Choosing the topics, learning to how write good blogs, connecting with other bloggers takes a lot of time and practice.

  9. khalid khalid says:

    Brandon,

    The idea if Criteo is neat. I was just checking it out today. Do you think that using Criteo works even for a bussiness blog like ours?

  10. Brandon Watts says:

    Khalid,

    I’m happy to hear that you like what we’re doing with AutoRoll! The widget works great with business blogs, and that community is growing quickly within the AutoRoll network.

    Brandon Watts
    Criteo Evangelist

  11. Clive says:

    I caught the blog bug about 6 months ago and am now turning many of my old boring static web sites into blogs. Fine tuning now is what’s needed so enjoyed this info – nice to hear that you feel one ‘good’ post a week is the way forward.

  12. David says:

    Nice list. I’m guilty of writing shorter posts. I did’nt realize I was hurting myself. Thanks.

  13. Ayat Ayat says:

    No problem, I’m glad the list helped. Writing a short post every once in a while is no big deal. But keep your readers hooked with longer, more interesting posts. 🙂

  14. Lucio says:

    Good post,
    I’ve got 2 points here:

    1) don’t write articles for online magazines and republish on your blog – this is duplicate content and won’t give you any juice from online magazine.
    Make sure that you can sign your post with do follow links (enzine articles (dot) com has DO FOLLOW).

    2) Before anything else, decide what do you want to write about. after have decided think about narrow your decision, but just if you feel comfortable to write about it:
    Example: –
    online -> Seo -> SEO for Small companies-> SEO for small companies in New York,

    Ayat, agin good post mate,
    See you guys,
    Lucio Dias Ribeiro

  15. Lucio says:

    David,
    Short posts are not a deadly sin,
    See Seth’s Godin blog, there are numerous short but Relevant posts,
    The sin is to write just to fill your blog with something, this is wrong,
    If you don’t have what to say, please don’t write it. Don’t forget, once you’ve published it’ll be there for everyone, it’s your online reputation,
    Cheers
    Lucio Dias Ribeiro

  16. Ayat Ayat says:

    Great points Lucio. I agree that narrowing the topic will bring a greater response and help you target your readership more directly.

    Short vs. Long posts: I believe that short, beneficial posts are great, but the traffic comes from pillar and lengthier posts. Of course don’t post a pillar everyday; this is once a week or once every two weeks thing.

    Good luck!

  17. Science of Identity says:

    Great post! I wanted to start a blog but I am deciding between WordPress and blogger.com. Which one should I choose? What are the disadvantages?

  18. Ayat Ayat says:

    WordPress is pretty easy to use and set-up, so I would stick to that. Once your blog is up and running let us know so we can check it out! Good luck.

  19. mike gentleman says:

    Great post. I am a big fan of your top posts.

  20. I was blogging for two months last year and stopped. Now I have started again. Over the last month I could see a gradual increase in traffic. This motivates me to provide more value to my visitors.

  21. Juli Price says:

    Terrific post! Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I’m in the process of setting up a blog and found your article very helpful.

  22. Ayat Ayat says:

    Good luck with setting up your blog Juli! I hope we can always offer great advice and tips through our blog.

  23. Megan says:

    Thanks so much for the information. I have been training networkers on how to market and build an online business. The amount of people who miss out on blogs is alot. Even when you introduce them to the power of blogging they don’t see the power in blogging. You laid it out nicely…mights well smack some over the head to get it…instead I think I will send them here to read your article. Great Job

  24. ayat ayat says:

    Well I’m glad that I provided useful information that your team can benefit from. In fact, blogging has most recently, in the last couple of years, become a popular form of community building and brand awareness. More and more companies and business execs are catching on…good luck!

  25. One of the best ways to create traffic for your website or blog is search engine optimization.

  26. Thanks for the insight–really like the idea of this one–“Most successful blogs will publish at least one lengthy and well researched post per week. Some call these lengthier posts “pillar posts” because they are a pillar to establish a great blog.”–I could do so much with that concept!

  27. Les says:

    Thanks for the insight into writing longer articles. I will work on this. To date most of the stuff I write is in the 300 – 500 word range. Any tips on how to write the longer articles up to 1500 words?

  28. Jeromy says:

    Great tips!

    I know the Article Networks and blogs are great! I don’t think it is necessary for one to pay a bunch of money for PPC.

    There is a article on HubPages.com that discusses SEO
    which should be implemented as well.

  29. Devin says:

    Great info. I was thinking that I needed to write longer and more researched blogs and your comment on “pillar post” confirmed it for me. Thanks.

  30. Bob from http://www.weekendeasycash.com/Pages/GettingTraffic.htm says:

    These are great tips.

    I have some more too.

    1. Write unique content. Do this daily and add pages daily. Traffic will follow organically.

    2. Create a signature link in forums. This will direct traffic to your site. Choose forums that are relevant to your niche.

    3. Leave comments on other people’s blogs that link back to your site. Check out any Blog. You will see the place to leave a comment. Make sure you write something worthwhile – so that there is more chance of the owner approving your comment.

    4. Write a controversial topic in a forum. This will create many varied opinions and therefore – much traffic.

    5. Answer questions on Yahoo Answers – be careful how much you do this as you are likely to get kicked out.

  31. Cheap Web Hosts says:

    I have tried many of the suggested tips. At the end of the day I check my Google Analytics stats, and still, as it was, Google search results continue to provide me the most decent amount of traffic to one of my sites – that is 80-90 percent in any given period.

  32. Bob says:

    Excellent suggestions. Might I add that a short burst of paid traffic can create residual traffic well into the future. I recently purchased a URL that had absolutely no past traffic. I dropped $20USD for paid traffic over a couple of days. Right after that my daily traffic jumped from 0 before the $20USD to, on an average 40 hits per day and growing.

  33. Luisrc says:

    Exellent tips. I wish I knew how to find out what websites to trust. It is difficult to deal with all the spam that you get from websites that are only looking to get your information for that purpose.

  34. There is no doubt I into blogs that haver post that are to short. The same thing happens with articles.
    I have been frustrated reading articles and post that spend 90 percent of the content presenting a problem and 10 percent of the time on a solution. You content did a good job ls providing enough solutions to do something with.

  35. Great insight. My company is always looking for new ideas and you seem to have some good ones.

  36. Tech says:

    Great tips for new and experienced webmaster to get more and return traffic to their website, good stuff

  37. avinash says:

    Great tips for newbies like me.

  38. AK says:

    Great post!
    Here is my submission for the same topic:

    mytechbuddy.blogspot/2008/07/how-to-increase-web-traffic-to-your

    Enjoy!!

  39. Rose says:

    Your suggestions were great, but for a person who has been burned by the many scams that are on the net I wonder whether these things really work or people are just saying that they do. I am going to try to see if I can figure out how to do this word press that was spoken about. If I succeed and I start receiving traffic, the entire world will hear about it. I am anxious to get going. Thanks in advance.

  40. Cliff Posey says:

    Thanks for such a well rounded article. By reading it I got some new ideas and confirmed some of my blog methods are good.

  41. I think the bit about commenting within your niche, and especially linking out to other sites is vital, especially for new blogs trying to get off the ground. I must admit it feels strange linking out when no-one’s linking to you, but it’s a great way to get the attention of the other blogger, and establishes goodwill with them, which may result in reciprocation (assuming of course you don’t trash them in your comments, or the reciprocation will be of the unpleasant variety!).
    And if possible, comment on dofollow blogs to build up a few incoming links.

  42. Tom says:

    I know we’ve used some of these tips, and although they aren’t quite the quick fix, they do help.

  43. Web Site Traffic says:

    I think people under appreciate how much work this will all be. They think they can do this list and then it’s all done. Easy easy. Wrong! It’s not that easy. They need to know how competitive some of these spaces really are.

  44. Stephen says:

    These are some great tips you presented here in this article. I agree that bloggers need to stay focused on creating good content for their readers instead of simply trying to get visitors. What is the point of getting traffic if there is nothing on your site to make them want to stay and see what you have to offer?

  45. Garret says:

    Great article with a lot of truth. It’s funny and sad because I blogged for over 18 months before I started to monetize it. I used it as a tool to stay in touch with friends and family. Now it’s taken on a life of it’s own.

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