Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Increased Web Site Traffic- 10 Tips To Ensure Repeat Visitors!

1. Make it a habit to update your website with fresh content once or twice a weak. Search engines don't like static sites that never change, so they drop them faster than you can say "where'd my site go?" You don't have to update every page of the website; just the most active area. Placing a small script counter on the page may help to show people when it was last updated; visitors appreciate this.

2. Allow your customers to opt-in to a special "customers only" newsletter. Or, you could let them opt-in for discounts and special monthly coupons. Make sure that every page has some reference to the newsletter or free discount/coupon membership.

3. Add a "Bookmark This Page" script and place it on every highly visited section of your site, as well as the homepage. Make the hyperlink something more exciting than "Book This Page". Try "Don't Take a Chance & Lose This Website! Add Me To Favorites Now!" or something even more creative.

4. Openly ask for partners and affiliates. Tell visitors and potential partners that you will list their product and/or website on a special section of your website; if of course they do the same for you. Be careful doing this though; after all, you don't want to promote your competitors products.

5. Make your website familiar to your visitors. Use the same colors, logos, and design throughout the majority of your website. And to be safe, always have a "Contact Us" link on your website, preferably on every webpage.

6. Use keywords and titles that your customers & visitors will remember. This will ensure that they won't get lost while exploring your site. Either that, or it will just come in handy in case they somehow lose their bookmarks.

7. Get you hands on an "E-mail A Friend" script and put it in the most popular areas of your site. Most of these scripts allow you to have the "E-mail a Friend" form already filled out for the visitor, so all they'll have to do is click & enter in their friend's email address.

8. Make sure your website has a clear and concise "Policy" page. Be sure that it defines your websites policies and how you conduct business. The more information, the better.

9. Create an in-depth FAQ (frequently asked questions) page. Make sure it addresses the most common questions and gives clear understandable answers. If there are any doubts about your website in the minds of the customers, a FAQ page will help remove them. A FAQ page will rarely answer everyone's questions, so be sure to place a big contact-us link; something like "If Your Question is Not Answered Here, Please Contact Us"

10. Don't spam a newsletter or discount subscriber with lots of offers and/or "great deals". Most subscribers only want what they signed up, not bogus spam. And if a subscriber does choose to opt out of your list, honor their request. If you want to have a reputable website & business, then you have to treat your visitors and customers with respect.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Start Driving Traffic to Your Web Site Today

If you want to have a thriving and vibrant website, then you need traffic, period. Yes, you can run a web site without any traffic, but thats like running a restaurant without wanting customers. So how do you go about generating free traffic hits? Well, it really isn't all that difficult. All you need is some ideas and a bit of ambition.

To improve web site traffic, you need to use the right techniques. Some techniques will work better than others, and it is your job to find out which ones are the most effective for your site. If you're new to website creation and traffic generation, then you are going to want to start small. Begin by learning 1 or 2 of the easier methods and start utilizing them.

In this case, you should try writing articles and using forums to start promoting your website.

Writing articles is not as hard as some people make it out to be. You don't have to be a college graduate with an IQ of 150 to write an informative article. If you can type and do research, you can write an article. The best advice anyone can give you is to write about things you feel passionate about. You could very well write about something you know nothing about, but that would take much more time due to all the research you'd wind up doing. On the flip side, if you were to choose a topic you knew intimately, the words would spill out faster and faster as you go along. Basically, it's just easier to write about things you like.

The great thing about article marketing is that you don't have to write 10 pages to get traffic. A short, little 350-500 word article will do just fine. After all, not many people like reading page after page of information when the point could have been simply made in just a couple hundred words.

In order for an article to bring in traffic it has to contain your website URL. This is usually done by inserting a link in your resource box, which is located at the bottom of the article. The link is usually accompanied by a quick attention grabbing sentence that urges readers to click. If the person reads the article top to bottom, it is very likely that he/she will click the link and visit your site. But then again, the article has to be good enough for the reader to actually read it from top to bottom; otherwise, the article won't generate any free traffic hits. With that being said, be sure to keep your sentences coherent and try not to bore the reader. Keep it as interesting as possible.

Using forums is another great way to start promoting a web site. Not only can it bring in tons of free traffic hits, but it can also be a valuable source of information. The most important factor in utilizing a forum is building trust. If you join and start spamming away with your weblink, you will be ignored and most likely banned. So instead of spamming, try to contribute to the forum in your own way.

Building trust can be a long process and it usually isn't as fast as article writing. However, once the other members believe you know what you are talking about, you're set. If someone perceives you as an expert, they will follow your advice and believe whatever you tell them (usually). By simply commenting on a website or a product, you can get the reader interested enough to visit the site and/or even buy the item. Generally speaking, it takes quite awhile to build up this "godly" type of trust, but it is definitely worth it in the long run.

You now know 2 very effective methods of traffic generation. If you want to start driving traffic to your web site today, then you should begin utilizing these techniques right now! Stop wasting time and create that traffic superhighway you have always wanted!

Learn To Get More Web Site Traffic With Article Writing Software

In today's world, it seems as though every other person has a website. Some people create one just as a hobby, while others try to make a full-time living off of it. Even though those two types of "webmasters" may differ, there remains one constant in website creation. That constant is: without traffic, a website is doomed to fail.

So how does a web master begin generating more web site traffic? Well, there are numerous ways that work wonders; one of which is article marketing. Articles can bring in a lot of targeted site traffic, but only when the information entices the reader. With that being said, it is of no surprise that article writing software has been developed in order to help people write articles faster.

Opinions will vary when it comes to these types of software, but one thing seems to be true no matter what: Content rich articles written by a living, breathing person will out perform software generated ones every single time. Why? Well, for the most part, article writing software is based on a quantity over quality system. The software doesn't know if some of the words and/or sentences are completely incoherent. All that really matters is that the article gets created and it gets heavily distributed throughout the web and hits every article directory it can. If the article is at least marginally understandable, the webmaster can expect to begin generating web site traffic on a large scale within just a few weeks.

"If they can generate so much traffic, then why doesn't everybody get this type of software?" The truth is that it doesn't always work out nearly as well as people hoped it would. More often that not, the articles will come out of the article writing software as complete garbage. That's not to say it won't drive "some" traffic to a website, but the odds of it being accepted in the mainstream market are not good. If the content of the article is thrown together poorly, readers will simply go elsewhere for there information needs. So even though it can be a way to get some cheap web site traffic, it's not nearly as effective as hand-writing original, content rich articles.

Obviously, not all article writing software is going to present mediocre results, nor will they all churn out incomprehensible dribble. Some of them can actually be used as a decent web site traffic generator; but don't ever expect to have the highest traffic web site, especially if you're using this as your primary means of traffic generation.

As you can see, article writing can be a very useful tool when it comes to getting increased web site traffic; you just have to know how to use it.