Building a website can be an arduous process, and to increase website traffic, you will have to put in a lot of time and effort. There are many ways to cut corners and pay for traffic, but in the long run, these shortcuts will eventually hurt your website’s visibility on search engines.
1 When building a website or blog, you should try to write content to include the popular search terms relevant to your site. Try the Google Adwords Keyword Planner to determine what people type in their searches. If you are selling widgets and most people type “Buy Widgets” into search engines, then this is what you should write instead of “Purchase Widgets”.
2 Include your website on a social network like Facebook. This will increase website traffic directly and could potentially lead to more through word of mouth. The more people know about your site, the better it will do.
3 Add your site to StumbleUpon, Digg.com, Yahoo Buzz, and other related sites. This will introduce your site to a vast variety of web surfers, and it could possibly go viral.
- Write articlesabout your website’s topic on sites in the same sector as yours and accept article submissions. This will help your search ranking in Google because Google sees these articles as natural backlinks, thus increasing traffic. These articles will also become syndicated by other webmasters and, therefore, will include a backlink from their site to yours.
5 Obtain natural backlinks: You will need to get as many high-quality natural links as possible to your site. A “Natural link” is a link that you do not have to provide a reciprocal link of your own to receive, but this can be tricky. If you are not sure how to build white hat backlinks, you are advised to leave this task alone and hire a person or company offering a professional SEO service.
6 Submit to website directories: This has become less effective in getting your site well-ranked, as the search engines are now looking for more relevant content. However, if you can get listed in one of the top three Google My Business spots, your search ranking will skyrocket due to the search engines’ huge page rank and respect.
7 Maintain your site by keeping it current and updating it often: Google will lower your search ranking if your site is stagnant, i.e., doesn’t have any new information on it. An uncomplicated way to do this is to include a blog or RSS feed on your site.
8 How long your website’s address has been around affects your ranking as well, so if you have a brand-new address, it will be an uphill battle, to begin with. It will take a long time before you see a good amount of traffic on your site, anywhere from 3-9 months, so be patient.
Do not participate in link exchange programs. This will only hurt your search ranking.