Increasing Website Traffic
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You should use every avenue possible to promote your website and increase website traffic. People are going to find out about your website basically through three avenues: search engines; publicity; and word of mouth.
HOW SEARCH ENGINES WORK
Generally when you want to find something on the Internet you will do a search on one of the major search engines, such as Yahoo, altavista, or Google or maybe on a meta search. Each search engine has its own way of conducting the search but basically they're looking for keywords or phrases embedded in your site. Make sure you use words in your title, metatags, and text that your site visitors are likely to think of in a search for you. If you want to see what works, select a few appropriate keywords and do a search. See who comes up on the first page and see how they are using those keywords in their website. Then do the same on your website. Your goal here is to get listed in the top 10 or 20 sites, as most people won't look beyond that in a search.
SUBMIT OFTEN TO SEARCH ENGINES
Many people think that search engines scour the whole Internet and if you're out there they will find you. Wrong! If you go to a search engine homepage you will find a link for submitting URL's for inclusion in their searches. That's the first step. Submit your website to any and all you are aware of. The biggest search engine, Yahoo accounts for over half of all web searches. Follow their guidelines carefully as they are notoriously difficult to get accepted to, but it's well worth it if you can pull it off. There are also "pay for placement" services like FindWhat.com where you can bid on the keywords that best describe your site, and the #1 position goes to the highest bidder. They're worth checking into because they can send you considerable amounts of traffic for as little as a penny per click. The best part is you can get traffic to your site fast, it only takes about 10 minutes to open an account. Check out addme.com for search engine submission.
SPREAD YOUR WEB ADDRESS
Although search engines account for much of your new traffic, make sure you take advantage of all other avenues. Find other websites with similar content and exchange links with them. Place your web address on every printed piece you produce. Make sure it's on your business cards, your letterhead and anywhere else you can get it. If you have unique site content, let your local newspaper know and you'll probably get a free article. The Internet is a big interest area right now.
WORD OF MOUTH IS STILL BEST
Here's the best way to increase your website traffic. Give your site visitors a good reason to come back again and again. Update your site content as often as possible, and make sure those who come this article has all rights reserved and is copyright by 100 Best to your site find what they are looking for. The word spreads quickly on the Internet and your audience is as big as the entire world.
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