Online directories: they may seem like they’ve become a useless outlet for outdated websites, but they can still prove to be beneficial. When it boils down to it, submitting your website to these directories and review sites is usually free, so it certainly won’t hurt. The process to submit your site to online directories is fairly straightforward. Submit your website’s URL and any other information you’d like to provide about your business. This will be added to the relevant directory database, allowing your information to appear when someone is searching within your content categories. The other benefit to this is that you’ll have another link to your website online, which could, even if insignificantly, improve your SEO.
Search engine advertising (Google Adwords, Bing Ads): When you hear PPC, there’s a decent chance that it’s referring to search engine marketing. The process is similar to others, in that you bid for a specific phrase so that your website will appear in the results when they search the phrase. When they click on your ad, you pay the bid price that you set when you first created the ad.
While short-tail keywords are often searched more frequently, it is more difficult to rank for them on search engines. Targeting long-tail keywords, on the other hand, gives you a better chance of ranking higher (even on the first page) for queries specific to your products and services—and higher ranking means more traffic. Plus, as search engines and voice-to-text capabilities advance, people are using more specific phrases to search online. There are many free tools available to help you find keywords to target, such as Answer the Public.
If you think of your social networks as extensions of your own brand (which they are), they should be closely tied together. Anytime you have a new blog post on your website, share it on your social networks to get people heading to your website. Have a link to your website in your social network profiles and vice versa: use the social bar on your website to make your social networks are easily and directly accessible.
Of course, we are always thinking about cost/value/likelihood we can upgrade the best content in the vertical—it is almost always the case that the low competition content, although lower benefit, also doesn’t need the same content quality the high competition terms do, so we can sometimes capture more benefit at a faster velocity by hitting those terms earlier.
Make it easy to dive deep into your site: As an expert in your industry, you should share your knowledge and insight with others. Not only is this valuable for your readers, but it provides a great opportunity for you to advertise your business within a blog. Make sure the process for a reader to access your website from your blog is effortless. Add links to other pages (your store page, for example) within your article to keep the reader on your website.
Website traffic is the lifeblood of every online business. More visitors to your website means more potential customers seeing your products. The more people you get in front of, the more sales you can generate. So driving more traffic to a site is really a no-brainer for most businesses, but what are the best ways to do it in 2018? Here are five of the most effective ways you can boost traffic with minimal effort.
Great article as always. My wife is about to start a business about teaching (mainly) Mums how to film and edit little movies of their loved ones for posterity (www.lovethelittlethings.com launching soon). We have always struggled with thinking of and targeting relevant keywords because keywords like ‘videography’ and ‘family movies’ don’t really some up what she is about. Your article ties in with other learnings we have come across where we obviously need to reach out to right people and get them to share to get her product out there because purely focusing on keywords I don’t think will get us anywhere.
Finding your guest bloggers may sound like quite the task, but it doesn’t have to be. One place you can head to is social networks, like a Facebook Group for bloggers. You’ll more than likely find several willing participants. Another place worth checking out is dedicated websites like, Blogger Link Up to take on the task. How you approach your guest blogger is important. Don’t reach out with a vague email. Be direct, let them know about your existing blog’s content and that you think they would make a great contributor to the blog. Be preemptive and anticipate questions they may have by being as informative as you can without writing a blog yourself within the email.
Learning best practices of using target keywords and phrases should be your top priority. Not only should you be using your target keyword in the headline, throughout the article, and in your image file names, there are a lot of other best practices to get familiar with, like making your URL SEO-friendly and using keyword synonyms. There’s a lot to learn.
In my latest ebook, I talked about some of my secrets when it comes to competitor analysis. Whenever I start a new online store, I’m always curious to know the main traffic sources of my competitors. This helps me understand which marketing channels I should prioritize. I sometimes use the free Alexa tool. All you need to do is type in your competitors website, scroll to “Upstream sites,” and look at the list of websites that were visited immediately before landing on your competitor’s website. If you see that Google tends to be the top choice, then you need to focus on Google Ads and SEO. If Facebook is the top website then you know you’ll need to create Facebook ads. Or if a niche blog is the highest source of traffic you can then focus on building out an outreach strategy to collaborate with that blog.
Considering 70-80 percent of searchers only focus on organic results, according to MarTech, organic traffic is the best opportunity you have to grow your website traffic. A strong SEO strategy starts by understanding what your buyers are most likely to search for. You probably already have a good idea of what that is, but the data might surprise you. For instance, let’s say you sell accounting software. Plenty of people search for that—more than 12,000 a month, according to SEMrush—so naturally, you want to rank on the first page of Google for that term.
Competitions or drawings. I’ve worked with companies to send out postcards inviting people that have shown interest in the business/industry to enter to win. We’ve brought them to a unique page for the contest, and after entering, ensured that we had a CTA in the Confirmation that pushed them to the main site. Resulted in a 30% bump in traffic during the contest period and a 5% bump over time.
Optimise for your personas, not search engines. First and foremost, write your buyer personas so you know to whom you’re addressing your content. By creating quality educational content that resonates with you>r ideal buyers, you’ll naturally improve your SEO. This means tapping into the main issues of your personas and the keywords they use in search queries. Optimising for search engines alone is useless; all you’ll have is keyword-riddled nonsense.
Brian, I’ve drunk your Kool aid! Thank you for honesty and transparency – it really gives me hope. Quick question: I am beyond passionate about a niche (UFOs, extraterrestrials, free energy) and know in my bones that an authority site is a long term opportunity. The problem today is that not many products are attached to this niche and so it becomes a subscriber / info product play. However, after 25+ years as an entrepreneur with a financial background and marketing MBA, am I Internet naive to believe that my passion and creativity will win profitability in the end? The target audience is highly passionate too. Feedback?
When someone is looking for the type of product or service your company sells, they may visit an online directory to find a company that provides that product or service. Getting your business listed on these directories is a great way to get your brand name out there and generate new leads. Look for online directories specific to your industry, and get your company listed on reputable local business directories.
Any good party planner knows that before the guests arrive, it’s essential to have an event space that is fully prepared. That means having the punch bowl filled (and already spiked), the balloons ready to fall from the ceiling, the snack table is setup according to all dietary restrictions, etc. You know at the end of the night, it will be scraped clean, but that means you did a good job setting up your party. In the case of SEO, you are the party planner, your website is the event space and search engines are your guests. So, before you start looking to pull traffic, make sure your website’s SEO is in order so it’s ready for search engines.
That’s true Thomas – this can happen when going after very competitive keywords. To avoid that you can just grab the first subpage you see ranking – subpages most of the time won’t have a lot of brand searches associated with them/you’ll see true topic value. It may be lower than normal, but in general can’t hurt to have a passive calculation when making arguments of what you might achieve.
If your social media profiles contain a link to your website, then you’ve turned your engagement into another channel for website traffic. Just be sure to engage moderately and in a sincere way, and avoid including links to your website in your comments—lest you appear spammy and hurt your online and business reputation. Increased traffic should not be the goal of your engagement, but rather a secondary result.