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?
Use clean backgrounds. The background textures and color you choose have the ability to drastically affect the overall appeal of the website. Lots of texture and graphics in the background can be distracting. If you are going to use a color on the background, you should make sure there is significant contrast between the background color and the text. Be careful when using brighter and darker colors such as red or yellow. They cause visual fatigue (temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work) and the reader will lose their focus on the text.
Encourage incoming links. Google prioritises sites that have a lot of incoming links, especially from other trustworthy sites. Encourage clients, friends, family members, partners, suppliers, industry mavens and friendly fellow bloggers to link to your site. The more incoming links you have the higher your site will rank. But beware SEO snake oil salesmen who try to trick Google with spammy links from low-reputation sites. Some links can actually damage your SEO.
So many businesses are focused on attracting new customers through content marketing that they forget about more traditional methods. Email marketing can be a powerful tool, and even a moderately successful email blast can result in a significant uptick in traffic. Just be careful not to bombard people with relentless emails about every single update in your business. Also, don’t overlook the power of word-of-mouth marketing, especially from people who are already enjoying your products or services. A friendly email reminder about a new service or product can help you boost your traffic, too.

The ‘Skyscraper Technique’ is a popular and effective way of creating traffic-boosting content. In a nutshell, it involves finding an existing piece of content with a lot of backlinks and creating something similar but better. Your piece might be longer and more comprehensive, better quality, or more up-to-date – basically, anything encouraging people to link to yours instead of other posts on the same subject.
Wow. This is really great stuff. I just stumbled across this on Pinterest. (proving the power of that venue!) I have been blogging for over 10 years and listen to Gael and Mark too, so most of it was just refresher for me. But your list was exceptionally well written, complete and compelling. I actually thought pretty hard to come up with something that I could say, “Hey I got one more thing for you” and came up blank. So kudos to you!
Humans are visual by nature, and increasingly people are doing web searches for images as well as text. Google has made a number of updates to make Google Image Search more robust and easier to use, and having high-quality, engaging, search-optimized images on your site can help you capture some of that search traffic. If you have an ecommerce site, having good product shots is even more important—according to a study by artificial intelligence company ViSenze, 75% of consumers have been inspired to make a purchase based on image and video content.
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So, you finally finished your stunning website. That’s great. Now what? Well, the next step it to get people to actually come visit your website. For many small business owners, a website is an extension of their business itself, and for some (online stores), it is the actual business. After you’ve achieved a pixel-perfect website, it’s time to get to work and drive some traffic to it.
Stay relevant (always) with evergreen content: If you’re trying to explore the different types of content that you can create for your blog, consider trying out “evergreen.” type content. This type of material will always remain relevant and will not need to be updated or be repurposed. Why? Because it will still be relevant later down the road. Examples include: “a history of (your industry)”, or ‘how-to’s’.
Start browsing through articles in the same category as your content. Like the articles you genuinely like, and downvote the ones you’re not interested in. Do this for a few minutes every day.This step is very important – StumbleUpon uses the data to learn what kind of content you like. When you submit content, StumbleUpon will show it to other users who like the same kind of content.Act like your ideal reader, and that’s who StumbleUpon will share your content with.
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.
These are only some of the many strategies you can use to drive traffic to your website. Getting more website visitors does not happen overnight. It takes hard work and dedication, but we’ve eliminated the hard part for you: knowing what to do in the first place. Implement a mix of these strategies and you’ll start seeing improvements in your website traffic.
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