As a web designer I frequently get asked: “How do I get traffic to my website?” and “How can I get my website to come up on page 1 of Google, Yahoo or other major search engines?” Well, there are many methods of driving traffic to your website. When these methods are combined and implemented successfully, you will reap the benefits of search engines and traffic. Most people do not understand this process. It is a hard and time-consuming process, it will not happen overnight. The following methods will be suggestions to help you in your quest for website traffic.
First and foremost, you need to have your title, keywords and meta tags in your website correctly done. Each page of your website contains different content so they should be labeled as such in the title, keywords and meta tags. Website pages should contain between 10-14 keywords at the most. Please refrain from repeating keywords or trying to “trick” the search engines. The major search engines and their “spiders” have become extremely smart and too many keywords or tricks will actually work against you rather than in your favor.
I am going to pretty much list the methods here and in future posts, I will go into much more detail for each in future posts.
Social Media and Bookmarking:
- Stumble Upon
Place your link in your e-mail signature
Every e-mail you send out (or is forwarded on) will have the potential of someone visiting your website.
Use your link on all printed media and advertising:
- Business Cards
- Vehicle Graphics
Reciprocating Links (Affiliates)
Exchange links with quality businesses and websites.
- Google Maps / Google Local
- Yellow Pages
- Super Pages
- Yellow Book
E-mail blasts and/or newsletters
Send e-mail blasts to clients/customers and opt-in subscribers with relevant information. (Company News, Sales, etc .. )