All long-term web site traffic begins and ends with great content on your web site. Sure, there are lots of ways to trick the search engines and people into getting to your web site. But if you really want to build long-term relationships and long-term traffic to your web site. You really need to focus on creating original quality content. Good content is key to long-term web site traffic.
Of course, building quality content takes time. Everyone's looking for a way around building quality content, because it takes so much time. But one thing to keep in mind, is that you can build your web site over time. Don't get caught up in analysis paralysis. You don't need the perfect web site when you first start. It's more important to get started gradually and build pages one at a time. Walking a mile begins with the first step. It's important to be persistent and keep building your content.
There are lots of ways to build content for your web site. Some of these ways are short-term strategies and some of them are long-term strategies. Anytime you use a short-term strategy, don't use your primary domain name. Use peripheral domains that feed the primary domain.Short-term strategies for web site traffic.Page randomization and cross-domain linking
This strategy involves randomizing the content of your web page so the search engine spiders think that the web page is actually unique. This is not a long-term strategy for building web site traffic, because the pages actually would appear the same humans, but they would appear different to search engine web spiders. If humans do not find the content viable they're not going to continue to link to it or read it and they are not going to tell their friends about it.
Another thing you might want to do is incorporate cross domain linking. Search engines will rank your page higher if they think other people are linking to you. Fortunately for you, some search engines don't realize who actually owns the domain names or where they are hosted. Which means that you can own several different domain names all hosted at the same location that link to each other.
The search engines will think that the web pages are actually valuable because people are linking to them. But they don't take into account, who actually owns the domains that are linking to the pages. However, this strategy doesn't work for all search engines. Some search engines are smart enough to actually go and look up the whois information on your web site and determined that you are actually linking to yourself. For detailed explanation of page randomization and cross domain linking. You need to read my book "How to Make Money with Internet Affiliate Programs" available from my web site http://www.ChrisClark.comBlog commenting to achieve higher ranking
The strategy involves the creation of links from other places back to your web site. Search engines think that if people link to you that your content is valuable. The advantage of using blogs, that is that most blogs allow you to leave comments. This allows you to actually modify the content within someone's web site aka blog. This strategy will work for anywhere you can change the content of someone's web site. The idea here is to go into their web site and leave comments and within the comments leave a link back to your web site. The creation of many links back to your web site, should cause it to achieve higher ranking because it looks like other people are linking to you.Participate in forums to achieve higher ranking
This strategy is very similar to the blog commenting strategy. The idea is pretty much the same. In most forums they allow you to create a profile for yourself. In this profile, you're usually allowed to create a signature line that will be at the bottom of all your posts. Ideally you would like to have a signature line that includes a link back your web site. Whenever you reply to a post, your signature is attached and that includes a link to your web site. This allows you to actively participate in forums and at the same time increase the ranking of your web site.
If you participate in forums that relate to your topic of interest, you may be able to kill two birds with one stone with this strategy. By working in forums, you can get new ideas, and you can create articles and expand upon the ideas. Forms are a great source of information just look for questions that people have that remain unanswered. Using forms, you can find topics of interest. Take these back to your web site and create lots of web pages on your site by simply answering the questions that people ask.Automated page generation
There are many programs out there that allow you to create automated web pages. A lot of these programs deal around the topic of article creation and randomization of the article content by using things such as a thesaurus. There are other programs that incorporate things such as Web scraping, were they take your search engine keywords and I go out and scrape search engine results to pull back text that is associated with your topic. Some of these programs incorporate things such as automated Adsense incorporation and Amazon search results for products.
The quantity and quality vary in these type of applications. There are some that are pretty advanced which allow you to take an originally created article; modify some of the words and phrases within the article; and generate randomized versions of the pages that are human readable. Article generation programs, I think are pretty cool. In fact have written one recently that I'll be releasing soon.
There are other programs however, that just really create pages that are total nonsense. They don't look human readable, and they look like they were generated by a program. A lot of people can achieve high rankings with his pages, but that's very short-lived. So short-lived, in fact that it's almost useless effort.Press Releases
All the press releases can really be a long-term strategy. The particular life of any one press release in generating traffic to your web site is usually pretty short. Usually within a very quick timeframe a press release will either get picked up or not. This can generate large amounts of traffic to your web site. If you optimize your press releases to really focus on keywords and phrases that relate to the content of your web site, press releases can be very effective in generating visitors to your web pages. A lot of times you may even be picked up by one of the primary news networks. A highly recommend a good press release strategy for any web site that has a product or service that they're selling. The key to creating good effective press releases is to focus on newsworthy content. If your press release looks like an advertisement it will more than likely make it no further than the circular file. Make sure that when you release a press release it is in fact, newsworthy.Submission of articles
Create a new unique articles that relates to the content of your web site. Make sure that you include a resource box at the bottom of your article that uniquely identifies you and a link back to your web site. The idea here is very similar to the blogging and forums strategy. What we are trying to accomplish is to get your articles picked up by other web sites. You want to use some type of posting service that will post your article to hundreds or thousands of sites at once.
What you're hoping is someone will pick up your article and find it valuable and post it on their web site, including your resource box of course, with an active link back your web site. You want to achieve lots of sites around the Internet who post your content. Obviously you want their site in some way to relate to your content, because they are posting your article. This would generate lots of on topic links back to your web site which are highly valuable.Long-term strategies for web site traffic SEO Copywriting
I think this is really an area where people are making it out to be a lot more complex than it really is. It's just fancy few words for people who generate content that's really geared toward search engines, plain and simple. A lot of people would lead you to believe that there's some sort of voodoo magic involved. There really is not anything to it.
Good copywriting is all that's involved with a focus on the SEO aspects of what a search engine is looking for. There are a lot of people who specialize around the strategy of SEO copywriting, but really this is something you can do yourself. You don't need a so-called expert. If you just focus the content of particular pages on a specific word or phrase that relates to your product or service, you will do just fine. I would highly recommend that you use something like the http://www.ranks.nl keyword prominance and density tools to review your web pages before submitting them to the search engines.Link building
There are some great tools out there for Link building. The general idea is the same as some of the other short-term strategies. Ideally you're looking for on-topic links from other notable web sites back to your web site. Creating and managing these links over time, will allow you to create a higher ranking in search engines because it will look like you're content is valuable to others. There are other very popular programs like http://www.seoelite.com that allow you to do some of this in an automated fashion.Pay Per Click
Although pay per click can be a very effective short-term strategy, it really is a very effective long-term strategy. Anytime you're using a pay per click strategy, it is very important to measure everything. You want to measure:
- How many people click on your pay per click link.
- How many people make it to your web site and load the page successfully.
- How many people clicked through your sales page to your product order form.
- How many people actually complete a sale.
Measuring is critical to long-term success. Another thing that you need to master is keyword and phrase management. Wordtracker offers a very popular service for the research for keywords and phrases related to your web site.Mini-Courses/Newsletters/Email Marketing, yada, yada, yada
I sort of categorize all this stuff together, because really it is maintaining and building an email list overtime. All of these efforts really are geared around offering some free content that gets people to sign up for your e-mail list. Over time, you'll build a relationship with these individuals which will result in sales. As you provide them content they realize that you are a knowledgeable expert. They will build a relationship with you, which will be long-lasting and financially rewarding. For this aspect of my business. I currently use the popular http://www.aweber.com autoresponder e-mail list management system.Blogging
One of the greatest ways to create content is the concept of blogging. Blogging is a quick and easy way to add original fresh content to your web site. There are many services out there geared around blogging some will even allow you to send pictures and audio to your blog remotely from your mobile phone. Wordpress and Blogger seem to be the big players.Podcasting
Podcasting is relatively new in the space is really being sorted out right now. But it is very effective mechanism for delivering multimedia content. Google has recently jumped on the bandwagon allowing people to upload video content, which can be free or can be for pay. The whole idea around podcasting is offer audio, video or some type of multimedia content that is regularly updated and provided as an RSS feed. I use the open source audio program called http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ for creating my podcasts.Adding a forum to your web site
Although we mention forums as a short-term way to build traffic to your web site. They can also be a long-term way to build traffic your web site. The more pages you can get on your web site that are on topic and content rich, the better. I can't think of a better way to create good content than to get people talking about topics.
Ideally you'd like to have a forum where you don't offer signatures, because each link you let someone create from your web site to theirs also brings the page rank down for those individual pages on your site, in essence you are placing a vote of their site by linking to it. So what would be ideal is to have a mechanism for people to post to your forum, but not allow them to have an HTML link in their signature to their web site.