How to Increase Internet Traffic to Your Website Through SEO, Blogging and Networking

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Introduction

There are thousands and thousands of websites online, but what are the secrets to a successful website, blog or forum?

CMS, or Content Management Systems software like Wordpress makes it easy for anyone to create a website, but once you create your site, will they come? How do you get visitors on your site? How do you increase traffic? And how do you increase your online presence?

If you are reading this, then you probably have a website, blog, or hubpage which you want to promote, but you need an easy "how to" explanation on how to accomplish this. You can certainly pay someone to promote your website, but in doing so, you won't be engaging yourself in the process. Instead, consider learning more about what "YOU" can do to promote your website or blog.

Focus on the buzzword: "promote". If you open a restaurant, write a book, act in a play, or open up a store to sell products, in all these cases, you have to apply the basic principles of business in order to be successful. You need to be involved in the decision making, creation, maintenance, accounting, and advertising of your business, and most important, promoting your business. The same holds true for any website. The more effort you put forth, coupled with creativity and originality, the higher the chances that your visitors and traffic will increase.

This article provides a list of 7 steps to follow to increase internet traffic to your website. In addition, it provides tips on blogging and social networking.

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Seven Steps to Increase Your Internet Traffic

  1. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) - If you are new to the world of SEO, the good news is that there's a wealth of knowledge online to explain the basics of SEO, including the Hubpages Learning Center. Making your content search-friendly, crafting a search-friendly title, and adding a few keywords and keyword phrases in your content are just a few things you can do to get started. Be careful to not use too much "keyword stuffing" which search engines can detect. To know what keyword phrases work best, search on google to see what phrases appear in the search agent. Also consider adding image tags on your site. Adding verbal descriptions to the images on your site can be picking up by search engines, thereby increasing the possibility that your site will be listed in search results.
  2. Submit Your Website on Major Search Engines - You can do this yourself for free. To add your website's URL to Google's index, for example, just search for "submit your site to google" and follow the link to submit your content. You can do the same for other sites, like Yahoo and Bing by searching for "submit your site to Yahoo" and "submit your site to Bing". You can do this individually yourself, or use free online tools to submit your site to search engines.
  3. Post in Online Forums - Join forums related to the content on your website, and post good, quality answers to forum questions. Providing it's allowed, link to your website or blog, etc. to further promote your site.
  4. Join Linkedin - Linkedin is one the large business social networks, and it is an excellent forum for business networking. You can join Linkedin for free, and once your create a profile, you can link to fellow co-workers, and others in the industry. There's also Linkedin groups which you can join, or you can create new groups for others to join. Once you belong to groups, you can post questions, answer questions posted by others, and add links to yourwebsite or blog to further promote your business.
  5. Create a Facebook Business Account - Although you might already have a personal facebook account where you connect with your family and friends, consider creating a second account for business, and include related content (similar to your website). From your facebook business account, you can add link to your articles, content, blogs, etc. from your main website or other sites.
  6. Create YouTube Videos and a YouTube Channel - Create one or more educational or informational videos to further promote your business, website or blog, but instead of making it into an advertisement, offer tips, information, learning guides, etc. to visitors to encourage bookmarking and sharing of links.
  7. Create a Blog -To promote your main website, consider creating a blog, or writing online articles which link back to your website. For more information on blogging, see the Blogging sections below.

What To Blog About

First and foremost, you must have a passion for what you write about, so if you are thinking about creating a blog, developing a website or creating a web-based business, it should be something that you have a lot of knowledge about. For example, if you want to start a blog about how to make chocolate covered strawberries, but you don't like chocolate and you don't eat strawberries, then that blog category is not for you.

What do you enjoy doing and what do you know a lot about? Is it gardening? Then start a gardening blog and consider writing project reviews on gardening products. Once you build an audience and have increased your traffic, you can consider adding ads on your website to sell gardening products.

Do you know a lot about cars? This is a popular topic, but might be too broad of a subject to blog about, so try to narrow down your blog category. Maybe you go to car shows and own a classic car, in which case, this would be the focus of your blog. Or maybe you have a knack at fixing cars, and would like to share your knowledge of car repair to others. This is a perfect opportunity to create a blog or website with articles on how to make minor car repairs or perform maintenance on cars. Many people don't how to check their tire pressure (me including). This could be a blog all in itself...tire maintenance.

If you already have a main website for your business or hobby, consider having a blog to compliment the content and link to your main website from your blog.

If you don't have a main website and you're just starting out, a blog is a simple way to get started sharing the knowledge on a subject your know a lot about.

Sample Blog

Easy Learning Blog
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Setting Up a Blog Website

Once you decide on your blog topic, the next step is deciding on how to setup your blog website. One example would be google blogger, which is similar to use and free. Just visit www.blogger.com to get started. You'll need a google account and once that is setup, select your design layout and then plan to write a few articles for starters to get your blog going.

Another popular blogging site is Wordpress. Both Google Blogger and Wordpress are very similar, and include various theme for you to choose from.

There are many others, but if you are new to websites, I would recommend starting with either Google Blogger or Wordpress to get started.

If you want to research a little further, search for "best free blogging sites" for further information, or search for "online blogging platform comparison chart" to see a comparison of different sites.

Google Blogger

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Final Suggestions for Internet Success!

Have patience...building traffic takes time.

Know that every website owner may have tricks of the trade, but what works for one site owner, may not work for another. You have to find methods that work for you.

Quality content Matters...the more interesting, unique and creative you are, the more visitors will want to return to your website!

Is SEO working for you?

If you have applied SEO to your online content, have you noticed an increase in your web traffic?

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torrilynn 3 years ago

@easlearningweb,

thanks for this hub.. im sure the techniques that you have included will

help me greatly with receiving more traffic and possibly even making

more money. thanks again voted up and shared


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment, torrilynn! I'm always happy to hear if my hubs are helpful. Using these techniques, I'm sure your traffic will increase. I appreciate your vote up. :-)

Regards,

Easylearningweb


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ThePracticalMommy 3 years ago from United States

Great hub about increasing online traffic! One thing I would add is not to promote yourself so much that it just looks like your spamming. So many people who are new to promoting their websites or blogs just continuously post their links everywhere without leaving any meaningful comments or adding to a conversation.

Voted up and useful!


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Good advice, and I second that, ThePracticalMommy! When promoting websites, blogs, or even hubpages, it's best to offer good, quality content, and share lots of ideas and information, then visitors will be interested in returning. Thanks for your comment...I'm glad you found this hub useful. :-)

Regards,

Easylearninweb


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

I have been to other informational hubs but when all my reading is done I am back where I started.I found your hubs interesting and down to earth for the non computer person like myself.I will be back to reread.Thanx so much.


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Thanks very much for your comment, DREAM ON. I'm so glad you found my hub helpful and informative!


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

I love the flow charts they give a clearer picture in my mind.


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Thanks, DREAM ON...glad you liked the visuals...what's that saying? "A Picture Paints a Thousand Words!"


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Thank you so much for this practical how to guide. I am constantly trying to learn about SEO and getting more visitors to my Hub Pages and my websites. You have explained this better than any other article I have ever read. I will be revisiting this site again. Sharing this one for sure.


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

I'm so glad you found my hubpage helpful, toknowinfo! Thanks for the positive feedback. :-)


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you for this, very helpful. I have still not got my head around with the internet techniques for promoting online content. I need to spend some time doing this.

Votes up and sharing!


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Glad you found it helpful, livingsta! It definitely takes some work and patience, but the benefits are ver good. :-)


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damian0000 3 years ago from Belfast

Great hub easylearning... very concise and informative too!

For sure i will be back to visit this one again :-)


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment, damain0000, and glad you found the information helpful! Your positive comments are much appreciated. :-)


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athulnair 3 years ago from India

We can optimize pages in hubs and blogs to certain extend. There are a lot of limitations whereas if its own website we can do a lot of optimizations within the head tags itself. For blogs and hubs the only thing we can do is to choose a good title.


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Thank you for your comment and advice, althulnair. Yes, a good searchable title is a must with hubs and blogs. Thanks!


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Brett.Tesol 3 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

What you suggest here works, but as you say, it does take time. Too many people expect 'overnight success'. They start a website and think they will be earning in a few months. While in the past, cheating the system could do this, it is now almost impossible. Instead, quality content wins in the long run, but it may take 1-2 years for your traffic to grow to a decent level ...

Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.


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NateB11 3 years ago from California, United States of America

This is very clear, solid and encouraging, especially for us just starting out building a website. Good ideas.


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Awesome hub easylearningweb! I'm still learning about SEO and I'm doing some networking with Facebook and other various sites, but I didn't know about the picture thing.

Adding details to your pictures actually helps. I can't understand how this has escaped me until now. Thanks for enlightening me to something new. I thought walking into your hub it was going to be the same things I've read on other hubs that had similar content. Nope! I'm pleasantly surprised. Thanks a lot! Voting this bad boy up and I'm sharing!


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Mommymay 3 years ago from Ohio

great tips!!!


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Well said, Brett.Tesol, it is important for readers to keep this in mind, that it can take some time, and for sure, quality content is the way to go! Thanks for your comments, and thumbs up. :-)


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Hi NateB11, glad you found this information clear and easy to understand, and thanks for your comment. :-)


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Thanks for your kind words, Kasman! So glad you found this helpful. That was my goal, to summarize and make it easy for folks to follow. :-)


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Hey Mommymay, thanks for stopping by and glad you like the hub! Happy to hear that my tips are helpful. :-)


Educateurself 3 years ago

Good information for beginners. Thanks for sharing.


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Thanks, Educateurself. I'm glad you found this information easy to follow, and I appreciate your comment. :-)


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

Hi easylearningweb,

Sometimes I am so busy that I just have time to write and then return later to input my url on different social bookmarking sites.

Thanks for your hub and its positive information.

Bobbi Purvis


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment, Bobby. I'm glad you found the hub informative and helpful. :-)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

excellent tips and advice. Up, interesting, and useful.


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Thanks, Koffee...glad you found it helpful!


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK

Very useful tips. One to bookmark. I would really love to use Youtube for my website but feel so shy. Maybe, I could do something without me being in it. You've got me thinking. :)


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Thanks, Lady E, glad you found this useful. You can definitely use YouTube without being on there, just use music and have pictures and text content on slides as in Powepoimt, or record your voice to narrate. Or use text to speech conversion tools to generate computerized voice automatically.

Regards,

Easylearningweb


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word55 3 years ago from Chicago

Hi, Very informative. How much money can a person make blogging? If you mentioned it, I didn't see it. I need one on one instruction, advice or at least a one time conversation, question and answer session with you about this. Thanks a lot. My email is word5@msndotcom


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Hi Word55,

Thanks for your comment. Whether it be blogging, writing on HubPages, a business page on YouTube or Facebook, the amount of money you earn really depends on several things. First and foremost, the subject of your blog, webpage or articles should be something that you are familiar with and have a passion to write about. This will show through in your work. Second, to bring visitors back you will want to make sure that your content is fresh, organized and very interesting. A lot also depends on how much time you are able to put forth on your blog or webpage. If you have a full-time job like me, you may only have limited time to work on your blog articles. I would say that it's not something where you can earn full-time pay, but you can earn approximately a dollar a day or lots more, again depending on how many visitors you have, how interesting your content is (to bring visitors back), and how much SEO you implement. Hope that helps for now. Please let me know if you have further questions.


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the clean life 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore

What an excellent hub you have written. This will indeed help so many writers that are just getting started and it did help me too and I have been writing for 4 years. Great job and thank you for writing this.

Voted Up and across!!


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easylearningweb 2 years ago Author

Your comment is much appreciated, the clean life. :-)

I'm always happy to hear if someone found my hubs helpful!


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

I am back learning by rereading your hub again.Trying to make sense of it all.Thank you.


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

Can I go to free online tools and submit my hubpages account to increase traffic?


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easylearningweb 2 years ago Author

I would try to submit your website URL on your own to the major search engines because it's totally free and very easy. Just search using terms like "Submit URL google", "Submit URL yahoo", "how to submit your website to bing" etc. and it will take you right to the search engine's specific site to do this. Another option is to use a free tool and although it might be more automated or look like it offers more, I shy away from this option because you have to be so careful with free tools and make sure they're not downloading malware or ads, etc. I always check websites using Norton's safe web check ( safeweb dot norton dot com ) to makes sure a site is reputable.

It's been years since I submitted my website to search engines, and you just reminded me that I need to re-visit and re-submit to some engines. My website is a hobby website all about computer stuff (easylearningweb dot com).

Better yet, see Brett Tesol's awesome hubpage entitled "How to Submit Your Web Pages (blog, hubs, website) to Search Engines; Make SEs Index Them and Appear in Search Results". I actually need to read his hubpage more to get even more ideas!

Hope that helps and let me know if you have any further questions. :-)


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OldRoses 2 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

I didn't know about submitting my website to search engines. Great tip! Thanks. Voted up.


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easylearningweb 2 years ago Author

Glad you found this hub helpful, OldRoses!


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momsdoworkathome 2 years ago from Michigan

I have a question. I know that I should submit my site to search engines. When you mentioned content, does that mean that I should submit my individual hubs to the search engines?


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easylearningweb 2 years ago Author

Hi momsdoworkathome,

That's a great question. No, I would tend to only submit my main website and possibly a blog URL. But I don't think I would submit each and every hub. I am sure HubPages.com itself is indexed and has been submitted on search engines so we don't have to worry about that.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub. :-)


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momsdoworkathome 2 years ago from Michigan

Thank you easylearningweb for answering my question.


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easylearningweb 2 years ago Author

Glad to help, and I welcome other replies if others know more about how hubpages is registered with search engines.


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Nyamache 2 years ago from Kenya

Thanks for sharing this. I prefer a blog since it is interactive making it easy to rank on the search engines and also very effective when it comes to marketing.


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