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How to increase site traffic
A few different ways to increase site traffic ...
We all want more site traffic to our blog or article, after all, we create content for the purpose of many people to see it, and appreciate it. I personally believe, an I'm sure that you might share the same belief, that there is nothing more disheartening than when you put so much time and effort into creating something, and then next to none is there to view it. Increasing traffic isn't just all about making you feel like your work is appreciated, its also about generating revenue from sources such as advertisements and sponsors. It is a fact that you have to have a reasonably large amount of traffic in order to generate revenue. If your idea is to use Google Adsense, then great, but you do need to be aiming for at least 1000 views per day to be generating a worth while amount. If your not already aware, Adsense currently works, mostly, by using a scheme called pay per click or PPC for short. This basically means that every time a user presses on one of your ads, you will generate a share of revenue. This is all really a game of chance, in order for you to have a good chance at earning money online, you need to get as much traffic as you can. I sometimes like to use the analogy that its similar to being in a competition, having a better chance if you enter multiple times as opposed to just entering the once. If your plan is to generate money through sponsorships from companies, then you will need to prove to them that their advertisement will be seen by many people.
In this article I will be explaining a few tips that you can take on board to help you increase your website traffic. The tips that I will be suggesting are all free to try, except one, that I will mention at the end of this article.
Forums can be a great way to increse site traffic
This is probably the least obvious. It can often prove to be very effective to spread your link through various content related forums. If your website topic for instance is based on helping people and giving advice on computer support for apple products, then a great place to go would be the official apple forum. Once you have arrived at the forum, like most forums online you will need to register in order to make a post or contradiction to a particular topic. This might sound like a bad thing, but in fact creating a profile is better than not creating one and instead just making a post referring people to head over to your website for help on the topic in question. Making a profile normally means that every time you make a post on a forum, a "digital signature" of your link will be embedded into every post you make, this gives you a great chance of getting people to wander over to your site and thus increasing traffic. There is probably only one bad thing about signing up to forums, and that is email spam. I would suggest you creating a new email address, just so you can rest assured that your main important email address wont be be flooded with loads of forum related emails such as forum news, changes to the site, and post replies.
Bookmarking sites are a great aid to increase site traffic
A bookmarking site is a place where people from all over the world go to share different links with each other. One very popular bookmarking site is Reddit, another is stumbleupon. I'm not going to go into grave detail about how these work, because I have already made an article on Reddit, and how to use it to get the most out of it. If you would like to read that, then you will be able to find it here.
Search engine optimization, or SEO
This is some what of a gray area for me as is for many. SEO is actually so in depth, that it is a profession all on its own. A large website owner would employ someone just to focus on, and optimize SEO, however, I do no a couple of main and really important points that I can share with you. The majority of website hosters will give the content creator the ability to enter specific keywords, that in effect, direct the page to search engines such as Google to a particular topic. Choosing the right keywords can sometimes be the difference between getting lots of stable traffic, and getting none. I would suggest really spending some time analyzing everything that you have written about in your article or web page, and then enter those keywords in the the keyword form. My final point is to spread your link through as many well known sites as you can, this will help your link stand out more in a very crowded web space.
Social media sites, spread the word to increase site traffic
This is my final tip, and in some cases can prove to be very useful. If you use Twitter already or if your on Facebook or Google plus, then a really effective way to increase traffic and spread your link by word of mouth, is to share your link with your friends. Many people have reported that this can sometimes be as effective, if not more effective, than bookmarking sites. However, it sort of goes without saying that if you do not have many "followers" on twitter, or friends on Facebook or Google plus, then you probably wont have much success here.
That is the end of this article, I hope you enjoyed reading about how to increase site traffic, comments are welcome. Have a great day.