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Getting Your Visitor to Come Back to Your Website
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Okay, you did good in getting the visitor to your site and engaged him enough so that he stayed for a while. In fact, you did so good that the visitor stayed for a LONG while.
But all good things must come to an end and it is now time for your visitor to leave.
So, do you stand at the door with a tear in your eye and wave farewell to him, telling him that it was great having him and that you will always cherish the memories?
You fought tooth and nail to get him to your site. Don't you dare let him leave without telling him how great he is, how much you enjoyed his visit, and that he really must visit again, and soon! If you have to bribe, cajole, grovel, or even threaten to get him to come back, do it.
So, what do you have to do to get your web visitor to come back?
Well, every website, every visitor and every webmaster is unique, so what works for one visitor or one website might not work for the next. But there are some tried and tested techniques that does work a lot of the time.
Keep your site updated with fresh content. One way to do that without too much work on your part would be to add features to your site that enables your visitor to add content.
Examples of such features would be forums, or a guestbook. If you have a blog, allow to user to add their comments.
In fact, a good idea may be to start a site that is all about user generated content. Examples would be social networking sites and photo ranking sites.
Try to get a domain name that can be easily remembered. For example, if you have a home business site, names like LegitimateHomeBusiness.com, or OnlineHomeBusiness.com, or HomeBusinessesForYou.com are rather hard to remember. After browsing a few of these sites, their names will not really stand out.
But, a name like QuittingYourJob.com is easier to remember. And in your content, try to direct the visitor to your domain name and give him an easy way to recall your name. In the case of QuittingYourJob.com, you could say, "So, when was the last time you told your friends that you were QuittingYourJob?"
Of course, if you can, come up with a name that the visitor cannot help but remember. Imagine a name like FatBrain.com for a bookshop. I don't think you are going to forget that name in a hurry.
But do consider that the more generic names like LegitimateHomeBusiness.com are better if you want to rank better in the search engines. A good way would be to register both types of names and point the second type to the generic name.
This is a simple script that you add to your site that allows the visitor to add your site to his favorities in his browser by simply clicking a link. A lot of people assume that they can remember your site's name and don't bother bookmark a site. Too often, they will forget and never return. If you make it that much easier for them, they might just decide to bookmark your site.
If you don't have one, you really need to start one. Many people never start a newsletter because of the hassle of having to come out with an issue every week, or month. But with proper planning, coming out with a regular newsletter can actually be a breeze.
The following tips can ensure that a weekly newsletter actually comes out on a weekly basis:
- Prepare a few issues before launch so that you can get a headstart.
- Always research and write a few issues at a time as it will save time.
- Use the same template or formatting for every newsletter.
- Consider using freely available content, and possibly subcontracting out some work.
Branded Free Gift
Bribing your visitor with a free gift, with the promise of more in the future, is sure to get your visitor to return.
And, unless you are really loaded, don't give a physical product as a free gift. Look around the net for something that can be downloaded like an ebook or software, so that your cost of giving away the gift is the same whether you have a thousand or a million visitors.
And look for a product that can be rebranded with your site details. That way, if your visitor has long forgotten about your site but is still using your free gift, you may still get a visit from him.
In the longer term, if you consider having your business run more and more on autopilot as time goes by, getting as many repeat visitors as possible should be a major aspect of your business plan.