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How to get more search engine traffic

Updated on June 13, 2011

How to Get More Organic Traffic from Search Engines

Introduction

Traffic that is sent to your site from search engines is called organic traffic. The traffic from search engines is what really matters as it buys your product and if you are publishing ads, they will click your ads. Simply put, search engine traffic is what really pays your bills. Digg and other such social sites can send tons of traffic to your site but they won't buy the product you are selling, nor will they click your ads. So here in this article I will talk about organic traffic. I will tell you how you can get more traffic to your site through search engines.


Make sure your site is crawler-friendly

There should be a good network of inbound links on your site. Make sure search engine crawlers or bots has access to every single page from more than one sources.


Submit a site map to search engines

Although submitting a site map to search engines has lost its worth over the past few years, but because Google and other search engines tell you to submit your site map to them so that they can crawl your site more frequently and easily, then there is no harm in it. Submitting a sitemap might somehow please search engines.


Work out title and other meta tags wisely

People tend to neglect this one. While browsing the web I have come across many sites where meta and title tags have been wasted by either keyword stuffing in them or neglecting the keyword thing at all. Not only new sites, but the older ones are also guilty of this. Choose your title wisely. The words contained in your title must be used at least once in the body of your page. No need to use them too often. Don't write very long meta descriptions. Write just the necessary stuff in it. Meta keywords should be the ones used in your text. Keywords in your title should also be included. Never used the words that are nowhere to be seen in your page as keywords. Again don't stuff keywords with every single word you have written in the text.


Link to authority sites on the topic

Linking to authority sites on the topic you are writing about makes your article look professional and search engine bots send a good message back about it once they encounter such links.


Use your keywords as anchor text when linking internally

Instead of using "Click Here" or "Click This Link", use keywords or title of the page as anchor text of a link. For example if the page is about gothic art, the anchor text of the links pointing to it should contain the term 'gothic art' in them. Same is true for the external links pointing to your site and link building.

Multiple text in inbound links

As I have mentioned the importance of having more than one inbound links to a certain page of your site, while doing so make sure you don't stick to just one anchor text for all links every time you link to a page. That looks too automated and we all know how search engines hate automation. You can use a different text everytime a text link to a page is placed.


Quit keyword stuffing

The myth about keyword stuffing has long been busted. Write a natural copy. A 1-3% keyword density is acceptable for search engines. Anything more than that can drop your site down in SERPS. Just write a natural copy, even if your keyword density goes beyond 3%, search engines have algorithms to figure out that keyword density has gone above 3% naturally.


I won't brag about the importance of backlinks
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Avoid broken links

Broken links send a very bad message to search engines. They see your site as left out and there is no one to fix the problems or take care of it. Avoiding broken links will keep you from having low ranks in the SERPS.

Content

Write unique content

You must have heard the term "content is king". Yes content certainly is the king, the more it is unique and original, the more traffic you are likely to get from search engines.


Add fresh content 2-3 times a week

You got to feed those crawlers out there with fresh content every other day. This is necessary to maintain your rankings. If your site don't publish content twice or thrice a week due to some reason, start a blog. Keep publishing content in the blog. The blog should be a subdomain of your site's domain. It should look like blog.yoursite.com.

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    • earnmoney2424 profile image

      earnmoney2424 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot.

    • Ultimate Hubber profile image
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      Ultimate Hubber 5 years ago

      Alphagirl, thanks and here is the definition of a backlink...

      Backlinks, also known as incoming links, inbound links, inlinks, and inward links, are incoming links to a website or web page. In basic link terminology, a backlink is any link received by a web node (web page, directory, website, or top level domain) from another web node.

      Source: Wikipedia

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      Ultimate Hubber 5 years ago

      Thanks Wayne!

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      Good article. I am still trying to figure out back linking

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      wayne125 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello i liked your article very informative indeed found out a few things i didn't know.

    • Ultimate Hubber profile image
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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      Thanks Mike! Glad you liked my article.

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      Mike's Corner 6 years ago from Maryland

      Great hub, Ultimate Hubber, thanks for all the tips!

    • Ultimate Hubber profile image
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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      I remember that I saw your comment just 6 seconds after you posted it. Any time! Thanks. :)

    • Nera Woods profile image

      Nera Woods 6 years ago

      Thanks UH. I'm amazed that you responded the same time that I posted the question, based on the number of hours passed. You're really quick in responding,thanks a lot.

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      I believe that new subdomains shouldn't be created unless you are adding something different to your site. However I have noticed if this new subdomain is getting a good amount of internal backlinks, then it will rank well like the main website. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't build external backlinks, needless to say that they are much helpful but a bit harder to get.

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      Nera Woods 6 years ago

      Thanks ultimate hubber. There are new things I learned here.

      You said "The blog should be a subdomain of your site's domain. It should look like blog.yoursite.com." May I ask if a new subdomain inherits the ranking/traffic of my main domain? I'm thinking of creating a subdomain because the database allotted by my webhost for my main domain is getting filled. A new subdomain would be placed in another database.

      Thanks a lot.

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thank you FYS for adding a very useful comment.

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      FindYourSearch 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thanks for pointing out that keyword density rules aren't carved in stone. They're guidelines more than rules and are useful as such, but natural copy won't be penalized no matter the precise density percentage.

    • Ultimate Hubber profile image
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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanks sparhawke!

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      Sparhawke 7 years ago from Manchester

      Good hubs, I got linked to this when we both gave an answer to a question and this article has actually given me a few ideas :)

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by gramarye.

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      gramarye 7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      This one is helpful too - thanks

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Ronaldoh I am glad you liked my hub.

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      ronaldoh 7 years ago from England

      very good and very helpful.well written and easy to understand thanks

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanx for the comments Sara and bayareagreatthing.

      Sara, hope I don't disappoint you with my upcoming hubs.

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      Sara Tonyn 7 years ago from Ohio, the Buckeye State

      What a great hub! I just may get the hang of this hub thing yet! Thanks for the great info; I look forward to picking your brain for more of it as I stumble along.

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      bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California

      Great tips- thanks for sharing them with us!

    • Ultimate Hubber profile image
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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      James I am impressed that you are taking care of these minute details that others don't even take notice of. Yes, redirect it. You know search engines don't like 404 errors.

      Thanx for stopping by and reading my hub.

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      JamesCurtis 7 years ago

      Re Broken links. My site doesn't have any internal broken links, however Google does index some external broken links (a news group link that is broken due to a line break). Do you think it would be worth while setting up a 301 to direct it to the link it is supposed to be going to, or just letting it hit the 404?

    • Ultimate Hubber profile image
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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Link option at the bottom of the page has nothing to do with us I believe. The link available there contains our tracker, so its nothing like backlinking. I am not sure I got this question.

      Yes EagleKiwi, you can link to any hub or outside source. It will be the best if you link to your hubs or other pages that are on the same or similar topic as the page from which you are linking them.

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      Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

      Thankyou for sharing your knowledge,I know I need to work on perfecting this backlinks thingy.Is backlinking in a capsule URL links etc, the same thing as the 'link' option at the very bottom of the page?

      Can I link to any hub or outside source that I want?

      Thanks again.

    • Ultimate Hubber profile image
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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Stacie and Helen, Thank you for your comments.

      Stacie, I am glad you liked this hub. Do try them and share the results with the rest of us.

      Helen, once you start doing this stuff and make it a part of your everyday online earning life, then it won't look like a lot of work to you. Trust me on this one. :)

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      Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

      I am strating at point one and working down else a crash course in computers is called for here. This had made me realise I have a lot of work to do. thanks for sharing.

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      Stacie L 7 years ago

      some good tips.... .I'll try them..:)

    • Ultimate Hubber profile image
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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Thank you all for your wonderful comments.

      That's right TE.

      I am glad you liked it SW. Yup do post more and earn some money. :D

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      Spirit Wolf 8 years ago

      thanks for the info...i have been reading your hubs and really enjoy them. i posted my first hub today and pretty excited about it. i will post more as time goes by...

      keep up the good work and good luck.

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      The Empire 8 years ago from Napa, CA

      Great Hub!

      Keyword variation is a huge part of getting more search engine traffic. It also plays a major part in boosting the long-tail keywords that you rank for.

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      Ken 8 years ago

      Thanks for your useful tips on search engine traffic. They were really helpful. I will be reading your other articles.

    • Ultimate Hubber profile image
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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      I am glad I could help. Best of luck for getting search engine traffic. If you need any further help on the topic just ask me.

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      kmackey32 8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks for the advice. I must get some sleep for now but I am book marking this page to fix things in the morning. I hope I will do much better. Again thank you....

    • Ultimate Hubber profile image
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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      This is an excellent suggestion rb11. So people take advice of rb11 and use rss feed if you can't submit a sitemap.

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      rb11 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Good points, were all looking for more traffic and Google has it. I use blogger for some sites and I can't get to the server to add a site map, so I found out the atom or rss feed is useable to Google in place of a site map. I have inserted it and it seems to work fine so far.

      Regards

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Dohn, you know even if some search engines don't give high value to them, still stuffing them with keywords can cause your site to go down in rankings.

      BTW I am writing a hub explicitly on meta tags. what are they and all for the beginners.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks again, UH. I'm still working on editing my meta tags for all my hubs since discovering how important they are. I was basically wasting away my meta tag words, and I've noticed that the "suggestions" that I'm given are basically useless. Anyone using those can expect little search engine traffic.

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      I am glad Louidan that you liked this article. Trust me it will be a great help if you add a link to this hub in yours.

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      Louidam1 8 years ago

      Great article. I'm creating a article about affiliate marketing and I will add a link of this article to mines.

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Thanx for this beautiful comment jayb!

      I wanted to mention all the important points of getting search engine traffic.

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      jayb23 8 years ago from India

      Great tips ultimate hubber. You have listed all teh points quite well. Keep up the good work.