Any guidance on how to drive traffic to a website that you own? I have one but never had the funds to drive traffic there. I have been reading about back links and trying to get a handle on key words.
I found linkdiagnosis.com to be very helpful for my website links. I also watched a video about how the link to the website must be consistent for Google to recognize it. If you include the forward slash - always include the forward slash - consistency for showcasing your website address is the key.
Any suggestions for the novice?
Easy. Write Hubs on the same subject, and link them to your site. Links from HubPages are very effective.
You can have EITHER two links in the text of your Hub (which is the ideal) OR place an RSS feed to your website in the Hub.
Do NOT link in the other direction (i.e. don't put links to HubPages on your website) as reciprocal links have less value than one-way links.
I just terminated my website as it has no traffic. I find that it is better to concentrate on HP and give all I have on this site. I shall also be transferring the articles to HP.
I am not suggesting that you follow my action. Only sharing my experience.
Good Guy - That is an interesting perspective - you should read my blog post (on inspiredtowrite.com) about the Today.com scam.. There is different thoughts on this. You have more control on your own website and you can design it anyway you like, and write whatever you want. I guess it is like renting versus buying.
The flip side is it takes a long time to get high in the rankings when HubPages, and other content websites already have the high ranking traffic and Alexa rating. Diversification is also good. I write 2 blogs, and three content websites. Just a thought....
But, I have to say HubPages is one of the better ones I have seen because of the flexibility in writing styles and topics!! I am new to this site, but look forward to writing many more articles!!
I appreciate that information - the web is so huge doing it alone is impossible. I am hoping to link back to my website with one key term.
So far, I think the key term will be water aerobics. But am I wrong in placing all my eggs on one term?
I was linking back under my product name! Argh! I didn't realize the power of key words.
I have so much to learn.
You can do very well with your own website. After all, that is what the web is for! However it takes time and a LOT of linking.
Good SEO is a must also. Don't waste your money buying traffic, most of that is worthless. I make hubs that are about the same subject as my sites.
Then I sometimes link to my site, sometimes to my hubs. Often I rank on the first page for a keyword both with a hub and my website.
A website takes 6 months to a year to get going good. Get as many links as you can, that is the key. And yes, use anchor text you want to rank for, not your site's name.
I take it I'd be right in thinking that you don't want to do a reciprocal link (i.e. Hub A to Blog A and back to Hub A), but that you could get away with making it more like a triangle - say, Hub A to Blog A to Hub B to Hub A again? Or is that still too tight LOL - should I make the "chain" a bit longer?
That would still be reciprocal linking because all hubs are still under the main hubpages URL. Frankly,,,, and I know most will disagree with me, I link back and forth and do well that way.
Yes it diminishes the link juice, but not as much as many think. So I do it for both the bump but also for the traffic.
OK, thanks - that clarifies things. I plan to link mainly from my HubPages articles (those that are relevant anyway) to my blog rather than the other way round, but it's interesting to know that you link both ways and are still OK.
Empress, as Bill says, people disagree.
Personally I wouldn't have any links TO HubPages on my website. Why take the risk of devaluing all your links from HubPages? A link from your blog, which I assume doesn't have much pagerank yet, wouldn't have much "authority" anyway.
A reciprocal link still counts, but the conventional wisdom says it has less value than a one-way link. For those who have reciprocal links and say "it works" - unless you have two blogs and can test doing it both ways, how can you be sure a one-way link wouldn't be giving you more "juice"?
Most people would agree with that, so if in doubt do what Marisa said.
The links on my websites I will change - that makes sense. And I must review my articles so that they link back through key words. Wonderful tips!
I have both links to my Hubs on the website and also a RSS feed - I presume the RSS has no juice and is a non-event?
I link both ways. Also use other methods though. You don't want all your links coming from one place. For good SEO, you need links from a variety of places.
you can write an article, post it on Ezine articles or Goarticles. When you do that you can link to two sites per article in your resource, so link one to your website and one to a Hub, building links and traffic to both. Also, use other social sites like multiply and tumbler. write a short post, and link to your blog and your social site from there.
Firstly ensure that you have good fresh content on your website. Prepare your website with some good articles key word density not greater than 7% maximum and link these pages to your home page using key word phrases on you home page. Then when you write Hub on your topic using your key words that are found on your website. It is good to write different articles using different key words for other pages of your site. The objective is to get more pages indexed, this can be achieved by blogging your article from your site and Google will index your website pages quickly.
You also need to have some good PR sites linked to your hub article and your website.
The reciprocal link will help you rank for more key words.
How can I tell the keyword density on Hub Pages? I am worried I am diluting the keywords. Can I search and count somehow?
You only need to be worried about the text in your hub. So just write your hub in a word doc or something first so you can check the key word %. Then put that in a hub.
Myself I just write it and figure if it reads right it's ok.
I've been told the same thing. The right keyword density should sound natural - if it sounds forced, you're probably keyword stuffing.
You're only likely to dilute your keywords if you start adding lots of links to other, unrelated sites or start talking about some completely irrelevant subject in your Hub.
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