Tips To Increase Traffic To Your Website

Cats on the internet

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By Elisa Black-Taylor

Michael’s article yesterday on Internet Expansion. Websites vs Users,  inspired me to write this article to let everyone know how I’ve increased readership of my article, as well as visits to my personal website. Between Michael’s training, and trial-and-error (what I call sink or swim technique) I’ve more than quadrupled the number of people reading my articles.

Here are my best tips.

MAKE SEARCH ENGINES WORK FOR YOU

For most of the writer’s out there, search engines (such as Google) play a big role in how many people visit your website to read your article. I’ve determined three ways to use search engines to my advantage by dividing my writing into one of three categories. These are

  1. Breaking news. This means a website owner has to stay on top of the news. News is only considered news for around 48 hours after it occurs. If a writer can produce an article on breaking news, it will rank higher in search engines when a visitor is looking for information on the topic. Make a list of top sites that offer breaking news and check them several times a day. A serious writer may find it necessary to produce an article at “un-Godly hours” just to stay on top of the rankings.
  2. Good content on health or behavior. Article title should be short and to the point so it’s ranked near the top in the search engine. This is necessary for those who have a problem with their cat (or dog or whatever the topic).
  3. Catchy title. These draw the reader in and make them want to read the story. An example would be “9 Ways My Cat Tortures My Dog.” This is a fictitious title, but you get the point. Interesting titles create curiosity. A potential visitor can’t help but want to read an article with a great title. While they’re on your website, hopefully they’ll take time to look around for other articles that interest them.

USE SOCIAL MEDIA AND PRIVATE WEBSITES

Social media is a necessity these days to get the word out that you’ve published new content to your website. With so many internet users, and these users not having time or thought to constantly check your personal page, you have to get the word out to them. Here are a few ways to let the world know you’ve been writing.

  1. Facebook, Google+, Twitter. Have a personal presence on one or more of these and post the link to your newest article. Don’t be afraid to repost past articles that offer good content. Sometimes this can get that article back into circulation.
  2. Facebook groups or like pages that reflect you or your subject. Michael (PoC) is fortunate there is a Pictures-of-cats.org group page on Facebook. The group has more than 4000 members (current 4098 and rising), with more asking to join every day. While it’s mostly used by cat lovers posting cute photos, it’s also a great place to post new articles.
  3. Networking using other groups. Know what groups are out there on Facebook and post new articles to their pages according to subject. There are groups for FeLV, FIV, strays, black cats, etc. Make a list of groups who can help spread the word about a newly published article. Also find out who the page or group administrator is and ask them if you can share new content on their personal social media page.

HAVE A PERSONAL WEBPAGE

These days it’s good to have a “person webpage” to tie all of your writing together. This page shouldn’t be associated with any social media. Michael may have no need of this since his website here is his “presence,” but I have a private site that’s divided into categories. For those who want to check it out, it’s at http://furbyshouse.com. I write on several topics now, with the article title and link listed on the page that best categorizes it.

When using a non-social media webpage, be sure to post an updated link to it at least once weekly on your Facebook or other social page. Include a photo if at all possible so the post is noticed. This keeps the social media tied into your website and hopefully your friends will want to check out new content.

My only problem with the personal webpage is having very little time to update date it. I’ve literally had to schedule time into my work week to make sure everything I’ve written is at least listed. When you write multiple articles on a daily basis, it’s hard to get everything done.

OFFER CONTESTS OR INCENTIVES

Michael has recently done this with the idea to pay 5 cents for each article comment made on his website. Another method to increase website traffic is to sponsor either a photo or a writing contest. Visitors can send in cute photos or submit an article related to the primary content on the website. Ask those who enter contests to invite their friends to vote on their entry. This drives quite a bit of new traffic to the site.

COMMENT COMMENT COMMENT

Commenting on the work of others, as well as answering those who comment on your writing, is very important. Not only does this build a good relationship with those who visit your site, your name will most likely end up in the search engine each time you comment. The more your name is listed in a search engine (for any reason), the more famous your writing will become.

IN CONCLUSION

One last tip is to link past articles into new articles you put online. Michael is very good at this, and he’s taught me well. If you’re careful and link good articles together, you can keep a visitor on your website for hours.

One thing I now do, that Michael doesn’t is to list my references. I’ve been told by people who comment on my articles that it helps them to go back and look over the source. It’s also my way of keeping track of where I obtain information for an article. My writing on dogs and family issues require this, and it’s kept me out of trouble on a few occasions when my editor has had to go back and see where the content originated.

Michael, friends, have I left out anything important here. Any tips you want to add to help those who want to increase traffic to their website?

Elisa

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Tips To Increase Traffic To Your Website — 5 Comments

  1. Thanks Elisa. I think PoC ticks pretty well all these boxes. Anything lacking is due to time constraints. I don’t have time to visit FB that much or Twitter or Google Plus. There are too many when you have to run a site at the same time.

    Thanks for setting up the FB group page. That does work well.

    These days, I continue to provide references but only the website in a non-url form because I get so many broken links to outside websites that I have to repair and this takes a lot of time. I don’t have that time as preparing three or two articles per day and maintaining the site plus having a bit of fun takes up all the time.

    This is the point I made earlier. To beat the big sites you have to have more people.

    PoC has a wonderful community which is unique and very special and much appreciated. This makes PoC work and it still does great.

    I just want more and more success. I want to change the cat world 😉

    I had the idea of joining forces with two other websites of similar standing. We could work together and create a portal site and each would contribute to that site and it would lead to the three individual sites. Basically expanding the community and become more competitive and bigger in a more competitive and bigger internet.

  2. I’m looking into having myself cloned. Just what the world needs-2 of me. I hope to get some tips added to this article. There’s always something we’re missing.

    I’m still your networker 🙂

  3. Elisa, when you use information from other articles and provide links, do you also have to get permission from that author to use the information as long as you are providing the link?

    • as long as you only use a short quote you can just use the reference. I’ve seen a few writers get really mad when someone copied pretty much a whole article and didn’t give a bit of credit.

      I now try to link any direct statement back to a source in case someone questions it.

      Photos are trickier. Facebook is pretty much fair useage but anywhere else I’d ask permission. It’s not that hard to get from up and coming photographers. Pros will usually say no. I’ve used several from Mia Anelli but it’s agreed upon before I use one.

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