Blogs are popular ways to create an online presence for personal and business reasons. You can build a blog for free and begin posting content right away. But, what good is that content if no one is reading it. Here are ten ideas to bring in the traffic your blog needs to survive.
Of all the successful blogs on the Internet, hundreds more have failed. Running a blog is like running a business website. Unless you are willing to put the time in and treat it seriously, you won’t be blogging long.
That is not to say that the failed bloggers weren’t serious about blogging. Mostly, new bloggers aren’t prepared for the work that goes into creating a successful blog. Just building the blog doesn’t mean that people will necessary come to you. You pursue the audience and give them a reason to see what you have to say.
1. Fresh Content – no one wants to visit a blog day after day and see the same posts. Update your blog content at least twice a week. This will be easier if you write several posts ahead of time and upload them at the appropriate times.
2. Article Marketing – the niche you’ve chosen for your blog is one that interests you. If it is interesting you will spend more time doing it. Create content not only for your blog but also to be submitted to article directories. Use the resource box to advertise your blog so people can find you.
3. Social Networking – these sites are everywhere. Join Facebook, MySpace, Squidoo, Twitter or a dozen others and make connections. You can join groups of likeminded people who are also bloggers or entrepreneurs.
4. Viral Marketing – this is where you spread the word about your blog. Talk to friends, family and even strangers. Give out business cards that have your blog address on them.
5. Use RSS Feeds – RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” Readers can subscribe to your feed and get email updates when new content is posted. It is an easy way for them to keep up with your blog without spending all day online.
6. Submit Blog to Search Engines – doing this allows your blog to be ranked. Google and Yahoo! are two of the most popular search engines you want to crawl your blog pages. It doesn’t guarantee top ranking, though. You’ll have to do a little more work for that.
7. Joining Forums – as a blogger you are a budding entrepreneur. Right now you are marketing yourself to find traffic and then profit. Become a member of business forums, work at home forums and others to meet new people and share ideas. You can add a link to your blog in the signature line so others can find you.
8. Visit other blogs – show your appreciation to those who visit you by also posting comments on their blogs. It is a kindness that shows others you are not just out to advertise your blog alone. Add links to your blog in your comments.
9. SEO Marketing – whatever you write, use relevant keywords. Keyword density between three and ten percent is good for getting higher page rankings in search engines. Base your keywords on a research you do to find the most popular words used in search engines for your niche.
10. Social Bookmarking – submitting posts to social bookmarking sites allows others who are members of those sites to track you back to your blog.
Using any of these ideas will start the traffic moving in your direction. It takes time but you will build the readership you want.
Online, one of the most significant keys to success is getting website traffic. The more visitors you have, the better your sales and profits. Presumably you have a niche and you know your keywords, and regularly conduct keyword research to stay on top of what’s popular. Based on those assumptions here are five quick and easy tips to get website traffic fast!
Tip #1 Make sure you’re actually tagging your keywords.
Do you spend a lot of time optimizing your content and then neglect to tag them on your webpage? Tags are where search engines look and if there are no tags they’ll pass right by your web pages. Here’s a quick brief on tags.
There are a number of tag types including,
* Title tags. Title tags are quite possibly the most important place to situate your keywords. Here’s what they look like – <title>Primary keyword phrase here. </title>
Your title tag is where you place your primary keyword or keyword phrase. The sentence will describe your business in less than 90 characters.
* Header Tags. Header tags are next in order of importance to search engines. They’re ranked in order of importance and look like this – <h1>Primary and/or Secondary keywords here</h1>
The “1” designates this header as the most important header on the page.
* Meta Tags. Meta tags provide the small descriptive text found underneath the title tag on the search engine results page. Like title tags these should be kept brief, informative and up to date.
* Alt Tags. Alt tags are used to provide a text description of a graphic. Each graphic on your site should have a description and an alt tag.
Tip #2 Add content to your site daily
Content is essential for traffic and a top search engine ranking. Content is what search engine spiders look for and index – without it there’s nothing to index or rank. Give visitors and search engines a reason to visit and index your site. Make a commitment to provide daily, optimized content and your traffic will soar.
Tip #3 Procure valuable and relevant incoming links
The more websites which link to your webpages the more valuable search engines perceive you to be, though not all links are created equal. Search engines give more leverage to links from sites which are popular and credible and from sites which are relevant to your website topic.
There are different types of links.
- A direct link looks like a basic website address, for example, www.yourwebsite.com
- A text link occurs when the webpage address is embedded in the text. Readers simply click on the link and are redirected to a new website page.
- If the link is to an internal web page, for example an article published on a website, rather than the home page, it is called a “deep link.”
You can encourage linking to your website by:
* Adding content to your site.
* Submitting to article directories.
* Publishing press releases.
* Blogging and participating in social networking forums, chat rooms and social networking sites.
Tip #4 Be Social!
Now more than ever before, internet marketing is about building a community. Whether you offer a forum on your website or you participate in social networking sites, social networking is a valuable traffic generating tactic. Sites like Facebook and Twitter can be powerful tools for generating links and traffic to your site – create a profile and then post comments, links to your site and ideas which generate conversation.
Get involved – many chat rooms and forums are industry specific, find those which cater to your industry, and begin participating. Speak to and connect with a highly targeted audience.
Tip #5 Advertise for more exposure and traffic
Advertising, when handled strategically, can be used to promote your content and products or services. PPC advertising is often the tool of choice because you control the advertising budget on a daily basis and have the tools to test and track your advertising efforts. Once you’ve honed your PPC ads the return on investment can be phenomenal in terms of traffic and purchases.
For maximum results, create a traffic and SEO strategy. Outline your plan and your goals and then take the necessary action. Take advantage of these five traffic and search engine tips to boost your business.
I always recommend my friends a very user friendly Website Builder – XSitePro when they come to me that they need to build a website but don’t have any knowledge on creating website.
Creating your own website is not a difficult task if you find the correct Website Builder to help you. I never think or dream to create my own website until I met the software – XSitePro. Therefore whenever my friends ask me where they can get their own website with a fair quote, I always share with them that they can create their own website and have full control with the website design and setting.
This is a review and sharing by Monique Yoyo. She is using XSitePro for her website – LadyCollection.net. Let’s see what she said about this Website Builder.
XSitePro has a very simple and clear managing page. I can master it very quickly even though I was a beginner 2 months ago.
Web site template (provide option)
XSitePro provides 5 types of web site template. There are blank web site template, sales letter template, graphical template, plain template and stylish template. This is for the advantage of beginner like me. The template is good enough no matter you use what kind of website you are going to create. For me at the age of 20, I like to have a colourful web site especially when I decided to own a website related to fashion so I choose the stylish template at the beginning.
Web site template (manual)
Day by day, the template I have chosen before can’t satisfy me. I tend to adjust the width and length of the header panel, info bar, left panel, main panel header, main panel, main panel footer, right panel, page footer and page margin. I was quite happy when I notice that what I need to do is just enter my ideal information on the page layout setting. I don’t even need to understand those html codes that always make the website beginner anxious.
Web site information
In order to create my ideal web site, I have take note some important points that must be included in the web site. For me as an absent minded person, I can easily forget and throw the paper notes. Fortunately, this software allows me to enter the details (eg. title, keywords, description and some other important notes) on the specific page. This page is just for my reference and will not be published. I can refer to it and make some changes to it later.
One of the benefits creating website page by using XSitePro is we can preview the webpage before publishing. Hence, I can make some amendments in order to publish my ideal website.
Advance Source (html code)
Before using XSitePro, I hosted my blog at free hosting site. I manage the blog for quite a long time. There are quite a number of templates and page layouts for me to choose. Those of the template are beautiful and good enough for me (I just blogging as my diary that time). When I come to create a website that fit my ideal layout, I met with trouble in the blog hosting website. The biggest problem is I couldn’t change their default setting. For example, the setting of the padding and spacing width between the picture and words. In XSitePro, the setting is changeable. For advance website creator, this is one of the benefits.
Advance Page analysis
Other than my own idea on create my website, I also refer some advice that appear on the page analysis in XSitePro. Each of the web page will have individual page analysis. This kind of advice is profitable for me. I absorb the suggestion mainly on readability, accessibility and search engine optimization summary. As no-income student, I am unable to pay for tutor to help improving my website. So the page analysis function appears as my website tutor.
Breadcrumb, link page, search engine sitemap, resource manager, import page, pop up wizard, navigation menu, robot, redirected page, mobile site wizard, siloing, multi page creation, web site clean-up
I haven’t use this advance functions yet but as a 2-month-old website beginner, I will keep on improving my website by utilizing all the facilities.
So far, I find XSitePro is good enough for a beginner and advance website creator. To create own website, a good website designer software is indispensable. I strongly recommend XSitePro.
Be A Great Mama- Be a Great Mama is a packed 29 page guide with advice and creative ideas for being the best mom you can be.
Being a Role Model
Showing Unconditional Love
Protecting Our Kids
Giving Them Choices
Playing with Your Children
Giving them Praise
Controlling Your Anger
Listening to Your Kids
Find The Time Mama- Tired of Drowning & Feeling There’s No Time for Yourself? Find More Time for You… Without The Guilt!
Why you need to find the time for yourself
How to find that time
Does being a mom mean having no life?
Dealing with an unsupportive partner
Getting rid of the guilt
Fun ideas for a mom out on her own
Hot Mama Makeover - Step-by-Step and Easy-to-Follow Guide For Moms Who Need to Feel Just a Little Bit Sexier & A Whole Lot More Confident.
It’s no secret. We’re all busy moms and you’re no exception. Some of us are dedicated stay at home moms, others work outside the home and some of us work from home – and whatever we do, it always seems like there isn’t enough time in the day.
Despite your role as mother, wife, cook, cleaner, chauffeur, career woman, etc. etc….you are still a WOMAN and that woman needs to be taken care of. So, how do you do that?
You take a little time for yourself to make yourself feel good and start using the Hot Mama Makeover. It’s a 6-step easy-to-follow program that can be incorporated into any moms schedule.
Just want to do a quick post to share with you about my post of “Launch my program – Mompreneur Hub”. This was the post I published on 17th May and surprisingly I found this post appear in my email inbox for “Google Alert – mompreneur”. That is on the next day 18th May.
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I subscribed to Google Alert for the word “mompreneur” since I started my website – MompreneurAsia.com and this is totally not the keyword for this blog – MoonLoh.com. So, from here, I can conclude that even though this is not the keyword for my blog, Google still “see” it as something relevant and as long as you follow the SEO in your post, they will reward you in some way.
This is definitely a way to drive traffic to the blogs and I believe we should always follow the basic we need to do instead of purposely do something.
The last time I saw my post appeared at Google Alert was In March, that was the post about my Sharing on Womanhood Fiesta at Suntec City, Singapore. If you miss the post, you may take a look here, with some photos attached. ;)
Finally! I launch my own membership site – Mompreneur Hub! Have been working for this program since last month and most of my time was concentrate on getting all the things done. Well, that’s why I didn’t update my blog for the whole month. So sorry for my readers here! ;)
This blog always in my mind and I always tell myself not to neglect it as there are visitors everyday! I feel bad when they drop by and find nothing new, no update! Therefore, no matter how I must sit down and think how I’m going to take care of my 3 blogs and 1 membership site carefully.
Today I launch my LEARN and EARN program – 17th May 2009. Why I choose this date to launch the program? Nothing special actually, I just go by the schedule. Since everything is in order, I just let it launches by this date. Let me share with you about the program name. Mompreneur Hub is the name of my program and why I use the name “Hub”? Haa.. That’s because when I was thinking what name should I use for the program, I walked passed a StarHub Shop and the word “Hub” come to my mind! Oh, I “steal” the word! Shhh… The word “Hub” just go coincide with what I want. I want to gather moms in business together, I want to make it as a learning center and I want to have a place where we can share things and learn things together. Also, I want us to earn together! So, I think the word “Hub” just so suitable. Without much hesitate, I buy the domain name of mompreneurhub.com and so lucky this domain name is available! :)
This program is actually from the many enquiries I received from friends, especially moms. They asked me how I start my internet business, how they get started and what things should they do first etc..This program is therefore aims to help moms gain knowledge in internet marketing and hence start the internet business.
To avoid repeat things that might bore you, I invite you to drop by my membership site and take a look:
I’ve finally finished all the 9 modules of Niche BluePrint. :)
I thought I would do my own notes and even considered to get a new note book for that. However, the truth is I didn’t write a single word inside my note book for the study of Niche BluePrint. Why? The reason is very simple, they have compiled all the important points into PDF files and I can just refer to the files in future.
Ok, just some quick share with you what I have learned. I feel that this is a must learn if you want to have your own home business selling products online. The most powerful is the niche finding and market research! They show the great way to find the profitable niche market and I must agree that this is the most important step that an online businessman must do. :)
They really have shown the whole process in a detailed procedure. You just won’t fail set up the e commerce site by follow their step by step guide. Like my earlier sharing about the modules, they also include the ways to generate traffic with free methods.
This is really a great course and it definitely helps in my online business. :)
Education is a powerful tool in any field of the career or business. :)
I’m going to learn something new – Niche BluePrint, which is a video series teaching you how you can setup your own niche ecommerce store and make a profit out of it. This is a topic which I’m not familiar or good with. I always happy to learn new thing and it’s time for me to sit down seriously and do my own notes again.
Frankly, I just finish downloading the videos and not start any yet, so this is definitely not a review for Niche BluePrint.
Just share with you what I’m going to learn. There are totally 9 Modules:
A full overview of the Niche Blueprint Course, how it will work and where to get started.
How to brainstorm, research and identify suitable niches that have potential for huge profits!
Search for and identify products that’ll generate the highest level of of income and where to find suppliers who will stock and ship them.
A detailed procedure on how to find a domain name that’ll boost your search engine rankings and deliver highly targeted buyers.
How to set your E-commerce websites up for maximum conversions and sales.
How to generate visitors, customers and cash with our step by step free traffic plan.
This section will show you how to keep your E-Commerce websites operating both smoothly AND profitably for on going success.
How to outsource the day-to-day operations so you can have autopilot income and make money while you relax!
How to flip your website for 12 - 18 times monthly profit. This is one option for quick cash rather than operating your websites.
I think I need some time to finish the videos and will do my own notes.
*May show you my notes and hopefully there are great tips to share with you too ;)
All in one SEO pack is a wordpress plugin you definitely needed if you are using self hosting wordpress blog. As stated in the title “all in one SEO”, the plugin helps in Seach Engine Optimization. Here’s are some features of the plugin:
Automatically optimizes your titles for search engines
Generates META tags automatically
Avoids the typical duplicate content found on WordPress blogs
For WordPress 2.7.1 you don’t even have to look at the options, it works out-of-the-box. Just install.
You can override any title and set any META description and any META keywords you want.
You can fine-tune everything
Backward-Compatibility with many other plugins, like Auto Meta, Ultimate Tag Warrior and others.
Permission Marketing – is a term used in marketing in general and e-marketing specifically. Marketers will ask permission before advancing to the next step in the purchasing process. For example, they ask permission to send advertisements to prospective customers. It is used by some internet marketers, email marketers and telephone marketers. It requires that people first “opt-in”, rather than allowing people to “opt-out” only after the advertisements have been sent.
So, now you have an idea about permission marketing and I believe most internet marketers will use the “opt-in” strategy instead of sending out emails without permission. I guess most of you have the experience of receiving advertising emails and you have no ideas how they get your email address. I have these experience and what I did to those emails is to treat them as spam mails. They are simply spammers!
Permission Guru, Seth Godin has a very good saying -
permission marketing is about building an ongoing relationship of increasing depth with customers
turning strangers into friends, and friends into customers
If you have your own home based business, either internet business or online blogshop, I suggest you adopt permission marketing and don’t simply send out your advertising emails to your friends or strangers. You may be treated as a spammer!
I have been looking around for online opportunity and I am honor to have met Moon. When I first saw her Mompreneur Asia Website, I was deeply inspired and very impressed. Being a full time mother and with her will to believe that making money online is possible. Being through the hard work, she has proven to many people that anyone can make money online. Her willingness on helping people like me has given me a guideline in life that decision is upon individual. So if you are looking for opportunity like me, Moon Loh should be the one you are long looking for.
It has been my pleasure to work with Moon Loh since last year. She has consistency and integrity in her work. She shares her knowledge in internet and network marketing generously. I would definitely recommend Moon Loh without hesitation
I have known Moon Loh since Year 2010. When I first saw her Mompreneur Asia website, I was very impressed. She is really someone I admire very much. From an ordinary housewife to becoming one of the top internet marketers in Asia, she had proven that anyone can make money online. She is also very down to earth and willing to share her knowledge and skills with others. I am glad to have the privilege to work with Moon.
Ket Sang Tai
Moon shares freely her knowledge in internet marketing to her team and patiently teach them till they understand. Her leadership is worth commending on. If you want to find someone whom you can learn and work with to succeed in Internet Network Marketing, Moon is the person you can look for.