Getting Enough Highly Targeted Traffic

More traffic equates to more sales!

I guess most Web marketers will agree if I said that getting enough highly targeted traffic is the key to success in the affiliate marketing business. Driving targeted traffic is proven to be effective if you’re promoting or reselling products or services on the Web. One of the best and most effective marketing strategies that affiliate marketers can employ is the “pay for performance” method. This means that your investments are used only for results such as additional sales and/or subscriptions.

In Web marketing businesses like affiliate marketing, no traffic means no sales. That’s why many affiliates and webmasters easily shell out big bucks just to get top rankings on the search engine results pages (SERPs). Once you are promoting a product or service on your website or Web page, you need to have more visitors that may ultimately become consumers of your products and services.

Paying for performance is fundamentally practical

As one of the fundamental requirements for succeeding in the Web marketing business, top search engine rankings not only assures the marketer of great sales and a decent income, but establishes credibility in his/her area of expertise. Here, you just need to start, get the right combination of free and paid traffic and you can be on your way to a successful Web marketing career.

Let’s take a practical example. Paying for performance! This could mean giving a commission to a sales person only when a new sale is made. This strategy assures you real profit because you can already compute the amount of money you have to spend for every new sale made. Also, you can avoid spending any marketing bucks because every cent you use up has either come from a sale or will generate a sale in the future.

The viability of PPCSEs

Another of the recognized and popular methods of driving targeted traffic is proven to work and is an efficient way of acquiring sales for affiliate marketers. It is the method of attracting laser-targeted traffic to your website and converting it to sales by means of “Pay-Per-Click” Search Engines (PPCSEs).

PPCSEs like Overture can bring impressive sales because they permit you to pay for performance by means of attracting precise targeted traffic to your niche. And this means people or site visitors who are actively searching for precisely what you are offering or selling. Overture’s secret is to drive laser-targeted traffic to your website by proposing or bidding on keywords that are related to the product or service that you are offering. And the strategy works this way: The more exact your keyword is, the better results you’ll receive and the less you’ll have to spend for each new sale.

Combining pay-per-click with your USP

Overture claims to be the Web’s best pay-per-click search engine. It is one of the leading resources of Pay-For-Performance search on the web; And what’s more enticing about the company is, when you advertise in Overture Premium Listings, your site is guaranteed to appear in may leading U.S. search engines like Yahoo, InfoSpace, MSN, Netscape, AltaVista, Lycos and more. Plus, you can get the benefit of reaching more than 80% of active Web users.

Other things that will surely attract lifetime customers to your site include offering valued customer discounts, giving seasonal and special offers, especially to your repeat customers, and “buy one get one free” promotions; plus your unique sales proposal (USP) which is used to distinguish you from your competitors. Don’t get me wrong with this; because the above mentioned strategies can certainly develop a trusted relationship between you and your customers. Aside from patronizing your business, they may even refer others to you via your site.

Give Your Website A Traffic Boost

Boosting website traffic: Basic steps

Boosting your website traffic seems to be a simple enough statement, and if approached with the right mindset, tools and resources that simple statement can become a reality in less time than you think. But – and this is an important but – if your approach to boosting website traffic is lacking in any important areas, the simple statement will remain just that…a simple statement and nothing more because the traffic boost will be very long in coming, if at all. To begin, let’s take a look at some of those traffic sources.

Directories help locate websites within specific or definitive categories. The difference between search engines and directories is that, directories feature only vetted websites – sites that have a certain standard and contain information of substance – and search engines cover just about all types of existing Web traffic.

One aim when using directories is simply to boost traffic. To achieve this, you must choose to have your website featured in large, organized directories like Yahoo, DMOZ, and LookSmart. These will drive highly targeted traffic to your site (subject specific), increase significantly your website’s link popularity, and your website’s Google PageRank.

To maximize your website exposure

  1. Find a category that is most relevant to your website. The category and subcategories must totally fit the subject of your site and its purpose. For example, if your website is a health related business the site must be featured under health and not business. Only then, will surfers seeking health related websites access yours. Do a keyword search that is relevant to your website on the directory. The directory will present categories relevant to those keywords. Choose one which is suited in all aspects.
  2. Create a title and description that will boost traffic not reduce it. The title must be “dead on.” It should include the most important key word and if possible start with a letter towards the beginning of the alphabet. Plus, the 15-25 word description should succinctly summarize the purpose and/or functions of your website. While being descriptive and informative, try and weave in as many keywords pertaining to your website’s subject as possible.

Utilize Available Tools & Resources

Prioritize your to-do traffic list

  • Purchase keywords from one of the pay-per-click search engines or directories
  • Make your website search engine-friendly.
  • Pay attention to text and image content. Heavy images reduce search engine visibility.
  • Use backlinks on appropriate directories and trade or business listings.
  • Check out the backlinks used by competitors.
  • Add new content regularly. This encourages visitors and search engine spiders to return. Make sure the content is keyword rich.
  • Start and maintain a web log or blog. This can become an active way to boost traffic while simultaneously disseminating information.
  • Market your website by printing its address on business cards, paper bags, packaging and so on. Distribute an e-zine or updates as newsletters regularly to customers and business associates.
  • Consider paying search engines for improved listings and fast appraisal of your site.
  • Direct content towards search engines by utilizing cloaking technology.
  • Run advertisements on related websites and mailing lists.
  • Adopt a reciprocal link program.
Monitor, analyze, and be unique

Maximize traffic by monitoring your traffic regularly. Analyze visitor movements and frequencies. Find out what is effective and what is redundant. Use cookies efficiently. Understand technology and use it to the maximum. Keep updated on new innovations and developments. Write down a workable website marketing strategy.

There are simple steps to accomplishment: be different, make sure your website is refreshing and delivers what it promises; create a network of supporters; be honest in your business ventures; deliver on time at affordable prices; always be a diligent student, constantly innovate your website to keep stride with changing times and technology; carve out an exclusive niche and diversify in directions that are relevant to your business model.

Create a daunting presence!