Driving traffic to your website
Drive traffic to your website! You’ve probably heard the phrase repeated often, but actually performing the action of driving traffic to a website has caused many new website owners to lose sleep at night and, in some cases, a lot of money in SEO (Search Engine Optimization), pay-per-click, classified and other advertising methods. Targeted marketing can be the answer for many of these new website owners, but it must be done right through proper keyword research, website layout and well-written content; Because let’s face it, simply having the website alone doesn’t get it done!
So you’ve got your website up and running. You hired an excellent web designer to craft a perfect home page and satellite pages that will really draw in the visitors and inspire them to buy. You have a beautiful catalog of products with detailed descriptions. You have a section dedicated to the services you provide with praises from past customers; And you have the best online shopping cart service out there so that your customers can buy from you with no hassles and you provide next day shipping. That’s great! Now where are your customers?
The traffic hype does not conform to reality
Yes, driving traffic to your website is a much discussed and much misunderstood topic. There are a million theories out there that claim to drive tons of new visitors to your site daily; and there are services that say they will increase your traffic by an enormous percentage if you will only pay them their small fee over a period of fifty years. There are so-called experts who will place your pages on all the best search engines on the net, and by doing so, they claim that this kind of blanket exposure will explode your website traffic within days.
But the only sure-fire way to draw productive traffic to your website is through targeted marketing. The important word to notice here is “productive.” You can draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to your site every year by hosting a giveaway of some kind. Services that search the internet for freebies will have people clicking a link to your site like crazy. But these people are not there to buy anything from you … quite the opposite. They are empty clicks. There is nothing productive about this kind of traffic. People looking for free stuff will rarely make you any kind of money. And that’s what you’re after, right?
So target your marketing to the people who really want to buy what you have to offer. How? Start by trying these basic steps in the following paragraphs.
Hire an experienced copywriter
The copy that is published to your site makes a world of difference in the sales you garner from the internet. Most important to targeted marketing are the keywords found in your title and the metatags in the website’s code.
An experienced copywriter will know how to determine the most effective keywords, and s/he will place them strategically in your site’s copy. If you cannot afford a copywriter, do some research and talk to your web designer about inserting metatags. You can start by taking a look at our page about copywriting, and the one dealing with salesletter writing.
Join and participate in PPC search engines
Obviously, Google is the leading pay-per-click (PPC) searching engine, but most of the keywords with the highest degree of popularity are already taken; but if you can think of some original phrases (key phrases) that people use to search for your products or services, you can post your ad next to the text that comes up when people search for that phrase. Every time someone clicks on your ad to go to your site, you pay Google a nominal fee.
Submit articles to free eZines and directories
Submitting articles to directories is especially helpful if you are a service provider. You can write – or hire someone to write – an article for you about your area of expertise. Give some free tips, offer your experience, and be accessible in the text. Then at the bottom of the article, you get a link to your website advertising your services. Every time someone publishes your article in their ezine, newsletter or article directory they must use your web address at the bottom.
These are just a few of the many ways to ensure you get “productive” – or targeted – traffic. Empty clicks are just that … empty… and your wallet will stay that way, too, if you fail to attract paying customers to your website or product page. If you find this article helpful to you, please tell your friends about this website and make a return visit yourself. Thanks!