Sunday, 3 February 2013

20 best ways to get traffic to your website



20 best ways to get traffic to your website

Getting traffic to your website has become an obsession for many webmasters and there are many who struggle in the process. Getting traffic to your website is a tedious and ongoing process that requires extensive research and a strategic approach to do certain things in a very systematic and quantified manner. Constant changes in search engines algorithms especially Google and an increasingly competitive market has made the process of getting traffic to your website an awfully complex and time consuming process.
Below are 20 best and proven ways to get traffic to your website for free.
  1. SEO or search engine optimization plays a very critical role in driving traffic to your website. Today almost every online business spends a handsome amount of money on search engine optimization, it is a proven and time tested technique and no one in the online business market can ignore the SEO perspective of their business. There are two kinds of SEO you can do for your website. Before you start this process, it is very important to find best keywords for your website, the ones that have maximum traffic volume. Once you have the list of keywords you can start the process. 
  2. On Page SEO: It all starts with the website itself; in on page SEO you have to make some changes to your website. Below is the list of things you have to do: 
  3.  Add title tag to your website and make sure you include your best keywords in the title, keep the length of title limited to 60 characters 
  4. Add keyword meta tags to your website and include the keywords you have selected in this tag 
  5. Make proper use of description tag 
  6. Never keep exactly the same kind of keywords for all your pages in a website, make keywords according to the content of each page 
  7. Make sure you are properly using the H1 and H2 tags, try to include your best keywords in heading tags
  8. Make sure all your images have an ALT attribute 
  9. Create internal links in your website but never over do this process, stay on the safe side of middle line  Create a sitemap for your website and submit it to Google
  10. Make sure the content you uploaded on website is optimized according to your keywords, keep a keyword density of under 5 
  11. Off Page SEO: Search engines are a major source of traffic and play a very vital role in getting traffic to your  website. Submit your website to all major search engines to increase your presence and increase traffic to your website.
  12. Submit your website to directories relevant to your niche; directories also help in getting traffic to your website.
  13. Try to get as many backlinks as possible, focus on quality when asking for a backlink.
  14. Search engines, especially Google love social media, create pages for your business on Facebook, twitter and Google+ and devise a cohesive Social Media campaign. Social media tools like facebook and twitter have become one of the most effective methods to drive traffic to your website through social interaction and sharing content.
  15. Always keep your website updated with the best content to give your visitors what they need at the right time.
  16. Videos are a very powerful tool to drive traffic, make short videos about topics that are explained in more detail inside your website and upload the videos to youtube with a link to your website
  17. Make sure you have an opt in box in your website, encourage people to opt in or subscribe by promising to give away useful material, give value to people and they would always come back to you
  18. Use the social bookmarking websites to your advantage; they are a great source of getting traffic to your website
  19. You can write articles on topic related to your website for distributing them as newsletters, or to the owners of other website to be submitted by them in article directories on the condition that they will provide link to your website when using the material provided by you. This helps in getting popularity on a wider basis. Search engines even use these directories that help in getting listed on popular search engines.
  20. Try experimenting with various low cost viral marketing techniques. These marketing ideas could be anything from sending an e-voucher to all your current customers that they can also forward onto friends and colleagues, or providing a discount at the end of the buying process if they send your website to 5 friends.