Sunday, September 30, 2007

Improve Traffic

Ultimately without traffic to your sites, you won't be making anything out of the different campaigns and advertisement you have on your site. Here we will try to list out all possible avenues to increase and improve traffic to your blogs. This will be updated constantly.

Hub Pages
I noticed that hub pages tend to get pretty high ranking in google search results. Thus logically by creating your own Hub Pages it will draw more traffic to your blog.
Go to Hub Pages and sign up for an account. Create your own hub pages, and soon you will see it brining in more customers to your site and hopefully pushing up your page rank.

Yahoo Answers
As they always say ... Help others and you will be blessed. Now, here's a method that allows you to help others and simultaneously increase the traffic to your blog. Go to Yahoo Answers, log into your Yahoo account and search for an appropriate category related to your blog. Using advanced search tools you can search for users looking for answers. Once you answerd their query, put a link on that post. If you have been providing pertinent answers, and people find your blog relevant, they will tend to go back to your blog and you can get repeat visits and loyal readers. In this way you can build up a readership. Please note that Spamming will get you out the door sooner.

Set Pings to YES
One simple way to help build traffic to your blog is to ping blog update notification services to inform them that your blog has been updated. This is done so that they will crawl and update you blog. It used to be done manually however the new blogger has a feature of pinging updates automatically.
Go to blogger SETTINGS > PUBLISHING and set "Send Pings" to YES

Addthis Bookmarking Widget
Addthis has a bookmarking widget that will help your visitors bookmark your website or blog, and promote it to the social bookmarking services, sending you back more traffic.

Get Listed on search engines (Google Sitemap)
The Sitemaps Protocol allows a webmaster to inform search engines about URLs on a website that are available for crawling. A Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site. It allows webmasters to include additional information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site. This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently. Sitemaps are a URL inclusion protocol, and complement robots.txt a URL exclusion protocol.
Learn more here

Get Good Quality Linkbacks
In general, webmasters can improve the rank of their sites by increasing the number of high-quality sites that link to their pages. So search for relavant websites, forum, blogs etc that has good content and ranking. Contact the webmasters and ask for link exchanges.

Submit URL to search engines
You can also submit your URL to search engines, but I hear they may not help much. Anyway, here are the links to the sites where you can submit your URL to search engines:
Submit your URL to Google
ExactSeek - Add your URl
Submit URL to Yahoo
MSN URL Submission

Submit site to Directories
We talked about getting and generating inbound links from good websites with good ranking and one of the quickest was is via directories.
Since submission to all sites are relatively similar it would help if you carefully prepare in advance, a title and a short description about your blog which you can then use for all the directories. The best directory to get listed on is the Open Directory.

Google, and many other search engines, uses the data of the Open Directory Project. In fact, Google's Directory is taken from DMOZ, that means if you get listed in DMOZ, your site will also be listed in Google Directory. This also translates to 2 high PageRank and authoritative sites.

I must stress that is is very very difficult to get listed in Open Directories. Try your best to get listed in DMOZ.
However alternatively, start getting listed in blog directories :
Blog Catalog
Globe of Blogs
Blog Universe

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