Recently, I posted an article on how article word count is important when it comes to attracting web visitors. Today, we are going to revisit the topic and you will learn some amazing facts about increasing site traffic.
Google’s recent updates have really hit many top websites. The number of web visitors to most top rated sites has dropped considerably. Sadly, Google has marked these sites and thus making their way back to the top to be daunting task.
But the question to ask is; what did these sites do wrong to be where they are now? What do you do to make sure you too don’t become a victim of the same? The answer is simple; do what others are not ready to do.
Am sure you are asking what that is; studies show that most bloggers and webmasters are lazy. We want to make money online but are not ready to pay the price. In order to direct web visitors to your site you need to go an extra mile.
On this post we shall discuss simple but very effective strategies of increasing your web visitors. Chances are that only 5% of you will do what this article advices and yet these are the secrets to generating income through blogging.
You all know that with traffic you can earn income online from home whether you like it or not. Even if you have not monetized your site, advertisers will be willing to pay you so as to channel some of your web visitors to their sites or products.
The question in most people’s minds especially newbies and some seasoned veterans are; why I’m not seeing an increase in website visitors? How come others are recording 10,000 web visitors everyday while the most my site records are 200 visitors?
Today you will get the answer to those questions. The only thing that will make you not to generate the traffic you want is to fail to implement these strategies.
1: Research thoroughly:
Knowledge is power and that is why you should always seek to empower yourself by reading widely. As a blogger, you should seek to read new content every day. Subscribe to links where you can be gathering content that is related to your niche.
Top bloggers read any book or content that they can lay their hands on especially when it is related to their area of expertise. That is the only way of moving from been called a newbie and becoming an authority in your niche.
In the next two points you will see why research is very vital in online marketing. Without researching you will not be able to write long articles.
Referring to other bloggers is also an important aspect of increasing web visitors. But how can you mention someone you have never met or read his or her content. The only way to achieve these two things is by researching.
Researching opens your eyes to new and better ideas of doing things. It ensures you broaden your thinking and thus address the needs of all your web visitors adequately.
How to research and get quality content:
a) Bookmark the sites and blogs of top bloggers in your niche. This will ensure you visit these blog and get up to date content and events in your niche.
b) Subscribe to RSS feeds that offer rich content in your area of interest.
c) Enlist your email to people that provide content that will help you in your area of interest.
d) Use Google search to get quality content.
e) Read books authored by top professionals in your industry.
f) Attend events and conferences organized in your locality related to your niche. This will help you meet other people with like minds and share ideas. In addition, you will expose your blog to more people thus increasing web visitors.
g) Follow top bloggers in your niche on sites twitter, google +1, LinkedIn and facebook.
I like the way Ralph Waldo puts it “Every artist was first an amateur”. In short it means that you have to be ready to begin from zero and make your way up. You build web presence online by reading and then reading some more.
This is the only way of gaining knowledge thus have quality articles to pass on to your web visitors.
2: Blog post word count in relation to increasing web visitors:
Google is now giving more preference to long articles. Writing long posts means coming up with articles with more than 1000 words. But it would be even better for you to create web pages with 3000 words.
When it comes to showing search results, search engines always seek to improve user experience. Therefore, when there are two articles with related content, search engine will give more preference to the longer article.
This should tell you that the era of posting articles with 300 words is over. If you find such an article ranking, it is probably because search engines have nothing else to show.
Studies also have revealed that long articles are likely to attract more backlinks than short ones. This is because longer posts get more exposure than shorter ones.
How to ensure that your long articles are exciting to read:
There are many kinds of web visitors and you need to profile your readers so as to know how to write. People usually get bored when they see endless content. Hence you need to break your content buy adding videos, captivating and related images, graphs and so on.
According to the owner of viper chill, Glen; long blog posts which are educative, proove your expertise and that is how you become an authority in your niche. Share content on how-to and you will be a darling to many.
Research is an integral element when it comes to writing long articles. You do not what to keep repeating the same point over and over again. Before you get down to drafting and article, do thorough groundwork. This is by reading as much content as possible.
In addition, mention the sources where you have gathered your content by adding external links. With time readers will view you as been honest and thus share your content.
Readability is also important for anyone who is keen on increasing web visitors. When you are picking a template always choose the one with a white background. Your font should be big enough where a person with a 20/20 vision can read with ease.
The recommended font size to use is between 12px and 16px. As for the font style to use, Times New Roman or Georgia is OK. These two font styles are friendly on most computer screens.
Short paragraphs are much easier to read. Long paragraphs are boring and in a way scare most readers. Try to have 2 to 4 sentences in each of your paragraphs.
The use of subheading is also a good way to make you content easy to read. Subheadings help you readers know where to find your important points faster.
Examples of a blogs that use long and well researched blog posts to great success are Viper Chill and ConversionXL. You are better off writing one article a week which is long and educative rather than posting short articles with no real meat.
In order to get as much web presence as possible, today’s web marketing dictates you come up with long articles. My advice is you try composing web pages with more than 2000 words or more.
When you do that you will be ahead of 95% of webmasters and bloggers. These articles will surely take you time to generate but the results are worth the effort.
3: Submit your content on other related sites:
You can have the most compelling articles in the world but if no one sees them then you work is in vain. This is especially so when your site is new. Apart from writing content that is SEO friendly, you need to use other channels to distribute your content on the web.
Stop creating castles in the air by hoping some great online guru will find your content and share it. You have to take the initiative by blowing your own trumpet.
Here are some ways of distributing your content to great effect:
- Social media sharing: Some people say that social bookmaking is like duplicating content but that is a myth. There is a great difference between syndicating content and duplicating content.
Have you ever asked yourself how a site like CNN is ranked high and yet people distribute their news content all over the internet?
Duplicate content is when you have two similar pages within the same site. But when people pick your content and share on other sites that is called syndicating. Now that is the benefit of social sharing.
There is no way a person will share your content if he/she does not know of its existence. This is to tell you that you need to have followers on twitter and loyal fans on facebook. It would be even more advantageous if you created a long email list.
The more web visitors are exposed to your content, the higher the chances of them spreading the word around about your site. But on the other hand, your content has to add value to your readers.
Apart from sharing your content and web page links on facebook, linkedin, Google plus and twitter, submit you links to site like:
Diigo among others
Social bookmarking has the power of making your content go viral. People who love your content will help you distribute and in the process expose your content to even more web visitors.
Note: You have to research and publish content that is provocative, insightful and at the same time educative, that is if you want people to share it.
Adding social media buttons on your web pages is very critical when it gets to increasing web visitors. Apart from adding the social icons, you have to request your readers to share your content.
You will be amazed how a simple call to action will help spread your content and links on the internet. Ask your website visitors to subscribe to your email list, RSS feeds and follow you on twitter.
Let me repeat this again since it the most important point, create valuable content that is well researched. This will mean sitting down for long hours to come up with long educative articles.
If you want to be successful in blogging for profit you have to be ready to go an extra mile. Most people are lazy therefore you have a better chance, get down to work.
- Refer to others in your web content: Human beings are egocentric by nature. If you ask me, online business entrepreneurs are the first culprits.
Webmasters and bloggers love it when they see others talking about them. This to means more exposure and thus helping them increase web visitors.
It is amazing how some people will look to get 5 minute celebrity status when they see a journalist with a camera asking people questions on the street. Most people will want the cameraman to get even a slight glimpse of them by passing in front of the camera.
Just the other day, I met a top journalist in Kenya, Larry Madowo, in the shopping mall and did not let the opportunity pass me by.
As a blogger you need to apply the same principle and you will definitely increase web visitors. In all your blog posts, mention companies and bloggers in your niche. Remember to also include links pointing back to their sites.
The effect of mentioning other people is that soon enough they will note traffic coming from you to their site. Within no time they will want to know more about you and the content you share.
Next day you will find these same bloggers sharing and talking about your blog or website. This is good for your site since it helps you increase your link profile naturally just the way Google likes it.
Summary: As you can see from this publication, it is very easy to increase web visitors. All you need is to set aside some time on a daily or weekly basis to come up with educative and captivating content.
Now you know why they say that content it king when it comes to marketing on the web. It takes people to make money online and thus you must know how to grab their attention.
These are simple and achievable strategies to achieve. Therefore get down to work and create long articles. Remember to name other people especially the top bloggers within your niche.
Give and it shall be given back to you 10 fold, 60 fold and 100 fold. That is what the bible says and the same applies to blogging. The more you talk about others the more exposure you will get.
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