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25 WAYS TO INCREASE TRAFFIC TO YOUR WEBSITE

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25 WAYS TO INCREASE TRAFFIC TO YOUR WEBSITE Ask a marketer or business owner what they’d like most in the world and they’ll probably tell you “more customers.” And what often comes after customers on a business’s wish list More traffc to their site. There are many ways you can increase traffc on your website and in this guide we’re going to share 25 of them. © 2014 WordStream Inc. All rights reserved. WordStream technologies are protected by pending US patents. 1. ADVERTISE This one is so obvious why not start here Paid search social media advertising and display advertising are all excellent ways of attracting visitors building your brand and getting your site in front of people. Adjust your paid strategies to suit your goals — do you just want more traffc or are you looking to increase conversions too Each paid channel has its pros and cons so think carefully about your objectives before you reach for your credit card. If you’re hoping that more traffc to your site will also result in more sales you’ll need to target high commercial intent keywords as part of your paid search strategies. Yes competition for these search terms can be ferce and expensive but the payoffs can be worth it.

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2. GET SOCIAL It’s not enough to produce great content and hope that people fnd it — you have to be proactive. One of the best ways to increase traffc to your website is to use social media channels to promote your content. Twitter is ideal for short snappy and tempting links whereas Google+ promotion can help your site show up in personalized search results and seems especially effective in B2B niches — where LinkedIn is also effective. If you’re a B2C product company you might fnd great traction with image-heavy social sites like Pinterest and Instagram. © 2014 WordStream Inc. All rights reserved. WordStream technologies are protected by pending US patents. One of the best ways to increase traffc to your website is to use social media channels to promote your content. 3. MIX IT UP There is no magic formula for content marketing success despite what some would have you believe. For this reason vary the length and format of your content to make it as appealing as possible to different kinds of readers. Intersperse shorter news-based blog posts with long-form content as well as video infographics and data-driven pieces for maximum impact. 4. WRITE IRRESISTIBLE HEADLINES Headlines are one of the most important parts of your content. Without a compelling headline even the most comprehensive blog post will go unread. Master the art of headline writing. For example the writers at BuzzFeed and Upworthy often write upward of twenty different headlines before fnally settling on the one that will drive the most traffc so think carefully about your headline before you hit “publish.”

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© 2014 WordStream Inc. All rights reserved. WordStream technologies are protected by pending US patents. 5. PAY ATTENTION TO ON-PAGE SEO Think SEO is dead Think again. Optimizing your content for search engines is still a valuable and worthwhile practice. Are you making the most of image alt text Are you creating internal links to new content What about meta descriptions Optimizing for on-page SEO doesn’t have to take ages and it could help boost your organic traffc. 6. TARGET LONG-TAIL KEYWORDS Got your high commercial intent keyword bases covered Then it’s time to target long-tail keywords too. Long-tail keywords account for a majority of web searches meaning that if you’re not targeting them as part of your paid search or SEO efforts you’re missing out. 7. START GUEST BLOGGING Before you say it — no true guest blogging isn’t dead despite what you may have heard. Securing a guest post on a reputable site can increase traffc to your website and help build your brand into the bargain. Be warned though — standards for guest blogging have changed radically during the past eighteen months and spammy tactics could result in stiff penalties. Proceed with caution. Think SEO is dead Think again.

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© 2014 WordStream Inc. All rights reserved. WordStream technologies are protected by pending US patents. 8. INVITE OTHERS TO GUEST BLOG ON YOUR SITE Guest blogging is a two-way street. In addition to posting content to other blogs invite people in your niche to blog on your own site. They’re likely to share and link to their guest article which could bring new readers to your site. Just be sure that you only post high-quality original content without spammy links because Google is cracking way down on low-quality guest blogging. 9. GO AFTER REFERRAL TRAFFIC Rather than begging other sites to link back to you a tedious and time-intensive process create content that just begs to be linked to. When Larry wrote about the kick in the proverbial teeth that eBay took from Google’s Panda update we managed to secure a link from Ars Technica in the Editor’s Pick section alongside links to The New York Times and National Geographic. Not too shabby — and neither was the resulting spike in referral traffc. Learn what types of links send lots of referral traffc and how to get them in this post. Rather than begging other sites to link back to you create content that just begs to be linked to. 10. POST CONTENT TO LINKEDIN LinkedIn has become much more than a means of fnding another job. The world’s largest professional social network is now a valuable publishing platform in its own right which means you should be posting content to LinkedIn on a regular basis. Doing so can boost traffc to your site as well as increase your profle within your industry — especially if you have a moderate to large following.

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© 2014 WordStream Inc. All rights reserved. WordStream technologies are protected by pending US patents. 11. IMPLEMENT SCHEMA MICRODATA Implementing schema or another microdata format won’t necessarily increase traffc to your website on its own but it will make it easier for search engine bots to fnd and index your pages. Another beneft of using schema for SEO is that it can result in better rich site snippets which can improve click-through rates. 12. LINK INTERNALLY The strength of your link profle isn’t solely determined by how many sites link back to you — it can also be affected by your internal linking structure. When creating and publishing content be sure to keep an eye out for opportunities for internal links. This not only helps with SEO but also results in a better more useful experience for the user — the cornerstone of increasing traffc to your website. When creating and publishing content be sure to keep an eye out for opportunities for internal links.

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13. INTERVIEW INDUSTRY THOUGHT LEADERS Think interviews are only for the big leaguers You’d be amazed how many people will be willing to talk to you if you just ask them. Send out emails requesting an interview to thought leaders in your industry and publish the interviews on your blog. Not only will the name recognition boost your credibility and increase traffc to your website the interviewee will probably share the content too further expanding its reach. © 2014 WordStream Inc. All rights reserved. WordStream technologies are protected by pending US patents. 14. DON’T NEGLECT EMAIL MARKETING So many businesses are focused on attracting new customers through content marketing that they forget about more traditional methods. Email marketing can be a powerful tool and even a moderately successful email blast can result in a signifcant uptick in traffc. Just be careful not to bombard people with relentless emails about every single update in your business. Also don’t overlook the power of word-of-mouth marketing especially from people who are already enjoying your products or services. A friendly email reminder about a new service or product can help you boost your traffc too. 15. MAKE SURE YOUR SITE IS RESPONSIVE The days when internet browsing was done exclusively on desktop PCs are long gone. Today more people than ever before are using mobile devices to access the web and if you force your visitors to pinch and scroll their way around your site you’re basically telling them to go elsewhere. Ensure that your website is accessible and comfortably viewable across a range of devices including smaller smartphones.

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© 2014 WordStream Inc. All rights reserved. WordStream technologies are protected by pending US patents. 16. MAKE SURE YOUR SITE IS FAST Ever found yourself waiting thirty seconds for a webpage to load Me neither. If your site takes forever to load your bounce rate will be sky high. Make sure that your pages are as technically optimized as possible including image fle sizes page structure and the functionality of third-party plugins. The faster your site loads the better. 17. FOSTER A SENSE OF COMMUNITY People want to speak their minds and weigh in on subjects they feel passionately about so building a community into your site is a great way to start a conversation and increase traffc to your website. Implement a robust commenting system through third-party solutions such as Facebook comments or Disqus or create a dedicated forum where visitors can ask questions. Don’t forget to manage your community to ensure that minimum standards of decorum are met however. 18. MAKE YOURSELF HEARD IN COMMENT SECTIONS You probably visit at least a few sites that are relevant to your business on a regular basis so why not join the conversation Commenting doesn’t necessarily provide an immediate boost to referral traffc right away but making a name for yourself by providing insightful thought-provoking comments on industry blogs and sites is a great way to get your name out there — which can subsequently result in driving more traffc to your own site. Just remember that as with guest posting quality and relevance are key — you should be engaging with other people in your niche not dropping spam links on unrelated websites.

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© 2014 WordStream Inc. All rights reserved. WordStream technologies are protected by pending US patents. 19. EXAMINE YOUR ANALYTICS DATA Google Analytics is an invaluable source of data on just about every conceivable aspect of your site from your most popular pages to visitor demographics. Keep a close eye on your Analytics data and use this information to inform your promotional and content strategies. Pay attention to what posts and pages are proving the most popular. Inspect visitor data to see how where and when your site traffc is coming from. 20. GET ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA It’s not enough to just share content through social channels — you need to actively participate in the community too. Got a Twitter account Then join in group discussions with relevant hashtags. We love PPCchat Is your audience leaving comments on your Facebook posts Answer questions and engage with your readers. Nothing turns people off quicker than using social media as a broadcast channel — use social media as it was intended and actually interact with your fans. You’ll fnd more tips for social media marketing here. 21. SUBMIT YOUR CONTENT TO AGGREGATOR SITES Firstly a disclaimer — don’t spam Reddit and other similar sites hoping to “hit the jackpot” of referral traffc because it’s not going to happen. Members of communities like Reddit are extraordinarily savvy to spam disguised as legitimate links but every now and again it doesn’t hurt to submit links that these audiences will fnd genuinely useful. Choose a relevant subreddit submit your content then watch the traffc pour in. Or try aggregators that focus on a specifc industry like Inbound.org for marketers.

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© 2014 WordStream Inc. All rights reserved. WordStream technologies are protected by pending US patents. 22. INCORPORATE VIDEO INTO YOUR CONTENT STRATEGY Text-based content is all well and good but video can be a valuable asset in both attracting new visitors and making your site more engaging. Data shows that information retention is signifcantly higher for visual material than it is for text meaning that video is an excellent wayto grab — and hold — your audience’s attention and boost traffc to your website at the same time. 23. RESEARCH THE COMPETITION If you haven’t used software like BuzzSumo to check out what your competitors are up to you’re at a huge disadvantage. These services aggregate the social performance of specifc sites and content to provide you with an at-a-glance view of what topics are resonating with readers and most importantly making the rounds on social media. Find out what people are reading and talking about and emulate that kind of content to bring traffc to your website. Video is an excellent way to grab — and hold — your audience’s attention and boost traffc to your website at the same time.

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© 2014 WordStream Inc. All rights reserved. WordStream technologies are protected by pending US patents. 24. HOST WEBINARS People love to learn and webinars are an excellent way to impart your wisdom to your eagerly waiting audience. Combined with an effective social promotion campaign webinars are a great way to increase traffc to your website. Send out an email a week or so ahead of time as well as a “last chance to register” reminder the day before the webinar. Make sure to archive the presentation for later viewing and promote your webinars widely through social media. If you’re wondering how to do a webinar click the link for some tips. 25. ATTEND CONFERENCES Whatever industry you’re in chances are there are at least one or two major conventions and conferences that are relevant to your business. Attending these events is a good idea — speaking at them is even better. Even a halfway decent speaking engagement is an excellent way to establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry and gain signifcant exposure for your site. ABOUT WORDSTREAM WordStream Inc. provides search marketing software and services to small and medium-sized businesses that want better results from paid search. WordStream’s easy-to-use PPC Advisor software facilitates more effective PPC campaigns by providing a customized workfow the 20-Minute PPC Work Week to help advertisers increase relevance across Google Bing and Yahoo and get expert-level results in a fraction of the time. Whether you’re new to search marketing or are an experienced PPC manager WordStream’s PPC management software and services can provide the boost you need to grow your business and drive better results.