5 Steps to Increase Traffic to your Website
Copyright 2004 Scott Patterson
So youve finally created a website for your small online
store! Now you think, How do I get people to visit my site?
If youre like most new website owners, you wonder how to bring
potential customers to your site without spending lots of money
on expensive advertising. In order to help you, Ive compiled
a small list of five methods that I have used to drastically increase
traffic to my own site. Ive also listed two websites under
each tip that will help you get started implementing these suggestions.
Offer a freebie or a contest for your items:
One of main reasons that people use the Internet is to find free
(or cheaper) stuff. If you offer a freebie or contest for one of
your items, then you are likely to attract potential customers.
To get maximum exposure for your freebie or contest, you should
register with as many free stuff sites as possible.
Here are a couple of sites which would be a good starting point:
http://www.thefreesite.com and http://www.realfreesite.com.
Link to similar websites:
A popular method used by webmasters to increase web traffic is
to swap links with comparable websites. However, the trick to maximizing
the effectiveness of linking is to find sites with a minimum Google
PageRank, which is a system which Google uses to judge the importance
of each webpage, of 3 or 4. To find out more information about PageRank,
click here: http://toolbar.google.com/ . To find good linking partners,
check out these two link partner directories: http://www.links-pal.com/
Join an internet discussion group:
People also frequently use the Internet to find places where they
share common interests with other individuals, which has led to
the creation of Internet discussion groups. You can use discussion
groups to introduce yourself and your product. Find a group that
is related to your store or personal interest, and make sure any
topic that you post is tied into a current discussion. Dont
SPAM any discussion group with an obvious sales pitch. Simply write
comments applicable to both the group and your product; people will
naturally want to know more about you! Two great listings of potential
starting points for discussion groups are: http://groups.yahoo.com/
Post your product or service on a free classified ad page:
Although many websites only have paid inclusion into their classified
ads, many offer a free place where you are allowed to advertise
your merchandise. If you spend time developing an interesting headline
or ad, you can bring in a steady amount of traffic from these sites.
Write an article related to your website and submit it to ezines:
By writing an article about your service or a topic related to
your website, you instantly become an authority on your issue. Although
you might have some apprehension about writing, if you have a website,
then you probably have something to talk about. Two great directories
on ezines are: http://freezineweb.com/ and http://www.ezinelocater.com