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Getting Traffic to Your Site

Posted by Steve | Posted in SEO by Request | Posted on 24-03-2011

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If you haven’t figured it out by now the biggest problem you will face in generating income from your website is traffic generation. We all know this, but nevertheless this is still what most of those will struggle with over coming months. There are of course many ways to drive traffic to your website and many of them have been discussed so far in the printed material and videos available here. For many budding Internet entrepreneurs there are a few legitimate tricks in driving traffic to your site that even some more experienced players are unaware of. Let me show you one that I particularly like.

There are a number of sites on the Internet called traffic exchange sites. Basically these sites are a place where you can advertise your website and users gain points by clicking on your ad which directs them to your website. Once there they have to wait given length of time (usually 20 seconds or so) and then they can move  to the next advertisement and repeat the process. These points can then be redeemed for a advertisements of your own website which subsequently are clicked on by other users wishing to earn points for themselves. And so the cycle goes on. You do have the option to purchase points out right which you can redeem instantly for traffic generating ads.

Some believe, that because these clicks to your website are redirections from the same source IP  they have a dubious benefit for your website ranking. Others suggest that the relatively short length of time that users are running your site also diminishes the value of the visit. While these observations may be correct I believe that the benefit lies elsewhere.

Visit one of these sites (www.easyhits4you.com for example) and take a look around. Join up, (it’s free)and look at the sites that are advertised. Do they look familiar? Many of them affiliate marketing sites. Many of them are budding Internet marketers. More to the point, many  of the site owners will be interested in the affiliate marketing products that you are trying to sell. That is the very nature of the people who frequent traffic exchange sites.

In my next post I will share with you a clever little method of creating a “perpetual motion” link sharing referral system. In the mean time, if you like my Blog please follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

Steve Williams


 

 

 

 

 

 

Off Page SEO

Posted by Steve | Posted in SEO by Request | Posted on 22-03-2011

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Off-Page Factors That Search Engines Look For

The exact way in which the search engines rank the pages of a web site is not known to anyone outside of the inner circle of engineers working for Google, Yahoo, MSN etc. However there are some general principles on what is considered to be positive factors that can  influence your rankings.

These factors relate mainly to the quality and quantity of incoming links to your site. Although outgoing links also play a part, they are not as important as incoming links.

Quality of Incoming Links

Quality is based on the perceived importance of the website linking to you. If the link is one way (you don’t reciprocate by linking back) it carries more weight than a reciprocal link.

Another factor to consider is the relevance of the page that is linked to. It’s no good having a page from a gambling site linking to a page on a health site. The more closely they match the better.

Relevance of On Topic Theme Content

Based on your sites content, the search engines determine the theme of your site and the relevance of your individual pages to your theme. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to focus on a niche topic and not go too broad.

The search engines are looking for sites that appear to be natural and not contrived to beat their algorithms. If your site has lots of incoming links but they all went to the same page, this would not appear to be natural. Similarly if lots of your links come from the same site or even the same server, this would raise alarm signals with the search engines and they could penalize your rankings.

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Do not try and fool the search engines by purchasing links from so called “link farms” or other dubious schemes. You may succeed for a short while, but the search engines will always catch you out and penalize your site heavily.

In Summary…SEO is not an exact science… a page could rank no 1 with Yahoo and not even be in the top 100 with Google. Similarly, a page that ranks well today could rank poorly tomorrow. Don’t get too involved with trying to figure out what you are doing wrong. Stick to the basics of producing lots of good quality original content related to your niche and get as many quality incoming links as you can.

Steve Williams

Google Slap and Your Website

Posted by Steve | Posted in SEO by Request | Posted on 21-03-2011

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Google slaps are common enough. Most of us running legitimate sites have seen enough not to worry too much when our sites lose ranking for a short period as they inevitably recover. .. that is our legitimate sites with good SEO, useful and informative content and healthy back links. Really, this is what credible SEO experts have always advised.

By comparison, sites with poor or duplicate content, sites using link farms , sites with spammy URL’s etcetera are the latest on Google’s hit list. Also added to the list are Google are landing pages with exit pops, pop ups that block content, squeeze pages or even a page that makes no sense or is stuffed with keywords.

This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful.

The message is clear for affiliate marketers. Produce good content in your Blogs, avoid the short term “tricks” for driving traffic and the sneaky pop up methods and you will have greater longevity when you reach Page 1 Position1.

Steve Williams

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Submitting Your Website To The Search Engines

Posted by Steve | Posted in SEO by Request | Posted on 20-03-2011

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If you have recently registered a domain and uploaded your website then the first step in advertising and promoting your web site is to submit to a the search major engines. While there are literally thousands of search engines the the most significant are Google, Yahoo and Bing,

Beware of companies that promise automatic submission of your website to hundreds of search engines which are but only false promises. The best way to submit your website for search engine ranking and inclusion is to do it yourself or to hire an expert to do it manually, by contacting the search engine companies and directories.

Before you begin to submit your website to search engines ensure your websites are thoroughly designed to the professional quality using the right key words, good graphics and pictures and the relevant content. Don’t submit websites that are incomplete. While submitting to a search engine, make sure to provide information about your website, keywords and any other information that may be pertinent, including the name and contact information of your business.

Mere submission to search engine companies does not guarantee that your site would be immediately listed and the ranking will be high. Because there are thousands of new websites coming up every day and it may take quite sometime before they take up your site for review by human editors. One important factor to remember while submitting site is to include a site map of your website which makes the crawling easy for the web robots. Search engines like ‘http://www.google.com’ hardly considers submissions without sitemaps.

To submit your site to Google you can go here

To submit you site to Yahoo you can go here

To submit your site to Bing you can go here

You can check whether your site has been indexed in Google by typing site:www.yoursitenamehere.com

Personally, I only check Google site submissions. They have an 87% share of the search engine market so they are by far the dominant force.

Thats it for search engine submission. My next post will be about tools to measure your site as it moves through the rankings.

Steve Williams

Don’t forget to check out this video “Make $100 per day on Clickbank – FAST”