Many of you really like the How to Drive Traffic to Your Website or Blog article I wrote back in May, and sent me some great suggestions and additions to the list. Thank you!
Since this article was written, I am grateful to have over 30,000 visitors for the past five months and an Alexa Ranking of 185,085. For the first four days in September, there have been over 2000 visitors. My goal for this month is to surpass 20,000 visitors. I believe I can do it.
Several EY Insiders have asked me to keep them updated on the additional lessons learned (so far) about driving traffic to website, so here you go again!
Back in May, I was still fairly new to StumbleUpon. For the past five months, I have generated thousands of visitors (sometimes per day) through StumbleUpon. This is by far one of the BEST ways to drive traffic. For those of you who are not familiar with what StumbleUpon is, you should review my first article. P.S. It won’t help to stumble your own article.
I spent about one hour per week submitting articles to Blog Carnival. This is a great way to build solid links to other websites that have relevant contents. If you check out technorati.com (a blog rating website), you will see I have over a thousand websites currently link to my website. For those of you who are not familiar with what a Blog Carnival is, you should review my first article.
Website Grader is one of my recent discovery, but I found it extremely useful. This is a free SEO tool that provides a SEO score for your website with custom search engine optimization and marketing advice. After you submit your website, your keyword phrases and your competitors, you will receive a report about how effective your website is. The website grader report definitely gave me a few good tips for improving my site.
Shoutwire is very similar to Digg, once you become a Shoutwire.com member, you can submit content, read content submitted by other users and “shout” the content if you like it. The more people “Shout” at you, the more popular your blog would get. With about 39 shouts, I was able to get on the front page of Shoutwire and generated a couple thousands visitors in one day.
If your website doesn’t already have this, you should definitely create an Archive or Directory page which lists all your past articles grouped by months or categories. This is a great way for your readers to review all your work and get a better sense of who you are. Review my archive page now.
Every Tuesday afternoon, I will send out a simple weekly updates to my EY Insiders. This is a great way to 1) capture information about your regular readers 2) create a relationship with your readers by reminding them the best part of your website. You will notice I have the “Sign Up Now and Receive EY Insider Weekly Newsletter!” box on the upper left side bar of every single pages of my site. I strongly encourage you to sign up today and get the exclusive report about presentation that is only available to EY Insiders. BTW – I use as my newsletter service. It is very easy to use and strongly recommend it. You can find out more by .
On top of each article post, you will see a previous and next article navigation bar. This is an easy way to allow your readers to find out your most recent work and therefore stay longer at your site. You can see an example by .
At the bottom of each article post, you will see the “Related Articles” recommendations. If your readers are interested in certain topics, this is great way to provide other articles that will likely keep their interest and therefore stay longer at your site. See below for an example.
To conclude, I honestly believe if your articles are adding values to people, your traffic will increase. After all, the best vehicle to drive real traffic is word of mouth.
To recap, the eight ways to drive traffic to your website are:
- Blog Carnival
- Website Grader
- Navigation Bar
- Related Articles
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