If you operate a website or internet business, or plan to in the future, one of the issues probably foremost on your mind is that of how to attract traffic to your site. If it is not uppermost in your mind, it should be. Traffic is the life-blood of your site.
For many site owners, particularly new ventures, the primary means of traffic is through organic search. The term “organic search” is used to describe the search results you get when you enter a search term or phrase into a search engine. It is also referred to as natural search.
One of the key elements of organic search is that it is free. It is traffic which you do not have to pay for, as opposed to that which is created through advertising. Another important aspect of organic search traffic is that, in most cases, it is relevant to the subject matter of your site. In other words, it is “targeted traffic.”
Targeted traffic is visitors that are looking specifically for what...
After Google Penguin was released in waves, each wave brought a new level of heightened panic to internet webmasters. The ones whose sites had been punished by the update were frantic to regain rankings, while those who had been boosted were ecstatic and wondered how to keep these rankings.
One thing is certain from Google's press about Penguin and unofficial statements: they are moving towards promoting high-engagement, highly-targeted websites that offer specific answers to user queries. After all, a search engine wants to quickly deliver results so people don't have to click through many results.
Here are three of the best types of pages to have on your websites, post-Penguin updates.
1. Pages with lots of content.
Thin informational sites often suffer from Google updates, as Google has expressed a desire to eliminate “spammy” pages that are ad-centered and offer limited information. If you want to stay on Google's...
Google’s Penguin update has created a storm of controversy that threatens to permanently damage its reputation. Thousands of honest webmasters are up in arms after seeing their traffic disappear after the update. Many are calling for the search engine to be regulated as a monopoly.
The Penguin update, launched on April 24 2012, was designed to punish websites that relied on excessive back linking, keyword stuffing and exact match key terms. Google claims that Penguin only affected 3.1% of searches and only hit websites that contravened its existing quality guidelines. The devastating results of the update suggest that its impact was far more widespread.
Since April 24 thousands of quality websites have tumbled down Google’s search engine results pages (SERPs) to be replaced by poor quality rivals with little or no valuable content. Many affected site owners are adamant that they have never used any of the techniques that Google...
Some small business owners may feel that a Web site isn't worth the money, time or effort. In truth, it would be hard to find a wronger notion. Although a business owner may want to only function locally, a Web site is still essential for the company.
Even if their target audience rarely uses the Web, small businesses still need a Web site. Despite modern society's slow yet steady integration with the World Wide Web, some people — particularly those in the Baby Boomer Generation — want little to do with the Internet. By having a Web site, the business owner at least has a chance to let the visitor become a fan of the company's site. The benefits of having a Web site go beyond just demographic appeal.
A Web Site Outperforms the Yellow Pages
Far more advertising space can be put on a Web site versus a phone book. A Web page can have thousands of client-pulling words, whereas the phone book is limited to at most a few...
Almost all of us remember hearing Alec Baldwin yelling at his daughter through a recorded cell phone message, recall Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl clothing malfunction, and recall the shocking images from Abu Ghraib. Some media is literally so compelling that it flies from person to person around the world in a matter of days.
Occasionally someone with a commercial venture manages to come up with content that is almost that compelling. Recently Irish Spring ran an outrageous set of commercials which got them hundreds of millions of impressions they could never have paid for on Youtube and millions of links on social media sites they couldn’t have bought. Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance video on Youtube, which contains more than a dozen product placements, has had more than 465 million viewings and that is on just a single iteration of a video that has been widely pirated worldwide carrying the brands in it along for the ride.
A website is a crucial asset for your business; these days nothing is more important than a strong online presence. Here are the four main reasons why you should set up a business website today.
1 - Attract new customers to your business.
The internet is a worldwide system that connects almost every country in the world. As the owner of a twenty-first century business, you should join the online community and reap the potential rewards as soon as possible. A simple website can expand the reach of your business as you connect with the hundreds of millions of people online. The potential for new customers through online channels is almost limitless, and a business website is the first and most important step you should take.
Existing customers will also appreciate a business web presence, and your customer-base could grow exponentially as word spreads around online forums and social networks.
2 - Have a central focal point to your...
Search engine optimization and memes have a lot in common. Both are focused on getting information to your audience in the most efficient way possible. Memes accomplish that because people inherently understand what the meme is all about. It doesn’t matter whether you plan on using “Socially Awkward Penguin” or “Rageface” to get your point across – the point is, with memes, you can speak the language of the people who are on the Internet the most.
Why is it Beneficial for Your Traffic Numbers?
The best way to get traffic, no matter what method you use, is to target your content at people who are more likely to share something with their friends. Every time someone shares something from your site, it’s an opportunity to get tens, if not hundreds, of hits. Memes come into the picture here. A lot of the things people share nowadays are actually memes. Philosoraptor, Rageface, and most four-panel stick figure...
Every industry has a vocabulary that is unique to itself – words and acronyms that have little relevance outside of that particular industry. The world of internet marketing is no exception. In the internet marketing business you will often see and hear terms being bandied about such as PPC, CPM, PPA and others. So just what do these terms refer to and exactly what do all those P’s mean?
For savvy internet marketers who have been around the block a few times, these terms are second nature. For the novice, however, it can all be rather confusing, to say the least. The information you find here will, hopefully, help you unravel it all and gain a better understanding of some of the industry jargon.
Much of the revenue that is derived from internet marketing activities is driven by advertising programs. In most cases, the acronyms you encounter have to do with the various types of advertising campaigns that are employed. To begin wrapping...
Proper search engine optimization will result in increased hits. The fact of the matter is that on-site optimization cannot be ignored if you want to increase traffic to your site. Most of your hits, especially before you develop relationships with other sites, are going to come from search engines. Improper optimization can doom your site to obscurity. Properly applied search engine optimization will increase the odds of your site popping up on the first page of a search engine’s results list – and if you’ve noticed anything about your own search habits, it is that you probably don’t even check the second page.
Increase Relevance to Both the Search Engine and Your Intended Audience
You may have started your blog or site because of your interests, but you’re not going to keep it alive by yourself. Your visitors, your audience, are going to be responsible for your website’s health. Finding out what to write can seem difficult,...
Short of direct links and back-links, search engines are the most effective way for people to find your site or blog. Without proper search engine optimization, your site will become extremely reliant on word of mouth, which isn't that efficient compared to a search engine's reach. Half of the average site's visitors come from search engine results, especially if the site is developed enough to come up on the first page of results.
Unfortunately, ill-considered on-site search engine optimization efforts can render any work invalidated. Even a single mistake can result in thousands of lost hits and customers.
Improper Implementation of Flash in Menus and Splash Pages
Flash splash pages may be extremely impressive and can make your site look slick, but it can also prevent search engines from crawling your text and determining whether or not your site is relevant. Your homepage is, more likely than not, the most frequently crawled...