Top 5 most effective ways to increase website traffic

Getting tons of traffic has always been a dream for every webmaster. Some are successful in achieving that, whereas some keep experimenting with various stuffs to get some traffic and do not succeed or take very long to get there. Over the years, experts have been suggesting various ways to increase website traffic, however, all the tricks do not work for everybody out there.\r\n\r\nIn this post, I am going to talk about the most effective ways to generate traffic for your website. These tricks will not need a lot of technical expertise, and still, will help you get a lot of traffic. The only condition is, you will need to implement them well.\r\n

Internal linking of most linked and highest ranked pages :

\r\nTime and again, experts have had different views on the impact of internal and external linking. Whatever the views be, no one has ever underestimated the power of smart linking.\r\n\r\nIn order to get the most out your website, the first think you will need to do is to make two separate lists. One should contain the pages which are highly ranked on search engines (the pages might be on 2nd or 3rd page of Google) and the second should contain the list of the pages which have been linked the most by external websites. This information can be collected by playing with Google Analytics, Google Webmaster tools and a link tracking tool like Ahrefs or SEMRush.\r\n\r\nOnce you have the list ready, start linking the highest ranked pages from the pages which have highest number of links pointing at them. This will pass some good link juice to the pages which are ranking on 2nd or 3rd pages. Once that starts to show results, the rankings will boost up. However, never try this in access, a page getting links from hundreds of your site pages, might look suspicious to search engines and it might work more bad than good. Being smart is they key here, have a proper strategy to link all your important pages, without being too aggressive,\r\n

Have a properly formatted description for search engines

\r\nExperts have often debated on the amount of importance meta description has on the search engine rankings. While it has been proven that search engines do not give too much of importance to meta description, it is also a fact that before clicking on a particular link in search engine, users do quickly check out the description to check the formatting and to make sure that the description includes the searched keywords.\r\n\r\nLot of webmasters aggressively stuff the keywords in the meta description to attract visitors, but that does not work in most cases. One of the bloggers I follow, came out with an amazing piece of advice for the descriptions. According to him, you can look up for description ideas with the advertisement on top of search engines when you search for the targeted keywords. These advertisers spend a lot of money in getting the description right and you can surely save that money and effort by following their description, because they make it look catchy to attract visitors and the same can be done by you too.\r\n

Focus on referral traffic

\r\nTraffic from referring sources has never been given the due credits. Reason? Because it does not include too much of an effort. However, it is one of the best sources to get targeted traffic to your website. My trick to get referral traffic is a very simple yet effective one.\r\n\r\nOnce you are trying to get the referral traffic, first of all, make a list of most popular websites in your niche or the websites from which you want the referral traffic. This is a very simple process and should not need too much of an effort or time. Once you have the list handy, write a detailed blog post and include all of them in the list. The blog post could be something with a title of “top websites to follow in your niche”.\r\n\r\nThe content here remains the key. You are dealing with some of the most authority websites in your niche, so make sure you employ your best writer to write the post. Link all the websites from the post and make sure to do follow them. That way, you will be able to get the attention and trust of the website owner. Promote the article aggressively on your social media channels and then reach out to those website owners with an email, tweet, Facebook message to notify them that you have included them in the list.\r\n\r\nMost of the times, out of courtesy, the website owner will link you back or write a separate blog post to mention that they have been featured as an authority website in the particular niche. This will give you long lasting referral traffic.\r\n

Sponsor an Infographic

\r\nOver the last few years, Infographics have made their way to the top as one of the best sources to gather information. Websites look for informative infographics to feature. However, the fact which goes against is that making an infographic needs too much of an effort and time. Also, it does cost a lot if you outsource the infographic, sometimes running in thousands of dollars.\r\n\r\nOne of the best ways to get traffic through this way is to co-brand the infographic. Just reach out to 2-3 websites which are the best in your niche. Write them a detailed email enquiring if they will be interested in a co-branded a infographic. Now the secret lies in co-branding. There are millions of infographics on the internet and no-one bets an eye. However, an original infographic with the logo of a website is ever pleasing.\r\n\r\nJust search for a hot keyword in your niche. Provided, you are targeting a website in your own niche. Take ideas from the most popular blog posts written on the topic and hire a designer from odesk or freelancer to turn the idea into reality. You can try to post 1 infographic on 2-3 different websites. However, make sure that the number does not exceed, or you will lose the credibility and the trust.\r\n\r\nOnce you have the infographic ready, reach out to the websites and make them feature it with a link to your website. If the website you have chosen is popular, chances are more that the same infographic will be published by various other bloggers. Have an image check on Google to find out other websites using your infographic and reach out to them asking for a link if they haven’t already done that. This will create an ever lasting cycle of referral traffic as well as a lot of new links from the websites in your niche.\r\n

Write posts with long tail keywords having low competition

\r\nWhile looking to get traffic, one can never ignore the importance of regularly updated fresh content on the website. Though you might be having tough time ranking for highly competitive keywords, search for the long tail keywords having low competition. Again, tools like Google Webmasters and Ahrefs will come to your rescue.\r\n\r\nOnce you have the list of keywords, start writing regular posts on those keywords and make sure you have 2-5 links pointing at them the moment they go live. Also, do not forget to share them on your social media channels. This will start creating reputation for your content and the domain.\r\n\r\nLong tail keywords can be the real game changer if you rank for a few of them in a few weeks time. They do not have too much of the competition and at the same time, are very easy to rank.\r\n\r\nSo these were the ways which I use effectively to generate traffic to my websites. If you have any query, feel free to write in the comment section and I will reply back within hours.

PageRank is DEAD, Announces Google

SEO 2014 banner

The long list of rumors and expectations around Google PageRank seems to have ended. According to an official blog post which came out yesterday, Google stated that PageRank score will never be updated again.\r\n\r\nGoogle PageRank\r\n\r\nThe last pagerank update, was around in December 2013. According to Google, that just came out when they were updating the database and the update was not official, if that update is not taken into consideration, then the last PageRank update came over a year back.\r\n\r\nRead : How to increase traffic to your website with easy-to-implement steps\r\n\r\nGoogle has not been very keen on updating the PageRank. In a lot of search engine algorithms which came out, Google has very well stated that PageRank is not important fr the Search Engine Rankings and hence, they asked the webmasters to focus more on the domain authority, page authority and content.

Over the years transformation of SEO

Transformation of SEO

The term SEO (Search Engine Optimization), has been around ever since Search Engines became popular. At the time, there were very few web pages to crawl and rank onto the search engines.\r\n\r\nHowever, with time, number of online URLs and pages increased exponentially, spamming increased and it became very difficult for the websites to survive on the top of a search engine and that was time time, Search Engine Strategies came into existence.\r\n\r\nSEO 2014 banner\r\n\r\nTime has changed a lot. As a result, there are billions of websites online competing for that #1 position on search engines for respective keywords. So called SEO experts are trying their level best to get there on the top and stay. However, that is not possible for every website online.\r\n\r\nTalking about the Search Engine Rankings gets us to a term called strategy. What should be the strategy implemented while working on a SEO project is still a tough question to answer, reason being, the continuous change in the search engine algorithms to filter out the spammed content out of the search engine index.\r\n

SEO, over the years

\r\nTransformation of SEO\r\n\r\nSearch Engine Optimization started when there were no proper websites. Dynamic websites with keyword in the URL and title were enough to get onto the first page as well as on the first rank. Well, with the time, this approach changed, then came a time when websites having most number of backlinks started to rank.\r\n\r\nWebsites with most number of backlinks continued to rank for a long time until the search engines felt a need to filter and decide about the kind of backlinks which were authentic and genuine. That gave birth to a new term called Search Engine Algorithm. In the process of filtering out the spam links, Search Engines marked a lot of websites as spam.\r\n\r\nAfter the authenticity of the plugins, Google came up with the reviews and social counts, speed of the website, nature of the other websites hosted on the same server and a lot more things which are not available as a list of 200 factors to rank a content on Google.\r\n

SEO is just transformed, SEO can’t be dead

\r\nA lot of people have been telling for a while now, about the craze of SEO is going down. Well, a lot of people still say that SEO is completely dead and it has been replaced by various SMO techniques.\r\n\r\nHowever, if the trends and case studies are to be considered, then it becomes completely clear that SEO is not dead yet, only the techniques used for SEO have been changed over the years.\r\n\r\nSpamming a web page with millions of backlinks is not a constant solution for ranking a web page, however, a strategy to have a few authority links with considerable presence on Social Media can help you get to the first page of Google.\r\n\r\nI will be back with some case studies later, stay tuned.

Importance Of Blogs For An Organization

blog-blogging\r\n\r\nBlogging is considered as one of the most effective Marketing tools. It was optional earlier, as company’s’ were engaged with other digital media & social media for Brand building & information sharing. Facebook & Twitter engaged the customers with various options & offers.  The online presence was managed by these social Media tools & companies weren’t keen in Blog creation. With the rising consumer demands & increasing online businesses, the companys’ were forced to focus on the need of blogging.  Today every website considers an opportunity to have a company blog. One has to be better than the competitors in every possible way. The customers’ researches various products & services before their final purchase & efforts has to be taken by the brands to retain them as single time purchase doesn’t ensure brand loyalty.\r\n\r\nThere is always a threat of losing the client base as competition always keeps an eye. There is a craze for First Mover Advantage. I would like to quote the example of Mobile Phone industry. India has witnessed a tremendous growth in mobile phone users in these recent years. India being the second largest mobile phone user in the world with over 900 million users, accounts for over 10% of online population. None of us would have imagined a world where the baby would have been welcomed in the world with a mobile click or a ring tone. Such is the power of Consumers.Thus the company’s’ are going digital in every way, spending millions of dollars to maintain thy reputation. Blogging is one such tool which will earn a brand, huge fan following with an increased bottom line.\r\n\r\nblogs\r\n\r\nBenefits of having a Company Blog:\r\n\r\n1 .It acts as a catalyst for SEO, resulting in higher rankings. The Search Engines prefers new content thereby increasing the website visibility.\r\n\r\n2. It helps you to manage your Social Media Presence by making it more interactive. The users can like, share, review, comment on the post thus providing genuine feedback to the company.\r\n\r\n3. It gives an insight about your products & services to the general mass without wasting much time.\r\n\r\n4. It is a great platform to share the knowledge with the public. The company can update about the new products, revised versions, upcoming launches e.t.c.\r\n\r\n5. It not only generates the Traffic but also engages the customers on the site. The users will get an additional page to update themselves.\r\n\r\n6. Blogs helps in reducing the bounce rate.\r\n\r\n7. Blogs are user friendly & cost effective. One just need to be creative to run the blogs and can save millions of dollars spent on advertisement.\r\n\r\n8. It helps you to build a rapport with the customers, prospects & industry peers by encouraging 2 way communication.\r\n\r\nThe company’s’ that are tuned in with blogging are already reaping the fruits. Its high time for the company’s’ to start their own blog who are yet to give a thought about it.\r\n\r\nPlease give us your valuable feedback on the necessity of blogs for an organization.

Google updates Page Layout Algorithm {Confirmed}

As a part of the regular algorithm update schedule, Google came up with a new update to target some of the websites which do not comply with Google Page Layout guidelines.\r\n\r\nThis algorithm was first launched back in January 2012. According to the Inside Search official blog, the main aim for the team at Google is to provide quality content to the search engine users. If someone clicks on a website in search engines and after moving to the webpage, he need to scroll down a few levels just to see the content, then it is a violation to Google’s page layout policy.\r\n\r\nMore advertisements in the above fold (before the actual content starts) attract unnecessary clicks from the visitors and that violates Google Adsense policy as well. Now, Adsense team can not look onto the design of every single web page, the search team came up with the page layout algorithm.\r\n

Google Algorithm

\r\nIn the latest update, the percent of search results affecting is not yet clear. However, it is expected to be announced by Google once the algorithm is rolled out completely. (We might wait for another week to know the exact results).\r\n\r\nThe algorithm was rolled out on Feb 06, that means most of the search results which were on the risk, have already been affected. So, if you have noticed a drop in the traffic after 6th February, then it is the high time you take action to change the page layout. Make sure not to use many advertisements before the content (Maximum of one advertisement in the header and another one somewhere around the title would be more than enough for Google to not suspect you again.

Is SEO still effective?

There has been a lot of buzz around the word SEO since a bit of time. Ever since Matt Cutts announced that Guest Posts for SEO are dead now and Google web spam team is taking action against all those people who used thin content via guest posting to get authority to their blogs.\r\n\r\nBefore that, there was a trend on twitter and other social networking sites stating that SEO is DEAD. The fact may or may not be true. Let’s get into a little detail about the same.\r\n\r\nI have personal experience of seeing hundreds of bloggers giving up after getting hit by one of the Google Search Engine algorithms. All they had to say was,\r\n

“I had optimized my blog properly. I was building quality links, I was posting guest articles regularly, than why did I get hit”??

\r\nThis doubt has been there among a lot of other people. I have even seen blogs with over a few thousand posts getting diminished somewhere in millions of blogs. Seeing that kind of scenario, anyone would get the doubt.\r\n

IS SEO REALLY DEAD??

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My answer to that would be a No. SEO has always been a strong pillar in making search engines popular. However, I might agree to the point that SEO techniques have changed a lot, but the word Search Engine Optimization still exists.

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Guest posting for seo

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Let me try taking some of the real life examples and the statements by some of the famous SEO experts.

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After the famous Guest Post algorithm, Matt Cutts stated in a blog post that

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People are taking it in a different way. Guest posting has been one of the most loved factors in blogging and SEO industry and Google is very much okay with that. However, the bloggers or webmasters, who were taking advantage of guest blogging links by posting some thin content on other blogs will be targeted.

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A post at a famous SEO blog stated,

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There is nothing like SEO does not work work anymore. The only thing is, SEO technique has changed to a greater extent. More than the blogs and Wiki Links, the thing which matters is the Social exposure and social links.

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I will be writing in more details in upcoming posts. Make sure to leave your comments to let me know what do you think about SEO. Is it really dead or it is still working for you?