5 Easy Ways To Attract More Visitors To Your Website
You’ve chosen a website name, selected a beautiful design, and added content to your website. Now it’s time to share your site with the world! Here are 5 easy and instantly actionable ways to increase your website traffic. (Don’t have a website yet? Make one in just a few simple steps!)
1. Make sure search engines know where to find you
Google can take weeks to find and index your page. Save some time by submitting your website URL yourself. Your URL is your web address, for example http://www.yourname.com or http://yourname.SimpleSite.com – look at your address bar when you’re on your website to see what your URL is. You can also submit your URL to Bing and Yahoo’s search engines at the same time.
BONUS TIPS: MAKE USE OF DIRECTORIES AND RECOMMENDATION SITES
Aside from submitting to search engines, it’s a good idea to have your webpage listed on a web directory. Such a listing can have a positive impact on your ranking in search engines. The most well-known and used directory out there is Dmoz.org – get your site listed once you’ve read their instructions. A recommendation site like StumbleUpon exists solely to match up people’s interests to websites catering to those interests. If your website offers something you think people are interested in, add it to StumbleUpon so they can present it to their huge following.
2. Get the most out of your e-mail address list
There’s a golden resource sitting in your e-mail account, and it’s just waiting for you to make use of it. Sending out an e-mail to your family, friends, colleagues, etc. can be a great way to make them aware of your amazing new site and get a following started. The e-mail does not need to be lengthy; one or two lines about the website and a link is enough. Sending a mass e-mail is the easiest solution, but consider sending one-on-one e-mails to the shakers and movers in your networks. It will be important for these people to quickly see why your new website could be interesting enough for them to check out and share in their social circle.
BONUS TIPS: USE OUR E-MAIL TOOL OR ADD A SIGNATURE TO YOUR E-MAILS
SimpleSite also has a great e-mail tool for you to quickly and easily share your website. On the dashboard page (just after you log in to your site), you will find a link on the right-hand side that says “Send your link”. Press this button and follow the instructions. If you don’t have an automatic signature added to your outgoing e-mails already, now would be the time to do so! This is a great and simple way to promote your website every time you send an e-mail. Instead of just adding your website URL, make it fun and interesting! For example: “Follow Charlie, the world’s cutest dog, with weekly updates, pics and videos. Check it out on www.CharliesAngel.SimpleSite.com”. This is much more engaging for people to read, and may give them that final push to click the link and check out your website.
3. Regular website activity = more traffic
Don’t allow the dust to gather on your website. Make sure you update your website regularly with new content. This will make the website more interesting and engaging for both your visitors and search engines, and ensures both check back in on your site.
BONUS TIPS: MAKE GOALS AND RATION YOUR CONTENT
Posting something new on your site or blog every day can quickly become too much for you and your visitors. Instead, set some goals for yourself; post something new on your website once a week, once every week, once a month... This is entirely up to you. There’s no need for you to reinvent the wheel on a daily basis. A small update or a fun picture to keep your website active can be just as valuable in keeping your website lively as writing a whole There’s no need for you to reinvent the wheel on a daily basis.
4. Trade links with other websites or blogs you follow
While creating quality and relevant content is the way to go for people and search engines to notice your website, exchanging links still has great value. You can for example trade your website URL with that of other websites or blogs you read or follow.
BONUS TIPS: KNOW YOUR TOPIC AND PLAYING FIELD
Websites with topics similar to your own yield link exchanges with a higher value for your visitors. This obviously goes both ways; the owner of the other website will also see that same value for their visitors. A link is even more easily exchanged if you write a small story, post or feature about their website – if they do the same for yours. Knowing where you are in the “internet hierarchy” can be immensely beneficial to know. For example, if you own a small to medium-sized hobby websites, the chances of you getting a link exchange with a larger corporate or media website are small. Play it smart, and aim for websites on the same level as yours; they will be much more likely to agree to trading links with you and promoting your website.
Social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are worth their weight in gold when it comes to getting more traffic to your webpage. These days, they can be more powerful than search engines, if used in the right way. Make it a habit to make a post on your social media channels whenever something new happens on your website. You can also make use of the sharing options on your SimpleSite. Locate the social media box on the righthand side of your site to quickly and easily share new content on your pages on Facebook, Twitter or Google+! Your visitors will be able to use these sharing options, as well.
BONUS TIP: BE SMART ABOUT WHERE YOU UPLOAD YOUR IMAGES AND VIDEOS
Instead of uploading an image or video to your Facebook page, place it on your website instead, and link to that webpage by placing a link on your Facebook profile, Twitter feed, and so on. Be aware that it needs to be interesting or relevant to your visitors, so they can’t help but click that link and share your post! Follow these tips, and you'll see your visitor count increase in no time.
Author: Michelle de Marée