There are many ways to get traffic to your site, there are paid traffic and there are free traffic.
I will concentrate on FREE traffic as everyone wants to know about that first!
For free traffic, I will go over these three ways:
- Website Content
- Social Media
The three ways above will be covered in two parts: Here in Part 1, I will cover #1 Website Content and #2 Forums/Communities. In Part 2, I will cover #3 Social Media.
Does it provide information that will help others? Are people engaging on your website? Do you consistently work on your website?
Okay, maybe I’m asking too many questions at once but what I’m trying to tell you is that if you have a website, you must have a blog attached to it.
Whether you have your blog as a separate page on your menu or as your main home page, it’s important to blog.
A static website will not rank well on search engines and you will not get any organic traffic that way.
Why? Because a blog is dynamic and it is the first step to free organic traffic!
You’ll be able to use keywords in your quality content that will be helpful to others and drive engagement with comments in your blog posts. If you work on it consistently, you will ensure regular activity on your site which search engines like.
Let’s take a look at each element a little closer:
There is definitely an art to using keywords and if you don’t have the right tools, you will not be able to find the good ones that will produce free organic traffic to your website!
Keywords are what people use to search on search engines like Google. There are many ways you can find keywords but what I’m going to tell you is the SURE way to get ranked easier on the search engines!
What you want is to use the keywords that are low in competition (meaning not a lot of websites are using those keywords), lower than 150 QSR score, and with monthly searches of over 50 per month.
Competition here is not the same as how much that keyword costs to use in ads, it’s more about how many pages are using the same keyword or keyword phrase.
Here’s a video that explains what keyword competition (QSR – Quoted Search Results) is in this case:
As mentioned in the video, it’s important to use low hanging fruit keywords, this will make your post rank easier and faster on search engines. When you have a bunch of these on your blob, your traffic can really add up in a month!
Using the keyword tool in Wealthy Affiliate is awesome because it’s already available in your free Starter and Premium memberships, sign up HERE, or you can read more about this Wealthy Affiliate platform HERE.
If you don’t want to join Wealthy Affiliate, this same keyword tool with a few more bells & whistles like more in depth keyword analysis and Site Rank, you can use Jaaxy instead.
Jaaxy is a stand alone keyword tool, it uses the same QSR scoring system but it’s much faster and gives you even more keyword results as it digs even deeper.
You can also check how your website is ranking for keywords like this:
No credit card is needed in the sign up for Jaaxy or Wealthy Affiliate! 🙂
Try it here:
The more words you have in your blog posts, the better your post will rank and comments add to your word count!
Therefore, a 500 word post can turn into a 1000 word post if you have 10 comments with 50 words in each.
Where can you get comments if your blog is newer or don’t have a steady stream of traffic yet?
Well, you can comment on other blogs and hope they will return the favor or you can join Wealthy Affiliate and have a huge community behind you to offer you comments.
As of this post, I have almost 450 comments and majority of them come from members of Wealthy Affiliate! What a great perk!!
The other factor that comments add to your blog is engagement. The more people that come on your blog to leave comments, the more the search engines will know you have engaging content on your website! Search engines like Google want and favor websites with engaging content, and will rank them better.
When you have a blog, you must stick to a consistent schedule. Whether you are doing this part time or full time, stick to a schedule.
The minimum is posting once a week, if you can do that, you will be able to grow your blog but at a slower pace. If you want to grow it faster and have the time to do it, then blog five times a week!
The more you blog, the more traffic you’ll get, it’s that simple. There’s no big secret to this but people easily give up if they don’t see results right away and that’s exactly the time to keep going!
If you can give yourself a few months, you will see the growth in your organic traffic.
If you check my third income report HERE and you’ll see in my Google Analytics that my web traffic is steadily picking up for the three months:
However much time you can dedicate to your blog, stick to it and you’ll see results! That’s the big secret! 😉
FORUMS / COMMUNITIES
Usually when you comment in forums, you can leave your link in your signature. If you’re helpful enough and engaging enough, people will check out your link.
What’s important about being in forums are:
- Do not spam
- Be respectful to others
- Follow forum policies
- Be engaging and helpful
The most important of these is being engaging and helpful. You can answer questions people may have, or you can post a question yourself to start a conversation going.
It may not even be a question you need answering but want to see how others tackled that one thing.
You can also share a story of something that you experienced.
For instance, you can share how something went horribly wrong and how you were able to get out of it and solve your problem. Others may have the same problem and you can be the one providing them with the solution!
If you can follow these pointers in this Part 1, you’ll be able to get some free traffic to your website. 🙂
The tools discussed here can also be found in my Best Tools page where I recommend the tools I use that have helped me along the way in my years of online experience!
Next up… Social Media! If you’re ready for Part 2 of “How Can I Get More Website Traffic?”, click HERE. Part 2 provides a lot of info on social media there so it needs to be in its own post.
Thanks so much for visiting, if you have any thoughts or questions regarding the content in this post, please leave a comment below and I will surely answer quickly!
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