How do I generate more traffic online?

Considering a newly opened business.
Post type: question
8/13/12 at 10:21 am
Robby Haines
Owner
Member Since: 8/12/12
Posts: 9
www.1electronicproductsinfo.webs.com
Merritt Island, FL
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Search Engine Visibility
Promote your business on Google®, Yahoo!®, and Bing® to increase traffic, phone calls and emails.

www.storeonlinesale.com
8/13/12 at 12:31 pm
JD Murry
Owner
Member Since: 11/9/11
Posts: 504
HostLeak
Houston, TX
Also add a Facebook PAGE, and use Twitter as some of those sites Page Rank (which is high) CAN be passed onto YOUR business as well.

Join Linkedin too and other professional business related networks inline with what you do.
8/13/12 at 1:41 pm
John Hogan
Owner
Member Since: 2/13/11
Posts: 111
Fecn News
Hastings, FL
i agree facebook and linkedin works very well
i wish you the best

storeonlinesale
8/13/12 at 1:46 pm
JD Murry
Owner
Member Since: 11/9/11
Posts: 504
HostLeak
Houston, TX
Hey, Robby

  • Write, or Record, or Share content worth sharing.
  • Adhere to a consistent schedule. You can’t expect to increase your traffic if you don’t post content regularly. By this, I mean at least once a week. Three times a week is even better. Five times a week is best—but not if the quality of your content suffers. Frequency equals visibility.
  • Get your own domain name. Make it easy on your readers to pass along your name.This is the foundation of branding and making your website memorable. If you can get your name or a short phrase, it is worth paying (within reason) to do so.
  • Include your web address everywhere. In the beginning, you are adding readers, one at a time. You never know when someone with a bigger audience will quote you or link to you. Include your web address in your email signature, on your business cards, and on your stationery. It should appear virtually everywhere your name appears.
  • Make it easy to subscribe to your website. You don’t want to depend on your readers to remember to come back. Instead, you want them to subscribe, so they get every new post you write. They should be able to do so by either RSS or email. (Use both.) Position these two buttons prominently so that those who want to subscribe don’t have to hunt for them.
  • Utilize social media. If you want to build visibility for your website, you must go where the people are. In days gone by, people gathered in the marketplace at the center of the city. Today, they gather online in places like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. Which service is best? The one you will use regularly. Use social media to network, build relationships, and announce new blog posts.
For more information on marketing yourself visit http://indispensablemarketing.wordpress.com/ and as always please share this information with others because remember the first bullet was to gain more web traffic share content worth sharing.
Last edited by Patrick McFadden on Aug 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm, edited 3 times in total.
8/13/12 at 2:07 pm
Patrick McFadden
Career and Personal Coach
Member Since: 5/17/11
Posts: 1006
McFadden Coaching LLC
Richmond, VA
Patrick makes good policies to follow and I agree.

One FATAL mistake MANY businesses make as I have seen over and over for well - Over 15 years is USING YOUR EMAIL address in business cards, media, etc..

Emails are transient for the most part. An email address you use TODAY which is getting SPAMMED to death generally ends up being removed and a new one created.

Now the question is - What are you going to do with ALL those business cards, printed materials, and Associate/affiliate sites where you already published a now outdated Email?

Exactly - You are NOT going to have an easy month of your time fixing things (even if you can fix them)...

NOT a good idea and I have seen this time and time again for even some of the TOP businesses in America (used to host some of them)...

Get them to YOUR website, as you can always Change your Contact forms Email address anytime you need to do it.

Of course Writing your email address in Plain Text at your site (or anywhere) is an open invitation to SPAMMERS and the Penile Implant messages you ARE going to get if you do so.. Personally, I do not need a Penile Implant (but thanks for asking)... My wife's opinion may vary :(
8/13/12 at 2:25 pm
John Hogan
Owner
Member Since: 2/13/11
Posts: 111
Fecn News
Hastings, FL
Check your website analytics to see who's paying the most attention to you now, how they got there and what terms they used to find you. That can tell you where to focus your marketing efforts.
8/13/12 at 2:54 pm
K. G.
Marketing
Member Since: 1/29/11
Posts: 3
Sprocket Websites Inc
Naperville, IL
Yep, Sprockets is right. You have web analysis stats available via Google Webmasters account services, as well as at your Domain based site (sub domains may not have these).

When starting out you should review these critically once every week or two. Make notes of changes if you added pages, updated existing ones from the previous two week period.

You can see where you are getting the most traffic from, the location it is coming from (geo location), Keywords people are using to get there, and the most popularly viewed pages of your site/listing. And more (depends on your sites stats program)..

The Keywords people use the most CHANGE pretty often so you need to be resilient and keep up to date with what YOUR consumers seem to be looking for.

http://www.google.com/insights/search/ is a free Google Keyword search to find what is popular with searchers as it pertains to YOUR business model.
8/13/12 at 3:24 pm
John Hogan
Owner
Member Since: 2/13/11
Posts: 111
Fecn News
Hastings, FL
Nothing beats free website traffic. Good places to start are free directory websites;
Bing Local, Yahoo! Local, yellowpages.com, merchantcircle.com, yellowbook.com, yellowbot.com, manta.com, (obviously), citysearch.com, superpages.com, MapQuest, whitepages.com, facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, foursquare, switchboard and kudzu.
If you want to know how your website is seen by search engines, we offer a free webscan on our website; http://www.wsibenefits.com
This will give you insight as to the strengths and weaknesses of your sight, and help you make an informed decision on what improvements to address for better ranking.
I hope this helps!
George
8/14/12 at 4:00 pm
George Roberts
Member Since: 8/11/11
Posts: 1103

Sanatoga, PA
Those places - George are all great places to start of course.

Google just changed their algo again (when aren't they)? NOW Google is starting to NOT use Keywords at all for searches. Never did use Keyword meta tags recently anyway, but this is now a totally Different Ball Game for SEO pros and HOW and WHERE you add your business listings within.

Google is starting to do a Content Based type of indexing of listings. The more content, and the Fuller Richer it is - The better.

Adding your business listing to MOST of those Free or paid for Classifieds services, or even those so called High PRV pay for type services will do you LITTLE to no good any longer in Google UNLESS you are allowed to add at least 150 Full Rich words of text, include photos in page, Video in page, and other elements Google IS NOW looking for (so that it appears it was created by YOU and custom tailored about your business)...

So In other words Paying someone to add your listing to their High PRV ranked site is always Good, but; ONLY if that listing at the site contains the needed HTML elements Google WILL be looking for in the morning.

They essentially are Looking for Great Meaningful full Rich CONTENT and not so much the PRV ranking of where that content came from (as it should be)...

That is essentially how I read it from my various Pro webmasters/SEO News Channels as of Today..

I have to wonder though HOW Google will deal with the millions of business listings in places like the White Page, Yellow pages, and other sources George mentions in his posting which have a Minimal Listing (maybe a short blurb/paragraph)...
8/14/12 at 4:16 pm
John Hogan
Owner
Member Since: 2/13/11
Posts: 111
Fecn News
Hastings, FL
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