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Increase Traffic To Your Website Using Free Keyword Strategies

Oct 12, 2007
The best way to get traffic to your website is to be at the top of the results page of a search engine. Since there can only be one at the top for every search query, your being actually there is next to impossible with the millions of sites and billions of articles contained within the internet.

However, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't strive to be part of the top ten in a results page. A good way, to rise through the rankings of search results is by having an article in each page of your website that contains at least 250++ words. This article should contain keyword and relevant content about your website or your product.

Link exchange programs are like merchant clans or chambers of commerce and industry. By being part of a link exchange program, you agree to display the links of other partner sites in your website. The links that will be placed in your website are those links that lead to other websites that are in the same category as your website. For example, if you have a gaming website, then most of your links will be other gaming sites as well. In return for placing their links on your site, they will reciprocate by placing a link on their webpage to your site. How does this increase traffic to your site? If in a search query, one of your partner sites shows up but yours does not, the searcher is redirected to that site. If your partner site does not have the product or idea needed by the searcher, then the searcher will probably click on the link to a partner site. There's no guarantee that the link will be yours, but it gives you a chance.

Banner exchanges work much like link exchanges but you will need more space on your website to accommodate other website banners. If you are obsessive when it comes to the cosmetics of your website, then you probably won't want this one. With so many banners flying around, you can get to look like the United Nations. Be that as it may, a potential active link is still one point in favor of your site being visited by someone.

Ezine article writing and newsletters are another way to herd some website traffic in your direction. You write hundreds, even thousands, of articles to saturate the web. Embedded within these articles are links to your website. Having all those articles around is much like having mini-websites scattered all over strategic places. With these articles, you can also give the reader an option to subscribe to your newsletters. If they accept, then you are right at their front door ready to make your sales pitch (email presentations in this case).

If you want it all to yourself, you can turn your site into something similar to Wikipedia. The only difference is that you have merchandise to sell on each page of your website while Wikipedia does not. Using this method, you are guaranteed a top ten placement in any search engine in the internet. Of course, this would mean a lot of work. But if you really want good money, then you have to give good effort.

The methods for increasing website traffic I mention in this article are just some of the many other ways available on the internet. The most successful are those that entail newsletters and ezine articles and link exchanges with other websites. You decide which method works best for your marketing efforts.

A problem that search engines encounter often is the design of websites that purely use advanced programming such as C++, JavaScript or CGI. If the navigation links within your site are powered by these advanced scripts alone, the search engine will not be able to fully browse your site. You need to provide links done in basic HTML so that the engine can read your website.

It takes months for a website with a new domain name (,com, ,org or ,edu) to show up on search engines. Google has imposed an ageing delay on new websites so that it doesn't waste time on indexing websites that don't last long. If you want to change your domain name, I suggest you rethink your plan and use what you have instead. A cosmetic facelift of your existing web pages along with several good quality SEO articles will serve you better in the long run. After all, you will be working with what you already have. If you know all the insides and outs of your website, then it would be so much easier to revise than replace because of familiarity.

Some internet marketers make the mistake of placing keyword density requirements above that of article quality. At first glance, it does make sense to optimize an article for your keywords rather than be concerned with artistic considerations or honest, from the heart writing. However, bear in mind that not everyone will buy your product or idea. You know that what you sell is sellable only to a certain target market. If you prioritize keyword optimization in your article rather than writing the article for the sake of the product you want to sell and for the information of your target audience, chances are you will attract buyers of another commodity that you do not have.

The keyword here is relevance. A person searching the internet for something he needs will filter out the search results by using the relevance criterion. My suggestion is, write the article for the sake of your product and for your target customers' information. Place the priority of keywords as a secondary consideration. It's all about relevance. I know that it would be a plus for you if you manage to pull in lots of traffic even though they don't want anything to do with your site. Believe me, misleading a person in the internet is a risky business. That person you mislead can hit back by starting-up an email brigade against your website.

Be specific with your keywords. Don't generalize. The biggest disadvantage of internet shopping is that customers are not able to scrutinize the product personally. What they usually do is find out from other sources what the product is all about, how it works, etc. When they decide to finally buy, they know what they're looking for and will mostly likely use a specific name brand as part of their search strings. Your keywords need to be able to match those strings in terms of number of words matched and how the order of those words match. Others will search for stuff by using its sub-categories. For example, when looking for bras, women need to spell out their torso and cup size.

So, the bra size can be a 36 B or a 36 C. Then there are colors to choose from like red, burgundy and black. A bit more specific is the bra classification. Is it a half-cup or a push-up, or is it a sport bra? With these factors in mind, you can conclude that a woman looking for a bra in the internet can type in "black push-up bra 36-C". Do you have key phrases to match those search strings? Are the words in your key phrases arranged in the same order? The final consideration is the literature where those keywords are embedded. If the article is just a jumble of words full of keywords, the search engine will most likely discard your website in favor of another. This will decrease the ranking of your website in the search results page. In worst case scenarios, they may actually ban your website from showing up in search results.

A lot of SEO experts claim that it isn't the keyword, but the article that brings you success. Based on what is written above, I tend to agree. Do you?
About the Author
Don Resh is CEO of WebForce, Inc. For more on Keyword Optimization see:
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