Website Traffic by Giving Them What They Want
Increase Website Traffic by Giving Them What They Want
Yes, it is true… to increase website traffic you need links
pointing to your site. But not any old links. Sure, many internet
marketers still believe that link building, both one way and reciprocal,
are the way to go. I find this to be an outdated method that wastes
time that could be otherwise spent implementing other far better
If link building were the most popular way of building quality
traffic to a site, why is it that some (if not most) websites find
it incredibly difficult to attract these links? I believe the answer
lies in the value (or lack thereof) that these sites offer the Internet
I often read people comparing a website to a shopping mall –
and indeed they are right. Shopping malls have mastered the skill
of creating new and exciting ways of attracting new shoppers - and
retaining those customers already frequenting the mall.
Ask yourself why most successful shops routinely rearrange their
product displays. Why do they design or manufacture new products?
Summer time sees swimsuits making their way closer to the entrance.
Fruit salads and lettuce leaves are everywhere to be seen in the
People are naturally curious creatures and as such get bored very
easily. It’s all about satisfying the shopper (user). Give
the customer what they want, when they want it and they’ll
return. Better yet, they’ll recommend your store to their
friends, colleagues and loved ones.
But what does fruit and sexy bikinis have to do with your website?
You have to find out what your user wants and give it to them.
Would you link to your site?
So, what does generate return traffic to a site? Well, take a closer
look at your site and determine whether you’d link to it yourself?
Is there anything on your site that you can honestly say is of value?
I’m not talking about product prices or a profile on how
you founded your company. I’m talking about something that
is useful and convenient to your target market. A utility or tool
of sorts. Perhaps a regularly updated dialogue with your visitors.
An invaluable resource that teaches people something they don’t
Ideas worth researching
An excellent way to increase website traffic is to ask a “how
to” question and write about your solution. If you’ve
got a motor-related site, writing an article on “how to sell
a car” could be an excellent idea. In the landscaping business?
“How to plant a tree?” would make for a good article
too. What could you write if you have a conference facility? How
about “what to remember when arranging a wedding or business
Not only will writing articles bulk up your website’s content,
which search engines love, but will also add value to other websites
that publish your writing on their websites.
The good thing about good articles is that they tend to circulate
the Net pretty well. By adding an optimised link to the bottom of
your article you could in turn generate more traffic to your site.
But articles aren’t the only way of generating traffic to
your site. Something that is destined to become more popular is
the inclusion of a business blog on a website. This lets you build
a personal relationship with your customers. Naturally, the blog
needs to be well thought of before being added. Will it be a regularly
updated blog or one that is updated less frequently? Will there
be one or more voices/writers for the blog? Everyone has their own
preference to a style of writing. Letting your staff or departments
publish their own blogs will create even more opportunities of attracting
more than one type of reader or client.
Adding a tool that people are searching for is yet another excellent
idea. It could be a currency converter, BMI calculator or a free
online travel organiser – anything that is related to your
website and that offers an invaluable benefit to those who find
As ludicrous as this may sound, being a hub for industry-related
websites and information is another great idea. You could have a
section devoted to your reviews of market-related products, services
and websites – with links pointing to them. Your users will
come to trust your knowledge and advice, and as such will refer
your website to their contacts.
The bottom line
Regardless of what you write about or have to offer your visitor,
the key is to keep it simple, fresh and non-salesy. Your website
should already have a section that does all that sales pitching.
Offering genuinely useful content and tools is what will differentiate
your website from that of your abandoned peers.
Ideas are everywhere. It takes some time, effort, research and
a bit of imagination to come up with soothing other than a good
link request email. Your user’s word of mouth will reward
About the Author
Gallianno Cosme is
the SEM Captain at Quirk, a full-service eMarketing company offering
tailor-made, innovative and cost-effective eMarketing solutions.
Go to Quirk - http://www.quirk.co.za/ - for more information.