Well-Written Articles: Explosive Traffic Boosters!


To generate traffic

In today’s highly competitive internet universe, the importance of attracting highly targeted website traffic to a given website cannot be overstated, especially in view of the fact that driving traffic to that website might just be the only means of survival in the cutthroat world of ecommerce.

That having been said, however, getting a high search engine ranking – which is one of the most effective ways to drive traffic to your website – can be a very difficult, if not unsurmountable task; but fortunately there is a number of website promotion strategies a website owner (webmaster/publisher) can use to drive traffic to his/her website.

Of the various traffic generation strategies you can utilize – if you are that webmaster/publisher – paid advertising and article marketing might be the least complicated; and while most other effective techniques require payment, there certainly are ways to promote your website and increase your website traffic without spending anything.

Let’s take a closer look at the easiest free traffic boosting method mentioned above. Writing articles is one of the best website promotion strategies you can use, and this method can be very effective; and even if you’re not completely sold on this strategy you might want to read the following paragraphs for ways in which it can help explode your business.

Reaching more people

When you write good articles it would be a shame not to share them with other people, since you can publish those articles to your website, as well as submit them to other sites such as e-zines and online publishers. Keep in mind that by submitting your articles to these sites, you provide exposure not only to your ideas but also to your entire website.

To get the full effect of any exposure from your well-written articles, simply include a link back to your site or include a short bio or other contact information in the resource box located below the main content area on most of these sites, thereby boosting your exposure and free advertising as well. Submit your articles to popular e-zines and take advantage of their popularity.

Other site owners who find your article(s) relevant may also link back to your website, enabling you to increase your link popularity, which is one of the most important search engine ranking strategies in the internet world. Remember that most people are looking for information online; and by filling this need with your high quality articles you may reap the benefit of more exposure and higher web traffic.

Free advertising: Search engine ranking

Submitting your articles to other websites presents an opportunity to advertise your website without paying exorbitant fees; and although you should avoid marketing language in your articles and make it informative and useful to your readers, you can always include your site’s link in the resource box.

In addition, by making your article relevant and helpful to your readers, you are building credibility for your website, which could ultimately lead to a visit and, hopefully, a purchase. Good quality content on a website is far better and more effective than a few lines of ad space. You have a very special opportunity to presell your product or service to prospective customers.

Many successful article writers create a unique web page for marketing articles right on their websites and optimize the articles to make them more search-engine friendly, and you can (should) do the same thing; but you will need to use top-ranked keywords and Meta tags in order to give your website the highest search engine ranking it can have for those keywords.

As soon as you upload the new webpage to your server, search engines will spider through it, thereby allowing you to get an increased search engine ranking and appear higher on the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages). Remember that search engine optimized content is a very effective strategy to gain a high rank in search results.

Link popularity & SEO

Instead of looking for other sites that would want to establish reciprocal links with your website, you can simply submit an article to other sites as long as you don’t forget to include a link back to your site in the resource box; and when these websites pick up and publishes your article, you automatically get a link partner.

However, you should try to get as many link partners as you can, as link popularity is one of the factors used by search engines in determining search engine rankings. Also make sure your article useful, if not compelling and appealing so that more websites will be encouraged to publish it.

By making your site keyword rich you can greatly improve its search engine ranking; but avoid keyword stuffing (cramming your site with too many keywords), because keyword density is one of the most important factors that search engines use when determining the search engine ranking of websites. However, you should always provide relevant, useful and pertinent information.

So resist the temptation to overuse keywords in the hopes of getting a high rank as this will definitely turn off most surfers, your readers and the search engine crawlers. Relevance and quality is still the most important things to consider when writing articles and it will be doubly useful to your site if you make your articles search-engine optimized.

Good reputation & high credibility

By writing excellent, original and relevant articles you not only give your site exposure, you are also creating a good impression on your prospects, as well as encourage more people to visit your site and do business with you; but it is just as important to establish an impressive reputation through your articles. You can do this by being seen as an expert in the field and you will get more customers eager to do business with you.

Another way to build your credibility is through references and testimonials which from your articles getting positive feedback when you publish them in e-zines and free article sites. Make sure to record this positive feedback and comments to be used as promotional material on your website or in any of your promotional efforts.

Your credibility will be greatly enhanced by positive feedback, as it will create a good impression on your prospects, as well as solidify your existing customer base. In this highly competitive environment, excellent credibility and trust may be the only things that can help you attract new customers or make loyal customers out of your existing base.

The most important thing to remember about article marketing – which is essentially what this post was all about – is that articles which are original, relevant, useful, interesting and well-written are among the most important tools you can utilize to improve exposure to, and explode, your business on the Web.

About Affiliate Systems and Search Engines


Affiliate system for business

Considered by many Web-based businesses to be the catalyst that drives website visitors and converts them from simple referrals into paying customers, affiliate systems will often enable a business to generate a lot of traffic, thereby boosting sales through promotion by third party entities via their websites. Affiliate marketing is also a cost effective method by which a company can advertise its products and services, as they pay for only those efforts that result in actual sales.

That having been said, if you own a business – Web-based or otherwise – and you’re considering setting up your own affiliate system, you should understand that such a project will require a few hours of good planning and diligent research; because it can either be relatively easy or stressfully overwhelming, depending on how many affiliates you want to recruit. However, despite how much planning and research you do, there is still a more important aspect of an affiliate program: your payment policy and the type of product you will be offering.

As for the actual affiliate systems, there are basically two options that might be suitable for your business – outsourcing the entire system or run your own affiliate system through your web hosting account. Each one boasts unique advantages as well as disadvantages. If you decide on a small number of affiliates you can run your own affiliate software; but if you plan to recruit a large number of affiliates, then you will probably need to outsource, because dealing with a large number of sign ups, track payments and monitoring clicks could be overwhelming.

Types of affiliates

There are numerous types of affiliates out there to choose from; but pay per sale may be the most advantageous, since the affiliate is paid only if a sale is generated from his/her link. Of course it’s the least attractive method to affiliates, unless the product is in high demand and the most profitable for their business.

Another affiliate type is the pay per lead, where you – merchant or product page owner – pay only for traffic. With this type, the affiliate is paid only if a visitor is generated from his/her site; and this method is attractive to affiliates although more costly to merchants or product page owners due to the possibility of non sale visits.

Considerations

When setting up an affiliate program, something to take into consideration is whether or not you will approve affiliates manually or automatically. It’s normally recommended to start affiliate programs with your established customer sites then progress to new ones, because existing customers are known quantities who have already shown their loyalty, possess firsthand knowledge of your product(s) and are trustworthy. Any new affiliate applicants can be approved manually until you feel comfortable with, and can afford the expected fallout from, automatic approval.

Also, if you are dealing with a pay per click system, you may have to control the affiliates since the quality of visitors will be a huge factor when it comes to the generation of sales; and by manually reviewing this category of affiliates, you’ll also be able to evaluate the website of each individual affiliate to see if it’s in the best interest of your company.

If you decide to use your own affiliate system, one of your biggest challenges will be how to pay affiliates a percentage of what you end up receiving from customers. To do this, you can rely on software such as Affiliate shop to help you track and manage commissions.

Keep in mind that there are other concerns of affiliate programs and the overall affiliate marketing business that must also be taken into consideration when embarking on an affiliate program/system installation. One such concern is how your affiliates’ actions/activities reflect on your business in terms of spam, fraud, plagiarism and the search engines; and while we will not delve into all those areas at this time, it is important to touch on one of these topics.

Marketing through search engines

The landscape of search engines have gone through some drastic changes over the years; not only with technology, but also with various partnerships among the many different search companies as well; and having a workable knowledge of these changes will have a significant impact on your affiliate program; because knowing where your traffic is originated from will be instrumental in reducing fraud, spam and theft.

In other words your potential customers, as well as your affiliates, could be running their search engine queries on a particular search engine, although the company which is actually generating the results could be a totally different entity altogether. So we’ve put together a list of popular search engines which are credible and trusted by most so you will be able to recognize certain traits as they relate to each one:

Google, Yahoo and Bing

Google provides the primary search engine results to Google AOL Search as well as Netscape. Google also supplies paid listings to Lycos, Ask, Netscape, AOL Search, and HotBot; while supplying secondary results to HotBot and receiving it’s directory data from DMOZ.

Yahoo provides the primary search results for Yahoo search, Alta Vista, and AllTheWeb, and receives paid listings from Yahoo Search Marketing (formerly known as Overture).

Bing is the most recent of the big three search engines and was introduced to the Web by Microsoft. It was previously known as Live Search, Windows Live Search, and MSN Search; but in July 29, 2009, Microsoft and Yahoo! announced a deal in which Bing would power Yahoo! Search, whereby all of Yahoo! Search global customers and partners would be transitioned to the new entity. Transition was completed in 2012.

Secondary search engines

Lycos, Hotbot and Ask

Lycos receives the directory search results from DMOZ, primary results from Ask, and paid listings from Google Adwords.

Hotbot receives directory search results from DMOZ, primary search results from Ask, and paid/secondary results from Google Adwords.

Ask provides primary results to Ask, Hotbot, and Lycos. It receives secondary search results from Teoma and the directory results from DMOZ, with paid listings from Google Adwords.

In relations to marketing in general, and affiliate marketing in particular, search engines can provide anything you want to know; and if someone is looking for something they normally refer to the search engines. When they type it in, the highest sites on the engines will show – which is normally where the visitor will go (hopefully your product page will be one of the destinations).

By keeping good position on the search engines, you’ll be one of the first sites for visitors who are looking for a certain product that you offer. You can make a lot of money with search engines as well, if you know what you are doing; but you can also coordinate search engine traffic with your top and most trusted affiliates in a way that will award the affiliates while keeping those referrals in the fold for nurturing and eventually converting into paying customers.