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In today’s world, creating a website is one of the most important steps towards small business success. It’s the necessary foundation to build an online presence and grow your business.
When people come to your site, you can potentially learn more about them, and you can turn them into an advocate, partner, or client. If any of these things happen, it’s a win. Now, how do you get visitors to your website?
Organic Traffic Methods
Want the skinny on how you can increase traffic to your website? The following traffic-driving strategies are organic in nature. You won’t have to pay a single dollar for traffic that falls under this bucket. But you will have to trade your time. And since time is more valuable than money, in that it can only be used once then it’s gone forever, there’s still a significant cost involved depending on your skill level.
#1 — Implement Good Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Today, if you don’t understand SEO, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Discover the nuances about SEO so that you’re engaging in the right type of traffic delivery strategies. You don’t want to bend or break the rules. Plus, by really having an understanding of SEO, you could quite literally supercharge your results. Find a good course or audiobook about SEO and learn like the wind.
#2 — Write Insatiable Content
Content is king. As long as you create insatiable content on your site or blog, you’ll keep the visitors coming back for more and more. Also, the better your content is, the more engaged your visitors will be. They will share your content for you, helping to promote your site on autopilot.
#3 — Answer Questions on Quora
Quora is a great medium for driving traffic to your site. Answer questions on this platform and link the right keywords to anchor content on your site or blog. However, don’t use this platform to spam. Ensure that your answers are detailed and that you know what you’re talking about
#4 — Create YouTube Video Tutorials
YouTube is a great resource for driving free organic to increase traffic to your website. Maybe it’s because Google loves YouTube, and considering that it’s the second most popular search engine in the world, gaining exposure on YouTube could be huge. Create useful tutorials and videos that add an immense amount of value and be sure to link to your content through the description.
#5 — Get Social On Instagram
Everyone knows that Instagram is a wildly-popular platform for sharing photos and connecting with others from around the world. Yet, few people know how to leverage Instagram to drive traffic to their website. However, many people have built multi-million dollar businesses solely by using Instagram as their main method for driving traffic.
#6 — Leverage LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform
LinkedIn’s publishing platform is a great method for marketing the content that’s already on your website. Publish a unique, high-quality post on LinkedIn that delivers an enormous amount of value and ensure that you link that content to anchor content on your blog or website to gain that all-important authority bridge to your primary post.
#7 — Post On Medium.com
Medium is one of my go-to platforms for marketing my content and provides another authority-site domain that gives you the versatility of link-dropping the way that you normally would through any blog post on a CMS like WordPress. Leverage Medium to create intuitive content marketing posts that also link back to your primary posts on your site or blog.
#8 — Utilize Email Marketing
Email marketing is a great way to increase traffic to your website or your blog, and to promote any offers, but it also means that you need a list to market to. Create a lead magnet and build a sales funnel immediately if you haven’t already done so, in order to build up a list that you can eventually market (not spam) any of your offers to.
#9 — Update “Expired” Content On Your Website
Historical refreshes of content is a good thing, especially if some of your content has expired. Note, this does not mean re-doing your content; simply refreshing it to bring it current if it isn’t already evergreen content. Look at ways you can update outdated content on your site to drive more traffic through visibility on search engines like Google.
#10 — Create A Free Online Course
Creating a free course is a great way to drive traffic to your site. You can use Udemy, Teachable or any number of websites out there in order to do this. Ensure the course delivers an enormous amount of value and then pushes and links students to additional content and offers on your site.
Paid Traffic Methods
Clearly, paying for ads and other initiatives is always one method to increase traffic to your website or blog. If you have a small budget, and you track things properly, you can come up with a cost-per acquisition (CPA). If your CPA is high enough, you can comfortably scale your advertising revenues. Be sure to implement things like Facebook and Google tracking pixels to determine the effectiveness of your ads.
#11 — Use Outbrain or Taboola To Promote Your Content
Sites like Outbrain and Taboola are great for promoting your website or blog as long as you have some sales funnel setup and an ability to track those individuals who arrive from these platforms. These sites will promote your content across thousands of other similar websites across the internet for a fee. However, be sure to do your due diligence and test things out before diving in headfirst.
#12 — Purchase Ads Through Facebook
Want access to the global populous? Clearly, you can advertise on a platform like Facebook. As long as your offer is enticing enough, and you can convert that traffic into sales with a great sales page or free offer, then you can scale this marketing initiative out infinitely to drive nearly unlimited sales.
#13 — Leverage Google Re-Targeting Ads
Google re-targeting ads are a terrific way to increase traffic to your website. But not just any traffic. Re-targeting ads focus on people who’ve already visited your site and have left for whatever reason without completing a sale. This involves the usage of a conversion pixel for purchases and it’s a great way to reach people who’ve already been to your site and aggressively market to them on Google’s search engine shortly after they’ve left.
#14 — Advertise On Instagram
Instagram now has a clear revenue strategy, and that includes placing ads on the social network. This is a terrific way to reach people in your area and offers you a highly-targeted approach to reach potential customers to buy your products and services. Find out more about advertising on Instagram here.
#15 — Partner For Paid Giveaways
Partnering with companies that have a large footprint is one way to drive interest and visitors to your site. You’ll need to give something away of value here. If you have something you can give away, then locate potential local or regional companies that you can partner with on an initiative.
#16 — Engage In Influencer Marketing
Influencer marketing is a great way to get your message out to millions of people without having your own large audience. You can leverage influencers on Twitter, Instagram and any number of other social networks. Find people who are entrenched in your niche or industry and reach out to them. This won’t be cheap, but it could potentially bring you droves of customers and sales in the near term.
It’s worth the effort
Every small business owner is busy, but making time to promote your website is important. “You can have the best website in the world, but if you don’t drive traffic to it, no one will know how great the site—or your company—is.” “It’s an essential part of growing your business, and it will pay off.”