How I Generate Website Traffic – Step by Step Plan

How I Generate Website Traffic – Step by Step Plan

It gets overwhelming when you start to research how to drive traffic to your blog. There are so many different ways one can get very confused what to do first and then end up doing too much, in too many directions and then not making any headway.
What do you need to concentrate on?

Search Engine Optimization?
Guest Posting?
Pay Per Click?
Submit to Directories?
Forums?
Social Sites?
Content?
YouTube?
Podcasts?
Ect……and many more.

What do you do first? Do all of it? Do just a few? The answer is different for everyone. I have see sites benefit for just one source.
Concentrate on just ONE technique and only one for each TIMELINE. That means you will have 3 techniques building your traffic. The three timelines are, Short, Meduim and Long Term.
For me this is how I approach my traffic building.

Short Term

Immediate results,

Social Sites,
I have traffic from this in just a few days and spread the word of my site. I post USEFUL rich content and create conversations in my niche. I seek out others that do the same and comment on their postings.

Medium Term

Takes a little longer results,

YouTube,
Posting video and commenting on other video in my niche is my medium strategy. I add sites in my niche to my channel and comment on other channels.

Long Term

The longest time results,

Content,
Write from your Passion, from you Heart, Rich, Full, Honest Content. Content is King and
always will be. The search engines will pick up on the great content and you will be rewarded with constant traffic that will last for years.

In 2001 I had an Inflatable Moonwalk part-time business. I did not have any experience in websites. I wanted to advertise my business on the internet and had no idea how. I purchased a piece of software the I built my site with. The software would automatically link all my pages together and allow me to insert the keywords all the right places without a huge learning curve. Back then the software cost $150. So I put up a 3 page website with pictures of my Inflatable Moonwalks and general information. It took me about 4 or 5 weeks to get everything just the way I wanted. Not being a large site, but it was really informative for our customers.

I started checking every day to see if I could get the site to show up with my keywords. I had no luck. So I just forgot about doing anything else more to the site. After a couple of months later my customers were telling me that they found me on my website. I was surprised and searched for my keywords on Google and Yahoo. Yahoo had me listed as #2 and Google had me listed as #9. After finding this out I canceled all my other advertising. Well my site stayed on Yahoo between #1 and #7 for seven years. Google was a bit tougher, I was between #4 to #25 for the same time period.

The only changes to my site were price updates in those seven years. I did the work once and I benefited from that work for 7 years. At the end of those 7 years I sold the business and shut down the site because of an accident I had.

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In recap,

  1. I build my social list which I send to my website and they sign up for my newsletter.
  2. I post videos and comment on others in my niche, which have links back to my website and they sign up for my newletter.
  3. I write content, keyword rich from my passion, which is found from search engines.

This is just my way, I am a minimalist, I like to keep things simple and straight forward. I hope this helps.

To Your Success,

-Todd

17 Responses to How I Generate Website Traffic – Step by Step Plan

  1. Hi Todd,

    Without access to superfast broadband, (ie remove YouTube from the equation), how would you tackle your medium term objective? For some, no more so than those who can't access it, streaming video & audio is an instant turn-off. For us, it could be a source of losing precious traffic.

    Also, can you explain what the 'Trackback URL' on here refers to and if it could be utilised as a route for channeling new web traffic?

    Thanks.

    • Try recording the the video on the smallest size setting, and see if that will allow you to use video. I just posted this video, it is the smallest size I can product without using my 2g iPhone. See if it will playback on your dialup. BTW I am on the slowest DSL that AT&T offers @1 mbps.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvTblDQT3zw

      If you still can't use it, go to the video sites and comment on videos in your niche on a regular basis. If you are one of the first to comment (which is best) leave a link to your site (if allowed) in your comment. this will drive traffic to your site over time.

      A trackback url is a linkback methods for bloggers to request notification when somebody links to one of their posts. This allows bloggers to keep track of who is linking, and so referring, to their posts.

      It does help web traffic by providing and receiving links from other sites.

      Hope this helps,

      Todd

  2. Feels good to read an honest and practical post about traffic generation after a long time ! šŸ™‚

    There are a lot of other sites who fancy dishing out SEO and money making tips when they themselves have no incoming source of either . Though your site looks new, it gives out one very strong vibe – authenticity !

    Keep up the good work !

    • Thanks Rohan,
      Yes my site is really new, it has only been live since Jan 2011. I will only post my experiences here, good and bad. there are a lot of blogs posting incredible results that are too good to be true. And if it sounds like that, guess what it is. I am searching for real ways of driving traffic. It may not be "instant" traffic. but then again it will mushroom over time and I won't have to keep up with the tricks to keep my position. I will be writing on Keywords next to better ones traffic.

      -Todd

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  10. A nice and concise list.

    I'd always focus on content first on which to build your social campaign. If – as you say – you're content is readable then it will pay dividends for years to come. In addition if of high quality it gets shared; sharing generally leads to backlinks and the two feed off each other.

    I've not yet tested the waters with YouTube so not something I can comment on, but will give it a try.

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