As a business owner, driving more traffic to your website means potentially increasing the sales of your product or service. A well-run site will set your business apart in a competitive market. Here are seven easy and effective methods to increase your website’s visibility:
1. Improve your on-page SEO
Having control of your website’s search engine optimization (SEO) is vital to ensure Google, and other search engines find you. If you’re new to SEO, improving your site structure, internal linking, and content will help drive traffic to your website.
Look for keywords that are related to your niche and use them consistently on your website. Many tutorials share valuable information on improving your on-page SEO and you can also use free tools such as YoastSEO to optimize your site content.
2. Paid search: Facebook and Google Ads
You need to invest money on digital advertising to sell your products or services. But, you want to be sure it’s affordable, targeted, and efficient. Before you create your ad, think about your customers first. Who are they? How old are they? Where are they located? If you can't answer these questions, do a little research to understand your ideal client better and advertise to potential customers who are most likely to purchase your products or services.
Facebook Ads allows you to narrow your targeting down to gender, age, geographic location, annual household income, previous purchasing habits, and much more. You can be best assured that you are reaching the right person, at the right time, and in the right place with this form of advertising!
Google Ads works with keywords. Look for words and phrases that represent your product or service and that potential clients may type when they are browsing the web. After identifying these keywords, create and place ads that use them. Best practice is to make sure you bid on any searches that include your company's brand. These are people who already know you and can be some of your best customers!
Bid on the amount you’re willing to pay every time a person clicks on your ad (known as cost per click or CPC) and launch your first Google ad. Advertised websites appear in the search engine as the top results for selected keywords. This allows for maximum visibility to drive traffic to your site.
3. Social media posts
You can also develop engaging content that your social media followers will love. Create a content calendar based on your customers’ likes and be sure to post on a regular basis.
Mix informational pieces of content with memes, contests, surveys, and sales related posts. Balance the information you share and remember to provide quality versus quantity to your customers.
4. Forums/message boards
An easy way to drive traffic to your website is by engaging in conversations with potential customers. Look for forums or message boards that discuss topics related to your product or service and engage in conversations with your potential new customers.
Provide relevant answers to their questions and leave a link to your website, where you provide the solution to their problems. You immediately gain your potential new customers’ trust when you position yourself as an expert.
One of the more popular Q&A sites is called Quora. Always remember to offer value and don’t sound too much like an "advertisement" when leaving a response with your website’s link.
5. Email marketing
What’s better than having someone visit your website once? Having them visit it over and over again. Once you’ve earned your customer's trust by having them sign up for your email list, provide valuable content on a regular basis.
Create campaigns with special offers or discounts and send them to your client email list. This is an easy way to secure repeat customers, drive traffic to your website and to grow your visibility within search engines.
6. Guest blogging
As a guest blogger, you position yourself as an expert. The process is similar to that of posting on a message board or forum. However, when you guest blog, you should be writing a lengthy article on a topic that your potential clients are interested in and that you have unique knowledge about. Unlike with message boards, you are digging deeper into a topic and aiming to provide more comprehensive and useful answers.
Guest posting etiquette includes sharing a link to the guest blogger’s site. This is beneficial to drive traffic to your website and to grow your link-building strategy.
Develop a content marketing plan following the tips we shared in our previous article and soon, you will drive consistent traffic to your website.