This is going to be a quick post but I though I will make a quick statement after getting a email from someone who saw my last article about getting traffic from ebay.
They emailed me to ask if I had any more tips about getting traffic from unexpected sources and in my my reply I asked how what have they done once the website is built?
“Well Dan, when I built my website I done the keywords and then started to get backlinks and join up to forums like digitalpoint”
To my amazment the reply was the same everytime and this is quite disturbing up to a point. After I build my websites I start promoting it it the same way as I would promote anything (im a dj and club promoter in the real world). I look at my target and then go after them !
To start getting at least some traffic I tell my friends, family and anything that has a pair of ears about my new amazing website that they should have a look at and tell me what they think and give me honest reviews.
After all your website is nothing without real people is it?
The average person know at least 250 people(according to google) who they have met and spoke to on a friendly basis more than once, this mean that even if you told 75 people of those 250 thats 75 hits on your website that you didn’t have in the first place. Why not tell real humans rather than just promote on the internet?
There is so many options about promoting your website offline so why not give it a try?
These are a few basic guidelines I use when I start a new website once I’m happy for people to view it and hopefully you will take notice of one of them :
1 : For example I have a facebook acount and promote like hell, tell anyone that will listen, I also get family, friends to stick my link on all of there status. Just remember that the average person has at least 100friends on facebook some social network sites have even more i.e myspace is a average if 300 friends!
2: I use vistaprint as they offer 250 business cards for about £2 postage and you get high quality business cards withiin a few days. I dont mind just chucking them anywhere I can get away with as they are so cheap and disposable but do the job they are intended for. I think every phone box in Suffolk has seen my cards
3: Even though I hate Twitter with a passion, I do have a couple hundred followers and of those about 50 will follow my links and view my website. I also get a couple of friends and family to “tweet” my link so even more coverage for my website.
4: I am quite lucky as I work in a office thats quite small (400people or so) so I can get away with emailing them all at the same time, but my point once again is that even if 80 of the 400 people look at my website then thats 80 people that looked at my website. This takes me about 5minutes to write a email if that!
5: I change all of my signatures in forums that I use to my new website with my keyword anchor text. i.e Suffolk Seo
6: Email, its a tool we all use pretty much on a daily basis so why not use that signature of yours to self promote?
I think your starting to get to grips on what I’m trying to put forward to you?
Think slightly out of the box and remember that just because your website is “virtual” it doesn’t mean than you cant market or promote your website to real people in the real world.
Start with the basics and then start your link building, seo, optimizing and what ever else comes with it.