Getting traffic is one of the most important tasks for any web master. Google’s search engine and Search Engine uses a variety of methods to determine which pages are displayed first in the results. Their exact formula is a secret, but there are always a few things you can do to improve your rank in search engine results page (SERP), Google search results. The term for this is Search Engine Optimization or SEO.
What’s SEO? It’s a way to improve your website’s visibility, so it appears in search results. By making specific changes to your website you can organically increase traffic and please the Google search , so your site is listed when people search using certain keywords.
Contents of Post
- 1 Here, YouMeGeeK shares the important tips for making your website more popular.
- 1.1 Choose a Reliable Web Hosting to Power Your Blog
- 1.2 Write Quality Content
- 1.3 Write Fresh and Catchy Content
- 1.4 Register Your Site With Google Search Console
- 1.5 Submit Site to Yahoo!
- 1.6 Submit Site to Bing
- 1.7 Submit Site to Ask
- 1.8 START USING GOOGLE+ PROPERLY
- 1.9 Promote Your Website in Social Networks
- 1.10 Good Design is Popular Design
- 1.11 Frequently Update the Content of Your Site
- 1.12 Use your Twitter and Facebook accounts.
- 1.13 Include your URL in your signature.
- 1.14 Use Quality Images
- 1.15 Make Your Website Unique
- 1.16 Monitor How Your Website is Used
- 1.17 Tag Your Posts
- 1.18 Conclusion
- 1.19 Related
Choose a Reliable Web Hosting to Power Your Blog
First of all, you should make sure your website is fast and online all the time. After all, speed and uptime are the most important factors for good user experience. And your website can be popular among visitors only when it is along with good user experience and friendly to visitors.
Write Quality Content
Quality and original content is the most fundamental factor for websites to attract visitors. Besides, the major search engines including Google also place the website with excellent content higher than common posts in search result pages.
If you have good content, people will always come back for more. One of the most important things about content is to keep it fresh and up-to-date. But, just like Smashing Magazine, make sure to archive your content for people to refer back to.
Register Your Site With Google Search Console
Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) is a free service from Google that allows you to submit your website (and its sitemap) to Google for indexing. That’s not all though: you can use the tool to do a lot of other useful things including:
- check important backlinks to your site
- ensure that Google is not experiencing any crawl errors with your site
- let Google know if different versions of your websites exist for different countries
- view the kinds of search queries that are driving traffic to your site.
Most importantly, by registering your site with Google Search Console you are telling the search giant that your website exists. Which of course is the starting point to appearing in search results.
Submit Site to Yahoo!
Since 2010, Yahoo search has been powered by Microsoft’s Bing search engine. When you submit your site to Bing you will also show up in Yahoo’s search results. See below on how to submit your site to Bing. Yahoo! had a paid submission process in the past, although Yahoo! Directory is no longer available.
Submit Site to Bing
Bing allows you to submit your URL, just like Google. You will first need to have a Bing login, then go to Bing’s Webmaster Tools page. Once logged in simply type in the URL of your homepage and press “submit”. You will also want to have the URL for the .xml version of your sitemap readily available, as it will ask for this in the first step of submitting your domain. After submitting you will have to verify ownership of the domain. This can be a little tricky if you are not savvy with HTML, as you will need to add a small snippet of code to the header of your site in order to pass this verification process. Once verified, you are finished!
Submit Site to Ask
Ask no longer allows you to submit your sitemap. This was a feature they disabled, and now solely crawl sites.
At Smart Solutions, we add all of our clients’ sitemaps to the auto-discovery directive, robots.txt. This ensures that all of the search engines automatically know about your sitemap. It does not hurt to manually submit your sitemaps, for the search engines that allow it.
START USING GOOGLE+ PROPERLY
When you register your business with Google MyBusiness, you will be provided with a Google+ page (if you don’t already have one). Use it! When you post links to your site or blog articles on your Google+ page, these get indexed by Google (and the links in question are taken even more seriously if you have a truckload of Google+ followers who subsequently +1 your posts).
Promote Your Website in Social Networks
Social networking sites can be a good way to promote a site, but it is unclear how much it will affect your rank directly. That said, you may find that a great deal of your traffic comes from social networks, so be sure to make your content “social friendly.” Add images and give your content engaging titles.
Good Design is Popular Design
In the end, strong, well-organized pages are pages that Google tends to rank higher. They’re also pages that tend to become more popular, which means Google will rank them even higher. Keep good design in mind as you go, and much of the SEO will design itself.
Frequently Update the Content of Your Site
If you expected some shocking secrets revealed, you might be a bit disappointed. One of the first steps in getting traffic for free is trivial but vital – get great content and frequently update it.
In terms of SEO, content is king. If your content is good and frequently updated, you will not only build a loyal audience of recurring visitors, who will often come to see what is new; but search engines will also love your site.
Use your Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Social networks are also a way to get traffic for free. If you are popular on networks, such as Twitter or Facebook, the traffic you get from there can easily surpass the traffic from Google and the other search engines. It is true that building a large network of targeted followers on Twitter and supporters on Facebook takes a lot of time and effort but generally the result is worth.
Include your URL in your signature.
URLs in forum signatures are also a way to get traffic for free. There are forums, which get millions of visitors a day and if you are a popular user on such a forum, you can use this to get traffic to your site. When you post on forums and people like your posts, they tend to click the link to your site on your signature to learn more about you. In rare cases you might be able to post a deep link (i.e. a link to an internal page of the site) rather than a link to your homepage and this is also a way to focus attention to a particular page. Unfortunately, deep links are rarely allowed.
Use Quality Images
The web is becoming increasingly image-driven. While it may be tempting to use readily available stock photos on your site, keep in mind that thousands of other sites are using identical images. It’s better to invest in some original photography or purchase the rights to better quality images to set your site apart.
Make Your Website Unique
It’s hard to be unique in a world with millions of websites. One way to differentiate yourself is to have a professional looking header and logo. If your company doesn’t have a logo, it’s worth it to get one designed. You can also make your company website distinctive by using choosing catchy titles for your articles and, as mentioned above, using quality images rather than generic ones.
Knowing how users use your site is vital. This allows you to target their needs better. The best way is to keep a close eye on your analytics data; check what country/area your users are coming from, what search terms are working well for you and what sites are giving you the best referrals.
Tag Your Posts
Adding plenty of relevant tags to your blog posts will help you get more traffic from Google.Every time you tag a post it creates a “Tag page” for your tag and these will often rank in Google.For this reason you should use title case and capitalize the first letter of words you use as tags since this will help attract clicks when tag pages rank in Google.