Attracting website traffic should be the goal for ALL websites.
Creating and launching a website is a huge accomplishment.
If you've managed to achieve this then congratulations are in order!
But this is not the end of the journey, it's only the beginning.
The ultimate goal for any website owner is to attract TARGETED visitors that convert into PAYING Customers
The level of promotional activity and the desired website traffic is different for everyone. As a measure of success, it's very important to establish some targets for daily and monthly visitors.
Here are some typical questions arising from this activity:
It's important to set a realistic goal for the number of visitors to your website.
There are no written rules or guidelines that you can find to tell you definitely what is a reasonble and achievable number of visitors to target.
Goal setting includes the following traffic sources:
Promoting your website through offline marketing activities can be difficult to track but will definitely generate some traffic to your site (e.g. business cards, business stationery, leaflets, newspaper/magazine advertising, outdoor advertising, signage, vehicle graphics etc.)
Traffic Goals from Offline Sources: If you spend advertising budget on printed and media advertising promoting your business and / or website, then you might expect to receive between 1% and 3% response rate from your advertising efforts. You can attribute some of your direct traffic (this is a category of traffic from your website analytics tool) to offline sources.
Traffic from search engines comes in two forms:
For organic traffic use your primary keywords and complete keyword research for each page on your website. The Google keyword tool is a good resource for getting a rough idea of the volume of traffic you might receive.
TOOL ALERT: Don't use the Google keyword tool to figure out the best keywords for Search Engine Optimization. It was not designed for this purpose and you could waste your time creating and optimizing content for the wrong keywords.
Take into account the competitiveness of your keywords (i.e. highly competitive keywords are difficult to get page ranking for, especially on a new website).
For paid traffic, again use your primary keywords but use a traffic estimator tool provided by the web advertising platform you intendd to use.
For example, if you plan to use Google Adwords, use Google's Traffic Estimator tool. You will need to determine a web advertising budget (i.e. the maximum cost per click and daily budget you are willing to spend) in order to complete paid traffic analysis.
Traffic Goals from Search: If your website is popular and ranking well within Search Engines, you should expect to see 80-95% of your traffic from search. Ideally, the majority of this traffic is organic (FREE).
Traffic referrals come from all the inbound links to your website.
Some of these links would be created by you as you promote your website in various places on the internet (business directories, forums, social media sites, article or blog sites) PLUS the links to your website / webpages created by other people (i.e. backlinks) or link building service providers.
Backlinks are extremely influential since they act as "citations" that signal the search engines to pay attention to the "linked content".
As long as the backlinks are from authoritative and credible sources (and not viewed as WEB SPAM), then you should expect to see some excellent overall results.
Traffic Goals from Referrals: If you have an average linking profile (or one that appears to be natural), then you could reasonably expect that 10-20% of your traffic is from referrers. If your referral traffic is higher than your Search traffic make sure you have a robust link-checking system in place to manage the validity of the links. Personally, I don't like to link my website to too many other domains - over reliance on another website for traffic makes me feel vulnerable.
There are dozens of website/visitor tracking software tools out on the market but they do have fees associated with them. These fees are based on a usage/subscription model (e.g. monthly fee per volume page views). The easiest and cheapest method for tracking site traffic is to sign up for either a Google Analytics or Yahoo Analytics account, install the tracking code on your website and then monitor your website performance.
Make sure your website content and web page design are optimized for your primary keywords to maximise your web traffic opportunities
There are only three effective and legitimate ways to increase web traffic:
WARNING: AVOID BUYING WEBSITE TRAFFIC AND/OR JOINING "LINK FARMS" -- THE RESULTS ARE NOT SUSTAINABLE AND YOUR SITE COULD SUFFER FROM NEGATIVE SEO.
YOUR SITE COULD ALSO BE DE-INDEXED BY THE MAJOR SEARCH ENGINES
Getting super-targeted traffic is very much dependent on getting "normal" traffic (i.e. web advertising, promotion and SEO) under control first. Once your site has generated enough traffic over a period of time (e.g. minimum 12 months of traffic), then you can perform traffic analysis using your website analytics tool (e.g. Google Analytics, Yahoo Analytics).
Use this collected information to determine some additional keywords to be researched.
Once you have generated some traffic to your website, you have luxury of monitoring the traffic to further improve the performance of your site with respect to page and traffic ranking. Plan to monitor the following:
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