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It’s time to start amping up your business for fall. Your first step is to see how your site measures up on the internet. Is it loading quickly. Are there any issues? Could you do a better job of your SEO?  Find out by doing a quick check over at Hubspot.
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Get Website Traffic Fast! 5 Quick Tips

KeyIf you are running an online business, you already know that getting traffic to your site is the single most important key to it all. Right?

In fact, you spend time writing amazing content, you have great products and/or services to offer, and you’re a great person and business owner — basically you’ve got it all. Except traffic.  And yet the more traffic, the more serious visitors; the more serious your visitors, the better your sales and profits will be.

So what exactly does an online business have to do to get noticed among the millions of other sites — some doing/selling exactly what you are doing/selling? It’s not easy, but with repeated efforts you can and will get noticed.

First, I am assuming that you have a niche (narrowed down what you sell, or what you offer for services), and you know how to determine your keywords, and your regularly conduct keyword research so you know what is popular. If not, you need to. Why? Because this is what will help your business get found online. For more information on keywords and keyword research, this is a great article
https://www.seo.com/blog/top-keyword-research-tools-exposed

Here are 5 ways to get traffic to your site, quickly

1. Use your keywords

  • in your titles. Your title is where you place your primary keyword or keyword phrase.
  • in your first two or three sentences of all pages and posts.  These sentences should describe your business/offering/service in 90 characters or less.
  • to populate any fields that are available for SEO in your theme (usually under your post/page)
  • and create a traffic and SEO strategy

2. Add content to your site as often as you can, but preferably every day

Content gets you traffic, plain and simple.  Google loves fresh content and actively searches for it so they can index it into that great encyclopedia in cyberspace. Give search engines a reason to visit, not to mention your own returning visitors. People love to read content from those they like and trust, so give it to them.

3. Place links to your other content whenever you can (called interlinking)

Google bots like to follow links. If you have related content on another page, place a link to it within the content you are currently working on. The bots will follow your link to the page your are linking to so that they can index that content as well. Win-win.

4. Get incoming links to your site

Google also likes websites that have incoming links. It shows the site’s popularity, and increases the search engines’ perception of how valuable your site is.  And you know what they say about being popular. The search engines are kind of snobbish that way too.

Keep in mind that search engines give more ranking to links from sites that are popular and credible, and relevant to your site’s content.

What are links? 

A direct link looks like this: www.yourwebsite.com

A text link is, as mentioned above, embedded in the text. Readers can click on the link and are redirected to another page on your site

Encouragement might be required so try the following: 

  • Adding lots of fresh, relevant content
  • Submit articles about your niche to article directories 
  • Being active on Social networking sites.

5. Be Social!

As mentioned in tip #4, now more than ever before, internet marketing is about building a community. Whether you offer a forum on your website or you participate in social networking sites, social networking is a valuable traffic generating tactic. Sites like Facebook and Twitter are powerful tools for generating links and traffic to your site – create a profile and then post comments and ideas that generate conversation.

Outline your plan, set your goals, and then take the necessary action.

Very Simple Ways to Put Some SEO onto Your WordPress site

If you are like most small business owners, getting to the SEO for each post/page is the last thing you want to do, even though it is probably the most important.

I’ll bet that you think about it a lot. Why? Because most people do not know what to do, and they know it’s important to do, so they think about SEOit a lot. But don’t be hard on yourself — after all it is a distinct area of specialization that people get paid a lot of money to do.

If you’re not willing or able to invest that kind of money right now, and you are using the Genesis framework with a Child theme, then the following will help you make sense of SEO for your site. This really is the least you should do on your site in terms of SEO. Once you’ve done it on all of your pages, you can then take the same steps on each post as you write them.

How to add SEO to your pages and posts:

Log in and click on the Pages tab to the left. Choose a page and click on edit. Now scroll down below the editor area until your reach the following Search Engine Optimization fields:

1. The Custom Document Title field 

2. The Custom Post/Page Meta Description field

These two fields are extremely important because if you don’t do any SEO in them, Google will, by default, use the title of your page or post, and the first 150 characters of your content for your SEO. Since you have the opportunity to do a little marketing here, why allow Google to just default to what is already there? 

Field 1: Custom Document Title.

In this field you can create a whole new title. Although it does not change the title of your page or post on your site, the new title shows up in Google search.

For example, here is what I’ve found when I search for Personal Chef.

Indulgence at Home – Your Personal Chef in Calgary
calgarypersonalchef.com/
Ashlee Steinhauer is a Personal Chef in Calgary. Indulgence at Home specializes in home-cooked meals for people who are too busy to cook but still want to ..
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Do you see the length of the title? Since your page title is what creates the links on your navigation bar, I’d bet that she has changed it in the Custom Document Title.

Notice that she has also fit her keywords (personal chef) into the title. hint hint. She has also added her location, which is very important if you are a brick and mortar biz, or are known in a particular area.

Custom Post/Page Meta Description

The next field, Custom Post/Page Meta Description, is where you can write your own search engine optimized summary of what’s on your page or post. Again, this does not show on your post or page at all, but it does show up in Google Search. Again, in our example, she has fit her keywords into the summary she has written about who she is and what she does.
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Summary:

Wondering where to start? I suggest that you get creative and do this on every published page on your site. For example, on your bio page instead of using the default title, create one that uses whatever you want to advertise yourself as whether a Personal Chef, artist, coach, doctor or what have you. Remember that the title and the blurb has to relate back to that page or you will be penalized by Google. This is by far your best way of getting ranking in Google and traffic to your site so give it a try. I’m pretty sure that these fields are the most underutilized areas of most people’s WordPress site if you are the average user.

Who is Your Target Market?

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Determine who your target market is. It’s your first step to creating a wildly successful internet business.

 

Why? Because you can predict your financial future by how closely you are connected with your target market.

Not sure what a target market is?  Basically it a group of people who are most likely to buy from you. It’s that simple. This group is comprised of those who want and need your product or service. They wait for your next product, and they rave about you and your services.  They are your biggest fans and they like your stuff.

You need to determine who your target market is otherwise you will be trying to be all things to all people What you have to do instead is to specialize and in turn you’ll narrow all the shoppers in the world to just a few loyal customers and/or clients.

How do we find them?

It starts with doing some research. This is not as daunting as it sounds, so don’t be discouraged. The greatest benefit you’ll get from doing this research is that you’ll be very clear as to what you have to offer and to whom.

Where do we start?

With your product or service in mind, describe the person who would most likely want or need your products. Use as much detail as you can.  Would it be a single mom? A retired woman? A teen? A single man? A woman with a family? An online business owner? An offline business owner? A writer?

Give the following some thought:

  • Is your target customer male or female?
  • What does she do for a living
  • What is her income? Depending on your price point, this could eliminate people
  • What age group is she in? (Age groups may or may not be pertinent)
  • Where does she  live? Geography could be a limiting factor
  • What matters most to her?
  • Who would hire you to perform the services you offer?

Other Considerations:

If you offer online business courses, then retired people probably won’t be your target market.

If you are a handy person who cleans windows, then retired people might be the exact people you are looking for. But something to consider is whether your market can support another window cleaner. Is your target market already saturated with competitors? Do they even get their windows cleaned, or is their income low and they have to clean them themselves.

Your market has to be just the right size–small enough for you to be a major player and large enough to make good money.

It also has to be a market with a problem that needs to be solved. Those are the people who are most likely to spend money.

Family and friends are probably a great resource in the brainstorming process. Ask who they think would purchase your product.

Where to Look for Business Ideas

Google Trends is the best source for up-to-the-minute information on what is trendingThey can help you identify new target markets. You may be able  to jump into an opportunity where you become a major player before others hop on the bandwagon.

Another great place to look is Amazon Magazines. Chances are that if there’s enough of a market for a magazine, then there’s enough of a market to make money online.  http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Magazines/zgbs/magazines

eBay Pulse is another great place to look. Again, you’re looking for markets where you can become a major player.

How to Research a Market

You’ve come up with some ideas for a business. What’s the next step?  You’ve probably guessed that you’ll be doing some more research, but this step is to see if your idea is viable.

The first step is to check the volume of traffic to make sure there’s enough to make you a living. Google Keyword Tool is the best place to check this out.

Once you’ve made sure that there is lots of traffic to your basic business keywords and that you can make enough money for it viable, you will then get to know the market and the market’s spending habits.  You can start by clicking here

Now you’ll want to know how your competitors are doing? Are they selling high ticket items, or are they scraping by with advertising? Are AdWords bids high or low? This will all help you determine how much money is being spent.

Google has the best survey program out there. Like I say, if you want to know something, just ask. Google Insights

So you’ve brainstormed and researched a few niche markets, identified those that show some promise, and narrowed down the winners, all that’s left to do is take action and make it happen.

SEO: Simple Tweaks You Can Make to Your WordPress Content So Your Clients Find You

SEO… ugh… I know you’re probably thinking some or all of the following.

SEO: Simple Tweaks You Can Make to Your WordPress Content So Your Clients Find You

 

  • Search Engine Optimization is way too scientific for me–after all I’m an artist
  • SEO is way over my head–I’m a coach, not a techno geek
  • SEO looks incredibly boring. My eyes are glazed over even now
  • SEO is done by geeky guys who work in their parent’s basement and never see the light of day
  • SEO is illegal and, if caught, Google will banish you and your biz forever from search results

But in reality, SEO is a very powerful business skill that can get you a lot of traction in the competitive world of the internet. It’s really only a series of little tweaks you can make in your blog posts and on your pages that can amount to a huge rush of traffic, and clients that are finally able to find you in the search engines. (Of course, you can go much further than little tweaks and hire yourself an SEO strategist for big $$, but why not start small to see how it works?).

SEO is about “organic” search, meaning that you optimize your posts and pages for the people who don’t know a thing about you (eg: they are not friends on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites) They are the people who need you but don’t know it yet. They are the people who are in Google search right this minute, and are madly typing words into the search field trying to find a solution to their problem or answer to their question.

The words (keywords) they are typing into the search field are the only link between them and you (remember, they have never heard of you). If the words you use on your site (your keywords) match their search terms, then you will show up in the search results. The more exact your words match theirs, the higher you will show in the results.

You can probably see now that if you aren’t using the words (keywords) that this person is using to find answers, then you’ll never show up in the search results as a viable solution or answer to their problem(s). The better your site answers the searchers questions, the more Google will send you the highly coveted “organic” traffic.

So here is a summary of what SEO is:

SEO is the shortened term for Search Engine Optimization. As an online business and WordPress site owner, you need to know that SEO is what helps drive visitors to your website. And without visitors…well you know.

How Google Works

Search engines have names like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. When someone is searching for information on the internet, they type phrases or keywords into the Google, Yahoo, or Bing search field. They press “Enter” and receive a page with a list of search results.

SEO is “spoon feeding” your relevant content to the search engines so that it matches the searchers’ queries.

A search engine is a program that searches documents on the World Wide Web for a specific word or phrase. ~ Dictionary.com (SEO is tweaking your site to match those words).

Kathleen

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6 Simple Tips to Writing Search Engine Optimized WordPress Blog Posts

1.  Use your keywords in the title of your post

6 Simple Tips to Writing Search Engine Optimized WordPress Blog Posts

Keywords (actually keyword phrases) are the words you use in your business to attract your target market, audience, and/or niche. These are the carefully researched phrases and terms that you use in all of your writings so your content shows up in search results. Think of them as the words that your potential customers/clients are typing into the search field when searching for answers. It is particularly important to use keywords in the title of your post because the title of your post will also show as the title in the search results (there are ways to modify this, but that’s another post).

2. Write WordPress blog posts that matter

First and foremost, your content has to answer the questions that your target market (or niche) has. People search the internet for information and solutions to their problems. Provide answers to their problems and there is a high probability that even a random search will result in your post showing up in the search results.

3.  Write your headlines so they include your keywords

WordPress offers a very simple method for creating headings and subheadings. The option is in your WordPress editor and are called H1, H2, H3 etc (the dropdown menu is beside the “Paragraph” option).  Each heading is a different font size and, depending on your theme and/or your theme tweaking ability, they can also be from different font families. (I suggest only using H2 and smaller because the title of your pages and posts are already H1 and you won’t be competing with the post or page title).

4.  Write your headlines so they include a benefit.

It’s from copywriting 101. Include a benefit in your headline wherever possible.  Why would someone want to read your post (or even the next paragraph)? How will it benefit them? Does it save them time? Are there tips that can be read and then implemented quickly? Will reading the post save them money?  Spell it out in the headline.

5. Use keywords throughout the post

And use your keywords early in the post. The first sentence is optimal, but at the very least, use your keywords in the first paragraph. You don’t necessarily have to use the same word over and over (which could be detrimental to your SEO efforts) because synonyms will also be recognized by the search engines.

6. Break up your writing with subheadings (paragraph subtitles).

SEO writing includes a technique where you break your content up with subheadings.  The search engines bots look for anything “unusual” in your post. Subheadings are “unusual” and they cause the search engine bots to pause and take notice.  They also make your writing easier on the eyes of your audience by providing some white space where the eyes can rest.

Have you taken the necessary time to do your keyword research?

Keyword Research Using Wordtracker’s Free Tool

One of the most significant keys to success is getting website traffic.  The more visitors you have, the better your sales and profits.

For maximum results, create a traffic and SEO strategy.  Outline your plan and your goals and then take the necessary action, but begin with keyword research.

Presumably you have a niche and you know your keywords, and regularly conduct keyword research to stay on top of what’s popular.  Right? If not, here are several tools that are great for not only doing your keyword research, but for learning everything there is to know about keyword research.

Enjoy,
Kathleen

 

 

Quick Tips For Getting Website Traffic Fast!

Traffic Tips for WordPress

arrow found the targetOne of the most important keys to success in your internet business is getting traffic to your WordPress site. Although the ideal is to get very targeted traffic, it remains that the more visitors you have, the more likely you are to make sales (and profits).

Highly targeted traffic is usually the result of having a clearly defined niche and clearly defined keywords that would attract your target market.  Take the time to do your keyword research — it will be worth it after you see your traffic start to increase.  Here is an excellent post about keywords and keyword research: Click here to read about keyword research

WordPress Traffic Tip #1  Make sure you’re using your keywords.

Spend some time optimizing your content by adding your keywords as close to the beginning of each post as possible.  Use bolding and italics on especially important words and make sure you use your categories and tags features as well.

Use one of the excellent WordPress SEO plugins (Headspace2 and All in One SEO are the best as of this date) and either set it up yourself if you are comfortable doing this, or hire an SEO specialist to set it up for you.

WordPress Traffic Tip #2  Add lots of fresh content to your site .

Three times per week is ideal as it is essential for attracting traffic and getting a good search engine ranking.  Each time you post fresh content, the search engine spiders come to crawl your site to look for the new information. Give visitors and search engines a reason to visit and index your site.

Make a commitment to yourself and your visitors to provide plenty of optimized content and your traffic will soar (and remember that you can post date your content)  See my Youtube video on how to post date content.    Click here to see the video

WordPress Traffic Tip #3 Be Social!

Internet marketing is about building a community.  Gone are the days when you could create those cheesy, in-your-face sales letters and sell your products. People have become much more descriminating and will click away from impersonal and heavy handed marketing.

Sites like Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter are powerful tools for generating links and traffic to your site – create profiles on them and post comments, add links to your site, and thoughts to generate conversation.

Get involved – have fun. Be fun, but professional. Look for forums that cater to your industry and begin participating.  Speak to and connect with your highly targeted audience.