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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.

Profit with Your Niche Blog (site)

Having an online presence is vital for any enterprise you engage in order to connect with the widest variety of people.  There isn’t a bigger forum than the Internet. If you want to show off your expertise and also make a little money doing it, a niche blog is a great place to start.

What is a Niche Blog (or site)?

16 Augmented Reality Business ModelsA niche blog is a chronological ordered series of posts with information and/or products for your niche or target market. It’s purpose is to get traffic so you can eventually make money either as an affiliate, with Google Adsense, writing and selling e-books and/or selling advertising.

How to Attract Traffic to your Site

  • Have updated and fresh content for those who visit your blog
  • Market your site to attract traffic
  • Use any and all of the tools on the net that are at your disposal

(For a more indepth article about specific tools to attract traffic, click here to read this article )
For tips on optimizing your posts for the search engines, sign up here for my Free Simple SEO for WordPress 6-part Tutorial


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How to Start

Before you start posting, decide who your audience, theme, and niche will be.  It is said that if you sell to everyone, you sell to no one. You need to narrow your niche to the slimmest possible group.  A jack-of-all-trades blog doesn’t do well — you need to be focused toward a particular niche (group of people).

(For a more indepth article about niche markets, click here to read this article)

If you are interested in crafts, let this be your niche. You could create posts that discuss how to craft, what to craft, how to make crafting profitable, and so on. After deciding on a subject and who the people are that would be interested in your content, you can begin to write (great content) about it.

How Can You Make Money?

To make money with your blog, you need to have a lot of traffic. To get traffic, you will have to market your site and get it known out there on the internet.  There are many ways of doing this, and it takes time and patience.

Money comes only after you have built a strong readership by offering interesting posts to people who are interested in reading them. You’ve probably heard it before, but this cannot be said enough: Content is king!  Give lots of free information.  Give hints and tips to help others when they are stuck. Offer free tutorials.  Do whatever you need to do to get people to come to your site and then return over and over for your latest content.

Although Google Ads aren’t recommended for a personal business site,  if you intend to run your blog as a niche site, then you can add some or all of the following programs and/or products:

  • Google AdSense
  • Selling Advertising
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • EBook Marketing

The simplest to set up and use is Google AdSense. These are targeted advertisements (targeted based on keywords that your niche would be using) to create revenue for your blog. You are paid if someone clicks on the complimentary ad that Google has placed on your site.

You can also become an affiliate for products and/or services sold by others. Most businesses on the internet have some sort of affiliate program that you can join. You are paid if someone clicks on your affiliate link (on your site) and they purchase the package, program or service you are an affiliate for.

The best possible case for being an affiliate is when you have tried the product or service yourself and would recommend it to your niche. You can lose credibility quickly by recommending shoddy products or services, so be careful in your affiliations.

E-books are downloadable electronic books that you can create yourself and sell on your website. You can turn your expertise into written work that your niche is willing to pay for.  E-books should contain your best possible content, as there are millions of people writing ebooks, often substandard. Don’t be tempted into thinking that you can ask money for badly written or uninteresting content. It must be information that is new and helpful to your customers.

So that is a summary of several ways you can make money with a niche blog.

Do you have any tips on attracting traffic to your niche site?

If you are looking to have a niche site built, are new to online business, or you want to move your existing site to WordPress, contact me. I’d love to help you get your business rolling. Call me today toll free at 800.921.4812

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WordPress Tip: How to create a hyperlinked reference to a Wikipedia article in a blog post or page

Creating Categories

You can create categories in two ways

1.  While writing a post or page, look over to the right of the editor and you will see the Tags and Categories sections.  You can create and select categories there.

2. Go to Dashboard –> then to Post –> Categories   A new window will open you can create your categories there as well.

3.  If you want to change your default Category, go to Settings (down the left side) –> Writing  and you will find a drop down menu where you can choose which category will be your default (especially good if you forget to select one).

Some blogging experts, Denise Wakeman for example, say that if you are using more than 6 or 7 categories, you are watering down your content.  This really does make sense.  Your business site should be laser focussed on your services or products.  Therefore, all of your content should be specifically about those products and services.

If you find that you need a lot more categories to list your content under, you may want to consider building another site.  (It’s easy too if you are being hosted by someone like Bluehost who allows you to have 5 complete websites hosted under your annual fee. )

Contact me for more information if you need it.

How to Change the Order of the Pages on your WordPress Navigation Bar

Would you like to change the order of the pages on your site?   Watch as I use the “My Page Order” plugin to do just that.  It is very simple and easy, as you will see.

How to post-date your WordPress blog posts

Step 1: Complete your blogpost adding SEO, categories, and tags

Step 2: Go to the “Publish” area over to the right of your title field

Step 3:  Go to the “Publish Immediately” choice  and click “Edit”.

Step 4: A date and time option will open where you can choose any future date and time that you wish to have your blog post published.

View the how-to YouTube video here:

Happy blogging.

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WordPress: 10 Best Plugins for Ecommerce

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There are some cool WordPress plugins for ecommerce that can make your online business effortless. Using the plugins you can boost your ecommerce in a jiffy and that even without spending a hill of beans.

There are a number of revolutionary plugins that can help you in selling anything from digital products to content to arts. To aid your business efforts we had already provided more than a dozen of ecommerce application.

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This time we have a well-researched list of 10 best WordPress plugin for ecommerce.

1. eShop

It is an accessible shopping cart plugin for WordPress packed with sophisticated features. eShop uses WordPress pages, or posts, to create products. There are various methods available for listing the products. Various methods available for listing products. It allows you to download data and upload downloadable products. The basic statics and sales data provided by the plugin is quite handy. The Admin has access to an order handling section. It sends automatic emails on successful purchase. The emails templates are user configurable. Various discounts options are also available.
eShop offers a number of payments options that include- Authorize.net, Paypal, Payson, eProcessingNetwork, Webtopay and Cash/Cheque. What’s more it offers several shipping options.

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2. Shopp Requirement Check

This plugin has been designed to ensure that the web hosting environment has the technologies to support Shopp. Shopp was a much needed ecommerce plugin solution for WordPress. It provides an online commerce platform that can easily handle larger online store operations without any complexity. For any small online shop owner it’s a great asset. The plugin is simple to use and focuses on balanced, efficient, and stable feature set to provide best ecommerce experience. Further it also extends the powerful flexibility and adaptability required by developers and designers. It offers advanced Thickbox product image galleries with smooth transition

Some of the key features in Shopp include

  • SEO shopping pages with pretty-url permalink support, product and category names in the page title, and more
  • Dynamic categories that highlights new product additions, featured products, on-sale products and bestselling products
  • Product RSS feeds for every category (including dynamic categories) enhanced for Google Bas
  • Run time-limited promotions like price discounts, free shipping or even buy 1 get 1 free support
  • Easy to set up multiple shipping methods with an intelligently simplified shipping rate manager
  • Options for payment through credit cards easily and securely
  • Offsite checkout through PayPal Express and/or Google Checkout

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3. WP e-Commerce

This sophisticated plugin for WordPress is a simple and easy to use fully featured shopping cart application that can be used to sell your products, services and fees online. It is a Web 2.0 application designed to offer usability, presentation and aesthetics. WP e-Commerce could be a one stop shop for those dealing with bands & record Labels, clothing companies, crafters & artists, books, DVDs & MP3 files.

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4. WP osCommerce

WPosCommerce or the WP.osC  plugin for WordPress is a modified version of the popular ecommerce solution osCommerce. WP.osC allows you to integrate osCommerce with existing WordPress website.
The plugin displays latest products, random products, top 10 best sellers all on your WordPress blog post page. It adds a dynamic widget in your blogs sidebar to display the products.

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5. Quick Shop

QuickShop supports any WordPress that has the Sidebar Widgets installed. Quick shop adds the SideBar widget that shows the user what they currently have in the cart and allows them to remove the items. There is a TinyMCE button that allows you to add products to your posts/pages. It offers two widgets – Paypal and other for custom solution. It features both Paypal Subscription and Donation tags. Users can create different product options in a drop-down. It features an inventory listing tied in to TinyMCE and a full range of formating for widget layout in Quickshop. In addition, it provides a checkout page.

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6. flshow Manager

This WordPress plugin for ecommerce could be a handy solution for sites developed with static flash galleries, headers, menus and intros. In such case, it is hard to determine which parts of the site can be changed within WordPress, and which cannot be changed. flshow Manager has been designed to manage the  fantabulous flShow Photo Carousel within the comfort of WordPress dashboard. The carousel offers an excellent platform to display the products of eCommerce with attractive header. Else you can simply show off your photography portfolio.

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7. WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart

Paypal is one of the most widely used ecommerce applications. This WordPress plugin allows you to add an Add to Cart button on any post or page.  The shopping cart is displayed on any post or page or side bar easily. In the shopping cart users can see what they currently have in the cart. It also allows the to remove any item from the cart, if required.

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8.   Are Paypal

It’s a unique WordPress plugin that allows monitizing WordPress blog content using Paypal. That’s a cool way of making money by selling your knowledge. It allows you to set the Post/Page to contain hidden content. To visitor willing to view the content has to perform a given task provided in a message.The content might be set as hidden for unregistered users and visible for registered. In a similar way the content can be set as hidden for unregistered-unpayed users and visible for registered-paid users. The search engines will only see the visible content. The administrator can grant the users access to content for certain payment. These features can be configured using the administrative screens. The plugin uses Paypal IPN – Instant Payment Notification protocol to offer a fully automated payment/content delivery.


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9. WP Auctions

It’s one of the most innovative ecommerce plugins for WordPress that allows users to host auctions on their blog or website without any expenditure. It doesn’t require listing fees, seller fees, final value fees, gallery fees or any other type of fee for anything you wanna sell online. Once the auctions is listed, user can register your plugin with the WP Auctions Live page and generate some traffic for your website. Some of its exclusive features include uploading multiple images for each auction; selling items only on Buy It Now basis; RSS feed for your auctions and shows 3rd party ads when there are no auctions. It’s only payment option is PayPal.

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10.  ArtPal

It’s a free ecommerce WOrdPress plugin for artists who wanna sell their work online. It allows easy PayPal integration with just the address. Artpal offers real time sales updates as soon as the item sells and disables it so that it’s not sold twice. ArtPal gets more powerful with support from businesses mean business. It’s Digital Sublimity offers commercial support ensuring that the critical application will stay up and running when its needed.