by Paula Neal Mooney
You set up a free website, now you want free traffic.
Or, you paid for your website, and now you need enough search-engine traffic to at least pay for your web hosting fees.
Try these quick and (not so) dirty ways I've used to get more free web hits to my blogs:
1 - Gird your loins and wash some dirty, stinky feet
That's my metaphorical way of saying that "you gotta serve somebody."
Wish I could find the blog to give link love to that I read last night, saying that he increased his subscriber count to something crazy like 900 folks in a few months.
What sticks with me is that he said if you provide people a service, they'll come back. So...
2 - Give people the quirky things they're looking for
I was amazed to find out how many people per month search for "Google's USA Home Page," so that's why I titled my post that.
If you blog it, they will come.
3 - Ask short questions in the title that people want to know
"Robin Thicke's Race? Wife? Lyrics? Dad?" has gotten me so many hits, because whatever combination of those search terms people type in satisfies their specific need. (Amazingly, the "hot, hot and still hot" part gets me folks looking for the lyrics to that "Hot hot hot" song!)
Same deal with "Barack Obama's Race? Age? Religion?" (without repeating the Barack Obama name like I did when I was an SEO-newbie -- but you get the picture.)
4 - Borrow some keywords
Copy and paste can be our best friend. Just look at all the Overture Keyword Suggestion Tool (is that puppy really dead? Why is it showing January 2007 when it was updated to April 2007?) keywords about Robin Thicke I copied at that bottom of the post about him.
That's a quick and dirty way to get more search-engine traffic, because depending on how fast Google crawls your site, that's what people will find right away.
I should, however, update the Robin Thicke post to ensure I've covered all the bases people are searching for to be even more helpful.
5 - Brag about the number of readers you have...after you pump up the number
Put your stats front and center, recommends Blogging Tips, whom I found whilst surfing late Saturday night.
I finally moved up my counter once my subscriber numbers increased, and then chose from a pretty image on Al at Self-Made Minds post about Feedburner counts to make my subscription count even more representative of my daily pageviews.
Fake it till you make it!
(John H. Johnson pretended to be janitor to his non-existent white boss in order to be shown the piece of real estate that birthed the Johnson Publishing empire. Bishop T.D. Jakes got his 1-800-Bishop2 phone number and had women around the church answering the phone.)
6 - Meta Tags still matter
My blogging buddy Bonnie told me forever ago to update the metatags in my blog's code. I finally did and they have helped. Thanks, Bonnie!
Just right click anywhere on the white page on my blog and choose view source and look for the first META content that says "Get blog readers..." and such to see what I mean. Google really still looks at those things.
7 - Type longer labels
I used to just type labels like "lil, wayne,kissing,baby" and hit publish.
Now I'm wiser and realized that typing in stuff like create a free website, create your own website, digital camera for kids, make a free web site, make your own web site, make your own web site for free, personal, Popular Posts separated by commas really make the difference to the ol' "Goog" for bringing in that search-engine traffic!
8 - Post a lot...it takes time
Yeah, I know I just told everybody to slow down and create good posts, and that still holds true. But until you get a lot of email subscribers, or until you set up a strictly search-engine blog driving traffic to your main blog, you need to build content and open as many doors or gateways for people to find you as possible.
Like the "Watch Grey's Anatomy Full Episodes Online Free" post I put on my search-engine blog, it's getting hits now that I hope come on over here and stay.
9 - All about the ALT tag
In the Edit HTML mode of Blogger, in between the ALT " " space after I inserted the above foot-washing picture, I put "Increase web site traffic and hits free by getting more search engine traffic" in between those double quotes.
This is what's called "tagging" a photo, and that text will show up in search engines, both for folks looking for the post and for images.
That's it. Happy blogging and search-engine gaining.
And God bless and keep our troops this Memorial Day.
What you are doing and sacrificing for us all is beyond words...but thank you.