I'm on my way to my sweet home Chicago to hang out with these smart and beautiful women.
So while I'm laughing it up with like minds, I thought I'd leave you with a doozy of post that will help you increase visitors to your website, and hopefully increase your earnings.
If you like current events and helping search-engine seekers find your website, try these tips -- then leave comments and let me know how many more website visitors you got.
10 Step-by-Step Ways to Get More Website Visitors
These are the exact steps I take that have grown this blog, my TV online website, and my Find the Answers blog to a combined 600,000 hits and growing:
1 - Get exact hot search terms in quotes...
...like "Remy Ma shooting" or "Scott Baio married" preferably with high percentages next to them, reported in the most-recently posted Yahoo Buzz posting. (If you write a niche blog, it may take some creativity to relate it to your topic.)
2 - If no dice with Yahoo's Buzz log that day...
...scan the entire list of Google Hot Trends that day (make sure to change to current date) for something interesting.
For example, the other day "Chocolate Rain" appeared on the list. I clicked on it and saw under "Related Searches" additional search terms like "Tay Zonday" that people were looking for in relation to the song.
3 - Type your hot search words in quotes in Google to check out the competition.
Say you went with the "Scott Baio married" keywords. Type those words exactly in Google.com's search box and see how many results pop up. Note especially if there aren't many results in positions 1 - 3 that actually have "Scott Baio married" in the URL. If so, you've got hot keywords.
4 - Check Google Suggests Labs real quick for more keywords.
So I know that wistful housewives are typing in "Scott Baio married" aplenty. But what else are they typing in?
When I start typing "Scott Baio" into Google Suggests Labs, you can see all the other search terms that pop up in this attached image.
So now I've got other keywords to incorporate into my blog title, including "Scott Baio," "married," "shirtless," "45 and single," etc.
5 - Write your post.
Type it up just like you were talking to a friend, or write it on paper in a journal like I did the original version of this article -- in between a losing round of Wii -- to appease my family and get away from the PC.
6 - Link early, link boldly, link liberally...and label a lot.
Anchor your keywords to the max. You see my resulting piece called "Scott Baio is 45 and Single and Shirtless and Still Not Married and Trying to Be Celibate on VH1"?
Notice how I named my hyperlinks -- or "anchored" as the techies say -- them in the first and second paragraphs with the "Scott Baio is 45 and Single" text. This is an effective way to get ranking for those search terms.
And notice that I usually bold my hyperlinks, too. I hear that helps.
But the most important is having those search words early in your blog post title, therefore early in the URL.
And I labeled that post with all this stuff:
"Watch Scott Baio is 45 Online, Scott Baio 45 Episodes,Scott Baio 45 Online,Scott Baio Not Married,Scott Baio Shirtless,Scott Baio No Sex,Scott Baio Erin Moran Video,Scott Baio Reality Show,Videos,Online,Episodes,Web"
They say not to go too crazy with the labeling, but I take it to the 200-character label max on Blogger, and go a little crazy on WordPress. It's done nothing but help more people find me...
7 - Proof, preview, publish and ping...
That could be our bloggers' anthem, huh?
Proof your post -- I prefer to do this in the preview mode of Blogger, nice and big and formatted all pretty on my screen. WordPress preview is even easier.
Right click all your hyperlinks in your article and choose "open in a new tab" to make sure they go to the place you're expecting while still in preview mode.
Read over it, aloud is best. Then publish the post.
WordPress makes the pinging step a breeze by allowing you to enter all the places you want to be automatically notified of your new magnum opus post by entering them once under the "Options," "Writing," tabs. In the "Update Services" field.
Here are all the specific URLs I have WordPress automatically ping:
Blogger doesn't tell you which places it's pinging, so ping these places right away after you publish:
1 - Google Blog Search ping
2 - Feedburner ping
3 - Pingoat
8 - Add your new URL to Google and Yahoo at a minimum.
If you're not on their auto-bury list like I am, see how the Diggers at Digg.com take to it.
9 - Create an updated Sitemap.XML file to help Google find your new content.
Use this cool place I found that generates free sitemap.xml files after you type in your website address. The resulting file can be uploaded to your server -- I only know to delete my existing sitemap.xml file and upload the new one each time. But it doesn't take that long.
Then I go to Google Webmaster Tools and select my WatchFreeEpisodes.com site that I've already set up there, click on Sitemaps, check the box for my sitemap and choose resubmit selected. Pretty soon it flips from "Pending" to "OK" -- and I just love seeing all those URLs submitted. Gee, I'm up to 92 already...
That works for my hosted site, but for those of us still on free hosts like Blogger, we must make do with using our feeds as sitemaps.
After you've added your blog to Google Webmaster Tools and verified it per their instructions, go to the Sitemaps tab, choose "Add a Sitemap," select "Add a General Web Sitemap" from the drop-down box and then type "rss.xml" only in the "My Sitemap URL is" box.
For example, my full sitemap URL is:
So type rss.xml and select "add web sitemap," then come back and make sure it eventually says "OK" under sitemap status. The URLs, unfortunately, will only be maxed out at the 26 most recent blogged about items.
10 - Repeat these steps for every single post about which you feel the fire...
God willing, this should definitely get you more traffic to your site -- and if that traffic likes what they see, some of them may stick around.
But let me know how this experiment worked for you.
And please, please, please leave me your steps for getting good blog traffic.
Hey! Where ya going? Don't leave without:
And check out my other sites:
WatchFreeEpisodes.com -- Watch full and partial episodes of your favorite TV shows and movies online -- all for free!
Find The Answers -- Okay, I'm just tryin' to give this one some link love to get a Google Pagerank