Top 7 Tips for Getting Those First 100 Daily Visitors
By Matt DeAngelis
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The first 100 visitors are an important and challenging milestone for any web site. Here are some tips for getting there.
- Make sure your pages or posts are optimized with popular keywords. I would be careful with this one because you donít want to lose your blogging voice or make your pages read awkwardly by jamming in as many keywords as you can. Do check for the most popular keywords in your universe, though, using a tool like WordTracker. As a poster on SitePoint said, using the competition values in WordTracker allows you to pick keywords that havenít soaked the web yet.
- Update your Google Sitemap every few pages or posts and resubmit it. A Google Sitemap is an interesting and amazing phenomenon. Here is how Google explains it:
The Google Sitemaps program is two-way communication between webmasters and Google. You can give us information about your site so we can index it more effectively, and we can show you how we see your site and tell you about any trouble weíve had crawling it.
Basically you create a special xml file and tell Google to go look at it. It uses the file to better index the site. And it definitely works. Thereís even a Plugin for WordPress that will build the perfect sitemap for Google. You can read more about sitemaps by visiting the Google Sitemaps page.
- Post relevant comments on blogs related to your content area. Look around, find people blogging about the same stuff as you. Monitor their blog sites and participate in the discussion. Be sure to include a link to your site in all of your comments. Itís a great way to correspond with like-minded people and get your name and site name out there.
- Search for link partners and link exchanges at least once a week. If you find a site you like, include it on your link page and drop the site owner an email. He or she will most likely list your site as well. Join a couple of free or cheap link exchange sites and stick to your subject area when exchanging links. Always visit the prospective link exchange site and ask yourself if you would be doing your readers a service by sending them to that site. If not, donít link to the site.
- Write great content, and donít plug stuff unless you are familiar with it and approve of it. If you write interesting content about subjects that interest people they will always find you. Donít hustle your readers ó if you are going to plug something for money, make sure the product or service is something you would use and recommend. If people sense a hustle they will not convert and they will not come back.
- Shake loose a couple of bucks and buy some ad space. Once youíre certain your blog looks and operates perfectly, spend $100 on Adsense ads and see how that helps.
- Be patient. It isnít going to happen overnight. It will take weeks or months to get things rolling.
Matt DeAngelis runs Affiliate Blog - Insights into Affiliate Marketing and Internet Marketing. Matt is the former CTO of Modem Media, a pioneer in the Internet ad space. As a foot soldier in the Internet revolution, Matt devised the technology behind many of the most successful ad campaigns of the time.
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Article Submitted On: April 18, 2006