Internet marketing, according to WebOPedia, refers to advertising and marketing efforts that use the Web and email to drive direct sales via electronic commerce. With that being said, it is important for every entrepreneur and business owner to get on this marketing game, in order to increase website traffic and prospective clients or customers as well as stay ahead of the competition. If you are new on this department, then the list below will help you get started.
1. Track and analyze your website traffic.
Most web hosts offer traffic analysis data to their clients, and it is basically the most important tool at your disposal in measuring the effectiveness of your internet marketing techniques and overall website performance. By taking the time to understand this data, you can begin to understand the motivations and interests of your audience. Is your site getting traffic at all? Perhaps you need to boost your traffic and sales through social media. Are many of them leaving on one particular page? Perhaps you should make some changes to keep their interest. Are most of them looking at one particular part of your site? Perhaps you should make it a more featured area. Since this data updates on a regular basis, you are also able to gauge the effectiveness of any changes that you make. There are many more useful bits of information available, such as:
- What search terms your visitors are using to find you?
- What sites are bringing you the most traffic?
- How long your visitors are staying?
Maintaining a successful website is an ongoing process, and traffic data is crucial to getting optimum results.
2. Get links that are related to your niche industry.
This is a simple but effective piece of internet marketing. Sad to say, only a few know how to do this the right way. Link building entails you to get an exposure and traffic while increasing the prestige of your business. By getting backlinks from another website related to your niche, visitors who will enter your site from that link are predisposed to believe that they will find something of value there.
There are plenty of ways to get quality backlinks, but one must be equipped with the right knowledge before they even start doing it. Not all backlinks are good for your website. If you don’t have enough knowledge about this, then I advice you to carefully hire a good internet marketing company that does the job correctly. As Jeff Bridges from PlacementSEO.com says, “It’s one thing to find marketing companies who boast that they’re the best in the business, it’s another to find a company who can back their claims…”
However, if you are already on board on this topic, then by all means you can do-it-yourself. Here are a few suggestions on where to get quality backlinks:
- Guest posting outreach – it takes awful lot of time if done manually, but it’s worth it.
- Publish in editorial sites – hard to get inside it but once you do, it increases your site’s credibility.
- Business directories – this ranges from free to paying, but it is a good method to be seen locally on your area.
- Private network – many companies and individuals have benefited on this approach, but you need to know how to do it properly or find an excellent provider.
The added benefit to a quality link building implementation is that they can give a tremendous boost to your link popularity, which is a major factor in determining how your site gets ranked in search engines.
3. Write informative articles about your business or products to make them available to online publications and web masters.
In continuation to above’s point, let me just add that there are numerous sites who allows you to offer original informational articles for others to publish. Such an exchange benefits you in several ways. First, all of these sites require anyone who is reprinting your article to provide a link back to your site, which can provide highly targeted visitors (visitors who most likely already have a good impression of you from your article). This is also another way to boost your link popularity, which is again, vitally important to your search engine rankings. Moreover, if you offer a service, a reputation is your most valuable asset.
Widely distributed articles can help to establish you as an expert in your field and help you to gain credibility with your future clients. Although internet marketing techniques such as these may require a considerable time investment, the payoff can be well worth the trouble.
4. Give your website visitors a clear call to action.
If your site isn’t intended to sell a product or gain a customer, then what is it for? Your internet marketing techniques should have a clear purpose. Meaning, every page on your site should focus on getting the visitor to take an action. This could be:
- purchasing something online
- filling out a form
- sending and email
- making a phone call
- even simply moving on to the next step in the process
Your website should be more than a static billboard proclaiming that you are open for business; it should compel your visitors to follow a specific path that leads to a sale. While there are many ways to increase a company’s conversion rates, the answer can be as simple as placing a prominent offer on your pages.
5. Don’t overlook the obvious
This might fall better into the category of internet marketing “advice” rather than “techniques”. However, it is important that you compare your website to an actual store. Is everything clean and organized, or is everything messy and cluttered? Many websites give bad first impressions with issues that could easily be avoided. Here are a few:
It’s not just about backlinks that makes your business website standout among the rest. Many people neglect the power of GUI (or graphical user interface). If your website is cluttered and messy with lots of fonts and bright colors all around, visitors would immediately bounce out and find another website. Your website should be structured accordingly as to what pleases the eye. Hence, it is equally important to procure proper On Page optimization. It doesn’t just give credibility to your site, it also adds trustworthiness on search engines.
Broken links are a sign of sloppiness that are fairly common. To combat this, there are several websites that will automatically scan your site and identify any broken links. If you website is made from WordPress, there are tons of plugins that you can install to do the job.
Images aren’t loading properly
Seeing little red X’s where a graphic or photo should appear is another common problem that is easily addressed. Does your site maintain its look and functionality with most browsers? People are sometimes dismayed to learn that their site (which looks great in Firefox) doesn’t maintain its look or functionality with other popular browsers. The time and resources required to fix these problems are small when compared with the cost of tarnishing your professional image.
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