Forget SEO – It’s All About Conversion!

Written by Stephen Munday

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OK, so let’s say you have successfully wooed your first-time visitor date. He’s here and he has decided to stick around. You’re going steady, getting to know each other a little more. That’s all you want, isn’t it?

No, it isn’t! You want to poprepparttar question, of course!

Getting hitched

You’ve made all this effort and spent money on getting your “date” this far, so you want to getrepparttar 146177 most out of your investment, right? You want to hear those sweet words, “I do”:

I do… want to click your Adsense ads. I do… want to become a forum member. I do… want to buy that cool digital thingy.

So how do you turn a whirlwind romance into a successful proposal? Try these ideas for size:

Have clear navigation

You want to make your date dizzy with excitement, not frustration! Make sure you have clear, consistent, well-labeled navigation and make your visitor-date’s time with you a pleasure, and not a reason to reach forrepparttar 146178 Advil.

Have a clear proposition

What do you want your visitor to do? Buy something? Sign up for something? Join something? Whateverrepparttar 146179 point of your site is, it does have a point, right? So don’t beat aboutrepparttar 146180 bush, and don’t hold back waiting forrepparttar 146181 right moment: Make your “proposal”, and make it clear and direct.

Happily Ever After…

You thought that wasrepparttar 146182 end ofrepparttar 146183 story? Wait a minute, it’s not over yet! I thought you were in this for a long-term relationship, not a one night stand?

I know, you were thinking that having made all that effort while you were dating, you could ease off now that you’re “married”. But don’t you know thatrepparttar 146184 real rewards start here?

So what arerepparttar 146185 secrets of a long, blissful relationship with your visitors?

1. Feed them!

You convinced him to come visit once. But how often will he come back if all you give him arerepparttar 146186 same old leftovers? Cook him up something juicy and delicious, and have him salivating for more:

Enliven your content with new, relevant pages and, not only will you setrepparttar 146187 search engine robots drooling, but you will also find you have a hoard of visitors coming back for seconds. And in this age of fast-(visitor)-food creation tools called blogs, there’s really no excuse anymore.

2. Shower them with gifts

Everyone likes a gift - and not just on birthdays, anniversaries and at Christmas:

Money talks, and if you are selling anything through your site, then discounts and other offers to previous visitors and customers will draw them back like magnets. Throw in tempting freebies as well and you will have a potent marketing mix.

3. Send them “love” letters

Anyone who has been in a long-distance relationship (like my wife and I were for a year and a half), knows that if you can’t be together,repparttar 146188 next best thing is a letter or email. For your website, this means an interesting ezine that is light on sales pitch and rich in information.

4. Start a family!

Not literally! But you can create a “family” atmosphere by adding a forum where your visitors can interact with each other – not just with you and your site. People are social animals, so use a forum to keep them coming back.

OK, so perhaps I overstated it a little in my title. SEO is not dead, so don’t forget about it quite yet. Just remember that it will only get you so far: If you want to actually achieve anything with your site, then you need to focus on conversion like a laser. Stephen Munday lives in Japan and isrepparttar 146189 creator of where you can download images of over 2,200 names in kanji or get a romantic calligraphy gift. This article is © Stephen Munday 2005. Permission is given to reproduce this article in whole withrepparttar 146190 URLs correctly hyperlinked.

About the Author

Stephen Munday lives in Japan. His most recent project is a Japanese name translation website where you can get your name in beautiful Japanese calligraphy. This article is © Stephen Munday 2005. Permission is given to reproduce this article in whole with the URLs correctly hyperlinked.

Adding Content To Your Site Every Day

Written by Rick Rouse

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So how do I go about continuously adding new content to my website?

There are many easy ways to add great quality content to your site, even on a daily basis. Here are just a few that work very well for me:

1 - Write articles. Simply do a Google search on topics related to your website's theme, readrepparttar information you find, then write an article about what you have read. DO NOT copy another site's articles withoutrepparttar 146072 owner's express permission. Doing so is "copyright infringement", and it will cause you more trouble than you can even imagine! Simple 4-step process: Search > Read > Understand > Write!

2 - Hire others to write articles for you if you don't haverepparttar 146073 time, ability or desire to write them yourself. College students are often more than capable and willing to write great articles for $10 - $15 a pop. Check with your local community college or post an ad inrepparttar 146074 classified section of your local newspaper.

3 - Solicit article submissions from other webmasters in exchange for a link back to their sites. Reprinting interesting articles is a tradition inrepparttar 146075 publishing industry, and if you do itrepparttar 146076 right way it can work for you too. The key is avoiding a duplicate content penalty fromrepparttar 146077 search engines by having a significant amount of other text onrepparttar 146078 page in addition torepparttar 146079 article text. Navigation links, header and footer information, etc. all help make a page different from others onrepparttar 146080 web.

4 - Visitrepparttar 146081 many "Free Content" websites that are easily found onrepparttar 146082 Internet. There are literally thousands of great articles already written that are free forrepparttar 146083 taking in exchange for a simple link back torepparttar 146084 author's website (usually in a 4 or 5 line "resource box" tacked on torepparttar 146085 end ofrepparttar 146086 article). Simply do a Google search for "free content".

Important: Observerepparttar 146087 "no junk" rule stated above. You want your website to be seen as an asset torepparttar 146088 web, not an eyesore. Besides, it does no good whatsoever to get visitors to your site just to have them hitrepparttar 146089 Back button once they seerepparttar 146090 page!

Rick Rouse is the owner of RLROUSE Directory & Informational Resources, your one-stop resource for interesting and useful information on virtually any topic. Visit his SEO Blog at for lots of great site promotion and traffic-building articles.

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