Four Tips to Draw Traffic to Your Web Site

Written by ARA Content

Now thatrepparttar Internet is used by roughly 70 percent of all Americans, just about everyone has a site or two they log on to regularly. Aside from search engines, some ofrepparttar 131699 most popular sites onrepparttar 131700 Web today include eBay,, Google and MSNBC. Google, for example, generates millions of page views each month.

So what is it about these sites that draw such huge crowds? One secret lies in constantly evolving content. Internet users feelrepparttar 131701 need to check back throughoutrepparttar 131702 day because new auctions will be added to eBay; will offer new products and sales; and MSNBC will add and update news stories. Many local newspapers and television stations aroundrepparttar 131703 country are onrepparttar 131704 bandwagon too, staffed with online editors who keep their sites updated throughoutrepparttar 131705 day.

Butrepparttar 131706 majority of sites don’t haverepparttar 131707 luxury of extra staffing or content to update. So what can they do to draw traffic? Webmasters have four key strategies at their disposal: search engines, traffic networks, links and articles. The best webmasters incorporate all four of these methods to increase traffic to their sites.

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Offering quality content on your site is one ofrepparttar 131708 easiest ways to draw traffic, particularly because ofrepparttar 131709 way Web searches work. For example, if your site’s purpose is to sell tools, don't just post your items and hope they sell. Provide your users with articles that give them helpful tips on how to use your products, and valuable information on related topics within your industry. Original content is great, but you don’t have to generaterepparttar 131710 material yourself.

One popular option is to sign up for a free membership with Content Infusion, a syndicated feature article service that offers copyright-free articles on a variety of topics, including home improvement, business and careers, money and personal finance, gardening, food and entertainment and healthy living. All articles and photos are free of charge.

Interested webmasters can log onto and sign up for a free membership. After selectingrepparttar 131711 categories that best fit their site, they can customizerepparttar 131712 articles so that they matchrepparttar 131713 look and feel of their existing site. Webmasters then can copy and pasterepparttar 131714 HTML, JavaScript or XML code into their site, and they’re all set. Fresh content will continually populate their site with no additional maintenance.

The importance of feedback in improving your sales, site and software.

Written by Michael Wall

Customer feedback A while back I received an email from a potential customer suggesting that he liked a piece of membership software that I sell. Overrepparttar course ofrepparttar 131696 next few days he sent me numerous emails with suggestions for features that I might want to include in a new update. I was only to happy to get to work on his suggestions after all they could only make for a better product, more customers and a bigger profit. He was also a very experienced web developer with over 10 years experience so to ignore his advice would be foolish.

A couple of months downrepparttar 131697 line and sales soared. His extensive feedback had proved a godsend and showed exactly why feedback is so important. It helped me provide better software and dramatically increased my online sales. Tapping intorepparttar 131698 knowledge of an experienced web developer will always provide dividends. Even less experienced developers and general visitors can give you valuable advice and a new perspective.

Website blind When you build a website you can sometimes get so focused onrepparttar 131699 site that even after your testing and quality assurance you can overlook errors and typos. Getting an outsider to proof read your copy is always a good idea.

Negative feedback Negative feedback should spur you on provided it is constructive rather than abusive. You will always getrepparttar 131700 guy who cruises round sites just ditching everything in sight. Ignorerepparttar 131701 abuse and don't be rattled though always take on board feedback provided it is constructive.

Use a Poll Although not every visitor will provide you with such as a wealth of feedback as wasrepparttar 131702 case above there are plenty of ways to actively encourage your visitors and they aren’t that complicated or costly to implement. A poll is a good way to garnish feedback. I realised after a while that I could use my poll as a way to assist me in planning new site adjustments and to find out what areas ofrepparttar 131703 site my visitors felt needed to be changed or updated. Polls that I have asked on my site include “Should I use Worldpay as well as PayPal for a payment option?” and “Should I include a member’s forum”. I acted on my forum results asrepparttar 131704 majority of site visitors wanted a forum and decided not to use Worldpay forrepparttar 131705 time being as my visitors seemed happy enough to use PayPal to buy my software. If you would like to have more information and not just a straight poll you could use a poll that allows your visitors to add comments as well. I created a Poll system (Poll Pro) that not only allowsrepparttar 131706 site administrator to post polls but also to allow visitors to vote and offer comments as well. It’s a nice feature and highly beneficial. Think about your poll carefully and what exactly you want to know, questions that help or improve your site or help you learn some demographics of your visitors are preferable. Acting onrepparttar 131707 poll outcome will show regular visitors that you are listening to their opinions.

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