You've seen the ads - "We'll Submit Your Page To Over 200 Search Engines For One Very Low Cost!" Yeah, whatever. Sounds great huh? But how do you know they really submitted your site? You don't. And sometimes, even worse, the search engine doesn't list your site even when the service you payed for submitted your site to it. That's why I have a different method of advertising, actually, more than one method of advertising. Read the list below for the tips.
Tips For Traffic To Your Site
Sign guestbooks and of course - duh, sign your URL.
Look up sites with the same topic as you and e-mail their creators and ask them if they want to exchange links.
Get on a mailing list and contribute tips through e-mail as to whatever the subject of list deals with, then at the bottom of the e-mail be sure to sign your name along with your URL.
Get in the habit of signing all the e-mails with your first name followed by your URL
Use meta tags (go to my html tutorials to get the codes for them). These help search engines such as AOL NetFind index your site
submit your site to search engines and submit each of your pages one at a time, not just your main page
Sign your URL in message board posts
Submit your site to as many link machines and banner machines as possible
Use submission tools such as the links listed below
Here are some links to places that are guarenteed to help your site get more traffic.
Banner exchanges are a great way to increase your hits and help you receive more visitors. After searching around for some banner exchanges that will increase you hits, I've concluded that the below are some of the best, but if you know about some others you think deserve to be listed here, e-mail me.
The following are some tips that were sent to me by LenPal@bigfoot.com which may I add, has a very cool site! I would definately suggest that all of you check out The Eclectic Seizure which is LenPal's site.
Make sure your content is worth reading. Sure, it's cool to have a web site
that tells people what your favorite band is and includes a cute picture of
your kitty or something, but if that's all you've got, nobody is going to go
there more than once. Instead, put up something useful that will give people
a reason to go to your web site, and to come back again and again. The type
of content is up to you. Do you like model trains? Then put up information
about model trains, like how to start an N-gauge model railroad if you have
limited space. Like comic books? How about a chronological list of heroes
Spidey hung out with in Marvel Team-Up? Into guns? I'd love to see a
step-by-step procedure on how to disassemble, clean, and reassemble an
M1911A1 .45 handgun. Programming? How about a C++ for Beginners page?
Fishing? A page on all of the great trout spots in your area, or about which
flies/lures/baits work best during specific times of day or year. The list
goes on and on. Everyone knows a good deal about something, and chances are good that someone wants to learn about something you know. Find out what that something is, and people will come to your site.
Another great way to increase traffic to your site is to update it
frequently, especially on a specific schedule. If people know that on every
wednesday, they'll find even just one or two paragraphs of new information
on your site, they'll come back. Just make sure that the changes you make on
a regular basis are relevant and useful, and never take anything away from your readers. Instead, create an "archive" where you move old/outdated
information and articles.
Let your users sign up for a mailing list so that they can be informed when
your page is updated. It can be as simple as a mailto: link where they send
you an e-mail to sign up, or you can use a fancy (and free) mailing list
service like ListBot. Then, send out an e-mail newsletter when your page is updated. This will remind people to visit your site when they
otherwise might have forgotten. Don't send out more than one newsletter a
week, though, or you'll get on people's nerves and they'll unsubscribe from
Stuff your keywords tag with keywords that are related to your page -- but with a twist.
For example in my keywords I have: free online gaming, Free Online Gaming, FREE Online Gaming, FREE OnLine Gaming, Free OnLine Gaming, free online gaming
They're the same thing but I have typed them differently, so when someone types in "free online gaming" then all of those variations will be skipped except free online gaming. So if a user typed in FREE OnLine Gaming, Free OnLine Gaming, free online gaming -- then my page would come up in the first 10 results. So that's a good way to get hits.
Another way to get em' would be...
Join Banner Machines
Join Link Machines
Join any type of service that allows you list your link for free (Gnarph!!!)
Join Webtips so visitors can tell others about your site.
Join Click-Trade so if a ClickTrade member visits your site you can trade links with them.
Yeah I know, when Join those spiffy top sites, hot lists, or what ever and put all of your buttons your main page then your page will start taking forever to load. So here's a good idea -- put all of the buttons into an image map. Go to Tucows to download LiveImage -- it's great! Or put all of the buttons on another page named: topsites.html then tell the visitor to go there to vote for you.
Add every idea you get from visitors to your page -- they'll keep coming back and if you use their idea then they'll tell other friends about it and they'll go to your site, and so on.
Use frames, tables, or some type of navigational system -- so that the visitor won't have to go back to the main page every time they want to visit a subpage on your site.
Make a eye catching banner. Use colors that go together and not like blue on black.. .try it -- it's really hard to read.
Make a feed back form for people who have web-based eMails.
Well that's about all of the WebDesign/Hit tips I could think of.