Getting visitors to come to your web site is unquestionably more
difficult than creating the site itself. There are millions of web
sites out there, and thousands more added everyday. How will people
find yours? Below are some tips. These are our honest opinions,
which may go against what you read elsewhere. Use common sense to
choose who to believe.
Getting listed at Yahoo!
will help a lot. But it takes weeks, if not months, for some web
sites to get listed. For instance, HitExchange is still not listed
after six months! Making changes to a listing that already exist may
take even longer. So carefully compose a good description for your
site, ask someone else to read it for feedback, then submit it to the
most relevant category at Yahoo! by following their instructions
exactly. Then move on with your life. A couple weeks later, you may
follow up with an inquiry through e-mail. Some people believe it's
easier to get listed in the regional directory of Yahoo!, but your
site needs to contain local interests.
Submitting your site to search engines is a must-do, especially to
the major ones listed below. However, getting found within a search
engine is another story. A typical search will yield 5,000+ results,
of which most people won't look beyond the first 50. Therefore,
search engines should be viewed as necessary long shots.
(We are working on some tips for improving search rankings.)
It may seem self-serving for us to talk about this, but banner
exchanges are truly the most realistic and reliable means for web
sites to increase their traffic. Its popularity clearly proves this.
However, not all banner exchanges are the same - far from it! Please
refer to these two articles: The
Truth about banner exchanges and
compare us to others.
Don't rely on banner exchanges alone to bring visitors to your
site. You need other revenues to complement it. Banner exchanges
will help your site grow at a faster rate than without. But if the
growth rate is zero, multiply it by 2, 5, or 10 is still zero.
A web ring is another potentially effective promotional tool, but
it will only work for sites that have specialized content. For
example, if you are a serious coin collector with a web site filled
with information about early nineteenth century coins, then you will
be a good web-ring candidate. On the other hand, if you have a
trivial homepage that talks about your trivial habits and hobbies,
then it probably won't find a good web ring to join. See
Webring.org to find or setup
your own web ring.
We must emphasize that web rings do not work for everyone. A good
web ring has at least 5 members and a common interest that is
specific, well-defined, and well-understood. A web ring about classic
cars will work much better than a web ring about car owners in
general. The former attracts people who are interested in classic
cars. The latter doesn't have a clearly distinguishable audience.
When joining a web ring, consider its quality control. Some web
rings contain many dead members (expired web pages or members who are
no longer in the ring). Some rings neglect to check whether its web
ring icon is displayed properly by members. Joining those web rings
will bring you little benefit, if at all. Take the time to visit at
least 5 members when considering any web ring.
Don't waste your time! 99% of the awards are gimmicks to promote
the award givers themselves. Very few awards, like the ones listed
below, will bring visitors back to your site. But if you can't
resist, at least stay away from the awards without a winners' page
that links back to your site.
Free-For-All pages contain long lists of links that are submitted
by visitors. Each new entry replaces the oldest entry on the list,
which typically holds 250 entries. The FFA inventor claims that by
submitting your site to the list, the link will convince major search
engines to rank your site higher during a search. No way! Search
engines are much smarter than that.
Don't count on people finding you on the FFA list either. A
cursory look at the list will reveal that it contains mostly shady
Get-Rich-Quick schemes. Who in their right mind will read such a
FFA is popular because the owner of the lists could send email
solicitation to those who submit to the lists. Try it yourself. Use
FFA's easy-submit program to add your site to ten FFA lists, then
watch your mailbox begin to fill up with "Thanks for submitting,
please visit our site..." emails.
Web Site Promoters
Most so-called Web Site Promoters won't do more than what
you can already do for yourself. In fact, often they will do worse.
Their tactics and methods may cause you to slip in search positions.
But generally speaking, they will submit your site to search engines
and directories that nobody ever visits. So our advice is to save
your money, and do it yourself. If you absolutely must, choose a
reputable promoter and keep a close eye on its promises and
"Thousands of Hits"
We are compelled to add this section because there are more scams
popping up everyday on the Internet. Whenever you see a site
promising "thousands of hits," just hit the Go Back button or close
the window. It is either a scam, a pyramid scheme, or someone who
doesn't know what they are talking about. Thousands of hits? Come
on, think about it!
Other Tips Pages
Here are some other promotion tips pages. We don't agree with
everything they say, but we list them in the interest of full
disclosure. Just keep in mind that web site promotion is a long and
difficult process if you don't have a big advertising budget. So be
wary of anyone promising instant traffic boost. Most likely, they are
promising much more than they are able to deliver.
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Web Digest for Marketers
- Free email subscription that focuses on promoting business sites.
- Features include helpful articles, links of places to submit your
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- Information on search engines, web rings, banner exchanges, free
counters, and much more!
- Web promotion articles, marketing services and tools, helps you
register for search engines.
- This page allows you to enter your site information once, and then
submit it to the biggest search engines on the net.
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