Even though most publishers have added tracking code from Google Analytics to their sites, many are only using it to track top-level information, such as overall pageviews and sitewide bounce rate.
In practice, Google Analytics can be used to do so much more. We’ve put together a few examples here to show how you can use the tool to get more information about your site’s visitors and how your site compares to others in your industry. Continue reading “Using Google Analytics to Better Understand Your Traffic”
A lot of people associate content curation with social media, news jacking or other methods used to get short-term traffic boosts. While all these things are types of curation, there are also additional ways you can curate content that will provide lasting benefits to your website and help you reach your long-term traffic goals.
There are still a few publishers and content marketers who are a little leery of content curation because they feel it is inferior in some way to creating original content. But, when done well, curation is a form of original content creation. When you add your own point of view to a curated piece of content or you put it in context for your specific audience, you really have created something new.
The real test of whether or not curated content is “good” is to ask if your work adds value. For instance, if you’re compiling a list of reputable resources for people who want to learn more about project management, you are actually creating a new resource yourself – one for those readers who wouldn’t know where to begin their search otherwise.
So, what types of curated content add value and are also most likely to increase your site’s traffic? Here are a few ideas you may want to try. Continue reading “Using Content Curation to Grow Your Site’s Traffic”
If you’re trying to boost organic traffic to your website, you need to know what types of things people are searching for that relate to your site. And, if you want to know that, keyword research is the best place to start.
According to Internet Live Stats, Google processes over 3.5 billion searches every day. All of these searches start with a user entering a phrase, such as “top project management software” or “best places to eat in Atlanta.” In each case, there is some specific reason that prompted the user to search for that phrase.
Sometimes that reason is just pure curiosity, but often the searcher is looking for information to be used when making a buying decision. As such, traffic that comes to a site as a result of these searches may be more prone to view or click on ads related to that same query, depending on the nature of the targeted keyword. Continue reading “Getting Started with Keyword Research”
In today’s world, you need some type of social media presence to establish your site as a credible resource. It’s not hard to find case studies and white papers that discuss how to build a successful social media strategy, but most of these guides assume you have a decent amount of resources that can be dedicated to executing the strategy being described. If you have limited time and a tight budget, most of these strategies will be difficult – if not impossible – to implement effectively.
Now, social media marketing can be a great tool for growing your site’s traffic and reputation, but it is definitely not free. Even if you don’t plan to spend money on ads or to hire a dedicated social media manager, posting new content and monitoring your accounts for questions, mentions and messages takes more time than many people realize – and, in a lot of ways, time is more precious than money.
So, what should you do if you’re just starting out or if you’re looking for ways to revamp your current social media strategy to get a better return on your investment of time and resources? Continue reading “Developing a Social Media Strategy That Fits Your Budget”
How to Use Pinterest Promoted Pins
Have some great pages on your site that aren’t getting as much traffic as you think they deserve? If you have a Pinterest account, you may want to use Pinterest promoted pins to give those articles or pages a quick, inexpensive boost. For just a few dollars, promoted pins can help you start to build traffic for an article that will continue to grow long after your campaign has ended.
For growing traffic, using Pinterest is often a more cost-effective strategy than using Facebook, Twitter or other social media networks. This is because of Pinterest’s search-based approach to content sharing. That is, in addition to looking at their home feed, a large majority of Pinterest’s users rely on the site’s internal search feature to discover new content related to their interests.
On Facebook and Twitter, internal search results favor content that has been shared recently. Pinterest’s internal search factors in relevance and popularity a little more heavily. So, when you promote a pin on Pinterest for a few days, you get the benefit of increased visibility during the time of the promotion plus extra “free” visibility after the campaign is over due to the popularity the pin gained during the campaign. Continue reading “How to Use Pinterest Promoted Pins to Grow Traffic”
Have you ever started to share an article on your Facebook page but changed your mind because you didn’t like the way it looked? Maybe there was no image associated with the article or there was something else about the post preview that wasn’t quite right. Sure, you could have taken the time to upload your own image or changed the default description that was being pulled through, but you were in a hurry. Instead, you just decided not to share it after all.
People like to share good content but they want to be able to do so quickly and easily. If anything slows down the process, they’re likely to abandon it altogether. Since sharing content drives traffic, it’s worth taking the time to optimize your site for social media. The following 10 tips will help more eyes see your great content. Continue reading “10 Tips for Making Your Content Easier to Share on Social Media”
Have you been ignoring Pinterest because you think it’s mostly geared towards people interested in recipes, fashion and DIY craft projects? Well, these topics may still sit at the top of the most popular categories on Pinterest list, but there are also a significant number of pinners who are interested in everything from auto mechanics to web development.
Pinterest’s growth has exploded over the last couple of years, and the social media site now supports over 100 million monthly users. Last year, a Shareaholic study reported that Pinterest was responsible for 5-7% of all traffic referrals to websites each month from December 2013 through December 2014. Note that’s not just traffic referrals from social media – that’s all traffic referrals. Continue reading “Why Every Publisher Should Be On Pinterest”
The Best Traffic Source for Ad Revenue
In 2015, there were 3.17 billion internet users, that’s just under half of the entire world’s population. Year after year, people are continuing to plug in, and make the online world part of their everyday lives. According to the 2015 Strategy Analytics advertising forecast, 28% of the 187 billion dollars spent on advertising in the US was digital. And, Publishers want to know what piece of that pie is most valuable. So what is the best traffic source for ad revenue?
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