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Best formula for creating content that brings traffic?

5:41 am on Dec 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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What is your best formula for creating content that brings traffic?

I've tried all of the tricks I can think of, but one of the best methods I've found is to simply blog or write about something you know about... or an experience you've recently had. Another method that has worked for me is to write about something that I want to know the solution for... a problem I'm trying to solve.

I don't know but perhaps there are human editors at Google that glance over each and every new piece of content - and if it doesn't pass the human review phase it gets thrown into the trash.

Write what you want to write about and the article will flow more naturally and the Google Gods will be pleased.

I have to think that all of this other scammy stuff (outsourcing from India, rewording other people's content, etc.) is simply a waste of time.

Another way to look at it is to take a look at some of the threads in this forum. Which ones have a lot of replies? The ones that look like they were written by a robot or the posts with lots of juicy morsels? :)
11:27 am on Dec 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The tricks you refer to are targeting a robot. And they try to bring results in the short term. Scrapping, keywords stuffing and manipulation, in general all other black hat methods you can think of, are trying to influence a search engine. They know humans will disregard such content.

Another way to look at it is to take a look at some of the threads in this forum. Which ones have a lot of replies?

Yes but take this into the search results google returns context. If they can influence the search results, they control other things, indirectly online sales, marketing etc. Given the amount of pages on SEs index, a manual content review is not possible.

There are other methods though to counter these problems and from time to time you see some of them implemented in the Google's algorithm.
1:26 am on Jan 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The best formula to generate high traffic is to write about something that is of general interest to a large audience... That "something" has probably been beaten to death by all the others out there trying to generate high traffic. Breaking into those kind of niches can be difficult. As you noted, writing about a passion or from experience (knowledge) can develop a future growth (and repeat) traffic where that quality of effort is passed by word of mouth and links. There are no easy answers. If it was easy, we'd all be web gazillionaires instead of webmasters. :)
8:55 am on Jan 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You must be in a good starting point. Writing blogs or contents that could possibly help and interest large audience could be a great step. However, aside from writing general information or anything about your experiences, you may want to consider writing something that will surely attract online visitors like latest trend of technology and etc. Try to learn and discuss about hot or trendy topics that would get the attention of readers and if they are well-written, your visitors will sure to come back. So, think about creating educational, valuable and well-written contents. Before, finally publishing them online, review the search engine's quality guidelines to assess your contents. Goodluck :-)
3:19 pm on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Personally I think it is best to write about topics of which you feel passionate, and which there are (hopefully) a lot of other people who are passionate about them, too.

enigma1 alluded to the fact that there is content for humans, and then content for bots. It might be better to just focus on content for humans because as the bots get smarter and smarter (I know, it is really the algorithms behind them getting more complex), they are going to promote content for humans more and more.
8:56 am on Feb 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The best way to attract traffic to your site is writing what users like to read so that they are involved all the time with your site.
Writing about topics that you find interesting and is related to theme of your site prove beneficial. You should include such written material that the user will always come back for more!