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Do those 26 things, and I guarantee you that in ones years time you will call your site a success. It will be drawing between 500 and 2000 referrals a day from search engines.
I did and have seen my site blossom really well in google with outstanding results - daily referrals at present are on average 2,300 in a VERY competitive field.
I must confess when i first read the article i said to myself 12 months is a long time in this game and to start preparing now for 12 months time is a waste. Thankfully I ended up employing the tactics in April 02 and boy has the time flown.
Thanks Brett - I will be reaching for that donate button ;)
Hip Hip Hooray!
I'm also wondering how often people have been adding content to their site. I find 2 or 3 new pages a month is about all I can do - need an idea first, then write it, then get the layout/links/format all working. Plus run the 'core' business as well!
My site will probably take longer than 12 months to reach the 500-2000 referrals a day range but I have seen the benefits of following Brett's advice after only a few months ;).
My site was started in May but first went live in October when Google picked it up. I first read Bretts post back in September, and spent better than 2 months cleaning up my site due to many mistakes.
Even before reading bretts post, I had a ton of content. After the post, I added even more with yet more on the way. The biggest thing, though, about Bretts post is that it sort of "reinforced" my belief that content is what draws traffic in search engines and that content is very helpful for the long term sustainability of a web site.
In any event, 6 months after my site has gone live, I get around 700 - 900 SE referrals per day, with total traffic of around 1000-1200 per day. And it climbs every month.
Thanks Brett for that wonderful post!
joined:Jan 30, 2002
Only difference I see is the "money keyword" referrals making the base of the "theme pyramid" that much more wider.
I still firmly believe Brett's post about file sizes is true too :)
joined:Oct 23, 2002
Only I have a few sites on the go, where i will be able to add regular content from now on, and I will give your method a go, as the results by other members looks impressive.
well done everyone....and Brett
Onward and upward!
Thanks a lot Brett for WW and fantastic information - Thanks to the mods and admin for keeping the forum the top resource there is - Thanks to everyone else for sharing and contributing!
Long may it continue!
After this post popped up last night, I reread it line for line and was going to update it. I couldn't find anything to add. It's just as workable today as it was last year. It's a rather timeless approach to promotion actually. It should still be working next year.
I can give Brett credit for part of that success in another way, too. The great popularity of WebmasterWorld is not just due to performance in Google or other SEs, but because the way this forum is run keeps people coming back. The biggest part of my aforementioned site's traffic is repeat visitors and forum users. Once you get people to your site, you want them to return again - Brett's showed us how to accomplish that, too. :)
One of the best postings I've read to date.
WW is quite the most rich and valuable web resource there is. Must remember to contribute when the next paycheck rolls in.
Cheers Brett et al.
I followed your 12 month plan and it worked to a T... I'm on many #1, #2 #3 keywords and sometimes am on all 3.
Google no longer a total mystery! YOUR!@ MONTH PLAN made ALL THE DIFFERENCE in my ascent from 10 to over 1,000 hits, and your advice about studying the logs and targeting the people who actually are finding you, worked like a charm.
Last week I had 344,585 page views across all my sites.
And this week will be well above that number...
Just remember to plan, plan, plan. I started well before July on "fixing" my sites and adding new ones. We have several new sites that will be coming online soon. And I expect our weekly page views to be over 2 million by the end of this year! And sales from our ecommerce sites should be over 1 million for the year.
Thanks Brett and WebMasterWorld :)
I am now working on a new site. Similar, but better. A lot of new functions and services.
Brett, your 26-step guide will come in very handy! I had not seen it before, but it's bookmarked, printed, saved .. and I plan to use it!
Even though I basically knew everything in there (from hard work and experience) I can tell that I've missed the goal by miles. Now, applying your suggestions to my previous and current knowledge will give my site a boost to a goal I was first worrying about reaching. Now I know I will!
I personally think this article is de-facto Google SEO bible.
I'm only at month 4 of applying Brett's advice and already getting 2K visitors/day in a very competetive area.
Also this great article convinced me that only ethical SEO tactics and constant content development is a way to go for webmaster looking for long-time success.
Can't resist from repeting: Thank you very much, Brett.
If you actually plan on a site taking 12 months to get to the top, you are less likely to take the shortcuts that will get you in trouble.
Content, incoming links, internal link structure and patience.
My site is now 5 months old, with about 1250 uniques a day. The traffic has been growing at 35-50% per month. But what really matters is that I just came back from a trade show and everyone knew who we were and they wanted to deal with us.
Oh, I'm now averaging 2,200 from pure Google but I also get lots from Yahoogles, AOLoogles and country specific Googles. Now if I can start to see something, anything, from Alta Vista, I'll be very happy.