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I want to ask the questions from you people how much time does it takes for a site to start getting satisfactory amount of traffic I started my website 2 month back and is now listed in all the major search engines and yahoo directory still I am not able to draw traffic to my site.
It's not that I have not taken steps to improve my web page optimization, in the beginning I just wrote the articles without considering the SEO factors later I came to know this and I stuffed my web pages from keywords which have been taken from the places like inventory.overture.com and adwords.google.com, still no improvement.
Link building is also another area which requires a whole year of time span and lot of money, I have got some links pointing towards me but I am looking for some other means to get up.
Few times my site gets positions in SERPs from google from that I have learn some important things that if I target for very very specific keyword only then my website link is displayed in the top pages otherwise 1000000+, like some user types very strange query in the search engine. the search engine like Yahoo and Microsoft claims to capture the 20~30% of search share but none of them has sent any visitors to my site.
I have red lots of SEO books, articles and tutorials on the internet, all of them comtains the same materials which is necessary but not enough in getting better traffic. Some secret remains with the sucessful SEOs what to do then?
Put things in perspective- you are directly "competing" against hundreds or thousands or even millions of other sites (depending on your specific topic(s)), most of which have been online for a lot longer than you, have far more backlinks than you, and probably have a lot more content than you. What makes your site so special that the SEs should deem it worthy to rise above all the rest?
Here are some hints (that you should have picked up from your readings):
- Stuffing keywords into pages doesn't help, It may actually hurt you once the SEs catch on to the fact that you are doing exactly that.
- Link building is an ongoing process. Forever.
- Expecting a #1 ranking in Google for a site that's been online for such a short time is simply ridiculous. Yes, it may happen every once in a while. (And people win the lottery every once in a while- but just because it mappened to one person does NOT mean it's going to happen to you.)
- If you want traffic right away, you may have to buy it to kick start things.
Anybody can buy a domain and start a website, so SE take sites more in count as they grow old.
This is another thing... I constantly study my stats and I have found that, every 12-15 months, the traffic goes up like if it was a staircase. I've read of others reaching 1K visitors in one year... not me. :( but I see the tendency. No, for every site I manage, I know every 14 months aprox, the traffic will rise.
Also, keep a clean code and respect standards (not a bunch of hidden keywords). I have redesigned websites and saw how they sunk... and others went up. So, I've been trying to guess from here and there what works.
And my list is
- clean code, no garbage with flash and flash and flash
- easy to navigate, if your site needs a manual, its wrong
- good and original content
- think about how people search for information, build some lines on your text for that too
- don't relate your site to bad or evil sites...
- update your site on a regular basis
- answer mails
- yes, use metatags
And once you ended with all this, start all over again... is forever.
*** Maybe you can use something to build traffic and SE take time to find out.., but webmasters do notice this and will deny to exchange links or appear on your site. Those bad habits do hurt your site, is just a matter of time.
Also, when something is declared "wrong" it can be HARD to update your entire site to remove those practices
Also, experiment. I started a blog where I just write "stuff" and I still don't understand... the design and content are nothing compared to my sites... but the traffic went from zero to 300 unique visits per day in 5 months.
I'm still learning