Monday, December 26, 2011

Improve Web Traffic - Use Google Alerts

Today's posting is how to use "Google Alerts" (a free SEO tool from Google) to help improve the traffic to your blog!

First off, you need to go to Google Alerts.

Now lets get to the main topic of this posting. (Background first) Google Alerts is a simple and free way to get regular updates about something that interests you. Every time that a new web page appears in the top 20 web results or top 10 news results for the terms you specify, Google Alerts will send you an email.

So, how does this help me get more traffic to my website? The answer is quite simple. In order to keep and or improve your site ranking in search need to keep your site or blog updated with new and fresh content! And this is where setting up a "Google Alert" will help.

Here are my suggestions/tips for using Google Alerts" to your advantage.

(1) Decide the "keyword or Keywords" that you are interested in! Particularly, the keywords (topic) of your site. A tip that I can share is to get more accurate search results, put your topic in quote ("keyword"). As you start to get alerts from Google in your email box, you will start noticing unwanted words in your results, to get better results from your alerts, go back to your alerts, delete it but put the same previous search back in and add the words that you don't want added behind a "minus" sign. For example, ("Sports news" - hockey, tennis). This will only give you sports results but will exclude hockey and tennis!

(2) Decide how often the alert should be sent, you can choose between "as-it-happens", "once a day" or "once a week". Google will send you emails only when it actually finds new material in the top 20 web results and or the top 10 news results, so you won't be getting alert emails unless Google has something to report. For results that I wanted to be notified quickly, I put them in "as it happens". For a topic that it not that urgent but I want to keep an eye on, I select "once a week". The majority of my Google alerts are set to "once a day".

(3) Decide how you'd like to receive the alerts. You have the option of receiving the alerts from email or in a RSS feed. For each alert you create, a separate email will be sent depending on how often you've chosen to receive it. The second option is that you can also subscribe to the alert via RSS feed in your Google Reader instead of email.

(4) Decide the type of information that you want Google to include in its search. It can be News, Blogs, Web, Comprehensive, Video or Groups. Depending on your needs, you can decide to search only new, or just blogs, or videos. To get all type of searches, use comprehensive.

Now that you have a great free source for content to add to your website, you can keep your site or blog updated with the latest news and information, which should help you to get more traffic to your blog.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Improve Web Traffic - Top Ten Bookmarking Sites

Question:what is a social bookmarking site?

Answer: A social bookmarking site is a site where members can save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. The majority of these social bookmarking site have features such as members ratings and comments on bookmarks, the ability to import and export bookmarks from browsers, emailing of bookmarks, web annotation, and form groups and other social network features like posting immediately on Twitter and or Facebook!

( For more detailed information about Social BookMarking Sites)

So how does a social bookmarking site help get more traffic to my site or blog?
Well the first advantage of some of these social bookmarking sites is that they have a high "PR" value. So, when you submit your site to these site, you instantly recieve a link back to your site, (backlink), and basically a backlink from these sites add "value' to your site. The more value that a site has, generally the higher the site will rank in search engine pages. The better the ranking generally means more traffic from search engine queries.

On that note, here is my list of the Top Ten Social Bookmarking Sites.
Feel free to join these sites and submit your blog or website to them! Please note, should you feel like submitting your site to all these site, all you have to do is "close" the bookmarking site and you will be taken back to this posting!
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Improve Web Traffic - Get Rid Of Broken Links

What are Broken Links?
Basically, Broken Links are links that are no longer active, this can be for a variety of reasons but to explain all the reasons is not the
purpose of this posting.

Again, basically. having Broken Links on your sites might be hindering your website traffic, especially the traffic that you get from search engines! Broken Links can drive your potential customers away and prevent search engines from properly indexing your site.

To help you find Broken Links on your site, Here is a Free Broken Link Tool. That will check your site for Broken Links.

Here a tip for "bloggers", since this Free Broken Link Checker Tool will only check the page that you submit! And it takes too much time to check all your pages, especially if you have setted up each page to have it separate URL. So instead of running each page through, and before I use this tool, I go to my "Settings" ( then "Formatting" and change the amount of posts that I have on the main page to "500" "posts" and then I "save: it. Then I run the URL of my main page through the above tool, I ignore any "broken links from and note any links that I have added to my site.

Of course, after doing this and fixing any broken links, I go back to "settings".."formatting" and return my setting (numbers and posts) to what they were before!

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