How To Increase Search Engine Traffic

Let’s face it. Search engine traffic is valuable. If it wasn’t, Google wouldn’t be making billions of dollars and Microsoft wouldn’t be spending a fortune on building a quality search engine. It’s high quality targeted traffic that converts into buyers.

However, getting your share of search engine traffic isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do especially in competitive markets.

So today, I’m going to talk about how to increase search engine traffic. I’m going to assume you’re looking for tips on how to get listings from the organic listings (free listings) instead of the paid listings (pay per click). If you don’t mind paying for every click you get to your website, then by all means, give it a try.

For the rest of us, however, let’s focus on getting more visitors from Google, Yahoo, and MSN (Google mostly since they are by far the most dominant player in search).

First of all, you can forget about most web traffic software. There are a few programs worth considering, but for the most part, most of them are pathetic and unnecessary.

Also, don’t bother paying for search engine submissions. Again, they’re not necessary and they’re not going to increase the amount of website traffic you see – not one iota.

So what does make a difference?

Only two things. Content and links. That’s it. Everything else is based on one of those two things.
Add more quality content to your website and get more links to that content and you will get more visitors to your website. It really is that simple.
For example, if you have a blog and you’re only writing one post a week, try writing two posts a week. Then get links to each of those posts you made.

The blog posts you write can even do double duty. You can write a blog post and then modify it a little bit and turn it into an article that can be submitted to article directories. You can use the article directory submissions to get links to those blog posts or to any page on your site you want to get more search engine traffic to.

If you have an ecommerce website, you could go in and enhance all of your product descriptions especially if you’re only using the stock descriptions provided to you. Add more content to those pages and again get more links to those newly updated pages.
The most important thing (and I’ve said this many times) is to simply take actions. That’s your magic bullet. It’s not the latest loophole or piece of automated web traffic software. It’s actually going out there and getting something done.

So go out there and create more content and get more links to your website and you’ll see an increase in search engine traffic (the free kind) in no time.

Why You Don’t Need Submit to Search Engine Programs or Services

A quick search of the results in Google will show more than 8 pages of companies advertising their services or programs to submit your website to the search engines.

The prices varied wildly, but the fact of the matter is that any site submitter or company offering search engine submissions is just taking your money. (It’s kind of like paying an ATM fee).

Here’s the honest truth. Unless you run a local business, there’s no point to submitting your website to Google, Yahoo, or MSN. If you do have a local business, then making sure your local listing is claimed on their maps and your proper information is included is a good idea.

Let me explain. This is one of those services designed to prey on the new and uninformed website owners. Let me explain how your website gets indexed by major search engines like Google. All search engines use programs called spiders to crawl the Internet. Basically, this is a program that hops from one website to another and reads everything on the page. It then looks for links and goes to those pages next. When it finds a link to a website that it hasn’t seen before, it reads that page and includes it in the search engine index pages (SERPS).

The time it takes your website to appear on the search engines varies wildly – I’ve seen anywhere from 22 minutes to 6 weeks.

The search engines all have a free “submit url search engine” page you can use to submit your website to them, but it’s rather pointless to use since I just explained their preferred way to rank a website. Heck, sometimes you don’t have to submit a website or get a link in an way, shape, or form, since they look at new newly registered domains and check those out once in a while. So, yes, it is even possible to get your website listed in the search engines for free without ever doing a thing (getting ranked well is another story, however).

So do yourself a favor and save your money on these programs and companies. If you ever see a company offering to submit your company to thousands of search engines, take a moment to think of how many search engines you can name off the top of your head. If you’re like most people, you might be able to list 4 or 5. I do this for a living and I was only able to come up with 10.
In fact, the top 5 search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN/Live, Ask, AOL) have a combined 99.7% market share! That means the other thousands of search engines out there are fighting for .3% of the market.

In other words, you’re not going to see any traffic from those search engines no matter how well you rank. And if those search engines are any good, you won’t need to submit your url to them since all search engines follow links and if you have links to your website, they’ll include you.