The Internet is the biggest market there is, and everyone is trying to get their little piece of the traffic to come and check out their websites or their content. So how do you rise up and stand out from all the other websites out there? Through proper search engine optimization, that’s how! Search engine optimization, or SEO as it’s commonly referred to, is the process of gearing your content so that it will be as high as possible on the list of search results.
The first step is deciding a topic, and then finding all of the keywords that surround that topic. For instance, if you were writing an article about Talk Like a Pirate Day, you might want to check phrases like “pirates,” “talk like a pirate,” and other keywords to see how well searched this topic is. Once you have your keywords you need to create a unique and well-written piece of content that works in your keywords often enough that a search engine crawling over the content will recognize that your content is just what web searchers are looking for and pushes you towards the top of the list for results. Of course this is just step one of the process.
The next step is to create backlinks so that your content both gets exposure and so that it appears to be popular. In addition to keywords, search engines take into account how many times links to your content appear on the Internet, as well as what the regular traffic to your content is. So by creating backlinks, essentially posting up links to your content or Internet page on other websites, you are making it appear that your content is more popular, and thus deserving of being closer to the front of the search results line. There are several ways that you can create backlinks to increase the popularity of your content. For instance, when you write content on a similar subject you can refer back to another piece of content in the new article. Say that you were writing a piece on steampunk literature, you could add a link to a previous piece you had written about air ships and why they’ve ceased to be as popular as they once were.
You could also seek out Internet bookmarking sites where you can share links you enjoy with other people. Additionally you can put your links up on your social networks, like Facebook or Twitter, in order to gain more exposure for your website or content. While there are dozens of different tricks for drawing in page views, the best thing you can do is to write clean, clear and enjoyable content. Whether you’re writing comedy or encyclopedia articles on the solar system, nothing will ensure you a steady stream of traffic as much as content that provides information and answers questions for the people that read your website. Lastly this strategy pays off in the long run also, ensuring that visitors come back.