How to increase website Traffic

“One of the Internet’s strengths is its ability to help consumers find the right needle in a digital haystack of data.”

There are many creative ways to increase traffic to your website. Some will cost you money, and some won’t. Below you’ll find many legitimate ways (ranging from free to costly) to boost the number of visitors to your website.


Optimize your website to be search-engine friendly. Submit it to various search engines and directories. In addition to major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Ask, Bing and MSN, it’s worth submitting to lesser known web directories. If your website is listed in as many places as possible, it can boost your rankings in major search engines as well.

Make sure your title, description head, and header html tags accurately convey the subject of your site; search engine algorithms use these as keywords to categorize your site and direct relevant traffic.

Spread the word about your affiliate program by submitting it to affiliate program directories and contacting the owners of related websites.

Website Traffic

Website Traffic

Create a links page that will contain the links to other non-competing websites in the same industry. Contact the owners of other websites with your proposal to exchange links. You will add their link to your links page, and they will link to your website in return

Post in forums. Visit the online discussion forums where people in your target market like to gather. Post useful responses to people’s questions, and include a link to your website at the end of your post next to your name. Although you ultimately want to get your sig file with the link to your site seen as often as possible, don’t overdo it with your posts, otherwise other forumites won’t respect you, and therefore won’t visit your site.

Website Traffic

Website Traffic

Comment on blogs. Visit other people’s blogs on the topic related to your website. Most blogs allow you to add comments about the issues being discussed. Add insightful comments about the blog topics, and leave your website link. Your comment and your link will permanently remain on the blog website.

Create an e-mail “signature” – your name, your website address and a short tag-line describing the main benefit of your site. Set your e-mail program to automatically add your signature to every e-mail that you send.

Look into traffic exchanges. There are many types of traffic exchanges but the idea is the same – you team up with other webmasters, and they send you traffic in exchange for you sending them traffic. Search the web for “traffic exchange” to find those services.

Create something of value that people will pass around. It can be a report with useful information that you allow people to give away. It can also be some kind of cool and unusual web-page that people will want to e-mail to all their friends. Of course, the pass-around item will include your advertisement and your link, spreading the word about your website. This is a “viral” strategy.

Write articles on the topic related to your website, and include a link to your site in your author bio. Submit your articles to article directories, and allow people to publish your article in their newsletters and websites. Your articles will spread around the web like wildfire. People will read them and visit your website. The best part is that people who read your articles will regard you as an expert, and they will be much more likely to buy from you when they go to your website. How’s that for a free publicity?

Use accurate keywords for your content. The point of keywords is that they are the terms most people looking for your article by topic will search by. Check those with free Google terms and use the most popular relevant one in your title – a descriptive title to let them know right away what it is if it’s a word with multiple meanings. Drawing blood for a phlebotomist is not the same thing as a comics artist drawing blood in a fight scene. Be very literal and then use the exact keywords several times in the article where they are relevant, as well as synonyms. Don’t overdo it, or you look like you’re trying to spam Google. Just use the keywords naturally when describing the topic.
If it is a confusing keyword phrase like Drawing Blood, link to the other meaning and mention that in the first paragraph. “This article is about drawing blood in graphic novels. Phlebotomy is drawing blood for medical tests or donations – here’s the other page on “Drawing Blood.” Then link to the phlebotomy page in that. By redirecting confused people you leave them a good impression and they might stop to read your article if they also like doing comics art!

write accurate Content

Start an e-zine for your web site. When people read each issue they’ll be reminded to revisit your web site. Submit it to all the free e-zine directories on the internet.A news letter!

Start your own online discussion community. It could be an online message board, e-mail discussion list or chat room. When people get involved in your community, they will regularly return to communicate with others.

Advertise your site at free classified ad sites. There are many of these on the net. Some of the more popular ones are craigslist, inetgiant, freeadvertisingforum, and gumtree.

Website Traffic

Website Traffic

Join free safe-lists. These are lists of subscribers who have opted-in to send and receive emails to each other. You can instantly reach potentially thousands of people by sending out emails, and you don’t have to worry about receiving spam complaints either because everyone on the list has opted-in to receive emails.

Getting a myspace page could also increase your site traffic because hundreds of people will see it.

Constantly update content on your web-page, so having a news section is a great deal for search engines especially.

Update your Facebook status to let your friends know everytime you update your blog and create a Facebook fan page. Your friend’s friends will see when they join the fan page or comment on your status.

Submit your website to top social bookmarking sites to create a back link to your website, which will increase you page rank as well.

Sign up to yahoo answers and leave great helpful comments to questions people are asking for, leaving a link back to your site with more helpful tips on it.

Stay on topic. All this socializing, forum commenting and question answering ought to be on your website’s main topic. The more your activity and site content match in topic, the more likely the right people find it. The more targeted your affiliate links are to the topic, the better you’ll do with them too. People don’t mind advertising that’s on topic, it starts to look like a convenience directory rather than irritating commercials.

Do something unique. Build a brand and do something original that no one else has done. You will receive a lot of links and traffic for it and the name will stick around for a long time, if not forever. Come up with a new concept that no one else has done before.

Write catchy post titles with keywords. First of all, posts with catchy titles receive more traffic than those with bland, unoriginal titles. Secondly, add some keywords to your catchy titles! You will get ranked better in the search engines. Also, when people link to your post with its keywords, you’ll get ranked even better, with even more traffic from Google, Yahoo, etc.

On high traffic days, write more great quality posts. Let’s say you’ve just written a linkbait (on purpose or by accident) that hit the front page of Digg or did awesome StumbleUpon. That same day and the next couple of days, post more great content. Let the people who’ve came across your site know they should stick around because of your quality content. Keep the traffic going!

Buy ads using Google Adwords. Something I haven’t done but might prove very helpful if you’ve got the money. Sign up for Google Adwords and buy advertising. People will click on ads and get to your site. Some could become loyal readers but many will not. A good way of getting traffic.

Help bloggers that need you. If a beginner, newbie blogger leaves you a comment or email that is at least polite, don’t brush them off because of their lack of experience. Help them! You never know, they could become big one day and remember your kindness and assistance.

Have a contest or giveaway! This is a great idea. Hold a contest or a giveaway for a very awesome prize, and people will flock to your site in hopes of winning it. If you give away something really cool, the news will spread like wildfire. Beforehand though, make sure your blog is already receiving a fairly decent amount of traffic with some loyal readers.

Be a human, not a robot. If in all your posts you sound extremely business-like, never mention yourself, only talk about the same thing all the time, or are 100% perfect, it could actually send people away. I’m not telling you to be sloppy, talk about yourself all the time, stray from your topic, or make a lot of mistakes. But let your readers know you’re like them too and that you have some things in common. Don’t make your site be boring.

be human not a robot

Well People around world have many suggestions for the same topic, but as far as site traffic is concerned, i guess if you above methods, you can find wonders for your site. Let me know your opinions,suggestions and improvement for the traffic topic in the form of comments. Do Leave your valuable comments after reading.

How to Get Succeed with your Blog and Pinterest Account

Here Few things from which you can Get you pins working in Pinterest.com.

Blogs
Find Ideas for Blog Posts:
There are many creative ways to come up with ideas for blog posts, and Pinterest is a great choice! Browse through pinboards using a keyword search related to your blog topic. You’re sure to find a diverse list of pinboards and pins to get your creative juices flowing. Click through some of the results and see what people are sharing on their pinboards as well as which pins are getting a lot of repins, likes, and comments. These are likely to be images and videos that will get your blog audience talking, too, and could be perfect sources for new blog posts.
Share Images and Videos from Your Blog:
When you publish an interesting image or video on your blog, you can pin it on Pinterest, too. Just make sure you pin more content from other sources than your own, or you’ll look like you’re only interested in self-promotion. No one will follow you and you might even be found in violation of Pinterest’s terms of use if you use your pinboards solely for self-promotion.

Here is an example. Imagine that you write a blog about cooking and publish an image of your latest Italian dish along with the recipe on your blog. You can pin the image on a Pinterest pinboard called “My Best Italian Dishes,” making it easy for people on that site to find all of your best Italian creations. Create another pinboard for “My Best Desserts,” “My Biggest Cooking Failures,” “Cooking Tools I Can’t Live Without,” and so on. These pinboards can include images from your blog, while other pinboards could include content from other sources. For example, you could create pinboards called “Dishes from Chefs that Inspire Me,” “Cooking Tools I Wish I Had,” and “Amazing Kitchens.” By pinning content published by other people, you can start to build relationships with them that can lead to blog growth.

Find Your Audience and Engage with Them:
Chances are your blog audience (or people who match your current blog audience profile) are on Pinterest. If you can find them and start to engage with them on Pinterest by liking, repinning, and commenting on their pins, then they might start doing the same for you. That puts your pins in front of a wider audience. Some of that exposure might turn into blog traffic from people who see your pins and want to learn more from you!

Find Online Influencers and Build Relationships:
Just as connecting with your blog audience and engaging with them on Pinterest can help grow your blog, so can finding and engaging with online influencers. Look for people on Pinterest who already have the eyes and ears of your target audience and start following them, repinning their content, liking their pins, and commenting on their pins. In time, your efforts will get noticed and you’ll be able to start building relationships with these influencers. When you get on an influencer’s radar screens, you have the potential to get your content in front of his or her audience, which can lead to a surge in exposure and traffic to your blog.

Save Images and Videos to Blog About Later:
Sometimes, you find a great image or video online that you want to blog about, but you just don’t have time to do it at that moment. Why not pin it on a Pinterest pinboard, so it’s easy to find all of those blog post ideas later? You can create a pinboard called “Blog Post Inspiration” and keep all of your blog post fodder there. It’s just like a file cabinet but without all the paper!

Below are just five tips for success with Pinterest:
1. Use Interesting Visuals.

Words maybe get you shared on Twitter or Facebook, but one of the top tips for success with Pinterest is to use pictures, illustrations, and graphics to your advantage. You want people to share your information, your photos, your sales pitch. That is much more likely to happen with a visual of some sort rather than just some words on a screen.

Pinterest is much more than just pictures. Inspirational quotes, short jokes, or other messages can also become quite popular.

2. Don’t Underestimate Users.

You may think it will be enough to promote yourself or your business on Pinterest just by including your company sales pitch or ads, but Pinterest users recognize these for what they are.

If you merely use your site to promote yourself, you aren’t likely to get many people sharing your posts and even fewer people who want to follow you. Pins get shared if they are interesting, entertaining or helpful. If your posts are none of those things, you won’t find much, if any, benefit to being on the site.

3. Interact With Others.

One of the biggest draws of Pinterest is how interactive the site is. It allows a person to repin items posted by others, follow certain individuals and broaden networks. A successful user isn’t going to just make posts, but will interact with other Pinterest users.

Remember that there are a number of people who have probably been using the site longer and/or better than you. Following them and interacting with them can get you noticed by their many followers and potentially bring them to track you as well.

4. Be Unique and Be Consistent.

You don’t have to be a crafter or a skilled cook to do well on Pinterest. What you do need is a message that is entirely yours and speaks to your customers or readers. If you are true to yourself and your business, readers will pick up on that and will want to see more of what you have posted.

Keep that same message in line when you repin something from another user. If you are using Pinterest to market yourself or your business, you need to be sure that everything that appears on your board, whether it originated with you or not, is in line with what your company does or what you write or do. Keeping that common thread will ensure visitors are never unclear about you or your business.

5. Connect With Users.

Pinterest is a great resource, but like most things on the Web, it isn’t something that should be used on its own. Tie your Pinterest board in with e-mail marketing, other social media platforms and your company website. Entice people to visit your board through alternative means, and you will almost certainly see your number of followers and one-time viewers increase, which can make a big impact in your bottomline.

Please let me know your comments and Suggestions for any improvement or updation on the Article above

10 Things You Should Tweet

An Article from http://business.time.com/2012/06/08/10-things-you-should-tweet/
There’s no magic formula for how to use Twitter to promote your business. But here are a few things to try

There’s a real etiquette to doing business in 140 characters.

 

And unlike when you tweet as an individual, it means no random thoughts, photos of your last four meals, political rants, or too much information about your digestive issues, sex life, and drinking binges.

 

Hopefully you already knew that.

 

So what should you tweet?

 

If you become a respected member of the Twitter community, you can throw in messages directly related to your products or services, but those need to be counter-balanced by tweets completely unrelated to your sales efforts. There is no single formula that is guaranteed to work, but here are 10 things you should try:

 

1. The “I found this amazing article I think you’d love” tweet:

 

These are not direct plugs of your business, but links to articles that would be of interest to your target audience. If you sell health-related products, then link to news stories or tips on wellness. If you are a podiatrist, link to stories about marathons, hiking, etc.

 

(MORE: Which Advanced Economy Has the Most Debt?)

 

2. The “there are human beings behind our brand name” tweet:

 

These are tweets designed to humanize your company. Links to photographs of your employees, offices, celebrations, etc. remind your followers that you are the kind of people they’d like to do business with.

 

3. The “twitter-only promotion” tweet:

 

Everybody loves a deal. By giving discounts or other benefits to your Twitter followers, you give them a reason to follow you and you get a captive audience for other business messaging.

 

4. The “promote our favorite charity” tweet:

 

Remember, social media is social. We are all part of a greater community. If your business donates or is otherwise involved with a charity, use your Tweets to promote it. If your business doesn’t have a direct relationship with a charity, pick one and use Twitter to promote it.

 

5. The “we’re listening to you” tweet:

 

Twitter is an amazing tool for customer service. If you fail to monitor what is being said about your company on Twitter you’re making a huge mistake. Simply monitoring the messages and taking no action is a mistake, too. Only when you monitor and respond appropriately will you get the full value of Twitter as a customer service tool. This doesn’t mean that you have to respond to every negative statement, but when there is a real issue or if a person has a specific question, you need to address it quickly and honestly.

 

6. The “sharing our great content” tweet:

 

If you have a company blog, if you’ve written article or white papers, use tweets to link to your content. If you are a thought leader, an expert, or just have some unique thoughts or perspectives, tweeting is a great way to get your expertise in front of a large audience.

 

7. The “we’re proud as hell” tweet:

 

So your company has won an award, gotten a great review, garnered some major press or has a killer testimonial; don’t be shy about using Twitter to broadcast the great news.

 

8. The “we found this to be hilarious and hope you do as well” tweet:

 

While Twitter is a fantastic place to do business, the  compelling thing about it is that it’s not all business. If visitors think you are just trying to sell them all the time, they will unfollow you or, worse, complain about you on Twitter. There’s a lot of funny content on the Web, whether it’s on YouTube, in The Onion, or on any number of humor sites. Sharing humor with your target audience (via links) not only humanizes your company, it gives your followers a reason to seek you out.

 

9. The “we are on top of industry trends” tweet:

 

If your business is based on being on the cutting edge of your industry, show the world by providing links to the latest studies, trends, breakthroughs and advances. This serves the dual purpose of providing interesting content and proves to your audience you are serious about staying ahead of the curve.

 

(LIST: The Top Ten Fastest-Growing Industries in America)

 

10. The “none of the above” tweet:

 

As you become a regular participant on Twitter, you will find unique ways in which Twitter works to deliver messages specific to your business. Twitter is all about being creative, useful and engaging. Utilize the specific talents, interests and strengths of your team to find a way to use Twitter to the best advantage of your business.

 

As with any other marketing efforts, pay close attention to how your followers respond to you tweets. Which ones are getting positive feedback (retweets, etc.)? Which ones are being ignored? Which ones are getting you negative feedback?

 

The answers to these questions might surprise you, so be prepared to tweak your tweets.

Thanks to the Writer of this Post – Posted on http://business.time.com/2012/06/08/10-things-you-should-tweet/

How to Use Sessions in PHP?

“A PHP session variable is used to store information about, or change settings for a user session. Session variables hold information about one single user, and are available to all pages in one application.”

PHP Session Variables

When you are working with an application, you open it, do some changes and then you close it. This is much like a Session. The computer knows who you are. It knows when you start the application and when you end. But on the internet there is one problem: the web server does not know who you are and what you do because the HTTP address doesn’t maintain state.

A PHP session solves this problem by allowing you to store user information on the server for later use (i.e. username, shopping items, etc). However, session information is temporary and will be deleted after the user has left the website. If you need a permanent storage you may want to store the data in a database.

Sessions work by creating a unique id (UID) for each visitor and store variables based on this UID. The UID is either stored in a cookie or is propagated in the URL.

Starting a PHP Session

Before you can store user information in your PHP session, you must first start up the session.

Note: The session_start() function must appear BEFORE the <html> tag:

Sample:
<?php session_start(); ?>
<html>
<body>
</body>
</html> 

The code above will register the user’s session with the server, allow you to start saving user information, and assign a UID for that user’s session.

Storing a Session Variable

The correct way to store and retrieve session variables is to use the PHP $_SESSION variable:
Sample:
<?php
session_start();
// store session data
$_SESSION[‘views’]=1;
?>
<html>
<body>
<?php
//retrieve session data
echo “Pageviews=”. $_SESSION[‘views’];
?>
</body>
</html>
OUTPUT WILL BE: Pageviews=1
In the example below, we create a simple page-views counter. The isset() function checks if the “views” variable has already been set. If “views” has been set, we can increment our counter. If “views” doesn’t exist, we create a “views” variable, and set it to 1:
oNE mORE eXAMPLE:
<?php
session_start();
if(isset($_SESSION[‘views’]))
$_SESSION[‘views’]=$_SESSION[‘views’]+1;
else
$_SESSION[‘views’]=1;
echo “Views=”. $_SESSION[‘views’];
?>

Destroying a Session

If you wish to delete some session data, you can use the unset() or the session_destroy() function.
The unset() function is used to free the specified session variable:
<?php
unset($_SESSION[‘views’]);
?>
OR
<?php
session_destroy();
?>

More info on Sessions
There is a relationship between Sessions and Cookies — they serve somewhat the same purpose, and are, to a certain extent, usable interchangeably.  Sessions, which were integrated into PHP in version 4 of the language, are a means to store and track data for a user while they travel through a series of pages, or page iterations, on your site.

 

The most significant differences between the two are that cookies are stored on the client, while the session data is stored on the server.  As a result, sessions are more secure than cookies (no information is being sent back and forth between the client and the server) and sessions work even when the user has disabled cookies in their browser.  Cookies, on the other hand, can be used to track information even from one session to another by setting it’s time( ) parameter (see http://www.htmlgoodies.com/php/p14cookies.html)

How Sessions Work

Sessions in PHP are started by using the session_start( ) function.  Like the setcookie( ) function, the session_start( ) function must come before any HTML, including blank lines, on the page.  It will look like this:

<?php
session_start( );
?>
<html>
<head> ……. etc

The session_start( ) function generates a random Session Id and stores it in a cookie on the user’s computer (this is the only session information that is actually stored on the client side.)  The default name for the cookie is PHPSESSID, although this can be changed in the PHP configuration files on the server (most hosting companies will leave it alone, however.)  To reference the session Id in you PHP code, you would therefore reference the variable $PHPSESSID (it’s a cookie name; remember that from Cookies?)

Your sharp mind may be wondering what happens when you come to the second pass through your page and reach the session_start( ) function again.  PHP knows that there is already a session on progress and so ignores subsequent instances of the session_start( )   — phew!!

Using Session Data

Having established a session, you can now create, store and retrieve information pertaining to that session.  You might want, for example, to keep track of items in your visitor’s shopping cart.  Information for sessions is stored in a special directory on the server; the path of that directory is specified in the server’s PHP configuration files.

Information to be stored for a session is kept in session variables.  Session variables are created by registering them for the session, using the session_register( ) function.  To use that information (on any page iteration in the session) you simply reference the variable just like you would any other variable.  Here’s an example:

<?php
session_start( );
?>
<html>
<head>

<title>Using a session variable</title>

</head>

<body>

<?php

print “Welcome to session number: “;

print $PHPSESSID;

?>

<br />

<?php

session_register(“username”);

$username = “Goody”;

print “Your name is: “;

print $username;

?>

</body>

</html>

In this example we have created a session and displayed the session number.  We then registered a session variable called username (notice the quotes around the variable’s name in the call to the session_register( ) function.)

Next we assigned a value to that variable with the ” = ” assignment operator (remember operators from http://www.htmlgoodies.com/php/p05expressions.html?) and then displayed the value of that session variable.

We now have all the basic tools to establish a session, and to create and use variables that last through the entire duration of the session.

 

Hope this Small takeover has helped you to understand Sessions and use of Sessions in PHP