5 Tips on How to Market a Website
When you just starting a website for your business, old or new, you need to know that chances are high you are lagging behind the competition. Most of your competitors may already have well-established websites with a strong fan base. You, therefore, need to be aggressive to catch up with the competition. The first step in doing so is knowing how to market a website. Here are a few tips you need to know that will help you take your site and business to the top.
Search engine optimization, also known as SEO, is the art of carefully structuring your web content to rank higher in search engine results. In most cases there are several hundred, if not thousands of articles on the web talking about what your web page is talking about. Few users go beyond the first page in search engine searches. What do you do if your website appears on page 11?
With SEO, you start by putting yourself in the mind of the user. Ask yourself how potential visitors might search for your website and what they are likely to type in the search engine search box and make sure those keywords appear in your web content. This will help you improve your search engine rankings and get more clicks.
Facebook has been around for over a decade now and is the social media site with the highest number of registered users in the world. By posting your website’s ads on Facebook, you’ll be able to reach plenty of potential customers. There are several advantages that come with advertising on Facebook too. You can target your ads to a particular set of audiences. This means that instead of paying a lot of money to target a large group of people, many of whom may not be interested in your website’s content, you will only pay to target your targeted audience.
Guest blogging is another key tool to look at if you want to know how to market a website. When using guest blogging as a marketing tool, you first need to find a website that is in your niche / industry. It also helps if this website has a solid fan base. Ask to post regularly on their blog and always leave a link to your website at the end of your article in the “about the author” section. This will enable people who like your article to easily access your website.
Other than just writing on other people’s websites and blogs, ask them to post on your blog too. Once they have posted on your blog, they can post a link to that post on their website. This will help direct some of the traffic they are getting towards your website.
No single factor is as important in marketing your website as high-quality content. If you spend a lot of money on social media advertising only to attract an audience to a mediocre site, your efforts will be retrogressive. These people will visit your website only once and never come back again. High-quality content, however, has the power to keep and grow your audience. Visitors to your website will know that they are getting value for their time and will keep coming back and referring friends too.
A poorly designed website is as off-putting as one with poor content. The first thing that visitors to your website notice is its outlook. A website with very high-quality content but a poor appearance is bound to lose most of the traffic that it gets. Hire the services of a professional web designer to give your website an attractive outlay. Make sure that the colors are appealing and that it is user-friendly. Make sure navigation through your website does not leave visitors frustrated. Remember, there are several hundred, if not thousands, of websites with content just like yours. Visitors to a website that is not user-friendly will not struggle to navigate through it, they will quickly switch to a better-looking website.
The success or failure of your website depends on how much resources and expertise you invest into it. Marketing a website is just as important as marketing any other product. Carefully following the above tips and adjusting them to your website’s needs where appropriate is a sure way of taking your website to the top.