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One of the major stress factors of someone new to internet marketing and online business is not getting any visits to your website.
How could this be possible?!
I put so much work into it, why is no on coming to visit?
Calm down. Don't worry. It's normal.
I've built quite a few sites in my relatively short career as an internet marketer, and every single time I think there's something wrong with my sites.
But still, I put on, hoping that the traffic will come.
I build, I blog, I work, I wait.
And eventually it does come.
What's my secret? There is no secret.
Hard work and patience.
That being said, here are some things to keep your eyes on. I know it can be stressful if you are not getting traffic to the wonderful, engaging, visually stunning, and oh-so-interesting blog you made, but if you focus on these things, you can't lose.
Words of Wisdom for When You Simply Don't Get Any Traffic
1) Traffic takes time
Sorry, but no matter how good your site is (or you think it is), Google doesn't trust you. Google doesn't know how often you'll be blogging, or what you'll be blogging about. It doesn't know your style, who would like it, and what keywords to rank you for.
You need to spend some time feeding the Googlebot with fresh content so it knows where to place your site in the search engines. As your site bounces around, Google will get a better idea of the quality of your content, the level of visitor engagement it can expect, and what other people think of it too (Google DEFINITELY tracks how long people stay and if they come back!)
2) Look for multiple traffic sources
ONLY writing on your blog can get traffic, but ideally, you should be getting traffic from a variety of sources. This will not only get different kinds of people to visit your site, but it will ensure that you aren't entirely reliant on one type of traffic.
As far as numbers are concerned, let's say you get 2 visitors from Google per day. Not much, right? But they you start a YouTube channel, and also get 2 visitors per day from YT to your main site. Start an account at an article directory, get 2 more, and so on and so on. With tiny bits of traffic from different sources you can double or triple the amount of traffic coming in. (remember, 6 is 200% more than 2!)
3) Interact on social media
So no one can find your site, but you can sure help them. People are curious and by browsing forums, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ it's easy to meet people in the same industry or niche. Don't think of them as competition. Think of them as a business partner (even if they don't know it!).
If you reach out to people who are writing about the same things you are, there are two definite benefits to be had from this interaction. One, you're going to learn more about your industry, which will improve your own site and writing.
Two, if they are established and get lots of traffic to their site, chances are people will notice you too. Provide interesting, thought provoking, relevant, and helpful comments, and there's a good chance someone will see your name or avatar, click it, and head over to your site. People are curious, and it's not crazy to think that someone would say, wow, this commenter sounds like he know what he's talking about, I wonder if he has a website or is on Twitter.”
4) Be patient and don't give up. Plus stay away from traffic ‘schemes'
Always remember that quitting isn't going to do you any good. Getting frustrated and taking the ball home because no one wants to play isn't going to solve the problem at hand. Stick with it, and you will achieve your goals eventually.
The other thing to watch out for is these schemes which claim to get you thousands of visitors per day, or extra likes, subscribes, and Tweets. These are done with robots, dummy accounts, or flat out lies. They do not work, they do not get relevant traffic to your site, and they may even damage your reputation.
Again, stay away from these.
I know first hand that it can be frustrating to see your hard work ‘go to waste'. Why even spend your time creating engaging, interesting, visually stunning, and wildly helpful content if no one reads it?
Don't forget that what you do now forms the basis of your online reputation. 5 happy visitors to your site could turn into 500 down the road versus the 200 visits that clicked away because they didn't like what they saw.
Put your nose to the grindstone and eventually you'll find your audience, or they will find you!
Are you frustrated because you're not getting any traffic but you think you deserve it? Vent, rant, and let off some steam in the comment box below!