How to get traffic to your site using Quora

I have written a number of articles and made some videos on how to get more traffic to our web sites. A site which may be new to you is Quora. I have been using this site for some time now and have been pleasantly surprised by the good results. 

If you haven’t used it before it is a question and answer site, where people ask all sorts of questions and other members answer the questions. It is not just for the Internet, but for other business-related matters as well as personal matters.

Here are the steps I suggest.

1 Set up your account-it is free to join.

2 Set up your profile– as with other sites it is best to include a photo to make it more personal.

Add your interests so that other members can see what you do.

Also add a link to your web site or blog.

3 Add what you know about.

This is how Quora know what questions you may answer.

For example, you may be interested in Search Engine Optimization and Video Marketing.

4 Follow other members

If you have a particular interest, e.g., SEO and you know somebody in that sector then follow them. It will be worth looking at their profile to monitor their activity.

5 Take a good look around the site.

Before starting your activity, it is well worth looking at the sort of questions being posted as well as the answers.

6 Start to answer questions

This is how you will attract traffic to your site so it is worth spending time on this activity. To get noticed you need to answer questions that attract a lot of interest as well as being topical.

Perhaps you want to answer questions on Instagram, in which case enter that into the search bar at the top and you will see all the questions and answers.

Personally, I look for posts that have a lot of answers so that my answer will also be seen by a lot of members. I concentrate on quality rather than quantity, by which I mean that I write fewer articles comprehensively rather than answer lots of questions for the sake of it.

7 What to include in your article

I try to answer the question as fully as possible, rather than writing just a few words. My main aim is to inform NOT TO SELL. The only time I promote is if somebody has asked a particular question and I have written an article or made a video.

For example if somebody asks the question :

“How do I post my YouTube video to social media sites?”

I would answer that this can be done within YouTube without using software.

As I have written an article and made a video I would add :

“If you would like to see how this is done please visit …… where I include my link.”

Conclusion

I am finding that using Quora has been beneficial and has the following benefits :

1 More traffic to my site-in order for this to be successful, consistency is the key.

You don’t have to answer lots of questions, but be consistent and answer a few each week.

2 Learning a lot- just by reading other people’s answers I have extended my knowledge, which I can use in my business.

3 Ideas for posts-as people are asking topical questions,it has given me lots of ideas about my future posts.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me.

Link to Quora

 

 

 

How to optimize your YouTube video to generate traffic

Once you have made your video, the next step is to make sure that you can generate traffic. This means being found in YouTube searches. 

We need to optimize our video by using Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

In this article, and associated video, we will outline 5 strategies we can adopt to drive targeted traffic to our video.

Although there are billions of web sites and videos by adopting the right strategies we can be found high in the YouTube searches.

Here are the 5 strategies we recommend :

1 Compose an outstanding video title

This is the first thing viewers will see so we need to make it appealing so that viewers click on our video.

It is best to keep the title to less than 10 words and 100 characters.

People do not read more than 9 words in the search, so it is important to keep it short.

Actions and numbers work well, e.g.

“How to Gain Massive Leads in Three Days”

You should also include a benefit and use words like new, secret, best, etc.

“Discover the new way to lose weight in 14 days”

As well as a benefit it is advisable that the video solves a problem, e.g. losing weight, earning money to pay off debts, etc.

Insert keywords. Words like best and secret are found to be used a lot in searches, and have been proven to generate more clicks.

2 Compelling Descriptions

This is frequently overlooked by many people.

It is important because these words are the ones found by search engines.

The first 3 lines are important as these are the ones seen by viewers on YouTube.

Repeat your keyword phrase in the first line.

On your second line include your link to the service or product you are promoting. If your link is www.mysite.com/howtoloseweight you should include the full http, http://mysite.com/howtoloseweight

The reason is that the link is clickable when you include http.

You want to make it easy for people who will be happy to click a link but will be unlikely to copy and paste if you only include www

3 Tags

These are very important and are equivalent to keywords in searches such as google.

You are allowed up to 500 characters, so use as many as possible.

4 Video Thumbnail

You should include text within your thumbnail.

I have made another video showing how you can design your own thumbnail using www.canva.com

5 Call To Action

At the end of the video have a call to action.

This may be to click on your link or subscribe to your channel.

 

Please watch the video below and look out for my next video in this series.

 

 

 

How to get traffic to your site using blogger

I have written a number of articles and made some videos on the theme “how to get traffic to your web site”.  

Some people rely on SEO and posting to sites such as Facebook and twitter.

If we take the subject of SEO, it takes a lot of work and skill to get onto the front pages of the search engines. For most people, this is a step too far so we need to look at other ways of driving traffic.

It is well worth posting to Facebook and twitter but there are other sites that we should consider.

One of these is Blogger, which is owned by google.

There are various debates about Blogger v WordPress.

Personally I don’t see it as an either/or as I use both.

If you have taken the time to write an article and possibly make a video the easy bit is to post to a number of different sites.

It doesn’t take much time to post manually to Blogger but if you want to make life easier,there are various bits of software as well as WordPress plugins that will let you post automatically to Blogger.

The benefits of using Blogger are as follows :

1 It is easy to use,but if you need to know how to do something a simple search on Google or YouTube will provide you with the necessary information.

2 It is free

This is a huge benefit if you are on a budget.

3 Free hosting from Google

As well as free hosting, you get 99.999% uptime.

Also, your site will not suffer degradation of performance.

4 Posts can be posted to Google +

As Blogger and Google + are both owned by Google you may have an advantage when trying to rank in the search engines.

5 You show up in the search engines faster

Blogger sites are added to the Google search engine within 24 hours,which gives you a huge advantage over other sites.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Blogger is well worth using.

I have used both Blogger and WordPress and I like both. However, at times WordPress can be more difficult to use than Blogger.

If you post to Blogger and Google + and make a video and post to YouTube, you may have an unfair advantage in the search engines as all of these are owned by Google.

I have made a short video as an introduction to Blogger.

 

How to generate traffic using StumbleUpon

Another way of generating more traffic to your web site is to use www.stumbleupon.com        

If you have not used this site before, it is regarded as one of the top social media sites for driving   traffic to your web sites.

Like many of these sites, you need to create an account which is free.

Here are the steps to take :

1 Create an account

In the top right hand corner you can “Join For Free”.

Alternatively, you can sign in with your Facebook account.

2 Set up your profile

This is similar to other social media sites.

The most important step is to add your profile photo.

3 Add your interests

You will see lots of interests or you can search for your own interests.

Once you have your interests, you will see the number of people following those interests.

4 Connect to other accounts

Within your account you can connect to your other accounts :

Facebook

Google +

Twitter

This is well worth doing

 

As with most social media sites it is a matter of sharing and engagement.

In order to become more visible, there are a number of things that you can do.

5 Follow people in your niche(s)

Build this up gradually. You may find lots of good content among these people.

6 Like Pages

As you see articles that you like, give the thumbs up

7 Make Comments

If you see an article that you like, add a meaningful comment.

If it is interesting, other people will click on your link.

 

8 Add the stumble upon button to your browser

Go to

https://www.stumbleupon.com/addon

and follow the instructions

This will enable you to like blog posts that you see

9 Add the stumble button to your web site.

This will let other people share your content

According to this article

See Results of Sharing Buttons

BrightEdge Technologies found a dramatic increase in content sharing when this button was added to a web site.

 

In conclusion, posting to StumbleUpon should help for 2 main reasons :

1 It is a high ranking social media site,so the more articles you post on there the more the search engines will like your site.

2 You can attract visitors from the site itself.

Once you have selected your interests, your followers and those you are following are targeted.

 

 

This may seem like a lot of work, but it should bring it’s rewards in the long-term. In the short term, if you want to gain an advantage, the best thing to do is to post your article automatically onto StumbleUpon.

There are a number of plug ins that will do this for you.

If you type into the search engine something like :

“wordpress plug ins to auto post to stumble upon”

You will find a number of solutions.

Make sure that you do the necessary due diligence on these plug ins.

The factors I consider are :

1 The number of downloads-you want to make sure,this has been downloaded more than a few times.

2 It has good reviews-look for 5 star ratings.

3 Recently updated -if the plug in has not been updated for several months or years,this is not a good sign.

 

Although there are lots of plug ins one that is quite popular is SNAP (Social Networks Auto Poster) from NextScripts, which will allow you to post to many different social media sites automatically from your WordPress site.

 

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please contact me.