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5 Ways to Lose Visitors

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We all have a mental list of things that bother us about websites; things that send us scrambling to another site.  The web is huge, competition is fierce and the best thing a webmaster webmaster hard at work can do is to adhere to the KISS principle. (KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID). Users of the Intuit-Homestead SiteBuilder program to design sites need an awareness of what does and doesn’t work on the web. Read the rest of this entry

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Lots of Website Visitors – Few Results

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surfing the webThis is something we hear often. I get all these visitors to my site, but they don’t buy or they don’t fill out a form or they don’t do whatever it is that I am hoping they will do when they visit my site. These webmasters have well-optimized sites, all the t’s are crossed and I’s are dotted, they show up well in searches, but still the number of visitors far outweighs the resulting purchases or form filing or whatever action is hoped for.

Granted there can be mechanical or design flaws that might be preventing a visitor from becoming a customer/client, but that would be very obvious when some sales turned to no sales.

So how can it be that so many visit and only a few give us the results we had hoped for? Converting visitors to clients…

Search Engine and Directory Submittals

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 What is good and what is a waste of time, money and energy when it comes to submitting or resubmitting to the Search Engines and Directories? 

1. Directories are a one time submittal. Do NOT resubmit unless the Directory states you did not follow their instructions and they tossed your submission out. In that case, reread their submission information and then resubmit.

2. Search engine re-submittals are NOT necessary and in some cases can be counter productive. After the initial indexing and listing there is absolutely no reason to resubmit your site to any search engine.

You may read about it being necessary to resubmit to search engines and directories on a monthly basis to rise to the top of the searches or keep the site in the index. This is hogwash. If your website is search engine friendly and has links to it for initial indexing it will stay in the system and be available for searches. As far as gaining ranking by monthly submittals this again is not true. Having a well placed website depends on the site being completely indexed, well optimized with good and ample on page copy and LINKS from quality themed websites.

On occasion it may be necessary to initially submit to MSN’s search spider as this engine has a history of not finding sites in a timely manner. Bing’s submittal is simple just add your url and they will do the rest.( http://www.bing.com/docs/submit.aspx )

 Under normal circumstances most major search engines will find a website without help and seem to prefer to find new sites through  the inbound link process. To ensure all your pages are indexed:

  • Avoid splash/flash entry pages – your main page (Index) needs to offer the search engines links to pages in the site via a navigation.
  • Provide simple text links for the spiders to follow from the index page
  •  Use a site map constructed with simple text links to every page and/or an xml site map that is provided just for the search bots. Information on xml site maps and how to construct simple text links and text based navigation may be found in the Homestead Connection tutorials. ( http://www.homesteadconnection.com/Tutorials.html )

The Long Tail Search – Understanding niche marketing.

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Internet marketing provides small home-based businesses an avenue for advertising that is both inexpensive and extremely frustrating.

It seems so simple to build a web site, publish it to the Internet then be viewed by millions of surfers.  In reality it simply doesn’t work this way.  Unless you have an extremely unique item or service, you are competing with hundreds if not thousands of other websites for possible clients.

The solution to this situation is very simple, make your product unique.
An example is dog treats. If you do a general search on Google for dog treats you come up with a whopping 2,010,000 results. If you have optimized your site for just dog treats you’re going to be lost somewhere in the 2 million plus sites.

However, if you make homemade dog treats and you optimize your site or page for homemade dog treats, the competition is whittled down to about 159,000 sites.  This number may seem large but with good optimization you can achieve a high enough placement to achieve sales.

Let’s take this one step further. If you have done your homework and researched the number of searches that have been done for these terms, you have probably found a considerable number of searches being done for natural pet or dog treats.

The key phrase natural dog treats has over 295,000 search results shown in Google.  This same phrase appears to only generate approximately 120 searches per month.

By utilizing the idea of long tail optimization you focus your page for all natural dog treats. This phrase shows almost 2200 searches per month.

Let’s play with this one a little more, all natural gourmet dog treats have in the neighborhood of 1500 searches being done every month.  Both of these sets of key words can be optimized on the same page.  Usually when people make this specific a search they’re an excellent candidate for sales.

These are just simple examples of taking a common product and refining its description to fit actual searches.  By choosing to refine the key words into a unique and more focused subject you are placing your website or web page in front of fewer searchers but probably in front of more buyers.

This is what the long tail search can accomplish.  Most inexperienced marketers are looking for large numbers of visitors to their sites and this is a common mistake. Focus should be in attracting people who are actually looking for a specific product or service to purchase.