How to Get Search Visitors to a New Website

10 years ago ‘build it and they’ll come’ worked on-line. Today it doesn’t.

Today there are so many web pages out there that any site that hopes to receive visitors has to be positioned well and promoted cleverly.

And the bar is getting higher all the time.

Someone with next to zero technical skills can sign up with Wix, Squarespace or WordPress.com and have a site up and published within half an hour.

The barrier to entry is a fraction of what it was 10 years ago, but the bar to being found is a zillion times higher.

So how do you get found on-line quickly today?

Here are the steps I go through to get a new site indexed and receiving search traffic as quickly as possible:

Step 1: Make sure that each page on your site is structured properly (on-site SEO).

Each individual page on your site should be focused on a specific subject: one page, one objective.

There are lots articles that talk about optimising a page for certain keywords. When I first read things like that I felt intimidated. It all sounded too technical and complex.

You can get lost in a very deep rabbit hole with SEO but you can get to 80% of where you need to be by following some simple principles.

If you focus each page on your site on one specific subject, and consciously choose a keyword for that subject, your page will automatically become optimised.

For example, if your site is about web design services and one of the services you offer is WordPress development, then your keyword would be WordPress and you need to use one page to talk about that, and only that.

As long as you do that, the fact that you’re only talking about WordPress on that page will automatically result in it being optimised for the keyword ‘WordPress’.

But there are also some steps you need to add manually:

Make sure ‘WordPress’ (or your chosen keyword) figures in your heading and sub headings, your META title, META description and keywords.

The Yoast SEO plugin helps and guides you to do that correctly.

As long as you follow those steps then your page will be optimised for the keyword ‘WordPress’.

So the message is: keep each page focused on one subject, and include your keyword in your headings, sub-headings, META title, META description and keywords.

One thing I should point out here: Google, in particular, is not the independent source of good information that it originally claimed to be.

It is more focused on money today and that has resulted in the suppression of normal web pages in the search results. That has also degraded the results Google returns to search requests.

I wrote a separate post about how Google is harming the business of bloggers.

Because of that, it is now much harder to get a new website to figure in Google’s search results than it was 10 years ago.

Step 2: Create a Sitemap and submit it to the search engines.

If you’re using WordPress it now includes an XML sitemap by default.

However, it is pretty basic. I would recommend disabling it and installing one of the SEO plugins that also include sitemaps, or a specific sitemap plugin, such as Google XML Sitemaps

Yoast is a well known and excellent SEO plugin. Not only does it include a sitemap but it automatically disables the built-in WordPress sitemap – so this is the one I would recommend.

Once you have that installed you then need to log into Google Search Console and submit your sitemap – through the ‘Sitemaps’ screen.

This is a simple but important step to take, because it improves the search engines’ ability to find and index all the pages on your website.

Step 3: Consider a Pay Per Click (PPC) campaign

Many times with new sites I set up a small PPC campaign to kick start some traffic.

As soon as I’m getting as much traffic from the natural search results and other non-paid sources as I am from PPC, I cut the PPC campaign.

PPC is a very quick way of getting targetted visitors to your site quickly, but be careful: it can be hugely expensive if you set it up wrong.

Step 4: Create as many links to your site as you can.

If you have other online properties (blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or similar) link to your new site from them.

Post an update introducing your new site (as long as the content would be relevant to your followers on those sites).

If you don’t have other social sites you can join some. But be careful: be sure to join sites where your target market hangs out.

If you spread yourself too wide you will not be able to keep up with everything. Plus if you link to a site that is completely irrelevant to your audience on those social sites you will be wasting your time.

OK – so those are the steps I go through to get a new site noticed as quickly as possible.

Cheers,

Martin Malden

Martin Malden
Owner – WealthyDragon

Website owner: Martin has been working online since 2006 and focuses on two areas: 1) affiliate marketing and 2) designing and building websites based on WordPress. He has his own WordPress agency, and serves clients in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK.

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  • Brad Harmon Oct 15, 2009 @ 15:49

    Martin,

    Thanks for the post. I learned a few new things from it.

    #1 Sounds like I need to go Digg some more sites that are not my own. I submit my own posts whenever I make them, but I don’t use Digg so these are the only posts on there. I keep reading that Digg is a must for bloggers so I don’t want to just stop utilizing it.

    #2 I had not heard of OnlyWire, nor had I really understood that bookmarking could be so powerful. I was trying to limit my social media outlets to a manageable level, but it sounds like OnlyWire will help me expand that network without all the added work.

    Brad
    .-= Brad Harmon´s last blog ..Christian Entrepreneurs: I Said Prophets, Not Profits! – GOD =-.

    • WealthyDragon Oct 16, 2009 @ 8:26

      Yes – you do need to limit the number of social sites you use – you can get frazzled otherwise..!

      But take a look at OnlyWire – it does a great job for me.

      Cheers,

      Martin.