Driving Traffic to Your Website (The Simple Free Way)

Driving Traffic to Your Website (The Simple Free Way)

October 16th, 2012

So you’ve done your market research and picked your first product to sell online. You’ve contacted your first drop ship supplier and setup your wholesale account. You even have your website or auction started and your merchant account setup. What’s next? Driving traffic to your site!

There are several options you have:

1. PPC’s: Pay per click advertising (Google Adwords, Yahoo Search Marketing, Bing PPC)
2. Social Marketing (Sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter)
3. Natural Search results (Getting your website to the first page of Google)

I’m going to discuss the option that is simple and free, but it does take a little bit of your time and patience: Natural search results.

To get yourself to the first page of Google you need to focus on SEO (Search Engine Optimization). There are several companies out there who will help you with SEO. But before you even start considering outsourcing your SEO, there are several basic steps that you can do that cost you nothing but your time to implement.

Let’s focus on what you can do with your website starting today. The first 5 main areas of your website to start with are:

1. Title of the webpage
2. Meta Description
3. Meta Keywords
4. Images
5. Product Descriptions

Each one of these you need to focus around your main keywords for that particular product page. So let’s use “Pet Couch” as our example for each of these 5 areas:

Your title needs to have what the product page is about at the very beginning of the line.
Example title: Pet Couch for Large Breed Dog – MyCompanyName.com

Your meta description should include that main keyword and don’t get too wordy. Remember this is what people see under the first line in the natural search results.
Example meta description: A Pet Couch can stop your large breed dog from taking over your living room couch. This dog couch is available in red, green and blue.

Meta Keywords are all the important keywords that your customer is typing into the search engines. Five to seven keyword phrases is a good number to focus on per product page. Hint: make sure to use the keywords you find when doing your market research.
Example: pet couch, pet couches, dog couch, large breed dog bed, giant breed dog bed, large dog bed, large beds for dogs

Images: Name your images with the keywords that are important. Because how you name your images, is how someone can also find your site doing an image search. So instead of img001.jpg is should be pet-couch.jpg.

The Product Description that is displayed on your site next to the image of the product, is the first main area that you can provide a lot of content around your keywords. Make sure to answer who, what, when, where, why and how and relate the product to your customer. Try not to use too much of what the supplier provides to you, as you, and everyone else selling that product will end up with the same description!

So there you have it, 5 simple and free things you can do to your product pages right now that’s going to help you get to first page of Google.

photo by: zoonabar

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13 Comments

  1. I like your writing style I’m really enjoying this blog.

    Comment by Sierra — October 17, 2012 @ 12:23 am

  2. Great article with a lot of good advice! The first traffic method, AdWords or another paid advertising medium, is the absolute best way to start driving traffic to your site within hours. Although, it can get costly. The average bid for keywords in our campaign runs around 25 cents, and that’s on the low end.

    Although paid advertising is a great place to start, you’ll want to decrease your dependency on that ASAP. The best way to do that is to start driving organic traffic as mentioned above. There are so many different things that go into that. The first thing to do is optimize your pages which is mentioned here. One thing that was left out is making sure you have unique content. With Google, content is king and you want as much unique content as possible. It can be tedious to write it all yourself but it will pay dividends down the road.

    The nice thing today about optimizing your site is that many shopping cart services have implemented their own techniques which will help drive organic traffic to your site. You can find more about these shopping carts on our site at http://www.dropshipcritic.com/quick-tips.html.

    -John

    Comment by John — October 19, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  3. Thank you very much. This really helped me with my work. I appreciate your help. Thanks a lot.

    Comment by Louis — October 24, 2012 @ 7:04 am

  4. Thanks, nice article!

    Comment by Howard — October 24, 2012 @ 7:10 am

  5. Thank you very much for the information in this article! It is not easy to drive organic traffic to your site and takes time and patience.

    Comment by Nelita — November 20, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

  6. Having read this I believed it was very enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this content together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

    Comment by Brooke — January 3, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

  7. Great post! SEO is the easiest thing to do but the most overlooked in my opinion. Letting search engines and searchers know what you are about is the first step in any successful marketing effort.

    Comment by Rheo — January 11, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

  8. Normally I do not post on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up pressured me to do so! Your writing style is great. Thank you, very nice and easy to read and understand article.

    Comment by Athena — March 2, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

  9. I didn’t realize the importance of this until now. I have a lot of work to do…

    Comment by Zack — March 6, 2013 @ 11:13 am

  10. I like free! Thanks for this info! 🙂

    Comment by Gerry — March 6, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

  11. Thanks for this. SEO is so confusing and I like how you made it seem more simple.

    Comment by Shaunta — March 6, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

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    Comment by Anya — June 3, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

  13. Thanks for this. Regards

    Comment by russ — November 21, 2017 @ 7:46 pm

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