5 Tactics to Attract More Visitors to Your Website

Scott Lambert

Get More Website TrafficInbound marketing is the science of attracting, converting, closing and delighting prospects. It's the most cost-effective means of turning casual Web surfers into committed customers. Right now, thousands of businesses, and perhaps even a few of your competitors, are planning and executing inbound marketing campaigns that drive real results for their bottom lines.

Take a moment to learn about five (5) inbound marketing tactics that are designed to attract visitors to your website in greater numbers than you ever thought possible, and keep them there once they've arrived.

1. Analyze and Optimize Your Traffic Channels

This is an "all of the above" approach. It involves analyzing all of your inbound traffic channels and determining which, if any, are under-performing or in decline.

To determine whether a particular traffic source is in decline, look at a rolling average of its performance metrics over the past three months. If you spot consistent decreases in inbound traffic, you're dealing with a declining source.

To determine whether a source is under-performing, analyze its metrics relative to the amount you're spending on it. If your per-visitor or per-lead costs are higher than other sources, you may need to curtail spending or figure out a more efficient way to allocate your hard-earned marketing dollars.

2. Optimize Your Blog

To optimize your blog, start with a single post. Follow these steps:

  • Determine which buyer persona you're targeting with the post
  • Identify one primary long-tail keyword that aligns with the persona
  • Optimize the post around that keyword
  • Format the post and add appropriate links
  • Insert a call-to-action at the end of the post
  • Insert a sidebar with one or two additional calls-to-action
  • Add social sharing buttons

3. Conduct Keyword Research

Keyword research is critical to paid search advertising and organic search marketing.

Keyword research begins with extensive research on your own business, your product lines, your prospect and customer population and your ideal buyer personas. As you research, add relevant keywords to a master list.

Search for synonyms of all the keywords you've collected so far and determine which keywords, if any, people are already using to find you. These should have additional keyword ideas and variations. Finally, analyze your keywords to find those with the most marketing value.  

4. Build Inbound Links to Your Website

Building quality links to your website is a time-intensive process that won't happen overnight. However, the payoff is well worth the wait.

Get off on the right foot by:

  • Adding your business to top business directories in your industry
  • Creating a Google+ Local listing page
  • Establishing relationships with influencers and thought leaders in your industry
  • Creating frequent content, including blog posts and visual content, on topics that appeal to these thought leaders
  • Promoting your content on social media and other channels
  • Approaching thought leaders with guest blogging offers to further boost your visibility

5. Take Advantage of Local SEO

If your business operates in a specific geographical market or has multiple locations catering to local customers, you can't overlook the power of local SEO. Local SEO best practices include:

  • Optimizing your About and Contact pages with location keywords and contact information
  • Placing your address, city-state location and phone number at the header and/or footer of all website pages
  • Optimizing blog and website content for your specific location
  • Joining location-specific social media groups and advertising your location through your own social media channels
  • Removing duplicate listings from Google Local
  • Building relationships with other local merchants, media publications, industry thought leaders and more to attract inbound links from authoritative local sources
  • Adding your business name to top local directories
  • Ensuring that your company is listed in all local Internet Yellow Pages and local accounts

It's important to think of your location as a mission-critical keyword. Also, remember that Google and other search engines typically list your contact information in their SERPs, ensuring that searchers won't have to go far to figure out how to get in touch.

Learn More About How to Attract New Website Visitors

While inbound marketing is not rocket science, there are a lot of moving parts involved with any inbound marketing campaign. Moreover, there are numerous additional tactics that may or may not benefit any given marketing campaign. Knowing just where to start and where to go from there isn't always as simple as it seems.

If you're serious about positioning your company for inbound marketing success, do yourself a favor and talk with a team of experts that really know what they are doing.

We're looking forward to evaluating your needs and setting you on a path to inbound success. Give us a call or contact us online at your convenience.

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Scott Lambert

Written by Scott Lambert

For 35 years, Scott has been at the forefront of digital transformation and how it is effectively applied in businesses and organizations to market, sell, and support customers and members more successfully and cost effectively. Scott is President and Co-Founder of Xcellimark, an award-winning digital marketing agency serving clients throughout the U.S., Canada, Central America, and Germany. Xcellimark helps businesses succeed through the implementation of its unique digital marketing and sales approach specifically designed to meet their specific goals and objectives. Scott’s marketing, sales, and operations experience have included key management positions at industry leaders including AT&T, iXL (now SapientRazorfish), eSchool Solutions (now TalentED), and BellSouth, where he led the product development, marketing efforts, and market launch of BellSouth.net, the second public ISP developed in the U.S. Scott is the author of articles highlighted on leading online publishers such as LinkedIn, Business 2 Community, and he was recently featured by LinkedIn in the Entrepreneur magazine article on “No Time for Marketing? Hire a Freelancer.” His engaging personality and wealth of real-world and business experience make Scott a frequently requested speaker. Some of his engagements include being the featured speaker in a series of Orlando Business Journal seminars on Digital Marketing, speaking at the WSI London conference, and at international conferences in Belize. Scott has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s of Science in the Management of Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Scott has been active in global mission efforts and is a board member of Global Teams, a Christian outreach organization. He lives in Winter Springs, FL with his wife Nancy and dog Sadie.

Topics: Inbound Marketing

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