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by randall tomaras
ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
People keep asking me: How do you get so much Internet traffic and how can I tell if my website is really working? In the interest of time (my time) I decided to give away some free advice. Some will like it, some won't. It's my way, it works, and you asked. (at least some of you did : )
Is it just because everyone loves photography? No, or there would be many other more famous photography sites up there if that were true. Besides in the last year I have worked nine websites to the top 100,000 in Alexa.com's US Traffic out of the 330 million websites. When this site reaches the top 100,000 in US traffic it will be ten. Does it take time? Yes, time to design, write and code the website and about 4 months to obtain a 3 month World Rank average.
Is it links? No, links are important to Google. Probably the most I have had with any site is 70, but that was BECAUSE I was in the top 1000, the links did not get me there. Once you are in the top 100,000 savvy Internet marketers link to you because it helps their rank with Google and it shows credibility to the consumer. Higher numbers than 100,000 and there is not much value to link to them, but there is if top websites link to you.
Are you using "Black Hat" techniques? NO, only "White Hat" I would be foolish to use "Black Hat" tactics on a web site I want to keep. I'd risk being banned. Never had a site banned ever. I just do good old-fashioned marketing. Most people are looking for a short cut or a winning lotto ticket. Marketing does take time. That means you have to set aside a consistent time each week.
Am I high up on Google or did I buy ads? No, don't think I am in the first 6 PAGES of Google on any keywords except for our name. Probably never will be after this article : ) On the last page of this article I address why Google or Facebook are less than 5% of my traffic. I go more for buyers than seekers.
Is it Facebook? NO, In fact I am still trying to figure out if Facebook is worth my time. It consumes a lot of time with 200 friends. Can't imagine 3,000.
Why do you use Alexa.com to track traffic? They are the oldest and most trusted monitor of the world's web traffic. They are not a search engine seeking share or selling cross site advertising. The stats are public record, verifiable and transparent. You can't buy your way to the top.
Do people still tell me I am wrong? All the time, but I really don't care. They are usually way below me in traffic rank and are either grossly misinformed, work off of old knowledge (1 year) or make a living selling the advice I don't endorse. Don't mean to offend others. This is just what works for me.
Are there other ways to do it? Yes, and perhaps some of the ways work for others. I just have not found them to work for me. I tend to do the opposite of what the masses do because Google and Facebook block what the masses do so they can sell ads. I've bought the $49 e-books, the $200 software programs, and the $10,000 membership programs. Quite frankly, if they worked Google and Facebook would be out of business. I don't put my fate in their hands. Do You?
Now to the article - Wasting your Internet money by Randall Tomaras