Virtually every web-master and blogger today seems to be obsessed with SEO and ranking high in the search engines. Although it is true that search engines are one of the best ways of getting traffic to your website, the truth is that most websites put together today don’t stand a chance of ranking high for popular keywords. Most popular keywords are saturated with results from websites and bloggers who have the advantage of time and quantity of content over new websites and blogs. So it is unproductive to obsess over SEO and link building too much. Here is what you can do:
1. Dedicate most of your time actually working on your website or blog. Keep writing good quality content. The more pages and posts you have the greater your odds are of being found. One significant mistake you can make is obsessing over SEO and neglecting your website. When someone lands upon your website it needs to be built well enough for the person to stay and want to come back.
2. Submit to websites like Stumbleupon, Reddit, and Digg. There are always readers on these site looking for interesting content to captivate and inform them. If you are confident in what you have written this should be a great way of obtaining traffic.
3. Use Social Network sites. The best and most valuable part of social networking is groups. Join a group and connect with people that you have things in common with. Form relationships and ask them to review and assess your site. People will be happy to do so if you return the favor. If they like your website they might bookmark it for the future.
4. Utilize Youtube. It is one of the most popular sites out there. Millions of people go on it everyday. What you must realize is that it is one of the best places to form relationships with people. Its also a great tool for advertising your website. Bottom line: find something that you’re good at, and I mean anything, and make a video of it. Youtube is the second most searched site after google. The good news is, is that you have a much greater chance of being found on Youtube.
All though these ways take a lot more work at driving traffic, you have a much greater chance of being successful with these techniques and with time you will start to notice that the search engines are catching up to you.
Here’s to your success!