Here is a Secret Way Of Getting Traffic. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re the owner of a website that you’d like to see succeed. You’ll need traffic to your site to get to that level. But where does the traffic originate?
Submitting your site to one of the many online directories is one of the best ways to increase traffic to your site. Online directories are similar to the yellow pages in your phone book: These directories are divided into categories (education, entertainment, health, etc.), and you can suggest a category for your website when you submit it. In many cases, you’ll be able to submit to a sub-category within a larger category. Let’s say your website is all about aromatherapy.
You propose “Health” as your main category, “Alternative Medicine” as a sub-category, and “Aromatherapy” as a further sub-category in your submission request.
Yahoo!, MSN Small Business, and the DMOZ directory are some of the most popular online directories. Online directories, unlike search engines, are usually not free to list. You can submit your website for free to the Yahoo! Directory (http://dir.yahoo.com) as of this writing, but there is no guarantee that it will be reviewed for listing quickly. If you need your site reviewed more quickly, you can pay Yahoo! $299 for “expedited” service, and they will review it within seven days. This fee, on the other hand, is a yearly recurring fee. Your website will be reviewed once a year, and there is no guarantee that it will be included the first time or that it will remain listed year after year.
The MSN service costs $49 and works similarly to a search engine submission service. Inclusion in their own small business directory is included in their submission service. DMOZ, on the other hand, is free, but due to the fact that it is run entirely by volunteers, it may take some time for your site to be added. Submitting to DMOZ and paying for MSN and Yahoo! services are your best options.
But why should you spend money in the first place? Isn’t it possible to simply optimize your site for search engines? You can, but not everyone uses a search engine to find what they need. Someone looking for gourmet dog treats, for example, may not use a search engine. Instead, they could go to one of the online directories and look through the listings, much like they would in a phone book’s yellow pages. Your investment in getting your business listed in online directories will pay off in a variety of ways.
- Your website’s traffic will increase. Your website will be listed in online directories and search engines, which will help you gain traffic as people look for your website in directory listings.
- The number of backlinks to your site will increase. The link they provide for your site will be listed in search engines if the directory pages are listed in search engines. This benefits you by giving people more ways to find your website. In the end, this will result in more traffic for you.
- Getting links from directories is a quick way to get them. It’s difficult and time-consuming to optimize your website for search engines.
Learning how to write for search engines can take a long time. Meanwhile, any links you can get will help you rank higher in the search engines, and submitting to directories will help you get links.
- Submitting to directories is a low-cost and worthwhile investment. You can submit to Yahoo! and MSN for less than $350, as previously stated. DMOZ is a free search engine. If you do a search for online directories, you’ll find a slew of others where you can submit for cheap or even free.
In short, submitting your website to online directories is one of the most effective ways to increase traffic to your site. To survive online, you need traffic in the end. So get going!