I have a flash games website, making around $50-100 a day through adsense, i have only added one block of adsense in inner pages, and no adsense on home page. Is there anything else i can use to monetize the site?
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Increase Website Traffic In 9 Steps
Everyone and his brother has a website these days. There are a number of websites that utilize templates to help you make your site or blog a few being Wordpress and Tumblr. If you are in the arena of blogging, you are specially interested in how to grab the attention of your target audience. Here are 9 must=haves to boost your site/blog traffic.
1) Search engine optimization. The average consumer will normally log on to google, yahoo, or one of the major search engines to locate just about anything: the closest Thai restaurant, what's on at the movies, and so on. What they type at the search box is of particular value to you. The site with the most occurences of that particular search will come out on top, which is where everyone wants to be. Exactly just how does one optimize his website? It's really not rocket science, although most of us just haven't the time to invest in it. So most people hire SEO experts to do their thing. But keep in mind this one basic principle and you will basically capture the essence of SEO: think like a search engine. Whuh? Basically, when a search goes out and crawls the world wide web, it looks at the titles of pages, the titles of images (not the pictures themselves), the content of our paragraphs and descriptions. It is basically searching thru text. How often it finds the text its looking for will determine how far your site ranks on ... the more it finds it, the closer you will be to the first page and vice versa. So as you optimize your web pages, keep that in mind. Instead of having your picture titled "picture", for example, use "picture of a blue Ipad cover". The more specific you are, the more hits you'll get to your website, increasing your traffic.
2) Get Social. Being a social media extrovert can go a long way in increasing your site's traffic. Enter Social Media outlets like facebook, twitter, and others. These are great tools to let your friends and connections know about your site and blog. Then their friends and connections will see it and check it out. And so on and so forth. Carefully research your social media outlet's terms and conditions and abide by them. The worst thing that can happen to your site is getting kicked out by one of the social media giants. It's just like dealing with people, don't try too hard, just be yourself. Get social and increase your site traffic.
3) Do Some Footwork. There's nothing like actually leaving your computer desk and going out there and leaving your information with actual people. Introduce yourself and really let your target audience know you are interested in them for the long-term but at the same time you will not smother them. So always have your business cards plentiful that clearly shows your name, your contact information, and of course, your web address, perhaps a QR code printed on it so they can use their mobile device.
4) Keep it Fresh. If you want site traffic, you need to keep your site fresh on a regular basis. Just think about this, the most travelled roads, are also the most maintained. Add new pages. Give it a new look. This doesn't need to take you a long time. There are some websites that can change color schemes at the touch of a button. At any rate, don't give the impression to your audience that you are not at the helm of your site. If you are interested in your site by keeping it fresh, then your audience will notice that. The converse is true as well. So constantly look over your site content and see what can be done, are there any mispelled words, and so on. Keeping your content fresh will increase your site traffic.
5) Involve Your Audience. Not always the case, but most consumers would like to put their two cents in. How can a product be improved? How can something be better? Be careful, though, give thought to just how much information you are needing. Since you are the expert of your field, ideally you already two steps ahead of your audience. But involving your audience in the process of making site improvements can go a long way. Another way is to add a forum to your site, a place where your visitors can leave comments. You can expect mostly positive ones, but be sure there will be some negative as well. Take these with a grain of salt. At any rate, if people like your site and visit it frequently, they will thank you for involving them and increase your site traffic.
6) Refine Your Site Content. Asides from keeping your site fresh, refine your site. When we think of refining something, it is more or less taking things out. So as you work on your website, is there anything that really doesn't contribute to your overall message? Remove anything that could cloud your audience perception. An example of this could be having too many social media links, too many pictures, too much use of FLASH content and so on. Use these in moderation, as they don't really contribute to increasing your site traffic.
7) Keep Your Site Simple, but Informative. Visitors to your website should find it easy to navigate within the first 5 seconds. It's just like when we meet people, the so-called first impression effect. Make a good one and you are off to a good start; make a bad one and it will be tough to recover from it. SO make it your aim to keep your site simple from the get-go. I mean, just think of the major sites like google and craigslist - there's really nothing flashy or cumbersome about their sites. It's simple to use, but there's great, informative content, and that's why they get great site traffic.
8) Acknowledge and Reward Your Visitors. Take time to do this on a regular basis. Thank your site's fans. Offer a service for free to the first 10 whatever. If you are good to your clients, they will be good to you. If you are bad to them, again, you not only lost 1 person, but potentially everyone they know. Don't lost traffic to your site by ignoring your audience.
9) Grow your website smart. You may find that your audience has interests in other areas which may be worth your time to address on your website. This may mean adding new pages to your site; new sections. Be careful, so that you do not overwhelm your audience with too much stuff. As your site traffic increases, consider the placement of ads on your website. Businesses are always interested in getting their word out, so why not tell them you get X number of visitors per day to your website. You'd be surprised with the response: more site traffic.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of how to improve your site's traffic. I really think that most of it is common sense. But if you can engage your audience with practical content that's easy to navigate, then pretty soon it gets legs of its own and what's left is maintenance and making sure you have enough servers to accomodate your site traffic. But that's another tutorial....