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How to Promote Your Website

June 2nd, 2011

So you’ve already got your website set up. You’ve got your online business going, and you’re ready to bring in the big bucks! But the problem is, just having a website doesn’t mean people are coming to your page. You’ve gotta learn to promote it. Whether you’re selling furniture out of a StorageMart Canada unit, or making t-shirts on Etsy, you need to know how to best promote your website to increase your business and revenue.

A. Stay Focused

When promoting your website, it is important to remember to stay consistent. Pick two or three key messages that you can use in all of your advertising. For example, “(website name) provides the highest-quality antique furniture.”

If you’re a self-starting, entrepreneurial type of person, it can be difficult to stay focused, with so many ideas constantly bouncing around. The problem is that if we start too many projects, each of them is likely to suffer because of a lack of focus on just one. So when picking methods to promote your website, make sure it is all consistent and easy for you to manage.

B. Search Engine Optimization

Even if your business model is unique by its nature, your website is still competing with hundreds of thousands of other websites out there. Do a search on Google or Yahoo for your business, using keywords that describe your business. If your business does not come up on the first page, that means it is buried under a bunch of other websites promoting similar businesses.

The solution is Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This method of online marketing basically takes keywords about your business and uses them to your advantage. So the next time somebody searches using those specific key words, the more likely they are to find your business on the first page of search results. This will draw what is called “ organic” traffic to your website.

C. Integrate Social Networking

Implementing social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, adds a whole new level of experience to your website. Social networks, for the most part, are a free method for promoting your business, because you can reach a much wider audience through having current people who “like” your business suggest it to other people.

To add another level, if relevant, would be to start a blog. Many businesses have a blog to complement their websites. This would only work if consistently updated, and if the business actually has updates that consumers want to hear about. You have to be the best judge of that.

Don’t forget to have links back to your website. After all, that’s why you started these social networking pages in the first place.

As with any new website, it will take time to build up a following of consistent visitors. But as long as you stay focused and persistently promote your blog, you will soon discover the true meaning of success.

HTML5 – demos and tutorials

December 16th, 2009

It’s the new big thing in the world of HTML and CSS – HTML5 is here. Sort of.
Although it’s not yet fully supported across all browsers and the spec is still in discussion, the basics are now known and developers areound the world are starting to embrace the new HTML standard. If you’re unsure of [...]

101 Best Websites updates and new software!

September 29th, 2009

After months of development and testing we can now bring you our new and improved system making 101 Best Websites the most feature rich showcase site on the internet today!
The new features include:

Editing and ownership of your submissions
Up to 4 images per site, either automated screen shots or directly uploaded from your desktop, realtime!
Time sorting [...]

Updates and 101 Best Twitter Apps

September 20th, 2009

We’ve been working hard over the last week trying to get the updated version of 101 Best Websites live but it’s proving trickier than we realised – moving all the entries to the new database and making sure all our registered users are transferred without a hitch. We’ve come across a few problems which are [...]

Bees seem to like it…

August 27th, 2009

Continually viewing and moderating as many new websites as I do every day you start to see trends in design quite quickly – if not a lot earlier than most people. We all remember the “web 2.0″ trend of 2006/2007 and not so long ago there was a definite move towards white, clean with big [...]

New sites and new targets

August 13th, 2009

It’s been a few weeks since my last post – and since then we’ve been regularly getting over 1,000 visitors. Our visitor numbers have jumped considerably – growing on average 25% month on month. And you may have noticed the recent increase in approved submissions, we’re getting more and we’re trying to keep the quality [...]

Getting over 1000 visitors in one day…

July 20th, 2009

Just 12 months after we launched 101 Best Websites we’re getting close to 1000 visitors a day, which we’re pretty excited about! Last Tuesday we got 952 unique visitors and even with the weekend drop in traffic (only 500 visitors a day) we still managed over 5000 visitors for the week.
So, we’re looking for a [...]

The future of CSS with HTML 5

July 10th, 2009

In the web industry, in particular the front end developers, usability and accessibility experts, SEO consultants and designers there’s one central skill that has to be mastered to make sure even the most basic website works and that is HTML.
We all need to keep up to date with the latest version of HTML and what [...]

Comments , bookmarks and Twitter

July 2nd, 2009

Although we only approve good quality websites we know that a lot of people like to submit to CSS showcase sites and Flash portfolios to gain a bit of traffic and links from search engines. It’s a great idea and often, if you get onto the homepage of one of the popular showcase sites you [...]

My site hasn’t been added to the list

June 27th, 2009

We get quite a lot of submissions to 101 Best Websites and we go through every single one to make sure that our showcase only contains the highest quality sites.
For CSS sites we check the code: Is it standards compliant? Are there errors? Are there any unnecessary tables used for layout? Although we like to [...]

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