Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tips for Top Affiliate Website Marketing Part 2

by John Hartley

If you followed Part 1 of this article, you will have built your website and will now be waiting for the traffic to come. Well, it won't come by itself. You need to draw the traffic in.

The first thing is to make sure that your website is suitable for the search engines. First, the web pages all need certain things on them. These are:

1.A good title tag and description
2.Good navigation links

The title tag is in the head of the page and is Your site's name. This should include your main keyword - the most important word on the page.

Secondly, it is a good idea to have a description. Some say this is ignored by Google, but it is certainly used by many other search engines, often as the title for your listing. It looks like this:

Next, you want to get your site indexed

The best way of doing this is to set up a free blog at either wordpress.com or blogger.com and then include a link to your website. Search engines like blogs, so as long as you 'ping' the blog, your site will at least be indexed.

Now for the navigation. If you have up to about ten pages this is easy. You just put a list of all the pages in a sidebar on every page, with a link to the page. You need to separate them with a line space, so they stand out, and you can call them 'Menu' or 'Navigation' or something. If you underline each item, they will stand out better.

These are important to getting some free traffic. Next, you need to submit the site to about 30 directories, which you can find on Google. Select only free directories, and ignore those that insist on a link back. There are plenty that don't.

Modify your articles and submit them to article sites

The next way of getting traffic is to write some articles. The best way of doing this is to use the articles you have written for your site and alter them. You will need to give each one a new first paragrpah, and make each article about 100 words longer. The length needs to be 350-500 words. Then you submit them to three or four article directories. These may get picked up by other webmasters for their site, which will give you extra links and traffic. Also, you will get links from the article directories.

Now you have your website, and you will have some links to it, and you should get some traffic. But it will not come immediately. You need to be patient, and write a few more articles, and the traffic will come.

About the Author

For FREE reports and the latest reviews of affiliate marketing products and services go to www.reallyusefulmarketing.com - which is run by John Hartley.