OK you’ve got a website, so now what?

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Having a website to promote your brand and business is very important, but if nobody sees it then it is not much use.

It is like having a billboard next to a gravel road in the middle of nowhere.

As much as we might like to think otherwise, the world is not looking for you specifically. If they were, they could just type your web address i.e. briancurrin.com directly into the address bar of their favourite browser and up would pop your website.

What people are looking for is solutions to their problems, and if your website offers the right solution, then it needs to appear on the first page of search results.

Assuming that your website is already search optimized (though many aren’t) here are a few ideas on how to drive traffic to your website.

Facebook Brand Pages

Creating a Facebook Brand Page is essential now. These pages work very well for big corporates, but are also proving highly effective for small businesses. A Facebook Page is another portal to your website and when you post comments and status updates on your wall you can include links to your website.
http://facebook.briancurrin.com

Paper.li

This portal allows you to create your own online newspaper aggregating information from the Twitter, Blog, RSS and Facebook sources that you choose. Paper.li automatically produces daily news, which means every day there is at least one new quality link to your website.
http://paper.li/briancurrin

Google Adwords

Over 90% of searches done on the internet use the Google search engine. Adverts appear above and on the right-hand side of search results which try and match what it is you are searching for.

Google Adwords provides a very effective pay-per-click method of driving traffic to a website, and they also supply extensive analytic information to help with the adjusting and tweaking of this online advertising medium.

Are you using any of these tools and platforms to help grow your business?

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3 thoughts on “OK you’ve got a website, so now what?

  1. Louis Nel (@LouisNel) Monday, 31st October 2011 / 4:52 pm

    Thanks Brian for this informative yet simple guide to online marketing! Did not know about Paper.li. Keep it up!

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