search enginesBack in 1997, the Internet was in it’s infant stage, and there were approximately 300 million web pages available.  By 2002 that number grew to around 8 billion pages available.  In 2005 you had your choice of over 19 billion indexed web documents and today, you have access to over 50 billion.

As you can see, the Internet is just gathering steam, and we’re still in the beginning stages.  With so many web pages and sites available, how do you find anything?  Well, way back in 1994 people were realizing that same deficiency.  With the number of pages on the web skyrocketing, how do you organize it all?  Well, 1994 marked the development of Yahoo and Web Crawler.  Web Crawler was unique because it was the first time that the content of a page was indexed rather than just the title and meta tags.

1995 saw the introduction of Infoseek and Alta Vista which was ahead of every other search engine because you could type in real life natural phrases for search.  So common nowadays, this was a revelation back then.

1996 saw the introduction of Google, formed by two Stanford students who were merely organizing basketball scores together on the Internet.  MSN arrived in 1998 along with Open Directory, the largest “human” directory at the time.

As you can tell, some of these search engines still exist and some don’t.  Google went on to become the largest by far, and now is responsible for 72% of all the search activity on the Internet.  Imagine a 72% market share in your particular niche?  Will there power at the top continue or will something else replace this mighty giant?  Remember the people that said MySpace would be around forever?  Well, Google happens to be smart, while they might not be on top forever, I predict a very long ride looking down on everybody else for them.

Website TrafficBuilding up website traffic takes time and patience, but it is critical to get targeted traffic if you want to make money from your website.  One of the best ways to increase your number of relevant visitors is by building natural links.  This is one of the many search engine optimization (SEO) techniques you will learn about and one that can really help you rank well in the search engines, when done properly.

It is really the quality, not the quantity, of the links that matters.  Having thousands of unrelated or low quality links can actually harm your website.  But, by using natural link building techniques, you will slowly but surely increase your quality links which will increase your website traffic and your ranking in the search engine.

Adding too many links too quickly can harm your ranking, as it will appear that some unnatural techniques are being used.  Ideally, you should focus on adding several links per day at the most, and the numbers should be consistent so it does not appear “suspicious” in the search engines.

Some of the ways to add natural links to your site and increase website traffic include adding high quality content regularly, commenting on relevant forums or related blogs and including your website URL, and submitting your website to directories.  Another helpful technique is learning to use internal links on your own site properly, with good anchor text.

Learning to increase website traffic is not rocket science, but you need to remember that concentrating on the proven methods to improve your rankings will get you closer to your goals of making money online.

Building up website traffic takes time and patience, but it is critical to get targeted traffic if you want to make money from your website. One of the best ways to increase your number of relevant visitors is by building natural links. This is one of the many search engine optimization (SEO) techniques you will learn about and one that can really help you rank well in the search engines, when done properly.

It is really the quality, not the quantity, of the links that matters. Having thousands of unrelated or low quality links can actually harm your website. But, by using natural link building techniques, you will slowly but surely increase your quality links which will increase your website traffic and your ranking in the search engine.

Adding too many links too quickly can harm your ranking, as it will appear that some unnatural techniques are being used. Ideally, you should focus on adding several links per day at the most, and the numbers should be consistent so it does not appear “suspicious” in the search engines.

Some of the ways to add natural links to your site and increase website traffic include adding high quality content regularly, commenting on relevant forums or related blogs and including your website URL, and submitting your website to directories. Another helpful technique is learning to use internal links on your own site properly, with good anchor text.

Learning to increase website traffic is not rocket science, but you need to remember that concentrating on the proven methods to improve your rankings will get you closer to your goals of making money online.

Online Money

Online Money

It never hurts to make a few extra bucks, right?  Everybody could use a little extra cash.  What if you could actually , without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home?  You would probably agree that it sure beats getting a second job at the corner convenience store.  You can stay in your pajamas and take all the coffee breaks that you want, once you learn how to make money online.

Today’s economy has forced many people to really take a hard look at their bottom line, and try to find new and creative ways to improve their standard of living.  Learning how to make money online is a way that helps many busy people—especially about those with jobs, kids, social lives, etc.—add a little bit to the budget.  And, there are also tons of people that make enough money online to really make a big change and turn it into a real career.

All it really takes to get started if you want to make online money is a good idea, a strong website and the knowledge about how to market your site so that you get some traffic.  By getting visitors to your site, you can then sell your products or services, or make money online through advertising or affiliate links.

Don’t be intimidated by a lack of computer skills, either.  Some people actually rake in some dough without having their own websites by completing online surveys, starting accounts, and gathering email address lists.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Every now and then I’m still asked the question; “Is it worth it anymore to submit articles to article directories?”  My answer is still always “Yes!”  Here’s why; every now and then I will do a search for something and find that the number four listing is actually an article written and submitted to an article directory.  This can provide some traffic to your site for a particular keyword phrase.  Now imagine writing a separate article for every keyword phrase variation you can think of.  Most likely you would rank in the top five for those phrases also, and pick up additional web traffic.

Not only can the directories provide some traffic to your sites, they can also give you a valuable link back to your site by utilizing the resource box at the end of your article.  I’ve actually found a really good post that your should read in order to write a successful resource box.  You can find it here mgwaycorp.  This resource box makes the reader want to click through to your site.

Now not all article directories are created equally, in fact, Ezine Articles has the most prominence and respect from Google, although there are a few other powerhouses as well.  Here are my top five directories to submit articles to:

So when someone asks you if it’s still worth it to submit articles to article directories, tell them as long as articles are still ranking high in the search engines, the answer is yes.

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Domain ExtensionsWith .com being the universal worldwide internet extension, there’s little doubt that anything ending in .com is much more valuable than any of the other available extensions.  But is it necessary to have a .com extension to rank highly in the search engines?

Not anymore it doesn’t, I’ve seen some very high ranking sites using the .net extension, in fact, I own one myself that ranks highly.  By having a look at the search results for many popular terms or kewyord phrases, you’ll likely see the top ten listings mostly use the .com extension.  There is a reason for this.  Back in the mid to late ’90s when the Internet was just starting to take off, the only extension avaiable at that time was .com and since Google does weigh the age and maturity of a domain when deciding search engine listings, you’re more likely to see some aged websites which all naturally use this extension.

As far as SEO is considered, having a .info extension isn’t going to keep you off the front page of Google, what matters most is the link popularity you pointing towards your domain and your site.  So if that great domain name is taken with the .com extension, and most are, don’t hesitate to keep the same domain with a different extension.  It’s not the extension that determines whether the site will rank high, but rather the content of the site and the links coming back.

So don’t be afraid to register a certain extension because of it’s potential ranking set-backs because there are none.  Go ahead and register and get that site built.  Feel free to browse through this site for everything you need to know to monetize and get traffic to your website.

Targeted Website Traffic

Targeted Website Traffic

As a website owner or website administrator, one of the hardest things to achieve is getting relevant and many website visitors.  Getting traffic to your website is more of form of art than it is a formula.  You can rent email lists that are specifically targeted to your niche, however, with the over abundance of spam emails sent everyday, it’s unlikely that you’re message will even get read.

What do you do?  Well, there is always Google adwords.  This is highly targeted and specific to people searching on Google.  Let’s say you had a website about “red toy airplanes” for example.  You can sign up for a Google adwords account.  Create your little eye catching ad, and then choose what search terms your ad will appear.

Logically, you would want your ad to appear for the term “red toy airplane” so you would choose this as your targeted keywords.  Next comes the bidding process.  How bad you want your ad to appear first will determine how much you pay for every click your ad receives.  Let’s say it’s one dollar a click, and you received ten clicks from that ad to your website that day.  At a cost of ten dollars.

Another alternative is to promote your site in other ways to rank naturally for your specific set of keyword phrases.  This is where the jungle will eat you alive if you don’t know what you are doing.  Millions of people will sell you their secrets to ranking high within the search engines.  So many in fact, that you will go into information overload, and debt.

Stick with this site, on it you’ll find tips, tricks, and valuable methods for getting your site to the top of the search engines naturally, which will get you the same targeted website traffic as adwords, but without the cost.

StatCounter Website TrafficIn order to track whether or not your website is attracting more visitors you need to use some sort of visitor tracking, something that will keep track of the number of visitors and where they are coming from.  Enter StatCounter.  I use this utility on every single website I have.  What’s good for me is that I have one statcounter account, and when I log into this page, it gives me an instant summary of all my in real time.  The best thing about statcounter is it’s free and you can choose to run it anonymously. or in other words “in the background”, nothing visible on your site.  Very few free apps let you run something on your site without being visible.

There are other utilities that do a very good job and are also free, such as Google Analytics.  This is also a piece of code installed onto your website that runs anonymously in the background and provides a wealth of information about your visitors, such as what keywords they typed into what search engine to find you, what percentage of visitors come from different search engines.  This kind of information is invaluable when you are marketing or targeting your website to specific keywords.  It allows you to track what’s working and what’s not.

Go ahead and install both stacounter and Google analytics onto your site, especially if your site is brand new.  This will give you a good starting point in order to benchmark your progress.  I have both installed on all of my sites, however, I mostly look at statcounter because it provides a quick real time summary.  With Google, the stats are updated after approximately 24 hours.