Monday, April 28, 2008

Creating A Successful Homestead Mailing List

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Here is how I was able to create a successful Homestead Website mailing list

1) Turn your passion into useful content-I took something that I was passionate about and began to write daily tips that could be beneficial to others who had the same interests. I got a good friend involved to help with editing. I would write 5 days worth at a time and email them to her. She would edit them, send them back and I would create the daily email pages.

2) Work the online communities- Once I had about a months worth ready, I began to participate in communities where there were like minded people. I would attach links to my posts about my daily offerings and also send some IMs. I was careful to not be direct with my offer, I hate the word SPAM, especially when the letters are capitalized, in bold print, and pointing back at me. I found My Space to be a great place to attract some new sign-ups because they had 5 communities of people with the same interests as me.

3) Get your list of people involved
-Once my friends list grew to the point of about 50 people, I asked them all to send out some notices to their friends who may be interested in receiving the daily emails. All of this was happening before I knew anything about SEO (search engine optimization)

4) Learn about optimization-I purchased a book that I found in the The Homestead Connection Forum called SEO Building Blocks. This book is specifically designed to help Homestead users understand how to get better rankings in the SERPS ( search engines results pages). Traffic to my page increased from 1 visitor a day to 40 per day, in about 3 months. This traffic all comes from Google, Yahoo and MSN. Get the book, it is worth the small investment!

5) Design one important page promote- I created one page that had several key word phrases in it and began to apply what I had learned about optimizing a Homestead website. Within three months the page went to the top of the search engines results and I began to get several sign-ups a day.

6) Continued to add to the daily tips- While all this was happening, I continued to focus on writing the useful tips that every one was interested in.

I had no real knowledge or education about getting people to sign-up for a mailing list. I basically was following my heart and one of my passions in life. The Homestead newsletter feature is very easy to work with and, as always, the tech support is incredible. Answers about using the mailing list feature were very easy to get with a simple phone call. My current list to date is up to almost 800 recipients. Ocassionally, I will add in some Adsense to the daily mailers and make a few dollars which help with the cost of owning a website.
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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Traffic Homestead Website

7 Tips to increasing traffic to a homestead website

First I would like to say that it takes dedication to increase traffic to any website. One of the first things to learn is some basics for optimizing. There are many ways to increase traffic to a Homestead website, these are just a few suggestions.

By implementing these techniques in one day, I increase the traffic to my site from an average of 28 visitors to 156 each day. These types of statistics will not remain unless you continually put forth the effort to keep the numbers up. Once you have plenty of visitors it is a good idea to implement Adsense ( Adsense on Homestead Website?)

1) Yahoo Answers

Yahoo has a site set up where people interact by posting questions and getting answers. This is a great way to increase traffic to your Homestead website! Be careful how you approach this. They will close your account if you post too many URL (your website address) references. You just have to be very creative in how you mention your sites. It is fun to participate in the Yahoo Answers chat area. I get several visitors a day to my sites this way.

2) Craig's List

I increased traffic to my used guitar site by three times the normal amount in two days. The average visitors went from 56 per day to 165 per day. Along with the increase in traffic, I also had an increase in Adsense revenue. DO NOT abuse this website or they will ban your email address and IP address. Only post occasionally and follow their guidelines.

3) Post Comments In Forums

Find forums and post comments regularly, especially if the site has a high Google page rank. Attach links to your sites in the signature sections of your profile. I can't exactly say that my forum posts are always as interesting as this blog. A good title will get people to take a quick glance at your post and the links you have included below your signature will bring them to your site.

4) Comment On Blogs

I found several blogs that have high traffic flow. Most blogs will allow you to include the URL of your website. It gets linked to your name. The linked title is actually in large bold print. Apparently this is a way that blog owners attract people like us who want to create links everywhere to their blogs.

5) Optimizing Homestead Websites

It is very important to learn how to arrange your content using keywords and keyword phrases. This will make your pages more appealing to Google, Yahoo and MSN. There are several articles on this blog about Homestead websites that will teach you some valuable tips for optimizing.

6) Start A News Letter

Two years ago I began writing free youth devotions for a sight called Prayer For Youth. Today I have over 6000 subscribers that I email a devotion to everyday. This has brought a huge amount of daily traffic to the website. Aweber is the best email marketing company on the Internet.

7) Increase Traffic Using Youtube Videos

I have increased traffic Using Youtube to this blog by 100% in just two short months. Creating videos that people are attracted to will cause them to follow various links that you have posted inside of the "More Info" section of your description area.

Increasing traffic to a Homestead website is going to take an investment of your time. Not just time invested in building website pages, but also creating external links and studying SEO. Just be patient and eventually the visitors will increase. I think the search engines wait a while to see how active your site is going to be before they give you special treatment. Keep building links, study SEO for Homestead Websites and generate lots of content and videos. Do not get discouraged! It just takes some time for things to start taking off.


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