How To Promote Your Website

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Andy Crestodina
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Sometimes, promoting a website seems like a big job made up of a thousand little things. That’s because it is. Overwhelmed? We all are. So let’s take a minute or two and put things in perspective.

Here’s how to promote your website: a summary of everything all at once, all in one place.

how to promote your website

The top of this chart shows the things we do as web marketers when promoting our websites. Ultimately, our job is to do three things:

  • Create content
  • Promote content
  • Measure results

Below it is a funnel that shows what our audience and visitors do.

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”  Henry Ford had the right idea. So let’s break down each step in website promotion and add some links to useful resources.

Content Strategy

This is your plan. Let’s assume you already know who you are, your goals, and your place in the market. Assuming you already have a blog, newsletter template, email list, analytics, and a website designed to convert, here are the content strategy basics:

  • Audience: who are they, where are they, what do they care about?
  • Topics and Tone: how can you help them, how should it sound, how long should it be?
  • Resources: where will content come from, who will publish and how often?

Content Development

It starts with web pages. This is your most important and visible stuff, often called “cornerstone” or “evergreen” content. Next come your blog posts and newsletters. This is your ongoing published content, and it includes guest posts on other sites, guests on your site, and earned media (PR). Don’t forget media, such as video and audio. Finally, consider “big content” such as ebooks, infographics, white papers, research, industry surveys, etc.

This is often listed as the number one challenge for promoting websites. Don’t panic. Start with baby steps, and focus on efficiency.

Search Engine Optimization

Ranking in search engines is a great way to create awareness and fill the top of the funnel. If you’re good at search engine promotion, your traffic from search might look like this:

How to promote your website

 

Search marketing can be very slow, but eventually, it can lead to a long, steady line or curve upward.

Assuming the website doesn’t have any technical flaws causing trouble, there are three main activities for promoting a website in search engines:

  • Keyphrase Research: Selecting keywords that visitors will use and Google will like. Useful: What to write. How to rank.
  • On-Page Keyword Usage: Putting those keywords in the right places the right number of times. Useful: On Page SEO Checklist
  • Link Building: Building up the trust and authority of your site by encouraging other sites to link to you (like guest blogging, for example). Useful: How to Guest Blog Like a Champion

Social Media Marketing

Social media is a way to grow interest in your website. It can drive traffic and awareness at the top of the funnel, but also to strengthen the middle of the funnel. If you’re good at social media, your social traffic might look like this:

How to promote your website

Traffic from social sources might have lots of ups and downs, but it’s consistent over the long run.

  • Content Promotion: Promoting your content directly on social networks and targeted sharing. Useful: 33 Ways to Promote Your Content
  • Research: Finding useful people and partners – host blogs’ editors, journalists, influencers, and prospects. Also, listening for topics and mentions of your brand.
  • Online Networking: Conversation, relationship building, and promoting others’ content. Useful: 4 Step Guide to Creating Superfans

Email Marketing

This is a super powerful way to promote a website and especially useful at keeping in touch with people who are already aware of you. They’re in the middle of the funnel, and email helps to keep them interested and considering your brand. If you’re active in email marketing, traffic from these campaigns will look like this in your Analytics:

How to promote your website

If links are tracked properly, traffic from email will be segmented in your Analytics …like a heartbeat.

  • List Growth: Building an ever-growing list of interested subscribers. Useful: Email Signup Forms
  • Subject Lines, Teaser Text, Calls to Action: Subscribers open the email when the subject line is compelling (short, descriptive subject lines are generally good). They click when the teaser text and call to action are compelling.
  • Timing: Try sending emails at different times of day (mornings are generally good) and different days of the week (try sending on the weekend). Use A/B testing if your email marketing program makes this easy. Useful: Email Marketing Presentation from Wine and Web (slides 34-38)

Analytics

As you can see, we’ve been measuring things all along. Make sure that goals are set up so you can see how many visitors become leads and subscribers. Also be sure that filters are set up so traffic from your office isn’t affecting your stats.

  • Trends: Are visits from the various traffic sources going up? Are leads and subscribers going up?
  • Retro Keyword Design: Find pages that are already ranking for phrases, then edit those pages to better indicate their relevance for the phrase. Useful: Keyword Design Poker: the fastest way to increase traffic.
  • Tracking:  Are you tracking your email marketing or social campaigns? Use the Google URL Builder to see how effective your marketing is on pageviews, visits, and conversions. Useful: 5 Email Marketing Secrets

Wait. What about advertising? We’re focused on content marketing here, not advertising. There are many ways to promote your website by buying traffic, but they are generally more expensive and less effective.

That’s it! That’s everything you need to know to drive traffic and promote your website. I realize this was a long post, but we hope that this breakdown makes it all seem easier. Remember, baby steps!

If you’d like to add anything (or complain that this was just another overwhelming to-do list) let us know with a comment below!

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  • Bookmarked!! 🙂

    • @belllindsay Thanks, Lindsay! This is kind of a reference post. I’ll probably keep updating this as time goes on and I find/write more resources. If there are relevant posts on SpinSucks that would improve this, let me know!

  • good stuff, andy!

    • @Hans Lushina Thanks, Hans. Remember when we did that “retro keyword design” trick for Bioelements? You’re still ranking on page one for “sensitive skin care” 🙂

  • Nice primer and in plain (non-geek) English. Very helpful for new businesses and always a good way to reinforce your tactics & approaches.

    • @joeldon Thank you, Joel! I think it’s helpful to avoid jargon and use plain English. 
       
      You’re so generous in sharing these posts. Is there something I can do for you?

      • @crestodina Thanks Andy.  I admire your work and bizdev strategies, plus your ideas and suggestions will be especially helpful in my new role as a CM.

  • Thanks Andy. You live what you preach. Your content is always relevant and expertly crafted. The email newsletters and blog posts might be the only agency source I look forward to regularly. Always valuable info. Thanks!

    • @dwboersma We work really hard to keep things as practical and simple as possible. Honestly, this was a post where I started to worry that it would be too much. But so far the feedback has been good.
       
      If there are any topics you’d like for us to cover, just let me know!

  • Is the social media graph a report from GA?
    Going to keep this as a “recipe card” in my marketing playbook. Well said Andy.

    • @louf Yes, those are all GA reports, although you may know, social traffic is a bit tricky to measure in Google Analytics. 
       
      Did you know that if you tweet with a link and someone clicks it from a Twitter app, it’s considered direct traffic. If they click from Twitter.com, it’s referral traffic. Strange, right?

      • @crestodina shut up! really?

        • @louf Yes, it’s true. Unless you add campaign tracking code to all your tweets, social traffic is very difficult to segment. I’m thinking about writing an article called “101 Ways Your Analytics Are Wrong” 🙂

  • You are very informative & I appreciate the content of your Blog. Thanks! @crestodina

  • Thanks! Very informative. Me & my wife just started an online business and the info you provide is helpful.

    • @starwarsdeals My hope was that seeing everything in one place would make it seem less intimidating. I’m glad if it worked! I may keep adding to this post as time goes on. 
       
      If you’d like more how-to info and details on all of these topics, the “Content Chemistry” book is coming out soon. If you drop off an email address here, we’ll write to you when it’s finally printed!
      https://www.orbitmedia.com/contentchemistry

  • Thank you for sharing the core advice in promoting any website!

  • Thank you for this article, it is very informational and I learned a great deal of information especially when you talked about content development and blogs how they can help a website..

    Thank you

  • Definitely things to keep in mind! There isn’t a single way to be able to market, it is a bunch of little things that we need to do. Content, link building, and more should all be done-something you’ve mentioned!

  • Check this out also: http://www.wrangle.in/topic/augodxdbnmlm/5-free-ways-to-promote-your-website

  • Very Nice and Crisp information. I must say that even though this is not an exhaustive list but its definitely a good start.

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    The site gives the opportunity to acquire high quality links and traffic for your website
     
    Als you can make money online in real time.

  • Very nice article indeed!
    Thanks Andy

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  • very good article thanks for sharing

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  • Andy Crestodina Nice post. You mentioned great points for promoting websites. Seo and Social media best way to promote sites and products. One point I mention which is Live Chat. When visitors visit your website, the live chat team answer all visitors questions and tell them all about your services or products.

    • Live chat might answer visitors questions, but I don’t think it will affect traffic. Some actions affect the number of visitors and other affect the conversion rates. This post was mostly about driving traffic. Thanks for the comment, Adam!

  • wow.. such a great and helpful article.
    Its more than a year old article but still on the top of the first page of gogle.
    well, thanks a lot for lot of info.
    roys

  • Thank you very much, looking for something similar and found well written on this blog.

  • Appreciating the time and effort you put into your blog and in depth information you present. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the
    same unwanted rehashed information. Excellent read! Bookmarked.

  • Andy,
    I thought you used to say always have a product to sell. Have you changed your position on that? And I thought you used to have a downloadable marketing booklet for sale on your site didn’t you? I am interested in what you think about that now unless you feel that just representing your companies services is sufficient. Thanks for such great information. Your site is really impressive.
    Susan Fox
    gagasgarden.

    • Hello, Susan.

      I don’t think I was the one who recommended having a product to sell. There are many ways to connect content to revenue separate from products. For us, it’s about lead generation.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the site! If there’s ever a topic that you’d like to learn more about, just let me know and we’ll write about it…

  • I’m no expert but I am of the view that relationship building is the key to success in internet marketing, much like the case in traditional forms of marketing – particularly given the exponentially increasing amount of information on the net. In this context, email marketing would be an appropriate medium for the message.

    • I completely agree. I’ve often said, “If you’re not making friends, you’re doing it wrong”

      Thanks for the comment, Gavin.

  • It wasn’t just another overwhelming to-do list! It was really nice experience to read your article. Why? Because it’s full of useful knowledge in a short form. Thanks for so many links to interesting content. I’m sure I’ll use it to

    You wrote about three things to do:
    1. Create content
    2. Promote content
    3. Measure results

    I would like to add to this list one more point:

    4. Draw conclusion to do things better.

    Paulina from PressPad

 
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