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Discussion in 'Social Networks' started by emirates777, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. #1
    I am a newbie (so apologies if this is the wrong place to post).
    SEMrush
    But I have been running a blog (via wordpress) - happytravel.blog. Basically my aim is to highlight cheap airfares from Australia to anywhere really.

    2 months in, interest has been ok. But I thought I would have generated more traffic (on average I get 150 page views, 30-40 unique visitors per day). I have tried 'everything' to promote - facebook, twitter, instagram, linkedin, pinterest - but its been very slow going to date (I even have a email subscription and facebook page)

    and yes I update my blog on daily basis - so content is not an issue.

    Be grateful for some advice/hints to boost traffic.
     
    emirates777, Mar 23, 2017 IP
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    seo_buzz Active Member

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    If you are getting 150 pageviews on average, that's quite a good progress in 2 months. Also I checked your blog and I noticed you haven't optimized your On page SEO issues (title, meta etc). If you do that, I am quite sure you will notice increase in your pageviews.
     
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    emirates777 Peon

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    thanks for the reply! Sorry to sound stupid, but how do I optimize my page on SEO?
    I do understand wordpress is quite restrictive in what I can do (unless I upgrade my plan), so not sure I can do this?
     
    emirates777, Mar 23, 2017 IP
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    seo_buzz Active Member

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    Its quite a simple process to do on page SEO for wordpress website. You have plugins like All in one SEO, Yoast SEO which will make your job easy.

    Also there is nothing stupid. You have only asked what you don't know.
     
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    konstant1998 Greenhorn

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    Hey
    There are web site builders that offer really good SEO optimization and a simple click and install wordpress feature. This has made it easy to increase traffic since your page ranking has greatly improved.
    sign up here and check it out https://www.webstarts.com/?aff=konstant
     
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    emirates777 Peon

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    Thanks again for the reply. So I looked into this SEO (sorry for sounding daft) but it appears i need a selfhosted wordpress blog site. Which would mean upgrading from my current wordpress site. Bugger!
     
    emirates777, Mar 23, 2017 IP
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    Sarah - Dufferin Media Greenhorn

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    #7
    Great start in a few months. With consistent effort the numbers will just increase.
    A few suggestions -
    Remove the "powered by wordpress footer"
    Add social media links to the template
    Change the Favicon to a custom logo
    Good luck!
     
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    we already allowed to Remove the "powered by wordpress footer" ?

    to add social media links, its better using addthis services or what?
     
    danielclass, Mar 26, 2017 IP
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    Anitasol Active Member

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    You don't need to do that. The basic steps you can take is adding keywords on your website content and adding meta descriptions and image alt attributes. For example, if you're posting updates on Qantas promo air fares, the content should have keywords like: Qantas promo fare, Qantas promo airfare, Qantas promo 2017, etc.

    Good luck!
     
    Anitasol, Mar 27, 2017 IP
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    You share post in social media with your blog niche groups and your pages .
     
    sabujdc, Mar 29, 2017 IP
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    emirates777 Peon

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    Another question. Whats more important to a poential advertiser? Visitor count or page views count?

    Whats a acceptable number for me to write to companies directly asking if they want to advertise on my site - or a sponsored post?
     
    emirates777, Apr 1, 2017 IP
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    qwikad.com Prominent Member Affiliate Manager

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    #13
    The two you mentioned are important. I'd also add time spent on the site per visitor. So it should look something like:

    Daily site visits: 2000

    Daily page views per visitor: 4

    Daily time on site: 3:50

    You can also add the bounce rate, but some advertisers may not know what that exactly is.
     
    qwikad.com, Apr 1, 2017 IP
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    dcristo Illustrious Member

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    You're in a hugely competitive niche.
     
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    emirates777 Peon

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    Totally understand this. But what I am offering is different. There isnt much that offer the same.

    So another question. If i want to approach companies directly what type of numbers do I need to present?. 20k/ views per month or more?
     
    emirates777, Apr 1, 2017 IP
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    dcristo Illustrious Member

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    What is your point of difference? Btw why are you using that godawful extension? Get a .com.
     
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    emirates777 Peon

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    Flight deals from australia to everywhere. Updated regularly across all airlines. I will even find flights for you. Dont think there is many blogs do what I am offering, especially from Australia.

    3 months in - Averaging 6k views & 1K visitors per month. Have email subscription list of 83 followers and facebook page with 164 followers - i think there is a demand for what I am offering.

    Hear you about the extension. Its on my list of things to do!
     
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    Are you kidding me? You are competing with the likes of WebJet, a publicly listed company.
     
    dcristo, Apr 1, 2017 IP
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    emirates777 Peon

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    Webjet is quite expensive though. You be silly to book airfares through them. Flight centre (also expensive) is much cheaper.
     
    emirates777, Apr 1, 2017 IP
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    It is all about marketing, trust and efficiency. You can't just compete on price.
     
    dcristo, Apr 1, 2017 IP