Business

10 Proven Ways to Get More Traffic to Your Site!

August 22, 2016
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The response that I got from my blog post: Passive Income: My Secrets to Making Money From Home was out of this world! I was surprised to see how much people were interested in this topic and many of you asked for a follow-up post on how to get more traffic to your site. Of course, the more traffic you have, the more passive income you will be able to make in a short amount of time. So here are 10 proven ways of getting more traffic to your blog or website!

 

1. Study Your Analytics and Make The Proper Adjustments

If you want to generate more traffic, you have to study your current traffic to learn what you are doing right or wrong, and see where you can improve. I use Google Analytics to do this. Some important things to look at are your bounce rate and user demographics. The bounce rate will tell you the percentage of people who leave your site after just viewing one page. If you have a really high bounce rate, like 85%, then there’s a problem. You have to ask yourself, why is everyone leaving my site? Is it boring? Uninteresting? What other links can I add? How can I make it more user-friendly? etc.  The user demographics will tell you what type of people usually come to your site. For example, my site usually sees women ages 18-35. I’m not going to cater to little girls but I am going to focus in on the target audience that I already have so that I don’t push them away. You can also run experiments through Google Analytics. This program has many other awesome features but I will cover them more in depth on my Youtube Channel soon.

 

2. Start a Mailing List

To gain more traffic, you want to make sure that a majority of your visitors are not just new visitors, but returning visitors. If you have a lot of committed visitors plus new visitors, then you’re doing something right. A way to get people returning to your site is by having a mailing list. What if someone stumbles on your website through a google search engine but they’ve never heard of you before in their life? You may provide the answer that they are looking for… but if you don’t get them to sign-up for your mailing list, they may leave and never come back! My favorite mailing list program is MailChimp and you can sign-up for free! When people sign up for your mailing list, they get automatic updates when you post new blogs! I recommend offering them something in return for signing-up … like a free e-book. I will also be doing tutorials on setting up your MailChimp RSS feed, designing your newsletter and more on my Youtube Channel so don’t miss out!

 

3. Draw people in with great visuals!

Pictures are everything! Sometimes people don’t even read our titles and descriptions, they just look straight at the picture and that determines whether or not they will look further into our links and posts. Use captivating and bright images to gain more traffic. One of my favorite websites to purchase royalty free stock photos is Fotolia.com. Every month I just pay $25 for the cheapest package and I can usually download about 5-10 good quality images depending on the size! I use these images for blog posts, book covers, newsletters, social media graphics, etc.

 

4. Create Quality Content

What is your website about? Does it have good information? What do you have to offer that others don’t? How helpful is your website? Your traffic will vary depending on the content as well as the content quality. If you start a website about money, a lot of people may come at first because people are greedy and love money. But if you don’t know what you’re talking about and can’t add value to the persons life, they won’t come back and they won’t be inclined to share your content with anyone. Quality content is golden and people don’t want to miss out. When you have true quality content, people will find ways to subscribe without you having to ask. They will track you down and they will feel guilty if they don’t share your page with others! Let your content do the work for you!

 

5. Attract Readers with a Good Title

Don’t just give your post any name! Put yourself in your readers’ shoes. Give your post a title that you couldn’t help but click immediately! In terms of blogging, people generally like titles that includes lists, also, be specific. For example, instead of saying, What I Like to Eat (boring), you can say, 5 Crazy Foods You Wouldn’t Believe I Eat! (dramatic but fun). Also, don’t make a list for every post, only where it fits. This isn’t a formula, use your discernment and don’t go overboard. You definitely don’t want to be or look desperate for views!

 

6. Create a Consistent Posting Schedule

This is a fast paced world. You may have posted a viral blog 5 months ago, but if you haven’t posted in between that time and now, the fire has burned out honey. Feed the fire while it’s hot. The way you do that is by developing a consistent posting schedule. When you are consistent, your readers begin to trust you and look forward to your posting days. I’m not going to lie! This has probably been one of my hardest areas, but I’m working on it because I have seen the benefits of being more consistent with my site. Having things in place ahead of time will help with the consistency because you’re not digging for ideas last minute and just putting anything out there. For example, I have about 3 blog posts ready right now that I can launch at any moment! Stay ahead of your schedule, not on it!

 

7. Brand Everything with Your Website

My website is everywhere. Everything I touch has my website on it. My books, my youtube videos, my social media accounts, my emails, my business cards, chat rooms, forums, everything. Be bold, stop being ashamed. Leave your website url in different places so that you’re not always actively having to promote it. People will stumble on your website through various sources as you continue on in life.

 

8. Learn Search Engine Optimization (SEO) & Use Keywords

My website is optimized for the search engines because I always add the proper meta tags and keywords behind every blog post. This is how my posts are able to rank high on the various search engines, like Google. Keywords are words or phrases that describe your content. The search engines use your keywords to provide results for their users based off of their search queries.

For example, someone may log on to google one day and type in: “How do I get over my breakup.”

If I ever wrote a blog post about getting over a break, I would use a meta tag to enter in keywords like this: bad, breakup, how, get, over, help, me, sad, depression, wisdom, guidance

Google would do a search and the fact that 4 of my keywords match this users’ query, there is a good chance that my blog post may show up in the first few pages for this search.

 

9. Post on Social Media

This is probably one of the easiest things you can do to increase website traffic. Post on social media when you have new content on your site! Don’t just expect everyone to come to you. People are so busy with their lives, more often than not, they are not thinking about us and our websites. Help them find you!

 

10. Post on other blogging or forum sites

Gosh there are so many networking sites that people already go on to interact and discuss specific topics. Become a freelance writer for other sites, share your content and post on different forums, join in on the conversation and always link people back to your website! If you want to become a good blogger, realize that it is a community. It’s not just about you posting blogs and wanting traffic. Get involved. Comment on other people’s websites. Ask questions, learn, grown, experiment, create, collaborate, have fun!

 

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I know this was a pretty long blog post but I hope that it was both helpful and informative. Once you start building more traffic, you will begin to see the benefits of passive income. Happy blogging!

 

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What I LOVE about being a Stay-at-home Mommy & Wife!

August 19, 2016
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A lot of people look down at stay-at-home mommies but I think it’s such a great sacrifice to make! Now, this is not to say that anyone who isn’t a SAHM is bad… there are pros & cons to every journey and every family dynamic is different. Today I just want to highlight what I LOVE about being a SAHM for those who have been turned off by the negative stigma. I don’t view my portion as tasks “I have to” check off a list, but as opportunities I get to experience! So let’s begin!

 

 

1. I have to get to be present and active

I love that I get to be there for my family, like actually be there! I’m not always away on a business trip and sometimes it’s best to just put the phone away and be present in the moment. Being a SAHM may cut you off from a lot of communication that you otherwise may have had if you weren’t at home and I absolutely love that part of it! We need to be cut off from some things and redirect our focus to where it really matters. I still have many contacts since I run my own business, but I have the power to set my own hours, turn off my phone, and decline work.

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We took this day off to go to the Georgia Aquarium : – )

 

 

2. I have to get to HELP my husband

According to the bible in Genesis 2:18, “The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” This is the reason why the Lord put us women here! First and foremost, as a wife, I know that my purpose is to HELP my husband as we work towards our vision together. If I’m never helping him but always helping myself, then why are we married? Things like cooking, cleaning, and taking care of our baby gives my husband energy, peace, and encouragement to work as unto the Lord and push us closer towards the vision.

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Young love <3

 

 

3. I have to get to cook healthy meals for my family

I want my family to be around for years to come. That’s why I try to limit spending money on fast food and make home cooked meals a majority of the time. With a fast paced life, it can be more tempting to cut corners and disregard the health of your family. When things are a little more slow paced, you have more time to prepare well thought out meals and put your best plate forward for your family! *By the way, I have a great respect for those women who still work a full-time job and find time to make home cooked meals for their family, you the real MVP!

 

 

4. I have to get to save my family money

We save on so many expenses we would’ve otherwise had! We get to use this money and put it towards other things, like vacations! We don’t have to pay for daycare because I watch our baby. Like I mentioned before, my husband doesn’t have to eat out for lunch because I make our lunches from home. We save on gas because he’s the only one driving on a daily basis. Plus I’m able to work my business from home so not only are we able to save money, but we’re not losing any money either! I blog about making passive income –> HERE <–.

For my husband’s birthday I surprised him with a cruise to the Bahamas! Here were on our connecting flight to Miami.

 

 

5. I have to get to protect my child

I’m literally with my baby 98% of the time. For the other two percent, I know exactly where she is, with who, and it’s for a very short amount of time… like if I’m in church, I’ll leave her in the nursery or if we go on a date night I’ll leave her with someone I trust. I know it may sound a little extreme to some, but my baby needs me, after God, it is my responsibility to protect my child, watch over her and keep her from harms way. Evelyn picks up every little thing and puts it in her mouth. If I turn my head for a second, she’s into trouble, but this is the sacrifice I choose to make as a mom. Not only that, I guard what she watches, listens to, everything. She’s too young to guard her heart right now so it’s my responsibility to do it for her. The bible says in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” You’d be surprised at how ratchet some of them nursery rhymes can be! I don’t play!

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I love watching her sleep. She’s safe in my arms : – )

 

 

6. I have to get to be flexible

I don’t fix my family time around my work, I fix my work around my family. After God, my family is my #1 priority in life. My priority is to spend time with Him and them. My whole motivation for building streams of passive income is so that in turn I can have more time to spend with them. I don’t just work to work, but I want to make sure all of our current AND future needs are met and those needs include, quality time.

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Us exploring a beautiful creek together : – )

 

 

7. I have to get to pursue my dreams

My family is my dream… so I’m actually living it, but by God’s grace I get to pursue them more and more everyday by serving them. When I was a little girl, all I ever wanted was a family of my own, to nurture and to cherish and I’m blown away that God allowed me to begin this amazing journey at the tender age of 20. He is so faithful.

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Evelyn’s First Christmas <3

 

If you desire to have a family of your own one day, don’t give up hope. Know that it’s an honorable desire to have. When God places a desire and a promise in your heart, trust and believe that He will make a way for it to happen. Lay those cares at His feet, and overall, put Him first. I’m praying for you & I love you.

*P.S. – My family and I share our lives through vlogging on The Roberts Tv. If you want to follow our journey, go here to subscribe! ; – )

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Passive Income: My Secrets to Making Money from Home!

August 15, 2016
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I love being a stay-at-home mommy and wife!!! But I don’t just sit around all day! I believe that if more believers educated themselves concerning multiple streams of income, we could do more for God’s Kingdom! Passive income is money that can be made while you are sleeping or out doing what God called you to do. You can also build passive income while at a full time job. If you feel led, during your free time, look into building a system that will work for you. Then, if God ever calls you out of your job, He could use that as a way to support you. Once you build the foundation for a strong passive income source, you just let it do it’s thing and you reap the benefits thereafter. So here are 7 different ways I make passive income from home!

 

1. My Online Business

I have a publishing business that I work from home like I mentioned earlier. The website is http://www.IAMIMAGE.com. The active part is the publishing process. After the books are published, the passive part kicks in because I get monthly royalty payments for all books published through my company.

2. My Books

Outside of my company and the authors I work with, I’ve written my own books: Before Saying “Yes” to the Ring, Young & Living for God, The One Revealed, and To The Promised Land. I still make income online from even my first book that I published three years ago!

3. Brand Deals & Promotions

I do business with brands that I support and believe in and I get paid to share their products! Not only that, but they give me their products for free! I can either do product reviews on my Youtube channel (The Roberts Tv) or on Instagram (@KarolyneRoberts). One of my favorite websites to find brand deals is famebit.com where you can sign up as a content creator!

4. Advertisements & Traffic

I use Google Adsense to place ads on my blogs and YouTube channels. I get paid for every advertisement that is watched or clicked!

5. Referrals & Affiliate Links

Almost every company I do business with has an affiliate program! An affiliate program is a program that you join in order to get money back for every customer you refer.

For example, if you need a good host for web design, I recommend Bluehost. You can click my affiliate link –>HERE<– to sign up and they will give me $65! Thank you in advance 😉 Lol

6. Online Webinars

I used to do online self-publishing webinars that people would pay for once and then it was over! Then months later, I would have to do it all over again and try to find new people. Now I have a paid youtube channel HERE were people can subscribe to at any time and pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee. I don’t have to keep promoting webinars or doing the same videos all over again because it’s all on that channel and the content just keeps building and building. On that channel I teach self-publishing, marketing, promotion–basically everything I know and you get a free 14-day trial!

7. My Paypal Business MasterCard

I love paying for stuff using my Paypal debit card. The good thing about it is, every month I get 1% cash back based off of what I spent. It really comes in handy and the cash back is sooo sweet. So If I spend $1,000 one month, I’ll get $10 back! It may not seem like a lot but sometimes it really is a sweet surprise!

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The point of making passive income is not to be lazy or some “get rich scheme”. I choose to be strategic and build passive income streams NOW so that later I can have more and more time to spend with my family and invest in the things that really matter to me, such as living out my purpose!

I hope this post was helpful! Please let me know if you have different tips and ways that you make passive income! I would love to hear. : – )

 

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