Getting visitors to my site!

Wow, I’ve done (some) of the hard work and finally got another affiliate site underway. I’ve decided to be honest and open here, because lets face it, you’d be silly to copy a beginner affiliate!

The site in question is my new Driving Experience site, mydrivingexperiences.co.uk. It’s powered by feeds, but I’m getting the content re-written (both by myself and outsourced), and I’ve also created a wordpress theme for it myself, with custom post pages for the experiences, linking through a .htaccess redirect for the affiliate links.

However, despite the effort that has gone in so far, the site was actually getting MORE visits per day when I had the default feed (duplicate!) content there, than with my rewritten content. According to Google, it is indexed, just no one visits.

Speaking to a really friendly affiliate, Purple Martin (twitter.com/purple), he suggested that I change the title of each experience so that it stands more chance of ranking better, adding in “buy”, “compare”, “cheapest” etc., to differentiate myself from the much strong merchants sites above me. However, I’ve done that, and still seeing no difference, although it is only early days yet, with the changes being less than 48 hours old.

Once I’ve got the on-page SEO sorted, the off-page and regular content are next, but I just want to see some return for my work before I do more, even if it’s just a sale with £5 commission!! I’d even just be happy with Google sending a handful of fresh faces to visit each day, but at the moment, I just feel as though it’s completely blacklisted.

I think the next step is to start adding more content (more experience days), and then promoting them a little. Perhaps a competition?

Any readers have any thoughts? All will be gratefully received!

5 Responses to “Getting visitors to my site!”

  1. Jon Cook January 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    How long has the site been running for?

    I normally ignore my new sites for 6 months. If they get visitors all well and good but there is often an instant high rank when you launch then google shuffles you about before giving you a proper placement.

    Just keep plugging away with regular content and do some link building and you site will rise up the SERPS once again!

    • Richard January 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      Hi Jon, thanks for the comment. It’s been running now with the current content for about 6 weeks, although it’s been in google for about 3/4 months. I do plan on adding regular content, but it’s hard to be motivated when you don’t see any results :)

  2. Max January 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    I honestly get different results based on layout/structure of a site. One of my sites has been live for 6 months and I can’t get more than 800 visitors a month, even tho i’ve link built, others have started at 0 and within a month getting 300+ visitors a month with v. little work.

    • Richard January 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

      Cheers for the comment Max. Do you find that it depends on the niche too?

  3. KoKoArt May 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Richard, you are highly organized in your approach and am certain your chances for success are way higher than those people who have a million dollar ideas but never get off the couch an do something about it! It has been fun and educational to watch your process

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