Tag Archives: search engine optimization

Check Number of Website Visitors / Traffic for Free

In SEO, it is wise to know your site’s traffic as well as your competitors which is why it is important to know how to check how much traffic a website gets. There are paid tools out but I like free better. If you really want to know how to find out the traffic of a website, all you need is some creative thinking.

There are many ways to do it but my two favorite ways to see how much traffic a website gets are…

1. SEMRush

My favorite, no need to sign-up and the data you get is just awesome. How to check how many visitors a website gets with SEMRush is as simple as plugging in the site’s domain and gives you loads of data such as traffic volume, keywords, search engine rankings, backlinks and even advertising information.

Test out SEMRush by typing in a site’s URL below:

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “https://www.berush.com/static/berush/js/remote.js”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, “script”, “berush-widget”));

Go ahead and check how much traffic a website gets – especially those that are in your niche.

2. Total Number of Site Comments

If a site is using WordPress then one creative way to see how much traffic a site gets is to post a comment. It’s not 100% accurate but it’ll give you an idea. A typical website will get about 1 comment every 250 visitors. So how do you know how many comments a website has? Simple, post a comment. WordPress sites will typically redirect you to a URL similar to the following when you post a comment:

http://www.somesite.com/some-post#comment-123456

The part where it says #comment-123456 means you’re the 123,456th commenter on the site.

Note: If a site’s got some fancy javascript coding so that it doesn’t redirect you, all you need to do is to view the source code by right-clicking on your name and clicking “Inspect” (on Google Chrome). You should see HTML code where it says <div id=”comment-123456″>.

Then remove estimated spam comments which is about 75%. So 123456*(1-.75) = 30,864 real comments.

Lastly, divide that by our 1:250 comment to traffic ratio and you get the estimated total traffic the site has received. The final formula is:

( number_of_comment * ( 1 – .75 ) ) / ( 1 / 250 )

So if you’re commenter number 123,456, then we have

( 123,456 * ( 1 – .75 ) ) / ( 1 / 250 ) = 7,716,000 total website traffic

Did that you give a headache? Just stick to SEMRush to check how much traffic a website gets then.

Now you know how to check how much traffic a website gets and you also know how to check how many visitors my website gets (shame on me for what you’ll see).

But then why do you need to know how to check number of visitors to a website. There could be a myriad of reasons. It could just be for SEO, fun, it could be to check the competition so you can rank higher or simply to see if the niche your targeting is worth your time. Enjoy and check how much traffic a website gets.

 

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How to Add Your Website to Google and Other Search Engines

You’ve built your website. It’s a perfect and awesome blog and you want the whole world to see it. How do you do it? How do you add your website to Google and other search engines so all the web can see?

It used to be complicated but good news for you search engines are a lot smarter now then they used to be.

First you must understand how search engines find your website. They find your site through links. Search engines have little programs called “robots” or “crawlers” that go from website to website “indexing” fresh content 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They don’t rest and their purpose in life is to find more websites to process.

The question therefore is how do you make sure that these robots find you? Here are my five main techniques:

  1. I ask other websites, usually friends with websites already “found” by the search engines, to link to my new website.
  2. I link to my new website from my old websites. This only works if you have old websites of course.
  3. I create a short video my new website, upload it to you YouTube and make sure that the video’s description has a link that points to my website.
  4. I look for blogs with topics related to what my site is about and post useful relevant comments on their blog posts.
  5. I talk about my new site on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, etc.

These are the basics. The idea is the more sites linking to your new website, the faster the search engines will find you.

Of course you’d also want your site to “rank” for keywords that match your new site’s topic. To do that you’ll need to do some keyword research which is another beast of its own.

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Did Social Media Kill SEO?

Back in the day, the number one source of traffic to a website is the search engine. The goal was to be ranked on the first page of Google, Yahoo and MSN (yeah, not yet Bing back then) and if you’re site was not on the first page for your target keywords then you’re not going to get much traffic (a.k.a. you’re screwed).

Fast forward a decade and we see Social Media gaining more popularity to such a point that some popular marketers are starting to experiment on ditching SEO altogether and just focus on SMO or Social Media Optimization. The argument being more people are relying on Social Media for information nowadays.

Heck, even Google started Google+ which many of see as Google accepting the fact that social media is not to be ignored.

Here’s a cool info graphic by MDG Advertising that highlights the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Infographic by MDG Advertising

Based on the infographic above, it seems that social media is good for brand awareness and interacting with people but search is still best if you want people to “take action” such as in lead generation and sales.

What do you think? Are you spending time to both SEO and SMO and follow the double-team advise? Or will focus more on one over the other? If so which one? Share your thoughts and let us know what you think.

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