Getting more traffic to your blog seems to be quite easy. About three weeks ago I installed Semiologic Pro (SP) including the Semiologic Theme onto this blog.
At that time when I checked with SEO Quake, I had just 95 pages indexed in Google. Today I checked again and I see I now have 658 pages indexed…
You can check for yourself here.
Or of course if you have SEO Quake for FireFox you can use that too – that’s where I got the 658 and above URL from.
Now, there aren’t 658 pages of content on the site, but for some reason which I now put down to Semiologic Pro, Google has now paid attention to all my “tag” pages, all my “archive” pages, all my “category” pages and so on. Yes I do have the “canonical” variable set for all my pages, but it hasn’t stopped Google from indexing the tag pages etc.
I’ve noticed that SemioLogic Pro has changed the format of the tag pages and this is probably one of the reasons that they’re now being indexed. Example:-
For good measure, Google is also including a good few cloaked affiliate links (!!!) and some WordPress searches. In case you didn’t know, Google started including searches in its index a little while back by using keywords in form boxes and indexing the results.
What this all means is I’ve suddenly seen an increase in visitors from search traffic. It’s early days, but my estimate is somewhere between a third and a half as much more traffic as I was getting before I introduced Semiologic Pro to this site.
A 50% boost in traffic just for installing a new theme and plugins is pretty good don’t you think? It wasn’t hard to do.
More traffic means more subscribers and more sales, it’s inevitable. Knowing this has now given me an incentive to get my finger out and upgrade all my niche blogs.
Now I know that more traffic is something that you want, you’ve told me so. I asked earlier this year what the number one question was and the overriding response was “how do I get more traffic to my sites?”
I guess a related question that is probably driving that is “how do I make more sales?” or “how do I make more commissions?”
Okay, here’s the easy to do solution for your all your niche sites.
For #2, that’s what I’m now doing for all my sales sites, and I’ve set myself another task ahead to convert the ones that aren’t yet running under WordPress.
From what I can see, when you add SemioLogic WordPress becomes an extremely powerful platform that pulls in traffic. If you then combine it with the WP Affiliate Pages method you have a dynamite combination.
When you stop to think about this, people agonise over improving conversions, and do split testing in order to make more money. The concept is if you can improve your visitor to sales conversion ratio from 1% to 2% you’ve just given yourself a 100% pay rise.
Which is great.
The downside is it takes a lot of work.
You can achieve similar results by doubling the amount of traffic of course. And if you can do that with little effort – just by installing a new theme and plugin set – then it’s a far more effective way to spend your time.
(Of course there’s nothing to stop you from going ahead and split testing too if you have the time.)
I believe this is something you should go and do right away. I dithered over buying SemioLogic Pro for nearly 3 years as I was unsure of the benefits. Let’s face it, claims are often made that turn out to be hollow.
What tipped me over the edge was seeing some big name marketers converting their own sites to this platform. Now I’ve seen the results, I’m really glad I did it.
Finally, the nice touch with SLP is like my own products, it’s not a per-domain licence (I hate that), you can install it on as many domains as you personally own.
Three weeks on from making this post, and there are now 885 pages indexed in Google. I have to say I’m amazed and a little worried that it will all crash and burn, but I have faith in SLP and what it can do. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.