How to Set up a Simple Website - Getting Traffic to Your Website
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Once you have your website online, you need to get people to your website. There are a variety of different ways of doing this. The first thing you should do is submit your website to the major search engines, mainly Yahoo, Google, and MSN. You should also submit your site to DMOZ, which is a free, open directory. Submitting your website to search engines and directories is free, and it's very important, but you will not get instant traffic from them. It often takes months before your website gets listed in a search engine or directory.
I personally use Google AdWords to generate traffic to my website, but it can get a bit expensive. If you do use AdWords, make sure to set your daily spending limit at a price which you can afford. AdWords can be an effective tool for bringing in targeted traffic.
Another way to generate traffic is by link exchanges, or by placing links to your site in forums and articles. Link exchanges work by placing another website's link on your website, and in turn they place a link to your site on their website. This technique will not generate a ton of traffic, but it should bring in some visitors to your site. Writing articles in forums and article directories is very time-consuming, but it can pay off by getting your website link out into cyber space.
There are a variety of other ways to generate traffic to your website, but that is beyond the scope of this article. If you explore our companion site, SEO Chat, you will find many articles devoted to exactly this topic. I just wanted to lay down the ground work on how to create a simple website for beginners. Hopefully you have gained some insight into how basic website development works.
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