Does a big difference exist between a website and a blog. In some cases – yes. A website is often larger with static content; a blog is dynamic with shorter snippets of text. Both are very similar: blogs or websites are personal or corporate or used by non-profit or government. SEO or search engine optimization is similar and each provides information, opinion or both. Websites might be a storefront, blogs not as much. Both are hosted, though blogs are often free or inexpensive. Websites are larger and are often hosted by the company or third parties. Blogs – WordPress.com is an example – is hosted by WordPress at minimal cost to the blogger. Finally, websites are more likely to make money, whereas only the larger blogs will get a return on investment. Blogs can lead to book deals, if the content and topic is appropriate.
In either case, every blogger or website content writer wants to drive large numbers of visitors on a regular basis. The best blogs or sites have millions of visitors per month. Homepreneurs – by contrast – has a few to several thousand visitors per month. Listed below are the top 5 websites and their approximate number of visitors:
1) Google.com – 185,000,000 monthly visits
2) YouTube.com – 160,000,000 monthly visits
3) Facebook.com – 150,000,000 monthly visits
4) Amazon.com – 100,000,000 monthly visits
5) Yahoo.com – 95,000,000 monthly visits
Each is in a different industry and provides a different service or function. Yes, Yahoo and Google are both search engines, but Google provides many additional services such as online Office, calendar, and analytics. Yahoo has instant messaging, financial, and news reporting. All are major players in their market niche.
While no one can guarantee millions – or even thousands – of visits to your site each month, here are five popular ideas that may drive greater traffic to your site and/or blog:
1) Celebrity fascination – people love to know the latest about their favorite television, movie or music personality. A good place to find trendy ideas is to look at the current trends on Twitter
2) Holidays – shopping, decorations, gift ideas, travel locations and costs, holidays are always popular. Blogging or dedicating a site to holidays almost guarantees a visitor base
3) Breaking news – good or bad, people want to know. Is it the weather, hurricane Sandy or the shooting in Newtown, CT? People have a need to know and will seek out sites that carry relevant news topics
4) Hot content – pictures and captioned info graphics are currently the rage. Porn is a draw too, though the completion is fierce. Be unique in what you present and don’t vary from your base blog or website idea.
5) Be controversial – an opposing opinion or commentary will likely draw many people, whether they agree or disagree. Be careful here – stay true to your blog/site’s theme and don’t write about controversial topics just to draw traffic.
Of course, simply writing about an issue or topic won’t bring the big traffic. You’ll need to focus on a particular niche and promote your work, whether with social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn) or microblogs (Twitter, Tumblr).
By Dion D. Shaw
Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
Homepreneurs. New Day. New Opportunity.
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