Generate 416 Unique Visitors to Your Website in ONE Day, Free!
© 2000, by Harmony Major
In only one day, I had over 400 new visitors clamoring their way
into my website. I didn't use spam, it wasn't through ezine
advertising, and it didn't cost me anything -- not one thin dime.
So how did I do it? What was the FREE, "secret" technique that I
used to start a virtual avalanche of unique visitors to my new
website? I'll tell you...
I got HomeBasedHeaven.com a NUMBER ONE listing on Yahoo!, the
most popular and well-trafficked searchable directory online.
My traffic literally exploded by 400+ new visitors less than
24 hours after my new site's listing first appeared.
Here are a few tips for getting YOUR site listed on Yahoo:
1. OPTIMIZE YOUR WEBSITE FOR THE DIRECTORY.
You know the routine. No dead links, no "under construction"
signs, no poorly-designed websites, etc. They're all pretty much
common sense details, but they're IMPORTANT details that you
definitely need to pay attention to. Yahoo! isn't going to list
sites that look like they've been designed by third-graders, so
your site needs to be in tip-top shape.
2. CHOOSE THE MOST APPROPRIATE CATEGORY.
Again, common sense. Choose the most specific category furthest
from the top level category to make Yahoo! reviewers happy. The
more work you make for them, the less likely it is that they'll
approve your site submission.
And, despite what most online marketers are saying about listing
your category in the same one as your competitors, that's NOT the
best way to go. Why? Just because a competing site is listed in a
category doesn't mean YOUR site should be. Start from the topmost
category relevant to your site (i.e. Business and Economy), and
work your way down.
3. CHOOSE *ANOTHER* CATEGORY
If Yahoo! gives you a chance to suggest your site in more than
one category, you'd bloody well better take advantage! Do you
know how much traffic one listing in Yahoo! can give you? Yes?
Then you know how important it is to MAXIMIZE on that traffic.
Choose another highly-relevant category and suggest that one
too, when their submission form asks for it. Getting listed in
two categories can mean several hundred more visitors for you!
4. SUBMIT YOUR SITE TO YAHOO.
They say they give you 25 words for your site's description, but
if you submit that many, your description is DEFINITELY getting
chopped down. You don't want to risk important keywords being
dropped from your listing, so 12-15 words is the absolute MAXIMUM
you should submit in your description. Anything more than that,
and you should trash your description, and write a better one.
If YOU don't, THEY will.
5. PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE. NOW, WE WAIT.
Now that you've gone through the blood pressure raising process
of meticulously submitting your site to Yahoo!, here comes the
hard part. Waiting. You'll know when (or if) your site gets
accepted into the directory, because you'll get an e-mail letting
you know the category you were accepted into.
If you get listed, your site will be at the top of its category
in the "what's new" section for the first 2-3 days. It won't be
added into the searchable database until a few days after it has
been accepted. But, if worse comes to worst...
6. IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED, TRY, TRY AGAIN.
Very few sites make it in on their first try, and that's not an
accident. Few sites make it on their first try because they
simply haven't followed the instructions well, their site was
never looked at (probably because of a poorly worded listing), or
their site wasn't of the high quality that Yahoo! expects.
In any case, be persistent, and submit your site again. You can
resubmit every 2-3 weeks (to the same category) without being
penalized for spamming, according to Yahoo! editors themselves.
So, make the most of that opportunity, and keep submitting your
site until you get in.
NOTE: If you haven't gotten listed by the 3rd or 4th time you
submit your site, there's obviously something wrong with it.
Improve it before you bombard Yahoo! with resubmissions, and
you'll greatly improve your chances of getting listed.
However, if you KNOW you have a top-notch site and you still
haven't gotten it listed yet, try sending an e-mail to
email@example.com. Include the date you last submitted,
the category you submitted to, and your site title and URL. If
you haven't heard back from them after 7-10 days, optimize your
site and start submitting again!
7. REMEMBER ... PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE! DON'T GIVE UP.
My website was accepted into Yahoo! after the second submission,
and e-mailing URL support. It was listed #1 for three search
terms, and on the first page of search results for a few others.
Do a search for "home-based jobs" on Yahoo!, and my first site,
(Home-Based Heaven) will come up #1.
Within 24 hours, I had over 400 unique visitors to my website
from a number one listing in the directory. Sure, a listing on
Yahoo! is good, but a number one listing is better! Good luck.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Harmony Major is the author of Yahoo! Secrets, where she reveals
how YOU can drive HUNDREDS more visitors to your site each day,
by getting a #1 listing on Yahoo. Don't just settle for "getting
listed." Use her instantly-effective tactics to boost your site
traffic with a TOP Yahoo listing! Visit: http://YahooSecrets.com