The web is full of complicated, elaborate, technical, intricate blueprints that tell you how to get traffic to your site. You want to know how to perfectly "SEO" your site? There's a book for that. Want to learn all about secrets of gaining backlinks? Someone, somewhere, is selling a WSO with ONE WEIRD TRICK to get (supposed) secret backlink sources. Want to know about the latest Google algorithm changes? There are numerous SEO agencies with advice on how to counteract the latest Google algo changes. Etc. Etc.
But it doesn't have to be so complicated. As one sage website adviser has said, the secret to getting traffic and getting your site to rank high can be summed up in two words: provide value. And his philosophy works - people go to websites because they want something of value.
If you have a website, and you're like most people, a two-word SEO course isn't really gonna help you. You need at least a few bullet-points, and maybe even an example. So here it is: the patent-pending, super-effective, formerly top-secret, five-weird-tricks Zowy Guide to SEO. Follow these rules, and you're on your way to internet millions!
Write good stuff. You have to put stuff on your site that people want to see and read. Content marketing is the latest buzzword. Before that, SEOs would say that "content is king". But it's all common sense. Your site needs to have substance.
Ask for links from other people. Link to other people's sites. Take any links you can get - whether they're nofollow or "dofollow" or sitewide or deep links. Just get real links from real people who run real sites. And when you're writing content or posting images, link to other sites. Give credit where credit is due. Sometimes people will find your link to them, and reciprocate. Other times, you'll have to ask them for a link. But what goes around comes around.
Steal. If you see a good headline, steal it by writing a similar one. If you see a good article, steal it by re-hashing it (and hopefully improving upon it). Make it better, if you can: "great artists steal". This short article is in fact "stolen", because it's a rip-off of riff on How to Get a Million Hits on Your Blog in Less Than a Year.
Be boldly outspoken. Don't be afraid to say what you think. If you make enemies with those who disagree, too bad for them. If they want to fight you over it, you get publicity and notoriety. If you words offend a few people, too bad. Tell them, "tough". They're free to disagree. Your readers will respect you for taking this attitude. Just look at the example of Donald Trump. Or, as CCarter says, "weak words get weak results".
Post pics of kittens, puppies, or pretty girls. You can't go wrong with something pleasant to look at. In fact, some sites are nothing but pics of puppies or pretty girls and they're successful because of it.
...and that's really it! Write good words. Don't be too proud to beg (for links). Steal - and improve on - what others have done successfully. Be opinionated and loud. And use sex appeal (or puppy appeal).
The traffic's out there. Now...go out there and blog likewise!
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