Want Traffic? Think FLOW.

Besides getting many emails per day (I'm glad I can help by the way) and reading on some forums (that I attend and share my wisdom) where people want traffic and want to know how to keep traffic flowing. People want traffic to share their thoughts, share their pictures and even make money from affiliate programs.

So how do you get traffic and maintain it? Getting traffic to your website or blog isn't an exact science or fool proof set of directions. While my tricks are proven to work, it does require work. Just like every website (or blog) out there. They all worked hard and continue to work hard.

Here is how to maintain traffic and maintain your visitors.

Images and Graphics:
Putting your images on a diet is the best way to improve the download speed of your website. The rule of thumb in SEO is to have all images or graphics under 10 Kb. So every kilobyte you trim off your image size will save you at least one second in download time.

After you optimize your images, you should add exact "height" and "width" attributes to all your IMG tags. This will allow your visitors browser to continue downloading your webpage while the image downloads.

Page Size:
With your new small images, you can still have a page that takes forever to download because there is so much information. The most overlooked area is your text. Simply by cutting down your text per page and creating another, you will achieve faster speeds. For blogs, just limit the amount of posts per page.

Advertisements:
Too many advertisements per page will severely increase the page weight. Since advertisements come from another hosting service, their server could be down or slow. Depending on the type of advertisements, there are some work-a-rounds to trim down the advertisement weight. Some advertisements, unfortunately can not be altered.

Navigations:
One of the keys to building a reader friendly and fast website is to create a navigational shortcut. Just make a link to at least one master navigational page for each topic. Instead of having a long, link filled and heavy menu, you have multiple master pages that acts like a table of contents, or a topic site map.

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