Some writers resort to cheap tricks to get more hits to their sites. Is it worth it?
Desperate writers will try ANYTHING to get more hits and get visitors for their published articles. I have seen posts that promise donations to charity or some other good cause for every hit that they get. Some writers attract readers with outrageous article titles that tickle curiosity and traffic generation but end up having totally useless content. Some articles may even promise money or freebies to trick people into clicking links. People will do almost anything to earn a quick buck, and they sometimes forget that they are wasting other people’s time by conning them into doing something.
For the uninitiated, websites that are supported by advertisements rely on the number of visits that they get on a daily basis. The more hits they get, the higher the revenue they will generate. It usually takes a lot of hits before a page earns a few cents, but popular articles have the potential of earning a lot of money even years after the original publication date. This is the most basic explanation of how the on-line system works short of delving into the intricacies of Search Engine Optimization or Page Ranking.
With that said, it is no wonder that “writers” resort to cheap tricks in order to drive volume into their websites. They forget the basic dogma that every writer should adhere to: Content is King! Wouldn’t it be much more satisfying if people actually wanted to go to your site because they are truly interested in what you have to say? Wouldn’t it be easier to get loyal readers if you bait them in using bona fide writing skills that will make them want more from you? Wouldn’t it be more ethical to actually work hard on something that will make you deserve whatever money you get out of it? I myself have been victimized by writers like these. And it’s truly irritating.
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There are lots of ways of website promotion available out there that will help get more visitors to your website. There are marketing and traffic exchange strategies that require payment such as advertising, but there are also quite a number of free social networking sites that will help writers widen the reach of their output. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter can help get hits and work wonders for people who have a good following. Bookmarking sites such as Digg and Reddit also help improve potential audience reach.