As some of you know, I am starting a review site. I want to know how I can draw people to my site. I know some marketing ideas such as forwarding a person to another great article by putting related links on the bottom and providing bookmarking and Digg functions on the bottom of the post. I also developed some of my own techniques such as I would help every member. They can place a Support ticket and get answer within next 48 hours. I already have a Brand name. I like brand names better than keyword domains. I know basic Photoshop/css/html.
I need allot of viewers because if I have allot of visitors, I would get products to review.I want to start out with a Narrow Niche and make it Broader as I get more visitors. So I wrote some text reviews. The response wasn’t enough so I shut down the site. I want to have a fresh start. I want to start with games just like last time and get broader. So later on, I would get into Hardware reviews. I can’t start with hardwares because there is no way I can buy all of the latest hardwares to review. So I know I can get free products to review from companies If I have a fan base.
How can I get allot of people on my site. I don’t care if it its a million. I know that isn’t possible this great company (Envato) has allot of members and I know it didn’t gain that many people overnight. It took allot of work and devotion.
Can anyone help me with the Traffic? How can I get traffic and turn it into daily traffic? What should I consider before starting this site again? How can I impress the sponsors and pick my site before other review sites.
Help would be appreciated.
Seems to me you’re only bothered about being sponsored and getting freebies. Just keep writing reviews and see what happens, you can’t just magically sign up to something and get products and help, you just have to keep writing and get the word out. Diggs, Facebook, and various other things.
Although not to shit on your dream, but it’s a fairly saturated area of the market.
Content is the key to the success, if your reviews will be unique, may be writing style or sense of humor, then probably, you’ll find your niche.
Thanks. My main goal is not to actually get sponsors. But I am just wondering how to approach that. I mean, on my old site people liked my game reviews and stuff. I’ve gotten positive response on that. I know people like my writing. I am just wondering how I can make my self different from others. And draw more traffic than the “normal sites”. And I don’t care about products and freebies also. I am willing to buy games and review them. Products are just out of my league. But, most companies send their products for a review. All we have to do is email them, provide them with Facts and statistics. And you get their PR usually sends product. I, need good viewer base and I don’t know how to get that.
@Westernkings yes, its a very saturated area of the market. Thats why I need to know, how to gain more credibility over those other competitors.
@mixey Content is a key to success. But what am I going to do with the Key? I’ll need to find the door to success first right?
Bump??After 5 Hours?
Nothing we say here can help you, you’re just going to have to take a risk and see how it goes. If you have experience in writing you should do okay.
Other people can’t tell you how to make YOUR site different from theirs, you have to find that out on your own through trial and error. Maybe try sending some emails out to similar review websites and asking how they got started.
Good luck with the venture!
Buy nice template for your blog from here and start posting. Look at statistical data, pay a lot of attention to referral sites etc. Spread your word with social networks, try to do do cross-postings on other popular services such as LiveJournal with link to your website.
Don’t be afraid of experimenting!
I have only briefly flew through some of comments, and I agree with the majority. The key thing to getting it popular is giving people what they want. Which in your case will be in the content. If you have got high quality content then people will want to read, and from there tell their colleagues and friends about your site.
If there’s one thing I have learnt with marketing, no matter how extreme you go, wether you got babies or Meerkats projecting your brand. The strongest and most used way to get recognized is the word of mouth.
Hope that helps and sorry if I have repeated anything.