WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint – Part 5 (Optimization)

This is part 5 of a 5-part series on how to create an automated traffic generation system for your WordPress site. This tutorial explains how to optimize your WordPress traffic system once your WordPress site has been expertly configured and setup.

WordPress Web Site Traffic Blueprint Part 5 - How To Create A Traffic Generation Machine With WordPressWelcome to Part 5 of our Web Traffic Blueprint article series, where we explain how to drive new visitors automatically to your site using the WordPress CMS.

So far, here is what we have covered in this article series:

In Part 1, we explain why using an expertly configured WordPress site is the key to automating traffic to your site …

With an expertly configured WordPress site, all you have to do to drive web traffic is post content consistently!

(With an expertly configured WordPress site, all you have to do is publish content on a regular basis to automatically begin bringing web traffic!)

In Part Two, we focused on the setup phase of the traffic automation blueprint. We explained the best way to start if you don’t have a website yet, how to set everything up if you already have a site, and what to do if your existing website was built with WordPress.

How to set up a WordPress website or blog on your domain

(In Part two we show you where to set up a WordPress site on your domain)

In Part 3, we focused on the configuration phase. We configured all the settings (hosting, WordPress and external) that can affect your site’s ability to generate traffic automatically …

How to set up a WordPress website on your domain

(In Part 3 you will configure all the settings (hosting, WordPress and external) that can affect your site’s traffic-getting ability)

In Part 4, we explained how to set up various plugins that can drive new traffic automatically to your website or blog as you begin posting fresh content consistently.

Publish once to WordPress and automate your content distribution to all other channels!

(Publish once and automate your content distribution to all other services!)

In this section of the WordPress web traffic automation blueprint series, we look at ways to optimize the traffic generation process using a number of tools and methods.

WordPress Traffic System – Traffic Optimization Systems

In addition to getting your WordPress website expertly configured, the key to generating high-quality traffic on a consistent basis is having a clear business vision, sound digital planning, and excellent systems and process in place.

Generating automated traffic is the product of business vision, sound planning, and great systems

(Consistent traffic is the result of a business vision, sound planning, and great systems)

Let’s review the systems that will help you grow and manage this traffic.

These systems include:

  • Marketing Systems – The processes and strategies used to create new traffic for your website.
  • Technical Systems – How you keep your web presence up and running for receiving new traffic.
  • Business Systems – How you manage and respond to traffic.

Systems help you grow, automate, optimize, and manage your web traffic

(Systems help you grow, automate, optimize, and manage your web traffic)

Let’s briefly review the above systems:

Marketing Systems

Your marketing systems consist of the processes and strategies used to create traffic for your business. Your marketing systems can be tested by asking questions such as:

  • What is your online marketing strategy?
  • What resources and portion of your budget will you apply to these channels?
  • How will you create and optimize your content, sales funnels, and run your marketing campaigns?
  • How will you track conversions and measure the cost-effectiveness of your marketing campaigns?

During the setup and configuration phase, you should have installed an analytics program (e.g. Google Analytics). If you’re just starting out, you may want to consider investing in some paid advertising (e.g. Google AdWords) to help you generate some initial actionable data, such as the keywords people are searching online to find your site, which you can use to create content better targeted to your audience’s needs.

Technical Systems

Your technical systems ensure that your digital presence remains operating efficiently for receiving traffic. There’s no point sending traffic to your site if your site is experiencing problems or your pages take a very long time to load.

Your technical systems include handling technical areas like webhosting, website maintenance and support, installing and updating software (e.g. plugins), customization, integration, troubleshooting, etc.

Your technical systems can be tested by asking questions such as:

  • Who will look after my server?
  • Who is looking after my website and keeping my site, plugins, themes, etc. maintained and up-to-date?
  • Who will fix errors, troubleshoot problems, provide technical support and advice, etc. if any problems arise?

Many potential problems can be minimized if your planning and setup and configuration phases have been done correctly. Like all technology, however, you can expect problems. You will need the right technical systems in place to handle these.

Business Systems

Your business systems and processes help you manage the influx of new traffic. This includes:

  • Communication systems
  • Managing human and financial resources
  • Handling leads and sales enquiries
  • Order fulfillment
  • Customer service/training
  • etc.

If you intend to outsource your digital marketing and technical support, then make sure you have implemented good systems to manage all outsourcing.

WordPress Web Traffic Automation System – Traffic Loops

If your business objectives are clear and your systems and processes are in place, all you need to focus on are ways to grow a “traffic loop”.

Let’s walk through an example of how to implement, optimize, and automate a traffic loop. Take a look at the processes illustrated below …

Implement, automate, and optimize your traffic loop

(Traffic loop)

Increase Reach And Visibility

Step 1 of the process is to increase visibility for your business and website.

Traffic Ideas
  • Your expertly configured WordPress site will allow you to instantly notify and publicize your content to traffic-getting sources like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. The easiest way to increase your reach and visibility online, therefore, is to simply publish more content online.
  • As mentioned earlier, investing in some paid advertising (e.g. pay-per-click ads) can help generate data, which you can use to create content targeted specifically to your audience.
  • Repurpose your content to leverage different media formats.
  • Continue learning about ways to drive more visitors using methods like Pinterest advertising, PPC advertising, joint ventures, etc.
Tools, Plugins, And Methods

We’ve already covered a number of excellent plugins, tools, and strategies in previous sections of this article series.

Also, see other posts on this site to learn more about plugins that let you easily add the following to your website:

  • Share your comments and posts online,
  • Run contests, offer discounts or downloads for likes/shares,
  • Add user generated content, feeds, etc.
  • Publish and distribute content online in various media formats (e.g. videos, PDF guides, infographics, etc.)

Build Authority & Credibility

Getting more of your content out there is a great first step, but for this activity to be really effective, your content also needs to build authority and credibility with visitors.

Publishing higher quality content improves your chances of getting it shared on other sites and viewed by more people and hence more visitors.

Traffic Ideas
  • Focus on creating and publishing content that will add value to potential visitors and showcase your expertise. This includes content that informs and educates readers, training content, case studies, adding testimonials, etc.
  • Consider publishing a special report or PDF guide that can be sold or distributed online (e.g. sell on Amazon.
Tools, Plugins, & Strategies

We have created a comprehensive course on content creation that you can plug into at no cost here:

Also, if you haven’t already, contact us to learn more about WordPress plugins that allow you to easily add the following to your website or blog:

Grow Influence And Engagement

At some point, you may want to consider developing “traffic on tap.” You can achieve this by building a list or starting a membership site.

With “Traffic On Tap,” all of your traffic will come from an audience of customers or subscribers – people who already know you and trust you. Your influence and reputation can be used to generate traffic with every blog post you publish or email broadcast you send out.

Tips
  • Encourage commenting and discussions on your site.
  • Add an autoresponder newsletter and encourage people to subscribe.
  • Add a free, paid, or ‘freemium’ membership site, online forum, or social community.
  • Start or join a Facebook/LinkedIn Group.
Tools, Plugins, & Strategies

There are many solutions and plugins that can help grow your online influence and improve engagement. For example:

  • List-Building Tools (e.g. Aweber, GetResponse, etc.)
  • Contact Forms, Live Chat
  • Forums & Discussion Groups (e.g. bbPress, BuddyPress)
  • Polls & Surveys
  • Webinars (e.g. Webinar JEO)
  • Comment sharing
  • Add media, video galleries, etc.

Identify Needs/Problems And Provide Solutions To These

By taking advantage of incoming traffic to discover what users are looking for, you can develop new services, products, and solutions, all of which can provide you with new opportunities for generating new streams of traffic.

Useful Tips & Ideas
  • Create a free or paid e-learning course.
  • Publish special guides that you can sell or distribute online (e.g. sell on Clickbank.
  • Add an e-commerce store to your business.
Tools & Methods

If you plan to provide services, products, and solutions online (as opposed to just providing information), then some of the more useful WordPress plugins you may want to consider adding to your website or blog include:

Analyze Data & Feedback

The final step of the process is the collection and analysis of data. By interpreting data gathered from existing traffic, you can discover new ways to generate content that can bring you additional traffic.

Hopefully, by now you already have installed an analytics program (e.g. Google Analytics) on your site. Make sure you also learn how to interpret the data.

WordPress Web Traffic Automation System – Summary

All you have to do once you implement the above strategies is rinse and repeat, fine-tuning and refining your methods as you go to grow your traffic and get better your results.

In summary:

  • Start with an expertly configured WordPress site backed by solid marketing, technical and business systems,
  • Implement a content marketing strategy (with some paid advertising to drive initial traffic and generate useful data) to increase your reach and visibility online,
  • Add plugins, list-building strategies, and other solutions as necessary to help build authority, trust, and credibility, and also to improve engagement with users,
  • Promote any new solutions, products or services using your existing channels and strategies to generate additional streams of traffic,
  • Analyse your data and your results, automate your processes wherever possible, and begin the cycle again.

Hopefully, now you have a blueprint that will help you drive more visitors automatically to your web site and build a better business online.

WordPress Web Traffic Blueprint Part 5 - Discover How To Turn Your WordPress Web Site Into An Automated Web Traffic Machine

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Originally published as WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint – Part 5 (Optimization).