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.

Web Site Traffic Blueprint Part 5 - Discover How To Create An Automated Web Traffic-Getting Machine With WordPressWelcome to Part 5 of our Web Traffic Blueprint article series, where we explain how to create an automated web traffic generating machine using the WordPress CMS.

So far, we have covered the following in this article series:

In Part 1 of this series, we provide an overview of the traffic automation process, and explain why using an expertly configured WordPress website is the key to automating traffic to your website …

With an expertly configured WordPress blog, all you have to do is post web content on a regular basis to automatically generate more traffic!

(With an expertly configured WordPress website or blog, all you have to do is post content regularly to automatically generate more web traffic!)

In Part 2, we looked at the setup phase of this system. We helped you understand the best way to start if you don’t have a web presence yet, how to set everything up if you already have a website, and what to do if your website has been built with WordPress.

Where to set up WordPress on your domain

(In Part two we show you how to set up WordPress on your domain)

In Part Three, we discuss the configuration phase of the traffic automation blueprint. We explained how to configure all the settings that affect your site’s traffic-getting ability …

How to set up a WordPress web site on your domain

(In Part 3 you will configure hosting settings, internal settings, and external settings that can affect your website’s ability to generate traffic automatically)

In Part 4, we discussed ways to automate the traffic system using plugins.

Publish content one-time, automate the rest!

(Publish content once, automate the rest!)

In Part Five of the WordPress web traffic automation blueprint article series, we discuss ways to optimize your traffic using different tools and methods.

WordPress Web Traffic System – Systems

In addition to having an expertly configured WordPress website or blog, the key to generating targeted traffic on a consistent basis is having a clear business vision, careful digital planning, and great systems in place.

Optimized traffic is the result of business vision, planning, and systems

(Generating regular traffic is the result of a business vision, sound planning, and excellent systems)

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

These include:

  • Marketing Systems – How you drive traffic to your business.
  • Technical Systems – The systems used to ensure that your digital presence remains operating efficiently for receiving new traffic.
  • Business Systems – How you manage and respond to new traffic.

Use systems to grow and manage your web traffic

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

Let’s review the above systems briefly:

Marketing Systems

Your marketing systems consist of the processes and strategies used to drive traffic to your website. You can test your marketing systems by asking questions such as:

  • What is your content marketing strategy/online marketing strategy?
  • How will you apply your budget and resources to these channels?
  • How will you create your content and marketing campaigns?
  • How will you test and measure the results of your campaigns?

During the setup and configuration phase, you would 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 to help generate some actionable data, such as the keywords people are searching online to find your website, which you can use to create web content better targeted to your audience’s needs.

Technical Systems

Your technical systems ensure that your online presence remains up and running for receiving new traffic. There’s no point driving traffic to your site if your site is down or your web pages take too long to load.

Your systems need to adequately handle technical areas like webhosting, website maintenance and support, installing, configuring, and updating software (e.g. plugins), integration, customization, troubleshooting, etc.

You can test your technical systems by questions such as:

  • Who will look after my server?
  • Who looks after my website and keeps my site maintained and up-to-date?
  • Who will fix errors, troubleshoot problems, provide technical support and advice, etc. if you experience difficulties?

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

Business Systems

You need good operational systems to help you manage and respond to the influx of new traffic. This includes:

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

If you plan to outsource areas of your digital marketing and technical services, then make sure you also implement excellent systems for managing all outsourcing processes.

WordPress Traffic Automation System – Traffic Optimization

With clear business objectives and great systems in place, all you need to focus on is how to implement, optimize, and automate a “traffic loop”.

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

An effective traffic loop

(An effective traffic loop)

Increase Reach & Visibility

Step 1 of the process is to increase visibility for your website or blog.

Tips
  • An expertly configured WordPress site allows you to automatically publish your content on sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, 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 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 bring visitors using methods like paid advertising, PPC advertising, updates, etc.
Tools & Strategies

We’ve covered many useful plugins, tools, and strategies in earlier sections of this article series.

Also, if you haven’t already, ask us about plugins that allow you to easily add the following to your website:

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

Build Authority And Credibility

Getting more content published is great, but for this activity to be really effective, your content also needs to be building authority and credibility with your audience.

Publishing authoritative content not only helps to establish your credibility, it also improves your chances of getting it shared around and hence more visitors.

Useful Tips
  • Focus on content that adds value to users and that showcases your expertise. This includes content that educates and informs readers, training content, case studies, adding testimonials, etc.
  • Consider publishing a special report that can be sold or distributed online.
Tools, Plugins, & Strategies

We have created an entire email course on how to develop a content marketing strategy, how to promote your business with content, content creation tools, and how to never run out of new ideas for content that you can plug into at no cost here:

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

Grow Influence And Engagement

As your business grows, you may want to consider developing “traffic on tap.” You can do this by building a list or starting a network.

With “Traffic On Demand,” most of your traffic comes from an audience of existing customers or subscribers – people who already like you and trust you. Your influence and reputation can be used to generate new traffic with every blog post you publish or broadcast you send out.

Useful Tips & Ideas
  • Encourage commenting and discussions on your site.
  • Add an autoresponder newsletter and encourage people to subscribe.
  • Add a paid or free membership site.
  • Start or join a Facebook/LinkedIn Group.
Tools, Plugins, And Strategies

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

  • Autoresponders (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 & Provide Solutions

By taking advantage of incoming traffic to listen to what your visitors need, you should have no problem developing new products, services, and solutions, all of which provide new opportunities to generate new sources of web traffic.

Tips
  • Consider creating a free or paid online training program.
  • Consider publishing a “how-to” e-book that you can sell or distribute online (e.g. sell on Clickbank.
  • Consider adding e-commerce to your site.
Tools, Plugins, & Methods

If you plan to provide products and services online (as opposed to just providing information), look for plugins that let you easily add the following to your site:

Analyze Data & Feedback

The final step of the process is the collection and analysis of data. By learning to interpret 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 like Google Analytics on your site. Make sure you also learn how to interpret the data.

WordPress Web Traffic System – Summary

Once you implement the above strategies, all you have to do is repeat the process over and over again, 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 good marketing, technical and business systems,
  • Implement a content marketing strategy (consider also investing in 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 methods if required to build authority, trust, and credibility, and also to increase 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 automate and optimize the process of driving visitors to your web site and build a better business online.

Web Traffic Blueprint Part 5 - A Complete Guide To Getting More Web Traffic Automatically With WordPress

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