04 Aug 10 5:17 pm
Hi . welcome to afilorama.
it can be frustrating, but it can be done. the fact that you have built a site is more than many ever do.
at some point you have to look at traffic stats, and see why it is not converting. there are many factors that contribute including the source of traffic, how well you target buyer intention, and what you are selling.
Looking at your site, the wow niche is a good niche, but your pages have no SEO on them, which means you wont get good rankings in this competetive niche.
also, you have a good call to action, but no link to the product. how can you expect people to buy if you dont give them a link?
Don't rely on your sidebar. people dont want to search for the product that you are recommending. if you recommend a product, you need a link right there. Also, use images in your posts. personally, i would change the page background to a lighter shade of gray. the dark gray makes it hard to read.
YOu have some decent reviews, that need some seo tweeking, but the ads in your sidebar have nothing to do with world of warcraft. if you choose a niche, you have to have adds targeted to those people. put ads for the guides and get rid of the ads for hosting, themes, and website building related content.
Proofread your articles. They need the keywords that people are looking for within the first sentence and at least once every 100 words on the page. Also, your grammar needs a little work, and capitalization of your I's
You need your site to look more professional, and these things will help with that.
Also, look at where your traffic is coming from Forum traffic is good, if you target your customers, and funnel people looking to buy. however, Many wow players on the forums are looking for free tips, not paid guides.
Add more content, and build trust up through your blog. Write up some articles on tips for the game rather than just the product reviews. give a little for free, then send them to a paid guide for the rest.
When I was in the wow niche, I started with professions guides, I did level 1-20 for each profession, then sent them to a professions guide to learn the rest.
this builds trust with your readers, and shows that you are willing to help, if all you have is products on your site, it looks more like all you are there for is to make money. Granted, you are trying to make money, but you dont want it to look like that is all you care about.
I find that by sending people to an article that helps with the problem they are facing rather than a product review, it gets people to trust you more and they will trust your recommendation. as it is right now, looking at your site, I have no reason to trust your recommendation. all you are doing is trying to sell me something I dont want.
These are just some basics. I recommend that you go through the training videos mark has here. ther are over 80 hours of videos, and using them, you should be able to make this site profitable.
You also need to build links to your site on other places, forums are good, but yahoo answers never did convert to sales for me. it is good for personal branding but again, the traffic is not targeted to buyers.
write articles on the game and syndicate them to article directories, web2.o sites like hubpages, and free blogs like multiply and blogger.com. each one of these should link back to a related page on your own site, helping to get you more traffic and seo.
your focus needs to be on getting links, then traffic, then sales. i fyou are getting 200 visitors/month that is good, try to build it up to 100/week then 100/day. if you are getting 100/day, and you properly monetize your site as stated above, you should be making some sales.
Good luck and ask if you need help. YOu can make money doing this if you do it right.
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