Thursday, July 26, 2007
One of the best ways to guarantee success on the Web is to keep visitors interested in visiting your site often.
One of the best ways to do this is by offering new or refreshed content. Frequent updates to your site will keep customers engaged and assured that they have good reason to return. Frankly, nothing turns off customers more than seeing outdated or irrelevant information.
So how do you keep content fresh? There are a number of ways to create interesting content, including:
Blogs: Blogs are a great viral marketing tool because they can incorporate the elements of interactivity, community and collaboration. One caveat, don’t bore them to death.
Polls and surveys: People love to share their opinions and polls and surveys work well as they provide visitors with both instant gratification and underscore interactivity.
Articles and White Papers: People love to get free information. By updating and offering free articles and white papers on your site, you not only give them a reason to return, you can also score inbound links by allowing them to republish the work (with attribution, of course).
Customer-driven content: One great way to get new content without having to write it yourself or hire freelancers is to ask your customers for contributions. Many visitors will jump at the chance to provide you with content, simply for the chance to see their name in print.