Will increased traffic improve my rankings

by rms1
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I am running some competitions on my website. I am promoting these on the popular competition sites. I am getting a lot of entries and so getting a lot of traffic to my site. Will this extra traffic improve my Google rankings or am I wasting my time with this plan ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Owen Smith
    Yes yes yes, traffic is everything as long as it is targetted!
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    No - it will not. It may improve your conversions, but not your rankings.

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    • Profile picture of the author rms1
      Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

      No - it will not. It may improve your conversions, but not your rankings.

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      Blast I thought it would help my rankings. The traffic I am getting is not good quality because they are just coming, entering the competition and then going. However, I do get the name and email adress added to my list.
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  • Profile picture of the author Owen Smith
    It will increae your alexa ranking and also goes help with google a little.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael R.
    Which competition sites are you using?

    Search engines follow people. Thus, a constant stream of visitors to your website may also help your website to rank higher.

    And: Maybe someone bookmarks your site, maybe someone talks about your site on a forum... This will result in backlinks helping your rankings.
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    • Profile picture of the author rms1
      Originally Posted by Michael R. View Post

      Which competition sites are you using?

      Search engines follow people. Thus, a constant stream of visitors to your website may also help your website to rank higher.

      And: Maybe someone bookmarks your site, maybe someone talks about your site on a forum... This will result in backlinks helping your rankings.
      I am using theprizefinder.com and I think some of the others pick up from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author vipbuddy
    yes if your traffic is real and improving day to day they your site rank also increase
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    I don't think it will increase your rankings, if that were the case then everyone would just buy those crappy traffic programs and get a #1 ranking. Has anyone who is saying it will help actually tested this?

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  • Profile picture of the author mejohn
    Run your competitions so that they need to link to you or bookmark your site in order to enter. That way you get the traffic, as well as the links benefits.
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    • Profile picture of the author rms1
      Originally Posted by mejohn View Post

      Run your competitions so that they need to link to you or bookmark your site in order to enter. That way you get the traffic, as well as the links benefits.
      Yes John, to enter, they have to come to our site and join our mailing list. I am getting stacks of traffic and my list is growing, I have had 17 in the last 20 minutes. When they get there, there is a free download that they can get there and then. Trouble is, they seem to be entering the comp and then going.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vaolla
    If it was so easy, i would go to stumble upon and get xx,xxxx hits a day fromt there and I should be on top position for my keyword. NO it doesnot work like that! Sometime I see i have 0 traffic to my sites, but it is gradually moving to the first page of google, and BANG when it hits the 1st page, Traffic starts coming.

    In short: you can get traffic from ranking BUT not ranking from traffic!
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Traffic and ranking are two different things. The search engines do not rate your site according to the number of people that visit it but rather the amount of quality site linking to it. Like i mentioned, if you want to really help your ranking, you need links from quality, high ranking sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author thetruth23
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      I don't think it will increase your rankings, if that were the case then everyone would just buy those crappy traffic programs and get a #1 ranking. Has anyone who is saying it will help actually tested this?

      Lee
      Crappy traffic programs can get you a number 1 ranking?? Sweet!

      Originally Posted by Vaolla View Post

      If it was so easy, i would go to stumble upon and get xx,xxxx hits a day fromt there and I should be on top position for my keyword. NO it doesnot work like that! Sometime I see i have 0 traffic to my sites, but it is gradually moving to the first page of google, and BANG when it hits the 1st page, Traffic starts coming.

      In short: you can get traffic from ranking BUT not ranking from traffic!
      Google favours highly visited sites with low bounce rates. (if a lot of people come to a website and then choose to stay on that website, google perceives that website as being somewhat valuable. They probably won't know this without some sort of analytics software, like Google Analytics)

      Does that mean sites receiving a lot of traffic will get the top position in the serps? No. But thats not the question.

      Can it improve your rankings. Of course. But only marginally. i.e., it's true. It's not a major contributing factor.

      But don't think Google doesn't take notice of high traffic sites, or worse, don't think Google does take notice of high traffic sites but then chooses to ignore it.
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      • Profile picture of the author connorbringas
        hmmm personally I think that traffic doesnt help your google ranking..everyone would just pay for a few ppc campaigns and you would get mad traffic..then you'd increase your ranking organically..just my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author David08
    i agree with @Will Edwards"

    Visitor can help you conversion but not help you for Keyword ranking..but may be this help you for getting some page rank
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    • Profile picture of the author thetruth23
      Originally Posted by David08 View Post

      i agree with @Will Edwards"

      Visitor can help you conversion but not help you for Keyword ranking..but may be this help you for getting some page rank
      I don't understand the thinking that more visitors equals better conversions!

      If someone can clear that up for me, then great!

      If your site was converting 1 in 10 customers (for whatever you're offering), how does getting more traffic mean your conversions are going to improve?

      Last week I got 100 customers and 10 sales = 10% conversion

      This week I got more customers (150) and made even more sales (15). Great! Same conversion though!

      It helps your bottom line, but does nothing to improve conversion.

      Traffic, ie Customers, and Conversion are two varibles that effect your bottom line.

      More cutomers = more money.
      Better conversions = more money

      But more customers = better conversions??? Wrong!

      Btw, sorry to the posters comment who I quoted. I wasn't singling you out.

      EDIT: If you want to improve your conversions you need to improve sales copy, have a more attractive opt-in offer, etc etc. This improves conversions. More traffic improves bottom line.
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  • Profile picture of the author mcampbell075
    How do you promote your site in a popular competition sites?

    If you're submitting links with your targeted keywords, I believe it will counts as your backlinks. And gaining quality links will improve your rankings too.
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  • Profile picture of the author seo_submission
    100% Yes it will increase the PR of your site. Well its not waste of time your PR will increase.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dele
    Can only increase your PR indirectly and marginally.

    Say for example the visitors to your site comment on your site and thereby add relevant content, that is one way it can have an impact on your page rank.

    There are other ways but they are all indirect and can only have marginal impact.
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  • Profile picture of the author danish muzaffar
    Google policies have added , the more traffic you have the better chances of increasing your page rank
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