Creating a Steady Flow of Traffic

creating a steady flow of trafficCreating a Steady Flow of Traffic To Your Blog

There are many ways to create a steady flow of traffic to your website, capture page or anything and that is by being consistent. If you do nothing else, posting to a blog in a consistent manner will generate just about all of the traffic you will ever need.

This is something that many bloggers and marketers that depend on the SERPs have known and practice.

One of the most successful network marketing bloggers is Ray Higdon. If you look at his blog, rayhigdon.com, you will notice that he posts almost every single day and while many people think that his traffic results are the result of a series of “secret” tips and techniques, for the most part he is just a consistent poster of good content.

So what makes this so-called “good” content?

Good content is any content that people can actually use, content that people in your niche will find value in.

I have created a steady flow of traffic to this blog even though it has been quite some time since I have written a new post. Now since I just stressed how important it is to be consistent you may be wondering why it’s been so long since I have posted anything.

Good question.

After the penguin update, yes I was affected, I decided to let this blog “relax” a little and I started working on another blog – markgrahammarketing.com. I am still working on that blog, but I am also ready to start working on this blog again as making money online is a topic that I am VERY interested in and so are many other people.

Now I know that it seems as if I am going in circles here, but the truth is this…

There are very few “secrets” online. Creating a steady flow of traffic to your blog or website is not very difficult, but it does require effort. Rather than continue discussing the ups and downs of posting on this blog or another and why I haven’t been posting as regular as I preach you should, I have decided to make a list of ways of creating a steady flow of traffic to your blog.

Here it goes, Creating a Steady Flow of Traffic with These 5 Methods:

  1. Create great content!
  2. Good SEO
  3. Post on social media sites
  4. Write articles promoting your posts
  5. Produce simple videos promoting your posts and blog(s)

These are just 5 simple tips and while there are many, many more these 5 simple tips, once learned and put into practice, will start driving a ton of traffic to your site.

Real quickly I’ll go through the list and explain them one by one.

Create Great Content

First of all, what is “great” content and who decides what great content really is?

Those that decide what great content is, ultimately, are you readers. The audience you are trying to affect in the first place. Certainly they should be located within your niche and you should do what you can to engage these readers and others out there looking for this information. These are the folks that will be returning to your site looking for more information – any information – that you can provide that will help them with a particular issue whether it be a marketing tip or a proverbial steer in the right direction.

Great content is nothing more than content that offers value to the lives of those that read it, watch it or listen to it. I can talk about the ins and outs of creating this content, but the main thing to remember here is supply the demand that people have and much of the time that is information about how to do a thing or how to do a thing better.

Creating a Steady Flow of Traffic with Good SEO

SEO, or search engine optimization, is important. SEO might not be the MOST important aspect of creating a steady flow of traffic to your site, but it’s pretty damn important.

Whether you like it or not, search engines work a certain way and you may as well learn how to write in a manner that will benefit you through higher rankings in the search engines.

I’m not going to go into the specifics of good seo, my advice is that you download a plugin to your WordPress blog called “wordpress seo by Yoast.”

Creating a Steady Flow of Traffic with Facebook, Twitter and Other Social Media Sites

Social media is big and there are many reasons for this – of course, I’m not going into that, but I am going to discuss why social media is becoming more and more important to you as a marketer and someone that is interested in creating a steady flow of traffic to your blog.

Let’s just start with the search engines results page or SERPs.

Now, more than ever, Google gives a lot more credence to sites with a lot of social activity or buzz about them. That is to say that your articles will carry a lot more weight when they are shared on facebook and google+ as well as tweeted about. This is part of the result of the Google Penguin update and to be honest, I like it.

It is very easy for you to get out there and post to social media sites and to stimulate some of that sharing. I recommend you check into linksalpha, hootsuite and some other social media management tools.

Articles and Blog Traffic

Write articles and post them to credible, authoritative article directories. While I can go into the importance of uploading articles to ezinearticles and other similar sites just understand that these sites are good for backlinks and generating a bit of traffic to your site.

Creating a Steady Flow of Traffic with YouTube

You can start creating a steady flow of traffic, on auto-pilot, by producing videos and if you are not already involved in creating videos start doing so immediately. Videos are popular and are pretty simple to create. I have programs out there that rely heavily on my video traffic

YouTube is not the only video hosting site out there either. Make sure that you post your videos to Vimeo, Dailymotion and MetaCafe. There are other directories out there, but you can search for those yourself.

Make sure that you take the time to learn good SEO techniques for video as well.

Like your blog, the key to your success with videos is going to hinge on how consistent you are in creating and uploading your videos to your preferred hosting site. I recommend that you put up a new video at least twice a week.

Use these 5 tips for creating a steady flow of traffic and you will start seeing results within a short period of time.

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I made this quick video to show folks the different ways to market the online payday system capture page URL. There are a few ways to do this, you can post on the classified ad sites, create new blogs, article marketing….there are tons of ways to get those links out, you just have to find what works for you.

 

Check out the video and subscribe to the channel for even more videos!

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generate traffic with free adsCan You Really Generate Traffic With Free Ads

People ask me all of the time if you can really generate traffic with free ads and the truth is that you can, absolutely, without a doubt. The key to traffic generation, no matter which method you prefer to use, is consistent effort applied to whatever form of marketing you choose.

For instance, while I don’t generate traffic with free ads as much as I once did, I still put forth quite a bit of effort through my blogging and article writing…I’m even really getting into the whole video producing thing.

Generating Traffic with Consistency

Over the course of the last few months I have realized one thing. It is not so important as to which form of marketing you are involved with, but that your efforts are consistent. In other words, if you are posting on craigslist or some other free classified ad site, then post and post often….or in the case of craigslist, as often as possible.

I am going to go over how to generate traffic with free ads in this post so be sure to read what it is that I do because, for the most part, I have never had a problem with craigslist and I have had some pretty good results with it. One thing to keep in mind with all of this is that the cost is free, so if you aren’t getting the results that you normally would with a pay-per-click campaign, there is a reason for it. Generally speaking you get what you pay for!

Now, when we are looking to generate traffic, and I am going to focus on craigslist here because they are the toughest to get approved with, there are certain specific techniques that we use to make sure our ads not only get approved, but actually deliver some leads to us through our posting.

Get a Unique Link to Post

One other thing before we really get started here and that is in terms of your links. Don’t start posting a bunch of sub-domain type links. For example, with the online payday system my link is http://onlinepaydaysystem.net/mrandall66. When you have a link like this it is obvious that it is a referral or affiliate link. It’s not unique in other words and it will scare away one or two folks that might come by to take a look at what you have in the ad.

For those of you with a website, create a sub domain through your cPanel and then forward that domain name to your online payday system link. There are plenty of videos at YouTube on how to do this. For example, I created the sub domain http://onlinepayday.makemoneyonlineanywhere.com. It’s long, but it does the job.

If you do not have a unique domain, then go to bit.ly or tinyurl.com and shorten your link. You may also be able to add tracking features to some of your links so you can find out which ones are performing better than the others and therefore focus more attention to one particular form of marketing.

Focus on Your Goal

Once the link is taken care of, the next step to generate traffic with free ads is to develop some ad copy. At all times you must keep one thing and one thing only in mind…YOU WANT PEOPLE TO CLICK ON YOUR LINKS IN THE AD AND NOTHING MORE. Read that again and again until you get it. We don’t want to explain, we don’t want to offer something we are not offering, we don’t want to entice anyone to do anything, we want to attract a certain crowd here. We want to attract others, like ourselves, that are truly interested in owning our own life.

With that said, the following is an ad that I have used and it seems to convert pretty well.

Simple Online System Perfect For Stay at Home Moms <headline>

The first thing you put in the body is the headline again.

Simple Online System Perfect For Stay at Home Moms (or Mom) <body>

Create Your Own Schedule. No Experience Required. Free Training Available.

For more information go to: http://onlinepayday.makemoneyonlineanywhere.com

Mark

(555) 555-5555

Now, does that look at all complicated? Of course not which is one reason being able to generate traffic with free ads works for many people. Does it make you want to click on the link just to see what it could be? If you are looking for an opportunity it does. If you are not looking, then probably not. If you are looking for a job, then maybe not. Know your target audience. Know who you want to attract to your opportunity.

generate free traffic with adsRotate Your Ads For Traffic, Be Creative

With every posting you need to change your format a bit as well. The next ad should say something like “Perfect Work From Home Business For Mom’s” or something similar. That’s just one target audience, there are many, many others.

The key to generate traffic with free ads is to make sure that you target your audience properly with your headlines and provide just enough information to get folks to click on your link, nothing else. I have used these methods for some time with many different opportunities and have been able to generate traffic with free ads on a consistent basis.

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Information Overload! 16 Steps to Page One!

steps to page oneI speak with a lot of people every week that are interested in making money online and internet marketing as a career. They all tell me that they don’t really know where to start. They talk about how much information there is to learn and how overwhelming it all seems…information overload, very typical and while there is a lot to learn, you also have to learn when to apply it.

Here Is Your Online Guarantee

Another lesson that you will want to learn, and this is one of those guarantee moments as in I guarantee that this will happen to you. Ready? Here it comes…You are going to make mistakes! What??? Yep, that’s right, you are going to make a mistake. You are going to write a post that veers off of topic from time to time. You are going to forget all of the little SEO elements for your article. It may not hit page 1…OMG!

Remember one thing. This was passed on to me from a friend a long time ago. We both worked for a plumbing company and some guy was telling my friend he had never broken a toilet on installation. My friend, a real wise guy, looked at him and replied, “Then you haven’t installed enough of them.”

The lesson was simple. Those that don’t make mistakes aren’t doing much if anything at all. Don’t be scared. Get out there and make mistakes and then learn from them. You’ve heard the term “fail your way to success,” haven’t you? Of course you have. The Japanese proverb goes like this:

Fall down seven times, get up eight

One of the problems I see in this business, and others, is folks that are learning and starting to get a grasp of what is happening begin to focus on the little things so much that they forget to market. I mean you have someone that is worried about how well placed their key phrase is within their blog post. Then, of course, they need to find the right image or two for the article and craft the right header tags and title…got to make sure that the SEO is just so!

Am I Doing This Thing Right?

Then there is the whole matter of back links, how many do we need? Oh shoot, I forgot to bookmark this article, better get back there and do that…what was that site again? Ping.fm? Yeah, that’s the one. Is it done?

What about facebook, did I put anything on facebook? Did I make a post? Oh crap, what else did I forget? Am I ever going to get this thing down? Why does it keep changing?!

Does that sound familiar at all? Listen, I know there are a lot of steps when it comes to working up a key phrase and trying to get it on the first page of Google, nothing wrong with that, but remember that while there is a science to getting on the first page of Google and the other search engines with our content, there is also an art to online marketing. Sometimes less is more.

Facebook Fun?

I remember when I first started toying with facebook. As with anything new, I started reading everything I could trying to find the “secrets” of the social media gurus. I did everything for a while. I went out and made tons of “friend” requests, joined various groups and essentially wasted a LOT of time on the site checking out other profiles when I could have been applying that effort to something more rewarding in terms of traffic.

That said, I like facebook because it is a great place for me to market my blog posts and get some immediate traffic. I’m still building my traffic stats up, but it’s tripled in the last month or so (and not from facebook). Like everyone else, I’m learning. I’m learning not to waste my time on worrying about how many back links I’m getting and where from. I’m learning to write my articles well, to provide good, useful information to people that are interested in similar subjects. I’m learning to build a subscriber base.

I’m not suggesting that you don’t put together a good strategy of a few methods and techniques, but relax. If this stuff is work, then you are doing something wrong! Have fun.

For every five or six posts that I make, there is only one or two that I am writing in order to generate specific, targeted traffic. Why? Because it takes too damn long to get all of the necessaries out of the way so that the article or post will rank well on the search engines. Since I like to post everyday, or close to it, trying to hit #1 for everything is just a bit ridiculous. Sometimes I just want to write, sometimes I just have something to say – or carry on about.

My Crazy Linking Strategy, So Cool I Can’t Keep Up!

When I am ranking I do have a strategy, I do have a process and if you would like to copy it, then be my guest. It goes like this:

  1. Bad-ass research – You just have to find the right key phrase. Good traffic, but not a lot of competition. A little is OK, but not a lot.
  2. Write an interesting article – This isn’t that hard. Remember that you are unique, some people will relate to you, some won’t. Write for yourself. Just make sure it is useful material for the next guy. If you have a sense of humor, use it, but don’t make it a comedy piece unless you are a comedian and it is a comedy piece.
  3. SEO – Make sure all of your on page SEO stuff is sorted out properly. h1,h2 and h3 tags with the key phrase, title with the key phrase, key phrase in the body 1.5% to 3% density, an image with the alt phrase set to your key phrase, an internal follow link and any external links made no follow links. Got that?
  4. Pings! – Go to pingler.com and send out pings. You should also have an updated ping list set up in your WordPress site also. Yippee! Don’t spam with your pings. There is a good plugin that you may want to install titled cbnet ping optimizer. Sort of guards against you accidentally pinging over and over when you are updating a post.
  5. Ping.fm – There it is, set up your social bookmarks and submit links to all of them. This takes care of facebook too (link your YouTube account with your facebook account and that will also give you a good post on facebook.)
  6. Socialmonkee – If you don’t have a socialmonkee account, get one, it’s free to use and it works! Those are two wonderful criteria for joining any bookmarking site!
  7. Second article – Now write a second article on the same key phrase and submit this one to ezinearticles.com – they are still the King when it comes to ezine sites.
  8. Third article – Told ya this was work! Write a third article and spin it with the best spinner software. Get a 75% or better spin on your article and then generate 500 or so articles.
  9. Submit Articles – First post articles on five to ten article directories pointing links back to your original post. Copy these URL addresses – you’ll need them later.
  10. Post on Unique Article Wizard – Take 3 of your spun articles and post them on unique article wizard. Point the links in the author’s resource box to your blog post and domain.
  11. Submit more articles! – Submit to ten more articles with links pointing back to the second tier articles (the original articles you submitted to).
  12. Unique Article Wizard…again! – Post another three articles on UAW. Link back to the original articles.
  13. Hubpages and Squidoo – use both hubpages.com and squidoo.com and point the links back to your domain and post.
  14. Video – Make a video around the same key phrase. Post the video on YouTube with links back to your blog post. Go to ping.fm again and post to your social sites with this video.
  15. Unique Article Wizard Act III – Submit yet another three articles to UAW and link back to your hubpages and Youtube video.
  16. PDF – Make a pdf file of your blog article and submit it to:
    1. Scribd.com
    2. SlideShare.com
  17. Take a break, you deserve it!

Now that you have “the list,” get off of your butt and make something happen. Experiment, find out what works for you. Don’t stop until you start seeing the results you want to see. Whether you are just putting a bunch of information out there to get off of your chest or you are trying to make money online (I do it with simple money making programs and more) at least now you have an idea of how to get the natural, organic traffic from the search engines.

If you are like me, you are going to want to get this thing going to the point where it is getting bigger on its own and you are sipping Mai Tai’s and curling your toes in the sand, but for God’s sake, no matter what, make sure you have a good time – this is suppose to be fun!

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How to Attract Blog Traffic

attract blog trafficOnce you’ve come online and created this awesome blog the next thing to do is learn how to attract blog traffic. For the most part this isn’t that big of a deal, but I use a lot of different methods to generate visitors to my blog. With that said, I can assure you that most of the techniques I use are free.

Reasons to Attract Blog Traffic

Now a few professional bloggers may likely come up and say that I’m far from being a “real” blogger and they may be right. More than anything else, I use my blog as a platform to promote different affiliate programs and as a review site for different money making programs, so the traffic that I generate are often times people that come by, check out a program and don’t return everyday and that’s fine.

I have been doing some things to try and change the stop by and check out a program crowd into a stop by once a week to check out what’s going on crowd by writing more and more articles surrounding “how to” types of subjects.

Attract Blog Traffic With How To Topics

These “how to” subjects range anywhere from article marketing to free methods to generate backlinks to a website. For example, “How to Attract Blog Traffic.” Hmm.

So I know a lot of folks are wondering how I come up with different topics in the first place, but I assure you that isn’t really that great a problem. There are many different sites that I check out, I’m an avid reader of a few blogs and I like to check out different forums to find out what people are searching out.

If someone wants to know how to do something and it’s within my own experience cache, then I’m more than happy to share what has worked for me. Pretty simple really.

Attract Blog Traffic With Articles

So, what are some of the ways we attract blog traffic? There are quite a few that I use like article marketing and this starts with one thing: finding the right keywords or key phrase. This can typically be done with a little simple keyword research. This is the one thing that MOST rookie marketers forget to do, but it is the most important skill that a marketer must master.

Once you find a good keyword or a key phrase to write about, it’s about developing a good article to post on your site. Once you write the article, at least 400 words, you will want to sort out all of your on page seo tasks. You will want to write a separate article for promotion purposes.

Video Marketing

You will also want to produce videos. This is an excellent way to generate traffic and not only that, but you can also set up your own YouTube channel and drive generate traffic through your video marketing as well.

Another good way to attract blog traffic to your site is by creating valuable and quality content. Remember that you probably aren’t the only person out there writing around your niche, so you will want to make sure that your information is a little bit, or a lot, better than the competition.

Attract Blog Traffic With Personalityattract blog traffic

Another tip is to write for human beings. Yes, it might not help in terms of getting great rankings with the search engines, but you are going to do a whole lot better creating a base of subscribers by writing with personality. If you are technical, write that way. If you have a strong sense of humor, don’t hide it. People connect with people, not with articles written by a robot.

Directories and Carnivals

Blog directories are becoming more popular, but these can be difficult to be accepted by, which is actually a good thing. At first you need to focus on creating a body of work and eventually submit your blog to one of the more respected blog directories. A good rule of thumb is to create one hundred posts before you submit your blog to a quality directory.

Attract Blog Traffic By Writing

Post often. One of the keys to keeping your readers interested in your blog is to update it quite often. Think of it this way, if the newspaper never changed the articles do you think people would continue to read them? Of course not. You need to think of your blog this way. Post every day, multiple times if possible. Give your readers a reason to stay interested.

Attract Visitors With An Attractive Site

If you want to attract blog traffic, make sure your blog is attractive. I’ve been one of the worst at taking this advice. One of the problems with some bloggers, including myself from time to time, is focusing on search engine optimization or SEO, rather than making sure my site was visually appealing.

While I still believe that you don’t have to purchase an expensive theme for your WordPress site, you do want to make sure that your site is attractive. When things look good, people remember it, it’s just human nature. We remember good looking and forget everything else.

Using the above tips will help you attract blog traffic and build your readership base. Learning how to build and attract blog traffic isn’t that difficult and having a large subscriber base will pay you dividends for years to come.

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