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Friday, July 31, 2009

Traffic School 101: 3 Proven Ways to Get Traffic To Your Site

Traffic School 101: 3 Proven Ways to Get Traffic To Your Site

Welcome to Traffic School 101. As a website owner, your goal is to have a steady stream of targeted traffic flowing into your site. Here are three effective and proven ways to drive traffic to your site.

Blogs are a great way to add traffic to your site. You can add a feed burner to your blog which will enable your readers to stay up to date with new posts that you add. The posts can be delivered right to their email or homepage. As you add posts to your blog, point out new articles and other content that you have recently added to your site. The more you talk about your site, the more interest you will generate.

If you choose, you can add a blog roll to your blog that lists other blogs your readers might find interesting. If you add a link of someone else’s blog to your site, ask them to add a reciprocal link to your blog. Remember to focus on your target market and what they would find interesting. If your site’s focus is on making homemade organic baby food, trading links with a blog that is focused on bulldogs won’t add targeted traffic to your site. However, trading links with blogs devoted to organic food will have a better chance at increasing your traffic.

You can also increase the amount of traffic that comes to your site with article marketing. It may sound complicated, but it is quite easy. You simply write articles and distribute them to article reprint directories. There are many directories out there, and you will want to distribute them to as many directories as possible. This can be done manually, or you can invest in software that can do this for you. Another option is to hire a virtual assistant to submit them for you.

By adding these articles to reprint directories, you are giving permission for other people to publish these articles on their sties for free. When other website owners publish the articles you have written, they will include a “bio box” at the end of the article. You choose what the bio box says and can include links to your site. The articles can be any length you choose and can be on any topic. If you don’t like writing, you can hire a ghostwriter to write the articles for you.

Having a newsletter is another great way to drive traffic to your site. Include a link to your opt-in page everywhere; the pages on your website, the signature line in the forums you belong to, the signature line in your email, and don’t forget to add the link to your blog. The more people that see your opt-in page, the more subscribers you will get. By sending your newsletter to your mailing list on a regular basis, you will stay in your readers’ minds. Include excerpts from new articles and other information that you have recently added and to your web pages, including links that point to the full text on your site.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I Can't Write An Article. Can I?

I Can't Write An Article. Can I?

If you research Internet Marketing, you will find that articles serve a variety of purposes. Articles provide content for your site, which helps in your search engine optimization. You can market your website by writing articles and distributing them to reprint directories. As you can see, writing articles is very useful, and everyone can do it.

The first step is to decide what you want to write about. The choices are limitless. To start generating some ideas, think about why you are writing this article. Are you writing an article for your site? If so, keep your target market in mind. What do they want to know about?

You can do some keyword research to see what your target market is searching for. The content you choose is important, as the search engines will index this information. When someone searches for a specific term that is found in your content, the page on your site that features that information will come up in the search results.

Submitting articles to reprint directories is a great way to drive traffic to your site. By submitting your articles to directories, you are allowing other website owners and bloggers to publish your articles for free. As a trade off, they will include an “about the author” box at the end of the article. You can write a brief biography of yourself and include a link to your website. Again, think about the target market you wish to attract. Write articles on subjects that are found on your website.

You may want to link your article to a page on your site that has similar information, rather than simply linking to your home page. For instance, if you wrote an article about bathing newborns, but your site has information on older babies, too, sending the reader to a page about a three month old may confuse them. They want more info about newborns, so steer them to that section of your site.

If you are writing about something that you are not familiar with, use the web to gather some quick information and facts. It is okay to use this as a tool to learn about a subject. However, you must take that information you have gathered and put it into your own words. Do not plagiarize someone else’s work.

Your article can be any length, there are no set qualifications. Many articles run between 300 and 500 words. If you are going to submit your article to a reprint directory, you may want to stay within those guidelines.

Before you publish an article to your site or add it to a reprint directory, run the spell check function on your word processor and read through the article to make sure the grammar is correct.

What should you say in your Blog

Blog All About It: What to Say in Your Blog.

Writer’s block is a common ailment among writers, whether it is a news reporter under a deadline or a student trying to finish a report. If you are a blogger, you may find yourself suffering from “blogger’s block”, the condition of not knowing what to put in your blog.

Your blog should feature your voice. It is easy to find reprint articles when you feel stuck, but try to avoid putting them in your blog. You can publish a reprint article on your website and create a blog post that links to it, but keep the blog content your own. This will enable your readers to get a feel for your personality, as well as develop a relationship with you.

The media is a great place to find things to blog about. Watch the local news, read the paper, or check media websites. Take a look at what is going on in the world and spin the stories into a tale for your readers. If you have a website about home schooling and come across a news clip that features something they would find interesting, by all means, blog about it. After you give your opinion on the story, link to the original news source as a convenience for your readers. They may find your post so interesting; they’ll want to read the original story, too.

You can blog about your affiliate programs and make money at the same time. If you are an affiliate for something, find a way to create a blog post about it. You can review the item, give tips on how to use the item and so forth. You will have something to write about, and if your reader clicks on your link and purchases the item, you’ll make money at the same time.

Blogs are also a great way to promote your website. Let your readers know when you have made a change to your site, such as publishing a new article. Create a blog post that contains the first few lines of the article to tease your readers, as well as a link to the page that features the full text.

Keep your posts timely and helpful. If it is almost Thanksgiving, adding a post with tips on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day isn’t timely or helpful. However, a turkey recipe or a how-to post that explains a quick and easy craft in the shape of a pilgrim would be both timely and helpful.

To help your readers stay up to date with the new posts that you add, you can install a feed burner. There are different feed services to choose from, including free ones. Once you register, you will be given a small amount of HTML to add to your blog. Your readers can choose to subscribe and have your new posts delivered to their email or computer’s home page.

Watch out for Bad Web Traffic

Watch out for Bad Web Traffic

When it comes to website traffic, the old saying “the more the merrier” doesn’t always apply. Simply having lots of traffic will not increase the number of sales you have. Your goal in creating traffic is to attract targeted traffic, which will in turn, bring you more paying customers. You can have a lot of traffic coming to your website, but if they are not interested in your product or service, what good will it do to have them visit your site?

If you do a search on the Internet for ways to increase traffic to your site, you will find websites that sell software or monthly membership packages that promise to bring traffic to your site. Don’t be fooled by these costly gimmicks. There are many ways you can increase traffic to your site for free.

What these companies don’t tell you is that one of the methods they use to drive traffic to your site is paying people to “surf” the Internet. People log into a website, enter a password and their computer will automatically “surf the net”, displaying different websites. However, the person that logged in isn’t necessarily paying attention to the screen – or even looking at it. The company that you paid may be driving “traffic” to your site in terms of visitors, but that doesn’t guarantee more customers.

It may sound like a contradiction, but promoting free items can also bring in bad traffic. Yes, you may attract more visitors, but a lot of those people just want a “freebie”. They might not really care about the services or products you provide, and once they get that “freebie”, they may never return to your site again. Now, that doesn’t mean you should never offer free items – they can definitely help increase sales in certain situations, such as a “buy this ebook and receive this free special report” offer.

Trading links and participating in banner exchanges may sound good in theory, but again, if targeted traffic isn’t coming in, your sales won’t be affected. Remember, traffic doesn’t equal customers. If you have a site related to babies, it doesn’t make sense to trade links with a site related to sport fishing. Always keep your target market in mind. Who is your audience? Why should they visit your site? Having fresh, relevant, timely, and informative content will attract quality traffic. Once people come to know your site as a source of quality information, they will return when they need to learn something new. The more quality traffic that comes in, the more customers you will have.

By staying away from bogus websites offering promises of high numbers of traffic and sticking to proven methods of generating quality traffic, you will not only increase your site’s traffic, you will also increase your conversion rates.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

All About Autoresponders

If you've reached the point of exhaustion trying to keep up with answering the mountain of emails that threatens to bury you alive every single day, you're ready to learn about email autoresponders.

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The bad news is that people expect prompt replies to their email inquiries. However, unless you can figure out how to work continual twenty-four hour shifts, or hire enough people to constantly monitor incoming emails (while they're eating up your revenue), you have a problem. The good news is an autoresponder is an inexpensive - or even free - method of quickly responding to emails. What these programs do is automatically respond to incoming emails as soon as they are received.

Emails are essential to your business for many different reasons. Most importantly, these invisible email voices give you their feedback about your website - for free! However, if you spend all your working hours answering these emails, how are you supposed to run your business? The answer is simple: use autoresponders. Autoresponders are programs that automatically respond to your emails without you so much as having to click on your mouse.

There are a number of good reasons why you need an autoresponder besides just answering your email. For example, autoresponders can be used if you need a way to send information about your services or products, price lists, or if there are repeated questions asked across large numbers of emails. Maybe you want to offer your site visitors a special bonus of some kind, such as advice or relevant articles. All of this can be handled by an autoresponder. Additionally, you can advertise your business and then build stable relationships with your customers by using autoresponders.

Autoresponder programs vary from software that runs with your email program to a specialized script that runs on your web hosting company's server. This kind of script may use a web page form or simply operate with your email account. This kind of script is programmed to send out a standardized message whenever an email is received. The message is sent to a particular script or email address.

Some autoresponders can do more than simply send out standardized messages. They can send out an unlimited number of follow-up messages sent at predetermined interval of time. For example, you can set your autoresponder to send out a new message every day for as long a period as you desire.

There are numerous companies who offer autoresponders free of charge. Your website hosting company often provides autoresponders as a free service. If this is not the case with your web hosting company, there are numerous companies who offer this service for a small fee, or free of charge, providing you attach an advertisement for their company to your emails.

To personalize your autoresponder messages, you can attach a signature. Signatures in this case are much like business cards. You can include your name, company, all your contact numbers and addresses, and a brief message.

It's a good idea to attach a signature to every email that is sent out. This works as a repeated reminder of your business identity every time a customer sees it. The more they look at your signature, the more likely your company will spring to mind when your particular service or product is needed.

You can create a standardized signature that every employee in your business uses, or you can go wild, and let every staff member create their own personal signature. Of course, like everything in life, there are some rules and guidelines to creating a personal signature.

Keep the length of your signature between four to six lines of text, with no more than 70 characters in a single line. Make sure that your email program does not cut off your text! The content should include your name, your company name, your email address, fax number, and any other contact details, such as 800 numbers. Lastly, always include a short personal message about your company. It should be a subtle sell of your services or your products, and possibly your company's reliability and longevity.

Another specialized use of autoresponders is to create courses that you can then offer your site visitors for free. You must choose a topic in which you are an expert and that precisely targets your potential customers.

Once you have carefully chosen your subject, divide it into a number of different sub-topics. Then offer your site visitor a free 10 or 15 day course, each day offering a different sub-topic. The first topic should always be a welcome message to your site visitor and an explanation about what is to follow. Your explanation should be enticing, getting the point across that you are offering free, quality information that your target audience will find of great value.

With every lesson, include the number of the lesson, the topic title, information about your company and its services or products. At the end, include a few blurbs about the next lesson to entice the subscriber to continue on.

Make sure each topic is packed with essential and valuable information, and leaves the visitor lusting to know more. Otherwise, you may lose them in the very beginning.

Of course, you have to write up your course before you can offer it. Once you have done this, and gone over the material carefully, employing a professional writer or editor if necessary, you must transfer your text to your autoresponder.

There are a number of free autoresponders you can use although I suggest you use Aweber - Try http:/, or Or go onto Google and you will find a long list of free autoresponder companies. Then sign-up for your chosen autoresponder. Once you do, you will receive instructions as to how to set it up and transfer your text.

Email is an excellent marketing tool; it is inexpensive and it is fast. Use it to advertise your business by choosing your email address carefully. Your website should contain different email addresses for different contact requests. For example, use for information requests, or for questions about sales. It's a good idea to set up one for the owner, such as This presents your company in a personal, approachable light and insures that direct contact is provided.

Autoresponders are an effective and powerful marketing tool, allowing you to make contact with thousands of potential customers. This is an invaluable asset considering how many potential customers you usually have contact with before you make an actual sale. Essentially, an autoresponser allows you to automate part of your marketing campaign.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Video Ad Profits

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Now you might think he said 'little' so it may not be worth buying. Well this ebook is only 17 pages, but it is jam-packed with the information you need to create Video ADS!

If your a professional at video, don't bother with this!

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Listen - I spent two days a couple weeks ago trying to create a couple professional videos. The results were less than spectacular.

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Good Example of a Video

Here is a great example of a video:

One thing to notice - you would think that someone was out with their camera shooting the video here and there, but in reality this is just bits and pieces from various online sources put together, with a voice over along with background audio.

Some effects are added like fading in and out, etc.

Really something like this can easily be put together once you know how.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I just purchased Traffic Secrets by John Reese

At Last - I have purchased Traffic Secrets by John Reese!

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Traffic Secrets is a physical product - delivered right to your door! So now I have to wait until it arrives - the hardest part.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

The Road To Success

The Road To Success

Currently, there are thousands of online enthusiasts
who are taking the plunge and joining the community
of affiliate marketers. With e-commerce booming,
and the internet dominating the business world,
becoming an affiliate marketer is a very wise choice.

To be successful with affiliate marketing, it's always
best to learn the basics of the affiliate marketing
business, then realize what sacrifices will need
to be made for you to accomplish your goals. To
get to the top of affiliate marketing, you'll need
to make the necessary sacrifices.

Before you join any type of program, you should
learn as much as possible about the company. It's
actually very easy to research companies, as search
engines are easily the one of the most primary
sources for information. To be on the safe side,
you should ensure that the program and company has
been operating for several years - which can be
easily and properly verified.

If the company has just started, make sure that
the owner has good credibility. Although becoming
an affiliate marketer doesn't have to be a complex
task, you should always use caution.

Many individuals are under the impression that you
can earn a lot of money with affiliate marketing
and not have to invest a penny. Even though
the majority of these programs are free to join,
you'll have to invest money at some point in
time during your affiliate marketing career.

More than likely, this money will be used for
advertising and the promotion of web sites. In
most scenarios however, the amount of money spent
will be earned back with a little bit of time.

Making it as an affiliate marketer will take
time, effort, and a lot of hard work. The more
of these qualities you put into your business,
the greater the success you'll achieve. You
should always be willing and ready to stick with
your program to build up your earnings.

You'll also need to design a variety of different
strategies and methods, which range from creating
web sites to product promotion. You'll also need
to advertise, as well as keep in constant contact
with your affiliates. You should be ready to
put in the most time during the first few months
of your program, as once your network begins to
get established, your work load will lighten.

Even though the system of affiliate marketing
may seem overwhelming at first, you should realize
that you are surrounded by online support. A
lot of the individuals who join affilate programs
are new to the business.

Many organizations and companies have around the
clock support forums and customer support for
those affiliates who need advice or assistance.
A lot of web sites are equipped with e-books,
tutorials, articles, and tips that will make your
quest of becoming an affiliate marketer a little
bit easier.