My recent travels across the web have afforded many new lessons-learned and revealed several interesting new facts to me. In addition to the varied educational benefits I have been amassing from the many truly informative blogs I’ve personally visited, I have noticed that most of the traditional sites and blogs are operated by individual entrepreneurs or small business persons. Some of these people may actually be moonlighting employees of large corporations, who thankfully have chosen to offer their personal experience and considerable wealth of knowledge to visitors who come upon their site. What great resources are out there for all of us!
One cannot help but notice the efforts by many bloggers to discover additional strategies and methods for increasing their site traffic. Many are exchanging links, favs, reviews and so on. Some persons are now paying for links. Most strategies however, are built on the premise of “do this for me and I will reciprocate.” While there is nothing wrong with this approach, I prefer to exercise my faith in humanity, utilize an honor system and make the following suggestions. Keeping these facts in mind, I suggest that we all be ever-mindful of our fellow web-preneurs and do our very best in contributing to their emboldened web presence, to their overall sales growth and success, thus guaranteeing our own as well. What? How?
If you believe, like I do, in the principle of “what comes around goes around,” and the Golden Rule, then embracing the following, somewhat radical ideas, will be easy. When you visit a blog or traditional web site, always make it a point to do the following:
1. If the site interests you, bookmark it. Come back often.
2. If you like their article content, subscribe to their feed. Don’t just think about it.
3. Click on their Technorati Fav button.
4. If you enjoy an article, take a few moments to comment on it. People really appreciate this.
5. Bookmark your favorite articles. Use Digg, Delicious, Stumble Upon or whatever buttons are provided.
6. Author a new article, featuring a link to their site or blog. Use track-backs.
7. If they have another web site or blog, visit it as well and follow the steps listed here again.
8. If he/she has published articles on the many available article distribution hubs, read them.
9. If their site or article has a voting button, use it! Be encouraging.
10. Place a link to their site on your own page. Your readers will also appreciate the reference.
11. If he/she has written a book, buy and read it. Consider reviewing it. Let them know what you think.
12. Look over their ads. Click on anything that appeals to you. Window shopping is okay.
13. If you are part of a blog community, visit others’ blogs and leave positive messages.
14. Subscribe to their newsletter.
15. Tell others about their site. Recommend visits.
16. Call or email them. Introduce yourself. Make a new friend and contact.
17. Make certain that the “do not follow” tag for comments is disabled on your blog.
Many of us, in our haste, tend to extract the benefit from a site, and then hurriedly move on to the next one. We often fail to edify our new benefactor by making any of the above actions. All of these suggestions take little time or effort, and will make a huge, positive difference to others. That alone is worth the small price you will pay. There is, in fact, another huge bonus: All of these suggestions will benefit you as well, perhaps even more than the one you are helping. You will learn much in the process, and learning is often considered the primer step to earning.
Each of these ideas will generate significant traffic and links back to you. People will also visit your blog, read your articles, buy your books, leave supportive comments and help to spread the word about what you have to offer! It will perpetuate, continuously being paid forward. You see, edifying and giving to others is always the best way to increase your own success, feelings of self-worth and accomplishment.
Remember, you cannot do it alone and you cannot out-give your receipts. Life does not work that way. We all win when we help each other!
Daniel Sitter, author of both Learning For Profit, and his new book, Superior Selling Skills Mastery, has garnered extensive experience in sales, training, marketing and personal development over a successful twenty-five year career. http://www.learningforprofit.com/ Read his blog http://ideaseller.typepad.com/
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