Content is king. If you have been in the Internet marketing scene for any period of time you would have heard this saying day in and day out. Every Internet marketing manual has this as its mantra and rightly so. One of the biggest problems people have when blogging has nothing to do with the lack of traffic coming to their site. It is a symptom of something more sinister. Bad content. Even worse then poorly written original content is content that is not original at all. This is the death bell for all blogs that want to be taken seriously.
You have to have unique content. It is the lifeblood of bogging. Every other blog is lacking in original content, you have to be different. Want to get people to not only read your blog but follow your word blindly and do your bidding for you? People will fall over themselves to do what you say if you do this. You just have to tell them what to do. This is the greatest idea, especially if you are pre-selling an affiliate program via your blog. Every one of your posts you write should give people an action that could be taken by the reader. That is, every idea you give the reader, they should be able to go and implement in their business right away. Please remember reading is the best way to sell a product or an affiliate product, especially in the Internet marketing arena is to give them a plan that they can follow and implement straight away and then give them the resources to do that with.
Giving people a plan they can follow straight away after reading what you wrote will give them that incentive to buy that recommended product from you instead of another affiliate. If you want your blog to be around for a while and you want readers to come in 5 years time and still find your content relevant to them, you need to make sure the content is timeless, whether they read it in 3 months, 3 years or 30 years. This not only means you do not have to keep updating your content every 6 months which will save you time, it also helps with other people who you may allow to use your content on their websites. They are sure not going to update your content for you. While you should be optimizing your posts and your blog for search engines, and I talk about this later, your main focus should be on writing for humans, not bots. Do not try and repeat your keywords all over your blog posts to the point where it does not make sense. This might work sometimes for search engine ranking and you may get some extra traffic, but they would not stay long if the content is obviously geared for search engine ranking. People have a short attention span and would not waste it on junk.
There is nothing worse then reading a blog with no personality. People think that they have to take on this serious. People like to read blogs that are conversationalist in nature. People like to read writing that is written at the 7th grade level. People do not want to read large words and hard to read sentences. People also like it when you talk to them one on one like an old friend. Having a unique personality will get you more traffic from people telling people about your site then any traffic building technique. A lot of people just starting out, especially in the affiliate marketing game write blogs to earn affiliate commission, and there is nothing wrong with that. What you want to avoid is promoting affiliate programs just because they pay out larger commissions even though the products might not be of the highest quality. Never promote a product you have never bought or tried yourself. You have to like and really want to tell other people about it.
You have to blog regularly to keep search engines interested, ping sites interested and even more importantly, people interested. You should post at least once a week, at the very least. Two to three times would be better. But make sure you do not post every day all day. This makes your site to search engines look like a spam blog. Also make sure you split your post times up. Some weeks post on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays, other weeks post on the other days. One of the best ways to get a sudden burst of traffic is to write about something that is hot right now or in the news. This is a great way to get a sudden burst of really interested traffic. You can find out what is hot now by watching the news or use online services like Google Trends, Yahoo Buzz or Ebay Pulse. These sites give you lists of searches that are very popular online right now. Some of the hot topics right now are * Xbox 360’s* Midterm Elections* Halloween* PSP One the best ways to get traffic to your blog is to become a big fish in a small pond. When you corner the market in any niche, you become an expert and a traffic gathering machine. Becoming an expert in the field is not that hard. Just post lots of really informative blogs, setup an opt-in list newsletter, maybe write a few ebooks. It is so much easier to become an expert in a niche within a niche. Trying to be an expert in a big field full of experts already is hard work.
Internet marketing is a niche, creating landing pages is a niche within the niche. Become the expert in the niche within the niche. You can do a lot to help your blog with search engine ranking. The first thing you can do is a buy a very keyword descriptive domain name. It really does help to have a domain name with the keyword your site is on in it. Do not forget about keyword density in your blog posts. It is important to use the same simple SEO tips in your blog as you would in any website. This is a great method to get traffic, just run some sort of contest for a whole month. One of the best ways to get free traffic to your website is via article marketing. You can however save some time by selecting a few of your better blog posts, editing them a bit, making them more to the point and submit them to article directories for a nice constant flow of traffic. While search engine ranking is important, getting people to your website and having them leave straight away is a waste of your time, so designing a website that is also appealing to the viewer and is easy to read is essential. Do not use bright colors, lots of graphics, tons of links or anything like that. Keep it simple. Make it easy to navigate and easy to find all your articles on your blog.
Also check to make sure all your links are working in your site. This is a great way to get not only more readers for your blogs, but recognized as an expert in your field. By posting helpful suggestions in forums in your market, you will get a lot of good attention.
1) Find forums in your niche
2) Read some of the back posts and see who the boss, who posts good content is and what the rules are
3) Start posting with informative information and include your little RSS byline at the end of your post or in your signature file Now that work is done for you.
Just enter the topic your newsletter is on into the website address below and you will find all the forums you could possibly want on those subjects. So how do you get reciprocal links? Easy! Submit your links to directories and add link sites. Here is what you do. Go to Google.com and type in “Add Link” “target market” then “Submit Link” “target market “If you don’t know what I mean, here is an example. “Add Link” “gardening “Submit Link” “gardening “Do that exactly as it is typed and see what you get…. If you did it correctly, you should have a listing of websites that accept link submissions in your target market. If you want to keep getting more and more repeat traffic from loyal visitors, the best way to do this is to setup an opt-in list or newsletter or some sort of way to capture peoples email addresses. The best way to run a mailing list is to send out a weekly newsletter, but if that sounds like too much trouble, setup a mailing list where you email people every time a new post is made in your blog. Having an online newsletter is very beneficial to blog traffic. People will email your newsletter onto their friends and you will get even more traffic. Another great free way to get traffic to your blog is to submit your blog to all the best blog directories and rss directories.
The two major search engines you need to submit your blog to are of course Google.com and MSN.com. So are those websites that state they will submit your website or blog to thousands of search engines for free or a one time fee. Just submit your blog to…. Google.com and MSN.com Track back is a way of blogs communicating with each other. This is from Wikipedia.org “if a blogger writes a new entry commenting on, or referring to, an entry found at another blog, and both blogging tools support the Track Back protocol, then the commenting blogger can notify the other blog with a “Track Back ping”; the receiving blog will typically display summaries of, and links to, all the commenting entries below the original entry. This allows for conversations spanning several blogs that readers can easily follow.” One of the best ways to get your blog indexed quicker in search engines and gives your blog pages more links to them is to link from your own blog. Every page on your blog should link to other posts and pages on your blog. Basically, every post will be linked to some where on your site. This is the simplest and easiest, yet one of the most effective ways to get traffic and highly quality targeted traffic to your blog.
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