Make Money Blogging – “Free” Failure
You want traffic for your blog, sites, video’s on YouTube, offers etc. If getting the right eyeballs on your blog is not working with S.E.O. methods this will get you on track. Let’s call it Phase I of your Traffic Campaign, and know that once it starts you’re going to be hooked!
Many of you may know that I have another blog and a YouTube channel with a few videos promoting passive income and tips to help raise the blog Army with tips that actually work towards success for your business. Some such as my primary video channel shows the current amount of views, did you ever wonder how I got 3,000+ views for that video in 1 month?(I just looked again, it’s almost 4k now)
“Free” Not Free
We have all heard this, “Rank on the 1st page in minutes!” That’s never happened for me(takes me half the day just to write an article!), no matter the method, plug-in or any other steps available out there. Now this is not a knock on S.E.O., but I’m here to tell you it’s not free! Here’s the qualifier, free methods are not free because they take extensive amounts of your time! How do you get that time back? How many of the Top Sites have the S.E.O. attributes you were taught, can you even see them? Well they do have tons of backlinks and mentions all over the net, so what is it? It’s THE MAN keeping us down! Sorry I get carried away, but in a sense it’s true. If you have ranked sites before it’s not all that difficult to repeat, do you remember I ranked #1 for the negative keyword “Markieters” for a little while? S.E.O. free methods do work but what the heck, for new marketers it takes forever (seems that way right!). Markieters took almost not time and I didn’t have ANY links for it, but on the other hand genguilloryonline.com/blog has plenty links and I worked on the S.E.O. What is the result you ask? Let me put it this way, genguilloryonline averages about 4-6 views a day. That’s all S.E.O., slow and steady (an S.E.O. expert would have done better but let’s be real)! On the other hand I used paid methods with S.E.O. on gtguilloryblog and average about 50 views an hour, yipee yah! Have I opened your eyes to different possibilities now?
Shake-In, Not Stirred
Well I thought it was a cool title for this paragraph (meh!). Here’s what I need you to do BEFORE you experience the traffic explosion, get leads! Set up your funnel, have Opt-Ins for everything! You want to shake the customer tree and have new leads land into you pot or as we call it “your funnel”. Everything you do online should start with excitement first, sign up second and funnel third! Send traffic to your Opt-In before anything else! Send ALL traffic to your OPT-IN, the funnel and your efforts to keep your leads responsive does all the rest. How few ads or offers do you see where the marketer doesn’t add you to their list? YOU need to do the same. Every promotion needs to add leads to your list and sales to your profits.
Fire-Bad; Traffic Good!
Would you believe me if I told you that not all traffic is good traffic? Which would you rather have, one hundred leads that generate 2 sales or 1 great lead that buys from you for a lifetime? Yes I knew you would say that! So why did I even ask?
Traffic is not created equal and tons of traffic does not guard against not getting ANY profits at all, use this equation: Traffic is not Equal to Sales. So that would mean what? You don’t need a large list to have success! If you can find one responsive customer, nurture that relationship then find another, keep repeating! You will know once you’ve shaken the customer tree and found the hiding spot, then keep going back until you’ve emptied the tree (we call it scaling)! You can do that with paid traffic but only in SMALL doses. Small as in the smallest allowable buy or CPA (cost per action, you pay when leads click, like, etc.). This is where you only pay for the traffic when an action is completed, such as clicking on your link to a lander that sends those leads to your list (whoops, another hint). The other reason for the smallest attempts is it allows you to fail until you find the best source that works. Using $5 for an ad that didn’t get you leads is much easier to handle until you get it right than the $50 that didn’t get you anything. “Think about why you’re reading this for a moment….for most it’s because this is an answer to a problem you have experienced!” I’m part of YOUR conversation before you even knew the conversation existed. That’s exactly where ads come in, YOU need to make the conversation your leads have been dealing with in your niche! Be their “Ah ha” moment!
How you can get lots of Traffic
The best method I have used is to combine S.E.O. methods (remember not free, costs you time) with paid methods, such as ads. One of the best paid sources I use that’s relatively cheap is Co-Promote. What it does is bring together bloggers and site owners to promote each other, free and paid promotions! Just keep in mind you are promoting from your site or blog in an ad form that needs to appeal to both bloggers and their readers. Here’s one of mine to use as an example:
I have also used Facebook Ads and Boost’s, the Boost is pretty easy as you can make a post on your Fan Page and give it a boost with Facebook traffic. Just write a post that links to your newsletter sign up, landing page, etc. The key is to send leads to your funnel, you will have to add in searched keywords to get in front of traffic for your niche. This can get tricky and practice, testing and building your experience will help. Facebook actually provides much boring data for your results, so use them and compare (secret sauce alert). Run multiple ads or boosts with slight variations, you will notice that most of my videos feature attractive females right? I do that because an attractive female will actually generate more leads with men & women than not having a person at all or having a attractive guy would. If you have never done a Facebook Boost or ad before you should really go on the cheap and add all the highly searched keywords and do not limit age, preferences etc. Here’s the reason why: Once you get the results in some areas, your ad will have better responses among certain ages and groups! This data will help you hone in on where YOUR leads are, their average age and preferences! Where else can you get that?!
Some of you will also have a little “shock & awe” that I also used the Google monster for traffic. Shock because Google is very unfriendly to IM (Internet Marketing), ads. How did I make it work? Very simple, I kept trying! I was actually dropped by Google for 2 months without reason but got re-instated after 4 or 5 contacts and keeping my cool (that’s important!). Another work around you can use is to always be honest in your offers (no shady allowed), and use multiple cards and accounts if you can. Did you know that some gift cards you can load up and use just like a credit card? Brilliant! The biggest key I would propose to you is to never confuse Traffic or Clicks with sales, the secret sauce to your blog becoming or maintaining your primary income is to maximize every lead with a minimum cost! Here are some helpful links for you to maximize your S.E.O. for the best ways to make money online right now:
Traffic Travis – Improve your site search engine rankings, free.
Spy Fu – Download your competitions profit generating keywords!
Monitor Backlinks – Free tool to monitor and discover your S.E.O. backlinks
Duda Mobile – Make Your Site Mobile! (you asked for this one in the reader comments, delivered!)
Thanks for your patience and thank you for visiting!
Dedicated To Your Success, Glenn