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5 Smartest Strategies You Can Use To Turn Website Visitors Into Customers

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What’s the one thing that all successful websites have in common?

You guessed it, they know how to turn their website visitors into buyers. Ramit Sethi, Tim Ferriss, Zac Johnson, Seth Godin, Pat Flynn – they all know how to sell without sounding like an idiot.

If you want to build a successful blog, you need to learn how to convert your website visitors into repeat customers. Without converting your visitors, there’s no use of increase your website traffic.

If you are planning to launch a new online business or thinking to grow your conversion rates, I’ve 5 smart tactics for you that you can use to skyrocket your website sales.

Let’s dive into the details without much ado.

#1. Leverage your email list

Email marketing has the highest ROI. For every dollar you spend on email, it returns you $40.

If you want to build a profitable online business, you simply can’t ignore email.

Email list gives you the permission to print money online. If you are not building an email list yet, you are doing a terrible mistake. If you want to turn window shoppers into buyers online, you need 2 things.

  • Trust
  • Awareness

An email autoresponder series is what helps you build trust and awareness about the products or services you promote to your audience.

Here’s how a profitable email autoresponder series looks like. Notice that, there are no hard sell emails in the series.

That being said, here are few effective tips to create engage autoresponder email series that helps you convert your subscribers into buyers.

  • Before creating an autoresponder series, find out your goals. Do you want to build trust? Do you want more sales? Do you want to increase traffic to specific products? Once you know what you want from your email list, it becomes easier for you to get what you want. Even if you’re covering extremely competitive topics, you can still turn your visitors into buyers by creating awareness about your products or services.
  • Don’t bombard your email list by sending too many emails. As a rule of thumb, it’s better to send 2 to 3 emails a week.
  • Don’t send promotional emails right off the bat. People will hate it. Start your email sequence by adding value, be consistent, build trust and occasionally send sales pitches so you can increase your sales without sounding like a sales guy.
  • Write compelling subject lines. Personalize your emails. The more personal they are the better results you can get. It’s as simple as that.
  • Keep an eye on your email analytics. Find out how many clicks you are getting for each email along with the open rates. You can also do A/B testing to know the best performing emails.

#2. Teach first, sell next

Want to create a product that sells even if you’re a nobody? Then, teach everything you know.

Teaching helps you quickly build authority in your industry. Even if you are a newbie, you can sell more by teaching.

Robert Mening, the founder of Website Setup does it better on his blog. His blog’s sales funnel involves in helping people to set up their new websites (he even tells you how to choose the right domain name for your site). And he generates money from affiliate marketing. That’s a smart approach to making money from blogging.

Most people wait until they build huge audience to launch their products or services. And when their products are ready to sell, no one actually buys.

Instead of following the traditional approach, start selling from day 1. How can you do that? Teach everything you know.

That’s how great bloggers are made. Pat Flynn shares how he makes money by selling affiliate products. Derek Halpern teaches you how to build audience and convert them into sales. They are successful because they knew one thing: converting website visitors into buyers becomes easier if you provide huge value.

In what forms can you teach?

  • Blog posts
  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Infographics
  • eBooks
  • Print books

So next time when you write a blog post or make a video, remember the rule: “teach everything you know”.

#3. Analyze your competition

Your competitors can teach you a lot of things. Find out what your competitors are really doing to turn their visitors into sales.

Analyze the following things from your competition.

  • Blog’s sales funnel
  • Email autoresponder series
  • Type of content (videos, podcasts, blog posts or all of them)
  • Their demographics
  • Their backlinks

Once you know the above things from your competitors, you will get lots of ideas about making your website profitable. If you are not doing competitor research, this is probably the right time.

Here’s an insightful image from about doing competitor’s analysis (here’s the source).

The above steps make it easy for you to analyse your competitors the right way so you can assess your own business strategies to make more sales.

Get access to tools like SEMrush or Moz to find all the SEO and content marketing strategies of your competitors. Find out how much traffic they are getting along with their backlinks count and top keywords.

It not only helps you increase your website sales but it also gives you a better idea about what to write to bring more traffic from search engines.

#4. Use social proof

Showing social proof on your landing pages is the surefire way to convert visitors into leads.

Web analytics platform, KISSmetrics knows how to use social proof to turn their website visitors into customers. Here’s how it uses the social proof.

Social proof helps you with the following.

  • Builds trust quickly
  • Improves your sales
  • Instantly makes it easier for your audience whether or not to buy from you

Here are few tips to use social proof to your advantage.

  • Use influencer marketing. Get tweetable quotes from the experts in your niche about your blog, product or services.
  • Use testimonials.
  • Show the logos (if you’ve been featured on the major sites in your industry)

#5. Use the AIDA formula

Almost every successful marketer uses the AIDA model to generate more sales from their sites.

AIDA model includes:

  • Awareness
  • Interest
  • Desire and
  • Action

Creating awareness about your products or services (in the form of email newsletters, videos or blog posts) is the first step to turn your website visitors into customers.

Then focus on creating interest and desire by providing value, benefits and the other things.

Find out how your competitors are creating curiosity about their products so you can use those ideas to model your own AIDA model to generate more sales.

The final step is the action step where you will be either generating qualified leads or generating sales. If you have nurtured your audience properly, making them to take action won’t be a big deal.

Over to you

Converting website visitors into buyers is not rocket science. You need to understand who your target audience are along with their wants and needs.

Analyzing your competition, building a sales funnel, creating social proof – all these tactics can be really helpful for you to boost your website conversions.

So what are your thoughts? How do you convert your blog visitors into sales? Do you have any more tips and strategies for better website conversion rates?

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Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?

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Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.

The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.

Birds of a feather flock together.

You have heard that one, right?

I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:

  • grow
  • thrive
  • face your fears
  • serve humanity
  • be a bright light for people to follow
  • live your deepest, wildest dreams

Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.

Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.

Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.

Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.

Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.

Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.

Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.

Who Do You Hang With?

Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.

For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.

Surround yourself only with bloggers who:

  • have posture
  • have authority
  • charge top dollar
  • profit freely
  • prosper freely
  • exude confidence
  • have a highly developed prosperity consciousness

You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.

But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.

Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.

Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.

Nothing personal.

Just your blogging success at stake.

 

 

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Are You Chasing the Flavor of the Month?

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My first fundamental of successful blogging focuses you on being present.

All of our power resides in the moment.

None of our power resides in the future or past because neither exists.

Time is illusion.

Only Now is real.

Look at that brilliant featured image. I snapped it from the front porch during our trip to Fiji. Sweet things happen when you are in the moment, focusing all power on the present.

This marks my 796th blog post on Blogging Tips. I feel grateful to Zac for the opportunity to serve you. Plus I feel grateful for all success that flowed to me through these guest posts.

How in the heck did I write and publish nearly 800 guest posts on one blog?

I am in the moment, mostly. I am present. Plus I never, never, ever chase the flavor of the month.

Bruce Lee and Blogging

Alonzo Pichardo and I often chatted about being patient, persistent and present during the Online Success Chats Podcast.

Being patient, persistent and present helps you tap into immense powers, including the power of being creative *and* prolific. See my 800 blog posts on Blogging Tips as evidence of such power. Toss in my 2,008 articles (between posts and pages) on Blogging From Paradise and you understand: focusing on one core task, or core purpose, in the present, leads to amazing things.

Bruce Lee spoke of fearing not the man who practiced 10,000 kicks once, but he did fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times. He embodied this mindset in his genius, Renaissance Man type ways.

Lee’s wisdom and physical prowess are both timeless because he understood and lived this great truth: do 1 thing so frequently, with a focused energy, being in the moment, that you do it incredibly well. He understood the truth of how I live my life: where your attention and energy goes, grows.

The Flavor of the Month

Most bloggers struggle because they practice 10,000 kicks once, chasing hot niches, running after trends, and choosing to blog today, and podcast tomorrow, because everybody runs a podcast these days. Wait a second; live video reigns supreme? Time to become a live video expert. Meanwhile, as you jump from niche to niche, and from blogging to podcasting to live videos, I just wrote and published 800 posts on Blogging Tips alone. Plus I wrote and published 1,000 more guest posts on other blogs.

While most bloggers chase hot trends, profitable niches and the latest game changing opportunity, guys like Alonzo and I thrive by doing one thing alone so we do it incredibly well.

Success is yours, but success is not an overnight or week-long endeavor.

Stop chasing hot niches. Visualize your dreams in detail. Focus on your blogging wins. Invest in coaching and courses from top bloggers. Surround yourself with positive vibes and positive people.

Write, publish and connect with top bloggers by helping top bloggers.

Success Finds Specialists

I took a nap this afternoon. A calm, peaceful breeze kisses my face right now as I write and enjoy the day.

Imagine if you could work from home every day? Visualize that fun and freedom.

Sweet, right?

Specialists are the only folks who work from home full time. People who do 1 thing persistently, practicing this skill, so they become super skilled in a single, specialized niche.

I gave all of my professional energy to being a blogger for the past 10 years. I became really skilled at blogging because I never chased the flavor of the month.

Avoid program hopping, niche hopping and all forms of flavor-chasing.

Do one thing. Do it well.

Succeed.

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What Is the Incredibly Easiest Way to Drive Blog Traffic?

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Drive traffic to other blogs.

Give what you want.

Help people get what they want and people help you get what you want.

I have found this to be the easiest way to drive traffic to my blog because friends I made through cross-promotion promote me around the clock, 24-7, 365. Easy peasy.

I checked my Twitter a few moments ago. During the past 3 hours I noticed 11 mentions, engagements and retweets collectively. 3 hours, 11 engagements, more blog traffic.

I drive a heavy amount of traffic to my blog by driving a heavy amount of traffic to fellow bloggers who drive a heavy amount of traffic to Blogging From Paradise every day, all day long.

The more you give, the more you get.

The hardest way to drive blog traffic is to try to do it solo. Imagine publishing one post and hitting social share buttons. Even if I do a fine job writing the post, gaining traction solo is tough because successful bloggers know: 1000 is better than 1. 1000 blogging buddies promoting you 24-7, 365 beats you promoting yourself or you trying to write and publish 5 to 10 or more posts daily.

I used to publish 60 posts daily between 2 blogs. Short videos and short posts created the bulk of the content. I had a difficult time succeeding because you can only do so much solo. I published 60 posts in a cyber cave. Nobody listened to me because I did not listen to anybody. But making friends by driving traffic to other blogs made blogging easier and easier for me.

My blogging buddies – who appreciate me promoting them – freely:

  • link to me on their blogs
  • retweet my posts
  • share my posts on Facebook
  • share my posts on LinkedIn
  • send my blog posts to their email list

That my friends is a lot of traffic flowing to my blog easily, freely and exponentially.

Every time a blogging buddy promotes you to their tribe you gain exposure to one more large, targeted audience. Imagine when you gain exposure in front of 10, 50, 100 and 1,000 or more audiences daily? This is serious traffic! Plus it is easy traffic because your prime duties of reading posts and tapping social share buttons, or, linking to fellow bloggers on your blog, are quite easy.

How to Drive Traffic to other Blogs

I spent a fair chunk of today driving traffic to other blogs.

I promoted some of my blog posts linking to my blogging buddies. I also retweeted and Facebook shared posts from other bloggers.

Each share lays the foundation for new blogging friendships and fortifies old blogging friendships. Every time I promote Donna Merrill or Alonzo Pichardo, we bond more deeply. Easy way to keep friendships strong and to grow your blog traffic exponentially.

You Will Run out of Time Solo But You Never Run out of Friends

Eventually, I ran out of time each day trying to do it all by myself. No human is super human. No human can be in a billion places at once, by their own steam.

But you never run out of friends if you are generous. During a reasonable lifetime, no blogger will befriend all 7 billion humans. You will however keep meeting friends every day if you drive traffic to other blogs every day.

As more folks befriend you, more folks promote you. What an easy way to increase traffic to your blog. Your ever expanding friend network does much of the legwork for you and also drives traffic to your blog:

  • when you sleep
  • when you travel
  • when you spend time offline with family and friends

Sounds sweet, right?

Give freely.

Drive traffic to your blog easily.

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