Your new blog is set up, and it has a fabulous looking design.
It’s time to start getting a lot of traffic and make sales.
Here’s where things get tough, and people quit.
Registering your domain name was easy
Setting up your website was easy. Maybe you did that in WordPress.
Finding a nice design for your site was easy. Or, you hired a talented web designer to do that for you.
But things don’t look so good when it comes to getting traffic.
Why is that?
Internet marketing is a skill.
The bright side is that all skills are learnable.
After reading this article, you’ll have the marketing skills required to grow the traffic of your newly-launched website.
The #1 Problem 95% Of New Websites Have
Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity of working on a lot of new websites, and I found a common problem most have:
Their contents suck.
In fact, I almost vomit when I see some contents.
Most of those contents don’t add value to web readers’ lives.
Most of those contents don’t bring anything new to the table.
They are already a lot of sub-par contents on the web. Web readers don’t need more.
They want a kind of content that blows everything out of the water.
They want EPIC contents.
Would a web reader say “Holy Smokes!” after reading your content.
If not, then you have to reconsider.
You may have to find another great content idea.
Recently, I read a new content, and I quickly went to the comment section to say something before anyone does.
To my surprise, there were already a few comments like:
“That’s incredibly useful!”
“That’s exactly what I needed!”
Those are the kind of comments you should see on your blog post.
Before you write any content, you should see if you can do better than what’s already out there.
If you can’t do better than your competitors, then it’s better you just forget about getting traffic online.
What are the things you can do to get loads of traffic online?
The BIG Difference Between “Great Content” And “The Right Content”
I’m a big fan of this phrase:
I use that phrase a lot.
But what most beginner marketers don’t know is that there’s a big difference between a great content and the right content.
A great content is great – but great for nothing.
The right content could send massive web visitors to your website.
The right content can lower your customer acquisition cost by over ninety percent, and send you a lot of ready-to-buy visitors than any paid marketing channel out there.
The right content is what you need to make your website an overnight success.
The influencers in your niche are part of the process of making the right content.
When Alex Turnbull, the founder of Groove made the right content, his business blog got 1,000+ subscribers from a single post in 24 hours.
Groove has never looked back since then. In fact, they are currently on their way to generating $500,000 in monthly revenue. That’s the power of publishing the right contents.
How do you publish the right contents?
Just follow these steps:
Step #1: Find the influential people in your niche.
Step #2: Find out what your influencers care about (what they like to share with their followers on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, etc.).
Step #3: Create content on that topic.
Step #4: Ask them to share your content.
It only takes four steps to create an amazing content that will get massive traffic to your website.
Influencers are always willing to share a content that’s about a topic or an issue they care so much about.
When you ask them to share that kind of content, they do that with ease because they know their fans will love it.
By using this powerful traffic building strategy, your new website will instantly be exposed to a big audience.
Instead of trying to build your own audience from scratch, why not leverage an influencer who already got a massive following?
Do Things That Don’t Scale By Hunting Your First Few Readers By Hand
Here’s the ugly truth:
Getting your first 100 visitors would be HARD!
Getting your first 1,000 visitors would be easy.
Getting your first 10,000 visitors would be easier.
And getting your first 100,000 would be very, very easier.
A lot of blog owners are stuck in the first, hard phase, which is getting their first 100 visits.
If you can only get those tangible 100 visits, taking it from there would be easy. This is what I often hear from most startups founders and bloggers.
I’m a big fan of the phrase “do things that don’t scale.”
Since Paul Graham said that in one of his blog posts back in 2013, a lot of startup founders and writers have found success just by sticking with that idea.
Most of us are blinded by the dream of instant success that we never take that first most important step.
Doing things that don’t scale is the best way to guarantee success and get people visiting your blog and spreading the word about it.
It’s the surest traffic building strategy that never fails.
Here’s how it works:
Instead of waiting for people to come to your website, why not visit them one-by-one and ask them to come to your site.
By going to them on-by-one, what I mean is, getting to know each one of them personally.
This powerful strategy has never failed me.
In fact, I’ve used it to hunt thousands of customers.
One of my friends who run a driving school in Brooklyn got tens of customers using this effective strategy alone. It works.
You don’t have to be smart to use this strategy.
Who are your target audience and where do they hang out online?
Can you get their emails?
Email each one of them to let them know about your content.
Ask them to share your contents on Facebook and Twitter, or anywhere more of your audience hangs out.
Guest Blogging Is The Key To Increasing Your Traffic, Authority, And Fans
When Google engineer, Matt Cutts mentioned guest blogging as being a black hat link building strategy, the whole web was surprised, and that sparked a lot of debates.
Matt Cutts himself quickly move to clarify things that guest blogging isn’t a black hat link building strategy.
It only becomes black hat when people are publishing low-quality, spammy posts as guest posts.
He is right.
Guest bloggers that fail to provide real value are pure black hats, and their websites should be banned from showing up on the Google search engine.
Guest blogging that provides real value is what I’m talking about here. That’s the real guest blogging that will grow your traffic, authority, and followers.
Guest blogging is perfect for generating high-quality traffic.
There are many blogs out there with a huge, engaged audience. Why not guest post on them to drive traffic back to your website?
Guest blogging has been a very effective marketing strategy for a long time, and it will continue to be as long as you’re providing real value to other people’s blog.
Why Do People Still Sleep on Blog Commenting?
Chapters 2 and 3 of my eBook:
dissect both my commenting success stories and why to comment on blogs from your niche. I lead in with a clear primer prepping you for the blogging journey, commenting-wise.
Why do bloggers still ignore the immense power of commenting? A few reasons reveal themselves but at the core, bloggers fear nobody will read their blog comments. Seriously; do you genuinely believe folks read all blog comments? Of course not because folks sometimes skip over comments. But a percentage of bloggers and readers do scan comments or take apart comments word by word, getting to know fellow bloggers. At the core though, fear rings strong, guys. Bloggers fear wasting time. I get it. I too have to catch myself, to remind myself of these sweet blog commenting benefits.
Benefits of Blog Commenting
- bond with top bloggers through an underused vehicle, often ignored, but totally free of gatekeepers, unlike trying to reach someone through email or phone
- anybody can comment on a blog; new blogger, struggling veteran blogger, etc
- anybody can impress with comments at any stage of your career; any human being can share their thoughts in genuine fashion
- blog comments are forever; evergreen content
- blog comments serve as branding and bonding vehicles
- blog commenting is a free method for connecting with bloggers
- blog commenting on blogs with raving communities ejects you into the blogger’s tribe
- people who buy your stuff often need to see you are legit, active and social online; enter blog commenting
Those are but a few reasons why you want to comment on top blogs from your niche. Do your best to dwell on these reasons if you want to mail it in, skipping on blog commenting because you feel like commenting on a top blog wastes your time.
I just find it weird that years into me discussing blog commenting as a viable means to bond and grow business, bloggers scoff at it. I do have an idea why, though. Bloggers focus on things over people. Bloggers want links and do not put in the time and energy to develop connections with other human beings. Put in the time, and you will be golden. But if you want to deal with things to manipulate people you will have a terrible time getting traction online because business may flow through things, but business originates in humans. Think that one through for just a moment.
Commenting works if you comment genuinely on blogs from your niche. Nobody likes someone who wants to publish a link, and to leave. We call these guys comment drive-bys. Stick around. Write a few sentences. Be genuine. Be helpful. Be warm. The more you give to blog commenting, the more you get from blog commenting. Do you see how it works? The process is quite simple but you need to be onboard, fully, to be a generous, genuine blog commentor.
Be present. Imagine yourself speaking to another human being, in person. How should that feel? Good, methinks. Bask in that feeling as you publish a few sentences or paragraphs via a blog comment. Feel the fun in connecting with humans. Blogging is 100% in the connections. Never forget that.
Clients, customers, business and traffic find you through genuine, generous, frequent comments. I am living proof. Peep my example if you want to comment but believe commenting will be a waste of your time. Trust me; it won’t.
4 Ways to Respond to Blogging Critics
We all have ’em.
Or, if new to blogging, critics will pay you a visit eventually. Being seen online means being criticized sometimes. Part of your successful blogging tax.
Fools waste precious time and energy engaging critics in some way, shape or form. Avoid doing this. Paying, loyal, loving fans deserve your energy. Go to where you are loved.
Follow these 4 tips to respond to blogging critics effectively.
1: Ignore Critics Completely
If I come across a nasty 1 star review of my eBooks, I ignore the barb completely because miserable, angry, unhappy people cannot think clearly and tell the truth. Why trust a raging, mindless, idiotic bull? Ignore these people. Buy my critics eBook too to begin spotting these fools.
2: Listen for a Shred of Stinging Truth
OK guys; following this step feels uncomfortable but you need take the step to become a successful blogger. Listen closely to critic feedback. How does it feel to you? Upsetting? Embarrassing? Does a critic anger you or annoy you? Do you want to debate or debunk those morons? If any negative emotion feels triggered by receiving criticism you believe some or all of their critical feedback. I did tell you; this step/tip feels unpleasant. But how could you ever sell a bunch of eBooks and help people and make money if you genuinely do NOT believe in the value of your eBooks? How can you become a pro blogger if you believe you will always be amateur hour?
Critics trigger false beliefs you need face, feel and release to reach the next stage of your blogging growth. I never had powerful break throughs until a critic tossed some nasty barb my way, triggering some fear I needed to release to gain enough clarity and confidence to reach the next stage of my growth.
3: Psyche Homework
Critics see you as a mirror. What criticism seems doled out to you, on to you, is a critic speaking of themselves. We are connected; all of us. Critics never seem to see this and choose to speak of self via their criticism of you. Do your mindset homework. See how criticism serves as a projection of individual onto you? Relax. Prep yourself for future criticism. Consider writing blog posts discussing problems critics see in self if this topic applies to your blogging niche. Turn criticism into help and profits, too.
4: Never Gang Up
Ganging up on critics with your friends only shows your weakness. Critics fear. Critics are in pain. Imagine taking time to rile the troops and kick a wounded dog? This is what it’s like to get your tribe rounded up to gang up on and belittle critics. Plus, try getting featured on world famous blogs by building a bully image these days. I dare you.
Relax. Critics have issues. Ignore these folks outright. Leave them be, and you will be happier, healthier and wealthier, too. Never waste your time fighting critics; especially with friends. Do something uplifting and enriching with your time, energy and efforts.
Help people. Do not try to hurt, hurt people. Give your attention and energy to love, generosity, abundance and service to experience the greatest blogging success.
How to Self-Publish eBooks for Increased Blogging Profits
Have you bought my blogging eBook?
Well; this is one of my 100 plus eBooks:
I thought 10 eBooks in 4 months was cooking in 2014, as a newbie author. Boy, was I off. I eventually went on a blitz including publishing 1 eBook daily for 3 months in a row during one of my trips to Bali, in 2015. Anyway, I want to help you self-publish eBooks to boost your blogging profits because every blogger loves registering sweet profits, right?
Follow these tips.
1: Solve Common Problems
Solve common problems in your blogging niche. Earn profits by solving problems through eBooks people need solving. If they need the solution they buy the solution. Does it get any simpler?
2: Keep It Short and Sweet
Gone are days of 50,000 word eBooks being the norm or a bit more normal. Kindle short reads and other short, sweet numbers seem resonant with our ever-increasing microwave culture. Note how folks love watching videos and getting the latest updates via phone. People enjoy getting what they want quickly so if you solve a pressing problem fast people buy the eBook-solution.
I span 6000 to 15000 words per eBook; find your sweet spot.
3: Be Prolific
I think too many bloggers eat into their eBook profits due to holding back. Do not be stingy. Self-publish freely to increase your exposure and to better increase your blogging profits. I shipped 100 plus eBooks and promote a fair chunk daily. Being prolific helps me to help more readers; smart way for boosting your profits.
4: Help People for Free….A Lot
Do you see how many guest posts I publish daily? Quite a few, folks. I publish guesties to help you and to increase both my presence and eBook sales. Profits flow to leveraging bloggers. If self-published authors guest post heaps, all the better for increasing your blogging and eBook sales. Keep helping people via blog posts, videos and podcasts too. Do not be shy. Increase your skills, exposure and eBook profits by generously helping people for free through content creation.
5: Show Off 5 Star Reviews
I recently began showing off my 5 star reviews for my eBooks, via my blog and social media. People sometimes buy based on word of mouth marketing. Observe the review below in response to the eBook above.
Seeing positive reviews makes it easier for a reader to buy your eBooks and pad your profits. Show off 5 star reviews. Go to where you get love to get more love and to increase your eBook profits.
6: Keep It Simple
Short and sweet eBooks sell.
Simple eBooks sell even more frequently.
I always simplified my eBooks as much as humanly possible to both reach maximum readers and to increase my eBook profits. Why do people buy solution-eBooks? Authors who offer simple, easy to follow reads find few issues selling a nice volume of eBooks. Keep eBooks simple. Imagine yourself writing for a small child. Be clear and simple. Resonate with readers. Sell more eBooks.
7: Persist in Promotion
I did not begin selling eBooks until I promoted the heck out of these reads. Often this involved mentioning 1 eBook per every blog post and guest post I published for months at a time. Such is the effort of a self-promoter who drives increasing eBook profits.
Tap into this prospering blogging income stream.
Being writing and selling helpful eBooks today.
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