Guest blogging is one of the most popular ways to build links, get more website traffic, and build thought leadership. That being said though, it’s important to remember that not all blogs are created equal, and you need to pick ones that are both high-trafficked and relevant in order to reap the full benefits of guest posting.
Typically, bloggers use sites such as Google or Alexa to find blogs to write for. But beyond those services, here are a few more tools you may want to check out as well:
Think of Alltop.com as an online magazine stand that surfaces the top sites and stories in any given topic. It collects headlines from the best sites and it aims to supplement people’s reading and learning experiences on the web.
In addition, Alltop allows you do discover blogs in a variety of industries. Topics are arranged in alphabetical order, so you can browse sites by letter. You can also do a search by entering a keyword into Alltop’s...
In part one we gave you some freebie ideas that you can use to drive website traffic, and we also offered insights on why providing valuable content is essential to your freebie. This post will provide even more freebie ideas you can implement in your business (in case you couldn’t get enough of them in part 1) and you’ll also learn how to ethically use your freebies in order to stay on the good side of your users.
More freebie ideas:
If you’re a coach, consider giving away a free session or two to prospective customers. This will allow you to show people what you’ve got, while eliminating risks on their part. It enables you to get people through your doors so you can give them a glimpse of what you have to offer.
Providing free coaching sessions gives you a chance to show people how awesome your services are. And chance are, when people see that, you’ll get some paying customers out of your offer.
Got a packed schedule...
So you’ve created your freebie and can’t wait to reel in more website visitors with it. How can you ensure that you’ll get the most traction out of your offer? Here are a few tips and best practices.
Avoid the “build it and they will come” mentality
The first step is to have the right mindset. Most people create their free ebook, course, survey, etc., then just leave it at that. Big mistake. Getting your offer live on your site is just the beginning. Recognize that you need market your butt off and you need to promote your freebie to get it in the hands of as many people as possible.
Advertise your offer
One of the best ways to get the word out about your offer is to buy traffic and get people clicking. Design an enticing ad that promotes the offer. Make sure you put the word “free” in your copy to entice people to check it out.
Also see to it that the look and feel of your ads are consistent with your promotion. For...
The concept of bribing may have a bad rep in politics, but online, it’s considered as one of the best practices of Internet marketing. As long as you follow privacy laws and adhere to proper “netiquette”, there really isn’t anything wrong with offering a little incentive to increase website traffic and build an audience.
Below are some ideas of what to entice users with. Go through each one, do some research on what would resonate most with your target visitors, and start creating!
Quick tip: Make sure you’re giving away something of value
Before we get into the details of the different types offers that you can give out, we just want to remind you of one important word: VALUE. Don’t just put together an offer for the sake of doing so. (For instance, some companies release “free” ebooks that don’t really provide anything of substance.) Offering a low-value or useless freebie will only turn off users. Sure, it may entice...
When talking about increasing website traffic, people often bring up techie methods such as implementing retargeting features, using social media, appealing to mobile users, and more.
All that is well and good, but for this blog post, we’d like to veer away from online strategies and instead focus on what offline businesses are doing to attract foot traffic.
A term that’s usually reserved brick-and-mortar retailers, foot traffic pertains to people in the physical world walking into a store to buy something.
Believe it or not, the strategies used by brick-and-mortar stores to attract foot traffic can also be applied to driving website visitors. Here are a few examples:
1. Position yourself near a great anchor store – In retail lingo, an anchor store is usually the biggest, most well-known shop in a mall or shopping center. These stores generate a lot of foot traffic on their own because of their reputation, so brick-and-mortar retailers love having anchor...
Trying to boost the performance of your ad campaigns? While it may by tempting—and sometimes recommended—to look “out there” and see what your competitors are doing, resist the urge to do so, and instead analyze what’s happening on your own website first. (Save spying on your competition for later.)
When buying traffic, it’s best to take a look at the visitors that you already have so you can determine the most ideal targeting options and messaging to implement in your campaign.
Pay attention to the following website traffic metrics in particular:
1. Geographical location – Where are your visitors coming from? Are your customers mainly from the US or other parts of the world? Take note either way and target your campaigns accordingly.
In addition, be sure to tailor the content and wording of your ads to the location of your visitors. For example, if you’re targeting people in the UK, make sure your ads are adopting UK...
Grabbing users’ attention can be especially tough for advertisers and publishers during the holiday season. Between Christmas parties, office potlucks, and exchange gifts, consumers are very distracted and are likely not paying attention to anything that’s not holiday-related.
That’s why you need to make your campaigns more compelling by making sure they’re in line with holiday and year-end themes. Doing so increases your chances of getting noticed and can bring in more visitors even at the busiest time of the year.
Whatever your means of driving visitors may be--whether it’s buying traffic through ad networks or creating viral marketing content, below are timely themes that you can incorporate in your campaigns:
High spirits and anticipation run especially high during the holidays. Why not take advantage of all that excitement by counting down the days until Christmas or the New Year? You could do a daily blog post or even launch a...
Looking to buy traffic for your website? Opting for the online advertising route can be a great step. But before signing up with an ad network, it’s best to grill them with some questions to properly determine if they have the right products and services for you.
Remember that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for all advertisers, so you should choose your online partners wisely. Asking the right questions is the first step to doing that.
To help you with this process, below is a list of must-ask things that you should bring up when screening ad networks:
What types of advertising solutions do you offer?
This may seem obvious and you’ll likely find a general overview on the company’s website, but it wouldn’t hurt to get into more detail when talking about the ad network’s products.
For instance, if they’re offering display ads, ask them where the ads will be placed. Also consider inquiring if they offer design...
We're pleased to announce that starting today, you can pay for your campaigns with Bitcoin.
Wait. So What is Bitcoin?
Many people find Bitcoin somewhat confusing. Quite simply, Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer online financial network that people use to send payments from one person to another and it's also a digital currency (also called Bitcoin). The bitcoin network functions without the intermediation of a central authority. The managing of transactions and the issuing of Bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network.
Why pay with Bitcoin?
Customers from around the world can check out with digital currency.
The currency works just like cash.
Transactions are secure and meet the highest standards for ecommerce security.
Learn more about Bitcoin:
Conversions are the true measure of Ecommerce success. You're either selling a product or you're not. While other metrics are important in terms of determining how well your site is doing, your conversion rate is the only one that can really tell you if the success of your site is making you money.
1. Ask Your Customers for What They Need and No More
Customers are understandably protective of their personal information and their privacy. It was not so long ago when Sony had their servers hacked and their customers' privacy threatened. People are more and more aware now that just like real-life, they need to make sure that their personal information needs to stay protected.
A good workaround to make sure that your customers never feel like they're being pumped for information is to remove fields that you don't really need. If you do need information, explain why it is mandatory or optional. Transparency works in your favor in this case. Telling them...