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How Do I Get Traffic To My Blog?

One of the best ways to get traffic is to make sure your content is original content. This is the “fuel” for the search engines. The more original the content, the more the search engines will take your posts seriously and crawl your site. This is how you will initially drive traffic plus there is a variety of other ways for Google and other search engines to crawl your site. From all of the years I’ve been blogging and other forms of online marketing, I went ahead and provided a few basic steps for you to follow (and some) to get the best results possible. At first, it may seem a lot of leg work, but you will reap the benefits if you don’t give up. More importantly, it’s vital to get a mentor in your life to follow that can show by their experience how bloggers make money.

Allow Guest Posting!!

I think this is one of the best ways to start getting some quick traffic. Almost every blog I know allows guest posts (even this one) – and almost every one of those does not discriminate. What I mean is that most bloggers (that I know anyway) will accept or reject a guest post based on it’s quality, not on whether they know the person or not. This provides a great opportunity for a newbie to write an article that could be seen by 20,000 readers. I don’t know of any other method that could bring traffic as quick. I must admit, I could still do more guest posting myself. I have been pleased with the results in the past. The key is to write a great article – don’t hold back your best stuff. I have seen people grow their blogs very quickly by giving some of their best articles away as guest posts. Also, only submit unpublished content as a guest post. If it has already been published, then the blog that is allowing you to guest post won’t get any search engine traffic for that article. But there are places to republish your articles you have already published – we will get to that in a minute…

Sign up for blog community sites

Just a few off the top of my head are mybloglog.comtechnorati.com, and blogcatalog.com. Look for other blogs in your niche and join their networks and ask to become their friends. Networking with some of your fellow bloggers here will send a few visitors your way and is a good way to get started.

Submit to Blogcarnivals

One of the best things beginning bloggers can do is to sign up for blogcarnivals.com. At this site you can submit articles that you wrote on your blog to be included in a list of articles by the hosting blog. It is kind of like “open mic night.” If you have a good article with a good title, you can get some good traffic from blogcarnivals, not to mention incoming links from other related sites.

Join Directories

If I were starting a blog today, one of the first things I would do is Google “whatever topic I want to blog about” + “directory” This should return a list of web directories about your topic. Getting added to these directories will only help. You may not get a lot of traffic from them, but ultimately they will help you get more traffic from the search engines. A few of the more valuable ones to get you started…

Blog Commenting

One of the absolute best ways for new blogs to get traffic is just to comment on other blogs. Commenting with a thoughtful and provocative response will often send a few visitors your way. The blogging community is generally a very social community and those who are active in the community often reap the rewards of it.

Forum Commenting

Becoming involved in forums related to your topic and having a link to your blog in the signature line can send a few visitors. Google “your topic” and “forums” and you are sure to find a few. Just don’t be annoying and go in just to promote yourself. People can see that from a mile away. The new age of the internet (aka Web 2.0) is very much a “give and you shall receive” environment. If you seek to give and be a benefit before seeking your own rewards, you will be much better off.

Linking to other blogs

I don’t know what it is, but everyone wants to know when someone is talking about them. So it is with blogs. When people link to my site, I get a notification and often go check out who linked to me and what the context was. I have had some good relationships form just from this. Thus is another powerful method that is a great way to make money blogging.

Create Squidoo pages

Squidoo.comInfoBarrel.comHubpages.com and a handful of others are sites that allow you to build a simple page about a topic. You can do it very quick and the pages often rank well in the search engines. If you build a page that gets a little bit of traffic and have links coming back to your site, you will catch some of those visitors. If that weren’t good enough, many of them allow you to earn money from your articles as well.

Article submissions

Submit articles to article submission sites. These sites collect articles and most allow a bio-section that can include a link back to your blog. Here are a few that are worth looking into…

 

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Summary

What I’ve covered so far is only the tip of the iceberg to getting lots of internet traffic to your blog. I spend about a good 1 – 2 hours a day blogging daily and enjoy helping others become successful the same way I’ve been able to. Another way to turbo drive your web traffic is to copy exactly how bloggers make money.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Blog’s Authority and Google Traffic the Natural Way

         

 

Building Internet Traffic In 2012

I currently work at  my day job in selling internet marketing to local to national campaigns and also have my own blog that builds my home based business on auto pilot and enables me to help others succeed with expanding their online presence. From my experience in the world of internet marketing/Search Engine Optimization (SEO), most business owners and individuals try too hard by creating their own rules to build a successful campaign online.

Some of the major mistakes is trying to “create shortcuts” to boost rankings by spinning content or use duplicate original web content and spamming links to get on the 1st page of Google and other search engines. Sometimes these techniques work – but only temporarily. That’s why Google constantly changes their algorithm to maintain their reputation as the most accurate search result for their end user on the planet – that’s you and I doing searches on a daily and weekly basis.

Since 2010, the Google Instant feature came into effect as an added functionality to make it easier to find what we would be looking for – down to the local level such as Google Maps results page when doing a Google search for a local business. Now that Google, Bing Yahoo, and  other search engines are geared towards local search results, it is much harder to spam links and maintain 1st page placement. In addition to the following 5 ways of avoiding these common mistakes, I will also show you towards the end of this article how to generate a TON of traffic without having to adapt your online marketing strategy to Google’s constant algorithm changes.

Following are 5 ways to boost your organic Google traffic, so you can get started right now.

1. Quality Content for Your Readers, Not for Search Engines

One of the most important factors that Google and other search engines weigh when ranking search results is the quality of websites and blogs. That means your content should be focused on your blog’s niche topic, so your audience continually gets fresh useful content to read. In time, Google should identify your blog as a destination for specific content, which can only help your search rankings and Google traffic.

2. Making It Irresistible to Stick Around on Your Blog

Google also considers how long people stay on your blog in its search algorithm. When people stick around and visit multiple pages and posts on your blog in a single visit, that tells Google that your content is relevant and useful or interesting. With that in mind, take the time to create user-friendly navigation that leads visitors to related content, hot topics, and any other content on your blog that could keep them interested for a bit longer.

3. Ensuring the User Experience is Always Good

Making sure that the user experience on your blog is always good plays an important role in boosting organic Google traffic. Remember, since Google considers the amount of time people spend on your blog in its search algorithm, a bad user experience that keeps visitors from sticking around any longer than they have to could hurt your Google traffic. Therefore, make sure you have reliable web hosting, streamline your navigation, lose the clutter on your pages, and make links to relevant and interesting content easy to find.

Good web hosting also matters because Google looks at the page load speed for the pages on your blog and ranks sites with faster page load speeds higher than sites with slower page low speeds. Make sure your hosting account is giving your blog the best possible page load speed.

4. Use Internal Links but Don’t Overuse Internal Links

Internal links within your blog posts that lead to your best content, additional useful content, and related entertaining content can help to boost your organic Google traffic. By drawing attention to your best and most useful content, people will value your blog more and are more likely to read additional posts, share posts with their social networks, and return to your blog again.

All of these activities help to increase organic search traffic, so include internal links in your blog posts whenever those links enhance your content and the user experience. Just be careful not to stuff internal links into your posts or you could look like a spammer. That could draw negative attention and penalties from Google.

5. Avoid Short-Term SEO Tricks that Can Devalue Your Blog

It can be tempting to pay for some incoming links to increase your blog‘s authority in Google’s algorithm, which should increase Google traffic to your blog. However, short-term tactics can only work for so long (hence the phrase “short-term tactics”).

Use ethical short-term search engine optimization tactics to enhance your ongoing efforts to write a lot of quality content that your niche audience wants to read and share. I call this “share worthy” content (source: “30-Minute Social Media Marketing,” McGraw-Hill, 2010), and it’s the most valuable thing you can create to increase sustainable, organic Google traffic and grow your blog.

This brief article is just a few basic rules of how to maintain a successful online marketing campaign even after you are on the 1st page of Google, are generating traffic and conversions. As mentioned at the top of this page, there are other legitimate ways to develop a viral buzz marketing strategy without having to deal with Google’s contant algorithm changesThis is possible by creating an online traffic blog. Once your blog gets traffic month after month consecutively, you will then be able to turn that into a viral marketing blog.

Once you have a successful viral marketing blog in place, you will have several successful viral marketing campaigns in place to bring in more revenue for your business. Within time, you will be one unstoppable marketing machine and will reap the financial benefits for many years to come.  I hope this article was helpful and you will see the benefits of blog marketing strategies.

 

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Anderson Silva: The King of the UFC

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The Best UFC Champion Of All Time

Out of all of the talented fighters in the UFC, none come close like Anderson Silva. His moves are unpredictable and his style is adaptable to any fighter in the ring.  At 37 years old, only time will tell how much longer he will be able to keep up his winning streak before his youthful energy takes its toll.

Anderson Silva’s Bio

Anderson Silva was born April 14, 1975, a middle child of four.[14] The son of a poverty stricken family, Silva spent the majority of his childhood with his aunt and uncle, an officer with the Curitiba police force.[15].

Silva first began training Jiu Jitsu with neighborhood kids who could afford lessons. He explained his introduction to martial arts in an interview with FIGHT! Magazine. “When I started out, Jiu-Jitsu was really an elite thing in Brazil, and there was some prejudice towards poorer kids, so I had to learn things on my own… Some of my neighbors started doing Jiu-Jitsu, so I started watching it, and then started rolling with them. It wasn’t organized training, but it was better than nothing.” By the age of twelve his family was able to set aside enough money to start him in Tae Kwon Do lessons, from which he moved on to Capoeira, before finally settling on Muay Thai at the age of sixteen.[15]

Before he began his career as a professional fighter, Silva worked at McDonalds, and also as a file clerk. He also considers Spider-Man a personal hero, and has a stated love of comic books and comic book heroes.[16

Early career

Silva initially fought in his native Brazil in the welterweight category. According to Sherdog.com, Silva made his professional debut in 1997 with a pair of wins.[3] Silva recorded his first loss in 2000 to Luiz Azeredo by decision. After that fight, he went on a nine-fight winning streak, winning six of those fights by either submission or TKO.[3] After winning his first match in Japan he was put up against Shooto champion Hayato Sakurai on August 26, 2001. Silva beat Sakurai by unanimous decision after three rounds and became the new Shooto Middleweight Champion (at 167 lb) and the first man to defeat Sakurai who was undefeated in his first 20 fights.[3]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Although speculation ran rampant about where Silva would sign next, the UFC announced in late April 2006 that they had signed him to a multi-fight contract. It was not long before the UFC started promoting Silva, releasing an interview segment almost immediately after announcing his arrival.[26]

Silva made his debut at Ultimate Fight Night 5 on June 28, 2006. His opponent was The Ultimate Fighter 1 contestant Chris Leben who had gone undefeated in the UFC with five consecutive victories. Leben, confident of victory, had predicted he would KO Silva in a pre-fight interview. A relatively unknown fighter in the United States, Silva made an emphatic debut when he knocked out Leben with a flurry of pinpoint strikes, followed by a final knee strike at 49 seconds into the first round. Silva’s striking accuracy was 100%.

Middleweight champion

In response to the victory, the UFC tallied a poll on their main page, asking viewers to select Silva’s next opponent. The majority of voters selected the UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin. Silva fought Franklin at UFC 64 on October 14, 2006, and defeated him by TKO (strikes) at 2:59 in the first round. Silva hit Franklin with knees to the body from the Muay Thai-clinch, then badly broke Franklin’s nose with a knee to the face.[27] Unable to strike back, Franklin dodged the last of Silva’s strikes before falling to the ground, where referee “Big” John McCarthy ended the fight. Silva was crowned the new UFC Middleweight Champion, becoming the second man to defeat Franklin, after Black House-teammate Lyoto Machida.

Fighting style

Silva is a well rounded fighter whose striking ability is considered to be one of the best in MMA.[72][73] Silva’s striking accuracy, knockout power, technically vicious Muay Thai and ability to counterstrike makes him a danger to his opponents.[74][75][76] Silva’s striking uses three major strengths: technical precision, the jab, and transitions and movement.[77] Silva switches from southpaw to orthodox with little drop-off in effectiveness.[78] Although it has been claimed that his ground game is not as good as his stand-up,[79] Silva has submitted notable grapplers, including Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt Travis Lutter and Olympic alternate Chael Sonnen.

Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen

Silva holds several statistical records in the UFC including: Most all-time knockdowns in UFC history (15), No. 1 in significant strike accuracy (68.5%), Longest all-time UFC win streak (15), Best all-time UFC win percentage (1.000), Most title fight victories (11), Most UFC title defenses (10) and Longest reign by days (2,156).[80]

Anderson Silva is no doubt the most talented fighter that has ever entered the octagon. His elusive moves and outside the box mixed martial arts tactics has defeated his opponents to an almost perfect winning streak. At 37 years old, only time will tell how much youth Anderson Silva has until the next world champion arises in the ring. To view the next upcoming events for who will Anderson Silva fight next, Click Here.

How To Increase Web Traffic Conversions

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Ultimate Goal: Internet Traffic Conversions

In the complex world of internet marketing, there is one ultimate goal you should have for your website: conversions. Without conversions, your website is another island out of the millions of websites that get lost into web sphere.  What I’m going to cover is 4 simple steps to lay a solid foundation for online success before you begin a campaign. After that, I will cover the 15 steps to the implementation of achieving success online.

A. Choose Keyword Terms That Have High Search Volume, Low  Competition

Don’t choose keyword terms that are too competitive. Choose low competition keyword terms from the Google Adwords keywords tool.


Google Adwords Tool

 

B. Have A Targeted Landing Page Relevant To Your Keyword Terms

Example:

insure landing page


C. Make Sure You Have Good Call To Actions On Your Website

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D. Install Conversion Traffic To Optimize Performance of Your Campaign

This tool will allow you to monitor important behaviors on your site such as how lead forms were filled out, email inquiries or actual transactions that were made through your website over the last 30 days.

 

Google Conversion Tool

 

Brief Overview of the 15 Steps To Search Engine Optimization

Sometimes search engine optimization gets a bad rap because so many people abuse it.

That’s too bad, because SEO copywriting is a great (and smart) way to drive traffic to your site or blog.

It will help you get more visitors through organic search, and when it’s done properly, it can even attract links, since your search-optimized content will be compelling, useful, and authoritative.

I’ve been working in this field for the last ten years — writing copy myself and helping clients tweak theirs — and I want to share with you the five tried-and-true SEO lessons I’ve learned that will drive more traffic to your site.

Of course, there are no tricks or cheats here. Just good common sense, strategically deployed.

Step 1: Create content landing pages that become link magnets

Content marketing strategy involves building a site that has authority in your niche … and you do that by writing valuable content related to the subject matter most important to you and your blog.

This content is called cornerstone content. For example, on my blog my posts on 9 Hard-Hitting Content Strategies for Small Business Blogging and How to Optimize Your Business for Local Search and Social Marketing make up some of the cornerstone content on QuickSprout.

It is what defines my blog … and it’s created around focused keywords like “blogging,” “content marketing,” “SEO,” and “search.”

To take this a step further, build a tutorial of cornerstone content and then create a landing page where you park all of the links and optimize it around a certain keyword.

This is what Brian Clark did with Copywriting, Content Marketing, and other content landing pages here on Copyblogger.

image of copyblogger copywriting 101 pageIt’s also what Darren Rowse did with Blogging Resources and Your First Week of Blogging.

image of problogger first week of blogging pageThis is a powerful SEO strategy since you’re putting a lot of content on one search engine optimized page, to focus links on a single great page rather than spreading them across many individual pages.

Another advantage includes a much higher likelihood that people will like, tweet, and plus your content landing page.

More important than any other factor, this type of page works because it’s easy and useful for your audience.

On one page your visitors can scan a particular topic. They’re happy to share it, because it’s such a useful resource.

Step 2: Update your content to lower bounce rates and rank higher

As advances in SEO like semantic search continue, search engines are trying to more closely match what people search for and the most relevant resource to satisfy that search.

For example, during research for an article on mobile SEO, I came across scores of pages on the topic.

I thought I’d hit pay dirt.

But what I found as I analyzed all of the data, was that most of it was irrelevant. The landscape is so new and constantly changing — especially in the last year — that articles written even two years ago were obsolete.

image of google search results for mobile seoThese articles were heavily search optimized for “mobile SEO” — and ranking very well — giving the impression that they were highly relevant to what I was searching for.

But the user experience sucked, and I was frustrated. All of the truly relevant articles were buried.

What does this have to do with SEO copywriting? Everything.

The situation above resulted in low-conversion pages (low-conversion because they resulted in higher bounce rates from those search results). High bounce rates will eventually show the search engines that your site quality isn’t good — which is bad news for your rankings.

For the “good stuff” to rank well, the publisher would need to optimize the copy by way of creating updates, or creating new and better pages that the old pages could point to.

If updating old content sounds like a pain … well, it is.

But the rewards — higher rankings because you are adding value to the web — are absolutely worth it. If nothing else, make sure you’re keeping your content landing pages up to date and extremely relevant for your readers.

Step 3: Create highly readable pages for more social shares

One surprising result from optimizing your content for search engines and for people is that it is much easier to read.

A page that is written in a conversational style, with correct grammar, good spelling and a reading level at about fifth-grade will be read by more people — and attract more links — than content that looks as if a lawyer or doctor had written it.

Keep your language simple and your thinking clear. This isn’t about “dumbing down” your content — in fact, highly readable content is often harder to write.

You need to write so that even a fifth grader will understand it. When you do that, you will up the chances that people will understand — and share — it.

There Are Good Alternatives To Getting Instant Web Traffic

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How To Get Traffic To Your Blog

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21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic

 

It’s easy to build a blog, but hard to build a successful blog without significant web traffic. Over the years, the internet has changed the way people search with so many web platforms available such as numerous search engines, online directories, ezines, E-Classifieds, forums and the world of social media. I launched a personal blog that is part of a network site that has an Alexa rating of 568, last time we checked – on the planet!

#1 – Target Your Content to an Audience Likely to Share

When strategizing about who you’re writing for, consider that audience’s ability to help spread the word. Some readers will naturally be more or less active in evangelizing the work you do, but particular communities, topics, writing styles and content types regularly play better than others on the web. For example, great info graphics that strike a chord (like this one), beautiful videos that tell a story (like this one) and remarkable collections of facts that challenge common assumptions (like this one) are all targeted at audiences likely to share (geeks with facial hair, those interested in weight loss and those with political thoughts about macroeconomics respectively).

A Blog's Target Audience

If you can identify groups that have high concentrations of the blue and orange circles in the diagram above, you dramatically improve the chances of reaching larger audiences and growing your traffic numbers. Targeting blog content at less-share-likely groups may not be a terrible decision (particularly if that’s where you passion or your target audience lies), but it will decrease the propensity for your blog’s work to spread like wildfire across the web.

#2 – Participate in the Communities Where Your Audience Already Gathers

Advertisers on Madison Avenue have spent billions researching and determining where consumers with various characteristics gather and what they spend their time doing so they can better target their messages. They do it because reaching a group of 65+ year old women with commercials for extreme sports equipment is known to be a waste of money, while reaching an 18-30 year old male demographic that attends rock-climbing gyms is likely to have a much higher ROI.

Thankfully, you don’t need to spend a dime to figure out where a large portion of your audience can be found on the web. In fact, you probably already know a few blogs, forums, websites and social media communities where discussions and content are being posted on your topic (and if you don’t a Google search will take you much of the way). From that list, you can do some easy expansion using a web-based tool like DoubleClick’s Ad Planner:

Sites Also Visited via DoubleClick

Once you’ve determined the communities where your soon-to-be-readers gather, you can start participating. Create an account, read what others have written and don’t jump in the conversation until you’ve got a good feel for what’s appropriate and what’s not. I’ve written a post here about rules for comment marketing, and all of them apply. Be a good web citizen and you’ll be rewarded with traffic, trust and fans. Link-drop, spam or troll and you’ll get a quick boot, or worse, a reputation as a blogger no one wants to associate with.

#3 – Make Your Blog’s Content SEO-Friendly

Search engines are a massive opportunity for traffic, yet many bloggers ignore this channel for a variety of reasons that usually have more to do with fear and misunderstanding than true problems. As I’ve written before, “SEO, when done right, should never interfere with great writing.” In 2011, Google received over 3 billion daily searches from around the world, and that number is only growing:

Daily Google Searches 2004-2011
sources: Comscore + Google

Taking advantage of this massive traffic opportunity is of tremendous value to bloggers, who often find that much of the business side of blogging, from inquiries for advertising to guest posting opportunities to press and discovery by major media entities comes via search.

SEO for blogs is both simple and easy to set up, particularly if you’re using an SEO-friendly platform like WordPress, Drupal or Joomla. For more information on how to execute on great SEO for blogs, check out the following resources:

Don’t let bad press or poor experiences with spammers (spam is not SEO) taint the amazing power and valuable contributions SEO can make to your blog’s traffic and overall success. 20% of the effort and tactics to make your content optimized for search engines will yield 80% of the value possible; embrace it and thousands of visitors seeking exactly what you’ve posted will be the reward.

In the seemingly complex world of blogging, all you have to do is practice. The more you do it, the better you will get at it. Be creative. Jot down some ideas that you would be interested in writing about and think about different web platforms where others would be interested in talking about the same topics. Do you love baseball? Join a baseball discussion forum online and write a few comments about last week’s game. Do  you love to dance? Join a social network community that is discussing the next ballroom dancing event near your area. With so many online platforms available and the internet culture growing, you will be surprised how much traffic, leads and new customers you will get by blogging DAILY.

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