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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Free EBook - 30 Ways to Get Free Traffic in 30 Minutes or Less

I just released a brand new FREE EBook called 30Ways to Get Free Traffic in 30 Minutes or Less.

Traffic is one of the things that most affiliate marketers and website owners struggle with. This book simplifies the traffic generation process by giving you a list of different things you can do that don't cost money or take too much time.

I wrote this book in collaboration with 4 friends and fellow online business owners - Ken Troyer, Jeff Schuman, Cynthia Minnaar and Jeff Casmer.

If you want to download it, just register for my free home business newsletter using the box on the right hand side and you will get instant access to my bonus page, which includes over 15 different valuable bonuses including this one.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

7 Deadly Search Engine Sins - are you Commiting Any?

Are you tired of waiting for your website to reach the top of the search engine ranks? Or are you getting far less visitors than you would like from Google? If this sounds like you, read on and find out whether you are committing any of these search engine sins!

Sin 1 – Keyword Ignorance

One of the most common mistakes that people make when building a website is to completely disregard keyword research. The result of this is that you could end up building a website around keywords that nobody actually searches on or you could build a site using the most competitive keywords on the internet and have to wait forever to see any results.

At a minimum you should pay a quick visit to the free Google Adwords Keyword tool and type in a few keyword ideas. Take a look at the results and be sure that the keywords you pick have a good number of searches per month. Also type your keywords into Google and make sure that you feel confident about beating the competition and getting your site on to the first page of results.

Sin 2 – Keyword Spamming & Hidden Text

Mentioning your keywords hundreds of times throughout your web page or making big lists of keywords with a font color that is the same as the background color is not going to help your search engine rank. Neither is adding keywords that have nothing to do with the content of your page. Search Engines are smarter than that.

Remember that you are writing primarily for your visitors, not the search engines. You do want to mention your keywords in specific places such as the TITLE tag, H1 tag, alt text and throughout your copy, but don’t overdo it. If it doesn’t sound right when you read it back, you have probably gone too far.

Sin 3 – Only Optimizing the Home Page

Many people will spend all their time concentrating on optimizing the home page. The home page is often the most important page on your website with the most visitors, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect the rest of your website.

Choose different keywords for each page on your website and for each blog post you make. This will allow you to “multiply” your search engine traffic. Even if you choose less popular, less competitive keywords this can have a dramatic impact on your traffic if you have lots of optimized pages on your site.

Sin 4 – Not knowing your Competition

Before you go ahead and optimize a page on your website for a particular keyword phrase you should take a look at the websites that you are competing with.
Enter your keywords into Google without the quotes and take a look at the web pages on the first two pages of results. Most people don’t go past page 2 of the results when they are searching, so you need to be able to compete with the sites on the first two pages.

Are these sites big multinational companies? Do they have high page ranks or thousands of backlinks? If so, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t compete with them, but you should at least have an understanding of where your site is in comparison to these sites and make an educated guess about whether or not you can compete with them.

Sin 5 – Bad Linking

It pays to be careful about who you link to. Linking to “bad neighborhoods” i.e. sites that have been penalized by the search engines could have a detrimental effect on your own ranking. Similarly, selling text links on your website is also looked upon as bad by the search engines.
You should also be careful about how many links you have on a single page. The Google webmaster guidelines state that you shouldn’t have more than 100 links on a single web page.

Sin 6 – Poor Navigation

Having a site with a poor navigation structure or using exclusively javascript menus could result in your website not getting fully indexed by the search engines.
Search engines can’t read javascript, so be sure that if you do have a javascript menu, supplement it with a text based menu. You should also make sure that visitors and search engines can easily find all the pages on your website. One way to do this is to generate a site map.

Sin 7 – Forgetting about Off Site Optimization

Finally, one of the things that you cannot afford to forget about is off site optimization. This means getting lots of backlinks from related, good quality websites and using your keywords and variations of your keywords in the anchor text.

Building backlinks is the best way to increase your position in the search engine ranks and you should aim to grow your backlinks steadily over time.

For more tips on search engine optimization subscribe to the Free SEO Course or download 10 Ways to Improve Your Search Engine Rank.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Review of Free Traffic Bar (FTB)

This is a review of Free Traffic Bar.

If you are looking for low cost or free ways to get traffic to your website, read on to find out whether or not Free Traffic Bar (FTB) is a good option.

When I started testing Free Traffic Bar I didn't have high hopes as I thought it would be similar to Instant Buzz, which I had used for a few days and then uninstalled as I hated it.

However, I was pleasantly surprised.

What is Free Traffic Bar?

It is a toolbar that you can install on your web browser (e.g. internet explorer or Firefox) and it contains a search box, a menu of internet marketing tools (e.g. copyrighting, SEO, website building, lead capture etc) and a text ad that changes every time you visit a different page.

Every time you go to a new page on your web browser you earn a credit. You can then use these credits to display ads on other people's toolbars (over 30,000 members) or for banner and text ads on the Free Traffic Bar site.

There is a downline builder that includes programs such as Traffic Swarm, Home Income Team, GDI, various Clickbank products, traffic exchanges and advertising programs.

There is also a library containing a range of free resale rights products.

Is it easy to install?

I found the installation very simple and trouble free for both IE and Firefox. Once it was installed there were no problems and although I do notice the ads from time to time it is not obtrusive. I've been running it now for 2 weeks and haven't felt the need to uninstall it like I did with Instant Buzz.

Is it easy to use?

The member center has lots of short helpful videos and an FAQ explaining how to set up ads, how to install and use the toolbar, how to exchange credits, how to use the downline builder and more. I found it very easy and straightforward to set up my ads and exchange credits.

Can I make Money from It?

Yes. If someone signs up through your own link and they go on to upgrade to a "Pro" membership or buy some ad credits you will receive 50% commission if you are a Pro member yourself.

Free members and Pro Members also earn credits on up to 10 levels of their downline. So if you don't like toolbars, then you have the option of earning credits purely from your downline.

You can also earn money through the downline builder. If you add your affiliate IDs to the downline builder and one of your downline purchases a product you will receive a commission.

How much does it cost?

Basic membership is free. So you can install the traffic bar, earn credits, create ads and refer people and earn credits from them without paying anything.

Pro membership costs $19.99 per month and you receive 15,000 credits each month.

How Good is It?

This is the part that surprised me. I am no copywriter and writing ads has never been my strong point, so I will probably see similar results to the typical person. From my testing over the period of two weeks I have seen clickthrough rates between 1% and 4.5% depending on the ad I am using.

All my ads have been related to getting signups to my list (both my home business newletter list and my SEO Email Course) and I have been receiving one or two signups per day to these lists from FTB, which isn't bad for a free traffic source.

Is there any Support?

There is a support ticket system, a forum, lots of videos and an FAQ. There is also a support phone number.

How do I sign up?

Just visit the Free Traffic Bar website and follow the instructions to create an account.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

6 Ways to Get More Traffc to Your Blog

You can have the sexiest blog on the planet but if you are not getting any visitors to it, the only person that will know about it is you!

Read on to find out six ways to increase the traffic to your blog.

1. Search engines can deliver a tremendous amount of traffic to your blog if they want to. The key is using well researched keywords in every post so that you can achieve a high ranking that people will see when they search.

As your blog articles settle in with a search engine it is possible to stay on page one for a targeted keyword phrase for years. Doing this will give you a great potential for future traffic.

2. Social bookmarking can bring you traffic as well as serve as search engine bait. Bookmarking your blog posts to Digg, Stumbleupon, Propeller, and others is a great way to get traffic to your blog.

3. Getting RSS subscribers is a fantastic way to keep people current whenever you update your blog content. This can bring people back to your blog and is a very good alternative to email marketing for list building as well.

4. Post comments on other people's blogs and include a link back to your blog. This will give you a backlink which will help your search engine ranking, as well as give you traffic from the readers of the other blog.

5. Do article marketing and submit your articles to the top directories online. In your resource box include a link to your blog. As you build up lots of articles online you will continue to get traffic from these links for years to come.

6. You can also use social media such as posting in online forums, creating videos, social networking and podcasting to get more traffic to your blog.

In summary these were 6 ways to get traffic to your blog. The important thing is to post interesting, unique or unusual content and really make people want to come back to your blog again and again.

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