I tried article marketing….
I tried social bookmarking…
None of these marketing strategies worked….
On their own…
The idea of article marketing is basically, writing articles targeted around your keywords and niche then submitting these articles to article directories.
The point of this is to attract attention of readers and to get Google love by linking your articles back to your site. It is important that these articles are 100% unique content or they can quickly be blacklisted by Google.
There are several ways to get traffic from article marketing.
First, your article can be ranked in Google and other search engines for keywords and keyword phrases found within the article. The higher the article is ranked, the more traffic it will get. Usually for an article to get ranked on page one of Google, it will have to be for a low competition keyword or keyword phrase.
Next, you can get attention of readers both from search engine views and people on the article directory itself searching for your target niche content. Another way to attract readers is if your article is shared by readers who enjoyed your article enough to grab it and post on their blog or on a social media medium.
The most powerful long term traffic effect that article marketing has is…
the backlink from a highly relevant article on a high page rank site that is getting traffic. The more of this kind of backlink you have the better. The only problem with this is that it can take several months for the backlink juice to take effect. Once they do, you site or blog will see a nice boot in search engine rankings depending on how many articles you submit and their quality.
You want your content to be engaging and unique. In order for someone to want to click through to your blog, you will want to offer free, useful advice that causes the reader to want to know more. You will never get every reader to follow your link, but the more personal and engaging your content, the higher your click through rate will be.
Anyway, Article marketing brought me a steady trickle of traffic, but I was not patient enough to wait months to see increased traffic flow.
So, I decided to try blog hopping… Blog hopping is a great way to backlink, connect with like minded people, and really get found on the internet. The reason I failed at first with this is the fact that I was contributing to spam unknowingly because the people I learned from were in fact themselves spammers.
Leaving as many comments as you can on ever blog you can find in your niche with short comments like “nice blog” or “great content” doesn’t cut it.
Instead, as I recently discovered, learn a little about the author, use their name in the comments. Actually read the post, and then sincerely reply with your thoughts. It is good to add to the post content if you can. When you read it, if it brings up an idea that was not mentioned, mention it.
Use your real name, always. People will want to visit your blog to both return the favor of commenting and to just see what you have to offer. You can quickly begin to meet and connect with new, like minded people.
I now agree that blog hopping is a great way to get targeted traffic, but if that’s all you are doing, you are missing out on so much free traffic!
One other strategy I tried and got mediocre results from… Social Bookmarking…
Social bookmarking is said to have very powerful results. Some marketers swear by it. But, what is it exactly?
Social bookmarking sites like Digg, Tumblr, Diigo, etc. are a great way to let Google and the rest of the world know your content is here. A bookmarks is a small snippet of text that describes what is found in your content and is saved on high authority sites that have good standings with Google.
If you bookmark every post, article, etc. that you create, you will see faster Google indexing and a small amount of link love for each.
In order to post a bookmark, you have to log on to each social bookmarking site and post the bookmark. OR
You can use free automated software such as onlywire… which I do not recommend by the way… I tried automated software and got very poor results. I don’t think Google likes that. There are a lot of social bookmarking sites and this can be very time consuming…. So now what?
There is an in between option… A site called: http://www.socialposter.com/
You have to manually create each account, but once you do and login to each, you only have to go to social poster to submit to each of the sites in their list. (I believe there are 30 or so).
I got results from this technique, but again, they were mediocre at best.
Daily Routine to See Great Targeted Traffic Flow
The real traffic, both short term and long term, comes in when you use all three of these methods simultaneously.
Start by creating a post, then rewrite your post into an article to submit to an article directory (rewrite multiple times and submit to more directories for more exposure and backlinks). Now, hop over to social poster and bookmark each of these submitted content items. Follow this by finding some new blog posts to comment on, and when they offer comment luv, link back to your post.
I suggest commenting on at least 10 new posts a day… don’t be afraid to revisit blogs that you liked.
There are other traffic techniques that can be powerful as well like video marketing and JV Giveaway events. But, for now, this will get you started and you will see a good flow of traffic if you implement these tasks daily.
These tasks can take a long time at first, but once you get into a routine, you will find that you will spend much less time completing these tasks and be ready to learn more about video marketing and JV Giveaways…
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