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Blog Commenting Can Be Loosing You Money

There are many “Traffic Guru” wannabies who evangelize blog commenting something like this… “Commenting on blogs is one of the top ways to drive hoards of traffic to your site…just surf the BIG blogs leave a comment and the gods will bless you with a traffic jam equivilent to New York at quitting time. ”

What hogwash….Well it tends to be for most internet marketers.

Because most people go about commenting on blogs completely wrong.

If you simply speed post comments on popular blogs to get drive by traffic, you need to cease, pull over and rethink. What are you offering the resultant drive by traffic? Do you have great content waiting? With nothing to make it stick on your blog, where will it go? You may find that there will be a traffic surge, but it will be others coming to laugh at your pathetic attempts.

You will fare much better and for the long term if you concentrate on putting good solid useful content on your blog.

Those fliting visitors that exit as quickly as they arrive do nothing for your sites rankings, and they are not becoming regular visitors that develop a trust and respect for you. You will never get the opportunity to monetize that traffic.

So how do you make blog commenting work in your favor?

Make your comments valuable. The traffic generated will come to your site because it is interested in learning more from you. Then back up your comments with great content that is valuable.

Your ultimate goal is to develop a relationship with your visitors. That positive relationship is what turns your blog into an income stream.

So what do you think? Am I on target or off my rocker?

3 Quick And Dirty SEO Tips

Here are 3 straightforward and easy SEO tips to optimize your site.

1. Add new content regularly

While that may seem obvious, it is really the best way to improve search engine results. There are a number of ways to add content including reviews, testimonials, articles and forums to name a few.

2. Choose the right keywords

Select specific keyword phrases that are relevant to your webpage, rather than general terms. Specific keyword phrases may be searched less frequently but, you will receive more targeted traffic and a higher page rank for these phrases.

3. Linking

To achieve a high search engine ranking it is important to have other sites linking to your site. These can be one way links, or reciprocal links, where you link to another site in return for them linking to you. Internal linking also helps build the prominence of pages within your website.

Of all the types of links, one-way links have the most weight. To obtain more one-way links, writing quality content is the single best way to motivate others to link to you. Additionally, posting on social networking sites, linking to your site, and posting on blogs are other ways you can take control of building links to your website and web pages.

When it comes to improving your search engine ranking there are a lot of little things you can do to boost your page results however the three most important and the strategies you cannot survive without are obtaining links, choosing the right keywords and of course publishing quality content on a regular and consistent basis.

Content is the most powerful tool you have in your search engine optimization strategy. Relevant content, optimized for keywords, and published frequently can launch your website to the top of the search engine.

Having said that, there are a few strategies that you should know when writing and optimizing your content.

#1 One page, one keyword.

Keep it simple and optimize each webpage for one primary keyword. You could include a couple of secondary keywords that might be extensions of the primary keyword. However, trying to incorporate too many keywords into one page diffuses the results.

#3 Use your keyword strategically.

There are a few prominent places to position your keyword so they’re recognized by the search engines. These locations include:

* Your headline,
* Any headings or subheadings in your content,
* And the first and last paragraph of your content.

#4 Let your words flow naturally.

Many beginners are tempted to place their keywords in every single sentence. That generally creates an article or page that’s extremely difficult to read.

Instead, write your content and then go back and position your keywords using the strategy just outlined. Be sure to sprinkle other relevant words throughout your content as well.

For example, if you’re writing about puppy housebreaking, you can also use the words potty training, or housetraining.

Having a keyword strategy for each piece of content you write and following the tips we’ve outlined will go a long way toward helping you reach the search engine results you desire.
The bottom line, write quality and well focused content for your audience first and the search engines second. Because, after all, your audience is the key to profits and a successful website.

What Stops Search Engine Spiders?

Websites get listed on search engine results only if the search engine spiders are indexing them. If they pass right by your pages, and don’t even know they exist, then you simply will not get listed. You’re probably aware of the basic steps to get search engine spiders “crawling” and indexing your pages, but you might have missed key reasons the spiders are skipping right over your content.

10 reasons search engines might not index your webpage.

Some pages are just not meant to be indexed by the spiders. This may not matter to your overall SEO strategy however it is important to understand what spiders do and don’t index.
Search engine spiders won’t index:

1. Pages only accessible by using a search form
2. Pages that require a log in
3. Pages that require visitors to submit a form
4. Pages that redirect to a different URL before showing content

Pages that spiders often ignore include:

5. Pages with too many outgoing links
6. Pages with complex URLs – these often give spiders an error result
7. Pages which are more than three clicks from the home page, often described as “deep pages”

Other factors that may prevent your web pages from being indexed by search engines:

8. Broken links from your site
9. A webpage that exceeds 105K
10. A slow loading time or a down server.

Finally, if your page is a flash page, search engine spiders just won’t be able to recognize it and won’t index it.

So, as you’re optimizing your website and specific web pages, pay attention to these factors.

The goal, of course, is to be indexed and to achieve first page search engine results.

How To Submit Articles For Maximum Traffic

It is a time honored strategy to submit articles to the search engines for generating traffic. Article submission has been used since the early days of the Internet and is still an effective traffic generation strategy even in our Web 2.0 times.

Many questions have been asked about the best method of submitting articles to get the maximum traffic and effectiveness. So, what are the best techniques and which are the most effective?

The first technique is to submit your article to the granddaddy of all article directories, EzineArticles. This site has built a reputation of being the best article directory in town. It is loved by marketers and by readers and most importantly, by Google.

It is a source of frustration to many marketers who find it hard to meet the submission guidelines or cope with the timescales for articles to be approved.

However, if you read their guidelines and stick to them, your articles will get through without a hitch.

Once they are in Ezinearticles you instantly receive benefits from it. Articles in this directory tend to rank very well in Google, even without backlinks to them. Add in a few backlinks and suddenly you find your articles are ranking in the top ten for moderately competitive keywords. In fact, even without backlinks they can often rank well just because they are on Ezinearticles.

Once your article has been published you need to do some simple backlinking to it just to give it that extra boost in the search engines.

Firstly, take your Ezinearticle author RSS feed and submit it to RSS directories. You can either use a tool or do it by hand. If you are doing it by hand, just pick the top ten directories in a Google search and that will be good enough for now. You can always submit to more later on, so make sure you keep track of which ones you have added your feed to.

You can also use one of the many ping sites to ping your article. This does give Ezinearticles a lift, but it also gets your article noticed.

Finally, social bookmark your article. Again, you can either use a tool or do it manually. If your article is newsworthy and well written then you can look at adding it to sites such as Digg or Stumbleupon to get further links and traffic.

Of course, there are other article directories out there, but none of them carry the weight of Ezinearticles. Google Knoll is a current contender and is very popular with marketers who are using it to submit their articles too. So far though, these don’t seem to be ranking as well as Ezinearticles, but it is a good way to get the Big G to notice your sites.

For the other article directories it is not worth submitting articles manually to them, except maybe the top half a dozen big directories. Many of the rest get so little traffic it is not worthwhile, except for the backlink. Therefore you should either outsource or automate these submissions to free up your time to concentrate on building your business.

If you are submitting articles then you need to make sure they are on Ezinearticles for maximum traffic. Do some simple backlinking to your article and you will easily find your articles ranking well for their keywords and bringing you good traffic.

Why Should You Produce Powerful Content?

Content Marketing

Content Marketing

Did you know the Internet is made up of millions of websites. Each one of them offers something distinct, yet they all want the same thing; they want people to read the content on the page.

Don’t you think this is where compelling content creation would help. Yes, persuasive content is the best way to create a stir about your blog, there-by increasing traffic and building a client base.

Here are some important steps you need to take when writing content for your website.

Be creative when writing your content and keep it simple for the reader.
Try to connect with the reader by telling a story that relates to your product.
Engage the reader by using humor or an upbeat attitude throughout the website.
No one likes a monotone speaker and the same goes for boring, dragging content on a site.
While writing, use an active tone to call the customer into action.
Pelt the copy with SEO rich keywords to increase page rankings.

Your main goal here is to keep the reader interested in what they’re reading. When a reader, especially online, loses interest you may have lost a future customer. The customer wants to feel a connection to what they are reading, so present the content in a casual tone and provide valuable content. That will keep them coming back.

Compelling content doesn’t have to just be an article or sales copy. Other ways to create quality content and keep the reader needing to learn more about your product or service.

Non-text options to add to your website:

Graphics and Pictures
Videos
Podcasts
An Interactive Forum
Outside Links
Online Games
eBooks for Download
Testimonials
Newsletters

The more compelling, quality content you have to offer, the longer your visitor will spend on your website. The more interactive the site is, the more someone will recommend the site to a friend. Quality content, compelling text, and visuals will not only make your site stand above the rest; it will secure your place in your niche.

Hey by now you all know I really like the stuff Jimmy D Brown puts out.  I am honored he has allowed me to include this guest article on my blog.  I hope you get as much out of it as I did…

Writing ezine articles is one of the best business-building activities you’ll ever invest time in on the Internet. They can be used in dozens of different ways to generate web site traffic, build lists, brand your name, earn affiliate commissions and produce sales of your products and services.

They are, unquestionably, a vital part of any successful Internet marketing campaign.

By now – if you’ve read anything in the member’s area – you know I’m a big believer in writing ezine articles. And you know that I’ve devoted many of the lessons in the member’s area toward teaching you how to write, distribute and market with them.

Yet there still remains a lingering question –

WHAT should I write about in my ezine articles?

I want to share with you some brainstorming ideas that will allow you to easily come up with a couple dozen (or more) hot ideas for your upcoming ezine articles. I’m going to briefly share seven (7) fill-in-the-blank article starters along with a brief explanation to help you get started writing attention-grabbing content.

When you’re ready to write your next ezine article, consider one of these not-yet-overused formulas…

01. What To Do When [Enter Problem Here]. The idea with this article is to offer a solution to an existing problem by matter-of-factly addressing the issue being discussed in the article. “What To Do When You Need To Lose That Last 5 Pounds” points out a problem many dieters face and hints that the article will reveal a method for overcoming this barrier. This article’s pointed style makes it a sure read.

02. Can [Enter Solution Here] Help [Enter Problem Here]? Similar to number one above, this article poses a question while emphasizing both the problem and potential solution. What really works here is to ask a “curiosity-building” question by providing a solution that doesn’t seem to fit with the problem. For example: If you’re trying to re-grow hair on your balding head, could you resist reading, “Can Cheerios Help Thicken Your Hair?” I don’t think so.

03. Should You [Enter Activity Here]? (Take This Quiz). People love quizzes. They especially love to see how they measure up in some area that they are particularly interested in. That combination makes this another ezine article that gets a lot of views. “Should You Quit Your Job And Start An Internet Business? Take This Quiz!” is going to attract every dissatisfied, looking-for-greener-pastures, internet marketing wannabe on the block.

04. 7 “Must Ask Questions” for [Enter Activity Here]. This is a perfect article for the entry-level beginner in any particular field. “7 ‘Must-Ask’ Questions for First-Time Homeschoolers’ When Choosing Curriculum” is just about a guaranteed read for all new homeschooling moms and dads who don’t want to blow it for their kids. (Note: The “number” of must-ask questions can be whatever you choose.)

05. 3 [Enter Topical Adjective Here] Lessons from [Enter Pop Culture Reference]. By using references to popular culture events, characters, television shows, news stories and trends, you’ll be able to get some cheap mileage from existing “hot buttons” of the general public. I recentl wrote an article entitled, “3 Word-Of-Mouth Marketing Lessons From the Academy Awards” that garnered a lot of interest. Guess when I released it? Yep, a week before the big awards show.

06. Mastering [Enter Topic Here]: How to [Enter Tutorial Statement Here] Part 1. This is a superb article idea for a series of related tutorials. The word “master” is a bit overused at times in marketing circles, but it means to “become an expert” at something or to “achieve dominance” over something. Who wouldn’t want to “master” their activity of interest? That’s why “Mastering Weight Loss: How To Shed 12-15 Pounds in 30 Days, Part 1” and other articles in its mold make for much-read content.

07. What Kind of [Enter Desirable Object Here] Is Best For YOU? We all want what’s “best” for us, don’t we? “What Kind Of Internet Business Is Best For You?” indicates there is something revealed in the article that will allow me to determine which of the options available to me is best suited for me. This is a really solid article to point others towards additional resources (such as special reports, mini-courses, etc.) where they can get specific information about which of the “options” mentioned in the article is most interesting and compatible with them.

So, there you have some great ideas to get you started on your next ezine article.

You know you’re going to write ezine articles, so would you like to get a LOT of completely free traffic with them? Check out “How To Get Free Traffic With Ezine Articles” by clicking here. You’ll learn a powerful (but easy) way to get a lot of visitors to your website by using your ezine articles in a special way … all at no cost to you.

So what do ya think, did you get anything out of this article?  Did you get the free report?

How to Write Articles That Sell More

Its no secret, you’ve heard it before, articles and content are awesome ways to pre-sell products.  When you gain your readers trust and warm them up to the product…PRESTO!…your bank account just had a deposit.

You need to make a plan for your affiliate marketing articles.   It is important to select your topic carefully,  offer good correct information, and article needs to be fun to read.  Then you will be able to draw your readers interest to the product.

Selecting Your Topics

Make a list of topics for each of the products you are promoting.  Put yourself in the mind of your customer.  Your topics should revolve around problems that the product actually fixes.   Those topics are the seed for your articles.

Creating Good Information

The topics you listed will steer the type of information you will provide.  A couple of ideas for simple articles are:

Top ____ Ways to ____

____ Steps to _____

Keep your articles simple.  A captivating introductory paragraph, a couple of informative bullet points in between, and a summary paragraph to finish it off.

Remember not to give the whole enchilada.  You want to be informative and give your readers a good picture of their problem with a portion of the solution.  But direct them to your product for the complete solution.

Drive Them to the Product Link

You will find that the most productive links and recommendations will be in the context of your article.  Find an appropriate place in your article and make your product recommendation, something like “_____ is what I recommend most”

At the end of your article is another great place to put an extra recommendation. 

Obviously you will be limited by the venue you are posting your article to.  If you are putting it on an article directory you will probably be limited to recommendations in the resource box.  If posting to another persons site or ezine they will have their rules.  The most freedom is posting to your own site or blog.

Summing Up

Help your readers by giving them good information and direct them to products that solve their problems.  Then you will be smiling to the bank, and you will know it is an honestly earned commission.

Tweet to Build your List

As promised, and a little late in the day…Here is one way to build your list using Twitter…

You will need four things to implement this plan…

1. a Twitter account

2. a freebie for a giveaway product…I am using the profit platform that the Fortunate 500 have available.

3. an account at TweetLater.com

4. finally an email account that lets you forward emails from Twitter automatically.

Ok, have them all?

Go to your Twitter account, login and go to SETTINGS.  Once there click on the NOTICES tab.

Now make sure that the box next to NEW FOLLOWER EMAILS is checked.

Now click on the ACCOUNT tab and go to where you can add your ONE LINE BIO, this is where I put a line similar to “Follow me and I will send you a FREE traffic report” 

OKAY now lets set up your TweetLater account…

Fill in the ADD A NEW ACCOUNT form

Check the AUTO WELCOME box, under the MESSAGE SENDING METHOD select “Send private direct message”  its in the drop down menu.

Now in the SEND THIS MESSAGE area type in the note you want to have automatically sent to your new Twitter followers.  DONT FORGET THE LINK TO YOUR FREEBIE…

Remember your link to the freebie needs to go through your auto responder so they sign up to your list!!

Okay, last thing to do…

Go to your email account and set up a filter or rule to AUTO-FORWARD your new follower notification emails from Twitter to this email address twitterfollow@tweetlater.com 

The beauty of this for my fellow Alex Students is we already have the freebie with follow-up in place.  We only need to direct people to that url. 

What do you think should, I make a video (it would be my first) to show how to set this up?   

Thanks for reading….Thanks for sharing this post with others…

Oh and it works, I have had a couple of new followers who I do not see on the Student Lists…and best of all…these are a couple of people I would not have had on my list if I hadn’t implemented this.

Useing Twitter to Build Your Email List

Hey all,

First and most important…

Second – Good news and bad news… 

Good News: I found a way to use Twitter to build your opt in list. 

Bad News: I will post it later,

Sorry but I have too many things to do for the next couple of days… My mother-in-laws birthday is Christmas Eve, I have to assist at mass at my parish both tonite and tomorrow, my kids and wife want their Christmas with my eyes and heart focused on them, and Friday I am going to visit my parents for Christmas festivities. 

But I promise I will be putting the steps to this List Building With Twitter (still thinking about the name) together, maybe even a brandable ebook, for all of you. 

I plan to write a post here by Saturday…

It will be worth the wait…maybe I should say weight <grin> cause it will grow your list I am sure.

Oh yeah, you wizbangs out there that want to charge ahead…go to my Twitter page @http://twitter.com/Scott_Thrall, follow me and you will probably figure out what I stumbled on…

Blessings to all…

Scott