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?

Are you looking to attract additional visitors to your website?  One of the most powerful ways to do this is through article marketing.  Article marketing will allow you to generate a significant traffic increase to your affiliate marketing website.  This form of internet marketing can help you effectively attract a steady stream of potential customers and other visitors to your website.

The first step in the process of article marketing is to develop a clearly written informational article.  It should provide some value, and should be written strongly enough that it helps to build credibility.   A clearly written article  makes sure your readers won’t just skim it.  By providing an easy read, you will be able to engage your potential customers, giving reason to want more.

To keep the attention of your reader, your article needs to offer some form of value.  This is the basic principle behind online article marketing.  One example of this concept could be to write an SEO-themed article about how to write effective titles for search engine optimization.  A valuable article on this subject would explain the concept and provide numerous examples, giving readers something to take away.

The result of a clearly written article providing value is credibility.  Credibility is absolutely vital if you are looking to drive a lot of traffic to your website or to your affiliate products.  Some of the best ways to build credibility through your article marketing is to inject your experience into your articles, provide references to findings from professional studies, offer facts, provide industry expertise, quotes and so on.

When a compelling article has been written, you can weave in some kind of reference to your products or services. It is important that you take this step in a modest way if you want your article marketing efforts to be taken seriously. You should not incorporate a hard sell, this doesn’t work.  Don’t tell people what to do, what to use, or force them to take your opinions.  Just write a clearly written, informative article, provide some value to your reader, and then use your newfound credibility as a way to generate traffic to your website.

Now that you have your article, you can implement on page optimization such as using your keywords in your article title. Your title should be 7 main words most of the time. Your keyword should also be used in most of your paragraphs, though not all are necessary.

Next time we will learn good ways to select appropriate keywords.

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.

Here’s a phrase you’ll grow sick of: The money is in the list.  It might grate at your nerves, but it’s smacking you in the face for a reason – it’s the truth!  Just so we are on the same page, let’s answer the question, “What is a list?”

 

A “list” in Internet marketing jargon is the contact information for your prospects.  So if you have a product or promote products about gardening and I sign up for your list, I’m a prospect that you can market to repeatedly until I unsubscribe.

 

So why is building a list so important?  Picture this you are an affiliate marketer.  You find a niche you truly enjoy and you start working what you’ve learned into traffic for your affiliate links.

 

Over a period of 30 days, you funnel 5,000 prospects from the World Wide Web who are interested in your niche right through your affiliate link to the product owner’s site. 

 

They even buy – yea! You’ve made a 50% commission with an industry standard 2% conversion rate.  That means 2 out of every 100 people you sent bought the product, and your share was $26.00 (as an example).  You earned a cool $2,600 this month – good for you!

 

But you’re leaving money on the table.  Those 100 people who bought from your 5,000 clicks?  They’re now on the product owner’s list, not yours. So what he’s going to do is send them more offers over the coming weeks.

 

After all, they are proven buyers.  Over the next 30 days, those buyers fork over some more money for products that complement the original one they bought.  That money goes to the product owner, not you – because you passed on building a list the first time around.

 

A better way to build an Internet marketing business is to start with a list from day one. Before you let a single person slip through your link without capturing their name and email address, have your system set up to build a list.

 

You can have unlimited lists for different niches using a simple tool like Aweber.  Every day you can log in and see how many people have signed up, and you can create automated messages to send out to help convert your list into more sales.

Why should the product owner get to cash in on that person again and again when you’re the one who brought him the customer in the first place?  Stake claim to each prospect and leverage your relationship with him for future sales and commissions.

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