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9 Weird Psychological Tricks to Get Customers to Take Action

Oct 16, 2010   //   by Zeke Camusio   //   internet marketing, SEO Blog  //  10 Comments

Great marketers are also great observers of human behavior. They pay attention to their own behaviors and figure out what it is that gets them to buy or make decisions. It’s something that business schools just don’t teach. This is what gives the best marketers in the world the edge that everyone else just dreams about. These are the 9 weird psychological tricks they know.

Contrast

Have you ever bought something because the original price was $100, but was now just $50. This is because everything is either a great deal or an awful deal based on what you compare it with.

What this means to you? You should have a bad offer on your website. Yes, I’m serious! Every time we’ve tested it, it has proven true. It makes your main offer look great. One of our clients was selling 4 bottles of his product at $89. We added an option to the site for 1 bottle at $75. His sales (for the 4-bottle package) increased by about 60%. Decoy offers make “the real offer” look very, very good.

Consistency

In his book “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”, Robert Cialdini talks about an experiment he did.

Group A was asked to put a huge sign in their yards that said “Drive slow; kids playing”. Most of the people in Group A said no.

Group B was asked to put a tiny sticker in their windows with the same text. Almost everyone agreed. Then they were asked to put the giant sign in their yards. A large percentage in Group B agreed.

The takeaway? People want to be consistent with previous actions. If they said yes to something in the past, they’re more likely to say yes in the future.

What does this mean to you? You need to get your prospects to say yes to something. And the best way to do this is by asking for a tiny micro-commitment. For example, if you sell a $2,000 coaching program, you can have a funnel that looks like this:

  1. Download free report (only 3 pages; it can be read in 10 minutes)
  2. Get my free videos (total 45 minutes)
  3. Get my DVD (only $19.99)
  4. Free 10-minute phone consultation for people who bought the DVD (deliver a lot of value here. Provide “useful but incomplete” information. Keep them wanting more.)
  5. Group training ($499 and includes a 110% money back guarantee)
  6.  Private coaching ($2,000 and includes a 200% money back guarantee)

High Price = High Quality

A $500 tennis racket is always going to be better than a $100 racket, right? Isn’t a $400 office chair always going to be better than that $100 chair? No, of course not. But as the buyer perceives it: “If it cost that much, it must be good.”

What this means to you? You are hurting yourself by charging too little for your products. Raise your prices and increase the perceived value of your stuff.

Exclusivity

People want what they can’t have. Do you want the new phone that’s sold out everywhere or one you can get anywhere? What restaurant would you rather go to: the one that is fully booked for the next 3 months or the one that’s empty?

What this means to you? Let your prospects know you don’t take just anyone as a client. Tell them they need to apply and that you only select those clients that are a good fit. This will make them want you even more!

If you sell products, try this: in your copy say who SHOULDN’T buy your product. For example, if you sell artisan bread try saying “this bread isn’t for people looking for mass-produced loafs of blandness. If you’re the kind of person who appreciates hand-crafted bread that’s full of flavor, you’re in the right place.”

Social Validation

Everyone wants to be liked and they want others to think they make smart decisions.

What this means to you? Explain why buying your product is a SMART decision. People will need to justify their actions with others and they’ll repeat whatever you say. Make a compelling argument so people feel good about buying your stuff. (And, make sure your stuff is extremely good!)

Too Many Choices = No Action
Don’t you hate when you want to buy a laptop, you go to eBay and they have 2,000,000 laptops to choose from? You think “OMG! I’ll be here all day!”

What this means to you: narrow down the choices you give your visitors and you’ll increase your sales instantly.

Scarcity

If an offer may be gone tomorrow, than a person is more likely to take action today.

What this means to you: don’t just give people reasons to act; tell them why they need to act NOW! Some ideas:

  • This offer expires on Sunday
  • I’ll take only one client this week
  • I’ll only be teaching this to 8 people
  • Only 6 items left. When they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Risk Reversal
Risks = “Reasons Not to Act”. Therefore; the less risky an action is, the more likely someone will take action.

What this means to you: Go beyond the standard “money back guarantee”. Some ideas:

  • Offer FREE shipping on returns. (It has worked wonders for Zappos.com)
  • Offer a FREE trial and let them keep something, just for trying it out.
  • Ship the product now but don’t charge them for 30 days. If the customer returns the product within 30 days, then they never get charged!

Guarantee results, not just “satisfaction”. Get very specific.

Note: Depending on your market, about 1% of the people will rip you off, but your sales will double. Do the math for yourself and you’ll see that it’s still worth it! Remember: your market is going to be taken by the boldest marketers. This could be you or it could be your competitors. Don’t let the fear of losing stop you from winning. If you’re afraid of things going wrong, start by testing your guarantee on 200 sales and keep some reserve cash just in case. Then compare the extra sales with the refunds you had to give and see if it makes sense to keep doing it.

Sex Sells

This one isn’t weird but it is 100 percent true. Sex sells. That’s why models are hired to sell products.

What this means to you: you need attractive people to show your products. Don’t just use your cousin Joe (the one with the beer belly) because he’ll do it for nothing. Use stock photos or if you need a model put an ad on Craigslist and you’ll get very attractive -although not famous- people to feature your products.

Zeke Camusio

Zeke Camusio is a serial entrepreneur, Internet marketing expert, published author, speaker and founder of an Internet Marketing Agency in Portland, OR.

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Do You Like the New Twitter? Reader Participation Post

Oct 16, 2010   //   by Gerald Weber   //   SEO Blog  //  5 Comments

I admittedly haven’t used it much, but I am a little turned off by the layout. I guess I’m ultimately undecided but my first impression is that this is a mistake. Like when Twitter changed RTs.

What do you think?? Do you love it? Hate it?

Cast your opinion in the reader poll and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment.


Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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7 Tips on How to Survive the 1st Year of Managing Your Own Business

Oct 15, 2010   //   by HeinrichM   //   SEO Blog  //  3 Comments

People often misjudge the difficulty of starting and managing their own business. There are some exceptions to the rule but on average the 1st year of any new business is a make-or-break period and the accompanying stress can be very difficult to handle. Decisions that are made in the first year of a new business can have far reaching implications on the success and future growth potential of that business.

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs of today have failed to succeed on the first try and some even failed consistently before breaking through. The autobiographies of successful entrepreneurs are a good investment and the information and advice contained within is priceless. In this article we will be taking a closer look at 7 tips that could help you survive the first year.

1.        What Do You Want to Achieve?

It is very important that you make sure of the reasons why you started (or want to start) your own business. If your aim is to become the richest man on earth, starting a second hand globe dealership might not be the best idea that you have ever had. If your goal is not compatible with your business model success will be impossible to achieve (e.g. wanting to spend more time at home with your family by starting a 24/7 video store might not be advisable.)

2.        Never Give Up and Never Surrender

There will be times when you will want to throw in the towel and give-up. It is important to push through and not surrender. Tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities that could just be the breakthrough that you have been waiting for. Look back at what you have already achieved and think things through carefully. Taking a break from work for a day or two might just be what the doctor ordered and could help you to regain your focus and inspiration. The difference between success and failure could be as small as one more day of effort.

3.        Surround Yourself with Competent People

This is one of the most important factors that could determine the success or failure of your business. Never be willing to settle for second best when you hire people. Be on the lookout for talent and crab it when you see it. Good staff is hard to come by and incompetent staff have the ability to destroy your business.

4.        Do Not Be Too Proud to Ask for Advice

Get into the habit of discussing your business with people within the industry or people close to you. When you manage your own business you can become so involved with the day-to-day issues that you start to lose focus. People that are not involved with your business might be able to highlight obvious solutions or provide valuable insight. Even Superman needs Louis Lane.

5.        Set Achievable Goals and Deadlines

Be realistic when you set goals, targets and deadlines. Nothing is as demoralising as not meeting deadlines and targets. Use a daily “to do” list and a weekly schedule in order to keep track of your targets and deadlines.

6.        Monitor, Measure and Adapt

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Analyze the key performance areas of your business and be willing to change or adapt your business if needed. Performance that is monitored effectively will provide you with an early warning system that could help you to make the right business decisions at the right time.

7.        Cherish your Customers

Without loyal customers your business will not succeed. Focus on building a lasting relationship with your customers and always respond as quickly as possible to customer queries. The use of social media to interact with your customer base is very effective and should be explored.

The satisfaction of creating and managing a successful business makes all of the effort worthwhile. In order to handle the stress of managing your own business it is important to exercise regularly and to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Do not forget to have fun and to spend time with your family and the people that you love. Success only has meaning when you are able to share it with someone else!

HeinrichM

H.E.Muller is the owner of The Link Building Guy and he provides keyword optimization services to small business owners. Feel free to visit his website for more information on SEO Link Building and Keyword Optimization..

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The Golden Rule of Effective SEO Link Building

Oct 12, 2010   //   by HeinrichM   //   link building, SEO Blog  //  14 Comments

SEO link building is a very important part of any search engine optimization strategy. If you do it right your keywords will improve on the search engine result pages and the organic traffic to your website will increase. But what exactly do you need to do?

The golden rule of effective SEO link building is to diversify your link building methods. Think of it this way, if you are a boxer that can only throw a left hook you will most likely lose all of your fights. In the same way links that are built by using only one method will not be very effective.

There are plenty of SEO link building methods around and when you combine them the impact of your link building efforts will visibly improve. Two link building methods will be discussed in more detail in this article and you are welcome to use them to diversify your link building (Tip – make a list of the link building methods that you intend using and draw-up a weekly link building schedule with slots for all of the methods.)

Content traps and article marketing:

  • One of the most effective link building methods available today is the use of original and unique content to build links and generate traffic.
  • Start by researching popular search phrases for your website, product or service and choose keywords with a low level of competition.
  • Write original articles using the keywords that you have chosen.
  • Submit the articles to article directories and Blogs.
  • Build new links by linking back to your website in the resource box of each article.
  • In addition your articles should show-up in the search results for the low competition keywords that you have chosen thereby generating traffic to your website (content trap).

Blog commenting:

  • This method has been abused but it is still very effective when used in combination with other link building methods.
  • Search for Blogs that are relevant to your website, product or service and ensure that they allow you to enter your name and URL when posting a comment.
  • Read the article and post a comment that is useful and informative (you need to give in order to receive.)
  • Webmasters delete comments that they view as spam and it is important that you add value with your comment and not try and sell yourself.
  • Post comments on both do-follow and no-follow Blogs to ensure that the search engines view the links as “natural”.

In addition to the two methods discussed above you can build new links to your website through the use of bookmarks on social sites, forum profiles and posts, submitting your website URL to link directories and the uploading of videos to popular video sites.  SEO link building is very effective when you combine three or more of the available methods. Start improving your keyword search optimization today by becoming a boxer with more than just a left hook in your arsenal.

HeinrichM

H.E.Muller is the owner of The Link Building Guy and he provides keyword optimization services to small business owners. Feel free to visit his website for more information on SEO Link Building and Keyword Optimization..

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Announcing the Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest Winners!

Sep 16, 2010   //   by Gerald Weber   //   Contests, SEO Blog  //  33 Comments

Wow…I have to say this contest has lived up to its “Bad Ass” name. I am honored to have so much awesome talent on my blog. And I’d like to really thank each and every bloggers that took the time to write their “Bad Ass” posts.
I’d also like to thank all of the Kick-Ass Sponsors that made the cash (and some non-cash) prizes possible. You can check out the full list of sponsors by clicking here.

Let me briefly explain how we came up with the winners. I had several independent judges (some of which are professional writers) that were asked to rate each post on a scale of 1 to 10 based its overall quality and creativity. I averaged all of these scores to determine the winners. Number of comments, amount of ReTweets and general social engagement was also looked at as a secondary metric that we used to determine the tie breakers (which there were several)
The Winners Are…:

1st place Reasons You Should Blog Drunk by Jennifer Van Iderstyne $325.

2nd place 9 Search Optimization Tips with Benefits for Your Visitors by Kristi Hines $300.

3rd place 6 Shocking Truths About Internet Marketing by Mark Thompson $275

4th place Little Things Bloggers Crave And Most Never Get by Andrew Rondeau $225.

5th place How to Stop Competitors Copying Your Links by John McElborough $200.

6th place The Number One Keyword Metric: Profit by Jason Capshaw $175.

7th place 5 Ways to Get Great Results from Your Social Media Efforts by Onibalusi $150.

8th place Is it Time to Rethink Where You Have Your Social Time Invested? by Kaila Strong $125.

9th place SEM, SEO, Social Media and their Connection to Each Other by Melvin Dichoso $100.

10th place How to Get Blog Ideas – A very effective way to conquer blogger’s block! by Gloson $75.

11th place 6 Kick-ass Ways To Market Your Blog by Devesh $75.

12th place Regular Coffee or a Latte? Which Keywords Do You Want to Rank For? by Kristin Page $75.

13th place 3 Tips for Effective ‘Link Luv’ by John Landells Prize, Link-Assistant.Com SEO PowerSuite Enterprise (max. functionality license) life-time subscription.

14th place The Value of In-Content Keyword Links by Carol Wiley. Prize, A full years membership at David Harry’s SEO Training Dojo

15th place Email marketing that works by Denise Gabbard 1 year Business Hosting plan from Hostgator.com

If you were a cash winner, please send me your Paypal address to htownseo at gmail dot com, immediately so I can hook you up with your loot!

Congratulations to all who participated. Everyone did a wonderful job!

I’m sure we will have another one of these contest the next time the donkey misbehaves ;-)

Gerald Weber

I founded Search Engine Marketing Group in December 2005. More recently I co-founded viralcontentbuzz.com. which is the free platform that helps bloggers generate REAL "social buzz" on their best content. Feel free to follow me on Google+

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Official Launch: Free 10 Week Internet Marketing Course [Sign-Up]

Sep 14, 2010   //   by Mark Thompson   //   SEO Blog  //  4 Comments

I wanted to tell the SEM Group blog readers about a free marketing training course that I am launching today that offers beginner and advanced Internet Marketers the most up-to-date tips and tactics to assist you with your marketing strategy.  This course was designed to cover all of the different ways that you can drive traffic, build brand awareness and generate revenue via the web.

Each week you will receive a new module of the course that focuses on one area of Internet Marketing.  Within each module, I cover the fundamentals, concepts and tools you can use to help with each particular area of the course.  Normally a course like this sells for $100s of dollars, but I want to give this to you guys for free!

==> Free Course Sign-Up


What’s Included in the Course

  • Week 1 – Strategy: Understanding Your Goals and Setting Expectations
  • Week 2 – Market Research & Analysis: Know Your Target Market Before Spending Marketing Dollars
  • Week 3 – Paid Search: Using Pay-Per-Click Strategies to Drive Relevant Traffic that Converts
  • Week 4 – Search Engine Optimization: How to Gain Free Exposure and Traffic Through SEO
  • Week 5 – Content Creation: Creating Compelling, Valuable, and Viral Content
  • Week 6 – Link Building: How to Find Quality Link Building Opportunities
  • Week 7 – Local Search: Capturing Localized Traffic to Your Website
  • Week 8 – Social Media: Build Your Brand, Drive Traffic and Form Relationships Using Social Media
  • Week 9 – Making Money: How to Monetize for Your Website or Blog
  • Week 10 – Website Analytics/Testing: Understanding Your Audience and Increase Conversions Using Web Analytics
  • Bonus – Tools of the Trade: The Internet Marketers Toolbox

On top of this awesome FREE course, I have a few added bonuses to give away.   So make sure you sign-up and get access to all of this great content!  I am looking forward to having you guys sign-up and get your feedback on the course.

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Mark Thompson

Mark is the creator of the SEO Blog, StayOnSearch and president of Search Creatively, a full-service Internet Marketing Company located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also contributes to many industry related blogs including Search Engine Journal and is active on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Mark on Twitter

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Top Three Link Building Tactics: Leave No Stone Unturned!

Sep 10, 2010   //   by Nitin   //   link building, SEO Blog  //  7 Comments

We are all more than aware that in the world of search engine optimization, it is an ever-changing industry. With that being said, it is more important than ever to stay ahead of the game with your link building tactics, especially since many companies are continuing to rely upon outdated tactics that no longer work. I think that we can all agree that spamming is becoming more and more obvious to Google, even resulting in penalization.

To avoid this type of outcome altogether and continue to create genuine back links to your website that will last for years to come, here are some of the best lesser used techniques to get you started:

  1. Article Marketing: How is this a lesser known technique, you may ask? Anyone and everyone out there have already submitted an article to Ezine at this point, but the important thing to keep in mind is that you must provide quality content. This is advantageous because quality and hot content submitted to article directories will most likely be picked up by other websites seeking content. In many cases, your article may be picked up by a website of a higher page rank, automatically offering a link back to you as an added bonus. You can also take this one step further, if you see websites using your article in accordance to ezine terms then you can approach those websites with an offer for unique article with your links in it.

    So how do you create this hot content for the article directories? Instead of writing generic filler content related to your niche market, search for your keywords on popular sites like Digg and even Twitter for inspiration. These are sites run by and for the people, and you will find a slew of resources linking to the hottest news articles related to your keywords. From there, you can see what the people are really after and write a corresponding article that will be more prone to being picked up by a popular website for reposting. It’s as simple as that.

  2. Yahoo Answers: Again, Yahoo Answers is not a venue where you can spam to get easy back links. In fact, that practice is adamantly discouraged. Instead, you can use Yahoo Answers for the Holy Grail of link building, which is setting yourself up as an expert in your field. Once you have achieved this task, people will start to turn to you and your company for information, and they will also link back to blogs, articles, and answers that you have already posted. After all, you are the expert, so why wouldn’t people trust you?Yahoo Answers does not offer Do Follow links, but they do have a section within each Yahoo Answers forum to list websites as references for an answer. These links alone will often draw traffic back to the original website if you have provided a relevant answer. Of course, you do not necessarily need to only promote your website but instead, become a well-rounded expert in your niche market who provides valuable answers, and people will automatically be attracted to visit your website because of the authority you have created.

  3. Feature guest blogs. If you have a blog for your website or online store, this is the perfect way to continue to update it with unique content and to also offer interesting posts for your customers and readers. Beyond just updating your blog regularly with content, it is also a brilliant idea to incorporate guest blogging. Guest blogging will help bring inbound links to your site, and it will also build your reputation as a brand.

Start by reaching out to other blogs within your niche market, or use guest blogging resources, like Blogger Linkup. You can offer to do an exchange of guest blog posts with many companies, which will give a link back to your website as a bonus. Even better, the longer that your guest blog stays on a company’s website, the more valuable it becomes as a link back to your website. There is also a benefit in posting guest blogs on your own website because a blogger will normally promote his or her guest blog to their reader base. This means that all of the regular readers of a specific blog will take a swing by your blog to see the guest blog post, and they may potentially return if you have good content related to that niche. This means an instant spike in traffic for you if done successfully!

These three little known link building tips may seem complicated, but when you invest time in them on a weekly basis within your marketing plan, you are guaranteed to see serious results in new visitors and valuable links back to your website.

Nitin

This is a guest post by Nitin Aggarwal from Offshore Ally. Offshore Ally provides dedicated virtual assistant services. You can hire virtual assistant for SEO and link building techniques too. Nitin is himself a full time internet marketer and his team is trained on most of link building jobs so you can start with him anytime. You can also follow his tweets on http://twitter.com/offshoreally

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Email marketing that works

Sep 8, 2010   //   by Denise Gabbard   //   Contests, internet marketing, SEO Blog  //  4 Comments

This is a guest post from Denise Gabbard. It is part of The “Bad Ass” SEO Guest Blogging Contest.

Most people think that spam, Facebook, blogs, and other social media like Twitter killed email marketing as a means to communicate online.  However, most people are wrong. Businesses today engage in email marketing because it gives them a return on investment hovering over $40 per $1 spent, and outperforms all direct marketing channels. In a Forbes Media survey in the February/March 2009 issues, it was reported that business owners and executives say email marketing is second overall to SEO when it comes to converting lookers into buyers. Impressive, and tells you why businesses use it—it just works!

An email campaign is an ongoing marketing venture whereby you send out regular communications to customers and potential customers. The traditional email marketing approach was to build a huge list and push lots of messages out to the masses. This doesn’t work anymore, as it brands your company spammers, and can get you booted from your domain, and facing government sanctions.

The new way of doing things is targeting those who want to hear from you. Put together your list by asking your customers if they’d like to receive ‘newsletters’ from you on a periodic basis. You can ask them in person, over the phone, or on your website by embedding a “Sign Up” button for convenience. When you invoice a customer for a project or product sale, always include a CTA (call to action) for them to sign up for your newsletter, and even put a sign up link in your email signature. You can convert that happy customer into a lifetime customer if you keep in touch regularly. The point is making the effort to create a targeted, personalized list for your company will pay big dividends.

There are a number of online business tools that are useful for your email campaigns. Sites like Mail Chimp, Constant Contact, and Campaigner can help you set up your campaigns quickly and easily, and most offer a free trial so you can compare functionality.

When designing your email templates, readability should be your priority. Keep your paragraphs concise, with just a few sentences for each, and write compelling contact to encourage them to finish reading.  Another great idea is to keep your design less than 620 pixels, so that it can be viewed in email preview windows. (Also, large images take too long to load and can be abandoned easily.)   An important step is validating your code before mass mailing it. Email types interpret code differently, and you want to be certain there will be no glitches on their end and they can open and read your message.

Clearly, increased sales, brand loyalty, and reputation are the goals of email marketing campaigns. Your aim is to have a high percentage of recipients open your email and click-through any links that you placed in the email. Average rates of opening marketing emails have been shown to float around the 20-30% range, so do not expect everyone to open your mail. However, do continue tweaking your messages to appeal to more people and get a higher open rate.  For instance, a great graphic and web design company can create and execute a stunning email campaign that will make people take notice.

Denise Gabbard

Denise is an SEO and Social Media Consultant, Professional Writer and Blogger at Write and Get Paid!, Examiner, and Experts123. You can also follow me on Facebook or Twitter

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7 Sure-Fire Ways to Get More Traffic to Your Blog

Sep 7, 2010   //   by Onibalusi   //   blogging, Contests, SEO Blog  //  7 Comments

This is a guest post from Onibalusi Bamidele. It is part of The “Bad Ass” SEO Guest Blogging Contest.

Getting traffic to a blog has been one of the utmost fears every blogger and webmasters face. We all want traffic and a lot of it.

Traffic is really very important to the success of any blog and it doesn’t matter what you do online, it is traffic that brings the sales. There are several ways to increase blog traffic but this post will be talking about 7 sure-fire ways to get traffic to your blog, these are the strategies I have used and is working for me.

1. Guest Blogging

I know this has been oversaid, nevertheless it works. You surely have heard about guest blogging to get traffic before but I doubt you have tried it.

This is my number one traffic formula for many reasons and one of the most important reasons I so much love this formula is its effectiveness. Guest posting for traffic is an effective way to get traffic to your blog and it can also help improve your search engine rankings if done properly. Another importance of guest posting is that it helps you build your reputation online. I once wrote a guest post for a blog which brought me almost no traffic, I thought my efforts has been wasted only to see one of the readers of that blog who read my guest post link to me from his blog (months after I wrote the post) which in turn brought some readers.

Guest posting helps in so many ways but it is always very important to keep the quality of your blog so that those who came to your blog through your guest posts will not be disappointed.

2. Blog Commenting

Another great and effective way to increase web traffic is through blog commenting. One mistake I see people make in this aspect is that they only comment for traffic and this makes them just make any comment which in turn destroys their online reputation.

Everything you say online is being archived and can eventually stand against you, if you tell me you will help me optimize my blog for search engines and I once saw you commenting on a blog using your keyword as name I will most likely tell you not to worry.

Blog commenting brings traffic but it must be done wisely.

3. Forum Marketing

So that you will know how effective this is I will give you a little background of myself. I started online as a forum spammer (then I didn’t know I was spamming ;)). I got over 150 unique visitors to my website the first day :) after creating over 30 forum accounts. I created over 120 forum accounts in my first month and the end result is that my posts on the forums got deleted minutes after I posted them and all my accounts were banned.

It is very important to make effective use of forums and not to spam. I recently started using the warrior forums and after replying to less than 50 threads I have gotten over 100 visitors to my blog from there. Marketing your blogs on forums is really effective if properly done.

4. Blog Carnivals

This probably hasn’t been oversaid :) but it is very effective. When trying to get traffic to your blog using blog carnivals, what you will have to strive for is making sure others link to your blogs which in turn brings more traffic.

Blog carnivals are a great way to get traffic to your blog and what you will do is submit your best (only your best) post to blog carnivals, if other bloggers love your post they will link to it from their blogs. A great place to get started is blogcarnival.com

5. Video Marketing

Another great way to get traffic to your blog is by making videos to promote your blog. While this might be effective in other niches it isn’t as effective in the MMO niche but can still bring great results if you put a lot of efforts into it.

There are several ways to get the best from video marketing and one great way to get more results from your efforts is by effectively researching before you come up with your videos. What do you think has a huge demand and has rarely been touched? Begin to create videos on this and it will go viral and eventually bring more traffic to your blog. Your vidoes won’t bring traffic automatically even if they go viral, what you need to do is to make sure you link to your blog in the description space and also in your video.

6. Blogging Communities

Another great way to get more traffic to your blog is by making effective use of blogging communitites.

Blogging communities such as BlogEngage and MMO Social Network are great ways to get more traffic to your blog because they are more established and consist more of bloggers. Another great advantage of these communitites is that people visiting your blog from there are most likely going to comment and subscribe to your blog because they are relevant to your niche and they are prepared to read, unlike people from digg and many other big social bookmarking sites.

When trying to get more from submitting your blog posts to blogging communities it is very important to make sure you use attractive titles (even if it means modifying your original blog title) because this will make sure you get more votes and traffic to your submissions.

7. Trackbacks

Yeah, this sounds dumb? But believe me, it is not. I have gotten over 40 visitors from copyblogger using this method and I only linked to a post or two.

One great way to get traffic to your blog by making effective use of trackbacks is by linking to posts on other blogs, this will help you get traffic in many ways. First, it will help you get more traffic from the reader of the blog (especially if you have an attractive title) and second, it can help you get on the radar of the blogger who might in turn return the favor one day.

Conclusion

What has been your best way to get traffic to your blog? Is your traffic increasing or decreasing? Which other tip do you want to add to this post? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

Onibalusi

Onibalusi Bamidele is a young entrepreneur living the internet lifestyle, he believes in the importance of traffic to succeeding online and has a great report that explains how to get traffic in details, you can get his ultimate traffic formula at ultimatetrafficformula.com

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How to Get Blog Ideas – A very effective way to conquer blogger’s block!

Sep 3, 2010   //   by Gloson   //   Contests, SEO Blog  //  30 Comments

This is a guest post from Gloson. It is part of The “Bad Ass” SEO Guest Blogging Contest.

Most of us have been trapped in blogger’s block before – very determined to write the next high-quality blog post to benefit your beloved readers! Woohoo!  :)

Searching for ideas

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So you sit down and your fingers are ready to type! But after several minutes, you are still stuck on a blank page – you haven’t wrote anything at all. You can’t think of even a single idea! Aww man! :(

But your problem is now over! Here’s a very effective and little-known method to help you get blog post ideas in no time!

Step 1 – Visit other blogs in your niche

If your blog is about entrepreneurship, visit other blogs about entrepreneurship, business, marketing, blogging, social media, and those kinds of stuffs.

Examples of great blogs on those topics: Chris Brogan, Problogger, Copyblogger, EpicLaunch, Income Diary, and lots more.

Step 2 – Look for list posts

Some examples of list posts are ‘10 Ways to Become a Successful Blogger’, ‘50 Ways to Become Super Productive’, ‘12 Ways to Maximize Your Influence on Twitter’, and other posts like those.

Photo by Éole

Step 3 – Read the list posts, and get ideas from the points!

Next step is to read the post and get the goodies.

Most blog posts about overcoming blogger’s block mention that reading other blogs helps you get ideas for your next post.

However, they didn’t mention that you should read list posts, which are a much easier and faster way for getting ideas!

Here is how to get blog post ideas from list posts!

Here are the first 2 points from one of my blog posts, 22 Reasons to Blog.

1. Writing skills

One thing blogging has improved a lot in my life is my writing skills.

I have noticed that my writing skills started to improve rapidly during the first few months I started blogging. And soon, I realized that my writing was becoming more professional.

2. Communication skills

When you blog, you get feedbacks. And when it comes to feeding back the feedbacks, you have to communicate. And when you learn to communicate, you improve your communication skills and learn to communicate better.

So, what blog post ideas can we get from these two points?

  • How Blogging Improves Your Writing Skills
  • How Blogging Makes You a Better Communicator

And then you can write blog posts about those two topics! Isn’t that easy?

So basically you are just expanding the points into a detailed blog post.

Here’s another example, from Mashable – FOLLOW FAIL: The Top 10 Reasons I Will Not Follow You in Return on Twitter. Here are 2 of the fails.

1. You have no user avatar

no-img-follow…or your user avatar is neither a personalized photograph nor reflective of a brand.

More important than whether or not your Twitter profile background is “designed” is how you choose to present yourself in that seemingly insignificant 48×48 pixel square. If that square is empty, impersonal, or otherwise lacking any qualities that will immediately allow me to visually associate it with you, that is an immediate Follow Fail. If I am going to build a Twitter relationship with you, I want to see you, or your brand, and not, however humorous I may find it, a screen capture of a magical leoplurodon.

10. You do not engage your Twitter followers

Probably the most important reason why I will not return your follow, though, is if it is glaringly obvious that you do not engage your Twitter followers. Here I suppose I need to make a distinction between those Twitter users who use Twitter to broadcast their content, as opposed to everyone else; these broadcasters, in my experience, are generally the ones who are followed, not those who are following.

Obviously, engaging their followers is not a priority. Twitter is a major platform in social networking and social media, and they aren’t called “social” networking and “social” media for nothing. There are other people out there, and if you are not engaging or interacting with those users who take the time to follow you for whatever reason, that is a huge follow fail in my book.

So, what ideas can we get?

  • How to take a great photo for your profile picture
  • 12 Ways to Engage Your Twitter Followers

Let’s take another example, this time in the Personal Development niche. What blog post ideas can we get from 6 Traits that Separate Winners from Whiners?

1) Whiners Focus on the Past, Winners Focus on the Present and Future

Whiners love to dwell on the past. “I wish this never happened!” or, “if you had just done what I said we wouldn’t have this problem,” or everyone’s favorite, “I told you this would happen!”  The past is done and over and can not be changed. For some reason this simple concept eludes Whiners.

Winners understand that we live in the here and now. Rather than dwelling on the past, Winners focus on the future they want to create and think of actions they can take in the present to make that future happen.

2) Whiners Cast Blame, Winners Take Responsibility

When something goes wrong, the Whiner’s “blame radar” kicks into full gear and they start a CSI style investigation to find the guilty party. This hurts morale and takes away energy from the most important task: fixing the problem! Winners take responsibility for your actions and simply say, “what can I do to solve this now?”

There is a time and place to identify what went wrong, why it happened, and what can be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again. That time and place is after the crisis is resolved, not before.

By the way, that post is really interesting and inspiring. You should really read it. :-)

So, what blog posts ideas can we obtain?

  • How To Let Go of Your Past
  • How to Plan Well for the Future
  • How to Stop Blaming Others
  • How and Why You Should Take Responsibility

And more!

There! I hope this article helps you to to eliminate blogger’s block and lack of ideas! Now the only problem is that you have too many ideas and no time to write them all :P . Haha

Hmmm… maybe you can write a blog post about that! – How To Find Time to Write Blog Posts!

So, is this method for getting blog ideas working for you? I would love to hear your comments below! :)

Gloson

Gloson is a talented 12 year old blogger from Malaysia. He also has written a poetry book, and is officially the youngest published poet in Malaysia. Be sure to follow him on Twitter!

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