Monthly Archives: May 2012

How To Market Your Business On Google+ Plus

Although it’s only been a year since Google launched its social network, Google+, back in the summer of 2011, and just months since pages became available through Google Apps in November, Google+ provides marketers with some definite advantages.  Often referred to as one of the top social networks for businesses, Google+ allows you to easily communicate, collaborate, promote, and track your progress.

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If you have a page on Google+, then you’re ready to start taking advantage of the enhanced communication and collaboration tools, like the stream, circles, and hangouts, available on Google+.  You can use the stream to share information as text, photos, or videos with the world.  Make use of the stream to share general updates and messages publicly, with everyone, or to share specific, targeted messages with designated circles.

Circles, a unique Google+ feature, allows you to organize people into specific groups, or circles.  This feature is especially helpful when it comes to targeted marketing efforts and for adding a more personal touch to your social media campaign.

If you’re a business marketing on Google+, you may choose to group people based on their prior purchases or how often they make purchases.  The options are endless, and so are the amount of personalized and/or targeted messages you can share.  If you’re interested in taking that personal connection a step further, Google+ has just the tool.

With hangouts, you can host multi-person video chats and engage in screen sharing to communicate and collaborate with others in real-time, wherever you may be.  A prominent chat list, explore page, and customizable navigation ribbon are just some of the new features from the recent Google+ redesign that will only enhance your ability to communicate on this social network.

Once you’ve established your presence on Google+, it’s important to promote your page.  And, once again, Google+ makes this marketing step easy with promotional tools for both you and your customers.  One simple way to let people know you’re on Google+ is with a Google+ badge or icon, both of which can be placed on your website.  When your website visitors click on the badge they can add your Google+ page to their circles without leaving your website, and when people click on the icon they are taken directly to your Google+ page.

Your customers can also take part in promotion with the +1 button.  Every time someone gives your business a +1, they are sharing with the world that they support your work, are pleased with something you posted, or would recommend you to friends.  This online word-of-mouth marketing tool is powerful, but there’s a simple step you can take to greatly increase its impact.

By linking the +1s people give your website, any advertisements, and your Google+ page, you significantly increase the benefits you’ll receive.  This is because when your business comes up in a Google search, people will be able to see how many people have +1’d your business – and the more, the better.  After all, you can never have too many recommendations.

Yet another area of online marketing where Google+ stands apart from other social networks is tracking your progress.  When you use a Google+ page, you gain access to Ripples and Analytics – two features that can help you determine how much your efforts have paid off and what improvements you can make.

Ripples details the path that information you’ve shared takes on Google+.  For example, Ripples allows you to see who shared information, what information they shared, and the people with whom they shared.  These details are important because they can help you determine what type of content is creating the most buzz and which of your customers is helping to disperse your content.

Armed with this information, you can improve your marketing on Google+ by posting more “buzz-generating” content and by sharing more information with your top promoters.  In addition to using Ripples to track your progress, you can take advantage of Analytics to stay abreast of the activity on your page and manage the +1s you receive.

Thanks to its ideal communication and collaboration features, easy-to-use promotional tools, and helpful ways to determine the success of your efforts, marketing on Google’s social network is a definite plus.

About The Author: Cloud Sherpas is a leading cloud service provider and was named the “Google Enterprise 2011 Partner of the Year.” As one of the first Google Enterprise partners, Cloud Sherpas has migrated over one million users across a variety of industries from legacy, on-premise messaging systems to Google Apps, helping organizations adopt cloud computing to innovate and dramatically reduce their IT expenses. A Google Apps Reseller in Atlanta, GA, Cloud Sherpas has regional offices in locations including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Austin and Sydney, and has more Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialists than any other partner in the world.

How Blog Commenting Can Increase Your Web Traffic

Anyone involved in internet marketing or who publishes a website understands the need to increase the amount of traffic they receive. Online advertising can be very expensive, and as an intelligent publisher you want to look for ways to save money and get as much free but relevant traffic as possible.

Although there are several effective website marketing methods of bringing new traffic to a site, one that is simple and works well is blog commenting. Leaving relevant comments on other people’s blogs that are in your niche helps drive traffic by way of increasing your search engine rank through back linking. Even though this is an easy method, there are some right and wrong ways of going about the process.
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For those who may be new to the concept, when you comment on another blog you receive a backlink to your own website. Considered an effective marketing strategy, blog commenting creates backlinks because you will include your website URL.
A backlink is an incoming link to a site or page, and these are what Google adores and looks for when ranking a site. But not only are backlinks made, but the comment itself will increase your online presence and authority in your niche. So effectively, you can increase traffic and at the same time reach a new audience.
When you begin looking for blogs to comment on, you should be careful to select blogs that are either in the same niche or in one that complements your site and that have a higher page rank. Website marketing works best when the links to other sites are related in some way.
For example, if you publish a website about baking cakes, then look for blogs that are basically in the same topic or niche. An online search for ‘baking blogs’ could render a list of blogs that would be a good match. Another good strategy of finding related blogs is to create something called a Google Alert using keywords also related to your website. Whenever a blog post is made with that particular keyword, you will receive an email alert and can go make a comment on that blog.
After some quality ranked blogs have been identified, make certain that the blog has a ‘do follow’ tag so that the link will count with the search engines. If the blog does not have a ‘do follow’ tag there will be no ‘link love’ created.
Make sure you read the blog posts and find one that you like and then leave a genuine comment instead of some junk that many spammers like to leave just in an attempt to get a backlink. Keep in mind that most blog owners moderate their blog comments before approving them and will delete what appears to be spam.
Blog commenting is an effective website marketing strategy that many publishers and site owners implement regularly as part of their site marketing mix. By finding blogs that are related to your own niche and by also leaving honest comments that do not scream ‘spam’, your website’s traffic will eventually increase along with your level of credibility as a website publisher.

About The Author: Peter is the owner of www.effectivesitemarketing.com

How To Approach Small, Medium And Big Bloggers For A Guest Post

picture of Guest BloggingThere are 3 different types of blogs – small, medium and big blogs. Each of them functions very differently and the bloggers that run them think very differently as well.

When you’re contacting other bloggers, you need to make sure you understand which kind of blogger you’re talking to – small, medium or big – and tailor your message to make sure you connect with them appropriately.

Let’s go through how to approach these different types of bloggers when you want to publish a guest post on their blog.

1. Small Blogs

Small blogs are generally Pagerank 2 or less and usually get less than 1000 visitors a day to their site. When you first start out with your own blog, this is your realm – and these are the bloggers you will be working with first. And many of them will want to work with you – because you’re in the same boat at the same time.

It’s important when you’re contacting small bloggers that you understand a few things:

Some small bloggers are not serious about blogging – they just decided to start a blog – so they may not have even listed their contact info on their blog. Furthermore, they may have quit blogging altogether. Make sure you check their site to see if they’ve posted anything recently. If the last post you see is from several years ago, just move on – they’re not actively blogging (on that site) anymore.

Small bloggers rarely get contacted by other bloggers and rarely get asked by someone like you to write a guest article for their site – so most small bloggers are flattered when you genuinely reach out to them asking to collaborate.

This is good – this is great – because it’s these small bloggers who will be crucial to your early success as a blogger. If you post guest articles on 20-30 high quality small blogs with a link back to your blog, you will become one of the larger small bloggers in your niche, almost on the verge of becoming a medium blog. Google will quickly recognize you as a reputable blogger with that many links from other bloggers.

2. Medium Blogs

Medium blogs generally get more than 1000 visitors a day and are usually Pagerank 3, 4 or 5. A medium blog might get up to 5,000 or even 10,000 visitors a day. A medium blog will be most likely be generating decent revenue from advertisements, affiliate sales and sponsorships. Some medium bloggers make a decent living blogging, others are just scraping by.

In general, medium bloggers are usually passionate about their blog and always looking for ways to improve. This is your key to approaching a medium blogger – helping them improve their blog and improve their standing and traffic online. Medium bloggers often accept guest blog posts because there’s just not enough time in the day to generate enough new content to keep their blog buzzing – you could be the answer to their prayers!

When you contact a medium blogger, you will want to make sure you personalize your message to them to let them know you have actually read their blog and actually care about them and their mission. Medium bloggers get enough traffic to where they receive spam, probably daily, from people who want to get links from their site in one way or another. You need to stand out from the competition by writing a relevant, genuine message that will connect with them – and show them how you can add value to their blog by providing high quality content.

If you have some really great relevant articles on your own blog, you can link to them as examples of your work. If you have some nice stats (like your site gets 700 visitors a day) to share with them, that also can make you more credible. But genuinely a medium blogger won’t care about that – they just want to know that you’re an expert who can add value to them by writing a great guest post – and maybe promoting them on social media as well.

3. Big Blogs

Big blogs are in a totally unique position of their own. Big blogs generally get over 10,000 visitors a day, many of them get 50,000 to 100,000 visitors a day. Blogs like TechCrunch, Engadget, Gizmodo, The Verge, and others receive a massive amount of traffic and they are not small blogging operations (anymore) – they are small to medium sized blogging companies. This means they don’t use have one blogger who’s in charge of calling the shots.
Big blogs are generally PR 6 or higher and have an Alexa Rank of 5000 or less.

Big blogs often have a business structure something like this:

  • One owner (or a few partners) who started the blog who may or may not participate in the day to day management anymore.
  • Many writers (5, 10, or even hundreds of writers who are freelance / part-time).
  • A full-time editor who’s in charge of scheduling publications, editing all the articles and making sure it fits their needs and style of blogging.
  • An advertising/PR manager who manages inquiries about advertising on the blog as well as media inquiries (sometimes these functions are split between two people).

This is just the basic structure, obviously every blog will be unique in their own way. But this new structure makes dealing with a big blog MUCH different than dealing with a small or medium blogger.

If you want to write a guest post for one of these big blogs (which will get you MASSIVE traffic and VERY HIGH QUALITY link(s), then you need to make sure you really understand them first.

This is why you always must do research before you even consider contacting a big blog.

Reseaching A Big Blog



When you first find a big blog in your niche that you would LOVE to get a link from – don’t just contact them right away like you would with a small blogger. I highly recommend reading their blog for at least 1 hour – read as many articles as you can, click as many pages as you can. Pay special attention to their “About” section, “Contact Us” section, and any sections related to hiring writers or accepting guest posts or inquiries.

What you want to do with this research is answer these questions:

1. What is the blog about?

You need to know this and not just “technology.” You need to know what kind of posts they post most often, which are the most successful, and what the About page says about what they do and WHY they do it. What makes them tick?

2. How long are the average blog posts?

3. Are there guest posts on the blog?

4. What kind of guest posts are there? (What topics, opinions, and who were the guest authors)

5. Who’s the editor? Who should I contact about guest blogging?

6. What kind of story angle would work best for them?

Once you ask these questions, then you’re ready to start planning your strategy. You need to find a story that will interest that blog enough for them to contact you to ask more. It’s not like they’re going to take your article and instantly publish it – they will want to ask questions and learn more about it most often. Your goal with a big blog is to START A RELATIONSHIP not get just one guest post published.

Honestly, you will probably get rejected most of the time from a big blog. The key is 1) focusing on the relationship and 2) pleasant persistence – continue sending them relevant, useful information that they will hopefully want to use in an article. Trust me, persistence pays off when dealing with these huge blogs – because just one mention could send you thousands or tens of thousands of highly targeted visitors to your site as well as provide you with a PR 6, 7, 8 or 9 link that is worth pure gold.

The Guest Blogging System For Driving Traffic To Your Blog

The fastest, most effective, easiest and cheapest way to grow your blog, increase your traffic, and improve your search engine rankings is by guest blogging and/or soliciting links from other bloggers. Now, almost everyone in the internet world has heard of guest blogging – but very, very, very few people actually use this strategy effectively. I’m going to show you how to use this strategy to build HUNDREDS of HIGH QUALITY links to your site and funnel thousands of visitors from other blogs in your niche to your blog.

THE GUEST BLOGGING SYSTEM

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a streamlined process for contacting other blog owners and building a relationship with them that will hopefully lead to you posting a guest article on their site in exchange for a link to yours (usually in the “BIO” section at the bottom of the article. As with any streamlined process for contacting and communicating with people, there is a thin line between spamming and real genuine communication. Please DO NOT use this to spam bloggers.

Keep your messages honest, helpful, genuine and spam-free. We do NOT need more spammers out there – but we’re in desperate need of more bloggers who get it. I hope you get it!

Another Note: You better have at least 10 posts on your blog before even attempting this. Other bloggers want to make sure you’re serious before they are going to invest the time or energy in you. If you don’t have enough posts yet, just go to work on that and then apply this system afterwards. If you apply it with only 1 or 2 blog posts on your site, you will get a very poor response from other bloggers.

1. Preparation

In order to quickly and effectively implement this system, you’re going to need:

A. The Alexa/Pagerank plugins for your web browser (I use Google Chrome, but whatever browser you use there will be a plugin to download that allows you to see the Alexa rankings of websites you’re looking at as well as their Google Pagerank right in your browser). If you’re using Google Chrome, just search “Google Chrome alexa plugin” for example.

B. Adjust your google search settings to list the first 100 search results, not the standard 10. This is going to save you a lot of time and clicks later on.

Step 1: Go to www.Google.com

Step 2: Type in your search (any search will do) and hit enter

Step 3: Click the upper right button that looks like a mechanical gear

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Step 4: Click on “Search Settings”

Step 5: In the “Results Per Page” section, scroll it from 10 results per page to 100 results per page.

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2. Searching For The Right Blogs

Search for other blogs in your niche OR in niches that are similar or compatible with yours. For example, if you have a blog about dog training, you could search for blogs about dogs, or blogs about dog training, or blogs about cats and cat training (you could write an article for them about dogs vs. cats – the neverending debate!).

The key here is to think of AS MANY different types of niches that you could fit into and add value to, and that would add value to you as well. Be open-minded – maybe horse training blogs would like you to write an article for them about the top 5 things you learned as a dog trainer and how that could be applied to horses. Be creative and you will find many more opportunities for collaboration, guest blogging and building links to your site.

Once you’ve picked your search term, let’s say it’s “dog training” for now, you’re going to add blog to the end of that term. So you would Google “dog training blog.”

3. Click and Analyze

At first, this step will take you a lot of time because you’re just starting to learn how blogs work and how to navigate other peoples sites.

Here are some general tips to make filtering out which sites to contact a whole lot easier:

A. If it’s a news site, throw it out. For example, if you see http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/ in the search results, just skip past it – because I don’t think the New York Times is going to accept your guest post… yet!

B. If it’s a duplicate site, only click one of them. Sometimes, Google will give you the same domain name several times in a search – so just click one of them and skip the extras. For example, you may see http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/ , http://business.blogs.nytimes.com/, and http://science.blogs.nytimes.com/ in the same search result – there’s no reason to click them all, so just click one.

C. Throw out spammy / empty looking blogs.

Here’s a good example:
Spam Site Example

This site has a Google Pagerank 2 – MUST BE A GREAT SITE TO GET A LINK FROM, RIGHT?

NO! It’s Alexa rank is 15041954 – That means there are more than 15 million sites getting more traffic than that site – meaning it’s essentially a garbage site that Google gives no traffic – and neither should you!

Do NOT solicit sites like this for links – even if you got a link from that site, it would do you more harm than good because it’s quite likely Google has penalized that site for being spam, selling links, duplicate content, or some other blackhat tricks.

If the Alexa Rank alone wasn’t enough to let you know that site was not worth contacting, just look at the home page! It says it’s a weight loss blog and the home page article is just a spam advertisement for something totally unrelated filled with affiliate links!

If you see a site like this, close it out immediately and move on! (Also, if you get contacted by somenoe offering to sell or trade links from a site like that, ignore them! Don’t do business with spammers, it will do more harm than good and could destroy your precious reputation with Google, especially early on!)

WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A BLOG:

You’re basically looking for quality sites with unique content that get traffic and are recognized by Google as being a legitimate, authoritative site.

Here are my general rules:

Pagerank: Should be 1 or higher. When you’re starting out, it’s fine to guest post on lots of PR 1 or PR2 websites. As your blog grows in traffic, you may not have time to write for such sites and would want to write for PR 3 or higher sites (but it’ll take you time to get to that point so be patient!)


Alexa Rank: When you first start out, any site with an Alexa Rank of 900,000 or lower should be just fine. Basically, if a site is in the top 1 million sites, it’s probably a decent site.

Site Layout: The site needs to look human. If the only thing you see above the fold is Adsense ads in the header and sidebar, then it’s probably a spam site. If it looks like a cookie-cutter website with no human elements to it, it’s probably just junk. You want a site that looks like a real person actually manages it.

4. Contact

If the site looks like a real quality site, it’s time to contact them!

Now, you would be surprised, but you will find many bloggers who have ZERO way to contact them through their blog – they haven’t listed their email address anywhere, there’s no web form for contacting them, etc.

These bloggers I just ignore – because if you can’t find a way to contact them, chances are they aren’t serious enough about blogging to waste your time on. Most often, sites like this are free blogs hosted on blogger or wordpress (the URL ends with a blogger or wordpress such as www.example.blogger.com or www.example.wordpress.com)

There are 3 main ways a blogger will post their contact information.

1. CONTACT

They will have a web page called Contact or Contact Us – just use your keyboard to search for “contact” – On a PC you hit CTRL + F and type in the word you’re searching for. On a Mac, hit the Apple Command Button + F and type what you’re searching for. If you don’t see a contact page or form, then try to find the…

2. ABOUT / ABOUT ME

Many times bloggers will have all their contact info in the About/About Me/About Us section of their site. Just use that nifty search trick I tought you before and type in “about”. If you don’t see that, then try to find their contact info in the…

3. Sidebar

Sometimes a blogger will list their contact info in the sidebar – so just look for it there if you can’t find it elsewhere. If that doesn’t work, your last hope is…

4. Twitter!

Some bloggers, either because they’re tired of being spammed or they just don’t know better, will only have their contact info for Twitter or other social media accounts. You can send them a tweet and see if they respond!

5. Move On

If steps 1-4 don’t work, then just move on! There are plenty of other high quality bloggers who actually care enough about their blog readers to provide contact info – those are the bloggers you want to work with!

5. Follow Through

When a blog owner responds to your message, follow through! If they ask you to write an article, write it promptly and send it to them and make sure it meets their guidelines and specifications. Make sure it’s a HELPFUL article and not just promoting your blog – it should add real value to anyone who reads it.

6. Continue The Relationship

After you write a guest post for their site, maybe ask if they’d like to write a post for your site? Offer to help them in return. Another great thing is to share their blog with your guest post on it in all of your social media channels – it helps them a lot and it helps you too!

Always be creative and open to more ways to collaborate – we all win together if we help each other. Don’t just be a taker – be a giver too! Givers truly gain in the world of blogging.

7. Got More?

Got more tips for guest blogging? We’d love to hear them! Post your comments below.

6 Tips For Getting More Twitter Traffic

Twitter? Ha! I used to think Twitter was worthless. I mean does anyone actually make money using Twitter? And how do you manage it if it takes so much time out of your day?
Well, I finally cracked the code to driving massive traffic using Twitter and I want to share it with you. These are my top 6 tips I’ve used that have worked very well for me. Use them wisely!

1. Automate Tweets

Schedule at least 20 tweets a day using TweetAdder or Hootsuite – they must be high quality and relevant to people, and you can link most of them directly to one of your blog posts NOT your sales or product pages.

2. Track

Use bit.ly tracking links – they’re free and will help you see which tweets are driving traffic so you can continue to use them or similar ones!

3. Tweet With Hashtags

Use hashtags as much as possible. You only need 1 good hashtag in a tweet. Make sure to mix up your hashtags regularly to see what’s working best. For example, if you’re tweeting about cars use #car #cars #truck #trucks #driving #drivers, etc. and see which hashtags are generating the most mentions/retweets/favorites/clicks for you.

4. Respond to Mentions

Respond to EVERY relevant mention. Ignore the spam mentions that we all get on Twitter, but if someone mentions you, thanks you for a tweet or for following, just reply to their tweet in a mention, even if all you’re tweeting is “thanks!” Twitter is about being social so you have to respond to people and be helpful – use your manners!

5. Use 3rd Party Tweets

Tweet using other websites. You can set it up so that your Facebook posts are turned into Tweets, and sites like Pinterest allow you to tweet your activity as well.

6. Buffer for Tweets

Use Buffer to get new ideas for tweets and automatically schedule tweets for when you won’t be around.

You Might Be An Internet Marketing Redneck If…

You might be an internet marketing redneck jackass if you…

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Don't be this kind of internet marketer.

1. Automate Blog Comments

Seriously? It’s the year 2012 and you’re still spamming the f*** out of blogs? Do you realize there are some people who actually care about the message that they’re sharing on their personal blogs and you’re just spamming them about your diet pills and bullshit offers?

Did you not realize that Google gives you no credit for your spam comment links? Did you not realize that you’re wasting thousands of peoples time just so that you can pretend like you’re doing something productive?

2. Use Scrapebox or Other BlackHat SEO Software

If you’re still using that crappy spam software, you are pretty much internet marketing scum.

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Seriously, no spam.

3. Sell Links From Your 35,632 Blogs

We know your blogs are 100% spam. No one can manage the content for that many real sites. Stop calling your blogs high quality because you paid someone who can’t even speak English to write your articles, or even worse, you just have software that syndicates other peoples RSS feeds on your site. That’s just spam dude. Stop spamming already.

The fact that you would even take money from people and sell them a link from your spam site which is 100% spam and worthless in the first place is just sad.

4. You Syndicate the Same Cheap Articles Again and Again and Again and Again and Again…

This is the best.

Okay, so like, you hire someone who can’t speak English to write a really shitty article that if someone was actually looking for that information it would totally confuse them. Then, you syndicate that article to hundreds, no wait better yet thousands, of article directories.

Not enough spam yet? Why not just spin that article a few hundred times and then submit all those new spinned spam articles to another couple thousand article directories. Hey, 10,000 crappy articles can’t be wrong! You must be the world’s leading authority on Mesothelioma.

5. You Post On Forums All Day Long or Hire Someone To Post On Forums

You know what, some people might not have seen your 100,000 spinned spam articles yet. Why not go straight to the source and find those people in forums and send them links to your squeeze page? Then you could email them more information about how you’ve written over 100,000 articles and each one of them is completely incoherent to any human being who would dare to attempt to read them.

6. You Spend All Your Time “Syndicating” Your Content Instead of Writing Fresh Articles

This is a great one. The common logic goes, “Hey, the news sites syndicate content from the Associated Press so if I syndicate my content, I’ll look like an authority site too!” No – you won’t. You’ll look like a spammer.

Others will say, “Well, Google expressly stated in the Panda update that syndicated/duplicate content does not penalize your site!” Yeah – they said that. If you believe what Google says in it’s press releases about SEO then the jokes on you.

7. You Sell Solos By Buying Solos From People Who Bought Solos From People Who Bought Solos From People Who Bought Solos…

“Solos for sale! Get your clicks here people!” cry these brilliant internet marketers. You see, they never created a product, blog, podcast show, or video that really added value to anyone’s life so they couldn’t build a list that way. Instead, they just decided to buy solos…and buy more solos…and buy more solos…

And they just keep buying solos from other people who… just bought solos. And on and on it goes. Basically, it’s just a bunch of people paying each other to send affiliate links to the same group of people who just bounce around from list to list and no one ever says something new, creative, or helpful.

This is why you should be careful when you buy solos – don’t just buy cheap solos because they’re cheap. It’s all about quality. If someone only knows how to build a list by buying solos, chances are their list sucks.

8. You Think That Next Piece Of Internet Marketing Software Will Change The World

These internet marketers think that it’s all about software, software, software. “Hey, have you seen the latest blog-spammer-comment-gizmo-2000-SEONUKEx-Awesomesauce software? It’s the bomb!”

Software and technology is THE LEAST important part of an internet marketers business. The most important part is 1) solving problems with great content and great products and 2) marketing and 3) technology according to Frank Kern. And I have a feeling Frank knows something about making money online.

Do you ever see Frank Kern or other influential internet marketers spamming comments on blogs? Then why would you??

9. You Build Sites For The Express Purpose of Making Money From AdSense Alone

Hey, I’ve got this great business idea – it revolves around creating a really shitty website and putting ads on it. Would you like to invest in my Made-For-Adsense website??

P.S. Google is shutting down these sites faster than ever. It’s kind of like Google’s latest updates were like those new BugZapper 8000 units being placed all over the internet landscape. ZAP! There goes another dead bug.

10. You AutoBlog

Here’s a brilliant idea. Let’s just steal other people’s blog posts and post them on my site. Better yet, let’s have a robot do all the work instead of me.

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Even your mom knows spam is bad.

11. You Sell Your Spam Sites On Flippa

This takes AutoBlogging to a whole new level. Okay, here’s how to get rich online (and waste a lot of people’s time).

First, create an autoblog.

Second, populate the autoblog with ads and affiliate links.

Third, sell your site on Flippa for $100.

Fourth, rinse and repeat a million times.

Fifth, go down in the world’s hall of fame for being the biggest spammer on Planet Earth.

12. You Resell PLR Content From People Who Resell PLR Content…

This one’s from Stephen Henry’s Facebook Comments:

“There’s a whole bucket full of newbie IMers who are hopeful of making millions by buying resale-rights publications from other newbie IMers who are hopeful of making millions by buying resale-rights publications from…”

13. Add Your Own

Know some more great ways to become an internet marketing jackass and spam the internet? Post your comments below and we’ll add the best ideas!

Tips For Overcoming Camera Shyness

One of the biggest fears new internet marketers have is the fear of being on camera. Shooting videos is an absolute key for internet marketing these days. Now, it’s true, there are successful internet marketers who never once put their face on camera and still earn a great fortune online.

But I’m telling you it’s going to be a whole lot easier if you just decide to shoot videos of yourself talking and sharing your message with people – you’ll connect much better with your viewers and make your customers feel like they actually know you. Brendon Burchard is a great example of this – even before I met Brendon in person, I felt like I knew him SO WELL because I had watched hours of his free training videos online. Of course I bought his training products as well and have referred hundreds of people to him.

So here are my top tips for creating kickass videos and overcoming the fear of being on camera.

Overcoming Camera Shyness

I recommend using an iphone or flip cam and shooting one video every single day – just say whatever comes to your mind to share that day. The goal isn’t to create world-class videos with it but just to get you used to it. I did that and after a month it became SO much easier to shoot videos.

Try it yourself! Call it the 30-day video challenge. Get some of your friends involved to and just START SHOOTING! Your videos may not be good at first – heck, they might even SUCK! But that’s good! Because if anything is worth doing it’s worth doing poorly at first!

And trust me, shooting videos is worth doing. It will not only help you create awesome videos for your business, it will make you a better public speaker, a better communicator, and a better thinker.

How To Market Your Business With A Blog

Every business has the same set of challenges and the same opportunities when it comes to marketing and customer value.

Opportunities For Your Business

How do I find more leads for my business?

How do I convert more leads to customers?

How do I sell more to my same customers and increase my customer life-time value?

How do I get more referrals from my customers?

How do I reduce my marketing costs while increasing my marketing footprint?

The Answer – Blog

Blogging is one of the most powerful, cost-effective marketing tools on the planet and it can help you achieve all of your marketing goals with just this one strategy!

Blogging Gives You More Leads

Blogging gives you more leads. Period. Of course, it all depends on how you set up your blog. You have to, obviously, have an opt-in form on your blog to capture prospects’ email addresses so that you can follow up, educate them about your products and make ongoing offers to them to purchase.

Always have an opt-in form on your blog!

Blogging Helps You Convert Leads To Customers

Blogging helps you convert leads and prospects to customers. Customers who read a company’s blog are more than twice as likely to purchase from that company, even if they just found you through a Google search. Which of course is one of the main ways you’ll be getting traffic to your blog – from search engines.

Want a rock-solid sure fire way to increase your online sales with your blog?

ADD MORE BUY BUTTONS!

It sounds so simple – but it works so well. Simply double the number of buy buttons on your website and double the number of opt-in forms and you will get (almost) double the results. Try it yourself and see. Test, test, test. Of course, make sure you put the forms and buy buttons in the right place and don’t make it look spammy.

Blogging Helps Increase Customer Life-Time Value

Through blogging you can educate your customers and teach them about your premium products and services, allowing you to steadily increase your customer LTV.

Blogging Helps You Get More Referrals

It’s much easier to get your customers and prospects to share your newest blog post than to call their friends and tell them to buy from you. Make it easy for your blog visitors to share your information with Twitter, Facebook and social bookmarking buttons in your posts.

Blogging Lowers Your Cost Of Marketing and Increases Your ROI

Blogging can significantly lower your cost of marketing and dramatically increase your return on marketing dollars. It’s all about Inbound Marketing these days – and blogs are at the heart of drawing in traffic because of the content-richness that search engines like Google love.

Thanks to Kara from www.Rockersdaughters.com for the inspiration for this article!

Brendon Burchard Is Giving Away The Charge For Free

Okay so I just got word from my friend and mentor Brendon Burchard that he is giving away his new book The Charge for free! Not just the paperback copy like he did with his last book The Millionaire Messenger – this time you get the hardcover copy of the book for free and you get it before anyone else has a chance to order it!

The Charge book brendon burchard

Brendon is giving away his new book for free. Thanks 🙂

Brendon teaches people how to create a massive business and an incredible life in the expert industry by educating others and sharing your knowledge, experience and skills with the world. Grab you free copy of this life-changing book at bit.ly/JXAIKV

SEO Strategy And Keyword Research

What’s Your SEO Strategy?

SEO, for those of you who don’t know, stands for Search Engine Optimization. It’s basically how you plan your web content to attract traffic from search engines like Google and Bing.

Different SEO Strategies

There are many different SEO Strategies. Some work, many don’t! Let’s cover some of the most common SEO strategies.

Mass Blog Commenting

This SEO strategy has been around for years and years. At first, back in the day, blog comments used to contain do-follow links. Now, almost none of them do. And even the ones that do, the search engines like Google and Bing have not been fooled by the millions of spam comments out there – they don’t give you any credit for these spam links. And in fact, if you have thousands of spam comments linking to your site, Google will very likely penalize your site.

Stay away from mass blog commenting! It doesn’t work anymore.

Buying Links

Just like mass blog commenting, this tactic that used to be the bread and butter of SEO no longer works. I would estimate that at least 75% of sites that sell links have been penalized by Google and those links are absolutely worthless – in fact, getting to many links from sites like that would dramatically hurt your rankings in SERPs.

Blog Link Wheels and Link Pyramids

Blog link wheels were hot in the last few years. And then the Google Panda update came and WHAM! Most of the people using blog link wheels have found their traffic from Google shrivel to a mere 25% or less of what it had been before the update. It looks like Google caught on to all the SEO firms and spammers who just created massive blog link farms. Sorry!

Naturally Building Links With Great Content

Seems like all the old automated SEO strategies don’t work anymore? That’s because they don’t! Google is way too smart to have a bunch of internet marketing noobies with Scrapebox or some other crappy automated software outsmart them. You can’t outsmart Google…forever. They will catch up to your shady black hat SEO tactics.

The only way to dominate traffic on Google and build a sustainable online business from Search Engine traffic is to naturally build links – and the best way to do that is to create GREAT CONTENT. If you create great content that helps people, that solves real problems – then you will naturally attract links to your site and you will be rewarded heavily by tons of search engine traffic.

My advice? Skip the automated software and go create some great content that actually helps people solve a problem. You can thank me later for saving you thousands of dollars that you no longer need to spend on another worthless search strategy.

You’re welcome!

There is a wealth of great search strategy available at Isitablog.