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How To Do Article Marketing Effectively

There are many ways to generate traffic to your website. I had always taught my students to use at least one paid and one free traffic method.  If I only have time to do one free traffic method, that it is going to be article marketing. This means that I will write articles and use them to promote my websites.

Article marketing is one of the easiest free traffic method. Remember that content is the king on the internet and people are always demanding for content.

However, please provide quality content so that your readers will benefit from it and go to your website again and again.

So how does article marketing works? Let’s go over a broad overview of the basics.

Article marketing refers to the writing of article and then distributing it on the internet with a link back to your website.

It actually involves a bit of branding, SEO and content syndication.

The content itself is very important and if you are able to write well and do it correctly, it can help to consistently bring traffic to your website for a long time.

One of my coaches had written more than a thousand articles many years ago and today, these articles are still bringing traffic to his website!

In addition, if your website is a content website such as a blog, it will be getting more backlinks and it helps in the ranking in search engines.

When people keep seeing your content on different sites, you are also starting to build your brand and reputation.

So why do you want to put articles on other people’s sites in the first place?

When you first started out, your website is probably very new and do not have much content and reputation. They are also not going to be ranked in the first few pages of the search engines.

Putting your articles on other people’s sites and then linking back to your own website can leverage on the site’s traffic.

In addition, you are also building backlinks in the process which slowly help to increase the ranking of your website.

Ultimately, you want visitors to visit your website.

So when someone reads the article on other people’s site and find that your content or idea is interesting, he may be enticed to visit your website. So after reading the article, he will click on the link that you had provided earlier and visit your website!

In order to do this, start of with finding your keywords and include them in your title.

The keyword should also be carefully chosen in order to maximize search engine traffic.

Next, start writing the article. Do your research and write at least 400 words. But please do not write too long as most readers on the internet do not like lengthy content. The attention span is reducing every second he spends reading the article.

When your article is done, start approaching other sites’s owners. Propose to them that you like to contribute to their website content. Do take note that you should preferably find sites that are in the same niche as your website. So that the traffic that goes to your website are already interested in your niche.

Once they accept your request, you can send them the article and remember to include a link back to your website.

Do this consistently and you will be able to reap the benefit of article marketing.

4 Simple Ways To Improve Local SEO

In my last blog post, I talk about what you should know about your competitors and the importance of keywords and how I managed to start ranking my website for a local service that I am providing.

If you read the post, it says how I made certain changes to rank my website for Singapore Virtual Office Address.

Today, let’s discuss how ranking for area specific terms can be a big boost to your business. Many people don’t think local SEO makes a big difference, but this isn’t the case.

The good thing about it is that it’s usually quicker to rank for local terms. This is because you have less competition. While there might be tons of sites going for the keyword “weight loss,” there are significantly less going for the term “New York weight loss.”

So how do you get ranked for local terms? Here are four simple ways to improve local SEO.

1) Include Keyword In Your Title, Content And Description

This is the most important factor in getting ranked. You should put the keyword at the beginning of your title, as well as in the content a few times. This lets Google know what the page is about. Therefore, it will make it more likely you will get ranked.

2) Use Anchor Text

When you do get links to your site, make sure the anchor text (the actual link text) includes your main keyword phrase. Google looks closely at the anchor text to let them know what the site being linked to is about.

So if you have one hundred links pointing to your site, and seventy of them say “Houston Legal Service”, they will be able to surmise what your page is about.

However, you don’t want to have every single link to say the same thing. Google likes natural link building. So if 100% of the links say “Houston Legal Service, they will view this as unnatural, and this may affect you in a negative way.

3) Build Quality Links From Authority Sites

Every link is not created equal. Google puts more weight on the links from quality sites a lot more. Therefore, be sure to target legitimate sites for your link building efforts.

Read my blog post on how you can actually build quality link from authority sites here.

4) Make Use Of Geo-Tags

This is not a new strategy, and it’s been around for a long time. However, many internet marketers aren’t familiar with it.

Basically, geo-tagging is where you put metadata in your HTML code. This lets the search engine spiders know where your site is located. You can do the same for pictures you put on your site. This will help you rank for localized searches.

The metadata includes your latitude and longitude coordinates, and sometimes other variables like altitude. If somebody is doing a search with geotagging enabled, your site might show up.

While geo-tagging does work, you can definitely rank without doing it. However, there’s no reason not to use it, as it definitely couldn’t hurt.

The bottom line is, getting ranked for local SEO terms is a great way to get more business. Implement these four ways and you should see results from your SEO efforts shortly.

Quick Tips For Writing An Effective Guest Blog Post

There are many ways to drive traffic to a website. One of most effective ways is to write a guest blog post for an authority website. This method is called guest blogging. It is free and highly effective.

Guest blogging leverages on the authority website’s brand and traffic and directs the traffic landing on the authority website to your website. It is very useful when you first start out building your own website’s brand as growing your website will take some time.

If you are able to do one guest blog post a week, you will be able to see a substantial amount of traffic to your website after some time.

But first, how do you get the permission to write on other people’s blog?

Here are some quick tips for landing guest blog gigs and making sure that the guest post that you have written will drive traffic to your own website.

First, you need to know how to approach other bloggers.

One of the most important thing to take note is that you are asking them for an equal value deal. That is you are confident that your post will be able to benefit their readers and also make them come back for more.

If you approach them as if you are asking a favour from them, then it will stack the odds against you.

When you approach these bloggers, inform them what you like to write and provide a few potential topics. All they need to do is to copy and paste to their websites after you provide them with your content.

Outline what are the benefits for them and why you want to give them free content. Emphasize that it will be a win-win situation for everyone. Make it seem as risk free as possible.

Next, invite them to “request” for your content instead of you pushing the content to them. See the difference when you adopt this approach compared to “begging” them for a favour?

This make sure that they respect you and you are able to build a long term relationship with them.

You probably will not get as many requests as you wish to but you should focus on those that get back to you and hope that you write for them.

Moving on, the next part is about writing the blog post. In order to write an effective blog post, you also need to understand the website’s audience that you are writing for.

Each website has their own unique segment of audience. Do your research before you start to write.

This way, it helps you to connect with the readers. Your final post should allow the readers to know who you are and understand why you are qualified to write the post.

After that, they are more open-minded and willing to accept your content.

Give them your best and let the guest post to do the “talking” for you. The goal of the article is not about selling someone on a click-through, but to write an article that is so good that they are willing to seek out the link in your bio box.

Make people want to know more by giving them a taste of what you have to offer.

So here are the quick tips for you write an effective guest blog post.

Go on and start finding some bloggers now!

5 Ways To Maximise Your Traffic With A $100 Budget

Traffic is the bloodline of any online business.

Without any traffic, the best looking website is useless.

Mastering traffic generation can be both easy and difficult. There is always traffic available on the internet and the key is how to get targeted traffic to your websites.

In order to achieve faster results, I usually encourage my students and clients to invest into paid traffic. However, that does not mean that you need to spend an arm and leg to generate quality targeted traffic.

Here are 5 ways to maximise your traffic on a limited budget.

1) Posting Content

Content is still the king on the internet. With valuable content, you are able to attract traffic.

Publish your content on articles directories, other people’s websites, forums and not forgetting your own blog.

Get your content published all over the internet and remember to link them to the websites that you are promoting.

2) Commenting On Authority And Industry Blogs

If you are unable to post on the authority and industry blogs, then the next best thing is to hijack the traffic by commenting on their blog posts.

Make sure that you register with the site and also include a link to your website. This is a great way to drive traffic when others start clicking on your profile or website link when you make an intelligent comment.

3) Social Media

This is an era of social media. Having a social media presence must not be neglected. More importantly, it is free to start and only cost you time and energy.

The key is to be engaging in the various social media platforms that you are participating in. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you will need to interact with other users and followers.

Then when it is appropriate, post links on these platforms to promote your websites and websites content and that is how you will drive traffic to your websites.

4) Free Gifts

You can create something such as a report or ebook or online course that you can give away.

You can also provide cash giveaways or physical items.

Most people like free stuff and if you give away something really valuable, it will create viral effect. It is like sponsorship.

At the same time, remember to promote your website.

Obviously, if you are on a limited budget, you can spend part of the budget to get the gift OR create free gifts such as video case study that should not cost you a dime in creating them for the giveaway.

5) Affiliates

Depending on your level of business, affiliates may be the most cost effective traffic generation method.

All you need to do is to set up a simple affiliate program and then build up your army of affiliates.

Having contest and use the $100 as prize money can become the best way to generate traffic and sales to your websites.

Generating traffic doesn’t have to be expensive. Before you implement any new tactic, create goals and a plan to achieve them. Test and track for success. Repeat any and scale up the effort when you become successful.

Making Youtube Ad Magic: Learn how you can setup your first ad up today!

So You Wanna Advertise On Youtube?

If you’re coming back from the other article, that’s great! If not, check it out here.

Let’s keep it short and sweet, seeing as you know why you’re here now. :)

Firstly, let’s start off by going to your Ad manager. From here you can click on the Ad that you are looking for. Seeing as we are making Youtube Ads, you can select the video option.

After this, you will be brought to the next page.

From here, you will now put the groundwork that will go into your Ad. In this page, you will put the settings that would allow you to your Ad work the way it should.

The first filed is the name of the campaign, this should be quite self explanatory, just key in the name of the campaign. You can call it whatever you like.

After this, you will now set the type of video Ad that you would like. The easiest way for you to have your Ad running is to use the standard setting. However, if you would like to promote an app, or some Ecommerce item, you will be able to use the other two options.

Now you will have to choose between In-stream or video discovery Ads or Bumper Ads, if you need a refresher for what these terms are, you can always refer to the previous article here.
From here, you will choose the CPM and the CPV cost of your Ad. If you would like a better explanation of these terms, you can refer to this article here.

You can manually bid for Advertisers to show your Ad, or you can do it automatically.

Manual bidding is better if you would like to keep your costs low, or if you have a good idea of what you are doing as is. If you’re new, you can always start off with automatic bidding on other forms of Ads, but for Youtube you can only bid for Ads manually.

Before you proceed to the next page, take a look at the Advanced Delivery Methods tab. Under this submenu you can set your delivery method, targeted locations and networks.

One thing to note is that you will have to target your local area if you are running a brick and mortar business, or if you are offering services in an area.

There are a few other options, but we can ignore these for now, you can always learn more about them if you like at a later date.

In the next page, you can set the video that you would like to use as the Ad, and the bidding amount. Another feature of Google Adwords for Youtube is the ability for you to set a higher bid from your current bid for popular videos. A higher bid here would encourage people to use your Ad more often for popular videos. And a higher bid overall would make it possible for more people to see your Ad.

Targeting

Another key factor in the success of your Ad is it’s targeting. You will need to know how you can make your Advertising capable of reaching the right audience.

Without the proper targeting, your Ad will not be of much use. Before you target your audience, you will need to know what you can do with the Ad targeting.

Demographics and Interests

The two main settings that you can Adjust are the demographics and the interests that you will be targeting. With the many choices available, you will need to think long and hard about the methods that you can use in order to reach your audience.

You can consider the general demographics first. Who will view your Ad? If you’re selling makeup you will definitely target women from 18 to 40, and if you are selling gym equipment you would target men from 18 to 40 too.

Secondly, you can target the actual interest group that would be interested in your products. You can either choose from a list or search for an interest that you would like to use.

Examples

We came up with a few possible scenarios that you may be able to refer in order to get your Add off the ground. For Example, you can use the Sports and Fitness interest to promote a weight loss product, or an exercise guide to men from 18- 40. Alternatively you can promote a weight loss guide under Beauty and Wellness, to women between the ages of 18 – 40.

The possibilities are endless, its up to you to come up with your own Ad ideas and get to work making your Ad successful.



Learning About Youtube Ads

Advertising on one of the largest Ad platforms on the internet.

Youtube is the largest video sharing platform on the internet right now, and is constantly ranked in the top 5 websites visited on the internet. With this incredible amount of traffic, Youtube is able to serve Ads to nearly any demographic, any race, language, or religion; at any location, and at any time. Even the most obscure niches can be reached and advertised to. If you can think it, you can Advertise to it with a few clicks on Adwords.

How can you get your Ad on Youtube?

Youtube runs its Ads through the Google Adwords platform, with the same platform being used for multiple forms of traffic at the same time. With Google Adwords you can deliver your Ad to any of the platforms controlled by Google.

You can Add text Ads to searches, banner and text Ads to their network of Advertisers, or video Ads to their Youtube Ads in seconds with Adwords. But for this article we are focusing on just Youtube Ads.

Youtube has two forms of Ads, video Ads, and search Ads.

Search Ads

When you search for a video, a sponsored post will appear at the top of your search results, this is very much self explanatory, but what you may not know is that you can use such Ads in a targeted manner.

The same applies to banner ads.

Video discovery Ads cover the same full range of Adwords targeting options, and you can see your statistics in the same page as any of your other Google backed Ads that you ma also be running at the same time.

In Video Ads.

The second method is video Ads, these are Ads that are shown to the audience that you have chosen in the various Youtube videos that they may be watching.

In this category, you may have a few choices that you may use in order to promote your product or link.
You can consider having a 6 second Ad at the start of a video. These Ads are completely non skippable and are probably the most obtrusive and annoying Ad that you can have on a single Youtube video Ad.

The second option is an In Stream Ad, such Ads can be placed anywhere on the video, and can be skipped after five seconds of waiting. The benefit of using such Ads are the extended Ad length and the ability have the Ad placed in any point of the video.

 

In the next article, we will cover how you can get your first Youtube ad up. Stay tuned!