Manipulating The Social Networks

We all know the big social networks can drive massive amounts of traffic to your own site. Unfortunately, for the small site owner, these networks tend to be dominated by big players.

The effect of the networks tend to snowball: traffic drives even more traffic. For example, the more stumbles or diggs you have, the more votes you will get.

The usual advice rarely works. Get in first with a big story, break news yourself, or have a unique page that will tweak the interest of the notorious fickle internet browsing crowd.

Luckily, there is a way to start the process off, and grab yourself a few diggs or stumbles. Swap votes with other people!

The idea is simple. In exchange for voting for someone elses site, they will vote for you.

Technically, this is an abuse of the system. The sites are supposed to rank popular pages higher, but in reality the system is already flawed. Popular sites will always rank high no matter what the content.

Here’s some sites you might want to try to get those all important first votes, and get your page rolling. These are either forums, or automated exchange services.

Please, Please, Please: Do NOT use these sites to submit spammy articles and links. I’ve listed these to help you get genuine, useful content into the systems.

The big networks that drive the most traffic are Stumbleupon, Digg, and Reddit . and most exchange sites work with these. Other networks that are often used include Yahoo Buzz, Propeller, Mixx, Technorati, Furl and Delicious.

If you want to promote a post or page, you can also include Digg, Stumble, or whatever buttons on the post to encourage visitors to vote. You can also arrange single exchanges yourself, in the popular forums covering marketing and seo topics, such as Digitalpoint. Just post your site and ask for votes.

Digible
SU Exchange
Social Traffic Exchange
Firestorm Forum
Social Exchanger
The Links Exchange
Piqqus
Stumble Swap
SU Magic
Trade Stumbles
Entrecard’s Forums

The Link Back Project

Forum Finder

Blog Engage – is a “diggg-a-like” that actively encourages bloggers to share comments, visits, etc.

Let me know of any others in the comments, and I’ll add them to the list.

Stomping The Search Engines 2

A Full Review, Details and How To Get It – For Free! Bonus Included.

Stomping The Search Engines 2 is the follow up to the product that first turned the Stompernet guys (Andy Jenkins and Brad Fallon) into megastars. This time around, they’ve moved on from the originals CD format and now present a full DVD – and the launch of a brand new magazine.

Four years ago Stomping 1 was perhaps the biggest selling SEO product – ever. Now, Stomping The Search Engines 2 is destined to make even more online millionaires than the original.

As the title suggests, this is about SEO – Search Engine Optimization. STSE2 details the current methods used to get your site a good ranking. After all, if you are the top result for a good keyphrase in the natural-search listings at sites like Google you can literally write your own cheque.

The DVD

There are actually two DVDs because you also get a copy of the original STSE. Remember, that sold thousands of copies at $300 a time !

Once you put the DVD into your PC it will launch into a videoplayer, giving you access to all the videos in the product. It starts with an overview of the pros and cons of SEO.

There are 7 modules, 36 videos in all. The introduction section kicks off short-term tactics you can use, and a look at what they call “agressive white hat” SEO. Then it moves on to discussions of the actual technology behind the major the major search engines, before it gets to the really juicy stuff.

For example, the videos on keywords and content structure will really open your eyes to how to properly design a website destined for high rankings, as will the shows about optimizing your site content, and your site structure.

Don’t worry if all this sounds a bit techy. The presentation is easy to follow!

By the time we’ve passed through the all important linking and promotion section, we’re well on our way to become search engine guru’s ourselves :-)

The final section may be the most important: measuring results, and tweaking your site(s) to improve them. After all, we can’t remain stationary – someone else may make a play for our enviable top ranks…

This is only an overview of the video content. If you’ve ever seen any of the Stompernet videos that have circulated online, you’ll understand how professional the presentation is, and how informative. It’s information you want – so feel free to take notes, pause or rewind where neccessary, or (as I did) jot down the times of interesting sections in the videos so you can revisit.

And once you’ve watched all the videos (first time around, anyway – I’m sure you’ll revisit them) be sure to check out the resources on the DVD. You’ll find the Stompernet Directory List (an invaluable links collection) and the Keyword Strategy Guide!

Whatever your current level of expertise STSE2 will help you aim for, and achieve, those high front-page Google listings…

Stomping The Search Engines 2

Other things I’ve picked up from these videos – in no particular order:

How to avoid accidental duplicate content
What you can get penalized on by the Search Engines
“Canonicalization” of your content
Don’t use – or trust – Google’s inbound link count
Some “competitiors” may acually be good partners
Target the head – but mine the “long tail”

I could go on, I’m only dipping into a few videos to give you an overview, but you should get the idea.

The Magazine

The new publication, called The Net Effect, is included with STSE2. Remember, this is a physical product, so it’s a hardcopy, printed out professionally for you to read anywhere.

It’s an Internet Marketing magazine that goes above and beyond anything you’ve seen before. You can read it all in one go, or dip in and out – and probably be buzzing with ideas to implement.

In this first issue you’ll find a great article on the “Keyword Heist” technique, 26 Things To Test, Twittering Your Way To Traffic, and much more.

I especially enjoyed reading the Social Media Survival Guide!

This is – again – just an overview of the magazine, there’s a lot more included (“armour-piercing e-mail” anyone?) and you may find the Monthly Action Plan at the end very useful, as it brings everything you’ve learned so far together into a single-page plan to follow. My advice? Photocopy it or cut it out and stick it near your PC.

The Net Effect is designed to keep you up-to-date in the fast moving marketing and SEO world. Let’s face it, how many ebooks or websites do you actually read? Nothing beats a real “hold it in your hand” product. You’ll be looking forward to your snail mail each month :) This is an ongoing monthly journal for high-end SEO and Internet Marketing. A serious trade publication. It’s your business, your livelihood – so make sure you’ve got all the latest information to hand. Insider information from the Stompernet pro’s.

All in all Stomping The Search Engines 2 is an excellent product that is sure to benefit anyone working in the IM field today, whether they are a bedroom dabbler, or head of a company.

You already know the best part – it’s hardly a secret.

STSE2 is FREE.

And not just the “free” you see bandied about a lot in marketing campaigns. STSE2 is a very real $497 product, and “The Net Effect” magazine is worth $39 monthly…

The cat is now out of the proverbial bag. Get over to the website and claim your copy, before the Stompernet guys come to their senses!

Stomping The Search Engines 2

The page above is a good example of the professionalism of these guys. Look at the video, read the details, and get stoked up with what you could achieve. This is not some $7 screen-capture video product. This is not some re-hashed ebook. This is a very real SEO course especially designed for Internet Marketers, the people who really know how to make their livings online.

Once you decide to order at the above link, drop me a note via the support desk and I’ll send you a free bonus — even though STSE2 is free in itself…

P.S. Because the launch was delayed slightly due to demand the Stompernet guys have promised some special bonuses themselves as a “sorry” so be sure to check the link above to see what extras you get – above and beyond the review copy I’ve looked at here!



Sites To Help Build Your Blog Traffic

As you may have noticed, I’ve been experimenting with various third-party services on this blog. Most are to help increase it’s traffic and visibility.

The best places to find these services are actually on other blogs, and you’ve probably seen a few as you’ve surfed. In the interest of completeness, I’m listing the ones I currently use here.

So if you want more traffic to your blog, you might want to try some of these:

My Blog Log

This is a service from Yahoo and it’s designed as a networking system for bloggers.

Once you add your profile you can join various communities, add contacts, and follow other people and their blogs.

You’ll also get to add the cool widget you can see in the side menu, which tracks your visitors and adds their avatars to your site.

(There is another big blog social network, called Blog Catalog, that seems to have similar features to My Blog Log. I’m not too familiar with that, but I have registered, so time will tell which is most useful. Reading discussions around the web it seems My Blog Log can be spammy, so I may yet change…)

Twitter

This is not a blog service per se and I’m very much a newbie at it, but Twitter is a kind of micro-blogging system designed with text-messaging mobile phone users in mind.

However, with the pretty cool Twitter Tools plugin for WordPress you can add your Twitter “Tweets” to your blog, automatically create a tweet whenever you post to your blog, and do the opposite – create a post for each tweet or a digest of the days tweets.

At present, I’m really using this as a quick headline system where I can post instant updates, but if you’re serious about it you can create contacts, follow people, run conversations, and use it from your mobile phone.

Blogupp

This is a straight traffic exchange, that uses screenshots of your blog to advertise it. Show their ads (it’s the double-height ad to the right) and yours will get shown on others sites.

Blog Top List

If you’re familiar with toplists you’ll know how they work. They were all the rage a few years back :-)

You earn credits every time you are voted for, and you can also earn credits every time you get a pageview.

Go ahead, click the “vote” button to the right. I’ll appreciate it!

There’s another blog/voting site that is pretty popular called FuelMyBlog.com.

Blog Showoff

This is a very, very (very) simple idea. Post your blog, and it goes to the top of the list. Eventually it will get pushed down the list as new blogs are added, but you can post again.

Told you it was simple…

Blog Explosion

This is really a traffic exchange, a “manual surf” site where you earn credits by viewing sites. The worth of sites like this is debatable, but it does generate a hit to your site, but not really a reader.

However this kind of traffic has it’s uses, especially if you’re running other counted ads on the same site :)

Zimbio

This works with your feed and posts articles you write to the Zimbio database. For your best articles, you can also post them to the relevant “wikizine”.

Zimbio also has a few other neat features, such as run polls, give and receive “kudos”, and even create your own magazine cover!

Entrecard

Entrecard had a big launch, and it bills itself as an electronic version of the business card. Basically – in reality it’s a 125×125 banner exchange with a twist

Add your card, and when you visit sites that are entrecard enabled, you can “drop” your card there. Doing so earns you credits, and with credits you can buy advertising space on other blogs. There are some extremely popular blogs involved in this, and of course the credit cost is higher with those.

You can also do things like send credits, buy services with your credits, review sites, etc.

To start you off, feel free to drop your card at this blog. The entrecard is to the left :) You’ll also get a link to your site from the widget below.

Tip: Join the Entrecard Dropsurf and you’ll be able to surf entrecard blogs and drop yours with ease! As a bonus the sites listed here will also link to yours via the recent drops widget.

Tip 2: If you want to create a quick banner, try free125cards.com

Tip 3: Use the Entrecard toolbar to surf 10 sites at once and to place ads on others.

BlogRush

This uses a widget that displays headlines from your feed, along with headlines from other partner blogs. You earn credits from displaying the widget, and in return your headlines are shown across other sites.

So yes, it’s another exchange, but it looks clean and tidy and can even add useful content to your site.,

Don’t forget the big social networks – Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit and the new Yahoo Buzz. They’re not blog services as such, but they can generate insane amounts of traffic.

And finally, even though this post is detailing blog traffic services, general traffic tips also apply: Write in forums, comment on blogs, but above all create useful content for your own blog. Google will like that, and you’ll even find yourself getting “long tail” traffic from keywords you haven’t even intentionally targetted.

Do you know of any more, or use any other services? If so, please add them to the comments.


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100 “Do Follow” Forums

Here’s a list of 100 Forums that have the “Do Follow” tag enabled. That means you WILL get credited with a backlink just by posting and including your URL there. Googe PageRank is calculated from the links pointing at your site – one way links from high pr sites are best – so the more backlinks the better.

This list is courtesy of the Templates Treasure Blog ->

http://templatestreasure.blogspot.com/2008/08/100-do-follow-forums-to-increase.html

Please don’t spam these forms, so either post a new post or (easier) reply to existing posts. And if there’s a forum that you feel at home in, bookmark it and return again :-)

Let The Search Engines Help You!

Traffic can come from many places. Apart from your regular visitors – perhaps fans of your site, visitors from your e-mail promotions, or contributors to your forum – those folk who find you from a search query are among the best.

These are qualified, pre-screened, visitors. They have come to your site expecting to find whatever it is they are looking for. And it’s the search engines job to match these searches with quality content.

The big search engines DO want you in their listings. Honestly – they’re not trying to exclude you, heck… they need you!

To that end they all provide various tools and guidelines to (a) ensure you meet the strict quality control and (b) ensure you are found for the right terms.

Google

Currently, the #1 search engine by almost every ranking method known to man. Google’s help and advice can be found at their Webmaster Central.

This section of their site includes their webmaster tools, their comprehensive Analytics software, their Optimizer to help you rank better, and information on submitting content: such as products, books, rss feeds, local listings and more.

The aforementioned tools are also worth a thorough look. Here you’ll find the all important Sitemap area where you can specify what pages on your site are indexed, and view statistics on the search terms you are found for and more.

Yahoo

Yahoo don’t offer an all in one webmaster area like Google, but you may find these links helpful:

Add Your URL To Yahoo – unless you want a paid submission, it’s usually quicker to get crawled from a link on a already listed URL. There are, however, special areas for submitting media and mobile sites.

Site Explorer – See what pages you have listed.

Other Yahoo Links – Webmaster Guidelines, Marketing Services etc.

MSN

Despite Microsofts efforts MSN Search isn’t as popular as the other two. They do however have a useful section at their latest incarnation, Live.com

Live.Com Webmaster Tools includes validation and authentication tools, guidelines, technical support, and a webmaster forum. Typical of Microsoft this looks rather corporate and the links can be confusing, but dig around and there’s quality information there :)

101 Ways To Increase Your Blog Traffic

101 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic
By Ruchir Chawdhry

Increasing blog traffic is incredibly easy. You just need a blueprint. A blueprint that lists what you should do to drive more traffic to your blog. In this article, I present to you 101 ways to increase blog traffic. Just follow the points given below to increase blog traffic:

1. Write great content. By writing out articles that are helpful/entertaining and engaging, you’ll double your chances of getting visitors and retaining them.

2. Write link bait

3. Use Yahoo! Groups (groups.yahoo.com)

4. Use Yahoo! Answers (answers.yahoo.com)

5. Join MyBlogLog.com. Add as many friends and join as many communities as you can per day.

6. Use a ping service like Pingoat.com

7. Leave comments on blogs in your niche

8. Write press releases

9. Participate in forums in your niche and put your URL in your forum signature

10. Link to other bloggers in your niche

11. Include your blog URL in your email signature

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Super SEO 2008 and more – $7 !

I’ve just come across an amazing package that’s being sold as a “dimesale” at just $7.

This collection contains three very useful products that can help you design and market your own website, something nearly all Internet Marketers spend a great deal of their time doing.

For your small outlay you’ll get:

Web Design For Internet Business Owners:

This is an audio guide and an book focused on designing websites with a business slant. This isn’t your usual ebook since it concentrates on important factors like font selection, site navigation, color schemes and multimedia. There are tips here that can make all the difference on that important first impression! The guide comes with resale rights and PLR rights, though you cannot pass those on.

Super SEO Guidebook 2008

This is a very thorough guide to the intricacies of Search-Engine Optimisation. If you want to rank high in Google, Yahoo!, MSN and others you need to know these basics as well as the advanced the techniques. Good SEO grows with you, and by implementing some basic strategies at the start and adding others as you go along you can have an “authority” site on a subject of your choice – by following the rules. This could be the only book you would need to own…

Super SEO Guidebook even has two useful tools included: Page Rank Ninja and Web Spider.

To round this package off there are five impressive and powerful “One Time Offer” templates you can use to quickly and easily add effective money-grabbing sales to almost any site you own. Just take the template, modify as needed, and watch the money roll in.

This package is $7 and comes with all the products above as well as some special bonuses on your thank-you page after ordering. You can even promote this for commissions, and I’m sure it can be some easy sales for you :-)

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Traffic Tornado Dimesale

Traffic Tornado is an excellent tips bundle that aims to help you drive as many visitors as possible to your site , promotion or link. This includes the new “750 Traffic Tips” product that was released just a week or so ago!

For just $6.95 you’ll get:

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Google Adsense Secrets 4.0

Joel Comm, Bestselling Author, has released version 4 of his famous Adsense Secrets book. And, unlike earlier versions of this comprehensive guide, this newly updated 2008 release is now just $9.97 !

This book has been on the market since 2005 (costing from $77 to $97) and continuously updated since then.

In Adsense Secrets 4.0 you’ll discover all the insider tips to making the most from Google’s extremely popular and lucrative Adsense advertising program.

Learn how to build content-rich websites that people will love, yet still make you money from Adsense. Find out how to optimise your site for the highest paying clicks, how to drive traffic to your site, how to format your ads, how to use articles and scripts, read your server logs, and much more.

This 222 page guide is all about using content on your pages and placing and using the right ads for the most possible money. It even includes real, working website example and case studies!

For under $10 this is a no-brainer. Grab Adsense Secrets 4.0 today.

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Website Marketing 101

Here’s a very good article from the site wordsinarow.com called “Marketing 101″. If you’re just starting out or looking for some inspiration, give it a read for some useful advice and a good overview about creating a money-making website.

This one-page guide also links out to many other more in depth articles, making it a paricuarly good starting point. It covers everything from finding what sells through to promoting your finished site.

There are some commercial links and plugs for wordsinarow.com’s writing services, but overall this is an excellent, uncluttered and tip-tastic read!

http://www.wordsinarow.com/marketing.html 

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