Marketing is a bad word. At least, it is to many Do Savor newcomers in the business world. Marketing can be costly. Worse, you can pay for marketing and find it didn’t become a sale. It sounds like gambling, which can be scary to those just starting. Alas… I have good news. There are some free online marketing methods that you can use right now, which will bring you some immediate traffic. How close, you ask? I implemented some of these methods when I began blogging daily and saw traffic within five minutes. The real question should be, are you ready to convert that traffic? That subject is best left for another article, however. Let’s take a look at the five immediate traffic methods for beginners:
The term blog-hopping means to locate and comment on multiple related blog articles. You can identify blogs related to your marketing with simple Google searches. You do not want to waste your time, however. The only way that this method results in traffic is if people reading it and its owners can find you. That’s why you will want to stick to blogs that can leave your URL in a field under your comment.
You can do the following search in Google to find such blogs:
“your keywords” +” leave a comment.”
Change “your keywords” to your desired keywords or keyphrase, and include the plus sign and the following phrase exactly as is. Ensure there is no space between the plus and the quotes so that Google knows you are trying to match the following keywords.
This search will bring up comments, many of which use WordPress as their blogging platform. When you find a suitable article to comment on, you must avoid coming off as spam. Your comment should be well thought out and contribute to the discussion somehow. It is always best to read the article you are commenting on first. This way, you will know what to say, and the blog owner will know immediately that you are not a spam bot. In addition, it is important to note that you should not advertise in your comment. Let the URL field do what it does best. That is the only place for your link. Placing your link within your comment comes off as self-serving and can be rejected and possibly blocked from future comments.
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The blog-hopping method can bring in traffic today. If you find that the blog article was written recently and has received other comments already, you can ensure that there is active traffic on the page. If your comment is well-thought-out, readers are likelier to follow your link in the URL field and learn more about you.
#2) Guest Blogging
The thing about guest blogging is that it can take time to be published once your article is accepted. This timeframe depends on many factors, such as:
How many pieces are scheduled ahead of yours?
Publishing frequency of the blog/website.
The popularity of the blog/website.
… and others.
Guest publishing on other blogs or websites is worth it, though. A few years back, I published multiple guest articles on ProBlogger and a list of other established blogs. ProBlogger accepted my lengthy articles, but it sometimes took a month before I would ever see them published. When guest blogging is a traffic method, it is wise to diversify your portfolio as an investor would. You will certainly want to benefit from popular blogs such as ProBlogger, but you need to pursue other blogs that are easier to get into.
The criteria you are looking for are:
Relevance to your niche.
Does it regularly publish new content?
Does it have active commentators?
Do they have a clear guest article submission policy?
You want traffic, so you must on articles. You will also want to make sure the site is up to date. If it’s 2016, and the newest report is dated 2013, then it is not an active blog. Some blogs leave commenting open, so there may well be new comments. However, it doesn’t look good for your chances of being published as a guest author.
Many blogs that accept guest articles will have a page listing their guest author requirements. These are usually a description of what kind of articles they get and what formatting must be published on the website. For instance, some blogs may require you to leave out HTML, while others allow some basic HTML formatting. As previously listed, here is a way of locating blogs that will enable guests by doing a simple Google search:
“your keywords” +” become a guest author.”
#3) Press Release Distribution
Press releases are often associated with major companies and big announcements. An example of a major press release would beor Sony. The good thing is you do not have to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company to use press release distribution to benefit from its traffic benefits. Multiple press release websites online can be found by searching Google for “free press release.” These websites get a lot of traffic and are used by news networks for syndication. When used properly, a major publication may pick up your PR.
Unlike article marketing, a press release website is all about self-promotion. However, they have specific requirements, and no “fluff” will make it through the approvals department. In addition to the free options, many paid distribution services are available. You can target specific categories and sub-categories on these distribution websites. Also, on the free sites, paid upgrade options often allow your content to get an extended reach beyond the free options. To use such services, you must prioritize any noteworthy news for a press release. Got a public event coming up? Schedule a press release ahead of time. Are major changes coming to the company? Announce it!
#4) Article Marketing
Getting your brand out there requires a lot of legwork. Sometimes, this means much time must be spent creating quality text content published on major websites. This is different from guest blogging, however. EzineArticles is an example of an article-publishing website specifically tailored to posting quality text content. Many article websites exist, but you want to find high ones on Google and other search engines. You also want to locate sites with an established reputation with other article marketers.
A good article must be written in a way that will keep the reader interested. One such example is breaking down a topic into a list. You will often run into articles that share a title format. An example would be this article titled “5 immediate website traffic methods for beginners”. You can do the same for your essay, no matter the niche. To keep the flow of reading interesting, use numbered or bulleted lists. You can also include a relevant wrapped image if the website allows it. Various visual elements such as images, bold text, italicized text, underlined text, and headers can help the article flow.
Many writers publish smaller articles that are in the 500 words range. I, however, prefer to write articles that are 1000 words at the bare minimum. Such reports cover a topic in-depth and are a genuine method of creating link bait. This means there are more syndication opportunities, leading to additional traffic. When writing articles for specialized article marketing websites, please read and understand their guidelines before typing a single word. Self-promotion in an essay can be frowned upon, and the site may have an author yourself.
#5) Forum Participation
Forums are pretty old-school. They are websites that allow you to register and conversate in “threads.” You can create and reply to topics and be notified when others participate. There are forums for pretty much anything. To find meetings in your niche, search your keyphrase followed by the word “forum” in Google. The sessions with the most traffic often end up at the top of search results. The conference will show the last comment date and time, so you can see how active it is.
The trick with forums is using the member profile and signature sections for your promotion. You will certainly want to avoid self-promoting in the body of your post when it comes to forums. As with blog hopping, you want to avoid coming off as spammy. If you are commenting, ensure it is thought out and contributes to the discussion. If you post a new thread, you want to ensure it follows the forum guidelines to the letter.
You can usually post a signature in your profile which appears whenever you publish something on the forum. Sometimes this signature will appear once for your first post in that thread, while many others will show the signature for every comment you make. Either way, it translates to traffic.
UThe next item on your to-do list is to ensure your website is set up for proper conversion. Sing these five immediate website traffic methods will quickly establish a regular amount of hits to your website. You already had this done because these traffic methods are surefire.