Tips To Increase Number of Comments in Your Blog

This article is guest posted by Stephen O’Neill

You take pride in informing others that you own a blog but the what irritates you is that none of the posts that you have made managed to draw a single comment, save those unfrequented occasions when you find your posts getting flooded with spam. Now screaming at the sky would not change the situation.

The only consolation is that you are not the only blogger in the universe who is having this tricky issue; some reputed bloggers have faced the same situation until they found out the secrets of getting more comments. Here we are going to uncover some so called secrets of getting more comments so that you would not have to stare blank at the posts that you have summed up with painstaking efforts:

Court Controversy

Adding a certain dose of controversy is not going to cost you anything. But it may help you draw a little bit of extra attention of people around. The truth of the matter is that everyone loves controversy, and for good or evil, we need it time to time to get the conversation going.

So, if you want to make people talk about your post or say something against someone’s views, do not miss out on this opportunity. Try to hit hard on a general topic and then put on your thinking cap and try to draw out something really controversial. And you have done it! Congratulation, now see the flood of comments in the next few hours.

Bring Out Your Best

Be honest with whatever you are going to write. Ask yourself these questions. Would you mind commenting on this post if you were a general visitor? Or would you bounce back after reading first few sentences? If the answers are affirmative, you need to do a little bit of research. Take your time until you come up with something really awesome. The post should have every semblance of a great post otherwise people would not care a straw to post in it.

Be Bold

Try to participate in other blogs and forums. And whenever possible post links of your website therein but do not stretch the limit to extreme. Of course I am not asking you spamming other blogs but it is not something sacrilegious to post relevant links in other’s blog. If your posts are of good quality, people will come to your website and comments will soon follow.

Do Not Finish It All

Do not draw a conclusion. If you are doing so, you are just leaving little room for others to post their valuable comments. So, leave posts unfinished as it will inspire others to post their feedbacks and thus, comments will be pouring in to your blog. And do not participate in the discussion all the time. Let the visitors discuss things themselves.

Ask A Question

This is a common practice so; you should not focus too much on it. Try other methods along with it if you are to get the best return. Ending with a question may have the dramatic effect but that does not mean that you will overdo it. Try to keep things simple and you will see a steady rise in the number of comments.

If you can follow these, you are sure to see some significant difference. Good luck.

Stephen O’Neill is a passionate writer and he has written different article on web design, online marketing and SEO. He is equally enthusiastic about latest gadgets.

Hard News and Image Lookup for Affiliate Marketing

This article is guest posted by Riley Kissel

Although many successful bloggers are using different affiliate marketing techniques to build stronger relationships with their clients and increase traffic flow through to their website, the majority of traditional techniques are soon to fall by the way-side because they’re too predictable.

Rewarding online followers with gifts and other incentives for clicking and browsing is soon to become trite and overrated. The new hot approach to affiliate marketing is going to be using less-traditional modes like the reverse phone lookup of Anywho.com and the image lookups.

Reverse phone-lookup allows the user to find names, addresses, and businesses that they could then use on map searches or image searches, while the image lookups allow bloggers to add visual appeal to their websites and connect photos and images to content within their website on a particular subject matter.

The thing that makes image lookups so powerful is that for those who like using affiliate marketing to generate traffic, the blogger can use images to find topics to talk about or use images to compel online readers to click certain keywords within articles that the reader would have before ignored (without a shadow of a doubt).

When using image lookup systems, because search engines cannot read images (at least not just yet), in order for the images to be ranked, the system has to look for clues, which seems a little more cumbersome. Also, to successfully incorporate images, it is a good idea to keep one image per/page and to link the image with the keyword anchor text link with the same similar word-choice.

What I mean relating the image to the text is that each image should have a caption that uses some if not all of the same words as the hypertext associated with the blog. This way each reader is attracted to both the image and the text almost simultaneously.

It is also important that all images are readable when reduced to a thumbnail. It seems that the best use of image lookup with affiliate marketing will be when the subject matter applies to hard news and other more serious projects or when bloggers wish to connect to government entities and/or non-profit organizations.

Just as in writing or anything else, it is clearly important and critical to be selective in the images used with affiliate marketing and to limit the amount of images associated with a particular blog. The images should not take away from the written word or conflict with the writer’s intention or message. Any image that would distastefully create a negative image for your blog should not be included.

It’s going to be interesting how images take over the written word in the blog world and how blog-writers and the relationships they create with their clients will have to deal with the new sensation of having to use visual appeal to increase web traffic consistently.

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List Building Blueprint For Online Profits

This article is guest posted by John Rhodes.

Two of the most popular internet marketing questions of all time are ‘how do I build a list’ and ‘how do I generate traffic’. These are the same questions I asked when I first started and I would pay with an arm and leg to anyone who would show me how to do it.

Well there’s no need to send me your arms and legs. In this article, I’m going to teach you how to build a list with thousands of subscribers, generate consistent traffic to grow this list and make money from it.

Hold on tight…this is going to make your head spin.

Before you start thinking about attracting subscribers, you need to make sure that you have a list building machine in place.

This means an online system that consists of:

  • You send visitors to a squeeze page
  • Visitors will sign up to your list
  • You develop a close relationship with your subscribers
  • Promote to your subscribers and move them on to your customer list
  • Educate your customers to visit and comment on your blog, and buy from you.

Once you’ve setup this list building machine that will generate income for you on auto-pilot, only then should you start thinking about driving traffic.

Here’s how you can create your list building machine.

1. Create a squeeze page

Offer an excellent, relevant bonus to your subscribers for signing up to your list. Create a superb headline, list out the benefits in bullet points and have arrows pointing to the sign up form.

Make a video with you talking or show a presentation to make the squeeze page more attractive.

2. Improving your squeeze page

Use the Google tool Website Optimizer (www.google.com/websiteoptimizer) to continuously split-test two versions of your squeeze page. Choose the best converting web page and try to beat it with another revised version.

This is essential as you don’t want to waste the traffic that is sent to your squeeze page.

3. How to treat your subscribers

As soon as your subscribers sign up for your list, divert them to a webpage to deliver the free bonus which you promised on the squeeze page.

On this page, mention one of your current products or services and ask them to check it out. Don’t push hard for the sale though and scare the folks away. Just treat them like a friend and let them know more about your business.

Your main objective with your subscribers is to:

  • deliver valuable content to them
  • educate them and show that you’re an expert
  • entertain them
  • remind them who you are and your services
  • recommend your products or other people’s products that can help them solve problems

Look at this list every now and then and remind yourself how you should treat your list.

Writing your autoresponder messages

Your next step is to write around 14 email messages to be delivered to your subscribers from your autoresponder.

    Deliver each email 2 days apart from each other so that you’ll have a month of follow-up messages. With your emails, always ask your subscriber to take one action.

    This could be to view and comment on your blog post, watch a video, check out a product you recommend etc…

    If you’ve done your job properly, your subscribers should love and trust you after a month.

    After you’ve completed these steps, you’ll have a list building machine that’s fine-tuned to build your list and help your profit. All you have to do is send traffic to the squeeze pages and your online system will do the rest.

    Don’t forget to regularly email your list. If you neglect them they’ll forget about you in no time.

    Now here comes the interesting part  >>> Generating Traffic.

    To start building your list, you need to throw traffic at it.

    There are lots of methods on how you can generate traffic but a lot of people still struggle with it.

    Do you know the reason why?

    It’s because they don’t spend the time to learn and MASTER a traffic method. They’ll make a half-assed effort and then move on to some other technique.

    To generate an avalanche of traffic consistently, you need to be an expert with one method, outsource it and then move on to the next strategy. This is how experts do it.

    With that said, let’s talk about the traffic generating methods which have worked well for me personally.

    Traffic Generator #1 – Solo Ads

    These are ads you pay for a list owner to send an email to their list. There are no other advertisements in the email…just your content.

    When paying for a solo-ad, make sure that:

    • The list related to your market.
    • You know the average number of clicks on a link if possible. Many people buy solo-ads based on the number of subscribers, which is wrong.
    • You can find some reviews or comments from past customers on how effective the solo-ads were. Better safe than sorry.

    The aim of the solo-ad is to make the reader click on the link and land on your squeeze page. From there they will enter your online system which you’ve set up.

    Spend time in creating a kick-ass subject headline for your solo-ad and then focus on making the content short and entertaining. The reader needs to see what the benefit is of clicking on the link in your ad. They need to be curious of the amazing offer you’re presenting.

    The more solo-ads you send out, the more you’ll know what subject titles work best and how well your squeeze pages are converting.

    Traffic Generator #2 – JV Mailings

    This technique is one of the most effective ways to build your list at lightning speed. It’s called Joint Venture (JV) mailings.

    Here’s what you do:

    1. Create your own product by writing an ebook and/or creating videos. You can even re-write several PLR ebooks on the same subject and call it your own. If you’re not very good at this type of work then get it outsourced.
    2. For the sales letter, have a pop-up for an opt-in form or show a squeeze page before they can see the sales letter. Make sure that every visitor has a chance of signing up to your list.
    3. Offer to sell this awesome product of yours for around $40. Have an affiliate program for it but offer 100% commissions. You can use the software Rapid Action Profits (http://www.rapidactionprofits.com) to do this.
    4. PM as many people as you can on forums about your affiliate program, tell your list and submit your affiliate program in directories.

    That’s it. You’ll have a herd of affiliates promoting for you since it’s like selling their own product. You’ll be seen as an expert in your niche and you’ll have a huge list of subscribers and customers in no time.

    The real money is when you sell your 2nd product to this list J

    Traffic Generator #3 – Article Marketing

    Writing good articles can get you targeted traffic and do wonders for ranking your website high on the search engines.

    The key to writing articles is to make the resource box relevant to your content. Make it as though the resource box is the second part of the article.

    Now in the resource box, promote your squeeze page. Explain what the reader can get for free by clicking on the link. If you write a lot of articles regularly, your list will grow exponentially.

    The best thing about article marketing is, you can outsource it and have it work for you on auto-pilot. Just hire someone to write one or two articles for you daily and have him submit them to article directories.

    Final Thoughts

    By creating and continuously improving your list building machine and by using the methods above to generate traffic, can you honestly tell me you that cannot build a good sized list and make money online?

    I can guarantee that by sticking to this blueprint, you don’t need to study anything more and get distracted in the process. Take action with this blueprint and do it well. You’ll get paid handsomely for doing so.

    John S. Rhodes will help you build an email list and enjoys writing about email marketing, list building and other internet marketing topics.

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    5 Simple-Yet-Effective Ways To Get More Traffic To Your Blog!

    This article is guest posted by Wong Chendong.

    Today I’d like to share 5 simple-yet-effective ways for getting blog traffic and believe it or not, once it’s done correctly, you can get tons of traffic almost immediately. Okay, let’s start with the first one:

    1. Launch Something

    Many bloggers take launch to mean something product related, but I’m a big believer that your blog IS your product, and should be launched at least once. If your blog is new, launch it with a bit of a build-up. If it’s not new, maybe you launch a new series of content, a new blog design, or yes – a product.

    The trick is just to build hype that something new is about to happen. People love to get excited about new things, even if it’s as simple as a new header or logo. Be creative!

    2. Give Something Away

    Yes, contests are passé, which is why I say skip the annoying parts of the contest and just give stuff away. It doesn’t matter what it is – it could be a book you no longer want, a consulting session, or a product of your own. Don’t ask for RT’s and Facebook Likes – just list a basic requirement and ask people to sign up.

    Many bloggers use blog comments to take entries, which is a smart idea, but it’s also a pain in the butt to go through them all and try to pick a winner. I prefer the idea of asking people to sign up for my email list, and then pick a random person to give the prize away to…it’s simple, and it builds your list.

    3. Email Signature

    Many people forget the basics, like placing a call to action and URL in your email signature. Sure, your real estate agent might not care about your blog, but you never know who’s looking for what you’re offering.

    Your email signature is like a business card, but gets around much more often. Take advantage of it!

    4. Communities

    Designers use sites like Forrst.com and Dribbble.com to get traffic to their projects. Dog bloggers use forums to do the same.

    Any place that allows for discussion is a place that you can use to build traffic. Blog comments, communities, Facebook groups, etc – they all work to build reputation and refer traffic.

    5. Guest Posts

    This one is a big one. Writing guest posts for other bloggers will leave a permanent link back to your blog, which will continue to get traffic for years to come. Of course, you’ll want to take time to craft a nice looking bio/signature line, but that’s easy.

    Try to write at least one guest post per month and see how it works for you. If you notice that one site does better than another, then keep writing for them!

    Remember, getting blog traffic is not a one-time deal; you need consistent effort to build traffic, gain trust, and earn a reputation. Spend a bit of time every day using techniques like these, and I guarantee you’ll notice a difference.

    Wong Chendong also known as “The Bad Blogger” is a blogger who blogs about Internet Marketing, Copywriting and Blogging related topics. If you are looking for more effective blogging tips that will separate you from the rest of the pack, making you a “Go-to-Blogger” in your blogging niche, than his blog www.TheBadBlogger.com will be the most rewarding blog you will ever read. Period.

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    Super Secret Traffic Generation Method Kept Secret On The Internet

    This article is guest posted by Style.

    So, you’ve decided that you want to make money online, that’s cool but there’s just one problem. How are you supposed to compete with inferior knowledge, inferior skills and an inferior budget.

    In order for a “system” that you’ve design to be profitable and easy to manage, it has to have two desirable features. a) it needs to be automated and b) it needs to convert visitors into buyers. This married to another very important aspect of Internet Marketing; the source of your traffic. Your traffic will determine how much success you have online.

    There’s only one problem with descent traffic and that’s cost. The saturated arena of PPC is hardly a place to start. You’ll spend more than you make (without a doubt) and the truth is, you don’t need it. Sure it’s a good way of targeting your traffic, but there are much more cost effective ways of doing this and having the same results.

    Did you know that only 5% of traffic on the internet is generated through search engines? This is a bold statement, but it’s true!  85% of ALL traffic online, comes from display marketing. You know, those irritating teeth whitening offers you see on almost every single page on the internet? That’s display marketing (also known as banner marketing or buying media).

    So now you know where all of the traffic online comes from, are you sick of competing with 99% of other marketers out there for only 5% of the potential traffic out there? You don’t need to answer that because I already know the answer.

    Buying media is a really good way of generating traffic and this is how it works.

    Step 1 – Testing

    Firstly, you’ll need to make sure that your landing page (if you have one – not required if your direct linking) is all set up and ready for testing. You can use Google Website Optimizer to do this, as well as StatCounter. This will give you a good idea of how much traffic you’re generating and how well each of your landing pages are doing (Website Optimizer is used to split test your offer).

    Once you’ve done that, you may also another really valuable tool; ClickTale. ClickTale allows you to set up “recordings” of your visitors. You can watch (in real time) what they do on your site and evaluate the effectiveness of the various different aspects of your landing page, such as the copy or images etc. Once all of this is in place, you’re then ready to “flood” your offer.

    Step 2 – Demographics

    This is an often overlooked part of the average newbie’s marketing drills. You need to know who your offer appeals to (you’ll be surprised). Once you know who you’re targeting, you can then start to look for sites that relate to your market, product or service.

    Finding out demographic data is really easy to do. You’ve got Compete.com, Quantcast.com, Google AdPlanner and Alexa.com. All of these sites allow you a small amount of demographical data, but it’s enough for a simple campaign. I would recommend getting the free SEO Tools Firefox plug-in by SEO Book.

    Once you have found the sites you’re looking for, you can then start comparing the demographic data. Choose the site that has the nearest match and go with that one.

    Step 3 – The maths

    It’s important that you are aware of the potential earnings of your offer before you begin any sort of display campaign. You could work out (by looking at the traffic data in Compete.com) how many unique visitors a site has. From there you can work out how much money you can spend and still manage to be in profit.

    You’re looking for at least a 200% ROI (return on investment) and initially, you’re going to use the most conservative figures to work out how much you can spend.

    Let’s say that a site has 10,000 visitors a month. You should be able to convert 1% of this traffic to click on your offer. That leaves us with 100 people who see our ad.

    If we, again using extremely conservative estimations, manage to convert 1% of that 100 into a buyers, that means you will make one sale. Now, you know, that if you sold X ebook for $20, that you can afford to spend $10 on advertising it (giving you the 200% ROI). That means that you can (in this example) spend $10 on 10,000 views.

    Would you get excited now if I told you, you could get 1,000 views for as little as 5c? (No need to answer that one).

    Step 4 – Approaching the sites with an offer

    Now that you’ve done your homework, you know who and where you’re going to be sourcing your traffic from, and you also know how much you are willing to pay per 1,000 impressions. It’s now time to start approaching websites with offers for advertising.

    This can be done in a number of different methods. You can either look for an “advertise here” link and follow the instructions, or you can contact the site owner directly with an offer. NOTE: some websites have 3rd party advertising networks that manage the advertising on their sites for them, all you have to do if this is the case, is look near the advertisements on the page and find a text link that says advertise.

    If you’re just starting out, it is advisable that you avoid the bigger sites as again saturation will kill your business, there are loads of websites out there that don’t make enough money and are always looking for other sources of income.

    TOP TIP: If you find a site that only has AdSense on it, then you are going to want to promote on there. Here’s a simply formula to work out how much money a site makes using adsense.

    For every 100 visitors to an adsense site, the site owner will make $1. All you’ve got to do is work out your potential profit, and try to beat the amount of money made by the webmaster of the site.

    Step 5 – The Creative’s

    This is the daunting part, finding the right banners to put onto the site. Luckily, you can outsource banners for a relatively small amount of money, either using the Warrior Forum (warriors for hire) or some similar service like elance.com or oDesk.com.

    Make sure your banner has contextual relevance for your users (doesn’t promise more than the site can deliver or isn’t misinforming them) in relation to your offer.

    Make sure your banner sticks out and ALWAYS make sure that you use different creative’s and test which one works best. Doing this will allow you (further on down the line) to have a fully automated proven money printing machine!

    That’s it…

    Now that you know about this secret method of pulling in traffic, it’s time you stepped out from the crowd of dazed newbie’s, stop paying extortionate prices for PPC, and start growing your internet marketing skills.

    This form of advertising is the way to go. If you want more information on buying media, please visit Style (It’s Like Internet Marketing; Only Much, Much Cooler).

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    How To Target Your Target Audience Indirectly

    This article is guest posted by Albert Fang.

    In any webmasters point of view, they would agree that without targeted traffic, they are simply nothing. Bounce rates begin to reach ever so high, conversions are at it’s decimals, what else can be worse? These are the practical stats that most webmasters face due to the fact that the keyword that they want to rank for is too competitive and they become discouraged. They want to get targeted visitors that can convert, but they can’t simply due to the overwhelming competition that they know will take months, if not years to see some progress.

    I am here to say, there is a simple way to bypass this. Simply, target your target audience indirectly. I know that it sounds like I’m reiterating my self on this, but trust me, it will make a lot more sense later on.

    Step 1: Find Your Target Audience

    You have now picked a niche and now have a site ready to make sales. You hint to your  self that you are promoting a product on  search engine optimization, which means that you now know that you want to target an audience that are of webmasters. Once you have found your target audience, you are ready for the next step.

    Step 2: Target Your Target Audience Indirectly

    Once you have found out your target audience, in this case webmasters, you are ready for the next step, digging deeper. I am not talking about a large marketing campaign, but rather a really simple project that only involves a simple piece of paper, a pen, and a bit of creativity. Once you have that out, it is time to visualize. Ask your self these questions.

    • What else is my targeted audience interested in?
    • What is popular that involves my target audience?
    • What else are they searching up? (Keyword wise)
    • What are my target audience’s goals?

    Now answer them. I’ll give you an example of how it looks.

    Target Audience: Webmasters

    Q: What else is my targeted audience interested in?

    A: Money making, Internet marketing, coding tutorials, article marketing, the list can go on and on.

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