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Sunday, 22 March 2020

How to get thousands of visitors a day for free

Last update: 22.03.2020

Either running a site, a blog, an online store, promote affiliate links on social media networks and so on you’ll need thousands of visitors a day.

Visitors will not simply just come to see what you have to offer. You need to promote your site/service/affiliate program. To do this you’ll need visitors and traffic. The simple formula is:

More traffic = More visitors More views = More leads = More customers =

“MORE MONEY”

Internet traffic, also called web traffic is essential to spread the word about your site and your brand and the stuff you are promoting. To get noticed you will need a lot of traffic and a lot of visitors on a daily basis, something that seems impossible for newbies and freshly started sites.

Have started writing this blog post regularly at first, but containing a lot of gray hat stuff inside which must be shared, while trying to keep my blog off the “Dark side”, I’ve not included some tricks that I've wrote originally. I’ll try to keep this post updated from time to time. This is just a piece of it.

In this post, I’ll try to show you exactly how to kick start traffic for free to the site you’ve just started and get thousands of visitors a day. But you don’t necessary need a site to utilize these techniques, this works also for promoting affiliate programs from 3rd parties or just building a brand.

I’ve tested, used and still using some of these sites and programs to get about thousand visitors a day.
1 000+ visitors a day is a minimum you can get. If using smart and tweak a bit, you can easily get few more thousands of visits a day.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Some of the programs are gray hat and may or may not HARM your site SEO. Same applies for displaying ads. Extensive use of some of the programs may or may not BAN your site from ad networks.

I suggest to read the tips, follow some rules and proceed carefully.

Not all traffic is equal. The one that came organically form search engines and backlinks is the best. Social media traffic is very good. Worst is the one that comes from unknown sources and had “no referrer” attribute which is usually a bot traffic with no value and may cause more harm than good.

WHITE HAT TRAFFIC

The only true type of white hat traffic is the one that came organically from search engine results.
Other white hat traffic is the one that came from other sites to your site. Backlinks to your site, guest blogging and comments are this type of traffic.

If not running a site, previous two wouldn’t mean much to you, but the third one will.

Third type is the social media traffic. Visitors came from social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Linkedin, Reddit, StumbleUpon etc. if engaged properly and are interested in your stuff. FYI there are 400+ social media and bookmarking sites out there. Having presence on all of them is impossible and it is better to focus on just 2-3 of the most used.

These are the 3 types of traffic that are officially considered white hat.

But to reach thousands of visitors a day organically just thru SEO and link building will take at least 6 months and that is a lot of time and efforts (not to say how much money you’ll need to spend to see some results).

Some white hat methods may become gray hat depending on how you acquire backlinks and the way you promote on social media. But don’t worry! Most of them are still legitimate and will not harm your site and traffic.

Enough talk! Lets get to work!


REQUIREMENTS

  • An email account (preferably gmail)
  • One Twitter account
  • Facebook account (preferably 2 – one personal and one site related)
  • Pinterest account (recommended)
  • Accounts on other social media and bookmarking sites (not necessary)
  • Web site, online store, blog or just an affiliate link to promote
  • Link shorthener (bit.ly or other)
  • Web browser (Chrome and Firefox)
  • A cookie cleaner.

Twitter

It is widely used and is my first choice when comes to promoting stuff on internet because of its simplicity. Results might not be very good if not have a large base of followers.

Getting 10K+ targeted followers (interested in same or similar subjects as yourself) takes some 6 months to a year to reach but after that you’ll have a steady base of people to promote to. Will have to tweet regularly several times a day to get a few visits to a link you promote. Will have to find best times when to tweet. When you do all this you can automate some of the tasks and simplify your job to a minimum of just 15-30 minutes a day.

Twitter has more free tools to manage, schedule and automate tasks than all other social media combined. But not all followers will see your tweets. With 5 tweets a day I get only 10-20 visits. With 10 tweets in best times up to 50 - 60.

But it is not much. And may think Twitter doesn't worth your effort. But it does.

Tweet more for more visitors.


Facebook

The largest social network. Can post links of your blog posts and affiliate links on your wall seen by your facebook friends and followers and any other if set to public visibility.

First thing is to add friends and gain followers to your profile. Larger membership base is not the only benefit.

The true power lays in running a Facebook page linking to your site. Likes on pages may link and lead to your site and directly drive traffic and visitors to your site just by clicking on “Learn More” button on a Facebook page.

Another free way is to share in facebook groups interested in a niche you’re promoting. Will have to find and join niche related groups (up to 10 a day or will be temporary blocked from joining and sharing into groups).

Some groups have strict rules and doesn’t accept everyone, some groups have content and posting rules etc. Should consider this when joining and must research and test their performance. Small and very large groups doesn’t perform well. If you want your content to be seen share in targeted groups with between 2000-10000 members. Larger groups may not perform so good but worth trying.

If find some good performing group about blogging, running a site or online income opportunities please let me know, I would like to join it!

When sharing content don’t over share e.g. don’t spam sharing same thing many times in different groups over and over. Instead, share in one group, like a post, comment, like a page, check your wall, add new members and so on and after some time share the another link you’re promoting in another group. This will look organically and and will keep your Facebook account safe.

Facebook has very strict rules and your account may be locked or deactivated if don't their rules.

Running a Facebook page and sharing in groups can get quite a lot of traffic depending of quality and how well groups and audience are targeted. Amount of traffic from Facebook pages can be measured thru likes received. It is not the same with groups. This way you can get a lot of visitors but it is not so easy to measure. It can be done thru your site statistics if running some, but my approximation is some 100-200 visitors if share once in 5-6 groups in best time.

To increase performance, You’ll need a second Facebook account (your personal one or a few more…). This is gray hat use of Facebook but doesn’t harm your site traffic, SEO, nor your Facebook account until don’t over use it to spam, or promote prohibited content.

How to get thousands of VISITORS A day (every day)
Oh, you can always buy traffic (ads) on Facebook and Twitter. It is not considered as gray hat (buying from other places is).

Build your presence by building relations with members of your community (both groups and pages) with likes, shares and comments and sharing your opinions as well opinions of other members.

Other social media networks

Similar rules applies for Pinterest, Instagram and other social media in general. Share interesting stuff, comment and your content will get shared if found interesting. Sometimes you’ll get a share just as a reciprocal gesture, but that counts too.

As both social media are mented for sharing photos and images they use different approaches. Yet, both gives results, althou Instagram might be better.

Build relations with like minded people sharing similar interests. Social media is all about that. Comment, share, like, tweet, pin… anytime, anywhere.

Build a large follower base and you'll get an audience.

TOOLS YOU’LL NEED

Social media is great for promoting content and building a brand. All of these takes time and even most experienced marketers can’t handle everything by them self . What  can be done?? Call a friend and ask for a helping hand, hire a virtual assistant or buy professional service to build and run everything? You might, but it will cost a lot and you may not afford it.

Why not start for free, use free services, schedule posts, automate tasks and grow. Don’t even need a website althou it is helpful. Can start with a Facebook page, build a presence and then move on.

Paper.li

If running Twitter this site service will organize your tweets into a newspaper, published daily. Don’t need a site of your own. Sign up for a free service and share your paper.ly page on twitter and on other social media. This is a basic free service with a premium paid membership.

Blogger/Blogspot

If don’t have a site and want one, sign up with your google (gmail) account to blogger/blogspot, and start your own blog in minutes. Service is free, easy to use and customize. Can set your own domain to point to your new blogspot blog, and set some more professional theme if you like. Next is to populate with content. When have enough content can apply for AdSense or some other advertising network and start monetizing your blog by displaying ads.

This is the easiest way to start a blog for free and still have enough freedom to customize and show ads.

Dlvrit (spelling =”Deliver It”, previously Twitterfeed)

A free/paid service which used to share automatically your new blog posts from a blogger/blogspot on twitter and Facebook once a post is published. This a great service that automates sharing and works well.

SUMO ME

Sharing buttons that looks great and simplifies the way visitors can share your posts, pages, images or highlight a text and share just that piece of the article. Discover option works as an ad exchange so for every visitor see the small ad displayed on your site you get an impression/visit back to your site. Great free service with even more options in paid version.

Viral Content Bee (VCB)

(Previously known as Viral Content Buzz). Works for exchanging tweets/retweets, facebook likes, pinterest pins and posts on StumbleUpon. For every action you get points which can be used for running your ad campaign.
Good, reliable service for increasing social media visibility and traffic indirectly. More you share other members content, more credits you’ll get. Use the credits to run your campaign and get shared by other members. Even as a free member results are good.

Copromote

As in VCB, you’ll earn points by sharing other members Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Tumblr content.

On Copromote, points you’ll earn depend on the number of followers you have on social media you want to share. If have 10000 twitter followers, you’ll get 10K points for each retweet. This works great if have large follower base. Earned points can be used to boost your tweet or facebook page post.

Free members are limited in number of how many times can share in a day, but for accounts with many followers this is not a problem at all.

Buffer

Very useful for scheduling when a post / link should be shared on social media. Free account allows 10 post schedules per day. Paid upgrades offers lot more.


ENTERING THE GREY ZONE


This is considered gray hat and running an ad exchange alongside AdSense (and other advertising networks) might be against its terms. There are many sites like this but don’t use them if using AdSense.

Linkcollider

Similar as previous two but more like VCB. As a free member will be limited to 2000 daily points/tokens. Each action cost 10 tokens or more (you decide the number of tokens assigned per action). For points you get social exposure you choose: Facebook likes and shares, Google+, Pinterest pins, Tumblr and StumbleUpon posts, posts on Blogger and WordPress blogs, visitors (clicks) to your site or all of this. This is site can harm your Adsense.

First set a link to the site/s you want to promote or send visits to. On the dashboard (main page) under options may set to ”No Referrer” and start collecting tokens (points). Can get points for your actions, but choosing autosurf will get you to the daily limit almost handsfree. If choose to receive only visits (clicks) to you site, this will earn 200 visitors within 2 hours.

Addmefast

Very similar as previous one. Works at same principle and can get you 150 daily visits. This is site can harm your Adsense.

This site works mainly as an ad exchange. You display a widget with ads on your site/blog and earn points for every view/impression to get views to your site from other members widgets shown on their sites.

This is considered gray hat and running an ad exchange alongside AdSense might be against its terms. There are many sites like this but don’t use them if using AdSense.

Leads Leap has a few cards in a sleeve and one is the Popup Generator they offer which is a great tool for creating Landing pages (also known as squeeze page or popunders/popups) and tracks their performance.

Landing pages are the best marketing tool as you can easily promote stuff, offer free downloads or get subscribers for you mailing list. When you get subscribers to your list, you can email them periodically about your new content, promotions, hot products, discounts, free stuff or anything you can imagine. If used correctly, you will have  steady on demand visitors ready to visit your site as soon as you send them a mail about the stuff they are interested in.

Mailing list is one of the best marketing tools

Banner exchanges works at same principle as any other web exchanges but are not so bad for SEO (and may be used along other ads as long they are not against their terms. Popups are against the rules and the main reason why so many AdS accounts get blocked).

Link rotators

You can promote all your website post URLs and referral links from one single rotator URL/link. Rotators work by showing only one link instead of several URLs in a way that all of them receive the same amount of traffic. As every time someone clicks your rotator link they will be directed to one of your websites/links randomly.

The technique is a gray hat  but doesn’t harm if used for promoting on similar niche sites, otherwise you’ll not get visitors at all as they will not be interested in the stuff you promote even if visit your site. See link rotators

This is great for promoting affiliate links about related products/services

Sounds great, but is extremely gray hat technique in SEO terms, so be careful which links you want to add to a site rotator if decide using one. Not recommended for promoting a site you own or used for building backlinks.

Traffic Exchanges

TE stands for Traffic Exchange. Using this technique you can get thousands of visitors a day, but this will drop a site SEO rankings if not even get blocked from SERPs.

TEs can be manual and automatic (autosurfs). Traffic exchanges works similar as PTC (Paid To Click) sites but instead you get a portion of a cent for your click, you get points which are exchanged for clicks/visits from other members. 

Autosurfs are completely black hat (automatic bot traffic) and will get you banned from any advertising network (so simply forget about autosurfs).

Manual traffic exchanges on the other hand are gray hat, not so dangerous but be careful on which sites you use them. Manual traffic exchanges can be helpful in increasing traffic and improving Alexa rank for new sites, programs and pages that don’t displays ads on CPM basis.

If from any reason decide using any, only one or two traffic exchanges at a time won’t deliver results. Must use several at once. Open several TEs in several tabs and run them all at once. Will have to click the matching image to continue to load next site, jump to the next tab, click the matching image there and jump to next tab and so on.

If want to get the things to the next level, there are browser extensions that automatically switch to the next tab (after a mouse click or after 10 seconds). There are browsers specifically made to simplify work with traffic exchanges and tabs switching.


CONCLUSION


These are some of the most commonly used methods to get thousands of visitors a day for free that many webmasters and marketers use.

My advice is to start with social media. Build and grow your profiles, get followers, be social, start conversations and make relations with other users, especially with influential ones. When build big enough targeted audience, create a Facebook page, share your posts in groups, tweet about, pin your images on Pinterest, post on Instagram and so on. Be social, be active, build your brand and promote it.

If have a site, link it to a Facebook page, create a Facebook group and share your content.

Same applies for other social media networks and bookmarking sites.

If your content is good enough there will be no problem to get thousands of visitors a day. Visitors will come and visit your site or Facebook page. 

If like it, they’ll share it so more visitors will come.

Meanwhile work on your SEO, use long tail keywords, build back links, make relations with other bloggers and influencers. Guest posting and commenting works. Don’t forget to post constantly and create excellent content. In time this will help you rank higher on Search engine results pages e.g. first page on Google. Improved SEO and better SERP will get thousands of visitors more.

Keep away from the "dark side" methods of getting traffic.

I’ll try to keep this post updated quarterly.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Several ways to speed up a wordpress blog

Site speed (site loading time) is very important factor that keeps visitors attention or make them go away before even see what you have to offer your site loads. There are many ways to  speed up a site or blog running on wordpress.

Having a site speed up is very important. If a visitors come to a blog and it loads slowly, visitors will leave before it loads completely. Ads and graphic content will fail to load and visitors will not see it and leave and blog owner will not have any benefit of his site. Not to mention the loss of visitors and lost profit from potential clicks on ads and affiliate links.

Fast reliable hosting is a must. But it not come cheap. VPS (virtual private hosting), managed WordPress optimized hosting plans start cost is 20$ per month and above. Much better cloud and dedicated server hosting cost five time more at least. That is the reason that majority have their blogs on shared hosting as cheapest option available. Site speed with shared hosting is the slowest of all. And if have many posts and a ton of photos and images site will load even slower.

Here comes CDN. Content Distribution Network (CDN) helps a site to speed up a blog and shortens load time a lot. Instead of one server located on the other side of the world and whole site content on one place, with CDN you get your site served on many different servers in many countries across the globe. With CDN, site will load from a location that is closest to you and much faster. If a blog is on shared hosting using a CDN will help a lot.

Graphic heavy themes and a lot of widgets slows a site a lot.

If your blog runs on wordpress you can improve load time by using plugins and optimize performance. Using too many plugins may slow instead of speed up a blog. In general, must have an image optimization and a cache cleaner plugin. But in practice will want more 🙂

Try, test and uninstall necessary ones. It will speed up a loading time.

If site doesn’t loads in first 3-5 seconds there is about 50% chance visitor to leave.  

This blog loads within 3.7 seconds according GTmetrix, but different tools gives different results and the most reliable is user experience instead of test results.

my site speed
Actually this blog loads much faster, but doesn't run on wordpress, nor expensive hosting is required 😃


Wednesday, 18 March 2020

List of freelance remote work and micro job sites

Last update: 29.03.2020

list of freelance, remote work and micro job sites

Preliminary list of freelance, telecomuting,  remote work and micro tasks sites:



Upwork

Best place to start as a freelancer. Free membership, many categories, good number of projects to bid on. Fixed price projects or hourly (paid for hours of work, managed thru their own time tracking desktop app). May upload mock ups. Free membership give you enough points to bid on project. Points are refundable if not chosen.

Freelancer

The largest freelance marketplace. Free membership. Can bid on fixed projects, hourly projects (has its own time tracker) or contests. Can provide mock ups only on contests. Less amount of bids as a free member. Several upgrade plans.

Fiverr

A place to sell tour services (gigs) by posting gig for every service/work you offer. Promote your gigs to acquire work and get commissions.

Clickworker

The biggest place for micro jobs. Various tasks are posted including web search, image categorization, tagging, adding descriptions to products and similar tasks. While tasks don't need much time, payment is low but much higher then others.

Guru

One of the best classic freelance sites. Free membership gives you 120 bids a year, and paid upgrades are available for more options.

PeoplePerHour

As a freelancer their artificial intelligence system matches you to the most suitable projects based on your profile and abilities. You can search for projects manually also. 15 proposals per month for free.

Toptal

Toptal is an exclusive network of the top freelance software developers, designers, finance experts, product managers, and project managers in the world. Only top experts are accepted after a thorough screening process. This means you can apply but not invited to sign up. On the other hand, if you are really good, you'll get work regularly for a higher rates with less competition.

DesignCrowd 

For designers only. This is the right place to find work as a designer. Contests.

Seoclerks

A freelance marketplace similar as Fiverr focused mainly on seo services, website graphics and other web related stuff

Gigbucks

A gig site similar to Fiverr, with clean interface. Categories and gigs are in list view and easy to search.

Picoworkers

A micro job site similar to microworkers. Tasks include visiting sites, videos, posting comments and similar stuff need 5-15 minutes to do. Tasks vary from 0.03 - 1$

Flexjobs

A job listing site for legitimate work. Regular, full time, part time and remote positions available mostly in US but internationally too. Paid membership.

Dribbble

Dribble is more then a freelance site. It is a marketplace where freelancers post their work, sell their work and get hired. Just for designers. Paid membership starts from 5$

Behance


Similar to dribble. A place to show your creations and look for projects

BloggingPro

Blogging and writing jobs. Site offers tips and tutorials on related subjects.

Truelancer

Another freelance site similar to freelancer and upwork



https://www.fivesquid.com/

https://www.workmarket.com/

https://www.onespace.com/

https://www.outsourcely.com/

https://www.twago.com/

https://www.workingnomads.co/

https://www.toogit.com/

https://www.gun.io/

http://www.witmart.com/

https://www.topcoder.com/

https://www.iwriter.com/

https://www.constant-content.com/

www.wordclerks.com

https://www.soundbetter.com/

https://www.lionbridge.com/

https://www.appen.com/

https://www.microworkers.com/

WeWorkRemotely

The largest remote work community. Job postings by categories, companies hiring for remote work, resources, all at one place. This is basically a job board and you apply directly to the company that hires.

Gigster

An invitation-only network of world-class developers, designers, and product managers.

NoDesk

A curated collection of resources for digital nomads, remote workers and traveling professionals.

Indeed

A job listing site (including remote jobs). Must have CV to be able apply by email.

Smashing magazine

While this is another kind of a site its job listing offer remote jobs also

Belaysolutions

Professional Virtual Assistant and Bookkeeping Jobs that let you work from your home office.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Instant eCom Store

Have You ever thought opening your own online shop? Have needed products to sell? Have thoughts of a drop-shipping?

This opportunity may be for you.

Instant eCom Store

DashNex offer a pay once for lifetime hosting (just 17$ only today for a lifetime hosting!?). You'll need a domain already bought from some other company, or use a subdomain which is not recommended. Specialized hosting companies charge a lot more per a year and prices are going higher every year. This is an offer that has to be taken with some level of suspicion. May be if it is just a daily promotion. I'm writing this post because a related ad pops on my phone very half an hour. So, I must see what is it about and finally clicked the ad and earn them a few cents 😃

So what is all about. Is it just another affiliate program which after all, gives you a webspace (for a fair price) to open your own online store or just create sales pages, add products for dropshipping and start selling?

instant eCom store


You can create a simple sales page, a sweepstake offer, blank page etc. You start with templates or if want, from a zero. Builder is nice and in a minute you'll have your sales page ready. Integrated payment gateways are PayPal and Stripe. An autoresponder integration is available, so you just have to choose provider to start your email marketing campaign.

Training, free bonuses and some promotion tools as well analytics are included.

Personally, I would not run and join immediately but f you need a program like this or want to try,  this program might worth trying.


free training, free bonuses, promotion tools and you may find your path for a online income.

Can check a you tube review:

Monday, 9 March 2020

Two side projects on its way

Two side projects

Working on a main goal - online income as a main project may be exhausting. Doing same repetitive tasks day by day is boring. Have to do something else from time to time to get a bit of rest and think how to proceed further. There is main reason for gaps in a project. Being lazy is the second (and largest) reason.

But not this time.

In the time I'm writing this post, I'm working on two side projects in same time.


1 . An ebook

First is an ebook about online income opportunities, where I plan to explain all of the aspects, good and bad, how to start quickly, grow and expand till achieve goals: earn a few bucks aside or even make it your own profitable business.

I'm starting to write today and will keep updated for my progress.

Title is the most important when it comes to writing. Have several ideas in mind and hope to use one that suits best, it applies to the subject, is appealing, easy to read and remember.

Have already made a plan and scenario for subjects to write. This was a hardest part as have to visit hundreds of sites to make my research eligible and up to date. Have to rely on my previous experience (eg. my old ebook), blog posts from here and other sites and running, but most of the content will be new and up to date.

I'm still searching for some tools and resources which I'll post on this blog instead in the ebook if I don't manage to find them till finished writing. Have gathered most of the links and resources and I'm ready to start.

Writing a content for an ebook is not the same as writing a post. Most posts are 500 - 2000 words only, and I'm facing with a large text to type (>50 pages = at least 12 000 words is my estimation). That is 50 hours of typing at least but typing is not a problem, anyone can do it.

Problem is the lack of inspiration and loosing focus when working on larger project. But I'm not worried, I have time and a cup of coffee by my hand. From experience I plan to start today and get it finished in 20 days, until Monday March 30th.

When done, have to publish it, submit to ebook sites and work on its promotion.

Meanwhile I'm working on a second project that will complement this ebook.

promote my book

2. An Android app

Once a book/ebook is published it cant be changed. (Actually it can, but doesn't worth the effort and it will be a duplicate of the original and nobody likes copies - right?).

Better option is to publish updates as a blog posts or even better to create a mobile app instead.

With an app you can always update its content, add new features and content and even change its look.

Creating a mobile app takes time too but it is not so hard as it seems. Technical knowledge and programming skills are not required for more simple apps as I have the content as text and images (converted into a web page in HTML5) so I will need only a Welcome screen, a menu (to the main content), and some 1-2 more screens.

There are sites that convert whole web sites into mobile apps and most of them do this for free. I'plan to use a more advanced app builder to make it to suit my needs. Have to prepare graphics, tweak content from the ebook and add some more links. Some tweaks has to be made during the process but I'm not telling You the whole process right now.

When done building the app and have the source files compiled, will have to submit to Google Store. Later I may submit to Apple store also. Beside these, there are many other places to submit your apps (for android).

After that it comes the promotion and that is the really hard part.


Why I'm doing this?

Last time I've done something simmilar some 10 years ago, there were only desktops and laptops. There were no tablets, no smart phones no Android nor Iphones/Ipads. Things have changed since then. A simple ebook in PDF format may cover all, but segmentation by devices and audience is by far much better. It is a double effort but may worth the results.

My previous attempt was not given the results I've expected even it was pretty hot niche in its time.

  • Some of my sites went down. 
  • My old ebook was available for download from only 2 places. 
  • Haven't run any promotion.
  • Content get obsolete over time

This is my second attempt to do something like this And this time I know how.


What is in it for You?

Whether You are looking to make few bucks aside, make addition to your home budget, change your job, or start an online business the projects I've work on will help you.
I'will try to help you and point the ways where to start and how, what you'll need for a start, how to avoid scams and time wasters, how to run promotions, grow and build your online business.

In the ebook I'll explain everything.

The app will complement the ebook showing all the opportunities you may want to try.


What is in it for me?

To show you where to start, just show off, to show my expertize and experience, make money? Well ... all of it is true.

First of all I want to help. Anybody can make money online. I can, so can You. How much depends of your time, effort and the opportunity you've chosen.

I want show of my experience, get audience and share my knowledge. Don't you do the same?

Want to make money in the process.


These two side projects are the opportunity for me to do all above in the same time. Will it work? It is hard to say but I must try anyway.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Thirteen things I have done in my first month of blogging

Twenty five days past since have this blog restarted. I was a bit busy working on a strategy for increasing traffic and working on it approximately two-three hours a day.

There are many methods for getting traffic. Most are white hat methods, free and paid ones that work but results may come slowly.

I was seriously tempted to try something faster, blackhat, such as buying back links and mass submit automatically but hopefully didn't that. Now I'm struggling for traffic as everyone else at the beginning, but have plan and determined to stay focused.

Thirteen things I have done in my first month of blogging

Meanwhile this is what I have done in my first month of blogging


  1. Have registered new email address I'll use just for this site purposes.
  2. Last two months I was working on getting followers on Twitter on an old account of mine and made some progress. Now have about 15000+ followers and every time I post a new story I'm tweeting about 2-3 times that day, once more next day and once again few days later and few more times in a week or two. This is a good practice as not everybody can see my tweet when I post it so have to tweet it again later few hours later to get more impressions and hopefully retweets, clicks, likes, profile views and site visits.
  3. Have opened new Facebook account and searching for people sharing similar interests. This means searching for groups and Facebook pages about emarketing, technology, internet tips, howtos, affiliates, moneymaking opportunities and everything related. Planning to create Facebook page or group or both soon.
  4. Have opened Pinterest account too. This can help me post graphics form this blog and gain followers.
  5. Should start and increase presence on other social media sites if have time to do it.
  6. Meta tags in the blog code are included now. Do some keywords research and testing and now I'm satisfied with description and keyword phrases.
  7. Better traffic statistics by using external visits counter. Have implemented Google analytics codes. Should do the same with Bing and Alexa and few other SEO sites.
  8. Checked and fix most of the broken and no-follow links.
  9. Have made submission to major search engines.
  10. Now I'm researching for advanced link building techniques such as guest blogging as one of the most effective.
  11. Manual submission to web directories only to a few daily if ranking well and having appropriate category.
  12. Link exchange with similar sites is not done yet but expecting several next month. Can always get a link from my other blogs or some of my friends but that's not the point.
  13. Should create an incentive/s, create opt-in page and start email marketing. Personally hate that popup opt-ins that doesn't give you to download stuff which is free anyway, unless you give your e-mail address. I'm thinking about some different way in implementing this.

In short this is my strategy for starting to drive traffic to this blog. For now I can manage it all alone concentrating main efforts on creating new content and trying to promote it while staying organized with a small trick I plan to use it as an incentive offering it free for download.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Time to get serious and focus on blogging

Once a blog is set and online it is time to get serious, it is time to focus on blogging and have the job done. Last year I was testing and experimenting on all fields. This doesn’t give me much time to work on the blog itself as much as I want so it let it forgotten. But not yet.

My goals were not set very high and I’ve managed to accomplish what I’ve planned for last year. Same results can be achieved within three months or less if worked harder or been in a different niche. Never the less, I’ve got the results I planned to achieve.

A year spent on searching, learning, testing and optimizing gives me insight what has to be improved and where I have to work harder. Must focus on blogging this year.

Experimenting with content strategy, posting frequency, traffic building, seo optimization, promotion, blog design, ads, ad formats and their placement are just some of the stuff that must be tested. Optimizing for best performance is another hard task to be managed. Do it right and you’re one step closer to your goals.

All these has to be done when starting a blog, just after you publish your first post and in the first few months of blogging. To do all of this needs time, and time is precious. Doing every day tasks may not be enough. Few hours after a day work may just not be enough. Will need to work harder, and there is such a little spare time to accomplish so many things.  Have to focus on blogging and all blogging related stuff. So I have made 4 quotes (the ones in red) to remind me:

“Work hard. Lack of time is just an excuse”

To be honest, I’ve set my goals lower than I could manage and that is OK for a part time blogger as myself having just a couple of hours a day available to spend on blogging. There are a lot of tasks to do and this takes hours (days even for some bigger tasks such as video content, rewriting old posts or changing a blog theme).

Lack of time is just an excuse not to work. If wish to build a successful blog I must to:

“Get serious and have the job done”

Create a blogging strategy and stay to it. Blogging does not mean only content creation but marketing, SEO , graphic design and much more. Set goals first. Make a list of tasks needed. Separate tasks  and goals into global (at the end of the year) and daily tasks. Making a timetable, a schedule of some kind will help a lot to stay organized and track your progress.

A complete blogging strategy consists of 4 strategies:
  1. content creation strategy
  2. marketing strategy
  3. traffic growth strategy
  4. SEO strategy
Smaller tasks that has to be done on daily basis are most important part of a blogging strategy. Smaller tasks are easy to do. Finish one and go to the next. This is also easier to track.

“Split the job into smaller tasks”

Complete blogging strategy for already setup blog incorporate many things which can be split into:
  • Search for new ideas
  • Search for content and subjects to write
  • Blog post resume
  • New blog post titles
  • Writing content
  • Creating images and video
  • Curating posts
  • Including keywords in a post
  • Publishing new posts
  • Ping new post
  • Promotion on social media networks
  • Answering on comments
  • Recycle/republish an old post
  • Commenting on other blogs and social media
  • Building relations with other bloggers
  • Guest blogging on other blogs
  • Traffic analysis
  • Other traffic growth methods
  • Choosing ad formats
  • Ads placement
  • Performance tracking
  • Optimization
  • Visual improvement
  • Onsite SEO
  • Offsite SEO
  • Offline promotion
  • Creating incentives
  • Writing an ebook
  • Running an email list and get subscribers
  • Creating a product or service
  • Monetization
  • Side projects
  • Running a second blog ?

Running all these tasks is a hard and time consuming job. But if you want to be successful as a blogger must focus on blogging completely.

“Stay focused on blogging, work hard and will succeed” 

All above has to be done in the next year. On a daily basis, day by day 365 days. Sounds hard! It is. Must be confident, believe in my self, focus on blogging and work hard. And stay on the path a small reminder:


Blogging qoutes

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ways to make money online or how to make an online income

There are many ways to make money online or how to make an online income. 

Some works and some don't. You'll have to try it yourself and see what works for you the best. If the first doesn't work don't despair, go to next and try it.
ways to make money online
It is not my intention with this post to create a list of all available opportunities but just to give you a lead where and what to look for.

Here is my short list:

  • - ways that doesn't need anything special like surfing, clicking, view videos, playing games, take surveys, sharing links, sweepstakes
  • playing games can get you paid by playing paid games, if good playing your favourites can stream videos of you playing and earn while playing, or join a competition and win some prizes
  • ways to make money by writing reviews, articles, blog posts, copywriting and ghostwriting for a site
  • ways to earn by using your expertise as providing virtual assistance, tutoring, freelancing, providing services and support
  • ways to sale online by selling on Ebay or elsewhere, running your own personalized online shop and selling your own products or drop shipping
  • ways to earn by using your creativity like taking photos, designing t-shirts, printable stuff, making music and videos, creating art
  • blogging and running a site can become a good business if have a good content, working promotion strategy time to build large audience and resources
  • affiliate marketing is the way where promote a product or a service (refer people to join) and get commissions

I'm sure I missed some, there has to be more but looking for them may be hard and time consuming.

Certainly there are few others not listed here, but start using only one from the list and combining with others later will give the results. (Not so much as expected but enough for a start).
time for start is now
Personally, I have tried and use most of them and all are giving certain results depending on time and effort used to utilize a particular method. Some are easier and don't need any technical knowledge, some need skills and time.

For a start, choose one that suits you best and start with it, learn how it works and measure the results. After that try another if not satisfied or if it is working but you need more and have time to try something new.

Me myself prefer freelancing and blogging but also don't miss a chance to tke a nice photo and post it. If you’re artistic soul designing or writing are the ones you must try.

“Its up to you, where and how, time for start is now.”

Monday, 9 December 2019

Creating online income streams

Creating online income streams is very important if you want to be successful. Making money online is possible and inevitable if ever start building an online presence. Whatever you choose to start with, whether it is blogging, freelancing, affiliate marketing etc. it will make you money if you are dedicated to work on it.

Amount you’ll earn might not be much but every cent counts. Some ways brings a lot of money, some don’t. Depends of how much time and effort are willing to invest results may differ.

Work harder and results will be better. Focusing on only one thing that generates money is a good strategy but not always the best one. If one brings money, why not adding another income stream.

Generally there are two paths in creating online income streams:

Focus on just one or two online income streams

Focus on just one online income stream that works. Put an effort, work hard, learn how to utilize it to the max and use them every day. When become an expert for it, go to another one, analyse its potential and start working on it but don’t forget the first one which is already well established brings you good results.

Freelancing is one that works for me. Must try it if have expertise and can deliver high quality results to your customers. Other possible options are freelance writing or running an online shop. Trick is to stick to it, stay focused and put all the efforts and time you can to that particular online income opportunity.

Diversify on many fields

If one or several online income streams are not enough (You’ve tried but results are not very promising), may try to diversify your efforts on several fields at once.

When running multiple online income streams, must stay organized and schedule your tasks or soon you’ll get confused and forgetful, don’t know what have to do on every single online opportunity you’ve joined. which leads to abandon it even it is working. Affiliate marketing is the main field here, but you can combine with anything else including previously mentioned few. Have to join many programs and try to promote each and every one you’ve joined to get a percent of an affiliate sale.

1, 2, 3 or more


PROS ans CONS of the two paths of creating online income streams


Few online income streams

Multiple online income streams

PROS

CONS

PROS

CONS

Small number of opportunities. Usually 1 or 2Run many online income streams (more the better)Large number of opportunities
Easy to manage your daily tasksSome are set and forget
online income opportunities
Hard to track and manage all the tasks and programs you’ve joined and promoting
Can schedule tasks and set your own working hoursCan schedule and automate some of the tasksPromote extensively
(but do not SPAM)
Easy to track and measureHave to measure and analyse results from many different sources
Do something you likeConsumes same ammount of time every dayMany tasks to run may consume most of day
Do something you know and have expertizeMay become monotoneous and boringWill learn new skills.Some tasks are not very interesting
Search for new opportunities is not necessaryResearchConstant search for fresh opportunities and building referral downlines
Staying focused on several tasks onlyStaying organized is a skill you must learn the hard wayStaying organized is tough skill to master
Can replace your job with work from homeHard workValuable addition to a monthly income
Results are goodVariable resultsResuslts can sometimes be discouraging
Don’t need to advertise agresivelyLearn how to promote and sellPromotion cost time (and) money

No matter which path you choose follow a few rules:


  • Stay focused on the tasks you run
  • Stay organized
  • Schedule daily tasks
  • Automate as much as possible
  • Measure your efforts
  • Track and analyse results

Implementing the above steps will help a lot whatever opportunity you choose and opportunities are many. Can monetize your skills and expertise as a freelancer. May choose to run an online store selling yours or other peoples physical or downloadable products. May join an online photography competition and win a prize. Play games and get paid for it. Or become an affiliate marketer promoting products and services on social media.

A lot of opportunities are out there, just pick one or as many as want and start working on it. Results will come soon.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Five steps for building web presence

You have connected to internet, registered for Google, signed up for Facebook... It is time to build your web presence

Step 1: Planing and start up

When starting a web presence, first you’ll have to think about the name you will use (or a nickname), the subject and the goals you want to achieve. You can always use your real name. It may be easier and build trust to your audience that there is a real person behind all this or use a nickname. This is completely up to you. Althou Google and most social media always suggest using your real name.

Next requirement is to have an email account registered. This is essential, but having an interesting email such as yourname@WhoAmI.com or admin@yoursitename.com is even better. If you buy a domain you’ll have the notch which is pretty cool and professional. If you want a personal nickname as mail name should check a bit more on mail.com. I’m sure you’ll find something that suits you.

Must have a plan and do an extensive research before go to step two. This means that you'll have to write the ideas you have, goals you want to achieve and everything you need to do about, including tools, promotion strategy, budget and timeline. If want to start a blog just go to the step two, but if want something more like freelancing, affiliate marketing, online shopping business must think harder and research.

Step 2: Building a website

Now it is time to build your name. The best and easiest is to open a blog and start blogging about your interests and the subject you’ll choose. You may create a website also. Difference between blog and a website is that blog is regularly updated and more personal (depends of your writing style). Websites are more rigid and business oriented but now days every site has a blog and every blog has a sales page so differences melts. Whatever you choose it should look compelling to visitors and have interesting content.

Building a site may need a bit technical knowledge and creativity but I’m sure you’ll handle it if started with a blog or build a site with Weebly. Don’t forget to get a domain first. Instead of using a free subdomain buy a top level domain with a name that is related to your idea, your business, things you plan to do and the goals you aim. Spending 10$ for a good domain name is an investment you must do when starting online.

Next is to build your content. Its up to you and your niche (the subject you choose to write about) how much content and how often you post but MORE IS THE BETTER.

Your posts must be long informative and be of use to your audience. Just a text is not good so must add some images, photos or even better a video.

Step 3: Social networking

Social networks (or social media) helps you build an audience, spread the word about you, your ideas and thoughts, your site and your business and build ties with people sharing simmilar interests and others that need your services. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram , LinkedIn are just a few on top of the list of some 500+ officially listed internationally social networks. The real number is much larger and grows every day. As a reference visit AddThis. You might like put a sharing buttons on your site to let your visitors share your links and thoughts.

web presence

Step 4: Getting visitors attention

This part is a bit tricky. You’ll have to be very creative to make your site stand out of the competition. You may even hire professionals to help. Good looking and useful content is sometimes worthless if you don’t have visitors. Althou you can drive visitors to come to your site you must assure they will come back again. Offering a free neswletters, a free membership or free stuff always draw attention. So you must utilize these tactics to make your visitors come back again and again.

Step 5: More promotion

Social networks (especially Facebook) may bring a lot of visitors. But you’ll have to do more. Guest posting on similar sites and forums give results especially if you use same nickname/signature. Guest posting will help you share ideas with site owners about the subjects you both cover. Also you may share links use more promotion and work on your SEO.

FINAL TIP: You’ll need to try everything you can get and use everything that works or works less to build your web presence. It will pays off later