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Getting Started With SEO For Your Blog

24 Apr

Getting Started With SEO For Your Blog  

Guest Post by Matt Smith

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of, if not THE best way of driving traffic to a website/blog!  Saying that though, there are still many people who don't use it and some who simply don't know what it is.  They are therefore missing out on the massive benefits that SEO gives a site when used properly. 

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In this post, we will be looking at what exactly SEO is and how you can use it to attract more traffic to your website.

What Is SEO & Why Do I Need To Use It?

As stated in the post introduction, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.  This is a term that people use to refer to improving the visibility of a website/blog in the major search engines. 

Search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo are SO vital to a websites success that you need to make sure that they are directing people to your site.  Without these massive search engines telling people about your site, you stand no chance whatsoever of attracting people to your site.  Think about it, how many times a day do you go on Google to search for something?  That's because search engines make it easy to find information, whatever it may be.  How would you go about finding that same information without using a search engine?  Well the simple answer to that is – “With great difficulty!”

Search engines are like the highways of the internet.  If you want to find something, you go to Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.  Literally billions of web searches are conducted on search engines every day from all over the world.  If you are not implementing SEO techniques on your site, then you are missing out on lots of potential traffic!

When people search for your site or related information, you want the search engines to display your website in their search engine results pages (SERPs).  If you are not even being shown, then you are at a serious disadvantage to your competitors.  But it's not just as simple as being listed, the higher up the SERPs your site is displayed, the more chance there is that people will click on and visit your site.  Ideally, you want to be positioned at the top, number one position for every one of your keywords (we'll get to that later), and to do that you need to use SEO techniques.

So simply put, SEO are methods of getting your website pages shown on search engines and getting them ranking as highly as possible on SERPs. 

On-Page SEO vs Off-Page SEO

Search engine optimization may sound complicated, but it's really not!  (Trust me, if I can do it, then anyone can!)  You just have to learn the basics to get started.

Now, SEO is kind of a general umbrella term that refers to all SEO techniques.  These can be split into two simple groups to make things easier.  These are; On-Page SEO techniques & Off-Page SEO techniques.

On-Page SEO techniques refer to ALL the methods that you can use to improve your search engine ranking ON your website/blog. 

Off-Page SEO techniques refer to ALL the methods that you can use to improve your search engine ranking OFF your website/blog.

So now that you know the difference between the two groups of techniques, what methods do you actually use?  Well lets take a look at some of them!

On-Page SEO Techniques

Using Targeted Keywords & Keyphrases

Whenever you use a search engine, you type in something that describes what you are looking for.  This can be in the form of a few words (i.e. SEO help) or a sentence (i.e. How do I improve my website SEO?).  What the search engine does, is it searches the internet for relevant pages that match the words that you used.

These words are classed as 'keywords' & 'keyphrases'.  These are important because they are used to help search engines display relevant content when searched for. 

In relation to your own site, you can include keywords & keyphrases into your blog posts, pages, titles, URLs, etc. to help people find your content.  That way, if you run a site about surfing in England, by including targeted keywords (i.e. Learn how to surf in England or Surfing holiday in South England, etc.) in your site content, it will help people to find your site via search engines.

It's not as straight forward as adding words & phrases that you think will work, you need to research them!  You see, there are tens, if not, hundreds of millions of websites online and they are all competing against each other for attention.  This competition includes keywords.  For example, there may be more than one site that focuses on surfing in England, there may be hundreds!  What ever niche your site focuses on, you are in competition with others who will be using the same keywords. 

That's why you need to research which ones you use.  I use the 'Google Keyword Tool' to find all mine.  This way I can see which keywords & keyphrases are competitive and which aren't.  I stand a better chance of ranking highly with uncompetitive words & phrases, because there are less people using them.

Page Titles

Your page & post titles are an important SEO factor on your blog/website.  Each of your titles should be unique and include your main targeted keywords & keyphrases for that content. 

You may run a site reviewing movies.  Each post that you publish would be a review of a different film, so it would be vitally important to include the name of the film in the title so people will be able to find it.  This will also help the search engines to find when people want to read about that movie, because you have included the right keywords.   

Meta Descriptions

Meta descriptions often seem to get neglected by many people, but they are a good way to improve your SEO.  You are allowed to include a 160 character description for each of your webpages.  This is another good place to include your keywords and keyphrases, making it easier for search engines to find and identify your content.

Your meta descriptions are also used on SERPs under your site title.  This allows viewers to read a little about what the page is about before they click onto it.  That's why you shouldn't just cram it with as many keywords as you can, try to make your description easy to read and more importantly make sure it makes sense.

Internal Linking

Internal linking is when you place links within your content to other pages on your site.  This makes it easier for people to navigate round your website and read your other posts, but it lets search engines crawl your site more effectively.

Google loves sites that use internal linking!  It shows that a site has lots of interesting content that they want to share to their readers, instead of a one page website that just focuses on selling a product to you.

You can take it one step further and link to your other posts via targeted keywords.  For example,

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Images

Another thing that many people overlook is the SEO benefits of images.  Many bloggers use images within their posts, but they often forget that they can include keywords & keyphrases within them.

Your images have titles, alt tags and descriptions, so try to include keywords to make it easier for people searching on Google Images.   

Off-Page SEO Techniques

Social Media

Social media is one of the best marketing tools available, and the best part is that it's totally free!  You don't just have to talk to close friends and family, social media allows you to connect with new people from around the world.  This is great for finding people who have similar interests and are into the same things. 

From a website marketing perspective, social media lets you connect with people from around the world who are interested in what your site is about.  You can let people know about your latest content by posting a link on your Facebook page, you can Tweet about your new blog post, share your new video on Google+, pin your website images on Pinterest, etc.

Social media helps you to increase your online exposure and build your website brand.  But social media also has an impact on your SEO.  You see, the more websites that are linking to your posts, the higher they will rank.  So not only does tweeting, sharing, pinning, etc. your own content help, but other people can also share it on their own social media sites as well, getting you even more links to your site!

Search Engine Submission

If you have a brand new website or blog, you won't be listed on any of the search engines.  This is because it takes time for the search engines to find and crawl your site.

You can speed this process up by submitting your site to Google, Yahoo & Bing, manually.  Technically, you don't need to do this as eventually they will find your website, but this takes time!  So to save you a lot of stress, submit your site to each search engine and then you know that you will be added to their databases.

You can submit your site by following the instructions over at 'Google Webmaster Tools' & 'Bing Webmaster Tools'.  To do this, you will need a 'sitemap' for your website.  I'd recommend using the very simple to use 'Google XML Sitemaps' WordPress plugin.

Video Marketing

You may have produced your own videos for use on your website.  That's great, but you can also submit them to other sites like YouTube & Vimeo, and let people find your content that way.  These sites allow you to include links in the video description, so you can place a backlink that points people back to your website.

Another useful tip is to actually display your website name & URL in each of your videos.  This way, when people use your video on their own websites their viewers will see the name of your site.  This helps to increase your brand awareness online.

Article Submissions

You can submit content to article directory sites like; Ezine & Go Articles.  This is another excellent way to improve your SEO ranking and drive traffic to your blog!  This is because directory sites have high 'Google Pagerank' scores.  Having links pointing to your blog from high Pagerank sites helps to improve your own ranking.

Only submit original content to these sites!  Directories don't accept duplicate content, which also includes your own articles that you have published on your site. 

Guest Blogging

There are many benefits to guest blogging.  Not only does it help to build backlinks to your site from other websites in your niche, but it also helps you to build contacts with other like minded bloggers.

Most blogs accept guest post submissions because it helps to free up time for the blog owner to concentrate on other aspects of their site.  You do need to make sure that your guest posts are 100% original and conform to each individuals submission guidelines. 

Guest blogging is not easy though!  Many people just think they can get away with writing a couple of hundred words talking vaguely about a topic.  Most blogs however ( at least the good ones!) will only accept posts that are of a high quality.  They want quality information that their readers will value, not to do you a favour by publishing a couple of paragraphs with a link to your site.

Don't get me wrong, bloggers are more than happy to publish your post and links to your site if you can supply them with a good quality post.  You just have to work for your reward, nothing is free in this world!  More often than not, bloggers may write a guest post for your site in return.  This is what helps to build contacts with other bloggers.

Summary

Well I hope you found this post useful.  These are just some effective ways to improve your website ranking in SERPs using both On-Page SEO & Off-Page SEO techniques, there are many others!  

This post was written by Matt Smith from OnlineIncomeTeacher.com

Matt teaches people from the UK about blogging, social media, SEO, driving traffic, writing content and making money online.  You can learn more about Off-Page SEO techniques and On-Page SEO techniques on his site.

The Newbies Guide to Guest Blogging

19 Apr

The Newbies Guide to Guest Blogging

"tim lowe" "tims minions" "guest blogger"

So it seems Google is on a rampage trying to clear the web of spam in favour of a web full of great content. You still need links back to your site and with Google killing of link farms and networks while overlooking  article directories, what is left?

Guest blogging, this is a perfect win-win scenario, Google gets high quality content and you get valuable links back to your site. With the bonus of having a ready-made readership who will see your link for free.

[Affiliate marketing – Why you should have an affiliate marketing blog]

Here is how you can get the best out of the traffic generating, link building guest blogging method.

Build a portfolio of your content

Blog owners that you contact for a guest posting will more likely want to see some past content so they can review your skills and writing styles. If you are new to this and do not have any previous guest posts to show them, use your own blog as your quality content portfolio.

If you have other websites that you write for, articles on directories or content that you have had published on sites elsewhere make sure you provide these to the person who you want to consider you for a guest blogging post. The more samples of quality content that you provide will give you a much greater chance of having your posts accepted.

Finding the best blogs to guest on

There are several ways that you can find good blogs to guest write for.

Google Search is your first port of call, type in your niche keyword with words such as ‘guest post, guest post by, guest blogging, guest bloggers, and write for us’ these will throw up results of sites that are accepting guest bloggers.

If you follow a certain person and you know they do a lot of guest blogging, type their name into Google with ‘guest post’ or ‘guest post by’ and again you should get a result of sites that are taking guest posts.

Twitter is another great place to do a search, like before, type the suggested keywords into Twitters search bar and hit search. This will bring you back Tweets and People who have said they are looking for guest bloggers.

Check the backlinks of websites in your niche that you know or believe get a lot of their links from guest blogging. Use Open Site Explorer and look at the links to find blogs that are accepting guest posts.

Every site will give you different ‘link juice’ strength. This is down to factors such as PageRank and domain authority. As a newbie this may be all new to you so before you have mastered site statistics here are a few pointers to get started that can result in better ‘link juice’ quickly.

Blog posts that have your author bio and link at the top before the content, has a better link value than blogs that put the author bio and link below the post at the bottom. The author bio below the post is better than having it placed as a comment below the post.

A blog that has your link and author bio on the same post page is better than having them on an author page. This is better for getting clicks through to your website.

Where people have to click on your name only to be sent to an author page where they see your bio and links will result in a far less CTR.

A blog that offers more than one link in the author bio is better as you can link to more than one site, or two different pages of the site. If you find blogs that offer two links then that is excellent as you can have a link to the homepage (for SEO purposes) and another to a free report or top post as a traffic enticer.

A bonus is if you get a blog that allows you to link to your social media profiles where the reader can follow you on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ etc. At least if they decide not to click through to your site you might still get them as a follower which is still good as you are able still to direct them to your site later.

Avoid nofollows, blogs that mark the links in your author bio as nofollow will not count to your Backlinking profile and you have wasted a lot of time and effort creating a great post.

Organising your guest blogging strategy

When you find new blogs who take guest blogging posts, you want to take a note of them for future projects. You may get turned down at first due to them being fully booked up with guest post but a few months later there may be spaces available.  They may want you to write more posts for them in the future and if you do loads of postings to many sites but do not keep a record you may just forget who they were and where to find them.

It is wise to keep a record of all the posts that you have written that have been published along with the site and the article URL. I use a spread sheet were I keep the details of the sites that I have contacted, their answers, and any dates.

I also keep a record of which article was sent where and when and if they were accepted or not. If they were not accepted for whatever reason I know that I can send it off to someone else.

It could be advantageous to log the contact name and details of the person you will be dealing with, any guidelines that the site wants you to adhere to.

Build a relationship with the blog owner or editor

When you have made contact with several blogs or at least found some you would like to write for, you will need to connect with them through Facebook and Twitter and start to interact and comment on their posts. Comment on the posts on their blog as well to open up dialogue with them.

It is well know that people are more likely to pass work to those that they know and like. So it is important that you build up a relationship with these people. It can take time but once the relationship is built it is a good footing for becoming a guest writer for them.

Obviously some people may offer you a post from the start on the strength of your past content and writing skills so do not ‘not’ send them your stuff asking for a guest post position before starting connecting. We do that if we need to work on being accepted.

Once accepted you should carry on connecting, it’s very important that you do not just use them and dump then, after all, if you get good traffic from their site, wouldn’t you want to do it again?

If you know people who write for blogs you are interested in writing for, gently try and get your friend to introduce your content to the blog owner. Being recommended by one of the sites regular writers will launch your status higher than just another email in the inbox requesting contact.

There is the normal offline networking method but how many blogging or IM networking events do you go to? If you are able to go to many network events then brilliant, get talking to people, swap cards and then contact them later. Remind them where you met and what you chatted about, that will help them recognise you as a person again lifting you higher than just a stranger asking for a posting. 

Learning the art of guest blogging

It is advised that before you contact any blog about a guest posting you go through their guidelines and make sure you understand what it is that they want and do not want. Every site has their own requirements.

Some blogs may require you to email your posts to them in a specific format like Word or Text file, whereas others require you to set up an account and submit it through the dashboard fully formatted and ready to publish.

Some blogs may take what you have pre written or they may want you to write a topic of their choice. Because you want to write about a topic doesn’t meant the blog wants it. It might just not fit their style of website or maybe they recently did a post of that nature and want something different for the next few months.

Take a look at the word length of the articles on the site, a 500 word post will not be accepted on a site that generally has posts that are 1000+. The same applies for sites that thrive on short snappy posts, a long in depth post would be a turn off for them. Write accordingly.

Look for their link policy, if they do not allow any at all, it’s not worth considering writing for them.

Submitting your best guest post

Once you know what type of post you are submitting in topic and length you need to write a high quality and easy to read post that is customized for that extra bit of blog loving. Do a search of the blog and look for one or two articles that are similar to the one you are submitting and link to these articles in the body of your text.

Do not link to your articles; this is for the site where your guest post will be published. If you are allowed to link to your site in the post then go for it but this is about pleasing the blog owner, making a good post, building up a relationship and hopefully a future where you will be asked back.

If you are asked to or you are able to, format the post to match the rest on the site. Adding the same calls to actions at the end of the post, adding images and same style headings will make it look like it was written by the blog owner. Again this will help it get accepted.

If your post is going to be a helpful tutorial type that recommends resources then make sure that the resources that you link to are current. There is nothing worse than clicking through a link to try out a ‘screen capture’ software only to find out that it has been offline for the last year.

Writing the all-important author bio for conversions and link building

As important as the post is, for you the most vitally important part is your author bio. The best way to do this is to take a look at other posts and see how their authors have their bios. Copy them, have the same amount of words and links in as they do. You know it should be accepted if it matches those that already have.

What is important is having your bio stand out to the blogs readers. If your site is all about martial arts but your post is being published on a site dedicated to Karate, put in your bio a Karate related reason for them to visit your site. Sounds obvious, it is but it is also overlooked by many.

For example you could use a standard bio of ‘ Andi Leeman  is the author of Martial Arts World, the website for the world of  Martial Arts.’ Or you could go for the more reader enticing ‘Andi Leeman is the author of Martial Arts World, A blog full of Karate news & tutorials.’

Google is clamping down on over optimization so try not to use your chosen keyword ‘anchor text’ every time. Mix it up a bit, use a non-keyword based anchor text like your name, business name and link to the homepage or link to another page on your site with similar material.

Now it is time to start to build up your backlinks and drive traffic to your site. For every post on your blog, you may want to write 4 or 5 as guest posts for other sites that drive traffic to your own site.  So now all I have left to say is go out there and start writing. Quentin Minion

 

10 Free list Building Methods; Building an Email List for Free. Part 2

4 Apr

Free list Building Methods. Building an Email List for Free Part 2 

For Part 1 Click Here

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Blogging

This is like your main site in many ways, you can fill this site up with all your best products, offers, content, and tutorials and of course the email capture form. This is where you want to drive a lot of the traffic if you use paid advertising.

A content rich site is loved by Google, once people are on your site then you can drive them to dedicated squeeze pages from links within the blog and its articles.

Posting regular keyword rich articles can get your blog ranked high in Google for many keywords and can attract free organic search traffic.

Having social media plugins and things like a matching Facebook page can have many more free visitors suddenly finding your blog who will then be exposed to your offers and squeeze pages.

A blog can support many pages so you can do little SEO tricks like have a ‘thought of the day’ page where you post your thoughts on newsworthy trending topics which can get your site ranked highly in Google due to the speed and nature of the post. Blogging to the Book Store and the Bank.

People will find your news topical posts and hopefully take a look around the rest of your site to see what else you have to offer.

Another great tip is to have a page of quotes, people love searching for quotes and a few pages with new updated quotes from people in your chosen niche can help with Google rankings and free organic search traffic.

Having a blog that you write for regularly will be good training for the next free list building method.

Guest Blogging

As the title suggests, you will be writing blog posts but this time instead of doing them for your own blog you will do them as a guest blogger on someone else’s established blog.

This is good because if you are given the go ahead to write for someone who has a blog that is regularly visited by several thousand readers a month then your article and website details can be seen by loads of potentially free people who will click through to your blog to see more if they liked your guest post.

The other site owner gets free quality content (it must be well written quality content otherwise you won’t be accepted as a guest writer) you get free exposure to thousands of new readers. It can be a great win: win situation for you and the blog owner.

Your author’s bio at the bottom of the post can have a link to your blog or even directly to your squeeze page as part of the list building programme. Something you cannot do with paid Google ads.

You might find that several blog owners will post more of your articles if what you write is of a high enough quality creating a network of sites where you can legally and safely pilfer other people’s lists.

Guest blogging is, in my eyes, better than article marketing for several reasons; your article can be seen by several thousand people as soon as it goes live.

The people who see it are regular readers of the site and trust the judgement of the site owners giving you some respectability and authority on the topic you wrote about.

You can engage with people in a Q&A session when people leave comments after reading your post.

The site owner will honour the agreement and publish your author bio and details.

The links back to your site are good. Here is one of my guest posts. The Power of controversial Viral Videos

Article Marketing

Article marketing isn’t for the faint hearted or weak fingered, for this method you will need to do a lot of writing. You write a lot of useful articles that you upload to loads of article directories.

The idea is that when you have uploaded your article you give permission for your article to be used on other people’s websites and email newsletters as long as they leave your author’s bio intact when they use it. It is a way of getting a lot of back links and traffic to your site.

There are a few problems with this method, mainly your articles can be sat waiting to be found, with so much competition there is no guarantee that you will have many readers or that it will be used. If your articles are used they could be taken and re used by software or people who do not (choose not) publish your author bio correctly loosing you any exposure and links.

Another problem is that Google have now started to overlook article directories and they also don’t like duplicated content. So having the same article dotted around the web can be used to penalise you or other sites rankings.

It is best to upload a new version of each article to every new article directory as many of them will only take unique articles. This means you will need to spend time re writing the same article over and over again.

You can use software to spin the articles but unless you spend a fair bit of time setting the software up properly the spun articles can be very hard to read.

Article marketing is not as powerful as it once was however there are people who still swear by it and it is one of the longest serving free list building and internet marketing methods around which is still being used so maybe it is worth you taking a look into it.

Podcasts

Podcasting is easier than you think, and many people prefer to hear someone talk than read, it could be worth you having a go. When someone listens to you they can hear your excitement and subtle tones in your voice so they can take what you say more seriously.

You cannot tell from the written word if the author genuinely knows what he is talking about or if he has just copied it from somewhere else.

The beauty of podcasting is that with free software like Audacity you can talk into a microphone about a topic using several of your past articles as the script and with a freedom not found when writing you can elaborate more on the subject.

Several past articles can be turned into 15-30 minutes of helpful podcasts that your listeners would enjoy.

Again this is free; podcasts can be attached to your own WordPress based website with the Podpress plugin. Podcasts can be uploaded to sites like www.Podbean.com and itunes.com.

You can sell them or allow people to listen for free. Like the videos you need to direct people to your squeeze pages but that can be done easily when you are chatting away.

Podcasts sites are similar to how YouTube works, there will be a place for a description and a website link so make sure that you place your blog/squeeze page URL in as many visible places as you can as well as speak it out clearly on the podcast.

When people have learned from you and enjoyed your podcast the chances are they will want more so they will be happier to go over and sign up for more great information.

After all, you are doing this to build an email list. It would be daft not to push your sites address as much as you can without upsetting people.

Sharing Slide Presentations for Building an Email List

This free list building method is a great way to re-use the articles and free reports/EBooks that you have just written.

Simply copy and paste them into a series of PowerPoint slides, you can edit them to make them more of a bullet point presentation if you like or simply leave as is.

Once you have created the slide show it can be uploaded to slide sharing sites like www.SlideShare.net and www.SlideBoom.com  where it will be visible to anyone and everyone.

Make sure that your slides show your website address as often as possible so the reader knows exactly where to go once they have finished reading.

Again there will be a place where you can add a description and a link to your chosen web address so get it all filled out as best as you can. You need those people to visit your site.

If you are still unsure why you need to build an email list maybe this will help you understand.

Cinemas need ‘bums on seats’, online businesses need ‘names on lists’. Simple 🙂 – Quentin the (List Building Expert) Minion

10 Free list Building Methods; Building an Email List for Free. Part 1

2 Apr

10 Free list Building Methods. Building an Email List for Free 

free list building methods

The money is in the list, Ha I said it, it seems every Internet Marketer or article even remotely talking about Internet Marketing has said that, I needed to get it out of the way straight off the bat. The fact is though, it is true.

Whenever setting up an online business, or even an off line one, it is very important to build up an email list. Having a data base of existing and potential customers is very important to the survival of your business.

For internet marketers, having a big responsive list of hungry customers is what brings them in the serious money. Once someone has bought from you they generally tend to buy again unless you have done something seriously stupid to offend them.

In fact while we are talking about stupidity, it is more stupid to try and create an online business without creating an email list.

So how do you start building an email list?

Well there are many ways to build an email list, some are paid for and some are free. Google used to be the best paid method until they decided that they no longer wanted people to build an email list to sell to though them. (They would rather do the selling- sneaky)

The fact that many newbie marketers have very little money to invest in building an email list has prompted me to write this article giving you as many free list building methods as I can muster. Use as many as you want but be aware that it is often best to pick one maybe two and really focus on them until you have mastered them and started to get good results.

10 free list building methods. (5 today 5 more later)

Give Away a Free Report/EBook in exchange for email details.

Write a report or EBook on your chosen topic, and give it away for free in exchange for an email. This can be done on the side of your blog or on a dedicated squeeze page. Using an auto responder like Infusionsoft or Aweber you create an email form that will take the person’s name and email then either directs them to the free report/EBook or it emails it to them once they have filled in their details.

This email form is important; it is where you will send people to when using the other free list building methods. You can create more forms on more sites if need be.

The same or similar report/EBook can be sold on Amazon and other EBook retailers for a small cost that is not designed to make money but more as a traffic generation tool.

If you make money then that is a bonus. You cannot get an email address for this method but the book itself can point the reader towards your site where they can sign up for a different report or newsletter if they want more information.

This same report/EBook can be uploaded to PDF and EBook sharing sites like www.scribd.com with your web address or even clickable links in them. Here readers can download your free report, read it and hopefully share with friends. Again this method does not result in an email exchanged for the freebie but can send traffic to your site where they can sign up for more information like a weekly newsletter.

These sites will have a place for you to write a short description of what your report and EBook is about so make it enticing and include a link to your site where the email capture form is.

However, if people find your report useful they will share it with their friends, this is a free method that can have your web address sent all over the internet. Why stop at the one report? Why not create many?

Create Videos for YouTube

YouTube is misunderstood. Many people think it is a place where teenagers go to watch funny viral videos of classic ‘fails’ or dancing cute kittens or something like that.

Actually it is one of the biggest search engines around. People go there to look for videos and information on almost every topic known to man.

Setting up a channel and uploading a series of free helpful videos can go viral and get you a lot of free traffic. Have you seen how many times some of the popular videos have been seen? Millions of people have watched them.

I doubt a tutorial on blogging will have millions of viewers sending it viral however it can drive a lot of traffic over time and having many videos will have plenty of traffic visiting your.

Once uploaded your videos are there for people to see 24/7 sending traffic to your site for years to come. Quietly building an email list for you on autopilot.

If the content of the video is all yours and the videos do become popular you can get a cut of Google Adsense revenue that is made from the adverts shown around your videos if you sign up with YouTube’s partner programme. Bonus!

Videos can come in many forms, from live screen capture tutorials, slide show presentations and standing in front of the camera presentations.

Remember to use annotations and slides showing your web address so the viewer knows where to go. Put a clickable link to your site in the description box with a call to action. Don’t leave them doubting where or why they should go to your site.

To find out how to make quick and great videos Click Here

Build your Email List with List Swaps

This one is fairly self-explanatory; once you have a fairly large list say 2000 people you can go to dedicated websites where you can approach someone with a same size list and do an email swap.

www.Safe-Swaps.com is a site regularly used where you can meet other list owners and arrange to each send an email to their own list promoting the other persons website or free product.

However, please be warned, some very unscrupulous people use list swap to build themselves good lists by raping other peoples lists, they find someone with a list of say 2000 people, they have the owner send an email promoting their product or website.

When it comes to them sending an email to their own list to promote the list swap partners product or site they send an email to a totally useless list of non-responsive people that they have built fast using places like adf.ly.

A large list built for the sole purpose to entice fellow list swappers to do a swap, meaning the unscrupulous list owner can build a high quality responsive list quickly without the usual long term traffic generation headaches.

It would be a shame to build up a good list for you to loose people with a sneaky trick like that and end up with your list possibly polluted with non-interested people. So be careful when picking your list swap partner, go with someone who has history if possible.

Social Media, Facebook, Google+ & Twitter

The great thing about social media is that it is essentially free; you can use Facebook and Google+ to build accompanying pages for your business and grow a list of followers. Twitter can grow you a big list of people who are interested in your products or services but there isn’t a page option like the other two.

With Facebook you can sell products from within their platform but the main reason for having a Facebook pages is to drive fans to your website/blog/squeeze page in order to get them to sign up.

Facebook is more flexible than the rest of the social media networks and can incorporate pages within the page where HTML can be used allowing you to have that all important email form on your Facebook page. Click Here to see one we have.

Using a cheap but very powerful software like Tweetadder, you can automate the follow and un following of people and build a list of people that you can then drive to your website.

Setting the software to do its stuff on autopilot for some tasks and then loading it up with a day’s worth of ‘Tweets’ will make your job a lot easier.

(Please do not go crazy and try to mass follow thousands in a day, Twitter will get wise and close your account, as we say ‘softly softly catch a monkey!’)

When people follow you back a message is sent to them with a welcome/thank you message incorporating your website link.

Investing in Tweetadder is the really only cost for using social media for building your lists unless you do invest money in creating Facebook ads.

I know this is about building an email list using free list building methods but I will briefly talk about Facebook ads. (should you choose to pay for advertising they are cheaper than Google)

Facebook share Google’s approach and do not like traffic being sent to squeeze pages, so it is best to send them in house to a Facebook page (and it’s cheaper) and then you send them outside of Facebook from your page.

Facebook ads can send people to blogs and pages on content rich sites but it is advised to use them to cheaply send the traffic to a page within Facebook, they reward you with cheaper ads if you do

Google+ is a Facebook style network that is growing in popularity but still a little hard to understand compared to its rival Facebook. The main reason for using these sites is to create a relationship with people, who will follow you and interact with you and then you gently direct them to your website or squeeze page so you can get their name and email address.

Satellite Sites

Another great free list building method is the satellite sites method. This is where you create a page or site dedicated to your main site. Open up accounts with Tumblr, Hubpages, Squidoo and WordPress.com then fill these pages sites with articles that are re written or simply snippets of the main articles found on your site and link these to your main site.

Anyone within those networks who come across those pages and sites can then click through to your main site where the email form is found.  They only take a few minutes to add content to them; it can help in backlink and search engine traffic. Best of all, they are free to set up.

There are many networks that can be used as satellite sites, the main aim here is to create your own mini network or dare I say it, web to catch and filter people to your main site.

So you don’t get too bogged down with information I have written it in two parts. Part 2 of 10 Free list Building Methods. Building an Email List for Free. Have fun – Quentin the (High Priest) Minion

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Google, Ibiza Bob and ‘The Story Of Ibiza.’

15 Mar

Catchy title isn’t it. I hope you weren’t too excited, expecting me to break some news about an incredible Google backed music event on the White Isle.  Unfortunately I am not, and Ibiza Bob isn’t one of the founding superstar DJs that helped make Ibiza the clubbing capital of the world it is today.

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What I want to talk about is the surprise I had when I discovered that my previous article ‘Why WE are sometimes our own worst enemy: The story of Ibiza Bob’ suddenly ranked high in Google.

It ranked for the search term ‘The story of Ibiza.’ A term I used once and had not planned to use for any SEO reasons.

The article was about a guy that I knew who wanted to go to Ibiza but because of his life choices had never managed to go in the last 22 years. The article did not have anything to with the story or history of Ibiza at all.

I was going through some of the Tim’s Minions website stats, looking at where people were coming from and what searches they used. I noticed that people were coming to our site from Google after typing in the term ‘the story of Ibiza’.

Now this baffled me, the article they were sent to was the one about Ibiza Bob, I decided to do some digging. I went to Google and typed in the search term’ The Story of Ibiza’. When the results came back I was No 4 on the first page of Google.

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At first I was very excited but remembered that Google send back results based on more than just relevant sites and keywords, my computer is constantly going to the Tim’s Minions site and Google will use that to create a more targeted result.

I went over to our ‘special’ laptop that clears its cache when it’s turned off and records no cookies or has never been used to visit our site. I typed in the same search term and the result I got back was less biased, this time I was in 4th position on page 2 of Google.

If you look at the image above you will see Google says that there were 25,700,000 competing pages on that term yet I was on page 2 for a non-related Ibiza article.

Now I am very happy with this, I know ‘the story of Ibiza’ is a term that isn’t search for by many. Looking at the Google keyword tool it is searched for roughly 1000 times a month as a broad term (loosely associated words) but an exact match (the complete phrase as is) is less than 10 people a month. However, I still beat a potential 25,700,000 other sites of content. Well, minus those few in front of me.

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But what I am really interested about is this, I didn’t write the article to be keyword rich, I wasn’t trying to get high in Google, all I was doing was trying to give good quality content. Content that is my own and which I add to the site regularly.

Getting high in Google for an Ibiza based keyword was just ‘The Cherry on the Top’. A fantastic unexpected bonus.

I did as all bloggers should do when they do a new post, Tweeted the article and posted links to it on our satellite sites like Facebook, Tumblr and Google+ to drive traffic to the site.

What we can and should take from this is the importance of creating fresh and unique content that we add to our site regularly. When we add a new article to our site and we drive traffic to it via our satellite sites and social media accounts we are keeping Google happy.

They love websites that are being used. They love it when people visit sites and the owners add content, they reward us for it by putting us up higher in the search rankings. Often surprising people, like me, who suddenly find that we are ranking high for unexpected search term.

It will be interesting to see how high I rank soon after posting this keyword rich article. The keyword may not be one that is used for a lot of searchers and those who do search for Ibiza related history may not be our target market but it is interesting to see that we have and are constantly opening up new back doors to our site from nothing more than writing interesting off topic articles.

Something that I believe you should think about too. – Andi the Minion