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My Lazy Way To Generate Traffic For My Blog

Postby jbwood » Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:06 pm

While I was responding to a post on another forum about generating traffic I thought to myself, “Hey, this will make a great blog entry and maybe even an article”

When I first got started I was overwhelmed with the “do this” and “do that” for generating traffic. Over time I have settled down into what matches my style.

The biggest thing was including a link to my product’s website (instead of to my own website) in my signature file in every forum I joined. Also adding the link to my e-mail signatures was a big step.

It may not sound like a big step but I don’t use signature files simply because I like typing my name instead of using a signature file. A letter just doesn’t seem “finished” if I don’t type my name. Yeah I know, the shrink doesn’t get me either.

Also, I join forums that interest me, and not just ones in my niche. I have a life outside of internet marketing and I have more interests than internet marketing. Internet marketing is what I do, not who I am. It’s not to project that I’m more well rounded (instead of just fat), it’s a reflection of the fact that I am more well rounded.

So what if my blog training videos don’t match my interests in salt water aquariums? I’m not there to advertise my product, but to participate in the forum and there’s nothing wrong with having a link to my unrelated product in my signature file.

If I ever sell a related product, I’ll change my signature file to match but until I do, fish keepers do more than just keep fish and they may want to learn how to set up a blog. The point is that it (fish keeping) is an interest of mine and not a sneaky way to advertise.

For article marketing I tried just writing articles but now I write articles when I feel my blog entry is “worthy” of being put into directories. I find that’s easier for me than sitting down to write an article and turn it into a blog entry. Must be a reverse psychology thing.

I also post comments on other people’s blogs only when I have a worthy comment to add instead of just “good entry”. This helps others see I have added value as opposed to just commenting for a quick linkback.

- Jeffery <– See, I typed that part all by my little lonesome.
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Postby lisamariemary » Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:11 pm

You definitely made some good points here, Jeffery!

I know I've gotten into that mindset of comment on blogs no matter what! But that doesn't do the blogger or me any good really - except to make me look like a link-dropper. I also at times feel like it's rude to 'read and run' but, if I don't have anything of substance to add to the conversation - it is silly to just say something like 'good entry'.

And this reminds me, I need to fix up my siggy in my gmail acct.
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Postby southernbg » Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:20 pm

Jeffery -

I have to say I absolutely love your post! I am now coming to realize that I have to do what works for me - not someone else! Your suggestions have always been ones that work for me! Guess I need to go back to the very beginning ... what I did BEFORE listening to all the "guru's" out there.

Thanks so much for the reminder!

Best Regards

Nat
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Postby tknoppe » Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:04 pm

I have always been one to do what works for me; 'cuz, well - that's what works for me. LOL Systems, programs and such are good to read and glean from, but if they don't click with you and come to you naturally or with at least some ease, then they aren't a good fit for you & likely aren't things you will stick with.

I too write only when inspired by something to write. Then it has meaning to me and is then quality content and the words just flow easily for me. If I try to force myself to write, 'writer's block' instantly sets in and the content suffers for it.

Best to spoon feed them nuggets of gold, and leave them wanting more; than to heap them with buckets of boring rocks and cause them to run for the exit. ;)
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Postby lisamariemary » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:02 pm

And also, I have to say, that quite often I will spend a good bit of time crafting an answer to someone in a forum - and sometimes even in a blog comment - and I realize that 'I wish I was posting this on my blog instead'. So perhaps, from now on, I just will! ;)
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Postby tknoppe » Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:56 am

But, adding valuable content to forums & blog posts is what helps others elsewhere recognize your expertise and to actually click your sig link and check you out. ;) So don't stop posting value, but maybe shorten the posts, and say [continued on my blog], OR just give them an abbreviated version elsewhere outside of your own site.
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Repurposing, ultimate recycle!

Postby createyourdream » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:00 am

Excellent thread, I really love crafting the things I do everywhere, with words especially, and in many different areas. Seeds of what I want to express in the content on my blogs and websites can begin anywhere!

This discussion really helps me to see that nothing we do is wasted and we all find our own way of doing things that work best and get results in our own situations, not always what we're supposed to do according to another standard.

It's one of the most challenging and best journeys in life, I think, finding your own way and being confident in it.

thanks.

best for now,
Mary
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Postby lisamariemary » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:23 am

tknoppe wrote:But, adding valuable content to forums & blog posts is what helps others elsewhere recognize your expertise and to actually click your sig link and check you out. ;) So don't stop posting value, but maybe shorten the posts, and say [continued on my blog], OR just give them an abbreviated version elsewhere outside of your own site.


Yeah, definitely - I meant that, too. Guess I didn't say it correctly. I kind of had it in my head like 'repurposing PLR' - you know? Only - the 'PLR' is mine! LOL!

I totally agree with you on that being so good for pulling people into your world. :)
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Postby tknoppe » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:56 am

Yep - you're own PLR = good thing. LOL
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Postby gsmart » Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:43 am

Nice passive aggressive approach to marketing your product.
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Postby MommyEnterprises » Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:50 pm

Thanks for sharing what works for you!
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