Everybody wants more traffic. And free traffic, especially.
We've previously covered why you should forget about traffic when you start out. Instead, focus on getting paying customers, right away. If you follow the advice on this site, you'll soon find yourself with a solid business and a small number of customers or clients... but what then?
At some point, traffic generation becomes the logical next step to focus on. That's what this post and our next series of podcast episodes is about.
To start things off, here's a comprehensive list of methods and strategies you can use to get traffic. Specifically, these are bootstrap-friendly "free" traffic generation methods.
“114,585 leads in less than 30 days!”
“We collected over 100,000 new subscribers in our first month!”
“We gathered 20,000 leads in 14 days!”
These are the kinds of claims used to advertise viral giveaway or contest apps. When you read such statements, it’s easy to think that launching a viral contest might be all you need to boost your mailing list to the next level.
Well, in true ActiveGrowth fashion, we hosted our own viral giveaway to find out how effective this list building method can be.
Read on to see how it turned out for us and what we learned along the way...
Every social network that gets popular inevitably declines. They all decline in the same way. And the decline happens for the exact same reason.
If you don't know about this, you'll fall into the "trending traffic" trap again and again. You'll be lured in by "social starlet" success stories, jump on a new platform when it's already too late and experience yet another disappointment.
Read on to discover what drives the inevitable decline of social platforms (and why you need to own your platform, instead).
It costs up to 25 times more to get a new customer, compared to turning an existing customer into a repeat customer.
Qualified buyer leads are infinitely more valuable than just leads. The most surefire way to qualify if someone's a buying lead for your kind of business and your kind of product is if they've already bought something from you.
This is why the most effective thing most (already running) businesses can do to increase revenue is to get their existing customers to buy more stuff from them. In fact, it's one of only 3 possible things you can ever do, to make more money in your business.
Read on to see the exact strategies and funnel setups you can apply, to use this principle in your business.Continue reading
In content marketing, should you focus on quality or quantity?
In other words: should you spend a lot of time creating fewer pieces of content, but make each of those pieces as epic as possible? Or is it better to publish a lot and get your message out there as often as possible, in as many places as possible?
The answer, it seems, depends on who you ask. But in today's post, we'll settle the debate, by asking the right question...
This post is based on a question that was sent in by a reader and on the surface, it's about whether solo ads are a viable traffic source or not.
However, in answering this question, we inevitably dig deeper and end up uncovering something you need to know about how online businesses survive and thrive. Without this, you'll never know how to answer the question: "where can I get more traffic?"Continue reading
Today's post is a response to a seemingly simple question, which is: how high should your conversion rate be? What's a good conversion rate, what should you be aiming for?
There's a lot of talk about optimizing your conversion rates, but it would be very helpful to know some figures of what's good or bad to begin with, right?
Watch the video below to see my answer:Continue reading
Tell me if this sounds familiar: you’ve handed out your business cards, you’ve talked to many people about your new business and everyone seems really enthusiastic and interested… but you aren’t getting customers and clients.
It seems like you’re making all the right moves and you’re trying your best to get the word out about your business, but the results are discouraging to say the least. What should you do in a case like this?
A reader contacted me with a question about this and here’s my 4-step strategy that you can apply to your business to bring in more customers and clients, starting right now:
Today’s post is an answer to a question sent by Paula in this recent post. If you know me, you know that I’ve never invested time into growing my social media following or improving my social media marketing skills. Plus, a few years ago, I dropped any and all search engine optimization work and now I don’t do any of that either, for any of my businesses.
If you’ve ever wondered why that is and how it actually turns into an advantage for my business, here’s the answer:
On the Thrive Themes webiste, I recently published some sales pages and landing pages that… well, let’s just say they aren’t ideal. They may not be catastrophically bad, but if I look at the best sales pages I’ve ever created and compare that to these new pages, a huge difference in quality is apparent.
So, why did I publish these pages? And why am I recommend you do the same? Watch this video to find out if there’s a good reason or if I’ve just gone mad:
Sometimes, your brain and your human intuition are your worst enemies. Too many mistakes are made because something seems right, but turns out to be wrong.
And unfortunately, the very site you’re looking at right now is an example of what not to do…
Watch today’s video to see what this big mistake is and how to avoid it:
Whatever your business is, there comes a point in time when the proverbial rubber hits the road: you open up for business and wait with bated breath for your first orders to come through (and if you follow the Impact System and other advice I’ve given on this topic, this should happen sooner rather than later).
What if your greatest fears come true and… nothing happens? No sales, no customers, no reaction…