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.
If you want to publish better content, you have to change what you do before you start writing or filming.
In this post, I'll show you the content outlining technique that I use to create better blog content, videos, presentations, sales pitches,... whatever form you end up communicating in, the first steps should always be the same.
Check out the video to discover my technique.
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...
It turns out that marketing teams and online business owners don’t have superhuman hearing when it comes to detecting whispers about their products and services online.
So how do they manage to always respond to comments every time their company or products are mentioned in blog posts or forum discussions or social media blasts?
Well, it’s not by manually scrounging for data on a daily basis.
Instead, they have automated tools that listen to buzz on the internet for them.
Now, you might think a fancy automated monitoring system costs a monthly fortune to deploy and would be super complicated to setup...but you’d be wrong!
The leading keyword monitoring tools are FREE and only take a few moments to get up and running.
If you have an online business, this quick post will teach you how to start listening to the internet to help manage your brand and product perception in real-time to boost your online authority and make more sales!Continue reading
Online course creators face a tough question: where do you draw the line between your free content and your paid content?
Anyone selling online courses or selling information products of any kind needs to answer this question. After all, content marketing is all about providing useful, valuable information for free...
But when are you giving away too much of your information for free? How can you do content marketing without cannibalizing content that goes into your premium information products?
It's a simple and straight forward question - and one that is asked often: how to make money from a blog?
In today's post, I give my usual style of unconventional and strategic answer to this question.
By the end of it, you may not be swimming in passive income, but you'll have a perspective that allows you to see through a lot of marketing talk around the topics of blogging and passive income.Continue reading
Today’s post is a reply to a reader question that went something like this:
“Why did you stop following the marketing gurus? And are there any you’re still following?”
How you pick your role models can have a profound effect on the development of your business (as well as your personal development), so I think this is an important question to answer. Watch the video below to see my take on this:
Comments have always played an important role in blogging and content marketing. If you’re familiar with my product creation process, you also know that for me personally, comments have been an important source of insights into what exactly my customers (and potential customers) want out of a product.
If you have a WordPress website, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a commenting system. Apart from the default comments that come part and parcel with WordPress, you can also choose from these alternatives: Disqus, Jetpack Comments,Facebook Comments, Livefyre Comments and SolidOpinion.
Read on to discover the pros and cons of each solution, as well as my personal favorites.
Some of the web’s most successful businesses swear by the lean startup method. I’ve also personally used this method and I’ve written about minimum viable products as one of the pillars of successfully starting an online business.
In a nutshell, the idea is to create the smallest possible version of a product, release it and then grow the product based on user feedback. This is an idea completely opposed to the usual approach of building the “perfect” product first and only then releasing it to the public.
Creating a minimum viable product is amazingly useful, will make your business more prosperous and yourself more attractive and intelligent… BUT what if your product isn’t suitable for this model?
Read on to find the answer…
In any material about content marketing or blogging, you’ll find a lot of talk about creating highly valuable content. But what exactly does that mean? How exactly do you make your content highly valuable and avoid creating “fluffy” content?
In this post, you’ll discover an actionable 4-step system to make your content more valuable and more useful for your audience.
If you do content marketing, I’m sure you’re all too familiar with the importance of writing “epic” content and delivering massive value in your blog posts, videos, podcasts and more. In pursuit of ever more awesome content, I ended up making a critical mistake – and you might be making it too.
Check out this short video to see what the mistake is and how to fix it:
Would you like your site to generate more income, but don’t know how to make that happen? Are you unsure about what direction your site design should take? Do you hear a lot about “usability” and “engagement”, but lack a concrete guide for what to actually do about these things?
If so, this post is for you.
Read on to find out the only two factors that truly matter for your website’s performance and profitability.