In the previous part of this three-part series (link to that is right here) we discussed the general business model of blogging for profit and how to treat it not only as a hobby but a profitable business, or a profitable hobby if you’d prefer. It’s necessary to build a blog that your target demographic is going to want to spend time reading, that’s what will keep them coming back. Eventually your traffic numbers will begin to grow and this will typically lead to a positive boost in revenue generated by one of many different monetization methods such as ads, affiliate promotions, or through direct sales of one of your own products or services.
Quick Tip: If you’re wondering just how often you should publish new content to your blog it’s really up to you. A common suggestion is 1 to 4 times within a month. It really depends on a number of factors so don’t feel like you absolutely MUST publish once per week because you simply don’t have to if it doesn’t make sense for you to do so, or if you just can’t do to any number of factors. What really counts is the quality of your blog, the keywords used within your articles and the quality and amount of traffic you draw to your pages.
Here Are Some Good Ways To Generate FREE Traffic
Below this quick blurb you’re going to see a number of suggestions on places & ways you can start getting free & quality traffic to your blogs. It does take work, you don’t have to overwhelm yourself by trying to hit all of these in a single day, just pace yourself and remember that it all adds up over time and will increase in momentum as times goes on if you keep at it.
Answer Questions on Quora
Head over to the Quora website and create your profile making sure to insert a link back to your website / blog within it. Once your account is set up you can then locate questions related to subjects written about in your blog and offer help. Don’t spam your links here, ever… instead be sure to insert them where appropriate and only if they truly will offer additional or more in-depth insight to the question at hand. Doing this for a couple weeks will let you spread links across many different questions and that opens things up to more traffic through your included links. You have to play this one with class for it to work so be ready to put in an honest effort, it could be very well worth it in the end.
Share Articles to Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn
We will cover some of this in greater detail to follow but the general concept here is sharing your stuff on social media sites using things like hashtags in relevant niches, interacting with groups and pages and even individual comments by others who are frequenting pages & groups related to your blog’s niche.
Social media marketing has become more sophisticated than it used to be, you must be savvy when going this route. Gone are the days of link spamming for tons of traffic. Now you have to put the time in and become part of the conversation (in a manner of speaking).
Post Videos on YouTube
Video is responsible for a very large chunk of all internet traffic thanks to things like bandwidth expanding and internet service becoming more widely available to the globe as a whole. Just about anywhere you go these days you’re bound to see a video embedded from YouTube if you’re not actually already on the YouTube website itself. Thanks to this fact, and the ever-growing numbers of video related traffic it’s safe to say that having your own active YouTube channel with videos related to your blog posts (which use proper YouTube SEO practices) you’re bound to see a very steady stream of traffic when you put in the effort.
A lot of people think that the way to go with YouTube is to monetize the videos with Google’s partner program… it’s not. You can make 10x the amount of money by creating informative and/or entertaining videos which offer what your demographic want to see and then linking to some sort of web page in the video description. On that linked web page will be a blog with ads on it, or a sales page or lead-capture page if you’re building an email list. Doing this will generate much more positive results than just trying to monetize your videos, though you can do that too. Just keep in mind you must have at least 10,000 over-all views on your channel before you can monetize anything.
Publish on LinkedIn Pulse
The idea here is similar to using LinkedIn Pulse to publish your own works with the difference that you’ll be interacting with other people in active groups so be sure to use proper group etiquette. Back in 2014 LinkedIn let the public use their ‘Pulse’ platform to publish their own works which has opened up a very handy spot to pull some great traffic back to your own blogs. LinkedIn is a website for professionals so your articles must be crafted around this idea. You’re going to be putting your work out there to a bunch of potential “big time players” in your market so be sure to put your best foot forward with each article you publish to Pulse. Here is something I found which will help you get started, it’s a very helpful article… Helpful Article Right Here
Post Your Content to LinkedIn Groups
Have a look at the LinkedIn groups and interact with the ones which make sense for your target market. This is a really great way to get free traffic over to your blogs which is not only high in quality but also laser targeted. Here Is A Quick Link to the official help page for LinkedIn Groups, you may find it useful before getting started on this method of driving traffic.
Link from Other Niche Social Networks
Track down other smaller social networks such as forums which revolve around your blog’s niche. One way to track down forums is to perform a simple Google Search which looks like this:
Affiliate marketing +forum
This will typically get you a bunch of search results with some curated blogs that have lists of forums related to your chosen niche. Alternatively, you can also use the following website which is a large database of active forums spanning across many markets & niches… http://www.findaforum.net
Share to Google+ Communities
Google Plus Communities is another great way to publish your own articles for the masses to see in an effort to drive more traffic back to your blogs. If you’re unfamiliar with how it works then the process goes like this:
- Be sure you have a Google account already made
- Navigate to the Communities page, here is a link
- You can create your own community, though it may not do so well at first
- Instead, up at the top of the page perform a search for your chosen niche
- Once you’ve picked a niche, you can browse other articles or…
- Publish one of your own with helpful information and of course a link to your blog
Create SlideShares of Your Content
If you’ve already tried out LinkedIn then you also have an account with SlideShare that you can use since they’re both under the same parent company now. Slideshare.net is the proper URL, (not a .com website so use .net).
This can be an entire article all on it’s own so I’m going to leave it up to Google and YouTube to teach you how this is done. It’s fairly straightforward, though it can take some work to make slideshows which will stand a solid chance of gaining any traction on the site. On top of that, slideshare is a very high authority site so if you pick your keywords well enough and follow one of the many tutorials you can find online for slideshare then you’ll probably wind up in the top search results under your slideshare presentations. This could be useful for getting traffic back to your blogs.
Add Sharing Buttons
This one is very straightforward. There are a number of plugins you can use for your wordpress blogs which will put little ‘share buttons’ on your web pages. A number of premium themes even include this feature built-in already.
These are those little buttons you often see on pages which feature icons for various social media sites and typically they have the number of “shares” collected for a particular page displayed on screen.
Contact People Mentioned in Your Content
If you’ve mentioned any popular or otherwise influential person or website or brand (or whatever) in one of your articles then you may want to send them a quick email explaining that you mentioned them in an article you posted. State that you thought they might find it entertaining to read so you just wanted to send it to them to let them know how much you appreciate their work or whatever the case may be. If your article is favorable enough they might share it with their following which can oftentimes lead to a flood of traffic for a short period of time.
Comment on Relevant Blogs Related To Your Niche
The trick to this method is not outright promoting yourself but to find blogs which are closely related to your own, leave a useful comment, something of value to the readership of that blog and then let your name serve as the link to your own site. If you go around posting links of your own within the comments you’re going to find that way more of your comments get “ghosted” or otherwise rejected.
This one is very hit or miss and relies on playing the “numbers game” to get as many of your profile links up as possible. For anyone confused by this… anytime you comment on a blog (if it’s a wordpress blog which most are these days) you’ll typically be able to create a poster’s account which gives you an opportunity to make your profile name a link back to your blog.
If you are posting up helpful comments people will often times click on your name-link and wind up on your blog as a result. This works, it just takes time and lots of patience… and if I’m honest, quite a bit of work searching for blogs and of course posting comments to them. Do it gradually over time for best results.
Create an eBook and List it On Amazon For ‘Cheap’
This one can have big potential, especially if you put at least one new book out per month. If you happen to write your blog in such a way that you can pull a collection of articles to make a short book from them then you don’t have much extra work to do here.
You’ll need to sign up for a free publisher account with amazon… if you already have a ‘normal’ Amazon account then you can (and should) use that account. Head over to this page and sign up for your account:
We won’t cover the details of how this process works, it would drag on for far too long. However, if you wish to learn the process of publishing a book to the KDP (kindle direct program) then a quick search on YouTube or Google will do the trick. It’s very easy and straightforward so you have nothing to worry about.
The idea here is to put a quick ‘blurb’ within the first 2 pages of your book and at the bottom of that blurb leave a link back to your blog suggesting people check out your blog if they wish to get more information or something along those lines. Not only can you publish to Amazon Kindle, but you can also publish to other platforms if you wish though you will honestly get the mass-majority of traffic from Amazon so don’t feel like you have to do this extra step if you don’t want to.
Wrapping It Up In Conclusion
I know there is quite a bit of information in this 2nd part of our three-part-series. I also recognize that a lot of the information is not in super fine detail but that’s on purpose and here’s why.
These types of methods constantly change and are being updated. Think of this article you’re reading right now as a guide and not a step by step lesson plan. It’s meant to only give you the ideas so you can then go do the detailed research on your own. You’ll want to find up to eate methods and the best way to do that is search for things on the spot and learn from various sources around the Internet.
All of these methods of generating traffic work and if you dedicate just one or even a few hours for five days a week you will start to see a steady stream of traffic back to your blog in a short period of time. Not only that, the traffic will flow on a regular basis, we aren’t just talking about hitting your pages with a spike of traffic here and there, but a regular stream of traffic which can grow larger over time until you’re ready to start using paid traffic sources.
We specialize in paid traffic generation so if you’d like to learn how that’s done by an industry veteran then feel free to check out our updated affiliate marketing training course. We used to have a handful of courses split off into different packages but now everything is included in one BIG lesson plan for one low price. There are no up-sells, none of that, just what you want to get off on the right foot in your own affiliate marketing plans.
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How To Find Blog Ideas That Make Money
You’re in a scramble and can’t come up with anymore blog ideas that make money. Perhaps you’re just getting started with blogging and you need to brainstorm a ton of ideas related to things you know nothing about, or maybe you just want to jump into your niche head-first and swim around for what your target audience is actually interested. These places we’re about to hand over to you are going to be an excellent collection of resources and start your blogging business, let’s get started.
Write Your Blogging Ideas Down
We’ll start here just for the simple fact that you might not know anything about the topic you’re researching. If that’s the case then you can’t really search that brain of yours for very much information and you may as well skip over this step.
However, if you do know the subject well enough to at least formulate ideas for further research then write them down! Hit Google searching for different keywords and discover the suggested, related search terms and write those down also. You have options here and they are all extremely low tech and simple.
The Feedly website is basically a searchable hub or database of many different blogs all in one place. You can perform searches using a number of different filters and dig down to the best of the best in your own related niche and markets.
Find out what’s working best for your competition by discovering their popularity points and this can not only be done for different blogs but you can even see which particular articles are working the best on various websites, that’s a powerful thing.
This tool called AnswerThePublic can probably do the bulk of your idea-searching for you, all you need is a keyword that’s closely related to any niche you want, search for it and then this thing will come back with so many possibilities it could very well make your eyes spin in your head.
It’ll bring back related searchterms, alternative search terms, terms which are broken up into logical search-based categories and way more than I can list here. There are both pro features and free features and the option to use either one is totally up to you and your requirements from the tool. You won’t get any search volume data but there is another site called SearchVolume which you can plug any of the keywords found into and get your results that way.
Welcome to the front page of the Internet, Reddit.com. I don’t think this website requires any real introduction for most of us but in case you’re not yet familiar think of Reddit as an info hub that millions upon millions of folks visit daily. It’s broken up into different sections called “subreddits” and more subreddits are constantly being created and populated by interested readers.
Using it is easy, just search for a keyword then look around the page for all the possible, clickable links. Some will lead you to content while others will lead you even deeper down the rabbit hole. Some subreddits will require you to subscribe to them in order to view their content, if you don’t want to do this then just move on to another subreddit which is related… there are practically an endless amount of them out there.
Here’s another big brand in the game, Pinterest and it’s a great resource for finding ideas you may not find anywhere else. Depending on the niche you’re involved with you could discover Pinterest to be a potential goldmine of blog ideas that make money.
Pinterest is a very media-heavy site which is full of beautiful images for just about any topic you can think of. The site operates on a principal known as ‘pins’ which are what you will be browsing through. These pins contain just a little blurb of information about whatever the pinner wants and often times a link pointing back to some website they want you to visit. It’s possible to use Pinterest to also get traffic back to your blog if you can put in the additional work but that method of traffic is far outside the scope of this article.
You probably already know what YouTube is, if you don’t then please click the link just given to you and take a look… you’re welcome.
Known as the largest video sharing website on the planet, there’s no shortage of ideas you can mine for on this platform. With it’s suggested video feature you’re going to have a constant stream of more ideas to browse through. With the added bonus of these all being videos, if you’re producing written content it’s a great way to hunt for ideas to then convert from one medium (video) and turn it into another (written) thus giving you a fresh spin from what’s already out there.
The BuzzSumo website is a pretty well known ‘secret’ for finding killer content to draw inspiration from. Much like with Feedly.com which was covered earlier, you can search for content that’s already proven to perform well. You’ve got different filters to work with and you can discover signals from all the main social sites across the board in an effort to only see the best and top performing content out there for your chosen search range.
This is a premium service which offers a slew of helpful tools and if you were to use nothing else but this and good old fashioned Google tools such as the search and keyword tools you’d have everything you need to go pretty far.
The Simple Conclusion
Coming up with ideas on a consistent basis is difficult. There are so many tools and resources for you to pull from and they’re all just laying around, waiting for you to pick them. We even have resources of our own inside the members area of our website, PowerhouseAffiliate.com
It takes some time, sure. It also takes a bit of ‘getting used to’ the process of hunting for new ideas and topics to cover for your content but after only a few hours with this stuff you might find yourself getting very quick and efficient with the entire process. It’s the whole concept that “content is king” which drives the success of many blogs and websites so finding what people want to read and what they’re actually looking for is always going to be a vital step in the entire process.
Can Native Ads Boost Blog Traffic? Here’s A Hint: YES!
What is native advertising? How does native advertising work? Can it boost blog traffic?
This entire article is meant to introduce you to this method of drawing traffic to your blog. It’s going to require a budget for advertising and if you’re already into email marketing, that’s going to give you an even bigger advantage!
Let’s just jump right in, no need for fluff or filler.
What Works Best?
The two focus points here are classic native ads which consist of longer form articles and are centered around a specific offer in most cases. The other being push notifications which are good for short blurbs that are meant to break the viewer’s focus from whatever they’re currently doing to get them looking at your offer.
When you’re working on one of these you have to take care that they blend in well enough with whatever site they’re appearing on. Use native ads to draw the focus of potential customers who are already interested in a specific niche or topic. These will require more effort on your part but when done right can yield a much higher return for the time and effort.
Use these when you want to appeal to a wider audience. These types of ads are broadcast to a device such as a smart phone or computer browser so you don’t have to focus on matching the content or look of a specific website. A push is great for offers which use time sensitive offers or information in order to increase that sense of urgency.
Goals & Objectives
When paying for readers, which is basically what this is all about, you need to be sure your aiming for the right targets. The two primary goals in this case should be to:
- Increase your reader base to draw more returning visitors.
- Boost your overall engagement with the blog or website, like sharing and commenting.
In order to hit your targets a few things need to be in place not only with your ads themselves, that is the technical aspects such as ad-spend, demographic targeting and etc which is outside the scope of this article but still important enough to mention. But, also, the content of your ads must hit their mark and that’s only perfected through testing.
Listicles in Advertising
These became popular years ago as of the writing of this article and they’re still a popular format for articles which aim to produce a lot of perceived value with minimal filler.
A “listicle” is usually done to cover a single subject in bullet point format. You’ll pick something to cover which relates to, or is directly associated with your offer and then write something to the effect of “7 Stunning Benefits of blah blah blah” (you get the idea).
Jump on Trending Events
Though trends tend to live short lives and burnout quickly, if you jump on them as they’re on the up-trend or even at their peak you can see a nice spike of traffic very quickly. This is a strategy all to itself which can be repeated daily if you’re willing to put the effort into it.
We’ve written an entire article on how to find and jump on trends to help increase your marketing efforts which you can check out by clicking on this link ( right here ).
Poke Emotions & Promote Thought
Most people don’t interact with things they’re shown online unless it invokes some type of emotional response within the first few seconds of seeing it. What this means is that you have just that long to capture their attention and make them feel something strong enough to want to investigate more.
A great way to get inspiration for this is to check on trending pages and scan the titles of articles there as well and scanning through posts on Facebook and Twitter for the like. It’s vital for anything on the internet which is looking for attention to use provocation to tease readers into wanting to read more and interact with the post.
Getting Your Title Right
Sure, the actual ad itself is going to have it’s own text aside from the article and it should resemble, if not exactly copy the title of your article word for word. This means your titles should be short but impactful. The fewer words you can use while still poking that curiosity, the better off you’ll be. This means you need to leverage things like offering advice for your readers to walk away with, point them in the right direction for additional resources if it helps your cause (this will usually be whatever you’re offering) or you can list facts and figures in the case of listicles.
Getting The Images Right
This is extremely important in both your article and ads. We can’t help but be drawn to pictures and videos and when they’re interesting, funny or weird they’re going to have that much more impact on the people viewing your pages.
All images have to be relevant to the topic at hand but not necessarily exactly related. Impactful visuals, stuff that makes you want to take a second glance or just make you go “what the heck is that?” will all work well for your ads. In the articles, you need to pick images that are identifiable to the paragraph in which they’re showing up. Keep them closely related to the immediate idea and take care not to use pictures that are going to draw the readers focus too far away because you want them to keep reading.
Faces and Close-Ups
It’s ingrained in us as people to be drawn to faces so when you select pictures which feature faces you’re almost guaranteed to capture attention right away. There’s evidence to suggest that faces of babies and attractive women will garner the most attention so it’s worth testing out in the event you can make it work for your cause. Sometimes it makes no sense at all to use a face, in that case just don’t do it, pick something that is going to make sense for your ads and articles.
Keep It Simple Yet Effective
You want flashy images where it makes sense and simplicity where it’s needed. Every offer is going to need it’s own special attention and some testing will be necessary to get this right in most cases. It’s going to require you to set a budget aside to see what is working and what isn’t. Use simple banners which don’t look cluttered but still convey the right information. Don’t overload your images with so much that the eye doesn’t know what to focus on, have a focus point and put something important there like a call to action.
Native Ads is What We Do!
Powerhouse Affiliate is all about native advertising and we’re constantly striving to push the limits of success even further. We offer tons of updated training to help each of our members find success and you’re never left alone to “just figure it out” yourself.
We have an active community with very active members and staff who are always in the forums offering advice and knowledge to get past those sticking points. We hold regular webinars and showcase live campaigns whether they “win” or “lose” and then review what was done to it’s best and what could have been done better. A lot of the time you’re going to see our example campaigns turn a profit because we are a team of industry professionals who have been doing this for well over a decade, so why not learn from those who are already doing it right?
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5 Free & Awesome WordPress Themes For Affiliate Marketing Sites
In today’s fast-paced affiliate industry, it’s important to workout a plan of action and then execute on it right away! That’s where helpful tools like WordPress and affiliate marketing themes come into the picture. We’re going to point out a handful of free affiliate WordPress themes that any affiliate marketer can use in order to get a brand new (or preexisting) website up & running in a snap.
The Advance Ecommerce Store
If you’re in the market for a affiliate theme WP which has a more store-front feel to it then this option is going to be an excellent fit for you. The Advance Ecommerce Store is a theme which has that traditional e-commerce look & feel to it with all the modern bells and whistles.
It lets you do fancy stuff like:
- Put all your featured items into categories for easy indexing
- Share coupon codes with visitors at the top of page
- Show off hot deals in the image slider above the fold
- Set up additional deals in the sidebar such as best-sellers
- Show off testimonials in style
- As well as display the latest & greatest offers on your site
There are even more options available in the free version of this great WordPress ecommerce affiliate theme but if you want to ramp it up to that next level then a premium version is also available (as is the case with most themes of this sort).
Another great benefit to this theme is how SEO friendly it is, this theme is absolutely optimized from the ground-up to work well with search engines. If you get your keyword game down then you’ll not have to worry about the top SERPS finding your site do to any typical slackings those other themes suffer. This free ecommerce theme one has ultra fast loading times, it’s very mobile responsive and has excellent options for social media sharing, WooCommerce compatibility and of course 3rd party plugin support.
The aReview Theme
If you prefer to go with a slightly more traditional blog look then this is a great medium ground option. The aReview theme from aThemes was designed for those of us who wish to write product reviews and do it in a more blog-traditional fashion.
The aReview WordPress theme is an optimal theme for your next review site. It works great for:
- Affiliate marketing reviews
- Games & more
The aReview theme comes with custom widgets, full colors control, 100% responsive design, great looking icons, Google fonts, logo upload, favicon upload and much more interesting things. If you’re in the CPA marketing game then this theme might be a great fit for you as it allows you to create those custom advertorials that convert so well for offers such as software, supplements, software/downloads and way more!
The Fastest WordPress Theme
A clever name if you ask me. This theme tells you what it’s all about in the name, it’s fast! The Fastest theme from WPVKP is made for affiliates who have a strong desire to have the most responsive site out there. It plays very well with search engines do to it’s built in SEO friendly features. This affiliate marketing WordPress theme is incredibly lightweight which is excellent for visitors who enjoy flipping through page after page and it hosts a fair number of customizable options to get just the right look at feel you need.
There are options to customize this WordPress theme’s colors and backgrounds, you can place your own images anywhere they’re available spaces for them and there are even ad-display tools for the banner and sidebar areas of your webpages. This theme is completely free with no paid options available so it’s a what you see is what you get situation with this theme as well as the aReview theme previously mentioned above. There is a premium version currently under development as of the writing of this article but it’s still being worked on.
Lifestyle Magazine Theme
The Lifestyle Magazine theme from Bootstrap Themes displays your affiliate content with a grid of images above the fold for a pleasant visual impact.
Lifestyle Magazine is a free WordPress blog theme. It is perfect for:
- Lifestyle bloggers
- Style guides
- Personal bloggers
- Travel blogs
- Journalist blogs
- Photographers & more!
It’s very easy to use and customize with it’s live preview. This WordPress theme supports the Woocommerce plugin and is very SEO optimized. The free version of this theme comes equipped with options for the overall layout which is customizable in the header and banner slider. You get drag & drop editing tools, image options for your banner as well as social media tools which we know can be very helpful in today’s social climate. There is a pro version of this theme which goes for a modest $49 and gives you even more options such as Google fonts, many more color choices and of course ad management tools, including ad-blocker bypass tools!
The Juliet theme from Lyra Themes is known for it’s beautiful visual display. Giving affiliates an emphasis on visual-heavy design, you’re going to love this mobile friendly, fast loading, WooCommerce compatible theme. This free affiliate marketing website template has built in auto scaling so it’s always guaranteed to look it’s best no matter what the screen size is.
The free version of this best WordPress theme has plenty of options for customization such as logos, banner overlay colors, images and background colors as well as other visual elements. There is a pro option available for a $35 price tag with additional options for support and updates. Getting access to more built in options for things like Instagram, MailChimp, Subscription Form and of course JetPack.
There are tons & tons of free affiliate themes available in both the premium and free price range. Although many themes share very similar qualities and features it’s important to determine which one is going to be just the right fit for your needs. Some themes look pretty & polished on the surface but fall short on speed and optimization while others have a reverse issue of being ugly but work like a dream.
It’s always a good idea to test run best affiliate marketing themes before you commit to one. Check reviews on affiliate marketing blogs and don’t just glance at them but actually take the time to comb through the comments and see what rants and raves people have to say about a theme, it’ll help keep you informed in order to make a better decision for your Amazon or other affiliate program. Let us know in the comment section what WordPress theme do you use for affiliate marketing..
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