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Thursday, November 29, 2007

10 no-cost traffic generation

Here are 10 no-cost traffic generation methods you can try:

1. Find forums related to your niche, make relevant and informative posts with your main site in your sig line. Only occasionally reference your site and when it really answers a question.

2. Post to classified sites like Craigslist, Kijiji, iNetGiant, and more.

3. Write and distribute relevant articles and press releases.

4. Use popular social bookmarking sites like digg and to bring targeted visitors.

5. Make comments on related blogs with a link to your site - you can do the same on popular social networking sites like myspace and facebook as well as video sites like YouTube and MetaCafe.

6. Submit your site to be listed in popular directories, NOT automated submitters to FFA sites though.

7. Link exchanges - have a links page to post links to RELATED sites in echange for links to your site from theirs.

8. Traffic exchanges and banner exchanges can be useful, but only if used in some sneakier ways. I teach those sneakier ways in my free traffic course because it would take way too long to try to explain it in a forum post. The idea behind it is to make each visit you get generate about 10 more visits and impressions so that it grows automatically and becomes unstoppable.

9. Create Squidoo lenses, blogs, hubpages, and link them all together so any traffic you get to one or the other can bring more to the rest of the network.

10. Solo email ads. Believe it or not you can get some really good ones for free, just google "free ezine solo ads".

That should give you lots to do, and all of those methods have proven to work.



Recently, I pointed out that blogging can be an excellent way for people to start earning with AdSense.

It takes no effort at all to get a blog up and running on Blogger and you pretty much start with one ad well blended at the top of the page.But there's a difference between starting with AdSense and making a good income from it, and that's really the goal, right?

I'm sure that most bloggers who put ads on their sites would really like to see their entries making so much money that they can kick the day job and make their living as a professional blogger. They'd be getting paid to talk about their favorite topics, and what could be better than that?

There are some people online who do exactly that. But you've got to do a lot more than put one ad at the top of your Blogger site -- however well-blended it might be -- to become a professional blogger.First, most professional bloggers run more than one blog. They often run several. They also talk about a lot more than their families and their points of view. They give valuable information that people can use in their own lives or their businesses, and best of all, they become the center of a community in which other people swap tips and ideas.

So if they're travel agents, they can write blogs that reveal how to find bargains. If they're accountants, they can warn about hidden tax liabilities.That's valuable content aimed at a market that wants it. And then there are the ads. You could tell readers how to choose next week's winning lottery numbers but if you don't have ad units in the best places on the page and showing the sorts of ads your users will want to click, you won't get a penny from the winnings.

You'll have to know how to make sure AdSense is serving the ads you want to receive. You'll have to know how to make those ads stand out while still blending in. And you'll have to know how to follow your stats so that you can leap on a drop in earnings as soon as it happens.It's a combination of creating valuable content, smart AdSense strategy and a good knowledge of Internet marketing too. Just get that -- and it's really not too hard -- and you can be a professional blogger too.

Be a SMART AdSense publisher!


Every business wants to be found. Figuring out how to get your business to show up in the rankings when a potential customer uses a search engine is an art form.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is fast becoming a must-have body of knowledge for business owners. Nearly 91 percent of all Internet users resort to a search engine to find information, according to a recent survey by the non-profit Pew Internet and American Life Project. The question is: how easily can they find your business?
You already could be making costly mistakes, such as a home page that is almost all images and little text, causing your site to have unnecessarily low rankings and little traffic. Or worse, you could be using hidden text and winding up with an every more onerous problem because some search engines ban sites that use tricks to improve rankings.
Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or you use an outside SEO firm, the more you know the more effective and successful your business can be online. I’ve assembled the five best categories of resources for business owners to learn about SEO and search marketing. To help with this article, I interviewed Jennifer Laycock, editor-in-chief of Search Engine Guide, a website designed specifically for business owners and

I have learned a great deal simply through using tools such as:

  • WordTracker keyword tool -- Using relevant keywords in your site content and when purchasing search ads can make all the difference in attracting visitors who actually buy. You may already know the obvious keywords, but WordTracker helps you broaden your choices to identify non-obvious terms. A free trial or a single day’s subscription costs around $8.
  • Analytics programs -- These help you understand which parts of your site visitors use most, such as which navigation links they click on most. Armed with that knowledge, you can make changes to your site to emphasize the most important elements to increase sales and newsletter signups. Google Analytics is a robust free analytics tool. For those who run Google AdWords campaigns and do not like the idea of giving sensitive site data to the same company you purchase ads from, ClickTracks is an alternative. ClickTracks offers a free version called ClickTracks Appetizer.
  • SEO Moz page strength tool -- This interactive tool gives you a quick snapshot of some of the factors search engines consider when determining site rankings. Don’t take it as the complete word on ranking factors, but do have fun with it.


Adsense tips for making more money (profit) from Google adsense program.
a. Strictly follow the rules mentioned in Adsense policies. You will always earn more revenue from Adsense by playing it clean.
b. Never modify the Google Adsense HTML code.
c. Don't ask your friends or visitors to click on your Google ads. Do not include incentives of any kind for users to click on ads. Don't label the Google ads with text other than "sponsored links" or "advertisements.".
d. Don't click on your own ads - Google is much smarter than you think. You should not reload your pages excessively. If you are testing your website layout with Google adsense, follow some precautions. Or you can use the unofficial Google Adsense Sandbox Tool that is accessible from Firefox, IE and other browsers to see what kind of Google ads will be served based on content (website address URL) or keywords.
e. Don't place ads in pop-up windows, error pages or even empty pages.
f. Don't start a "adsense asbestos" or "home equity loan rates" website merely to make money from accidental clicks (accidence). You will never make money out these "made-for-adsense-only" websites. Instead, write on topics what you are passionate about. Don't waste your money on high-paying adsense keywords lists.
g. For short articles, CTR is best when ads are placed just above the content
h. For long articles, CTR improves if ads are placed somewhere in middle of the content - visitors read the long content and then they are looking for more resources.
i. Use Text Ads instead of Image Ads as users get more options. If you still want to display image ads, consider ad formats that support image ads- Choose either the 300x250 medium rectangle or the 160x600 wide skyscraper- or both, if you display multiple ad units on a page.
j. Google Ads without background color and borders always perform better. Make the border color and background color same as your page background color.
k. Always put ads above the main fold. Make sure that the ad unit with the highest clickthrough rate is the first instance of the ad code that appears in the HTML. Since the first ad unit is always filled before the rest, you want to make sure that ad unit is located in the best placement on your page.
l. Try setting the ad link URL color to a lighter shade. If your text is black, you may make the adlink as light gray.
m. Go Wide - The large rectangle is the best paying adsense format (336x280) - The Google Adsense Publisher team also feels that the best formats are the wider ones - the ad formats that contain the widest individual ads. Try using the 336x280 large rectangle, 300x250 medium rectangle, or 160x600 wide skyscraper.
n. Placing images next to ads or above ads does help in attracting user attention.
o. Blend AdLinks with other navigation links or place horizontal adlinks at the top of your webpage. AdSense publishers are permitted to click on link unit topics on their web pages, provided that they do not click on any Google ads on the resulting page.
p. Organize an Adsense Party for your friends and colleagues - Request them to navigate your website, watch their activity - it will provide vital clues about which regions on your website draw more user attention. Try putting ads near those areas. (Thanks Darren)
q. You can put upto 3 adsense units on a page. Try putting a large skyscraper on the right navigation sidebar of your website. That area is close to the browser scrollbar. You can also add 2 AdSense for search boxes, 1 adlink unit and 1 referral button per product (i.e., 1 AdSense referral button and 1 Firefox plus Google Toolbar referral button).
r. The first few lines of your content are an important factor for determining what Ads are served on your webpage. That's the right place to put keywords in bold (strong or <> tags) or header tags (h1, h2, etc).
s. Always select the setting to open Google Adsense search box results in a new browser window, so you won't lose your visitors. Click the Open search results in a new browser window checkbox and this add target="google_window" to your form tag.
t. Maximum people think the search box is on the top right corner. So you know where to put it.
u. Don't syndicate full content. If people can read everything from the newsreader window itself, why would they visit your website where your ads are.
v. Use URL channels to determine performance of individual pages. I track my most popular pages with Google Analytics, Statcounter and create a channel for each of the URL. You can even track Adsense Clicks with Analytics
w. For low CTR pages, try changing titles or adding more content to get better focused ads
x. Block low paying advertisers with Filters. Why to loose a visitor for 0.01 cents. Use Overture or Google Adwords Keywords tool to discover keywords that are less popular with advertisers.
y. The AdSense for search Top Queries report shows you what your users are looking for, by listing the 25 most common searches conducted through your AdSense for search boxes. Use this report to identify additional topics to add to your site, or to keep track of your most sought-after information. Focus and improve that content.
z. Not everyone has a RSS reader. Use RSS to Email services like FeedBlitz, websitelet or Rmail to let users subscribe to your website by email.

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