Monday, February 27, 2012

Having Low Traffic For Your Website - 4 Things You Must Do to Boost Traffic

In order to become a successful online business owner, you need to make sure that you always generate high traffic to your website. The main reason of doing so is to generate consistent sales. The higher traffic you have, the more sales you are going to close. You can also increase your income by selling the additional space of your site to other online business providers to advertise their businesses.

To be frank, increasing traffic is not a hard task if you apply the right methods.

Let me share with you some practical tips:

1. Create high quality content

First thing first, you need to look into your web content. You are advised to plan the message you would like to convey to the online visitors properly. Creating quality content is essential to gain people's attention. You need to find out niche topics from time to time so that more and more online visitors will "follow" you frequently. You can always share or demonstrate your expertise and knowledge with your readers. Please keep in mind that you will never generate traffic if your content is poorly written. In order to make your site more interesting, you are encouraged to post related photos and videos.

2. Share new ideas frequently

When you produce your web content, you have to make sure that there is always new post available. If you want to increase your traffic from time to time, you have to develop a proper schedule for your posts so that your online readers will get new things from you regularly. What if you are running out of new ideas sometimes? Please spare your time doing more research to find out what are the most demanded items required by the online users. By doing so, you stand a very high chance to encourage new traffic.

3. Promote your site by using social networking sites

Don't be upset when you are getting low traffic. You can always make good use of the social networking sites to assist you to reach a wider network within the shortest period of time. Just post and share the link of your website through Twitter and Facebook and let more people know about you and your online business.

4. Create a platform to interact with your online visitors

In order to succeed in online business, you must not be passive. You should always be proactive in engaging your online readers so that you can retain traffic and increase the number of visitors in the long run. How can you do this? It is very simple. You need to communicate with your online visitors by providing them a channel. Create a section in your site to enable the visitors to share their views and thoughts. When they provide feedbacks, you should respond to them. Through active interaction, you will definitely generate high traffic to your site.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Two Simple Steps to Identifying A Profitable Niche Market

A Niche is a smaller segment of a larger market. In internet marketing Niche marketing is preferred by many affiliate marketers because it produces higher conversions and is proven to be more profitable.

The biggest problem is therefore how to identify a profitable niche market. This article gives two simple steps which can be followed to answer this question:

1. Identify target audience and problems they want to solve

Who is your target audience and what problems are they desperately looking to solve? Is it:

- That college student desperate to get rid of her acne quickly

- That mother frustrated by not being able to potty train her toddler

- That guy who will do anything to win his ex back

To start, simply think about the "general" market and then dissect it so that you have at least 10 related "sub-niches" to evaluate as such:

Health - General / Broad Market

Segments include:

- How to lose weight

- How to prevent / cure acne

- Gout

- Menopause

- Pregnancy

- And the list goes on

Rinse and repeat this formula with any broad topic and you'll likely find a handful of niche markets that consist of highly motivated prospects who are anxiously looking for a solution or answer to their problem.

2. Existing products or services to solve the problems

What types of products and services are your competitors currently promoting to help the niche solve their problems?

- Physical products such as skin creams and beauty supplies

- Digital "how to" guides such as ebooks and video trainings

- 1 on 1 guidance and personal coaching, webinars, software

- Monthly membership offers, trial offers, subscription plans

You can find this information by searching Google and looking at what types of products are being advertised. Chances are that whatever the top sponsors are promoting, this is what is making money. If not they wouldn't be promoting it. So be sure to make a note of the "types" of products so you can promote the same (or similar) products on your sites.

As an example, let's say that you choose to go after the extremely lucrative "health" market which gets BILLIONS of monthly searches...

From there you make your list, narrowing down to at least 10 sub-niches like we started to do above..

- "How to lose weight" is first on the list and gets well over a million global monthly searches from people who are desperate to shed some extra skin, look better and feel better as a result.

- A simple marketplace search at ClickBank and Amazon reveal "plenty" of potential products to promote..

- A search at Google reveals LOADS of competition investing money to advertise - which means the prospects are spending money to buy their much needed solution.

There you go, you now know how to identify a profitable niche market. Following the above 2 steps will assist in assessing the potential profitablity of the niche.

Hastings Chikuse is an Internet marketer and niche website publisher who is committed to helping others succeed online by providing information and resources necessary to build their own online business. He lives in Adelaide, Australia.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Quick and Easy Content Curation: The Lazy Way To Create Killer Content That Converts Like Crazy

Let's talk a bit about content curation. There are lots of myths about content curation, and some people will try to tell you it's NOT an ethical approach to building a blog, a brand or a business... and I'm going to explain why I disagree below.

What is it... and why is it so profitable?

The truth is, content curation IS the easiest way to create copious amounts of hyper relevant, engaging, educational and inspirational content without really needing to do write a lot of original content yourself. For example, if you look at some of the most popular authors, speakers and public figures on Twitter, you'll notice that the vast majority of what they do is actually a very SIMPLE form of content curation - "re-tweeting" inspirational thoughts of others, or even more commonly... simply posting short, inspiring historical quotes that have been around for decades.

I know people who get more "traction" out of those kinds of curated messages, and have build their entire public persona (along with tens of thousands of fans and followers) basically using that sort of simple system.

That's NOT of course, what I'm recommending here.

Instead, a better form of content curation for bloggers, brand builders and online marketers who DON'T love to write, is to simply set up a whole series of RSS updates, or keyword alerts in your niche, and on a daily basis, clip, snip, cull and collect little pieces of those stories and link your readers to the original source.

If you are a weight loss coach, for example... and clip 100 words from a CNN story on a new fad diet, all you need to do is add about 100 words of your own - an opinion, a unique perspective, a question, some parenthetical thoughts and the like... and then lead your readers to the original article.

What happens next?

Depending on the source, often the source will give you a track back (an incoming link to your blog) and quite often, the search engines, once they find and index your post, will rank you very highly for the same keywords, and the same story you just curated.

More importantly, what you'll start to find is, if you do this everyday, a significant part of your readership starts to recycle - i.e. - they keep coming BACK to your blog, as they look at you as a launch pad, or an authority... for everything going on in your niche.

The best part?

I can literally add a brand new blog post, using the above approach, in under 5 minutes. It's more a stream of consciousness kind of content creation process, and it's very informative, very easy to absorb and often resonates very well with my readership, too. If you do 5 of these a day - you can quite literally have 150 blog posts up in 30 days, and work UNDER an hour a day making it happen.

Trust me when I tell you, I've written thousands and thousands of articles (over 6 thousand personally) that have generated many millions of readers, in more pen names and product launch promotions than I can count. In 2012, short, clipped, snipped and CURATED content is my absolute favorite way for building my own blogs and brand, and without working any harder, or longer than I have to as well.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Internet Business Topic - Are All The Article Sites Copying Each Other

Over the years, I've posted articles at my favorite online article website, and although I often get invited to the others, I stick with what I know, and believe loyalty is important. It's also a trust factor, as over the last five-years I've seen article directory sites come and go, some start out with so much promise, and hype, you think wow, this could be big, only to fall into obscurity some 6-months later. Okay so, I'd like to discuss the issue with imitation, innovation, and outright copying when it comes to article categories in such venues.

You see, I've been amazed that nearly every directory site has similar categories. Did someone simply write down a list of categories once, and then everyone used the same list? Where is the mental brilliance in that, other than the first individual that made the list? See that point. Also, I've noted that most categories on such sites are typical, and often fitting for the Facebook crowd, but really do a disservice for the more intellectually endowed individual who'd like to learn about cool stuff. Things like engineering, math, science, and future tech for instance.

Some say that the Internet is dummying us down, but whose fault is that? Are there just so many shallow people out there that all they want is the same-old typical, or if given a choice might more migrate to more mental stimulation. Well, I'd like to think the latter and even if the jury is out, shouldn't the article directory sites, the good ones, lead the way?

Okay so, my suggestion is that the top online websites of this nature, should add more intellectually legitimate categories to attract higher end writers, not just stupid stuff for the Facebook crowd, as well as readers who want to be challenged, and enjoy the internet as their personal tool for a lifetime of learning. I would suggest the following new categories to be considered;

Artificial Intelligence
Six Sigma
Neuro Science
Private-Space Flight
Transportation Industry
Manufacturing Industry
Virtual Reality

Why not? It makes sense to take this venue to a higher level. Currently, as a prolific online article writer who likes to think, I have noted at times, that I often force my articles into the wrong categories, because the choices or the computerized system doesn't serve the needs of the Internet viewers of a higher-order of IQ. Is this a complaint you ask? Oh heavens no, what I would like to see is a way to get the mindless masses online to start thinking again. So, please consider all this and think on it.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Five Popular Document Sharing Sites

Internet marketers have always strived hard to increase the popularity of their site and create back-links for it to increase traffic. Unlike article and blog submission for gaining top search ranking, there is another new way of link building. It is this method which most of the internet marketers and SEO engineers prefer these days for increasing their site rank. Today we can say article and blog submission have become a traditional method with the arrival of document sharing.

However, this method is just an alternative to the article and blog submission method and is used for gaining good search engine results. Talking about this method there are many documents sharing sites available on the internet that helps internet marketers submit their document i.e. article, blog or any other web content in a PDF, Excel, Word or any other format for the audience to view it easily. Submitting documents there is totally free of cost and most of these submitted documents do not undergo a rigid review by the site owners.

With document sharing websites slowly gaining pace here is a list of five that will help SEO and other internet marketers create good back links.


This website is a document sharing platform and social networking forum for professionals. Currently the site hosts above 12, 000 business, legal and professional documents that can be searched and downloaded by the audience easily. It supports all types of files like Word, PDF, XL, Ppt and text.


This site too is very similar to DocStoc. It proves to be one of the largest document sharing sites with more than 17 million people viewing their documents every month. It offers a lot of categories for sharing files. Different types of documents could be shared in this website. Once again uploading and sharing documents is totally free.

Google Docs

Google docs which is a popular document sharing site lets users share and collaborate documents. Google docs offer many templates created by Google which can be downloaded. Once again it has different categories for sharing files. It supports office file types and PDF. Sharing documents in this site is highly useful and once again free of cost.

This is a free SMS portal that allows users to save important documents, pictures, songs and many more on MLL Doc and then share it with others via SMS. Different types of files can be shared like PDF, Docx, Ppt, jpg etc. document and other file sharing is free with MLL Doc.

Microsoft Office Online

This contains a lot of reusable templates that can be downloaded. It also helps people to submit self-created templates to share with others. The templates can be searched according to different categories. Audience can easily find a lot of documents on any random subject. This site too unlike any other document sharing site supports all office files and is free of cost.

These were the five different ways of documents sharing that would be helpful for internet marketers and SEO engineers.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Three Steps to Making Money From Online Translations

Are you searching for a source of extra-money? If you are looking for another job or you have some spare time (you will surely make some, if you really want), a viable alternative would be doing online translations. You read everywhere that online business can get you fabulous sums of money. $100,000--$200,000 a year is what companies propose. I couldn't guarantee such a success, but from my own experience I can say that I've reached $1,500 a month through translations.

How does it work?

It's simple. to start with, you need a computer with Internet connection and... a durable keyboard which will get you through typing hundreds of pages. Before starting, you need to do some research among the existing offers on the virtual market. You will be glad to find out that the requirements are not as strict as in the real life, so a little bit of courage and perseverance can be valuable resources. It is required to have a good level of English, in order to succeed in this try. Keep in mind that you don't have to be a professional translator to be part of this business.

You need to register for a website offering access to a so-called marketplace where you can find thousands of translating jobs. Don't get discouraged by the initial fee you will have to pay! This is, in most of the cases, going to the direct employees of the company. However, this is an important aspect you should consider, before making any payments. Everybody knows that Internet is also a means for ghost companies to scam people into paying considerable amounts of money, for nothing.

Once you found a trustworthy company and you have registered, you will receive a useful guide which contains helpful tips&tricks. You will learn how to use online instruments, such as dictionaries, spelling checkers, so that the quality of your outcome will reward your pocket. Speaking of financial benefits, in the last 3 months I received on average, $700 a month, money which I used to renovate my house. I could not do this using only my salary, so online translations had an important contribution. It is a very flexible way to do business, mainly in what concerns the aspect of time. You are your own boss, make your own schedule and set your own goals. Make sure they are realistic and the translations are going according to your plan., otherwise you may be disappointed. There are no gains without hard work, and the $35 per e-mail or even $100 for text document will compensate for your efforts.