Hack #1: Hook readers in from the beginning. People have low attention spans. If you don’t have a compelling “hook” at the beginning of your blogs, people will click off in seconds. You can hook them in by teasing the benefits of the article (see the intro to this article for example!), telling a story, or stating a common problem that your audience faces.
Pay Per Click (PPC) ads—a type of paid search marketing in which advertisers agree to pay a set “bid” amount every time their ad is clicked—can generate fast website traffic from the exact audience you’re targeting, and because people who click on ads are probably looking to make a purchase, PPC ads are more likely to generate leads for your business.
Search engine advertising (Google Adwords, Bing Ads): When you hear PPC, there’s a decent chance that it’s referring to search engine marketing. The process is similar to others, in that you bid for a specific phrase so that your website will appear in the results when they search the phrase. When they click on your ad, you pay the bid price that you set when you first created the ad.
Guest blogging is a two-way street. In addition to posting content to other blogs, invite people in your niche to blog on your own site. They’re likely to share and link to their guest article, which could bring new readers to your site. Just be sure that you only post high-quality, original content without spammy links, because Google is cracking way down on low-quality guest blogging.
Whatever industry you’re in, chances are there are at least one or two major conventions and conferences that are relevant to your business. Attending these events is a good idea – speaking at them is even better. Even a halfway decent speaking engagement is an excellent way to establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry and gain significant exposure for your site.
A natural step within the process of bringing in traffic to your website is email marketing. While you may have a love/hate relationship with the number of newsletters you are subscribed to (totally your fault), it can be an indispensable tool for a business. In its simplest form, email-marketing is a great way to show off your latest blog post or inform customers of a sale that you’ll be holding for your online store. However, sometimes a small “hey” is in order to remind your customer that you’re still around (and still awesome).
This information hits the mark. “If you want your content to go viral, write content that influencers in your niche will want to share.” I love the information about share triggers too. I’m wondering, though, if you could share your insights on how influencers manage to build such vast followings. At some point, they had to start without the support of other influencers. It would seem that they found a way to take their passion directly to a “ready” world. Excellent insights. Thanks for sharing.
Brian, great post as always! Question: Do you consider authority sites (industry portals) a form of “influencer marketing?” e.g. guest blogging, etc? In some niches there are not so many individuals who are influencers (outside of journalists) but there are sites that those in the industry respect. I am in the digital video space and for me one site is actually a magazine that is building a very strong digital presence. Thanks, keep up the good work!
Everyone loves press. Create a roundup blog post compiling 25 thought leaders in your industry. Find people you admire, people doing innovative things, people you look up to and even the best of your competitors. Include a short synopsis of them, their work and what they are doing that is unique and inspiring. Include a link to their Twitter handle. Once you publish the article send out a unique Tweet @tagging each person with a link to the article. Everyone loves unexpected press. Chances are most of the individuals you mentioned will retweet you and share the article on their social networks driving traffic to your blog and website. By going the extra mile, spreading kindness and giving props to individuals doing good things in your field, it in turn helps you by driving big traffic to your website. That is what I call a win, win.
If you think of your social networks as extensions of your own brand (which they are), they should be closely tied together. Anytime you have a new blog post on your website, share it on your social networks to get people heading to your website. Have a link to your website in your social network profiles and vice versa: use the social bar on your website to make your social networks are easily and directly accessible.
Do not be fooled by those traffic sellers promising thousands of hits an hour. What they really do is load up your URL in a program, along with a list of proxies. Then they run the program for a few hours. It looks like someone is on your site because your logs show visitors from thousands of different IPs. What happens in reality is your website is just pinged by the proxy, no one really sees your site. It is a waste of money.
Of course, we are always thinking about cost/value/likelihood we can upgrade the best content in the vertical—it is almost always the case that the low competition content, although lower benefit, also doesn’t need the same content quality the high competition terms do, so we can sometimes capture more benefit at a faster velocity by hitting those terms earlier.
You could hire an SEO expert, an advertising manager and an in-house videographer and hope you generate enough revenue to make up for their salaries. Or you could work with a marketing agency that has expertise in all three areas. An agency can quickly evaluate what’s working and what isn’t so you can shift gears more easily—for instance, redirecting some of your PPC spending to improve SEO and organic traffic.
“To give you an example, our domain authority is currently a mediocre 41 due to not putting a lot of emphasis on it in the past. For that reason, we want to (almost) automatically scratch off any keyword with a difficulty higher than 70%—we just can’t rank today. Even the 60% range as a starting point is gutsy, but it’s achievable if the content is good enough.”