Monday, December 02, 2019

To Drive Traffic Without Spending Money - 5 Ways


METHOD 1 - SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media is free to use and more powerful than any of us imagined it could be.
The big five seem to be ...
  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram
  3. Twitter
  4. LinkedIn
  5. Pinterest
Some will disagree with that list and that's okay. But Facebook is the 800 pound gorilla whether we like it or not.

No matter which platform you choose, you need something valuable to say.
This is the stopping point for most people.

Happily, you don't have to be a writer to have good things to say!

Here's why ... social media is about being social AND about doing business too.

One actionable idea is this - buy a Private Label Rights product that you can give away and create a Facebook page that gives the product free to people who "like" you.

This one method alone can unleash a viral avalanche and help you build your email mailing list at the same time.

After all, how many PLR reports and products do you have on your hard drive right now?
Let's put 'em to use!
A win-win!

METHOD 2 - ANSWER QUESTIONS

It has always been true that people have questions.
This is why Ask Me Anything (AMA) podcasts and Facebook Live events almost always draw a big crowd.
What is different now is that they ask "the cloud" instead of asking family and friends.
And so sites like Quora exist to fill the need.
The good news is that anyone (that means you too) can answer questions on sites like Quora.
The key is this - find ONE area where you can answer questions and become known as an expert.
Once you do that, you can easily convince people who read your answers to follow you on social, visit your blog, join your mailing list and buy the products you recommend.
Remember that process because it's important ...

Follow ... Visit ... Join ... Buy

Another benefit - you build trust with an audience that Quora pays to gather for you. They do the work of getting the traffic and you harvest the crop with your hard work.

Other sites like Reddit provide similar opportunities.


METHOD 3 - COMMENT ON BLOGS

Commenting on blogs in your niche is perhaps the easiest and fastest way to get links from high traffic sites. And it works!

The key here is a to make a comment that shows you have read the article and one that extends the conversation. That's the key - extending the conversation. 

While it's fine to say "I love this post", short comments like that (even if they are affirming) are often seen as spam and are deleted.

So make your comment a bit longer, and feel free to ask a question too.
Much like social media, commenting on blogs is all about the conversation.

One major mistake is trying to "automate" the process.

Don’t use software that sends out 9,000 comments to different blogs. You never read the posts. You’re just commenting on them. Those things don’t work.

Finding blogs in your niche is easy. In fact, even Google has a blog search feature.

METHOD 4 - SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE

While answering questions and making comments is good, sharing from your knowledge and experience is even better.

The good news is that you can start on a free platform like Medium if money is tight.

Medium is an incredible site that allows you to post your content free. They then show, and even promote, that content to their massive audience.

And massive it is. According to Alexa it is one of the top 250 sites in the WORLD!
This is very good news for you!

It means you have a chance to find an audience of your own, in almost any niche you can imagine, and develop a relationship with them without spending a dime!

Once you have been posting a while, and after you have a blog or sales funnel of your own, you can invite them to visit!

METHOD 5 - ESTABLISH A BLOG

Why is having your own blog important?
  1. It gives you a "home base", somewhere to send all visitors so they can learn more. Having one site to which you send people matters, especially if you are an affiliate marketer who might promote a variety of products over time. Sending all traffic to your blog makes your advertising and promotion evergreen.
  2. It empowers you to build a list of your own. Using tools like Aweber's list building widget or a pop up from PopUp Domination you can build a list from your blog visitors quickly.
  3. Blogs create high-quality free traffic from the search engines. Search engines exist to do one thing - provide people who search for relevant content. When your articles are relevant to what people are searching for search engines will send you traffic-free.
Here is why this method works so well...
  • It’s useful and they appreciate it. 
  • They want to reciprocate.
  • It’s incomplete and they want to learn more. 
  • Now they’re clicking your link.
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Friday, November 29, 2019

How to build a sales funnel in 10 minutes!


Did you know that it costs McDonalds $1.91 in advertising to get you into the drive-through...?

And when they sell you a burger for $2.09... they ONLY make $0.18... :(

But... when they upsell you fries and a coke for $1.77 more... they make (and more importantly keep $1.32 profit)...  

Yes, 8 times the profit of the initial sale!

Pretty cool, don't you think? 

But... what does that have to do with you?

Well, If you're like most people who sell stuff online...

You set up a website, and you started selling your product...

But just like McDonald's... even if people are buying it...

After your advertising costs, you're probably not left with enough to even cover your hosting bills. :(

And that's when you realize... that if you want to make it online, you can't sell from a flat website...

You need to do what McDonald's did, and set up a sales funnel... 

But instead of having people go through a drive-in window...

Online they go through a "capture page" where you can gather their contact information and follow up with them through email...

Then instead of selling them a burger, you have a sales page created to sell your initial product...

And while you're probably not going to offer your customers fries and a coke...

You could upsell them on your other products and services.

This is what we call a "Sales Funnel"

Where website visitors can come in the top...

And cash comes out the bottom...

You have seen it work at McDonald's, you have seen it work on Amazon... and you KNOW it will work for you.

So, you decide to create your first sales funnel...

But after weeks of trial and error...

You ask yourself... WHY did it have to be so hard? 

All you wanted to do was to sell your stuff online.


But instead, you spent weeks (maybe months) playing with web builders, hiring designers and programmers BEFORE you ever made your first penny online. 

And to us... well, that seemed kinda backward. 

Shouldn't there be an easy way to create high converting marketing funnels, without having to hire an entire staff?

We thought so, and that's why we created ClickFunnels - a simple way to easily create sales funnels that convert!



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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Boost Your Reach With Other Small Businesses - Instagram Engagement Groups



What are Instagram engagement groups?

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They are private group conversations with a limited number of users (usually from 15-20, but can range to thousands) who are all aiming for Instagram growth and engagement.  Niche-specific engagement groups are the most popular ones and can range from fashion to photography and cars to health. 
All group members help one another by following engagement behavior defined by their groups (often referred to as “pods”). The three main kinds are:
  • Like only: members only like each other’s posts
  • Comment only: members only comment on each other’s posts
  • Like and comment: members like and comment on each other’s posts
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to join an Instagram engagement pod – some require payment and have group rules you must follow. And not all pod group rules are the same, as some require you click a certain number of members’ links while others need you to engage with a certain number of posts in a day.

How to find Instagram engagement groups

Your Explore Page is the best place to start since it populates content from accounts similar to that of yours. A general rule of thumb is to look for related accounts with content that has high engagement. This can be a good indicator that these accounts may be related to engagement groups.
Off of Instagram is where most of the pods are though (we’ll explain why later). Explore the following communities to try your luck:
  • Telegram has also been a growing online cloud community for finding niche-specific engagement pods
  • Reddit has a thread dedicated to Instagram pods
  • Facebook also has large groups you can search for
  • WhatsApp is also a source for finding groups
  • Search Twitter for related hashtags
  • Just Google

How to join Instagram engagement groups

The thing with engagement groups is…they’re not easy to join since most are private or in secret. The the easiest way to try is to DM (direct message) a high-engaging account on Instagram that relates to your niche or product and sees if it is part of an engagement group that you can join. 
If you happen to be accepted, you’ll be part of what is known as an Instagram DM Group. These are the most common pods to join. On Facebook and other noted platforms, you have to either send an invite request or message to a group to see if you will be accepted.

List of Instagram engagement groups

Aside from the standard like-only, comment-only, or like and comment pods, some pods have specific requirements as touched on earlier.
  • Dx groups: Usually designated with a number such as “Dx20” or “Dx10” mean you must comment and like the last (insert number) links posted in the group to join. So a “Dx20” group, for instance, would require you to like the last 20 links posted in the group.
  • Time-limit groups: These pods are labeled with time constraints, most commonly “24HR” to designate the time length in which users can drop their links or profile handles. All members must engage with the pod’s members’ posts within that time frame.
  • Post notification groups: A simpler and more traditional take on upping engagement, these type of groups are generally a DM chat group and require members to turn on notifications for all members. So, once a member posts something, everyone in the chat will be notified so they can go like or comment.

Free engagement groups on Instagram

Want to cut the search and find the right groups for your Instagram marketing? Start with the pods below:

From Facebook:

  • Instagram Marketing Mastermind PODS
  • Fitness Instagram POD!
  • Instagram Growers – For Mommy Bloggers Only
  • Comment Pods of Instagram: Dogs Edition
  • Instagram Pod: Health, Outdoor Life, Fitness, Natural Living & Nutrition
  • Instagram Follow/Like/Comment Pod

From Telegram

  • 24H LIKES ONLY
  • BOOSTUP Powerlikes
  • Engagement Groups
  • BLOGGERS | Dx5 | L&C
  • Creative Instagram Hub

It’s a good idea to join multiple pods to see what may work best for you (ex. One niche pod and one more general like/follow one).

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Paid Instagram engagement groups

Whether a group is paid or not completely varies. You could stumble across a group on Facebook or DM an an account on Instagram to find out you have to hand over money to join that pod. However, you can have greater peace of mind and a higher return on investment if you pay for a well-known engagement service. Two well-known ones are:
  1. Wolf
  2. AiGrow

Something to keep in mind: with paid services, you are essentially guaranteed engagement since pod members are required to follow and like your content (some of this is even automated with certain services). Members will be penalized if they don’t engage. With some free pods, you have to rely on other group members to manually do their part of the deal. There is no guarantee that members will like your stuff (some just earn engagement from other members and leave the groups — this is known as “leeching”).

Are Instagram engagement groups worth it?

So one thing is clear — finding the right pods is not easy. There’s a laundry list of things to consider:
  1. You have to network and search platforms and apps
  2. The groups have to be quality and reliable
  3. Many have requirements to acceptance, or you have to pay to ensure quality service
  4. Even if you are accepted, you have to abide by the group rules and spend time liking, commenting and engaging with other member accounts.
  5. Some groups have time limits (ex. 24 hours only to comment on all users’ posts; you only have 30 minutes to join)
  6. Depending on the pod you are in (if it isn’t niche related), you could be interacting with accounts, not at all related to your brand. This in turn can make your engagement look questionable to users who stumble across your comments.
With all these barriers, you might start asking: are these pods and groups even worth the trouble?
The answer is mixed. A few years ago, outlets such as Buzzfeed reported Facebook (the parent company of Instagram) cracking down on engagement groups. The reason was that the activity in engagement pods was viewed by Facebook to be manipulative of Instagram’s algorithm make your account seem high-engaging (when in fact, it really wasn’t). Due to this, people started fearing that if detected by Facebook for engaging in engagement groups, their accounts could be shadowbanned or deleted. That is why many users steer clear of Instagram DM groups and Facebook groups and gravitate towards external resources such as Telegram and WhatsApp to avoid Facebook’s monitoring eye.
However, that doesn’t mean that joining Instagram pods is a waste. There’s always a chance that you can hit it off with the right niche and building good relationships with other pod members. It’s a strategy that can help boost your engagement such as likes and comments if done with the right people.





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