Struggling to Get Subscribers & Sales?

The beginning is always the hardest!

You try and try and try but see nothing in return for all your hard work!

I know your pain!

I used to write articles and submit them to EzineArticles and publish them on Squidoo pages back in the day. It would take me aaaaages to get traffic and the subscribers I got from them trickled in slowly. I used to send emails to safelists and get 5 or 10 subscribers at a time. It was a long, slow process, but I eventually got there.

So before you give up or smash your computer, here are a couple of pointers for you to keep in mind.

  1. Everyone starts at the beginning.

  2. Business (and life) is a marathon, not a sprint.

  3. Internet marketing is a numbers game.

  4. Anything worthwhile takes time to build.

  5. FOCUS is soooo important.

  6. Keep chipping away! Businesses build up slowly.

  7. “Just keep swimming!”  as Dory the fish would say.

  8. Eventually, the snowball effect will kick in.

  9. Slowly, but surely, things will happen for you!

  10. Everyday is a new day! Today, right now, you can make a decision to be the best you can be!

This post wasn’t meant to get too much into personal development, but these things will help you to get in the right mindset that is necessary for success.

Mindset is the difference between those who just dream and those who actually achieve.

Now, before I end, there are a couple of specific marketing related tips that I want to share.

There is a difference between cold traffic and warm traffic.

Cold traffic is the group of people going to your site that don’t know you, have never seen you or your business before and/or is not coming from an endorsed source. This is what you get when you place ads on Google adwords or Facebook or rent an email list for a solo ad etc.

Warm traffic are the group of people that already know you and your brand. These are the people who are subscribed to your email list, your Youtube channel, Facebook group members, your Twitter followers etc. They know what you’re about and what you sell.

Don’t make the mistake of treating these two groups the same! There is a big difference between cold and warm traffic!

The general rule is that when advertising to cold traffic, you want to turn them into warm prospects and keep them within reach of your future messages.

A good way to build your audience is to offer them something for free and ask for their email in exchange for it. In other words, send cold traffic to a squeeze page and build a list

Getting subscribers to your email list makes it super easy to be able to follow up with them any time you like. You just send an email!

Once they become warm, then you can send them directly to your offer page for a paid product. They’ll be much more interested and inclined to buy at this stage because they’ve gotten to know you. I talk more about building trust and a relationship with your audience in this post if you want to continue reading.

Hang in there! You can do it!

I’ve laid out what you need to do to get a good foundation to work from in this post. Now it’s just a matter of you going out there and doing it!

Stuart Stirling

– IM Expert

How To Create A Banner Ad In 2 Minutes Using Easy Ad Wizard

I often need to make banners in a hurry and don’t want to mess with Photoshop or pay a designer. That’s the reason I got an account at Easy Ad Wizard.

Watch the video below to see how I make banners quickly using this tool.

“Pro Tip” about doing banner advertising!

A mistake I see affiliate marketers doing especially, is that they’re using the same banner ad graphics as everyone else!

When there are a dozen other marketers using the same banner, and everyone has seen it a million times, people will start to ignore it.

If you want to stick out and look different, you need to have a unique banner. 

You’ll get more clicks on your banners (CTR) by looking different.

And it’s easy to make unique, yet professional looking banner graphics with Easy Ad Wizard.

So check out Easy Ad Wizard and get your account if you need something like this.

I think it’s a bargain as it saves you money and time. For myself, it’s already paid for itself.

Your mate,
Stuart

p.s. These are the banners I made using EAW in a few minutes.


What Are Solo Ads & How You Can Use Them To Build A List

Solo ads are one of the fastest ways to build your own email list and make money on the net.

They’ve been at the top of my favorite ‘go-to’ methods for getting traffic to my websites for ages.

Here’s a short video teaching you about Solo Ad Basics & Must-Do’s When Using Solo Ads

Unfortunately, there are a lot of scammers out there who deliver garbage solo traffic.
I have been burned on a TON of Solo ads that I’ve bought over the years. It’s not a nice feeling.

It actually made me HATE solo ads for a while. But not all are bad. Luckily, I’ve been able to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Here is a list of reliable, quality Solo ad vendors that I and a business associate have used and compiled.

That will really help you as it will allow you to skip the time consuming and expensive trial and error phase of solo ad buying.

And also remember to TRACK everything.

Good luck and keep trying with solo ads. Not every one will be a home run. You need to test and tweak. More insights on that topic for another blog post.

Stuart Stirling

 

My Leads Leap Review – How I’ve Gotten More Than 79,000 Clicks

Leads Leap is one of the rare, long-time Advertising resources for Internet marketers which has become better and better over the years.

I’ve been a happy member for around 8 years and I’ve continued to receive high quality traffic (Over 79K visitors to my websites and counting) and leads from it.

What is Leads Leap?

It’s a text link advertising exchange platform for Internet marketers in the ‘make money online’ niche. You can advertise your websites, affiliate links and programs, and get real visitors.

With the upgrade to 2.0, they’ve introduced a traffic exchange so you can earn credits (clicks) by clicking on other members’ ads.

They offer free ads (for free members) and Pro ads for Pro members which get a whole lot more exposure than free member ads.

I’m a Pro member, so I pay the $27 per month to have my ads running on autopilot. This is a small price to pay for the peace of mind of having non-stop traffic and leads. Plus the commissions I earn each month from referrals, more than pays for my membership.

How I’ve Gotten Over 79,000 Clicks From Leads Leap

Join Leads Leap Here: http://www.stuartstirlingonline.com/likes/leadsleap

My traffic has grown over the years, because I’ve been building my downline and my ads show to those in my downline.

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I’m getting about 25 to 35 unique visitors per day to my sites. My site gets about a 5% sign up rate from cold traffic, so that means about 2 new fresh leads a day.

How To Set Up Your Ads

Where Are Your Ads Shown?

1) On the Leads Leap blog, (check out the blog here)

2) Inside the Member’s Area (sidebar),

3) Inside the Newsletter Emails to the members,

4) On the LeadsLeap Widget which is placed on more than 4000 websites, (I’ve got my Leads leap widget at the bottom of this post)

5) In the Ad widget in The Real Tracker (a click tracking tool available to leads leap members).

And, I’ve Made Over $4,013 In Affiliate Commissions By Referring Others

Another reason to love Leads leap is the affiliate (referral) program that pays out 50% (I think that’s right) commissions on Pro member upgrades. And it’s RECURRING commissions, which is what I’m all about. My monthly commission pays for my pro membership with leaves me with a lot left over.

Pro Tips

Advertise your squeeze page. Don’t advertise someone else’s website as an affiliate. The exception is something like 30 Minute list where you can build your list while promoting.

Track your ads. Use tracking links (I use Ad trackz Gold) to track clicks, conversions and sales. See the Video #2 above for the kind of tracking I do.

 

How To Install Thee Leads Leap Widget to Get Free Traffic

After signing up for your account, you’ll be able to create a widget and get the code to put on your website. (My widget is below this post).

Every impression and click you generate earns you credits which turns into advertising for you in the network. So, installing the widget is an important step because it’s what makes the system work.

Where to Sign Up

Here is my affiliate link to Join Leads Leap.

http://www.stuartstirlingonline.com/likes/leadsleap

First, you sign up for a free account, then you’ll see an offer to upgrade to Pro at a discounted rate for the first 14 (?) days after you sign up.

Try the Pro membership. It’s well worth it if you, a) use the ads/traffic to build your list, b) refer others and earn commissions.

Watch this space for more videos and info about Leads Leap. There is actually much more to it than I have put here so far.

Cheers,
Stuart Stirling

 

How To Combat Your Blog Content Being Stolen

Auto-blog systems that run spam blog or auto blogs gets it’s content from other sites around the web using their RSS feeds.

If you’ve got a WP blog then chances are that your content is being scraped and used on auto-blog sites a.k.a. spam blogs.

Most of the time, you don’t even know that your content is being used.

When these spam blogs pull content from your sites, they sometimes keep the link back to your site, which is good and bad. Other times they post your content without even crediting or giving you the link you deserve.

I don’t know about you but if someone is going to steal my content and use it on their site, I want something in return. And especially if they don’t use a link back to my site.

The solution to combat content theft this way is to use a plugin like WP FeedAds.

Here’s how WP feed ads works.

It’s a very small, light weight plugin that does a simple job, but it can have big returns for you.

When the auto-blog (I like to call them ‘splogs’; short for “spamblogs”) plugin pulls your content, they pull in the ad that you set in the WP FeedAds section also, resulting in free advertising and free traffic for you.

Pretty cool idea huh? I thought so too.

You can download a copy of the plugin here.

Let me know what you think.

Stuart Stirling

 

 

Hidden Free Traffic Source

No one is talking about this free traffic source. It’s the Warrior forum blog. If you’ve got a Warrior forum account, you’ve got a blog you can post articles to.

Remember article ‘Bum’ marketing? Where you posted articles to Ezine articles and made Squidoo lenses and you got all that free Search traffic?

Guess what, that kind of traffic is still out there!

Warrior Forum is a PR4 site – so Google loves it. Google indexes Warrior Forum pages like there is no tomorrow.

If you’re posting unique content on your WF blog, no doubt Google will pick it up and your posts will get views, just like mine have over the years. (note to self: I posted these articles years ago! I need to post more!)

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The numbers are a bit hard to see in this screen shot, but I’ve had 1493 views on one article.

The other posts are around the same 1000 view mark!

How does this equate to traffic?

Just like the ‘Bum’ marketing method, you put your links back to your website inside the article.

You can add hyperlinked images and of course text anywhere inside your article.

There are no restrictions (that I’m aware of) about what you can post on your WF blog.

You’ll get a percentage of readers clicking through to your website from these links.

I’ve not tracked the number of clicks to my websites so I can’t tell you the exact numbers.

The number of clicks you get to your website will depend on where your links are and what they look like.

And of course, how relevant your website is to the content that you’re posting.

So to break it down into steps, here’s how to get traffic from your WF blog.

1. Create a free account at Warrior Forum if you haven’t got one yet

2. Go to http://www.warriorforum.com/blogs/YOURUSERNAME/

3. Click the “Post to your blog” link in the left sidebar

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4. Post something awesome to your WF blog!

Keyword research and all that is important. If you’re relying on Google to send you the traffic, then yes, do your Keyword research!

Don’t dismiss the traffic flowing through from Warrior Forum itself though. The WF is a traffic powerhouse. If you’re active in the Forum discussions, a percentage of the traffic will click through to your profile and check out your posts and blog entries.

What I love about this traffic is that it’s set and forget. It’s free targeted traffic that will trickle in for years like it has already been doing.

It’s not going to get you an instant flood so if that’s what you’re looking for, you’d better try buying some PPC or email traffic.

It’s a long-term method, but as you can see, it works. Try it out!

Stuart Stirling

p.s. This is not just limited to the Warrior Forum and the ‘internet marketing’ niche. I’m positive that you can use this free traffic method in ANY niche where there is an authoritative forum.

How To Do Link Exchanges To Get Free Website Traffic And Backlinks & How To Automate It

Automation is the key to running a successful online business. I’m going to tell you about Link exchanges, why it’s one of, if not THE best set and forget traffic generation methods, and how you can automate it.

Trading links with other websites is a highly effective way to generate a constant flow of quality visitors. You don’t have to spend a cent on advertising with this method. All you have to do is make contact and reach an agreement with the webmaster of the site you want to trade links with.

I’ve blogged about how I’ve been doing link trading with several with other website owners and we both benefit from the extra traffic and backlink, so I know it works.

There are some tools out there which automate the link trading process, such as LinkTradr plugin for WordPresss. You simply install this on your WP site and it creates a hands-free link exchange system.

Here is a tip when exchanging links – you want to trade with other quality sites, and relative sites to yours. Google looks at these things and when done right, both you and your link partner can benefit from the SEO, because as you know, Google and other search engines take backlinks into account to rank your site.

On the other hand, the volume of traffic will also increase from your link trades. This is a two way street because you and your link swap partner will both benefit from the referral traffic and SEO. The more sites you trade links with, the more your traffic and authority (backlinks) your site gets.

When using automated link trades tools such as LinkTradr, you can make light work of link exchanging. It makes it faster and easier so you can simply do more. Learn more about LinkTradr plugin for WordPress here.