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.

How to Legally Steal Your Competitors Traffic

Here’s a simple yet effective technique you can use to get free traffic back to your website from your competitors’.

The method: Post comments on blogs and forums on the pages that come upon page 1 of google for a search term that is targeted to your offer/website.

This way it’s like you’re getting page 1 listings without paying for them.

The trouble is that you’re only going to get a portion of the traffic that comes to the page and it’s hard to get your comments approved.

But the upside is that any comments with your links in which do get approved, they’ll be there for a long time drip-feeding you traffic daily.

Watch the video for more details.

How to write a comment that will get approved:

  1. Read the post
  2. write a related, intelligent comment, some extra insight would be good too
  3. Leave your link in plain site under your name and comment. In the “URL” field is fine too if you don’t want it to show in the actual post.

Most comments will be manually approved, so if you wanted to check back on the ones you do submit, make a spreadsheet with all the urls you make a comment on and check back a week later to see if it’s there.

For forum posts, they get approved instantly so they’re a goldmine. Just try to get in on the 1st page of the thread.

Hope you like it! Let me know what you think of it.

Stuart Stirling

The Slow Way And The Fast Way To Reach $1k/Month

The speed of reaching your income goal really depends on how fast you can get traffic!

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Image from this guy on flickr

It’s easy to get an offer or product together ready to sell. There are countless business opportunities and affiliate programs you can join instantly and earn commissions. But just having a great product is not going to pay you anything without traffic and the right kind of traffic.

With any traffic that you get I highly recommend you’re building your list, collecting leads, whatever you want to call it. If you’re after a simple list building system, check out my Viral builder & 30 minute list memberships.

The best is if you have your own unique squeeze page so you have something completely unique. You can build your own squeeze pages with a tool like WP Optins which lets you create nice looking squeeze pages with the ease of WordPress.

If you’re in a program like Empower Network or Pure leverage they supply you with ready-made squeeze pages for you to use to build your list and promote their program.

See, getting a list building and income system together is only half the picture and it’s easy.

The trick to succeeding and reaching your income goals is to actually advertise your squeeze pages effectively. i.e. drive traffic and getting qualified leads on your list!

This is where most fall over and get no-where and quit after they see no results  – because they’re getting no traffic!

It really comes down to getting traffic. And how much traffic you can get depends on either 1) how much time you have to spend getting free traffic or 2) how much money you have to spend on advertising.

If you want fast results i.e. fast traffic, you’re going to have to buy advertising. My favorite paid advertising methods are ppc, fb ads, media buys, solo ads, ezine ads and paid press releases.

The whole thing with business is that you need to see money as a leverage tool.

Most people go into a MLM or business opportunity with an employee mentality, which is a big reason so many fail.  They see money as the thing they earn in exchange for showing up at their job and working for a set time. They see it as their reward and something to keep safe, in their pocket and shut away in their bank.

You need to see money as just a leverage tool, a resource that you can use to create more money, and save time because time is money. If you have this mentality off using money as a leverage tool, you’ll be able to see the results you’re looking for faster.

It’s simple math. You invest $100 in advertising, and get $120 back.. maybe you only get $101 back, but you just want to have something with a positive ROI.

If you go into business with ZERO dollars for advertising, there are ways but it will cost you time, and you probably won’t see a lot of traffic fast. It is usually a slow trickle of traffic, which means your results will be smaller and take longer to see.

The best free traffic generation methods are posting youtube videos, forum marketing, facebook fan pages, article marketing, blogging, article submission, free press releases, guest blogging, links aswap, banner ad swaps, and email ad swaps. There are more but you can’t do everything if it’s just yourself.

So in short, the next step to getting your income goals after you’ve got your business or system ‘set up’ is to get the traffic. You either buy it for fast results or use free methods for slower result.

I actually recommend you do both. Both free and paid traffic. A lot of free traffic methods like Youtube and articles will send traffic long term, even though it will be a trickle. Paid traffic is essential to get leads fast and some momentum going in your business.

Stuart Stirling