Video Curation: Not Your Typical Youtube Traffic Method

This is a traffic generation method that you might not have heard about before.

It’s called Video Curation. It has actually been around for a long time but hasn’t been well-known or been called ‘curation’ until recent times. I only learned about it a few weeks ago when it started generating a lot of attention in the IM scene.

If you were like I was a few weeks ago, you’d be thinking to yourself… “What the heck is Video Curation?”

Simply put, it’s where you compile whole or segments from other people’s videos on a particular niche and add your own comment, opinion or idea about those videos into one video you create and upload to Youtube.

Sound hard? No not even. The beauty of the Video curation method is that the content is ALREADY made and ready to use. You simply are making a compilation of related information and sharing it for those interested to find.

howt to do Video curation There are many other reasons why video curation is not only doable and easy enough for even myself (a lazy, non-techy) but a highly effective traffic generation method. The image you see above is from one Youtuber’s channel who specializes in curation. Yep.. that’s nearly 2 BILLION video views.

It’s Google friendly. The big thing with this method is that it gets people talking. When you do it right, people will leave good comments, bad comments, likes, dislikes.. exactly what Google loves. And you probably know that videos with the most activity rank higher in the Youtube search results.

No SEO necessary. It’s actually anti-SEO because you don’t need to worry about keyword research or backlink for traffic. You do have to know however some trending keywords and use them in your video title and tags so you can get a chunk of the people searching for trending keywords, but as far as boring old keyword research and back linking goes, you don’t need to do it.

Fast results. There are just so many people on Youtube at any given time of the day that any video you upload it bound to get hits. But if you do Video curation right and you use trending videos, topics and keywords, people are going to pick it up faster.

No video creation of your own. I mentioned this above but it’s the greatest benefit that makes this method so great so I’ll say it again. All the video content is already created. You as the curator are simply organizing them, compiling them and sharing them. You don’t even need to speak on camera if you don’t want to. You can simply add text for people to read when you want to add your comment.

Works in any niche. Well, it will work for any niche that has videos.. and there aren’t many niches that don’t have videos. So no matter which niche you’re in, this method can work for you.

No expensive tools (optional). You can go our and buy expensive video editing software if you want, but you actually don’t need any special tools to make these curation videos.

Did you know Youtube has it’s own video editing tool built in to it? Yeah, they do! I was playing around on it the other day. You can obviously use it to edit your own videos but there is also a feature where you can search for and import other users videos and chop and change them to create your own compilation. It only takes just a few minutes.

I have just covered the basics here about Video curation so if you want to learn more about it, see some real example’s of people using it (and getting results) and see a great value offer which includes training and software, check out Ninja Curation Profits. (<- affiliate link)

If you decide to buy this through my link, I’ll hook you up with a cool bonus – my “How to get 10,000 Youtube Views” with PLR. So check out this page now to learn more about Video curation and how you can use it to drive massive traffic, build authority sand generate profits. Send your receipt to my support desk and I’ll give you the download link for the bonus.

To your success!

Stu Sesnei Stirling

p.s. What do you think of Video curation? Are you using it? Want to try?

7 Ways To Get Traffic Without Relying On Google

I love Google for all the free traffic it sends me but trying to please the big G is getting harder and harder with all the updates like Panda, Penguin that seem to be coming out on a weekly basis.

I used to think SEO was easy but I find it’s now becoming a game that is too exhausting because Google seems to be changing it’s algorithms more than the Google boys change their underwear.

The good news is that Google is not the be-all and end-all of website traffic. After all, your goal is to get traffic, not to be on page 1. There are plenty of marketers who can brag about getting to page 1 position #1 but aren’t making any money. So realize that it’s all about traffic and conversions… and Google really is just one out of a million different traffic sources you can use to get traffic to your website.

There probably are more than 1 million ways but here are seven that you can start implementing today to get reliable website traffic.

1. Swap Links With Other Website Owners

This is the most fundamental of all traffic generation methods, but little of it goes on these days.

It takes 5 minutes to send an email to a website owner and another 30 seconds to add a link to your site, but your link will stay there for as long as you and the other guy are in business.

2. Article Submission

I don’t care what people say about article marketing.. it still works and is going to work for a long time yet. If your article is good quality, it will get read and possibly shared by other bloggers and ezine owners and general internet users via social networks.

3. Buy Traffic

Free traffic sources are great, but sometimes it takes a long time to see traffic flow. Buying traffic is how to get instant traffic to your site and if you’ve got a good funnel in place, you can get a positive ROI on it. A lot of marketers don’t look at buying traffic as an investment, just a cost they try to avoid – but why wouldn’t you want to pay $1 per click if you can make $2 back?

Good paid traffic sources include PPC (7search.com, MSN adcenter, Google Adwords) then there are ezine ads, solo ads, banner ads, media buys, classified ads. There is no shortage of paid traffic services online.

4. Video Sharing Sites

Youtube is huge and the ‘how-to’ category is climbing up the ranks of the most searched category on Youtube – now currently in third position. Making a quick screen capture video with Jing or a vlog directly on youtube is easy to and quick. Much faster than typing out an article. Don’t forget that videos get shared around more than anything else online.

5. Ebooks

You’ve probably heard of PDF and document sharing sites like scribd.com and docstoc.com and slideshare, but if not you should definitely add these to your traffic gen arsenal. But not only are free PDF sharing sites good for getting traffic, selling them is also a very powerful tactic. If you include links back to your website and sell the ebooks with master resell rights or PLR, they can get spread around to the far corners of the internet.

6. Forum Links

For highly targeted traffic, participating and becoming known in an online forum in your market can send you lasting website visitors. Make sure you have a link in your signature and you are adding value to the community and posting intelligent comments. If you are really hardcore about your niche, why not start a forum of your own?

7. Affiliates

This method requires you have a product or service that you’re selling, so it’s kind of an advanced method. But the traffic affiliates can send to your site is usually high quality and you as the website owner don’t have to do anything to get it. Of course you will be sharing revenue from the sales they generate in the form of commissions but for auto-pilot traffic, there aren’t too many traffic sources that beats affiliates.

Like I said, there are a million different traffic generation methods and 99% of them don’t have anything to do with Google. So try to get into the mindset that you don’t have to rely on them and no matter what the next Google update is, you won’t even need to batter an eyelid.

I’d love to hear your comments on this and add any more traffic sources that you use.

Stu StirlingTo your success,

Stu Sensei

Can You Really Get People To Your Site Without Spending Money Or Time On SEO?

This week’s question comes from Stephen:

He wants to know, “How do I get people to my sites without spending money and tons of time on seo?”

free easy fast trafficHere’s my answer below…

“Hi Stephen, Thanks for your question.

This is every marketers burning question! It’s a quest we are all on and only wish for free effortless traffic.

The answer is… it doesn’t really exist! Sorry if I burst your bubble of hope and lazy traffic and sales.

However, the closest thing to free fast, easy traffic is viral traffic. To benefit from viral traffic, you need some kind of viral system in place on your website. It can be a video or viral PDF or content locking script so other people will share it..

There are some tools that can help you make a page go viral but it really depends on the thing that you create that gets passed around. It has to have value and your people must want it, love it and think it’s good enough to share it around.

If you can’t get anything viral going, you’re gonna have to pay for traffic if you want it fast. The options there are solo ads, PPC, banner ads, media buys, etc.

There are ways to swap traffic too.. link swaps, email swaps, but first you need to get traffic to get the ball rolling, and then you’ll be able to swap it… and that comes from either buying it or spending time to generate it.

SEO is a good investment if you can afford it and can wait for rankings and traffic, but if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can outsource it. Search engine traffic is highly targeted an if you do it right, it will continue to drip into your site for months or even years.

But its like anything, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.”

That’s all for this week’s lesson.

Remember, nothing really is free. You pay for it with either your time or your money. At first, you may not have a lot of money to spend to generate traffic, but you have the time so you should do it yourself . When you start seeing income coming in, invest your profits back into your business to get more traffic and increase your profits. That’s when you’ll see your biz really moving.

Stu Sensei

p.s. If you like this, please share it on Facebook or Tweet it to your followers. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

Less Traffic, More Sales – Getting Traffic That Converts

You may look at the title of this blog post and be a little confused. Is it really possible to make more sales from less traffic?

The answer strangely enough is “yes” in certain circumstances. (I’ll explain in a second).

This may come to you as a surprise because everyone is talking about internet marketing being a “numbers game”.

You’ve probably heard a handful of marketers say that everything is proportional and you just have to ramp it up! i.e. the more traffic you get, the more sales, subscribers, clicks etc you’ll get.

That is somewhat true, but they often forget to leave out one important part of the formula.

And that is that “the quality of the traffic” is important factor in the traffic/conversions equation.

Don’t Dismiss Quality

I decided to write this post after I was asked this question recently by a customer.. “how long will it take to start seeing sales…?”

I answered by telling him that it all depends on how long it takes you to start getting quality traffic.

I continued to explain that “if you could get 100 targeted unique visitors that come fresh from the Google search results, that will be much better than 1000 or even 10,000 hits from a traffic exchange, safelist or ad blaster”.

If numbers where the only thing that mattered when it comes to making sales, then all the spammers with email list of 1 million emails would be the richest people online.

You and I know that is far from the truth. (warning: whatever you do, do NOT send spam! that example is for demonstration purposes only!)

Google traffic is quality trafficThe point is, that you DON’T need a lot of traffic to get sales.

You just need quality traffic. And when you find a way to tap into that quality traffic, THEN you can start ramping it up and multiply your results.

With my niche blog that I’m working on, I only get about 30 uniques a day but I make 2 to 3 sales of a $300 or $400 product a week.

All that traffic is generated through the search engines (Google).

So if you’ve read this far, you might be wondering..

“Where do you get QUALITY traffic?”

I recently listened to an audio course by Sean Mize in which he told the story about his beginnings in internet marketing and his “quest” for traffic. He tried over 25 different types of traffic… everything from PPC to solo ads, to banner ads and ezine ads.

At the end of his experiment, he had tracked all his sales and when he looked at his results, it was clear that most of the sales had come from two sources – JV traffic and article traffic.

JV traffic is when you swap traffic with another marketer via ad swaps, for example, or they promote your product (usually with an affiliate link) and it’s pretty easy to see why this traffic would convert so well. It’s people coming from a recommendation. It’s warm traffic. It’s not cold traffic like you get with advertising with banners or in ezines.

But aren’t you surprised that his other best performing traffic source was article traffic?

Sean explained a little why he thought article traffic converted so well.

Some of the reasons were because when people find your article and read it, they instantly are able to bond and feel a gratitude towards you, because you simply helped them to overcome their problem or shed light on a subject they were trying to learn more about through your article.

But the interesting thing is that 99% of article traffic comes from the search engines. So in fact, article traffic is really search engine traffic.

In fact, article traffic might just be even a notch better quality than organic search engine traffic because for the visitor to actually get to your site, they have to wade through all the other links on the article page and click on your link in your resource box. Definitely a qualified visitor there!

I completely agree with Sean’s findings. He and I both have the theory and the proof to back this up.

If you want to get traffic that converts, these are the three traffic strategies you should pursue:

1. Article Traffic (article marketing)

2. Search engine traffic (Google, SEO)

3. JV traffic (ad swaps, guest blog posts)

Each strategy is equally good in terms of quality in my opinion.

The easiest ones and most reliable methods to go for are the first two (article marketing and SEO) because you can sometimes get a bad batch of traffic from some JV partners. The other two are surefire.

So if you’re wondering how much traffic you need to start making sales, then it isn’t as much as you think IF you drive quality traffic.

The awesome thing is with the IM game is that you can break things down with simple maths and actually predict your income!

Let’s say you make 1 sale from your first 100 uniques you generate from Google. You can then safely assume that for every 100 visitors you get from that time going forward you’ll make another sale.

And I have noticed that with my own niche blog. I get sales like clockwork. Every 4 to 5 days I get a sale. I was lucky last week and I got 2 sales in 2 days.

How cool is that? See this IM stuff isn’t as hard as you think ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stuart StirlingTo your success,

Stu Sensei

p.s. Got any questions regarding how to get quality traffic that converts? Pop them down below.

My 3 Favorite Free Traffic Generation Methods

Three of the best free traffic generation methods I love using to promote my websites are…

1) Exchanging Traffic

Exchanging or swapping traffic is an easy way to multiply your traffic especially if you’re just starting out and aren’t getting a lot to begin with.

The most simple method that comes to mind is to link swap with other website owners. But this same technique can be used in any form of ad swapping.

Email ad swaps, banner ad swaps, autoresponder follow up email swaps, blog post swaps, jv giveaway events.. the list goes on.

A lot of this traffic exchanging is done manually, i.e contacting and setting up swaps with other marketers, but there are some systems out there which help automate some of the traffic swapping process.

Safeswaps.com is a well known online source for finding email ad swap and integration marketing partners.

But for other more simple exchange systems like banner exchanges, text link exchanges and the old-skool hit exchanges, check out sites like LeadsLeap.com and StartMyTraffic.com

SEO2) Search Engines

Number 2 on my list is getting free traffic from the search engines. And to do this, you need to get involved in SEO (search engine optimization).

SEO is all about making your site optimized for keywords that people are searching for on Google. Yes, there are other search engines like Yahoo, MSN and Bing, but usually what works for one will work for all.

There are basically two elements to work on to win at the SEO game.

The first being “on-site” optimization (e.g. placing your keywords on your page, in your title tags, meta tags, etc).

The second being “off-site” optimization which is mainly made up of getting backlinks.

Backlinks are hyperlinks that are coming from other web sites and are pointing to your website, preferably with your keyword as the anchor text in the hyperlink.

Backlink quality comes in all shapes and sizes. Preferred backlinks are one-way links, .gov and .edu domain backlinks and links coming from a web page with a high Google page rank.

Now for some low competition keywords, just a few of these backlinks is all you need for high ranking.

But for really competitive keywords,ย  it can take thousands of backlinks to get any decent listing in the SERPS.

Most marketers don’t want to spend all their time getting backlinks so they use special automated backlink services or hire outsource people to get backlinks for them.

3) Affiliates

Having affiliates send you free traffic is one of the easiest ways to get a good flow of traffic to your site.

But in order to have affiliates send you traffic, you must have an affiliate program, which means you must have something to sell.

This method is not really possible for all marketers at the moment if you don’t have your own product, but when you do have your own product, an affiliate program is a must.

The key to getting affiliates to promote is to have a product that converts and makes them a decent commission. No affiliate will promote a product that won’t make them any money.

100% commissions is a great incentive for affiliates, but make sure you are collecting the customers details and perhaps have an upsell where you keep or share the profits.

The next important things for a successful affiliate program is to help your affiliates as much as you can so their job is as easy as possible. Having pre-made promotional tools is a big help.i.e. email swipe copy, banner ads, rebrandable reports, various landing pages etc.

The down side of running an affiliate program is that usually a system to manage it is costly. For example the RAP script is brilliant and pays 100% commissions, is relatively easy to use and quite reliable, but costs around $250.

The other options is to use an online affiliate program like Clickbank or Payspree which manages everything for you but you have to pay fees for product listings (Clickbank) and when sales are made or both.

So although affiliates will get you free traffic, there are some expenses to get the system set up and running.

But once the traffic comes, generating sales and having a customer database will pay for it and is a great way to build your business.

To your success,

Stu Sensei

Why Your Articles Aren’t Making You Sales

Article marketing is one of the best ways to get free targeted traffic from the search engines.

It’s one of the very few marketing methods that works for nearly every niche you can imagine.

You may already know that article marketing can drive traffic and sales but have you been seeing traffic and sales from your article marketing?

Most people don’t, and here are some questions you can ask yourself to find out where you’re going wrong.

1. First, start at the beginning. What product(s) are you trying to sell?

Are they a solution for a desperate buyer market? Desperate buyers are the best type to go for. Finally, do they convert?

2. Next, look at the keywords you are targeting with your articles, web pages etc.

Are they ‘buyer’ keywords? There are different levels a buyer gos through until he/she buys.

Are you targeting the buyer at the precise moment they are going to buy? Or are they still researching a solution.

e.g. “how to lose weight” VS. “discount weight loss pills” – see the difference?

Are they low competition but have a decent search volume?

Even if they have high competition, you can still get up there on Google, but you need to get more backlinks and give it time.

Those are the two most important things to get right when doing article marketing. 90% of your success swings on them.

All that’s left is to make sure the offer you’re sending them to converts! But get these two things right first and your traffic will be ‘buying’ traffic.

Bonus Tip: Also remember that you don’t need a lot of articles and a lot of traffic to make sales. If you get the keywords right and the product/offer right, you can get sales from just a few clicks a day in one article.

To your success,
Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Have you had any success with article marketing? Share your story here. If there is anything else you want to know about article marketing, please ask!

Squidoo Is Not Dead!

Squidoo.com made waves on the web a few years ago.

It was a revolutionary (for it’s time) user-content driven site that marketers flocked too to funnel free traffic to their site or promote affiliate offers right from the pages (lenses).

It was the second favorite choice for Bum Marketers behind Ezine Articles because Google loved Squidoo. It was relatively easy to get #1 page rankings forย  lenses built on long tail keywords.

But like all good things, they have to end. Squidoo was probably too good.

People found out about the awesome-ness of Squidoo and started to abuse it. It was only a matter of time until they cracked down on the spam lenses and abusers of the technology.

Many copy-cat sites were built and soon people forgot about Squidoo.

But I’m happy to say Squidoo is back!

In the glory days of Squidoo I set up a lens where I was giving away a free “how to make money on squidoo” ebook. That lens is still functional today and I get anywhere from 10 – 30 new subscribers a day from it.

I got an email the other day from a subscriber who download that report and loved my emails. She included a link to her first lens.

I replied back and told her it looked really good and asked her if she has made any sales from it yet?

She replied and told me she had already made 11 sales of amazon products which has earned her $15 in profits – and it was her very first lens that she created just 2 weeks prior!

Sure, $15 is not enough to buy a yacht and take a year off to sail around the world, but if she scales it up, creates 10 lenses following the same pattern as her first one, she’ll be looking at some very nice passive monthly income.

I love success stories like this. It lets me know that my hard work in teaching others about online marketing is paying off.

And let’s me know that Squidoo is not dead – it’s very much alive.

Squidoo never died, they just took a step out of the spotlight to makes themselves better – and now they’re back in full force.

I recommend you check out Squidoo today! It’s totally free to join and start making lenses about anything you want.

They are still a great place to share your expertise to help promote your business – and better than before.

Use it for what it was made for and it will be good to you.

To your success,
Stu Sensei

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