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

 

 

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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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

Top Website Traffic Tips Interview with Dave Whitworth

I interviewed buddy and fellow internet marketer Dave Whitworth earlier this week and recorded about 30 minutes of good solid content on website traffic generation, niche selection and conversions.

Here are a few things you’ll discover on the audio interview….

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  • How Dave got started online and the problems he faced getting started
  • The good move he made that helped him get on the right track to running a business right
  • Why so many people fail to get traffic
  • The best traffic methods to use if your time is limited
  • How Dave used to get 5000 visitors per week to his niche website

Listen to the Interview here on this page….

Download the MP3 here (65mb)

(Right click and save to disk)

I highly recommend you head over and grab free memberships at Dave’s Traffics-cool.com and ViralReportProfits.com websites.

He’s always providing top quality materials and looking after his members’ needs.

You will be looked after as a member of Dave’s websites.

Stuart StirlingTo your success!

Stu Stirling

p.s. Do you have any questions about traffic generation.. or about anything we discussed on the interview? Leave your questions in the comments below.

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

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 for  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

p.s. What do you like/dislike about Squidoo? Leave your comment below and share on facebook and twitter!