How I Got A Page One Google Listing In Less Than 2 Hours

Google Hangout!

It’s how I got a page 1 listing in less than a couple of hours with a 5 minute ‘Hangout’. See the proof below:

This good news comes at a great time because RunClick webinar plugin which works with WordPress and Google Hangouts has just been released.

I am affiliate promoting the plugin so I thought it would be fitting to actually make a Hangout to promote a plugin that works with Hangouts.

The whole idea behind this particular video was to explain the bonus package for customers who purchase the plugin through my affiliate link. So the keywords I chose to target was “runclick bonus”.

After recording the Hangout (I didn’t even have to upload it because it automatically is listed in my Youtube account within minutes of ending), I went to check a few search terms and, BOOM!! My Hangout was there!

I’ve been hearing marketers go on about Hangouts and how you can rank quickly and easily with them, and now I can can attest to the fact. Hangouts rank!

first page of google with a hangout

(UPDATE: Two days later and my Hangout is still ranked on page 1… although it has dropped a few spots… a few social bookmarks with Socialadr should fix that though.)

There is no better time to get started with Hangouts if you’re not already. They are amazing for not only SEO, but for connecting with your audience, building up your brand and credibility and for selling things too!

To run your Hangouts like a pro, go with Runclick. For just a one time fee, you can run unlimited webinars with unlimited seating. Other companies like GotoWebinar will cost you hundreds each month and have a limit to their maximum capacity.

Walt Bayliss (another fellow Aussie marketer) is the man behind it and his products and training is super solid. I grabbed the complete Runclick package from him and I highly recommend it.

If you decide to buy Runclick, do it through this page so you qualify for the bonuses. Make sure to pick up the developers licence and the templates too so you get the very most out of the system.

To your success,
Stuart Stirling

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

3 Things That Make Up A Killer Affiliate Marketing Campaign

Affiliate marketing is and always will be a popular way to make money online. It’s where a lot of newbie’s start out when they first look into the idea of starting an internet business from home.

Although affiliate marketing comes across as being relatively easy (you don’t need to create your own product or deal with customer service, etc) there are still several pieces needed to complete the puzzle than may first meet the eye, if you really want to succeed.

The biggest problem affiliate marketers face is competition. You’ll find that in pretty much EVERY hot niches there is ample competition fighting for sales of the same or similar products in that niche… so in that regard, it can be quite hard to beat them and claim your share of the profit pie.

You can’t control what your competition does, but there are other things you CAN easily control to make your life as an affiliate easier and more profitable.

If you’re trying your hand at affiliate marketing but not seeing any success, ask yourself these questions:

  • Where are you getting traffic?
  • Where are you sending your traffic to first? (i.e. squeeze page? review post on a blog?)
  • Is the merchant offer converting?

If you look at these, you can usually find the weak spot and improve on it. These I consider to be the most important keys to affiliate marketing success.

1. An Offer Than Converts. If I could give any one piece of advice to struggling affiliate marketers, this would be it – choose an offer that converts!

This also ties into choosing a “hair on fire” niche.. but usually, those niches are full of hot converting offers anyway… you just have to find the hottest of the hot!

Choosing an offer that doesn’t convert is perhaps the biggest killer to affiliate campaigns and is very frustrating. I know… I have experienced it many times. I send good traffic to offers I think will convert, but it just doesn’t turn into sales.

It’s hard to know if an offer will convert before you send traffic and test it, so it’s a good idea to send a little PPC traffic to test conversions before you go all out and build a complete website and campaign for it.

2. Your Own Website. All the successful affiliate marketers have their own website. If you don’t have a website and you’re sending traffic straight to your affiliate link, you’re missing out on a  lot of commissions!

Having a website of your own is essential for running a successful affiliate campaign. For one, it’s pretty much impossible to get good traffic (i.e. Google search traffic) straight to your affiliate link and second, you’ll get better results by sending them to your website first if you a) presell them with extra info or spice up the offer with a bonus, or b) collect their names and emails (i.e. build a list) so you can follow up and offer other offers to them.

Getting a website is not that hard and is very affordable. For less than $20 you can get a domain and hosting.. sometimes less! WordPress is free and makes the perfect platform for affiliate sites.. either review sites or list building sites or both!

If you need help getting your website up, my Newbie Start Up Guide and WP Sites for Newbies guides are the way to go.

 

3. Laser Targeted Traffic. There are many ways to generate traffic. Search engine traffic being the #1 choice for many marketers because it proves to be the finest quality source of “buyers” on the web. But Google is not the “be all and end all” traffic source. There are email ads, banner ads, text link ads, video traffic, social network site traffic, etc.

Each type of traffic is made up of a different group of people. Some will be more ready to buy than others so make sure you’re appealing to the right crowd with the right type of ad and call to action.

Your promotional methods you choose i.e. keywords, ad copy, call to action, play the biggest part for determining the quality of your traffic and how well your traffic is going to convert.

So take a look at your affiliate marketing campaigns you’re running now and do a quick evaluation. You might find the weak link in it as I have pointed out above. If you’ve not yet got started in affiliate marketing, remember these points for when you do.

To your success,
Stu Sensei Stirling

p.s. Have you got any other important keys for affiliate marketing success we could add to this list? Please leave them in the comments below.

Q&A: Finding Profitable Niches, Twitter, Beating Google Slaps

Thanks again for all the questions that were submitted.

This week we’ll cover a wide range of topics, so let’s get into them…

1. How do I find a hot profitable niche?

When looking around for a new niche to enter, you might find that it’s either too crowded or not crowded enough.

By this I mean there is either a lot of competition in that niche or the niche is too small it seems unprofitable.

So how do you find the “perfect” niche?

Well for starters, your niche choice should be related to something you’re interested in.

You don’t have to be an expert, but some basic knowledge helps. You don’t need to be super passionate about it, but you must at least be able to ‘get into it’ a little.

I know from experience that when I started a niche blog I had zero interest in, like “water powered cars”, I didn’t have the drive to keep going with it.

That water power car blog made me about 20c in Adsense revenue the whole 1 year I had the domain registered. You can probably guess I didn’t renew it for a second year.

Next, after you look at all the potential niches you are interested in, weed out the ones that are not targeting buyers – and I mean real buyers, desperate buyers.

Hobbies are OK niches e.g. model trains, radio control toys, but they tend to have more dreamers n them than buyers.

When you look at a niche where people are having major problems that need an urgent fix, you are looking at potential gold mines.

Then, when you have got your buyers niche, check out the competition. Chances are that there will be some strong competition.. at first sight.

BUT… don’t let that scare you off.

This is a good sign for one reason.. competition means there is money being made.

If you find a niche you think could be goldmine but find there is no competition, run the other way. No competition means no money.

The reason why you shsouldn’t be scared is because the niche is probably big enough that there are untapped keywords and angles that are open for the taking.

Keyword research will play a big part here to find those cracks where you can slip in for your share of the profits.

Then it’s just a matter of setting up your lead capture page/blog/sales page website(s) and targeting your corner and those low-competition keywords to drive traffic.

You probably won’t see your bank fill up overnight, so don’t chuck it in thinking your niche choice is rubbish.

Stick with it (that’s why you choose a niche you have interest in;). Keep at it getting backlinks, submitting articles, trading links with other bloggers etc.

Your traffic will increase and your sales will increase with it.

With Twitter, do I need to use a separate account for each niche/business?

Yes. “Branding” is a huge key factor to success in business. Your website name, your twitter name, are brands that you want your audience to remember.

So if you have a website about yachting and another about real estate, you’d want to have separate Twitter accounts for each business.

Tools like Tweetdeck let you manage multiple accounts from the one control panel so it’s actually not too hard to do.

How do I beat the latest Google slap?

Seems everyone is talking about the latest Google slap and sharing their 2 cents on the topic. So I will too… 😉

The news is that Google changes their algorithms once again which left screwed up SERPS (search engine results page rankings) for content farm sites like EzineArticles.com, Squidoo.com and auto-blog sites that had duplicate content, weakly linked sites.. blah blah blah…

90% of my traffic does NOT come from Google so this doesn’t affect me directly. But I know many of you have articles submitted to directories and on Squidoo etc.

So here are a few quick tips so you can avoid any future Google’s beat downs…

Think Quality! Quality sites, quality content, quality backlinks.

Basically, all the free, cheap, quick, easy ways to get backlinks and content (e.g. article spinners) are going to affect your quality.

Google’s goal is to provide quality sites to their searchers, so if yours is a low quality site, it’s time to rethink your game plan or you’ll have a hard time making page 1.

One thing I heard lately about building quality backlinks is to get links to pages other than your home page. Spread them out over your site.

Most people just get links to their main domain e.g. http://www.site.com whereas if you’ve got other pages on your site, you should get links to them too.e.g. http://www.site.com/thispage.html

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Well, thanks for tuning in to this week’s Q&A post. I hope these lessons can help you move forward for better results.

Think big, talk big, walk big!

To your success,
Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Remember, if you have any questions that are stopping you from getting to where you want to be in your biz, hit the big red button below and ask away!

Want More Blog Comments? Use Disqus

UPDATE: August 13 2014! I have pulled the pin on using Disqus commenting system and gone back to using Comment luv! Why? Two main reason. 1) people can’t be fruited to log in to Disqus to be able to post a comment. 2) Spam comments were hitting me almsot daily. 3) I suspect that Disqus was slowing down my site load speed inside the WP admin and on the outside. I don’t recommend Disqus. Stick with regular WP comments and Comment Luv. If you want to get really fancy, use Facebook comments as well.

If you scroll down, you might notice that I’m now using the Disqus commenting system on this blog. Cool huh?

For about 12 months, I was using the standard WordPress commenting system here and it was working ok.

I had Comment Luv installed and Spam was under control from the use of Akismet, and had Gravatars enabled so it was a little tweaked.

But because I’m always on the lookout for ways to make my sites better, i.e. easier to use, more interesting etc., I had no choice but to switch to Disqus!

Why is Disqus so much better?

Disqus offers so much more than the standard WP comment system.

The fact that readers can post a comment without having to fill out the 3 fields of boredom (name, email, website) is the biggest point why I made the switch.

Commentors can leave a comment by simply clicking one button to be signed in with Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, OpenID or Disqus itself and typing their thoughts away!

It just makes it easier for readers to comment, and the easier it is, the more likely more people will comment. It also almost entirely eliminates spam!

How easy was it to integrate Disqus into my blog?

A piece of cake.

All I needed was the Disqus Commenting System plugin and a free account with Disqus. A few minutes later I was up and running with my old comments still in place.

The downside?

The only thing I’m worried about (a little) is that the comments will no longer benefit my blog by way of SEO.

All comments are actually stored on the Disqus website and just ‘appear’ on my blog through some internet magic so I have a feeling Google will never know when I have new comments 🙁

But that doesn’t bother me really as I don’t rely on Google for my traffic. 95% of all my traffic comes from OTHER places besides Google, luckily 🙂

So try it out! Leave a comment about your thoughts on Disqus or just to say ‘hi’.

Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. Just some random info: It’s about -3C outside and the wind is so strong it feels like my roof is going to fly off! That’s what you get when you live n the side of a tall mountain in Japan in the winter.

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!

How to Make Google Love Your Blog In 4 Steps

Dominating Google is not the “be all and end all” of internet marketing as some marketers seem to be fixated on, but they are still one of the major places marketers are tapping into a lot of free traffic.

You’ve probably heard by now that Google loves blogs.

So why does Google love blogs and how can you make them love your blog?

Here are a few pointers…

1. Set the “permalink structure” so your post title (keywords) are in the page URL. If you use WordPress, then it’s as easy as going to your settings and adding a custom permalink structure.

This is the code I use: %postname% and that makes the page URL for each post contain the post’s title. So when you use this, you want to make sure you’ve got some keywords in your title because as you know, Google loves blogs with keywords in the URL.

2. Update your blog often. Ok, you’ve had this one drilled into you a million times, but it’s important. Google loves fresh new content. It can be a drag updating your blog everyday but updating with a new post everyday is a good idea. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece or half a novel either. Just a brief post does the trick.

3. Add a sitemap. This one is totally necessary…I don’t know why but it is so just get one! Again with WP, there are a heap of sitemap generator plugins that will make one for you automatically. You just have to search for them.

I use this one Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator for WordPress. If you’re not a wordpresser, you can do a search for a generic sitemap generator on Google.

4. Get inbound links. Getting backlinks, inbound links or whatever you want to call them are super dooper important for your blog’s (or any website for that matter) Google rankings. Basically, the more backlinks you get, the better your ranking. Again I don’t know why this is, it just is 🙂 I guess that Google sees a blog with a lot of other websites linking to it, a kind of “authority” site so it gives it more love.

You can get backlinks by either buying them, getting them free by submitting content/bookmarks etc. to other sites or exchanging them with other webmasters. You want to get backlinks without the rel=”nofollow” attribute..again, don’t know why, just one rule for boosting up your Google PR (if this rule still applies I’m not sure). Here is a list of sites you that can find those “no-nofollow” websites.

SEO can be a tough game when you’re up against some heavy competition, but following these basic techniques, you’ll see your blog rising in the Google search ranks.

It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.

To your blogging success,
Stu “Sensei” Stirling