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

 

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 😉

Stuart StirlingTo your success,

Stu Sensei

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

Free Ebook: Set ‘n’ Forget Traffic-Cash System

Here’s a free ebook with a real money-making TWIST!

I reveal my 4-step “set ‘n’ forget” system for getting traffic AND making commissions!

Here’s what one of my susbcribers said is her reply back to me when I sent her this free report (totally unsolicited)….

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I haven’t even began to start my campaigns yet, but when I got your free report, I only opened it by a freak act of a “Higher Power”, and I say this because I dont open emails from people I dont know…but when I saw…”Free no B.S. Report”…I decided to open it, because there is just so much going on in this world, that you never know???  So, i’ve been teaching myself about internet marketing, and affiliate marketing for the last five years, and have learned so much…But NEVER ONCE in that five years, have I had it drawn out so “clearly”, and so “quickly”!

After reading the report, I was in “awe”, as I gasped, and said to myself…That’s the trick, RIGHT THERE!!!! I finally Cracked the Code!!!”  L.O.L!!! I’m literally laughing hysterically, but very serious, because you put it SO SIMPLE!

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Thanks so much! It was a nice surprise for me to get a response like that too!

I’m happy that it’s getting people excited. That’s the whole purpose for it 😉

Set n Forget Traffic Cash SystemTo get your free copy of this ebook (and see what all the fuss it about), click the link below.

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(direct link to the PDF – ‘right click’ on link to save to hard drive)

It’s a short read, less than 20 pages. I leave out all the fluff.

The “twist” is revealed in the last step, where you’ll see how this report can supercharge your results using this system.

By the way, it’s totally free to download the report and use the system to get free traffic and make money at the same time.

Enjoy!

Stuart StirlingStu Sensei

p.s. Got any questions about it? Feedback? Suggestions to make it better? Leave them 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!

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!

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.

Getting Started With Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a great business model to start with if you’re just getting into Internet marketing.

In a nutshell, “affiliate marketing” is the term used for selling other people’s products and getting paid a commission when you refer a sale.

You probably already know how affiliate marketing works but want to know how to start being successful as an affiliate marketer.

In my first couple of years online, my primary income source was from selling other people’s product – affiliate marketing. Until I had my own products for sale, affiliate commissions made up 90% of my online income.

The great thing about affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to spend time on product creation, website building and maintenance, customer support etc.

Your main job as an affiliate marketer is to Advertise!

Advertising online is known by a few other words like as “getting traffic”, “marketing” and “promotion” but the meaning is the same – get people to click on your affiliate link and see your offer!

The 2 big questions all beginners to affiliate marketing ask are “how do you get traffic?” and “how do you get people to click on your affiliate link?”

There are several ebooks and courses written on the topic of affiliate marketing because it is a very broad topic. There are literally hundreds of different ways to get traffic.

But a couple of tips I want to give you are these:

  1. You need to know what is selling
  2. You need to know where the buyers are

Before you sign up for any affiliate program, or build any kind of site or write an article, you need to carefully think if the product you’re looking at is going to sell.

I’ve made the mistake of choosing products and markets where buyers are few and far between. If there is one piece of advice you can walk away with it’s this: target buyers’ markets. When you attract buyers and give them the products they want, you’re bound to hit the jackpot every time!

Once you have made a decision on the market or product to promote, your next step is to start advertising or getting traffic to your affiliate link.

Blogging, video marketing, buying ads (classifieds etc), social “group” marketing and article marketing are some popular ways to promote your affiliate links.

If you go for “search marketing” such as blogging, article or video marketing, it really comes down to the keywords you choose. Remember to target buyers!

For “group marketing” using sites such as forums, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter etc., the best way to go is to find those niche groups where your target people are hanging out it and contribute a lot of good content to the group so you stand out as an expert and get people to like you.

People will naturally want to “learn” more from you. They go to your site/page, click on your affiliate links and voila – sales are in the bag.

Here’s a free affiliate marketing report (no opt-in required) that explains some of the affiliate marketing methods I mentioned above.

You can also re-brand that report with your affiliate links (instructions included) and give it away to build a list or just to contribute to the community.

All the best with your affiliate marketing!

Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. What did you think of this article on how to get started with affiliate marketing? Learn anything new? Please leave your comment below and share it with your friends and followers!