So far we talked about getting content on your
blog and you now have a content plan for the coming weeks and at
least one or two blog posts on your site. That means it's time to go
out and market your site.
One of the biggest mistakes I made
with my first few affiliate sites was to build them and then expect
people to just magically find them. That's like building a store out
in the middle of nowhere and not even bothering to build a road to it,
let along set up some signs.
Marketing your blog means going
out there and telling the world about it - so they can find you. There
are a million and one ways to market your online business. I'll get
you started with 7 quick ideas here:
Blog Commenting -
Find a few popular blogs in your niche and start to comment on them
regularly. Provide good content in your comments. Your username should
link back to your new website.
Caution - do not link back to
your site directly within the comment. It's considered rude and
Social Bookmarking - Submit your home page and
individual blog posts to popular social bookmarking sites like
stumbeupon.com, reddit.com, dig.com, and delicious.com.
Forum Participation - Find two or three popular forums in your
niche and start participating. Answer questions, be helpful. If
possible link back to your blog or niche site in your forum signature.
Social Media - Tweet about your blog posts and other
interesting things in your niche as you come across them. Use facebook
the same way. I recommend you also spend a little time each week to
find new friends and followers in your target market.
Article Marketing - Write a short 400 word article and submit it
to some of the popular article directories like Ezinearticles.com,
Goarticles.com and Articlebase.com. If you are a female writer,
Ladypens.com is another great option.
Link back to your site
in the author resource box of your article.
- Go back to the blogs you're already commenting on and see I the
owner would be interested in a blog post by you. These posts are
similar to article marketing and again will include one or two links
back to your site.
Videos - Create a short video where
you share a tip or show your audience how to do something in your
niche. Upload the video to youtube.com
Now that you have my
list of 7 marketing strategies, I want you to pick at least one of
them and get to work on it this week. Write and publish an article,
spend 15 minutes a day commenting on some blogs or participating on a
few good forums.
Pick a marketing strategy and get comfortable
with it. Then come back to this list and add another one to the mix.
Ideally you want to spend about 20% of your time adding new
content to your site and 80% of it on marketing tasks.
more tips on getting traffic to your affiliate website, grab a copy of
my report "Affiliate Shortcut - Traffic".
In the report I share a few different strategies I've come
across over the years that allow me to get free traffic to my
affiliate websites from day one.
Susanne Myers -
Affiliate Fast Track