A Fresh New Look

Well…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog. That’s for sure.  Here’s what new ’round these parts.

I’ve moved… twice!  I’m now living in beautiful rural Wisconsin.  I might move back to the city, or I might not.  Not sure which direction I’ll go yet but I certainly like the view from my office – lots of wildlife to be seen from my windows.

As for this blog itself…

A New Look

It was really starting to look out of date around here. However, that’s all changed as of today. I’ve got a brand new design up.  My hope is that it’s still super simple to navigate and easy to find and read.  There still aren’t any flashy graphics.  This website is all about content, not pretty logos.  But if you think the design isn’t up to snuff, then post in the comment below with what you think needs to be improved.

A Faster Server

I never got much in the way of complaints about the content of this website – who doesn’t like free, actionable content that actually gets results when you use it?  However, I have had several people tell me that the website is slow as molasses.  That should be fixed now as I’ve moved this site over to a dedicated server… and it’s one of those fancypants cloud hybrid servers that can accommodate virtually unlimited traffic.    Bottom line – this website should be fast at all times.

A New Report… Now A Multimedia Course – Still FREE!

The first couple versions of the Ultimate Traffic Blueprint were simple PDF reports.  I’ve thrown that thing out and started over… it was dated anyway.  In its place is the Ultimate Traffic Blueprint 3.0 21 Part Course plus ongoing training.  I’ve taken the time to break down generating traffic into a 21 part course.  Each day has a video, a short page of instructions, and recommended resources.

Bottom line – if you can’t improve how much traffic your website is getting with this course, you’re not trying.

New Content

Last but certainly not least is new content.  The new content will be a lot like the old stuff… but even better!  I’ll still teach you about methods of getting traffic to your website and traffic generation and how to actually use them.  I’ll post case studies, do product reviews, record videos, and I might even start a podcast if there’s demand for it (if you’d like me to do a podcast, please post in the comments).

Now, let’s make 2012 the best year ever for your website, your business, and your bank account!

Professional Link Building Tools

Professional Link Building Tools

This question comes up quite a bit.

People want to know what I personally use to build links. And the answer is complex. I use a lot of tools, methods, and resources to do it… There’s no one tool I use that can do everything I need done so I use several.

Today, I’ll talk about my favorite tools that I’ve been using over the past year or two. By the way, these tools all cost money. They’re way better than any free alternative I’ve found so I’d rather pay the monthly subscription rather than use third rate software just to save a buck or two – the attitude I’d recommend for any true business owner.

Search Engine Nuker

This is a really cool tool that can help you get top 10 rankings in Google as little as 24 minutes (no joke, I’ve done it). Currently this program is the cornerstone to my traffic building efforts and for good reason. It is extremely powerful, and unlike some of it’s competitors, has outstanding support, is updated frequently, and it actually works (most programs like this are buggy… to say the least).

To say exactly what it does takes quite a while because it has so many different things it can do. For example, need to submit and article to article directories? It’ll do it for you. Need to get your site on social network sites – again, it’ll do it for you. Want to bookmark your sites? You guessed it, not a problem.

Rather than going into a long explanation of everything the software does, just go to SearchEngineNuker.com and give it a try yourself – the first 7 days are free and the trial is fully featured. I highly recommend it, though, and probably use it in some capacity almost every day.

Traffic Geyser

Traffic Geyser is a top of the line video distribution service. Look, these days you need to be doing something to rise above the noise and stand out from the competition, and one way to do it is to use video. Yes, a lot of people have started to use video, but most people still aren’t. Be one of the smart ones that use video to promote your websites.

Now if you’re on a tight budget, you can probably get away with not getting Traffic Geyser right away. You can get decent results just submitting your videos to Youtube or if you only make a few videos a month, the free version of Tubemogul is a good alternative.

However, when you really want to get the most mileage out of a video, it’s time to use Traffic Geyser. They not only submit to video sites (24 at the moment), they also submit to social bookmarking directories, podcasting directories, have a transcription service that you can use to create articles that can be automatically submitted to article directories. It’s a really sweet system.

If you’re interested, be sure to use this link to get the first 30 days of service for $1.

Article Marketing Automation

When it comes to article distribution, article directories are good and work, but you’re better off if you can get unique content on blogs, not article directories. That’s exactly what this program does. They’ve built and extremely large network of blogs looking for free, high quality content. And in return for the content, you get links to your sites.

I really like this program and it’s helped me get some pretty nice rankings in the health niche so I’m happy to give them a shout out for creating a great piece of software.

Linkvana

I really love this tool. I’ve been using for for almost two years now and it’s really a tool built by professionals for professionals.
I’ve read in forums people saying that they don’t use it because it costs too much. And to me, that’s music to my ears because I don’t want everybody and their brother using this tool. I’ve been using it to get high rankings for competitive keywords and haven’t found anything that does a better job yet.

Using the system is a little bit of work, but that’s why it works so well. Basically, what it does is uses a large private blog network to build one way links to your websites, and these links perform great.

The price tag for this software is $147/month and you still have to pay for the blog post writing or do it yourself, and most people don’t like it. However, that’s precisely why this software works so darn well.

If you’re really serious about increasing your rankings, you’ll give it a try. If you have several sites you do work on (or do work for clients – yes, I’m 100% comfortable using this program on a site for a client) then consider it essential.


Unique Article Wizard

I remember when I first heard about the program back in 2005 (it had a different name back then, though). I thought it was the coolest concept I’d heard of for article distribution. It’s no longer the only game in town, but it still gets me links I wouldn’t otherwise get and is still well worth the price of admission ($67/month).

Where I get articles written.

Obviously, I need A LOT of content to use the tools above, and I certainly don’t do it all myself. I don’t mind doing a little writing myself now and then, but I certainly wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a writer at this point so I outsource the vast majority of my content creation.

And it really depends on the project I need done. If I need high really quality articles written, I’ll seek out an expert on Elance or Rentacoder and pay a premium price to get someone who really knows the subject matter well (get authority level content from subject matter experts). Most of the time, however, I just need basic content written to get me links so I’ll use the bargain priced services of Need-An-Article.net ($5.52/article).

Is this all I do?

No, it isn’t. Honestly, there are a lot of methods I haven’t gone into here that I use to build links, but those are the major tools I use and they can give your site a major traffic boost if you use them (Please note they aren’t magic wands that make traffic magically appear – you have to USE them). If you really want to tackle high competition keywords, you’ll need to go above and beyond those tools, but for many people the above 5 resources will get the job done most of the time.

I’ll give you one more nugget of information in this post… none of the tools above does press releases (you can get them written for $17 at Need-An-Article.net) yet it’s an extremely powerful way to get traffic instantly AND to build high quality backlinks for the future. Use them. I really like PRweb.com if you can swing it in your budget, but have also gotten good results from the cheaper alternative, Webwire.com (The $20 option works fine).

How To Increase Search Engine Traffic

Let’s face it. Search engine traffic is valuable. If it wasn’t, Google wouldn’t be making billions of dollars and Microsoft wouldn’t be spending a fortune on building a quality search engine. It’s high quality targeted traffic that converts into buyers.

However, getting your share of search engine traffic isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do especially in competitive markets.

So today, I’m going to talk about how to increase search engine traffic. I’m going to assume you’re looking for tips on how to get listings from the organic listings (free listings) instead of the paid listings (pay per click). If you don’t mind paying for every click you get to your website, then by all means, give it a try.

For the rest of us, however, let’s focus on getting more visitors from Google, Yahoo, and MSN (Google mostly since they are by far the most dominant player in search).

First of all, you can forget about most web traffic software. There are a few programs worth considering, but for the most part, most of them are pathetic and unnecessary.

Also, don’t bother paying for search engine submissions. Again, they’re not necessary and they’re not going to increase the amount of website traffic you see – not one iota.

So what does make a difference?

Only two things. Content and links. That’s it. Everything else is based on one of those two things.
Add more quality content to your website and get more links to that content and you will get more visitors to your website. It really is that simple.
For example, if you have a blog and you’re only writing one post a week, try writing two posts a week. Then get links to each of those posts you made.

The blog posts you write can even do double duty. You can write a blog post and then modify it a little bit and turn it into an article that can be submitted to article directories. You can use the article directory submissions to get links to those blog posts or to any page on your site you want to get more search engine traffic to.

If you have an ecommerce website, you could go in and enhance all of your product descriptions especially if you’re only using the stock descriptions provided to you. Add more content to those pages and again get more links to those newly updated pages.
The most important thing (and I’ve said this many times) is to simply take actions. That’s your magic bullet. It’s not the latest loophole or piece of automated web traffic software. It’s actually going out there and getting something done.

So go out there and create more content and get more links to your website and you’ll see an increase in search engine traffic (the free kind) in no time.

How To Easily Get Free Traffic To Your Website

I see posts in forums just about everyday from somebody new wondering how they can get free traffic to their website or how they can get high search engine rankings.

They want to know all the magical little “secrets” to getting tons of traffic from search engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN.

I used to reply to all of these forums posts with my answer, but it always seemed that someone would pop up the very next day asking the same question, so I’m going to cover some very simple things you can do to get traffic to your website right here in my blog instead.

But here’s the key…

You ready?

You sure? You might not want to hear this.

Okay, if you’re really sure…

The key to building up massive amounts of free search engine traffic is to take ACTION.

It’s not some silly little automated system that just sucks up your money, or the latest search engine “loophole” for you to exploit that will actually accomplish the opposite of what you want.

The key is to take action so if you’re expecting to sit on your butt and traffic will magically appear, then free search engine traffic isn’t for you. It’s great traffic to get, but it takes a little bit of work to get it.

Okay, if I’ve got you convinced that taking action is what it’s going to take to get a lot of free search engine traffic, let me give you some simple actions you can take.

Daily Actions

Here are some actions you can take on a daily basis, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to do this all within 15 minutes. Some things you could do: make a post everyday in a niche related to your website with a simple link in your signature linking back to your website; make a post on your website’s blog; you could also comment on other people’s blogs leaving helpful feedback or commentary and also including a link back to your site.

Obviously, that’s not an all inclusive list of things you can do to build traffic on a daily basis, but it should help you get the wheels turning in your head to come up with even more ways.

Weekly Actions

For your weekly actions, you could take an hour or two out of one day and get these done. You could write an article or two on a topic related to your website, and submit it to popular article directories like EzineArticles. You could also submit your website to 5-10 directories. There are literally thousands of directories out there. You could even record a video and put it up on Youtube and other video sharing sites, and drive traffic to your site with video.

Monthly Actions

Every month you could take an hour or two to write and distribute a press release. Press releases are actually easy to write, and a good press release can drive a ton of traffic to your website in addition to getting you a lot of high quality links.

So there you have it, some simple actions you can take on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Just make sure you pick something you can do on a consistent basis and watch your website traffic keep on going up right along with it.

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What Language Do Your Content Writers Speak?

When it comes to hiring someone to create content for your website, it’s important to know what language your writers speak.

First, you’ll want to consider what language is their FIRST language. If it’s not English, and they haven’t spent the last 10 years living in an English speaking country, then they probably aren’t going to be up to snuff for your article writing projects.

I’ve hired a ton of different writers over the past few years to create content for my webistes, and I’ve had to learn this the hard way. I’ve tried to get cheap and take the writer from India over the qualified writer from the U.S. Even in cases where the person from India has a masters degree in English, I’d still have been better off with the native English speaker.

In my experience, even the excellent writers from India still tend to make small mistakes that make it obvious they’re not a native speaker.

And the ones I’ve hired who have masters degrees in English, they use a lot of big words that just aren’t in common use today, and they may have sentences that are grammatically correct, but are very awkward to read.

I seem to have hit a nerve with writers from India who don’t seem to appreciate my take on their writing.

Just recently I had one write the following to me:

“Wish you’d kept off that snide remark about writers from India. You guys will never improve. The white skin reflects your mentality – shallow, pale and totally colorless!”

Obviously this person is ticked off, but I still stand by my original assessment that Indian writers are a major step below American writers. If I wanted content written in Indian, I’m confidant they’d do a good job, however, for content written in English, I’ll stick to my team of American writers despite the extra expense. They can insult me all they want, but as they say, “the proof is in the pudding.”

Having writers whose first language is English is very important, but it’s not the only consideration you need to make.

The next thing you need to know is if your writer knows American English. With apologies to the British, American English is the standard language of the web. Unless you’re serving just one particular country like England or Australia, you’ll want to stick to American spellings, and American slang, otherwise you’ll be turning off a large portion of your reading audience.

So while it may cost a bit more to get a person who grew up and lives in the United States to write your articles, the investment will be well worth it.

If you’re using your articles for article marketing, you’ll get more people republishing the article, and more people clicking through your links which means more people visiting your website.

If using articles as content for your website, you’ll have people spending more time on your site, linking to it, and spending money on your website.

The last point I want to cover is making sure your writers speak the jargon of whatever niche your website is in.

If I said I have an MS63 PCGS certified 1907 High Relief Wire Rim St. Gauden, what did I just say? Unless you collect coins you probably have no idea what the heck I just said. If you collect coins, you probably know I’m talk about a $20 gold coin (that one in particular is worth almost $25,000). The point I’m trying to make is that when you hire someone to write articles for you, make sure they’re familiar with the lingo in that area. If they’re not, your visitor will be able to spot that quickly, and you’ll end up losing credibility.

Follow these guidelines for your articles and you’ll find that increasing traffic and revenue to your website is a whole lot easier than when you try to use 3rd rate writing services just to save a couple bucks.

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A Traffic Generation Strategy I Didn’t Know About?

I study traffic generation. I really do. I spend thousands of dollars each year buying products that promise to help me get an edge in the traffic generation market hoping that I might learn just some small twist I didn’t know before. I read tons of blogs every month looking for the latest in what’s working, and I read several monthly newsletters that all talk about traffic generation. Heck, I even write one myself.

If you’d have asked me a month ago if I knew of all the major strategies to get traffic to a website, I would have opened up a gigantic mindmap stored on my computer that includes everything from SEO to Social Media to PPC to Radio to JVs to Video to Postcards to Writing Books. It’s huge. Writing a manual on the full gambit of those strategies would be likely result in 50 lbs of manuals.

I’d have probably acknowledged some minor ones I didn’t know about, but I would be pretty sure I knew all the strategies for getting A LOT of traffic to a website.

Well, I was wrong.

I recently purchased a product – it was cheap so I thought what the heck – that taught me about a major source of traffic that I’d completely missed.

In my huge stack of manuals, newsletters, and audio programs nobody had ever talked about it. Not one single mention.

And this isn’t just a few visitors a day type of traffic or even a few hundred. This method can result in thousands of extra visitors per day. It’s a resource that has been overlooked by most marketers for years, and the select few that know about are making a killing from it.

Would you like to know what it is?

Software.

By creating freeware/shareware programs and distributing them to the major software directories, you can get thousands or even tens of thousands is extra visitors a day to visit a website, sign up to a newsletter, or even go to an affiliate page of yours.

In the manual, Confessions of a Lazy Super-Affiliate, the author Chris Rempel covers how to use this strategy in detail, and how to create program even if you couldn’t program your way out of a box. I’m not a programmer either, and I can do this.

This software strategy isn’t all he covers either. He actually talks about how to build traffic to affiliate sites using good old fashioned SEO. And the best part is that he actually knows what he’s talking about.

It’s the first affiliate manual I’ve ever read where the author truly understood search engine optimization and how to build real traffic from the search engines. And he took that understanding and has used it to generate a healthy six figure income with a relatively small number of websites. It’s definitely a worthwhile read.

And if you’ve been reading this blog for a while or you’ve read my Ultimate Traffic Blueprint or taken my link building course, you’ll find that my strategies are completely compatible with his.

And the product is under priced, so even if you’re on a tight budget, there’s no excuse.

If you’re looking for a fairly easy way to make some extra money this year, then I’d highly recommend giving this system a shot.

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3waylinks.net Review – An Honest Review of Jonathan Leger’s 3 Way Links System

Have you been wondering if Jonathan Leger’s 3 Way Link Building system is actually worth the investment?

3WayLinks.net Homepage

I have to admit that when I first heard about this system I was extremely skeptical. I was visiting one of my favorite Internet Marketing forums when I heard someone touting it as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

They said that it was “the real deal.” Also, they posted that, “in just 3 weeks I hit #1 on Google for my main keyword.”

Unconvinced – here’s what I said in regard to this 3 way linking “scheme.”

“Have you tested three way links versus regular reciprocal links?

Google can easily detect 3 way link networks, and treats them the same as reciprocal links. I'm not saying that there's not any benefit to using them, obviously they're working for you, just keep in mind that by using a 3 way exchange, you're not doing something Google hasn't already thought of.”

After a few exchanges back and forth I decided to give it a try. I’m a pragmatic guy. I care about results, not theory, so I thought I’d give it a try on a few sites I didn’t care all that much about.

I was a little concerned that this would be like other massive link exchanges where it’d work great for Yahoo and MSN, but that it would result in my site getting penalized in Google.

The system allows you to put up to 50 domains in their network for your monthly fee. I only added 3 websites. I then promptly forgot about it and went on my life.

Less than a month later, the traffic to one of the sites I had added had tripled!

Still, unconvinced I wasn’t ready to endorse the product. After all, that site was in position to see a massive traffic increase any day in the first place.

So I continued to ignore 3waylinks.net.

Before I continue with my story, I need to explain the keyword selection process so you understand why I was starting to get excited. When you use 3waylinks.net, you get to choose three keywords that will be used for the anchor text pointing to your site. The primary keyword you select will be used 60% of the time, the secondary keyword will be used 30% of the time, and the tertiary keyword will be used 10% of the time.

Okay, back to the story…

Then about 2 ½ months later I was looking at the traffic stats for the second site I had added to the network. It was a network marketing related website, and I had been targeting the term “mlm training” with my main keyword. I noticed that my traffic had jumped significantly for that term; however, it wasn’t the main way people were finding my website.

No, the top traffic generating keyword to my website was the term “network marketing.” This website wasn’t optimized for the term in any way, shape, or form. I had deemed that word too difficult to get top ten rankings for. However, I had used the keyword “network marketing” as my secondary keyword in the 3waylinks.net system. When I investigated where the traffic was coming from, it was all from Google. I had reached the top 30 of Google for the term “network marketing” without even trying.

A couple months later I broke into the top 10 of Google for the term mlm training, and that term then became my top traffic keyword. The site also achieved top 2 rankings in both Yahoo and MSN for “mlm training”.

At this point I checked out how the third site I had entered into the system. And you can probably guess what I’m going to say – yep – top ten rankings in Google for that site as well.

During this test I hadn’t been doing any other link building to these sites since I wanted to know if 3 Way Links was actually making the difference.

I am comfortable saying that, yes, 3 Way Links works, and it works extremely well. I am extremely comfortable recommending this to my loyal readers as a system that will help you get top ten rankings not just in Yahoo and MSN (as I originally suspected) but in Google as well.

And trust me, a top ten Google ranking is worth a heck of a lot more than a top ten in Yahoo or MSN because it drives so much more traffic to your website.

Now before you got off joining and expecting massive amounts of traffic, there are a few things you should know:

1) This is still a link exchange. Yes, it works substantially better than regular reciprocal link exchanges but at the end of the day, it’s still a link exchange system. However, Google is no longer as strongly against reciprocal link exchanges. According to their own Webmaster guidelines they now state you shouldn’t have “excessive reciprocal links.” What constitutes excessive is not known, but the 250 links that 3 Way Links builds to your site would seem to be under their limit.

2) You still need other links. You shouldn’t use 3 Way Links as the only links to your website. I think it’s dangerous to rely on just one link building method for your search engine rankings. Currently, you can rank well by just using this system, but if you use it in conjunction with other systems, you’ll see even better results.

3) Not useful for increasing Pagerank. If you’re obsessed with Pagerank then don’t bother with this system. I haven’t seen my Pagerank increase on any site by using this system. What I have seen is a dramatic increase in my search engine rankings and the traffic to my website. Google has made Pagerank a fairly irrelevant statistic over the past year so don’t get too hung up on it.

4) Some knowledge of how to build a website required. If you have absolutely no idea how to build a web page, then using this system is going to be difficult for you. There are some tutorials available for you, and a forum, but if you’re not comfortable with html then be prepared for a bit of a learning curve. You’ll need create a new web page for your site and paste in some php code to make this system work. If you can’t do that, you’ll need to hire someone to do that for you.

5) Selecting keywords. There’s a trick to making this system work that really isn’t covered by tutorials on the website. Your websites will appear in a 6-3-1 ratio. That means for every 10 links that are built to your website, 6 will include your primary keyword, 3 will include your secondary keyword, and 1 will include your tertiary keyword. To maximize the effectiveness of this system, your secondary keyword should be related to your website’s content, but it shouldn’t include any of the anchor text of your primary keyword. For example, 1-mlm training, 2-network marketing, 3-multi level marketing tips would be a good use of keywords. However, 1-mlm, 2-mlm training, 3-mlm help would be unwise since all of your keywords include the anchor text “mlm.” That looks highly unnatural to the search engines and it’s unlikely that you’ll rank as well if you do that.

So that’s my review. If you’re looking to get more traffic to your website, then I am willing to say that this is one of the easiest ways I’ve found to do it, and I fully recommend 3WayLinks.net to you.

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Why Every Business Needs A Search Engine Optmization Strategy

A lot of website owners are content to buy PPC ads, run affiliate programs, and buy banners ads as their sole forms of advertising. They completely shun search engine optimization because they think that it’s too hard to keep up with and that the returns aren’t predictable.

There’s a major flaw in that style of thinking. They’re missing out on large portion of potential customers by not being highly visible in the organic search engine listings.

I have a friend who is very Internet savvy – he uses Google everyday, he buys a lot of items online, but he doesn’t respond well to advertising, especially PPC advertising. He’s never clicked on a pay per click ad in his life. He’s highly skeptical of marketing, and will ignore it.

While he’s probably the exception rather than the rule, there are a certain percentage of people who will ignore the ads no matter how good your ad copy is. You may be thinking that these people make bad customers anyway, but if we use my friend as an example, you’d be wrong. He’s always buying himself new gadgets and “toys.”

However, reaching him as a customer is a lot trickier because traditional advertising methods simply don’t work very well.

This is where implementing search engine optimization as a strategy comes in. My friend can easily be reached by showing up on the first page of Google for whatever he typed in as long as you’re found in the regular listings, but if you’re not easy to find in the regular listings, you’re not going to get his business.

So what’s a business to do? While the finer details of search engine optimization could easily exceed 1000 pages, there are two basic things you need to rank well in the search engines…

1) Content and 2) Links.

You need enough content (articles, videos, pics, etc) on your website to thoroughly cover your topic. For example, a site about real estate that only has ten pages is woefully inadequate, but those ten pages would likely able to cover how to care for a golden retriever fairly well.

And once you have the content on your website taken care of, you need to get links to your website. In general, the more links you have, the better rankings you’ll get.

I’m not saying that SEO should be your only strategy for driving traffic to your website, but you should certainly give it a chance, and when you do, you’ll find that it will help you get new customers you weren’t able to get previously.

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Blackhat SEO Confessions – Stop Looking For Search Engine Loopholes

It seems like every few months someone releases a new product promising to reveal the latest search engine loophole to you that will finally show you how you can get the #1 ranking in Google in less than 60 seconds.

Okay, I’m exaggerating a little, but not that much.

The problem with these people and their products is that even if they did uncover a legitimate loophole, as soon as a lot of people start to take advantage of it and ultimately abuse it, that loophole is slammed shut, and the people who are using that loophole are frequently penalized if not outright banned from the search engines for it.

I have a lot of first hand experience with this. A few years ago, I built websites that really had no value to the people who visited them, but you could trick the search engines into thinking that these were great sites, and the search engines would reward you with high search engines and a lot of traffic.

Initially, it worked great, but once the search engines figured out what was going on, they got rid of the little loopholes that people like me were taking advantage of and banned those websites.

I had websites go from getting 5,000+ visitors per day to 50.

Trust me, that’s not a good feeling.

These days, however, I do things very differently. I don’t even bother with the latest loophole or blackhat tactic of that day – I follow a strategy that has been working for years, and will continue to work for the foreseeable future.

And it’s a really simple strategy.

I follow basic search engine optimization guidelines, update and add content to my site regularly, and seek out high quality links for my website.

I know it’s not as sexy as pushing buttons and getting a site that gets thousands of visitors a day, but a month later when that site you built with sexy button pushing software is getting absolutely no visitors, my site will be continuing to get more traffic.

Another benefit to building high quality sites that are built to last, and that’s that they’re something you can sell. You see, those crappy sites that try to take advantage of the search engines aren’t worth anything as soon as they stop getting traffic, and it’s not a matter of if they stop getting traffic, it’s a matter of when. On the other hand, if your build a site that people legitimately like to visit, then it’s reasonable to assume that the search engines will like it too and you’ll be rewarded with more traffic which makes your website very attractive to potential buyers.

So stop trying to play tricks on the search engines, in the long run, you’re going to be a lot better off building high quality websites than you would building junk websites.

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The Top 3 Advantages of Organic Search Engine Rankings

With so many people touting the virtues of PPC as a way to get people to your website instantly, the benefits of organic search engines rankings can get lost in the shuffle despite the dramatic advantages they offer.

And when I say organic search engine rankings, I’m talking about the non-sponsored results you see on the left hand side of the screen when you do a search in Google, Yahoo, or your favorite search engine.

I want to take a few minutes here to explain why every website needs to be spending at least a little time making sure their website is optimized for the search engines.

If you’re already making all the money you could ever want using Pay Per Click advertising methods, then you can stop reading here, but if you’re not yet enormously wealthy, you may wish to continue.

1) Ad Blindness

First of all, when it comes to Pay Per Click advertising, many savvy Internet users have learned to ignore them – they may show up on the page, but the web user doesn’t even see them. They’re only concerned with those 10 “natural” or “organic” listings – i.e. those search engine listings where the website owner didn’t just offer to pay the most money per click to get on the first page of the search engine listings.

In a recent survey of Internet users, 85% of them said they tend to ignore sponsored listings. That means that if you are using only PPC to generate revenue for your business, you’ll be busy fighting with all the other advertisers for a mere 15% of the market while those who focused on getting high search engine rankings have 100% of market available to them. (Have you ever heard anyone ever say they tend to ignore regular search engine listings and only want to look at ads? Unless you’re a marketer analyzing the competition, probably not!)

2) Organic Listings More Trusted

There’s also a trust factor at work here. People are naturally skeptical of advertisers – it’s just the nature of the beast. In fact, over 90% of Internet users have said that they trust the organic search engine results MORE than they trust sponsored results. As you may be starting to realize you’re facing an uphill battle when a visitor does decide to click on your Pay Per Click ad. Not only are most of users ignoring you, eliminating a big portion of your potential market, most of them are clicking on your ad with a lot of skepticism.

3) Organic Listings Are Free

And if the fact that your message is more trusted and not ignored with natural search engine rankings haven’t convinced you to at least give it a try, then you may want to know that natural search engine rankings are Free! You can’t pay to get a top search engine ranking, and you never have to pay a fee when someone clicks on a link to visit your website.

While not all search engine rankings last, especially if you neglect them, some of them can last indefinitely. I’ve had a website that for the past 3 years has ranked in the top ten for it’s main keyword. I’ve done almost nothing to maintain that ranking, yet that single top ten listing makes me thousands of dollars each month and I don’t spend any money advertising the site. While I’ve had a lot of competitors come and who who’ve tried to make it by doing Pay Per Click, I’ve managed to sell my product at a higher price simply because my website is listed near the top of the natural search engine listings.

And you want to know another valuable part of top ten search engine rankings? While they may not always be easy to get, once you get them they are frequently easy to maintain as long as you have a high quality website. For example, if someone is writing a story on horse racing, and they find your site at number 1, and it provides a lot of useful content on the subject of horse racing, they’re very likely to link to your site as a valuable resource on the subject. That means that with new people linking to you without you even asking for you, you’re that much more likely to maintain your top ten ranking.

If you’re not already taking advantage of natural search engine rankings to drive traffic (and sales!) to your website, then it’s time to get started.

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