Traffic Experiments: Free Facebook Traffic?

Over the years, Facebook marketing has always been an Achilles heel for me. Maybe I’m just not a social enough guy. I don’t know. But I have had some recent success with a couple of Facebook traffic experiments. Today I’ll share a few things that did NOT work and a few things I’ve tried recently that did […]

Over the years, Facebook marketing has always been an Achilles heel for me.

Maybe I’m just not a social enough guy. I don’t know.

But I have had some recent success with a couple of Facebook traffic experiments. Today I’ll share a few things that did NOT work and a few things I’ve tried recently that did work. (Really well!)

First of all, I know there are lots of people killing it on Facebook with paid advertising. I tried paid advertising on Facebook a few years back and made some affiliate sales. Not enough to keep at it though. I worked about 20 hours building ads and running them, and my net profit was about $4/hour.

Not worth it.

I realize I could have studied more and spent more, and kept testing, etc., but it wasn’t fun for me so I jumped ship.

Mostly because paid advertising is not my thing. I like my traffic to be free.

So I did what most webmasters do and added a passive Facebook strategy to my blog. That included the like button you see over there to the right.

I slowly grew a Facebook audience with that, and I added a plugin to my blog so it would automatically publish my posts on Facebook. Then I pretty much ignored it.

When I logged into Facebook occasionally, I’d see my posts along with the number of people they reached. Here’s a typical example…

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As you can see, the post reached 13 people. Whoopee.

Other times I’d see better results like this…

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33 people reached. Earth shattering.

Then this week something changed. I logged into Facebook and clicked on insights and saw this pleasant surprise…

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What? A 1755% increase in reach this week? Could this be right?

I poked through my posts and found the two that were responsible…

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I remembered this was a test post I made through my Autopixar account.

Now that’s what I’m talking about!

And I quickly found the other post I did through Autopixar just a few days ago, with a rapidly growing reach already surpassing all my previous posts put together…

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Now at the risk of this sounding like a promotion for Autopixar, using their rapid visual creation tool really taught me something. After seeing the results of these posts, it was immediately obvious to me I had been posting all wrong.

It seems to me Facebook likes simple images like this for some reason. If you know why, comment below this post and tell me!

As for now, my little experiment with Autopixar is going to continue. I’m scheduling a post every few days. They take me about 5 minutes to create and post. And they work 1755% better than my regular posts!

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Now, onto my other Facebook experiment…

The only other way I’ve been getting free traffic from Facebook is by using their message button.

I simply click through my friends list on the right and find a marketer who promotes products and services similar to mine.

Then I click the message button that looks like this…

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It opens a small dialog box and I send them a message like this…

Hi NAME,

Your name in my friends list just caught my eye. What have you been up to? Any new products or services I can review for my BizWeb eGazette readers? 

Jim Daniels – bizweb2000.com

Then when they reply, and they usually do, I get a review copy of their latest program to check out. If it’s up to snuff and something I can recommend to my readers, I send back this message…

Thanks! It looks great. Send me an affiliate sign up link and I’ll let my peeps know about it.  

Also, would you like review access to my latest program? It pay 50% commission on sales and it’s been selling really well. Let me know…

Jim

As you can see, this is a very basic strategy to get free traffic from Facebook. But I’ve generated literally thousands of visitors to my sites with this method. In fact, I’ve made more money on Facebook using this strategy than any other I’ve tried, including their paid advertising.

Of course you need to grow your friends list in order to utilize this method. But that’s easy enough. Just search for some leaders and competitors in your niche right though the Facebook search bar. As you find them one by one, you can send a friend request. Most marketers accept friend requests even from people they don’t know.

Plus, when they see all the snazzy, inspirational posts you created with Autopixar they’ll know you’re active on Facebook and serious about success. ?

More Free Images for Your Blog and Social Media

A few weeks ago I shared a bunch of infographics that you could use as your own. If you missed that post you’ll find it here. Today I want to give you some more images that you can use however you see fit. Unlike the last set, I did not purchase this set. Instead, I created […]

A few weeks ago I shared a bunch of infographics that you could use as your own.

If you missed that post you’ll find it here.

Today I want to give you some more images that you can use however you see fit. Unlike the last set, I did not purchase this set. Instead, I created them myself!

That’s right, the guy with no graphic skills whatsoever (me!) created some images.

autopixar-macboxYou see, I’ve been testing out a new web-based tool called Autopixar. It’s a 100% Newbie-Friendly, Rapid Visual Creation Tool.

It’s web-based so there is nothing to download or install and it comes with a ton of pre-designed templates so ZERO image editing skills are necessary. (That’s good for me.)

But what I really like is that with a single click I can broadcast my visuals via multiple social media outlets.

Now that it’s so easy to make these “quick-share” visuals, I can share as many as I want. I can even schedule them and have them sent on auto-pilot. Anytime the images are shared it generates viral traffic that’s 100% free.

OK, so here are the images I just created this morning while testing Autopixar. I mixed it up a little so they are not all business related.

As with the infographics, you are free to download these and use them however you see fit. Just right-click on any image you want and save it as your own. Then post them on your blog, on facebook, instagram, whatever you want.

Oh, and drop a comment below and let me know what you think…

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Sharing images like these is a great way to get more traffic to your sites. In fact, is the way big brands and celebrities do it.

Best of all, with Autopixar, now you can do it with no money or graphic design skills.

I love this new tool, watch this demo video to see how easy it is to use…

Now that you see how simple it is to use, and how even a graphic design dummy like be can do it, why not grab the tool for yourself while you can still get in without monthly payments!

Important: If you bought, or plan to buy Autopixar, I just uploaded 2 really cool bonus into your JVZoo customer area.

It’s a pair of really nice, super-useful WordPress plugins…

Bonus #1: Optin Engine Plugin

You can use this to build beautiful optin pages in a jiffy.

Here are details on it.

Bonus #2: Click Maximizer Plugin

This one lets you link keywords at your site to affiliate links or anywhere else you want.

For example, I’m using it to link the word “hosting” at all my blog posts to a hosting affiliate link.

You can see how it works here.

BONUS DELIVERY:

If you already bought Autopixar then just go to your JVZoo customer area and you’ll find these bonuses.

If you have not bought it then grab it today and you get the bonuses.

AUTOPIXAR DETAILS:

WHAT: Template based Visual creator and Share tool
WHY: Get traffic like celebs do
CURRENT PRICE: $37.00
COUPON CODE: blackfriday
SALE PRICE: $29.00 (SAVE $8.00)
COUPON EXPIRES: Midnight Friday 25th November 2016 @ 23:59 EST
DETAILS: http://bizweb2000.com/recommends/ap

If you need traffic for your site, blog or affiliate links, try this.

If you’re graphic design and traffic challenged like me, you’ll love it.

Free Internet Marketing Infographics

I just bought you a gift. An awesome set of Infographics for anyone in the Internet marketing or online business niche. So what’s the catch? Well, there is none. It’s just my way of saying thanks for opening my emails and reading this newsletter. I stumbled upon this awesome awesome collection of Infographics for Internet Marketers, […]

I just bought you a gift.

An awesome set of Infographics for anyone in the Internet marketing or online business niche.

So what’s the catch?

Well, there is none. It’s just my way of saying thanks for opening my emails and reading this newsletter.

I stumbled upon this awesome awesome collection of Infographics for Internet Marketers, when doing some affiliate research at JVZoo this morning.

Since it came with PLR rights, I figured I’d buy it and use some of the images in future posts, and give some of the images away to my readers.

There are six high-quality infographics worth literally hundreds of dollars. (Infographics can be time-consuming and pricey to create.)

OK, so before you grab them, here’s a quick crash course on what Infographics are and why you may want to start using them…

What Is an Infographic?

Think of statistics or facts surrounding a specific topic. An Infographic is a way to visually show those stats or facts in a way that it tells a story.

The idea behind Infographics is that many people prefer to see visual explanations rather than reading text. Infographics explain a subject quickly and easily, without having to take time to read an article or watch a video.

You can use them at your blog or website as content.

You can post them in your favorite social media accounts and generate some free website traffic.

OK, so on with your promised Infographics. I suggest you take a few moments and absorb the content in these before you save them as your own. They are quite informative!

When you are ready to save them for your own use, just right-click the images you want and download them to your computer. You can then use them at your site, blog, social media, wherever you want. Enjoy!

Free Infographic #1: What is Affiliate Marketing

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Free Infographic #2: Five Easy Ways to Attract An Audience Online

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Free Infographic #3: Why Bloggers Blog Daily

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Free Infographic #4: How To Start Your Freelance Writing Career

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Free Infographic #5: Time Management for Internet Marketers

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Free Infographic #6: Why Most Internet Start-ups Fail

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Enjoy! And I’d love to hear what you think of these Infographics. Leave a comment below and I’ll send you another gift…

3 More Website Traffic Strategies that Work

Today I’ll continue my website traffic series by sharing three more traffic strategies that actually work. Web Traffic Strategy #1: Web Push You may have heard of web push but you’re not sure how it works. It’s fairly recent technology that can sound confusing on the surface, but really isn’t. In a nutshell, web push […]

sunny roadToday I’ll continue my website traffic series by sharing three more traffic strategies that actually work.

Web Traffic Strategy #1: Web Push

You may have heard of web push but you’re not sure how it works. It’s fairly recent technology that can sound confusing on the surface, but really isn’t.

In a nutshell, web push brings visitors back to your site by offering a free notification of new posts, via a small button.

So last month I added a little web push button on this site you’re at  right now.

To set it up, I used a free service from OneSignal.com – while there are a handful of services that offer push notifications, such as PushCrew, and many server based solutions, I chose OneSignal because it was 100% free with unlimited subscribers and pushes.

And frankly, it was the simplest one I could find. Adding the plugin and button took me about 30 minutes in total.

So is it working?

Well, today I looked at my stats and at the 30 day mark I was pleasantly surprised to see 85 new subscribers in my OneSignal account. While that may not sound like a lot to you, it’s over 1000 new subscribers per year, all 100% on auto-pilot, and all 100% free.

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OneSignal makes it very simple to add web push notifications using its Web Push API, which lets users choose to receive personalized push notifications from your web sites on their PCs, tablets, or smartphones.

Their site contains simple videos walking you through the setup procedure and it really is a breeze. After I set it up I tested it out by visiting my site from my smartphone and clicking OK when it asked me if I wanted a notification when new posts were added.

Now I am reminded how well it works every time I add a new post — I get that nice little notification sound on my Galaxy S5 along with a visual notification and link to my site. Cool! And people who accept notifications in their browser see my post alerts the next time they open their browser. So far I’m seeing a 10% click-thru rate which is higher than email marketing these days, so its definitely worth it.

If you’re not using OneSignal or another web push solution on your blog you’re missing out on adding more subscribers. Remember, some people may not want to opt-in via email, and some email subscribers may miss your emails in their sea of daily spam.

The bottom line is, OneSignal is definitely worth the one-time setup effort and remember, it’s completely free!

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Web Traffic Strategy #2: Article Marketing

I’m sure you’ve seen a LOT of information about article marketing. Some of it is misleading, too. But it does have its merits so let’s learn the basics of what you need to know about this traffic strategy.

Basically, you write articles and submit them to websites along with your bio and link. And yes, it can stil work well of you do it correctly.

Here are some tips that can help you maximize your article marketing efforts:

· Most article directories are free. Others have perks for those who pay a monthly price – like faster article approval. Decide if premium services are worth it to you, in most cases it’s not worth the cash in my opinion.

· Work on developing your call to action. This is the small area at the end of your article that gets people to click through to your link. Don’t be boring and simply say something like, “for more information, click here,” because that’s not interesting enough to warrant a click. You need to pique curiosity!!

· Spread your backlinking efforts among many sites – not just one. Most marketers use EzineArticles.com for their article marketing – but there are many others, like ArticlesBase.com and ArticleCity.com – that you can use, too.

· Don’t put all of your content on directories – save a good deal of it for your own blog and site!

Article marketing can be done on a schedule that you create. You can outsource content to a ghostwriter and upload it under your name on the directories. Make sure it’s unique so that it gets approved. You can even outsource the submission to directories if you want to make it completely hands-free.

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Web Traffic Strategy #3: Adwords

Beware, this strategy involves spending money, so you need to be careful.

Paid traffic can be a very scary thing for many marketers – even seasoned ones who have been around the block online for years! But you are in control, so don’t let it intimidate you.

With AdWords, there are various types of traffic sources available, including remarketing campaigns, display and search. In a nutshell, you’re paying for your ads to be put at the top of Google’s search results, and on other people’s websites in your niche.

In order to use AdWords, you have to know the rules. They don’t mess around – so if you’re caught breaking the Terms of Service, you could have your account banned forever.

Here are the basic steps involved:

· Go to AdWords and create an account. This involved picking a username, picking a currency, verifying your account, and setting up billing information.

· Create a campaign for your AdWords account. First you’re going to choose an audience. Where are they located? What language do they speak? Do you want to just advertise on Google SERPs or partner sites as well?

· Pick a daily budget. Warning: if you say you can spend up to $100 a day, they WILL find a way to spend your $100 a day. It’s vital that you only spend as much as you can afford, period. Nothing more – or you’ll go into debt very fast.

Now one thing to keep in mind – if your daily budget is just $20, and you’re maxing out on that, look to see if the investment is paying off for you. Are those click throughs resulting in sales? If so, how much? How much can you afford to raise your daily budget?

· Enter the maximum amount you’re willing to pay per click. Some niche markets have keywords that cost a lot of money (think $50 per click!) and some cost just $0.25. Just because you put a maximum, it doesn’t mean they’ll charge that – and it also doesn’t mean you get to beat out other advertisers for placement – there’s more that goes into that equation than bid price.

· Enter a list of keywords associated with your site that you want your ad to show up for.

· Set up final billing data and your account is ready to go live!

Now keep an eye on your ad campaign – don’t let it get away from you. If your target page (the page you’re sending people to) isn’t optimized, you’ll find out about it from AdWords.

Your ranking will fluctuate and you can tweak things in your campaign and on your site to get a better position in the SERPs. Paid advertising isn’t ideal, but it does offer a quick start to some traffic flow for a new site with no foothold in Google yet.

If you are completely new to AdWords then my best advice is to outsource the setup and optimization of your campaign to an expert. Here’s a fiverr gig I found today that you may want to consider contacting.