October 30, 2014

Author Archives: Steven Snell

Blog Design Showcase

The typical post topics covered here involve topics related to social media marketing or blogging. One way to increase traffic to your site is to use an attractive design that will draw a lot of attention. Web design galleries and showcase blog posts like this one send considerable amounts of visitors to sites that display exemplary design. Here we will take a look at 30 blogs that make a big impact with their design. These blogs have been featured at my gallery site Blog Design Heroes, which you can visit if you are looking for more examples of great blog design. Mr. Henry Blog Design Showcase Read More »

5 Reasons New Bloggers Should Use Niche Social Media Sites

I've been talking to some new bloggers recently and I've been asked questions about how they should work on growing their blog, increasing subscribers, and getting more visitors. Most bloggers know about the potential impact of social media and some even spend considerable amounts of time on sites like Digg with hopes of getting a rush of traffic to their blog. In my opinion, many new bloggers miss out on some great opportunities by not being more active at niche social media sites. These will not have nearly as many users as the major social media sites, so they will never send a comparable amount of traffic, but there are many reasons why they are every bit as valuable for the new blogger. Read More »

Cloud Living Now Available From Glen Allsopp

Cloud Living One of my friends has just launched a new product that I think may be of interest to many Traffikd readers. Glen Allsopp has written an e-book, Cloud Living, based on his experiences from making a five-figure monthly income from his websites. Cloud Living is actually more than an e-book, it includes 6 tutorial videos, an optimized affiliate site template, and an small e-book with instructions for tweaking the template. Read More »

9 Ways to Build Your Own Social Networking Site

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Much of the content on this blog involves information on marketing your site through social media and social networking sites. However, maybe you want to create your own networking site to fill an existing void or rather than using some of those that already exist. If you are interested in building a networking site, you could of course have the site built from scratch, or you could use some type of existing platform to handle the back end of the site. In this post we'll look at 9 options for creating your own social network. Some are free options, and others are paid options that may be more appealing depending on your situation. Read More »

Get The Winning Way Internet Marketing E-Book for Free

The Winning WayGyutae Park from Winning the Web has released a free internet marketing e-book, The Winning Way. I've been following Gyutae for a while now and his blog is one of the few internet marketing blogs that I continue to read. Winning the Web always has original and practical content, even in a very saturated niche. The Winning Way is a checklist 500+ proven internet marketing strategies. Gyutae shares his knowledge and expertise by briefly covering each topic (the book is well over 100 pages long). Despite the length of the book, it is very easy to read. Gyutae even offers a guarantee for his free e-book. If you do not find at least 3 new ideas in the book, he is willing to pay you $50 (see the details of the guarantee). Read More »

Extending the Life of a Blog Post

Blogs are great for getting significant search traffic and other stable forms of traffic on long-term basis. However, with the activities of maintaining a blog, it's very easy to get caught up in focusing strictly on new content. Most bloggers don't touch their old posts after they've been published, other than maybe fixing a typo or a dead link.If you update your blog on a regular basis, you will have a considerable amount of content on the site that has serious potential for driving traffic on an on-going basis. With stable sources of traffic sending visitors to your older posts you will be able to increase your exposure to new readers even without posting ad frequently. In this article we'll look at a number of things you can do to improve the impact of the older posts in your archives. Read More »

33 New Social Media and Social Networking Sites Added

The most frequently visited page on this site is the categorized list of social networking sites. That page hadn't been updated in a while and I had a lot of sites suggested for inclusion sitting in my inbox, so I'm happy to say that 33 more sites have been added to the list. There is a great deal of variety in the sites that are featured (hopefully the categorization helps to make it more useful). Some are social media sites with user submitted links and voting to see which links get promoted to the front page (Digg-style), and others are intended to allow people with common interests to connect in various ways. Here is a listing of the sites that were just added. Be sure to visit the list of social media and social networking sites for more. Read More »

10 Tips for Requesting Link Exchanges

Building links is an important part of marketing a blog or a website. Links help to bring click-through traffic, increase exposure, and probably most importantly, they help to achieve good search engine rankings. There are many different approaches to building links, but one popular method is to exchange links with other website owners or bloggers (This post is intended for newer blogger. If your blog is already established it may not apply to you). I get emails every day at my design blogs requesting link exchanges, and I sent a few myself when I was getting my first blog started. Some of the emails I get take an effective approach (even if I wind up not exchanging links) but most have serious flaws that will prevent the blogger from having a decent chance to get a link. Obviously, if they're contacting me, they are also contacting other bloggers with the same request, and if they are making the same mistakes with each email they could be spending a lot of time and not getting many links out of it. With the right approach link exchanges can be very beneficial, especially for newer bloggers. Here are 9 things to remember when you are asking other bloggers to exchange links: Read More »

Simple SEO Changes to Improve Unexpected Rankings

You may notice that some of your blog posts are drawing search engine traffic for particular search phrases and keywords (especially if your blog has had some time to establish itself with search engines). Even if you are doing keyword research prior to writing posts, you'll almost definitely see that some of these phrases that are producing traffic are not something that you had intentionally targeted. While this is a nice surprise, it also means that there is likely more potential if you're willing to make some small, but significant, tweaks. If you're drawing search traffic from a phrase that you're not targeting, it probably means that you could be ranked even higher, and draw even more traffic as a result, if you make some changes to optimize your post accordingly. Just because a post was published at some point in the past doesn't mean that it can't be modified and made to be more effective. Read More »