What do Petticoats and Writing Have in Common?

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As I was sitting in my recliner last night, trying my best to find that light-bulb moment or the next viral blog post, for some reason the petticoat came to mind.

I know you’re thinking…what!? My sentiments exactly! I had no idea where I was going with this, but something sparked inside me to simply start writing. I was hoping it would come to me as fast as my speedy typing.

Wikipedia defines the Petticoat as follows:

“In historical contexts (sixteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries), petticoat refers to any separate skirt worn with a gown, bedgown, bodice or jacket; these petticoats are not strictly speaking underwear as they were made to be seen. In both historical and modern contexts, petticoat refers to skirt-like undergarments worn for warmth or to give the skirt or dress the desired fashionable shape. In this context a petticoat may be called a waist slip or underskirt (UK) or half-slip (US), with petticoat restricted to extremely full garments. Petticoat can also refer to a full-length slip in the UK,  although this usage is somewhat old-fashioned.”

Going way back to my childhood, (and yes, that was quite some time ago), I can remember having such frilly, foo-foo dresses. They were just not quite completed until I had all those petticoats underneath my dress. Once those were on and fluffed, then I felt as though I was completely dressed.

As I reminisced about those days, I saw myself running and playing and jumping around, just to experience all the fluffiness, fullness and the sounds of crinkling petticoats. Not only did they make me feel feminine and girly, they also made me feel extremely dressed up and exquisite. Like I’m sure some of those on the red carpet feel when they are all dolled up. That is how I felt! Like a model! Simply beautiful.

There was something about the sound of all that crinkly material and the crushing, rustling-type sound they made. The way they would fly up into your face when you sat down. The manner in which you would lay your hands on top of your dress to push it down just so you could see. The gorgeous way they looked under such a beautiful and frilly dress. Of course, in most cases there were matching shoes and socks, as well as gloves and purse.

The more you had under your dress, the better you felt.

So, how does that relate to writing, you ask?

Well, think about this. How do you feel when you have completed an awesome article or blog post that gets raving reviews, or increases your followers, or is shared amongst your friends, family and social network?

Doesn’t that make you feel all frilly and foo-foo and tingly inside? The sounds of the petticoats are similar to the sounds of raving fans applauding like you’ve just finished a Tony award-winning performance.

You feel like running and jumping and twirling around exhibiting tons of glee and excitement. Well, maybe not to that extent, but you are excited and thoroughly happy with yourself. Right?

If you have created compelling content that others want to read and share, you should be proud.

Petticoats are Meant to be Seen

Remembering back to those petticoat days, I can remember how cool it was to have layers upon layers of petticoats. The colors were also something to be admired. From pinks, purples, red (yep…had to have red, it’s my favorite color) to the simple white and beige. Whatever color I wore, it was meant to be seen. Imagine that. You wanted to show them off.

Which brings me right back to writing, (you knew I was coming back to it). Whatever you write, whether it’s a blog post, article, eBook or white paper, you want it to be seen, admired and appreciated. You want to provide solutions to problems and issues people are having.

You want to be the one they search for when they are in need of answers. You want to be that “go-to” person. But exactly how do you do that? Well, you do your homework and figure out what problems your readers or clients are having. And then give them what they want.

If you can teach your readers something they don’t know you’ll have a robust following. Then those readers will share your content with their friends, and so on and so on.

What happens when you create valuable, informing, educational and even humorous content? It will be seen by many.

Desired Fashionable Shape

What does the petticoat’s fashionable shape have to do with writing? You need to make sure your articles and blogs posts are fashioned in a readable and shareable format.

For example, include compelling images to your articles as well as shaping your post in an appealing manner. Make sure you have enough white space between paragraphs. Chunk your content so it’s easier to scan. Create intriguing headlines and paragraph titles. Use a font that is easy on the eyes to online readers. Always add something personal, emotional or some sort of life experiences.

Before writing your next article or blog post, think about something in your personal life you can use to relate to your product or services.

Don’t be afraid to get a little personal. People can relate to those types of experiences and it’s quite possible they are going through something you’ve already been through. Think about how helpful that could be to others.

Add flare, experiences, emotion, humor, solid advice, and you will dazzle your audience to no end.

What have you found in your articles and blog posts that have increased readers and followers? Do you find by adding life experiences to help tell your story beneficial?

Do You Know the 5 Ways to Get More Web Traffic Now?

To be successful online, whether it is for your ghostwriting site, e-commerce site or your blog, you need to have a healthy flow of web traffic. When you have more visitors, you will increase your chances of making sales and boosting your profits. After you’ve researched and settled on your niche and supporting keywords, you can use these five tips in order to start seeing an increase in web traffic quickly.

Tag Your Keywords

If you spend any amount of time making sure that your content is optimized for search engines, then you need to remember to tag your keywords. Tags are where search bots look for keywords that match search queries. If you have no tags then your site will be overlooked.

Tags you need to focus on include:

  • Title tags: These are probably the main tags to focus your keywords on. The sentence used in the title tag should describe your business or blog in 90 characters or less.
  • Header tags: These are the next in line of importance. This is where you rank your keywords in their order of importance.
  • Meta tags: These tags give the small piece of text that is found beneath title tags on a search results page. These are typically short, about 150 characters, and should give enough information to encourage a user to click through to your site.
  • Alt tags: These tags are used to add description text for graphics. Any graphics or images on your site should have a description in an alt tag.

Keep Content Fresh

If you want to keep visitors coming back to your site or blog, it is essential for you to always have new and fresh content. Search engine bots look through a site’s content in order to set page rank. Try to add new content each day in order to keep things current and improve your ranking. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to write as often as you need to, consider hiring a ghostwriter to do the writing for you.

Get More Incoming Links

If you have high-ranking websites linking to your web pages, the search engines will see your site as having more value. Not all links are given the same value. Links from websites that are credible and popular as well as relevant to your site will give you more value.

The two types of links are a text link, which uses anchor text to embed your web address into the content, and a direct link, which is the web address written out as is. A deep link is one that links to a page further inside a site instead of the homepage.

To encourage more sites to link to your pages, submit article to directories, add content to your site, participate in social networking sites and forums, blog and publish press releases.

Use Social Media

Today’s Internet is all about interaction and engagement. Social networking is an excellent way to help generate more traffic to your site or blog. You can keep an active presence on sites like Facebook or Twitter to interact with readers and customers. Create a profile, post updates and leave comments and links to your own site. Get involved and start conversations. Social media is a great way to help locate a much more targeted audience.

Advertise

Advertising doesn’t have to take too big of a chunk out of your budget. Most businesses rely on PPC advertising since it allows them to keep a tight control over their daily budget. You can also track results to see what is working best and bringing you the most traffic.

Planning your goals and strategy is an important part of being successful online. Spend time working out your own roadmap, taking these tips into consideration, and you will quickly see some impressive results on your traffic and profits.

How are you working on building up your web traffic? What has given you the best results?

What You Need to Know About Submitting Articles to Web 2.0 Sites

One of the best ways to get more links back to your website is to submit articles to Web 2.0 sites. Web 2.0 is the phrase used to describe the newest phase of the Internet in which it went from only a one-way information source to an interactive medium for users with added social interaction.

Blogs, social networks, and wikis are all part of the Web 2.0. So, what do you need to do to make sure you are getting the most exposure through your articles on the Web 2.0?

Here is what you need to know:

Feeder Sites

Feeder sites are used to send targeted traffic back to your website while at the same time giving you quality backlinks for your main site. The feeder site contains a lot of content that is relevant to your site and helps to increase the rank of your website.

You want to have several different feeder sites that are linked between your main website and Web 2.0 sites.

Some of the best sites to use for feeder sites include:

WordPress: Offers a simple user interface on which you can set up and post content quickly.

HubPages: You create a “hub” page around which other related content sites are connected.

Squidoo: Simple way to create content through unique “lenses.”

After you have set up a few different feeder sites, link them all to your main website and then to multiple Web 2.0 sites.

Web 2.0 Sites

You can publish articles and blog posts onto several other Web 2.0 sites, which will serve as a secondary level of links back to your main website. These sites include:

  • WikiSpaces.com
  • Blogger.com
  • Blog.com
  • WikiDot.com
  • Zoho.com
  • Webs.com
  • WetPaint.com
  • Quizilla.com
  • Zimbio.com
  • Thoughts.com
  • Xanga.com
  • InsaneJournal.com
  • Gather.com
  • Jimdo.com
  • Tripod.Lycos.com

What Content Do You Need?

When submitting to Web 2.0 sites, you need to have quality content that you can insert backlinks into. Most need to be no less than 450 words. You want content that is easy to read and provides valuable information to the reader. Write something that is relative to your website, not just something you think will rank well, because you want to make sure you are reaching your target audience.

Research topics that will help you draw in the types of readers you want back to your website. Find out what people are asking questions about and answer them in your content. Use keyword research to see what words and phrases pertaining to your niche are being searched for online and incorporate them into your articles and blog posts.

Content Do’s and Don’ts

DO add images: Use images that are relevant to your content. A good image can encourage people to read your content. Make sure you have the copyright to use images you find online or take your own.

DON’T use the same anchor text every time: When you are doing keyword research, make sure you come up with a long list. You do not want to use the same anchor text repetitively. Find a different way of saying the same thing and make sure that the phrases you use make sense in the flow of the content.

DO link to sites with authority: You don’t have to link only to your own website. You can link back to sites like Wikipedia which are known authorities to increase ranking.

DON’T keep linking to your homepage: You need to link farther into your website than just your main page. Google will rank you higher if you have more links deeper inside your website.

DON’T submit once and forget it: Web 2.0 sites want content that provides value. If they sense that you are only submitting an article for link building, your account will be deleted. Plan to write and submit new content at least once every week or two, occasionally without any backlinks. Keep adding quality content to stay on top.

Can you think of anything to add to this? What have you found that works? Please share your knowledge.

Submitting Your Articles Successfully

After you have written a few articles that you are proud to attach your name to, it is time for you to start submitting them to a few different article directories. There are hundreds of different online article directories that you can choose from. These can be either paid sites or free.

Find article directories that are highly ranked in order to build traffic and enhance your notoriety. Selecting a few well-respected directories will allow you to reach the widest possible audience.

Here are just a few of the best article directories to consider when you get ready to submit your articles:

EzineArticles.com

This directory has both a high Alexa ranking and Google page rank. It is one of the most respected sites used by article marketers. It is free to use and has helpful tutorial videos that will get you on the right path from the start. In the beginning, you will be limited to ten article submissions. This will change once the editors have determined the quality of your content. There is also a paid option that allows for faster publication and scheduled article release.

Hubpages.com

If you want to beef up your content with photos, videos and other media, this site is for you. You will build your own “hub” and add new content, which will help boost your blog traffic. This account is also free to use and has an entire community to turn to when you need help.

ArticleBase.com

This free site is simple to use. It will also give you statistics for each article so that you can see how many views each one receives and how many click-throughs are generated by each one. This will give you insight into what content more people are looking for.

LadyPens.com

This is a boutique-type article directory. You will need to apply to be considered before you are allowed to submit any content. Authors who submit to this site have an increased chance of having their articles being selected by publishers.

Yahoo! Voices

Formerly Associated Content, Voices is a network for affiliated content. It is free to sign up and you can even earn income based on the performance of your articles. You can submit videos and photos as well as written content.

Almost all article directories will require you to register before you can become a content contributor. It may be a good idea to set up a separate email that you only use for article directories. In article marketing, this is an excellent way to keep track of your content submissions and any notifications from the site editors.

Read through each site’s author guidelines before you start to submit content. Some directories may require your content to be in HTML format while others prefer plain text. If you don’t know anything about HTML, there are plenty of free tutorials available online. You can learn the basics quickly and easily.

You will also need to have a solid author BIO for each niche target. For instance, if you write articles about car insurance, you want your BIO to tie into that topic. If you also write content about farming, have a separate BIO for those articles. You want your BIO to encourage each target audience to click through to your website.

With article marketing, it is important to remember the quality over quantity rule. It is far better to concentrate on writing only a few thoughtful pieces of content than rushing through to write a dozen generic articles that provide no value to the reader.

The goal of article marketing is to reach out to a targeted audience in order to encourage them to visit your website. When you choose the right directories to suit your purpose, your quality content will be able to work for you in building up your readership.

What directories are you considering for your article marketing? What made you choose the ones you are currently using? Let us know!

Structuring Your Articles for Article Marketing Campaigns

As soon as you figure out exactly what it is that article directories expect from your content, it is much simpler for you to structure your articles to meet those expectations. You will be able to get into a routine and follow a pattern for your articles, which will make it faster and easier for you to complete for submission.

For the most part, article directories have very similar requirements in their submission guidelines. Each will require you to use proper grammar and spelling. Your content has to be unique and informative. The article lengths must typically be at least 400 words minimum. This is a good length for an article, giving you enough time to draw in readers and forge a bond with them.

When structuring your articles, there is a simple pattern that you want to follow:

  • Introductory paragraph- let them know what you’ll be writing about.
  • Body- give them the information.
  • Conclusion- sum up what you covered in the article.
  • Call to action- ask questions to encourage engagement with readers.

There are several formats for articles that can draw more readers. You can use one of these types of articles as a quick method for getting content out there and submitted to directories.

How to_: How to articles give instructions on how to do anything. It can be used for any niche topic, from cooking to cleaning and all things in between. These need to be informative and give readers the steps needed to complete the task. 10 Ways to_: This is another informative article that gives the reader a number of ideas about a specific topic. For example, it could be an article about “10 Ways to Make Extra Money.” Ask a Question: Your title asks a question and you answer it in your article. You can also do a question-and-answer article that covers any number of topics.

These examples of formatting are great for when you need to write up a quick article for distribution. You can find thousands of possible topics that will fit perfectly with these formats. Think of them as templates that you fill in with your own content.

You can use these formats as much as you want to create unique, informative articles. There are so many ways that you can use these to structure articles that will keep your readers looking for your content again and again.

Nearly all article directories will also allow you to include a short author bio at the end of each article. This is a chance for you to give readers a little more information about you and link them to your website or blog. These should be short and to the point and get the attention of your reader. The information you include in your bio box should go with the content in your article. If you are writing about fishing tips, then your bio should mention your love of the activity and experience you have in that area.

What article structures do you think are best? How do you find inspiration for your article writing? Let us know!

What do I Write About in my Article Marketing Efforts?

Anything you are passionate and knowledgeable about!

If you use article marketing to market your business, then you’ve probably struggled with this question on a daily basis.

It’s really not as hard as you may think.

We know without a doubt that article marketing is a great way for bloggers to build up a large number of targeted readers for almost no cost.

One thing that may keep you from jumping right in and cranking out articles to submit to directories is the question of what you should write about.

Just remember that writing articles is no different from writing your blog posts. They should be close to 500 words, which is about the length of most blog posts.

When you sit down to start brainstorming article topics, keep these tips in mind:

Write about what you know.

The point of writing articles is to encourage readers see you as an expert in your specialized area. When they have a question about a topic you focus on, you want yours to be the blog they go to for answers.

Find a topic you are passionate and comfortable with and do plenty of research, and then write articles that are informative and helpful. Since your blog also focuses on a topic you are knowledgeable about, this should be easy.

Find topics of interest.

When writing an article, just like a blog post, write for your target audience.

If you are writing a blog for work-from-home moms, then make sure you are writing articles specifically targeted to that demographic. The goal is to have more targeted traffic results.

Don’t choose to write an article on shopping for the latest fishing gear if you don’t have a blog for those avid fishermen. (Unless those fishermen are also interested in tips for potty training around a work schedule!)

You want your readers to like what they read in the article and click through to your blog for more information.

Make sure your articles are keyword-rich.

Another great thing about writing articles is the potential traffic from search engine results.

With the larger article directories, content is indexed by search engine spiders fairly quickly. So, if you have titles and articles that include relevant keywords and phrases, you will see an increase in your search engine ranking. That means, more people finding their way to your articles and then your blog!

As you start to write articles, remember that you are writing for people- not search engines!

Do your blog articles show off a bit of your wit and sparkle? Then your articles should do the same. You want to sound smart and professional, but you don’t want to come across as a know-it-all who will look down on others. You want each article to have a natural flow that leads the reader to click on your link and follow along to your blog.

Write quality content that is easy to read. Most readers will only skim through content so break it up with white space, sub headers and bullet lists. They want answers fast so don’t drag it out.

If you are passionate about the topic you write on, the readers will feel it in your articles. Any time you get an idea for a new article topic, write it down! Keep a journal of possible topics and then, whenever you feel at a loss of what to write about, you have a whole list to look over and choose from!

Have you started article marketing to increase your blog readership? Have you been hitting roadblocks in your writing? What topics do you feel the most confident about with your writing? Let us know!

Why Article Marketing?

Because, it works!

When I started my article marketing and ghostwriting business in 2006, I was at a loss as to what types of marketing to invest and participate in.

With absolutely no money, (you know how it is when you are just getting started), I decided to learn everything I could about article marketing. I mean, I loved to write, so why not put this skill set to use as well?

With my mission in mind, I started researching, compiling information, studying, learning, asking questions to others in forums and blog posts, anything and everything about SEO, content ideas and locating the best distribution sites for my articles.

From there, I went on to teach myself all the ins and outs of this highly effective marketing tactic.

There are many, valuable reasons to use article marketing in your marketing campaign. It has helped me to achieve high-rankings in Google search results. It will help you do the same. The more visibility you have, the more sales you’ll get.

No matter what type of blogger or business owner you are, you want to have a strong readership. You can be writing about cooking, sports, movies, books or family life, but without fans, you’ll pretty much be writing for yourself. Driving traffic to your site will ensure that you have a broad fan base that will be eager to read each of your posts. Article marketing is one of the best ways to drive your targeted audience to your blog.

With article marketing, you will create small articles that you can distribute to various article directories, which will give you some quality backlinks to your own blog or website. The best thing is that most of these directories are free to publish your articles!

You might think it’s strange to offer your words of wisdom for nothing, but the benefits of article marketing are well worth the effort!

Attain Expert Status

An important part of being a blogger is becoming an expert in your market. If you can say, “I have 30 published articles about dog training,” more people are going to see you as a professional in that area. Readers have more trust in someone who they think is an expert. When people start to look to you for advice, then you can start building a wider audience.

Get a Stamp of Approval

Having articles on a well-established article directory, like EzineArticles.com, can act as an unofficial recommendation. This will boost your reputation as a writer and draw more readers to your blog or website.

Link Up

Anytime you publish an article on a directory, you will get a link back to your website or blog. Those links can help you rank higher in search engine results. The better you rank on search results pages like Google or Yahoo!, the higher number of organic traffic that comes to your page.

Because there are so many free or cheap options for distributing your content for article marketing, it is one of the most cost-effective methods for gaining publicity for your blog or website.

Before you get started on an article marketing project, it’s important that you have a specific goal in mind. You need to know exactly what you hope to accomplish by writing those articles. Do you want to get more readers for your blog? Do you want to increase sales? Drum up more clients? When you write with these goals in mind, they will be much easier for you to achieve.

It doesn’t matter what you blog about or how long you’ve been writing; article marketing is an excellent and affordable way to drive more traffic to your website and increase your readership numbers.

Take it from someone who knows!

What is your experience with article marketing? Share with us your problems or success stories.

The 4 Best Tips for Marketing Your New or Existing Business

Marketing a business, no matter if it’s new or has been kicking around for years, takes a fair amount of creativity. It takes a lot more than just designing a website in a day and submitting it to as many spam directories as you can find. If you want to increase your traffic and find people who are genuinely interested in the product or service you are offering, then you need a unique marketing strategy. The right strategy will get your website noticed by tons of targeted traffic each day.

These are four of the best tips to remember when you begin formulating your own marketing strategy for your business:

Write articles that go viral.

Writing an article that follows all of the SEO guidelines you can squeeze into it is an easy task. Writing an article that your readers actually want to share and pass along to all their friends is a whole different ball game. Get creative. Be conversational and entertaining. Write your article for the readers and not just for the search engine spiders. The readers are what really matters in the end. If you feed them a stuffy article that puts them to sleep, then your content isn’t going to get you very far.

Encourage interaction with readers.

You want your potential customers to know that there is, in fact, a person behind the website. Encouraging them to interact with you on the website is an excellent way to create a bond between your business and the customer. Get them to respond to your blog posts with comments (and be sure to respond in kind!). Interact with them on a forum or on social media sites.

Give them honesty and they will reward you with loyalty.

You don’t want to give your website’s visitors any reason to be disappointed. Instead of blowing their heads full of false expectations, give them honest answers. You want your customers to be realistic when they sign up for your offer or buy your product. If you can’t absolutely guarantee that their hair will be lush and luxurious in a month, then don’t promise it. This is a fast way to lose the respect- and repeat business- of your customers. Be honest and give them the facts and your customers will keep coming back.

Give, give, give.

Everyone, customers especially, love free stuff. If you have things to give away with a purchase, throw it in the box. If you have an eBook that you can offer for free when someone signs up on your website, hand it over. Give your customers a coupon towards their next purchase and that just increases the chance that they will come back again and again. When you go that extra mile to make your customers feel valued, they will become long-standing customers and spread the word to everyone who will listen.

Remember, having a successful marketing strategy can make a big difference in the sales figures for your business. Without a creative approach to marketing, you’ll be waiting around for customers to come, which will just lead to disappointment.

What marketing strategies have you implemented in your business? What is the most effective tip you have learned? Let us know!

Three Steps to Improving Your Article Marketing Efforts

When you are using article marketing for your business, it is easy to become frustrated quickly. You may not be reaching goals you had set and that can leave you feeling disappointed with your plan. That doesn’t mean you should wave the white flag and give in! In order to cross the line from failure to success in article marketing, you need to have a plan.

To improve your marketing strategy, there are three important steps you need to take:

Step 1: Figure out Your Message

What are you trying to tell customers? They are looking for solutions to their problems. They have a need and want to know if you are going to fulfill it. Review each of your products or services and write out why the customer needs it. When you have a clear understanding of why someone needs to buy your product, then you will have an easier time explaining it to them. Customers want you to answer their questions so they can be confident you are the person to go to when they need something.

Step 2: Know How to Get Your Point Across- Quickly!

A lot of studies show that the average Internet user will only stay on a website between thirty seconds and one minute. That doesn’t give you very much time to grab their attention and convince them to buy your product. There is likely a lot of competition out there for the products or services you offer so you need to make yourself stand out right away. It will help by having headlines that will get the attention of readers while using your keywords.

Don’t be afraid to be entertaining! Your content doesn’t have to sound stuffy and dull. Make your content enjoyable to read and the customers will keep coming back. Be snarky, add a little humor or put a unique spin on it. Content should be engaging.

Step 3: Be Customer-Friendly

The Internet can be a very impersonal marketplace. That doesn’t mean you can’t treat your customers as you would if they were there in person. How would you talk to your customers if you had a brick-and-mortar store? Be personable. Chat them up. Form a bond, which will create a loyalty that isn’t often seen in too many businesses today.

Think about how you would want to be treated as a customer. What would you want to hear from a seller? What would make you trust them enough to hand over your money? You don’t have to throw a bunch of razzle-dazzle at them, but customers want to be handled in a friendly, thoughtful manner. And putting a smile on their face goes a long way in getting repeat customers.

Article marketing is just like any other form of marketing strategy. You need to put yourself in the customer’s shoes and figure out what they want to hear and how. Listen to your inner consumer and you will soon know exactly what you need to do to improve your article marketing efforts.

Tell us what you have done to create better online content for your business. Where do you get your inspiration? Let us know!

The Ten Best Ways to Get More Traffic to Your Site

The number one goal of website owners is a heavy traffic flow. Trying to accomplish that on your own can be difficult. You can spend the majority of your time trying to optimize your site for search engines or spending hard-earned money on marketing techniques, like pay-per-click. Luckily, there are easier ways to attract more visitors to your website in less time, and for free!

Some of the best ways to generate a higher, steadier flow of traffic to your site are as simple as leveraging another website’s traffic and resources. Here are ten of the best ways you can get other people to direct traffic to your site.

Become a Guest Blogger

A lot of popular bloggers will solicit submissions from guest writers to post to their site. Even some bloggers who don’t advertise a desire to have a guest blogger on their site may be open to the idea of accepting guest posts, so long as you give them reasons for using your post.

For example, you can offer to:

Trade article space with the blogger, letting them post to your site as well

Include their affiliate links in your article so that they will still be able to make money when a reader buys their product

Give them some free advertising by writing a glowing review of them in your newsletter or on your site

Recruit People to Your Affiliate Program

One of the best ways to sell more products through other peoples’ traffic is by asking them to take part in your affiliate program.

For example, if you are selling digital products, offering a 50% commission to your affiliates could be very enticing. Offer a higher rate for those who send a lot of site traffic your way. Consider offering additional perks too, like bonuses or discounts to their customers.

An easy way to set up your own affiliate program for digital merchandise is through Clickbank.com. It also works as a payment processor.

Swap Blog Links

Blogrolling is a fantastic way to trade blog links with your fellow bloggers who focus on your niche. This has the long-term benefit of being listed permanently on the front page of another person’s blog. Also, if the blog has a high Google Page Rank, you’ll benefit from the search engine optimization that comes with trading blog links with that blogger. Include keywords in your anchor text for your link, too.

Swap Newsletter Articles

If the idea of trading content seems great, think about the possibility of trading newsletters with other people who focus on the same topics as you. When you’re visiting other blogs, find out if they post their newsletter issues to their blogs. Then you’ll also have the added benefit of a backlink and continuous traffic.

Team Up to Promote

If you offer a similar product or service offered by another marketer, consider swapping product links with them on your download or thank you pages. You could also see if the marketer would be interested in using their affiliate link to direct traffic to your product sales page.

This is a great way to draw responsive traffic. When people have already made a purchase of one product, they could still be in the mood to buy more.

Trade Links on Your Confirmation Pages

Subscription confirmation pages are another great place to trade links. You may also consider trading endorsements in the welcome emails you send to new subscribers.

Consider Joint Mailings

If you sell physical merchandise, look for other marketers who sell related physical goods as well. Request that they include a flyer advertising your products with any shipment they send out, and offer to do the same for them.

You can find marketers that sell large quantities of products similar or related to your own on sites like EBay.

Offer to Interview Marketers

Some of the larger marketers in your niche may not agree to some of the other suggestions we’ve gone over, especially if you are still an unknown in the blogosphere and have a small amount of traffic.

They may be open to the idea of being interviewed, though, maybe via teleseminar. If they’re keen on the idea, they may help with advertising your interview, which means more free traffic for you!

Don’t forget to mention your website during the interview, ensuring additional traffic long after the interview has been recorded.

Co-Author Articles

Another option to consider is writing an article with another marketer. You can write an article together about tips that focus on your niche. You’ll both benefit from the additional traffic when they post it to their blog and mention it to followers.

Make Rebrandable Reports

With tools like ViralPDF.com, you can get traffic sent to you when you create rebrandable reports. This means allowing others to change the affiliate links in a report you create. Then, anyone distributing that report will have the chance to make money on the backend.

By implementing some, or all, of these simple techniques, you’ll see a greater boost in your Internet traffic and in less time. This will save you plenty of time and money, just by using the traffic generated by another person’s website.