Take good pictures. Some of the options below don’t require you to actually take the picture and sell the product, but for the ones that do, make sure you take a clear picture that makes your product stand out from the others. If you’re going to be taking a lot of pictures, set up a small “studio-like” area in your home with a backdrop and proper lighting to really make your pictures come across as professional. And of course, you’ll want a good camera too.
Hi Brian, I’m so glad I found Backlinko! I’m downloading all the free guides you’re offering and taking notes. I started a blog last year, and I’ll just call it my “learning blog.” You help me understand that I need to change how I think about content creation (think keyword and topic, research it, THEN create content). So that will be the first strategy I implement for the new blog I plan on launching in the fall.
If you’ve got a bit of spare time on your hands then answering paid surveys online is a great (and rewarding) way to fill it. The surveys are normally fairly short and sweet & you’ll earn money each time you complete one. There are a whole load of different networks such as Global Test Market, Ipsos, Swagbucks & you can sign up to as many as you like.
The strength of your link profile isn’t solely determined by how many sites link back to you – it can also be affected by your internal linking structure. When creating and publishing content, be sure to keep an eye out for opportunities for internal links. This not only helps with SEO, but also results in a better, more useful experience for the user – the cornerstone of increasing traffic to your website.
People are creatures of habit, so many times we always resort to tactics or strategies that worked for us before. However, with new startups or products, you would be wise to entertain new marketing or sales channels. For instance, maybe you had a cheap impulse buy consumer goods product for your first startup, but the next product you release is a more B2B-targeted, expensive product that requires a longer buying cycle. Facebook ads might not work for the later product, but perhaps direct sales, LinkedIn advertising or reseller partnerships could yield better results. - Andy Karuza, FenSens
Peer to peer lending allows you to legally lend your money online & receive interest on the amount you borrow. Whilst the amount of money you’ll make will depend on how much you lend the interest rates do tend to be fairly reasonable. Sites like Zopa take out the hassle & make the process really easy by matching savers with individuals who want to borrow. You simply put your money into your Zopa account & they’ll lend it out to borrowers in small chunks, then as they pay it back each month with the added interest your money begins to grow.
What kind of advice would you give is your site is growing but seems to be attracting the wrong kind of traffic? My visitor numbers are going up but all other indicators such as bounce rate, time page, pages per visit seem to be developing in the wrong direction. Not sure if that’s to be expected or if there is something that I should be doing to counter that development?
This is similar in concept to micro-tasks, except that it is oriented toward specific services, such as cleaning services, pest inspection, handyman services, house cleaning, lawn & garden services or any of the skilled trades. It might actually be more accurate to say that it is a platform where skilled service providers can offer their services to site visitors, similar to Angie’s List.
6. IZEA – IZEA works in addition to a blog or on its own. You get paid to blog, tweet, take photos and take videos. The pay is mostly based on your following, so if you want to make money with your tweets, you’ll need to grow you Twitter following. Likewise, if you want to make money with blogs, you’ll need substantial blog traffic (more on blogging below).
So many businesses are focused on attracting new customers through content marketing that they forget about more traditional methods. Email marketing can be a powerful tool, and even a moderately successful email blast can result in a significant uptick in traffic. Just be careful not to bombard people with relentless emails about every single update in your business. Also, don’t overlook the power of word-of-mouth marketing, especially from people who are already enjoying your products or services. A friendly email reminder about a new service or product can help you boost your traffic, too.
Jamie that’s genuinely awesome stuff – thanks for letting me in on that. Truth is I’ve seen an awful lot of people lately launching ‘Amazon’ businesses but I just haven’t got round to looking into it to see what’s actually going on. I will definitely take some time out to research this further and do a proper write up on it, giving you the credit of course for bringing it to my attention 🙂 Thanks again!
I really enjoyed your post, im building my own business from the ground up making custom furniture, lighting, and home decor. it took me a year to launch my website and now im trying to invite more traffic and ways for clients and interested parties to share my content and start buying my product. I liked the idea of Share triggers… im going to be incorporating that into my social media strategies. Any advice would go a long way. thanks again Brian
Sending out regular newsletters and promoting offers through email is a great way to stay in touch with your customers and can also help to get traffic to your website. Provide useful information and links to pages on your website where they can learn more, such as through blog posts and landing pages for particular offers. Just make sure that you don`t continually bombard your readers with emails or your customers will either disengage with, delete, or unsubscribe from your emails.
Before you say it – no, true guest blogging isn’t dead, despite what you may have heard. Securing a guest post on a reputable site can increase blog traffic to your website and help build your brand into the bargain. Be warned, though – standards for guest blogging have changed radically during the past eighteen months, and spammy tactics could result in stiff penalties. Proceed with caution.
Another way to increase traffic to your website is to get listed in free online directories and review sites. For most of these sites, your profile will have a link to your website, so actively updating these listings and getting positive reviews is likely to result in more website traffic. In addition, many directories like Yelp have strong domain authority on Google. There’s a chance that your business’s free Yelp page could rank high for relevant searches.
Not all potential customers are sales-ready when they visit your site. To capture the most value, offer content that reflects different degrees of interest. For example, if your clients are enterprises that require a substantial amount of education upfront, you may want to use a blog post that addresses a big trend to capture leads who haven’t identified a need for your solution. Offer a use case document to capture prospects who want to grasp the scope of your solution better or use a case study to attract in-market buyers who are actively evaluating their options. It’s equally important to create lead nurturing campaigns with customized content for the various stages identified in order to move leads through the sales funnel and ultimately convert them into paying customers. - Sean Hinton, SkyHive
Surprisingly it’s true, by using apps like ReceiptHog (US) or Quidco (UK) you can actually earn rewards simply by scanning your shopping receipts. There’s also another site called ShopandScan but that ones invite only so if you apply you’ll have to wait to be selected. It doesn’t get much easier than scanning a barcode, and you can expect to earn around £10 per month.
If you’ve got any old phones lying around the house that you think nobody would buy then think again. Sites like Mazuma and Envirophone will give you an instant online valuation & if your happy you can sell it to them for some quick cash. The few times I’ve used them I’ve been pretty impressed at the prices they’ve offered me, they weren’t actually much lower than 2nd hand market value.
There’s a free to join company named SiteRubix which will enable you to build your own money-making website with just a few clicks. As a member of SiteRubix you’re given access to a whole bunch of training that will teach you how you can cash in on your passion by building what’s known as a “niche” website. The system is built for total newbies & their training videos walk you through the entire process step-by-step. Plus there’s live chat & a buzzing community so you can get help whenever you need it. SiteRubix provides an awesome way for you to build an income online, and thousands of their members are doing it full-time. Click here to check it out.
There is no magic formula for content marketing success, despite what some would have you believe. For this reason, vary the length and format of your content to make it as appealing as possible to different kinds of readers. Intersperse shorter, news-based blog posts with long-form content as well as video, infographics and data-driven pieces for maximum impact.
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