January 2012

What’s the secret to getting more web traffic?

Is it promoting your site in a variety of places?

Or is it maximizing one source of traffic?

I think it’s neither.

My web traffic philosophy is simple:

“Find what’s working and do more of that!” (Tweet This)

It’s a straightforward strategy.  You concentrate on the traffic strategies that are working and ignore the rest.  It’s like that famous expression: “Starve the Ponies, Feed the Stallions.”

So you might wonder: How do find out what’s working?

Easy… you install and monitor Google Analytics on your site.

In my opinion, Google Analytics is the best tool for monitoring your traffic stats.  Unfortunately not many people know where to get started.  In this post, I’ll show ten ways to use Google Analytics to increase your web traffic: [click to continue…]

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We’ve all heard about the benefits of outsourcing.

It’s a great dream…

You sit on a sandy beach sipping Daiquiris while an army of workers create passive income.

Unfortunately the reality is much different than the dream.

Done incorrectly, outsourcing can become your personal nightmare.  Often it’s a waste of money, time, and your sanity.

My main problem with outsourcing is the idea that you have to employee a full-time worker to run an aspect of your business.  Sometimes it’s hard to keep a single person occupied for 40 hours a week – Especially when this person is limited in their particular skill set.

Even worse, there’s the risk of a “single point of failure.”  Hiring one person to manage an aspect of your business means you’re relying on one person.  Basically… you’re screwed if things don’t work out.

I tried different types of outsourcing from 2007 to 2010.  Then in 2011, I took back full control of my Internet business.  And by the end of 2011, I was completely stressed out.

Now it’s 2012 – A new year full of dreams and major goals I want to accomplish.  That’s why I’ve decided to get back into outsourcing.  But this time I’m using a technique called micro outsourcing or microsourcing.

So let’s talk about this concept… [click to continue…]

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I’m a huge fan of Jack Canfield’s book:

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

I think this is the best success guide ever because it’s full of actionable content.

You’ve probably heard me mention Jack’s book in a number of blog posts.  But I think you can get a lot more by applying these lessons to an online business.

That’s why I’ve decided to start a brand new series – One that will take what I’ve learned from Jack’s book and apply it to achieving success on the Internet.

I call it the Internet Success Series.

Each update to this blog series will cover a specific principle from Jack’s book and how it can be applied to your Internet business or blog.  I know these lessons work because this is the same path I followed back in 2006 when I was struggling my own business.

I’m pretty psyched about this series because it coincides with the beginning of a new year.  Hopefully by the end of 2012, this will be an in-depth collection of blog posts that can help any struggling Internet entrepreneur.

With further ado, let’s get started with the first lesson[click to continue…]

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Google Search Plus Your World Update - SEO and Google+ AdviceLast week Google made another change to its algorithm.

This is an update they’re calling Search, Plus Your World.

So what is this change? 

How will it affect SEO services?

And how will it affect your Internet business?

Basically Google now includes three factors in an individual’s search results.

These are all taken from a searcher’s Google account and experiences from specific websites:

  1. Personal Results: Photos, posts and preferences from your Google + account and other Internet properties.  This includes what has been shared and things that people in your “Circles” share with you.
  2. Profiles in Search: Search results from people in your Circles, plus anyone you might want to follow – Based on your interests.
  3. People and Pages: What people and Google+ pages are related to a specific topic.  This will make it easier to follow someone because you can immediately add them to your social account.

It’s the intention of the Search, Plus Your World to incorporate personal contacts into search results.  For instance, here’s what I get when I enter the phrase train for a marathon: [click to continue…]

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How to Find Time to Write an eBook

We’ve all heard this before:

“One of the best ways to make money online is to write an eBook.”

I think this statement is true.

But I also believe it’s very hard for many entrepreneurs to find time to write an eBook.

We all live busy lives.

This is especially true if you juggle an Internet business with family, work, and other obligations.

So how do you find the time to write an eBook?

I have a simple answer:

You can’t find time to write an eBook, you need to make it.

Let me explain… [click to continue…]

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How to Increase Your Blog Traffic SeriesWelcome to the January 2012 edition of the Traffic and Conversion series!

In this monthly blog report, I list the exact strategies I use to increase traffic to this blog {and other websites.}

Today’s post is a special one.

That’s because I’m going to provide an overview of how I plan on getting 1 million visitors to this blog in 2012.

This is a major goal that will take a lot of work to achieve.

But I’m fully confident that it can be done.

Before we get to the *meat* of this post, let’s go over the stats from last month: [click to continue…]

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4 Golden Rules to Get Backlinks in 2012

January 5, 2012

Worried about getting penalized by Google while getting backlinks to your site? In this post, I detail four golden rules you should never break when you’re building links to your web properties.

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The *Cruel Truth* About New Year’s Resolutions…

January 2, 2012

It’s the first week of 2012. Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? If so, read this post and find out how to turn this vague outcome into an actionable plan…

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