We have reached the 14th week of our Get More Blog Traffic Blueprint series. This is a series where we talk about specific strategies you can use to skyrocket your traffic stats.
For today’s post I am going to talk routine and automation. These are tasks that are quick-quick-like-a-bunny. They are perfect to either incorporate into a daily routine (taking only a few minutes a day) or to have as part of a package to hand off to an outsourcer. The one I will speak about is not a major tool for traffic, but it has an incredible, “bang for your buck” considering the small amount of time it adds to your routine measured against the potential benefit in traffic and links.
The main traffic method we shall discuss today is “Amplify”.
Amplify is a great social network, that not everyone knows about. If you are not yet a member of Amplify it is something that is worth joining even without the consideration of using it to “spread the word” about your information. Like Twitter and Facebook the more you get involved with Amplify the better your results will be. These social networks are the epitome of karmic balance the more you repost worthy links and connect with others the more of a positive benefit you gain from the system when you DO post your own links.
Let’s get into the nuts-and-bolts of how Amplify works.
One of the important parts of amplify is because it has a high degree of automation. Once you sign up for Amplify you can have it automatically repost to a series of locations. As you can see from my screenshot with a few button clicks I post to Google Buzz, Posterous, Tumblr, Ping.fm, Plurk, Friendfeed, Diigo, Delicious and Clipmarks. I also created a specific WordPress blog and Blogger Blog where the posts are also copied to. That is a crazy amount of links and methods for people to find your post, in about 30 seconds of effort. I tell ya, ain’t efficiency grand?
I do not even have all Amplify possibilities enabled. Amplify can also automatically post to FaceBook and Twitter. I have these options turned off, as well as a few others, because I already have other means of auto-posting to those areas and I do not want to create too much volume of auto-posted links. But if you do not have anything automatically going to these systems, Amplify is a great way to keep people informed of what you are looking at and anything interesting you might stumble across.
Steps to Using Amplify
1. Sign up via Twitter or Facebook
2. Go to Settings> Sharing Options
3. (optional) Go to any social networks you would like to share on and join
4. (optional) Create a fresh Blogger/Wordpress blog
5. Link all Social Networks and Blogs you wish to share to every time you Amplify
6. Save changes and Amplify
7. (optional) Install Amplify/Clipmarks Toolbar- This makes amplify a whole lot easier to use.
Amplifying is easy. As you can see in the screenshot.
Step 1: That is the “Amplify” Button that gets put into your toolbar. Press that button and it uses the “Clipmarks” interface to cut and past the relevant “body” sections
Step 2: The next step is simply highlighting what you want to be in the body of the post. You simply highlight a section and press the “Clip” button. You can clip pictures, sentences or paragraphs. All of this will become the “body” of your Amplify post
Step 3: Click the Big orange button for step 3. This will give you a choice between “Amplify” and “Clip” since you will automatically send the amp to Clipmarks (if you have input your information earlier) Choose Amplify here.
The Amplify Page
Those steps bring you to the Amplify Page. Here you can enter in a title and a “your take.” I prefer a fresh (but close to original) title and “take” because it will rank these separately from your primary page reference if it is not duplicate material.
#1 Is the Title and “Take” you can enter. It can be from a few words to detailed thought. This will be the ‘synopsis’ people will see.
#2 Will be what you clipped in the “Amplifying” stage.
#3 Are just design choices of how you wish it to look and the option to schedule the Amp for a later date and time.
#4 Make sure this is clicked if you want the links to be to the source URL rather than the Amp URL. Once it is set the first time, it should default to this.
That is it! It is easy enough to Amplify. With only that little bit of time and effort you are quickly building a powerful network of links and social networks.
Make Amplify even better
I have never been accused of being the most, “social” person in the the world. I do my best at having a presence on social netowrks, but will readily admit that it is not my, “strong suit” that being said, all of these networks ARE social networks. Simply placing the links there are worth… something. But if you go to the different networks and make an attempt to realy network with people and expand the networks overtime these networks will become much more valuable. For instance Amplify can “auto-tweet” what you want to show people.
Amplify is a powerful tool, but it is far MORE powerful if you are also connected with loyal and responsive Twitter following instead of just spamming it. So, when time permits, try to get on these various networks and connect with people. Build up your followers. Amplify more than just your own stuff. Hey, I hear that Steve Scott guy likes his stuff to be Amplified. You could always start there.
Note: This article was written by my brother Gene, who is my outsourcer of choice for a lot of my back-linking strategy. You see… I take a day off and I get all lazy and have other people post for me. OK, this is still Gene writing, but sheesh, the guy takes a break and now he never wants to work again. C’monTake Action. Get Results.