The secret is out… nothing is new anymore, but that doesn’t have to stop you from approaching something with a fresh angle or a brand new perspective. The ideas and resources listed for you below are meant to be a stepping stone to help you kick your advertising in the right direction with speed and focus. Don’t worry about one being better than the next, there is no such thing as a general concept. Instead, it is all about which of the methods pointed out in this article will serve you and your business the best. Have a look for yourself, check out some of the options linked for your convenience and then decide for yourself.
Pay Per Click Ads
Let’s start off with paid advertising as it’s often times the more intimidating option of the group. There is an investment requirement of course, but thanks to the options of targeting you get to choose who sees your ads which gives the potential for healthy ROI’s in the long-term. With options such as:
- Keyword targeting
- Interest targeting
- Geographic location
- And even the device used by your visitor
- Many more options based on ad-platform
It’s no wonder that ppc-advertising is the prefered method for all the big boys in any industry. Being able to pay for nearly instant traffic while simultaneously having the option to single out those people you know will have the strongest positive response to your ads is a great way to crank out profits once you have all your metrics dialed in the right way.
There are so many options to choose from when it comes to paying for your message to reach hundreds, thousands… and in some cases even millions of people! Google, Bing, Yahoo and a few other major players such as Facebook and YouTube are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to pay-per click advertising. There is an entire universe of advertising networks out there for you to choose from. In fact, why not… here is a short list of some of the more popular options to get you started, just look these up for yourself or click on the links below to be taken right to them (each link will open in a new window so you won’t lose this page, don’t worry):
The list above is by no means all-inclusive, nor is it really put in any specific order. The list above is composed of some great alternatives to Google’s AdWords network, just in case you’ve been banned by them in the past, never fear for there are solid alternatives which you can use to sometimes get even better results! The best way to learn about each of these advertising networks (and more of the like) is to look then up for yourself, visit their websites to see what they are about and then visit YouTube to look up tutorial videos on any of them you can find, which should be most.
Search Engine Optimization
SEO is a tricky game to play because those tiny details contained within it always seem to change while the larger details remain the same. If you were to ask 100 different marketers who use SEO in their advertising they will each give you slightly different responses, that’s how wide-open this subject can sometimes be. With that being said however, it’s very simple to keep those larger details in mind and just use them to your advantage, which is what we’re discussing in this article here.
On-Page SEO: is a term to reflect the optimization for search engines contained right on your web pages themselves. There are certain things you must do in order to stand a far greater chance of ranking your web pages higher up on the search engines such as Google or Bing. Though it is still important to have your target keywords on the page you are wanting to rank, it’s no longer enough to just keep these specific keywords in mind. You will now want to also include a few related keywords and throw them into your articles in a constructive way. This is easy to do with tools such as ubersuggest.io or keyword.io and lsigraph.com
Doing other things on your web pages such as using images with appropriately file name and alt-text helps. Embedding videos which are closely related to the topic in the text of your articles can be a great way to keep visitors glued to your website for longer which in turn helps keep your retention rates up. Making sure that your website is optimized for speed so it doesn’t load slowly as this causes the largest number of people to just back out of your page as soon as they visit and realize it’s slow. Often times you’ll hear about wordcount and how it should be somewhere between 1,000 words to 2,000 words for optimal results. Though this can be true in many cases, it seems only to really matter in cases where it makes sense to have that many words. Sometimes you just can’t stuff that many words into a single article and still have it make sense so don’t worry too much if this is the case for you… just find a related YouTube video you can embed to accompany your article and put that somewhere directly below the text, or you can even place it directly in the middle if it fits right and makes sense.
Off-Page SEO: is where things like link-building and social signals come into play. Though there are different methods to accomplish this, and some of them are a bit on the questionable side, we’ll stick to a few basic ways to get this done.
Creating buzz around your new article or post is one of the best ways to get natural links back to your webpage. Doing this on social media can help a lot of the time when you are able to find people, groups and pages which are already discussing topics related to your own post. Interjecting a helpful piece of advice, or in some cases just passing off a link to your post suggesting that it’s got the answer to the topic or discussion at hand is all it takes. You could seek out other websites which have related subject matter and a comment section, leave your own input and cap it off with a link to your own article or page. Though this specific method doesn’t have a 100% track record of success in your links sticking, if you do it right and provide value in your comment you stand about a 30% to 75% chance of your comments getting approved by that website’s moderator and your link sticking with it.
You could also guest post on other blogs, writing articles for other websites in exchange for the ability to leave a link after your post can do big things in the long term. Dropping links on other sites such as reddit, twitter, and a number of related forums can all help in small ways to build up that backlink profile of yours. There are of course “black hat or gray hat” methods which work, but always leave you in jeopardy as search engines are always playing a game of cat & mouse to subdue these types of links and render them useless. How you choose to get your backlinks is completely up to you, white hat or black hate, it’s your choice.
The term “content marketing” means just what it implies, marketing to your target audience with your content. This can be anything from blog posts to videos, infographics to check lists, it really doesn’t matter so long as the content itself is valuable and something that people will actually want to look at and hopefully pass along to their peers.
The way you would normally share your content is through social media websites. Facebook, twitter, reddit and the like all serve as a great platform to dish out killer content and get the word out about what’s going on in your world. Keep in mind that you can’t just pump out junk and expect a positive return, if you do that it will tarnish your reputation and nobody will take you seriously and that will hurt your business in the long run. Instead, try to only share things you know will truly resonate with your audience, things that you know they’ll pick up and go “wow this is neat” or “that was really helpful” and then you’ll be in a good position to keep cranking out more content to promote your business.
I like to refer to email marketing as a cheat code for advertising as it allows you to build a following and leverage it to your advantage on repeat, over and over again until either you burn out from coming up with fresh new content, or your subscriber burns out from reading your content and unsubscribes… which is to be expected so don’t worry about it too much unless you are getting ridiculous un-sub rates on a daily basis, then it’s time to stop spamming your list!
We have a number of past articles all about how to build email lists and get subscribers onto them so feel free to check then out if you’d like. In fact, here are a few links to some of them:
- Building An Email List With Your Blog
- Boost Your Email Follow-Up Response
- 5 Ways To Bank With Your Email List
- Building an Email List With Facebook
The four posts linked above will give you everything you need to get started on building your own email marketing funnels. It’s something that is extremely easy to do provided you get started and are willing to put in the constant effort it takes to maintain your lists.
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