Do You Have a Real Plan?
After I had written the last blog I really got to thinking about all of this. All of this is getting traffic to my website. I really believe this is where I have failed, and I am not sure really if it's just not understanding what I need to do, or a lack of direction.
Maybe it could be paralysis by analysis, I have been exposed to all of these concepts. Let's look at the list, it begins with Directory Submissions, then Article Directories, how about Web 2.0 sites? Maybe RSS Feeds, Link Baiting, Link Indexing, or how about even something from this list.
You have Guest Blogging, Blogging Comments on Forums, Social Signals (using accounts like Facebook, and Twitter), then you have reverse engineering and also the suggested Press Releases. Where do you start, and where does this end?
These are all excellent questions to be presented, and looked at. But since I don't know that much about any of these, maybe we should leave this discussion wide open for Ryan to help us all out with this.
So What's The Big Deal?
Well yah, you are right what is the big deal anyway? Well let's look at this whole onion, and start to peel away the layers. What I have found very often is that many many internet marketing products are sold to the newbies to start with.
Then I guess after being a newbie you then would have the either pissed off,(I WILL DO THIS INTERNET MARKETING THING!) or the person who is just plain chasing after the next thing because that is all that is lacking from this thing working for me.
Well truthfully since I have been there, seriously I have done all three of these things, I am proof that they are not the answer.
So What Have I Seen?
I have seen over the last five years many, many training programs, which go over all of the areas of building a website. Most of the programs are very good, and cover the building of the site very well. So I have become very good at building a site.
But I am not great at doing the promoting for the site, because at that phase of the game, I believe that many marketers do us, the students a dis-service. They sell us products that are push button type products for systems that can be used to help promote your site.
The problem with that is that these products often are a bit complicated, and with our limited knowledge we are trying to do something that these experts are selling us as a great way, and look at all of this income this tool created.
Yes it probably did for you and your developers, you know how to use it, and understand the ins and outs of it. I Do Not. So you make money by selling me this tool, I try it for a few weeks, and then I move on, because it is not happening for me. Simple.
So What Is The Answer You Ask?
Well to answer that I can tell you I have tried twitter to a point, I have one site where I have used press releases, and I also have some Facebook pages. But I have never been able to get enough traction to have I make a bit of a difference to traffic to my website. My biggest problem has been doing enough, and doing it consistently enough for it to make a difference.
So after I had Ryan recently do a site review for me, we have been looking at what I can do to move up in the rankings with that site. We really haven't discussed any of these strategies I have listed yet. What is my next step? I guess that is what is next for me at the moment. I need to make a plan.
I need to measure it out, use my Google Analytics and use the strategies I am most comfortable with. I am thinking now of using a Facebook page, some back links from Blogs, and also to take some serious looks at doing some Web 2.0 properties.
What does Ryan think of this, I don't know let's ask him about it. Should I be doing Blogging Comments, how about Book marking of my pages. Should I promote my urls with any tools that you would recommend. Any Facebook post creating tools, how about using Pinterest?
I know Ryan promotes using a Facebook plugin that we used in AMC1 and I know in AMC2 we worked with Facebook programs and we had a class where Ryan covered using Pinterest.
What do you suggest, as a best plan of action? Do you like the idea of using the tools we used in AMC 1 and AMC 2 or any other ideas? Please help us out.