Remember at the first of the year 2017 I said I was going to see how well instagram worked for free traffic? Well here it is November 2017 and I think I have enough information to be able to enlighten you on the ends and outs of Instagram for your business.
In the beginning instagram was a little slow until I got the hang of things.
My goal for my easyfurbabies page, was to reach 10,000 followers by the end of the year. I am at 8923, so I feel sure I will reach that goal by the last day of the year. This in itself is a great accomplishment! The reason to even reach that many followers is to help you get more discovered throughout instagram. You will have more people wanting to interact with you and your page. Big companies will be more likely to approach you to work for them through your instagram site. You can begin to charge for shout-outs, and other things with at least 10,000 followers.
Now my goal for my
tools4yoursuccess instagram page was to advertise my affiliate programs and get sign-ups. I have way less followers on this page and I have worked it the same as I did the easyfurbabies page. This tells me it is easier to get the attention of animal lovers than it is to get the attention of people needing or wanting success. I also think my passion is stronger in the animal department! No matter which page I worked, I got results, but like anything else it is work! I continue to work both pages because now they are just a part of my normal work day.
Would I recommend using instagram as part of your social media arsenal? You Bet! Just remember like everything we do for our business it takes time, patience, and lots of hours to get things popping. It is all worth it in the end when you get all your social media lined up and just have to work them a few a minutes a day. Free traffic is great and I have found in instagram I do get sign-ups! So, go set up your instagram page and follow me http://www.instagram.com/easyfurbabies and http://www.instagram.com/tools4yoursuccess. You will be glad you did when the traffic starts coming in daily.
All last year I tested many social media programs to see which ones worked best for traffic. I stayed with Twitter, Facebook and Google+ most of the time.
This year I plan to use Instagram a lot more while continuing to use Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
My comparison’s for the three are basically the same amount of traffic from each one. Google+ does give you an advantage though, because it will help you get ranked faster if you post your blog directly.
For my niche none of the traffic obtained was very good in returning a profit. Lot of likes do not help as much as lots of shares.
I will work harder this year to get more shares and possibly more sales. Instagram appears to be moving up in the ranks of popularity and so far it has been a very easy program to use.
Like most social media platforms it is imperative you get followers that are interested in what you have to offer. Keep content new on your blog and continue to blast it as often as possible to all social media programs.
Or do like me and perfect one social media platform while experimenting with other platforms.
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Which social media formats are the best to use for success?
You can ask 10 different people and you will receive 10 different answers based on each persons preference. Since I was never able to determine which ones were best for my blog I tried them all. Some were much easier to use and understand than others, but none of them made me any money.
What social media did for me though is help me make connections throughout the internet. In turn these connections helped me find interested customers and I still have the connections even 9 years later.
My preference of social media formats consist of only a few I use daily. I will explain in detail how each one works and how they help. The ones listed below are the ones I use daily. These seem to give me more connections for my niches:
We all know facebook is at the top for all marketers just like google is the best search engine for ranking. I have used facebook ads a few times, never saw much activity from these ads and I was giving something away free. I built a fan page and a group page, which never really took off. I didn’t stop there though and I’m glad I didn’t! What has worked though is very simply going to my own blog Tools for Your Success and finding the page or post I like, share it on my facebook timeline. This gets lots of attention and quite a bit of interacting, especially if you add like minded people as your friends. The best way to find these like-minded people is by going into groups that have the same niche as your blog and looking at the comments. Add the users who have commented and a lot of them will join as your friend if your facebook page is set up so they know who and what kind of page they are joining. It’s best not to bombard your timeline with shares from your blog, a few a day will keep these friends in the know. My blogs use SumoMe; free tools to grow your websites traffic.
Now not many people say much about this social media format. I had actually totally forgotten about google have a social media page. Google+ is a place to connect with friends and family, and explore all of your interests. Share photos, send messages, and stay in touch with the people and topics. So, you see it is just like facebook and all the other social media formats. I have had more activity from google+ than facebook. I would suggest you set up an account, set your profile, add a few pictures and start playing around with the site. Get as many followers in your niche to follow you back and continue to build on followers daily. You can never have too many followers in your niche. Once you have learned how the site works then once again go to your blog page or post and share a few each day with google+. Most days when I go to my blog I go ahead and share that blog with all 5 of my social media sites. I am sharing the same content on 5 different accounts which probably helps me get activity on my sites. The more activity the better chance you have to get sign-ups.
This one gets a star! I love this site. It is simple, yet very powerful! Just like the other 2 , set up an account, build your profile, find people to follow that fall in the niche of your product and daily send a few tweets out. The difference in twitter and the other formats is the speed of the tweet moving down the timeline. If you have 1000 followers someones tweet might get lost before you have had time to read it, keeping that in mind your tweet can also scroll off others timelines quickly. I’m telling you this so you understand why I say you need to share maybe the same content hourly, so everyone can see what you have to offer. There are many other ways to get your content seen in twitter too. Check it out, sign-up, play with the site, get followers, and start sending content.
Here we have a very unique social media site. Pinterest allows you to pin photos to boards, view other peoples boards and use their pins on your own board. When Pinterest first started it was used mainly by women, but as time went on savvy entrepreneurs learned how to make pinterest adapt to their websites sale page. This is no more complicated than Facebook or Google+. It is just a different set up that uses photos instead of written content. Humans react faster to photos than they do to the written word. Now you understand how Pinterest could really help getting you some paying customers. Once again, sign-up, build your profile, build a board with the photos of your website or blog, start following other boards you think will compliment your niche and start pinning today!
A business-oriented social networking service. A networking tool to find connections to recommended job candidates, industry experts and business partners. Allows registered users to maintain a list of professionals in their field. I use LinkedIn the same way I do Facebook , Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest. Build your summary aka. profile to draw attention, follow like minded people and groups. Begin posting from your blog or post daily.
Instagram is a fast-growing platform and businesses are eager to establish a presence and encourage engagement on the network.
Across the globe, there are over 500 million Instagrammers — more than 300 million of whom use Instagram every single day, sharing an average of 95 million photos and videos per day.
Some statistics for you about Instagram:
Roughly half of internet-using young adults ages 18-29 (53%) use Instagram.
The full breakdown of age groups: 53% of 18–29 year olds use Instagram.
25% of 30–49 year olds use Instagram.
11% of 50–64 year olds use Instagram.
6% of people 65+ use Instagram.
Also, slightly more of Instagram’s users are female: 29% of online females use Instagram.
22% of online males use Instagram. Location of Instagram users: 28% of Instagram users live in urban areas.
26% of Instagram users live in suburban areas.
19% of Instagram users live in rural areas. Instagram education demographics: 31% of Instagram users have some college experience.
24% of Instagram users are college graduates.
23% of Instagram users are high school grads or less. Instagram income demographics: 28% of adults making less than $30,000
26% of adults making over $75,000
26% of adults making $50,000–$74,999
23% of adults making $30,000–$49,999
Social media interaction is a must in the marketing world. The websites are the best place to hook up with like minded people. Each one of these brings a little something different to the table. The bottom line on all the social media services on the internet is connection,connection,connection! So go out there and get started by signing up to the ones I listed, build a knockout profile, add followers, and post something every day to each site. Also, take the time to like, share, and interact on other people’s post. Stay active so you brand yourself and the world gets to know who you are and what you have to offer.
Some people remember the 1990’s as a tremendous period of growth for grunge music and Jim Carrey films. While this is true, most people will probably tell you the 90’s were responsible for this big, beautiful, technology called the World Wide Web (aka the internet, the web, the vast digital ocean of information at our finger tips). And with any new technology or media, companies quickly realized they had a new opportunity to market their products and services to consumers via the millions of websites they visit every day.
With the emergence of search engines in the mid-1990’s, the internet ballooned into a massive e-commerce and information machine. Website owners were creating valuable content and providing tremendous benefits to their visitors, and these website owners wanted to be compensated for their hard work. Early forms of online advertising like CPM or fixed placement started seeing competition from emerging, more accountable forms of online advertising, like affiliate marketing. So, what is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing at its very core is about relationships, a relationship between three parties:
If there was one job, one profession that could set you financially free and let you work on your own time, we believe affiliate marketing would have to be it.
It doesn’t discriminate against age, race or gender.
It doesn’t care about who your parents were, your previous experience or whether you went to college or not.
It doesn’t require you to be a people person or to dress to impress.
It doesn’t care about anything that would concern “normal employers.”
So if all that’s true, why aren’t more people succeeding online?
There are many reasons obviously, but there is ONE UGLY TRUTH that holdsmore people back than anything else we know of…
They just don’t know how!
It’s not that people don’t have access to “how to” information. It’s that for whatever the reason, it usually doesn’t work as stated. Too many affiliate marketers we know have had the experience of buying an affiliate marketing information product, perhaps spending thousands on it, only to discover it doesn’t work.
Wealthy Affiliate knows its success rests on the shoulders of its affiliate marketers. That’s why we decided to create an affiliate training program that people can rely on. We call it Wealthy Affiliate. It’s unlike anything else that’s out there for one reason.
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What is a keyword tool, why do I need one, and how do I use this tool?
What exactly is a keyword tool? To make it simple think of it as a tool that helps you find the best and most often used word people plug into the search engines when looking for something online. It can be one word or several words. Google has been the most used keyword search tool over the years since they are free and stay at the top of search engines used today. Google was great when first introduced. But over the years Google has lacked in giving you exactly what you need to actually help you get found online with keywords.
Why you need a keyword tool
Keywords are the foundation of your web content, they are topics used in your website. Every headline is a new topic and has a keyword or keyword phrase. Keywords help visitors understand what your page is about. Keywords also help the search engines to understand the purpose of your content or page. So, keywords are the same as your search word. You enter a word or phrase in a search engine (e.g. Google) this word becomes a keyword on someone’s web site. The search engines send you to the page that has your search word. A keyword tool is used to separate all the search words used into the ones searched the most often, most relevant, and the hottest keyword used that day. Keyword tools help you find your competition and helps you determine the types of traffic and estimated traffic you can expect if your website is listed in the top 3 positions of search engines.
A keyword tool is very easy to use, all you do is type in a word or a phrase in the search area of the tool. When you click search you will receive a list of related keywords. The first keyword you will see in the list is your initial keyword or phrase search. Everything below the first keyword is related keywords to your particular search. The next column is searches, which tells you how many times that word or phrase was searched in a given month. The traffic column shows you the estimated traffic you can receive if your site is ranked in the #1 ranking spot. QSR=Quoted Search Result, which means the level of competition for the word or phrase. You want to look for any word or phrase below 400 in the QSR column. Each keyword tool offered on the Internet has different columns and gives you different data. Learning to use the data properly for your website will ensure higher ranking in the search engines for your website.
The best keyword tool for 2016
Since using Jaaxy for the past year I have been able to get higher rankings in the search engines much faster. This keyword tool out performs all the other free keyword tools 2:1, including the Google keyword planner. Jaaxy is run and maintained by two of the smartest affiliate marketers online today.
Success is NOT being dressed up in your best suit,waiting to present a report that took you weeks to put together…
that’s not success,
Doing What You Love
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.– Albert Schweitzer
Following Your Own Path
A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others. – Chin-Ning Chu
Living Each Moment
Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed. – Corita Kent
Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. – Charles Lindbergh
Treating People Well
Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people — your family, friends, and co-workers, and even strangers you meet along the way. – Barbara Bush
Excelling in Multiple Areas of Your Life
I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. – Zig Ziglar
Doing Your Best
The man who has done his level best, and who is conscious that he has done his best, is a success, even though the world may write him down as a failure. – B.C. Forbes
Seeking and Finding Love
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. – Pearl S. Buck
Leaving the World a Better Place
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. – Albert Pike
Success is Many Things
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded. – Bessie Stanley
Success is being able to do what you love to do and manage to live the life you want without risking the livelihood of your family…
Getting traffic is one of the most important tasks for any web master. You can’t get traffic once and then just reap the benefits. Getting traffic is an ongoing task and you must be constantly doing it, if you want to get traffic and keep it.
There are so many ways to get free website traffic today. Everybody and their brother is offering free traffic. Getting free traffic does not mean you do not have to work for it, as a matter-of-fact you actually have to work harder to obtain the legitimate free traffic offered today.
The first place to always look for good, honest, free traffic is within your social media networks. There are lots of them out there, not just Facebook. A few being TSU, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Tumblr , etc. You should join these groups, become active, get followers, and post your advertisements at least once a week to each network. In Facebook, G+, LinkedIn, and many others you can join some groups that pertain to your subject (niche), comment on other people’s post and work your website in your signature, and post your ads to these groups daily. This worked for me for months, until I could generate income to start a small advertising budget. All of this is FREE advertising! The only thing thing you are giving up is your time.
The Next Place to Look:
The next place to turn to is safe lists or email exchanges. Once again there are literally thousands upon thousands of these type sites. You couldn’t join them all and still be able to use them effectively. Once you join one, you need to take the time to actually read the ads, because you will be offered a LOT of free traffic by joining their safe lists. You must be able to read through these ads and see if one of them does exactly what you need. Do your do-diligence and check out reviews about these sites. Some are really,really good and do exactly like they say they do. Look at the history of the site, how long has that person been doing these sites and how old is the one you are looking at right now? Just remember if you join way too many you will get burned out quicker. I recommend you join the one I have listed first, from there you will receive many more offers. I’m suggesting this site, because it works and the owner has been doing this same type business for 18 years. Her site always get me referrals. Do not think you send your ad once or twice and “BAM!” You have loads of referrals. It just doesn’t work like that out here in the real internet world. Be patient, work enough to send your same ad every day for at least one month. You will slowly start getting referrals maybe one or two a day, then before you know it you are getting 5-10 referrals a day. I know from experience you will want to add more and more exchanges so you can get 1-2 or 5-10 referrals a day per site, but trust me it doesn’t work like that either! You will burn yourself out trying to look at enough ads per day per site just to post your ad daily that you will quit. Use one great site and use it until it is used up! Which in my experience will be never, because there are new members joining daily and your ad is being seen by every member daily. One more thing I figured out over the past 15 years with these sites it is best to wait until you can send your ad to all members not just a few. If you can’t get enough credits then you would need to wait until you get enough credits to send to all members. If you actually work the site and stay focused you can get enough credits to send an ad a day. So, with my experience I will be glad to share with you today what works for me.
Currently for 2016 10 Buck Blast is doing great getting sign-ups for my programs. You can join lots of these safe lists, click for credits, then submit your ad using your credits. This works very well with most of the safe list out there. There is really no true way of knowing which one is better other than joining them and using them in test to see which ones actually get you sign-ups.
As the year progresses I will list more ways to get more web site traffic and free for you. Bookmark this page and keep an eye out for more ways to advertise in 2016.