The Ultimate Guide to Building Traffic

What is something we always want more and can never get enough of? Web traffic. Traffic is the best indicator of Internet popularity. If you do not have traffic, no one is hearing what you have to say. And isn’t that the point, to be heard?

Over the past month I have been researching how to increase traffic. I have read dozens of blogs and many eBooks on the best methods to generate traffic. However, one book has stood out from the rest as far as tried and tested knowledge – Aaron Wall’s SEO Book.

Aaron Wall is a professional Search Engine Optimizer (aka, SEO). SEO is the practice of working to make your sites appear in the top search results. It is generally a two-stage process: developing a web site which is “search engine optimized” and then building as many backlinks as possible to your site. The more high-quality links your site has, the more weight the search engines will place on your site, giving you better rankings. Over the past few years, SEO has become an extremely lucrative business.

The SEO book is 328 pages and includes free lifetime updates. The fact is that SEO is not hard. Anyone can be successful at it with the right information. The book is very well laid out, and will instantly bring years of knowledge to anyone looking to increase traffic to their sites. Aaron even guarantees that you will see 3x your normal traffic in 90 days, or else he will refund your money.

To anyone looking to increase traffic to their site, I highly recommend the SEO Book.

Balance Is Key To All Aspects of Life

Balance Is Key To All Aspects of Life

How many times in your life have you felt overwhelmed by all of your responsibilities? It happens to everyone, and in the past few days, I have felt so overwhelemed by work, life, and school deadlines that I am now wondering if I am just “really busy” or permanently stressed. Too often as we strive to work as hard as possible, we leave out important tasks that aid in effienciy and restore balance to the insanity.

For example, I have been working so hard on business lately that I have been neglecting working out, eating healthy, and getting a good night’s rest. Those are key tasks that if not done, will lead to even more stress in my insane work-life. Because I have spent so much time on work lately, I am starting to become much less efficient. I am tired, cranky, and just plain fed up with the same-old day-to-day happenings.

Clearly, the remedy to this problem has already been identified — I need to work out more, eat healthier, and go to sleep earlier. Every time one becomes too stressed out from the same thing, he or she needs to look at what is lacking in life. I am sure if I started doing those things, my stress-level would decrease by at least 75%. My point here is that BALANCE is key to everything we do. If I only focus on working out, I will not finish my web projects, and vice versa. Here are some things I like to do to help manage stress:

  • Work out. Nothing helps reduce stress like getting a good exercise in. The dopamine released from physical activity will immediately reduce stress-levels.
  • Eat a healthy meal. We live in a fast-paced, fast-food society where we sacrifice eating healthy for eating quickly. Try having a salad instead of that Whopper with Coke and I am sure you will feel better.
  • Get more sleep. Sleep is our body’s recovery time. Not getting enough sleep means you will not have the right kind of energy to work efficiently.
  • Take an hour to relax. Whether that means taking a nap, playing video games, or getting a massage, time for yourself feels especially good when you’ve been working yourself to death.

This is the question I am now asking myself whenever I become stressed…what is lacking? Oftentimes you will find that if you spend the right amount of time balancing all aspects of life, you will become much more efficient at daily tasks, especially work.

Tonight, I pledge I will go to sleep before 3 am (big accomplishment) and workout tomorrow morning before school. Tomorrow should be a much better day!

Blogging to a Global Audience

Blogging to a Global Audience

What is truly the purpose of blogging? For businesses, it is to better communicate with their customers. For others, it is to keep in touch with old friends or meet new ones. The ultimate purpose is to “talk” to a diverse audience.

I have been blogging for only a week now, but I have seen traffic skyrocket in the past few days. It is amazing to blog to such a diverse group of people. I now have readers from all over the World, including Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, China, and Korea. This is fantastic, but unfortunately, my blog is not translated into those country’s native languages. Some of the readers might know English, but the fact is that I am mostly unread by those countries. Not only that, but foreign language search engines are just NOT indexing my blog. This is a problem, but there is a new solution.

Angsuman Chakraborty has produced a plugin for WordPress blogs that will translate your blog text into 12 different languages. It simply makes an automatic mirror of your site in each language. You can choose either Google or Babel Fish as your translation software. Granted, the translations may not be perfect, but this is the right step in globalizing your blog. The plugin translates into the following languages:

  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • Korean

Afer you install the plugin, Google and the other search engines will now index your blog in each language. One blogger mentioned he went from 250 to 1,650 indexed pages in and saw traffic DOUBLE in 2 weeks. The plugin does cost $30, but it is well worth it considering you are now reaching a MUCH wider audience. The plugin is easy to install, but the programmer has to customize it for your individual blog. This only takes a day or so.

Find out more about the translation WordPress plugin

Want to be a Dot Com Mogul? Start with JohnChow.com

JohnChow.com - The Miscellaneous Ramblings of a Dot Com Mogul

Over the past few years, blogging has taken the ‘Net by storm and many people prefer reading weblogs to mainstream news. One blog that has continually inspired me is JohnChow.com. His blog is a well-rounded mix of enjoyable and highly useful content.

John Chow is the editor-in-chief for a leading computer hardware review site, The Tech Zone. In a nutshell, John’s blog is an insider’s look into the lucrative world of Internet marketing. He often covers topics relating to monetizing web sites, the pros and cons of various advertising channels, and how to market your blog. That is certainly not all though. John also features articles on cars, fine dining, investing, technology, the Internet, as well as many other topics.

John’s blog has in operation since December 2005, and to-date, he has posted over 600 articles. He sets a great example for how frequently a blog should be updated. The articles are always well-written and insightful. His most recent post, entitled “Creating Content – Post Length & Post Frequency” is an excellent example of a valuable article for anyone who operates a blog.

Business blogging has become extremely popular as of late. Large corporations such as Boeing, GM, and IBM all encourage their employees to maintain personal blogs. Not only is this a great way to communicate directly with customers, but it is also another source of exposure for these companies. John’s blog is the perfect mix of professional and personal affairs. Even though he receives over 200,000 unique visitors per month, John personally responds to every question he receives. I sent him a question ten minutes ago, and to my surprise, I have already received a response back.

To anyone who operates their own blog or is interested in Internet marketing in general, I highly recommend reading JohnChow.com. He is a true inspiration for how useful and entertaining a blog can be. Thanks to John Chow for the opportunity to write this review.

Final Day at Apple + eBay Pulled My Listing Again

Today was my final day as a Mac Specialist at the Apple Store. That job was a great introductory to sales and being Mac computers, I had all the knowledge I would ever need, even before I started working there. I can’t say that I will miss the repetitiveness of the job. Selling iPods and Macs to all day does get boring. I much rather have a limited selection of clientele, instead of working with the general public. Nonetheless, the job provided for some great discounts and the Mac-centric community was definitely interesting.

On another note, eBay has, for the fourth time, pulled my domain listing, theiphone.net. This time my listing was pulled for “keyword spamming,” which supposedly is when you have unrelated words in the listing title. They did not like that I used the word “iPhone” in my listing title, even though the domain I am selling has the word “iPhone” in it.

Ever since the PS3 and Wii scams on eBay, they have been notorious for pulling auctions that draw any attention to a hot product, even if the item has relation to the product. According to eBay, the only way I can use the word “iPhone” in my domain is if I am selling an actual iPhone. That is complete B.S., if you ask me, especially since there are tons of iPhone email addresses and other domains being sold on eBay. If a consumer is confused about my auction listing, once they notice the $5,000 price tag, they should be convinced I am not actually selling an iPhone.