Did you know that you have less than 1.5 seconds to convince a reader to stay on your blog? Internet traffic is notoriously impatient. And it is getting worse.
This means that what you put above the fold is more important than ever. In fact, it can be the difference between the success and failure of your blog, website or squeeze page. In this article I am going to show you a few things I know about how you can take advantage of impatient traffic by manipulating where stuff appears on your blog.
SPECIAL NOTE: Make sure you read (or skip) to the end as I have a special announcement to make that will help a lot of you with this issue.
In the last six months I have had guest posts on Copyblogger, Problogger, Smart Passive Income and much more. A few of them have gone viral. Almost all of them have caused me to get a massive influx of traffic and sometimes up to 400 new subscribers in a single day.
Well, not really. It was just a little bit of strategy and a lot of long-term relationship building. So for all of you who want more information on how I did it I have created a graphical flow chart to give you a basic plan. This flow chart is an extension of what I talked about on Problogger here.
It is my guest posting strategy for 2010 and 2011.
The first post that ever went viral on Blog Tyrant was called How I Sold a Blog for $20,000 in 8 Months. It hit the front page of Delicious, got tens of thousands of visitors and even got noticed by some newspapers and A-Listers like Rand Fishkin. Blog Tyrant was born.
In this second Podcast I chat about how I have sold several blogs for similar price tags and about how you can do the same. If you don’t want to sell your blog don’t worry, a lot of the Podcast is dedicated to how you can increase the revenue and community on your blog as quickly as possible.
Some of the things that get mentioned in this Podcast include:
- How much you can expect to sell your blog for
- Why you need to monetize your site from the very beginning
- Why WordPress is a necessity
- What to do if Google bans your site
- How to use language, emotion and friendship when selling your blog
- Much more
Now, I know a lot of you are really interested in blog flipping so I am going to be doing a lot more to help you out with this in 2011. Make sure you are subscribed to be a part of it.
Click here to download the Podcast (Right click and Save As).
Top 20 on iTunes?
I just thought I’d let you know that the Blog Tyrant Podcast went to the top 20 hottest podcasts for business last week. That, my friends, is 100% because of your support. If you like today’s Podcast I would really appreciate it if you visited iTunes and gave me a nice little review as it will help to get me back up the top. You can also subscribe to the Podcasts on that page or by RSS here.
If you have any questions about how I have sold blogs for $20,000 I am happy to answer them here. Just leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.
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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle.
Becoming a millionaire is not usually an accident. Sure, you can win the lottery but the chances are 1 in 304 billion. And with modern medicine getting better and better your wealthy parents might just live longer than you do! You need a plan.
Now, I’m not pretending to be a millionaire. But I have had the privilege of growing up around a few. In this article I’m going to talk about some of the daily habits of the rich and successful. Hopefully you can apply them to your own business life and get closer to that magic number.
A word of caution about millionaires
I grew up in middle-class family that enjoyed both prosperous times and really difficult times. I am part of a family where my uncles and my grandfather are exceedingly wealthy but my father isn’t. This strange situation gave me insights in to both the attitudes and habits of the rich and successful and those that didn’t quite make it.
You asked for it. The first ever Blog Tyrant Podcast complete with a tyrannical, Darth Vader-like introduction beat from the great Australian producer One Above.
What’s it about?
In this Podcast I talk about one of the most important things that a self-employed (or someone aiming for self employment) business person needs to know: their distractions. And as I mention on the track, they aren’t always as easy to find as you might think. In fact, some of my distractions took me over a year to isolate!
If you must be selfish, then be wise and not narrow-minded in your selfishness. The key point lies in the sense of universal responsibility. That is the real source of strength, the real source of happiness. – the Dalai Lama.
There are a lot of shady internet marketers out there. A lot of people willing to do anything for a buck. But what I have found is that running an ethical business is a lot better for your wallet than cheating. So, like the Dalai Lama says above, if you are going to be selfish then why not be smart about it?
In this post I am going to talk about why ethics and honesty are super important for growing an online business and making a sustainable, healthy income.
I emailed Rachelle from Landlord Rescue and told her that she’d won the contest for the second Blog Critique and that if she wanted me to do the video she had to let me as brutally honest as possible. She wrote back saying, “You can’t save your face and your ass at the same time“. Challenge accepted.
NOTE: Subscribe by email to find out how to enter the next Blog Critique.
Get involved guys
Rachelle is one of a small group of commentators here on Blog Tyrant that has made this whole thing worthwhile. Without those ongoing comments, feedback and community vibe I would have stopped writing before all the success happened. I hope in some way this video serves as a mini “thank you” for all the comments and help you have given me and other readers here on my site.
Please watch the video and give as much feedback on Rachelle’s blog as possible by leaving a comment on this post. I’m not the only “expert” here and I really hope that these critiques become a bit of a jam session for everyone to get stuck in to the poor soul who put their blog up for examination. As mentioned, I’ll only keep doing them if they get enough good feedback and help enough people.
Some of the things I discuss in this video are:
- The importance of wording in your About page
- Why the color blue and purple are important in photos
- Why Feedburner email forms need to be edited or replaced with Aweber
- Why Pamela Anderson’s breasts shouldn’t be on Rachelle’s site
- How to use emotion to get more subscribers
- Much more
I’d really love to hear if you guys have any more suggestions or disagree with anything I have said. The community here at Blog Tyrant has a habit of bringing out some real gems in the comments section when a debate or discussion gets going.
Adsense is something that we don’t talk about very often here on Blog Tyrant – a bit of an internet marketing faux pas. But when all is said and done I still use Adsense on a lot of my websites and still make a decent amount of money from it.
In fact, Adsense paid all of my bills in College and formed the revenue basis for me to sell my first blog for $20,000.
In this video I am going to show you how to increase your Adsense click through rate (CTR) to earn more money.
Some of the things you’ll find in this video include:
- Three websites that place their Adsense ads very well
- How to format your Adsense links
- What colors you should match your ad to
- Two places that convert extremely well for my sites
- Why Google’s heat map is incorrect
If you have any feedback about the video or need to ask some questions please feel free to drop a comment on this post. Similarly, if there is anything you want me to make a video about feel free to suggest it. I’ll only keep doing these recordings if enough people want them.
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“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” H.L. Mencken
Are your readers all stupid? What a thing to ask! Its the type of claim that could lose me loyal readers because by questioning the intelligence of your readers I’m also indirectly questioning the intelligence of mine. So perhaps its time to announce a controversial rant and warn that this post might upset a few people.
That being said, I think it is an important discussion to have from a marketing, blogging and online business point of view. Why? Because if you believe the logic of the opening quote you might be losing money by overestimating how smart your readers are.
In this article I am going to talk about why your readers might be dumber than you think. Stay with me on this one. I even touch on why it is me that is stupid.
Last week I tried something a bit new. And it worked. In just a few hours I got over 170 retweets, a mention on Copyblogger’s Weekly Wrap and around 2,000 visitors. The strategy I used is new to me, I dreamed it up when I was on my way to a movie. It seemed to have very positive outcomes.
In this post I am going to show you what I did and why I think it was so successful. I hope it gives you some ideas for your own social media marketing strategies.
The results from the madness
I suppose I should start this article by talking about some of the results from this little exercise. Let’s take a look at what happened in less than a 24 hour period.