I thought it would be interesting to do a quick post, just before we begin the 2009 Thirty Day Challenge.  Over the next 30 days, we’ll learn a lot – about a lot of different topics.  We’ll hear about things like markets and niches, keywords and conversions – and one of those topics will be traffic.

Now this blog is not really focused on conversions – it’s a resource, and as such it gets a little bit of traffic.

A few months ago, I got an opportunity to use a tool to help with bookmarks and backlinks.  It’s called “Traffic Bug” – let’s see what happened to traffic once I started using it:

Traffic Stats Before And After Traffic Bug

Traffic Stats Before And After Traffic Bug

I started using Traffic Bug in May, 2009 – you can see what happened in June and July…

From an average of about 300 visitors per month (September through May) to exactly 2,000 visitors in the month of July.

Is it all from Traffic Bug? Probably not entirely – there were also a few important mentions and links from the 30DC forums. But the fact is, I got serious about backlinks and bookmarks in May by using Traffic Bug – and this picture is worth at least a thousand words…

When we’re learning about the important of bookmarks, directory submissions and backlinks, remember how important they really are when it comes to YOUR site’s traffic.

And best of luck to you throughout the 2009 Thirty Day Challenge

-Steve

Creating Blog Authority

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 19 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: The “OnlyWire” part of today’s training is something that should be done every time you create a new post.  Once you’re set-up, this only takes a few minutes.

The additional backlinks can take a little bit more time, but Market Samurai makes it very easy to be organized and systematic about it.  Your first few times through this may take you 30 to 60 minutes or more.  Once you’re used to it, you should be able to create a few new links for your site within a matter of minutes.

Thirty Day Challenge Transcripts and Training are available below each video.

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Day 28 Introduction Video-30DC

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Get More Links Using Market Samurai

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Learn how to use OnlyWire to create post-level book-marks for deep-linking.

OnlyWire – Click here to create your OnlyWire account.

Use Market Samurai’s “Promotion” feature to find Squidoo lenses, HubPages, Forums, Weebly Sites and other blogs (relevant to your niche) so you can contribute by leaving quality comments which link back to your site.

In addition, utilize the “pingback” feature to create additional links.  Used correctly, this is a powerful way to build links and increase traffic to your blog.

Market Samurai – Click here for your 30DC free trial of the Market Samurai software.

Market Samurai Support – Click here for Market Samurai Support.

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Backlinks and Indexing

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 21 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: The getting of backlinks is something you’ll want to add to your daily routine. Once you make it a habit, you’ll probably only spend 10-20 minutes a day at it. Initially, you may want to spend some time getting familiar with Google Groups and other related forums and pages that will let you add comments with a link back to your site. I’d say today you may spend about an hour or so exploring the communities related to your niche.

While it may be tempting to just start posting links – make sure you’re doing it in a way that contributes to the community. If you just start throwing up spammy links, you won’t be welcome for very long.

Checking to see if your site is ranked in Google should only take a minute or two.

Thirty Day Challenge Transcripts and Training are available below each video.

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Day 09 Introduction Video – 30DC

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How To Get More Backlinks

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Google Groups – Click here to find groups that relate to your niche.

Do a search for forums related to your niche.

Find relevant Squidoo lenses where you can leave comments with your keyword as the anchor text – by searching for “your keyword/phrase site:squidoo.com” That will narrow your search to pages on Squidoo.

I wonder if that might work on other platforms we’ll be looking at…

Make sure your comments are contributing to the conversation. Before you submit your comment, read it to yourself in the context of the page and other comments. Ask yourself if your comment is adding value to the page.

If your weren’t you and you were reading the comments – would you read your comment and say “good point” or would you say “so what.” If you’d say “so what” there isn’t much chance anyone would be inclined to click your link.

Participate 5-10 minutes per day – make it part of your daily routine. If you add 1-2 links per day this way, you could have an additional 20-40 backlinks by the end of the thirty day challenge. Based on our research with Market Samurai – that many backlinks can make a big difference in your organic search engine rankings.

And make sure you’re comments add value.

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How To Find Out If Your Site Is Indexed

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To find out if your site is ranked by Google – use the “Site” operator by typing “site:yourdomain.com” into the Google search box.

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