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

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High Authority Backlinks

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 16 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: You could spend 15 minutes on this, you could also spend hours – it’s probably best to limit your link creation to 3-5 a day.  Much more than that could look spammy.  This should be considered an ongoing activity.  You may not need to do this daily, but a few times a week wouldn’t hurt…

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

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Day 29 Introduction Video – 30DC

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Get Authority Backlinks Using Market Samurai

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Use the promotion module in Market Samurai to find areas within Yahoo Answers related to your niche – so you can answer and create a backlink.  In addition, find .edu and .gov boards related to your niche, for more authority linking.

Remember, anytime you leave a comment or post on a forum – you should use SocialMarker and/or OnlyWire to bookmark that site or page.  Anytime you can increase the ranking or authority of a place that links back to your site – is a good thing.

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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Setting Up A HubPage

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 24 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: If you’re new to this, it doesn’t take more than 10-15 minutes to create your HubPages.com account. If you already have some pre-written content, you should be able to put your first HubPage together in 15-30 minutes.

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

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Day 12 Introduction Video – 30DC

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How To Create A Hubpages Site

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Hub Pages – Click here to create your HubPages.com account and your first Hub page.

Review the HubPages terms of service

Create a Hub that relates to your main keyword phrase and put in a link that points back to your WPD blog

Remember to use Social Marker to submit the Hub to about 5 social bookmarking sites not many more – if you submit your site to too many places at once, it may look spammy.

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BONUS CONTENT

Thirty Day Challenge TV – 2008.08.12 Episode 6

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Thirty Day Challenge TV – 2008.08.12 Episode 6 Part 02

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Thirty Day Challenge TV – 2008.08.12 Episode 6 – Q & A

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Social Bookmarking

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 17 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: If you have never created any social bookmarking accounts – or want to create new ones, this could take 1-2 hours. Most of that time would be in account creation. Bookmarking your posts, once you’re all set-up with Social Marker usually takes 15-20 minutes…

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

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Day 08 Introduction Video – 30DC

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Bookmarking Your Blog With SocialMarker

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Learn effective ways to use Social Marker and get to know some of the social bookmarking sites.
Then submit your blog post to various bookmarking sites like Del.icio.us, Twitter and StumbleUpon. There are many others – but it’s a good idea to make sure that the content you want to bookmark fits some of the other sites.

For instance, Digg is really geared toward news and technology posts. A post about crochet, may not go over very well there. 🙂

Social Marker – Click here to start using Social Marker.

Go ahead and add the Social Marker button to your toolbar in Flock/Firefox. It will speed up the process by importing some of the web page details for you.

You may notice the handy little buttons below – they are there to make it easy for you to socially bookmark THESE posts. It’s something that you should get used to doing, not just to your own content – but also to other content and posts that you find helpful and/or interesting. Go ahead – give it a try when you’re ready. At some point, I’ll do a quick post to explain how I added those to this wordpress blog…

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