Monetize your blog

How To Monetize Your Blog The Right Way (Even If You Have Low Traffic)


Well, that’s an understatement; I was livid, on the verge of throwing in the towel.

In that moment I’d convinced myself that all this blogging malarkey was just nonsense. Just a pipe dream; something for other people to figure out, but not me.

I’d tried everything I could think of, nothing worked.

But the thing is, my metrics looked solid. Traffic wasn’t a problem, but making an income from it was a struggle.

And it still took years for things to ‘click’ properly.

So today I want to give you a shortcut and maybe it will save you years of the same struggle.

You’re about to learn how to monetize your blog the right way.

And I’m going to take you down a slightly different avenue than you might be expecting.

Phew! You Can Forget The Usual Suspects

Pretty much every other blog post about this stuff will tell you to monetise your site with CPM (banner ads / Adsense) so we’re going to avoid that today, and we’re not going to worry about Click Through Rates (CTR) or ‘earnings per impression’.

Instead, we’re going to focus on building a machine a system that will monetize your website the right way – even if you don’t have much traffic.

Other common monetization strategy we see bloggers raving about is sponsored posts and product reviews, both of which require you to have a real high-traffic website if you want to make decent money from it.

Today we’re going to look at a method that works or even if you have a low traffic blog. I know people who are making a killing from this, even from around 50 visitors a day.

And that’s because it’s the right kind of traffic; ultra targeted.

The System Perfect For Low-Traffic Blogs

That means you’re going to do pretty well from this method, without too much extra work; you’ve already done the hard bit.

I know that because this is the exact system that use on most of my websites now, so I’m speaking from hands-on experience.

For example, I’ve built websites that have huge followings… tens of thousands of people visiting every single day, while some of my others websites (that I spend less time on) receive less than 100 visitors a day.

So this works right across the board, no matter where you’re currently at with your blogging journey.

To help me illustrate this I’m going to examine one of my students’ websites.

Sanjay sent me an email asking if I had any advice to help him monetize his blog so of course (because he’s one of my students) I’m going to go out of my way to help him out.

And as a result you might benefit from this too.

Common Problems You Didn’t Know Existed

So, this is Sanjay’s blog, and we’ve got a few problems here.

The first one really leaps off the page, can you see what it is?

Sanjay isn’t collecting email addresses.

This is important.

Ok, looking at this page there’s some awesome space at the top, and I would do is replace that space with an opt-in form and a strong call to action.

Typically, you’d offer some kind of freebie in exchange for email addresses, this is called a lead magnet, or an ethical bribe.

Secondly, instead of using the empty sidebar space (that’s waiting for banner ads), I would also use that space to start collecting email addresses.

That gives blog visitors at least two opportunities, above the fold, to subscribe to your email list.

Now, it’s easy to start collecting email addresses but that advice on its own is a little bit useless unless we know exactly what your
blog visitors want.

How to Listen To Your Visitors

Finding out what your visitors want is easy, and you don’t have to ask them either – they’re already telling you, once you know how to listen.

How do you listen?

By looking at the right metrics in Google Analytics because all the data we need to know is already there for us.

Why don’t we run a survey?

Well, we can – and it’s a good idea if you have a sizeable following that’s willing to give you honest feedback, but I’m going to assume that you don’t have a massive audience yet.

So we turn to Google Analytics – the data is solid, and it gives us an accurate picture about our blogs.

And there’s only 2 metrics that we really need to pay attention to, at this stage.

First, take a look at the most popular pages on your website.

This tells you exactly what people want and why they’re coming to your website.

Secondly, we can look at the most popular traffic sources – then we know what type of content our visitors are consuming before they land on our blog.

Smart Lead Generation

There are two strategies when it comes to collecting leads on your blog.

The first way is to have one general lead magnet running across the entire site.

This is the easiest way to get up and running. Start with one lead magnet that solves one problem.

Another way to do is to segment your traffic and run different lead magnets for each topic you cover. For example, you could create a specific lead magnet for each of your blog categories, so it becomes highly targeted and matches each article.

If you were to go down this road, I would encourage you to choose the most popular categories to begin with.

Listen if you’re not willing to invest in an email marketing platform at the moment you have plenty of free options out there:

  • MailerLite
  • SendinBlue
  • MailChimp

I haven’t used any of these personally so I can’t vouch for their ease of use, or deliverability.

If you’re willing to stump up a few bucks then I can recommend:

  • Aweber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Kartra

Out of those, the ones I recommend most are ActiveCampaign or Kartra – they have the most advanced features, but they might be overkill.

And read the Terms of Service of every single platform before signing up and before following my advice.

It’s your duty to make sure that they allow the stuff that I’m going to suggest, the ToS can change overnight.

Ok, now I’m going to assume that you have your email platform selected, you’re up and running (with the opt-in forms on your site) and collecting email addresses.

The Marketing Funnel

You’ve probably heard of marketing funnels, (they’re sometimes called pipelines).

Here’s an easy way to understand funnels; you only really need to know three parts – although some insist there’s at least nine parts, I like to keep things simple.

We’ve got:

  • Top of the funnel (ToF)
  • Middle of the funnel (MoF)
  • Bottom of the funnel (BoF)

And each stage of the funnel has a corresponding type of traffic:

  • Cold traffic (ToF)
  • Warm traffic (MoF)
  • Hot traffic (BoF)

Let’s go through each stage, so you get the full picture.

Top of Funnel

At the ToF stage were we are making visitors aware of their problem; this is the awareness stage.

Your visitors might be asking search engines ‘how to’ questions, for example “how to monetize my blog”.

See what I did there? Now you’re getting it.

It’s the first point of contact with you; your blog posts should be ToF content to attract the right kind of visitors.

Once they’ve landed on your blog, received value from your content, it’s time to move them down to the second stage of the funnel; MoF.

Middle of Funnel

This is where your lead magnet steps in.

We can use the ethical bribe to entice visitors to subscribe to the email list.

This is the interest stage of the funnel.

The lead magnet should be something closely related to the ToF content. We could use short ebooks, cheat sheets, checklists, videos, mini courses, there are dozens of lead magnets we could use.

No matter what format you choose, it must be desirable to your visitors and deliver a quick win.

Pro tip:

If you embed affiliate links inside your lead magnet, you can generate extra profit.

But that’s not the MOST effective way to increase your revenue. Which brings us to the BoF stage.

Bottom of Funnel

Ok, let’s stop and take a look at the journey you’ve just taken your visitors on.

You’ve educated them about a problem, and given them a quick win to help them solve it.

You’ve delivered a lot of value, for free – and you haven’t asked for anything in return. You’ve started to build a relationship with them, and demonstrated that you’re able to help them.

So now at the bottom of funnel stage we’re explicitly asking them take action and buy something.

This can be your own product, a service, coaching, or affiliate offers.

At this stage the traffic is at its warmest and (ideally) ready to move forward.

But only a small percentage will actually do that.

Remember they can always choose to do nothing – and that’s what most people will do, they’ll continue to struggle. Or they’ll move onto someone else, and that’s fine too.

We only need a small number of people to take action, anyway.

So to re-engage the people who initially said no, which is the majority, we need to have a follow up sequence.

The Follow Up

This is where you make the most of your money, it’s through the back end of a funnel.

It’s the invisible stuff that we don’t really see unless we’re in a funnel.

I’m going to show you how to do that now. Let’s build the actual engine that drives profit.

This is the process so far; a visitor lands on your blog post, then they will fill-in your opt in form.

Now two things will  happen.

The first one; they’re redirected to Thank You page or a Sales Page. They have the immediate option to buy.

The second thing; they’re added to an email list.

Most people will not be ready to buy so they’ll go directly to their inbox to get the free download you sent them.

And that’s okay.

So we send them a series of high value emails to continue building the relationship and increasing the trust.

I recommend giving LOTS of value in that email sequence.

Useful, actionable information that your leads can get results with is best.

Once you’ve delivered enough value, you earn the right to pitch. People will tolerate sales pitches if you provide enough value first.

In most instances making the pitch is pretty easy because you’re just making a product recommendation that matches with the value you’ve already delivered.

Here’s a few angles you could use:

  • Day 1 – ‘Download your free report’
  • Day 2 – ‘3 easy to ways to X’
  • Day 3 – ‘7 common mistakes’

Inside each email you can embed affiliate links to relevant products.

It can be a different product recommendation in each email, or it can be for just one. That’s entirely up to you.

And you can run this type of campaign for as long as you like.

It’s an incredibly profitable engine to build.

The Entire System

Here’s how it looks when it’s completed:

It’s a pretty simple and elegant system when we zoom out and look at the bigger picture.

Ok, this is going to take a little bit of time to get up and running it’s gonna take you a couple of hours to put all the pieces together, but once you know what your visitors want and you know how to help them – that is where you will make your money.

All you have to do is break it down step by step, into little manual manageable chunks.

Each chunk, which I’ve given you here, is easy to do.

So go ahead and get an opt-in form installed on your website.

Find a relevant offer on ClickBank (or even on Amazon if you don’t mind earning 4% commission rate instead of a 50%).

Then give you blog visitors solid and actionable tips that help them move them forward.

Finally, follow up that value with a little pitch.

This works really well.

Just look at anyone who’s successful online and you’ll probably notice they’re all doing this kind of thing.

And doesn’t matter if they’re running traffic straight to a squeeze page or to a blog post, this is the system most successful bloggers are using.

Retargeting Campaigns Demystified

One of the best ways to get traffic to your website, quickly, is to use a Facebook retargeting campaign.

You’ll need to install the Facebook pixel – a small piece of code that ethically tracks your blog visitors.

It works like this; when a visitor lands on your blog it tells Facebook about it.

If you have a retargeting campaign set up, you can have an advert displayed to just those people on Facebook, through creating a custom

You can also create a lookalike audience based on your visitors, but that’s beyond the scope of this post.

So to make use of this info could be to run an advert that promotes your lead magnet to all the people who didn’t opt-in while they were on your blog.

Because these visitors are now warm, they know who you are, they’re more likely to subscribe.

And since you’re only using a custom audience it means your costs are going to be low and you’re not going to spend a fortune on Facebook ads with this method.

It’s a quick and easy way to get traffic.

What’s Next?

Next I want to show you how to get more traffic to your blog, using free methods.

I’ve got a free video series that’s going to give you brand new traffic methods that you’ve probably not seen before. You’re going to learn how to build an audience quickly, I’m going to show you how to double your traffic instantly.

If that sounds good you can get the free training here and start driving traffic to your website today.

3 Pro Ways To SEO Your WordPress Website

Understanding SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is important for anyone running an online business. Knowing how to optimise your content helps you to get better results when it comes to your online presence. It drives free, organic traffic to your content by allowing search engines to index it correctly.

So, today’s post will be a tutorial for all you beginners out there, especially for those of you who use WordPress.

Now I want to make something very clear before we move forward. I’ve seen countless tutorials on YouTube and other sites that are just thinly disguised sales pitches for products. There is no pitch here, it’s completely free. The methods I’m going to share with you work. In the complementing YouTube video, you can clearly see and verify this, as I used my own website. I’m going to give you a simple, step-by-step lesson in SEO, without trying to sell you a product, program, or training course.

Step 1- Website Speed

The first step you’ll need to take is to figure out exactly how fast your website is running so far. There are a few tools you can utilize for this process, including:

1. Pingdom
2. GT Metrics
3. PageSpeed, by Google Developers

For this tutorial, I used PageSpeed first. I took one of my websites; a dormant domain that I own but haven’t yet put to good use called marketingoracle dot com, and typed it into the corresponding area in PageSpeed. Once the tool was finished analyzing, it showed me that the site had very low scores for both mobile and desktop speeds.

The results were the same when using both Pingdom and GT Metrics; the website received a low performance score. These tools use a grading scale, so you’ll want to aim for either A or B. Anything below this, and your website is running too slowly.

Generally speaking, seeing low results this way means that you need to look deeper into your website and optimize it more effectively. You’ll need to make some changes. So why was my

website showing such a low score? I’m using the default theme, which is lightning fast, but the server I’m using to host my site isn’t high quality, and therefore very slow.

So, if your WordPress website has low speed grades, you may need to change your theme to a faster one or switch over to a new hosting provider (assuming your server response is still below average). Were I using a site in this tutorial that I wanted to monetize or use for professional purposes, I’d need to make some massive changed in order to have an acceptable performance grade.

This step is very important, and you don’t want to move past it without thoroughly checking out your website speed. It will affect your ability to optimise your site overall.

Step 2- URLs and Custom Structure

Next, you’ll want to log into your WordPress admin dashboard where you’ll start working on some actual hands on SEO. In case you’re wondering, you won’t need to know any serious coding to work on this step; its all very simple point-and-click methods.

First, head to the plugins section and search for Yoast SEO. Installing this plugin will be very useful for optimising your site in the future, as it gives you tips and corrections for each piece of content and page. There are other options and similar plugins such as All-In-One SEO, but Yoast is the best in my opinion. Be sure to activate it after install.

From the WordPress dashboard, you’ll want to find the settings option on the left tab and select Reading. Here you’ll see ‘Search Engine Visibility ‘. This option should be unchecked you allow search engines to index the site and it’s content.

After you’ve done this, you should see a tab titled Permalinks. Select and erase the content inside of that field and make sure the Custom Content option is checked.

Now you can move on to the next step and head over to your posts! Step 3- Keywords and Headlines

When you click on a post on your site, and look at the title, you’ll see a forward slash.

Delete that forward slash and replace it with a dot HTML, HTM or PHP. Based on my own experience while working in the SEO industry, dot HTML tends to perform better than just a forward slash, but you can choose what to replace it with. You should save this change after you’re finished.

Now your Permalinks will have changed and the URL will contain the post name. You’ll also want to add keywords to this URL as well. For example, I added a new post titled 90 Day Content Marketing Challenge; so the whole title was the keyphrase with my established keywords in it.

When writing these posts, the first paragraph should contain those same keywords. For example, my article’s first paragraph included the line “Today I’m going to show you the results of a ninety day content marketing challenge”. I also changed this line to a heading.

When choosing headings, you have several options titled as H1, H2, H3, and so on, (with importance decreasing with each tag). This will apply a heading tag to your article, telling Google that it has an important keyword within that line.

You can add multiple keywords by using these heading tags. After writing the actual copy itself, try to add the keywords or keyphrase to the last paragraph or two, as well. This way, they are found in several places throughout the post, but it is not overdone and doesn’t compromise readability by cramming the keyword in places where it might not seem natural.

A big question many people have during this part of SEO is “how many keywords do I need?” And the answer is; the more, the merrier! So long as they stay relevant. For instance, if you’re writing a 1,000 to 2,000 word post, the keyword should run frequently (at least every couple of paragraphs). This is a very efficient way to optimise your post or article.

Step 3- Images and SEO

When done correctly, adding images to your post is an excellent way to increase the SEO aspect of your site.

In order to do this, you’ll need to add a ‘featured image’ first. Be sure to rename the image file in its settings/attributes, using the keywords or key phrase used in the article itself, and do the same with the alt text section of the image. You can also add other images and throughout the article with relevant tags.

Now the keywords can be found many times through the article and in the media itself. You can apply these same techniques to other content as well, and in order to be seen by search engines and in turn viewed by visitors, you’ll need to optimise every piece of content you share online.

SEO is much more simple than it may seem at first, and now you have the tools to better optimise your WordPress content in just a few easy steps.

Want more free training with no strings attached? Be sure you visit and get more website traffic.

My 3 Most Profitable Passive Income Methods

You’re about to learn the 3 most profitable passive income systems that I have ever used. 

This is 100% based on my personal experience.

I am going to show you what has worked the most for me and what I had the most success with.

You need to pay attention to this if you want to generate passive income for yourself.

This is what actually works.

All the systems that I’m discussing here are simple.

Anyone can use them to make passive income.

What is TRUE Passive Income?

You see, technology is no longer a barrier.

However, passive income does require some work.

There’s a little bit of a misconception about passive income.

But rest assured, once you’ve set it up and you put the work in, you can profit from that work forever.

You do need to tweak it every now and then, just to make sure that everything is running as it should be.

The advice is to start now because you’re going to reap the rewards later.

Remember, the sooner you start the sooner, you will see those results.

The 3 Ways to Make Passive Income

  • Ad Revenue and Sponsored Ads

This is the first passive income system that I used.

I have had some success with it.

These are banner ads.

I’m sure we’re all familiar with banner ads.

Then there can also be sponsored posts.

I’ve had success with both of these, though I’ve had more success with responsive posts than banner ads.

How does it work?

It works like this – you get paid either a flat fee, PPC, or CPM.

  • Flat fee: A flat fee can be, say a $150 for a sponsored post.

You can get paid through every click that banner ad receives, which is typically fairly low.

  • CPM: CPM is that for every 1000 people who see that banner ad, you earn somewhere between 10 cents and $5, depending on your website, all the traffic combined and on your niche.

Some platforms use a mix of CPM and PPC (pay-per-click).

This business model and this passive income system is good for viral and high traffic websites.

If you have a low traffic website, I would probably give it a miss for the moment.

My highest earning using this passive income method…

My personal highest earnings per month using this passive income system has been around $3,000 per month.

Which is okay, it’s enough to live on.

A hundred percent of my income was made through ad revenue at one point in my life.

Passive Income Systems I recommend for this method

So, if you like the idea of this passive income system, I will recommend using:

  • Google Adsense

They tend to have the highest CPM and click-through rate payouts in the business.

  • Adblade

You can also use ad blade. I’ve had great success with Adblade

  • Taboolah
  • Buy Sell Ads

You can list your website on buy sell ads, and then deal directly with advertisers.

This way you can earn more revenue instead of using a middleman.

  • Affiliate Marketing

The second most profitable passive income system that I have used is affiliate marketing.

In this, you earn a commission based on referrals.

So, you refer people to a product, and you earn a commission.

  • Physical products (low commission)

Now when it comes to physical products, the commission is typically a lot lower.

I think at Amazon it starts around 4% of every sale.

  • Digital products (high commission)

Digital products command a much higher commission.

That’s between 50% and 75% per sale.

If you’re interested in affiliate marketing, I would absolutely recommend that you start with digital products first, because you get to earn a lot more.

This works best with email marketing, not cold traffic.

So a lot of people enter affiliate marketing using banner ads.

They put ads and links on their website to a sales page.

And it doesn’t convert.

Value-based marketing

(value+pitch = profit)

The best way to get that conversion happening is through an email list.

You do value based marketing.

So, you deliver high quality, educational, and transformational content to your audience – your email list, and then you make a pitch.

So, you’re warming people up first before going straight in for the pitch.

My earning through affiliate marketing…

My highest earnings per month from affiliate marketing has been relatively low.

It’s been about $4,000 per month.

Which is still enough to live on.

But if you’re interested in this business model, then I can recommend Amazon if you want to sell physical products.

When it comes to selling physical products, I would encourage you to sell high ticket items – things like big HD TVs, etc instead of small items.

For digital products, Clickbank is a good starting point.

JVzoo and Warrior Plus, these are all great sources of digital products that you can earn a commission on.

Info Products

The single most profitable passive income system for me has been info products.

These are ebooks online, courses, masterminds.

This is true passive income.

  • You automate a sale system.
  • Once it’s set up, it just runs forever.

The e-learning industry is insanely lucrative.

The best thing is these digital products are very easy to make.

You probably already have everything you need to get started if you can use Google Docs or Microsoft Word, or PowerPoint.

You already have everything you need to make digital information products.

These things are just ebooks.

And even the more advanced ones just use slides.

Exactly like I’m doing right now.

And they sell so well because customers buy for experience not for qualifications.

What I mean by that is if you have hands-on experience in something, and you figured out a quick way to achieve results – people will buy that.

People want results.

They’re not interested in learning the background, and the theory, and all the boring book learning stuff that these traditional experts will sell them.

People just want to get the results fast.

And they want to buy from people who are like them.

Who have been in a similar situation to them and managed to overcome those problems.

This is why the info product industry is so lucrative.

My earning using info products…

I know from personal experience how lucrative it can be, because my highest earnings from selling information products has been $12,000 per month.

So, if you like the idea of selling your own information products then you can sell them on:

  • Your site
  • Udemy
  • Teachable

We’ve got a whole wide range of different sources and places we can sell these products.

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Well, info products are the way to go, right?”

And, you are right so for.

This is why, I’ve got a 100% free training course that will show you how to make information products.

  • Why most people fail and how you can succeed?

Around 95% of people who try to start an online business, specifically a passive income stream fail.

I’m going to show you how you can be in the 5% who succeed.

Realistic numbers and earning potential

I’m also going to show you realistic numbers of your earnings potential.

I’m going to keep it very realistic, showing you what is actually achievable and how you can make fairly decent profit from relatively low figures.

We don’t need a massive high conversion rate to make a good income.

I’m sure you’ve already seen people throwing around crazy figures: six-figure, seven-figure incomes.

Listen, those guys have been doing this stuff for a long time.

For me personally, I launched my first information product in 2009.

So, it’s a long time ago now.

Which is why I can get the results that look impressive.

So, I’m going to show you what kind of results to expect when you first start out.

Nobody else shows you that.

Everybody wants to kind of wow you with the six-figure income, and the seven-figure income.

I’m not going to do that because that’s not realistic in the start.

We’re going to stay with our feet firmly on the ground in reality.

You’re going to see what is actually achievable.

And you might be surprised by what I reveal to you

Passive income framework for maximum profit

I’m also going to show you the passive income framework that you can use to maximize your profit.

This is how we create an interlinking chain of small information products that steadily increases in value and profit over time.

This framework, when we zoom out, you can actually apply it to your entire business.

It is powerful.

It is the framework that I use and all successful online marketers and entrepreneurs use.

I’m going to show you how to make and launch your first ebook.

What I’m going to do is give you the six sections that you need to fill in

  • You’re going to write a paragraph for each set, and use that as your starting point.

Of course you can delve into it and write as much content as you want but this is a really good starting point.

You will have some structure and framework to use that will help guide you to make your first ebook.

It’s going to be really useful to you.

If you want all this training you can have it completely free by going to:


Best wordpress hosting

The Best (And Worst) WordPress Hosting

Today, you’re about to learn which web hosts are the best for WordPress sites, and which ones to avoid.

I’m going to talk about your best options for hosting WordPress websites.

Here’s the deal – it’s a minefield.

I know that because I’ve been hosting websites since 2004.

And I’ve been hosting WordPress websites since 2007.

Way back in the early days of WordPress.

So, I know what the concerns are.

I know what you need to be looking out for.

So, I’m going to show you:

  • The best web hosts for WordPress.
  • And, the ones you need to avoid.

Because it can be really problematic if you get stuck with poor service.

And there are a number of questions and concerns, such as:

  • What if the site doesn’t work?
  • What if the downtime is pretty high?
  • What if you have to install WordPress manually?
  • Which web hosts come with cPanel?
  • What if there’s no support available after you’ve signed up?
  • What if you get hacked?
  • Does the hosting company cover your back?
  • Do they take backups?

And for this, you need to understand that most hosting reviews are kind of biased.

There’s an ulterior motive for the recommendations of web host.

Because most people who review web hosts and then offer their recommendation are actually affiliates.

And that sways their decision – they tend to recommend the hosting companies that have the highest commission.

But I’m going to make sure I don’t go down the same road (I’m NOT an affiliate!)

So just so you know – my intentions are good.

  • I’m not going to use any affiliate links.
  • It’s all based on my hands-on personal experience over the last many years.
  • I’m not trying to profit from this in any way!

So, let’s dive into it.

Types of Web Hosting

There are 3 types of hosting.

And each type of hosting environment caters to a different need.

Shared Hosting

The most common one is shared hosting.

This is where they cram hundreds or even thousands of websites on to one server.

Everybody shares the resources.

This can be problematic if you have a high-traffic website.

Building a test website using Shared Hosting

I remember in a recent test we did with, I set up a test website using shared hosting.

On this test website, we started using traffic methods from one of my training courses.

In the first 2 weeks, the traffic started to increase.

It went up to approximately 1000 people a day.

On the hosting environment that we had tested, a 1000 people a day caused the website to shutout.

The server couldn’t handle that much traffic to that website.

This is a common problem with shared hosting.

To be completely upfront with you, I did that as part of a marketing strategy because I wanted to show what kind of results using my traffic methods can have on shared hosting website.

In fact, it allowed me to take a screenshot that displayed ‘server melting traffic’.

Such as situation will have you want to upgrade your hosting account.

VPS – Virtual Private Server

VPS or Virtual Private Server is still on a shared hosting account, but here you get more resources.

You get more room, more things to play with.

So, you can have more plugins installed; you can have more traffic coming to your website.

And that is generally the type of hosting account I use for my websites because it can sustain the traffic levels that I’m throwing at it.

Dedicated Server

A dedicated server is for when you have really high traffic websites.

I only have one dedicated server and there’s one website on that.

That website gets crazy traffic levels, upwards of 30,000 to 50,000 people a day.

Occasionally, we get over 100,000 people a day to that site.

For that, we need a dedicated server.

Even VPS wouldn’t cut it in this case.

So, here’s what you get with the three types of web hosting:

  • Shared hosting – shared resources
  • VPS – a bit more resources
  • Dedicated server – 100% resources.

Things to look out for when choosing a Web Host

Because I have multiple types of web hosting accounts, I’m going to show you what you need to look out for no matter which web host you choose.

  • Pick a host that has cPanel

This feature lets you install WordPress with a few clicks. It’s really important.

  • Test the Customer Support

Always check out the customer support before you sign up.

For this:

  • Send them an email.
  • Check the response time.
  • See what kind of detail they go into.

Most likely, you’re going to be dealing with a sales representative.

Now, if they know what they’re doing, they will either get the tech to give them the information they need, or refer you to someone who has got more knowledge.

The Companies You Should Avoid

Now, let’s get down to the companies you should avoid.

  • IX Webhost

You have to stay away from these guys. They’re shockingly bad.

The downtime I experienced with them was really high.

The support was non-existent.

  • iPower Web

I moved from IX Webhost to iPower Web, and I had almost the exact same experience.

The funny thing is, both are owned by the same parent companyEIG hosting company.

You have to avoid pretty much any web host owned by EIG – Endurance International Group (EIG).

Other webhosting companies owned by EIG are:

  • Bluehost
  • Fast Domain
  • Host Gator
  • Host Monster
  • Site 5

And many more.

EIG purchase good hosting companies and then they lay off the support staff.

They stop investing in the technology, because that company only exists to increase the profit for its shareholders.

Not really for providing a good customer experience.

  • One-on-One Hosting

Speaking of web hosting companies to avoid, another one is one-to-one webhosting. With them, I went ahead with WordPress hosting option, and everything was fine.

Until, I tried to install a plugin.

Also, the second I installed Jetpack, things started to go totally downhill.

The site just stopped working.

It took around 3 days for support to get back to me to investigate.

Their solution was that ‘I needed to upgrade to a dedicated server’.

So, that’s one to stay away from.

  • A2 Hosting

I found here that the lack of features was kind of worrying.

The speed wasn’t very good either.

And to do anything worthwhile with the hosting account, I needed to pay additional monthly purchases.

For example, installing WordPress incurred an extra monthly fee.

And the support wasn’t too helpful when I needed them.

  • InMotion Hosting

These guys have got a pretty good reputation.

But based on my own experience, I can’t really recommend them.

This is because almost immediately, every test site that I built on their VPS got hacked.

And it got hacked very quickly.

I also found the support to be very disorganized.

I had to repeat myself to about 8 different members of support staff, before they took any action.

I found that to be a bit unacceptable.

However, the uptime is pretty good, but the speed of the server is quite slow.

So, these are the web hosts that should be completely avoided, based on my personal experience, (other people may have completely different experience, but here’s what I went through!).

Better Web Host

Croc Web

I used to really love this company.

And, for a while, everything I had, was hosted with these guys.

But for the last couple of years, their support has been kind of lacking.

I still have a dedicated server with them, and that’s really because the site that I’m hosting there is mammoth!

It’s got around 100,000 posts on there, and people keep contributing to that every single day.

So it’s a nightmare to move for me.

And the server is just fast enough to do what I need it to do.

But, there are frequent problems, and it seems that there’s only one member who actually knows what he’s doing.

I have to personally request that he takes a look at the issues when they arise.

Otherwise, I’m left with support staff that don’t really know what they’re doing.

So, I would recommend them if you don’t mind dealing with lazy support staff.

The Best Companies that I’ve Used

Finding a good hosting company is quite difficult. We know this now.

These two I totally recommend as I’ve personally used them, and I’ve had really good service working with them.

  • Liquid Web

I found them to be an amazing company.

  • Site Ground

At the moment, I have my most important website hosted with Site Ground.

That is because the uptime has been brilliant.

The websites load fast and the support is fantastic.

They make everything easy to use.

They even give you free SSL’s!

So if you’re looking for an option that doesn’t break the bank, then I recommend Site Ground at the moment.

That might change over time.

But if you really want to know how to put your web host to the test, and want to get more traffic then you know what to do with, then here’s the deal:

I’ve got a free training course for you that is 100% free.

That will give you 3 secret traffic methods that you haven’t seen before.

And it won’t cost you a single penny!

So claim your free course by going to

Authority Sites vs Niche Sites

Authority Sites VS Niche Sites

What’s the next step? Click here to learn EXACTLY how to grow a popular and profitable website.

Is it best to build one niche website or is it best to build multiple sites in the same niche?

Today I’m going to answer an email question asked by one of my students, Colin.

Colin says: 

“Hi Mick!

I would very much appreciate your advice. I am attracted to the health market and almost certainly to an authority blog, with a broad domain name and sub-niches.

The alternative will be to build separate sites, each specific to a single issue. What would you recommend?

Maybe you think this is not a good sector for affiliate marketing and creating my own info products.”

It is a really interesting question, and I think everyone can benefit from the answer.

I’ve received this question multiple times, since I started teaching people how to build affiliate sites.

Here’s the answer:

Build one website.

Don’t do multiple sites in the same niche.

Colin’s first thought of building one website (one authority blog) was the right one.

Except, he’s starting out too broad.

You may keep it in the back of your mind and have a broad domain name, that you are going to someday expand into an authority website.

However, understand that it is going to take time.

It’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve that.

But it is achievable. If you’re prepared to put in the work, you’ll be fine.

What you need to do?

  • Start with one issue.
    Pick one issue, for example, take joint pain, and start with just that.

Just focus on getting the top of the funnel content working.

  • Then, bring your people to the middle of the funnel.
  • And then finally, to the bottom of the funnel.

Here’s how you go about doing it…

  • Start with five blog posts for your authority website.

Now, each one of these posts will be like an introduction to the problem people might be facing.

  • Use that content to pull people further into your sales funnel by offering them a lead magnet.

This will pull them down to the middle section of the funnel.

  • You then use that lead magnet to bring them down to the bottom section.

For this, you either promote someone else’s products or your own.

  • Then, you use the follow-up sequences on your autoresponder to really ramp up your profits from that one individual prospect.

So, you start with one and get that working first.

Get that funnel running like clockwork.

Once that’s profitable, move on to the next topic that you want to talk about.

Other Tips

  • Get as specific as possible whenever you plan out the content.

In this particular case, the next topic could be weight loss, which in itself is so vast.

So get to the specifics. “Weight loss for who?”

Write down the specifics and then work accordingly.

  • Think about the person who will ultimately buy the product.

That’s who you have to aim for.

It’s easy to say someone who wants to lose weight.

Almost everybody wants to lose weight!

But not everybody is motivated to buy a product that will help them lose weight.

One of my favourite examples is from Pagan who says,
“Don’t target the weight loss niche, target the bride who wants to lose weight for her wedding so she can fit into a dress in 3 months’ time. She’s motivated to buy!”

You get the picture.

Now, you find your version.

Once you have that specific person in mind, then you can expand across that niche.

My thoughts on building an authority website

I think authority website is an absolute going to be the way forward for digital marketers and entrepreneurs.

One day people will come to the realization that building an authority website is a great if you want free traffic forever.

Building an authority website is the only way to do it.

Unless you get a viral hit every now and then, but that is easier said than done, right?

So that’s my answer:

  • Get as niche-specific as possible.
  • Just get one funnel working, and then think about expanding.

In Colin’s case, there’s so much going on. Plan ahead – have a five-year plan to get all the content you’re aiming for on your website eventually.

But for the present, focus on that one funnel. Get that one funnel converting for you, then get to the next one.

  • Once you have these funnels converting, you’re going to have the revenue. You’ll be able to invest it into your website.

Use the funnels to fund the development and the growth of the authority website.

Traffic source - 500,000 visitors per month

Secret Traffic Source: 500,000 Visitors Per Month

Traffic source - 500,000 visitors per monthImagine what it would be like to get 500,000 visitors to your website every single month.

How, did you ask?

Well, the secret to getting this much traffic is by using a platform called Lists have become very popular nowadays. Not only are they easy to read, but they also provide information that offers a lot of value to readers. And this is where, ladies and gentlemen, comes in.

In this article, we will look at how you can use to drive a lot of traffic to your website.

But first things first…

What is is a platform website that is used to create lists that are both fun and informative. This platform can help your content reach 500,000 people up front.

With this traffic platform, you will be able to get links. But, just so you know, these are No follow links. Even though the platform only allows No Follow links, you should note that the links can still contribute to your search engine rank.

The platform can be used as part of an overall strategy. We need a lot of different traffic sources in order to grow our website as well as our influence. So, don’t use this strategy as your only source of traffic.

How Does Work? enables you to create and publish your lists free of charge. You can choose whether or not you want people to contribute to your list. If you want to be more successful though, I highly recommend you make your list public.

What’s great about this platform is that it also acts as a search engine. The platform has a search bar that you can use to search for different contents online. It makes a lot of sense for you to put your content on the platform, don’t you think?

Another great feature of this platform is that it allows you to add links to other websites. Even though the links are “no follow”, this platform is great for getting a lot of traffic to your website. What’s more, you can make different types of lists. This includes playlists, bookmarks, app lists, product lists, just to name a few.

How To Create Lists On Platform

Creating lists on is simple. All you have to do is follow these 10 simple steps and you’ll be set.

Step #1: Sign up on the website platform.

Step #2: Open up the screen share.

Step #3: Create lists by adding content. It is recommended that you add 5 pieces of content. But, you can still just add one piece of content if you want. But for best results, try to add 5 pieces.

Step #4: Name your list.

Step #5: Choose a layout. There are different types of layouts you can choose from. These include magazines, list, gallery, and slideshow. When choosing a layout, go for one that easily catches people’s attention.

Step #6: Add a description of your content

Step #7: Tag your list

Step #8: Select the option of making your lists public. Make sure that Private option is off.

Step #9: To add a new item, just click on “Add items” button located at the bottom of the page.

Step # 10: Go to the content you want to add. If it is a YouTube video, for instance, just log in to your account and copy the video you want to add. After copying, paste the content in

And that’s it. That’s how you successfully create your list. If the process sounds simple, it is because it actually is.

Benefits Of Using

1. It enables you to add links to your list. This, in turn, drives a lot of traffic back to your website.
2. You can create interactive content by involving your audience. Your audience can suggest items that you can add to your list. This enables you to create high-quality content that readers will love.
3. It is free to use. Even though there are premium features, the free version has all the basic functionalities that you will need to set up your lists.
4. You can create and publish content on the platform
5. It has a simple to use platform interface
6. It is SEO friendly
7. The platform is compatible with several media formats such as slide share, videos, among others.


Getting 500,000 visitors to your website every month is not an easy task. But with it is possible. Now that you know how to drive traffic to your website, I guess all that is left for you to do is create your own account and make those lists, don’t you think?

Secret Traffic Source

Secret Traffic Source: 10 Million Visitors Per Month

Secret Traffic Source

Do you know what today is?

It’s my favourite day of the week: Traffic Tuesday! What makes Traffic Tuesday so special? It’s the day that I get to share yet another awesome strategy with you that is proven to generate tons of organic traffic for absolutely free.

In fact, I’m talking about a site that receives roughly ten million visitors per month, and can help you gain thousands, even millions, of visitors for yourself. Most sites offering this type of service charge steep monthly fees, but not this one.

Who can profit from such traffic? Pretty much anyone, but if your content is entered around a tech-related niche, then this site is definitely something you want to look into. Just imagine how your business could explode if you could put your content in front of millions of new eyes every month, and do it for free. This site is incredibly easy to use so even a newbie can do it.

Even though this site can help you get a ton of traffic, it’s not an all-in-one tool that will make your business explode overnight. Whereas this site will provide you with a backlink to help generate traffic, you need an overall solid marketing strategy to make your website popular. If you can combine the use of a backlink while following the link policy, with a solid marketing plan, your site will rise in popularity in a fairly short time.

Any marketing expert will tell you that relying on one traffic source isn’t the way to grow a business. The only way to do that is to set a proper routine, follow it consistently, and put out effort into getting the name of your business in front of people interested in your niche. I happen to have three secret traffic- generating hacks that you can start using immediately to drive traffic to your site. Of course, this information is free, and can be found here.

The main platform I’m talking about is called Experts Exchange and works pretty much in the same way as Korra and Yahoo Answers. The way it works is simple: you login to the site, and search questions asked by other users. Answer the question by providing relevant and useful content, then leave a link to your website as a resource. Easy! Just be sure to leave answers that are considered valid and an asset to the community. Don’t simply answer just to be able to leave a link to your site. That could be considered spam, and isn’t in line with the link policy. Also, make sure to leave answers that are in your own words without copying and pasting information from another site. If you can make the person asking the question feel that you took the time to really understand their problem and answer their question, they are more likely to click your website link, generating tons of traffic that may even convert into sales.

Put it in a little work on a major traffic-generating website by talking about a topic you already know a lot about, and help your website to explode. Not bad, right?

How To Get Website Content For Free

3 Easy Ways To Get Website Content For Free

How To Get Website Content For Free

Today I’m going to show you how to create content really quickly and easily, so it doesn’t even feel like you’re creating content at all.

As you probably know, when it comes to building traffic and getting conversions it all starts with content marketing.

But I know that creating original content is hard, it’s time-consuming and there’s no immediate payoff unless you’re prepared to advertise.

Easy Ways To Get Website Content For Free

So I’m going to give you three easy ways you can get free content, without that much effort.

You’re going to put in minimum effort, and get maximum results.

And this is partly inspired by an article that I read on Problogger, but I need to adapt it I put my own twist on things.

I’m giving you the steps to get content made quickly.

Interview Experts

So the first tip I’ve got for you is to interview experts.

Your part of the content creation process is to research and ask the right questions.

You chosen expert will then do the heavy lifting in exchange for exposure.

This method can also be a really good source of traffic, as other websites pick up on the story.

I’ll give you an example.

The Observer newspaper in the UK picked up an interview that I did with the late Brian Haw, and that gave my website an enormous amounts of exposure in the national media.

This had a domino effect and it really put that website on the map.

And the funny thing is I didn’t really do any kind of content creation for it, I just asked Brian a few questions that I knew people wanted the answers to and he answered those questions.

Invite Contributions

The second tip I’ve got for you is to invite people to guest post on your on your website.

You can either ask for submissions and contributions on your website or you can reach out to people whose content you like, and invite them to guest post.

But that’s only half the story.

The second part is to take the best contributors, and the best guest bloggers, and offer them a regular spot.

They become frequent contributors to your website, and I’ve applied that strategy one of my websites which is now almost exclusively run and updated by guest bloggers who have become regular contributors.

So if you do it right, if you can network with the right people and bring the them in to your website, it’s a really effective strategy because then your content grows automatically.

And with content marketing and we have to be consistent because that is what ultimately grows our traffic over time.

When people contribute to your website for free you can end up in an awesome situation where it’s a win-win situation for everybody.

Content Curation

The last tip that I’ve got for you is content curation.

You probably already know I’m a big fan of curating content.

This is were you take a portion of somebody else’s content and you use it for your own purposes.

So you might take paragraph from an article, link back to the original, and then add your own insights.

You can do it with articles, video embeds – so you can go to Youtube and find relevant videos.

Practically every video on there allows anybody to legally embed that video any website.

You don’t have to ask for permission because if the video creators don’t want that content embedded on websites they can turn that feature off.

You can also do the same with infographics.

If you want to use images do check the license; make sure that you’re not using images that you don’t have the rights to use.

But a lot of infographics actually give you the HTML code that you can take and paste into your blog post to display that infographic.

And really, that’s the whole purpose of infographics – it’s to get links from websites.

So again if that code is visible on an infographic you don’t need to ask permission.

However, when you do content curation it’s a good idea to approach the content creators directly and let them know you’ve used their content – they might be thankful to you, and promote you in return.

Secret Traffic Source: 50 Million Visitors Per Month

Secret Traffic Source: 50 Million Visitors Per Month

Secret Traffic Source: 50 Million Visitors Per Month

It’s Traffic Tuesday and today I’m going to show you a traffic source that gets between 50 million and 100 million unique visitors each month.

And I’m going to show you how you can put your content in front of those people.

This is one of the most trusted websites online, but it’s also one of the most under-used for traffic generation.

It’s a website that has around 172 niche-specific communities, so you’ve got things from photography, to travel to physical fitness, to coffee, etc.

And unsurprisingly there’s an abundance of tech related communities on this site.

But don’t let that intimidate you, there is something for everybody here and when you find your audience it can be a great source of traffic.

Getting Traffic From Stack Exchange

The website I’m talking about is called

This actually started as a single Question and Answers website called Stack Overflow – it was originally for computer programmers and techie people.

But the company has expanded and they now welcome discussions about a wide variety of topics and interests, which is great for us because we can go there add value and promote our content – in an ethical way.

The website itself works in a similar way to other Question and Answers websites, like Yahoo Answers and Quora.

But the main difference with Stack Exchange is the expectations of the community is high.

The Stack Exchange Community

The community expects a detailed and specific answer to their questions.

That means you should only answer questions that you absolutely know the answer to, when you use this strategy for traffic generation.

And as usual, give as much value as you can – become a valuable member of the community and actually help people.

Then use your content as a resource that you can refer people to if they want to delve even further into the topic that they’re talking about.

And of course standard rules apply with this kind of thing; add value up front, become a solid member of the community and only promote your content when it feels natural to do so.

Final Thoughts

Don’t force promotion and obviously you know that spamming isn’t cool either.

Just link to your content whenever it feels like it belongs in the discussion.

And once you’ve got rolling inside the communities you can use this as a pretty solid traffic generation strategy, when you mix in other resources along side your own.

It’s a high traffic website and it’s full of opportunity, I think the top answer on the website has got a million views, so there’s potential for a lot of traffic if you’re willing to help your audience first.

How to Fix the Google Keyword Planner Tool

Fix the Google Keyword Planner Tool

Imagine if you could fix the Google Keyword Planner tool, and restore it back to showing you the same data that it used to give you, that made keyword research so easy and so lucrative.

I’m going to show you how you can do it today.

I had to share this with you because this is probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen in the digital marketing and SEO industry.

This could be a game changer for everybody.

Keyword Research Gone Bad?

Remember a year or two ago Google changed the way the Keyword Planner worked?

The removed, or at least berried the data we relied on for keyword research.

Things like the exact search volume, cost per click information and completion volume.

This made things very difficult for digital marketers who created content and invested time in SEO.

If nothing, Google can be cruel.

So let’s restore it back to its former glory.

Imagine if you could get the Google Keyword Planner tool working like it used to, in the next few minutes.

It won’t cost you a penny and you won’t have to do anything technical either.

I’m going to show you how to do it.

What Data Do We Need?

Along with the infinite number of keyword suggestions that the Google Keyword Planner will give you,  you will now be able to see the exact search volume for every keyword, the exact cost per click, and the exact competition levels.

But is more than an alternative to the Google Keyword Planner tool. Its like taking the planner with you everywhere you go online.

Sounds strange, right? I’ll explain more in a minute.

But you probably already seen pretty decent alternatives come along over the last year or so.

Websites like Keyword Finder, UberSuggestKeywordShitter etc, and these are really good options.

But this is this is so much more.

This is what we have been waiting.

Keywords Everywhere

Keywords Everywhere is a free browser extension for Firefox and Chrome.

It will take your keyword research to the next level.

So open your browser now and let’s go install it.

Keywords Everywhere - Keywords Research Tool

When you’ve got it up and running go to Google and search for something related to your niche.

The instant you start typing the extension will start working.

It will automatically generate keyword data for that specific phrase, it will give you the exact monthly search volume, cost per click, and the competition level.

Google Keywords

How crazy good is that?

And it does all this in real time.

That means you don’t have to jumping around on different websites to try and get accurate data about  a keyword or phrase.

This tool will give you all the information you need when you need it most.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Fixing The Google Keyword Planner Tool

The Keywords Everywhere extension works with a wide range of websites including the Google Adsense Keyword Planner.

This is amazing.

Try this when you have the extension installed; sign into Adwords and go to the Keyword Planner tool – just like we used to do a year ago.

Now search for a keyword that’s relevant to your niche or the piece of content you’re creating.

And now immediately, we have all the data that we’re supposed to have, just like we used to before Google cruelly took it away from us.

Google Keyword Planner Tool

Again we can see all the important data that we need for every single keyword.

Can we all breathe a collective sigh of relief, that we can now go back to doing proper keyword research the way it’s supposed to be done?

But something occurred to me while I’ve been messing around with this tool today.

Maybe this extension has actually made things better than they were before.

Final Thoughts

As I mentioned a second ago, you can use this on other websites.

You can use it on Amazon when you’re looking for product ideas, you can use it on YouTube when you’re looking for content creation ideas, you can use it on eBay, on KeywordShitter, on Moz Site Explorer, Majestic, UberSuggest, AnswerThePublic, and a few other websites too.

This means you no longer have to jump around using different research tools to find lucrative keywords and phrases in your niche.

You’ve now got everything in one place, no matter where you’re looking for opportunities.

Hopefully you can see that anyone can do this, and it has probably made keyword research even easier than it used to be – before Google messed with their Keyword Planner tool.

Now anyone can easily get the data that they need to help guide them towards making the right decisions for their business.

Marketing on Slack

The Traffic Source Nobody is Talking About: Marketing on Slack

Marketing on Slack

Today is Traffic Tuesday – the best day of the week because I get to share some awesome traffic generation strategies with you.

I’m going to show you a little known traffic generation strategy and this is really top secret stuff.

It’s a completely underused strategy that nobody is talking about.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone share this stuff before.

And it’s really great for quick bursts of traffic to your website, so if you’ve just published a new post and you want an influx of traffic straight away this is the strategy to use.

We’re going to use Slack communities to drive traffic to our websites.

What Is Slack?

Slack, if you’re not aware of it, is a chat tool for teams that allows collaboration between similar minded people.

Some of the communities on Slack have thousands of members, with hundreds of people active at any one time.

And what’s more is, Slack is fully searchable.

That means anything that you contribute now will be accessible long after you posted it, and it will be found by future users.

Using this strategy you’re going to get an initial burst of traffic, and then you will get a steady trickle in the following days and weeks and months to come.

Slack is primarily for creating your own channels and inviting people to your specific channel so you can collaborate on projects together, but today we’re going to join other people’s channels and add value to them.

How To Do Marketing on Slack

Slack Communities

We need to find relevant Slack channels that we can add value to.

To find the right channels to join we can go to a website called SlowFile.

And then choose from a wide variety of niches, they’ve got practically everything covered.

Then take a look through the channels choose one that you’d like to join and request an invite.

Invite Slack Group

Then you’ll be able to join that community and add value to the group very quickly.

Along side the valuable and insightful contributions that you make, you will have an opportunity to promote your stuff too.

But before you go ahead and start contributing, I’ve got points for you to consider.

Best Practices for Marketing on Slack

Take the time to get to know the communities first, before you start promoting your content.

Answer questions and provide helpful insights, and don’t spam the group.

A good approach is to use your content as a way to deliver additional information to people who need help. Think of your content as a resource people can go to for more detail on a topic.

So provide helpful answers in the chat. and then say something like “if you want more information about this, I have a blog post you can read here”.

And that is a very effective, and ethical way to drive traffic to your website.

As you can see, it’s really easy to do anyone can use this to drive traffic to the website.

Final Thoughts About Slack Marketing

Remember you don’t have to join just one community, you can join multiple groups to promote and deliver value across a bunch different groups.

In fact, each community has its own channels within that group, so you have almost unlimited potential here.

It’s an amazing way to drive traffic to your website, if you are prepared to spend the time to get to know the community first. Don’t just see it as a way to get traffic for free without giving anything first – you have to give genuine value too.

The results you get from one channel on one group might not set your world on fire, but imagine if you joined 5 groups and applied this strategy.

I mean, the marketing section alone has got 50 groups available, with hundreds of channels to join.

So you can see how you can quickly drive large volumes of traffic to your website using this strategy.

And its so simple that anyone can do it.

How to Share Content with Millions of People

How to Share Content with Millions of People

How to Share you Content with Millions of People
How to Share you Content with Millions of People

Today is traffic Tuesday and I’m going to show you how you can literally put your content in front of millions of eyeballs.

This is really easy, it’s really simple and anyone can do this.

It’s the best day of the week because I get to show you some awesome traffic strategies to help you grow your website and grow your business.

This is an incredibly powerful strategy, and it’s one that I have just recently discovered myself, so I thought I had to share it with you.

Works for Every Niche

Now, it doesn’t matter what your niche is, you’re going to discover channels that have millions of views and are relevant to your niche.

These high traffic channels are the perfect place to put your content on.

For example, the DIY channel has 2 million views, e-learning has 3 million views, the health channel has 6 million views, and the gaming channel has 8 million views.

And that’s just the very tip of the iceberg.

As you can see, we’re dealing with popular sources of traffic.

That means you can drive large volumes of traffic to your website for free.

It’s a website called and it’s a content curation platform.

Expert Content Curation

Industry experts and authority figures use this from almost every niche you can image, and they share the best content from their niches. allows you to put your content in front of those experts for them to share. This is content curation.

Some channels have massive followings and anyone can create their own channel.

The digital marketing channel alone has almost 3 million views, so that’s a substantial amount of people who crave that type of content.

I’m going to show you how to use to drive traffic to your website.

Today you’ll learn how to publish your content on there, I’ll also show you how to save time by publishing your content across multiple social media platforms with one click, and I’ll also show you exactly how to put your content in front of the biggest names on the platform.

So by the end of this post you’ll know exactly how to drive large volumes of traffic to your website and I’m going to show you how to do it for free, providing that you have awesome content to begin with.

So let’s head over to and create a free account.

Sharing Your First Scoop

Once you’ve chosen unique and added a few keywords you can then add your first scoop.

Its real easy; just paste in a link to some of your content and click the button.

Now it’s going to take a few seconds for the platform to retrieve your content but another powerful feature allows you to publish to multiple social media profiles at once.

You can choose which social media accounts you want to publish your content on, all at the same time.

So you can choose a Facebook profile, Facebook pages, your Twitter account, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Buffer and I think there’s a few more too.

So how do you put your content in front of the popular experts and authority figures in your niche?

Sharing with Experts

Again this is ridiculously easy.

First of all, you’ll want to choose a high-traffic channel relevant to your niche.

On that channel scroll down to find people who are publishing frequently and have a look at their profile.

On their profile you can see the channels that they have created.

Choose a relevant channel with a large following, and at the top of the page you will see a ‘suggest’ field.

Paste a link to your content in there and then hit the button.

Now your chosen expert will see your suggestion, and they might share it with their audience if its good enough.

And the great thing about this; when they share your content, their followers also tend to share that piece of content across their platforms too.

This is a really good way to go viral in your niche.

Best Practices

Obviously this is a powerful strategy that’s easy to use and anyone can do.

But before you run off to start promoting your content, let me give you some points to consider.

This is going to make sure that get you the best results.

First of all; only share high value content that is relevant to the channels you contribute to.

Make sure that your content is absolutely shareable, that its top-notch and it’s something that people really do want to read or it solves a specific problem.

Then be consistent.

You have to have a regular curation schedule.

So bring this into your marketing mix and make it part of your daily or weekly routine.

And then finally add unique insights to your Scoops, and SEO them.

Google can pick on this content too, so add a piece of original content in there and make sure that you SEO it just like you would with any other piece of content.

And remember, this is simple – so anyone can do it, and you can do this too.

Now there’s nothing stopping you from driving large volumes of traffic to your website for free and by the end of the day you could be seeing amazing results from this strategy.

Traffic case study

Case Study: New Site Gets 50,000 Page Views For Free

Today is Traffic Tuesday and I’m gonna show you how one website manages to get 50,000 page views for free in just four months.

I love Traffic Tuesday – it’s always the best day of the week because I get to show you how to drive large volumes of traffic to your website, usually for free.

The End Result of Today’s Strategy

This week I’m going to show you how a website called iNet Solutions got over 50,000 page views in heir first four months – and they did it for free.

Then I’m going to show you how fellow blogger Matthew Woodward made over $9,000 in a single month as a result of the extra traffic he received using this exact method.

So its pretty clear that this stuff works and you can do it too.

Anyone can do this stuff – you just have to have a bit of discipline to actually do the work.

For this we’re going to use an app called BuzzBundle, and it’s more powerful than HootSuite.

Traffic from BuzzBundle

The BuzzBundle app does pretty much everything you need for social media management, but I just wish it had Instagram integration and that would make it absolutely perfect.

However, it still fills a lot of the gaps that HootSuite misses and it does work in a very similar way, with added Oomph.

HootSuite is really good for keeping an eye on mentions of your brand, but BuzzBundle lets you eavesdrop on conversations and then take part in them.

It generates an activity feed for your specific niche, based on the keywords that you choose.

Because it allows you to get involved in the conversation in this way you can promote your own content as a result.

It finds the conversations that are happening in your niche; across forums, blogs, Q&A sites, on YouTube and of course on social media sites.

It basically grabs all the relevant conversations that are happening around the web, compiles them all together, puts them right in front of you and allows you to engage and take part.

So it is pretty powerful stuff.

Now when it comes to getting traffic you’re going to have to do a bit of self-promotion and that is unavoidable.

But I’ve got a strategy for you that will allow you to promote yourself in a really cool ethical way that helps the people in your niche.

Traffic from Self-promotion

The strategy is to put your content in front of the people who need it most.

Ok that’s just common sense, right?

But I’m constantly amazed by how many people screw this up.

So put your content in front of the people who really crave that information.

Once you have each channel figured out, you’re contributing value content, you can promote yourself if each piece of content that you promote helps your audience out more than it helps you.

Let me say that again.

You can promote content as long as it helps your audience more than it helps you.

So if the payoff for your audience is bigger than the clicks you get, then I believe you are putting your audience’s needs first.

50,000 Page View Case Study

So how did iNet Solutions grow their website to 50,000 pages views in the first four months?

They did this by increasing the number of channels they were using on the BuzzBundle app.

But most importantly, and this is really key to it, they started building an email list.

They funnelled the traffic they were receiving from BuzzBundle into their own email list.

And that is how you grow a large following online – you capture the traffic and then you can share your content over and over again.

Email marketing works because it draws in the people who are the most engaged and the most likely to buy from you, the most likely to share your content and the most likely to  take part in discussions around your content.

$9,511.93 in a Month Case Study

Earlier I mentioned that Matthew Woodward made almost $10,000 in a month using this exact strategy.

So how did he do it?

Using BuzzBundle he continuously added more keywords to the app and then he funnelled all that traffic into an email list.

He built an email list around that traffic and then he monetised by promoting affiliate offers to them.

This simple strategy allowed him to make over $9,000 in just one month using.

Final Thoughts

So with all that in mind BuzzBundle might be worth having a look, at even if you use it HootSuite.

But listen, it is expensive.

They do have a free version available for the first 15 days, and then it limits the amount of conversation that you have access to, down to 30%.

Even with that 30% you can still generate huge volumes of traffic to your website for free.

So that means anyone can do this.

It’s my opinion that you shouldn’t use BuzzBundle exclusively, equally you shouldn’t use HootSuite exclusively either.

I think you need a mix of both – we have a wide variety of tools that will help us out in every situation so add this to your marketing mix.

Maybe use it alongside HootSuite or Buffer and use it to take part in conversations around the web; blog posts, forums, Q&A sites, and on YouTube.

Ultimately we need a wide spread of traffic sources to really profit and grow online.

So there you go, you can do this too. Getting traffic is the easy bit, the difficult bit is converting it into sales but that’s for another time.

How to Make Money from Blogging

3 Steps to Make Money from Blogging

Today I’m going to give you 3 steps you need to take to make money from your blog.

Now before we get into this and before I give you the tips, we’re going to have to do a little bit of housekeeping.

So if you have adverts on your website at the moment, for example you might have Google Adsense somewhere on your blog, well its time to remove them.

Listen, I know how scary that is the thought of losing revenue but stick with me.

Remove Display Adverts

You see those adverts are actually devaluing your website and you are losing money by handing over a portion of your potential income to Google.

They are giving you a very small percentage of what your website is capable of achieving.

So do not under value yourself or your website, you can make a lot more profit by removing Adsense and other  display advertising.

You make more money by focusing on delivering absolute value to your audience in the right way.

I’m going to walk you through in this today.

But before we start let me say; as much as those adverts are diverting visitors away from taking profitable actions on your website, there are some websites that can only be monetised through display advertising.

I’m talking about news websites, because the news is the product.

But if you’re running a blog and you’re sharing transitional information and teaching people how to achieve something or learn something new, then this is absolutely for you.

So let’s get down into it.

Follow the Money

The first tip that I’ve got for you is to find the segment of your market that is the most profitable.

And that is the segment of your market that is willing to spend the most money.

So it’s your job to follow the money and find a niche that gives you fulfilment as well as profit.

And how do you do that?

This is really simple.

Go to the Google Keyword planner tool and put in some phrases that are relevant to your website.

Then all we have to do is verify that your competition is spending money to advertise on those keywords and phrases.

And the higher the Cost Per Click (CPC) the more profitable your segment of the market is.

But we want to make sure that we can profit long term.

So go to Google Trends and make sure that the key phrases you’re searching for are at least stable, or on an upward trend.

Now you’ve verified that people are spending money in this niche for those keywords and it’s something that’s in demand – and it also looks like it’s going to be in demand for the foreseeable future (so its evergreen).


Create your own Products or Services

The second tip I’ve got for you is to create your own product or service around the needs of your audience.

This could be an e-book, it could be a training course, a membership site, it could be consulting – or whatever is you’re good.

Once you have that overlapping with what your visitors need, you’ll become profitable.

But you have to have both things working at the same time to make this lucrative.

You obviously know what you’re good at because you have a blog about it, but how do you find out what your visitors want?

How do you know what they really need?

Well, to find out you can use a website called Survey Monkey to create a survey for free, and ask them what they need.

But in addition to that, and this is vital; you have to find out why they want help too.

That is essential.

Once you know what they want and why they want it, you now know how to how to deliver it to them.

Then you choose the most common response you’ve received form the survey and then create a product or a service that meets the need of your audience.

Simple, right?


Build an Email List

Then third and final tip that I’ve got for you is to build an email list.

When you build an email list it’s easy to turn visitors into subscribers – and another word for a subscriber is a lead.

Leads can become prospects, and prospects can become customers.

This is the process that we run people through in order to take them from cold traffic – not knowing much about you and certainly not trusting you, all the way to feeling like they know you, they like you and they trust you enough to hand over their credit card details to you and purchase your products.

And it’s easier to sell to existing customers than it is to acquire new ones.

The best way that I know how to make people become repeat buyers is to make a product that is worth around $50 and then sell it for $7.

Your customers will be so blown away by what they’ve got they will be compelled to buy from you again and again.

In anticipation for you, you could have multiple all products lined up, one after the other, in a chain.

The strategy is to sell the least expensive one first, and you progressively sell more expensive products as they go through the chain.

This is called an upsell chain and it’s part of a model a funnel model called the ascension model.

This is the most profitable marketing funnel that I have ever experienced.

And once you are comfortable with the upsell chain you can then throw in a downsell chain.

This is where you offer an alternative low-priced item to the people who decline the higher priced stuff.

But it’s really important that I make this clear; do not just reduce the price of your high ticket items.

Instead remove something from it to make it less valuable and don’t just sell the same product at a discount.

That’s unethical.

With this mix of upsell and downsell items you can really ramp up your overall revenue.

And if you want more information about the marketing funnel that I’ve mentioned you can watch it here,  it will running through every segment of your market and it will show you how to monetize everything.

I’ve just shown you how to monetize your blog really easily, and listen, anyone can do this you can do this too this stuff is not complicated if it was I wouldn’t be able to do it.


How to Build Backlinks for Free

How to Build Backlinks for Free

Today I’m going to give you 8 free ways to build backlinks to your website, ethically, and only using white hat methods.

This is a good idea because obviously the more high quality backlinks your website has, the higher in the search engine results pages you begin to climb – at least that’s the theory.

You don’t have to use all of these 8 strategies, if you master just one then are you gonna do really well.


The first strategy I’m going to give you is called Newsjacking.

And this is really effective – for not only link juice, but for overall branding.

Because there is news breaking around the world, across every industry, practically every second of the day, you just find something that will relate to your audience.

You make your brand relevant to the news item.

I’m going to dive into this in a lot more detail in a separate post because it’s an incredibly powerful strategy.

Essentially, you take a piece of breaking news and you attach your brand to it and make your brand relevant to it.

A good example of this; Kate Winslet was staying on Richard Branson’s Island during storm.

Lightning struck and set the house on fire, and Kate Winslet saved Richard Branson’s mother by carrying her out of the building.

As that news broke, the London Fire Brigade caught onto it.

They jumped on board and they offered Kate Winslet firefighter training.

That story went viral because it was shareable and had an emotional hook.

And that’s 2 essential components that you need to make newsjacking work.

Content that is shareable, or even controversial, but has some emotional hook attached is best.

Newsjacking is a very effective way to get your brand out there and get backlinks as a result.


Quora and Yahoo Answers

The second strategy is to use Quora and Yahoo Answers.

Take the time to answer people’s questions on these websites and give as much detail as you can because people are asking questions here because Google has failed to find the accurate or relevant information for them.

That means you can step in and fill that gap by helping them to solve the problem.

And while you’re giving them the information that they need, also include a link to your website where they can get more information.



The third way of building backlinks is through communities.

Get involved with places like Reddit and forums in your niche.

Start networking and make contacts, because these type of communities are full of people you have natural rapport with.

Also take advantage of the ability to put a link in your forum signature.

Contribute high quality posts, become an asset to the community and occasionally provide help with a link to your website.

Obviously don’t spam, outsource or automate this process.

When you contribute helpful information it will help you to establish yourself as an authority figure and someone that they can trust.



Keeping with the authority theme, we can also use Help a Reporter Out (HARO).

This is a website that lets you connect with journalists, bloggers and influencers, people who want to interview knowledgeable authority figures experts and you can be one through that website.

It’s free to join and you will get twice daily email digests from reporters who need expert opinions.

If you’re selected they will quote you in their articles and with that comes a backlink to your website – or at the very least a mention of your website, which is almost just as good because it’s a notable mention.

And that helps your overall SEO, even if your blog is just mentioned in a news article.



The fifth strategy that I’ve got for you is repurposing content.

I do this almost every day.

You can take one of your blog posts and turn that into other formats.

For example, you could turn it into a video, or you could turn it into a podcast, or into a PDF.

No matter what format you’re repurposing content to, you can link to your website or link to the original version.

This creates another level of white hat backlinks to your website.


Guest Blogging

Then the sixth one that I’ve got for you is guest blogging.

You contribute original high-quality blog posts to other people’s websites.

Most sites will allow you to put a link to your own website either inside the article, which is what I would recommend, or in the author bio box at the bottom.

If you can get a link inside the actual body of the article and high up on the page, I would recommend you do that instead of inside the author box because it will get a higher Click Through Rate (CTR) and Google places more value on links that are higher on a page.


Blog Commenting

The seventh method that I’ve got for you is blog commenting.

This is a very common and popular method of getting backlinks to a website.

And it works really well because you steadily increase the number of backlinks to your website overtime.

If you were going to comment on other people’s blog posts I would absolutely make sure that you contribute insightful and meaningful comment.

Do not spam, do not outsource, and not automate it in anyway. Keep it real and provide high value, original content and meaningful insights and opinion that are relevant to the blog post that you’re commenting on.

Add value to the discussion.


Replace Broken Links

Now for number eight, this is the final one that I’ve got for you.

It is replace broken links.

You’re going to find broken links on other blogs that are relevant to your content.

How it works; you contact bloggers explaining that you’ve found a broken link on their website and you just happen to have a replacement.

That replacement will be a piece of your content.

To find broken links, use one of the many free backlink checkers to crawl through your favourite blogs.

It might be worth reminding the blogger that Google does not like broken links and neither will their readers, and your replacement fills that gap to keep Google and readers happy.

In a lot of instances bloggers and webmasters will be thankful to you because you’re helping them out with their SEO by delivering value.


Final Thoughts

So there you go, that’s eight free ways to build more backlinks to your website.

Hopefully you can see just how easy this stuff is, because even if you just master one of these methods you can do  well right.

Anyone can do this, no matter what level you are at and no matter what kind of experience you have.

You now have 8 strategies to easily build backlinks that steadily increases over time and get an increasingly higher position in the search engines as a result.