Monday, November 19, 2007

4 Controversial Ways to Get More Traffic: Part #6 of Freelance Writer's Technology Month

In Post #4 of Freelance Writer’s Technology Month, we discussed software tools for niche sites, ie, software that helps you easily create niche websites and blogs.

As you know, getting a site is only 1% of the battle; the other 99% is marketing and promotion. To make money online, you have to promote. Following are three ways to generate more traffic for your website and/or blog.

Disclaimer: Many consider the following “unethical” online marketing strategies. You decide. Click here to continue.
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UPDATE 11/30/07: Following is a link to every post in the Freelance Writer's Technology Month series.

Intro Post: New Series - Freelance Writer's Technology Month

Post #1: The 4 Fundamentals of Making Money Online

Post #2: SEO Content Development: How to Drive More Traffic to Your Website

Post #3: Niche Marketing: How to Choose a Profitable Niche

Post #4: Software Tools for Niche Websites

Post #5: Turn $1/Day into an Online Empire: How to Make Money with Minisites

Post #6: 4 Controversial Ways to Get More Traffic for Your Website

Post #7: 5 Ways to Get a Job Writing SEO Articles

Post #8: How to Determine What to Charge as an SEO Article Writer

Post #9: How to Optimize Your Website to Get More Traffic

Post #10: Social Bookmarking Software & 9 Money-Making Conclusions from Freelance Writer’s Technology Month
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Melissa said...

All of these practices are unethical. I'm not sure how it's possible to make money when you're churning out recycled articles. There can be no real reader base, and all hits must be coming from random searches.

BLOG POSTING SOFTWARE - Is there anything more annoying than having to moderate dozens of comments per day? For those of us with serious blogs (i.e. not free hosted blogs), these do nothing except cost time. Any decent blog will never let such comments publish on the site.

I just don't understand the point of these marketing antics. It's difficult to see how they could actually work in terms of dollars. Why not spend an hour a day writing a quality post, and another hour commenting?

-Melissa Donovan

Inkwell Editorial said...


Regarding recycled articles, you're right, I think a lot of the hits are coming from random searches.

When you consider though that this is how many stumble across blogs/websites they eventually become loyal to, for many, "spinning" articles are worth it.

Out of sheer curiousity, I tried the article spinning software and didn't care for it. In my business, I have no need to recycle material but for webmasters who run many sites (eg, minisites), this software seems to work.

As for writing quality posts -- this would require months and years to build up a loyal readership -- and who in America (indeed, the world) has this kind of patience any more? [Insert heavy does of sarcasm].

As I said in Post #5 of this series (11/15 post), there are many reasons web entrepreneurs turn to software/tactics like this.

As for blog posting software, while some may spam with many, many posts, the spammer to my blog didn't. They obviously timed the software to only post to 5 or 6 posts.

As I said, the first one got thru b/c the comment was so generic (something akin to "great post, thanks for providing such insightful info") that it could have applied to the post at hand.

When I saw the same comment on another post the next day though, that's when it hit me -- blog posting software at work!

Another sneaky tactic is the first comment was on a months-old post. I simply haven't had time to go back and delete it.

FYI, I run a serious blog and it's hosted free. I don't think the sentiment you expressed about this applies to many bloggers, many of whom simply don't have the time to figure out a new blog hosting platform. Out of sheer convenience, we stay we the animal we've mastered!

Thanks for the insightful response, and continued success.