01 Aug 10 2:40 am
You have to understand, Affilorama teaches basic seo because search engine rankings is the easiest form of traffic to teach total newbies. however, there are many other ways to get traffic. I get good search rankings, but personally, I dont believe in giving google control of my business.
social traffic can give you better results, and faster results, but only if you do it right, and after you spend time building up your relationships. Most people don't have the patience or want to take the time. they want a set it and forget it business that they dont have to do any work to make money.
The first time Google made a change in the algorithm and I lost all of my traffic because i was relying on them too much, I decided not to let them control my business any more.
So, i started learning how to leverage other methods, and focus all of my efforts on getting traffic, not backlinks. The funny thing is now, I get more traffic with less effort. I still get the seo rankings, and it should be a part of your traffic strategy. However, I recommend that once you get a good handle on SEO that you learn other ways to build traffic.
Personally, I outsource the mass link building, and I have found some people who get me high rankings on sites that also bring me traffic, rather than posting thousands of links on low quality blog networks.
One thing I learned years ago, is to listen to the experts, but test things for yourself. I didnt like the results I got form Ama. I did get results, but it was costing more than other methods which gave me more direct traffic to my sites.
i can buy a backlink building package for less money than I spent on AMA plus paying someone to spin my articles for me, and get 5 times the links, on better sites with more traffic to them.
Although I still get high seo rankings, and in fact have tackled some highly competetive keywords, only about 20% of my traffic comes from seo. When I post on a blog, web2.0 site, social bookmarking site, or other any links, I look for the traffic and the seo benefit that it gives me. When going for pure seo, you want massive links. however, if you want massive traffic, look outside the search.
One thing all the SEO experts always drill into people is that Google gets 60% or more of the search traffic so you should focus on them...
however, If ound that only about 40% of all the traffic online USES search engines. More people go to social bookmarking sites, and social networks to find information than search engines now.
Google has realized this and is trying to incorporate more social aspects to their systems, which is another advantage to having a social presence for your website online.
I test everything for myself, and follow what works for me. I see people who started before me still struggling for seo, and going on about how google hates affiliates every time they make a change, while I am not worried about pleasing google and more worried about getting out there and finding customers for myself.
When it comes to PR, i have a PR2 blog, that was pr0 until last month. It outranks PR 7 sites that have been established for 10+ years.
Also, about 30% of my linkbuilding efforts arent even to my own sites. i usually outsource this, but do it some by blog commenting and cross linking my web2.0 properties, following the Web Cash 2.0 methods by Jason Katzenback,( a master of social media marketing, and pretty cool guy for a Canadian).
By giving your article more link juice, they have more to pass on to your site. this will also help them to rank for your keywords as well. I like to optimize every article that I syndicate for a different keyword. by doing that, i can use my spun content and rank on several keywords, driving more diversity of traffic to my site.