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The Hidden Insights of SEO

The web world is no longer a ‘web-like-quest’. Long back Search Engine Optimization(SEO) used to be a discipline governed by blackhat marketers. The intention was clear to drive traffic and improve online ranking. However the boulevard turned to be a secret pathway as Google didn’t like it. With the moving time ‘Hidden Insights of SEO’ […]

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85 Takeaways from New Media Expo 2014

New Media Expo (formerly Blog World) has always been one of my favorite conferences to attend. While I did spend more time networking than sitting in sessions, I still managed to take a ton of notes from those that I made it to. Without further ado, here are the 101 things I learned at #NMX […]

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10 Tips to Prepare for NMX 2014

We’re only five days away from one of my favorite online marketing events, NMX 2014. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips for preparing for NMX or any conference event! 1. Create a doc with all of your travel arrangements. Hotel missing your reservation? Can’t remember what time your flight departs? Create […]

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10 Ways to Make Money Online on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

If you’re just thinking about your shopping plan and budget for this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, then you’re going to miss out on the best time to increase your online earnings. For affiliate marketers and product creators, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are golden opportunities. Here are my ten tips for making money online with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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Photo Credit: Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday Infographic by Exelate

Tips for Affiliate Marketers

Are you an affiliate marketer? Here are some tips to help you increase your affiliate profits this month.

1. It’s never too early to start the search for Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals to promote.

Black Friday fever has already begun with major retailers sharing (or “leaking”) their ads early. Stores are opening even earlier on Thanksgiving night. But they are not the only ones getting the party started early.

StudioPress (my most highly recommended premium WordPress theme collection) decided to do a Black Monday to Monday sale which began on the November 11th and ends on November 18th at 5pm PST. Their deals include:

This might jump start other product creators to get their offers out early so that people will still have money to spend on their deals! So keep an eye out by doing the following…

2. Pay attention to your affiliate emails.

If you’re like me, you have hundreds of email subscriptions, most of which get ignored. If that’s the case, then now is the time to turn off your filters so that you will be the first(ish) to know about great Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals from your favorite products. To see if you missed some already, use your email’s search box to look for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

3. Set up Google Alerts for products you are an affiliate for with Black Friday / Cyber Monday.

While you shouldn’t just rely on Google Alerts to get notified about your favorite product’s sales, it doesn’t hurt to set some up so you don’t miss out on them. It’s as simple as setting up search queries for product and company names plus Black Friday / Cyber Monday such as Hostgator Black Friday and Hostgator Cyber Monday.

4. Get a post ready to launch as soon as possible.

Start your Black Friday / Cyber Monday post now and add in deals as soon as you find out about them. The earlier you publish, the more likely people will be buying from your affiliate link as opposed to someone else’s. I decided to start list of great deals on a page since StudioPress launched their sale early. You can see it here and bookmark it to keep up with the latest news on sales you might be interested in. 😉

5. Promote the ish out of your Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals page.

Last, but not least, once you publish your post, be sure to promote it. This is the time to do things like emailing your list, heavy social sharing, social advertising (Facebook Promoted Posts in particular), and anything else you would normally do for your ultimate blog post promotion strategy.

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Find Out How to Increase Traffic, Engagement, and Social Shares Today

One of the worst feelings as a writer, whether you’re creating content for your own blog, a guest blogging opportunity, or a freelance client, is when you put your heart and digital soul into a blog post, publish it, and get little response.

When you wait for the traffic that never comes. Or the comments that are never submitted. Or the sharing buttons that are never clicked.

If you create great content, you deserve to get visibility for it. But you can’t expect that you will get that visibility if you sit back and do nothing. Great content doesn’t share itself. You have to promote it.

This is why I created Blog Post Promotion: The Ultimate Course. To teach bloggers and freelance writers how to promote your content so you can get the traffic, engagement, and social shares that you deserve.

How Blog Post Promotion Began

Three years ago, I entered my first guest blogging contest. The rules were simple: to win, you had to write a great blog post and get the most comments, likes, tweets, and social shares. The grand prize: $750 cash.

I then began the quest of discovering ways to promote one blog post (without driving my audience insane). Ultimately, I used a combination of continued social sharing, reaching out to people I knew directly (via email, instant messenger, etc.), social bookmarking, and creating supplementary content on popular article marketing networks (back when those were great traffic generators).

After winning that contest, I received a lot of emails from bloggers asking me how I did it so they could get more exposure for their own blog content.

Several months later, the Blog Post Promotion ebook was born.