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How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon [Step By Step]

How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon

Do you want to learn the easiest way to make money online?

Well, start learning how to become an affiliate marketer for Amazon.

You are in luck because that is what I have in store for you today.

So many affiliates fail to make anything online but this isn’t because the method doesn’t work. It is usually because new affiliates give up too soon or they don’t actually get started. So before I start this post of I want you to know this is not a method for instant success.

If you can commit to writing 30 articles then you could have your first $100 day very soon.

You also have to be aware that Google can take 3-6 months to actually start ranking your blog. So try and commit to this length of time too.

Let’s not waste any more of your time… let’s get started learning how to become an affiliate marketer with Amazon. First things first, why Amazon?

Why Should You Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon

When you create your first affiliate project whether it be an Amazon affiliate site or anything else. You have to remember this one thing.

Nobody knows who you are and they certainly do not care about you.

If you want to make money you have to change this.

Your audience has to know who you are and they have to trust that you are not scamming them. When you focus your blog on the Amazon Affiliate program you are recommending a very trusted brand. Amazon is the number one e-commerce site on the web.

Sending your audience to Amazon and getting them to buy is a lot easier than sending them anywhere else. Once they trust your blog more then you can send them to other places but at the start, it is easier to stick with Amazon.

Now their commission rates aren’t the best but if you have a good mix of expensive and cheap products you will be able to get a decent return.

So how does it work?

The concept is simple.

Create a blog or YouTube channel around a topic and then recommend products. If someone buys through your special amazon affiliate link then you will earn a commission. That is what affiliate marketing is in a nutshell.

So now you know why you should choose Amazon, how much could you earn?

What Is The Amazon Affiliate Commission Rate: How Much Will You Get Paid!

At the beginning of 2017, a change was announced that would change the Amazon affiliate commission rate that they pay their affiliates.

To say it caused some waves is an understatement.

Before they decided to make this change there was a set commission rate that would increase as you got more sales. So the top dog affiliates would be making the highest commission rate on all of there sales. If you had a small number of sales the commission rate was around 4%.

The new Amazon Affiliate commission rate puts everyone on a level playing field. It doesn’t matter how many sales you get for them. The rate you get paid is dependant on what category the product you sell is in. So if you were a top affiliate making 8-10% commission you could now make 3% for some products.

This would be a massive hit to your income. Here is a list of all the categories and the commission rate you will receive if you sell a product from them.

An image showing the Amazon affiliate Commission Rates

So now if you sell a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 video game for $59.99 you will earn $0.59. If you sell 20 of them you will make $11.80.

My top tip when it comes to an Amazon affiliate site is to focus on products that are expensive more than the cheaper ones. The higher price will help boost your earnings.

So if you sell a Lawn Mower for $199.99 you will earn $15.99. Sell ten of these and you have made $159.99.

This is much better than the first example.

Step One: Choose A Niche That You Can Dominate

Have you heard the saying… ‘Jack of all trades master of none’

At the start, you want to focus your blog on a small section of your market. This is known as your niche. So if your site is around sports it would be better niche down and focus on a specific sport like golf.

You could take this a step further and focus on golf for seniors.

Why focus on a small section rather than the bigger market?

Because it is easier to gain authority in a smaller niche. I am not saying you can’t branch out to other things but in the beginning, I would focus on a very small section.

Ok, so how do we find our niche.

Niches are everywhere.

I would say start with niches that you are comfortable with. So look around your house and see what you have that you could focus on. Actually having the product means you can provide a real review with unique photos.

So if you have a DSLR then why not focus on Advanced DSLR tips. In your post, you could recommend the gear you have used.

If you have a pet rabbit then why not focus on looking after your first pet rabbit. You could even go into the DIY hutch niche with this one.

Once you know what your site will be about, look at social media and blogs to see what the demand is like. If you see a big social presence and other blogs then you can see there is an audience looking for what you offer.

This is all the information you need in the beginning. You know there is an audience searching for your topic and you know there are products to share with them.

One last thing to do involves Google. Search for a product review of a product in your niche that you can find on Amazon. Example:

“rabbit hutch review”

This will show you all the other blogs that have reviewed this rabbit hutch. You now know that there is competition.

If you are happy with your niche then let’s get our platform set up.

Step Two: Set Up Your Platform To Promote Your Affiliate Links

For an Amazon affiliate project, I would only focus on two platforms. You don’t have to choose the both but these are the best.

The first is YouTube.

This would involve setting up a channel around your niche. You would then release videos on the topics people are looking for. In the videos, you can post your affiliate links to make money from YouTube.

To stay on the right side of the law you will have to disclose that your an affiliate. I suggest using an Amazon affiliate disclaimer in your description.  Something like this would work:

“The links that I mention in my video and description may be affiliate links. This means that I will earn a small commission if you buy from clicking my link. This will not cost you anything extra and really does help the channel.”

This is short and to the point. The FTC requires us to disclose that we are an affiliate, I have not seen any negative impact from disclosing this.

If YouTube is not your thing then you can choose option two. A Niche Authority Amazon Affiliate Site.

This may cost you a little money to get set up but it will be worth it in the long run. You can siphon traffic from Google with this platform. This is the best traffic in my opinion.

The first thing you need is web hosting. I use SiteGround for all my websites. They are super reliable, fast and their customer service is second to none.

As far as hosting goes they are a bit more expensive but it will be so worth it. With SiteGround you can buy your domain but if you want to save some money buy your domain name with NameCheap and then point your domain to your SiteGround Web hosting.

Click here to learn more about SiteGround.

SiteGround is a WordPress Managed service. This makes it super easy to set up WordPress. When you sign up you will be guided through the setup of WordPress. It is like filling in a short form online.

At this point, you have a WordPress Website but it looks pretty boring. You need a decent theme that you can customize. What WordPress Theme. What WordPress theme do you use for affiliate marketing though?

For all my sites I have been using either the Enfold theme from Theme Forest or Divi Theme by Elegant Themes.

These both come with a page builder which makes it a breeze to customize each page on your blog.

You will also need to disclose that you are using affiliate links. You can do this by creating an Amazon affiliate disclaimer page that states the links may be an affiliate link. This covers you for all the pages on your blog.

You could also just add a short line to the bottom of each page that says:

“The links that I mention in this post may be affiliate links. This means that I will earn a small commission if you buy from clicking my link. This will not cost you anything extra and really does help the blog.”

Step Three: Create Content That Is Designed To Increase Your Traffic

For the rest of this post, I am going to focus on a Niche Authority Amazon Affiliate site, not YouTube.  I just wanted to mention that YouTube is another option.

So what content should we create for our Amazon affiliate blog?

Now a lot of YouTubers and bloggers in the Make Money Online niche tell you just to write reviews and that is enough. This could not be further away from the truth. It may have worked in 2008 but nowadays you need to create grade A content.

You need content that is informational as well as your review content.

I use three types of content on my sites:

  • Ultimate Epic Guides
  • Expert Roundup Posts
  • Reviews

Now when it comes to keyword research I use Doug Cunnington KGR Formula. You simply go to Google and look for keywords. When you find one that suits you get the local monthly search volume.

Using a tool like Keywords Everywhere makes this easy. It will display the search volume right beside the keywords on Google.

Now do a search for this:

“allintitle:your keyword”

This will show you how many pages include the exact keyword in the title tag. Write down the total amount of allintitle results and divide that by the local monthly searches.

If the answer is below 0.5 I would go for it. The lower the better though.

Now this will only work with keywords under 250 local monthly searches. If the number is less than 0.5 it will rank quickly. If it is below 0.25 it will probably rank in the top 30 in a few days. Any time I have used this I can normally rank a lot higher.

So if you rank 10 articles with 250 local monthly searches in the top 10, you could easily get about 100 page views per month. This is a great starting point. If the keywords are golden meaning they are below the 0.25 mark it will be simple to rank for them.

So the first goal is to create 10 posts focusing on keywords with a KGR of around 0.25. You can make them ultimate guides or you can make them review blog posts.

Now before you write this method off you will need to give a new Amazon affiliate authority site around 3 months to start ranking. This is fine though because when I start a new site I want to write about 30 articles before I do anything else.

I aim to do 10 per month. So in month 3, I have 30 articles that are all targetting KGR keywords. By this stage, I have seen a lot of them in the top 10 bringing me free traffic.

Step Four: Getting Accepted On The Amazon Associate Program

I know you may be asking yourself why have I left it this long before getting you to sign up for the Amazon affiliate program. Well, I want you to get accepted.

If you add affiliate links before your site has content on it your application to the program will be declined.

When you sign up for the program Amazon want to see click coming in. If they see this in the first 30 days they will keep you on board. Next, they want you to get your first sale. Now I am not sure how long you have to get this but if you don’t get this you will get denied.

So if your site has no content you will have no clicks nevermind sales.

If you can be patient I would postpone signing up for their program till you are getting some traffic. This means you will get the link clicks pretty quick. The quicker you get them the better it looks to Amazon.

When you are ready to sign up head over to this link (https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/) and you will land on this page:

An Image showing the page to sign up to the amazon associates program so you can become an affiliate marketer for Amazon

Click the ‘Join Now For Free’ button. Next, you will land on this page:

An image showing the sign up for Amazon Page

Sign In or Create a new account.

If you have to create a new account it is just a simple form, just follow the steps and you will be welcomed into the program. Once you are on the program you need to add links to your content.

At this stage, I would just add links when you mention a product in a post. This looks extremally natural to your new and unsure audience. In your posts opening paragraph, you could probably create a “See my favorite X” link.

Try not to be too pushy at this stage. In the beginning, product name links should be fine to get you going.

Let’s take it up a notch and start looking at some traffic generation techniques.

Step Five: Promote Your New Platform & Get The Ball Rolling In

When it comes to getting people to your new site patience is your best friend. Most new affiliates can not drive mega numbers while they are still learning. If you can get a few extra visits while Google ranks your site then it could get you a sale or two.

I always say start with the low hanging fruit. Who can you get to your site with minimal effort?

Your friends and family.

So take to Facebook and tell as many of your friends about your new blog. Now to get a good amount of traffic you need to get them to share your link. These are your friends so I am sure that some of them will help you.

Now just because they aren’t interested in your topic doesn’t mean that their friends aren’t. If they share your link then their friends will see your new site.

It is now time to think about groups that you are a member of. This could be a forum or a Facebook Group.

Now don’t think you can go there and spam the group. Write a really epic thread or post and then at the bottom say something like:

For more information visit: http://yoursite.com

This is useful to the group and it’s some traffic for you. Most groups and forums will let you do this if you are an engaged member of the group or forum.

Now our friends and groups know, let’s take it up a notch.

Introducing Quora. This site is golden.

An image showing the Quora Homepage

Start by searching for topics that relate to your site’s content. Answer all the questions in the Topic FAQ part and then answer any others that you can.

An image showing Quora Topic FAQ Section

Again do not spam. You want your answers to be like mini blog posts. Aim to write about 500 words or more. You should also include images or videos and link to other authority sites, not just your own. This will help them stand out.

Next, go to blogs about your topic and start reading them. If a post mentions something your blog talks about then leave a valuable comment. Your link goes in the URL form text box. Avoid putting the link in the actual comment unless you know the site owner.

So there you have it these traffic generating techniques could bring you in a few visitors a day while Google ranks your Amazon Affiliate site. Just remember not to spam and always provide value before you link back.

It’s Time To Take Action Now You Know How To Become An Affiliate Marketer For Amazon

Are you ready to take action on what I have shared with you? You could have your first Amazon affiliate site live today if you actually take action on this.

Before I go I will share the number one reason why most new affiliates fail. They spend too long choosing a niche and a theme that they lose their enthusiasm. If you want to make money you have to create content whether that be a video on YouTube or a Blog post.

If you use the KGR formula and write epic content you can easily get traffic very quickly.

Once you have a good number of articles sign up for the Amazon Associate Program. Then put your affiliate links in your content.

Lastly go out there and share your new blog with the world. Stop learning how to become an affiliate marketer for Amazon and start actually being an affiliate.

What WordPress Theme Do You Use For Affiliate Marketing

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I have lost count how many hours have past. I just want to get my next affiliate blog up and running but I am still wondering what WordPress theme do you use for affiliate marketing?

Web designers and developers can be a massive expense. At this stage, you are not making a cent from your blog, but you also don’t know if your blog will take off.

Looking for a premium WordPress theme is the next best option but there are thousands to choose from. After scouring the theme marketplaces I have selected 5 top WordPress themes that you can use for your next website. Here they are:

Let me share with you the most important things to consider when choosing a theme for your next affiliate marketing project.

Your WordPress Theme Should Be Easy To Read & Clutter-Free

Content has to be the priority when you are creating a blog for affiliate marketing. Your audience needs to connect with your content if you want to move them to your affiliate offers.

You need to streamline your blog content.

If you have clutter this is going to distract your audience. Most audiences are quite ‘click happy’, the problem is that it tends to be the back button that they click. If you have cluttered content or a cluttered web design, your audience will not try and decipher it.

They will just hit back.

Make sure that the theme’s presentation style is not overly complicated. The purpose of web design is to help users find information they need and to help site owners achieve their goals at the same time.

WP Beginner

Look at this very blog all you can see is the content and buttons to share the content. No ads or cluttered sidebars trying to get your attention. My main focus is to encourage you to read my content and take action.

When it comes to choosing your WordPress theme you need to think simple.  Fancy buttons and animations may look cool but they are too distracting.

Look at Wikipedia.

Example of Wikipedia Web Design

When you land on a page on Wikipedia you get an in-depth article on the topic. You have navigation and some references. The design isn’t beautiful and sparkly it just gets the job done.

Keep your layout clean and clear. Let your content connect and you will have a much better chance of increasing your affiliate commissions.

Stunning UI & UX On Mobile: Mobile First Wins The Race

In years gone by designers would create a website that looked beautiful on a desktop and then add some media queries to make it look acceptable on a mobile.

This is known as a desktop first design.

Nowadays more people are using their mobile to access the web. It is now time to change this approach. We need to have a beautiful design on mobile first and then we can add accessories to fill the larger desktop screen.

This isn’t just important for user experience, your rankings now depend on it too.

Example of Responsive Web Design With The Divi Theme

Google has stated that they are going to be indexing mobile versions over the desktop. This is known as mobile first indexing. It will still index the desktop version but you may see a drop in rankings if your site doesn’t have a great experience for mobile too.

Mobile first theming isn’t just about making your site work well on mobile devices: it will also make your site faster and so enhance SEO.

Rachel McCollin – WPMU Dev

The first thing to check with your theme is the layout. On mobile, it is best to have a single column layout. if you see a scrunched sidebar then your theme isn’t mobile first. Mobile users do not want to zoom and pan your page. Scrolling will do them fine.

Next is the navigation.

Mega menus and dropdowns look awesome on a desktop but they don’t work as good with mobile. You can’t hover over a menu on a mobile. This is why the hamburger menu icon has become pretty much standard for mobile.

Example of a Hamburger Menu On A WordPress Theme

People now look for this if they are looking for the menu on a mobile or tablet.

If you have a lot of pages linked to your menu then your menu could take up the majority of the screen. This could stop users even reaching your content. So when you check your themes demo, does it show the hamburger menu when on a mobile?

Keep the key info visible on a mobile. Get rid of the rest.

As you design mobile-first, you bring more focus to the content and functionality of your site. When you create a design that is limited to 320 x 480px screen size or less you have to rethink your approach to building web layouts.

Katherine Crayon – Template  Monster

Page Load Speed Is Crucial: Snail Paced Sites Are A Thing Of The Past

If your goal is to hook your audience in then you need to be thinking about providing an experience. If your readers are graced with a slow loading site then they are going to jump on that back button before your site has loaded.

Another lost customer.

By providing a fast loading site your content will get to do its job. You have improved your user experience.

Most websites with lightning-quick loading time are built on a theme that’s light-weight and flexible. The best WordPress themes even stay fast as you grow and add to your website over time.

Lilia F – WP Buffs

This is not only important for your users, Google will also be watching how fast your page loads. If it is longer than 2 seconds they will push your content down in the search results.

So before you start an affiliate project you need to make sure that your site loads fast. Make sure that your hosting company takes speed seriously. I use Siteground for all my sites now, in any test I have come across they always perform well on load speed.

If your host is loading your content fast the next thing to do is to make sure your theme is not injecting unnecessary code. The more code and features your theme has the slower your site.

So when it comes to choosing your theme make sure it is optimized for speed.

Image of the Pingdom Homepage

You can check the speed of any page using Pingdom or GTX Metrics.

Example Of GTX Metrics

Will Your Theme Handle Necessary Plugins

With some of the cheaper themes, you will rely a lot more on plugins. For the more powerful themes, you can really limit your plugin use. There are some plugins that I think your site should have.

  • Yoast SEO
  • W3 Total Cache (Makes your website as fast as it can be)
  • Pretty Link (Makes your affiliate links look pretty)
  • Sumo (Kickass tools that adds share buttons, popups, welcome mats and more)
  • WP Smush It (Makes your images much more efficient meaning a faster site)
  • Contact Form 7 (Most powerful themes come with the ability to add custom forms)

When you add a plugin you are going to slow your site a little. The more you have the slower your site will be. Always keep plugin use to a minimum.

Before you choose your theme you should take a look and make sure it supports these plugins at the very least. You don’t want to purchase a theme only to realize that the plugin you require doesn’t work with it.

If you choose a premium theme you can be sure it will work with most decent plugins.

Your Site Needs To Be SEO Friendly If You Want To Be On Google

So you have worked super hard creating an awesome blog post. If your website is not SEO friendly then you are basically throwing two fingers at Google. Nobody wants to upset the Big G, the amount of free traffic they can send is phenomenal.

Even with a WordPress theme that is 100% SEO friendly, there is still some work you have to do. If your site is not friendly to Google then that work is going to increase.

What should your theme do if it is SEO friendly?

First is the bones of the theme itself. How is the code structured, does the creator add a lot of pointless code?

Bad coding might not impact your rankings directly but adding extra unnecessary code will slow your site. This will have an impact on how SEO friendly a blog is.

For the site to rank higher in search engines, the theme you are going to use has to be developed according to up-to-date coding standards. Check it to make sure it is compatible with all popular browsers, that it has valid HTML, CSS and that it works well with mobile devices. 

Simon Morgan – Template Monster

Next, we want to make sure that our theme is injecting our meta tags. These are not as powerful as they once used to be but they are still important. They help Google understand what your page is about.

To view the page source right-click the live demo of your theme and click ‘view page source.’ This will look pretty overwhelming but do not fear you do not need to understand everything there. Just click ctrl+F and search for ‘<meta’.

Can you see your meta description?

 <meta name="description" content="Some information about the page">

If you can see this then you know that your theme is adding the meta tag.

You also want to make sure that your title tag is there too. Press ctrl+F and this time type
‘<title>’

You should find a tag that looks like this

<title>This is the page title</title>

These are the two most important tags for SEO. If your theme doesn’t have these I would write it off even if it ticked other boxes.

Schema markup is a way of enhancing the code of your site to make its content not just visible, but also “understandable” to search engine bots. As a result, the content will be better indexed and presented more attractively in search results, increasing the likelihood that the user will follow the link to your site. 

Simon Morgan – Template Monster

You Need To Be Able To Customize So You Can Stand Out

Ok this is a really important thing in my eyes. If you never customized your theme the web would be a really boring place with lots of sites looking the exact same.

Some customization is super important and if your theme requires you to jump under the hood then what is the point, it would be easier to hire a developer to customize it for you.

For me the most important customizations you can make are…

  • Adding a logo/favicon
  • Changing a color
  • Changing a font
  • Minor layout changes (page with a custom sidebar for example)

Example Of Divi Theme Options. Divi is a great theme if you have been wondering what wordpress theme do you use for affiliate marketing

Most themes will give you an admin panel that will allow you to change the styles and your logo. The more premium themes will give you the ability to really change the way a page looks. You could use a page builder plugin to do this but that’s a plugin you don’t need.

Just choose a theme that gives you a page builder and you can build the page the way you like. All with the click of a few buttons or by dragging and dropping elements.

How To Install Your New WordPress Theme

Ok so now you know what makes a good WordPress Theme it is time to get it installed on our blog. This is super simple and requires no coding. Just click a few buttons and it’s done.

Let me walk you through the process.

Step One: Log into your WordPress Dashboard and hover over the appearance menu item. This will bring up another menu. Click on the ‘Themes’ Link.

Image Showing Step One How To Install A WordPress Theme

Step Two: Now that you are on the themes page you will see all the themes you currently have. Today you are adding your new theme so just click the ‘Add New’ button.

Image Showing Step Two How To Install A WordPress Theme

Step Three: Now you are in the theme directory, click the ‘Upload Theme’ button.

Image Showing Step Three How To Install A WordPress Theme

Step Four: Now navigate to where you downloaded your theme and upload it.

Image Showing Four A How To Install A WordPress Theme

Hit install now when you have selected your theme.

Image Showing Step Four B How To Install A WordPress Theme

Step Five:  Once this is done you will be taken to the install page. If everything has gone well you will have the option to activate. Click the activate button.

Image Showing Step Five How To Install A WordPress Theme

Your new theme is installed how simple was that?

In Summary: What WordPress Theme Do You Use For Affiliate Marketing

By now you should be able to go out there and choose a sexy looking theme for your new affiliate marketing venture. It isn’t hard and choosing the best theme can save you a ton of money. Web designers/developers are not the cheapest people to hire.

Having a reputable theme will give you a decent looking blog that improves the user experience. That theme should also put your content front and center.

To get started I would suggest the following themes

All of these themes are really customizable and you do not need to be a web developer to get the most out of them.

So get out there and choose your WordPress Theme today…

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Internet JetSet Review: Make Money Doing Affiliate Marketing With John Crestani

Intenet JetSet Review Make Money Doing Affiliate Marketing With John Crestani

There has been a lot of hype around one certain make money online course recently. When I see hype I want to know if it is worth it.

Today we are going to pull back the curtain with my Internet JetSet review.

John Crestani is actually someone I have a lot of respect for. He has produced a lot of quality courses as well as free content. Courses that I have went through in the past. In fact, I actually owe a bit of my success to him.

He is a top guy!

Does the Internet JetSet program live up to our expectations?

The amount of money John has spent to get the word out, I hope it delivers. I first came across this program on YouTube with Johns flashy ad. It pulled me in from the start!

Are you ready to take a look at the program before you spend your cash?

Well here is my Internet JetSet review.

 

Here is my receipt so you know this is legit!

Clickbank receipt or Internet jetset

Who Is Internet JetSet For: Is It Right For You?

I would say that Internet JetSet has tried to cater for a wide range of internet marketers.

If you have made zero dollars online then this program will help you get your first dollar. If you have made a few bucks here and there I would also say that you will benefit from this training.

The concepts covered inside are aimed at the beginner. As you progress through the program you will come out as an intermediate. John does a great job of laying the foundations but if you want to win you have to master the concepts.

Inside Internet JetSet you will learn how to set up your first campaign. Once you nail it you will learn things like authority sites and launch jacking.

I am going to show you the exact topics you will learn later in this review, hold on tight for that.

The problem I see with people going through training is that they don’t try the things that they have learned. They spend so long reading and watching that the notion has left them when it’s time to start.

My advice to you… read a little, watch a little and then do what you have learned. Once you can copy the example start to use your head. Anyone can copy things but if you really want to grasp it you have to use your head and try things out on your own.

What Else You Will Need To Get Going With The Program

The number one thing that used to bug me with programs like this is that they leave out the what you need beforehand. As I am writing a proper Internet Jetset review it only seems fair that I mention it.

First, you are going to need a domain name and web hosting!

A lot of the training is focused on your own site. This is a good thing believe it or not.

It isn’t a ‘done for you’ system so you are responsible for sourcing your own hosting and domain. John will give you recommendations inside the program.

For hosting and domain, I can recommend that you try BlueHost, you will get a free domain with them too.

Click here to check out BlueHost and get your free Domain name

(this is an affiliate link so if you buy I will earn a commission. It doesn’t cost you anything extra).

Most of the traffic methods are based on free traffic. I hate saying free because you pay with your time. There is plenty here to get you started inside Internet JetSet.

If you would like to try the FB Ads training then you will need a budget for ads. I would recommend around $300 for this to give you the best shot. Remember if you spend on ads you should profit in the long run.

Johns strategy should help you break even at least. When you master it you will profit!

NameInternet JetSet
CreatorJohn Crestani
PriceFree Webinar! The product will cost you $47, you can join the monthly subscription for extras at $47 per month (this is not required).
My Verdict4 out of 5 Stars
Official Websitehttp://imjetset.com/free-webinar

 

What Is Internet JetSet By John Crestani, Can You Make Money With This?

Now that you know who this program is for, let me show you exactly what the Internet Jetset program really is. I’m sure you can guess but here it is anyway.

The Internet JetSet program is a course that is designed to train you how to do affiliate marketing. The overall goal is to get you earning some dollars online.

It has been created with beginners in mind but there definitely is some advanced concepts for you to take advantage of.

This is the foundation layer of your new freedom lifestyle career. Unfortunately, that starts with some hard work but with the help of John Crestani (the teacher), you will sail through this course.

He gives you a good dose of hand-holding to walk you through what needs to be done. From the setup to traffic generation to making your first dollars. It really is possible to take what you learn and build your own business from scratch with Internet JetSet.

Who Is John Crestani, Can You Really Trust Him?

John’s life began the same year as me, back in 1987! We were born in the eighties!

Let me get my professional head back on.

Like any other kid, John went through his life like we are supposed to right up until 2006. This was his first chance of independence where he and his car took off to college.

Image of John Crestani creator of Internet JetSet

His life started with ‘The Alchemist’ a book which he read when he was in Thailand. He traveled here to find himself spiritually and to find his path in life.

This was the first spark to be ignited in John’s journey to entrepreneur.

On his return the internet marketers bible was next on his reading list. Do you know what book I am talking about?

Of course, you do ‘The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris’.

This was the big spark that ignited an inferno inside John!

He just had to do something to break free from the rat race that was modern life. The life that is taught to us from a young age.

John never read this book and became a millionaire. It took a lot of trial and error. He failed loads too. That didn’t stop him though, it made him go harder and grow stronger.

Eventually his multi million dollar business exploded and John’s life would never be the same again.

Since then John has been featured on Forbes, Fox, Business Insider, AOL, and INC to name a few.

He is not known for sugar coating and being vague. He is known for being straight talking and straight to the point.

You can really get a sense of who John is by the way he coaches you in Internet JetSet!

 

The Internet Jetset Blueprint: Your Gateway To The IM World

Your Internet JetSet journey begins with a kickass free webinar. Now heads up this is not a live webinar. It was live during the launch of the program but now it is just the replay. This is the way most of the big internet marketers do things.

I have seen Amy Porterfield, Jon Loomer, Adrian Morrison and loads others using this tactic.

It doesn’t make it poor quality. The value he divulges in this free webinar is solid on its own.

Internet Jetset Webinar Optin Page

In the webinar, you are going to learn how to get your online business started. He will unveil the actual blueprint for success. When you sign up for the webinar you are passed onto this thank you page.

Internet JetSet Thank You Page

Now I don’t want to ruin the webinar for you but what I will say is that the webinar does the program justice. You will learn two tactics that will help you on your way. So grab your pen and paper and take notes.

Time Machine Noises!

After your webinar you will receive a link to pick up the Internet JetSet System that looks like:

Sales Page Internet Jetset

and the thank you page. I want to show you this so you know what to expect but also so you know that I am speaking from experience. This is a real review not some marketing BS!

Clickbank screenshot after purchase of internet jetset

Sorry for watermark but some shady characters may try and steal to make their reviews look legit!

Now we are inside the program let’s login. Now when you log in for the first time you are going to be asked to sign up for monthly webinars. It looks like this:

Live Webinar Registration Page for Internet Jetset

When you get passed here you will get into the homepage:

Internet Jetset Dashboard

In the Welcome Video John will X

Internet Jet Set Welcome Video

So that is us past the welcome sort of stuff let’s dive into the actual program.

There’s A Mindshift For Success

In the first part of the course, it is all about the mind.

I get it… loads of people just don’t believe shit like this works. He is going to prove to you with a video that shows you how to get your first sale in two hours.

Internet JetSet Module One Overview

Do I believe this?

After watching the video I would say there is a chance you will make money in two hours. For some though it may take longer. It is a Facebook method that is based on you having a lot of friends and family.

I like this because if you can’t sell to your nearest and dearest how can you sell to a stranger.

Internet Jetset Video Training Example

The two-hour claim could be 5 minutes or 6 years it depends how many engaged your Facebook friends and family are. My job here is to tell you if it works…

It does…

A bit of hype with the two hours but it is doable!

The point in trying to get sales here is to prove to your mind.

See John is a smart guy!

If he can get you results here you will stay motivated throughout the course. You will believe in yourself.

The verdict on module one:

Smart and well put together! Don’t skip this and don’t move on until you crack it. This is how to use a course the right way!

 

Learn How To Pick A Niche That You Can Dominate

So now we are starting to drill down our training. It is now time to pick our niche. The part that most newbies get stuck.

“There are no bad niches, just bad ways of doing things!”

So be obscure with your niche. If you like basket weaving, I’m sure there will be others out there. Oh, you like to teach your cat to dance, so do others.

What about creating a course for cat lovers who want to train their cats?

What about a beginners video course on basket weaving?

Yes, the amount of money you make might be lower but it’s an interest and that will keep you motivated. Let me make it clear you are not the only person looking for those programs.

There will be more people than you can imagine.

No spending weeks on this stage!

Module 2 Internet Jetset - Pick Your Niche

John will introduce you to two tactics on how to choose your niche. There is a quirky little exercise. During this, I actually found out I am in the right niche for me!

Now he doesn’t know me and he was able to show me a trick that actually picked me out. John knows his stuff.

The problem I had with this module was the amount of time he spent showing me his results. That was in the way of commissions.

Once that had bypassed though!

He released the good stuff. I really like this longer video format. Quick segmented videos seem to make me keep watching.

A longer video (this video is like 30-40mins) makes me excited to go out and give it a try!

So that is pretty much it for module two… pick your niche!

Drive Premium Free Traffic From Google That Is Super Targeted

This is where you are going to need that website so if you need hosting and domain, remember BlueHost. John will give you his recommendations inside the tools section of the program too.

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Internet Jetset Google Traffic Module

You have two options here, John is going to take a deep dive into both. It starts with a review website. John shows a plethora of real-life examples to get your creative juices flowing.

Maybe a bit too much.

I suppose if you are learning though this is exactly what you need.

The other option is to start a blog. This method is more information based than product based. In my honest opinion I would watch the whole video and mix the two methods together.

This will help you rank for more long tails but also looks a lot less spammy than all reviews. Having said that, I have seen review sites do phenomenal… look at 10beasts.com it makes thousands per month.

You will learn tactics to do the keyword research part of things but as for actual SEO tactics not so much. His strategy focuses on content. No mention of backlinks or authority. It might come later in the training so I won’t rule it out yet.

So what can you do with what you learn?

Start to do it, watch a little, pause and then do! Take the information in and utilize it. Next, let’s look at the YouTube training…

 

Video Is The Future So Get Onboard Now With The Youtube Module

Omg, I think John loves YouTube, over 10 videos each in long form. At the start, we are faced with the real-life examples. He states that he is teaching you how to reverse engineer, that is why he shows you so many examples.

I get it, your next step is to find your own examples to reverse engineer.

Youtube Training on Internet Jetset by John Crestani

As well as reverse engineering top YouTubers you will learn about creating a video, uploading, thumbnails, branding, optimization and so much more.

John really blew me away here as I wasn’t expecting all that training. In true John fashion, he deep dives into everything he teaches. So you leave the video feeling satisfied with what you have learned.

Before we get into the optimization training he drops a massive knowledge bomb:

Engagement Tornado Technique!

This is like a psychology lesson on how to use YouTube cards to catapult your success.

YouTube is one place I really want to start experimenting with so this training will be getting implemented by me.

 

Is Free Facebook A Thing Of The Past: The Facebook Module Reveals All

OK, I really believed that Facebook marketing was really only good for paid ads. John has proved me wrong. He will show you how to rock organic Facebook engagement.

This is something that gets overlooked so much these days.

Facebook Training on Internet Jetset by John Crestani

You are shown two methods that show you how to leverage Facebook’s audience. These methods are exactly what I thought. I think some of the examples have used paid traffic to boost their posts.

However, I’m sure that there is a lot of organic traffic too.

He talks about the importance of engagement. This is gold because the more engagement the more organic traffic Facebook will send you.

Get your friends and family to like things and comment and I am sure you will start a buzz. A paid boost would definitely speed up your Facebook results.

Remember the goal here is to take the traffic to your own blog, YouTube channel or email list. This gives you control over your traffic.

Facebook doesn’t like people taking their traffic without paying. So it is best to get them off Facebook quickly.

 

Learn How To Use Your Own Website To Make Money

In the previous sections of the course, you have got deep into what affiliate marketing is. You learned different ways to promote your links and you also learned a few different strategies. Now John is handing the reigns over to Ashley who is an Affiliate Blogging coach.

Internet Jetset Review Set Up Your Website

Ashley is going to walk you through how to set up you’re first ever website… Excited?

From installing WordPress to all the bells and whistles you need. It is no longer possible to throw up a one-page website and bank.

You now need to look trustworthy, professional and provide epic value.

This is exactly what Ashley is going to teach you. I love how John has brought in a true expert to give his students the best coaching.

The one problem I notice amongst new bloggers is the need to fuss over the little things like fonts, themes and etc…

This stuff is important but there are a lot more important things at this stage. You need content for starters. Not having awesome content will hold you back…

In the beginning, you should focus on just getting content out there, pick a decent theme. Ashley will give her recommendations in the course too. Once you have a theme installed all you have to do is some minor customizations and then nail your content.

Tweaking a website without traffic is like building a house without foundations.

For traffic you need content!

This module is packed full of valuable nuggets and is around 15 videos long. No holding back here!

Not only does it focus on getting your actual website live it shows you how to set up your blog for social media, email marketing, and content marketing.

This is one module not to be skipped.

Any serious student looking to start an online business has to understand the importance of a website.

It is not an extra it is a necessity!

 

Content Is King: Discover Expert Copywriting Secrets To Skyrocket Your Affiliate Sales

The next part of the training is provided by Ronnie Sandlin and it focuses on copywriting. Content marketing is the ‘in thing’ at the moment and to be fair it kind of always has been. How many times have you heard:

Content is king!

I have lost count personally.

In this section of the course, you are going to learn how to speak to your audience. That is all that copywriting is… mass communication.

Internet Jetset Review Copywriting Course

You are going to learn how to tap into the Reptile brain which is actually the oldest part of our brain. According to Ronnie, this is the most powerful part us marketers can tap in to. This is responsible for dealing with sex and fight and flight… our basic instincts.

I love the way he describes tapping into pain points. If you have never quite got this you will after this training.

To keep things in true Internet Jetset style Ronnie takes a deep dive into advertorials. He will show you his formula that he uses daily to get over 2 million eyes on his content. You read that right his ads are seen by 2 million people a day.

That’s more reach than some TV ads.

For me personally, I sucked at copywriting for years. I would crank out blog post after blog post and never make any headway. Why was no one reading my content?

Once I began to understand copywriting I noticed my blog go in a better direction and much quicker too.

Take the time to really understand this bit if your goals are to sell anything online!

 

Rich Jerk Bonus: 2 Courses For Price Of One

I remember when this course launched a way back in the day. It was released back in 2004 for the first time but has been updated since then. It is well known in the industry for potty mouth coaches to flashy ads of Lambos and hot chicks.

Hype Central! The only difference is that it lived up to the hype. Here is a screenshot of the dashboard when it was open…

Old Rich Jerk Dashboard

A few years ago they decided to stop selling the training and the doors were closed.

I got my first few successes with this very course. Within Intenet Jetset, John states on numerous occasions that the creator of Rich Jerk was his mentor.

From going through Rich Jerk personally, I can say a lot of the information is still useful today. Launch Jacking is still a valid strategy to make money in 2018.

The other thing you will learn about in the Rich Jerk section is authority sites.

More recently Google has proved that they give much more weight in the search results to authority sites.

This is one trend that is in this industry to stay, best to learn it now!

Learn Product Launch Jacking For Explosive Growth

If you have never heard of this concept before let me explain.

There are plenty of product launches every day. As an affiliate marketer, we can set up a dedicated blog for this product. Why?

Because product keywords are a ton easier to rank for.

You set up the blog and fill with content related to the product. This could be reviews, news, demos, interviews etc… Now when launch day arrives the buzz around the product kicks in. People that are unsure will browse looking for reviews and more information…

If you rank number one… that could be a hell of a lot of traffic coming to your blog!

These kinds of blogs get a bad rep in the industry. Many marketers have abused this strategy. Having said that if you do it right you can do extremely well.

Rich Jerk Launch Jacking Internet Jetset

Inside this section of Internet Jetset, Pyong Kim is going to walk you through the entire process step by step. He will show you how to choose a product, How to set up your launch blog and then how to rank it in Google!

You will learn the backlinks that work the best and the optimization strategies that can really improve your launch jacking result.

This was the go-to course for long enough. It is thorough and in depth and if you do correctly can make you an insane amount of dough.

Build A Kick-Ass Authority Sites That Make A Killing

Building an authority site is definitely not a new concept but it is a very worthwhile strategy. If you want a long-term business that improves year after year then this is what you should strive to build.

Not only is it great to help you achieve that freedom lifestyle many people dream of but it makes promoting, selling and ranking a million times easier. You are positioning yourself as an expert.

The go-to person within your niche.

This part is taught by Donny Gamble. The knowledge he lays out here is sound!

Rich Jerk Authority Sites Module

You will learn about setting up the site to rank for a plethora of keywords. From low hanging fruit to semi-competitive terms.

He explains why mixing informational content is important when creating an authority review site. So many people fail to do this and they really are shooting themselves in the foot.

This strategy is definitely the way forward for 2018.

If you mix in the strategies you learned in launch jacking with authority sites then you can get some quick wins while you build authority!

Not only that but an authority site can normally rank for product keywords a lot easier. This will save you money on backlinks with this strategy!

 

Get The Word Out Quicker With Facebook Ads: Tame This Rampant Beast!

Everything up until this point has been focused on making affiliate marketing work with free methods. Well, there was some paid stuff in the Rich Jerk section (buying backlinks).

On the whole, Internet JetSet has been focused on free traffic methods.

Nowadays though introducing a paid ads method can really boost your campaign’s results. Facebook Ads is the cheapest and if done correctly the most scalable method of paid advertising.

I use Facebook Ads daily in my business because you can see results a lot quicker.

Nobody wants to spend 20+ hours on a blog post, webinar, course etc… only for it to fail. With free methods, you could wait up to 3 months to see if Google likes you or to get enough traction.

Sometimes instant feedback is important.

In this section, we meet Carlos Cruz. He will guide us through hours of content devoted to taming the FB Ads beast.

Facebook Ads Training Internet JetSet John Crestani

There are only 4 videos in this module but these are webinar style training. There are hours of learning for you to get your teeth into. Get a pen and paper ready to take notes if you want to get the most out of this training.

As well as setting up the ads themselves, Carlos also shows you the best way to set up the whole campaign. A lot of new marketers struggle to understand how to mix paid ads into their campaigns.

Carlos doesn’t let this happen he will show you how to set up a landing page, tracking your campaign and some crazy targeting tricks!

When I first decided to get on FB Ads I lost hundreds of dollars.

I was embarrassed because I had nothing to show for it. When you are already on a budget and then you lose a whack of money…

It is painful!

Facebook wants you to spend money and you will if you don’t understand what you are doing properly. I wish I had this module when I was starting. It could have saved me hundreds of dollars in failed ad spend.

 

The JetSet Live Webinars

This is one of my favorite parts of this system. The amount of value John divulges is unbelievable. It is like FREE coaching, well, it’s the price of the membership.

If you are short on time don’t watch these. They are highly addictive!

Internet JetSet Live Webinars

I spent about 3 hours enjoying the webinars, my goal was only to watch one webinar!

From the webinars I watched I seen John himself physically take people by the hand. From showing copywriting hacks to coming up with ideas. Not to mention how to execute on the student’s plans.

Guys this part is gold!

If you are a member save questions you have and keep an eye on the Facebook Group for the next Live webinar. When you are on the call fire your questions to John. You could be featured on the call and it all starts with asking John a question.

Screenshot From Internet JetSet Live Webinar

From watching I can really see that he puts the effort in to answer as many as humanly possible.

There was one student that John was helping who was really struggling with time. John took about 10 minutes to understand her business. There were ideas going back and forwards, my hands were getting numb with all the note-taking.

When this student left, she had a step by step plan to execute on.

This was all live for all members to learn from too… Just Gold Guys!

Sometimes when you go through a course it can feel overwhelming. When you see it explained to you live and with real-life examples… it just clicks!

These webinars show you in real time how to get shit done!

 

Upsell: Internet Millionaire Case Study Archive

Like any internet marketing course, there is bound to be an upsell or two. Internet JetSet is no different. The upsells compliment the JetSet course though, they are by no means a requirement for success.

You could set up your business and earn without purchasing any of these at all.

The first upsell is the Internet Millionaire Interviews.

This is where John and his team speak to other marketers that are at the top of their game. He dives into their story so they can share their strategies with you.

Internet Millionaire Case Studies From Internet JetSet

Value is at the heart of these interviews.

If you learn better by seeing it in a real-life setting then I would highly recommend you take this upsell.

You are going to learn some cool and more advanced stuff from professionals that do this every single day.

The interviews are easy to digest and the perfect add-on as it puts what you have learned into a real-world example.

If it goes over your head. Watch it again until it sticks.

Upsell: Super Affiliate System

The next upsell is the Super Affiliate System course that John released a while back. So within Internet JetSet, you are getting a huge amount of training for such a low barrier to entry.

What is the difference between Super Affiliate System and the JetSet System?

JetSet is based on Free Traffic methods and Super Affiliate focuses on paid traffic methods.

That’s it in a nutshell!

Super Affiliate System is a 12-week course that focuses on paid traffic methods like Native Ads, Facebook and Google Adwords. When you join you are given access to everything nothing is drip fed.

  • Week One begins with an in-depth explanation of affiliate marketing. You will look at advertising on blogs, forums and how to surround yourself with the right people.
  • Week Two takes things up a notch and we get into learning about how to set up the tools you need to run an actual campaign. You will get a peek into John Crestani’s toolbox and see how to set it all up for success.
  • Week Three is where you will learn about setting up your assets. You will learn about setting up blogs and tracking software. Pay attention to this one as he reveals how to get big favors from the affiliate managers.
  • Week four is where we fine-tune our copywriting skills. This is a very important skill for affiliate marketers. If you can’t convert your traffic then what is the point.
  • Week Five: In this module, you are going to see how to do bulletproof research. There is never a hundred percent guarantee your campaign will deliver. These tactics make it easier to spot the winners before you lose cash.
  • Week Six: How do you optimize your campaigns so they perform? That is what you will learn in this module.
  • Week Seven: We are back to mindset with this one. Let’s face it your mind can really hold new marketers back. Learn strategies to tame your unruly mind!
  • Week Eight: Is it best to go it alone. In the words of The Beatles, we get by with a little help from our friends. This module is all about networking.
  • Week Nine: Google Adwords is a tough cookie to crack. Not anymore as John shows you the best way to get the most from Adwords.
  • Week Ten: Tim Burd joins us to show us how to get the most out of our Facebook Ads campaign. If you have struggled with Facebook Ads Tim will make it that little bit easier to crack the code.
  • Week Eleven: Native advertising is next. I think this is really one overlooked source to make some bank. How do you make it work for you though?
  • Week Twelve: Ready to scale. John is going to show you how to turn that $100 a day campaign into a $1000 a day campaign.

With this course, you are not only getting the training but you will also get access to landing pages, swipe files and loads more downloadable content.

Still want more?

What about over 10+ hours of real live coaching calls with other students. I mentioned this earlier, but sometimes seeing real examples can really make it sink in.

 

What If You Get Stuck When Going Through The Program?

If you happen to run into any problems you really are flooded with options to get support and fast.

Let’s face it we are not all internet whiz kids, we can all run into problems at any time.

If your question is related to executing your business, try and get on a webinar!

You may get featured and John himself will coach you.

Another great option is the Facebook Group. The community there is fantastic and love to help each other. You can ask questions, ask for critique or maybe even help another member.

Internet JetSet Facebook Group

This is the place to be if you need that quick answer. Here you will see details of future webinars too.

If it is more technical or billing type of a question John has a help desk. Support is quick and they are very pleasant too. The support desk forum has copious amounts of frequently asked questions and threads on loads of different topics.

Internet JetSet Helpdesk

Even business related.

If you are stuck definitely check it out!

My Internet JetSet Review: Accept The Help Or Go It Alone?

It has been a total pleasure to go through the course with John.

Internet Jetset has really delivered in my eyes. The content provided is epic with not a single step left out. It is thorough and conveyed in a way that is super simple to understand.

If this is your first dive into internet marketing you will feel safe in John’s hands. He has lots of life experience and it shows in the way he teaches you within the course.

We are always learning in this industry! I have been doing this for six years and even I learned some new concepts that I can implement. For example, the module that really got me pumped was the Facebook Ads one, paid advertising is one thing I hope to implement soon.

The YouTube module was another that stuck out to me. I know I need video in my business in 2018 so I really took the time going through this one.

As well as the basic training you have the Rich Jerk program and this is a stellar course on it’s own. It got a bad rep for being hype central but it delivered results for lots of students. The training is still useful today although I would be a more careful with Web 2.0’s, PBN’s etc… Especially if you are going to buy them.

Launch Jacking still works you just need to execute it a bit more cautiously.

The webinars were awesome in my eyes.

These are worth the price of the course on their own. They are like live coaching calls and if John picks you, well, it is like one on one coaching with the man himself.

The biggest problem I think most people will face is the structure. You learn some strategies that require a blog but the section on setting your blog up isn’t until after the traffic section.

I think John has done this to show you it in parts rather than a way to execute.

Another downside is the amount of time spent going over reverse engineering. It is an important concept but I think John overdid this.

So there you have it guys!

If you are looking for an all in one training course this is it. You are learning every aspect of setting up your affiliate marketing business.

I hope you have found this Internet JetSet review helpful and if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.

How “This Kind” Of Lazy Blogging Can Make You A More Successful Blogger!

How "This Kind" Of Lazy Blogging Can Make You A More Successful Blogger!

Yes, being this kind of lazy blogger can make you a more successful blogger, and help you first build the list of subscribers you need to accomplish that fact. This works for every niche, platform, or opportunity as well.

As a matter of fact, I am that kind of lazy blogger, and so are many, many of my friends like Ryan Biddulph, Matthew Loomis, an even Darren Rowse if you look at what we do not do.

Let’s look at how you can be this kind of lazy blogger, a successful blogger…

How "This Kind" Of Lazy Blogging Can Make You A More Successful Blogger!

I love being a lazy blogger and entrepreneur.

I am not lazy in the sense that I want everything handed to me while I sip on soda, play video games all day, all while I complain about having to actually work for a living. Sorry, lazy person, I actually enjoy working.

Why? Why do I love working so much? Well, because I love what I do, I am an online entrepreneur, and I make a living through niche blogging.

Maybe, like I had once, you do not like your current job or position in your daily work life. I get that, I was there. The biggest fear you may have, that I had, is simple; ”

we are afraid that we have to create something that is utterly perfect, and if it is not, well, it’s over and we go back to the day job.”

Not true. All we need to do is think like a lazy person but, work like a truly appreciative entrepreneur.

Personally, I once heard someone say to be successful online comes through “being lazy in the right way.” That whole concept and philosophy caught my attention, and so I clicked on through.

It was simple, it was about following some very simple steps, best practices if you will, and not stepping off that path until you mastered them. After that, well, you cold test at will what you want, but for the time being, master what you need to for now.

Here are some of the “LAZY” concepts of blogging that can really make you more money and more subscribers because you simply followed the simple path.

We do not reinvent the wheel.

Once in awhile, a great idea, philosophy, or even a platform or software comes out that really does help. However, it is rare, even with all the technology and people talking online we see and hear today.

This is why the lazy blogger does not try to reinvent the wheel of successful blogging and the best internet marketing practices out here today. We simply apply them, we do not try to change what works!If something works, why not go with it instead of fighting against it.

If something works, why not go with it instead of fighting against it. Even in our non-blogging and business lives, our daily lives this should be a best practice. IF it were, well, we would probably see a lot less rioting in the streets, and whole bunch more accomplishments.

Reinventing the wheel has its place in things, even blogging and building an online business. But, it is not created I believe, I think it is found while in the process of blogging itself. It is that “aha” moment we find ourselves in from time to time.

The lazy blogger, the successful blogger and online entrepreneur, will not, however, try and force the reinvent of what best practices work here, they (we) will simply do.

David Boozer YouTube Stats

We put effort where it matters most.

Some might spend all their time on their blog, and I agree, most of any online marketing time and effort will be spent here, but not all of it. Knowing where to spend your time wisely is just as important as how much time is spent there as well.

But, for the sake of taking up all of your time today, let’s just stick to the “where” spending your time matters most to keep you from wasting valuable content creating time.

Your blog, video or podcast, email marketing, and, of course, social media is where you will split your time creating content for and engaging with.

Like trying to reinvent the wheel, why waste time trying to spend time on places, platforms, and even ideas that you know in the end will not advance your message or truly encourage people to engage with you?

Smarter bloggers, marketers and online entrepreneurs here spend their time where it matters the most, and that is where their potential reader, subscriber, or better yet, our potential customers spend their time online.

And when you take a blogger’s simple and “common sensed” approach to how people consume content online, well we either read, listen, or watch, and that is it.

This means blogging, videos or podcasts, social media channels, and, of course, the inbox.

Quit wasting time on the latest fad for marketing and blogs and get to work being where your potential customers are right now.

David Boozer New Blog Stats

We have and make habits.

Good habits, every successful blogger, and entrepreneur have them.

Good blogging and marketing habits keep us busy, busy enough, by the way, to keep us out of trouble. Nothing get’s us off track faster than starting off with bad habits, or simply not forming good ones right out of the gate.

As a matter of fact, within my own blog coaching service here, I have a systematic process for creating solid content marketing habits using some simple and highly effective marketing strategies.

Forming good habits is hard, like learning new internet marketing and blogging skills, at the same time, you’ll need to create habits for continuing to create solid and quality content.

Without habits here, you’re doomed to failure.

I have coached people to six and even seven figure incomes online, and the one thing I am always told, was the fact of my determination for you, and them, to form continual and ongoing habits of creating value online.

Value takes a little time to create, that is why you see many people fail today. They jump in guns blazing into some “click funnels” “quick answers” program or service and boom, the next thing you know, you’re wondering where they disappeared to.

Here today, gone tomorrow, that is what poor habits will get you here today. These people take no time to create value for others, they are simply there to “make money online.” But, unless you are a part of some scheme here that is gone as quick as these people, well, you need to create value to last here.

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Good habits keep us safe, and safe is a good thing. It does not mean we are not adventurers here, heck, we are bloggers, entrepreneur for crying out loud!

But, we create good habits that keep us from failing as often as those who do not have them.

Lazy bloggers do not waste time trying to cut corners, we are lazy and follow where good habits lead.

Create and continue good habits, they can truly do all but guarantee your success with anything you do, including blogging.

Bonus Tip: We listen to people.

From getting topic ideas to learning better what our target market likes the most, and hates, the lazy blogger does not need a keyword research tool every time, we can simply listen and engage on social media.

Keeping your ear to the ground, listening to your readers, subscribers, and current customers can help you better create and continually produce the kind of blog content and content period that drives traffic and converts.

But, that only works if you have a list or community, right? Right. And guess what? Like Ann Handley say’s “everybody writes,” well, everyone has a community if they are on social media.

You may not have an email list yet, but you have an audience even as a new blogger and online entrepreneur. And I can also all but guarantee that there are a few or many people within your social influence circle interested in what you are doing, or offering right now.

All you have to do is a little research. Learn about these people by following through what and who they follow, basically, be a social media stalker without being a stalker! Ha!

But, on a serious note, we listen and research what people are wanting, needing or, desiring when it comes to our particular industry or niche.

In the end.

In the end, the lazy blogger may invent, but we never, ever, reinvent. We focus on where it matters most, and on what matters most to our audience and, potential audience.

Yes, we are always in a learning mode, but that is about 20% of our time. We are always testing new things, ideas, and platforms, but never are we off the beaten path, or wandering around aimlessly.

And, just so you know, we listen and make a habit of it, not too mention, we make and use better blogging habits to continue growing our blogs and businesses online.

Content Marketing Success Summit: An Inside Look (BONUS EXPERT TIPS)

Content Marketing Success Summit Review

Today is the day that the Content Marketing Success Summit 2017 launches. This is shaping up to be an awesome and must see summit.

Fed up with mediocre results from your content marketing efforts or short on cash to pay for an expert to coach you?

This summit is a virtual event that features 50 legendary speakers who are at the top of their game.  They reach and smash their goals daily… They are the perfect people to learn from.

If cash is the issue you will be glad to know that the summit is FREE for all!

You can grab an All Access Pass that will get you unlimited lifetime access. With the free version, each session is only available for 72 hours.

I managed to team up with a few of the experts and got them to give me five minutes away from their schedule. To give you a little bonus  I got them to share their number one tip for Content Marketing Success.

This will give you a little snippet of what you can expect…


Content Marketing Success Summit Review

Marc Guberti – Your Content Marketing Success Summit Host

Mark Guberti - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tips

My number one tip for content marketing success has to be to organize a virtual summit.

Through a virtual summit, you’ll get to meet key influencers in your niche and interact with thousands of attendees in the process.

A virtual summit is easy for anyone to get started in, and even if you have no audience, hosting a successful virtual summit can result in thousands of subscribers and more revenue.

Visit Marc at Content Marketing Success Summit, Follow him on Twitter @MarcGuberti ‏

Summit Day One

9am Jay Papasan

Jay Papasan- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

A perfect marketing pitch doesn’t matter if your product is mediocre. The first domino is creating remarkable content.

We invest time… lots of it. We invest in specialist—researchers, editors and designers.

And our final investment is in testing the material.

Like everyone else, we ask colleagues and supporters to read our final drafts and provide critical feedback. However, we also set aside time to teach our books before we sign off on the content.

These training sessions were scary at first but have provided a huge payoff. We get fast, honest feedback. If you are telling your signature story and half the audience is browsing Facebook on their cellphones, that is undeniable feedback you have the wrong story.

And the opposite is also true.

We’ve been surprised that sections that we thought were marginal actually resonated with our audience and therefore needed more space on the page.

The accountability question Gary is always willing to ask is this: “Is this the best we can do or the best that can be done?”

This prevents us from getting too comfortable with our process and pushes us to look for ways to create truly remarkable content.

Visit Jay at The 1 Thing, Follow him on Twitter @jaypapasan

12pm Itxy Lopez

Itxy Lopez- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My best tip to help a new blogger achieve content marketing success is to provide value to others by showing how much you care.

You show you care by being yourself, by being unapologetically you and saying…

“Don’t worry, I got you. Here’s how you can do this.”

Don’t be too stiff, don’t change yourself, just let your words show off your personality!

Visit Itxy at Itxayana.com, Follow her on Twitter @ItxyLopez

1:45pm Stacy Ennis

Stacy Ennis- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

To get the most out of you campaign you should put as much effort into creating great content as you do into promoting it.

All the promotion power in the world can’t make up for poorly created content.

Visit Stacy at StacyEnnis.com, Follow her on Twitter @StacyEnnis

Summit Day Two

9am Mark Asquith

Mark Asquith- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My tip is to create a content calendar.

Make sure that it is consistent but that gives you the latitude and flexibility to insert bespoke pieces and timely content, as you desire, without overwhelming your audience.

Visit Mark at Excellence Expected, Follow him on Twitter @MrAsquith

9:35am Amy Morse

Amy Morse - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tips

When it comes to content marketing my number one tip is… do it little and often and remember consistency is key.

Visit Amy at AmyMorse.co.uk, Follow her on Twitter @AmyMorse_Writer

10am Prerna Malik

Prerna Malik- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My #1 tip is to really get clear on who is reading your blog. When you do this you can create content that will reach the right people and resonate with them…

When you crack this it will encourage your readers to share content and spread the message.

Visit Prerna at Content Bistro, Follow her on Twitter @content_bistro

10:45am Anne Rainbow

Anne Rainbow- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tips

Never strive to write a certain amount of words on your blog, social media or anywhere really.

Quality is far more important than quantity.

Lastly, self-editing is key, and I recommend EDITING: the RedPen Way

Visit Anne at ScrivenerVirgin, Follow her on Twitter @ARainbowThomas

11:30 Christopher Gimmer

Christopher Gimmer- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My best tip for a new blogger would be not to publish content just for the sake of it. Too many bloggers pump out content without thinking too much about strategy.

If sales are important to you, then your content should be created with the goal of converting readers into customers. This means that generic top 5 list posts are not going to cut it. You should be measuring the number of people who read your content and how many of them convert to a trial / customer.

If your goal is strictly to drive awareness, then you can broaden the topics in order to get as many eyeballs as possible with your content.

The point is, don’t approach content marketing blindly. Determine what the goal of your content needs to be and create a strategy based around that.

Visit Christopher at Snappa, Follow him on Twitter @CGimmer‏

12:05pm Ana Hoffman

Ana Hoffman- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tips

For many people, content marketing equates to content creation. In other words, they keep creating content… just to let it rot in their archives.

Content repurposing (I call it RECONTENT) is the new cornerstone of successful content marketing. Create less content and focus on repurposing what you already have – let your content go to work for you for a change!

Visit Ana at Traffic Generation Cafe, Follow her on Twitter @AnaTrafficCafe

1pm Meera Kothand

Meera Kothand- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My number #1 tip is to know exactly what you want your reader or subscriber to do with every piece of content you put out there.

You need to reverse engineer the outcome or goal you want from your content.

This makes it easier to structure, write and produce content because every piece has intent prior to publishing it.

Visit Meera at MeeraKothand.com, Follow her on Twitter @MeeraKothand

Summit Day Three

9am Mary Fernandez

Mary Fernandez- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My biggest content marketing tip is to create content for other popular platforms.

Writing guest posts, being a guest on a podcast, or collaborating with other YouTubers is one of the quickest ways to grow your audience!

Visit Mary at Awesome Guest, Follow her on Twitter @maryefern

9:45am Aaron Orendorff

Aaron Orendorff- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

Make your content connect.

The only way to do that is to know exactly what problems and pains your audience is experiencing. “How To” articles are often practical but fail to grab readers because they lack emotional headlines and introductions.

Beyond that, when you do make a piece practical … make it practical. Content lives and dies by whether or not it solves a problem independent of the ‘solution’ you’re selling.

You have to help your audience overcome their pain before you say, ‘Oh, and you should buy this.

Visit Aaron at IconiContent, Follow him on Twitter @iconiContent

10:30am Andy Crestodina

Andy Crestodina - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tips

If you master one skill, let it be headline authoring. The headline determines the clickthrough rate. And the clickthrough rate is the key to every content marketing channel.

  • Email: The headline determines the CTR from the inbox to your website
  • Social: The headline determines the CTR from the social stream to your website
  • Search: The headline determines the CRT from the search results page to your website

Study headlines. Practice. Research. Experiment. Write many and choose one. Getting better at this makes you better at everything. It’s the key to traffic from every channel.

Visit Andy at Orbit Media, Follow him on Twitter @crestodina ‏

11:15am Jon Nastor

Jon Nastor - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tips

Harness your insignificance.

Not your insignificance as a human or even as a creator, but within your listeners and readers day-to-day lives.

No matter how much they love you, they won’t listen, read, or watch everything you make.

Use this to your advantage and repurpose everything to make and distribute it across multiple platforms and formats.

Visit Jon at Hack The Entrepreneur, Follow him on Twitter @jonnastor

12pm Shel Horowitz

Shel Horowitz - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tips

My best tip to improve your content marketing is to offer unique content that people can’t just find somewhere else.

Visit Shel at Going Beyond Sustainability, Follow him on Twitter @shelhorowitz

1:30pm Josh Haynam

Josh Haynam - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tips

My number one tip for content marketing success is to answer questions that your customers ask you.

If one person asks a question, there are lots of others who want to know the same thing but just haven’t asked yet.

Visit Josh at Interact, Follow him on Twitter @JHaynam

Summit Day Four

09:00 Yaro Starak

Yaro Starak- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My number one content marketing success tip is to focus on both sides of the content marketing equation

  1. The value you deliver in your own blog/podcast/video content, which means you know what your audience are trying to do, and you know how to do it, so you can show them the way with your content (the content side of the equation)
  2. The content you use to reach people, which means you also create content that will not be published on your own blog/podcast/video, instead, you provide it for other platforms so they can share it with their audience, helping you to reach new people (the marketing side of the equation)

Visit Yaro at Entrepreneurs Journey, Follow him on Twitter @yarostarak‏

10am Daniel Maw

Dan Maw- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

Get your content wrapped up and out of the way, so you can focus purely on spreading awareness and gaining exposure. That way you’re not doing a balancing act which will give you a much better result.

Visit Daniel at The Turning Point, Follow him on Twitter @Daniel_Maw

10:30am Will Blunt

Will Blunt - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My number one tip for content marketing success is to be consistent.

It might sound boring and overdone as a piece of advice, but for some reason, people (businesses especially) just don’t seem to get it. Everyone is looking for a quick win, an overnight success, or a massive uptick in sales as soon as they publish a blog post or a video. It’s not going to happen.

Those that are successful at content marketing keep turning up. Day after day. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year.

Their content schedule is consistent. Their discipline to promote the content is consistent. And above all else their content quality is consistent.

Without consistency and a bit of patience, content marketing is a waste of money, time and energy.

Visit Will at Blogger Sidekick, Follow him on Twitter @WillBluntAU

11:05am Eve Mayer

Eve Mayer - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tips

My number one tip is to always use The Social Media Business Equation (TM). When you create content you should ensure your content is 20% information, 20% entertainment, 40% interaction and 20% converting to business.

Visit Eve at Social Media Delivered, Follow her on Twitter @SocialMediaDel

11:30am Bryan Cohen

Bryan Cohen- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

You have to be open to new ideas.

Your eventual path to success will likely be very different than the actual one you take.

Visit Bryan at BryanCohen.com, Follow him on Twitter @bryancohenbooks

1:10pm Lisa Manyon

Lisa Manyon- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

You have to remember that copy is QUEEN and strategy is KING. In order to get results, you must have a strong strategy AND compelling copy.

Visit Lisa at Write On Creative, Follow her on Twitter @WriteOnCreative

Summit Day Five

9:00am Michael Guberti

Michael Guberti - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tips

When writing your content, ensure that you type like you talk. This strategy keeps the branding consistent across your speech & text, only reinforcing your personality over time.

To accelerate the process, you can utilize a transcription service like Rev.com to convert your video or audio into words, so you save time on typing.

The transcript fulfills the “type like you talk” tactic because the result is literally your spoken words. Often, a 20-minute video yields more text than you can produce in an hour.

Create more content in less time while connecting with your audience on a deeper, more conversational level by utilizing transcription services.

Visit Michael at Business Whiz Kids, Follow him on Twitter @MichaelGuberti

9:30am Rohit Malhotra

Rohit Malhotra- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My number one tip is to be consistent with creating content and make sure that you are spending 80% of your time promoting the content.

Visit Rohit at Life Self Mastery, Follow him on Twitter @rohitmal

10am Daniel Alfon

Daniel Alfon - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tips

To really feel content marketing success you need to review the piece of content you’re about to share and ask yourself…

“Will this help my audience more than it’ll help me?”

Visit Daniel at DanielAlfon.com, Follow him on Twitter @DanielAlfon

11am Christine Korda

Christine Korda- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My best tip to help a new blogger achieve content marketing success is to stay true to one’s self and be authentic. Blog about what interests you, whether it be in a personal or professional life.

I also recommend you promote your blog through your other Social Media platforms such as Twitter and look for new platforms where you can become an Influencer, such as Peeks. In fact, on Peeks, you can monetize your posts by live streaming them.

Live streaming is the next best thing in Social Media.

Visit Christine at Peek.com, Follow her on Twitter @Christinekorda

11:30am Kate Talbot

Kate Talbot- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

The number one tip is to provide value for your customers and audience, so they come back for more again and again!

Visit Kate at Kate Talbot Marketing, Follow her on Twitter @KateTalbot2

Summit Day Six

9am Vin Clancy

Vin Clancy - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

If you really want to up your game you should focus on two things…

  1. Creating 2-3 posts a day
  2. Growing the followers (or email list) fast in tandem with this

Don’t miss a single day, be aggressive.

Visit Vin at VinClancy.com, Follow him on Twitter @vincentdignan

9:30am Derric Haynie

Derric Haynie- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

Most blogs are started on zero budget, with zero resources, and zero plans. The best way to run a successful blog is to ensure it is backed by a successful business. Build the blog around the business, and make sure you are selling something from day one, to train your audience to buy from you.

One other piece of advice is to have a content tilt – a completely unique and differentiating factor that makes your blog come at a topic from a different angle. Being yourself isn’t a unique angle. Being a (for example) glamping travel blog isn’t even a unique angle… But maybe, if you’re shooting 360 and drone footage from campsites, and no one else is doing that, then you’ve found your content tilt.

Visit Derric at Vulpine Interactive, Follow him on Twitter @SixPeppers

12pm Jeanette Joy Fisher

Jeanette Joy Fisher - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

After creating a few awesome posts, new bloggers can reach out to influencers in their niche and create instant traffic.

Have an awesome free gift to build your list. Blog every day at first to get the momentum charged.

Visit Jeanette at Joy To The Home, Follow her on Twitter @JeanetteJoy

Summit Day Seven

9am Ray Edwards

Ray Edwards- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

It is really simple… Just focus on publishing great content consistently over time.

Eventually, your audience will start to take notice of all your hard work!

Visit Ray at RayEdwards.com, Follow him on Twitter @RayEdwards‏

9:40am Mark Sieverkropp

Mark Sieverkropp - CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

I would have to say condition your audience to click and buy. Too often people wait 6 or 12 months before they ever ask their audience to click or buy something…then when they finally do, their audience is offended that you’re asking them to get out their wallet!

Use affiliate marketing to immediately begin offering your audience relevant products and services.

Visit Mark at Sieverkropp.com, Follow him on Twitter @Skropp2‏

10:30am Alinka Rutkowska

Alinka Rutkowska- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My best tip for content marketing success is to focus on building relationships.

Focus on building relationships with influencers, your affiliates, and your audience.

Visit Alinka at AlinkaRutkowska.com, Follow her on Twitter @AlinkaRutkowska

11:15am Summer Tannhauser

Summer Tannhauser- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My best tip for content marketing success is to pick one primary social media platform to grow your presence on.

By building up your social presence on your platform of choice, you can be pretty much guaranteed a steady stream of new audience members to your future content. This means you will not always have to rely on paid advertising.

This trickles down to more email list subscribers, more people going through your funnels, and ultimately more sales of your products and offerings.

Visit Summer at Lady Boss League

1pm Becky Mollenkamp

Becky Mollenkamp- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My biggest tip to be successful at content marketing is to really focus on just one question …

“Will my reader care about this?”

Too often, we write things because we want to say them or because we think they are important. But the truth is, the only thing that matters is whether our ideal audience/client will be interested.

If not, you need to rethink what you’re creating or how you’re presenting it.

Visit Becky at BeckyMollenkamp.com, Follow her on Twitter @beckymollenkamp

Summit Day Eight

9am Lise Cartwright

Lise Cartwright- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

My #1 tip is: Always ensure that you’re offering

whether it’s to a post-specific content upgrade or a way to grab your main lead magnet.

 

Create a clickable image that encourages them to click and place it at the bottom of your blog post as well as a hyperlink to it within your blog post.

I get 5-10 subscribers to my email list daily just via this one simple tip.

Visit Lise at Hustle & Groove, Follow her on Twitter @LiseCnz

10am Tom Morkes

Tom Morkes- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

A lot of content creators get caught up crafting the “perfect” content. This slows down production and hurts growth, in the short and long term.

My advice: start creating content now, and publish daily.

Even if you’re not 100% sure of the precise target market, or exact angle you want to take in regards to your content…that stuff will work itself out. You can only find clarity through action.

So start today.

Visit Tom at TomMorkes.com, Follow him on Twitter @tmorkes

11am Liz Hancock

Liz Hancock- CMSS17 - Content Marketing Success tip

If you want content marketing success, remember generosity is everything. Don’t be afraid of giving too much away!

Visit Liz at ElizabethMaryHancock.com, Follow her on Twitter @ElizMaryHancock

Are You Ready For Content Marketing Success Summit 2017?

As you can see this is going to be a pretty outstanding event. These experts get results on a daily basis. Not just for themselves though… for clients too!

So what do you do if you want to achieve content marketing success?

Research your audience and know them inside out. Create content that over delivers on every level. Lastly, get off your ASS and hustle to gain exposure!

Well, there is one more thing… Attend the Content Marketing Success Summit and get all the experts presentations and learn their biggest secrets. Click the button below to get your ticket now…


How Influencer Marketing Turbocharges Your Travel Blog Growth

How Influencer Marketing Turbocharges Your Travel Blog Growth

Are you disgusted with being serenaded by a chorus of crickets each time you publish a post on your travel blog?

I have been there.

I published a cyber diary masquerading as a blog for years.

But when I trashed my old blog to create Blogging From Paradise I did things right from day one.

How Influencer Marketing Turbocharges Your Travel Blog Growth

I engaged in aggressive travel blogger outreach. I dove head first into influencer marketing.

Basically, I made building meaningful, powerful friendships with top travel bloggers my prime intent.

This is influencer marketing. This is how to goad the hyper-successful travel bloggers of the world to:

  • promote you via social media
  • endorse you
  • interview you
  • feature you

That’s the end game of influencer marketing: make friends with pro bloggers by helping them out to create mutually beneficial partnerships.

All the traffic you drool over and the profits you pine over await in powerfully-forged, authentic, loving friendships you build with big dawg travel bloggers.

If you are on the fence about influencer marketing but are seeing scant traffic to your travel blog be open to these reasons.

Your traffic is a trickle. Which has probably put ya in a financial pickle. So now it’s time to befriend the heavies of the travel blogging world to change your blogging course.

1: Connect with Industry Heavies

Connecting with industry heavies through influencer marketing:

  • exposes you to successful travel bloggers to learn from
  • moves you up in blogging circles to help you pop up on the radar of more successful travel bloggers
  • inspires you to persist through blogging ups and downs by seeing the success of rocking bloggers
  • makes blogging fun, enjoyable and fulfilling

For all the material benefits of diving into influencer marketing, the chief payoff is becoming good friends with other human beings.

All good things flow out of these fun, fulfilling friendships.

The other benefits are the direct byproduct of making friends with successful travel bloggers.

2: Skyrocket Travel Blog Traffic

One obvious benefit of diving into influencer marketing is seeing a boost in blog traffic.

How it Works

Reach out to influential travel bloggers. Offer to promote their content. Ask how you can help them. Build friendships. Then, when you ask for a social share from these travel blogging big dawgs you are coming in warm, not cold. Expect more social shares from these travel blogging buddies. As the social shares increase so does your blog traffic.

Of course, social sharing is only one aspect of engaging in influencer marketing. Influential bloggers can:

  • feature you on their blogs via brief snippets
  • interview you for their podcast
  • email your blog, your products, and your services to their list
  • invite you to exclusive groups

Adam Connel - Share Influencers In Your Content

Examples

Big-time blogger Meg Jerrard of Mapping Megan invited me into her monstrously large We Travel We Blog tribe where over 100 travel bloggers share each other’s posts via Twitter weekly. Big traffic spike since I joined this invite-only group.

Hyper-successful internet marketer David Boozer recorded a podcast and wrote a blog post explaining how he purchased all of my Blogging Paradise eBooks. I immediately noted a strong uptick in traffic and of course eBook sales after his ringing endorsement.

I began to aggressively promote David to my following. He offered immensely helpful content and showed how much he dug my work.

This is influencer marketing at its finest. Two established, professional bloggers promoting one another over the long haul.

Lasting Traffic

We have helped increase each other’s traffic, not over days, or weeks, or months, but over years. Lasting, targeted, trusting traffic.

Too many aspiring bloggers see influencer marketing as a short term or one time deal. Some bloggers zero in on trying to get a single tweet or Facebook Share from a power broker-blogger, missing out on the lasting, ever increasing, targeted blog traffic you would gain from establishing strong friendships with successful travel bloggers.

Think long term. Make friends with top travel bloggers. Promote each other. Gain more traffic every week by co-promoting with other successful bloggers.

3: Gain Trust

Influencer marketing raises your trust factor through the roof.

When you gain backing from top shelf bloggers, readers tend to know, like and trust you more quickly because folks trust trusted sources. Top travel bloggers yield serious clout. These blogging big dawgs earned the trust of their readers over years. When they speak, people listen.

Building friendships with established bloggers:

  • increases the endorsements you receive from top bloggers
  • lands you more features on popular, respected travel blogs
  • lands you more interviews on authority travel blogs

As the endorsements, testimonials, features and interviews increase so does your trust factor. It’s an association thing.

As your trust factor increases all aspects of your blogging business grow. Traffic, list subscribers and profits will increase because when folks trust you they buy in. Literally.

Example

After I appeared as a “digital nomad expert” on sites like Virgin, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Fox News I saw a spike in blog traffic and profits. People instantly associated Blogging From Paradise with those world renowned brands. Trust by association.

(Where Blogging From Paradise Has Been Featured)

Blogging from paradise has been featured here

If they deeply trusted those famous, authority sites they would trust the judgment of Virgin, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Fox News writers who featured me. In essence, if these writers from respected sites thought enough of me to feature me and my digital nomad insights I must know what I am talking about. At least this is the line of thinking subscribed to by most readers.

4: Attract More Sponsored Post Opportunities

Connecting with blogging big dawgs helps you land more travel blogging sponsored post opportunities.

Friends who are blogging somebodies refer their contacts to you, boosting your blogging income through this common travel blogger monetizing channel.

I received a flurry of sponsored posts during a particular stretch when I dove into influencer marketing full bore on the travel blogging front. By making friends with established bloggers some of these pros referenced me to their network of bloggers and businesses who were looking for blogs on which to place sponsored posts.

Nicole Sunderland Networking led to success

5: Live Your Dreams

Connected travel bloggers live their dreams.

I’m living proof.

8 years ago I was a broke blogger, still reeling from being a fired security guard.

Today I am a pro island hopping travel blogger.

Engaging in influencer marketing allowed my wildest dreams to make a beeline for me.

Nobody goes to sleep dreaming of more blog traffic. Nobody experiences sleepless nights because they are too excited about getting more blog comments.

You blog to live your craziest, most inspired, most spectacular dreams.

Blogging on the shoulders of giants helps you live those dreams more quickly than through any other strategy.

Once you go influencer marketing you will never go back.

Your Turn

What tips can you add to this list?

How are you engaging in influencer marketing?

Are you having a tough time making inroads with influencers?

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Guest Post On Forbes For Massive Growth, 30 Insider Tips

Guest Post On Forbes For Massive Growth, 30 Insider Tips

There are thousands of blogs out there that offer guest posting opportunities. Most of these are like ghost towns and will not deliver any valuable results.

However, a guest post on Forbes or any other authority publication can deliver some incredible results.

According to Similar Web, Forbes gets over 131.2M hits a month. Imagine what this could do for your brand’s exposure!

On the SumoMe blog, Sarah Peterson shared that she received 800 subscribers from one guest post on Elite Daily alone.

As well as traffic, being featured on these places will build trust with your audience. Your audience will be like… Wow this rockstar been featured on Forbes!

Michael Hyatt - Guest Post On Forbes

Getting featured on these platforms is a little more difficult, though. I decided to put this question to the experts that get featured in these places all the time…

What is your best tip for getting featured on Forbes, Inc, Lifehacker etc…?

The results are in, let’s not waste any time and get straight into the post. Here are 30 ways to get a guest post on Forbes and skyrocket your growth…

Guest Post On Forbes For Massive Growth, 30 Insider Tips

Featured Experts…

Ryan Biddulph | Sujan Patel | William Harris | Jon Morrow | Syed BalkhiIan ClearyJaime Masters | Ben SailerMary FernandezAndy Crestodina | Adam Connell | Aaron Orendorff | David Leonhardt | Lilach Bullock | Simon Penson | Greg Elfrink | Jason Quey | Zac Johnson | Montgomery Peterson | Srish Agrawal | Tim Bourquin | Brandon Johnston | Sue Anne Dunlevie | Gael Breton | Brooke B. Sellas | Patrick Coombe | Maddy Osman | Sarah PetersonKulwant Nagi | Sean Si

1. Ryan Biddulph

Ryan Biddulph - Blogging From Paradise

The easiest way to get a guest post on sites like Forbes, Virgin and Entrepreneur is to help as many bloggers as possible get featured on top blogs. This simple approach involves sharing other blogger’s posts on social media, featuring them on your blog and referencing other bloggers to folks who are looking for products or services your blogging buddies offer.

Most bloggers will read the title of this roundup and think: “How can I get?” The smart ones will look at my advice and immediately say: “How can I give?” I have been blessed to be featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin blog, Fox News, Forbes, and Entrepreneur. Because I helped a ton of people get featured by promoting them through my social media and blog.

Naturally, I made a ton of friends, who promoted me to their audiences, who expanded my reach and who put me on the radar of writers for these world renowned blogs.

Spread love. Help people. That love will eventually be reflected back to you through features on top blogs.

Visit Ryan at Blogging From Paradise, Follow him on Twitter @RyanBiddulph

2. Sujan Patel

Sujan Patel

In order to get featured you first need to get on their radar and then build a relationship.

The best way to do this is to help them make their content better, help spread the word, write about them.

Even something as small as sending an email with a compliment can go a long way.

Visit Sujan at Web Profits, Follow him on Twitter @sujanpatel

3. William Harris

William Harris - Elumynt

If you want to get featured in top-tier publications, the first thing you need to do is something noteworthy. It doesn’t have to be the best in the world, just something that’s worth commenting on and establishes you as an expert at something.

After that, you should start looking at who is writing about that subject on the publication you want to get mentioned on. A couple of good tools for researching that are HARO (Help A Reporter Out), and JustReachOut.io.

Once you’ve identified your “target”, make sure you get on their radar by following them and interacting with them on social media. A few of these writers will even ask YOU to contribute if you follow them on Facebook or subscribe to their emails.

Visit William at Elumynt, Follow him on Twitter @wmharris101

4. Jon Morrow

Jon Morrow - Smart Blogger

Actually be worth featuring!

That sounds like a snotty answer, and maybe it is, but there really aren’t any cheats or shortcuts of real value. You just become so freaking good at what you do that editors drop down on their knees and weep with joy at the opportunity to feature you.

I’m exaggerating, of course, but the point is this: instead of scheming about how to sneak into the limelight when you’re not worthy, direct all of that energy into actually becoming worthy.

You’ll be far better off!

Visit Jon at Smart Blogger, Follow him on Twitter @jonmorrow

5. Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi
To get a guest post on any authority website like Forbes, Inc, Lifehacker, you must become a student of their publishing strategy.

Research what kind of content they write. Look up what kind of content did really well for them using a tool like BuzzSumo. Then propose 4 – 5 different article ideas with brief descriptions to their editor.

When they see you have done the work, it makes their job a lot easier thus resulting in your article getting published.

Visit Syed at WP Beginner, Follow him on Twitter @syedbalkhi

6. Ian Cleary

Ian Cleary

The biggest factors in relation to getting featured on these sites are the content you produce and the relationships you have.

For example, instead of writing a short 300-word post, how about creating a detailed research report for your industry. These type of reports are always referenced by big Publications.

The second part of this equation is the relationships you have. If you build relationships with relevant people that write for these magazines your content will get noticed.

Visit Ian at Razor Social, Follow him on Twitter @IanCleary

7. Jaime Masters

Jaime Masters - Eventual Millionaire

I tried hiring a PR agency for over $5000 and got nothing. Then I learned that relationships are all that matter. I consistently get put in Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur, and much more because I know the writers there.

Whenever I’ve met anyone that has a column somewhere I offer all of my data from all of my millionaire interviews and/or introductions if they need them.

Jaime Masters - Forbes

For example, I got an introduction to a writer from Forbes – and I introduced her to 3 millionaires I knew so she could add them to her article. It is a win-win-win for both me and her and the millionaires.

Then she offered to do an article about me.

Visit Jaime at Eventual Millionaire, Follow her on Twitter @eventualmillion

8. Ben Sailer

Ben Sailer - CoSchedule

No editor at a prestigious publication is going to be fooled by a paper-thin pitch, especially not from someone without an established reputation to lean on. However, they’ll always be interested in a pitch that fits their audience’s interests and saves them time having to track down information themselves. The key is to make yourself so useful they can’t ignore your email.

Coschedule On Forbes

Start by searching their site to find which specific writers and editors cover what you want to be known for. Check their bio boxes for email addresses and their site’s About page for pitching guidelines or a submission form. Find those writers on Twitter too and follow them to see what they share. Develop a good sense of what those writers like to share, what they write about, and how they want to be pitched. Getting those pieces right will help keep your pitch out of the trash (which is where most pitches go when they don’t follow simple directions).

Then, figure out how your business, blog, or perspective aligns with what those writers need.

Your Pitch Matters

Tailor your pitch accordingly. If you don’t hear back right away, follow up with them in a week or two. If you don’t hear anything back, don’t take it personally. Just keep pitching until one connects.

This is all PR 101, but honestly, so many people send such lazy pitches that just getting the basics right is often enough to stand out. You don’t need hacks or shortcuts here; you just need strong research skills and a determination to not be outworked. And that’s true even if no one has ever heard about you before.

Make New Friends

Start by searching their site to find which specific writers and editors cover what you want to be known for. Check their bio boxes for email addresses and their site’s About page for pitching guidelines or a submission form.

Find those writers on Twitter too and follow them to see what they share.

Aaron Orendorff On Twitter

Develop a good sense of what those writers like to share, what they write about, and how they want to be pitched. Getting those pieces right will help keep your pitch out of the trash (which is where most pitches go when they don’t follow simple directions).

Then, figure out how your business, blog, or perspective aligns with what those writers need.

Visit Ben at CoSchedule, Follow him on Twitter @Ben_CoSchedule

9. Mary Fernandez

Mary FernandezMy best tip: write a guest post for them.

Top online publications like Forbes, Inc. Lifehacker, etc. need content, and will willingly feature you and your business in exchange for that content.

But before pitching to any publication, ask yourself:

Do they serve my target market?

Are their readers engaged?

Can you add a byline with a link back to your site?

Not all guest posting opportunities are good ones, so don’t waste your time writing posts that will get you nowhere. If you need help finding the best opportunities in your industry.

Mary Fernandez was featured on

Once you’ve honed in on a target, use BuzzSumo to discover their top 5-10 articles. Take note of the format, style, length, topics and any other nuances that will help you to craft the perfect pitch.

Make sure that you follow their pitching guidelines to a “t”. Some publications will require a full draft up front, but most will allow you to pitch a few topic ideas first. If the latter, come up with 3-4 headline ideas for your post, making sure that those headlines fit in seamlessly with the other headlines on the site.

Finally, pitch your headline ideas (or full draft) to the appropriate section editor. Keep your pitch brief and to-the-point. You may want to link to a few examples of your work so that they can see your track record. Always keep the individual recipient in mind– never send a generic pitch.

Mary Fernandez Guest Post On Inc.com

After following the above steps, if you do not get a response, then follow up. There are many reasons why someone might not respond, so don’t take their silence as a “no”. Most of the best opportunities I have landed were in the follow-up!

Visit Mary at Persuasion Nation, Follow her on Twitter @maryefern

10. Andy Crestodina

Andy Crestodina - Orbit Media

The problem: Editors are busy and flooded with offers to contribute. They need one awesome piece today, but they’re getting 100+ ideas for articles sent every six to eight hours.

The solution: Know what they’re interested, be considerate and persistent in your outreach, etc. But also try this: send a completely written article. I know this isn’t what most people recommend.

But if you send an article that is finished, or mostly finished, you helped them solve their biggest problems:

  • You helped them by removing the unknown quality factor. The article is right in front of them.
  • You helped them skip the back and forth of email, which they hate.
  • You helped them say yes to this awesome piece of content you sent over, wrapped up in a bow. All they have to do is reply with a “yes, thank you.”

Another upside: if they don’t accept it, you’ve got something ready for pitching or publishing elsewhere, rather than just a headline and a dream.

Visit Andy at Orbit Media, Follow him on Twitter @crestodina

11. Adam Connell

Adam Connell - Blogging Wizard

My favorite way to get featured on industry publications is by using platforms like Help A Reporter Out (or HARO for short) and SourceBottle.

Here’s how they work:

You spend 5-10 minutes answering a question – send an email, then wait.

This is how I got featured on a bunch of top tier sites such as CIO.com and HuffPost.

No pitching self-promotional article ideas, or building relationships with editors so I can become a guest contributor or anything like that.

How Does It Work

There are journalists all over the world that are looking for sources for their articles, interviews – even books, radio and TV shows.

You could be an expert source, or you could provide something based on personal experience – it depends on what the journalist/blogger needs.

They submit queries/requests to platforms like HARO and SourceBottle – then wait for people to respond.

How You Get Started

Sign up with HARO and SourceBottle – they’re both free to use, but there are paid platforms like Cision and MuckRack.

SourceBottle has a searchable database that you can dive into straight away.

With HARO, you’ll sign up for email updates and choose the frequency/topics that you’ll receive.

Usually, you’ll have 3 emails from them each day. You’ll need about 10 minutes each day to sift through the emails for relevant opportunities.

Or, if you want to automate the process slightly you could set up filters in Gmail to pick out specific keywords. I prefer to check them manually just in case something slips through the net.

A few tips to stop journalists ignoring you

Journalists get a lot of pitches, so you need to make sure your answer follows their instructions to the letter, and be direct.

You’ll want to include something that says why you’re a good fit for the query – keep this short and sweet.

At some point, you may feel inclined to follow up with a journalist asking if you’ve been successful, or for a publication date – don’t. While follow-ups may feel necessary, your time will be better spent answering the next query.

Adam Connell - Proof Screenshot

If you’ve been successful, you should get an email back. In any case, it’s best to setup a monitoring tool like Mention or Buzzsumo just in case.

Visit Adam at Blogging Wizard, Follow him on Twitter @adamjayc

12. Aaron Orendorff

Aaron Orendorff - Iconi Content

The way I’ve broken into Entrepreneur, Inc., Lifehacker, The Next Web, Huffington Post, Success Magazine, and more is through a five-step process.

One, research what’s already popular on the target site (and one or two competitors) using Buzzsumo.

Two, research what’s popular on search using Google Trends.

Three, pull together the industry topic from Buzzsumo and some pop-culture topic or person from Google Trends.

Four, write a full article (not a pitch) using the average word count and at least four links to related articles on your target site.

Five, use an email permutator spreadsheet (you can find them online) to cold email your complete article to five to ten editors (one at a time) at the target site.

Keep the email insanely short:

“Hi [Name], I put together a full article:

“Title.” It’s 100% original and a builds off of a number of [Site’s] popular posts. Please let me know if it’s a good fit for [Site].

Thanks,

[Your Name].”

Here are a couple of screenshots on how I did this for my first piece at Entrepreneur (back in 2014):

Aaron Orendorff - Google Trends

This is a screenshot for Google Trends… Below is a screenshot of my article on entrepreneur…

Aaron Orendorff - Entrepreneur

And I wrote about the pitching process here (under point three).

Visit Aaron at Iconi Content, Follow him on Twitter @iconiContent

13. David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt

I go way back on this to my days as a consumer advocate in Ontario when I was doing over 500 media interviews per year. It’s all about the content. It’s all about having something newsworthy to say.

If you pitch a writer on a story about your company…that’s booooring.

If you pitch a story on how your neighborhood is sprucing up in some original way, and offer to provide a quote, that has potential.

What about if you pitch a story on how a customer of yours just used your product to help cut plastic waste in toy packaging by a third, that has potential.

By sending the URLs to three genuinely amazing blog posts to a writer that covers your niche, chances are they’ll link to one of them. Writers are always looking to link to highly credible sources.

Remember that writers don’t want to mention you; they want to fill out amazing stories.

Visit David at THGM Writers, Follow him on Twitter @amabaie

14. Lilach Bullock

Lilach Bullock

This is a very difficult question, as there’s no guaranteed formula that will get you on these top websites.

Rather, it’s more of a case of growing your influence, showing you have the know-how and authority in your niche.

Building relationships with the editors and engaging with their content.

It also definitely helps to know people and have a friendly relationship with other influencers working for these websites that can vouch for you and your expertise.

Visit Lilach at LilachBullock.com, Follow her on Twitter @lilachbullock

15. Simon Penson

Simon Penson - Zazzle Media

Getting featured on bigger sites is the culmination of years of work to build a personal brand. It’s a little like when we read about successful entrepreneurs eating amazingly valued businesses; the bit you see is just the tip of the iceberg as there are years of hard work behind the scenes to get there.

To do it requires sacrifice and a 150% commitment to be the best you can be in your specialism. Then work at it day after day, sharing your knowledge on any relevant site that will listen.

Eventually, the bigger guys will listen!

Visit Simon at Zazzle Media, Follow him on Twitter @simonpenson

16. Greg Elfrink

Greg Elfrink - Empire Flippers

The best way is to pitch the editorial staff at companies for a guest post or a spotlight is a lot easier If the blogger is also a customer of one of their services (say Hubspot for example). Then they will have a little bit more leverage when it comes to their pitch.

The route to get a guest post on Forbes and Inc seems to be rooted in twitter outreach more so than emails. Retweet the journalist you’re looking to connect with, start a conversation, see what is possible there with a collaboration if a conversation does start.

Outside of those publications and twitter, I would also try to add the person on facebook. I find that while twitter can be very useful for meeting people, facebook is better for really cementing real relationships which will help tremendously with outreach.

Visit Greg at Empire Flippers, Follow him on Twitter @gregelfrink

17. Jason Quey

Jason Quey

Although I’ve been featured in Huffington Post, and references, quoted, and/or mentioned in Salesforce, and Entrepreneur, I feel there’s more for me to learn.

I recognize some would love to have even that level of coverage, so here’s what I’ve found works:

  1. Pitch for relevance. If you are pitching people who don’t cover your topic, you are wasting your time and their time. Even worse, you ruin your chance for future pitches. You can use a tool such as Buzzsumo to see what topics people cover.
  2. If possible, be helpful before you need to pitch. This makes the relationship less transactional and more about friends helping each other out.
  3. It’s valuable to understand the five types of influencers and what sets them apart. Journalists, in particular, are interested in traffic and interesting stories (which they hope leads to traffic). Knowing this will help you relate to them and their desires.

If you do get a mention, be sure to send a quick note of thanks! This immediately sets you apart from 80% of the competition and helps you to build a relationship without a pitch.

Visit Jason at The Storyteller Marketer, Follow him on Twitter @jdquey

18. Zac Johnson

Zac Johnson

Guest blogging and article contributions are one of the best ways to grow a real brand and following for yourself.

This process starts with creating a site of your own, guest blogging on other relevant blogs within your niche, then ultimately guest posting on sites like Forbes, HuffingtonPost, and Entrepreneur.

There are really two ways to get into these sites; the first is to know someone, and the second is to apply through their ‘submit article’ forms on their sites.

Obviously knowing someone direct is going to get the best results, but if you have amazing content and use their submission forms, this might as well as well.

The important thing to know is that thousands of people are actively applying to write for these mega sites. If you are going to the same, make sure your content and online profiles rock.

Visit Zac at ZacJohnson.com, Follow him on Twitter @zacjohnson

19. Montgomery Peterson

Montgomery Peterson

Getting featured on high profile sites like Huffington Post or Inc can do wonders for your brand or business.

A great way to do this is to help other writers and editors who are actively writing on these sites already. Since a featured author profile is listed at the top of each article you can collect their information to contact them directly.

The first email should be quick and just let them know you found value in their content.

The next email can be on some valuable resources they might want to use in an upcoming article.

And the third email can be a follow up to see how things are going.

Do this with enough writers and you may see your personal brand or business getting several mentions in the future.

Visit Montgomery at Original Colouring Pages, Follow him on Twitter @MontgomeryPete2

20. Srish Agrawal

Srish Agrawal

Everything on the internet is all about content creation and making it available in as many ways as possible.

When sites like Inc or Entrepreneur are looking for new content, they want to make sure it’s fresh and grabs the attention of their audience.

A great way to get media mentions and included in various articles and reports is to turn industry news and trends into an infographic.

This is something we actively do and get mentions all the time for it.

Text is great, but when you bring data to live through visual infographics — everyone wants it!

Visit Srish at Logo Design Team, Follow him on Twitter @srishagrawal

21. Tim Bourquin

Tim Bourquin

Provide real data for tech-savvy authors and make their job easier.

Being in the email marketing and online business space, we are always looking at different email marketing reports and what’s working in online optimization today.

We often come across many reports on sites like Entrerpreneur, Inc, Forbes etc… with outdated information or simply aged articles that can be refreshed with new data and content. We then make an effort to contact the writer from this article and let them know of our latest report.

Often times they will create a new article and link back to our site and studies as a reference.

Visit Tim at After Offers, Follow him on Twitter @TimBourquin

22. Brandon Johnston

Brandon Johnston

Having written for many different sites already, I know the value in making the decision process as easy as possible for a new site.

With media outlets like Forbes and Inc getting hundreds of writer applications on a daily basis, only the best will get through.

Before applying to write for a new site, I always make sure my content is dead focused on their audience and in the writing style they are looking for.

At the same time, I also want to make sure my social profile and online presence looks great as well.

This will make the decision process so much faster and easier — ultimately getting me the writing job I was looking for!

Visit Brandon at Blog Reign, Follow him on Twitter @blogreigncom

23. Sue Anne Dunlevie

Sue Anne Dunlevie

I think getting a guest post featured on websites like Entrepreneur, Lifehacker, Forbes, etc is much like landing a guest post on another blog.

Do your research on the site; the types of articles they produce, the tone of the articles, the word count and topics their audience likes the most.

Also, research the right editor to make sure you are pitching the right person.

Visit Sue at Successful Blogging, Follow her on Twitter @SueAnneDunlevie

24. Gael Breton

Gael Breton

To be honest, I’ve had links from a lot of these places without doing any kind of link building. How? Well, the entrepreneurial world is hungry for one core thing: fresh insights. If you are able to produce those for anything entrepreneurship, especially if you can support it with numbers and graphs, you will be quoted everywhere by people making a living writing for these niches looking for sources to quote.

So the best way to get featured on these sites: produce case studies with numbers others can reuse to make a point.

This is how articles like this one showing on page load popups win every time or this one showing how we got 1000 hits per day from Pinterest collected so many links from magazine type sites.

Visit Gael at Authority Hacker, Follow him on Twitter @GaelBreton

25. Brooke B. Sellas

Brooke B Sellas

I haven’t yet been featured on Forbes, Inc. or Lifehacker, but I have made the rounds on a few other sites (PR Daily and IBM’s Think Leaders).

I think the key to any site is networking, really.

As a regular contributor for Mark Schaefer’s {grow}, I can tell you it didn’t come out of me emailing him one of those “use this formula to guest post on any site” templates.

I read his blog religiously, I commented on his posts, I connected with him on social media, etc. Eventually, we met in person, and eventually, I talked him into a guest post (which eventually led to a regular spot).

There is no overnight success with this stuff. My biggest advice is to put the WORK in your network (and keep at it).

Visit Brooke at B Squared Media, Follow her on Twitter @madSMscientist

26. Patrick Coombe

Patrick Coombe

This is a great question, my first suggestion is to not pick Huffington Post or Entrepreneur. I’m afraid there are about 10 other top news sites that get so many pitches, it is getting harder and harder to get in on these sites because so many SEO’s are hitting up editors/authors/ etc for those sites. They can see you coming from a mile away.

So for starters, pick a news site that isn’t featured on every backlink sellers profile. Even better, get niche specific. If you are in the tech niche, hit up a place like PC Mag instead of the normal “Tech Crunch.”

From there it is all about PR. Remember, PR agents get paid thousands of dollars to do this exact job. They have board room meetings looking for angles on how to get featured in stories all day every day.

Next, ask yourself the question: do I just want a link, or am I really looking for actual press?

I would advise you to look for actual press, as it will not only funnel some sweet link juice to your website but can drive MASSIVE amounts of traffic and authority as well. Look into what kind of stories people are writing about. Find a topic, and start rubbing elbows on Twitter etc. Start throwing ideas out there once in a while, eventually they will look to you as a person of authority.

Visit Patrick at Elite Strategies, Follow him on Twitter @patrickcoombe

27. Maddy Osman

Maddy Osman

The highest authority website I’ve written for is Search Engine Journal. Interestingly enough, it started with a job application. They were looking for a new staff writer, and I threw my hat in the ring. As it was very early in my freelance writing career, I didn’t end up getting the job, but I had advanced to the top 3 candidates – not bad for a newbie!

At any rate, the editors were impressed with my audition piece and invited me to publish it on the website, as well as stay in the loop for monthly article needs, accepting articles as I saw topics I felt uniquely qualified to write.

I think the tip here is to always be looking for opportunities, and make sure that you’re killing it at your audition. Bring everything you have to the table, and create an article that’s an exhaustive resource on the topic, backed by facts and statistics. Some of the highest authority blogs don’t pay contributors, but the fringe benefits of creating content for them more than make up for this fact. It’s because of my SEJ audition piece that I’ve built a lot of authority in the field.

Visit Maddy at The Blogsmith, Follow her on Twitter @MaddyOsman

28. Sarah Peterson

Sarah Peterson

Know the publication’s audience and do you research before you send your pitch. You can use tools like Buzzsumo.com to find out what the most popular articles on any given website are. This will help you reverse engineer popular content. If you can find out what the most popular content was on that publication, you can start to brainstorm headlines and topic ideas that would both serve the publication’s audience and intersect with your blog topic.

Once you’ve done that research and your pitch has been accepted, make sure your submission meets their style guidelines. Don’t just write it however you want to write it. Match the publication’s tone and formatting and pay attention to the details. If you ignore them, you’ll probably be rejected.

Visit Sarah at Unsettle, Follow her on Twitter @petersonsar

29. Kulwant Nagi

Kulwant Nagi

The best source to get featured on big publications is HARO (Help a Reporter). This is a platform which you can join to get notifications in your email from world-class journalists. They get assigned various jobs, so normally they go to HARO and ask other experts to help them collect the data.

This is where you get the opportunity to put your thoughts and help that specific journalist to write on any specific topic. You can put your thoughts and smartly insert your own website’s link to grab backlinks from big publications.

The second source that I mostly use is Twitter. Just search where you want to publish your article. Let’s say you are looking a backlink from Inc.com. So just search for Inc.com, then See how many people have tweeted any link from Inc.com.

Once you check the profile of those people, you can easily find regular authors from high authority sites. Just become good friends with them and offer them help to publish their next article on any big publication.

This is how you can make this daunting task much simpler.

Visit Kulwant at Blogging Cage, Follow him on Twitter @kulwantnagi

30. Sean Si

Sean Si

My best tip for getting into the big league sites is most probably to pitch to journalists in sites like HARO. That’s one very easy way to get in those sites. I’ve done it and it works. You can check the backlinks of SEO hacker and you’ll be able to see us getting some links from those sites.

Visit Sean at SEO Hacker, Follow him on Twitter @SEO_Hacker

Are You Ready To Get Your Guest Post On Forbes?

As you can see the biggest takeaway is to build a relationship the editor, mirror what they do on that platform and then get on their radar.

I have said it before and I will say it again your connections are so important. Nurture them and you will succeed.

Thank you so much to all the experts that contributed here, you nailed it with this one. I’ve had a blast connecting with each and every one of you!

For you guys, though it is time to get out there and grab your guest post on Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur or wherever is relevant for you!

Have you been featured or got a guest post on a massive publication yet?


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How To Get Your First Guest Blog Post & Easily Boost Traffic & Subscribers

Land Your First Guest Post That Builds Traffic, Subscribers and Links

Do you want to get your blog endorsed by big players in your niche?

Today I am going to show you how to start guest blogging so that you can increase your blog’s traffic, social shares and subscribers.

You need to start getting your blog out there and make a name for yourself. Nobody is going to hand you a successful blog, that comes when you do the hard work.

In my post about blog promotion tactics I shared 17 ways to drive traffic to your posts but I never mentioned Guest Posting.

This was for one reason… everyone does this. It is like the golden nugget to traffic.

It has been slated, it has been praised and everything in between but the truth is that it delivers on all levels.

Let’s learn how you can grab your first post that brings you the promised results with my guest blogging strategy.

Where To Start Guest Blogging

Nowadays there are so many lazy bloggers out there that will let you guest post to save them writing content. This leads to people getting zero traffic, zero comments and zero email signups.

What is the point in that?

If you are hoping to write a guest post you want it to deliver all three of these things.

You want traffic to come to your site and landing page, so you can get email signups. You want blog comments to show the audience that you care enough to talk to them.

Brad Sugars even wrote an article on Entrepreneur.com that states guest posting is the best way to get new customers and increase sales.

There is no one metric that can guarantee all three of these because even a top blog, with lots of comments and a brilliant domain authority, could send you nothing.

Maybe the audience weren’t keen on what you had to offer this time.

When I select places to write for I look at the vanity metrics and the engagement. This is before I even think of topics to write about!

Sue Anne DunlevieA Tip From Sue Anne Dunlevie:

One of the best ways to get more readers is to guest post for other blogs. In fact, I suggest that when you start blogging, you guest post even more than you write on your own blog!

Once you’ve developed relationships with other bloggers by doing a couple of round up posts, the next step is to ask them if you can guest post on their blog.

Of course, you need to do your homework on their blog to know if they accept guest posts or not. If they do, most bloggers include a page on what they are looking for from guest posters.

A successful guest post can bring in hundreds of new readers (and potential buyers).

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Is The Blog Relevant

Before you get all bitchy on the blogs out there, you have to make sure that the blog you are pitching too is relevant.

If I was to write a blog post about SEO on Pinch of Yum (A Food Blog). Do you think I would get much traction?

It may appeal to some but not enough to make it worth it. When you are starting out you want to post on highly relevant blogs, this is where your core audience is.

Look on Google for topics you cover on your own blog, the blogs that show up are relevant to your topic and are the best to target for a guest post.

Vanity Metrics

I am not big on these metrics because they can easily be manipulated. Having said this, it would be stupid to totally ignore. The only two metrics I am interested in is Domain Authority and Page Authority.

These are designed by Moz to help you predict how well the site will perform on the search engine results pages. It is basically a scale of 1-100, 1 being the lowest and 100 being the best.

The main problem with these metrics is that it depends if the site has been crawled recently. If the Moz spider hasn’t crawled a blog in a while the metrics could be inaccurate.

These are just a guide to say this site is definitely worth looking further.

Good User Engagement

So the site I am interested in guest posting on has a domain authority of 40 and a page authority of 45. In my eyes, this would be worth looking a little more into.

First I want to make sure that the blog is active. When was their last article? If they haven’t had an article in months I would steer clear for now as this looks quite inactive. The blogger could be taking a break but it’s best to wait until the content is fresher as their readers will be more engaged.

Take a look at their most recent article, does it have blog comments. If people are commenting you know that there is an audience to get to know.

Check For Engagement When Guest Posting

Was the post shared on social media? How many times was it shared?

If the post is doing well on social media it means that their audience is happy with what was produced. It is also another signal there is an audience to engage with.

Lastly, I will check out their social media profiles, does the blogger get involved and answer questions. This again shows signs of engagement.

If I can tick the box on all these things I would definitely start to get to know the blogger.

From Adam Connells guest blogging strategy post he lists questions that he asks himself before he gets involved…

Adam Connelll - Link Bulding StrategiesA Tip From Adam Connell…

You need to vet each blog and when you’re thinking “should I pitch them on a guest post idea?” ask yourself these questions:

  • Do they have an engaged audience? Comments are a great indicator but pay close attention to quality – a load of spam comments are a red flag.
  • Do they reply to comments? This is a sign that the blog owner cares about engaging with their audience, and the blog is active.
  • Do they adequately share their own content? If they don’t put time into sharing their own content, they probably won’t spend much time sharing yours.
  • Does my ideal audience align with this blog? You need to have an “ideal audience” that you want to reach, and the blogs you contribute to should speak to that same audience.
  • Do they give writers credit & a link to their blog/landing page in an author bio? You’ll put a lot of effort into writing content, so the least you should get is a byline with a link back to your site.
  • Do they have the potential to drive traffic or are there too many distractions? Too many distractions may mean they won’t refer as much traffic as a blog with an ultra-clean layout. Some of these sites are still worth contributing to because they have engaged audiences and provide great social proof. Sure they’ll send you less traffic, but the quality is important too.

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Break The Ice To Get On Their Radar

When people think of guest posting they immediately think of pitching an article to a blog owner. This is true but to really get value from this tactic you should build a relationship with the owner.


Brian Dean BacklinkoA Tip From Brian Dean…

If you’re desperate for a link from a particular site (or if the site gets a lot of guest post submissions) you want to get on the webmaster’s radar screen before your pitch.

That way, when you reach out, they’ll be like “Oh yeah, that’s Jim, the guy who leaves all those awesome comments.”

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When someone likes you they are more likely to help you and accept your pitches.

So to get started you should go through your hit list of blogs and start to get on the radars of the blogs you hope to write for.

Blog comments are a great way to do this, especially if you see the owner interacting with the comments. Give value and help their audience, trust me it will not go unnoticed.

Blog Commenting On Successful Blogging

Go over to Twitter and follow the blog owner. Simply start to engage with the blogger. Retweet their posts, share their content and like their tweets.

John Lee Dumas On Twitter

Some busy Twitter accounts might not notice every Tweet but is still a valid method to start to get on their radar.

Jason QueyA Tip From Jason Quey…

An expert quote is a quote from an influencer in your field that provides an extra boost of authority.

Shanelle Mullin was one of the first I observed doing this on ConversionXL. In her article, “How to Write Copy People Will Actually Read,” you can see how she highlights Sujan Patel. If I were Sujan, I’d promote that piece because of how well it highlights me.

“There are obvious promotional benefits, but the main reason I include expert quotes in my articles is because it’s genuinely helpful to our readers. I don’t reach out to the experts who have the most social influence, I reach out to the experts who are most qualified to offer useful advice on the topic.”

Focus on creating helpful, thorough content before you reach out to experts. Your quotes should complement the article, not the other way around.

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Another way you can get onto a bloggers radar is to ask one of your blogging buddies for an introduction. Jason Quey personally put me in touch with John Rampton and William Harris for my expert roundup post.

Jason Quey connected me to other inluencers

Alicia Rades has used this strategy to get in touch with Adam Connell at Blogging Wizard too.

Stroke Their Ego

I don’t know about you but I love the feeling I get when someone tells me I’m great. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Everybody wants to feel loved and wanted!

Even those big bloggers with thousands of followers. This is your not so secret weapon here. By stroking the ego of the blog owner they start to get more positive vibes when they see your posts.

When you share one of the bloggers on Twitter why not reach out to them by email and let them know.

Hi Blogger,

I just wanted to personally thank you and let you know I have shared and linked to the post you wrote about creating a link building campaign.

Your post taught me so much!

I have never considered a broken link building strategy but now  I will definitely implement it now.

Once again, Thank you!

Take Care

Name

This is such a nice email to receive, you aren’t asking for something or being too forward. You are just being nice… This is a great way to make a connection with an influencer and I used this when I first spoke to Sujan Patel

Sujan Patel Outreach example

If you get an email back, pat yourself on the back, you have just taken your relationship to a new level.

Your Secret Weapon To Increase Your Success

When you are able to reach out to someone and get a reply you are ready to deploy the next tactic.

You are going to let your new blogging buddy shine on your blog. I mean if you want to write for them they must be worth some love from your blog.

I am talking about an expert roundup post. Jason Quey also references this method in the Sumo Me article. This post type because it just works so freaking well.

This is your first proper ask so far. By letting your bloggers shine you are showing them how much you appreciate their effort and hard work.

Sue Anne DunlevieA Tip From Sue Anne Dunlevie:

Come up with a compelling question and then send it to 20 or more bloggers in your niche. Then create a post compiling all the answers you receive.

Here’s an example of a roundup post on Successful Blogging where we asked 110 Entrepreneurs to share their best social media strategy with us.

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If you do a good job here and you pitch correctly there is no reason why they won’t accept your post!

Click here to see my post on expert roundups.

Know Exactly What The Blog Wants & Give It To Them

If you want to smash through the crap and get featured as a guest blogger you really have to make your pitch awesome.

To do this you need to make sure you know what the blog’s audience want. When you know what they want you just create a guest post that gives it to them.

If you are starting to get a good rapport with the influencer then it’s time to start to research a guest blogging opportunity.

If that blogger has been featured in an expert roundup for you, you have a good enough rapport to start preparing for a pitch.

Buzzsumo Homepage

Head over to Buzzsumo and see what their most popular piece of content was. Simply just put the blogs homepage URL in the search box and it will return the most shared posts.

Buzzsumo Successful Blogging

When you know what performs well you will have a rough idea of what to pitch.

Do they share list posts or roundups?

What are the topics of the most popular articles, do they match the topic you are wanting to write about?

By knowing the audiences favorite kind of content to share and also the popular topics, you really can’t go wrong.

Well unless you screw up your pitch…

Alicia RadesAt Tip From Alicia Rades…

Pay attention to the types of topics and headlines the blog publishes as well as the tone authors take. Take note of any styling elements they use, such as including screenshots, embedded tweets, offset quotes, numbered lists, etc. Finally, check the word count of a few different posts. That way you know what word count to shoot for and can develop your topic and outline based on how in-depth they want their posts to be.

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Crafting The Perfect Guest Posting Pitch To Ensure You Get Published

When it comes to creating a guest posting pitch, you need to keep it brief and to the point. You also need to show that blogger why they should let you contribute on their blog.

Karol KA Tip From Karol K…

Here’s one for you: why would you believe that a blogger is capable of writing a quality article if they’re apparently not able to send you a well-written email?

It doesn’t make any sense, right? If you can’t do grammar in an email, or can’t convey why you’re contacting the editor, or can’t explain what your post is going to be about, why would anyone believe that you can deliver?

In a word, proofread. Then proofread again. Sending a complete article that has some grammar issues is okay(ish). Sending an email pitch that has them is not.

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The subject line is the first thing the blogger will read, if you don’t create a spark then you will get a one-way ticket to their trash.

I find sharing a benefit for their readers and creating curiosity works well. The benefit shows them what’s in it for them and the curiosity helps push them to open the email.

What is better?

Guest Posting Pitch For You

or

Arm your fans with this traffic generating trick

The second of course.

The benefit is the traffic generating trick. Curiosity will start to be generated because they will want to find out about this trick.

The second is clearly targeted at helping their Fans/readers!

The Actual Email

Now you have an irresistible subject line it is time to show them what you have got.

Introduce yourself very briefly, bloggers are busy and they just want to know the facts.

Hi Name,

My name is Joe Elliott and I write over at One Man Wiki.

That’s enough!

Now tell them why you want their attention. Again think about what the blogger would be wanting from a guest blog post.

Happy readers that are getting value!

I just wanted to get in touch to run some ideas on a new blog post idea that will help arm your readers with some more traffic.

Ok from this I can tell you want to write for me and I can see you want to help get my readers some more traffic.

If you have done your homework and traffic generation is a hit on this blog you are onto a home run.

Jess OstroffA Tip From Jess Ostroff:

If you really care about getting your article published, then you must understand that your relationship with the editor is just as important, if not more important, as the quality of your writing.

Make me care about you, as a human, and I’ll be much more likely read what you have to say.

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List Your Ideas

It is now time to share some ideas and from my experience three is the magic number. It’s the sweet spot!

It gives the owner some choice but not enough that they need a week to think about it.

Here are some of the ideas I had for your blog.

  1. Is Link Building Dead Or Does It Still Help Me Rank – I will show why we should still link build and share methods that help build links in 2017.
  2. 50 Traffic Generating Tips From 50 Traffic Experts
  3. Plan Your Broken Link Building Strategy For Massive Growth

If some of your titles spark curiosity then be sure to give a little description. You don’t want the author to have any questions but you also don’t want to write a novel as your pitch.

Including a roundup when you don’t know the person that well is a good way to get your post. These types of posts take a lot of outreach and if you are willing to make that kind of effort then they will know you are serious.

Show Them Your Greatest Work

You want them to be sold on you by now, but if they have any doubts your writing samples should blow them away.

You want to show your best pieces of content! A lot of people say only show content that has been featured on other blogs.

I say show them your best wherever it is published. Your blog is your stamp on the web, it should be your best work.

Showing content that has been published elsewhere shows the owner that you provide the same standard as on your own blog. Which is better for them.

If you are new just show your best blog posts.

As this is the first time I have spoke to you, I thought it would be good to show you my recent blog posts…

  1. Awesome Writing Example
  2. Fantastic Writing Example
  3. The Best Writing Example

Next, it is time to leave it up to them…

Thank you so much for taking the time to consider my post for your blog. I hope I can write for you in the near future

What do you think?

Cheers

Name

This is where you inject some personality back into the pitch by thanking them for their time. This shows you are a nice person to work with.

Leaving the email with a question is just to help spark the conversation between you and the blogger.

Marianne guest blogging approval

Hopefully, the next email will be asking you to write for them.

Penelope TrunkA Tip From Penelope Trunk:

I get 25 guest blog pitches a day. So you have to stand out. If you don’t address me by my name then I assume you will not have a pitch tailored to my blog, so I don’t read any further. Most guest posts on my blog get at least 100 comments. The reason for this is that I only publish posts that have a fresh opinion, a personal angle, a way for people to improve their lives, and a clear relationship to my blog topic. It’s really hard to do all that in a post, but the guest posts on my site are always great.

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Add The Secret Ingredients For A Successful Guest Post

A guest post is no different to a blog post on your own platform!

You should treat it the exact same. If you are wanting to bring the audience back to you then you really have to blow them away.

From my own guest posting experience, I have found that creating Skyscraper types of content, expert roundups and case study type tutorials work best for internet marketing niche.

Just remember to do everything you can to really nail it.

Create A Headline That Draws The Audience To You

The headline is so important, it’s the first chance you have to introduce yourself to the reader.

You have to make it epic!

I always want to include two things in my headlines…

The keyword

and

A benefit they will get from reading the post.

If you are writing an article about high protein recipes you might get something like this…

23 High Protein Recipes That Will Torch Fat

16 Tasty High Protein Recipes That Will Make You Big

Look at the second one. I have added the word tasty, this is to help me connect with the reader’s emotions.

What happens when you think of TASTY food. You start to crave it, your mouth will water and you will do anything to get your hands on it.

When I submit a guest article I will always provide a few headlines. The editor of the blog knows their audience better than you, let them pick the one they will respond too.

Include Authorities In Your Post To Get Some Easy Traction

It is so easy to get your post shared if you help others they will help you. This is the biggest reason to link out to others from your articles.

Well, in my eyes.

If you are writing on a site that has a lot of authority the bloggers that you link to will be ecstatic to be featured. Remember play to their egos.

Guest Blogging Expert Roundup On Blogging Tips.com

If you think someone should be featured then go for it but only if you are going to email and let them know.

Another reason to link out is to back up what you say. If you say something like…

22% Marketers live in Miami.

I’m going to be like is this true? But if you link to the source of your fact and they are reputable, I will trust what you say a bit more.

Sprinkle With The Extras To Really Stand Out

By now your article should be looking rather awesome but there is one thing you can do to increase its value.

Add images!

This helps break the article up. They add that finishing touch to your guest post.

They are also a great way to prove you know your stuff or to make something a bit easier to understand.

If you really want to get the closest type of connection with your audience, though, you should consider adding a video.

The audience can hear and see what you’re up to and the blog owner will think…

Wow, this guy has gone over and above here.

It makes you stand out and build a connection with the readers but also the blog owner.

Your Author Bio Is The Key To Success

Everything up until now has been about getting the best guest post possible. To meet our goals we need to drive traffic and email signups.

Your author bio is the best place to do this. This is the one place on nearly all blogs you can definitely link to your landing page. This is where you want to get your new audience to your email list.

Gregory CiottiA Tip From Gregory Ciotti:

An incredibly simple tactic I use for guest blogging is to close my articles in order to avoid “byline blindness.” It consists of 3 elements:

  1. Closing subheading: Let people know that the article is done and it’s their turn to do something. I typically use “Over to You” or “It’s Your Turn.”
  2. Ask a question: Creating two bullet points, you should use the first one to ask a simple question that relates to what you wrote about.
  3. Place a small CTA: In the second bullet point, offer the readers a way to “get more” with a simple CTA, such as a download from your site.

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Visiting your homepage or an article is great, it accomplishes the traffic goal.

To get the sign-up goal you should use your author bio to forward your new reader to your landing page.

Once they have signed up they are now your subscriber and unless they unsubscribe they can see whatever content you put in front of them.

Here are some examples of great author bios…

Tor Refsland Author Bio

This example is by Tor Refsland at Time Management Chef. Look how clear the call to action is!

Sue Anne Dunlevie Author Box Example

This one comes from Sue Anne Dunlevie at Successful Blogging.

Katherine Sullivan Author Box Example

Next, we have Katherine Sullivan from Marketing Solved, she uses a different approach by sending people to her Facebook group. This works because she can reach out at any time to her new audience.

Jason Quey from The Storyteller Marketer is up next…

Jason Quey Author Box Example

Be Ready To Comment

Some people might not be ready to sign up to you after reading your post. They maybe want a bit more, so they leave a comment.

If you don’t hang around you are missing out on the perfect opportunity to build trust amongst the community.

If you provide immense value as you write your comments this could seal the deal for them to check your site out.

Answer as many comments as humanly possible when you guest post.

Adam Connell at Blogging Wizard publicly posted how much it annoys him when guests bloggers don’t answer comments… he states that he will not have you back!

Promote Your Post To Increase Your Guest Blogging Results

I hope you have really put the effort in because your brand is what will make you nowadays. If your producing shabby content all over the place people will distance themselves.

Create stellar content and promote to increase their audience as well as your own.

That is how you get results!

Do Some Outreach To Get Some Eyes On Your New Post

Now promoting a guest blog post shouldn’t be any different from promoting your own. So the first thing you want to do is to start making a list of all the links you have featured.

Split it into two groups, one side external links, and the other side quotes.

If they are in the links column reach out and tell the bloggers you have mentioned and linked to them.

If they are in the quotes section reach out and tell the blogger you have featured a point they have made.

Simply ask them to check it out and ask for feedback! Do not ask for shares or links (For links you could try one of these 50+ tactics). Most will share without prompting.

If they give you good feedback ask them if they would mind sharing with their audience.

Next, I will tell my existing network about the guest post. If people follow you on your own blog they would love to see your other work.

Plus this adds social proof, they see you are associated with a certain blogger.

If the blogger is well known, well say hello to some more trust and authority from your network.

Who is your existing network…

  • Your Mailing List,
  • Your Social Media friends and followers,
  • People you have featured on your blog before,
  • People you have reached out to before and that have shared your content.

As long as you are not always on the scrounge for likes and links most people will be happy to take a look.

It’s Over To You

Well done for getting this far, it is time to get the pen out and start making notes of where you can guest post.

Start building relationships and look at ways you can make the blogs you want to write for shine.

The biggest tip for creating an outstanding guest post is to go that extra mile. Remember it is so much better to give than take.

Now go and start guest blogging the right way.

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What is your biggest struggle with guest blogging? Let me know in the comments below…


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How To Create A Killer Expert Roundup Post That Builds Links & Social Shares

How To Create A Killer Expert Roundup Post That Builds Links & Social Shares

I want to share with you one type of blog post that can really transform your blog… the expert roundup blog post. Gone are the days where you could publish an article and stuff with keywords to game Google.

When you are starting a blog you are a nobody, I hate to be so blunt.

You are building an audience from scratch and for most this can seem like an impossible task.

You share on social media and get nothing but crickets. Google will not rank you for any decent keyword because you have no links or track record. You have no connections to get help, are you doomed?

It seems like the interwebs are against you.

Well, nobody is against you… well yet. Nobody knows you and this is the issue that needs solving.

Below I am going to show you how to catapult your blog from nobody to rising star with one expert roundup blog post. If you have been struggling then this should give you that boost you need.

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Ok, Joe What Exactly Is An Expert Roundup Post

An expert roundup post is exactly what it sounds like a list of expert tips, tricks, and opinions.

Your job is to reach out to influential people in your niche and get them to contribute to your post.

Simply start by asking them a simple question that they can answer easily. The more experts you can get to answer your question the better the end result will be.

Compile all the opinions into one post, add an introduction, conclusion and a killer headline and you are set to go.

If you have say 50 experts, that’s potentially 50 eyes to the post as soon as you publish. Now a good amount of them will share and this will increase your traffic more.

Let me share with you some of the results that are possible with this magic post type…

Use Expert Opinions Whenever Relevant

Now you could simply just list out the expert opinions and this would be a great post on its own but you can do so much more.

Look at this post!

It really is an expert roundup post but I also have written a post that could do well on its own.

I call this post type an Expert Fueled Post because it’s a blog post that is fueled by expert tips. Not just one or two, though.

You can turn any post you write into an Expert Fueled Post and then you can ride the wave of the roundup post on your own content.

For this post, I created about 10 questions and sent one to each of the experts. This adds more value to the post and it diversifies the answers I get back.

A Good Question Is Needed To Dominate This Post Type

The question is the foundation of your roundup, it determines who will contribute and if the post will do well with your audience.

If you choose the wrong question your results will show this.

The best way to work out your question is to do a little research to see what your competitors are doing. Look at other roundups and see what the questions are like.

Next is to go to where your audience hangs out and see what questions come up over and over again.

Before you decide on a question make sure it will interest your competitors (as they may contribute or link to it) and your audience (they will consume it).

Most bloggers make the mistake of only appealing to their audience and then they wonder why no one is sharing.

Successful expert roundup posts are all based on proven topics and this is the secret ingredient. Base it on a proven topic that has shown that it performs well in your niche.

How would you create a killer question for your next expert roundup?

Andy CrestodinaAndy Crestodina

Check him out at https://www.orbitmedia.com/ and you can Follow Andy On Twitter here.

Some questions, the answers aren’t just stories, they’re data. For example, a question about “your favorite tool” can turn into a mini-survey. Analyze the answers as if they’re votes, then pull them together into a list of the top tools. This is a good way to add insights and additional value.

This is what Robbie Richards did for his “Best SEO Tools” post. Here’s what his analysis looks like.

Andy Crestodina Top 10 List Example

It also looks like he optimized it for the phrase. Looks like it’s ranking somewhere near the top of page two. Smart!

Adam Connelll - Link Bulding StrategiesAdam Connell

Check him out here https://www.adamconnell.me/ and you can Follow Adam On Twitter here.

Most expert roundups fail in delivering clarity to both readers and participants.

Your questions should be specific and highly relevant.

For example, “what are your best reader engagement tips?” doesn’t tell us much at all.

The question doesn’t say anything about who the post is for, and it’s really open ended.

So, here’s an example of how this question can be made more specific and more relevant:

“What advice would you give to a blogger that wants to use social media to encourage engagement with their readers?”

Now, this question tells us:

  1. The target audience – bloggers
  2. The challenge – better reader engagement
  3. Additional information – advice can only apply to social media strategies/tactics

Reader engagement has been written about a lot. Now, the question has a more unique (and specific) angle.

And it’s clear who it’s written for. Without knowing the post is aimed at bloggers, participants could give answers that are more relevant to authors, journalists or someone else. Now, they are clear on who it’s for.

This is a big benefit for readers too because they’ll know the post is written with them in mind, even before they start reading.

Zac JohnsonZac Johnson

His blog is http://zacjohnson.com and you can Follow Zac On Twitter here.

When creating an expert round-up for your site, or a client, it’s important to think about what you are trying to accomplish in the first place.

For example, when I run a roundup, I want to provide my audience with answers from different experts, giving them valuable resources and also potentially rank for a few target keywords in the process. In the online marketing and entrepreneur space, this is pretty easy since there are so many topics to cover. However, the more specific or niche you get, the better the content could be.

To see how other sites in different niche markets are pulling this off, be sure to check out these 17 roundups around the industry.

Albert MoraAlbert Mora

Check him out at http://www.seolution.com/ and you can Follow Albert On Twitter here.

Build your house on solid ground”, in other words, choose the right topic for your roundup. If the question you ask in your roundup is not the right one, all your efforts will be in vain

Follow these steps:

  • Determine what’s your main goal (What type of visitors do you want to get?, Is the topic related to your products/services…
  • Choose a topic that fits the interests of your target audience
  • Use http://buzzsumo.com/ to discover most popular posts around that topic
  • With all the above information, choose the right question

Eli SeekinsEli Seekins

Check him out at http://launchyourdream.com/and you can Follow Eli On Twitter here.

It’s all about what’s trending in your tribe. What you’re audience wants to know.

To create ideas for my roundups I do market research to see what content my target audience is interested in and what questions they have.

Most importantly I pay attention to what my email list is saying. And I’ll even send out an email survey. Just a quick question. Something like, “what’s frustrating you the most about (insert specific topic) right now?”

Once I have found a common question that’s asked repeatedly, I ask it in a way that I think will be beneficial to everyone in my audience and inspire great responses from experts.

Choose The Right Contributors For Speedy Massive Growth

When I am doing my research I will look at how many contributors previous roundups have. I want my post to do well so I need to gauge if I can get more than what is out there.

In my last roundup on link building strategies, I noticed that most results on the first page for link building strategies had 1-25 contributors or tips. The finished post had 59 expert opinions.

This is like utilizing the SkyScraper Technique for roundup posts.

Look at what’s out there and then beat it in any way you can.

You want to have a varied group of contributors but from the get go focus on the “bigger bloggers.” They are busier and will require a bit more effort from you.

Next look at previous roundups and contact as many experts as you need to beat your competition.

This means you have the big bloggers with a decent following, you have the medium ones who will have a decent sized following and lastly the newbies who really want to impress the big boys on your list.

How do you choose contributors for your expert roundup posts?

Mike Allton The Social Media HatMike Allton

You can check him out at https://www.thesocialmediahat.com/ and you can Follow Mike On Twitter here.

When looking for contributors for expert round-ups, I want to make sure that I speak with the best and brightest minds in the particular niche that I’m talking about with that post. Fortunately, since I am a social media marketer who writes about blogging and social media marketing, I’m very familiar with the experts in my niche and can name them from memory.

Not everyone can do that, though, so it would be important to define some characteristics or even metrics up front when determining who you should be asking. While you wouldn’t want to consider social network audience size, you might want to look at website traffic, whether they’re published, number of citations, and other indicators that they have real, proven expertise in their field.

It’s also important to me that the resulting piece is thorough, so I try to get experts who I can predict will be coming from different perspectives or approaches.

A great example is a roundup I did in November for https://trafeze.com where we brought in over 50 experts and invited them to talk about how they make money online. Many were bloggers, but there were also quite a few product entrepreneurs, consultants, authors and video creators. It was titled, “Boost Your Income: 52 Influencers Reveal Their Best and Worst Monetization Secrets”  and, as expected, the answers varied wildly.

Jason QueyJason Quey

Jason Quey is the founder of Cofounders With Class, a business that helps entrepreneurs feel confident, impress clients, and close more deals by providing bold and classy clothes to help them dress for success. Follow Him On Twitter Here

For me, finding the right contributors to an expert roundup begins by doing good research. It’s too easy for people to give advice without knowing a thing about the topic.

One way you can filter experts is simply looking for articles on the subject. From there, scan the article to see if they know what they’re talking about, or just adding a bunch of fluff.

Janice Wald - Mostly BloggingJanice Wald

Check her out at http://mostlyblogging.com and you can Follow Janice On Twitter here.

Interesting you ask since I am in the process of getting two expert interviews underway.

I learned early on that not everyone responds; apparently, not everyone wants to take part in the roundups. However, when I see bloggers in my niche taking part in other people’s interviews, I become aware that way that they are willing to participate.

My niche is pretty multifaceted, so I try to make sure the person is knowledgeable in the area I’m interviewing them about. For example, my last expert interview was about Pinterest. I tried to get people knowledgeable about Pinterest or social media in general to interview. I did this by researching on Twitter and on search engines.

John RamptonJohn Rampton

Check him out at http://johnrampton.com and you can Follow John On Twitter here.

I choose contributors for expert roundup posts based on my network, including those I have met and interacted with at conferences and events as well as at networking events.

I’ve also met and connected with other experts through social media platforms, especially Twitter where I have made the most contacts.

I’ve also had experts come to me to see if there is any place I can include them.

William Harris ElumyntWilliam Harris

You can check him out at http://elumynt.com/ and you can Follow William On Twitter here.

I’ve met a lot of influencers so I usually just reach out to my network.

I create a google form with the question I want answered and send them an email/ slack message/ Facebook message letting them know what I’ve got going on.

If it’s a niche that I don’t have a good groups of contacts in, then I like to use BuzzSumo to find influencers for the keywords I’m targeting.

David LeonhardtDavid Leonhardt

You can check him out at http://thgmwriters.com/ and you can Follow David On Twitter here.

The more successful the expert, the less likely they are to open an email from a stranger. The best way to promote an upcoming expert roundup, therefore, would be to start with people you know. Ask them.

Then, ask them who they know. Get an introduction, to at least be able to say “Joe Elliot referred me to you.”

At least they’ll open your email that way.

Of course, if you know in advance that you’ll want to reach an expert, it always helps to follow them on social media and interact if you can, share their content, as well as commenting on their blog. Everybody is more likely to respond to somebody they know, so make sure they know you.

Sean FalconerSean Falconer

You can check him out at http://www.proven.com/ and you can Follow Sean On Twitter here.

Ideally, I look for people that known within the niche I am working in and have the power to either link back to me because they run successful blogs or websites or have significant social media presence where a share will help promote my article.

However, you might not always be so lucky as to be able to reach enough of these experts or have them respond.

In that case, I think it’s worth contacting anyone that might have something interesting and constructive to say about the topic you are writing about.

In my first ever roundup, I had to work hard to get 16 people to respond to me. I had to settle for some responses from Twitter or on Reddit when I couldn’t reach people by email.

But it got easier as I built up my blog and reputation.

Codrut TurcanuCodrut Turcanu

You can check him out at http://CodrutTurcanu.com and you can Follow Codrut On Twitter here.

To choose my contributors for the expert roundups I run via a simple formula:

I check to see if they have a content-rich website where they share tips from their expertise.

I also check to see if they’re active on Twitter and if what they’re sharing is worth spreading around.

I then create my list ready for outreach.

Evgeniy GarkaviyEvgeniy Garkaviy

You can check him out at http://Ajipe.com and you can Follow Evgeniy On Twitter here.

This may sound obvious, but I usually start by identifying experts in the niche the expert roundup post is about. Apart from having some expertise on the topic, I also look at their social media profile. Experts with good social media following tend to make good contributor.

I tend to prioritize those who respond quickly to my invitation to participate in a roundup. Because I have done and participated in many expert roundups, I have a small database of experts: who have contacted me to let me know they are available to participate in roundups. I usually choose the experts I have in my database first, if they have expertise in the roundup I am working on.

Another very obvious thing is to look at other roundups in the same niche. And look at the contributors there. In this way, I know what kind of response I can wait from them. Also, it tells me that this person probably would be happy to participate in my roundup.

Adam G Steele - LoganixAdam Steele

You can check him out at https://magistrateinc.com/ and you can Follow Adam On Twitter here.

I see what my peers are doing, and copy them. Lots of round ups out there these days, so it isn’t hard to have a VA round up the round ups and create a list. From there I have to assume a big % will not answer or say no. However I know if I can lock down a few big names, then the rest will follow the limelight. So I focus on those few, get them onboard, and in my emails to the rest, let them know who’s agreed so far.

From there I have to assume a big % will not answer or say no. However I know if I can lock down a few big names, then the rest will follow the limelight.

So I focus on those few, get them onboard, and in my emails to the rest, let them know who’s agreed so far.

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How To Find Email Addresses & What To Do If You Can’t

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the internet, a lot of people will make dummy email accounts to catch spam emails. This can make it harder to get your request in front of your expert.

I have a three-step strategy for getting experts…

Step One: Scan the website for a real email address (name@domain.com or name@gmail.com).

Step Two: If no luck I will enter the first name, last name, and domain into this tool (findanyemail.net). I have found a lot of emails with this one.

Step Three: If you are still unable you have to options, try the contact us form if available or tweet something like…

@username Hi Name, I am writing an expert roundup and would love to feature you, what’s the best way to get in touch?

After these three steps I usually have a way to get in touch and if not I will move on. You don’t want to spend too much time searching for contact details. Get it done and move on…

Do you use any tools to help you find email addresses for an expert roundup post?

Tim Soulo link buildingTim Soulo

Check him out at http://ahrefs.com and his cozy little blog http://bloggerjet.com/ and you can Follow Tim On Twitter here.

We do use a couple of very awesome tools that help us in finding email addresses of people that we want to connect with.

Our favorite ones are https://findthat.email/ and https://hunter.io/

But actually, our outreach team at Ahrefs has a great 9-step process of finding the email address of just about anyone. We recently documented all our best tips and strategies in this blog post: “9 Actionable Ways To Find Anyone’s Email Address (8 of them are FREE)” 

Greg ElfrinkGreg Elfrink

You can check him out at https://empireflippers.com/and you can Follow Greg On Twitter here.

No. Not currently, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t recommend them. The niche that Empire Flippers is in (the make money online niche) is very competitive, so mass emails tend to not work super well and often these people hide their emails very effectively. Instead, I try to build a personal relationship with the person on facebook, if they have a group I’ll add things to the group that can add value. Sometimes this leads to getting a guest post, sometimes leads into doing something else entirely – such as doing a webinar very soon with someone ELSE in a group that I ended up connecting with. Personal relationships I think are key in this space.

If I was in another space, though, I would probably use something like Gmass to reach out and Buzzstream to find them.

Patrick Coombe Elite StrategiesPatrick Coombe

You can check him out at http://www.elite-strategies.com/blogand you can Follow Patrick On Twitter here.

I’ve always been fairly vocal about the tools, or lack thereof that I use in my repertoire. Even for SEO, I only use maybe 3-4 tools on a week to week basis. For blogging, I still default to my favorite tool: Twitter search. I use the advanced search to find the posts that Google loves, and mimic some of the details that these posts have. Robbie Richards by far wins the prize for the most successful roundup post ever. He has a rotating system where he shares the post multiple times per week, each time looping in people involved with the post. The post is already a month old but I still see it popping up in feeds everywhere. I can’t speak to the effectiveness on his end, but I definitely see it everywhere I look!

I know I’m probably being boring, but my second favorite tool is Google search. I have a few custom command line scripts I use when I need to scrape large amounts of data, but it still doesn’t amount to much more than an advanced Google search. Google still does the best job at indexing practically everything, even Twitter posts. Also, email isn’t the only way to reach out to people. I get a lot of Twitter messages, Facebook messages and even Skype messages about roundup posts.

Matthew AllenMatthew Allen

You can check him out at https://dumbpassiveincome.comand you can Follow Matthew On Twitter here.

I don’t exactly do roundup posts.

But I happen to know that outreach is essential for them and one tool that I use for outreach is called Ninja Outreach.

I can literally find hundreds of prospects and have the tool automatically send out emails to all of them in a tiny fraction of the time that it takes to do this manually.

Mike MartynsMike Martyns

Check him out at http://www.soccergearhq.com/ and you can Follow Mike On Twitter here.

I start by trying to find their email addresses or contact forms directly on their websites. If can’t find any of them, I go and take a look at their WHOIS information to learn if they have any contact information there.

If they don’t, I do a Google search for “their name + email address”.

If I still can’t find their email address, I try to guess the email format they must be using and with the good help of the Rapportive plug-in and Gmail I check to make sure if that’s really an actual email address or not.

I usually get good results from using my methods.

Louie LucLouie Luc

Check him out here http://buzznitrous.com and you can Follow Louie On Twitter here.

To help me find email addresses for an expert roundup I usually use VoilaNorbert or simply try to find them on the blogger’s website (by checking out his/her “About” and “Contact” pages) or on his/her Facebook page. If that doesn’t help, I try to send them a tweet and ask them directly.

I also use Ninja Outreach from the well-known Internet marketer Dave Schneider. It is still a relatively new tool but it’s destined to do great things. It allows you to search on an ever- growing database of bloggers for their contact details. You’re able to reach out to them directly from the tool itself, which is great to help you manage your outreach campaigns much more easily.

Dom WellsDom Wells

You can check him out at https://www.humanproofdesigns.com/ and you can Follow Dom On Twitter here.

This task can take a bit of work and when you have a busy schedule it is best to outsource. The great thing is that you can get this job done for $5 on Fiverr.com

I would then verify using the tools inside quickmail.io. I think you can also use tools like hunter.io but I’ve never personally used it.

Tim BlausteinTim Blaustein

You can check him out at http://Toolfever.com/ and you can Follow Tim On Twitter here.

It’s really quite simple when you think about it. Just subscribe to their mailing list, wait for their welcome message and hit ‘Reply’. Most of the time, they’ll answer you back because they know it’s important for them to get back to their subscribers.

Talking about tools for this sort of purpose, my favorite and the one I use and have been using for quite a while now is Buzzstream whose service is mind-blowing. I recommend it to everybody who is at a higher level of knowledge and has enough funds to support it. It is not a very cheap tool but I think it’s an important addition to your SEO arsenal.

Katy MannicheKaty Manniche

You can check her out at http://Tattoooy.com/  and you can Follow Katy On Twitter here.

If the bloggers you’re trying to get in touch with make it tough to find their email addresses, it probably means that they don’t want to be bothered at all. When that’s the case, I google for their name followed by “expert roundup” to understand whether they have answered to this kind collective blog posts before or not.

Usually, if I can’t find any footprints that confirm that, I say ‘adios’ and let them go. There are some exceptions, surely, especially when they are really important to add value to my expert roundups. But I rather not lose time and focus on those bloggers that open to be reached.

Clara JeronimosClara Jeronimos

You can check her out at http://Travelredux.com/ and you can Follow Clara On Twitter here.

I mostly always create expert roundups for the travel niche. Travel bloggers are accessible, friendly and they’re always happy to participate. So it’s pretty straightforward to reach out to them. Their email addresses are usually on their contact pages or you can use their contact forms as well.

Since I’ve been around for quite some time now, I have a lot of LinkedIn connections too. When I need to get people’s email addresses I make use of a little know LinkedIn feature. I head over to Settings and I export my list of connections in a CSV and import it with Microsoft Excel. Here are a few other ways to export contacts from LinkedIn. (Just try not to abuse this tactic by adding people you’re not that close to.)

Nathan GotchNathan Gotch

You can check her out at http://www.gotchseo.com and you can Follow Nathan On Twitter here.

My favorite tools for finding email addresses are Viola Norbert, Sellhack, and Email Hunter. Another effective strategy is to subscribe to the influencers email list. Many bloggers email their list with their personal email address. Lastly, you can validate an email address using Rapportive (a browser add-on).

Blogger Outreach That Will Make It Impossible To Say No

Look at you! You are on fire and if you have a killer question and an awesome list of experts you are on to a winning post that is bound to catapult you into the spotlight of your niche.

This is where the real work begins though because the success of the post lies on how well you can outreach to your experts.

No expert replies, no post.

If you can’t win any of the big boys over then your blog post results will be very limited.

Nail your outreach campaign and you will nail your expert roundup.

My one tip is to treat every blogger on your list like they are a big boy. This makes them feel important and they will be happy to jump on board.

Remember people are busy and more established bloggers will get thousands of requests. What makes yours stand out?

Try and personalize each and every email as much as you can.

Make it easy for contributors to reply with their answer. Keep your request brief… One simple question to each blogger. The more questions or tasks you give the expert the less likely they will be to respond.

If you have a relationship with the person do not be afraid to ask them for screenshots, proof, analytics etc… This will make your finished post better.

I usually end my email with something like…

“Your Killer Question?

If you have any images, screenshots, proof etc… please feel free to attach it”

Some bloggers won’t offer this stuff because they don’t know if you will publish it. Others just won’t because they are too busy.

Let them know that it’s welcome but also let them know it’s optional!

If you make too many demands your post is just too much work for most bloggers.

What tips would you give to someone who is outreaching for an expert roundup post, to ensure their email is opened and that they say yes?

Dave Schneider

Check him here http://ninjaoutreach.com/and you can Follow Dave On Twitter here.

Before a reader gets to the content, the first thing he/she sees is the email subject, so use a subject header that’s concise and that the receiver will immediately understand.

Don’t let it be something as ambiguous as “Inquiry” or “Expert Roundup”. Instead, write something more specific and understandable like “Request for Promotional Link Exchange” or “Upcoming Expert Roundup Post: Would You like to Participate”?

Also, keep it short. Don’t use unnecessary big words or jargon (unless you’re reaching out to thought leaders in highly technical fields), and PROVIDE VALUE.

Dedicate one short sentence to intro yourself, another sentence to inform your receiver that you’re planning to publish an Expert Roundup about X on X date, another sentence or two to explain what your reader is going to get in exchange for participating (in other words, what VALUE you can provide for them by saying yes to your request) and finally, one or two sentences asking them if they’re interested and what medium would they like to use to participate in the roundup (via call, chat, or email interview).

Gael Breton Expert roundup Gael Breton

Check him out at http://authorityhacker.com and you can Follow Gael On Twitter here.

So we’ve sent somewhere close to 1 million outreach emails in our career with Mark and here are 3 things that helped us get more opens and replies:

1 – Descriptive subject line.

If you’re like me or a busy editor getting dozens of emails daily, you appreciate someone that goes straight to the point in the subject line and just states the main intent of the email instead of being flattery of saying “hi”. I usually put the descriptive ones on top of the pile if they’re not blatantly begging for something.

2 – Short email

That essentially goes with point 1, along with being descriptive, be concise. When you get a lot of emails you don’t need to hear the usual flattery people usually put before asking something like saying they’re huge fans or which one is their favorite post on your site. It’s nice if you just started but trust me it gets old. Keep it to the point, less than 100 words if you can.

3 – explain what is in it for THEM

That’s the #1 mistake I see people do when they outreach. They ask something that is seemingly only beneficial for them while you’re the one doing the work. Explain the kind of exposure people will get for answering to your roundup, if they’re big in your niche offer them some extras like access to your email list or Facebook page. Maybe also put some ad budget behind the post to ensure more exposure.

All in all, make it worth their while to take the time to answer. These people are often billing hundreds of dollars per hour so taking 20 minutes of their time is often worth $200 or $300. Can you provide value that matches that.?

We talk about a lot more outreach tactics in this post if you want to check it out.

Greg NarayanGreg Narayan

Check him out here http://www.dearblogger.org/ and you can Follow Greg On Twitter here.

Joe’s method is good!

When he emailed me to contribute here he kept his emails and questions brief enough to get through my Inbox of 12,000 emails.

If you are struggling to get a reply though you could try Tweeting, Facebook page, YouTube and blog comment the candidates too so that it is impossible to miss their radar.

Lisa IrbyLisa Irby

Check her out at https://2createawebsite.com and you can Follow Lisa On Twitter here.

The subject line should be personalized. I’m much more likely to open if I see something like “Lisa, can I get your feedback” than I am if I see something generic like “Expert Roundup.”

Also, make sure the questions don’t require long answers or a lot of answers. I never answer round-ups that have too many questions.

The bottom line…. make it EASY for them to answer and don’t take up much of their time with the questions.

It also doesn’t hurt to add something personal in the email, such as, “I enjoyed your last post on X.” Who doesn’t love a little ego stroke every now and then? 🙂 Plus, it makes the request seem more genuine and personal.

Finally, space your requests out. There are people I had to stop answering because they had a request almost every month. Too many requests can wear people out, and you have to remember that there are others emailing them too.

Greg RollettGreg Rollett

You can check him out at https://Ambitious.com  and you can Follow Greg On Twitter here.

I would make it as easy as possible for the expert to reply. This includes giving direction on exactly what you want the reply to look like…

  • From how many characters to the tone and who the audience is that will be reading it.
  • I would also share an example of a great answer that you would like the expert to model so they never have to think if what they are writing is going to work.
  • Finally, I’d make the next steps as clear as possible. This includes the deadline, who to reply to, where the post will go up and if you need anything else from the expert.

Remember that people are busy and the more work you can do for them, the easier it is for them to respond and help you with your roundup post.

James NorquayJames Norquay

You can check him out at https://prosperitymedia.com.au and you can Follow James On Twitter here.

Send emails as a credible person, also reach out on social media first use nice headings like “quick question for you James?”

Ensure you tell the person why the post is worth getting involved in who’s involved, the sites traffic, how you will seed it.

Seed the post via those involved make it easy, add paid boost on Facebook, seed via growth hackers and inbound.

Ravi ChaharRavi Chahar

Check him out here http://BloggingLove.com and you can Follow Ravi On Twitter here.

Influencers are too busy with their own businesses and if you want to have a glance at your email then it should be more authentic than ever.

It should be the combination of passion and quality. No one would ever reply to your email if you’re about to ask something unusual. Pro bloggers like uniqueness.

And the most important thing is how you represent yourself. If you’re a person who is so lame that you can’t even elaborate your question then it won’t work.

Tell something about you, your previous work, your blog and then come to the point.

It’s all about the direct approach with the true intentions. An influencer should know where are you going to spread his/her words.

The basic concept is making bonds. Comment on other blogs and then try to ask for their contribution for your roundup post.

Suppose someone sends you a random email and you don’t know that person. What would be your first response? Would you even think about it once? Well, no one would.

Jumping directly just because you want to embrace the creditability of your roundup post isn’t good.

“Make connections, get noticed and then go for your question.”

How To Arrange Your Post For Success

There is not much that you have to do when it comes to putting your post together. That means the tasks you have left need to smash the socks of your reader.

The first task you have to tackle to make sure you get the best from your roundup is the headline.

So many people stick with the norm!

This is ok but it’s boring, check keywords that are a good fit for your roundup and spice it up. What sounds better to you?

100 Link Building Tactics That Will Make Your Blog Rank

or

100 Expert Link Building Tactics

The first one is benefit driven and doesn’t sound like… the norm!

Once you have crafted a kickass title you need to move onto your intro because this is the next chance you have to hook your readers in.

Did you know that 55% of Visitors Spend Fewer Than 15 Seconds on Your Website? So those first sentences really matter.

The format I use for my intros is to let the reader know exactly what they will get.

Today I have the best link building tactics to share with you today. Not just one, though, today we have 100.

Next is to address the problem your audience face…

Google can send you a tremendous amount of traffic but the truth is most never get to experience the Google Effect!

Why?

Because it is so damn hard to rank.

Before you dive into your roundup you want to let them know that your blog post delivers the answer.

I had to work out how some people could rank easily and others couldn’t. I simply reached out to SEO experts and asked them this one question…

What is the best way to build links that help a site rank in Google?

By now your readers will be desperate to know what you have for them. So give it to them…

The wait is over here is 100 link building tactics to help you rank your new post.

Bang we have given another benefit to the reader and the post begins. Let’s see what our experts thought on this one… Give your best tips on how to write an attention-grabbing title and intro…

Ryan BiddulphRyan Biddulph

Check him out at http://www.bloggingfromparadise.com/ and you can Follow Ryan On Twitter here.

My best expert round up posts are always created from a space of manifestation, not manipulation. Meaning I focus heavily on having fun, giving rocking bloggers some shine and not being concerned at all with getting traffic or social shares through the post. This means I use simple, clear, clean titles and basic, clear intros without much fluff and without delving too deeply into pain points, and maybe even, injecting humor into the lead in.

So many bloggers mean well but see expert roundups as a way to get stuff. I see them as a way to give love. Making that energetic shift will do wonders for your ad copy, your titles, lead ins and any aspect of your blogging campaign.

Keep things simple. Keep things authentic. Your moral compass will make you more moolah than you ever dreamed of.

Jordan KastelerJordan Kasteler

You can check him out at http://www.jordankasteler.com  and you can Follow Jordan On Twitter here.

Every expert roundup post follows the same sort of format (e.g. “100 experts share the best…”) which is getting pretty tired. It’s hard for people to read through 50+ experts, and when they see that in the title in can discourage them from clicking and reading.

I recommend keeping it to just a few uber-influencers and have them contribute more than just a paragraph of a tip. I also recommend making their contributions an integrated part of a bigger piece of content rather than being the sole focus.

Thus the intro should dive into a deeply explored topic and the influencer insight should be just a slice of the pie. If the article only focuses on what other people are saying it doesn’t have a good flow and story.

Once you have nailed your title and intro you just have to list all of your answers. If you have a list of over 50 experts I would suggest you add navigation to improve your user experience.

Sue Anne DunlevieSue Anne Dunlevie

You can check her out at http://www.successfulblogging.com and you can Follow Sue On Twitter here.

The best headlines focus on the readers and what they’re going to get out of reading the post.

Think of what your reader is struggling with most, and write a title that promises them the answers they have been looking for.

Beyond that, writing titles that are different, appeal to the readers’ emotions or have a sense of urgency tend to be interesting and do well.

Jennifer Van IderstyneJennifer Van Iderstyne

You can check her out at http://overit.com and you can follow Jennifer on Twitter here.

It all depends on what you really want in the long term. Do you want to rack up the rabid fascination clicks? Or are you looking to become a highly credible source of informed insight?

In the latter case, you’re going to want to think about titles which are more focused on addressing current industry events, trend, and concerns. It also helps to provide detailed how to’s and answering questions to common problems in the space where you are trying to build authority. It’s not as sexy, but it is a more solid foundation on which to build.

If the goal is to get clicks, then capitalizing on impulse and emotion is a proven tactic. Over the last couple of years, we’ve really seen titles as click bait evolve to cliche levels. The formulas like “number” + “superlative” + “adjective” + “popular subject” for – “25 of the best adorable kitten pictures” – “30 of the most horrifying Instagram fails” etc. There’s also the fear of loss and shock techniques “You won’t believe what these kids did” – “You have to see what happened to this man at Walmart”. We can look at these and see them for exactly what they are. We may even chuckle at the blatancy of it, but we’ll still click.

Strategies using these techniques may be entirely obvious but we wouldn’t have seen their meteoric rise on social if they didn’t work. So can you use them? Sure. But do you want to be “that guy” in the space? If so, then it still works to shock, titillate and appeal to guilty pleasures and schadenfreude.

Sean Si Blog Promotion TacticsSean Si

You can check him out at https://seo-hacker.com/ and you can Follow Sean On Twitter here.

A killer title would be a title that scratches the itch of many people.

For example Office gossip.

I don’t know about you but here in my country, office gossip is so prevalent and is a cancer to the workplace that it is a very itchy topic.

Articles that have titles to address that are an immediate hit!

Of course, the title would direct the rest of the article so you need to put in as much time crafting your title as you write the body of the content.

 

 

I asked some experts what their number one tip was that ensures your roundup looks epic?

Lilach BullockLilach Bullock

You can check her out at http://www.lilachbullock.com/ and Follow Lilach on Twitter Here.

In order for a round up post to be successful, it usually needs two main things: firstly, a really good question that your audience wants answering, and secondly, a host of experts whose opinions they trust.

In terms of the look, though, I would recommend you create a shareable image/banner to add to the beginning of the post and to be used when promoting it.

Where possible, try to also group the answers with subheadings – this makes for an easier, more pleasant reading experience.

Donna Merrill TribeDonna Merrill

You can check her out at http://donnamerrilltribe.com/ and you can Follow Donna On Twitter here.

Most roundup posts look pretty much the same.

They often have photos of the guest contributors.

Maybe there’s a bio of a few sentences about each writer, with a link back to their blogs.

They include, of course, contributors’ responses to a question like “what’s your favorite tactic for …”.

Now, to make a standard roundup post like this appear to be more epic, I believe you need to include more images, graphics, and even videos.

For instance, you might get some screen captures from contributing bloggers’ own websites.

Maybe from their About Me page.

You could even include a two-minute video interview with each expert.

Ideally, the contributing expert bloggers would submit their own images and graphics… maybe a screen capture from a blog post they wrote on the topic of the roundup, or an original image to illustrate a point.

You could also suggest that they submit their own 1 to 3-minute video giving an overview of their response, or expanding on it.

There’s no need to make it mandatory to add media clips and images, simply point out, as added incentive, how they could benefit your contributors.

To the extent that they get enthused about beefing up their statements with these media upgrades, your roundup will acquire an added dimension and the appearance of being truly epic.

Plus, as I mentioned, asking each contributor to include something special like an infographic or an image pertaining to their answer should be offered as an opportunity to promote themselves beyond just their text statement.

Donna Merrill Expert Roundup

You can also make your post look more epic by asking contributors to adhere to a minimum number of words.

An alternate way of accomplishing this would be to ask the authors/experts to “list their top 5 methods” or their “top 3 methods” or some similar guideline.

Lists will serve to lengthen the responses you get, and at the same time, will help contributors be better organized and more complete in their answers to your roundup question.

Using bullet points in your roundup posts also make them more readable for your visitors, and gives your entire presentation look more professional and detailed.

A final way I’d suggest for making your post appear more epic is, of course, to invite more bloggers and experts to contribute.

Multiply the effect by asking each contributor to give you 2 other names of people they think would be good choices to be included.

Then you can contact those new prospective bloggers and introduce yourself, telling them you were referred by … whoever referred them.

While making your roundup post look epic is a great content marketing idea, don’t ever let it detract from your main mission… to give your readers great value, help them solve their problems and improve their lives and businesses.

Here is an example of a roundup I did to showcase my readers!

Maddy OsmanMaddy Osman

You can check her out at http://www.the-blogsmith.com/ and Follow Maddy on Twitter Here.

If you’re not afraid of the extra work and have some money to spend on a graphic designer, I’m especially impressed by expert roundup posts that create custom cartoon illustrations of all participants. This doesn’t have to be expensive there is a lot of free tools that can do this.

Sometimes they look a little goofy, but they definitely make the post stand out amongst many others!

Tori ReidTori Reid

You can check her out at http://www.bootstrapmillennial.com and Follow Tori on Twitter Here.

All written contents’ aesthetics should be maximized with white space and subheadings to ensure the reader has a smooth ride down the page. In specific reference to expert roundups, I’d say try to include contributor photos (headshots) if you can and make sure they each get their own section in the piece.

Sometimes that can be a little difficult, but as long as you make the reader’s ease of journey a priority it’s okay.

Ben BrausenBen Brausen

You can check him out at http://benbrausen.com and Follow Ben on Twitter Here.

Make your roundups look their best by including quality pictures of each expert. Don’t just grab their photo from LinkedIn or other social media site. Ask them to provide a quality headshot that’ll add a professional look to your post.

Be sure to focus on formatting and page layout to make sure everything looks great and reads with ease.

Brian LangBrian Lang

You can check him out at http://smallbusinessideasblog.com  and Follow Brian on Twitter Here.

Include less known people that have written compelling content.

Most people doing roundups are asking the same people the same questions and getting the same answers.

 

 

Once you have all your awesome answers it is time to write the conclusion. This is your chance to thank your readers and your experts. They have given you time out of their day, let them know you appreciate it.

I would also add in a short summary or tip that just finishes the whole article off, this could even lead your readers to opt-in…

These link building tips are great especially the guestographics method. You are adding value to your readers and infographics are loved by all. Why not try my checklist for promoting your next infographic.

Just keep it simple and be helpful!

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Blog Post Promotion That Will Blow The Crickets Far Far Away

You are on a one-way ticket to free promotion. Remember this is not a one-sided thing, though, people aren’t contributing to boost you.

You need to help each other… a roundup should show off the experts. Yes, you will get a lot of benefits but if you don’t let them shine it’s basically all about you.

That won’t work for anyone.

I always suggest starting with the easiest traffic first to get the ball rolling. The easiest for this type of post is to email every single one of the experts. Tell them that the post has gone live and that you are starting to promote it.

Here is an example…

Hey Expert,

We are Live! How good does it feel?

Thank you for all your help on this post I really appreciate it. Here is the link…

LINK

If you need anything amended please let me know and I will put it straight for you. 

I am working on promoting this hard, if you know anyone that it would help please share with them, I certainly will 🙂

If you have a resource list it might fit it be great if you could add it 🙂

Once again I really appreciate your answer, let’s smash it!

Cheers

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This email is to the point you have offered ways that they can help you but you have also assured them that you will be sharing the post too. Your job is to get this post in front of as many people as possible.

People will be well chuffed if they get a traffic spike thanks to your post!

Once you have emailed the experts and shared the post on all your profiles it is time to mail out your subscribers. These are people that have shown they love you, send them the link and ask them to share.

This get’s some more easy traffic to your roundup!

Now if any post deserves some sort of paid promotion it is this one. You are dropping a massive value bomb with this one!

Once again I want to give you the best tools, so let’s see what our experts do to get traffic to their post…

If you were to write an expert roundup post tomorrow, how would you promote this post to get more traffic?

David RiselyDavid Risley

Check him out here https://www.blogmarketingacademy.com/ and you can Follow David On Twitter here.

Well, the most obvious thing would be to email everybody that you featured (aka the “experts”) and inform them that the post is live with the hope that they’ll share with their own audiences. That said, many of them (depending on niche) participate in enough of these things where it will be harder to get them interested in doing so.

So, think outside the box a bit. 🙂

For instance, one way to maintain more interest would be to ask an atypical question that will stand out to the experts and get them more interested in sharing it.

You could also explore trying something like Twitter ads, but highlighting the expert’s name in the ad and targeting their Twitter followers. Twitter ads are ninja like that. 🙂

And, of course, if you have a strong call to action in the post and there’s business sense to it, you might even explore other forms of paid content amplification, such as Facebook ads targeting the specific interests of your target market.

Zac JohnsonZac Johnson

His blog is http://zacjohnson.com and you can Follow Zac On Twitter here.

The promotion of your round up starts before you even go live with the actual post. When starting a roundup, you should have a number in your mind of how many people you want to feature when your post goes live. To achieve this number, you will likely need to send out emails for 3-4 times that amount. This is important, as when your post goes live, you will follow up to all of these contacts again (the ones who answered you) to let them know they were featured on your site. Inside this email you should also include a request for a social share back to the post.

Another good tip is to set up continued social sharing through all networks. When using Twitter, be sure to tag everyone in your round up post. This will likely require setting up multiple tweets. Every time you send these tweets out, there is a good chance a few of the experts will once again retweet it out to their lists.

Lastly, also promote the roundup to your own mailing lists, link to it from other articles on your site and maybe even leave it as a sticky post at the top of your page. These are all actionable tips I’ve used for my latest blogging roundup, which has well over 700 social shares already.

Lee OddenLee Odden

Check him out here http://www.toprankblog.com/ and you can Follow Lee On Twitter here.

Promotability of expert roundups starts with the credibility of the site publishing the roundup. You have to consider, “Would these people be honored to be featured on the site?” Is it well designed? Does it have a great name? Is the content high quality?

Being selective about who is included with legitimate criteria is next followed by making it easy for participants to share. Also, be sure to connect with the participants on other social channels in a meaningful way beforehand and communicate with empathy – it must be all about what’s in it for the contributors. What do they get out of participating and promoting?

Sure, you could try all kinds of promotion tactics yourself, but why not do a fantastic job of creating something people will be highly motivated to promote for you? 25 people who are proud to be included in your roundup will be far more effective at promotion than 25 different tactics you implement yourself.

It’s Over To You

What are you waiting for it is time to start brainstorming your first or next expert roundup blog post. This is by far the easiest way to get in front of the right people and fast.

Think about it, you have a group of people eager to see the finished article because they have been featured in the post. The more experts you feature the more initial views you will have,

In the beginning, this is key because your visitors never want to be first. So by attracting shares from you experts, you are taking that going first away from your readers. This makes it easy to get people over to your blog.

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