Many of us that drive a vehicle hate traffic. I know that when I drive the local highways in northern New Jersey and I run into traffic, I am always getting off the highway and taking the back roads. I learned early on that it is extremely smart to know how to get around instead of on the major arteries of traffic.

However not all forms of traffic are bad. There is one type of traffic that is very desirable and that is website traffic. Without website traffic you have no chance of becoming a success with your online business. So I want to discuss one of the ways in how to get website traffic that has worked well for me and others.

SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND

Building an online business is no different than building a brick and mortar business. You need to devote long hours and an unlimited amount of dedication in order to become successful. You cannot go into building an online business without realizing that it can take several years to become a very wealthy individual. If you are not willing to put in the time then guess what will happen? You will fail. Taking shortcuts do not work towards quality and will always lead to problems down the line.

In order to get website traffic you have to seek it out, you have to go looking for it. In today's world you have to seek out the areas where people gather and being that our businesses are online, we need to seek out where people gather online. I’m sure you know where that is, right? For those of you who may still be scratching your heads for the answer, that place is called Social Media.

Okay, I know some of you may be fearful of getting involved with social media but you better get over that fear because without social media you have no chance of getting a lot of website traffic. Social media is where the majority of people online hang out. However you DO NOT want to hang out on social media. Ultimately you want to go in, post and share your content, and get out. Staying around and commenting and liking everyone’s comments and photo shares does NOTHING for the advancement of your online business. That’s all just a distraction.

TRAFFIC DOESN'T COME FAST

Posting and sharing your content on social media is not as cut and dry as it may seem. You can't just post and expect to get traffic flowing to your website. That is not how it works. You have to lay the foundation for that traffic. Just like a city needs to build the infrastructure to handle the future traffic that will be flowing through it, you have to do that with your social media experience too. How?

You need to build your target audience by networking with people that have an interest in your niche. You can search for those keywords within the social media forums or communities and become a part of these. When you become a member of a community do not start sharing your content right away. You want to first network with the other members by commenting on their posts and/or liking them, +1 if you are on Google+.

You want to do this for a couple of days so that the other members will take notice of you but as another member and not as someone who is there to spam them with your shared posts, even though that is your intention. Make friends first and promote to them later, slowly. Once you do start sharing your content, take note of who likes, comments and/or shares your posts. Then invite those people to follow you, thus building your target audience. This will be a slow and ongoing task that will never end.

PUBLIC OR PRIVATE

While you are in the process of building up your target audience you still should be sharing your content with those who have already started to follow you. To do this you could share your content under the setting of “Private” which will only go to those who are following you. However you will not have as great a reach to the people out there. So what you should always be doing is sharing your content with the setting of “Public” so that more people can see your content on their news feed.

You definitely want to cultivate as many followers outside of Wealthy Affiliate as possible because the members at WA are not your target audience. Depending on your niche some might be but most will not be. So that is why you have to really go after the people from outside WA.

OTHER TYPES OF TRAFFIC

Though I have mostly talked about the importance of Social Media and how it is a major player in getting increased traffic let us not forget the other important factors that will increase traffic. The most important factor is having well written content and to have a lot of it. Having a combined 10 pages and posts is right around the point where Google starts to take your website as a whole seriously. So be prepared to write about 20 or more pages/posts of content.

Well written, unique quality content will get Google's blessing and they will eventually rank you high. The closer you are to Page 1 for your targeted keyword the more exposure you will get. The more exposure you get, the more traffic that will come to your website and that traffic can become customers. So it all comes down to well written quality content.

If you want your content to rank well in Google so you can get more traffic, you better know everything there is to know, good and bad, about your niche. If you are not an authority on your niche, Google will be able to tell by the content you write. Like Matt Cutts of Google has said, “To write good content you have to enjoy what you are writing about.” This is why it is very important to pick a niche that you are passionate about.

Finally to do any of this you need confidence in yourself and your ability to carry out this dream, this desire you have of becoming your own boss with an online business. Your website can make you money in many ways, even ways you may not have originally planned it to be. To see what I mean and for inspiration, I highly recommend that you check out the video link at the end of the WA blog I wrote last week at the below link. It truly is inspirational!

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/boomergp08/blog/you-have-to-believe-it

TO YOUR SUCCESS!!!

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wills173 Premium
Would you recommend first creating a lot of content first or joining social media when you only have 2-5 pages or so
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boomergp08 Premium
Wait until you have about 10-12 pages
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newventure Premium
Boomer,

I have never been part of a social network online. I created a Google + account yesterday and added WA members to one of my circles, but didn't know where to go from there. You have given me some direction. It looks like I need to establish networks on facebook and twitter as well.

From this article, I get that you recommend downloading the WebPress plugin: google+1. I have read several reviews that describe problems with this button. First, unless a visitor has a Google + account, Google doesn't recognize them. Second, there have been problems with the button tallying clicks. Third, the hasn't been updated for over 2 years and may not work well with newer WordPress editions. Based on your recommendation, I will try it anyway.

Thanks, Cindy
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boomergp08 Premium
Cindy, I never said nor recommend downloading any kind of plugin. Why would you think that?
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newventure Premium
I re-read your information. I think that I originally misunderstood. We use the Google+1 when on that social platform. Thanks for helping me re-look at your information. Cindy
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boomergp08 Premium
No problem Cindy. Yes, the Google +1 is used on Google+ when you want to "like" a comment or post.
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Beekay Premium
Things I needed to know thx.
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Kimberli
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Jim-WMP Premium
Great post no wonder you are 3rd Thanks
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Jimmy. Glad you liked it.
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affiliatesun Premium
Thank you for this excellent educational post.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are most welcomed Mehdi
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Funandeasy Premium
Thanks on sharing this I would say training for many of us. It makes a sense to engage in social sites, but I loose so much time in liking, sharing and all those other activities. I will pay more attention from now on and have it planned what to do in advance and only few hours for social sites.
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boomergp08 Premium
The way to not lose much time is to NOT engage in liking and share things that do not pertain to your building up of your business. If you go on Facebook or Twitter or whatever social media site and start liking and sharing comments, pictures, videos and content that does not have anything to do with your online business - then you are wasting your precious time.
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JAY-B Premium
My friend, you make so much sense! It is so true, because I was baout to go back to my site and rewrite a few things from the heart!

Thank you for the reminder... Jay
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome.
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JAY-B Premium
Thank you so much for such expert observation and advice. I am sure everyone is going to benefit from this.
Much appreciate it... Jay
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Jay. I'm glad you enjoyed my blog post.
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dhicks35 Premium
My pleasure...
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MarianneN Premium
Thank you...thank you...
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome...you're welcome...Marianne
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dhicks35 Premium
Boomer, Your success is no secret. The information that you dispense is invaluable. Thank you again.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Della for your kind words. :-)
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KatieMac Premium
I agree, would rather get great traffic etc than worry about where google thinks I should be
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boomergp08 Premium
Exactly Cathy! Google is not going to be giving us money for the success of our websites but the organic traffic of ordinary people are. That is why the focus should always be on the reader and not where Google will rank us.
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caylynn Premium
Being social is indeed essential, making content the reason we do. Another post well done Robert. Thank you.^_~
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Linda and thank you. Yes, being social goes hand and hand with the reason why we create our content in the first place...the help our readers with quality information that they seek.
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jyoder101 Premium
Thanks, great information as always.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Jan. I'm glad you liked it.
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stn67 Premium
Yes indead social Media Can be a help or just a place to hang Out let people follow you and ask what and How they doing. To many just send Out a link and Ekspekt that is enoth
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boomergp08 Premium
That's right Steen. You have to socialize and let these people gain your trust before you start sharing your content.
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KatieMac Premium
Good post and very true this is the way we need to look at things, very useful and a good one to keep to refer back to thanks for sharing
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Cathy! Social Media is the real way to get good traffic to your website because just depending on getting Google to rank you on Page 1 is a tough climb. That's way harder to reach the good traffic than it is to share your content on social media.
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Gordi Premium
This was something that I was wondering about. How to get traffic without spending a fortune on PPC, etc. Saving this for reference.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Gordi. Social Media is a very important and big way to bring more traffic and attention to your website. You just have to network with the people that have the same interests as your niche and then start sharing your content with them. PPC is not something I would do before trying social media because more people read and share content via social media than any other way available.
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Eddie C Premium
Thanks for this post Robert. Many don't get into the social media for some reason, however I've seen positive results by it.
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Eddie. I think many people are afraid to get sucked into all of the socializing back-and-forth or they are just afraid of the unknown. However they will have to overcome their fears of using social media if they want their websites to get exposure because as you know, sharing on social media is quite helpful.
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CraigsList Premium
That was a fantastic post Robert, now I have a better understanding of the social scene and building targeted traffic. Most informative and your help is much appreciated. Thanks Craig
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boomergp08 Premium
You are most welcome Craig. If I knew about how important social media and building a target audience was when I first started building my websites, I would have started to lay the foundation back then by at least joining the forums and communities.

But like the saying goes, "better late than never." :)
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Berny W Premium
Thank you - I agree with all you say and I will take note to put this into action when my site is up and running.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Berny! Social media is definitely the best way to get website traffic but obviously only after you have quality content to share.
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Alex24 Premium
Spot on. Thanks for sharing this. Gotta put this into practice now.
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boomergp08 Premium
No problem Alex. Glad you liked it.
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BeckieG Premium
Thanks for this, boomergp08! Was wondering how to go about the social thing since I'm a bit of a wallflower. Now that I know how to go about it, it will be a lot easier.
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Beckie. It is a necessary evil :-) It's also required as part of the WA training to engage in social media because like I said, if you don't you will not get a lot of traffic and you need traffic in order for your website to thrive.
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Starcreator Premium
Thanks for the informational posts. I think I'm still a little old school yet, like with twitter, writing short sentences that make sense. The other ones, I do have the hang of, but I wonder if I will get penalized for posting something.
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boomergp08 Premium
Why would you get penalized for posting something? And posting it where?
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Fred 112 Premium
Another winner! Thanks.
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Fred.
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Jennalee32 Premium
Great information!! I think this is the topic that we can't get enough of. Thanks for the great info!!
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Jennalee. I agree. Website traffic is a hot topic because without it we will not do well with our websites. Thanks for your comment.
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Karyskis Premium
Bravo! Bravo! Love this post.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Kary! It's always a pleasure to see your comments. :-)
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jovandi Premium
Yes- that makes a lot of sense Robert. Thanks a lot.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you John. Like Kyle says in his training, you need to socially share your content in order to increase awareness and traffic. You just have to provide a lot of quality content to attract that traffic once you find it.
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Bill67 Premium
As always very well done Thank Robert
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Bill. If it weren't for the 67 after your name I wouldn't have recognized your with your new profile image. :-)
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Bill67 Premium
Yeah I grew some hair. LOL He is my toy ausi shepard has blue eye but one is half brown. he is soooo spoiled
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boomergp08 Premium
Cute dog!
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skyhigh4 Premium
Excellent. Thanks Robert. I know you are right I just have to do it. Particularly... social media. Cheers :) Patti
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Patti. Kyle says in his training that the words "writing content" are feared when it comes to website creation. I think the words "social media" are just as feared by some people too.
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rufat Premium
Thank you dear Robert for your great post. Really very helpful for all of us.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Rufat, I am glad you found it helpful.
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wildcatblue2 Premium
Robert, once again you have nailed a great lesson to the list. Keep the hit parade coming my man, I'm lovin' it! Jack
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Jack! I'll try my best to offer more "hits" for my WA family. :-)
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Fourtuna Premium
Awesome posting Rob keep up the great work. Alan
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Alan. Keep up the good work of reading my posts and commenting. :-)
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rebeccas Premium
Good advice, Robert! No point in building traffic until you have enough content to warrant recognition. ~Rebecca
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boomergp08 Premium
Exactly Rebecca! Unfortunately too many members are so worried about not having any traffic and their websites don't have enough content to warrant that traffic. Kyle teaches us the step by step process yet somehow some are forgetting what he teaches. One cannot expect to get traffic if they do not have anything of value to give.
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drago1168 Premium
Boomer as always great wealth of knowledge. Got the answer to the Search Tool with DomW. Appreciate you sharing that!!
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boomergp08 Premium
Not a problem Tommy.
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JRCM Premium
Good info.
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you John. I'm glad you liked it.
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darrellw Premium
Thank you for the inspiring message. Solving the traffic problems is key to our success.
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Darrell. - Without website traffic you will have no customers so yeah, traffic is key to our success.
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drago1168 Premium
boomer always good info for us who have a ways to go. Hope you don't mind but I saw in another area you mentioned that you don't have a Jaaxy account but use the keyword tool. Do you have a blog are any info on how to use the site as they let us know how to understand using it like using Jaaxy. Not opposed to Jaaxy but don't want to use it up before I really understand the process. Hope this was ok to ask here as after I finished reading it popped in my mind. As always thanks buddy.
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boomergp08 Premium
Tommy, no I do not have a blog about the keyword tool here at WA. Though it has slightly changed from when the following tutorial on it was made, most of this information is still relevant. Check out DomW post at the below link to learn more.
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/how-to-use-the-keyword-search-tool-on-wa/using-the-tool
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kk2014 Premium
That was a great read, thanks for sharing!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Karen. Thanks for reading it. :)
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dch1959 Premium
Hey Robert, Great information as you always provide! Something that i have found is the importance of google +. and having authorship, image and everything google set-up.When i share my latest post to google + they have in turn been putting my share on 1st page of my keyword. This is not a link to my website but rather to my google + page. But hey it is still front page!
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boomergp08 Premium
Yes Dennis, Google+ gives a little "link juice" to your posts if you share it on your Google+ account.

Just make sure that when you are viewing the search results on Google that you are in one of the private browsing modes, Incognito if using Google Chrome, to make sure that you are actually on Page 1. You may be seeing it on page 1 because you are viewing it as yourself and not as the rest of the world sees it.

But either way, Google+ does provide a little bit of a link juice bump.
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dch1959 Premium
Well i searched incognito and did not even show up in the 1st 10 pages. searched again after closing incognito back to 1st page. That'ts just not right!!! them doing that.
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boomergp08 Premium
That's why you cannot believe the search results unless you are in some sort of private browsing mode like Incognito.
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bap0304 Premium
Excellent information, thank you for breaking this down and keeping it in perspective.
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Brad. Social Media, though most people fear or don't like it, is a great friend for those creating websites and want traffic. You just have to use it differently than the people who use it to socialize.
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kizons Premium
Nice post! Thanks for sharing such a great info
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Kizito, I'm happy you liked it.
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DNTL Premium
Wow Robert, who knew you had the answer to "THE great big question of life", lol. Another great blog, good info, good tips. Thanks!
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Genevieve. I'll say this about getting website traffic, it's a long and time consuming road but the results are worth it no matter at what speed they happen.
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DNTL Premium
That's what I like best about your blogs and the WA approach, work and time are part of it, no magic trick; just great training. :)
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boomergp08 Premium
The only way to achieve success is to work hard for it. Cutting corners is not going to payoff.
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777getgoing Premium
Hey Robert! Great advice, Great video! I learned so much with the social media and the work ethic video....It's time for me to take bigger steps.
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boomergp08 Premium
You're welcome Evelyn! Success is a journey so keep taking those bigger steps toward your success. :)
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arick Premium
Love this post! The photos are great also!
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you Amy! I'm glad you liked it and the photos. :)
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Starrlett Premium
Hey Robert, Thanks for an outstanding piece of advice.

My content is building up quite nicely if I do say so myself. However, accruing traffic is probably going to be one of the biggest challenges thus far, but no one said becoming a roaring success was going to be easy.
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boomergp08 Premium
Nothing wrong with acknowledging the success of your content creation Charlene. But you are correct, getting traffic is a big challenge and social media is definitely one of the major ways you will get it. This is why it is part of the Level 4 training and a requirement that you join Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest...if you are not already a member.

I would suggest that if you aren't then you should start as soon as you can so you can get comfortable with how they work. You could also start to build your target audience now. I know I wish I had started sooner than I did because it is a long road to building your target audience. But like you truly said, "no one said becoming a roaring success was going to be easy."
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