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Hey, this is Stephan, thanks for stopping by! I got started with internet marketing 3 years ago and while I'm long past making my first dollar

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Keyword, Niche and Market Research

There are tons of very successful websites that don't rely on keywords for their posts. For instance, popular personal-style bloggers like markmanson.net and stevepavlina.com.<

Kyle has actually posted about how our content can rank for many different keywords than the ones we target: I remember years ago I used to have a personal blogspot blog where I would post various personal stuff, thoughts, etc. I never targetted any keywords because it never occured to me back then, but I remember looking at my traffic stats and it showed various search terms that people found me for.

So I would say you could have a successful website where you didn't do any keyword research, yet still show up in the search engines. Google's job is to show relevant content when people search. Content shows up in the search results every day for which the writers didn't do any keyword research.

One approach to writing content could be to leave the keyword research until last:

1) Decide on topic to write about.
2) Research that topic.
3) Write your content.
4) Do keyword research.

That way, the deciding factor on what you write about is not the keyword, but rather what you think will be most helpful to your readers. Then right at the end you can see which keywords (if any) fit your content.

Wow, what an interesting strategy, many thank Marcus!

I think social media is key: relationships. Follow important people, make comments, add value. Look for cross promotions with your peers, even if they are not "successful" yet. Also, you can email lots of people to produce free content for them to get your name out there: Guest posts, infographics, videos.

You can also do interviews. The Entrepreneur on Fire guy did 1 interview a day for a year and built a huge business based on it.

Thank you Nathaniell!

These two are examples of building yourself as a brand, (sorry not your product) this time, but you as a brand. It works in the long run, but like all other online scheme it takes time. Once there, you can enjoy the fact that you are known and respected in whatever you decide to specialise on.

Thank you...

I thank you for showing the other side.

Hey SZev,

Steve, and Mark have been in online marketing for many many years, now, they have build a following up, over the years, which means now they don't have to concentrate on keywords, because one email, to his followup can bring In Tons of traffic... , my 2 cents, if your blog is new, use the keyword for organic traffic, if you have a following then your set, so either way, build a large following, and you won't need the keywords...

Make sense, thank you!

I am using that strategy with my wife's business .. the brand is being established around her name. We use both offline and online marketing. Online we are using a FaceBook Like Page and Instagram and a CRM system. Offline we use fliers and Mall Promotions. The Like Page is at 11,200 Likes and our CRM System has over 9000 people on it. Instagram we have only just started (just under 400 on it) and this week we will launch a YouTube Channel.

Cheers, William.

Thank you William, looks like you're making it work!

I would personally focus on using paid traffic and target people based on their interests.. A FB page with 1000, focused likes will help get the ball rolling..

His topics are keyword focused in a sense. They are topics that people are interested in.. As his site ages and gains authority, it will start to rank.

Thank you...

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How to create a successful website not reliant on keywords?

How to create a successful website not reliant on keywords?

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Keyword, Niche and Market Research

There are tons of very successful websites that don't rely on keywords for their posts. For instance, popular personal-style bloggers like markmanson.net and stevepavlina.com.<

Kyle has actually posted about how our content can rank for many different keywords than the ones we target: I remember years ago I used to have a personal blogspot blog where I would post various personal stuff, thoughts, etc. I never targetted any keywords because it never occured to me back then, but I remember looking at my traffic stats and it showed various search terms that people found me for.

So I would say you could have a successful website where you didn't do any keyword research, yet still show up in the search engines. Google's job is to show relevant content when people search. Content shows up in the search results every day for which the writers didn't do any keyword research.

One approach to writing content could be to leave the keyword research until last:

1) Decide on topic to write about.
2) Research that topic.
3) Write your content.
4) Do keyword research.

That way, the deciding factor on what you write about is not the keyword, but rather what you think will be most helpful to your readers. Then right at the end you can see which keywords (if any) fit your content.

Wow, what an interesting strategy, many thank Marcus!

I think social media is key: relationships. Follow important people, make comments, add value. Look for cross promotions with your peers, even if they are not "successful" yet. Also, you can email lots of people to produce free content for them to get your name out there: Guest posts, infographics, videos.

You can also do interviews. The Entrepreneur on Fire guy did 1 interview a day for a year and built a huge business based on it.

Thank you Nathaniell!

These two are examples of building yourself as a brand, (sorry not your product) this time, but you as a brand. It works in the long run, but like all other online scheme it takes time. Once there, you can enjoy the fact that you are known and respected in whatever you decide to specialise on.

Thank you...

I thank you for showing the other side.

Hey SZev,

Steve, and Mark have been in online marketing for many many years, now, they have build a following up, over the years, which means now they don't have to concentrate on keywords, because one email, to his followup can bring In Tons of traffic... , my 2 cents, if your blog is new, use the keyword for organic traffic, if you have a following then your set, so either way, build a large following, and you won't need the keywords...

Make sense, thank you!

I am using that strategy with my wife's business .. the brand is being established around her name. We use both offline and online marketing. Online we are using a FaceBook Like Page and Instagram and a CRM system. Offline we use fliers and Mall Promotions. The Like Page is at 11,200 Likes and our CRM System has over 9000 people on it. Instagram we have only just started (just under 400 on it) and this week we will launch a YouTube Channel.

Cheers, William.

Thank you William, looks like you're making it work!

I would personally focus on using paid traffic and target people based on their interests.. A FB page with 1000, focused likes will help get the ball rolling..

His topics are keyword focused in a sense. They are topics that people are interested in.. As his site ages and gains authority, it will start to rank.

Thank you...

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How many of you promote WA on NON-scam review site? Would you care to share your niche or site here if you do?

How's your experience been promoting WA this way?

I wrote a post exactly about this. Not sure if you've seen it:

Yes, I have and I got a lot out of it! But I actually want to know people doing this and what kind of results they're having. Do you know of any you could direct me to Nathaniell? Thanks.

Yeah, I know a few people. They do some reviews, but the majority are non-scam reviews. PM me and I'll send their sites to you.

My site is based on internet marketing which I use to promote WA. I do the occasional review but elected not to follow the Bootcamp path closely as there was so many other people doing the same thing.

I've managed to convert a few people, but not as many as I would have had I been able to put in more hours.

Thanks Jay

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Promoting wa on a non-scam review site?

Promoting wa on a non-scam review site?

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How many of you promote WA on NON-scam review site? Would you care to share your niche or site here if you do?

How's your experience been promoting WA this way?

I wrote a post exactly about this. Not sure if you've seen it:

Yes, I have and I got a lot out of it! But I actually want to know people doing this and what kind of results they're having. Do you know of any you could direct me to Nathaniell? Thanks.

Yeah, I know a few people. They do some reviews, but the majority are non-scam reviews. PM me and I'll send their sites to you.

My site is based on internet marketing which I use to promote WA. I do the occasional review but elected not to follow the Bootcamp path closely as there was so many other people doing the same thing.

I've managed to convert a few people, but not as many as I would have had I been able to put in more hours.

Thanks Jay

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I recently came across an article on Smart Passive Income talking about strategies to get more traffic. One technique mentioned suggests recording yourself reading a blog post,

Great question and equally great idea.Could do well for many.
That's how we learn here folks.

Thanks Sheree

I think to gain meaningful traffic and a podcast following, you'd need to spice things up a bit. Podcasting is not easy, with stuff like editing and what not unless you are a natural speaker. You'll also need to pay for podcast hosting, which can add up!

It's definitely an idea worth trying, but only if you really commit to it. Sounds like just one of those "ideas" that sound great, but need a lot of work to really make into a reality.

Still, it could be a unique angle that could set you apart from the competition. More work generally means you leave others behind and become an authority!

Thanks for weighing in Nathaniell. Yeah, I somehow think there would be very little pay off for all that work. Uploading a simple audio file to SoundCloud might be easier but probably wouldn't result in much traffic.

I personally don't like being read to as I am a speed reader and I find it dull and monotonous, but that's just me! I would like to see other's opinions on this too :)

Thanks for chiming in Jude - yeah, that's what I'd think too. I hope more people contribute to this topic.

I love pod casts and blogs, so this would make sense to me. I have a half hour commute and often listen to things like this on the drive!

But actually READING out loud the blog post word for word? That's still fine with you?

Yeah, I imagine it would be like an audiobook of sorts. Blogs should read like stories anyways... I definitely would listen :))

Got it, thanks, good to know.

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Has anyone turned their blog posts into podcasts?

Has anyone turned their blog posts into podcasts?

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I recently came across an article on Smart Passive Income talking about strategies to get more traffic. One technique mentioned suggests recording yourself reading a blog post,

Great question and equally great idea.Could do well for many.
That's how we learn here folks.

Thanks Sheree

I think to gain meaningful traffic and a podcast following, you'd need to spice things up a bit. Podcasting is not easy, with stuff like editing and what not unless you are a natural speaker. You'll also need to pay for podcast hosting, which can add up!

It's definitely an idea worth trying, but only if you really commit to it. Sounds like just one of those "ideas" that sound great, but need a lot of work to really make into a reality.

Still, it could be a unique angle that could set you apart from the competition. More work generally means you leave others behind and become an authority!

Thanks for weighing in Nathaniell. Yeah, I somehow think there would be very little pay off for all that work. Uploading a simple audio file to SoundCloud might be easier but probably wouldn't result in much traffic.

I personally don't like being read to as I am a speed reader and I find it dull and monotonous, but that's just me! I would like to see other's opinions on this too :)

Thanks for chiming in Jude - yeah, that's what I'd think too. I hope more people contribute to this topic.

I love pod casts and blogs, so this would make sense to me. I have a half hour commute and often listen to things like this on the drive!

But actually READING out loud the blog post word for word? That's still fine with you?

Yeah, I imagine it would be like an audiobook of sorts. Blogs should read like stories anyways... I definitely would listen :))

Got it, thanks, good to know.

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For those of you who have WA Referrals, what do you do to incentivize them to stay on as premium members every month?

For instance, do you offer a free audit of their si

I say I will write a blog post for their website, e.g. a product review. Nobody has ever taken me up on that offer, though. Apart from that, I say that I will help them if ever they need help.

Never heard that one, thanks Marcus. So, it's like writing an article for $22.50 (the monthly rate for recurring commission). That's not bad.

I'm glad you're enjoying the bonuses and extras Stephan! I think the #1 thing that works is promise of HELP. People are very worried about going at this alone, so communication and availability is key. I'd avoid Skype calls, as they can become too time consuming very quickly, but responding to messages quickly is a great way to let people know that you're available to help.

Thank you Nathaniell! :-)

First off if Nathaniel is successful and you feel the need then follow his lead. I think that this is a " something for nothing" attitude from referrals that are not very serious about what they are doing. If you lead them around to the elements of WA demonstrating success it should convince them to stay and get engaged. Not to be too blunt but some referrals are not going to be worth the effort on your part. Weed out the weak before you have your time spent fruitlessly.

Thanks Bill

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What do you do to incentivize your wa referrals to stay?

What do you do to incentivize your wa referrals to stay?

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WA Affiliate Program

For those of you who have WA Referrals, what do you do to incentivize them to stay on as premium members every month?

For instance, do you offer a free audit of their si

I say I will write a blog post for their website, e.g. a product review. Nobody has ever taken me up on that offer, though. Apart from that, I say that I will help them if ever they need help.

Never heard that one, thanks Marcus. So, it's like writing an article for $22.50 (the monthly rate for recurring commission). That's not bad.

I'm glad you're enjoying the bonuses and extras Stephan! I think the #1 thing that works is promise of HELP. People are very worried about going at this alone, so communication and availability is key. I'd avoid Skype calls, as they can become too time consuming very quickly, but responding to messages quickly is a great way to let people know that you're available to help.

Thank you Nathaniell! :-)

First off if Nathaniel is successful and you feel the need then follow his lead. I think that this is a " something for nothing" attitude from referrals that are not very serious about what they are doing. If you lead them around to the elements of WA demonstrating success it should convince them to stay and get engaged. Not to be too blunt but some referrals are not going to be worth the effort on your part. Weed out the weak before you have your time spent fruitlessly.

Thanks Bill

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Several of my blog posts are around 1800 words and I'm wondering whether it's a good idea to show readers how long it would take them to read (e.g., Reading Time: 5 Min).

Interesting question. I have seen this on other websites. I don't think it's necessary, though. As Tezsie says, if they are interested then they will read it anyway. People read at different speeds too.

Thanks Marcus

If someone is really interested in the topic of your blog, they will read it no matter the time. And they´ll only stop reading when it stops interesting them.

Thanks for weighing in Tessa

It seems gimmicky! If they didn't want to read, they surely shouldn't be looking at blogs!! Lol people who won't want to read...wont...it's just that simple. I've seen sites with that on them and it's just unnecessary..lol

Thank you Audra

I personally do not care how long or how many words I'll be reading. If it's something that I wish to read, I'm all in.

Thanks Tammy

It sounds a little gimmicky. Plus if it says that the post takes too long to read people might not read it at all. Whereas if they didn't know the length of time they would start reading it and hopefully you would keep their interest throughout the post

Thanks Evie, makes sense.

I wouldn't bother with it to be honest because if someone thinks it's going to take them 20 minutes, it might put them off from reading. And as people read at different speeds, I would think it would be a difficult estimate to make anyway :)

Ok, thanks Jude

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Does anyone use "estimated reading time" in their posts?

Does anyone use "estimated reading time" in their posts?

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Several of my blog posts are around 1800 words and I'm wondering whether it's a good idea to show readers how long it would take them to read (e.g., Reading Time: 5 Min).

Interesting question. I have seen this on other websites. I don't think it's necessary, though. As Tezsie says, if they are interested then they will read it anyway. People read at different speeds too.

Thanks Marcus

If someone is really interested in the topic of your blog, they will read it no matter the time. And they´ll only stop reading when it stops interesting them.

Thanks for weighing in Tessa

It seems gimmicky! If they didn't want to read, they surely shouldn't be looking at blogs!! Lol people who won't want to read...wont...it's just that simple. I've seen sites with that on them and it's just unnecessary..lol

Thank you Audra

I personally do not care how long or how many words I'll be reading. If it's something that I wish to read, I'm all in.

Thanks Tammy

It sounds a little gimmicky. Plus if it says that the post takes too long to read people might not read it at all. Whereas if they didn't know the length of time they would start reading it and hopefully you would keep their interest throughout the post

Thanks Evie, makes sense.

I wouldn't bother with it to be honest because if someone thinks it's going to take them 20 minutes, it might put them off from reading. And as people read at different speeds, I would think it would be a difficult estimate to make anyway :)

Ok, thanks Jude

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