The other day when I was listening to an audio tape by Jim Rohn I heard this phrase “Think on paper”. It really caught my attention. As I’m writing this, I’m thinking about what to write- except this is a digital paper. So, why should you think on paper instead of doing it in your own mind. There are several benefits to thinking on paper.
1. The train of thought is not disturbed by another random unrelated thought since you are seeing the thoughts that preceded it.
2. You can go off-tangent for a few lines and review what was written and get back on track easily.
3. By keeping a journal of thoughts you get more clarity on how your thinking is affecting your day to day life.
4. You can feel free to write things that make no sense until something comes up that resonates with the problem.
5. Your mind is more focused to come up with solution as you are also engaging your body in the process.
To illustrate the difference between thinking inside your mind and on paper consider this. Let say I ask you to “Think about a happiest moment in your life” what happens? some flashes of pictures come and go and that’s it. Now what if I gave you a sheet of paper and pen and asked you to “Think about the happiest moment and write about it as much as you can” now suddenly your mind travels in time to bring up more finer details of the event.
So, the next time you face a problem immediately grab a piece of paper and start scribbling your thoughts you might surprise yourself.
If you have a website that you are not promoting actively, then this article will give you some ideas on how to get free advertising to your site in a laid back fashion.
While I don’t recommend you be lazy in your promotions at least these things will compound over time. I made sure these ideas can be executed with the least effort possible.
1.Take a few related PLR articles in your niche, add your website links on top and bottom of the report, convert it into pdf and upload to pdf sharing sites.
2. If you bought a product recently proactively send a testimonial with your website link to the product owner. Often times you’ll find that he/she will include your link as it will make the testimonial look more credible.
3. Join a safelist instead of reading all the gurus mails you can earn credits by checking other members’ email which will allow you to mail others.
4. Participate in forums and include a link in your signature. As you post every time you are passively promoting your site – no extra effort required.
5. Use a software like Article Video Robot to convert your PLR articles in to videos and post them on Youtube.
6. See if you have any re-brandable reports on your hard drive take those reports brand it and pass it on in forums.
7.Comment on blogs in your niche. While writing a 500 word article may not be for everyone, writing a 50 word comment is something anyone can do.
8. Tweet something about your site. You can say things like “Just changed the header on my site”, “Reading comments on my site” Get creative here and include your link.
9. Post updates on Facebook(same as above)
10. Browse Yahoo answers and post answers to questions that you know. You don’t have to do keyword research (remember these are lazy ways)
11. Comment on articles. Yes, many people don’t know this you can comment on articles too. Some article directories have this feature.
12. Comment on Hub Pages and Squidoo
13. Run an automated software like Tweetadder that gets you twitter followers while you’re goofing off on Youtube. I use this software myself and it has been a great time saver for me.
14. Add a viral element to your site like Tell a friend script or sociable plugin (if you’re using WordPress) while this requires some time to set up but once you set this up it is actively promoting while you’re doing other things.
15. Take some vacation photos from your hard drive add your site’s name in the photo and name the image like Las Vegas tour, Himalayan expedition and upload it to photo sharing sites. Of course the name of the image needs to be relevant to what’s in the photo.
16. Take a few PLR articles extract the meat of the article and post it as tweets on Twitter. If a visitor sees that you’re posting valuable tips he/she will checkout your profile.
17. Do the same thing on Youtube. Say some thing like “Hey nice video I recently came to know that using……increases……”(again be creative here.)
18. Make sure you include your website link on all social networking profiles. This may sound obvious, but I have seen many marketers miss out on this opportunity.
19. Forum profiles (same as above)(not only in sig file but also in profile)if someone browses the member list on a PHBB forum your profile will show a ‘www’ next to your name if you include your site link in profile.
20.Use Traffic exchanges if you find that your creativity has hit an all-time-low on a given day then you can login to your favorite traffic exchanges and keep browsing others’ sites to get some eyeballs on your site. I recommend hoover surf traffic exchanges because you don’t have to click on anything once the timer ends the next site loads automatically.
Article marketing is one of the best ways to build an online business and drive traffic to your website. Writing articles and posting them on your site will help the potential customers to see that you are an expert in your niche and by submitting a few articles to article directories you can increase exposure to your website and thus build a customer list and make sales.
The problem many people face with article marketing is they get struck when it comes to ideas on what to write. Here’s the good news as long as you are writing to fill a need in the marketplace you can find a lot of ideas. Moreover, by writing on subjects that your target audience love, you can gain more exposure to your website. Here are some tips to get you going.
1. Yahoo Answers: This is a place where people go to ask questions. Search related terms in your niche and see what kind of qustions people are asking in your niche take 5 to six questions and answer them in your article.
2. Keyword Research: You can use the Google keyword research tool to find out the terms that people are searching in your niche. Choose the keywords that have about 500 – 1000 searches a month and low competion this is because if you choose high competetion keywords your article may never see the living day light on Google.
3. Research the Competition: Another simple way to get ideas is to visit competitor’s website and see what they are writing about. You can get some ideas on what they have missed out and cover it in your article.
4.Read: Read magazines and newspapers and turn on your article idea radar in your mind and you can easily uncover lot of topics to write about. Always keep a small notepad or mobile to note down the ideas as and when they occur.
5.Write What You Know: This is a simple way to write an article. You already know many things about your niche that others who are just getting started don’t know. Why not pass on your knowledge by writing a tip style article like ‘Ten tips to make your website sizzle’ or ‘Ten ways to get more twitter followers’ etc.
All you need to do is list out 10 ideas and write 2 lines for each tip and BAM you got an article!
6.Google Alerts: You can set up Google alert to receive email when a particular keyword or key phrase appears in the news. You can read those news articles and put your own twist and write articles about them. Use the news sources for inspiration but do not copy the article word-for-word.
I know these tips may sound simple but honestly tell me how many of these six tips have you used in the past? The information is readily available anytime but we just need a device to extract the right information.