Very useful article. I like how you’ve combines videos, images, graphs, text and an infographic all in one piece Ross, very cool. I also like the KOB analysis info. I think I met you a few years ago Ross at a search love in Boston, ever present there? Also, here is an article that lists some good data on conversion optimization: http://www.oakwebworks.com/what-influences-online-consumers-most.htm
Brian, great post as always! Question: Do you consider authority sites (industry portals) a form of “influencer marketing?” e.g. guest blogging, etc? In some niches there are not so many individuals who are influencers (outside of journalists) but there are sites that those in the industry respect. I am in the digital video space and for me one site is actually a magazine that is building a very strong digital presence. Thanks, keep up the good work!
If you’re selling something via your website, then you should be buying traffic and sending it to your product/s or services. Your website has a huge responsibility in converting visitors into customers. Every second you don’t give your products or services a chance to convert at the highest level, the offset is a liability. To measure the effectiveness of your website content, you need traffic! To validate your page layout effectiveness, you need traffic. To grow your business, well you guessed it…you need traffic.
The great thing about the Internet is that you can publish any type of content you want. By creating longer form content like courses that are targeted around both user needs and specific keyword phrases (don’t forget keyword research!), you can drive more traffic to your site and convert them into email addresses that you can then take down your funnel.
Clearly, paying for ads and other initiatives is always one method to drive traffic to your site or blog. If you have a small budget, and you track things properly, you can come up with a cost-per acquisition (CPA). If your CPA is high enough, you can comfortably scale your advertising revenues. Be sure to implement things like Facebook and Google tracking pixels to determine the effectiveness of your ads.
Loved this article. I was in stuck mode. Am relatively new to blogging. Started online business and website about 3 months ago. Am learning a lot, but had an ah ha moment about traffic – targeted traffic and found this article. Thanks for the great tips. I hope to implement all of them, and realize how much more there is to each one of the steps you outline. Great stuff!
Creating valuable content... aka Blog Blog Blog! You want to build a blogging strategy that hones in on your prospects pain points, so you can start addressing their problems with valuable content. If you utilize some high value keywords you found in #5 above, you will start popping up in search results when your prospects are searching for those problems. 
Excellent post Brian. I think the point about writing content that appeals to influencers in spot on. Could you recommend some good, manual strategies through which I can spot influencers in boring niches *B2B* where influencers are not really talking much online? Is it a good idea to rely on newspaper articles to a feel for what a particular industry is talking about? Would love to hear your thoughts on that.
Great content. Although I disagree with ‘the best times to post’ section. It is important to understand your audience. For example, if your brand/business is in high school, there will be low engagement until 2-5 when they are out of school. I highly suggest using instagram analytics (a subsidiary of facebook analytics) which gives you all of the details on when your followers are active. https://www.facebook.com/help/788388387972460
The best way to see a return on your traffic investment is in the form of profits. When people who have clicked to your site go from visitors to customers, they are called conversions. You will want to look for websites that have both high click-through rates and a high amount of conversions before you place your ad. When purchasing actual visitors directly through a traffic company, you will want to take a look at their conversion numbers as well.
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Optimize on page: On-page optimization starts with strong page titles that include the target keyword phrase. Your online content must be both engaging to people and include your keyword phrases. Try to work your phrases into the copy as close to the start of the page copy as possible and into at least one heading or subheading on the page. Make sure that your page URL includes the keyword. Many website builders come with built-in SEO optimization as well. These SEO friendly builders are easy to use and make creating a website quick and stress free.
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