Discussion in 'Traffic Leaks Boot Camp' started by Calamari, Dec 4, 2014.
I'm still running in place but I'm running.
I dropped another into the bottomless pit that has been reddit for me so far. It never made a sound, just kept falling.
I thought it was pretty damn good and it will do well other places. Just not in the hole that I dropped it into.
Edit: taking tomorrow off from this. My list needs an email from me. In the mean time I'm going to review all the instructions I have gotten so far and compare them to what I've done. Maybe I'm missing something. I'll be back.
Calamari, check this:
I've already seen it a couple of times already - my most successful posts on Reddit are the ones with closest connection to the subreddit's topic.
Thanks @emp I'll add it to the reading list.
No more fucking around!
My attempts at traffic leaking reddit have been cute at best.
I'm batting about .400 with dinky shit posts that rise to the top (or very very close to the top) of the subreddit. They have delivered on average, 60 visitors each.
That's not acceptable.
Why do I know who @localcasestudy is? Because he put some epic shit up on reddit that actually helped people.
What causes a site to earn the "reddit hug of death"? It's not the cute little shit posts and images I have been posting. It's epic content that helps people.
That's where I'm attempting to go now.
There will be less attempts at traffic leaks, but better ones. I have three ideas for content. I got the ball rolling on the first one today and plan to be marketing it within a week.
No more fucking around!
I said this:
But I did this:
Grinded all day and night Friday to create what I hope will be my first piece of epic shit. Grinded all day today to create a solid piece of compelling content that is complimentary to the epic shit.
And now instead of being ready within a week I'll be ready in a weekend.
Language in the making... The past tense of grind would be ground... but "I ground all weekend" sounds wrong... so does "grinded", tho.
So... any actually native speakers chiming in?
I've been trying hard over the last couple days to wipe my mind. After bouncing an idea off of @CCarter he advised to focus on getting on base versus trying to hit a home run, and that the home runs would come.
So I got back to the basics of content creation. I wrote up a few titles using the principles that were outlined here: http://www.buildersociety.com/threads/creating-compelling-content.415/
I was also advised to not solely focus on reddit. So I'm creating articles now with the intention of shopping them around to many platforms. But I'll tweak the articles, and especially the titles to fit into the platform. I'm outsourcing a couple of them to @stackcash and I wrote one of them myself.
I made a list of 10 places to explore to potentially market my first piece of content. But in the mean time I released the first first piece of content after my mind wipe onto reddit. I've been studying this particular subreddit for at least a week and here are the results:
Website Visitors: >20,000
Clicks On Affiliate Links: >4,000
Email Sign-Ups: 0 wtf lol
Now that it's no longer bringing me traffic I removed the link to cover my tracks and to fuck you seo. ya dig?
I won't know how much money I made for at least a few days. But I have definitely made at least a few hundos from this one leak. I'll update you all on hard numbers in a few more days.
What I need to work on from here is marketing on platforms that are more specific to my niche so that I can increase conversions.
Next time I'll make sure to have more relevant content for them to click on. Usually I do. But because this was a leak I was just worried about converting them on the one page. I should have had more relevant stuff for them to read so that I could set as many different cookies as possible.
I also still have a problem with my opt-in emails hitting spam boxes. I've got to put the brakes on this malarkey and fix that before anything else.
Nice job! I haven't touched reddit yet because of precisely what you said - haven't created any epic, compelling content to share yet. That's my next big goal, Keep up the grind homie
I'd love to give you some thrilling tidbit or says that OK @Politico. I got nuthin'.
But what are you waiting for, man? Just get in there and get dirty. You don't need epic content. This piece of shit I was wrote was anything but epic.
Was it junk?
But it wasn't epic either. It was just a rehash of more bullshit that's already out there. I just slapped a compelling title on it as per the instructions in the compelling content thread.
I wasn't expecting to go balls deep. I was just trying to put the tip in, and balls deep happened.
Just read a couple other threads here about reddit leaks and got reminded about CCarters advice on this and am definitely thinking differently again. Not always about being epic/unique.
You're right my dude - ima take your advice
You got this!
Not even close @Ryuzaki. Thanks, but not even close. I have more goals to take down before I'm in outerspace.
I'm going to keep my feet planted on the ground.
My new idol! So fucking cool dude!!
Quick update for today.
The earliest I'll have decent income numbers is on Sunday. What I do know for sure is that I'll hit the next higher commission level for Amazon this month than usual. Still waiting for the other program I was using to report. They chose one hell of a time to delay updating. It's happened before so I just have to be patient.
I'm working forums today. So far I suck at it. Managed a measly 4 referrals from 2 forums. Going to go read the polarizing content thread again and carefully apply that for my next attempt.
Funny thing is that I read the thread (I am an internet stalker, and it was not hard to find) and the content was ... OK..ish...
It was actually false in some areas and the guys at reddit BLASTED him for it..
Doesn't matter, had clicks.
Et tu, Brute?
I got some really nasty pm's too. If you guys are going to fly in the face of the reddit herd mind, be ready for that. It was honestly overwhelming and almost tiring.
It wasn't wrong, it just wasn't what that particular audience overwhelmingly believes to be true. For the most part, stroking the herd mind over there will get you more upvotes.
ModernMarketeer quoted a statement of mine in his signature: "We're here for traffic - not to win Pulitzers" - CCarter
I'll add more, Not only are we not here to win Pulitzers, we are not here for creating factual data - This is only about getting traffic - only thing that matters. There will be blow back if you get called out, but remember the Reddit audience is a bit more intelligent then average users. So taking something that's completely BS, trolling, or partially non-accurate, and submitting it to another platform that doesn't have people going ape shit cause you mis-spelled something or go out of their way to point out 1 inaccuracy on an article of 100 facts, will yield less resistance and better results.
Basically you are swimming with the sharks on Reddit, and if you can survive it that like Calamari did, you'll be able to beat newbies and people in the special olympics version of the niche. I was literally having a conversation about this the other day, and the person I was arguing with was talking about accuracy and this and that - cause he was invested in a particular niche - but I try to come into any problem or scenario with detachment - how much traffic did you walk away with? 20K in Calamari's case, how much money did you make? $XXX - sounds like a success. If Calamari was doing that daily, he wouldn't have a problem with all the hate coming his way. That's a hell of a job if I could sit there trolling the internet and making 3-5 figures daily off of people's hate. I swear people like Pewep would love that shit.
I want this to be VERY clear, YOU DO NOT have to be accurate. In fact trolling means you are stirring up controversy and creating polarizing debates usually due to the fact that you are stating something as factual which is opinion or simply highly in-accurate. On a troll level, the fact that people are talking about the accuracy of a traffic leak, means Calamari has scored over 9000 on everyone wasting time worrying about "facts".
"But, but, but..." - My answer to your mental block with this thought process - "Who cares?" I don't, I'm pretty sure Calamari's bank account and banker do not.
The problem is people aren't willing to cross the line cause there is some "integrity" involved. Notice all the people in history that cause problems and have the highest profile are all people rambling bullshit and completely fiction? When was the last time you saw someone becoming popular cause they stated something "factual" or "accurate"? This is marketing - not science class.
Realistically all those people hating just brought you some serious dollars, so who gives a shit?
We're not creating dictionary entries, wikipedia pages, or books of fact. Realistically 2 weeks from now NO ONE will remember that article or what it was about cause there will be some new topic or controversy to waste time on. So if you are in the moment, take the hit, get the revenue and make the money, and fuck everything else. You think anyone is going to remember that article a month from now? a year from now? 5 years from now? Internet points don't count in real life, money in the bank does...
This is where I'm at now with getting any sort of respectable traffic from Facebook. Still trying.
Change of pace coming up early next week with one forum in particular. All the forums I had been seasoning I fucked up with.
But I registered a couple new ones after rereading the compelling content section, my own market research package, and the forum leaking guide here http://trafficleaks.com/tactics/niche-forums
No deviating from the master plan this time. Not that I ever intended to. But sometimes I get a little lost before I find my focus and start to put the pieces together. Hopefully this time I do a little better than the previous attempts.
I'm not revisiting reddit for the time being. No point in being a one trick pony.
My attempt at leaking forum traffic over the weekend was a
There's nothing left for me to do but take a second look at what I did and try again.
edit: Almost forgot until I checked traffic just now. I had dropped a comment yesterday and got 2 visitors to the site today from it. Looks like I'll need to find some busier blogs.
General question about blog commenting for traffic to those that have done it successfully.
There are 2 ways to go about it that I have seen. One is to be interacting as a regular person and then one day dropping a link or two after estabilizing their presence.
The other is to hyperlink their name with an associated brand with every comment they make on the blog. For example, "Peter @ my awesome brand name". There are entire blogging communities propping one another up with this.
So my question is, does one work better than the other or is that going to be dependant on the blog? When in Rome...
If anyone gives a damn finding blogs and being an early commenter is a lot easier with a phone app like feedly that pulls rss feeds. That way you can drop deuces and blog comments at the same time. Or in my case drop them while at work.
I'm just going to file this idea away for later. I have 2 other goals I have to hit first.
Broken link building for traffic.
Separate names with a comma.