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Shh! My Secret Marketing Strategy…

I felt like teasing some of my regulars a bit by giving them a glimpse of my marketing strategy.

Go to http://www.brandonconnell.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Top100.gif

by copying and pasting into your browser. Once you get there, click the image to resize it to the actual size.

You will see the list of my top 100 traffic referrers. Yes, I have more than a hundred, but I don’t need to show off here. I thought this might give you an idea of which websites/referrers work. I can see you now going to every url on there looking for new traffic… icon smile Shh! My secret marketing strategy...

Before you ask, no I will not share the number of visits I received per referrer. Just know that they add up. I might let that cat out of the bag in the future, but not today.

When you look at the image, you will see much more than the fact that Scott Barron likes to be on top icon wink Shh! My secret marketing strategy... You will notice that Google is my biggest single traffic source. This is because my blog has had time to get lots of pages indexed. You will also notice a social news site called Content.com bringing in lots of traffic.

I utilize a lot of social networks, bookmarking sites, etc to bring in traffic. I do comment a lot on blogs which results in clickthroughs and other bloggers posting articles about me and linking to me. This amounts to a huge amount of traffic for my blog.

I have also noticed that other versions of Google bring in traffic such as Google.com.au, as well as Yahoo and other search engines. It is nice to know that Google isn’t the monopoly, but they are a huge source of traffic with the natural search rankings I have. My natural top 10 ranking for “popular blogging topics” helps bring in good numbers.

Importing to Facebook notes is an automated traffic source. I just set up my Facebook account to import my rss feeds into notes which gets published to my wall. People sometimes comment directly on the wall post, or they follow through to my blog to comment or read the post. These numbers increased when I started a Facebook Fan Page.

EntreCard has been a good traffic provider and I don’t mind giving up the free ad space on my blog for that exchange. I simply drop cards on like-minded blogs and other bloggers return the favor and check me out. I get some new loyal readers that way.

Sphinn, the one I wrote a bad review about did keep one of my articles live on their site which does bring in traffic. I am just too ticked at them to submit another though.

And never underestimate the traffic power of Technorati. Remember what I said, claim your blog!

Thank you Sally for giving me the idea to put up a top traffic list. I just didn’t want to do a top 10… icon wink Shh! My secret marketing strategy...

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 Shh! My secret marketing strategy... I am an author, blogger, investor, musician, and internet marketer among other things. I believe that one person can do many things in life. Check out my local search marketing company at Leads2LocalSearch.com when you are done browsing here.

21 Comments

  1. Sally
    Twitter: sallyneill

    Hey Brandon, thanks for the link, just got notified of it!

    I can’t see the image, it’s tiny even when I click on it, are you just teasing everyone, or am I doing something wrong?

    For me, Scott is almost on top with Google coming up from the rear :P

    I think Google is starting to give my blog some love, finally!

    I read on another blogger (I think) about EntreCard but I didn’t want to put their ad on my site, maybe try it out if it gets results.

    Get a bigger image on, I have misplaced my magnifying glass and my eyes are not as good as they used to be!

    Sally :)
    Sally´s last blog post ..Alex Jeffreys OTO Interview Feedback

    Posted on 16-Jun-10 at 2:12 pm | Permalink
  2. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    LOL Sally. When you click on the image and it loads up, when you move your mouse over it you should see a magnifying glass. Click it to expand to the full size image. You are too funny. I noticed your bandwidth limit was exceeded when I went to your site too..

    Posted on 16-Jun-10 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
  3. I can’t see it either. I need a magnifying glass. Is my name on there? Where did you get that? Do I have one for me? I want one too.
    Scott Barron´s last blog post ..Are Your Underwear Clean?

    Posted on 16-Jun-10 at 3:58 pm | Permalink
  4. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Man. did the picture open up on a blank white page? Your browser resizes it to fit your screen. You have to click on the loaded small picture again to resize it to actual size. It is over 1,000 pixels in height.

    Posted on 16-Jun-10 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
  5. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    I made it easier for you guys by providing a url to the image you can copy and paste into your browser.

    Posted on 16-Jun-10 at 4:50 pm | Permalink
  6. Jean Sarauer
    Twitter: jeansarauer

    Haha, I love when Scott gets picked on. Wonder if he’s washed those undies yet.

    Glad I made your list and hope I can send you lots of traffic in the future. You have so much good stuff on here that people are doing themselves a huge favor to visit your blog and look around.
    Jean Sarauer´s last blog post ..Confessions of a Backsliding Blogger

    Posted on 16-Jun-10 at 8:33 pm | Permalink
  7. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Hi Jean. I knew you would send me traffic, so that’s why I sent you a guest post. Feel free to try and climb up the list though ;)

    Posted on 16-Jun-10 at 8:37 pm | Permalink
  8. Yeah! I can see it. What a hoot.
    Scott Barron´s last blog post ..Are Your Underwear Clean?

    Posted on 16-Jun-10 at 9:46 pm | Permalink
  9. Darren L Carter
    Twitter: darrenlcarter

    Hey Brandon,

    Thanks for posting your list of traffic senders. Lots of familiar names on there and I definitely get sent traffic from some of those same people.

    Peace,
    Darren L Carter
    Darren L Carter´s last blog post ..What Should I Ask An Atomic Bomb Survivor?

    Posted on 17-Jun-10 at 3:33 am | Permalink
  10. Alex
    Twitter: buildrankprofit

    Hey Brandon, long time no speak my friend, that’s OK only 437 posts behind now!
    Glad to see that I am sending you traffic, but as Jean said, you seriously post some good shit here so I’m glad there coming over, only makes me look better by association.
    Really good post here too with some nice insight into your blogging methodology.
    Alex´s last blog post ..How to Optimize your site with your Googles on

    Posted on 17-Jun-10 at 7:06 am | Permalink
  11. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Thanks. I stole the idea from Sally and expanded on it.

    Posted on 17-Jun-10 at 10:30 am | Permalink
  12. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Good to hear their traffic doesn’t discriminate. I was hoping it turns into a competition to see who can climb on top of that list :)

    Posted on 17-Jun-10 at 10:31 am | Permalink
  13. Where did you get the list from?

    I looked at all my inbound links on Google webmaster tools. I’m not sure what order they are in though? There are lots of duplicate sites, and some I’m surprised that link to me…

    And how do you get an email when someone links to your site??
    Scott Barron´s last blog post ..Sally’s Top Ten Secret Sauce Blogs

    Posted on 17-Jun-10 at 11:00 pm | Permalink
  14. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    It’s from Google Analytics referrers report. The email notification you are asking about is a standard feature for trackbacks in WordPress.

    Posted on 17-Jun-10 at 11:07 pm | Permalink
  15. Rick Byrd
    Twitter: rick_byrd

    Brandon:

    Thanks for sharing this information. I guess I got to start working a little harder and stopping by more often to make it onto your next top 100 list.

    I am not familiar with EntreCard so I will check it out.

    Thanks!

    - Rick
    Rick Byrd´s last blog post ..5 Ideas For Great Headlines

    Posted on 18-Jun-10 at 10:35 am | Permalink
  16. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    These sites mentioned me or linked to me somewhere. Scott got way up there because he posted about me in a couple of his articles.

    Posted on 18-Jun-10 at 10:37 am | Permalink
  17. mark
    Twitter: icebluebanana

    Hi Brandon,

    This is great! It is quite similar to my list actually. Google is one method that I need to work on, however. That is something I will be working on next week (this week I will be lucky to get more than 1 or 2 posts up – they should be good ones, though). :)

    I have heard about EntreCard, but thought it sounded like the traffic would be just people looking for links and not readers. Perhaps I will look into this in a few weeks after I have my email list thingy (yep, that is a tech term) put together.

    Have a good day!
    mark´s last blog post ..Define Your Life Balance

    Posted on 20-Jun-10 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
  18. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    EntreCard is actually made up of a bunch of bloggers. You can locate some good blogs under a specific category and find new ones to comment on.

    Posted on 20-Jun-10 at 9:15 pm | Permalink
  19. Alex Blaken
    Twitter: #!/healthsecrets4y

    Thnks Brandon, this will help me in my work.
    Special thanks to Sally who made all this come true.

    Posted on 28-Feb-11 at 4:17 am | Permalink
  20. Alex Blaken
    Twitter: #!/healthsecrets4y

    Just like the Social marketing tips, this will actually be helpful. thnks Sally

    Posted on 07-Apr-11 at 5:35 am | Permalink
  21. Alex Blaken
    Twitter: #!/healthsecrets4y

    Hi, my question is, now that facebook for ex has change, how then can one invite friends without having his/her accounts being blocked. i had a friend who told me his facebook account has been block for 30 days? what are some other techniques to market on facebook apart from those on the social marketing toturial?

    Posted on 07-Apr-11 at 6:19 am | Permalink
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