Social Bookmarking Traffic Guide

Posted on May 19th, 2009 in Advice, Affiliate Program, Customers, eBay, listbuilding, Strategies, Twitter, Web Traffic | No Comments »

This guide explains everything important about using social bookmarks to drive web site traffic. This information can be used to easily create a targeted list. Of course, the guide is especially valuable if you’re looking for free traffic. It’s aimed at entrepreneurs, internet marketers and small businesses.

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Introduction to the Social Bookmarking Traffic Guide

Social bookmarking might seem dull and boring. It might seem like a fad or a craze that will die off. But, when done right, using social bookmarks can dramatically increase high quality web site traffic. If you’re serious about growing an online business, it needs to be a tool in your “traffic secrets” toolbox.

Here’s something to chew on…

If you don’t follow the advice in the Social Bookmarking Traffic Guide you are losing out on cheap and easy traffic. I know that’s a strong statement but by the time you get to the end of this guide, you’ll understand the full power of tagging and bookmarking.

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Getting Started

I want to first make sure you clearly understand social bookmarking. In short, it’s a way for humans to keep track of stuff online. It usually means using “tags” and metadata (which is data about data).

Tags are really nothing more than words or phrases that you use to describe other words. For example, you might use “online marketing” as a tag for The Rhodes Brothers. Or, perhaps you might use something like “tagging” and “traffic” and “bookmarking” for the guide you’re reading right now.

There’s nothing magical about the tags you use. Feel free to use words and phrases that mean something to you. Or, if you’re trying to drive targeted traffic, use keywords that are meaningful in your niche. We’ll cover this in great detail later on; no worries.

Most social bookmarking systems allow you to show or hide bookmarks. So, you can use bookmarks for yourself only or you can expose them to the public.

If you keep bookmarks private they won’t have any impact on web site traffic, although they might be useful to you personally. If you make them public, however, you will enjoy free traffic. The world can find your bookmarks and find you by clicking on your links. I explain this in detail below.

So in large part social bookmarking is an activity where you are categorizing your web sites, domains, articles and blogs. You use social bookmarking to develop a way to stay organized online.

If you want free traffic from your social bookmarks you just expose them. For example, if you have a blog you can use to bookmark blog entries. In turn, Google will find your bookmarks and your blog. And finally, people will find your bookmarks and your blog in the search results of Google. This is how organic traffic flows from your bookmarking.

Yes, it’s that simple.

At this point you have a basic understanding of social bookmarking. You could leave right now with confidence about how to get started. However, if you really want to know how to get traffic or if you want to avoid serious problems, keep reading.

I’ll also say this: There is a very specific model that I use to drive maximum web site traffic with web 2.0 bookmarks. I promise to reveal this model with you — there is no catch here. I will give you everything you need to succeed with your social bookmarking.

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Social Bookmarking Issues

Social bookmarks are not perfect…

You cannot ONLY use social bookmarks to drive traffic nor can you expect to build a real online business by just using Stumble Upon,, Reddit and Technorati. You need an entire marketing funnel in place — This is something I explain in detail later.

Before I go on, here’s my list of the top 10 social bookmarking sites. Keep in mind that these sites allow tagging and bookmarking but they aren’t necessarily dedicated to bookmarking. For example, is very much focused on tagging and bookmarking — that’s its core job. However, Digg is really more of a news aggregation web site but you can tag and bookmark, and therefore drive a lot of traffic.

OK, let’s get back on track. Here’s my list of the top 10 social bookmarking sites:

There’s nothing scientific here. These just happen to be the bookmarking sites that have worked well for me. I have certainly used other sites and other tools. Don’t read too much into this list; caveat emptor.

By the way, I’m guessing that you’re getting worried about something: WORK. In other words, I suspect you’re worried about all the time and effort you’ll need to apply to get killer results.

Don’t worry. I’ve got your back covered. I cover this below…

Another issue is that your site, blog or article often get pushed to the bottom of the stack, or off the page. This is especially true with the social media new sites like Digg and Propeller. Imagine that your new blog entry makes it to the front page of Digg. Although you’ll enjoy insane traffic for a little while, after just a couple of hours your blog entry will drop off the home page.

Some people are worried about this problem, but it’s a false problem. First, you’re getting a gush of traffic in a situation like this. Second, you’ll get residual traffic even after you drop to the next page. Third, other people will link to you as a result and you’ll get residual, off-Digg traffic. Fourth, you’ll get some very powerful backlinks and therefore Google will love you. You’ll be enjoying serious organic traffic.

Another potential problem of social bookmarking is that your tags (or keywords or keyphrases) are terrible. If your keywords are meaningless then no one will care what you have to say. No one will find you through Google.

But, again, this is a false problem. Sure, you can have issues with keywords but let’s face it — you probably know how to find great keywords and niches. I don’t have room to fully explain keyword selection, but it goes like this:

  1. Go to Google Keywords and start searching
  2. Find keywords that people are using a lot
  3. Or, target keywords that make sense for your niche
  4. Look on Google’s Traffic Estimator to figure out your competition
  5. Choose keywords with plenty of searches and low competition

That’s a pretty bad explanation but you get the point. Use tags that are based on popular keywords that aren’t very well represented by competitors on Google.

Or, just pick really popular keywords. That can work for you as well because it takes less time and energy, but it takes longer to see robust results.

Let’s get back on track…

Another issue is that people don’t spell very well. Many tags are sloppy. They are dirty. There are misspellings all over the place.

Um, so what?

People are people. Using misspellings can actually offer you a competitive advantage. This little secret has made some people on eBay thousands and thousands of dollars. (Think about it; this can mean BIG money.)

Furthermore, you can use BOTH misspelled keywords and properly spelled keywords. You can tag like crazy — tag carpet bombing! Here’s a simple example to make this 100% clear:

  • deductible
  • deductuble
  • deductable
  • deductabel

No one can stop you from using all four of these words. Of course I don’t think you should do this all the time. However, if you are tagging and your gut says, “Hey, I’m not sure how to spell this!” — Others will have the same problem. Take advantage of it and enjoy the extra free traffic.

Let’s push forward…

I promised to talk about how to handle all the work associated with social bookmarks. Let’s look at that in the next section.

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Two Secrets of Social Bookmarking

The are two simple ways to eliminate the pain associated with social bookmarking. As I’ve said, it can be labor intensive so you need to decide between these two options:

  1. Burn hours and hours of time creating your own bookmarks
  2. Use social bookmarking tools or hire (outsource) the work

Obviously you want to use tools or hire smart, affordable people to do work for you. Better still, you want to pick a great tool, master it, then train someone to do the work for you using the best tools available. That’s maximum leverage.

Right now, the best tool is probably Social Marker. It’s a semi-automatic social bookmarking tool. You sign up for access to each of the individual social bookmarking sites (e.g., Digg,, Furl) then head over to Social Marker and sign up for that too. Then you use Social Marker to semi-automatically update those sites.

If you have issues with Social Marker, no worries. There will always be sites and tools out there for you to use. If you’re really desperate, head over to RentACoder or ScriptLance and have someone develop one for you.

So, I’ve revealed two of the big secrets of social bookmarking. First, you need to find tools that make sense. Second, you need to use outsourcing web sites to get the bookmarking done for you. Or, have tools built for you.

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Revealed! More Secrets of Social Bookmarking

There are several really good reasons to use social bookmarks and tags. You can get very high volumes of traffic in very little time.

You might say, “But that traffic isn’t targeted, John.”

Fortunately, there is something I call Social Traffic Filtering which I’ll tell you about. In essence, the amount of traffic is vitally important as an input factor for your traffic funnel. All traffic funnels require traffic. There is no way around this. I’ll explain why this is so crucial in just a moment.

Although a lot of social media and bookmarking traffic will be useless, the fact remains that a lot of it is legitimate, targeted traffic. There are humans clicking and reading what you’ve written. So, if you’re providing valuable content then people will reward you with repeat visits and they’ll join your lists.

That is HUGE.

Let me say that again…

If you’re providing valuable content then people will reward you with repeat visits and they’ll join your lists. (Your list is the blood of your business.)

It’s your job to qualify these leads. You must be ready for this social traffic and filter these folks using great, high quality content. You need to give them high value; respect their time. Then, you need to filter them out with top notch squeeze pages. Offer them something wonderful and grab their email addresses. If they don’t stay and read, and if they don’t join your list, just move on. Let them go. They’ve been filtered out.

To frame this another way, you cannot expect to make a lot of money online just by getting a ton of social bookmarking traffic. That’s just plain silly. You must plan ahead with a Social Traffic Filtering marketing plan.

I explained the basics above and I’m sure you can see how this selection process can provide you with a good list — maybe not Rock Star great, but that’s fine. These people are solid prospects and as they opt into your email list, your business is growing and growing.

Oh, one more thing. Here’s a big Rhodes Brother’s tip: There’s another level of filtering. Here’s how that plays out…

Once you have folks on your list, your autoresponder series can push and pull them in many different ways. It’s up to you to use the autoresponder to qualify people. I strongly encourage you to provide value and pre-sell. If you start selling immediately, you’ll filter out just about everyone. That’s no good for you and it’s no good for them.


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Traffic Leverage From Social Bookmarking

Here’s a very simple concept with profound implications.

What you need to do is combine several different social bookmarking tools together (i.e., assets and plumbing). If you stack these tools the right way, you will have over-the-top, compounding traffic.

I know this sounds vague. So, once again I’ll break it down using an example to make it crystal clear. Here’s just ONE example, step by step:

  1. Post a fantastic blog entry on your niche blog
  2. Digg the blog entry (or ask someone for a favor)
  3. Go to Twitter and talk about it; gently ask for ReTweets
  4. Privately direct message (DM) some trusted Followers; “Please Stumble”

I know this seems simple but let me tell you, this works great. I don’t do it too often because I don’t like to burn people out. It’s a special weapon.

But again —

This is just ONE way to use these various social bookmarking web sites and tools. This kind of activity gives you serious traffic leverage. It’s also another type of marketing funnel that you can tweak and tune over time.

One more thing —

By doing this kind of bookmarking and “backscratching” you can build a powerful affiliate network. It’s also a great way to find and develop JV partners. Remember, this is all very social. It’s about relationships…

Sidebar: Join the Rhodes Brothers Affiliate Program.

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Traffic On Traffic On Traffic

Your web site is not yet flooded with traffic but you’re ahead of 99% of everyone else — You’re in the club.

At this point you must take action…

I strongly recommend that you sign up for Traffic Drill. Like this blog posting, it’s absolutely free.

We’ve put together more material for you about getting traffic to your web site. I give Traffic Drill my highest recommendation. So, if you’re serious about web site traffic read about Traffic Drill.


~ John

How To Generate Traffic With Articles

Posted on May 14th, 2009 in Links, Web Traffic | 3 Comments »

ArticlesI consistently find that I get the most traffic from blog postings that are not keyword optimized. Instead, I generate traffic with articles that are human optimized.

The greatest traffic flows into my niche blogs when I just pound the keys and tell a story. If you give me a minute, I’ll explain what I’m talking about in detail.

In the internet marketing niche, I often try to dominate certain keywords. It’s worked well. But, when I work hard to optimize blog entries in “boring” niches, the opposite seems to be true. It’s better to write stories and pretty much ignore the keywords, except for 1-2 things I always do.

First, I always make sure my keyword is in the title. It doesn’t matter if I’m writing something for internet marketers or if it’s some “dull” niche. No matter how you slice it, the title is important. You really want to use your keyword there no matter what.

Second, I usually use the main keyword or a similar keyword in the first 2-3 sentences. I don’t stress over this. I just try to fit the keyword in the first 100 words or so, which is usually in one of those first few sentences.

That’s pretty much it. I know it doesn’t sound very sexy. And, it doesn’t seem secret.

I think this works in my “simple” niches because Google has figured out that my content is legitimate and sincere. The less I try to get Google to pay attention, the better off I am. Or, to swing that around, the more I focus on my readers and my customers, the more Google rewards me for helping them. If you think about it, that’s a mighty good theory.

For what it’s worth, I ask my writers to write naturally. I often ask them to write stories and to be human. I am against any keyword stuffing and even when I target specific keywords, I avoid trying to game the system or beat Google. If you focus on your customers and your readers, they will reward you — and so will Google, apparently.

This is good news because it is easier to write this way. You know what I mean. It’s more natural to write to someone in a human voice than it is to write with the intention of plugging in certain keywords. It’s faster. It’s easier. And, again, it works better for everyone.

This is why I usually laugh at keyword density. I admit that I look at that metric from time to time but it doesn’t have nearly the importance as raw traffic pouring in from Google. I watch that closer and I’ve found that my pure and natural content pulls the most traffic. It’s almost like this — the less I think about what I’m writing, the more traffic I pull.

I will say this. One “secret” is that longer content works better when I write like this. When I write longer stories and create longer blog entries, everyone is happier. I think that’s because people link to me which Google loves, of course. Backlinks rock. Writing good material is just so smart — you create linkbait and you’re rewarded in so many ways. (Example of linkbait: How to Generate Web Site Traffic.)

So, that’s my article marketing advice for the day. It’s what I’ve done to dominate many niches — I pull insane traffic using this method alone, without PPC or anything else. I love it.

Traffic Generation Web Site: Top Secret Revealed

Posted on November 6th, 2008 in Advice, Simple, Strategies, Traffic Drill | 1 Comment »

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Don’t you wish there was a magic traffic generation web site? You’d simply enter the URL for your web site and within just a few minutes, traffic would start flowing.

(Sounds good, don’t you think?)

Just imagine: This traffic creation site would allow you to generate cash again and again. The reason is very simple. If you can get traffic, you can make money. There are many ways to make money online if you get get people to your site…

  • Advertising Revenue
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Selling Memberships
  • Selling Your Own Products

And, you could capture that traffic through a squeeze page. You could build up your list. Nothing could be better than building that list up from the flowing traffic. From there, you could provide more value, sell more products, and build your empire. I smell success…


If you’re here, reading this article, I assume that you want to make money online and you need a traffic generation web site, just like I describe. You need that “magic bullet” which allows you to pull down traffic easily.

Well, let’s talk more about this. There are three basic ways to get web site traffic. You can buy it, you can beg for it, or you can borrow it.

You can use pay per click (PPC) tools, like Adwords, to easily pull in visitors. You can do this day after day, week after week. This is one way to buy traffic; there are many.

All it takes to get web site traffic is some money. I admit that this isn’t a secret. However, I must make an important point. I’ll start with this. PPC can be very expensive. And, there’s a learning curve. It’s not something that’s easy to jump into, and it can drain your bank account. But there is a nugget of wisdom here. If you spend money, you can make money. Better still, there are legitimate ways to spend a little money but make a lot in return. I’ll come back to this idea later.

You can also “beg” for traffic. You can do some article marketing for example and get listed in the search engines, or get traffic from your author bio box directly. The point is that you can get traffic for free. However, it takes a lot of time and effort to make the magic happen. You have to write and submit a lot of content. You’re behind even if you outsource the writing because that is more money out of your pocket. But, there’s a key idea here. You can use the search engines to leverage your results. I’ll come back to this idea later, too.

You can also “borrow” traffic. There are two easy-to-understand examples of this. First, you can do a joint venture with someone. You would send out a note for an internet marketer in your niche, and they would do the same for you.

Also, you could participate in a giveaway. With a giveaway (e.g., Simple Giveaway), everyone drives traffic to one site and you benefit from everyone else participating. The are problems with giveaway events. They are not consistent, they take time to set up, and time to manage. Joining a giveaway is better than running one, in most cases.

So, let’s recap. You can buy traffic (e.g., PPC), you can beg for it (e.g., organic Google results), or you can borrow it (e.g., JVs and giveaways). Of course there are other models but these categories cover most of the playing field.


So, here’s the scoop. I want you to take a look at Traffic Drill. If you haven’t heard of it, the concept is stunning. You can literally ask other people to drive traffic to your web site. It’s a traffic generation web site that the Rhodes Brothers developed, and it includes several special advantages.

You can ask people to do things like bookmark you site (e.g., using, Digg a blog entry, and give an article a Thumbs Up on StumbleUpon. You just need to ask other Traffic Drillers for help. Yes, you simply ask for traffic and you get it.

Traffic Drill utilizes the power of web 2.0, social media and social web sites. Everyone works together to drive traffic. It’s something that anyone can do. Traffic Drill is the kind of simple web service that works in any niche. It’s awesome.

Oh, and there are videos and special whitepapers that explain one-of-a-kind traffic generation secrets. For example, we explain how to utilize RSS and tools like Twitter. Again, if you’re curious about how to easily drive traffic like “they do” Traffic Drill has downloads that give you very specific, step-by-step instructions. Anyone can do this.

Here’s another thing. One of our members was able to go from zero PageRank to a PageRank of 1 in about 5 days. In other words, he wasn’t getting any Google love but with Traffic Drill he was able to get noticed and get a Google ranking. (He also generated cash that he can directly trace to the traffic he’s getting from Traffic Drill.) There are other Traffic Drillers who have increased their traffic by 10x.


I think you can see why I am so excited about Traffic Drill. It works.

Inside the Traffic Drill membership web site, you’ll find a forum. You can ask questions, post comments, share tips, and of course, request links and free traffic. You also get direct access to the Rhodes Brothers. You get hands on assistance inside. And, I’m happy to say that anyone can afford Traffic Drill.

So, it works and the price is right. It’s as close to a traffic generation web site as you can get. Yes, there are 1-2 similar services “out there” but they are $127 or more. And, they are more complicated or too sophisticated. We keep our products and services simple. Anyone can join and anyone can participate.

Traffic Drill allows you to “buy” traffic, because there is price to join the membership. But, the ROI is high. So when you think about it and when you see it in action, you’ll realize that you’re getting the equivalent of traffic for pennies-per-click.

Traffic also allows you to “beg” for traffic. Hundreds of other Traffic Drillers will assist you to build up Karma and to get help with their web sites. It’s back scratching but on steroids. There’s nothing quite like this in the internet marketing world.

And lastly, Traffic Drill allows you to “borrow” traffic from other people. They can promote you to their lists. They can blog about you. They can link to your site directly. For example, you could write a short blog entry for another trusted Traffic Driller with 1-2 links back to your web site. They get free content and you get a link or two, and some traffic.

So, as you can see, Traffic Drill is optimzed to give you cheap traffic, with some begging and borrowing thrown in for good measure. I can’t tell you the entire Traffic Drill story here — so I recommend that you keep reading on the main Traffic Drill information page:

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