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How to Use RSS Feeds For Increased Website Traffic

I responded to a forum post and mentioned using the RSS feed from your blog for driving traffic to your blog. I was talking about taking your feed and submitting it to the various rss aggregators and directories for backlinks. You can easily do this by hand or you can use software to submit your feed automatically to just about every rss directory on the net.

Here’s a few directories:

http://www.feedcat.net/

http://www.feednuts.com/

http://www.feeds4all.nl/

http://www.rss-spider.com/

http://www.rssmountain.com/rss_directory.php

http://www.bloglisting.net/

http://www.topblogging.com/

http://www.superblogdirectory.com/

http://www.millionrss.com/

http://www.feedage.com/

http://www.blog-directory.org/

http://www.blog-watch.com/

http://www.addurlblog.com/

http://feedshark.brainbliss.com/

http://chordata.info

http://www.jordomedia.com/

http://www.2rss.com/

http://www.findrss.net/

http://www.feedlisting.com/

http://freefeedsdirectory.com/

http://blog.directory-seek.com/

http://theblogresource.com/

http://blogville.us/

http://sarthak.net/blogz/add.php

http://www.submitblognow.info/

http://dir.blogflux.com/

http://www.lsblogs.com/

http://www.feedbees.com/

http://www.feedsee.com/

http://blogit.a1weblinks.net/

http://www.rsshugger.com/

http://www.blogsweet.com/

http://blogoriffic.com/

http://www.jordomedia.com/

I use an automatic submission service or software that is a membership. Some people would rather purchase the software than pay a monthly fee. However, when submitting to sites that change, sometimes, on a weekly basis it’s best to use a reliable monthly fee submission service. The thought being that they will keep their list of directories updated as much as possible. Sometimes you can buy the submission software thinking that you are getting a deal, but the truth is, the software may work for a couple of months, but as time goes on it becomes less and less effective.

Anyway….

The person from the forum wanted to know how to get more traffic to their blog.

I mentioned a very simple way by using the rss feed of the blog.

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You can find your rss feed by clicking on that little orange button or if you have a wordpress blog you can take your url and add “feed” to the end and you should have your rss feed. For instance, my blog is located at www.Desktop-Wealth.com/blog and if I were to add “/feed” I would have my rss feed and it would look like www.Desktop-Wealth.com/blog/feed to confirm you have your rss feed, click on the link….go ahead and click on www.Desktop-Wealth.com/blog/feed after clicking on the link you should see the rss feed of my blog parsed out….that is you will see the latest 10 or 15 blog posts with snippets, if you click on any of the titles you will go to the actual post! If you want to see how to feed is coded, you’ll notice it uses very different tags than the standard html tags, depending on your internet browser, click on “View Source” and you’ll get an idea how rss feeds are coded.

Now, if I submit that rss feed to the rss directories and rss aggregators it will be available for anyone to use, the search engine spiders will go to each location of my rss feed and include it in the search engines for my specific keywords and articles. The result is more traffic! Others might use my feed in a news directory of some sort so my rss feed becomes content for their blog and in turn I get relevant backlinks.

You will want to submit your rss feed to these directories. Typically you will have to go to each of the rss directories and register before submitting your rss feed. The automated scripts and software will sometimes have you register for only a small number of rss directories and then submit to the rest automatically. Trust me this is a very powerful way to get a consistent surge of traffic to your website. I use a service with a funky name…..BadAssRss, go ahead and click on the link and give it a try.

There is so much you can do with RSS it would take a 600 page book to explain all that rss can do. One thing you might want to do is take several of your sites, let’s say you make a blogger.com and wordpress.com blog….each of those will have an rss feed. Take those 2 feeds and your original feed and merge them into one, you can find a site to do this easy enough, in fact, http://feedmingle.com/ is one such location online that you can merge your rss feeds. Now that you have a new rss feed, submit it to the directories. If you’re using a service like BadAssRss you can do it in a couple of minutes.

If you’re developing a niche market you will want to set up sites on all the free feeder sites such as:

  • blogger
  • wordpress
  • hubpages
  • youtube
  • start another blog
  • forums
  • web 2.0 properties
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • tumblr
  • friendfeed

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Each of these sites have rss feeds and you can combine and use them for traffic to your blog. You can use all these to get links back to your site, and you can do various combinations of their rss feeds and submit each one separately.

I shouldn’t confuse you if you are an rss newbie, but there is another way to use rss feeds. There is a script called Slick Autoposter ….this is a script that can use rss feeds to create posts on your blog, it’s a way of automating your blog posts. There is another script called Article Stalker, this script builds a depository of reprint right articles which allows you to search for articles by keyword. For instance I could search for “RSS” and it would bring up all the reprint right articles containing RSS in the title and automatically create a “rss feed” out of those articles. Instead of just being snippets of articles these are entire articles and you can use Slick Autoposter to automatically drip the articles into your blog for your readers and the search engines.

There are so many ways to use rss feeds, I really suggest you spend a little time each week getting to understand rss feeds and what you can do with them!

How To Write Your Own Ebook

One of the easiest ways to gain status, leads, credibility and trust from your customers is to write your own ebook.

Many people are intimidated by the thought of creating their own ebooks but the truth is, the process is very straight-forward and it can be enormously profitable. If you are already involved in activities such as blogging, article marketing and creating relationships with newsletters, an ebook is just one step beyond in the whole process but can really give your credibility rating an extra boost.

Here are three steps in how to write your own e-book.

1. Choose a topic for your target audience. Don’t make this into a huge product. Pick something relatively narrow within a major topic. So, for example, if the main topic is “internet marketing”, choose something that fits within that category like “article marketing”, or you could go even further and narrow it down to “keyword research for article marketing”.

Keep in mind that for an ebook to work the way you want it to, it must truly address the problems, concerns, or desires of your target market. The content must be top-of-the-line.

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Detailed Instructions on How To Write Your Own Ebook
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2. Brainstorm. Write down every idea you have, walk away and come back and write more. Put down anything and everything for now.

3. Organize your ideas into an outline. Divide your ideas into headers, subheaders, chapters and write descriptions of each point you include. Make sure to keep track of your references and write those down too.

4. Research. Hopefully you’ve picked a topic that you are familiar with already but whether you have or haven’t you’ll need to do research to make your content as valuable as possible. Take notes, mark references and use quotes as you write your own ebook.

5. Put all of your organized ideas and research into a very long article of at least 30 pages – this is your ebook!

6. Get a second opinion. Chances are you’ll spend quite a bit of time on this endeavor. Make sure that you step back every once in a while to give yourself a break. And when you’re near the end, ask someone else to read it for a more objective opinion. Whether it’s your friend, spouse or a fellow marketer, make sure you get a good, honest critique and, if possible, edit of your work.

Once you’re finished, you can either sell your ebook from your blog or website or you can offer it free of charge for people who sign up – the goal of this is to build your list.

If you decide on the first option, you’ll have to set up a shopping cart system. You don’t have to charge a lot for your ebook to make money and because it doesn’t cost you anything to create the book (if you don’t count the time you spend on it) so anything you sell will be a profit.

Learn to use the internet in a smart way and know that you can make money online through study and effort. So now are you ready to write your own ebook?

Review of Slick Autoposter and Article Stalker

Thought I’d take a second and let you guys know how Slick Autoposter and Article Stalker is working. The thought of autoposting or autoblogging can seem daunting to many, but in reality all you need is a few good wordpress plugins and you’ll quickly see some results.

First, Slick Autoposter is is a wordpress plugin that will autopost to your wordpress blog a variety of different ways. The reasons people use autoblogging are legion, yet the purist will call it evil while in truth it will save anyone’s butt that has more than one wordpress blog. One of the biggest problems for the blog owner is keeping up with your blog posts. You really need to post at least once a day, otherwise Google will think your blog is irrelevant. When looking at autoposters you want to make sure you can randomize the posting, there are some autoposters that will post plr articles, some do datafeeds, some post rss feeds and some will post entire books. Slickautoposter does this and a whole lot more, I’d like to see you buy it for your own benefit, so go over to the salespage and take a look at all the fuctions. I can see an argument getting started here, sure, if you click on one of my affiliate links then I’ll make a few bucks and that’s a good thing. But, that’s not why I do this, I like to help people who are looking for direction or stumbling along and one way I can do that is to expose them to what works for me and my friends. Whether you do anything with it is totally up to you. I you buy it and need help, send me an email. Contact me through this blog, I’d be glad to help!

articlestalkermanIn the graph below you can see how Slick Autoposter and Article Stalker doubled my traffic in a few short weeks. The best thing is, once I set up a autopost, I’m done and can get to work on something else. The big benefit of Article Stalker is that AS pulls articles with full text of the article and then posts the entire article. Almost all autoposters will only post a portion of the article, which becomes irritating to the reader of the blog post. I was shocked to see how Slick Autoposter using articles from Article Stalker more than doubled the traffic to my blog.

To be fair I must mention that I am also using a wordpress plugin called Auto Social Poster which I have to contribute much of the success to. I’ve been using Auto Social Poster for almost 2 years and although skeptical at first, I’ve been surprised by it’s effectiveness. Often times the guru’s will tell you to buy this and do that while showing you the great results they get. When truthfully, they leave out some of the details. Auto Social Poster is a powerful plugin because it will randomly submit a social bookmark to a social networking site on each post. If I go through the trouble of looking for the proper long tail keywords for a blog post, write the post and then submit it……I’ll find my post on somewhere between page 1 to 5 of Google within an hour. Now if you combine the work of Auto Social Poster with Slick Autoposter and Article Stalker you’ll find the results stunning. You’ll pay anywhere from $300 to $400 dollars for the two plugins and one script, but you can use them on unlimited domains. These are powerful tools and I guarantee they will get you results if you use them properly. In fact, I had to pay for a seminar to find out the Auto Social Poster (ASP) was one guru’s secret weapon.

The reason (ASP) is fairly secret is that people just don’t want to pay for their tools and think they can get results with free tools. You can do a lot with free tools, but real money producing internet marketing tools will get you there before you get frustrated and quit. Let me give you an example. As a carpenter I can build a house with a box of nails, a hammer and hand saw…..it will take a long time! If you give me an air nailer, electric saw that same house can be framed in a couple of weeks. The same goes for making money online. Invest in some real tools and see if you don’t get some real results!

My Traffic Doubled By Using Slick Autoposter and Article Stalker

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As with any tool, don’t abuse these tools or you’ll risk getting your blog delisted. I can’t say that for sure, but only assume. In other words, you wouldn’t want to set Slick to start posting 5 articles a day, every day for the next 6 months. That would surely get Google alarmed. I always experiment with anything that is automated to see how its going to work and then  I install the scipt or plugin on my primary blogs.

Here’s a Testimonial I posted for Slick Autoposter!

I thought I’d stop by and hype you up a little :)

I wanted to give you a quick review of Slick Autoposter and Auto Stalker for the benefit of your customers.

Seriously, Ed’s products are always top notch worth the investment. Slick Autoposter is one of my favorite tools. I have some health problems which interrupt my posting schedule on my blogs, Slick has saved my butt so many times I can’t remember!

Just recently I started using another one of Ed’s products, Article Stalker, and when Article Stalker is combined with Slick Autoposter you have a pretty powerful weapon. At first I wasn’t sure about the articles that Article Stalker pulled and I was a little skeptical I’d get any traffic from the articles. Quite frankly, I thought that Slick would be posting articles from Article Stalker and that would keep Google happy.

Much to my surprise, I started getting daily traffic from the articles posted by Slick Autoposter. The quality of the articles is excellent and I even get people commenting on them.

Anyway, Slick is a potent weapon. Combine it with Article Stalker and you go nuclear!

I was surprised when I checked out some stats, but it looks like Slick & Article Stalker doubled my traffic….Thanks Ed :)

You’ll see a small downturn in traffic…..that was my fault because I had the blog offline for a period of time. Otherwise as you can see, Google started sending me traffic after autoposting for a couple of weeks.

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If you’re interested autoblogging or autoposting watch this
video and see eactly how easy Slick Autoposter is to use!