Receiving traffic to your website through viral methods is one of the best ways for you to open up the floodgates and to see a lot of results for your efforts. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of these viral marketing efforts can be put on autopilot and do not require any additional work from you, once they get their start. Here are a few different ways that we have seen success with viral marketing, and they can be applied to any business that is on the Internet.
One of the best ways of viral marketing is to use online videos. Video marketing has really come of age, but very few niches are now using it in order to drive traffic to their websites. Believe it or not, the second largest search engine on the Internet is on YouTube, a video website. If you put videos on this website and market them properly, you’re going to see a lot of traffic as a result. There are a few things, however, need to be kept in mind in order for this to work properly.
First of all, you need to make sure that the video is going to be worthy of being passed along. Not just any video is going to work, as many of them are not even going to be watched once the viewer realizes that there is no substance to it. It doesn’t matter if you make them funny, serious or drastic, just make sure that they are targeted properly and that they are well done. You also need to make sure that your URL is easily identified, and you would be surprised how many people are going to follow over to your website.
E-books can start a viral marketing storm as well. The real key to doing this is to make sure that the information is beneficial and that it is going to be worthy of being passed along. Of course, you would also want to make sure that it was targeted to whatever niche you’re working in as that will help you to receive targeted traffic in return. You can either have them come to your website in order to pick up the e-book, perhaps even in exchange for an email or you can put your links inside the e-book and watch the people follow them to your website. Just make sure that it is worthy of being passed along, and people will send it readily.
There are two good things about viral marketing in this way that can generate a lot of traffic. First of all, if you fail on one attempt, it is just a matter of trying again. Eventually, you’re going to come upon a winning combination and the traffic that you receive is going to be phenomenal. Secondly, the traffic is going to be hands-free and you’re not going to need to do anything, outside of perhaps a little initial promotion in order to get the traffic rolling. When done properly, it can really add a lot of traffic to your bottom line.
I Don’t Like This Game Anymore
Image by USFWS Mountain Prairie
One in a series of seven photos:
The National Elk Refuge’s Outdoor Recreation Planner witnessed a spectacular standoff between two juvenile mountain lions and five coyotes. The coyotes let the cats know they weren’t welcome in the area. The mountain lions sought safety on a buck and rail fence for over an hour while the coyotes lurked in the background.
One of the mountain lions makes it way down the fenceline and anticipates its next move.
The encounter ended with one of the mountain lions slowly making its way down the fence, occasionally dropping to the ground where it was met by lunges and yips by the coyotes. The mountain lion responded with hisses and yowls. Eventually, it ran across the creek on the fence and took off running with the five coyotes in pursuit. The second mountain lion was still hunkered down in the grass under the fence when the Outdoor Recreation Planner called it a night.
Credit: Lori Iverson / USFWS
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Update: For those of you concerned about the welfare of the lions, check out our follow-up post that indicated that the cubs were spotted, alive and well, with their mother the following day: on.fb.me/1vlwQgM.
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