How StumbleUpon Sent Me Over 127,000 Visitors to a Single Post (And Why It Isn’t as Great as It Sounds)

the StumbleUpon "wave"

Back in November of last year, I was reading one of my favorite marketing blogs The Future Buzz and got an idea from one of Adam’s most popular posts. The post was 50 Inspirational Images From Flickr Under Creative Commons and it seemed like a great format for potentially getting viral traffic from social media.

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How to Use Interns to Build Traffic: Secret Tips from a Top Travel Blogger

Use interns to build traffic

Guest post by Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site

Running a website is a lot of work. Even if you are blogging for fun, there is a lot of work in keeping the site updated, networking with other bloggers, and keeping up with Twitter.

If you are running your blog as a business, you have even more work to do. Not only do you have to do the above but you have to find advertisers, work on SEO, hire contractors for projects, network even harder, create a brand, and launch products. If you have more than one website like I do, then your work is multiplied. Being a website owner is a full time job.

Often times I feel like I’ll never get ahead. There’s just too much work to do. I can’t keep up with it all. In fact, as a travel blogger, I would either have to stop traveling to work or stop working to travel. So how do I manage to do both? Interns. Over the last few months, I have had a few interns helping me out.

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If SEO is Dead, You Better Carry it Around Like Weekend At Bernie’s

website trafficEvery day, since SEO (Search Engine Optimization for you newbies here) was invented, someone somewhere has proclaimed it to be dead, useless, a waste-of-time or otherwise.

Seriously, a Google blog search on “seo is dead” for the past month revealed 38 blog posts with that phrase.

So what’s the deal? Is SEO really worthless? Should you ignore it altogether?

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If Content is King, Promotion is Prime Minister

website trafficYou’ve heard that saying right, that “content is king?”

It’s true, most sites on the Web (and all blogs) exist to provide visitors with some form of content. If you want those visitors to come back and possibly tell their friends about your site, your content better be great.

In that way, yes, content is king.

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