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Viral Marketing

The Viral Marketing BluePrint

Your Step by Step guide to being everywhere

If you intend to one day make money blogging then PAY ATTENTION! Because this is the most important post you will ever read!

OK maybe that’s a bit presumptuous of me, but hear me out, because what I propose is a blueprint of sorts,– a step by step guide to helping you succeed online. I did not intend to create such a blueprint, I simply wanted to show you how easy it is to be everywhere at once.

What I soon learned, and what you will hopefully realise is that everything starts with this key element. Being everywhere lays the foundations for success across the entire IM arena, not just the blogoshere; so grab yourself a drink, get comfortable – and let’s do this!

You want to start blogging, and you eventually want to make money from it right?

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Problem is, no-one gives you a definitive step by step process to follow, nor do they take the time to explain why. OK maybe they do – but when you are just starting out, do you really take the time to listen? The moment you hear about the financial reward that blogging can ultimately bring – you stop focusing on the intricate details of how you are actually going to get there.

Yeah sure, post everyday and engage with other bloggers. Well that is surely a given, and if you just paid for an e-course and that’s the best they got – then sorry, you should have given the money to charity or something, because the problem with this information, and most of the information you get from these courses is that they are too ambiguous.  Granted it still necessitates that you actually get off your ass and do something, but without an exact how to – a lot of bloggers stumble. And I don’t mean that in a good ‘sharing content’ kind of way.

Before you can ‘do everything’, you need to ‘be everywhere’

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And it all starts at this point. Being everywhere has the flow down effect that you need in order to succeed online, and there is no use trying to tackle it from the other direction. Trying to make sales, or build a list when no one knows who you are is tough going, yet this is what nearly ALL marketers do!

So ignore everything else for now, let’s just focus on going viral, and trust me – the rest will fall neatly into place without you even noticing.

This is what I do now, and what I would do if I had to start again. I am officially calling it ‘Alex Whalley’s Ultimate guide to going viral’ because what I outline is the exact process you need to follow in order to ‘be everywhere’ and do it relatively quickly.

Little things add up to a lot.

First, I want you to remember that statement – in fact I want you to write it down, because it will remind you why you are doing what you are doing, and trust me, that little line will keep you sane sometimes too! But this is all about longevity and going viral, and what I propose is a strategy that will take an hour or two out of your time, but cut the rate at which your blog and your brand grows by at least half!

From now on you are a guest

You want to go viral? You are going to have to change the way you post. For every three posts your write on your blog, at least one needs to be written and submitted for review as a guest post on another blog. I don’t care what blog – so long as it has traffic and it’s relevant. Oh – and this has to be your BEST post too, no second rate articles please. Guest blogging is THE no. 1 way to increase your online presence and ultimately get that ‘viral’ feeling (eeewwwww). Nothing else comes close to the exposure and ultimate brand recognition you can get from contributing to other popular blogs in your niche.

Leverage, syndicate, and then do it some more.

THAT is the key to ‘being everywhere’. It’s as simple as that. The internet is a massive place, and if you want to stand any chance of dominating your niche and being in as many places as possible then you need to leverage what you already have – and you need to do it on a massive scale.

What about Duplicate Content?

article submission duplicate content

There is no such thing! Look, even if you don’t want to believe me – then think about it this way. Just say you post the same article to two sites. Unless those two sites are identical in every way, the Search engines are going to index them both. Besides it is still going to get indexed for other keywords, and the article is still going to contain the valuable link back to your site.

Worried about your content being indexed somewhere else first and you not getting ranked for it?

Chances are you never would have ranked above whatever high PR site you syndicated it to, and if you didn’t syndicate it at all, you would be on page 3 … maybe. At least this way you have YOUR content on page 1. Does it really matter where it’s located?

So listen, Here’s the plan…

I promised you a blueprint and I am going to deliver. It’s really simple too. heres the plan

Everytime you publish a post or create a piece of content you are going to leverage it by duplicating and syndicating it across multiple web 2.0 platforms, social media sites, social bookmarking directories, Forums, video services and RSS Feeds. This may seem overwhelming, but consider this:

The process of actually doing this properly for a post is a realistic 2 – 4 hours, and that is not quick. But in the context of your online business, it really isn’t much time at all, and when you add it all together you end up with a very, very powerful and stable platform with which to establish and grow your online business, both organically and socially. Isn’t your business worth that?

Your Viral Marketing Checklist

I’m not here to argue about the reasons behind why each of these steps should be taken, I am simply providing you with a blueprint that will result in a MASSIVE ONLINE PRESENCE provided you do it religiously. The beauty of this whole process is that it not only creates a viral presence for your brand, it also starts the process of building solid quality backlinks* to your blog, and if you are anywhere near the IM niche, then trust me – you are going to need all the backlinks you can get.

*I know you know this already – but please remember to hyperlink (anchor text) your keywords. You’ll never outrank Adobe for ‘Click Here’ anyway :)

One final note before we get into the juicy details. If you are building a list and you have the opt-in and offer available on its own page then you can simply substitute your blog’s URL for that one every now and again. This way your list has a chance to grow at the same rate as your brand.

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Here is your Blueprint. (finally!) There are a million more sites you can use to leverage your content, but listing them would put you right back where you started from – feeling overwhelmed and massively confused. So let’s keep this simple. I’ve divided the checklist up into the various website categories/properties – whatever you want to call them :)

Write a post, publish it, and then do this. (in no particular order)

Web 2.0 Properties

Web 2.0

Little bit of work involved here – but very high quality links are obtained.

  • Create a Squidoo Lens by simply cutting and pasting the article into 3 or 4 text modules and adding images. Link back to your article AND to your main blog page.
  • Create a HubPage Hub – do as above
  • Create a Blog on Tumblr.com* Set this up much like you would the original post on your blog.
  • Create a Blog on Typepad.com* – Remember to include your keywords in the title as this becomes the URL. Save your catchy title for the page itself *Unlike the first two properties, these two sites allow you to create a blog, and not just a page – so once you have set these up you can simply add new relevant posts to them next time instead of creating a whole new blog.
  • Create a Wiki. This is technically not web 2.0, but anyway. Go to Wikispaces.com (there’s a lot more) and simply create a page using your post, all or part. Wikispaces allows you to add pages onto the existing one, but I recommend treating it like it was a hubpage- that is, a single entity.

Social Bookmarking

Social Bookmarking Sites

  • This is the easy bit – it’s all pretty much cut and paste. Oh, and you can do this with your guest post URL instantly – no need to wait a week or two
  • Use IMAutomator (awesome FREE tool!) to submit your blog post URL to 15 high quality do follow social bookmarking sites
  • Use OnlyWire to submit to another 30 (service is free provided you add a STUPID plug-in to your blog
  • Use WP-Twitter plug-in to syndicate your posts to Twitter – still Tweet it every chance you get, and add a hash tag to prevalent keywords too! (eg: Check out this awesome #blog post from Alex Whalley, the #seo legend!)
  • Use WordBook plug-in to send your posts to your Facebook page. On this note – don’t make my mistake. Start off by creating a page/profile dedicated to your blog/niche and let this fill with relative content. (Great for SEO)
  • There is a million more but they are unnecessary overkill at this point, and this is one area that is way more confusing than it needs to be. Don’t trip yourself up worrying about it…. it’s OK to stumble though. :)

RSS Feeds

RSS Feeds

  • I assume you have already done this, but if not – submit your blog feed to a few RSS Directories, but you only need to do this once. Like the now defunct ‘ping’* – the RSS Directories will be updated every time you create a new post, so it’s set and forget. *I say defunct because WordPress, and most blog platforms are designed to take care of all the pinging for you.
  • http://www.feedage.com – because I did promise to make this easy (but there are SO many more – just Google it)

Article Marketing

Article marketing

  • EzineArticles offer a plug-in that allows you to upload your posts straight to their directory – all without leaving your dashboard. It’s available through your Author Area under tools, so go and install it and start leveraging your content to the most authoritative Article Directory on the web.
  • You can submit your post to other Article Directories if you have a preference for a particular one, just make sure you give it to EzineArticles first.

Social Blogmarking

Social Bookmarking

I just made that name up, but it basically refers to Social Bookmarking aimed at bloggers, with a community being fostered on and around the site as well. This is where you NEED to have a presence – regardless!

  • BlogEngage – Most active and Invite only, but most Famous Bloggers are members, just ask.
  • MMOSocialnetwork – Famous Bloggers very own social network.
  • Bloggersbase – One of the more established networks.

Video Marketing (for those wanting to go the extra mile)

Video marketing

Turn your how-to posts, and those aimed directly at your niche market into videos

This is where you can really make an impact with viral marketing – because you are recreating your content in another format – meaning the avenues available for syndicating and leveraging it just increased exponentially. It’s also effective because of the sheer visitor stats that YouTube alone can boast AND because it is a time consuming task, meaning you have very little competition from your fellow bloggers.

  • Create a pdf document from your post  (be sure to include images etc) and then simply film your screen as you click through the pdf and read it. Simple but VERY EFFECTIVE.
  • Film yourself doing whatever it is your post was discussing
  • Don’t have the software? Get Camstudio, the free alternative to Camtasia.
  • Now upload the videos to YouTube and Vimeo.

HOT TIP: Everytime you create a new Web 2.0 property, or upload a video you get a new URL. Submit this new URL to your social bookmarking sites to get that ‘all over viral marketing feeling’

Remember the Guest posts you keep writing as well? When you submit them, it is advisable to wait a week or two before starting the above process so that the Article has a chance to be indexed on that blog first. It’s just the right thing to do.

That’s it!  Not so bad was it?

And…you’ll still probably fail.

If you are still with me, and thinking to yourself, “hang on, I need to know more about Web 2.0”. Or – “I need to know exactly what a wiki is” then STOP IT! This is the very reason that 97% of online marketers fail! You spend the bulk of your time wondering about the intricate details of how this works, or what that does that you never get around to actually doing anything! If you wanted to sail around the world, would you think about what type of fabric was used in the rigging, or would you learn how to sail, chart a course, and get going? I’ve taken the liberty of charting a course for you, so stop worrying about the colour of the wood paneling on the deck and start making waves already!

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Imagine…

If you followed this routine, then assuming you post three times a week – at the end of a year you would have 500 – 1000 extra pieces of content and web property that are working for you 24/7. I could go on and on about the power of Twitter do to ‘X’ or how much you need Mr Y to help build your list, but what’s the point,  they are all small fries in comparison to what a viral online presence will do. Trust me, when everybody knows your name, you won’t need Twitter, and you sure as hell won’t need Mr. Y’s help either.

P.S.  Viral marketing doesn’t actually work.  Tell your friends.

I will be packaging The Blog Post Viral Marketing Checklist into a much more detailed listing of the sites, feeds, directories,resources , tools, and services available to help automate and/or streamline this process, which will be available for download FREE in the very near future.

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Alex Whalley is the owner and founder of Build | Rank | Profit: The Niche Site Marketing Blog and the Principle Consultant at BuRP! Consulting, a Sydney based Search Engine Marketing Firm. Connect with Alex at the official Build Rank Profit Blog and learn EXACTLY how to Build, Rank, and Profit from Niche Sites today!

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  • Nancy September 4, 2011, 8:22 pm

    one word ————— this is bullshit after panda…. syndication has lost its power… the same piece of content present at 50 places .. how will it benefit u.. google will rank authority site first not u.. there is a reason why i keep spinning whole day with tbs.. the technique which u have mentioned is ages old..

    • Leann Zarah
      Twitter:
      June 5, 2012, 3:25 am

      I agree with Nancy.

      Google has become more “sensitive” to content quality by making its algorithmic changes more progressive, if not aggressive, in weeding out sites that are stuffed with keywords and are obviously made only to get adsense juice.

  • Mitz October 25, 2010, 6:43 am

    It seems to be true about duplicate content. I used to be sure that it was a bad thing but I have never been penalized for it.

    I even received an email from Ezine articles telling me that it was Ok to publish my already popular blog content to their website. Yes they were asking for posts that were already published. So there it was, straight from the horses mouth.
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  • Mike Pedersen October 18, 2010, 8:05 am

    You’ve put together a monster post here! Very impressive. I have to say, my next goal is “guest posting”, as I have not done that yet and really want to. I don’t if I could put together one as detailed as you did, but I think I can provide some value to a community.

    Cheers,
    Mike
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  • Alex October 13, 2010, 4:19 am

    Hi Alex, It is great to see you guest posting here. I got here following a string of searches I am doing the last couple of days related to how backlinks impact your site’s SEO.
    You don’t fail to be very radical in your all blogs post! You certainly give us a lot of food for thought. I used to believe that Google prefers original content, but you don’t seem to worry about it. Instead, you (and other reputable bloggers who have commented here) talk about “recycling” and “leveraging” your content between your own blog and other web 2 properties, bookmarking sites and article directories like Ezine Articles. I thought that directories such as Ezine articles prefer to have 100% original content and they do their checks before they approve submitted articles.
    Recycling your content around the web sounds too easy to get backlinks – and I feel that Google may not give the same credit to backlinks that come from sites like directories, where everyone and their granny can write a line for the sake of getting a link. There is another school of thought, who preach that backlinks from sites like article directories have no weight factor in Google’s eyes. In other words, you may have lots of keyword backlinks coming to your site from such directories and Google will disregard them.
    At the same time, I do admit that I do not have the length of experience you (and some other people here) do in the blogsphere and SEO so I would take your correction as useful feedback. Does anyone else have any suggestions?
    Alex

  • Alex Papa October 13, 2010, 4:05 am

    Hi Alex, It is great to see you guest posting here. I got here following a string of searches I am doing the last couple of days related to how backlinks impact your site’s SEO.
    You don’t fail to be very radical in your all blogs post! You certainly give us a lot of food for thought. I used to believe that Google prefers original content, but you don’t seem to worry about it. Instead, you (and other reputable bloggers who have commented here) talk about “recycling” and “leveraging” your content between your own blog and other web 2 properties, bookmarking sites and article directories like Ezine Articles. I thought that directories such as Ezine articles prefer to have 100% original content and they do their checks before they approve submitted articles.
    Recycling your content around the web sounds too easy to get backlinks – and I feel that Google may not give the same credit to backlinks that come from sites like directories, where everyone and their granny can write a line for the sake of getting a link. There is another school of thought, who preach that backlinks from sites like article directories have no weight factor in Google’s eyes. In other words, you may have lots of keyword backlinks coming to your site from such directories and Google will disregard them.
    At the same time, I do admit that I do not have the length of experience you (and some other people here) do in the blogsphere and SEO so I would take your correction as useful feedback. Does anyone else have any suggestions?
    Alex Papa

  • LaTonya October 11, 2010, 2:55 pm

    Man, you never cease to amaze me. You Are A Machine! Lord please give me the strength to be a s diligent as Alex Whalley. I must be slow because I can only focus on one thing at a time, and right now I’m focusing on perfecting my product (which will hopefully be released this week).

    God bless you Alex! Keep up the great work.
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  • Karen October 11, 2010, 9:49 am

    Hi Alex,

    I guess I’m late to the game on this article, but I just saw it on Murray Lam’s Definitive Guide to Guest Posting article and had to check it out. Well done! I learn so much from you every time you write and regardless of where you post :-)

    I couldn’t help thinking while reading this guide that I’m doing everything wrong (well, I’m on Twitter and Stumbleupon) but I definitely don’t do most of the suggestions you’ve posted here in order to go viral. It may not seem like hard work, but it reads as if it is. But, maybe that’s the point – the people who are going to go above and beyond what other so will get the traffic rewards.

    Thanks for this,
    Karen
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    • Alex
      Twitter:
      October 12, 2010, 10:32 am

      Thanks so much for that awe inspiring comment Karen, and for taking the time to come over here.
      I think you definitely need to start doing more of this – because you have such a positive impact on those you do reach – imagine the potential!
      31 days to a better you?
      31 days a to a thousand yous!
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  • Usama September 30, 2010, 2:09 pm

    Social bookmarking is not only the best way to generate traffic but its the smartest way.
    Very information rich article. So many great tips. Thanks a lot.
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  • Moon Hussain September 17, 2010, 2:41 pm

    Alex, this is jam packed full of great information. Do you do speed to keep up with it all?? No kidding…. I’ll be re-reading this when my brain doesn’t hurt like right now :|
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  • Michelle Mangen September 14, 2010, 6:15 pm

    Alex:
    I’m with LaTonya – how the heck do you do all of this? :-)

    Two alternate sources I’ve been using to send my posts to Facebook are LinksAlpha and SNSAnaylitics. I’m playing with both right now to determine which of those I really like best.

    I had not heard of 2 of the 3 social bookmarking sites you mentioned but recently stumbled across MMOsocialnetwork *but haven’t really delved into it yet*.

    As always, thanks!
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    • Alex
      Twitter:
      September 16, 2010, 7:17 pm

      Hahaha, hey Michelle :)
      sometimes I ask myself the same question, but my wife reminds me that I clearly have time because I am “never bloody around anymore” ….whoops :)

      Looking forward to your feedback on the plugins you spoke of, and as always thank YOU for the comments.
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      • Michelle Mangen September 17, 2010, 10:22 am

        LOL your wife sounds like my son or my inner critic. Luckily for me my son got a new Xbox game this week so he’s been “bugging” me less. My inner critic, on the other hand, reminds me I need to step away from the computer and do yoga, swim or bike…anything that is not with my butt planted in my office chair.
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  • jhon September 14, 2010, 3:00 pm

    Consistency is might and main in SEO and SEM but links achieved by the social media sites are normally no follow.
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  • LaTonya September 13, 2010, 11:13 am

    Damn Alex! How do you have time to do all of this? Don’t you have a full-time job and a family? Please share your secrets here, because I’m struggling!

    TTYL

    LaTonya

  • Libby Fisher September 9, 2010, 2:51 pm

    Wow Alex, I learn something from every single one of your posts but this one is really awesome! I already signed up at IMAutomator, and I am going to use a few of the other resources you mentioned. Thanks for sharing all the links and tips! I am heading over right now to sign up for your newsletter so I can download The Blog Post Viral Marketing Checklist when it’s out! :)
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    • Alex Whalley
      Twitter:
      September 10, 2010, 7:39 pm

      Hey Libby!

      Awesome Girl! Glad you found the post helpful (actually I’m more glad that you made it all the way through :) )

      The ebook is being written as we speak – noticed you signed up so you will get it very soon.

      Thanks for your comments Libby, ROck (lobster) on! :)
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  • Ana
    Twitter:
    September 9, 2010, 12:07 pm

    Hey, Alex aka #SEO legend! :)

    I must admit, I loved it. Didn’t really wanted to, didn’t really feel like it, but you’ve got me hooked.

    One thing I am not too happy about is that you revealed my very best well-kept secret for recycling the very same content for different social venues and getting backlinks like crazy.

    Maybe if you do a guest post for me, I’ll forgive you.

    Ana
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    • Alex Whalley
      Twitter:
      September 9, 2010, 5:35 pm

      Ana you are too kind, and coming from someone of such high repute makes the compliment especially glowing!

      Sorry for giving up the secret :) but you and I both know that only 2 people at most are going to take action on every step here, so we’re both still safe ;)

      SO I need to guest post to stay in the good books hey? I’ll be in touch ;)
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      • Ana
        Twitter:
        September 10, 2010, 11:21 pm

        You are so right, Alex – how sad is that.

        Most people already know everything they need to know to make money online, they just choose not to act on that knowledge.

        You said it though – better for you and me!

        Ana

        PS I am serious about a guest post.
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  • Hieu Martin September 8, 2010, 10:51 pm

    Awesome guide Alex. i really like your post.
    thanks
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  • Marc September 8, 2010, 5:38 pm

    I think u are so right about the blogging on OTHER sites. It’s fun to share amazing material, but as I focus more on creating new and interesting content, I of course want the biggest audience possible. Giving away the goods is a little hard to accept because we would all like to keep our best material on our own sites, but I truly feel that the most important tip here is to submit to OTHER people’s blogs.
    Thanks for the advice!

    • Alex
      Twitter:
      September 8, 2010, 7:17 pm

      Hey Marc, you are spot on my friend.
      I struggled with the concept of giving this post away – but would you have found it on my blog?

      Thanks for the comments Marc
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    • Patricia September 9, 2010, 1:23 pm

      Marc, I have good news for you!

      Even tho I too struggle with wanting to keep great content, or even great ideas, to myself, the truth is that the more you give — the more you serve as a conduit of information and good to/for others — the more you are given to share. It’s true. Take a leap of faith and give it a try.

      So many writers, or others creating anything to share with the public, think to themselves: if/when I execute this great idea, I’ll never have another one.
      It’s a form of “poverty consciousness” almost everyone struggles with at least now and then.

      The truth is exactly the opposite: you’re less likely to have another one until you DO go ahead and create and release the one you’ve got now.
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  • Jimi Jones September 8, 2010, 2:09 pm

    Seriously fantastic post, Alex.
    It is clear to see that taking action on this advice can only bring success.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Imran Yousaf September 8, 2010, 12:37 pm

    Alex this is a great & excellent work. No doubt that your article is really a blueprint for going viral. Being everywhere is sure shot way to introduce yourself at every forum. I liked this idea. Keep it work.
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  • Lennart Heleander September 8, 2010, 12:00 pm

    Thanks Alex, What a nice thoughtful post – many new thing that I have not think about.

  • Chris September 8, 2010, 11:49 am

    interesting post. I think video marketing is the best way to go. People like having content read to them rather than having to read content. Not to mention if you video provides something unique it will def go viral.
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  • cam September 8, 2010, 11:35 am

    Wow, you spell everything out quite nicely here. I am not much on the whole viral process but this is a very convincing post. I think I need to reanalyze some things and test this out with a couple of my sites. Thanks!
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  • Joy September 8, 2010, 11:31 am

    Wow Alex, what an in-depth great article. Now if I can only find the time to do it all I feel I could certainly dominate my niche market. thanks for the blueprint.

  • Susan Kennedy September 8, 2010, 10:15 am

    I guess even if you think you have no chance of having your guest post accepted by a top blog it is good practice to write for the best. Even if they don’t accept your submission you will then have some killer content to do with you will with. I will try to follow this strategy!
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  • Dev
    Twitter:
    September 8, 2010, 10:11 am

    Hey Alex,

    Super duper kick-ass Post dude. Really super awesome post my friend.

    I really like your point on being where. When i first started technshare i was everywhere doing blog commenting on every single blog, doing guest posting, forum posting (digitalpoint, warriorforums etc) and i can it works awesome.

    These days i’m working on my blog seo, article marketing and other stuff !!

    Thanks for sharing this super awesome post alex :) !!
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    • Alex Whalley
      Twitter:
      September 8, 2010, 8:44 pm

      Hey Dev!

      Thanks man – and I can see that you clearly did all this early on because you have done a great job of establishing your self and your blogs credibility early on

      Awesome man, thanks for the support as always – see you at my next post at TechnShare hey.
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  • Colleen September 8, 2010, 9:14 am

    Very good (and lengthy) post Alex. I especially like the section on “Web 2.0 Properties” We have Squidoo lenses, and I was aware the I need to do Hubpages, but was not aware of the other resources. Nice work.
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  • bryan September 8, 2010, 5:35 am

    Alex, that is an incredible post you’ve made here. Really like it although its a long one but its full of juicy content to bite :) and an enjoyable read too!

    I think this entire blog post can serve as a guide to every single newbie blogger out there or a reminder to any blogger who wants to have success in their blogs. It does take a lot of time to do the entire process, but I guess it is worthwhile. I’ve never thought of Wikispaces, would definitely check that out and post some content there.

  • Chadrack
    Twitter:
    September 8, 2010, 5:30 am

    Wow, this is definitely a must have guide for every serious blogger. I must say most of the special reports being sold out there can not compare with this.

    Ok, I’m already doing a little of what is outlined here but right now my next task is to draw up a guide to ensure that I move on to do at least 90% of what you’ve outlined. I’m serious. I like taking action. Thanks a million.
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  • James King September 8, 2010, 4:32 am

    Wow Alex,

    One amazingly useful resource. I’ve included this post in my mid-week mention. So much useful content provided here. RSS to many is still a grey area.

  • Blazing Minds
    Twitter:
    September 8, 2010, 4:31 am

    Good grief Alex, that was a long article and may I just say extremely well written, it’s nice to read an article that has so much information in it that is of any use ;)
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  • Michael September 8, 2010, 3:35 am

    Hi Alex

    Incredible post, mate. The information you have provided here has been very helpful and shown me a few ways to go viral which I never knew.

    I’ll be implementing these strategies as I want to do every thing I can to grow my online presence.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Michael

  • Cindy
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    September 8, 2010, 2:47 am

    great article, Alex.. I signed up to a few sites mentioned here. I try to get around as much as possible to promote, I guess the only problem I have is time.

    Thanks for giving a lot of useful info and advice to base some new strategies on :)
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  • Tinh
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    September 8, 2010, 1:26 am

    Nice article @Alex. The biggest mistake that almost bloggers have made when trying to monetize their blog is “so hurried” to get rich and miss out other things like contents, socialization, relationships….Many of them asked me a same question. Why do you get $2k from affiliate marketing and can you help me make 1,500USD and you get $500? It is so funny as they have never known that I have invested my time for last 7 years to learn and master it :-)
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  • Murlu
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    September 7, 2010, 9:29 pm

    The key, as I’m sure you’d say Alex, is syndication.

    The more you can spread your content the more chances you have at being discovered. You don’t have to worry about the duplicate content myth – just get as much of your content out there, fire fire fire, go go go!

    You can setup systems which goes top down or bottom up during the content creation process (plan to write about this soon) – in point, you can do this yourself or you could consider going with a freelance VA to get the job done; either way, you’re marketing the hell outta yourself.

    Great article Alex :P
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  • Kharim
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    September 7, 2010, 7:41 pm

    WOW!!! This is a long but very informative post :)
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  • James Pruitt September 7, 2010, 6:05 pm

    That is a million dollar post there. some people would sell that blueprint for a $100, and then try to sell you something else on top of it all.

    I usually recommend that people start with the social profiles first.

    If you get out there, and meet people interested in your niche, start bookmarking stuff as you do your research, and engage the community before starting up your site, you have a ready source of instant traffic when you are ready to begin your blog.
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    • bryan September 8, 2010, 5:27 am

      Exactly, I think a lot of marketers will charge a fee for all the information put out on this blog post.

    • Alex Whalley
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      September 8, 2010, 9:07 pm

      Hey James, thanks mate – I’ll take that as a huge compliment :)

      I agree that it’s amazing the crap people try to charge for now-a-days.
      Wait until you see the detailed ebook version of this – yep, still going to be free
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  • Will September 7, 2010, 4:48 pm

    Amazing Article Alex,

    I’ve just benn digging & stumbling etc like Gera & have just downloaded your Organic Traffic Jam – which is now for booked Friday morning reading! ( when I have a bit of time ! )

    Thanks, you lucky surfer – hope the sun is shining down on the beaches today.

    Cheers
    Will
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  • Mark September 7, 2010, 4:36 pm

    WOW – no wonder you’ve been “away” on skype mate – what did you do? lock yourself in a darkened room? I’d to take a “break” in the middle of this post!

    Some fab tips – you’re really giving away some awesome stuff! I look forward to it though in the form of your next ebook – hint hint!

    I think you’ve covered all the different marketing strategies – maybe a few missing but we’ll not complain. I like how you’ve mentioned different strategies for each type of method – like breaking the web 2.0 into squidoo lens etc.

    What methods have you found most effective though?
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    • Alex Whalley
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      September 8, 2010, 9:11 pm

      If anyone happens to read this – TAKE NOTE
      What Mark has done here is GENIUS, he has replied to the comments with a further question. This is one of the keys to building your brand ON TOP of everything I talked about in the post above – brilliant Mark.

      Now I have to answer you, come over to your blog, continue the conversation…. and thus perpetuates the blogosphere… hee hee

      I have found the most effective method would have to be social bookmarking. No matter what anyone tells you, it is quick – gets a you lots of quality backlinks, and the social traffic is always an added bonus

      Thanks for the comments Mark, I mean Bloggers Journal (why are you not taking advantage of keyword love tsk tsk Mark :)
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  • TJ McDowell
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    September 7, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Wow – this would be overwhelming for a beginner. I think the key is to just add on new ways to market as you can. Focus on one at a time, then when you have that mastered to move on to the next. Don’t you think?
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  • Mars Dorian September 7, 2010, 3:51 pm

    Jesus Christ !

    That’s what I call a super duper viral epic long valuable piece of viral magic ;)

    I don’t agree with all the points ( I believe that article marketing and directories are a waste of time), but the other ones are making major sense.

    Man, I will re-read this article many times, it’s that grrreat.
    I hope my retweet will further leverage the viral effect of your post, Alex !
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    • Alex Whalley
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      September 8, 2010, 9:17 pm

      Mars my man~

      You are the king of viral branding, so to have your awesome approval on this post is totally righteous! LOL

      Thanks for your feedback, I agree with you about Article Marketing, which is why I generally only touch EzineArticles.
      Directory listings for RSS – I have yet to see whether its good or bad actually, but uts easy!

      Thanks so much for your comments Mars
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  • Steve
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    September 7, 2010, 3:47 pm

    Awesome Article as Always Alex,

    One great point is duplicate content. So many people are worried that they will be penalized for duplicate content when it simply is not so. There is no duplicate content penalty. When Google notices more than two sets duplicate content they just “do not count” backlinks from the 3rd content on. You can still get lots of traffic from them, you just will not get backlink traffic. This is FAR from being a penalty.
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  • Gera
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    September 7, 2010, 3:47 pm

    Excellent – excellent article Alex! I’ll read it carefully with enough time but some techniques are new especially Wikispaces.com and another blog at Typepad brilliant ideas.

    I’m experimenting with IMAutomator and I’m still don’t know the results, but how easy is to use it.

    Just stumbled and tweeted to make a little viral :)

    Cheers,

    Gera
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    • Alex Whalley
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      September 8, 2010, 9:23 pm

      I’m with you on the ease of use beats results for now mindset hahahaa.IM Automator is indeed so user friendly that we may as well keep at it until we know better right?

      Thanks for the sharing love – you rock, I mean you;re sweet :)
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  • Ryan Biddulph
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    September 7, 2010, 2:47 pm

    Hi Alex,

    Wow :) A detailed, step by step breakdown of how to go viral.

    You also hit on a few key points about duplicate content which are often misunderstood.

    Thanks for sharing your deep store of knowledge.

    Ryan Biddulph
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  • Karla Campos Lopez
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    September 7, 2010, 2:44 pm

    Excellent points in this article! I am a huge supporter of guest blogging and I always try to promote the benefits of being a guest blogger all around the web. As you can see when something is good (be it a product, service or experience) people will talk to each other about it.

  • AJ September 7, 2010, 2:41 pm

    Alex,

    You mention that guest blog posts need to be your best posts. Well, you have definitely lead by example. Not only does this post provide an incredible amount of value to beginnings and “wanna be expert” bloggers but one can tell that it was written with thoroughly with a lot of thought – you definitely took your time to write something amazing.

    Every smart business is using the internet to market their products/services and increase their customer base beyond what would be possible limits without the internet. There are sooo many ways to get your name out there and position yourself as the expert in any given field – you mention many of the best ways and believe it or not there are hundreds of more ways to get viral.

    Perfect post – great work Alex!
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  • bbrian017
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    September 7, 2010, 2:09 pm

    First Alexa I want to thank you for mentioning us! This article is simply amazing and if you don’t get new followers back to your own blog I’ll be extremely confused on what’s going wrong.

    I think the best advice you give in the entire article came out within the first paragraph and that’s to be everywhere. When I first started blog engage man I was everywhere. No one was at my site so I had to go where everyone else was.

    I was in webmaster forums, blogs, blogging communities and I was marketing like I was getting paid full time. I still don’t think I hit the viral state yet but who knows what the near future will bring. The thing is the blogosphere is so large it’s nearly impossible to market to everyone is little amounts of time.

    You can’t simply spam market because that will only devalued your credibility and I’ve seen this happen to many peop0el before. Your strategy has to be written out and followed properly in order for everything to fall into place.

    It can be done but it takes a lot of time and effort!
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    • Alex Whalley
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      September 8, 2010, 9:40 pm

      Hey Brian, Thanks mate – really great feedback from the genius behind BlogEngage.

      It really was my pleasure to mention BE, I would not have been doing myself much of a favour if I did not include it. Of all the Blogmarking sites – BE is the most active, the most user friendly, and drives the most traffic- so thank YOU for creating it brother!

      As for the rest of the comments, thank you for taking the time to share your story and add your ownb value to the piece. THat’s what it’s all about after all!
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  • Tia
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    September 7, 2010, 2:02 pm

    Well done, Alex. That’s certainly a blueprint! Will be sure to pass it on. Not much more I can add to it and certainly nothing to take from it. You’re right on.

    Cheers,
    Tia
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  • Aaron September 7, 2010, 1:54 pm

    Awesome guide Alex. Can’t wait to see more posts from you. Now all I need is time to do everything listed to market my sites.
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