Do you buy your traffic or do SEO? > for your affiliate site

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Hi
I was wondering how many of you people are still struggling to promote their affiliate sites organically? or are you buying traffic straight from the beginning?

I am still investing lots of my time on SEO and find that it is getting extremely harder than what was 2 years ago.

thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Garrison
    You're absolutely right - SEO is getting extremely harder than it was a few years ago. Why? Because every day thousands of websites are entering the world wide web which in turn dilutes rankings and gives search engines far more websites to crawl through.

    How can you combat this? Create the best possible content that you can. If you focus solely on your content, you will naturally produce great keywords and engage users. You have to remember people search the web for quality content on topics that matters to them. What good does it do you if you get someone to your page by using bootlegged SEO tactics with crappy content? Nothing. They won't stay and click around - they'll leave, and won't come back.

    The takeaway here is that content is king. I know you want to make money with your affiliate links just like the rest of us, but you won't if you spend too much time buying traffic and having crappy content. Make content you want to share and that you are proud of, only then will you stand out from the rest and see real traffic and real results.

    Just my two cents.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Originally Posted by Andrew Garrison View Post

      Make content you want to share and that you are proud of, only then will you stand out from the rest and see real traffic and real results.

      Just my two cents.
      Almost right. Don't depend on just getting such content found by the search engines. You can drive massive quantities of highly convertible traffic very quickly through broad distribution in niche-relevant outlets.

      Just my million dollar tip.
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      • Profile picture of the author anayb
        Originally Posted by myob View Post

        Almost right. Don't depend on just getting such content found by the search engines. You can drive massive quantities of highly convertible traffic very quickly through broad distribution in niche-relevant outlets.

        Just my million dollar tip.
        No one can drive massive quantities of traffic if you rule out of seo (Google), videos (YouTube), and social (facebook); they should be the cornerstones of your traffic plan, both paid and organic. So, start relying on them ethically, give them what they want, doing so you'll be rewarded heftily.
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        • Profile picture of the author discrat
          Originally Posted by anayb View Post

          No one can drive massive quantities of traffic if you rule out of seo (Google), videos (YouTube), and social (facebook); t.
          Then you need to hang around awhile longer if you truly believe that !
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        • Profile picture of the author myob
          Originally Posted by anayb View Post

          No one can drive massive quantities of traffic if you rule out of seo (Google), videos (YouTube), and social (facebook); they should be the cornerstones of your traffic plan, both paid and organic.
          I generate massive quantities of highly convertible traffic within some of the most intensely competitive niches without using any of those sources. The method I mentioned above has been consistently beating the hell out of all my competitors for the past 20 years.
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    • Profile picture of the author mak1403
      Complete complete agree. Great content is key. If you can't create the content yourself I would rather spend money on getting content on your site rather than spending money on getting traffic. Will benefit you in the long term.
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    • Profile picture of the author american bonding
      I pay more attention to content than anything else, but what about back link? I have heard it really does do much any more
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Cruz
    Yeah, it's hard to promote affiliate sites and build links to it using whitehat tactics.. But you can always product informational and high quality content, link from it to your money pages and promote THAT informational content. That way, you'll be passing the link juice to your money pages and eventually rank them even if you don't build links to them
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Cruz
    Yeah, it's hard to promote affiliate sites and build links to it using whitehat tactics.. But you can always produce informational and high quality content, link from it to your money pages and promote THAT informational content. That way, you'll be passing the link juice to your money pages and eventually rank them even if you don't build links to them directly. That's how people rank their amazon websites.

    One more thing is build an authority site instead. Go big. Authority sites are the way to go. Once your site gain authority, your freshly baked content will almost instantly rank #1 on search engines (No Joke).
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    SEO is getting easier.

    One example...

    Featured snippets makes it possible to rank above the #1 ranked organic page for some keywords while having a weaker link profile (less work).

    This wasn't possible a few years ago, it wasn't even an option.

    Don't get me wrong, SEO is work but you need to be doing the right work.
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    • Profile picture of the author stevenha
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      SEO is getting easier.

      One example...

      Featured snippets makes it possible to rank above the #1 ranked organic page for some keywords while having a weaker link profile (less work).

      This wasn't possible a few years ago, it wasn't even an option.

      Don't get me wrong, SEO is work but you need to be doing the right work.

      Interesting point of view...
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  • Profile picture of the author Randy McLean
    I prefer paid traffic.

    SEO is like playing Russian Roulette.

    When I buy traffic I know exactly how much and when.

    And it's fast
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    • Profile picture of the author stevenha
      Originally Posted by Randy McLean View Post

      I prefer paid traffic.

      SEO is like playing Russian Roulette.

      When I buy traffic I know exactly how much and when.

      And it's fast
      so, where and how did you learn to maintain good ROI ?
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by Randy McLean View Post

      I prefer paid traffic.

      SEO is like playing Russian Roulette.

      When I buy traffic I know exactly how much and when.
      :


      Funny, as If paid traffic is a sure win.

      You have no idea what you're getting before you buy traffic. It's a gamble just like anything else in business.

      People around here act like paid traffic is pie in the sky easy, it's not. You don't simply drop a credit card number and start banking like Warren Buffett.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrianWang
    I think We need SEO for website. don't buy traffic.. SEO website it is better choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    You should really never be direct linking today. Build a list! I work on seo as a secondary. I do a lot of youtube plus I run bing ads pretty much 24/7 and well as sponsor post in facebook.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    No one can drive massive quantities of traffic if you rule out of seo (Google), videos (YouTube), and social (facebook)
    No one as in you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Julio
    I don't do paid traffic at all. I do little SEO and I have noticed the traffic increasing in my blog the past week.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaymehelp
    It depends on your activity. If you're running an ecommerce store then I suggest investing in Paid traffic (social one) You can control the clicks you get and with some optimization you can get fast results.

    For a blog , trying to rank the website is the ideal thing. You can see the increase in traffic by the time and it's far easier than trying to rank an ecommerce store.

    In my case I usually get the traffic from social medias to my pages then to my links. Better . Faster !
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    i buy traffic

    i also get free pinterest traffic and youtube traffic..

    the best thing i did last year was to stop trying to please google search..

    its best to be a big fish in a little pond.

    -Ike Paz
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    • Profile picture of the author coxmg
      Hi how much you pay for the traffic? targeted or just any traffic?

      Originally Posted by aizaku View Post

      i buy traffic

      i also get free pinterest traffic and youtube traffic..

      the best thing i did last year was to stop trying to please google search..

      its best to be a big fish in a little pond.

      -Ike Paz
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  • Profile picture of the author latic
    Are you guys buying traffic from specific places? I've tried before and found it poor quality, but then again i wasn't paying much for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaunybb
    Hey there good thread!


    Look, people don't struggle with SEO, they are just impatient and when they don't see


    results in a week they give up...SEO is easy when you learn it!


    I use paid traffic, it's ten times faster and I test my funnels quicker


    Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author tscx420
    I got just enough time in the day to research, build a landing page, set up tracking, little bit more research and add the funds and click ENABLE.
    adwords is just the fuel and at the moment im driving a honda civic but theres been days and weeks where that fuel was powering a damn ferrari.
    but theres those days where you have to walk to work but you dont ever STOP going to work
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  • Profile picture of the author phenomix
    SEO all the way.

    I'm fine spending money on traffic, but I'd much rather find a set of keywords with reasonable competition and search volume then hit it hard.
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        Originally Posted by stevenha View Post

        are there any left
        For the best converting keywords/phrases in the most lucrative niches, you're competing against deep-pocketed professionals. You can get around this by what I call "hitchin' a ride" on sites that are already in the top of search engines for your keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author goleza
    Paid traffic? Hmm! I have tried it. Not once and not twice. Several times. But you have to be careful, you might spend your money with no return on investment.

    Take this example. You have a facebook page for your business. You promote it and receive so many likes. What does that mean? Does it imply all the likes you get mean business for you? Try it once. You will come back here and tell us your experience.

    Similarly, you spend your hard earned money on paid traffic. So many people come to your site and click away. Only 1% (or nobody) become clients. Does that meet your intentions? Those who have bought traffic, what's your experience? Be genuine! Tell us the percentage of click-throughs or visits you have turned into real customers. Is it what you would wish to have?

    Well, if you are overambitious and you are looking for quick money, you can spend your bucks on buying traffic hoping to make more money. But always measure the return on investment and go back to the drawing board.

    Sustainability is so important in online marketing. I think methods that are more sustainable in the long-run are better. SEO is more time consuming but more sustainable and rewarding in the long-run. All one has to do is to learn how best to go about it. Secondly, you have to give it time.
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  • Profile picture of the author mohdbd
    The world is going to harder than past. The SEO is not out of the world synchronization. According to me, we all need to do both of these to adapt our-self in the new & changing situation. You must increase your site traffic by anyway. SEO is one of the way to increase the site traffic. Thanks for your interest.
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  • Profile picture of the author hynds
    Currently I'm doing SEO and almost my traffic sources (80%) come from search engine. I'm also doing FB Ads and GG Adwords but they're not much, around 10%-20% on my total campaign.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevenha
    So, If you buy traffic via PPC for example. how do you measure a conversion??
    is it even possible?
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    media buys, youtube ads, bing and ppv.

    But if you are not building a list, you are waisting your time. I see my clients fail horribly, with SEO. I am not saying its crap, but bear in mind, you will wait for months to rank it, then google will bring in frankenstein or some other crappy update, and boom, down you go.

    Buy paid, it costs, but you can turn it on and off like a tap, and you can upscale when you find a winner.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by celente View Post

      . I am not saying its crap, but bear in mind, you will wait for months to rank it, then google will bring in frankenstein or some other crappy update, and boom, down you go.

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      Hadn't heard of that one. Does ole Frankie crush the Panda and Penguin or what ?? lol
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Ecuation its simple for fast results buy traffic or work hard to create quality content and waitt a lotttt to rank have patience
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  • Profile picture of the author Zarine Khan
    Hello Dear,

    SEO:
    - SEO Is Best Platform for Increase traffic.
    - It's very useful for Generate Organic traffic.

    PPC:
    - It's Part of the Google Adwords.
    - Payed traffic Generate.

    Both are Used Promotional Activity.

    Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author RefuseToLose
    All depends on what kind of affiliate site you have.

    If you're doing something like amazon, then you almost have to do SEO because paid traffic is too expensive to survive on 3% profit share or whatever amazon gives you.

    Ultimately you want to do both. Paid traffic for immediate results and SEO for long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevenha
    So which PPC tracking platform do you people use?
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  • Profile picture of the author abhishek singh
    Buying Traffic is not a good idea for ranking improvements. I have a shopping affiliate site and promoting products over there, it is something like hiting a bricks wall. You need to put massive efforts for maximum output. It is hard to recommend anything without analyzing your site but I want to say that you must correct On-Page before promoting it online, hope you are working with latest search engine guidelines.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    Solo ad traffic converts well for me since I'm in the internet marketing niche. But my favorite way to drive traffic is with content marketing and SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelandy
    Well, SEO is the best way to promote your website. If anyone wants to get good traffic for their business website then they should use best SEO services to get sales leads.
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  • Profile picture of the author shmol
    I like free traffic.

    Things like forum posting, google alerts and, to be honest, just simply pumping out a lot of great content--works for me,

    But, I do understand the benefits of paid traffic--once you find something that is converting, all you need to do is send more traffic.

    Hope this Helps
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  • Profile picture of the author TechDigitals
    If you're unwilling to wait for months to get results, then paid traffic is more preferable, as you can quickly and easily analyze your results to know what is converting and send more traffic accordingly!

    With paid traffic however, the key to success is to never direct link. Make sure you build a list!
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  • Profile picture of the author alexhan
    I use solo ads to promote my affiliate offer.
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    • Profile picture of the author stevenha
      Originally Posted by frank jagger View Post

      I do SEO and paid ads but my favorite way of getting "converting"traffic is free methods. The one I currently using is from FB groups and this traffic is amazing for anything really.

      Here is my stats from yesterday just for CPA offers... Screenshot by Lightshot

      Also I have great success with ClickBank offers
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      nice!
      which tracking system do you use?
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  • Profile picture of the author dignesh solanki
    Facebook Traffic is amazing for affiliates to promote products and also second one buying ads is also easy way for promoting affliiate products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Isaac
    Maybe it's not that SEO is getting harder, it's just that you guys are promoting nothing but junk.....

    **Pitchforks come out**

    Hear me out.

    Back in the day, you could manipulate Google and promote any ol' junk system you found online.

    Now you definitely cannot.

    What if you created a website only about things you truly enjoyed and loved learning about, and had great deal of knowledge in.

    i.e.: Look at TheWirecutter - I bought my headphones after reading a really great article from them because they knew so much and conducted so much.

    Make a site of things you use on an everyday basis. I bet where you're sitting right now, you could make an article or video regarding 5 items either on you or within your vicinity.

    Do that over time and SEO won't seem so hard.
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  • Profile picture of the author akashvajpayee
    I am not paid traffic at all. don't buy traffic, SEO website is a better choice for ranking your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author american bonding
    I do my own. You learn something new everyday when ya do your own
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Well, you are going to have to be making one heck of a lot of money per sale as an affiliate to even afford advertising. The only thing I know that pays that well are eCourses and some eBooks. If you are talking about real products (like an Amazon product link), you'll never make more than you spend with advertising.
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