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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Doing the 30-Day Challenge to Get More Site Traffic

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Traffic Secrets”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

I've been blogging for nearly 10 years (on Shereen Travels Cheap - I have had blogs before this one) and gaining traffic has always been a big challenge for me. I have been wanting a tried and true way to increase my traffic, and the 30-day challenge of Russell Brunson's Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers 

Russell Brunson is the author and CEO of software company ClickFunnels that has made hundreds of millions of dollars to date. By using tried-and-true methods that work on and off the internet, he and his partner, Todd Dickerson, have amassed a following of over a million entrepreneurs, so if it can work for them, why can't it work for my little blog? The purpose of this book is to show how sales funnels can keep customers buying more, whether you have a book of your own, software, a product, or a service. 

Traffic Secrets walks you through what to do every day for 30 days in order to connect with your Dream 100, gain more subscribers, own your list, and get those on the list to buy from you; hopefully, more than once.

I have tried other methods, half given to me during webinars that then ask for an outrageous amount of money at the end for the "true step-by-step", but Russell Brunson gives you every step you need in this book, plus you can get the other two books in this series for just the amount of shipping, if you want to become an expert in sales funnels. 

In just the first half of the book, I learned to identify people I want to be connected to, work with, and hopefully even get them to promote me. It's called the Dream 100. Basically, you make a list of your dream customers, who you then try to develop a relationship with before you ever sell yourself (or your product) to them. 

By leveraging Facebook groups and other social media platforms, and then signing  up for newsletters, and reading blog posts that your Dream 100 may have written, you get to know them and their product, so you can know how they can help you and you can also help them. You want to create a symbiotic relationship that's beneficial to both of you, and then you do that over and over again before you start to market to them. 
So, it can be a lot of work, since much of your "homework" is actually research, but it also helps you network and learn more about yourself in the process, giving you the tools to implement these lessons with every product you have, no matter how the internet or social media changes. This is what everyone wants: an evergreen system that helps them gain customers, the right customers, no matter what they're selling.

I'm about 2/3 of the way through the challenge and am finding so many good ideas that I never even thought of trying for gaining readers. While I've made connections with other bloggers, I've not gone through to make a list of ones I want to emulate or connect with on a higher level. I've also not utilized Facebook groups in the way I should, because I always put it off due to not having enough time. Apparently, I'm wasting my time consuming social media instead of producing social media.

At first, I found this offensive, but the more I thought about it, I realized that it made sense when you think about your name being out there more often. Stop scrolling endlessly through Instagram and post more to Instagram. Stop engaging on so many other posts, when you can be more engaging and thoughtful on fewer posts. I think that makes a lot of sense when you really dig in.

I will be making more time in my schedule to go back and do some of these steps more thoroughly, because I think that's important, especially when I'm given every tool I need and just need to do my part of it. Seeing how this has worked for so many others, it will definitely be helpful to have put in all the effort when I really need it, and also when I start doing the same for a company I work for. I feel more empowered and armed with a lot more useful knowledge, thanks to Traffic Secrets.

I can't wait to get through the last third of the book and learn every secret. You can follow along with my 30-day challenge on Twitter. You can also get your free copy of Russell Brunson's Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers, you just pay shipping costs and then you're on your way.

What are some of your biggest struggles in gaining traffic to your website or your product page?

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Traffic Secrets”. The opinions expressed above are my own.

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