One way to find targeted traffic is to pay your way to the top of the search results. This is called Pay-Per-Click or sponsored ads. You have seen them often almost every time you search online. They will be typically on the top of the page or the right hand side of the search results on Google with websites that match your inquiry.
These website owners have set a bid price on how much they are willing to pay for each click on the result. These website owners pay every time someone clicks out on an ad no matter if the visitor purchases anything or not.
The reason it can attract high quality targeted traffic is that your ad will match what the searcher is looking for based on the exact keywords they type in. By paying for search positioning, not only are you putting yourself right in front of your target audience, but you are skipping the process of waiting for natural search positioning and putting your website up on the top of the results within hours of signing up.
This is a great way to test products and new ideas. If you pay for a sponsored ad and your target market doesn’t click on the ad or buy anything, you may have a dud of an idea or haven’t worded the ad just right. It would be a shame to have spent time and money on a product that no one wants.
Learning to write an ad properly is important to keep the wrong people from clicking on the ad. We will discuss this more in detail in Semester 103. You could go broke very quickly if people are clicking on the ads for no reason. You have to word the ad to attract your specific target market and ‘disqualify’ people who wouldn’t ultimately be interested in your products or services.
On Facebook, they have their own version of pay-per-click. It’s a little cheaper and easier to use than the Google sponsored ads, even though social networking sites generally have lower conversion rates than search engines. This is because when someone is searching for a particular product on Google, they may be ready to buy. On Facebook however, they are there for the most part to socialize and have fun. That doesn’t mean they won’t buy something from an ad.
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Short Message Service (SMS) marketing consists of using text messages to either a phone, web, or mobile communication system of a potential customer. An SMS marketing campaign involves collecting mobile phone numbers by using an opt-in form. Once these numbers are collected, a service is used to send out text messages that promote a new product or service. It can also be used to offer discounts or increase brand awareness. SMS marketing is one of the newest and fastest growing types of marketing. It offers low cost with high return on investment – 95% of all texts get opened within five minutes, which is faster than email and social media updates. Another major factor in SMS marketing’s favor is the fact that it gives every business one of the most important factors to marketing, a one on one conversation with their customer.
Services like EzTexting or TextSMSMarketing let you organize your contacts and send out messages.
When setting up a text message to be used for marketing, remember to use good copy and it must fit within a 160 character limit. Other good practices include staggering your messages, don’t overdo the messages. Anything above four a month can be considered too much. Every list is different and must be felt out to determine the best frequency of texts. Also, be sure to stay away from using text ‘slang’. Messages containing ‘gr8’, ‘omg’, and other terms may appear fake when coming from a business.