It looks like the clear blue ocean and the Florida sun are doing me some good
cause I’ve got some extra juicy traffic tips for you today :)
3 Unusual traffic strategies for 2011!
I’m betting you haven’t heard of these…
1. Spy on Bit.ly Statistics
I originally heard about this little trick from Jason Fladlien.
But now that I’ve done a bit of testing with it myself I have completely
fallen in love.
You know how I love new traffic tips.
But this one is way outside the box.
This one will show you EXACTLY how much traffic your competitors are getting
from specific traffic sources.
It’s a cool little trick for showing the visitor statistics of any bitl.y URL.
Not just your own, but ALL bit.ly URLs :)
As you probably know, bit.ly is one of the most popular URL shortening services
online. It also gives you lots of cool analytics data like number of clicks,
locations, referrers, time of clicks, etc..
To view the stats of any bit.ly url, simply add a “+” sign to the end of
any bit.ly url.
If you enter http://bit.ly/aDB4eU+ into your URL bar, you’ll instantly
be greeted by some hidden competitive intelligence :)
That link is actually one that I found for a Warrior Forum banner ad.
So this person is using a bit.ly url to track exactly how much traffic
they’re getting from their Warrior Forum banner ad.
And as a result, you get to take a sneak peek at all of their data as well.
Pretty cool, huh?
Simply add a ‘+’ plus sign to the end of any bit.ly link and you’ll instantly
be able to tap into data that would generally never be available to the public.
Want to see how much traffic Mashable.com gets from Twitter?
Simply go to their Twitter stream – http://twitter.com/mashable
And add a ‘+’ plus sign to the end of any of their tracking links.
They have their own custom version of bit.ly so the links look a little different
but the tracking works the same.
You’ll notice that link has received over 5,000 clicks.
It also shows you the number of retweets, Facebook Shares, Likes, and Comments.
Some other URL shorteners that allow you to use this same strategy include:
The links above are private label versions of Bit.ly (Pro Version).
2. Create Custom WordPress Plugins for Affiliates.
Here’s another cool idea for you…
And I’m almost hesitant to give this one away but you know
me – I don’t hold anything back ;)
If you have an affiliate program, one really cool thing you could
do to activate your affiliates is to provide them with custom
Wordpress plugins that they can install on their blog to automatically
include their affiliate link.
The possibilities are nearly endless here.
You could create a custom WordPress plugin to:
* Change their 404 Error Page to a Custom Page that promotes your free gift (affiliate link attached).
* Footer Slideup that promotes your free offer or points to your sales page or free gift (with the
blogger’s affiliate link attached).
* Sidebar Widget that automatically inserts one of your banners where the affiliate / blogger gets
to choose the size and insert their own affiliate link.
* Sidebar Widget that automatism pulls the latest blog posts from your website and each person
who clicks on one of the links is automatically cookied with the blogger’s affiliate id.
* A custom wordpress plugin that integrates your banners into their content – tagged with their affiliate id.
* Create a custom WordPress plugin that automatically converts certain keywords (within the blog content)
into affiliate links that point to your product page.
Are your wheels starting to turn now?
There are sooo many things you could do with custom WordPress plugins – allowing your affiliates to
easily integrate your offers, your free gifts, and your content into their website.
But you might be thinking…
“Kim, I’m not a programmer!”
No worries there.
I’m not either ;)
You can get custom WordPress plugins created for you at:
You can get simple plugins created for you VERY affordably.
But imagine how cool it will be for your affiliates when they can simply login to their
Wordpress admin area, activate your plugin and automatically start making commissions
on your product.
3. 100% Instant Commission Affiliate Program
While this might not be a new strategy – so few people realize it’s potential that it may
as well be the biggest secret of 2011.
I can not even begin to describe to you the power of a 100% instant commission affiliate program.
That means your affiliates get paid 100% commissions – straight to their PayPal account as soon
as they make a sale. This is a HUGE incentive for affiliates because they don’t have to wait
weeks to get paid.
They get paid the minute they make a sale.
In fact, one of our subscribers emailed me today asking if the 100% commission model would work
well in the tennis market.
Here’s what I wrote back to him…
“I think 100% commissions would be AWESOME in the tennis niche BECAUSE
no one else is doing it.
You would instantly stand out from the crowd and it would make it much easier
for you to recruit affiliates. When you approach an affiliate offering to give
100% commissions vs. 50% commissions it makes a BIG difference.
And the cool thing is that no one else is doing it cause they’re all too scared
and they don’t realize the enormous potential of this thing when you do it
What lots of product owners don’t realize is that you need to craft a killer offer
for your affiliates (not just for your product). You want to literally SELL your
affiliates and that means creating an offer they can’t refuse.
The other piece of the puzzle that you must have in place is a proper back-end
You can give 100% commissions on the front-end and then 50% on the upsell.
You can funnel your customers into a membership site on the product download
page, thank-you page, etc…
And then of course, you can funnel your customers into higher and higher levels
of value and price on the backend.
But there are LOTS of ways to make a TON of money and at the same time give
100% commissions on the front-end.
It’s all in the way you structure your sales funnel.
Plus, the cool thing about building up a 100% commission affiliate program is that
your affiliates will literally drive all the traffic you could ever want.
There’s no need to focus on any other traffic strategy because your affiliates will
gladly do all the hard work for you when you reward them properly.
And so now you have an automatic lead machine that generates hundreds of
subscribers and customers every week (all on autopilot).
In regards to price, I would always create a front-end offer priced at $17-$57 max.
Remember the goal here is not to make a ton of money on the front-end product.
The goal is to pull in as many customers as humanly possible on the front-end.
Because a customer is worth at least 10x as much as a traditional subscriber.
Your big money is made on the backend.
On the front-end, you want to create a low-priced product that converts like
crazy and creates a ‘Wow! experience’ for the buyer.
From there, you funnel them into higher and higher levels of value and price.
This could be LIVE webinars, a membership site, coaching, etc…
And those offers could be made on the upsell of your front-end offer. Remember,
you don’t have to give 100% commissions on your upsell. In fact, I’m currently
changing my offer over to where the upsell is a membership site (and all of that
will go to me) – funneling people into our membership site.
Hope this gives you some good ideas!
Here’s to a traffic-filled 2011!