Direct Traffic is Golden, SEO Traffic is a Bonus

In a website statistics tool like Google Analytics, direct traffic, literally, refers to website visitors who actually typed your website or blog address right into the address bar of their Internet browser.

Direct traffic is pretty special. It means someone remembered the URL of my website and used it specifically when they were looking for help with writing or editing.

Next, Google Analytics tracks traffic from referring sites, which is also very special. When a visitor has come from a referring site, it means that someone thinks enough of my work to include a link to my site from their website or blog, or maybe they’ve even sent the link in a direct email message to a client, colleague, friend or family member.

Or maybe the referral came out of my article marketing efforts at sites like Ezine Articles. Someone read one of my articles and liked my ideas enough to find out more about what I offer.

Direct traffic and traffic from referral sites both represent people who have already warmed up to the idea of finding out more about you. That’s much different from just having your website pop up in a list of search results.

I really like what Rick Spence writes in the June 2008 issues of Profit magazine, “… the Web isn’t always about the masses. For many niche businesses, Web marketing means drawing your best customers closer and closer.”

So do what you can to keep search engine optimization (SEO) on your side – write a lot of fresh content, and write for your niche by using the language they’ll use when they’re looking for information and help.

Then, turn your attention back to cultivating your relationships, because that’s what will send direct traffic and referring site traffic your way.

Writing Prompt: How can you greet your website visitors as if they’ve all come as direct traffic or from referral sites? How can you treat strangers (search engine traffic) like friends?

P.S. There are also such things as human search engines (Mahalo) and social bookmarking sites (del.icio.us), both of which allow Web users to access search results that are based on human entries versus computer-generated ones.

The Sales and Marketing Relationship

Sales and marketing, two parts of business that are so different yet need to be connected to each other and some point or end. Sales people and marketing people are always in different worlds, it’s like the jocks and the nerds (I wont say which is which, that’s up to you). The school isn’t going to be complete without either one missing and your business won’t be either.

The job of the marketing people is seen as serious and analytical, they are the people always talking amongst each other, planning and playing with statistics and campaigns. Marketing is the path taken to get to the customers. There are many activities involved in marketing; cold canvassing, brand or corporate advertising, or more targeted types of marketing like direct response advertising and referrals. This is where the particular benefits of the product is explained to the customers. So all these different kinds of marketing are what get to the people, and these people are your leads. Leads are the connection between sales and marketing. Without leads, there is no connection, sales and marketing will never meet and business won’t work out.

The sales people now are always on the run, going here and there, on the phone with customers or meeting them somewhere, always trying to grab some big deal that’s going to bring the company to greater heights. What get’s them moving is the leads they acquire from marketing. Now this doesn’t mean sales is under marketing and is less important or is the department that needs a smaller budget. Marketing has no purpose with sales and sales can’t occur without marketing. Both need to work together in order to reach maximum advantage.

This all looks so simple, but the bumps occur at the same place where sales and marketing meet. Leads are not all the same, you have good and bad leads. Depending on the leads, sometimes the marketing or the sales approach needs to be different. That’s why sales and marketing departments or people always need to be in constant contact with each other. The more you understand the way the other team is working, the more you can use the knowledge to your advantage when getting to the lead.

Following up is an essential part of sales and marketing as well. It can be following up on a potential lead or following up on a previous customer, the communication should not stop after one transaction, it’s a continuous process that requires sales and marketing to always be working hand in hand. Here’s to your Success!

Email Marketing Training – 4 Powerful Success Strategies

Email marketing all starts with effective direct response writing, or copy writing. The power of email marketing can be extremely lucrative when done the rite way. Once you learn the power of speaking through written words you can virtually succeed in any online business.

When some one gets to your lead capture page or web site it is vital that you have an email opt-in form on that site. This begins the prose’s of collecting emails so that you can now communicate and follow up building a valuable relationship through the power of email marketing.

When just starting out online it can be frustrating not knowing what you need to do first. But below I will lay out a simple step by step formula to accomplished success with your email marketing.

1. Relationship building – It is important to realize that marketing online is no different then a brick and mortar business. You need to build a relation ship with people that visit your store front, in the online world your store front is your web site or lead capture page.

But in order to build a trustful relationship one needs to collect some information from the customer, so that you can use your email marketing to communicate and build relations with potential customers. The way you do this is by collecting email addresses of people that have an interest in what you offer on your web site.

2. Auto-responders – In order for you to effectively collect emails you are going to need a piece of software that can collect all the emails, so that you can send out broad cast and start your email marketing efforts.

This software is what all professional marketers use to communicate and build their email list, this is whats known as an auto-responder. There are lots of email marketing companies out there but the best one I think is aweber.com.

It is important to realize that an auto-responder is an email marketing tool online and it is essential to your business success. With an auto-responder you can effectively build relationships with your subscribers, by sending out email messages that help them get what they are looking for.

3. Consistency – Email marketing becomes more and more lucrative by staying consistent and putting your web-site in front of potential people that are looking for the information you are offering, once they give up an email and a name on your web site they are giving you permission to build a relation ship through the power of email marketing.

Then as you are growing your business you can send them information and up dates about YOU – your business – products or services. These people have an interest in you already as they have shown by giving up an email address and name.

4. Direct Response Writing – Now we need to follow up with some powerful direct response copy writing, I have found that over time this gets easy. You will be communicating with your prospects through written word, the best way to do this is to speak to them as if they are in front of you, do not speak as if your giving a lecture, this is dull and you will not see significant results.

You need to be helpful, ask them questions and then give them the answers, spike their curiosity this will get them to really think of what you are saying, put the question in their mind so that they are now pondering your question, they will be moved to find out more about you and you offers.

In the end be sincere about helping and try and over deliver, offer a free report with your email marketing, send out broadcast daily, they do not have to be long and drawn out just let them know your a real person, and speak to them, help them and you will have great success with your email marketing.