How I Became A World Class Designer in 10 Minutes

I have something interesting to share with. About a week ago, I tested Yahoo! Answers, and I’m still receiving a few visitors a day from the test. I also tested running a contest, and it worked great at the time of the contest. Now, as I’m writing this, I’m not receiving traffic from the contest, but hopefully some of the visitors are still with me.

A few days ago I decided to become a professional designer :D

I did it in less than 10 minutes.

And I’m receiving traffic to my blog from the 10 minutes I spent. Actually I think I’ll be receiving a lot of traffic from the 10 minutes and the $90.

Ok. I’ll be honest with you.

I didn’t learn how to design, and I’m not a Guru, not at all. All I did was sponsor a beautiful WordPress theme. I found one that I really thought was amazing, it’s the Mac Blog theme. You can watch it here. I paid the designer $90, and now, you can read in the footer that it’s designed by me, and there’s also a link to my blog.

I could have sponsored one link, or two links, but I decided to sponsor everything. I don’t consider this cheating, although it looks like I designed the theme, but I didn’t. To me, it’s a lot like PLR. You buy the article or the e-book, and you add your name as the author. It’s about the same.

If my link is the only link in the footer, people using the theme (hopefully) won’t delete the link. If there are more than one link, then, they might find it annoying and might want to delete them (at least some of them).

If the link to my blog will end up on hundreds of blogs, it will provide me with lots of link juice. Hopefully it will be very helpful when it comes to ranking in the various search engines.

If the theme is awesome, and I think this one is, then lots of people will download and use the theme. When lots of people are using it, traffic will be generated, and people will eventually click on the link to my blog, and this will continue for a long time.

You can sponsor themes at Digital Point.

I will let you know about the results. So far, 46 people have downloaded the theme and I have received about 10 visitors. But it’s only been a few days.

A YouTube Marketing Trick

Tomorrow, I’ll be leaving for Gothenburg and a concert with Depeche Mode. I’m very excited, and because I’m really looking forward to the concert, I’ve been looking at videos of Depeche Mode on YouTube.

Like this one; Just Can’t Get Enough. But before you watch it, be ready to answer this question. Do you see the YouTube marketing trick? (you have to wait 15 seconds in order to see it).

What’s your thoughts on this?

I’m sure that it’s working, because this video has been viewed close to 1,3 million times.

Reward Twitter Followers By Offering Exclusive Deals

One of the best ways to get noticed on Twitter, to get new followers, and to use Twitter for business, is to reward your followers for reading your tweets.

You should offer them exclusive deals that they won’t get anywhere else, that will give them an incentive to keep reading.

You should provide them with the regular discounts. Once in a while, they’ll get 10% or 20% off.

But, you should also give them more than they expect. Once in a while you should give them a whole different offer, an offer they didn’t think was possible. If you do, in the end you’ll be one of the stars of Twitter.

Turn Twitter into a happiness machine for your followers. Learn from Coca-Cola:

Paid Traffic From Yahoo Answers

I decided to test Yahoo! Answers two days ago. What happened was an interesting story.

But first. What is Yahoo! Answers?

It’s a knowledge-sharing community with more than 90 million members. Anyone can ask questions and answer them on any topic.

With more than 90 million members and a lot more readers, I’ve been thinking about how much traffic questions and answers could generate.

Before leaving for work on monday, I looked at a few sites, and I ended up at the discussion forums at digital point. Whatever I do online, I always seem to end up at the discussion forums.

Monday was interesting. I was more focused than usual at the discussion forums, looking for new entries for the logo contest. (by the way, do you like my new logo?)

What happened was that while looking at various discussions I found a person advertising his service for Yahoo! Answers.

For $13 he would post 25 questions to Yahoo! Answers, all the answers would be related to the niche of the buyer. All of the answers would be linking back to the buyers website. All he needed was a link. He would do the research, and he would find questions and post answers.

What this advertisement said, was that I wouldn’t have to do a thing, other than pay the man and send him the link to my blog.

I thought about this for about two minutes, and decided to try it. It was only $13 and I had never tried Yahoo Answers. Again, I was thinking about the traffic it could generate.

I paid the man, and sent him the link to this blog.

He was fast. Within 30 minutes he had published 10 answers. I received the links to all the answers. It looked ok. He then waited about 12 hours and published the final 15 answers. I recived the links to all of the answers this time as well.

His answers were not detailed, and might not provide the readers with a lot of value, but I guess they were more or less ok, and of course, they contained a link to my website. That was the obvious reason for the test.

I was thinking that, this would provide me with link juice for the search engines and possibly direct traffic from people clicking on the links.

Looking at Google Analytics today, I see that I have received 20 unique visitors from Yahoo Answers during the past 48 hours.

To me, it was a test, and an interesting one. It seems that you’ll receive traffic from Yahoo Answers, and you can even outsource the service.

So far, I haven’t received a lot of traffic and I probably won’t, but it’s going to be interesting to see how many visitors I’ll receive from this test during the next weeks and months. My guess is that it’s worth the $13.

Running Contests To Generate Traffic

I have never tried running a contest before, so yesterday’s contest was a new experience for me. I didn’t do it because I was looking for extra traffic, but that’s exactly what happened.

Let me start from the beginning.

Since I switched to Drupal, due to my week of misery, I have been looking for a new design. I had already ordered the design, and it was ready for WordPress, but I didn’t receive the version for Drupal.

Now, have been waiting for the new design for a while, but nothing happened. So, about a week ago, I decided to buy a professional template. It’s called Galaxy from All Drupal Themes.

I’m very satisfied with the theme, even though it’s not unique and I don’t feel that it’s entirely mine. I like the look and feel of it. All that I really need now is a logo.

I remember seeing a contest section at the discussion forums where I usually hang out. It’s called Digital Point and it’s a great place for marketers.

I visited the contest section yesterday and saw a lot of interesting contests where members had published some really fancy logos, banners, even sales pages, and everything was cheap and created in less than 48 hours.

I decided to give it a try.

I created a contest to get somebody to create my new logo. The contest will be on for 48 hours and the winner will earn $30. It’s actually still on for a few more hours as I’m writing this.

You can watch all the logos here.

So far, I have received a lot of really cool logos, and I have received a lot of extra traffic to my blog. All for only $30. The experience have been awesome, and it’s still not over. I’ll have a hard time figuring out who the winner will be. But that’s going to happen tomorrow.

To me, running a contest on a discussion forum is an awesome experience. It’s my first time, but it will definitely not be the last.