Happy Thanksgiving to All! A Day to Give Thanks for Opportunities!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to All!  A Day to Give Thanks for Opportunities!!!

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”William Blake

Happy Thanksgiving!  Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not as a holiday, please take the time to appreciate the blessings, challenges, and people who make you special everyday.  By taking the time to appreciate the wonderful events and people in your life, will only make you stronger for those challenging times in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving, giving thanks, thank you, appreciate, appreciation, Ed Sykes, Joy Fisher-Sykes, motivational speakers, va, virginia beach, hampton roads, norfolk, chesapeake, the sykes group

We appreciate you!  Thank you for allowing us to contribute to your business and blogging success in 2015.  Also, thank you for having the courage to take the steps to bring you closer to your goals.  We are looking forward to bringing more success techniques your way in 2012.

May you and your family have a great, safe, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Warmly,

Ed

Social Media Marketing Coach Ed Sykes Shares Social Marketing Secrets at Toastmasters Conference

Social Media Marketing Coach Ed Sykes Shares Social Marketing Secrets at Toastmasters Conference

Social media marketing and presentation skills was the combination of the day! On Saturday, I had the pleasure of speaking at the 2015 District 66 Toastmasters Fall Conference in Portsmouth, VA.

They were a fun and enthusiast crowd wanting to network, learn, and be successful by improving their skills. My presentation was “5 Secrets of Using Social media marketing, social media, social marketing, social media coach, social media training, blog coach, blogging coach, social media workshop, Ed Sykes, va, virginia beach, hampton roads, norfolk, chesapeake, blog traffic guruSocial Media Marketing to Achieve Success in Your Life.” In my presentation was a case study of how I coached one of my students, Carter Kostler, to be successful on Shark Tank and beyond using a combination of presentation skills and social media marketing techniques.

The following is the video of Carter Kostler’s performance on Shark Tank:

Some of the social media marketing tips I shared during my presentation was the following:

  • Start with your end result (Set concrete goals on what you want to accomplish)
  • Focus on the few and build up to the many (Start with one or two steps)
  • Do it! (Take action)
  • It is better to have a good program, product, or service and be in the marketplace than have the perfect solution on sitting on your shelve
  • Learn and develop your social media marketing strategy and stick to it
  • People will come out the woodwork to help you once you implement your social media marketing strategy (If you don’t start, no one knows what to help you with concerning your venture)
  • Not all marketing is online (Develop your offline presentation and networking skills)
  • If you are not the expert or don’t enjoy doing the task…outsource it to someone else
  • Keep it moving forward! (Don’t let barriers get in the way of your success)
  • Build it (your product or service), market it, and your customers will come!
  • Video marketing is the key to connecting with your customers
  • Do it all over again…better!

For more information on how you can use social media marketing and/or presentation skills to launch your business or product, contact us at 757-427-7032 or send us an email at info@blogtrafficguru.com.  We would love to hear from you!

Blog Hosting Special: Start Blogging Today for Only $3.23!

Blog Hosting Special:  Start Your Blog Today for Only $3.23!

 

blog, blog hosting, blogs, hostgator, hostgator special, Ed Sykes, blog traffic guru, blogging expert, blogging coach, hampton roads, va, virgtinia beach, norfolk, chesapeake, hampton roadsIn my past classes, I mentioned one of the most important marketing tools you need is a WordPress blog. Well, as luck with have it, HostGator, is doing a 3-day sales to celebrate their sponsorship of the annual Tour Du Rouge charity bicycle race.

The Tour Du Rouge is a charity bicycle ride from Houston to New Orleans that benefits The American Red Cross, and HostGator is once again proud to be sponsoring this event. As part of the celebration, we are offering 55% off all New Hosting Plans from 12am CST, Monday, May 4th and continuing until 11:59pm, on Wednesday, May 6th.

What does this mean? It means you can start a blog right now for as low as $2.23 a monthClick Here To Order Your New Hosting Service

If you have any questions, please call me at 757-427-7032 or email me at info@blogtrafficguru.com.

 

How Success Blog Drives Traffic with Video

 How Success Blog Drives Traffic with Video

Add videos to your blog and social media sites.  Videos are a great technique for driving traffic to your blog or other sites. Search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo love videos as content and will give extra weight to them when deciding to rank them.  Also, people who enjoy your video will share your video on their sites.

The following motivation video is one of many produced by Giavanni Ruffin of the “Take No Day Off” video series.  It was filmed in my son’s gym, Great Game Athletics.  My son Chris is also in the film (wearing the black shirt).  It is one of many videos that my son uses to drive traffic to his blog and gain new clients.

The three secrets to driving traffic to your blog using videos are the following:

  • Create an engaging video with valuable content
  • Create a series of videos so that your followers will keep coming back
  • Create a sharable video by including your blog link

Enjoy this motivational video, get motivated, and drive blog traffic to your site with videos!

Blog Secrets: Five Questions to Ask Before Writing Powerful Blog Posts

Blog Secrets:  Five Questions to Ask Before Writing Powerful Blog Posts

blog, blogs, blogging, blog posts, blog content, Ed Sykes, blog traffic guruIf you are not use to writing, creating a blog post can be a daunting task.  Because great, compelling content is the key to the success of your blog, it is important that you develop methods to creating content.  You can use a content writing service like iwriter.com or you can write the posts yourself.

The question is, “How Do You Write Blog Posts That Connect with Readers?”  The following are five questions that will help clarify your thoughts concerning how to write powerful posts:

  1. Are your Target Audience’s Needs Being Addressed? – Does your blog post topic appeal to your target audience? Create a post that excites your readers and creates a buzz among your readers. It will help your blog become successful.
  2. Does Your Post Provide Useful Information to Your Target Audience? – People are always looking for information that can answer their questions.  People look for information that will elevate “pain”  (problems that your readers may be having) or gain pleasure; they are looking for information that will solve problems, and they are looking for information that will create opportunities for their information.  If you can do this, you will develop a growing group of followers waiting for information that is important to them.
  3. Is Your Post Unique? –  While there may be several blogs and social media sites sharing the same information, is your blog post unique in the way you share the information.  Do you share the information through your own personal story or case study?  Are you writing the post through your own unique voice?  Is your viewpoint or perspective unique?  These are all factors that make your post unique and bring readers back and increase blog traffic.
  4. Is Your Blog Using Credible Sources for Your Content? – Take the time to validate your information.  If you are using statistics, charts, etc., make sure you mention the source of your information and make sure they are a reliable resource.  If you can, mention statistics for thought leaders in your industry.  If you are sharing inaccurate information, you can hurt your image and lose credibility with your target audience.blog, blog post, blog content, blogging, blogger, proofreading, Ed Sykes, blog traffic guru
  5. Did You Proofread Your Post? – Invest the time to proofread your post before pressing the “publish” button.  Grammatical errors take away from the message of your post and speak volumes about you as an expert.  If you don’t like proofreading, hire someone to do it for you.  I have found inexpensive, quality proofreaders on www.craigslist.org or www.fiverr.com.  These proofreaders take their jobs seriously and it is an investment in you and your blog.  Work to capture your reader’s attention within the first 100 words of the post.

If you can answer “yes” to the five questions above, you are on the way to producing engaging, interesting, and persuasive content that readers will enjoy reading, acting on, and sharing with others.  Let these five questions be the guide to helping you create a successful blog.

 
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