How do I monetize my blog? You don’t.


Today’s topic is courtesy of  of Driving Traffic. Have you ever wondered how to monetize your blog? Well, don’t! A blog serves many purposes, but making loadsamoney from it really should not be one of them.

Kevin’s article explains more, and provides some ideas on what you should be doing…

How do I monetize my blog? You don’t.

By  on February 18, 2013

So you have decided to make some extra money online. You followed the steps and got your domain, hosting, CMS, theme, social media, and the list goes on and on. You finally start blogging; only to find out, the money isn’t cascading in. What’s going on here? You’ve been told that millionaires are made everyday online. You were told, “If you build it, they will come”. You have followed all the steps you knew of, and the money just isn’t coming. Don’t fret; every part-time (and full-time) entrepreneur has been there.

Spending your part time blogging isn’t the novel idea it once was. After investing your free time reading, learning, building, and writing, it can be frustrating to not see the results and is easy to get discouraged. The good news is, by attempting to take control of your financial future, you are taking strides to do something most people will never do. If you have made it this far and haven’t seen a dollar yet, I urge you to stick with it. While making boatloads of cash online isn’t as easy as some would lead you to believe, when you do find some success, it makes all of the time and effort all well worth it.

Honest Inventory

Take a critical look at where you are. It is no easy task to be objective when looking at a passion project, but this is an essential part of finding success in your endeavors. Take an outsider’s look at your subject matter, how you write about it, and make an honest assessment. If an outsider looked at your blog what would they say is the biggest issue?

Are you in the right niche, or in a niche at all? This might be the most important thing to consider. If you are in a highly competitive niche, you aren’t doing yourself any favors for someone who is starting out. By picking the correct niche you can save yourself a lot of trouble by having fewer competitors.

Is your site getting traffic? If you are hoping to generate your income from advertising and you do not have a staggering amount of traffic to your site, you need to reconsider your plan of action. There are not many (single) blogs out there that can generate a living wage from advertising revenue alone. So, stop barking up that tree if you are in this position.

This assessment can go on forever, from site design to mobile or social media strategy. I don’t want to you to get hung up here. Unless you are questioning your niche and don’t have traffic, you are ok. If those two things are an issue, you should probably go back to the drawing board and decide on a new domain or direction. Otherwise, if traffic is your only issue, join the club. What you can do in the short term is attempt to stand out from the crowd by producing what you consider being incredibly good content. Be a little more daring, opinionated, or possibly controversial (What do you want to say, but aren’t).

The last short term traffic bump can come from watching the trends. What are other people in your niche talking about? Use tools like blog aggregators (Technorati & alltop), and google alerts. Google alerts are essential for content creators; it is the easiest way to keep your ear to the ground for your topics, without burning your whole day trolling the web. When news is made in your niche, you need to give your two cents, or at least curate someone who is.

Another big pitfall to look out for is focus. My biggest problem starting out was the distribution of my effort. I tended to spend all my free time working 10 different projects. I would spread myself so thin, that none of my projects were up to a standard that I was happy with. Consolidate your efforts. If it comes down to it, pick the project that you have the most fun working on and run with it. Let the others suffer in the mean time. Chances are that if you enjoy it, it will show in the finished product.

Keep in mind the 80/20 rule. I learned this trick from Ryan Deiss, and have seen a consistent trend of successful people who use it. For those of you who are not familiar, it is the concept where you should be spending 80% of your time on what is actually making the bulk of your money. The remaining 20% goes to the other projects. Often 20% of your efforts will generate 80% of your revenue; by identifying that 20% you can save yourself a lot of headaches. There is a lot more to the theory, and I am not really doing it justice here, so look it up if you have never heard it.

Making Money

So, here’s the deal, simply having a blog isn’t going to be your main source of income. You have start thinking about revenue generation. There are a number of ways to achieve that. You can build an authority site, you can focus on lead generation and build a list, but today we are going to talk about products. The most effective way to monetize your blog is to start promoting products; an even more effective way is to promote your own products. This is arguably the most efficient way of generating passive income if done correctly. For many this can be a daunting task. But, it really isn’t as hard as it sounds.

The first step is deciding whether you will be dealing with physical or digital products. There is a separate path for physical products, so today I am just going to focus on digital products. For the part-time entrepreneur I think selling/creating/marketing digital products will be “lower hanging fruit” than physical products. If there is interest, I can write an article on physical goods and drop shipping.

Next is becoming familiar with the products in your space. Get an account with an affiliate platform (clickbank, commission junction, JVZOO, WarriorPlus). Take a look at the marketplace and sort the products for your niche by popularity or gravity. Go through the products to see what is out there, and what seems to be doing well. Make notes of products you like, are interested in, and what their rating/popularity/gravity is (you will use this later).

After having a grasp of what is out there, you can identify “holes” & needs for your niche. Start making plans for potential products. Try and dream something up that is feasible with a unique selling point, something that will set it apart from other products in your space. What would provide real benefit or value to someone with your interests? What would you buy? What do you know that others don’t? What problem do people in your niche experience often? Carl White just wrote an excellent article on how he fulfills the needs of different niches by utilizing facebook and linkedin groups (How to beat the big dogs at affiliate marketing contests).

What I would suggest if you are just starting out is a special report of some kind. You are obviously already familiar with writing, and most likely already have a good grasp on your subject matter.

Find a popular report like this in the market place that is selling well, and buy it. While reading through, make notes of structure, length, format, and the kinds of information covered. You can use this report as a guide when outlining your own product. Something to keep in mind is that on these affiliate-based platforms, the market is typically flooded with “me-too” products. You will need to distance yourself from the collection of similar products on the subject you are writing about. So, if there are already 5 reports out there on the subject you were thinking about and you don’t have anything that drastically sets yours apart from them, you should move on to the next idea.

After you have decided on a product and outlined it, it is time to roll up your sleeves and get to work writing (or building). In the mean time while you develop your product, you can implement other ways of generating revenue like affiliate sales and/or lead generation (list building).

Affiliate Offers

Get the notes you made earlier on products you like in your niche, and their popularity. There are a few things to think about here. If the gravity is really high on the product this is an indication that this product will provide some stiff competition when you attempt to promote it. Do some research on what/who you are competing with. If all of your choices have a lot of competition, you might need to go a little lower on the gravity results and pick something a little less popular.

Once you have decided on a few products you would like to promote. You can start building a plan of action. The easiest way to promote an affiliate offer is adding a banner image to your site linked to your affiliate link. These are often placed in your sidebar in a “text/html widget”. I would also suggest writing a review article on some of the features or sections of the product that you really liked. While you might want to frame this as a product review, keep in mind that you are ultimately writing sales copy. Copy writing is an art form, and can take a lifetime to master. A good short guide to the structure of a sales letter can be found here written by Perry Belcher.

Be sure to read my article on my clickbank youtube hack. If you do decide to create a video sniper, be sure to post the video on your site to take full advantage of the traffic you are already getting.

Promoting your product

Once your product is complete, you need to make a marketing plan. The nuances of marketing your product go far beyond what I can cover in this short article but, I will do my best to concisely cover the basics.

You will want to “prime the pump”. This entails dropping hints, and building as much buzz for the product as you can. You can do this with preview posts, social media blasts, and guest posting about the product.

Do your best to write a sales letter or hire someone to write your sales letter, following the outline I linked to above. Hopefully, you have promoted a few affiliate products by now and you have developed a “feel” for what works for your readers and what doesn’t. I would suggest making a dedicated page for your sales letter on your blog and not only making a blog post about it. Make sure your home page is featuring the product in some way (above the fold of the page), whether that is a featured post, banner, or block of content in the side bar. Call in whatever favors you can for promotion via email drops, banners, etc.

Promoting a product can (and will) be an ongoing endeavor, of optimizing, tweaking, rewriting, testing, and tracking. The brevity of this post has been a challenge as each paragraph of this article could be expanded into its own book. Hopefully I was able to illustrate the big picture of monetizing your blog.

Becoming a full time entrepreneur can be a colossal challenge, but with adequate planning and a clear vision you can set yourself up for success. Don’t make a half effort and then give up when you aren’t driving a Bentley a week later. These things can take time and dedication and more than just a blog. As I said earlier in this article, there are countless methods to get you to your goal, and today I covered one. One thing is for certain, stopping after you get your blog built is a mistake.

About Kevin Clanton

Kevin Clanton is part of the new generation of Internet marketers, originally starting his career as a programmer obsessed with all things information / technology. Online Marketing has quickly become his primary focus; where he is able to leverage his background in development to implement his dreams & ideas in order to quickly produce data on their effectiveness. Google Kevin has an intense drive to be as well rounded as possible in his business pursuits. He isn’t satisfied until he has a firm understanding of all aspects of a given business strategy.


Thanks, Kevin.  Hope this helped you – much food for thought, eh?

If you want to get in to affiliate marketing but have no idea where to start,  click here to check out an innovative license rights program.. 

Talk soon.



7 Ways To Make Money Using Nothing More Than Your List


An opt-in list can be quite crucial to any site or internet based company. Even for a small venture such as a niche profit site an opt-in list can make a world of difference and also add some extra income for your pocket. 

Rarely would you see an e-commerce site, big or small,
that is without an opt-in list.

An opt-in list allows for a company to market their wares
and site via an e-mail. With an opt-in list, a site and a
subscriber consents to sending and receiving a newsletter
from your company. Through this, you can keep your
subscribers abreast of what is currently available in your
site as well as whatever is coming out.

And because there is mutual consent between the two
parties, any mail sent to the list is not considered as
spam mail. There is a great number of successfully read
promotional materials such as catalogs, newsletters and
such that are sent because the subscribers themselves have
signed up for them, meaning, they do want to be sent those

Building a list is crucial, only a small percentage
actually subscribes for an opt-in list. Many people find
promotional mails annoying but of you provide a good
newsletter or promotional material, you will see your
list build up and grow. You can also achieve this by
having good content on your site. If people like what they
see and read on your site, then they surely would want
more. Newsletters would be a way to attract them back to
your site. A little teaser or appetizer if you will.

But other than marketing your wares and your services, an
opt-in list can also be used to earn extra profit. Not all
lists can be used though. It would be good to first build
a successful list with a huge number of subscribers. The
more subscribers you have, the more money you can get.
Here are seven ways to make money using nothing more than
your list.

1) Place advertisements. There are many corporations who
will be willing to pay to put their banners and ads on a
list with many subscribers. Selling or renting out lists
is not a good idea so rather than doing that, many
companies would just rather place ads with lists that have
a huge subscriber base. Your newsletter could be placed
with many ads and each one spells money.

2) Have affiliations with other companies that have at
least a semblance or relation to what your site is about.
Here other companies will provide links and brief
descriptions of what they offer, products and services.
With every click made on the link that directs or leads a
subscriber from your list to their site, the company will
pay you. This P4P or pay for performance.

3) Make deals with other companies by asking for a small
percentage of sales done through your list. With every
sale done by customers that have come from your list and
have gone there because of your newsletter, the other
company will pay you a small percentage of your sales. The
more people who buys from them, the more earnings you get.

4) You may also get products from other sites on a
consignment basis and sell them to your list via your
newsletter. Place descriptions, articles and photos of the
product in your newsletter. There will be those who will
buy from you and when that happens, you can order the
product from the other site and sell it to your buyer.

5) Sell e-books or a compilation of your articles on your
list. Manuals and how-to articles are in great demand.
Many people will be willing to shell out money to gain
knowledge about a certain topic and subject. With your
existing list trusting your expertise in that area, an
e-book could be offered and sold or used as an incentive.

6) Create a network out of your list. Get people to invite
more people to view your site and subscribe to your list.
The larger your list is, the more people will be able to
click on your links and affiliate links as well as make
your advertisement rates higher.

7) Subscribers are willing to pay for information if they
know that it can be trusted and relied upon. Use your list
to get more and more people to subscribe to you as well as
browse your site. Lastly, you can use your list to earn
money by making them your partners. Your list will be the
bloodline of your growth and increase.

Elementary stuff, but often neglected. To keep up with
more tips and tricks, please sign up to receive my
newsletters here!

Talk soon.


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How to grow your business from 0 to 2.5 mill in revenue

How to grow your business from 0 to 2.5 mill in revenue… 

As of 2 days ago, MOBE (My Online Business Empire) just crossed 2.5 mil in revenue.

The following is Matt Lloyd’s (the founders) explanation on how he did it, which I thought you might be able to get a few gold nuggets from…


First of all, getting to 2.5 million has not been easy.

When I started out a few years back, I was told that the hardest million is always that first.

When you’re doing this for the first time… you don’t know what you don’t know.

Well, they weren’t lying.

And it’s important that you understand that on YOUR quest to build a big online business, you’re going to make a ton of mistakes.

And, how fast you get to the first million, will be directly proportional to your willingness to make mistakes, make a fool of yourself, and go into situations where you may not be that comfortable – but you do it anyway.

Eg. the first event I ever hosted (which I did in early 2012) was like jumping into the deep end of the swimming pool, not knowing how to swim.

It was completely outside of my comfort zone.

But I learned how to put on events through ‘doing’ – not theory.  It’s the doing part where you learn your real lessons.

Most importantly, the idea of the ‘self made entrepreneur’ is B.S. 

When I started out, I thought I’d be able to do it all on my own… but I soon realised I couldn’t.

No one builds a big company on their own.

It’s always a team effort. 

For me, my most important team members are the people in my MOBE License Rights Program. 

There’s about 750 of them so far, and, we are growing fast.

Since I introduced the License Rights program in mid 2011, I tried to take the focus of MOBE from me, to my parnters.

This is not about me:  it’s about creating and maintaining the best system I possibly can for my partners.

A system that pays them more for their traffic than any other. 

A system that I never stop improving (the internet landscape changes FAST.  If you don’t innovate, you die.  Just how many of the gurus from 5 years back do you see still today?  Exactly.)

So far, the MOBE License Rights program has been in a class of it’s own…

You can see some of our success stories by clicking here 

Our system is far from perfect, but, I’ll never stop working at it till we get it as close to perfect as can be.

If you ever try to start your own system (a daunting task) then here is my advice:

Make it all about them.  Not you. 

I try to celebrate my partners success, and, when they get results, I let everyone know.

Why do I do this?

Well, what do you think is more powerful…

Me telling you how good the MOBE License Program is?

Or, your ordinary ‘non-guru’ internet marketer, sitting in front of a video camera, giving a very real and genuine account of their feedback so far?

Of course, it’s the latter.

In the near future, you’ll see me take more a backseat to the business, and, it will become even more about celebrating my top partners.

Soon, I’ll be awarding one of our top Platinum Partners with a brand new Chrysler 300 – completely paid for, driving to their house, and the keys handed to them.

You can bet I’ll also fly out a film crew and get a whole video case study around it.

As far as I’m concerned, this is just the beginning for our MOBE License Partners… this year we’re going to take things to the next level.

Click here to see the video where I explain how we are getting to 20 million by the end of the year… 

And, if you are in- if you’re ready to join us – you can scroll to the bottom of that page above, and get started… 

Talk soon,



Does Matt sound like a man you can trust?  I know you can – I have! So, watch the video above, then scroll down the page and join us – simples!

Talk soon.


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The 3 Most Common Affiliate Marketing Mistakes


Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective and powerful ways of earning money online. It provides anyone at all with the opportunity to make a profit through the Internet. Since these affiliate marketing programs are easy to join, implement and pay regular commissions, more and more people are now getting in on the act.

However, like all businesses, there are lots of pitfalls in the affiliate marketing business for the unsuspecting newbie. Committing some of the most common mistakes could cost dearly. That’s why it’s better to avoid them from the beginning, rather than regret them in the end.

Mistake number 1: Choosing the wrong affiliate program.

Many people want to earn from affiliate marketing as fast as possible. In their rush to be part of a program, they tend to choose a bandwagon product. This is the kind of product that the marketer thinks is “hot”. They choose the product that is in demand without actually considering
whether the product actually appeals to them. This is clearly not a very wise move.

Instead of jumping on the bandwagon, try to choose a product in which you are truly interested. For any endeavour to succeed, you should take some time to plan and figure out your actions, and find out what you are, and are not, interested in.

Pick a product that appeals to you. Then do some research about that product to see if it is in demand. Promoting a product you are more passionate about is easier than promoting one for the sake of the earnings only.


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Mistake number 2: Joining too many affiliate programs.

Since affiliate programs are very easy to join, you might be tempted to join loads of programs to try and maximize the earnings you will be making.

Many programs may well be a great way to have multiple sources of income, but joining multiple programs (and attempting to promote them all at the same time) will prevent you from concentrating on any one of them.

The result? The maximum potential of your affiliate programs will not be realized and the income generated will be disappointing. The best way to get excellent result is by joining just one program that pays at least a
40% commission. Then give it your best effort by promoting that product enthusiastically. As soon as you see that it is making a reasonable profit, you can then join, set up and promote another program.

The technique is to do it slowly but surely. There is really no need to rush into things, especially with affiliate marketing. With the way things are going, the future is looking really bright and it seems that affiliate marketing is here to stay.

Mistake number 3: Not buying the product or using the service yourself.

As an affiliate, your main purpose is to effectively and convincingly promote a product or service and to find customers for it. For you to achieve this purpose, you must be able to relay your satisfaction to the potential customers of that certain product and service. It would therefore be difficult for you to do this when you yourself have not tried them out. Thus, you will fail to promote and recommend them convincingly and you will also fail to create the desire in your customers to own the product.

Try the product or service personally first before you sign up as an affiliate in order to see if it is really delivering what it promises. If you do this you are then a credible user, aware of its advantages and any potential disadvantages. Your marketing will then convey sincerity
and trust in you which will encourage your audience to try it out for themselves.

Many affiliate marketers make these 3 mistakes and are paying dearly for their actions. Do not be one of them!

Time is the key. Take the time to analyse your marketing strategy and check to make sure you’re on the right track. If done properly, you will be able to maximize your affiliate marketing programs and earn higher profits.

Talk soon.

Presenting Your Future

No SEO? Apply, and Be Patient!


If you’re anything like I used to be, you try out one of those search engine optimization  methods as postulated by those apparently in the know, then you go straight over to Google to see whether it’s worked!  Well I now know that with search engine optimization, patience is the name of the game.

Imagine the internet as a huge supermarket with virtually hundreds – perhaps even thousands – of products and services to offer for just one keyword alone. Sites, in their early stages of establishment, will not fare well with others who have been around for, let’s say seven years or so.

The strength of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can then aid these beginner websites in getting a higher position in search engine results. However, it takes time for SEO to show positive results, and potential clients would be better served if they knew and understood the factors that affect the SEO timeframe.


These are the words used to initiate a search. Of course, more websites will try to rank for a keyword closely related to their content. The level of competition for a certain keyword affects the length of time for the optimization to take effect. If there are already a lot of websites ranking for a particular keyword, it is likely that new websites will rank low against old and more established ones.


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Number of inbound links

Also known as backlinks, these can play a great role in increasing a website’s link popularity, thus securing a decently high rank for a certain keyword. Take this scenario as an example:

You have a new website, and you want it to rank high in search engine results. Start by looking for sites that have existed for five years or more, or sites that rank within the Top 100. Once you have several such websites, you can write guest blog posts with the permission of the website owner or administrator. That blog post should include a link or URL to your new website.

So, when a visitor enters those sites, sees the post that you have made and clicks on the link, you earn one page view. Now imagine that 1 view multiplied by hundreds, even thousands of visitors! Your website popularity and subsequent page ranking increase in the process.

Many say that the “Google slaps” of late have made backlinking far less effective than it was, but there is no doubt that when done properly they do still work well.


In order for a website to rank high in the search results, the content must be fresh and updated regularly. Remember that search engines are still programs; they detect quantity rather than quality. You may have some great content on your site, but if the website itself is not updated, then your site will suffer.

Online presence

Strategies such as blog updates, e-newsletters, article syndication, and online press releases are just some of the strategies that build up a website’s presence on the internet. Search engines tend to detect a website that has established a strong online presence.

Age of the website

Believe it or not, the age of the website is also a factor for ranking. A site that has been around for more than a year and has a lot of content can be considered as having an established presence. It is then easy for search engines to rank that particular site in its results.

On the average, it can take three to six months for SEO strategies to obtain a desirable result. So, give SEO the time to work its wonders, and see the good results for yourself.

I’m very glad to report that one of my sites and Facebook fan page are at spots one and two of the first page of Google for the keyword term “presenting your future” out of 29,600,000 results – go ahead and check it out!  Both the website and the Facebook page were created six months ago.  Do visit the site, and don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook!

Talk soon.


There Is No Time Like the Present to Create Your Future

Are You Integrated with Google Direct Connect?


It really is a good idea for you to get integrated with Google Direct Connect.

Google Direct Connect is a brand new feature in Google search that brings your customers straight to you. It’s an easy way for them to find your Google Plus Page and not a bunch of junk sites that just mention your brand name.

Google Plus Pages are like Facebook fan pages for Google Plus. Google Plus is the big, new social media site and most folks are still on the fence about it. Smart folks, however, have jumped straight off that fence and are signed up because who knows, it may be huge. After all, it’s Google’s social media site and it plans to give Facebook a run for its money.


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Searching with Google Direct Connect

Like the name suggests, Google Direct Connect connects people directly to your Google Plus Page. They type in ‘+’ and then the name of your brand, and it takes them straight to your Google Plus Page, no fuss and no bother.

This new feature is really new. It doesn’t work with all pages yet. But what it effectively does is puts your profile on Google Plus at the very top of the search results. The link and description for your site appear right below the search box. Local businesses couldn’t ask for anything better from the search engine giant.

The only trouble with Google Direct Connect is that at the time of this writing, it’s not available for everybody. You have to meet The Big G’s standards of worthiness. What does it take to get connected?

 You have to have a link from your Google Plus Page to your website and vice versa.
 You’ve got to have a Google Plus button on your website.
 And you have to meet some vague standards that Google mentions on its website about relevance and popularity. What this means is probably that your site has to be established and getting some traffic already.

The long and short of it is that in order to appear at the very top for Google Direct Connect searches, all you need to do is advertise Google Plus. That’s some smart marketing!

But another purpose of the verification is to make sure that it’s your brand’s official page that shows up and not an impostor’s. Although Google Plus isn’t too bad (yet), other social media sites like Facebook are rife with imitators. A fake page pretending to be you could actually beat you in search results.

Google Direct Connect is just the latest move to integrate everything with the King of Search Engines, and it offers some great advantages for your business. If you haven’t already gotten into Google Plus, now might be a good time to create your profile and start building a stronger relationship with the search engine giant.

When you get there, add me to your Circles!

Talk soon.

Presenting Your Future

The Top 6 Local Business Review Sites


If you have a business, online or off, and you want more exposure, why not allow yourself to be found more often by listing your biz on business review sites?

Local business review sites are great for SEO and advertising.  If you’re not already taking advantage of them, you should be.  These are sites where you make a profile and customers can leave their reviews. When people are searching for a local business, they find yours and can take things from there.  Here are the 6 hottest local business review sites right now:-

Google Places –

Google Places is Google’s local business listing directory. It replaced Google Local Business Center in 2009.  It’s really easy to set up your Google Places listing (and free!) and it will come up in search engines, so it’s important to write a good profile and optimize for keywords.

You can send out real-time updates, post pictures of your business and take advantage of their analytics to see how you’re doing.

Yahoo! Local –

Yahoo! Local is similar to Google Places. You get a map, a profile and your own landing page. One of the great things about Yahoo! Local is that listings show up above the organic search results.

If somebody is looking for a business like yours and using the right keywords, they’ll see your listing first. Yahoo may not get as much Web traffic as Google, but it’s still pretty significant and well worth using.

Yelp! –

Especially in urban areas, everybody now uses Yelp to find out where to buy stuff, eat stuff, and be entertained by stuff.  There are something like 9 million reviews on the site and it gets tens of millions of visitors each month.  In fact, your business may already have a Yelp listing without you even knowing it.

Citysearch –

Citysearch is the oldest listings site and it also gives you some tools you can use to promote it.  You can make special offers through your profile and it has built-in analytics to give you statistics about your profile’s visitors.  They have both a free membership and a paid membership that gets you additional business services.

Insider Pages –

Insider Pages is a site that focuses especially on businesses for families.  Like Yelp, it has an urban and suburban focus. Users can browse by city or service and read reviews from others.  Insider Pages listings come up high in the search engine results pages for local searches, so it’s great for geographical keyword optimization.

MerchantCircle –

MerchantCircle is a new review site on the scene. It offers a number of bonuses in addition to your listing like your own blog, a question and answer site where you can build authority, and a schedule feature that lets you make appointments.

The really unique thing about MC is that it gives you complete control over reviews. You can even delete them!  This is a pretty big disservice for customers, but it’s helpful for businesses.

These sites are user created, which means that customers can basically create your profile by leaving reviews.  What this means is that even if you’re not using these sites, you might already have a listing on them.

Each site gives you the option of claiming your listing and taking control of it.  I suggest you do it right away!

Talk soon.

Chineme –

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