How to generate traffic using StumbleUpon

Another way of generating more traffic to your web site is to use        

If you have not used this site before, it is regarded as one of the top social media sites for driving   traffic to your web sites.

Like many of these sites, you need to create an account which is free.

Here are the steps to take :

1 Create an account

In the top right hand corner you can “Join For Free”.

Alternatively, you can sign in with your Facebook account.

2 Set up your profile

This is similar to other social media sites.

The most important step is to add your profile photo.

3 Add your interests

You will see lots of interests or you can search for your own interests.

Once you have your interests, you will see the number of people following those interests.

4 Connect to other accounts

Within your account you can connect to your other accounts :


Google +


This is well worth doing


As with most social media sites it is a matter of sharing and engagement.

In order to become more visible, there are a number of things that you can do.

5 Follow people in your niche(s)

Build this up gradually. You may find lots of good content among these people.

6 Like Pages

As you see articles that you like, give the thumbs up

7 Make Comments

If you see an article that you like, add a meaningful comment.

If it is interesting, other people will click on your link.


8 Add the stumble upon button to your browser

Go to

and follow the instructions

This will enable you to like blog posts that you see

9 Add the stumble button to your web site.

This will let other people share your content

According to this article

See Results of Sharing Buttons

BrightEdge Technologies found a dramatic increase in content sharing when this button was added to a web site.


In conclusion, posting to StumbleUpon should help for 2 main reasons :

1 It is a high ranking social media site,so the more articles you post on there the more the search engines will like your site.

2 You can attract visitors from the site itself.

Once you have selected your interests, your followers and those you are following are targeted.



This may seem like a lot of work, but it should bring it’s rewards in the long-term. In the short term, if you want to gain an advantage, the best thing to do is to post your article automatically onto StumbleUpon.

There are a number of plug ins that will do this for you.

If you type into the search engine something like :

“wordpress plug ins to auto post to stumble upon”

You will find a number of solutions.

Make sure that you do the necessary due diligence on these plug ins.

The factors I consider are :

1 The number of downloads-you want to make sure,this has been downloaded more than a few times.

2 It has good reviews-look for 5 star ratings.

3 Recently updated -if the plug in has not been updated for several months or years,this is not a good sign.


Although there are lots of plug ins one that is quite popular is SNAP (Social Networks Auto Poster) from NextScripts, which will allow you to post to many different social media sites automatically from your WordPress site.


As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please contact me.













Blog commenting

There are so many things to consider in Internet marketing but one of the major ones is traffic, without which it is not possible to make money. It is possible to generate traffic in a number of ways.

In order to be successful, it is advisable not to rely on any one strategy. Many marketers have realised this when google changed the rules and they found themselves going from the 1st page for their keywords to almost nowhere.

Two options are as follows :

1 Search engine optimisation-it is possible to get to the top of the search engines, but it can take some time, and it needs a lot of expertise.

2 Paid traffic this can be very expensive.

What we are considering here are ways to generate free traffic.

For all these methods there are tools available which will automate the processes, however it is recommended to do these tasks manually to understand the processes.

Blog Commenting

This can be very productive and yet quite easy.

You may have your own blog on which you will have postings and visitors will be invited to comment. If you approve the comment, then they will have a link back to your site to their own site.

This is what we are going to do, i.e. place comments on other people’s blogs in the hope that they will be approved, thus giving you a link back to your own site.

However, for the backlink to be recognised as a worthwhile backlink, it should be in a similar sector and it should be reasonably popular.

Looking at the sector first if, for example, your blog is related to weight loss, then you want the backlinks to be relevant to weight loss. The search engines will not consider a backlink from for example,a photography site to be relevant.

In blog commenting we need to consider the following 3 factors:

1 As stated above, the site you are visiting must be relevant to your site. For example, if your blog relates to Internet marketing, you can

look at search engine optimisation, article marketing, backlinking, etc.

In which case, go to the search engine and type :

Article marketing + blogs or

Article marketing + powered by WordPress

You will then find lots of blogs where you can place comments.

2 For the link to be worthwhile, the site must be reasonably popular and recognised by the search engines.

3 The final factor is the comment.

This will need to be approved by the site owner, so it needs to be meaningful. Do not write something as easy as “great blog” as you will not be approved.

Read the article and make a meaningful comment, which will give you a good chance of the comment being approved.

Make sure that you include your URL so that you can get a link back.

You really don’t need to spend too long on this as backlinks from a few high ranking sites will be very beneficial.

However, if you find this rather repetitive it is possible to make life easier with some free software.

Just enter “free blog commenting software” into the search engine and take your pick.







How to add a logo onto an Instagram post

When I post on Instagram, with all my accounts I post a logo. 
As it is possible for members to re-post other peoples’ articles at least the post has my logo on.

From my Instagram viewers, I have had a lot of questions as to how I manage to post my logo on a photo.

Fortunately,it is very easy.

Firstly there is a logo.
If you already have one,that’s fine, but if not you can either design it yourself (if you have the skills), or you can have one designed on

Secondly you need a photo, and fortunately there are a number of sites where you can find high quality photos.
The main sites I use are :

Thirdly you need to put the logo onto the photo.

In order to do this I use

I have made a short video showing how to do this.

If you have any questions,please let me know.

Posting to LinkedIn-how it can help to drive traffic

When we have written a post, most of the time we are looking to drive traffic to our site and most people rely on being found on the search engines. 

However, this is risky for 2 main reasons:

1 It is very difficult to get onto the front page of the search engines for any search term. As an example, if you are involved in weight loss ,typing:

“how to lose weight” will show you have 13 million competitors

The front page will be dominated by suppliers with big budgets.

You can improve matters by looking into niche markets within the main market.

However, there is still likely to be a lot of competition.

2 The search engines can change their algorithms without notice.

Many people have been on the front page of the search engines earning a good living and literally overnight, they are no longer on the front page and are not earning any money.

It’s time for a re-think.

If we cannot attract people to our web site, then we need to go where they are.

By this we mean that when we have posted an article, we also post it on other sites where our potential viewers are.

There are lots of such sites so rather than post on lots, it is worth concentrating on the larger social media sites.

Writing the article takes time, but posting to a few of these sites doesn’t take much time. There is software as well as WordPress plugins that will automate this process, but I have made a video showing how to do this manually.

The first site is LinkedIn which has mainly been used by professional people and for recruiting.

However, it has now been taken over by FaceBook and is undergoing some changes. It is one of the largest social media sites in the world, so it is well worth posting onto.

Below is a video showing how easy it is to do.

One thing I would recommend is, once the article has been written, to ping it.

This is easy to do with a site like

If you have any comments or feedback, please let me know.


YouTube description- 7 tips to help you optimize your video

When posting a video to YouTube,the description is so important.  

After all,YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, so to be found in the search engines, we need to include a meaningful description.

Here are the things I suggest :

1 Firstly decide on your keywords.

This is a whole subject in itself, but let’s assume you have decided on

“How to make money online”

2 Include it in your title

However, it is better to make it more appealing, for example:

“How to make money online-learn the secrets never revealed before”


“How to make money online-7 simple steps for you to follow”

3 I repeat the title as my first line of the description.

4 Include your URL in the second line including http.

For example, mine is

The reason you want to do it this way is that the format above is a clickable link.

You do not want your viewers to have to copy and paste the URL, because most of them will not do it.

5 Write your description

Ideally this should be between 200 and 500 words.

The important thing is that you should write the description for the viewer NOT for the search engines.

When writing, keep the sentences short.

Use paragraphs with only 2-3 sentences per paragraph.

Your viewers will not read a full page of text with no breaks.

Use bullet points-these make the reading more interesting.

Try to include your keyword phrase 3-4 times in the description, but do not overdo it as it may appear unnatural to the search engines.

6 Include your other social media links

If you are on sites like Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ or any other of the major sites, you can show the viewer that you are active on other sites.

7 Include an external link

There are various thoughts on this, but it is something I normally do.

I normally include a link at the bottom of my description.

I go to google and type in the keyword phrase or something similar.

When I see the results I normally include a Wikipedia URL as this is a higher authority site.

I hope you find this useful, and if you have any suggestions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

John Hayes

How to check an Instagram account

When you have an Instagram account there are a number of ways of growing your followers. 
One popular way is to advertise on a large account in your niche.

For example,if the account has 500,000 followers then each post will normally attract a lot of interest.
The engagement is measured by likes and comments.

Your post will be on the account for a time determined between you and the seller.
By advertising ,your post will attract interest and hopefully result in extra followers and/or extra business.

There are a number of ways of finding these accounts.
One way is to look at accounts in your niche and if they are advertising, that will be outlined in their bio.

Sometimes you will be approched by accounts who will offer their services.

However the account is found,it is necessary to look beneath the service.

Just because the account has a large number of followers doesn’t mean that it is good for advertising.
There are a number of things to consider :

The engagement on each post.This can easily be found by hovering the cursor over the post.
You will see the number of likes and the number of comments.

We must also check that the the number of followers is growing consistently, i.e. by a similar amount every day.
Also the number of following.
If there are wild fluctuations in these numbers the account is probably using a bot to follow/unfollow.

Instagram is not in favour of this approach and it also means the followers are probably worthless.

Fortunately there is a site call socialblade which allows you to check these numbers.

Please watch the video below and let me know if you have any questions.

Video Marketing – 7 good reasons why

There is no doubt that the use of video in content marketing is on the rise.  One of the largest video sites, YouTube , is now the second largest search engine on the web. One of the reasons is that when people are looking how to do something they prefer to watch a video rather than read text.

Here are 7 reasons why you should be involved in video marketing :

1 Improved rankings in the search engines.

Many of us have believed that it is easier to rank on YouTube rather than on the search engines. However, the surprising result is that, according to ComScore, adding a video to your web site can increase the chance of a front page Google result by 53 times.

2 Video can increase your sales

It is estimated that adding a product video to your landing page can increase your conversions by 80%.

3 Higher Engagement

Whenever we are posting a video or a text post, we are looking for our audience to engage with us. It is believed that viewers are 10 times more likely to embed, share and comment on video content than on text based posts.

4 Videos are more appealing to mobile users

We have all seen the growth of mobile usage over the last few years and it is forecast that this growth will continue.

More than half of video viewing is now done on mobile phones.

It is also forecast that watching videos on mobiles will overtake traditional TV viewing.

Quite simply, people find it easy to watch a video while on the go, than scrolling through trying to read lots of text.

5 Higher Retention Rates

When trying to rank in the search engines, companies like Google consider the amount of time spent on your web site. If people don’t stay on the site long, this is known as a high bounce rate and will not help your search engine rankings.

65%  of viewers watch at least 75% of a video, which is much higher than with text based posts.

6 It Is Easier To Learn From Video

Nowadays,people increasingly use video to learn.

When people want to learn about a new product or service, as many as 98% said they preferred to watch a video.

7 Better Email Click Throughs

Email marketing is still very strong. The use of videos in emails has shown to double the click through rate.


In conclusion,there are very compelling reasons to make use of videos in our marketing campaigns.

Looking to the future,it is forecast that we will be using video more and more,so it is a good time to start now.

Below is an example of a video.

This is with music,but it could also be with voice.