This guest post is by Nick Thacker of livehacked.com.
I’ve been creating stuff lately—blog posts, articles, tweets, videos, ebooks, etc.—and I realized something:
The biggest struggle I’ve had during it all was getting people to listen.
While blogging and submitting articles, leaving tons of comments, and submitting guest posts, can garner an initial positive result, it’s tough to keep at it. I wanted to share a few ways I’ve found to really get people to listen.
How to get people to care, listen, and take action
I can think of no better way, and no way that’s led to more open doors, than simply asking people to do something. Sure, it takes guts—but that’s why you’re different. You have the guts—go ask!
If you want a measurable and controllable result, give advertising a shot. It may not be perfect for your niche, but chances are there’s at least something you can advertise in some way. Most pros say to give it at least six months, too, so if you don’t have the funds, this may not work. Check out Project Wonderful for dirt-cheap ads that have gotten me results in the past.
3. Guest post
We all know this one, so there’s no use recounting all of its benefits here. Suffice it to say there have been many successful blogs that have used this strategy almost exclusively to get attention.
Almost anything can be shared—blog posts (as in guest posting), ideas, network leads, products, etc. Which leads me to:
5. Joint ventures
JVs are great for getting your message out to huge lists of people, for the price of sharing your profits with another marketer. Check out the Warrior Forum for an entire board dedicated to JV opportunities.
6. Create a video
ProBlogger.com has been writing a lot more on using video content lately, and I know I’ve done a few trailers for my own book as well—with much success.
7. Create an infographic
Neil Patel of QuickSprout has used infographics, sent to major blogs and news sites to use exclusively (for a backlink, of course!), and it’s gotten him plenty of great traffic—and lots of attention, as well. Take time to create a graphic that’s compelling and telling for your market, and see where it goes!
8. Write an ebook
Just about every blogger has, or aspires to create, an eBook. These days, having an ebook is almost expected—where’s yours?
9. Self-publish a book
Having a “real” book tends