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What do Facebook, Youtube ,Craigslist, Yahoo, Ebay, and Amazon all have in common?

Updated on June 5, 2012
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What do Facebook, Youtube ,Craigslist, Yahoo, Ebay, and Amazon all have in common?

I would be willing to bet that most people already have a good idea what these words all have in common, if not, I'm about to tell you. Facebook, Youtube ,Craigslist, Yahoo, Ebay, and Amazon are among the top search terms in all categories for the last 30 days. In other words these are the most common terms entered into search engines. I couldn't begin to guess why these terms are being used so often. It would seem that most people are familiar with the sites that these terms are associated with, and that they would go directly to the site rather than search for them via a search engine, but I'm no expert on the subject. I do know that they are at the top of the list and account for millions of daily searches.

Making Money

I'm not here to talk about any of those sites specifically, the things I want to talk about are search terms, viral marketing, and making money on the internet. No matter what you are doing on the internet you need a presence, you need traffic, someone to buy what ever it is you are selling. Maybe you aren't selling anything, you just advertise for others who are, in either case you need traffic before you can make any money.

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I will begin with HubPages, due to the fact that that is where I am publishing this Hub. There are hundreds of Hubs already out there relating to Hub score so I won't get into that, I'm going to go more into detail about traffic to your Hubs and how to turn that traffic into profit. I know that many of us here enjoy writing, myself included, and honestly I don't care if I make a lot of money from my writing. I genuinely enjoy writing and knowing that people are reading my writing. Don't get me wrong I enjoy making money, but that is not my primary focus. I love it when people comment on my Hubs good or bad, and I like to see those higher scores, but none of that converts to profits. I don't make money from scores, or comments, or having people read my Hubs. I make money when people click on the ads that are on my hubs. So first off if you want to make money use the ads. Don't go crazy with them but use them, and use them wisely. For example, if you are writing a Hub about coffee your ads should probably be selling coffee or coffee related products. If a reader finds your hub because they were searching the term coffee they probably don't want to see ads selling windows. I know this is common sense, but I have seen some ads that weren't at all related to the hub in question. Your keywords should also reflect the basic idea of your hub. Again if your writing about coffee you should use as many keywords or tags as possible relating to coffee drinkers. For example, coffee, beans, caffeinated, decaffeinated, coffee beans, instant, instant coffee, drink, coffee drinkers, morning, coffee maker, coffee filters, etc. It wouldn't hurt to do a little research to see what related terms are being searched for most often and include all of them as your tags. This is what drives traffic to your site from search engines. You should also use as many external sources as possible, sources like Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Digg, Reddit, Buzz up!, MySpace, site-grade, Youtube, Craigslist, Yahoo, Google, just to name a few. There are thousands more, and they can easily be found by searching the internet with almost any search engine. Using as many established sites as possible to back-link to your site is what viral marketing is all about in its most basic form. Again this strategy should be used wisely, but it should be used, for maximum effect. There's nothing wrong with a quick link back to your site on social media sites once in a while, just don't over do it. You should probably be involved with other activities on those sites before you just start posting links to your own sites, and you don't want to over do it, so use discretion. A little common sense goes a long way. If you don't already have them I recommend making a fan page on Facebook and an account just for your site on Twitter, and use them at least a few times per week but no more than a few times per day.

The Bottom Line

OK, the same applies to whatever kind of site we are talking about, If you have a personal website or you manage a business website you can use these same ideas to help make your site more profitable. Of course, you want lots of relevant content that isn't trying to sell anything as well. The bottom line is, you need good and common tags to get traffic, you need ads or your own products related to those tags to get sales or credit for sales, and you need lots of relevant content.

Good luck to all of you, if you have any questions feel free to ask, I would be glad to help if I can.

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    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Sinea Pies, thanks for reading and commenting. In regards to Craigslist; it was only mentioned initially because it was on the top ten search term list. Since you asked I gave it some thought and done some research. I discovered that Craigslist has fairly busy forums, though they seem to discourage links you can add content and build a following that could bring your other work more traffic. And of course you can use Craigslist to sell most anything, so if you write e-books or other published works you can sell them there.

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      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Au fait, thank you so much for visiting, I'm glad you found my Hub useful. I attempted to throw some ideas out there that I have used, but haven't seen on too many other Hubs. Thanks again, have a great day.

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      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      This is really interesting stuff. Only today I searched for Craigslist. I would love to know more about how you use Craigslist to boost traffic. Voted up and interesting.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Very good advice and information. Voting you UP and useful/interesting,

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Thanks for reading and for the comments. You can control the ads for Ebay and Amazon to some extent. If you don't like the ads they give you try some different terms in the search.

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      6 years ago from The Planet of Information

      Very good hub. On hubpages the ads are automatically selected though, so sometimes they are incorrect and there is nothing you can do about it!


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