Today we’d like to share a sample plan that is completely based on user feedback. These take time to get started, but you’ll have a lot of fun running a website like this: it grows on its own like a plant!
Once you reach a certain level of engagement with people, you’ll have plenty to do and almost zero cost for your content (until the host requires an upgrade to suit the site traffic needs).
|Plan:||The Social Momentum Content Farm|
|Costs:||$10+ domain, $30+ hosting|
|Monetization:||Pay Per Click, Affiliate, Unique Product, Advertisement|
|Tools:||WordPress, Plugins, Custom Coding, Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest|
How to Start
- Pick a subject that is personally interesting to you
- Create one best content article that has pictures, videos, or anything that you like- make it long, useful and interesting
- Create a Facebook fan page for the subject, closely associated or exactly like your domain name of choice
- Register a matching domain that is catchy, short and interesting
- Set up WordPress blog
- Install a social media login plugin that allows picture posts, comments, video posts, and more – MAKE IT FAST TO USE
- Create a Facebook fan page, decorate it
- Make friends on other fan pages and invite people to your best content
- Encourage feedback in some form (comment, shares, likes, stories, reviews, quotes, videos, pictures, drawings, etc)
- Continue to encourage feedback and sharing best content articles that you find on other people’s websites
- Do regular Facebook postings and use some other social media like YouTube channels
- Focus on vetting the submissions and improving quality of submissions
- To increase traffic share better stuff and find better stuff to share
- Enjoy working closely with many kinds of people to develop the site’s flourishing community
Which Social Media to use?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest. These may be the most popular, most familiar and easiest to use for the majority of web and smart phone users.
Here is an excellent fresh article on marketing using Pinterest: The Ultimate Pinterest Guide via Kissmetrics.com
Key things to remember:
If it is too difficult to use your website, people will probably not want to use your submission buttons. Here are a few other things to remember:
- If your site has too much going on, people will be too distracted.
- Stick to 1 message for best clarity in communicating your message. People have a short attention span online.
- If your site loads beyond 3 seconds (Google for a free site speed test) then your visitors may be less likely to submit anything to your site.
- If your site is fast, the submission is VERY FAST and EASY, they will return to use it again.
- Visitors must first like the website before committing to commenting.
It may take a few visits and 5+ minutes to create an engaged user who likes your site – there are no hard figures here. Give them your best content and suggest it like a chain (use Related Posts WP plugin, for example).
Use good videos, great sound, great text, great layout, fast loading, great logo, clear pictures, bigger pictures, etc.
Communicate the purpose of your website quickly and provide the best content first, followed by 2 and 3 more best content pages that take a good 3-5 minutes to read.
Use great spacing, tab lists, info graphics and videos spread throughout to engage people and get them comfortable using a new website they have never heard of!
The key to the social momentum content farm is to ensure there is an easy-to-use submission section – because its growth depends on submissions, this is what you’ll need to focus on. Each week, you’ll continue to encourage people to participate in growing your website by submitting original content!
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