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If your business is new to digital, chances are good you don’t have the time and man power to deal with things like SEO, Social Media and Content marketing. If you have already started doing those things, you know by now that those practices require a tremendous amount of knowledge and time investment. Something you don’t have much of right now.

SEO, Social Media and Content marketing definitely work, but they take time. It’s like the snowball effect in cartoons. In the beginning the snowball is small but over time it grows in size as it rolls down the hill. SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing is like the snowball. It starts really slow, but over time the results are big.

The problem now, is that you have to start from nothing! Nothing equates to being nowhere on Google. Nothing means a zero following on social media, and nothing means no revenue. A faster alternative would be great to build momentum for sales.

Why buying traffic helps:

Put simply, you can buy any amount of traffic at X amount of money and it will take you a 1000th of the time compared to working for the same traffic via other non-bought methods.

To put that in perspective, let’s use a scenario. Let’s assume this is your current situation:

1. You’re business is new to digital marketing

2. Your website doesn’t have good rankings in Google for high traffic keywords.

3. You have low volume of engagement on your site due to it being a ghost town.


Let’s say you have $10,000 to spend.

And you spend it on SEO, Content or Social Media work:

Budget: $10,000

Hourly rate: $50 (good SEO agencies charge $100 per hour)

Total output: 200 hours

Weeks of work: 5 work weeks

Level of immediate result: Low

Please note: It takes weeks to months to start moving up the search engine listings.


But let’s see how it looks when you spend it on bought media:

Budget: $10,000

Cost per click from ad network: $1 (i’m using a high-ish estimate here)

Clicks to website: 10,000

Your hourly rate: $50

Hours spent planning and buying media: 10 hours

Level of immediate result: High

Clearly time spent v.s return favors bought media.


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It’s true it can be a risky exercise, BUT only if you buy traffic without doing the proper research to make it cost effective and relatively risk-free.

Actually, the bought media model is the safest out there, if done right, for a couple of reasons:

  1. In most cases, the minimum budget to get started is very little.
  2. You can shut it down at any time.
  3. You’re buying/renting space on another publisher’s site. Therefore you are not accountable for their content.
  4. Ads are approved by network moderators to make sure only quality ads get through.
  5. You can pick and choose how you want to target your ads. In many cases you can choose exactly where you want a specific ad to run!

Did I mention you can shut it down at any time?

You might be asking, “but how can I assure I do it right?”

Simple. Know your audience. If you nail down exactly who your audience is, it will be really easy for you to laser target your advertising. The key to effective advertising is to have a message that speaks to your audience and having that message display in the spaces where they spend their time.


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If you’re selling something via your website, then you should be buying traffic and sending it to your product/s or services. Your website has a huge responsibility in converting visitors into customers. Every second you don’t give your products or services a chance to convert at the highest level, the offset is a liability.

You have to constantly improve your website to maximize your chances of converting a visitor into a customer. In the early stages you won’t have a lot of traffic.

To measure the effectiveness of your website content, you need traffic! To validate your page layout effectiveness, you need traffic. To grow your business, you need traffic.


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A lot of people who dismiss bought media forget that it’s one of the key ingredients to quickly get people into the consumer marketing funnel.

Let’s look at the stages:

  • Awareness – this is when consumers see your advertisement/message for the first time.
  • Consideration – In this phase they are considering making a purchase. Consumers spend a lot of time doing research in this phase. If you’ve done a good job during the awareness phase, the consumer will have your brand/product/service top of mind.
  • Conversion – Users now have shortlisted your product during the research phase. The conversion phase is when they convert into a customer. This is also the phase where businesses see the biggest % of people drop off due to bad site optimization.
  • Loyalty – They’ve purchased from you and they keep coming back. The loyalty phase of the marketing funnel can be equated to repeat engagement. A lot of big brands to very hard work in this stage of the marketing funnel. Getting money from an existing customer costs less than getting a brand new customer.
  • Advocacy – This phase of the marketing funnel only became apparent since the last 5 years or so. Advocacy means that your customers love you so much, they talk about you to others without you asking them. Customers who have experienced your brand in a positive manner will want to follow you on their preferred social platform. More than that, they’ll help amplify your content by sharing it – because they’re madly in love with you.

So why buy traffic?
Buying traffic can boost ALL phases of the marketing funnel and ultimately drive more people onto your social platforms. It plays in integral part of the overall media mix!


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First off, what is brand awareness?

Wikipedia has this defined as, “the extent to which a brand is recognized by potential customers, and is correctly associated with a particular product.

Let’s sum up the definition and then I’ll elaborate on why buying traffic solves branding issues.

a.  get your brand recognized by potential customers

b. to the point where consumers start associating your brand with a certain product/service or experience.


Let’s see how many potential eyeballs you can get on your brand for let’s say, $10,000.

Budget: $10,000

Avg cost per click benchmark: $1.20 (This is a calculated thumbsuck based on past experience)

Clicks: 8,333

Benchmark click through rate: 0.22%  (taking the global average CTR according to DoubleClick)

Impressions generated: 3,333,200

Now assuming all your placements are above the fold on quality sites, I would assume that at least 30% of the impressions generated included people actually noticing (seeing) the ad, and therefore your brand.

That’s close to a million brand exposures. I can drill this down into unique views yada yada. The point I’m trying to get across here is that it can be powerful from a brand exposure point of view.


Another major benefit of buying media is that if you target the right message to the right audience repeatedly over a period of time, they will start associating your brand with that message.

If you really want to do this well, you’ll make sure that you advertise on industry related sites. It’s a powerful way to make consumers associate your brand with content they are already reading. Selling a tech product? Then make sure you talk to tech people in tech environment.


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Imagine being able to target specific ad messages to people who have visited your site before? Or how about people who was about to click that final “confirm order”‘ button but then left because of an stark interruption. Or what about the people who did order, and now you would like to make them aware of a new product range?

This is all possible with remarketing!

The way it works is as follows:


  1. You track your website visitors with a tracking code
  2. When they land on your website, they get added to your remarketing list and their browser gets tagged with a cookie.
  3. When they leave your website, you can later reach out to them with custom ad messages across the search and banner ad networks.

Remarketing is one of the most powerful ad executions you can do. You are talking to users who have already shown an interest in your product/service. If done right, this can bring back up to 10% of lost sales to your business!


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It’s very difficult to predict the amount of traffic you’re going to get from SEO and Social Media without having tons of existing data. If you don’t know how many visits you’re going to get, then it’s difficult to assess what your return on investment is going to be.

Here is an example of calculating ROI for a bought media campaign:

Sales price of item: $35

Required sales per month = 100

Return on Investment per sale required:  $10

Max cost per sale allowed =  $35 – $10 = $20

Total return on investment required: $10 x 100 = $1000

Max spend allowed: 100 x $25 = $2,500

Current product page conversion rate = 2.5%

Unique visits required to get 100 sales = 100/0.025 = 4000 unique visits

Add 25% buffer for repeat visitors and clicks on ads 4000 +25% = 5000 clicks

Max cost per click allowed: $2500 / 5000 = $0.50

The above tells me that if I want to sell 100 units via my website, I will have to buy 5000 clicks at $0.50 per click.  The media buy will cost me $2500 total. If my website consistently converts around 2.5% of visitors into sales, then I can expect to spend a maximum of $25 on clicks to get one sale. If I sell each item for $35 and spend $25 to sell an item, I make $10 profit on each sale.


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Building  a database of customers and potential customers is the single most important thing a business needs to do from day 1. When I say database, I mean email list. Email is still king. Once you get someone into your email list you get to build a relationship with him/her which can eventually lead to profit.

From a bottom-line perspective it’s a pure profit generating tool because you can market to your audience over and over. You get several chances to convert someone into a customer and repeat customer.

Buying traffic can dramatically boost your list building effort. The same way you calculated the ‘sales’ volume in the previous tip, you can use the exact same method to work out what’s required for building your list.

Remember this: Regardless of the traffic source , if someone knows what to expect from being on your list and they sign up, they are hot prospects. One can’t discriminate against traffic channels when it comes to making money from your list. However, you can discriminate sources when it comes to getting people onto the list.


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The nice thing about bought media is that the majority of website/platform owners cannot survive without monetizing their sites in some form or another. Most of them do this by building some form of advertising technology into their sites which allows advertisers like you to tap into that.

You can tap into advertising opportunities within Social Media, Search, Publishers, Affiliate networks, and so on.

This all comes down to testing the waters.


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Once you find a formula that works for you, nothing is stopping you from rolling it out across more products. You can use one advertising network to do the bulk of your campaign testing and once it’s profitable you can replicate it on other ad networks.

There are also no budget restrictions. Once you’ve hit a positive ROI, the only thing you need to do is throw more money at your campaign to see more sales.  As I said, it’s a numbers game.


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