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Anyone have any experience with this? I bought it last year for a website and just found it again. Wondering if anyone has any experience on the amount of traffic it can generate. Seems like it goes to a lot of FFA's and no name search engines.
 

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I don't have any experience with submitwolf in particular, but I've tried a few "website promotion" programs over the years.

I've found that none of them could do what you could do in a half hour.

FFA pages and small search engines are pretty much worthless.

Stick to the major indexes (hand submit once until you are linked to from other sites): Yahoo, Google, MSN, DMOZ, and small niche directories (like t-shirt related). That's where QUALITY traffic will come from.

You don't want just volume...you want quality, targeted visitors.
 

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Rodney is absolutely right. There is no point to submitting your site to 1000 search engines when 4 of them get 96% of search traffic. Therefore, You should hand submit to the majors and then work on increasing the scope of your website with keyword rich content. I recommend syndicating articles to websites such as ezinearticles.com - this will bring direct traffic, but more importantly...it will help you start to build one way, content relevant links. The more backlinks you have out there, the more likely you are to be indexed quickly by yahoo/google/msn etc. SEO requires tremendous patience as you can not buy your way to organic traffic with some "Amazing Tool" advertised by a so-called SEM/SEO expert.

Furthermore, do not try any "black hat" seo shortcuts. Spamming and participating in Link Farms will only get you banned.

Focus on the following:

Industry Related Directories such as: Apparel Search, T-Shirt Countdown (Rodney's site), Apparel News, T-shirt links.

Major Directories: Yahoo, DMOZ

One way backlinks - Syndicated Articles that point back to your website (ignore reciprocal linking as its value is diminishing and it can be time consuming). www.goarticles.com is another good site for this.

Start a T-shirt related Blog for easy content creation.

Build an email list out of your prospective customers/ current traffic.

Meta Tag Optimization - just make sure your title tags / description tags list the keywords your targeting.

PR - Commit to writing a press release each month and distribute it through www.PRweb.com - this will certainly increase your website's backlinks.

Good Luck
 

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bjmason32 said:
Start a T-shirt related Blog for easy content creation.
No, please don't.

I know of ten general t-shirt blogs (i.e. not individual business blogs). Only three of them are actually worth reading, and that's pushing it. We do not need another one.

One of them, which was made only to raise traffic and not to service its readers, is particularly awful. It was created only to assist in SEO, and it's a crime against the internet.
 

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Solmu, you're missing the point.
No I'm not.

1) Business and ethics shouldn't be mutually exclusive.
2) It's not even a particualrly good idea. You're trading the chance of some slight gains from robots, for a negative image with humans who see your site. Better to go after the humans, not the robots.

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For most of us, this is business, not journalism, not entertainment.
Sorry, I forgot I was doing this for the applause of the crowd and the occasional thrown peanut.
 

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Telling somebody to not create a blog because you've read 10 that we're 'bad' (out of millions, i'm sure) is as logical as telling somebody not to eat apples because you've tasted a few that were bad.

Not very logical, if you ask me.

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It's not even a particualrly good idea. You're trading the chance of some slight gains from robots, for a negative image with humans who see your site. Better to go after the humans, not the robots.
Business is about taking risks. You forgot to mention the positive's that can be attained if blogging is done correctly (besides SEO optimization). It's silly to suggest not to do something because you *may* fail.

Perhaps you should comment on specifics of what made those blogs bad and what people should do to improve. I think that would be more productive than telling people to not blog altogether.
 

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Hi, I say DIY.
As mentioned, submit to G-Y-MSN etc...
Also, hook up with [removed self promotional URL] , they will exchange links etc... no problem.
They are the imprintables industry leader now, lousy PR, but that means nothing our days cause a nifty SEO can force HI PR anyway.

Press release, sitemaps etc... also helps getting you ranked.

< Off topic >

HOW DO YOU START A NEW THREAD HERE - WHERE IS THE BUTTON ???

HELP ?????????

edit: removed self promotional URL as per forum rules:
http://www.t-shirtforums.com/showthread.php?t=1173
 

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sarafina said:
Telling somebody to not create a blog because you've read 10 that we're 'bad' (out of millions, i'm sure) is as logical as telling somebody not to eat apples because you've tasted a few that were bad.
There are not millions of aggregate t-shirt blogs. I seriously doubt there are even twenty (and if there are even that many, they're doing a really really bad job of propogating themselves).

I didn't say all 10 were bad, I said 7 were (this allows all ten to think they're part of the good three ;)).

I didn't make the comment based on some silly deductive logic. 70% of t-shirt blogs are bad, therefore any t-shirt blog is 70% likely to be bad? Err... no. I'm not stupid. Your apple simile is about as logical as something that isn't very logical at all. So there!

The only good blogs I've seen (and I would submit the only good blogs at all) are written by people who felt a drive to write. If you need to be pushed in that direction and view it as a cynical business exercise, you will fail. That is why I suggested it was a bad idea. Anyone who needs to be told to write a blog, shouldn't write a blog.

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Business is about taking risks. You forgot to mention the positive's that can be attained if blogging is done correctly (besides SEO optimization). It's silly to suggest not to do something because you *may* fail.
I didn't forget to do anything. I didn't mention the positives, because if you are doing it solely as a revenue raiser there are none as far as I'm concerned. Nor is it my job to point out the silver lining in every cloud.

Business may well be about taking (calculated) risks, but blogs are not about business - they're about personal expression.

This is not about risk and failure. I'm not suggesting people don't blog because they might fail. I'm suggesting they don't do it because when they fail they might make other human victims watch them fail. It's the readers I'm worried about (and specifically what little signal is out there getting even more lost in the all too abundant noise), not the hapless potential blogger.

Blogging is no different to any other writing. If you think "what an a**hole, that doesn't apply to me" - it probably doesn't. Writing is for those with a drive to write. Shrug off the shackles of the critic and be free.

Blogs have become the latest trend with certain herd-following marketers - that doesn't mean they are a good idea. They were meant for personal expression, and wrestling that into a commercial enterprise is a difficult and unfulfilling process. It can work if you have people willing to follow you there (hence the success of blogs like Cool Hunting), but the motivation behind those successes isn't self-promotion - it's the celebration of consumerism.

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Perhaps you should comment on specifics of what made those blogs bad and what people should do to improve. I think that would be more productive than telling people to not blog altogether.
It's not my job to tell people how to polish a turd.

If people insist on running a purely commercial blog, I'd suggest they steer clear of the t-shirt blog and instead opt for something interesting about their own business.

Most t-shirt blogs are written by transparent self-serving people pretending to promote other sites whilst really trying to achieve their own ends (there are, obviously, notable exceptions). They're also not updated even close to often enough. Readers aren't stupid - we see through it, and it's annoying.

Sometimes writing openly and honestly about your business can be interesting, but general blogs are a saturated market. A good example of an open blog would be the blog of Wavelength Clothing. The writer talks about starting a business, some of his practical concerns, how the business has affected his life and vice versa. It's interesting because there's actually a point, and because it's not about making sales. It's not about business so much as blogging a specific aspect of his life that happens to be commercial.

I wouldn't dissuade someone from writing a personal blog, so much as pretending to be something you're not (a portal site for example).

It's unlikely anyone could offer the readers anything new in the general t-shirt blog field. Obviously if someone is confident they can they should try, but that's about being driven by the kind of passion no amount of nay-sayers will dissuade you from.
 

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Solmu said:
It's not my job to tell people how to polish a turd.
Is that what you call providing constructive criticism? If so, then yes, I can definitely agree that isn't your mandate.

If you criticize something but don't provide reasonable evidence to substantiate your claims, everything you write comes of as a personal rant rather than helpful discussion. That's exactly what you did. I'm beginning to believe that was your intent though. Either way, you lack brevity and I lack time so that's the only thing I'll address.
 

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sarafina said:
Is that what you call providing constructive criticism? If so, then yes, I can definitely agree that isn't your mandate.
I was talking about extreme cases. "Constructive criticism" in the sense that the PC movement means it isn't always worthwhile (or possible). But the fact is all criticism is constructive if it's accurate. Criticism is the enemy of ignorance, and we can't have progress without honesty.

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If you criticize something but don't provide reasonable evidence to substantiate your claims, everything you write comes of as a personal rant rather than helpful discussion.
You get what you pay for.

People can either take the criticism on board and provide their own solutions, or not as they see fit. I'm not sure why I should be expected to hand someone a fully completed solution on a silver platter.

Criticism is helpful for discussion - more often than not people just overlook what they're doing wrong. They're not powerless to fix it once they stop and think about it. It's more empowering to come up with your own solutions anyway.

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Either way, you lack brevity and I lack time so that's the only thing I'll address.
First I'm criticised for being too brief, then for being too long winded? Make up your damn mind.

I didn't go into detail initially because I didn't feel like it, and because it's a waste of my time. I also didn't think it was necessary. It was you specifically who criticised me for that, and only because of you that I wrote that post.

Evidently I wasted my time even more than I thought.

Are you just trolling? Because if so, congratulations on doing a damn fine job of it.
 

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hi, don't want to get in the middle of this, but i'm leaning towards Solmu vbmenu_register("postmenu_6377", true);

" I'm not sure why I should be expected to hand someone a fully completed solution on a silver platter. "
 

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hi, don't want to get in the middle of this, but i'm leaning towards Solmu vbmenu_register("postmenu_6377", true);

" I'm not sure why I should be expected to hand someone a fully completed solution on a silver platter. "
That sounds like a trite excuse people produce when they make blanket statements with little or no evidence to back it up.

"The sky is red"

"Prove it."

"Is it my job to provide you with all the answers in life?"

LOL. Seriously, i'm done.
 

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sarafina,

would you provide contact information to any jo-blow and risk your reputation in the industry ( make you look bad ) just because this joe-blow is bagging for it ?

of couse, if this joe-blow is someone that you are working with on a project and has proven that they are professional enough to handle " a good contact ". than all is fine.

As for the sky stuff, if this joe-blow is too lazy to get on the horn and follow up on a hint, not a contact ( for ex: 500 manufactures in LA, you may find your answers there ), the sky is what it is and jo-blow does want silver platern feed but realistacle it's more like Baby-Bottle Feed.

Any thoughts on that ?
 

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Foxy said:
sarafina,

would you provide contact information to any jo-blow and risk your reputation in the industry ( make you look bad ) just because this joe-blow is bagging for it ?

of couse, if this joe-blow is someone that you are working with on a project and has proven that they are professional enough to handle " a good contact ". than all is fine.

As for the sky stuff, if this joe-blow is too lazy to get on the horn and follow up on a hint, not a contact ( for ex: 500 manufactures in LA, you may find your answers there ), the sky is what it is and jo-blow does want silver platern feed but realistacle it's more like Baby-Bottle Feed.

Any thoughts on that ?
You lost me at "Would you provide....." until about "....Any thoughts on that?".
 

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hi monkeylantern

good morning,
well it's part of a research/experiment involving many factors.

just like joining this forum, any other t-shirt related forums, and anything to do with t-shirts on and off line, SEO etc.

but that's all i can tell you since it may effect the reseach/experiment.

cheers
friend.
 
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