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Brand VS Traffic – The Battle Line is Drawn

It was a Saturday Afternoon, and a gun was placed at my head, with this controversial question asked, “Brand VS Traffic, which do you prefer”. Without thinking twice, I said brand.

Don’t fret, No Gun was placed at my head, or I would rather say, “my thought placed a gun at my head, asking me the above question”.

Lets Start the Real thing!

If I were to ask you which you will prefer, in having a great brand or having tons of traffic, which would you choose?

I know this question is very controversial, so I would first give you the benefits of both, take my pick and give you some bonus tips on “my pick”.

A Great Brand!

Why do you need a great brand? Your brand is what speaks for you, it portrays you, your product, your quality and most importantly, your message.build a brand

Having a rock solid brand for your business is very important in so many ways, here are some benefits of having a great brand below.

1. You are Easily Remembered: Every one of us wants to be remembered, you want to have an online presence, you want people to recommended you to their friends.

The truth is, if people cannot remember you then they will not be able to make recommendations of you to others.

Having a great brand helps eliminate this problem. Take Google for example, everywhere we go, it is Google, why? Because they have built their brand.

2. More Traffic: I would like to give you some analysis of search engine traffic to this blog.

Here are my 5 top keywords for May.

1. young entrepreneur blog – 43 Visits
2. thewritersincharge – 17 Visits
3. dofollow press release sites – 12 Visits
4. top do follow+submit press release sites – 10 Visits
5. writersincharge.com – 10 Visits

You will notice my “writersincharge” appearing twice in the top keywords. It means I am building a proper brand.

PS: This blog is just two months old so I presently get little traffic from search engines (about 800 in may).

Another thing is that I get over thousands of people coming to this blog every month “directly”. It might be as a result of people telling their friends about my blog or so, it is all about branding.

Branding is not all about having the best design or getting yourself the most beautiful logo, it is far more than that

If you have a great brand then it will be very easy for your website to grow, people will easily tell their friends, families and readers about you because your brand has sticked right into their head.

3. Position Yourself as an Expert: Pls, I don’t mind if you could give me the answer to this question in the comments, “Do I talk like a 16-year-old boy?” Nay! I talk boldly and with confidence and authority on this blog so you can would always think I one big man if you don’t know much about me.

With the types of questions and comments I get, I can easily decode Many people place me as an expert in my field. How do you know if the same is applicable to you in your field? You can take the following questions into consideration.

1. How do your readers see you?

2. Do your readers/clients ask you for advice?

3. Which type of advice do they ask you?

4. As a blogger, do they ask you to write about a particular topic?

The question is almost endless and they are asking you because they think you know it. If you get a decent amount of traffic and you are not being asked this type of questions then you can begin to take a look on your posts. Do you talk with authority or subjectiveness?

I personally discovered it is not about the quality of your post but how your post is being laid out.

Truth is, “Your blog posts also have a long way to affect your brand”. If you write rubbish with subjectiveness then it will surely corrupt your brand or even help make sure you don’t have a brand.

If you write great and useful posts with great personality and authority, it will help you grow your brand faster and also increase the respect people have for you, it will also show people a “VERY UNIQUE” side of you which will make them think there is no other person like you thereby taking all you say as the final and also making them buy your products without doubts in their minds.

4. Respect and credibility: We all want respect! We all want credibility! Which do you think is the best product launch? Is it the one in which you have a lot of traffic and sold 1000 products in one day or the one in which you have less traffic and sold 100 the first day, the 100 people who bought told others then you sold thousands and the trend continues? I will better pick the latter.

If you could work towards building a great brand, it will help you gain respect and credibility which will in turn affect how people deal with you.

In case you don’t know, Having respect and credibility helps you grow quickly, because people will tell others about you, it also helps you make sales easily because people will not think twice before they buy from you. Why is it so easy for scammers to make lots of sales using Google’s name? It is because of Google’s great brand.

Your brand will determine what you will be in years to come, it will determine whether you would have gone into extinction or whether you will be a great giant.

5. It Brings in New Opportunities: Having a great brand helps you easily gain new opportunities, you will just be seeing people contacting you for partnership and the likes everyday.

The power of a great brand should not be underestimated, traffic might not make you millions but a great brand can. If Google begins to sell a product for $500,000 now, in no time, they would have made millions from it but if it were to be a matter of traffic, nobody would want to risk his money, or what do you think?

6. It Makes you Unique: This is the great thing about a brand, it is what separates you from the competition, it gives a new definition of you, it tells people more about you.

My Brand, is different from yours and yours is different from Google’s. Our brands can never be the same, which means, what you do will only be attributed to you.

Just take a look at the homepage of Digg and you will begin to see all this big sites on the front-page, Why? because they have taken their time to build a great brand.

If I continue to tell you the benefits of building a great brand, then I am afraid, you might not finish reading this post (that is even if you managed to get to this point).

Now What of Traffic!

The truth is, without traffic, you can never have a brand, and with very little traffic, you can make more sales than someone with far more traffic than you do.free website traffic

Having a Great Brand is not all about getting all the traffic in this world but maximizing, or better said, “making effective use” of the traffic.

I can have a better brand than someone who gets thousands of visitors everyday, take for example, problogger and quickonlinetips. It is evident that many of you might have not even heard of quick online tips while many of us know who Darren is (the owner of Problogger).

Quick online tips post about 5 posts everyday and gets tons of search engine traffic while Darren posts only one post a day and gets enough attention.

I used both of them because the get the same type of traffic (around 600,000 unique visitors monthly – I am sure quick online tips will be getting even more traffic now).

Below are some great benefits of getting tons of traffic to your blog.

1. It Leads to a Great Brand (If properly used): Yeah! I know I am confusing you, but WAIT!!!

One of the advantages of getting lots of traffic to a blog is that it can also be an element of a great brand.

If you don’t have traffic, then it is simple, You can’t have a brand. getting the right type of traffic will help you in so many ways.

2. It brings about Sales: Truth is, you might not have a brand, but If you have a good copy and also could get traffic to your sales page, then you can easily make sales, people want to benefit from what you have to offer and without them knowing you offer something they would not buy from you. Traffic is what brings your message in contact with them. No traffic means no sale.

3. Traffic can also help you build a brand: Yeah! Since you can’t build a brand without traffic, then a brand is not possible if there is no traffic.

Having the right type of traffic will help you build your brand faster.

Let me confide in you…

I am dumbfounded, I don’t know what to say again. I just don’t have any points again (I know traffic is great, but I can hardly come across any great benefit of traffic now).

What is your pick?

My Pick!

After analyzing both, I would tell you that I am personally confused (so confused), I don’t know what to choose, should it be traffic or a brand? A brand is great and traffic is great.

I can’t just end this post like this so I would have to go with one.

Going with my first point on the benefits of getting tons of traffic to a blog, I would go with traffic.

Why? Since getting traffic can lead to  great brand and it is also impossible to have a brand without traffic, then I would rather go with traffic. Even if I don’t have a brand, I can easily make some sales and get my name out there… BUT… I would rather make effective use of my traffic and use it to build a great brand so that I wouldn’t hate myself in the future.

My Pick is…. TRAFFIC!!! TRAFFIC!!! TRAFFIC!!!

Now that I have chosen traffic, I would like to give you some great tips on how to get traffic to your blog.

1. Give Value: Since your post/blog/website is not worth any read if you don’t give value, why then do you want traffic.

It is very important to give value in anything you do, even if you are a business. I wonder why your business exists if you are not ready to give value, is it to make money? Then you are deceiving yourself. Traffic is meant for only those who are providing value.

I am someone who has had some blogs for sometimes now and I will tell you that getting traffic to a website is not the problem but maintaining it.

I discovered that if I write a really great and useful post then in a little period of time, it will have gotten a lot of retweets, and in not time people will be coming to that post through Facebook and email (I don’t use Facebook and I didn’t send any email about those posts), all these will lead to even more traffic.

You really can get traffic but can you maximize it? Getting real traffic will make sure your traffic is increasing month by month whether you promote your blog/website or not.

It is also very important to give value because it will also have effect on your brand.

2. Network: I have personally discovered that every single traffic generation revolves around networking (even SEO).

You might say you don’t network – that can be possible if you don’t get people to your website at all. If you truly want to get lots of people to visit your blog/website regularly then you have to network a lot.

You might network with big people or “small upcoming” people.

The fact that you tried to network with Darren (or A-lists) and they don’t accept does not mean you can’t succeed. Darren and other A-list bloggers are not fools and the fact that they don’t accept does not make them proud or prove that they don’t want the growth of others. What is the benefit of me helping another person grow if I don’t want to grow? If you want to network successfully with Darren or other A-list bloggers, then you must have something in it for them.

The great secret about networking is that, “It is not all about you, but them” If you are to network, think about others first before you i.e. If you will digg one of your article, then you must have dugg 20 others that does not belong to you.

3. Be Creative: People sometimes call it being controversial, but I tell you, “It’s more than that”. I call it Creativity.

You should always come up with new and great Ideas. If you take a close look at Blogussion, you will discover that He didn’t have that great community before the theme. Alex was very creative and that was what made him come up with the Idea of Blogussion (Which is presently the best thesis skin out there). Immediately after launching His theme, He got traction, He made the buzz, He became respected and He got a swarm of loyal readers (just because of a paid product).

It doesn’t matter whether what you come up with is paid or free, it is all about you being creative.

3. Social Networks: Go out there and see many top bloggers, you will notice twitter is one of the top traffic sources for many of them. Why is it social networking? The future of the web is in the media, it is in social networks like twitter, Facebook and “unknown” (unknown are many other great social networking sites to come up). If you put all eggs in one basket then you are wasting your time, if all you do is rely on search engine traffic, then you are digging your grave, a time will come when search engines will no longer be relevant, so what will you do then?

My Advice: LEVERAGE, I am not talking of Humans now, I am talking of traffic. If Google send you tons of visitors a day, try to get them to your Feed reader, twitter account and Facebook account, try also to get them to your mailing list, you are saving yourself for the future.

4. SEO: The fellow who told you search engine traffic is not important must be a great liar (maybe because he is not having it ;)). Try as much as possible to optimize your blog for search engines, try to work on both your on page and off page factors and also try your best to get Links to your blog as much as possible. Here are two great posts on seo: mine and that on viperchill

“The truth is, Links Control the web”

5. Backup: You might never have heard this before but I will tell you it is what the wise people (note: “wise people”) use.

What type of traffic is this backup traffic? It is all about you making sure you don’t rely on all the above traffic generation strategies. Build your list.

Feedburner is great but Limited, your list is only what is not limited and there are many great software that can do that out there, many people use aweber but I use what I only have control of, I use Interspire (I will be writing a review later).

Just start now, tomorrow might be too late.

I sent a mail to my list about a particular post and In less than 48 hours, it became the most popular post for that week, will you tell me I don’t have feed subscribers?

I will have to stop here cos I have written over 2600 words and mind me, this is not a book.

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  1. young entrepreneur blog – 43 Visits
  2. thewritersincharge – 17 Visits
  3. dofollow press release sites – 12 Visits
  4. top do follow+submit press release sites – 10 Visits
  5. writersincharge.com – 10 Visits

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32 Comments on "Brand VS Traffic – The Battle Line is Drawn"

  1. Hi Onibalusi,

    A very detailed post. It took me 15 minutes to read through it!

    “If you put all eggs in one basket then you are wasting your time, if all you do is rely on search engine traffic, then you are digging your grave, a time will come when search engines will no longer be relevant, so what will you do then?”

    I agree. Many people only concentrate on SEO and search engines and neglect other important traffic techniques like social media.

    You never know what could happen, and search engines could be unpredictable. In fact I read in a forum, their rankings suddenly fell considerably in one day!

    So one should do basic SEO too, no one is denying that, but like you said ‘not to put all eggs in one basket’.

    Thanks for the post.

    Kindest,
    Nabeel

    • Hi Nabeel,

      Yeah! Many bloggers fail and try to put all eggs in one basket, as a blogger, the most important investment I have ever made is building my list, and it is really paying off now.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  2. Jean Sarauer says:

    I have gone back and forth on this too, Onibalusi. I don’t think I can pick.

    Really, I think the key is to get as clear on brand as possible in the beginning. Once brand has been established, it’s pretty easy to be consistent about using the same picture, writing in the same style, etc. And it really helps traffic come more quickly, I think, because people identify with the brand and help promote you.

    Then again if I write 2600 words, I might change my mind by the end of my writing time 🙂

    • Hi Jean,

      Yeah! You got it. It is very difficult to pick.

      I can relate with your point.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  3. Larry Rivera says:

    Awesome article, You are absolutely right, you need to build siphon as much of the traffic as you can into your own list.

    • Hi Larry,

      I am glad you got my point.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  4. Joe Boyle says:

    A great brand leads to traffic, as you said, so why choose traffic over a brand? It’s like buying a website, but not having a computer. A computer is needed to build that website, right?

    • Hi Joe,

      I chose traffic because you can never have a brand without traffic. If you have a brand, then you get more traffic. WHat if you don’t have the initial traffic to build that brand?
      I would rather have traffic and then use it to build a brand which will in turn bring more traffic.

      Hope you understand?

      Thanks a lot,
      -Onibalusi

  5. Vince says:

    Hi Onibalusi
    I enjoyed reading your blog. You have asked a very interesting question a little like what comes first the chicken or the egg.
    There is no point in having a great brand without the right kind of quality traffic. On the other hand focused traffic demands a quality brand.
    You have a great insight into the machanics of this business I will be looking forward to reading more. I have gladly tweeted you post
    All the best
    Vince

    • Hi Vince,

      That is really great 🙂

      Yeah! I choose traffic, I can use my traffic to build my brand.

      Thanks so much for the tweet,
      -Onibalusi

  6. Shekhar Sahu says:

    Hmm, i’d go for building a brand and making a lot of traffic 🙂
    nowadays i get 1000+ visitors from google everyday but i lack in social media. Need to do much hardwork.

    • Hi Shekhar,

      That is impressive but you need to brand yourself the more.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  7. KS Chen says:

    Hi Onibalusi! This is another great and detailed article from you. I love to visit your blog as you always provide us unique point of view even though you are just 16 years old. Thanks for your sharing!

    • Hi Kok,

      Thanks a lot for your nice words, I really appreciate it.

      -Onibalusi

  8. Latest Rumour says:

    Branding or Traffic, hmm! that is interesting, I would say, if your business has an offline aspect please concentrate on branding and if it is entirely online, traffic and good content will establish you and make you a brand!

    Hey!, How do always come up with interesting on this blog, I have never visited and found it, boring, you are just, too much!
    And that is BRANDING!

    • Hi NJ Rumour,

      Exactly! Traffic and good content will establish the brand of an online business.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  9. For me Brand is more important but I need traffic too. I think once we develop a proper brand traffic will automatically follow it. Another great piece of work from you. Well done

    • Hi Mukundan,

      Yeah! Traffic will follow a proper brand but you can’t have a brand without traffic. Or what do you think?

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  10. CJ says:

    Another great post Oni!

    Branding and traffic are both very important, but people new to making money online, tend to ignore the branding aspect. Branding and traffic most definitely go hand in hand. Look forward to reading your next post man.

    CJ

    CJ’s last blog ..The Death of Summer Jobs and How 17 Year Olds Are Getting Rich

    • Hi CJ,

      Yeah! Both are very important but without traffic 5then there is no brand.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  11. Thomas Oppong says:

    Onibalusi, I like what you are doing with this blog. You have such a great a future as an African blogger. I am a Ghanaian blogger myself. I wonder how you get such comments on your posts.

    • Hi Thomas,

      Yeah! Thanks a lot for your nice words, I really appreciate it.

      -Onibalusi

  12. Murlu says:

    I very much agree that branding is more powerful overall.

    I have 2 main blogs – one is very personal (I’ve been building a brand) and the other is pure traffic. I get 10X the amount of traffic on the other blog but not nearly the amount of comments, tweets and recognition on my personal one.

    In the end, if people can connect with you, you’ve won 🙂

    • hi Murlu,

      Yes, You are right.

      Branding is really important but you can’t have a great online brand without traffic.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  13. Agent Deepak | Blogging, Marketing & Success says:

    Awesome article on branding. I always believe we need to brand ourselves properly. At the end of the day it is our brand which people recognize.

    Good Brand results in better traffic. Also you make a home in others heart.

    • Hi Agent Deepak,

      Yeah, you are right.

      branding is really important, not only because of now but the future.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -Onibalusi

  14. I completely agree with you, branding, should come first then traffic. Simple because Brand can lead to traffic but traffic can not lead to brand. And technically branding is more important than traffic.

    • Hi Luqman,

      Yeah! More brand means more traffic but traffic can also be used effectively to build a brand for your blog.

      Thanks a lot for the nice comment,
      -onibalusi

  15. In two months you wrote more than 100 posts.Wow! that is great. I see that you are also offering guest post on many blogs. This is really cool. I opened my website yesterday only. Hope to learn more from you.

    • Hi Ricky,

      That is really great 😉

      Thanks a lot for your nice words.

      -Onibalusi

  16. Mike says:

    Great article Oni 🙂 You gave us very detail info about your thoughts on brand vs traffic and I really appreciate it.

  17. Cheap flights for military says:

    Both are too important but I will go for traffic. Just because you can’t do anything without traffic. And you got huge traffic. Brand will be made automatically.
    Thanks

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