13 Affordable Digital Marketing Tactics That Work

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13 Affordable Digital Marketing Tactics That Work
December 31, 2022 / By Roger Safont
The web is one of the best places to go if you want to promote a product or service but are on a limited marketing budget.

The two main reasons are a) it offers low-cost or even free traffic and b) there are plenty of occasions to be promoted through other people’s websites and social profiles. Here are 13 ideas on how to tap into that potential.

1. Create blog posts that rank and convert 

Blog posts that rank and convert are ones that simultaneously:

For example, our complete guide on keyword research was designed to explain how to solve the title problem using Ahrefs. And because it ranks high for relevant terms like “how to do keyword research” and “keyword analysis in seo,” it brings us free traffic. 

To get free organic traffic to your website, you need a topic with search traffic potential. You can:

If the list is too long to manage, you can use filters like Keyword Difficulty (KD) or keywords with informational intent (“how,” “what,” “guide,” etc.). 

Then prioritize your keywords based on the ability to naturally feature your product. Here’s a scoring system you can use: 

2. Rank videos in search 

SEO and video marketing form a powerful combo—you get one of the most engaging content types with a free traffic source. 

For this tactic, you need video topic ideas that get search traffic from Google. 

If you find a topic that you already rank for, that’s even better. You can “double dip” on search demand if you manage to rank the video too.

3. Keep your email deliverability healthy 

These days, one of the best ways to convince someone to join your newsletter is to promise them something like this: 

And the reason is obvious: Email has got a bad rep from all of those decades of spamming and pushy sales techniques.

Marketers don’t want to send unwelcome emails too. Because this will hurt their “email sender” reputation and lead to lower email deliverability. They may even get banned from their email marketing program. 

To stay on the safe (and effective) side of email marketing, marketers should keep tabs on these metrics:

That’s why some of the best (yet most counterintuitive) pieces of advice on email marketing are to:

4. Write guest posts

Guest posting is when you publish on other websites. This gives you a couple of benefits:

The other side of the deal gets free quality content for their readers. So you don’t need to feel awkward when pitching your articles. 

You can find guest blogging opportunities just by Googling them. You can use search operators to get more relevant results, e.g., (blockchain OR crypto) AND (“guest post” OR “guest article”)

It’s easier with Ahrefs’ SEO Toolbar and any Ahrefs premium plan. You can then vet your opportunities as you Google them with the help of SEO metrics like Domain Rating (DR) or organic website traffic.

Podcasts and newsletters are natural places for businesses to be featured in. 

You can find podcasts and newsletters to pitch the same way you’ll look for guest posting opportunities (see section above).

Additionally, there’s a possibility someone already made a list of places where you send your pitch, so simply try Googling things like “best [your niche] podcasts”.

Being featured on podcasts and newsletters usually won’t cost you anything. But oftentimes, there’s a paid option too. 

So depending on your budget, you can sponsor a couple of episodes, and you can do it repeatedly in different places.

We’ve found out that’s an effective tactic for brand awareness that pays off in the long run—you can read about our experiences with podcast advertising in this article.  

6. Ask bloggers and magazines to review your product

Chances are, you will find plenty of opportunities to get your product reviewed.

Aside from simply searching for similar product reviews on Google or YouTube, a good idea is to check where your competitors got their reviews. One reason is that reviewing similar products is a chance for the reviewer to demonstrate neutrality. 

You can find opportunities that fit the bill by analyzing backlinks: 

Going forward, the crucial part of the process is the pitch itself. Here are a few tips for sending your review pitch. You can:

7. Answer journalist requests to get free press

Have you ever wondered where journalists get all those expert quotes? 

Some of them are from services like HARO, where journalists simply post requests for quotes. 

This is your chance to earn a high DR link and even generate awareness for your business for free. 

All you need to do is sign up for a service like HARO, SourceBottle, or Terkel. Then provide your best answer ASAP.

While using these services, you’ll likely receive a lot of emails. So a nice little trick here is to use email filters.

8. Leverage user-generated content on social media

Social media is awkward for brands. Brands are like that new guy at a party who is told, “Just blend in, and you’ll be fine.” Maybe except for LinkedIn, for obvious reasons. 

Sure, brands can run ads and perform customer service. But the main challenge with social media is having something to say on a consistent, day-to-day basis. 

One of the best solutions for that is to feature user-generated content (UGC) from customers. 

Here are some examples. Notice they all feature the product one way or another:

We teamed up with Fender artists to share their favorite riffs, techniques and tips. This week, Bassist @ramielabidin shows the ins and outs of walking basslines. Watch the full episode here: https://t.co/3LVKwzZh6o pic.twitter.com/U939TYUzr5

— Fender (@Fender)

A lot of that content will happen organically. Someone will post a photo or video tagging your brand. You can then repost it or ask that person for permission to post on your channel. This way, you may even come across future brand ambassadors. 

But you can also encourage UGC: 

The general rule here is that your social media content has to have a human face. So here are some alternative options. 

Option 1. Show the people behind the company and their work. This works great for craftsmen, artisans, and artists. 

Option 2. Give your social media account a personality. Don’t be just another boring company.

You can’t spell, but you sure know how to make a lady feel sophisticated. #WendysHotandCrispy

— Wendy’s (@Wendys)

Jr. Cheeseburger, 4 PC Nugg (Crispy OR Spicy) Jr. Fry, and a drink—and it’ll only cost you 4 bucks. #WendysHotandCrispy

— Wendy’s (@Wendys)

9. Try affiliate marketing networks for merchants 

In affiliate marketing, the merchant is the company or person that offers something for sale. And as you probably already know, in this type of marketing, you let other people (affiliates) promote your product for a share of profits from the sales they helped to generate.

Affiliate marketing needs very little upfront investment. Most of the costs are performance-based (you pay only if you make money), so you can start practically risk-free. 

One of the options is to create your own program. But that may need quite a lot of work and an established brand to attract affiliates. 

So probably the easiest way to get started with this type of marketing is to join a network like ClickBank, ShareASale, or GiddyUp. They provide the tech and affiliates as well. 

You simply set up your profile, upload your product info, and you’re ready to get discovered by influencers in your niche or select the ones you’ll like to work with (depending on what your network offers).

Then affiliates are ready to include your product in their content (if they think it’s worth recommending). For example, here’s an article on setting up a home recording studio by Musician on a Mission. 

According to Site Explorer, this article gets an estimated 10K organic visits (and this is probably not the only traffic source to this piece). There’s definitely potential in affiliate marketing. 

10. Create link bait content 

Not to be confused with clickbait content. Link bait is content designed to attract backlinks. It’s something so valuable and interesting that bloggers and journalists want to link to it.

Example: This report on side hustles in America from Zapier. It’s a 637-word research that earned 2K backlinks from 910 domains, including some very high DR ones. 

There are two main benefits of link bait content: 

The easiest way to identify link-worthy content is to see which pages attract the most backlinks on renowned websites in your niche.

You can dig even deeper and learn which parts of the content attracted the most backlinks. 

11. Repurpose your content

Repurposing content allows you to get more mileage from your content by sharing it on other marketing channels and in other formats. It’s a bit like franchising your content; a book becomes a movie, then a video game, then a series on Netflix, and so on. 

To illustrate, our blog post on SEO checklists gets an estimated 7.2K visits from Google each month. 

But we didn’t stop there. We repurposed the article into a video that gave us an additional 211K views on YouTube (not to mention likes and comments). 

The list of possible content “transformations” is quite long: 

And so on. 

We’ve got a full guide on content repurposing, where you can get some inspiration for repurposing your content. 

PRO TIP

When repurposing your text content into video, you can prioritize topics that get your videos search traffic from Google. Here’s how to find them:

To illustrate, the Content Gap report shows us we can potentially create a video on “how does seo work.”

12. Amplify your content 

Making great content is only part of the job. You need to promote it too.

It sounds like obvious advice. But lack of promotion (or distribution channels, for that matter) is a common problem in content marketing. Marketers tend to end up with great content nobody knows about. 

Amplifying content effectively relies on catering to the platform you use for promotion (i.e., sharing the type of content that people expect to see). 

For example, let’s say you’ve created a paid online course on photography. Here are the steps you can take to amplify that course. You can:

If you create YT tutorials that feature your product, consider spending 💰 on ads. Doesn’t have to be a lot. In July, we spent 154.62 SGD (~112.75 USD) for 174.8 hours of watch time (10,488 minutes).

That’s $0.01/min or $0.65/hour. Name a cheaper medium for relevant/focused attn

— Sam Oh (@samsgoh)

13. Create a lead magnet 

A lead magnet offers something valuable to a website visitor in exchange for their contact information. When the visitor provides that information, they become a lead.

Some popular examples of lead magnets are free trials, online tools, templates, checklists, ebooks, free consultations, courses, discounts… you get the idea.

Having a lead’s contact information allows you to contact them directly and “nurture” them to become customers or brand fans. It’s a staple tactic for products or services where customers need more time to research their options and make a decision. 

The first thing you need to consider is finding a topic for your lead magnet. This can be either something that shows organic traffic potential or otherwise resonates with your audience. 

A noteworthy benefit of the first type is that it allows you to get free traffic from search engines. You can find ideas for that with a keyword research tool by adding some common lead magnet types in the filters.

To learn more about researching topics for lead magnets and how to drive traffic to them, check out 17 Lead Magnet Examples + Tips on Topics & Traffic Sources

Final thoughts 

Some of the best places to look for digital marketing tactics that work are other websites, especially your competitors. Here are a couple of competitive intelligence tools for the job:

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