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by David Garland in David's Blog

Scott, a buddy of mine, reached out to me this past week about a new platform he is building.

He has the essentials down. Great ideas on content. Great looking website (sexy!) that was also setup nicely to turn folks into subscribers (encouraging them to sign up via email, of course). A very clear message. A very clear target audience. The foundation is set and he is ready now for domination.

The question then became, what is the “quickest” way he can bring in some delicious traffic to his platform?

Here is the advice I gave him, in today’s DSG TV. Watch below. And let me know in the comments – have you used this strategy? What have been your results?)

I use RISE partner LeadPlayer for DSG TV, which helps me build my list with video. Check ’em out here.


  • Great advice…and a bit different than what people ‘typically’ do!

    • David Siteman Garland

      Definitely 🙂

  • Stephen Somers

    Hey David,

    Thanks for your keeping posting these fantastic tips. I think the biggest thing you’re saying and real theme in your work is to treat people as you want to be treated.

    I remember a guy who used to be a ‘serial networker’ who came across as a massive doucheasaurus (not sure if that’s your spelling, after all it’s your word!) – he basically had his phone out every time he met people and was like ‘hey, what’s your number?’ before he even spoke to the other person.

    This helped teach me that really it’s all about relationships and actually friendship in a way. If you befriend someone and actually enjoy their company then they’ll do a whole lot more for you than if you’re just trying to steal their audience.

    Great posts and awesome information as always.

    Steve = )

    • David Siteman Garland

      Great points, Stephen. Glad you enjoyed the vid.

  • Hey David,

    I completely agree! I have so many people who connect to me via LinkedIn and other ways and before I even get to know them or what they do, they ask me to do something for them.

    Whether it’s giving them my expert opinion on something. Or asking me to read their book and give them an endorsement. Or promoting their products/services to my audience.

    It’s the biggest turn off and it’s not the way to build a relationship with someone.

    Thanks for great content as always! 🙂

    • David Siteman Garland

      And that’s why you are rocking it SO!

  • David,

    I totally agree. How can you expect others to link to you if you don’t link to them?

    • David Siteman Garland

      Darn right 🙂

  • What a simple yet powerful advice, David! Establishing relationships from day 1 is the key to expert positioning in any niche.

    On this note, I’ve got you mentioned in a post of mine from couple of weeks ago, sent you few tweets but never heard from you so assuming you didn’t see it 🙂

    Thanks for being such a rock star!

    • David Siteman Garland

      Thanks so much appreciate the shout!!

  • Another good point. I’ve always tried to link up to other people, but I kinda missed the email to them to let them know. Duh!

    I like the short tips, David. You’d be surprised how easy it is to overlook something VERY basic. These tips help me avoid more of the “Duh” moments.

    • David Siteman Garland

      Awesome, you keep loving ’em and using the tips, I’ll keep ’em coming 🙂

  • Good advice D. Shout-out posts are great! Doing another one on Friday 🙂

    • David Siteman Garland

      Awesome AH. Keep building that traffic!

  • joshuajsprague

    Great point David. This is something that I learned from you a few years ago and teach my students all the time, but, like you said, you gotta be consistent with letting them know via email or twitter that you mentioned them. I used this exact strategy back in February 2012 to DOUBLE my traffic in one month. This stuff works!

    • David Siteman Garland

      Boom! Love it. I’ll have more on this next week as well.

  • Great video, David. Thanks for sharing!

    • David Siteman Garland

      Thanks J!

  • I love this! Thanks for the advice David!

    • David Siteman Garland


  • The note to the person you cited makes so much sense….you just made someone’s day by telling them they inspired you! Great relationship building suggestion.
    Amazing how sending out good energy begets more good energy. Thanks David!

  • Hey David! I think inviting a person to do an interview is another incredible way to give them some love. And it also attracts so much more attention to your platform. I mean look at even Marie Forleo. Her content is freaking amazing, right? But when she does interviews, the number of comments is at least twice as big. It’s crazy!!!

  • David, this was great. Used this technique immediately after this vid – not bad results.

    Honestly, really lovin’ the bite-sized pro tips. Easy to digest and unexpected. Keep ’em coming.

    • David Siteman Garland

      Glad you have been enjoying them and more importantly putting them into action!

  • IMHO, you have to give people a insanely strong REASON WHY. Robert Cialdini (Psychology of Persuasion) and Robert Granger in the “7 Triggers to Yes”. Discuss this. Another proven strategy is making unsolicited introductions. Examine: imagine I went to school with a CNN/ABC/CBS producer who’s looking to interview a New Media expert. While I have never met David, I could email my college friend while CC’ing David, saying they should meet, that I listen to his show for “Mediapreneurs” and think it could be a good fit. Does this look contrived? Not at all. If I wanted to develop open lines of communication with him (even though I don’t know him), what better way to do so than to give first (without expectation of anything in return)? Reason Why + Giving First = Works like a charm!

  • Hey David, This is a great tip. I have been mentioning others on my blog and interviews, I know when other folks who have WordPress blogs receive links they will potentially also get the trackbacks from your links too.



These are the EXACT same steps I used to go from $0 to over $1,000,000 in online course sales in less than 24 months (and used by over 2,500+ of my students)

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