Federal Recreation Areas That Are Open for Hunting

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Essential Hunting Industry Stats, Resources, and Information for Hunting Businesses and Websites

Successful People Guide to Success Series

“The best way to learn how to be successful in business is to do what successful business guys do.”

Frank Sinatra Success

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Tom Sorenson (@tsorenson) of Base Camp Legends said this in the comments on this blog and I think it fits perfectly for the Successful People Guide to Success Series.

I’ve always enjoyed analyzing the careers of successful people because I’ve always been curious about what it takes to be successful in life whether it’s in business or any other passion.

It’s also no secret that I’m a big music fan so this series focuses mostly on successful musicians.

Here is what Albert A Rasch (@AlbertRasch) had to say at Blogs of Note – Hunting Business Marketing:

Dayne must be an audiophile. He frequently refers to many musicians and their careers as analogous to Blogging and business. My favorite is The Jon Bon Jovi Guide to Making it Big on the Web. You have to admit, that’s pretty clever!

So here are the posts in the Successful People Guide to Success Series

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Successful People Guide to Success Series

The Michael Jackson Guide to Success

The George Strait Guide to a Lifelong, Fulfilling, and Successful Career

The John Mellencamp Guide to Success in the Hunting Industry

The Jon Bon Jovi Guide to Making it Big on the Web

The Merle Haggard Guide to Everlasting Success

The George Jones Successful Career Guide

Take the Elton John Approach with Your Web Business

Taking the Kevin Costner Approach to Your Hunting Business

5 Simple Ways to Increase Traffic on Your Hunting Website

Relevant traffic and connections are what determine your success on the Web

Traffic on Your Website

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Usually the first question a new Website owner has for others is “How do I get more traffic and visitors on my Website?

As the Web has developed Website owners and managers always seem to focus on traffic (and various conversions of course) as a way to compare yourself to other sites.

So every Website owner has the thought of traffic and how to get more of it in their minds at all times.

I thought it would be valuable to jot down a few ideas of how you might be able to get more traffic for your hunting Website.

Let’s take a look…

1. Aggregate Your Content

Aggregating content is the idea of collecting content from either off your site or on your site and putting it into a single post or section on your site. One of the things people value is the aggregation of content and resources to make their lives easier.

I remember want to research the hunting industry before starting a business. I had to scramble all over the Web trying to find stats, resources and Information.

I thought about that while thinking about what to write one day. Here is the post that formed as a result:

Essential Hunting Industry Stats, Resources, and Information

Aggregating content from your own site into new posts is a great way to increase the page views per visitor.

Add value to your reader’s experience by including links within your copy as well as providing things like relevant posts or examples. (I’m doing this right now for this post).

This technique is more for driving unique visitors deeper into your site than it is for gaining new customers from off your site, but it can drive both loyal and new readers deep into your content, which is likely to build a deep and long-term connection.

Here are examples of how I have aggregating some of my content:

Dayne’s Top 15 Favorite Posts

List of Lists

For more on this topic, check out Adam Singer’s post on The Future Buzz:

Content Aggregation For Links, Traffic And Buzz

2. Write Awesome Titles and Headings

Just like magazines, TV shows, billboards, and any other form of promotional material, your blog titles and Web page headings are the first thing your potential readers and customers see. Your titles and headings represent your first chance to convince people to move forward in their buying process. Whether they’re going to buy into your blog and subscribe with email or RSS or if they are going to buy your product or service, it all starts with the title or heading.

So the secret to writing good titles and headings is to effectively present the topic you’re going to cover in your post or on the page of your Website. Along with effectively presenting your topic you’re also going to have to catch the attention of your potential readers and you’re going to have to do this with only a few words.

It’s not easy to write blog titles, but there are a few things I do that seem to make it a little easier.

First, I think about what you are thinking about, questioning, or possibly struggling with as it relates to your hunting business. Then I think about how I can provide the answer (or promise the answer) with the blog title. It’s important, of course, for me to actually deliver on this promise within the post, but the way I try to grab your attention is by promising to add value to your life and your hunting business.

It works the same for the headings and titles of the pages on your Website. They are the first things your visitors see before committing to dive further into your site. Your headings and titles have to be convincing and promise to solve the needs of your customer.

Second, I look at publications, headlines, billboards, and other promotions

I’ve always thought that I can’t be an expert on everything so I’ve never had a problem with admiring the genius and expertise of others and using their techniques to my own advantage. One area where this applies is title and headline writing.

So I like to use the titles and headings of things around me for inspiration.

One example is the post:

Write Better Blog Headlines: Tonight at 6

You can really use anything as inspiration for your headings and titles. Just make sure you promise your customer something valuable and then deliver on that promise.

Here are a few more posts on titles and headings:

Hunting Blog Post Title Ideas Part 1

Hunting Blog Post Title Ideas Part 2

Effectively Using Keywords in Your Blog Titles

Titles and headings are often the first things your potential visitors see before the either visit your site for the first time, decide to visit your site on any given day, or if they decide to commit to visiting other pages within your site.

If you can write awesome headings and titles that promise to add value to the lives of your visitors (and you of course deliver on your promises) you’ll find yourself getting more traffic on your site.

3. Write Valuable Blog Comments on Blogs (And Change Your Comment URL)

Some of the comments left on this blog are simply amazing and full of valuable content.

A few people who come to mind off the top of my head are T. Michael of Native Hunt, Cory Glauner of Outdoors International and Tom Sorenson of Base Camp Legends.

They continuously leave content-rich and useful comments that add to the conversations on this blog.

To get traffic to your blog you can leave valuable comments like the comments often left on this blog. The readers of the blogs you comment on will see that you have something of value to add to the conversation and they will be convinced to click through your signature or name to your site.

This brings us to the second part of this point – what URL are you leaving in the signature of the posts you comment on?

When you leave comments on blogs you often have the option of leaving your URL or Website link for your signature or username. Do you normally just link to the home page of your Website or blog? This is common for most people. One thing I’ve tried to do recently is to think about the site and post I’m commenting on. I think about the topic and look back at my own archives and then leave a link to a related post if I have one. This way if readers of the post I’m commenting on like what I have to say in my post they can click through and instantlybe at a relevant post I’ve written rather than just my blog home page.

Leaving value-adding comments is a great way to get traffic to your site from other blogs in and out of your niche. You can also gain the trust of readers, which can lead to long-term traffic if you use relevant URLs in your signatures.

Update: It seems that on some sites you can’t post a comment with any URL other than a basic home page. I’ll have to dig into this a bit more, but just wanted to update.

4. Highlight Other Bloggers in Your Posts

One of the most successful methods I’ve used to make connections with this blog is to highlight the greatness of other bloggers.

I highlight other bloggers because I want to make connections on the Web and a side effect of this mentality has been an increase in traffic.

Because I’ve highlighted the remarkable things others do on the Web, the people included in the posts not only feel connected in some way this blog, but they have a sense of pride in the post that features their name and highlight. This feeling of connection is an incentive for the bloggers to share the post that’s on my blog across their networks.

As others share the post that features them, this blog spreads after that to new people I would have never met otherwise.

The idea of highlighting others in your posts is a classic win-win. The person you’re highlighting gets exposure to a new audience plus positive content written about them. You make a new connection and possibly gain traffic.

Here are a few examples of how I’ve highlighted other bloggers:

8 Little Details That Make Big Differences on Hunting Websites

The Top Hunting Blogs: Part 1

Reviews of Remarkable Hunting Blog Posts

5. Figure out Stumble Upon

I’m still figuring out Stumble Upon at the moment (as I am always trying to figure out everything on the Web). All I know is that Stumble Upon sends (relatively) massive amounts of traffic to this blog on occasion. So I figured it might be worth checking out.

Since I’m still trying to find out more about Stumble Upon I’ll just leave you with this post:

A Comprehensive Guide to StumbleUpon: How to Build Massive Traffic to Your Website

Try experimenting with sites like Stumble Upon and you may stumble (sorry) on something that will generate lasting traffic for your website.

Bonus 6. Write Post Series

One of the most successful things I’ve done on this site has been to write post series.

I tend to write long posts and sometimes I’ll catch myself drifting into two or three different topics within a post and I’ll decide to split it into a post series.

Other times I’ll just find myself running out of ideas one night and I’ll put up a Part 1 and then work on Part 2 the following day when my thoughts are fresh.

Usually what happens is readers will become interested in Part 1 and they’ll have the curiosity or need to come back to find out if there will be more valuable information in Part 2. This is just another way to generate some long term interest in what you’re doing with your blog or site.

Post series also make for great flagship content that you can highlight on your site.

Here is one example of a post series I’ve done:

How to Use the Web to Grow a Successful Hunting Business – A Tutorial

Summary

Getting traffic on your site is probably the biggest frustrations for all Website owners or managers.

There are lots of ways you can experiment with getting traffic and I suggest you don’t shy away from trying all of the new things you can (stay on the good side of your morals) to try and increase the impact of your content to as many people as possible.

Here I’ve only listed 6 simple things you can try and possibly stick with to help get a little bit of traffic.

I hope these work for you.

I also hope you can find better ways to generate traffic to your site.

If you have any super ideas or suggestions, please share them in the comments below.

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Hunting Outfitters and Guides: Get Valuable Traffic to Your Website

How to Know Where and How to Advertise Your Hunting Business on the Web

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Dayne’s Top 15 Favorite Posts

My favorite 15 posts.

Favorites

I enjoy writing all of the posts on this blog, but a few stand out as my favorites.

This list will change over time and I’ll keep updating as my feelings change.

1. What is the Point of Twitter?

I like this post because I felt the post was in response to an important question people have about Twitter (and social media in general). I hope I was able to answer the question.

2. A Hunting Business’s Most Valuable Resource on the Web

You’ll have to click through to see what the answer is…

3. Reviews of Remarkable Hunting Blog Posts

This was the most rewarding series of posts I’ve written to this point. I was able to read some wonderful blog posts and connect with some great outdoor bloggers.

4. The Jon Bon Jovi Guide to Making it Big on the Web

I feel like this analogy came out pretty good. Plus this post brings in huge search traffic. People love Bon Jovi.

5. A Story of Focus: My Rubik’s Cube Weekend

The weekend I conquered the Rubik’s Cube was both frustrating and satisfying.

6. 50 Inspirational Images to Inspire Blog Titles

I love looking at images on Flickr and sharing them via Creative Commons. These photos inspired some ideas for possible blog post titles.

7. Write Better Blog Headlines: Tonight at 6

One of the tricky things about writing blog posts is coming up with a good title. Looking at your local news may be a way to spur some ideas.

8. 7 People You Need to Know for Web Success

#7 is my favorite and one that I think is most important.

9. Successful People Have Unique Style

I like this post because it uses another one of my passions – golf – to make the point that successful people (no matter what the field or industry) are successful because they have style that is uniquely there own.

There is no doubt Lee Trevino fits into this category.

10. How to Find Secret Tips from the Web Pros

It’s always fun to know how to get tips from the experts

11. Essential Hunting Industry Stats, Resources, and Information

People seem to love this post because it aggregates a lot of info about the hunting industry.

12. Paid vs. Natural Traffic: It’s like Baiting vs. Funnel Hunting for Deer – Part 1

This is one of the earliest posts I wrote. Chris Brogan made a comment and the traffic came rolling in.

13. 10 Online Resources for Hunting Businesses

Some good resources for your hunting business.

14. Effectively Using Keywords in Your Blog Titles

Keywords are important not only in your copy, but also for your blog titles.

15. The Small Town Businessman Approach to the Web

I like this one because it’s about my Grandpa.

Effectively Using Keywords in Your Blog Titles

Blog titles are crucial to gaining attention on the Web

Eye Catching Red Flower in Violet Flowers

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On my recent post Write Better Blog Headlines: Tonight at 6, there were some great comments. Rudy left a great comment for possible ways to expand on the post so I thought I’d do just that.

Here is Rudy’s comment (here are all comments on the post):

Dayne,

Good stuff and I agree with Albert comment. The sub-topic of this would be how to achieve this goal.

Maybe ask questions or provoke a conversation, for example. Then, another session could be on those “key” words to use in your headlines that draw readers!

Keep the info coming Dayne, I have almost reached saturation!

Rudy

I’d like to run with the Rudy’s suggestion of finding “key” words:  both those that attract readers’ attention as well as those that will help your search traffic.

Before I get into keywords, here are a few posts I’ve written on the topic:

Hunting Outfitters and Guides: Get Valuable Traffic to Your Website

How to Start a Blog that will Grow Your Outfitting Business

5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Small (or Big) Hunting Website

And here is a great post from Adam Singer on a related topic:

Findability, The Long Tail Of Search And Building Deep Interactions

Finding keywords that attract readers’ attention is important, as Rudy points out. There is a lot of noise on the Web and having attractive headlines is vital to gaining readers’ attention and driving them deep into your content.

If you want to see how important headlines are, check out Hunting.Alltop.com and observe all the headlines. Then look for the ones that stand out the most. It’s not easy to stand out when there are so many other great blog post titles.

It’s also important to find keywords that are relevant to the topic of your blog. This will help you slowing build a strong and reliable stream of traffic from search engines.

Let’s take a look at some ideas you can use for both sets of keywords for your own blog or Website.

Attention Grabbing “Key” Words

I have linked previously in the Related posts on the Web to two great posts on Copyblogger.com:

The Cosmo Headline Technique for Blogging Inspiration

The Hidden Key to Cosmo Headlines: Sex and the City?

The concept of the “Cosmo Headline” method is simply that Cosmo headlines are attention-grabbing and impactful. Think of how many times you’ve sat waiting in line at the grocery store. What magazine do your eyes gravitate to the most?

There is a good chance that you’re thinking of Cosmo or a related magazine (Guys, your buddies aren’t watching so it’s Ok to admit to yourself that it’s true – I had a hard time at first admitting it to myself).

If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for blog posts or struggling to find a good title for your blog post, try visiting Cosmopolitan.com and scan the headlines for eye-catching material.

So why do these headlines stand out?

The Cosmo headlines are often written in list form, which readers love. The headlines cover topics that really stand out as important to just about every adult human on the planet. The headlines really show the benefit that will be gained if the reader continues reading the entire article or post.

Brian writes:  “They’re [Cosmo Headlines] all written by pros who make good money getting people to pick up periodicals and drop them in the grocery basket.”

If you’re looking for great headline and article ideas you might as well learn from the best in the publishing business. Don’t be afraid to use Cosmo headlines to craft your own posts.

Now, if you’re uncomfortable using Cosmo headlines (Hey, not all of us guys want Cosmo on our History), you can use MensHealth.com. The same concept applies and it’s not as awkward. I use Men’s Health for blog post ideas all the time and it seems to not only generate ideas for me to write about, but it also seems to generate the attention grabbing “key” words that Rudy referred to in his comment above.

Let’s check out the Guy Wisdom – List Section on MensHealth.com:

18 Things Grown Men Should Never Have

How easy could it be for a hunting retailer or hunting product manufacturer to turn this eye-catching headline into 18 Things a Hunter Should Never Have? That is an catchy headline that will draw in a lot of eyeballs for your blog if you can write a great list.

10 Things Children Teach Their Fathers

This is interesting because it flips the standard on its head, which is very eye-catching. Would you stop to check out the post 10 Hunting Tips Parents Can Learn From Their Kids?

The 20 All-Time Best Men’s Health Tips

How can you not stop to check out this post? Everybody is looking for the best of the best. If your blog has long-time readers they’d love to look back on the best of the best you have offered. If a new reader happens to glance at this headline they’ll be curious and a likely place to start when exploring a new site is the best you have to offer. Try writing The 20 All-Time Best [Your Hunting Blog Here] Tips.  I could use this myself a little more I think.

I could go on for awhile trying to list title ideas from using the Men’s Health lists, but I’m sure you could do a better job with them.

Take some time and try out this technique for eye-catching “key” words. I think it will help generate some great posts for you and your readers.

Keywords for Traffic

Finding keywords for your blog is important and for some reason also a little tricky.

As you start to accumulate blog content, you’ll start to see a slow gain in search traffic. You’ll see a lot of long-tail keywords (keyword phrases, questions, and some off topic phrases) generating traffic to your blog posts. Hopefully, you’ll also see some traffic from some general terms that really relate to your business.

As time has passed with this blog, I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting more and more traffic from terms and phrases that I target such as “hunting businesses”, “hunting blogs”, and “starting a hunting business”.

I’ve also noticed a lot of traffic from some unrelated terms such as “bon jovi” and “best country songs”. These keywords are some I didn’t intentionally set to target. They likely don’t generate long-term readers.

Some lessons I’ve learned from this include the importance of putting in some thought on what your blog and business are really about and remaining focused on writing blog posts strictly about those topics and related items.

It’s a fine line between writing about the same things all the time and trying to expand your blog post topics. The Bon Jovi post was a lot of fun to write, but I realize it might not have been great for search traffic or for gaining long-term readership.

I think it’s important to test new ideas and try new things for your blog posts. I won’t stop trying to reach readers in new and fun ways so you’ll probably see more Bon Jovi-type articles.

But I’ve also realized the importance of staying true to the focus of this blog Hunting Business Marketing.

For your own blog the basic concept to understand is to recognize what you, your hunting business, and your blog are all about. Think about the keywords, keyword phrases, and questions your readers search for on the Web and try to naturally write blog titles and posts about these topics.

Use tools like Google’s Keyword Tool and Wordtracker Labs Keyword Question Tool to see how much traffic your business-related terms are getting to see if there is enough interest to support your work.

Also continually watch your site or blog’s keyword trends and listen to what your readers are telling you.

Search and keywords aren’t difficult. You just have to focus on what your blog is really about and continually test and try new things to see what benefits your readers.

Keep your readers’ needs first and you’ll become a successful blogger over time.

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Remarkable Country Songs That Stand Out In My Hunting Memory

What makes some country songs remarkable?

Woman by the Beach

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Each year when I’d go to my Uncle’s farm to hunting (sadly, it has since been sold), there would be a country song that would stick out in my memory.

Why did one or even a couple songs stick out more than others?

When you’re doing work for your hunting business, inspiration can come from anywhere. I think it’s good to look where you might not expect for inspiration. A remarkable country song might be just the thing to spark that next great idea.

I’d like to review the 10 songs that I remember most from my 10 years of hunting at Rocky Ridge Ranch (my Uncle’s farm in Buffalo County Wisconsin – yes, that Buffalo County).

1997 – Imagine That by Diamond Rio (Co-written by Bryan White)

1997 marked my first year of hunting at Rocky Ridge Ranch. The state of Wisconsin, arbitrarily, requires humans to be 12-years old before they are allowed to hunt.

My Dad had taken me bow hunting the year before this and from that point on I was absolutely, 100% hooked!

I remember everything about this hunting season – everything was a new experience for me. I remember sitting at the kitchen table while the guys drank beer and told stories. I remember doing the dishes (because obviously the youngest of the group does the grunt work). I remember some friend’s of my uncle’s stopping by…hammered drunk.

And more than anything I remember the first time I listened to the replica radio that sat on top of the refrigerator.

It wasn’t the real thing, but it looked like it was right out of 1940. It was always turned to WAXX 104.5 out of Eau Claire, WI and it always played the best country music.

This particular year it always seemed to play the song Imagine That by Diamond Rio. I’m not sure why this song sticks out in my memory, It wasn’t Diamond Rio’s biggest hit by any means.

However, I’ve always been drawn to songs that are different from everything else that’s being played on the radio. And this song definitely fit that description.

I also liked the “So what, that’s supposed to impress me?” message. It was tongue-and-cheek and had some slight “So what” attitude. Plus it was also written by another one of my favorite artists – Bryan White.

Oh, and I shot an 8-point buck with my Dad on opening morning of gun season. Luck? Absolutely. A life-long memory of me and my Dad? Absolutely.

Rocky Ridge Ranch

In the picture, I shot it right where it says “Farm House” down behind the barn. I also shot an 11 point buck down there in 2005.

There was no place quite like Rocky Ridge Ranch.

1998 – Wide Open Spaces by The Dixie Chicks (Remember them?)

Oh do I remember this song…

My second year hunting at Rocky Ridge included a deer tracking excursion I will never forget.

In Buffalo County there are bluffs and valleys. My Uncle’s farm consisted of three or four huge valleys. The farm house sat on top of the bluff and the farmland was on top as well. The valleys consisted of the woods where whitetail ran around like mice in a corn crib.

Anyway, in 1998 The Dixie Chicks were the biggest thing to hit country music since Garth Brooks and Alabama. They were selling more records than anybody except maybe Shania Twain and Garth himself. Their song Wide Open Spaces was striking a cord with Americans – and I was one of them.

The story begins during the second week of deer camp at Rocky Ridge Ranch.

We had hunting shacks (3 man ice shack-type structures on the top of ridges) overlooking a valley with my cousin. We heard a few shots ring out from across the valley where two other guys from our party were.

“Did they shoot something?” we wondered.

If only we had known.

Those shots soon turned into a 6 hour trek up and down this huge Buffalo County bluff and valley. We finally quit for the night at midnight (we started looking at 6pm).

We brought about six guys with us on that track and one of them kept humming Wide Open Spaces. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who noticed, but you know you have a memorable song on your hands when hunters are humming it while tracking deer in the middle of the night in November in the cold of Wisconsin.

1999 – Something Like That by Tim McGraw

1999 was the first year that my little kid brother was able to hunt.

I remember it because it was abnormally warm all bow and gun season in Wisconsin. Us hunters actually looked forward to the cold this time of year (as much as we all grew sick of it by January).

It was about 50 to 60 degrees on opening day of gun season and my brother was the only one to shoot a buck on opening weekend. It was a decent seven point (we practiced QDM, but 1st time hunters were allowed to shoot any buck for their first one – to get them excited about hunting).

I’ve always liked country songs that reminisced about the past and this is when Tim was really starting to come into his own as a country superstar. He didn’t sound like anybody else. He didn’t look like anybody else and he really led the charge for country music into the 2000’s.

This song was played on the radio in the kitchen of Rocky Ridge Ranch many times in 1999.

2000 – My Next Thirty Years by Tim McGraw (Yep, he was that big – two years in a row!)

You might be wondering why I chose Tim McGraw two years in a row for remarkable songs. Well, Tim was HUGE in the late ’90s, early ’00s.

I was in middle/high school at the time and it seemed like the only country music on the radio was Tim and Faith.

And you know what – it wasn’t a bad thing.

The reason this song sticks out for me is that in 2000, there was road construction on the main two-way highway that took my Dad and I from our home to the farm. We had to take a different route all season. And My Next Thirty Years was always on the radio as we waited for the Stop/Slow worker.

Why are roads not privatized again?

2001 – Right Where I Need to Be by Gary Allan

In 2001, I started to appreciate the different and non-popular side of country music. I liked Gary Allan because he wasn’t the typical country star. He seemed so laid back and cool.

Every promotional picture and video of him had him looking cool and badass.

In some strange way I related to this song because I know that the farm was “right where I need to be”. I put off hanging out with my friends back in high school on the weekends during the fall because I had better things to do 3 hours away at the farm.

I was learning things about life that are priceless now as I look back.

I was right where I needed to be.

2002 – Ol’ Red by Blake Shelton

Did this song stick out in 2002 or what?

I know it did for me.

Ol’ Red was one of those songs that comes along and slaps you across the face with its originality.

What Nashville Executive could have predicted that a song about a criminal escaping from prison by using a dog would be a huge hit?

From what I understand, Blake had to push hard to get this song played on radio and made into a video (which was great).

I don’t have any hunting stories for 2002, but I do remember that it seemed this song was playing every time I left the farm house en route to my tree stand.

2003 – Choices by George Jones

Now for those of you who actually checked the Wikipedia page, I know this song wasn’t released in 2003. But one of my fondest memories from my Uncle’s hunting farm was sitting out on the deck one night by a campfire.

There were about 5 or 6 of us just sitting out by a store-bought upright fire burner (it looked like a grill but was on wheels).

Fire Pit on the Deck

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Anyway, we were all standing around kicking dirt and chatting about life, women, hunting, work and stories from years past. One of the guys pulled his rig around to the back of the house and put in a mix cd of George Jones.

Then he, my uncle and I started chatting about George when the song Choices came on. I mentioned the Alan Jackson tribute (I still get chills) at the 1999 CMA Awards and they talked about how the song reflected life when you get to reach middle age.

Side note: The CMA’s had asked George to sing his hit song, but they wanted him to cut it to a minute or so. He was insulted and refused. Alan – like the respectful man he is – took his set and turned it into Choices. He took no extra time from his own set – he simply paid respect to his hero. He did what was right.

That night at the farm was a great night. I’ll never forget it. And the background music was a 4-year-old George Jones song – although George will never go out of style.

2004 – In a Real Love by Phil Vassar

I had to include Phil Vassar in this post because I am a big fan of his. He had some huge hits as a songwriter for stars such as Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw (My Next Thirty Years). He also had some big hits himself.

I particularly remember this song because it was a big hit on one of his lesser known albums.

I feel bad when great songs get lost on less popular albums. I’ve seen it happen all too often.

In a Real Love is a song that makes me feel good to this day when I hear it on the radio or online. It has a positive message. It’s about young love. It’s about real life.

And that’s what I love about Phil Vassar – he sings about real life.

I don’t have any real hunting related stories for this song except that it stuck out while I was at hunting camp and I remember sitting in the kitchen listening to it.

2005 – Mama Tried by Merle Haggard

Again, I know you’re thinking that this song did not come out in 2005. This doesn’t matter to me. I’m talking about the effect remarkable country songs had on my hunting experiences.

In 2005, I was in college (I went to Eau Claire because it was the closest business college to the farm) and I still loved going to the farm every hunting season.

By this time, my uncle had brought his portable XM radio to the farm so we could listen to classic country music, which I was very much in favor of.

I had always (and still do) listen to the classics on my own, but I was happy to know I wasn’t the only one.

I remember when Mama Tried came on the XM one night after bow hunting – my uncle’s face lit up and you could tell that he immediately related to the song (my uncle fits the definition of a “hell raiser”).

He began talking about the song as if it where (his anthem) and I began to relate to the song (I have been a little bit of a hell raiser myself) and to the other guys at the ranch for the same reason.

2006 – Give It Away by George Strait (Co-written by Jamey Johnson)

This song was just fun. The subject is, of course, not fun, but hey, 50% of marriages end in divorce. And what better place to discuss divorce than a country song?

This was another song that really stuck out simply for its uniqueness from the other songs that were out at the time.

It sounded different. It took on a tough subject and its melody connected with young and old.

Nothing from this hunting season except that I still remember grabbing my hang-on stand for the last time from the valley down behind the barn.

I scooped up the stand during another unusually muddy/warm gun season and heading back to the farm house. I had a weird feeling as I left “my” hunting spot. I took a good look around because something inside of me knew that it would be the final time I ever laid eyes on the piece of property that had been such a huge part of my life.

Bonus (1996) – Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter

This season occurred before I was old enough to hunt, but I remember it both for the music and because the Packers lost to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving when their third string QB (now their O-Coordinator kicked our butt).

I had to mention this song because I vividly remember my Mom mentioned to my aunt if she had heard this song before. We were sitting in the kitchen at the farm for Thanksgiving and this song came on the radio.

It was like nothing I had ever heard. It was a slow waltz. It sounded like older country music yet it seemed more relevant than anything on the radio at the time.

It told the classic tale of a young girl (or boy) coming of age – something we can all relate to.

It’s a powerful song and it still has staying power today.

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40 Quick Tips and Ideas for Growing Your Hunting Business

To end this tutorial I thought it’d be fun to brainstorm some ideas and tips to help grow a hunting business on the Web.

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It’s a good idea to start a Web page or Website to go along with your hunting business. It’s also good to start a blog. This will set you apart from the others in your niche.

For example, a great outfitting-focused blog would be a great resource for hunters looking for information on outfitting. Answer common questions that your outfitting clients have. Give tips on how to save money with outfitters. Don’t be afraid to give away some of your knowledge.

Hopefully a few of these tips and ideas will spark some inspiration for you and your hunting business.

These tips and ideas are quick, short, and meant for conversation.

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Blog Tips and Ideas1.  Include video, pictures, screenshots, audio and the like in your posts.

2.  Use unique perspectives to inspire your posts.

3.  Do not have audio or video that automatically plays when visitors come to the site.

4.  Link back to previous posts (lead your readers to relevant archives).

5.  Have blogging partners.

6.  For title and post inspiration, use sites like Alltop. (What titles stand out?)

7.  Use Flickr Creative Commons for photos to go with your content – give credit of course.

8.  A group of bloggers (on one blog) each specializing in hunting different terrains would be neat.

9.  The posts that seem to get the most comments and traffic are usually offbeat ideas/concepts.

Website Tips and Ideas

10.  Keep things simple.

11.  Functionality and beneficial content outweigh features and fancy gimmicks any day.

12.  Don’t control visitors, but do give them a path of least resistance.

13.  When possible, use free software.

14.  Something as simple as using title tags are important, but surprisingly some sites overlook it.

15.  Cross promote your pages, features, comments, forum threads, etc.

16.  I’m still opposed to a lot of reverse copy – my catalog background coming through on the Web.

Social Media Tips and Ideas

17.  Twitter is all about adding value to others and making connections.

18.  Anybody can use Twitter.

19.  Start by following these ten hunters.

20.  A simple site (using free software like Ning) would be great for hunting camps/groups.

21.  Are there national, regional, or local organizations for outfitters/guides?

22.  Look for social media that add value, not media that simply passes time.

23.  Look for characters.

Email Ideas

24.  Just as in regular direct marketing, the money is in the list.

25.  Segment your email list to figure out how to serve each person correctly (and how to profit effectively).

26.  Gmail shows the first line of text in the email. Start the email out with relevant copy.

27.  Use snap shots, clips, portions, and sections to encourage clicks.

28.  Work to get the non-openers to open.

29.  Work to get the non-clickers to click.

30.  Work to get the clickers to buy.

Random Ideas

31.  It’d be cool if there was a Website that offered a free Video to Transcript service.

32.  Along the same lines, closed captioning on YouTube.

33.  A forum for hunting business owners would be great (post questions and spur conversation).

34.  Photo and video widgets with related tags. EX: Deer hunter photo widget with location tags

35.  Online journal sharing (for those who take notes for each hunt -temp, wind, stand location, etc.).

36.  Multiple series of How-To hunt videos on YouTube.

37.  Will it break a broad head? You could shoot a rock or a brick wall or a tree or a truck. A broad head company should do a video series like Blendtec.

38.  A trail camera (solar powered?) with a live feed to a Website – alerts you when deer are near. Cheating?

39.  What will it hold? A video series based on how much a tree stand will hold (odd objects that are heavy).

40.  Live online (up to the minute) harvest boards/tallies for local hunting areas, regional areas, states, nationwide.

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List of Lists

Lists…

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List posts are popular on the Web. They’re popular because they’re easy to digest and lists make it easy get concise information in a relatively short amount of time.

Here you’ll find a set of posts on finding ways to inspire yourself to grow your hunting business online. As well as informative tips on how to use the Web to grow your business and things you’ll need to know to grow a successful Website and blog to go along with your successful business.

Here are all of the list posts on Hunting Business Marketing…

List of Lists

Inspiration

Remarkable Country Songs That Stand Out In My Hunting Memory

50 Inspirational Images to Inspire Your Blog Titles

10 Non-Hunting Website Designs: Examples to Inspire Your Hunting Website

10 Country Song Lyrics to Inspire Your Hunting Business

10 Movie Quotes to Inspire Your Hunting Website

10 Inspiring Country Music Videos for Hunting Businesses

50 Indoor Photos to Inspire Your Outdoor Website

50 Inspiring Flickr Pictures/Photos for Hunting Businesses

Tips

10 Ways to Create Stunning Hunting Blog Posts

Offline Hunting Businesses Anonymous – 12-Step Program to Joining the Web

4 Tips on What Features Your Website Should Have

5 Creative Ways for Hunting Businesses to Use Twitter

40 Quick Tips and Ideas for Growing Your Hunting Business

5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Small (or Big) Hunting Website

4 Ways You Can Use a Blog to Improve Your Hunting Website

12 Tips to Keep Your Visitors Coming Back to Your Hunting Website

20 Steps to Starting Your Hunting Business Blog/Website

Need-to-Know

7 People You Need to Know for Web Success

7 Email Marketing Observations

10 Online Resources for Hunting Businesses

Hunting Blog Post Title Ideas Part 2

Hunting Blog Post Title Ideas Part 1

Reviews of Remarkable Hunting Blog Posts

3 Online Marketing Ideas for Hunting Outfitters, Web Communities, and Stores

5 Things You May Not Know About Hunting Websites

The Top Hunting Blogs: Part 1

10 Things Every Hunting Website Needs (Plus a Few Extra Ideas)

How to Start a Blog that will Grow Your Outfitting Business

The First 4 Days of Your New Hunting Blog

4 Lessons I Learned from the Movie “Catch Me If You Can” (And How to Apply Them to Your Hunting Business)

7 Web Terms/Tools Every Trophy Hunter (and Trophy Hunting Business Owner) Needs to Know

3 Mistakes You Should Avoid on the Web

10 Hunting Website Truths You Can’t Ignore

10 People All Hunters Should Follow on Twitter

5 Examples of Hunting Businesses that Get It