The 1st $100 on link building
Let's assume you're the owner of:
You're given $500 tonight to use for the improvement of the blog.
You must use all of the money on the blog's improvement.
What would you do?
I'm in this situation. I decided to throw an easy $500 into improving my blog. I may invest more, but I want to take it one step at a time and ensure things are running smoothly first. What should I spend the money on?
Hey if you can call $500 easy feel free to spot me some! And why spend ALL of the money? Being under budget is a good thing...
As far as buying improvements - get a unique design. Branding is important for building up a reputation. That includes a unique logo. Make sure that your design has great typography, because you want your text to be as readable as possible.
As for the other stuff, buy some credits for Istockphoto and start putting stock photography in your posts. Long chunks of text are boring.
divide it for link building, unique design as sneakyheathen said, promotions (video, article distribution, etc.)
The site design is a good idea. Generally, I like to go with what I have and concentrate on the linkbuilding and marketing. With enough seo work you sould be able to start monetizing the site. So that you can justify the design work.
Research and buy 50 articles. 200$
Submit site to top 40 RSS directories 0$.
Publish 40 articles other 10 publish every 2-3 days one 0$
Hire Sturat for article promotions 35$
Pay Social Bookmarking in different time periods 20$
Take PR package promotion 80$.
Buy Directory Submissions 2000 dirs 20$
After a month pay again Social Bookmarking for deep links 20$
Invest some ammount of money in getting relevant backlinks.
If more money left then probably I would buy more content and invest more in backlinks and SEO.
If you researched well your article topics, your site should get nice ammount of visitors.
You can later make unique design, once your site start working.
p.s. Your niche is very competitive. I doubt that 500$ can make some big difference.
However, I think I will try and buy a logo or maybe some banners so I can advertise my site with some nifty graphics. I'll have to see what I can find.
Could you explain what you meant exactly by 'video marketing'? I noticed that two people mentioned it.Then some other methods, like video marketing.
@Hellas - thanks for the detailed list.