Traffic is important to any kind of business, be it the brick- mortar or online business. It would not be an overstatement if I say traffic is the life blood of our business. The more traffic we get, the better our sales figures will be. I cannot stress the importance of traffic enough.
There are mainly two types of traffic, free and paid. Our focus today will be how to get free traffic. All right, let’s get started. The first method you can use is article submisstion. You write an original article on the topic you want to wirte. When you are done with that, you convert your article into pdf format and then go submit on various document sharing websites. The reason for converting your article to pdf format is because that allows you to submit the same article to multiple document sharing websites without being flagged. Here is a list of the most commonly used document sharing websites such as scribd, issuu, goarticles, yudu, docstoc, gazhoo, edocr, calameo and etc.
Another tip I would like to share with you is that you can consider giving away the resell/redistribution rights to your readers provided they don’t change the content or remove the links within the article( please remember to embed links to your website/squeeze page within the article). Doing so can help you snowball the number of readers for your article.
After you finish submitting the article to all the document sharing website, you can now move on to use this website called scialmonkee.com to help you build your backlinks. This is a pretty cool website and it has helped me a lot. I won’t go into details on how to use the website as it can easily be found on the website itself and it is quite straightforward.
On top of article submission and building backlinks, you can also use this website pingomatic.com whenever you publish a new article. It helps you update the search engines that your blog/website has been updated.
Videos are increasingly used to promote your website and get more traffic. Have you noticed that youtube videos are frequently shown on the first page of your google search results? That means we shouldn’t ignore this useful marketing tool when it comes to driving traffic to our website. Please remember to mention your website link in your video either at the start of the video or at the end of it or both. It is also a good practice to show the website link at the bottom of the screen throughout the entire video. You can leave the website link in the video description box right below the youtube video.
Forums and Free Classified Ads websites can also be used to reach out to your target audience. Some of the free classifed ads websites include craiglist, freeadsus.com, gumtree and etc. When it comes to posting free ads, make sure that you don’t post the same ads too many times because it will result your ads being deleted.
Social media websites are also a great way to get free traffic with twitter and facebook being the most popular ones. For example, you can use the search funtion in twitter to seach for the key words you are targeting. It will generate a list of users who mentioned the key words in their tweeds. You can start following them and chat with them. I suggest you give them some valuable and helpful information when you talk to them. Caution: Don’t make them feel like you are trying to sell them anything. Over time, some of them will follow you back. In the case of facebook, you can find facebook groups and pages where your target audience mostly likely hang out. You can post your latest article there for them to read. If what you write interests them, they will click the link and check out you and your website.
Of course, there are other ways to generate traffic. To get more information on how to generate traffic, you can subcribe to my newsletter here. In the meantime, I hope the above mentioned tips can be of some help to you in your business. Good luck!