Finding Traffic for Non-IM Site

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Okay let's start the ball rolling here.

I have a dilemma...

I have a site that deals with the subject: Anime

Now getting traffic to my other sites are easy, since the resources and avenues are available to me, but dealing with anime fans are a bit different.

I do not want to spend money on adwords and I have tried the following methods:

(lurk and post in forums related to anime with a signature linking to my site- which either gets me banned or I am simply told I cannot link in any form to my site. Anime sites are a stickler for competition. I do not advertise in forums so that has never been my problem, just having a simple in my signature will usually get me banned.)

(Offer a freebie on the subject of How to Draw Anime to potential people, and trying to draw them in. Problem is most forums/sites will ban my account immediately if I do that. Hence why I did it once and never again.)

(Worked on a few sites like Stumble, furl etc. Getting no attention in that arena.)

Problem is anime fans either gravitate to:

a) Sites where they can download fan-subs
b) Frequent forums.

Once they get into a forum, they rarely leave.

They do not like being told about other sites unless it deals with downloading fan-subs. Believe me I know what you think... getting fan-subs onto my site... problem with that is I would need a server and a hell of a lot of bandwidth. Not interested in getting sued either, because at some point fan-subs usually get licensed and then I would need to take it down. What usually happens is that anime fans keep sharing it, even if it's licensed.

The only way I can see getting traffic is if I use adwords, but I am just not willing to spend the money on it. I tried articles, but it's quite rare that articles dealing with anime are being read. Usually anime fans just go to their favorite forum/website for that.

So in order to receive traffic I would need something of value, original and interesting. Something that no other site has.

At this point in time I am clueless. I need to get back to the site and get it advertised, but would appreciate to get some feedback from people who are creative.

In your opinion, what would a social site need that is totally different from anything else? What avenues of traffic to the site is available that is a bit different from normal mainstream sources like adwords?

Comments and Ideas appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author KenJ
    I hve no idea what anime is but have you tried answering questions on sites like Yahoo answers. If your answer is picked as the winner you will get traffic from that.

    The other thing is to fill your site with keyword rich content. Loads of it so that the search engines pick up your website
    • Profile picture of the author Sarah Harvey
      Okay for people that do not know what anime is:

      Remember back to when you were a child and watched things like:

      Samurai Pizza Cats; Yu-Gi-Oh! (more recent), Pokemon (also more recent), Transformers (animated series), and then recent series like: Death Note, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Wolf's Rain etc.

      Pictures related to anime series are:

      Example of an anime game:

      One of my older desktop backgrounds, featuring anime characters and while I was loading up one of my software programs.

      A rough anime character drawing:

      Stuff like that. And here is an anime character drawing I did:

      So if people don't's animated series that kids/adults watch- it originates from Japan/China etc. Usually is subbed and a few good titles that have been brought to the english side of things are series like 'Naruto' and 'Pokemon' etc.

      'Final Fantasy' would fall under anime because that is exactly what it is.

      Edit-> Thanks for the info Topgun. *writes it down*
  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Sure - lots of suggestions. First, have you a clear plan on how you will monetize your site?

    To know whether you have a top traffic plan for your business you need to know BOTH if you are getting the targeted traffic you seek, but also what techniques are actually resulting in the best conversion.

    It sounds like you are already tracking conversions in terms of signups, but how will you monetize these visitors?

    Now, on to the tips:

    1. Head over and use the free Adwords keyword suggestion tool - perhaps you have already done this. Anime receives millions upon millions of searches. They key is to develop content around related keywords of which there are hundreds (probably thousands). Many of them seem to do with specific anime characters.

    2. Start a blog where you are optimizing daily posts around the keyword and keyword combinations from your research above. You will start to see some traffic right away, and more over time.

    3. Use press releases - create a press release on a specific top within anime that is especially popular right now driving people to your site AND creating strong backlinks into your site that will improve search engine positioning.

    If you can really begin to build your content around guided keyword strategies you will notice some strong traffic coming your way - then it's a matter of tracking which keywords and content pages lead to the best conversions.

  • Profile picture of the author Tuzic

    Go to yahoo for asnwers,, & add, add , add content to your site so search engines pick it up.

    I liked your anime explanation post, explains anime pretty well. good luck.

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