Where does your traffic comes from?

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Returning customer? Search engine? Article marketing? Share the make up of your site. Where should I be looking at?
#main internet marketing discussion forum #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author MktCoach
    A combination of sources, depending on the type of offer/site.

    SEO is always great. Proper optimization of a site will invariably yield well-qualified visits that will last for a long time. This includes keyword research and optimization both for on-page and off-page use as well as high quality (mostly manual) link building. If you slack off on any of these and go for the automated backlinks etc - don't be surprised if "SEO" doesn't work all that well.

    Article marketing - but in the broadest sense, i.e. including guest posting, manually targeting the best sources. This can work great as well, but is also time-consuming - and takes the time it takes.

    Video marketing - same as above, mostly focused on YouTube, but not only. Works great over time but, again, not exactly the fastest method.

    For "fast" turnaround work, I do traffic acquisition. In fact, apart from regular quality SEO, this is where I focus most of my energy. The trick is knowing your networks and what each is best at. And then knowing what your acquisition cost will be, vs how many leads and/or sales you're likely to achieve - and making all that work within your set budget.

    With traffic acquisition you get HUGE volumes going in, but only a small fraction converting to either your list or to your offer. But even if you convert at a paltry 0.1%, if the traffic is big enough - and cheap enough - you can indeed make a killing. This said, you can also lose your shirt if you don't know what you're doing.

    For the "ordinary newbie" the SEO route tends to be the most popular, but be prepared to spend tons of time and have a lot of patience to see the results.

    For the "daring newbie" or the "more entrepreneurial type" - traffic acquisition can be a much quicker way, but it's fraught with dangers if you don't know the ropes.

    Over time, surprisingly, both approaches wind up costing roughly the same in your average situations, because the "free" SEO in many cases does cost a "wee bit" here and "just a bit" there. Add that to your time (which is worth something, isn't it?) - and before you know it a year has passed, you've spend a few hundred bucks - or thousands - and you're still not earning.

    The paid traffic approach, if done wrongly can cost you the same or much more - but it can drain your wallet that much more expediently! So, to prevent that, you need to take a few good traffic courses - and after that spend some time applying and learning exactly to "really" do it.

    In both cases (free and paid) anything less than 2 months from outlay to first incomes is almost never possible - in my experience anyway.

    But once you've learned and TRIED it - some time+funds later - you can indeed replace your job - and then some!
  • Profile picture of the author tonyb23
    I've primarily been getting traffic through joint ventures. I've been burned way too many times from Google to depend on anything from them anymore.
  • Profile picture of the author cpmexpert
    According to my analytics I get most of my traffic from Social Media Optimization and Article Submission. pay per click campaigning my another source of traffic.
  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    I've mentioned this before, but figured it'd be good to mention it again. One of the most often overlooked methods of REALLY targeted & free traffic is doing what you're doing now. Forum posting.

    Join a handful of high traffic forums in your niche, make sure they allow signatures, and start posting. Don't be lazy and post junk just to get your sig seen. Answer peoples questions, create quality threads, etc. You'll quickly start to see some really targeted traffic coming from your sig. And, in the process, you'll help brand yourself as an "authority" in that niche with a lot of people who read / post on those forums.

    I've always found that conversion rates are almost always higher with forum posting than anything else. (Aside from very targeted PPC.) And the same can be said for email signups.

    Best of all, it's 100% free.
  • Profile picture of the author pjinter
    There are indeed many ways of getting the traffic and one of the important aspect is the degree of comfort we have within certain methods.
  • Profile picture of the author masterjani
    Quickest and targeted traffic is always available through Big Email lists. Another way is to utilize sites like linkedin and other social media networks to get more affiliate traffic
  • Profile picture of the author Merylo
    It is a wild question with probably a whole forum to answer that. Just read an old thread for this kind of question! But I am sure there will be a new idea rise for this kind of post. As far as I know, based on the pattern of trial and error in getting the traffic, there are two types of traffic and niche relation. When the niche is hot and popular with less competition, it is better to use paid traffic, strike while the iron is hot. But when the niche is old and have many competition, you have to work on social network. I hope it helps!
  • Profile picture of the author sparkah
    build a list of people who WANT to hear your stories.

    That will give you the highest CTR...

    though... it takes the longest time to build
  • Profile picture of the author Bill Hugall
    Paid, Paid and more Paid traffic for me. Easy to target an very affective.
  • Profile picture of the author nickstamoulis
    For most sites the search engines are going to send the largest chunk of traffic, but I really like delving into my Referral sources to see what links are sending people over to my site. It's a great way to see what kind of impact your link building is having and to get an idea of the kinds of sites your target audience hangs out on. And if you're B2B you can't beat traffic from LinkedIn groups after sharing content.
  • Profile picture of the author SEO Haven
    60% organic, 35% social media, 5% forums.
  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    - Forums
    - Social Media ( Facebook, Twitter, Youtube)
    - Yahoo answers
    - Blog commenting
    - SEO
  • Profile picture of the author ceenote100
    Craigslist, social media (facebook, twitter, linkedin), forums, paid traffic.
  • Profile picture of the author astronomynerd
    -Social Media
    -Yahoo Answers
    -Google (SEO Required - Easy if you chose the right keyword).
  • Profile picture of the author mdan287
    Mostly come from Search Engines and Social Media like Twitter, Pinterest, G+. Also a little portion comes from forums.
  • Profile picture of the author astronomynerd
    Also, integrating a website with G+ is a BIG plus for SEO. I forgot to mention that. It's SEO and Social Media In One
  • Profile picture of the author CherryAffairs
    thanks for all your replies! I see some of you pointing out google+ I can't seem to get it. Not sure if it is because people at my country is not into it yet. I will look into G+ now. Thanks!
  • Profile picture of the author raffman999
    Organic search engine traffic via high quality backlinks from guest posts, social media and YouTube mainly.
  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    My traffic comes from all over the place. I do alot of different marketing strategies online. My top sources are: blogging, forums, and social marketing.
  • Profile picture of the author jachu2
    There are so many ways to generate traffic. However if you want traffic extremely fast and be able to upscale it as much as you want, PPC is the way to go. I would personally stick with BingAds, Adwords, 7search, Plenty of Fish, Infolinks.
    In saying this, you can also lose money very quick if your not careful.

    Other methods could be article writing with ezine articles, forum marketing, email marketing, natural SEO (this is more of a long term goal), solo ads, media buys.

    For newbies, I always recommend a bit of offline CPA with classified ads, newspapers and even printable hand-outs!

    Good luck on your IM Journey!

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