Fastest Free (or Very Cheap) Traffic Methods for New Websites in 2014

Profile picture of the author PalmTreeJack by PalmTreeJack Posted: 12/21/2013
Hi. I recently got back into the business of building and selling high-quality niche websites. Since things have really changed in the SEO world in just the past 6 months, I'm wondering which free (or at least very low cost) "fast traffic" methods work best for new sites right now heading into 2014?

Below is a list of the methods I've used in the past to build traffic to new niche sites very quickly. I'm hoping some experienced Warriors and traffic experts can chime in and let me know if they still work and, if possible, which methods are even better...

Very Low Competition "Long Tail" Search Phrases -- Choose several (10+) long tail keywords that have very little competition in Google and build pages around them. Use short, unique, decent-quality content and one or two optimized images (and, if it makes sense, an embedded YouTube video). Make sure the on-page SEO is perfect and ping the search engines.

YouTube Videos -- Create short optimized videos around medium and high search volume keyword phrases. Build lots of free or low-cost backlinks to the video URLs. Promote your niche site in the videos and link to it at least once in the description areas. Possibly pay a few bucks to get some initial views and shares.

Pinterest -- Create interesting, high-quality images and add them to pages on your site. Create a new Pinterest account and "Pin" all the photos from your site. Create boards with your photos and other related photos that catch people's attention. Optimize everything as you go for your main keywords.

Facebook Pages -- Create a dedicated Facebook page for your site. Add great photos and some unique content. Promote the page (using Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc) to get friends and followers. Possibly pay a few bucks for some initial friends/followers.

Web 2.0 Pages -- Create optimized pages on popular web 2.0 sites like Squidoo, Hubpages, Tumblr, Webs.com, WordPress.com, etc. Use unique, decent quality content so they don't get taken down. Link to your niche site several times in the content, including at least one large "Click Here!" graphic.

Guest Posting -- Find sites/blogs that accept guest posts and send them a couple quality articles with links to your new site.

I know there are several other good methods for fast traffic. Please let me know what I'm missing. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author wrcato2
    wrcato2
    Still to this day Article marketing is my number one free traffic method. Another variation is guest blogging. Then ad swapping. However, this next year I plan on trying JV partnerships for the first time, we'll see how that goes.
  • Profile picture of the author xpesos
    xpesos
    Nice methods of free traffic, i would like to add stumbleupon, don't forget the power of it, if you are lucky you can get viral with only one web page submission only you have to make sure that your article is very interesting and worth liking on stumbleupon
  • Profile picture of the author Teravel
    Teravel
    You seem to have things right where you need them. You listed places to find actual people, with the exception of longtail keywords.

    Keep going with social marketing. If you need more places to reach new people, go to any search engine and type "[current network] vs ". Fill Current Network with any social network or web 2.0 property that you use, and you'll be given a few suggestions as to where to go next.

    For example, I head over to Google and type "Webs vs ". As the space appears after 'vs', Google gives me the following suggestions.
    Webs vs Weebly
    Webs vs Wix
    Webs vs Wordpress
    Webs vs Jimdo

    I'm not sure what Wix and Jimdo are, but you can bet I can find out by visiting their websites and seeing how similar they are to other sites I use.

    Remember to read the Terms for any site you intend to join/use.
  • Profile picture of the author PalmTreeJack
    PalmTreeJack
    Where do you post your articles? It seems like EzineArticles and the other big article directories have really fallen off the map in the past couple of years. I hardly ever see those sites ranking in Google anymore.

    Also, I've heard that links from EZA and the other traditional article sites can actually have a very negative SEO effect now, especially if they are "non-branded" anchor text links.

    Originally Posted by wrcato2 View Post
    Still to this day Article marketing is my number one free traffic method. Another variation is guest blogging. Then ad swapping. However, this next year I plan on trying JV partnerships for the first time, we'll see how that goes.
  • Profile picture of the author PalmTreeJack
    PalmTreeJack
    Yes I forgot to list StumbleUpon. It's GREAT for driving fast traffic to longer "linkbait" style blog posts.

    Originally Posted by xpesos View Post
    Nice methods of free traffic, i would like to add stumbleupon, don't forget the power of it, if you are lucky you can get viral with only one web page submission only you have to make sure that your article is very interesting and worth liking on stumbleupon
  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    salegurus
    Would have been great if you added your methods here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ffic-tips.html
  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Stevens
    Andrew Stevens
    Youtube is great. You can also crush it with FB fan pages.
  • Profile picture of the author TrustedSEO
    TrustedSEO
    Guys,

    You've got to check out this awesome 2014 step by step SEO RANKING GUIDE PDF.. It's unbelievable. Great stuff here folks!

    http://searchsimplicity.com/wp-conte...bsite-Copy.pdf

    Enjoy it!
  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Randall Magwood
    Blogging and forum marketing for me. Too lazy for Youtube videos. With blogging i guess you have to include a bit of SEO in the mix, but... most of my traffic comes from my email list. Include email marketing in the mix too.
  • Profile picture of the author ChrisWrok
    ChrisWrok
    Longevity comes from having a solid foundation in multiple marketing methods.
    that and your list of course, lol.

    I think it's best to incorporate more than one method,
    test them all, track them,
    and see which one or ones is/are worth going big on.

    everything works, at least a little.
    but some will work better for your method of advertising than others
    find one that works and go with it
    u might just have to tweak it a bit.

    good marketrz can even get value out of mediocre WSO's or poor gravity products.

    just remember that what ever you are doing, give your customers value
    even if you are upselling them later, you have to give them value now.

    hope that helps

    chris
  • Profile picture of the author Janice Stacy
    Janice Stacy
    The key here is to research and target the right keyword. Also, web 2.0's are great way to drive some good amount of traffic.
  • Profile picture of the author PalmTreeJack
    PalmTreeJack
    Yes I agree. KW research is huge but with all the recent Google changes it's hard to get a new domain to rank even for lower-competition phrases. I used to easily be able to get a new site up to 300+ uniques per day, within a week or two, just by targeting the right long tails but that's no longer the case. Which is why I'm trying to find the "best" alternatives that don't rely so much on Google.

    Web 2.0's seem to have also taken a big hit in the past year. Squidoo lenses used to rank like crazy but I think the domain has been penalized by Google. Hubpages is still pretty strong though, at least from what I'm seeing in my testing.

    Originally Posted by Janice Stacy View Post
    The key here is to research and target the right keyword. Also, web 2.0's are great way to drive some good amount of traffic.
  • Profile picture of the author GJG
    GJG
    Have you tried sites like BizSugar?
    BizSugar has an interesting voting system and links out to your blog.

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