Single best free traffic method?

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Yesterday I was discussing with a friend of mine what was the single best way of generating free traffic to our sites. He was in favour of articles but I think video marketing is the most effective.
What do you think?
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  • Profile picture of the author RGallowitz
    The single BEST free traffic method?

    1. Word of Mouth (that includes jv partners mailing out)

    The second best free traffic method?

    2. SEO/Organic rankings
    It takes a bit of time, but yields better results.


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  • Profile picture of the author jg123
    organic search results will always be your free 'bread and butter'
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  • Profile picture of the author mine1718
    as RGallowitz pointed out, word of mouth would be good and organic traffic. Try posting some videos on youtube, everyone nowadays is on the site. After you post the video of your site on youtube,when the video ends, edit it and make an arrow pointing to the decription of the video to the right , put the link of your site their. I tried this b4 and it works pretty well i have to say =]
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  • Profile picture of the author Trieu
    Traffic is best when its targeted. So I'd say organic SEO traffic and article marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author bizfox
      Originally Posted by Teo View Post

      Traffic is best when its targeted. So I'd say organic SEO traffic and article marketing.
      I concur with above post. Content is king
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    List traffic, without question. I use article marketing to drive traffic to my squeeze pages, which I test to get to convert at a rate of at least 40% before I'm even close to satisfied. Then cultivate a good relationship with your list members. Nothing even comes close to converting to sales better than list traffic.

    Obviously, to get them on your list, you need an originating source, and I'm a firm believer in the power of article marketing. Nothing is more targeted as an original traffic source. I'd argue it's even more powerful than organic search traffic, but that's a contentious debate for sure. Still, article marketing traffic is so much easier to come by (and much faster) than SEO to get organic traffic.

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandy Cormack
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      Obviously, to get them on your list, you need an originating source, and I'm a firm believer in the power of article marketing. Nothing is more targeted as an original traffic source. I'd argue it's even more powerful than organic search traffic, but that's a contentious debate for sure. Still, article marketing traffic is so much easier to come by (and much faster) than SEO to get organic traffic.

      John
      Hi John,

      In your opinion, is the ultimate goal of article marketing to direct the people who actually read your articles via directories to click on a link to your optin, or to create backlinks which, over time, drive your website pages to the first page of Google? To me these two directions warrant totally different strategies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
    I'm a big fan of viral backlink traffic,
    specifically: giving away a free theme, widget, plugin, etc,
    with a backlink to your site, like:

    "This theme/widget/plugin designed by: YourSiteHere"
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary McCaffrey
      In terms of conversion or just generally the best free traffic?

      Either way, affiliates/partners. No question.
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  • Profile picture of the author DennisM
    I agree with John (Zeuss). Article marketing is more targeted and much better than organic. Organic traffic can disappear whenever Google feels like it. Your article pointing to your landing page/offer could theoretically stay up forever on the original article directory.

    Also, don't forget, you can always change the content of your destination page URL to another offer, etc.

    Dennis
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    • Profile picture of the author stallion5
      Yes, this is actually how I feel as well. I really can't see it any other way.
      Article marketing points back to your website:rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    1. Mailing Lists
    2. SEO
    3. Article Marketing
    4. Free Ebooks and Reports
    5. Press Releases
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  • Profile picture of the author SandraLarkin
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    Youtube and Facebook are the two outlets that are the single best free outlets of traffic. It comes in fast and furiously.
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  • Profile picture of the author gussyboy
    Article Marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I agree with John (Zeus66) on list traffic. Of course you'll need to cultivate a relationship and nurture it over time, but once you do you'll get raving fans pretty much for life that will buy lots of things based on your recommendations (so you had better be responsible with what you recommend, because that can backfire on you!), and I'm sure pretty much everyone here agrees with the well-worn mantra that the money is in the list!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan B Rusu
    Mailing lists, seo, and article marketing are top for most cases. Video marketing on youtube is great for certain products
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  • Profile picture of the author JulieKerr
    For me its been

    1. Twitter
    2. Article marketing
    3. Video Marketing

    Search engine is good but it takes too much of time to get on top.

    Enjoy!

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  • Profile picture of the author Mnair
    Hi,

    I'm new here but the single best would have to be article marketing followed closely by video marketing. Once posted they seem to be long term and will continue to bring traffic, anything that can bring an immediate response. Both words and images invoke an emotional response. The other methods are valid too...but I suppose we were looking for the single most method...
    What I actually do now and which I learned from another Warrior member is post the articles I've written onto my blog then go to YouTube punch in the keyword related to my post and embed the video into my blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author maya345
    I will also speak in favor of writing articles. Because you can get lot of benefits by articles, instant traffic plus getting backlinks.
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    • Profile picture of the author GopalG
      Hi Videos can help to bring some traffic sorry targeted traffic to your site.
      Since videos are the new conversion Agents and you tube is becoming the new search engine.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisgarrett
    "Best" depends on what you want to achieve.

    I have had 20k page views from Digg, but with zero conversions.

    My best source of traffic is Guest Posting, unfortunately most people do it wrong so they go back to article marketing or ditch free traffic sources and go to PPC or whatever, which is a shame.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin
    Organic search traffic gets my vote too. It's difficult to get on top but once you're there, you get all the free traffic you ever wanted.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nemanja
    My two best traffic methods are:

    1. SEO / Organic targeted traffic

    2. Recommendation / Word of Mouth / Butterfly traffic

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  • Profile picture of the author Mega B
    I have been finding Twitter has been a great help of late but nothing can beat organic growth its free but can be hard and tedious work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Ferraro
    I would say through email marketing, but you needed the traffic in the first place for people to opt-in. So that's kind of like a catch-22.

    If you are completely brand new to all of this, it would have to be article marketing. It's by far, the best FREE method to get your feet wet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary King
    Whatever drives targeted clicks. You can buy a bunch of generic traffic from expired domains, etc., but you gotta slap a lot of stuff against the wall to get it to stick in this case.

    Random visitors just melt your server to the ground unless you're pumping a really generic offer.

    As Zeus66 said - list traffic is probably best for conversions because you have already started establishing a relationship with the visitor.

    SEO is (as several others suggest) great too because while you don't have a relationship with that person yet, they at least are interested enough in your first blurb to let you continue the conversation. Sorta like dating - you meet someone for the first time/they either walk away, or let you continue the dance.

    BTW - NO traffic is free. If it's from your list, you worked to build it. If it's from SEO, you built the rankings.

    All success,
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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Kheifets
    To me, SEO organic search is the one that
    is responsible for 50% of all my incoming traffic.

    However, Guest Blogging is the second best after SEO.

    Igor
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  • Profile picture of the author global_warrior
    Originally Posted by Martin Roch View Post

    Yesterday I was discussing with a friend of mine what was the single best way of generating free traffic to our sites. He was in favour of articles but I think video marketing is the most effective.
    What do you think?
    i don't think video marketing is the most effective one.it may be best but compared to SEO it is nothing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Wilhite
    I have to agree that article marketing generates a lot of traffic. But I also got a lot of traffic from Yahoo Answers. I post questions and answer as much as possible. You get niche traffic that way.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    SEO is simply the best mode of traffic. The link building process is still part of marketing too.
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  • Profile picture of the author staceykephart
    So far, article marketing has been the best for me, because you can put links to direct back to your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author dremy154
    I think article marketing will always stay at the top or near the top of the list of free traffic methods.

    Why?

    Generally you can get alot of content out there for FREE (although if your objective is amassing backlinks, then you won't see too much in search traffic, just serp positioning improvement)

    On the other hand if your article(s) is/are well written, informative and interesting on top of having decent keyword density without sounding "spammy", you can get organic search traffic for months and years to come; for FREE also. (IMO)
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  • Profile picture of the author Arun Kumar
    I would recommend to go for Article marketing, if you are good at article writing and submit to article directories about 5 to 10 a day with 300 words each.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slin
    Article marketing is great, and I love it.

    But nothing seems to be able to beat a good video that has been bookmarked.

    You can have all the great content you want, but if you don't have some way to send traffic towards it, no one will ever know.
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  • Profile picture of the author digigo
    search engine traffic.. absolutely!! do not forget images search too.. i got a lot of traffic from image search.. and it works great for me!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tinu
    I would say traffic generated by targeted JV's with other people who have lists. Since 1998 I have yet to find a traffic method that can beat that in quality or quantity of visitors.

    Now if you were asking, what's the best free traffic I can get if I am a totally green newbie with no connections, no thought leadership to leverage and no time to wait for organic search to kick in, I'd say blogging. I can start a new blog today and have 100 targeted human visitors by nightfall if I know what I'm doing.

    With articles, you have to wait until the articles are accepted. With organic search you have to wait until the results of getting spidered, indexed and ranked kick in - IF they kick in.

    But if you said what method has the best chance of longevity and works with any site, I'd say a well-crafted organic search plan, which includes a balanced emphasis on both linking, (which can partly be achieved by article marketing and blogging) and content (which can be repurposed for high profit article marketing when you're on the staff of the bigger publications, which can also be achieved by blogging.)

    If you were looking at developing return traffic, IE a business with long-term life, I'd say list-building, which a good blogging, search, JV, or article marketing strategy ties into anyway.

    Should I have to go with one traffic method for the rest of my life, to exclude all others it would be targeted JV traffic. I'd rather have one single email sent out recommending me from Allen Says to his every month than the top position on Google for any term. Targeted plus recommendation trumps Everything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author xbokcom
    Quality .... versus quantity ....

    If something is quality people will link to it or tweet it or facebook it.

    We call it in the SEO world Linkbait ....

    The best of the best for viral marketing ...

    Create quality stuff once and it works over and over for your company.

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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    For traffic I am going to have to go with SEO its natural traffic that just keeps flowing if you do it right.

    But money wise I am going to have to go with traffic from JV partnerships they always produce the highest numbers on launch day that just blow my socks off.
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