There's the old standbys like steady article submission and protracted high-quality backlink building, both which can take a while.
There's using purchased backlinks like Angela's/Paul's.
There's grabbing good SERP traffic by researching high-search/low-comp keywords, then putting those keywords in an exact-match domain and seeding them throughout your blog pages.
There's PPC. There's link farms & generators. Submitting to Social Network sites.
And there's a gazillion software programs and bots, like SocialBot/RSSBot/WebTrafficGenius, and on and on, whose creators promise in their sales pages, that they'll deliver a flood of quality traffic to your sites with just a click of a button (after some pre-setup, of course.)
I'm no longer a newbie, I'm actually making a little money at this (about 1K a month) and I'm looking to jumpstart my IM income to serious, quit-your-day-job level. I've studied hard from many of the well-respected gurus on this forum...they've all been great!
But my head's still spinning about what's the most efficient way to create more traffic, partly because there's so many different approaches vying for my attention. I don't mind putting in some work, but I don't want to waste time trudging through months of article submissions and slow backlink building if there really are quicker, more automated ways, ways that really work and can be trusted.
So if anyone can simplify, clarify and maybe narrow down a list of the approaches - and be honest about which "quick, automated" approaches really produce long-term results, perhaps even eliminating the need for longer, more tedious methods, perhaps not, I (and others) would appreciate it...Thanks!