I want to share this with you, or to who ever it may help, since it may very well be the thing that helps you finally get people to your site.
Quick question: How many of you are struggling with getting traffic to your site? (Probably a lot.)
In addition, it's no help that if you check your inbox at any given time, you'll most likely find at least 10-20 emails from various marketers all promoting the latest course on how to "drive hordes of hungry buyers to your site", and this only adds to the confusion. In fact, some of those marketers even play "traffic generation" up as being this impossible-yet-sought-after thing, more of an ideal or an end goal rather than a daily activity.
Well, here's an answer to that (and one that I have to frequently go back to), since those marketers are misguiding you. I'm all about "keeping it simple", and prefer to drive traffic the same way. From talking to a ton of people via my coaching and such, the biggest problem people have that caps their traffic isn't lack of an expensive system, but it's the lack of 2 things:
In an environment where you can research endless ways of driving traffic to your site, in addition to being bombarded with offers daily on courses or products that you need to buy, you can very easily get lost in the confusion. And then it's a case of paralysis by analysis, and soon enough you find that you spent your "work time" just researching and reading, with zero productivity.
So here's the meat and potatoes, and how you can have a very solid amount of traffic coming to your site in only a few short weeks (if you don't want to just BUY traffic):
Focus on ONE method, and make sure you do it well and utterly consistently without fail.
You don't need the new course on traffic generation to get a crap load of traffic, you need to pick something and dedicate all your time to doing it consistently. Traffic doesn't come to you, and yes, you will need to devote time to it. No, writing an article and submitting it to 5 sites and doing this 3 times a week won't do anything. I don't care that you had other things to do, you'll have to find the time to put in to get traffic coming to your site. Short of buying traffic, that's the only way it's going to happen.
As someone famous probably already said: the best way to fail at something is to try doing more than one "something" at once. And you can't afford to fail at getting people to your site, since traffic = money (well, traffic may not always equal money, but you certainly can't make money without traffic).
Unless you're dumping money into paid advertising, you need to work for traffic.
Also, free traffic (typically articles, videos, content syndication, blog commenting, forums, etc) is NOT the way to go if you want instant gratification (you need to buy traffic for that). You won't see big results until you've put in the time. In fact, you won't see hardly any tangible results for at least a week or two, but it's essential to keep working and putting time into it until you see results. Work like a mad man/woman, and get it done.
It also helps to like what you do since after you set up your site, ALL of your time needs to go into getting people to it. If you absolutely hate writing, then make videos or record audios with Powerpoint presentations. If you hate your voice and being in front of a camera, write articles. Or post blog comments, or post in forums.
Either way, you need new content to put out. Hell, you can just get Dragon Naturally Speaking and talk for 2 minutes into a microphone to make articles. Or buy a pack of PLR articles and rewrite them, which takes the "work" out of finding new content to make articles out of.
With all that being said, the key to traffic is consistency. Anyone can do this, but few people will actually stop, sit down, and dedicate the time it takes to get people to your site.
Instead, what we see is people doing something inconsistently, stopping short of any possible benchmark, and complaining that they "don't get it", "it doesn't work", or they "can't get traffic". That's a lie... You CAN, you just don't want to or you don't have the discipline to make it happen.
You CAN do this, you gotta want it though. Grab a beer (or pepsi, if you're under age) and rock it out. Do it every single day for at least 3 weeks, and don't short it since you're only shorting yourself.
Now that the pep talk is out of the way, here's some legitimate avenues for you to dedicate this time to EACH DAY:
(note: I do mostly all of these every day, but at least one of them. To start with, pick ONE and make sure you do it without fail. As long as that ONE thing is done, you may do others, but not until that one is done first.)
#1: Create Keyword-Focused Content
-Find at least 20 longer-tailed keywords you could possibly rank for, using GoogleKeywordTool or another keyword tool.
-Write at least keyword-focused article each day, then syndicate it out to the top 25 article directories.
(If you're sending this to a blog, just copy the content onto your blog (and optimize your post on there, using All-In-One SEO if you're on Wordpress) and use your keywords from the corresponding article to anchor text a link back to that specific blog post from the directories. With longer-tailed keywords, the lower competition means you'll rack up some SEO rankings after time.)
#2: Video Marketing (building on article marketing)
-Turn those articles into videos and syndicate them out to every video-sharing site (using TubeMogul or Traffic Guyser)
(If you link back to the articles or your blog, you'll accelerate the rankings mentioned before.)
-Using a keyword-focused content plan, you may start ranking for some keywords with your articles, posts or videos, depending on competition, links, syndication, etc (there's a lot more to it). That's a perk of these other methods: SEO rankings can be a bi-product accumulated content syndication (putting your content in every place/on every site you can), so I'll include this as Method '2.5'.
#3: Blog Commenting
-Comment on 5-10 niche-related authority blogs. Add each one to your Google Reader so you'll be notified of each new post and can immediately go to that post and be among the first to comment on it.
#4: Forum Posting
-Find 3-5 highly-trafficked niche-related forums and make at least 10 comments/threads/replies in each one of them.
#5: Social Networking
-Connect with 25-50 like-minded people from your niche, using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, or others. I usually focus on either Facebook or Twitter.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but all of these methods are ridiculously powerful when done consistently. To get things really rolling, that's what you need to do. For more methods or ideas, start with this forum. There are so many golden nuggets in here it makes me sick. Just don't get too overwhelmed or start analyzing everything, since you'll only keep putting off the real work.
Let me stress this again:
You don't need the new expensive course on traffic generation to get floods of people to your site. You need focus, a clear plan, and the dedication to carry out that plan with consistency.
Don't be busy. Be productive.