Funny Way to Build Traffic

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I know I'm a dork for calling it "funny", but to me it is.

You probably check your statistics all the time for traffic right?

Well when someone comes to your website and you see they came from another website, do you ever check the website they came from?

Getting any ideas?

If you don't get it. If you place a link to someones website on your site or just click on their link on another website/page, etc. They could then in turn check out your website.

Here's another tip.

Imagine you already have good traffic, but you want to create relations with another site/page/channel. A good way to do this is by directing your traffic to their site/page/channel. If you do that, they could in turn be very grateful and return the favor

P.S. These methods are tried and tested and they work. It's just another way of building traffic indirectly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric S
    Nice tip. Simple, but not something everyone thinks of.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeoMasters
    Hilarious!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tonylee93
    So your saying if you put someone link on your site you might get return traffic from it?
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  • Profile picture of the author DreamWarrior
    Great idea. Providing they are on the ball. Thinking outside of the square will help get your ranking up.
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  • Profile picture of the author haroldabolyo
    I think it's the same as link exchange and blog guest posting. Correct me if I am wrong but that's the way I understand about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author icrus
    Really funny idea but it's the fact
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  • Profile picture of the author mlord10
    Justin,

    Pretty interesting. One thing that I like to do in analytics is take a look at my referral traffic sources, and see if there are any websites that are sending me good traffic without much effort on my end.

    This is simple, and fairly common knowledge I assume but it does work, and by doing this you can uncover some new traffic sources & ramp up some underused traffic sources that may already be right under your nose!
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    • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
      Originally Posted by mlord10 View Post

      Justin,

      Pretty interesting. One thing that I like to do in analytics is take a look at my referral traffic sources, and see if there are any websites that are sending me good traffic without much effort on my end.
      I check my analytics too but there are some sites that send me a lot of traffic that have absolutely nothing to do with my niche. One site in particular is a forex site and it sends me referall traffic all the time. I went to have a look at why and I have no idea where the link is.

      It's a very odd situation.

      Di
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      • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
        Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

        I check my analytics too but there are some sites that send me a lot of traffic that have absolutely nothing to do with my niche. One site in particular is a forex site and it sends me referall traffic all the time. I went to have a look at why and I have no idea where the link is.

        It's a very odd situation.

        Di

        More than likely they are sending you spam - meaning that they will try to sneak in backlinks into your site. It happens with my sites all the time.
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      • Profile picture of the author agc
        Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

        I check my analytics too but there are some sites that send me a lot of traffic that have absolutely nothing to do with my niche. One site in particular is a forex site and it sends me referall traffic all the time. I went to have a look at why and I have no idea where the link is.

        It's a very odd situation.

        Di
        I think he just explained why.... I call this "referrer spam" or "log spam".

        They have a link on their page... and autoclick it in an iframe. now you get FAKE web hits, coming from clients, which you of course click to go find out why. Not only that, but it burns up your server resources for an expensive FAKE wordpress page view, including all the images and everthing else that includes.

        Imagine an iframe w/ in another iframe... Say with a javascript w/ 5 links that auto click at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 seconds after page load... he could send "referrer spams" to 5 web sites for every one visit to his own site. Get it?

        He wouldnt want to use an actual permanent link on on your web site... then he'd only spam one blogger per page of your own... instead he'd use a database of blog pages and hit several per page VIEW on his site.

        Very skeezy.
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      • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
        Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

        I check my analytics too but there are some sites that send me a lot of traffic that have absolutely nothing to do with my niche. One site in particular is a forex site and it sends me referall traffic all the time. I went to have a look at why and I have no idea where the link is.

        It's a very odd situation.

        Di

        Interesting. I have traffic coming from sites unrelated to my site too so I wouldn't feel right directing my traffic to them.

        Hmmmmm.

        BTW, being a math geek, an accounting major & master, keeping stats on several offline businesses I owned for years and now having websites, I LOVE checking anlaytics!!!

        To me, it all ends up being a numbers game.
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    • Profile picture of the author Christines Dream
      Getting any ideas?
      Yes! Very interesting. Definite food for thought. That seems so simple yet I never thought of that one. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author kangtj
    hi, interesting share...
    this is alternative way to build traffic
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    • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
      I don't really see it as a traffic builder, especially as the last time I clicked on a referrer link it was a porn site and my computer got a virus from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    It's probably better to use trackbacks... I've got some good traffic with them that have also lead to more backlinks and JV's.

    Here's how I understand it to work...

    Find a site in your niche that:

    A) Uses Wordpress

    b) Updates on a regular basis

    Link to one of their articles from one of your articles and it shows up on their WP comments page inside the admin dashboard.

    Spammers have been abusing this technique forever, but when it's done properly it can be effective if you're consistent - the big blogs are constantly receiving trackbacks, both spam and real so you need to make sure yours stands out over time by using 'attention grabbing' anchor text.

    Doing it for real instead of how the spammers use trackbacks is more effective, imo.

    Smaller blogs will pay attention quicker than the big ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author joekoffi
    Haha! this is nice info. So I might just add a page on my site and list a number of other sites and click them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jhangora
    Originally Posted by Justin Lewis View Post

    You probably check your statistics all the time for traffic right?

    Well when someone comes to your website and you see they came from another website, do you ever check the website they came from?
    I do check my analytics account pretty regularly. However, I am just interested in knowing the keywords which are bringing in traffic. This trick won't work for me. Thanx a lot for sharing it anyways - may prove helpful for other Warriors.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeraldNitram
    That's a good way of getting more traffic. But if I'm gonna do that (I know this will be one heck of a Captain Obvious comment), I'd post my links on a site where my stuff would be related. It's also a good way of interacting with other blog owners and keeping in touch with some of the experts in your field, maybe.
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  • Profile picture of the author yugaeko
    something like dummy blog?? i don't get it yet..
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  • Profile picture of the author Kierkegaard
    Basically, you're suggesting referrer spam
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    • Profile picture of the author Tony Dean
      Originally Posted by Kierkegaard View Post

      Basically, you're suggesting referrer spam
      Exactly!

      I get mostly porn sites - and no I do not visit them - they may well have Trojans.
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      • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
        Originally Posted by Tony Dean View Post

        Exactly!

        I get mostly porn sites - and no I do not visit them - they may well have Trojans.
        I call a bluff on that :p.

        Anyway, if you were talking more on trackbacks and that sort of thing, I will most likely agree with you that its good to build rep- but your post suggest otherwise. Or are we on the same book here?
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    • Profile picture of the author WriterWahm
      Originally Posted by Kierkegaard View Post

      Basically, you're suggesting referrer spam
      I wouldn't say that exactly. I use this method a lot but not necessarily to get traffic. When I'm crafting a post, I like to link to other blog posts that have really dealt in-depth with a topic that is related to, but not essentially my main topic. This is not for traffic but to help my readers. And yeah, it does generate traffic. Sometimes.
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      • Profile picture of the author agc
        Originally Posted by WriterWahm View Post

        I wouldn't say that exactly. I use this method a lot but not necessarily to get traffic. When I'm crafting a post, I like to link to other blog posts that have really dealt in-depth with a topic that is related to, but not essentially my main topic. This is not for traffic but to help my readers. And yeah, it does generate traffic. Sometimes.
        What you're doing is not spamming... you are actually providing a backlink, where the spammers are just blasting out page loads w/o any links.

        Nobody here is complaining about any legit backlinks :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author jaredrasc
    Its not a good idea, because outbound link does not help to bring traffic on your website . if I follow ur way then I only have a visit from that website who's link I placed in my website. and no any traffic
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    • Profile picture of the author John Marshall
      Hi,

      Looking at the stats on your own sites can be a tremendous source of information to you and one which I believe many marketers fail to take advantage of.

      There are some great tools in your website hosting provider's CPanel and all you have to do is click to take a look.

      The simplest one is Awstats and it's worth taking two minutes to see what is there. You'll find the keywords that people have used to find your site and this information is likely to be different from your Google Analytics data because of the way it is collated and filtered.

      You can find keywords that you had not thought of and also if yuo are getting a lot of visits from people putting in similar keywords that you do not want. For instance, you may be getting a load of freebie hunters if searches are dominated by terms including "free."

      Kind regards,

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author NicheDad
    Yup referrer spamming ftw.

    there's actually ways to automate this.
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  • Profile picture of the author haroldabolyo
    some people find it funny it's because of how the entire process goes. But to some it's just an average but sometimes underrated approach.
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
    The idea here was not to use "referrer spam".

    Consider this a way to possibly build joint ventures.

    I'm not saying spam their websites or anything. I'm saying you can help webmasters find your link by doing this (sometimes).

    It's a way to build relationships indirectly with other people in your industry.

    Now of course, it's not going to work all the time, but I would only do this if I wanted to get a very specific persons attention.

    For example, when people link to my sites, I want to see why. I want to see what reason traffic is coming from them.

    SO, this doesn't mean that YOU have to go through the link. It means you should be building traffic to their sites.

    You can say that this isn't a way to build traffic to your sites, but why? What if you built traffic to someone elses site (real traffic) and they then did the same to you.

    Get out of your shell, try things out. Don't cheat the system, just use common sense
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    There is a grey/black hat method which could certainly account for some of the unusual log entries.

    Essentially, some people use software where they plugin their URL's that get used for the referrer info. Then it goes out and hits a whole bunch of sites that have their awstats details publicly available and your url's appear in the referer stats.

    I definitely would NOT recommend this method as it is very spammy and could well end up getting your site deindexed.
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    • Profile picture of the author WriterWahm
      Originally Posted by UMS View Post

      There is a grey/black hat method which could certainly account for some of the unusual log entries.

      Essentially, some people use software where they plugin their URL's that get used for the referrer info. Then it goes out and hits a whole bunch of sites that have their awstats details publicly available and your url's appear in the referer stats.

      I definitely would NOT recommend this method as it is very spammy and could well end up getting your site deindexed.
      With all due respect, I really think it's the way you use it. If you're using it to 'game' the system, it could spell trouble. But what comes to mind is the term Curation. Linking to other blogger's posts to give yours more value. Surely, that can't be wrong?:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author HarrieB
    If the traffic is targetted, it is indeed of value.
    If its junk traffic, its just using your bandwidth as apparently its not gonna be of any use to you!!

    the only thing that this traffic can help you is reduce the alexa which alexa booster can also do lol!!
    Just my 2 cents!!
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  • Profile picture of the author dani01
    I agreed with your awesome idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg Jeffries
    Originally Posted by Justin Lewis View Post

    I know I'm a dork for calling it "funny", but to me it is.

    You probably check your statistics all the time for traffic right?

    Well when someone comes to your website and you see they came from another website, do you ever check the website they came from?

    Getting any ideas?

    If you don't get it. If you place a link to someones website on your site or just click on their link on another website/page, etc. They could then in turn check out your website.

    Here's another tip.

    Imagine you already have good traffic, but you want to create relations with another site/page/channel. A good way to do this is by directing your traffic to their site/page/channel. If you do that, they could in turn be very grateful and return the favor

    P.S. These methods are tried and tested and they work. It's just another way of building traffic indirectly.
    Thanks for the tips.
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