What drives the most traffic to your sites?

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Hi everyone,

I was curious, what sources drive the most traffic to your site/blog? My site is very new (2 weeks), so I am not getting a ton of traffic, but my main sources are this forum and other blogs.

I recently started using Twitter, so not a lot of traffic is coming from there, although I am starting to use JustRetweet and Triberr to expand my reach.

I also just put up my first Squidoo lens, and that has driven barely any traffic, but I think I have to give it time.

One thing I am not involved in is article marketing. As I have learned from Alexa Smith and all of her wonderful posts, article marketing should be done for syndication purposes. And, I do not know enough about article syndication, nor do I have enough time as a busy student, with school sports, and with my other work, to actually dedicate myself to active syndication. I could post my blog articles on a couple article sharing sites and hope that people syndicate it, but I know that is not really effective.

Anyways, what are your main sources of traffic?
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    hey brendan

    for me its

    type in traffic/direct (but only once you have branded your blog a fair bit)
    forums
    seo
    referring blogs

    if your trying to build traffic up on your blog

    1. make regular posts and be active
    2. be active in forums and brand your blog from signature
    3. make some quality guest posts on popular blogs

    4. check out winning the web

    they have a list of the top blogs in IM which get a lot of traffic and you will get
    plenty of link juice as well. Visit these sites and leave lots of quality comments and you will build some good traffic from them over a few weeks and then just keep at it

    hope this helps

    paul
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    • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
      Originally Posted by paul nicholls View Post

      hey brendan

      for me its

      type in traffic/direct (but only once you have branded your blog a fair bit)
      forums
      seo
      referring blogs

      if your trying to build traffic up on your blog

      1. make regular posts and be active
      2. be active in forums and brand your blog from signature
      3. make some quality guest posts on popular blogs

      4. check out winning the web

      they have a list of the top blogs in IM which get a lot of traffic and you will get
      plenty of link juice as well. Visit these sites and leave lots of quality comments and you will build some good traffic from them over a few weeks and then just keep at it

      hope this helps

      paul

      Thanks. I have not tried anything with SEO, and I most likely will not, for my personal blog at least. If I get into niche blogging, I will focus on SEO.

      Anyways, I am interested in guest posting. My question is, how do you find blogs to guest post at? And, when you find these blogs, do you just email the blog owner and offer to write a guest post?

      Thanks for the help!
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanman
    If you are starting out then it's very important that you first focus on making money instead of just generating traffic. SEO should be done passively according to me as results won't be seen in months.

    And in order to make money figure out where your buyers or prospective customers are and try to figure out very quick ways to get in touch with them. For example - If you're selling video games...go to a forum where people are actively discussing that subject and participate in it. Use a signature link to drive traffic to your website and that way you'd get some money to start up with.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    For me, Brendan, it's guest posting. When I first started doing it, I would see traffic spikes (big spikes - like 2 or 3 times what I would get on a normal day). Now, my goal is to have enough guest posts floating around out there that there aren't so many spikes - just steadily higher traffic (which is what's happening). My own blog brings in a good amount of traffic, too - through RSS, Twitter, etc.

    Even though I haven't focused much on SEO at all lately (other than to use certain keywords in my blog posts and in articles on my site), my search engine traffic has gone up dramatically. I'm one of those folks who doesn't obsess over rankings and whatnot... I consider Google and Bing to be "bonus" sources, since they can literally change everything overnight.

    If I may ask, Brendan, why are you using Squidoo? There are about a million ads/other links on each page, all trying to drive visitors away from your lens and onto something else. On top of that, the content on Squidoo can't be syndicated. Why not take the time you spend on Squidoo and focus it on some guest posting or some more active article syndication???
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    • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
      Originally Posted by ryanman View Post

      If you are starting out then it's very important that you first focus on making money instead of just generating traffic. SEO should be done passively according to me as results won't be seen in months.

      And in order to make money figure out where your buyers or prospective customers are and try to figure out very quick ways to get in touch with them. For example - If you're selling video games...go to a forum where people are actively discussing that subject and participate in it. Use a signature link to drive traffic to your website and that way you'd get some money to start up with.
      My goal was to build up my traffic before I started paying for an autoresponder. I wanted to post content on my blog and try to drive traffic for around a month, then try to build my list and work on affiliate marketing. I hope to create my own product in the future. I cannot make my own product now because I am not experienced enough to help very many people. I can only pass on what I learn through reading, not so much through experience.


      Originally Posted by NicoleBeckett View Post

      For me, Brendan, it's guest posting. When I first started doing it, I would see traffic spikes (big spikes - like 2 or 3 times what I would get on a normal day). Now, my goal is to have enough guest posts floating around out there that there aren't so many spikes - just steadily higher traffic (which is what's happening). My own blog brings in a good amount of traffic, too - through RSS, Twitter, etc.

      Even though I haven't focused much on SEO at all lately (other than to use certain keywords in my blog posts and in articles on my site), my search engine traffic has gone up dramatically. I'm one of those folks who doesn't obsess over rankings and whatnot... I consider Google and Bing to be "bonus" sources, since they can literally change everything overnight.

      If I may ask, Brendan, why are you using Squidoo? There are about a million ads/other links on each page, all trying to drive visitors away from your lens and onto something else. On top of that, the content on Squidoo can't be syndicated. Why not take the time you spend on Squidoo and focus it on some guest posting or some more active article syndication???
      I completely agree with you about traffic. Not only can it change overnight, but it can also make your writing not look natural if you are trying to load it with keywords.

      And, about Squidoo, I had never used it before, so I just put up one lens to see how much traffic it drove. It was just for testing purposes.

      And, guest posting is something I really want to get into. My question from above still stands - how do you find blogs to guest post on? Do you just look for blogs in your niche and email the blog owners asking to write an article to be posted as a guest on their site/blog?

      Anyways, thanks for the response!
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    • Profile picture of the author jwmann2
      Forums are great for drawing targeted traffic but their effects are short term. 100 quality backlinks are better than 10,000 forum backlinks. I understand that you don't have time for article writing but they will help you greatly in ranking in the search engines. Search engines give you free traffic, how can you complain?
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    Banners

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    Ad swaps

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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    1) PPC

    2) Article marketing

    3) Forum marketing

    4) Video marketing (if you can get alot of views)

    5) Email marketing

    6) Backend marketing

    7) Affiliate programs

    8) Social sites (like Scribd)
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    Video marketing and JV's

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    For me

    1) Search Engine Traffic

    2) PPC
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  • Profile picture of the author Devjeet
    For me, Google is the ultimate source of traffic. I'm getting 60-85% traffic through search engine. Never tried guest blogging for my own site so don't have any idea about it
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  • Profile picture of the author mogulmap
    For me its,

    1. Organic Search Traffic (50%)
    2. Social Media (25%)
    3. email marketing (20%)
    4. Referred Traffic (5%)
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    • Profile picture of the author Morten V
      To be exact.

      41.05% Search Traffic

      24.61% Referral Traffic

      34.34% Direct Traffic

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    • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      1) PPC

      2) Article marketing

      3) Forum marketing

      4) Video marketing (if you can get alot of views)

      5) Email marketing

      6) Backend marketing

      7) Affiliate programs

      8) Social sites (like Scribd)
      PPC seems to be a common method for traffic. Do you do this through AdWords or another program?
      Also, do you do article syndication, or do you just publish your articles to different article sharing sites?


      Originally Posted by michaelcorvin View Post

      Video marketing and JV's

      Michael
      What do you mean by JV's? JV giveaway events?


      Originally Posted by Backlink Tycoon View Post

      For me

      1) Search Engine Traffic

      2) PPC
      Search engine traffic seems to be very popular. Are you focusing on SEO/keywords for your site, or are you just writing good content and letting Google do the rest?


      Originally Posted by mogulmap View Post

      For me its,

      1. Organic Search Traffic (50%)
      2. Social Media (25%)
      3. email marketing (20%)
      4. Referred Traffic (5%)
      Wow, referred traffic is low! That is my number one traffic source, although I am not focusing on SEO, I just got into social media, and I have not yet started to build my list (but I plan on doing that in 2 weeks time).

      Thanks everyone for the responses.
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  • Profile picture of the author Weblover50
    Search engines for me. Little bit from forum signature etc. It took me one year to just start getting some traffic from Google. Patience is the key.
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    A combination of YouTube, and forum referrals. The rest is done via organic SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    The majority of my blog traffic comes from search engines, while the majority of my squeeze page traffic comes from advertising.
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    PPC and social networking sites twitter, facebook, pinterest
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    I used simple methods but very effective. Like blog commenting, article marketing, forum posting and social media.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicelife
    Hi,

    I have many websites that utilizes different traffic sources, some are small one page affiliate websites earning from a couple of bucks a month to $100+, these almost completely depend on the search engines. These websites I never even touch and they are on such a simple technical platform that simply nothing can go wrong(if not a hacker erases the files).

    Then I've got a few websites where I'm periodically active, monitoring and performing some manual updates a few times a month. These are what we refer to as autoblogs, but I've taken them a step further and added real high quality articles in addition. My configuration on the autoblogs work very well and the search engines have been sending traffic to all of them for years.

    I know many people had their websites deindexed or banned, but I have never had that problem fortunately. Luck or skill? .... it's hard to say.

    I do build my websites on aged domains, that could do the trick, who can really say with 100% accuracy ... no one I guess.


    Then I have my blog where most of the traffic come from Internet Marketing Forums, a little from Facebook and Twitter and a tiny fraction from the Search Engines.


    So for me it differs a lot as I have a lot of different types of websites.

    Hope that helps
    /Daniel
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Over 90% of all my traffic is driven directly through article syndication in niche-relevant ezines, websites/blogs and offline publications such as trade journals, magazines, newspapers, and press releases. The remainder is through advertising, email, direct mail and some search engine traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashish Poonia
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    Originally Posted by Brendan Carl View Post

    Hi everyone,

    I was curious, what sources drive the most traffic to your site/blog? My site is very new (2 weeks), so I am not getting a ton of traffic, but my main sources are this forum and other blogs.

    I recently started using Twitter, so not a lot of traffic is coming from there, although I am starting to use JustRetweet and Triberr to expand my reach.

    I also just put up my first Squidoo lens, and that has driven barely any traffic, but I think I have to give it time.

    One thing I am not involved in is article marketing. As I have learned from Alexa Smith and all of her wonderful posts, article marketing should be done for syndication purposes. And, I do not know enough about article syndication, nor do I have enough time as a busy student, with school sports, and with my other work, to actually dedicate myself to active syndication. I could post my blog articles on a couple article sharing sites and hope that people syndicate it, but I know that is not really effective.

    Anyways, what are your main sources of traffic?
    I think article marketing is good for getting tons of traffic for free!
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  • Profile picture of the author crucita
    Definitively, you need to reorganize your SEO strategy
    Sometimes, SEO could be confusing and complex but the key is to understand the basic concept of search engine optimization and also its important know that this process is not only a one-time thing, rather, it is an iterative process. You do what you can, measure the results, and continue to improve.

    Remember consider the basic aspects that integrate SEO such as:Keyword research, Search engine friendly site development, On-page SEO, Link Building, Analytics.

    Here in your case, Link building is a way to improve your ranking position; take into consideration that this activity only takes time and dedication in making submissions, and in some cases turns out to be free. Although, you would certainly benefit from some paid directories and other paid work, including the services of an online marketing company.

    Linking your website with social media websites as: Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin, Facebook; is an opportunity to generate leads, generate a buzz, and social media can even help boost your search engine rankings
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    Definitely SEO and Youtube!
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  • Profile picture of the author RedSealCanada
    Originally Posted by Brendan Carl View Post

    Hi everyone,

    I was curious, what sources drive the most traffic to your site/blog? My site is very new (2 weeks), so I am not getting a ton of traffic, but my main sources are this forum and other blogs.

    I recently started using Twitter, so not a lot of traffic is coming from there, although I am starting to use JustRetweet and Triberr to expand my reach.

    I also just put up my first Squidoo lens, and that has driven barely any traffic, but I think I have to give it time.

    One thing I am not involved in is article marketing. As I have learned from Alexa Smith and all of her wonderful posts, article marketing should be done for syndication purposes. And, I do not know enough about article syndication, nor do I have enough time as a busy student, with school sports, and with my other work, to actually dedicate myself to active syndication. I could post my blog articles on a couple article sharing sites and hope that people syndicate it, but I know that is not really effective.

    Anyways, what are your main sources of traffic?
    We use several methods.

    #1. Press releases, these work well. Though it's like steroids for a week or so.
    #2. Blog. We use our blog to draw people in. The keywords have been researched and then we write articles, shoot movies etc. . .

    Those are our top two methods. We do draw traffic from FB, though I have noticed in my niche that FB users are not generally people who buy. They want FREE and in my business, WE DO NOT give FREE anything.

    We also are in with schools and other groups and this brings in HUGE traffic. The best thing about this traffic? THEY ARE ALL BUYING.
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  • Profile picture of the author st0ned
    My main source of traffic is the almighty Google.

    I hardly do any other type of promotions aside from the social aspects every now and then.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
      Originally Posted by nicelife View Post

      Hi,

      I have many websites that utilizes different traffic sources, some are small one page affiliate websites earning from a couple of bucks a month to $100+, these almost completely depend on the search engines. These websites I never even touch and they are on such a simple technical platform that simply nothing can go wrong(if not a hacker erases the files).

      Then I've got a few websites where I'm periodically active, monitoring and performing some manual updates a few times a month. These are what we refer to as autoblogs, but I've taken them a step further and added real high quality articles in addition. My configuration on the autoblogs work very well and the search engines have been sending traffic to all of them for years.

      I know many people had their websites deindexed or banned, but I have never had that problem fortunately. Luck or skill? .... it's hard to say.

      I do build my websites on aged domains, that could do the trick, who can really say with 100% accuracy ... no one I guess.


      Then I have my blog where most of the traffic come from Internet Marketing Forums, a little from Facebook and Twitter and a tiny fraction from the Search Engines.


      So for me it differs a lot as I have a lot of different types of websites.

      Hope that helps
      /Daniel
      The site I am trying to drive traffic to is a personal blog.

      But, I am curious, for the one page affiliate sites, do you base your SEO on EMD's and backlinking? Since it is a one page site, you would not have keyword-rich articles on it, so I am assuming that you are relying on backlinking?

      Originally Posted by myob View Post

      Over 90% of all my traffic is driven directly through article syndication in niche-relevant ezines, websites/blogs and offline publications such as trade journals, magazines, newspapers, and press releases. The remainder is through advertising, email, direct mail and some search engine traffic.
      Thanks! But, when you are pursuing article syndication, do you actually contact blog/ezine owners and ask them to feature your articles? If so, is there a free way to find a list of blog/ezine owners to contact?
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Paid traffic, nothing else even comes close. A distant second would be affiliates / cpa networks.

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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Originally Posted by Brendan Carl View Post

      when you are pursuing article syndication, do you actually contact blog/ezine owners and ask them to feature your articles? If so, is there a free way to find a list of blog/ezine owners to contact?
      You mentioned in your OP that you don't have the time for article syndication, but what may be helpful for you in the beginning is to at least get an account at ezinearticles.com and submit 10-20 syndication-quality articles there. It is an excellent exercise for learning the basics in getting article acceptance as well as valuable exposure to publishers who use EZA for sourcing content.

      When you have some time later, consider actively locating relevant publishers yourself either through search engines, trade associations or using time-saving resources often recommended such as the directory of ezines, writers' market, etc. What many writers have experienced is that getting articles published in context-relevant outlets provides floods of highly targeted traffic as well as secondary benefits of Google-friendly SEO backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    Article Syndication*
    Social Networks
    Forums
    Press Release Syndication*
    You Tube Videos*

    * like these most because once I post them, they keep bringing me traffic over and over again for months some times years.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
      Originally Posted by myob View Post

      You mentioned in your OP that you don't have the time for article syndication, but what may be helpful for you in the beginning is to at least get an account at ezinearticles.com and submit 10-20 syndication-quality articles there. It is an excellent exercise for learning the basics in getting article acceptance as well as valuable exposure to publishers who use EZA for sourcing content.

      When you have some time later, consider actively locating relevant publishers yourself either through search engines, trade associations or using time-saving resources often recommended such as the directory of ezines, writers' market, etc. What many writers have experienced is that getting articles published in context-relevant outlets provides floods of highly targeted traffic as well as secondary benefits of Google-friendly SEO backlinks.
      Ok, that makes sense. Article syndication seems to be the most recommended method for traffic from experienced marketers, such as yourself. I will definitely take your advice and will probably use my blog posts, reworked, as long as they are 800-1000 words in length. I definitely have time for passive syndication. Thanks for your response!


      Originally Posted by TopKat22 View Post

      Article Syndication*
      Social Networks
      Forums
      Press Release Syndication*
      You Tube Videos*

      * like these most because once I post them, they keep bringing me traffic over and over again for months some times years.
      YouTube videos is something I plan on working with in the near future. YouTube seems to be an excellent source for residual traffic, as you stated. And, as I stated above, article syndication is something I want to get into as soon as I can.



      And, for anyone reading this, would you recommend a backlinking service (possibly through Fiverr?) that could provide me with a ton of high quality backlinks? Or should I work on doing this myself? I am just trying to save some time, and I am sure that there are good quality, cheap backlinking services out there. I think that if I work on my backlinks and write keyword-relevant articles for my blog, Google will bring me a bunch of traffic.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Ogbin
        Originally Posted by Brendan Carl View Post

        And, for anyone reading this, would you recommend a backlinking service (possibly through Fiverr?) that could provide me with a ton of high quality backlinks? Or should I work on doing this myself? I am just trying to save some time, and I am sure that there are good quality, cheap backlinking services out there. I think that if I work on my backlinks and write keyword-relevant articles for my blog, Google will bring me a bunch of traffic.
        I am not using Fiverr sellers for backlinking service, but if you want to do so, you need to find a reputable that have more reviews and high percent % to be sure that will not harm your website.

        I like getting traffic from SEO especially Google, this is why I am ranking in the first page for the keywords that I focus in.
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    [QUOTE=Brendan Carl;5959372]...article marketing should be done for syndication purposes. And, I do not know enough about article syndication, nor do I have enough time as a busy student, with school sports, and with my other work, to actually dedicate myself to active syndication.QUOTE]

    I do article submissions for syndication and it is easy and doesn't take me very long.

    Here it is:

    Write a high quality, never before published unique article.

    Create an account and post it on Qondio.com
    Once screened.
    Ping the link at pingler.com or some other pinging service.

    Create an account and post it on ideamarketers.com (until you get known and syndicated on there, you may want to pay a very small few to keep it on page one) this is not necessary after many people have syndicated you, then all your new stuff goes on their site immediately.
    Ping the link.

    After 3 days on ideamarketers.com, post it on your own blog, ping it and then social network that link all over.

    I try to do this once weekly but some times any more it is less often but I still get traffic from the articles I have out.

    Whenever someone new sydicates an article I know it because I will get a spike in traffic, signups and sales....it happened just yesterday on an article I wrote over a year ago. ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gehr
    Hey Brendan.

    Google loves content, and if you add regular content, unique content that adds value for your readers, then traffic will come without having to spending $$$ on ads.

    The passion for your niche should show in your articles. If visitors see that you offer solutions to problems, and information that is helpful, then they will return and you build your clientele in time.

    For example, I started a new blog in October 2011, and I wasn't getting much traffic for the first couple of months, but persistence and belief in the research I had done prior to launching my site gave me the impetus to forge ahead with good, constructive and useful content for my readers. In January of 2012 I started seeing traffic and I now rank #1 in Google for each daily article I post.

    I started another blog in January 2012, and the same thing happened. Not much traffic for the first couple of months, but providing what Google wants is the key. My newest blog now ranks #1 in Google, and most days my posts rank in the top 5 on page 1 in Google moments after publishing.

    This is what's working for me, and I'd say in your case that patience and persistence will result in a payoff in the not-too-distant future if you stick to it.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
      Originally Posted by TopKat22 View Post

      I do article submissions for syndication and it is easy and doesn't take me very long.

      Here it is:

      Write a high quality, never before published unique article.

      Create an account and post it on Qondio.com
      Once screened.
      Ping the link at pingler.com or some other pinging service.

      Create an account and post it on ideamarketers.com (until you get known and syndicated on there, you may want to pay a very small few to keep it on page one) this is not necessary after many people have syndicated you, then all your new stuff goes on their site immediately.
      Ping the link.

      After 3 days on ideamarketers.com, post it on your own blog, ping it and then social network that link all over.

      I try to do this once weekly but some times any more it is less often but I still get traffic from the articles I have out.

      Whenever someone new sydicates an article I know it because I will get a spike in traffic, signups and sales....it happened just yesterday on an article I wrote over a year ago. ;-)
      Thanks! I will definitely check out these sites.


      Originally Posted by Peter Gehr View Post

      Hey Brendan.

      Google loves content, and if you add regular content, unique content that adds value for your readers, then traffic will come without having to spending $$$ on ads.

      The passion for your niche should show in your articles. If visitors see that you offer solutions to problems, and information that is helpful, then they will return and you build your clientele in time.

      For example, I started a new blog in October 2011, and I wasn't getting much traffic for the first couple of months, but persistence and belief in the research I had done prior to launching my site gave me the impetus to forge ahead with good, constructive and useful content for my readers. In January of 2012 I started seeing traffic and I now rank #1 in Google for each daily article I post.

      I started another blog in January 2012, and the same thing happened. Not much traffic for the first couple of months, but providing what Google wants is the key. My newest blog now ranks #1 in Google, and most days my posts rank in the top 5 on page 1 in Google moments after publishing.

      This is what's working for me, and I'd say in your case that patience and persistence will result in a payoff in the not-too-distant future if you stick to it.

      Good luck!
      That is very interesting. So, you didn't do any keyword research or try to place keywords in your articles? You just wrote great content? If so, that is very, very reassuring .
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  • Profile picture of the author RnGWriter
    I do not think you will find a technique that is not going to bring you traffic. Video marketing, email marketing, article syndication, social media marketing... all of them have their own merits; some are free while others take money; some, like article syndication take time, while others like advertising do not. Either way, my advise (and I'm quoting someone more experienced than me) is to focus on what you feel like doing. Sticking to any given marketing technique for some time is what is going to drive traffic and if you are aiming for high quality organic traffic, it can take months; so keep working at it and be patient
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    • Profile picture of the author sdessensm
      Originally Posted by RnGWriter View Post

      I do not think you will find a technique that is not going to bring you traffic. Video marketing, email marketing, article syndication, social media marketing... all of them have their own merits; some are free while others take money; some, like article syndication take time, while others like advertising do not. Either way, my advise (and I'm quoting someone more experienced than me) is to focus on what you feel like doing. Sticking to any given marketing technique for some time is what is going to drive traffic and if you are aiming for high quality organic traffic, it can take months; so keep working at it and be patient
      There is no good choice than to trust on what you do. Whatever way you choose to grab attention of online traffic towards your site you should do with confidence. Social media marketing has helped in getting traffic for my website. What you have to do is opt for "link back" option while sharing your blogs or articles or any other content in social media sites. Link shared in your social media posts will take your prospects to your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Sims
    I think that a blog on a topic that you are interested in is very important, and if that blog is in a community that is also interested in your blog topic is a good way to go.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      Doing guest posts on blogs that are on the same topic as your blog will work wonders. This does take time but if you spend a certain amount of time each day doing this you will see an increase.
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  • Profile picture of the author zParker
    Paid advertising in industry magazines. I'm focusing more on traditional advertising and less on organic traffic from Google. I'm not giving Google a dime for PPC either.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andhisnamewas
    Driving traffic from youtube has been working very well for me lately!
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    • Profile picture of the author Shane Hon
      Hi Brendan,

      Have you thought of buying solo ads? It does cost a bit of money but it's really quick in terms of having subscribers to your list which you can send to your site.

      Just be sure to check on the person's price and number of clicks he is sending to you. Later on, you can grow your list by doing ad swaps.

      Hope this helps
      Shane
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  • Profile picture of the author raymol
    for me..

    seo
    article marketing
    social networking
    forum
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    • Profile picture of the author CliffordCharles
      For my blogs: Seo, social media, and random forum hits

      For my crowdsourcing marketplace: direct, email marketing, some Seo, some blog articles/guest posts
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Perry
    I would have to say social media, forum posts and consistent blog posts. Obviously solid targeted traffic takes effort to achieve. Keep plugging away and you will see results. Promise.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaggieDavid
    Organic through good SEO.

    Diversify that SEO

    Make sure your keywords are targetted chose only say3-4 to rank on, and add more once those are ranked well. CAREFUL keyword selection is the key here.

    Drop Squidoo, I used to do lenses, but man, you have to keep on working them otherwise they will drop into "Unfinished". Waste of time.

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    • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
      Originally Posted by cashp0wer View Post

      Doing guest posts on blogs that are on the same topic as your blog will work wonders. This does take time but if you spend a certain amount of time each day doing this you will see an increase.
      Yes, I have heard great things about guest posting. I already don't have time to post a new article to my blog every day, but I would like to dedicate at least some of my time to guest posting. It seems like it would be excellent residual traffic.


      Originally Posted by Shane Hon View Post

      Hi Brendan,

      Have you thought of buying solo ads? It does cost a bit of money but it's really quick in terms of having subscribers to your list which you can send to your site.

      Just be sure to check on the person's price and number of clicks he is sending to you. Later on, you can grow your list by doing ad swaps.

      Hope this helps
      Shane
      I actually have not really given solo ads much thought. I will definitely research them more, thanks.


      Originally Posted by MaggieDavid View Post

      Organic through good SEO.

      Diversify that SEO

      Make sure your keywords are targetted chose only say3-4 to rank on, and add more once those are ranked well. CAREFUL keyword selection is the key here.

      Drop Squidoo, I used to do lenses, but man, you have to keep on working them otherwise they will drop into "Unfinished". Waste of time.

      good luck

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      Thanks for the advise. I will probably not focus on SEO too much for my personal blog, but for my future niche/sniper sites, SEO will be their main source of traffic.

      Also, thanks for the advise about Squidoo. I just set up a lens to test Squidoo's traffic generation capabilities, and I only have one view on it. I have not done ANY marketing for it, I have simply uploaded it and left it alone, but either way, that is abysmal. No more Squidoo for me!
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      • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
        Originally Posted by jwmann2 View Post

        Forums are great for drawing targeted traffic but their effects are short term. 100 quality backlinks are better than 10,000 forum backlinks. I understand that you don't have time for article writing but they will help you greatly in ranking in the search engines. Search engines give you free traffic, how can you complain?
        I do not post in forums to build backlinks. Yes, they are useless. I post in forums because I enjoy being a part of conversations (such as this), and also to drive some traffic through my signature. And, I have heard that article sharing sites' backlinks are generally worthless. Is that true?

        Originally Posted by Jimmy Mailhot View Post

        Try doing guest posting... Signup on MyGuestBlog and post your articles there... I get most of my traffic from other people's blogs :p
        Thanks for the website! I'll definitely check that out soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author gasman
    Like many people I get most of my traffic from Google via SEO. However, I try and do whatever else I can to get the traffic coming to my sites because Google is libel to decide it doesn't like one of my sites at anytime and throw it out. In fact I've had a few sandboxed before.
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    list building works fine
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  • Profile picture of the author theebookcavern
    For my fitness site, Google's the winner by far. Around 80% of my traffic comes from them. After that it's direct traffic, then other search engines, then Facebook, then Ezine Articles.

    I'm currently trying to increase my presence, following and level of traffic on social media sites though. Google traffic is great when you have it but they can take it away without warning.

    I'd also say the type of website affects it. Certain types of site are going to do much better on social media sites than others. For example, humorous sites and articles will generally get shared a lot more than factual ones.

    Tom
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
    Video Marketing, Article Marketing, Solo Ads & Referals
    The key is patience...it takes some time in the beginning but once you start to see some traffic coming in just focus on those areas which are delivering the most. Sooner or later you'll find your sweet spot and there will be no stopping you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eutaw
    I have added Youtube videos and it has been a pleasant surprise in terms of traffic to my sites. I also do real estate investing and had several investors find me through Youtube.
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    For me, it largely depends on the niche. For instance, I don't get a lot of social media traffic to my sites in embrassing niches. It's mostly SEO for those sites. And opposite for the ones in entertainment market. For IM related stuff, it's paid ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author samjaynz
    Writing top notch content that is then picked up and republished or linked to by other webmasters and bloggers.

    That's pretty much all I do, besides on page SEO and blog/forum commenting.
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  • Profile picture of the author fifersred
    Hello Brendan,

    Article writing is a good way to get visitors and guest blogging, particularly to blogs in your interest.

    Facebook fanpage might be worth setting up also. If you struggle to get fans at first, you can always cheat a bit and go to fiverr.com for help.

    Good luck
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    Organic Google traffic baby! Its free and easy
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    • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
      Originally Posted by Eutaw View Post

      I have added Youtube videos and it has been a pleasant surprise in terms of traffic to my sites. I also do real estate investing and had several investors find me through Youtube.
      Youtube videos seem like an excellent way to get residual traffic. That is something I will definitely look into.

      Originally Posted by Noel Cunningham View Post

      Video Marketing, Article Marketing, Solo Ads & Referals
      The key is patience...it takes some time in the beginning but once you start to see some traffic coming in just focus on those areas which are delivering the most. Sooner or later you'll find your sweet spot and there will be no stopping you.
      Again, video marketing seems to be very popular. Same with article marketing. I will definitely upload each of my blog articles to article sharing sites as I create them.
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  • Profile picture of the author tritolito
    Until now i have been doing gigs on fiver and try and rank my site i send backlinks to each post i make and then i do another gig and send links to the links i gat from my first gig.
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  • Profile picture of the author F Lee Keller
    Search engines The big 3.
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  • Profile picture of the author reneSmilez
    Hi all, like OP, I have just started a new blog too. "Article syndication" and "guest blogging" have been mentioned many times.

    Can someone explain: -
    1. What is article syndication?
    2. How do I get to guest blog?
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  • Profile picture of the author Khalil Bashir
    Originally Posted by Brendan Carl View Post

    Hi everyone,

    I was curious, what sources drive the most traffic to your site/blog? My site is very new (2 weeks), so I am not getting a ton of traffic, but my main sources are this forum and other blogs.

    I recently started using Twitter, so not a lot of traffic is coming from there, although I am starting to use JustRetweet and Triberr to expand my reach.

    I also just put up my first Squidoo lens, and that has driven barely any traffic, but I think I have to give it time.

    One thing I am not involved in is article marketing. As I have learned from Alexa Smith and all of her wonderful posts, article marketing should be done for syndication purposes. And, I do not know enough about article syndication, nor do I have enough time as a busy student, with school sports, and with my other work, to actually dedicate myself to active syndication. I could post my blog articles on a couple article sharing sites and hope that people syndicate it, but I know that is not really effective.

    Anyways, what are your main sources of traffic?

    Most of my traffic comes from Ezine Ads and Article Marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    I just logged into my Google analytics account, here are my numbers:

    81.21% Search Traffic
    14.38% Referral Traffic
    4.41% Direct Traffic

    My main sources of traffic this last month have been from Facebook, SEO and Forums in my niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author guyc
    Guest posting
    Youtube
    Ebook sharing sites
    and of course build a list ; )
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  • Profile picture of the author msu
    How are you finding Triberr? That's easily the single most effective thing for me. That, and working on getting Google +1s, seems to have contributed to my recent surge in organic search traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    Paid traffic.



    If you want to be specific, I can chalk it up by saying PPV.
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  • Profile picture of the author prasanth5
    I believe in the innate power of webmaster forums and niche forums in delivering quality traffic to business websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    youtube
    other niche related sites
    guestblogging
    forum
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  • Profile picture of the author SafeSEOService
    It completely depends on what promotion strategy you use.. I do lots of SEO on my sites so most of my traffic comes from the search engines..
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