Great Source of FREE Referral Traffic

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Hey guys,

I am looking for a small list of good sources for free referral traffic. The type of websites that I wont have to try and rank but will get traffic. For example, my perfect idea of referral traffic is yahoo answers. Another one is instructables. Wikipedia and wikihow have also been fairly good. I understand that all of these have SEO benefit. However, I am just exploring referral traffic at the moment.

So I would like to add to this list. My website is a "how to" blog so QnA sites are perfect.

Wiki Pages to create:
Wikipedia, Wikihow

Answer Questions relevant to my article:
Yahoo Answers
Wiki Answers
(any others?)

Static websites to always leave helpful comments on:
wikia, wikispaces, openwiki, referata, ehow, howstuffworks, wired, howtodothings, howcast, instructables

Dynamic websites to try leave helpful comments on: (Top 20 blogs/forums,etc for my keyword)
Google Search

Blogs to create:
Squidoo, Hubpages, Weebly, Wetpaint, Posterous, Tumblr, Wordpress, Blogger, Bukisa, Wikispaces, wikidot, webs, diigo, jimdo, livejournal, typepad, multiply, edublogs, angelfire

Video Referral Traffic (my own article videos):
Youtube, Metacafe, Vimeo, Dailymotion

PDF and slides referral traffic:
slideshare, docstoc, scribd

Article Directories:
ArticleBase, EzineMark, SooperArticles, ArticleDashboard, Ezinearticles

RSS Directories:
FeedAge, RSS Mountain, RSS Micro, Feed Agg

Targeted Facebook groups related to your niche.
If you niche was about weight loss, join groups and add value, not spam links

Twitter #hashtags that are related to your niche
If you niche was about weight loss, post updates and add the required hash tag. (needs research)

Any suggestions on social bookmarking traffic? Digg, Reddit, Delicious, Stumbleupon, etc

Any suggestions on other answer type of websites? (like Yahoo Answers)

Any suggestions on other social networks like myspace, tagged, bebo, etc? (just dabbling in that)


P.S: I want to ignore mainstream social websites like Google plus, twitter, facebook, etc as I have a separate plan for those. However, comments are welcome, especially on linkedin.
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  • Profile picture of the author bacardi
    Related forums to your niche. Commenting on related blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author breezynetworks
    Thanks! I already do this but I didnt actually mention that in my OP, my bad. I am looking for more authority sites (such as yahoo answers, wikipedia, etc) that can be a good source of referral traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Guest blog posting, article syndication, building web 2.0s (their networks get some traffic).
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  • Profile picture of the author breezynetworks
    Great ideas Benjamin. But since my wife is helping me out on this, I would rather she doesnt have to write articles. Granted, I do have a couple public blogs that drive a bit of traffic, but I only really see a SERP benefit, not much referral traffic.
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    • I've never gotten a lot of traffic from Hubpages or Squidoo, but perhaps you'd have better luck.

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      • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
        Originally Posted by breezynetworks View Post

        Great ideas Benjamin. But since my wife is helping me out on this, I would rather she doesnt have to write articles. Granted, I do have a couple public blogs that drive a bit of traffic, but I only really see a SERP benefit, not much referral traffic.
        Article writing can be outsourced and you can generate quite a bit of traffic with guest blog posting. I know people that only use guest blog posting and get plenty of traffic from it.

        There isn't going to be a large amount of traffic from web 2.0s, but if you build a network of 30 - 50, you will get the SERP benefit and some direct traffic.

        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        I've never gotten a lot of traffic from Hubpages or Squidoo, but perhaps you'd have better luck.

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        I don't use squidoo the same way I used to, but before I bought my hosting and domain name, I made quite a bit of money just using squidoo lenses. They still rank okay if you do them alright and their network does get pretty good traffic, if you take the time to create good a lens.

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        • Profile picture of the author breezynetworks
          Originally Posted by Benjamin Ehinger View Post

          Article writing can be outsourced
          Which ones would you recommend for the most referral traffic? I am thinking ezine and buzzle will be on that list?

          Originally Posted by Benjamin Ehinger View Post

          There isn't going to be a large amount of traffic from web 2.0s, but if you build a network of 30 - 50, you will get the SERP benefit and some direct traffic.
          If I had to focus on the top 10 blogs that generally bring a ton of referral traffic, what would they be? My current list:

          Squidoo, Hubpages, Weebly, Wetpaint, Tumblr, Wordpress, Blogspot, Bukisa, wikispaces, wikidot

          Originally Posted by Benjamin Ehinger View Post

          I don't use squidoo the same way I used to, but before I bought my hosting and domain name, I made quite a bit of money just using squidoo lenses. They still rank okay if you do them alright and their network does get pretty good traffic, if you take the time to create good a lens.
          I can definitely do that, I will be sure to embed my articles youtube video as well in the lens.

          OP updated.
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  • Profile picture of the author breezynetworks
    Thanks fluffy. I will investigate that. I have a few more that iv added to the OP, comments welcome.
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  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    I think what you have thought is right one, focus on yahoo answer, if you give a good answer you will get traffic all the time and forever..

    Next I would say to use facebook fan page, cause if you write good quality content in facebook itself than you will get good traffic from facebook as well, cause facebook fan page gets index in Google as well and they get good ranking in search engine..

    Next I will go for Youtube videos, I will make good quality videos whether showing face or doing power point presentation with good quality information related your niche..I hope this helps
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    • YouTube marketing is more than just making good videos. Done properly it's a pretty intense effort. You don't just drop a dozen videos on your channel and wait for the traffic to roll in.

      There are easier ways to get traffic that are less work.

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      • Profile picture of the author jaigofee
        Hi,
        Obtaining referral traffic is an significant tool used for SEO campaign. Referral traffic comes from outside pages which give links back to your site. Present are a lot of dissimilar strategies that container be used to assist increase referral traffic. Obtaining referrals be able to come as of various different sources counting by social media strategies.
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  • Profile picture of the author breezynetworks
    Any suggestions on social bookmarking traffic? Digg, Reddit, Delicious, Stumbleupon, etc
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
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    This is a great thread my friend. I would also like to add Neobux or Clicksense for low cost advertising. It will help you get refferals too. I have used them in the past to get more money and now I am happy with adf.ly. I get around 30-40 subs from 1k views.
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  • Profile picture of the author breezynetworks
    I will definitely look into that William. Are those services adsense safe? OP Updated with additional blogs, etc
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  • Profile picture of the author revion
    Yahoo answers is best practice for referral traffic.
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  • Popular guest blogs, and press release submissions through the right services can unleash massive amounts of referral traffic.

    If you pick the right blogs to guest post on you can have tons of new subscribers FOR LIFE!
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  • Profile picture of the author alfid
    The hard part is finding the time and having the money to have all that content submitted. It is possible though.
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  • Profile picture of the author imgeek2727
    Find Facebook groups related to your niche. Find twitter hashtags that are related to your niche. The key is to lead targeted links and communications to targeted pages. You just have to keep tweaking. Affiliate marketing is a MARATHON, bro. It is not a sprint.
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  • Profile picture of the author breezynetworks
    Great suggestions, thanks very much! I have updated the original post and changed the scope slightly as I was looking primarily for free referral traffic.

    Any suggestions on other answer type of websites for traffic generation? (like Yahoo Answers)

    Any suggestions on other social networks like myspace, tagged, bebo, etc? (just dabbling in that)
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  • Profile picture of the author wilson230
    Very Great post though. I also would like to ask such question here but i found your's and get great info. Thanks for the post. I also ask one more thing that can i post one same quality Article on all web 2.0 or rewrite it 1st and then post
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    I use WebAnswers as well as YahooAnswers. WebAnswers will pay a share of revenue to your AdSense account if you get chosen answers (or questions!), and although they moderate URL's at first on your account, when you've been doing it for a while and got plenty of chosen answers, your URL's don't have to wait to be moderated any more.

    Thanks for the rest of your info, great stuff

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  • Profile picture of the author Wade32
    Try forum posting in other places like this one too. There are huge numbers of forums to get on.
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