True Free Methods To Generate Free Traffic

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  • Profile picture of the author oldschoolwarrior
    SEO!
    Word Of Mouth
    Social Networks
    Rumor-Controversy - Not My Tactic, but good 'niche'
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  • Profile picture of the author Fox30
    Craigslist...if done properly and depending on your niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckharris
    I actually still like Craigslist, a lot! You have to be aware of the offer and how it fits into Craigslist itself, but we get really great traffic fro there.
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  • Profile picture of the author DURABLEOILCOM
    Craigslist, how are you able to post in other areas and have multiple accounts?
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  • Profile picture of the author BarberShop
    Link to my signature leads to WF threads that you should probably check out.
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  • Profile picture of the author BenFromSoMo
    Nothing is truly free in the long run.
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    • Profile picture of the author jamesboulay
      Originally Posted by BenFromSoMo View Post

      Nothing is truly free in the long run.
      Time is money! Great point
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    • Profile picture of the author BlueFrogSEO
      Originally Posted by BenFromSoMo View Post

      Nothing is truly free in the long run.
      so so so true even time = money.
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      • Profile picture of the author Christian Ball
        Organic search engine traffic is my preferred means of free traffic, as it is the highest converting form of free traffic on the Web. Guest posting on websites with regular traffic is a technique I also rate highly though.
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  • Profile picture of the author DURABLEOILCOM
    Forgot to mention I also use Yahoo Answers
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  • Profile picture of the author DURABLEOILCOM
    Guest posting? Can you elaborate?
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  • Profile picture of the author howtogurus
    Organic SEO is the best method I have found for natural free traffic to a web site. Article marketing used to be great, but with Google's latest updates it is not as effective. But, the majority of my sales come from email marketing, not natural web site visits. So most of my efforts are on list building, not traffic. Of course lots of free list building techniques will also be driving visits to your web site, where your splash page or optin are located.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ian Jackson
      Originally Posted by howtogurus View Post

      Organic SEO is the best method I have found for natural free traffic to a web site. Article marketing used to be great, but with Google's latest updates it is not as effective. But, the majority of my sales come from email marketing, not natural web site visits. So most of my efforts are on list building, not traffic. Of course lots of free list building techniques will also be driving visits to your web site, where your splash page or optin are located.
      Kind of partially agree with you, but if you have no traffic, you have no list... therefore making traffic the independent variable .
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  • Profile picture of the author PrestonPilgrim
    I would have to say article syndication.

    Hence, guest posting...
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    • Profile picture of the author Demetrius
      Originally Posted by PrestonPilgrim View Post

      I would have to say article syndication.
      Does article syndication still works to get traffic? or it is for just generating backlinks?
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      • Profile picture of the author Ian Jackson
        Originally Posted by Demetrius View Post

        Does article syndication still works to get traffic? or it is for just generating backlinks?
        Yes, but only if you provide information (content) that your target audience is looking for; obey the SE laws, but create content for the people you want to reach.
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        • Profile picture of the author jamesboulay
          Originally Posted by Ian Jackson View Post

          Yes, but only if you provide information (content) that your target audience is looking for; obey the SE laws, but create content for the people you want to reach.
          What is the best way to syndicate articles? I understand they wouldn't get indexed) however aren't the horrible duplicate content people demonize them as (could be incorrect).
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  • Profile picture of the author dennismw
    Use YouTube to display products or do demos
    Great content on you site = Search Engine Love
    Pinterest can drive a lot of traffic
    Heck, start a podcast
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  • Profile picture of the author owenlee
    Forum marketing
    Blog commenting
    Yahoo answer
    Video marketing

    All these are free but it still takes time to do it
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Shaw
    Pinterest is killing it for me at the moment. The trick is to get invites to popular boards and stay active. My business account has seemed to help a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Niko A Berezkin
    CraigsList, other classifieds, Yahoo Answers are all great sources of free easy traffic.

    Calling SEO free traffic considering how much work and time goes into producing results is a bit ridiculous IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    kindle reports and social traffic are pretty awesome free ways, strategic partnerships and affiliates have always done right by me.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    YouTube has been good to me for around 10 years.
    Also ebook marketing works well for me.
    Never got any joy from Yahoo answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Mensah
    Forums and soloads, adswaps, video marketing, and JV partnerships is what I like to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author mshajid
    forum marketing and seo
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  • Profile picture of the author yakim1
    I've look through this whole thread and see that the most effective free traffic methods have been completely overlooked and left out. I will explain some...

    1. Mailing to your list. When I mail to my list I can often see results coming in just minutes after starting my email broadcast. It doesn't cost me a cent to send an email to my list.

    2. My own affiliate program. I'm building my own affiliate army so they will promote my products and none of that promotion costs me one red cent. I only pay when a sale is made. But you can't really say that costs me because I'm making a profit. Much more profit than the traffic I can create by my self. My business plan has a very reachable goal of having more affiliates in my affiliate program than ClickBank.

    3. Joint Ventures. By doing joint ventures you can leverage other peoples circle of influence to get almost immediate traffic to your project. This is people that you would have never been able to reach. I have a list of over 8,700 people who I've done joint ventures with.

    4. Ad Swaps again leverage other peoples lists to drive traffic to your project. Again this is free traffic tactic that costs nothing and brings traffic very quickly. I used ad swaps to build my lists in the beginning.

    5. Contests. I did a contest that added over 22,000 opt-in subscribers in 60 days.

    6. Giveaways. They are not just for list building. I used a giveaway to launch one of my membership sites. Guess what my OTO was after they signed up for the giveaway... I received over 2,000 new paying members.

    Mind you, these free traffic tactics bring in highly targeted traffic so conversions are usually higher.

    I hope this has been helpful,
    Steve Yakim
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    • Profile picture of the author yakim1
      Originally Posted by yakim1 View Post

      I've look through this whole thread and see that the most effective free traffic methods have been completely overlooked and left out.
      I did misspeak, Some of the free traffic methods I listed were mentioned.

      Best regards,
      Steve Yakim
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  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    Social Media (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Pinterest)
    SEO
    Forums
    yahoo answers
    Blog commenting
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonBennet
    I personally like to grow my own list of subscribers. When I am growing the list, I will use a mixture of paid and free methods to drive traffic to my website. Once I have mu own list of subscribers, I feel that this is the best form of free traffic as I will be able to control where the traffic will be going. This is the best quality free traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author hayriku
    Is SEO really hard right now?
    I never doing that before, at least some people say SEO today is kinda hard..
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  • Profile picture of the author Riter Ric
    Great resources here.
    Thanks all for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jackson Tan
    How about Facebook Fan pages? The setting up is free.. Twitter too..
    Anymore?

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  • Profile picture of the author jamesboulay
    Seeing my question/blurbs are done, I have found that guest posting as well as content curation drive me not only targeted but also a ton of referral traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Henri Lind
    SEO isnt free...
    but social media is a good way to get fast targeted traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author b.super13
    It depends how much time you want to spend... I saw several mentions of Facebook which is a good way to start. If you already have friends then you can invite them to your site or blog or wherever you are wanting to send traffic.

    In the long run though, free traffic will cost you your time.

    I've also had some good traffic using guest posting. You need to be consistent with it though by finding blogs to guest post on.

    I would imagine if you could find 5 or 10 blog owners who would each accept 1 guest post per week from you then you could start driving some really good traffic. Test and track everything.

    Cheers,
    Bryan
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    • Profile picture of the author philrich21
      Originally Posted by b.super13 View Post

      It depends how much time you want to spend... I saw several mentions of Facebook which is a good way to start. If you already have friends then you can invite them to your site or blog or wherever you are wanting to send traffic.

      In the long run though, free traffic will cost you your time.

      I've also had some good traffic using guest posting. You need to be consistent with it though by finding blogs to guest post on.

      I would imagine if you could find 5 or 10 blog owners who would each accept 1 guest post per week from you then you could start driving some really good traffic. Test and track everything.

      Cheers,
      Bryan
      I agree with Bryan, free methods do exist like social media, forum posting and blog comments. They cost in time both your time and time taken for your site to gain traffic.

      The paid traffic alternatives are therefore a viable short cut for many
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    • Profile picture of the author yakim1
      Originally Posted by b.super13 View Post

      It depends how much time you want to spend... I saw several mentions of Facebook which is a good way to start. If you already have friends then you can invite them to your site or blog or wherever you are wanting to send traffic.

      In the long run though, free traffic will cost you your time.

      Cheers,
      Bryan
      Everything you do costs you time. But, it only take 5 to 15 minutes to write an email to send to my list. As a matter of fact, it takes me less time to create the email than the amount of time it take my autoresponder to complete the send to the entire list.

      If you are not building a list with the traffic you are getting now, your going to have to keep chasing new leads all the time. Your list should be the foundation of your business.

      My #1 Rule for doing business online is...

      Everything I do must in some way build my list.

      I try to work list building into everything or I have to think about what I'm about to do 3 or 4 times if I can't figure a way to build my list with it.

      Building my list is my top priority.

      Best regards,
      Steve Yakim
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  • Profile picture of the author Kerkhofssupport
    This is what has worked for me:

    Article marketing ( time consuming writing & research )
    SEO ( till panda update)
    Squidoo lenses ( lost their power)

    This is what ROCKS now!

    Videosites ( the new article marketing)
    Guestposts ( hijack other peoples traffic in trade for contect)
    Forums ( sharing great content)
    Socialmedia ( I'm not doing it personally but I know it works!)

    A few years back I used techniques to get traffic trough Google, and now I'm focussing
    more on funneling traffic from high traffic websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tomas Lodén
    Word of mouth.. Im running a one page site with no seo or a ton of articles or backlinks.. From now my focus is quality for the visitor that's it. and it workd belive it or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author zpoll92
    I'd go with Pinterest as a great traffic source. You just have to know how to market on it and you can receive thousands of trageted visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author juangarciamtl
    make a youtube video about the keword you want to rank for
    including your link in the video and in the description
    make a lot of backlinks to it so it will rank in the first page of google
    after that just get free trafic from youtube
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