What Are The Best Ways To Get Free Traffic To Your Site Now??

by lloyd7
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Hello although I am not new to IM I have been away from it for about a year. I noticed that a lot has changed since then.

Like when I was doing it the best ways to get free traffic to your site was:

1. Articles
2. Forums Like Yahoo Answers and niche forums
3. Web 2.0

But know so much has changed since then...

My number one question is do any of these methods still work and is it still possible to rank any of these sites for traffic?
#free #site #traffic #ways
  • Profile picture of the author butters
    All methods still work, all methods are niche dependant, test them and find out what one works for you, there is no one which works best, it's all dependent on your market.

    Please see the other 11k indexed pages on "the best traffic sources" which have been posted on the warrior forum

    Google - Warrior Forum
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexanderBeloev
    Originally Posted by lloyd7 View Post

    Hello although I am not new to IM I have been away from it for about a year. I noticed that a lot has changed since then.

    Like when I was doing it the best ways to get free traffic to your site was:

    1. Articles
    2. Forums Like Yahoo Answers and niche forums
    3. Web 2.0

    But know so much has changed since then...

    My number one question is do any of these methods still work and is it still possible to rank any of these sites for traffic?
    I have been asking the same question for almost two years... but never got the right answer. Just try what works for you and what not. Until I took action I didn't get the answer I was looking for...
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  • Profile picture of the author Weedy92
    Forums, Blog Comments, Guest Posts, etc. I could go on forever.. Just build relevant links that will target traffic within your niche.. Promote it on YouTube, Facebook, all the social stuff, draw in as much attention as possible... You don't need a big budget $$ to drive traffic..
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by lloyd7 View Post

    My number one question is do any of these methods still work and is it still possible to rank any of these sites for traffic?
    Yes, they all still work. In different ways (and with varying degrees of success for different people). But however you look at it, it makes little sense to be generating traffic by "ranking" pages on other people's sites rather than on your own. That's not to say that it won't work at all - but it's not a very sensible use, by comparison, of one's time, energy, effort and/or money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Loudlaunchit
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Yes, they all still work. In different ways (and with varying degrees of success for different people). But however you look at it, it makes little sense to be generating traffic by "ranking" pages on other people's sites rather than on your own. That's not to say that it won't work at all - but it's not a very sensible use, by comparison, of one's time, energy, effort and/or money.
      That's the key- content on your site that is visited often by others- its that simple:-) but lots of work!
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    • Profile picture of the author lloyd7
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Yes, they all still work. In different ways (and with varying degrees of success for different people). But however you look at it, it makes little sense to be generating traffic by "ranking" pages on other people's sites rather than on your own. That's not to say that it won't work at all - but it's not a very sensible use, by comparison, of one's time, energy, effort and/or money.
      Thanks for the reply Alexa!!!

      When you say ranking pages on other peoples sites are you talking about guest blogging?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by lloyd7 View Post

        Thanks for the reply Alexa!!!

        When you say ranking pages on other peoples sites are you talking about guest blogging?
        Noooo ... I think guest blogging can be a great way of getting targeted traffic, actually. (It's only really "article marketing" under another name!).

        But that has nothing to do with ranking someone else's pages. And not all that much to do with ranking your own, though the backlink will always help if it's from a relevant site - which it will be, really?

        I was meaning "Web 2.0 sites", by that remark. It's easy to imagine that you're "gaining" traffic from Web 2.0 sites, when all you're really doing is letting some traffic which could otherwise go directly to your own site go to a Web 2.0 site instead, and eventually getting some of it arriving at your own site (i.e. losing some of it).

        For example (and my example here is an article directory, not a Web 2.0 site, but the underlying principle is still exactly the same), no article marketer would or should want their potential customers reading their articles in an article directory (that isn't who those copies are there for at all!), for all the reasons explained in this post. The same is true of "Web 2.0 traffic". It's easy to imagine that because sites like HubPages and Tumblr have a high-ranking "own home page" (which isn't very relevant to "your" pages there!) that "they have a lot of traffic" and that you'll somehow attract some of that traffic "just by being there". For the most part, it's just nonsense, and you'd be far better off attracting that traffic straight to your own site instead of trying to rank "your" pages on HubPages or Tumblr instead, the point being that they're not really your own pages at all!

        So ... trying to "generate traffic from" pages on other people's (Web 2.0) sites will produce more traffic than going out for lunch and painting your toenails, it's true ... but it'll never produce as much traffic as trying to generate traffic to your own site.

        The hugely significant difference between that and guest blogging is that in the case of guest blogging, the person on whose site your blog-post/article is published already has the targeted traffic you want to attract. Some people imagine that that's also somehow true of Web 2.0 sites, but to all intents and purposes it just isn't, and they've missed the key point. That's why one of these activities (guest blogging) is basically a very good idea and the other (Web 2.0 sites) basically a very poor idea. :p
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        • Profile picture of the author lloyd7
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          Noooo ... I think guest blogging can be a great way of getting targeted traffic, actually. (It's only really "article marketing" under another name!).

          But that has nothing to do with ranking someone else's pages. And not all that much to do with ranking your own, though the backlink will always help if it's from a relevant site - which it will be, really?

          I was meaning "Web 2.0 sites", by that remark. It's easy to imagine that you're "gaining" traffic from Web 2.0 sites, when all you're really doing is letting some traffic which could otherwise go directly to your own site go to a Web 2.0 site instead, and eventually getting some of it arriving at your own site (i.e. losing some of it).

          For example (and my example here is an article directory, not a Web 2.0 site, but the underlying principle is still exactly the same), no article marketer would or should want their potential customers reading their articles in an article directory (that isn't who those copies are there for at all!), for all the reasons explained in this post. The same is true of "Web 2.0 traffic". It's easy to imagine that because sites like HubPages and Tumblr have a high-ranking "own home page" (which isn't very relevant to "your" pages there!) that "they have a lot of traffic" and that you'll somehow attract some of that traffic "just by being there". For the most part, it's just nonsense, and you'd be far better off attracting that traffic straight to your own site instead of trying to rank "your" pages on HubPages or Tumblr instead, the point being that they're not really your own pages at all!

          So ... trying to "generate traffic from" pages on other people's (Web 2.0) sites will produce more traffic than going out for lunch and painting your toenails, it's true ... but it'll never produce as much traffic as trying to generate traffic to your own site.

          The hugely significant difference between that and guest blogging is that in the case of guest blogging, the person on whose site your blog-post/article is published already has the targeted traffic you want to attract. Some people imagine that that's also somehow true of Web 2.0 sites, but to all intents and purposes it just isn't, and they've missed the key point. That's why one of these activities (guest blogging) is basically a very good idea and the other (Web 2.0 sites) basically a very poor idea. :p
          Wow That's an awesome response and really clears up a lot of things!!! Thanks Alexis!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author trafficmasters
    It depends on your niche, some methods work better on different types.

    I would however focus on social media, guest blogging, targeted links and even offline marketing
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  • Profile picture of the author cisin
    Guest Posts


    Brings the most of the traffic from the other methods, but having your posts at right place matters also.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymakerway
    I think that the best way to get free traffic is
    social media sites, especially if you have your own site
    and you're content creator!
    Social media will be the major factor in 2013!
    And Google likes social signals so you can have benefit
    in better positioning for your pages on Google search!

    Your success in social media is based on how much
    you interact with other people on a regular basis!
    Wish you great weekend!
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by lloyd7 View Post

      Hello although I am not new to IM I have been away from it for about a year. I noticed that a lot has changed since then.

      Like when I was doing it the best ways to get free traffic to your site was:

      1. Articles
      2. Forums Like Yahoo Answers and niche forums
      3. Web 2.0

      But know so much has changed since then...

      My number one question is do any of these methods still work and is it still possible to rank any of these sites for traffic?
      Lloyd, your last sentence tells me that, although you have three things listed, you're still fixed on ONE way to get 'free' traffic - SEO.

      As others have said, the best way to draw unpaid-for traffic (there's always some cost, either in time/effort or money or both) is to put your content in front of targeted, interested people and make it good enough that they do the heavy lifting of sharing it with other people.

      I'm not knocking search traffic. If Google and company want to send people to my sites, I'm down with it. I just don't fixate on getting ranked for any particular keyword.

      When I checked my referral stats, so much of my search traffic was coming from keywords I'd have never thought of much less attempted to optimize for that I do my basic onpage stuff, make sure my internal linking is good, and let it go at that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
      Originally Posted by moneymakerway View Post

      I think that the best way to get free traffic is
      social media sites, especially if you have your own site
      and you're content creator!
      Social media will be the major factor in 2013!
      And Google likes social signals so you can have benefit
      in better positioning for your pages on Google search!

      Your success in social media is based on how much
      you interact with other people on a regular basis!
      Wish you great weekend!
      Have to agree. Google has now become very socially minded. Social media is the way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobuzz
    All of the methods still work.

    Anyway if you are looking for instant traffic to your website; there are some other reliable sources as well which could bring decent traffic to your website. Like -
    Blog Comment - It can get you targeted niche traffic.
    Facebook - Instant and loads of traffic. All of them may not be that targeted.
    Forum posting - Again very trusted source of targeted traffic. And you can add classified ads posting to this list as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author shawnirwin
    Some of the best ways to get traffic is through
    Press Release
    Blog Commenting
    Article Submission
    Promoting Blogs
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    Please stop promoting your website in your posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author xfelipex
    Answering to your main question?

    For me its FREE traffic from Google
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  • Profile picture of the author MCAKrystal
    #1: Create Content Others Will Want to Share

    All search engine optimization (SEO) starts with content. The first step to generating incoming links is to create content that others will want to share. Blog posts that solve problems, provide a valuable resource, entertain, demonstrate innovation or even create controversy can all generate incoming links. Average content won’t cut it. It needs to be outstanding.

    Facebook, Twitter, Digg and other social media sites are driven by the desire to share. One of the quickest ways to build social media credibility is to share outstanding blog posts, videos or other online content. When you create content that will give Twitter users or bloggers credibility just by sharing it, you’re going to generate valuable incoming links.

    Don’t forget to make your content easy to share by including TweetMeme, Digg, Facebook or other buttons that are easy to find and use.

    #2: Distribute Online Press Releases
    Press releases are a great way to generate incoming links. A good press release can be directly published by any of a number of highly trafficked news organizations. Again, the key is to provide content that is of value to others.

    When writing a press release, think like a reporter. What “news” is important to the reporter’s readers? Write it as if you were the reporter writing a story. Make the reporter’s or editor’s job easy and your press release has a much better chance of getting published.

    One of the big advantages of online press releases is that you can control the back links to your site. Linking keywords in your press release to relevant pages on your website or blog can result in valuable incoming links.

    Even the link coming from the press release site can be beneficial as most PR distribution sites have a high Google page rank. The key is to link from the body text of the press release to pages deep within your site such as a related blog post (deep linking). For example, a link to an article on your website providing tips for writing press releases wrapped around appropriate keywords (as opposed to a link to your home page) is a deep link.

    Although there are a number of free press release sites available, paid distribution sites such as PRNewswire.com are often monitored by reporters and feed directly to Yahoo! News and other large websites. If you have the resources, a good press release on a premium distribution site can quickly pay for itself.

    Distribution sites such as PR Newswire, Business Wire, PrimeZone or Market Wire distribute press releases to Yahoo! News and others.

    Free Press Release Distribution Service - PRLog is a great one to use!
    #3: Write Guest Posts
    Writing guest posts (like I’m doing here) on highly ranked, highly trafficked websites can also generate powerful incoming links.

    Writers often will offer to write free posts in exchange for a link back to their own website. If the publisher will allow it, a link or two in the body of the post anchored to related keywords (deep links) can be even more valuable than the link in an author bio. Don’t believe me? How many of you clicked on the “tips for writing press releases” link above?

    If you’re a good writer and have something to say, landing a guest spot isn’t all that difficult. The key thing is to pitch the website owner (or appropriate editor) an article that will be of value to his or her readers. Pitch the idea, not the entire article. Prior relationships don’t hurt either. If there’s a blog you’d like to write for, constructive comments and active participation can go a long way.

    Remember, many blogs are run by individuals or small operations and creating daily content can be a lot of work. A good blog post by a guest writer can be beneficial to both the blog and the writer.

    #4: Link to Others
    Don’t be afraid to link to other blogs or publications. Linking to content of value not only provides a service for your readers but the incoming link will show up in the other blog’s analytics. Many blogs even display incoming links along with the comments. These links are one way to direct other bloggers back to your site. If they see something they like, they might return the favor.

    Google also likes to see outgoing links to relevant and reputable websites.

    #5: Share Content With Relevant Websites
    Look for websites and blogs that offer content that’s complimentary to yours and let them know you’re there. For example, a lawyer who specializes in waterfront issues and riparian rights might share an article with a realtor who specializes in waterfront homes.

    This can be as simple as an email letting the blogger know you enjoy his blog and a link to an article of interest to his readers. If you can directly tie it into something the blogger is currently writing about, even better.

    In the old days, it used to be common to ask for a link exchange. Now, these link exchanges can come across as spammy—especially to the owner of a website with a high Google ranking. You’ll get much further with content that is highly relevant to the blogger.

    #6: Create a Link Network
    This is a tip that can do wonders for a group of topically related bloggers. About five years ago, I started blogging about my favorite college football team (and my alma mater). At some point, a number of bloggers in the Big Ten began to organize behind the scenes.

    The most recent headlines from associated blogs can drive traffic for everyone in the group.
    We all agreed to include links to each other’s blogs on our websites and someone created a feed reader that published the most recent headlines from the group in our sidebar. At the time it seemed like a good way to pick up a couple of readers from other college sports blogs. I had no idea the impact from the incoming links would be so huge.

    Over the years, many of these blogs have grown into highly ranked websites while others have merged with larger content providers. Thanks to the network, we all have a number of incoming links from highly ranked websites loaded with relevant content.

    The feed reader in the sidebar also notifies fellow bloggers and their readers of my most recent posts. I’ll often write headlines aimed at other blogs in the feed knowing that it may generate a response or at least drive traffic from other sites. This technique can often trigger a response from other blogs generating even more traffic for both of us.

    Transfer this technique to a business blog and you could create a very powerful network. If you’re worried about competition, look for bloggers outside of your geographic region or closely related but not in direct competition with your business. Realize though that the benefits of the incoming link juice far outweigh the concerns of a few readers visiting another blog. Besides, if your content is good enough, they’ll find their way back to your site.

    #7: Don’t Forget Internal Links
    If you have a blog post that has achieved a good Google page rank on its own, use it to build in a couple of links to other pages within your site. The link will still hold search engine value even though it’s coming from within the same site.

    Link-building takes time and should be an ongoing process. It’s also a world in which the rich get richer. As a website moves to the top of the search returns, lazy researcher syndrome kicks in. Reporters and bloggers will often click on the top returns just because they’re the first to pop up on the page. The upper positions on the search returns also bring perceived credibility just because of their position. As you work your way to the top positions, incoming links will start to develop on their own.

    “Link-building is an ongoing process.” Need more tips go to joinkrystal.com
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  • Profile picture of the author asame54
    All the methods you listed still work, but it depends the nich you are promoting and the way you promote. Track your post and to one with good result.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikelmraz
    Go door-to-door. When someone answers, tell them to visit your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author krad32
    Having a unique quality website that stand out from the others could help you drive traffic. Other ways are promoting websites on social media and social bookmarking sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sara F
    If you search carefully, there are many ways to get free traffic. Everything is balanced in this world, so it will require a lot of effort on the other hand. As long as you keep consistent doing it, you will find one that works and another one that is not working. You can try my favorite method, back-link building.

    1. find blog or site with good page rank
    2. leave a comment, with a link to your site
    3. profit

    It will not work for everyone, but you should try it anyway. Consult to a back-link builder expert for more trick.
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  • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
    Free traffic is overrated!
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