do i need money to get traffic?

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Ok, so once again I want to thank everyone who has been answering my questions on here. It means a lot to someone like me who is just starting out.

I would like to know what people think about traffic. Is it possible (and I think it probably is) to get enough traffic from various places to eventuall rank highly on Google?

Or is the only way to spend a substantial amount of money on backlink services and other types of thing?

When reading through various posts and guides to niche websites, I always see these people that say they use certain services and programs which cost the type of money that I can't afford right now. I understand there needs to be a little outlay for these types of projects, but are the ones that eventually succeed the ones who have the most available money?

Many thanks in advance, as always.

DAVE
#money #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author Marian
    If you don't want to spend money on traffic, use blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter, Squidoo, Hubpages, etc.. to build your audience and subscribers. If you'd like to speed this process buy - you should buy targeted traffic.

    Marian
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  • Profile picture of the author daveskey69
    thanks Marian. But who has the advantage? Someone who can afford to pay any amount for targeted traffic, or someone who has to do it naturally?
    And what are some of the best places to buy targeted traffic from? It seems to be somewhat of a minefield to me. I think I am suffering from information overload.
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    • Profile picture of the author John J M
      The advantage is definitely somebody who has money to spend in the short-term sense. That is, with paying for traffic, you can get quick results, leads, etc.

      But for long-term authority online, my honest opinion is that the free methods work better anyway.

      The top 2 for me would always be blogging and video (specifically youtube). Behind that might be one or two social networks if used in the right way.
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  • Profile picture of the author indefinitely
    yes you really need it because it where your leads(prospects)are coming from. Although you can get traffic naturally but you need to do a lot of SEO work
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Hi Dave,

    Don't take this the wrong way - I intend it helpfully, not critically, ok?

    It's becoming increasingly apparent from your recent threads that you think of "Google traffic" as being somehow the counterpart to "paid traffic". This isn't accurate at all, and is misleading you. SEO traffic isn't the opposite of paid traffic at all.

    Traffic from Google - which many marketers find to be of the poorest overall quality for our purposes - can be either free (from organic rankings) or paid (from AdWords).

    Non-SEO-traffic can also be either free (for example article marketing traffic, forum marketing, social media etc. etc. etc.) or paid (for example solo ads, media buying, etc.)

    My point is simply that there are countless traffic sources which aren't SEO traffic and aren't paid traffic either. To some extent, one can "pay" for traffic with time/effort/energy/skills rather than with money. This does involve learning the skills, though.

    Originally Posted by daveskey69 View Post

    do i need money to get traffic?
    No; no, you don't - but you need to learn skills and work applying them.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    No.

    But paid traffic is much faster than non-paid traffic. It takes time to build links and optimize your website. If you pay for traffic it arrives almost instantly and you can make money faster. But you can definitely get traffic without paying a cent.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by timbonitus View Post

      paid traffic is much faster than non-paid traffic.
      People often say this, and I do understand why ... but if you get a nicely written little article syndicated in a popular newspaper or magazine/supplement, you can easily get tens of thousands of visitors over a couple of days. That's fast enough, isn't it? And that isn't paid traffic (occasionally they even pay you, for syndicating the article).
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  • Profile picture of the author CPH007
    This really is an in depth question. It does depend on what method your using to make money I guess. If you are using adsense and CPA etc to generate an income then you need targeted traffic at your website. Paid traffic is best probably but as others have said free traffic can be had from blogs, forum posting, social media and lots of other avenues. If however you want traffic to your offer and it's the product itself thats making you money then build your list and market direct to your target audience.

    The important thing if buying traffic is to obviously have a great offer that convertes in the first place. So invest in either learning copy writing yourself (takes time to learn but worth it in long run) or get somebody else to review or write your copy for you.

    Next setup the offer and send small amounts to it via paid traffic such as PPC and measure your results. Then adjust and tweak one variable at a time until the offer is converting well. The and only then throw some money at it.

    I hope this helps.

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    • Profile picture of the author helen jones
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      Post articles on the specialized sites, it's free, but it requires more work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    Spending money on back linking is to help speed up the ranking process. You can rank without spending money on back links, but you will have to manually backlink and promote the site yourself, which can take a long time depending on the competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author PNVMike
    Website traffic can definitely be free! Many ways to do it however it takes a lot of time and determination. The biggest trend out for quick traffic is through pintrest right now. However you can get it from twitter and facebook or any social network by being active and building relationships. You can join forums on your websites niche and be active and post interesting posts. Also you can use word of mouth around your neighbourhood. Create banners and tell your friends to tell their friends about your website. Giving commission for people referring your website is a big way to get customers. Hope this helps and good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author daveskey69
    awesome stuff, and it all REALLY helps me. I think I am going to go the free route for now. Once my site is up with a good amount of content, I will look to post on forums and blogs..get going on social media etc etc. My question now is this - surely, not all marketers who have niche sites or affiliate products are actually sufficiently kowledgable enough to post confidently about the subject matter. I know they say you should do something you are passionate about, but this can't be the case all the time, especially for those who could have upwards of 50 niche sites for example.
    How do those people go about posting blog comments or being active on Twitter, when they might literally know nothing about the content on their website?
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  • Profile picture of the author dollar cashflow
    it all depends on your budget to get traffic lol. whether paid or free. however as a newbie you will do good to go for free traffic so that u acquire experience via it
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  • Profile picture of the author carlamae
    Consistency with SEO and Social Media is so important with non-paid and I think it's very important for long term, but just like everyone else is saying, paid targeted traffic for the short term. I don't think there is any getting away from blending the two.
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  • Profile picture of the author isadoregregory
    if you cannot afford to shell out big sum to gain traffic to your site, i suggest you go the old-school way of seeking sites of similar niche, leaving comments and your link, post your site and your articles to various social media networks like facebook, stumbleupon, google+ and like. it might be time-consuming and may take awhile for results to take off, but it is a fool-proof and tested formula!
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    • Profile picture of the author justlukeyou
      Originally Posted by isadoregregory View Post

      if you cannot afford to shell out big sum to gain traffic to your site, i suggest you go the old-school way of seeking sites of similar niche, leaving comments and your link, post your site and your articles to various social media networks like facebook, stumbleupon, google+ and like. it might be time-consuming and may take awhile for results to take off, but it is a fool-proof and tested formula!
      Hi Gregory,

      Purely as an example if you were selling power tools how would you use social media?
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  • Profile picture of the author ezekielseo
    SEO does require money, sure later on traffic will be free but SEO has a learning curve... so what i suggest for you is to use either PPV/PPC traffic - paid but instant traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Fast traffic via paid advertising is nice. But if you dont have the budget for it, you just dont have the budget. So the next logical choice is free marketing. Nothing wrong with that. With the right combination of free marketing strategies done on a daily basis... overtime you can gain backend customers, and make the bulk of your money from them.

    Try out forums in your niche, writing articles on your site, seo, blogging, youtube, podcasts, press releases, ebook marketing, etc (this is just a few).
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