10 Ways to Get Traffic for Free

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10 Ways to Get Traffic for Free

Getting traffic is one of the most important tasks for any web master. What is more, you can't get traffic once and then just reap the benefits. Getting traffic is an ongoing task and you must be constantly doing it, if you want to get traffic and keep it. Here are some of the ways to get traffic for free:

1. Optimize your site for search engines.
Search engines have always been a major way to get traffic for free. That is why you need to do your homework and optimize your site so that it ranks well for the keywords you target. SEO is still the most powerful way to get traffic for free and you really need to invest some time and efforts in the optimization of your site. SEO is not that difficult and if you want to get familiar with it in a nutshell, check our SEO Tutorial. If you are too busy for that, you can start with the 15 Minute SEO article.

2. Frequently update the contents of your site.

If you expected some shocking secrets revealed, you might be a bit disappointed. One of the first steps in getting traffic for free is trivial but vital - get great content and frequently update it. In terms of SEO, content is king. If your content is good and frequently updated you will not only build a loyal audience of recurring visitors, who will often come to see what is new, but search engines will also love your site.

3. Take advantage of social bookmarking sites.

Social bookmarking sites (especially the most popular among them) are another powerful way to get traffic for free. If you want to learn how to do it, check the How to get Traffic from Social Bookmarking sites article, where we have explained what to do if you want to get free traffic from sites such as Digg, Delicious, etc.

4. Use your Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Social networks are also a way to get traffic for free. If you are popular on networks, such as Twitter or Facebook, the traffic you get from there can easily surpass the traffic from Google and the other search engines. It is true that building a large network of targeted followers on Twitter and supporters on Facebook takes a lot of time and effort but generally the result is worth.

5. Get links with other sites in your niche.

Another way to get traffic for free is from other sites in your niche. Getting links with other sites in your niche is also good for SEO, especially if you manage to get links without the famous nofollow attribute. But even if the links are nofollow (i.e. they are useless for SEO), they still help to get traffic to your site. If you manage to put your link in a visible place on a site with high volumes of traffic, you can get thousands of hits from this link alone. If you need list of sites within your niche where you could get backlinks from, check the Backlink Builder tool. However, be careful if you exchange links because linking to bad neighbors can do you a lot of harm.

6. Use any chance to promote your site for free.

Free promotion is always welcome, so don't neglect it. There are many ways to promote your site for free and some of the most popular ones include free classified ads, submissions to directories, inclusion in various listings, etc. It is true that not all free ways to promote your site work well but if you select the right places to promote your site for free, this can also result in tons of traffic.

7. Create a free product or service.

Content drives most traffic when you offer something useful. There are many types of useful content you can create and they largely depend on the niche of your site. You can have articles with tons of advice, or short tips but one of the most powerful ways to get traffic is to create a free product or service. When this product or service gets popular and people start visiting your site, chances are that they will visit the other sections of the site as well.

8. Use viral content.
Free products and services are great for getting free traffic to your site and one of the best varieties in this aspect is viral content. Viral content is called so because it distributes like a virus - i.e. when users like your content, they send it to their friends, post it on various sites, and promote it for free in many different ways. Viral content distributes on its own and your only task is to create it and submit it to a couple of popular sites. After that users pick it and distribute it for you. Viral content can be a hot video or a presentation but it can also be a good old article or an image.

9. Use offline promotion.
Offline promotion is frequently forgotten but it is also a way to get traffic for free. Yes, computers are everywhere and many people spend more time online than offline but still life hasn't moved completely on the Web. Offline promotion is also very powerful and if you know how to use it, this can also bring you many visitors. Some of the traditional offline ways to promote your site include printing its URL on your company's business cards and souvenirs or sticking it on your company vehicles. You can also start selling T-shirts and other merchandise with your logo and this way make your brand more popular.

10. Include your URL in your signature.
URLs in forum signatures are also a way to get traffic for free. There are forums, which get millions of visitors a day and if you are a popular user on such a forum, you can use this to get traffic to your site. When you post on forums and people like your posts, they tend to click the link to your site on your signature to learn more about you. In rare cases you might be able to post a deep link (i.e. a link to an internal page of the site) rather than a link to your homepage and this is also a way to focus attention to a particular page. Unfortunately, deep links are rarely allowed.

Getting traffic for free is a vast topic and it is not possible to list all the ways to do it. However, if you know the most important ways - i.e. the ways we discussed in this article and you apply them properly, it is guaranteed that you will be able to get lots of traffic for free.
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  • Extremely amazing points related to the traffic enhancement.Useful and effective points for each and everyone. Almost 99% of the business are looking for the traffic growth.
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  • Profile picture of the author AkashBorah
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  • Profile picture of the author webby0031
    All this is complete and utter rubbish. if you follow this way to get free traffic its going to take you years. ignore all the information above and accept if you dont have the money to invest in goo dlinks then you are wasting you time. This post is crap
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    • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
      Originally Posted by webby0031 View Post

      All this is complete and utter rubbish. if you follow this way to get free traffic its going to take you years. ignore all the information above and accept if you dont have the money to invest in goo dlinks then you are wasting you time. This post is crap
      The OP didn't say it's the only ways or best ways to get all your traffic. He simply said they were ways to get FREE traffic. Whatever other methods one uses, the OP's methods are excellent free methods, and are perfectly valid to make use of. Any source of free traffic is worth it.
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      • Profile picture of the author DABK
        Though you're right about what the OP called it, it's not an accurate name for them.

        #9 actually costs money... Nobody prints t-shirts for you for free, and even if you found someone, you still pay for the t-shirt.

        But that's not what I'm talking about: none of what the OP mentions is free; some don't cost money (but you pay for them with tons of time; don't know about you but, often, many activities cost me more if I do them than if I hire someone else).

        Furthermore, it's incorrect. Use viral content. What does it mean? Find viral content and use it? You don't get a lot of traffic, unless you steal it.

        Create your own? Well, how the hell do you do that? The answer to that question would be useful. Even a partial or partially accurate one. Hell, just a list of things that went viral would be more useful.

        So, yes, some of the things the OP mentions can, indeed, be done without you, the doer, shelling out money. But they're not free.

        Hell, some are not even inexpensive.

        And, like I already said, some actually require you, the doer of these free things, to pay someone actual money (and you still pay with time).

        Plus, is the traffic you get worth getting, even if free? Long ago, I bookmarked, got a huge spike in traffic, but no extra sales. I understand I'm not the only one to whom this has happened.

        Originally Posted by Joel Young View Post

        The OP didn't say it's the only ways or best ways to get all your traffic. He simply said they were ways to get FREE traffic. Whatever other methods one uses, the OP's methods are excellent free methods, and are perfectly valid to make use of. Any source of free traffic is worth it.
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      • Profile picture of the author hynds
        Originally Posted by Joel Young View Post

        The OP didn't say it's the only ways or best ways to get all your traffic. He simply said they were ways to get FREE traffic. Whatever other methods one uses, the OP's methods are excellent free methods, and are perfectly valid to make use of. Any source of free traffic is worth it.
        Correct, those ways above are for reference and beside of that, you can use any another better efficient ways if you want. However those ways above still active and you can use anytime with free or minimum cost. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Francisco PIW
    Originally Posted by hynds View Post

    10 Ways to Get Traffic for Free
    6. Use any chance to promote your site for free.
    Free promotion is always welcome, so don't neglect it. There are many ways to promote your site for free and some of the most popular ones include free classified ads, submissions to directories, inclusion in various listings, etc. It is true that not all free ways to promote your site work well but if you select the right places to promote your site for free, this can also result in tons of traffic.
    I would be careful when talking about submissions to directories. It can be a very good way to increase your traffic. But you might want to point out that it can be dangerous if you are not familiar with trustworthy directories.

    I am planning on creating a guide of submission to directories in 2016. I didn't see much out there because everybody believes it's dead.

    It's true it is not what it used to be, but it is still a resource which deserves to be used and explored.
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  • Profile picture of the author andrewjgitt
    this is a nice site i've used buzzbehind
    it's a way to go viral, look at their demo
    i've had much success with them
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  • Profile picture of the author marklyons
    For the website, there are some wonderful ways to generate the traffic freely, such as, SEO, social media, blogs, forums, and so on. If you have mastered the basic skills of online marketing, then you can bring more and more traffic for your website.

    The best way to generate website traffic for free are as follows:

    1 SEO

    If you have a website, you can do some Free SEO for your website. SEO can be divided into On-page and Off-page SEO. On-page SEO refers to optimize the TDK (Title, keywords, descriptions), original content and conversion rate. Off-page SEO refers to improve the keywords ranking, traffic, page index and so on.

    2 Social media

    Some social medias are very popular now, like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+. Like Facebook, you can build the pages for the company or products, and you can communicate with the potential customers conveniently.

    3 Blogs

    There are so many blog sources, like WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal and so on. And also you can use these blogs to do the promotions for your products that you want to sell.

    4 Bookmarks

    Most customers like to read information via bookmarks, such as, Digg, Dig, Diggo, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Folkd and so on. So you can start to share some interesting things for them.

    5 EDMs

    Got permissions from the customers, you can make some EDMs about the products, and then send to them in a special time. Not only can get the high exposures, but also can get some return customers and traffic.

    Just some experience from ISweek - Industry sourcing & Wholesale industrial products, hope can be helpful!
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  • Profile picture of the author BeckettR
    These points are absolutely relevant and useful for getting free traffic. Although, I would like to add one point i.e., doing a detailed competitor analysis and benchmarking analysis of your industry as it would show at what place you stand and what needs to be done to surpass your competitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Either most people posting in this thread have no idea what FREE means or they do not value their time at all or both of the above.

    Free means it costs nothing, people. If you have to spend hours on end writing articles or comments, it ain't free.

    And if you have to pay, how is that free, AlexThomspon? Or you don't know that the word 'pay' in pay-per-click refers to paying money?
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  • Profile picture of the author BeingSwaggatron
    This post is extremely useful for beginners and bloggers/website owners who are interested in having a consistent set of visitors in the long run. These White Hat SEO tips are the best tips to follow even if they are boring and old school. It's also very important to keep yourself motivated and follow these steps religiously for a better outcome. As your readers grow, you and your website will grow.

    When it comes to viral content, it's important to handle with care. If your content goes viral that's a plus, but just for the trick of viral isn't going to help in the long run. It's like a quick-fix which might create spam eventually.

    Bookmarking this!
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristeenH
    Can someone, please, just give me hint about what Social Bookmarking is and how you can get more traffic with you?
    Googled that, but it didn't bring a lot of clarity for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author hentis
      Originally Posted by ChristeenH View Post

      Can someone, please, just give me hint about what Social Bookmarking is and how you can get more traffic with you?
      Googled that, but it didn't bring a lot of clarity for me.
      Google this "How to get Traffic from Social Bookmarking sites - SEO Tools".
      The very first article currently on the google search page is very informative on the subject.
      And down the list is tons of articles that would help.
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  • Profile picture of the author lindseysan494
    Nice list, very good for anyone starting out. Although sites like Digg and Delicious really don't too well anymore for social bookmarking. I'd suggest Reddit though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aris Adam
    Hey Hynds,
    I found the post interesting but looking at some of the images it's hard to tell what kind of site (or page) this is. One thing I noticed was the bounce rate being over 85% which is really bad (again not knowing the specifics) and avg session duration falling from almost 3 minutes, which is fantastic, to less than a minute, which is not so good. Now I get the traffic difference is a lot but still even after a month the site was 79%.
    I guess what I'm getting to is from those numbers (again not knowing the specifics) it seems people were just hitting one page on the site and leaving, there wasn't anything there to keep people on the site and explore further.
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    • Profile picture of the author hynds
      Originally Posted by Vincentbre View Post

      Interesting points. You should do a list on paid traffic next. Always wanted to know more about it but just didn't have the time to research.
      I'm planning to do this, but not right now. I need time to research more. Thanks for your reply
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  • Profile picture of the author nina789
    Gather opinions of experts in your niche to be posted as roundup article on your website. Mention the name and give a backlink to the websites of experts who have contributed for this post. Share this published article with those experts and ask politely if they can share this post on their social profiles. If done properly this can help to generate a lot of traffic to your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author prakashmalhotra
    There is no way that can help you to get traffic without asking for money. Even, Facebook even charge for the ads done on it. Free traffic can be obtain only for few days or a month but for long time sustainability you need to spend enough for it.

    In today's generation, nothing will be achieved on free as everyone is on the market for earning money. The above technique could assist you to get free traffic for sometime but not for long time. You need to spend money on marketing or promotion of your business, then only it be show a positive effect on the customer base of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author hentis
      Originally Posted by prakashmalhotra View Post

      There is no way that can help you to get traffic without asking for money. Even, Facebook even charge for the ads done on it. Free traffic can be obtain only for few days or a month but for long time sustainability you need to spend enough for it.

      In today's generation, nothing will be achieved on free as everyone is on the market for earning money. The above technique could assist you to get free traffic for sometime but not for long time. You need to spend money on marketing or promotion of your business, then only it be show a positive effect on the customer base of it.
      I agree. Been trying to make money and get free traffic for years now. Finally I am at a point where I can use some money gained in this way to pay for something better.
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    guys click his links in his signature, this is the reason for his post so he can make $1 a dayu.. you should listen to this guy he knows what hes talking about HAHAHHAHA
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    • Profile picture of the author hentis
      Does the rules not say that affiliate links in the signature is not permitted?
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      • Profile picture of the author hynds
        Originally Posted by hentis View Post

        Does the rules not say that affiliate links in the signature is not permitted?
        Following to the rule here: http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...rum-rules.html

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        I see that you can place your affiliate link on your signature. They don't forbid this.

        Good luck to you,
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  • Profile picture of the author ibuywireless
    This post is put together amazing well. Freebies are a great way to get people to your blog. I use a free referal program on my blog that drives traffic thats easily monetized. Would you be interested guest posting on my blog? This fits with the direction my blog is going
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    • Profile picture of the author hynds
      Originally Posted by ibuywireless View Post

      This post is put together amazing well. Freebies are a great way to get people to your blog. I use a free referal program on my blog that drives traffic thats easily monetized. Would you be interested guest posting on my blog? This fits with the direction my blog is going
      You're welcome, however I see that your domain is parked on Godaddy and does not have the content yet.
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  • Social media is the best way to get traffic.
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    Keep your content fresh.
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    Blog commenting is another way to get traffic.





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  • Profile picture of the author Julio
    Thank you for sharing a great post.

    I do this about 1 - 2 times a week or every other week. I would try different ways for advertising my website. One day I would submit to directories another day I would comment on blogs... Not going to the same websites.
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    I am using Hitleap to drive traffic for my site. It's free.
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    • Profile picture of the author hynds
      Originally Posted by Hiep Le View Post

      I am using Hitleap to drive traffic for my site. It's free.
      I don't believe this kind of traffic exchange service due to the low quality traffic and so that many SEO factors will be affected such as time on site, bounce rate,...
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  • Profile picture of the author netbull
    1. Carefully select the keywords you desire your article to position highest for. If being # 1 for any certain phrase is important to you personally, choose keywords that aren't very competitive. Simultaneously, you desire to be sure that it's a phrase men and women will actually seek out, which people who search for that phrase have an interest in what you will need to sell. Wordtracker.com delivers a good free tutorial concerning how to choose good keywords for your website. The same techniques pertain to your articles.
    2. Put your keyword phrase near the start of the title of the article. It may take some word smiting so it will be appear to be it belongs there.
    3. Your keyword phrase should also be near the start of the very first sentence of the article and sprinkled throughout the article body. Make sure you write naturally so your keyword phrase doesn't be noticeable and detract through the readability of the article.
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    • Profile picture of the author hynds
      Originally Posted by netbull View Post

      1. Carefully select the keywords you desire your article to position highest for. If being # 1 for any certain phrase is important to you personally, choose keywords that aren't very competitive. Simultaneously, you desire to be sure that it's a phrase men and women will actually seek out, which people who search for that phrase have an interest in what you will need to sell. Wordtracker.com delivers a good free tutorial concerning how to choose good keywords for your website. The same techniques pertain to your articles.
      2. Put your keyword phrase near the start of the title of the article. It may take some word smiting so it will be appear to be it belongs there.
      3. Your keyword phrase should also be near the start of the very first sentence of the article and sprinkled throughout the article body. Make sure you write naturally so your keyword phrase doesn't be noticeable and detract through the readability of the article.
      Thank you, these way you described are onpage SEO process. I will note them too.
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  • Profile picture of the author hynds
    These ways still active and can be used to push more traffic in this year 2017. Please be let all you guys known and do try hared to get your better results.

    I hope this helps.
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