Strange Free Ways To Generate Fast Traffic Continued
The other day I wrote an interesting little post called “5 Strange Free Ways To Generate Traffic Fast” and it was a pretty big hit in terms of traffic. So I thought I would continue the post by adding to the list. The truth is that I get most of my traffic from the search engines, article directories and social content syndication (Twitter & Facebook etc). Saying that, I’ve also used countless other methods to generate fast traffic online completely for free. So here are a couple more strange and totally free ways to generate fast traffic online. There are literally 50+ methods I’ve tried and tested with some success… but I don’t have all week to write this post. So here are several more totally free ways to generate fast traffic online!
1. Squidoo & HubPages
Squidoo and HubPages are massive authority websites. They’re called web2.0′s meaning sites you can create your own pages on. So using their authority, we can quickly rank for keywords and reel in tons of fast traffic. As always, you have to head over to the Google Keyword Tool to find a keyword to “sniper”.
The way this strategy works, we use 1 primary web2.0 (either Squidoo or Hubpages) and we build a load more web2.0′s linking to the primary. Really simple strategy that produces results. Squidoo & Hubpages rank like crazy, so always use one of the two for your primary web2.0. Once you find a targeted keyword with decent search volume, create your lense or hub for it. Just make sure it consists of at least 500 words and is highly optimized on page for the keyword.
Once done, you should social bookmark and submit its RSS feed to all the aggregators. (You’ll find lists all over the place) After you’ve done that you need to write another article, spin it and submit unique variations to around 20-50+ web2.0s. In each web2.0 make sure you link to the primary. You can also use the “tier 2″ web2.0′s to target smaller keywords with little competition. Doing this will send a whole load of high quality backlinks to your primary web2.0 resulting in front page rankings and fast traffic. To top it all off, bookmark all the tier 2 web2.0s and submit their RSS feeds.
2. Ad Swaps
Marketers have been successfully doing Ad Swaps for years. They are a great way of generating some instant traffic and adding a few hundred subscribers to your email list. Here’s how they work… Two people have email lists in the same niche. They are both selling different things, want to grow their lists and generate some instant traffic. So on a set date they both send out each other’s emails. See where I’m going with this one?
Yah, person A sends an email linking to person B’s opt in page. Person B reciprocates. Ad Swaps are generally used to build email lists. While they’re incredible for list building, they’re also great for instantaneously generating traffic. So to get started, you can approach other marketers in your niche. Ask them for an Ad Swap, tell them your list size and agree on a number of clicks to exchange. That’s usually how they work. If your or their list is too small to match clicks, you can either do multiple mailings or send to less subscribers. Honestly, Ad Swaps are the ultimate way to build email lists and generate fast traffic. While I don’t personally use Ad Swaps too often, there’s a really great service called Safe Swaps. It’s like a community of marketers with email lists in countless niches ready to do Ad Swaps. I’m not promoting it as I don’t personally use it, but I know it’s the go to place for doing Ad Swaps. Safe-swaps.com is the place.
3. Social Bookmarking
Yep, simply bookmarking your sites can drive thousands of highly targeted visitors! Most marketers dismiss bookmarking as a useless way of generating traffic, but you can actually drive a horde of visitors when bookmarking the right content. If you’re running a blog, you should definitely make use of social bookmarking. I don’t mean submitting your posts to hundreds of social bookmarking sites. As most of them don’t get much traffic.
Saying that, Digg, Reddit, and Delicious get over 8.5 million visitors a month. Social bookmarking sites allow their users to basically bookmark their favorite websites. They’re bookmarks are also publicly displayed on their profiles allowing other users to view & vote up or down. And… when you submit a good link or post that gets voted up by a bunch of members, the bookmarks can sort of go viral… Resulting in a ton of free traffic that’s virtually immediate.
4. Facebook & Twitter
Besides Google, Facebook is the most visited site in the world. Supposedly, 1 in 13 people on the planet have a Facebook account. And… If you know how, you can use Facebook to drive floods of fast traffic very quickly. There are probably 50+ ways to generate traffic from Facebook. But honestly, you’re best off focusing on a Fan Page. Fan pages are similar to groups, but are far more customizable. Plus, when you send out updates they’ll display on the news feed resulting in more free traffic. Also fan pages are great for branding your business, but we’re talking about traffic generation here.
The next thing you can do is start a group, add lots of friends and invite them to join. Continue by regularly posting updates and links to new content on your website/blog. It really does work, very well in fact. You should be careful not to look spammy on Facebook. That means no spamming messages to Facebook friends, tagging people you don’t know in photos and definitely no posting on random people’s walls.
Then there’s Twitter. Twitter is another great site you can use to reel in a decent amount of traffic. It’s totally worth while using and with the help of some tools, it can be a huge traffic source! There’s Tweet Attacks, Tweet Adder and a few other tools that allow you to automatically follow, unfollow and make tweets on hundreds of accounts. When you have enough followers, a single tweet will generate you a substantial amount of traffic. To make the most of Twitter, you should have multiple accounts and you should constantly be building up your followers. Really simple stuff I know, but I can almost guarantee 90% of people reading this hardly make use of Facebook and Twitter.
Yep, videos! They drive free traffic like crazy. I don’t know exactly how much traffic I’ve received from video sites, but I can tell you it’s in the 100,000+ range. A ton of traffic I know…
Anyway, submitting videos to sites like YouTube can drive almost instant traffic. Something cool about YouTube videos, they rank extremely well in the searches and damn quickly. I think I once ranked a YouTube video of mine for a semi competitive keyword in under 9 minutes.
Same strategy, find a keyword, make a video around it. Submit it to YouTube. Then submit it to all the other video sites with a free tool like Tubemogul linking to your YouTube video. This way your YouTube video will come out on top in the search engines. Whenever you’re writing an article, make a video too!
5. Social Content Syndication
Social content syndication has become one of my top traffic sources over the past few months. It’s basically sharing content through social networks and bookmarking sites. I always wonder why hardly anyone really makes use of it. So here’s how it works…
Whenever you post a piece of content on your website or blog, you need to syndicate it on a bunch of websites and you need a few hundred others to do the same. At first, you’re definitely not going to have a few hundred people syndicate your content, but you can work up to that. The traffic it generates, I like to call social traffic. Anyway…
First of all, you have to setup your content to be auto syndicated on a bunch of websites. You should definitely use OnlyWire. If you’re running a blog, it can automatically syndicate your new content on all the top bookmarking sites and social networks. Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon, Digg and all of those high trafficked websites. Next, there’s this little Facebook App called NetworkedBlogs.
It’s a really cool App I use to automatically syndicate my blog posts on countless Groups, walls, Facebook fan pages and Twitter accounts. Really simple to use, just search for it on Facebook. Once you add your blog, you can choose where you want your content to be syndicated. Your Facebook groups, Facebook pages, profiles and however many Twitter accounts you like.
Really powerful for generating some instant traffic. Also, you’ll get a ton of other people retweeting your posts, liking them on Facebook and digging them on Digg. It creates sort of viral social traffic which is honestly THEE best type of traffic. Great for building a following and a group of repeat visitors!
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