Top 6 Free Traffic Generation Strategies
If you’re running an online business then traffic generation should be one of your top priorities. Without traffic, you literally have nothing. If you know how to generate traffic on demand, you can make infinite amounts of money. Saying that – traffic is just one part of the equation – monetization is the other.
While that’s sort of true, I would say around 70% of “the equation” is traffic. So if you can generate traffic, especially for free – you can make A LOT of money. So here are just 7 free traffic generation strategies that work like crazy:
1. Content Marketing
Content marketing is probably the biggest free traffic generation strategy that actually works. It’s not actually 1 marketing strategy, but a group of strategies. Content marketing is any marketing strategy that involves using free content i.e. video or text/documents/audio to drive traffic. The majority of free traffic generation strategies evolve around content marketing. So clearly – I had to include it as the number 1 strategy on my list. You can read more on content marketing here.
Blogging is by far the most powerful free traffic generation strategy. If someone asked me how they could start generating free traffic online – I’d tell them to start a blog. Generating traffic with a blog is simple. You need great content, good on-page SEO, social SEO and lots of backlinks. If you don’t know, a blog is essentially a content marketing platform. It’s a platform you post content on. Then you promote the content on your blog and it receives traffic from a variety of sources. Sources like Google, Facebook, Youtube and social bookmarking sites. Obviously I can’t go into much detail, so for further reading on blogging, click here, here or here.
3. Article Marketing
Article marketing is one of those ever green traffic generation strategies that’s been around since the beginning of the Internet. It’s a simple strategy; pick a keyword from the Google Keyword Tool, write an article about it, publish it on a directory and promote it. It’s another content marketing strategy which is easy to learn, easy to outsource and completely free. For more on Article Marketing read this and this.
4. Video Marketing
Video marketing is another one of those really basic strategies marketers have been using for years. It’s similar to the above two strategies. You select a keyword, create a video about it, upload it to Youtube or another video site and promote it. Your video will then rank in the search engines and receive organic traffic from Google, video sites and social networks. Video marketing has its downfalls, but it’s an excellent strategy to couple with something like Article marketing or blogging.
5. Forum Marketing
Forums are immensely popular. There are thousands of them out there, hundreds in most niches. They are all free to join and if you know how – you can use them to drive a crap load of traffic. Forum marketing isn’t quite as complex as other strategies. All you have to do is create an account on several of the top forums and make posts on them on a regular basis.
Before you start participating in any forum discussions/threads, you must add an enticing signature that forces members to checkout your site. Most forums allow their users to include a few links in their signature and your signature is displayed below your posts. If you were promoting an Internet Marketing blog you could literally have “Read My Latest Posts At David Wood’s Internet Marketing Blog”. You get the point…
If you’re in the online marketing niche then finding forums to post on will be dead simple. If you’re in some random niche like flying carpets or sewing, a simple Google search will do the trick:
Just search: forum + “Your Keyword Here”
Search that on Google and it’ll yield a ton of results. Just go through them and find the most popular forums in your niche. Back when I thouroughly used forum marketing, I posted 4-10 times per day for around 6 weeks. After the 6 weeks I was getting around 50-100+ targeted visitors a day. Not bad at all.
6. Blog Commenting
Blog commenting is simple, fun and easy enough for the complete idiot to do. Almost all blogs have a commenting section below their posts. When you go to post a comment, you’re asked for your name, email, website and of course; comment. You just have to input your website in the field and write a truly meaningful comment.
When other visitors scroll down to the comments and read your insightful comment; they’ll be tempted to click through to your website. It’s a powerful traffic generation strategy that many use, just not on the scale I do. It takes roughly 20 seconds to post a blog comment. Do it for a few hours per day and you’ll have at least 400 comments posted each week.
Blog commenting has A LOT of benefits, too many to go over in this brief description. Click here to read more about blog commenting.
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