Building internet traffic to your blog or website using free methods can be very easy. The concepts below give ideas and some of my experiences on how to increase web traffic.
These free methods can provide enough traffic to get your site established and growing if you work them. Then, you can repeat the ones you like and do well, and add even more visitors.
1. Write an Article, or a Hundred
Yes, just like this one I wrote that you are reading. You can write up a few ideas, about 500 words, and post it to a number of places.
If you search in Google, you’ll find thousands of article directories. Understand that any article on a directory will provide a link back to your site, but some will have more traffic than others.
When you write an article or make a video, you then upload it to a directory where people can fin it. You want to get some of their traffic to your site. Naturally, you want to post to the best places, right?
You can easily find a list of the top ten or 20 article indices, or the top video directories. Use that as a guide to get started.
I also extensively use an article distribution service. I write, put my article into their service, and they distribute it.
For a free way to get traffic, very few ways beat article marketing.
2. Social Bookmarking Sites
Let’s make a quick distinction: Social networking is for talking, keeping tabs on the friends, seeing what people are up to in general.
Social bookmarking sites keep track of your bookmarks so you don’t’ have to have your computer with you, and so you can also share your internet escapades with others.
Of course, you can list all your bookmarks at your Facebook account. But you can also set up a Stumbleupon account, or Digg or Reddit account.
Other surfers – your future visitors – use these services to see if a site is worth visiting. If you post good sites, they will look at them.
Be careful! You can’t start building internet traffic by posting a bunch of links to your own sites! You need to link to other good sites. You can have a link to your own site in your profile.
If you link to just your own pages, surfers will ignore yo, may complain, and you may find your account deleted.
You can, of course, stumble sites that link to you.
3. Give Away Free Reports
Let’s say you write a 5 page report. You can give this away on a free PDF site. This works, you get visitors to see what else you have.
These are also called free eBook directories. People spend time there looking for a good read or how to do something. Adding yours to the site isn’t too hard, either.
4. Free Press Releases
Many press release sites require a payment, but several are free. To find a list, you cans search on your favorite search engine.
A press release is like an article, but has a different format. Read several before you send one out – you want it to be a real press release.
By the way, you can do a press release on anything. On a new video, a new ebook, free or paid, on a special blog post or contest.
Once you can build traffic, you can do great things on the internet. This list could go on for pages. These are just a few of the basics for traffic building.
One hint: you don’t have to do all of them, and you don’t have to be great at all of them. Start with a few, and get better at those, then add a new method when you feel confident.
I have written over 100 articles – which I consider a drop in the bucket. Okay, maybe a few cups in the bucket. I still like article writing, but I have been branching out, and plan to add much more in the future.