OK, so everyone who has a site wants to get visitors to it, that’s how you make money, or get your work in front of people.
It’s easier said than done to get hundreds of unique views a day, but I have been doing that steadily for years now, and I’ll share with you the ways I get free traffic to this site in this top ten list.
If you have any experience in internet marketing, many of these things will seem obvious, but even if you’ve been running a site for years, I’m sure you will find this list helpful, and that you will learn something new.
Number One: Google
Google is the largest search engine in the world, and the most often visited site as well. People spend more time on other sites like Facebook and You Tube, but in terms of what site gets the most visits a day, it’s probably always going to be Google.
In order to get found in the organic search results for popular phrases, you need to know a lot about SEO.
The algorithms have changed a lot over the years, and the most recent changes have made it easier for the average person to get found in a search if they publish quality content and build only quality links to their site.
Some basic things to consider are you need to make pages for the readers with lots of text, photos, video, sub-headings, and it needs to be well written, for readers to read.
You need to publish regularly, your site has to be well set up and easy to navigate, and you need to consider the titles of each page on your site very carefully.
Quality back links are harder to get these days, and you will get punished if you try to use most of the methods that used to work in the past, getting links from link farms and through spam techniques.
My suggestion is to try publishing guest posts on related sites to yours, and to use a software like the SEO Spyglass in SEO Powersuite to look at the back links leading to your competitors, then try to copy what they did.
If you need more help and advice about SEO, (and you probably do, because there’s a lot to it), get in contact with me to discuss some coaching or asking me to run an SEO campaign.
It takes a lot of work, and it’s not cheap, although much of it comes down to having a good site and publishing quality pages on it every day if you can.
Number Two: Facebook
It makes sense that the second best way to get traffic to your site is from the second largest site in the world.
It’s quite easy to make Facebook pages, or to join Facebook groups, and you also need to think about keywords when deciding the title of your pages.
You can have as many pages as you want, and there is so much that you can do, and so much to discuss, that there’s no way I can tell you even a fraction of what I know about it in this small space.
Again, get in contact if you want to find about my services doing Facebook page design, getting likes, running a Facebook Ads campaign, doing keyword research, and all of that.
Number Three: You Tube
Obviously the third best way to get free traffic is on the third most visited site in the world, You Tube.
Learn how to make quality videos, because this is the most important thing to running a You Tube campaign.
Google own You Tube, and they have algorithms that are so complex, you can’t fake having a good video, you just have to make good videos.
If you can’t do that, I am an amateur video producer, and can make you something worthy of publishing on your channel starting at fifty dollars.
That may sound like a lot, but if you find yourself in an untapped niche, or if you use Google Adwords to run video ads, you can get potentially millions of views, that’s not unheard of at all.
There are literally millions of videos that have had millions of views because people stay on the site for hours, looking at anything and everything that they’re interested in.
What you want to do is be one of the videos that comes up as a suggestion in the sidebar.
The way you do that is to get a good bounce rate, (the amount of time people spend watching your video), get good social signals such as social shares, subscribers, comments and views.
You can’t really get fake views, Google is very skilled at telling which videos are really going viral, and which ones are just getting robot clicks.
I do sell You Tube views, but I tell people that the best way for me to get them is through social sharing. If you’re going to buy You Tube views, you want to make sure that there’s some real views happening at the same time so it looks natural, and really the best way to get more views is to keep publishing more high quality videos regularly.
Number Four: Twitter
Twitter is one of the fastest growing sites in the world, or it is the fastest growing site in the world, except for Google Plus when that came out.
I love Twitter, I find it so simple to use, while other people have a real hard time figuring out what they need to do.
I just buy or earn random followers through a large popular Twitter follower swapping site which I can’t give you the name of, as that’s how I make money, as a middleman.
It’s quite simple, people earn points by following other people, and these points are good for followers in return.
There’s over a hundred thousand people on the site, or that’s how many have signed up and used the service.
I managed to get up to 30,000 on my largest account @FollowerCrazy, although a couple of thousand have dropped off, the followers have stuck for many years now, and I get clicks on my links every time I tweet.
As a matter of fact, Twitter has been a larger source of free traffic to this site than any other method, when I take the time to tweet for an hour or two.
When you’re getting random followers you need to tweet more often because they’re also following thousands of other people, and you definitely need thousands of followers, but the results are amazing once you get a large following.
It works because you have volume, and there are always people looking at their dashboards at any time of the day, because they’re tweeting themselves.
I recommend that people buy Twitter followers no matter what they’re doing, and you can get a large amount like ten thousand for about a thousand dollars. It may cost less than that, but due to the fact you lose some as part of the process, I don’t want to quote an unrealistic figure.
Anyway, you can check out the Twitter followers prices on the likes and followers page above, or get in contact with me to talk about the best possible deals for bulk amounts.
Number Four: Google Plus
Does Google Plus really work for getting traffic to your site? It’s still a little bit early to tell if it’s going to be as popular as Facebook and Twitter, but it works in a similar way, and it is growing at a huge rate.
Google has come out with social networks in the past like Orkut, but this one seems to be the real deal, and everyone who has a site at least has joined as a matter of necessity.
Due to the fact that Google is linked to Blogger and You Tube, it’s become a part of those sites to be able to link to your Google Plus profile, and it seems that you just need to know how it works and have a profile, or you will get left behind in some way.
I don’t really like the fact that you need to be on it, but Google have the power to cause you to have bad rankings all over the place if they want to, and it seems they might do that, if you don’t have a good Google Plus presence sorted out.
I can get you Google Plus followers if you want, that’s about the best I can do to help you with the site, and it does work, although some of the profiles don’t have photos, but there’s nothing wrong with them, they’re real people.
Number Five: Linked In
Linked In groups actually get me more traffic than any of these other methods, for a brief amount of time, when I do a share to all of the groups I’m a part of, as long as the title of the post is interesting.
I joined all of the internet marketing related groups, all the groups related to SEO and social media, and they all have thousands of members.
It means that I get a lot of emails with people sending me posts, but I get hundreds of emails a day anyway, mostly from Nigeria.
You join a group, and perhaps use an app like Add This on your browser to easily bring up the share dialogue, and that’s it.
It really works, but don’t abuse it, it’s a privilege to be a part of these groups, and you don’t want to spam them with affiliate marketing crap or anything like that, only share quality, and no more than once or twice a week, or they will throw you out of the group.
I can get you Linked In shares, or I can log in through your account and join groups for you, or share with my groups, (so long as you have a decent site), or I can also buy Linked In profile shares for about ten cents each. Send me a message to talk about that.
Number Six: Yahoo Answers
I’ve been banned from Yahoo Answers a few times now, and had to create whole new Yahoo accounts to be able to use the site, and each time you have to build up your rating by answering questions, so I don’t post links to my site in answers anymore.
Nevertheless, it is a great way to get free traffic, you just do a search on unanswered questions related to your post, You Tube video, or site.
Make sure that it doesn’t look like you posted the answer just to get a link to your site, and make sure that your answer is truly a good answer to the question, because only the best answer chosen by the asker will get published in the end.
Some people ask themselves questions on another account so they can answer their own question.
There are some real dodgy and annoying answers floating about, especially in the SEO section, and that’s why I no longer post there, although I do like taking part in the site just for the fun of it, and it’s a great way to get answers to any questions you have about anything.
Number Seven: Relevant Forums
I get a lot of traffic from the Warrior Forum, as I often hang out there to learn and share my own knowledge.
People see the link to my site in my signature, and they click on the link to check me out. I’ve had more than a few good clients who came from there, it’s the internet marketing forum if that’s what you’re into, although there are many other ones that are good as well.
If you have trouble finding relevant forums for your niche, try doing Google searches and choose the discussions option.
Number Eight: Blog Comments
This used to be a really good idea, now it’s probably a bad idea, simply because Google doesn’t like you spamming blog comments at people, and if you’re posting comments on a page that also links out to a hundred other unrelated sites, it will be damaging to your site’s SEO.
Nevertheless, I still get the occasional hit from someone who saw a comment I left on someone’s blog post.
If you have something valuable to say, then say it, but make sure that you do it wisely. If nothing else, you’re talking to the person who owns the blog.
Number Nine: Guest Posts
I mentioned guest posts earlier in the SEO section. It can be a great way to get traffic to your site if you can manage to get a post published on a high traffic blog.
I’ve only managed to get about five guest posts published linking back to me in the three years I’ve had this site.
I don’t know why I haven’t published more, it just seems like an arduous task contacting the website owners individually and passing all of their guidelines.
I get rejected more often than I get published, and it really is a time consuming and painful way to write articles, but still it does work, even if the main reason it works is that it helps you rank higher through the power of an authority link.
I do publish guest posts here if you have a site related to internet marketing and can write well and know what you’re talking about. Make sure you follow the guidelines carefully.
Number Ten: Article Writing Sites And Web 2.0 Sites
I started out writing on sites like Associated Content, (now Yahoo Contributor Network), Bukisa, Factoidz, (now Knoji), HubPages, and other similar sites.
There used to be a whole community of people who would comment on each other’s articles, and I learned a lot through reading what other people had to say.
The community still exists, although most of these article writing sites have been punished with a Google slap for being content farms.
Many of the sites still give you positive effects for your rankings, and you will want to publish some quality articles on Ezine, HubPages, Helium, eHow, (if you’re in the US or UK), and any site that still has a good page rank and domain authority score.
It’s not as beneficial as it used to be, it’s probably a bit of a waste of time compared to other things you could be doing, and that’s why I’ve put it last on this list.
You may want to try all of these things like I have, or you may only have time to try a couple of them.
If you want the best results, you may want to hire people to help you do all of these things so that you get the best results for SEO and so that you can work out which of these methods works the best for you and your business.
If you need help with any of these things, I can probably help you with it myself, or I can find someone to outsource work to as well.
I don’t work cheap, but I am fairly affordable considering my experience and the quality of my work.
My suggestion is that you send me a message with information about yourself and what you do.
Include links, and a general explanation of what your goals are, what you’ve done so far, and what you know about the whole internet marketing thing.
I’ll do my best to advise you on what I think you need to do, or what you need me to do for you, and we’ll go from there.