it has been a while since I wrote on this blog. Today I want to show you 13 ways to get free website traffic.
The strategies below can be done by anybody, there are no special skills involved. These techniques have been proven to work and I use them personally all the time to get free website traffic (or I outsource them).
1.) Viral Mailers
There are many Viral Mailers out there and you can get incredible results if you promote Free To Signup offers. Personally I use all of the Viral Mailers below… the more you use, the better your results will be.
- Instant List Empire
- Viral Traffic Bar
- Quick List Profits
- Viral URL
- List Effects
- Viral Ad Store
- Instant Profit List
- Downline Builder Direct
- Viral List Generator
- Viral Traffic Seeds
- Viral Traffic List
- Traffic Power Control
- Epic Traffic Boss
- Traffic List Control
You’ll get most out of these Viral Mailers if you upgrade your account. Often they offer a Lifetime Upgrade for a one-time payment… these are deals that you should take because you can promote multiple programs on these Viral Mailers and you can promote for years to come.
Again, don’t try to sell stuff through emails on these Viral Mailers… promote free to signup offers. The best strategy is to build your own email list by posting free offers to these Viral Mailers.
2.) Credit Based Safelists
There are hundreds of Safelists out there that you can use to get free website traffic but in my opinion you should only use the Credit Based Safelists. The reason is simple: Most people do not use their main email address on safelists… they don’t even read the emails they get. With Credit Based Safelists people need to click the links in the emails to get credits for sending out emails to the safelist.
Now I hear many people saying that the safelists members just click to get credits, so the traffic might be useless. Well, it might be true that they just click to get credits… but if they click they will see your website and if you provide a great free to signup offer then a certain percentage of the visitors will convert into signups.
Below are the Credit Based Safelists that I use to get free web traffic.
- Got Safelist
- Free Safelist Mailer
- Global Safelist
- Ad Tactics
- Ad Solution Online
- Syncronize Ads
- Newage Marketing
- The Traffic Secret
3.) Manual Traffic Exchanges
Many people think that traffic exchanges do not work… that’s because they don’t know how to use these programs the right way. What you need to do is to promote either a Splash Page or a Squeeze Page in these traffic exchanges. You must try to get people on your own email list by offering them something for free in return for the signup. If you use manual traffic exchanges this way then you’ll get tons of new signups to your mailing list.
Below are just some of the manual traffic exchanges that I use to get free website traffic.
- Traffic Witch
- Traffic Splash
- Hit 2 Hit
- Blue Surf
- Royal Surf
- Tezak Traffic Power
- Dragon Surf
- Hits Booster Pro
- Hit Safari
- Traffic Taxis
- I Love Hits
- Traffic G
- Bootscoot In Traffic
- Max Traffic Pro
- Webbiz Insider
- High Hits
- Advertising Knowhow
- List Surfing
- Swat Traffic
- Major League Hits
- Traffic Muscles
4.) Giveaway Events
There are many ways to get signups to your list but the easiest and fastest one must be to join Giveaway Events as a contributor. You can add hundreds, sometimes thousands of new subscribers to your list through these events and even get extra free website traffic. All you have to do is adding your gift(s) to the event and promoting the event.
As an upgraded contributor you can often also add Banners, Paid Offers and your Profile with links to your website, blog, twitter profile and facebook profile.
Here is a List of Giveaway Events
5.) Ad Swaps
Once you have a couple hundred subscribers on your mailing list you can start to do Ad Swaps. Go to popular forums like the Warrior Forum or other forums that are related to the internet marketing industry. You’ll often find offers for Ad Swaps in the JV Section of the forum… if not, post your own ad swap offer there.
When you do an Ad Swap, you send out the promotion email of your Ad Swap Partner to your mailing list and your Ad Swap Partner will send out your promotion email to his list.
Ad Swaps are free and you can get tons of free traffic and hundreds of new mailing list subscribers every week just by doing ad swaps on a regular basis.
One of the best ways to get a steady stream of free web traffic from the search engines is by running your own Blog. You’ll have to get your own domain name and hosting for installing the free Wordpress blogging system. For branding pupose your domain should be Your Name .com just like my blog url is guidonussbaum.com
I won’t go into detail here on how to setup your blog, there are free videos out there that show you exactly how to install and setup Wordpress. Important is the actual blogging procedure and the promotion of your blog and blog posts.
If you want to get free website traffic from search engines, then you’ll have to do some keyword research. Find keywords that people actually search for by using keyword tools like Keyword Spy or the Google Keyword Tool. Make sure that the competition for your keywords is not too high.
When posting a new entry on your blog you include one or two keywords into each post. Enter your keywords into your post title and use them a couple times throughout the body of your blog post. This will make it possible for search engines to associate your blog post with the keywords.
To get listed in the search engines you’ll have to create back-links to your blog posts.
Bookmarking is one of the easiest ways to get one-way links to your websites and blogs. You can use a tool like SocialPoster.com to bookmark your site with 50 or more bookmarking services. Don’t forget to bookmark your blog posts after publishing them to get even more free traffic.
8.) Link Wheels
With Link Wheels you build up hundreds of strong backlinks to your websites to get a higher listing in the search engines. Usually you optimize each Link Wheel for one keyword.
The exact procedure is not that hard to do but there is not enough space here in this blog post to explain it. Please use a search engine to find the procedure for creating Link Wheels.
9.) Banner Ads
Don’t forget the good old Banner Ads. Banner Ad spots are everywhere… you find them in Traffic Exchanges, Viral Mailers, Safelists, on Web 2.0 sites, on Social Sites etc.
Many people don’t use the Banner Spots and miss out on alot of targeted traffic by doing that. Use every opportunity for free banner ad spots that you come across.
Become active in Forums that are related to your website’s topic. Being active in forums means that you answer people’s questions, ask your own questions… it means that you provide useful content… don’t try to spam forums with your marketing messages.
The marketing part of forums comes with the Signature that you can setup in most forums. In this signature you should promote a free offer to get people on your own mailing list. A great way to get free website traffic.
11.) Error Pages
This is a huge traffic source once your website is established and receives some traffic every day. Most people don’t use error pages and they miss out on a huge amount of website traffic.
All you need to do is to setup a .htaccess file in the root folder of your domain. In this .htaccess file you can have different error handling entries. They look like this:
ErrorDocument 401 http://www.yourdomain.com
ErrorDocument 402 http://www.yourdomain.com
ErrorDocument 403 http://www.yourdomain.com
ErrorDocument 404 http://www.yourdomain.com
These entries mean that if these certain errors (401, 402 etc.) appear, then your .htaccess file redirects the visitor to the domain that is entered behind the error number (http://www.yourdomain.com). So, you can for example re-direct them to your Home Page… personally I redirect them to a simple error page that is filled with Free To Signup Affiliate Offers Banners.
There are more than just the 4 error numbers above that exist. Use the search engines to find the error numbers that you want to handle or look into your server data to find out what errors appear on your site and handle these errors in the .htaccess file.
12.) Twitter Web 2.0 Integration
I’m not that much into Twitter but when I post an update on Twitter, then this update automatically goes out to several Web 2.0 sites and Social Sites like Facebook and MySpace.
On many Social Sites and Web 2.0 sites you can integrate Twitter so that your Twitter posts appear on your Update List of these Social Sites.
There are also services out there that allow you to post on hundreds of micro-blogging sites automatically… personally I concentrate on a few popular ones.
13.) Facebook Groups
You don’t have your own Facebook Group yet? Probably because you don’t know that your own Facebook Group is almost like having your own mailing liist. As the owner of a Facebook Group you can message all members of your group at once… this can be a huge source of traffic!
Alright, that’s it for today. There are definately alot more techniques out there to get free website traffic. Maybe I’ll make another list in the future if you like this one… leave a comment and let me know what you think.