How To Use Only Free Methods To Generate Traffic For Your Site –Part I

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There are many ways that can generate free traffic for your sites. In fact, you don’t have to spend a cent; all you need is the proper mindset and a lot of eagerness. You also must have the drive and perseverance to do hard work and research to generate them.

How sweet it is to have more traffic for your sites without spending a single cent. With the versatility the internet offers, however, it becomes true. But to say honestly, it may take time. I’m not going to beat around the bush with you. You get better chances by paying for your advertisements, but at least you get a fighting chance with some of these free methods I’m about to tell you.

Take advantage of online forums and online communities. The great thing about forums and online communities is that you can target a certain group that fits the certain demographic that you are looking for. You can discuss about lots of things about the niche that you represent or offer. Another great advantage is that you know what you are getting into and you will be prepared.

With online communities and forums you can build a reputation for you or your company. Show them what you are made of and wow them with your range of expertise about the subject, with that you can build a reputation and build trust with the people in your expertise and knowledge.

You can also make use of newsletters. Provide people with a catalog of your products and interesting and entertaining articles. If you make it really interesting and entertaining, more people will sign up for your newsletter and recommend it to other people. The more people who signs up for your newsletter, the more people there will be that will go to your site increasing your traffic.

Another great idea is trading links with other sites. You don’t have to spend a cent. All you have to do is reach an agreement with another webmaster. With exchanging links, the efforts both sites do will benefit both sites. Every traffic that goes to the site could potentially click on the link of your site and visit your site as well. This works well especially when both sites feature the same niche.

All of the above methods and more will drive more traffic to your sites for free. All it takes is a bit of effort and extended man hours. Learn all you can about the methods depicted here and you will soon have a site with a great traffic flow without the usual costs that come with it.

Create Traffic – Third Way To Get Traffic

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There are only three ways of getting traffic. They are “Buy It”, “Borrow It” or “Create It”. This post will focus on the third way – “Create Traffic”.

3. Create It

If you are not going to spend money to buy traffic and/or you don’t have anything that you can actually leverage, any resources or assets really for borrowing traffic, you’ve got to create it. There’s nothing else left.

Creating traffic includes creating useful content for blogs and websites, creating and submitting articles with swapping links to article publishers, building social networks through social networking, etc.

Content = traffic = cash

You can think the content creation in this way. Every little word that you create is like a few cents. Create an article and that’s like 500 to 1,000 words and that’s like $20 or whatever put out there because you have an article. Create an article every day for a week or a month or a few months and you’ll start to see big traffic coming in. You’ll start getting people on your list and you’ll start to see the value of this. The relevant articles on content creation in this blog are:

  • Money sites and traffic sites
  • A blog – an efficient traffic sites
  • Personal content
  • Professional content
  • Blog content elements
  • How to feed the hungry search engines·

Creating and submitting articles with swapping links to article publishers is called as Article Marketing. It is a type of advertising. You can write short articles related to each respective subject and these articles are made available for distribution and publication in the marketplace. Each article contains a bio box that includes references and contact information for the author’s blog or website. Well-written content articles released for free distribution have the potential of increasing the authoring business’ credibility within its market as well as attracting new clients.

There are hundreds of active article submission sites, but you can choose some favorite ones for yourself. The sites recommended here include Amazon, ArticleCity, GoArticles, EzineArticles, IdealMarketers, ArticleMarketer, etc.

You can also get free traffic from social networking. On the internet, social networking refers to a broad class of web sites and services that allow you to connect with friends, family and colleagues online as well as meet people with similar interests or hobbies, etc. Social networking is all about this idea of forming a network, going out and finding friends virtually online, making connections with them, and networking actually online. Rather than pushing information, which is what used to happen, it’s about information being pulled. This is a new booming area for the internet marketer to get free traffic. It will be detailed in our next post.

All these things are interlinked. They’re all intermeshed with each other. Getting content gives you traffic. Article marketing and social networking give you free traffic also. If you have already done in this way, congratulations, you will or have got traffic. If not, you should start creating content for your blog or website, creating and submitting articles to the article sites, and building a network using social networking. As a result of your efforts, you’ll start to see big traffic coming in.

Creating traffic does need to take a little bit of time. It’s not a miracle. It’s not a push-button thing where you just sit there and the traffic rolls in. You should think about what you enjoy doing and what you do best, and that is also going to drive you and steer you towards the product that you’re going to create.

Borrow Traffic – Second Way To Get Traffic

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There are only three ways of getting traffic. They are “Buy It”, “Borrow It” or “Create It”. This post will focus on the second way – “Borrow Traffic”.

2. Borrow It

You can buy traffic but also you can borrow it. What is borrowing it about? Borrowing it is about doing list swaps, where people will mail out for you if you mail out for them. You can do content swaps so that you’re a guest on other people’s blogs or you give somebody else an article to put on their website and they’ll put one on your website. They do cross promos and joint venture promotions.

We see everybody mailing out about one particular product. That’s what’s called a joint venture. They promote and you give them a commission of your product. You then promote for them if that’s part of the agreement, and you give them a commission on your products and vice versa. That’s borrowing traffic.

You can’t do traffic borrowing at the beginning because you don’t have anything to leverage. You don’t have that list. You don’t have that content to actually trade. You don’t have your own product. You don’t have an existing network of contacts. You don’t have all those joint venture partners, so how are you going to borrow traffic at the beginning?

It’s like a graduation process that you need to actually go through some stages. You need to start to get traffic, build your list, and have a collection of content that you can trade with other people. People will then start saying, “Yes, I’ll take your article and I’ll put it on my website, if you put mine on yours,” and you start to build up these ways of actually leveraging.

Once you’ve done that then you get the things you can leverage. In fact, you don’t need like 10,000 people on your list to start thinking about joint ventures. You can do that with a very small list. With even a few hundred or 1,000 you can start going out and start joint venturing.

Borrowing traffic is an effective and efficient way to enhance your online business if you are capable of doing it. It’s just huge application, especially for the successful online marketers.

13 Tips to Get Website Traffic and Ranking

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Getting good search engine ranking and website traffic is very important to the online business. Without them, you cannot sell your products or services online. It is worth cataloguing the basic principles to be enforced to increase website traffic and search engine rankings.

  • Create a site with valuable content, products or services. Content is the key influencing factor on your traffic. You have got to make it personal and professional.
  • Place primary and secondary keywords within the first 25 words in your page content and spread them evenly throughout the document.
  • Research and use the right keywords/phrases to attract your target customers.
  • Use your keywords in the right fields and references within your web page. Like Title, META tags, Headers, etc.
  • Keep your site design simple so that your customers can navigate easily between web pages, find what they want and buy products and services.
  • Submit your web pages i.e. every web page and not just the home page, to the most popular search engines and directory services. Hire someone to do so, if required. Be sure this is a manual submission. Do not engage an automated submission service.
  • Keep track of changes in search engine algorithms and processes and accordingly modify your web pages so your search engine ranking remains high. Use online tools and utilities to keep track of how your website is doing.
  • Monitor your competitors and the top ranked websites to see what they are doing right in the way of design, navigation, content, keywords, etc.
  • Use reports and logs from your web hosting company to see where your traffic is coming from. Analyze your visitor location and their incoming sources whether search engines or links from other sites and the keywords they used to find you.
  • Make your customer visit easy and give them plenty of ways to remember you in the form of newsletters, free reports, reduction coupons etc.
  • Demonstrate your industry and product or service expertise by writing and submitting articles for your website or for article banks so you are perceived as an expert in your field.
  • Don’t look at your website as a static brochure. Treat it as a dynamic, ever-changing sales tool and location, just like your real store to which your customers with the same seriousness.
  • When not sure, keep asking and learning or hire professionals. Though hiring professional may seem costly, but it is a lot less expensive than spending your money on a website which no one visits.

How to Feed the Hungry Search Engines

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We must know how to feed the hungry search engines if we’re trying to get ranked in them and get traffic from them. Search engines are like sharks and they need a lot of attention and feeding all the time, but they need feeding in a certain way.

What we’re going to be feeding them is obviously content in our blogs and websites. Search engines love content.

One of the first things we’ve got to do is to feed them regularly. Like sharks, they love to eat regularly and don’t just like to have one meal every month. They like to be fed little bits at a time on a regular basis and thus we’ve got to be putting content out there on a regular basis.

How often should we be updating content? Ideally we could do it once a day. We could do more than once a day if we’ve got the time and we’re able to do that. Once a week is really not enough especially at the beginning. We’ve got to be adding content on a regular basis to our blog. That’s how we’re going to get out there in the search engines.

Progressively people are going to start linking to us and coming back to our blog, and we’re going to start to build up this readership and then drive people off to our money sites. It’s not going to happen just by putting one piece of content up there every week.

The second thing is to make sure we keep the food fresh. We don’t want to be using stale mouldy food. It’s the same with content. When we’re putting content out there, keep it fresh, keep it new if we can, keep it unique and keep it up to date.

We don’t actually force-feed them. Don’t keep ramming food like hundreds and hundreds of meals down their throat every day. What this means is when it comes to content there are penalties in the search engines if we put up a lot of content on a daily basis.

The third thing is to make the food tasty. We should make our content tasty and whet their appetite. It is not just the flavour of content, not just the way that it reads. It’s got to be something that doesn’t send people to sleep, but it’s also got to have certain keywords in it and make certain keyword density in it. Generally when people go online to find something, a lot of people go to a search engine and type what they want into the search engine. If our website has content related to what they’ve typed in, we are in with a potential chance of turning up in the results of the search engine.

Content is Traffic and Money

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Traffic comes from content. The more content you can put out in your websites or blogs, the more you’re going to be found in the search engines and the more people are going to visit your site and the more money you’re going to make.

Everything you are doing online can be content. The actual information on the Internet – the words, the images, the videos, the audio files – all of that stuff is content. Without content you are not going to get traffic. Without traffic you are not going to get sales.

When you are thinking about content you are got to have quality content. It is not just any old content. You have got to make sure you have got high frequency of content; you have got to make sure your content is consistent; you have got to make sure it is entertaining and you are got to make sure it is personal and it is real.

Please do not worry so much about the phrase on quality content. You can really create quality content pretty much out of nothing. You don’t need to be spending a lot of time or really trying hard to create content. It doesn’t need to be professional or anything like that. It is something that flows very easily once you know the right tactics. It just needs to be from you. Ultimately you’re going to have to find something that you enjoy, a method you enjoy, for creating content. It might be writing articles, it might be creating a video; it might be recording your voice. You’re going to have to find a way of doing that.

Types of content

1. Your story

Everybody has a story that is worth telling as to why you are actually on the Internet and why you are doing this; what you are on the internet and what you are doing; and how you are on the internet and how you are doing.

2. Review article

You can make a review on a book, an event, and anything you are interested in, but do not make the review article like ads.

3. Tutorial or how to

The step-by-step tutorial is a high demanding material on the internet. You can give them out as text information or video, audio format.

4. Tools and resources

What are the tools and resources you use? How do they help you to do your work? It might be very helpful to others.

5. list of tips

Any tips useful to you might be also beneficial to others. Just list them out. It is easy work.

6. Question and Answer

You can ask a question in your post or ask people’s opinions first and then give them an answer or recommendation. It encourages interaction.

7. Free gift

Give a brief introduction to your free gift.

You are very welcome to post your questions and comments in the comment area.

A Blog – An Efficient Traffic Site

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There are many different types of blogs, differing not only in the type of content but also in the way that content is delivered or written. For internet marketing, we usually use blog to generate traffic and then send them to our money sites including product sites and affiliate sites.

Michael advised that ‘Don’t try to sell stuff from your blog. Never do that’. He would say never do that because it’s very difficult. A blog as a traffic site is not ideal to make money from directly because it doesn’t have that long copy of salesletter. Those long sales letters transform visitors to buyers. Your only job with that blog, with that traffic website, is to be a machine gun firing visitors over to your money websites. To begin with you just need one blog that you’re going to add a lot of content to on a regular basis that is going to get traffic and then send it to your money sites. (Of course, this principle is not applicable to the case where you just have a blog for both sale and traffic.)

A blog is a bit like a journal or a diary. You post content on there, ideally every day, and search engines love them because they’ve got a lot of fresh content, they’ve got a lot of unique content, and it’s updated regularly. Because of that you are going to get a lot of people linking to you, you’re going to get a lot of search engine traffic; you’re going to get a lot of visitors. When you do that, people are going to land on that traffic site – so it’s a traffic magnet.

There is tremendous amount of free information on blog, including definition, contents, setting up, etc. You can get that information just through Google search. For your convenience, I give some references below.

Definition on a blog (From Wikipedia)

A blog (an abridgment of the term web log) is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

A Video on blog

Some of my favorite blog sites

http://www.aureliustjin.com/

http://www.theimuniversity.com/

http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/community/henrygold/

http://viralurls.com/

http://www.strategicprofits.com/blog/mike-filsaime/

http://masscontrolsite.com/blog/

http://www.dougchampigny.com/

http://brettmcfall.com/blog/

http://www.ewenchia.com/blog/

http://blog.mindvalleylabs.com/

http://www.nobsbusiness.com/

http://www.atomicblogging.com/

http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/

http://www.techzi.net/

http://www.problogger.net/

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Money Sites And Traffic Sites

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You need two main types of websites to sell your information products effectively. They are money websites and traffic websites.

What is a money website? A money website is where a product is sold and its sole purpose is to make money rather than get traffic. The site has a long salesletter consisting of a big headline at the top, all of the benefits, the testimonials and then a ‘Buy Now’ button. It doesn’t have a lot of content on it that’s going to be regularly updated. It will get some traffic but it’s not going to get traffic on its own since you cannot optimize a money site and put keywords into it.

A traffic site is something that has a lot of content on it that’s regularly updated and its major purpose is to generate and send traffic. It gets traffic like a magnet but it also fires traffic like a gun at different locations. It could send traffic off to either your own money websites or affiliate sites so that you get a commission. The best traffic sites are going to be your blogs.

Money sites are not good at getting traffic and traffic sites are not good at making money, but when you bring the two together, hey, presto! The magic comes in. A comparison between money site and traffic site is given in the following table.

table

The relation between money sites (product sites and affiliate sites) and a traffic site (blog) is schematically shown below:

moneytrafficsite

In the diagram, these are all people down there on the Internet. These are all visitors; they’re all there and they’re attracted to your traffic site and then you send it to other places. You don’t need to send it to just one money site. You can get traffic into your traffic site and there’s nothing stopping you from sending it to multiple money sites. Each would be selling different things, or you could send it to an affiliate site.

This is really important. You might think this is basic but this is super critical. You can basically flat-out lose Internet marketing unless you get this bit right. You’re going to have a traffic website, ideally at least one; one blog. As you progress at this, maybe months down the line you might want another blog. You might have a blog just all about traffic and you create blog content all about traffic. Then you send it to traffic products; traffic-related affiliate products, or your product about traffic.

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