Traffic is like oxygen to your web site. It is what keeps your site alive and profitable. Without traffic, your web site is ‘dead’ and you cannot make any money, period. For that reason one of the top questions I always get asked is “How Do I Get Traffic To My Website?” It really doesn’t have to be a mystery to figure out how to get traffic to your site. Also, it’s best to stick with a select handful of ways that are proven effective.
Are there other ways? Absolutely, but it’s still best to use only the methods that are proven to work well and only take a small amount of both time and money to implement.
Here are eight excellent traffic-generating methods:
1. Search Engine Listings
The best of traffic there is. Free! Concentrate on making Google-friendly pages. Other search engines are important also, but Google should be at the top of the list for anyone.
2. Affiliate Program
Happily pay many affiliates every month. They work hard for you, and you should have no problem sharing the profits. Building a strong affiliate program is a critical element to really increase your profits.
3. Opt-in Mailing Lists
By capturing as many email addresses as possible with your newsletters, it can generate some very nice, targeted traffic.
4. Pay-per-click Search Engines
Paying for targeted traffic is worth it because you know exactly how much per click is profitable for you. Here are some great choices: Google AdWords, Overture, Kanoodle, Findwhat, and 7search.
5. Forum postings
It’s a good idea to frequent several forums and to make sure that you include a “resource box” or “signature text” with a link back to your sites. Don’t post anything unless it is meant to provide someone with helpful information.
6. Write Ezine Articles
Ezine editors gladly publish quality articles, and in return you get targeted traffic to your site. Its a win/win situation.
7. Ezine Ads
The key to paying for Ezine ads is tracking your results. If you find out the ads are worth your money, then you keep it up.
8. Trading Links
If done with the right site, you can get some traffic to your site. You may not necessarily get a flood of it, but every bit counts.
Many site owners spread themselves thin by traffic every new traffic tactic that comes available. By using as many of these basic techniques as possible, your site can thrive with the traffic that is coming to it.