LESSON #84: Over 400 Free Web Traffic Sources

We’ve been talking about web traffic since lesson #72 and we still have a few more traffic lessons remaining.

In this lesson I cover more than 400 websites where you can potentially get free web traffic (plus I give you links to some directories with a combined total of more than 700 additional sources listed… so there’s actually well over 1000 traffic sources here!).

(Watch this video – it may take a minute to load after clicking it…)

ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve released a new course, which goes into more depth on some of the free traffic methods from this lesson, PLUS shows you how to make money from that traffic… even if you don’t have a website. The course is called: “NO COST INCOME STREAM“. This is something that people have been asking for, for a long time.

Outline of this lesson:

  • REMEMBER: Most marketers will have a better chance of long term success if they focus on the fundamentals of web traffic instead of all the other stuff. (This lesson is NOT the fundamentals)

  • Any “tactic” could disappear at any time. We’ve recently seen this happen as a result of the Google Penguin update.

  • WARNING: A lot of what I cover in this lesson could potentially hurt your search engine rankings, especially if you do it aggressively, or if it’s not balanced with a lot of high quality linking. Be sure to watch the video if you are concerned about SEO. (I go into more detail throughout the video)

    Sources of Free Web Traffic:

  • Forum Marketing

    - Join the biggest forums in your niche.
    - Search Google for “discussions” in your niche.
    - Establish yourself as an authority by providing valuable posts to the forum.
    - Answer people’s questions.
    - Have a good signature, with an enticing link, such as a link to a freebie.

    Forum Search Engines:
    boardreader.com
    omgili.com
    forumssearch.com
    boardtracker.com (used to be my favorite, but it’s been under construction for awhile)

    Forum Directory:
    directory.big-boards.com

  • Blogs

    - Blogs (and particularly WordPress blogs on your own domain) are well suited for SEO.

    - I recommend this web host for 1-click WordPress installation. Coupon code: ERICSTIPSCOUPON (See also lesson #24 and lesson #33)

    - Best way to get blog traffic is to create incredible content.
    - Create “link bait” (See lesson #78)
    - Write something highly controversial.
    - Utilize trackback links as a form of conversation marketing with other bloggers.
    - Particpate in blog carnivals. See blogcarnival.com
    - Host your own blog carnival.
    - Leave comments on other peoples’ blogs. (Do NOT spam or use automation)
    - Expand your reach through RSS feed syndication.

    RSS syndication

    RSS Feed Aggregators:
    technorati.com
    syndic8.com
    feedage.com
    newsisfree.com
    theblogfarm.com
    newzalert.com
    feedsee.com
    (search for niche specific aggregators, such as pfblogs.com)

    Submit to curation sites, such as alltop.com

    Blog Communities:
    blogengage.com
    fuelmyblog.com
    blogher.com (for women only)

    Blog Directories:
    globeofblogs.com
    bloggernity.com
    blogville.us
    ontoplist.com

    Pligg sites (also Scuttle, phpDug, and PublicBookmark):
    blokube.com
    tipd.com
    bizsugar.com
    fwisp.com
    dzone.com (web development related)
    (There are literally thousands of these kind of sites. Search for some in your niche.)
    See also: pligg.com/gallery/

    News Aggregation and other Curation Sites:
    imnewswatch.com (Internet Marketing only)
    biznik.com
    webpronews.com
    (search for some in your niche)

  • Guest Blogging

    myblogguest.com is a community where you can find places to be a guest blogger.

    Some guest blogging or guest article opportunities:
    www.blogussion.com/write-for-us/
    www.zeromillion.com/involve/
    www.bloggernews.net/write-for-bnn
    www.fuelyourblogging.com/contribute/
    smartblogs.com/interested-in-writing-for-smartblogs
    www.sitepronews.com/call-for-writers/
    homebasedbusiness.com/profiles/blog/new
    slashdot.org/submission
    www.lifehack.org/contribute
    www.knowtebook.com/publish
    (There are thousands of places where you can potentially be a guest blogger! Search for blogs in your niche)

    See video for explanation of guest blogging vs. article marketing.

  • Tutorial Sites

    Ehow.com
    Instructables.com
    Good-tutorials.com (Graphics/Photo/Programming)
    Tutorialized.com (Web design and marketing)
    tutorial-index.com (photoshop, coding, video, etc)
    tutorial-center.com (computer related)
    geekpedia.com (Programming)
    tutorialsphere.com (web, video, audio, etc)
    tutorialsgarden.com (photoshop & coding)
    thewebblend.com (Design)
    fstutorials.com (Web design)
    noupe.com (Graphics related)
    (there are dozens more)

    udemy.com is a good place for online courses. You can give them away for free OR sell them. Some people are making a lot of money with Udemy. See video for details.

    www.learni.st is an interesting new social site that is similar to pinterest, but with an emphasis on education.

  • Document Sharing Sites

    scribd.com
    docstoc.com
    calameo.com
    docs.google.com
    edocr.com
    ensips.com
    pdfcast.org (for PDF’s)

  • General File Sharing Sites

    See the video for the list of sites, and explanation. This is a sneaky way to tap into traffic from the file sharing world. This is not something I “recommend”, which is why I’d rather not list these sites on my blog.

  • Slideshow Sharing Sites

    slideshare.net
    authorstream.com
    slideboom.com
    powershow.com
    slideserve.com
    slidesix.com
    myplick.com

  • Ebook Sharing Sites and Directories

    free-ebooks.net
    getfreeebooks.com
    ebookdirectory.com
    e-booksdirectory.com
    free.yudu.com
    manybooks.net
    witguides.com
    bookyards.com
    bibliotastic.com
    smashwords.com
    sharewareebooks.com
    ebookjunkie.com (Free ebooks category)
    ebookmall.com (Free ebooks category)
    Amazon.com (Kindle version)

    See lesson #47 for how to create an ebook.

  • Submit Free Software to Software Directories

    Do a Google search for search for “free software”, freeware, and shareware, and you’ll find plenty of directories.

    www.dmoz.org/Computers/Software/Freeware/Directories/ (76 freeware directories)

    www.dmoz.org/Computers/Software/Shareware/Directories/ (221 shareware directories)

  • Submit Coupons to Coupon Directories

    Coupon Magic (Creates coupons for ClickBank products)
    Amember (Membership site script with built-in coupon function)

    bensbargains.com
    couponcabin.com
    couponcraze.com
    couponcraze.com
    coupongirl.com
    couponmountain.com
    currentcodes.com
    dailyedeals.com
    dealcatcher.com
    dealhunting.com
    dealofday.com (Forum)
    deals2buy.com
    deals4dummies.com
    dealtaker.com
    edealsetc.com
    gottadeal.com (Forum)
    happycoupons.com
    headlinedeals.com
    jackscouponcodes.com
    keycode.com
    mycoupons.com
    promotioncode.org
    quicktoclick.com
    ultimatecoupons.com
    wanting.com
    (and many more)

  • Podcasting Sites

    allpodcasts.com
    digitalpodcast.com
    feeds4all.com (podcast category)
    fluctu8.com
    getapodcast.com
    gigadial.net
    godcast1000.com (Christian)
    ipodder.org
    itunes.com
    learnoutloud.com
    mirpod.com
    podbean.com
    podcast411.com
    podcastalley.com
    podcastblaster.com/directory/
    podcastdirectory.com
    podcastingnews.com
    podcasting-station.com
    podcastpickle.com
    podcastpup.com
    podfeed.net
    rimpodcast.quickplay.ca/rimpodcasting/ (Blackberry)
    social.zune.net/podcasts/ (Zune)
    stitcher.com
    techpodcasts.com

  • Free Press Release Sites

    1888pressrelease.com
    25pressreleases.com
    afly.com
    bignews.biz
    downloadjunction.com (software related)
    emeapr.com/en/
    freepressindex.com
    free-press-release.com
    i-newswire.com
    ideamarketers.com
    mediasyndicate.com
    newsreleaser.com
    newswiretoday.com
    onlineprnews.com
    openpr.com
    pr.com
    pressbox.co.uk
    pressexposure.com
    pressking.com
    pressmethod.com
    pressreleasepoint.com
    pr-inside.com
    prlog.org
    prurgent.com
    release-news.com
    theopenpress.com
    webnewswire.com

  • Free Classified Ads

    ablewise.com
    adoos.com
    adpost.com
    allfreeads.com
    american-classifieds.net
    backpage.com
    classifiedads.com
    classifiedsgiant.com
    craigslist.org
    domesticsale.com
    ebayclassifieds.com
    eclassifieds4u.com
    epage.com
    finditclassifieds.com
    freeclassifieds.com
    geebo.com
    inetgiant.com
    kedna.com
    locanto.com
    newfreeclassifieds.com
    olx.com
    oodle.com
    pennysaverusa.com
    salespider.com
    usfreeads.com
    webclassifieds.us

  • Free Directories

    01webdirectory.com
    arakne-links.com
    azlisted.com
    bhanvad.com
    dmoz.org
    exactseek.com
    fourfind.com
    freeadvertisingdirectory.com
    freewebdirectory.org
    gmdir.com (Your site must use Google maps)
    illumirate.com
    info-listings.com
    innerseek.com
    itzalist.com
    mavicanet.com
    netinsert.com
    smartlinks.org (submit via email)
    somuch.com
    thalesdirectory.com
    theseoking.com
    topsiteswebdirectory.com
    uudir.com
    worldwidewub.org
    (Do a search to find niche-specific directories)

  • Social Bookmarking

    socialmarker.com is a free site that you can use to automate your social bookmarking.

    delicious.com
    Slashdot.org
    Digg.com
    Reddit.com (manual submission recommended)
    Tagza.com
    Fark.com
    Connotea.org
    Netvouz.com
    Diigo.com
    Bibsonomy.org
    Folkd.com
    Linkagogo.com
    Tipd.com (Financial)
    Jumptags.com
    OYAX.com
    Boomarking.com
    Karmalynx.com
    HealthRanker.com
    linkedwords.com
    (More social bookmarking sites on wikipedia)

  • Q&A Sites

    able2know.org
    akaqa.com
    allexperts.com
    answerbag.com
    answers.com
    answers.yahoo.com is probably the most popular Q&A site currently.
    aolanswers.com
    ask.fm
    ask.metafilter.com
    askville.amazon.com/Index.do
    blurtit.com
    fluther.com
    formspring.me
    justanswer.com
    kgbanswers.com
    linkedin.com/answers (talked about in lesson #82)
    mahalo.com/answers/
    querycat.com
    quomon.com (tech related)
    quora.com
    stackexchange.com
    stackoverflow.com (programming related)
    theanswerbank.co.uk
    webanswers.com

  • Other social media & web 2.0 sites we haven’t covered yet

    Hubs:
    hubpages.com
    squidoo.com
    gather.com

    Places to build free pages & blogs (and post on others):
    weebly.com
    wetpaintcentral.com
    blogger.com
    livejournal.com
    tumblr.com
    xanga.com
    blog.co.uk
    thoughts.com

    Photo sharing:
    pinterest.com
    clipboard.com
    flickr.com

    Wiki-type of sites:
    wikipedia.org
    wikimedia.org
    wikia.com
    wikidot.com
    wikispaces.com
    listafterlist.com

    Rating/Review sites:
    reviews.ebay.com (Write guides)
    rateitall.com
    yelp.com

    Interactive sites powered by Ning (Search for sites in your niche)

  • Traffic Exchanges (aka Click Exchanges, Popup Exchanges, Autosurf Sites, etc.)

    I recommend NOT buying credits or upgrading your account, unless you just want to artifically inflate your traffic stats.

    Traffic Exchanges:
    10khits.com
    4x4hits.com
    autosurfmonster.com
    autosurfpro.com
    bellasclickshack.com
    bonus-hits.com
    clickvoyager.com
    dragonsurf.biz
    easyhits4u.com
    eternalhits.com
    fastcashandtraffic.com
    freeautosurf.com
    freetrafficlotto.com
    freetrafficworld.com
    golden-hits.com
    gradeatraffic.com
    high-hits.com
    hit2hit.com
    hits4surfers.com
    hitsafari.com
    fits-a-million.com
    hitsboosterpro.com
    ilovehits.com
    internetTraffic247.com
    linkcrews.com
    lords-of-traffic.com
    maxtrafficpro.com
    proclickexchange.com
    realhitz4u.com
    runesurf.com
    smileytraffic.com
    soaring4traffic.com
    startxchange.com
    tecommandpost.com
    tehoopla.com
    teprofits.com
    topsurfer.com
    toptiertraffic.com
    traffic4webmasters.com
    trafficattheraces.com
    trafficera.com
    trafficg.com
    trafficgoldrush.com
    traffichoopla.com
    trafficpods.com
    trafficsnapper.com
    trafficspammer.com
    traffic-splash.com
    trafficswarm.com
    traffictaxis.com
    vitalviralpro.com
    webbizinsider.com
    web-biz-solutions.com
    webcentresurf.com
    webmasterquest.com

    Pop-Up & Exit Ad Exchanges:
    exitdomain.com
    exitfire.com/57
    exitjunction.com
    eztrafficexchange.com
    visitasweb.biz
    visitors.ws

    Banner Exchanges:
    1800banners.com
    adendum.com
    bannerexchangenow.com
    bannerrage.com
    bannersgomlm.com
    bucketsofbanners.com
    click4click.com
    ebannertraffic.com
    exchange-it.com
    freeadzone.com
    freebannerdisplays.com
    freebannerexchange.org
    free-banners.com
    hitx.net
    impressionz.com
    linkbuddies.com
    neobanners.com
    optimumbannerexchange.com
    showyoursite.com
    thebannerexchange.com
    whambanners.com
    worldbannerexchange.com
    (and many more – just search for them)

    Remember this is for free banner exchanges. Not recommended sources for buying banners. For more info about banner advertising see media buying in lesson #75.

  • Traffic Toolbars

    freetrafficbar.com
    freetrafficexplosion.ourtoolbar.com
    instantbuzz.com
    surf-bar-traffic.com
    viraltrafficfrenzy.com

  • Viral URL Cloakers

    ezadexchange.com
    newdawnads.info
    su.pr – is one to use if you’re a StumbleUpon user.
    trackads.biz
    trafficstorm.us
    viraladmachine.com
    viralexchange.biz
    viraltextadz.com
    viraltrafficdominator.com
    viralurl.com – is a popular one in the Internet marketing community

    URL cloakers that pay cash for clicks:
    adf.ly
    swyze.com
    upag.es
    adblue.us
    viraltrafficdominator.com

  • Free Safelists

    activesafelist.com
    adtactics.com
    adzquik.com
    dolphinadexchange.com
    elitesafelist.com
    freesafelistking.com
    freesafelistmailer.com
    globalsafelist.com
    herculist.com
    iearnadsfree.com
    myfreesafelist.com
    myfreetextads.com
    newdawnads.info
    roadstersolos.info
    safelister.com
    safelistxl.com
    smartsafelist.com
    solo-ads.com
    soloxflow.com
    spicy-soloads.com
    target-safelist.com
    theleadmagnet.com
    ultimatesafelisthost.com/directory.php
    viraladmachine.com
    viralexchange.biz
    viraltextadz.com
    viraltrafficmania.com
    xtrememailer.com

    safelistrankings.com (over 400 safelists listed)

  • Reminder about free traffic tactics from lesson #67:

    - Giveaway Events (aka JV giveaways)
    - Thank You Page Ad Swaps
    - Host a Contest

  • Give Out Website Awards

    -Have a nice little graphic created.
    -Award it to all the top sites in your niche.
    -Give them a snippet of code to post the award on their site, with a link back to your site.

  • News & Publicity

    - Be newsworthy.
    - If you have a successful online business, that may be newsworthy!
    - Contact your local newspaper.
    - Conduct a publicity stunt! (Can result in millions of dollars worth of publicity)
    - Do NOT do anything illegal or hurtful.

  • Word of Mouth Marketing (aka Buzz)

    There’s compelling evidence that Word of Mouth marketing is the most powerful form of marketing in our society.

    - Provide good service.
    - Underpromise and overdeliver.
    - Be controversial.
    - Have a tell-a-friend form.
    - Put your link in the signature of all your emails.
    - Make your customers feel valued.
    - Build a relationship with customers.
    - Be buzzworthy!

    (See video for examples of Viral Email)

    Action steps:

    1) Decide whether you want to focus on the “free traffic” route.

    2) Decide whether SEO is a priority for you, and keep that in mind as you employ tactics that may positively or negatively impact your SEO.

    3) If you decide to employ any of these traffic strategies, choose one and start with it.

    In the next lesson we’ll be looking at affiliate driven traffic.

    As always, you are welcome to post your questions and comments below :-)

    Have a great day!

  • 80 comments on “LESSON #84: Over 400 Free Web Traffic Sources

    1. Clifford Petry

      You are the best person around Eric.Gathered so much information from watching and reading your site.So is a page rank of 2 good?The site is only 6 months old.I have been doing the steps you have said to do.So what i do not under stand is what google says about having a data resource subject.Could you give a response?

      Reply
    2. Micah

      Hello Clifford,

      I wouldn’t worry about Page Rank too much. It is only one of hundreds of triggers Google now includes in its algorithm.

      Some time ago, a page rank of 2 meant that you still had a long way to go.

      What do you mean by “data resource subject?” That phrase isn’t really showing up anywhere when doing a search for it.

      Reply
    3. Mady

      Been watching your videos since last year march n not even Chris Farrells paid membership site touches this

      Reply
      1. Andreas

        Erick gives out tips that are even better than paid courses thanks for been there for us i am a newbie but i believe this is gona be it

        Reply
    4. Ken

      Hi Eric
      I want to purchase the Review Site Empire but could you tell me if there is additional OTO sales? Is it just $27.99 one time payments and get all the bonuses as advertised

      Ken

      Reply
    5. Mady

      Its YOU-DEH-MEE! hehehe. and its esnips not ensnips :)

      Reply
    6. Micah

      Hello Ken,

      Yes, everything shown in the video is included in the one time payment.

      I believe there are upsells for some pre-made review sites in other niches as well, but not everyone will want to take advantage of those.

      We removed our promotion, but if you still need the links, just contact our helpdesk:
      http://www.ericsupport.com/

      Reply
    7. Anikendra Das Choudhury

      Hi Eric,

      I run a Pinterest advertisement network called Viraliti and would like to advertise on your blog.
      Please let me know the procedure as I couldn’t find a way to contact you.

      Regards,
      Anikendra

      Reply
    8. Michael

      Hi Eric,

      You have terrific information here!You are certainly helping many beginners.

      Thank You
      rtobusiness.blogspot.com

      Reply
    9. David Redfern

      Hi Eric. Great information Bro. I am trying to break into this internet marketing business. You may be a answer to my prayers. Good to see a man of integraty doing well. God Bless you.

      David R.

      Reply
    10. anianvi

      Eric your are really awesome – first of all I have to appreciate your work and patience :-)

      Reply
    11. Thomas

      Hi Eric,
      thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge, this is awesome stuff!
      I tested a link you mentioned in your video; but it should be http://www.pfblogs.org (not .com)
      (at 11.15″)
      Regards
      Thomas

      Reply
    12. Ann

      Good day! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog.
      Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about making my own
      but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any points or suggestions? Thanks

      Reply
    13. Clint

      Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit
      my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

      Anyways, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

      Reply
    14. Micah

      Hello Clint,

      Due to rampant spam, all comments have to be manually approved before they will appear.

      An interrupted connection can also cause a comment to fail to submit properly. Whenever I am about to post something large, I like to copy it to the clipboard first, in case something goes wrong.

      Glad you like the lessons!

      Reply
    15. Jeannette

      I get almost everything here. I think it will take almost 1 year to do things that you listed here…thanks for providing us this!. Now i get another spoon feed to increase my blog traffic

      Reply
    16. Jeremy

      Hi Eric,

      This is a great post with an awesome amount of traffic sources! I was actually writing an article about traffic generation on my own blog when I found this blog. I am a bit of a noob online marketer & have started a blog a bit like this one, to provide online marketing information for complete newbies. Great video also, thanks!

      Reply
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    18. Nydia

      Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect againmst hackers?
      I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.

      Any tips?

      Reply
    19. Maryellen

      Superb blog! Do you have any helpful ints for aspiring writers?
      I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
      Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress
      or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there tjat I’m
      completely confused .. Any suggestions? Thank you!

      Reply
    20. Brett

      If you run a forum then I’d love you to submit your site to http://www.findaforum.net/

      And if you want some niche ideas, then browse the forums on the site and get some ideas.

      Reply
    21. Akili Kumasi

      I am using this list and getting results. I have to keep referring back to it. Have listened to the video 3 times. Reinforcement is good. Like reading scripture: you can meditate on it for years and then all of a sudden get something totally new! Thanks Eric!
      Akili

      Reply
    22. Mark Januszewski

      This tips must have taken you so long to put together and I am so so grateful. Mahalo!

      Reply
    23. Ernest ODell

      Some of the links in your article go to dead sites. Other than that, great site: lots of resources.

      Reply

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