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…)
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Outline of this lesson:
Sources of Free Web Traffic:
– 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:
boardtracker.com (used to be my favorite, but it’s been under construction for awhile)
– 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 Feed Aggregators:
(search for niche specific aggregators, such as pfblogs.com)
Submit to curation sites, such as alltop.com
blogher.com (for women only)
Pligg sites (also Scuttle, phpDug, and PublicBookmark):
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)
(search for some in your niche)
myblogguest.com is a community where you can find places to be a guest blogger.
Some guest blogging or guest article opportunities:
(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.
Tutorialized.com (Web design and marketing)
tutorial-index.com (photoshop, coding, video, etc)
tutorial-center.com (computer related)
tutorialsphere.com (web, video, audio, etc)
tutorialsgarden.com (photoshop & coding)
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.
pdfcast.org (for PDF’s)
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.
ebookjunkie.com (Free ebooks category)
ebookmall.com (Free ebooks category)
Amazon.com (Kindle version)
See lesson #47 for how to create an ebook.
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)
(and many more)
feeds4all.com (podcast category)
downloadjunction.com (software related)
gmdir.com (Your site must use Google maps)
smartlinks.org (submit via email)
(Do a search to find niche-specific directories)
socialmarker.com is a free site that you can use to automate your social bookmarking.
Reddit.com (manual submission recommended)
(More social bookmarking sites on wikipedia)
answers.yahoo.com is probably the most popular Q&A site currently.
linkedin.com/answers (talked about in lesson #82)
quomon.com (tech related)
stackoverflow.com (programming related)
Places to build free pages & blogs (and post on others):
Wiki-type of sites:
reviews.ebay.com (Write guides)
Interactive sites powered by Ning (Search for sites in your niche)
I recommend NOT buying credits or upgrading your account, unless you just want to artifically inflate your traffic stats.
Pop-Up & Exit Ad Exchanges:
(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.
su.pr – is one to use if you’re a StumbleUpon user.
viralurl.com – is a popular one in the Internet marketing community
URL cloakers that pay cash for clicks:
safelistrankings.com (over 400 safelists listed)
– Giveaway Events (aka JV giveaways)
– Thank You Page Ad Swaps
– Host a Contest
-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.
– 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.
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)
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!