The most important condition to succeed in the online business is to have quality traffic. Traffic is the most difficult test that online entrepreneurs have to meet in order to achieve success.
Of course, traffic has value only when it is appropriate to your niche site. So in order to get quality traffic that you seek, you have to consider several possibilities. If you’re creative, you can get a multitude of possibilities to build you the desired traffic.
Below I made a small list containing the most serious ways to create good traffic for your site or blog.
These methods do not promise to get you the desired traffic overnight, but if you’re dedicated and serious work correctly and I guarantee you’ll get the results you want faster than you think.
1. Create a Facebook Fan Page
Facebook social network has become the most influential of the entire Web. Therefore, having a content page that has links to your site can bring a pretty good traffic. Of course, to get the desired traffic you must contribute to the Facebook page with quality content and also to be serious and publish frequently.
2. Create a video
Not much point to say to you that YouTube is the 3rd most visited website in the world with over 1.4 billion monthly visitors, visitors who are interested in watching a video professional or creative and funny. You can easily add a watermark in that video containing your website address and also you can add a link in video description.
3. Use Social Websites
Write an interesting article or just come with a unique resource and do a post on one of the social networks like Google + or LinkedIn. Even if they are not so popular as Facebook, you’ll be amazed to see that they are some unusual traffic generators.
4. Guest Posting
If you are passionate about writing and you like to do research, it is a good idea to work with most popular blogs that accept guest writers. Once your articles will be published on those blogs you will receive a financial reward or you can get links to your website improving its value in search engines and also it will receive visitors clicks on it.
Undoubtedly, Craigslist is the largest collection of online ads in the world. Here you will find many categories that illustrate the most popular Web activities and less known. Add your site URL in ads and you will get quality visits.
6. Social Bookmarking
This is one of the top methods used by the best online marketers out there, but also many webmasters forget or do not give it importance. You should keep in mind that social bookmarking will bring traffic generated by the community that where you post the link and also improves search engine positioning with quality backlinks.
Once you manage to establish a reputation of being active in communities and forums, the amount of traffic you can receive is unimaginable. Also, most forums allow you to add your favorite links in the signature, you should use that to your advantage and get quality links.
8. Exchange Links
From my point of view, I chose not to use link exchanges as a way to get traffic simply because I want to keep a clean look of the site without links in sidebar.
On the other hand, if you decide to use link exchanges as a means of promotion, it can bring many benefits if done wisely. If you do link exchange with a website that has traffic and a good page rank, it is obvious that you only benefit.
9. Update Your Content Often
If you have a blog, you should know that search engines love content because it is what feeds them. Also, search engines like Google and Yahoo are all too careful each time a site updates its content. Therefore, if you post often and use the ping tools, you can draw the attention of search engines with ease.
10. Article Marketing
After learning of updateul made by Google in which many websites were banned from posting articles, most bloggers have decided not to use article marketing as a solution to promote their website.
However, you should know that this update does not include all websites and all items posted. Google wanted to make a selection so it only banned articles that repeat and those that were used as spam.
11. Comment on Blogs
Even if most blogs do not give do-follow to links, comments on blogs can make bring to your site more traffic and exposure. Many of them have a comment love system that shows readers the last article written on your blog and so according to interest, readers might come or not to your website.
12. Be active in content communities
There are many websites like EzineArticles or HubPages that can bring the benefits of an old community in the field whose a traffic maker.
13. Submit your website to web directories
Although many consider it an outdated method for gaining traffic, submitting your website in web directories is one of the best things you can do for SEO. First, when you send your website to web directories, you manage to get backlinks to your site and let’s not forget about the fact that your website is viewed by visitors of those directories.
14. Create Link Wheel Strategies
I was amazed to find out that there are many so-called SEO optimizers who don’t even heard of one of the most interesting ways to build site backlinks. Link Wheel will get you backlinks from social networks in a very short period of time helping you to improve your traffic and search engine position quickly.
15. Create List Articles
It is known fact that not all people have the mood to read long articles which have no ending. Therefore, by creating a list item type, you’ll be fascinating your visitors and make them come back to your site.
16. Post Videos
We live in a world where YouTube is one of the most visited sites in the world. What makes you think that makes YouTube so popular? Of course … people love videos and they like to shoot themselves in situations more or less strange and then share them with friends. That brings you a huge opportunity to bring something interesting to your visitors.
17. Be sociable
Rate people, offers likes on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Tumblr because they want it and as a reward, they will follow you and your articles. However, try to stay on your niche and follow people that talk about what you do.
18. Write in more languages
It is true that many web users are English speakers, but you should know that Spanish and Chinese people are even more. Personally, I recommend you to write in several languages if it is possible, but not combine them because you don’t want to drive your visitors crazy.
19. Build powerful social media profiles
Before you click the stumble button and before submitting a new story on digg, you should know that no one will follow your story unless you have friends on these websites. To have friends on these sites, be active and work in a serious and genuine way.
20. Post funny images
If you have a website that belongs to the category entertainment then you should know that people like funny pictures and also love to share them with friends.
21. Write a Squidoo Lens
Squidoo Lens is the term used to describe articles by website authors. Squidoo has an impressive community that will help you to get easy promotion of your website.
22. Write Hub Pages
Hub Pages are those items that you can find on the site HubPages. You should know that this site has over 10 million visitors each month so you can get a good amount of traffic by adding links to your site.
23. Organize contests
Free stuff and contests that make users to compete against each other are great tools for driving traffic because they arouse visitors interest everytime.
24. Ask for Links
In most cases, to make link exchange is necessary to have a good page rank but there are many exceptions. Therefore it is best to talk to those who you want to get help from because you might never know who’s willing to help you.
25. Build a Blogger blog
If you did not know, Blogger was bought by Google in 2003. Since the rule is in Google, Blogger has some benefits when it comes to search engine optimization by coming with perfect form and content optimized. You can use Blogger to your advantage to improve site performance in search engines.
26. Write about popular subjects
Facebook and iPhone are currently one of the most popular online topics discussed in today web, but tomorrow may be others. Therefore it is better to learn what you topics are hot so that you can create better traffic for your site.
27. Be an active part of Answers websites
Yahoo Answers allows you to place the website links in answers to users who are active and provide quality answers. In order for your website links to be clickable you have to get to level 2 which means you have to gain 250 trust points.
28. Be active in groups
Yahoo, Google and many other websites will allow you to join different groups of activities. There you can promote your website by posting relevant links. In order to do that you need to be an active member of the sites.
29. Create a free product or offer a service for free
Good news travels fast and we all know that free things are the most pleasant. Offer something for free and I assure you that people will come to your site quickly
30. Ping Websites
Although search engines have robots that search for new content to index, you can make the process go faster by announcing them using ping services. You can find a good list of ping sites here.
31. Offline Promotion
When you decide to advertise in the offline, you must consider which type of people you promote your website to. If your website is based on the car industry, surely you can not promote it in a niche that involves food.
32. Make Serious Research Before Starting to Write
If you want your visitors to enter your site and return then you have to be careful with all the things you publish. Do research before you start writing to make sure you have everything needed to build a perfect article.
33. Ask for a review
You would be amazed to see how many people want to write a review for you, but to be a positive review you should give them the reason and for that you should make your website interesting.
34. Create a Document or E-Book
In nowadays online you can find online e-book stores everywhere. A good marketer would use this to his advantage and began to write a book on subject he knows best.
35. Join Free Advertising Networks
Yes, there really exist such networks that promotes your website completely free. One of the most popular way to do this is through Entrecard network.
36. Post to Classified Websites
Craigslist is just one of the many websites out there created for you to add link and classified ads.
As you see, there are plenty of ways you can get traffic to your site but most of them involve quality content especially if you want visitors to return to your site.