I’ve been blogging for close to two years and have learnt many ways to get lots of traffic. There are ways that will get your site blacklisted by search engines ( read Black Hat SEO) and those by which search engines will place your site at a higher rank than others.
I decided to write this post after some of my friends and readers asked me how I get good traffic.
So, here are some of the ways to get traffic for free:
1] Optimize your site for Search Engines: This is the first thing you have to do once you get your site/blog ready. Search engines can get you tons of free traffic. Successful sites get a major chunk of their traffic from search engines.
2] Submit your site to all major Search Engines ( Google, Yahoo, Bing), directories and classifieds.
3] Article Distribution: Write articles about things related to your site content and distribute them to article directories with your link on every page.
4] Participate in forums related to your site’s content. Post your opinion and overtime as you gain points you will be able to put your site’s link.
5] Place related articles link at the end of every post on your blog ( there are free widgets to do this in case you do not know HTML).
6] Exchanging traffic with other bloggers will expose you to a new class of readers.
7] Leave comments on other websites/blogs with backlinks.
8] Answer questions at Yahoo! Answers and put your link at the end.
9] Optimize each page for particular keyword or phrase.
10] Place a link to your site in your email signature ( an easy way to get a bit more free traffic ).
11] Add a bookmark button on every page so visitors can come back and refer others to your site.
12] Place tell-a-friend form on your site.
13] Create mind-blowing content and make it go viral.
14] Give freebies (ebooks, e-courses) so that your readers keep coming back for more.
15] Add an RSS button, follow- by email form, etc.
16] Put a ‘like’ button for your site’s Facebook page on your blog.
17] Make a viral video and to make your site visible to thousands of people.
18] Conduct and publish surveys.
19] Create free ebooks and submit it to sites like www.free-ebooks.net
20] Do something controversial, but try to stay within the limits :D
21] Create fresh quality content not found elsewhere. Search engines will begin to love your site.
22] Maintain an online personality to make you look famous and important.
23] Treat your site’s visitors as humans and reply to their comments. Be open to criticism and never lose your temper online.
24] Hold giveaways and contests in which people can participate by hitting the Facebook ‘like’ button and/or tweeting about your site.
25] Offline Promotion: Mention your site on your business card, your company’s souvenirs and vehicles, start selling T-shirts with your site’s logo, etc.
If I’ve missed anything, please let me know by commenting.
Good luck to you in your online venture.