I remember the first time I’ve built an affiliate website. I’ve spent days to design some good looking graphics and some more days to make sure everything was perfect.
Weeks went past and the website haven’t made a single sale!
The problem was that the website was lost in cyberspace and no-one ever knew it existed. It doesn’t matter how pretty your website looks like, if it doesn’t get any traffic it’s not going to make you any money.
There’s some really basic websites online that do very well just because of the large amount of traffic they receive.
Make sure you got your website set up making the core message of your website clear and any opt-in forms are ready to receive opt-ins. If you’ve done this then get started with these traffic generation techniques to get you some quality visitors.
Traffic Generation Techniques – From the desert to main street
1) Search Engine Advertisement
This is a great way to receive traffic fast but it does require you to spend some money. Google being the largest of the search engines, I do recommend you use Google Adwords for your search engine advertisement campaign.
Most advertisers only use the search result ads that you see being displayed at the top of the page when you enter a search term. Knowing this you can get one step ahead and use Google Adword’s Display Network and target other websites to display your ad.
There’s an extra benefit of advertising on the Display network, when someone clicks your add that’s being display on another website in your niche, you basically receive a double qualified lead.
Visitors first qualified by searching for a term in your niche and clicked to visit a website from that niche, they then qualify once more by clicking on your add to visit your website.
2) Guest Blogging
For the newbies, when you post on someone else’s blog it’s called guest blogging. You have to learn how to find these blog you may post on. Remember that this blog post is called traffic generation techniques so you do not want to post on any old blog, you want to post to blogs that receive traffic and social interaction.
You could waste a lot of time if you spend all your time writing posts and then submitting them to blogs with very little quality traffic.
You can use Alexa to see the amount of traffic the blogs you choose to post to receive. Also remember to visit the blog itself and see if it have a healthy dose of social engagement and comments. Read through the content and check the quality standard of the posts.
You will want to post excellent quality posts to these blogs, the better the quality the more visitors you will receive back to your website.
A good technique to find potential blogs for guest blogging is StumbleUpon. Search for sites in your niche, check out their home blog and make sure they qualify on the above points.
If the blog qualify then just contact them about a great article you think they will like to post on their site.
3) Viral Marketing
Got any of your own awesome videos or pictures gathering dust on your computer? Post it on YouTube or Facebook with a connection to your brand or website and see traffic flocking in from everywhere.
4) Search Engine Optimization
If you are looking for free, organic traffic then you absolutely need to do keyword research and write your post accordingly.
Search engines can provide you with thousands of visitors every month if you do your keyword research correctly.
Every single day many new products are launched so there will never be a scarcity of keywords you can write about on your blog.
Use your creative mind and Google Adwords’ Keyword Planner to come up with low competition, high monthly search volume keywords.
5) Articles for Traffic
Article directories can be another great source of traffic if you have time to write articles every day.
If you want traffic from article directories make sure your articles are of excellent quality and provide a great deal of value to the reader.
People will only click on your website link at the bottom of the article if they think the article was valuable to them.
6) Traffic from Forums
Getting buyers is all about building trust. Forums can give you many pre-sold customers if you provide value in the forums and assist other members.
Don’t go spamming the forums or leave low quality comments on other people’s posts.
Put your website link in your forum signature and interact with other members of the forum. Leave about 10 to 15 quality comments a day and you will see the traffic to your website increase substantially.
7) Providing Quality to Subscribers
Last but not least of these traffic generation techniques is how to treat your subscribers. Make sure you send them quality information about your niche.
The average person get hundreds of promotional emails every month, if your newsletter doesn’t provide value, you will lose these subscribers.
With many autoresponders you are able to incorporate social media signals within your newsletter.
If they like your newsletter they will share it with a social signal you thus you get more exposure and more traffic from their friends and followers.
When starting to build traffic it’s important to take daily action, especially with the free traffic generation methods. You need a plan and you need to execute the plan daily.