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10 Ways to Generate Traffic to Your Site for Free

Most businesses now count on a web presence as a big part of their marketing campaign. Whether it is a small start-up or a major corporation, Internet marketing is absolutely necessary for businesses that want to reach the biggest audience. Luckily for those just starting out, there are a number of ways to drive traffic to your website for free. Here are ten free ways to get people to your site.

1. Social Media


One of the best free ways to start getting clicks on your webpage is by starting with your friends and family. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have become one of the best free ways to reach people you already know and to broaden your audience with people that you do not. Every time you put a link on Facebook or Twitter there is a chance someone will click on it from your network and then pass it along to a friend and so on. You can even try to get your link on the page of a competitor or a celebrity that can broadcast it to a larger audience.

2. Writing a Guest Blog


Many sites will allow you to write blogs for their site in exchange for putting a backlink to your page. This can be a great way to generate focused traffic, as the people on that click on your link will have already shown some interest in the topic. Try to find a blog in your niche that welcomes guest bloggers and then write something interesting for them. You can reach out to them via email. You should write the email and don't copy and paste your outreach emails to these prospecting clients.

3. Participate in Forums


Another great free way to get your website some traffic is by participating in forums that relate to your website, product or service. If you are promoting your sports blog then you could participate in sports related forums. You shouldn’t just keep putting your link on the forum, however, as it will make you look like spam. Instead, makeinteresting comments and participate in debates and then use a link to your site im your signature. This is an effective way to get your link in front of people that are interested in the topic, which will send more focused, qualified customers to your site.

4. Comment on Blogs


This is similar to #3, as you will essentially be trying to get your name or website in front of people that are already interested in the topic. If you know of a blog that is in your niche you should go there and make some comments. They might ask you to write a guest blog for their site, but even if they don’t you will at least be getting your name in front of the people that read the blog. You can try commenting on several blogs in your niche, which will increase the chances that you get some traffic.

5. Write an Article

Another free way to get traffic to your site it by writing an article about a related topic and then linking your page to it. You should try to write an article that has some helpful information that people are actually searching for. You should do some keyword research in your niche and try to come up with article subjects and titles that are related to popular searches. “How to” articles and “Top 10” type articles are always popular and could generate a lot of free traffic for your site.

6. Interview Someone in Your Field


This is probably best for bloggers and websites that already get some traffic, but an interview with someone in your niche or field could generate a lot of free traffic. This is because you will not only get traffic from people searching for the topic, but also people that are searching for the person you interviewed. If you are lucky enough to interview someone that is famous then this can be a huge boost to your traffic.

7. Make a Video

People are increasingly turning to video over text. To take advantage you can make a “How to” video or tutorial about your topic. Just be sure to make it interesting or informative and to put your link in the description as well as in the video. The other main key about video that YouTube is the #2 search engine, therefore, you be able to searched via Google search and YT search. Youtube is also a good source to drive mobile traffic to your site.

8. Do a Podcast


Podcasts are extremely popular. You can make one that deals with your specific topic or niche. You can mention your website many times during the podcast, which will help generate free traffic for your site. Many individuals interview people in their niche that give tips or advice to their community. For instance, if your site is about french food try to outreach to the top french cooks in the country. 

9. Use Proper SEO


This could be an entire article unto itself. The best way to get the most out of search engine optimization is by hiring a qualified SEO consultant. They will know the latest ways to help get your site to the top of search engines. A good rule of thumbs in SEO is that content is king. If you generate good content on a consistent basis you will increase the links and audience of your site.

10. Keep at it

You should not expect to see results in the first day or even the first month. If you keep plugging away and use a variety of these free techniques, you can drive traffic to your site without spending a dime. The hardest part about this expression is it takes a lot of work. Nothing comes easy, and those who spend the time and put in the work will generate results. 

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  • KDomainNames's picture
    Jun 10 Posted 2 years ago KDomainNames

    Interesting! WTS traffic magnet? :\

  • Apr 8 Posted 3 years ago Felix Brown

    Personally, I think the blog design. It gives the visitor that good impression if the blog appeared to be very pleasing to the visitor’s eyes.

  • Mar 10 Posted 3 years ago rastertovector

    Nice! This is a great list! Thanks for sharing. Let us use free usage of these social media to share good ideas such as this post! The images in this blog says it all. We also need to remember that in those list of ways, everyone of us should work hard to get our goal.

  • Dec 24 Posted 3 years ago ksparks30

    Thanks for sharing these ideas.Its really helpful for increasing website traffic.

  • Dec 22 Posted 3 years ago skimbath It is imperative to package ones product for marketing with utmost caution and resourcefulness.The surfer that will glance at your message needs to be convinced from that initial contact that you have a gem under your rock.the curiosity fueled by the air of suspense that will keep them spell bound for hours and mmake them regular visitors.
  • Dec 14 Posted 3 years ago Abel Ligas

    Social Media, How to right? I don't know how to get more friend on thest social network :(

    If make friend with other people, but they don't know me, i think they will don't accept. 

  • Dec 4 Posted 3 years ago senjaliyaravi

    if the content of your website is related to entertainment the traffic can be thousands of times more than if it is auto mobile segment. You just need to be creative and let the community come to you.I just want to add that it is not enought that you post statuses and tweets on social media.You will have more visitors and they will remain longer than few seconds if you use attractive visual aids, website,markting,videos, also sections like “Frequently asked questions” and “Contact us”. The texts must be short, understandable and consistent.

  • Dec 2 Posted 3 years ago dp2web

    I get most of the traffic on my blog from search engines and a limited number of visitor from Social networks that too from my profiles / posts shares. Many people use traffic convertors like hitleap, adsurf, etc to generate traffic and gain alexa ranking But does this also help in Proper SEO. Eric, can you elaborate a little bit on Proper SEO, what does you mean by this? How can we do this? Is there is any technique for same?

  • Nov 29 Posted 3 years ago Hot Springs Guide

    Just a very quick comment... in your bio Eric you use the pronoun "she," I think you meant "he."

  • Oct 23 Posted 3 years ago aloysious

    The social Media is a help to each and everyone in so mny waysYoe can be in touch eithyour elatives who are on social media,friends and come to know people the world ove

  • Oct 11 Posted 3 years ago geagleiam

    I agree – most of the visitors of my blog come after searches through Google and for web traffic they are more important even than social websites like Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo.answers or different forums. Of course, professional web sites like help more for earning traffic, but if you would like to do it by yourself you should bear in mind also that, if the content of your website is related to entertainment the traffic can be thousands of times more than if it is educational. You will have more visitors and they will remain longer than few seconds if you use attractive visual aids, videos, also sections like “Frequently asked questions” and “Contact us”. The texts must be short, understandable and consistent.

  • safame20's picture
    Sep 22 Posted 3 years ago safame20

    Really Great views on generating traffic. I gnerate traffic by

    1. Writing on blogs

    2. Using Wts traffic magnet 4.0 which give me direct and unique clicks not referred clicks

    3. Submitting to article website

    4. twitter

    5. By applying SEO

  • S911MS's picture
    Aug 21 Posted 3 years ago S911MS

    I use many of these free strategies to build relationships, content, and relevance with my followers. I am just starting out < 2 months, and already I am seeing results from it. You have to work at it, be engaged, be social, and be involved. You cannot just be a faceless entitiy, you need to build solid relationships with people. Another thing is having fun, you need to like doing this. I love it, I look forward to getting out of bed every day and being engaged.


    Rgds, Mike Morden

  • Christine Steffensen's picture
    Aug 19 Posted 3 years ago Christine Steffensen

    Building a relationship with your audience and fans is priceless, because this is similar to attracting desired leads and converting them to prospects, except there are no phone calls involved and no investment in additional resources (given that you already have a computer unit). You just need to be creative and let the community come to you

  • Belinda Summers's picture
    Aug 19 Posted 3 years ago Belinda Summers

    I just want to add that it is not enought that you post statuses and tweets on social media. One important thing to remember when you are in social media is to engage and socializes, that is why it is call social in the first place.


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