9 ways to get free website traffic

p_084There are many ways to get traffic to your blog or website. In this article I want to show you 9 ways to get free website traffic.

The strategies below can be done by anybody, there are no special skills involved. These techniques have been proven to work and I use them personally to get free traffic to my blog or websites.

1.) Giveaway Events

There are many ways to get signups to your list but the easiest and fastest one must be to join Giveaway Events as a contributor. You can add hundreds of new subscribers to your list through these events and even get extra free website traffic. All you have to do is adding your gift(s) to the event and promoting the event.

As an upgraded contributor you can often also add Banners, Paid Offers and your Profile with links to your website, blog, twitter profile and facebook profile.

2.) Ad Swaps

Once you have a couple hundred subscribers on your mailing list you can start to do Ad Swaps. Go to popular forums like the Warrior Forum or other forums that are related to the internet marketing industry. You’ll often find offers for Ad Swaps in the JV Section of the forum… if not, post your own ad swap offer there.

When you do an Ad Swap, you send out the promotion email of your Ad Swap Partner to your mailing list and your Ad Swap Partner will send out your promotion email to his list.

Ad Swaps are free and you can get tons of free traffic and hundreds of new mailing list subscribers every week just by doing ad swaps on a regular basis.

3.) Blogging

One of the best ways to get a steady stream of free web traffic from the search engines is by running your own blog. You’ll have to get your own domain name and hosting for installing the free WordPress blogging system. For branding pupose your domain should be Your Name .com just like my blog url is guidonussbaum.com

I won’t go into detail here on how to setup your blog, there are free videos out there that show you exactly how to install and setup WordPress. Important is the actual blogging procedure and the promotion of your blog and blog posts.

If you want to get free website traffic from search engines, you’ll have to do some keyword research. Find keywords that people actually search for by using keyword tools like the Google Keyword Tool. Make sure that the competition for your keywords is not too high.

When posting a new entry on your blog you include one or two keywords into each post. Enter your keywords into your post title and use them a couple times throughout the body of your blog post. This will make it possible for search engines to associate your blog post with the keywords.

To get listed in the search engines you’ll have to create back-links to your blog posts.

4.) Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking is one of the easiest ways to get one-way links to your websites and blogs. You can use a tool like SocialPoster.com to bookmark your site with 20 or more bookmarking services. Don’t forget to bookmark your blog posts after publishing them to get even more free traffic.

5.) Link Wheels

With Link Wheels you build up hundreds of strong backlinks to your websites to get a higher listing in the search engines. Usually you optimize each Link Wheel for one keyword.

The exact procedure is not that hard to do but there is not enough space here in this blog post to explain it. Please use a search engine to find the procedure for creating Link Wheels.

6.) Banner Ads

Don’t forget the good old Banner Ads. Banner Ad spots are everywhere.

Many people don’t use the Banner Spots and miss out on alot of targeted traffic by doing that. Use every opportunity for free banner ad spots that you come across.

7.) Forums

Become active in Forums that are related to your website’s topic. Being active in forums means that you answer people’s questions, ask your own questions… it means that you provide useful content… don’t try to spam forums with your marketing messages.

The marketing part of forums comes with the Signature that you can setup in most forums. In this signature you should promote a free offer to get people on your own mailing list. A great way to get free website traffic.

8.) Error Pages

This is a huge traffic source once your website is established and receives some traffic every day. Most people don’t use error pages and they miss out on a huge amount of website traffic.

All you need to do is to setup a .htaccess file in the root folder of your domain. In this .htaccess file you can have different error handling entries. They look like this:

ErrorDocument 401 http://www.yourdomain.com
ErrorDocument 402 http://www.yourdomain.com
ErrorDocument 403 http://www.yourdomain.com
ErrorDocument 404 http://www.yourdomain.com

These entries mean that if these certain errors (401, 402 etc.) appear, then your .htaccess file redirects the visitor to the domain that is entered behind the error number (http://www.yourdomain.com).

There are more than just the 4 error numbers above that exist. Use the search engines to find the error numbers that you want to handle or look into your server data to find out what errors appear on your site and handle these errors in the .htaccess file.

9.) Twitter Web 2.0 Integration

I’m not that much into Twitter but when I post an update on Twitter, then this update automatically goes out to several Web 2.0 sites and Social Sites like Facebook and MySpace.

On many Social Sites and Web 2.0 sites you can integrate Twitter so that your Twitter posts appear on your Update List of these Social Sites. There are also services out there that allow you to post on hundreds of micro-blogging sites automatically.

Alright, that’s it for today. There are definately alot more techniques out there to get free website traffic. Maybe I’ll create another list in the future if you like this one… leave a comment and let me know what you think.

To your success,

Guido Nussbaum