As a website owner, you are always looking at ways to generate a steady flow of website traffic. If no one comes to your site, you will have no chance of generating income. I am sure you have heard the phrase “It takes money to make money”. That is generally true, but there are free ways to generate website traffic.
Do you ever wonder how do big websites drive traffic to their site? Most of them are spending tons of money to drive the traffic to their sites, investing in many advertising campaigns and participating in different forms of marketing schemes. They can afford to use these tactics to drive traffic to their websites. The big sites have the resources to spend a lot of money on advertising and other marketing campaigns. The good news is that you do not have to spend a lot of money to generate traffic to your website.
The top 3 free ways to drive traffic to your site are video marketing, article marketing and forum participation. Even if you only get a small percentage of customers, these strategies still work especially if you get a high volume of website traffic.
Website Traffic Tactic #1 – Video Marketing
Video is pretty popular right now and it is an excellent way to drive traffic to your site. The types of videos that you can create are how to, Q&A, talking head and slide shows. How to videos would show your audience how to complete a specific task. Q&A videos answer a question that your prospects have. You can do a survey to see what questions they have or look to see what questions people are asking in related forums. With a talking head video, you are in front of a camera talking about a topic of interest. A slide show video is a Power Point video.
You can create videos from your blog posts, articles and free reports. In your videos, you direct your viewers back to your website. The best place to host your videos is on You Tube. You Tube is ranked very high in the search engines. Also, a lot of people go to YouTube to search for information.
Website Traffic Tactic #2 – Article Marketing
There are many article directories where you can submit your articles. You may be tempted to get someone to write your articles for you, but I would caution you against doing that. You want your articles to be in your voice. If you do get someone to write your articles, I suggest that you change them so they sound like they are coming from you.
Your articles should be related to your niche. Make sure that your articles contain useful and relevant information. Write something that you have expertise on so that when your readers read it, they feel like you are knowledgeable about the subject and will be happy to go to your site. Write articles that produce tips and guidelines related to your niche.
Make sure you include a resource box at the end of your article that can link them to your site. Write a little about yourself and your site. If you produce an information-laden and interesting article, they will likely go to your site for more. A good resource for article writing is 7 Minute Articles . 7 Minute Articles teaches you how to write a 400 word article In 7 minutes flat including the research and proofreading. You can also check out my articles on EzineArticles.
Website Traffic Tactic #3 – Forums
You should already be a part of forums that are related to your niche. Forums are a great way to network with people in your niche and also get valuable information. Being an active participant in a forum requires a few minutes of your day. You can share your knowledge and expertise. Most of the forums allow you to create a signature that can include a link back to your website. This is essentially free advertising.
Share your two cents and let them see how knowledgeable you are about the subject. As you build your reputation, you also build the reputation of your site, making it a reputable and honest business that can be visited frequently and trusted by many people. Two forums that I actively participate in are NAMS and Earn1KaDay.
As you can see these three strategies are very easy to implement. Start today to start getting more traffic to your website.