Low-Cost Traffic Generation Methods

Drum up traffic on a limited budget

There is one hard and fast rule in generating income for your website: A steady flow of website traffic! If no one goes to your site, it has a little to no chance of generating income, as many sites have tried and failed in their attempts to generate traffic, which resulted in the sites’ demise.

It takes money to maintain an income generating site which, according to the old adage “it takes money to make money”, should come as no surprise…

…But, it doesn’t require a total liquidation of your bank account contents to generate website traffic for yours or any other website. There are a number of free and low-cost traffic-generation methods available to anyone who is willing to put in the time required to get positive results from these methods.

Ever wonder how big businesses drive traffic to their sites? Most of them have spent, and are spending, tons of money to drive traffic to their sites by investing in various advertising campaigns and different forms of marketing schemes and techniques. This was all worthwhile because they had deep enough pockets to finance the marketing that made them what they are now… high earning, big hitting websites.

You don’t have to do this if you don’t really have their resources. As mentioned earlier, there are many ways to generate low cost website traffic without having to spend what you don’t have or can’t afford, and we will talk about a few of those ways in the following paragraphs. Even if you are only successful in converting a small percentage of visitors into clients, it still works especially if you get a high number of website traffic.

The link exchange method

This is a sure and proven method. Rarely would you see a site where there is no link to another site. Many webmasters are willing to exchange links with one another so that they could produce more public awareness about their sites. You’ll soon see and feel the sudden upsurge of the traffic coming in to your site from other sites.

An important prerequisite in exchanging links with other sites is having the same niche or content as the other site. They should share a common subject so that there is continuity in the provision of service and information that is of interest to your target audience.

Exchanging links also boosts your chances of getting a high ranking on the search engine result pages. It is common knowledge that search engines ranks high sites that have inbound and outbound theme-related links. With a good ranking position in the search engines, you will generate more traffic to your website without the high advertising costs.

The traffic exchange approach

This is like exchanging links but on a larger scale. This may cost a bit more than exchanging or trading links but could be made cheaper because you get to earn credits. You can use those credits when viewing the sites of other members, while you earn credits when someone views yours.

The viewing of another member’s site or page is done in a give-and-take manner where a site can use your site(s) content and vice-versa. You both benefit from each others efforts to generate traffic. The other sites visitors can go to your pages and know more about your site as well as theirs. Once again the public awareness of your sites existence is boosted.

Article writing and sharing invites traffic

There are many eZines and directories on the internet which provide free space for articles to be submitted. If you want to save costs, you can do the articles yourself. There are also many freelance writers who are willing to write for you for a small fee, but to save money, it is wise to do those articles yourself.

Write articles that are themed with the niche of your site and write something on a topic in which that you have expertise on so that when they read it, they can feel your knowledge about the subject and will be eager to visit your site. Write articles that provide tips and guidelines relating to the subject or niche your site is based around.

Include a resource box at the end of your article that will link them to your site and write a little about yourself and the topic discussed on your site. If you provide a light, information-rich and interesting article, they will go to your site and return for more.

Newsletter publishing will create traffic

This may sound like hard work because of all the articles you may need to use to build a newsletter, but on the contrary, this is not as difficult as you may think. There are many writers and sites that are willing to provide free articles as long as they can get their name in on your newsletter. This will provide free advertising for them as well.

As your newsletter gets passed around, you can widen your sphere and public awareness of your site while building an opt-in list with members that can regularly visit your site.

Traffic from forums and online communities

This only requires your time and nothing else. You can share your knowledge and expertise with many online communities as well as your website. You can get free advertising when you go to forums that have the same subject or niche with your site.

Share your two cents and let them see how knowledgeable you are with the subject. As you build your reputation, you also build the reputation of your site, making it a reputable and honest business that could be frequented and trusted by many people.

Getting a Consistent Flow of Website Traffic

Setting the foundation for traffic

Anyone who owns a website knows the importance of website traffic. An individual may have a terrific idea for a website with an excellent product or service, superb design, great content and excellent functionality; but if s/he does not use the right techniques, that site may not attract the all important highly targeted website traffic required to keep it visible and relevant.

Getting a consistent flow of traffic to your website has very little to do with the site itself and a lot to do with how the webmaster or website owner advertises and promotes it. With hundreds of competing sites, you must employ the most effective Web marketing techniques that will actually deliver results.

There are different Web marketing techniques a webmaster can use; and all these methods and strategies aim at increasing your website traffic because s/he must find a way for web surfers to find his/her site. So, if you are such a website owner and want to drive traffic to your website, you have to put yourself in the shoes of your prospective visitors and future clients and see the internet through their eyes.

Make the search engines love your site

Where do they usually go whenever they are looking up something on the web? The answer is a search engine. In fact, of the two most popular websites on the web today, one is a search engines and the other is a social network portal. Thus, you should focus your Web marketing efforts on the search engines, unless you have some expertise in the area of social media marketing.

People will usually search for something using a search engine and click on the top sites – sometimes the top 3 to 5 sites – found on the search engine results page (SERP). Therefore, you must use the right Web marketing techniques to get a high search engine ranking. To gain a high ranking in the SERPs, you can use several Web marketing strategies.

Search engine optimization is a set of methods that are aimed at improving the visibility of your site in the SERPs. Since the method of indexing sites utilized by search engine is looking at the site’s popularity (one-way links), content relevancy, meta description and – in some cases – keyword density, your site’s content must have favorable popularity, content, meta-tags and a keyword density that will make it “search engine friendly”.

Use the article submission strategy

Content relevancy is one of the most important internet marketing techniques itself. If you provide excellent content on your website that is fresh (not duplicated), geared towards achieving a high search engine ranking as well as provide useful information to your visitors, then you can expect a reasonably high search engine ranking. However, this is not as easy as it sounds. Countless other sites may be using the same internet marketing technique as you are. Thus, you must continuously find new ways of attracting more website traffic.

Aside from the traditional marketing techniques such as print ads, billboards, brochures, testimonials, flyers etc. you must also use other effective Web marketing methods to gain additional website traffic. One of the most popular internet marketing techniques today is submitting articles. Writing and submitting articles is an extremely powerful method for promoting your websites, products, and services.

By writing short articles on the topic related to your website, you can offer these articles for other website owners or newsletter publishers to use by submitting them to a number of article directories.

Article directories: attractive to humans and bots

These directories get crawled by search engine “bots” on a regular basis because of the high value of content they provide. If you have not yet been picked up by the search engines this is the easiest way to get them to find you. You also get exposure to those who are looking for articles in the directories for use on their sites.

When they make use of your articles on their websites or in their newsletters, you will get the credit as the author along with a link back to your website. Not only will you get visitors, but you will benefit from the hyperlinks that are created. This internet marketing technique is now being used by thousands of site owners. It has gained popularity because of its relatively high success rate in attracting a consistent flow of website traffic.