So you’ve been blogging for the past year almost constantly. You have a vast number of posts, pretty pictures, videos, the works. Or maybe you just opened the and online store front. You have all your merchandise ready to ship at a moments notice. Unfortunately with either scenario you also have a problem….no traffic. Not the rush hour traffic that we all dread, but the visitation traffic that we all crave. The kind of traffic that brings us the satisfaction that all the work we’re doing is actually worth something. The kind of traffic that gets us paid, but now I’m rambling. The point is we all love freebies and free promotion is no exception. Here we’ll show you a few methods to bring in some traffic without bringing out your money.
If you don’t know what StumbleUpon is, it’s a content discovery service that helps users find interesting and useful websites or webpages. The way it works is that user’s submit web pages that they believe will be beneficial or appealing to other members. The web pages are then shown to other members with similar interests as they “stumble”. StumbleUpon has a huge user base so it’s possible to get thousands of visits from this site alone.
Submit Express is a website that allows you to submit your own website to 70+ search engines. Of course you can do this yourself, but why take the time when they can do it for you. Let’s be honest the most valuable traffic comes from Google, Yahoo, Bing, or other search engines. These are the visitors most likely to check out more of your site (and click your ads).
While some of you might not see this as a good resource, I definitely do. I’m a strong believer in the any publicity is good publicity saying. SiteValueFox submits your website to over 400 site and valuation websites. While some of them are no longer active, it definitely doesn’t hurt to have your site submitted to the 300+ that are. This gives your website some visibility in search engines and a few backlinks.
I’ve decided to put Twitter and Facebook together since they both serve virtually the same purpose. Almost everyone these days is on a social networking site, and in most cases it is one or both of these. You can probably reach more people through social networking than any advertising out there. It’s also often helpful to offer some kind of incentive to customers or users that follow your accounts.
5.) Website Directories
There are plenty of website directories out there. Some are a little more difficult to get into, but these are usually the ones that provide the best traffic. To list a few that you might want to submit your website to:
- DMOZ – Open Directory Project
- SoMuch – You can never have too much!
- ProLinkDirectory – Quality Links
There are many more directories out there, a much larger list of them can be found here.