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101 ways to get more traffic :)

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by superflytrainer, Feb 17, 2007.

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    Hey guys

    I shared this article I typed up with another internet marketing forum and so many people love it, so I thought I would share it with you guys because this is a common question that i see popping up in many im forums. Hey, maybe we can make this article a sticky . Anyways, hope you enjoy.


    101 ways to get more traffic

    1.Write and submit articles . It is a classic, but it works. This will be indefinite traffic stuck in the search engines for you. Write quality unique articles, not articles that are rehashed or provide no insight to readers, which is a huge problem these days.
    2.Write and submit press releases, think prweb after you do one.
    3.Write and ping blog entries. Always make sure to link back to your website with your blog posts. Try making multiple blogs and have them all link back to one main site.
    4.Make sure your website is listed in DMOZ: http://dmoz.org/.
    5.Advertise your website in the appropriate categories at Craigslist. Try posting your ads in the most populated cities in the world.
    6.If a niche related forum that you frequently visit allows signatures, then make sure to add your website url in there.
    7.Make sure to view related products on Amazon.com. You can try and take some customers from your competitors here by providing your own url if the product is similar.
    8.Review websites in your niche on Alexa to try to take some of their traffic by including a reference back to your site.
    9.Review some related products on epinion.
    10.If you purchase a product that you actually like, then feel free to give an individual respect when respect is due and leave a testimonial. You should be able to get some traffic from that website if your testimonial is left with a url.
    11.Whenever you send an email to someone, always add your website url as a signature.
    12.Keep updating content on your websites/blogs… try at least once per week.
    13.Tag blog posts at social bookmarking sites, especially at http://del.icio.us/.
    14.Add photos to your blog with appropriate keywords.
    15.Tag blog photos at Flickr.
    16.Politely ask your readers to subscribe to your rss feeds.
    17.Try coining your own term. Might want to trademark it if you smell that it will become popular.
    18.Encourage readers to comment on your blogs.
    19.Include translation for your websites/blogs, especially in Chinese.
    20.Do not be boring, write about something that a wide select of people would want to know about.
    21.Make sure to edit your writing (unlike what im doing :D).
    22.Comment on other related blogs.
    23.Make a custom 404-error page for your website. You can provide a link back to your main website or even try to monetize it by offering a related affiliate program within your niche.
    24.Sponsor a charity, most charities will link back to your website, and you are also doing a good deed .
    25.Sell an item on eBay as a charity auction. Most charities will link back to both your auction and your main website.
    26.Start a publicity campaign, do something that individuals in your niche will take note of.
    27.Brand your website with a logo and a slogan/catch phrase. Think IBM.
    28.Hold a crazy contest that people in your niche will talk about. This will equal more links and traffic to your website.
    29.Build a tool that individuals in your niche will love and enjoy. Then give it away for free. If the tool is helpful, then you will get quality one-way links to your website.
    30.Contact small newsletters sources offline and submit articles to them.
    31.Become friends with editors of an offline publication.
    32.Give speeches offline. Start small and local. Also, do not forget to participate in toastmasters meetings in your area.
    33.Have a GREAT product. All of the marketing/advertising in the world will do you NO good if your product is sub par.
    34.Make something innovative. If you are selling information, what makes your content something you cannot get from the local bookstore, Barnes and noble or even eBay for that matter?
    35.Is your product groundbreaking? Will you leave individuals with no choice but to talk about your product or service?
    36.Are you selling something that wide groups of people want to know about but there is limited/scarce knowledge?
    37.Write good content, if your writing is good then people will share it with their friends. In addition, webmasters will use it as content on their website with a reference back to your article, or at least they should.
    38.Spark emotions. If you get people emotional about something then they will most likely talk about it.
    39.Get a custom t-shirt made with your website url on it, and wear it often.
    40.Build a list of subscribers. Your list is like a golden asset to you if utilized correctly.
    41.Write tip articles, such as “Ten easy tips to blank-blank-blank.”
    42.Buy traffic from the search engines by utilizing one of their PPC campaigns.
    43.Open up a myspace account and find targeted friends so that you can promote your services to them. Do not spam people, myspace is cracking down on spammers and are starting to sue people.
    44.Solicit a link from your local chamber of commerce.
    45.Have an easy to remember domain name. If your domain name is too long or not memorable then people may forget your site.
    46.Add a bookmark option to your website/blogs.
    47.Purchase the misspelled versions of your domain name and have it redirect to your main one.
    48.Use keywords in your image alt tags. For example, <img src="image.gif" alt="keywords go head" />
    49.Make sure to include appropriate keywords in your title tag, search engines show more prominence or importance to keywords here.
    50.Place appropriate keywords in your anchor text when linking.
    51.If you have a profile anywhere online, always include appropriate keywords and link back to your website.
    52.Try to get links from websites within your niche with a high pr (pagerank). Some The more one-way links (inbound links/backlinks) you have to your website, the higher your pr will become. Pagerank is important because websites with higher prs tend to have a higher search results in Google. It is a no brainier that if you can get number one for a competitive keyword then you will have enough traffic that you can handle… oh by the way its all free targeted traffic to remind you.
    53.Outsource grunt work. Time is in essence money…. you can hire individuals at freelance services to send emails, request JV proposals, or to answer questions from prospective or current customers.
    54.Offer something for FREE. Abracadabra is not the magic word, FREE is. It is like a worm on a pole for a fish in the water…. its bait! Offer a free mini course or free ebook to help collect more subscribers. You can always offer a backend to monetize on this opportunity, such as an affiliate product for example.
    55.After someone orders from you offer a one-time offer that compliments your product. For example, if I offered a traffic ebook, then after the individual purchase it would make sense for me to offer a traffic conversion bonus for a limited time only.
    56.Become the virus within your niche. Make yourself the bug and have people talking about your product. When people talk about your product then you can induce the viral effect. However, you must give people a reason to talk about you, and being like everyone else is not one.
    57.Do your research and find expensive niches to tap into. A good way to do this is to find how expensive someone is paying for a keyword on a PPC search engine. If you can sell items that are more expensive more often then it is a quicker way to get rich :D.
    58.Become an active respected member of niche related forums. You can do this by offering quality posts. Hint Hint, it is not the number of posts you make, it is the quality. Remember, quality or quantity. Many useless or negative posts will have people looking at you funny.
    59.Test, test, test. Your flushing money down the toilet if your not testing to see what campaigns are bringing you in the most money compared to which ones are costing you money. When you test, you can eliminate the campaigns that are costing you dollars so that you can properly maximize your marketing efforts. Without proper testing, you are pretty much lost and can’t improve. You can only guess to what has or what is working. With proper testing, you do not guess, you know.
    60.Stay up to date on what is going on in the world, you can monetize off hot topic trends.
    61.Network, when you know more people you can find people that can help you get what you need.
    62.Offer an affiliate program for your product or service. Make sure to let your satisfied customers know that you have one, if they like your product then they will be even more delighted to know that they will get money for referring you.
    63.Write and give away a free ebook or report. It does not have to be long as long as its quality information neatly formatted and put together. You can also make a brandable ebook or report and allow affiliates the opportunity to brand their affiliate links in there to pass on to the next individual. You can then send this ebook to your subscribers or submit it to ebook directories.
    64.Add viral components to your blog such as social bookmarking options, and a refer a friend option.
    65.Be funny, people like something that will make them laugh and they will spread it for you if it is a genius idea.
    66.Syndicate your content by using an RSS feeds on your website.
    67.Answer people’s questions on Yahoo! answers with a link to your website in the sources area.
    68.Put a link in the “about me” section of your eBay profile.
    69.Make and upload a viral video to you tube. Use appropriate keywords in the video description for your target audience.
    70.Record an informative podcast and submit them to poplar podcast directories.
    71.Provide helpful answers for Google adsense on their help forum with a link back to your website. Go here to check it out: http://groups.google.com/group/adsense-help
    72.Get people to comment and add content to your site. When they do this, they will provide you unique content, no need to pay for ghostwritten articles.
    73.If you cannot get JVs, then try to bribe webmasters for sponsored advertising space on their newsletters.
    74.Include a media section on your website so that you will give the media an easy way to stay up to date on what your company is doing.
    75.Try to teach a class at your local community college or university. The more exposure you get in the public, the more credibility you will receive.
    76.Make a screensaver and make it easy for individuals in your niche to download it. Have eye candy graphics combined with your company logo to brand yourself.
    77.Write something controversial and spread it freely to your target market. It can be something as idiotic as the Da Vinci code, but as long people talk about it, its a successful campaign. A few hints, something controversial is something that goes against established beliefs in your market.
    78.Write and publish a book. Having your own book is a quick way to gain credibility.
    79.Take a guru in your niche out to lunch, and pay for it.
    80.Start an organization or club about something. This can be done online through Yahoo! or Google groups.
    81.Volunteer. Donate your time to a good clause…you can always network with people and form connections at the same time.
    82.Get involved in your community and try to run some type of outreach program.
    83.Offer good customer service, you may be surprised on how many referrals you get just be having a reliable one.
    84.Consider adding a direct mail marketing campaign to your marketing ****nal.
    85.Put an ad in your local yellow pages to get some local customers. Yellow pages tend to be more successful then newspaper ads because individuals are looking for a particular service when they are browsing through the yellow pages as opposed to newspapers.
    86.Post bulletins in your local supermarket. However, since not everyone may carry a pen or pencil, place your contact information and url on strips on the bottom so that individuals can rip it off and take it with them.
    87.Host your own commercial so you can put “as seen on TV” on your products.
    88.Conduct surveys and publish them. These make you appear as an expert in your field of study.
    89.Break a record or shoot to be in the Guinness world records for something.
    90.Make a sitemap for your website.
    91.Use a favicon for your site.
    92.Make your visitors more involved in your website. You can help accomplish this by adding CGI scripts to your site.
    93.Make sure you have no broken links on your site, and make sure that your website shows clearly in all browsers.
    94.Find domain names that get traffic, purchase them, and have them redirect to your website.
    95.Spell correctly whenever using keywords in writing.
    96.Look at sites related to your niche to try to figure out how they get their traffic.
    97.Properly optimize your website for the right keywords.
    98.Try to avoid java scripts on your website as much as possible.
    99.Do not use frames on your website.
    100. If your website becomes popular and starts getting lots of traffic, try switching to a dedicated server. The longer you site is down equals the more lost visitors you will have.
    101. Write a quality 101 article about a steamy topic that people want to know more about in your niche .
    SEMrush
    Doug
    (c)http://www.imutopia.com/
     
    superflytrainer, Feb 17, 2007 IP
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  2. BigBadWolf

    BigBadWolf Well-Known Member

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    Hey Doug are you a John Reese "student" or member of any of his sites? because your website... :)

    None the less great list.
     
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    webmasterlabor.com Peon

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    Great list but #4 is probably not going to happen nowadays. Getting listed on DMOZ is almost impossible. I don't know why that is--conflict of interest among editors or something. Even getting editorships is extremely difficult.

    Anyway, great list though.
     
    webmasterlabor.com, Feb 18, 2007 IP
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    This 101 things should give a level of progress. Thanks.
     
    kehnee, Feb 18, 2007 IP
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    And 102nd Tip:

    Tell all your friends, relatives, collegues about your new start up..)))

    Thanks for a great article. Nice example of what you've said in these tips!)
     
    pavlovskyy, Feb 18, 2007 IP
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    Janeth Active Member

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    My understanding is that inorder to post anything on Amazon you first have to buy the product. Which means that you would have to buy the product from your competition before you could comment about it.

    If I'm wrong then please explain how to go about doing it.
     
    Janeth, Feb 19, 2007 IP
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    superflytrainer Peon

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    Of course, how else will you be able to comment on the quality of the product :). I purchase a lot of products from competitors in my niche, its the only way to see the quality of the products for yourself. I tend to purchase the more popular products because those will have more people searching for reviews about them.


    Doug
     
    superflytrainer, Feb 19, 2007 IP
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    superflytrainer Peon

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    Also, i got a message from someone asking for permission to publish my article on their website or blog, and im all for it, just give me a link back to my site, take care :).

    Doug
     
    superflytrainer, Feb 19, 2007 IP
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    Mr_Kumar Notable Member

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    Really Nice Article. can I use this article on my blog?? Some greens for you.
     
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    superflytrainer Peon

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    #11
    i am amazed by the longitude of this post of yours but nonetheless, it's quite obvious that you have had a great time doing the tips and seing to it that you can share a meaningful item in this forum

    thank you very much for the effort and the time you took painstakingly going through all this and share it just like that.

    Thanks!!!
     
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    Indoubtedly it is very useful article. With many points of this article I'll agreed, though there are some things which can be challenged. ;)

    But in any case, it's always better to share good knowledge with others, than to hold them in itself.

    Thanks for this good knowledge! Respect
     
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    superflytrainer Peon

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    #13
    Yeah, it faded a little towards the end, but for the most part it has some solid basic information.

    Doug
     
    superflytrainer, Feb 22, 2007 IP
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    TwoFeathers Active Member

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    Excellent post !
    I saw quite a few ways that I had never considered - Thanks !
     
    TwoFeathers, Feb 22, 2007 IP
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    Mystique Well-Known Member

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    Definitely a must-bookmark thread

    rep added
     
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    very good list.. covers a wide scope of online businesses.

    :)
     
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    How long have i been looking for info like this!!

    Hats off to you, got some work to do now. Thank you for the great info gonna print this list off and stick it on my notice board
     
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    Doug,
    I see your list is just as popular here as when I read it in "that other internet marketing forum that shall remain nameless" ;)

    Excellent list. I would just add Squidoo.com. You sort of covered it under the blanket term of social bookmarking sites. Squidoo really deserves special consideration though as they are very hot right now.

    Also, you kind of covered making a commercial, but I would just add submitting it to google video and youtube so it can go really viral.
     
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    network Active Member

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    thats a great big article on Marketing. Thanks.
     
    network, Feb 25, 2007 IP
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    Im glad you did share Doug. I almost forgot about this valuabe resource you've given us ;)

    Doug,
    If you haven't already, you should just write a short paragraph or two on each item on your traffic list. You would have a very nice "Special Offer" to share with a certain forum that shall remain nameless ;)

    If it's relevent to your niche, it would also be an outstanding freebie for your opt in list. Also it would make an awesome article to submit to the directories and back sell a $7 report via bum marketing. I know you know where you might find a good plr report you could buy for just such a purpose...

    ;) , ;) , Noodge, Noodge, Say No More!, Say No More!
     
    charlesartist, Feb 26, 2007 IP