To grow an online business you need traffic,no doubt about it. The person who gets more eyeballs on their offers is the one that will usually make the most money. Most traffic generation methods will cost you money (Facebook PPC,Google PPC,Media Buying,Solo Ads,etc) but what if you’re on a budget and need cheap ways to drive traffic to your site? Well,I’ve got you covered! In this post I’ll go over a few cheap and cost effective ways to drive traffic to your site. Let’s get started.
1 – Blog Commenting – There is a big misunderstanding in the IM world about blog commenting so let me clear the air a bit. We don’t blog comment to get thousands of spammy backlinks! Spamming hundreds of thousands of blog with blog comments that don’t add value doesn’t work anymore. The purpose of blog commenting is add value to other people’s blogs. If you become a regular contributor on other people’s blogs over time people will start to notice you and click through to YOUR site. Check out a more thorough post on blog commenting right here
2 – Write about current events in the news – One of the easiest ways to get instant traffic to your blog is to write about what is currently trending in the news. Some marketers refer to this as “news jacking“. What you do is relate the hottest,latest news story to something in your business. We are not trying to be CNN here,you want to simply relate a current news story to what is happening in YOUR business. Here is a good example below:
How Obama’s Latest Decision In Iraq…
How The Recent Struggles Of Justin Bieber Are Like The Average Network Marketer…
3 – Guest Posting – Guest posting is one of the most cost effective ways to drive traffic to your site. If you’re not familiar with guest posting,it’s when a blogger contributes to another person’s blog by writing a blog post. Guest posting is a win-win for both parties, the contributor (guest poster) gets more exposure to their content and the host gets free content! Trust me,referral traffic from guest posting is some of the most targeted traffic you can get. The Home Business Hangout is a great place to guest post if you’re a home based business entrepreneur.
4 – Forum Marketing – Traffic from forums is some of the best referral traffic you can get. Again,you must take a quality approach to this marketing strategy. It’s not the number of forum posts that matter,it’s the number of quality posts. Everything in marketing is about attention,and to get people’s attention you must stand out from the crowd,you do this by being a regular contributor and providing value. Most forums have a signature area under every post you make giving you a place to leave a link to your site. Here is a post I wrote on forum marketing right here.
5 – Article Marketing –Article marketing (when done right) is still the most effective way to drive traffic to your site. This traffic strategy won’t cost you anything but your time since you have to create a lot of content. Article marketing was around when internet marketing was in its infancy. Article marketing is when you post articles to authoritative sites like EzineArticles.com and GoArticles.com in hopes that an internet marketer will pick up your article and put it in their newsletter or on their blog. This strategy is effective because you get to leave 2 links in the bio box under every article you post. Lets do the math,Joe Marketer and 9 other marketers post your 1 article on their sites. That’s 20 backlinks from just your 1 article (2 links in bio box X 10 blogs). The problem most marketers have is creating enough content to make this strategy work for them,click this link here to learn how to create a shit load of content at the push of a button!
There you go,5 ways to get traffic to your site if you’re broke and have no money. Let me know if you have any cheap and affordable traffic methods of your own, don’t be shy,let me know in the comments section below!