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⚠️ This article was published a while back. Not all traffic sources listed will still work. Treat it as an inspiration resource to do further research of your own.
As it turns out, never say never… I mean, if you know me I’m one of the few people who honestly think that massive list posts are stupid, and impossible to digest… Yet, here I am writing one.
Let me explain. The whole “getting traffic” issue is one which can be approached from many different angles. The possibilities are countless. You can get traffic from so many different places and by utilizing so many different practices that it’s more than easy to overlook something.
That’s why I’ve created this leviathan. I wanted to come up with a list containing all the practices and traffic sources I can think of.
But it’s still me, so even though I’m the author I still find this list impossible to go through for a normal human. That’s why I don’t expect you to read all of it. Just find a portion that interests you and use it as a reference file.
Here we go: 9,200,000 traffic sources for your blog or website:
So-called free traffic
…cause it’s nowhere near free.
1. Search engines – SEO
SEO is probably one of the biggest things you can practice in order to get some traffic for your website (by the way, make sure to check out my complete guide to hosting for online business). Top ranking for a good, competitive keyword can mean the world to your blog or website.
WordPress SEO is a pretty popular topic around the internet. Don’t forget to check these two cool posts: WordPress SEO – The Definitive Guide To Higher Rankings For Your Blog at Yoast, and WordPress SEO: The Only Guide You Need at ViperChill
2. Email marketing
Fancy name, but what it really means is sending emails to a list of people and leading them back to your blog. If you haven’t started to build your email list yet, it’s about time. Check out MailChimp as they are the only big player offering free services.
3. Co-registration traffic
This one’s usually not free, but it’s a part of email marketing, so I thought I might as well place it here. The basic idea is this: You find someone who already has an email list and try to convince them to place an additional form somewhere in their sign-up funnel.
This form/field/checkbox asks a new subscriber whether or not they want to subscribe to your list too. Something along the lines: “Hey. You might also consider subscribing to Karol’s list. He shares some interesting information about internet marketing. Just tick the checkbox and you’re good to go.”
In the end you get a new subscriber without any real effort on your part.
Social media traffic
There’s a couple of different things here.
In a sentence – you add your blog to a number of different social bookmarking services.
9. Spurl.net – problems while loading the site
12. Backflip.com – no longer with us
19. Buddy Marks
22. Google Bookmarks
25. A1 Webmarks
26. Bookmark Tracker
27. myVmarks – no longer with us
28. Wirefan.com – no longer with us
You don’t have to do it by hand though:
37. One more trick you can use. Share your new post via Google Reader (the little share icon at the bottom).
Web 2.0 sites
Websites within a popular domain which you can build for free, and then use them to get some traffic back to your main blog. They are:
46. You can also try to create a new community at Ning, or join an existing one.
Social news sites
Three main players here:
If you’re in the design niche check out these sites as well:
50. 40 Promotional Sites Where To Submit Your Design Related Links
51. 30+ Places to Submit Your Website Designs
This one’s a no-brainer:
The idea is similar to the approach regarding Web 2.0 sites. Only this time you’re going to create some free blogs. Check these out:
A.k.a. submitting your content to different places around the internet.
62. Guest blogging (or posting)
This is the first biggie. Guest blogging (or posting) is one of the best sources of quality traffic. Try it yourself. Contact a number of bloggers and get some guest posting spots.
It’s just a fancy name for submitting your articles to various article directories around the internet. Each article has, of course, a live link back to your site.
You can start with these:
69. Article Dashboard
70. The Free Library
72. Article Alley
73. Article Blast
75. Sooper Articles
You might want to consider one of these services as well:
79. One more trick. Turn your article into a pdf and submit it to Scribd.
If you’re into this kind of stuff you can use spinning software to create some alternative versions of your articles. The best one of its kind is (as the name says itself) The Best Spinner.
Similar to article marketing, only this time you’re submitting videos.
80. YouTube.com (how to create a YouTube background)
You might want to consider one of these automation services as well:
95. Traffic Geyser
You’re ahead on this one if you’re a radio-personality type. Of course, use your podcast to promote your main site.
This is one of less popular ways of driving traffic, but can be effective if you refine the process well enough.
104. One more trick. SEO-optimize the images on your blog. That way they have a chance to appear on Google Image Search.
This is not a direct traffic getting method, but a way of notifying certain search engines that something is going on at your blog. After the pings have been sent those search engines update their listing featuring your new content. This in return can get you some new visitors.
Check out these services:
RSS directories and aggregators
Sites, where many different RSS feeds can be found in one place. Submitting your blog to such places can’t hurt you.
122. Blog commenting
As you know every comment contains a link back to the author’s site. And a valuable comment can bring really good traffic when it’s published on a big blog.
Just a simple advice here. Go out there, find some quality blogs and start commenting.
123. Forum posting
Similar to blog commenting. Only this time you’re posting on forums, and the link is usually in your signature file.
124. Ning communities
Mentioned earlier in this list. You can either create a new community or join an existing one.
Getting a blog badge
A badge is a little widget that sits in your sidebar and displays various things. Mostly ads for other blogs. However, by displaying such a badge your blog gets featured on other websites that use the same badge.
Website and blog directories
They’re not as effective as they used to be, but there’s still some value in this.
If you have too much money you might want to consider spending some of it on paid traffic.
Here’s a big list of various advertising networks (including social media advertising platforms, at the bottom).
First and foremost, check out this site: payperclicksearchengines.com
133. AdWords (duh!)
134. Y!SM + MSN
140. advertise – ask.com
157. Plenty of Fish
161. And a bonus – check out PRWeb for some press release marketing.
162. One more thing. Did you know that you can buy social media traffic and subscribers (Facebook fans, Twitter followers, YouTube views, and SoundCloud music views)? Check the site out.
What?! 162 traffic sources and that’s it?! What happened to the other 9,199,838?! – Says you.
You didn’t honestly think I was going to share 9 million traffic sources here, did you? But I am not backing out on my promise! Just go to Google and search for: how to drive traffic to my blog. Currently over 9,200,000 results. (That’s where I got the number from.)
I hope this list will be as handy for you as it is for me.
Now I want to know something about your techniques. What traffic sources are you using? What’s your favorite, most effective technique?