Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Website traffic - getting started

Traffic Generation without breaking the bank

If you are starting out trying to make money on the Internet, the biggest problem you will face is getting targeted traffic to your website or blog.

Using Google's Adwords program, especially in some niches like "making money online" are simply out of the reach of people when CPC costs can shoot as high as a buck or two or more.

It's not something you want to get into with limited funds. So how does one just starting out get traffic to their site without spending a fortune on advertising?

This article is going to go over a few ways that are quite effective and cost very little.
At the top of the list is article writing and marketing. Not only is this cheap, it's actually something you can do for free. The only cost is the time spent in writing the articles themselves. The process is quite simple. You write an article for whatever niche you're involved in and submit it to article directories in order to get listed in the search engines. Of course you will also get traffic directly from people going to the article directories themselves.

The best directory for submission is Ezine Articles, but there are many more to choose from.
Another great way to get traffic to your site without spending a lot of money is putting up a blog with content. The process is very simple for affiliate marketers.

First, you setup the blog with content. Part of that content should be a review of the product that you're promoting. Most product creators will be more than happy to give you a preview copy if you tell them that you're interested in promoting their product.

After you've written the review and put up the content, simply go to social bookmarking sites, like Digg, and bookmark your blog. This will drive immediate traffic to your site. If you use a free blog like Blogger, this process also has no cost to it.

Finally, there is forum participation. Most forums will allow you to have a signature file promoting your site. While you can't blatantly promote your site through the forum posts, by engaging in the discussions and adding valuable content to them, over time, people will begin to trust you and as you gain a reputation at the forum, they will begin to look to your signature and start visiting your site. Again, this can be done at no cost at all.
You don't have to have a lot of money to begin driving traffic to your site.

By using articles, putting up blogs and participating in forums, you can begin to drive traffic to your site literally within days and at no cost at all.

Do you have ideas about how to get free or low-cost traffic? Please share in comments!

Greg Cryns
Work At Home Profiles

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