Simple Traffic Methods

Listen!

Traffic is the lifeblood of your online business.  You need fresh, targeted traffic in order to put your business in front of a captive audience, to build authority and to establish a presence in your industry.

Traffic equals profit, and the more targeted, relevant traffic you have, the more money you’ll make.

The problem is, many new marketers and entrepreneurs are on a limited budget, just getting their business off the ground.  They struggle to develop effective marketing campaigns because of how much time is often required in order to maintain momentum or create ongoing traffic funnels.

There are several simple ways that you can start driving traffic that won’t cost you
a dime.

Implementing a few of these, proven techniques can definitely help you get more visitors to your website and most of them won’t take you very long either.

Content is King!

I’m sure you may have heard that phrase more than once before and when it comes to getting traffic it’s true.

It is what makes the web go round and it’s one of the best ways to boost the flow of traffic to any website.

If you don’t have a blog, set one up and add content to it on a regular basis.

Every time you add new content to your blog, it will ping the search engines robots to come index your site, which leads to better listings and ultimately more traffic.

This is the least you can do to start driving free traffic today!

One of these strategies involves article marketing.  With article marketing, you simply create keyword-rich content, submit it into the popular article directories and wait for traffic to start flooding your site.

The downside to article marketing is that it does involve a bit of time, especially if you plan to create the majority of your content yourself.

Focusing on creating rich, quality and relevant content for your niche will help you generate TARGETED visitors.

To create your first article marketing campaign, you should have 5-10 quality articles created.

Your articles don’t have to be longer than 300 words in length, but make sure that you have chosen a keyword-rich title for each article that you plan to submit into the article directories.  The titles you use with your articles will ultimately determine the exposure you’ll receive as both the major search engines like Google.com and Yahoo.com, as well as the article directories themselves, with categorize and rank your article content based on the keywords found within your titles.

You also want to make sure that you repeat your primary keyword in the first few lines of each article that you create. This will help you gain exposure within the search engines, who will pull and publish a portion of your article when someone enters related keywords into the search engines.

And there is also another important factor to keep in mind:

Many of the article directories will not accept duplicated content, which means that you will want to submit your original material into these directories first, wait for approval – and then submit the content into other directories.

The giant of all article directories online is http://www.EzineArticles.com , so you’ll want to focus your attention on submitting content into this directory first, followed by other directories, in the following order:

http://www.EzineArticles.com

http://www.Buzzle.com

http://www.SearchWarp.com

http://www.ArticlesBase.com

http://www.SelfGrowth.com

http://www.GoArticles.com

http://www.ArticleAlley.com

http://www.Amazines.com

http://www.Web-Source.net

Also keep in mind that not only will you generate traffic from direct visitors who read your articles, but if webmasters choose to republish your content on their websites, you will also gain additional exposure from THEIR visitors, as well!

Now, one of the most critical components of a successful article marketing campaign is in your “Author’s Resource Box”, which is a short author bio attached to all of your articles.

This is where you will include a call to action, prompting readers to click your link and visit your website. You need to think of your author’s resource box as you would a short commercial, highlighting the benefits of visiting your site and showcasing an incentive offer, which will motivate readers into taking action.

One of the most common ways of creating a compelling incentive offer is by developing a stand-alone product that you offer for free to those who visit your site.

Not only will this help to drive targeted traffic to your website, but you can set up your incentive offer to be delivered to those who subscribe to your mailing list.

Steps to get your article written.

Think About Your Article Topics First
You will need to have fresh, new, content if you want the article directories to accept your articles. It is okay to use private label rights (PLR) material, but you must re-write it or add more material to it. If you’re tempted to use it as-is, remember there are plenty of other people who have had the same idea—with the same directory.

Make a list of everything you know about your passion, and you’ll have plenty of topic ideas for your articles. Try to have a little fun with your topics.

Don’t Make Your Articles Advertisements
If your article is nothing more than a long, fancy advertisement for your product, then you are not going to find a single article directory that will publish it. Don’t waste your time.

Provide a fresh perspective on old ideas
Most of what’s out there today can be restructured, either through changing the wording, changing the order of the information, or both, to make it a new piece of content for traffic generation.

People who turn to the Internet for information are searching for anything and everything you can imagine, and with a keyword tool, you can find out what they are looking for within your niche, and how many people are look for it.

Offer a New Solution for an Old Problem Many Relate to
There is more than one way to get gum out of your hair, get rid of ants, remove stains from the carpet, and to save money on car insurance.

Everywhere you look, there’s a problem, and we all have plenty of them. If you can offer a list that promises a new way to overcome an everyday hassle, many publishers will accept it, because nearly everyone will be able to relate to the information you’re sharing.

The more creative you are, the greater chance you have of your articles being more widely circulated around the Internet. If you have a funny story behind how you discovered a solution, share it. Try to avoid writing in a technical manner, as this can get dry and boring fast. If you have more than one solution and can make several articles from a single problem, do it.

In future posts we will talk about forums, SEO, blogging, Video Marketing, Social Media, Craigs’ List, Press Releases, traffic exchanges, and link wheels as sources of free traffic.

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