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How to Get Traffic to Your Website – 61 Free Ways

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Website traffic, specifically free website traffic is on the minds of all bloggers and webmasters. We all want to learn how to increase the flow of traffic to our sites, whether it’s through search engine optimization, PPC, or other methods. And for the right reasons – The success of your site relies heavily on the amount of traffic it receives. Even the greatest and best looking sites with hundred and thousands of pages of informative content won’t do you any good, if nobody can find it.

If you want to make money blogging, you have to get this right or else, risk failure. Of course, no blog is born with thousands of visitors. In order to increase traffic to your blog, you need to promote it. Increase blog traffic and increase your earnings. It’s as simple as that!

There are many ways to get more traffic to your site, including paid methods, which are sometimes very effective. However, most of us, especially beginners, don’t have the money to spend on paid traffic generation methods.

Fortunately, there are many easy ways you can get free traffic to your blog. If you are ready to take advantage of all the free Internet traffic out there, here are 61 easy and free ways to generate targeted web traffic for your blog or website:

 

Free Site Traffic

Increase blog traffic submitting your blog

1- Submit press releases to free press release sites.

2- Submit ads to classifieds like Craigslist.

3- Submit articles to directories like Ezine & ArticleBase.

4- Submit your blog to blog directories.

5- Submit your blog to search engines & free directories.

6- Submit your blog to free review sites like CoolSiteOfTheDay.

7- Submit your posts to social bookmarking sites with OnlyWire.

 

Internet Traffic

Use web 2.0 sites to generate traffic to your site

8- Create a MySpace page for your blog.

9- Write related articles on WikiPedia & link back to your blog.

10- Make a HubPage & add relevant links back to your blog.

11- Make a wiki page for your blog with WikiSpaces.

12- Make a Squidoo lens linking back to your blog in it.

13- Join 43Things.com & write about things you want to accomplish with your blog.

14- Create a Facebook fan page for your blog.

15- Create a Hi5 page for your blog.

16- Use MyBlogLog to create a community around your blog.

17- Join Technorati and ping every new post.

18- Join Blogcatalog and do the same as with MyBlogLog.

19- Make videos related to your niche & post to YouTube.

20- Answers related questions on YahooAnswers linking back to your blog in the “resources” section.

21- Use StumbleUpOn to stumble every article you write.

22- Make a Twitter page for your blog & tweet your posts.

23- Join related online forums & add your URL in your signature.

 

Increase Web Traffic

Take advantage of free tools and Plug-ins to drive traffic

24- Get traffic from Dig. Place a “Digg it” button to make it easy for visitors to Digg your posts.

25- Use a comment notifying plug-in to let your readers know about new comments. People like to read comments more than the actual post!

26- People love to read comments. Install a comment notifying plug-in to let them know about new comments.

27- Install “tell-a-friend” plug-in to make it easy for readers to share posts with their friends.

28- Make use of “all in one SEO” plug-in to make your blog search engine friendly.

29- Install a forum plug-in to enable readers to discuss related issues.

30- Use free keyword tools like Google AdWords to find long-tail, low competition keywords & use them in your posts.

31- Install “Sexy Bookmarks” to make it a snap for readers to social bookmark your posts.

32- Make free business cards for your blog using VistaPrint and pass it around.

33- Use PingOmatic to ping your blog to RSS aggregators.

34- Make a free Favicon for your blog. A Favicon is like big spot light focused on your blog between hundreds of other blogs!

 

Traffic Generation

Other bloggers can help you get traffic to your website

35- Interview a trusted and successful blogger in your niche.

36- Ask other bloggers in your niche to guest post on your blog.

37- Make a banner ad for your blog & exchange with other blogs.

38-  Ask other bloggers to review your blog in exchange for a backlink to their blog.

39- Use blogroll exchange links with other blogs in your niche.

40- Dedicate a post to a top blogger in your niche. It may catch his attention & he may link to you.

41- Link to other blogger’s posts in your post, whenever appropriate. They will return the favor!

42- Guest post on popular blogs in your niche.

43- Leave informative and valuable comment on related blogs.

 

Free Website Traffic

Use your site as a tool to attract & keep visitors

44- Reward visitors by giving them freebies like eBooks, free downloads & etc.

45- Make your blog user-friendly by keeping it clean and easy to navigate.

46- Use keywords as the title of your posts. Keywords in title is one of the most important SEO factors.

47- Make it easy for people to link to your by providing a simple HTML.

48- Run weekly or monthly contests and giveaways to encore visitors to get involved.

49- Use common questions in your niche as title for your posts.

50- Look out for new developments in your niche. The first person breaking a new story, gets the most traffic.

51- Post frequently. Search engines and readers like fresh content.

52- Use tags for your post, as it’s becoming a very popular way of finding related content.

53- Interlink! From within your posts, link to other related posts in your blog.

54- Create list posts, like “101 ways to…”, ‘Top 10…”. People love list posts.

55- Videos are increasingly becoming popular, use them on your blog to your advantage.

56- Write shocking and surprising articles. They will draw people to your site.

57- Let your readers know you care about what they have to say by responding to their comments.

 

Increase Blog Traffic

Extra methods of free traffic generation

58- Use forum signatures to link to your blog with your keyword as anchor text.

59- Make a bumper sticker with your blog name & a creative description and attach it to your car.

60- Make flyers with your blogs name and a captivating headline and pass it in the mall or parking lots or hang it on doors.

61- Be patient! No one goes from zero to thousands of visitors over night.

 

Some of the above mentioned free traffic generating methods can be done in under 5 minutes and some may take longer. Some will increase traffic to your blog by not much and some will generate hundreds of targeted traffic for your blog. So, working with different forms of traffic generation will allow you to drive as much traffic as possible to your blog.

One thing is certain, you have to work and put some time and effort into it, even if all you want is free web traffic, otherwise, you are not going to do any good for your site just by reading about how to get traffic to your website.

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  1. Internet Make Money Online says:

    This is by far the most comprehensive list I have found on the matter that is so well put together. But I have a question though.

    Have you had much luck with Wikipedia? I know one site I run gets a lot of traffic from there, but it is not really a site to try to turn a profit (It is a NPO). On the other hand, my sites that can show ads and so forth seem to often be topics that I cannot come up with a way to get a link onto Wikipedia without it being basically spam. Do you have any ideas about this? Should I try to look for articles that are related to my site, add content to them, and use my site as a source for it? Or should I more or less just drop the link into the additional information list? Would those not be removed as spam frequently though?

  2. satrap says:

    i don’t know why your having trouble with WikiPedia, i never have that problem. anyway, i can tell you that the best way would be write about a subject and put your links in the resource box or you can edit others, and put your link in resource box, next to the old links.(this way it wont be spam), but try to not over do it. good luck.

  3. Butat says:

    Great tips. Its the most complete list for getting traffic i have ever seen.This is one of my favorite articles already. Thank you so much.

  4. Online income streams says:

    This post convinced me to finally try out stumble upon. Can submitting your own posts actually drive traffic? I tried that on Digg and got little to nothing out of it.

    • satrap says:

      Yes, it dose help. In case of Digg.com, you will have more chances of getting bigger traffic, as more Diggs and votes, will get your post shown on the first page, and that brings you traffic like no other.

  5. Matt says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for to add to my site. I’ve spent months collecting data on increasing web traffic to add to my Free Guide To Making Money Online, but nothing goes into as much detail. Thanks for the post, your blog link is getting added to my site.

    • satrap says:

      I am glad its helpful. I wish you best of luck with your blog and thank you for adding BlogStash link on your blog.

  6. Matt says:

    I’m only getting 10,000 unq. visitors a month right now, but this post will really help them out.

  7. Forza Milan says:

    Great tips. Your tips is very useful to me as a beginner and by following the steps of the tips could be increasing the unique visitor onto my blog. Thank you very much and good luck for you!

    • satrap says:

      Thank you for the kind words Forza, and good luck to you as well.

  8. gbvaz says:

    Very interesting! I’m going to try some of them! Thanks!

    • satrap says:

      Gbvaz, If you do put the effort into these methods, they will work for you. Feel free to contact me if you need any help. Good luck.

  9. Extreme John says:

    Wow I can’t even imagine how long it took you to put together a list of 61 tips like this, I constantly tell myself I am going to do a post like this an end up doing maybe 20 max.

    Great job and I have a lot of respect for the time you must have put into this.

    • satrap says:

      Hey John, Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, it took a long time, but I think its worth it. I hope it’s helpful to people though. I sometimes come back to this post myself as a reference point when I forget what else I can do.

  10. sernan says:

    This is far more the best list i have seen since the beginning of my blog, i saw your post from Extreme John and by suggesting your site coming from him, you did make a pretty good job. I may not be able to do all those tips above but it will be a great reference like what you have said. retweets and shares for you… well done… I may not be a good blogger but now i am thinking some change on my site…

    • satrap says:

      Hey Sernan, I am glad you stopped by and happy to hear you liked the list. Yeah, nobody can do all of these, plus, some ways works better form some people than others depending on how they do it.

      I am very thankful to extream john, I didn’t know him until the other day that I was looking at my traffic and saw many came for his blog, so I went over and saw he had a link to my post since he liked it. so I thanked him for that, he found the post on BlogEngage which I use a lot.

      Any way, I wish you the best of luck with your blog. Feel free to ask any question you may have. We all can learn from each other. Hope to see you around more often.

  11. chandan says:

    Hi I am a new reader of your blog and find this post really valuable. This information can really help for new blogger for develop their blogs. We should have to use all strategy for get traffic and backlink to our blog.

  12. MissEb says:

    I found this post extreeeeeemely useful and started on a couple of your tips as soon as I read them :-) Thank you so much for sharing them. Good Karma will find you.

    Take care…

    • satrap says:

      Your welcome MissEb, I am glad these tips were helpful to you. I wish you best of luck.

  13. Mike says:

    Awesome stuff! Twitter and Youtube and Ebay are the best sources of traffic to my blog!

    • satrap says:

      Thanks Mike. Glad you like the post. Twitter and youtube are some of the best places to get traffic which most people can easily use it. Glad its working for you. Good luck.

  14. Chris says:

    Now that’s a comprehensive list! Thanks.

    • satrap says:

      Your welcome Chris, I am glad you like the list and I hope it will be helpful.

  15. Tech talks says:

    This is my first comment on your blog. I’ve just created my blog about Various Topics (Creating Web Site/Blog, Programming, Social Media….) and I think getting traffic needs some patient.

    • satrap says:

      Thank you for leaving your first comment Tech talk. I hope you find my blog useful and informative, and I hope that you will continue to post your comments here. I wish you the best of luck with your new Tech blog.

  16. Ben says:

    Excellent advice. I know how important it is to comment on other blogs. This article made me realize how much more important it really is! I’ve been doing forum comment but only see minimal traffic with that technique. I think blog comment is a much better approach. I start to give it a try. Crossing my fingers for better results!

  17. Iratic says:

    Thank you so muh for this great list. I just made my first blog and this list can certainly help me drive some much needed traffic to my blog. Thank you.

  18. Sanco says:

    thanks for the in depth list…really helping my seo efforts

  19. michael says:

    This is some really good information on building traffic – I have passed on the link and will be checking over this list many times in the future. I know of most the sites but there are a few that I have not used. Thanks and hope to see many more list like this one.

  20. satrap says:

    Kartik,
    Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the post. Means a lot coming from you. Thanks.

  21. Suraj Kumar says:

    Of course, good advice. The best approach to get more traffic to your site is blog commenting. Article marketing and forums are another way to drive traffic and backlink to your site.

  22. Christine says:

    This is a great list of traffic sources I will certainly try some I am not using already. This is my first visit to your blog only found it this morning but I have bookmarked the site and will return soon

    • satrap says:

      Christine,
      I am glad you find the list useful. Thank you for bookmarking BlogStash. I wish you good luck with your site and I hope to see you here more often.

  23. yogi says:

    You are so awesome!! Thanks for taking the time to share this info. I started my blog about a year ago and I’m looking for ways to build my readers…I share a lot of useful and inspirational material and I love sharing things so it would be awesome to have a way to get my words out there to the masses!!

    • satrap says:

      Yogi,
      Glad you like the list. If you do put enough time and effort into these methods, you will see traffic. Also, keep in mind that some methods may work for you better than others and vice versa. Be sure to test things out for yourself to see which ones match your needs better. Good luck.

  24. baby says:

    best , most complete list i have ever found for seo practices. i’m actually gonna print off this page and tick each one off as i go
    many thanks, bookmarked
    i will also post a link to this article on a few forums as so useful and way of saying thanks

  25. Romio says:

    I think that the best way to get more and more traffic to website is article marketing. Blog commenting is also most important to get traffic.

    • satrap says:

      Romio,
      I totally agree with you. Although different methods works differently for different people, in my personal experience, article marketing gave me the best results.

  26. Late says:

    Oh yes what brilliant idea! This excellent information can help to drive traffic to your site. I have created many blogs which have many updated information and latest news. I hope this technique will help to give latest updates to visitors.

  27. john says:

    I need targeted traffic on my blog

  28. Jenny says:

    Thank you for sharing these methods. I always learn something new from your posts!

  29. Nishadha says:

    Thanks for putting up this great list, definitely will give some of those a try, I’m very curious about your comment that readers are more likely to read other readers comments than your original post. Some nice ideas to ponder.

    • satrap says:

      Nishadha,
      You are welcome. It actually is true, think about it, how many times have you caught yourself spending more time reading all the comments on a blog post than reading the actual post. People love to know what others think about the same issues. Thats why I think allowing comment subscription is a great way to get more traffic (at least return visitors).

  30. Kunle says:

    This is really cool and i am going to try some of this out…thanks for the information..

  31. davit says:

    Thank you for sharing, very useful for me.

  32. Love this list! Have you had any success getting backlinks by putting your URL on your forum profiles (#56)? I’m not seeing any of those register even though I’ve got plenty out there.

    • satrap says:

      Hi Joanne,
      Ok, that is one thing that most people dont understand. You see, when you check with backlink counting tools, they dont show all your backlinks. They just show a fraction and also form some reason, profile backlinks are not usually amongst those shown backlinks (though in some cases the do).

      But, dont be discouraged, forum backlinks do count and do help with SEO. Also, dont forget the traffic that having links on your forum sig can bring to your site. Its a win win situation.

  33. 4 Hour Body says:

    Thanks so much for these! I was having some problems with building traffic to my site and it is so great that I have found your site.

  34. Jan says:

    Thank you so much for this great information – only new to blogging and these tips are fantastic.

  35. success says:

    That is an awesome list! Thanks for compiling it. A lot of it I knew about but you offered some great new ideas glad i found you on google. I search nearly every day for new ideas but this time changed my words around in the google search engine and I found this site. I will save it to my favs and look at it from time to time for reminders :)

  36. Jackie says:

    I am glad that I have found this article. This is the type of information that I’ve been looking for to improve the traffic of my site.
    Thank you…

  37. melissa says:

    Thank you for sharing. I love the post very much. You’re well-done

  38. mike says:

    Very sound and useful information about boosting your traffic to your blog

  39. Carla says:

    Thank you for the traffic tips you gave here!

  40. Anshul says:

    well very much useful information, thanks for sharing dude

  41. Paul says:

    This list was very nicely put together. I particularly like #58 and #59; using “real life” to get traffic is something a lot of bloggers forget, even though it’s quite basic.

  42. vinodh says:

    hi,
    This is realy very useful. thanks a lot.
    regards
    vinodh

  43. Lowvene says:

    Thank you so much on this particular subject. I used google and stumbled upon your blog. Thank you for being you and giving very good information. As a beginner in the blogging industry, I feel like there is so much junk to scroll through before I find good information. Thank you again.

  44. Sire says:

    There are a lot of useful tips in this post, some of which I already use. My favourite method of getting traffic is by leaving comments on other blogs. Naturally this only works well if you leave good comments as these are the only ones that will attract visitors.

    It’s the same with leaving your url in forum signatures, unless you leave quality posts and replies in the forum they’re not really going to work for you.

  45. Zajob says:

    This is realy very useful information to drive traffic to website. thanks a lot. Hope you write more articles soon on the topic.

    • satrap says:

      Thank you Zajob. Glad you liked it. You can use the “SEO” tab under “categories” in the sidebar to find more articles about traffic generation. And I sure will write more about the topic. Thanks for commenting.

  46. Daneen says:

    This was so helpful. I have had such trouble getting any traffic to my website, even though I spent months making it. I thought it would take off the moment it went live. Not true. I takes alot of insider knowledge. Thanks for your help. I will put it to the test right away and comment back on any changes. Thanks again.

    Daneen,
    Artist & Owner
    The Pottery Hut :)

    • satrap says:

      You are welcome Daneen. We all have trouble getting traffic. It takes a lot of work and commitment. I am glad this list was helpful. I wish you the best and thanks for sharing your thoughts Daneen.

  47. David Ho says:

    Thanks for the great article. As a beginner, I bump into many problem getting traffic to my sites. I will get back to you if your tips work.

    David Ho
    Ellen Clothing Manufacturer

    • satrap says:

      Glad you find the tips useful David. I wish you the best.

  48. Diamond Jim says:

    Your site loads so sssslllloooooowwww for me. All the points you make seem moot with such a slow loading website. ;)

    • satrap says:

      Hi Jim,
      Although my site is not extremely fast, thats the first time I hear that. Are you using IE or …?
      Either way, thanks for bringing it to me attention. I will try to see what I can do to resolve the problem. Thanks for commenting Jim.

  49. nish says:

    Excellent work with the article! I find all 61 tips really helpful. Cheers!

    • satrap says:

      Thanks Nish. Glad you find them useful.

  50. Ashok says:

    Hi, These information is very useful for me…..As a beginner i should follow your all 61 tips…

    • satrap says:

      Glad you find them useful Ashok. No matter a beginner or a seasoned pro, these are basically all the ways one can drive traffic to his or her site. Pick a few and give it your best. you will get results. Thanks for commenting.

  51. jay says:

    wow… thanks for these tips
    it will be a lot of work to do all these but am sure going to try them.
    good post!

    • satrap says:

      Hey jay,
      Yeah, of course its a lot of work but the rewards are great as well. However, you dont have to all of these, pick a few and work your way up. Best of luck.

  52. anis says:

    very useful article thanks for all those great ways for getting free traffic

  53. anis says:

    these 61 ways are very helpful for gettting more exposure thanks for sharing

  54. satrap says:

    You’re welcome, I am glad it was helpful to you. Hope to see you around more often.

  55. satrap says:

    I know its long, but this way at least more people can find a way that they can actually use to drive traffic to their site, since not one way is going to work for all. I wish you good luck.