Probably one of the toughest aspects of internet marketing is
getting traffic to your websites. This can be a huge issue even
for veteran internet marketers. Even veteran internet marketers
are sick and tired of following strategies that just don’t work.
One of the biggest strategies that has changed within the last six
months is article marketing. It was not that long ago that you
could find low hanging fruit when it came to keywords, rank those
keywords with simple articles on Ezinearticles.com, and profit from
those articles for years. Those days appear to be coming to a
close, as Ezinearticles and many of their competitors are dropping
like flies in the search engines.
Writing articles still helps in getting your website traffic, but
it is simply not as effective anymore. Keeping this in mind, there
are plenty of other strategies that many people aren’t talking
about that can help you get traffic to your websites.
This is a well kept secret that is beginning to get out, but most
people aren’t doing this. You can upload images on sites like
Flickr.com and name the images with keyword terms that people
search in the search engines. After the photo is uploaded to
Flickr, you can add the images to various large groups where many
people will see the photo and click on it. In the description for
the photo, you can add a URL for a site that is related to the
photo you are uploading. Once you add the photo to several popular
groups on Flickr, name the photo with a popular keyword term, and
add a URL to your photo description, you should see increased
traffic to your website. In addition, the photo could show up on
the first page of Google for the targeted keyword.
If you are going to try this method, make sure that you are allowed
to upload the photos you add to Flickr.com. Do not simply copy the
photo from Google images and add it into Google. You will need to
use photos that are free for use, or you can buy stock photos at
As marketers, we all know that Facebook gets an enormous amount of
traffic. It is shocking to see how few marketers are taking full
advantage of Facebook for traffic. It would be very easy to start
a Facebook Fan Page for one of your sites. You don’t have to sell
anything on your Facebook Fan Page if you are worried about getting
banned. You could simply direct people to a website where you have
ad banners or Adsense ads on the page.
People often forget about Yahoo Answers as a source of traffic. I
have several websites that have been getting traffic from Yahoo
Answers for questions I answered years and years ago. This is
another way to drive passive traffic to your site. Yahoo Answers
is just one of many sites where you can go and answer questions
from people who are interested in various topics.
Twitter and other sites where you have followers
The best way to get a lot of followers on Twitter is to manually
add Twitters on a regular basis. After a few weeks of adding
followers every day, you will see a noticeable difference in your
traffic to your site if you leave links to your site regularly.
Many of the article directories and web 2.0 sites have functions
where you can automatically tie in new posts and articles to appear
on your twitter feed. This can easily be setup through
There are many unusual traffic strategies that can drive truckloads
of traffic to your site that don’t involve Google. If you are
having trouble getting your sites ranked through Google, then you
should look at other proven traffic strategies to get your traffic
up at your websites.