Up until now I have been active only in the Internet Marketing Niche which has revolved around talking about and promoting products that tell you how to do something related to marketing.
One thing I haven’t done too much of is driving organic traffic to my offers or blog.
This is largely due to the connections I have built with other marketers (although I find that submitting regular Blog posts does in itself generate a fair amount of traffic).
I am now about to embark on marketing in some small niches which do not have the marketing activity that we see in the IM and other popular Niches so I am guessing that I will have to put in a lot more effort in generating organic traffic to attract people who are interested in what I am doing…
…After all we all know that a website is no use to anyone unless it has a purpose and a following,
Its also a commonly known fact that there are thousands of ways to generate traffic, but in order to be able to put together an effective and coherent strategy which isn’t going to send me down too many rabbit holes, I am going to stick to a small number.
So how am I going to do this?
1) Forum posting
This is a great way of drawing attention to yourself if done in the right way. Look for forums in your Niche and sign up for them and ensure you respect their rules.
DO NOT jump in there and start pimping your stuff by posting your links. The way to do it is by joining in with conversations on relevant topics and over time having posted a given number of times the forum owner will more than likely allow you to add the link to your blog in your signature which appears on each post.
Its important to remember that if you add value by sharing what you know people will find you eventually
2) Posting Articles
There are numerous article sites out there these days. Some people say articles are a great source of traffic, others say they are no where near as effective as they used to be.
My view is that many article publishers, particularly Ezine Articles rank highly in the search engines when the right key words are used, so a good article which a link to your blog as a call to action will sure attract the people to wish to attract as they are interested in the article.
There is also article submission software to submit your articles to several sites and article spinning software which creates several vairations of the same article so you could potentially submit one article in several varations to a munber of sites
3) Questions sites
There are some well known question sites such as Yahoo Answers or Ask.com out there which should be great sources of traffic and laser targeted.
Look for questions being asked in your Niche and create a blog post answering the question. Direct the person who has asked that question and they will often be so impressed that they will more than likely become regular visitors to your site and purchase things from you later/
4) Video presentations
In addition you have software such as Tube Mogul which gives you the capability of adding your video messages to several video sharing sites. Assuming you have used keyword rich tabs and links back to your sites the opportunities to drive traffic here are absolutely huge.
5) Social media
With the phenomenon of Facebook, Twitter, Bebo etall bringing people together on the web, there has come a whole wealth of traffic opportunities for you to take advantage of.
I am no Social Media expert but my view is that you find these communities where like minded people hang out and get to know people in there.
My issue with this is that surfing Social Media websites can take an awful lot of time (which I don’t have) for no tangible benefits.
Nevertheless I am sure if you take the time to post good content on Social Media websites people will find you.
6) Your email Subscriber List
If you have a decent email subscriber list which you have spent time developing relationships with you probably have hands down the best source of traffic you can ask for.
With your credibility In your Niche in the eyes of your email subscribers, you can be sure that sending decent newsletters out will generate the sort of laser targetted traffic you want – clearly though to have the subscriber list you will have had to generate the traffic in the first place.
This is a small number of simple methods which I intend to follow as I firmly believe in KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) – so by not falling into the trap of trying to follow too many strategies and become overloaded it is better to get into the routine of following one at a time.
It may be that I start using other methods as well, but for now its probably a good idea to stick to a few simple ones.
What are you doing to direct traffic to your sites? If you found this post interesting or have anything to add please leave a comment below