Trying to get traffic to your new website or to your gateway pages for an affiliate program has never been an easy task. This is simply because you are just starting out and have little or no advertising budget.
It is a known and an undeniable fact that to generate income for your website, you need quite a steady flow of website traffic. Simple truth: if no one comes to your site, no one sees your site and it follows that nobody buys your product or service or joins your program.
It is no wonder, therefore, that those who can afford spend tons of money to drive traffic to their sites. if, however, you are on a low budget, there are other ways to generate website traffic without losing an arm or leg. Let us in this article, look at five ways whereby you can generate low cost website traffic for the sustenance of your site..
Traffic Exchanges are very effective when driving low cost traffic to your website. It is often an underused method of traffic generation strategy which many people overlook, and/or underrate. But What is a Traffic Exchange?
A Traffic Exchange in simple terms is a form of driving traffic in which case you barter your services for similar services. You simply view random websites, and in return someone views your website. That is to say, when you are shown promotional pages from other members, they in return, having also registered for the same Traffic Exchange are shown your promotional page. Therefore, the more pages you look at, the more visitors will be sent to your page. This is a win-win situation because you both benefit from each other’s efforts to generate traffic.
The use of Exchange Links is similar to the use of Traffic Exchanges only that this happens between webmasters whereas with traffic exchanges, you can refer other surfers to affiliate pages. In this case, webmasters willingly exchange links with one another in order to produce more public awareness about their sites. This is a brilliant and low cost way of sending traffic to each other’s site. When used effectively, you can easily begin to see and feel the sudden upsurge of the traffic coming in to your site from unexpected sources.
One other proviso in Exchange Links is that both sites must belong to the same niche and preferably share a common subject in order to preserve the continuity in the providing of service and information to what is of interest to your target traffic.
Exchanging links also have the added advantage of boosting the ranking of your website when the Search Engines send their crawling spiders. Because one of the important things the search engines look when ranking sites is the inbound and outbound theme-related links. So through a good linking you can rank high in the search engines, and this leads to generating more traffic to your website without the high costs.
One other source of driving traffic to your site at no cost is to write and submit articles to Ezine Directories of which there is quite a long list. The trick is to write something that you have great knowledge about so that when others read it your expertise is held high and they can feel your knowledge about the subject and will eagerly read down to your Resource Box where you direct them to your website.
The idea here is to impart knowledge while directing the readers to your website. As your newsletter goes round into many hands, your circle of readership widens and through your opt-in list, more and more people begin to regularly visit your site.
Guest Blogging and Forum Comments:
In Guest Blogging, you put your best foot forward and send your best articles to other blogs. The result is similar to the results you get from Article Marketing. Because this requires only your time and nothing else, the cost is minimal. With the link back to your site, visitors keep trooping to your site to drink more from your fountain of knowledge..
Similarly, through commenting at forums and other blogs, or sites like Yahoo!Answers, you can share your knowledge and expertise with many online communities. This is a free advertising of your site because your knowledge builds you a high reputation for you and your site.