30 Creative Ways You Can Drive Traffic to Your Site – Part 2

30 Ways You Can Drive Traffic to Your Site
30 Ways You Can Drive Traffic to Your Site

So, you are looking for creative ways to drive more traffic to your site, generate more leads, and ultimately more sales? Do not look further! In this post, I will share with you creative ways to drive more traffic to your site within weeks, not months!

This is the 2nd part in the series of posts I am writing on 30 Creative Ways You Can Drive Traffic to Your Site. Just like in the 1st part, I will only talk about top 5 traffic methods to break the article into smaller posts so that you will not get overwhelmed by all the tips that I am sharing with you here.

In case you did not know, I have two more post on the same 30 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website blog series:

Here are 30 ways you can drive traffic to your site:

Traffic Tactic #11: Get Traffic through Link Referral

Summary: Visit LinkReferral and sign up for a free account. Create a backlink to your site with a text or an image link. Then, view 30 sites, review at least 5 sites, and bookmark 1 site, and finally, make 1 forum post.

free web site traffic and promotionBenefit: LinkReferral is not only free, but also gives a wonderful chance to create a backlink to your site. It allows you to bring traffic from variety of sources, such as:

  • Member’s directory
  • Referral based
  • Search engine traffic
  • LinkReferral forums traffic

Step by step instructions:

  1. Join LinkRerral by choosing their Basic Membership (FREE) plan and add your website or blog URL. Remember, you will also have to include a LinkReferral text link or a banner on your website or blog.
  2. Login and click on ‘How does it Work?’ section to get accustomed with the program.
  3. If you want to learn how you will benefit from the four pronged approach to driving more traffic to your site, login to your account and click on the ‘What is LinkReferral’ section on the top right corner of your member’s area.
  4. Under the ‘Membership Account’ section, go to the ‘Change Info’ URL and then ensure you are satisfied with the information and site URL you entered during registration.
  5. Under ‘HTML Code’ section, choose a text/banner link and copy and paste it on your website or blog.
  6. Under the “Increase Traffic” link, click on the ‘Visit/Review’ section to start driving traffic to your site. Review other member’s site in order to gain ranking credit. Select a category for your site/blog (I recommend you choose the same category that you used when registering). Then select the sub-category and the URLs of the sites will be displayed to you.
  7. View at least 30 sites (only takes half an hour), leave comments on 5 sites, bookmark at least 1 of the sites you viewed, and finally, make 1 forum post.
  8. Click on the website URL to view the site. If you want to leave a review, just click on the ‘Review This Site.’ Select your answers from the drop down menu. If you spend some time viewing at least 10 sites a day and reviewing 5 sites a day will get you amazing results.
  9. If you want to make a forum post, click on the “Forums” link on the main navigation bar, select a forum, and make your post – either respond to an existing thread or start a new one.
  10. The “Ranking Credit for Today” box at the top right of your computer screen will keep track of the sites you visited, reviewed, and posts you made on the forum, and sites that you bookmarked.

Traffic Tactic #12: Get a Free Traffic from LinkedIn Profile

Get a Free Traffic from LinkedIn Profile
Get a Free Traffic from LinkedIn Profile

Summary: LinkedIn is for networking space for businesses. You will create an account with LinkedIn, fill up your profile info (also, include your website URL(s)), and connect with at least 5 other people.

Benefit: Not only you will get a free backlink to your website, but you will also have an opportunity to build network with other people who may be interested to learn more about your website.

Step by step instructions:

  • Go to http://www.linkedin.com
  • Fill up your details – name, email address, mailing addresses, etc – and click the ‘continue’ button to setup an account with LinkedIn.
  • Once you have setup an account with LinkedIn, login and click on the ‘Profile’ link. If you wish, you can use LinkedIn only for Internet Marketing. In addition, you can also use it for networking purpose, connecting with people in the industry you are.
  • Fill in your details of what you are currently doing in your profile.
  • If you want to use LinkedIn for building your career, then fill in some more information about your work experience and qualifications.
  • Now the most important part: There are 3 spaces where you can drop your website URL. You can leave your website URL and your blog URL. Replace the text “My Website” with your keywords.
  • There are many other fields in your profile page – just ensure you fill up information that you think are important. You can also add up a professional looking picture of yourself.
  • Check out my linkedIn profile page as an example – http://www.linkedin.com/in/abishekrana
  • Once you have setup your profile, save it and ensure it looks good.
  • Lastly, find some people to connect with. So, for example, if you wanted to connect with me, just click on my profile link above and click “Add Abishek to your Network”. To find other people to connect with, use LinkedIn’s search and browse feature. If you are connecting with someone, make sure you either a) know them, b) share some common interests with them – i.e. similar niche, hobbies, and passions. If you do not know them, let them know why you want to connect with them rather than sending the usual standard message. Personally, if some random people whom I have never met wanted to connect with me sending a standard message, I would simply ignore the request.

Traffic Tactic #13: Target Longtail Keywords to Build More Traffic

Summary: Build a long list of longtail keywords using this simple technique and start bringing more traffic to your site/blog.

Target Longtail Keywords to Build More Traffic
Target Longtail Keywords to Build More Traffic

Benefit – You will start to drive more traffic to your site.

This method is explained in tip #?, but personally speaking, very few people follow this method because I continue to get article orders where a lot of business owners do not have any idea which keywords to target in their articles.

That is why I am re-writing the tip again so that it is easier for your to understand. I think this is the most crucial thing an online business owner like you can do. Building a long list of longtail keyword phrases can be used for several different purposes.

Here is the exact method I use to build a list of over hundred long keyword phrases for article marketing and blog marketing efforts:

Step by step instructions:

  1. First, visit Google’s free keyword planner tool: http://www.link
  2. In the search box, enter your ‘primary’ keywords. For example, I entered ‘how to make money blogging’ without using any quotation marks.
  3. Enter the captcha if you are not already logged in to get keyword ideas.
  4. This will bring up at least 101 keyword phrases that I can target in my articles, blog posts, etc. It also gives me additional 99 extra keywords I could use as ‘secondary keywords’ or even many primary keywords if I choose. I will save the list in an excel file and delete them as I use them.
  5. To find even more keyword phrases, I use other primary keywords such as “ways to make money blogging”. When entered, it gives me at least 50 more long keyword phrases. In addition, I get additional 154 words to target.
  6. Finally, I build over 300 long keyword phrases and use each one of them on a new blog post. I create different article on each one of them.
  7. You can also do the same. Just enter new words in the search box and hit ‘search’ to build even larger list of keywords. Finally, delete them as you use them in your blog posts.
  8. Over time, this method has helped me be on the #1 page of Google for over 3,000 long keyword phrases. A lot of them ranks me for keywords used in the article body, hyperlinked in my resource box, in the comment box, in a forum posts, etc. These are other ways to use your long tail keywords. (I have been doing this for over 4 years and it works for me all the time. It is difficult work and most people simply quit. But if you hang in there enough to get it going and make some serious money, it can become even more exciting!

Related article: What are Longtail Keyword Phrases

Traffic Tactic #14: Setup a Google Webmaster Account

Setup a Google Webmaster Account
Setup a Google Webmaster Account

Summary: Setup a Google webmaster account and review the information in there.

Benefit: Having a Google Webmaster account gives you many advantages. You can find all the top queries that people use to find your website, detect and fix errors found by Googlebot, submit a sitemap, know how many backlinks you have, remove content that you do not want to show to users from the Google Index, and generate a robots.txt file.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Login to your Google Webmaster Account
  2. If you do not already have your account, then click on the ‘create an account now’ link
  3. Once logged in, you will be redirected to the user ‘Dashboard.’ Enter your website URL and click the “Add Site” button
  4. Immediately after you have added your site, you will be able to view a limited amount of stats about your site, but if you wish to see the full stats you will need to verify your site.
  5. So, go on and click the “Verify your Site” link
  6. There are two ways to verify your site: a) create an empty ext file with a specific name and upload it to your server OR b) copy and paste a META tag into your index.html file. Make sure to select the way you are most comfortable with. If you need help, watch this YouTube video.
  7. Select your preferred method of verifying your site. Simply follow the instructions to either add META tag or upload the empty text file on your server. Finally, click the “Verify” button.
  8. Once you have verified your site, you will be able to view a lot of useful stats about your website/blog. I highly suggest that you go through the Dashboard once to understand how it works. For example, start by looking at the following sections:
    1. Settings – click the “Settings” link to check all the information about your website is entered correctly.
    2. Diagnostics – then, click the “Diagnostics” and “Web Crawl” links. These two links will display you any problems Google detected while crawling your website. Also, click on the “Content Analysis” link to check whether Google have recommended anything about your description and title tags.
    3. Statistics – click the “Statistics” link to see useful stats such as top search queries and the anchor text in your backlinks.
    4. Links – next, click on the “Links” link view information about your backlinks, including number of backlinks pointing to each page on your website.
    5. Sitemap – the “Sitemap” link lets you submit the sitemap of your website.
    6. Tools – the “Tools” link offers you number of tools including an easy to use robots.txt generator. The robots.txt will be useful for you only if you do not want certain page to be indexed by Google.

Additional Information

Finally, login to your Google Webmaster Account regularly – i.e. once a month – to ensure there are no errors, your top search queries, and number of backlinks you have.

Traffic Tactic #15: Setup a HubPages Account and Write an Article

Setup a HubPages Account and Write an Article
Setup a HubPages Account and Write an Article

Summary: Setup a HubPages account and create your first article

Benefit – Another wonderful opportunity to bring free traffic to your site from a high PR site.

Step by step instructions:

  1. First, sign up to create your free account on HubPages.
  2. Next, verify your email address by clicking on the verification link in your email and follow these instructions.
  3. Login to your account.
  4. Click ‘Upload a profile picture’ and ‘Tell us about yourself’ links to setup your profile. You can also insert your website URL and social media sites profile links.
  5. Next, click on the “Start a Hub” link to post your article. Follow the instructions to select title (make sure it is unique and relevant to your content), categories, and choose Hub Format type – topic article, basic article, or recipe, and hit Continue button.
  6. Your hub will be created.
  7. Next, is to add your content.
  8. Explain what your hub is about.
  9. Explain who you are.
  10. Enter your website or blog URL
  11. Click continue
  12. Then finally, publish your work … and also view your Hub!
  13. If you want, go back and add more content. I usually use this to drive hungry traffic to my main home page or blog.

Traffic Tactics #16: Create Backlinks from Article Directory Profiles

Article Directory Profiles
Article Directory Profiles

Summary: Create profiles on at least 4 high PR directories from the list below and make sure it has information about yourself and a URL of your website.

Benefit: Not only you will gain a free backlink to your site but also those who read your articles want to learn more about you can visit your profile and gain access to your website.

Step by step instructions:

From the list below, select at least 4 article directories where you do not have not created a profile before and add some information about yourself and your business and a link back to your website with keywords using HTML code wherever allowed. Every time you do this, ensure your Profile is filled with correct information about you and your website.

OR, you can also complete your profile on any 4 other article directories that you often submit your articles to.

Here is an example of adding an HTML Link:

<a href=”http://www.abiwrites.com”>How to Make Money Blogging</a>

EzineArticlesLogin and click on the “Profile Manager” or “Edit Author Bio” tab. Fill in the form with correct information about yourself. Remember, DO NOT use HTML in the bio section.

GoArticles – First Login and click on the “Submit Articles” link, which will take you straight to your Profile page. In the author bio section, add your HTML link.

The Free Library – Login first and click on the “Preferences” (located on the top right corner). Add both your website and blog URL there make sure to check the “Show” these URLs under “Preferences.” Again, you won’t be able to use HTML link in the user bio section. Then simply click on the “My Page” to view your Profile.

ArticleBase – Login and click on the “Manage Authors”. You will notice that your have the option to create a short and a long bio of yourself. You will also be able to insert your HTML link in both of them.

Articles Factory – Login first and click on the “Profile” link. For the “Title” enter the main keyword phrases for your website. Note that the Brief Bio section does not allow you to add HTML link.

SearchWarp – Login first and then click “Edit Your Bio”. Make sure to read the instructions first to understand how it works. In your Bio, you can add 2 HTML links. First select your keywords and then click on the chain icon to insert your URL.

Related article: Top 50+ Article Directories to Submit Article

Traffic Tactic #17: Join Yahoo Answers and Answer Questions to Expose Your Website

Summary: Answer at least two questions on Yahoo Answers.

Join Yahoo Answers and Answer Questions to Expose Your Website
Join Yahoo Answers and Answer Questions to Expose Your Website

Benefit – Whenever you answer a question, you can leave a backlink to your website. If your answer is really good, well thought out, chances are that people will not only read your answer but also view your profile to visit your site. It is very important to leave answers on Yahoo Answers because their  pages often appear on search engine results so there is a high chance that people will find your answer over and over again for months and years to come.

Step by step instructions:

  • First visit http://answers.yahoo.com and login. If you do not have an account, you can always sign up at the top of the page to create a free account with Yahoo.
  • Fill in your details to create a nice looking Profile. You are allowed to include couple of links of your website and blog. You will not get a good backlink using this method because it is a “nofollow” but many people may read your answers, visit your profile, and visit your website.
  • Next, you will go and find some questions to answer. For best results, try to find questions that are relevant to your website or blog. For example, I often go to Yahoo Home Page and then navigate to the “Make Money Online” section. There are always fresh questions posted related to make money online category.
  • When you are answering questions, make sure to back up your claim with an example, a reference, or your own personal experience. In the “sources” box, insert a link to your website to create a backlink to your profile.
  • Here is an example method to follow:
    • Leave an answer to at least two questions along with a link to your website page as a source
    • Vote for the best answer on 2 questions that are undecided

Traffic Tactic #18: Setup a FREE Account with Social Marker and Bookmark a Blog Post

Summary: You create a free account with SocialMarker.com – a free social bookmarking tool – that will allow you to bookmark your blog posts with dozens of social bookmarking sites on the Internet simultaneously.

Setup a FREE Account with Social Marker and Bookmark a Blog Post
Setup a FREE Account with Social Marker and Bookmark a Blog Post

Benefit: Getting backlinks from Social Bookmarking is a huge benefit for your backlink campaign and search engine rankings because Google places consider them well-established sites.

Step by step instructions:

  • Visit http://www.socialmarker.com
  • Note that if you have not SocialMarker.com before, you will have to register for all the sites before the bookmark will show. It will take some time, but once you create accounts with all of them, SocialMarker will be able to post your blog on all of those social bookmarking sites, all at once.
  • On the home page of SocialMarker, towards the bottom right hand side, you will given options to select sites you want to submit your blog posts to. Choose carefully these sites as some of them are specifically niche related like Health Ranker. Submitting a affiliate marketing blog on this social bookmarking does not make sense.
  • Select one of your recent blog posts to bookmark, then fill in the required fields on your blog post:
    • Bookmark details
    • Title
    • Link (URL)
    • Text
    • Tags (separated by commas)
  • Make sure that you are using correct keywords from your blog posts as this will be very important for SEO and users that might want to see your content
  • Click on the “Submit” button
  • Once you have done this whole process once, I highly recommend that you place the SocialMarker Button on your website or blog so that it becomes even easier to submit your individual blog posts. If you are using a WordPress or non-WordPress site, please follow the instructions on the front page left hand side on how to place the button on your website.

Once you have completed all these steps, congratulations! Now you can bookmark recent blog post within 5 minutes, and which will bring you additional traffic as well as more backlinks and better search engine rankings.

Traffic Tactic #19: Submit Your Newsletter to 2 or More Ezine Directories

Summary: Submit your newsletter (ezines) to two or more Ezine directories

Submit Your Newsletter to 2 or More Ezine Directories
Submit Your Newsletter to 2 or More Ezine Directories

Benefit – You will drive new subscribers as well as more advertisers to your Newsletter

Step by step instructions:

Submit your newsletter to BestEzines.com
  1. EzineArticles also own bestEzines.com and there are two ways to submit your ezine to this directory.
  2. If you already have an EzineArticles account, just login with your account and under the “Author’s Tools” click on the “BestEzines.com Submission” and fill up the short form. Enter your ezine subscription information. For example, I use my Gmail account abiwritescopy@gmail.com for my Newsletter.
  3. If you do not have an account with EzineArticles, sign up directly to BestEzines.com then click on the “Submit an Ezine” link and fill up the form.
Submit your ezine to newlist.com
  1. No registration is required. Just follow the step 1 through 8 and submit your Ezine details.

Additional Information:

If you have time and motivation, why not visit http://ezines.nettop20.com and find top 20 Ezine Directories and try submitting 1 Ezine a day into your daily schedule. You can even find more ezine directories by searching Google with the keyword phrase “List of ezine directories.”

In case you did not know, I have two more post on the same 30 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website blog series:

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