4 Effective and Free Ways To Drive Targeted Traffic

My friend Davion Wong has provided us with another fantastic post enjoy his advice and be sure to leave him a comment.

Now, every affiliate marketer and internet marketer knows that without traffic, it really does not matter if your website is designed by a $300/hour graphics designer or have the most stylish flash animations. But the trouble is, not every marketer can afford paid advertising such as the most popular Pay-Per-Click (PPC). And even if they do, setting up a profitable PPC campaign as in the case of Google Adwords is no child’s play. Secondly, every marketer should have a whole arsenal of traffic driving tools and methods instead of just relying on one lifeline.

The truth is, there are several effective ways to drive targeted traffic without having to resort to expensive PPC. The quality of the traffic is good, and sometimes even better than paying for clicks.

So what are they?

1. Article Marketing

Article marketing works great! Firstly, it is free. Secondly, you can attract targeted traffic when your articles get ranked within Google for the specific target keywords that you know your prospects are searching. You see, getting a top spot on the left side (organic search results) of Google is as valuable as getting a top spot on the right (sponsored listings via Adwords). But the difference is it is free!

Using an article directory like EzineArticles, you can target specific, low competition keywords (aka long tail keywords) and rank within days, sometimes hours.

2. Forum Marketing

Forum marketing is another powerful free traffic driving technique. The key lies in using a catchy signature like “Learn How To Convert 60% Of Your Visitors Into Your Subscribers!”, or “How I Earned $471 From Writing 1 Article!” But make sure the claims are real.

Participate daily in at least 10 forums related to your niche. Always go where your prospects are. I have received many testimonials from my readers of how they successfully got their first sales in the products they are marketing. Not only will you get traffic, you will also get some quality backlinks to your
website.

Did you know that starting a new thread on a topic, with a targeted keyword can possibly get your forum thread to rank within Google and get you instant targeted traffic within hours? DigitalPoint is a good place to start for marketers.

3. Classified Advertisement Sites

There are expert marketers who purely target free classified advertisement sites to drive traffic to their offers. Among the favorites are examples like Craigslist, BackPage and USFreeAds.

The typical setup looks like this: the marketer sets up an advertisement and leaves a contact email address, typically Gmail. The email address is actually set up with an auto-reply that contains a link to the sales page or website. So, when their prospects send an email requesting for information, the auto-reply will send the email automatically. It is quite hands-off once the system is set up properly. Hint: This method words great for the dating niche.

4. Community-Based Marketing Avenues

This refers to the new Web 2.0 social marketing communities like FaceBook, MySpace and Twitter. Even YouTube and other video sites count as part of this category. The beauty of such community-based marketing avenues lies in the huge audience.

Millions of searches and viewers get onto these sites. And these are real-life audience! A good YouTube video can get lots of viewers. If you remember “The World’s First Bionic Burger” that got over 1.4 million views. See the YouTube video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYyDXH1amic

This video webpage is a PR 5! And it has made hundreds of thousands of dollars for the creator who sells health-related products.

There are other successful stories of underground marketers who netted huge subscriber lists by using FaceBook and MySpace.

Surely the potential for huge volumes of free targeted traffic is great!

Davion has been secretly bagging 5 figure incomes monthly from niche marketing. Discover how to make real money online at Davion’s online marketing blog and pick up his free report Secrets of Affiliate Marketing worth $97 now

38 Comments

  • James

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    Davion

    Good post lots of useful Information.
    You mentioned thread what do you mean
    by that.

    Thanks
    James

  • taofeek adeniyi quadri

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    you’ve been a great person and sometimes i wonder what i’d be able tto do without you.my request is can i get emails to process for free and get paid in a matter of two weeks at most and also well paid free surveys that will be able to send money directly to me without intermediate company especially availability of these for non united state citizens.is there any free programme like a degree or professional programme that will enable someone after completion to secure first degree programme in united states.i put my trust in you because as a genius you never failed.traffic driving is also another point of reference for my affiliate websites.i’ve not been able to get a dime since three months ago and i’m using search engines like yahoo uk and google.how is google adsense code applied to websites.pls help because i trust you

  • Peter

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    Hallo Reed,
    If you look into my last comment you can clearly see the workload which is necessary to produce a moneycatching site this isone congratulations picking this guy amongst others writing such Blog. without saying too much you can read between the lines and also downloading the advice.
    I also read the comment of Lynda Mekalick she is not aware what a internetmarketeer is. She should read the following the super tips of Harvey Segal http://www.supertips.com and take this as a lesson for her future.
    to your friendly advice.
    Peter

  • tmobil8

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    Greetings Reed, Thomas here, i like the artical as it gives great insight on what to do for free to get your product and or business some free generated traffic, something i had to learn from scratch when i started out about 4 years ago trying to find my niche. I would follow these rules guys to the T (Thomas) lol. Till next time buddy! Have a great day.

  • taofeek adeniyi quadri

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

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  • taofeek adeniyi quadri

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    is there amy professional program that one can apply for and get well paid jobs in united states that the program cannot take more than two months and the applicants and the applicants can stay and also work in said country

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  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    Hi Reed,

    There are two crucial things that you have to master when it comes to making money online…

    1. Traffic generation

    2. Traffic conversion

    The most important thing when it comes to traffic generation is to get targeted traffic. In means, people that are really interested in what you are saying and offering.

    Here Dave is giving some good free ways to generate traffic that you can put into practice immediately to start moving forward.

    Thanks,
    ^PV Reymond

    http://www.pvreymond.com

  • Clog Money

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    What about twitter ;)?

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  • Wayne Bell

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    Great article on free traffic techniques. If your readers are interested in free traffic and Blogging For Profit ideas, may I suggest they check out:> http://bloggigforprofit.blogspot.com/

    Thanks

    Wayne

  • Kenny Ritchie

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    As were on Reed’s site I think we would have to add Joint Venture Giveaways to the list. That’s another top article.

    If you’ve got some free subscribers you can mail them to related offers.

  • TeasasTips

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    As a forum, Digital Point has to be the most reputable one available. If you are seeking info, how to, etc…Digital Point is the place to be…

    TeasasTipss last blog post..The Truth About Network Marketing

  • Lynda Mekalick

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    Hi Reed and others.
    Beautiful day here in our little corner of the world – New Zealand.
    Another excellent post as usual, Davion is a great source of really valuable information.
    To Peter, thanks for your advice and I’m already well aware of Harvey and his methods.Heaps of good stuff from him,I agree.
    Like most of us here, I love to learn,and would never consider that I know it all or know enough.That said,I must be doing something right as I am making money.Always wanting to make more though!Lol!
    Cheers,
    Lynda

  • normz2

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    Always interested in free traffic. I will try some of the ideas, time permiting. Blogging certainly be one of them.

  • David Smyth

    Reply Reply September 28, 2008

    Great article, thanks Davion!

    Of course, you forgot to mention about commenting on other people’s blogs and getting a gig as a guest blogger! (Said with a coy wink). Great ways to drive targeted traffic for free!

    Leveraging sites like MySpace and Facebook (or Twitter) takes time and skill in order to implement. Being a member of all three, I have learned that your chances of securing free traffic from them is not a foregone conclusion! Just because you are in the ‘market place’ does not mean you will necessarily attract hungry customers!

    Networking with others is the key to success with any community based sites. You may have a slick profile constructed but not have much in the way of interest being shown by others.

    Doing a keyword search to find other members who inhabit your particular niche is a great method to employ. Then ensure that you ‘link’ your profile/page to others of like mind. Send out specially tailored messages that cater to their interests and, where possible, post bulletins (such as on MySpace’s bulletin board) with useful information and attractive offers.

    It won’t serve you to have 100’s or even 1000’s of contacts and ‘friends’ on networking sites unless they are people who have similar goals and values to your own; (try selling a split-cycle air-conditioner to an Eskimo!)

    Forums can be effective places to win a target audience, yet the Admin. of some of these sites can be alarmingly ‘fickle’ over content and specific rules and policies that govern their site!

    I make it a point to carefully read the written regulations of any forum before I begin posting and commenting on threads. Having said that, I can count no less than seven forums that I have been banned from, simply because I committed an ‘infraction’ or two on the site; might I add that I did not spam these sites or send out promotional PM’s etc. Some of the ‘line-crossing’ came about through posting content in the wrong section of the forum. Initially this was not penalized, but when I became a little too creative with some of my ‘unique’ postings, I got chastised with some force! In my efforts to discover loopholes in the site I ‘tripped over my own feet’, and more than once too!

    Davion, you mention ‘DigitalPoint’ as being a great place to start – however, although it has an impressive Alexa ranking, I would suggest that Site Point forums or even the very well ranked Off-Topic Forum are better options to begin with. Site Point has an indexing system on their site that allows the user to target refined areas of online marketing, with great ease! Off-Topic Forum is a widely marketed multi-subject arena that has an impressively large audience. One advantage of O.T.F. is that it has sub-sections that cover topics other than marketing. One can ‘sell’ to people of different niches and come at larger markets through diversely created angles – it sometimes pays to think outside the box!

    Thanks again Davion,

    Regards,
    Dave Smyth.

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  • bahce

    Reply Reply September 29, 2008

    I always read your blog in high spirits. Thanks 🙂

  • PV Reymond, yes, targeted traffic is the bloodline of every internet marketing business. You sound like a veteran marketer to me.

    David Smyth, how could I have missed that? Blog commenting is also a great way to drive traffic especially if the blog enjoys huge traffic like this one. 😉

    Lynda Mekalick, your positive attitude gives me a hunch that you will become a successful internet marketer.

  • Jussi Koiranen

    Reply Reply September 29, 2008

    Another excellent post! And I love that listen feature. I can listen to these on a loop while working and use spaced repetition to actually learn something out of these.

  • Jay

    Reply Reply September 29, 2008

    Today as I sat waiting on a car repair, I wrote two articles about wholesale. It is amazing what you can do without distractions. Get started or add to your present methods to get traffic and sales, just as is pointed out in these four steps.
    If you are confused about internet terms and need a “newbie glossary”, ask a question or two at my latest blog post–we are starting a list.
    Thanks,
    Jay

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  • Chris Imamshah

    Reply Reply September 30, 2008

    Great post Davion. Just wanted to ask regarding article marketing, how many articles in your opinion do you suggest as a good amount to write either daily or weekly.

    Thanks,
    Chris
    http://www.fastinternetmarketingtips.com

  • Hi Chris, I would say, the more, the better. However, if you are starting out, even 2 or 3 articles a day following my steps in article marketing which I explained in my report “Secrets of Affiliate Marketing”, you will get consistent streams of traffic from about 60 to 100 articles (each month) which add up month after month. Even 1 article when written and submitted properly each day can get you a good stream of traffic if you rank in Google. I will be releasing a new book that teaches folks how to maximize their article marketing campaigns for maximum traffic and sales. Do keep a lookout for it. 😉

  • Afam Uzoechina

    Reply Reply September 30, 2008

    There’s been lots of speculations or would I say statements by some so-called gurus that free traffic generation systems like the one you mentioned don’t work.

    But I personally don’t agree with that notion because with popular Google Adwords,conversion is not guaranteed.

    While if one is able to patiently work on building live links to our web pages.It may take some time but after a few months of persistence.

    Like I said after just a few,your website will have been so popular if you do your home work well and the search engine will be delivering loads of traffic to your web pages daily

    Thanks
    Afam
    http://www.free-trafficscecrets.com

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  • Felix Makmur

    Reply Reply October 1, 2008

    Really great advices on how to attract free traffic to your site. I also got tons of free traffic just by using the fisrt 2 methods, i.e. article marketing and forum marketing. Will try the other methods as well. Thanks for sharing this.

    Felix Makmurs last blog post..How To Generate Traffic Using Only Free Methods

  • All four ideas have their value. I have found that communities can end up being more of a distraction though! So many…everyone’s inviting you to new ones… Which ones have more value? How do you prevent the “justified because it’s marketing” distraction?

    Dream BIG!

    Velma Gallant
    The Queen of JOY!
    Lazer Clarity Coach
    Host of Welcome Changes Radio

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  • admin

    Reply Reply October 3, 2008

    Great commentary going on here, it’s awesome guys 🙂

  • 2ask.ws

    Reply Reply October 8, 2008

    Nice post. I want to add one more to the list.
    Guest Blogging is also a great way to get traffic to a site. 🙂

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  • Pat Gunning

    Reply Reply December 2, 2008

    Video is another fast growing marketing form that produces results! There are many free e-books on the subject and some great e-books at small cost check out SEOVideoGold for a very unique take on video and article marketing for SEO rank.

  • Shawn Horwood

    Reply Reply December 15, 2008

    These are great forms of traffic. In fact, they are already my main forms of traffic. When done properly they are very effective. I have also used guest posts on high traffic blogs to get a good amount of traffic to my blog.
    Shawn Horwood
    http://top5-workathome.com/blog/

  • john

    Reply Reply February 7, 2009

    i enjoy the information i got on your site as to increase traffic on my blog.tanks.john

  • Let me add another method I am using to bring targeted traffic.
    That is social bookmarking. I have found that it is an effective method if you are an active member in social bookmarking sites like Digg.

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  • great insights. community-based marketing is a powerful strategy in driving traffic as these social networking sites are rapidly gaining more and more users. commenting on popular huge traffic blogs is another great way to gain traffic.

  • Jay Swales

    Reply Reply April 26, 2009

    All very good methods its mastering them that takes sometime 😛

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