Drum up traffic on a limited budget
There is one hard and fast rule in generating income for your website: A steady flow of website traffic! If no one goes to your site, it has a little to no chance of generating income, as many sites have tried and failed in their attempts to generate traffic, which resulted in the sites’ demise.
It takes money to maintain an income generating site which, according to the old adage “it takes money to make money”, should come as no surprise…
…But, it doesn’t require a total liquidation of your bank account contents to generate website traffic for yours or any other website. There are a number of free and low-cost traffic-generation methods available to anyone who is willing to put in the time required to get positive results from these methods.
Ever wonder how big businesses drive traffic to their sites? Most of them have spent, and are spending, tons of money to drive traffic to their sites by investing in various advertising campaigns and different forms of marketing schemes and techniques. This was all worthwhile because they had deep enough pockets to finance the marketing that made them what they are now… high earning, big hitting websites.
You don’t have to do this if you don’t really have their resources. As mentioned earlier, there are many ways to generate low cost website traffic without having to spend what you don’t have or can’t afford, and we will talk about a few of those ways in the following paragraphs. Even if you are only successful in converting a small percentage of visitors into clients, it still works especially if you get a high number of website traffic.
The link exchange method
This is a sure and proven method. Rarely would you see a site where there is no link to another site. Many webmasters are willing to exchange links with one another so that they could produce more public awareness about their sites. You’ll soon see and feel the sudden upsurge of the traffic coming in to your site from other sites.
An important prerequisite in exchanging links with other sites is having the same niche or content as the other site. They should share a common subject so that there is continuity in the provision of service and information that is of interest to your target audience.
Exchanging links also boosts your chances of getting a high ranking on the search engine result pages. It is common knowledge that search engines ranks high sites that have inbound and outbound theme-related links. With a good ranking position in the search engines, you will generate more traffic to your website without the high advertising costs.
The traffic exchange approach
This is like exchanging links but on a larger scale. This may cost a bit more than exchanging or trading links but could be made cheaper because you get to earn credits. You can use those credits when viewing the sites of other members, while you earn credits when someone views yours.
The viewing of another member’s site or page is done in a give-and-take manner where a site can use your site(s) content and vice-versa. You both benefit from each others efforts to generate traffic. The other sites visitors can go to your pages and know more about your site as well as theirs. Once again the public awareness of your sites existence is boosted.
Article writing and sharing invites traffic
There are many eZines and directories on the internet which provide free space for articles to be submitted. If you want to save costs, you can do the articles yourself. There are also many freelance writers who are willing to write for you for a small fee, but to save money, it is wise to do those articles yourself.
Write articles that are themed with the niche of your site and write something on a topic in which that you have expertise on so that when they read it, they can feel your knowledge about the subject and will be eager to visit your site. Write articles that provide tips and guidelines relating to the subject or niche your site is based around.
Include a resource box at the end of your article that will link them to your site and write a little about yourself and the topic discussed on your site. If you provide a light, information-rich and interesting article, they will go to your site and return for more.
Newsletter publishing will create traffic
This may sound like hard work because of all the articles you may need to use to build a newsletter, but on the contrary, this is not as difficult as you may think. There are many writers and sites that are willing to provide free articles as long as they can get their name in on your newsletter. This will provide free advertising for them as well.
As your newsletter gets passed around, you can widen your sphere and public awareness of your site while building an opt-in list with members that can regularly visit your site.
Traffic from forums and online communities
This only requires your time and nothing else. You can share your knowledge and expertise with many online communities as well as your website. You can get free advertising when you go to forums that have the same subject or niche with your site.
Share your two cents and let them see how knowledgeable you are with the subject. As you build your reputation, you also build the reputation of your site, making it a reputable and honest business that could be frequented and trusted by many people.