Getting Web Site Traffic, part 1

While there are ways to jumpstart your web site’s traffic flows, many web site owners don�t have the resources that others have to generate more visitors their sites.

Well, you don�t have to spend a cent; all you need is the proper mindset and a lot of eagerness. You also must have the drive and perseverance to do hard work and research to generate more traffic for your site.

How sweet it is to have more web site visitors without spending a single cent. Many sites have articles that offer tips and guidelines in how to generate traffic using only free methods. Because it is possible, you don�t need to speed a single cent, it may take time, to say honestly, I�m not going to beat around the bush with you.

You get better chances for quick traffic by paying for your advertisements, but at least you get a fighting chance with some free methods. Here are a couple to consider:

First, join online forums and online communities that are related to your web site’s topic.
The great thing about forums and online communities is that you can target a certain group that fits the certain demographic that you are looking for. You can discuss about lots of things about the niche that you represent or offer (read the caveat below!). Another great advantage is that you know what you are getting into and you will be prepared.

With online communities and forums you can build a your individual reputation — and through that, a reputation for your company.

Show them what you are made of and wow them with your range of expertise about the subject, with that you can build a reputation and build trust with the people in your expertise and knowledge.

However, be sure to review the content and rules of the forums and communities before you post. Many Usenet groups charters prohibit commercial posting, although some others will allow them. Most forums and newsgroups will allow short references in your “.sig” (signature).

If you just jump in and post an ad, they may be quick to ban you from the forum or community. They also may report you to your ISP and web host for spamming.

So, be careful. Establish your reputation as a poster in the forum (or community) with careful on-topic posts. Understand the style and content of the forum or community before you post.

Second, make use of newsletters. You can write your own or you can advertise in newsletters.
Provide people with a catalog of your products and interesting and entertaining articles. If you make it really interesting and entertaining, more people will sign up for your newsletter and recommend it to other people.

The more people who sign up for your newsletter, the more people there will be that will go to your site increasing your traffic.

Use your newsletter to drive traffic to the site. By using teaser articles, you can guide subscribers to visit your site to read the full newsletter or to read other articles on your site.

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