Many beginners in online marketing don’t want to invest any money in paid traffic. And that’s totally fine.
Because when you start your career in online marketing you usually don’t have a lot of knowledge when it comes to marketing.
And if you are paying for traffic you need to know how to convert your traffic into buyers.
If you don’t know how to do that you are paying a lot of money you don’t get back. That’s why I recommend to start with free traffic and later, if you have more knowledge, to add paid traffic sources.
Here is a list of my top free traffic sources:
Source #1: SEO
One of the best free traffic sources is search engine optimization (SEO) (see here the advantages and disadvantages of SEO). SEO traffic is very great because it is highly targeted. That means if someone clicks on your article they already typed in a keyword they are searching more information about.
And if you can provide value to that keyword you may convert that visitor into a buyer.
In order to get traffic from SEO you have to make a lot of work in advance (create a lot of valuable content) but later on you can get more than enough traffic.
If you want to know more about SEO I can recommend the training of Wealthy Affiliate (see here). They show you step-by-step how to build up traffic with SEO.
Source #2: Social Media
Another great traffic source is traffic from social media. That can be traffic from Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+etcct.
The key to get traffic from social media is to provide value. That does apply to all social media channels.
Your content should be interesting, it should be entertaining, it should be useful or it should be inspiring.
You’ll not get a lot of traffic by only promoting your own content. Think about it this way:
Why should anyone follow my profile/page?
Do you provide useful information or is most of your content useless? The better you can answer this question the more people will follow your page!
Instagram can also be a great source of traffic. With the right tool, it is easy to build up a huge base of followers.
Source #3: Forum commenting
Type in your niche into Google and add “forum”. I’m sure you’ll find many different forums in your niche.
Forum commenting can be a huge source of traffic if it’s done the right way. If you join a new forum you shouldn’t start posting your links all over the forum. I’m sure you’ll be banned within minutes.
If you really want to build traffic you have to engage with the community and help people with their problems. In some forums, you can add a signature. Here you can place a link to your website.
The more helpful content you’ll post the more people will see your link and the more people will visit your website.
This way is also great to build up authority.
Source #4: Writing guest articles
There are many blogs that offer you to write guest articles. That means if you send them an article they’ll post it on their website. Sometimes they make it for free and sometimes you have to pay some money.
The bigger the blog is (the more traffic it has) the harder it will be to publish a free guest article. However, maybe 9 out of 10 will not post your article for free but maybe the 10th so never stop asking!
If you were able to publish your guest post you have immediate access to their audience. If they like your article they will visit your website for sure! That way you can get a great source of traffic and a strong backlink.
Source #5 Blog Commenting
You can also build a great source of traffic by commenting on other blogs. Again, it is important to provide value. If you write “Great post” you’ll not receive any clicks at all.
But if you can provide additional value to the article or if you can ask a great question you get people to click on your link.
Don’t forget to add a profile picture with Gravatar and a link your website! Of course, you’ll not get hundreds of clicks with a single comment but you can build up a great source if you work daily on that!
As you can see there are great sources of free traffic. You should always know that free traffic takes some time to build.
But if you are willing to put in the time these can be great sources and traffic!
What is your favorite source of free traffic? Or maybe did I forget one? I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below!