I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post about finding the holes in your free traffic generation (if you missed it you can read it here).
I know its frustrating to read something like that, and find that such small things can really hurt your business. And I just shared a few…there are a lot more. Things change so fast, I know its almost impossible for you to keep up with them all. Grrrrrr…
Anyway…let’s move on to happy thoughts…MORE FREE TRAFFIC.
Today I’m sharing 3 places to get free traffic that you’re probably overlooking. All of these are WIDE OPEN places and also establish you as an expert too. BONUS!
1. Tutorial sites
“Tutorial” sites are somewhat similar to article directories, but their content is more focused on actual solutions. You can even use existing articles that you’ve already written.
The two big boy are wikiHOW.com and eHow.com.
Unfortunately, eHow.com recently makes it difficult to get traffic, so I’ve stopped writing for them.
But you can find others in your niche by doing a Google search (i.e. “main keyword” + “tutorial”). See how active they are, before you invest a lot of time in a site.
Let’s walk through one example though…say your niche was in “SEO” like me…and you wanted to use wikiHOW.com.
I would create a tutorial with the title: “The Best Ways To Find Free Backlinks to Rank Your Website” or something similar. At the end of the article, make sure you add a YouTube video with your face and URL to your site.
To get ideas…go find a post in wikiHOW.com now for your main keyword. They will give you a list of articles that need to be written! How easy is that?
If you want to make it SUPER easy, just go to EzineArticles and see if they already have something written on that topic. If they do, just use that as a guideline…change a few words in each sentence…and BOOM…you’re done!
2.Give content as bonuses
This is without comparison, my greatest source of free and highly targeted traffic…and near 100% optin rate too! If you aren’t doing this, you need to stop what you’re doing right now and set this up today.
The concept is pretty simple…offer your products for free as bonuses with other launches/offers in your niche. Anyone that purchases the product, will get a link to access your product…after opting in to your list.
I have done this many, many times. One of them is on a very popular product sold via webinar almost every week. I get 200+ new leads a week from this one product!
The first step is to find products to include your with. You can usually find links in the footer of squeeze pages and sales pages like “Affiliates” or “JV Partners” that link to a page where you can sign up to promote their product.
After you sign up you will receive contact information for the person that manages the affiliates.
Simply drop this person an email, or give them a call and offer your product as a free bonus they can add in the members area of their website or as a bonus to one of their products.
This benefits them…they can “stack the cool” in their sales copy which will help convert more sales, and you will seen as an authority since you have basically been endorsed by the person including your content as a bonus.
TIP: Make your free piece of content your very best trick. Keep it short and easily consumable. And make them optin to receive it.
If you have a product in the IM space, shoot me an email if you want to include your product as a bonus on my next launch (coming up soon).
3. Guest Blogging
If you’re wondering what guest posting is or why you should even care about it, then you’ve been missing out on one of the best marketing tactics available today.
In it’s simplest form, guest blogging is the exchange of content from one blogger to another, for a site which the author does not own. Basically, you provide a post to a blogger to use on their site…they get free quality content, you get exposure to their audience and a link to your site (which equals FREE traffic).
You need to follow some specific guidelines when guest blogging to ensure you get accepted and get the most benefit out of your work.
- Totally Unique Content – This is NOT the time to use a rewritten ezine article, or an old post of yours. Make it totally new and fresh.
- Break Up Posts with Images – Lots and lots of compelling images. I hope the women don’t get angry with me…but pictures of beautiful women work great…not matter if the audience is women or men. Did you look at the picture below before you read any of the above paragraph? :)
- Use Bullet Points – Make the post easy to skim through…bullet points and sections are perfect for this.
- Provide Insane Value – Give your absolute best tip/trick. You must WOW the reader to compel them to click your link at the bottom, go to your site, and optin to you list….make the post AMAZING.
There are 2 good sites that are guest blogger exchanges that I have used : MyBlogGuest.com & GuestBlogIt.com. There are several others, so look around and pick the one that works best for you.
You can also simple to a Google Search or a Google Blog Search and find blogs in your niche. Contact the owners, and see if they accept Guest Bloggers.
If you are in the IM niche, and want to submit content to my blog…shoot me an email. I’m always looking for guest contributors.
That’s it for today! I hope at least 1 of these is something you are not already doing, so you can jump on it today and start getting more free traffic to your site.