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6 Untapped (and Free) Traffic Sources

“Its important to diversify your traffic sources as much as possible and tap into different mediums”

Need some new ways to drive free TARGETED traffic back to your blog, capture page or affiliate offers? Well, you’re in luck; here’s 6 untapped traffic sources from David Wood (of Empower Network)…

1. Document Sharing Sites

Document sharing sites are an incredibly powerful source of traffic. The cool thing is you don’t have to create any new content to leverage them. Doc sharing sites are simply PDF hosting sites.

You can upload PDFs to them and people can download them. Every PDF download page shows the PDF on screen, and any links you place within the PDF also show on the web page. Which means backlinks, all you have to do is save your blog post as a PDF (add a 3rd of the post into the PDF) and place a link at the bottom back to your site.

When you upload the PDF to doc sharing sites, you’ll get backlinks and traffic. Doc sharing sites rank extremely well on Google and will send you search engine traffic. Here’s a small list of sites to submit to:

1. scribd.com
2. docstoc.com
3. slideshare.net
4. crocodoc.com
5. Issuu.com

2. Q&A Traffic

When I got started on the Internet, I spent a lot of my time doing Q&A marketing. Q&A sites are sites for asking questions and getting answers from other members.

You create an account on these sites, and can ask questions as well as answer them. You usually have to answer a few questions before you can ask one. Yahoo Answers is a powerful example of this.

When you ask a question on Yahoo answers, it INSTANTLY ranks on Google. If you simply enter a keyword in your question, it will often rank page 1 for that keyword within 10 minutes. All you have to do is create questions that target keywords (within the question) which ends up being the SEO title.

Then create another account from another IP address, login, locate the question you asked, answer it and link to your site. This is again grey hat and against their TOS, but it works extremely well. The other white-hat alternative is to simply answer lots of relevant questions and place a link to your site within the ‘resources’ or ‘references’ section. Here are some sites:

answers.yahoo.com
able2know.org
akaqa.com
allexperts.com
answerbag.com
answers.com

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3. Blog Commenting

We’ve all heard this one right? Most bloggers in particular should be making use of this strategy. Blog commenting on new posts of high traffic relevant sites. When you leave a comment, you leave a link to your site. When you leave a high quality comment, people read it and click through to your site.

Simply find the top 10 blogs in your niche, check them weekly and leave comments on their new blog posts. Powerful strategy will cumulative effects.

4. Guest Blogging

Again, we’ve all heard of this. However few people actually do it. The reason is because its a huge pain in the ass. You have to sit down yourself and create high quality articles or hire someone who can.

Simply make a list of all the top blogs in your niche, contact them and ask if you can publish a guest post on their site as a guest author. All you want in return is an author resource box with 1 link to your site.

Guest blogging generates high quality relevant backlinks and traffic. A guest post probably won’t send you much traffic, but its not unusual to receive 100 visitors a month from an average guest post.

Publish 100 of them, and 10,000 visitors/month is worth the effort. The backlink effect is also powerful, especially with what’s happening with Google right now.

5. Infographics

Creating infographics is a powerful method of generating traffic. If you create a popular infographic (not that easy to do), it can go viral, your site can be shared across thousands of social media accounts and as a result you’ll receive a huge influx of traffic.

Bloggers absolutely love infographics and will re-post them on their sites, they also tend to blow up on Digg and Pinterest. Done right, a clever/humorous/controversial or informative infographic can generate tens of thousands of visitors. Done wrong; maybe 50 at best.

6. Video Responses

Creating video responses to viral or high traffic YouTube videos can be an excellent way to boost your traffic and build a YouTube audience. Just find popular or viral videos in your niche, create a video response with a link to your site in the description and upload it to your YouTube account.

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If using the infographic strategy sounds appealing to you then here’s 3 resources to help you get started creating your own…

http://infogr.am

http://piktochart.com

http://www.easel.ly

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9 Comments

  1. Adrian JockJuly 3, 2013 at 7:44 pmReply

    I don’t want to “ruin” your article but blog commenting is quite far from being an untapped traffic source 😉 Just curious… Why do you claimed that?

    Adrian

    • Bradley ScottJuly 3, 2013 at 8:16 pmReplyAuthor

      Hi Adrian,

      I believe David added it to the list of “untapped” traffic sources because there is a large number of online entrepreneurs who don’t utilize blog commenting as a means of traffic generation and just see commenting as a way to express their opinion about an article. Thanks for your input.

  2. Adrian JockJuly 3, 2013 at 10:19 pmReply

    Hi Bradley,

    Maybe blog commenting is an untapped source of traffic for EN newbies LOL On the other hand most of today’s “entrepreneurs” don’t know what they’re doing… so almost everything is an untapped source of traffic 😉 But, hey, it’s not your article so I can’t “argue” with you :)

    By the way, why don’t you use a “subscribe to comments” plugin? I didn’t know that you replied to my comment and I had to check it… Most of the people won’t do what I did… Don’t you want comments? Make it easier for the visitors… If you help them you’ll help yourself 😉

    • Bradley ScottJuly 3, 2013 at 11:24 pmReplyAuthor

      Yeah that’s EXACTLY the problem we’re trying to help solve with the site – “Entrepreneurs not knowing how to have success with their businesses!”

      So, of course someone with a little more experience such as yourself will see blog commenting as an “old and tried” method, but I can guarantee that 80% of our visitors aren’t utilizing it effectively right now. So that one was for them.

      Thanks for your suggestion regarding the commenting – I’m sure we can incorporate that and re-code how the smilies are presented as well. Appreciate it.

  3. Adrian JockJuly 3, 2013 at 10:23 pmReply

    One more thing… I see that the smileys are inserted on separated single lines. That looks ugly and unnatural, I never seen it before. You may want to fix it if you know how (I don’t).

  4. paula grantAugust 8, 2013 at 6:32 pmReply

    Yep, definitely a list for someone like me. I opened up a boutique with kitsy lane, cos I love jewelry & giving it as gifts.
    looks great, works lovely, even got my first order just so i could see it wasn’t all crap…put a few adds on craigs list, for a few sign ups (no sales), then its-“what the heck do I do ext?”
    2 weeks of many hours of reading & I find 90% of whats out there is so generic it is really no help whats so ever.
    so now i will ask a real newbie question; if i go to a blog & post a comment, HOW do i link back? most places won’t allow you to stick https://dragonflymountain.kitsylane.com in it?

    • Bradley ScottAugust 8, 2013 at 7:56 pmReplyAuthor

      Hi Paula,

      The link back to your site is connected to your name. If you click on your name in the blog comments it will take you back to your site

  5. Mike MartinezSeptember 26, 2013 at 2:46 amReply

    AWESOME post Bradley. I was hooked from the very beginning with your document sharing idea. Again, AWESOME stuff. Like Arnold says, “I’ll be back.”

  6. Monica DonaghueSeptember 2, 2014 at 4:24 pmReply

    Hi Bradley, this is a great start for building traffic. We also have a list of traffic sources that aren’t mentioned here, if you wanted to check it out!

    http://www.northcutt.com/blog/2014/08/list-of-traffic-sources/

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