Sometimes you don’t have too much money and you want to improve your website’s traffic as much as possible without spending a dime. In this case, I am going to present you 10 free ways to increase your website’s traffic using these simple yet awesome tips and tricks:
1. Sign up to Twitter
The first phase is to create a Twitter account using your website’s e-mail address and a good password separating this account from your personal one. In Twitter, usually people you follow, they follow back so start making some research and see who has a great fan base and can help you to increase the traffic for your website. You can even create lists after different interests or filters such as gender, religion, age, location and you can ask followers to retweet (repost on their account) your messages. Don’t follow spammers or automated bots and try to follow quality people who post nice things and things from your website’s main area of expertise.
2. Create a Facebook Account
Having a Facebook account can be a real help on your promotion project so you can have a personal profile, but also a business page where you can receive likes and follows and you can use it to automatically post newly publicized posts from your website through the JetPack plugin for WordPress or similar other extensions and modules if you use another CMS. The same feature is available for Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus. Facebook can be also used for promotion if you join groups where you share your knowledge and grow your social presence sometimes automatically posting scheduled links, images or text using a script such as PHPSFP (PHP Scheduled Facebook Posts) that is also available for Twitter under the name PHPSTP (PHP Scheduled Twitter Posts). On Facebook, you can create even your own group and invite people to enter or to like your page.
3. Offer Freebies to Your Visitors
Another great trick is to have freebies on your website so visitors return for more and more freebies increasing your website’s traffic and revenue. You can either offer free e-books, audio books, serial keys for games and software or other digital content that is related to your website. You should check out Google, Twitter and Facebook pages for ideas on how to create a relevant giveaway. There are other websites that do weekly or monthly giveaways and you can use them to promote your website even more. Even trial or demo versions of a digital content can help you to improve website traffic.
4. Ask for Feedback on Forums
If you have multiple feedback options on your website you really can improve your website to be exactly how your visitors want so you should definitely have a contact page with e-mail and phone address available, but also a contact/feedback form. Usually, it also helps if you use testimonials, a rating system or even comment sections, but also if you make a Q&A session to different websites such as Facebook, YouTube or Reddit where people can ask you questions and you answer them in real time.
Another nice trick is to offer feedback to other people by both commenting on their articles and also writing your website’s link in the URL field or either answering questions on different Q&A websites in your areas of expertise posting links from your website’s article and making people to go there to find the complete answer for their question.
5. Add RSS Feed to Your Website
A nice trick is to include a link to your RSS feed, but also having multiple RSS feeds after different categories on your website and adding RSS buttons on your website footer, header or sidebar allowing other websites and users to pull the latest content from your website and to read it. In this case, you gain a lot of exposure and you can even use RSS feed as an alternative solution for the PHPSFP script automatically posting on Twitter and Facebook your newest publicized articles on the website using the online app Twitter Feed available at http://twitterfeed.com/. Usually, forum communities created in PHPBB3 of SMF, Vbulletin already have multiple RSS feeds depending on the category of their topics, but also a special RSS feed for comments or other interesting things.
6. Research Your Keywords
A great SEO practice is to write keywords, titles and description for every page and article, but a greater practice is to use keywords in your post titles and in subheadings relevant to the content. A bad SEO practice is to spam those keywords and to create nonsense content. If your website is created with WordPress you can easily use one of the multiple available SEO plugins such as All in One SEO Pack that can help you improve your content writing and SEO skills but also to view statistics, and increase traffic for each page and article you have on the website.
7. Build an Email List
Emails are a great source for external traffic, especially if you include your website’s URL in your email signature even when you just e-mail friends or family or a client or business partner. E-mails can be used for different newsletters that definitely should have at footer an URL of the website and multiple other links to specific articles depending on the content in the newsletter. Depending on the template of the newsletter or on the signature you can improve the position and the style of the links, but also of the text and, images and videos you send to your correspondent.
8. Link Exchange With Other Sites
If you make link exchanges or banner exchanges with other websites from similar domains and subdomains as your own, you can increase website traffic for sure. Sometimes you share traffic if you write links in your posts to other websites and the owners of that websites do the same thing creating a nice sharing network. Increasing the numbers of the members of your new sharing network will automatically increase your traffic.
9. Create Videos and Submit to YouTube
If you can create videos related to your website then you should post them on YouTube and link the YouTube account with the Twitter and Facebook ones so automatically you post on those social media networks when a YouTube video is uploaded. Don’t forget, to write the proper title, description, annotations, and keywords and select the correct category. You should consider making yourself a vblogger because in these days they have millions of followers on YouTube and this can really increase your website traffic especially if you post those videos on your website too.
Here is a video tutorial that explains how to create videos that look nice on youtube:
10. Guest Blogging on Popular Blogs
Guest blogging is a good way to improve traffic, especially if you write on someone else website that has similar content with your own and you put a link to your website or a specific article from your website. You should contact a website owner, administrator, editor or webmaster and request to write an original blog article. This can help them with the content but the trick works in the other side too, so you can let people create guest posts on your website increasing traffic because the original new content.