Get More Website Traffic with the Ultimate Website Traffic Building Plan

What is the first thing that comes to mind as a way to get more visitors to your website? Most people today believe Facebook ads or YouTube videos are *the only* way to get predictable traffic to a website.

Some might think a television ad during the Super Bowl would be the ultimate website traffic builder.

To be realistic, though, most of us think getting traffic for free from Google’s organic search listings is still the way to go. After all, Google will list your website on top of its search results at no cost to you, right? Sort of, but not exactly.

There are Really Only Five Ways to Get Traffic to your Website, Including:

  1. Spending the time yourself to buy traffic online (Google AdWords for example)
  2. Spending the time yourself to acquire free traffic (SEO, JVs, Posting to Social Media)
  3. Pay someone to buy online traffic for you (SEM Management Companies)
  4. Pay someone for their time to get free traffic for you (Social Networking Agencies)
  5. Barter someone’s time for something you can offer in exchange.

With that in mind, there is just no way to say this in a beat-around-the-bush sort of way when we say that…

There is No Free Website Traffic on the Internet Even with Top Search Positions on Google

We too had to discover this fact—the hard way I might add. But, when we did, our eyes were opened to so many new ways for how to approach traffic generation that we would use for years to come for our own projects as well as for Here Next Year clients.

Our Process for Developing 101 Realistic Traffic Methods

  1. Research, discover, and document as many possible traffic methods as possible.
  2. Try all (or at least most) of the methods so that we know what we are recommending to others.
  3. Eliminate those that produce no traffic at all or are just not worth it and keep those that do work.
  4. Rank each traffic method by cost, ease of implementation, speed of implementation, expected ROI, and necessity (some things you just have to do).
  5. Number the traffic strategies into a sequence for implementation.

Get More Traffic to Your Website with this List of Traffic Generators

NOTE: The list of realistic website traffic methods are listed below in alphabetical order. They are not listed in order of preference, ranking or any other order to suggest you should implement one before another.

Instructions for ranking each and establishing an implementation plan for your own website is provided after the completion of the alphabetized list.

  1. Add a Voting Script to Your Website
  2. Add Posts to Your Social Networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram)
  3. Add Share Buttons to Every Post
  4. Advertise with High Use Directories (CitySearch and Verizon)
  5. Become an Active Member of an Association
  6. Build and Launch a Supporting Website
  7. Build Opt-in Lists and Send Broadcast Emails
  8. Buy Ad Space on High Traffic Websites
  9. Classified Ad Posting
  10. Comment on Other Peoples’ Blog Posts
  11. Conduct a Live Webinar
  12. Conduct a Milti-Day Virtual Live Conference
  13. Conduct and Host a One-Day Virtual Live Summit
  14. Conduct Surveys and Publish Your Statistical Results
  15. Co-op Promotion (Shared Ad Expenses)
  16. Coordinated Book Launch on Amazon
  17. Create a Facebook Group…and Run it Properly
  18. Create a Page of Text Snippets or Written Quotes that Others Can Use to Quote You
  19. Create a Recorded Video Sales Letter
  20. Create Video Bytes or Snippets
  21. Develop a Web-Based Tool Your Potential Clients will Use
  22. Develop and Launch an App
  23. Develop Merchandise Around Your Business
  24. Donate Your Services in Exchange for Publicity
  25. Enlist in a Traffic Exchange Program
  26. Facebook Ads
  27. Farm it ALL Out
  28. Follow News Stories in Your Niche and Participate in Discussion
  29. Gain Mention on .Edu or .Gov Sites
  30. Get Articles Published in Trade Magazines (Airplanes)
  31. Get Interviewed on Radio Talk Shows and Podcasts
  32. Get Listed in Business or Niche Directories
  33. Get Reviews for Your Business
  34. Get Your Product Reviewed by a Celebrity
  35. Get Your Website Listed in Local Networks
  36. Ghost Promotion
  37. Give Away a Portion of Sales Revenue to a Common Cause
  38. Give Your Printed Book Away
  39. Guest Blog for Others
  40. Hire a Website Promotion Coach
  41. Hold a Contest
  42. Host In-Person Events (On-hold due to Covid-19)
  43. Host a Virtual Live Meeting or Online Networking Group
  44. Host Your Own Traditional or Internet Radio Talk Show
  45. Improve Your Website’s Architecture
  46. Interview Other Experts
  47. Invite Guest Bloggers to Post on Your Website
  48. Joint Venture with Others
  49. Launch a Mobile Marketing Campaign
  50. Launch a Pay-per-Lead Campaign
  51. LinkedIn Post Parties
  52. Live Video (One to Many) Facebook Live
  53. Live Video (One to One) Facetime
  54. Make a Book Trailer Video
  55. Develop Business Cards that Work and Hand them Out
  56. Ning.com – Create Your Own Social Network Community
  57. Offer a Free Workshop
  58. Offer a Video Testimonial
  59. Organize a Group Promotion Virtual Live
  60. Paid Online Ads (Facebook, Insta, Google)
  61. Participate in a Forum
  62. Participate in Online Networking Groups by Video
  63. Participate in Other Peoples’ Online Groups
  64. Partner with Vendors
  65. Pay People to Write Lots of Blog Posts for You
  66. Pay to Appear on Local Television
  67. Pitch Local Media to Cover Your Expert Topic
  68. Post Cards and Flyers
  69. Premiums (Cups, Pens, Magnets)
  70. Present on Virtual Live Events
  71. Press Release Campaign
  72. Proactive Mining on Social Networks
  73. Promote and Conduct a Free Live Training Class
  74. Promote to National Media (HARO)
  75. Provide a Video Tutorial for a Software, Product or Process
  76. Purchase Website Ad Space
  77. Recorded Webinar
  78. Register a Domain Name for Your Opt-in Offer
  79. Retargeted Ads
  80. Sell Sponsorships for a Virtual Live Event
  81. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  82. Short-Term Banner Exchange
  83. Showcase Your Website on Your Social Network Profile (Facebook Sidebar)
  84. Signage
  85. Solo Ads in Targeted Newsletters
  86. Speak at Live In-Person Events (On-hold due to Covid-19)
  87. Sponsor an Association Where Your Website Visitors Participate
  88. Start a Podcast
  89. Start a Referral Rewards Program for Your Services
  90. Start a YouTube Channel and Build a Collection of Videos
  91. Start an Affiliate Program for Your Products
  92. Start an Award
  93. Start an In-Person Meetup.com Group (On-hold due to Covid-19)
  94. Support Others’ Blogs by Becoming an Active Commenter
  95. Targeted Spam
  96. Vehicle Detail and Wrappers
  97. Word of Mouth Self-Promotion
  98. Write a Book
  99. Write a Column for Trade Magazine
  100. Write a Lead Magnet and Promote it Everywhere
  101. Write for Medium and Hub Pages

How to Make Your Website Traffic Building Plan with This List

Traffic builders are only words unless you put them to action! So, how can you read through 101 website traffic builders and decide which ones you should begin implementing and in what order? Start a spreadsheet with a column for the traffic building description and then six other columns to the right. Next, add to the columns across the top in the following order:

  • Cost
  • Ease of implementation
  • Speed of implementation
  • Expected ROI
  • Necessity
Then, leave a final column for “Total.” Next, rank each traffic method based on your knowledge and resources to implement. Add the totals and then sort by the totals so that all of the traffic building methods are ranked from lowest total number to highest. The traffic methods on top, you should be able to implement right away. The traffic methods on the bottom of the totals list are those you probably will never get to.

Want to Dive Deeper into the 101 Website Traffic Methods?

We have created an eBook style document featuring all 101 Realistic Website Traffic Building Methods for you to take action more quickly with your traffic generation. This document was originally created in 2005 and has been updated a few times per year ever since. We use it for our clients’ two-year web marketing plans.

Each method includes a description of what it is, why it helps to generate website traffic, how we’ve set its rankings by cost, ease, speed, ROI, and necessity, and some best practices for deployment.

We charge only $27 for the full document which you can order here >> (Currently Being Updated for Fall 2020)

Or, you can register FREE to get immediate access to the full descriptions and rankings for the first 20 website traffic builders. After you implement those, come back to purchase the full document as a way to support our ongoing administration of the traffic methods.

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