Article Marketing is a great source of free traffic generation. As I mention, it requires time to spend on writing articles on social media and article publishing sites and linking your articles to your squeeze page or your website/blog. The article should be relevant to your lead magnet from your squeeze page or your website/blog. My advice is to not make short and pointless articles, but articles rich in content and at least 500+ words in length.
I would suggest also that you make the additional page on your website which relates to the topic of the article that you wrote on articles publishing site. This will have even better effects. Don’t forget to include opt-In form on that page above the page fold line (the line below which visitor can’t see the content unless uses a scroll).
Submitting articles for traffic generation is a method that has been around since the beginning of the concept of Internet marketing and it is still doing great. Search engines like Google rank content-rich websites/blogs better. Article submission is definitely one of the best methods of off page SEO available today.
The concept is simple – you write an article with content related to your blog or website that you promote and then you submit it on various article directories. You are given a biography box at the bottom of the article where you can put in your name and your business’ name, with the link to the website that you want to promote. You can also put in a brief description about yourself in this box.
When a person stumbles upon your article (keyword optimized article) – the chances are good that he or she will like your article and will click on the link to get more information. However, you must make sure that your articles are genuine or it could count as plagiarism. After submitting your article to article directories, it must pass some checks before it will be approved and published. This is a simple way how you get your traffic through article marketing.
Marketers use various article directories, most of which are free. The following is a list of some very good article marketing directories –
Ezine Articles (http://www.ezinearticles.com/)
Article Factory (http://articlesfactory.com/)
Articles Base (http://www.articlesbase.com/)
Article City (http://www.articlecity.com/)
Article Alley (http://www.articlealley.com/)
Article DashBoard (http://www.articledashboard.com/)
By saying good I mean article directories that are ranked high by the search engines. It was explained in more detail in "Effective Article Marketing" section.
Blog Commenting, in short, is a method where you leave comments on other people’s blogs which link back to your blog, squeeze or web page.
For this method I also suggest making an additional page on your website (see second paragraph in Article Marketing section above). Let that page contain article directly related to a topic on the blog that you comment. Do not place your link in the article, place it in the URL box on the blog. The earlier you come to leave your comment the better. At least that you are listed in the first five of the comments.This is the great Traffic Generation method if you do it properly. If you are just trying to promote yourself, then this is not for you. Visit "Benefits of Blog commenting" post for more information.
Solo Ad Advertising is advertising method available on a swap and cost basis. Which means you can send your emails to lists of subscribers that belong to somebody else. You can swap your list with somebody else and get free traffic or you can pay for that service. In any way, this method is proven to be effective to target the audience of your specific niche.
Sending your emails to other peoples’ subscribers also convert some of them to your subscribers but always ask Solo Ad sellers for proof of how their audience was generated
There are many Solo Ads sites, but Safe-Swaps.com appears to be the best source.
Ad Buys is the advertising method where you buy advertising places on other people’s websites. This is also a popular way to get traffic but use it only when you reach a level when you have a high-converting sales funnel. Do not use it in starting phase of your online business.
There are many Ad Buys sites, but BuySellAds.com appears to be the best source. It was explained in detail in "How to Boost Blog Traffic with Direct Ads".