Hidden Free Traffic Source

No one is talking about this free traffic source. It’s the Warrior forum blog. If you’ve got a Warrior forum account, you’ve got a blog you can post articles to.

Remember article ‘Bum’ marketing? Where you posted articles to Ezine articles and made Squidoo lenses and you got all that free Search traffic?

Guess what, that kind of traffic is still out there!

Warrior Forum is a PR4 site – so Google loves it. Google indexes Warrior Forum pages like there is no tomorrow.

If you’re posting unique content on your WF blog, no doubt Google will pick it up and your posts will get views, just like mine have over the years. (note to self: I posted these articles years ago! I need to post more!)

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The numbers are a bit hard to see in this screen shot, but I’ve had 1493 views on one article.

The other posts are around the same 1000 view mark!

How does this equate to traffic?

Just like the ‘Bum’ marketing method, you put your links back to your website inside the article.

You can add hyperlinked images and of course text anywhere inside your article.

There are no restrictions (that I’m aware of) about what you can post on your WF blog.

You’ll get a percentage of readers clicking through to your website from these links.

I’ve not tracked the number of clicks to my websites so I can’t tell you the exact numbers.

The number of clicks you get to your website will depend on where your links are and what they look like.

And of course, how relevant your website is to the content that you’re posting.

So to break it down into steps, here’s how to get traffic from your WF blog.

1. Create a free account at Warrior Forum if you haven’t got one yet

2. Go to http://www.warriorforum.com/blogs/YOURUSERNAME/

3. Click the “Post to your blog” link in the left sidebar

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4. Post something awesome to your WF blog!

Keyword research and all that is important. If you’re relying on Google to send you the traffic, then yes, do your Keyword research!

Don’t dismiss the traffic flowing through from Warrior Forum itself though. The WF is a traffic powerhouse. If you’re active in the Forum discussions, a percentage of the traffic will click through to your profile and check out your posts and blog entries.

What I love about this traffic is that it’s set and forget. It’s free targeted traffic that will trickle in for years like it has already been doing.

It’s not going to get you an instant flood so if that’s what you’re looking for, you’d better try buying some PPC or email traffic.

It’s a long-term method, but as you can see, it works. Try it out!

Stuart Stirling

p.s. This is not just limited to the Warrior Forum and the ‘internet marketing’ niche. I’m positive that you can use this free traffic method in ANY niche where there is an authoritative forum.

How to Legally Steal Your Competitors Traffic

Here’s a simple yet effective technique you can use to get free traffic back to your website from your competitors’.

The method: Post comments on blogs and forums on the pages that come upon page 1 of google for a search term that is targeted to your offer/website.

This way it’s like you’re getting page 1 listings without paying for them.

The trouble is that you’re only going to get a portion of the traffic that comes to the page and it’s hard to get your comments approved.

But the upside is that any comments with your links in which do get approved, they’ll be there for a long time drip-feeding you traffic daily.

Watch the video for more details.

How to write a comment that will get approved:

  1. Read the post
  2. write a related, intelligent comment, some extra insight would be good too
  3. Leave your link in plain site under your name and comment. In the “URL” field is fine too if you don’t want it to show in the actual post.

Most comments will be manually approved, so if you wanted to check back on the ones you do submit, make a spreadsheet with all the urls you make a comment on and check back a week later to see if it’s there.

For forum posts, they get approved instantly so they’re a goldmine. Just try to get in on the 1st page of the thread.

Hope you like it! Let me know what you think of it.

Stuart Stirling

My 3 Favorite Free Traffic Generation Methods

Three of the best free traffic generation methods I love using to promote my websites are…

1) Exchanging Traffic

Exchanging or swapping traffic is an easy way to multiply your traffic especially if you’re just starting out and aren’t getting a lot to begin with.

The most simple method that comes to mind is to link swap with other website owners. But this same technique can be used in any form of ad swapping.

Email ad swaps, banner ad swaps, autoresponder follow up email swaps, blog post swaps, jv giveaway events.. the list goes on.

A lot of this traffic exchanging is done manually, i.e contacting and setting up swaps with other marketers, but there are some systems out there which help automate some of the traffic swapping process.

Safeswaps.com is a well known online source for finding email ad swap and integration marketing partners.

But for other more simple exchange systems like banner exchanges, text link exchanges and the old-skool hit exchanges, check out sites like LeadsLeap.com and StartMyTraffic.com

SEO2) Search Engines

Number 2 on my list is getting free traffic from the search engines. And to do this, you need to get involved in SEO (search engine optimization).

SEO is all about making your site optimized for keywords that people are searching for on Google. Yes, there are other search engines like Yahoo, MSN and Bing, but usually what works for one will work for all.

There are basically two elements to work on to win at the SEO game.

The first being “on-site” optimization (e.g. placing your keywords on your page, in your title tags, meta tags, etc).

The second being “off-site” optimization which is mainly made up of getting backlinks.

Backlinks are hyperlinks that are coming from other web sites and are pointing to your website, preferably with your keyword as the anchor text in the hyperlink.

Backlink quality comes in all shapes and sizes. Preferred backlinks are one-way links, .gov and .edu domain backlinks and links coming from a web page with a high Google page rank.

Now for some low competition keywords, just a few of these backlinks is all you need for high ranking.

But for really competitive keywords,  it can take thousands of backlinks to get any decent listing in the SERPS.

Most marketers don’t want to spend all their time getting backlinks so they use special automated backlink services or hire outsource people to get backlinks for them.

3) Affiliates

Having affiliates send you free traffic is one of the easiest ways to get a good flow of traffic to your site.

But in order to have affiliates send you traffic, you must have an affiliate program, which means you must have something to sell.

This method is not really possible for all marketers at the moment if you don’t have your own product, but when you do have your own product, an affiliate program is a must.

The key to getting affiliates to promote is to have a product that converts and makes them a decent commission. No affiliate will promote a product that won’t make them any money.

100% commissions is a great incentive for affiliates, but make sure you are collecting the customers details and perhaps have an upsell where you keep or share the profits.

The next important things for a successful affiliate program is to help your affiliates as much as you can so their job is as easy as possible. Having pre-made promotional tools is a big help.i.e. email swipe copy, banner ads, rebrandable reports, various landing pages etc.

The down side of running an affiliate program is that usually a system to manage it is costly. For example the RAP script is brilliant and pays 100% commissions, is relatively easy to use and quite reliable, but costs around $250.

The other options is to use an online affiliate program like Clickbank or Payspree which manages everything for you but you have to pay fees for product listings (Clickbank) and when sales are made or both.

So although affiliates will get you free traffic, there are some expenses to get the system set up and running.

But once the traffic comes, generating sales and having a customer database will pay for it and is a great way to build your business.

To your success,

Stu Sensei