All of the methods are free, and many work very quickly.
As a freelance writer, this is one of the most important tasks in your business (you need leads).
You can’t neglect this step, so get started today.
1. Affiliate Marketing:
If you sell your own products you should encourage affiliates to promote them (by offering high commissions). You’ll get a flood of free traffic and build your list at the same time.
2. Article Marketing:
Some people think article marketing is dead. Not true. You can drive tons of free traffic with it. It’s more work than other traffic generation methods, but it works.
Blogging is one of the best ways to generate non-stop traffic. Plus, building an authority site allows you to control large volumes of traffic.
Not only that, but you’ll engage your visitors and build a loyal readership. Finally, other blogs will want to link to you and be associated with you.
4. Blog Comments:
Commenting on relevant blogs is something that helps people get to know you. Leave high quality comments that help readers. Also, find blogs with CommentLuv, as you’ll gain two high quality backlinks as well.
The good quality bookmarking sites will drive lots of traffic to your website. Always check the website’s Page Rank before bookmarking (and choose the higher PR sites).
6. Converting Content:
If you have lots of content on your blog, then consider converting it into different formats (video, podcasts, PDF documents, MP3 etc.) and post it all over the Internet.
You can also use different platforms. Think about Kindle, Nook, Createspace, etc.
7. Directory Submissions:
Not as powerful as they used to be (as they were abused, then slapped by Google), but get your links into dmoz, and the other high quality directories. Those backlinks are valuable and provide traffic.
Take advantage of Facebook traffic, as you can generate tons of it from a simple fan page. Make the page valuable and create a little resource for your readers.
9. Forum Marketing:
Using forums is a great way to build a relationship with your community and your potential clients.
You’ll get direct traffic, and you’ll get valuable links to your website. Forge a strong reputation by reading and replying to questions. You can also give things away so people consume your content, and ask for more.
10. Forum Signature:
Your website link will bring in a small amount of traffic (worth a few minutes of your time).
Google is major traffic source, so always think about producing the best content possible. And make a few SEO adjustments on your website. Use the free Yoast plugin to enhance your its search engine optimization factor.
12. Google News:
Do you receive Google alerts in your inbox? If so, you’ll see the same blogs being listed over and over again. Those blogs are getting lots of traffic.
The problem is that Google won’t accept websites that sell products. They want objective news stories from news websites. Here’s the workaround: submit your articles to the “news” websites. Check out the Google guidelines here.
13. Guest Posting:
Post your best content to the websites your clients use. This is a great way to gain exposure, a high quality link to your website and targeted traffic. Always follow the posting guidelines.
Over 80% of pins are repins – Source: RJMetrics.
So, create your own unique content, so that others share it. Popular re-pins are tutorials and teasers, as well as trending topics. You should add a call to action in every image (e.g. click here now). Do that, and you’ll get lots of traffic.
Use product review websites to write a high quality review. You are allowed to post your website address in your profile.
This is useful as it shows off your writing skills and sends traffic to your website. You would be surprised at how many people use this method as a solid traffic source.
One of the the most important things to do after you’ve written a new blog post is to publish it on social networks. And, the most important is Stumbleupon. That link can send you lots of free traffic just hours after you publish.
Send in your success story, along with your website link. Often these links bring in lots of traffic (especially on popular products), as well as a high quality backlink.
Twitter is one of the fastest ways to build a targeted following and drive free traffic to your site. This should be on your to-do list.
Share your own content, and share things that your followers will find useful (from others). Get the mix right, and you will generate lots of free traffic very quickly. Also, make it clear that you can be hired for freelance writing.
19. Work For A Guru:
This means you provide a high quality service for a well known guru. In return, you become known to their followers, are endorsed, get free traffic, links and new clients.
20. Yahoo Answers:
Answer specific questions only. Include your website link in your answer, providing it is relevant. Yahoo Answers gets a lot of traffic, and thousands of users are looking for quality information.
You can also try other question and answer sites like Quora, also.
YouTube can bring in thousands of views, clicks and comments. It’s viral, and Google loves it.
It’s also a lot more engaging than most traffic sources. You’ll become known and liked by those who follow you (so they are more likely to hire you or refer you to others).
BONUS (and the best)
Always have a way for readers to opt-in to your email list. When you build your number one marketing asset, you can start email marketing.
In short, you’ll be able to drive swarms of free traffic to your website. If your list is big enough, it will send constant traffic to your website, and you will never want for clients.
Now that you know how to get get free traffic to your website or blog, you need to pick one method and get started.
Have you implemented any of the suggestions listed above? Which of the 21 methods work best for you? Leave your comments below.