Free Traffic Methods

One of the most frequent questions online marketers ask about is free traffic methods.

I have found a really useful resource with good advice on free traffic methods for you; but first I want to remind you that free traffic is something of a myth, because you will have either spent time or money in generating it.

Perhaps you have spent money on:

  • Pay-per-click(PPC) where you can easily overspend unless you keep a close eye on budgets
  • Buying solo-ads – select your supplier by recommendation from someone you trust
  • Paid-for advertising (such as Facebook ads, text and banner advertising)
  • Traffic exchanges – spend a little time surfing these yourself and consider what you think about how this traffic is generated and therefore what you think of its value

Then – when we start to investigate free traffic methods – you will soon realize that you pay for this kind of traffic with your TIME. Of course sometimes there will be reasons why you have more time than money, so this is your only choice.

Remember that there are some tasks that it’s more efficient to pass onto an acknowledged expert rather than scrabbling about trying to learn yet another new skill. No-one can be a master of every traffic method.

With those caveats out of the way, as promised, we’ll get onto …..

Free Traffic Methods

Instead of producing information in this post that can easily go out-of-date, or is just my opinion, I have chosen to direct you to an Internet Q&A forum where some of the most skilful online marketers gather to pool their knowledge. This will give you access to a broad range of discussions between these very experienced marketers, and be updated as new ideas surface.

This is one of the most helpful free resources I’ve come across online. Not only can you join free, have your questions answered and/or give answers yourself, in addition by joining in with the forum topics you will earn credits that you can use to advertise on the forum or even exchange for free software.

Of course the forum itself is one of the free traffic methods you can take advantage of. When you have participated at even a low level you can post with a signature that will promote your business in this forum which is rapidly building up to become a high traffic and well-respected authority site.

So whether you are:

  • A new-comer looking for answers
  • An expert with answers and advice to contribute
  • Somewhere in between
  • An experienced marketer with a relevant service to promote….

…..this forum has a benefits you will love You can join free here.

To return to the topic of the post, free traffic methods is just one of many recent questions being discussed on the forum. To read the answers, click on: What’s your best source of free traffic? (opens in a new window). Before you read the answer, be sure to register, and the more you participate, the more points you accumulate.

The other clever twist recently introduced is a WordPress plugin I’ve added to this blog and you’ll see underneath this post that it is generating “related questions” – and potentially taking visitors into the forum where they may stumble across your advert or signature.

If you think this is a helpful forum, someone else will too, so do your friends a favor – please “Share” this post.

PS  Another tool I use is The Online Ad Network. This isn’t free traffic, but it’s an extremely affordable source of paid advertising, where you can put up an unlimited number of text and banner ads. I use it to test the effectiveness of different advert wordings and styles of banners. It actually has one of the best click-through-rates of any of my paid advertising sources AND you can earn money from selling-on the service. Every serious business person should have a small budget for paid advertising. Click here for a 14-day trial.
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  1. Tim Bonner

    Hi Joy

    I’ve not heard of the Internet Q&A Forum so I’ll go and check it out.

    I considered using forums for traffic generation but I haven’t done as yet.

    I also don’t use paid advertising. All of my traffic is either organic, referral or direct.

    It doesn’t mean to say I won’t use it in the future but I got stung by Google Adwords a few years ago and had my account suspended. Lack of understanding and experience, I guess.

    At least there are alternatives out there and thank you for sharing The Online Ad Network.
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    • Joy Healey

      Hi Tim

      The Q&A forum is very new – it only started in the last week or two.

      I’ve done a bit of forum marketing before, but the facilities in this one are better than the previous couple I was in. (They seem to have closed down now.)

      My experiences of paid advertising have been bad – and I, too, didn’t get on well with Adwords. Like you, probably due to inexperience.

      Anwyay, hope to catch up with you on the forum.

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  2. marty says:

    Thanks for sharing this great resource with everyone I think one of the best ways to get traffic is to interact with others and share thier content making them feel special and what to do the same

  3. Guy Martin says:

    Hi Joy,

    Got here from a link on the FB group Social Media Mastermind.

    Well let me just start off by saying thank you for the great post on traffic (we all need it).

    Getting free traffic is an area I need to further improve and I’m looking forward to checking out your recommendation of the Internet Q&A forum.

    Thanks for your help,


    • Joy Healey

      Hi Guy

      Thanks for dropping by – I’m pleased to “meet” you.

      Yes, free traffic is something we all need, and there were plenty of tips in that forum post that should keep be busy for a long time to come.

      Hope to see you here again soon – or on the forum!

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  4. Jan Kearney

    Ahh “free” traffic – it never is free is it?
    I’ve self-banned myself from IM forums. I spent far to much time swearing at the screen and getting nothing done, not to mention spending money on products I don’t need just to see what they’re like!
    The giving away products for points sounds interesting though – I guess it depends on which products they are :)
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    • Joy Healey

      Hi Jan

      No, never free! Time is money. Money you can get back (hopefully) time you never can!

      Must admit the forums can be very addictive! However, it’s not like the Warrior Forum where there’s tons of products to tempt you.

      The products given away for points are some of Jonathan Leger’s products. Also points can earn you advertising in the forum.

      Been too busy to take much part at the moment – probably luckily!

      Good to see you back.

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  5. Bonnie Gean

    Sounds like a wonderful marketing forum. I’ll need to check it out and join. Thanks for letting me know about it,Joy!
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  6. Debasmita says:

    Hey Joy,

    I am visiting your blog the first time and its really helpful.

    You have correctly stated that free traffic is a myth,we either spend time or money for drawing traffic to our blog.

    I fall under the new-comer category and thus the Internet Q & A forum seems interesting. Will surely check it out and join it soon.

    Thanks for sharing the information!

    • Joy Healey

      Hi Debasmita

      I’m glad you find my site and this post helpful, thanks.

      In fact = having looked at your site – I think you’re being rather modest by saying you are a newcomer LOL

      I hope to “see” you at the Questions and Answers forum because I think you would have a lot to contribute to the community.

      Thanks for visiting.

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  7. Joy Healey

    Hi Sahahzad

    Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I do have a newsletter – sorry it’s just been changing auto-responders so I’m a bit behind, but you can find old issues and subscribe here:
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  8. Angela McCall

    Hi Joy,

    I have never used paid advertising except for that one test I did on facebook where I tried to increase my “likes” through the paid banner advertising for like 3 days and this really SUCKS!!!! I spent like $20 bucks for NOTHING. So disappointing. And NEVER AGAIN.

    Although I would have had a chance to have the Adsense, I’ve never really pursue it due to a lot of horrible stories I heard, I didn’t wanna have it on my blog. But instead I tried Qadabra, Chitika, and Amazon Associates…

    The forum you have in your link seems very informative but I just never have enough time to spend there. Besides trying to hit my goal of reading 5 blogs a day…it’s very hard to master all of these places to fetch more traffic. Wish we have like 34 hours in a day! LOL

    Anyway, have a great weekend dear friend.

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    • Joy Healey

      Hi Angela

      Paid advertising has never done me any favors. I can’t think of a single campaign where I made a PROFIT!

      I was thinking of doing a “boost post” on FB the other day but I must have done something silly because it didn’t offer me as much targeting as I expected. Then I got busy/distracted and didn’t get back to it!

      I agree – these forums are SO dangerously time-consuming. But posting in the one I mentioned does get your links out, which I think would be very helpful for your services as I’m sure more people would be interested in a graphic design service than my Mineral Analysis LOL.

      The link again is: It just earns me a few ad credits :-)

      I like Chitika better than the other places and glad you reminded me about it.

      You have a good weekend too.

      Joy xx
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  9. Joy Healey

    I must confess I’m not as sure about article marketing as I once was. At one time it was one of my best free traffic sources.
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  10. Rachit

    One of the ways you can get free traffic is by going to places where bloggers go.
    Like blogging communities and networks.
    Commenting on other blogs also helps in link building and traffic.
    Interact with more and more bloggers and try to strength your bond with them over time.
    I hope you’ll agree with this
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    • Joy

      Hi Rachit,

      I’ll certainly agree that this is a valuable source of traffic – probably the most valuable. However, I don’t class it as “free” because it’s paid for with my most valuable resource – time! Just me being pedantic…. ignore me:-)

      Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy
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  11. Joy Healey

    Hello Obaid,

    Thanks for dropping by and I’m really pleased I was able to share something new with you.

    You can find tons of answers in the forum, so I hope you joined.

    Good luck, Joy
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