In this guide I am going to list free and paid traffic resources that I have either used personally or I am aware that they provide decent results
No such thing as totally free traffic because to generate free traffic requires an element of your time, it can be clicking ads to earn credits, posting in social media, forum posting etc and all can work very well but it does all take time to get results
Here is a list of the free resources you should check out, it is very much a case of checking the requirements of each platform until you find something you like and can produce results based on the time you have available and once you have found a couple of options concentrate on them to get as good as you can possible be so your results more than justify the time invested
Internet Marketing Forums
Good source of targeted traffic from like-minded marketers looking for help, make sure you always research any questions asked so your answer is always on point and much like the guest posting, lots of other marketers will click on your link in your signature to find out more about you, make sure you always link to a free offer on a squeeze page to collect the email details to add to your list
www.warriorforum.com – Members: 801,991
http://forums.digitalpoint.com – Members: 737,201
www.wickedfire.com – Members: 180,107
www.sitepoint.com/forums Members: 762,632
www.freshmarketingforum.com – Members: 31,996
www.v7n.com/forums Members: 248,382
www.affilorama.com/forum Members: 225,144
www.geekvillage.com/forums/index.php – Members: 26,317
www.thefreeadforum.com – Members: 165,136
www.clickbanksuccessforum.com/forum – Members: 18,964
www.theimforum.com – Members: 11,158
A traffic exchange website receives website submissions from marketers that join traffic exchange networks. The person who submitted the website then must browse other member sites on the exchange program to earn credits, which enable their sites to be viewed by other members through the surf system. This increases the number of visitors to all the sites involved.
Exchanges enforce a certain credit ratio, which illustrates the number of websites the surfer must view to receive one hit through the program for their promoted website. Many sites offer the ability to upgrade one's membership level for a more equal credit ratio.
Depending on the offer, you can generate good amounts of traffic and whilst it may seem other people are clicking to earn credits and not really taking notice of the site, I have bought and sold many products using this strategy so a great entry level program to get some traffic
Easy Hits 4 U
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Video Sharing sites
Video hosting services are websites or software which allow users to distribute their video clips. Other kinds of websites such as file hosting services, image hosting services and social network services might support video sharing as an enhancement to their primary mission, but in general they are not listed here.
Video marketing is deemed to be easier to rank for keywords and you can make simple 2-3-minute power point videos that can rank and drive free traffic for a long period of time and you can find lots of free tutorials on how to post your videos for maximum exposure
Social Media Sites
Guest blog posting
Back in the day I spent a lot of time posting as a guest blogger and you will be amazed at the amount of traffic 1 post can generate providing you post on a busy blog
Basically, you write a post that must provide great informative content and people reading it will click the link in your signature to find out more about the person (You) who has provided such a great article.
You need to find blogs that are in your niche and contact the blog owner to ask if you can provide a post, always a good idea to provide a sample of your work to get the gig, some blog owners now making a small charge to post but still a good investment if you can find a high traffic, related blog
PR 7: www.copyblogger.com/blog
PR 6: www.seobook.com
Q & A sites
Great way to find highly qualified buyers in any niche normally looking for answers to help make a purchase decision
Some sites require you to build up sufficient points from previous answers before you can add a link but well worth doing and something that doesn’t take a lot of time
Try to create a routine to log in to the sites on a daily basis and search for questions posted In your niche
The downside is not all niches have loads of questions but conversions are fantastic providing you give a good answer so do your research before posting the answer
eBook And Document Sharing Sites
Another good long-term strategy is to create eBooks and short reports that you embed your links and distribute for free using document sharing sites, this strategy can bring a steady flow of long term traffic for doing the work once and good for brand building
Social bookmarking websites are sites on which Internet users share their web pages, articles, blog posts, images, and videos. There are several advantages to submitting your content to one (or more) of these sites. For one thing, they help to increase your brand awareness.
The more people who have access to your great content, the more likely that your content will go viral.
These sites also help to get your blog posts indexed more quickly and increase your website traffic. Any SEO company will be familiar with this strategy and use it as part of its marketing strategy.
The obvious paid traffic sources are pay per click and display ads using Google, Bing and Facebook, this can be expensive, and you do need a firm understanding of how each program works because going in blind can result is big losses.
Always consider lower investments in more targeted traffic to make sure your offers are converting and perhaps then you can consider scaling further with paid traffic
Ideally suited to the Internet marking space you buy clicks from a marketer’s email campaign to his list and because the marketer is mailing his list on a regular basis the traffic can be classed as warm and therefore can convert very well
You send the traffic to a squeeze page where you provide a gift in return for the visitors email and you can then direct the subscriber to a one time offer to help pay for the traffic
As this form of traffic has got more popular so have the unscrupulous traffic vendors who can send fake clicks and even fake sign ups so on the surface you may get 50% of the clicks appear to be subscriber sign ups but the majority are fake so the only person making any money is the vendor, below are the resources I have used but you must do your own due diligence on each vendor and make sure you know that the clicks are from their own list, they don’t use any bots to generate clicks and you get to see plenty of real life testimonials
The 2 providers below provide good quality bot free traffic
Facebook Groups (Do a search for solo ad sellers)
Other paid traffic platforms to consider
http://adlovenetwork.com/ self-serve banner and cpa network. good conversions
http://www.adside.com – self serve ppc contextual inline text ads
http://www.reseauselect.com – banner and offline targeted at Quebec
http://web.blogads.com – banners/text ads on high traffic blog network
http://elephanttraffic.com – ppv type ads on parked url’s – cheap
http://mediatraffic.com – ppv ads
http://casalemedia.com – self serve banners
http://www.widgetbucks.com – self serve text/widget ads
http://tribalfusion.com – media buy banner network
http://adclickmedia.com – self serve interstitials, banners, and contextual widgets
http://premiumaccess.com – premium banner ad network
http://kontera.com – inline contextual text ads
http://www.adroll.com – self serve banners
http://pubmatic.com – ad network
http://bidvertiser.com – contextual and banner ads
http://cpmstar.com – banners display aimed at gaming sites only
http://adengage.com – banners/text, similar to adbrite, allow weekly buys
http://finditquick.com – text ads
http://technoratimedia.com – banners
http://chitika.com – search related contextual display ads
http://www.mediawhiz.com – banners/display, media buys
http://cpxinteractive.com – banners/display, media buys
http://clicksor.com – banners
http://advertising.com – display/banners, media buys
http://www.interclick.com – banners, high volume media buys
http://adtoll.com – banners/display/text ads, adbrite clone, cheap
http://valueclickmedia.com – banners, display/media buys
http://google.com/adwords – you already know about this…
http://advertising.aol.com – variety of solutions on AOL inventory
https://adcenter.microsoft.com – search and content text/contextual ads
https://marketingsolutions.yahoo.com – search/content contextual ads
http://miva.com – cheap search ads
http://www.specificmedia.com – banners/video display, media buys
http://www.canoeklix.com/accueil – text ads on the canoe.ca
network http://undertone.com – premium banners/display/media buys
http://7search.com – cheap search/direct domain ads
http://advertising.microsoft.com/adnetwork – microsoft banner display/media buys
http://adbrite.com – display/contextual ads
http://www.adconion.com – video/banner ads, media buys
http://myads.com – self serve banners on myspace & a host of Fox network sites
http://facebook.com/ads – self serve ads on Facebook
http://plentyoffish.com – coming soon self serve ads
http://www.collective.com – media buys, banners/display
http://buysellads.com – self serve banners on a range of design blogs
http://sponsoredtweets.com – sponsored twitter posts
http://ad.ly/ – more twitter ads
http://trafficvance.com – good ppv ad network
http://www.tattomedia.com/advertisers/ – banners/display/media buys
http://platforma.com aol banner ad/media buy network
http://www.adready.com/ads/public display ads/self-serve banners on yahoo sites
http://adsonar.com – text ads on high traffic US site
http://adblade.com – self serve display ads, very good service
http://adsdaq.com – banners/media buying exchange
http://traffiq.com – self serve banners, media buy type thing
http://openx.org/market – banner exchange on open x ad networkhttp://adbuyer.com – media buying search/display exchange
Whilst none of the free strategies will produce thousands of targeted clicks, providing you are consistant you will over time build up your daily traffic flow, always ensure you collect the visitors email address at every opportunity and never link directly to a paid offer, the money is in the list especially from cold free traffic
If you sometimes get bogged down writing copy and wonder if you are getting too technical or just being long winded getting to the point simply plugin your copy and the app with tell you when you are using too many words or getting too technical
If you are talking about your own product or service, it’s easy to lose track and because you know what you are talking about you can make the mistake that your reader also knows all the terminology when they most likely don’t so a great tool to have in the locker
Simply copy your text and paste it in the app
Help and support
This is a great free community where you can find some really switched on folk who know the inside and out of all things email marketing
If you have any issue or need answers simply post your question and get an amazing service for free
Email HTML Preview
Great tool to check out what your email will look like in different email clients, simply add up to 10 URLs and see a fully functioning preview of your email
Need to know what your email will look like in the inbox? Litmus PutsMail lets you enter your HTML, subject line and desired recipient addresses (up to 10) to see a fully functional preview of your campaigns.
Tracking can be very difficult to master and even more difficult to set up if you are not tech savvy
Whilst Google anyliics has slowly become more user friendly it is still vitally important to know exactly where the traffic and sales came from
Knowing the exact source of traffic helps you focus your marketing efforts on what’s working and helps you improve what’s not working too well
The URL Builder makes it super easy to tag the links you use in your email campaigns with custom variables to see how much traffic each is driving compared with other channels promoting the same links
Ryan solutions is actually a hotel marketing tool, but they have a fantastic link building tool for social sharing across multiple networks
We all know the importance of social sharing and this tool allows us to add a link in our emails to share the content with multiple sites with pre-populated text
You could send out a weekly or monthly newsletter to share or a round up of the last 2 weeks emails which is can get loads of additional clicks to your content and all for free with no additional work and if you make sure you use the raven URL builder you can see exactly where the extra traffic came from
I hope you take a minute to check these tools out in more detail, they will help you increase engagement and boost your conversions but remember the sigh of a professional email marketer is to test test and then test so good luck
What is a black list
Domain Name System Blacklists, also known as DNSBL's or DNS Blacklists, are spam blocking lists that allow a website administrator to block messages from specific systems that have a history of sending spam.
As their name implies, the lists are based on the Internet's Domain Name System, which converts complicated, numerical IP address such as 126.96.36.199 into domain names like example.net, making the lists much easier to read, use, and search.
If the maintainer of a DNS Blacklist has in the past received spam of any kind from a specific domain name, that server would be "blacklisted" and all messages sent from it would be either flagged or rejected from all sites that use that specific list.
Not all Blacklists are equal
With over 300 publicly available blacklists, it’s no wonder good senders keep close eyes on their IP and domain activity. Public blacklists are created by large, trustworthy companies, as well as small, independent networks. Since anyone can create a blacklist, they don’t all have the same impact on deliverability. Mailbox providers and filtering companies do not leverage inbox placement on every blacklist. They typically combine data from various public blacklists, as well as data from their own networks, to determine your credibility as a sender.
Email marketers often associate blocking with being blacklisted. It’s important to note that blacklist providers are not the ones blocking your mail—it’s the mailbox provider leveraging your blacklist status that blocks your mail.
If a blacklist resulted in a block, focus on the potential causes for the listing. Blacklisting is most often caused by poor list quality and end-user complaints.
There are two types of blacklists: IP address-based and domain-based.
IP-Based: Real-time Black Lists (RBL) and Domain Name Server Black Lists (DNSBL) are lists of IP addresses whose spam status changes in real-time.
Mailbox providers check these blacklists to see if the sending server is managed by a sender who allows others to connect and send from their system (open-relays).
They also check for known spammers or mailbox providers that allow legitimate spammers to use their infrastructure.
Any good sender’s reaction to a blacklisting is to request removal immediately. Note that this can often harm more than help. If a sender continuously requests removal without making the necessary changes, they run the risk of having all further requests automatically rejected.
Blacklist Removal Process
Determine why you are listed
Each blacklist has their own listing criteria that may include technical listings, policy listings, and evidence-based listings.
Technical listings are those that occur mostly from mail server configuration issues such as missing or incorrect reverse DNS records, missing on incorrect banner greetings, and mail servers operating in IP address space that an ISP has specified that mail servers should not be operating in.
Policy listings are those based on an operator that does not wish to receive email from certain countries, or ISPs, or has a history of not honouring unsubscribe requests.
Evidence based listings are those where the operator has received direct (or indirect) evidence that an IP address has been involved in sending unsolicited emails.
You'll need to visit the blacklist's website and perform a lookup on the specific IP address. Most blacklists will provide general listing reasons but will not provide access to the email addresses the spam was sent to.
Resolve the underlying issue(s)
Once you have determined why an IP address has been listed you can begin your internal process of resolve the issue.
This is a good time to confirm that your network, mail server, and computers are properly configured. Common resolutions include: fixing forward and reverse DNS records, STMP banners, scanning all machines on the network for viruses, patching operating systems, configuring routers more securely, and enforcing strong passwords.
Follow the blacklist removal process
After you have fixed the issues you'll need to go back to the blacklist's website and follow their specific removal process.
Some blacklists have a self-service removal feature. These generally allow for near immediate removal from the blacklist. Be sure that you've resolved the issue before doing this. When an IP address gets listed again after removal the process can become more difficult.
Time Based Removal
Most blacklists do not offer self-service or manual removal. They have a process that runs that will automatically remove low-level listings within a week or two. If the IP address has been involved in sending spam multiple times or in high volumes this process may take longer.
Things to keep in mind when contacting a blacklist operator
Blacklists are legal in most countries.
There is no point in threatening legal action against blacklists. Courts have ruled numerous times that they are legal. The blacklist is not preventing you from sending mail. The operator of the receiving mail server has made a person choice to consult a third party before accepting email from them. When all else fails contact the receiver's mail administrator over the phone to attempt to resolve the deliverability issue.
Don't tell the operator you've resolved the problem when you haven't. If you lie that you've resolved the issue and it happens again they will likely not talk to you anymore.
Keep it polite and professional.
When you are having difficulty in removing a listing let them know what you are trying to do to resolve the issue. The more professional you are with them the more they'll be willing to help you resolve the issue. They are trying to stop people from receiving spam, not trying to keep you from legitimate non-spam correspondence.
To run a check on all of the major blacklists click the link below, it is a good idea to save this link and run a quick check every couple of weeks to ensure you keep your domain and IP in tip top order
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