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I have operated a couple web sites for almost a year. Tried advertising in my local paper. Listing to free classified ads. Listed to major search engines. Also perform surfing sites to cause traffic to be sent to my sites. So far, I have only had a few sales. Does anyone have any ideas they can suggest at little or no cost to me? I am looking for quality potential customers rather than just more traffic. My sites are set up with huge discounts to attract sales. Please help. Thank you.




Offline Jim Burney

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I have operated a couple web sites for almost a year. Tried advertising in my local paper. Listing to free classified ads. Listed to major search engines. Also perform surfing sites to cause traffic to be sent to my sites. So far, I have only had a few sales. Does anyone have any ideas they can suggest at little or no cost to me? I am looking for quality potential customers rather than just more traffic. My sites are set up with huge discounts to attract sales. Please help. Thank you.


Hi GetTraffic

Welcome to the RRW forum.

Suggest you look at the 'in depth reports' board.

Plenty of advice in that section about getting traffic/ quality traffic

Jim

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Hi GetTraffic

There are a number of no cost avenues you could go down:

1) Write articles and submit them to good directories (Look for posts in this forum by Tim Gorman and Magicman - these guys know their article marketing mojo)
2) Discover blogs on your products' subject matter and leave interesting and informative comments on them
3) Discover forums on your products' subject matters and leave high quality, interesting posts that make people want to follow the links in your signature files (for ideas on how to write good signatures take a look some in the Warrior Forum (www.warriorforum.com))
4) Do you run a blog? Consider doing so, that way you have a way of talking directly to any readers
5) Social bookmark your site carefully and in a non spam way; making sure that you fill out your profile on each site with interesting info and have a link back to your site (use good anchor text for this link - your main keywords for example)
6) Contact your purchasers and ask for their opinions on the products and on your sites - people love to believe their opinions matter and help (in your case, they do!)
7) Consider becoming a guest blogger on high quality blogs in your marketplace - bloggers die for good, original material for their site.
8) Some high level social media sites have a 'Write for us' section e.g. Technorati and Digg (I believe) - getting an article in with them gives you a patina of 'expertise' that would be useful plus each article you write has a link back to your own site
9) Remember that most people come onto the net looking for information initially - don't ram the sell into their throats from the get go - give them free, quality information that will make them come back to you for more when they are ready (look at Frank Kern - he's mainly known for giving away quality information before he releases any product)
10) Use RRW wisely - there is a mountain of information both here in the forum and also in the main site that could and will help you rise to the top like quality cream.
11) Consider a revamp of your websites - like repainting your house it can make the site a more pleasant visiting experience for your market.
12) Create and publish videos - people love listening to voices explaining what's in front of them

I hope some of that helps

Val

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Dom speaks (writes) wisely! Follow his advice faithfully.

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 Hi gettraffic ::P

:welcome: to RRW.

It's nice to meet you.

I second what Gary said; Dom's got fantastic advice there. And so do the others who have posted.

And I'll add, after you do each of the things they list, rinse and repeat!

You have to do it over and over. Usually it's not gonna happen immediately.  But it will eventually if you be consistent.

Karen

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Hi GetTraffic and welcome to the forum family!

I do so hope you take what I'm about to say in the spirit in which it's intended...

Why are you running a site about getting traffic?

Stop right there and do an about face. The reason you're not making sales is
because you're not selling you. That may seem confusing at first so I'll expound
on that.

You are a unique person. Something you've experienced or have a knack for is
something that someone else could use help with, would like to have, might solve
their problem, etc.

You've likely seen this: "Kilroy was here".

Well, everywhere you go, make sure you leave your own little "Kilroy was here".
Make sure the world knows that it's better off because you're here.

Find out where YOU are needed and fill that hole with what you have to offer.

~Karen


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Hi There and welcome to the forum!  We have some awesome members here and we're glad you have joined us.

I'd like to add my '2 cents' to the excellent advice already given above.

While traffic is the key to exposure unless the kind of traffic your are getting is appropriate for what you are promoting you won't see the sales you hope for.  All traffic is NOT created equal.

Consider that people surfing at the traffic exchanges are most likely surfing to earn credits to promote their own programs.  They are going to be most attracted to products and services that will help them advertise and grow sales for whichever business/product they are promoting.  If your product meets that need, traffic exchanges are a good place to advertise.  Exchange surfers also love free stuff so if you have a free report about getting more traffic or growing a business, or selling more product you can build a nice list using a squeeze page.  Also, for traffic exchanges display splash pages (or better yet, squeeze pages), not sales pages.  Some people consider traffic exchanges, text ad exchanges and safelists to be 'junk advertising' but for certain products and for listbuilding they can actually be pretty effective.

I like to use article marketing for traffic.  Articles can be nicely targeted toward the products you are selling.  That is, people who read your article already have a given interest in the topic or they wouldn't click to read about it in the first place.  There are tons of article directories out there but focus on the top 10 largest first, then use a submitter for the smaller ones if you want.  Writing articles is not as hard as what some people think, especially after you've written a few.  There are a lot of great article marketing courses, ebooks, and tools right here at Resell Rights Weekly to help you.  The key to a good response is writing your articles around the best keywords for your product.  By the way, my secret weapon is Scribd.com as you get instant posting and quick quality traffic.  Since Scribd is not technically an 'article directory' they seem to have been largely uneffected by the recent Google 'farmer' (Panda) update.  My articles always get read at Scribd, lately more so than they have at EzineArticles and others.

I'm using blogs to get traffic as well.  I submit my blogs to the RSS directories, blog directories and website directories.  Typically my blogs have taken at least 2-3 months to draw any significant traffic however (even using the methods I just mentioned).  The good news is the traffic is pretty targeted which leads to a better response rate.  You really need to have plenty of good unique, quality content nowadays or your blog will get pretty much ignored by the search engines.  Target certain keywords for each page and entry of your blog.

Keywords are so important to getting the right traffic and increasing your sales.  Having the right keywords on everything from your splash pages, to your articles, to your web domain name and classified/text ads makes all the difference.

Niche-specific forums or niched social networks are also great for targeted traffic.  You will need to earn respect before you will get the traffic so be sure to join in and offer helpful input or ask good questions.  You will need to prove yourself a bit before people will start clicking your signature links.

Hopefully this extra info is helpful to you.

Ernie G.


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Hello get traffic, webguy4u here, and although i'm new to this forum, i have been internet marketing since early 2006.

The best way to get quality targeted visitors to your website, and to increase your google pagerank in super fast time, is to build backlinks through commenting on .edu blogs, that are on the same subject as your website.

To do this, you will need to use firefox and an add-on called seoquake.

Then you will just need to enter a certain search query string of text to get keyword targeted results.

Google totally loves .edu blogs, and just 1 backlink from one is the equivalent to 25+ .com backlinks.

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Get traffic is that the website your talking about.  The one in your profile 

http://getwebsitetraffic.org/    ???

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ok so karen is now content writer that solves that little mystery that other thread that says karen is leaving
is now understood.  L.O.L CAUGHTCHA.  Just kidding around.

Tutorials for traffic are everywhere.  Free traffic works.  Here's what you have to do.  Start working at it
using the tutorials. It is NOT easy to get free traffic.  Prepare to WORK. 

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ok so karen is now content writer that solves that little mystery that other thread that says karen is leaving
is now understood.
 L.O.L CAUGHTCHA.  Just kidding around.

Tutorials for traffic are everywhere.  Free traffic works.  Here's what you have to do.  Start working at it
using the tutorials. It is NOT easy to get free traffic.  Prepare to WORK.  

Claire,

See what I've bolded above.

~Karen (Contentwriter) has also posted under "Nashville Designs".

Karen

P.S. It's nice to meet you.

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i honestly thought that you left the forum

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i honestly thought that you left the forum

Hi Claire,

See bold above...did you mean me/Karen as having left the forum?

Or did you mean "~Karen aka Contentwriter aka Nashville Designs"? 

In case you didn't know, there have been two of us Karens who post here.

I (KarenMcG) haven't left, although for the last few months I haven't posted as often as I did...and for now, "~Karen aka Contentwriter aka Nashville Designs" seems to have left.

Karen/KarenMcG

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ok so karen is now content writer that solves that little mystery that other thread that says karen is leaving
is now understood.
 L.O.L CAUGHTCHA.  Just kidding around.

Tutorials for traffic are everywhere.  Free traffic works.  Here's what you have to do.  Start working at it
using the tutorials. It is NOT easy to get free traffic.  Prepare to WORK.  

Claire,

See what I've bolded above.

~Karen (Contentwriter) has also posted under "Nashville Designs".

Karen

P.S. It's nice to meet you.

I'm baa'ack!

::P  Hi Claire!

I'm ~Karen, aka "Your Go to Gal", aka "ContentWriter" aka "Nashville Design Associates" aka the loudmouthed stage ham with song lyrics & recordings posted all over this forum to delight (or torment as the case may be).

Karen McG is the intelligent, steady, well-grounded, well-focused, friendly one with a heart even bigger than her smile! ;)

~Karen

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            You guys are so funny so there are two of you.  What a  ah-ha moment.  I am both stable and unstable I compliment both of you in one way or the other go figure. Glad to see you are back though and that the other karen never left.  LOL