4 Free traffic sources to drive 1,000+ visitors to your Website Daily
How would you like to drive over 1,000 visitors to your website every single day?
…all for free.
Sounds awesome, right?
Here’s the good news: You don’t need to spend a single cent on acquiring traffic.
Now, don’t get me wrong. PPC ads and Facebook ads are both massively effective for your online business. But they require money, and a lot effort to learn to set them up correctly.
What I’m saying is: Even if you’re a startup with $0 to spend on marketing, you can still drive traffic to your website
By using the awesome free traffic sources I’m going to share with you in this article.
Let’s dive right in!
#1: Your blog
If you’re neglecting to learn how to set up and write blogs, that’s a huge mistake. Your blog is possibly the single most important website traffic sources in your arsenal.
Organic search traffic from search engines like Google is some highest-converting traffic you can get. It’s far better than banner ads or social media marketing. But there’s one caveat…
Ranking your store on Search Engines requires back links from other websites. And getting back links to product or category pages is really freaking hard. Or time-consuming, if you’re writing guest posts.
Getting links to high-quality blog posts or info graphics, however, is MUCH easier.
Plus, even if you do rank your product pages on Google, you’re still limited to the keywords around your products. Once you rank for them, you hit a ceiling and you will definitely need a keyword research tool for finding keywords for your blogs.
Quality content can help drive even more free traffic and leads to your site. For example, if you had a leather shoe store, you could rank for something like “How to care for leather shoes” using your blog.
So now you might be wondering…
How do you create quality content?
If you feel a panic attack coming on at the thought of sitting down at your laptop and banging out a 2,000 word post, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Get help here
Tip #2: Ask your audience what they want to read about
This one’s pretty straight-forward:
Set up an automated email campaign so that the minute someone subscribes to your newsletter, your email provider delivers a thank-you note to their inbox.
In this thank-you note, ask this person what type of content is the most relevant to them.
If you’re a fashion eCommerce store, your options could be:
- Celebrity styles and inspiration
- Useful advice and fashion tips
- Round-ups of the latest products
You get the idea!
Tip #3: Test out your headlines
Headlines are super important.
You can have the most informative, well-written blog article out there, but if it doesn’t come with a compelling headline, no one’s going to click through and read it.
Take this article by Team Canva, for example:
When they first published this piece, it was titled:
Why Steve Jobs Took Long Walks and Why You Should Too.
According to Andrianes, it was a flop.
There was no way of telling why it didn’t perform well – and the only thing left to do was to change the headline and try again.
So that’s exactly what Team Canva did – they re posted the article with the headline Why Everyone From Beethoven, Goethe, Dickens, Darwin To Steve Jobs Took Long Walks and Why You Should Too.
It was an instant success, and this one article ended up getting Canva 70,000 shares!
Moral of the story?
You won’t be able to get your headline right every time, even if you’re a seasoned content writer.
But by testing out different headlines, you can get maximum mileage out of your article and get more free traffic.
Tip#4 Your social media posts
Next on the list of free traffic sources for your website?
Social media marketing.
It’s no secret that eCommerce store owners spend tons of time perfecting their Instagram feed these days.
You google “how to take good Instagram pictures” and carefully arrange your flat lays.
You use three different filter apps and apply your filters painstakingly.
And you wait till the optimal timing before posting every day.
Now, here’s one additional step that I want you to take:
In all of your Instagram captions (and all of your social media captions, really), include a Call To Action that directs people back to your website.
The rationale behind this is simple:
Getting more Likes and Followers on your social media channels is great, but what’s crucial to your revenue is converting these Followers into actual customers.
#3: Your subscriber list
Next on our list of free traffic sources is… your subscriber list.
A lot of eCommerce store owners are obsessed with getting more “exposure” for their brand and getting seen by more people.
But here’s the thing:
It’s actually a lot more productive to focus on marketing to customers who have already bought from you.
Look at it this way:
Let’s say you set up a re marketing campaign to target people who have abandoned their carts in the past 24 hours.
You’re essentially reaching out to a highly qualified audience – the “hottest” of your leads.
It takes way less effort to convert them to a paying customer, as opposed to someone who has never interacted with your brand before.
Check out these stats:
First, while a typical marketing email only averages a 21% open rate, re marketing emails average an impressive 57% open rate!
Plus, re marketing emails average a 30% conversion rate, as opposed to the 5% conversion rate of a standard email.
But don’t just stop at setting up re marketing emails.
While these are a quick and easy way to capture your low-hanging fruit, you should also engage the rest of your subscriber list, especially those who are inactive.
#1: Take a tongue-in-cheek approach
Carly absolutely loves Pipeline’s email approach:
A fun, lighthearted email like this one will get your subscribers chuckling… and hitting that button to be redirected to your website.
#2: Incorporate other forms of media
In the email shown below, Earbits utilizes the same break-up style approach as Pipeline.
But here’s where they do things differently:
They include a little “mix-tape” their subscribers can click on and listen to.
This actually makes a lot of sense for Earbits, because they’re a music discovery site.
But eCommerce stores can follow in the same vein and jazz up their emails with sound clips, GIFs, or other types of media to get their readers’ attention.
#3: Bribe them
When all else fails… go ahead and bribe your subscribers.
Here’s how Crocs does it:
The beauty of using this strategy?
It’s unexpectedly versatile.
Let’s say you’re an eCommerce store that sells skincare products, like Belmondo. Here’s a cost-effective way to bribe (or shall we say, incentivize) your customers to revisit your store: Offer them free samples (get your suppliers to give you some!) with every purchase.
You don’t need to fork out a single cent and your customers are happy because they got free stuff.
How’s that for win-win?
In a nutshell, Quora is a place where anyone can ask questions and have them answered by industry experts.
If you’re trying to get quality traffic, Quora is one of the best free traffic sources.
Here’s what I mean:
Instagram is full of casual browsers, and they may or may not be at the stage of the Buyer’s Journey where they’re willing to commit to a purchase.
Quora, on the other hand, is crawling with people who are looking for a solution to their problem.
As such, they’re better prospects…
…and it’s likely that you’ll be able to convert traffic from Quora into paying customers more easily.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
First, let’s address the question:
How do you market your brand on Quora, and use Quora to drive traffic to your store?
Start by filtering out the questions that aren’t popular and focus only on the questions that have the potential to drive traffic to your site.
To help you out, here’s a list of the top 10 most followed topics on Quora:
Let’s say you’re an eCommerce store that sells knives.
You could answer questions under the topic “Knives”, which has 30.4k followers…
But why would you want to do that when you can take a crack at questions under the topic “Food”, which has 16.2 million followers?
Of course, choosing a more generic topic has its disadvantages too:
You’ll need to look through the questions more carefully to find the ones that are relevant to your products.
But you do get a lot more potential with 16.2 million followers as opposed to 30.4k followers – so it’s worth the extra effort!
Once you’ve decided which topic you want to focus on, navigate to the “Topic FAQ”, which shows you the top questions being asked at the moment. Scroll down the list of questions and look for questions which have been answered by plenty of people.
Thank you for reading my article, if you do have any questions about it, or you have any other questions relating to website traffic and building or selling online through affiliate marketing, please leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
John J J