How do I get free traffic to my website? Getting traffic to your website is essential to your success as a website owner. There are plenty of people and services that will charge you a lot of money to help drive traffic to your website. Here are a few ways on how to increase traffic on your website for free.

Most of these tools I use to increase my website traffic are also on my Top Free Affiliate Marketing Tools List. Others are techniques I learned from my friends within the Wealthy Affiliate Community.

Use WordPress & Set Up SEO Properly

WordPress and The All In One SEO Plugin

According to Google, if your using WordPress, 80 to 90% of your SEO (search engine optimization) is already taken care of. This is one of the many reasons I use and recommend WordPress for all my websites.

Not only is WordPress free, it’s easy to install and use.

Learn How To Install WordPress in 30secs: Build your own website.

The All In One SEO Plugin

Technically, you don’t even need an SEO plug-in but The All In One SEO WordPress plugin simplifies many things including creating a sitemap for your website. A sitemap is essential for Google and other search engines to craw and learn about your site.  Other features include linking your site to Google & Bing’s Web Master Tools.

Fast And Secure Web Hosting

Before you can install WordPress & The All In One SEO Plugin you will need a great, safe, and fast web hosting provider. Many people in the affiliate marketing space recommend BlueHost. I used Blue Host for about 10 years but switched to SiteRubix/Wealthy Affiliates Hosting due to upselling, declining customer support, and many other reasons.

Plus WA had so many more benefits including ongoing education, mentorship and a large network of other affiliate marketers.

With SiteRubix/Wealthy Affiliates Webhosting, you can get 2 Free SiteRubix websites, a 30-second install of WordPress and The All In One SEO Plugin is preinstalled.

Not only that but you get a Full Affiliate Marketing Education and can network with a huge community of successful mentoring entrepreneurs that can help you with your online business.

Organic Traffic Keywords

Organic web traffic is one of the best ways to get free traffic to your website, typically this is done by doing keyword research. A keyword research tool such as Jaxxy will help you determine what people are searching for and how many results are showing up for certain keywords. The benefit of doing keyword research is to try to outrank your competition for your chosen keywords.

Without doing proper keyword research, you’re more than likely not going to get too much traffic to your website. It’s like throwing a needle in a haystack and hoping someone can find it.

Proper keyword research involves doing a technique called the low hanging fruit. The low hanging fruit technique involves searching for keywords that have a lot of searches but not too many quoted search results (QSR). The best way to do this is to use a keyword research tool.

In this example, I use the keyword/phrase “what is a low carb diet”.

What is a low carb diet

The Jaxxy keyword research tool will list hundreds of keyword phrases, related phrases, and even more brainstorming ideas for any given keyword/phrase. This screenshot is only showing the top three.

Avg is the average amount of searches and a 30 day. Traffic is what kind of traffic you can expect to your site when you get on the first page of Google for this keyword. QSR is the quoted search results.

As you can see there is only 103 quoted search results for that phrase. Therefore we are getting a great score and a high chance that you could rank for those keywords. Also, note that the domains .com,  .net, and .org are also available for that keyword/phrase.

Once you find good keywords for your topic, you simply write articles around these keywords. When people do a search in Google, you have a better chance of ranking on the first page due to the fact that there’s not as much competition with your keyword. That’s probably how you found this page.

Internal Linking

Internal linking is the prosses of linking to other pages or post within the same website. For example, many links within this article led to another article on this site. Just make sure you’re linking to relative content and not just linking to articles for the sake of internal linking.

Wikipedia does a great job of internal linking. They have so many internal links on their site. All the blue text are internal links in the photo below.

I also have internal links sprinkled throughout this article.

wikipedia-successful-affiliate-marketing-websites

Social Media Traffic

Using social media such as YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and others is a great way to get free traffic to your website. YouTube especially will help with SEO since it is owned by Google and Google plays friendly with other Google products. Plus having a video on your web blog post will keep people on your website longer which also leads to better rankings and Google.

I always try to make a video for my blog posts using the same keywords and include that video in the blog post. Plus a link to your blog post in the video description on YouTube will help drive traffic from YouTube to your website. YouTube is also a search engine so it can increase your rankings.

My Top 12 Social Share Places

Yes, there are 100’s of other places to share. List your favorite social networks to share your blog post below.

Focus on one or two of these Social Network platforms before diving into others. This will keep you from getting overwhelmed by all the different platforms. I tend to stay away from services that posts to multi social networks at once. I take the time to format images, text and more for each service. It looks better and is more professional.

Top 12 In no practical order:

  1. YouTube
  2. Google Plus
  3. Facebook Groups and Pages
  4. Guest Blogging
  5. Reddit
  6. Weebley
  7. Tumblr – Great For Yahoo Searches
  8. Linked In
  9. Pinterest. You can create many images for the same post.
  10. Twitter. Repost old content.
  11. Forums. Answer questions and link your site.
  12. Instagram

Comments

Comments on your webpage will also help with your SEO as they will add additional content and add additional word count/length to your blog posts. This tells Google and other search engines that this is an active post. In return, you can get higher rankings. This is more important for high competition keywords.

Always reply to comments. This will keep the conversation going and encourage others to comment if you respond.

Backlinks

Backlinks is another way to get higher rankings and Google. Better rankings equal more traffic to your webpage. Backlinks will happen naturally over time as people share your website. A few easy backlinks you can make yourself would be to share your links on Facebook, Pinterest, Google plus and the other social networks I mentioned above.

Get A Free Membership To Wealthy Affiliate

Get a free start a membership to Wealthy Affiliate. Signing up for a free start a membership to Wealthy Affiliate itself will not boost your rankings and traffic to your website, the education, the support, the community and the tools they offer will benefit you greatly.

You’ll get 2 Free websites with 30-second Installs of WordPress/ All in one SEO plugin. A wealth of free training and a helpful community of people to learn and network with.


Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will add value to my readers.


26 Comments

Stu · August 29, 2018 at 7:25 pm

I bookmarked your site specifically for the social media aspect and sharing, which I have always had trouble with.

For the remainder of the year and into next year I’m going to really start trying to implement this more instead of just writing an article and letting it sit. I’ve been so guilty of that in the past.

Content creation is important (and #1), but getting your material out there is almost equally important. SEO takes care of the big stuff, but it’s the little things that help your business grow into what you envisioned.

Thanks for the tips!

    Greg · August 29, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    thanks for the comment.  If you have any questions let me know.

Niley · August 26, 2018 at 8:35 pm

Greg I am so glad I landed on your website. I did not know the impact of the All In One SEO till you explained it on your website and also WordPress. I am also excited about the keyword search you have highlighted and I am going to implement asap.

    Greg · August 26, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Awesome. Thanks.

Michael · August 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm

Nice tips on how to get and increase traffic to a website. I use both methods myself, and I’ve had success in both areas that let me get high quality traffic to my site for free.

I personally think seo traffic is one of the best if not the best sources for traffic — only problem is it takes time to get a good amount since you have to write a lot of content.

    Greg · August 22, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Indeed, thanks for your thoughts on SEO.

lisbonam · August 19, 2018 at 6:31 pm

This post caught my attention right away because I’ve only been in the business for a few months and I’m always looking for new ways to increase my traffic, since I don’t have much yet.
I only use twitter and google + and I just started my youtube channel. I’m hesitant to use facebook, because I use that for more family/personal posts. Any thoughts? Should I add facebaook?

    Greg · August 19, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Hi lisbonam, If you want to use Facebook for your business I would start a Facebook group or a Page.

Stella · August 6, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Hello Greg;

Thanks for all of the great info on free traffic. I’m glad you recommend All-in-One SEO and WordPress because I use both.

I see you have social sharing buttons at the bottom of your post. That’s good for natural back links of course. Which plugin do you use for those?

I was also wondering about YouTube. That’s something that I want to start soon. I have heard of people getting suspended there easily. Have you had any difficulties?

Stella 🙂

    Greg · August 6, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    At the time of writing this, I’m using the Hestia Pro WordPress theme by ThemeIsle. The social share buttons are part of the theme.

    As far as YouTube, No I haven’t had any trouble.

Roopesh · July 28, 2018 at 10:03 am

I as a fellow affiliate marketer, can tell you that your advice here is golden. They are tried and tested methods and they work.

The one point of your that really hit home with me is the “making videos’part.

I am one though that struggles with making videos. Can you tell me what video software would you recommend. I want something that does a good job, but is not heavy on the pocket.

Any recommendations?
Regards
Roopesh

    Greg · July 29, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    For screen recording I use Screenflow and/or Camtasia. I use my iPhone 6 plus for other videos.

Kevin E Beasley · July 24, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Great insights on traffic strategies. I learned some things that will be very useful as I build my site. My action point after reading the article is to integrate a Youtube channel into my articles. Thanks for the effort and investment in others!

    Greg · July 25, 2018 at 12:57 am

    You’re welcome.

Calista W. · July 23, 2018 at 4:11 am

This is exactly the post I needed to read at this time, thank you so much!! This was great and informative.

I definitely need to focus more on my internal linking and getting comments. Also the videos on Youtube sounds like a great idea.

I’m just not sure how to make them.. Is there some kind of program out there that works the best for recording and editing videos for YouTube?

    Greg · July 23, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Your phone is the best cam for making videos. I use a iPhone 6 plus. Also for computer screen recording, I use Screen Flow.

Mikael · July 22, 2018 at 9:24 am

Was very happy to see you recommend the All in One SEO plugin to take care of SEO in WordPress – most people recommend Yoast.

Even though both are definitely good plugins, I think All in One is a lot more user-friendly and works better, and do not understand why so many people do not know about this plugin.

So great to see someone else recommending it as well:-)

Thanks,
Mike

    Greg · July 23, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Thanks

Mike · July 21, 2018 at 9:36 pm

Thanks for this article !
It’s full of great value for optimizing your website for search engines !
Traffic is the name of the game and the best form of marketing traffic comes from organic traffic!
It’s very targeted because these people came looking for it!
Plus it’s free! If you can get 5,000 visitors a month to your monetization, that 5000 free clicks! If you get fairly targeted PPC it might cost $.70 per click !

Thanks for your article !
Mike

    Greg · July 21, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    sure,  you’re welcome 

Brian · July 21, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Thanks for sharing ways ton increase traffic to your website. I’m always looking for ways to increase traffic flow and I think I could better utilize social media for that. I just started getting into Pinterest and so I’m learning my way around with it. I use Google+ a lot as well as Facebook. I know you didn’t talk about it here, but I’ve seen someone recommend traffic exchanges. I’ve heard about them before, but I also heard you don’t get targeted traffic and they can really increase your bounce rate. What’s your thoughts on traffic exchanges?

    Greg · July 21, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I never really tried traffic exchanges so I can say. They seem a gray hat to me. If your looking for back links they will come naturally over time if you have useful info on your site.

Heidi · July 20, 2018 at 6:40 am

So much info Greg, great post, I really appreciate it. I am still fairly new to the world of online marketing so all tips are most appreciated.

Pretty happy to see that 80% – 90% of my SEO is already taken care of as I have a WordPress site.

I like your example of the low hanging fruit keyword. I am surprised that the top option only had an SEO of 83, it looks to be an excellent keyword. I’d love to be using keywords with 5680 traffic each month!

Just wondering how you make your videos? Do you need special software or equipment? I know this is an area I need to make a start on but I definitely don’t want to be in front of the camera.

Any help appreciated.

    Greg · July 20, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Hi Heidi, I use Screenflow for recording my computer videos + a USB mic for the vocals. Hope that helps.

Erick · July 17, 2018 at 2:32 am

I find it pretty helpful using youtube videos related to the article like you point it out, but I never took in consideration that the video has to be similar to the subject but rather of something I wanted to give an example or to point something out I am trying to explain.

    Greg · July 17, 2018 at 3:15 am

    both concepts will work.

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