2-4-14 web trafficThere is one hard and fast rule in generating income for your website: A steady flow of website traffic. If no one goes to your site, it hardly has a chance of generating any income.

BUT, it doesn’t have to take a whole boatload of cash to generate website traffic for your site.

Ever wonder how the big guys drive traffic to their site? Most of them are spending tons of money to drive traffic to their sites, investing in many advertising campaigns and different forms of marketing schemes and gimmicks. This is all worthwhile because, well, they have used these tactics to create, high earning, big hitting websites.

You don’t have to do this if you don’t really have the resources. There are many ways to generate low cost website traffic without having to spend money you don’t have.

Here are my top five ways to generate low cost website traffic that could help your site be more successful.

Exchange Links

This is a sure and proven method. Rarely would you see a site where there are no links to another site. Many webmasters are willing to exchange links with one another so that they could produce more public awareness about their sites. You’ll soon see an increase in the traffic coming in to your site from these other sites.

A major prerequisite in exchanging links with other sites is having the same niche or a similar target market to the other site. They should share a common subject so that there is continuity in the services and information that interests your target traffic.

Exchanging links also boosts your chances of getting a high ranking in search engine results. It is common knowledge that search engines rank sites higher that have inbound and outbound theme-related links. With a good ranking position in the search engines, you will generate more traffic to your website without incurring any costs.

Write and Submit Articles

There are many eZines and online platforms on the internet which provids free space for articles to be submitted. If you want to save costs, you can do the articles yourself. There are many freelance writers who are willing to write for you for a small fee, but to save money, it is wise to do those articles yourself.

Write articles that are themed in line with the niche of your site. Write something that you have expertise on so that when they read it, they can feel your knowledge about the subject and will be eager to go to your site. Write articles that produce tips and guidelines to the subject or niche your site has.

Include a resource box at the end of your article that can link them to your site. Write a little about yourself and your site. If you provide a light, information-laden and interesting articles, they will go to your site for more.

Create a Newsletter.

This may sound like hard work because of all the articles you may need to use to build a newsletter but you can repurpose your blog posts or free article site submissions for this use. There are also many writers and sites that are willing to provide free articles as long as they can get their name in on your newsletter. This will also provide free advertising for them as well.

As your newsletter gets pass around, you can widen your public awareness and build an opt-in list that will regularly visit your site to gather more information and resources.

Join Online Communities and Forums

This only requires your time and nothing else. You can share your knowledge and expertise with many online communities as well as your website. You can get free advertising when you go to forums that have the same subject or niche with your site.

Share your information and resources and let them see how knowledgeable you are with the subject. As you build your reputation, you also build the reputation of your site, making it a reputable and honest business that could be frequented and trusted by your target market.

Try out a few or all of these options to increase your website traffic and increase your search engine rankings.

Jeannine Clontz, IVAA CVA, MVA, EthicsChecked™, provides Internet marketing and social media solutions for busy entrepreneurs. Her free reports on Social Media Marketing Benefits and Time Management for Entrepreneurs as well as video business tips can be found at http://www.jeannineclontz.com For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation contact her at: info@jeannineclontz.com