Selasa, 02 Agustus 2011

Viral Traffic - Is the Amount of Traffic You Get Sickening?

There are plenty of people - far less intelligent than you are - who rake in the viral traffic, and here's the bit that will sicken you, most don't have any need of it; do you want to know what they're doing to get it?

Traffic generation is the piece of the puzzle that so many internet marketers struggle with, and it shouldn't be that difficult. There's an old truth that you could have the best product ever, but if nobody knows about it, it may as well not exist. Conversely, there are plenty of people selling absolute rubbish - you may have bought from many of them - purely because they have managed to find a way of getting you to their site. Annoying, isn't it?

Let's have a look at three ways that you could start to get viral traffic to your site, and you can see if you can put it to a little bit more use than those other people can; shall we?

Viral traffic generation tip 1: the forums
This is a tactic that used to be taught, but seems to have gone out of favor a bit, which is odd, as it's just as effective now as it has ever been.

Back in the days - before 'social networking' - people used to gather on forums, and many still do. Forums are a great place for people to hang out and share problems and solutions that they have, and if you have a solution to their problems, you can start to build yourself up as an authority figure.

The trick is not to try to sell people solutions when you first join. Find out what people need answers to, give them the answers, and look as though you know you're subject. Eventually you can introduce your website into your 'signature' at the bottom of your posts.

It may not be viral traffic in every sense of the meaning, but good answers will get referred back to, and having a 'sig file' that tells them where they can get even more solutions to their problems will certainly generate traffic to your site.

Viral traffic generation tip 2: Twitter
Love it, or hate it, this can be a good form of viral traffic generation.
The idea is to get people to retweet your message, that will get more people seeing it, and they will tell more people, etc, etc. Just sending out a message, which tells people to buy your stuff, and includes your web address, isn't going to do it.

To start with - this is similar to the forum idea - you need to have an account dedicated completely to a specific niche. If you're talking to like-minded people, there's a greater chance that they'll pass on your words of wisdom. Find information that's going to be of use to them - possibly from the forum that you're using - and Tweet it to your followers.

What you could do is, instead of linking the Tweet back to your website, you could link it to the forum posts. That will help to show them some of your previous tips, and it will help to boost your authority in their eyes, too. Sending people directly to your website can undo the positives of your traffic generation tactics by making it look as though you only want to sell them things; ultimately, you do, but you want them to see that you know what you're talking about, first.

Viral traffic generation tip 3: controversial blog
This is such a cool way of getting people to your site, but most people don't even think of it as being a method of viral traffic generation.

You have to keep this within the bounds of common decency, but there are still things that you can do to 'rattle' people in your niche, and start a bit of controversy that people will be aching to have a say on. Pick something that you know people will have a strong opinion on, and see if you can find a 'controversial' way of challenging what they think they know.

The next thing that you need is people to post in the comments section - in a fairly sane and intelligent manner - about how wrong you are. If you get enough people who are for and against what you have to say, you'll get others joining in; that can get the blog as much viral traffic as you can handle.

A great way of getting it all started is to go back to Twitter, and make a tweet about a comment that 'some bozo' has left on your blog, and ask if your followers agree with the comments or not.
There you have just a few ways that you can start to generate traffic to your site.

Viral traffic generation really only happens if people think that you have something worth sharing. If you show that you have some expertise in your field, people may start directing others to your helpful forum posts. Showing followers on Twitter where they can get useful information will help to get you retweeted, and that has a traffic generation effect, too. If you can get a heated debate started on your blog, you can generate traffic to that, as well.

There are other viral traffic generation techniques that you can use, so, as you can see, traffic generation isn't quite as difficult as you may have thought; now, get out there and generate traffic, don't leave it to the people who'll do nothing useful with it.

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