5 Simple Free Traffic Examples for Startups

Startup TrafficOften in the digital marketing community there are posts on where to build links, how to build links and what sort of links we should be building. This is quite often discussed whilst forgetting what the purpose of link building should be, to generate traffic to your site.

So today we’re going to be running through 5 examples of how you can generate quality traffic to your site for free, all it will cost you is a little bit of time and perhaps a few well placed business cards.

This list is in no way exhaustive, and some of which you may well already be implementing as it’s designed for start-ups or those new to online marketing.

1. Google Products

Google Products/Shopping Results/Base/Froogle which ever you like to call it is the handy shopping results that appear in Google natural listings, or you can access it by hitting more on Google’s top navigation bar.

It’s for these reasons why Google Products is the world’s most popular price comparison site and it’s about to be your favourite price comparison site as well, because its free.

All you need to do is head over to Google Merchant Centre, setup an account, upload your product feed; and hey presto you’ll be advertising on Google Products.

2. Social Media Sites

If you and you’re business aren’t on any of the Social Media sites, it begs the question why?

Being able to directly interact with your customers on a daily basis is a brilliant way of creating brand loyalty. However be careful to use social media to add value to your customers rather than constantly update them with your new products!

3. Guest Posting

Guest posting can be a powerful tool in your arsenal, the premise behind this is generating useful content for relevant 3rd parties so they will feature your post.

How does this generate traffic? In return for giving other people good (really good) content that their reader’s will want to read, most sites will link back to you via an author bio.

This bio and link allows you to engage active communities that would wouldn’t otherwise be able to and get your face, brand, product known by a whole new group of potential visitors.

Despite what you might think this is actually a very good source of getting new quality traffic to your site, In fact I was introduced to this site by their guest posts elsewhere and have become a regular reader.

4. Brand Ambassadors

Creating brand ambassadors is in my mind one of the most important things you can do as an online marketer/business owner. It’s not a complex idea and hopefully you may be already doing this.

Firstly what is a brand ambassador? (this is not a BA) What I mean by brand ambassador is someone who is likely to tell others about how awesome your brand/product/service is.

So how do we go about creating these individuals? Don’t worry like charity this start’s at home, your family & friends will be your first brand ambassadors.

Arm them with Comp slips or business cards (they’re really cheap, honest!) ask them to give them out to all their friends, colleagues, hairdresser, whoever they have contact with on a daily, weekly basis. They will be more than happy to help you, trust me.

This method will allow you to penetrate into circles that would otherwise have taken thousands of pounds worth of advertising to infiltrate.

5. Outreach

Hopefully you’ve got a product or service that solves a particular problem, therefore its more than likely that people online will be talking about this particular issue that your product or service resolves.

So head over to the search engine of your choice and find these people, give them helpful insightful answers and link to your site, whilst you’re doing it.

I hope that you’ve found this post somewhat useful, if you’ve got any other brilliant idea’s then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment!


This article is written by Chris Stott. He is a part of the online marketing team at FindMySupplies. He is specialized in SEO and PPC. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

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On November 10, 2011 by in Startups | Short Link: http://hbb.me/12M7sBL  

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14 Opinions on “5 Simple Free Traffic Examples for Startups

  1. social media is best way to get the traffic and Guest post help to get fame and traffic. Both these methods are best.

  2. Guest posting and commenting are the best method for startups. Btw thanks for sharing other tips

  3. Yes all are some important source to drive traffic to your site. But for me the best is guest posting, we can get very good targeted traffic from guest posting.

  4. Nice Info!!!!

    From my point of view when any body start blogging then i think these all things he/she do on any how but Guest blog post and social media sites help lot for them in starting steps.

  5. Brand Ambassadors is really interesting way to advertise about your products, though I never think about it but yes it could be very handy specially if you've a local business. Thanks for such amazing suggestions, I'm going to follow your "Brand Ambassadors" now. ;)

  6. Really some new points for traffice generation specially point no 4 and 5

  7. Guest posting is one of the great directions to get high traffic into the blog. Those 5 ideas will be more helpful on here.

  8. Good idea. For most websites i think guest posting will be great. For e-commerce websites, it will be great to use Google Merchant Center.

  9. According To Me Commenting Is Best For Startups. Then Social Media And Guest Posts

  10. you are right i totally agree with the guest blogging point.It is really good and will be very powerful.

  11. I think Social media is best idea for make huge traffic for site. This content is more helpful sir, i really thnx to u.

  12. Guest posting is an amazing technique to increase traffic and the best thing is its free. I came across many great blogs by reading guest posts but it can be a negative influence when the guest poster forgets to interact with the commenters.

  13. My blog is very new. Your tips will help me to drive lots of traffic to my site. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Awesome tips!
    Using the guest posting, Blogging commenting for traffic cannot stand for log time. So, it is important to drive search engine traffic too.

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