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  • Google Adwords

    30 23.62%
  • Overture or other PPC Engine

    9 7.09%
  • Word of Mouth/Referrals

    63 49.61%
  • Affiliates/Partnerships with other sites

    37 29.13%
  • Magazine, Newspaper or TV ads

    9 7.09%
  • Trade Shows

    4 3.15%
  • Buying "traffic"

    14 11.02%
  • Something else

    49 38.58%
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    When you say "worked well", what do you mean exactly? Worked well as in traffic numbers, or worked well as in sales/conversions/leads etc...

    If the later, I would say PPC advertising and SEO (takes a while, though).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyD
    adwords and buying traffic have been pretty good for me
    I'm also interested where are you buying traffic from? Can you share this with us?
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    Easily...referrals are number one. Join the local Chamber of Commerce or Business Networking group. Building relationships is the key.
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    Yes, I agree word of mouth and when you just can't wait an occasional bought traffic to give it that quick kick.
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    The stats are showing that adverts in paper and magazines are not doing to well, i think that this is because most of us are internet based companies reading and commenting in this thread and not too many lawn mower companies are?! Just a thought...

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    Search engine optimization has worked pretty well for me

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    ozgression - When I say "worked well" I mean in terms of solid leads and sales. Anyone can get a truckload of "traffic" to their site, but targetted traffic and interested audiences is another thing entirely

    wineo - I figured the same thing when I made the poll. But if someone has had truly remarkable success by advertising in a niche magazine related to their site's content, then that would be worth knowing about.
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    "Anyone can get a truckload of "traffic" to their site"

    can they?

    How?

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    You can buy traffic from traffic brokers/resellers/wholesalers etc. Websites like one i ran before www.visitors2go.com, they sell targeted/untargeted traffic to websites..you can buy around 10,000 visitors for less than $40.

    I have personally had alot of sucess with text links, forum advertising, word of mouth and small networks or partnerships....banner impressions have yet to work for me (websites have too higher prices for me to even start).

    I might try out overture.com soon, see how that works, anyone use that? Would like to hear about your experience.

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    do you think it is real visitors, could you just set up page with adsense on it and then just send the people there

    you sure

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    ok i just bought 5,000 visitors I'll let you know if its bull****

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    ferret77

    let's clarify: you are buying visitors from the point of view of tracking but what you really get is your site displayed in a popunder when someone enters/exists another site. even though your site is opened in another browser window, chances are the web user will never see it or will ignore it since most of us hate popups/popunders (or perhaps s/he even has a popup blocker that are so common these days). of course, ocassionally someone brought to you this way will actually start browsing the site and maybe even click your adsense ads.

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    Hi ferret I was being sarcastic about the 'truckload of traffic' thing. I'm sure you've seen those sites that offer to submit your website to a bazillion free for all pages generating a huge "explosion of (worthless) traffic"
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    Affiliates/Partnerships with other sites
    CardTraffic - $65 a conversion. Cash in.

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    Well, from my experience I have to say that Affiliates/Partnerships with other sites provided the greatest success for my wallpaper site. After a link exchange my traffic almost doubled.

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    What works best for me is probably word of mouth now, assuming all my new members are telling the truth in their profiles, and I would not see the point of lying. Most say they heard od my site from a friend, or a link on a site. That, and Google. Google probably consists of at least 50% of my traffic. Do a search for "bin files" for example. experts exchange shoot themselves in the foot with an AK-47 by charging people to view content, so the people who will click that result will hit back, then click my site. heck I beat them for some word combinations. "bin file program" I think.

    Or do a search for ndisuio.sys. Heck, do a search for wallet stealing. (don't ask) All these keywords are some of my top keywords and as long as I'm on the first google page for popular keywords, I get lot of traffic from searches.

    So google is definatly a big traffic generator for me.

    Other sites also post my press releases on new articles, and I do the same for them, so that's a big bonus in the tech site industry, since it really helps PR.

    Simply put, I get about 200,000 page views a month (which is small for my type of site, but I'm growing pretty fast, my monthly traffic graph looks like an upsidedown Enron stock graph) and I never had to pay 1 cent for any of it.

    So for those thinking of paying large sums for traffic, I'd advise not to, instead build up content and see where it can be released.

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    Bulk traffic, Affiliates, & Overture
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    Yes, bulk traffic works, but if you have a basic html page with just add sence on it not sure if it will really interest anyone, If you put some design into it ,maybe, all you can do is try.
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    I'm surprised that SEO was only mentioned a couple of times here. We have never used Adsense or advertising as we are ranked (In most SEs) number one for all our keywords. ALL of them. 99% of our traffic comes from search engines.

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    i bought that bulk traffic from the site listed earlier

    I have seen nothing yet, and they don't respond to emails

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkie
    I would just like to get a general concensus on what promotional methods have worked well for you, so that other members, who may be new to promoting their sites, can have a reference on what has worked for others.
    This is something I have used with success and I also put it in my ezine and have received positive feedback from a number of my 33,000 subscribers.

    Can't remember where I found it. Hope it helps some of you.

    [B]SEEING WHAT THE SEARCH ENGINES SEE[/B

    Getting a Top 10 ranking is only half the battle; it
    just gets a link to your website in front of the
    searchers eyeballs.

    Once you are on the first page of results, you still
    have to entice the visitor to pick your link from the
    9 other competing sites.

    When you use PPC, you get to hone the exact copy that makes the visitors (who are ready, able and willing to purchase) c'lick on your ad.

    With Organic (un-paid) Search Engine listing you must use your HTML code to make a compelling pitch that will grab the readers attention.

    The main link is derived from your TITLE tag.

    But your description can come from either your META Description tag or from the words at the top of your page and around the keyword that the searcher typed in.

    To take the guess work out of this use the Google
    Predictor

    Poodle Predictor is a little known tactic for
    increasing web site traffic and yet it is so easy to use that anyone can do it.

    Go to google.com and type in "google poodle"

    C'lick on any of the sites that host the predictor.

    When there simply type in the url that you want to check to see what your site will look like in search-engine results. You might be surprised to find that what you thought google or any other search engine would pick up from your site such as your carefully crafted description is not at all what google sees andpresents to the public.

    Keep changing the text at the top of your url until you get exactly what you want your visitors to see. Write new text if needed.

    This will in'crease the amount of traffic that you get since most people don't know about this trick.
    Jean Sutherland
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    Smile

    Participating in forums (like this one) could help a little bit.
    Forums usually attract a lot of visitors. According to my statistics,
    about 90% of visitors come from the forums, not from the Search
    Engines. Maybe because my site is comparatively new. But this approach
    is free and seems to be effective.

    And it is very important to have your site properly optimized for the
    Search Engines as well. I gave a short description of how I optimized my own
    site in the web site optimization article at my site. The approach is pretty common. I just tried to make a brief generalization in a short article.

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    www.visitors2go.com,

    www.visitors2go.com,

    seems to be straight rip off

    thanks for suggesting them banners2go

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    I tried the google Poodle a few months ago but the predictions and the reality bore absolutely no relation to each other. seemed like you put food in one end and get you know what out the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferret77
    www.visitors2go.com,

    seems to be straight rip off

    thanks for suggesting them banners2go
    I have heard so many stories like yours. I think that these sorts of "sources" of traffic are useless!


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