I have started a new site and am looking to buy traffic, but I'm curious, is it worth it? If so, who would you recommend I go with? My budget is a bit more than $500. Any ideas? Or do any of you want to help me get traffic to my site?
Before you spend your money, you may want to evaluate the quality of the traffic and debate further if it's worth it to go that route. I think that your $500 is much better spent offering some sort of prize for signing up for your newsletter on a weekliy or monthly basis, or buying ad space in newsletters or sites that publish relative content. You may want to consider going to TipWorld.com or any other e-zine type site and try to bad ad space in one of their newsletters.
I've got this great traffic idea! Do you create the themes yourself? You can try to give out free themes to websites in exchange for a link. Since you're giving them a desktop theme that they will give away for free on theor site, you can require that they put a link on their index page! That should generate lots of traffic.
If you don't or can't generate them yourself, then that's a bust. There's plenty of other good ideas. Have you read the article Matt wrote about web site promotion?
I had a look at your site and I really like it. There's one thing that I think you should add to it and that's a screen shot of what the theme looks like. It's all good and well saying what it is but I think that most people would prefer to see what it looks like before they decide to download it.
Just a thought.
That does limit what you can do. I bet that people would still give you a link if you create a screensaver for them for free. I'm willing to bet your $500 will be much better spent if you get some software that will let you create themes, though
Do a search on a couple of large search engines for "Free Software". Submit your site to as many lists as possible. Then to promote your Theme Collection you can put "suggested themes" on the page for each Screen Saver. This is similar to finding suggested wines next the different entrees in a nice restaraunt. So not only are you generating traffic to your site but your keeping them for longer periods of time while they peruse the screen savers and the themes.
1. Including a small text file to each zipfile you host that promotes your site and invites the user to come back for more.
2. If your screen-savers are shareware create a package of all of them and give them away to one lucky winner every month. Or create some good quality shareware screensavers to put in your package. Offer your package as a prize for contests on other sites. Or purchase a nice package and give it away.
3. Get listed on Internet Freebie sites.
4. Join a few quality webrings.
5. Start your own "Desktop Weekly" newsletter. You can run articles on creating your own screensavers and themes. In the newsletter you could give recommendations on the best new screensaver or theme and provide a review on it within your site with links for downloading.
These are just a few ideas off the top of my head. I know there are people out there that collect screensavers and themes. One of those collectors is my Fiance, who not only collects these but she probably has over 500 megabytes worth of screensavers and themes on her computer. She also changes them daily.
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you can use goto.com (and I'm sure others have copied them by now) to "buy" traffic. At goto.com you bid on search words. For instance amazon.com pays a bunch for the word book. So anyways figure out how much you are making from advertising. If perhaps you are making 4 cents per impression and each unique visitor generates 5 impressions. Then you can in affect pay up to 19 cents per visitor and still make money. So anyways figure this out and then go to goto.com and bid on words. Its really just all math.