Notice: This is a discussion thread for comments about the SitePoint article, A Good Conversion Ratio Takes a Lot of Visitors!.
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Seeing as this article was written in 2001, it fails to mention services such as Google Adwords and Overture (among others) which allow a website to pay for targeted traffic. These services can allow a new website to have as much traffic as their expenses allow, pretty much instantly. Just make sure your conversion ratio is adequate, as this traffic can be quite expensive.