Increasing the number of visitors is very important for any website or a blog owner. Visitors are like currency of the website. If you really want to spread your ideas or make money with your website it is very important for you to have the best amount of visitors on your site.
This is the reason I decided to create a compilation with 100 ways with which you can increase your traffic. I would request everyone of you to apply at least some (most) of them to increase your website traffic. Trust me the numbers will definitely go up!!
1.) Create a blog for your website: if your website is a static one that is meant for only corporate purposes, make sure you add a category of blog to it. There you can update new content everyday which will give a reason for people to come back on your site. If you need a good blog software, wordpress is the best application.
2.) Leave comments on other blogs: It would be great if you can develop the habit of visiting blogs of your niche and leave a comment on their posts and articles. There is no harm in placing a link of your website in the comment. Trust me some visitors will certainly come through those links.
3.) Do Guest Posting: Many blogs accept guest bloggers. That is they would allow you to contribute an article with a link back to your site in an Author’s Bio section. You can send an email to the bloggers requesting them for a guest post. If they like your article they will definitely publish them. Who would not like to accept an original article for free!!
4.) Sponsor blogging contests: This is a very common practice around the blogosphere. All you need to do is sponsor one by donating some money or products and the blogger will definitely link your website from the contest page.
5.) Participate in blog carnivals: blog carnivals are the online events where all the bloggers unite and get together to write on one specific topic. The host of the carnival will allow the participants to write a round-up post linking to their entries, and they can also link to each others’ entries as well.
6.) Build your own Network: I am sure all of you have heard this, “It is not about what you know, but who you know?” It is very important for you to build a good rapport with the fellow blogger. All you need to do is link to his website first and build a friendly relationship with them through emails and other social networking sites.
7.) Get your RSS feed published: Once your RSS feed is published your visitors will automatically comes to know what you are updating on your site. It is the best way to keep your visitors engage with your content and visiting your website regularly.
8.) Get a Feedburner account: signing-up for a Feedburner account is the best way if you want to get the most out of your RSS feed. It is completely free and includes features like, a complete statistics about your subscribers, customization options etc.
9.) Apply email subscriptions: There are many internet users who are not aware of RSS subscriptions. So offering an email subscription to them is a good way to promote your content. It is very simple to use when you have a feedburner account. All you need to do is activate this feature under, “publicize” and then just copy paste the subscription link on your site.
10.) Email newsletter: you can take your email subscription one step up by creating your own email newsletter. You will have more control regarding the messages you send to your subscribers. Best way is to use the auto response sequence that will send specific message at the specific time intervals to your new subscribers. All you need is a good email marketing software that will manage your newsletter.
Content is King
11.) Break a news story first: Be the first one to break any kind of news story. It will help you to receive many links from other websites and they will cover your written story as well. As a result your traffic will increase.
12.) Focus on controversial articles: If you are writing something controversial people will talk about your article and they might link it too either because they agree with you or maybe they disagree. In both the ways ball will be in your court.
13.) Create a “top 10″ list: internet users usually love the top 10 list because they are written in a simple language and are easy to digest.
14.) Create a “top 100″ lists as well: Just imagine if top 10 lists is helping you to gain visitors what will top 100 list do? This article is the best example. I am sure that people will bookmark your top 100 lists and share it through different mediums.
15.) Write a guiding article: Guiding articles are something which can provide solutions to any specific problem your visitor might face. People generally love to learn new things and if is it solving their problems then it is an added advantage. Trust me if the information provided by you is complete, the visitors will flock to read it.
16.) Write an interview: This strategy works best if the interviewee has a blog or website, as he will link to the interview and send his readers to your site. An easy way to get visitors.
17.) Leverage on seasonal occasions and events: traffic can be drastically increased if you publish an article related to big holidays or any seasonal events. For example, world cup or Olympics and so on.
18.) Online Quizzes: create online quizzes on your blogs and websites. If your quiz is an interesting one then your traffic will increase as the visitors will take on your quiz and also share the results with their friends. You can find various online quiz creating sites on Google. They are generally Free!!
19.) create a ranking of people: With this I mean that publish an article that will have ranking of people in a specific field. For example: Top 50 young entrepreneurs. These kind of articles will get you lots of traffic as it plays directly with people’s ego.
20.) ranking of websites: Similar strategy as I discussed in point # 19, create a list of ranking websites. For example: top 50 websites on health care and so on. It is quite obvious that the owner of the site will in turn link your article too in his website. They would be more than happy to know their name on the list.
21.) Publish something humorous: People love to laugh on seeing funny images or reading humorous articles. Publish an article with a humorous topic and add a funny or a cartoon picture to it.
22.) Publish articles with info-graphics: If you are creative and like to research then you publish your articles with statistics and info-graphs. Trust me it changes the entire layout of your site and it looks really professional. It will show your hard work and will force people to visit your site again and again to check those statistical data.
23.) Publish an e-book: I believe it is one of the most efficient way to attract traffic. Write an e-book on your niche and release it in your website with a proper download link. Email bloggers and site owners of your niche and let them know about it. If the information in your e-book is really worthy to read, more and more people will share and recommend it and it will gain you traffic.
24.) Make a free CSS template: CSS templates are becoming very popular these days around the web. All you need to do is submit yours to various CSS directories and many people will end up using it. If you can want you can include a footer link of your website and you will surely get some visitors.
25.) Create a free wordpress theme: Create a fresh new theme from scratch. If you want you can transform your CSS template into a wordpress theme. Trust me if your theme is really attractive then many people will install and use it. Check the official theme directory of wordpress.
26.) Have cheat sheets: Cheat sheets are very popular on the web and if you manage to create one you will automatically see a drastic increase in the number of visitors. You can follow this page to check few examples of the cheat sheet that are useful for web developers.
27.) Have a web design resource: We all know web design community is one of the most active online and creating a worthy resource for them is a good way to increase your visitors. Examples: fonts, icon sets, textures etc.
28.) Re-tweet contest: Best way is to launch a contest page where people need to just retweet the contest page to get an entry to the random draw. The prize depends upon you, maybe money or any services from the sponsors.
29.) comment contest: You can ask people to leave a comment on the contest page to get an entry. The traffic will be increased because your RSS and email subscribers will need to visit your site first in order to leave a comment which will indirectly stimulate them to comment on your different posts more often.
30.) review contest: In order to increase your search engine rankings, you could launch a contest where people will write about the content to get an entry. Trust me the link you will get will send you Google juice as well as visitors. Here, you need to have a good prize which will motivate people to write a review about your contests.
31.) introduce a voting contest: create a contest where the winner will be picked on the basis of voting contest. For example you have a site on health. You could invite your readers to submit their best health tip and then the voting session will decide the winner. The voting sessions will be linked by the participants which will encourage their friends to visit your site and vote for them.
32.) launch a traffic contest: It works on the grounds of affiliate marketing. Introduce a contest where people will send you direct visitors to one particular page in your site. It can be your contest page or maybe your e-book page. All you need to check is the web analytics to see which website has sent you the maximum and traffic and award the owner of that website.
33.) Make your own video: Adding videos to particular pages is becoming an unique way to grab traffic. Just record yourself with the help of a handy cam (make sure what you are talking should be interesting for your visitors). You can upload this video in different social bookmarking sites.
34.) Create screen-shots: make screen casts while you work on something. For example, you can teach people how to operate a computer. Record your own computer screen while you perform the same task. You can use a free software called “cam studio” to create your screen casts.
35.) Popularize your video: once your video is ready, please make sure you publish it to all the video sites and not only on youtube. There is a site called TubeMogul.com which will automate the submission process for you.
36.) Launch a Podcast: This could be a good traffic generator for one main reason and i.e. there is very less competition when it comes to podcasts. Basically with some effort of yours, your podcast could become the leader in your niche and that also quickly. All you need is a USB microphone for recording.
37.) Launch audio interviews: I already mentioned that interviews are a good way to grab traffic. You can easily release audio interviews with the help of skype and it is really easy to use. You’ll just need to use a software to record your Skype conversation. powergramo.com works fine for this and is free of cost.
38.) using stumble-upon: You can ask your friends and relatives to register with stumble upon and stumble your articles. This will definitely get the ball rolling and there are chances that other members too can stumble upon your articles.
39.) Digg it: try to reach Digg’s front page. I Know it is very difficult but it is worth a try. If you manage digg really well you might receive more than ten thousand of visitors at a time. Become an active member there and add as many as friends as possible. It is very important for you to know what kind of content works there. Once these two things are done ask any good writer to write a story about you and then ask your friends to vote for you. It really works!!
40.) Submit your content in reddit: It is smaller than digg but has more friendly community. I guess your content in reddit might do better here.
41.) Get your visitors to bookmark your content on Delicious: In case you are publishing more how-to articles then delicious is the best platform to generate maximum traffic. All you need to do is add a delicious icon below your article and ask few of your friends to bookmark your article as soon as they get published. More bookmarks in shorter span of time will get you promoted to Delicious front page.
42.) Embed social bookmarking icons on your site: This will help you in increasing the number of votes and bookmarks. You can use various free social bookmarking generator tools to create icons automatically and paste that code on your website.
43.) your niche social bookmarking sites: I have mentioned the four largest social bookmarking sites on the web. You can find hundreds of more smaller bookmarking sites focusing upon your own niche. Simply join the ones related to your niche and check how much traffic they send you with the help of Google Analytics.
44.) Profile on all social networking sites: When you are creating a social networking profile, you are able to include your site URL as well. So, this might serve as a link building opportunity with the bloggers of your niche.
45.) Start using Facebook: If you want to generate traffic from social media, the facebook is the best platform. Network with as many as people possible. It is one of the most fastest means of promoting your website and the best part is it is Free!!
46.) Create a Facebook fan page: Another important way to leverage facebook is to create your own fan page. This page will be solely dedicated to your site and your friends and visitors can leave comments, start a new discussion, become your fans and so on.
47.) Facebook “like” button: Facebook has the “Like” button, which you can easily embed on your site so that your users can share your content through their Facebook accounts. Check this article by the Facebook developers which will help you to get the codes for the “like” button.
48.) Open an account in Twitter: It works on the similar grounds as like the facebook. Make an account and ask more and more people to follow you. You can place the URL of your website in the profile too.
49.) tweetmeme button on your site: By including a Tweetmeme button on your site you’ll allow your visitors to retweet your posts and pages with a single click. This will help in increasing the traffic that you will receive from twitter.
50.) Explore your niche social networks: I am sure you will not get much traffic from niche based social network sites as you will get it from Facebook and Twitter. But still I would like all of you to at least try. Remember something is better than nothing. Here is a list with 233 social networks divided by niche.
51.) customize all 404 error pages: I know you will not like this but it is true that visitors will get 404 errors on your website. This happens when someone misspells your URL or maybe someone has linked an in existent page inside your site and so on. If you use normal 404 pages then you might lose visitors, but if you customize your 404 pages with some useful links, you can channel the visitors to other part of your sites which will increase your visitors too.
52.) Interlinking your pages: This strategy increases your traffic is 2 ways: first, it allows your visitors to navigate your site easily which will increase the number of pages views per visit. Secondly, it will increase your SEO ranking because your link juice will be distributed among other pages of your site.
53.) highlight your popular content pages: It is obvious that people like to know “what is currently a hot topic” when they visit a website. If you highlight your popular content pages then you can easily increase the number of page views that you ll get per visitors. The simplest way to do this is to create “popular article” section on your sidebar.
54.) Test your site in all the browsers: Keep in mind that if the visitor can’t visualize your site properly they ll move on to another website. You have to make sure that your site is running perfectly fine in all the browsers of the world. There is an online service called Browser shots that can easily help you with this and that also Free!!!
55.) Increase the speed of your site: Surveys has proved that most internet users will wait only couple of seconds for any web page to load. If it doesn’t they will simply close that page and move on to another site. Even the search engines use the loading speed as a ranking factor so more the speed of your site, higher the ranking will be. You can achieve good speed of your site by eliminating irrelevant elements from your site. Secondly, reduce the size of the images used.
56.) Serve the cached pages: An efficient way to improve the loading speed of your pages is to serve the cached version to your visitors. This should be done to reduce the load on your server and it will make your site more responsive. If you are a wordpress user, you can install WP Super cache plug-in to achieve this.
57.) a decent hosting plan is required: No matter how much you optimize your site, the pages will load slowly if it has a bad or mediocre hosting plan. Please avoid cheap and free hosting websites. Invest at least $6 – $10 a month and get a decent hosting server.
Search Engine Optimization
58.) publish only unique content: If you really want to rank well in search engines, all you need to work upon is developing unique content for your site. It is highly appreciated by all the major search engines.
59.) developing back-links: Build as much as possible back-links in order to achieve organic traffic. Make sure more and more website links to you. Please remember that higher the quality and relevancy of the link, the better. If you have a blog on finance, try to get links from the top personal finance related sites.
60.) organize keyword research: Search engines revolve around the keywords. If you are successful in understanding the keyword that people often use you can easily customize your content as per that. You can use the Google AdWords Keyword Tool which will help you in discovering the search volume of any keyword.
61.) optimize your title tags: The title tag is nothing but the title of your page. It goes inside the <title></title> tags in the header of your HTML code, and it is displayed on top of the browser when visiting your page. It is considered as one of the most vital on page SEO factor. Always publish an unique title tag on all the pages and remember to include your important keywords in them. WordPress users can install the All in One SEO Pack plug-in to achieve this automatically.
62.) Build an HTML sitemap page: An HTML sitemap page is a page inside your site that links to all other pages. These sitemap pages helps search engine to crawl and index your website, increasing your search engine rankings.
63.) Use images: Many webmasters and bloggers tends to forget that Google has a feature called, “image search” which is very popular in abroad. With good images you can increase the amount of search engine traffic you get. Always optimize name of your images with the relevant keywords and don’t forget to include an ALT and a TITLE attribute in your image tags.
64.) content translator: Each and every visitor is important for you. Suppose a person who doesn’t know English but is well aware of Chinese language so it will easier for even him to read the content of your site. You can use “Global Translator” plug-in that will automatically translate your blogs and sites in 48 different languages.
65.) Mobile version of your site: More and more users have now started accessing net through mobile devices, so it is very important for you to have a mobile version of your site.WP touch plug-in can be installed by wordpress users to automatically create a mobile version of your site.
66.) An iphone application for your site: iPhone is the most arguable smartphone around, and most of its users rely heavily on its apps to consume their content. Create an iPhone app to display the content of your website. phonegap.com will help you do this for free.
67.) create an Android application for your site: We all are aware of Google’s mobile operating system i.e. Android which is quickly catching up, so you could create a website app for it as well. I would advice you take a help of an professional web developer for this.
68.) Be a part of online forums: There are plenty of online forums which you can be a part of. Most of these forums will allow you to put a link to your website in the signature and you can use that to send visitors to your site.
69.) Link to your articles from post threads: You can also link to your articles when writing forum posts. If you wrote a post that is useful to other forum members, you could start a thread letting them know about it, and asking for feedback. Just make sure to do this when your article is relevant, else you might get flagged as a spammer.
70.) Be a craigslist member: Craigslist is one of the most popular online classifieds site found on web. In the discussion forum section, you can write posts and include links to your website relevant to the discussion.
71.) Create a forum section in your site: You can create a forum section in your site only when your site reaches a critical mass of users, say 5,000 daily unique visitors as per compete.com. This will allow your visitors to ask questions and contribute content which will increase your traffic. phpBB is a reliable and free forum software you can use.
Content Places and Hubs
72.) create “lenses” on squidoo: I am sure most of you doesn’t know this that each lens on Squidoo is an over view page about specific topics. Let me tell you that creating a lens is free and you are free to include any kind of information there. You can also include link to your own website.
73.) Create a “hub” on hubpages: You can create hubs on hubpages on various topics with the link to your website. Please read the guidelines properly in order to get your hubs published over there.
74.) Utilize yahoo answers: Spend some time in answering the questions listed in yahoo answers. You might come across a question that is related to your niche. All you need to do is answer it with the best answer and include a link to your site there as an additional resource.
75.) Answer to questions on Linkedin: Linkedin Answers in a broad platform where you can answer to the questions and include a link to your websites and articles. The most popular among the topics here are on career and business.
Get Back to Basics
76.) Submit your site to web directories: Make sure you chose the best quality directories. All you need to do is submit to at least hundred of good quality web directories to grab maximum visitors. Check out this list of web directories which are arranged on the basis of their page ranks.
77.) Submit your blog to blog directories: If you have a blog, you can also submit to blog directories like explained for web directories.
78.) Submit content to article directories: Article marketing is a very common and effective way to increase your traffic.All you need to do is submit your articles to article directories. Make sure you read the rules and guidelines properly before submitting an article for moderation.
79.) participate in link exchange: The practice of exchanging link is as old as web and it is very efficient for all type of sites and blogs. Make sure you exchange links with sites having full relevancy and original content. I am sure you don’t want to make Google upset.
80.) swap your ads: You can promote your partner’s website in your ad space and he will do the same for you. The ad could be anything like a banner, a widget etc.
81.) Distribute press releases: If suppose you are introducing something new and unique in your segment, then it is important for your readers to know about it. So submitting those news in press releases is vital. Some of them are free while the good ones are paid.
82.) email signature: We all know, emails are the most used communication channel and it is the best medium to let your contacts know about your website.
83.) Google Adwords: pay-per-click advertising or the PPC is one of the most efficient ways of buying traffic for your site. For this Google Adwords is the largest and the best ad network on web. All you need to do is create a free account and then bid for your keywords. Depending on your niche you can buy clicks for as low as some pennies.
84.) Ads on Facebook: Ads on Facebook is the best alternative to Google Adwords. You can target specific demographics for 1000 impressions to make sure visitors will be interested in reading your content.
85.) Stumbleupon Ads: In case your content performs well on social media you could try StumbleUpon ads. Your website or any page of your site will be displayed to StumbleUpon users, with a cost of only $0.05 per view.
86.) Reddit sponsored Ads: Another social bookmarking site where you can buy ads on is Reddit. Just create a sponsored link that will be featured on the homepage, and Reddit users will be able to vote it up or down.
87.) Purchase banner ads directly: I have always seen that any website owner is willing to sell banner ads. If you find a website that is closely related to yours, therefore, you could contacts the owner asking how much he would charge for a banner ad. Trust me the return on the investment is high here, because the visitors that will come will be likely to stick around and become loyal readers of your site.
88.) Purchase banner ads through networks: There are many ad networks that might help you purchase banner ads, paying a flat monthly fee. BuySellAds.com is a large one with a really big inventory of websites.
89.) Buy sponsored reviews: Often sponsored reviews work better for traffic generation, because your website will be featured inside a post (i.e., it will be exposed directly to the readers of the other site). If you want to buy a sponsored review you could either contact the website owner directly and can negotiate the cost.
90.) Tell your family and friends: Talk about your website with your friends and relatives. I am sure they would be more interested in any other visitor to check what new things you update everyday.
91.) Tell your colleagues about your site: These group of people will be interested in visiting your site too. If the content in your website is related to your work then this strategy works best.
92.) Your site’s URL in business card: If you give away your business cards quite regularly do not forget to include your site’s URL there. You never know any professional person might be interested.
93.) T-shirt marketing: It is very easy and cheap to get custom T-shirts these days and trust me t-shirt marketing is the best off-line way to spread the word about your site.
94.) Website’s stickers: If you really want to achieve something big, get some stickers with your website’s URL and spread them around maybe in Cars, windows, computers and so on.
95.) Ad at a local newspaper: Depending on the niche of your website, getting an ad on a local newspaper could be a good investment. For example, if you have a blog about health care an ad on the local newspaper could definitely bring you some new readers. No harm in trying.
Some out of the box methods
96.) April Fool Prank: I don’t know whether many of you are aware of this or not. 1st of April if a very lively day on the internet when many webmasters come up with funny pranks. If you come up with something really funny or interesting idea who knows the other website owners might link to your, sending you traffic.
97.) Set as a homepage: Setting your website as a homepage on other desktops might bring you good results. For instance, you can set your site as a homepage of all computers in a school nearby, libraries etc.
98.) Navigate to your website on computer stores: I know this might be sounding funny to you and this might not bring you a lot of traffic, but it sure might work. If you go to a store with computers being showcased, you can pay the store manager and open the web browser and navigate to your website, so that people passing by will see it.
99.) List your site for sale: Even if you are not planning to sell your site sooner or later, at least list it on the marketplace sites where millions of websites and blogs are sold and purchased everyday. Who knows you might just get thousand of visitors.
100.) Fake out the hacker attack: It has been seen that the community of bloggers and web masters gets in turmoil every time a website or blog gets hacked. If you fake such an attack (i.e., by putting a weird message in your homepage) you’ll certainly receive many back-links which will automatically increase your traffic. People might get pissed if they find out it was a prank, though.
So these were the best 100 ways in which you can increase your website traffic. If you can add any more on this list, I would really appreciate them to list on my site.