How to Get Traffic: 5 Powerful Traffic Tips

How to Get Traffic? If I look back at the failed web sites I created between 2002 and 2008, and especially those that didn’t profit me in any way, shape or form, I can see one common denominator – traffic.  It’s literally the key to everything online – if you have targeted traffic in abundance then you’re laughing all the way to the bank.

That’s why I’m always looking at ways to siphon traffic from relatively unknown sources; those that haven’t already been exhausted or so competitive that the return on investment (whether that be time or money) isn’t justified.

So, given that I’m pretty much certain that you want more traffic – here’s some lesser known traffic strategies you can use to get a foot up on your competition.

1. Document Sharing Sites and Ebook Directories

Over the last few months, I’ve been taking article marketing to the next level.  Instead of simply writing a 500 word post to directories, I’ve been looking at ways in which I can leverage my article content to get added exposure in a variety of different formats.  One thing that’s worked really well for me is to write short e-books on the subject of my niche and distribute to a variety of e-book web sites.  The statistics show over 2,000 visits and more than 30% opt in over the last 3 months.

At the end of the day, the success of this strategy simply boils down to value.  If you can provide useful material in your book and you add the occasional reference to your opt in page or blog then book writing is a very useful strategy.  I’d also recommend including a note at the beginning of the book to give the reader the rights to give away the book to create that viral capacity.

Not a fast writer?  I write my books with Dragon Naturally Speaking 10.  Simply talk into your headset and the software will transcribe for you.  You can have the book done within the hour.

Here are some great sites to submit to:-,,,,, and

2. Video Marketing

YouTube, the search engine with the most searches (even more than Google) yet a thousand times easier to rank for.  Is it about time you started video marketing to the masses?  I like to create videos from my article content to create as far wide reach as possible.

There seems to be this misconception that video marketing is difficult and time consuming.  In a recent case study, I wrote a series of articles and had the video creation outsourced for under $10 at  Failing that, you could have your videos created automatically at although the quality is somewhat hit and miss.

Personally I like to create my own videos using Camtasia and the PowerPoint plugin (free version available at  You can record your screen  from within PowerPoint.  Simply create a slide for each section you make in your article and freestyle the commentary.  It’s wise to have a link back to your site within the video and within the description of the video box too.

When submitting your videos, try a free service called at to submit your videos to a ton of different video sites – not just YouTube!  This is another little tip to maximise exposure, and of course backlinks.

3. Podcast Directories

By simply taking the audio file of the video you’ve created in part 2, you can get exposure from podcast directories.  Choose your keywords carefully and get in the habit of submitting to the major directories, namely:, and

4. Article Marketing to Publishers

One of my favourite ways of driving traffic because it has the added bonus of a strong and varied backlink profile that does wonders for your PageRank and Google search listings.  There are literally thousands of web sites out there that are happy to accept your content.  From ezine newsletters to high profile news web sites.

To find them requires a bit of ingenuity.  I like to download the SEOQuake plugin for Firefox (available from and then do Google searches such as:  niche + “guest post”

If the SEOQuake bar is on and active, you’ll then be able to sort the men from the boys by ordering the listings by PageRank.  It’s also helpful to have the Alexa toolbar (from installed so you can roughly gauge the popularity of the results.

5. Cheap PPC Methods

Personally, I love driving traffic to my sites through free methods as opposed to paying for my traffic, but when I found out about this little strategy I simply had to check it out and take advantage of it.

Google Adwords is generally pretty expensive, but the big G has recently introduced new ways of advertising on the platform.  By using image ads across the content network you can drastically cut down the cost per click.  In fact, the last time I used it (a few months ago), I was averaging a little over 1 pence per click.

Affiliate marketers be warned – if you’re promoting poor quality sites with the sole purpose of making a buck or two then you’re running the risk of getting your account banned, so be careful.

Over the last couple of years I’ve dedicated my time to figuring out how to drive laser targeted traffic to my web sites and the results are paying dividends.  My advice to you is to concentrate on one traffic strategy (article marketing, pay per click, joint ventures, video marketing etc) and get good at it.  You’re much better off being 90% good at one thing than 10% good at everything.  Once you master one, you can always start to look at another.

This article is written by Paul McCarthy – a full-time internet marketer with a passion for article marketing, SEO and joint venture brokering at You can also write guest posts and share ways to increase traffic to your site.


  1. Ed says:

    Thanks. I wrote an ebook on my website about tech. Will be sure to add them to the ebook directories.

  2. Harsh Agrawal says:

    eBook Marketing is something I have been working on ..I’m working on WordPress eBook and seems like it will take ages until I finish it…

    • supply chain networking says:

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  3. Paul McCarthy says:

    Hi Harsh,

    Try using Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 – you can dictate to your computer and it will transcribe into text for you.

    It takes the pain out of writing e-books, big time!


    • QuickOnlineTips says:

      I have tried an earlier version of Dragon Naturally Speaking, and it is really easy to write up articles too.

  4. Abhijeet Mukherjee says:

    Podcast directories is something which I haven’t tried yet. Need to check that out sometime soon.

  5. Money says:

    Thank you for posting ths!

  6. Daniel says:

    Hey, thanks for your article. Video marketing is a good idea. Maybe i’ll try it out.


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  8. Aydın says:

    Thank you for posting ths!

  9. Dinesh says:

    Leaving valuable comments on famous forums or community sites, is a good way of getting traffic.

    • QuickOnlineTips says:

      And you also have to gain authority in these forums to get traffic of people following your words.

  10. alamin says:

    Thanks nice post, leaving comments on do follow site help a lot

  11. Mobile Marketing says:

    Video marketing and blogging will be the future, agreed. Google loves video and it keeps your visitors on the site longer.

  12. Sylvia says:

    enjoyed the article. Great re-freshers course.

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  18. calmer says:

    Nice post especially the part of podcast directory, I think it is new method, but let me say that the good content is always the primary key for getting traffic, nice post and thanks for sharing you good ideas…!!!

  19. Software Company says:

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    tip 2: Really Video Online is the future (or present?). Aprox each internet user spend 3:10 hrs watching videos by month and this is great news to online marketers! Look out tv ads!!!

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    Thanks for the tips. I just started my own site and could use more info like this.

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    it’s easy to rank on that because there are only 159,000 links to beat, unlike ranking on the make money online keyword where there million links index.

  25. Jason Cottler says:

    Pretty useful and powerful traffic tips! I’m always looking at ways to siphon traffic from relatively unknown sources. Thanks!

  26. tracy love says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I will apply them and hope it will work for my sites. Thanks.

  27. Farid Primadi says:

    Great Tips! Nice Article Post!

    But however, sometimes the implementation is not as easy as it seem – or even less affected :(

  28. Dede says:

    Thanks for this article. I thought that I was fairly knowledgeable concerning driving traffic to my site but really learned some great tips here!

  29. High Watt Solar Panels says:

    Thanks for sharing. I had been trying to use several techniques using RSS feeds too. But, I think I have to work more on them.

  30. Inspiring Stories says:

    I believe SEO and Video Marketing are the two most effective ways to get a good ROI!!!

  31. Doppelkopf says:

    very effective for SEO or online marketing. Few of them I used already but I did not know how much effective it was. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Tour says:

    Podcast directories is something which I haven’t tried yet. Need to check that out sometime soon.

  33. Chloe Sanderson says:

    great post you can dictate to your computer and it will transcribe into text for you.

  34. Sally Sanderson says:

    Nice Video I like it

  35. professional development says:

    I think there have another stronger way to get traffic to a site, its Social Media promotion. Its a way to get thousands of visitor.
    Thank you

  36. Edu Gov Backlinks says:

    Thanks Paul! Not like other tips, this one is unique and I believe my site will get more traffic on this.

  37. Coffret Cadeau says:

    I will keep in minds all this tips for the future. Thanks !

  38. Betty says:

    Thanks for this Paul, good stuff! I liked the notion of just concentrating on one thing, it’s SO hard to do everything, there just isn’t time
    will go read your 16 traffic sources blog now :) thanks again Betty

  39. shashank says:

    Surely gonna follow this tips on my blog and wish i get tonnes of visitors in a day!
    thanks a lot for writing such great post!

  40. isee prep says:

    The best way to get traffic is to engage in intelligent conversation with like minded people on blogs and message boards.

  41. Augrae says:

    This is the most detailed tips in getting more traffics in your site. I also encountered a lot of software and plug ins from mozilla in improving the traffic in my site. I personally write articles and blogs in my page about piano bench to save time and money. You can see how I managed my site to get more traffics by visiting my page.

  42. Jim says:

    Hi Harsh, Try using Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 – you can dictate to your computer and it will transcribe into text for you. It takes the pain out of writing e-books, big time! Best,

  43. Jim says:

    Great tips, I especially like the youTube multi-submission tips, thanks.

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  45. Nikita says:

    It’s been harder and harder to drive traffic to new sites…. all thanks to frequent algo updates. :(

  46. Learn to Get Traffic says:

    In my opinion, article marketing is the best, but takes longer time to get the result. Also, you have to write article as much as possible. Little bit tiring but an effective ways.

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