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There is currently one social traffic generation strategy known as social bookmarking which is also very popular among Internet marketers.

To put it simply: Social bookmarking is a way for internet users to store, classify, share and search Internet bookmarks online.

In the past, everyone used to store their bookmarks on their own computers, for example, when you visit a web site that you like, you bookmark it via your browser on your desktop computer at home. Now, if you are away from home, there is no easy way you can retrieve your bookmark from your home desktop.

However, the availability of Internet and social bookmarking sites had changed this.

Now, you can easily go to any social bookmarking sites and put your bookmarks online on the servers of the social bookmarking sites which you are on. You do not have to rely or go to your home desktop to retrieve your stored bookmarks. With social bookmarking sites, you can retrieve your bookmarks anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the Internet. Not only that, you can even share your stored bookmarks with the world if you like.

A typical social bookmarking site not only allows you to put up your bookmarks online, it also let you decide if you want to keep your bookmarks private for own use, for public access, or for restricted access to your contacts only.

Some social bookmarking sites provide even more functionalities than merely storing and displaying your bookmarks online. However, this is not the scope of this blog post.

There are several ways in which you can generate free traffic to your web site via social bookmarking:

a) Create your bookmarks online and share with everyone else.
Particularly, bookmark the sites that you want others to know, then share them online for maximum exposure for your sites so that anyone who viewed your social bookmarking profiles on social bookmarking sites can see them and hopefully, to click on the links to your sites.

b) For some social bookmarking sites, whenever you bookmark a web site, your latest bookmark will appear on the home page of the social bookmarking site.
Or for other social bookmarking sites, your profile will be featured on the home page of the site whenever you just bookmarked a site.
All these bookmarking tasks actually expose your bookmarks to more Internet users online, which in a way will increase your site visibility online, and possibly additional traffic as well because they provide a link back to your web site.

c) If you have a web site or blog, you can also put some social bookmarking scripts or plugins onto them so that you can allow any of your visitors to easily social bookmark a page or blog post on your web site/blog to share with everyone else. This simple method of allowing others to share your contents online will also bring you more free traffic.

Here are some more time-saving tips for you:
-    If you are looking for a great social bookmarking script or plugin, you must try www.addthis.com. I spent a lot of my time looking and trying out many of such scripts and AddThis is the one of the best out there, with the easiest implementation among many others.
-    Another great resource will be www.onlywire.com. If you are using multiple social bookmarking services and you are tired of having multiple shortcuts to add a social bookmark, then OnlyWire will save your time by allowing you to send once to OnlyWire.com and it will auto-submit your social bookmark to many social bookmarking sites that it supports. (Note: Although OnlyWire saves you time, it does not work perfectly as some auto-submissions to some of the supported social bookmarking sites do not work properly)

It has also been said that when you social bookmark a web page, you are actually creating a backlink from those social bookmarking sites to your own web page, and this helps in your SEO marketing efforts for your web pages too.

Squidoo.com is one of the world’s most popular web site for people who want to build a web page about their passions. Based on current Alexa’s ranking, Squidoo.com is the top most visited web sites in the world.

On Squidoo, you can write about the books you like, how to set up a blog, how to be a better lover, or just to share your knowledge or interest online, or even to spread the word about the stuff you love by creating a lens.

Signing up with Squidoo is fast, free, and super easy. You can do it within 5 minutes.

Basically, you can write about anything that you are passionate about on Squidoo even if you are not a technical person or web designer. At the same time you can also choose to raise money for you or even charity at the same time!

You can do all these by creating a lens on Squidoo. A lens is what Squidoo calls it and it is nothing but just another web page that you can create on Squidoo without knowing HTML, just like how you can create a free blog on Google’s blogger.com

Many web site owners experienced great results using Squidoo because Google indexes Squidoo pages very fast. Many of these site owners had problems getting their keywords ranked on first page of Google for many years but within a relatively short period of using Squidoo, they get ranked on first page of Google for the keywords that they wanted!

I experienced this myself too when Squidoo was relatively new on the Internet. I was promoting an affiliate program and in my test campaign in trying out Squidoo, I realized that my Squidoo page had beaten the product owner on their own product keywords and my Squidoo page was on the first page of Google search results!

I repeated the same Google first page search results when I was doing another test campaign for another affiliate program which I was on. From then on, I realized that Squidoo is one great service to use if you are promoting something online.

However, recently, Squidoo made the news when they became the targets of spammers. Google then gave them the Google Slap.

This slap from Google was said to have affected how Squidoo pages will rank on Google search engines as well as drop in traffic to Squidoo site.

However, if you ask me, I will still think that Squidoo will make a good place for us to tap some traffic from as long as the lenses that you are creating on Squidoo is providing real value to your readers and Internet users.

Also, Squidoo will be very helpful for those who want to share their expertise or knowledge online but do not have the technical skills to do up a proper web page and marketing skills to drive traffic to their web pages.

If you are interested to see how a typical Squidoo page will look like, you can visit one of the Squidoo page that I have set up at www.squidoo.com/freesoftwareguy

This Squidoo page will save you hundreds or thousands of dollars every year because it shows you where to download free and legal anti-virus software, free anti-spyware, free personal firewall, free office productivity software, free html editors etc.

One of the web 2.0 strategy to generate free traffic to your web site is via stumbleupon.com.

From my own experiences of using StumbleUpon, and those from my various Internet Marketing groups and associates, the feedback for traffic coming from Stumbleupon.com has been quite good!

So, what is Stumbleupon.com? StumbleUpon is a new web 2.0 web site that helps you to discover new web sites! If you do not know what web site to surf when you are bored, you must go to Stumbleupon!

How does it work?

  • You can sign up for a free account with Stumbleupon.com and you will tell StumbleUpon during your sign-up process about what types of web sites or topics you will be interested in.
  • Upon successfully sign-up with Stumbleupon.com, you will install a Stumbleupon toolbar on your browser (FireFox or Internet Explorer etc)
  • When you are bored and you want to look for web sites to surf, just click on the “Stumble” button on your StumbleUpon toolbar, your browser will then load a web site in the category which you have indicated your interest in during your sign-up process. For example, if you have indicated that you like Self-Improvement web sites, whenever you click on the “Stumble” button, your browser will load a Self-Improvement related web site for you! So, no more thinking about what web sites to visit! Let StumbleUpon finds you a new web site!
  • With StumbleUpon.com, you can channel surf the internet with the StumbleUpon toolbar to find great web sites, videos, photos and more based on your interests. StumbleUpon has millions of sites in its database, all submitted and recommended by other Stumblers.

Also, when you see a web site that you like, you can tell StumbleUpon that you like it via the StumbleUpon toolbar that you have already installed by clicking on the “I like it” button. If you dislike a web site that you saw, just tell StumbleUpon that you do not wish to see similar web sites again via the same toolbar! So essentially, StumbleUpon learns what you like and makes better site recommendations for you.

Not only that, you can connect with friends and share your discoveries of great web sites and resources, meet online people that have similar interests, and check out what other people are discovering.

If you are still wondering how traffic comes to you when you use StumbleUpon, let me enlighten you:

1.       When any of the other Stumblers clicks on the “Stumble” button on their toolbar, StumbleUpon may send them to you and you get free traffic!

2.       When you create your StumbleUpon profile, people can view your profile. Any web sites that you have ‘stumbled upon with a thumb-up’ will also appear in your profile and anyone, including your friends or strangers, who view your profile will be able to view those sites that you have indicated that you like. StumbleUpon works on the basis of the power of recommendation. If everyone is recommending a web site on StumbleUpon, do you think you will go and have a look too?

Now, I have some tips for you to bring you more traffic via StumbleUpon:
a)      Visit your own web site and gave it a thumb-up

b)      Tell your friends about StumbleUpon.com and get them to sign up and give your web site a thumb-up as well. The more the better, remember the power of recommendation?

c)      Add your StumbleUpon friends into your StumbleUpon network of friends!

StumbleUpon has become one of the most popular web 2.0 traffic generation strategy for many Internet marketers because it is easy to use and it is free too!

One popular and time-tested strategy of getting free traffic to your web sites will be using online free classified ads that are available on the Internet. You can do your free ads posting on these sites for others to locate you.

Note that some classified ads sites will charge you for posting your ads, but you always have the option to choose one that is free to do your ads posting.

It is highly likely that you have heard of using free classified ads web sites to promote your products or services and you may be thinking whether this traditional, time-tested method will still work. From my own experiences as a business owner and Internet marketer, I can assure you that they still work if you do it correctly. I say this because I am still getting sales leads and even sales from those classified ads that I put online.

You may not know this but there are still many people who will go to online classified ads web sites to buy or sell something. Many buyers will go to such classified ads sites to look for good bargains and sometimes they do find one!

And if you are someone who has no experience selling anything online, online classified ads web sites will be an easy way to start because such sites tend to have more traffic as compared to a standalone site that you have just built up to sell something where you have no traffic! No traffic equals no buyers!

You may want to use some free classified ads sites before you invest in a paid one that may give you better results!

These are some of the popular online classified ads web sites:
www.craigslist.org
www.ablewise.com
www.usfreeads.com

Try this free traffic generation strategy today!

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MySpace.com is one extremely popular, social networking web site that you can use to ‘steal’ traffic from.

According to Alexa.com ranking, it is consistently ranked as one of the top most visited web site in the world! Now, how will you feel if a small section of traffic is being sent to your web site from MySpace.com every day?

Let me explain: MySpace.com is a social interaction/networking web site where people can get to know new friends, interact and connect with each other’s network of friends/associates/family members/business partners etc easily. You can set up a free profile on MySpace.com, view other MySpace.com members’ profiles online and connect to any of them if you like what you see on their profiles.

You can connect your personal profile to someone that you like, and with the person’s approval to add you as a friend or contact, you are able to see his/her network of friends. And likewise, your new friend who has added you will be able to see your own personal network of friends and associates as well.

MySpace.com also allows you to set up your blog, share your videos, music and photos etc online with everyone else.

Here are some ways that you can generate free traffic to your web site:

  • Set up a personal blog for yourself and attract others to read your blog
  • Post your comments on someone else’s blog and link back to your own web site/blog/profile
  • Upload videos to share with everyone online. Insert your link into your video post to drive back traffic to your own site
  • Find interesting videos, comment on them and provide a link back to your web site or give away something. Be as creative as you can be!
  • Find people that you like and add them as a friend. If they approve you as a friend, both of you can connect to each other’s network and this increases the exposure of your profile to more people online. This is a great way to build your network as well!
  • In the profile that you have created for yourself, write about yourself. What you do, what you are selling (if you are), what you are looking for, provide a link on your profile back to your web site. Tell the world about yourself. Think creative, you do not have to limit yourself to the usual things that people tend to write about them.

If you are thinking that MySpace.com is just for youngsters or people who have nothing to do to put up their personal profile, I am sorry but to tell you this: Reputable and highly successful people and businessmen like Anthony Robbins, Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf etc all have their own MySpace.com profiles! This is one great way for them to connect with their own clients and friends, as well as to reach out to more people online!

Besides MySpace.com, there are of course many social networking sites that appeared all over the Internet. Here is a list of some of the most popular social networking sites:

Facebook.com

Friendster.com

Hi5.com

Tagged.com

and the list goes on and on!

All these social networking sites work quite similarly to each other but some of them may have some features or functions that are unique to themselve. Feel free to take the time to explore and stick with the ones that you like the most!

MySpace.com is one extremely popular, social networking web site that you can use to ‘steal’ traffic from.

According to Alexa.com ranking, it is consistently ranked as one of the top most visited web site in the world! Now, how will you feel if a small section of traffic is being sent to your web site from MySpace.com every day?

Let me explain: MySpace.com is a social interaction/networking web site where people can get to know new friends, interact and connect with each other’s network of friends/associates/family members/business partners etc easily. You can set up a free profile on MySpace.com, view other MySpace.com members’ profiles online and connect to any of them if you like what you see on their profiles.

You can connect your personal profile to someone that you like, and with the person’s approval to add you as a friend or contact, you are able to see his/her network of friends. And likewise, your new friend who has added you will be able to see your own personal network of friends and associates as well.

MySpace.com also allows you to set up your blog, share your videos, music and photos etc online with everyone else.

Here are some ways that you can generate free traffic to your web site:

  • Set up a personal blog for yourself and attract others to read your blog
  • Post your comments on someone else’s blog and link back to your own web site/blog/profile
  • Upload videos to share with everyone online. Insert your link into your video post to drive back traffic to your own site
  • Find interesting videos, comment on them and provide a link back to your web site or give away something. Be as creative as you can be!
  • Find people that you like and add them as a friend. If they approve you as a friend, both of you can connect to each other’s network and this increases the exposure of your profile to more people online. This is a great way to build your network as well!
  • In the profile that you have created for yourself, write about yourself. What you do, what you are selling (if you are), what you are looking for, provide a link on your profile back to your web site. Tell the world about yourself. Think creative, you do not have to limit yourself to the usual things that people tend to write about them.

If you are thinking that MySpace.com is just for youngsters or people who have nothing to do to put up their personal profile, I am sorry but to tell you this: Reputable and highly successful people and businessmen like Anthony Robbins, Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf etc all have their own MySpace.com profiles! This is one great way for them to connect with their own clients and friends, as well as to reach out to more people online!

Besides MySpace.com, there are of course many social networking sites that appeared all over the Internet. Here is a list of some of the most popular social networking sites:

Facebook.com

Friendster.com

Hi5.com

Tagged.com

and the list goes on and on!

All these social networking sites work quite similarly to each other but some of them may have some features or functions that are unique to themselve. Feel free to take the time to explore and stick with the ones that you like the most!

Video marketing is another wonderful strategy to generate good traffic to your blogs or web sites.

I offer some tips below on what you can do with videos to drive traffic to your sites or blogs:

1.    Create a video and upload your video (create as many as you can) for everyone to share on the Internet.
A common way of doing it is to create a video using your digital camera or video recorder and put it on extremely high traffic web site such as YouTube or Google Video to tap into their traffic and ‘steal’ some for yourself! I am sure you came across some videos that generated millions of hits within a short period of time or over a period of time.

In your video, remember to put a link back to your own web site. I have seen some really interesting videos in action which can generate hundreds or even millions of hits within days of going online. Some of them even have international news coverage from news agency like CNN etc. If you are able to do this properly, you can get great and Free traffic to your own web site or blog.

This method will even work better if you are more technical-savvy to create and edit your own videos. If not, just get someone to do it for you as a personal favour or for a fee.

2.    The other way is for you to find very popular or high traffic videos and give your comments on the videos. If you have already noticed, on many video web sites such as Youtube.com, you are allowed to leave your comments on a video, or even to create a new video by yourself in response to an existing video that you have seen on the video sites.

When you leave your comments on a video with very high traffic, you can potentially tap on those massive traffic if your comment has been seen by a video viewer on the web site.

Remember to include your web site address on your comment and this allows others to be exposed to your web site address, and if they click on it, or if they are keen to find out more about your web site, they may launch a web browser and surf to your web site. There it is, you are getting free traffic going over to your web site.

2 of the most famous video sites are youtube.com and video.google.com. There are also many other such video sharing sites. You just go to google.com and search for them.

Some additional tips for video marketing:
a)    If you are trying to comment on youtube.com, you are not allowed to insert a generic domain name into your comments such as www.yourdomain.com. To work around this limitation imposed by YouTube, you may enter something similar to mydomain (dot) com, or mydomain-dot-com in order for your comments to appear. Most Internet users will be intelligent enough to get what you are trying to tell them! (Trust me, my experience tells me that many of those users will deliberately type in your web site address in a new browser window to visit your site if your offer or web site is compelling enough to attract them to go to!)

b)    Some videos owners may not allow your comments to appear under the comments column of their videos when they do their comments moderation for your comments for whatever reasons that they may have. If that is the case, you may want to look for other new videos to post your comments to attract the traffic that you want. Don’t waste your time asking them why your comments are moderated! :)

Try video marketing! It can be very fun. Of the many free traffic generation strategies and tips that I have tried out, video marketing has proven itself that it can be one of the fastest form of traffic generation, directly after Pay-Per-Click marketing!

One of the most powerful ways that you can drive targeted and free traffic to your web site or blog is via Articles Marketing! This is one method that I love best because it is totally free, effective and it builds credibility for you online! In terms of ROI for the time you spent on driving traffic, Articles Marketing is the best among all popular traffic generation strategies.

To put articles marketing in simple terms: this means that you write an article about a topic, submit the article to articles directories, then allows other web sites or individuals to use your article for their own use but with your author’s credits and copyrights intact so that you are still the legal owner of the article or contents that you have created.

Anyone can become an author and writer online if you want. And these are the steps that you can take to start your article marketing:

1.    Write an article on a topic that you are interested about.
2.    Find a popular article directory to submit your article to. One very popular article directory is ezinearticles.com or goarticles.com.
3.    Taking ezinearticles.com as an example, you can go to ezinearticles.com and sign up for a free account to start submitting your articles. Most article directories allow you to set up an online account for free.
4.    Upon successfully signing up for ezinearticles.com (or any article directories that you have chosen), submit your article to ezinearticles.com and wait for the editors at ezinearticles.com to approve your article.
5.    When your articles have been approved by ezinearticles.com, your article will appear on ezinearticles.com and you can reach out to potentially tens of thousands of traffic when you are being featured on ezinearticles.com.
6.    When your article appear on ezinearticles.com, many web sites or individuals/businesses will “pull” your article from ezinearticles.com and publish them on their web sites if they like what you write or if they think what you have written is relevant to what they are doing. What this means is that once you submitted your approved article to ezinearticles.com, you may potentially see many web sites all over the Internet featuring the article that you have written! What do you think this can do for you?

Articles marketing can help you to improve your visibility online and increases the likelihood of people finding you on the Internet.

Additional tips for you when you write your articles:
a)    Remember to include a link back to your web site in your resource/credit box so that you can direct traffic back to your web to collect opt-in, or to read your salesletter, or to buy something from you etc.
b)    Each article directory has their own rules and regulations for submission of articles, so ensure that you comply to all of them. Failure to do so means that your article will be rejected and you will need to re-edit the article and submit it again to ensure your compliance with their articles writing guidelines before your article will be approved.
c)    There are article submission services that can help you submit your articles to many articles directories. You can search for it online if you want to outsource this part.
d)    If you hate to write, you can also outsource your writing to some ghostwriters for a fee.

In summary, article marketing is a free, long-term strategy to generate web site traffic. To me, this is one of the best ways available to anyone because if you can do it right, you can do it only once, and get paid many times over and over again!

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Another free and relatively way to generate free traffic to your web site will be the use of forums.

As you already know, a forum is an online place where you can meet like-minded individuals with interest on the same topics. Traffic to a popular forum can be a lot and this is where you can leverage onto a forum’s popularity and tap into some of those free traffic to your own site.

There are a few ways that you can ‘steal’ some traffic from a forum legally.

1.    One way is to start up your own forum if you know how to.
Yes, start up a forum for yourself and attract traffic to your site. Usually, forums are targeted at certain topics and everyone in a particular forum is usually interested in the same topic. Plus the fact that traffic are usually repeated traffic, which means that a forum user will return to the same forum over and over again in order to participate in the forum discussions.

2.    Another way is to find forums that are relevant to what you are doing for your site and be a forum member there.
Signing up for a forum is usually free, so join the forum community that you are interested in and be part of the forum. Join in the discussions whenever you can and do provide useful and valuable information or advice to the forum community there. If you can build up credibility and a solid reputation for yourself in the forum, then at will even be better.

If  you are asking “Yes, I understand you, but how do I get traffic to my site from the forum?” Here are the answers (I will list down 2 common ways you can steal traffic from the forum that you are in) :

a)    Below each of your forum posting, you can include a forum signature below your post. A forum signature can often be a hyperlink to your web site or just a statement that you want to put across to your readers. Whenever someone sees it, there is a likelihood that someone may find it interesting and click on your forum signature. Most forums should allow a forum signature as many forums software allow a forum signature to be set, unless the forum owners or administrators disable this function. A popular forum discussion/thread can have many new and repeated views by forum visitors and you are exposing your forum signature to them. This increases your visibility online and increases the chance of someone clicking on it and going to your web site.

b)    The other way is to write or indicate your web site link in your forum postings. You may be asking someone to review your web site or give you some comments on your web site. Or maybe you have provided some useful information on your forum post and you can re-direct them to another web site whereby they can find more information on what you have posted. For example, the visitors may get a free report on another web site when they follow your link.

Take note that when you are doing this, be careful of what you are doing because if you are doing advertising blatantly without providing any real value to the forum community, you may be banned by some forum administrators because they will think that you are spamming their forums.

This is another free, time-tested and popular way of driving free traffic to your blog or web site.

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Today, I will talk about generating traffic via blogs. Besides than posting on your own blogs to create a following of readership for your own blogs, you can actually leverage on other blogs, especially popular ones, to increase traffic to your web site.

How do I find blogs to post? Read on to find out:

There are plenty of ways to do this. I will list a few of them below (note that they are not exhaustive):

1. Go to www.technorati.com and find blogs to post based on the topic that you are in. Use keywords to search for relevant blogs that you wish to locate and post.

2. Go to blogsearch.google.com. As usual, enter keywords to search for relevant blogs that you wish to post to.
3. To find more blog directories to locate more blogs, go to google.com and enter “blog search” as your keywords and you will be presented with a listing of blog directories. You can then use this to find the relevant blogs that you are looking for!

You may be asking “What do you do at other people’s blogs?”. These are some of the things you can do when you find other blogs relevant to what you are doing:

1. You can learn to appreciate what other bloggers are writing or doing, and give your comments on their blogs to show your appreciation or feedback. Most of the time,  you will be asked to enter your name, email address and web site address. Assuming that your comments are not moderated by the blog owners, your approved comments will appear on their blogs and this gives your web site some online exposure. Imagine your comments are appearing on a very popular blog, how do you think you will benefit from their traffic?

2. If you like something that you saw on a blog, you may post some good resources in return to share with the blog owners and their community, or even your own contents that you have produced if you sincerely and honestly believe that it will be of benefit to other people as well. In my own experience, I posted a special e-report online to share with many blog owners and it was downloaded by many people online.

3. You can ask for a link exchange. If you find a similar blog to what you are doing, you can politely ask for a link to your web site. You can reciprocate by putting a link back to their blog. Doing this will be beneficial to both of you as this provides exposure of each other’s blog to the other party’s community.

Apply the above steps consistently. I am sure you will get more traffic to your web site.