12 Methods to get free traffic for you website

Since Panda/Farmer updates have occurred many of us have experienced a loss in traffic due to SEO changes as well as major changes within the Article Directories for all of us who were into Article Marketing. 

My new favorite ways of getting free traffic include:

1.YouTube Videos - where I optimize a video and get traffic through Youtube and Google

2.Social Traffic - through social networking sites but also through services such as YouLikeHits.com (you can bring in lots of traffic this way directly to your website). 

3.Groups and Forums - Yahoo and Google groups can be great ways of bringing in targeted traffic to your sites along with forums on the topic of your niche. This isn't really a new way for me but I thought it was worth mentioning.
4. Twitter Customization – If you are incorporating Twitter along with your Facebook Fan Page marketing promotions you can easily customize the background and even add the url to your fanpage in your “Bio” box. Remember: Twitter Bio’s are limited to 160 characters so keep it short and sweet.

5. Ask Your Twitter Followers To “Like” Your Page – Simple and easy. Even though you might have your Twitter background and Twitter Bio customized to include your fanpage url, some people literally have to be “hit in the face with a sledgehammer” to get your point across. The fact is, if they are following you, it’s for a reason (usually, unless they are just “serial” followers”) in which case, those creepo’s are near worthless anyways so who cares. The ones who do care “should” be more than happy to oblige you by liking your fanpage and of course it shows up on their profile and hopefully this method pays off to where there friends see their “likes” and will join in on all the goodness you have to offer.

6. Suggest Friends And Lure “Your” Friends Into Suggesting Friends – Listen it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there in Online advertising and if you’re a tightwad who is looking for all the free traffic you can get your hands on then it’s time to go to work here. Use the “suggest to friends” feature but use it wisely. You might piss some people off. In your closest circle of friends and family, ask them to suggest it to friends as well. This should get your Facebook Fan Page a kickstart with likes.

7. Tag Your Own Page – When posting an update on someone’s Wall, tag your site using the @ sign creating a hyperlink back to your page. This works well when responding to ‘friend requests’ or posting an invitation to visit your page. Again, use this wisely so you don’t piss the whole world off.

8. Email Signature Is A Must – With every email you send out whether it be in your personal or autoresponders you should include a link to your fanpage. Each email is a chance to get a new like. You would be surprised how well this works. You can even include a small snippet of text in your email signature but again, use this wisely and don’t be overly promotional. If you want a good tip for personal emails, use WiseStamp for Firefox.

9. Write and submit articles to the article directories.
10. Leave comments on other people’s blogs with a backlink to your site.
11. Answer people’s questions on Yahoo! Answers - Home.
12. Post in forums and have a link to your site in your signature.