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How Not to Get Site Traffic

Written by Ryan Ambrose  · November 10, 2008

All traffic is not created equal. There are plenty of methods to generate website traffic, but there are also plenty of methods to waste your time and money as you try in vain to get worthwhile hits. Unfortunately, there are also far too many people willing to sell you the kind of bad traffic you don’t want.

If you’re trying to sell something or get a sign-up, you need interested traffic. Not all methods produce interested traffic, and here are a few to avoid.

  • Expired Domain Name Traffic: Sites that sell this sort of traffic say that they’re redirecting some of the combined traffic from the tons of expired domain names they own to you for a fee. And yes, if you buy this sort of traffic, you get hits. Unfortunately, you don’t get anything else, and you can’t even confirm that your hits are real.

  • Pop-up/Pop-under traffic: When a company advertises that it can send you tens of thousands of hits for some ridiculously cheap price, they might be talking about pop-up or pop-under traffic. The problem is that you could be getting traffic from a pop-up or pop-under placed on any kind of site. That site isn’t necessarily related to yours, which means this kind of traffic is hit-or-miss at best.

  • FFA (Free for All) sites: Also called link farms, FFA sites are sites where you and everyone else can list a link and a description of your site for free. The first problem with this is that the links are constantly rotating, so yours won’t last long. The second is that not only will you not get traffic, exposure, or a back link credit from a search engine from an FFA site, but you’ll wind up with a ton of spam because they’ll want an opt-in to their list in exchange for letting you post a link.

  • Anything that sounds too good to be true: A zillion hits for next to no money? Blasts your link to tens of thousands of sites for free? Chances are they’re advertising some junk traffic technique or another, and that all you’ll get is wasted time and money.

Some ways to get traffic to your site just aren’t worth it. As frustrated as you might be by only getting a trickle, don’t waste your time or money on junk traffic.

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My name is Ryan Ambrose, and I’m one of the co-authors of Can I Make Big Money Online.

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7 Responses to “How Not to Get Site Traffic”

  1. Jeremy from Outcome3 on November 10th, 2008 2:40 pm

    It’s amazing how people can focus so much on traffic, but so little on their bottom line. A billion people can rush to your store, but what if no one wants what you have to offer? It’s never one-size-fits-all. Never.

  2. Lazy Slacker on November 11th, 2008 10:52 pm

    I have to agree. Quality traffic matters. Where does it come from?

    search engines and word of mouth.

    How do generate it? Content!

    Content is the king. Make sure that you putting high quality content, fresh and useful ideas and people will find you and stay.

    Throw in some SEO work along with quality content and you’re golden (literally)

  3. Jayden Fellze on November 14th, 2008 1:18 am

    The right sites and the right products matter a lot in your getting the kinda traffic you would want to see. Too much hype about a product and expired domains create only havoc and you will land up in not getting the traffic as well as earn nothing. Better exercise caution.

  4. isabelle newton on November 20th, 2008 4:00 am

    There’s so much bad info around promising to send you traffic, make you money, get you to page one of Google in a day etc. You just have to use common sense and like Jayden said – excercise caution – when entering into these sorts of dealings.

  5. Jermaine Fitzgerald on December 16th, 2008 7:02 pm

    If you have content that people can use you will have a better reader base. Less spam, more comments, more subscribers and a better quality site over all. Traffic more traffic does not mean more sales. Junk is junk.

  6. makemoneyonline on April 12th, 2009 10:25 pm

    I think it’s this one is good tips to avoid unwanted traffic. To promote the product you have to content the many people for get better quality of traffic.

  7. Stuart Letterman on June 29th, 2009 6:50 am

    More than often new people to internet marking are trying to “hack” Google or pull some kind of trick to beat the search engines. Unless their really clever THEY WON’T SUCEED! Give it up people…