Three more effective but less often used traffic sources

Thu 18 March 2010 17:47, Stijn De Meyere

Three more effective but less often used traffic sources

Yesterday I summed up two effective traffic sources that are often forgotten: Google Image Search and well-ranked YouTube Videos. But of course those are not the only ones. Here are three more. If you are tired of competing on the same saturated fields as every other online marketer, invest in one of these traffic platforms and enjoy near untouched traffic and marketing success.

1) Popular tweets and Tumblr updates

Tweets are now indexed by Google, and though other search engines do not index them, can be a valuable traffic asset.

As with other search-based traffic generation methods, success with indexed tweets and Tumblr updates depends on context and keywords. Look for valuable keywords and trending topics, and put out tweets that have the potential to rank. Tweets also start defining organic search results as such.

2) Yahoo Answers and Google Newsgroups

Yahoo Answers was once a popular traffic resource, but it quickly fell victim to spam and shady advertising methods. Now valuable again, Yahoo Answers, Google Newsgroups, and Yahoo's own group feature can be great sources of contextual traffic.

Post valuable discussion and you could find your signature or profile links receiving some welcome extra clicks.

3) Forum topics and popular discussions

Almost all of the internet's most popular forums have open registration, allowing almost anyone to create a thread on an ultra-popular and authoritative website.

With some quality discussion under your belt, it may even be possible to market your commercial business on one.

Thanks to the search authority of most major discussion boards, a well crafted topic title can end up quickly appearing as a first-page result for Google search terms and related keywords.

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