My 3 Steps To Viral Internet Traffic:
You can get free internet traffic from sites like StumbleUpon, Digg, Flickr and Facebook today. Live people, by the millions, are right there just waiting to visit your site. What will you do with all that internet traffic? Build and monetize a niche website, put together a content-rich and SEO deep forum, or start a social gaming empire? Any way you use this key to finding subscribers and a posse is on you, but the more people I can help make money online, the better. Quality internet traffic helps you in meeting this goal. Getting thousands of real visitors and you becoming one of the most popular websites in your niche is the goal of this article.
I have three steps that every time has helped me get internet traffic in the thousands daily, month after month. This is a 1-2-3 setup guide from idea to active site, bringing you viral traffic and visitors in hours. It’s not hype, I’m not selling anything, you must care about the content you create to move forward with this. This plan and these tips work for all social networks that allow sharing, so get those creative juices flowing now.
This advice might not be for everyone. It’s just MY guide and shortcut to internet traffic generation which I know works. Some might be re-stating the obvious, another technique might be of use.
Take away from this what you can!
Step 1: Unique, thus viral, content for your internet traffic!
This process is very specific in the type of content used. For this example, we are looking at images and graphics. These steps can really help improve the visibility of any type of content you are pushing, but for today, the niche is images. You don’t have to look far to find research and facts as to how often images are shared, the global footprint and sustainability, how they are such beautiful little ‘content in a frame’ items that users love to click, view, and share. It’s a hot, well-flowing market filled with potential. One tab in a browser opened to your site from even a small percentage of global internet traffic can be enough to send your hosting provider into a hissy.
What you have to decide is how do YOU carve a foothold?
So start thinking. Can you create unique images yourself? Can you network with others who can provide unique images for your site? Perhaps through a joint venture forum or other social network? Deciding how you can use images to create a presence is fundamental. Select a method and as you produce original content, you’ll find a real opportunity to see what really works when making a viral image or post work. In my case (and THIS will be a whole ‘nother post!) the niche I went after was infographics.
There are great tools available like MemeGenerator.net so you don’t need Photoshop experience for any of this. You can use MS Paint if you like. I have! However, the better your ability to manipulate images, the more doors you have open in this venture. Any beginner can use a meme generator to get internet traffic to a website.
Whatever your choice, you need to be able to provide something a little unique – as in anything, content is king. Just a LITTLE innovation here will go a LONG way for your website traffic! Spend some time brainstorming. The right slant to your brand of images can equal gold. As some of these images show and I’ve explained, the modification does NOT have to be complicated to get free internet traffic in the millions. We just love pictures!
Step 2: Use a theme easy for visitors to navigate!
Keep it simple and keep it clean. I used a WordPress theme that appears to be no longer available called Gallery Theme Pro, but many others are available. The name of the game in this is Call To Action, ease of subscription and sharing, and aesthetics (does it look good, do example images appear right in how they are viewed).
You can mainly go two ways on your home page. Either a gallery-type with multiple thumbnails, or a ‘Tumblr’ type, which is more like a blog. I prefer connecting visitors to the wide variety of images available first, and so I chose a gallery look. It’s your call. Four examples of differing formats can be found at DailyInfographic.com and uberhumor.com, or two in the gallery direction at wallbase.cc and iInfographic.com. Think about how you want your image content to be displayed in a manner that’s pleasing to the eye and functional, and also that you can work with easily.
There are plenty of free WordPress themes available to accomplish your goals with this.
I strongly encourage you at this point to integrate the use of social sharing buttons somewhere on the home page, preferably the upper-right. This will immediately be present and accessible to your visitors and you want to make it as easy as you can for them to click or enter an email and opt-in. This is where passing on your post to their network is your Call To Action and emphasis. Make it too easy and pleasing for them to do so. For two examples of an effective integration, my site uses a couple different options above and below (pictured).
Or, consider a theme with the follow/subscribe easily accessible and available on the upper left, like Smart Blog (seen below) from Theme Junkie. Innovative look, and an easily-spotted and usable subscription box for visitors. I really like this option and it’s well worth looking at, possibly even more effective if the floating plugin mentioned below is used. Raising your conversion rate and capturing subscribers is Job One, and making it as easy as possible for the flow of internet traffic to your site to do so is always a priority.
You can also opt for the ‘floating’ share buttons that usually hover on the left hand side of the page, wherever the user scrolls the page, to make sure you’re always there and available for clicking. This is definitely beneficial for the larger gallery and Tumblr style blog and highly recommended! You can do this easily with a plugin like Digg Digg. SavvySexySocial.com uses this technique very well in the picture below.
Alternatively, you can offer a toolbar that sticks to the bottom of your site and offers share options, via websites like Gigya and Wibiya, as in the picture below on Social Media Examiner.href="http://comluv.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/wibiya-and-social-media-examiner.png">