Does anyone here use unorthodox traffic-getting methods? I'm not takling black-hat methods or anything illegal here, just unusual non-mainstream methods. Techniques perhaps, that would make the rest of us say "Why didn't I think of that"?
Think of a subject: Google it: Keep doing this until you find a subject with few Google pages: Research it and write it and count your money.
PS I don't do this, incidently! Bob
I kidnap people and hold them at gunpoint until they visit my site.
I get some views through Google images - did not think of it as a way to get traffic; my photos just led to the viewing of the articles that they were part of.
I use RedGage for links - not just the links section, I have added links as part of my profile page there to my HubPages articles and my web-pages too.
Hope this info. is of use to you or someone, not exactly inspirational as an idea, though is it.
Do you mean like taking the url from doing a Google search after submitting a Goggle search keyword term that brings a result with your url in it to Pingler or Pingomatic so other bots search the page to find your link?
Not only - could I 'not think of that' now someone else has posted it I cannot even understand it.
You could join Soda Head, where you can link to hubs by asking a question.
It's sort of like a facebook site for people that like to debate. . .er. . . .argue.
I sometimes backlink there in the form of questions, and if you used the AddThis extension for either Chrome or Firefox, you can add sodahead as an option for sharing with the AddThis extension.
I second Sodahead as a good choice. I've gained a little bit of traffic from there although not a considerable amount of traffic.
As well as google images putting relevant links in place in flickr photo's seems to be a good thing for some traffic and seo
I recently took some photo's while marshalling of a local marathon race, uploaded them to flickr with a link to one of my endurance sports training hubs and gained a small amount of traffic.
I've heard tumblr is good too but not experimented with that
Tumblr. . . . .some folks are just tumblr stars. I ALWAYS link to tumblr. . . .and hardly get any direct views from there at all.
. .. .but that's probably because I hardly ever read anyone else's tumblr stuff, really.
Tumblr has been working for me, but I also had a blog there for more than a year before I joined HubPages. You have to tag the crap out of your posts though and possibly add a description, or else people think you're leading them to adult sites.
There are many ways to get traffic, but none of them are going to be quite useful to you. You could easily get 100,000 people to your website but if it is not traffic that is going to like your site and they aren't going to click your ads then they are going to do more harm than good. I would work on your SEO and your SERPS. Traffic will come in time by doing this, and it will be traffic that you want. I worked hard on my site, I created it 4 months ago and I now have a Page Rank 4 on Google.
I have been told that people use sock puppets as a means to drive traffic to their sites, I dont know how successful this is
+1 too this comment. Sock puppets are brilliant.
Waste of time, actually. Sock puppets will only work to drive traffic within HubPages. The HubPages community is tiny - if you're going to make money here, you need to stop thinking of the community as customers to be exploited.
The community here are your friends and your peers - your customers are out there on Google and Yahoo. The way to get real traffic is to work out how to get ranked on the search engines.
Significantly outdo, in terms of quality, the articles that are showing up as #1 and #2 in the SERP. It won't give you an immediate traffic boost, but it does set you up for a nice stream of traffic if you're willing to be patient.
There are no unorthodox methods to generating traffic. The best way to get people to visit your page or blog is through quality content. Here is my way of building a blog.
1. Keyword rich title.
2. Create 10 quality blog posts. Post 1 a day for 10 days.
3. Publish the blog.
4. Ping the blog after the 10th day and after each subsequent blog post.
5. Publish 3 or more posts per week.
6. Publish each post and blog homepage to digg, stumbleupon, and reddit. There are others but these are the 3 I use.
7. Wait. Quality traffic takes time. Nothing is going to happen overnight. Do not give up.
A Do It Yourself Approach
Build 4 -5 of own websites focused on your own major topics. You can but a url for $10 or so, and host them for $3 each a month. Build the Page Rank of these sites via backlinking. Once they get to Ranks of 2 or 3 add you HP urls as lists on the home page, or in text on these sites. Once established - this is the easiest way to build backlinks! It works! You have total control. You can get revenue from these pages!
Google loves me this I know 'cause my article page ranks told me so.
You asked about unorthodox methods of gaining readership, well I have a few ideas that I actually use. My hub links can be found on many business advertising sites. Most of them no longer work as the sub domain change knocked them out.
My business hubs are hard to optimize as they have too much competition. Advertising them on business sites draws readers who are interested in the subject if it's approached properly.
I have been telling anyone who would listen IBOtoolbox is a good place to advertise. People who write on Hub pages are business people and I am guessing some earn more from their hubs than some of the people who advertise there. I have used hubs written by others as the URL people who read my blogs should visit.
If you want more information look me up.
Thats when you edit wikipedia and drop your link. Or it could be when you leave a comment on the discussion page of a wikipedia. Or it could be commenting on high pr technorati or digg comments sections or... oh the list goes on and on and on .... don't get me started about youtube links .. that's real blackhat..
My husband is much more active on facebook than I am. I force him (in ways best not discussed) to post links to my articles.
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