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How to Get More Traffic to Your Free Crochet Patterns

Updated on May 25, 2013
Broomstick Lace Chunky Crochet Scarf
Broomstick Lace Chunky Crochet Scarf | Source

How to Get More Traffic to Your Free Crochet Patterns

There are many websites that you can use to generate free traffic to your website. These websites are generally known as social media sites and they include sites, such as FaceBook, Google Plus, Twitter, StumbleUpon, RedGage, and the list goes on. In order for these sites to work for you, you have to have a large following. Depending on how active you are, it can take a long time to get that following.

And although the above sites are great, there are a few crochet oriented websites that you can go to in order to get even more targeted traffic. They include crochet pattern directories and crochet forums.

Many of the crochet sites listed are not only great for generating free traffic, but they are also a great place to build back links to your website. A back link is a link that the search engines, such as Google, can follow back to your website or blog. The more of these that you have, the more traffic you will get from the search engines. And search engine traffic is by far the best kind of traffic you can get in order to make money with your crochet patterns.

Crochet Pattern Directories

Crochet Pattern Central. Crochet pattern central is the largest online crochet pattern directory. The website is updated twice a week and links out to patterns from big companies like Bernat and Lion Brand, as well as to patterns from individual crochet designers. Submitting your link to this directory will pay off immediately as it gets a high volume of traffic every day.

Free Crochet Patterns. This is a website that I started a while back to promote my own crochet patterns. It is a rather small site with very few links, but it does grow a little each week when I have time to update it.

Crochet Pattern Bonanza. This is another free crochet pattern directory started by myself. This one is a picture directory, where you can actually see a picture of the pattern before you click on it. This is a fairly new website but it will grow with time.

AllFreeCrochet. This directory also allows you to submit your crochet patterns. It is a very professional directory and getting your patterns on the site is well worth it.

Dish and Washcloth Mania. This is a great crochet pattern directory that links out to kitchen and bath crochet patterns. For having only one main category, this site does very well at generating free traffic.

Crochet Forums

Crochet forums are a great place to get more traffic. Many people go there looking for patterns, for pattern help or just to socialize and build relationships. Most forums allow you to have a signature link with at least one or more links pointing to your website. As a result of this, forums are one of the quickest and easiest ways to build back links to your homepage in order to rank higher in the search engines.

Crochetville. CrochetVille is my favorite online crochet forum. It has over 56,000 active members, many of who are there simply to socialize with other like-minded crocheters. It is a great place to go to for crochet help, show off your finished items as well as to post links to your patterns. You can link to your free crochet patterns, as well as to patterns that you are selling.

Crochet Happy Forum. Crochet Happy Forum is not near as large as CrochetVille. It only has over a thousand members, but it is a forum that you can use to get more traffic coming to your website. Every little bit helps.

Crochet Me. CrochetMe has a super large number of members. The site allows you to post links to your patterns and engage with other members of the site. I just joined the site and look forward to making the most out of it.

Daily Crocheter. This site is known for featuring a daily pattern each day, but it also has a forum. I have not registered with it because up until recently I didn’t know that it even existed. It is not very often that one of my patterns is featured on the site, but when it is, I get a good amount of traffic to that page on that day. The site also has a directory of free crochet patterns.

Ravelry. This is a crochet and knitting hangout, where you can share your patterns, rate patterns and so much more. It gets a lot of traffic, so any link you can get on the site will bring you good traffic as well.

If you know of any other great places for back link building and generating free traffic, post them down below.

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    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      I might just do that cause you are the second person to recommend the site to me. I browsed through it the other day, and it looks promising. I just don't have any patterns to sell, but maybe I could work on that ;) Thanks!!

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      Sara Duggan 

      6 years ago from California

      I love Craftsy - @Rhelena you should join. They just started letting you sell your patterns on their plus it costs nothing - no fees at all.

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      Barbara Kay, Thank you so much for the invitation. It sounds like a great group to join and I'll be signing up shortly.

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      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      Rhelena, Join my free patterns group at Yahoo. Its just bbadder2000@yahoogroups.com Everytime you list a free pattern or a listing, you can submit it to the group. If you'd like to delete this post from your comments, that's fine. You'll get several 100, up to 1000 visits that way.

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      @ksschimmel, It's amazing how much faster broomstick lace is than regular crochet. Thank you for the feedback.

      @PWalker, Crochet Pattern Central is awesome! I hadn't heard of Craftsy, but will check it out. Thank you for the tip and for rating it up.

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      PWalker281 

      6 years ago

      While I have patterns (free and for sale) at Ravelry and have commented on crochet forums with a back link to my blog's home page, I am just starting to get my free patterns published in crochet directories like Crochet Pattern Central. So far, I have 3 patterns posted at Craftsy.com. This is something I'm definitely going to be doing more of in 2012, so I'll have to bookmark the hub for future reference.

      Thanks so much for sharing this valuable info. Rated up and (very) useful!

    • kschimmel profile image

      Kimberly Schimmel 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I love the broomstick scarf photo. My Mom and I learned the broomstick technique from a Lee Ward's Needlecraft book in the 70s. I still use it when I want something quick, yet lacy.

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