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Six Unconventional Methods to get Extra Traffic to your Blog, Website, or Articles

Updated on January 13, 2015

Everyone wants to get extra traffic to their hubs - increased traffic usually leads to an increase in earnings. But for some people, the standard strategies of backlinking and sharing just doesn't bring in enough traffic. If you think that you have quality content, but are lacking the readership that you want, then perhaps it's time to try one of these unconventional methods to increase your traffic.

Business Cards

If you are serious about making money online, you should treat it like a business endeavor complete with a business plan and business cards. By getting business cards made with your URL or link on it, you can quickly begin to spread your message to every person that you meet. Don't feel like investing the funds into getting some business cards professionally printed? You can download a template here and print them out at home. Not only will business cards help you see an increase in traffic, they will help to establish yourself as a professional blogger, article marketer, and/or web entrepreneur.

With Google Earth and Panoramio, the increase in traffic to your site could be out of this world.
With Google Earth and Panoramio, the increase in traffic to your site could be out of this world. | Source

Google Earth/Panoramio

This method works really well if you like to travel and take pictures. Essentially all you need to do is upload some great photographs with your copyright information and a link on it to Panoramio and wait for Google to approve it for viewing in Google Earth. Many of my photographs get 100+ views per day; I'm sure you can see the value in adding a small link to your photographs. If you want to take this method to the next level, you can even write relevant hubs about a specific location or object and link to that hub with an image in Google Earth.

To avoid breaking the Panoramio/Google Earth photo policy, make sure that your copyright notice/link is very small and discreet. By using a small font and a shortened URL, place the text in the lower right or lower left hand corner of the image. Remember, Panoramio and Google Earth isn't intended to be a way for people to advertise their site, so use this strategy wisely.

Craigslist/Free Classified Sites

I originally got this idea from Bendo13, but have since improved upon it slightly. Essentially what you need to do is create an "advertisement" for one of your hubs or articles and post it on a free classified site such as Craigslist. The idea is to entice readers to come to your page by offering them something free, such as knowledge, how-to articles, and tips to help them improve their life. Sites like Craigslist only allow you to place three ads per day, but over time you could potentially have hundreds of ads in hundreds of cities all pointing people back to your high quality articles and blogs. In addition to placing classified ads, you can post your links in the discussion boards available in each city's section. This strategy probably won't work for every hub that you have written or website that you own, but it can still be a very productive method to increase your traffic if done ethically and correctly.


Snail Mail Marketing

Sometimes going back to the basics and mailing people advertisements is a good way to get traffic to your site. This strategy does require a substantial investment, but if done right the rewards could be well worth your time. To begin using this method you need to create a unique advertisement that is both eyecatching and informative. Make sure to include enough information to entice potential readers to go to your website or blog to read more. Don't forget to stress the great things that you have to offer them either (free stuff of course).

Once you have made an advertisement, you need to get a mailing list and start sending them out. Fortunately for you, addresses are a public record and shouldn't be too hard to find. For example, most cities and counties these days have online databases filled with thousands of addresses just waiting for the arrival of your mail. Also, don't forget to keep your marketing legal by paying for postage.

Due to the heavy investment of this strategy, I recommend waiting until you have a substantial amount of articles to offer potential readers before sending out any mailers. I would also recommend weighing the economics of this strategy as you may end up spending more money in postage than you would make in revenues from increased traffic.

Write Controversial Content

Simply put, controversial content gets more readers. If you can manage to write something that is controversial, readers will likely share it with others. In addition to this, many people will feel the need to voice their opinion on the subject. What ever subject you write about, creating controversial content is sure to stir up the pot and bring in a boat load of traffic. For example, the most popular controversial topic on HubPages has to be the never ending debate about evolution versus creationism.

However, I must warn you to tread lightly when it comes to controversial subjects. If you take this strategy too far, it could backfire and cause you to lose all your readership in the long run. Therefore, make sure that your controversial articles are well written, thoroughly researched, and filled with strong fact-based information.

Change a Computer's Default Homepage

This method will take some time to implement and it's something that I don't necessarily recommend (as a fellow hubber pointed out, this could violate the Google Adsense TOS). All you need to do is set your URL as the homepage on every public computer that you use. You could go to your local library or college campus and change all of the browser's homepages to load to your site. If you are a blogger or avid user of HubPages, you could direct people to your profile or even a landing page. Most likely your efforts will be thwarted by the head of IT, but before they undo your changes, you will definitely see an increase the amount of traffic to your website or blog.


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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      Tara Anderton - Craiglist works surprisingly well if you have some good hubs to target the people on that site. I hear a lot of people posting links to their "How to make money" hubs. Good luck, I hope you see the traffic that I have seen.

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      Tara Anderton 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Queensland

      The Craiglist one is tops going to give it a try!

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      Michael Ward 5 years ago from Texas

      Haha I'm going to try the last idea. My sense of adventure is whispering in my ear saying "do it do it".

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for the ideas!

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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      incomeguru - That is a good point. It would be good for everyone to read the AdSense TOS again and use the homepage strategy wisely.

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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      Kris Heeter - Craigslist is great for getting traffic! I have referred over 50 users to WebAnswers with this technique.

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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      CloudExplorer - Yeah, it's true that establishing great relationships is probably better for your traffic than any advertising gimmick. Properly branding yourself online will also do more in the long run as well. However, it doesn't hurt to take advantage of the many free advertising opportunities that exist all around us everyday.

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Very interesting article, useful tips and ideas. Thanks.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      This is a great know how. thank you for sharing the tips. Voted up.

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Love the suggestions, like the Google earth one, now that I have a nice iphone. don't like craigslist much anymore because of frequent hackers and problems with emails afterwards.

      Nice Hub. Voting Up etc. Thanks

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      jacqui2011 5 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Such an interesting hub that you have written. I would never have thought of many of these methods for promoting yourself and your work. Some really great ideas here. Voted up and useful.

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      Oyewole Folarin 5 years ago from Lagos

      Setting your HP profile page or other adsense related website as the computer homepage in public library could have your adsense account banned. Even classified ads should not be over used, except if you're promoting affiliate products.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Great tips! Would never have thought of Craigs list! Thanks:)

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for the useful hub here. There were three ideas offered up that I'd not thought of before.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      These ideas are clever and unique. I never heard of hubpages before until I read about them in the classified section at Career Builder. I will give these a try. Thanks for sharing these!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      well, i really find it unconventional, especially the last tip...i may have to try it for computers not controlled by admin...great hub...

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      Raj Lally Batala 5 years ago from Chicago ,USA

      very good tips !

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      The last one was truly funny indeed, I like all the methods here, and I've tried many of them for my official website, but many of them don't budge people. I think establishing relationships and networking does much better, but that's if your a peoples person I guess.

      Cool hub here, and I think your being wise to look for alternative methods to getting the word out, I might add, try being more alert to your viewers, because that helps in repeat visitors especially in the sharing factors on hubpages. Thanks for sharing such a useful and well written hub.

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is a fabulous Hub! What great information. I will be implementing these ideas ASAP. Thanks for sharing.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Wow, this is a really interesting article. I particularly like your suggestion for getting photos on Google Earth. I had no idea this was possible. Nor had I thought of craigslist. Not sure I’d have the confidence to carry go round changing home pages in libraries though.

      I also really like what you’ve written in your last comment, and I do think it’s true. The quality of the articles is so important because if they are good enough people naturally want to share - as I am doing with this one!

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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      onlooker - You don't have to write commercially to make money with Hubpages. In fact, most of my content is written as a reference for myself and others and isn't commericail in nature.

      If you write really great articles, you really won't have to worry about doing a bunch of stuff to get extra traffic anyway. High quality and well written content is automatically placed high in the search engine results. If you write it, they will come.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      I really don't have the knack to write commercial stuff, like top 10 this and best of that so i haven't even activated my adsense account yet. But if i ever do, i will definitely come bk to this article =)thank you!

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      Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Some very interesting ideas that I will have to experiment with. I have an account on Craigslist, but never thought about implementing what you have shared. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What excellent ideas, especially the Craigslist and Google Earth. I'll be bookmarking this and voting it Up and Interesting.

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Interesting ideas for extra traffic. Thanks!