Here’s the thing, getting web traffic isn’t hard. Really, it not! If you need groceries, you go to the grocery store, and if you need traffic, you go to the traffic store! There are a TON of ways to buy traffic out there through PPC ads and things like that, and you can get immediate results with these. But, if you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to spend any money on traffic right now, don’t worry! There are ways to get free traffic and we are going to go through a few of them right now!

#1 Search Engine Optimization

Now this one is a little deceiving, since unless you do all the SEO work yourself, it won’t necessarily be free up front. But once you have solid rankings (meaning that you are coming up at the top of search results when people are searching for things in your market) you don’t have to pay for those clicks. This is a powerful way to get a ton of customers, but it’s a very long-term approach. It’s certainly something all serious business owners should be thinking about and doing, but if you need traffic right now, it won’t help you.

#2 Social Media & Social Bookmarking

If you’re looking to get free traffic, social media is a great place to start. Start posting regularly from your social media accounts. (This will work best when combined with paid social media ads, but if you’re on a really tight budget, you can post for free) If you’re not putting money into it, it’s another longer term approach. You need to start building a following and then start advertising to them.

Social bookmarking is another great source. Creating tons of posts on social bookmarking sites, (Reddit, Digg, etc.) will not only give you a little bit of link juice (helpful for SEO) but it also is a good way to get your links found and get traffic for free.

#3 Press Releases

If you create press releases related to your industry and your business and then post them on certain press release sites, you can often get them picked up by local news sources. Then they will post your article on their website, which, if you include a link to your site, can get you some serious traffic.

This one is pretty tricky, and takes time to get good at, but once you’ve got a system, you can get press releases out very fast, and get a ton of free traffic.

#4 Other Sources

There are a number of other sources for free traffic and there are some ways to speed up some of the processes outlined above. But they require some explanation, so rather than making this article super long, we’ve created a PDF guide with 24 ways to get traffic to your website right now with detailed explanations for each one. If you want to get that now, just enter your email below!

Avoid Gimmicks and Scams

There are a ton of websites offering free traffic at the click of a button, and they will give you traffic, but it will be from places like Pakistan and India and won’t be actual potential customers. And this type of traffic can actually hurt your website’s standing with big internet powers like Google. So if someone is offering you free traffic for nothing, it’s a scam.


The take-home message from this should be that there are ways to get free traffic to your website, but it is pretty tricky and usually takes quite a while to get going. You’re going to have to spend a lot of time working on it, and time is money, as they say.

So if you need traffic right this second, you’re going to have to spend a little bit of money. It doesn’t have to be a ton, and if you’ve got a good system in place, you’ll certainly make a profit! So start testing things out, and once you have a solid system that you know will make two dollars (or more) for every one dollar you put in, just ramp it up and start making profits!