How To Generate Viral Traffic Pt1

July 28th, 2009 by admin Leave a reply »

Provide quality content, products, or service

Providing quality content, products, or service is by far the best way to build your reputation, and build repeat traffic to your site.  Research has shown that on average, when someone has a positive experience they will tell two other people about that experience.  On the other hand, if they have had a bad experience, they will tell seven other people.  That act of telling others is how the viral traffic generation techniques start.  If your customers never tell anyone else about you and your site, you are back to doing all of the marketing on your own.

To build returning customers to your site, you need to establish a reputation as an expert in your field, very entertaining, or someone who has unique insights.  That does not happen if all you are offering is cheap, recycled drivel that you found on someone else’s website.  Make sure that what you offer is your own work, and something that is different from what can be found on every other website.

As your reputation as an expert increases, other websites and bloggers will start to pay attention to your website.  They will begin to talk about what you are doing, and will even give links from their website to yours.  Suddenly every one of their readers becomes a potential customer.  The higher the quality of material you produce, the more often your site will be linked to.  Each link to your site is an avenue for new visitors to your business.

If you do not think you have the ability to create something that will touch people like it needs to, you may have to spend the money and hire someone else to do it for you.  Fortunately for you, there are a lot of service that will put you in touch with freelance writers, site designers, and program designers.  If you have an idea about what you want, chances are there is someone available to do it for you.  If you are willing to take a chance on a freelancer who has not yet established themselves, you can often find one that will work for a low wage in exchange for the experience the job will give them.  Be careful though; often times you get what you pay for.  Make sure the work you get is up to the standards necessary to appeal to your audience.

Give Something Away

One of the best early examples of building a business by giving something away is Hotmail.  Hotmail gave away free email services and email addresses free to anyone who signed up for one, and a lot of people did (and still do).  Today millions of users have Hotmail addresses.

What made hotmail successful was one of the early successes of viral traffic building on the internet.  At the bottom of every email that was sent through one of the free Hotmail accounts was a message telling others how they could get a free Hotmail account.  Every time a Hotmail user sent a message, they were helping spread the name of Hotmail.

How did Hotmail make any money off of free accounts?  They did it by offering premium services to their customers such as additional storage space, and the ability to send emails without any advertising attached.

Hotmail became successful enough that in 1997, less than 2 years after it was created, it boasted over 8 million users and was purchased by Microsoft.  It is still one of the top web based email services in the world.

While you may not be able to achieve the same amount of buzz that Hotmail was able to generate, it does demonstrate the power of getting your message out be attaching it to something that people are willing to share with their friends, family, and co-workers.

Do not discount the fact that people love to get things for free.  If it looks interesting, and it is free, people are more than happy to give it a try.  While it is easy to get them to try your offer initially, it is a different challenge to get them to continue using it once the novelty has worn off.

Repeated use is critical for your success because multiple exposures will cement your companies name in your customer’s minds.  People are more likely to buy something from a company they have heard of than from one they have not heard of.  They might not even know how or why they know the name, but that sense of familiarity will make them more susceptible to your message.

What ever you are offering has to be functional, easy to use, and add value to the user.  You customers have to feel that it is worth their time and effort to pass the information along.  Then, and only then, will they be willing to tell their friends and family what they have found.

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  1. Nicely said. The style makes it a lot easier to read even for non english speakers.

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