4 Controversial Ways To Get Traffic For Your Website

Webmasters use many ways to get traffic for their websites, with conventional methods including pay-per-click, search engine optimization, and blogging. But as competition has increased, webmasters have resorted to some very creative means to get visitors and minimize advertising costs.

Below we list some very effective, yet controversial ways to get traffic.

1. Hire others for a penny.

Believe it or not, there is a huge on-demand workforce ready to accept simple projects for modest payouts starting at just 1¢! Where do you find these workers? Go to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Using this system, you can easily hire workers to help advertise your website. Some ‘jobs’ that we’ve seen posted by webmasters include requests for inbound links or blog articles advertising their websites.

2. Plaster your links all over the planet.

Perhaps the most common method, this can bring floods of traffic. The most successful webmasters target high traffic websites such as Craigslist, MySpace, social bookmarking sites like Digg and StumbleUpon, Wikipedia, and Woot (circa midnight). Some other great places to include links are forum signitures and blog comments.

Of course, there is a thin line between website promotion and spam, so if you opt for this method, try not to be blatantly advertising your website. If you leave a forum post or blog comment, add something useful to the dialogue.

3. Write about incendiary topics.

One of the main things that draw people to websites is content. And if the content is particularly interesting or inflammatory, you are likely to have a lot of visitors coming to your website so that they can read your article or blog entry, and offer their two cents.

You don’t have to believe what you say, but just put something out therer to start a discussion.

4. Strategically acquire domain names.

If you have money to spend, you can buy high traffic domain names and then point them to your website. However, in most cases this will be unrealistic. What some people have done instead, is to buy common misspellings of popular domains and get free traffic that would have been going to another website. (Note: This might be a bad idea. Google, for example, has won many lawsuits against websites who used misspellings of their trademarked name.)

Additionally, you can also buy keyword-packed domain names and direct these to your website, thus giving visitors various entry points.


While we do not advocate these methods, it is interesting to see what some webmasters are doing. It is also important to note that these tactics may not deliver high quality traffic to your website.

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4 Responses to “4 Controversial Ways To Get Traffic For Your Website”

  • TV Kota October 14, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    it really hard to get traffic. I have try many ways but my traffic still under 100 visitor a day.

  • John March 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

    It is hard to get the traffic at first but once your site gets popular may be in an years time you will get traffic for sure that is if you have unique content or product out there…

  • SFaith December 26, 2009 at 5:59 am

    This is the biggest hurdle I face with my sites–getting traffic. I like the Craigslist idea but I’m not sure how I would implement it. I don’t have a product to sell. I just want to drive traffic and build backlinks to my sites.

    Anyway, thanks for yet another great idea!

  • Jay February 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Nice post. Traffic is extremely difficult to generate in the short term, but using the right techniques over time will pay off. I’ve tried using Craigslist, but I find that you will often see your posts removed so I no longer waste my time.


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