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How do you get visitors with a zero budget?

 8:52 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am only 15 so I really don't have a budget. I was wondering if anybody knew of ways to get tons of visitors without a budget, other than search engines.



 8:58 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Do something newsworthy on your web pages. Let's hope it doesn't involve loss of life or limb (though that is perhaps the most proven route for 15-year olds to get lots of visitors to their websites).


 9:03 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks, that really helps. LOL


 9:08 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Have you tried Brett's classic yet? If so, reread it...if not, read it, and then reread it. ;-)



 9:10 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes, i have read it, its great. I am just working on content right now. So can search engines tell that you have a lot of content on a site?


 9:16 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Write something controversial, get noticed by a few bloggers. Be prepared for a little heat.

Auction your soul on E-bay, with links to your site and photos showing your soul's "aura."

Post a photo of an old barn with the paint faded and peeling off. Announce that the virgin Mary's image appeared in the pattern, obviously a miracle. Give a challenging code for how to find the location.

Pick a subject you either know a lot about or ar very interested in. Start a website about it, write lots of articles, keep them search engine friendly. See Brett's classic post on how to make this a success:

It's not recent, but it's still what works. If you lack for stunning and original ideas, this is the way to go.

Good luck, it is possible. I run all my sites with no paid advertising. Stay active here, follow the suggestions, and I look forward to reading your post on what a success you are at age 16.



 9:17 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Oops, they beat me to it!

Yes, search engines are pretty good at sniffing out what a site offers, as long as you use reasonable navigation.

Here's another one with thoughts on CONTENT:


 9:21 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks, I never really thought about getting links at blogs. Thanks so much for everything. This is the best forum in the world!


 9:28 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Also, if you know people with a popular website, ask if they will link to yours. (It's not recommended to do this in any kind of automated way, I'm talking more about people you personally know.)

There are also forums out there with specific link-exchange boards where people can post things like "Site about red widgets wanting to exchange links with site about blue widgets." Look around for some of those.

If there are directories that list sites like yours, think about submitting your site to them.

Blogs, too, as someone pointed out, can get you some traffic.

But mainly, make a site that people want to visit and they will tell their friends and it will grow.

Just hang in there, and keep making it better!


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