Absolutely! One of the most effective forms of driving traffic is by creating an online presence and spending a bit of your time hanging out with the people who like you and are interested in what you have for them. People like being social and many savvy entrepreneurs are learning how to socially conduct business and make money as the outcome.
People hesitate to spend their hard earned dollars with strangers – especially online. There are millions of so-called opportunities and great buys on the Internet that most people have no clue who to trust or where to buy from safely. Fortunately, you can change all of that by getting to know the people you want to purchase your products and services. If you do it systematically, you can spread links to your website across the virtual web and get traffic from all kinds of different sources.
One great way to drive traffic to your website is through forums in your niche. Nearly every niche available, there are forums where the people who work and buy in that niche hang out and chat. Forums are great places to ask and answer questions, offer up special offers at discounted rates and make connections with people you may not have a chance to meet anywhere else. Find a popular forum or two in your niche and start spending time there getting to know people. Don’t start out pitching anything, but leave insightful answers to questions and friendly, encouraging comments on other people’s posts. Most forums allow you to leave a link in your signature or in a resource box, so make sure you take advantage of the opportunity.
When it comes to forums, less is more in terms of selling. Do not try to push a product every time you leave a remark. In fact, for the first several weeks, don’t push or sell anything at all. This is one of the fastest ways around to turn people off and ruin your chance of making any money at all. First, build relationships and trust, share your expertise in a helpful manner and do what you can to cause others to want a relationship with you. Only then should you begin telling them about your products and services – and even then, you are best off if you still keep your input ratio strongly on the give side rather than the sell side of things.
Forums and other forms of communicating and interacting with your target market and fellow online entrepreneurs, such as blog commenting and social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are all avenues you can use to build relationships with people online. Building these relationships will bring traffic to your website- and ultimately result in more sales and more money in your pocket.