How to generate online leads without paying for internet traffic

Categories Web Design

Unfortunately, not all businesses and website owners have a huge online marketing budget. This means many businesses and website owners have to find alternative, affordable ways to reach their customers on the internet. Until the creation of the internet, it was almost impossible to find free methods to market to potential customers, but this has all changed. Various websites and innovative digital marketing strategies make it possible to advertise and market products and services, free of charge. These are some of the most popular ways to generate online leads without paying for internet traffic.

Start a Blog

With a wide range of open source blogging platforms available, you can start a blog for very little money. The blogging software itself is, in most cases, free but you will have to pay a small fee for a domain name and hosting, if you decide to host the blog yourself. If you don’t want to do this, there are plenty of blogging platforms that will host your blog for you for free if you agree to their terms. If you decide to do this work yourself, you will need to understand how to set up a blog properly.

Learn SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a powerful way to generate website traffic and business leads from search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo! A large number of SEO companies are available who provide this service for website owners and businesses. These companies often charge large sums of money for their services. This may not be an option if you have a limited budget.

Making a blog SEO-friendly is not an impossible task and a website owner can learn to do this relatively quickly. There are certain guidelines the search engines expect a website to follow. Modern website platforms such as WordPress make it easier to optimize content, thanks to a range of SEO plugins. Some of these plugins identify SEO problems and can even recommend the changes required to optimize each page of a website.

Create Viral Images and Videos

If you have graphics or video editing skills, content in these formats can attract huge numbers of leads to your social media pages and website. Images and videos are extremely easy to share. If you get this strategy right, you could generate more leads than you can manage.

Create Social Media Pages

It does not cost anything to set up a social media account. Once you create an account, you can start to generate leads for your business. However, this is often a slow process. You have to build up trust by posting and sharing high quality content. When you build a reputation as a reliable source of high quality content, potential customers will be more likely to approach you about your products and services.

Participate on Other Websites

Many other websites, blogs, forums and social media pages let you participate in discussions and online conversations. These are the perfect places to help others and mention your business, if allowed to do so.

As you can see, there are many online methods to generate business leads without spending a penny. Some methods are easy to master, while others take time to learn.

Catalin is the founder of Mostash – a social marketing boutique – and he’s always happy to share his passion for graphic design & social media.