7 Types of Websites that You Can Get Traffic From

It’s a Friday! And before I log off for the weekend, I want to share with you 7 different types of website that you can get FREE, organic traffic from.

When you run or own an online business, blog or website of any kind, website traffic is the lifeblood that will help it to succeed.

Without visitors, you’re doomed!

So, Let’s Dive Right In

I’m going to categorize EACH type of website, explain what they are, and how you can benefit from them. As well as give you at least ONE good example website.

Search Engines

This is an obvious one. Search engines often act as a point of entry to the internet for many people. If someone is looking for something specific, they will enter their search query into the search engine, and will be presented with the most relevant results, based on their query.

The great part about search engines is they will bring a highly targeted audience to your website. People who are actually looking for your content, products or services.

The downside with regards to search engines is it can take a lot of work, and time to appear in the search results for your chosen keywords.

The biggest search engine is Google which has around 4.3 billion users, and the 2nd largest ‘traditional’ search engine is Bing which has over 1 billion visits per month.

Video Websites

This is my personal favourite type of website, and what I focus most of my efforts on these days when it comes to building an audience and driving traffic.

Being able to create videos that you can instantly publish and that reach a HUGE targeted audience is amazing when it comes to building an online business.

Although there are a number of video platforms such as DailyMotion, the biggest video website by far is of course YouTube.

YouTube is owned by Google and has over 2 billion active users. It’s also very quick and easy to start getting your video content seen by a highly targeted audience, and to start driving traffic to your websites, blogs, or offers.

Unlike some of the other types of websites that I’ll be mentioning below, you can self promote all you like with YouTube – which makes it very easy to build an email list or drive sales directly from YouTube.

It’s like having your very own soap box with a huge crowd around you, listing to what you have to say.

Social News Websites

Social news websites are great places to tap into various size groups of people based on interest. People read and share news or information on almost any topic – as well as comment and engage with other users.

The biggest social news website that I would recommend is Reddit, which has 430 million monthly active users (statistics from 2019).

For many people it’s a fast way to drive traffic, depending on your topic, niche or industry. However, every “Sub-Reddit” within the website has their own set of rules, and it is often hard to ‘self-promote’.

If you want to promote on Reddit in 2022 you have to be creative.

Social Bookmarking Websites

You may have heard the term “Social Bookmarking” and remember it from the old days of online marketing. However, the truth is, for many it is still a great way to drive traffic and sales.

Probably the best social bookmarking website in 2022 is Pinterest which allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (also known as ‘pinning’) images or videos to their boards, or other users boards (for example – a collection of ‘pins,’ usually within a common theme or topic) and also browsing what other Pinterest users have pinned.

Pinterest has around 459 million monthly active users.

Question and Answer Websites

Question and Answer websites have proven to be very popular, and it’s a great way to build authority within your niche or industry.

Although you can register on these websites and ask questions, which other people will answer – You’re also able to share your expertise and knowledge by answering other users questions.

With most of these websites you’re able to include a ‘bio’ where you can tell people about yourself, and often share links to your websites and offers.

When you become an authority on these websites, the traffic can soon come flooding in!

One of the biggest question and answer websites in 2022 is Quora.

Quora has around 300 million monthly active users, and is a great place to find people who need solutions to their problems. So register today and start ‘answering questions’!

PDF Sharing Websites

This type of website has become a bit of a dying breed in recent years and they aren’t as popular as they once were. However, they can still provide a source of relevant traffic – which are warmed up by the time they land on your OWN website or offer.

PDF websites are exactly that – a site where you can upload PDF documents. The most popular being ‘eBooks’ and ‘Reports’.

If you create an ebook that is focused on a particular topic and includes high quality, useful information – You can upload it to these websites, optimize the listing and make your eBook available to the world.

By the time people read your eBook they have just found and downloaded, they’re primed to click through to your website to learn more about you, and what you have to offer.

One of the better known PDF sharing websites is SlideShare, that has around 100 million users – although I’m not 100% sure what year that statistic is from.

Social Media

Social media may be last in this list, but it’s not last in relation to audience size and traffic.

In fact, social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok have billions of users. The majority of people today have at least one social media account.

However, unless you’re using their internal ‘ad platforms’ to pay for traffic you have to manually build up your audience on these websites.

These are often referred to as ‘Friends’, ‘Followers’, or ‘Fans’.

Similar to having ‘Subscribers’ on YouTube, the more followers and fans you have on your social media accounts, the more people you can reach when you publish a message.

Social media is content driven, so the better your content is, the more it will get shared, and the more followers and fans you’ll gain.

I hope you got some value from this post, and I’d love to hear about any other websites you use to drive traffic.

Feel free to drop them in the comments section below.

On another note: I’m going to be sharing some pretty cool ‘SEO’ related stuff with you in the 2nd half of this month, so stay tuned for that – and keep an eye out for my emails.

Until then – Keep on keeping on!

Andy Black

Latent Semantic Indexing Explained – The #1 Ranking Factor

If you have followed me for a reasonable amount of time, or bought any of my products, you’ll be well aware that I’m an advocate of ‘Latent Semantic Indexing’ (aka L.S.I.) when it comes to SEO and ranking content.

Or, what I prefer to call it… Semantic Optimization.

The phrase ‘Content is King’ has been banded around for a long time now, and with good reason. When it comes to SEO practices – ‘content’ and ‘semantic optimization’ go together like ‘peas and carrots’.

Whether it’s an article, post title, H tags, alt tags, or even anchor text in backlinks – They can all be semantically optimized to help increase the Google ranking of the page (or post).

So, What is Semantic Optimization?

Ok, first I’m going to give you a definition that was published by SearchEngineJournal.com, and it goes like this…

Latent semantic indexing (also referred to as Latent Semantic Analysis) is a method of analyzing a set of documents in order to discover statistical co-occurrences of words that appear together which then give insights into the topics of those words and documents

However, there is an easier way to explain this using a simple ‘practical’ concept.

Want to play a little game?

So, let’s pretend for a minute that YOU’RE Google, and you’re crawling (reading) a blog post to determine what it is about.

Imagine that after crawling this blog post you have identified the following words…

  1. fluffy
  2. cute
  3. playful
  4. claws
  5. saucer
  6. milk
  7. kindle

Just by reading that short list of words, what do you think that blog post might be about? What comes to mind?

Take a guess!

I’d imagine most people would guess something like ‘Kittens’, right? Is that what you guessed?

That’s exactly what Google does every time it finds and crawls a new web page or blog post.

It crawls the content and analyzes all the wording on the page (and in the headings and tags) to try and determine what the page is about.

You can’t just include your target keyword within your content and expect Google to agree with you that your content is ABOUT YOUR KEYWORD.

You have to really delve into the topic of your keyword and dig deep, and make sure you answer the users search query and provide real value.

Let’s look at another short list of words, and see if you can guess what the topic is about.

I won’t even include the ‘obvious’ word in this list!

  1. foundation
  2. lay
  3. laid
  4. mortar
  5. feather
  6. level
  7. chisel
  8. straight
  9. gaps
  10. mixture

Can you guess what this one is? The topic is ‘brick laying’. (The obvious word I left out the list was of course ‘brick’)

Here’s something that you need to think about when you create a blog post or piece of content around a specific keyword. Every keyword has a set of semantic words (LSI words) that are highly relevant and relational to it.

With this in mind, when you include your target keyword (that you’d like to rank for) in your post title and in your ‘article’, it doesn’t mean you will rank for it in the search results.

Google analyzes ALL the words used within a webpage or blog post and then builds a semantic theme. It will then use that semantic theme to determine what keywords the page should appear for in its search results.

Google is clever!

So, What’s the Solution

The solution is to write a really good piece of content that answers the search query, and goes deep. Go into detail to answer the question.

It’s about writing for the reader. Writing for your audience.

AFTER doing that you can then go over your content and analyze the words you have used.

How I Power Up My Content to Rank Higher

If I write an article or piece of content I run it through the SEO feature of my RewriterApp software to strengthen the article up so it ranks higher in Google.

How it Works

My RewriterApp feature extracts all the top ranking webpages for your target keyword. These are the webpages that Google is already ranking at the top of their search results. It then extracts all of the LSI words from those pages and creates a ‘weighted’ data set so it knows which are the most important / relevant words in that set.

You can then paste your article / content into the software and it will then calculate an SEO Score based on that ‘data set’ and let you know how it can be improved.

You can add some more LSI words to your article, and increase the score.

Then simply publish your new ‘revised’ article for improved rankings and to get more traffic from Google.

How to Use Latent Semantic Indexing With YouTube

That’s right, you can apply this same SEO concept to your YouTube videos too. You do this by applying these same principles to the video title, description and tags.

This can have a tremendous impact on your rankings in YouTube, as it’ll allow you to rank for specific keywords in the YouTube ‘search results’.

If you’re interested in using the power of semantic optimization for your websites, content or videos then feel free to check out my TWO software apps below.

RewriterApp (Boost the Google Ranking of Your Web Pages and Blog Posts)

TubeSerp (Rank Your Videos Higher in YouTube for Specific Keywords)

I’d also love to hear your thoughts about this, so please do leave a comment below in the comments section.

Until next time

Andy Black