How To Increase Traffic To Your Website For Free!

Last Update: May 31, 2017

I've seen so many people arrive here and want to start monetizing their websites. They want to know how to monetize their website before they have any content and before they have any traffic.

Now I know that you want to know how to increase traffic to your website for free, of course you do. I'm not really going to tell you how to do that because the fact is that it is not just a one liner explanation is it?

Getting traffic to your website is made up of lots of little things, from creating great content on a regular basis to sharing your content correctly on social media. There are also ways you can create your content that will make it more SEO juicy than just writing your content and throwing it out there.

Now I bet you want to know why I wrote a title that says this article will tell you how to increase your traffic to your website for free and then say I am not going to show you.

The thing is that you are here, at Wealthy Affiliate University. It has step by step training on everything you need to know from setting up your website, to creating content, getting it ranked, social media marketing, email marketing, getting traffic and my absolute favorite (and yours too) - how to monetize your website.

Instead I want to show you something that might give you some insight into this program and why you should follow it step by step like I did to increase your traffic to your website.

Let's step back to April 2015. I had an online baby store and I was trying to figure out how to rank my website and how to get more traffic. I was tired of spending money on Google Adwords and I wanted to know more about online marketing.

Here is my Google Analytics for April 2015.

Yes I had some traffic but I was getting most of it through Google Adwords. Look at my bounce rate of 68.88%!

I came across Wealthy Affiliate in June 2015 and when I saw it I knew what it was - absolute GOLD and I dived right in.

By February 2016 I shut my online store. Not because I was failing but because Wealthy Affiliate had shown me a better way! I took a huge leap of faith and closed my store, turning it into a blog. And yes cutting off income stream. OMG crazy right?

Wealthy Affiliate Wrecked My Online Business!

By April 2016 I was still finding my feet and with all the changes my website took a knock.

From last year February it has been the most amazing journey for me. My leap of faith paid off, I just knew I could do it. I knew that this platform would provide me with not only the information and training I needed to figure out this online marketing mystery but also the support from fellow members.

They have been my cheerleaders and when I have been down or doubted myself they lifted me up and made me believe in myself again.

So let's have a look at April 2017?

Look at those page views, that bounce rate and pages viewed per session? I don't know about you but to me this is amazing. What an incredible turn around in just a year.

And now May has increased even more and I am so excited to see what the future brings me.

I am now making a full time income from my blogs and I am loving every single moment being a full time blogger.

I have huge plans for June and I plan on growing my website bigger and better every single month - one day I am going to have millions of page views every month, not hundreds of thousands of page views - millions!

So you want to know if Wealthy Affiliate is legit, if it works and if you can make it... well just look at the pictures for yourself.

For me there is just one picture that really counts. My children, my family. I wanted my kids to have a childhood - one with me at home, not sitting in aftercare at the school till 5pm every day.

This May is now one year since I started picking them up as soon as play school finished. Now we can do fun things every afternoon. I asked my five year old daughter today if she remembers being in play school until 5pm every day and she said no, she only remembers being home with mommy in the afternoons.

Now that to me is success!


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Rubberbandman Premium
Great job and yes it was a Big leap of faith...by the way I found this article by accident on google looking for my stuff...lol
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CraigW315 Premium
So awesome! I love seeing success stories, though I have to admit that they sometimes make me feel a bit jealous because I am not there (yet).

Good for you! I look forward to more great posts like this!
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LynneHuy Premium
You will get there and one day you will post... and others will be jealous BUT also inspired and find the oomph to work for it :)
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joshua1999 Premium
Hi Lynne,

Wow, those results are great! Thanks for sharing this, it has not only inspired me but motivated me to get more done on my site.

I'm currently at April 2016's amount of traffic, so I've got a lot to do to get anywhere near where I want to be! I'm currently writing a post a day, although I haven't posted in a week due because I have had so much college coursework to get completed, but am considering maybe stepping it up a notch and maybe aiming for 2 or 3 when I get back into it. As ever since I moved to 1 a day a month ago my traffic as started to improve a lot!

What posting schedule do you use for your site?

All the best to you!

Josh
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Josh

It varies - sometimes I have 4 posts a day if I have a lot of content to publish, sometimes a week :)

Don't stress too much about that and just do what you can. You will start to see the results!
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garydlc Premium
Hey Lynne

Awesome post, and you DID tell all that read this post how to increase traffic to their websites, free,

I always tell out WA community when asked, how to do certain things here and my answer most of the time is "Follow The Training",

Many tend to jump the gun, or omit parts as they think they know better, things,

I say absorb as much as possible and importantly, implement it into your website.

NB, cute kids, great to be able to spend more time with them, hey, I missed that with my now adult kids, as I started this online business way too late for them, but I am looking ahead to its success.

All the best Lynne, thanks for sharing.

Gary
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LynneHuy Premium
Thanks Gary, and yes I agree with you that is my answer a lot of the time too - just follow the training. It is set out step by step perfectly and if you want success that is the best way to go. Exactly like you said, don't leave any bits out or try to jump the gun.
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NemiraB Premium
Congrats on your success:)
Maybe I miss something but how you got the traffic for free to your website?
Sorry if I did not catch something. All the best:)
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LynneHuy Premium
By following all the training here... :)
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NemiraB Premium
Okay:)
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ecomtom Premium
Cute kids.
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LH-CLUB Premium
Wonderful
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wweb53 Premium
That is so good! You really nailed it. You also inspired a lot of people at the same time.
cheers,
william
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shazzaWA Premium
So awesome Lynne and so inspiring. Best part is you are there for your kids, simply fantastic. Well done to you, you obviously worked for it!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
This is incredible, Lynn! I remember months ago, you helped me with somethning that had me stuck by way of one of your video tutorials. Your insight proved helpful then as it does with this post. Thank you!
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure Veronica :) I am so happy that I could help you!
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GaryJr Premium
Great story.
Thanks for sharing this inspiring post.
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veronica.l Premium
Love your story and journey!! Can so relate to wanting to be home for your kids, the best thing in the world!!
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mattmike Premium
What beautiful children. Enjoy them while they are young, they grow so quickly. So happy for you that you are earning a living on line. Much success in the future. Deanna
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NathalieJG Premium
They are so sweet! Kids are always a great motivation to achieve goals!
Congrats and thanks for sharing. So, inspiring!
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RoopeshG Premium
That is the ultimate prize to be able to spend time with the family when you want.Beautiful kids.
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drcmaint Premium
Thanks for this.
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brandonacox Premium
Great job! Love the proof!
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thanks for the report from you. You have worked hard, and the results show it. Congratulations
Sami
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GlenPalo Premium
Awesome, Lynne!

One thing this shows is that it takes time. Success rarely happens overnight.
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Defiant6 Premium
Lynne, you are a beacon of success and what hard work can achieve when you are willing to follow the training and put in the time. It is amazing what you have accomplished in the last few years. Things are only going up for you :)
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JerryHuang Premium
Lovely & totally inspirational!
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Karax Premium
thanks for the share!
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mybiz4u Premium
Awesome post, L. Thanks so much for sharing your journey. Continued success
M
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Sylvain34 Premium
Great story and post. What are you using to see your view on your sites ?
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LynneHuy Premium
I'm using Google Analytics.
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Sylvain34 Premium
Is there a training that I can follow to install google analytics ? Do I need a plugin or is it from google itself ?
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LynneHuy Premium
You can use a plugin but I just use it from https://www.google.com/analytics/

Here is some training on how to get your Google Analytics set up:
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Sylvain34 Premium
Thanks I will have a look at the training. But I should wait until I have some real traffic I guess ?
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Sylvain34 Premium
Ok i have set up my google analytics for fun even if I don't have too much traffic for now ;-)
Thanks for your answers!
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LynneHuy Premium
It is a pleasure and yes even if you only have a little of traffic now it will be nice to look back and see your growth when you do have traffic :)
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Sylvain34 Premium
That is exactly what I thought too ;-)
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DaveSw Premium
The analytics says it all, what you learn here helps/works! Cheers and congrats! Dave : )
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sdawson Premium
Awesome post and good for you.
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CraigUKTV Premium
Great stuff Lynne and well done on that bounce rate! Your traffic is just awesome and I hope to emulate that soon. Congratulations!
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sherlock77 Premium
That's massive traffic. I assume your website is NOT in the make money online niche?

This is exactly what it's all about, getting to that awesome point where you have lifestyle freedom. Well done!
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LynneHuy Premium
Nope :) It's my mommy blog but I also have a make money online website and a blog about my addiction and both of those earn me an income too.

My mommy blog is where I put all my effort and so that is my main earner.

I do truly believe that if I moved my attention full time to one of my other websites I would be able to make a full time income there.

However while recovery from addiction is a passion of mine I don't want to dwell on that full time... and yes I love online marketing too but I don't want to focus on that full time either.

I do make a nice side income from both of those websites which is nice. I started both of those as soon as I joined WA and they were more like experiments to learn on than trying to make a full time income. I was learning on those so I could implement them on my online store, and it went so well I closed my store LOL
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laurenjean Premium
Oh Lynne, this is sooo encouraging. Your bounce rate is astounding!!!
And I got all choked up when I got to this paragraph: For me there is just one picture that really counts.
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LynneHuy Premium
Yeah its awesome isn't it? I've learned some really cool tricks that have helped with my bounce rate and I think my theme is really good for that because it gives suggestions to my readers for what they might be interested in reading next :)

This gives all my old content a chance to be read again and again!

Nice pic right? That should be the one you keep in your mind while you are working!
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RikaSF Premium
Thanks for sharing Lynn:). This is an enormous inspiration for everyone having doubts about WA:)
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MoritzS Premium
Amazing.
I didn't know such a low bounce rate even existed. ;)

Congrats.
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LynneHuy Premium
LOL not bad right? I've learned a few tricks!
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learn2bgreat Premium
Thanks for sharing this! It's not really free, though, is it? "How to increase traffic to your website for $0!" ;)
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LynneHuy Premium
The traffic is free. I don't pay for traffic :)

And if you mean the WA membership, well I was spending huge amounts of money paying other people to make changes to my website and also trying to figure out online marketing on my own which was costing me thousands! The WA membership is not a traffic expense, it shows me how to do everything on my own.
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learn2bgreat Premium
Thanks! I only meant that the traffic costs no money but requires work and persistence which isn't free in my mind. ;)
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Skydancer1 Premium
Thanks for the examples, that makes it inspiring. Good job.

Keep it rolling.
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AHohaia Premium
Congratulations and awesome achievement, Lynne! Do you monetize your blog mainly through advertising or affiliate links?
Fantastic work!
All the best from Anke
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LynneHuy Premium
Hi Anke

I monetize my website in any ways I can and that is something I love doing. For me it is always amazing finding a new way to earn online, I get such a kick out of it.

Here are some of the ways I have made money from my websites:
- Google Adsense
- Banner advertising
- Publishing paid content on my websites (guest posts, sponsored posts,promotional posts, product reviews...)
-Affiliate sales (Amazon, WA, Jaaxy, Ebay.... and loads of other online stores)
- Running sms voting competitions - yes I get a cut of the sms money!
- Youtube income
- Writing my own ebook and selling it online

Just quickly off the top of my head those are the main ways I am earning at this time.
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Noteboom Premium
Very well done! Thank you for inspiring article!
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Mark1957 Premium
You've done so well over the last few years Lynne, what with coping with addiction issues and rearranging your online business efforts, that you deserve so many plaudits.....well done and thanks for sharing this little part of your journey with us!!
Mark
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LynneHuy Premium
Mark is has been so much fun and quite the adventure - I am just so happy that I can be at home with my kids! That is the best part and of course they give me inspiration for my mommy blog so it fits just perfectly!
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Mark1957 Premium
Such a perfect way to balance your life priorities Lynne and you've achieved that so, well done :-)
Mark
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lynnsam61 Premium
Your story is very inspirational. Thanks for sharing Lynn.
Erica
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AlejandraB Premium
Great job, I'm so happy for you!! thanks for sharing.
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HVella Premium
Great job and so happy for you,
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BlairField Premium
Incredible. I'm glad I ended up in the right place from the get go, go getter!
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AlexEvans Premium
That is totally cool Lynne the program is here and it is up to folks to follow through you are a shining example of what to do that consistent effort does pay dividends, so good to read about experiences of members that are working and the things that are working.
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busta4430 Premium
Great post and inspiration.
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bonzo124 Premium
Yesterday I saw that I had ten visitors from organic search and I could not believe it. 2000 sounds to me so big.
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LynneHuy Premium
You will get there...and it is awesome that your organic traffic is starting. If you can get 10 you can get 10 000!
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wb5yjs Premium
If you want a website that will seriously out perform you normal website & blog, check out "Shopify". Look at it on YouTube.
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LynneHuy Premium
Yeah I know about Shopify, I looked at that when I had my online store but I decided I don't want a shop!
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botipton Premium
Great story and I hope many here read it.
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paulgoodwin Premium
wonderful to share and I LOVE your success!!!
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amyr2017 Premium
Wow this is an amazing testament to the training here, and I hope to read more about your success...! When you say "full time income" -- is that by New York standards? I have no point of comparison...! Tell me more..,.! Thank you!
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LynneHuy Premium
LOL my income varies and I have no idea what New York standards are because I am in South Africa. Our currency is very weak which means I don't need much in terms of USD to survive nicely here. My income varies anything from $2000 up to $5000.

What is a New York full time income?
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amyr2017 Premium
Hi Lynne -- I assume that is for one month? How long did it take you to start making this kind of income? I would LOVE to make this money every month, in addition to my other full-time job.
Here in NY, depending on size of family, anywhere from 75k and up a year is pretty good -- a family of 4 can't do very much unless they are at about 125k a year. Maybe.
Cost of living is unbelievable.

Please share your secrets...! I've been doing this for about 4 months -- getting frustrated! Thanks!
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MoritzS Premium
There are no secrets. Just keep following the training and take action.
Lynne is working like crazy.
I still remember when she got started (about the same time as me).
She was struggling like everybody else.
She has surpassed me by now.

Well, she has worked harder than me, that's for sure. ;)
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kiliwia62 Premium
Thanks, Lynne for sharing, so encouraging too :)
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