Another great way to get traffic is to join the social sites. They are popping up at an ever-increasing rate. By socializing with others on the net through these sites, everything you join or participate in gives you more people to see your site. And, if you're selling stuff from your site, you'll want to go to the places (interest groups) on the social site where people are interested in what you're selling.
Once you have your list, choose an email marketing service provider that can provide design templates, send the emails for you and help you comply with CAN-SPAM and privacy regulations. Track the results of your email campaigns using analytics tools from your email marketing service provider, and update your email database regularly to ensure the addresses are still current.
SEO-It might seem like I am saying this because that’s what I do but it’s a proven tactic for long term success. If you expect targeted traffic tomorrow it’s not going to happen with SEO but if you want long term success you need to do this. Part of SEO is content. If you create content that is useful or of value to your target, and share this content, then it will drive targeted traffic (and don’t forget the technical parts of SEO).
Excellent post Brian. I think the point about writing content that appeals to influencers in spot on. Could you recommend some good, manual strategies through which I can spot influencers in boring niches *B2B* where influencers are not really talking much online? Is it a good idea to rely on newspaper articles to a feel for what a particular industry is talking about? Would love to hear your thoughts on that.
Websites produce traffic rankings and statistics based on those people who access the sites while using their toolbars and other means of online measurements. The difficulty with this is that it does not look at the complete traffic picture for a site. Large sites usually hire the services of companies such as the Nielsen NetRatings or Quantcast, but their reports are available only by subscription.