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Get Traffic With Free Reports

April 4, 2012 · 22 comments

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Free ReportsOne of the best free ways ever discovered on how you can drive targeted visitors to your website is to create free reports and then distribute them all around the web.

It’s incredible how many people overlook this simple yet powerful traffic strategy.

They know it works, but the ignorance factor kicks in and they continue to look for the next shinny object – other traffic tactic.

Although, there’s hardly any other better free traffic strategy than getting visitors with freebies or free reports. People love it, you’ll love it.

Take That Content And Put It To Use

Oftentimes, people think that they need to crank out completely new content to attract massive traffic to their websites. Well, to attract massive traffic this may be true.

A brand new idea (which actually works) has a better chance to attract more new visitors to your site than rehashed content, which has been seen a 1000 times before.

But you don’t necessarily have to do this if you just want to get a quick boost of traffic.

Still, most of the content online is the same old stuff just in new colors.

Therefore, I strongly suggest you take your own existing content and reuse it for other purposes, like getting traffic with free reports.

You can take any article, any blog post or guest post, or video and audio and then reuse it in your free report. Now, obviously, your video and audio contains information in a format which you have to change to text.

Of course, if you feel your article feels incomplete or lacks something beneficial for the reader, then you can always do some research to find that missing thing.

Also, you can always create your free report from scratch by doing extensive research online.

How To Get Traffic With Your Report

After you’ve created your free report, then you need to actually distribute it online to get traffic – new targeted visitors to your site.

By the way, if your article is in a Microsoft Word or notepad .txt format, then you need to convert it into a PDF format.

You can do this with youconvertit and PDFOnline.com

Though, I prefer the Microsoft Word’s “save-as-pdf” the best. It’s really fast and easy.

The next thing you have to do is to distribute your free report.

There are many places where you can get traffic with your free report. Some of the most obvious places is to submit it to some of the ebook directories:

These are a good start as they can send you 100’s of extra new visitors each and every month.

Another cool way is to find the forums in your niche. You could find those forums and then promote your free report on their forum section specifically meant for it.

In some forums it is obvious where you can do it, but on other forums you may need to be a little creative. But don’t be too aggressive with promoting your report or else moderators will ban you.

You can easily promote it also in your signature file. That’s the easy way.

To maximize the exposure to your link (your free report) in the signature file you need to leave valuable replies to other forum members’ posts.

Document sharing sites is another opportunity for you. Here are some of them:

Well, there are many different ways how to distribute your existing content or your newly created content. You could even take it and post as a forum post. Just be creative!

This is a no-brainier traffic strategy you certainly want to implement to some extent or else you’re leaving huge traffic on the table.

Good luck with getting new targeted visitors to your website with this traffic strategy.

P.S. If you have any other cool suggestions on how to distribute your free reports or ebooks online, then please let us see. Leave your tip in the comments section below.

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Melodie Kantner April 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

You’ve given me some ideas. I have made a lot of free reports over the years but not put them in any of the online sites you listed. Thanks for the tips.
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Steve-Personal Success Factors April 9, 2012 at 4:46 am

Melodie, I agree. So many times we put the hard work in to create these resources, but are then at a loss as to where to share them. This is a great resource post for marketing our reports.

Also, for anyone reading, if you write your report on Google Docs, there is a feature under file for exporting the file to a PDF download.
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Ray Wilson April 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Yeah, Melodie, I’m sure many of us have a bunch of pdf’s we created some time ago, which could be easily used to squeeze out new visitors from the ebook directories and also forums work well.
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Sharon Johnson April 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Thank You Ray
For such great information on getting targeted traffic and free reports , I will certainly take your advice to heart.
I wish you and your loved ones a Very Happy Easter
Sharon
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Ray Wilson April 6, 2012 at 12:38 am

Appreciate your warm words Sharon, wish you the same!
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saha April 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

Great way for getting traffic. It is true that quality content is needed to attract massive traffic. But traffic with free reports is something new. I think it is the easiest way. make reports and put them in online sites.
Thanks for list and tips.
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Ray Wilson April 6, 2012 at 12:41 am

Content is not only for Google (and we know it’s becoming really picky about this), but also for real people. People like quality stuff, and the bar is only going to keep getting raised higher and higher.
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Glynis April 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I’ve been trying to find an easier way to create my e-books and promote them. Thank you for the wonderful tips.
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Ray Wilson April 6, 2012 at 12:48 am

Hi Glynis,

It doesn’t become easier than taking your written article and then pasting it into a word document, and then formatting it quickly, then saving it as a pdf file. Done.

Well, of course you can always get crazy adding sweet graphics, etc. But, especially, if it’s your first pdf report or ebook, I strongly recommend you make it simple.
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Patricia Gozlan April 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Thank you for these tips, my goal is to promote my free report to my targeted market which are women in business.
Apart from forums what is the best way to find free document sharing listed by categories , by niche markets?
Thanks for your insights, best wishes!
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Anoop Sudhakaran April 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I have actually tried this on Scribd and Docstoc and both of them were great success. Though it did not yield much but Yay! It was free traffic and quality visitors 🙂
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Ray Wilson April 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

It’s nice to hear that you’ve already got some success with it Anoop. Obviously, now you want to try it out at least a few more times and then evaluate the viability for your online business.
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Amit Shaw April 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Thanks for the tips. Its really new for idea for me. Till now i heard that getting more traffic means do good SEO, Quality article, Social Promotion and all but Free Report i never heard about it. Thanks for share this new idea with us.
Thanks
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Ray Wilson April 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Hey Amit,

SEO, quality articles and social promotion are super great, but there are way more traffic possibilities available. 🙂

But do whatever works best for you. You don’t need every imaginable traffic strategy, but you want to test which works the best for you.
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Ray Wilson April 6, 2012 at 1:08 am

Hi Patricia,

I feel that there are not specific ebook directories or doc sharing sites targeted to your niche – women in business. Not a surprise.

But the way it goes is this:

You can take any directories you like and submit there your ebook. Then Google will find them (you need to be good at keywords), or the users of the directories will find your ebook.

But the most targeted will usually be from Google. Therefore think how you can keyword-optimize the title you create for the directories, the description also.

-Ray
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Lani - Aloha April 6, 2012 at 6:55 am

Aloha… gosh what a wonderful post and valuable suggestions you noted here. I need to implement these great notations you mentioned here. So much to learn and do, but I am sure when it is time to get around to the real business some of these tips can be helpful. I’m glad I came by and thanks for sharing! Mahalo, Lani 🙂
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Ray Wilson April 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Cool you find it valuable, Lani.

Yes, sometimes we just cannot find the time to do all the work we want to, because we are all too busy. 🙂
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marquita herald April 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Great tips! I’ve used several of these and agree they work well. One thing to keep in mind when it comes to some of the free ebook sites, a few have a minimum page requirement – for example at Free eBooks I believe it’s 50 pages. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Lynn Brown April 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Taking old blog posts and turning them into free reports is a great way to produce content to share and gain traffic. Being consistent, and keeping yourself out there is also key. Nothing will work if you have one free report and one squeeze page or blog post.

I caution business owners and marketers to ‘share’ information with your potential visitors. If it is too sales pitch, then you will not see results you are hoping for. Remember we are building connections, contacts and then turning them into our customers.

Thanks Ray for all your tips and ideas here. Especially sharing the links to these sites.
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Ray Wilson April 7, 2012 at 1:02 am

“Remember we are building connections, contacts and then turning them into our customers.” – golden words, Lynn.

Unless you’re promoting your stuff in front of the ideal audience right away, nothing will happen if you end up being looked at as a pitchman.
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Damond Nollan April 7, 2012 at 6:03 am

Thanks for writing this, Ray, but I’m curious why a free report brings visitors when the content can be found in a blog or YouTube video I’ve done?

Thanks for your help.

Damond
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Ray Wilson April 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Hi, Damond,

Yeah, the content can be found on a blog or in a video, but, if you create a free report, you basically maximize the chances of getting more traffic. You leverage your existing content.

Everyone knows it’s pretty hard to create quality content on a consistent basis. You never know which traffic source works best for you, unless you test.
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