You cannot make sales or earn money without having customers visiting your store or paying for service you provide. Web sites are the same as real business you need traffic to generate sales or to earn money. You will take some time to determine your site niche and your site domain name but you should focus on how you will generate traffic to your site.
To generate traffic to your site you have to choose between two main methods. The first one is the paid method and the second one is the free method. You should know that you will provide two things in both methods time and money. In the paid method you will provide more money but you will save time while in the free method you will provide more time but you will save money. The paid methods contain email marketing, PPC advertising and banner ads while the free methods contain search engines free traffic, forum recommendations and blog links.
You will pay a lot of money if you choose one technique in the paid category but it will gives you fast results. The best sources for paid traffics are search engines advertising programs, e-mail marketing and banner advertising. You must test each one of them separately with different landing pages to know which one of them will work on your site, but you should start with pay per click advertising.
The best paid traffic method is the PPC because you can choose your customer’s location and language. Also your ad will only appear for specific keyword which usually your product name or a problem that your product solving. You can choose how much you are willing to pay in each click and what is the maximum amount of money you are willing to pay for specific campaign.
In free methods you do not pay money to get traffic but you put huge amount of time and effort to get it. You must write high quality content in your site and you must have something different and special in your site to make people link to you and recommended you. The search engine is the best method to get free traffic but you should know the basics of search engine optimization to make your site rank on it. There are two other ways to get free traffic likes writing articles on the major article directories which will drive traffic to your site and start interesting blog that attract people to your website.
Most webmaster prefers the free traffic from search engines if possible because it generates huge amount of targeted traffic. It can be easy to rank if you are targeting the product level but if you are targeting competitive phrases then it will take long time until you start to rank. The main and most important factor that should make your site rank for any phrases you want is the back-links. You should have both high quality back-links as well as mass volume of back-links.
In conclusion, Traffic generation should be your first concern when you start your online business. You can choose from various sources to bring traffic to your site, but make sure you know what it will takes to use this source. In some source you should pay money and in other sources you should provide efforts and time.