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5 Sneaky Ways to Get More Traffic from Your Friends

by Nicholas Tart on April 4, 2011 · 9 comments

I know, I know. Your 3D friends aren’t the best source of traffic because they’re probably not interested in what you have to sell.

But, it’s still important for them to see your site. Why? Because they’re your friends. They already trust you and they want to know what you’re up to. Plus, they’re willing to introduce you to their friends, who will introduce you to their friends. And that’s how almost every website or business starts.

With that, here are five sneaky ways to get more traffic from your real-world friends without forcing it down their throat.

1. Email Address

Use your email address for every email you send.

Whenever I get an email from a friend and their email address ends in something other than gmail, hotmail, or yahoo, I check out their site. That way I can reference their website in the reply. And if I like what I find, it’ll become part of my website surfing cycle.

Plus, Gmail lets you easily send all of your emails through your company branded email address.

2. Email Signature

Your email signature is a footer message that automatically shows up at the bottom of every email you send.

Don’t be one of those people with a 500-word email signature that reminds me to save the planet by not printing it out and concludes with an beautiful picture of your face. But a nice little message that has your name, website, and phone number is just fine.

My email signature is:
Nicholas Tart

Tip: Put the “http://” in front of your domain and it’ll convert to a hyperlink so they don’t have to copy-paste.

3. Skype Name

If you don’t already have Skype, get it. It’s the ultimate Instant Messenger platform that also allows video chatting and screen sharing.

I have about 100 contacts on Skype who, every time I get online, get a little notification on their screen saying, “Nicholas Tart is online.” Recently I changed my name to “Nicholas Tart,” So now it says, “Nicholas Tart, is online.”

There’s no way to track how effective/annoying this is, but I figure it’s a non-invasive way to gently remind people about my site.

4. Facebook Description

The first thing that shows up next to your profile pic in your Facebook description is your place of work.

If your profile is associated with your website (e.g. if you’re the admin for your fan page), then Facebook will recognize your place of work when you update the “Education and Work” tab in the “Edit Profile” area. By default, this will either create a new page for 14 Clicks employees or it’ll link directly to your site.

However, there’s a little-known hack to get it to link to your Facebook Fan Page. If you want to know the hack, let me know in the comments and I’ll write a post about it.

5. Facebook Sharing

Every time someone clicks the “Share” button on the left of the “Like” button at the bottom, it gets counted in the official tally. It also gets counted every time someone likes or comments on the Facebook post.

The main reason 101 Things I Wish I Learned in Business School spread so quickly is because a good friend of mine shared it on his wall. Then I started a discussion in the comments area. So the majority of our mutual friends ended up seeing that post and clicked through to the blog.

If you want to get a bunch of “Likes” on your posts, get a few good friends to occasionally share your best stuff. Then start a discussion under it.

Bonus Tip: Cute, cuddly, baby lion pictures get extra clicks on Facebook.

The point of this article isn’t to find sneaky ways to get extra traffic. The only reason “Sneaky” is in the headline is so it would catch your attention. If you don’t feel comfortable telling your friends about your website, then who are you comfortable telling?

Post image by: Tambako the Jaguar


Buntu Redempter April 4, 2011 at 9:30 am

Great post again, How to send all of your emails through your website email address?

Nicholas Tart April 5, 2011 at 9:01 am

Hey Buntu! Thanks for the feedback, and that tutorial is slated to go out Friday.

Eddys Velasquez April 4, 2011 at 10:47 am

Good tips bro! I hadn’t thought about the skype name thing and you’re right it does pop up all the time and I would come to recognize the name of your website everywhere because it would keep popping up…I’m going to try that…

and I would also like to know how to make gmail send your e-mails as if it was from your website…?

Your friend,

Nicholas Tart April 5, 2011 at 9:03 am

Yeah, and it’s kinda cool to visit somebody’s site when you know they are online probably working on their site. Come back Friday to see how to send your branded emails through Gmail.

Kazuki Kinoshita April 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Hey Nick,

This is also a great article!
I want to share it to my facebook page after I translate, adding your URL.

You are such a brilliant guy! You must change the world by young entrepreneurs!
I want to do that together!

Kazuki Kinoshita

Nicholas Tart April 8, 2011 at 9:31 am

Hey Kazuki! I appreciate you taking the time to translate and share this article. Keep coming back, commenting, and sharing. And let me know if you have more questions.

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