Over the past 3 monts I have been heavily promoting getting traffic to my site. Social networking is good and I use it. This is partly why we are rated #49 on the Reverb Nation Country charts http://www.reverbnation.com/thesharkmonkeys right now. We really don't deserve to be rated that high quite honestly but hey it sounds good and helps when approaching agents etc.
Okay... Other ways to promote for FREE! These have increased our traffic 3 fold in the past few weeks so they do work.
These sites are starving for real people promoting something other than a get rich quick scam, so this is a huge window of opportunity for us humble musicians.
site #1 http://www.hits2u.com/?845756 (Free, No CC just some effort)
site #2 http://www.trafficswarm.com/go.cgi?947834 (Free, No CC just some effort)
site #3 http://www.freehitmatrix.com?2300 (Free, No CC just some effort)
These are not link exchanges so you do not have to post a bunch of crap on your website to get traffic. All 3 will take 20-30 minutes of your time to set up. I created a dummy Gmail account to send all of the propaganda to and would suggest you do the same. These work best if you refer other to the site like I am doing here because it helps you to get credits for your site to be seen. I am receiving about 50-60 hits per day from these sites which can be seen in your web site "stats" screen.
Here is a copy of 1 advert I use:
100% Totally Free MP3 Music Downloads
No Credit Card Needed, No Forms To Fill Out
Why do we give our music away for free? Because we are after Fans and gathering email addresses for future marketing efforts. We still generate income from itunes and other sites. Suprisingly we actually have people donate $$ in our donate button thru pay pal. We are not getting rich but I'm after Web Traffic and Fans.
Let me know if you have any questions or if these work for you I'm interested in getting your opinions.
Hope this helps some of you
Keep on Jammin'