I've seen a lot of discussions on a couple of forums I visit daily, about getting cheap traffic. A lot of people only think about getting traffic - and of course they want it cheap, and they don't want to make too big an effort to get it.
The problem is, they're missing the point. Cheap traffic is useless most of the time, because it is not targeted. I've proven it some time ago in my article about Adf.ly: you can have tons of cheap traffic sent to your website, if these people are not interested in what you have to tell them, they come and go (that's called "bounce rate", those visitors who come to a page of your website and leave immediately). So don't go buy cheap traffic just because it's... Cheap.
If you don't want to have to pay for your quality, targeted traffic, then you'll have to work for it. This means mainly working on your SEO (Search Engine Optimization):
- Produce quality content.
- REGULARLY produce quality content!
- Do your keyword research. So you know which keywords you have a chance to rank for, and which keywords are worth working on (as opposed to those that won't bring you the traffic you need).
- Build back-links, and build them naturally (no mass-submissions or alike, there are tons of offers like this, which most of the time can be assimilated to spam! You want your back-links to appear to the search engines as natural as possible).
And this is only for starters... An article about keyword research will follow in the next few days.
Conclusion: you certainly don't want cheap traffic. What you may want, however, is cheap targeted traffic. And this... Requires time and efforts. There's no magic, no shortcuts. The only other way is to have real professionals do it for you, and this doesn't come cheap.