There are a lot of methods floating around the Internet these days to supposedly help you generate web traffic. They range from the truly ridiculous, to systems that actually work.I’ve run several web businesses full time for over five years now. I’ve tried just about every traffic generating method out there. Let me save you some time and tell you what doesn’t work. At least it didn’t for me.Useless Tactics:Free for all web directories: Don’t waste your time. Everyone in only interested in promoting their own offer. They aren’t there to look at yours. The webmaster usually set up such a website for the sole purpose of sending ads to everyone who submits an ad or website to their directory. The ad comes in the acceptance email. No one probably reads those either.Mass Spam Email: Don’t even think about. It’s a real fast way to get yourself in big trouble with your web host and your Internet Service Provider. Also, who would buy from someone sending them junk email. People hate to get spam email. Plus, now with so many spam filters out there, most of your emails will just end up in the trash folder, never to be seen or read.Junk Website Creating Software: Let’s face it. If it was as easy as clicking a button and having a great website that pulled in hordes of traffic, everyone would be doing it. Don’t waste your money.Buying The Latest Magic System: How many millions of dollars have been wasted by people getting scammed by the “latest magic traffic system”? Don’t fall for it. Keep your money in your pocket.Worthwhile Tactics:Pay per click: This drives targeted traffic to your website. The only problem is that it’s too expensive for most. You might spend $500.00 on clicks and only make $300.00 in sales. Not for most people, especially those just starting out in online marketing.Posting To Social Websites: This can work but takes a lot of time. You have to sign up for each social network and then be a regular contributor. Don’t just spam your offer all over these sites. It’ll just get your account deleted and mark you as a spammer.If you do want to follow this route, you can try Squidoo or Hubpages. These sites get a lot of traffic. Just don’t expect to throw up some junk and get a lot of visitors. You’ll have to spend some time making a quality page.The Best Tactic:Witting and submitting articles to high quality article directories. This actually works. The one way back links from high Pagerank authority sites will help get you ranked higher in the search engines. You’ll also get direct targeted traffic from the article directories themselves.Take some time to write a good article about your topic. Submit it to the top ten article directories and repeat. How do you find the best article directories to submit to? Type “top 10 article directories” or “best article directories” in your favorite search engine. Many websites maintain a list of all the top article directories.Not only should you submit to the biggest and best article directories, but also make sure to submit to niche article directories. This will give you the biggest advantage in the search engines due to the related theme of your site and theirs. Also, more people are likely to click through to your website. Example: if you run a health and fitness website, be sure to submit your article to as many health article directories you can find.Make it a habit to write one or more articles per week and submit them to the directories. You’ll be amazed at the traffic you’ll get after only a short time.