“If search engines were never invented or they ceased to exist tomorrow, how would you build traffic to your website in a searchless world?”
Not a pleasant question but the answer to it might open up new ways of getting high quality traffic. Brian Provost has a great post about alternate modes of attracting traffic on the internet. It is a comprehensive list some of which are very general by now, however, there are a few others which are worth the read.
The ones must of us have already followed to the hilt are link building, web directories, ad networks, press releases and syndicated content etc. Then there are some more with immense potential but not yet completely explored, such as Social Media, Podcasting and Sponsored Reviews. I am a little skeptic about podcasting as it has not quite caught on yet. But there are these little groups on the internet waiting to explode. So you can hardly ignore them.
What's most interesting about the list is the inclusion of some very new methods, such as TV Buys, Email List Rentals, Event Media Sponsorships and Streaking. If you thought many of these are simply not feasible, read the post.