Classified Ads: Are idea for work-from-home businesses. Think about this… When individuals are looking for jobs where do they go? That’s right, the classifieds. Unlike free directories classified ads need to be resubmitted very frequently. You will need to weed through many ad locations, after you find the classifieds that bring in traffic, concentrate on them. In the beginning this can be very time consuming until you get the hang of it. To save you time make a list of all the sites you have submitted to and as you see the performance, or lack of, you can keep them and cross them off your list. This can also help you identify websites you have considered in the past and what happen during that time.
Free article submissions/ezines: Writing an article can be a great way to introduce your product or services to your potential market. This is an invaluable tool in your toolbox. Your article will tell readers about you, lead them to where they can learn more and purchase. Use this as a free way to get links back to your website, to your website if you have one. If you don’t visit Arvixe. With so many webmasters looking for worthy articles to post on their site; if they post yours here is another site doing free advertising for you.
URL Submissions: Maybe the fastest and easiest way to advertise your site. It’s as simple as going to your search engine and just typing “free URL submission”. Select a listing, enter the URL to your product/service and click submit. That’s it. It takes just a few seconds and you’re done. Maintenance is as easy as setting aside one every 3 months to make new submissions.
Forum Posts: When signing up on some forums, by adding your product or service website to your signature it will be displayed when you are posting. You will be looking to post on topics relevant and appropriate to your product/services. The idea is to add value to the conversation while exposing your value and contact information to potential customers. This is not the place to spam. Please know the forum moderator will kick you off the forum, you can even be banned or blacklisted; but you will surely get a bad reputation. You can get involved by asking questions and giving valuable information related to your area of business. When participating in forums is beneficial to growing your visibility because once a post is made it stays forever. Even when topics are moved to the archive this quality information can still be searched and found.
Traffic Exchanges: This is form of free advertising is probably the most time consuming, but is absolutely the most effective. In the many forums I have visited, members said much of the profit they received came from traffic exchanges. If you don’t want to spend the time surfing for credits, you do have the option of buying them. I would look into a program that lets you surf multiple websites at once like crazy browser. There are others that are also free to download. This way just spending about an hour a day you can get a lot of your surfing done at once. Here’s more help if you are looking to grow your traffic.
News-groups: Becoming active in a group where your type of business is the focus. Here you can mail to the group once a day, so I would strongly encourage sharing fresh content each day. Readers will have no issues with tuning you out if you are sending the same information all the time. Again, remember, never spam anyone. Only join groups that share your interests. In other words, if you are selling sneakers don’t sign up for a jewelry making group.
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