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Just because you have a website does not mean that people will find you. Building a website is one thing but getting traffic is another. Here are some ideas for promoting your web site without the cash out lay.
Viral marketing is getting people to recommend your site by emailing a friend your URL. Then that friend sends the link to 5 or 6 friends and each of those individuals send to 9 or 10 friends. Before long there are 100’s of people visiting your site because a friend told them about you. This is an extremely important and free method of getting people to your website. Get a Recommend this Site script from websites such as cgiscripts.com and similar directories of scripts. Some even go as far as giving incentives to those who recommend the site to their friends.
Search engine ranking is one of the most important keys to your success. Research shows that you want to create a niche market, do your research, and then create content and offer a product that is in demand. You want to be “THE” authority in your market niche. A great resource for understanding search engine optimization is www.webmasterworld.com “26 steps to 15K a day.
Send out press releases using as many internet resources as possible. You can find several that are free. A press release will attract media attention and create back links to your site. A back link is when another site places your link on their site. Search engines like this and it will help your ranking. Contact all of your friends and family that have email and ask them to bookmark your site as well to create back links.
You can create back links to your site by writing articles for other sites. In return for the article that creates content for the site owner they will allow you to place a link to your site from the article. Imagine writing 3 or 4 articles and having 20 or 30 sites posting those articles. That could result in 100 back links to your site!
You can also use Free Classified sites to create back links. They may not create a ton of traffic but they will create back links for you. The more back links you have the better!
· Craigslist http://www.craigslist.com
· Google Base http://base.google.com
· Recycler.com http://www.recycler.com/
· Yahoo Classifieds http://classifieds.yahoo.com/
· Classifieds for Free http://www.classifiedsforfree.com/
· US Free Ads http://www.usfreeads.com/
· Text Link Exchange http://www.txtswap.com/
Take a look at syndicating your site by using a RRS feed. When using an RRS feed you reserve a portion of your site where there is a constant feed of information about weather, jokes, motivation or news.
Diane Gardner has been an entrepreneur owning many successful businesses over the past 30 years. She currently owns several websites and generates over a million dollars in revenue each year from her internet ventures. Her biggest passion is to help other women succeed at home and in business. You will find helpful article, coaching forums, and much more at http://www.wahmhotline.com