As you know the cost of promoting your business is just outrageous. This is especially true if you are just starting out. You get into this business to make money and right off the bat you are being asked to spend hundreds of dollars to promote your site or business. And in doing so there really is no guarantee that you will get visitors to your site let alone customers that are ready to buy. Fortunately, I will be going over 5 ways you can promote your online business, and the best part is that all 5 ways are absolutely free, well almost they will cost you some time.
One of the first ways you want to promote your business is to write and submit a press release. There are many press release sites that you can submit to for free. What you want to do is write a good informative story about your business. It would also be a good Idea to include some information about you and how you came about starting your business. This is a great way to get some interest and exposure to your business.
Next would be using traffic exchanges. Traffic exchanges are good in that they give your business exposure to others trying to promote their own business. What you are basically doing in traffic exchanges is surfing for traffic, at the same time there are hundreds of others that are doing the same thing. The more you surf the more credit you get. As your credits grow so does the amount of times your page is shown. This is a good way to get traffic to your site and a great way to build your list.
Online forums are also another great way to promote your business. In forums you will find a wealth of information from members who have been in business for a while. The forum community is a great place to share ideas and get feedback on your own projects. As you grow in the forums you will find that you start giving advice to newbies who ask questions. This happens fairly quickly. One thing to remember about forums is that they are not a place to advertise your sites. You do promote by having your signature file. It is included at the end of every post. Your signature file links to your site, so the more active you are in the forum the more trust you build. This will cause people to click on your links.
Blogging is another excellent way to promote your site. All you need to do is set up a blog and submit to it every day. After each post or update make sure you ping the site so that it gets submitted to blog directories. Another great way to use blogging is to surf other blogs that have content relevant to your site. Read different posts and submit comments to the posts. At the end of your comments make sure that you include a link to your site or blog this way people who read your comments and like what you have to say they will probably visit you site.
Finally there is article writing. This is probably my favorite way of generating traffic. The more articles you write and submit to directories the more traffic and back links you will build for your site. Also article writing is a great way for you to learn about the subject you are writing about. If you want to write about a subject and do not know too much about it, all you have to do is a little research before you write the article. After writing a few articles on the same subject you start to distinguish yourself as an expert in that area. That is a good shot to your credibility.
As you can see these 5 ways to promote your business are pretty good but they do take some time to complete. As they say nothing really is free. But I can tell you from experience putting the time in to do these 5 things consistently will do wonders for your business. So what are you waiting for? Get Busy.