30 Free ways to market your small business by hanifshah19


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									30 Free Ways To Market Your Small Business Site
Are you looking for ways to market your small business website with a limited budget?

Whether it’s with established sites such as Google and Facebook, or newer outlets like
Pinterest, there are plenty of options available to promote your site.

There are at least 30 ways to market your website with a time investment and no credit
card required. Some of these are oldies but goodies, while others are newer and exciting
avenues you may not have tried out yet.
Here are 30 things you can do today to get started marketing your website for free.

  1.    Press releases still work. Granted a submission to PRWeb or a Vocus account
       make the pickup and link benefit much easier, but those cost dollars – so for this
       article lets reiterate the best free press release sources:

            24-7PressRelease.com
            PRLog.org
            IdeaMarketers.com
  2. Send the press release to your local media outlets, or any niche media outlets
     that may be interested in what you do.

  3.  Claim, verify, and update your Google Local Business listing. This is extremely
     important. Google Local Listings have been absorbed into Google+, so be sure to
     check out this great resource over at Blumenthals.com to keep up to date on how
     to manage your Google Local Listing.
  4. Find a niche social media site that pertains to your exact business and
     participate. Be helpful, provide relevant and useful information, and your word of
     mouth advertising will grow from that engagement.

              Examples:

                      Travel or hospitality business – Tripadvisor.com forums
                      Photography store – Photo.net or RockTheShotForum.com
                      Wedding Planning or Favor site –
                     Brides.com or Onewed.com forums
                      Search your niche or service plus forums to find ideas. If there
                    isn’t a forum out there, consider starting one.

  5.    Build a Google+ page for your business and follow businesses that are related to
       your product or service niche. Share informative and relative content and link to
       your profile from your website. You should also consider allowing users to +1 your
       content on a page by page basis.
6.    Setting up joint benefit with local businesses or others in your niche can help you
     reach eyes you never did before. Be sure to answer the question "Will my user
     find this information beneficial as they shop and purchase?" every time you link to
     a resource, or request a link or listing on another site.

7.  Comment and offer original, well thought out, sensible information, opinion and
   help on blogs that are relevant to your website's topic and be sure to leave your
   URL. Even if a nofollow tag is attached, you could gain a bit of traffic and some
   credibility as an authority on the subject matter. This is not blog comment
   spamming, this is engaging in a conversation relevant to your website's topic.
8. Set up and verify a Webmaster Central Account at Google.

9. Set up a Bing Webmaster Tools account and verify it.
10. Update or create your XML sitemap and upload it to Google Webmaster Tools
   and Bing Webmaster Tools.
11. Write a "how-to" article that addresses your niche for Wikihow.com or
   Answers.com. This is kind of fun and a good resource for getting mentions and
   links. Looking at your product or service in a step-by-step manner is often
   enlightening in several ways. It can help you better explain your products and
   services on your own website. I will say I don’t know why some of these sites still
   rank well, many of them are junk. I do like most of the answers on the two sites
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