?Promoting your small online business is a challenging mission, particularly if you do not have any ideas about the best methods to use. Amidst the so called "new" marketing techniques that currently swamp the Internet, you will sometimes find yourself confused in trying to decipher which processes work most effectively and which will just waste your valuable time and effort. To be successful with your business promotion online, you need to utilize the most effective marketing tools as much as possible to attract visitors. More importantly, you should concentrate your efforts in mastering the most suitable techniques for your company. Here are three of the most effective small business marketing strategies that can be implemented by almost any small business. 1. List building - This method is one of the marketing strategies that must be implemented in every small business promotion campaign. Many online marketers do not understand the importance of building a quality targeted email list, or the best way to achieve it. You must gain your prospects' trust and capture their contact information in order to build a list. Through this list, you can advertise your site or product to your prospects and later on turn them into paying customers. According to many of the famous online Gurus and Blogs that I have studied, research shows that people will keep ignoring your advert until they have seen it at least seven times. 2. Article marketing - This technique is also essential in online marketing, not only because it is free but because it is very effective too. Online users very often search for information from article directory sites because unlike a book or magazine they do not have to pay for the information. Be sure to write good quality articles and people will keep coming to your site for reference. 3. Forums - If you want to get the attention of search engines, you must join forums related to your business and participate in them. You have to make sure you always leave a link to your website in your signature, and search engines will very often index your site through forum discussions, sometimes in only a few hours if the forum is a popular one. This will give you more website traffic and higher search engine placement.