10 BEST PLACES TO PROMOTE YOUR SITEWritten by Riyaj Shaik
Website promotion is an art. As a webmaster, I spend most of my time promoting my sites. Without a big budget you cannot promote a site overnight. Most webmasters don't have a big budget. So, they have to do it hard way. * Keep promoting it day in and day out. * Try different options. * Use trial and error to determine what works. * Spend countless hours to arrive at good places to promote site. Over years I have promoted my sites at hundreds, if not thousands, of different places online, some good, some not so good. I want to share with you 10 best places to promote your site so that you won't spend as many hours as I have in finding them.Before You Start Promoting Your Site Be sure to create and include Meta tags on every page. Also, don't use all of free submit utilities on same day since many of them submit to same search engines. Wait at least one week before you use next utility. You may want to open an email account on hotmail or another of free email services and use that email address if you plan to submit to free for all links since many send a confirmation email, or add you to a mailing list. The Big Ten 1. Self-Promotion: This is best place to start promoting your site. And best of all it is free to use. However, for only $10, you can have your data stored for one year so that you can promote your site over and over without retyping information. Self-promotion allows you to promote your site to over 400 different search engines, indexes, business directories, international indexes, directories and awards. http://www.selfpromotion.com 2. Jim Tools: This is another free utility that promotes your site to 400 search engines and indexes and over 200 Free-For-All (FFA) links pages. Do not use Self-Promotion and Jim Tools in same week since many of search engines and indices are same. Compared to Self-Promotion, Jim Tools takes a lot less time to submit to 400 search engines and indexes. http://www.jimtools.com The two free utilities above let you submit one URL to 400 different search engines and indices at a time. However, in some cases submitting your home page URL alone isn't enough. You have to "deep submit" your site. Deep submit is nothing more than submitting each and every page of your site. If you have 100 pages in your site, then you must use above free, utilities 100 times to submit all of them. (Deep submission is possible with Self-Promotion's paid service.) But don't worry. You can use following deep submit utilities to submit multiple URLs at same time. 3. Associate-it Free Submit: This free utility lets you submit all pages in your site at one time to 24 major search engines. All submissions are done in real time, you can watch submission results as they happen. Depending on speed of your Internet connection and number of different pages you are submitting, this may take any where between three minutes to a few hours. The good thing is that you can start submission and then surf Net as usual in a different browser window. http://www.associate-it.com/html/main/300free/ 4. The Promoter: This is similar to Associate-it Free Submit, but it will submit multiple URLs to 800 search engines, indices, FFA pages, classifieds, etc. at one time. This works much like Associate-it Free Submit. You can start
The Most Effective Way To Promote Your Site Is Free (Sort Of)Written by B.L. Ochman
How much does Number One tool for promoting your Internet business cost? Nothing. It's free. (Sort of.)
As many successful and self-proclaimed experts can attest, Number One way to promote your site is by writing and placing articles for ezines, newsletters and other sites. The cost is your time and expertise. The payoff is enormous and substantive. And no other marketing tool - including advertising and search engine listings -- comes close for creating name recognition, establishing you as an expert and building your credibility.
Write an article for right ezine and you can get your name and your URL seen by as many as a million readers or more. Write for ten smaller ezines and achieve same result.
The majority of now more than 100,000 ezines and newsletters published on Internet are looking for high level content. Master technique of writing articles and there is a huge market ready for your material.
Instant Credibility Most online publications carry guest articles. And at end of articles are a few lines about author, giving his or her site's URL, generally with a live link.
You give a publisher permission to publish your article in exchange for inclusion of a short bio which essentially endorses you as an expert.
Tips and how-to articles are particularly popular. The key to being successfully published in ezines is to make your content really useful, and not to write an advertisement for you and your services. If your article convinces readers you know your stuff, they'll seek you out.
What It Takes Editors of high-circulation ezines receive many submissions each week and select only best ones. Some guidelines for making your articles publishable are: * Write with a sincere desire to teach, inform and share your expertise. * Use a headline that's descriptive and intriguing, but not cute. * Use good grammar and correct spelling. Don't rely on spell check! * Writing is about re-writing. Write your article, let it sit for a day or two, edit and re-write. Read your article aloud. You'll be surprised at improvements you can make when you read article a second and third time. * Keep your bio to 5 or 6 lines or less and don't make it sound like an ad or it will be edited. * Unless there is a "click here to submit articles" button, send a short email to publisher describing your article and asking whether he/she would like to see it. Address editor by name, never send a "Dear Editor" email. * Make your article 500 to 750 words. * Most publishers want your article sent in text format. Some want article in body of an email because they won't open an unsolicited attachment. Ask what they prefer! * Most importantly, read several issues of ezine before you contact editor so you know what kind of content he/she runs. * Check out "Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in Digital Age" for tips on writing colloquially in online environment http://hotwired.lycos.com/hardwired/wiredstyle oc/index.html