An Action Plan For Marketing Your Web Site (Part 2)

Written by Joanne Glasspoole

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Depending on your market, a Web ring might be an excellent traffic generator. The one negative, in my opinion, isrepparttar "ugly" ring code you will need to include on your Web page. If you can live with this, I think Web rings are a good way to attract traffic from related sites.

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Press Releases--If you have something to say that is newsworthy, you may want to consider promoting your news with a press release. Dr. Kevin Nunley,, provides a service where he will write your press release and submit it to 5,000 radio, TV, talk shows, news programs, daily and weekly newspapers, syndication services, and e-zines for under $300.

Radio Interviews--If you are a specialist in your field, why not call your local radio stations and give them your name as an expert. The radio is a particularly good forum for social workers, psychologists, politicians, professors, financial analysts, nonprofit organizations, etc.

The following options--as compared torepparttar 125142 ones above--are more expensive, but if your company hasrepparttar 125143 money to spend on marketing, they are highly effective methods for branding. Even companies like Coca Cola, General Motors and IBM--all household names--spend millions of dollars a year on advertising.

- Radio ads - Print ads - Television ads


If you haven't already done so, you need to start an opt-in e-mail campaign. This is an excellent way to getrepparttar 125144 names and e-mail addresses of highly qualified prospects and leads. Furthermore, these people are giving you permission to contact them, so they want to hear from you. E-mail is a highly effective way to communicate--it's fast and it's cheap. Use e-mail to send your clients and prospects your newsletter; friendly reminder notices; information about upcoming sales and promotions, etc.

Managing a mail list is easy with automated listserve software. I use Majordomo and love it. Once I started using Majordomo to manage my e-mail lists, I noticed an increase in subscriptions. Majordomo makes it easy for people to subscribe/unsubscribe and makes my job easy, because it automatesrepparttar 125145 management of my e-mail lists.

There are free services that dorepparttar 125146 same thing as Majordomo, but one word of caution: I used to use Listbot until a few months ago when they went from free to fee-based. I think it's only a matter of time beforerepparttar 125147 other free services follow Listbot's lead, so be careful, because it can be a pain to transfer your list once it's been established.

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Yahoo! Groups


If you're new to E-zine publishing, request my article, "Publishing Your First E-Mail Newsletter,"


Sharing information with your clients, peers, and prospects is an excellent way to build relationships and credibility.

Articles--One of my articles was recently featured in WebProNews , and I was astounded byrepparttar 125148 exposure. In two days, I had more than 100 new subscribers to my newsletter, 20 qualified leads and more than 1,800 visitors to my Web site. Those numbers proverepparttar 125149 power of words!

There are a number of excellent Web sites and E-zines that will help you promote your articles to publishers looking for fresh content.

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Article Announce


White Papers--Promote white papers and other special reports on your Web site to encourage visitors to provide their e-mail address (this ties in to your opt-in e-mail campaign).

News Groups--News groups are great because you learn fromrepparttar 125150 expertise of others. They also provide an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and expertise. I have noticed an increase in traffic when I participate in online forums.

For a huge directory of Usenet groups, visit:

Google Groups (formerly

If you are a Webmaster, I highly recommend:

SitePoint Community Forums

Mail Lists--Similar to news groups, mail list messages are delivered directly to your in-box. Since some groups are pretty active, I highly recommend subscribing torepparttar 125151 digest version (if possible).

Here are two mail lists that I have found invaluable:


Linkexchange Digest

Speaking Engagements--Offer to speak for free at conferences, meetings, or seminars. If you distribute handouts, be sure to add your URL.


As in traditional business, your online business will benefit from networking. Some excellent venues to network include:

- Trade shows - Chamber of Commerce and other commerce-related organizations - Membership associations

As you can see, promoting a Web site is hard work. The myth "build it and they will come" is not true anymore. If you build it and then promote it, you will see your traffic steadily increase and that's good for business.

Copyright (c) 2001 by Joanne Glasspoole. Joanne Glasspoole is the editor/publisher of CYBER QUEST. Each issue is jam packed with original reports, news briefs, cool Webmaster tools, and more. To subscribe, send email to with "subscribe cyberquest" in the body of your message. Visit Joanne's web site at

Web Site Promotion 101

Written by Joanne Glasspoole

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With more than 3.2 billion Web pages competing against yours, you can't rely solely on Search Engines for site promotion.

In my experience,repparttar second most important marketing strategy is establishing link exchanges. In analyzing my visitor stats, it is clearly apparent thatrepparttar 125141 majority of my traffic comes fromrepparttar 125142 reciprocal linking partnerships I have established with Web sites that complement mine.

How do you go about establishing a linking partnership?

When I come across (or am referred to) an excellent online resource, I add it to my "Related Links" page, and, if it's appropriate, I contactrepparttar 125143 Webmaster to see whether they might be interested in swapping links with me. More times than not,repparttar 125144 response is positive.

Since relevant, high-quality links coming to your site from other sites is increasingly important in getting good Search Engine rankings, I recommend that you put establishing linking partnerships high on your marketing to do list.

For more information about link exchanges, check out . LinkLeads is a targeted search engine/portal of Web sites seeking reciprocal linking partners. Membership is free. Getting results is relatively easy.

Although this list is far from comprehensive, these two tasks are an important starting point in your online marketing strategy.

Like building a Web site, promoting it torepparttar 125145 world is hard work, but I guarantee your sense of accomplishment will be well worthrepparttar 125146 effort when you start to see results. More importantly, visitors!

Copyright (c) 2000-2001 by Joanne Glasspoole. Joanne Glasspoole is the editor/publisher of CYBER QUEST. Each issue is jam packed with original reports, news briefs, cool Webmaster tools, and more. To subscribe, send email to with "subscribe cyberquest" in the body of your message. Visit Joanne's web site at

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