Power Promte for FREE!

Written by Terri Seymour

When you first come online and are looking for a way to start your own business,repparttar information that you read can be overwhelming. Besides deciding what business you want to go into and designing and building your web site, you must now learn how to get people to come to your site.

It seems like an insurmountable task for people to find your site amongstrepparttar 125040 hundreds of thousands of web sites out there. Especially when most of us are businesses with budgets and often very strict ones. With this article, I am going to let you know about some ofrepparttar 125041 most effective promotion methods I have found and they are absolutely FREE!

*Writing Articles - Writing articles is a power-packed way of promoting yourself and your business. Not only do people read about your business in your resource box, but because of your articles you will become known as someone who knows what they are talking about and can be trusted.

Writing articles is not as hard as it may seem. Write about what you know and just write as if you were instructing a friend or co-worker. Do not be afraid to let your personality shine through. That is what will make your articles unique. After you write your article, you will need to get them out to other ezine and ebook publishers. Article lists are a great way of doing this. Subscribe torepparttar 125042 list below and submit those freshly written articles. mailto:aabusiness-subscribe@egroups.com mailto:article_announce-subscribe@egroups.com mailto:articles_archives-subscribe@egroups.com mailto:ArticlePublisher-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

*Discussion Lists and Message Boards - Those who know me or have read my articles before know that I am an avid believer of discussion lists and message boards. As with articles, you can establish your expertise and build your reputation which in turn will do wonders for promoting your business. Offer advice, help, ideas and post as often as possible! Make sure you have an effective sigline. I have made sales, business contacts and obtained subscribers just by welcoming new people to a group.

Be sure to followrepparttar 125043 guidelines for each group/board. You do not want to be accused of spamming! Get started with these groups & boards: mailto:Newbies911-subscribe@topica.com mailto:wahmhits-subscribe@yahoogroups.com http://start-smartz.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi#post http://www.powerhomebiz.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard//ikonboard.cgi

*Ad Swapping - If you publish an ezine ( which you most definitely should), ad swapping is a great way of getting your ad out there for free! Find other ezine publishers looking for swaps and send them an email asking if they would be interested in swapping. Tell them a little about your ezine and let them know where they can see a sample copy. If you don't know where to find other publishers to swap with visit these sites: http://www.freezineweb.com/ad-swaps1.html http://www.bizpromo.com/ezinetrades.htm http://www.businessstructure.com/ezineadswap.htm

Online Networking for a Better Business

Written by Terri Seymour

Networking is a very important part of building your business. When you partake in this form of marketing, you are establishing yourself and your reputation, which in turn can be a big boost to your business. You can also make some new friends, which is also a plus.

Networking is when you come in contact with as many people you can to learn, share, promote, and form relationships with prospective customers. You want to talk about your business, but not blatantly advertise. Get to know others, learn from them, let them learn from you and get to know you. This is an excellent way of building a strong foundation for your business.

What you don't want to do is be a walking commercial. This will not get you very far in your networking. Do not spam when you are networking.

There are many effective and free ways of networking online. Message boards and discussion lists arerepparttar two ways I have found to be most effective.

*Discussion Groups*

When you subscribe to discussion groups make sure you followrepparttar 125039 rules and guidelines for posting. You do not want to be accused of spam because you haven't readrepparttar 125040 rules. Most lists will allow a sig tag, which is a great way of advertising without spamming!

Introduce yourself and become an active member ofrepparttar 125041 group. As you offer advice and help, people will begin to visit your business because of you and your willingness to help and your knowledge. This will help you build a respectful reputation.

You will also learn from other members. We can never do enough of that! I have found some lists to be invaluable in finding resources, and expanding my knowledge.

Listed below are a few of my favorite lists: mailto:entrepreneurs-network-exchange-subscribe@yahoogroups.com mailto:WahmHits-subscribe@yahoogroups.com mailto:digital-women-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

This is a list of discussion groups ranging from ezine publishing, to web promotion, to home business ideas. I have just joined most of these myself, but they sound like informative, helpful groups.

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