Here are some free advertising tips to help you promote your website or blog. Some of these tips you might already know, some you might not. Either way, I hope you learn something new and this article will help your SEO efforts. Give them a try and feel free to leave me a comment with your experience on what works best for you.
Free Advertising Basics
There are many ways to advertise your website or blog for free. Advertising online is easy to do and just takes a few minutes in most cases, depending on what type of ad you're promoting. You can take the first step in starting your free advertising by doing a simple search for "free advertising" on any major search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Msn.
Remember when posting your ads, to bookmark the website where you posted the ad so you can return often to repost, edit or delete the ad or ads, as needed. You can save yourself a lot of time when placing multiple ads, by simply first typing your ads in Microsoft Word, then simply copying/pasting that information onto the online ad form fields.
Below are some ways you can start free advertising. Try all of these methods and see what works best for you. Free advertising can be time consuming and will take some manual work on your part but it's well worth it and will pay off in the long run.
How To Advertise for Free
Promote your website or blog by writing articles
Article marketing is one of the most effective and easy ways to get free traffic to your blog or website from search engines without paying for advertising. There are many free blog platform sites you can start with like, blogger.com and wordpress.com. Once you start writing articles, you can add a link to your website or blog in your article exposing your link to anyone who reads it. If you sign up to write articles on top article sites like Squidoo, GoArticles or EzineArticles, your articles will automatically show up in search engines, some articles even get to #1 spot on google, which most pay hundreds, even thousands in advertising pay per click ads to acheive the #1 spot. Sites like Ezine Articles and Squidoo will even help bring more traffic to your articles.
Post your website or blog to free Web Directories
You can find free web directories by doing searches for "free web directories". Keep in mind, two out of the three listed below require a business e-mail rather then your personal e-mail address such as yahoo, hotmail, or msn due to spam policies. The five largest free directories to submit to are www.dmoz.org, www.worldsiteindex.com, www.domaining.in, www.webworldindex.com, and www.searchsight.com.
Post your website or blog in Social Networking sites or Blog Directory sites
This is another one of the most effective, free way to advertise. Most Social Networking websites have millions of users and viewers and with the recent popularity of social networking, this will continue to grow. Sites like Technorati, Del.ic.ious, Blinklist, Digg, Reddit, and Propellar are great social networking sites to start with as they are the most popular and show up on the first page of search engines like Google. You can register an account for free and as long as you follow their spam policy, you will get alot of free traffic by just booking marking your blog posts, blog, website or articles. The search engines automatically pick these sites up according to the tags and keywords you use in your bookmark. In google, do a search for "Top Blog Sites to Submit Your Blog To" and post your blog or blogs on those sites as well. If you do a search for "Top Social Networking Sites" they are easy to find on any major search engine.
Submit your link to websites with high traffic
Another very effective way to get in the search engines for free through backlinks. Backlinks are sites your website link is listed on. The more sites you are listed on, the more backlinks you will receive - meaning the search engines will find your site when someone does a search with your keywords depending on how many backlinks you have. If you know of a similar website to yours with very high traffic and a good page rank of google, take a minute to leave a comment or request a link exchange from their webmaster. Each directory has their own policy but once you website link is listed on a high traffic site, it can really increase your traffic. If you don't see "submit or suggest a site" link, click on "contact us", and e-mail the webmaster sending a nice, professional e-mail about why you like their website asking them to exchange links with you.
There are many ways to advertise, so you will need to try several methods to see which ones work best for you. I hope this article was helpful to those who need advice on how you can advertising for free in today's competitive market. Remember, don't give up! Stay positive and always do your own research and learn as much as you can. Good luck and happy advertising!