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. Keep in mind, 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.
Promote your website or blog by writing articles then submitting them to top article directories
There are many free blog websites like, blogger.com, wordpress.com and yahoo360.com that you can sign up with and start your own blog. Once you start blogging or 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 Squidoo.com, GoArticles or EzineArticles.com, your articles will automatically show up in search engines when someone does a search with your keyword from the article or blog you wrote, thus getting you free search engine exposure. You can also write an article when you post your blog with the same content and add a link to that article on your blog as long as you still to the policies at that article website. Article marketing is one of the most effective and easy ways to get free traffic to your blog or website, thus getting you and your sites more exposure.
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 dmoz.org, worldsiteindex.com, domaining.in, webworldindex.com, and searchsight.com.
Join Group Forums on Yahoo, Google and MSN
When you join group forums, you can post your ads free and they will be visable to all forum members once they log into the group forum or via e-mail if they sign up to receive their messages that way. Your ad will show up in the main forums, major search engine of the provider who provides the group forum and all forum member's inboxes. You should post your ads at least once every day or few days for your ad to be seen, otherwise rotating ads will replace your ad with the most recent post and your ad will most likely not be viewed. This method is very effective and free but requires a lot of time and maintenance.
Send your ads with free group forum mailers
Most group forum mailers will charge you a fee for this service but there are some that offer free trials. The great thing about these mailers is they already have a form set-up to mail your ad to all the group forums you have signed up with so instead of visiting each group forum and posting your ad manually, you do it all in one shot. Most group forum mailers require that you join the group forums they mail to before sending your ad out. This method can be very effective and can mean your ad reaching hundreds if not thousands per day! You will need to use the mailer at least once per day for your ad to be viewed.
Join Free Advertising Forums
This is a great way to start posting ads for free. Free Advertising Forums are easy to find on any search engine and it's easy to sign up and get
started. You should post your ads at least once per day if you want your ad to be viewed due to the high volume of ads being posted by other members.
Post your website or blog in Social Networking sites or Blog Directory sites
This is one of the most effective free way to advertise. Most Social Networking websites have millions of users and viewers and growing. Sites like Technorati, Del. ic. ious, Blinklist, Digg, Reddit, and Propellar are great social networking sites to start with. Sign up is free and as long as you follow their spam policy, you will get alot of free traffic by social bookmarking. The search engines automatically pick these sites up according to the tags and keywords you use in your bookmark. 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 “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.
Spend some time and try all these methods and see if your traffic doesn't increase. There are many ways to advertise, so you will need to use several methods to see which ones work best for you. Keep in mind, high web traffic can depend on what kind of website you are promoting, how well your ad is written and how often you post it. I hope this article was helpful to those who need advice on how you can advertising for free in today's competitive market. Happy advertising!
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