What is your best way to advertise your business?

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  1. KMaclean profile image60
    KMacleanposted 15 years ago

    As you cannot post any links, I just wondered how people were gettting traffic to their businesses, other than adsense of course.

    Here is what I use, it may help you out. Also please feel free to post your own methods for others as well.

    Traffic Exchanges: The main idea is not really to sell a certain product on exchanges, its just to fast usually 30 secs. I got this tip from Tony Tezack, who is a long time te fan.  What you want to do is build your own splash pages with your pic on them.  If people keep seeing your face over time, they will want to see what it is that your about.

    Article Marketing:
    Squeeze pages:

    1. waynet profile image69
      waynetposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Yep that is called branding and you must do this on any type of business whether online or offline, while traffic exchanges can bring in some traffic when used correctly for business branding purposes, most of it is not targeted, so you have to figure out how you leave the trail of breadcrumbs to your splash pages and get them to sign up to your free newsletter or offer.

      Usually you need to build up several areas on the internet that have your search terms that you should have researched previously and place them as backlinks to your website or splash page, so that you can dominate your specific keywords, over time you will have built up serious traffic and begin to be positioned at the top of the search results for your searchable keywords.

      It's best to get this bit done first, and then track all of your splash page campaigns so that you know where and when your clicks or visitors are coming from.

    2. darkside profile image75
      darksideposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Adsense won't get traffic to your site.

      Perhaps you meant AdWords.

    3. rogerbeta profile image60
      rogerbetaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I used to work with Tony, and I respect him very much for his integrity and how a good example he is as a hard worker and a leader. I have a page that has more than 40 TE ranked by their timer and I used them to test a campaign before I move it to PPC.

    4. jessdoit profile image59
      jessdoitposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Hi KMaclean,

      Jess here, I have a website that may give you some ideas to help you out with traffic.

      Visit:  <snipped promotional link>


    5. thranax profile image76
      thranaxposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Branding is a great way of getting people to know your business. Think about Apple, they give you those stupid white apple stickers with your ipod? Well you put them places and people want to know what they are and you see them over and over again.

    6. BigTicketDepot profile image60
      BigTicketDepotposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Getting traffic to your hubpages, is probably the most important factor you will need to consider if you are looking to make money online.

      Traffic equals customers, and without customers, you aren't going to sell much are you?
      Therefore, i have put together a list of the Top 100 ways to get traffic to your hub.
      Try your best to follow all of our recommendations, and you will be on the road to success in no time at all.

      Please Note** There are no referral links here at all**

      1. Join Adland Pro, add friends, and join communities. (Highly recommended!)

      2. Make sure you sign up with Technorati and ping it every time you update your hub content.

      3. Ping RSS aggregators after each post. Use a ping service such as Pingomatic to ping RSS aggregators.

      4. Submit your hub to lots of directories, using Directory submitter

      5. Use trackbacks whenever possible.

      6. Leave comments on blogs that are in the same niche as yours.

      7. Make sure you tell all of your friends about your hub.

      8. Always use your hub url when posting in forums.

      9. Use bait to entice people to click your link.

      10. Inform all of your subscribers about your hubasap.

      11. Always write a Press Release for your hub.

      12. Link to other hubs in your hub postings

      13. Try to tag your posts using Technorati tags

      14. Submit all of your posts to all social bookmarking sites using Onlywire

      15. Stumble all of your posts with Stumble Upon.

      16. In your postings, answer questions from Yahoo Answers

      17. Answer questions on forums related to your niche with a link to one of your hubs that answers the question.

      18. Set up a feed with Feed Burner and keep better track of your hub.

      19. Put lists on your hubs such as "My Favourite Affiliate Programs"
      Many of the most popular hub posts are lists like this one.

      20. Always try to use pictures/images. All of the top hubbers do!.

      21. Try to put video on your hub whenever possible.

      22. Try to find out what people want to read about in your specific niche.
      Then write about it!

      23. If you hear a news story, try to be the first to post about it..

      24. Use keyword research to find good keywords to use in your posts.

      25. Try to stir things up, by posting controversial posts

      26. Strongly Agree or strongly disagree with other hub postings.
      Then write about it and include a link to the hub.

      27. Your readers should find it easy to sign up for your RSS feed.

      28. Also, make sure that readers can digg your post..

      29. Always give your readers the opportunity to bookmark your hubs.

      30. If it's possible, try to interview well known people in your specified niche.

      31. Ensure that you give credit to any hub that inspires your post.

      32. Under NO circumstances, should you be boring. Nobody likes boring people.

      33. Don't get too technical. Always try to write for beginners.

      34. Group writing projects are well worth taking part in.

      35. Participate in hub memes.

      36. Create a hub meme and then tag all of your friends.

      37. Always try and participate in blog or hub carnivals.

      38. Always post to your hub at different times of the day.

      39. Submit all of your best posts using an Article Submitter

      40. Try to write "Killer Content".

      41. Learn how to start a group hub. Group hubs get more traffic, because more people are creating the content and more people are promoting it.

      42. Allow guest partners on your hub

      43. Create a hub meme and tag an A-list blogger who you like.

      44. Submit your hub to athe regular directories, such as Dmoz.

      45. Promote your hub by joining "Spicy Page"

      46. Try to join a hub web ring.

      47. Sign up for Twitter and promote your hub on it.

      48. Join Link And Blog

      49. Join as many free traffic programs as you can.

      50. Exchange your ads with complimentary hubs

      51. Trade hub role links with other related hubs in your niche.

      52. Join up at Rojo. Subscribe to your feed and then click “add mojo” on your better articles.

      53. Add a Plug-In, so your readers know when there are new comments.

      54. Enable visitors to submit your post to all Social Bookmarking Sites.
      Don't specify just one, eg Digg.

      55. Put a tell-a-friend script on your hub.

      56. Make sure your visitors can bookmark your page in their browser.

      57. Make it exceptionally easy for readers to add links to your hubs.

      58. Always use easy to read fonts on your hub pages.

      59. Make sure your hub has a professional looking design.

      60. Make sure your hub is easy to navigate.

      61. Highlight all of your most popular posts.

      62. Some of your posts should ask provocative questions.

      63. For the titles of your hub posts, use questions!

      64. Use your best keywords in your hub title

      65. Always reply to questions you recieve via email.

      66. Also, reply to every question that you get asked on your hub.

      67. Tell other hubbers about your best posts. eg. breaking news!

      68. Always give away free stuff, such as ebooks and web tools.

      69. If you get the opportunity - Run a competition.

      70. Publish videos on you tube and enter your URL at the beginning and end.

      71. Install a translation plug-in service

      72.Ensure that anything that leaves your home,has your URL on it.
          Business Cards, mailing labels, stationary etc.

      73. Search for a list of web 2.0 websites, and promote your hub on as many of them as you can.

      74. Search for Wikis related to your niche to submit your hub to.
      For example,“make money online wiki” or “internet marketing wiki”.

      75. Try to give regular polls - Use a plug-in like "Democracy"

      76. If possible, try to add a trivia quiz page. People will always love a quiz!

      77. Place e-card pages on your blog.

      78. Add a forum on your hub. This will enable visitors to comment on your niche.

      79. Place a Wiki onto your hub.

      80. Join Hubpages and in your articles, be sure to add links to your hub.

      81. Join Blink List and make a list of hubs with your hub in it. - Then blink it.

      82. When you get a moment, join up at 43 Things. Then write a list, of 43 things that you would like to achieve. Place your hub URL in the list.

      83. Sign up free at Blogger Party. Once you have joined, write posts and link them back to your own URL.

      84. Create a Squidoo Lens with a link to your hub.

      85. Provide Wikipedia articles with links to your hub where it makes sense.

      86. Let other hub authors review your hub, by telling them that you will link back to them.

      87. Join Blog catalog, this is very similar to MyBlogLog.

      88. Create a Facebook or MySpace page. Once they are created, put your hub onto your personal page, and invite some friends over.

      89. Get a good knowledge of SEO - Search Engine Optimization

      90. When you are writing, it is vitally important that you use proper punctuation, correct spelling and excellent grammar. Readers appreciate this!

      91. Make sure that you submit your hub, to all of the directories in your niche.

      92. Everytime you publish a new post, make sure that you email your friends and instant messenger friends.

      93. If you own any more websites, add a link to your hub from them.

      94. If you write a post about any of the top hubbers in your county/state or country. Let them know about it. They will more than likely place a link back to you.

      95. Make sure you promote all of your posts on any related newsgroups.

      96. Always post frequently and consistantly.

      97. Submit your site to free website review sites.

      98. Look for sites that end in .edu that have link pages. These are great!

      99. Arrange to give out Hub Awards. Then tell your fellow Hubbers about it.

      100. Put both of your hands together and Pray

      I hope this helps you get more traffic.

      Richard Donlevy
      BigTicketDepot Team Leader ID#X1034
      <snipped link - no signatures please!>

    7. andyjhunt profile image58
      andyjhuntposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Great post..

      I just created a new hub which may interest your readers,
      I will check out your suggestion.

      http://hubpages.com/hub/Money-Making-Se … f-the-Rich

    8. efeglo profile image60
      efegloposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Please read others articles, it will helps grow your traffic and also post comments too.  Cause it  works. And with God all things work together for good to them that loves HIM.  Everyone is equal in His eyes.  Love people even if you just meet them for the first time, cause you don't know where you will meet again.  Make good use of that great opportunity you have today, cause you might not have it tomorrow.  Let people remember you for the good deed you have done.  Thanks.

    9. profile image0
      terrygposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I so agree with you that traffic exchanges are the only way to go when promoting certain products.

      I have written a hub about my ongoing experiment on one particular site and solely use traffic exchanges to promote the site. Its been fun to do.

      The kicker is though that while I have surfed a few te's I have won $10 direct to paypal, a solo email advertisement to 5,000+ members, two professional upgrades and tons of credits.

      I think if you need a promotion, use a traffic exchange, but only promote your product, not adsense or advertisements as thats a no no.

    10. profile image53
      dv1000posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I think the best way getting more deals is making more friends by webs like social website,forum,etc.and contribute some knowledge in your field.

    11. profile image48
      NextBigPictureposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Hi All,
      Want to to be in TIME Magazine?

      Be Part of the Next Big Picture: http://www.nextbigpicture.com

      Next Big Picture will be advertised in TIME's 2009 Person of the Year Issue. (Dec 18th, 2009)

      1. my-success-guru profile image55
        my-success-guruposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Have you ever tried anything like this before? If you did what were the results?

  2. Rudra profile image69
    Rudraposted 15 years ago

    I think those kind of programmes are not allowed but do check.

    1. profile image28
      prosonposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      what do you mean by not allowing? I don't quite get it here

  3. Apae profile image60
    Apaeposted 15 years ago

    I've tried traffic exchanges before and I must say - they do not work.

    1. waynet profile image69
      waynetposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      There is some benefit in every online transaction and effort applied is only equalled by the time you put in.

      What works for some may not work for others and vice versa, lead capture pages are something of importance if you've got something good to direct your future subscribers to, a quality product or service that is targeted and meets the needs of the people who have searched online and found your page or website.

      Leaving the breadcrumbs so that they can be found is the easy bit, making it more focused and identifying where your traffic is coming from and indeed going to come from is the research part that anyone should do to effectively market a website online.

    2. darkside profile image75
      darksideposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      That and the fact that Google doesn't like people using traffic exchanges that involve pages with Adsense advertising on it.

      1. VioletSun profile image76
        VioletSunposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        No wonder my website's rank is not very high, and it's a good site, spent 6 months working on it. I  subscribed to a service that provides one way links (I have over  1,000) and many of them have Adsense. One learns something new everyday. Traffic is my main issue, can't seem to generate it unless I am paying a lot of money for Adsense, and my sales are much less than what I pay monthly for ads, so I paused them for now; still get traffic but not as much. Thanks for this info.

      2. danielpyle profile image60
        danielpyleposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Most traffic exchanges will not allow sites with google adsense on the pages.  You best bet for traffic exchanges are a lead capture page offering a free report.  There are a million places on
        the internet to get information about both.  I find that I get a good healthy response from email marketing when I find the right community to do this in.  Social Networks are absolutely huge as well.

    3. seriessek profile image58
      seriessekposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You have to find friends!

    4. mybizwins67 profile image58
      mybizwins67posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      They work, you just need to advertise a lead capture page
      instead of your affiliate link.
      Traffic Exchanges are excellent for building a list
      of contacts. Once you have your own list of
      contacts you can advertise to them whatever
      business you are with.


  4. siddhinfo profile image39
    siddhinfoposted 15 years ago

    But what if some one post their URL in the post? His thread will be removed from forum or will asked to moderate it.

  5. Ryan_West profile image58
    Ryan_Westposted 14 years ago

    If you are an expert in your industry then you can go to Yahoo Answers an start posting answers to people questions. You can leave a source website url with every answer you make though I think you should have a quality content site for that. If you start giving just a plain business website your answers might get flagged.

    The traffic you'll receive depends on your industry/niche and your answers but if you like writing and helping people then it also might be pretty fun to do. Also a good way for self promotion.

  6. profile image49
    qualityposted 14 years ago

    Advertising is simply this: I go to google type in free advertising and then I fill out as many as I want, You could also get a free web pag as well. If you go online make sure that you type free in the front of it and there you are.

    There are so many options you realy don't know if you will have time to fill it out but then after time you get to thinking do you want to fill any more out for being tiered.

    There is web pags that will give you free contract help and more.

    You can get so many things of being on live just do what I suggested free in front of what you write. (It works great) In stead of trying to figure out where theygo. Your biggeat worrie will be what one do you want. HAHAHAHA have a great time.

  7. ads4free profile image58
    ads4freeposted 14 years ago

    Advertising Tips to Boost Any Business
    <snipped promotional link>

    1. Mark Knowles profile image57
      Mark Knowlesposted 14 years agoin reply to this


  8. Best2008Opp profile image54
    Best2008Oppposted 14 years ago

    What Is Working On Right Now... I Mean At This Moment...! TODAY!

    4-Article Marketing

    If you are trying to make some money online and you dont do any of those, then you are not in business! PERIOD.

    Learn How I make my living from -->><snipped promotional link>

    1. Mark Knowles profile image57
      Mark Knowlesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      This is most entertaining. We should change the forum name to spammers anonymous.

  9. PeterScotts profile image60
    PeterScottsposted 14 years ago

    Social networking sites such as MySpace etc.

    You tube and any of the other 50 or so Video sites

    Sites set up like <snipped promotional link>

    Instant Buzz.com

    List joe .com

    Hope this helps you

    Be GREAT in 08

    All the best!

    Peter Scott

  10. sjtpalmer profile image59
    sjtpalmerposted 14 years ago

    For me, the most effective advertising relies on capturing the "low-hanging fruit". In other words, I want to harness the power of those already looking for my products or services online. I do this primarily through natural and paid search engine optimization (SEO or PPC).

  11. profile image47
    ayushdposted 14 years ago

    Hello All,
    The promotion process is taking its leap to next level.
    New ideas and methodologies are been innovated day be day adding to the most traditional methodologies and recent trends.
    I have listed a few on my website have a look:

    <snipped promotional link>

    1. Mark Knowles profile image57
      Mark Knowlesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Dude, if you are going to take the trouble to join just to post a link, the least you could do is write in proper English. big_smile

      1. vietnamese profile image67
        vietnameseposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Is this proper English: "me no si speek engelish"? heheehehehe

        1. mhei profile image60
          mheiposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          hahaha.that's a good one big_smile

    2. kpfingaz profile image69
      kpfingazposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Spamming isn't new or innovative...wth is this guy talking about?

      Ah the irony...

  12. predatornow profile image38
    predatornowposted 14 years ago

    Here's what I would suggest...

    When first starting to work online most people have very little or no money at all for advertising.

    As with any business, advertising is essential..so.. you need to find sources that are free.

    There are numerious websites that have free classifieds..

    Join free safe lists for emailing prospects..

    Use free ad-blasters to submit mass amounts of ads for linking purposes..

    Reverse market businesses advertising to you...

    Write Blogs..

    Create as many free web pages linking to your Main site as possible...

    Leave business cards with your website link on it everywhere you go..store bulletin boards,
    on the gas pump, on the coffee counter...

    Read business marketing websites and LEARN every trick you can!

    Good Luck Newbies!
    Call me if you like...

    1. danielpyle profile image60
      danielpyleposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Always track your ads!  This way you know where your sign ups or sales are coming from.
      The social networks work if you are not a spam bot.  Which means that a few of you would not make squat there.

  13. lucysdoghouse profile image60
    lucysdoghouseposted 14 years ago

    I thought these forums were not about spam. 

    Does anyone have experience with making videos for You Tube as an advertising tool?  I have read a little about it and it seems a great way to get viral.  Anyone know where I could go to outsource this kind of effort?

  14. lucysdoghouse profile image60
    lucysdoghouseposted 14 years ago

    I am sorry I did not answer the original question.

    I get traffic to my site mostly from Search Engines through SEO.
    Email Marketing comes in second
    Traffic from my various links that were built for SEO purposes

    I just started with an affiliate program and article marketing.  They have yet to show significant traffic or sales but I am hopeful. 

    I blog and do social networking as well.  Both of these things deliver a small stream of traffic and sales. 

    All the best,


  15. kiwi91 profile image66
    kiwi91posted 14 years ago

    Forums have brought the most traffic to our sites. If you can stick to it, and not spam, forum posting can bring in huge traffic. You just have to find a relevant forum to post in.

    We've used Link Referral for quite some time to generate traffic. While the buyer ratio is much, much smaller, it does generate some sales and helps rank the site better in search engines. It's also good for networking.

  16. jboland profile image53
    jbolandposted 14 years ago

    I think if you're really serious about building traffic to your website or blog, the secret is to really knuckle down and start pounding out good quality content that people want to read. 

    As others in this thread have suggested, that could be a Squidoo lens, hubpage, dedicated blog or focused website related to the niche you're trying to promote. 

    There's no "trick" to building organic traffic via the search engines, I'm not remotely smart enough to compete with the hundreds of PhD's working on Google's algorithms.  So I think "keeping it real" is the first step to promoting your website on the web.

    I know when I first started "marketing" (if you can call it that) I would do just about anything people suggested, spam forums, write junk press releases, traffic exchanges, anything it took just to start seeing a trickle of traffic. . .  thing was, when I really looked at the content I had produced it sounded just like everyone else's stuff.  Hype.  The few prospects who actually contacted me were desperate and broke, just like me. . . funny how that works.     

    I was one of the faceless many.  But that was really a trial by fire lesson, because I had to find what worked best for me, and then really focus my energy on getting better at those activities.

  17. Mschanl profile image57
    Mschanlposted 14 years ago

    Hi All,

    This is going to be a challenge---putting a good resource for getting traffic without putting the link here.
    I agree, that one needs to get as much free advertising as possible and promote ones URL in forums. Not just any forum but preferably those that will potentially be interested in what you have to offer. If you have diet pills for example, no matter how helpful you are in a dating forum, no matter how many people you help and stumble on your URL, very few if any will be interested in your product as they are more interested in getting dates than getting thin.

    You'll do better in forums where their main concern is losing weight.The thing is, no matter how good your intention is, once you put your url there, people will think you're spamming right away and will turn them off. You need to build your reputation by being helpful before people will be interested enough to find more about you, hopefully stumble upon your website. That of course will take a lot of time.

    The secret to getting good traffic cheaply is by learning to rank high in the search engines yourself. Most online businesses fail because they either don't have traffic or they're ranked high but their  expense for ads is high too--more than the profits they have in a month! The smarter way is to learn to rank high for as cheap as possible or better yet for free.

    While most webhost could give you fancy looking websites, that's all they do. Only one <snipped promotional link> shows you how to rank high in the search engines. They even have a forum where members help each other and always have their site url on their signature. If you use this webhost, you won't have trouble getting traffic. Majority of the members are at the top 1% in the search engine rankings. All you have to do as most of you say is put good content in your site.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image57
      Mark Knowlesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I thought you weren't going to put a link? LOL

      1. Shirley Anderson profile image59
        Shirley Andersonposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Mark, I think you should head up the first Spammer's Annonymous group.  I don't think you'll be lacking in attendees, judging by the posts I've seen just in this thread.

  18. Mschanl profile image57
    Mschanlposted 14 years ago

    I said it's going to be a challenge--I lost the challenge, unfortunately..lol.

  19. Mschanl profile image57
    Mschanlposted 14 years ago

    Somebody just flagged one of my hubs.sad  I don't get it.It's not there now pending review. I deleted a lot of links I thought would make the job of readers easier.

    In that hub, I promoted a lot of companies, putting their links up there even if they are competition to a company I like. Lots of people have commented on how informative my hub was.

    So how does one show good resources here without putting a link? Without a link, people will just go to the site. The site won't even know I sent them these people. I would prefer promoting a company where I get some credit rather than a company who gets ALL the credit for doing nothing to these people.

  20. warner444 profile image58
    warner444posted 14 years ago

    I have a wordpress blog as my main site and I research keywords I want to get searched on because they are connected to what I write about. Whenever I can I use these and closely related keywords in the title and in the body of the post. Posting often helps and tracking which keywords you are getting traffic for. Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools are free.

    I also social bookmark my posts and have friends do this for me too. I use this free site/tool to make it easier http://www.socialmarker.com/ . It is a little time consuming to set up because you have to create accounts in the bookmarking sites but after that it is pretty quick. You also need to make posts of other than just your own site or some of your accounts will be blocked. I use about 10 sites out of about 30 or 40 available. I switch them up and use different ones too.

    I just started using traffic exchanges so will see how that goes.

    Recently someone said they post new posts at forums using keywords they want to rank for also since most all forums will let you have a link to your website in the signature file. Of course the post and forum have to be related to the general topic of your site for this to work.

    Sites like mixx.com and propeller.com help too but you have to remain relevant in your posts, participate by adding friends and joining groups and must post stuff besides your own site or they will boot you off.

    If you don't have a blog I suggest you add one because they ping and are searched a lot. just put it in a file like www.yoursite.com/blog. Write about stuff that goes on in your sites interest area. Comment on news in your field.

    One last great way to get traffic is commenting blogs in your sites topic area. If you get Google Alerts you can have Google send you alerts anytime a blog mentions a keyword you choose, like scuba for example, then be the first to comment on that post and everybody who reads that blog will see your post and some of them will visit your website.

    hope that helps a little

  21. dude17111 profile image55
    dude17111posted 14 years ago

    There are alot of good ideas here but I favor article marketing the most. The question I put to you all is this: Is article spinning ethical? I use a service that will spin one article into many and then submit them for me. Does this help or hurt my image? I am really new to this area so I would really like to know more opinions and ideas from you all.
    Ralph Wilhelm-dude17111

  22. Dorsi profile image88
    Dorsiposted 14 years ago

    Social networking works well for me: I wrote a hub about this and it has some helpful social etiquette "tips"-

    http://hubpages.com/_HubLink/hub/How-To … t-HubPages

    If you have a little money you could put magnetics on your vehicle ( branding your business will be key here) Also another hub about magnetics ( I own a sign business):

    http://hubpages.com/_HubLink/hub/Advert … etic-Signs

    Joining a chamber of commerce costs but the networking is invaluable:

    http://hubpages.com/_HubLink/hub/Networ … y-Business

    As someone else mentioned earlier- branding any business is key. Consistency is the key to successful branding. Use your best picture on all your sites, (and use the same one- remember Ann Landers)
    Join groups and clubs for things that you are interested in- make friends- post- respond-

    You need to make a "name" for yourself- as being respectable and having well written content that is interesting , helpful and engaging.  Make as many friends as you can- let them know what you are doing- put your business cards up at every bulletin board you can find- donate some items to the community in exchange for advertising (we donate banners to little leagues and they advertise for us)
    You could donate your time, energy or your writing skills...........

  23. slywas007 profile image57
    slywas007posted 14 years ago

    Hi Guys,

    According to adsense its a violation of terms of service to be involved in any traffic exchange sites, so you really need to be careful with that.  I agree that the best method is to join as many sites as possible, and your pics with good profile information about your website.  The more exposure you get the better chances of bringing more visitors to your site.

    Good Luck,


  24. mlowell profile image87
    mlowellposted 14 years ago

    The internet is a great way to promote your business, but I wouldn't rely on it solely. It's all about getting a good reputation in your area. Eventually, you can grow into other areas of the country, depending on you business that is.

    I started a small website design and hosting business about 15 years ago, and I built up a reputation that spread to California, South Carolina, and several other states. I created and hosted several big websites. A few motorcycle sites, Ranger Joes, are just an example. I'm currently working with Troy University with some of their southeast region websites. I sold the business years ago, but still do it on the side for friends and family.

    So it's all in your reputation and word of mouth. The internet just increases your potential clientale. Just make sure to design a well thought out website. Make it professional.

    Also, make sure to post an ad in your local phone book. You may consider trying to put a short excerp in your local paper as well.

    1. Dorsi profile image88
      Dorsiposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Good advice, I am a firm believer in networking, and building your reputation is key, then using that reputation as a springboard for whatever endeavours you attempt.
      I always put myself in the consumers shoes, and think about what would I expect as a consumer too?

  25. JanethD profile image58
    JanethDposted 14 years ago

    Hi Everyone,

    I am new here, my first post. However I am not new to internet marketing and have been able to make my living online for the last 7 years. Some times are a lot better than others but I've always worked through the problems, by the grace of God.

    In the past I've been able to get more traffic from forums than anywhere else. A couple years ago I was getting around 3,000 unique visitors per day from forums. The back links helped my site to start ranking and I left the forums and was able to make a living off the search engines free traffic. Once I stopped posting and getting back links the site slowly stopped ranking. And now I am back to trying to figure out ways to drive go quality traffic to my sites. But in the past it has always been forums that drove the best traffic.

  26. profile image51
    stevoeposted 14 years ago

    i tend to use a lot of video marketing to brand myself and promote them on video sharing sites ike youtube, google video, yahoo video  and a heap more. I also promote my products on myspace and spend a fair bit of time in the groups and forums over there. has been working well for me

  27. JJC13 profile image58
    JJC13posted 14 years ago


    Try using social networking sites.. they allow advertising your business.. interact with other users too..

    Best Regards!

  28. Superiorhealth profile image60
    Superiorhealthposted 14 years ago

    So far the ONLY thing I have seen in these posts that make any sense are using these resources as started by one of the posters:

    Social Networks, etc...

    The one posting about SEO seems like it should work, but there are a lot of scam companies promoting this option who simply take your money and do NOT deliver results! If anyone knows one that does what they promise and are economical, I would sure like to know! Also, I have found that all the traffic exchanges and safelists are a total waste of time! Lets have some more people step up to the plate and truthfully tell what has worked the best for them!

    Tom Sparrow-CEO
    HIM, Inc.

  29. thranax profile image76
    thranaxposted 14 years ago

    Those are also all good ideas, except the auto traffic smile

  30. 516Ads profile image60
    516Adsposted 14 years ago

    While I agree free advertising is nice, it's not an overall business strategy.

    Everything in advertising is just a tool. What we try to do is mix things up for our clients. Every business has it's own intracacies ... so to give one broad answer wouldn't be proper. Here's some ideas no matter what business your in.

    Everyone should have a web presence. Amazingly in today's day and age, some companies/ business owners still don't.

    Try to come up with a domain name that's easy to remember and describles what you do. That might not seem like an easy task, but it's possible. For example in Long island NY there are two area codes 516 & 631 ... my goal is to be a dominant force in Long Island advertising , we were able to get 516Ads.com & 631Ads.com ....a brandable, marketable name.

    Web sites are overrated ... building a quality web page with a contact form is often better. Certainly better if you're on a tight budget ... often,  even if your not.

    Build up an e-mail data base. Current clients and of course new ones. Send out an e-mail monthly. If you have quality information to send, you can send more often. Don't waste the people's time with junk .... if you're going to send info do your best to make sure your not wasting viewers time. If you do, they'll stop opening them.

    Promote quality organizations in your community. Put it on your web site/ web page. Doing good in the community is an excellent way to get your name out there. Aside from the goodness, you reach people one at a time ... do good for an orgainzation, they reach hundreds/ thousands.

    Advertising/ Marketing is never ending and always evolving ... if you want more tidbits of info open up your checkbook or credit card and contact me smile 1/2 Kidding


  31. crisstar profile image74
    crisstarposted 14 years ago

    I've had success with article marketing, blogging, forum posting, Squidoo. I use search engine optimization with all my sites on the net...and even in my articles; you have to if you want to get found by the search engines.

    Traffic exchanges and safelists work, if you know how to use them the right way, can write enticing headlines, copy, and know what to promote. However, they're not really targeted.

    I'm just really getting involved with social marketing in a big way. I try to target two main social sites, like Facebook because it's really hot right now and there's so many ways you can use it.

    You have the find the one thing that works for you. Get good at it before adding additional marketing methods.

    My two cents.


  32. denisewrtr37 profile image60
    denisewrtr37posted 14 years ago

    Article writing, press releases, direct mail and putting my URL on everything I send (checks, invoices, etc.).  I also find that getting out and speaking is a good way to boost traffic to my site.

  33. Promotion profile image57
    Promotionposted 14 years ago

    Hi there! Try zenzuu  and directmatches.

  34. admaster profile image53
    admasterposted 14 years ago

    i post to yahoo, google, and msn groups. its good for search engine ranking. i have also outsourced this using this ad service:ADS4LIFE. They post your ads everyday for life for a onetime fee based on the ad package you order. i've seen a big boost in leads and sales. see for yourself at: <snipped promotional link- repeated offenses will result in banning>

  35. Shirley Anderson profile image59
    Shirley Andersonposted 14 years ago

    Great list, BigTicket.

    Someone mentioned traffic exchanges....be very cautious!!!  Using them is what got me banned from Helium, they are considered fraudulent clicks, apparently.

  36. profile image0
    shreveportmikeposted 14 years ago

    Hello everyone, I don't believe in traffic exchanges either, it is a waste of time. I found offline marketing works great, If you want to get true traffic to your site that is it, I do well in online maketing as well with blogs,press releases,social networking and even free classified ads but I think web 2.0 marketing is an excellent way as well. I am always trying new things, I am new to hubpage so I am just figuring this out but I do a little bit of everything everyday but it does work very well Mike

  37. mens-suits profile image58
    mens-suitsposted 14 years ago

    If you run Online Business better to bookmark you sites and drive traffic. One thing more effective is join Social Networking such Myspace and Facebook..


  38. britneydavidson profile image60
    britneydavidsonposted 14 years ago

    Yes you should ask advertising companies to promote your product.

  39. jophilsuperman profile image37
    jophilsupermanposted 14 years ago

    I think all of the tips on how to advertise your business is already said by Mr BigTicketDepot. But If you want some tips, Why don't you visit my hubpages to get some tips. smile

  40. jyuva profile image56
    jyuvaposted 14 years ago


  41. Lissie profile image64
    Lissieposted 14 years ago

    Ooh that's a cool idea Shriley - can I join - can I get snipped too: Here you go drive traffic to your site: its not free  and it does involve work on your part but it may well be a cost-effective solution if you want to rank your site for Internet Marketing purposes plese click....

    Nah can't do it -check my profile instead :-)

    1. Shirley Anderson profile image59
      Shirley Andersonposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Aw Lissie, it doesn't work very well if you snip your own link.  You need some more practise!

  42. Lissie profile image64
    Lissieposted 14 years ago

    I think it worked perfectly Shriley seeing you came and commented LOL

    1. Shirley Anderson profile image59
      Shirley Andersonposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      smile  Good point!  I fell into your spammer trap!  You're good!  smile

  43. Research Analyst profile image78
    Research Analystposted 14 years ago

    Best way to advertise your business is to not focus on advertising but on building relationships with other businesses, joint ventures and networking. Offering something of value for free and become a resource.

    Another way to advertise your business is to become a sponsor for a cause, support a charity or local non-profit organization.

    1. clericx profile image53
      clericxposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Indeed, I agree a lot in this concept of yours. It is clients that is the key to any business. You need to build a good reputation with them and/or  create a certain bond with them that will allow them to feel comfortable with you.. Before you know it, they'll be back for more..

  44. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image61
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 14 years ago

    Love people.help people.have direct connections. Be sincere.Add value to ur products and services. be honest.
    Use various methods of modern advertising.

  45. fairads profile image58
    fairadsposted 14 years ago

    To the folks that think traffic exchanges don't work, I'd like to say that I practically built my first business based on traffic exchanges. I had no money for promotions when I was 18 so I used every free marketing strategy I could come up with. Traffic exchanges was the most beneficial for me and helped me earned $20,000 in just my first month and then moved on to over $150,000 after about 6 months.

    So to say traffic exchanges don't work, I can't say I agree with that. I know it works, it's a matter of what traffic exchanges you use, how you use it and what the landing page is. Listen to what everyone is saying "use a lead capturing page." It worked well for my prelaunch as it gathered over 1,000 people willing to pay me $20 in just 30 days.

    Now, I'm not at all saying spend all day on traffic exchanges. We all experience different things and we all have a different approach to everything we do. The important thing is finding out what works for YOU. Best of luck to everyone.

  46. profile image48
    Donna18posted 14 years ago

    Hub pages are so unique please, please do not post unnecessary links. 100s of suggestions where already given to advertise your business. Follow which ever you like. Posting a link would not help you out.

    1. knslms profile image63
      knslmsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Well this post may aswell been titled "place your spam here". With the subtitle "post only opinions but state them as facts".

  47. purefitness profile image61
    purefitnessposted 14 years ago


    I personally use social bookmarking sites.  I have submitted my hubpages to the highly ranked bookmarking sites and have seen a slow but steady increase in traffic to my hubpages.  I am also a big fan of Gather.com, there is some serious activity there and it is so easy to use.

    Really hope this helps.

  48. knslms profile image63
    knslmsposted 14 years ago

    Search engines measure the relevancy of your site by the length of time a visitor stays on your site, therefore you guys need to reconsider the traffic exchanges.

  49. profile image50
    jennysmith3posted 14 years ago

    Advertising is one part message, one part delivery vehicle. Signs, T-shirts, newspapers and billboards are merely delivery vehicles. The key to success, however, is your message. My suggestion is that you open with a provocative question in large letters, such as, "Could Your Kid Become an Actor." This would be followed by the name of your organization and your phone number or the name of your website. The fact that your organization is non-profit is irrelevant.


  50. Rangerwife profile image61
    Rangerwifeposted 14 years ago

    I just advertise by creating service profiles and posting ads on all kinds of sites like mineeds and craigslist.  At this time that's working for me.  I haven't tried and of the advanced ways of getting more people to my site.  I just create business profiles on sites, or post ads.


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