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Get the Word Out about You and Your Business - 
15 Ways to Advertise for Free!
by Terri Seymour © Copyright.

Starting and building an online or home business is not an easy 
task, but it can be done. It takes work, time, commitment and 
passion. This is not a get rich quick career! You want to start 
by letting everyone know about you and your business and by 
building your reputation. Fortunately, there are numerous ways 
to do this online. They do not cost anything but time!

1. Message Boards - Do not blatantly advertise, but join in the 
conversations, offer advice and support. Your signature will do 
the advertising for you. Always, follow the boards guidelines 
for posting.

http://www.internetbasedmoms.com/bb/
http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/277709
http://www.kitchencraftsnmore.net/forum/
http://selfstartersweeklytips.com/forum/


2. Email Discussion Groups - Similar to message boards. Follow 
guidelines and participate in the conversations.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/itsjust4u2003/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WomansNetworkingCommunity
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ideasbypost


3.  Ad Swaps -  Contact other ezine/newsletter publishers to 
arrange an ad swap. You run their ad in your ezine in exchange 
for them running your ad. This is a great way of advertising 
and networking. Ezine directories are a good place to find other 
publishers.

http://www.myfavoriteezines.com
http://www.ezinelocater.com


4. Link Exchanges - Similar to ad swaps, but you exchange ads 
on your website. This not only advertises your site, but will 
improve your ranking in the search engines. Be selective in 
choosing sites to swap with. Do not submit your link to the FFA 
(free link sites), or link farms. Choose quality sites that are 
rich in content. Contact the webmaster personally to see if 
she/he is interested in an exchange.


5. Ezine Publishing - Ezine publishing is very important for 
your online business. Keeps you in contact with your potential 
customers and helps build trust and respect.

mailto:moe-mini-course(at)getresponse.com
http://www.myownezine.com/tutorial/index.shtml


6.  Write Articles - This is one of the top methods of free 
advertising. You do not have to be a writer to write good, 
informative articles. People want basic and useful info, not 
fancy words and psychological theories.

mailto:articletips(at)getresponse.com
mailto:articlelibrary(at)getresponse.com


7.  Guestbooks -  Visit quality sites and leave feedback in the 
Guestbook along with your url. This will not make you rich, but 
it is free advertising and provides some good networking 
opportunities. Take the time to look at the site and leave 
sincere feedback.


8. Sigtags - Always have a short but effective sigtag in all 
your outgoing emails. This is very effective advertising. Try 
to keep it about 4-6 lines maximum.

Example:

To our success,
Terri Seymour

Learn to publish your own ezine
mailto:myownezine(at)subto.us
Resources, tips and more for your home and family.
mailto:subscribe(at)seymourproducts.com

This sigtag will help you get subscribers which you can keep 
in contact with via your ezine.


9.  Signature Buddies - Another form of ad swap, where you 
would contact associates and swap sigtags with them for a 
period of time and then swap with another associate so your 
sigtag is consistently revolving around the web.


10. Testimonials - Be free (but not too free) with testimonials, 
but make sure they are sincere. The publisher or webmaster will 
often publish these testimonials on their website/ezine along 
with your url.


11. Group Pop Unders - This is when a group of publishers come 
together to share one pop under window at several sites. Each 
participant adds the window to their site so every time someone 
visits any of the sites, all participants get exposure. There 
are several of these programs to choose from.

http://www.subscriptionrocket.com/cgi-bin/r.cgi?r=6401
http://www.subscriberdrive.com/
http://www.listfire.com/


12.  Welcome Letter - When someone subscribes to your ezine and 
then confirms, it is time to send them a welcome letter. Make 
full use of this letter. Tell them about any freebies or 
specials that you offer. Give them a quick background of your 
site and the purpose of your site. Point out the highlights of 
your site. You can say so much more in your welcome letter than 
just Welcome.


13.  Announcement Groups - Follow guidelines and keep your 
groups organized. Spending a few minutes a day sending out 
your announcements can get you several subscribers.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AdvertisingLists
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Group-Promotions/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Her-Announcements


14. Group Subscription Pages - Similar to group pop-unders. 
Join together with about 10 fellow publishers and promote 
each other on your subscription thank you pages. This will 
benefit the whole group.


15. Online Directories - There are all kinds of free online 
directories where you can submit your ezine, website, business 
opportunities and so on. Do a search for free directories, ezine 
directories, etc. and get started. It will take some time!

http://amazines.com/
http://bestyellow.com/addurl.html
http://www.google.com/addurl.html


Some of these methods are, of course, more effective than 
others, but they all provide free advertising. Do all of 
these consistently and in time, you an your business will 
become well-known in the Internet world.

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Terri Seymour and her husband Terry offer a no-cost, non-MLM
home business opportunity. They strive to help you build a
successful home business. They also provide a website building
service.  Take advantage of the gifts, resources & more
provided for your home and business at:
http://www.seymourproducts.com
FREE ecourse at: business-building-ecourse@getresponse.com
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