Whether you’ve already taken your business online or still looking for a simple solution to create a professional website, you probably already know that promoting your website is crucial to your success.
If you have no previous experience with site promotion, you’re likely reaching for a bottle of Aspirin right now. But fear not, promoting your website isn’t only simple, it can be done without even spending a penny!
Check out the links below for a list of opportunities to promote your site online for free! With the right time and effort, you can find yourself attracting a whole slew of new clients to your great looking site!
It may or may not surprise you to hear that the majority of traffic from the internet is derived from search engines. With that said, search engines should be the first place that you should turn to to promote your online presence. Ensure that search engines know that your site exists by submitting your link directly to them. Once that’s out of the way, the best way to improve your search engine presence is by taking the time to improve your SEO.
Right now, the search engines that generate the most traffic are:
Google Yahoo Bing
The modern day Yellow Pages, online directories are where potential clients turn to to find business solutions. Adding your site to online directories is extremely important as it greatly improves your site’s SEO by linking back to your website. When submitting your site, make sure to include important details like your location and business category so that your website will appear in sub-categories where new and potential clients can easily find you.
Yelp Google Business Yahoo Local TripAdvisor Yellow Pages Super Pages Angie’s List Manta DexKnows BBB Merchant Circle
Bonus! Restaurateurs should also take the time to get listed in these restaurant specific sites:
Urban Spoon Open Table Restaurant Management Software Be sure to add the Open Table App to your Wix site as well for maximum exposure.
Social Link Building
Social sites are where many web surfers spend the majority of their online time. Linking your content on popular social sites is a great way to put your business in the face of your known audience, and also a fantastic opportunity to gain quality backlinks by exposing your brand to broader audiences.
Facebook Pages Youtube * More than a social network, Youtube is one of the most searched business directory in America Google + Pinterest Foursquare Polyvore Stumble Upon Reddit Diigo
Blogging Platform / Article Submission
Blogging platforms and article-submission sites are a terrific way to promote your site. All you need to do is write an original article related to your business and submit it to these sites. While it’s important to keep these articles informative, try to keep your tone friendly. Articles that sounds genuinely well-intentioned and have a less aggressive marketing tone, will likely draw more interest to your site than self-promotion alone. Blogs and articles are also great for promoting link building for SEO benefits.
Blogger *Owned by Google, Blogger is hardwired with Google’s Adsense advertising program. You can also add the Blogger Feed from the Wix App Market to your Wix Website for maximum exposure. Tumblr Postach.io SlideShare Digg
Similarly to social network sites like Pinterest and Polyvore, photo sharing sites give you the opportunity to display visual content that is related to your business, and can be used to refer and link back to your website. Photo sharing sites are not for photographers alone – any business can use these sites to post images of events, coworkers, news and everything in between, as long as it’s connected to your biz.
Picasa *Another Google Integrated site, sharing and tagging on this site come with additional SEO benefits. Flickr Photobucket
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