Where can I advertise my business?

I am trying to promote my new online shop. Can anyone tell me the best way to advertise online without spending a lot of money

Here is the list with top 12 link building tips that I highly recommend you to use when starting to build your links.
1. Directory Submission
Getting listed in dirs is good for you, you get a lot of backlinks. I am posting here only high quality, free, human reviewed, PR6+ directories only ( BTW I checked the PR of the directories I am providing with Google Toolbar and I have to say that there is a big difference in their PR since the last update. I have seen many directories that have fallen from PR6 to PR0, I suppose they have used some black seo to get promoted and finally they lost their PR). The good thing about these dirs is that if you get your site listed you will get lots of traffic. The bad thing is that the review proccess of your site often is more than 3 months. Here is the list I use:
http://dir.yahoo.com/ PR 8
http://www.dmoz.org PR8
http://www.stpt.com/ PR 8
http://www.open-site.org PR 8
http://www.femina.com PR 7
http://www.portal.eatonweb.com PR 7
http://www.bloggernity.com PR 6
http://www.podcastzoom.com/ PR 6
http://www.bloguniverse.com PR 6
http://www.gogreece.com PR 6
http://www.lanic.utexas.edu PR 6
http://www.sacentral.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm PR 6
http://www.worldhot.com/ PR 6
http://www.elib.org/ PR 6
http://www.ezilon.com/ PR 6
http://www.christiansunite.com/ PR 6
http://www.aardvark.co.za PR 6
http://www.nzs.com/ PR 6
http://www.info-listings.com/ PR 6
http://findingblog.com/ PR 6
http://www.iguide.co.il/ PR 6
Of course there are more good high PR directories but I will leave the search for them to you. You can use google to find some, but the lists that come on first page results shows the old PR of the directories. So in my view these 21 dirs that I have posted here a worth to submit to them. Don’t get mad if you are not listed after 3 months from submission. Your time will come, don’t give up!
2. Link Exchange with other webmasters
This is also good way to get backlinks. When contacting other webmasters write in personalized way. Tell them why you want to exchange links with them, introduce your site to them, tell them more about your site. Try to exchange links with only high quality sites with higher PR. You may find good partners to exchange links, the best way is contacting them in personal, or you may use some forums to find link exchange requests, and last but not least you may use some automated link exchange sites. Here are some of them:
http://www.build-reciprocal-links.com/ PR 6
http://www.linkdiary.com/ PR 5
http://www.telalinks.com/ PR 5
http://www.linkexchanged.com/ PR 5
http://www.belinked.info/ PR 5
http://www.linkwizard.net/ PR 4
Using these automated link exchange sites will also boost your backlinks and you will get many relevant links to your site. You can find much more sites like these but to be honest I think these ones will do a perfect job. You can always ask google about something like: ‘free automated link exchange sites’, ‘free reciprocal programs’, ‘free link building programs’ and some more search terms like these.
If you want first to check the pagerank of the site you will be exchanging links with I recommend you to use:
http://www.digpagerank.com/ – In this site you can check the PR of a page or site in over 700 google datacenters
3. Article Submissions
Maybe I won’t tell you something new but try to write good quality unique articles and post them to the best free article directories. This is one of the best way to do 2 things for your site: first get a lot of backlinks from the articles and second get a lot of traffic I hope you know that you have to put your keywords that you compete for in the anchor text which is very very important for higher results in the SE’s.
http://ezinearticles.com/ PR 6
http://www.articleclick.com/ PR 6
http://www.1888articles.com/ PR 5
http://www.articlesbase.com/ PR 4
http://www.talkinmince.com/ PR 4
http://www.article-hut.com/ PR 4
http://www.articleuniversity.com/ PR 4
http://www.articlefeeder.com/ PR 4
http://thephantomwriters.com/ PR 4
http://www.article99.com/ PR 4
http://www.instantcashflow.org/free-article-directory/ PR 4
This list is only 11 sites long but if your article gets listed in all of them expect more than 1000 visitors to come to your site from the link in the article.
4. Press Release Submission
This method is something like writing articles and post them almost everywhere. In fact using this tactic you have to write a press release about your site or a page from your site. The process is the same. You have to submit the press release to good press release distribution sites. Below is the list of the ones that I am using.

https://prndirect.prnewswire.com/ PR7
http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/ PR 6
http://www.pr.com/press-releases/ PR 6
http://www.free-press-release-center.info/ PR 6
http://www.clickpress.com PR 6
http://www.pressbox.co.uk PR 6
http://www.prleap.com PR 6
http://www.1888pressrelease.com/ PR 5
http://ecommwire.com/ PR 5
http://www.przoom.com/ PR 5
http://www.newswiretoday.com/ PR 5
http://www.free-press-release.com PR 5
http://www.pressreleasenetwork.com PR 5
http://www.prfree.com/ PR 5
Hope these 13 sites will help you to get much traffic. If you submit regularly to them and your site or articles gets listed there expect to get at least 200 unique visitors daily.
5. Social Networking / Social Group Sites
Social networking sites are very useful these days not only to get links but also huge traffic. Participating in social group / networking sites are proving to give boost to your traffic these days. Here is my list:
www.myspace.com PR 8
http://spaces.live.com/ PR 8
http://www.livejournal.com/ PR 8
http://www.orkut.com/ PR 8
http://www.friendster.com/ PR 7
http://www.linkedin.com/ PR 7
http://360.yahoo.com/ PR 7
These are one of the best social group sites. There are a lot more but I think these are enough, they are high quality and have a high PR ( 7+). They are perfect for getting good backlicks to your site.
6. Getting link from .org , .gov and .edu sites
The education, organization and government sites are considered much more valued sites and links coming from those sites are valuable. You need to search and find such sites.
Do a simple search on Google with this search term:

http://www.google.com/search?q=site%…G=Search&hl=en

You may use another perfect search term special for edu blogs:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q…22&btnG=Search

With this string you will get all .edu blogs that allow posting comments and do not require to be logged in. Hope you find this string perfect. You can experiment with it for all kind of domains, it’s up to you. Make blog comments and put links in them, make sure your comment is genuine and not spam. You have to read the whole topic and find something to comment on the topic, job is done. After doing some comments maybe in a week you will see in Google index that you have links from .edu domain or .gov
7. Social Bookmarking Site Submission
This is the newest technique to get quality backlinks to your site. These days people like to share their interests in social bookmarking sites. Posting your interesting article to such sites will boost your traffic and give you thousands of visitors. But it is not so easy as it sounds – you have to write really good article, or news or something very very interesting to get your article on first page of these sites.
Don’t waste your time or money submitting to sites that don’t receive traffic! Use this list of sites for the best social bookmarking results
http://www.netscape.com/ PR 9
http://www.digg.com/ PR 8
http://del.icio.us/ PR 8
http://www.furl.net/ PR 8
http://technorati.com/ PR 8
http://myweb2.search.yahoo.com/ PR 7
http://reddit.com/ PR 7
http://www.fark.com/ PR 7
http://www.43things.com PR 7
http://www.mister-wong.de/ PR 7
http://de.lirio.us/ PR 7
http://www.newsvine.com/ PR 7
http://www.blogmarks.net/ PR 6
http://ma.gnolia.com/ PR 7
http://www.simpy.com/ PR 7
http://www.shoutwire.com PR 6
http://www.spurl.net/ PR 6
http://bluedot.us/ PR 6
http://www.blinkbits.com/ PR 6
http://www.blinklist.com/ PR 6
http://netvouz.com/ PR 6
http://www.trailfire.com/ PR 6
http://www.backflip.com/ PR 6
8. Forum posts
This is the way I like best for getting backlinks. Find forums that are in your niche and create account with them. In userpage write your homepage and you have a backlink. DO a search on Google and you will see how many forums are out there, you will be amazed. Do this process many many times and you will have one way links pointing to your site.You can combine this with forum posts and this way you will get your signature shown much more times. Personally to me it doesn’t matter that forums have nofollow tags, Google still counts that as a link to you.
9. Blog comments
Another great way of letting the world know about your site. This method is similar to forum comments, again most of the blogs comments have nofollow tags but Google still count this as a backlink. Here is another good way to get a backlink from a blog’s main page:
Find blogs that have “top comments” or “recent comments” plugins, this way if you are top commentator you will get your link on the main page of a blog. Do this with blogs that fall into your category. I didn’t knew that but a friend told me this method and I must say that I see good results for now.
10. Get a link on a mainpage of PR 9 sites
This one you probably do not know but I am going to share it. Spare some time, do a search for sites that have PR 9 and have a donation section in their mainpage. I am sure there are at least 20 such sites. In this donation section they post latest 20 or 30 donators. Do a donation for at least 1$ and you will see your site listed there. This is the cheapest way I think to have one way non-reciprocal backlink from PR 9 site, don’t you think?
11. Design a Template
Designing

9 thoughts on “Where can I advertise my business?

  1. Dear Mr. Mark,
    Needless to say you would have heard of Traffic Exchanges.
    You can even have a free account. Only thing is that you should see others websites, so that other visitors may see your website. This is the general formula of Traffic Exchange.
    But what i am going to propose to you is something different, wherein this is also a traffic exchange but here a visitor to earn credits for browsing other sites, has to read the website fully, and answer a question about that site.
    Can you imagine that this is a real true traffic, wherein your page will be read and rated by the visitor. Its a marvelous true traffic method.
    There are free accounts and paid accounts.
    Enjoy.
    References :
    buvana
    http://www.poadteam.com/?a=877cda6f

  2. Hi Mark, You do not give sufficient details in your question. What kind of shop are you operating? How high in content is your site – this is essential because it attracts people to your site and keeps them there – hopefully buying. etc. etc.

    Although you have an on line shop you need to get real people to click. There are several ways of doing this; some of which cost nothing and are really low-tech but they work which is all that matters. One is mentioned on the site below.
    References :
    http://www.save-money-guide.com/save-marketing.html

  3. Go to MySpace Profile for loads of free information on Internet Marketing at:
    http:www.myspace.com/steve1604
    Hope it helps.
    References :

  4. The most effective way to advertise on the Internet is
    to first set up a website and publish its domain name
    on major search directories such as Google.com,
    Yahoo.com [at http://www.google.com/addurl/?...... and
    MSN.com since 85% of Internet shoppers rely on these
    search directories to provide them with goods and
    services. In a sense, these search directories are a
    very large Internet Yellow Pages.

    Nevertheless, should your website or opening webpage
    fail to contain "generic" keywords, then anyone using
    such "generic" queries will not be able to discover
    your website. Your domain name [URL] of your website,
    in a sense, will be invisible, undiscoverable.

    You may want to consider some simple algorithms which,
    when observed and committed in designing of a website
    with placement of various critical metatags that can
    surely achieve a high search engine presence and
    increase Internet traffic to your website. These
    metatag strategies work well with published webpages
    at Google and Yahoo.

    Design: Should you create an extensive Flash-based
    website, make sure to fill-in the property entries
    such as the Title, Description and Keywords. Failing
    to do so, leaves no hard HTML or ALT resource that can
    be readily indexed by search robots. Also consider the
    Internet audience and their incoming setup. For
    example, if they are on analog/dialup, Flash webpages
    take too long to load up and therefore analog users
    will likely lose interest and discontinue entering the
    Flash site. On the other hand, anyone on hi-speed DSL
    lines, will welcome Flash pages which load quickly. So
    before designing a pure Flash websitge, ask the simple
    question, "Who’s my end user – is he on dialup or
    DSL?" And if you had to choose between these two users
    for maximum marketability, then select analog users
    since 80% of most resident users are still analog
    Internet subscribers and pure HTML designed webpages
    is best for them.

    A non-Flash-based website which relies on hard text,
    is far easier to be indexed by search robots. Limit
    the use of stylized text saved as .gifs since as a
    graphic, they are not indexable by search robots.

    Avoid use of frames since any number of search robots
    are unable to properly classify textual material.

    Placement of Metatags:

    A ranking or search order does take place with Google
    and Yahoo and it begins with the "Title" metag which
    should consist of no more than 65 characters separated
    by commas. The "Title" should describe in generic
    terms, the goods and services, followed by a location
    from which the resource is located, i.e., city, state.
    The placement of a domain name which is not generic
    within the "Title" is not appropriate, unless your
    domain name is a major recognizable brand name.

    The second metatag is the "Description" which is
    usually 25-30 words to form a complete sentence which
    best describes one’s goods and services.

    And the very last category – "Keywords" are also
    somewhat limited to 15-16 words which can be plural
    and compound in nature. Again, avoid multiple entries
    which could be mistaken as "spamdexed entries" which
    is defined as the loading, and submission of
    repetitive words into a particular metatag category.
    "Spamdexing" when discovered on a webpage and reported
    to Google’s spamreport.com can result in the
    elimination of your website from their search
    directory.

    Here’s an example of a very highly-placed website on
    Google.com: Begin with the very "generic" search query
    "sandwiches downtown los angeles," taking note to not
    abbreviate Los Angeles to "LA" and of course, leave
    out the parentheses ("). It will bring up some 2.4
    million+ search results. Check out where "Nazos.net"
    is ranked. It’s ranked No. 1!
    Again, Nazos.net’s high web presence was achieved by
    proper web design and placement of relevant metatags
    according to Google’s publication guidelines.

    Good luck!
    References :

  5. i am also looking to raise the profile of my online business if you are looking to swap links contact mehttp://mindtransition.moonfruit.com/
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  6. Here is the list with top 12 link building tips that I highly recommend you to use when starting to build your links.
    1. Directory Submission
    Getting listed in dirs is good for you, you get a lot of backlinks. I am posting here only high quality, free, human reviewed, PR6+ directories only ( BTW I checked the PR of the directories I am providing with Google Toolbar and I have to say that there is a big difference in their PR since the last update. I have seen many directories that have fallen from PR6 to PR0, I suppose they have used some black seo to get promoted and finally they lost their PR). The good thing about these dirs is that if you get your site listed you will get lots of traffic. The bad thing is that the review proccess of your site often is more than 3 months. Here is the list I use:
    http://dir.yahoo.com/ PR 8
    http://www.dmoz.org PR8
    http://www.stpt.com/ PR 8
    http://www.open-site.org PR 8
    http://www.femina.com PR 7
    http://www.portal.eatonweb.com PR 7
    http://www.bloggernity.com PR 6
    http://www.podcastzoom.com/ PR 6
    http://www.bloguniverse.com PR 6
    http://www.gogreece.com PR 6
    http://www.lanic.utexas.edu PR 6
    http://www.sacentral.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm PR 6
    http://www.worldhot.com/ PR 6
    http://www.elib.org/ PR 6
    http://www.ezilon.com/ PR 6
    http://www.christiansunite.com/ PR 6
    http://www.aardvark.co.za PR 6
    http://www.nzs.com/ PR 6
    http://www.info-listings.com/ PR 6
    http://findingblog.com/ PR 6
    http://www.iguide.co.il/ PR 6
    Of course there are more good high PR directories but I will leave the search for them to you. You can use google to find some, but the lists that come on first page results shows the old PR of the directories. So in my view these 21 dirs that I have posted here a worth to submit to them. Don’t get mad if you are not listed after 3 months from submission. Your time will come, don’t give up!
    2. Link Exchange with other webmasters
    This is also good way to get backlinks. When contacting other webmasters write in personalized way. Tell them why you want to exchange links with them, introduce your site to them, tell them more about your site. Try to exchange links with only high quality sites with higher PR. You may find good partners to exchange links, the best way is contacting them in personal, or you may use some forums to find link exchange requests, and last but not least you may use some automated link exchange sites. Here are some of them:
    http://www.build-reciprocal-links.com/ PR 6
    http://www.linkdiary.com/ PR 5
    http://www.telalinks.com/ PR 5
    http://www.linkexchanged.com/ PR 5
    http://www.belinked.info/ PR 5
    http://www.linkwizard.net/ PR 4
    Using these automated link exchange sites will also boost your backlinks and you will get many relevant links to your site. You can find much more sites like these but to be honest I think these ones will do a perfect job. You can always ask google about something like: ‘free automated link exchange sites’, ‘free reciprocal programs’, ‘free link building programs’ and some more search terms like these.
    If you want first to check the pagerank of the site you will be exchanging links with I recommend you to use:
    http://www.digpagerank.com/ – In this site you can check the PR of a page or site in over 700 google datacenters
    3. Article Submissions
    Maybe I won’t tell you something new but try to write good quality unique articles and post them to the best free article directories. This is one of the best way to do 2 things for your site: first get a lot of backlinks from the articles and second get a lot of traffic I hope you know that you have to put your keywords that you compete for in the anchor text which is very very important for higher results in the SE’s.
    http://ezinearticles.com/ PR 6
    http://www.articleclick.com/ PR 6
    http://www.1888articles.com/ PR 5
    http://www.articlesbase.com/ PR 4
    http://www.talkinmince.com/ PR 4
    http://www.article-hut.com/ PR 4
    http://www.articleuniversity.com/ PR 4
    http://www.articlefeeder.com/ PR 4
    http://thephantomwriters.com/ PR 4
    http://www.article99.com/ PR 4
    http://www.instantcashflow.org/free-article-directory/ PR 4
    This list is only 11 sites long but if your article gets listed in all of them expect more than 1000 visitors to come to your site from the link in the article.
    4. Press Release Submission
    This method is something like writing articles and post them almost everywhere. In fact using this tactic you have to write a press release about your site or a page from your site. The process is the same. You have to submit the press release to good press release distribution sites. Below is the list of the ones that I am using.

    https://prndirect.prnewswire.com/ PR7
    http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/ PR 6
    http://www.pr.com/press-releases/ PR 6
    http://www.free-press-release-center.info/ PR 6
    http://www.clickpress.com PR 6
    http://www.pressbox.co.uk PR 6
    http://www.prleap.com PR 6
    http://www.1888pressrelease.com/ PR 5
    http://ecommwire.com/ PR 5
    http://www.przoom.com/ PR 5
    http://www.newswiretoday.com/ PR 5
    http://www.free-press-release.com PR 5
    http://www.pressreleasenetwork.com PR 5
    http://www.prfree.com/ PR 5
    Hope these 13 sites will help you to get much traffic. If you submit regularly to them and your site or articles gets listed there expect to get at least 200 unique visitors daily.
    5. Social Networking / Social Group Sites
    Social networking sites are very useful these days not only to get links but also huge traffic. Participating in social group / networking sites are proving to give boost to your traffic these days. Here is my list:
    http://www.myspace.com PR 8
    http://spaces.live.com/ PR 8
    http://www.livejournal.com/ PR 8
    http://www.orkut.com/ PR 8
    http://www.friendster.com/ PR 7
    http://www.linkedin.com/ PR 7
    http://360.yahoo.com/ PR 7
    These are one of the best social group sites. There are a lot more but I think these are enough, they are high quality and have a high PR ( 7+). They are perfect for getting good backlicks to your site.
    6. Getting link from .org , .gov and .edu sites
    The education, organization and government sites are considered much more valued sites and links coming from those sites are valuable. You need to search and find such sites.
    Do a simple search on Google with this search term:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=site%…G=Search&hl=en
    You may use another perfect search term special for edu blogs:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q…22&btnG=Search
    With this string you will get all .edu blogs that allow posting comments and do not require to be logged in. Hope you find this string perfect. You can experiment with it for all kind of domains, it’s up to you. Make blog comments and put links in them, make sure your comment is genuine and not spam. You have to read the whole topic and find something to comment on the topic, job is done. After doing some comments maybe in a week you will see in Google index that you have links from .edu domain or .gov
    7. Social Bookmarking Site Submission
    This is the newest technique to get quality backlinks to your site. These days people like to share their interests in social bookmarking sites. Posting your interesting article to such sites will boost your traffic and give you thousands of visitors. But it is not so easy as it sounds – you have to write really good article, or news or something very very interesting to get your article on first page of these sites.
    Don’t waste your time or money submitting to sites that don’t receive traffic! Use this list of sites for the best social bookmarking results
    http://www.netscape.com/ PR 9
    http://www.digg.com/ PR 8
    http://del.icio.us/ PR 8
    http://www.furl.net/ PR 8
    http://technorati.com/ PR 8
    http://myweb2.search.yahoo.com/ PR 7
    http://reddit.com/ PR 7
    http://www.fark.com/ PR 7
    http://www.43things.com PR 7
    http://www.mister-wong.de/ PR 7
    http://de.lirio.us/ PR 7
    http://www.newsvine.com/ PR 7
    http://www.blogmarks.net/ PR 6
    http://ma.gnolia.com/ PR 7
    http://www.simpy.com/ PR 7
    http://www.shoutwire.com PR 6
    http://www.spurl.net/ PR 6
    http://bluedot.us/ PR 6
    http://www.blinkbits.com/ PR 6
    http://www.blinklist.com/ PR 6
    http://netvouz.com/ PR 6
    http://www.trailfire.com/ PR 6
    http://www.backflip.com/ PR 6
    8. Forum posts
    This is the way I like best for getting backlinks. Find forums that are in your niche and create account with them. In userpage write your homepage and you have a backlink. DO a search on Google and you will see how many forums are out there, you will be amazed. Do this process many many times and you will have one way links pointing to your site.You can combine this with forum posts and this way you will get your signature shown much more times. Personally to me it doesn’t matter that forums have nofollow tags, Google still counts that as a link to you.
    9. Blog comments
    Another great way of letting the world know about your site. This method is similar to forum comments, again most of the blogs comments have nofollow tags but Google still count this as a backlink. Here is another good way to get a backlink from a blog’s main page:
    Find blogs that have “top comments” or “recent comments” plugins, this way if you are top commentator you will get your link on the main page of a blog. Do this with blogs that fall into your category. I didn’t knew that but a friend told me this method and I must say that I see good results for now.
    10. Get a link on a mainpage of PR 9 sites
    This one you probably do not know but I am going to share it. Spare some time, do a search for sites that have PR 9 and have a donation section in their mainpage. I am sure there are at least 20 such sites. In this donation section they post latest 20 or 30 donators. Do a donation for at least 1$ and you will see your site listed there. This is the cheapest way I think to have one way non-reciprocal backlink from PR 9 site, don’t you think?
    11. Design a Template
    Designing
    References :
    http://www.kaspid.co.uk

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