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Promoting Your eBusiness Without Breaking the Bank

by Gale Brandow (2020-05-15)

When you are starting a web-based company, there is no greater sign of
accomplishment than watching your page counter start cranking. But how do
you get it cranking when on a start-up's budget?

WoT | Random Style #43. Jager_HoFFman - Сomeback? 15:00 МСКThe secret is to market in stages.

If you can't afford a mass marketing campaign to get those hits rolling in,
then there are a few tricks and secrets to getting enough traffic to get the
ball rolling. First thing is to exhaust all free advertising avenues. Why
pay for something you can get for free, right? Well, as with all things,
you typically get what you pay for, so don't think that you can run your
site on freebies alone.

Exchange links. Target websites in the same market, but are not in direct
competition. Prepare banners of several sizes and background colors to
accommodate your proposed web partners. You'll have more luck with the
exchange if the website already contains banners or a links page. Don't
expect a website to change their format just to accept your link. Focus on
sites with moderate traffic that appear to have a bit of advertising on
them. They'll be more likely to cooperate with an exchange.

Search engines. This is the #1 way that the public will find your site.
Don't neglect the importance of search results. Be aware of the methods
used by search engines. Something that may be helpful in your listing on
one search engine may work against you on another. There are also several
websites (such as website that will add your site to multiple search
engines simultaneously for free. Don't be impatient, though. Many search
engines are over run with submissions, so getting a listing in 3 or 4 weeks
is not uncommon.

Newsgroups. Find related newsgroups and get your name known. You can
either do a post describing your sale items or services, or you can just be
a newsgroup regular and become the resident expert.

Now that you are up and running, you should have enough traffic to
financially support your next marketing wave.

Advertise on key websites. These are high traffic webpages that were out of
reach for link exchanges; ones marketed towards the same consumers without
being your competition.

Email ads. Be careful with this one. Out of the blue or "spam" email
advertising can be very annoying to consumers and may backfire. Rather,
find an email newsletter for your market and sponsor a few issues. Believe
me, potential customers will be much more agreeable to an ad in their
newsletter than spam in their inbox.

Time to crank up the marketing to a more traditional advertising media.

Magazines. There are really many similarities between advertising in
magazines and web ads. Get exposure in magazines that reflect the interests
of your potential customers, much like how you chose the right websites to
advertise on. And eventhough it's tempting to use all the space, try not to
cram a lot of information in a magazine ad. Rather, use an attention
grabber that will persuade a reader to jump on your website for more

Radio. Radio advertising is really flexible since you can choose the amount
of exposure that is right for you. If you are doubtful of its
effectiveness, just sponsor a related local radio show. If this works out
well, then you may want to have commercials cut, or sponsor a national show.
Again, choosing the right show is of utmost importance. For example, if
you website deals with finance, then sponsor a radio broadcast that deals
with investments.

Television. Nothing quite gives an internet company instant prestige like a
witty tv commercial. As with radio, you must select a proper time slot to
maximize its effectiveness. Choose your target audience wisely and project
a professional company image.

These are just a few suggestions to achieve .com success. Take these ideas
and personalize them towards your own web-based business. There is no
perfect formula that fits every market, however there are proven marketing
methods. And remember that the web is still a relatively young form of
media, so the sky really is the limit.