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Creating Your Website's Promotional Strategy
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    2003-08-28

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    Creating Your Website's Promotional Strategy
    by Shelley Lowery


    Creating a successful Internet presence involves much more than designing a great web site or having the "perfect" product. Listing your website with the Search Engines is your first step, however, you must not solely depend upon the Search Engines to bring you traffic. You must design a complete promotional strategy and work it every day.

    A good way to organize your promotions is to set up a webpage, for your personal use, that will contain your complete strategy. This page should be stored on your hard drive and not uploaded to your server. Your page should contain four sections.

    - Daily Promotions
    - Weekly Promotions
    - Monthly Promotions
    - Miscellaneous Promotions

    Each of these four sections should contain the appropriate information for each of your promotional resources such as, website name, user ID, password (if applicable) and hyperlinked web addresses for each website you plan to use for your promotions. This will enable you to open your webpage each day and visit each daily promotional link you have listed.

    Your daily promotions should include posting your ads to a list of free classified ad and free for all sites. In addition, visit some popular discussion boards. Although you may not advertise on discussion boards, you can include your signature file with your post.

    There are several websites that will enable you to submit your classified ads and links to an entire network of sites with just one form. Here is a list of resources to get you started:

    Yahoo Classifieds
    http://classifieds.yahoo.com/

    AdlandPro Networked Classifieds 5000+
    http://www.web-source.net/adlandpro.htm

    Web Sitings Networked Classifieds 40,000+
    http://www.websitings.com/classads/sites/source.htm

    Epage Networked Classifieds 16,000+
    http://www.web-source.net/classifieds.htm

    SmallBizFFA 35,000+
    http://www.smallbizffa.net/ffa.pl?35984

    FFA Network 10,000+
    http://www.ffanet.com/submit.htm

    Free Submission 9,500+
    http://hbb.nu/freesubmit/

    MGA web 5,000+
    http://www.mgaweb.com/submit/mgacat.asp

    Link Place 3,000+
    http://www.linkplace.com/

    Link Station 8,000+
    http://global.gr/mtools/linkstation/

    USubmit 9,500+
    http://www.usubmit.com/

    Wizard 8,000+
    http://wizardsoftheweb.com/partners/wizard/links.shtml

    URL Submitter 183,500+
    http://urlsubmitter.com/url.shtml

    For a complete listing of some of the top discussion boards, visit:

    http://www.web-source.net/web/Discussion_Forums/

    Your weekly promotions should consist of placing a paid ezine advertisement and/or arranging ad swaps with fellow publishers. Visit the Free Directory of Ezines for all the information you'll need to place and/or swap ads with over 700 ezines. http://www.netmastersolutions.com/

    To organize your ad placements and swaps, place the publication names, publisher names, ad dates and hyperlinked web addresses within your weekly promotions list.

    Your monthly promotions should include writing an article in the area of your expertise, Search Engine submissions, promotional exchanges with similar websites and offline promotions.

    Writing Articles:

    Writing articles that may be freely published with your bylines is one of the best promotional methods online. Your article may be published in hundreds of ezines, on websites or even in magazines. To learn more about writing articles for publication, read the article entitled, "Write For Publicity." http://www.web-source.net/write.htm

    To organize your monthly promotions, place the names and hyperlinked web addresses for each of your promotional resources within your monthly promotions section.

    Article Announcement Lists:

    Article Announce
    Subscribe: mailto:article_announce-subscribe@egroups.com
    http://www.web-source.net/articlesub.htm

    PublishInYours
    Subscribe: mailto:PublishInYours-subscribe@egroups.com
    http://www.egroups.com/group/PublishInYours

    Articles Archive
    Subscribe: mailto:articles_archives-subscribe@egroups.com
    http://www.egroups.com/group/articles_archives

    Free Content
    Subscribe: mailto:Free-Content-subscribe@egroups.com
    http://www.egroups.com/group/Free-Content

    Article Submission Sites:

    ideaMarketers - http://www.ideamarketers.com/

    Free Content - http://www.certificate.net/wwio/ideas.shtml

    Ezine Articles - http://www.ezinearticles.com/add_url.htm

    Search Engines:

    Yahoo - http://www.yahoo.com/

    AltaVista - http://www.altavista.com/av/content/addurl.htm/

    Hotbot - http://www.hotbot.com/addurl.asp/

    Lycos - http://www.lycos.com/addasite.html/

    Excite - http://www.excite.com/info/add_url/

    InfoSeek - http://infoseek.go.com/AddUrl?pg=SubmitUrl.html/

    WebCrawler - http://www.webcrawler.com/info/add_url/

    NorthernLight - http://www.northernlight.com/docs/regurl_help.html/

    Promotional Exchanges:

    To set up some promotional exchanges with similar websites, visit a Search Engine and type in a keyword that best describes your website. Visit some websites that are similar to yours, but not in competition. Contact the webmaster to discuss your promotional exchange. This may be a link exchange, joint venture, or whatever you both decide.

    Your miscellaneous promotions will include; running a press release, joining traffic generating programs, buying promotional products and advertising in newspapers, magazines, etc.

    Press Release:

    CanadaOne provides a free interactive press release builder. http://www.canadaone.com/promote/pressrelease.html

    Gebbie Press provides over 10,000 links to print and electronic media on the Internet.
    http://www.gebbieinc.com/

    Dr. Kevin Nunley will write your press release and send it to 5,000 media.
    http://coldfusion.affiliateshop.com/Link3.cfm?AID=004436

    Gap Enterprises will enable you to send your press release to over 7,600 media. You write your press release or they'll write it for you.
    http://www.gapent.com/pr/

    Traffic Generating Programs:

    Join some traffic generating programs to build a network of websites all linking to your website.
    http://www.web-source.net/web/Mega_Traffic_Generators/

    Promotional Products:

    IDit Plates - Put your web address on your vehicle. IDit Plates are a great way to continuously promote your web site. They look like chrome and blend in well with your vehicle. http://www.iditplates.net/new/2711/index.html

    Magnetic Signs - Full size magnetic signs for your vehicle. Get a customized sign that magnetically adheres to each side of your vehicle, advertising your website.
    http://www.magneticsigns.com/

    iPrint - Professional printing over the Internet.
    http://www.iprint.com/cgi-shl/index.cgi?shop=5072

    PromoCity - Add your logo to any of over 500 promotional items.
    http://www.promocity.com/

    Offline Promotions:

    Place ads in newspapers, magazines, on the radio, TV, etc.,
    Visit these links for complete listings:

    NewsDirectory Newspapers
    http://www.ecola.com/news/press/

    Newspapers Online
    http://www.newspapers.com/


    Once you've created your promotional webpage, open it up in your browser and add it to your favorite places or bookmark it for easy daily access. Set up a specific day for your weekly and monthly promotions and perform your miscellaneous promotions as needed.

    Once you've implemented your promotional strategy and continuously work it each day, you'll be amazed with the results of your efforts. Consistency will be the key to driving massive traffic to your site.

    About the Author

    Shelley Lowery is the Webmistress of Web Source - Your Guide to Professional Website Design and Development. Join The Syndicator, our new, free article syndication program and display complete articles w/photographs on your website that are automatically updated each week. http://www.web-source.net

    You have permission to publish this article electronically, in print, in your ebook or on your web site, free of charge, as long as the author bylines are included.


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