21 Ways to Promote Your
Site Online and Off
Want to boost your traffic? Use these 21 tips to help you
get the word out about your e-business.
1. Always put your URL on letterhead, business cards and in e-mail signatures—wherever potential visitors
are likely to see it.
2. If your employees wear uniforms, put your URL on them so every one
of your customers sees a walking advertisement of your website.
3. Include your URL on all promotional
items you give away—coffee mugs, T-shirts, keychains and so on. A daily reminder is a good way to get people to visit
4. Be sure to include your web address in all press releases you send out to members
of the media. By having it at their fingertips, they may be more likely to include it in articles they write about your company.
5. Don't forget to put your web address in your Yellow Pages ad. That's one place people see it
6. Do you own any company vehicles? Be sure to put your URL on the side of any car
or truck that's out there delivering your products.
7. In addition to listing your toll-free
number, put your Web address on the bottom of every page of your catalog so customers have easy access to your online store.
8. Hone your search engine submission process
so you can get the best exposure possible.
9. If you're still itching for more exposure,
you can explore search engine marketing, wherein you pay to have a text ad appear when visitors search for certain keywords.
10. Launch a sweepstakes that offers anyone who registers on your site or subscribes to e-newsletters within
a certain time frame the chance to win a free gift.
11. Send out a weekly e-mail newsletter to
registered site members that offers tips and news related to your company or industry with links back to your site.
12. Offer free content to other sites. It's a win-win situation: The other site gets free articles to
beef up their offerings and you get a link back to your site and the cachet of being an expert.
Send a well-planned, customer-focused e-mail promotion to a targeted list of potential visitors and offer a credit toward
the purchase of anything from your site. Spend time on your e-mail's look and content: You want to offer value to customers
and not have it appear to be spam.
14. Create your own link exchange by asking sites complementary
to yours (but that don't compete) to put your link on their pages and you'll do likewise.
Hook up with web affiliates—hundreds of sites that all link their traffic to yours—and get visitors from sites
with related content.
16. Get active in online discussion groups and chats and always include
your URL in your signature. (Don't do any hard selling, though. Most groups frown on such behavior and will think you're
spamming the group.)
17. Any time someone orders a product from your site, include a catalog
with their order to get them coming back for more.
18. Inspire your visitors to spread the word
for you with viral marketing techniques, from the aforementioned newsgroup participation to including an "e-mail this
link" on every page of your site.
19. Not sure what your customers want? Try creating an
online survey to get their crucial opinions on how well your site is selling to them.
creating your own ads, make sure you understand who you're targeting, the goal of your campaign, and how to creatively
use the ad confines to get viewers to click on your ad, not away from it.
21. Use other selling
venues like online classified advertising or online auction sites to increase exposure to your site and products.