In 1999, promoting your business web site was a very easy process. You placed 3 lines of code called “meta tags” on the top of your home page and submitted the page to free search engines or directories.
Leap forward to right now.
Web site promotion has become a time consuming project and a requirment if your looking to run a successful business.
Gone are the days where placing Ads in your local phone books and newspapers would bring in new customers. Today 87% of all marketing is done online. Dawn the erra of Search Engine Consultants.
If you’re still advertising like it’s 1999, then stop!
Take a moment and use the list below update your markting habits and find a few better ways that your business web site will be found online by your ideal client, make it more user friendly and is visited often.
1. Build a strong, solid business foundation. Design a business plan, marketing plan, ideal client profile and 30-second elevator speech.
2. Be consistent and “brand” your company. Use the same colors, logo, motto, etc. everywhere on your business web site!
3. Make your business web site trustable.
5. Ask your web master to name each of your pages using a keyword you have supplied them with.
6. Offer added values on your business web site that make sense to your business and ideal client. This can include affiliate programs, books, and recommended links to web sites.
7. Add a “favorites or bookmark this site” script to some of your business web site pages.
8. Add a “Recommend This Site” on your site. If someone visits your business Web site and knows someone else who may appreciate it, this feature will e-mail the page’s link to a recipient.
9. If you have pages on your business web site that you update monthly (like an articles page or recommended links page) say so on the page.
10. Join a few Web rings. For additional information, visit WebRing and Bravenet.
11. Provide a subscription box, to your e-zine or business announcement list, on your most viewed business web site pages.
12. On large business web sites, create a “What’s New Page” or even better, ask your web designer to design a “Site Map” for your visitors.
Much of your business web site traffic will come from search engines. Here are some search engine submission tips to keep in mind.
13. Search engines look for certain things – titles, headings, meta tags – so it is crucial to make sure your site is “search engine friendly”. Visit the Search Engine Optimization and Submission page on this site for additional resources on search engines and search engine submission tips.
a. TITLE tags: Title tags should be 60 or so characters and include some keywords.
b. Header tags are numbered from 1 to 7: some search engines recognize Header tags. So make sure you use these tags for each of the titles on your page.
c. Keyword Meta tags: Add no more than 15 to 20 keywords to keep the search engines from flagging your site for keyword spamming. Prioritize your words. The best way to submit to search engines is to submit to each search engine individually.
d. Use keywords in the text area of each page. They are especially important at the beginning of sentences and higher up on the page.
14. Search engines do not find your site unless you submit your site’s information to them. Below are four ways to submit your Web site to search engines:
a. It is recommended that you submit to search engines individually “Organically” (this is also the way we do it and it works great, but is time consuming)!
b. Since some people prefer to use a free service to submit their sites to search engines, I recommend that they open a free e-mail address to use when you do “anything” for free on the World Wide Web. Two good search engine submission services are Submit It!, and Scrub The Web. You can pay for a professional report that will assist you to submit and critique your site. such services are provided by Gahsonay Dessign Studio for a nominal fee.
c. Hire a Search Engine Optimization Expert to handle your search engine submissions like Gahsonay Design Studio.
15. Visit these search engine information sites: Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Guide.
Making sure your business web site is search engine friendly is only one aspect of Web site promotion. Here are some other web site promotion tips:
16. Check your business web site’s links regularly to make sure they all work. Use a free online link checker to check your site.
17. Provide monthly chats or bulletin boards (forums) to build relationships and community.
18. Conduct periodic contests and announce the winners on your site.
19. Write articles, post them to your business Web site, and submit them to article banks.
20. Design some quizzes or surveys. Statistics show that visitors love quizzes and assessment tools.
21. Participate in online forums as an expert. You get to “quietly” promote your business in your three or four line signature.
22. Place your business web site address on all your printed literature — business cards, brochures, newsletters, letterhead, e-mail signature, ads – everything!!
23. Promote your web address in your signature for e-mails (change it regularly to highlight something new you’re promoting).
24. Teach classes or speak to groups about subjects relating to your products.
25. Network locally to bring people to your site.
26. “Permission Market” by gathering, in writing, the e-mail addresses of students, or an audience as part of your evaluation forms. Create index cards so that you can invite your friends, networking partners or associates to join your list. Keep any papers involved in this process for at least a year or two.
27. When your business web site is launched, updated, or you write a free e-book, send a Press Release to the media, your and clients.
28. There’s no time like the present to take advantage of the online marketing trend. It will only continue growing. Don’t miss out, use these tips to move your marketing out of the 90’s and into the present day.
29. If this list of web site promotion ideas seems overwhelming, visit http://www.gahsonay.com/ for a free ½ hour phone consultation to discuss your online marketing project.
Don Gaconnet is a master creative consultant with over 20 years experience in graphics, web site design, and online marketing. For more information send an email to click here
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