If it’s free, it’s for me. If you just created a blog and want your name to be seen or you just created a business and can’t afford advertising yet, I have here some things you could do. There are a lot of services that cost money to submit your site but that’s not entirely necessary when you are starting out fresh. When money comes in, then go to those services – Google Adwords and such.
1. Social Media – This is the more time consuming thing but could be well worth it for you. On your Facebook, you can create a page for your business then send it out to your friends to become a fan of it.
Second is Twitter. Create a Twitter account under your business name and email then search for people in your area or industry to follow. Every time you blog, post a sentence about it and add your link. Also, make sure you ReTweet (RT) comments, pages, stories, anything you like or agree with. People like to be RTed. Add a Twitter widget to your blog or site to connect the two together.
There are numerous other social media accounts you can create and link them all together. This is time consuming.
2. Submit it to Google – This is free, fast and easy. Getting your website indexed in all of the major search engines is key. Just creating a blog and writing a bunch of stuff doesn’t do it. Check to see if your site is already in Google by typing in www.websitename.com in the search to see if it shows. If not, then submit your business/blog to Google to see traffic move in. Not just: brettrush.com, you have to submit it with the http://www also. After submitting, it may take up to 3 weeks so don’t expect things to work instantly. If you don’t see it after 3 weeks, do this again. Submitting it everyday doesn’t help, so don’t do it.
3. Submit it to Yahoo – Yahoo isn’t the leader in search engines but it is the largest directory of websites. Check to see if Yahoo picked up your address and if not, submit it here. Recheck it in a few weeks also to see if it appeared.
4. Yellow Pages Directory – They have a free option so why not use it? Upgrades will be offered but are not necessary to complete the submission of your business. If you do not have an office, you can choose not to show your address.
5. Google Local Business – If your business is centered around your area, this is a must have. When someone searches a specific business or area, it is eligible to rank in the local business section. To submit to Google Local Business, you will need either a business phone number or a business mailing address. Toward the end of the submission process you will be given a PIN number. You will need to use this PIN to complete the submission. If you opt for a postcard, the PIN will be mailed. However, choosing the phone option, the PIN will be displayed and an automated phone call will be made. Importantly, if the number is not a “business line” you will have to take the postcard route. Either way, it is free, fast and easy.
If you don’t have a website yet, register one here!
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