20 Ways to Market Your Business Online | Business Service

You have a new online business, now what?You need to advertise your online business both online and offline so this article will give you some online advertising ideas that you can start using today.1. Write some short articles and donate them to online websites, ezines and newsletters.These articles can be on family life, raising children, hobbies, cooking, pets, shopping, weddings, just about any thing!Make sure your article has an attached signature tag with your name, business name and your website address. Some people call these signature tags, Author Resource Boxes.2. Attach an email signature tag to every outgoing email that you send. Make sure it includes your business name and website address.3. Publish an online blog! Blogging is very hot these days! A blog is an online journal (Web Log = Blog) and you can write one on a variety of topics including topics that relate to your online business. Do a keyword search through a major search engine to learn about blogging.4. Get yourself listed in some of the online yellow page phone books under your business name for your local area.5. Get yourself listed in online business directories.

6. Get yourself listed in online shopping and gift directories.7. If you offer a contest through your online website, make sure you get yourself listed in online Contest and Sweepstakes directories for some free business exposure.8. Online talk radio is big these days! Contact those sites and inquire about being a guest on one of their online talk radio programs.9. If you can afford it, get some online advertising on a online radio station.10. Do a online web search for your local city radio stations. A lot of your radio stations also offer online contests to their listeners. Offer to sponsor one of their online contests or inquire about advertising on their website.11. Do a online web search for your local city tv news station websites. A lot of them offer online contests on their websites. Offer to sponsor one or inquire about advertising on their website.12. Start a online newsletter for your business. I recommend doing a monthly newsletter. You will get more subscribers to your newsletter if you add informational content along with 2-3 specials that you are running. A newsletter subscriber contest is also helpful in promoting a online newsletter.Newsletter subscribers don’t want to read just sales ads so its important to also offer informational content, tips, product reviews etc.13. Online gift certificates are big business these days. Make sure your website offers online gift certificates for your business products or business service.14. Get yourself listed in online search engines. You can start out with the free lesser known search engines and then work your way up to the pay-per click type of search engines.15. Do a web search for message boards for your local city or town. Get on those local area message boards and start networking! Get to know others who live around you. This is a great way to get local customers and local leads. A lot of times you can get a text ad or a banner ad on those local message board sites to help promote your business locally.16. Ask your online friends and family to attach your email signature tag to all of their outgoing emails.17. There are a lot of free online classified ad sites. I recommend that you place ads ONLY on the most popular of these types of sites. The best ones are sites that cater to your local area. You will want to stay away from link farms (sites that are nothing but web links as search engines frown upon those).

18. Link Exchange. Contact other websites and offer to exchange web links with them. You add their web link to your website page and they add your web site link to theirs. When exchanging web site links, make sure you are only exchanging links with sites that have similar content to yours.19. If your business offers a bridal gift registry to new brides to be, make sure you get yourself list in some of the popular online bridal gift registry directories. A lot of them also offer contests to their readers so consider sponsoring a contest too.20. Join some of the free online social networking websites such as MySpace, Facebook, Linkedin, yahoo groups, ryze and Twitter. Once you join these social networking sites, make sure you fill out your profile page completely and make sure you put your business information in your profile. Once you have that completed, its time to join some of the sub-networking groups and make some new online friends.