Advertising on a dime (literally)

sochacki

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Advertising on a dime (literally)

Advertising on a dime (literally)


Let's face it. For those of us who are just getting our new forums started, and those who have been running their forums or website for a small amount of time, we know by now that advertising on other sites can be an expensive venture. It seems nowadays that a thousands are starting webpages with little money in hand to get their site going.

This guide is just a stepping stone to the many great articles and resources we have here on TAZ, with the specific purpose of helping you get your forum more targetted traffic, for free (minus the fact that you have to spend some time doing these things, however). Everything in this guide is based on having no money whatsoever for advertising your website on the increasingly large internet.


The first step to being able to get your forum or website traffic venture started is.. quite obviously, having a forum or website. Because there are hundreds upon thousands of websites available today for people to use, it is in ones best interest to find a certain niche for your website, that is, finding your own little share of the "market," so to speak, of users to cater your forums and website to. This must also be implemented when you're looking for valid sites to advertise your own site on. An example of this would be, if you're running a website with forums about a certain genre of music, advertising on a site that has a community of alligator lovers would not be a good niche to advertise or affiliate with.

Based upon past experiences, there are many ways that you can get decent advertising through many free services available on the internet. But it's going to take some work on your part. If you have not already read SEO for the Beginner: FAQ & Resources, that would be a good start to getting the most out of your site. [link]



The following are some simple ways of getting your site and name out there without spending a dime, in no particular order.

1 ) Forum Directories
Forum directories are exactly what they're called: directories of forums, all collected on one website. These sites offer users the ability to find forums by selecting a certain niche and listing forums under that niche. A lot of forum directories will allow you to add your website for free (requiring no reciprocal link back to them,) however some require a link back to their site in order to submit your site.

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soccerbox

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Well this is all good stuff but it is just normal seo work really. Sure it is free on the most part but it is extremely time consuming and so you are paying in time more than anything.

So if you are a new online business then this is great but if you already have lots of work to do and are looking at promoting you business online yourself then this is no good as this is a full time job.
 

timsullivan

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That was a really helpful article and as far as I know, many people are on a shoestring budget when marketing something online because they want to find a strategy that works for them before they invest money in it.
 

Joshuad

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Today? Him and Kotohona are always on the necro posting spree. I've made it my purpose to pinpoint all of them and expose them!
 

cpvr

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Today? Him and Kotohona are always on the necro posting spree. I've made it my purpose to pinpoint all of them and expose them!

There isn't a problem with this though - I'm bumping them because a lot of members don't get the chance to see it - especially if they're just browsing TAZ for the first time - old content shows up on the "new posts" feature - so, of course, it'll help people find the thread as well.
 

Joshuad

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I never said there was anything wrong with it, I just like to pull both of your legs is all ;)
 

bruce99

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6 ) MySpace!
As much as some users despise myspace (myself included,) it is a great resource for finding people interested in your website or forums. Posting a link on your myspace profile, or posting a bulletin on their site can bring in more traffic than you would believe. Just remember to use descriptive text about your site, what your site offers over the others, and a link

I dont have a myspace page, but its seriously ok to post 'ads' on these 'bulletins' can you please explain how to find such things? and can i do it without having a myspace profile? I guess it means I will soon have to get a FB site too?!?
 
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