19 Feb 2008

Place to advertise, promote and get yourself seen.

We have talked about promotion on a budget in a general way already, but I thought it might be of help to give you a list of some of the sites that you can submit links for your website to. Remember to look through each site before posting to see if it is the kind of place that suits your market. Remember, targeting you own market is one of the keys to succeeding. Don't waste your time submitting your link to a site about the best ways to butcher a cow if you sell vegetarian sausages. They more than likely won't put your link up, but if they do, their target traffic most likely won't click on it.

This is not a definitive list. There are thousands if not millions of sites out there you can promote yourself on. Some of these are networking sites; some are just directories you can submit links to. Always read each sites rules before you join. It is pointless spending time promoting on a site only to have it all removed because you have broken the terms and conditions of using the site.

  1. http://adsbay.com/
  2. http://abwa.org/
  3. http://adwords.google.com/select/Login
  4. http://barefootbusiness.com/
  5. http://blogger.com
  6. http://bobbiisdesignsndeals.com/
  7. http://boingboing.net/suggest.html
  8. http://cmather.com/
  9. http://community.livejournal.com/etsy_lj/
  10. http://cracker.com.au/
  11. http://craftersbuzz.com/
  12. http://craigslist.com
  13. http://del.icio.us/
  14. http://designstolove.com/
  15. http://digg.com/
  16. http://dmoz.org/add.html
  17. http://expo.live.com/
  18. http://facebook.com/
  19. http://flickr.com/
  20. http://fogster.com/
  21. http://freecraftfair.com/
  22. http://google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
  23. http://indiepublic.com/
  24. http://kijiji.com/
  25. http://linkreferral.com/
  26. http://linktiles.com/
  27. http://myartplot.com/
  28. http://myspace.com/
  29. http://oodle.com/
  30. http://robotlaundry.com/
  31. http://ryze.com/
  32. http://search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx
  33. http://seocompany.ca/
  34. http://stumbleupon.com/
  35. http://stylefeeder.com/
  36. http://stylehive.com/
  37. http://thisnext.com/
  38. http://weekly-market.com/

A good bit of advice I've had in the past about networking sites is, stick with one or two sites to start with and be an active member. Once you are well established on one/two site then you can venture to others and start to network there. These sites will be easier to network on because you will find people there that already know you from the first couple of sites. Remember it is always easier for old networking friends to find you if you stick with the same user name and the same visuals, such as banners and avatars. Always keep the original site you started on as your main networking branch, so don't neglect it. Use the other site like a tree uses sub- branches, to get its leaves out into the light. The sub networking sites in your system can catch the people that haven't heard of you before, but if you try to spread yourself on to many sites you will end up losing touch with your main network as you won't have the time to keep all the sites updated. Most of all make it fun. If you aren't enjoying it, you will soon find it a bind and a trial to do and eventually you will let it slide.

Good Luck!

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