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PostSubject: How to Advertise Your Site for Free   Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:44 am

Who is this Article for?

This article is for anyone and everyone. If you just started a new
site, this article will help you to gain members and get active. If you
have a large site opened for years already, then this article may help
you to find new ways to advertise your site and get even bigger.
Basically, if you wish to get your site bigger, then this article will
help.

Do note that some of the techniques explored below may take time and
patience in not only doing them, but also before seeing any type of
gain in membership.

How to Get Started

The best websites on the internet may not be the biggest websites. That
is because the owner did a bad job of advertising his site to the
public and getting the name out. With the right type of advertising, a
website could become huge in a matter of a year.

To start, be sure you entire site is finished. This means design,
concept, forums, and plenty of articles. You need tons of articles if
you want the advertising any good. All the advertising in the world
wonít help you if you donít have something for the people visiting to
read or view. Be absolutely sure everything is perfect (in your opinion
and in others) before starting your ďadvertising spreeĒ (as I call it).

Below I will break each type of advertising in different sections to
help you decide which parts to read and which to skip. Letís get
started shall we?

Search Engine Advertising and Optimization

This is by far the best thing you could possibly do to gain members.
People search. This is a well known fact. Having your site searchable
on the biggest search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN will prove
to be the best thing you can possibly do.

However, search engine optimization is a huge topic that could take
years of work to get its full potential. Rather than providing all of
the information here, I will instead point you to various websites and
provide small tips to help you get started.

If you run vBulletin and want to optimize it, then the following thread written by T2DMan will help greatly: http://forum.time2dine.co.nz/showthread.php?t=98.
Do note that the optimizations made currently only work for vBulletin
3.0.X. Iím sure T2DMan will port over many of the optimizations to
vBulletin 3.5 when he is ready.

Unfortunately, I currently donít have any information on optimizing
other boards. If you have information, please contact me and I will
update this guide with whatever information I may find.

As far as websites go, optimizing custom sites will probably prove
easier than optimizing existing software. If you have a custom built
CMS or have nothing but HTML files written by yourself, things will
prove to be easier than if you were to use an existing product. Why?
Because you know how the code works, where to make adjustments and
additions, and how to do them.

A good guide to getting started is available at Google: http://www.google.com/intl/en/webmasters/

Also, another guide exists on TAZ, available here: http://www.theadminzone.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=2893

The first thing you can do is submit your site to all of the various
search engines. You could save this part for last until of the below is
done, but usually is takes a search engine spider a few days/weeks to
get started on your site, so an early submission wouldnít hurt, just be
sure to get as much of the below finished before the spiders start
rolling in. Iíve found this site
through Google that will automatically submit your site to many major
search engines. However, I would recommend doing it manually just so
you know that it was submitted for sure. Go to each major search
engine, find their submission link, and add your site. For example,
Googleís is located here.

Next up, choose a keyword for your website. A keyword is basically what
a user will type into a search engine before your site comes up. For
example, if you are running a Detroit Pistons website, then a wise
keyword to use would be Detroit Pistons or Pistons Basketball or even
Detroit Basketball. Making a Google search for Detroit Pistons brings
up NBA.comís page for the Pistons as the first result. The second
result is the Detroit Newsí Pistons page. How did they do it?

First, if youíd look at the URL, they both have Pistons in the URL.
That helps to get a higher rating. Next, the title of the site is
Detroit Pistons. You can change the title by editing whatís in the

and Pistons hundreds of times throughout each page of their site. The
more you use it, the better. In fact, the more you link to it, the
better. If you have links named Detroit Pistons, this helps even more.

Finally, both sites probably have hundreds of backlinks. A backlink is
when someone else (another site) links to your site. If they do so with
the name Detroit Pistons than that will help even more. For example, if
you ran a Detroit Pistons site and I linked to it, that will help you
out when Google spiders my website. If I name the link Detroit Pistons
(ie: Detroit Pistons), then it will help even more. According to Alex.com,
the above site has 2,756 backlinks. That means over 2,700 sites have
linked to their site. This has probably helped tremendously in getting
it in the number 2 spot.

The next thing you can do is using mod_rewrite to optimize your URLís.
Search engines hate websites that donít end with .html. They love URLís
that are descriptive and to the point. Using mod_rewite, you can change
existing URLís to something more search engine friendly.

Check out these sites to help you with that:
Apacheís mod_rewite tutorial
Sitepointís mod_write tutorial
Mod_rewrite cheat-sheet

Finally, another thing you can do is write your meta tags in your header to suit your keyword and what your site is about. This site may help with that.

There are plenty of other things you can do to help make your site more search engine friendly. A quick Google Search for ďsearch engine optimizationĒ yields tons of results, so have a look through and see what you can find.

Links, Signatures, and Affiliations

A great way of getting your name out is to link your site at as many
places as possible. If you visit a forum regularly, put a link to your
site in your signature. If you post comments on blogs, put a link to
your site at the end of every comment. If you submit articles to
various websites, link to your website within those articles or at the
end of the article. Basically anywhere that you can get your name out,
do so.

Once you have a base of users built up and posting, ask your users to
link to your site if they go to other forums and sites. This works
exceptionally well if some of your users have thousands of posts at
other forums. Also ask them to make a thread or two in that forums
advertising section to attract more users. Reward them too, so they
feel good about doing it. Give them free points if you have a store at
your forum, offer them a position on staff, send them a free t-shirt
with your sites logo and url (even more free advertising), etc.

You could also do link exchanges and affiliations with other sites with
similar content. For example, if you run a gaming site, ask for link
exchanges and affiliations with other gaming sites. This not only helps
with getting more backlinks (especially if that site has tons of
spiders visiting daily), but it also helps in getting your name out
there. The bigger the site, the more likely you will see a gain of
members. However, donít overdue it. Donít link to every gaming site
there is as that will just discourage other sites from linking to you.
When a user sees 500 links to 500 various gaming sites, what are the
changes he/she will click on yours? I would recommend not doing link
exchanges with anyone that overdoes it and be sure not to overdue it
yourself.

Local Advertising

A good way to get your name out locally is by placing your logo and
what-not at various places in the neighborhood geared at your audience.
I know this article is for free advertising but Iím going to break that
rule slightly. If you have the funds, buy small cards with your site
name, logo, url, and a bit of information on it. Get as many as you can
afford. If you run a movies site, for example, get the cards and go to
your nearest blockbusters and video stores. Place the cards near the
movies section or inside the dvd/video boxes. So when someone rents a
movie and opens the box, heíll see your card inside and get interested.

You could also go to your nearest mall and put the cards on benches in
front of stores dealing with your topic. Like if you run a clothing
site, put your cards in front of clothing store on benches where people
sit or stand. That way, theyíll see the card and be interested.

Finally, you could have friends spread the cards at various colleges
and high schools (if that is your audience). Like, for example, I will
be putting cards at the lunchroom where people wait in line to get
food. They will see my card, pick it up, and possibly pocket it to
check it out in the future. I will also be putting a few on the
lunchroom tables, in the various computer labs, and near any
computer/programming classes (my site is a gaming site, so most
computer geeks play games, making them my audience).

In Conclusion

I hope I helped in giving you ideas for advertising and to get you
started. Advertising is quite possibly the hardest thing to do for a
website. Doing it right or wrong can make or break a site. Do note that
all of the above is just the beginning. There are plenty more things
you can do, so look out for a possible part 2 to this guide in the
future with more ideas and updates to some of the above ideas.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Advertise Your Site for Free   Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:05 pm

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