Saturday, December 02, 2006

Tips for Promoting Your Home Business Website
Copyright © Zamzuri Zakaria

Do you have your own home based business? Do you have a website for it? If so, then you need to promote the website for your home business to bring in even more business. There are a few tips for promoting your home business website that will bring you more customers.

One way to promote your home business website is to list it with the search engines. A search engine is an internet directory that is designed to make your website easier to locate and easier for a potential customer to access it. Each search engine listing will include a link to your website. If your website does not get listed within the top twenty of the major search engines, then chances are that your website will rarely be seen. Since a recent survey showed that between 84% to 92% of internet users the world over use search engines to find what they need, you will definitely want to take advantage of this tool. The top three search engines to be listed in are MSN, Yahoo, and Google.

Another way to promote your business website is via RSS feeds and blogs. A blog is just a short way of say Web Log. Blogging is just basically uploading text onto the same place on the internet daily, weekly, monthly, or at least on a regular basis. The best people to blog are people who write because it is their passion. You can hire someone to do this for you or you can do it yourself. There are many websites on the internet that are dedicated to web logs.

Have you ever went to a website and see a banner at the top of the page advertising another website? This is another form of promoting your business website. You can create a banner with a simple paint program, like Photoshop. If you want to animate it, there are animation programs out there, too. There are many banner exchange websites online that will allow you to place your banner on their website. Banner exchanges are pretty easy to participate in; however, these types of exchanges most likely will not let you pick and choose who you want to trade with.

Another way to advertise your home business website is by opt-in mailing. Bulk emailing is the practice of sending mass quantities of email to lists of “unqualified” email address. This is considered spam and is considered to be in bad taste. If you send unsolicited email to people that do not want commercial email, you will run the risk of ruining the reputation of your business and getting into trouble with your ISP. It is best for you to use targeted direct email. This means that you will be sending your email to people that have approved or opted in to receive this type of email. There are many websites on the internet that provide this type of service for you and are definitely worth checking out.

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