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3 Ways to Market Your Business and Get Leads For No Cost

There are many ways to market your internet business online and get good leads for free or for low cost. Three ways you may want to try are article marketing, forum marketing, and free classified.

Article Marketing is an effective and low-cost way to bring very high quality visitors to your website. You can also establish yourself as an authority and build trust with your audience.

You basically write articles related to your business and distribute them to article directories. Search engines will rank articles (keyword is important) and people will go to directories to read your articles. Ezine publishers will also search directories for articles to publish in their ezine.

Leads come from the resource or bio box which is part of the article. The box contains a link to your business. You don’t have to be an expert writer. Just be sure to provide valuable content your reader can use.

Article Marketing Basic Steps
1. Define Your Target Audience
2. Select Your Keyword
3. Select Your Topic
4. Write Your Article
5. Write Your Article Title
6. Distribute Your Article

Forum Marketing is another way to get free leads and establish yourself as an online authority. A forum, sometimes called a message board, is an online discussion site. People start discussions, called threads, people read them and post (respond) to them. When you start a thread or post to an ongoing discussion, your signature is included in your post. You can add a link to your website in your signature. If people like what you post they may click on your link.

Find forums that are related to your business. Most forums require you to register, but signing up is easy.

Make sure what you post adds value to the discussion. Don’t pitch your business. Contribute to threads that interest you. People who like and trust you are more likely to check out what you have to offer. Otherwise you will be ignored or possibly banned from the forum. Get familiar with the rules of the forum.

Forum Marketing Basic Steps
1. Register for a Forum
2. Update Your Forum Profile
3. Write Your First Post

Free Classified Advertising is another way to generate leads. Ad are usually text-only and can have little information or lots of information, but they include how to get more information such as a link or phone number. There are thousands of free classified sites online. To be effective at ads requires massive action, meaning you have to post a lot of ads, but it’s can worth it.

Free Classifieds Advertising Basic Steps
1. Find a Free Classified Site
2. Choose the City to post your ad
3. Choose the Section to post your ad
4. Write Your Ad
5. Post Your Ad
6. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

Article marketing, forum marketing, and free classifieds are 3 ways to generate leads for your business for no cost. Each method requires work, but with dedication and consistency you will get your leads.

Happy Business Building, Yoli

Small Business Video Marketing in 2010

Many business owners are making use of video marketing for small businesses and they are in fact at the forefront of a new movement that hold much promise for them. Most others consider using videos as being something that only teenagers use to inform others about their latest exploits and others that make use of videos are authors who need videos to show off their book excerpts. However, using a properly made video can also be a cheap as well as free opportunity to help a small business promote itself and even ensure smoother operations.

Mostly, video marketing for small businesses involves home organizer business owners using videos to enlarge their customer base and particularly in their metropolitan areas. We all know and realize that one picture can say far more than a thousand words of text and so using videos to get the message across is certainly a more potent tool than content based messages.

There are also more scientific reasons why it pays to make use of videos as can be seen from the fact that a person has a primitive brain that helps them to make decisions which it does based on its assessment of different options. According to studies the primitive mind responds far better when given a video image than when it is fed with text. This means that even very brief exposure to videos will help create a desired response in the primitive brain and a video that offers a suitable message can affect a persons decision making process far more effectively than any text message can.

It is easy to create a video which can then be uploaded free of cost to free video sharing websites like YouTube. After that, all you need to do in order to promote your video is send your clients a message with a link pointing to the video. Even better, you should also upload the video to your website so that visitors can also view it.

Of course, the numbers of business owners that do not believe in the value of video marketing are pretty significant and this is mainly on account of the fact that they have not as yet tasted the fruits of this form of marketing.

To ensure that your videos provide a boost to your small business be sure that you put in some effort to ensure that your videos get higher ranking at YouTube and also Google.

Just like any other internet content, success with video promotions also will not come your way unless you do more than simply put up your videos on the internet. You have to put in plenty of hard work so that your brand becomes more popular and well known and even more importantly you have to do your best to ensure higher conversion rates as well.