So you've started your business and you have a website up and running, now you need to know how to successfully market your business on the internet. With new internet marketing technologies developing daily, sometimes the choices seem confusing. Which internet marketing tools are going to yield results?
Search engine registries and reciprocal links are obviously very important to promoting your website, but internet marketing doesn't stop there. Autoresponders, affiliate networks, and discussion forums are all effective tools that help you market and manage your website.
Autoresponders help you process email requests automatically, rather than spending hours trying to navigate your inbox. Does your website offer customers free catalogs? Does your business send out sales letters or offer customer support services? If so, then autoresponders can dramatically decrease your workload while increasing your sales, by automatically responding to customer requests and questions.
Affiliate programs also increase your exposure on the web. When you join an affiliate network, your site will be linked to others in the affiliate, and the affiliate network provider will promote your website for you. The incentive for them to do this is that they will get a small percentage of the sales they send to you ? a small price to pay for the exposure they provide.
Discussion forums are becoming more and more popular, and hosting one on your own website can be a very effective internet marketing tool. Anytime a comment or article is posted on the forum it increases the number of keyword searches that will link results to your website. Discussion forums require a little bit of upkeep, but the technology is user-friendly and they can be well-worth the effort.
When it comes to internet marketing, creativity is key. Don't stop after you register your site with the search engines. The above tips are easy to follow, inexpensive ways to promote your website while making your business easier to manage.
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