There’s a saying that the best things in life are free. And as I have mentioned in the last post that marketing is the heart of the business, wouldn’t you be happy if I tell you how to advertise your business for free?
You probably know by now how powerful the internet had become. You can learn a lot of information by just a click of a mouse. Millions of visitors visits billions of web pages everyday. Each has his own purpose, and that is to find the information they were looking for. Why not take advantage of it?
The internet had become one of the most cost efficient way of advertising or marketing your business. Do you have a product or service that you would like to advertise but you’re on a tight budget? Good news because you found the right venue in using the internet for free advertising.
Here are some of the things that you can do to advertise your products and services in the internet for free.
Social networking sites – I guess you belong to the millions of people who have either their friendster, multiply, facebook, myspace, and linked in accounts? If yes is your answer, then you can use these social networking sites to advertise your business! Post your advertisement in the bulletin so that all your network friends can see it! What’s the cost? It’s free baby!
Email Groups – Do you have an email adress? Are you subscribed in yahoo or google groups? What are these email groups by the way? These groups operate as both electronic mailing lists and internet forums for persons with the same interests. Try to subscribe in groups with a high number of members. And since these are electronic mailing lists, just post to advertise your business and send it to the group. Each member will then receive your message in their emails! What’s the cost? It’s free baby!
Blogs – A business needs a boost online and that is why a website is needed. But what if you don’t have the budget in availing the services of a web developer? Then you can create your own blog to advertise your products. You can create a blog for free under blogger, wordpress, type pad, blogsome, or other free blog hosting. In that way, you can have your customers visit your blog to have more information on your products or services. They can even ask some questions by way of comments. What’s the cost? It’s free baby!
Alternatively, when you have a business that has products which needs a lot of graphic images in order to advertise it, you can use multiply. Multiply is better if you have images to show your customers.
Forums – There are a lot of websites and blogs that have forums. A forum is a web application which provides an avenue for discussion, often in conjunction with online communities. Look for forums with a large number of readership base and then post your business in the right category. What’s the cost? It’s free baby!
Online Classifieds – There were a lot of websites out there that offer free advertising. People flock in these websites because they were either looking for something to buy or posting their items for sale. Here in the Philippines, I’ve gathered some of the best where you can advertise for free! I know in some countries like US, the most famous free online advertising is craigslist. Beware though to take extra precaution as some of the advertisers are scammers. Advertise at your own risk.
Sulit – A free online advertising just about everything. You can advertise from mobile phones to laptops to real estate. And it has a lot of readers with some of my visits had 12,000 online users! It has also a forum.
Buy & Sell – This is the online version of the famous free ads paper Buy & Sell. It also functions just like sulit where you can advertise just about anything with the same huge number of visitors.
Buy and Sell Plus – Another free online advertising website in the internet.
Bidshot – A site more commonly known for its mobile phone advertisers. What’s unique with this free online advertising website is that it can link your mobile phones to your advertisements. When someone asks you a question about the product or services you posted, it will be directly sent to your mobile phones. It has a charge though of 2.50 per message.
OLX – This is the classifieds of friendster. Warning though as a lot of viewers here are scammers.
Tipid PC – It is a free online classifieds exclusively for computers whether be it laptops, desktops, computer peripherals, PSPs, playstations, etc. That’s why it’s called ‘PC’ for personal computers. They also have a forum where you can ask about anything in connection with computers.
Tipid CP – This is the sister site of tipid pc. It’s also a free online classifieds but exclusively for mobile phones that’s why it’s called ‘CP’ for cell phones. They also have a forum where you can ask about anything in connection with mobile phones.
Ebay – The most famous online classifeds has its own Philippine version.
Auction – Another free online classifieds where you can earn extra cash by placing a formatted advertisement on your blogs or websites. You can earn commissions for every successful transaction resulting from that advertisement.
That’s it for now, I hope I was able to help you market your business for free in the internet. After all, the best things in life are free.