There is a couple of tricks I used when promoting my website. I learn from zero, without attending any class or seminars about making money online. Therefore, I started using trial and error. Some of the promotion tricks still seems to work as I am getting quite a constant visitor to my latest website creation, Malaysian Food Review website.
Here is some of the tricks to promote your website:-
Social Community Websites – Social community is a great place to promote your website especially to your friends if you do not want to sound desperate to get user to your website. With the features in Facebook group, you are actually able to add your website to the relevent group. Also, by adding more friends such as blogger friends, or internet friends, your message will be heard by more people.
Directory – Adding your website into directory is a process which you are not able to see instant result, but it is for long term. Currently, there is differences in paid and free directory, because Google weight more for paid directory rather than free directory. The reason why directory is good for search engine purposes. Rather than getting links from other (which you have no control of), you pay directory owner to provide you a link. It will help in Search Engine Optimization.
Email List – Having a email list is pretty good, but it should be targeted. Getting a profile of what your reader age range, location, similar interest or other websites they usually visit will generate an succesful result. You can’t just SPAM everyone by buying an email list as you will reach an untargeted result, and the same time risking your domain to be in the SPAM list.
Paid Ads – I have tried paid adword sand it seems that result are not quite succesful. This may not be the same for all website. The reason why I sait it was unsuccesful is because the traffic brought to my website was low and I am just promoting my website without any products. Therefore, it is hard to measure how succesful the campaign was.
Commenting on Blogs – Commenting on blogs will no doubt get you some visitor although most blogs are with “nofollow” link. There is visitor who will still click on your link, what I recommend is that you stay consistant to few blogs which you love to read them daily / constantly. A plus advantage is when the blogs have top commentators plugin, the same amount of work would get you a little further.
Link exchange service - although some service like BlogRush may not call them link exchange, it is kinda like link exchange or you could call them traffic exchange website. Link exchange is not advisable by Google as far as I know. Unless you use services like Blogrush which have no affect on Search Engine Ranking as it is using flash and it does not pass Pagerank, only traffic is passed on.
Banner ads – I recently accepted some banner ads in one of my website and it seems to be getting a very good response. I have included one of my very own website in the banner and the conversion is high, well worth your money if you like to advertise on my Malaysia Classifieds. Only 1 spots left as of today.
Other service that are yet to try:-
Writing article – Some website allow you to write article, and if you write an article that is closely related to your website, your link in that article will be useful for both search engine and traffic.
YouTube promotion or other Video Promotion- You could promote your website by having some great video on YouTube. Have a watermark on video and it is a great way to have free ads to your website.
Buying ReviewMe – It is costly to buy at some high traffic blog such as JohnChow but getting the right price for the right amount of exposure may be the right promotion for your website.