If you have a business or service that you want the world to know about, but you don't have enough in your budget for costly promotions, try free advertising. There are a number of places on the Internet where you can advertise your website for free. By following a few tried-and-true tips, you'll be well on your way to reaching hundreds of potential clients.
Advertise your website with free search-engine submissions. Type "free search engine submission" in your search engine to see a list of sites where you can add your website to search engines for free. In some cases, you will be required to advertise the submission service's company on your site in exchange for the service.
Advertise your business and website in free classified ads. There are hundreds of sites that offer free classified ads and posting is simple. For example, to post a free ad on Craigslist (Craigslist.com), click "post to classifieds" in the left margin of the homepage and fill in the appropriate information. (Just be sure to post in the right category.) Some classified ads, such as those on Craigslist and Oodle, are even picked up by search engines.
Create a blog. In your blog, create a link to your website. Search engines also pick up blogs. Blog sites such as Blogger offer free accounts that are easy to create and manage.
Advertise your website in groups and forums. Yahoo and Google allow you to set up groups and forums for free.
Write interesting articles related to your products and services for user-submitted content websites. Although such sites don't usually allow you to include personal weblinks within articles, they do provide you the opportunity to tell readers a little about yourself (including the name of your business) in a linked bio box. The bio box will help establish you as an expert in your field and encourage readers to search for your website.
Don't expect increased traffic overnight. It takes a few days or even weeks before search engines include your website in their searches.