Promoting website isn’t difficult but it takes some time to see results, patience, hard work and experience.
Here are several ideas on how to promote your website or blog:
1. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
This is best method since you are getting targeted traffic from Search Engines, like Google.
But optimizing your website for search engines and than waiting to see some results could take a while and maybe longer than you might expect. You need to work on SEO for longer time to notice some results and here is small tutorial how to do basic SEO optimization.
2. Forums and discussion boards
Forums and discussion boards are great way to get some traffic. For example, if you have a website about gardening, joing gardening forum and put link to your website in signature. Monitor what people are talking about and what they want to read about. Than write a post about that topic on your blog and share your post with people on forum.
Also you can search on Google for certain discussion that you might write a post about already.
For example if you wrote a post on How to garden carrots, go to Google and search for that keyword but tell Google to search for latest 7 days about that topic and don’t forget to select to search only for results from discussion boards.
If you notice that people are talking about your desired topic, then register on forum and share link with users there. If you offer to them quality information, they might bookmark your website/blog and even share it with others.
3. Yahoo Answers
Yahoo Answers is discussion board where people discuss about almost anything. They often search for certain informations which you can publish on your own website and than tell them about your website and that on your website they can find information they need.
Here is link for yahoo answers: http://answers.yahoo.com
You need to have Yahoo! account.
4. Facebook, Facebook Page and social networks in general
Facebook is great marketing tool where you can meet people but also let them know about your website.
You can create Facebook page to promote your website. Also, the more fans your Facebook page gets, the more traffic you should get to your website.
Twitter, MySpace and Pinterest are also great social network/social bookmarking sites so you might check them out.
5. YouTube videos
YouTube is video service who is getting million of hits every day. You might consider to make a videos on certain topic and than in description put link to your website so users might check for more about certain topic. YouTube is really great way to promote your websites and business in general.
6. Publish e-book
Write an e-book about topic as your website/blog is and then publish it for free. If readers like your e-book most likely they will like your website too.
7. Offer free stuff or do a contest
Offer free stuff to your readers, give them a gift or do a contest and reward your best readers/visitors.
8. Put watermark on images
Watermark is logo of your company located at the corner of actual picture.
To find watermark software, best is too ask Google:
9. Leave comments on blogs
Leave comments on blogs and let people know about your website. Best is to comment on blogs related to your niche. Write quality and valuable comments so you could make potential readers interested and click on link.
10. Exchange links
You can e-mail other webmasters to exchange links with you. This is also great way to get some traffic to your website and let people know about your website.
11. Spend some money on advertising
https://adwords.google.com is probably best way to advertise your website or business on Internet. It’s not free but it’s worth it.
12. Write a guest blog post
Guest blogging is also great way to build some audience. Write a post about certain topic and then kindly ask someone to publish your post on their blog and in exchange you will get a backlink to your website.
13. Put link to your website in signature
If you send a lot of emails, you might put link to your website in signature.
14. Write articles
You can write articles and publish them on ezinearticles.com, squidoo.com, hubpages.com and some others and in exchange you will get a free backlink to your website.
15. Submit your website to directories
You could submit your website to free (and paid) directories. Best of them is dmoz.org but to find more free directories ask Google to help you:
16. Promote your website as you would promote Facebook page… or promote both in same time
You could promote your Facebook page and your website in same time and promote them both. Here are 27 ideas how to promote Facebook page which can apply to promoting your website, blog, service or business in general:
What else promoting methods you know?