web-authoring

Part 3: SECRETS FOR PROMOTING YOUR URL

(If your site is for only a few "select" individuals, skip this page)

Here is my list of favorites:

  1. put a banner in the back window of your car; showing your URL
  2. use Meta Tags (between your "head" tags). To see mine, use the "View | Source" on your browser.
  3. To check your tags, visit http://www.scrubtheweb.com/ and they will analyze yours online, free. Design your Meta Tags carefully; they have a huge effect on how Search Engines (like Google) find or can not find your site. Certain Meta Tags actually TELL them NOT to index your site. You can also have them checked online at http://validator.w3.org/ at no charge.
  4. Upload your page to many free servers such as those I use, as detailed on my study and check to see what the free hosts do with your page in terms of defacing it with advertising banners.
  5. Watch for "discussion groups" and such places where you can post a notice or even a question which includes your URL.
  6. Make your URL part of your email signature.
  7. Subscribe to some newsletters.
  8. Email comments to other webmasters, congratulating them on a job well done. Maybe they will link to you if you offer to link to them.
  9. Encourage visitors to "bookmark" your page; you could do so with this line:
    Would this be a good time to Bookmark this website? Hit Control-D to do so.
  10. Encourage visitors to email your URL to their friends. Click the yellow bar (below) NOW and note what appears on the Email composition form; all that's needed is the address)
  11. Try to have a collection of varied subjects to attract as many people as possible; John Barach referred to my website as being "eclectic" and I finally got out the dictionary to see what that meant. He was right!
  12. Get your site listed in the Stumble-upon" database at http://www.stumbleupon.com/.
  13. Check out Google's help page: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769.
  14. If you make videos, or even very short video clips, you can upload them to YouTube and include your website URL in the video; I do this. For example, see my video on PutPutBoats at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l66rdJjKL_Y.
  15. A BLOG ("weB LOG") might be of interest to visitors and might help to bring them back often. Google the term "BLOG" to find out tons of info about blogs.

A Warning:

Once your website has been "out there" for awhile, you are likely to get email offers from various scam artists offering to promote your website. They offer all kinds of wonderful-sounding methods. DO NOT FALL FOR THESE SCAMS. They are fake and all the information you need to promote your website are on the above list AND available FREE on the WWW.



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