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101 Ways to Promote Your Web Site
There are millions of Web sites, selling millions of products on the Internet every day, and they are all competing for viewers; many of them are competing for the same viewers you are! How do you get the results you’re looking for? When asked if they are marketing on the Internet, many people and organizations say, “Yes, we have a Web site.” However, having a Web site and marketing on the Internet are two very different things. Yes, usually you need a Web site to market on the Internet. However, a Web site is simply a collection of documents, images, and other electronic files that are publicly accessible across the Internet. Your site needs to be designed to meet your online objectives and should be developed with your target market in mind. Internet marketing encompasses all the steps you take to reach your target market online, attract visitors to your Web site, encourage them to buy your products or services, and make them want to come back for more.
Having a Web site is great, but it is meaningless if nobody knows about it. Just as having a brilliantly designed product brochure does you little good if it sits in your sales manager’s desk drawer, a Web site does you little good if your target market isn’t visiting it. It is the goal of this book to help you take your Web site out of the desk drawer, into the spotlight, and into the hands of your target market. You will learn how to formulate an Internet marketing strategy in keeping with your objectives, your products or services, and your target market. This chapter provides you with an overview of this book and introduces the importance of:
• Defining your online objectives
• Defining your target markets and developing your Web site and online marketing strategy with them in mind
• Developing the Internet marketing strategy that is appropriate for your product or service.
The Fundamentals—Objectives, Target Markets, and Products and Services
Things have changed dramatically over the past several years in terms of Web site design and development methodology. Back in the old days—a couple of years ago in Internet years—it was quite acceptable, and the norm, for an organization to pack up all of its brochures, ads, direct-mail pieces, news releases,and other marketing materials in a box, drop it off at the Web developer’s office,and after a short conversation, ask when they might expect the Web site to be “done.” The Web developer would then take the marketing materials and digitize some, scan some, and do some HTML programming to develop the site. By going through this process, organizations ended up with a Web site that looked just like their brochure—hence the term “brochureware.” Brochureware is no longer acceptable on the Web if you want to be successful. Sites that are successful today are ones that are designed around:
• Objectives of the organization
• Needs, wants, and expectations of their target markets
• Products and services that are being offered.
Everything related to Internet marketing revolves around these three things—objectives, target markets, and products or services. It is critically important to define these things appropriately and discuss them with your Web developer. It is your responsibility, not your Web developer’s, to define these things. You know (or should know) what your objectives are more clearly than your Web developer does. If you don’t articulate these objectives and discuss them with your Web developer, it is impossible for him or her to build a site to achieve your objectives!
Table of Contents-
- Chapter 1: Planning Your Web Site Chapter 2: Designing Your Site to Be Search Engine Friendly Chapter 3: Web Site Elements That Keep ’Em Coming Back Chapter 4: Permission Marketing Chapter 5: Spreading the Word with Viral Marketing Chapter 6: Great Content Chapter 7: Landing Pages Chapter 8: Search Engine and Directory Submissions Chapter 9: Developing Your Pay-to-Play Strategy Chapter 10: The E-mail Advantage Chapter 11: Utilizing Signature Files to Increase Web Site Traffic Chapter 12: Autoresponders Chapter 13: Consumer-Generated Media Chapter 14: Establishing Your Private Mailing List Chapter 15: Effective Promotion through Direct Mail Lists Chapter 16: Developing a Dynamite Links Strategy Chapter 17: Maximizing Promotion with Meta-Indexes Chapter 18: Winning Awards, Cool Sites, and More Chapter 19: Online Advertising Chapter 20: Maximizing Media Relations Chapter 21: Increasing Traffic Through Online Publications Chapter 22: Really Simple Syndication Chapter 23: Blogs and Wikis Chapter 24: Podcasting and Videocasting Chapter 25: Mobile Marketing Chapter 26: Interactive Mapping Chapter 27: The Power of Partnering Chapter 28: Web Traffic Analysis
- Jeffrey Fox, best-selling author, How to Make Big Money in Your Own Small Business, How to Become a Rainmaker, and How to Become a Marketing Superstar "If you have a website, plan to get a website or use the internet to grow your sales, then you MUST own a copy of 101 Ways to Promote Your Web Site."
- Randy Gage, author, Prosperity Mind and How to Build a Multi-Level Money Machine "Great stuff! Practical, powerful tips on growing sales from your website. Get it!"
- Brad Tully, www.cruiseprofessionals.com "Fantastic online marketing resource! Easy to read, easy to understand, valuable online techniques."
- Brian Tracy, author, Maximum Achievement "Since I began using some of the ideas in this book, I have built my Internet sales from $1,200 per month to more than $1,000,000 per year."
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