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Tips to market your website from an accidental expert

There's no magic pill, but hard work does pay off

by Nataly  |  12325 views  |  15 comments  |        Rate this now! 

If you spend money on marketing, make sure you track your success.

I love Google Adwords. I love them for two main reasons: You can target your ads to your audience and you can track how successful your marketing is. (I can write a whole other article about using Google Adwords to market your business, but Google does a great job of laying things out, so if you're new to this, go here and read up.)

My main point here is about measuring success of your marketing. Every dollar you spend is precious and you need to be able to decide whether it's worth it. If you spend $100 to get a person to your site and they buy $50 worth of your products, is this a good marketing campaign? NO. Know your metrics and track them.

Learn about Search Engine Optimization.

I am not an SEO expert, but I feel like I am slowly becoming one. SEO is critical to get people to find you through search engines.

To get started, check out this great article another member has shared: SEO -- What Is It and Why You Need It.

Also check out seomoz.org, which has some great free information about SEO as well as some tools to help you.

When you're ready for PR, check out PRleads.com.

To be clear, I get nothing for mentioning them here, but it is a service that we use at Work It, Mom!. For $99 a month you can get access to queries that reporters submit, looking for angles and sources for stories they are working on. You pick your topic areas (e.g. healthy living, women's interests, etc.) and you get leads emailed to you daily. You can then respond to reporters directly.

It's a process, so be organized.

Marketing isn't a one-shot deal, it's an ongoing process. If you're going to be serious about it, get organized. Create a spreadsheet with a tab for each of your marketing areas: Sites/blogs to contact/ Google Adwords campaign/ SEO work, and so on. Keep track of what you have done and what you have to do.

Do something every single day to market your website.

Or better, three things. That's my personal rule. I try to do three things every day to market Work It, Mom! and spread the word about it to as many people as possible. Some days this means writing a guest blog post for a partner site. Another day I might be tweaking our Google Adwords campaign or pitching a reporter.

Getting the word out about your site or product takes time, a lot of work and a ton of patience. Few things work as fast as you'd like and it's easy to get frustrated. But don't -- start with your three daily things instead!

About the Author

I am the co-founder of Work It, Mom!, a freshly minted entrepreneur, and an amateur writer.

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15 comments so far...

  • Truly, A good article. Detailed and well explained. Surely i will used all things said here. I am not new in this field but I always see to it that I can read and learn new set of information.
    ---vastvision.com

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Bill Carlo on 29th December 2011

  • Great tips, its certainly worth a try starting a business online, the costs are little compared to other sectors!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Erin B on 24th June 2010

  • Absolutely, LOVE IT!
    I am new to my business and decided to work from home to cut cost from daycare, transportation and others. I have been using some of these strategies but you just confirmed what I was doing was on track. I picked up good pointers, which I feel will compliment my plan of action. Thank you for sharing.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by BizEmommy on 9th September 2009

  • I am glad I found your site...and have found someone who agrees is it hard to market!! My business is growing...but getting the word out about something new and exciting takes time. As a consultant ...I need to maximize exposure within a tight budget...and you have some good tips. My only problem is that my website does not allow links on it because I am a consultant for a larger company. Do you think Facebook or LinkedIn would work for cross promotion in other ways. Thanks again!!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Rodan+FieldsConsultant on 30th June 2009

  • To Karin--I just discovered a great way to promote a book. It's called a Blog Tour. You can hire a company like ReaderViews.com for $200 and they set you up with 15-20 blogs that then interview you or review your book. I'm going to try it in January for Katie & Kimble.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Linda Thieman on 14th November 2008

  • Nataly,
    Thanks for sharing! I agree with OrganicMommy, marketing can be difficult. You've offered some great advice that simple to follow.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by K Woollery on 14th September 2008

  • Thank you Nataly, that is some great advice. I have been a little discouraged about not having much of a budget to work with for marketing. Marketiing is hard work!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by OrganicMommyof3 on 5th September 2008

  • Nataly, your list is great!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Zoica on 16th August 2008

  • Many thanks, Nataly. You're a voice in the wilderness for us newbies!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by mommapolitico.blogspot.com on 24th June 2008

  • Great article..thanks!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Jenni on 10th March 2008

  • Lots of common sense and good advice in this article!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Lorena on 9th March 2008

  • Love this article Nataly and thanks for the great PR tip- I will have to look into that company. I wanted to add that article marketing is a great way to get targeted traffic. When you write articles send them to article directories like ezinearticles.com and other people can pick them up for their sites/blogs and spread the word about your site.

    I have to say this doubled my traffic and even provides me with media opportunities from them finding articles.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Meri Raffetto RD, LDN on 5th March 2008

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