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Free Business Directory Listings To Help You Promote Your Business Quickly

By Edited May 30, 2015 1 2

Business Promotion Doesn't Have To Cost You A Fortune!

Whether you have a new business or an established one, chances are, you are always looking for new ways to promote your business and get new customers- and you should be! It is a challenge to always stay one step ahead of your competition, but is a necessary evil to keep your business afloat and keep generating revenue. Using a business directory can be a cost-efficient way to increase your business quickly and easily. There are many great free business directories available online that many small-business owners fail to take advantage of either because they are unaware of them, or don't believe that they will help. Don't let the word “free” fool you; many of the top business listings can give you excellent coverage while giving you free promotion. Why pay for expensive advertising, listings and pay per click when you can get free business promotion by using some of the many business directory options that are available to you?

It can be challenging to do a good job promoting your business in today's difficult economy if you do not know what resources are available to you. You do not need to have a huge budget in order to facilitate good, professional promotion techniques. You need to think smarter, not harder. Sometimes, it is a collection of small ideas that can help lead to one large viable idea. This article will provide a brief overview regarding some of the free options that are available to help promote small and large businesses.

Superpages is a great example. Any company can get a free business listing with super pages at absolutely no cost. Of course, you can certainly upgrade your company listing for better coverage or better placement in search results, but the complementary business listing is a great option to begin with. You can get this whether you have a landline or a cell phone–it really doesn't matter, and getting started is ridiculously simple to do. All that you need to do is visit the superpages website and click on the link that directs you to advertise your business. The more information that you add about your organization, the better off you'll be. Consumers like to have access to as much information as possible to help them make their decisions more easily.  Some suggestions include: adding your business hours, additional phone numbers, business description and good keywords to help your customers find you.

One of the most valuable business listing options that many business owners fail to take advantage of is Google maps. All you need to do is go to Google maps and add your business to their listing directory. Then, when people search for your type of business, your company will turn up in search results in the local Google map area displayed next to the other search results. Like most listing options, you can always upgrade for better search results if you have the finances to do so. Even if you don't this is a great way to get your name on the board, so to speak.

Are you running any kind of special promotions? You can use free business classifieds or online classifieds to promote your special offer. Craigslist does an excellent job and ranks very high in the search engines. You can also look into backpage.com or your local newspaper. Most newspapers have an online media section that you can contact to add your listing. Often, this is free or extremely inexpensive. These options will help increase your visibility and hopefully, increase your customers.

It goes without saying that you should not limit your advertising to online promotion, whether it is free or not. Using a variety of different sources is the best idea to ensure good coverage and help you promote yourself. If you don't have one already, consider getting a business website to provide easy access to your company's information. If you don't want to get a website, most of these business directory listings offer profile pages. These business profile pages are similar to a miniature website and allow you to add your most important information quickly and easily without having any knowledge of coding or web design. You can also use this page to promote your website in the future, should you decide to get one.

There are so many free options for business promotion out there, it is hard to name them all. This article is meant to give you a few good ideas that you may not already be using to help you increase your revenue without much investment. If you have any other free business promotion ideas, I would love to hear them.

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Comments

Mar 3, 2011 3:55pm
Sookie
These are some great tips to help market your business. Great article!
Mar 3, 2011 6:11pm
Scale-of-1-to-10
Thanks- glad you found them useful. Many people miss some of the most cost efficient ideas to promote their business- hope this helps. :)
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