Archives for December 2008

Promoting You and your business on Free Index

Free Index is a unique business directory that’s available to individuals and companies in the United Kingdom.  It offers a way to promote your business online without cost.  As the name suggests, it’s a free way to get noticed on the Internet and promote your products or services.

To start advertising for free on Free Index, simply click Register in the top right corner of the web page or any of the chunky red ‘Sign Up Now’ buttons on the site.  The first thing you’ll get is a choice, asking if you are a business, or are you here to browse?  If you’re a business, a company, a sole trader, or anyone doing business, you should click for that option.  This leads you to the standard business application form.

You’ll notice that the form wants address details, don’t be alarmed; they want to help other people to find you.  If you don’t have a business address, use your home address, but don’t add a street number.  They will also ask for a landline telephone number, you can use a free phone number if you have one.  Don’t worry; these details can be hidden at a later stage.

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Promoting yourself on BT Tradespace

You may not have heard of BT Tradespace, but it’s a popular and fast growing way to promote yourself or your business on the Internet. BT Tradespace is a hub, a meeting place where buyers and sellers, companies, businesses and customers can come together. BT Tradespace emphasises the interactive relationship between business and customer.

BT Tradespace is a free service and you do not need any particular technical skills in order to use it or set up your own space online. It describes itself as ‘a community of people who want to do business together’. For business users, it’s primarily a free way to advance your online reputation and web presence.

Anyone can use BT Tradespace. So potential customers or clients come to the Business section to look for businesses that might fulfil their needs. In the BT Tradespace Marketplace, they get details of products and services and can make a purchase and then rate or review that business. Think of it as a huge network of businesses connected together and open to the public.

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Article marketing – are you in one of these 17 niches?

In my articles, Become an Expert and Ten Top Tips to Make Article Marketing Work For You, I explain how Article Marketing can help to not only establish you as an expert, but also to bring in valuable and targeted traffic to your website. (And yes, in some cases it can also help with the Mighty Google…)

One of the best (if not THE best) article sites on the web is Ezine Articles. Ezine Articles is run by Chris Knight and his team, who also run the fab “Top 7 Business” site. (Which reminds me, I must reformat some of my articles for that site; it’s been a while).

One of the things that I love about Ezine Articles is that Chris et al never stand still – they’re always innovating, changing and updating. They react to customer/member suggestions, and they’re very approachable. In fact, if you’re not following Ezine Articles on Twitter, you should be – Chris is one of the few ‘internet celebrities’ to interact with his followers, and realise that Twitter is in fact a two way street. But I digress…

Ezine Articles have announced today that they have added 17 new categories to their database – have a look and see if you fit into any of them. Do you have articles written that you could submit? If not, could you write an article and submit it? You can’t think of anything to write about? PM me and I’ll send you 5 article titles off the top of my head – call it a Christmas present if you will smile

The categories are:

# Animation
Articles about/concerning Animation, Computer Animation, Animation Studios, Animation Videos, 3D Animations Styles, Photoshop Animation, Pixel Animation, Digital Design.

# Career Advice
Articles about/concerning Career Coaching, Career Planning, Career Counseling, Job Decisions, Leadership Development, Job Education/Career Education, Choosing Career Path, Career Advice.

# Consulting
Articles about/concerning Business Consulting, Startup Business Consulting, Small Business Consulting, Management Consulting.

# Job Search Techniques
Articles about/concerning Job Search Techniques, Job Hunting, Temporary Agencies, Job Centers, Strategic Planning in Searches, Online Search Strategies, Employment Guides.

# Workplace Safety
Articles about concerning OSHA, Workplace Job Safety, Occupational Safety, Workplace Training, Regulatory Compliance, where to locate your safety information at work, Human Resource’s Role in Workplace Safety.

# Radio
Articles about/concerning Radios, Car Radios, Radio Stations, HD Radio, AM/FM Radio, HAM Radios, Digital Radios, Two-Way Radios… but not including XM/Sirius Satellite radio as we already have a category for that.

# Budgeting
Articles about/concerning Budgeting, Finance Budgeting, Personal Budgeting, Budgeting Software, Building Budgets, Strategic Budgeting, Business Budgeting.

Articles about/concerning Content Management Systems, Enterprise CMS, Web CMS, Open Source PHP, Content Organization, Content Storage, Website Management.

# Futures-and-Commodities
Articles about/concerning Futures and Commodities, Commodity Trading, Commodity Investing, Commodities Market, Futures Exchange, Futures Trading, Futures Contracts.

# Elder-Law
Articles about/concerning elder care as it relates to law, Elder Will, Elder, Trusts, Power of Attorney, Estate Planning including Taxes, Medicaid, Disability, and long-term care issues as it deals with law,

# Collectible Jewelry
Articles about/concerning Fashion Jewelry, Designer Jewelry, Fine Jewelry, Jewelry Care, Vintage Jewelry.

# Adventure Travel
Articles about/concerning Adventure Travel, Whitewater Rafting, Blackwater Rafting, Rock-River Tubing, Mountain Hiking, African Safari’s, Wildlife Touring, Polar Expeditions, Travel Accommodations.

# City Guides and Information
Articles about/concerning City Guides and Information Centers, Online Guides, City Information, Travel Guides, Expert Recommendation.

# Golf Travel and Resorts
Articles about/concerning Golf Travel, Golf Resorts, Golf Vacation Reviews, Golf Travel Tips, Golf Bags and Travel Cases.

# Menopause HR
Articles about/concerning Menopause Symptoms, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Pre-Menopausal Systems, Post-Menopause, OTC Treatments, Treatment and Care, Symptoms and Treatment.

# Publishing
Articles about/concerning Publishing, Self-Publishing, Book Publishing, Getting Published.

# Technical Writing
Articles about/concerning Technical Writing, Formal Writing, How To, Online Technical Writing, Strategies in Technical Writing.

They are also in the process of launching more categories, as mentioned here.

If you don’t identify with one of those categories, why not pop along to Ezine Articles and see if you can find another category suitable for you?

If you need any help writing articles, you know where I am wink

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A great post from Chris Brogan reminding us all not to miss a trick when it comes to promoting ourselves online!

“Earlier, I Googled the local gyms in my town.

I found the place I wanted, and just before I made the phone call, I realized that Google had something that said “write a review.”

I did, and immediately after submitting it, there was suddenly a little review, with a “” prominently displayed beside it.

When I clicked the link, it went to my Google Profile.

Whoa, I thought. Matrix “whoa.”

Because, hey, that’s like, free advertising. Non?”

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