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Various ways to promote your site- What works, and what doesn't

This tutorial is written and contributed by Jim Daniels. Please refer to footnote for more info.

Do you own a small or home based business? If so, the internet is the place to be! After all, I'm sure you've picked up a magazine recently and seen ads like this...

"Get your business in front of millions of customers!
Advertise online and sell your products to the world!"

Hey, I'll be the first to tell you, it's true. You CAN get your business in front of millions of customers. You CAN sell to the world and make a great living. But, and this is a BIG BUT, you have to do it right.

For starters, you must steer clear of the big no-no's such as bulk email. Try it once and you'll find out why. The myriad of complaints you'll get will have you deleting that $400 bulk email program before you get a chance to learn how lousy it really is. Bulk email will damage your reputation faster than a fraud indictment in the real world. Bottom line, don't do it.

Okay, so exactly how does one go about "reaching the world" once connected to the internet? I thought you'd never ask...

This year alone, I've tried many online marketing methods. Hey, although there are plenty of experts online who know it all, I consider myself to be in the "still learning" stage. (That's right, even after 2 years of successful
online marketing. I plan to be in this stage forever -- it keeps me trying hard and my business growing!)

Today I'd like to share the results of my recent efforts with you. Here's what I'll be reporting on:

1. My Yahoo! banner ad.
2. A recent "Joke-A-Day" email list sponsorship.
3. My most recent article release.

Note: One important fact in online advertising is your budget. If you're like me, and don't like to spend a lot of money on advertising, you are in luck! As you will see from the numbers below, the best results are sometimes earned with the tiniest of budgets. So, let's get on with it.

My Yahoo banner ad

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