OK..this is my first posting on this site. I'm thinking about joining a friend of mine in his hosting business but not sure where to advertise any specials(ie..6 months or a year of free hosting). I've run a couple of "test" ads on Craigslist.com with a few responses but nothing substantial.
He is currently working but I am not, which means no budget for ads.
Any suggestions or free sites to recommend??
The best way to promote your hosting business is through link exchange with webmaster and web resource related site. Purchasing direct link advertisement on prominent place of webmaster site will also help. Further you must submit your business details in web hosting directories which are good source of business. All the very best!
Free advertising does work it's how you work it is what counts. Don't put what everyone else puts that "$1.00 hosting" "best hosting in town" thats the same old same old
You want to target but not target like everyone else. Be sure to research seo and work on your site submit to as many search engines as possible daily go to google type in webmaster forums go there daily and advertise you website and look for people requesting hosting. Always start out by offering custom hosting because in the end one of them will write a review or recommend you. that's how i got so many people for my hosting company. Only reason i died out is because i didnt keep doing it.
I totally agree with thewebhostingdir and Jim2Macs. Try to get published on the web as often as possible. Additionally offer to write articles and guides to other web hosting press sites out there. An internet publisher is not going to say no to free content, as long as it is correct.
The more you get invloved in the community the more it will help you in the long run.
[FONT=verdana,geneva,lucida,'lucida grande',arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Anky[/FONT][/left]]Develop a *very detailed* analysis of the clients you are
. Once you do that, you will have a much easier time determining where you can best get clients.
Yes, you should really determine what your "niche" is and from there you can create a list of websites or places (offline marketing is also valid) your target customers might visit, what search phrases they might search for, what age group they belong to, etc. Once you know everything about your prospective clients you will find it easier to determine how to spend your budget and you will get a much better conversion rate.
Agreed that free advertising tends not to work, especially on sites that don't get much traffic.
I am glad to hear others say this since this has been my same argument on the Digital Point foruns. Some users want to promote their business all for free and expect to get ahead, that will never happen.