Give away low cost items (under $8 or less). Some examples are t-Shirts, mugs or other promotional material with your URL printed on it. Encourage people to wear them in order to advertise your business.
Do something fun and different. Like place an ad for your business on your sidewalk in chalk or pay someone $8 to do something crazy to promote your online business. Either way, you should try to think out of the box to gain maximum exposure.
Attend seminars or other live events and then network with people about your online business venture. Exchange cards, hand out brochures and other collateral marketing material and encourage others to get the word out.
You can purchase low cost advertisement on other related sites. After all, if you look you’ll find plenty of marketers who are always looking to further monetize their site and would be happy for you to pay them a modest monthly fee to advertise.
Another idea is to always use an autoresponder or email campaign to keep people coming back to your site. For instance, ProfitAuto at: presssuccess.com/AutoPilot even offers a free trial subscription that you can check out. You can then encourage people to revisit your site when then sign up to receive automatic messages.
Create a marketing list and then use your list to upsell future products and services. For instance, if you’re giving away a free ebook, then you should make sure that you collect the person’s email address before you give away the free ebook.
People love participating and viewing survey results. As such, you can place surveys on your website. You can then publish the surveys and draw traffic to your site by allowing people to participate and view these results.
Hire college students to help promote your sites online and pay them commission for any sales that come from their affiliate links. Hint: give them their own domains that redirect to their affiliate links!
Purchase business cards with your domain on them and distribute them everywhere you go. Some online business card service providers like vistaprint.com offer free business cards while all you’ll have to pay is shipping. Check them out!
Purchase a domain name that is already receiving traffic and forward it to your site. However, note that search engines have been known to penalize people by taking a higher PR and making it lower. For instance, let’s say that you purchase a domain name that is a PR 5 and then transfer it to your name. In some instances, once the transfer goes into play, your site will then be converted back to a PR 0.
If you don’t want to create a report, you can purchase a report with master resell or private label rights that is relevant and then give it away to your customers to drive traffic back to your website. Just make sure that you include a link that says that the information can be given away only if your website URL remains intact.