How can i get free internet advertising for my small business?

by tyankee7 on May 7, 2012

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Question by Kelly S: How can i get free internet advertising for my small business?
I am a self contractor for a Real Estate corp and need leads to gain clients. Since Real Estate is down, no money to advertise.

Best answer:

Answer by George Parker
Do you mean some secret way to advertise which no one else knows about because if they did there would be tens of thousands of people just like you trying to do the same thing because the recession affects everyone nationwide? That way? Is that what you mean?

Considering this is the internet where gossip travels faster than the speed of light because anyone can talk to anyone else who speaks their language in a heartbeat for free, if there was a big secret way to advertise your real estate agency for free, everyone else would know about it in about ten microseconds from the time it began and in about ten milliseconds the opportunity would be so saturated and so flooded that it couldn’t handle anymore netizens-looking-for-freebees traffic.

Now, I’m no expert on internet advertising but I would say Craig’s list is about as cheap as you’re going to get.

Sorry, but there’s a reason they say “times are tough” when times are tough. It’s because times are tough.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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Fiona B May 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

Hi Kelly

Usually to get something for “free” to have to give something in return. Assuming you have a website, here are some things you can do, mostly online, that will only take your experience, knowledge, and (writing) time:

1. Write articles for Article Directories like ezinearticles.com – this could give your website great exposure and traffic. You could write monthly local market updates, or tips for homeowners, mentioning your local area, so those searching will find you.
2. Start Blogging – write articles for your own site, and share them across your other social media networks: Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, etc… Also if you comment on other blogs, you can usually get a link to your website, and this is great free advertising.
3. Create short educational or instructional videos for YouTube.com
4. Attend local networking events – ok, not online, and some of these might not be free, but it’s not what you know…
5. Join online communities like biznik.com or linkedin.com and engage in group discussions, especially targeted to your area.

I hope these suggestions help, and good luck. I hope the market picks up soon.

Indigo May 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

Real Estate is usually very local. I would try using Twitter, making 3-5 posts a day and use local hashtags i.e. #city. I have worked with several Real Estate companies in my local area and that has really helped. Of course Craigslist and local listings (yellowpages.com) will help as well.

Oh, setting-up a Facebook page will help as well. Especially if you don’t have a website.

worknman73 May 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

Put ads on free classified sites

nordster.com
craigslist.com
usfreeads.com
etc

cfact May 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

I would place some Free Classified Ads online like Craigslist or another one I use is 4FreeClassified.

John Gooding May 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

If you have a website for your business you should check to make sure your site is SEO-friendly (free checker here you just have to sign up for a free account: http://www.godengo.com/media/Godengo/Insight/April-2009/Grade-Your-Website-for-SEO-Friendliness/)

Or you could start marketing online without a business website:

• Write articles (good list of article sites here: http://abcdesignstudio.com/essentials/marketing.shtml)

• Start a free blog (it’s easier than you think and there are a lot of free blog platforms like Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr)

• Signup for a personal Facebook page and then create a page for your business

• Signup for Twitter and search for people in your area that are talking about real estate (http://twitter.grader.com/ and http://wefollow.com/ are great websites that help you find relevant people to follow and connect with)

• Post to local classified ad websites including Craigslist

• Start a Squidoo page, a HubPage, a Suite101 account to post articles and build your authority and brand

Good luck!

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