Marketing a business online can seem daunting for many reasons. One is the simple fact that it seems as though marketing campaigns must be costly to deliver results.
This is particularly true when your marketing goals involve attracting visitors to your website. While the importance of maintaining a business website that consistently draws in potential customers can’t be overstated, it’s understandable that you may fear you’ll have to spend a lot of money to ensure your site stands out in a crowded marketplace.
Luckily, marketing your business’ website doesn’t need to be nearly as expensive as you assume. The following are key ways you can attract more website visitors without spending more than you can afford.
Try a Link Building Strategy
For your business website to deliver value, it needs to show up high in search results when users perform relevant searches. Research indicates merely 6% of website clicks happen via the second page of search results.
One way to improve your site’s rankings involves generating backlinks to your site from other sites. Google’s algorithm prioritizes sites that appear to be authoritative. If others are regularly linking to your site, this indicates your content is strong, accurate, and valuable. Your pages will have a better chance of showing up early when users search for businesses like yours as a result.
Thus, many smart business owners implement link building strategies. Link building is simply the process of generating backlinks to your site.
There are many ways to do this. You can partner with others to link to their site if they’ll link to yours (as long as they have a genuine reason to do so, otherwise you could be penalized for engaging in a link scheme), submit guest posts to publications that allow contributors to link to their own sites, and reach out to the owners of sites who’ve mentioned your business in their content, asking if they’d be willing to include a link.
What do all these methods have in common? They’re remarkably affordable.
Post Strong Content
In recent years, some of the most unexpected business success stories have resulted from entrepreneurs prioritizing strong content. Some entrepreneurs who’ve efficiently turned small operations into recognized names started by “pretending” they were running content companies first, with their other products or services being secondary.
Generating content for your site, such as blogs or podcasts, doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. You simply need to post valuable content that will specifically appeal to your target audience.
For example, maybe you’re a plumber. If so, your site should feature a blog that offers plumbing tips to homeowners.
Participate in Online Discussions
From Facebook to Reddit, many online platforms are home to discussion groups that may be related to your industry. Members of these groups can post and respond to questions, discuss industry news, share advice, and more.
Identify several of these groups and begin actively participating in them. This is an essentially free way of marketing your business.
Just make sure you’re not spamming the group members with promotional content. You should try to be a genuinely involved member of the group, and not just someone trying to attract more customers. You’ll have a better chance of making the right impression if you don’t come across as a marketer.
Keep in mind, these are only a few examples. This is by no means an exhaustive list. However, it should help you better understand that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get eyes on your website.