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40 Free Places to Promote Your Website Online

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Promoting your website to reach wider audiences is a multi-tiered process. One of the first steps is to find valuable websites and online platforms that allow you to highlight your site’s URL in one way or another. To save you the leg work, we compiled a list of 40 great places for promoting online content. These links will help you establish your online presence one by one. Some work with a simple URL submission while others require a more strategic approach, but they all share one thing – they are free of charge.

What have you got to lose? Start now!

Online Directories for Businesses

Ranging from the most high-profile platforms to local directories, these websites cover a range of audiences. The flow is pretty much the same – you submit your website’s URL, as well as additional information about your business or organization. These sites, in turn, incorporate your info to their data banks, ensuring that your link is there when users are searching your content categories. In addition to direct display of your content, adding your links to these directories improves your site’s Search Engine Optimization, gradually improving your website’s ranking on search results.

Social Media and User-Generated Content

Social media has plenty to offer website owners. You’ve all heard of Facebook, of course, but are you using it correctly to promote your site? Have you considered the advantages of Pinterest, for instance? What about user-generated content like guides and tutorials on sites like WikiHow? The links below can all prove extremely useful for promoting your website. All you need to do is explore the ways in which they do.

Social Bookmarking and Curating

While these websites also operate on the basis of link-submission, the emphasis here is on content. You could submit a link to the main page as well as to individual pages, products, posts, images etc. These platforms then circulate your content to their audience base and drive traffic into your site, while also helping to boost your SEO by connecting your links to textual descriptive content.

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Work from Home Projects for the Christmas Holidays

Work from Home Projects for the Christmas Holidays

Work from Home Projects for the Christmas Holidays

There is so much more ‘soul’ to giving old-fashioned homemade gifts on the holidays. It really creates the sense that you thought it out, and put forth some extra effort. If you enjoy making things (including money), then you may also like the fact that you can earn some extra income making gifts from home

There are several ideas for projects for the major holidays. It may be a good idea to start planning for next year and be prepared as much as possible a few months prior to the holidays. You can make, give as gifts and sell various things if you like to bake or cook. For example you can make cookies, candy, cakes and sauces. You can package them up attractively in gift baskets or other decorative containers.

Food gifts are particularly desirable and if you would also like to give something that won’t get eaten, then you may want to include related items that they will keep after the food has been consumed. For instance, if you had a cookie basket you could pack it with a holiday themed cup and include a few packets of hot chocolate, coffee or tea to go with the cookies. Or you could display your cookies on an attractive plate that they could keep.

There are other fun crafts like making candles and soap. There are many great ideas for gift baskets that can include matching scents. Scented gifts are also much appreciated as it may seem to some it is a luxury that people may feel they can’t afford for themselves. They would love to receive something special on the holidays that will last a while.

Again if you want a token for them to keep after they have consumed the gift, you can pack your basket with items such as candle holders, soap dishes, wash cloths, incense, etc.

Even if you don’t feel particularly creative and don’t believe you could come up with something that is ‘professional’, you may be able arrange a basket that is completely ‘already made’ things – for example a desk caddy that has note paper, colored paper clips and pens, or a writing kit that could include little tablets or note cards, together with some pens.

In any case, you would need to figure on the costs of materials, and how you will ship them if applicable. For some of your personal gifts and possibly all the gifts you use for business, you would need to figure out how to ship the gifts. This would include safe and secure packaging so that you are not delivering cookie crumbs by the time the gift arrives.

For the business side, you want to figure your costs and then factor in some profit. Come up with a price list that includes shipping charges. Believe it or not it is very simple to start a blog and advertise your gifts. Be sure to make some pictures of your baskets and post them either on a blog or some other e-commerce site.

You can approach Amazon (Affiliates) for free to get an online store front you can design (they have all the images etc. for you to use). Another possibility is eBay where again they provide the things you need to show off your stuff. You can use a free personal Paypal account for a payment gateway where people can order your products. You need to promote wherever that site is so that you will get customers. There are lots of ways to advertise online and many are free.

You may like this routine so much that you keep your online holiday gift store open year round for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special days.

Happy Christmas Holidays!

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The Only Constant Thing is Change

The Only Constant Thing is Change

The Only Constant Thing is Change

Circumstances change daily. If nothing else in your sphere you know at least the moon changes phases regularly. The sun goes up and down, and the planets move around. So even if nothing in our immediate lives seem to change, the universe always does.

There must be some reason(s) for this and I am sure someone with a scientific bent might understand why, what, how. Not really important though to us as long as things go as they should and there are no unexpected natural disasters for any reason that causes a problem for us.

With that said, you do have most likely several aspects to your life that may be vulnerable to change whether good or bad. Our family situation, our day job, our interests and hobbies, our health, etc. may change at any time. Hopefully it will change for the better only!

It is actually a good idea however to make changes on your own if for no other reason than to stimulate your learning and experience. For example if you have chosen to create an extra element in your life like starting an online home business, on one hand you will want to stick with things long enough to see how they unfold – what you can accomplish, etc.

However on the other hand because things do change, and some are not that obvious as the moon, you want to stay in touch with what is happening and always be pursuing change – even in the sense of keeping what is working and adding what else may work a little, as well or even better. That way we don’t miss any opportunities that may otherwise present themselves.

It’s pretty much always about keeping an open mind whenever we are talking progress or even logic. As long as we are open to possibilities, we may be able to grasp things as they come our way and take advantage of them. Conversely if we are ‘asleep at the wheel’ some very good opportunities may pass us right by.

As long as you have taken care of the business you already have and know everything is functioning, take a little time to go and see what is happening that may be new. Don’t make it your main focus, but just give it a little time to browse around and see what may be an option. Then do a little research. Check out the buzz but just don’t get hung up there.

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