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Posted: 2007-01-09 / Author: Jeff Phelps

Viral Marketing For Small Business

Viral marketing is vital to almost any online internet business. It is an excellent opportunity to receive one-way links, leads and targeted traffic. Yet, still most internet marketers are either not familiar with these viral marketing techniques or do not recognize the true power of viral marketing.

Viral marketing is simply giving away or providing something for free, then allowing other internet marketers the opprtunity to send it out to others. Viral marketing’s main purpose is to circulate your message or promotion to as various individuals as possible yet not spending any money for promotion or advertising. Generally, viral marketing techniques can be utilized by any online business or web site, be it small or big. Any online marketer can use such strategies provided is willing to devote some time to set certain steps into position. Viral marketing strategies done the right way will produce numerous benefits.

Simply put, the basic concept of all viral marketing strategies is to include a freebie in your ad that people can use or giveaway. Benefits of viral marketinginclude but are not limited to the following: Increase link popularity, Increase or improves targeted traffic, Builds brand recognition, Generates targeted leads, Automates marketing efforts.

Below are some basic viral marketing techniques that have been proven to be successful in online internet marketing:

1. Writing articles with resource box. Write articles pertaining to your service or products. Permit your recipients to reprint or copy your articles in their newsletter, website, e-zine, magazine or e-books. Your article must include or display your “resource box” as well as the option for reprints of articles at the bottom. When you have any affiliate program, then let your visitors add in an affiliate identification in your “resource box”.

2. Using forums and discussion boards. When you are capable of setting up a bulletin board or a forum, then you actually have an efficient marketing tool. You can invite and permit online users to utilize your “discussion board” in their website since many internet users do not have these tools.

Just remember to incorporate your banner at the board’s uppermost portion. If you are not capable of setting up a bulletin board or a forum, then you can browse the internet for hosting services that allows you to put up one for free.

3. Providing free website. When you are making use of a “dedicated server”, you are able to permit internet users to register for a web site for free on your own server. And because you gave away some space, you can oblige them or demand that they display your “banner ad” at the uppermost potion of their site.

4. Distributing free software. Permit your website visitors to distribute your software for free. Simply include your online business ad within the software. The internet provides numerous available tools that permit you to “brand” your software with messages and your contact information.

You can pay for the rights and then you have your own software for free! Or, there are programs available that permits you to make your very own software. Just search the internet!

5. Offering free graphics, banners, templates, etc. If you have the skill and talent for web design, then you can be able to make graphics, templates, banners etc., upload all to your website and allow your visitors to pass on your fonts, graphics, templates, banners etc., for free, of course. Simply display your ad onto your designs or oblige recipients that they “link directly” to your site. Also be certain that you incorporate a “link back” to your website in your “copyright notice” and oblige your recipients to hold intact your “copyright notice”.

6. Free redirect service. Permit your web visitors to impart your “free online service” to their visitors, web site, e-zine or newsletter subscribers. It can be a free e-mail, “search engine submissions”, e-mail consulting, etc. Let your imagination soar and think of things that you can offer for free.

These viral marketing techniques work and should be included into any online marketing business plan. By properly applying these viral marketing techniques into your marketing campaign you will surely increase you chances of success. So if you are not using these tips or you don't understand the importance of viral marketing, you must change your approach to marketing online.

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