10 Ways To Promote Yourself On The Internet!
1. Identify yourself. Who are you? What do you do and why is it interesting to others? Come up with a tagline or phrase that accurately describes it in a nutshell. You’ll also want to extend that brief explanation into a more detailed explanation of one to two sentences in addition.
2. Identify your audience. Identify who you want to attract. There must be some connection to what you are offering and what your audience wants. Be realistic about your audience. You can’t attract teenagers to your mature women's blog.
3. Know your stuff. What is your business? What are the top key words you’d use to describe your business? Search for those key words on line. Identify similar sites, brands, and people within your key word search. List them from the most popular to the least. List which sources you can actually network with, via twitter, email, Facebook, and more. Know the trends and who the key players are that are making them.
4. Internet tools. Use blogs and social networks to connect with your industry community. People in search of things in your genre will want to network with you as well if you have valuable information to share. Your display of expertise will attract customers / clients / fans / followers.
5. Live Networking. Use events to meet people. It’s especially useful to connect with your on line contacts and their supporters. Use events to talk about yourself, mustering up some interest on a personal level.
6. Make friends. Never look at any similar brands or entities as your competition. They will be your teachers, guides, and inspiration. If you work together, it will only strengthen your position. The internet can be a friendly place for just that. Never take things personally. If you approach an entity that is hostile to the idea of making friends or networking, find the next contact on your list and move forward.
7. Follow internet etiquette. Don’t be too anxious or pushy. Don’t promote yourself at the expense of others without their permission and be respectful of their internet space.
8. Be patient. Attention will not happen overnight. You will have to work on it over time. Never lose your internet presence by giving up. Applications like Tweet Deck and HootSuite are excellent for scheduling updates in advance. You will still need to interact with your contacts and stimulate conversations.
9. Continuously analyze your work and stay up to date with the trends. If twittering is what’s new, then twitter. Follow where your contacts are doing the most internet promotions and people are responding. Identify the status updates and gimmicks that are getting the most attention.
10. Be Yourself. Honesty and a sense of realness usually strikes a chord with audiences. Carve out your niche. Have fun with it.
Here is some recommendations for further reading:
o Shameless Self Promotion
o Book Promotion for the Shameless: 101 Marketing Tips That Really Work (Spilled Candy Books for Writers)
o Promote your Business or Cause using Social Media - A Beginner's Handbook