Don’t you just hate when people become your friends on social networking sites only to leave a big ad about themselves on your comment space or email you constantly about their business? It is rude, annoying and inconsiderate. You want to make friends and create traffic to your site, right? Here are 5 ways to get yourself out there without being pushy or selfish.
1. Leave a personal comment. Once you make a connection with a person, visit their profile and see what the other person has to offer. Then leave a comment about them. For instance, if a person is a jewelry designer say something like, “Jane, thanks for accepting my friend invitation. By the way, love those pearl earrings on page 2.” This will make you stand out and let the person know that you are someone who actually navigates through people’s profile, which means they will want to know more about you.
2. Use the signature function. If you joined a forum or discussion board, most likely they have a place where you can add a personal signature. Put your name, name of business, website and/or tagline here. This way you can chat about whatever topic or issue and still get yourself out there without making a big stink about it. Use your signature on your email as well.
3. Join a directory. There is a directory for almost anything. If you are a female blogger, BlogHer.com is great spot for you. If you are a creator of webcomics, thewebcomiclist.com is your solution. Also, try to get yourself registered to the Open Directory Project on dmoz.org. This is the largest human-edited directory on the web and it can’t hurt to have yourself listed. Research. Find. Join.
4. Ask bloggers for interviews. The internet is full of bloggers about every subject imaginable. If you happen to find a blog that pertains to you or your business, ask for an interview. Many bloggers love to met new people and get fresh material for their blog. If they say no, no harm done. Move on and find someone else.
5. Podcast Ads. If you really want an ad, go through podcast. They are cheap, easy, and effective. Find a podcast that relates to the type of service or product your company offers and strike a deal. They are always looking for advertising and are willing to work with you.
Do you have any other suggestions? What is working for you?