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    Perl Archive : TLC : Webmaster : 10 Off-line Methods to Build On-line Traffic
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    Date Published: 1999-12-19

    by Marnie Pehrson

    When you ignore off-line marketing of your web site, you are ignoring a significant portion of your potential audience and, therefore, your potential customers. This article is all about different ways to promote your web site off-line.

    1. Print your web address on all your literature -- business cards, letterhead, brochures, invoices, catalogs, etc.

    2. Mention your web address in all your existing advertising methods -- billboards, radio, TV, magazine, newspaper ads, etc.

    3. Announce your web site to your customers and on your prospect list. You can do this by sending out a postcard about your site to those on your mailing list or doing a fax broadcast to your customers.

    4. Announce your web site to the press. Create a press kit about your company and your web site. Any time you make newsworthy modifications to your web site, announce it to the press. Lists of newspaper, TV, radio, magazine, and weekly publications along with all pertinent contact information are economically available from Gebbie Press.

    5. If you create an e-zine, also create a fax or print version and send it to your customers and prospects who aren't on-line. Those who do not have ready access to the Internet will find your newsletter particularly informative since they aren't continually bombarded with information like Netizens are. Make sure your e-mail and web address are on the newsletter so when they pass your newsletter onto others, they can find you on the Web.

    6. Take advantage of economical off-line classified ads. Classified ads in well-targeted areas of newspapers and trade publications are an economical way to reach your target audience. Make sure you list your web address and/or autoresponder.

    7. List your web address in off-line directories. Be sure to put your web address in your yellow pages ads, chamber of commerce ads, and other professional directories that are available for your type of business.

    8. Volunteer as a guest speaker. Offer to speak on local radio or TV shows about your area of expertise. Or speak at your local chamber of commerce or trade organizations. Be sure to mention your web address as a resource for people to go for further information.

    9. Become a regular columnist. Write for your local newspaper or trade journal as a regular columnist. Arrange to use your web address and/or e-mail address as part of your byline.

    10. Get involved in trade shows that relate to your industry. If you don't want to be an exhibitor, use the show as a place to network with others. Give out plenty of cards with your web address on them.

    These are just a few off-line marketing ideas. If you have a product or service that you have only been selling on the Web, you're missing out. Make sure you promote yourself off-line as well. You'll be doing something that your competition probably hasn't thought to do.


    Marnie L. Pehrson (706/866-2295) is an Internet strategist and writer who helps professionals and consultants economically achieve bottom-line results online. She develops tools that give her clients fresh informative content and easy ways to market & control their sites without knowing a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo. Reach her projects through or email her at


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