A final option we'll look at for promoting your website and increasing your traffic is sponsoring.
Many people would really consider this advertising but paying with a different method other than a standard currency, well generally i guess it is, but it has one great advantage over regular advertising, and that's word of mouth, which in itself is the best form of advertising around.
Many different businesses sponsor different websites and organisations in different ways, for example somebody that runs a webhosting business my offer a number of free hosting packages in return for the placement of an advert on the hosted websites.
A business of another kind may offer to cover the hosting costs of a charity or church group or similar in return for a small link on the page.
There's a number of different ways you can provide sponsorship to groups and individuals that can be as useful to yourself as it is to them. The reason is word of mouth, people that you offer sponsorships to don't usually hesitate in mentioning your services to friends and collegues when the opportunity arises. Just ensure that you don't become over generous and offer more than your budget can manage.
I hope that in someway, you can make use of these notes to help you explore different ways of promoting your website or online business and that you'll get some good results.
Try to remember that not every method of advertising will suit the services that you offer, not every site you place your banner or, or traffic exchange program you join will generate you huge amounts of traffic.
Always set yourself a budget before you start out and try not to exceed it. Try several different options, don't just invest a huge amount in one type of advertising and sit back hoping it will pay off, invest a little in several different areas, make sure you have the ability to monitor the success of each, and over time you'll be able to find the best and most productive method of advertising that suits what you offer.