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    Hey, me and some buddies maintain a humor website, and I was just wondering what the best way to promote that would be. I'd appreciate any tips and suggestions.

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    I noticed three things about your site :

    - great design
    - great content
    - no advertising

    This is the perfect time to submit your site to directories and search engines because it may be eligible for free submission. So that's the first thing you should do but I don't know what the effects of you not having your own domain will be.

    Trade links with other humor sites, good for link popularity and hopefully search engine spiders/bots will pick you up. If webmasters like your site they may actually promote it more than others (if they are not jealous of your work).

    I noticed you have won an award so apply for as many awards as possible (including the Groundzero Design Award). You won't generate a lot of traffic but you will generate some.

    Since you have a cool site then list it in top sites (top 25, top 50 etc). Look for humor categorys.

    That's all I can think of now, hope it helps.

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    [ 02-02-2002: Message edited by: Rik ]

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    Hi [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    Get a domain, get link exchanges, get listed in directories!

    I game you some pointers already, they're the sites I use at CreepyGuy.

    Check out listing at:
    <UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>The Shareware Place<LI>top20s.com
    <LI>51links
    <LI>Humor Links
    <LI>Trivio
    <LI>Joke Zone[/list]

    If you can get listed in the Open Directory, dmoz.org, that should help a lot.

    What I find with a humor site, is that the bulk of your traffic comes from link exchanges and directories at first, so track down as many as you can. After a while, something magical will happen as word gets around, and then you'll find that the hits start to come from unexpected places.

    In other words, getting traffic is hard work at first, but after a while it starts to pick up all by itself if you keep pushing.

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    Mistahfine: Your site looks GREAT [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    Anyway, I run a few humor sites and have pretty high traffic on some of them.

    I agree with the advice from both Rik and Dynamoo. The most essential part of all being: Get a domain/host! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    There are all kinds of ways to promote your site and what ways to go depends on stuff such as your design / budget and goals with the site.

    If you're not planning to spend any money at all promoting it but are willing to send some of your visitors off to other sites, I think the absolutely most effective way to build traffic is with link exchanges and traffic trades (including high-traffic link exchanges and toplists, etc).

    Set up a few high-quality trades (or go the other route: a ton of low-quality trades) and you'll have a fair chance to get good SE positions.

    If you're going to spend money promoting it, setting up a newsletter and buying coregs is pretty effective.

    [ 02-03-2002: Message edited by: Knut ]

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    Here's a couple of ideas when looking for link trades.

    The Google directory is a good place to look, as it ranks the sites by popularity.

    Also, try searching for "humor links", you can use Alexa to get an idea of the sort of traffic your potential partner has.

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