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Does advertising always cost money?

No way! You don't need a big budget to spread the word about your business.

You've taken the right first step in deciding to bring your business online. After you have published your site, start your advertising by telling your friends and family about your site. Word-of-mouth advertising is free. Even better, it usually comes from trusted sources.

To easily spread the word, try sending a grand-opening email to announce your site. You'll find tools to easily send preformatted announcements in your Merchant Solutions or Web Hosting account.

Next, how about submitting your site to a free online directory or local listings site, like Yahoo Local? Ask your vendors and business contacts to add links to you site on their own. Hang flyers. Add your business to online map sites.

We've got loads of other ideas that can help you advertise your business with or without a budget. If you're a Web Hosting or Merchant Solutions customer, check the Promote tab of your Web Hosting Control Panel for recommendations, or read more in the online help center.

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