Returning again to our list of targeted websites let’s look at some more options for finding potential customers or website visitors.
SBA - The U.S. Small Business Administration provides a significant amount of resources on their website as well as at a local level with their small business development centers. However, it doesn’t appear that there is much room for introducing the FSM services on their website. We did have the idea of contacting several local SBDCs and offering their clients the opportunity to submit websites for the next FSM project. This could also be extended to other business plan contests such as The Humboldt County Student Business Challenge.
Business Info Guide - BIG is charging for all of their links. Since we do our makeover projects for free we will pass on paid advertising with BIG.
Intuit’s JumpUp - JumpUp has a lot of great resources for new businesses. We started in their Forums by responding to a user’s question, “Need some exposure for your small business product or service?” Yes. That would be FSM.
We also noticed that they have a business spotlight feature that we might look at in the future.
SCORE | Counselors to America’s Small Business - The SCORE website includes a section with links to free business resources. To be added to this resource they asked that we send a two-sentence description of the FSM website along with the URL to their webmaster. We’ve done this and are awaiting the results. Here is a clip of our short email.
Thank you for the great resources you have available on your website. We noticed that you give instructions in your Linking section for being listed under the Free Resource List on your website. As per those instructions, we are sending you this email.
Description: Every couple of months FSM selects a website in need of search engine marketing and optimization and provides a free makeover. Website owners can submit their site or just follow along as we publish each marketing step we take in our blog.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions for us.
Small Business Ideas - HowToStartup.com is a small site with no interactive content or features. The best we could do is send an email to the administrator to discuss adding a link to their article on Small Business Websites. Based on what we see we are not going to make this a priority right now.