Before you start screaming about how technically bad that idea sounds, just take a deep breath and let me do some ‘splaining.
I’m not suggesting that you should actually get off the internet. That woud be treason in my book. Yes, you can keep all of your Cat5 connected. I promise this isn’t scary. I’m talking about networking with other people. You know, like getting new potential clients lined up? Yeah, I thought you’d like that.
For a year now, I’ve been trying to make money online, and so far it’s been a good thing. But I seem to have a bit of trouble when it comes to building a mailing list, or generating leads, or even getting people to check out what I’m discussing on this site.
Most of the time, I’ll be talking to some stranger, and we wander on to the subject of the internet, and I’ll tell them about my websites. The trick is to get them to remember the friggin’ URL. So far, I have wished hundreds of times that I had some business cards with my site address and the services I provide on there, so they will have something tangible to help them remember what I was telling them about.
One of these days, I’ll actually get some business cards. In fact, I’d love to do that now, but I’m broke. And lazy.
Using business cards to promote your website is great. For me, I think I’d focus more on having them on hand to give people you are talking with when they ask what you do online, rather than just leave them around town. That technique works better if you pour concrete or sell firewood rather than for freelance writers or eBay listers…although in some smaller towns eBay listers can do quite well by leaving business cards at a local convenience store.
So the first thing you need to do is get a stack of business cards. They aren’t very expensive (unless you are broke, like I am). Or heck, save money and win them in a contest!
Oh look, how utterly convenient. I have a contest link right here…
BlogOhBlog (who has some awesome content, by the way) is having a contest where you (along with three other lucky devils) can win 1,000 business cards. Just click here for details.
Yeah, I’m getting in this one. Hey, like I said, I’m broke, and I could really use some offline marketing tools…join the club!