Free Press Release Websites for Small Business

in Blog, Connect, LocalNa8ion.com This article was originally published by Julian Gude on The Remarkable Blog from exceler8.com

One of the most overlooked marketing opportunities for small business owner are press releases.

Press releases can generate  free buzz about your small business, products or services and create sales leads. Further, press releases have a positive impact on your local search engine optimization efforts. When a website news organization or blogger links to your website it indicates to Google, Yahoo! and other search engines that your site has some useful or relevant content. Press releases are a great way to make this happen.  This is especially true if you use keywords that accurately describe your business such as Miami Florist and then write an interesting release.

One thing you need to know is where to send your press release once it’s written. All your local newspapers (don’t miss the small ones) are a great first start. But don’t stop there.

Below are some good FREE websites that will broadcast your press release at no charge. If a reporter or blogger notices your story on these sites and finds it relevant you could be on your way to free buzz and backlinks to your website.

Here’s the list of  websites where you can submit your press release free of charge.

Although not in the free category, PR Web can be well worth the investment. I’ve used PR Web with my clients. PR Web’s prices range from $80 to $360 depending on where you want your press release to be found. They also have nice free guides on the exact format your press release needs to be written in.

Stay tuned, I’ll post a follow up here on LOCALNa8ion that will provide additional background on how to structure your press release for maximum search engine optimization goodness.

16 Responses to "Free Press Release Websites for Small Business"
  1. Julian says:

    Just found another free source to publish your small business press release too:

    http://www.your-story.org

  2. @twdeeter says:

    Great list!

    Another free PR service is pitchengine.com. It actually helps you create & promote a social media press release…. which works well in conjunction with traditional press releases.

    It helps pitch things more professionally on Twitter & Facebook…

  3. Julian says:

    @twdeeter – Thanks for calling that to my attention. It sounds like this would help you make a more modern Press Release – a la PR 2.0. Good good!

  4. Great list! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve only used PR Web. It’s great to know that there are sites out there that allow you to post for free.

  5. Your Story says:

    Thanks for listing Your-Story.org – we’re trying to make the service as useful as possible; we’ll also be keeping it free for as long as the site exists: i.e. forever!

    You don’t even have to register to submit press releases, just use the form here:

    http://www.your-story.org/submit-free-press-release/

  6. Amarnath says:

    Good idea for your small business. here is new one http://www.prbd.net

  7. This is a great list to have. We have used it successfully for ourselves as well as our clients.

    Thanks again.

  8. alex says:

    The Center for Media Research has released a study by Vertical Response that shows just where many of these ‘Main Street’ players are going with their online dollars. The big winners: e-mail and social media. With only 3.8% of small business folks NOT planning on using e-mail marketing and with social media carrying the perception of being free (which they so rudely discover it is far from free) this should make some in the banner and search crowd a little wary.

  9. jinfinite8 says:

    Thanks for quoting that study Alex

  10. PostFreePRs says:

    Here's another to add to that list:

    Post Free Press Releases.com http://www.postfreepressreleases.com

    Free account sign up, free press release submission, press releases published to the site immediately, and HTML links are allowed.
    Cheers!

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  12. jinfinite8 says:

    I got a note from Eugene John over at http://www.myprgenie.com/ just the other day. This looks to be a good 'do-follow' PR site that can help small businesses with their PR and SEO, and Local Search needs. Check 'em out.

    Some of their features are compelling, here's the info Eugene shared.

    "MyPRGenie is a Page Rank 6 press release submission site which allows do-follow anchor text. It is a search engine optimizer and social media publicity engine with a global media database of over 540,000 journalists. Using MyPRGenie, companies can create an online newsroom, upload their news, photos and videos and significantly increase their exposure online. We currently have over 5,000 companies worldwide that use MyPRGenie to drive its PR and online marketing. To learn more about MyPRGenie, please visit us at http://www.myprgenie."

    ~ julian

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