Get Your Visitors To "Tell A Friend
by: Dawn Gray
Does your website offer
visitors a quick and easy way to recommend it to a friend? If not,
you're missing out on a potential gold mine of free traffic.
promotion. You set up the program and your visitors do the work of
promoting your website for you.
You receive higher
quality visitors. Your visitors will refer people *really interested*
in your products or services. These people will be more likely to
subscribe to your newsletter, request your free reports, and
ultimately BUY YOUR PRODUCTS!
Nobody will every be
insulted or upset by this promotion technique (as long as you make it
clear that the message comes from their friend). People can only
participate if they visit your website, and email will only be sent by
people the recipient knows.
Just asking your visitors
to recommend your website isn't enough. You need to make it easy. Offer
a form on your website your visitors can fill out to recommend it to a
friend. Either put the form on every page of your website, put it in a
pop-up window, or link to it on every page.
There are many ways to do
Resources page at
for a website with
instructions on how to use the script.
CGI. I really like
Birdcast at - it's what I use on my website. You
can find more options on my Webmaster Resources page.
A service. Many
remotely-hosted scripts are available.
The most popular is
Recommend-It at (which offers a contest as an incentive
and allows you to add recommendation links to the email you send out).
There is also a free program called Let 'Em Know at
which allows you to run your own contest
for participants and probably offers more statistics. Either can be
set up in 5 minutes or less.
have the benefit of being completely under your control. You can
customize them to work on your website and decide if and how visitors
are notified about the origin of your script.
Services are easier to set
up, but have to make a living somehow and may use advertising or big,
tacky buttons with their name and/or logo in order to do so.
Don't delay! Set up a
Tell-A-Friend system on your website to watch the number and quality of
your visitors improve without raising a finger.
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