The question is often asked about do I get “Free Website Promotion”? The easy answer is it takes a lot of time and patience. Don't waste your time on free website promotion methods that only bring in small returns of traffic. In order to gain relevant traffic using free techniques give these a try.
The most popular method of Free Website Promotion is Search Engine Optimization aka SEO. Using SEO you can increase traffic and possibly page rankings. The better your websites page rank the more popular it will be with search engines.
Another method is through reciprocal linking. This type of free website promotion is used when people put your link on their site, and you then reciprocate. All 3 of the big search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN) use this inbound reciprocal linking as a formula for determining page ranking. With this method you are after quality links and not quantity. Please keep this in mind because some links won't help your site so make sure to check page rankings and Alexa rankings (www.alexa.com). However, many sites start out with low page ranking for different reasons. Ofter sites are newer and it's like getting in on the ground floor. As the site becomes more popular so does your link and website.
Usually reciprocal linking is done by searching and identifying relevant sites to your own and sending out an email to the webmaster of that site asking if they'd like to exchange links. This can be time consuming but can be very effective in your free website promotion efforts.
Writing articles and placing them on your site as long as they're topic related toward your site is also an effective way to promote. This works even better if the article is taken and placed elsewhere as it will provide a link back to your site giving it more relevance. Link exchanges for articles can be sought after much the same way as reciprocal linking. Contacting webmasters to see if they are interested a similar type of article exchange. Since you will be offering the article for free it can work well. Be sure to end the article with a resource box also known as a “Blurb” that promotes your website.
Website directory submission is also an effective way to create quick traffic and begin developing backlinks to your site. The more popular the directory the better quality of backlink. Directories like this one so go to the homepage here at BestListingz.com and submit your site for free with reciprocal link. All reciprocal links are approved.
I hope these helps with your free website promotional efforts.