How to promote a classified website?

Recently I have started a classified website bharatlists targeted for Indian community.

Can some one suggest me how to start promoting my website so that visitors come to my website and post their ads for free.

I would appreciate if you could share your experiences.

There are a quite a many ways you can go about promoting the classifieds just like a normal website. Read on the normal promotion methods and get creative.

It’s useful to note that you have to be at the places where your audience is. If your marketplace deals in trading electronic items, then be a regular contributer at electronic forums and add a link to your signature. Similarly, invest into buying advertisement spaces at such sites with catch notes attracted towards either buyers or sellers.

Apart from that, target search engines for few generic and long-tail keywords such as “sell electronic items”, “auction microwave oven” etc.

Finally, start writing a useful blog relevant to your niche and take every opportunity to promote the usage of your marketplace on the blog.

well is Facebook popular in India? you can join a social networks and promoted there…
you can join a blog community and blog about it. you can join local business event and exchange business cards. you can join an indian online forum and talk about it…

If you want some viral element, perform a contest, where members got most referrals win an Ipod or Iphone kind of thing.

The possibilities are endless…