10 unusual places to drop your URL

9 Sep

Link Marketing isn’t only about getting clickable links, it’s about getting your URL spread. These 10 links won’t pass any link juice, but they certainly can help getting your website out there.

1. Your Bluetooth profile name
Considering the fact that you’re into SEO and computers and geeky gadget stuff, you’ll probably have a phone with Bluetooth. When you select your URL as your Bluetooth profile name, everybody in your direct surroundings scanning for nearby Bluetooth phones will see your URL. This can get you at least a few visitors, especially when you use this strategy during an SES conference.

2. Your license plate frame
Take advantage of that daily traffic jam by adding your URL to your license plate frame. You can even add up to four URLs if you have a large frame before it gets cluttered. Or before the person driving behind you thinks you’re spamming. You can also give license plate frames with your URL away (they’re actually quite cheap).

3. Your wireless router profile name
I’m Dutch. Dutch people are cheap. So when I’m taking my dog for a walk, I’ll let my phone scan for unprotected wifi connections in stead of using my providers network. A few weeks ago, I noticed someone in my neighborhood named his profile after his URL and I visited this website straight away. Right after taking advantage of his unprotected network, of course.

4. Your voice mail message
“Hi, this is Wiep. You tried to reach me, but unfortunately I’m not available at the moment. Please leave your phone number, or visit wiep.net and drop me an email or a comment, and I’ll get back to you.”

5. Your roof
Your roof is the perfect Google Earth or Live Visual Earth promotion. Paint the URL on your roof an just sit back and wait until your neighbors are checking out the digital version of your neighborhood. If you have a big house, you can even try to paint a deeplink. Do not try this when you don’t live on the top floor, btw.

6. Your pens
Write your personal URL on every pen on your office desk. Because people at work usually have the strange habit to steal pens, this is a great way to spread your website around the office. Beware, that if your website happens to be NSWF, this can get you or even the colleague who’s visiting your website fired. Tip: you can also use promotional pens.

7. The local internet cafe
If you regularly visit an internet cafe, it can pay off to set your website as the default start up home page. It’s better to see people visiting your website than the standard MSN or Mozilla page. This also works at conferences, where there usually are several free to use computers available.

8. Your clothes
Walk around wearing a yourwebsite.com polo shirt or a yourprofile.org cap. People will see it and some will think your website is the new trend. They will visit your website straight away. Don’t overuse this strategy by wearing nothing but URL inserted clothes, because people will think you’re some kind of promo guy wearing link spam clothes.

9. Your phone number
If you don’t have a domain name like this, you can also choose to set up your domain name as your phone number. Choose 1-800-YOUR-DOMAIN-COM as your personal phone number if you want your URL out there.

10. Fill this one in your self
What other uncommon places are out there where you can drop your URL? Add a comment with your suggestions. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to leave your URL as well.

62 Responses to “10 unusual places to drop your URL”

  1. Eduard Blacquière September 9, 2007 at 1:38 pm #

    You’ve indeed made a list with unusual places to drop your URL :-) Nice out-of-the-box thinking.

    You can also print your URL on some stickers and paste them at different places like lampposts and billboards etc.

  2. Sebastian September 9, 2007 at 3:13 pm #

    Donate t-shirts and caps with your URL to clothes drives. Gives you exposure esp. in the 3rd world.

  3. Wiep September 9, 2007 at 8:12 pm #

    Eduard, printing stickers with your URL is also a great one.

    Donating clothes with URLs is hilarious, Sebastian, never thought of it :)

  4. Tad Chef September 9, 2007 at 8:18 pm #

    10: On your underwear, especially if you are promiscous.

  5. Alex Maker September 9, 2007 at 10:43 pm #

    Well…what about leaving my URL HERE ?! :D

  6. Matt Jones September 10, 2007 at 3:03 pm #

    Amusing Stuff! Stumbled and Sphunn :)

  7. Benjamin September 10, 2007 at 3:12 pm #

    * Tattoo (old news)
    * skywriting
    * sleeping bums (see #1)
    * Bleach on your neighbors yard
    * spell it in birdseed, you know what happens next
    * Burn outs on the local high shcool football field a la NASCAR
    * Diamond Grill a la Mike Jones (small URL or big freakin mouth)
    * Pee in the snow (I live in Wisconsin)

  8. Rhea Drysdale September 10, 2007 at 3:59 pm #

    For those that live in Florida instead of Wisconsin, you could write it on the beach in sand. I’d recommend in front of a high profile, 20+ story condo or hotel. Make sure you do it before the tide comes in though!

    Funny list and I thought the underwear and donated clothes additions were hysterical.

  9. Pat B. Doyle September 10, 2007 at 4:17 pm #

    Hilarious post! I just had to leave my URL here! You could leave your URL posted on those bulletin boards at the grocery store and Wal-Mart too.

  10. Luca Masters September 10, 2007 at 4:17 pm #

    ‘I write messages on money.
    It’s my own form of social protest.
    A letter printed on paper that no one will destroy
    passed indiscriminately across race, class and gender lines
    and written in the blood that keeps the beast alive.
    A quiet little hijacking
    on the way to the check-out counter
    And a federal crime.
    I hope that someone will find my message one day when they really need it.
    Like I do.’ — Rage Against the Machine. Of course, they wrote things like ‘You are not a slave’, but URLs work too. As I understand it, writing on US currency is legal so long as it’s not intended to make the bill unfit to be reissued. (http://www.bep.treas.gov/document.cfm/18/104)

  11. E Lawrence Welch September 10, 2007 at 4:52 pm #

    Creative list – when glance over #6 – at first I thought it said “pen!s” and that really got my attention!

  12. Jason September 10, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    Get a tub of paint, get a water pistol then fill the waterpistol with paint then go to a wall in the city or something at like 3 am in the morning, then write your url on the wall with the water pistol,

    its genius

  13. Wiep September 10, 2007 at 7:27 pm #

    Skywriting, lawn bleaching, sand writing and money writing… Great tips :)

  14. Rebecca September 10, 2007 at 9:58 pm #

    Offer to put up changing tables in local shops’ restrooms, and have them silkscreened with your URL. Stamp it on magazines and leave them in the gym or the doctor’s office. Chalk it on sidewalks in the areas your target customers frequent. Make it into an optometrist’s eye chart, a vocalise, or a reading game and distribute it to suitable optometrists, voice teachers, and literacy coaches. Have it made up as a self-inking rubber stamp and surreptitiously stamp it on all the paper napkins at a fast food restaurant.

  15. Michael Morgan September 11, 2007 at 7:08 am #

    Some good tips there although I don’t think that painting your URL on your roof is for everyone…

  16. Protella October 12, 2007 at 2:13 pm #

    The t-shirt one is what i was going to do for when i go running.

    Another good one if you play online games is to append your website to your name. Or to prefix it. In counterstrike i am protella.com-[kensai] got about 40 people to my site in a weekend session :)

    Or in supermarkets where you can post an ad, just put it there.

  17. Chas November 4, 2007 at 2:19 pm #

    Love the ideas, especially the license plate.

    ———————————————–
    Remember when………..
    http://www.Vintage-Ads.com

  18. Lyn November 19, 2007 at 9:20 am #

    Make up magnetic signs for your car. Flyers in parking lots. I like some of the others listed, donating clothes is hilarious!

  19. Blendwire December 22, 2007 at 10:14 pm #

    Stickers are a good idea. Stick them on videos at rental stores, on the bottom of shoes at shoe stores, the bottom of coffee mugs at Starbucks. I guess with stickers you could put them almost anywhere…

  20. wisdom December 29, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    Great ideas there dude…

    http://www.prayukth.co.nr

  21. Soulja Boy January 13, 2008 at 8:10 pm #

    This post is another place for dropping your url =)

  22. Kathy Filia January 14, 2008 at 1:07 pm #

    A good place for an url might also be across your dog’s coat as you take it for a walk.
    Another good place might be at a train crossing.
    Another place Ive seen them is in the sky ie sky writing or above pedestrian crossing over freeways.

    Another place hmmmm let me seee. Below is another place, but its an annoying place, and Im sorry if it offended –
    http://www.ppptalks.com

    Thats it for me.

  23. Kathy January 18, 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    Also …

    Voice 2 page – record by phone – internet website audio are places where people ‘drop their url’ and register for audio adverts on their websites.
    February the 1st it all starts – looks promising.. take a quick look

    ppptalks.com

  24. John March 14, 2008 at 9:12 am #

    How about right here? Thanks for the tips man, gonna get on my roof and tip-ex my url into the tiles.

    http://www.bbhd.co.uk/ hehe

  25. richwei April 9, 2008 at 1:15 am #

    nice thinking ! to promote your web unusual.

    tips no 1 is still the best and no 8 the easy way to promote your website.

    use a sticker and put @ your car, your domain name.

  26. Media Mechanic July 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm #

    Not too bad of a list. It wasn’t really what I was expecting, but they are practical ideas to get your website URL out there.

  27. Traffic2MyPage.com July 17, 2008 at 9:48 am #

    Hey pretty cool ideas

    how about going to your local library and a business card with your url on inside the back cover of a book that is relevant to your site??

  28. license plate lookup August 13, 2008 at 9:01 pm #

    I think one of the BEST places to drop your URL is on SIGNS! Google “cheap signs” and find a vendor. For less than a dollar a sign you can then drop them all over town in front of FORECLOSED HOMES! This also works with family and friends homes too. Lots of exposure, minimal work and very low cost!

    -Jason

  29. martijn August 22, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    Stand around at the airport with a sign with your URL, as if you were waiting for someone to pickup and collect. Might be somewhat time consuming though;)

  30. Firewall Reviews September 5, 2008 at 10:45 pm #

    This is a great post – love all the great ideas. It is so easy to get caught-up in online marketing efforts that you forget about opportunities close to home. :)

    Doubt the hubby will want me painting the roof with a URL anytime soon, but I am not above wearing a self-serving t-shirt…..as long as it is stylish, flattering and makes me some money LOL!

  31. JavaJane September 7, 2008 at 10:50 pm #

    I think that I like the URL on the license plate frame too. I’m seriously checking that out.

  32. Livecbradio October 8, 2008 at 11:08 am #

    To promote a new motorcycle domain I went to a huge bike show with a paper sign on my back. The domain name was written with magic marker on piece of typing paper clear taped to the back of my jacket. Everywhere I walked I would hear people saying “mydomain.com” as they walked behind me. Some took pictures. Some people mocked the idea and made fun of me. Many people stopped me and told me they thought it was a great idea. Some gave me their card. I never said a word to anyone unless they spoke to me first. Within hours I had traffic and $. It was worth the embarrassment I put myself through. A year later the domain still pulls it’s weight even though it does not rank at all on google.

  33. Alevoor October 8, 2008 at 4:06 pm #

    Additionally, have your URL painted on your wind shield top. I have received quite a few awe stricken eyebrows after I did this.

  34. mevilla October 13, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    Some good ideas there, I was searching for good places to get backlinks but this is another different idea – definitely is “unusual”!

    For brand awareness purposes I think we might give one or two of your suggestions a go!

    Thanks

    Olaf

  35. steve November 29, 2008 at 7:07 am #

    You could put your url on golf balls, then watch your web-site fly.

    htt://totalwealthonline.com

  36. Marcel Feenstra December 3, 2008 at 10:32 am #

    If you have a website for kids, design an educational poster, get it printed (on sufficiently large print runs, that would cost you about 10-20 cents per copy) and give the posters away for free to schools, clubs, etc. –don’t forget to add your “Sponsored by” URL in a prominent position… ;-)

  37. Swelson December 12, 2008 at 11:09 am #

    You can use your name at social network site too. It works nice.

  38. Tom December 16, 2008 at 2:11 pm #

    Printing your domain name on the roof seems to be at least retarded. I think Google Earth isn’t scanning the whole earth every year. So maybe your domain never appears. And who else cares if you only see the domain on your roof?
    There are some useful tips but some of them are just time consuming without any success. Just my 2 cents.

  39. kelly December 20, 2008 at 1:25 am #

    Balloons and teddy bear labels can be unusual “places” where a URL can be. Even digital devices like a laptop or iPod-player can have skins that announce a URL. Creative marketing!

  40. Bottlepop January 3, 2009 at 4:39 am #

    I like the liscence plate idea, very cool list!

  41. Sickboy January 3, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    Yeah you stole the idea. i was going to put it here.

  42. Rockstar January 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Indeed very impresive ideas, ahh ahh let me tell you one.what about placing your link in newspapers a very cheap media..!! or say about on your school bag, college bag ??

  43. Allan February 20, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    I like the business cards in the library books idea. That one is easily done.
    I thought about having some beermats made up so you can leave them on the table of local pubs.

  44. Ersen Erdal March 2, 2009 at 12:37 am #

    This post is so funny. Specially the roof idea is great. i have an idea. you should publish your site in facebook profile situation. :)

  45. Ben Thomas April 6, 2009 at 2:04 am #

    Great list some real good ideas well done and thanx

  46. Birgit April 11, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    Hey

    You have stolen my idea with the pencils.

  47. Astral Moon April 23, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    Wow, this was not what I expected. I thought every post would be jokingly written. It’s great a few really good but not obvious till you have read it ideas. I wonder if the licence plate thing will work in the UK on number plates. How about leaving business cards on busy long journey train rides at rush hour. Buy one of those led programmable scrolling displays for the back of your car in traffic. Definitely going to get a Polo shirt printed up.

    Cheers Guys and Girls

  48. stan April 27, 2009 at 7:30 am #

    These are all good ideas though funny.

  49. mmavu April 28, 2009 at 6:22 am #

    i’ve put my url as my name whenever i go online with my Wii

  50. Tom May 6, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    I still like the pens the most. They steal more from your office than what you can give away at a conference.

  51. Rick Glaser May 8, 2009 at 3:57 am #

    Your roof is a classic……I am calling the painters tomorrow :D

  52. Nicky May 18, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    put URL on 4 sides your car with attractive color :)

  53. Kim Susan A May 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    I know I’m late to the party on this one but a nice variation of the license plate url is the mesh back-window decals for your car. They’re inexpensive (about $75) and probably worthwhile if you have a memorable url and a traffic filled commute. A friend has a stationary supply company (one man show) and gets a few calls and emails because of his.

  54. Zafar Majid May 30, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    Thought this article was going to be about leaving your URL at various places on the web…. what a surprise, you mean actual physical places!

    Never would have thought of that.

    Number 7 could lead to madness. I have visions of me visiting all the internet cafes and changing the home pages…. or is it such a crazy idea?

  55. Kim Susan A May 30, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    @Zafar

    Crazy but funny as hell. I see it as win-win. As long as you’re buying coffee and services from the internet cafe who is losing?

  56. Claudio Chalom June 17, 2009 at 1:52 am #

    Excellent post! unfortunatelly I livin in an apartment building and there is no way to paint my URL on the roof. However, this is a great idea.

    I would add a bumper sticker as another idea to promote a URL

  57. Dave June 25, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    On your company’s intranet classified section if you have one?

  58. Dave T July 26, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    I love the licence plate idea, why did I never think of that?

    And then pens as well, for work and then let people steal them brilliant.

  59. Michael August 3, 2009 at 4:27 am #

    Some of these are more obvious than others but it’s good information. Kudos.

  60. Mouli Cohen August 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm #

    Great list, I really liked the roof idea.

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