Manta is an advertising solution for small businesses. You can register for a Manta account for free. You can even add a few links back to your website and social media pages in your Manta profile.
I’m not here to discuss setting up a Manta profile though. There are millions of free business directories that you can do that with like HotFrog, MerchantCircle, etc. I doubled my website traffic by commenting on the Manta Forum. This is where small business owners gather to get ideas from each other.
A few months ago, I saw a post about online directories for SEO, so I decided to give some advice with a link back to my own blog post about paid SEO directories. I didn’t think anything of it, but I did make sure that I used keywords in my backlink. The next day, I checked my Google Analytics account and saw that my visits jumped up drastically.
See the big hump? That was the day I posted my helpful hint on the Manta forum. Not only did my visits jump up, but I received a few more inquiries as well. A few people contacted me to let me know that they wanted to link to my blog post.
You could sign up for a Manta account and comment on their forum or you could comment on forums in your industry. Just type in Google something like [your industry] forum or [your industry] discussion board.