One of the first questions that come to mind when you site goes up is... how do I get it out there. Do you paid a marketing service, Do it yourself, or both. These are my recommendations in each area for you decide for yourself and for others to discuss. Both Bad idea... why? Because you may be counteracting what your paid marketer is trying to do without realizing it. Example... while working for a web design and marketing company in early 2000's, there was a site that we designed that we could not determine why we were having issues getting it submitted into the SE's. The site was even rejected. We checked the coding, checked the design... anything and everything... we checked. Come to find out after speaking with a very ANGRY business owner (I was the unfortunate one to have to speak with him), he made a comment that hit me. He mentioned that he was submitting himself to the SE's also. Eureka! The Search Engines were rejecting and resisting his site because he was posting his site every few days while we were submitting his site every week. This sent out a warning single to the SE's and caused him to get blocked. After I discussed this with him, he discontinued and let us do our job. As a result he quickly became the #1 site under his search terms in Google. If you do decide you want to market along side your paid marketer, check with them to make for sure what you do will not counteract with them. If they blog as a promotion technique (as an example) and you want to blog also, make for sure you are not blogging in the same places. If you show up to much in one place it can be viewed as spam and end up hurting the efforts of you and your marketer. DIY Before you begin... learn about website marketing first. Don't just jump into it. You could do something that could cause more problems then help. There are so many ways to market your site these days (social media, back links, blogs...the list goes on and on) that it is difficult to keep up if you don't know what your doing. Not to mention.... you can get blocked easily if you make even the simplest mistake. Information is out there to learn the techniques. Forums such as this can help. If you don't understand something, create a thread and ask. Read all the answers until you find a credible one. And make for sure that any source of info you get is from credible sources and not just people who think they know what they are talking about. Look up information on the author. If the author has written articles and is a major marketer... then you may want to listen to them before you listen to someone who has no background in marketing to speak of. Directories are definitely a good place to start, but as I said RESEARCH. Do not commit to any thing without knowing more about them first. Paid Do your research! Don't just choose anyone. When I look around I do something that many people think is strange but I'll explain the reason. I do not look at anyone that markets business that are already major names such as Walmart and Target. When I check out a marketer, I check out their client base. Check their placement under my keywords, and see how they are ranked (according to recent intel this will no longer useful) and determine who I want through that method. It is not the ultimate way to decide, but it always worked for me in the past. You have to find your own way to make your decision on this. As my intel is a bit out dated on what marketers are good ones to use as it has been years since I've used one, maybe someone here can advise on who they believe would be good ones to look at. However DO NOT just follow their advice. Research before choosing and make for sure they are the right marketer for you and your site. Anyone have anymore to add to this?