These four article marketing tips should cause you to stop whining about the high cost of advertising and start promoting your online business -and leave you with absolutely no excuse to be broke.

1. Free Classifieds. Literally thousands of free advertising sites dot the internet that you can use to promote your business at no cost. Some examples include Craigslist, US Free Leads, Sell.com, Backpage.com and Yahoo Classifieds.

2. Meet-ups. There’s a website called Meetup.com where groups of niche marketers meet in your area. This group provides a great opportunity for you to network with people and discuss various opportunities, solutions and strategies in your area of expertise. You will no doubt come across some great people with some interesting ideas at these meetings. Find out where and when they meet in your area.

3. Blogging for Profit. Of the entire gamut of online article marketing tips, this is my favorite. Your blog is a great FREE strategy for driving targeted traffic to your site and increase your ranking with the search engines. You can use your blog to promote all of your products and services. You can also use it to promote your own website and your articles – all at no cost to you. WordPress is a pretty good choice for a free blog. I use Typepad, as it tends to be a little less complicated for me.

4. Article Directories. That’s where you publish your articles for distribution across the web. Publishers are allowed to use any article (including yours) if they agree to publish the entire article. Article marketing is one of the most effective and least expensive methods for promoting your product or service on the internet. And it’s free.

There you have it. Four no-cost article marketing tips for beginners as well as seasoned marketers – all designed to show you how you can generate targeted leads for your business at absolutely no cost to you.

Keep in mind that the purpose of these online article marketing tips is not to try to “convince” readers to visit your web site. The best method for “luring” targeted traffic to you site is to create articles with helpful information that will inspire them to click.

Also remember that your main purpose for using article marketing is to increase your web presence, to enhance you rankings with the search engines, to establish yourself as an expert in your niche, and to generate more targeted traffic to your website.