As a busy virtual assistance industry expert and web developer one of the questions I am often asked is, "How can I get the word out about my business or services without breaking my budget or losing my mind?" I am not kidding, that is often how the question is phrased.

I can think of two things immediately that will help you launch yourself into the incredible world of social marketing.

Are you an expert on something? Cat nip toys, Library operations, power of persuasion? No matter what your area of expertise you can create a Squidoo lens. What's a Squidoo lens? It is a free, single page online - which translates to a popular way for you to be found on the web and possibly make some money for yourself or a charity. Squidoo lenses are a cross between Wikipedia and a blog. You can sell items on your lens, link to Amazon and much more. So whether your passion is politics, the internet, or enterprise content management, you too can Squidoo.

Are you blogging? If not, you are quite literally standing still on the internet. If you are not blogging, you are not getting your message out. I recommend WordPress as a blogging platform. WordPress is more than just another blog tool, with a little effort you can use WordPress as a fully functioning content managed website. This means that to build an attractive site you won't need to enlist the help of a web designer or learn any scary languages like PHP or XHTML. Sites can be built on their domain name (which I do not recommend if you will be blogging for business purposes) or installed on your own server with your own domain. The best part: the intallation is free and you can find thousands of free WordPress templates on the web! As they say on their site, WordPress is "just a group of geeks who are passionate about enabling people to publish on the web."

Another very viral way to get your information out to your targeted audience is teleseminars. Several of my clients are published authors and one of them recently sent me a link to this page where you will find some really great free teleseminars. Download them, get ideas, learn how these are conducted and then jump in! You will recoginze a lot of these people as well known online entrepreneurs, many of whom you can connect with on Facebook!

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Do you love to consult with people? Do you have some great topics that you want to share with the world? Consider BlogTalkRadio. Blog Talk Radio allows users to create free online radio stations and listen to thousands of original internet radio shows. Register today and join the social media podcast revolution.

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Author's Bio: 

Denise Griffitts is a nationally recognized Virtual Assistance Industry Expert, Thought Leader, Coach and Mentor. She owns and operates a highly successful multi-VA firm and a web development company.

Denise also trains and coaches virtual assistants at Virtual Assistance University, http://virtualassistanceuniversity.com, a leading provider of training and coaching for the virtual assistance industry. Whether you're just looking to get started as a VA, or you've already got a strong client base, VAU will help you skyrocket your success as a Virtual Assistant.