If you couldn’t tell already, we’re a big fan of free marketing. If it costs you nothing, it can’t hurt to try. MerchantCircle.com promotes itself as the world’s largest online network of local business owners. MerchantCircle is a cross of blogging, business-promotion and business reviews, all in one. While they do offer paid plans, they also offer use of some services for free.

If you haven’t already, you should google your business. You should know where you turn up in the rankings and what is being said about you. Adding yourself to MerchantCircle can help increase your rankings, as people are redirected from their site to the link to yours. It can be one more way to get your name in the google search. And, adding your business to MerchantCircle allows your clients to write reviews on your business-a strong way to get new clients in your door.

How can you join? Go to MerchantCircle.com and type in your business phone number on the homepage in the appropriate box. The site will guide you step-by-step through the process from there.

P.S. Don’t forget to write reviews for others! They may just write a review for you in return.