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How to publish a press release

How to publish a press release

Have you ever written and published a press release?
Perhaps not, well if so, or you just want to find out a bit more please read our review of www.onlineprnews.com and some tips to getting your press release published online.

 

So what is a Press Release?

A press release is basically an article which you release to the “press”.  This could be news journalists, news sites, bloggers, radios all sorts.

Why publish a press release?

A press release can help get your news out and may mean that journalists pick up your story and write about it on their website.  A press release helps build authority and get you listed on major news sites in some cases.  A press release can help your site’s SEO (Search Engine Optimisation or Rankings).  You do not have to be a large company to publish a press release, most definately not.

How much will a press release cost to publish?

A press release can be free in a lot of circumstances, you can submit your website to a lot of free press release websites.  You can send your press release directly to news outlets and journalist or bloggers.   You can also pay to have your press release sent with pretty much guarunteed approval as long as you meet the “distributors requirements”.

We can publish a press release for free:

The one I have used is www.onlineprnews.com for a list of more free press release websites go here.

Onlineprnews lets you publish 1 free press release per day with a live link to your website in the contact area, you are also able to optimize your title and meta tags for search engine visibility.  For sites that allow you to place links within the press release please visit the above list of free PR sites.

So,  the best part I found about onlineprnews was the $79 PR.  In terms of press release distribution this is a pretty standard price, however this is actually quite a reasonable price compared to some other sites.  The editor was great, I was able to edit my press release until it was approved, I have tried a few PR sites and I actually quite like this one.  The only downfall is the FREE PR is a little better on some other websites.
Some of the features are:
  • All SEO Benefits PLUS
  • Video Embedding
  • Slideshow Embedding
  • Block Quotes
  • Interactive Report
  • Higher Headline Visibility
  • 40+ Full Page Syndications
  • Multimedia File Uploading
  • PDF Published On DocStoc
  • SEO Title Editing
Your press release for this price will be distributed to top news sites in your market, you can see more here: http://www.onlineprnews.com/compare-press-releases.
To get a free professional guide to writing a press release I suggest you visit here: http://www.onlineprnews.com/how-to-write-a-press-release.
Alternatively you can read our article but these guys are the ones you want to listen to when it comes to PR.
Press releases have a certain format you should adhere to.  You will learn a lot about it in the guide.  I advise that you try to include at least one quote even if you are writing it, the purpose of the press release is for press to publish your news.
You can see it on a few other sites too!
The prices to distribute press releases are high if you do not have the money to pay for marketing, but for established business’s these are the going rates.  Press releases are pretty standard even if they do not get you much attention companies will pay for them to get the word out.
My advice is if you do not have the funds try out
with 1 on free PR sites like onlineprnews offers.  Send your PR to bloggers/journalists.
When you get the budget to pay, baring in mind the one that I used is actually quite reasonable in the industry.  Then you may want to consider one of the lower packages.
For large companies there are $300 + for 1 Press release that will send your news to 5000 + websites and much more “authority sites”.
You should be careful however, as some of the cheaper packages on other PR sites send your news to very low quality sites that do not benefit you much.
OnlinePRnews works with about.com, cio.com and many others.
Quick Tips
  • Use your real name
  • Submit your press release “locally”
  • Your press release should be “News worthy”
  • Send your PR to local newspapers, your school, your college or UNI
  • List your press release in your area so on news sites people in your area can see where you are based
  • HTML is not always allowed.
  • A press release should be 350 – 500 words (on average)
  • Free Press release packages do not always allow links or images (Some do)
  • A Paid press release does not guarantee traffic to your website, it does however help SEO and build authority
  • Add a video trailer for apps/games
  • Reference reviews you have received from review sites
Get A free database of PR contacts
This is a free trial, worth having to find targeted journalists to contact.

 

Let us know in the forum if you need any help.
Good Luck

Written by OIiver

Oliver is a 20 year old web-enthusiast and entrepreneur from the UK. He enjoys Marketing, SEO, Technology and Business.

  • http://bloggerkhan.com/how-to-write-a-press-release/686 Joy Calumeth

    These are very good tips on press releases. For those who need a little more detail with examples etc., there is a good little eBook at
    http://bloggerkhan.com/how-to-write-a-press-release/686

    Wherever you learn and however you learn, if you are a small business, you must write press releases. It’s one of those areas where you are at par with the big boys – for free.