It is probably safe to say that the most important, least expensive marketing tool you possess when it comes to Internet marketing on a budget is your time—the time you spend marketing your business and the time you wait for customers to notice your site. The more time you have to devote to marketing your product, or service, the more your name, or business, will be out there. Whether you create a very detailed website or simply run a blog about your product or service, who is going to take the time to check it out if you have not invested the time it takes to really promote it? Once you figure out your target audience, or customer base, use these three effective and inexpensive options for marketing your business: article submissions, newsgroups or forums, and online classifieds. Each of these is either inexpensive or completely free. When using article submissions and newsgroups or forums remember not to be pushy in promoting your article. Briefly mention your business in your articles (which do not have to be based on your business itself), and approach members of newsgroups and forums in a friendly manner. Also, be sure to read the rules and regulations of each newsgroup and forum to make sure you are allowed to promote yourself. When using online classifieds, make sure to use a variety of headings that are both professional and intriguing and repost frequently. Also equally vital is the time you wait to reap the rewards of your marketing. Perhaps your business will be booming after just a couple of weeks, if so, good for you! However, it’s important to remember that the results of your Internet marketing efforts may take a couple of months or more to show. Do not get discouraged, there are a lot of different internet businesses out there, just be patient. Though it may seem difficult, Internet marketing on a budget is indeed possible. If done properly, the potential for effective marketing within the means of a budget is great.