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I want to first of all thank Tim Jennings for a great concept... Creating an ongoing list of the best free, or next to free stuff that Internet Sales Managers, Marketing Managers, Internet Marketing Directors, eBusiness Directors, BDC Managers and Directors, Interactive Marketing Managers... (You get the idea) can get tools and resources at no direct, or little to nothing actual expense that can be leveraged as part of an automotive digital marketing strategy. As each ADM member who elects to participate lists various URL's, once Tim Jennings, myself and any ADM administrator has verified the accuracy of the URL, we will then add it to the primary list in this section... This way, we keep the list growing without ADM members needing to hunt through what we imagine will become dozens of comments and responses. Shown below is our starting point, and we request that you add suggestions for worthy free and useful stuff as comments, so that we can grow this list into a truly valuable resource!

http://www.AutomotiveDigitalMarketing.com (did you think we'd forget this one!)
http://adwords.google.com/
http://www.google.com/adwords/learningcenter/
http://www.marketingcharts.com/
http://www.facebook.com/
http://www.Freebo.com
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm
http://www.Geebo.com
http://www.google.com/analytics/
http://www.LemonFree.com
http://www.MatchMyRide.com
http://www.MerchantCircle.com
http://www.motorzoo.com
http://www.MyCarBox.com
http://www.myspace.com/
http://www.NewsOnDeals.com
http://www.nissannews.com
http://www.Oodle.com
http://www.quantcast.com
http://www.Ridezilla.com
http://www.Ryanharris.com
http://www.seocentro.com/tools/search-engines/keyword-position.html
http://www.squidoo.com/
http://www.TinyURL.com
http://www.Upillar.com
http://www.urltrends.com/
http://www.vox.com/
http://www.web2carzcom.com
http://www.webconfs.com/search-engine-spider-simulator.php
http://www.YouAuction.com
https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal
http://www.jdpower.com/
http://www.OnlineAutomotiveReview.com
http://budurl.com/
http://community.vinsolutions.com/
http://compete.com/
http://rsscontentbuilder.com/
http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/
http://wardsdealer.com/reports/2008/edealer100/
http://www.edmunds.com/
http://website.grader.com/
http://www.2ndBuyAuto.com
http://www.5Tribe.com
http://www.alexa.com/
http://www.CarFax.com
http://www.CarFinder.com
http://www.CarsDirect.com/MyCars
http://www.CarSoup.com (not free, but pretty good)
http://www.cartango.com
http://www.dealerrater.com/
http://www.dealerrefresh.com/
http://www.autosavant.com/
http://www.businessweek.com/autos/autobeat/
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Archives.showArchive&...
http://www.dalepollak.com/
http://subaruarmy.ning.com/
http://autodealerpeople.ning.com/
http://autofinancenews.ning.com/
http://liquidmotors.ning.com/
http://kainautomotiveideaexchange.ning.com/
http://www.KainAutomotive.com
http://mydealer20.ning.com/
http://autodealers.ning.com/
http://danation.ning.com/
http://dealercafe.ning.com/
http://www.SellingIron.com
http://iautoconsultants.ning.com/
http://automotivedigitalmedia.ning.com/
http://automotive-seo.ning.com/
http://www.AutoBrokers.com
http://www.Autoferret.com
http://www.AutoLeadExchange.com
http://www.AutoNetUsa.com
http://www.AutoSales.com
http://www.AutoShopper.com

Free Blogs, Website Hosting and Content Publishing:
http://www.wordpress.com
http://www.Blogspot.com
http://www.LiveJournal.com
http://www.Ning.com (set up your dealership's online community)
http://www.TypePad.com
http://www.carspace.com/

Free Business and Professional Networking Portals:
http://www.gather.com
http://www.biznik.com
http://www.naymz.com
http://www.hubpages.com
http://www.spoke.com
http://www.LinkedIn.com

Dealer Ratings and Customer Review Sites - It is Free to submit a review on a dealership and I cannot think of a better use of free website space than to compel your happiest customers to rate your dealership and write a positive review of their car buying experience.
1. http://www.DealerRater.com
2. http://www.Edmunds.com/Dealerships/drr/jump.html
3. http://www.CarDealerCheck.com
4. http://www.DealershipRatings.com
5. http://www.CarsDealersReview.com This is an affiliate of the next site:
6. http://www.MyDealerReport.com/
7. http://www.carbuyingtips.com/new-car-dealers.htm
8. http://www.dealerscene.com/

Press Releases and Bookmarking Sites:
http://www.prlog.org
http://www.free-press-release.com
http://www.digg.com
http://www.stumbleupon.com
http://www.diigo.com

Free Video Hosting, Distribution and Sharing Sites:
1. Blip.tv - http://www.blip.tv/
2. DivX Stage6 Beta - http://stage6.divx.com/
3. Brightcove (Personal) - http://www.brightcove.com/
4. Revver - http://www.revver.com/
5. Veoh - http://www.veoh.com/
6. MSN Video - http://soapbox.msn.com/
7. YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/
8. Vimeo - http://www.vimeo.com/
9. Jumpcut Beta - http://www.jumpcut.com/
10. MySpaceTV Beta - http://vids.myspace.com/
11. TubeMogul Video Distribution - http://www.Tubemogul.com (distribute your videos EVERYWHERE with one click!

FREE Online Vehicle Classified and Used/New Car Inventory Listing Sites:
1. http://www.craigslist.org
2. http://www.EveryCarListed.com
3. http://AllTheRides.com/
4. http://www.JustGoodCars.com
5. http://www.GoogleBase.com
6. http://www.Vast.com
7. http://www.Carsonlinefree.com
8. http://www.kijiji.com/
9. http://www.CarCasher.com Inventory Listing Site - Dealer Enrollment
**. http://www.DealerAssistNow.com - Vehicle Inventory listing descriptions, notes and comments

Free Chat Clients:
1. http://www.volusion.com/livechat_download.asp
2. http://chatango.com I found Chatango in use on the Blognut.com site and really liked it.

Free Widget, Gadget and Content Distribution Tools:
1. http://www.Widgetbox.com

Blacklist Check
1. http://www.mxtoolbox.com/index.aspx

On this site you can test your e-mail domains and see where you stand.
I just found this through Google after hearing Ralph speak on the subject of SPAM.
Easy to use tool but now we have to figure out what to with what we find out
.- Chris Fousek
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OK... Just so there is no bitchin', let it be known that this list was scrambled around a few times, and other than our host at the top, there is no particular order... But... That could change!

So, enter your favorite source for free information, goodies, services, or anything else that you use to help sell more cars in a comment box below.

Tags: ., Best Free Stuff List, Best URL's, Free Stuff, Freebie Forum, Used to Sell Cars

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VERY cool site! Loved checking it out, thanks for the additional resource....
Here are a few additional websites that will help car dealers market their business by allowing them to publish automotive content for free. Since many car dealer platforms do not have a blog module included, offsite blogs and forums like ADM, can be customized to promote their business.

Dealers can create dedicated pages for each car that they sell or create pages for special events or car sales. These content sites can also be used to write consumer guides and summary reviews for the cars you sell. The key is to make sure you are writing an interesting article that consumers would benefit from and one that is also optimized for Google. When articles are written properly, these blog posts can deliver Google Page one listings for your business.

The business networking portals also have the ability to post content however these sites seem to be best used to brand your own name. By branding your name, when people are searching for you, they can quickly find you. The websites can be a showcase of your current blog posts and direct them how to contact you.

The list of PR and bookmarking websites provide additional free content marketing as well as link building strategies.


Free Blogs & Content Publishing

http://www.wordpress.com
http://www.blogspot.com
http://www.livejournal.com

Free Business Networking Portals

http://www.gather.com
http://www.biznik.com
http://www.naymz.com
http://www.hubpages.com
http://www.spoke.com

Press Releases & Bookmarking

http://www.prlog.org
http://www.free-press-release.com
http://www.digg.com
http://www.stumbleupon.com
http://www.diigo.com

Now get writing!

Brian Pasch
Dealer SEO
Brian, as usual you have contributed some great stuff, I am adding to the "master list"... BTW, I was sticking up for you and your capabilities last week when some SEO guys I was meeting with started to trash you... Their BS about you was what let me know they were small minded amateurs...
Thank you Ralph.

As I have stepped out and provided ideas and conducted webinars, the overwhelming majority of automotive professionals have sent very positive emails. That keeps me writing and wanting to contribute. I will always help anyone on this forum with any specific question that I feel I can assist. I have thick skin.

I try to document ideas and strategies that can be reused by others who are passionate about Internet Marketing for free. My goal is to educate and not keep things hidden from those who want to learn.

The good news is that each week I am adding new clients and growing my consulting business because of this approach. My business is growing, even in this economy, because my clients refer me to other car dealers; satisfied clients are best testimonial. Also, my work speaks for itself and since I publish my client list, my clients are always are willing to give a good reference.

The funny thing, when you look at a few of the folks who have been critical, their comments are more personal and defamatory rather than professional comments regarding Internet Marketing.

There is an old adage that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. So it surprises me when the personal attacks come from convicted felons and folks that employ tactics that could also be deemed non compliant website TOS or even worse considered phishing schemes. But I digress.
Please Add ~ wwww.dealerassistnow.com - Sellers Notes & Comment Sharing Library - Free For All Dealers - Marketing People - Good Copy Sells Cars, Always Has... It is Brand New, So Check It Out... This is Created By Car People for Car People...

dealer assist NOW also has a Full Service Dept for dealers that don't have Internet Managers with pricing starting at just $89 per month for Unlimited Changes

daN
I signed up and love the way this site can make it more streamlined to create inventory descriptions with some punch!
http://www.kijiji.com/ an ebay owned site :)
cool... never knew THIS was out there!
Thanks everyone.

Ralph I’m in on ongoing maintenance. We can talk about this at your place Sunday night. Yahoo! (not the search engine)

ALSO EVERYONE POSTING USE:

http://

THE LINK WILL BE ACTIVE! (Get back in the habit) Most sites require it.
Plus I won’t have to paste it in later.

Tim Jennings
FREE SERVICE - Dealers; add your listing at this link: http://www.interactiveads.com/Add_New_Listing.asp (free listing link) and receive leads from consumers searching for vehicle incentives, manager specials, and dealer discounts. Your listing will be placed on consumer website http://www.autoincentives.com/ as well as hundreds of other automotive related sites! Go here to read more: http://www.interactiveads.com/Default.asp
Thanks Nancy
You and Chris both posting at the same time. You guys have a BAT-PHONE?
You guys rock!
Have any other freebees?

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