In the past, I’ve ponied up the $200-$300 per press release to get key announcements about my companies on the news wire, hoping to get a story or two out of the experience. Most recently, I paid for two news releases, one for AnswerSquad, and one for ClickThruStats. The first garnered some good local Colorado coverage, but the latter didn’t produce a single blip. Not a phone call, not an editor query, nada. So PR Web is an interesting alternative to explore…
According to their own site, they have over 60,000 editorial folk who track their content and they’re free. Hard to imagine: if they distribute press releases globally for free, where’s the revenue stream? It’s one of those “dotcom” mysteries, perhaps. Ahhh…. the information is contained on their contribution chart (probably need an account to access that data). Basically, the more you pay, up to $60/release, the more distribution you get. But still, $60 / distribution is pretty painless compared to PR Wire and similar!
Here’s the gist of their comparison chart, if you’re curious:
us to serve you better. PR Web™ is supported financially by the contributions
of our users. We recognize the generosity of our contributors by offering
them prominent placement through the following enhancements. Contributions
are per release.A user contributing $10 will receive all of the benefits
listed under $10. (Complete descriptions below)
Enhanced Distributions (Per Release)
|PR Web™ Distribution||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Search Engine Optimized||*||*||*||*||*||*|
Search at PR Web™
|Paid Search Engine
|Sponsored Press Releases||*||*||*|
|Advanced SEO of your
|Featured Press Releases||*|
PR Web™ Distribution
Search Engine Optimized
Statistics (Quick Stats)
Next Day Distribution
Additional Industry Targets
Keyword Search at PR WEB™
Paid Search Engine Inclusion
Sponsored Press Releases
Advanced SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Discount on Foreign Language Translations
Free NewsCrafters™ Consultation
Featured Press Releases
Copyright 2003, PRWEB, LLC
To my eye, the $30 service is the best combination of features and price, for the type of releases I send out, at least. I’m quite tempted to use them for a few test releases, and would be most appreciative if people have any stories, comments, experiences, or what-have-you to share with me. If it’s good, I have plenty of releases to share at that price.. 🙂
Ooh – I want to hear too…
Haven’t used it yet, but soon… 🙂
A great service with great results. Thank you guys.
You guys do a wonderful job, use you all the time with great results. http://birkshireadvertising.com
I use PRWeb for announcing the release of my books. I basically just do it to get my name out there. Might as well, right? It’s free and you never know who might come across it.
Although PR Web is a free service, it doesn’t hurt to kick them a few bucks to help cover their costs. I’ve used them a couple of times, and it is surprising what good it does, and where the releases actually get to.
I’m happy with them. Bill B.
I have used prweb several times both paying and for free. I would highly recommend using them, and do point some dollars there way. Even if you get the 60.00 package it sure beats paying 300. for the same service.
I like PRWeb a lot – for $80 you can get into Google and Yahoo! news. Much better deal than prnewswire.
Like others, I use PRWeb on a regular basis. I send 1 paid press release each month and receive fantastic results. Their search engine optimization strategies are excellent. It’s nice they let you pick the keywords you are targeting. A+!
I’ve used PRWeb half a dozen times to post releases announcing my South Pacific travel guidebooks and websites. These days I usually make the $30 contribution mentioned above as it does increase the distribution. Search Google News for phrases in your release two or three days later, and it will be there! For example, google for “Explore Paradise with Moon Handbooks Fiji” to see one of my latest releases.
I just used prweb for the first time. I wonder… has anyone ever generated real ink or editorial from posting there?
Any comments on i-newswire.com ? Looks new to me but they publish in Google News too. Site has free and paid options but it seems the free is in google news too. Any comments feedback on that one?
That is interesting. I thought that ‘Advanced SEO of your News’ would be one of the main benefits, for an online press release. Can you educate me on why you prefer the $30 choice? I need to send out about 5 press releases, so I want to choose the best value.
I just did a release myself for a new article directory site that should go up on prweb tomorrow morning. I did the free option though. I have done a couple before for other sites and I can’t say anything was distinguishing enough to notice, but I did the free option and it did at least do something. I could imagine the paid, especially to google news, would really help out.
I have used PRWeb a few times before and I think they have a fair service for a free-based PR distribution. I acknowledge that the free submission will give you very low exposure, but hey, it is free and it is very hard to beat that. On the other hand, it usually helps to contribute with a couple of bucks to increase the submission ranking, but it does not always work for getting on the Search Engines (or at least that has been my experience). Now, when I really want immediate and high exposure I have opted for other PR distribution providers like http://www.webwire.com ,www.pressbox.co.uk and http://www.i-newswire.com , they are good and very effective.
Here is another blog posting about this topic:
– Getting Your Press Release on Page 1 of the Search Engines Within 2 Days –