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Online Publicity and
News Release Distribution Services

Also: Free Press Release Distribution Services

This page features online news release, publicity, and press release distribution services. Some of these are free (with paid-for upgrade services). Others are paid services only, with no free services.

 


Online Publicity Distribution Services

Most of the services listed below offer both a free press release service and a premium press release service (one that costs money but apparently reaches a wider audience).

EReleases, 10640 Jones Road, Kingsville MD 21087 - Uses email and PR Newswire to reach media. Alexa rank: 27,792 in March 2011.

eWorld Wire

Express Press Release - A free press release service.

Express Seek

Free-News-Release.com - A free press release service.

Free Press Index - A free press release service.

Free-Press-Release.com - A free press release service. Alexa rank: 1,599 in April 2011.

Free-Press-Release-Center.info, Gary Sims, Chief Editor. Email: editors@free-press-release-center.info. - A free press release service.

i-NewsWire - A free press release service.

Malebits.com - A free press release service.

MarketWire - Allows you to attach a video to your press release via the web for only $100.

Mass Media Distribution, 3350 Riverwood Parkway #1900, Atlanta GA 30339; 813-333-2723 - $199 to $899 (includes writing the news release) for nationwide distribution to a targeted list of print, broadcast, and online media.

Media Syndicate - A free press release service.

Merinews - A free press release service.

Mr. Press Release - $9.99 per press release via Official Wire (described below).

My Free PR - A free press release service.

My PR Genie - 1501 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York NY 10036; 212-807-8300. Email: info@myprgenie.com. Offers free and paid online and offline distribution of press releases.

New Design World Press - A free press release service.

News Blaster - A free press release service.

News Force - $200 per news release, including search engine optimization of keywords.

News Release Wire, Broadcast Interview Source, 2233 Wisconsin Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20007; 202-333-5000; 866-639-7735; Fax: 202-342-5411. Web: https://www.ExpertClick.com/discount/John_Kremer (to get a discount on their services).

News Wire Today - A free press release service.

Official Wire, Greg Smith, Publisher. Allows users to reach 230,000 bloggers and 170,000 media contacts. $39.99 per release or $59.99 per month for unlimited access.

Online PR Media - Free or paid press release services. Paid from $12 on up.

OpenPR - A free press release service.

The Open Press. Provides a free press release service.

PitchEngine - $29 per pitch for multimedia press releases but doesn't seem to offer much distribution.

Post a Free Press Release - A free press release service.

Post Free PR - A free press release service.

PR.com, PR Worldwide, Inc., 650 Wantagh Avenue, Levittown NY 11756-5390; 516-520-0000. Free and paid press release distribution, with or without a full company profile (which costs). Alexa rank: 6,679 in April 2011.

PR9.net - A free press release service.

PR Canada - A free press release service.

PR Focus - A free press release service.

PR Free - A free press release service. Alexa rank: 88,192 in April 2011.

PR GB - A free press release service.

PR Inside - Offers a free press release service.

PR Leads - Dan Janal, President. Email: prleads@gmail.com. His guarantee: We will get your press release on at least 40 websites, or we will give your money back.

PR Leap - Prices from $49 for basic to $149 for premium, per release. Alexa rank: 29,471 in March 2011.

PR Log - A free press release service. Gets indexed by Google Alerts on a regular basis.

PR News Now - A free press release service.

PR Newswire - The top online press release services. High priced. Alexa rank: 2,055 in March 2011.

PR Nine Press Release Services - Instead of mass media distribution, they focus on researching and learning about an industry and then developing a customized targeted media list for their clients.

PR Urgent - A free press release service.

PR USA - A free press release service.

PR Web, 2084 Alder Street, Ferndale WA 98248; 360-312-0892; 866-640-NEWS; Fax: 360-380-9981. The service used by a lot of Internet marketers. Pricing from $80 basic to $360 premium per release. Alexa rank: 1,724 in March 2011.

PR Window - A free press release service.

Press About - Email: troy@pressabout.com. A free press release site in the form of a blog.

Press Arrivenet

Press Base

Press Booth, 224 Kailash Hill, 2nd Floor, Front Portion, New Delhi 110065 India; 91-11-3253-4127; Cell: 91-93125-06066.

Press Box UK - A free press release service.

PressDoc- The Netherlands service available to anyone. $26.82 per press release. Discounts for volume. Offers little distribution.

Press Exposure - A free press release service.

Press King - Free and paid upgrade press release distribution. From free to $299 per month depending on your needs. Alexa rank: 65,000 in April 2011.

Press Method

Press Network - A free press release service.

Press Release Circulation - A free press release service.

Press Release Net. Email: info@pressreleasenet.com. A division of AdoniNet, one of the largest content providers on the Net. They run the 24/7 News Net Wire as well as the One News Net Wire.

Press Release Point - A free press release service.

Press Release Sender - Dan Janal, President. Email: prleads@gmail.com. His guarantee: We will get your press release on at least 40 websites, or we will give your money back.

“Dan Janal's Guaranteed Press Release service is the best use of my dollars in my publicity strategy. My release was picked up by over 40 online sites and media news stations. I could never have done that by myself. Dan made it easy.” - Mark LeBlanc, GrowingYourBusiness.com

Press Release Spider - A free press release service.

Press World - A free press release service. Distribution to 1,500 computer and software media for $120.00.

Prezly - Allows you to create multimedia press releases, but offers little distribution except for social media integration.

Rush PR News, Anne Howard, 1010 Cherrier #1007, Montréal, Quebec, Canada H2L 1H8. Email: anne@rushprnews.com.

Sane PR - A free press release service.

SB Wire (acquired SEO Press Releases and Release Wire). Offer monthly packages as well as one-time releases.

See National - A free press release service.

Send2Press Newswire, Neotrope, 4332 West 230th Street, Torrance, CA 90505; 310-373-4856. Press releases from $299. Alexa rank: 187,960 in March 2011.

Submit Press Release 123, Jeff Sherman, Email: jsherman@submitmypressrelease.com. Free trial press release. Press releases from $10 to $250.

TargetWire.com - A global news distribution service.

24-7 Press Release, Michael Iwasaki, Public Relations Advisor; 604-312-7040; Fax: 604-648-8516. Email: michael@24-7pressrelease.com. - Press releases from $49 to $369 per release. Alexa rank: 9,615 in March 2011.

UK PR Wire, The Cottage, 9, Sibthorpe Hill, Tusford, Newark, Notts NG22 0PJ, United Kingdom, 44-0777-2506980; U.S.: 646-797-3080. - A free press release service.

URL Pitch, The Cottage, 9, Sibthorpe Hill, Tusford, Newark, Notts NG22 0PJ, United Kingdom, 44-0777-2506980; U.S.: 646-797-3080. Pay to get your new websites or updates sent out to journalists and website reviewers.

US PR Wire, The Cottage, 9, Sibthorpe Hill, Tusford, Newark, Notts NG22 0PJ, United Kingdom, 44-0777-2506980; U.S.: 646-797-3080. Free press release distribution or upgrade for $75 per release. Alexa rank: 40,057 in March 2011.

Web News Wire

Web Wire, 888-932-9473. Offers various levels of service from $19.95 to $180.00 per release. One user claims 90 inbound links within 24 hours of sending out a $20 press release via WebWire. Alexa rank: 19,209 in March 2011.

Widespread PR - A free press release service.

Xpress Press News Service, Tina Koenig, Co-founder, 4741 Sarazen Drive, Hollywood FL 33021; 954-989-3338; 800-713-7701; Fax: 954-989-3331. Email: news@xpresspress.com. $349 per press release. Alexa rank: 172,405 in April 2011.


News Release Critique: $300. I see dozens of news releases every day. Few make the grade. Most are uninteresting, unnewsworthy, and product-oriented. What does it take to sell books with a good news release? In a 15-minute phone call, I can give you feedback on your news release to help you make it one that sells books.

To book a critique, send me your news release via email along with the best time to call you within a few days. Each critique includes a 15-minute feedback session via telephone as well as a rewrite by John to create a news release that gets attention and makes sales. Call 575-751-3398 or email JohnKremer@BookMarket.com to place your request for a critique.

"I want to thank you again for your generous help with our press release problem. The responses we've gotten for our latest release are much better than what I'm used to. A large percentage of that is (obviously) due to your suggestions." - Thomas Shelby, Hohm Press


Online Newsroom and Media Kit Services

Net Connect Publicity, Anne Leedom, President, 3265 Stonehurst Drive, El Dorado Hills CA 95762; 916-939-8246. Email: anne@netconnectpublicity.com. They offer three major services.

PressKit 24/7, Wasabi Publicity; 888-513-5302. Online press kit service. Their PressKit 24/7 Quick Kit offers you an online press kit, inclusion in an expert database, multi-media capability, and quick editing to get you up and running fast. Cost: $29.95 per month. To sign up, go here: PressKit 24/7 Quick Kit.

Tek Group International, 1001 W Cypress Creek #120, Fort Lauderdale FL 33309; 954-351-5554; Fax: 954-351-9099. Email: info@tekgroup.com. Offers online newsrooms to post news, graphics, audio, and video as well as distribute email to journalists, provide clippings, and track which journalists visit your newsroom.

Tips for an Effective Online Newsroom: http://www.tekgroup.com/marketing/tekmedia_tips2005

Vocus, Inc., Tami Queen, Public Relations & Marketing Programs, 4296 Forbes Boulevard, Lanham MD 20706; 301-459-2590; 866-459-2594. Email: tqueen@vocus.com. Offers online PR software to build media lists, manage media relationships, create online press kits, track breaking news, and more. Vocus now owns PR Web (see above). They also offer PR Web for Publishers to publicize each issue of online newsletters (at a cost as little as $100 per week). You can try a 10-week free trial of this service.

See also virtual author tours and blog tours at http://www.bookmarket.com/blogging.htm.


Arielle Ford, one of the top book publicists of the past twenty years, is now offering an incredible PR course package for new authors.


RadioPRGuy.com - "When you decide that you're ready to start dealing with radio stations directly, get Alex Carroll's program. His top radio show database, tapes of dealing with producers, and examples of actual talk shows will help you to become a radio talk show star." - John Kremer

NewsReleaseCritiques.com - I see dozens of news releases every day. Few make the grade. Most are uninteresting, unnewsworthy, and product-oriented. What does it take to sell books with a good news release? In a 15-minute phone call, I can give you feedback on your news release to help you make it one that sells books. To book a critique, send me your news release via email along with the best time to call you within a few days. Each critique includes a 15-minute feedback session via telephone as well as a rewrite by John to create a news release that gets attention and makes sales.

"I want to thank you again for your generous help with our press release problem. The responses we've gotten for our latest release are much better than what I'm used to. A large percentage of that is (obviously) due to your suggestions." - Thomas Shelby, Hohm Press


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