Companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola can send a news release and two seconds after it hits the wire, there are headlines in every paper and on every TV station in the world. Sadly, this isn’t the case for you and your online store. You can spend $500 to send a press release to tens of thousands of news outlets and be ignored by every single one of them. Crickets. But even if a press release doesn’t generate coverage, there are benefits, including backlinks and showing up in Google when someone researches your company. There is also the possibility of getting coverage and sales, so for some merchants it’s worth a shot. Here’s what you need to know.