Monday, December 28, 2009

How to Keep Your Business From Crashing Like An Airplane: 5 Things You Should Never Do In Your Online Business

Okay here's the straight and skinny: most online business owners crash their own carts by doing things that self-destruct the progress they have made with their business. Here's five things you should never do:

1) Advertise a product simply because its popular. If you are doing niche marketing, this technique is particularly disastrous. Remember your competition? Chances are they have already seized on the product you are trying to promote and sent it to their entire list from day one and got people to look at it. Even if the person decides to buy, the sale will likely go to the first person who got them to the product page --- which is your competition because their cookie is on the person's computer. So you've spent a lot of time advertising for nothing. Try not-so popular products which still have a pull with your audience and stay in contact with your customers so they see it first from you.

2) Sending prospects straight to the product page. Yeah we've all been guilty of this one. Use a squeeze page, please? This person will probably be one of your best customers for life -- if you capture the email from the beginning and use relationship marketing with them. Don't give this precious resource away.

3) Use a crappy auto responder or email response software. This can cost you big time. The answer to this one is a no brainer. Tons of folks have had success with Aweber so why use anything else? Your auto responser is your life line to your list so make it good.

4) Put off blogging until you've got something good to write about. Are you insane? Your readers crave your writing and the more of it you do, the more they will come back. Post about the cat, neighbor down the street, what happened to you yesterday or borrow a headline from something you've seen online and use your creativity to write a post. You don't always need the perfect article and writing more often gives your readers the content they crave.

5) Run your business without a plan or goals to shoot for. Instant business suicide. You will find it hard to focus and get burned out quickly because you will be doing too many of the wrong things. Take time and organize. Make your self a road map and know where you are going. Build a client/customer base because you know what you're going to give them and they know you are going to be there for the long haul.

Got more tips? Is there something you've done that you wish you could pass on to the next home business owner so they don't make the same mistake? If so, leave a comment. We can all help each other and it's a big world out there on the internet. Here's to getting past the stupid mistakes and learning to do it right in 2010!

E, king of nye

P.S. A little jewel I found on You Tube (say thanks fellow gamers). If you do make a mistake, make sure it's not as big as this one!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Get Rich or Be Trying

2010 is almost here and I want to thank all of you who have read the articles Here in my blog. I promise to kick things up a notch in the upcoming year by bringing more new, fresh and intriguing content along with ideas from you, the readers.

Get rich or be trying. Is that the battle cry of many home business owners for the upcoming year? Many experts predict that 2010 will be a good year for home business owners and there is no better time to get a business off the ground than at the start of a new year. Some things you should be looking to do right now:
1) Dusting off the business plan and giving it a rewrite. Analyze where you are and where you want to be in a year from now. Get specific and put down product ideas, marketing strategies and the audience you plan to go after in the new year. In your planning, be sure to target income amounts for growth and above all, how many clients or prospects you want to bring into your business.
2) Looking into improving skills to help your business succeed. This could be a business seminar that you've being wanting to attend, writing skills or sales courses.
3) Writing down short term, long term and intermediate goals. These will help you to keep your focus and get you down to the actual running of your business.
4) Having a talk with your banker, accountant and maybe even your lawyer. Good sound financial options for your business are a consideration and you should talk to your financial team to make sure you are doing the best things financially and legally for your business.

Got the picture? 2010 can be a great year for you and your home business to thrive, survive and meet your goals. Get out the pen, paper and start planning. This could be your best year, ever.

E, king of nye

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Affiliate Marketing Beginner Advice: How and Where to Start Making Money Now

So you're starting an affiliate business and you want tips on how to get started. Here's some good affiliate marketing beginner advice: learn the ropes before you get started and get a feel for the basics. Affiliate marketing has many types and areas you can start in so lets look at the basics.

First, there are many different methods of getting paid in the affiliate marketing business. Pay per click (the best known program here is Google Adsense) is a method where you get paid based on referral advertising from your site or blog. Commissions are smaller and grow based on the flow coming from your site to the sponsoring advertiser. There is also pay per sale (programs like Clickbank) where you get paid for the sale of a product. Pay per sale works best when you get 50% or better of the sale -- I usually shoot for 75% for most products that I sell this way and it works better with a targeted form of promotion. Residual income is based on recruiting others to sell with you or to use and promote the product themselves. It can be single tier, multiple tier or MLM based. Programs with less tiers work better with beginners because they are easier to manage. Pay per lead programs actually pay you to refer people to another site or company. Insurance companies, dating sites, and other client based sellers usually use this method to get business and can pay quite handsomely. These are better suited to single topic blogs or web sites and you may have to adjust your beginner marketing learning curve to get adept at writing since many of these promote using product reviews to attract prospects.

The best affiliate marketing beginner advice I can give you is to start by picking a topic or area in which you can find a niche for yourself and excel in it. This means sorting out what topic you will go after and match up a product that fits well with it. There are whole product lines available and pushing a particular brand may suit your taste and passion. Do your research and try to match up products that are high in demand and you will increase your chances of success. This will help to drive independent affiliate marketing commissions for your business.

Most of all, get into a type of affiliate marketing program you can be enthusiatic and have passion about! This is a tough enough business and like other businesses, it will take time to build into a viable profit enterprise. So stick with it and show your passion about your topic to your prospects and customers. They will love you for it. At the end of this post is the beginning of a series of videos that can help you figure out how and where to start out.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Creating Personal Marketing Ideas: How to Zero in on Your Niche

Often people follow templates when building a home business. This is smart because it allows you to use other people's success to build your own. However, in today's market, innovation reaps the best rewards both in terms of money and recognition. Everyone is looking for that cutting edge product or new idea that revolutionizes an old idea. So how do you come up with creative personal marketing ideas that get you ahead of your competition?

The simple answer is having genuine single focus commitment toward meeting a set of goals that are clearly defined for yourself and your business. Don't have any goals? Take paper and pen and start making out some short term and long term goals for yourself. Make them concise and clear, make a definite timetable for meeting them and then start the creative juices to flowing.

Once the goals are done the real challenge of creative personal marketing ideas begins. This is self promotion pure and simple. Don't confuse this with tooting your own horn or bragging about yourself. The idea is to get your ideas in your chosen business niche defined and then to make yourself an authority everyone recognizes when they see you. Branding is the chief way to do this and involves having an image or statement people can associate with you.

Another way to get your noticed is by means of having a stunning product creation style that wows people when they see your work. Blogging is an example of this as people value unique and newsworthy content and they will come back time and time again to see what you have created that's new. Putting up fresh content regularly insures this happens which means blogging or a website with new content on a regular basis is a must. I often scour feeds I subscribe to looking for fresh content myself and its something people do all the time online.

Articles, posts and media like video and audio are all ways to generate creative personal marketing ideas. Do a Youtube. Publish an article that will lead people back to your blog or website. Put audio on your page that prompts people to listen to it. The idea is to do something that attracts attention and gets you noticed. This is what the cutting edge internet entrepreneurs of the future are doing and you should start looking at using these techniques to stay ahead of the competition.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Eat Your Veggies: The Serious Side of Working at Home

When I first started being online, it was as an adventure gamer. Later, my curiosity expanded and I found that I could use my online experience to make an extra income. There are some skills that come with running an online home business and I really just want to talk about 3 aspects:

Writing articles
: Writing articles is a way getting people to come from your site by writing and giving them information that is covered more in depth by the content they find on your site. Product recommendations, how to information, site reviews and opinion posts are all examples of the use of articles to further your business. You can use them to attract traffic, make sales and they can even be a source of extra income. How do you get good at writing articles? You can practice and do it yourself or use the talents of a freelance writer to do it for you.

: This is where you come up with ways to profit from the visitors who come to your site. If the theme for your site is well fitted to your audience, monetization will work great if you use products that are attractive to your visitors. Google Adsense is one form of monetization that many site and blog owners use. Another form of monetization is marketing to your opt-in list from your site. You can back end products via email and with special offers with this method. Affiliate sales (like are also another way to monetize.

Recruiting and sales: Depending on what your product or service is, you will want to recruit customers/partners and conduct sales of your primary product or service. How do you do this? Advertising of course. You don't have to spend a mint to make advertising work and the best way is through free advertising on forums, back links to other sites, submissions to search engines and (surprise) people who come to your site from articles you've written. Google and Yahoo are also good places to advertise but be careful to keep the ads you set up there within your budget. The most important part of the sale is follow up and that means email, phone, snail mail or other means within your disposal. Make sure you do permission advertising by signing up prospective customers and partners through an auto responder and you won't run into any problems.

Yes being serious about your business may sound daunting like eating your veggies, but its really simple. Do things the right way the first time and you will find it easy to do. All the pieces will fit together like the pieces of a puzzle and give you a complete picture of your business.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

How to Write Online Ads That Get Attention

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Using Flock Browser To Help Promote Yourself and Your Business

With today's Web2.0 internet, people are using social networking sites more and more. With the huge numbers of social networking sites that are out there, it becomes a chore to reach audiences on these sites. One tool I use is Flock browser. It is a Firefox based browser that makes it easy to keep up with your posts in different places. I particularly like the ease of accessing my Twitter and Facebook contacts so I can respond to people who update their pages or who leave me messages.

Flock browser's interface includes a "My World" page that allows you to keep up with feeds from a number of sources, updates from your friends on different sites, ability to search for terms on places like Twitter and more. You can update blog posts on platforms like Blogspot and WordPress with ease. I find it easy to bookmark my articles and send it out to my friends list at sites I frequent -- a tool that is extremely useful.

The People sidebar allows you to look at friends you've added at a particular site (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and any other social networking site supported by Flock) simultaneously where you can check out their posts, links, updated photos and more. You will also be able to see messages, friend requests, groups and other info in a snapshot. Often I scroll through these and use them to see who I need to respond to or use for a post if I am doing a promotion. Flock is a pretty versatile tool for acessing social networking sites and when you get to using it regularly, you will see it's value in promoting yourself and spreading word about your business.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Looking Up From the Bottom...

Been a while since I updated here and I promise to do better. Seems to have been a lifetime since I made a post here so here we go. Today's topic is the proverbial auto responder and how it can get you from looking up from the bottom in your home business to building a solid client base you can be proud of. First, let's start with the basics.

You must build a communication network for your business. Phone calls, emails, meetings and other forms of communication all play a part, but the most important part of this is having a database to keep up with everything. This where the auto responder comes in. It makes it easy to keep up with it all. People add themselves as they find you and you can keep up with what they are interested in, the last piece of communication they received from you, and manage where to plug them in with the next item that they need from your business.

Aweber is by far the best auto responder I've seen for the price. You can use their system for around $20 boucks a month to start and it's hard to beat. You can run several campaigns, go back and check out individual subscribers and keep tabs on loads of data like responses from your emails and who is opening them.

So when you get that home business going, plug in the auto responder as soon as you can. It will definitely be a plus for your business and give you a lot of guidance on where you need to be putting your efforts.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Prospecting Online: Secrets That Get You Noticed

When it comes to prospecting for leads for your online business, viral methods are generally the best bang for your buck. If you are on a shoestring ad budget, this may be the only way to go.

It boils down to this...

When you have a viral prospecting system in place
you can expect your advertising to take on a life of its own and continue
to grow effortlessly while you're focusing on more
important things such as family and friends.

Someone I recently found while exploring online managed to
accomplish the difficult task of duplication all while
maintaining their full time job and family life.

One of the things they mentioned was that right at the beginning of
his online ventures they searched for a system
that would bring interested prospects automatically.

Traditional advertising methods were not an option for them
because they required a lot of time and
commitment. Not possible when you are holding down a full time
job and only working your business part time.

What they wanted was a huge list that
could be built on auto-pilot from part time efforts.

"But did such a solution exist?"

If it did, they said they couldn't find it...

So after many years of struggling to build a solid
residual income through network marketing they
decided it was time to take the bull by the horns
(so to speak) and they created a 3 step marketing
system that literally exploded their list and prospects
within a few months.

The part that amazed me the most was the fact
that they didn't spend a dime on advertising. And
their list is now over 11,460 strong and
growing monthly on auto-pilot.

Ultimately I learned that being a successful
online entrepreneur involves providing some type of system
that helps your list grow virally, not sitting
around wondering why your ads aren't doing

I guess the quote from Zig Ziglar holds true:

"You can have everything in life you want, if you
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Monetary Benefits of Affiliate Marketing: Finding Niches Online

The monetary benefits of affiliate marketing can be profitable for you. So what is affiliate marketing? Lots of companies are looking for people to peddle their wares online and they pay them commissions to do it. The process of completing these sales online is called affiliate marketing and it can be very profitable for you if you know where to find the right company and the right product.

Moms, college students, and others are getting into this lucrative venture. So where do you start? I suggest learning the ropes first, figuring out a plan for how you will proceed and then executing it. There are lots of guides out there that will walk you through the learning process step by step to becoming an affiliate rep. Two of these are Wealthy Affiliate University and the Super Affiliate Handbook (both of which I recommend highly).

Good ideas for products can be found at the search engines but you need to do a thorough job of looking at the market and determining your competition before you get started. You should keep a pen and paper with you at all times just in case you get an idea you might want to research later. If you don't have an idea of your own, not to fret. You can follow trends and hot items online and draw ideas from there on what you might want to look into selling.

My advice is: don't wait. The opportunity is out there waiting and this is one that doesn't need a wad of cash to get started on. Check into it, this may be the opportunity you've been looking for.

Friday, February 27, 2009

The Right Way to Run an Online Campaign

Online campaigns each have their own unique flavor and character. The reason for this is simple. Think of them as a bullet looking for a single target. The bullet represents your campaign and the target is your target buyer.

Often internet marketer mistakes with campaigns can be costly. Many of us try to pack too much into a campaign or use a 'buckshot' approach to getting the job done. Joel Therien has a great video that demonstrates some of the common mistakes marketers make and how they can be overcome.

A lot of what goes behind a successful campaign is simple planning. Start with the end in mind. What type of person is going to want your product? Where do they hang out online? What techniques can you use to grab their attention?

The other half of this process is producing the web page copy for your advertisement. In the traffic exchanges, the answer to this one is simple: Use a clear cut lead capture page with a killer headline and you will get sign ups. If you are using another ad medium such as a classified, banner or text ad, they should lead either to the lead capture page or a squeeze sales page with a call to action button or link.

As always, the success is in the follow up. Be sure to give the prospect a way to purchase the service or product right away if they want it up front. If they do not purchase right away, let your autoresponder do the heavy lifting and marketing for you. Remember simpler is better and your prospects of making a sale go up when the amount of prospects in your sales funnel goes up.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Growing Your Network income

If you are like me, you stay busy and find the need to focus and prioritize stuff all the time. Most part-time internet marketers have to do this because if you don't, the time you spend on your business goes for nought. Getting into a routine and concentrating on the right things is how you build your network income.

So what do you need to concentrate on? Here's some bright ideas:

1) Focus on bringing new blood to the group. This is probably the number 1 activity you should be working on and is the reason a lot of marketers fail. Adding new people on your autoresponder list is the most critical aspect of recruiting online. You then have to make sure that your follow up messages are doing the job of turning these into sign ups. The target if you're in the building mode is to work up to getting 5-10 people on your list everyday and if you are part-time, this means 80% of your time should be spent here. Getting good and having a top notch traffic and leads system will get you here.

2) Providing the proper training for new hires. You should stress training for the new people in your group and motivate them to action. If your newbies are staying busy in activities like recruiting and learning about setting up their own system to bring people to the group, this means the pipeline will stay full and the income has nowhere to go but up. I often tell people starting with me that they need to dedicate to a 10-15 hour a week work ethic to be successful.

3) Educating yourself and keeping abreast of trends and niches in the business. You have to stay a step ahead of the competition and know what to answer people when they ask about certain aspects of your business. This means reading and listening to books and tapes that help with your personal development skills you need for network marketing. Recommending tools like books and tapes to your group isn't a bad idea and will help them with their own personal development.

You will also have to watch cash flow when you are looking at how your business develops each month. Watch what you spend on ads and promotional materials and make sure these are producing in relation to what you are paying for them. Plow some of what you earned back into your business and keep working at it checking to make sure you reach your goals on time.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Traffic and Leads for Internet Success

How many times have you heard that traffic is the key to success on the internet? Yes it's true and many newcomers often hit a brick wall when it comes to accomplishing what they need to be successful their first time out. What i've found most useful is having a strategy to attract people first and build a relationship with them as time progresses.

While a lot of people try to attract others to a specific page, the real key is developing an overall strategy for success. A good analogy of this is trying to build a house without a foundation. A sure fire recipe for disaster? I hope you see my point.

The first foundation for success is learning the basics and fundamentals for attracting quality prospects and using a system that puts the relationship process on autopilot. Almost. And I say almost because you will still need to do the work to build a relationship with people once you have them working with you.

The system I use is called Robs Networkers. Our goal is to work with people who are interested in building an income for themselves online and helping other people to do the same. It is a group effort and everyone helps out with it. It is a total system for showing you how to do traffic and leads the right way and is an automatic relationship builder both for you and anyone else you introduce to it.

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

How to Start a Home Business The Right Way

So you're looking to start a home business and work on the internet part time. Good for you.

Where should you start and where do you go to get help if you need it?

The first place to start is with planning what you want to sell and how you want to market it. Finding a product to build your business around is easy. You can start your business on a shoestring and get customers easy. There are lots of ways to make extra income from home and you should start with something you can afford and that is easy to manage.

The second part of this is learning to market your new online business. Successful internet marketing strategies do require learning some basics and teaming up with someone who is knowledgeable and that can show you the ropes. I recommend free internet marketing courses to educate yourself on the basics. You should have a long term goal to continue your business education as you build your business.

Don't let lack of money stop you from starting out. Many people start small and build their business using the online resources at their disposal. You can join online opportunities that let you start with a free trial where you can earn residual income and start for free.

Owning a home business can be a healthy and happy experience. Start out smart and develop a plan to go by. Choose a business that is affordable for you and that you can mange easily. Learn proper techniques for marketing your business over time and you will be successful.