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List-Building; List Training

2006-12-18T19:48:11.620-08:00

I would rather promote a squeeze page than a sales page any day. A lot of
other big list owners get all wimpy, and say, "I don't want to promote to a
squeeze page and give everybody my list." Basically that's what you call
whussy thinking.

What they're saying is, "There are not enough subscribers out there for me
to make money, so I don't want to give mine away by promoting you."

Then why the heck are you doing affiliate marketing anyway if you're not
going to properly promote other people?

I would rather someone have a 400-part email autoresponder follow-up
sequence in place so that as soon as I drive traffic to a squeeze page they
sign-up and are hammered until they either buy or leave that list. I would
rather have that any day of the week because your long-term responsiveness
will increase because of the follow-up.

Do I follow up with people when they opt in to my sequences?
Yes, like crazy! There are ten or 12 emails in that series that people get
when they opt in.

There are other reasons to do it this way. For example, you can train your
list to opt in to other people's lists, and therefore, the better results
you're going to get long-term. If you can get your list to opt into squeeze
pages on a regular basis, then every time you have a teleseminar and
everything else, you're going to get higher conversion ratios on squeeze
pages from people in your list.

Your list will be trained to convert. I believe that is one of the reasons
that I do so well-I do that relentlessly.

Whenever I'm giving business advice to people I say, "You're going to have a
product and you're going to sell through affiliates and affiliates are going
to drive traffic-you're dumb not to have a squeeze page."

You're dead stupid if you don't have a squeeze page in front of that, in my
opinion. Maybe at some point that will change for some reason, but right now
I live and breathe it.

When you're congruent that way and when you'll promote someone else's
squeeze page, when it comes time for you to have a product, then you can
just go to those same people who you promoted their squeeze page for and
say, "I'd like you to promote my product and here's why: You should
definitely go ahead and drive traffic to the squeeze page because I'll do
great follow-up just like you did."

If you do this, you'll end up working with people who are good at list
building instead of people who are just out to make a buck or sell some
product. List building is building a long-term relationship with people. No
matter which way you cut it, that is the deal.


About The Author: Tellman Knudson, master list builder and CEO of
OvercomeEverything, Inc. relays some of his most effective methods of
building a list in his new online course http://MyFirstList.com (
http://myfirstlist.com ).




Tips For People Who Hate Writing In Providing Articles On Their Web Sites

2006-12-18T19:47:51.711-08:00

Internet is all about providing information to people. Nowadays the amount
of people who are using this medium is increasing rapidly. Many internet
marketers know that people want information from their websites and not just
SEO enriched pages of advertising. As a website owner you can give any
information on the internet by providing articles on your site. By creating
an article and optimizing each page for a separate keyword you can get
search engines to include you in the results when users search for specific
word or phrase.

In addition marketing by articles have become increasingly popular in the
last few years. A lot of products related to article marketing such as
article submitter and article rewriter have been created to support it.

Unfortunately, although providing articles are crucial to keep ahead in
internet business, there is one dilemma. Not many people like writing
articles or have time to write them, and hiring people to write for you is
not cheap. The good news is there are some options available to provide
articles on your website.

You can use free articles which has the same subject or topic as you want
from article directory. But it is not wise to only provide such contents on
your website since they would have resource boxes that could link or direct
your visitors to other site.

Another option is public domain contents. They are freely given to the
public for public use and you can do whatever you want with it, including
put your name as the author. Just choose public domain contents that are
very relevant with the theme of your website.

But there is a disadvantage of using public domain articles.
Because they are free, many people may also use the same contents with
yours. It could be predicament since your website needs to be unique.
Duplicated contents are not good both for search engines and visitors.

Another resource to get free articles which are free to edit is sites that
provide articles and ebooks with private label rights. Because the contents
are not free there will not be many people that use the exact same articles
with yours. It can even be better if you create an article from some parts
of a PLR ebook since not many people do it. But you should also edit them a
bit so that there is no possibility that search engines and visitors will
see the same contents they have seen on a multitude of other sites.

If you don't have time to rework public domain or PLR contents but still
want to make them look original you can hire someone to do it for you. There
are people who do part time that charge only minimal fees for this job.
Unique and useful articles are important tools you should utilize to improve
and explode your online business.


About The Author: Heris Yunora http://www.soft-promotion.com - Private Label
Web Content and Tools




Ezine Articles - A Free Way To Speed Up Submitting To Directories

2006-12-18T19:47:37.497-08:00

Writing ezine articles and submitting them to article directories is a greatway of getting free Internet advertising. As well as attracting humanvisitors to your web site, you will be obtaining the one-way back links toyour web site the search engines value so highly.To make the most out of every article you write, you should submit them toas many article groups and article directories as possible. There are a fewdifferent ways to do this: you could subscribe to an article submittingservice, you could purchase software to enable you to submit your articlesyourself, you could manually submit your articles. Manual submissions canbe very time consuming but, if you are working on a small budget, manualsubmission might be your only option at first. An easy way to speed up thesubmitting process and save you hours of boring cutting, pasting andclicking is to work with a tabbed browser. The most popular tabbed browseris Mozilla Firefox and most people who try Firefox swear they would neverrevert back to Internet Explorer. If you follow these instructions step bystep, you will make article submitting much easier and quicker.Download Mozilla Firefox free of charge.1 Open a new page by clicking "file" and then "new tab"from the drop down menu or by typing Ctrl+T.2 Type or paste in the address of an Ezine directory to getthe site on screen. Don't log in yet, you want to be atyour log in page each time you open it.3 Click for another new tab and do the same thing.4 When you have opened as many tabs as you want (8 or 10 is perfectlymanageable) click on "Bookmarks" on the toolbar.5 Select "Bookmark all tabs" from the dropdown menu.6 In the box that appears, click the far right arrow to show all bookmarkfolders, select "new folder" and type in the name you want to give thegroup. There is no limit to the number of groups you can create. So, if youare submitting to 100 directories, they can be split into ten groups.To add more sites to any particular group:1 you do the same steps up to and including 4.2 click on the first choice in the drop down menu, "Bookmark this page" andselect a group where you want toplace the new site. Deleting moving, renaming, movingbookmarks etc is simple (click on "Bookmarks" and select "Managebookmarks").To open a saved group you click on "Bookmarks", scroll down to the group youwant and click on "open in tabs" at the bottom of the list of urls.When you open a group, all of your sites will automatically load within onebrowser window and you'll see the individual tabs for easy navigation. Onceyou have saved all the sites in groups, you can open them all at the sametime and log in. Before logging in, copy and paste your article and yourresource box into Notepad. For the sake of easy copying, have the title,article body and resource box on separate lines with a space between eachone. Also copy in (again on separate lines) the keywords associated withthe article and the brief introductory summary most article directoriesrequire.Now click each tab in turn, log into the article directory website and clickto the submission page. When you are logged in and at the submission pageof all the directories in the group, go to your Notepad and copy yourarticle title. Work through pasting the title of your article into theappropriate space in the submission page at each directory. Then copy thearticle body from Notepad and work through from the first directory to thelast pasting in the article. Do the same thing with the keywords, resourcebox and summary. As you paste in the final item at each directory, click onsubmit and you're done.This is much, much faster than going between your article and the directorywebsites copy/pasting title, article, resource box, keywords and summary ateach site individually and it makes the process far easier on your mousehand.----------------------------------------------------You will find more time-saving t[...]



Secrets to Finding a Hot Niche Market on the Internet

2006-12-18T19:46:54.141-08:00

Are you interested in starting an Internet business? Have you read thenumerous success stories of Internet entrepreneurs that are making thousandsof dollars from the comfort of their own home? The idea of running your ownInternet business is exciting, but you may not know where to begin.Many entrepreneurs new to the Internet marketplace have concerns about whatproduct and/or service they should offer. What is a hot topic in theInternet business world today and in the future? Following are commonsituations and questions regarding starting your own Internet business andfinding the niche market of your dreams.Situation #1: I am new to the Internet business world. Where can I find hot topics in the market? How can I find niche productsthat are in high demand, but have little competition? Is this possible?Internet Guru Secret Answer: Don't worry about the competition a productmay or may not have. If you have an exceptional product and great marketingthen you will be able to squash any competition out there.The best way to determine what topics are currently "hot"in the marketplace is to check out EBay at http://www.ebay.com.Click onthe "SELL" button at the top of the EBay website. A list of the top sellingproducts on eBay will appear. This will give you a great idea of whatproducts and services are in high demand. Take time to learn about thecurrent top searches for products.You can find out what Internet visitors are searching for on EBay and fillin the gaps. Create a market of your own that offers the products andservices EBay customers'desire. Also research the largest stores on EBay to find out the productsthat are their best sellers.In addition to EBay you can always fall back on the time tested hot topicsof sex, God, and money. Products and services about these topics are alwaysin high demand.Situation #2: I have a few product ideas in mind. How can you determine ifthere is a large enough demand for a product? Do you check the number ofsearches for the type of product on the Internet search engines and/orkeyword search programs? Will this give you an accurate picture of thelevel of demand?Internet Guru Secret Answer: Listen to the marketplace. You can accomplish this task in a variety of ways. You can send an emailregarding your type of product through an affiliate program. If the emailproves successful then you can consider creating a product similar to theaffiliate's product.You can also request feedback from your subscriber list. Ask subscribers if they know where to find certain information and productsin your potential product niche. Subscribers love to give feedback about what they can and can't find. Youcan find a new market in the areas where your subscriber's can't find theproducts and services they want/need.Another idea is to survey your subscriber list to find out their mostpressing problem. Then create a product or service that solves thisproblem.Search engines and keyword programs are a good place to start, but you can'talways rely on them. For example, if you searched for the keyword phrase"Internet Marketing" it would only show about 860 hits. However, severalInternet marketing gurus will tell you that Internet marketing is a hottopic as evidenced by the high number of attendees at their seminars.Therefore, search engines and keyword programs may not give the entirepicture.----------------------------------------------------Matt Bacak became "#1 Best Selling Author" in just a few short hours. RecentEntrepreneur Magazine's e-Biz radio show host is turning Authors, Speakers,and Experts into Overnight Success Stories. Discover The Secrets To UnleashThe Powerful Promoter In You! Sign up for Matt Bacak's Promoting Tips Ezine($100 value) just visit his website at http://www.powerfulpromoter.com orhttp://promotingtips.com[...]



How to Drive Traffic to Your Website Part 05

2006-12-18T19:46:27.795-08:00

With an affiliate program, you will be recruiting affiliates to advertise
your product or link. Every time one of your affiliates makes a sale for
your site, they get a percentage of the profits. Affiliate programs are a
great ways to get hundreds of people promoting your site for you. ClickBank
is probably one of the most widely used affiliate sites out there, so if you
want to start an affiliate program for your site, that would be a good
starting point. There is a fee to use ClickBank, however.
If you want to try out an affiliate program without paying, there are sites
like PayDotCom. They are free, but you probably won't get as many affiliates
as you would with ClickBank.

Now let's take a look at another way to bring visitors to your site -- by
providing them a valuable resource:

Starting a Newsletter. Starting a newsletter, ezine, or community can be a
fantastic way to bring repeat traffic to your site. So by all means, if you
can provide a newsletter once a week, then do so. A newsletter, ezine or
even a discussion community builds a loyal subscriber base and brings more
traffic from referrals to your site. You can put a subscription box on your
website with some information about your newsletter. Then, all subscribers
have to do is enter their email address, which will be sent to your
database. There are a variety of programs out there that can help you start
a newsletter, some of them
for free. To get started with a basic newsletter, check
out the free software at the ideamarketers web site. This is a good
starting point, although there are many other free newsletter software
programs you can find as well.
When your newsletter gets bigger with more subscribers, you can always move
to a more advanced newsletter program that costs.

Offering Something for Free. Offering your visitors something for free can
also be a great way to bring traffic to your site. You could offer a free
ebook, for example.
If people can obtain something free, they're more likely to visit your site.
Not only that, but then you can submit your site to the freebie and free
stuff directories out there. People seeking freebies will then come across
your site and visit. Not only that, but your link in the free directories
counts as a backlink! If you do end up using this tactic, be sure that your
site offers lots of quality content. Your visitors may come for the
freebie, but they stay, and return, for the content!

In Closing, bringing traffic to your website is an ongoing process. Let's
take a look at the steps we've discussed:
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Quality Content Dynamic Content Lots of
Backlinks Buying Ad Space Starting a Newsletter Giving Something Away All of
these steps can be used together to bring the most traffic possible to your
site. Building a great site certainly doesn't happen overnight, so be
patient and keep at it. With diligence and attention, you can take your
website to the top!


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Steve Renner, Author, Marketing Expert, Marketing Director, The Affiliate
Community http://www.affiliatecommunity.com




Basics of Making Money Online

2006-12-18T19:46:14.476-08:00

As with any way to make money, the best way of making money online is to
follow your passions. First find something you love to do, then find a way
to use it for making money online.

There are many websites with ideas for making money online.
Some are scams, but many have good ideas. To start making money online, look
through sites that offer ideas in the field you are intersted in. Remember
that making money online is still a job, and you want a job that you like.

Once you have narrowed down your ideas, consider costs. If you are on a
budget, it will narrow down your ideas even more. For any program that you
have to buy into, find other people who have worked in the program to see if
it really made them any money. Some people make money online by selling
programs that don't work that well. Make sure the costs involved in the
program you are buying make sense. If they do, and if you find others who
have been successful, you might be on the right track.

You also need to consider your time commitment. Find a way to make money
online that won't take up all of your spare time if you are already working
a full time job.

Once you have determined how you plan to make money online, spend the time
you need. Many people start an online business but lose interest and quit.
Find a business that you love so you want to stay with it. Finding a way to
do what you love is the best way to make money online.

Ways For Making Money Online

There are actually many different ideas for making money online. Some of
them are obviously more lucrative than others, however. Also, there are many
scams for supposedly making money online that don't really work, and you end
up losing money.

As a general rule, if the online money making opportunity asks for money, it
is probably not a good thing. Legitimate ways to make money online will not
ask you for money to get the job. The only exception to this is for home
businesses.
Many home businesses require an upfront investment from you. If you decide
that a home business is the best way to go for making money online, then you
will probably have to spend some money to get started. However, many people
have been very successful with home businesses.

One way that people are making money online is by having several different
income streams. This means that you do a bunch of things online that make a
little bit of money, which turns out to be a reasonable amount of money when
you add them all up. For instance, some people fill out surveys, do some
writing, read emails, sell things on Ebay or even do affiliate marketing.
These are all ways to have multiple streams of income making money online.

There are actual jobs available online. However, there is a lot of
competition for them. Telecommuting from home is one of the best ways for
making money online. You need to have an excellent resume and to do a lot of
research to find the companies that are hiring people with your skills.

To make money online, you have to find the opportunities.
Until you are making the kind of money you would like to, don't quit your
day job.


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Home based business ideas and opportunities.
http://www.modernrusticltd.com




Starting An Affiliate Marketing Business

2006-12-18T19:46:01.099-08:00

There are two major decisions to make when starting an affiliate marketing
business. First of all one must choose from thousands of affiliate programs
to promote. Secondly is what methods to use to drive traffic to an
affiliate website to start earning commissions.

The best way to choose an affiliate program is to first choose a topic of
interest. It is much easier to promote a program that one finds
interesting. Clickbank has a marketplace where affiliate programs on nearly
any topic
can be found to promote. The amount of commissions an
affiliate program pays is also a very important consideration. A good
affiliate program should in almost all cases pay at least a 20 dollar
commission. Also when starting an affiliate marketing business it is best
to focus on a single affiliate program rather than try and promote several
at the same time.

The fastest way to drive traffic to an affiliate site is to use google
adwords. Adwords can be a very effective way to
generate quality targeted traffic and sales. However
anyone new to affiliate marketing should learn as much as possible before
using google adwords due to the potentially high amount of competition and
cost of traffic.

Blogs are another excellent affiliate marketing tool to generate targeted
traffic. Blogs that are frequently updated with relevant and useful
information centered around a single topic often receive traffic from the
search engines. It's also important for a blog to provide a RSS feed to be
successful at drawing in traffic. Links can be put in the text of the blog
to send traffic to an affiliate site.

Another way to send targeted traffic to an affiliate site
is to write articles and publish them online. This
affiliate marketing method works because the article along with the
affiliate link is generally reprinted on many websites of similar topics and
traffic will come from these sites. Also articles often can be found
ranking high in search engine results.

Advertising in ezines is another option for sending traffic to an affiliate
website. To be effective advertising platform an ezine should be about a
topic very closely related to the affiliate site.

Traffic exchanges can also be used as an effective affiliate marketing tool.
The quality of traffic from exchanges is much less than other sources
however the potential volume of traffic received from exchanges makes using
them appealing.

All the traffic methods outlined have certain advantages and also drawbacks.
It's important to use multiple ways to promote a site to be successful at
affiliate marketing.


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Aaron Ballantyne owns a blog with useful information and links to resources
about affiliate marketing. To learn more go to:
http://ajballan.typepad.com/affiliate_marketing




Affiliate Marketing Versus Network Marketing

2006-12-18T19:45:46.834-08:00

When it comes to making money online, a lot of people wonder if they should
go with affiliate marketing or network marketing. If you talk to an
affiliate marketer, they'll probably tell you that affiliate marketing is
the best way to go. If you talk to a network marketer, they'll certainly
tell you that network marketing is definitely your best bet.

I've done both, and I'll tell you the answer - it depends. Each has its
advantages and disadvantages. Fortunately, you can make money with both.

Since affiliate marketing is a bit simpler, let's cover that one first. With
affiliate marketing whenever you sell a product for someone else, you get
paid a commission. The commission varies depending on the company, but
30-50% is common in the information product business. For physical products,
10-20% is typical.

All you need to do is refer the business and you're responsibility is done.
The owner of the product takes care of the fulfillment and customer service.
All you need to worry about is making sales to get paid.

Network marketing is a little different. In network marketing, you make
money not only on the sales you make directly, but you also profit when the
people underneath you sell something and you profit when the people under
them sell something as well.
(The number of levels down varies by company but they all usually go at
least three levels deep.) The idea of making money on other peoples' work
appeals to a lot of people, which helps explain why network marketing is
such a popular business.


At first, it may seem that network marketing is substantially better than
affiliate marketing. However, keep in mind that the percentage you make on
your own sales in network marketing is substantially lower than the
percentage you typically make from affiliate sales.

If you want to make a lot of money with network marketing, you need to do
more than just make your own sales. You also need to motivate the people
underneath you to make sales and teach them to help their own people make
sales. Your role in network marketing isn't just that of a salesperson. You
also need to take on the role of a teacher.

In affiliate marketing, the role of a teacher isn't necessary.
If you don't want to worry about having to motivate other people to take
action, then affiliate marketing is probably a better choice for you since
you'll only be depending on what you do to make money.

If you enjoy teaching and working with people, then network marketing is
probably the better choice for you to make.

Either way, you're making a choice that can make you plenty of money if
you're willing to put the time and effort in.


About The Author: Gary Ruplinger is an Internet marketer whose been involved
in both network marketing and affiliate marketing. To learn about affiliate
marketing, visit http://www.projectxresults.com and to learn more about
network marketing visit http://www.mlmfx.com




Website Traffic

2006-12-18T19:45:34.693-08:00

Millions of people use the Internet every hour of every day.
So, how come no one is visiting your website?

If you are frustrated by the fact that your website is not receiving the
traffic you think it deserves, you need to learn some tactics to increase
website traffic. Chances are, you could be in information overload learning
about website traffic tactics, but you just don't understand any of it. Your
website is constantly receiving harassing offers of loans on your credit
card to 'guarantee' Google clicks, your website has dropped from Google
search results entirely, and you don't have the money to invest in viable
website traffic tactics. The good news is that there are free ways that you
can increase website traffic.

Mega Success with Meta Tags

Meta tags are elements of your website that help search engines describe
your page. You can increase website traffic by making sure that your Meta
tags contain keywords that target your business and are most often used by
Internet users.
Manipulating Meta tags is easy for anyone who's adept with HTML aspects of
web pages.

Hit the Links

Linking to and from other websites is still the most effective and widely
used method of boosting website traffic. You need to be prudent in choosing
the sites you connect to, and make sure that they are not related too
closely to your own business.
Don't overdo it, because too many links can get you banned from search
engines altogether.

Smart, and Rich

Fill your website with articles that provide solid, sensible information
about your business. Use tools like Overture to find the keywords and
phrases that will bring the most traffic to your site, and then incorporate
these words and phrases into your written articles. Make your content
readable and genuinely informative to ensure visitors will not only come
back to your website, but will also become paying customers. The articles
that you write can also be submitted to various article directory listings.
Affiliate websites may choose your articles to use, and give credit to you
through a web link. This provides greater visibility for your business.

When employed properly, these methods will result the increased numbers of
website hits you need, and can lead to a higher conversion rate. Ultimately,
that means more money in your pocket.


About The Author: Lisa Moore writes articles for several web magazines,
including http://pobod.com and http://tenip.com




How to Drive Traffic to Your Website Part 04

2006-12-18T19:45:17.806-08:00

Dynamic content is defined as that special something extra that keeps
visitors coming back for more and makes your site more interesting. Dynamic
content might be things like a message board, search box, polls, RSS feeds,
and other fun extras. However, don't get carried away. If you have quality
content on your site, only a few pieces of dynamic content are all that's
necessary.

Buying Ad Space

Another effective way of driving traffic to your website is by purchasing
advertising space. You can purchase ad space at a wide variety of places.
For example, you can use the Google Adwords program. With Adwords, you bid
on search terms and positions. When someone performs a Google search,
they'll see the sponsored site adds on the right hand side of the screen.
These are Adwords ads.

You can also buy banner ads on popular websites. Another great place to
advertise is on blogs. There are thousands of popular blogs out there that
can showcase your site ad for a fee.

Then there are ezines, which can also be great places to purchase ad space.
When advertising in ezines, go for text ads rather than banner ads. It's a
scientifically proven fact that people are learning to overlook banner ads,
making them less effective than a simple text ad. One handy method of
getting your site ad in ezines is to write for them. Often, ezine owners
will trade you a little ad space in exchange for your article.

While purchasing ad space can certainly be an effective way to bring
visitors to your site, let's examine some tactics that may not be so good.

One of them is buying credits at traffic exchange sites.
These sites are usually looked down on by search engines, because it's like
forcing traffic. Plus, the traffic you're getting is coming from other
people who are only clicking through sites so that they can earn their own
credits. What happens is a vicious cycle. Not only do you not get quality
traffic, your site could get penalized or dropped by search engines. So be
sure to steer clear of any site that guarantees you traffic in this way.

Now let's take a look at yet another way to bring visitors to your site --
with a press release.

Writing a Press Release

Press releases are basically announcements that are distributed to
journalists, newspapers, websites, and periodicals. When writing a press
release, keep the point of view in the third person and write an
attention-getting yet informative article about your site and what it has to
offer. To get your press release out there, try a site like prweb. This is
not by any means the only press release site out there you can use -- with a
simple search you can find lots of places to submit your press release.

Then, there's the option of starting your own affiliate program. Let's take
a look at how an affiliate program can bring quality traffic to your site:


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Steve Renner
Author, Marketing Expert
Marketing Director
The Affiliate Community
http://www.affiliatecommunity.com




Getting Rich on the Internet and Investing Online

2006-12-18T19:44:59.493-08:00

Is it possible to make a fortune on the internet? Think about the founders
of Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo. They are among those who have made a fortune on
the internet.

Many websites sell systems for making a fortune on the internet. Buying
these is more likely to make money for the seller than for you. A better way
to get ideas is to go to your local library and check out books discussing
how to make a fortune on the internet. Do it for ideas, but remember that
these books were written to make money for the author. It doesn't mean that
what they say actually works.

People who make a fortune on the internet have a dream and are willing to go
for it. Often they invest money. To make a fortune on the internet, it helps
to be among the first to identify a need, like eBay did with internet
auctions.
If your product is among the first, you have little competition.

To make a fortune on the internet you have to promote well.
Yahoo and eBay are both an enormous success, but they had to let people know
they existed to get started. If you have no traffic, you have no customers.

You can make a million in the internet. Just remember that it will take a
lot of hard work. To make a million on the internet is not much different
from making a million in the real world. Identify a unique market, learn
all you can about it, and promote it well. From there, don't just sit back
and watch it grow. Learn from it and keep improving to grow your client
base. This is the best way to make a fortune on the internet.

Investing Online

Not so long ago the stock market seemed as if it was in a never-ending
upward spiral. Stories were everywhere about people who took advantage of
stock opportunities. Many of them saved money by foregoing the traditional
stockbroker and doing it themselves. They learned about making money
investing online.

If you are interested in making money investing online, you first need to
know something about stocks. You can make money investing online by
investing in online stocks and by using an online broker. Remember that you
will be responsible for your choices. Stocks go up and down, and sometimes
even the pros make mistakes. If you are comfortable with your stock picking
skills you are probably best using an online broker instead of a real world
broker.
This will save you countless dollars in commission. If you are good at
picking stocks, you might find yourself making a lot more money doing it by
yourself.

Choosing an online broker also requires research. You want a broker that
offers good price and fast execution of your stock order. Beyond that, look
at what the various online brokers offer and pick the one to best suit your
needs.

Online tools that can help you with stock research include Wall Street
Research, Morningstar, access to SEC filings, real time stock quotes,
various newsletters, and sites with company research. Using these tools
takes time, so it helps to initially follow the old advice of investing in
businesses you know. If you enjoy this kind of research and like picking
your own stocks, making money investing online is a good option for you.


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Maximize Your Profit from Your Mailing List

2006-12-18T19:44:44.267-08:00

When you gather your email/customer list you pay heavily for the privilege.If you use search engines you'll spend huge amounts of time and persistencebuilding - and retaining - your position.If you use pay-per-click you'll spend from a few cents to many dollars onclicks only a small proportion of which will generate actual sales. If youuse any of the 'free'advertising systems you'll discover they are not really free, they all costmoney or time. If you use Affiliates the commission could be anything from50 to 75%. You may not have to carry risk but it does cost money.To increase the price even further, ON AVERAGE 50 to 60% of customers willbuy one thing (or have one visit) and never come back. This is an 'iron-cladaverage' in the direct selling business. This may not seem to matter in cashflow terms; after all you DID sell something. But it does mean that thecost of the real, multi-purchase customers is even higher. Your email listis an expensive asset, very expensive. And it gets worse!When they arrive on the list, you don't know which are going to buyeventually, which of those that buy are one-timers, and when themulti-buyers are going to elect to leave you. You react to this by doingtwo things: (1) you spend dollars, time and energy marketing and sendingpromotions to your whole list as you don't know who is going to buy and (2)you continue to build the list through the same expensive approaches youused initially, effectively playing a 'numbers game'.You are leaving a lot of money on the table. If you could do better thanaverage finding multi-purchase customers (someone does, it is after all anaverage), if you could direct your promotions to those most likely to buy,if you could retain those 'hot' customers longer.. Clearly there is a lot ofroom to improve profits. So what is the secret to success?The SecretIt's much less expensive to retain customers than it is to acquire new ones.Academic research bears this out*:** The cost of acquisition occurs only at the beginning of a relationship,so the longer the relationship, the lower the amortized cost.** Long-term customers tend to be less inclined to switch and tend to beless price sensitive. This can result in stable unit sales volume andincreases in dollar-sales volume.** Long-term customers tend to initiate free word of mouth promotions andreferrals.** Long-term customers are more likely to purchase ancillary products andhigh margin supplemental products.** Regular customers tend to be less expensive to service because they arefamiliar with the process, require less "education", and are consistent intheir order placement.All this turns into three rules for success in managing your email list:Rule #1: When you have a valuable customer - hold on to her. 'Her': yes,women control over 80% of all retail spending!Rule #2: Try to make less valuable customers more valuable over time. Dothis by creating and executing promotions that focus on customers that willrespond. Isolating those who will respond means focusing on their buyingbehavior -hint: someone who has bought from you is MUCH more likely to buy again.Rule #3: Acquire the types of customer who will be worth retaining in thefirst place. But, where do you find them? Link your high spending customers to the places you sourced them, then goback to that well. If you get your best customers from pay-per-click onYahoo! Then go back to Yahoo! for moreRemember the old adage: "The money is in the list". Well it is, but there ismore to maximizing your profits than simply mailing out offers. It's nosurprise that the truly profitable web sites have their roots on establisheddirect mail expertise.*Source: Buchanan, R. and Gilles, C. (1990) "Val[...]



Affiliate Marketing: Why Is It a Good Home Business?

2006-12-18T19:44:27.694-08:00

Affiliate marketing is now one of the most popular ways people do to start avery lucrative home business. It is a fact that some people have earned alot of money in affiliate marketing that they have quit their regular jobsand dedicated all their time for this particular home business.Affiliate marketing is so popular nowadays because of the high potentialincome that people can earn through this home-based business. Starting anaffiliate business doesn't cost much and there is very little risk involved.Firstly, you have to know how you can profit from an affiliate business andhow it works.Affiliate business is like selling a product or service of another websitethat you are affiliated with. Once visitors in your website clicks on yourlink to the affiliate website who actually sells the product or services andpurchases from that website, you will earn a commission based on the productthe visitor from your website brought.Now that you know how affiliate business works and how you can earn moneyfrom it, you now have to know what you need in order to start an affiliateprogram home-based business.First of all, you will need a website. You don't even need to have apersonal website. All you need is a free website or a free blog site. Youhave to remember that not all affiliate programs will require you to haveyour own website. However, most major affiliate programs do.But if you don't want to spend money on a personal website, you can alwaysapply for an affiliate program that doesn't require you to have your ownwebsite. However, it is always better to have your personal website becausemajor affiliate programs are more profitable than other affiliate programsthat don't even need a personal website in order for you to join. Besides,you won't be spending a lot of money to start your website. It is relativelycheap. You only have to pay a small amount of fee for the usage of thewebsite space every year.The second step is by thinking about what your website content will be.Think about your hobby. If you like guns then put some articles about gunsand share your own opinions about the best guns in your website. You canalso put in some pictures of you in the shooting range and you can also puta discussion board or a message posting site where your visitors can expresstheir opinions.The next step is by joining major affiliate networks that sells popularproducts. Since your website is about guns or firearms, you should also beaffiliated to major companies that sell firearms, firearms parts, huntingwebsite, shooting website and others. Always remember that the key to allthis is targeted traffic. Besides, you wouldn't expect someone to beinterested in your affiliate program that sells dolls if your website isabout cars. The point to all this is that your affiliate website should berelated to the topic of your website in order to get your visitors to clickon the affiliate banner ads and purchase things from your affiliate company.Now that your website is up and running and you already set up youraffiliate program, the next thing to do is promote your website by promotingthe products and services that you are discussing in your site. You canpublish some articles about your hobby in article publishing sites. Thiswill build your reputation and also get targeted traffic to go to your site.The "promoting your website" stage is where you should work hard on. Alwaysremember that you should frequently update your website in order to keepyour visitors happy and let them continue visiting and also let themcontinue visiting the affiliate website and purchase from them. By doingthis, you will be able to have and maintain a constant amount of commissionsfor every product sold.---------------------[...]



Article Writing Tips For Profit

2006-12-18T19:44:13.179-08:00

Writing articles is a very effective way to get one way links to your site
as well as to have people learn more about your website or service. However,
there are ways to do this that can make you more successful versus have your
articles be overlooked and not considered.

Shane Pearce has written the Lazy Man's Guide to Article Writing which
outlines some helpful tips. I was first impressed with his tip that when you
submit your article to an ezine publisher or a webmaster, that you can offer
him to use his own affiliate link in place of your own. For instance, if you
have written an article on motivation and have a link to a clickbank ebook
on motivation and goals, you can offer the publisher that he use his own
affiliate id instead of yours. What this means is that the ezine or website
publisher will be getting a free article already written with a link that
may give him some monetary income. You still would have your own information
in your resource box at the end, so people can click to your website as
well. Think about what the website publisher you write to will get out of
the exchange and find a way to make his or her life easier.

Other tips he gives are to read frequently asked questions to find out what
people want to know about in terms of popular topics. Shane discusses how to
make a viral ebook based on a faq niche that can be passed around. If there
are frequently asked questions on a topic that is a sign that the topic has
an interest as well as the fact there may be an interest in some guide or
tutorial.

Also I like the sample autoresponder examples he uses as well as different
ideas for a signature file at the end of one's article. I think he is very
good at showing how to integrate a couple of affiliate links without being
pushy. He recommends sending people to opt-in to a mailing list as part of
your signature file.

Another section I found useful discusses how to create checklists and use
them both for your website and in articles that lead back to your website.
People like checklists. Shane discusses how to use these. They also help
break through writer's block or paralysis because you can have a list of
steps .

There are ideas given about utilizing both 2-tier affiliate programs and
residual income programs that will help you keep you earning as your
articles circulate around the net. Shane gives some interesting suggestions
on types of sites that work for this.

I also like that Shane gives an example of a flop he did of an unsuccessful
attempt at marketing. He analzyes it and compares it to something someone
else wrote he feels was better expressed. It is a very interesting study
covering various ways to get your articles noticed and published. I publish
articles regularly but learned some valuable tips from this ebook.


About The Author: Dee Cohen is a publisher and writer at
http://www.socialsitesmarketing.com/article-writing.html where you can learn
more about internet marketing.




How to Drive Traffic to Your Website Part 02

2006-12-18T19:43:58.778-08:00

Another important aspect of your site that can make a difference in yoursite are meta tags. There are various types of meta tags, but the ones thatare most importantare the meta description and meta keywords tags. Let'stake a look at the meta description tag, which will look like this:Meta Name="Description" Content="here you will put a short keyword richdescription of your site"On most search engines, the words you enter will be what gets displayed onthe results page as a description of the site. Whether or not you have agood meta description can make a big difference not only in your searchengine ranking, but whether or not seekers decide to visit your site. Yourmeta description should be descriptive, alluring, and to the point.Now let's take a look at the meta keywords tag. This tag looks like this:Meta Name="Keywords" Content="your various keywords will go here"There are some important things you should know before creating your metakeywords tag. For one, your keywords should never exceed 500 characters.More than 500 characters can lower your ranking or even get you in hot waterfor spam. You also do not want to repeat the same keywords. Keywordsshould be separated with commas, and be relevant to the content of yoursite.All About ContentNow let's talk a bit about site content. It's crucial that your sitecontains quality content that's not duplicated elsewhere. Search enginesare becoming wise to duplicate content, and sites that contain it do notreceive good rankings. There are several reasons why duplicate content canoccur, and one of them has to do with PLR articles, or Private Label Rightsarticles. PLR articles are articles that are normally sold in packages,sometimes through a subscription service. The problem with these articlesis that so many different webmasters have access to them. If you findyourself using PLR articles to create your site's content, it's crucial thatyou rewrite the articles to make them unique.You might have seen those sites that offer free articles for use on yoursite. This may sound appealing, but it usually does more harm than good,because of the duplicate content issue. Most of the time, you are notallowed to change the content of these articles, making it impossible toavoid having duplicate content. These free article sites do have somebenefits, however, which we'll discuss later.On the topic of content, it cannot be stressed enough that quality contentis key to good traffic. Search engines look for sites whose content isunique, of high quality, and added on a regular basis. If you're unable toadd pages of content to your site each day, consider hiring a professionalwriter to do it for you. Good content is truly one of the most importantaspects of optimizing your site for search engines and getting the trafficyou desire. Plus, visitors are more likely to bookmark your site and return to itregularly if they know that the content is updated often.You'll want to check your site thoroughly before submitting it to searchengines to ensure that you have no broken links, one of the most detrimentalfactors to a site's ranking and popularity. You'll see on some sites thatwebmasters have a link where visitors can report broken links if they comeacross them.Another important aspect of SEO is having a sitemap. Your sitemap pageshould be linked from every page of your site. In this sitemap, it should be easy to access the pages of your site. Sitesthat contain detailed sitemaps are normally seen as more favorable by searchengines than those that do not.Now that you've learned a bit about search engine optimization[...]



Free Article Content Explained

2006-12-18T19:43:45.540-08:00

Creating successful website articles takes a sharp marketing mind. It alsorequires top-notch writing skills. So, what happens if you just don't haveeverything it takes to make your website a success? Some webmasters use free article content to entice visitors and turn aprofit. Free article content is available on a number of directories, and isa valid service for those who lack the time or talents to write their ownarticles. It can also be a feasible option for those who have just startedworking as an affiliate for several companies, but lack the funding requiredto build niche websites to entice visitors. Free article content is often the only option for those who are running awebsite on a minimal budget. It is not, however, a good choice foreffectively building your website or creating revenue. There are a number ofways that free article content can actually be detrimental to yourbusiness-building efforts. Search Engine ExclusionsIf your website contains the exact duplicated content as other sites, searchengines will tend to skip over it. The more sites that share your freearticle content, the less likely it will be that you achieve good searchengine rankings. It is essential that your website receives good searchengine rankings in order to entice visitors to click on your affiliatelinks. If you cannot get visitors, you will never make a profit. Your firstpriority should be to work on the search engine optimization of your site sothat you will eventually be high enough to ensure a good number ofcustomers. Getting Visitors to CommitBoosting your site high on search engine result pages and acquiring visitorsis hard work, but it is unfortunately only half of the battle. You must beable to convince those visitors to click on your affiliate links. If yourvisitors see the same free article content that they have already seen on amultitude of sites, they'll be less likely to click on your links. Peoplewant to see unique perspectives, and tend to purchase goods or hire servicesfrom those they view as subject experts. If your content is simply aduplication of the same material on other sites, you'll be exposed assomeone who falls back on another person's efforts. Your readers may viewyou as not knowing what you're talking about, and you'll lose credibility asbeing knowledgeable about your product recommendations. This will reduce thenumber of website visitors who will be willing to click through and spendmoney. Author BylinesMost free article content is only given to you if you agree to place theauthor's byline under the article. Failure to follow the stipulated rulescan bring penalties. Most author bylines include website links, so thisposes another problem. If the article is especially intriguing, there is thestrong possibility that the reader may click on the author's byline linkrather than your affiliate links. Of course, authors only contribute freearticle content as a means to expose their own names and links to the publiceye. In using this type of content, you may be shooting yourself in the footand losing possible profitable website visitors. Most websites are in place for the purpose of making money.Using free article content is a quick and easy way to pad your site withmaterial, but it can be detrimental to your financial goals. Novice websiteowners often find it the only option; but if you have the funds availableyou are much better off hiring a writer to prepare original material.Another option is to write your own articles, begin making a profit, andthen spend the resources on a professional writer. Everyone is more comfortable buying a product or hiring a service fromsomeone[...]



Internet Business and E-Commerce Solutions

2006-12-18T19:43:26.546-08:00

Business on the internet is often referred to as E-Commerce. Some people do
business completely through e-commerce. Their customers come from the
internet, they do all their communication on the internet, and don't need a
real-world store do do any business.

More commonly, businesses have both a storefront and an internet presence.
This is often referred to as limited e-commerce. Think of stores you shop at
who also maintain a web presence where they can take orders. This is a good
example of limited e-commerce.

Almost any business, from large corporations to individual freelancers,
benefit from a web presence. A website is a sign of your professionalism. It
can be there just for the information value or, ideally, it can be designed
to generate leads. A presence on the web shows that you understand today's
technology and the customer's need for information. A good website shows
customers why they would benefit from working with you.

If you want to be involved in e-commerce, the first start is finding a good
e-commerce webhost. With a good host you will be able to set up a site
easily and find many options for making your site stand out. It should have
auto-responders for your clients, an easy way to make a purchase, and
several options for payment. Even if you are only selling one product you
want to make it as easy as possible for the customer to buy it.

People turn to the web for almost everything today. If you are not on it,
you should be. It's time to start using e-commerce.

E-Commerce Solutions

You know what kind of online business you want to start.
Now you need to know more about choosing an E-Commerce solution for your
business. Here are some things to look for if you want an all-in-one
provider.

Look for a site that offers a wide range of templates.
Though you can usually customize templates, you need to start with a variety
to choose from.

When choosing an E-Commerce solution for your business, look for one that
has a good wizard that walks you through everything. Ease of use is
important so you can get your site up fast and professionally and make later
changes easily.

Look at the possibilities for importing and exporting data.
If you already have a database and choose a vendor that does not allow you
to import it, you will have to retype everything. Export capabilities save
you that same hassle should you ever choose a new vendor.

When choosing an e-commerce solution for your business, look for hosts who
offer a variety of marketing options, payment options for your customers,
and automated shipping options. If the client can't pay the way he wants, he
won't buy. If shipping doesn't happen quickly, he may not be a repeat
client.

Look for a site that allows you to analyze traffic flow. In order for your
business to grow, you need to see what kinds of marketing are working for
it.

This is just a start of what to look for when choosing an e-commerce
solution for your business. You also need to look at such things as cost and
customer service. Choosing the right hosted solution can take some time, but
getting it right the first time is important. Take the time to choose a
provider who will help your business grow.


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Helpful Tips to Obtain Best Affiliate Programs

2006-12-18T19:43:11.010-08:00

The Business world is not another name for fame and money although you havehigh chances of earning both. The business environment is a world full oftrickery. People deceive others to be on top. Some mislead others to gainmore profit.A good entrepreneur does no things such as the ones mentioned above. Noblebusinesspersons play the game just and right. They are the ones whodiligently learn from books, seminars or are communing with associates. Theyare the ones who never stop gaining knowledge with the craft they entered.One way to gain knowledge if you want to be good if not best in the world ofaffiliate program is to compile different tips.1. Be familiar with your craft. No one succeeds in this endeavor if he lackssufficient comprehension of the profession he wishes to venture in. You willnot obtain the best affiliate program if you do not know the rules of thegame. How will you know the rules of the game? Simple.Educate yourself.2. Befriend the internet. Treat the internet as your bestbuddy. As you educate yourself with the theories on marketing andadvertising, learn how to effectively use the internet. If possible, findout the different "internet secrets" so that you can immediately get thingsdone. Using the internet in the proper way will save you time, effortand money. Surf different search engines. List down allpossible search engines you can use. Know which search engines can best helpyou.3. Decide which company you will go for. There are various companies whowish to have affiliate programs. They need you because they want somethingfrom you - that is tomarket their products or services in a convenient way. Ifyou are good, companies will be the ones who will go after you. As a word ofadvice though, you need to carefully select the company you will sign-upwith. Doing so will you give you great benefits such as getting thenecessary skills with the craft while sufficiently earning. You can gaugehow well or bad the company is by going over the terms and conditions thatthat they will present to you.Make sure to respectfully ask if the rules are as good as it is written -meaning, there are no hidden policies especially concerning commissions.4. Choose an appropriate program. Educating yourself about affiliateprograms will give you ample of ideas of the specific programs you want toundertake. It is recommended that if you decide to take affiliate program,go for something that you think you will be successful in. Choose a companywith a product or service that you will find no difficulty in selling to themarket. By doing so, you will be able to come up with effective marketingmaterials.Learn to play the game in a clean way. By doing so, you will always keepgood business and perhaps later on run other businesses as well. Do not rushinto success by doing dirty business tricks. You may be on top but you willsurely go down…and fast, because you climbed the ladder the fast and dirtyway.The above-mentioned tips may be of help for you to climb the ladder ofsuccess. You have the option to follow some tips for you to arrive at havingthe best affiliate program.----------------------------------------------------Steven Gerber is a professional copywriter & marketing consultant. He is aprotégé of Dan Lok, the World's #1 Website Conversion Expert, & in Steven'stotally biased opinion simply THE BEST. You will find the latest internetmarketing techniques & tricks at:http://www.websiteconversionexpert.com[...]



The Super Affiliate Handbook: A Must Have For Affiliate Marketers

2006-12-18T19:42:41.138-08:00

If you need something that can help you with affiliate programs, you willneed the Super Affiliate Handbook by Rosalind Gardner. This is a book thatcontains comprehensive information on how you can make a lot of money fromthe Internet. Many people have said that there is no money in promoting affiliateprograms. However, Rosalind Gardner begs to disagree.She is one of the most respected affiliate marketers in the world. The bookshe wrote, The Super Affiliate Handbook, contains comprehensive informationon how you can make profit on promoting affiliate programs. Affiliate programs are known throughout the Internet as one of the best waysto make money online. Besides, with affiliate program, you can make moneyeven if you don't have any products or services to sell. Affiliate programswork by promoting a product or service of a particular company that yourwebsite is affiliated with. You make money for every referral you make fromyour website. In fact, Rosalind Gardner earns 100% of her income from the Internet bypromoting affiliate programs. With hard work and dedication, she made hersites earn about $30,000 to $50,000 each month. And, in 2002, she earnedover $400,000 by affiliating with Internet merchants and selling theirproducts online. Whoever you are, you can start your own online business by just promotingonly affiliates. You can even say goodbye to your boss and be independent byjust starting your own business through the Internet. Another benefit of going online and starting your own business is it cangive you all the time you want. You will be able to spend a lot more qualitytime for yourself, for your family, and for hanging out with friends. The Super Affiliate Handbook has helped countless people to start their ownbusinesses online. Being an affiliate marketer will definitely easier withthis handbook. It will teach you all the how's, when's, and where's aboutbeing an affiliate marketer. This handbook will show you the step-by-step process on your way to successby being an affiliate marketer. It is also easy to understand and you canreally learn from it. Here is a glimpse of what you can expect in the book: . The importance of making a business plan . How to decide if you have whatit takes to start your own online business . Software recommendations by theauthor . How to determine the bad products and the good products to let yousell effectively. . How to market the affiliate products These are just a glimpse of what you can expect in The Super AffiliateHandbook. There are more things that you can learn from Rosalind Gardner'sThe Super Affiliate Handbook and there are more things that you can knowabout making money on the Internet by being an affiliate marketer. The coverage of this book is so great that many people have been successfulbecause of the information provided by it. You too can now become successfulby just knowing how to do the right things by being an affiliate marketer.With this book, you will have everything you need to know about being anaffiliate marketer. You can expect that by following everything in thisbook, you can be on your way to success and also on your way to freedom.About The Author: Mario Churchill is a freelance author and has written over200 articles on various subjects. For more information checkouthttp://www.turnkeyaffiliateprogram.com andhttp://www.killeraffiliateprogram.com.[...]



Dig for Gold with Your Pen

2006-12-18T19:42:22.459-08:00

What would you say if I told you that the piazzas of the Internet are pavedwith gold? You'd think I was another snake-oil salesman - right? But, it'strue! And in the most unlikely way.writing articles!!Except for a few eccentrics, most people think that writing anything isreally hard work. They picture the school essays they hated or the torturedsoul in her attic struggling by the light of a candle! But, that's allrubbish!What folks never realize is that the heavy lifting has already been done byothers. You don't need to come up with original content off the top of yourhead. You just need to look for what's already out there and 'improve' onit.Every topic you can think of has been covered and written on by someone.But, most of the time, these folk do it for the fun of it, which is headlinenews.for you.Now don't mistake me. You mustn't steal these folk's hard work, (youwouldn't want to anyway; you don't want to be sued or banned) but no one canstop you picking up the ideas and creating your own 'take' on the facts.It's what academics call research!! In a world of browsers and hugerepositories of information, anyone at all can become enough of an expert inany subject to write a 750 word article on it in minutes.if you know whereto look.Here's how you do it.Step One: Generating Ideas.start from the endRemember, you're in business. The article has to serve a business purpose.So the first step is to find a product you want to sell. If you don't have aproduct already, use standard affiliate thinking and find one with areliable supplier and a good dollar commission.Step Two: Find the contentSay you selected fly rods. Then your article needs to relate directly to flyfishing. Go directly to the source of the Internet's content. Onlinebulletin boards, FAQ pages and Article directories! Try.http://www.groups.google.comhttp://www.goarticles.comhttp://www.faq.orgEverything you could ever want to know about nearly every subject on earthyou can find there, and it's free if you're willing to dig for it.Now, you're writing a 750 word article (this is the ideal length). You needan introduction, 3 or 4 points and a short conclusion. And, as a beginner,always try to give your readers information they can instantly use andimplement. So you go through the content until you have filled your needs.Let's take an example. You're writing about fly fishing. Well, go to Groups.google.com and see what themes people discuss about flyfishing - techniques, fishing spots, fishing vacations, tying flies,equipment, and so on. Pick one and tilt it to relate it to fly rods. E.g.Cane versus carbon fiber in different fishing conditions, fly lines anddifferent weight rods, laying a fly in tight conditions needs a particulartype of rod.then conclude with suggestions on where to access suitableequipment; you'll get the idea.Now go to Goarticles.com and type in fly fishing and see what articles arealready written and how many people have viewed them so you can tell whicharticle topics are the most popular. Always write on popular themes!Then go to FAQ.org and look there for fly fishing Frequently Asked Questionson the selected theme and find content to flesh out the article.You'll now have more content than you would have believed possible.Step Three: Write the ArticleWrite as you would talk. Imagine the reader is across the table from you andtell them a story! People love stories.Personalize it if you can.Step Four: Create a Snappy HeadlineThe[...]



The Business Benefits of Advergaming

2006-12-18T19:42:06.588-08:00

Research has shown that 42% of gamers play online games for one or morehours per week. 50% of people who play advergames will do so for 25 minutes.And 90% of people who receive advergame challenges from someone they knowwill not only play an advergame, but respond to the one who sent them thechallenge with their score.So what do these statistics mean when they're applied from a businessperspective?For starters, more revenue, more brand exposure and a very positive ROI.Advergames are interactive games that a company can place on its website forvisitors to play. A company's advergame can incorporate corporate colors,logos, products and advertising messages. A small, interactive, easy toinstall form of entertainment, advergames can be placed anywhere on awebsite and be offered free or incur a monthly charge to play.Before they penetrated the internet, advergames were most commonlydistributed on floppy disks. But their goal was the same as their moderncounterparts; to provide promotional incentives with the goal of obtaining aresponse from consumers, and to increase consumer awareness.Advergames are usually commissioned by companies who wish to add more totheir online presence. A game development company will develop the game,customizing it to meet the requirements of its customer. Advergames come innearly all types, from reworked arcade-style classics to memory games.However, if a company requests it, it's usually possible to create aone-of-a-kind advergaming experience.If your business is an eating establishment, an advergame can be createdthat looks and feels just like it. Let's say, for example that yourestablishment has a games room.If you chose to have a billiard advergame created, your establishment'scolors and logo could appear on the felt of the billiards table. Similarly,if you choose a dart advergame, your logo and colors could appear on thedart flights and/or the dart board.Advergames can offer continuous play or allow players to take a breakbetween games. During the break is a perfect opportunity to let players knowabout your daily specials or products you plan to introduce in the nearfuture.Advergaming offers businesses a unique and powerful way to interact withvisitors on note one, but several levels.Players receive prolonged exposure to your company's brand or cause, whichcan result in future purchases from you.And if your advergame is especially creative, it's highly likely thatvisitors will tell their friends about it. This is also known as word ofmouth or viral advertising.Many advergames also include the option to track each visitor's gamingexperience. This can provide a company with detailed information which canthen be used to fine tune an advergame for even more exposure and impact.With so many benefits, advergames can create an exceptional brandingenvironment for just about any product or service.And with advergame revenues expected to skyrocket in the next three years,there's never been a better time to learn more about how they can benefityour business.----------------------------------------------------http://www.flashgamemasters.com has a highly experienced and talenteddevelopment team. Whose members have assisted with the creation of some ofthe top online gaming portal sites. Affiliated with http://www.bossdev.com .[...]



How to Drive Traffic to Your Website Part 03

2006-12-18T19:41:53.798-08:00

Backlinks, defined as links that point to your site on other sites, are one
of the most important aspects to consider when optimizing your site for
traffic. The more backlinks your site has, the higher it will rank with
search engines. And, the more backlinks you have out there, the more people
are bound to see your site.
Thankfully, there are lots of great ways to obtain backlinks.

One way is to utilize forums and message boards, especially those that
relate to your site in some way. You'll find that on these forums and
message boards, you can use a signature. Make sure to read the policies of
the site, and if they allow advertisements in the sig line, then by all
means take advantage of this. By including your link in your sig line, then
making a good number of regular, quality posts (no spam!) you will get more
backlinks pointing to your site.

Another way to get backlinks is through link trading. Link trading is where
you exchange links with another webmaster.
This is especially effective if the sites you are trading with have a high
Page Rank. One way to find websites to trade with is to visit webmaster
forums. Many of these types of forums have a special section devoted to
link trading. You can also search for sites that you feel are of good
quality, then email the webmaster and request a link trade. Some webmasters
will be happy to trade with
you, some won't. In some cases, you can even purchase
links on quality sites.

Then there's the directory route, another great way to get links. There are
hundreds of different web directories out there where you can submit your
site. Some of them cost money to list your site, while some of them are
free. DMOZ is probably the best example of a free quality directory.
Getting your site listed on directories can take time, especially if the
directory is large, so be prepared to wait a few weeks.

Listing on directories serves several purposes. First, it allows people
searching the directory a way to find your site. Second, it builds the
quantity of quality backlinks you have.

Now, let's talk more about those free article directories
-- one of the best ways to get backlinks to your website.
There are probably hundreds of these sites out there, and you can submit to
them all. The key is to write articles that relate to the topic of your
site in some way. Then at the bottom of each article, you're given a space
to include a short bio and the link to your site.

When webmasters come to these free article directories seeking free content,
it's possible they'll use your article. So not only are you getting the
backlink from the free article site, you're getting backlinks from all the
sites that are using your free articles. These backlinks will improve your
Page Rank, and people who read the articles may click your link and end up
at your site.


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Steve Renner
Author, Marketing Expert
Marketing Director
The Affiliate Community
http://www.affiliatecommunity.com




Choosing The Right Business Mentors - The Key To Longterm Business Success

2006-12-18T19:41:41.324-08:00

In recent years we've seen all kinds of upheavals within the business world,online and off. How do we as internet business owners run our businesssuccessfully and profitably during such uncertain times? How do we navigate through the ups and downs of internet business andmaintain our profitability when everything is changing so fast? How do we learn what you need in order to be successful in our internetbusiness, to keep with the rapid changes happening in the business world? The smartest and quickest way to create business success is to learn fromthose that have gone before you! People that have real life experience cansave you thousands of hours of wasted effort. That sounds easy, but how do you find a good business mentor?On the internet there are thousands of people offering advice, coaching,education and training on how to start and run a successful home basedbusiness. How do you decide who to listen to? Most of all, how do you tell what ishype and what is real? By now we have all seen the "get rich quick" mentality offered by highpriced internet business gurus who promise large incomes for little or noeffort. Many times you are not even told what product you are selling! Some of these offers can be very tempting especially to a newcomer in theworld of internet business. Sadly, most often these high priced and highhype opportunities obscure the truth of what really is required tosuccessfully run a home based business online. So many people have lost money and worse than this, have lost their hope ofever gaining financial independence, through putting their trust in thewrong business mentors. The decisions you make about WHO to learn from can dramatically impact thefuture of your business! How to Choose the Right Business Mentors I've had some interesting learning experiences in my search for the rightbusiness mentors. By the word "mentor" I mean anyone you choose to learnfrom ... teachers, coaches, business team leaders, authors, experts,colleagues. I didn't think a lot about this when I first started my online business,until I discovered some gaps between my own standards of integrity, and thatof some people or companies I was working with. This dissonance created an inner conflict that prevented me from feelinggood about what I was doing ... and I noticed I wasn't making much moneyeither! Ultimately I decided to let go of those business mentors that did not matchmy own values. Once I became more conscious of how important integrity andvalues are to me, I made this one of my criteria in searching for businessmentors. As my values got onto the "same page" with my business choices, Ifound my income growing and my business expanding. In business, and in life, it is crucial to choose carefully those that youfollow. The future success of your internet business is at stake! What Is Most Important to You? As one of my business mentors says ... "Every cell of your body needs to beon the same page with your business" in order for you to succeed. Before you go out their seeking the advice of others, take some time to getto know what YOU want. What is most important to you in your businesssuccess? Write this down. Next, create a list of the most importantqualities and areas of expertise that you want your mentors to have. Beclear about you want, and then it will be much easier to find it! I have discovered over time that I need business mentors who haveexceptiona[...]



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2006-12-18T19:41:25.384-08:00

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7 Unique Ways To Maximize Sales Of Private Label Rights Products

2006-12-18T19:40:44.270-08:00

One of the quickest and easiest ways to get started in Internet Marketing iswith your own private label rights products. These are completely madeinstant information products that are created by one marketer but sold toyou to use and profit from as your own. PLR products give you total freedom to change the product or customize it asyou wish. The product creator maintains the copyright to the product butotherwise you gain the full rights to do almost anything you want with itand keep 100% of the proceeds for yourself. You are allowed to make changes to the text such as rewording the documentby expanding some key points or summarizing or even completely removingideas. You can translate the text into another language. You can eventranspose the product into another format such as audio. You can even breakthe product down into an email series or several articles. Internet marketers love private label rights (PLR) products because theygive you a tremendous head start on creating your own products that you canquickly make money from. You don't have to spend weeks or even monthscreating products from scratch because PLR hand everything to you on asilver platter. Even with all of the freedom that you have with PLR products most internetmarketers are still leaving a lot of money on the table because they missthe opportunity to maximize their sales. The first step to getting the most out of the PLR products that you investin is deciding that you will do something different that the hundreds ofother marketers with the same products are not doing. You must be unique.Originality gives customers a good reason to purchase a product from youversus another marketer. Here are seven unique ways that you can set yourself apart from yourcompetition and increase your bottom line selling private label rightsproducts. 1.Create Unique Packages - You can create unique offers that cannot be foundanywhere else online by adding newly released PLR products to your ownexisting material or by creating a different combination of PLR productsthat no one else has thought of. 2.Original Article Content - One of the benefits of PLR products is that youcan break them down and rewrite them to come up with your own originalarticles. Post them to article directories, forums or blogs. You can evenmonetize them with adsense or affiliate links. 3.Custom Audio Products - In our busy world, people really go for productsthat they can download to their computer or ipod and listen to while they dosomething else or take with them while they're on the go. Use your favoriteaudio software to create MP3s and you may have a winner just because of theconvenience. Check out Audio Acrobat for a super easy way to create your ownstreaming audios or MP3 files. 4.Expert Interviews with the Author - Just purchased a PLR product on a hotmarketing topic? A good way to really boost your sales is by doing aninterview with the author or product creator. Interviews give you theopportunity to explore the topic further than may be offered in the productand answer any questions that customers may have about the product. 5.Customized for Specific Business Industries - One of the best ways to sellPLR products is to break out of the Internet marketing niche and make yourproducts relevant and customized to different industries. For instance,let's say you offer a new PLR product on social networking or another hotmarketing trend. Yo[...]