Like to Win Auctions?

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Published on: November 8, 2014

Hello Everyone – I hope you and your family are well. I wanted to tell you I’m back to work, what has happened and why I haven’t been around. This blog was one of the ones that got hacked in the massive WordPress attack that has happened in the last few months. These hackers were actually were able to get access to my WP admin area, which is never good. After numerous hours working with my hosting company, we were finally able to get the blog back and secured again.

So, on to today’s post. It’s a little different but it is oh so fun – Online Auctions! Or, more specifically, PriceBenders online auctions. As a matter of fact, I’m participating in one right now while writing this for you. This one is a Garmin 5” GPS with lifetime map upgrades. The thing is worth $150 and right now the bidding is around $11 US and the timer is down to around 25 seconds – getting to crunch time! Yes, I know there are many auction sites, but TripleClicks  is the absolute best in my opinion. Have I ever won one? No actually, I have won 7 and these are in my hot little hands so far…

 

Apple IPad – Space Grey with retina display. It sells for $499 and I won it for $56.61
$50 Gift Card to Outback Steakhouse + 50 T-Credits for bidding – won for $2.70
Brother QL-570 Professional Label Printer sells for $100 – won for $8.98
300 pack of T-Credits for bidding – sells for $87.00 – won for $11.02
One ounce silver bar + 75 T-Credits for bidding – sells for $61.79 – won for $24.98
Coby Kyros 7-Inch touchscreen Widescreen Internet Tablet W/ Camera – sells for $146 – won for $44.39
250 pack of T-Credits for bidding – sells for $64.00 – won for $3.53

 

I participate in about 1 auction every 2 or 3 weeks and I have won these in about 2 years. Have some fun and win great products!

 

You can look it over here and join Pricebenders Auctions

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Now, back to my auction:-)

 

 



A Day In The Life Of An Affiliate Marketer

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Published on: April 19, 2014

I thought it would be fun and maybe even informative for you to get a peek into one of my affiliate marketing days. This is how I normally spend a day in one of my affiliate businesses. I chose SFI because it's my main business, it generates my main income and I have team members that I really enjoy being around and working with.  

Being in the affiliate marketing business is not that hard now with the internet at your disposable. It's much easier now compared to the days when people had to use a telephone and and fax to try and run their business and keep in touch with their team. I mean, if you can't do a good job running a business today with the technology we have, you just don't want a successful business.

So with technology at hand, and assuming that you are working from home, this is how my day usually goes.

After starting the coffee, I hit my I-Pad to check on a couple email accounts. These aren't my SFI accounts, those reside on my desktop and this is where I run my businesses. I have everything right where I want it and it's my productive place, and I'm sure every successful affiliate marketer has their's set up "just so".

I grab my coffee and head over to my desk. I'm a big guy, so I have a big desk, like 3 1/2 X 5 1/2 feet. My computer is also super sized, a 27" IMac, simply because after years of minimizing windows and moving them all over the screen, I can now fit 3 documents or windows side by side – productivity – you wouldn't believe how much more I get done. 

I check to see how many new team mates I have and send each a welcome letter. In SFI, the back office is an affiliate marketer's dream. I won't go into it here but you can keep track of how everyone is doing and where they are with their business. I send my congratulations to my people that have achieved a new rank and any tips I have for them.  As far as the affiliate marketer is concerned, there are always new things to update and statistics to keep track of. It's about now that I'll check my own earnings for the month to see if I'm hitting my own goals or if I need to revise them.

About now I'll get another cup of coffee and take a look out the window if it's light enough. I get up between 1 and 2:30 am (yes, I said AM) every morning. It's a habit from another business I owned years ago, needed to rise at those hours and I still do it. You've heard the saying about getting more done before sunrise than most people do all day? Well I actually do it! This is about the time I see what the weather is like. In the winter I feel pretty fortunate to be inside, warm and dry when I look out and see those unfortunate people driving to a job. It's also about the time I'll think about what I want to do this afternoon if it's a nice day. 

After my SFI stuff is taken care of, I usually check my blogs and websites to make sure if they're all up and then I'll take a half hour break, make more coffee and check the blogs and sites on the I-Pad to be sure they look alright on the mobile stuff. The site design has to be revised a bit and tweaked, maybe the blog too. The serious affiliate marketer knows that a well-designed site can increase sign ups from my visitors.

It's around 9am now and I'll check my email to answer any of my team members that need help or simply have a question about something.

That done, it is time to submit my affiliate offerings to directories that lists affiliate programs. These directories are means to attract people looking to start their own online business. It's a free way of promoting my affiliate program but remember, in advertising you always get what you pay for. I don't use safe lists for this reason. Everyone and their brother is sending emails to the safe lists subscribers. It's not spam, but no one is going to choose my ad from the thousands of other offerings no matter how great the headline is. 

After the directory advertising it time to track down the sales you are getting from your affiliates. In SFI, it's simply a matter of going to your business reports. SFI and Triple Clicks (SFI's sister site) is where you make most of your money. I always keep track of the contact information on their TC orders because they might be a viable source you can use if you want to partner with them on advertising or collaboration in the future. 

The most important thing to remember if you run an affiliate marketing business is this: People join the PERSON, not the PROGRAM! You can have the greatest business opportunity in the world but if you're an asshole, impatient or let your teammates email stagnate for a few days before answering and helping them is the surest way to kill your business. You MUST enjoy helping and working with people for your business to be successful – and I do.
A quick answer should appear professional, but friendly too.

In SFI, there is also a section that is called A2A (Affiliate to Affiliate). Other SFI affiliates can request to become your friend, which I think is great because in addition to your sponsor and upline, you can also ask one of your friends how they do a particular thing. There are things to be learned and it is a continuous process. Sharing tips and advices is a good way of showing support. There may be others out there wanting to join and may be enticed by the discussion that is going on. There's no harm in assuming what opportunities ahead.

It is that time to show some appreciation and recognizing those who have helped themselves in the promotions and advertising. There's nothing like mentioning them, their sites and sometimes the process they have done that made everything worked. In SFI, I do this on my Leadership Page:

The newsletters were updated days ago, so it is time for the affiliate marketer to see if there are some new things happening in the market. I'll take a while to read about the latest updates about my businesses and maybe some new advertising methods or a twist on the ones I'm already using. The short answer for what I'm doing here is simply – How well do you want to do? You can put a few hours into your affiliate business and do alright, but no great shakes. To do GREAT, with the big money to follow, you MUST continue to learn. The people that do the best in anything are always the ones that are always reading – making an investment in themselves –  and always learning. These people are the leaders. 

Time flies! Missed supper, but I'm quite contented with the tasks done today. This gives you an idea of how an affiliate marketer, a dedicated one that is, spends the marketing day

Bed time
Is that success looming in the distance or what?

 



Do You Have the Skills to Pay the Bills?

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Published on: December 24, 2013

I'd like to give you something to seriously think about.

Here in the US, a record number of people are now relying on the government to support them and the numbers are growing. According to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, for around 35% of all Americans, the government is the sole provider and fully 49% receive some sort of public assistance. When the affordable care act (Obamaflop) kicks in next year, another 16 million people will be on the Medicaid rolls by 2019. Yes indeed, scary stuff for America.

I don't wish to go into the specifics here of how America has fallen and been dumbed down over the last half century, suffice it to say that it's really sad and embarrassing because I remember when America was #1 in just about everything that mattered and we delighted in inventing things to help people and had the sheer drive to succeed. Well, you know what? Some still do, despite the constant government intrusion and desire to "take care" of it's citizens from cradle to grave.

These are the people this post is for. The ones that still have the desire, drive and determination to succeed and run their lives the way they wish and be proud of it. 

As I began to write this post, a notification popped up on my screen that another person had just signed up for my main affiliate business – SFI – which made me feel good that I was on the right track for the subject of this post, and it made me feel even better that she is from the United States. You GO girl!

I've been making an online income since around 2000 and calling my own shots. And I'll man up enough to say I was never good with a job or a boss. I didn't much like being told what to do or how to do it. I remember she once asked me "Is there any rule you don't break"? I told her I look at them more as suggestions. Consequently, my jobs never lasted very long and my employment had a lot of turnover, shall we say? Fortunately I discovered a home business and had a wife that supported me and I never really looked back. Was it tough? Hell yes, especially at first, but every time I had an inkling to quit I just remembered having to crawl back into a job and that kept me going on my Home Business path.

My chosen business model is an affiliate business simply because I absolutely love helping people and showing them that look – you can rely on yourself to succeed and no, you don't need a boss or a job to pay the bills. Studies show that people working for themselves are also much happier than workers. But it's difficult trying to convince people to start a home business. I think people don't trust the fact that you can earn money online, maybe don't have faith in themselves or the company, but as much as some bitch and moan about hating their jobs they keep doing it, they like the security and repetition of the sure paychecks it offers.

Ah, but for those that still have the desire, drive and determination to succeed, you need your own business. A Home Business where you call the shots, determine how much you want to get paid and have the ability to get out of dodge and take a vacation with your family when you want. Sound impossible? It's really not – and the minute you realize that, you can begin the future you deserve and not the one the government or your employer has planned for you. Sound exciting? IT IS!

The thing most people worry about when thinking about starting a home business is not having the money to pay the bills, and it's a absolutely a legitimate concern. The thing I always tell people is to start your home business part-time, while still working your full-time job and  transition to your new home business when you are ready. That way you know you can make it. That's the way I did it and yes, I lost hours of sleep worrying about my transition. And honestly you know what? I really had nothing to worry about.

Now, here's the secret: Have you ever watched a movie almost to the end just to find out the big secret you were looking for was no real secret at all? The big secret about preparing for and running a business is simply knowledge – learning. If that's a let down, I apologize. There's no big secret or monster in the closet – it's simply knowing how to do stuff. 

When You're frightened about starting a home online business it's just the fear of the unknown. But what if you knew exactly what to expect, when it was going to happen and how? It doesn't seem so intimidating now does it? Learning and applying that knowledge will conquer almost any fear or doubt you have – in your business or in your life.  

It's Christmas eve today and the end of the year is just around the corner. I hope you take the time by the end of this year to re-evaluate where you are and where you want to be. If you're happy with your life, congratulations, because many people aren't.

If you'd like something more, something different and exciting in your life, sign up for your own SFI Home Business and become my team member. I can promise from the day you sign up, I will personally help you with your business, if you promise the honestly work on it and learn. That's it.

Sign up now  and let me show you how easy it is! 

 
God Bless you and your family, Merry Christmas and please accept my sincere wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!



How to do SEO

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Search Engine Optimization — is the second most important activity in my opinion, apart from the actual advertising you can do for your website or blog success. Why? Next time you look something up on a search engine take a look at the total results for whatever you looked up, usually it will say something like "about 82 million results". SEO is important if you don't want to end up at a the 81 million mark.

When people are looking for something and they find you through a search engine search, it's also called an organic search or natural search. The way you present your site or blog to show up in the search engines in this way is called "white hat" SEO. This simply means you used good, proven, legal methods to get your site to show up towards the top of the results. What's the way to get illegal results? You guessed it – black hat SEO. This is almost nonexistent today thanks to the new alogs (algorythims) Search Engines are using today. I completely agree with this. People should find you because your site is relevant to what they were looking for, not because you performed some hocus-pokus getting them there. What happens when you get caught doing this? Your site can be banned and nobody will find it.

So, how do you do some good old fashioned, wholesome SEO for your website? I'm going to just hit the basics in this post and not get too complicated. You can spend months or years  learning search engine optimization (I have) and all the other good stuff to get your site to show up on the search engine results pages (SERP)

Basic SEO Research:
To start, you have to know what people are searching for. Typically people have a niche  or niche market for their website or blog. Say for instance your site is about puppies. Puppies is a Niche. A sub-niche would be "where to buy a puppy", "how to train a puppy" or "food and supplies for puppies". If you want to sell things online – and most people do – you need a specific sub niche to concentrate on and more specifically a niche market of people needing your product(s), including a payment processor like Pay Pal.

So how do you find the words or terms people are using to find things in your niche? You have to do research. And I can't stress how important this research is. The research is also why SEO turns so many people off when they are developing an online business. It takes time to do your research to find out what people are actually looking for in your Niche. Sure, if you have deep pockets you can hire someone to do it for you, and many do. As for me, I want to do it myself and know what's going on.

First, you need to find out what people are searching for. You used to be able to use the free Google Keyword Tool but that's gone now, replaced by the Keyword Planner, which requires you to sign up for a Google Ad Words account. For free research you can use the keyword tool from Word Stream or the one from Word Tracker,  the latter which you'll have to provide your email address and a password to use.      

What I use for most of my keyword work is something called Market Samurai which cut my keyword research time down to about a quarter of what it used to take. There are other tools but this is the best inexpensive keyword solution I've found and the one most used by Professional Online Marketers. After you find the keywords people are searching for, you need to add them to your website.

Integrating the Keywords into your Site:

For Websites – Using your site editor, just add the keywords into the very top area of your site. It should look something like this:

<title> My Site Dot Com </title>
<meta name="description" content="My cool website is about…" />

ADD THE KEYWORDS YOU RESEARCHED HERE
<meta name="keywords" content=" ADD YOUR KEYWORDS BETWEEN THE QUOTES " />

Then just save it and upload your site. You'll know you did it right when you see the title tags, meta description and meta keyword tags turn blue. That's it!

 For Blogs:
 It's even easier if you're using a WordPress blog. Just use a plugin. I use something called SEO PACK by Semper Fi Web Design. To install the plugin just go to your plugins page from the left side of your blog admin area, click add new, search for SEO Pack, instal now & activate it. Refresh you admin area and you'll find it on top of your side panel. Hit general settings button and just add your title, description & keywords right on the page, ADD any Google, Bing or Pinterest verifications you own (this is important) and change any other settings you want – although I recommend keeping the default settings.
 
Now all those little robots (Bots) will crawl your site, find your new keywords and hopefully shoot your site or blog up in the rankings. Here's a little trick I use and if you haven't heard about it, you'll love it. If you're using a Firefox browser, dial up your site and RIGHT CLICK on it. Choose "view page source" and left click it. Here's exactly the way your site or blog looks to the Bots. It's called HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and it's the basis for everything online. Here's another little Tip: Again, if you're using Firefox get an extension called  Alexa Sparky (Tools – Add Ons – Extensions) and search for Alexa Sparky and install it. Shut down Firefox and restart it, go back and click on preferences and make sure add four options are checked. From now on whatever site you go to, you'll instantly see the site rank in the lower right hand corner. This comes in handy when you want to check and see if your site moved up in the rankings.

If you own a site or blog you knew you'd have to know about HTML sooner or later – why not sooner?

There's a handy little HTML guide
Here's one put out by Google on Best SEO practices.

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The Ins and Outs of a Network Marketing Business

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Published on: May 20, 2013

 

There are almost as many different kinds of internet businesses as there are people that run them. One of my absolute, all-time favorite business models is an affiliate marketing business. It's the cat's meow as far as I'm concerned. I get to help my people and show them how I do it. When they accomplish the goals they set out, I get a feel warm and fuzzy feeling. Their goals and accomplishments are because of what you showed them and you can celebrate it with them.

These are the only types of affiliate marketing businesses I start because I help I can help them succeed. 

Yes, there's other kinds of affiliate / network marketing businesses including ones that just require getting people signed up and give them – (turn'em over) to that business or your "up-line". I don't much like this type of business. It reminds me too much of the Borg episodes in Star Trek. You join the "Collective", and your ideas and accomplishments don't matter anymore. It's all for the good of the company (collective) and individual accomplishments don't matter much and your acknowledgements are nil.

Now, even with individual network marketing businesses there are big differences. How do you tell the difference between joining a great business or a dud? 

Do your research. I usually start with the BBB review,then do a complete search of the company using a chrome, safari & firefox browser. Every search engine gives you different results so it helps to look at all three.

One of the things that pisses me off the most is someone trying to pass themselves off as something they're not. I've been online since 1999 and Ive owned some type of internet business since 2002. I can smell someone trying to promote one of these nasty affiliate businesses almost as soon as they hit my browser. I don't waste my time, ever. It's much too valuable – Sound like a certain president you know?

Once you get the best and brightest on your team you can turn yourself loose. Show them everything you know and how you did it. It's called duplication. If you ever want to make a buck in the network marketing game, show them duplication. If you want to make a million bucks, show them your secrets.

Here's the "real secret" of affiliate marketing. 

Your Team: If you can find only 5 people that share your vision you are set for life. These are the people that are nice enough – and intelligent enough – to be on your team and the ones you work with closely.

Don't lie: You ask me a specific question about the business and you'll get you my specific answer. You may not like my answer, but it's honest. If you  lie – before you know it, you're knee deep in the shit of your own making and wishing you brought your shovel. When you tell the truth about your business, you'll get much farther in the long run, which to me is why you're running a business in the first place.

That 5 is called residual income – and it will pay you for life.



How did I start a home business?

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Published on: March 18, 2013

Instead of another blog about internet marketing today, I want to tell you a story. My story – of how I started an internet home business including the good, the bad and the ugly. My intention is to show you anyone can do it, even a stubborn know it all, not willing to listen like me.

 My beautiful wife Sandi bought me my first computer in 1994 as a Christmas present because as she said "Face it-you're not that great with people". I felt like I just discovered fire! Hot Damn, I can do anything with this!

I owned a physical business franchise at the time and had over 1400 customers that had to be billed monthly – BY HAND and handed out small envelopes they had to mail back. Well, I wondered if this puppy could handle that. After learning the Appleworks database application and only after reading my company contract three times, I began typing in customers names, addresses and info, two in an 8 1/2 x 11 format. This took me about a week, working 6 or 7 hours a day to get everything into the database. Think I backed it up? Damn skippy!

When I was finished, I printed out a couple pages and it looked great. All I had to to was cut them in half (I purchased a guillotine paper cutter), collate them and they were ready to go out. But the new bills had all the previous month's data like the date I received their payment & check # or cash payments were recorded. The customers loved it – so I charged each one 50 cents extra to cover the cost of the paper and ink. I made a tidy little profit at the end of each month too – about $600. Now back to the company contract. There was nothing in there that said I couldn't do this and there wasn't anything that said I could. So I took the initiative.

A couple days before I began charging, I put out a letter informing the customers and there were no complaints – not one. The day AFTER I put out all the bills I went to the company's office and showed the head honcho my letter. He read it and said "When are you going to implement this"? I said "yesterday".

You know how you can see someone's face get redder by the second? Well, this guy's face started reddening at his chin and went all the way to his forehead. I literally thought the top of his head was going to go off like a volcano! He started yelling and literally pacing around his desk. This company had a policy, and the contract did state, that if I lost 5% of my customer base they could take my business (I paid $28,500 for it a few years before) and I had no intention of losing it. He told his managers to call my customers to try to come up with the percentage they needed to confiscate my business.

It never happened. In fact from what I found out, many people said if I'd have charged $1.00 more a month they would have gladly paid it because my customer service was so good. In all, I lost 15 customers out of 1400 and when I got the list of people I lost, I called them and got 8 back. The next contract that came out had a clause (other distributors called it the "Paulie Clause") that specifically said you cannot raise your rates unless you tell the company first and got their OK – in writing – that you could do so.

This whole price increase was my wife's idea, but it taught me a great lesson in business – one I want to pass on to you. I simply want to show you how thinking out of the box can benefit you greatly and if you know you're right, to stick to your guns. I sold the business a few months later for $42.000.

Right about then I started thinking about using the Mac for an online business.This was back in 1996 when the Internet was still new and fresh… and people had an internet attention span of about 10 seconds a site. I looked at a few income opportunities and they seemed redundant. It actually took me another year to find the right "foundation" businesses that were a good fit for me. For you, I'd suggest two or three foundation affiliate businesses where they do the heavy lifting – and at least two fun online businesses. Fun Online Businesses are just taking the stuff you love to do and turning it into a business.

That's the key right there to having a wildly successful online business. You love the stuff you do so much, you'd do it if you got paid for it or not. I've since invested in a Windows computer because some of my software will only run on that machine. I've come to appreciate it to a point, but not as much as my Mac.

Your Foundation – (Affiliate Business)    – Join at least 3. Do your homework first and make sure they have a strong reputation with the BBB. There's a simple test you can take to see if the business is right for you. If you find yourself doing things other than working on that affiliate business when  you should be, re-evaluate it. What other things? I once found myself going around the room dusting equipment.

Your Fun Online Business – Start with at least two. Sit down with yourself and figure out what you love to do and just turn it into your business. With this mix of affiliate businesses and your own businesses you should do well.

Just remember, whatever you choose it will take work. I can give you a thousand different sayings – Rome wasn't built in a day, anything worth doing is worth doing well – you know the drill. Don't expect to get rich overnight. Plant the seed, water it, prune it when you should and watch it grow. When you start to make an income, it'll just make you want to reach higher. And don't forget to think out of the box now and then.

 



Supersize your exposure with articles

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Published on: March 1, 2013

 

 

First a confession then on to today's post.

 

I love running a useful blog that helps people with what they are trying to accomplish related to a home business. The reason I don't post more and reason I don't write more articles is because I don't like it all that much. I have to be in the mood and feel creative. I just know I need to be in the mood to write effectively and that mood has been notably absent lately. I'll try to work on that and become a better host.

 

So, what's the post for today? Ironically, the benefits of writing articles! Writing articles is the single best thing you can do to get your blog or website noticed. 

Listed below are the ten top benefits I can think of for writing articles. You could probably come up with more, but this is my playground and I'm going to use the David Letterman format. 

 

If you're new to writing articles that's ok. You have to get your feet wet sometime. Almost every new publisher felt like they stunk at first, and you know what? Many did. Many of my early articles were "less than perfect" but because I included the website or blog address in the author resource box, they're still floating around out there and I'm still getting exposure from stuff I've written years ago.

 

 

The Top Ten Reasons for Writing Articles

 

#10. Submit your articles to an article publisher that has a free content directory on their site. By doing this, they will allow their own visitors to republish your articles – getting your name and site spread out all over the web.

 

#9 You will get free advertising and extra exposure for your articles when starting out and as you get better, you can use the paid article services to boost your exposure even more. 

 

#8 By adding your name, website address, credentials and an email address for contact to a resource box, you'll be branding yourself and your site. This is important. 

 

#7 If your articles are good you could have your articles archived by the publisher. Before actually signing up for the article site you've published to, people may want to get a peek at the back issues to see if they want to sign up for that directory.

 

I was planning on doing this on #5 but I couldn't wait… 

 

#6 Build Excitement in your articles! People love excitement. When they're online they're reading and the best thing you can do is get their attention. It's BORING to read the same stuff. Blend your articles with cool sh*t so they have to sit up and pay attention.

 

#5 Your article could be placed on the publisher's home page (along with your bio). If they like your article enough they may publish each of your articles on their home page – getting you extra exposure.

 

#4 You could allow e-zine publishers to put your articles in their free e-books. Since they give these away, your advertising and exposure could multiply quickly.

 

#3 You could get your articles guaranteed to run one of the many e-zines (e-magazines) on the net today. You can agree to put one of their articles on your site or blog if they'll publish yours. It's a win/win.

 

#2 You will become known as an expert on the subjects you write about and you could earn extra income from people wanting to hire you for other articles, books or consultation.

 

And the number one reason…

 

#1 You'll gain people's trust. I've been contacted (another reason you need an email address in your bio) by owners of other blogs asking me to be a guest author for them. This is probably one of the nicest compliments people can offer. 

  

 

 

When when you sign up for a new service, the first thing to do is to look for a "resource box" or "bio box". Add a short bio about yourself including your name, site or blog address and get an email address devoted just to your articles.

 

 

Here's a couple resources to get you started.

  There are thousands of article directories but this is the best place I've found to get your articles noticed. 

 

  John Carlton is one of my favorite authors and runs a blog called The Rant.



How to build your email marketing lists

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Published on: February 5, 2013

 

Starting today, I'm going to start a series on business specific subjects you'll need to build your online business. 

 

First up is 6 great ways to collect email addresses. Bluntly put, your list is the lifeblood of your business. Without a list you can market to you're basically SOL. Another thing I want to mention right here is the trust factor. People are worried about someone sharing their personal information and rightfully so. If people can trust you with their personal email address it goes a long way for your business, not to mention your reputation. 

 

For me, my promise to never share an address is my word. And you never break your word.

 

 

Ok, the 6 ways I promised you…

 

 

1. OFFER A FREEBIE

You have to give in order to get. If you want people to offer up their email address you're going to need to offer an incentive. And nothing works better than a complimentary (read that FREE) gift of some sort. It can be a no cost report, software, book or even sample pages of a book. That last one works like a charm. But your gift has to be something of value – something people can really use and will appreciate.

 

2. PUT A SUBSCRIBER BOX ON EVERY PAGE

This is a clever little trick that everyone seems to miss.  You'd also be surprised to see where some people put them. They need to be right at the top of the page. Another big plus is that when the search engines index your page, a visitor may come directly to a page other than your home page. If your subscriber box is only on your home page, you're missing thousands of people who might otherwise sign up.

 

3. CONTESTS

Very often, a contest will generate a buzz and traffic for your business. Create a contest and put a form on your site or use a pop-up box. All of the major email marketing companies supply this tool. Just remember though that not all the people that sign up this way may be good prospects for what you're offering. Some may just be looking for freebies and have no intention of buying your product or service.

 

4. DISPLAY YOUR OWN AUTORESPONDER ADDRESS

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5. HIT SPAM MAIL BACK

A little trick I use (and love it) is to simply respond to all the spam I get. That's right – respond to it. Yes, I know by responding they know you're a real person but I've had great luck in never getting that spam mail again. All I do is reply to the letter, writing back something like "Your opportunity looks nice but I'm busy right now and will look it over when I get a chance. If you really want to see a business that blows everything else out of the water, check this out!" Copy & paste it into a signature file you can just choose with your mail program. Yes, I also know they can just change their email address, then you just check their IP address and you can confirm if it's that Tart that spammed you before. 

 

6. JUST ASK

If you're talking on the phone or have people in your contact lists, don't be shy-ask for their email address. If you're "out and about", ask for their business card which usually includes their email address.  

 



Affiliate Marketing Business or Sole Ownership?

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Today, many of us want to go to work for ourselves – and why not? You can usually make more money by running your own business. Research shows those that run their own businesses make more money and are happier than those who have a “job” and work for someone else. However, the difference between those who want it and those that actually do is staggering. Those that do make the attempt have two options open to them. Create their own sole proprietorship (usually a brick and mortar business) or go into an affiliate marketing business. Both can be quite productive. The difference?


Any business requires a great deal of work despite the avenue you take. The more you put into it the more you are likely to get back. However, the sole proprietorship requires much more time and commitment and has a much greater degree of risk. Creating your own business is  difficult. Unless you have a unique idea that is marketable you are going to have competition with other businesses. You have to create strategies to attract customers away from the already well known & established businesses in your area and over to yours. If you succeed the rewards can be immense but if you fail you could loose everything. Being a sole proprietor is incredibly risky. If your business fails like the vast majorities do, your sole source of income has just ended and depending on how much debt your business had and how your financed the venture, you could lose much more than income – like your house if you put that up as collateral. 


Affiliate marketing businesses provide several advantages in this area. First, you are marketing products that are already in existence. Known brands are not as hard to sell especially if they have a good reputation. Good and trusted businesses or products will attract customers much faster than something new and unknown. Affiliate marketing takes care of all of this for you.

Affiliate marketing takes most of the risk away. You're paid according to how well you perform. You don't need to worry how the overall business is performing as much as your business is performing. You get your commissions based on products you sell,  sign others  up, etc. Affiliate marketing businesses are usually well established so you don't have to worry about them folding up and going bye-bye at a moments notice.


Advertising is an integral part of either business. If you're a sole proprietor, the advertising depends on you. You'll have to have enough in your budget to hire a professional or devise a campaign yourself. The first costs money and the latter requires a great deal of time.

With an online affiliate marketing business, the advertising is sometimes taken care of for you though not always. Actually, I'd much rather do my own advertising than rely on some advertising model that's been around for God knows how long. And I like to be creative in my advertising. You're usually given what you need such as banners, e-mails, cards to hand out, vehicle signs and other information about your business. You're also likely given good advice on how best to sell the products or services. Affiliate marketing programs should try to help you as much as possible. Generally, they better you do the better they do.



Help and support as a sole proprietor will probably lead you to the
Small Business Association – SBA. Here you can get advice for free or you may need to hire out a professional, meaning extra cost to you. With an affiliate marketing business, there should be a representative on hand or up-line, that you can contact for support and advice. This service is usually free to all members.
 
Business is tough no matter how you slice it. Either route you take will require hard work, dedication and funds. However, if you want to work for yourself, join a program where most of the hard work is done for you. With an online affiliate marketing business, the risk is taken away and you don't have to re-invent the wheel – just follow directions. This allows you time to concentrate on what needs to be done, like advertising, signups, making a profit and building your business.

Above all, join a online affiliate marketing company with a history of being in business for a number of years, has a solid Better Business Bureau – BBB rating, has a history of paying their affiliates in a timely and consistent basis and has great customer service when you need help, because you ARE going to need it at some point.



So, you think you can write?

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I like totally agree with the SEO method. You just have to do what feels good to you and works for whatever website you have to rank. This search engine marketing stuff is totally new to me but I can learn it and do OK with it. People will visit your site if you give them what they want and need.

Working to apply the search engine marketing principles and Google algorithms  to your site and maximizing your SEO efforts will invariably bring you the intended results you are seeking, thus leveraging your efforts in the ranking world. If you can invariably turn your visitors into buyers, your efforts are achieving the intended result .

You can learn and apply SEO (search engine optimization) to your site to get the results you want. If you do it the right way, the people you're looking for (targeted traffic) will want to visit your website and come back to see what new things you are adding to help them. Search engine optimization is the best way to get organic traffic( people who are searching for what you are offering).

Right now, you're probably thinking – what is he talking about?  Let me explain.

Writing for a website or blog:

Look at the samples above.

 In the first example, you sound like an idiot. If you come across as  someone that sounds like you don't know what you're talking about, how many people are going to actually going want to read what you're trying to say? Not too many. For me, it seems as if you're trying to muddle through the piece.

In the second example, you come across as talking down to people. Unless you're giving a seminar or writing a scientific paper that's geared to like-minded people on a particular subject, it's best to steer clear of this kind of writing. It also comes across as trying to impress people when you really don't have to.

The last example I think, shows best what you're writing so everyone knows what you're trying to convey. When I write, I try to give you the subject I'm talking about and what it means in simple terms. In my example above, it's SEO. Experts will know what I'm talking about when I say SEO, but people not familiar with the term won't, so I want to tell you easily and help you to understand (in parenthesis) – "You can learn and apply SEO (search engine optimization)". This writing method is pretty simple but it goes a long way.

It's kind of a fine line. You don't want to talk down to the experts, but don't want to talk above almost everyone else that's never heard of SEO. Hopefully, people will understand what you're trying to explain while at the same time you're not annoying anyone. You actually have to write at an 8th or 9th grade level to appeal to the greatest number of people for a website or a blog.

Something else I think you need to remember when writing for your site or blog and especially for sales copy is not come across as too formal. What I always attempt to do when writing posts is to write as if my readers are my friends, which they ARE! If you think about it, there are millions of blogs across the internet and many more millions of websites. To have people want to visit your blog or site is an honor. This is the way I've always approached it. A big reason why I think this blog is successful is that  I try to genuinely help  people. Now, I'm not trying to toot my own horn here, I'm just telling you the WAY you write and why you write goes a long way in determining your success or failure. It makes me feel very good when I get comments from people saying they like my style of writing. Believe me I've worked on it for years and I'm still learning every day. 

Copywriting:

Copywriting is the art of writing for advertising or ad copy. People have been doing it for many years. The next time you watch yet another TV commercial remember this is ad copy for whatever they are trying to sell you. Most people writing for online business and salespeople – about 80% – are in this category. They usually work for companies and get paid by the company. The best copywriters are also usually  paid a commission for each article or ad that generate sales. Also in this copywriting category are people running their own online business.They are busy writing sales letters and squeeze pages that hopefully will get you to click through and buy their item or service.

Great Copywriting:

The top maybe 15% in the copywriting field are consummate professionals that usually work by the job. They are hired by other professional business owners who want the best copywriting they can get, want to outsource the work and know these people will be able to sell whatever they are offering. They've done previous work with these copywriters and know what they will be getting for the price they are paying.  I said in that previous post that professional copywriters will charge you $10,000 and UP for a single sales page. The first two questions they will ask you is who your target market is and what you are selling. Most of that 10K is taken up in research. That's right – professional copywriters will research your target market extensively as well as what you're selling to write a sales page for you that will sell (convert) for you. The actual copywriting they do for you won't take long at all. After their research is done, they'll blend the sales page copywriting seamlessly with what you are selling.

The other 5% of copywriters usually start their own business showing others how to write like they do. They are the "cream of the crop", usually have many successes under their belt and are able to hire and pay a team of other copywriters to work for them to show people that join their membership sites how the pros write. You usually pay $500 or more for monthly dues, or $2000 to $5000 for a seminar where you can meet your copywriter in person. So you'd better take in everything you learn. If you do, it's an investment in your future. 

 So, great copywriting lets you write the ticket to your own future. If you can learn to move people by your words alone you're on pace to become a self-made millionaire.

Tip: Try writing easy three line ads first. All you need to do is brainstorm about the headline first. You'll need a GREAT headline that will make people stop and want to read your ad. Then write the other 2 or 3 lines about what your ad is about and always, always split test – which is simply a five dollar word to see if people actually click on your ad. A great way to split test is to use a word press plugin that I use. It's called "smart affiliate links". It free and will show how many people actually clicked on your link.



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