A Great Idea For A Blog Is No Longer Enough

Because there are so many blogs and web sites about blogs on the internet, it can be tough to distinguish your
blogging web site from all of the others. Whether you are starting up a new web site aimed at bloggers or whether you are looking to make your existing blogging site more distinctive, the key to building and maintaining a site that will capture the interest and attention of the blogging community is finding your niche. If you can fill a unique need in a way that no other web site does, you’ll be able to build a lasting readership among web surfers. Once you have discovered a niche, you will still have a lot to do, but finding your place in the blogosphere is the place to begin.

Every great blogging web site starts with a great idea, and you can’t build a successful site that will last without one. There are many great sites aimed at today’s bloggers, and competition for the attention of this growing demographic is fierce. To make your blogging web site stand out from the pack, you will need to offer something that no other site is currently offering, or you will need to do the same thing that an already popular site does but in a more impressive or valuable way.

One way to discover an ideal model for your blogging web site is to look at the sites that have successfully captured a blogging audience already to determine if you can appropriate some of their strategies to help realize your vision. Of course, you will also need to add a unique flair to your project in order to stand apart from your competition. Many people agree that the web
sites that do the best in today’s market are the sites that have the most personality. The fiercely individual surfers who are bloggers are a demographic that responds especially strongly to personality, so consider how you can give your site a unique and attractive feeling by lending your own voice and sensibility to your site’s design and content.

Once you have a great idea for your site, have pinpointed a special niche that you are well equipped to fill, and have infused the site with personality, the next step is figuring out how to get the word out to bloggers. In the long run, a great idea just isn’t enough to propel your blogging web site to success. You will need to draft a smart and realistic marketing plan in order to draw readers to your site. Once you hook a blogger, your great content will keep them coming back, but it is
vital to get that first glance or your site won’t have a chance to shine.

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Creating An Online Business

Today I would like to discuss creating a website in a small but profitable niche. What all businesses come down to is finding and maintaining a strong and solid customer base that can constantly make them money. This is true no matter what type of business this is, Internet or retail. The only way that a company makes money is by attracting a solid base of customers and then building off of that. If you are able to build a solid base of highly responsive customers, you will have the opportunity to print your own money.

The first key in creating the best online business is to help you identify a niche that you can work in. First, you will want the subject to be something that you are interested in hopefully. To truly create a website that people will want to keep visiting, you will have to have a great deal of information and different ways to keep them interested. You will probably need to be researching these topics quite a bit so a strong interest within the field will help you.

One of the quickest ways to get information on your chosen niche is to read other people’s blogs on the topic. You can check out forums, and article directories. Spend about a week going through them all and make a note of the ones worth visiting again and check those every month, so you keep your self current.

If you have money you can invest, try to purchase some products in your chosen niche. Clickbank.com and Jvzoo.com are just two great sources for digital information products.

When you have selected your niche, the next step will be marketing your online business. Develop a forum or discussion board on which different topics of importance to your customers are listed.  People will want to come back again and again to read what others have to say and this provides you with some great repeat traffic.  This can help your natural search engine traffic in getting your page is indexed as well as provide some back link opportunities, which will help in marketing your online business. Within your forum, you are able to create marketing of some sort because it is your website.  When these customers are ready to buy, they will think of buying from you first because of the connection between your website and them. Within this way, you have created a win-win situation for both parties.  You will have developed a stable base of customers while also giving yourself the opportunity to grow your business due to the opportunities listed such as back links, search engine traffic, and being more heavily indexed.

Another good way to help in creating marketing for an online business is to give away free products.  You can advertise your free giveaways in many of the freebie forums that can be found around the Internet.  There is great traffic to these websites and if you are able to divert some of this to your website, you will be much the better for it.  If you are using free giveaways, make sure that you are receiving something in return such as the person’s e-mail address because they have signed up for your newsletter.  When you are using giveaways as a form of advertising, you’ll want to make sure that you are able to get some sort of return on your investment so keep this in mind when posting to the freebie forums.

The final way in which we’ll look at creating marketing for an online business is to write good sales copy.  This is going to be one of the simplest methods for you will quite possibly the most effective because my improving what is written on your website, you will be able to convert more of your traffic and this will have a direct impact on your bottom line.

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Creating A Work At Home Business

Working at home and earning a decent living is ideal. The freedom to set your own hours and work at your own pace is what most of us yearn for.

There are great many opportunities for you in creating a work at home business that focus on the Internet and online.  One of the best resources for you to find information about this is at Affiliate Programs. You’ll want to spend a great deal of time visiting this website because you can find many different affiliate programs that you can market in many different categories.  Some of the categories that they have that you can market include finance and investment, food and beverage, automotive, and health and fitness.  Take the time to read because each affiliate program will list their website as well as a small description on what they do and you will want to visit the website as well.  If you are going to be spending a great deal of your time promoting a particular website and program, you’ll want to make sure that this is worth your while.  Also, with each of these particular programs, you should look at how much money you would be making by selling each of these.  You’ll probably find several programs that seem interesting to you so see which one peaks your interest and pays well and head for that opportunity.

As far as fair warning for what seems to be opportunities on the Web for other things, there are many different websites that promise that you can make money through either taking surveys or through posting on free forums for several hours day.  The old adage “If it sounds too good to be true”, it probably is. Remember to listen to your gut when you’re thinking about this. There are many work-at-home scams out there so make sure to take your time in reading about what the different websites have to offer. Look for reviews using Google or youtube before you pay to be part of any of these “opportunities”

Another great work home business that has an online focus can be eBay.  This can be a great tool for you to begin your career.  You can learn how to write sales copy for your auctions as well as how to properly promote yourself.  If you take the lessons to be learned on eBay and apply them to other Internet marketing areas, you will find yourself ready to tackle almost anything out there.

Many people are able to make a full-time income on eBay. One strategy you can use is outlined below:

Source  a wholesaler where you can get products at a discount to sell on eBay.  The general idea when working on selling on eBay is to find a drop shipper.  A definition of a drop shipper is a wholesaler sells you a product and will ship the product to a customer.  You will buy the product at the wholesale price and then make money on the difference between what you buy the product for and sell the product for on eBay. Using the wholesaler allows you to focus on selling the product without worrying about stocking the product.  You do not need to worry about any sort of shipping or backend but you will want to make sure that everything gets sent out.  If there are problems with shipments, the customer will be coming back to you and not to the wholesaler to.  If you go to worldwidebrands.com, you will find the best wholesale shipping directory on the Internet.

Hope you find these ideas useful and stay tuned for more next week.

 

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Autoresponders- Are You Using Yours Effectively?

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Autoresponders are one of the most important marketing tools that you can have if you are doing business online. In fact, the only thing more important that the autoresponder is your opt-in list! But all autoresponders start out without a list – the list doesn’t exist until your autoresponder mailing list starts filling up with names and email addresses!

The easiest and fastest way to build up an email list is to give things away for free. You simply pay for advertisement to promote your freebie. Don’t think of this as lost money, think of it as an investment in future earnings.

Give away an ezine, free reports, free ebooks, free access to private websites, or anything else that you can think of. The object is to get people to sign up to receive that freebie, and to agree to receive email from you in the future! It is a win-win situation for everyone, but you get more than anyone else in the deal. The person gets a freebie. You get their name and email address, and permission to email them in the future.

But if you do it right, you get even more than that. The freebie that you give away should also be used to promote your products or services as either a One Time Offer or at the back-end through email marketing. Even if it just has affiliate links for products or services that are related to the topic of the freebie, it is a way to generate extra revenue.  Then, when you send email in the future, you can again promote your products or services.

Using every opportunity that is presented to you in the world of Internet Marketing is vital to your success. You have the opportunity to earn money in the freebie that you create, you have the opportunity to earn money when you send the ‘thank you’ email after a person has requested your freebie, and you have the opportunity to earn money every time an autoresponder message is sent out to that list in the future! Don’t waste those opportunities, and put it all in automatic mode with the use of an autoresponder.

In your follow-up sequences you build interest slowly. Start with an informative message – a message that educates the reader in some way on the topic that your product or service is related to. At the bottom of the message, include
a link to the sales page for your product. Use that first message to focus on the problem that your product or service can solve, with just a hint of the solution.

Build up from there, moving into how your product or service can solve a problem, and then with the next message, ease into the benefits of your product – giving the reader more actual information with each and every message. Your final message should introduce some scarcity into the equation! With each message, make sure the customer knows how to buy, sometimes it may take up to 7 messages before they decide to buy, so I recommend a minimum of 4 messages on any one product.

This type of marketing is an art. It may take time to get it exactly right. Use the examples that other marketers have set for you. Sign up to the list of the marketers you admire, those who are earning money and have the respect of their peers. Pay attention to these messages. Start a ‘swap’ file, and keep those messages. Use some of the better sales copy for your own
autoresponder messages – just make sure that yours doesn’t turn out to be an exact copy of someone else’s sales message!

Remember keep building on what the problem is, and how your product or service can solve that problem or fill that need. If you are doing this right, by the time the potential customer reads the last message in that series, they will be convinced enough to make a purchase!

The autoresponder you use depends on your taste and budget. I personally recommend Get Response and you get a free 30 day trial HERE.
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Back to the JOB

As you may remember I lost my job back in May. It has been quite a roller-coaster for me ever since. I had a nervous break-down and on May 20th I attempted suicide. It was not a cry for help I had no intention to be found and saved. I did my research, I thought I took enough pills. However as fate would have it my husband found me and took me to the hospital. I can’t tell how mortified I was to open my eyes and see my father, husband, brother and step-mother around my bed. My father immediately began to chastise me – he really doesn’t deal with emotions very well and I don’t think he ever expected to hear that his first born had tired to take her own life.

In the initial days after the incident all I could say to everyone was I’m sorry but I don’t know what to tell you because I had intention of having these conversations. I have been diagnosed with some sort of disorder – would you believe I can’t remember the name of it. But basically I have never learnt to deal with stress well – the way normal people do.

My husband never came back home after I came out of hospital. He just couldn’t deal with what I had done, he felt I didn’t love him, so he left home. Can you imagine what first month in my second chance life was for me? Challenging and surreal would be the best description.

So its August now – 3 months later and I’m still here. I feel stronger than I have ever felt in my life (this was actually my 3 rd attempt and definitely the most public). I had such an out pouring of love from my friends and family and this has had a profound affect on me and the way I see myself. My husband and I now live apart but we are building bridges.

But I believe the most important ingredient in my recovery was that I started building my on-line business. In all this chaos I set-up my own website, started this blog, made my first affiliate sales, learned to use Kompozer, and so much more. Developing my on-line business has been such a cathartic experience for me. I am not as far along as I had planned before the shit hit the fan, but I’ve made progress which I am now really proud of.

Back to work for me on Monday and I must say I am really happy about that for a number of reasons. Its no fun trying to build a business with no dinero and I need the distraction of work and other adult company – keeps the darkness away.  Yes I will have less time to devote to my business but a little pressure will do me the world of good, less time to think.

My first product Electric List Building has been a work in progress for some time now and I would like to publicly declare that I will have that ready for sale by the end of October. I have done the first draft, its all over the place but its everything I want to say. I will continue with my email marketing and list building and I have been looking into ways of making more with PLR products.

With Internet Marketing as with life, you just have to have the tenacity to just keep going – no matter what obstacles you may face. It makes such a huge difference if you have a plan. I developed my plan and even though the dates have been shifted the plan is solid and I refer to it often.

I have decided to get a new tattoo to commemorate my second chance. bth_Phoenix_logo_no_back_groundcopyIts a phoenix and he will go on my leg to cover a scar I got when I cut myself a few years ago. It will not look exactly like this as I only like original work so my sister is working on her version of this for me. I will put the date at the bottom as well   20-05-13 the date of my rebirth.

The most important lesson for me is that things always get better. No matter how wrong they are now, there is always hope and if you look for good things, they always appear.

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Copyright Infringement

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Copyright infringement is not an easy thing to explain. While it may seem as simple as not using someone else’s work, it’s not that easy. Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and many other organizations, we have the ability to use others’ works – as long as we use it under ‘fair use’ laws. So what does fair use have to do with copyright infringement, and how can you utilize it?

Fair use laws are the conditions in which you can use a copyrighted work without having to pay someone royalties. This includes when you use a copyrighted work for educational or instructional uses, criticism of the work, commentaries on the work, news reporting about the work, teaching on the work (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship uses, and research. This is talked about fully in Section 107 of the Copyright Code (commonly called Fair Use) and is available for you to read at your local library.

Copyright Infringement in day-to-day life

Sometimes, if you’re writing a paper for work or school, or if you are creating a Power Point presentation, you need to use someone’s work that is already in copyright. So how do you use it without committing copyright infringement? All you have to do is ask – the worst they can say is no, right? But, if they do say no, there are several items in the public domain which may help you to finish your project without having to commit copyright infringement.

What is the public domain, and how does it relate to copyright infringement?

Material that is not copyrighted is considered in the public domain – you cannot commit copyright infringement on works in the public domain. These works include things that the copyright has expired on, or is not copyright-able – such as government publications, jokes, titles, and ideas.

So, how do I ensure I’m not committing copyright infringement?

First of all, if you’re going to use someone else’s material, you may want to check the public domain to see if something is suitable for use, instead of trying to use someone else’s copyright. However, if you can’t find something suitable (and you can’t create something yourself), the next best thing (and your only legal course of action) is to find a piece that is in copyright, and contacting the copyright holder.

When you contact the copyright holder, make sure you tell them what you want to use their piece for – whether it’s for your blog, podcast, or report – and ask them if you can use it. You may have to pay royalties, or an attribution in your piece, or a combination of both. The creator may also place many limitations on when and how you can use their material. Follow all these instructions they give you, and you’ll be free and clear to use their work as you want.

Once you have permission to use a copyrighted work, you need to make sure you stay within the agreed-upon boundaries – if you veer outside their agreed terms, you may open yourself up for a copyright infringement lawsuit – which can be nasty, costly, and time consuming. If you’re in doubt, before contacting the copyright holder, contact a copyright lawyer to ensure you’re following the law – and protect yourself!

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Blogging and Social Networking

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Blogging has been found to be  a useful tool for business promotions. Many use blog tools not only to express their daily views, opinions, and journal of their life but they are also used to serve as link to their business websites or e-commerce sites. Indeed, using blogs for this purpose has been so effective that many use their social networking blog tools for business promotion.

Most of the online social networking software provides blogging as part of the features to easily communicate with people around the world. As these sites are the sanctuary of many people that are linked from one colleague to another, blogging became a very essential tool so everyone would know what you have been up to. A list can be found here.

Essentially, the blog that came with the social networking website provides you opportunity to express your thoughts and let everyone on your network of friends know of your thoughts. You might also set the blog to allow visitors to comment on them.

Generally, people love reading blogs of others. And because frequent visitors grace the blog sites, this makes it the perfect location of the web to let readers inform of certain business advertisements. Hence, many blog pages from social networking web sites have been graced with many links leading to other websites where most cater in e-commerce aspect.

So, if you want to turn your online social networking site into an advertising page for your business, make sure that you maintain your blog. Using a blog as a marketing medium can be quite a useful  marketing strategies for a number of reason.

These are:

• Blogging is relatively an inexpensive way to advertise your services or products. Because most are offered free, you only need to post informative and entertaining posts so people will be attracted to visit your page and come back often once you got their attention.

• Another advantage of using blogging for the business is that the ease with which maintain it and you would only need to update it regularly.

• The fact that more readers are more attracted and inclined to visit pages with substance, meaning with information and facts that would entertain them, than any other e-commerce websites blogging is currently the most ideal way to advertise businesses.

• Because social networking website is all about a string or chain of contacts where “a friend is a friend of a friend” concept is the general essence of this application, you have more chances of getting your blog site more visited. Again, this increases your chances to advertise your products or services to them.

Online social networking web sites proliferate in the internet world. Most of these are offered free of charge but you are offered a whole host of features that will be of great use to anybody who is going to become a member, whatever that purpose will be.

Start your blog now and maximize its use and you’ll discover that there are a lot of opportunities waiting for you out there.

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Tips For Writing Better Copy

Writing copy for your website or sales page is an important part to make sure that you educate your readers to the extent that they can possibly buy something from you or join your list.

If you need some instant help, here are the steps I recommend to writing better sales copy:

  1. Get Their Attention

Begin with a big red headline that grabs their attention and tell them exactly what to expect from the sales letter

  1. Identify The Problem

Identify and aggravate the problem, express empathy, your readers need to think you understand exactly how they feel.

  1. Provide The Solution

This is your product – the ultimate solution to the problems you identified previously

  1. Present Your Credentials

Here you give them reasons to trust you and outline why you are qualified to help them

  1. Show The Benefits

You need to show exactly how they benefit from your product. Forget about features, you have to touch them emotionally and you will only do this by speaking to the benefits.

  1. Give Social Proof

These are your testimonials from past clients.

  1. Make Your Offer

It must be irresistible: a good combination of product, promise and price

  1. Inject Scarcity

Can be done with Time Scarcity or Quantity Scarcity, buy now or miss out later!

  1. Give A Guarantee

You need to remove the risk. I recommend a 60 day money back guarantee

  1. Call To Action

You need to tell them how they can get your product. You can plant multiple add to cart buttons throughout the sales letter. Warn them about the on-going problems if they don’t buy today!

Don’t worry if the thought of writing your own sales copy scares you to death, all is not lost simply go to the places such as the warrior forum or elance.com and pay someone to do it for you. However be mindful for the age old saying “You get what you pay for!”

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Tips To Live A More Abundant Life

People will think that being able to live an abundant life is something that only the “special” people can have.

However, anyone can live abundantly, just as long as you know what you are doing in life. Though life may not be at an ultimate high, this does not mean that you cannot be happy.

In order to live abundantly, you will need to start focusing more on yourself and enjoying your happiness.

 

Create small goals

When you make small goals in life, you will realize that they will work together to still achieve one big goal. This makes life seem easier and you are able to enjoy each day more.

Sometimes a really big goal can seem too overwhelming and so it is a better idea to simply just focus on making small goals on a daily basis.

As they say “How Do You Eat An Elephant?” “One Bite At A Time”.

Have Time For Friends and Family

Sometimes working too hard may not be the answer to living abundantly. You will need to take a break and realize that there are other things in important in life besides work and money.

When you ensure that your relationships with the people you love are perfect, you will be able to focus more on your work.

This is something that a lot of workaholics forget and it leads to more problems in other areas of life.

When your relationships are supportive, then its easier to retain your focus on your goals and you have a clear mind to focus on work.

Relax and Exercise

When you are feeling too stressed, sometimes all you need to do is let it out with some sort of activity.

Whether it is exercise or simply just going to sleep, doing things to help relax yourself will allow you to get back to work.

Living abundantly certainly does not mean that you will need to have all the money in the world but to simply make sure that you are happy, no matter what is going on in your life.

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3 Secrets To Attracting More Wealth

Most people will admit that wealth brings in more happiness and so there is not surprise that people want to attract more success.

The problem however is that people tend to try and force success into their lives and this leads to more problems.

In order to really attract more success, there are actually three secrets that can utilize to be able to see more success in life.

Here are a few things to consider when it comes to attracting more success.

Visualize Success

In order to have success, you must see it before it comes. This is something that a lot of people do not understand. When you visualize success in your life, you will be able to “control” the things that happen to you. I spend 15 minutes at the beginning and at the end of everyday visualizing my dreams and goals.

Accept Failure

However, though you can visualize success, things just might not go the way you want. This will happen to everyone and you simply can’t expect to succeed on your first try.

No matter what you do in life, you will need to realize that you just might fail but this should NOT stop you from trying again.

Never Quit

As cliche as this may sound, you simply can not quit. Life will have a lot of ups and downs and the trick is to have steady emotions.

If you stop yourself from enjoying the highs too much and sulking in the bad, then you will be able to really feel happier on a consistent basis.

These three secrets are really just things that people forget.

In order to truly attract more success, you simply need to change your mentality and to always see the good in every situation, no matter how bad it can be.

With just a little patience and hard work, you will be able to live a happier and more successful life.

Henry Ford was such an amazing man and I just wanted to share some of his quotes which have always inspired me:

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”

“Don’t find a fault, find a remedy”

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see, when you take your eyes off the goal”

“Whether you think you can, or you can’t you are usually right”

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it”

“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grievances we endure help us in our marching forward”

Which one resonates most with ? I like number 3 on obstacles.

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