Category: Internet Marketing Tips

Build it and they will come…Yea Right!

By , August 17, 2017 12:19 pm

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It amazes me, people still believe that all they have to do is “build it and they will come?

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It amazes me, people still believe that all they have to do is “build it and they will come? I promise that is the only movie quote that I will use. Having personally developed well over 100 websites since 1997 I am always stunned by people complaining that there website is a failure and blaming the person who built it. Having a website is only half the battle! You must promote, promote, and then promote some more. No matter how great your product is no one can buy it unless they know about it.

First let me say that having someone develop a custom website for you is very important. Go cheap and buy a prefab website is usually a prelude to failure. Yes they are affordable and I know you are on a tight budget but never forget “You Get What You Pay For?

Now to the point. There is a simple formula for success. Spend money = make money. Sounds easy right?
First figure out what you can afford to pay a developer for your website, if you have a product to sell you should be thinking in the $1000 range. Also find a developer who believes in web standards, trust me this is important.

Next figure out a monthly advertising budget and spend it wisely. This is by far the most import advice I can give. Your website is not going to shoot to the top of the search engines or miraculously develop visitors all on its own. While we are on the topic of search engines, keep in mind that a person on the web only has a 4% chance of winding up on your website through a search engine. Most likely they will find your site while browsing on another website. Your best bet, if you can afford it, is to hire a reputable firm to promote your website. They will know what will work and what is a waste of money. If you can not afford to hire a firm, do your do diligence before spending your money. Only advertise on websites that are relevant to your product otherwise you are wasting your money.

This leads to our third point. Believe in the power of link exchange. I do not care what it will do for you in the search engines. The more links you have out their the greater the likely hood that someone will click that link and wind up on your website. If you are on a tight budget this is the best way to promote your website.

This article only covers the basics. Keep an eye out for part two which will have more detail about internet promotion.

You Can Market Your Online Business Yourself

By , August 12, 2017 6:43 pm

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Online business is indeed a lucrative means through which you can make a comfortable living. Infact, thousands have in recent years lived exclusively on the lucrative proceeds from internet marketing. Those who have decoded the nitty-gritty of the trade have either attained financial freedom or are on their way to reaching that threshold. It gives at the very least the opportunity to design your life the way you wish with hardly anyone looking over your shoulder to order you …

Online business is indeed a lucrative means through which you can make a comfortable living. Infact, thousands have in recent years lived exclusively on the lucrative proceeds from internet marketing. Those who have decoded the nitty-gritty of the trade have either attained financial freedom or are on their way to reaching that threshold. It gives at the very least the opportunity to design your life the way you wish with hardly anyone looking over your shoulder to order you about.

One of the peculiar joys of the Internet marketing trade is that it puts you in charge literally of your destiny. You get what you input into your business since the internet has virtually democratized the business environment to a significant extent. So while you may engage a professional marketing outfit to handle your marketing chores, you equally have an option of doing your own thing yourself. And this may give you a better sense of personal fulfillment.

Should you decide to personally market your online business, you would have to consider a number of factors. Would you have the knowledge, skill, time and commitment to see through your marketing campaigns? However, personal marketing would give your business a particular identity; your identity, which would make it different from other online businesses thereby enhancing definitive choices by customers.

The trick is to start simple. There are a number of cost effective methods and practices through which you can go about marketing your business to steady success. One simple way is to include email signature lines in all messages you send out to friends and associates. Email Signatures simply contain your website address which others may see, visit and become interested in buying from you. It would be more effective where you have a separate email address from your official or work place email account. When used in personal correspondences, it works wonders and you can hardly be accused of spamming since it is only a signature line and not an overt advertisement.

Closely following on this is email marketing. This has been a veritable tool for effective marketing of products with very wonderful and rewarding results. This simple method allows you to alert customers to the availability of new products, lucrative offers and changes to established businesses. Infact, I know a number of very successful Internet Marketers who use this method almost exclusively and they have several successful sites to show for it. However, great care must be taken to avoid spam as you go about using email marketing to promote your business.

Another method you can use to enhance the visibility of your site is the submission of your website to Search Engines and Directories. This may involve some financial costs to you but there are equally some free submission services around that are effective as well. When submitting to directories, care must be take n to submit to those that are relevant to your niche and will therefore enhance your chances of being noticed by prospective customers. There are some relatively cheap softwares that you can use to make your submissions more efficient and less time consuming.

Similarly, you can find some complimentary sites with which you can arrange reciprocal linking. Thus, the more sites you have this arrangement with, the greater visibility or traffic your own site gets.

Where you have a reasonable budget, a pay-per-click campaign could also be considered. In other words, you can bid for some of the low-cost keywords in your niche with any of the major search engines for faster results. However, you must learn the basics before venturing into this highly competitive area.

There are also other marketing methods such as blogging, which is taking the industry by storm considering the profits that have been made through this method; Classified ads in local business magazines as well as erection of medium -sized boards in your immediate environment. A mention must be made of the free- for-all web sites which enable you to post all your ads free even though some have expressed doubt as to their effectiveness.

Whatever method you finally chose to personally promote your online business will depend on your personal preferences based on the results that you are able to get from any or some of them. However, there is this joy and personal fulfillment that you get from running your own business yourself from wherever you chose and at the times that you prescribe.

Boost Your Business With Free Web Promotion

By , August 8, 2017 2:03 am

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Whether you are starting a new business or operating on a budget, you cannot go wrong with free web promotion. The truth is that not everyone has an expense account to justify an aggressive advertising campaign. Many businesses, especially web-based, outline marketing as their largest expense. However, free web promotion has changed the way that everyone looks at advertising.

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Whether you are starting a new business or operating on a budget, you cannot go wrong with free web promotion. The truth is that not everyone has an expense account to justify an aggressive advertising campaign. Many businesses, especially web-based, outline marketing as their largest expense. However, free web promotion has changed the way that everyone looks at advertising.

The best way to gain free web promotion is through the use of press releases, which highlight upcoming news, events and headlines regarding your company. In order to write an effective press release, your business must be involved in something noteworthy. Whether it be a contest, a grand opening, a special sale or other event, a press release is the perfect way to advertise your business happenings for free. There are a number of press release submission websites, which allow business owners to submit their news for free. In addition, submitting your press release to newspaper and magazine editors may increase your chances of being published both online and in print. Before sending a press release, which should be no more than one page in length, make sure that your name, mailing address and telephone number is included at the top of the page. Many editors require that contact information be present before they will even consider publishing a press release. The reasoning behind this is to confirm the identity of the person submitting the news.

Web promotion can perhaps best be utilized through successful positioning on internet search engines. By making sure that your website content is rich with information, links and updated information, search engines will be more likely to position your site among the top ranks. In addition, a descriptive website will also find it’s way to the top. For example, if your business deals with collectibles, make sure that your content is rich in keywords dealing with collectibles and the product line that you offer. Avoid stuffing keywords, but make sure that your website clearly indicates it’s subject matter.

One of the best avenues for web promotion is through article marketing. While many website owners are still somewhat unfamiliar with this approach, others are cashing in on a surge of traffic generated from properly marketing their articles. The key to successful web promotion via article marketing is to write an informative article that everyone will want to read. At the bottom of the article, include a brief paragraph featuring your name, the name of your business and a website address. The next step is to submit your article to as many article directories as possible. The more exposure, the better. As other webmasters log on to article directories in search of content for their website, they may select your article to be featured on their site. The more webmasters that feature your work, the more free web promotion your business will receive.

There are a number of ways to acquire paid marketing opportunities and an equal, or greater, number of ways to get free web promotion. If done correctly, web promotion doesn’t have to empty the entire expense account. In some cases, it won’t even cost you a cent.

Going Back to the Village

By , August 3, 2017 9:24 am

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The lady on the phone insisted for the third time: “You will get a real good position and only for this price.?After several calls, dozens of e-mails and talks she had with her manager for us, she offered ‘her?reduction to me. All this service without being asked. She was selling ‘positions?for a big search engine.

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The lady on the phone insisted for the third time: “You will get a real good position and only for this price.?After several calls, dozens of e-mails and talks she had with her manager for us, she offered ‘her?reduction to me. All this service without being asked. She was selling ‘positions?for a big search engine. For the good order: the positions are related to keywords, which people use when searching on the internet and which can be called the ‘core?of the whole internet marketing.

“Well, let me see my position then?I said. Following the instructions given by her I typed in the keywords. And there I was. Having not been on this search engine for a long time, I was surprised.

Almost every part, every space of the result page was filled with links, banners, sponsored sites and ‘hikis and fikis?or whatever it might be called. The results, for which a search engine is actually used for, looked like a land of borders: on the top, middle and bottom of the results were three sponsored links placed. I don’t know why, but suddenly this chaos on the screen reminded me of the metropolitan suburbs of developing countries.

Only buildings next to each other; one higher or uglier than the other one. No matter if you have rented a room on the top, middle or on the first floor you easily get the feeling of suffocating only by watching. You would rather leave and never come back.

How come, I am having the same feeling now? How fast did this happen?

It was not long ago; maybe six or seven years, when the internet got integrated in daily life and I also started to use it. Without being disrupted I could go through to the tenth page of the results. While searching the feeling of being surprised by the expected results arose. It was like the results were your own, only yours. The cleanness of the pages surely supported such feelings.

Later, surfing on the internet diminished to five or six pages. And by now I do not surf more than two pages of the results. This is amazing! Although meanwhile the amount of sites that have been created by people and the data of search engines have been growing in high speed, people are now not going further than the second page. Why? Is it because the search engines give better results within the first two pages? Or is it because of the tiredness that afflicts you while searching? I suppose it is more the second option.

I would call this the effect of the ‘urbanization of internet? Like the cities, the internet has grown fast, uncoordinated and hungry. As a result web-buildings don’t really differ from city-buildings in developing countries. You would like to leave as soon as possible.

Billions of keyword combinations are offered for sale. The more popular the keywords, or lets say the more commercial the keywords, the faster a result page grows and the more expensive a place is getting there.

Now she was offering me the possibility of renting a good position in one of these “suburbs?of the internet. And this for a good price for the next 12 months!

The words, by themselves, flew out of my mouth: ‘I would rather go back to the village,?I said. ‘The country side, you know?? I repeated slowly.

Probably, she couldn’t place my comments. She thought a bit and said: ‘Yes, yes. That is what all of us want to do in the end. But till then think about the usage of the keyword position I offered to you.?
Well, what can I say: let’s think then about the keywords and positions that are so determined in our businesses and in our developments either as a company or as a daily user of this immense machine going on.

Before the end, well to remember!

(This article is written in the serial of ‘The urbanization of internet?at http://www.tobook.com/newsletter/newsletter.asp)

For newer sites, Web Marketing depends on “titles” & “links”

By , July 29, 2017 3:57 pm

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We all start out the same. Some have budgets, some don’t. The one true factor out there is that we all want to expose our business. For 99% of us, starting out in the world of web marketing means a few things:

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We all start out the same. Some have budgets, some don’t. The one true factor out there is that we all want to expose our business. For 99% of us, starting out in the world of web marketing means a few things:

* – A huge learning curve
* – Endless nights working
* – Trial & Error
* – Learning the ropes

Compared to older more established sites out there, a brand new site without a network of well established web sites to back it up will need to depend on good quality links pointing to it. This will commence the search engine ranking strategy.

See most “grand father” sites out there have already gone through the trials and tribulations of getting recognized. Since this is true, they don’t always have to depend on the “Title” of the link pointing to their site, nor do they have to depend on the “Title” tag within their site.

Now here’s the [kicker]. Let’s say Joe has been doing this for 2 years now, 9 times out of 10, if Joes web site is still promoting content about “Web Marketing”, he probably doesn’t have to add “Web Marketing” to his main title anymore. He can now add it further down within another link on his site.

So the moral is???

If your site is new, you’ll need to depend on the “Titles” of many things to get your rankings up for something specific. If you’re site is more mature and has been established, you can work on other search terms you’ve been longing to get for your site.

Just keep plugging away and try to keep your “titles” the same for new sites and mix it up for older sites!

I hope you enjoyed the article!

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Yakyu – Baseball In Japan

By , July 24, 2017 10:41 pm

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The popularity of the game baseball has crossed continents as far as the East Asian island of Japan. The exact date cannot be traced on when it really started as a sport in Japan, the estimated era that it got into the mentality of the Japanese was during the Meiji Era which was said to occur during the timeline of 1867 to 1912. This era served as Japan’s modernization period. The people adapted many western concepts from clothing, lifestyle and even sports. The game was call…

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The popularity of the game baseball has crossed continents as far as the East Asian island of Japan. The exact date cannot be traced on when it really started as a sport in Japan, the estimated era that it got into the mentality of the Japanese was during the Meiji Era which was said to occur during the timeline of 1867 to 1912. This era served as Japan’s modernization period. The people adapted many western concepts from clothing, lifestyle and even sports. The game was called Yakkyu by the Japanese which meant “field ball?

Baseball as a sport easily made it into the hearts of the Japanese because there is this psychological similarity of the ball game to the native sports of Japan namely sumo and the martial arts. If analyzed carefully baseball is a basic one on one battle between the pitcher and the batter which is very similar to how the sport of sumo and martial arts focus on the same aspects. Baseball requires timing, speed and precision, so does the native Japanese sports.

As the country developed into a modern Japan, so did the popularity of baseball. It started off in schools and made its way to become leagues in the country. But the journey was not that easy. As we know, Japan is considered to be one of the most closely knit countries in terms of culture and religion. Many criticized the sport in the early part of the twentieth century saying that it leads to mental pressure and other negative aspects concerning the human body.

Matsutara Shoriki, an owner of a famous newspaper in Japan was in favor of the sport and was more influential than the other critics. He sponsored a game which brought famous players like Babe Ruth and Jimmy Fox to play against Japan’s College league. The Americans won which inspired the fans. This event led to the formation of the first professional Japanese Baseball team known as the Great Tokyo baseball club in December 1934. Shoriki was named as the father of Japanese baseball.

It was in 1936 that the first baseball league of Japan was formed the Japan Pro-Baseball League (PBL).

When war broke out in Japan, the country suffered great physical damages, the people however used baseball to boost up the morale when it resumed on the 1950s. The game was even made more popular within this decade with the help of television. It opened the doors to a more diverse audience in the country.

Today as we see it in cable sports channels, baseball still is considered as one of the favorite past time of the Japanese. Some Japanese players are even made part of US teams.

Free $50 yahoo search marketing credit

By , July 20, 2017 6:24 am

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Advertising. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself, your website and your business. The more advertising that you do the better off you, your website and your business will be. It’s a plain and simple fact-advertising works.

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Advertising. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself, your website and your business. The more advertising that you do the better off you, your website and your business will be. It’s a plain and simple fact-advertising works.

However, one of the keys to advertising work is having advertising that works for you. It may sound a little confusing, but really, it isn’t. You can place a million free ads, spending hours of time posting them, and never get a single hit to your website, never a single sale for your business.

In today’s technology age, the Internet is a wide and vast way to spread information, sell products and promote your fantastic idea. The best and easiest way to do these few things for your self is through a website. The best thing you can do for your website is gain traffic and you gain traffic for your website by hitting high on Yahoo!.

Advertising that works can be a costly endeavor, unless of course you are looking at getting a free, $50 Yahoo! search marketing credit to promote your website. Yes, free is a good thing, and a $50 credit for Yahoo! search marketing is even better.

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Get the Most Out of Web Directories and Article Directories

By , July 15, 2017 1:15 pm

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All of us who run websites crave for one thing ?traffic. What good is a website if no one visits it? In order to increase traffic to your site, you spend money to promote it and advertise. It’s hard to pick reliable advertising services that would yield you great results. You may end up loosing a lot of money trying to advertise your site.

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There are ways around promoting your site. And it isn’t even going to cost you a cent (only a bit of your time). There are what we call web directories and article directories. Web directories, simply, are directories of various categories containing website listings. On the other hand, article directories are directories also containing various categories where you can publish your articles. Why mention the two? You’ll soon find out.

First off, are web directories. Did you know that there hundreds of web directories exist all across the net? What you do is you submit your site to these directories, and there you go ?instant links to your site! Did you also know that most of those web directories are free? That’s right, they won’t charge you anything (maybe just some occasional link backs to their site ?”reciprocal linking?. What matters is that a site is linking back to your site. If you do this with hundreds of other web directories (thousands, if you have the time and perseverance), you would have that many sites linking back to you. By doing so, your link popularity will increase. Link popularity is the number of links pointing back to your site (the more links, and the higher their PR, the better). It also the basis on how search engines would rank your site. If a search engine sees that you have high link popularity, they would see your site to be important, and rank you accordingly.

Next are article directories. I know what you’re thinking. How would articles help your site get traffic? First reason ?by submitting to article directories, you will have the chance to promote your site through the resource box or author’s biography. Like web directories, several hundred article directories exist. And again, they are also free. What you want are directories that let you submit and use their other articles for free. Why use free articles? Second reason ?if your site is lacking content and you want people to regularly visit you, use these free articles as your web content (always include the author and source). With your site having more content, more traffic will eventually come to you.

These are two ways of boosting your link popularity, page rank, and of course, traffic. Other than these, you can try getting inbound links through forum participation and link partnership with sites that are related to yours (but that’s another story). I hope you would find this useful, so enlist to web directories and write your articles now.

Evaluating Your Web Site Performance

By , July 10, 2017 7:34 pm

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Setting up a website is the very first step of an Internet marketing campaign, and the success or failure of your site depends greatly on how specifically you have defined your website goals. If you don’t know what you want your site to accomplish, it will most likely fail to accomplish anything. Without goals to guide you in developing and monitoring your website, all your site will be is an online announcement that you are in business.

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If you expect your site to stimulate some form of action, whether it is visitors filling out a form so a representative can contact them, or purchasing a product, there are steps you can take to insure that your website is functioning at peak efficiency. One of the first indicators of how well your site is working for you is finding out the number of visitors in a given period of time. A good baseline measurement is a month in which you haven’t been doing any unusual offline promotional activities.

However, just because hoards of people have passed through your gates does not mean your site is successful. Usually, you want those visitors to actually do something there. It is equally important to monitor the number of visitors to your site who made a purchase. This figure is called the site conversion rate, and it is an essential element of the efficacy of your website.

To find the site conversion rate, take the number of visitors per month and figure out the percentage of them that actually performed the action your site is set up for. For example, if you had 2,000 hits to your site, but only 25 of them purchased your product, your site conversion rate equals 1.25%. To get this figure, take your number of visitors and divide that figure by the number of visitors who made a purchase. Then divide that result by 100 (25/2000 x 100).

If your website is set-up to get visitors to fill out a form, make sure to then figure out what the difference is between your site conversion rate and your sales conversion rate. This is because not everyone who fills out your form will actually become your customer. However, whether your site is set-up to sell a service or product, or to get the visitor to fill out a form, the site conversion rate will measure the success or failure of your website whenever you make changes to the site.

You may find that you need to implement some additional marketing strategies if you find that traffic to your site is extremely low. There are several effective methods to improve the flow of traffic to your website, particularly launching a search engine optimization campaign. This campaign is targeted at increasing your position in search engine results so that consumers can find your pages faster and easier. You can either research the steps you need to take to improve your search engine rankings, or employ a search engine optimization company to do the work for you. In either case, after your have improved your search engine positions, make sure you keep on top of them by regular monitoring and adjusting of your efforts to maintain high positions.

Another factor to examine is how easy it is for a visitor to your website to accomplish the action the site is set-up for. For example, if your goal is for the visitor to fill out a form, is this form easily accessible, or does the visitor have to go through four levels to get to it? If it’s too difficult to get to, the customer may just throw in the towel and move on to another site. Make sure your buttons are highly visible, and the path to your form or ordering page quickly accessible.

Finally, have a professional evaluate the copy on your website. The goal is, of course, to get your visitor to make a purchase or fill out your form. Website copy must be specifically geared to your online campaign and not just a cut and paste job from your company brochure. The right copy can make the difference between profit and loss in your online campaign.

Your Home Business Opportunity: Your Key To Financial Success

By , July 6, 2017 2:41 am

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In the era of the internet, there are few real barriers that now stop the enterprising person from starting and running a business from the comfort of his own home. Anyone who has a computer and an internet connection can now participate in the great economic boom that the rapid technological advances of the past decade has made possible. In other words, there is absolutely no excuse for not taking advantage of the economic opportunities that are now literally staring us in t…

In the era of the internet, there are few real barriers that now stop the enterprising person from starting and running a business from the comfort of his own home. Anyone who has a computer and an internet connection can now participate in the great economic boom that the rapid technological advances of the past decade has made possible. In other words, there is absolutely no excuse for not taking advantage of the economic opportunities that are now literally staring us in the face.

Today, many people are stuck in jobs that offer them no real prospect of success, in the sense that they themselves define it. Most of us want the same things when it comes to a job. Indeed, studies have shown that what employees all over the world want are remarkably similar. For instance, we all want a sense of “being in on things,?or participating fully in whatever is happening in the company, and not just being at the fringes of important events. Employees also want a sense of accomplishment, of moving forward, of improvement. This can either be found in work that is stimulating, or in a system wherein merit and achievement is rewarded.

Surprisingly enough, money is not even at the top of the list when it comes to what workers want, though that is, of course, an important factor. The primary reason that people work, after all, is to be able to eat and provide for all the other basic needs that human beings have. If work is not compensated well, then workers will be dissatisfied. And this is exactly the situation in most areas of the globe today. Even in America, which is widely considered the richest and most economically prosperous country on the planet, people still suffer through silent indignities which cause them to be unhappy with their work.

The solution, of course, is that they stop working for someone else, and start working for themselves. No matter how rich or generous an employer, there is a limit to how much he can give. He is a businessman, after all, and what businessmen do is try to increase profits and reduce expenses. In the eyes of an entrepreneur, salaries and wages are expenses. And again, expenses are to be reduced, not increased.

With the home business opportunities available today, working for one’s self has never been easier. No matter what skills or talents you have, there are probably one or more home business opportunities that will suit you. In fact, the biggest problem you will probably face is sorting out all the various home business opportunities that will be made available to you. So, if ever you find yourself working in a job that no longer satisfies you, try working for yourself for a change. You might find that it’s perfect for you.

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