Friday, December 22, 2006

Seldom Discussed Method Of Web Promotion for Your Home-Based Business

I happened to come across this great article by Mark about how to promote your website. I think this will work for any home-based business site. Hope it helps!

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Seldom Discussed Method Of Web Promotion
by: Mark Terry

So you've made the perfect web site (in your eyes at least) and that all-important traffic is out there just waiting to visit you. You've done your research and followed the usual methods for making people aware about it, and you're now sat there twiddling your thumbs, regularly checking your traffic analysis tracker in case you get a sudden surge of visitors. Of course, unless you're a big business with a mass of promotion behind you, those days of overwhelming traffic are quite a way off. So while you wait for your search engine submissions to reap their reward is there anything else you can do to help yourself?

Simple answer. Yes there is and it's a method that isn't discussed much. What is it I'm talking about?

Forums. No don't run away just yet. Not only will you develop a small amount of traffic in the first few days of launch (a couple of hundred visits easy) but you'll gain a lot of invaluable feedback about your site that can allow you to make changes before the search engines kick in. What could be better than free reviews?

First things first. If you're unfamiliar with forums they can best be described as the communal discussion area of a web site. If you've never used one before don't be afraid they're not as scary as they seem. Go have a look at a few to see for yourself, read some of the topics and look at the messages people have posted. Nobody is going to jump out at you and ask what you're doing there. Honest.

Right, now that you're confident you can post a message on a forum, you should be aware that you can't and shouldn't post a message about your wonderful new web site on every forum you come across. If you've had a look like I suggested you'll notice that most forums are split into sections that cover different areas related to that particular web site. Therefore, if you want to tell people about your site you need to look for forums that will accept this sort of entry.
It isn't hard to think about where these magical forums might be. You'll want to look at computer magazine sites, webmaster sites, web review sites, that's just for starters, I'm sure you'll come across more once you get going. The process is then simple; find one of these sites, have a look to see if they run a forum, then check the forum to see if they have a section that allows for your site to be submitted for review by other members.

If you're new to this then keep things simple with just a simple post at first. Just ask people to look at your site and give you some feedback. The best things to remember with forums are to be polite and friendly in your posts. Most people will usually have something positive to say about your web site despite all the criticisms they may also give. Even if you get lots of praise you'll often be surprised at the smallest tips that you get that can make your site look that little bit more professional looking. Once you've done a couple of forums and noted the general response, use your different forums to be more specific. Ask about your navigation, ask about the content, ask about the colours, or whatever else may be bugging you.

Some forums ask that you look first at one or two other members sites and give some feedback of your own before asking for yours to be looked at. This can help you in that it may show you how to critique your own site by looking at what's wrong with someone else's. Also if you do need to give some feedback look at the list of posts and pick someone whose reply count is low or non-existent. They'll be pleased that you've responded and may pay you the same compliment by looking at yours.

This brings me to another point regarding the reply/view count. Most people who go to the forums (especially newbies) are more likely to look first at the posts that have a decent reply and/or view count. It's a psychological thing, the post looks popular so you want to see what's so interesting. With some forums you can use this to your advantage (just don't abuse it). Be aware of the forums that show an increase in the reply/view count everytime someone (including you) adds a message. If you find one make sure you visit your post to respond to anybody's comments and add a message to keep the count going. It's a bit sneaky I know but like I said don't abuse it and you'll gain a slight advantage for getting people looking at your site.

Now don't expect thousands of visitors from the method detailed in this article (unless your site is so good that everybody starts talking about it) but for every person that responds to your request for feedback you'll get loads more that just visit your site who for whatever reason don't reply. At the end of the day it's all about getting the ball rolling and anything you can do to proactively promote your web site has to be considered. So best foot forward and get exploring all those forums.

About The Author

Mark Terry is the webmaster of WorkTheSystem. This site provides a series of simple guides that show the different methods of making some extra money on the internet.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Make Money for Your Home-Based Business by Writing Articles

One of the best things you can do to promote your home-based business is to write articles. As it turns out, there is a good reason for this. Let's read on to discover why this is such an important marketing strategy.

Make Money for Your Home-Based Business by Writing Articles
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

Article directories are websites that house free articles. These articles are usually put there by whoever owns the copyright to them as a promotion method. Each article has the owners byline placed under it so that those who eventually read the article will know who wrote it (or at least who owns it) and will be able to get in contact with or visit their website for further information.

Articles directories are a great place to put your articles so that they will make you money. By using this method, people who are interested in your product or service will see your article, view you as an expert in the subject, and will visit your website. Even if you cannot write or do not have any knowledge on the subject on which you are promoting (for example for you run an affiliate website), you can always hire a writer to do the work for you. Getting quality articles written will be expensive up front, but they will pay for themselves in no time, either through affiliate sales or selling your own services, and everything from then on is pure profit.

Let’s take a real life example. Imagine that you are an accountant working from home. You write an article on an accounting topic and place it on various article directories. Those who are looking for the subject you wrote about will read your article, see that you have the knowledge and skill that is needed to do a job for them, and visit your website or contact you via e-mail. Your article just gained you a new client who may use your services regularly, but will definitely give you a nice profit at least once.

Furthermore, since you have posted it on a free article directory, others who have affiliate websites about accounting will inevitably use your article for their website. Since they must attach your byline to it, this will bring you even more exposure for every website that re-posts your article. This because you will be benefiting of off the traffic that they get to their website.

There are numerous article directories out there for you to utilize. Your bet best is to put a copy of each of your articles on every one for maximum exposure. It will eventually help to bring more traffic and customers to your website, which will lead to new orders and more profit.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Creative and Profitable Ways to Use Autoreponders in Your Home-Based Business

Autoresponders are a must for any online business. If one does not have one, they can easily spend hours and hours trying to do things manually! Let's discover why autoresponders are such an awesome tool!

Creative and Profitable Ways to Use Autoreponders in Your Home-Based Business
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

An interested visitor who has been strolling through your
site has finally come to just what she is looking for and
is about to make a purchase. It's a sunny afternoon, and
her cat, who happens to be sitting on the moss under the
visitor's large fifty-year-old snow-rose bonsai tree,
suddenly jumps down, and the priceless tree topples over.

In the blink of an eye, your visitor exits your site, and
your sale is dust - unless you have had the foresight to
utilize an autoresponder that has captured her email
address. If you have installed an autoresponder, you can
then follow-up with her, and in all probability, make the
sale when the poor woman has finished repotting her
precious bonsai.

Autoresponders are remarkable, versatile programs that do
so much more than just automatically answer your email.
Here are a few ideas that will help you to creatively and
productively use your autoresponder to transform the casual
visitor into a profitable customer. Use your autoresponder

1. Publish a newsletter. Certain quality autoresponders
will manage subscriptions and follow-up with interested
prospects. Your newsletter can keep your visitors informed
about your services or products, while building your
reputation as a credible expert in your particular

2. Publish a newsletter only for your affiliates. Inform
them of current sales you are running and of promotional
material that your affiliates can use themselves to
increase their commissions. Include tips, advice, and
techniques that your affiliates can use to successfully go
out and promote your business.

3. Write reviews. Cover books, software, music, e-books,
movies, etc., and put each review in an autoresponder.
Review your affiliate programs, using a link to your
affiliate's page in your autoresponder.

4. Distribute your articles. Writing and distributing
targeted articles is a powerful tool to build your business
credibility, bring traffic to your site, and increase your
sales potential. If your articles contain valuable
information, many editors will print what is known as a
resource box for you. A resource box contains your bio and
a brief description of your service or product. It can also
contain your autoresponder address. Let's say you've
written fifty articles. Put them on separate autoresponder
accounts and create a master list that contains the titles
of each article, the autoresponder address, and a brief
abstract. Then promote your master list. Additionally,
include your publishing guidelines so your affiliates can
add their articles to your list, increasing the number of
writers who are represented in your article list.

5. Create mailing lists. Inform subscribers to your
articles when you've written new ones that they may want to
publish in their own newsletter or website.

6. Automate your sales process. Use an ad to insure
repeated exposure of your message, which has been proven to
effectively increase sales. In your ad, put your
autoresponder address where a visitor will be exposed to
numerous marketing materials. This multiplies the chances
of converting visitors into customers. For example, if
you're selling a particular product, put testimonials about
how spectacular it is on your autoresponder, and add a
detailed, enticing description of your product.

7. Distribute advertising. Let's say you sell advertising
on your website or in your newsletter or e-zine. Set your
autoresponder to send the information about rates and how
to place an ad automatically to all prospects' email
addresses. Then have your autoresponder follow-up. It can
also send notification of any special deals you are
currently offering.

8. Distribute an email course. Each day, have your
autoresponder send out another lesson. Just be sure that
each lesson has quality content - not a sales pitch. Your
content will do the selling for you, and will do it much
more effectively. You can include tips centered on a
different topic for each lesson, illustrating how your
product will benefit the reader. Include the tangible
benefits the visitor will reap by purchasing your product.
Make sure to include a paragraph or two at the end of each
lesson enticing your prospect to consider making a

9. Automate a reminder about your service or product after
a visitor has completed your course. This will increase the
possibility of sales from visitors who have taken your
course but are dragging their feet about actually making a
purchase. You can also use these reminders to promote new
products or services, and the products and services of your
affiliate programs.

10. Distribute free reports. This gives your visitor an
idea of the type of information you can provide and the
quality of your product or service. Make sure these reports
are not sales letters or you will more than likely lose a
potential customer than gain a sale.

11. Create trivia quizzes on your site and place the
answers in an autoresponder. Your visitor will then be
motivated to request your autoresponder, and you will have
a record of the visitors' email addresses who took your
quiz. Or create a contest and have any visitors that enter
send their responses to your autoresponder. Your
autoresponder can be set-up to send them a confirmation of
their entry.

12. Offer a trial version of your product. Give your
prospects a sample of your ebook, course, software,
membership, etc. People who are exposed to a little taste
often end up wanting the whole pie. You can also capture
their email addresses when you offer them a free trial from
your website. Set up your autoresponder to give
instructions on how to obtain their free trial, and then
make sure to follow-up to try and close the sale.

13. Link to hidden pages on your autoresponder. For
example, a hidden page could be your affiliate page that
contains graphics, promotional articles, and text links
that interested affiliates can make use of. Inform visitors
that they may have free access to your affiliate page by
simply requesting your autoresponder. You will then gather
a list of visitors who may be interested in becoming your

14. Use an autoresponder on your order page. Post a request
form for visitors to be notified of special offers or
discounts in the future. This creates a very effective
mailing list that contains the names of people who are
already your customers.

15. Put your links page on your autoresponder. It should
contain up to fifty links that would be of particular
interest to your visitors. Make sure to add your own
promotional copy at the top or bottom of this page.

Now that you have proof that autoresponders can be used
creatively, see if you can come up with some brilliant
ideas of your own!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

How To Create Lucrative Traffic To Your Home-Based Business Website

We all need traffic to say alive in online marketing. Here are some great tips to keep that traffic coming.

Lucrative Traffic Building – How to Get Your Traffic Building Going
By Sean Mize

How to get started in a lucrative traffic building business – you want good solid traffic but most of the low cost options are junk. You simply have to be willing to take the time to build sure, quality traffic, like article generated traffic, quality ezine advertising traffic, and referral traffic. Additionally, a lucrative traffic building business is one way to explode your online business, no matter what the genre.

So how do you use a lucrative traffic building business to explode your online business and to explode your internet business?

I have put together some new techniques to help you to explode your online business with a lucrative traffic building business.

Check out these incredible new innovations to help you to explode your online business with a lucrative traffic building business:

- to explode your online business with a lucrative traffic building business, start first by creating a squeeze page which can collect customer information

- to explode your online business with a lucrative traffic building business, send only quality traffic – I recommend starting with article writing. Write 5-10 articles per day in your chosen niche, submit them to the top 5 article directories, and start to watch the traffic come in. It will be slow at first, but it will be high quality; in my experience, buyers.

- to explode your online business with a lucrative traffic building business, buy ezine advertising in limited quantities at first. Test the ezines with smaller ads like classified and sponsor ads, and then only when you have results, increase to the solo ads. If a small add won’t pull traffic, the solo probably won’t, either.

Do you want to learn more about how I do it? I have just completed my brand new guide to article marketing success, ‘Your Article Writing and Promotion Guide‘

Download it free here: Secrets of Article Promotion

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Sean Mize is a full time internet marketer who has written over 500 articles in print and 9 published ebooks.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

The Truth About MLM Residual Income

Like any business, a person has to work to make money in an MLM residual
income business opportunity. Many people believe that a residual income
means they will not have to work at all. This is why many MLM businesses
fail. There are some points about MLM residual income that every person
needs to know before getting started so that they do not fail prey to

MLM’s are popular because the way they work is designed so a person can earn
money from a one time sale over and over. If a person sells to one person
and that person buys products on a monthly basis they are still earning that
residual income. MLM’s do not even require a person to recruit anyone if
they do not want and still be able to earn money. That is why they work.
That is why people are interested in them and that is why there are so many
MLM opportunities available.

The concept of an MLM is that each team member is helping the company sell
their products. The addition of allowing each member to build a team is an
additional way for the team members to build their business. It is not a
necessity, but an option. If a person only sells items they will still make
money, however, building a team will greatly increase that money. It is the
team that enables a person to make the most residual income. Selling
products is something that can only be residual if the customer buys again
and again, but with a team the person makes money off their sales, too. So,
as long as everyone is selling, everyone is making residual income.

MLM’s are not a risk free opportunity, though. They are still a business
and with any business there are risks. If a person signs up people who
decide to quit then they are back at square one and must recruit again.
Risk is always a factor in business. Also since it is a business, that also
means it needs to be run like a business. The MLM should have a senior
group of management and staff that actually runs the business. Without the
senior staff, the business could easily fold, leaving everyone out in the
cold. If a person keeps these two points in mind when choosing an MLM they
should be able to find a great company to work with.

MLM’s are not a way to get rich quick. Making good money takes time, but
the structure of the MLM has been proven to be a great way to earn a nice
residual income. Many people make their living solely form MLM’s, so it is
possible to make a lot of money. It just takes a little knowledge and a
little time to make it a success.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

How To Turn A Home Based Business Into Residual Income

How To Turn A Home Based Business Into Residual Income
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

A home based business does not always start out as a residual income
opportunity. For a person who starts their own home business, making it
turn out a residual income is something they have to do. Fortunately,
turning a home based business into residual income is not as hard as it may
seem. All it takes is a little knowledge about residual income and little
hard work.

The key to making a home business a way to earn residual income is to
understand residual income. Residual income is income that is earned on an
ongoing basis without a person having to do work each time they get paid.
This is different than the linear income we are all used to when we work a
typical job. Linear income is earning income based upon the amount of time
worked. With residual income a person can work one hour and get paid for
days just for that one hour of work.

The set up for residual income is to have some way to make income without
having to be involved. Websites are a great platform for residual income.
A person sets up a website with their product catalogue. They insert a
shopping cart feature and customers can shop and buy without the owner
needing to do anything. For a pure residual income the owner should have
products drop shipped. In this case once the orders are placed they go to
the drop shipper and the products are shipped to the customer without the
owner having to do anything. This is residual income because the owner only
spent the initial time setting up the website and marketing. For that small
amount of time spent they continued to get paid every time an order is

Another option is to set up an affiliate program. In an affiliate program
the owner would sign people up to be representatives for their company.
These people or affiliates would go out and market and sell their products.
For their efforts the affiliates would get a commission on every product
they sell. To make it most profitable for the business owner, the
commission would need to be rather small, but then the affricates may be
unhappy. That is where the other part of the affiliate program comes in.
The affiliates would be able to sign up other affiliates. Every sale these
new affiliates make would result in a cut of commission to the original
affiliate. This allows the affiliate to earn more commission by signing up
others to do the work instead of having to sell more themselves. An
affiliate program benefit’s the owner because they are having both marketing
and sales handled for them by their affiliates.

Turning a home based business into residual income is not that hard to do.
By setting up the right system a business owner can make their home business
pay them again and again for minimal work on their part. It is a great
situation and one that every home business owner should try.

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