How Important Is Team Building

As a follow on from my last post I thought this was an appropriate time to reveal the importance of team building.

When you build your team you build your business, that is fact.

imagesIf you have the right team you can do things in your business that you could never dream of. So here is a good point. Don’t always look for the cheapest person. Your goal is to find people who can do things that are outside of your skills or to hire people to do maintenance tasks like customer support so you can focus on moving forward.

You want to develop long-term relationships and grow your business with people who subscribe to your business vision. You want people who are on board with your goals.

How do you know what tasks to outsource? The tasks that are maintenance based like tech support, customer support, book-keeping are all good places to start. Team building is an art & a skill, so handle with care.

 

How To Know If It Is Worth Outsourcing

You want to be consistently focusing on those activities that can raise your hourly rate. Free up your time to do this by delegating and outsourcing activities that need to be done that costs you less than the hourly rate you need to generate.

Here are the main tasks for an online business to outsource

This business process outsource mostly relates to Internet marketing for online businesses.

1st. Get support – support desk

Are you spending all of your time with support when you could be moving your business forward? Yes support is extremely important to business but you can get someone to do this for you. Find someone to do support so you can focus on the actions that make you the most money.

2nd. Admin assistance – management details

These are all examples of the treading water details. You want to move forward and these actions just keep you afloat. Having someone to manage these tasks is not only time effective but it will also allow you to focus on increasing profits.

3rd. Hands on people

Do you have people to physically do actions like creating websites, shipping products, and carrying out all of the manual work? Interns are good for this because many times you can get people for free just so they can learn the business.

4th. Bookkeeper

Keeping up with your booking is very important and in some businesses can be a tremendous task. Find someone to keep up with the books and spend your time moving things forward.

5th. VP right hand guy

Do you have a person who is your right hand man? This type of team member is worth their weight in gold. If you are the owner of the company having another mind on board can be a solid step towards massive growth. The old saying is true “Two Minds Are Better Than One.”

6th. Creative team, copy, audio, video, graphics

Getting people to do creative things like creating your sales copy, audio, videos, and graphics can not only save you time but will also have better results. People who specialize in this can do it better, quicker, and overall make the business run smoother.

Tips On Finding Good Team Members

imagesIf you are looking for virtual assistance resume sites are better than freelancing sites. Why?

Direct to worker is better than bidding jobs. Freelancing is a job by job type of worker and you want one person you can have a long-term relationship with.

You can find specialists by going to online forums and finding people there. This is a little known trick that can turn up some high quality workers.

Once you find a good worker you can ask them for referrals. You can ask about hiring family members perhaps and gain long-term loyalty.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Business Process Outsource Team

Learn project management skills. The truth is that most entrepreneurs are managing projects without any real project management skills. A recipe for disaster.

You need to know exactly what you need. Then you want to find out what qualifications are required to fill this position. Your going to find a person for the job that is best fit to fill the position. For your staff you need to be very clear about what you want.

Let team members contribute ideas. Everybody wants so feel important and needed. The best mindset to have is that they are part of your team. They are not robots.

You also want to reward your team members by giving them bonuses, higher payment, buy them gifts and overall appreciate them.

Communication is very important as well. Be as specific as possible, it will cost less and it will get done faster. If you can record videos for virtual assistants instead of writing emails this can improve communication on a very high level. You also want them to communicate to you telling you things like what they did today, what problems they ran into and how you can help them.

When they run into problems simply teach them how to do it.

Weed Out People Who Don’t Fit In From The Beginning

You know where you business is headed and in what ways you want to grow. Make sure that your team members are on board with your vision before they even join the team. When you interview potential outsources make sure they subscribe to the vision and genuinely want to work towards your end goal.

If you are looking for a virtual assistance for your business process outsource you want to give them a difficult first task that pertains to what you hired them for. Perhaps you want someone to build websites for you. You could have them set up a blog, change the theme and make a first post. For someone who knows nothing about this that is very hard. Just make sure you give them the training to do it.

If you don’t know what to have people do just give recurring tasks. Is there a certain operation that needs to be done over and over that gives lasting growth? Have your team members do this.

For virtual assistance I like to go to a resume site then send a message to people who fit with my criteria & qualifications with something like this;

Hello,

This is a simple task for the right person. I’m looking for a person with internet marketing skills and a great attitude.

My ideal candidate will have excellent English language skills.

I am looking to hire someone who will work on getting traffic to my websites. To start off with you will use;

1.Forum Marketing. You will post 10-15 comments on discussions on 3 different forums a day (for a total of 30-45) as well as create 1-2 new discussion threads on each forum. The new discussion threads will be relative to what other popular threads are talking about. All new discussion threads and
comments will provide value to the discussion as well as help people with what they need.

You will be responsible to find forums, create accounts, as well as adding a forum signature that will point back to specific pages in niches such as forex, internet marketing, diabetes, and weight loss. You will also be required to talk about these topics in the forums. Training and content to help with things to talk about are provided.

2.Yahoo Answers. You will be required to answer 20 questions per day on yahoo answers on topics such as forex and weight loss. You will add links to websites in 30%-40% of the questions you answer. All answers will be helpful. Training and content to help with things to talk about are provided.

I am mainly looking for ways to get traffic to my websites. If you have experience with traffic generation techniques please suggest what you have done in the past or what you are good at and we can create a project around your skills.

You must include the word YES in your response at the top of your response letter. If you do not your application will be denied.

This is fun and enjoyable. Do not bid unless you enjoy this type of work.

I expect communication updates every day and your bonus depends on the updates and the quality of your work.

I do a few things in this that I want to mention. First off I set the tone by making sure that only people who like this work will respond. Also I ask for a reply with the word YES at the top of the email or it will be denied. I do this to make sure that they can follow directions. If they don’t I will deny their application.

I recommend you do the same but just alter the template to your requirements.

Internet Business Secrets

Three Top Internet Business Secrets

imgresThe truth is that these secrets are just plain good business. They apply to all businesses.

1.) The first step is to attract quality leads. Email marketing is essential to making money online.
You need to find people who might be interested in your products or services and collect the lead so you can follow up with them.

2.) The second step is to turn your leads into buyers. To do this you need to turn the people on your mailing list into buyers.

3.) The third step is to turn buyers into repeat customers. Make sure that your buyers have a good buying experience. This generates good will and will help them make the choice to buy from you again. Give them more value than what they paid for and over deliver.

Sell To People Who Have Money

Top internet businesses make money because they sell to people who have money. Don’t get caught up in the price slashing war.

Find people who are looking for premium solutions to their problems. The truth is there is always someone who is looking for top of the line quality. All you need to do is provide a premium solution.

When you sell to people with money you can make money in any economy.

To sell to people with money you need to do a few things.

For starters you need to know the answer to this question;
What can you sell to people with money at a premium price that will be of a greater value to them than what they pay?

You need to know exactly what you will sell. You do this buy finding out what people want to buy! After you find out what people want to buy, usually solutions to problems, then you just
need to focus on giving a greater amount of value than what you take.

Find out where people with money go and get your items in front of them.
It is funny that the secrets of top internet businesses are so simple. Just look at buying habits and then you know where to advertise. Even better than that you have an estimate as to how much your customers will spend!

You can take a look at the SRDS to find out more information about your prospects. If you don’t want to buy the latest version you can usually get last year’s version for free from your local library.

The standard rate and data service, SRDS, gives you get a complete customer profile and it tells you exactly where your market’s hot leads are.

How Top Internet Businesses Charge Premium Prices

Here are some of the top tips for selling your products for more money.

They want to know what to do and how to do it as quickly as possible. Your customer want speed and want quick results. Focus on instant gratification.

Give a greater level of attention. Premium customers want a more refined experience. This includes more attention to their needs.

Give them results with less study. They do not want a full blown home study course with a bunch of fluff and filler. Instead they want quick results with the least amount of effort on their part.

More personalized service and faster answer to their questions. This includes direct access to you and simply having system set up to solve any problems they might run into as quickly as possible.

Overall these top internet business secrets will increase your income.

4 Steps To Six Figures Monthly

I will come right out and say it! It is nearly impossible to build a six figure a month business selling $27 ebooks. Instead, build a front end and a back end.

Here’s the plan.

Make money creating an information product that gives value then build a backend that goes
deep.

Step 1: Finding A Passionate Market

Start by finding a passionate market who are desperate for a solution (find people who are
looking for a solution to a problem).

Good niches Include:

Money Based – Stocks, bonds, trading and make money online are all great niches to get involved in. They all relate to making money.
Health Based – Weight loss and fitness are both great niches to get involved in for legitimate internet businesses.

But a quick tip about niche selection, don’t go to broad (niche down and be specific)

If you try to market to everyone you market to nobody. You need to target your message to a specific sub niche. For example in the heath niche you could market to women over 35 who want to lose belly fat.

Clearly define your demographic. You want to your buyers feel like you create your product directly for them so tailor your product to specific people who need a specific solution.

Step 2: Create An Information Product That Solves Your Target niche’s Problem

After you find a group of people who have a problem then create an information product that solves that problem.

This can be done fast! Just record an audio, video or write an ebook that solves your markets biggest problems. Video is a higher perceived value than audio and an ebook and audio is a higher perceived value than an ebook.

So consider creating videos (can be done easily in powerpoint) an turning them into physical products through a fulfillment company. This allows you to package it so it is presented in a valuable way.

The front end (AKA your first product) is to generate goodwill by over delivering at the point of sale.

You need to understand the front end is for lead generation and back end is for profit. It’s difficult to make six figures a month with a front end profit strategy.

The key is to give more value than you take. You want to build life long fans who buy your products over and over. You do this by over delivering.

Stock the front end with low price high value products to generate goodwill then cash in on $2,000 products on the back end.

Step 3: Tell The People Who Have The Problem That You Have The Solution

Go out to forums, newsgroups, use paid advertisements or use any method possible to get your message out to the market. You can sell without selling simple by telling people who have the problem that you have the solution.
Think about it for a second. If you had a problem with belly fat and someone offered you a solution wouldn’t you be happy to pay them for it? Most people would.

So get the message out.
Don’t worry about creating killer copy (even though it helps) because you don’t need to be a master copywriter to sell a $10 or $20 entry point front end product.

Step 4: Create Higher Priced, Higher Value Products To Sell To Your Customers

A front end is the initial contact point and the back end is where you sell other products over and over (more expensive and more valuable).

If your already selling a product here are some ideas for back end products.

-Webinar course (get paid before you make the product)

-Repackage books into audio/video

-Package deals (multiple products bundled)

Up Periscope

I’ve been using the Periscope app to provide daily broadcasts for the past 2 weeks. Below you can read what I learned, but before we get into that, an explanation of Periscope.

imagesPeriscope was bought by Twitter in March this year who relaunched the application on 26 May on iOS. It was released on Android exactly 2 months later. It allows you to live broadcast from your phone or tablet from anywhere; as long as you have a good internet connection. Each broadcast is automatically shared onto Twitter when it starts. As each viewer joins this is announced on screen. Viewers can interact with the broadcaster by typing comments or tapping the screen which creates hearts that float up the screen. Hearts are used to indicate appreciation by the viewer – they are sort of an equivalent to a Facebook Like. The broadcast can be viewed for 24 hours until it is deleted.

Since the beginning of July I have been broadcasting a daily social media tip on each working day covering Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter. Each Friday I do a weekly wrap of the previous week’s tips, for those that missed them. Over the 2 weeks my audience has grown from 8 live viewers to around 85, with a high of just over a 100 on last week. It is encouraging that I have started to receive questions during broadcasts and more are welcome! Periscope presents a great opportunity for a live Q and A.

Here are my top ten Periscope learning points

 

1.A good internet connection is vital

If the connection is poor the Start Broadcast button doesn’t initialise but I discovered that just because it does, doesn’t mean your connection is good enough. A poor connection will mean freezes during the broadcast which make it frustrating for viewers.

2.Find a quiet environment

A phone or tablet microphone will pick up background noise, so if possible find somewhere quiet to do your broadcast. This is particularly important if you are presenting or running a Q and A.

3.Periscope doesn’t work on Samsung phones

Although there’s no confirmation from Samsung or Periscope it does seems that there’s an issue with the Android app on Samsung phones. I have discovered lots of users with problems of intermittent broadcasts and haven’t found anyone who’s successfully broadcasting on a Samsung. (Update: 8.07.15 – There’s been improvement on my Samsung Galaxy Alpha since last Android update with freezing issue fixed but quality of broadcast via iPad is far superior).

4.Update your profile description

When you sign up to Periscope your profile description is imported from Twitter. To attract more viewers I’d suggest amending to to make it Periscope specific. At present you can only do amend your profile description on the iOS app.

5.Use a hashtag

To make it easier for people to find your broadcasts on Twitter; use a hashtag in your video title which is immediately posted to Twitter when you start broadcasting. At present hashtags don’t work on Periscope, in fact there is no video search but I imagine this will change soon.

6.Use Auto save Broadcasts

I highly recommend checking the Auto save Broadcast option so that all your broadcasts are saved to your device. You’ll then be able to re-purpose your videos such as upload them to YouTube or add to your website.

7.Be ready

When you hit the Start Broadcast button you are live straight away. There’s no countdown or pause so be prepared for this and start talking straight away. It’s also important where you back camera is pointing when the broadcast starts as this opening image is used as the thumbnail when your video is listed.

8.Repeat questions

Comments aren’t viewable on the screen during replays, so for the benefit of replay viewers you should repeat comments, particularly questions, when answering them.

9.Turn on Location Sharing

To attract people from your area and to provide context, make sure that Location Sharing is switched on. This is even more important now that the iOS app has maps showing live users.

10.Switch off Android notifications

It’s not possible to switch off the sounds of Android notifications without switching them off altogether, but you will probably want to do this to avoid being disturbed by sounds in meetings. It’s a shame as you then miss out on notifications of users going live but you can now choose to receive notifications without sound.

imagesI hope the above encourages you to get onto Periscope and to start making some quality broadcasts. Let me know how you get on in the Comments below and I’ll leave you with this thought.

Periscope is going to be a game changer.

Choosing the Right Keywords

What is the single most important thing you can do to insure the success of your website? One of the answers is to choose the right keywords.

Choose the right keywords.

imagesWhy is that, with all of the highly effective search engine strategies that we can employ? It’s rather simple. If you don’t choose the right keywords, all of your other strategies won’t help you at all, because those strategies build on top of choosing the right keywords.

Let’s look at it from the point of a view of a searcher. A searcher visits one of the major engines looking for your goods or services. He types in what he considers to be the most important topic, or keyword, for his search. Up come the results, ten per page.

If you haven’t taken time to choose the most effective keyword phrases, you may have done something like use the name of your company as your main keyword. If your company has significant name recognition, like Sony, that’s fine. But, if your company is like the vast majority of companies on the Net, optimising the page for the name of your company has just cost you some business.

Choose the most effective keyword phrase for your page!

How on earth do you choose your important keyword phrases? First off, don’t depend on yourself to choose the right keywords. Your searchers are probably not finding you the same way that you’d think they’d find you. Instead, ask your customers or someone outside of your business what they would type in the search window when looking for your site.

Optimise each page separately.

When working with search engines, consider the focus of each page separately, because the engines do. So, if you want top ranked pages, create content-rich information pages that centre on one or two topics only, and use those fine-tuned topics as your keywords for that page.

Don’t try to optimise a single page for every keyword that’s important to your business. It just won’t work. Instead, create separate content-rich pages and utilize your other keywords in that manner, and bring additional traffic into your site.

Let’s look at some tips on how to choose keywords.

Stay away from general keywords.

Take your keyword ideas and fine tune them based on each page of your website. While it’s tempting to choose very general keywords, like “computers,” don’t do it for a number of reasons.

First off, the competition will be fierce. And, more and more searchers are realizing that they can fine tune their searches and cut out never-ending search results by searching for phrases rather than single keywords.

Also, research has shown that when a searcher wants to purchase something, he conducts extremely fine tuned searches to find it. In other words, if he’s searching for a DVD title by a particular actor, he’ll search for the exact title or under the name of the actor, rather than simply “DVD.”

So, while having a web page that ranks extremely well for a very general keyword seems like the ideal situation, keep in mind that you may get more traffic, but you won’t necessarily get more sales.

Consider your individual goods or services.

imagesSome excellent keyword choices are the names of your individual goods and services. For example, if you’re a professional writer, create pages that advertise your services, such as “ghost writing” or “technical writing.” Creating a page for the very general keyword, “writing,” actually may not get you the business you want.

By the same token, don’t use trademarked terms for your competitors in your tags. Trademark lawsuits are springing up faster than blemishes on a teenager’s face, and you certainly don’t want, or need, to find yourself in the middle of one.

Take a general keyword and add a specific word to it.

If you can only think of very general keywords, start with a list of those keywords, and then add specific words to each one. For example, if you ‘re an artist, take the general keyword of “art” and add a specific word or two to it, based on your particular business. So, your keyword phrases may be “art lessons for children” or “modern art.”

Consider regional keywords.

Does your business cater to a particular region? If you have a restaurant in London, for example, your keyword phrase should contain the name of the city or state.

Different terminology?

Do people from other regions use different terminology when searching for your keyword phrase? If so, utilize that terminology in your tags or on your page, or create a separate page. For example, in the South, people call “shopping carts” that you find in grocery stores “buggies.”

What keywords are your competitors using?

Search for your competitors’ sites and see what keywords they’re using. Do NOT copy their tags or anything else. Simply review their pages to see if they might be using a keyword phrase that could be helpful to you.

Once you’ve determined your keyword phrases, don’t stop there!

As mentioned earlier, just because you think that a keyword phrase is perfect for your page, doesn’t mean that it is.

The bottom line here is, we’re after traffic to our sites. Even more to the point, we’re after paying customers! So, if our keyword phrase is so fine tuned that no one is using it, it will do us no good, even if we have a number one ranking for it.

On the other hand, if our keyword phrase is too general, we may get traffic, but we might not get paying customers.

In Closing

If you spend time choosing the best keywords for your web pages, it will add up to traffic and sales for your online business!

Installing WordPress

Installing WordPress these days is quite straight forward, afetr the installation process there are a few things to do to get you started.

imagesWordPress is currently the most used and popular platform for creating websites and blogs. It has a highly powerful Content Management System that allows editing, publishing and modifying content from a central interface. You can produce awesome looking websites without knowing any code at all, the dashboard is quite easy to navigate around too, not that technical even for the new kid on the block.

In these articles I will detail for you how to optimise a WordPress site from the beginning after install.

1. CHANGE YOUR SITE TITLE, TAGLINE, & FAVICON

The identify of your website depends upon the title of your site and tagline, this will give your website a professional look. The favicon is also way to stand out from the crowd. To change your blogs title and tagline, do the following;

Click on Settings >> General and then change tagline you like it to be.
To change the Favicon, it is a little harder but first open your Dashboard go to the themes tab and then click on Editor and select Header.php add the bellow code to there and click update.

2. CHANGE THE PERMALINK STRUCTURE

This is an SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) trick to get an SEO friendly permalink structure to your blog links. This is the most important thing to get traffic.
The most common permalink structure is post name itself.
Firstly, click on Settings and go to the Permalinks tab in your WordPress Admin Panel and change your permalink.

3. SELECT A THEME

There will be a default theme in WordPress after the installation. If you want to make your site beautiful & attractive you must change your theme and choose an appropriate one for you. Always remember to use a theme that is Responsive, SEO Friendly & easily customisable.
For installing a theme you need to visit WordPress panel Appearance tab and select themes, if you want to install the themes available on WordPress click Add New. You may want to upload a new theme that is not available on WordPress themes menu, simply click Add new and Upload the theme, you can also preview the theme chosento see what it looks like.

4. PLUGIN INSTALLATION

Plugins are one the most important and attractive part of the WordPress platform. The most important and the must have plugins in my opinion are;

WordPress SEO by Yoast : A complete SEO solution for your website. You do not need to worry about on-page SEO after installing this plugin. There is also a premium version plugin of this plugin. This is one of the plugins that have highest rating.

WP SpamSheild Anti-Spam : The best anti spam plugin for guarding your blog against the spammers. Spam comments are one of the most infuriating things for a webmaster to worry about but after installing this plugin no spam messages will enter your site.

W3 Total Cache : This plugin helps to improve the speed of your website and to enhance the user interface by caching. The plugin creates a cache of the website and in doing so the speed of the website increases.

Contact form 7 : This plugin is used to make a contact page where the visitor can contact with the site admin about any subject that is relevant to them.

Backup WordPress : This free plugin will backup your entire website. This is a great safety precaution for making your site safe from accidental errors.

The above are the most important and essential plugins that every one should have, there are many alternate plugins but you simply must always have plugins on following categories too;
Security, Backup, SEO, and cache.

5. CHANGE THE TIME ZONE

You should change the time zone of your website. This is very important that while scheduling your the post for publication. To change the time zone you must go to Settings tab and select General and find the Timezone and then choose your country’s time zone.

6. CHANGE THE DOMAIN URL

Don’t get confused after reading the title, in this step you are going to set a preferred domain address. The default address will be in such a way “http://www.google.com” but when you change it to http://google.com by removing the WWW will help you to get some traffic because this is SEO friendly URL. This is not a must do thing but doing this is better for you or your business.
Firstly, go to settings tab and select General then just remove the “WWW” and the click save.

7. DISABLE HTML COMMENTS IN WORDPRESS COMMENTS

HTML comments is a vulnerability that could be reason for a hack attack. For protecting your blog from hackers you must use this method to disable HTML comments. For disabling the HTML comment you need add the following lines in your FUNCTION.PHP file

add_filter( ‘pre_comment_content’, ‘wp_specialchars’);

8. CREATE PAGES

Creating pages is as simple as creating a word file, no need to worry about programming languages you just need to open your command panel and then select pages and click add new. Then type the name of the pages that you want to create and type the content and then click publish.

Business Planning Is Everything

BECOME THE MASTER OF YOUR LEARNING CURVE

Research the lives of all of the “gurus.” The one thing that
you will learn is that my own experience is not unique. Most of
the high earners on the Internet experienced a learning curve
very similar to my own, business planning is everything.

Chances are that your curve will also be similar to mine, but it
is my hope that you can get to the top faster than even I did.
Three years was a long time to struggle, but every ounce of
struggle was worth the reward I have finally received.

In order to shorten your own learning curve, you must do a few
things differently than the rest of us did. You must become the
master of your learning curve.

THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO POINTS IS A STRAIGHT LINE

There is only one way to shorten the curve on the Internet:

You must plan to succeed!

Here is the deal. Most people put up a freebie website and select
a few affiliate programs to add to their website. Right out of
the gate, most people are running for the finish line without any
real plan in mind.

After a few short weeks, people begin to see the writing on the
wall that says, “This is going to be a long hard road.”

People check their hit counters daily for six weeks before they
realize that getting traffic to their free site is going to be
tough.

At this point, they begin developing their first batch of
advertising. Then they spend countless months finding places to
show their advertisements for free. Some make an even more
drastic mistake by blowing thousands of hard earned dollars on
their new and untested ads.

These are the people who will learn the facts of life the hard
way.

In time, they will learn how to make their advertising work for
them, but most will earn very little money from their affiliate
programs.

At this point in the learning curve, most people throw up their
hands and walk away from their dreams in utter disgust. Instead
of a walking away point, this should have convinced the
struggling online entrepreneur that they were simply traveling
the wrong road.

YOU MUST PLAN TO SUCCEED

From day one, you must begin to learn about the nuances of web
promotion. Read everything you can get your hands on. Don’t just
read the hype, back it up with the opinions of others who have
reviewed the same programs before you came along. Learn from
their mistakes and successes.

As you begin to learn, you must also look to make a decision. Do
you want to step into a pre-built program that is designed to
help you to succeed, OR do you want to create a completely new
program of which you are the sole owner?

If you decide to step into a pre-designed and complete turn-key
online money-making venture, then you must select the right
venture to step into. If this is your decision, I encourage you
to check out the Plug In Profit Site at:
http://www.HomeBusinessTips.com/main-34270

If you decide to go the journey on your own, then do all of the
necessary research, planning and preparation that is needed for
your success.

PREPARE TO SUCCEED

Decide what you think you would want to do, and then figure out
how your planned site will generate a real income.

Internet old-timers know about hundreds of corporation domains
that existed with IPO millions, but did not have an actual money
plan that could sustain their business model. Most of these
companies were among the hundreds of companies that bellied up in
the 2000 dot bomb experience.

Don’t blindly believe in your plan. Research others on the web
who have undertaken similar business models and see if they have
survived. Study your competitors in depth to learn what is
working for them and what did not work for them. To better
understand what has or has not worked for competitor websites,
check out their time lapsed progressions using the Wayback
Machine: http://web.archive.org

Once you have determined your money plan, then you should
undertake the development of a business plan and a marketing
plan. Utilize professional assistance if you need to do so. While
creating your plans, make a determination as to which domain name
you think would be best, then register it along with a hosting
account. You can do this at Host Then Profit in Step 2 on this page:
http://www.HomeBusinessTips.com/main-34270

Once you have developed your business planning and marketing plan and
have run them through several revisions, then it will be time to
buy your domain name and to begin work with a site designer and
developer. You may need to have your domain sitting on a web host
for your site developer, but this is not always necessary. While
they are doing their work, enlist a copywriter to help you with
your site sales copy.

When your site designer and developer have your site working, you
should then undertake significant testing to make sure everything
works as planned. It is much harder to fix problems on a
operational site than it is to fix problems on a site that has
yet to be launched.

When testing is done, then you should fill in your sales copy and
then shoot for launch. Of course, you already have a marketing
plan in place, so your preparation here will be simply a matter
of putting the pieces of the puzzle into place.

You are finally ready to open for business. Don’t be afraid to
spend the money to bring your dream alive. Time can replace money
in the goal of starting a profitable online business, but money
invested can shave years off of your company’s growth.

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So just how do you get traffic from Pinterest?

1 Be Active on Pinterest

As any social network, Pinterest is a huge thief of time. You need to spend time on it daily in order to be able to follow what others are pinning, to comment on it, etc. You can’t expect benefits from Pinterest, if you are not active on it on a daily basis.

2 Use High Quality Images

Pinterest is about visual appeal. This is why you can’t go with crappy images taken with your 10 year old mobile. You need images with professional quality because otherwise you will be doing your brand more harm than good. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to hire a professional photographer – with the right equipment and some skills you can create the images on your own.

3 Post in Series

When you keep your followers interested, they develop the habit of visiting your board every now and then. One trick to keep your users interested is to post in series. In other words, if you have 10 images you want to post, don’t post them all at once but post them one a day in the course of 10 days, stating that this is image 1 of 10, 2 of 10, etc.

4 Add a Pin-It Button to Your Site

If you want to get repins, you need to make it easier for users to do it. One way of doing it is by adding a Pin-It button to your site. Check what Pin-It buttons are available for your platform (i.e. WordPress, Joomla, etc.), pick one of them, put it on a visible place on your site and begin counting your pins/repins.

5 Post Interesting Stuff Not Limited to Your Products/Services Only

People are hardly coming to your board to see your products, so post other interesting pictures that will attract users (or keep them, if you already managed to attract them). This helps to attract new users to your account because when they see a cool pic somewhere on Pinterest, chances are they will visit your profile and have a look at your products there. If you post only images of your products, you won’t be able to attract random visitors that much.

6 Write Interesting and Meaningful Descriptions

Photos are the bait but even the most unambiguous photo will benefit from a good description. Additionally, a good description will help your images rank better with search engines, which means more traffic for you. Be concise and precise in your descriptions and your users will certainly appreciate it.

7 Use Hashtags (Wisely) and Categorize Your Boards

When you use hashtags and when you categorize your pins, this makes them look more organized and they will be easier to find. On the other hand, don’t use hashtags at large – i.e. add a hashtag only if you really need it because otherwise your pins will look spammy and users will skip them.

8 Follow Users with Large Followers Groups

When you pick whom to follow, consider not only if their pins are interesting but also if they have a large group of followers. When you follow such users, and especially if they decide to follow you back, their huge follower base is an undisputed advantage when they decide to repin something you have posted. With such power users one repin can bring crowds to your board!

9 Repin Interesting Stuff

Like any social network, interaction with other users is key on Pinterest. Because of this, it makes a lot of sense to like and comment on other people’s pins. These give you more visibility, not to mention that in return you can get some repins, likes, and comments from other users. However, as with hashtags, you do need to have measure – i.e. don’t repin, comment, or like every single pin you see on your screen, because this devaluates your contribution.

10 Use Videos, Charts, Infographics

Pinterest is not only about static stuff, there is a video section as well. Of course, this is not YouTube but if you can create a cool video about your business, don’t be shy to post it. Also, in addition to images, you can use various charts and infographics – these are especially popular among users.

Pinterest is an interesting place and you will hardly have to force yourself to use it. Of course, its main advantage for you is the publicity you get. You might not be able to make a sale on Pinterest but the exposure and the traffic to your site are valuable prerequisites for making more sales, so if your products are suitable for the Pinterest format and audience, don’t hesitate but promote them there.

 

Article Marketing Gets Results

Article marketing is a very powerful tool that if used correctly can generate a lot of traffic for your website. Every business writes articles, and it is the cheapest and easiest way to draw high amounts of traffic to your site FREE of charge. The key though to article marketing is writing good content, and optimising it for search engines.

First lets go over the main reason why some people fail to use article marketing. One major reason why people fail to use it is because it takes time, and can be a slow process in the beginning. However once you’ve written a number of articles you’ll start to get use to the whole process, and you might even find shortcuts to help speed up the process.

How To Write Articles

art marketingFirst you must sit down and think of something you wish to write about. Once you come up with a good topic you then must go and research your topic. You can accomplish this by going out and reading other peoples reviews on your topic, and reading up on new information about your topic. (Tip: write about stuff you already know to save time).

Educate your self before writing your article. The number one thing people love to see in a good article is content that is full of information and gives them good advice. A bad article is one that tries to sell people on a business or product. Most people hate to read things that try to sell something to them. The more information you can provide someone the better your article will be.

Once you are done researching your topic you will want to write a short article no more then 500 words. Most article submissions directories will not accept articles fewer than 400 words. Also if you write a article between 400 to 500 words you can optimise it better for search engine rankings.

How Many Articles Should You Write

The number of articles you write plays a factor into the amount of traffic you will be sending to your site. If you only wrote a couple of articles you will probably not see that much traffic. However if you write between 50 to 100 articles you will start to see a good amount of traffic come in from your articles.

So what I recommend everyone tries to do is write 2 to 4 articles per week. I myself try to write one per day. The more articles you can write the better off you will be.

You must also remember article marketing starts off slow but once you have written a high number of articles it really starts to take off, and you’ll see your site getting some good traffic.

Why Should You Use Article Marketing

Simply because it is free, and it works. It’s that simple. If you have little or no budget article marketing is the perfect place to start.

Another reason why you should write articles is because your articles get picked up by search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL etc. When this happens watch out! Your articles can go through the roof and catch fire and start drawing in crazy amounts of traffic to your site.

How To Optimise Your Article For Search Engines

Here are some very good ways to optimise your articles to help them get ranked high up in the search engines for certain keywords in your article.

First you must pick one keyword that you wish to target. Picking a keyword will be your biggest key. Don’t try to target keywords hat have millions of searches. Target ones that have maybe 600K to 1 million searches at most.

Once you find a good keyword to centre your article around try to use it no more then ten times, but make sure you don’t over do it as that can actually hurt you more then it can help you if you use a word to many times.

Make sure you bold, italic, or underline the word about two or three times. Again make sure that you don’t over do it because this also can hurt you more then it can help you.

Now try your best to use your keyword you are targeting at both the top of your page, and at the bottom of your page in your last few sentences.

Finally you’ll want to use the keyword in your link back to your web site.

For every article you write you’ll have a “about the author” box. In this box you’ll want to leave a little sales pitch along with a link back to your site.

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