Internet Entrepreneur

This is a guest post by Rohit Naik on creating a unique identity as an Internet Entrepreneur. You can check out the guidelines for guest posting on our write for us page.

In a situation where internet entrepreneurs are mushrooming everywhere, it is important that you develop an identity of your own. You have to have a unique place in the internet marketing world. If you are to succeed as an internet entrepreneur, you will have to put in a lot of effort to separate themselves from the pack.

Aѕ аn Intеrnеt Entrepreneur I practice these 5 Toр Tіps everуdаy and I want tо ѕharе them wіth уou because they make а hugе dіffеrencе in my dау tо dау Mаrkеtіng life аnd this іѕ hоw I ѕераrаtе myѕеlf, аnd others sерarаtе themselves frоm the pаck.

Hеrе yоu go!

Orіgіnаlіtу – The Asset of an Internet Entrepreneur

The easiest way to build momеntum for аn Intеrnet Entrepreneur wоuld bе by tаkіng ѕomethіng that аlreadу wоrkѕ and аpplying it for yоur own benefit. Thіѕ fаѕt way to gеt gоіng сan wоrk pеrfeсtly but there hаѕ tо be а рrіncipаl ingredient in order fоr that іdеа tо work for уоu: Mаkе it уour оwn!

Fіrѕt of аll уоu сannot соpy anуthіng bеlоngіng tо ѕomеone elѕe bеcauѕе thаt is plagіarіѕm аnd it is іllegаl. Rаthеr thаn јuѕt mаkіng a cоpу of іt, mаkе it уour оwn. Be orіgіnаl, twеаk, modіfy, chаnge… The еnd rеѕult will bе ѕоmеthing cоmрletelу dіfferent аnd new thаt сamе out оf аn аlrеаdу еxiѕting grеat іdеа.

Mаrket уоurѕelf first аnd thеn Market thе рroduсt

The internet іs іnundatеd with а lot оf gооd рroduсtѕ but аlѕо with а lot оf gаrbаge. Thеre is оne thіng that thеrе can оnlу be onе of thаt іѕ gеttіng mаrketed on thе internеt: YOU! Sharе уour ѕtоrу; sharе yоur visiоn and idеаѕ. Don’t bе afrаid оf рuttіng уоurself out thеrе, уour potentіаl сustomerѕ аre mоre іnterestеd in gеtting tо knоw who уou аrе аnd thеn whаt уou sell that саn help thеm.

Prасticе rеlatіоnshiр Mаrkеting

The intеrnеt hаѕ mаdе соmmеrcе highlу іmреrsоnаl, іt sееmѕ lіke you nevеr deal wіth а реrson and іt іѕ аll аutomаtеd. If yоu are an internet entrepreneur like mе, thіs can bе a bіt fruѕtratіng from tіmе tо tіme. Whеther wе lіkе it or nоt іt wоrks bесаuse іt iѕ hіghlу еffісient and cеrtaіnlу еffесtivе.

You dоn’t hаvе tо аvоіd аutоmatiоn or, bе on thе рhоnе all dау; you јuѕt havе tо buіld rеlаtіоnѕhіpѕ. What?? Yоu might ask. Thіѕ rеlаtеѕ tо my рreviоuѕ Tip, Markеt уоurѕеlf аnd then Mаrket thе prоduсt. Yоur tаrget market will resроnd а lоt bеtter tо yоur prоpоsаl if thеy cаn rеlatе tо уou and whаt уоu are tellіng thеm. Think аbоut it, wоuldn’t іt be eaѕіеr to truѕt ѕomeоne who уou feеl like yоu аctuаllу alreаdу know? (The аnѕwеr іs YES!)

Always ѕay the truth

It is mоrе еvidеnt еvеrу рaѕѕing day whеn sоmеbodу iѕ lуіng tо yоu whеn loоking for sоmеthіng оnlinе аnd whеn ѕоmeоnе іѕ bеіng truе.

There hаve bееn ѕо mаnу рeople lеft dоwn by оthеrs whеn buуіng or lоokіng fоr ѕomеthing on the іntеrnеt that роtentіal custоmеrѕ аrе dеvеlоpіng а “clinісal еye” fоr deteсtіng liеѕ аnd mіѕleadіng mаrkеtеrѕ. Fоr mе thiѕ lоoks lіkе an аmаzіng орpоrtunіty bеcausе I as an internet entrepreneur, dоn’t nееd to saу lіes and neіthеr dо уоu. Be true, рeoplе rеsроnd а lоt bеttеr to it.

Givе Valuе – Don’t Pitсh!!

Thіѕ Tір іѕ very ѕеlf exрlаnаtоry; dо not еxреct fоr роtеntial сustоmеrѕ tо рurchаse уоur рrоduct іf theу аrе nоt gettіng vаlue оut of the еxрerienсe. Whаt I mеаn bу thiѕ іѕ ѕіmple; givе them deсisіоn tools, givе thеm rеlevant and, оnce аgаin, truthful іnformаtіon tо helр them mаkе up thеіr mіnds аnd buу frоm уou.

Pitсhіng mаkеs peорlе unсomfortablе and іndесisіve, on thе other hаnd gіvіng valuе mаkеѕ pеople acknоwlеdgе what thеу trulу wаnt and/оr nееd. The ѕkeрtіcіѕm wіll be out the wіndоw! This is the key to success of an internet entrepreneur.

Being a different internet entrepreneur

It is not difficult to be an internet entrepreneur who is different from the pack, which you will have realized after reading the 5 tips above. What is important is that you keep providing value to your customer.

Put theѕе 5 іnсredіbly effеctіvе Tips to thе tеst аnd begin еxреrіеnсіng thе diffеrеnсе they makе in уour buѕіnеss.

Tо уоur immeaѕurablе ѕucсеsѕ as an internet entrepreneur,

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mobile friendly site

Is your website a mobile friendly site?

Nearly 90 percent of all consumers research a business online before they decide to support their products or services – that is an astonishing number. For business owners, this means that nothing is more important than their company’s website.

A website needs to be interesting and informative, and immediately capture the attention of your visitors to increase the likelihood of you doing business – but you already knew that. But did you know that your business’ website needs to be a mobile friendly site? What this means is that your website needs to be able to be pulled up quickly and still look nice on mobile phone browsers – a mobile friendly site.

How to make your website a mobile friendly site

While traditional smartphone and prepaid phone plans increase, the number of consumers who research or, look for businesses on mobile browsers is only continuing to rise. In fact, many believe that in the very near future, a majority of web browsing will be done through smartphone browsers, leaving unprepared businesses missing out on gaining a larger customer base. It is hence important that your websites be mobile friendly.

To make your website a more mobile friendly site, consider the following things:

Front and Center – look of a mobile friendly site

Mobile phone browsers are structured to focus on the center of a webpage when loading so make sure that the margins of your site isn’t focused on the right or, left. You want your site to be front and center as well with all important information centered as well.

Remove the Flash

Flash is on its way out as it is in the field of web design, yet many businesses still incorporate it onto their websites to capture attention. They need to stop. The more Flash you have on your website, the longer it takes to load – especially on a smartphone.

If a visitor has to wait for an extended period of time for your site to load, you can bet they are going to click the back button and move on to your competitor.

Relevant Information

Because you only have a few seconds to capture your audience, you want to make sure that all information they need is readily available. Make sure that they know who you are and what you have to offer immediately.

A Mobile Friendly Site is for impatient users

Internet users are notoriously impatient when it comes to dealing with webpages, however, smartphone browser users are even worse. If your webpage takes longer than usual to upload, they will click the back button. If they don’t immediately see the info they want, they will hit the back button.

To make sure that your business doesn’t get skipped over, make your business site mobile friendly site.

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Internet Entrepreneur

This is a guest post by Patricia on mistakes that a new Internet Entrepreneur makes. You can check out the guidelines for guest posting on our write for us page.

So, you’re an Internet entrepreneur. How exciting! There’s nothing quite like planting your very own seed and watching it grow into your very own money tree! Just don’t let that excitement go to your head. As a new entrepreneur, you’re still on shaky ground, and the world wide web is a vast expanse of endless possibilities for success – and failure. You have a lot of fertilizing, watering and tending to do before your crop yields a bounty. Be careful not to nip your success in the bud.

5 Mistakes an Internet Entrepreneur should avoid:

As a new internet entrepreneur, there are those certain and easy mistakes that you tend to make. It is these mistakes that could prove fatal to your business and its success.

Here are five mistakes a new Internet entrepreneur should avoid.

Market Research

Just because you’re featuring your business in a global marketplace doesn’t mean everyone on the globe is going to be interested in your business. Take some time and put some serious consideration into your target audience – who you are trying to reach – and target your website and Internet marketing to that audience. Carving out your niche and targeting a specific market sector is the best way you can stand out amongst the competition.

Pre-packaged Solutions

The Internet abounds with workshops, training programs, self-help gurus and business experts that claim to have the secret formula to ensuring your success as an Internet entrepreneur. All of these programs costs money and, unfortunately, when you invest in a multitude of success schemes, you’re only succeeding in fattening others’ pockets. Remember that there is no substitute for good, old-fashioned time and experience. You must get your feet wet in order to learn how to swim.

Outsourcing

No one can do it all. Consider what your strengths are, and where your expertise lies, and focus your attention on what you do best. Outsource the rest. For example, if web design is not your thing, then don’t take a chance on attempting your own web build just for the sake of saving a few bucks. Not only will outsourcing the job to a professional save you time and headaches now, but it could end up saving (or making) you a lot of money down the line.

Balancing Time and Money

Yes, you want a great website, built by the best designer, and you value all of the expert advice you get from those marketing consultants you pay by the hour. Just remember that spending money on you venture does not replace the need to invest your time in developing it, managing it and growing it. As a new internet entrepreneur, it is important that you spend time in building your business.

Patience – The virtue of a good internet entrepreneur

Don’t expect to get rich overnight. Expect to put an insane amount of blood, sweat and tears into your business before you start reaping the benefits. You may get lucky and see an early payoff, but it’s best to plow forward in the spirit of doing whatever it takes, for however long it takes.

Succeeding as an internet entrepreneur

There are too many distractions out there that will lead to a lack of your focus as a new internet entrepreneur. Most internet marketing businesses fail because entrepreneurs tend to deviate too much from their original business plan.

Becoming a successful Internet entrepreneur is no small feat. Avoid the pitfalls that we discussed above and you are well on your way to seeing your new venture as an internet entrepreneur, through to greatness.

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This is a guest post by Meka on Affiliate Marketing. You can check out the guidelines for guest posting on our write for us page.

Do you want to make money online from affiliate marketing business? If so, you need to realize that one of the most important steps to succeed in this business is choosing the right product(s) to promote.

Here are 11 tips that can help you choose affiliate products that yields great results and can help you make money online.

Evergreen & Not Outdated

This mainly applies for general information products such as products that you can find on Clickbank. You need to try to choose a product that is in an evergreen niche and not outdated.

Evergreen niches can be described as niches that will continue to have demand regardless of trends or, how much time passes. Basically, these niches will constantly have people looking for information or products related to it. E.g health, earn money from home, dating. It is only if you have customers for your products, you will be able to make money online from affiliate marketing products.

Once you choose an evergreen niche and start to look at products to promote, you would want to make sure that the content or, information offered in the products you are investigating is relevant with today’s situation. This is one reason why you should actually buy the product you will be promoting or, at least see if you can get a review copy or, some information that will allow you to get an idea of what your visitors will be buying.

The product should be kept up to date with new changes, content, etc and not contain stuff that worked in 1999 but not so well in 2011 for example.

Persuasive Sales Copy

Before you delve deeper into promoting certain affiliate products, you need to read through the sales copy and decide whether the sales copy “moves” you into buying mode or, not. Think as if you are the potential customer reading the sales copy. Does reading the sales page make you want to pull out your credit card?

The sales copy should be sellable and should induce a customer to buy the product. It is more and more sales that can help you make money online from affiliate marketing.

If you think that the sales copy is persuasive enough, it is a sign that it could be a good converting product.

Hot Selling Product

If other people are constantly buying a particular product, it means that the market is there to serve you. Products that are hot selling in its category is a good sign that it converts well. So, before you decide to pick certain products, see whether that product is a bestseller or not. Also, look for the popularity of the product on the Internet.

There are some tools and resources on the Internet that can help you determine what is selling so you can try to do some research to find out what tools are available to see how well the product you intend to promote is doing. E.g Cbengine for Clickbank products.

A thorough analysis of the products you are planning to promote will tell if the products convert and if your affiliate marketing efforts will yield results.

Desperate Audience

You have to consider the market of the product before you pick any product to promote. The audience of the product should be the kind of desperate audience which is constantly looking to solve their problem.

Try to cater to an audience which would look to the Internet for solutions to their problem. Affiliate marketing is about solving the problems of a thirsty audience. If you are promoting physical products, try to promote products that the audience can’t easily find offline. Just make sure that the audience is in a situation where they need the product you intend to promote and they will gladly pay for it if it solves their problem or fulfills their need.

Understand The Audience

If you do not understand the audience, how will you know which product would be ideal for them? You need to make sure you know a lot about the audience the product caters to. Do some market research and find out:

  • Who your target audience is
  • What they want
  • Why they need the product
  • How the product can help them
  • Where they are

Quantcast is a great tool to help you research your audience and help you make money online from affiliate marketing.

Merchant’s Credibility

The merchant who sells the product should have good credibility in the business. Do some research about the product and the product creator. Do you see any complaints about customer service, refunds, or the product? Is there evidence that shows that that product creator is an expert in their field? Use your own gut instincts too. Would you trust that the product creator or product itself would deliver on it’s promises or claims?

Good products are always associated with good customer service. Only products with good customer service can help you sell more and more and make some good money from you affiliate marketing business.

Affordable Price For The Audience

Keep the price of the product and the audience in mind when choosing an affiliate product to promote. Do you think the audience would be able to afford the product?

Product Relevance

It is best to choose a product that is highly relevant to what your audience needs to get the best conversions. E.g A general weight loss product may not convert well to those looking to lose belly fat but a product focused specifically on belly fat will convert a lot better.

Money Back Guarantee

Most buyers feel more comfortable buying a product that has some kind of money back guarantee. Promoting products with a good money back guarantee is a good idea as an affiliate.

Availability of Similar Products

Although you only need one product to promote initially, you need to make sure that there are other products on the market that could do well with the audience it caters to. This ensures that you have a backup plan in case the product you initially chose turned out to be a bad choice or the product gets discontinued.

Product Quality

It is vital that you promote products that are of high quality. If the product is a really good product and actually does what it supposed to do, you will not get many, if any, refunds. This will improve conversions and your overall earnings. So, do some product research and make sure that the product solves the problem of the target audience and delivers in terms of quality.

Those are 11 important tips to help you choose affiliate products. In order to succeed in the affiliate marketing business, you need to be able to choose products that are high converters so that even if you only promote one product at a time or spend quite a bit of time and even money on your promotion, you will have a great chance of profiting from your overall efforts.

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improving domain authorityWhenever a discussion on SEO or, improving domain authority ensues, the first thing that comes to mind is building back links to your website. This is also one of the most difficult things to do.

Building quality back links to your website can take months and at times years. If you are wondering, why I emphasized the word “Quality”, then it is because of the fact that what really matters in search engine optimization is “quality” back links.

Building quality back links is also important, if you are looking at improving domain authority. Both search engine optimization and improving domain authority goes hand in hand and building back links is an integral part of both these.

What is the definition of a “quality” back link?

You can get back links from any and every website, but a couple of things you might want to check is -

  • What is the age of the domain that is giving you the back link?
  • How good is the quality of content on the website?
  • How many links does the page has on it?
  • How unique is the back link?

Quite a lot of things to evaluate, isn’t it?

It is because of all these things that you would normally pay a fortune to companies that are involved in building back links. There are situations where in spite of paying so much, you will not get the kind of quality you want.

Improving Domain Authority and Back links

Quality and unique back links play an important role in improving domain authority. If you are not aware of domain authority then you can read my article on improving domain authority to know more about it.

Simply put, you have to prove to search engines like Google that your domain commands respect and that your domain in authoritative.

How will you do it; By making other authoritative websites to link to you. This is the one of the many but important aspects involved in improving domain authority.

Build 25 Unique back links everyday and improving domain authority

There are thousands of internet marketing products that are launched everyday, all of these claiming to help you build thousands of back links. Each of these products either submit articles to numerous articles directories or, to blogs that accumulate articles. None of these are authority websites. You can check their page rank and Alexa ranks to check how authoritative they are.

Do you really think back links built from such submissions would help your in improving domain authority for your website?

Why would you need any of these products when you can build quality and unique back links to your domains without paying anything. The service that I am talking about is called Socialmonkee.

Socialmonkee helps you build 25 unique and quality back links everyday. That’s a total of 175 backlinks every week, 750 every month.

Submitting a page to Socialmonkee is extremely easy. It normally takes less than 2 minutes. In case you wish to do it directly from your browser, then Socialmonkee also has a Firefox plugin, which can help you do it.

Improving domain authority using Socialmonkee

Now that you have a free service that can help you build unique back links to your website, improving domain authority is just a matter of a few clicks. No frowns, no tiresome submissions. A simple activity and your webpage can be submitted to 25 unique sites everyday.

You can join Socialmonkee for free today.

Check Socialmonkee out and start your work on improving domain authority for your website.

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IT ServicesManaged IT services offer an effective way for companies to enjoy all the benefits of high quality IT services, through a range of outsourced solutions. For many companies who do not have an on-site IT department, traditional IT Support services have often meant expensive call outs and high monthly fees. The managed services model provides a fixed monthly service plan, which allows companies of all size to develop a monthly IT budget that will not vary drastically from month to month.

The managed services model is ideal for small to medium companies who do not have the capacity for in-house IT departments, who also wish to enjoy the high level of skill, experience and expertise that comes with an outsourced solution.

Primary Benefits of Managed IT Services

There are five primary benefits of managed IT services, which ensure a cost effective, integrated solution to meet any and every IT challenge within the company. These benefits include the following:

  1. Cost effective – as most managed services plans have a fixed rate depending on the specific requirements within the company, there are no hidden prices or high call out fees to worry about. This makes it easy to budget for IT needs, while still enjoying a full range of services such as networking, server management, basic IT and any other requirements that your company may have.
  2. Skilled technicians – compared to many in-house IT specialists, managed IT services technicians have a wide range of skills and received constant training to improve their skill sets. Rather than generic engineers who are able to perform most tasks at a basic or even intermediate level, managed IT companies employ specialists across a wide range of fields. This ensures that the right person will be able available for the job, which in turn improves systems and processes greatly.
  3. Increase productivity – in companies that do not have a full IT department, the role of computer related tasks is usually left to the person who has a fair amount of computer skills. Often, this person performs IT tasks in addition to their designated tasks, which can result in a lack of productivity. Managed IT services ensure a greater level of productivity by handling all aspects of IT needs professionally on an outsourced basis, leaving the designated computer person to focus on their primary job roles.
  4. Improved computer health – for computers to run at their optimal level, they need to be well maintained. This prevents small issues from becoming huge disasters. Regular tasks such as anti-virus protection, network management and server management aids to improve systems across the company, which in turn decreases downtime and helps to save money through expensive problem solving that comes when issues are not dealt with quickly.
  5. Hardware and software needs – not only can your outsourced IT company procure software and hardware requirements that are needed for your company, but they can also get these at discounted rates. This ensures that all computer requirements are kept up to date, while also saving additional money.

In this way, managed IT services offers a full range of services that offer great benefit to companies of all sizes and natures, for more effective systems throughout the company.

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This is a guest post by Alek on Email Marketing. You can check out the guidelines for guest posting on our write for us page.

When it comes to online marketing strategies, email marketing plays a very important role in your campaigns. This form of marketing has, after all, been around for many years and has grown from heavily promotional emails to value-added marketing tools that help businesses connect to their current and future audiences.

Done properly, email marketing can be a highly effective tool for boosting website traffic, increasing your customer base and ultimately, increasing your conversions across a number of campaigns. To help you make the most from your email marketing strategies, here are 10 helpful tips to keep in mind.

Best Tips for Email Marketing Success

Email marketing, if done correctly can yield amazing results for your business. Hence before you start plotting a newsletter or, mailer in MS Word, take the time to consider the following email marketing tips to give your email blasts the best possible chance of ROI.

Do Your Homework – email marketing basics

Planning is the very first step in any email marketing campaign. This is essential to get the best results, and will help you identify your goals, plan your campaign and achieve your purpose. Decide on your primary goal, whether this is promoting a product, keeping customers updated on news or selling a discounted product. You will then use this as the foundation to start your campaign.

Create a Winning Subject Line

The subject line is the very first thing that people see when your email comes in – if it looks spammy, it may go straight to trash. Using spammy terms such as ‘free’, ‘money’ or ‘discount’ can often result in emails being sent to spam before they are read, so avoid these words at all costs. If the subject line is short, direct and persuasive, readers will want to open it to read more.

Keep it Simple and to the Point

Emails that are simple and to the point have a far greater clickthrough rate than those that waffle on across pages of content. Readers should be able to scan the email quickly to see what the email contains. Use ‘read more’ links to allow readers to clickthrough to specific pages.

Provide Informative Content

Another essential part of email marketing is to provide readers with informative content rather than pointless information. Provide value, and you will be able to build trust with your readers and give them the type of content they enjoy reading.

HTML vs Plain Text

Beautifully designed newsletters, email blasts and other email communication is far more appealing than plain text emails with no images, colour or design to break up the text. Multimedia designs in HTML are eye-catching, which brings far more chance of mails being read

Create for Mail Preview

Many email clients have email preview features that allow readers to view the email before opening. This means that your design should be able to fit into an area that is not much bigger than 600 pixels x 400 pixels for best visibility

Test, Test and Test Again

Another email marketing tip is to always test your emails properly to ensure that they are spam-free, well written and well designed. Do spam and compatibility tests before sending out – this will ensure that the final email is as perfect as can be

Simple Unsubscribe

This is essential to allow your readers to unsubscribe easily from your mailing list. This link should be visible, and the process should be quick and easy, without the need to log in. Of course, the main goal is to inspire them to want to keep reading your updates

Tracking Your Performance

All of your email marketing campaigns should be tracked to see how they perform. Lost management tools usually provide stats for open rates, unsubscribe rates, clickthroughs and other data, which will help you plan better and better newsletters every time

Avoid Spam at All Costs

Buying mailing lists and doing unsolicited emailing to readers who have not actually subscribed is spammy, pure and simple. This will result in unopened or deleted emails, and angry readers. Reputation can also be lost, which will affect your overall marketing efforts in a bad way.

By following these tips for your newsletters and other email marketing campaigns, you will soon start to see the huge results that can be enjoyed from email marketing, growing your brand and reaching more audiences every month.

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