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Do’s and Don’ts for the Internet Marketing Newbie (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

 
First, in the article which is Part 1, I will list some important “DO’s”. Part 2 will cover the DON’Ts.
 
· Do take your time, one step at a time. Do understand that building your business is not something than can be done in a matter of days, not even months in most cases. It’s going to take time, lots of time.
 
· Do practice Patience! I know it’s not one of my virtues either and it’s really hard to put into practice, but to save your sanity, try to be patient!
 
· Do understand in the beginning you will be suffocated with so much information and resources your head will hurt (that’s where the Information Overload headache comes from) and you will not know which direction to take first. You’ll just be spinning your wheels if you try to go off into 20 different directions at once. Remember, concentrate on one thing at a time!
 
· Do use your best judgment when weeding through all of the information. Throw away the obvious hype and keep what you feel is resourceful and useful.
 
· Do make it a goal to accomplish one task each day. Later when you can handle it add one or two more tasks. Progress slowly.
 
· Do look for free resources, there’s plenty out there on the internet to help you build and promote your business. There’s also a lot of hype and misinformation and just plain bad information, so definitely use number 4.
 
· Do join some good internet marketing forums. You will find a lot of advice and tips on how to promote your business.  Many people there are also “newbies” and you can bounce ideas off of each other. Many will post what has worked or hasn’t worked for them. Learn from the internet marketing experts, they were in your shoes at one time, benefit from their experiences.
 
· Do file and organize the information you receive for retrieval later on. Organize your email by creating folders to keep information categorized and easy to find. Keep a log in Microsoft Excel with all of your affiliate ID’s, affiliate URL’s, and memberships.
 
· Do learn some basic HTML code. This will make it easier for you to change, delete, and make any additions to your website. If you don’t know how to add a link to your website then how will you exchange links with other websites to increase your search engine rankings. Go to http://www.htmlgoodies.com and take their basic HTML tutorial. Read my article titled “Why You Should Learn HTML” on my Articles and News page at http://www.profitfromhomebiz.com
 
· Do realize that it’s going to take a lot of work and time to establish your business. Especially, a business on the internet.  It’s not an auto-pilot business. You will probably spend more hours working at this business than you would a regular 9 to 5 job.
 
· Chances are you are new to internet marketing, so study and learn as much as you can before you just jump in. Know what to expect and be prepared.
 
· Do realize that having an internet business is just like having a business in the “real” world. You need to have a plan, you need to advertise, and you must have a budget.
 
· Do download the “30 Days to Success” E-book written by Stone Evans. You can find a free copy on my website at http://www.profitfromhomebiz.com. You will need to provide your name and email address which will subscribe you to my Home Business Tips Newsletter (which is full of internet marketing tips and articles), and then you can download the E-book. It gives you a day by day guide on how to promote your business online. It’s an invaluable tool!
 
· Do believe in yourself and your abilities. Believe in your success!

I divided this article into two parts so you would not fall asleep trying to read the whole article at once. Part 1 of this article has covered the DO’s for the internet marketing newbie. Part 2 of the article will cover the DON’Ts. Be on the lookout for the part 2!

What Is VoIP

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

What VoIP does is it converts the voice signal from your telephone into a digital signal that travels over the Internet.

This means NO phone charges! And this is why VoIP is such a buzz word today.

VoIP presents businesses and consumers a like with an option to save on their phone bills.

It is very simple to set up and use, and requires very little equipment.

For instance…If you are calling a regular phone number, the signal is then converted back at the other end. Internet Voice can allow you to
make a call directly from a computer.

If you make a call using a phone with an adaptor, you’ll be able to dial just as you always have,and the service provider may also provide a dial tone.

If your service assigns you a regular phone number, then a person can call you
from his or her regular phone without using special equipment.

What Do You Need To Get Started?

A broadband Internet connection is required to make VoIP calls. Some services
allow you to use a regular telephone, as long as you connect it to an adaptor.

Some companies allow you to make calls from a computer or a VoIP phone that doesn’t require an additional adapter.

If you are calling a regular telephone number, the person you are calling does not need any special equipment, just a phone.

More and more companies are entering the VoIP arena everyday. The two most popular are Vontage and SKYPE.

For a low monthly fee you can make unrestricted calls anywhere without incurring any long distant charges. As you can see VoIP can be a real money saving opportunity for smart consumers and businesses.

It is important to compare plans when considering a VoIP provider. Depending on the plan you might be limited only to other subscribers to the service, or you may be able to call any phone number, anywhere in the world. The call can be made to a local number, a mobile phone, a long distance, or an international number.

What Are Some Advantages of VoIP?

Because VoIP is digital, it may offer features and services that are not available with a traditional phone. If you have a broad band Internet connection, you need not maintain and pay the additional cost for a line just to make telephone calls.]]>

E-books to the rescue

Monday, February 27th, 2006

E-books are in demand for knowledge these days and are continuously on the rise. Most students rely on the internet nowadays because they can easily be learned and obtained because of step by step methods and demonstrations. E-books have become so in demand and popular. Anyone at home can access it and learn it. You just need to download from the internet and you’re all done! Another advantage of e-books is that they are easy to acquire and cheap instead of buying books.

Buying books can be very expensive and they wear out easily sometimes even each year. Sometimes books become obsolete. While if you rely on e-books, you can easily dump one anytime. Sometime you need not download or research it. If you have friends that are into E-books, you can easily borrow it for a day and provide yourself a copy of it by saving it on your computer. E-books can never get lost. You just need electricity to get the instructions and details.
You can have it even for a lifetime. E books grow and change and keep up with your needs. Relying on E-books is not that bad at all. Who says it is? Sometimes E-books have overrun the use of books that’s why some people disregard because the production of books was lowered and still declining today.

But some E-books require the use of software depending upon the tutorial for use. For example for graphic related E-books, you will need to run certain software such as Photoshop or CorelDraw. It will depend upon the requirements. So if you want to have some tutorials, it up to you whether you want to grab a book or grab an E-book. After all, they are both very useful.

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What Makes DSL Work

Monday, February 27th, 2006

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What Makes DSL Work
by Kara Glover
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I need to explain a few things first here, so bear with me.

A sine wave is a basic type of wave. Sound can be divided into sine
waves.

Sound waves, or sine waves, are measured by the number of cycles they
make in one second.

The number of sine wave cycles sound waves make in one second is
measured in hertz. The symbol for hertz is Hz.

The sine waves created by human voices average 0 to 4,000 Hz. That
means the sound of your voice produces from 0 to 4,000 sine waves made
of sound in a single second. That 0 to 4,000 is considered your
voice’s range or frequency.

OK. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way:
Telephone wiring is made of copper. That wiring is capable of
transporting much higher frequencies, or more hertz, than just the
frequencies your voice can produce. To put it another way, there’s a
lot more room on the wiring that’s not being used. So the phone
companies divide up the wiring to use it for other things as well,
namely internet usage.

This may seem like common knowledge. But if you think about it, you
download from the internet more than you upload. You’re downloading
this article right now! But how often are you uploading? Maybe you
send lots of emails, which aren’t very wieldy, or a big attachment
once in awhile. That’s nothing compared to the website and programs
you probably download. So the phone company makes lots room on the
copper wire for frequencies dedicated to downloading from the
internet, and less for uploading. The phone companies uses higher
frequencies on the wiring for both this internet uploading and
downloading.. And by the way, the frequencies are higher than those
used for both voice and faxes. This is how you’re able to surf the web
and talk on the computer at the same time!

Have you ever wondered why you need to install filters on all your
phones and fax machines when you install DSL? Well, the filters are to
keep out those higher frequencies reserved for your internet data out
of your phone and fax lines, and keep the frequencies you need to talk
and fax with in.

You can thank your DSL modem for helping the process. Transmission to
and from the internet is all data transmission. The modem is the tool
that sends the data coming to and from your computer over the phone
line to your phone company, while voice or fax signals may be coming
at the same time. At the phone company a contraption called a
multiplexer divides up the voice or fax from the data. Next it sends
the data part to your internet service provider, which takes care of
the rest!

©2005 by Kara Glover]]>

Earn Money With Parked Domains

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

There are several companies on the internet that will pay you to redirect your domain to a landing page, with PPC links related to the keywords in your domain. You can earn real money every time one of your visitors click one of the links on your landing page, in addition to guaranteed ad revenue for each and every unique visitor that you recieve.

Considering the fact that you can earn up to $5.00/click (depending on industry) with this type of program, there is no doubt that domain parking can be an extremely lucrative practice. If you would like to learn more about how to start earning money with your unused domain names and be recieving paycheques by the end of next month, take a look at http://www.domainsponsor.com/tracker/ref.html?ref_id=3215&s=0

For more internet marketing articles and online business resources, please visit http://www.WealthStream.info

What Some Web Hosts Don’t Want You To Know

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Many of the low-cost web hosts have little experience in web hosting. A good way to find out about the level of service is to get the service telephone number and use it before you sign on. This should tell you a lot about the level of service you should realistically expect from the host you want to use.

The other common truth amongst many web-hosting enterprises is that they lack experience. Ensure before signing up that the company that you are going with has reasonable experience. How long has your host been in business? You do not want to be part of a start –up experiment for an important service.

One other thing you will need to be very careful with when using low cost or budget web hosts, is the fact that some of them are involved in many different businesses and not just web hosting. Ask what other businesses or projects your web host handles before signing up with them. You want a specialist not a generalist whose resources and time are bound to be so stretched that chances of you getting reliable services are very slim indeed.

It is also a fact that some small low cost web hosts do not offer the promised bandwidth. They should not advertise one thing and end up providing something else.

The best way to protect yourself from most of these nasty surprises is to go for a short term contract to begin with. You can for example start off paying on a monthly basis. That way it will be easier to change hosts when you discover something you don’t like.]]>

Easy Way for Newbies to Market Home Business

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

After spending countless hours on the computer and throwing many dollars down the drain, I learned one very important thing: You must combine mass marketing with a personal touch.

There are many great marketing tools you can use to achieve mass marketing including pay per click engines, placing ads, buying leads, banner advertising, and exchanging links just to name a few. While these methods can produce positive results, they lack the personal connection many new business owners need to build a true customer base.

On the other hand, personal touch methods such as emailing your family and friends about your new business can be a great way to start spreading the word, but this approach may not help you reach enough people to give your business the jump start it really needs.

So where did this lead this flailing entrepreneur? Message boards.

I initially visited message boards to get help with my marketing dilemma. In the process, I realized this was not only a place to exchange valuable information with other home business owners, but this was also a great place to market my own online business.

Not only did I find plenty of message board group members willing to give information, I found many interested parties for my own business. Soon, I realized that not only was I becoming a more educated marketing guru, I was introducing my new business to many new friends (and customers).

By joining message board groups, not only will you find a new outlet to advertise your business, but you will also build credibility among your peers.

Follow these simple steps to begin utilizing message boards to market your home business today:

1) Visit a search engine and do a search on message boards.
2) Click through to the message boards and search for forums related to work from home and/or your specific type of business.
3) Join a few message board groups. (Note: Some message board groups will allow you to post without being a member, but membership increases your credibility).
4) Post information about your business. Remember to give specific instructions about how to reach you including email address, Web URL, etc.

Message boards are an efficient and effective way to reach a targeted market with direct contact, and, best of all, they are free. As you will soon see, these message boards are quite powerful as there are thousands of subscribers who receive posts from message board groups in their email boxes each day.

Start joining message board groups now and take your home business to new heights!

What You Need To Know Before You Get Started On Ebay.

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

What to Sell.

First off, you need to know what it is you’re going to sell: what’s your speciality? You’ll do far better on eBay if you become a great source for certain kind of products, as people who are interested in those products will come back to you again and again. You won’t get any loyalty or real reputation if you just sell rubbish at random.

When you think about what to sell, there are a few things to consider. The most important of these is to always sell what you know. If you try to sell something that you just don’t know anything about then you’ll never write a good description and sell it for a good price.

You might think you’re not especially interested in anything, but if you think about what kind of things you usually buy and which websites you go to most often, I’m sure you’ll discover some kind of interest. If all else fails mention it to your friends and family: they’ll almost certainly say “Oh, well why don’t you sell…”, and you’ll slap your forehead.

Out of the things you know enough about, you should then consider which things you could actually get for a good enough price to resell, and how suitable they would be for posting. If you can think of something of that you’re knowledgeable about and it’s small and light enough for postage to be relatively cheap, then that’s great!

Don’t worry if you think the thing you’re selling is too obscure – it isn’t. There’s a market for almost everything on eBay, even things that wouldn’t sell once in a year if you stocked them in a shop. You’ll probably do even better if you fill a niche than if you sell something common.

Tax and Legal Matters.

If you earn enough money, you should be aware that you’re going to have to start paying tax – this won’t be done for you. If you decide to sell on eBay on a full-time basis, you should probably register as a business.

Prepare Yourself.

There are going to be ups and downs when you sell on eBay. Don’t pack it in if something goes a little wrong in your first few sales: the sellers who are successful on eBay are the ones who enjoy it, and stick at it whatever happens.

Anyone can sell on eBay, if they believe in themselves – and if you do decide it’s not for you, then the start-up costs are so low that you won’t really have lost anything.

If you’re ready to start selling, then the next thing you need to know is the different auction types, so you can decide which ones you will use to sell your items. Our next email will give you a guide.]]>

Education is the Key for Success in Internet Marketing

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Even if the perspective to reach millions of potential customers is surely exciting, the truth is that internet marketing is more difficult than it may seems and if you don’t have a sufficient experience you will usually waste a lot of time and resources doing things that don’t produce the results you expect.

For this reason, seeking advice from competent internet marketing experts is essential if you want to succeed online.

Hiring a consultant can be very expensive, but fortunately this is not the only possibility.

In fact you can utilize one of the many internet marketing informational products (like books, manuals or ebooks) that are available online.

There are complete courses that deal with every possible aspect of the entire process of building, managing and promoting your business online.

Other products concern very specific topics like how to write effective advertisements or sales letters, or how to promote your site on search engines.

You can usually choose among a great variety of media formats: printed manuals, downloadable ebooks that allow you to use the product immediately, CD-ROMs, or even videos and audio tapes, if reading a big manual is not something for you.

The only risk is to be confused by so many possible choices. So how can you determine the product more suited to your needs?

When I need to decide about the purchase of an informational product, the first thing I do is reading each and every page of the author’s site.

You may think that the informations on a site designed to sell a product are, by definition, not objective.

But you can still find a lot of useful elements that will help you with your decision.

The following are the most important for me.

1) How is the product presented?

Reputable authors will never tell you that you will be able to make a lot of money without work simply by reading their ebook or manual.

They will warn you that personal efforts are always needed to succeed online and every concept you learn must be applied to your particular situation.

Disappointment is the only thing you will earn from an informational product that is presented like a ‘magic recipe’ to make money fast and without efforts.

2) How many details the author gives about him/herself especially with regard to past business experiences?

You want to be sure that you are about to spend your money to learn proven techniques successfully tested on real businesses not some vague theory.

3) Does the site contain customers testimonials? Do they sound genuine?

A testimonial should be always followed by a full name, a website or email address so that it can be verified.

4) What kind of guarantee is offered should you dislike the product once you have purchased it?

Ideally every good informational product should be covered by a full money back guarantee as it’s always the best protection for your investment.

If you pay attention you will find many other elements that will tell you a lot about the author and the product he/she sells.

Learning how to market online is an ongoing process. Even if your personal work is always needed, with ebooks, manuals, courses you can learn from successful marketers experiences, concentrate your efforts on strategies that worked for them and consequently avoid mistakes and save time and resources.

You are welcome to use our site (see the link below) as a starting point of your quest for your ideal internet marketing informational product.

When It Comes To Ebay, Don’t Follow The Herd

Friday, February 24th, 2006

A: While it’s true that selling products on eBay can be a quick, low cost way to launch an online business, following the herd by selling the “hot product” of the moment, is not a great idea. To the contrary, chances are you will be stomped in the ground by the herd and left lying in the dust with your unsold inventory in hand.

We talked about starting a profitable eBay business in a previous column and the advice I dispensed then still applies today.

The most successful eBay sellers are those who understand that success on eBay relies on many of the same factors as success in a brick and mortar business.

* Smart sellers research the marketplace and the competition to determine the salability and profitability of the product.

* Smart sellers test the market with one or two before committing to a product line and tying up their cash reserves in inventory that may never sell.

* Smart sellers adjust their product offerings until they find a product or product line that sells consistently.

The last point is perhaps the most important. Long term eBay success does not come from “one off” sales. The key to real eBay success is to find a product that sells well and sell that product over and over and over again.

I asked Timothy Mina, author of the new book, The Online Auction Expert’s Bible To Selling on eBay, his thoughts on launching a successful eBay business.

Why is eBay so attractive to entrepreneurs?
“With an eBay business, you set your own hours and set your own goals,” Mina said. “You can work as much or as little as you want and whenever you want. Many sellers supplement their income by selling on eBay and many others have turned it into a full time business.”

Mina cites the following reasons for eBay’s growing popularity among entrepreneurs who want to start an online business:

* You can start up quickly and don’t need special skills.

* There is very little risk and investment required to get started.

* The marketplace is huge. There are millions of potential customers waiting to buy what you’re selling, 24 hours a day, with the click of a button.

* No stress, no boss. Yes, there is work involved, but the work can be done at your own pace. You are your own boss and you set your own schedule.

* Most importantly, you can follow your passion and do something you love. If you sell something you enjoy selling, online auctions aren’t just profitable, they’re fun and exciting, too.

Why It’s Critical To Find Your Niche
Mina recommends creating your eBay business with niche items. According to Mina, the benefits of targeting a specific niche market include:

* If you are going to rely on eBay as your primary source of income, it is essential that you find your niche. If the goal of your eBay business is to earn enough money in your spare time to make your car payment every month, it is less important, but still highly recommended.

* If you find a profitable niche, you will become a certified guru of the items you sell you will ideally be the only one on eBay offering the products.

* Your expertise will make it ten times as easy to spot bargains when you’re shopping for products to resell. Bargains might be all around you, but if you don’t know anything about what you’re selling, you won’t know how to spot bargains that are right in front of you.

* You will find different ways to add personal value to your products. These low cost add-ons or unique twists to your products will drastically increase your sales and profits by making your items unique and desirable.

* You will have little or no competition from other sellers, so you can corner your niche market.

* By dealing with the same type of customer over a long period of time you will get to intimately understand the mindset of your target customer and what your customer wants. This will help you sell your products better and allow you to market your products in ways others haven’t thought of.

* You will be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what you sell, and you will be attentive to your customer’s desires. This results in satisfied customers, name recognition, and a lot of repeat business.

* You’re going to find something you’re passionate about and specialize in it. If you love what you’re doing, you have a much greater chance of sticking to it and loving it. So it won’t even fell like work - it’ll be like you’re getting paid to play.

How do you find your niche? So how do you find your niche? Mina recommends doing an inventory of your hobbies and interests to help you identify a niche you would enjoy working in.

Ask yourself:

* What are you passionate about?
* What do you collect?
* What do you like to read about?
* What do you do in your spare time?
* So you have a favorite pastime?
* What was your major in college?
* What jobs have you had?
* Are there any other fields in which you have a great amount of knowledge?
* What clubs do you belong to?

Mina also recommends that you spend time on eBay studying the category listings. This may give you additional ideas for hobbies you can turn into an eBay business. Once you have defined your hobbies or interests, brainstorm how you can turn them into a business.

* How can you turn your expertise into a product?
* How can you add value to current products related to your interest?
* What product can you sell that may be one of a kind and have little or no competition?
* Can you think of novel ideas that people who share your passion would love?
* Is there anything related to your hobby that you can create yourself? An ebook or a how to, perhaps?]]>



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