Monthly Archives: January 2016

Earning Money Marketing Your Skills

There are many skills necessary to be proficient, or an expert at anything, especially if you can be compensated by marketing your skills. Writing is a skill most people can do fairly well, with some practice if it has been awhile. Writing is also the primary article marketing skill needed to produce content that will be seen by a vast audience once sales marketing skills are also developed.

You can pay for classes to learn fundamentals of any skill, but I am going to tell you how to improve your marketing skills while getting paid to learn. There are expert writers and there are novice writers, we all fall somewhere in between. So long as your skill level is proportionally better than someone who is trying to develop their own skill, you can market your skill to them.

You would also need to have sales marketing skills, where you know where to go, what to do, to get a client that you can market your skills to. Whenever one person has a greater skill level than another, and it is that skill necessary to complete the income cycle, you have opportunity for marketing your skills. The person with an incomplete set of skills would often pay in the short term, to perform the entire process quickly, while they continue to develop the skill over time. In other situations, the person may have excellent skills, but is doing well enough that they simply pay to have done, that work they feel is not worthy of their valuable time.

Marketing your skills involves all aspects of how to do online marketing. It is the process of developing a skill in demand, finding a marketing opportunity, securing the agreement for the work to be done, completing the task to satisfaction, and being compensated. The client is happy, as a skill they feel deficient with at the moment, or for whatever reason is now completed, and they can move forward with the rest of their skill set. You are happy, because you have simply practiced an already proficient or expert skill, while being paid to do so.

It is necessary to know where to acquire clients as another skill. There is a vast network at the following online businesses. They include just about every possible skill you can think of involving a computer. You can pay to get something done with skills you may lack, and get paid to do something with skills you have.

  • Vworker
  • Elance
  • Wealthy Affiliate Jobs Dashboard
  • Guru
  • Hellobrain

How to have money online, marketing your skills, and getting things done in areas where you lack skills is a skill in itself, that you now have as well. As an example, I recently bid on jobs and earned enough to pay for my domain, and a few other things that ordinarily would come out of my own pocket or earnings. Instead, I helped a few people that needed it, and was able to keep the bottom line of my business in the black. As a new Internet marketer, I have overhead that exceeds my current level of revenues through my products, links, and other streams. Article marketing skills involves revenue from many different streams as well.

I will keep my business in the black from day 1 by scheduling in a few days a month to cover any related expenses, until my own efforts mature. This is how anyone can afford to become an Internet marketer, and get paid to learn. If you can read this article, you have enough skills to market to someone else, as we are all different. Recall the story of the fellow that was doing so well, he pays to have all of his articles written? There are many people in that position, and while you do the tasks necessary to join them, you can do so for free, because of them.

How a Small Business Can Be Reputed Worldwide

When business is looming large around the world, you need to make it so much fruitful by any means.  The advertisement makes a business reach the door of success. There are lots of business promotional tricks and providing advertisements to reach the customers. You will get posters, hoardings, banners, TV, radio, internet and another process to reach people. Today, the by using the most popular media, internet; you can reach people in various ways. Promotion through websites, Google AdWards promotion, PPC (Pay per Click), AdSense promotion, etc. are the best ways for promoting your business website. There is a name which is classifieds. All these processes need a huge skill and knowledge on the said departments.

A business highly depends on off-line and online promotion. In this world of stiff competition, you will get the entire process easy by applying all these processes. Otherwise, you will not get the success you desire most. If the entire process has been done perfectly by applying unique process, you will get the better response. Unless you are following modern strategy for your business promotion, you will not get the result. By following these strategies done by a skillful company or its experienced associates, you can spread your business to the entire world. However, you need to have effective supply channel to the entire world to make your customers happy.

Except the entire digital media, local classified can scatter your business to the entire world. If you suppose to provide an advertisement to your local classifieds, it will show the advertisement to the same zone. When you provide an advertisement to a classified site of USA, it will show the advertisement to the same zone. In this way, the local classified brings you the best opportunity to increase the visit of the website. If your website is an eCommerce one, there is no need to keep your phone turned on! The advertisement provided to the yellow pages always brings better opportunity to your business.

Whenever you have to choose a website or the classified sites, you have to keep in mind regarding the details of it. Basically, the ranking and popularity in the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) of the site is so much essential. You also have to keep in mind regarding the PR value as well. After considering all these, you have to keep in mind about the advertisement size, color combination and everything that attracts the users visually. The more you can create an attractive advertisement, the more you will get user response.

In the meantime, it should be mentioned that to get better Search Engine Results Page appearance, yellow pages script seems to be the best business directory which is written in PHP, Lavarvel PHP Framework, and MySQL, etc.  You can access its features more flexible by using administration control panel. Leaving off the entire technical terms, you will get an assurance of inserting all your business information easily and manage other controls without having any technical knowledge.

So, there is no hazard of promoting your business websites through different promotional media, where the reputed classifieds play a great role.

Some Online Business Success Tips

Financial freedom, ability to work at any time of the day, ability to work from anywhere, there are so many advantages of running a successful online business. But to become successful with any internet business, you have to skip through a lot of challenges on the way. Let me share with you some of the well-known tips to become successful with your online business.

Give Out Genuine Products

It could be a download-able item such as eBook, photography, podcast, etc. You need to ensure that all the products on your website are genuine and original. Your customers will definitely come back for more when they discover your products are of great value. You can also add a free incentive to some products on your website, this will go a long way in convincing your customers to buy that particular product. For example you sell eBook A for $50 and eBook B for $10, you can add a promo of “buy eBook A and get eBook B for free” and make it a limited offer.

Broadcast Your Products

Take every little opportunity to talk about your products, you can do this on Twitter, Facebook Page, LinkedIn, Google+, and other social platforms. You can also create an advertising campaign for your products but you have to do this with caution so as to avoid excessive spending. Ask other people to review your products and make your customers testify about their experience with your products. You can create a testimonial page where your customers can be able to read about other peoples experience with your products.

An old business adage says “Build it well and watch them come for it” but nowadays things are done quite differently, You have to “Build it well, enlighten people about it, then watch them come for it.” No matter how “Perfect” your product may be, you still have to broadcast it and encourage people to give it a try.

Motivate Your Customers To Drop Their Emails

You can give out a free product on your website and tell your customers to drop their email address and get it sent to their inbox. This is one of the best and most effective strategies to build a database of customers for your online business website. A popular internet marketer once referred to his database of customers as his ATM machine, he goes there whenever he needs money! A large database of customers simply means more sales and more returning customers because you will be “Broadcasting” your products to them on a regular basis.

Do It Once Again

When running your online business, you will learn a lot of lessons that only experience can teach. You will make a lot of “Right” and “Wrong” decisions along the way. The most important thing is for you to take note of the effective strategies and forget about those that yielded no result. You have to keep repeating all those effective steps and efforts so you can continue getting the same positive results. When running an online business you must never be satisfied at the current level you are right now, you still have a lot to do to keep your business growing.

Stop looking for “Instant Results” there is no proven method to “get rich quick” on the internet. Your internet business requires time and effort from you for it to attain a level of Success, so keep working harder and very soon you will become a successful online business entrepreneur. Don’t be desperate to meet Mr Success, stay focused and committed to whatever you are doing and he will come knocking on your door.

 

3 Most Common Mistakes When Starting an Online Business

The triumph of gaining your financial freedom and independence is mind-blowing. Having an online business can be spectacular. You determine your own working hours and your own place of business. What’s not to like about it?

Let me tell you what. Online business can also be frightening, scary and painful at the same time. The ticket to success is not free of charge.

Have you ever wondered how some people succeed with their online business?

So have I. When I started my own online business, I made all 3 mistakes that I’m describing below. Let me explain all about them, so you can avoid them from the start.

I started my online endeavors with no big plan in mind. All I knew was that I want to start an online business and that was it.

I listened about all the amazing stories about people making a fortune online and I said to myself: “What the heck, I will try that too!” I don’t consider myself to be a dumb person. Besides, how hard could it be anyway?

So I started with building my own webpage. I was familiar with SEO from my job and I read all the Google SEO recommendations for 2016. I knew that the content is the king. So I started producing content. Nothing out of the ordinary, basically just stuff I learned, while I was still working for others. During my regular employment I gained a lot of experience in the field of digital project, project management, animation, publishing and so on.

I published a piece of good quality content every now and then. Producing quality content went quite well, because I had a lot to share. But soon I realized I’m not getting any readers. I made a Facebook page. I posted links there. I built subscription forms and so on and so on. But not much happened. I wasn’t getting any readers. No one was subscribing to my newsletter.

Then I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I had no plan. So the first mistake I made was:

1. Not having a plan

You don’t need to have a formal business plan or anything fancy like that at all, but you do need a plan. A plan for:

 

  • Content creation and publishing – Once a week, twice a week, every day. Anything, as long as you have a plan that you know you’ll be able to follow. Decide what you can deliver and then stick to it. Be consistent. Readers love the routine. If you deliver astonishingly great content every Wednesday, people will expect it. So you better deliver, or they will leave
  • Sharing content – Start small and use a social media platform that is familiar to you. Mine was Facebook. I wasn’t there much before, but at least I knew something about it. It would be best though, if you concentrate social media starting efforts on platform where your audience is. Speaking of

 

  • Target audience – Deciding about content will give you an idea about what your ideal audience is or vice versa. Once you determine that, you can research about where they most commonly hang out in the digital world. Is it Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, dedicated forums? Whatever you find out, you need to go there as well. Think about demographics, their interests, their needs and what they can afford.

 

  • What products to sell – This is very much related to demographics of your target audience. You cannot sell a $10.000 product to someone who can only afford to buy a $100 product at most. You cannot just put a product on your web page and hope for the best. Again you need a plan.

Further down the line, you will definitely need to adjust your overall plan. But have your initial plan in front of your eyes the whole time. Eyes on the target.

Setting your long term goals is just as important as setting the short term ones. Keep them somewhere in front of you at all times, as your constant reminder of what your direction is.

If you find yourself working on something else, look at the written goal in front of you and ask yourself: “Is this activity getting me closer to my goal?” If your answer is no, stop doing it right away and direct your focus to your goal achieving activities.

Another piece of advice. You might want to keep a list of things to do, a schedule of sorts if you will, to keep you on track for the times when you get distracted. And let me tell you from my experience, it happens so fast and covertly as well. You don’t even realize it when an hour went by, while distractions had been occupying your attention.

2. Focusing on little stuff

When I started, I was spreading myself too thin on all the tasks that needed to be done. I’m a designer and animator by profession. The thing is, I haven’t been working in the field for almost a decade. But I tasked myself with making my own logo, designing and setting up my own custom web page.

Don’t do that. Once you start a business, treat it like a business. You’re an entrepreneur so do entrepreneurial stuff and leave the design stuff to designers. I realized I would have never taken off my business if I would have been doing all the work myself. In the end I decided to use WordPress. I picked a theme I liked and worked with that. It doesn’t really matter how the web page looks like at the beginning anyhow, as long as the content is readable and call to action buttons are visible enough to get users to click on them. Hopefully.

I was very much against using WordPress for numerous reasons, top one being lack of control of the coding and SEO. But concentrating on it at the beginning of the business makes no sense at all. I will not be able to compete with organic traffic for a while anyway. So what’s the point?

Just take a look at Google. Do you still remember their minimalistic homepage? Even now, it hasn’t changed all that much from that. But when you look behind the first visual impression, it offers an awesome service. This is something you should concentrate on as well, service, not how to make things look pretty. Unless, of course, you’re a designer and you’re selling your design services online.

Get someone else to do the following stuff for you once you reach that point in your business, but you mostly don’t need it from the start anyway:

  • Design a logo, business cars, stationary (if you use it), pretty web page.
  • More social media channels coverage, once you outgrow the basic ones.
  • Accounting.
  • Email services, and so on and on.

3. Underestimating things

Since I can remember, I had issues with setting the correct timeframe for task completion. My tendency to underestimate was enormous. I thought it would’ve taken an hour to complete a task, but it took 3. I thought I could’ve finished all the tasks I planned for the day, but I had been left with more than half of them unchecked.

I underestimated a whole lot more.

I had a vague idea of how online marketing works. I had a slightly better idea about how social media marketing works. Well, I was wrong. I only thought I did.

Nothing worked as I had thought it would. Since the last time I did any of those social activities, a lot had changed. Facebook logic is completely different now. Of course, they want to make money. Google Ads became quite expensive. Organic traffic from Google is impossible to achieve, well, at least for certain keywords. And let me not go into my expectations about timeframe I had in mind for getting results. It’s embarrassing.

Let me tell you one thing I learned, though: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” And neither will your success. There are tactics you can use to get to your success faster, but even with those, there’s a lot of work involved.

Here are some tips for you:

    • Don’t think that making money online is easy – You might find some get rich quick schemes out there, you might even earn some money with them, even overnight. But after that scheme is gone, you’ll be looking for a new one. As for the long term goal of making money online, I’m talking about sustainable income for years, is hard work. And after that, it’s a lot of hard work.
    • Success will come, just not overnight – If you’re diligent every single day. You produce quality content and get it out there for your perfect audience to see, they are bound to find it. Sooner or later. But don’t expect success overnight. It might have happened to some people, but it’s more likely we just don’t know the whole story of that particular online millionaire. Consistently take action. Every day. Persistence is the key.
    • Do not multitask, focus instead – Concentrate on one thing at a time. Implement it. Finish it. Whatever you need to do to successfully get it out of your way, and only then move on to the next one. Believing in a myth, that you will achieve more in less time with multitasking, is just plain crap. Maybe multitasking works, but just maybe, if one task is something you do on a complete autopilot and you don’t need any brain power for it, and the other task is something you need your brain for. Like listening to a podcast while riding a bike.
  • Don’t put too much on your plate – Get what you can eat, finish it and then go get seconds. Or you might even need to digest it first. Don’t take too many things on at the same time. Again, you will spread yourself too thin and you will not accomplish anything with it. Don’t jump between jobs and don’t test multiple income streams at the same time. Pick one or two, get it to work and use it if it works. If it doesn’t work, abandon it and try a new one.

Think big. Grow your ideas. Set your goals. But work on one at the time. You’re in for the long haul. It doesn’t matter all that much that you might need to suffer through first few months or a year. Not if you have your why in front of you.

This is my last tip for today. You decided to start your own online business, or you’re in the process of doing so. Think deeply about your why.

Why do you want to have this business?

What is the reason for it?

Think about it long and hard. And you better come up with a pretty damn good answer, one that is so very important to you, one that will keep you motivated, when things don’t go quite as well as you planned, or hoped for.

Your why for your goal must be clearly defined and very, very important to you. When you get to that kind of why, you will succeed no matter what the project is that you take on.