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Why $10,000 For A Domain Name Is Still Cheap

Posted by admin on Oct 28 2014 | Domain Names

Domain names are now an integral part of any business. Whether the use is primarily for email, a company website, or part of a marketing campaign anyone starting a business must secure a domain name.

The difference between a domain name and other marketing expenses however is you are acquiring a presence which help future customers define you, not leasing one.

Owning a premium domain has become expensive with the average price of a domain name hovering around anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000 however how expensive is this?

If one were to compare the price of almost anything compared to its original cost could we not classify everything as expensive. A $3 bottled water costs how much to produce? Or a $300 pair of designer sunglasses which probably cost less than a mocha to manufacture?

The argument about why domains command so much value simply breeds from a lack of understanding about the value of the underlying asset, and possibly some jealousy. If your grandmother purchased a piece of oceanfront property 10 years ago for $100,000 and today it’s worth $500,000 would you question the value of the property? No, because real estate has a tangible, acceptable value in our heads. Domain names are property and although many of them are owned by astute investors who saw the future value of these assets and simply monetize them by serving ads (instead of adding value) the majority of these investors should never be criticized or defined as squatters but smart people who were in the right place at the right time.

Somebody has your name and they are squatting on it?

Unless you have a trademark on the domain or someone is intentionally capitalizing on monetizing a typo of your trademark no one really is a squatter in the domain name industry. What’s even more interesting is for those people who complain that “somebody has their name,” but lack a trademark or other legal form of similar use, is almost the equivalent to saying that your grandmother owns my dream home except now they are inferring that your grandmother is this evil natured women and not a smart investor. Real estate ownership is acceptable by public opinion and so should be domain name investing.

Of course, ask anyone around the domain name industry and no one will deny there is a certain segment who does traffic in trademark names or try to sell domains far above what any reasonable value the domain has but isn’t every legitimate industry also home to some people who practice the shady areas of business. The used car market, jewelry business, financial trading and pretty much every industry I can think of has their share of reputable dealers and non-reputable ones. The trick is to find trustworthy people to deal with and assets at a fair value to you and your business plan.

How much is a domain name worth?

Realistically a domain name can be worth any amount but most domain names sell for around $5,000 to $20,000 – premium domains, category killers and short domains however can easily command $100,000 or millions depending on a wide number of reasons. But let’s not talk about the value of individual domains per se but how a domain name compares to the cost and value of traditional media. Let’s put a $10,000 domain in perspective to traditional media.

Billboard Advertising

Billboard Advertising is some of the most expensive advertising around. In New York City, for example, a rotary bulletin can cost you anywhere from $35,000 to over $600,000 a WEEK according to Clear Channel’s online rate card.

Mobile Advertising

You know that advertising billboard which is essentially carried around on the back of a truck and drives around all day? $20,000 a month if you want to advertise in the Atlanta Market (although fuel cost is included)

Radio Advertising

Even radio ads can cost around $200 average per spot and you need at least a handful a day to make any dent in attracting business… total monthly estimated cost $30,000 or more.

Now the question is what do you own after the 30 day period for the traditional media sources above?

Nothing.

If you spend $10,000 on a domain name your only future expenses are the $8 a year in registration fees - not even $8 a month … actually less than $1 a month.

Of course there are other expenses such as building a website and SEO but all of these expenses are costs which go directly to building value to something you own – not airtime or billboard space you are leasing!

There are also intangible factors like authority which domain names have that traditional media can never compare to. Imagine owning a domain like govote.com or compareautoinsurance.com – Domains like these are intuitive by description and define your role as an authority on the subject and domains like this are commonly available instead of spending millions of dollars on the super premiums like vote.com or autoinsurance.com

Many domains can command $1,000,000 or more even in a fire sale however the amount of great domains still available at cost well below annual traditional media cost for only a SINGLE portion of your overall marketing plan is practically unlimited.

The real question is not how much a domain name costs but how much value the right domain name can bring to your business.

Take a look at your marketing budget and see what $10,000 buys you. Not a whole lot after all – well, at least anything you can own for eternity at a one-time cost.

Those interested in learning about domain names should start by visiting places like Domaining.com, DNJournal.com, DomainNameWire, theDomains.com or ElliotsBlog.com to understand the very active domain name marketplace that exists and why every day your dream domain is getting closer to being gone for good. (businessinsider)

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8 Tips on How to Sell Your Domain Name

Posted by admin on Oct 06 2014 | Domain Names

Over the years, a lot of people have asked me for advice on selling a domain name.

What follows is some general advice for the Web entrepreneur that already owns a bunch of domain names and would like to significantly increase the odds of selling those domain names.

Although this advice is based on my two decades’ worth of experience buying and selling thousands of domain names, this advice is not aimed at professional domain name investors (a.k.a. “domainers”) nor am I going to cover pro-active domain name pitching strategies.

If, however, you are what I would refer to as a “Budding Domain Speculator” looking for some practical tips to move some of your domain names, then read on…

The Harsh Truth about Selling Domain Names

Let’s begin with two important things you need to understand and accept (but will likely upset a few readers):

Most of your domain names are probably un-sellable.

Before I dive into how you can boost your domain sales, it’s time for a reality check. The number one impediment to what is referred to as “secondary market” domain name sales is the quality – or lack thereof – of the inventory.

In general, the kind of inventory that sells best in today’s world is one-word, two-word, and sometimes three-word English language .com domain names that directly relate to popular business products or services.

If you are holding non .com inventory (e.g., .net, .org, .biz), or domains that consist of invented words, or are phrases, be prepared for the sad probability that this inventory will not sell in your lifetime.

Of course there are going to be exceptions to this, but they are, by their very nature, exceptions. The cold, hard reality is that secondary market domain names are not very liquid assets. This probably means that most of your inventory is not going to sell. Ever.

It’s still a horrendously inefficient market.

Most end user buyers don’t know where to look for secondary market domain names. They don’t know how to contact the owners, nor do they have any idea of how to actually purchase and transfer a domain name. As a result, they become generally confused and frustrated by the whole process.

Quite frankly, who can blame them? So the more you can do as a domain speculator to soften the edges here, the greater the likelihood you will sell some of your domains.

Tips for Selling Your Domain

Now that I have beaten you up about the quality of your domains and the relatively inefficient state of the secondary market, let’s talk about some best practices that will help you sell your domains.

1. Display a “for sale” message on your domain’s home page

Believe it or not, the number one source of secondary market domain name sales is buyers typing the domain name into their Web browser and navigating to the domain to see if it is available. Better yet, you can use Flippa’s Free Domain Billboard.

To boost your domain name sales, you first need to make sure that your domains resolve to a page that, one way or another, clearly indicates that the domain is for sale and provides a choice of ways for the prospective buyer to contact you or purchase the domain right away, whether that be via email, phone, chat, or whatever.

The goal here is convenience. There’s a bunch of easy ways you can accomplish this.

Your domain name registrar may provide you with a free one-page Website tool, which you can use to create a “this domain is for sale” landing page. Alternatively, you can create a single page (perhaps a hidden page hanging off one of your existing websites) that indicates that your domain names are for sale. You can then forward all of your domain names that are for sale to that one page.

If you are feeling ambitious, you can link each of your domain names to its matching “buy it now” purchase page at one of the marketplaces. Another more sophisticated option would be to “park” your domain with one of the leading domain parking companies, such as DomainSponsor or SmartName and enable their built-in “for sale” message and contact mechanisms.

Whatever you do, make sure that if someone navigates to one of your domain names that they can clearly see your “for sale” message, otherwise you will miss out on a ton of sales opportunities.

2. Sell your domains on Flippa

Although Flippa is best known as the leading platform for buying and selling websites, the domain name marketplace has grown quickly and is now a leading product for selling domains names.

Flippa attracts a different audience than the typical domain name marketplace, and sometimes a domain name that would not get much attention in the more crowded and traditional domain name marketplaces will find a seller on Flippa.

This happened to me with one of my own domain names, a two-word, technology-oriented .com. I had it listed just about everywhere for a year or two, even had it in auction on GoDaddy a few times, but I could never get this domain name to sell.

Figuring I had nothing to lose, and always game to try new things, I listed it on Flippa. To my pleasant surprise, the domain sold for several thousand dollars and I made a tidy little profit.

From my observation, the domain names that sell best on Flippa are those that appeal to buyers who will want to develop them into full-blown websites.

If you do try to sell a domain name on Flippa, take advantage of the fact you can include a detailed description of the domain name in your listing, which is something that the traditional domain marketplaces don’t offer.

3. Embrace fixed pricing if you really want to move your domains

Regarding fixed pricing, this is always a hotly-debated topic in the domain investor community because some people feel that putting a fixed-price on a domain means that you risk leaving money on the table.

While that may be true, at least you sold the domain name! As I like to remind people:

“He who dies with the most toys (and domains) still dies.”

Most buyers are intimidated by the whole “make offer” thing and just want to be able to browse by price and buy instantly if they see something they like and can afford. Frankly, I’d rather have seller’s remorse than go to my grave still holding an unsold domain name, but the decision to go fixed-price or not is all yours.

One thing to keep in mind: if someone contacts you directly about buying one of your fixed-price domain names, you can always ask them to make an offer and/or you can always quote them a higher amount than your fixed-price. It is very unlikely that they have seen the list price elsewhere. Most buyers are not that sophisticated.

4. Optimize the WHOIS record for sales

Add a “for sale” message to your WHOIS (domain ownership record) information. Once again, the goal here is to make it blatantly clear to Joe Public that your domain name is for sale.

You can include this messaging in one of several ways. You can append the owner’s (a.k.a. registrant’s) name or company name with “This Domain is For Sale”, e.g., instead of listing the company as “Acme Inc.” you would list it as “Acme Inc. – This Domain is For Sale”.

Alternatively, you could use a custom email address for your domain registrations that suggests the domain name is for sale, e.g., domainsales@[yourcompanyname].com.

Trust me, you cannot be too obvious about this!

5. Don’t hide behind WHOIS privacy

If you are using a WHOIS privacy service, remove it if possible.

These services are fantastic if you want to cut down on spam and/or hide your identity as the owner of a domain, but they are a serious impediment to sales because most potential buyers don’t know how to contact a domain owner that is using a WHOIS privacy service. It simply confuses them and is a perceived (if not actual) roadblock.

Make it easier for buyers to contact you. Ask your domain registrar to remove the WHOIS privacy service.

6. Have realistic price expectations

We all hear in the popular media about those rare six and seven-figure domain name sales like sex.com, hotels.com and beer.com, but what folks don’t realize is that these deals represent less than 1% of all the transactions.

It would be awesome if you were able to sell one of your domains for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars (and I genuinely hope that you do), but chances are that’s not going to happen.

The typical secondary market .com domain name (which is usually a two-word name) sells for around $2,000, and the majority of the rest of the domains that sell change hands for less than $5,000, so keep that in mind when you price your domains.

You probably aren’t going to retire on the proceeds of your domain name sales, but it might help you pay off your mortgage faster.

For help pricing your domains, check out tools like Flippa’s Domain Name Apprasial Tool

7. Respond promptly to any purchase inquiries you get

Everyone seems to be in a rush these days to get stuff done, and purchasing domain names is no different. If someone makes the effort to contact you about buying one of your domain names, try to respond to them within 24 hours. If you don’t, they may find another domain name and you will have lost a sale.

There is nothing more frustrating to a buyer than a non-responsive seller. I have seen domain speculators miss out on potential six-figure deals because they took too long to reply to the buyer, or didn’t reply at all.

8. Use “charm pricing” to increase the likelihood of a sale

There’s a reason a lot of products on store shelves have prices that end in “99” or “98”. This is called “charm pricing” and it has to do with retail psychology.

You can and should apply this best practice to your domain name pricing. For example, even though a domain name priced at $1,999 is only $1 less than a domain name priced at $2,000, the $1,999 domain will “feel” like a much better deal to many potential buyers.

Domains, like most products with charm pricing, have been statistically proven to sell much faster. I know this may sound crazy, but it works!

Conclusion

By following the eight domain name sales tips that I have outlined above, you will vastly increase the odds of selling a domain. I wish you much luck and success in doing so, and please let me and the fellow readers know in the comments what strategies are working best for you.

P.S. Want to see what’s selling right now? Check out the Flippa domain sales.

Photo by: Cybele Wertz

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Passive Income Online: The Mistakes You Are Making Right Now!

Posted by admin on Oct 02 2014 | Internet and Businesses Online

A stat says - around 90 percent entrepreneurs fail to achieve their income goals. Either - they fail to follow the basic rules, or they don’t have the right focus or dedication towards achieving the goals. More importantly - they are making some major mistakes every now and then. They are obviously doing something wrong which is responsible for the failure. If you know about the common mistakes earlier, you will be able to recover from the problems. However, you will need to research and study on the mistakes before you take the first step into a business venture. Here, you will explore some more information on making passive income online, the common scenarios of failure and the mistakes that are responsible for these mistakes. If you follow the rule of thumb, avoid the common mistakes and stay focused - you will be able to make money like a pro soon enough and become successful easily.

Passive income online mistakes you must avoid at all costs

If you are taking a wrong step - it can actually have a deeper impact than you expected and you need to make sure that you have sorted things out and overcame the mistakes eventually. If you are making some mistakes right now, you got to be careful about going back and correcting them. You must avoid these passive income online mistakes to unveil the potentials. Let’s explore:

#1 Don’t focus on too many things

First of all - you got to be avoiding on too many things. You need to focus on something you had the mindset about. Without a proper focus, you will eventually get lost somewhere without any money at all. So, you need to be focused and determined and you need to keep your eyes on something specific and something that you know about. Otherwise, it’s going to be a big fail. If you’re not focused, go back, do your homework and research and once done, you will soon get to maximize the benefits.

#2 Explore the misalignment

Many times, even the pros miss this point. They often fail to explore the misalignment and make necessary corrections to them. If you are not concerned about these small, silly misalignment, these can be extremely dangerous and harmful for you and your business venture. You should always keep looking at the system and explore the overview of the system. Without a complete overview, you won’t be able to point out the shortcomings or focus on sorting things. Once you explore the misalignment you’re good to go and protected.

#3 Follow up

Finally, you can’t afford doing this mistake again and again - if you fail to follow up, it can be extremely dangerous and you may end losing your business as well. That’s why you need to stay focused and keep following up on things. There may be a lot of things to follow up, but you need to learn what the most important ones are and prioritize accordingly. Once you can do your job, the rest will be easy and become automated for you. So, pay your attention where required.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Tarence_Wade

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How to Earn $200 a Day Without Experience - The Authority Site Secret That COULD Make You Rich

Posted by admin on Oct 02 2014 | Internet and Businesses Online

Who else thinks you’ve got to be a guru, or well known expert and thought leader in your niche to make a killing with your content? Have you read articles, ideas, tips and techniques for creating an online authority site but simply don’t have the patience to see it through? Or, maybe, like tens of thousands of other people who are getting started with building their first (or next) online marketing project this week, you simply have no real idea where to begin?

The truth, is 99% of the people who will start an online business this month will NEVER make a dime in profit. Most will waste tons of time, learning all of the gimmicks, buying a bunch of gadgets, and invariably, offer up their hard earned ordinary income to fast talking gurus who promise the world… But who are doomed and destined to disappoint. Sound familiar? I know this, because I not only see this every day in my own business, there was a time not all that long ago when I was inclined to do the same.

I want to give you the absolute EASIEST way to turn what you love into a living, and turn your PASSION and sense of purpose into profit.

First, rather than starting with “selling” something… BUILD something instead.

The reason that the authority site model is so attractive to me, is because it’s a lot like developing real world real estate. The difference being, online assets are MUCH easier to build from scratch, and cost a lot LESS up front to create.

Let’s quickly talk about a few types of authority sites you can build without needing to be an expert, or an authority in your niche. (and the best part is you don’t even need to do a lot of the content creation yourself)

A local classified site.
A local directory of professionals. (think realtors, credit or finance people, dentists, etc)
A local job board.
A marketplace site that features the products and service of people in your ideal audience.
A local social networking site. (using WordPress and Buddypress you can do this for free)
A Q and A site that answers frequently asked questions in your niche. (a great way to establish yourself as an expert in service related markets like coaching, consulting, teaching and training)

The BEAUTY of these style sites is super simple.

You don’t even need to create the content as the community grows.

Why not?

Because your audience will actually do it for you. As a quick example of this, we recently built a directory of spiritual authors from scratch… Just in the last 3 months. There are now over 150 listings, and over 200 blog posts, and other than “seeding” the site with the initial few listings, none of the actual content was created by us. Instead, we simply emailed the people who were considered our “ideal audience” and invited them to submit their profile to our directory of well known spiritual authors.

What happens next? Of course… They are flattered to be invited, and invariably check the directory and see a lot of their professional peers and competitors, and eagerly fill out their own listings as well.

You can do this in ANY niche using any style authority site of course, and there are lots of cool and creative ways to grow this style community without doing any heavy lifting at all.

In terms of monetization?

If you are looking to make a million dollars in 6 months, you are going to find it a challenge:-) But… If your goals are more modest, earning a few hundred dollars a day using this approach is SUPER simple.

For example… our directory above, earns about $50 a day in Google AdSense. We also earn about $400 a week in paid “premium” listings. where the professionals PAY for featured placement on our site. (something I’ll cover in a bit more detail in another article)

But the real profit?

It comes from having a BACK end in place that allows you to do what you love… And turn your PASSION and sense of purpose into profit. In my case study above, our main goal is simply to offer brand, blog and “buzz” building online agency style services to spiritual authors who want to extend their influence and wake up the world with their work. Generating an extra $1000-$2000 per client is EASY, with services like relationship marketing, content creation, marketing consulting, blog building and other unique style services created specifically for spiritual authors.

The good news?

So TOO can you. But don’t take my word for it… I challenge you to dive in and DO it instead. (no gimmicks… and you have my word, no goofy “GURUS” required!)

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Alexa_Ross

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Top Benefits of VPS Hosting

Posted by admin on Oct 02 2014 | Internet and Businesses Online

Virtual Private Server Hosting often abbreviated VPS hosting works as a bridge between dedicated server hosting and shared server hosting. Typically, the primary server is segregated into different private servers, and every VPS hosting has its individual operating system and own resources and functions as a complete server.

Top Benefits

Overall, the benefits can be summed as affordability, full control, reliability, better performance, guaranteed resources and security. These are explained in detail below.

1. Full Control

VPS hosting offers complete root access and control to a user. You can therefore configure the operating systems as you wish, install your preferred software and control panel and do anything you wish to configure and manage your server with no restrictions. You can also tweak the server to enhance its performance, and install custom scripts and apps to run your sites. A shared hosting package does not provide such a level of control.

2. Guaranteed Server Resources

VPS provides guaranteed resources to every website. Each hosting plan has its own CPU, IP, RAM, data transfer, storage and other server resources. Your site cannot be affected by the neighbouring site.

3. Better Performance

In a shared hosting plan, users share available resources on one server which leads to decreased hosting performance. But with guaranteed server resources, VPS hosting offers better performance. The hosted sites are powered by adequate CPU and disk space resources hence run well at all times. Moreover, with the total root access, a user can customize the server to enhance the hosting performance.

4. Better Reliability and Security

VPS hosting is safer than shared server hosting since it is possible to install custom and strict firewalls. Shared hosting is generally risky because of the neighboured sites because when one site is affected by a security threat, the other sites on the server receive serious threads. VPS hosting completely eliminates this risk. It allows a user to strictly test their code and configure custom settings to filter traffic thus preventing the site from neighbour hacks or attacks.

Each VPS hosting plan has its own private mail server with a unique IP address. Your mail service will therefore not be blacklisted because of the abuses by other users sharing one mail service.

5. Affordability

A dedicated server gives all the above benefits except affordability. With resources that can match to a dedicated server, virtual private server hosting is the most cost effective option for small and medium scale enterprise sites that need many resources but face budget constraints.

In general, VPS hosting has similar functions and features with shared server hosting but comes with more benefits over shared hosting. It is ideal for websites that have outstretched the resources in a shared hosting package. Besides, it is more affordable than a dedicated server, offering numerous strategic advantages especially to small and medium size enterprises.

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DNS Configuration

Posted by admin on Oct 02 2014 | Internet and Businesses Online

1. Your website should be easy to navigate. Visitors should never have to look tirelessly to find your website’s menu or contact information. This can turn an interested prospect to click that back button fast. People use the internet to find useful information quickly. Having a beautiful website without easy navigation is useless. While having an attractive website helps boost that amount of visitors that come to your page, it is your website’s smooth navigation that keeps them browsing around and can turn them into a potential customer.

2. Your website should have lots of interesting and relevant content. Content is key to a great website. Adding a blog, live Facebook or Instagram feed, videos, recipes, poetry, and much more can really boost your website. Content helps your website rank in search engines dramatically as well.

3. Your contact information should be readily available. This may seem like a no-brainer for businesses, but I cannot count the amount of times I have tried to find a phone number or e-mail address for a business that I am interested in working with. Whether your business’ contact is located at the header, footer, or on a separate page, have that information present! You can lose out on so much business from not having your phone number or email readily available.

4. Your site should have fluidity and guidance. Does your website flow? Are you explaining your services while guiding the visitor seamlessly through your website? Your website’s buttons and menu should be used to move the visitor smoothly, kind of like a story book. They should be excited to read the next page of your site. Buttons that have words to pique their interest are a must.

5. Your website should have a specific call to action. Look; you should not have a website just for the sake of having one. Your website should not only put your business in its best light, but also require action on their part. This is what conversion is all about! If enough people are looking through your website and leaving without leaving some sort of contact information, it’s time to start revamping that site and turning it into a money-making machine! Email capture, RSVP for your events, requests for more information, forms for private consultations are all great ways to convert a visitor into a potential customer. It is wise to have many call to action links on your website.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Charnelle_L._McKenzie

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Basics Of A Great Website

Posted by admin on Oct 02 2014 | Internet and Businesses Online

1. Your website should be easy to navigate. Visitors should never have to look tirelessly to find your website’s menu or contact information. This can turn an interested prospect to click that back button fast. People use the internet to find useful information quickly. Having a beautiful website without easy navigation is useless. While having an attractive website helps boost that amount of visitors that come to your page, it is your website’s smooth navigation that keeps them browsing around and can turn them into a potential customer.

2. Your website should have lots of interesting and relevant content. Content is key to a great website. Adding a blog, live Facebook or Instagram feed, videos, recipes, poetry, and much more can really boost your website. Content helps your website rank in search engines dramatically as well.

3. Your contact information should be readily available. This may seem like a no-brainer for businesses, but I cannot count the amount of times I have tried to find a phone number or e-mail address for a business that I am interested in working with. Whether your business’ contact is located at the header, footer, or on a separate page, have that information present! You can lose out on so much business from not having your phone number or email readily available.

4. Your site should have fluidity and guidance. Does your website flow? Are you explaining your services while guiding the visitor seamlessly through your website? Your website’s buttons and menu should be used to move the visitor smoothly, kind of like a story book. They should be excited to read the next page of your site. Buttons that have words to pique their interest are a must.

5. Your website should have a specific call to action. Look; you should not have a website just for the sake of having one. Your website should not only put your business in its best light, but also require action on their part. This is what conversion is all about! If enough people are looking through your website and leaving without leaving some sort of contact information, it’s time to start revamping that site and turning it into a money-making machine! Email capture, RSVP for your events, requests for more information, forms for private consultations are all great ways to convert a visitor into a potential customer. It is wise to have many call to action links on your website.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Charnelle_L._McKenzie

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How To Get Your Online Business Up And Running

Posted by admin on Oct 02 2014 | Internet and Businesses Online

Starting an online business on your own can be an intimidating task. You probably have questions like, where do I start? How do I start? What do I do?

Well I’m going to tell you exactly what you need to do in order to start your own online business.

Choose Your Vehicle

Think of your business as a vehicle to success. There are many vehicles in this world, but they all pretty much do the same thing (they get you from point A to point B at different speeds).

Your vehicle is simply a product or service that you’re going to be selling.

You can sell your own products and services, or you can sell someone else’s products and services. When you sell another person’s products and services, that is called, affiliate marketing.

You can be a product owner or you can be an affiliate marketer.

Choose Your Niche

If you didn’t know, a niche is a specific part of a market where you can sell targeted product and services.

So in order to choose your niche, you need to ask yourself these questions.

What will you sell?

Who will you sell to?

Some of the more popular niche products you could sell include, weight loss products, weight lifting products, sports products, hair products, etc…

What services will you sell?

You could sell traffic generation services, content creation services, technical services, etc…

Build A Base

A base is basically a website or online platform where people can learn more about you and also get in contact with you.

Brand yourself with your own website or social media page. (For example, Facebook page, YouTube channel, Facebook profile, Twitter profile, etc..)

Every successful business has a base website or a social media page, because it allows you to be omnipresent.

Having a base allows you to be present to everyone in one place, even though you might live on the other side of the world from someone, that person will still be able to get in contact with you by visiting your base website and sending you a message.

Drive Traffic To Your Offer

Free traffic and paid traffic are your two options.

Free Traffic Examples include, video marketing, article marketing, social media marketing, door-to-door selling, flyers, business cards, forum marketing, etc…

Paid Traffic Examples include, Facebook ads, Bing Ads, Google ads, Banner ads, etc…

I recommend you start out with free traffic so that you don’t go broke. After you have gotten some decent results from free traffic, you can combine free and paid traffic methods to get a rush of targeted visitors to your offers on a daily basis.

Build An Email List

Build a list of subscribers and customers that you can keep in touch with and also market to in the future.

Place an opt-in box on your website and/or create a squeeze page where your visitors can sign up to your email list where they can get updates from you.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Trey_Morgan

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How to Be Successful In Your Online Business Now

Posted by admin on Oct 02 2014 | Internet and Businesses Online

A lot of people are putting up online businesses thinking that it is easy and will give them residual money in a short span of time. Well, unfortunately, it can be that downright so easy. Putting up an online business requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Sure it cost cheaper than putting up a traditional business, but online businesses requires attention and passion. But of course, it is better than having to work 40-50 hours a day just to make ends meet… and on most occasions it doesn’t. What do you need to succeed online? To earn the amount of money you’ve always wanted to earn passively from your home based business? Then you need to read the following:

  1. Survive and just be patience. Most internet businesses won’t make money even after a few months of intensive marketing… if this happens to you, do not give up. You can go for months without making a single penny, but do not give up your online business. Sure there are a lot of factors that affects your businesses, but the main concept is to never give up. Keep it going and if you promote your enterprise more effectively, then the money will start to come in.
  2. Continuously study and broaden your knowledge. It is not enough to just go and buy a best selling book that teaches you how to make money online. There are no degrees or diplomas that will represent your knowledge when it comes to online marketing. There are no shortcuts. The main determinant of your knowledge is the success of your online business.
  3. Join money making forums, internet marketing forums and the likes. The best way to learn is not to make mistakes on your own and learn from it. The best way to learn is to learn from other people’s mistake. Joining online communities such as forums and online boards are the best way to learn from people’s successes and failures in their home based business ventures. This way, you do not have to experience ‘that’ failure just so you can learn from it.
  4. Find a mentor or coach. Most people who put up their business online, in most cases, are independent. Being independent though is a good thing. However, as you go along with your internet business venture, make sure to find yourself a mentor. Or if you can’t, then at least find an inspiration that will motivate you to achieve your desired results or dreams. Network yourself with other people. Be connected and meet new people. In this way, you are building not just your online business but yourself as a brand.
  5. Follow your passion. This might sound like a cliché. But it applies to all people and to all endeavors. Always go for the thing that makes you happy. Always go for the thing that you will be happy to do for the rest of your career life. Deviating your interest and going after the money will make you miserable eventually. I say, follow your interest and everything else will follow.

These are the guidelines in how to be successful in your online business enture. Remember that putting up an online business is not hard… the process that accompanies it is. So make sure you be ready and be determined before you embark for your online business success.

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Why Traditional Search Engine Optimization Is Dead

Posted by admin on Oct 02 2014 | Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization is a combination of using various techniques to get a website or web page to rank highly on multiple search engines. Most business owners would like their websites to list on page one of the major search engines like Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and Firefox. Many techniques can be used to rank a website. Strategies include utilizing specific keywords, meta tags, footer codes, and header tags.

Websites are ranked by a search engine’s technology. The technology used to count how many specific keywords were displayed throughout the site. They would also consider the amount of links on the site and the number of times that same link appeared on the web. These factors determined how websites were ranked.

It may sound like a good idea to use a variety of these combinations to rank a website on the first couple of pages that displays results, but many of these websites did not display relevant information for those who clicked on their websites, leading to user dissatisfaction.

Fast forward to the present.

Search engines are now smarter. Their sole purpose is to provide satisfaction for those who use their technology. Nowadays, they are checking websites thoroughly for relevant content. They now look at the content of a website to judge its validity. Bing, Yahoo!, and Google want to deliver relevant information. And people aren’t exactly searching for meta tags and coding. They want substance.

Content is slowly becoming the new search engine optimization. Content such as blog posts, editorials, product reviews, images, videos, pod casts, animation, and news stories all count for relevant information. The best type of web information is written content because it is easily readable by search engines for validity.

Old search engine optimization techniques without applicable content are only trying to fool search engines to believe that their site is more important than it actually is.

The consequences are great for using these techniques without adding relevance to your site. I’m sure no business would want their website banned from the public to view! Start today by filling your website with a variety of information about your field and expertise. If you are a chef, try blogging and adding some recipes. If you are an artist, putting up a video so that visitors can see your creative process can help.

Photographers can benefit by adding a portfolio and some facts about their craft. An interest group can start a video web series or a pod cast. There are many ways to direct traffic to your website. Trust me, it will pay off in the long run.

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