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May 29

5 ways to earn money online

5 Ways To Earn Money Online

 

Many people dream of starting their own business so they can be their own boss. If you are one of those individuals, check out our 5 methods for earning money online below to help you come up with a plan for making money from home. There are several advantages to starting an online business. They tend to require lower start up costs, you have the ability to work on your business from anywhere, and there are plenty of prospective customers online every single day at all times.

 

5 Methods For Earning Money Online

 

1. Start an affiliate marketing business

 

When you are an affiliate, you promote products for other companies. Each time you make a sale, you earn a commission. There are several advantages to having this kind of online business. First of all, you don’t have to make or stock the products yourself. All you have to do is recommend the product. When someone clicks on your affiliate link and buys, you earn a commission. In addition to not having to make and store products, many affiliate programs will provide you with marketing materials you can use such as landing pages, banners and articles. It is free to sign up for affiliate programs and is a great way to get started making money online.

 

2. Sell items on Amazon and Ebayebay amazon

 

Another easy way to start your own online business is to sell items on eBay and Amazon. It is free to sign up as a seller at both of these places. These are great places to sell items because so many people visit these websites when they want to buy something. You can start out by selling items you already have at home but no longer want on eBay. On Amazon, you can get started selling small items like used books and DVDs. These can also be from your own collection. If you enjoy this type of business, you can always branch out to buying inventory and reselling it if you wish.

 

3. Become a freelancer

 

Offering a service is an easy way to get started making money online. You can offer services as a freelance writer, graphic artist, virtual assistant and more. There are different ways to offer your services. You can sign up with websites where the clients post jobs, offer your services on places like Fiverr.com, or you can set up your own website and sell services directly to clients.

 

4. Set up a Blog  blog1

 

You can set up a blog on a popular niche topic and place ads on your blog. When people click on ads or buy products from affiliate links, you will earn money. The key here is to add interesting content to your blog on a regular basis so that you build up a following of readers. You will also need to find ways to drive traffic to your blog.

 

5. Start an E commerce Website

 

You can even start your own store. There is inexpensive or even free software that you can acquire which makes it easy to set up your very own storefront online. You then find places to buy items for resale or work out a deal with a drop shipper who will do the shipping for you when you make a sale.

 

Use the 5 online business ideas above to get your creative juices flowing so that you can come up with the best online business for you to start. All it takes is a small amount of money, focus and determination, and you will have a successful online business before you know it.

Mar 30

10 life lessons to Excel in Your 30s

10 Life Lessons

A couple weeks ago I turned 30. Leading up to my birthday I wrote a post on what I learned in my 20s.

But I did something else. I sent an email out to my subscribers (subscribe here) and asked readers age 37 and older what advice they would give their 30-year-old selves. The idea was that I would crowdsource the life experience from my older readership and create another article based on their collective wisdom.

The result was spectacular. I received over 600 responses, many of which were over a page in length. It took me a solid three days to read through them all and I was floored by the quality of insight people sent.

So first of all, a hearty thank you to all who contributed and helped create this article.

While going through the emails what surprised me the most was just how consistent some of the advice was. The same 5-6 pieces of advice came up over and over and over again in different forms across literally 100s of emails. It seems that there really are a few core pieces of advice that are particularly relevant to this decade of your life.

Below are 10 of the most common themes appearing throughout all of the 600 emails. The majority of the article is comprised of dozens of quotes taken from readers. Some are left anonymous. Others have their age listed.

1. Start Saving for Retirement Now, Not Later

“I spent my 20s recklessly, but your 30s should be when you make a big financial push. Retirement planning is not something to put off. Understanding boring things like insurance, 401ks & mortgages is important since its all on your shoulders now. Educate yourself.” (Kash, 41)

The most common piece of advice — so common that almost every single email said at least something about it — was to start getting your financial house in order and to start saving for retirement… today.

There were a few categories this advice fell into:

  • Make it your top priority to pay down all of your debt as soon as possible.
  • Keep an “emergency fund” — there were tons of horror stories about people getting financially ruined by health issues, lawsuits, divorces, bad business deals, etc.
  • Stash away a portion of every paycheck, preferably into a 401k, an IRA or at the least, a savings account.
  • Don’t spend frivolously. Don’t buy a home unless you can afford to get a good mortgage with good rates.
  • Don’t invest in anything you don’t understand. Don’t trust stockbrokers.

One reader said, “If you are in debt more than 10% of your gross annual salary this is a huge red flag. Quit spending, pay off your debt and start saving.” Another wrote, “I would have saved more money in an emergency fund because unexpected expenses really killed my budget. I would have been more diligent about a retirement fund, because now mine looks pretty small.”

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Gee whiz! Saving is so easy and so fun!

And then there were the readers who were just completely screwed by their inability to save in their 30s. One reader named Jodi wishes she had started saving 10% of every paycheck when she was 30. Her career took a turn for the worst and now she’s stuck at 57, still living paycheck to paycheck. Another woman, age 62, didn’t save because her husband out-earned her. They later got divorced and she soon ran into health problems, draining all of the money she received in the divorce settlement. She, too, now lives paycheck to paycheck, slowly waiting for the day social security kicks in. Another man related a story of having to be supported by his son because he didn’t save and unexpectedly lost his job in the 2008 crash.

The point was clear: save early and save as much as possible. One woman emailed me saying that she had worked low-wage jobs with two kids in her 30s and still managed to sock away some money in a retirement fund each year. Because she started early and invested wisely, she is now in her 50s and financially stable for the first time in her life. Her point: it’s always possible. You just have to do it.

2. Start Taking Care of Your Health Now, Not Later

“Your mind’s acceptance of age is 10 to 15 years behind your body’s aging. Your health will go faster than you think but it will be very hard to notice, not the least because you don’t want it to happen.” (Tom, 55)

We all know to take care of our health. We all know to eat better and sleep better and exercise more and blah, blah, blah. But just as with the retirement savings, the response from the older readers was loud and unanimous: get healthy and stay healthy now.

So many people said it that I’m not even going to bother quoting anybody else. Their points were pretty much all the same: the way you treat your body has a cumulative effect; it’s not that your body suddenly breaks down one year, it’s been breaking down all along without you noticing. This is the decade to slow down that breakage.

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The key to salad is to laugh while eating it.

And this wasn’t just your typical motherly advice to eat your veggies. These were emails from cancer survivors, heart attack survivors, stroke survivors, people with diabetes and blood pressure problems, joint issues and chronic pain. They all said the same thing: “If I could go back, I would start eating better and exercising and I would not stop. I made excuses then. But I had no idea.”

3. Don’t Spend Time with People Who Don’t Treat You Well

“Learn how to say “no” to people, activities and obligations that don’t bring value to your life.” (Hayley, 37)

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Gently let go of those who are not making your life better.

After calls to take care of your health and your finances, the most common piece of advice from people looking back at their 30-year-old selves was an interesting one: they would go back and enforce stronger boundaries in their lives and dedicate their time to better people. “Setting healthy boundaries is one of the most loving things you can do for yourself or another person.” (Kristen, 43)

What does that mean specifically?

“Don’t tolerate people who don’t treat you well. Period. Don’t tolerate them for financial reasons. Don’t tolerate them for emotional reasons. Don’t tolerate them for the children’s sake or for convenience sake.” (Jane, 52)

“Don’t settle for mediocre friends, jobs, love, relationships and life.” (Sean, 43)

“Stay away from miserable people… they will consume you, drain you.” (Gabriella, 43)

“Surround yourself and only date people that make you a better version of yourself, that bring out your best parts, love and accept you.” (Xochie)

People typically struggle with boundaries because they find it difficult to hurt someone else’s feelings, or they get caught up in the desire to change the other person or make them treat them the way they want to be treated. This never works. And in fact, it often makes it worse. As one reader wisely said, “Selfishness and self-interest are two different things. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.”

When we’re in our 20s, the world is so open to opportunity and we’re so short on experience that we cling to the people we meet, even if they’ve done nothing to earn our clingage. But by our 30s we’ve learned that good relationships are hard to come by, that there’s no shortage of people to meet and friends to be made, and that there’s no reason to waste our time with people who don’t help us on our life’s path.

4. Be Good to the People You Care About

“Show up with and for your friends. You matter, and your presence matters.” (Jessica, 40)

Conversely, while enforcing stricter boundaries on who we let into our lives, many readers advised to make the time for those friends and family that we do decide to keep close.

“I think sometimes I may have taken some relationships for granted, and when that person is gone, they’re gone. Unfortunately, the older you get, well, things start to happen, and it will affect those closest to you.” (Ed, 45)

“Appreciate those close to you. You can get money back and jobs back, but you can never get time back.” (Anne, 41)

“Tragedy happens in everyone’s life, everyone’s circle of family and friends. Be the person that others can count on when it does. I think that between 30 and 40 is the decade when a lot of shit finally starts to happen that you might have thought never would happen to you or those you love. Parents die, spouses die, babies are still-born, friends get divorced, spouses cheat… the list goes on and on. Helping someone through these times by simply being there, listening and not judging is an honor and will deepen your relationships in ways you probably can’t yet imagine.” (Rebecca, 40)

5. You can’t have everything; Focus On Doing a Few Things Really Well

“Everything in life is a trade-off. You give up one thing to get another and you can’t have it all. Accept that.” (Eldri, 60)

In our 20s we have a lot of dreams. We believe that we have all of the time in the world. I myself remember having illusions that my website would be my first career of many. Little did I know that it took the better part of a decade to even get competent at this. And now that I’m competent and have a major advantage and love what I do, why would I ever trade that in for another career?

“In a word: focus. You can simply get more done in life if you focus on one thing and do it really well. Focus more.” (Ericson, 49)

Another reader: “I would tell myself to focus on one or two goals/aspirations/dreams and really work towards them. Don’t get distracted.” And another: “You have to accept that you cannot do everything. It takes a lot of sacrifice to achieve anything special in life.”

A few readers noted that most people arbitrarily choose their careers in their late teens or early 20s, and as with many of our choices at those ages, they are often wrong choices. It takes years to figure out what we’re good at and what we enjoy doing. But it’s better to focus on our primary strengths and maximize them over the course of lifetime than to half-ass something else.

“I’d tell my 30 year old self to set aside what other people think and identify my natural strengths and what I’m passionate about, and then build a life around those.” (Sara, 58)

For some people, this will mean taking big risks, even in their 30s and beyond. It may mean ditching a career they spent a decade building and giving up money they worked hard for and became accustomed to. Which brings us to…

6. Don’t Be Afraid of Taking Risks, You Can Still Change

“While by age 30 most feel they should have their career dialed in, it is never too late to reset. The individuals that I have seen with the biggest regrets during this decade are those that stay in something that they know is not right. It is such an easy decade to have the days turn to weeks to years, only to wake up at 40 with a mid-life crisis for not taking action on a problem they were aware of 10 years prior but failed to act.” (Richard, 41)

“Biggest regrets I have are almost exclusively things I did *not* do.” (Sam, 47)

Many readers commented on how society tells us that by 30 we should have things “figured out” — our career situation, our dating/marriage situation, our financial situation and so on. But this isn’t true. And, in fact, dozens and dozens of readers implored to not let these social expectations of “being an adult” deter you from taking some major risks and starting over. As someone on my Facebook page responded: “All adults are winging it.”

“I am about to turn 41 and would tell my 30 year old self that you do not have conform you life to an ideal that you do not believe in. Live your life, don’t let it live you. Don’t be afraid of tearing it all down if you have to, you have the power to build it all back up again.” (Lisa, 41)

Multiple readers related making major career changes in their 30s and being better off for doing so. One left a lucrative job as a military engineer to become a teacher. Twenty years later, he called it one of the best decisions of his life. When I asked my mom this question, her answer was, “I wish I had been willing to think outside the box a bit more. Your dad and I kind of figured we had to do thing A, thing B, thing C, but looking back I realize we didn’t have to at all; we were very narrow in our thinking and our lifestyles and I kind of regret that.”

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“Less fear. Less fear. Less fear. I am about to turn 50 next year, and I am just getting that lesson. Fear was such a detrimental driving force in my life at 30. It impacted my marriage, my career, my self-image in a fiercely negative manner. I was guilty of: Assuming conversations that others might be having about me. Thinking that I might fail. Wondering what the outcome might be. If I could do it again, I would have risked more.” (Aida, 49)

7. You Must Continue to Grow and Develop Yourself

“You have two assets that you can never get back once you’ve lost them: your body and your mind. Most people stop growing and working on themselves in their 20s. Most people in their 30s are too busy to worry about self-improvement. But if you’re one of the few who continues to educate themselves, evolve their thinking and take care of their mental and physical health, you will be light-years ahead of the pack by 40.” (Stan, 48)

It follows that if one can still change in their 30s — and should continue to change in their 30s — then one must continue to work to improve and grow. Many readers related the choice of going back to school and getting their degrees in their 30s as one of the most useful things they had ever done. Others talked of taking extra seminars and courses to get a leg up. Others started their first businesses or moved to new countries. Others checked themselves into therapy or began a meditation practice.

A friend of mine stated that at 29, he decided that his mind was his most valuable asset, and he decided to invest in it. He spent thousands on his own education, on seminars, on various therapies. And at 54, he insists that it was one of the best decisions he ever made.

“The number one goal should be to try to become a better person, partner, parent, friend, colleague etc. — in other words to grow as an individual.” (Aimilia, 39)

8. Nobody (Still) Knows What They’re Doing, Get Used to It

“Unless you are already dead — mentally, emotionally, and socially — you cannot anticipate your life 5 years into the future. It will not develop as you expect. So just stop it. Stop assuming you can plan far ahead, stop obsessing about what is happening right now because it will change anyway, and get over the control issue about your life’s direction. Fortunately, because this is true, you can take even more chances and not lose anything; you cannot lose what you never had. Besides, most feelings of loss are in your mind anyway – few matter in the long term.” (Thomas, 56)

In my article about what I learned in my 20s, one of my lessons was “Nobody Knows What They’re Doing,” and that this was good news. Well, according to the 40+ crowd, this continues to be true in one’s 30s and, well, forever it seems; and it continues to be good news forever as well.

“Most of what you think is important now will seem unimportant in 10 or 20 years and that’s OK. That’s called growth. Just try to remember to not take yourself so seriously all the time and be open to it.” (Simon, 57)

“Despite feeling somewhat invincible for the last decade, you really don’t know what’s going to happen and neither does anyone else, no matter how confidently they talk. While this is disturbing to those who cling to permanence or security, it’s truly liberating once you grasp the truth that things are always changing. To finish, there might be times that are really sad. Don’t dull the pain or avoid it. Sorrow is part of everyone’s lifetime and the consequence of an open and passionate heart. Honor that. Above all, be kind to yourself and others, it’s such a brilliant and beautiful ride and keeps on getting better.” (Prue, 38)

“I’m 44. I would remind my 30 year old self that at 40, my 30s would be equally filled with dumb stuff, different stuff, but still dumb stuff… So, 30 year old self, don’t go getting on your high horse. You STILL don’t know it all. And that’s a good thing.” (Shirley, 44)

9. Invest in Your Family; It’s Worth It

“Spend more time with your folks. It’s a different relationship when you’re an adult and it’s up to you how you redefine your interactions. They are always going to see you as their kid until the moment you can make them see you as your own man. Everyone gets old. Everyone dies. Take advantage of the time you have left to set things right and enjoy your family.” (Kash, 41)

I was overwhelmed with amount of responses about family and the power of those responses. Family is the big new relevant topic for this decade for me, because you get it on both ends. Your parents are old and you need to start considering how your relationship with them is going to function as a self-sufficient adult. And then you also need to contemplate creating a family of your own.

Pretty much everybody agreed to get over whatever problems you have with your parents and find a way to make it work with them. One reader wrote, “You’re too old to blame your parents for any of your own short-comings now. At 20 you could get away with it, you’d just left the house. At 30, you’re a grown-up. Seriously. Move on.”

But then there’s the question that plagues every single 30-year-old: to baby or not to baby?

“You don’t have the time. You don’t have the money. You need to perfect your career first. They’ll end your life as you know it. Oh shut up…

Kids are great. They make you better in every way. They push you to your limits. They make you happy. You should not defer having kids. If you are 30, now is the time to get real about this. You will never regret it.” (Kevin, 38)

“It’s never the ‘right time’ for children because you have no idea what you’re getting into until you have one. If you have a good marriage and environment to raise them, err on having them earlier rather than later, you’ll get to enjoy more of them.” (Cindy, 45)

“All my preconceived notions about what a married life is like were wrong. Unless you’ve already been married, everyone’s are. Especially once you have kids. Try to stay open to the experience and fluid as a person; your marriage is worth it, and your happiness seems as much tied to your ability to change and adapt as anything else. I wasn’t planning on having kids. From a purely selfish perspective, this was the dumbest thing of all. Children are the most fulfilling, challenging, and exhausting endeavor anyone can ever undertake. Ever.” (Rich, 44)

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What do you want kid?

The consensus about marriage seemed to be that it was worth it, assuming you had a healthy relationship with the right person. If not, you should run the other way (See #3).

But interestingly, I got a number of emails like the following:

“What I know now vs 10-13 years ago is simply this… bars, woman, beaches, drink after drink, clubs, bottle service, trips to different cities because I had no responsibility other than work, etc… I would trade every memory of that life for a good woman that was actually in love with me… and maybe a family. I would add, don’t forgot to actually grow up and start a family and take on responsibilities other than success at work. I am still having a little bit of fun… but sometimes when I go out, I feel like the guy that kept coming back to high school after he graduated (think Matthew McConaughey’s character in Dazed and Confused). I see people in love and on dates everywhere. “Everyone” my age is in their first or second marriage by now! Being perpetually single sounds amazing to all of my married friends but it is not the way one should choose to live their life.” (Anonymous, 43)

“I would have told myself to stop constantly searching for the next best thing and I would have appreciated the relationships that I had with some of the good, genuine guys that truly cared for me. Now I’m always alone and it feels too late.” (Fara, 38)

On the flip side, there were a small handful of emails that took the other side of the coin:

“Don’t feel pressured to get married or have kids if you don’t want to. What makes one person happy doesn’t make everyone happy. I’ve chosen to stay single and childless and I still live a happy and fulfilled life. Do what feels right for you.” (Anonymous, 40)

Conclusion: It seems that while family is not absolutely necessary to have a happy and fulfilling life, the majority of people have found that family is always worth the investment, assuming the relationships are healthy and not toxic and/or abusive.

10. Be kind to yourself, respect yourself

“Be a little selfish and do something for yourself every day, something different once a month and something spectacular every year.” (Nancy, 60)

This one was rarely the central focus of any email, but it was present in some capacity in almost all of them: treat yourself better. Almost everybody said this in one form or another. “There is no one who cares about or thinks about your life a fraction of what you do,” one reader began, and, “life is hard, so learn to love yourself now, it’s harder to learn later,” another reader finished.

Or as Renee, 40, succinctly put it: “Be kind to yourself.”

Many readers included the old cliche: “Don’t sweat the small stuff; and it’s almost all small stuff.” Eldri, 60, wisely said, “When confronted with a perceived problem, ask yourself, ‘Is this going to matter in five years, ten years?’ If not, dwell on it for a few minutes, then let it go.” It seems many readers have focused on the subtle life lesson of simply accepting life as is, warts and all.

Which brings me to the last quote from Martin, age 58:

“When I turned forty my father told me that I’d enjoy my forties because in your twenties you think you know what’s going on, in your thirties you realize you probably don’t, and in your forties you can relax and just accept things. I’m 58 and he was right.”

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Feb 18

Customer Service In A Virtual World

We’ve all been victims of poor online customer service. There’s often no contact telephone number listed for a majority of online businesses, long hold times for chat support and it takes days for an email reply to your online customer service question.

Companies that employ these tactics may be saving money on customer service costs but they’re also sure to see an ever decreasing retention rate for their online business. Consumers have too many options available to them online and switching to your competitor is a simple as a click of a link. If you can’t take care or your customer, someone else will.

earn money online with customer service for your online businessIf you want to earn money online you need to keep your customers happy. It costs between 4 to 10 times more to get a customer that to keep a customer so treat the ones you have well. If your goal it to earn money online these simple truths will help you keep your customers and gain new ones.

Don’t Take You Customers For Granted

If you have an online business, marketing through email auto responders makes it very easy to keep in contact with your customers and prospects. It takes very little time on your part to set this up and it could make a big difference in your long term ability to earn money online.
When using email marketing messages, try to make the online relationship more personal – as if you were speaking with a customer in a brick and mortar store. Thank them for coming in, suggest some items they might be interested in, show them your specials, sincerely appreciate their business and ask them to tell their friends.

Manage Your Online Business Reputation

Customers are more likely to share a bad experience than a positive one. Unfortunately, if they do so online, and the experience is negative, they’re telling the whole world, not just the neighborhood. One perfect example is the rants and raves listed on www.Yelp.com.
If you have a dissatisfied customer, fix it, even if you don’t agree. The consequences of not doing so are too high. If you find a negative post online, offer to fix the problem both publicly and privately, and make sure your resolution is posted right next to the complaint so prospects see that you really do care and you are pro-active when it comes to online customer service.

The Human Touch Earns You Money Online

There’s no denying the convenience the internet provides for both online business owner and customers, but people are still a bit uncomfortable dealing with a URL as opposed to a company with a face and a name.
Look at the millions of dollars spent to TV advertising to achieve brand recognition and putting a face with that brand. Think of Michael Jordan and Nike, Steve Jobs and Apple, heck even Ronald McDonald.
This is also one of the reasons companies – either online or off – thrive with social media. Customers feel earn money online with customer service for your online businessconnected and they’re part of a community.

You and your online business may not be celebrity status but when people know who they’re dealing with, they just feel more comfortable. This is where social media such as Facebook and Twitter can be an asset. Be proactive and make yourself (or your representatives) available not only to say “hey, this is the online business owner, I appreciate you and I want to connect”, but also make yourself available through these platforms to resolve any customer service issues that may arise. Encourage your customers to participate in your social media platforms.

Give Them A Reason To Come Back To Your Online Business

Just because someone hasn’t purchased your product or service yet, it doesn’t mean they won’t. You have to provide value or a benefit to your prospects and clients to get them to purchase or continue to purchase.
Some ways you can nurture this relationship (in addition the suggestions we listed above) are:
• Educate your prospects and customers on the benefits of your offer.
• Communicate your competitive advantage and explain how your customer will benefit or how you are better than the competition.
• Offer discounts or incentives for first time or repeat customers.
• Offer a referral program.

Employing these tactics will help you earn money online. We’ve helped dozens of small online businesses with their marketing and customer service issues, including email auto responders. Contact us for an evaluation of your business and let us help you make your business succeed.

 

Feb 18

Tips to Achieve Your Online Marketing Goals

If you have an online business you’re dealing with ever increasing competition to get website visitors, convert those visitors and to earn money online. Let us share some ideas that will help you achieve you online marketing goals.

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It’s time consuming, it’s ever changing and it is oh so necessary. There’s a lot of free information available to help anyone with an online business so sign up to newsletter and forums that will keep you on the cutting edge of technology. We like to receive online marketing advice from HubSpot who has great cast studies, blogs and training sent directly to your email address along with Copy Blogger,  has great webinars and forums on content marketing. Marketing Spherpa also has some great webinars but they are a bit more infrequent. Using information from these companies has helped us earn money online.

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Be Unique

We’ve all been “inspired” and received ideas from our competitors but don’t be lazy and copy websites from another online business.
Use unique content and images to make your online business stand out from the others. Chances are, if someone does an online search for your product or service they’re seeing the websites of a lot of your competitors. This is your opportunity to offer your competitive advantage and explain how you’re better than the competition. Just keep this in mind – inspiration can work but plagiarism should be avoided.

Keep Your Online Marketing Message Simple

earn money online with online marketing for your online messageThe number one reason for a high bounce rate for any online business is confusions of the visitors’ part. This is especially true with landing pages. Don’t display too many product offerings and please don’t have more than one call to action per webpage. Let us give you an example of how your online marketing efforts can help you here. We saw an increase in our ability to earn money online when we put one – just one – call to action on each page of our website. You can have different calls to action, just don’t use more than one and don’t put them on the same webpage. It’s been proven that when people have to choose between too many options they don’t choose any. So keep it simple!

Provide Value

Don’t just focus on sales and give your visitors a reason to come back. You online marketing efforts should include offering valuable information to people who visit the website for your online business. Tell them why they need your product or service, how they can get it, explain the benefits and provide testimonials. Today’s consumers are way too savvy to be swayed by pushy sales tactics and often visit a website more than once before they make a purchase.

Automate Your Online Business Message

Once you’ve got a lead you need to nurture it until it that person becomes a customer. Paying attention to every lead will help you earn money online. Use email auto responders such as aWeber to welcome your new customers, thank them for purchases and offer them new products as they move through your sales funnel. Not only can your increase your sales but your building your brand awareness.

Need some more ideas for your online marketing? Contact us for a consultation today.

Feb 13

Content & Social Media Strategy

If you want your online business to get noticed in 2014 you have to take advantage of social media and one of the most prominent ways to make a presence here and leverage the power of social media to help you earn money online is through content marketing.

If you’ve got quality content, your social media efforts will definitely pay off.

Give people a reason to like you.

earn money online with your social marketing for your online businessValuable content makes you popular on social networks. For useful active engagement you have to participate in social media. Send out tweets, link to articles, participate in discussions but remember. It’s not all about you. The best way to get people to like you is to let them talk about themselves. So let them do it because it’s probably going to end up giving you some valuable back links. When you give people a reason to “like” or follow you, you no longer have to ask them to do so. For example, when you go on Facebook, you’re looking for what your friends and family have posted; that’s content. They will often have posted videos, images, and links to other sites and articles. In other words, people access social media sites to post and consume content.

Getting “Found” In Social Media

How are people going to find your online business? How can you earn money online through social media? It all comes back to content. Social media is quickly catching up with search engines. This is now where people go when they want answers. It’s important to have quality, key word rich content, which will make your information easy to be found via the search engines.

In searches outside social channels, content increases search engine rankings, making you more immediately findable. With social media, content makes you findable because it identifies you and because it makes you involved in the conversations that are already happening.earn money online with social media marketing for your online business

Social Media Referrals

If used properly, content marketing and social media can help your efforts to earn money online. There’s a fine line you don’t want to cross here. Your content should not be pushy sales copy but have more of a consultative or educational slant. If your content is truly valuable or even entertaining, then the chances of it going viral increase tenfold.

Find Your Niche

If you find the right demographics and your content is deemed valuable, you have an audience that will be receptive to the marketing message for your online business. When people find the content you wrote particularly of interest, they’ll want to interact with your brand and they’ll form a positive opinion of you and your products or services. They’ll remember you, not by your catchy slogans, but by being their go-to source for information about a subject that matters to them.

Content Helps You Earn Money Online

Taking full advantage of a social media strategy based on content marketing to boost the presence of your online business. It’s the engagement with your content and thus your brand that drives social media purchases.

Feb 06

Get Better SEO Results With These Strategies

We’ve seen the power increased results gained from our internet marketing initiatives, but we’re always asking – what more can we do? How can we get increased results with our online business and improve our search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM) and social media marketing (SMM)?

Two SEO Options

If you want to get better results and earn money online, you really only have two choices, penetrating your current markets more aggressively or entering new markets.

earn money online with your online business and seoLet’s look at the first option, penetrating your current market more aggressively. It’s really about doing more of what’s working and hopefully improving upon it. You may begin by looking at your current advertising campaign. Use the tools Google analytics provides to really examine your keywords. Do testing with different keyword match types: broad, phrase and exact. We’ve seen great results with our online business by looking at what keywords our competitors are using along with testing different keyword match types. These tests have increased the amount of time viewers stay on our site, reduced our bounce rate and helped us earn money online.

SEO & Your Website

Another important thing to consider when trying to get better SEO results is your website content. Again, you’re going to have to do a lot of testing here to see what really works. We’ve gotten great results with using video on our website. People seem to prefer watching a video as opposed to reading mundane material on your online business. It’s easier and more entertaining, which helps with user engagement. Google loves user engagement on You Tube. It will improve your quality score and you’ll get more bang for your buck with your advertising dollar. The bonus is that these different types of content will get you search engine rankings in different areas of the search results.

If you do choose to use videos get your videos uploaded to your You Tube channel you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results. Social media is quickly catching up with the more traditional means of online searches like Google and Yahoo often for many or the reasons listed above.

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And don’t forget about all of the ways you can promote your content online. There’s lots of website looking for valuable content for their websites. Check out My Blog Guest or Blogger Link Up for starters. Here you’ll find different website publishers who are looking for quality content. These publishers are looking for content for a variety of categories such as online business, the arts, lifestyle, self-improvement, “green” living. The list is very comprehensive. So how will this help you with your SEO marketing? There’s two ways. One, it will help you get backlinks. Backlinks will give you more traffic for your online business and it will increase your advertising quality score. Second, although the articles you submit cannot be self-promoting you are able to put a byline at the bottom of the articles which can contain a link to your website. For traffic should equal an increased ability to earn money online.

Finding New Markets

Now let’s look at entering new markets. Some of the same principals apply but you have to look at them at a slightly different angle. You really have to brainstorm here and expand your reach beyond your typical customer. There may be a whole new audience that either doesn’t know your product or service exists, or they don’t realize they need it.

So how do you reach them? Again, start by looking at your keyword strategy. Consider some SEO alternatives. Then you’ll want to look at your targeting. Try a different age demographic, if your targeting males more than females you may want to rethink that, if it’s appropriate What about geo targeting? Should you add or eliminate certain countries or parts of a country. I can personally tell you our advertising dollars went a lot further once we eliminated countries from our Adwords campaign.
Our costs went down while we increased our ability to earn money online.

And just because Google is the undisputed king of online advertising, remember there are other options available for your SEO and SEM. You have Bing or Yahoo Search. No need to visit the MSN Ad center because that’s now the bing/yahoo network. Since these options are often secondary to Google when any online business considers SEO, there is often less competition.

We hope this article has given you some ideas on how to improve your online business and your SEO.
This is just a starting point! If your goal is to earn money online, contact us for a free evaluation on how you can start or improve your online business today.

Jan 30

Lead Generation Mistakes To Avoid

If you want to earn money online you’re going to have to gets some leads to build your list and fill your sales funnel.

earn money online with landing pages that help your online businessYou can easily find lots of articles on slick landing pages and opt in forms but seldom do you come across information on what NOT to do.

As online entrepreneurs and mentors let us do what we do best – save you time and money by helping you learn what has helped us in the past.

This list is by no means complete and if you need additional resources or marketing advice, contact us and we’d be glad to help.

Let’s begin by looking at some of the most common lead generation mistakes to avoid.

It’s not all about you!

Studies tell us we have a matter of seconds to capture someone’s attention when they visit our website.
Don’t waste that precious time talking about you. Just like in the offline world, you have to convey the benefits (not features) of your online business. The only difference is online you have to do it more quickly.
- Use bullet points
- It makes your copy more readable
- Information can be scanned quickly
- And it should list your benefits.
See how quickly you scanned that copy? It’s much easier to read than if it was written out in sentences.

Ask The Question – But Just Once

This is especially true when it comes to landing pages which should be very offer specific. If you don’t ask the visitor to take an action they probably won’t. We’ve seen it time and again when we tested our landing pages and it helped out ability to earn money online. So ask the question but try to ask it in a unique way.

People online have seen the words “click here” so often they don’t notice it anymore. Besides, what’s their benefit for clicking? If possible, include the benefit within the sign up button. Some examples are “teach me how now”, “sign me up”, ‘yes! “I want to join”, or “get your report now”.earn money online with landing pages that help your online business

It is helpful to put your opt in box on every page of your site but again, make it page specific and only use one call to action per page.

Ignoring Your Site Analytics

Google Analytics is free and it’s a powerful tool.

It can be a bit intimidating at first but they have great tutorials and like everything else, once you start using it, it does get easier. You can learn everything you need to know to boost your online business.
You can find out how your website visitors found you, how long they stayed on your website where they exited your website and the list goes on.

Once you have this data and really apply it to your website, you can optimize your site and earn more money online for your efforts, so it does pay off!

Content Is King

Content is the new #1 source of driving traffic to your online business, but please keep your reader in mind when creating it. It must be timely, provide value and hopefully won’t be boring. (did I pass the test?). That doesn’t let you off the hook with having to be creative. Sometimes you have to tell you customers what they need. That reminds me of an old Henry Ford quote: “if I’d have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me “a faster horse”. So think of unique ways to solve your customers’ needs with your content.

Don’t drive potential leads away from your site simple by offering mundane, irrelevant and information that just doesn’t fill their needs. That will result in you getting higher bounce rates.

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Engage your site visitors. Ask them questions, inspire them, show them that what you offer is what they need.

This is also the year of the blog. Again, don’t just post a blog because it’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re wasting your time. The big bonus? If you make it valuable enough, entertaining enough or extremely current, that’s when your content goes viral and the sky’s the limit. That’s when you really start to earn money online.

We hope you’ve gathered some insights that will help your websites and landing pages do what they should be doing best – help you earn money online.

Need some more online marketing ideas? We’ve helped dozens of people take their online business to the next level. Contact us today and take your online business to the next level today.

 

Jan 26

Video Marketing

Videos are a great promotional tool for your online business and yes, videos can help you earn money online in a variety of ways. You can earn money online by creating videos that boost your online business and solve customer needs or you can create an income stream by selling advertisements on your videos. Those are two core options available with video marketing.

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Of course we all know that Youtube and other social media sites are quickly outperforming search engines when visitors are looking for information and you would be wise to leverage this marketing trend to make it work for you. By posting your videos on social networking sites an online business video can help introduce your business to a global audience at very low costs. A video marketing dream!

A lot of people choose to hire online business video marketing services. There are some great companies out there but you should be relieved to know that you can earn money online without having to hire some of these high priced companies, especially when you’re first getting started. When starting out, you’re paying these companies to design and produce marketing videos which will get your online business the greatest exposure. They also specialize in posting your online business videos to a variety of websites in the hopes of getting you more views and more clicks, all in an effort to help you earn money online.

DIY Video Marketing

The most well produced videos do not guarantee success. In fact, a great many videos that are extremely successful were shot right on an Iphone! We’re sure you’ve seen this. We can think of three main categories of video marketing that usually goes viral. Some of the most common examples include video tutorials, very niche-oriented videos and of course let’s not forget cute and funny if you can offer a video that educates, provides valuable content or shocks and entertains people, your chances of going viral dramatically increases.
These methods can definitely help you drive traffic to your website. Once the visitors arrive, it is up to your video content to demonstrate how to use your products or production glimpses to convert even casual surfing into enquiries and/or sales. To help the conversion rate, another video marketing tactic involves the use of annotations within your online business videos. These annotations, which are extremely easy to create, can be calls to action, links to relevant content or even links to other videos.

earn money online with video marketing for your online businessVideo Marketing Promotion

OK, we’ve got the videos produce and they contain great annotations and now it’s time to drive some traffic to your videos. For the quickest results we recommend PPC or search network advertising. Organic search rankings certainly should not be overlooked but it takes a bit more time so see results when you use this method. Again, it’s not necessary to employ a professional for you video marketing advertising campaigns. We can help you get your campaign up and running very quickly. You need to create ads with a great headline and appropriate calls to action within the ads. A little research here goes a long way and once you use our proven methods to get results, you’ll surely start to earn money online. In addition to the necessary keyword research, you also need to optimize you landing pages. If you need some templates, we’ve got a great free tool that will help you create some landing pages with documented conversions.

There’s a lot to consider with your video marketing campaign. We’ve helped dozens of online business entrepreneurs get started. Contact us for a consultation and free software that will help you earn money online.

Jan 23

Email Marketing Strategies

Any entrepreneur looking to earn money online with a new or existing online business will have one main goal when it concerns their website visitors – getting their visitors to convent in one manner or another.

Getting Conversionsearn money online with email marketing and your online business

A conversion doesn’t necessarily mean making a sale. A conversion goal for your online business can be obtaining an email address, getting some form of “social currency” such as a Facebook like or a tweet or perhaps having your website visitor download your product or service information.

In fact, the most profitable conversion goal should be building your email list.

You should certainly keep a list of all of your email contacts whether they signed up on your website or elsewhere. Add all business contacts that you receive either virtually or fact to face to your email marketing list. The most successful online business owners use their list in a range of ways to create connections and market items that are a win-win for both parties concerned. Building an online relationship with your visitors is essential when trying to earn money online.

You need a good email service provider and there are plenty to choose from. Most have similar offerings depending on the size of your current list but to really respond to future needs of your hopefully every expanding email list be sure to select a vendor that can grow with you and offers auto responders.

Online Business Autoresponders

New subscribers to your email list require immediate and customized attention. Ways that an autoresponder can help you earn money online are
- Welcome new subscribers
- Drive visitors back to your site via special offers or promotions
- Build an ongoing and trusting relationship with people on your email list
- It will save you a ton of time!

earn money online with email marketing and your online businessAfter enabling auto responders you should use your email list to keep your visitors up to date on your online business. Send them notifications about product launches, special “member only” prices or interesting articles that will help them to also succeed online.

How Does It help Me Earn Money Online?

An often neglected tactic with email marketing is one of the oldest sales tools around. Referrals.
Don’t be afraid to ask for them. When you have satisfied customers and you’re providing a valuable service, there’s no reason a current customer wouldn’t want to recommend you. Ask people on your current email marketing list to recommend your products and services to others. You’ll be surprised at how fast this tactic can help you earn money online.

The final method for leveraging an email marketing listing is to communicate often. Your auto-responder series must integrate a series of messages for customers in different stages of your sales cycle. This is where customization of your email message can really pay off. By regularly staying in front of your customers and making use of valuable content that you provide, you will convince people to stay engaged and have a greater propensity to buy from you.

The time to develop your email marketing strategy is now. In parallel, make certain to concentrate your powers on leveraging your email list to make use of the variety of strategies available to increase your online presence and ability to earn money online.

Need help getting your email marketing campaign started? We can help you with email marketing software, free landing pages and proven strategies that will help you earn money online. Contact us for a free consultation.

Jan 22

Achieve Your Online Business Goals Now and Start earning money online

Just how long have you been working online? Or are you just starting out? How much time have you invested in exploring options and learning? Are you serious and ready to start your own online business and start earning money online?

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Perhaps you’ve already started an online business, yet you’re battling to reach your economic objectives. Whatever the case, something is holding you back from reaching your true revenue capacity.

Possibly you started with what you thought was a great opportunity but got sidetracked or realized that this great opportunity wasn’t so great. You’re not alone, it happens to a lot of people. But there is hope and there are legitimate opportunities available to help you earn money online. We know, it happened for us and we’re telling you that the time to make things happen is NOW!

Think of it for a moment. Just how much time have you dwelled over the idea of starting our own online business? What are your goals, be it economic, a more leisurely lifestyle or perhaps just some more free time? You have to ask yourself if your goals match where you are today. How much closer are you, truly, to your supreme goal?

The Secret To Earn Money Online

Do you want to know the secret to obtaining these goals? Guess what, there isn’t one! You already have what you need to earn money online.

Most folks try to learn everything about starting their online business before they even start to ensure they make wise decisions, or be completely ready. And I absolutely see the logic in this line of thinking. However, we’re talking about the regularly advancing internet right here. The most regular thing about the internet, and modern technology in general, is change and adaptation. Those two are crucial elements in trying to earn money online.

Just what that means is that you could never ever find out every little thing you have to learn about running an online business upfront. By the time you learn it all you think you need to understand, things have actually changed – and you’re back at square one. To achieve your goals you have to take that first step.

The people I understand that have been successful with their online business, including myself, jumped in headfirst and figured things out as they went. That has been our approach as well, including my very first company. We had no back up strategy because we had to make it work. We defined our goals and then made it happen, and it did.

Make that your story this year.

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Define your goals, make a plan of action and start doing. Given the right opportunity you will earn money online and we can help.

NOW is the time to place your strategy in to activity. NOW is the moment to stop concentrating on exactly what everyone else is doing, and just how they’re doing it, and to concentrate rather on what you most intend to achieve in your life with you online business.

The only fear you should have is the fear of not achieving your goals and not attaining the success you really want. But there is a way around that. If you have, as we did, a proven formula for success with the appropriate training and mentors available to guide you along the way, I guarantee you that you can reach your goals.

We’re the online business entrepreneurs! We can test various things and find out what works and what does not. We could acquire imaginative and cutting-edge tactics and we have the whole globe and limitless resources at our fingertips to achieve success.

The only genuine failure, or risk also, is not doing anything – or delaying a goal – and knowing you could have absolutely altered your life.

It’s time to take that leap and finally place your strategy into action, achieve your goals and buckle down about beginning an enjoyable and effective online business – or taking yours to the next level. Visualize how amazing that would make you feel!

How Online Business Success Feels

Imagine looking back a year from now, having actually reached your objectives, and claiming, “wow, I should have started my online business earlier!”

We’ve been given the gift of such a unique opportunity and we want to share it with you. There’s plenty of room for more online entrepreneurs and the time to cash in is now.

We have a lifestyle most people dream of. Now it’s your turn.

We’ve helped dozens of people start their own online business along with helping successful online entrepreneurs fine tune their online marketing efforts to achieve extraordinary goals. Please don’t put off this life altering decision one more day. Contact us for a consultation now.

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