So you’ve got your online business up and running, and your community is thriving. You’re still not hitting the top of the search engine rankings. Your budget is limited but you want to increase your rank. Enter search engine optimization (SEO).
What is SEO? Search engine optimization can be described as the science behind getting your business as high as possible within search engine results without using paid campaigns.
SEO focuses naturally on how search engines work, what terms your customers are using, and what engines your customers are using.
Every online business has the same underlying foundation. They all need a domain (web address), web hosting, and a web site. While all three can be purchased by a single service provider, it is best to search around for the best value and price.
Your domain will be one of the most important (but cheapest) purchases you will make. Domains are typically $10 per year, and can be registered through Continue reading →
Owning your own business can be one of the most liberating and satisfying accomplishments you’ll ever follow through with. It can also be one of the most stressful and frustrating experiences if you don’t spend some time authoring a business plan that works for you and your future business plans.
The first step in any business plan is to consider and select the best business ownership type for you or your team.
Mobile Marketing is the Fastest Way to Reach Customers
Mobile marketing, including short message service marketing, is basically reaching people with advertising on their mobile phones and devices.
Short messaging service is more specifically accomplished through texting.
Mobile marketing has a quick response time, which is an average of four minutes. This is because with something like a mobile phone, the receiver is alerted by their phone ringing that you have sent them a message.
Ten Free Marketing Strategies for your Small Business
Any small business these days will use Internet marketing strategies to make more sales. With three out of four people using the Internet regularly in North America today, it is easier than ever to get the word out about your business. Even if you only sell locally, the Internet is still the most looked at resource for information.
It is now free and extremely cheap to set up a quality website or blog and also easy to do so even if you have no technical expertise.
Most website technology is now point and click, and websites and blogs are also easy to get ranked with simple instructions from Continue reading →
The Right Email Marketing Software Will Pay for Itself in Many Ways
Any marketing person will tell you that an email marketing campaign with no tracking is useless even if it produces some sales.
This is why the right email marketing software is designed to track many things so that you can increase the conversion rate on every campaign to make more sales. An example of email marketing software that does this is AWeber email marketing software.
However, before we talk about tracking emails, let’s talk about a few other things that email marketing software should do for you. Continue reading →
Affiliate Marketing is a Fast Way to Start a Business
Affiliate marketing is a quick way to start a successful business if you do your homework.
An affiliate marketing program is where you make money or a commission when someone buys a company’s product based on a referral from your website. There are three basic kinds of affiliate marketing: pay-per-lead, pay-per-click, and pay-per-sale.
For many people, to be successful with affiliate marketing is about finding the best payouts and the highest selling products.
However, this is not the kind of homework we are talking about. The fact of the matter is, affiliate marketing works when many people visit your website or blog that are interested in the product that your affiliate company is selling.
So while it is important to do some research on the companies that sell products and how much commission they pay, the real work is in getting Continue reading →
All the successful entrepreneurs share a common belief. It’s the “Can Do” attitude. It doesn’t matter what’s going on around them, who says it can’t be done, who says it can, they put on the blinders and do it. They make it happen.
Now along the way, we all pick up skills we need to develop to deal with different aspects of our businesses. As you grow and develop and learn more about how to do business and you start experiencing success, you develop your self confidence. You become more comfortable having intelligent conversations with other people in your industry.
You learn to set goals. And then you learn how to achieve them. Just thinking I’d like to make a million dollars this year isn’t going to do it. You need a plan. You need to plan your work and work your plan.
And you have to learn how to guard your time. You have to be ruthless with your time management. I set a schedule for myself so my day is broken up into blocks.
– I answer my email first thing in the morning.
– Next I spend 2 hours on my marketing.
– I work on projects for about 3 hours
– I take about an hour at the end of the day to tie up loose ends
Time is more valuable than money. It’s the only thing all human beings share. None of us has more or less hours in a day. And you can never get back an hour you waste. But if you want to succeed online you have to start with a “can do attitude”.
Social networking can lead to steady sales and organic links which can really help your business overall.
The fact that it is free makes it even better, but you have to use social networking in the right way in order to make sales from it.
There are many different social networks available including Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, countless forums, blogs, chat rooms and a whole host of other social networking that hasn’t even been invented yet.
However, the concept of making sales from social networking is basically the same no matter Continue reading →
There are many ways to make money online if you know what you are doing. These days it’s common knowledge that you can get a free website or a blog and put some sort of preexisting product on it or even just a review for it.
However, if you are still asking how this would make you money, you have come to the right place.
If you don’t have a product to sell or even if you do, why would people come to your website and give you money for it when your product may not be that different or more desirable than anyone else’s? The answer is simple. You have more traffic coming to your website or blog than anyone else.
So it doesn’t matter whether you have a product that anyone wants to buy from you or Continue reading →