Basic Blogging and your own place online

People will always have their own opinions about something. The great thing about self-expression these days is that anyone can be able to get themselves published through the Internet. Just start blogging and you have your own place in the World Wide Web, which can help you rant all you can, share your knowledge, share your life, or just simply to share your thoughts. People trying to make a living off internet marketing also tend to try blogging to gain an audience and make money.

A blog is a short reference to web log, which can be likened to a diary or journal. The major difference is that this one is for the public’s eye. If you have something in mind that you want to share to the whole world, you can do so through your own blog.

There are a host of media one blogger can use like articles, images, video clips, or digital photos in making one’s blog more interesting. The blog can be about certain topics on which the blogger has a lot of brilliant ideas about. Any one blog can be a host to many links to whatever the author of the blog finds useful or interesting online.

Blogs can be about a mom’s adventures with taking care of her baby and other kids. Others may be about travel adventures, gadgets, movies, shopping, or tutorials of sorts. There are many ways one can make use of blogging. What’s best about this is that one can sign up anytime for an account for free.

Blogging has become very popular that there may be thousands upon thousands (or even millions!) already floating around the Internet now. Many of those that have become popular have visitors that regularly go to their sites for updates. These sites often have very good site traffic that could earn them some income.

Blogs have already existed as early as the mid 1990s but it is only recently that people have begun to embrace its potential. These days, blogs are considered mainstream media, which business-minded people use to do marketing, and which many people use for spreading informative articles like news.

Since people have found blogs, people have found ways to monetize them. If you are already established as a blogger and your site is fetching really good traffic regularly, then you may have already started to employ Internet advertisements to your web pages.

During the earlier days of doing ads online, probably the most popular forms of advertising were in the form of banners and pop-ups. But since so many sites are now online, and people have grown tired of being disturbed when they are reading or browsing, the way businesses advertise through blogs or websites has changed, evolved, or adapted.

When you have ads in your blog, you will be able to get some commission from the providers whenever your visitors click on the links. This can be tracked and you get paid depending on the policies set by the merchant or ad provider.

Blogging will continue to be that great medium for people to express themselves, but it will most likely grow even more into this medium for people to promote products or services, for free.

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Increase Sales Online With Better Website Copywriting

Online copywriting has become a multi-billion dollar resource for companies that utilize the internet. There are ads, publications, banners, websites and articles that are written by freelance copywriters through the internet. Copywriting persuades or draws attention to whatever is being promoted. An ezine is the digital version of a magazine. Good online copywriting invites a person to actually read the ad whereas bad copywriting can quickly be navigated away from.

The internet has turned into a billion dollar revenue source for thousands and thousands of companies throughout the world. Online copywriting is more often associated with a form of article called a Search Engine Optimized (SEO) article. The SEO copywriter writes articles, varying in lengths, to fit a series of keywords or phrases that will turn up prominently in an internet search through such search engines as Google or Yahoo.

A web copywriter absolutely must know their way around the internet. Readers usually only skim through the ads or articles so a copywriter for the internet must know how catch the reader’s eye.

Words have power. We see that day in and day out through the commercials and ads we see each day. But one form of online copywriting we do not often take into consideration when thinking about copywriting advertising in general is that essays or reviews against a particular subject are considered a form of marketing.

Take for example the government and organization ads against smoking. The articles and commercials are very much against use of any form of tobacco. Their use of health statistics show the detrimental effects that smoking has on our bodies, not only as a tobacco user, but through second hand smoke as well.

Online copywriting is a growing field. Copywriting courses can help you refine your craft and help draw readers to your articles. As more businesses turn to the internet for a wider customer base, so too will the need for hiring competent copywriters. The best place to find vacancies or freelance positions is writing forums. Many companies advertise there for a freelance copywriter.

Affiliate Marketing – Some Thoughts And Ideas.

Affiliate Marketing – what is it?

It is a very simple process where you as the affiliate sell or promote a merchant’s product or service for which you will receive a commission . This process is probably the lowest cost business model when starting an Online Business, and as such is the most popular method with many newcomers to Online Marketing.

This business model exists in many different forms and are commonly called Affiliate Programs. You join the affiliate program that the merchant is operating that is selling the particular product you are interested in promoting. The most common types of programs are as follows:
1 – Pay per click – each visitor you send to the merchant’s site will earn you a commission.
2 – Pay per lead – each lead you send to the merchants site will earn you a commission.
3 – Pay per sale – commission will be paid by the merchant for each sale made at his website.
Each one of the above returns a certain payment for delivering the click, lead, or sale. By far the largest number of businesses utilizing this model work on a Pay per Sale system.

Your prime costs will be in the promotion of the product or service. All costs associated with the product, sales page, delivery, after sales services, as well as merchant services set up and costs, will be to the merchants account.

When starting your Internet Business through affiliate marketing there are five steps to follow:

  1. Find your niche market which shows enough demand as well as a reasonable supply, as well as one that would support future business growth.
  2. Find out what the market is searching for in terms of solutions to problems, or a product/service for which there is a shortage of supply or even a deficiency.
  3. Research the available affiliate products and services for something that will fill the deficiency or fix the problem.
  4. Promote the product by every means available to you.
  5. Although this is not necessarily essential, owning your own website can increase your methods of promotion, but more importantly it allows you to presell the product before redirecting them to the merchants sales page.

The final item regarding your own website needs serious consideration as it will be the way to go to develop and grow your business and to start creating an opt-in list of targeted potential customers.

Creating a trust between you and your customers, as well as your partners, is of prime importance to your business. This trust will serve you well as your customers will gradually consider you to be their expert in this niche and they will take your recommendations and buy. Do not think for one minute that without it you will be able to succeed. Affiliate Marketing, like any other business model, relies entirely upon the trust you painstakingly build over a period of time.

This article brought to you by WSI Internet Marketing

Online Marketing Success Tips – 5 Online Business Success Tips

What is the key component in succeeding in online networking? That’s simple…it’s you. If this surprises you then it shouldn’t.

Did you know that most people who join an internet network marketing business don’t really think about the company or products, it’s the person who has been prospecting in that they’re are more concerned with. You see, when a person is searching for an internet network marketing business they are generally looking for a solution to a problem.

More than likely it’s of a financial nature and their thoughts revolve around setting themselves up to be able to provide for themselves and their families in the years ahead. So when you make contact with a prospect the last thing they probably want to hear is how good a company is or how life changing the products are.

“What’s in it for me?” That’s what they will more than likely be thinking about and if you recognize this, then you are on the way to hitting a home run. In this article, we will give you a few tips on how and what you need to be doing and thinking of when a prospect first comes into your funnel.

  • Don’t be tempted to hit prospects with a sales pitch first up. For some reason, they want to shove a network marketing company down the throats of their prospects and tell them how life changing the products are.
  • Ask yourself this…what attracted you into your current home based business? People will eventually join you and not your company because it’s you they develop a relationship with and learn to trust. The company is simply the vehicle to take you both forward to your ultimate goals.
  • When a prospect first responds to your marketing message you need to start selling yourself immediately. It’s time to prove to them that you are the right person for the job. And make no mistake, you are under scrutiny. It’s like going for a job interview and in actual fact, it’s not the prospect being scrutinized it’s you.
  • You are being analyzed without realizing it. If you can demonstrate to your prospect you’re the right candidate then they will come back to you for more information. And giving value from the start is what counts.
  • Training starts from the first contact. Give them advice on how to succeed in home based business. Point them to resources they can check out. Send them resources they can view, read or listen to. Consider them part of your team the moment they contact you and train them as if they were.

A Beginners Guide To Social Media Marketing

In the past few years, Social Media and Social Media Marketing have become buzz- words. This is due to the popularity of sites like Reddit, Facebook, etc. The social media have two components – user generated contents and the ability to form networks of friends for sharing contents.

In sites like Facebook users create their profile pages and use texts, pictures, and videos to embellish the pages. They can then share those contents with others in their friends’ network, or the social network

In sites like Digg, YouTube, Flickr users submit a summary of news articles, pictures, videos and they vote on the contents submitted by others. Popular contents are featured on the homepage and it drives massive amount of traffic to support your campaigns.

There are many variations of the two models described above, including a combination of the two.

Using the social media sites to promote your product or services (or a website) is called social media marketing. There are two types of traffic you get when your content becomes popular in a social media site.

The primary traffic or the direct traffic comes from the site where it becomes popular. For sites like Digg, it can be huge and your site should be ready to handle the surge in traffic without crashing.

When your site becomes popular in a social media site, people talk about your site and the post that becomes popular. The secondary traffic or the indirect traffic flows from that activity long after the surge due to the primary traffic is over.

So, what are the benefits of primary and secondary traffic from the social media sites? The primary traffic exposes your site to people who have no other means of knowing about your existence. Some of those visitors will become regulars to your site if you are providing something that they want on a regular basis.

Social media Internet Marketing lets you expose your site to a large group of people. If your search engine traffic has leveled off, shifting your focus to the social media marketing and becoming successful in that will take you to the next level in search engine traffic.

Article brought to you by WSI Internet Marketing

Marketing Your Office Website, Does It Really Matter?

Let me ask you this, Does putting gasoline in your car really matter? I know that’s a pretty silly question and you are probably wondering how in the world does that have to do with marketing your dental website, but stick with me for a minute and you’ll see where I’m going with this.

How many of you would like a brand new car? Any car? Your dream car?

Okay, so now picture yourself at the car dealership sitting in your dream car, your hands on the wheel, the seat
perfectly forming to your behind… pretty cool right?

Now for the best part…you get to drive it home!

You can’t wait to show your friends and family your dream car. You climb inside, start the engine and the dealer was so kind to give you a 1/164 of a tank to get you home.

You pull in the driveway and honk the horn. Your family and friends come out and are just going crazy over your new car. They all take turns sitting inside, holding on to the steering wheel, playing with your new GPS navigation system, cranking the stereo testing out the new 8 speaker surround sound, rolling up and down the windows,
moving your seat back, up, down to fit them just right. Opening and closing your sun roof and playing with the rest of the gadgets and gizmos in amazement.

Everyone loves your brand new car and tell you you look absolutely awesome in it and they are totally jealous.

You hop in one last time just to make sure it’s still real before heading inside your house. The second you get inside you go to the closest window and look outside just making sure it’s still in your driveway.

For the next few hours you about every 5 minutes you keep looking out the window, even sometimes going back outside just to touch your new car. Things are pretty exciting.

The next day roles around and you just can’t wait to go for a long drive with the sun roof open and the radio blasting your favorite tunes.

You climb in your car, fasten your seat belt, put the key in the ignition, turn the key…

And nothing. At first your shocked. Maybe you didn’t turn the key far enough so you try again even harder.
Still nothing.

You check your gauges and everything looks perfect… Except one little yellow light that’s telling you..

OUT OF GAS!!

It dawns on you that the dealer only gave you enough gas to get home and show your family and friends, but not enough for that long afternoon drive along the beach.

You’re a little bummed at the moment, but still extremely excited you have your new car.

You remember that as part of the “Extended Warranty” the dealership promised you gallons and gallons of gas free of charge as long as you kept paying your monthly payment.

So you give the dealership a call and tell them you need gas really bad so you can take your afternoon drive along the beach. They tell you they are doing all they can and will get you some gas as soon as possible.

So you wait around and a few days later someone shows up, puts in 1/164 off gas a leaves. Your excited, you got your first bit of gas, but not enough to go anywhere. So you continue to wait, and wait, and wait and you then realize your brand new car looks awesome, but your not able to take advantage of all that power, speed and gadgets.

Weeks, Months, Years go by and your still only receiving 1/164 off gas maybe once a week.

You’re now sick and tired of it and decide to look up companies that specializes in delivering gas. There are a few to choose from. Which one is the best one? Who will offer the best gas? Who will offer gas the quickest?

You have your choice of regular unleaded or premium unleaded with power boosters.

Regular Unleaded might get you around town, but doesn’t offer quite enough torque to get you where you really want to go.

Premium unleaded with power boosters will do everything you need. Give you all the power you can handle. And most importantly, fill up your tank of gas everyday. Your tank will never run dry again. Some days gas will even spill all over the place because there so much was delivered that day.

So which would you choose? Regular Unleaded Gas or Premium Unleaded with Power Boosters?

If you caught on during my car scenario you realized that your dream car represented your brand new website you built weeks, months or even years ago.

I’m sure when you finished your website you told your family and friends all about it. They all went to your website, clicked on all the buttons, looked at all the pictures, read all the material and thought it looked awesome just like when you brought home your new car for everyone to see. It was an exciting time.

The only problem was, when you went to drive your car there was no gas. Your car was beautiful, but stuck in your driveway.

Your website could be the most coolest website in the world, but without traffic (gas) it will just sit there and do nothing.

So is Dental Marketing important? I think through this demonstration we’ve proved how important online marketing truly is.

For whatever reason, businesses with websites seem to neglect online marketing. For some reason they think since they have a website traffic will just start flooding in overnight.

Dental Marketing is so complex it usually overwhelms everyone and so they just forget about it and “hope” traffic just falls in their lap.

Marketing your website is an absolute must if you want to drive in quality new patients. If you have a website just sitting their collecting dust, I suggest you call your web design company and cancel your $59 monthly payment and put that money to good use somewhere else.

There is absolutely no reason why your website shouldn’t be flooded with traffic. Millions of people are searching for dentists on a daily basis. It’s not like your in a business with zero demand or searches.

Dentists are in huge demand by millions of people everyday. The dentist that puts himself in front of those millions of people are the dentists reaping the rewards.

In the past dentists would use their marketing budgets for yellow pages, radio spots, direct mail and even some tv commercials.

Back then that’s what people used, but guess what? Things have changed.

The internet is sweeping the world by storm. Even yellow pages, radio, tv are all taking things to the internet.

Just think about it, when you want to find information or do research where do you go? Let me guess…the internet?

I could go on all day talking about this, but I think by now you get my point.

Internet marketing is, and will be in the future for many years to come, the best form of advertising out there. Your website can be seen by thousands of people each and every day 24/7. You can’t say that about any other form of advertising.

Internet marketing is like everything else, you get what you pay for.

You need to look at it on a business standpoint. Usually when you purchase something for $50 you don’t care much about it. You put it on the back burner and just let it go. If it does something great, it only cost $50. If it doesn’t do anything, great I only lost $50.

If you are serious about your dental practice you’ll invest in things that bring back a return.

Why do dentists spend $250,000 on digital x-ray units?
Why do dentists spend $100,000 on Cerec Crown machines?
Why do dentists spend $120,000 on Biolase Lasers?
Why do dentists spend $1,000,000 on a new practice? or remodel?

The answer is quite simple, it makes you money. It simplifies things, makes things easier. Attracts New Patients!!

For those of you who own some of those things I listed how much is your monthly payment? My guess is your paying $5000 or more for each item each and every month for the next 5-10 years.

How much is your Million Dollar practice costing you? I’d say around $15,000 a month for the next 30 years.

So, if you are willing to spend all that money to simplify things, make things easier, keep technology current, attract new patients, then wouldn’t it make sense to invest in a solid dental marketing company that will simplify your online marketing, keep current with hot trends and techniques, and attract new patients?

I think the answer is pretty simple…YES!

No matter who you are, people will always pay for quality.

There is a reason why you purchased the $250,000 x-ray unit instead of the $50,000 unit. There is something about quality that wins every time. Grab dental marketing by the horns and run with it. You’ll be amazed at the results.

Written by: J. King
Smile America Dental Marketing

bloggers revolt against AP

The A. P. (Associated Press) took a very strict position with bloggers quoting it’s new articles.  Essentially the position is “don’t”.   Check the techcrunch post on the topic. Wonder what this means for digg?

The death of internet marketing?

I’ve been doing some mass unsubscribes from the IM guru’s lists.  Too many hyped promotions, too many people cross promoting.  And the worst thing of all, it completely distracts me from getting real work done.    Seems like I’m not the only one.

What is a webinar?

Webinars are so prevalent in the internet marketing and the technology industries that we sometimes forget that many people still don’t know what they are.

Let’s start with a description of it’s predecessor, the teleconference or teleseminar. I’m sure you are familiar with what a seminar is. Seminars or a conference is when you attend an in person meeting which has a speaker that talks about a particular topic. Teleseminars are very similiar except that you attend by calling a phone number and listening to the speaker. They have become very popular because the attendees avoid the cost of traveling and the presenters avoid the cost of renting a room. Another great thing about teleseminars is that they are usually recorded, so the busy person can listen to the recording later at a time of his or her choosing, although this means missing the chance to ask questions.

However, teleseminar attendee doesn’t always get the full learning experience of attending in person. You don’t see the speaker’s facial, body language and the presentation materials (such as demos and slides). Since people learn best when they receive information in multiple ways (audio and visual), some information is not absorbed as well when it is in an audio format.

Some teleseminar presenters will send out slides ahead of the meeting, which helps, but the presenter has to be very mindful of not losing his audience. The speaker must make sure the attendees are looking at the right slide and clue them in when moving to the next slide. This is where the technology of a webinar comes in as it solves this problem, syncing the visual to the audio.  So here is how webinar works:

  • You listen to the speaker talk (audio)
  • And you also watch the presentation on your computer(visual)

No need to figure out where in the presentation materials the speaker is, you just need to look at your computer screen. And the presentation can be more than just slides, you can see live demos and videos. Additionally many webinar tools allow the presenter to “point” to (with an arrow or some other symbol) the part of the slide that is being discussed, which can really help at times!

Webinars can be recorded just like teleseminars for later viewing. And if you want to listen to a webinar but you are away from your computer, you can still listen in but you will miss the visual component of the presentation.

There are a number of technologies that provide webinar capabilities. Some require no additional software to be installed, you just point your web browser to the right URL. Other webinars, when you click on a link, will automatically download the software, this may take a minute or two. Often you can listen to the audio through your computer sound card rather than calling a telephone number, a boon to folks (especially those overseas) who want to avoid long distance charges.

Webinars are becoming more and more common, so if you want to learn more about a topic it is the next best thing to attending a talk in person.

You don’t have to be dressed to telecommute

The Career Journal, part of the Wall Street Journal site, published Working Productively as a Telecommuter.  The article had some good but general tips, such as avoiding isolation and making an effort to reach out to work colleagues, but some of the suggestions were of dubious value.  In particular the old school urging of “dressing appropriately”.

I work out of a home office 4 days a week.  I started telecommuting several years ago starting with 2 or 3 days a week.   Some days I start my days very early, often around 7:30 in the morning.  And at that hour,  I am not interested in putting on a suit or other work attire.  In fact, I might be even in my sweats, yet to take a shower, and my productivity is not impacted one bit.

In the end if you are committed to what you do, you really don’t have to worry too much about “preparing yourself psychologically” as Garone advised, as most people can make the transition.   The article would have been far more useful dealing with topics such how to keep cohesion with a distributed team and a survey of ways to keep in touch with your colleagues (IM, email, phone, twitter) and when to use each.

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