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Why SEO Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon

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Why SEO Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon


With changes to search engine algorithms, as well as a myriad of other changes in the way that search engines such as Google rank websites, some are arguing that SEO is “dead” for internet marketers. Is there any sort of truth behind these claims?

 

If you examine most of the articles, press releases and blog posts that claim that SEO is going away, you will quickly find what the author’s intentions are. Usually, they want to create an “alarmist” title to draw the user’s attention, then make some vague arguments as to why SEO won’t work for you and of course, you usually end up with an advertisement for some kind of product, system, guide, etc. which will supposedly magically bring you traffic to your site without doing any search engine optimization work on it.

 

One of the main reasons why SEO isn’t going anywhere is that it’s an industry that is too profitable. Search volumes are higher than ever. There are now hundreds of thousands of service providers which work in the search engine optimization industry. This includes “general” online marketing firms, to more specialize businesses that help certain types of websites rank well in search results. Not to mention the millions of freelancers that also help with SEO (often unknowingly), such as article writers, web page designers, etc. Companies are willing to spend money to rank well on search engines and there’s millions of dollars spent on that each and every year.

 

Those who complain about SEO are often those who did something wrong and got their websites penalized after yet another Google update. But you rarely hear webmasters with years of success and a constant stream of traffic complaining about it. Updates made by search engines to the way they rank their search results have nothing to do with them wanting to “penalize” some affiliate marketer who made $35 last month pushing some dubious weight loss product. Rather, it’s all about the user.

 

Nobody wants to search for specific information, only to be presented with search results that are little more than thinly veiled advertisements for commercial products. Nobody wants to look through blog comments to see what other users have had to say about an interesting article they’ve read only to see a hundred comments saying “Nice site!” and stuffed with a link to some scammy get rich quick scheme. The changes that search engines make encourage webmasters, marketers, product sellers, etc. to make the web a better place. They can still sell their products and promote their offers in places where it’s appropriate. They can still run any type of website that they want, but if they want visitors, they need to have a site that runs well and provides their users with something that will actually be useful for them.

 

SEO is here to stay. The methods used for it, however, will evolve and adapt themselves. Those who are truly skilled in internet marketing will see this as a normal part of the game, as a challenge to take, rather than a threat to their bottom line.

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Online Business and Privacy Risks

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Online Business and Privacy Risks


When it comes to doing business online as an online entrepreneur of any kind (e-commerce site owner, niche site operator, affiliate marketer, etc.) there are some people who have concerns about the privacy and security of their personal information. Of course, there are plenty of online marketers who don’t care too much and actually enjoy sharing the details of their personal life on their marketing related blogs, by plastering pictures of themselves, their family vacation, their pets, their cars (or assorted vehicles that they’re proud of: motorcycles, private airplanes and homemade helicopters, etc).

However, some others may not want to be too open about it and it doesn’t mean that they’re scammers or using unethical marketing methods. Signing up to various online services such as affiliate programs, domain registration, web hosting, etc. often requires sharing personal information in addition to payment and banking details. Unless you use WHOIS Privacy when purchasing a domain, your information (name, address, email, phone) will be visible to anyone that runs a query on a WHOIS search site, plus some WHOIS data aggregators actually make this even simpler, all someone would have to do is to Google the name of your site, or just Google your name and they would usually be able to locate some, if not all of the domains that were registered with your name.

Now some may ask: what is the problem? All legitimate online businesses have a privacy policy, so if you’re not doing anything shady, why hide? There are a couple of perfectly legitimate reasons as to why one may be concerned. Anybody following the news would see that there have been some rather spectacular security breaches in the past few months that targeted several companies that did business online, including, ironically enough, a security consulting firm.

Even though they may have a strongly worded privacy policy (which is often nothing more than a generic “fill in the blanks” template), many small online businesses such as start up affiliate networks or service providers may not have too strong standards of security. Furthermore, you need to remember that when a company you were dealing with goes out of business, their data doesn’t just magically vanish and you don’t really know where it could end up at that point.

There are other perfectly valid reasons to keep online business activities private. Some people who work at a day job may not want their employers to know that they’re running a side business. Webmasters who are involved in building and promoting adult oriented website may not want the entire world to know what kind of online ventures they’re involved with simply by doing a Google search of their name.

With all of this considered, there are some good methods to preserve some privacy and anonymity even as an online entrepreneur. We will see some good strategies on how you can do, no matter what kind of online business your run, in tomorrow’s post.

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Save Time On Your Online Marketing By Outsourcing

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Save Time On Your Online Marketing By Outsourcing


One complaint that many online marketers have is that they don’t have the time to do all the things that they would want to in a day. We all know that being an internet marketer is sometimes not easy. Certain tasks, such as creating landing pages, writing articles, creating graphics and logos, etc. could be quite time consuming. However, there are ways around this which would allow you to save a lot of time and focus on your marketing efforts, rather than to get bogged down in the technicalities of doing the job.

The great thing about internet marketing is that there are many tasks which can be outsourced to others for a relatively low amount. You also don’t have to maintain a permanent staff on hand like in many other businesses (unless you actually want to). Most of the tasks related to running an online business can be outsourced to freelancers that you can find in online forums or on freelancing sites such as Fiverr or Odesk. Here are certain things that are easy to outsource:

* Content creation

If you do article marketing, or have a blog that you need updated regularly, you can have this part outsourced to a content writer that can deliver the content that you need based on your specifications.

* Landing page and website design

If you are an affiliate marketer, you probably run a few different campaigns at the same time. It can be quite hard to find time to design all the landing pages for your advertising campaigns. You can outsource this task as well. It is possible to have a freelancer with experience in online marketing and web design create landing pages for your offers based on your specifications, including lead capture boxes or affiliate links, etc.

* Graphic design

If you need graphics, logos, etc. designed, outsourcing the process can be an excellent idea. Sure, there are many programs out there such as Photoshop and GIMP that allow you to create your own graphics for your marketing materials, however learning how to use them to get professional looking results can be quite difficult if you don’t have much experienced and aren’t very skilled in the graphic arts. You can find people who can, for example, design a logo for your site, or edit a picture in Photoshop for just $5 on many freelancing websites.

* General administrative tasks

You can get a “virtual assistant” to help you with many of the aspects of running an online business. This can include things such as responding to customer inquiries, uploading new pages and videos to your web server or to various sharing sites, updating your social media pages with your recent promotions, etc. Having a virtual assistant usually doesn’t cost that much, depending on how many hours of work you would need done by them every week. On various freelancing sites, it is possible to hire someone for less than $10 an hour.

 

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Full Time Online Business: Part 3 – What Makes a Good Affiliate Marketer

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Full Time Online Business: Part 3 – What Makes a Good Affiliate Marketer


When looking at full time online business opportunities, many people ask themselves whether affiliate marketing is a good thing to go into. While there is definitely a lot of money to be made in this business, it is not the most simple thing to set up. One of the reasons behind this is that you will have plenty of competitors who are going to be after the same kind of traffic that you are and pushing the exact same types of affiliate offers. So what do you require in order to become a good affiliate marketer and make a profitable business out of it? Here are certain things you will need:

 

  • Patience

 

While some people did make a few thousand in their first months, there is nothing guaranteeing that you will be able to emulate them. Becoming a successful affiliate marketer will take some time. First, you would need to make various efforts to make your business become profitable. Next, you would need to consider the fact that most affiliate programs pay you one month after the end of the current month, so it is not instant money like if you would be selling things on eBay or offering services. If you need to make some money right away, like cash to pay some bills, you can try a different business model for the time being and then move onto affiliate marketing later.

 

  • Money to invest

 

While it is possible to get started here with just a few dollars for a web hosting account, if you want your business to be successful, you will need to invest a lot of money into it. Some of the things that you may need to pay include: hosting, advertising as well as paying other people to do some tasks for you, such as creating landing pages or putting up ads if you don’t want to spend too much time doing these yourself.

 

  • Ability to stay on top of things

 

The world of internet marketing is one that is always changing. As such, there are new offers for you to promote, new networks for you to do business with, new advertising opportunities, etc. that appear regularly. If you want to maximize the amount of profit that your business will be making, then you will also need to spend some time scouting for new opportunities in addition to running your existing campaigns. This will require some good planning and time management on your part.

 

  • Having no fear of failure

 

There are many great methods to make money online, however no one will tell you the exact steps that you will need to take to build a successful affiliate campaign. This is something that you will need to figure out on your own. Along the may, it is very well possible that you will make mistakes. The important thing here is not to be afraid to try new things and to learn from your errors so that you can gain a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t.

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A Virtual Staff Can Propel You To Success – Part 3

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A Virtual Staff Can Propel You To Success – Part 3


Now that you know how to find a virtual staff, it is time to go forward and to actually set up your business in an efficient way to take full advantage of the opportunities that having a staff to help you will provide.

There are basically two things that they can be helpful for. Either by helping you with your own internet marketing efforts or by providing services to other internet marketers.

Let’s say that you are an affiliate marketer that is pushing Clickbank ebooks. You can use your staff to do certain things, such as writing articles that you will submit to article directories, building landing pages for you, building backlinks, etc.

You can also provide services to other internet marketers and business owners as well. This can be done by simply applying the “Buy low – sell high” concept that nearly any business in the world uses. Now say you own a landscaping company. You would charge the client a certain rate for landscaping services, which would factor in the cost of materials, operations and wages for your employees. You would then picket the difference as your profit.

The same thing can be applied online as well, and doing so actually is more advantageous in many aspects than running a “traditional” business for many reasons. First of all, you won’t have much overhead, as you don’t need a physical office from where to run your business. You can run everything from home… or anyplace that has a computer and internet access, for that matter. It’s that simple.

All you have to do is to find clients that will pay you for your services. This can be done by putting up a thread on internet marketing forums or on classified ads sites that will attract customers who will pay for your services. You will then outsource the work to your virtual staff and pay them a lower price than what the client is paying you and thus pocket the profit.

Say, for example, that a client is paying you $6 to write a 400 word article to promote their website. You would then pay $3 to the outsourcer and then pocket the profit. While this may seem like just a few dollars a profit, if you get larger products and many new clients you can make a lot of money by outsourcing services to your staff members.

One of the best things that you can do with this method is to basically do a combination of both providing services for others and using your virtual staff for your own marketing efforts. That way, you have two streams of income at any time.

Now, how do you make sure that all your operations will run smoothly and that the staff that you hire will be the very best? Join in tomorrow for more information about how to ensure that your staff members will be capable of doing the job and how to avoid common scams.

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5 Important Internet Marketing Tips

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5 Important Internet Marketing Tips


Internet marketing is a great way to get your message out to a wide variety of people. No matter who your target audience is, they’re online looking for the answers to their questions, and the solutions to their problems. Promoting your products, services, or your company as a whole online is a necessary part of doing business in today’s economy. Internet marketing may be challenging, but there are some things you can keep in mind to make the process go smoothly.
Be Creative
Being creative is one of the things internet marketers forget about. They are always following the latest trends, reading forums to get the latest tips, and following what someone else told them would work. Stop. Go out, be creative, and think of a unique way to market, make money, and to attract great affiliates.Market Daily

Never stop marketing your internet marketing properties, whether you are a blogger, affiliate marketer, or product creator, you always need to be marketing whatever you are doing. Evangelize your message.

Always Be Thinking
Instead of following the crowd into the latest and greatest affiliate marketing program, be thinking about what they are doing and what parts of it can be put into your already existing business plan. Don’t stop being creative, always be thinking of ways to get more clicks, how to better optimize your site, etc.

Stop Listening to Gurus
Gurus are not much help in all honesty. They create products that are meant to lure people in with get rich quick without work schemes. Internet marketing is tough work, it takes time and effort. Don’t listen to the gurus and do your own great work.

Create Unique Products
If everyone is doing a video series, don’t do a video series (only). Add something else to make your products unique and different. Think about how others are being successful and create your own mashups of their thoughts and ideas.

No matter what type of business you run, you need to be involved with internet marketing. If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be able to reach out to your audience effectively. Everyone’s looking for answers online, and by putting yourself out there, you can be sure they’ll find your company.

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Picking An Effective Domain Name

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Picking An Effective Domain Name


No matter what kind of business you have, it’s extremely important to have a website for it. Whether you own a local store, or you’re just starting out as an affiliate marketer, you’re going to need a website, and the first step to getting that website up and running is getting a domain name. Picking a domain name requires a little thought and effort, and sometimes, you’re going to have to spend a little extra money to get the right name.

Your domain name should directly reflect your business. Whenever possible, you should use the name of your business as your domain name.  If, for example, you have  a business called Carl’s Carpets, you would want to get carlscarpets.com if it were available. Search engines look at a site’s domain name when determining search rank, and in order to show up at the top of search engine results when someone searches for your company’s name, you’ll need a domain name with your company’s name in it. It’s not only okay, but a great idea to include a city state, or other location in your domain name if you run a local business.

If you run an affiliate site, or really any site where the name isn’t as important as the content, try to pick a domain name that contains keywords relevant to the content. For example, if you are starting an affiliate site that focuses on carpet cleaners, you would want a domain name like carpetcleaners.com. Having a domain name that contains keywords relevant to your content will help you to show up near the top of search results for those keywords.

Whenever you can, you should get a .com domain name as opposed to a .net, or a .org. Most people think of the .com address first, and if your domain name isn’t the .com version, you run the risk of having people get frustrated trying to find your site. Most of the best .com domains are already taken, so you’re going to have to do one of two things if you want a high quality domain. You’re either going to have to get creative with your domain name, or you’re going to have to buy a domain from a private seller rather than a registrar. Private owners will sell domain names at prices ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars, so think carefully about what you’re willing to pay before you go this route.

Picking the right domain name is the first step to a successful website. By starting with a strong name, you are starting off right.

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Social Bookmarking And Affiliate Marketing

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Social Bookmarking And Affiliate Marketing


If you’re at all familiar with online marketing, you probably know something about social bookmarking. For those not in the know, social bookmarking sites allow you to post links, and share them with other users. Most social bookmarking sises have a rating system in place where users can choose to vote a link up or down. If a link gets voted up enough, it gets featured on the site’s homepage. Now that you have a understanding of what social bookmarking is, you’re probably wondering exactly what it can do for you as an affiliate marketer.

The number one benefit social bookmarking can have for an affiliate marketer is that it can help you raise your search rank. Social bookmarking sites are among the most popular sites on the internet, and just having a link present on a social bookmarking site can help your site become more visible to search engines. Search engines determine a page’s value by looking at a variety of factors, one of which is the quality of sites that link to it. Social bookmarking sites have a high value  to search engines, so having a social bookmarking site link into your site will help to raise your search rank. When you’re running an affiliate website, it’s important to have a high search rank. Most of your traffic is going to come from search engines, and as such, using social bookmarking sites to boost your search rank is highly beneficial.

In addition to boosting your search rank, social bookmarking sites can also bring in a fair amount of traffic to your site. If you have a link on a social bookmarking site that gets popular, and makes it’s way to the homepage, it’s a safe bet that you’ll get a great deal of traffic to that link. It’s tough to get pages on affiliate sites to become popular on social bookmarking sites, but if your content is either extremely informative, or entertaining, it can definitely happen.

Social bookmarking sites can bring two of the most important things to your affiliate site: traffic, and a higher search rank. As your search rank goes up, so too will your traffic. As your traffic goes up, so to will your profits.Be sure to use good anchor text in your social bookmarking links, and you’ll see results in no time.

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Successful Affiliate Marketer Mike Filsaime Earns $10m A Year Online

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Successful Affiliate Marketer Mike Filsaime Earns $10m A Year Online


mike_filsaimeI’ve been following this guy for awhile called Mike Filsaime who is a very successful affiliate marketing expert who makes his money from online sales via a large network of websites he manages.

Mike started out as a general manager of an auto dealer before he decided to give this up to start his own online business to which he has built up to a multi million dollar business.

Mike is now an author, software developer, renowed speaker, personal coach, business consulant and an affiliate marketer.  Mike spend most of 2006 and 2007 as a speaker at many internet marketing conferences and has helped inspire many millions of people which is how he first become well recognised.  Although now adays he has retired from public speaking inorder to spend more time on his online businesses.

Mike made over 10 million sales between 2005 – 2007 and over 8 million dollars in sales in 2008.  He now expects to make near $10million in sales for 2009.

Mike first started out on his own and has now grown to a team of 36 staff all around the world helping manage his portfolio of successful websites.

His aim is to build up his business to a $100 million company which he isn’t far from doing at his very fast success he has made online.  From quitting his job as a general manager for an auto dealer he became an online millionaire within 3 years from affiliate marketing.

One of his greatest websites was the butterflymarketing.com which made $700,000.00 in sales in under 24 hours and went on to hit 1 million sales in under 5 days.

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