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Micro Online Business: Being More Efficient

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Micro Online Business: Being More Efficient

We’ve seen some ways that you can make money by providing services and only spend 1 to 3 hours a day doing it. This is a good method for those who want to earn some money in the online world but do not have much time to invest in their online business activities.

But how do you maximize your earning potential? Here are some excellent tips on doing so. This will basically allow you to earn more money in less time.

  • Eliminate all distractions

You’re supposed to be working. Therefore, sign out of Facebook, Myspace or Twitter. Sign out of MSN, AIM, Yahoo Messenger or Skype, unless you actually need these to communicate with your clients. Close all other tabs and browser windows that you don’t need. This will help you concentrate on the task at hand. Sure, some people are able to work and talk to a friend on Skype at the same time. But it is not recommended, as it will simply take away from the time you have to make some money online.

  • Build a good reputation

As you will be getting projects mainly from forums and freelancing sites, building a good reputation is important. Depending on the site, clients will be able to leave you feedback every time you complete work for them. The more positive feedback you get, the more of a good reputation you will get and this will increase your chances of getting more work.

  • Pick longer and more profitable tasks

Let’s say you are writing articles. Which do you think is better: writing 3 1000 word articles or writing 10 300 word articles? Even if the pay would be the same, choosing one or two bigger tasks rather than a few different small ones allows for better use of your time. This is because you will not have to stop as often and do some research on what to write about or check the clients requirements.

  • Strive to get regular work from the same clients

Getting regular work from the same people is much better in terms of making more efficient use of your time than getting work from different people all the time. The reasons for this are pretty common sense. You will be spending much less time making posts offering your services, accepting projects and answering questions from clients and a lot more time actually doing the work. Your clients will already know you and what you are capable of doing and will therefore be more likely to assign work they need done to you rather than picking out a completely new person from the forum or freelancing site.

Getting regular work is not that hard. You first need to start by doing a couple of projects for various clients and build up your reputation. Eventually, someone will assign some more work to you and it could turn into a regular project.

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Article Marketing – How To Be More Efficient – Part 1

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Article Marketing – How To Be More Efficient – Part 1

If you are using article marketing in order to increase the popularity of your business online, chances are you will need to write a decent amount of articles on a regular basis. While some people don’t have any problem with article writing and actually enjoy it, others seem to have trouble creating enough unique content to get their marketing efforts rolling. Is it possible to write articles faster? Here are some tips:

Get rid of distractions.

A lot of people aren’t able to write articles fast enough simply because they are so easily distracted and not focusing on the task at hand. Turn off the television. Close your email. Close your IM clients. Close any website that is not needed. Doing so will allow you to better focus on what you are doing and complete the required work a lot faster.

Organize everything beforehand.

Taking advantage of the power of article marketing is a great thing. But you need to be very organized in order to have the maximum success. All aspects of your campaign should be carefully planned beforehand. And this means before you sit down and starting writing articles.

Here is what you should do:

Think of what you will be writing about. Will the articles be more of a product review? Or will they instead be general information articles that will give information on the niche of the product you are promoting?

Do the necessary research. If you are already quite familiar with the topic, then you may not really need to do this and can write a great article off the top of your head. That’s great, but what if you are promoting a product on a niche you are not that familiar with? For example, if you are an affiliate for an “alternative energy” Clickbank book and don’t really know much about that. You will need to do some research to get ideas for your content.

Here are some sources of information for you to use:

The product’s website / sales page. You will get insights as to what it does, how it works and how it can help people solve a problem that they have. On some Clickbank products, you will also find a few articles written about the niche in the “affiliates” section of the website (usually a small link at the bottom). Use these to get some inspiration.

Wikipedia. The free encyclopedia. A great resource for information on various topics. For example, if you are writing a review of a certain cell phone model, you can find information about it’s technical specifications, features, the countries where it is sold, etc.

Article directories – Go Articles, Ezinearticles, etc. Here you will find some articles already written by others on your niche. What are they saying? A great source of info.

Google – I hope you already know what this is. Simply type some keywords related to your product or niche to find content that is related to it which you can use in your article.

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Can “Cheap” Traffic Be Effective For CPA Offers?

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Can “Cheap” Traffic Be Effective For CPA Offers?

When looking for a way to advertise some CPA offers online, you may have come across providers which offer cheap traffic coming from popup, popunder and intersitial (your page is displayed while another page is loading) ads. By browsing the internet, you may have seen these ads yourself. They are especially popular on sites which offer downloads, flash games, video sharing or picture uploading. As an internet marketer, the main question that might come to your mind is: does the traffic coming from these ads have the potential to earn me money?

The short answer is yes. However, you need to be aware of a few things before you run a campaign with traffic coming from these ad sources. Here are a few things that you need to consider:

The offer type that you should promote:

People who will be viewing these ads will NOT usually be in buying mode. That is, they will not be shopping for a product to buy. This is due to the fact that most of these ads are served on sites which primarily provide entertainment and distractions to the viewers. Therefore, promoting any offer which requires the buyer to use their credit card (even for a completely free trial) or to buy anything will usually give you poor results. So poor, that you have better odds of winning $50 in a scratch-off ticket than getting a conversion.

They work best with CPA offers that require very little action from the viewer. Email submit offers are pretty much the best thing to use them with. Even though they pay quite little (between $1 and $1.50 per lead usually), the traffic is very inexpensive and this makes it possible to turn a profit if you do it the right way.

Catching the users attention:

If you link directly to the offer, you will get poor results. The user will probably just get annoyed and ignore your ad or just close it. Therefore, you need to build a simple landing page that includes elements designed to get their attention to your ad and make them take the necessary action, which is clicking through to the offer and entering their email address.

There are various ways to do this. The first one would be to include a simple Javascript code that will make a dialog box appear (similar to a Windows error message). The dialog box can say “You have been selected to get [whatever your CPA offer is giving] for FREE! Only your email address is required to claim your gift!” Another tactic that you can try using is making use of an audio recording that tells the user they have been selected to receive a prize and they should enter their email address on the next page to claim it.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and try various things to get conversions. Remember, the traffic is quite cheap (you can get 1000 US visitors for less than $2 on some sites) so even if 1 out of every 200 people that see your ad actually do the email submit, you will still come out ahead.

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Are You Ready For Your Own Home Based Business?

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Are You Ready For Your Own Home Based Business?

Many would like to believe that setting up a home based business is easy and requires little preparation on your part. In reality, this is not entirely true. There are a few things that you first need to get in order before you start any type of online or home based business, and also some facts about the industry that you need to be aware of.

Set up your work space the right way.

First, you need to prepare the space where you would be working. If you live alone in a 1 bedroom apartment, this wont take much from you. But if you have kids, a dog and a host of other distractions, you need set up a dedicated workspace where you can work without being distracted. Remember that distractions while working will cause lost productivity.

Plan your schedule accordingly.

While ads for online business products will often tell you things like “work anytime you want, anywhere you want”, you still need to be well organized. Plan ahead and determine during which hours of the day you will be working, and what you will be working on during that time. Not having a schedule will often result in running out of time to do the work that you have to do during the day, and then having to play catch-up tomorrow.

Know that you will be responsible for all of your decisions.

If you own a home based business an work for yourself, you have the advantage of making your own decisions at all times and not having a boss breathe down your neck. While, of course, this is a positive thing, it also means that you have a lot more responsibility. You can’t blame coworkers, team members or superiors in case something goes wrong, because you don’t have any. This is why you always need to be aware of the consequences that your decisions will have on your business, both immediately and further down the road.

Make sure that you are financially prepared.

While certain types of online businesses can be started with little or no money, in most cases you would need to invest a bit in things such as web hosting, domain names, advertisements, etc. Furthermore, the amount of money that you make could vary from month to month depending on how well you are doing. Unlike a “regular” job, there is no guarantee that you would make a specific amount of income every month. You could also end up making no money whatsoever during certain periods. You should prepare yourself for these circumstances and always have a backup plan should something go wrong with your current business model. For example, if you are reselling goods on eBay, your main supplier could go out of business and leave you nothing to sell. If you had maintained adequate inventory in stock at all times, or several backup suppliers for your merchandise, this wouldn’t affect you as much.

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