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Mobile Apps Are a Profitable Business

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Mobile Apps Are a Profitable Business


When it comes to making money online, there are certainly hundreds of different ways to make this happen. But if you have coding experience, it may be even easier for you to pull in some profit. Sure, you can freelance and help others develop applications, but wouldn’t it be better if you could create your own apps and make money from them? Who knows, you might create something that will be liked by millions of users.

The possibilities are endless as far as app types go. Remember, what you create doesn’t have to be particularly advanced or even too useful. You could make an app whose only purpose is to play animal sounds and still get hundreds of thousands of downloads.

If you’re new to mobile app development, there are plenty of resources that will help you get started out rather quickly. You can find guides, as well as software development kits for both the iOS and Android platforms. Now that an ever increasing amount of people own a smart phone or tablet device (many times they have both), there has never been a better time to get in and start cashing in on this new trend. All statistics show that the number of downloads for mobile applications is only expected to grow.

But how do you actually make money from the apps? There are two ways. The first one is to charge people a fee to purchase your app, which is often relatively small, usually ranging from $1 to $5. But this may not always be the best approach, especially if you’re new to the game and people don’t really know who you are or what your app is supposed to do.

There are other solutions in that case. You can release the app for free and still make money from it, by embedding mobile ads in it. These can either be links to affiliate offers, or ads that pay you for each click or impression. However, remember not to over do it. Remember that mobile screens are small and nothing ruins the user experience more than an app which has ads that cover nearly half of the screen.

You can also do a combination of both. This is often called the freemium model and is used by some of the best app developers in the world. You release one version of your app for free, which has basic features. A “pro” or advanced app is also made, but this version has a small cost. You can entice your users to upgrade to the paid version by offering more functionality as well as reminding them that the paid version doesn’t display any ads.

If you’re thinking of joining the market, be sure to do some research first. Look at some success stories, but also some failures and problems that other developers had. Try to find a specific niche and an idea that is truly original. The apps that were the most successful are usually those who were the first to offer something which wasn’t previously available.

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Profiting From Tablet Devices: Part 2

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Profiting From Tablet Devices: Part 2


Yesterday, we’ve seen some ways that you can profit from the increasing number of people who are interested in using a tablet as their secondary, or maybe main internet access device. There are a few more ways for entrepreneurs to make money from them. Here are some more ideas that you may want to consider:

 

  • Developing and marketing apps

 

As the amount of tablet users grows, so does the demand for applications that run on the common tablet platforms like iOS and Android. In the last 2 years, the demand for these apps has, in fact, exploded. Businesses are looking for a way to get their brand better known and would love to have an app made for tablets. Software developers are looking to cash in on this new trend by making various kinds of programs that can run on these devices.

 

So if you have some experience developing software, you could make some money either by creating apps that someone else requested, or by coming up with unique ideas for apps and creating your own. One business model that works really well for many tablet apps like games and accounting tools is the “freemium” one. The basic version of the app is free, but in order for the user to unlock more levels, or to get a more powerful version of the app, they would need to pay a small amount. This helps draw users attention to the application and like it, they may want to spend some money in order to upgrade.

 

Furthermore, it is also possible to integrate ads in some types of apps, which means that you can profit either from selling a paid version of the app, or get ad revenue from the free version.

 

  • Selling Tablet Insurance

 

When spending anywhere from $200 to $700 on a tablet, people naturally want to protect their investment. Obviously, there’s a manufacturer’s warranty available, but the problem is that it only covers manufacturing defects for a year or so and nothing more. Mobile devices that people often take with them anywhere they go are naturally prone to some hazards such as accidental damage, loss or theft.

 

There is a small, yet growing market for mobile device insurance, which provides repair or replacement in case someone’s device gets lost, stolen or damaged. While selling insurance can sometimes be a bit complicated as you would have to follow some regulations and obtain the proper permits in many jurisdictions, it can still be quite a profitable venture if you’re willing to try and enter a relatively new industry and act as a true entrepreneur.

 

These were some ways to make money with the rising popularity of tablet PCs. Of course, there are definitely many more that you can find if you make a bit of effort and research some money making opportunities.

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Making Your Site Mobile Friendly

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Making Your Site Mobile Friendly


We’ve already covered the issue of mobile marketing numerous times in the past. You’ve probably seen just how important it is for your website to have a mobile version if you don’t want to be left behind and let the competition take your customers. You’ve also seen some statistics on how many mobile users there are in the world, what platforms they’re using (Android, iPhone, etc) and what they like to do when they’re online. But what about the practical aspect of it? Actually building a mobile friendly version of a website?

 

This is where many webmasters and internet marketers get stuck. They may recognize the large importance of having a mobile site up, but don’t really know how to make it happen. Many research some option, but then have trouble deciding which one would be the best for them to use in their case. Then of course there is the issue of cost. If your site is making several hundreds of dollars a day in profits, you may not think twice about spending $500, $1000, $2000 or more on getting a mobile version of your site designed professionally, complete with all the bells and whistles. But if you are a small time entrepreneur or a start up, with a business that’s just earning a few dollars a day in profits, you may be a bit hesitant to drop a huge chunk of coin on a mobile version of your site, especially if it may take months before you get any sort of tangible return on your investment.

 

There is, of course, a way to get a site going at low or no cost to you and that would be designing it yourself. But not every webmaster has the skill needed to create a complete mobile site from scratch. Also, this is a process that is seen as time consuming. So what are your options?

 

There are actually several of them, which are all either free or quite inexpensive. You also get to choose whether you will be creating a new website from the ground up, or you will simply be adapting your current site to better fit the smaller screen of a mobile device.

 

One word of advice is not to choose the first option that you see (here or in another resource), but rather, to compare the different systems and providers available to see what will fit your site and your business better. Remember that every website is unique. Therefore, you will need a mobile solution that will be well adapted to the type of content and services that you provide on your business website.

 

Tomorrow we will go into more details about the options available to webmasters who want to build a mobile version of their site. You will see, it’s actually a lot easier than it may seem at first and you can get the whole thing completed in one day.

 

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Using Google Analytics Social Reports

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Using Google Analytics Social Reports


As a growing amount of traffic is generated from social networking websites, marketers needed a tool that would allow them to see exactly how their social advertising campaigns are going and whether they’re actually being profitable for them. Of course, we all know that one of the main advantages of online advertising is that its results are highly measurable and thus marketers should get a good idea of just how much results each of their efforts are producing.

 

Google Analytics is perhaps one of the most popular platforms for tracking a website’s traffic sources and analyzing the behavior of visitors. The Social tab was there for quite some time now, but new types of reports are have been rolled out by Google in the past month.

 

The overview report presents a main dashboard that should be familiar to those using other Google products, such as Adwords. It simply presents an overview of the information that is available in greater detail in the other tabs.

 

The Sources tab shows the source of a website’s traffic, separated by different social networking services. Users can see the number of visits, page views, the average visit duration, as well as the average number of pages that each visitor has seen on the website.

 

One very useful tab in Google Analytics is the Conversions Report. This one lets a marketer see which of the social sources drove the most conversions as well as the value of these conversions. This lets you see which of your social media campaigns are responsible for bringing the most sales to your website. If you’re selling anything on your site, this can definitely be a useful part of Google Analytics to look at.

 

The Social Plugins Report gives you a summary of the pages on your site as well as information regarding the social activity that happened on the different pages. You can thus see how many visitors took a social action, such as sharing the page, clicking on a Tweet, clicking the Facebook “Like” icon, etc. This is a good way to measure just how “engaged” your visitors are when it comes to sharing content on your website through social networks.

 

Developing a successful online marketing strategy may not always be an easy thing to accomplish for a marketer. Many spend a lot of time and money on their campaigns hoping to not only bring much needed traffic to their website, but also to have this traffic actually convert into profitable, paying visitors. This is why properly tracking and analyzing what your visitors are doing is something that is absolutely necessary to ensure the success of your online business. Google Analytics is a powerful tool that you can use for this purpose. It can not only help you track visitors coming from social networking sites, but also has interesting features that let you better understand your visitors that are coming from other sources too, such as display ads or email marketing campaigns.

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What Social Sites are Used by Marketers?

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What Social Sites are Used by Marketers?


Are you using social media sites and want to know which types of sites are being used by other marketers today? Is Google + picking up steam or will it probably stay behind for a while? A study of over 3 500 marketers and business owners asked them what they use to market their business or products in the social media world. Here are the results:

 

  • Facebook: 92 %
  • Twitter: 82 %
  • Linked In: 73 %
  • Blogs: 61 %
  • YouTube and other video sharing sites (Vimeo, DailyMotion, etc): 57 %
  • Google + : 40 %
  • Photo and image sharing platforms: 21 %
  • Discussion groups and forums: 19 %
  • Social bookmarking and news sites: 16 %
  • Geo location services: 14 %
  • Daily deal-type coupon sites: 6 %

 

As we can see, Facebook is at the top. There’s no need to go into too much details as to why it’s there, as we all know that Facebook is currently the most popular social media site in the world and marketers tend to go where the most people are. After all, you wouldn’t install an advertising billboard in the middle of the forest.

 

But there’s not just Facebook in the social media world. Google + is starting to gain some steam, with 40% of marketers using it. Even though it had a slow and difficult start, it’s now beginning to attract more users, both consumers and businesses. In order to boost the network’s popularity, Google encourages users to visit it in different ways, such as by integrating Google Places with Google +. Marketers also have an interest in Google’s social networking service. 70% indicate they want to learn more about it and 67% are planning to increase their participation in it for the future.

 

Now let’s not forget that by “social media” we don’t just mean social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn. Other types of sites are “social” too, as they allow sharing and interaction between their users. This explains why many business owners and marketers also create videos to post on YouTube and maintain blogs where they provide industry news & updates, while giving users a chance to respond to the content in the comments section. Discussion forums could be an excellent way for a business to gain visibility in their industry through active participation in the forum, as well as using its advertising features such as signature links, “Buy/Sell” section, paid ads, etc.

 

Marketers and especially local business owners also need to be aware that there is a lot of traffic that can be captured from the smaller or more local sites too. For example, in the field of arts, video sharing sites like Vimeo and Daily Motion remain quite popular, even though YouTube is still the most popular video sharing sites. Understanding where your target market is online will be very helpful in getting your message in front of them.

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Is Google Secure Search Bad for Marketers?

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Is Google Secure Search Bad for Marketers?


Google secure search isn’t really that new. It was unveiled in November 2011 as a feature of the ever popular search engine. What it does according to Google is to help protect online privacy during searches, as the data stream is encrypted between the users computer and Google’s servers. This ensures that nobody else can see the keywords being searched for.

 

While this may be good for some security conscious individuals, for marketers it may not be the best thing to happen. There is one major issue with Google secure search: when a user performs a query on the search engine, the keywords that were used to find a website are no longer visible in Google Analytics, which is the world’s most popular online analytics program. This has left many SEO experts and independent marketers frustrated. Knowing which keywords drive traffic to your website is one of the best ways of knowing which changes you can make to your website in terms of SEO. When a user makes use of the secure search feature of Google, the data will simply show up as not available.

 

One of the comforts that marketers and webmasters have for now is the fact that Google secure search is still used in a minority of all search queries. Currently, it represents about 25% of all the search volume on Google. But what worries many is that this number may rise in the future.

 

The reasons as to why Google is hiding keyword information for organic searches is not yet known, which has many speculating and wondering as to why that is. It is probably not there for technical reasons, as advertisers who use the Google Adwords platforms still have access to information about which keywords have led a particular user to their website. There is also discussion as to whether this will finally change and Google will un cloak search data even for organic searches.

 

According to a few online marketing and SEO experts, there are some ways around the problem. One of the solutions is to look at which pages are getting the most traffic and then checking to see which keywords that page has been optimized for. This can give a website owner a general idea of which of their keywords are pulling in the bigger amount of visitors to their website.

 

One important lessons that online marketers can learn from all of this is that search engines can and will change how they do things in the future. And these changes may not always have the needs of marketers as a priority. Therefore, it is necessary to be creative in finding ways to market your website in the online world. Marketers need to remember that organic search on Google, while a big bringer of traffic to many websites, is not the only way that can be used to get visitors to a site. There are other free and paid traffic generation methods that can be used by webmasters in many different niches.

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Getting the Best Deals Possible on Your Online Ads

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Getting the Best Deals Possible on Your Online Ads


Now that you know some ways that you can use to better manage your online advertising budget and keep from wasting money, here are some more methods that you can use to increase your savings even more.

  • Take advantage of coupons and vouchers

Many online ad platforms, such as Google Adwords, Facebook Ads and many other smaller ad networks offer discount codes and vouchers which give you a certain amount of advertising credit for free. In most cases, all that you would need to do is to register for the service and put in your payment information. Sometimes, you will need to deposit a small amount, such as $10 or $20 in your account and the value of the voucher will be then added to it. By taking advantage of these offers you are essentially getting free advertising that you would normally have to pay for. The offers and their value often change, so the best way for you to find available coupon codes would be to simply search for them on Google. Very often you will find the current ones posted on many sites, or instructions on how you can get them.

  • Use some of the smaller ad networks

While there are some popular ad networks such as Google Adwords, Bing and Facebook Ads, those who are interested in running pay per click or cost per impression ads will find that there are plenty of other networks out there that can provide you with good quality traffic at lower costs. Some of these could be specific to certain geographical areas or niches. To find them, you can simply do a search on Google, or visit some discussion forums related to online marketing. This will give you some additional insight from members about which companies they are using and whether they would recommend them based on the results that they got. However, be careful before spending too much money with a previously unknown company. It is better to try them out with smaller campaigns to see if the traffic is giving you the results that you were expecting and if you didn’t have any problems with their service.

  • Work out deals with other webmasters

Rather than going through an ad network, you can try working out deals with other webmasters that have sites which are related to your niche, but aren’t direct competitors. This may allow you to get some good advertising opportunities at a lower cost. It may not be so easy to achieve when you’re just starting out, but it’s definitely possible. To find these opportunities, all that you have to do is to network. Participate in online marketing discussions, as well as forums that are related to your niche. This will allow you to meet some other webmasters and you may be able to get some advertising opportunities, as well as any other services that your business might need in the future.

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Make Your E-Commerce Site Easy to Navigate

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Make Your E-Commerce Site Easy to Navigate


Yesterday, we’ve seen that it’s important to take steps in order to improve the quality of your e-commerce site if you want to get more customers to purchase your products, in addition to encouraging your existing clients to come back.

 

According to many online shoppers, the accessibility and ease of use of a website are some of the elements to which they pay close attention to when shopping online. One of the main reasons that website visitors left an e-commerce site without buying anything isn’t because they didn’t like the products or their prices, but rather because the website in question made it difficult for them to have a good online shopping experience.

 

Improving your website’s look and navigation is not that difficult to do. First, you must consider how your website is organized. Your products should be neatly organized according to the category, as well as other attributes if they apply, such as brands, etc. You can also make navigating your product catalog easier by letting people sort the items in terms of price, from the lowest to the highest and highest to lowest. Many e-commerce plugins and shopping platforms support a search feature, which you should integrate in your site. This would make it easier for a visitor that knows exactly what product that they’re looking for.

 

The presentation of the text on your site should be easy to read. So for example, if you use a black background, using a “greyish” text color will make it hard to read. Make sure that the text is also of a large enough size to be easily legible.

 

Depending on what you’re selling, including detailed and high resolution photos of the items may be a good idea. Of course, this will largely depend on the type of items that you carry. Having a dozen photos from every angle of the item wouldn’t be too important if you’re selling boxes of vitamins or printer ink cartridges, but for a website that sells clothing, it would be recommended as the customer would want to closely examine the item that they’re going to buy since they don’t have the chance to examine it first.

 

Combine the photos of your item with a detailed description, which will of course depend on the category of items that you carry. By providing all the necessary information about your items to your buyers, you will reduce possible returns and dissatisfaction coming from buyers who weren’t given enough information to see if an item was suitable for their needs.

 

Also, making your site accessible on mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets is a tip that is given by many online marketing experts and has been said many times, but is always worth repeating. The amount of purchases made by users of mobile computing devices is growing. If your site doesn’t display correctly, the visitor will simply go find another one that does. There are many free tools available which can help you test the compatibility of your website with common mobile platforms or create an alternate mobile version of your main site, which carries the same products, but is optimized to be displayed on a mobile platform instead.

 

 

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Tips To Start Your Blog Right

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Tips To Start Your Blog Right


If you’re thinking of starting a blog, then there’s obviously some things that you would need to do in order to get started. While starting a blog may look easy, if you’re going to make some money from it, then there are a few things that you need to think about before you get going. Here are some things that you need to do in order to start a profitable blog:

  • Decide on a Domain Name

Avoid using free hosting services that don’t give you your own domain name. It’s now possible to get a domain for about $8 and the most basic hosting service for less than $5 a month, even without paying in advance or taking a commitment with a web host.

  • Install Blogging Software

There are a few blogging platforms that are now popular, however WordPress remains a favorite. Other content management systems that you can use for your blog are Joomla and Drupal. It’s recommended to go with WordPress if you don’t have too much experience as a webmaster, due to the fact that it allows easy customization and is also relatively simple and straightforward to use.

  • Customize the Look and Feel of Your Blog

Actually changing the design is quite easy, since WordPress has a library of hundreds of free blogging templates. There are also many more commercial templates that you can buy and use together with your WordPress blog. The main issue is that these templates will determine just how your blog looks, so it’s important to pay close attention to them. What you can always do, is to install some templates, make some test posts and look at them one by one to see which of them would be the best suited for the type of blog that you’re going to be putting up. You can also ask others for advice about which blog theme would work best for you.

  • Think of Your Content

Create a strategy to add content to your blog before you even launch it. This is because content is the most important element of your blog and what draws readers to it. The more interesting content you post on a regular basis, the more others are likely to find your blog informative, come back to it and also link to it from their own blogs.

Will it be something informative, something related to recent news, or will it be more of an opinion blog where you share your views on a variety of topics with your readers? Will you add other kinds of content besides text, such as graphics, diagrams and videos? How often will you post? Will you be doing all the content writing yourself, or will you hire a freelancer to do all or part of your blog posts? Before you launch the blog, these are the most important questions that you will need to ask yourself.

Tomorrow, we will see some more ideas on how you can get more traffic to your blog and optimize it to get the maximum amount of visitors possible.

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Using PPC For Small Business

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Using PPC For Small Business


If you take a look at recent online marketing news, you will see that using pay per click advertising is growing online. In that past few years, this use has grown steadily. One of the reasons behind this growth is the fact that many small businesses are now using PPC advertising to get more visitors to their websites and customers to buy their products. If you want to get started as a small business user, then here are some tips that you can use to launch your first successful campaigns:

Take Advantage of Free Offers

Many PPC advertising service providers give free ad credit to members who join. You can find these free offers simply by looking online. Some web hosts also offer free advertising credit to clients that use their services. For example, you can get a $100 Google Adwords credit from many web hosting providers. Making use of these credits will allow you to start advertising at no cost on various platforms and see which ones will be the most suitable for your business and bring you the best quality traffic.

Don’t Forget to Target Your Ads

This is one of the most important aspects of PPC advertising: geo targeting, which means only serving your ads to web users that are in a certain defined geographic region. There are several uses of this: obviously, if you have a local business that only serves a certain area, you will want to limit your clicks to come from that area. Anything else will simply be a waste of money. Even if you do business globally, you may want to limit the countries that you target for your advertising, mainly due to the fact that there’s a much higher amount of fraud and poor quality traffic coming from certain countries.

Some PPC services also allow you to choose specific sites or groups of sites that your ad will appear on. They also have demographic targeting, meaning you can make your ads appear on sites that will be mostly visited by the demographics that are the most likely to purchase something from your business, thus making your traffic more useful for you.

Use Keywords Wisely

If you advertise on search services, like Google or Bing, then keywords for PPC are as important as for SEO. Even more so, as you will be paying for each click. Be sure to do your keyword research in thoroughly before and carefully select the keywords you will want to target. Avoid keywords that will be too broad, as they will result in getting traffic from people who may not necessarily be looking for what you’re offering. If your business sells clothes and accessories, instead of targeting general keywords like “fashion”, you may want to target more specific ones like “Diesel jeans” or “discount handbags”, etc. Basically, you need to think as one of your customers and target keywords that they would be most likely to search for.

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Are there Any Alternatives to Adwords?

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Are there Any Alternatives to Adwords?


Over the years, Google Adwords has become known as the dominant platform when it comes to pay per click advertising. There are plenty of business owners, as well as various internet marketers and affiliates who have made use of it. However, just because a service is popular, it doesn’t mean that it is good. There have been numerous complaints in webmaster and online marketing forums of people getting banned from Adwords for reasons that are not that clear. Often, when the client contacted Google, they would simply get a generic response stating that they violated the terms of service.

 

However, when it comes to pay per click advertising, Adwords is not the only game in town. Now that Bing has combined their pay per click platform with Yahoo Search Marketing, many people have jumped to create an account and start advertising there. According to a recent survey done by an internet marketing company, over half of small business owners who are using pay per click marketing are already using or are considering using Bing for their online marketing campaigns.

 

One of the complaints that many advertisers on Bing (formerly Microsoft AdCenter) had is that they weren’t receiving enough traffic. Well, it is a known fact that the Bing search engine receives far less traffic than Google. However, now that they are working together with Yahoo, this should resolve the complaint that many advertisers have. For those who are already used to Google Adwords, using Bing should not be much of a challenge, as the basic way that both advertising platforms work is very similar.

 

But when it comes to pay per click ads, there is another site that some marketers and business owners sometimes overlook: Facebook. Let’s not forget that this social networking site is the second most popular website on the internet, right after Google. So the traffic is obviously already there, you just need to put your ad in front of people who will be interested in your products. Facebook has a pay per click advertising platform that works in similar ways to Bing and Google Adwords.

 

The main difference, however is the way the traffic is targeted. Obviously, Facebook is not a search engine, so you can’t really target people that are looking for specific keywords. However, there are some other demographic options that you can use instead to target you ad. All that you have to do to get optimal results would be to target your ad so that it will only be shown to the demographic that would more closely match your customers. You can select things such as age, gender, relationship status, location, etc.

 

So as you can see, there are other pay per click advertising solutions besides Google Adwords out there. If you are considering using one, all you simply need to do is a bit of research on how it works and whether it is a good platform to use for promoting your specific products online.

 

 

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Using a Blog for Internet Marketing

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Using a Blog for Internet Marketing


If you want to make some money online by promoting affiliate offers, then there are various ways for you to accomplish this. You could building landing pages for each offer you push, or even link directly to the offer depending on which advertising channel you use. But one of the ways to push affiliate offers online is by simply creating a blog.

 

Blogs have many advantages. They make it very easy to add unique and new content, which will help them remain interesting with readers and also make SEO easier. With blogging platforms such as Joomla and WordPress, creating your own blog has never been easier. So how do you make one for affiliate marketing? Here is an example scenario:

 

Let’s say that you are promoting web hosting affiliate offers. The main topic of your blog will be web hosting, or issues that are of interest to other internet marketers or webmasters. You would make regular posts such as: web building tips, reviews of particular web hosts, comparisons between different types of web hosting, SEO advice, etc. Basically, anything that is related to being a webmaster.

 

There will be various ways for you to “plug” the affiliate ads into your blog. You can, of course use classic banner ads, or text ads placed in prominent locations. But it is also possible for you to include affiliate links inside the text of your blog. For example, you could link the name of a web host that you talk about in a blog post to the affiliate offer.

 

But one important thing to remember when you are creating a blog for affiliate marketing is to not make it look like this is the only purpose of your blog. Sure, for you the main objective of your blog would be to generate money for you. But your readers come to your blog in order to be informed about something they care about, not simply read post after post that is singing praises of various different companies and products.

 

So back to our example of a web hosting blog. Sure, it is fine to have certain posts talk about how great a certain web host is, or that inform readers of a special promotion that a hosting company is having at this time. But you also need to include some informative content as well. So you could make some posts that talk about web design tools or posts that explain how VPS web hosting is different from shared hosting, etc. If your readers notice that your blog is nothing more than an advertising platform, chances are they won’t trust it very much. They will probably leave to go to another site and the chances that someone would click one of your ads and sign up for one of the web hosts that you are pushing are quite remote if your blog is structured that way. Basically, the key to success is having regularly updated and informative content.

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Common Mistakes in Social Media Marketing

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Common Mistakes in Social Media Marketing


A lot of businesses, both big and small, have realized the importance and the virtually unlimited potential that social media marketing has. Of course, participating in social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Myspace is good for any business. However, you social media marketing campaigns need to be done properly in order for them to net you the maximum benefit. There are certain things that are best avoided. Here is an overview of the most common mistakes that businesses make when using various kinds of social media sites:

Excessive Advertising

When establishing a presence on social media sites, the first thing that any business owner needs to keep in mind is that these sites were never built to be used as advertising platforms for businesses. Rather, they were created with the goal of providing a place for people to connect with others. Therefore, if all you do is bombard people with commercial messages, they will either drop you or simply not pay attention to what you are saying. Advertisements, such as posting promotional Tweets or Facebook wall messages should be done in limited numbers.

Not Updating Your Page

Social networks are places where users constantly post new information about themselves for the world to see. Your business page should be no different. Make sure that you update it regularly. Even if you don’t have any new products or promotions, you could always make some interesting posts related to your business, such as industry news, information on upcoming product launches, or general advice that is related to your niche. Let’s say that you are in the business of selling vacuum cleaners. You could post information on how to select the best vacuum cleaner, etc.

If you have a page that looks “dead” because it wasn’t updated in a long time, users will gradually lose interest in it as there is nothing new for them to see.

Not Spending Enough Time on Putting Together Your Page

Your business page on social networks is there to reflect your business. As such, its design and message should be consistent with your existing website. If possible, choose a color scheme and font that resembles closely to the one on your main website. It is important that your social media page looks interesting and well made. If you put something together that looks like you made it in 5 minutes while watching TV, it will give it a “cheap” look that reflects poorly on your business.

If you need ideas or are having trouble improving your page, there are plenty of guides that provide details on using specific social networks that you can buy or download for free online. There are also various social media marketing forums that can provide advice or design a page for you. Remember, while building a social media page is not difficult, you will still have to put in a decent amount of time and effort into it if you expect it to bring you good results.

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5 Things You Need To Know When Launching Your Own Product


Anyone who is looking to launch a new product would do well to look into the many opportunities provided by new technologies and marketing avenues that the Internet offers. Tools and platforms such as Internet marketing and blogs have changed the face of marketing and promotion in numerous ways, and anyone who doesn’t utilize them is disregarding something that could spell the difference between a successful product and one that never manages to reach its market.

In spite of these new marketing aids however, there remain several marketing techniques that have served successful entrepreneurs well for decades. Sure, implementing these hi-tech methods is an essential component to any product launch, but it would be worthwhile to utilize the more traditional methods as well. Here than are five essential things to know before launching a product.

Focus on the needs of your customers
The first consideration is one that you will have to keep in mind throughout the duration of your product process. It is tremendously important to find out what your customers need and how to provide it to them. Customers are after all the lifeblood of any business, and keeping them happy will go a long way in ensuring the success of your product. Find out what your customers need and what motivates them to buy, and half your work is done.

Find out how your customers define “quality”
It is also important to get into the minds of your customers and figure out what makes a “quality” product from their perspective. Don’t simply assume that giving your customers what they ask for is enough. You also have to make sure that they are happy with what they are getting, and having a clear idea of what spells “quality” for them is one of the most effective ways to achieve those goals.

Implement quality procedures
Now that you know what makes for a “quality” product, you have to ensure your ability to produce it. Keep in mind that you can’t simply tack on “quality” at the end of the production process, and developing a quality product requires planning and consistency from the ground up. To this end, it would also be beneficial to implement quality checks throughout the production process in order to ensure the worth of your product.

Fine-tune your product
The quest for producing a “quality” product doesn’t end in the planning process either. You should also keep careful watch of every step of the production process, and make sure that standards of quality are maintained. Remember that the costs of revision or editing are negligible compared to the benefits that you will gain from a thoroughly satisfied market.

Get feedback
Finally, you will need to find out how your customers respond to your product and whether or not it meets with their expectations. Poor feedback is just as important as good feedback in this regard, and you should receive criticisms and negative reviews as valuable opportunities for you to go back to the drawing board and revise your product in order to better meet the needs of your market.

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