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Content Types that Your Website Really Needs

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Content Types that Your Website Really Needs


Would you like to establish your business website as a relevant site, one that has authority in its niche? Then there are a few content types that you should include in different sections of your site. The exact type of content that you add will largely depend on the type of business you’re running and what your goals are. If you run a small shop and are satisfied with the results that a one page website brings you, then of course you can keep on doing that. But if you want to expand and make your business grow, then you would need to get a bit more creative.

 

We’ll present the content types your site should have, as well as show you why they’re important in today’s online world:

 

  • Video

 

Internet users watch billions of videos every single month. Therefore, having video on your website won’t get you the “Wow!” factor that it would 15 years ago. But it will still help make it more complete and useful for your visitors. The videos that you present can be about anything that’s useful to your visitors, such as a presentation of your products, a “walkaround” of your business, a clip of your products being used normally or being subjected to torture tests just to prove how durable they are, etc.

 

  • Inforgraphics

 

You’ve probably seen these on a growing number of websites. They’re actually a very rapidly growing form of website content and this trend is expected to continue in the next few months. Read up more on infographics and how they can help you connect to your audience. Even if you’re not a good graphic artist, there are plenty of free tools and programs available out there that will help you create some attractive looking inforgraphics. Of course, you can also outsource the process if you’d like. Inofrgaphics are hot right now and are definitely something that you would want to look into.

 

  • Industry specific news and unique commentary

 

Having news items about your industry on your website or corporate blog can definitely be useful, but it you want to keep your readers interested, you need to mind what type of news you post. Don’t simply re-write things that have been posted all over the major industry news sites already.

 

For example, anyone who hasn’t been stranded in another galaxy for the past few weeks will already have known that the new iPhone 5 is coming out at the end of September, so repeating the launch announcement will not do much good. Instead, you can offer unique insights and commentary on the new product, how it relates to your business, as well as the issues surrounding it. For example, if you sell smartphone cases, you can talk about durability issues in new smartphones as well as some of the reports that the iPhone scratches easily. This will help you encourage site visitors to buy your cases to protect their mobile phone.

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Facebook May Expand the Reach of its Advertising Network

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Facebook May Expand the Reach of its Advertising Network


When a social networking site has close to a billion users and has truly become a household name, many would wonder: what’s next for the company? Will it seek to expand past simply being a social networking website? Based on some recent information from online news sources, it may appear that Facebook may be trying to expand its presence in the online advertising market.

Advertising is what keeps Facebook running as a business. This is the main way that the company makes its money. So it’s only natural that Facebook would want their ads to be displayed in more places, generating more exposure for the advertisers, who can then turn these views into traffic to their websites or Facebook pages, and hopefully, conversions. Traditionally, advertising on Facebook has only been displayed on the social networking site itself. While in the last few weeks, there has been an increase in discussion over how Facebook is changing the way the ads appear, for example through sponsored stories, there is one thing that remained constant. Facebook ads would only be displayed to Facebook users that were connected to the site.

But there is news that Facebook has made a deal with Zynga where Facebook ads are also going to be displayed on their website. Zynga is a popular creator of Facebook apps and games, which are used by a great number of Facebook users. It it therefore logical that Facebook would start expanding their reach in the world of online ads through them.

There is some speculation as to whether the ads would soon start appearing on other websites too. According to more official information obtained from Facebook, they don’t plan on showing ads on other websites for the time being. However, this is something that may of course, change in the future.

Displaying ads on other sites isn’t really all that difficult. There are already millions of websites that have the Facebook Connect integration set up, so serving ads on these sites isn’t too much of a challenge. This gives Facebook a rather larger amount of sites that could be publishers of their ads. If this happens, this would mean that their advertising platform would work in a similar way to Google Adsense. The webmaster that publishes the ads on their site would be paid a certain amount per click or per thousand ad impressions. Advertisers would still pay as usual to have their ads displayed, but then they could select where they would want them to appear, giving them the choice of only making them viewable on Facebook itself, through the content network of other websites, or through just a few websites that were chosen by the advertiser.

For now, the only thing that is official and proven is the ad partnership between Zynga and Facebook. Whether these ads will expand to other websites is still a matter of speculation. But we must remember that the infrastructure for them is already really well laid out, plus interest from advertisers is likely to be quite high as well.

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Good Customer Service is Important for E-Commerce Websites

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Good Customer Service is Important for E-Commerce Websites


Previously, we’ve seen an example of how you can improve your online shopping site by ensuring that your site is fully functional and easy for your customers to navigate. There is however another thing that is important when running an online shopping site: providing good service and support to your customers, both before and after they make a purchase.

 

The service level provided by an online business could also determine whether a visitor will turn into a buyer and whether someone who has already bought an item from your website will come back to buy from it again. Here are some ways to make sure that you provide the best possible service to the visitors on your site:

 

Pay attention to their comments.

 

If you have a social media page, pay attention to what the people on your wall are posting. Also, take into consideration any comments that they send to you by email. This could give you some good opportunities to improve your site and business, such as by getting a product that many customers would be willing to buy, or improving an element of your site.

 

Respond to emails promptly

 

Try to respond to emails from your customers within a few hours if possible. The faster you answer one of your customers, the more likely it is that they would be satisfied with your business.

 

Provide different ways to contact you and make it easy for your visitors to do so

 

Your visitors shouldn’t have to spend 15 minutes combing through your site to find a way to get in touch with you if they need to have a question answered. For this reason, you need to ensure that your contact information is featured prominently on your website. There are many different methods that you can use to provide support.

 

The most simple one is email. Simply provide an e-mail address on your website where your visitors can contact you. If you run a relatively small operation, this could be sufficient for you to provide support. You could also integrate a form on your website that your customers could fill out with their inquiries.

 

A live chat option is also possible to set up easily and there are even free scripts available that are provided by web hosting companies which could allow you to do so. One of the other ways that you can provide customer service is by phone. It is possible to get a toll free number that you can redirect to another phone. No matter what methods you use, simply make sure that you remain accessible to your customers.

 

After you’ve sold a product, it’s always a good idea to send a follow up message with a survey asking for feedback about your products and your business. This is another way to show to your customers that you care about their opinions and are available to solve any problems that they might have.

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Running a Successful Blog: Why SEO Shouldn’t Be Ignored

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Running a Successful Blog: Why SEO Shouldn’t Be Ignored


There are millions of blogs found online today. Some are quite famous, while many others receive practically no traffic at all. One thing that determines the success of a blog is the amount of people that visit it on a daily basis. So just like any other website, getting traffic is of great importance here. Using search engine optimization to get visitors to a blog is definitely one of the top traffic generation methods. However, there are still those who don’t use it at all. There are a few reasons given by bloggers who don’t take advantage of SEO methods. Here are the most common:

  • Other sources of traffic are available

These bloggers get most of their traffic from other sources, such as social media, links from forums, etc. and believe that deploying SEO efforts is simply not worth it, considering that they are usually  happy with the amount of traffic that they’re getting now.

  • Belief that SEO is too complicated

This one is actually quite common. Some bloggers believe that SEO is something for “computer geeks” and that even basic SEO techniques are too complicated to handle.

  • Belief that SEO is expensive

Some believe that in order to get good rankings on search engines, they would need to spend a fortune. They simply don’t have the budget to spend money on getting traffic and for this reason skip out on SEO.

All 3 of these reasons aren’t really good ones. First, SEO is a good way of getting additional traffic to a blog, even if for some it isn’t the main one. By using SEO, more readers will come to a blog who may not have seen it otherwise. These readers can then share the blog with others, resulting in even more traffic coming in without any effort from the blog owner.

While SEO does take some time to learn, it is by no means a very complicated traffic generation method. It’s not like you would need to be coding scripts manually or spend hours calculating complex formulas. There are plenty of guides for beginners related to SEO and many more are directly related to how SEO can work well with a blog. All it takes is a few hours to learn and to begin implementing the methods.

SEO being expensive is another incorrect assumption. In fact, if you do everything yourself, it could very well be free. There could be some tools that you can buy, or services you can hire to make your SEO work easier and less time consuming. But if you don’t want to spend a dime on it, then there are ways to do everything for free. You would just need to spend a little bit more time working on making your blog more likely to get better search engine rankings. Basic SEO tools and services, if you do choose to use them, are actually quite affordable and will pay themselves in the end as you get more traffic and thus more opportunities to profit from your blog, which is a win win situation.

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Advertising and Traffic Generation Methods for Info Products

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Advertising and Traffic Generation Methods for Info Products


In order for you to sell your product online you will need one main thing: traffic. Not just any kind of traffic, but targeted traffic coming from visitors that actually have an interest in your product. Selling a downloadable information product online is similar to selling any other kind of product from a website, but there are a few tips that are unique to this type of merchandise. Here are some ways that you can use to get your website up and running with visitors.

  • Search Engine Optimization

SEO is often overlooked by many creators of digital products, but if done right it can be a good long term traffic solution. It all depends on what you’re up against. When doing SEO, you must first analyze the amount of competition that you have for your desired keywords. Look at the number of sites that are ranked for your main keywords and look at which sites are near the top of search results.

Start developing an SEO strategy including both on page and off page factors. One of the key elements of SEO, which is link building, actually fits in well with other traffic generation methods, as you will not only get backlinks, but also potential visitors from people who click links to your product that are found on other websites. You must remember that good SEO may take some time, especially if you’re in a niche that is quite competitive, so it may not be the best for instant traffic. But for long term traffic, it’s still the best.

  • Article Marketing

Article marketing is a simple and quite effective way of marketing an info product. In fact, it’s one of the simplest and most popular forms of online advertising when it comes to selling digital goods. It consists of writing articles that are related to your niche and address some of the questions and issues that potential buyers of your product may have, without giving them too much information. You then include a link to your product at the bottom of your article inviting the reader to get more answers from your product. Articles can be posted on various article directories, such as Ezine Articles. There are also services which allow your articles to be syndicated for free to blogs that are looking for content.

One of the main advantages of article marketing is that it’s free. You only need to spend some time to write the articles and publish them to the relevant places. However, this can also sometimes get tedious, as you will need to write several unique articles a day and post them to directories before you start seeing any traffic and results. Of course, it’s also possible to outsource some or all of the article creation to a freelancer who can do the writing and posting of the articles for you. However, doing so will require some investment on your part.

There are a few other traffic generation techniques that you can use to get visitors to your product which we will take a look at tomorrow.

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Sensible Use of On Site Advertising

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Sensible Use of On Site Advertising


Putting ads on a website is definitely the best way to monetize it. Ads on websites can bring webmasters money through various business models, such as cost per click, cost per impression, selling an ad space for a fixed amount for a period of time, or running affiliate offers that pay a commission to the webmaster whenever a sale is made by the action of a website visitor that clicks a link on the publishing site.

Website ads can come in many formats. One of the most popular one is text ads, which are commonly associated with the Google AdSense service. These text ads neatly appear in a box on the site. One of their primary advantage is that they’re not obtrusive and don’t interfere with site navigation. However, there are many new types of ads that have become more popular recently.

One prime example are flash based ads, which pop out of their assigned space on the website to momentarily cover a portion of the site in order to catch the user’s attention. These ads sometimes also play sounds. While they are an effective method of advertising since they are an “in your face” kind of ad, there are many site visitors that don’t like them and consider them to be annoying. For this reason, webmasters should limit the use of such ads to only a few pages on their site. Another issue with these ads is that they take some time to load, which means that they could disrupt site navigation for a visitor that has a slow connection. Also, use of flash ads increases the chance of crashing the users browser, especially if they have many other tabs opened at the same time and are using a computer that isn’t that powerful.

Video ads that start playing automatically are also another kind of on site advertising that has gotten more popular recently. Generally, video ads bring more revenue to the webmaster, as their advertisers are willing to pay more for a view or click than with a simple banner or text ads. However, the use of video ads should also be limited for similar reasons. One of the first annoyances about them cited by web users is that they play audio without any interaction from the user. They also put more strain on the users browser, thus making the page “heavier” to load. Some advertisers have taken this into consideration and only show an introduction frame or loop for the video ad in the beginning, and will play the full video when the visitor mouses over the ad to see more.

As a webmaster, you must remember that besides making money from your website, your goal should also to provide your users with useful and entertaining content. Sites that are supported by ads which are very profitable get many of their profits from returning visitors. As such, you should ensure that your users always have a good experience when visiting your website, so covering half your page with ads is not really a good way to go.

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Creating a Good Social Media Page

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Creating a Good Social Media Page


If you are going to create a Facebook page for your business, then you may be asking yourself as to what you should put on the page. Social media sites such as Facebook can be a very useful business tool, however in order for them to be effective for your business, you would need to use it in the most efficient way.

Obviously, establishing your presence on social networking sites such as Facebook is the first thing you would need to do. Getting started is very easy and doesn’t cost anything, unlike with some other forms of online advertising. All that you need to do is to sign up and create a page for your business. Generally, this will be named after your company, however if you are running a specific marketing campaign or want to promote a specific product, you can also create a fan page based on that specific product.

Another creating your page, the first thing that you would want to include is your contact information. While Facebook is definitely not a search engine like Google, people still use it to find information, thanks to its search feature that presents relevant pages on the network. As such, in the info section of your Facebook page, you should include contact details such as a link to your main website, phone number, address, email, etc. This will ensure that someone who was interested in dealing with your company and found your Facebook page has your contact information.

Next, on the page itself, you can create different sections besides the main wall. For example, you can put in an email capture box, information about a new promotion or contest that you are running, etc. This is done simply by making use of the tabs on the side of your Facebook page.

The “wall” of your page will be the main place where you will share information with your visitors. Use this to make new announcements about your products and services, as well as about your upcoming promotions. Your page visitors can also leave comments on your posts. Make sure that you monitor these comments so that you can answer questions rapidly. By being active on your Facebook page, you automatically give your visitors a trustworthy appearance, as they will know that you are available to answer their questions.

Remember to keep your Facebook page updated at least every few days, even if you do not have anything that is spectacular to announce. If your page looks like a ghost town and hasn’t been updated in months, visitors are less likely to want to Like your page and add it to their profile.

You have the option of either creating your business Facebook fan page by yourself, or there are also companies which can create one for you. Remember that the more professional and attractive your fan page looks, the more useful it will be as a tool for promoting your business throughout social media websites.

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Tips for Running CPA Offers on Craigslist: Part 3

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Tips for Running CPA Offers on Craigslist: Part 3


Previously we’ve seen some ways to get your ads on classified ad sites to stay there and also to make a maximum amount of money while minimizing problems. Here are some final tips on how you can run successful affiliate campaigns by using classified ad sites:

 

  • Look at the other ads

 

When you want to put ads on Craigslist or any other classified ads site, the first thing that you would need to do is to take a look for yourself about how all the other ads in the section look like. Look at the titles, the formatting as well as the wording used in the ads. Do people post pictures? Do they post contact information in the ad? What words or expressions are used more often? These are all things that will help your ad look normal and make it less likely to be flagged or reported as spam. Also, you should obviously avoid making any outrageous claims in your ad to draw attention to it such as “Get a free house!” or things like that. If you do, it would probably be flagged as spam very quickly.

 

  • Use a local IP

 

Classified ads sites such as Craiglist and Backpage are mainly designed for local people to post local offers. So if you post an ad in a city that is not yours, you will need to use an IP address that is located in the area that you are targeting. You might not need this for all the classified ads sites, however Craigslist is known to be very strict regarding this and your ads in many categories will not appear if the IP address that you are posting from is not local to the area. To solve this problem, there are various workarounds. You could use a proxy, or a VPN service that will give you an IP address in the area where you are intending to post your ad.

 

  • Don’t mislead people or make false promises

 

Selling something from a CPA offer is one thing. However, deliberately misleading people by making false promises is another. Examples of this would include: promising someone a job if they fill out a survey, telling someone they are approved for a mortgage if they get a free credit report from your offer, etc. With some creativity, there are quite a few ways that you can promote CPA offers on classified ads sites without promising people things that don’t exist.

 

  • Check the rules for the offer you are promoting

 

Many affiliate networks recognize that classified ads sites are an important source of traffic and are used by thousands of marketers. However, some may have specific rules as to what kind of ads can be posted, as well as the sites they can be posted on. On some offers, classified ad traffic may be banned altogether, while on some you are not allowed to direct link to the offer itself. In any case, make sure you check the terms of every offer you want to promote before starting a campaign.

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Tips for Running CPA Offers on Craigslist: Part 2

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Tips for Running CPA Offers on Craigslist: Part 2


Yesterday, we have seen some tips on how to reduce problems while advertising CPA offers on classified ads sites. You’ve seen some tips such as not using an autoresponder, not direct linking and also being creative in your ads. Here are some more tips for you which will help minimize instances of your ads being flagged or reported as spam:

 

  • Don’t use a sales copy as your reply

 

You’ve probably seen what a sales copy looks like. This is what you get to see whenever you get on the home page for any Clickbank product, or any other information product that is sold through other channels. Sales copies are cleverly worded with words that are of different sizes, fonts, underlined, etc. Sales copy writing is a million dollar industry, with professional copywriters charging thousands of dollars for a single sales page. Sounds profitable and useful, right? Well, it may be good for a website, but using a “sale copy” tactic in a reply to someone who replies to your ad, or even worse, in your ad itself is pretty much a guarantee that you will get flagged or reported as spam. Don’t do it. It’s just not worth the effort. Even if most people will not flag you, they will simply pass by your reply, as it will look plainly obvious that you are trying to sell them something or are getting them to sign up for something.

 

  • Personalize your reply

 

The person who replies to your ad has written the message themselves. You should too. Use their name in the message. Answer any questions or remarks that they have made in their reply. This will give the person who is reading your message more of an assurance that you are actually a real, human being and not some spam bot that is sending out automated messages to all those who reply.

 

  • Don’t include your link in the first message

 

This is another useful tactic in minimizing the amount of times that your ads will get flagged down. In your first email, you will basically acknowledge what the person said to you, answer any questions, add some more information and then ask them to confirm that they are still interested in what you have to offer them. While some marketers may think that making someone jump through hoops to get to the offer is bad and that it will reduce conversions, this is actually not the case.

 

Yes, there are some people who will flake and not reply to you. Try sending out another message asking them if they are still interested. If they don’t reply, just drop them. The same people who will bail out at this time will be the ones that wouldn’t sign up for your offer in the first place. Plus there are also those who like to play “Internet Sheriff” and reply to some ads, only to see if there will be a web link that looks like a CPA offer included in the message you send to them. If so, they will flag your ad or report it as “spam”.

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Tips for Running CPA Offers on Craigslist: Part 1

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Tips for Running CPA Offers on Craigslist: Part 1


Even though it may have gotten more difficult in recent times, it is still possible to use Craigslist (and other classified ads sites) to promote some CPA offers, and there are still many merchants and networks which allow this kind of promotion. While these tips work for Craigslist, they will obviously be good for any other similar classified ads site out there.

 

However, many people report having problems, such as getting their ads flagged within minutes, or having their ads not appearing. Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of classified ads sites when used with CPA campaigns.

 

  • Don’t direct link to a CPA offer

 

While this may seem pretty obvious, a lot of new marketers seem oblivious to the fact that if you put an affiliate link directly into your ad, you will get flagged down rapidly, or your ad will not appear at all. You basically have two ways that you can use to direct traffic from a classified ads site to an affiliate or CPA offer. Either you build your own landing page and register a domain for it, or you have people email you and then reply to them by email. The approach that you will use will vary depending on what you are promoting, but the second option seems to be the most popular and effective for the majority of CPA offers.

 

  • Don’t use an autoresponder

 

An autoresponder is an email feature which automatically sends a reply with a pre-formatted message to anyone who sends you an email. Autoresponders have their value and are in fact extremely useful for some types of marketing. However, for classified ads, they are not a tool that you can use. Whenever someone gets an automated response to an email that they’ve sent, it automatically shows that something “spammy” is going on. Therefore, you are highly likely to get your ad flagged as spam very quickly if you use an autoresponder. I know that replying to emails personally takes time, but this is something that needs to be done if you want to have success. The task could be outsourced very cheaply as well. If you have to use an autoresponder (not recommended and we will get into more reasons later on) at least use one which is on a delay of a few hours and does not reply to emails automatically as soon as they are received.

 

  • Be creative in your ads

 

There are certain words such as “make money online” which will get your ad flagged right away. Furthermore, avoid copy pasting ads that you saw in an e-book or in a forum post that details some money making method for Craigslist. These have a high tendency to get flagged right away, since chances are there are many other people who have used them before you. Therefore, the bottom line here is: the ad that you post needs to be creative.

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Creating Your Membership Site: Some Other Things You Need

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Creating Your Membership Site: Some Other Things You Need


Besides quality web hosting, there are certain other things that you would need in order to run your membership site. These are: a content management system and a payment gateway. Once again, you need to make the right choice when selecting these two, as they will be very important to running your site. Here is a closer examination on how to choose them:

 

  • Content management system

 

Basically, it will be the software that resides on your server and will be powering your entire membership site. This will allow you to add content and manage your site. There are hundreds of different membership site systems out there. Some are commercial, while others are open source systems. The best way to select a good content management system would be to first read some information about this. You can find this in many webmaster and internet marketing forums such as Digital Point and the Warrior Forum.

 

Basically, some points that you should compare the various systems on are:

 

  • Security – Is this system vulnerable to any kinds of malicious attacks and are there any known security vulnerabilities affecting it?
  • Functionality – Does the system give you all the features that you would need to manage your site well. Is it able to be fully integrated with payment systems? This will allow members to be given access right away after they join.
  • Flexibility – Are there any limitations on how much content and what kind of content you can add to your site? Is there a maximum number of users you can add?

 

  • A Payment System

 

This will allow your membership site to take payment from members and can be fully integrated with your content management system in order to activate accounts as well as deactivate those that did not renew their membership.

 

The payment system that you use will process credit card payments and allow you to receive the proceeds of your membership site subscriptions. The most common payment processing system available right now is of course PayPal. Many membership site owners use it because of its popularity and the fact that it offers many API features that can integrate very well with the majority of content management systems out there. PayPal also supports recurring payments, meaning that your subscribers will not have to pay manually every month. Rather, they will be charged automatically unless they themselves cancel their subscription to your site.

 

Although PayPal is the most popular system right now, there are other payment processors available too. Some examples are MoneyBookers and Plimus. It is also recommended that you use more than one payment processor, in case someone has problems using one. Creating a business account is free and integrating multiple payment processors is not that difficult, all you would need to do is to add the right code to your membership site. This could also be convenient for users, as for example someone might not have money in their PayPal account but might have some in their MoneyBookers account and would want to use that to join your site rather than paying with a credit card.

 

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Creating Your Membership Site: Selecting Your Hosting

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Creating Your Membership Site: Selecting Your Hosting


We’ve seen that running a membership site is a great way to make some money on the internet and to give your product more value to your customers and potential customers that are looking at your sales page. But how do you actually start a membership site? What do you need to accomplish this? There are certain things you need to get before you start developing your site. Here are some of them:

 

  • Good Web Hosting

 

Now, what exactly is “good web hosting” when it comes to powering your membership site? The thing is, almost any kind of web hosting will support applications and scripts designed to run a membership site. Shared web hosting, the one that costs about $5 per month, is the most popular kind of hosting out there. However, it is not recommended for this purpose? Why not? It says unlimited everything, so you should have no worries, right?

 

Well, unfortunately this is wrong. Shared web hosting is NOT unlimited, despite what the marketing materials for the web host say. And this is really NOT something that you want to find out the hard way after you launch your site.

 

You see, shared web hosts impose certain limits on your account, such as the number of files, databases and simultaneous connections to your site. Even though they may say they have unlimited bandwidth, if you start to use too much (say more than a few GB per month, which is quite easy to go over if you host several videos on your site), they will simply cut you off. They do this not out of greed, but simply because a site that is too big will use up too much of the server’s resources, thus making it slow and unstable for the other websites that are hosted on the same server in a shared hosting environment. Shared hosting would only be good if you were planning to get just a dozen or so members to your site each month.

 

What you should get as a hosting solution instead would be a VPS web hosting account. This basically means that you would be getting a portion of the server allocated specifically for your needs (CPU, disk space, bandwidth and RAM). Your hosting will run on a virtual machine, similar to what you would get if you would be running Windows under MacOS on your home computer. That way, you will not have to worry about competing for resources with other sites on the server and you will also never have to worry about getting your hosting suspended because you used too much bandwidth or RAM.

 

VPS web hosting is a bit more expensive than shared hosting. However, if you plan to make some money from your membership site, you must be willing to invest a bit of money in it. If you are planning to get a few dozen members to your site each month, then a mid range VPS would be the solution. This will cost you between $35 to $50 per month, depending on the provider that you will be using.

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Full Time Online Business: Getting Ready

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Full Time Online Business: Getting Ready


Previously, we have seen some of the things that you can do to earn money online if you wanted a micro or mini online business. This would allow you to earn a part time income or some extra cash from your online marketing activities. While this might be satisfactory for some of you, what about those who would like to make more money, like a full time online business.

 

Of course, this is possible and has been done by many other people. Some regularly make six figures a year online. Some have even made millions. While doing this kind of money is definitely possible, it is not something that is easy to accomplish, no matter what you have heard. Sure, some of the tasks to do this may be “simple” from the technical point of view, but doing them correctly will still require some time, effort and commitment from you.

 

We will get into various methods to make money as part of a full time online business, but first let’s discuss some of the things that you will need in order to get started:

 

  • Time

 

Running a full time online business will mean that you will need to spend at a minimum 30 hours per week on it. This is the bare minimum and depending on what you do, you may need to work more than that.

 

  • Money

 

While there are certain types of business that can be started with little or even no money, this is the exception, rather than the rule in terms of full time online business. But it doesn’t mean that you will need hundreds of thousands to get started, either. You can start up slowly, and then use the money that you have made to grow your business. Basically, if you don’t have too much start up funding, you will need to be able to reinvest the profits that you have made at the beginning right away.

 

  • The understanding that you will start out slowly

 

Many people would like to make $1000 a day from the very first day they have started their business. Of course, this is possible. Pretty much everything is in the online world. But this is an exception again. You need to accept the fact that it will take at least a few weeks, sometimes a few months, for your business to grow to the point where you will be truly making the amount of money that you had hoped for. Online business, while often very profitable, is not a get rich quick scheme. Those who think of it in this way are the first ones to get discouraged after they realize that becoming an instant millionaire is nothing more than a fantasy.

 

  • Willingness to learn, take risks and experiment

 

You must be capable of learning on your own and be willing to try new methods and techniques to make money. You need to put the fear of failure behind you, otherwise you will never succeed.

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Why Many Internet Marketers Give Up – Part 2

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Why Many Internet Marketers Give Up – Part 2


We all know that there are plenty of success stories to be found when it comes to the online marketing industry. Some people have built million dollar businesses right from their homes. But what about those who simply gave up. Let’s keep looking at some of the common reasons. But, maybe you are asking yourself: why does this guy want me to see what people who failed did? I want success!! Well the answer is simple: because you sometimes need to see where people messed up so that you don’t repeat their errors. There is a quote that I often like to use: “The wise man learns from his mistakes, but the genius learns from the mistakes of others.” Now let’s get back to seeing some of what causes people to give up:

  • They Let Others Talk Them Out Of It

This happens, and it does quite often actually. Somebody could have a million dollar business plan, but then their friend/wife/mother/uncle/dog tells them that “that’s stupid, it will never work” or that “you can’t make money on the internet, it is all a big scam” and then they simply put their plans behind. To have success in any business, whether its online or not, you have to believe in yourself. Do you really think that nobody was laughing at Bill Gates when he quit college to start Microsoft? Well, considering the fact that he’s now the richest man in the world, I somehow have a feeling that these people are saying: “Damn! If only I was more friendly with that geeky guy in glasses!!”.

  • They Wanted Someone To Hold Their Hand Every Step of the Way

Part of running any business is that you need to be able to make the right decisions by yourself. There will be nobody explaining to you what you have to do, how to do it and when to do it. YOU will need to look up the information necessary to build, operate and expand your business. While you may partner up with others who can give you advice, remember that these people also have their own businesses to run and therefore won’t want to constantly be looking out for you.

  • They Had a Problem or Setback and Quickly Got Discouraged

Again, this is a common occurrence. If I said to you that everything will always be A-OK in the online business industry, I would be lying to you. Things can go wrong. Sometimes, your ads and sales pages will not convert as well as you want them to. A “super money maker method” could turn out to be completely worthless. An affiliate network could go bankrupt, leaving hundreds of affiliates high and dry. This happens. Deal with it. When a problem occurs, the best thing to do is to start thinking of logical solutions: what could I have done differently so that this doesn’t happen to me again in the future? That is the question that you need to be always asking yourself in case of an issue with your business.

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