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Twitter to Give Away Free Ads to Small Businesses

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Twitter to Give Away Free Ads to Small Businesses


Advertising on Twitter has been something that’s been talked about a lot in online marketing circles. The microblogging service has now become part of many companies overall social media strategies. In fact, millions of businesses around the globe have created a Twitter accounts to promote their brand and share information with users who may be interested in what they have to offer. There are two ways a company can advertise on this social media site.

The first one is free and simply involves creating a Twitter account. You can then post messages on your profile, which can be read by users that follow you. But for those who want more exposure, Twitter has recently expanded its paid ads option, which allows your messages to be seen by Twitter users based on your selected demographic. Many companies, especially large and well known brands, have taken advantage of this paid advertising option.

But now, it seems that Twitter wants to increase the number of small and medium sizes businesses that advertise on its network. The company has made an announcement on November 20th that it is going to give away $100 in ad credits to small businesses that qualify. The conditions to receive the ad credit are quite simple: it requires a business based in the United States, which has a completed Twitter profile and image, sends tweets on a regular basis, hasn’t used Twitter’s paid advertising features before and has at least 20 users following them. The first 10 000 small business who sign up and fulfill these conditions are going to receive the advertising credit in their account and can begin using it right away.

Now, some may think that there isn’t anything spectacular or particularly generous about this offer. And this is actually quite true. Advertising credits have been given out by Google Adwords, Bing and Facebook through various channels. For example, it is common to receive $100 in Google Adwords credits and a $100 Facebook Ads voucher when signing up for a webhosting package. But it seems that Twitter has been a lot slower in rolling out its paid ad services and hasn’t been aggressively going after small business advertisers like Google.

But this seems to be changing and the company is now actively on the lookout for new advertisers, especially small businesses. And it also seems to be working. In fact, all statistics show that Twitter ad revenue has been steadily growing since 2010. This growth is expected to continue again in the next 2 years, with projected Twitter ad revenues reaching $808 million by 2014.

This recent promotion will give small businesses the chance to try out Twitter’s ad service without spending any money. This will give them a more “hands on” look at how Twitter advertising work and they can determine for themselves whether it is likely something that they will want to keep paying for in the future, or if other ad networks will give them better results for their online advertising campaigns.

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Make Your Employees Involved In Social Media

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Make Your Employees Involved In Social Media


When companies decide to be present on a social media site, one of the most important decisions they need to make is who will be responsible for determining which content gets posted on the company’s social media accounts. Now if you have a very small business with just 2 or 3 employees, this isn’t too hard to figure out. But if your business is slightly larger, you may be wondering as to whether it would be useful to get everyone’s input, or just let a small social media team handle everything.

 

Having everyone involved doesn’t mean that everyone, from the CEO to the janitor, will have the authority to post things online on behalf of your company. If you’ve followed the news in the past few months, there have been a few controversial issues where offensive Tweets were sent out or inaccurate product information was posted, causing confusion and dissatisfaction among consumers.

 

You should have a select group of trusted people who will be responsible for maintaining the social media accounts and have access to make posts. However, it doesn’t mean that only these people will have a hand at coming up with some content. Check with several people in your company to get their ideas on what you should post. For example, if you recently got a lot of emails from customers that are waiting to receive a product whose shipment was delayed by a few days, you could make a post on your Facebook and Twitter pages giving everyone an update on when it’s expected to ship.

 

If you have an employee that is an expert at something that could be useful to post on your page, such as infographics or short videos, you can ask them for ideas on what they think would be useful to post and have them create the content.

 

Encourage your employees to regularly check out your social media page and to pay attention to it. This can be extremely helpful. If there is a mistake or inaccuracy, you will have a higher chance of rectifying it, as perhaps you and the social media management team may not notice it right away. One of your employees may also notice a trend related to posts made by your followers on social media. This will help you take a more closer look at it and see if there’s anything you can improve.

 

Another good reason as to why your employees should pay attention to social media is that it may get you some insight on what is happening with your competitors and in your line of business in general. Encourage your staff to look through related social media pages to see what’s happening, but to do it in a way that doesn’t interfere with their normal duties. They may be able to find some useful information that you might have otherwise missed.

 

So in the end, while you should be careful as to who has actual access to your accounts and can make posts, don’t be afraid to let all of your workers give ideas and suggestions on what you should do with social media.

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Twitter Changes The Way it Does Promoted Tweets

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Twitter Changes The Way it Does Promoted Tweets


Advertising on Twitter is somewhat different than what you would see on most other social media websites. Twitter, a popular microblogging platform, has grown to be used by millions of people around the globe who use it to share information with their followers, as well as by businesses who create a profile on the site and keep their clients and potential clients in the know about what is going on in their company. We’ve previously discussed some of the ways that one can join Twitter and start using it to promote their business. However, there are some other advertising options available to Twitter users as well.

 

Just like any other social media website, Twitter needs to have businesses which pay to have their ads seen if they want their social network to keep functioning. One of the ways that Twitter would do this was by making Promoted Tweets available to their business users. A company would first need to write a regular Tweet and post it so that it’s seen by all of their followers. This can give a company a lot of exposure in itself, especially if they have thousands of highly targeted followers that are paying attention to what they’re tweeting. But there is a way to get even more exposure for your message: sending out a Promoted Tweet. This tweet would be the same one that you posted to all of your followers. However, it does have one main difference: instead of being promoted to just your followers, it would get sent out to a much larger audience. This provides your business with a lot more views for your Tweet, and of course it gives Twitter the revenue that it needs to keep their service running.

 

There has been a slight change to the way Twitter handles sponsored tweets in the last few days. It’s not really much of a radical change that will shake the world of social media forever, but it’s still worth noting. Advertisers that send out Promoted Tweets will no longer have to create a “regular” tweet and send it out to their followers. They can go straight to making a Promoted Tweet and sharing it with the world of Twitter users, based on certain targeting factors such as demographics and the geographic region of the user.

 

According to internet marketing news updates, Twitter will be encouraging advertisers to make their promoted tweets look similar to regular ones. Promoted tweets that see more user engagement may “appear more often”, according to information from Twitter.

 

If there’s one thing that can be learned from Twitter is that it’s possible to have a social networking site that is both popular and profitable, without cluttering up the page with 10 different ads all over the place. Promoted tweets are seen as a lot more “friendly” and unobtrusive by Twitter users than the standard text or image ads that are seen on other social networking websites.

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Social Media Site Satisfaction: What About Google + ?

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Social Media Site Satisfaction: What About Google + ?


Previously, we’ve looked at the American Customer Satisfaction Index details for social networking giant Facebook. The conclusion is that even if it is the most widely used social networking service currently online, this doesn’t mean that its users love the service, as they have complaints about some areas of it. But still, numbers show that the majority of people who have a Facebook account aren’t planning on closing it or moving their main social activities to another network, mainly because there isn’t any serious competition… yet.

 

But what about Google + ? The social network from Google has seen its share of controversy and many would argue that they were off to a rather rocky start. Whether or not marketers should use Google + at all has been a topic of rather intense debate around online marketing circles, but right now it has finally been settled. Small business owners and online marketers seem to agree that presence on Google + has a lot of advantages that outweigh the negative issues about the service, most notably better exposure to consumers in certain markets, as well as the potential for better results in SEO, as this is after all a Google service and Google is the biggest search engine.

 

Now that we know how marketers perceive the service, why don’t we find out how the individual users liked it? The results would surprise many. On the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Google + got the best grade out of all the networks. It beat Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Linked In by a relatively wide margin. Google + got a score of 78. Pinterest got 68, Twitter got 64, Linked In 63 and Facebook 61. The Index measures responses from customers of these networks based on various user experience factors. Google’s score shows quite a few things;

 

First, it’s obviously not perfect, but at least it’s much better than the competition and surprisingly a whole lot better than Facebook. Since individual consumers seem to love Google +, marketers need to immediately take this into consideration and take appropriate action. For those who haven’t yet joined the service, it just takes a few minutes to set up an account for your business. There is very little for you to lose and a whole lot to gain. Setting up a basic profile, with details and maybe a few pictures can be done in less than 15 minutes. For those who have an account, but it’s mainly just a placeholder, now would be the time to get things going on Google +. Upload some more content. Put up a few posts, or maybe photos related to your business. Share links and articles that are relevant to your industry. Remember, it doesn’t have to be completely new stuff, all you need to do is to link to content already on your site if you want to.

 

But what makes Google + so well received in the public opinion? We will take a more detailed look tomorrow.

 

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Twitter Usage Increasing According to Recent Polls

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Twitter Usage Increasing According to Recent Polls


In the world of social networking, Twitter has become a lot more popular in the last few months. The numbers are finally out regarding the usage of Twitter in the United States. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center shows that 15 % of adults that use the internet use Twitter. The amount of daily users is now standing at 8 %. This shows some growth when compared to last year’s numbers, which showed that 13 % of American internet users were on Twitter.

 

One of the possible reasons cited for the increase in popularity of Twitter is not any innovative changes or “super” features that were added to the social network. Twitter has always been, and still is, a Microblogging service where users can share short messages and stories, plus have the ability to link to websites, videos, pictures and other off site content. Rather, an increase of smart phone usage would explain Twitter’s growth. In fact, the way the microblogging site is designed makes it easy to be used on the small screen of a mobile device.

 

Young adults remain the biggest users of Twitter. Out of the people surveyed, 31 % of internet users between the ages of 18 and 24 reported using Twitter. In the 25 to 34 age group, that number is 17 %.

 

Global statistics show that Twitter currently has 500 million registered accounts and 140 million of those belong to users who log in to their Twitter account at least once a day. The social networking service remains popular all around the world, but the United States has the most registered Twitter users, at 110 million accounts.

 

Knowing that Twitter is gaining in popularity and remains big with the younger crowd is one thing. But many business owners and marketers are wondering whether this social networking site could be of any use to them. One of the best strategies is to simply add Twitter to your existing collection of social media accounts. In the world of social networking, integration is a good thing. Different networks that work in different ways don’t really compete with each other, but rather complement each other. This is why it’s very common to see YouTube videos being posted on Facebook, or Tweets linking to a Facebook page or post.

 

Evaluate how others in your industry are using Twitter to communicate with others or to promote their business. This will help you better understand the benefits that this network can bring to you. There are also plenty of free resources that you can find online which will help you develop marketing strategies specific to this microblogging service. The unique character of the website means that it may first take some getting used to when you’re figuring out how to promote your business with it, but as you go along you should realize that the site has great potential and can be a very valuable tool that helps you get your business the attention it needs online.

 

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Most Consumers Want Marketing Messages by Email

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Most Consumers Want Marketing Messages by Email


There are many online marketers and entrepreneurs who are shunning email marketing, believing that it is ineffective or that consumers perceive any email they receive from a business as a “spam” message and don’t pay attention to it. However, the reality of consumer opinion is quite different from this.

 

According to a survey of 1 500 consumers in the United States related to how they prefer to receive marketing messages, a large percentage, 77%, have said that they prefer to get them by email. There is no close second place, according to the study. Email is still king with US consumers and this doesn’t look like it’s going to change much in the future even as other marketing channels are being developed in the world of online advertising.

 

Here are the numbers for the rest of the marketing methods:

 

  • Direct mail (physical letters, brochures, catalogs…) : 9 %
  • SMS messages : 5 %
  • Facebook : 4 %
  • Phone calls: 2 %
  • Twitter : 1 %
  • Mobile applications for smart phones : 1%
  • LinedIn : Less than 1%

 

In reactions to the survey, many marketers were surprised that social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have scored so low. The explanation is that while consumers will pay attention to the pages of their favorite brands and businesses on social networking sites, this is not the place where they want to receive commercial solicitations. Marketers need to remember that social networking sites were never designed as being a marketing platform in the first place. Rather, they are a place where individuals connect to other people that they care about. Users also like to use social networking sites for their integrated apps and games (horoscope, poker, Farmville, etc). They may check out some commercial pages, but they don’t like it when their news feed is filled with ads.

 

There are some who ask: even if email marketing is well received by consumers, do these people actually take any action in buying something they’ve gotten through email? The numbers say yes.

 

The survey done by Channel Preference has said that 66% of consumers purchased something as a result of a marketing message they’ve received by email. Results from other marketing methods are:

 

  • Direct mail (physical letters, brochures, catalogs…) : 65 %
  • SMS messages : 16 %
  • Facebook : 20 %
  • Phone calls: 24 %
  • Twitter : 6 %
  • Mobile applications for smart phones : 10 %
  • LinedIn : 4 %

 

While email may be the preferred way that consumers use to get communications from businesses, marketers should know that this applies to permission based mailings. Buying contact lists from brokers, even if that information was legally acquired in the first place, is unlikely to yield as good results as sending messages to consumers subscribed to your email list, or including a promotional signature in customer service or order confirmation correspondence.

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Increasing Your Local Business’ Online Visibility

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Increasing Your Local Business’ Online Visibility


Have you just started to use the internet to promote your local business and want to gain more visibility online? There are several ways to accomplish this and many channels that you can use to get your business feature more prominently in search engine results as well as other sites that users interested in what you have to offer would visit. Here are some easy methods you can use to get started:

  • Get a Website

There are plenty of solutions available to create your business website. There is also a lot of information available freely online about web building that you can use. Of course, you also have the option to hire an individual or a company to create your site for you. The most important part is having a site. When you begin, you can create a simple “place holder” page for your business, with its name, address, contact information, opening hours, logo, some pictures and basic information on what you have to offer. All of this can easily fit into one page. This is perfect if you want to get online but you don’t have the time or money to get a full website done right now.

  • Be Sociable

While there are various ways of getting more attention to your business, social media is one of the easiest and most efficient ones. Before you look at any other types of advertising methods, you should create social media pages for your business on all of the main networks. Build your presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and don’t forget Google +. Creating a page for your business on social networking sites is easy. All you need to do is to input the same information than you would on a one page website that presents your business (opening hours, products, contact info, etc). Plus, you can share pictures, videos and other media on your page.

There is a whole lot more that you can do with a social media page for your business, but setting one up is obviously the first step. Be sure to link your personal profiles with your business page and share the page with your friends, or at least those that you think would be interested in your business. This will help you get some exposure and will be very beneficial in search engine rankings.

  • Create a YouTube Video

YouTube isn’t just a site for watching music videos and putting up a cute video of your dog riding a skateboard. You can also use it to draw more attention to your business. There are many ideas, but the most simple one involves a short presentation of your business, followed by a video of you walking around parts of it (if it’s a retail store) and a link to your website in the description. While it won’t be as effective as a TV commercial, it will get you one more point of exposure online and help your standing in search engine results too.

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Getting Followers to Build Your Online Authority

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Getting Followers to Build Your Online Authority


Previously, we’ve seen how important it is to build social media authority and what benefits it can bring to your online business. Many online marketers are curious to know how they can build up their authority on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The first thing that you need to think about is that authority has to be built over time. For this, you need to create an online presence that is solid and large. Of course, this may sound easy in theory, but in practice, it will demand that you make a lot of efforts.

The first thing that you need to think about is to attract as many people as possible around you. Give them an opportunity to comment on your updates and to share information about you. The more people you get following you, the better. What you post is extremely important, as it will serve to build interest. If you simply post links to a few popular articles that you’ve found on the web, this will not do much to increase the amount of followers. Simply because there are so many people doing it already.

On Twitter, you will want your account to be followed by the most active users. Those are the users which will frequently retweet messages to others. Find out more about the people who are marketing in your niche on Twitter. Look at their followers. See what they comment about and what they retweet.

Getting followers is important, but you will also want people to find out more about your business. Now how do you do this if you’re sometimes sharing third party content? There are some ways around this. If, for example, you found a certain YouTube video to be interesting, instead of linking directly to it, why not create a blog post and embed it? That way, you can give your own opinion on it and allow users to comment on it. Chances are, some of the people who ended up on your site will be curious to see what else is there and keep exploring it.

Encourage your users to share the content you’ve placed on your site. Make sure that you’ve placed some buttons for Twitter, Google + and Facebook on all of your pages. But simply placing the buttons may not be enough to get the full effect. Including a call to action on your page to encourage users to share the content could make a big difference. If you’ve watched YouTube videos lately, you will find many users encourage their viewers to not only subscribe to their channel, but also to follow them on Twitter or Facebook. So if you produce your own YouTube videos and post them on your website or blog, include a call to action in the video itself may serve to increase the number of users sharing your content. Then of course, more people will see it and more could eventually follow you. This is how you build a network of followers by leveraging the power of social networking.

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Building Authority Through Social Media: What is It All About?

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Building Authority Through Social Media: What is It All About?


Many people who have been following online marketing news for the past few weeks know that Google has stated that social linking will have an effect on how a page ranks in search results. This has of course, generated a lot of interest in the topic of social linking. Those who use social media already are wondering what they could do to integrate their SEO efforts together with social media. Those who don’t are now rushing to create accounts on Google +, Twitter and Facebook for their businesses and websites.

 

Search engines using the social media standing of a website as one of the factors in determining its page rank shouldn’t surprise anyone. Whether you like it or not, social networking sites have become a powerful tool where users share information with each other and this includes the websites that they’ve visited. It’s only normal that search engines look at how popular a site is getting on a social network.

 

Another word that is often used in online marketing circles is “authority”. Being an authority online means being a excellent source of information on a certain niche. An authority site is one that receives a lot of traffic and has shown that it can give users what they want on a consistent basis. This is different from a website that goes viral and gets a few hundred thousand visitors who go to it and look at a funny picture or video and then progressively disappear as the popularity fades away.

 

But how do you combine social media with your overall online marketing strategy and use it to truly become an authority in your niche? If you heard some self proclaimed gurus claim that they have a strategy to become an authority quickly and easily, then you should know they’re not telling the whole truth about the matter. Building an authority site is difficult and involves a lot of work. It also involves a lot of time. Remember, a site can’t be considered to be authoritative in its niche just because it receives a sudden spike in traffic over a few days. This popularity among visitors needs to be consistent. So you should opt for gradual growth.

 

What you want is for your content to be widely shared on social media by the user’s own actions. People have to come to your site, see some of the content and then decide to share it with others, giving an indication that they’ve found it interesting. Self-promotion efforts, such as linking to a blog post that you’ve made on your Facebook fan page, will not lead to your site being authoritative in itself. You can spend all day publishing news stories on your feed and providing links to every page on your site, but if nobody shares it, you’re really out of luck.

 

There’s a whole lot more to it and there are differences between the various social networks. Later, we will take a look at how you can leverage Facebook and Twitter to get your site the respect that it can have in the online world.

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Using Social Networks for B2B Networking

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Using Social Networks for B2B Networking


When it comes to using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, many small business owners use these as a marketing and communication channel with their customers and potential customers. Of course, this is one of the main purposes of social media use among entrepreneurs and can indeed be a part, even a major one, of a business online marketing strategy. However, social networking can be a lot more than simply a tool to communicate with and market to your buyers. You can also use different social media websites to network with other businesses and find opportunities that could be profitable for you.

If you’re wondering about some of these uses, here are a few examples that you can consider:

  • Staff Recruiting and Hiring

Employers are increasingly turning to social media websites as a way to recruit staff, either as permanent full time employees, or for temporary assignment to a specific project. If you’re planning on hiring some staff, putting a notice on your social media pages is a great way to generate some responses. Doing so can save you time and money, as you would no longer need to post an ad on various job search websites. You could also simplify communications by answering questions from potential candidates directly over the social network.

  • Buying / Selling Equipment

Do you have any equipment that you don’t need anymore, such as machinery, furniture, vehicles, etc? In that case, posting a notice on your social networking page can get you some interested buyers. Again, one of the advantages is that it is a lot less costly than other online and offline methods of finding the right buyers, as all you would need to do is to post on your page, or perhaps take a look at other people’s pages and contact them to see if they would be interested. It can also work the other way around. If you’re interested in purchasing something for your business, such as a truck for your moving company, then you can take a look to see if somebody you know has one for sale, or post a notice on your page.

  • Finding Services That You Need

Are you looking for an inexpensive, but good quality web designer? Do you need a new VoIP service that is more reliable than what you’re using now? Here again, social media can be very helpful. You can make a post on your page and those who can provide the services can answer. Or at least they can point you in the right direction by giving you information on services that they’ve used in the past, as well as giving you their impressions on them.

  • Finding Various Business Opportunities

Are you looking to expand your business or to branch out into other areas of operation? Then networking with other entrepreneurs and business people can be a very good way of making that happen. No matter what kind of business opportunity you are into, you can find people who are interested in the same thing and can turn into valuable business partners.

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Simple Business Types You Can Start: Part 2

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Simple Business Types You Can Start: Part 2


Yesterday, we’ve seen an example of a simple type of business that you can start online. The majority of easy to start online businesses involve either selling a product or providing some type of useful service to your target market. Here are some more examples of small online businesses that you can start:

  • Social Media Marketing Services

Social media has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years, so much that many businesses have seen it useful to build their presence on various social networking websites, such as Facebook, Google + and Twitter. Of course, there are still small businesses that, even though they may have an online presence through a website, don’t currently use social media even though it could be profitable for them. If you have knowledge on how to promote products, services and ideas through social media, you can offer your services to local businesses.

There are many types of services that you can provide. The most simple ones would be creating a social media page for your clients, filled with information about their business and products, and done in a style that matches their main website. You can also offer to manage the social media presence of a business entirely, by making the updates as well as creating events, groups, etc. when necessary.

  • Web Design and Web Building Services

Here again, you will offer your services to other small businesses in your area. You can offer to create web sites completely from scratch, or to update existing ones in order to improve their appearance. You can also offer to create mobile compatible versions of websites, which is something that is quite in demand lately due to the increasing use of smart phones by consumers to look for products and services that they want to buy.

In addition to designing and building websites, you can also offer additional services that will make you look more valuable for your clients. For example, you can offer to manage a website completely, by adding content and making updates when necessary. You can also provide your clients with web hosting services as part of your web design packages, which can simply be done by getting a reseller account with a good quality web host.

Naturally, you will need some good web design skills working with different software, plus graphic design skills would be useful as you can then create completely customized backgrounds, logos, etc. for your clients websites. Advertising can be easily done through free or low cost methods, such as on social media, through classified ad sites, forums, etc. If you do a good job and are priced competitively, you could also get some word of mouth referrals which will boost the amount of clients that you get.

These two are other examples of online businesses that you can easily start if you already have the right skills. There are plenty of other ways to make money online by starting a small, home based business. You just need to be creative in finding useful services that you can offer and that people would be willing to pay for.

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Niche and Content Ideas for Info Products

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Niche and Content Ideas for Info Products


When you want to create an info product, one of the important things to think about is what exactly your product will be based on. This is the part where you will do your research on your niche and try to find one that will be right.

A good niche is one which has people interested in paying for a product that will solve a problem and answer their questions, but is specific enough to not be too saturated with other products. So for example, instead of a general product about “affiliate marketing”, you could create an info product about “Using Twitter for Affiliate Marketing”, etc.

Doing niche research will take a bit of time to complete, but it’s not a complicated task. You can use Google’s keyword tool to see search volumes and competition levels for specific keywords that are related to your niche. You can also read Yahoo Answers, blogs and discussion forums to find out the type of questions that people are asking the most often about your general niche and see if there’s a more specific, sub niche that you can exploit from that.

Also, doing niche research involves looking at the competition. Are there any other info products which target the specific niche that you are after? If so, what do they claim they offer and how much do these products cost? What can you do to make your product better than competitors and thus more appealing to buyers? These are all valid questions that you would need to ask yourself when you’re in the niche selection phase of product creation. Remember, a successful product will often be one that offers something more and actually stands out from the crowd, rather than simply being the same thing that has been done dozens of times, just under a different name.

Now that you have thought about and selected your specific niche, it is time to consider the content that you will put in your product. There are many different ways that you can deliver the content, such as in the format of an ebook, videos, interactive tutorials, audio guides, etc. Sure, some formats might be better in certain niches, but the actual content of your product is the most important part, regardless of how you will be delivering it to the buyer.

Obviously, when creating a product, having some solid knowledge and experience in the niche of your product will help out a lot. You will already have an idea of what you will want to include in your product and how you will structure the information contained in your future product. This is why it’s also recommended that you select a niche that you actually have an interest in, as it will make creating the content a lot easier and less time consuming for you. Tomorrow we will explore some further ideas on how you can put together a product that will be genuinely useful for your buyers and will have a higher chance of getting a positive reception.

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Attracting Quality Traffic To Your Blog: Part 2

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Attracting Quality Traffic To Your Blog: Part 2


As far as getting traffic to a blog is concerned, there are numerous ways to achieve this. Here are some additional methods that you can use to get more traffic coming in to a blog:

  • Participate in Other Blog Comments

Blog comments are very diverse. Some are blatant spam, usually advertising some online casino or pharmacy site (the good thing is that most of these are picked up by spam filters automatically now anyways), many others add little or no value to the discussion (Yeah, I agree!/Good Post!/Thanks, etc). But some are truly insightful and genuinely add to the discussion on the topic of the blog post. By participating in other blog comments, you can get a link to your blog, which can be visited by other visitors and also the blog owner. If the owner of the blog finds that your comments are truly beneficial they may even add a link to your blog on their main page and share some of your posts on social media. This can bring you a lot of traffic, especially if you get linked to from a blog that is already popular.

  • Interact With Your Users

Allow your readers to leave comments on your blog. Read and respond to them. Allow your readers to subscribe to the comment thread through email or social media. By openly interacting with your readers, you will increase the amount of attention that they give to your blog and this will make them a lot more likely to come back or to share your content with others.

  • Establish a Strong Social Media Presence

Use social media such as Facebook, Google +, Twitter and maybe even video sharing sites such as YouTube or Daily Motion to complement your blog and bring more attention to it from users of these services. However, to get more success, remember that your social media pages should be more than simply links to your blog posts. You can post on social media sites whenever you update your blog and share that post, but be sure to include other, original content as well. The goal is to get a following on social media as well as on your blog. The more visitors and followers you’re going to have on your social media page the better the chances that some of these people will also become followers and readers of your blog.

  • Establish Yourself as An Authority in Your Niche

This is one of the hardest ways but also the most profitable in the long term. You will want your blog to be known and respected in your niche. This will give you access to many visitors, perhaps even thousands a day if your blog is very successful. How is this done? There are various methods that you can employ to increase the authority of your blog. Apply them, be patient and they will work. We will explore some of these methods tomorrow.

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Attracting Quality Traffic To Your Blog

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Attracting Quality Traffic To Your Blog


Now that you have your blog set up, as well as ideas on how you can get content to it, it’s time to think about how you will be getting some visitors to it. There are some ways to optimize your blog in order to receive the maximum amount of traffic, without spending money on advertising. Some of these ways are actually quite simple and can be implemented on a regular basis. Here is how you can get some high quality readers to your blog and keep them coming back:

  • Research Your Keywords

This applies to both your blog post categories, as well as the posts that you will be making. Research the keywords that you would expect readers to search for on search engines like Bing and Google. Do a comparison of the different keywords, such as their search volume and competition level. Select the right keywords to describe your categories. For your posts, include the keywords in a natural way. This is very important, as to ensure that your posts stay legible and not simply stuffed with keywords, you will need to include them in a fully natural way.

  • Include Sharing and Bookmarking Options

Integrate the “big three” social media buttons, such as Google+, Twitter and Facebook with your blog, by having like buttons for your blog itself as well as for individual posts. If there are other social networks that are popular among your readers, include their buttons as well. You should also put in social bookmarking links, such as Digg, Stumbleupon and Delicious, which will further allow your visitors to remember your blog as well as share it with others. An RSS feed would also be a good way to keep your readers loyal by letting them know when new content has been posted to your blog.

  • Submit Your Blog to RSS and Blog Directories

There are plenty of free blog directories that you can submit your blog to. Take advantage of them. Even if they may not bring you too much exposure in the beginning, a few visitors a day could rapidly turn into hundreds of visitors if your content is engaging enough for these visitors to share your content with others online.

  • Distribute a Press Release Regarding Your Blog

When you’re just starting out and have started adding some content to your new blog, distributing a press release about your blog could be a good way to get some attention. Press releases are often held in high regard by the “News” section of search engines, especially Google. You can find plenty of free information online on how to write an effective press release, what information to include in it, as well as where to distribute it so that you will get maximum exposure for your blog. This is one of the best ways to get some attention going to your new blog and can very well get you your first loyal readers if they like the topic of your blog and its content.

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