Thursday, July 14, 2011

List Building With Google+

List building is a topic I have been following for years and it's
something I have been doing for just as long. I build lists in numerous niche markets to stay in contact with my visitors and to promote my affiliate products.

Google+ was a real eye-turner for me, mainly because I could quickly
see the great potential Google's latest social networking program can
have for list building. Especially the "Circles" feature, which lets you
sort your contacts into different groups.

Also, you have many ways to contact your subscribers with both text
and video. This will come in handy, especially if you build small groups
relating to certain topics or tasks. For example, if you run an affiliate
program, you can sort all your A list promoters in one section and do have a "Huddle" or contact them in "Hangouts".

One of the major difficulties with list building is not the ACTUAL
building, but developing meaningful relationships with your contacts
or subscribers once you have them on your list. Google+ could play a
major role in overcoming this problem and help with establishing
those relationships.

Anyway, I was so excited about this new program, I wrote an article
explaining how you can build your list with Google+.

You can find it here: List Building with Google+

Or if you want to find out more about list building just click the link.


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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

How To Start A Web Business On A Really Small Budget

Starting an online web business is not that difficult, especially if you go the affiliate marketing route and promote another company's products or services. Actually, the most lucrative online business to create is where you have your own products and services since you will receive the majority of the profits. However, in the beginning, many people simply are not at this stage and will have to depend upon promoting affiliate products or earn revenue through selling advertising placed on their site or sites.

There are countless ways to start an online business but regardless of what topic you wish to tackle or which products you want to promote, your overall objective is to get targeted traffic or customers to your site. Therefore, everything you do and create, should be geared towards "keywords", which are the phrases surfers type into search engines to find what they're looking for on the web. This is assuming you're primarily going the "search engine" route in your online marketing.

First, you will need to find a whole list of keyword phrases people are using to find the products you're going to promote or sell. You will need to know how many searches are made each month for these phrases and what the competition will be like, so you will have some idea of what you're up against. Google's External Keyword tool or site is a good starting point and will supply you with most of the information you need to get started. Some marketers simply type their "keyword" with quotations into Google and it will give you the exact number of pages which contains this phrase or keyword.

Second, once you have done some keyword research, you're ready to buy a domain to start your online business or site. Try to get a short domain with the best overall keyword which sums up your topic or products, placed at the beginning of your domain name. Placing your most prominent keyword in your domain will go a long way in achieving high rankings for your site since all your backlinks and URLs will have this keyword phrase. You can purchase a domain and hosting really cheap through places like Yahoo Small business, GoDaddy or Bluehost - usually around $5 to $10 a month.

Third, if designing a site is difficult for you or just too costly, one route to take is to use a free blogging software platform like Wordpress to create your site. They have plenty of templates you can use but try to make your site look different and unique. Regardless, Wordpress is very SEO friendly and will be "keyworded" properly so you won't have to spend much time worrying about this whole SEO aspect of web marketing which many beginners find difficult. Just remember, the majority of your search engine traffic will come from Google so you must optimize your site for them. Google has about 200 ranking signals or factors which they use to rank your site or content. Don't become too bogged down with these factors, but consulted with 132 SEO experts to find these factors and if you want to learn more go here:

Fourth, once you have your domain and site/hosting all setup, you're ready to create some high quality content which your visitors will find helpful. Remember, Google is all about providing valuable relevant content to its users, so you have to fulfil this demand by creating useful informative content for your visitors. Keep this content strictly keyworded to the topic or products you're promoting. Try to keep all of your content unique and make sure you have it or your site completely tied into all the major social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, MySpace, Linkedin... and so on. Make sure you make it easy to subscribe to your newsletter or all of your social bookmarking sites like the ones mentioned above. Drawing repeat visitors and customers back to your site should be your main goal.

Fifth, your hardest battle will be getting targeted traffic to your site or business. If you're on a budget, one of the easiest ways is to create simple viral articles and videos to draw people onto your site. Do blog posts on related sites and forums, with keyworded anchor text links back to your site. Anchor text refers to the underlined part of a link - make sure your keywords are in this part of the link. If you don't have a ton of money to spend on marketing, just find the major competitors in your field, do a search in Yahoo by typing in this command in the search box:

Yahoo will give you a whole list of your competitor's links, starting with the most important first. Try to build/get the same links going back to your site or content.

Lastly, one of the biggest mistakes that beginners often make is creating a website or business that places too much emphasis on what YOU want, rather than what YOUR VISITOR wants. You must place yourself in your visitor's shoes and create your site and business from their perspective so place your main benefit or benefits your visitor will receive from using your site at the very top of the page. Display this benefit(s) in a bold headline so that any visitor can instantly see it within seconds of arriving at your site. In this regards, one of the biggest obstacles will be trust - how do you instantly build trust with your visitors? Displaying any type of Trust Seals or even credit card logos will help build that trust. Using or giving your full contact or company information upfront is also very vital. If you're selling a product or service make sure your have a telephone and/or fax number where visitors can reach you. Obtaining an online fax number is inexpensive and cheap; so too is getting a virtual PBX system to make all your communications run smoothly.

These are the most important steps to building an online site or business. They can be done cheaply and starting out, your expenses should run around $10 to $20 a month... about the cost of a pizza or a movie. Almost anyone can afford those prices and start an online site or business - why not you?


The author is a full-time online marketer who has numerous websites. For the latest web marketing tools try: how to build a business site. For more information on Internet Fax Services use this handy online fax Comparison Guide: online fax services. Copyright Titus Hoskins. This article may be freely distributed if this resource box stays attached.

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