Your most important business asset

If you plan to use the internet to create a business you need these tools:

  • a website
  • an email list of people who are interested in you, your services and your products.
  • an autoresponder to automate the messages you would otherwise have to send you new members manually.
  • A video channel where you can make training and product review videos available.

Internet marketing is simple.

Unlimited income with the internet

Unlimited income with the internet

It can be reduced to a step-by-step process. Wealthy Affiliates breaks Internet Marketing (IM) into easy to follow steps. If you can follow instruction, you can make money on the internet. Start for free, set up your website and discover the basics of promoting your site.

Typically people visit your site and never come back.  You have seconds to establish a connection and get their contact information.  The best way to do that is to offer your visitor something they want free.  They give you their email and you send them their gift.

Actually, it is not quite that simple.  When your visitor gives you their email, your bulk email provider enters that email into you opt-in list.  The autoresponder sends them their gift and then follows up to start building a relationship with that visitor.  You send occasional email blasts to your list to continue building that trusting relationship with your list. Email marketing to a list of people who are interested in your products and services makes your email opt-in list one of the most valuable assets your business or organization has.

Provided of course, you email is delivered.

If you are using a bulk mail service, you need to know Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft and Google block e-mail delivery from autoresponders. 

The solution is to get a domain and use your hosts mail servicing option to get your custom email address. If you are hosting with Wealthy Affiliate you can set up custom email in a couple of clicks. Bill@resilientlivingtips.com is more professional than a gmail account and you will not have a problem having autoresponder emails delivered.

I received this warning from my bulk mail service. I use and recommend SendLane because they have the most comprehensive set of tools I have found and because all the tools are included in one low price. I can send unlimited unlimited emails and I have unlimited use of their autoresponder. Cost is based on number of contacts in your list and they have an excellent affiliate program.

Internet Marketing is always changing

One of the things I find fascinating about Internet Marketing is always growing.  You have to be constantly studying your market to stay #1. Most small business people don’t have time to maintain their site. Most don’t even know what traffic their website is getting. 

You can manage you own website, you can hire someone to do it for you, or you can outsource to someone like me to manage your site. Just make sure you know enough about your website to know you are getting your money’s worth.  Be sure to track every marketing campaign and know your ROI.

10 Power words to make you #1

Keep-Moving-ForwardYou might Discover the #1 trusted way to grow the best business. It is simple, easy and the reason you can create unlimited income with less work.
 

Discover 10 words that can help you become a better marketer:

  1. best: Give it your best. It is what people want.
  2. Easy: KISS
  3. Simple: better than complex
  4. Unlimited: Reach for the sky.
  5. Reason: Why you need this
  6. #1: Be #1 
  7. Less: less is more
  8. Trusted: People have to know you can be trusted.
  9. Grow: Grow you income; grow your life.
  10. Discover: Discover how to grow.

Discover the kind of blogger you want to be 

Bloggers blog for different reasons
Why do you want to blog?

Before you start, Discover your vision.

Many bloggers just want to share their message with the world. These are typically hobbyists or non-profit organizations. Hobbyists can sometimes monetize their blog if they write consistently and develop a following.Reaching out to the world

Non-profits have a message to share with the world and usually want to attract people to their cause.

Because this website is devoted to helping you make money on line, I will assume you are here because you want to make money.

$5:dayThe question is will you be satisfied with $5/day or are you shooting for $500:day$500/day. Either is possible and your results will depend on the time you can you devote to business.

One of the attractions of internet marketing is you can create a business while working part time. Most of us have to work full time just to pay the bills. It takes time to make any business profitable. It can often take six months for a new website to start to gain traction with the search engines. There are things you can do to speed up the process but the most important thing you must do is to know your audience and create a website that interests them.

Work Part Time

Work Part Time

If you can only work five hours per week, at least be consistent. Work on the things that make you money. Avoid busy work. Don’t think you are doing productive work when you are studying how to make money on line.

Full Time

Full Time

More time equals more growth. It should be obvious but it needs to be emphasized. If you can only work 5 hours a week, it may take ten years to create a retirement income. If you can work 20 hours per week you can probably retire in a year. The key is to be consistent and never quit. A website that has new content every day, gets Google’s attention a lot faster than one that has a new blog post once a week.

Are you a lazy blogger or an active one? If you do not take your website seriously, you are seriously reducing your chances of success. Yes, you can promote membership sites that charge a monthly subscription and pay you a monthly commission. You can find a popular niche and build a website that makes repeated sales. You can make money as a lazy blogger, but you can create a fortune as an internet marketing professional.

What income will satisfy you?

$5/day with Adsense or $500/day with affiliate marketing?

Any extra $150/month can make a big difference in many people’s lives. Adsense provides an evergreen income, but it takes a lot of traffic to make a serious money. Affiliate marketing can be slow to take off, but multiple affiliate income streams and a big opt-in list can create a comfortable retirement income. Of course, you can do both. 

Personally, I prefer to control what ads my visitors see. I have never used Adsense.

What activities make you money?

Keeping your books and studying how to make money on the internet will not produce income. Fresh content on your website produces income. Adding people to your opt-in list creates income.

Control your life

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I can help you learn the basics of internet marketing, but we won’t make any money till we put what we learn into action. When you join me at Wealthy Affiliates, we can both make money. Wealthy Affiliates University is the best, most ethical source of information about internet marketing I have found.  You can start for free When you complete the first free lesson, you will have you first WordPress website up and you will know the fundamentals of how to promote it. WAU is #1 when it comes to helping you discover internet marketing.

There are many opportunities to create Joint Ventures. Some business models pay you based on the sales volume of your team. Most affiliate programs pay you straight commissions based on the sales you generate. Look for affiliate programs that generate repeat sales and pay you overtime as customer you brought to affiliate makes repeat purchases. 

Amazon pays you on everything a customer buys during their visit and for a few days after that first visit. Then Amazon takes you customer, and you with not get income based on repeat sales. Wealthy Affiliate pays you commissions as long as the customer you brought them remains a member. Many people do very well as an Amazon affiliate, but commissions on subscriptions forever is a better business model for the affiliate distributor.

It is also why I believe in building teams and helping my team members be successful. Working together is the best.

Study and experience will make you an expert internet marketer.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing

An expert internet marketer (IM) can create an unlimited, every growing income. An IM can work from anywhere there is a phone and an internet connection. You don’t need to stock inventory and you don’t need employees. Outsource the drudge work like bookkeeping and record keeping. An internet marketing business is inexpensive to start and has a low overhead. It also can continue to provide you income with minimum effort. Once a website is setup and generating traffic it will continue to pay with minimum attention.

Anyone with determination can become an internet marketer. Creating a web page or a blog post is as easy as using a typewriter. If you cannot set up your website, you can hirer it done for less than the cost of a refrigerator.

 

Sidebars-Best Practice

Get the most from your webpage sidebars

An effective sidebar

An effective sidebar

Sidebars are a blank canvas with infinite possibilities, so it is very easy to mess up website sidebar design. Sidebars are not a place to stuff all the random information you don’t know where else to put.

Common mistakes:

  1. Adding to many widgets.
  2. Cluttered sidebar.
  3. Leaving default widgets in place
  4. Failure to prioritize important widgets
  5. Not having an Email Subscription Option
  6. Filling your sidebar with Google Ads or Affiliate links
  7. Adding external links that take visitors away from your website
  8. Including a mile-long blogroll

Maximizing you sidebar

Consider your goals. 

Limit your widgets to 5 and your sidebar will have more focus.
Prioritize you widgets and put the most important at the top.
Your Profile make your brand human. 
Your opt-in form.  Your contact list is your most important asset.
Social Media Links. Social media is essential to attracting visitors to your site.  
Recommended Posts are a list of posts you manually select and showcase in your sidebar. 
 

Optimize Sidebar Performance.

Your sidebar is an important part of your website, making sure it is optimized for loading is crucial. A quick way to optimize your site’s  performance, Hummingbird is a plug in that can automatically do it all for you
 

Summary

Your sidebars can be a great way to introduce yourself to your readers, lead them deeper into your site, and grow your email list. By following these tips, you will be sure to create a highly effective sidebar that compliments your blog and business goals. Click here to read the full article.

I just set up Google Webmaster tools on this site.

Google Analytics enables you to see who your visitors are, how they found your site, where they came from and much more.  It is vital information for anyone who cares about having people find their site. Learn how

If you need help using Google Webmaster Tools leave a comment and I will send you a link to a tutorial.

How to write an about me page

The About page is the 2nd most visited page on websites.

Use these tips on how to write an about me page.

Bill at Rock Creek Park, Olympic National Park, WA

Bill at Rock Creek Park, Olympic National Park, WA

People visit you site to find out what you are about. They usually land on your home page. They want to know what products and services you offer and how you can help them. Once they are satisfied that you have a solution to their problem they turn to your About Page to see if they can trust you.

The home page describes a problem people want help with. It describes the solution and proves the solution works. Now offer them more information in exchange for the email contact information. When they leave your opt-in page take them automatically to you About Page.

Your about page shows them you are a real person who want to help them. It builds trust. Your about page should open with a short video of you telling the story of your business. The text should support that video by describing you company values, letting your visitors know what your mission is and how your product or service can solve their problem. Again. give them an opportunity to get tips from you relevant to your audience.

You cannot ask for an email contact too often. Your email list enables you to stay in touch with your visitors and build the know, like and trust relationship that is so vital to online business. Use an autoresponder to build that relationship. Test have shown that unless you are in touch with your list at least once a week they will forget about you. If you provide your list with valuable content they will look forward to receiving your emails even if you send them daily.

The only way you can keep a website producing the results you want is to keep the information on it fresh, entertaining and helpful. Tell stories. Provide helpful information. When you publish a page or a blog post make sure high quality key words are included in the title and the first paragraph. Us video and infographics liberally. Don’t publish anything unless it has a graphic in it. The web is a visual media. Don’t disappoint your audience with a text only post.

Plan to rank every page you publish and every post you make on page 1 of the search engines. You won’t always succeed, but the more ways you have to get people to your website the better.

Retirement – There is a better way.

Key-2015-11-27_2139Most people work 40 years to be able to retire on social security.

Some are able to save and invest and have a comfortable retirement. I was one of the lucky minority to have worked for a company that provided a good retirement plan.

Most are not so fortunate.

There is a better way.

Create your own business that will provide you a recurring income. That is an income that will keep coming in whether you can work or not.
There are many approaches to starting a business. Many people parlay a hobby into a business. There are many successful people who have started there business in a spare room or even a dedicated corner of a room.

Work from anywhere.

Personally, I want to be able to work from anywhere I have an internet connection and a phone.

I want a businesses I can develop working a few hours a week, because I want to be able spend time with my family and do other things I believe are important. Of course, the more time we can devote to business, the faster it will grow, but most people have to work their business around their family and their job.

So, I look for inexpensive ways to start a business. It must be something most people can afford and something they can build while working part time. In short, what I do must be something those who join me can do. It is called business duplication.

When people work together and benefit from each others work, anything becomes possible.

Create your internet business

Why would anyone want to create a business that:

Hamoa Bay, Hana Maui

Hamoa Bay, Hana Maui – Have the time and money to visit the great beaches of the world.

  • can be worked from anywhere you have an Internet connection?
  • requires no employees and no inventory?
  • can be started for the cost of a computer and an Internet connection?
  • has a very low monthly overhead cost?
  • can be developed working 10 – 20 hours a week?
  • has good mentors who will guide your success?
  • can provide an unlimited income?

That seems like a good business model to me, but it is only for people who are willing to learn something new and who are not afraid of computers. There is a saying that, “complexity is the enemy of success.”, and this sound pretty complicated.

It is simpler than you think, anyone can do this.

Fortunately, anyone can learn to create a WordPress website. You just need good instruction. To build your business you need to:

  • Focus on a niche you are interested in.
  • Build a website based on your interests.
  • learn to promote your website with quality content that helps your visitors solve their problems.
  • build an opt in email list of people who are interested in what you have to offer.

It will take a lot of work and consistent effort, but if you can work on your business 10 hours a week you can retire within five years.

Make beach money to live your dreams.

Are you shrinking your dreams?

Most people shrink their dreams to fit their income.  We’ve always been told to live within our means. Good advice, except when it stifles our dreams.

Instead, dream big and take action.

The difference between dreamers and successful people is action.  Successful people plan what they must do to accomplish their dream and then take consistent, determined action necessary to live their dream.

Write down your dream. Then, plan the steps you must take to accomplish that dream. Now, take action.  Click here to take the next step.

Content Marketing

Click here for a great 30 minute video about creating your online reputation.  Content marketing means you are providing relevant, helpful information to your visitors. Learn what you need to do to build your business on line.