Using LinkedIn to spread the word about your business

Greetings.

With so many powerful social media websites these days, it’s never been easier to connect with so many people even if you’re the only person in your business. If you set up your feeds correctly people can, for example, read on Facebook information about your business based on a Tweet which can lead to a connection on LinkedIn. It’s amazing how powerful this “viral marketing” can be and it makes sense why so many businesses are using such strategies.

LinkedIn is a networking website aimed at professional business people and owners. It is said that the average member earns $100,000 or more per year so we’re talking about successful people with the power to make executive decisions. However, for the viral aspect of social media to really work efficiently, it does take time to set up. But, the effort (if done correctly) should pay dividends.  I was recently congratulated on being one of the top 5% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012 – given that LinkedIn has over 200 million members, that came as a total surprise to me!

Top 5% Viewed Members 2012

LinkedIn is free so if you haven’t joined yet, do so now. Fill in as much detail as you can without being too long-winded and do not be boring. Use a little creativity to describe yourself and your business. Even consider creating a quick video if possible.

One of the aspects LinkedIn is known for is recruiting so marketers often turn to LinkedIn to find part time, full time, or outsourcing staff. So, if you’re looking to source staff, check LinkedIn out – you never know what or who you’ll discover!

You can also join relevant groups on LinkedIn. The more you contribute, the more favorable your name will become and people will want to connect with you personally. You can also start your own groups which could lead to future business relationships.

If you own a business, whether you’re a lone entrepreneur or a company with staff, LinkedIn is a great place to make relevant connections to help expand your business to the next level.

I have met many of my coaching clients through LinkedIn, as well as some job-seekers wanting to earn a bit extra through affiliate marketing.  When you sign up (or if you’re already a member), please click here and let’s connect!

Talk soon.

Chineme Noke

 

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7 Ways To Make Money Using Nothing More Than Your List

7 Ways To Make Money Using Nothing More Than Your List

Greetings.

An opt-in list can be quite crucial to any site or internet based company. Even for a small venture such as a niche profit site an opt-in list can make a world of difference and also add some extra income for your pocket. Rarely would you see an e-commerce site, big or small, that is without an opt-in list. An opt-in list allows for a company to market their wares and site via an e-mail address to people who have opted in precisely because they are interested in what you have on offer, i.e. they are highly targeted.

With an opt-in list, a site and a subscriber consents to sending and receiving a newsletter from your company. Through this, you can keep your subscribers abreast of what is currently available in your site as well as whatever is coming out. And because there is mutual consent between the two parties, any mail sent to the list is not considered as spam mail.

There are a great number of successfully read promotional materials such as catalogs, newsletters and such that are sent because the subscribers themselves have signed up for them, meaning, they want to receive those items. Building a list is crucial, but only a small percentage actually subscribe to an opt-in list.  Many of the readers of this blog have opted in to

Many people find promotional mails annoying but if you provide a good newsletter or promotion, you will see your list build up and grow. You can also achieve this by having good content on your site. If people like what they see and read on your site, then they probably want more. Newsletters would be a way to attract them back to your site.

 

Keep up to date!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other than marketing your wares and your services, an opt-in list can also be used to earn extra profit. Not all lists can be used though. It would be good to first build a successful list with a large number of subscribers. The more subscribers you have, the more money you can potentially make. Here are seven ways to make money using nothing more than your list:

 1) Place advertisements.

There are many corporations who will be willing to pay to put their banners and ads on a list with many subscribers. Selling or renting out lists is not a good idea so rather than doing that, many companies would just rather place ads with lists that have a huge subscriber base. Your newsletter could be placed with many ads and each one spells money.

 2) Have affiliations with other companies that have at least a semblance or relation to what your site is about.

Here other companies will provide links and brief descriptions of what they offer, products and services. With every click made on the link that directs or leads a subscriber from your list to their site, the company will pay you. This is P4P or pay for performance.

3) Make deals with other companies by asking for a small percentage of sales done through your list.

With every sale done by customers that have come from your list and have gone there because of your newsletter, the other company will pay you a small percentage of your sales. The more people who buys from them, the more earnings you get.

 

Make more money!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) You may also get products from other sites on a consignment basis and sell them to your list via your newsletter. Place descriptions, articles and photos of the product in your newsletter. There will be those who will buy from you and when that happens, you can order the product from the other site and sell it to your buyer.

5) Sell e-books or a compilation of your articles on your list.

Manuals and how-to articles are in great demand. Many people will be willing to shell out money to gain knowledge about a certain topic and subject. With your existing list trusting your expertise in that area, an e-book could be offered and sold or used as an incentive.

6) Create a network out of your list.

Get people to invite more people to view your site and subscribe to your list. The larger your list is, the more people will be able to click on your links and affiliate links as well as make your advertisement rates higher.

 7) Subscribers are willing to pay for information if they know that it can be trusted and relied upon. Use your list to get more and more people to subscribe to you as well as browse your site. You can use your list to earn money by making them your partners. Your list will then be the bloodline of your growth and success.

 

Elementary stuff, but often neglected. To keep up with more tips and tricks, please sign up to receive my newsletters here!

Talk soon.

Chineme

http://internetmarketingviews.com

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The Dirty Truth About Network Marketing That…

… you Must Know and Understand If You Ever Want to Succeed.

Greetings.

Here’s the dirty truth:

On the surface, network marketing companies appear to be
thriving communities of consuming customers all happy with
the product that they are consuming and they really are, but
what drives that community of thriving consumers has
absolutely nothing to do with the product itself.

Let’s think about this statement.

Let’s think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me ask you a question:

Why did you decided to get started in a network marketing
business?

You don’t have to say anything out loud but answer this
question in your head right now to yourself.

I guarantee you answer is somewhere along these lines “Well,
I started my business because I wanted to make some extra
money and who knows maybe even become financially free.”

Am I right?

Well let me ask you another question now.

When you prospect and talk to leads about your business what do you talk to them about?

Most likely you try to stick to the corporate script which
inevitably ends up with your prospect asking you questions
about your network marketing companies products or services.

And by the end of the conversation you’ve lost control of
the call and both you and your prospect end up confused
(usually get somewhere between details about your companies
product or service and the compensation plan).

Confused?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You get off the phone and hope that my some grace of god your prospect you paid $5 to confuse will decide to join your business.

Likely story!

Here’s why:

Successful Network Marketing has NOTHING to do with selling
your prospect on your product at ALL!

On the contrary, the only thing that you should EVER talk to
your prospect about is the same thing that got you sold on
your companies business . . . More Money and Financial
Freedom!

You see network marketing is built on financial hopes and
dreams and honestly, if you’re looking for business builders
to recruit into your organization your prospects hopes and
dreams of financial success are the only thing that you
should speak to them about, so they can sell themselves on
it.

As an illustration of this principle think about the
situation this way, if you had equal amounts of your
company’s product in one hand and money in the other which
do you think your prospect would choose?

The top money earners know the answer to that question and
that’s how they make all their money!

Show them the money!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the other shift in perspective that you’re going to
have to make if you want to have ultimate success with your
business and it’s simply a logical continuation on the point
just discussed.

What you think of as your company’s product is NOT its real
product at ALL!

Do you think your network marketing company’s product is its
moon juice or long distance service?

If you do you’re very wrong.

Continuing on from my last point, remember your network
marketing business will not grow if you just push product it
will only grow if you sell people on their financial
dreams.

So if you think about it, your company’s real product is
it’s sales training and marketing system. The better your
company’s marketing system is able to help you generate
sales, the better and more quickly you will be able to reap
the financial benefits of your business.

To extend this point further, eventually you’ll want your
downline to do all the work so you don’t have to.

The simpler and more effective the marketing system plus the strong the training your company provides the easier your system will duplicate.

If you want to think about it in its most simple form, your
company’s real product is its duplicability.

Duplication is key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you find a system that is easy to duplicate and you can
have your prospect “sell themselves” on their financial
dreams you will have a highly successful network marketing
business.

Your Job is Simple:

Find people that want to attain financial freedom your way
and then shorten their learning curve so that they can go
out and do the same.

Talk soon.

Chineme – http://internetmarketingviews.com

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How do I monetize my blog? You don’t.

Greetings.

Today’s topic is courtesy of  of Driving Traffic. Have you ever wondered how to monetize your blog? Well, don’t! A blog serves many purposes, but making loadsamoney from it really should not be one of them.

Kevin’s article explains more, and provides some ideas on what you should be doing…

How do I monetize my blog? You don’t.

By  on February 18, 2013

So you have decided to make some extra money online. You followed the steps and got your domain, hosting, CMS, theme, social media, and the list goes on and on. You finally start blogging; only to find out, the money isn’t cascading in. What’s going on here? You’ve been told that millionaires are made everyday online. You were told, “If you build it, they will come”. You have followed all the steps you knew of, and the money just isn’t coming. Don’t fret; every part-time (and full-time) entrepreneur has been there.

Spending your part time blogging isn’t the novel idea it once was. After investing your free time reading, learning, building, and writing, it can be frustrating to not see the results and is easy to get discouraged. The good news is, by attempting to take control of your financial future, you are taking strides to do something most people will never do. If you have made it this far and haven’t seen a dollar yet, I urge you to stick with it. While making boatloads of cash online isn’t as easy as some would lead you to believe, when you do find some success, it makes all of the time and effort all well worth it.

Honest Inventory

Take a critical look at where you are. It is no easy task to be objective when looking at a passion project, but this is an essential part of finding success in your endeavors. Take an outsider’s look at your subject matter, how you write about it, and make an honest assessment. If an outsider looked at your blog what would they say is the biggest issue?

Are you in the right niche, or in a niche at all? This might be the most important thing to consider. If you are in a highly competitive niche, you aren’t doing yourself any favors for someone who is starting out. By picking the correct niche you can save yourself a lot of trouble by having fewer competitors.

Is your site getting traffic? If you are hoping to generate your income from advertising and you do not have a staggering amount of traffic to your site, you need to reconsider your plan of action. There are not many (single) blogs out there that can generate a living wage from advertising revenue alone. So, stop barking up that tree if you are in this position.

This assessment can go on forever, from site design to mobile or social media strategy. I don’t want to you to get hung up here. Unless you are questioning your niche and don’t have traffic, you are ok. If those two things are an issue, you should probably go back to the drawing board and decide on a new domain or direction. Otherwise, if traffic is your only issue, join the club. What you can do in the short term is attempt to stand out from the crowd by producing what you consider being incredibly good content. Be a little more daring, opinionated, or possibly controversial (What do you want to say, but aren’t).

The last short term traffic bump can come from watching the trends. What are other people in your niche talking about? Use tools like blog aggregators (Technorati & alltop), and google alerts. Google alerts are essential for content creators; it is the easiest way to keep your ear to the ground for your topics, without burning your whole day trolling the web. When news is made in your niche, you need to give your two cents, or at least curate someone who is.

Another big pitfall to look out for is focus. My biggest problem starting out was the distribution of my effort. I tended to spend all my free time working 10 different projects. I would spread myself so thin, that none of my projects were up to a standard that I was happy with. Consolidate your efforts. If it comes down to it, pick the project that you have the most fun working on and run with it. Let the others suffer in the mean time. Chances are that if you enjoy it, it will show in the finished product.

Keep in mind the 80/20 rule. I learned this trick from Ryan Deiss, and have seen a consistent trend of successful people who use it. For those of you who are not familiar, it is the concept where you should be spending 80% of your time on what is actually making the bulk of your money. The remaining 20% goes to the other projects. Often 20% of your efforts will generate 80% of your revenue; by identifying that 20% you can save yourself a lot of headaches. There is a lot more to the theory, and I am not really doing it justice here, so look it up if you have never heard it.

Making Money

So, here’s the deal, simply having a blog isn’t going to be your main source of income. You have start thinking about revenue generation. There are a number of ways to achieve that. You can build an authority site, you can focus on lead generation and build a list, but today we are going to talk about products. The most effective way to monetize your blog is to start promoting products; an even more effective way is to promote your own products. This is arguably the most efficient way of generating passive income if done correctly. For many this can be a daunting task. But, it really isn’t as hard as it sounds.

The first step is deciding whether you will be dealing with physical or digital products. There is a separate path for physical products, so today I am just going to focus on digital products. For the part-time entrepreneur I think selling/creating/marketing digital products will be “lower hanging fruit” than physical products. If there is interest, I can write an article on physical goods and drop shipping.

Next is becoming familiar with the products in your space. Get an account with an affiliate platform (clickbank, commission junction, JVZOO, WarriorPlus). Take a look at the marketplace and sort the products for your niche by popularity or gravity. Go through the products to see what is out there, and what seems to be doing well. Make notes of products you like, are interested in, and what their rating/popularity/gravity is (you will use this later).

After having a grasp of what is out there, you can identify “holes” & needs for your niche. Start making plans for potential products. Try and dream something up that is feasible with a unique selling point, something that will set it apart from other products in your space. What would provide real benefit or value to someone with your interests? What would you buy? What do you know that others don’t? What problem do people in your niche experience often? Carl White just wrote an excellent article on how he fulfills the needs of different niches by utilizing facebook and linkedin groups (How to beat the big dogs at affiliate marketing contests).

What I would suggest if you are just starting out is a special report of some kind. You are obviously already familiar with writing, and most likely already have a good grasp on your subject matter.

Find a popular report like this in the market place that is selling well, and buy it. While reading through, make notes of structure, length, format, and the kinds of information covered. You can use this report as a guide when outlining your own product. Something to keep in mind is that on these affiliate-based platforms, the market is typically flooded with “me-too” products. You will need to distance yourself from the collection of similar products on the subject you are writing about. So, if there are already 5 reports out there on the subject you were thinking about and you don’t have anything that drastically sets yours apart from them, you should move on to the next idea.

After you have decided on a product and outlined it, it is time to roll up your sleeves and get to work writing (or building). In the mean time while you develop your product, you can implement other ways of generating revenue like affiliate sales and/or lead generation (list building).

Affiliate Offers

Get the notes you made earlier on products you like in your niche, and their popularity. There are a few things to think about here. If the gravity is really high on the product this is an indication that this product will provide some stiff competition when you attempt to promote it. Do some research on what/who you are competing with. If all of your choices have a lot of competition, you might need to go a little lower on the gravity results and pick something a little less popular.

Once you have decided on a few products you would like to promote. You can start building a plan of action. The easiest way to promote an affiliate offer is adding a banner image to your site linked to your affiliate link. These are often placed in your sidebar in a “text/html widget”. I would also suggest writing a review article on some of the features or sections of the product that you really liked. While you might want to frame this as a product review, keep in mind that you are ultimately writing sales copy. Copy writing is an art form, and can take a lifetime to master. A good short guide to the structure of a sales letter can be found here written by Perry Belcher.

Be sure to read my article on my clickbank youtube hack. If you do decide to create a video sniper, be sure to post the video on your site to take full advantage of the traffic you are already getting.

Promoting your product

Once your product is complete, you need to make a marketing plan. The nuances of marketing your product go far beyond what I can cover in this short article but, I will do my best to concisely cover the basics.

You will want to “prime the pump”. This entails dropping hints, and building as much buzz for the product as you can. You can do this with preview posts, social media blasts, and guest posting about the product.

Do your best to write a sales letter or hire someone to write your sales letter, following the outline I linked to above. Hopefully, you have promoted a few affiliate products by now and you have developed a “feel” for what works for your readers and what doesn’t. I would suggest making a dedicated page for your sales letter on your blog and not only making a blog post about it. Make sure your home page is featuring the product in some way (above the fold of the page), whether that is a featured post, banner, or block of content in the side bar. Call in whatever favors you can for promotion via email drops, banners, etc.

Promoting a product can (and will) be an ongoing endeavor, of optimizing, tweaking, rewriting, testing, and tracking. The brevity of this post has been a challenge as each paragraph of this article could be expanded into its own book. Hopefully I was able to illustrate the big picture of monetizing your blog.

Becoming a full time entrepreneur can be a colossal challenge, but with adequate planning and a clear vision you can set yourself up for success. Don’t make a half effort and then give up when you aren’t driving a Bentley a week later. These things can take time and dedication and more than just a blog. As I said earlier in this article, there are countless methods to get you to your goal, and today I covered one. One thing is for certain, stopping after you get your blog built is a mistake.

About Kevin Clanton

Kevin Clanton is part of the new generation of Internet marketers, originally starting his career as a programmer obsessed with all things information / technology. Online Marketing has quickly become his primary focus; where he is able to leverage his background in development to implement his dreams & ideas in order to quickly produce data on their effectiveness. Google Kevin has an intense drive to be as well rounded as possible in his business pursuits. He isn’t satisfied until he has a firm understanding of all aspects of a given business strategy.

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Thanks, Kevin.  Hope this helped you – much food for thought, eh?

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Talk soon.

Chineme

 

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7 Ways To Make Money Using Nothing More Than Your List

Greetings.

An opt-in list can be quite crucial to any site or internet based company. Even for a small venture such as a niche profit site an opt-in list can make a world of difference and also add some extra income for your pocket. 

Rarely would you see an e-commerce site, big or small,
that is without an opt-in list.

An opt-in list allows for a company to market their wares
and site via an e-mail. With an opt-in list, a site and a
subscriber consents to sending and receiving a newsletter
from your company. Through this, you can keep your
subscribers abreast of what is currently available in your
site as well as whatever is coming out.

And because there is mutual consent between the two
parties, any mail sent to the list is not considered as
spam mail. There is a great number of successfully read
promotional materials such as catalogs, newsletters and
such that are sent because the subscribers themselves have
signed up for them, meaning, they do want to be sent those
items.

Building a list is crucial, only a small percentage
actually subscribes for an opt-in list. Many people find
promotional mails annoying but of you provide a good
newsletter or promotional material, you will see your
list build up and grow. You can also achieve this by
having good content on your site. If people like what they
see and read on your site, then they surely would want
more. Newsletters would be a way to attract them back to
your site. A little teaser or appetizer if you will.

But other than marketing your wares and your services, an
opt-in list can also be used to earn extra profit. Not all
lists can be used though. It would be good to first build
a successful list with a huge number of subscribers. The
more subscribers you have, the more money you can get.
Here are seven ways to make money using nothing more than
your list.

1) Place advertisements. There are many corporations who
will be willing to pay to put their banners and ads on a
list with many subscribers. Selling or renting out lists
is not a good idea so rather than doing that, many
companies would just rather place ads with lists that have
a huge subscriber base. Your newsletter could be placed
with many ads and each one spells money.

2) Have affiliations with other companies that have at
least a semblance or relation to what your site is about.
Here other companies will provide links and brief
descriptions of what they offer, products and services.
With every click made on the link that directs or leads a
subscriber from your list to their site, the company will
pay you. This P4P or pay for performance.

3) Make deals with other companies by asking for a small
percentage of sales done through your list. With every
sale done by customers that have come from your list and
have gone there because of your newsletter, the other
company will pay you a small percentage of your sales. The
more people who buys from them, the more earnings you get.

4) You may also get products from other sites on a
consignment basis and sell them to your list via your
newsletter. Place descriptions, articles and photos of the
product in your newsletter. There will be those who will
buy from you and when that happens, you can order the
product from the other site and sell it to your buyer.

5) Sell e-books or a compilation of your articles on your
list. Manuals and how-to articles are in great demand.
Many people will be willing to shell out money to gain
knowledge about a certain topic and subject. With your
existing list trusting your expertise in that area, an
e-book could be offered and sold or used as an incentive.

6) Create a network out of your list. Get people to invite
more people to view your site and subscribe to your list.
The larger your list is, the more people will be able to
click on your links and affiliate links as well as make
your advertisement rates higher.

7) Subscribers are willing to pay for information if they
know that it can be trusted and relied upon. Use your list
to get more and more people to subscribe to you as well as
browse your site. Lastly, you can use your list to earn
money by making them your partners. Your list will be the
bloodline of your growth and increase.

Elementary stuff, but often neglected. To keep up with
more tips and tricks, please sign up to receive my
newsletters here!

Talk soon.

Chineme
http://presentingyourfuture.com

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