Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sralos Fantasy Art Website Launched

As promised, I am taking everything that I've learned while creating this blog and applying it to a website featuring my artwork. 

The name of the site is Sralos Fantasy Art.  The url is http://sralos.com/, or you can just click on the link if you want to check out my progress so far. 

The last few weeks have been devoted to site design and layout, getting it ready for advertising.  This is a Wordpress blog on my own website, so I've been installing plugins to make the site function the way I need it to.  I know that a lot of people are plugin crazy, but my philosophy on them is less is more.  I try to get by with as few plugins as possible, because it cuts down on performance problems, and there are fewer chances of plugins conflicting with each other. 

Once the site layout was complete, I started researching keywords using Google's Adwords Keyword tool, then added the ones I chose to my Meta Tags, and placed those everywhere on my site with the All In One SEO plugin for Wordpress.  This plugin will also allow you to customize your keywords for each post. 

I also installed a social bookmarking plugin called Share and Follow.  This one allows you to put links to many social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter on your posts and pages.  I set mine up to put the buttons on every page and post, and there is a link to my Facebook fan page on the sidebar.  Not only does this plugin make it easy for visitors to share one of my posts with their friends, but it also allows me to update my Facebook fan page as well. 

Yesterday, I added Sralos Fantasy Art to the manual Traffic Exchanges I already belong to.  I haven't added it to the auto surf exchanges yet, but I plan to do that after I've had it on the manual for awhile. 

Today, I signed up to the affiliate programs of several digital art tools and websites.  Once that was done, I went to my blog and added ads and banners for Adobe Photoshop CS5, DAZ 3D, and Poser 8.  I'm still waiting to be approved by Renderosity, but since I've been a member and a customer for years and years, I think they'll approve me. :) 

Oh, and I'm adding a backlink to Sralos Fantasy Art right here on this blog!  And not just the ones in this post, either.  I've added a permanent link on the sidebar.

Tomorrow I plan to add sralos.com into the rotations of the manual exchanges, and start surfing for credits to get it shown as many times as possible.  I also plan to start submitting the site to web directories. 

Hopefully, people will fall in love with my art and start buying it.  I'll keep you posted on what happens.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Article Marketing & Google's New Algorithm Change

For the last few weeks, I have been working with various article marketing tools in order to advertise my blog and websites.  During that time I used three different tools.  One to create the article, one to spin it, and the third to submit the article to 300 + sites.  The purpose for all of this was to get backlinks and therefore traffic to my sites. 

All of the tools performed more or less as expected, with the less going to the article creation tool.  This software was advertised as being able to generate unique articles quickly. All you had to do, according to the creator, is put your search phrase in, click on the research button, and then click a button and the tool would write a 300 word article for you from that research. 

First, there is the ethical issue.  Basically what the tool is doing is going through other people's published articles and taking a sentence or two from each of these, and then generate an entirely new article from it.  They call that plagiarism where I come from, and the very idea of it just doesn't sit well with me.  That being said, that part of the tool never worked properly anyway.  However another part of the tool, the one that creates paragraphs for a selected list of subtopics did work well.  Despite all of its ethical drawbacks, I personally found another part of the tool, the fact finder, to be very useful.  It allows you to do a lot of research from a lot of different sources very quickly, which is a time saver.  I simply pulled out the facts that I wanted to touch on, and used that as inspiration for my own, completely original article.  In addition, the tool has a synonym replacer, which is very helpful in completing the article.

The second tool, the spinner, performed exactly as expected, though not nearly as quickly as advertised.  Sure, there is an option to replace all found synonyms with either your own favorites or that of all the other users, but these are quite often out of the context of your original article, with the end result being a load of unrecognizable gibberish.  Of course, if you take the time to pick your synonyms, the results are fantastic, but this takes time.  The purpose of the spinner is to generate hundreds of unique versions of your article for submission to various article directories.

And that brings us to the final tool, an article submission program.  The object of this tool is to submit your spun articles to hundreds of article directories all over the Internet.  The tools performed again as expected.  It even created accounts for you at the various directories and also handled confirmation emails.  You could set a submission schedule, so that your article is only submitted to 30 sites a day, which appears more natural rather than hitting 300 sites at once.  Apparently, Google sees mass submissions like that as spam, and they dismiss it from their results for about six months.

A few days ago, Google tweaked its algorithm so as to reduce the importance of these so-called content farms.  Which means that it's pointless to submit an article to 300 + directories, because backlinks from these places no longer count as much as they once did.  And since that's true, it's not really necessary to generate hundreds of unique articles in order to market your site. 

So, where does that leave us?  Pretty much at square one.  To be clear, creating articles is still important for marketing your site, but now quality counts for more than quantity.  Maybe that's not such a bad thing.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tips For Surfing A Manual Traffic Exchange

Traffic Exchanges are a great way to build up traffic to your website or blog.  However, there are a few tricks you need to be aware of to help you surf them successfully.
  • NEVER begin surfing any traffic exchange without a firewall and unless your anti-virus software is up to date.  BitDefender stopped five attacks against my computer over the course of three weeks.
  • Try to surf at least 5 exchanges at once by having each running in its own tab. You get a lot more mileage out of  your surfing time that way rather than surfing one exchange at a time. 
  • If you're using auto-surf exchanges, remember to check your browser every now and then to see if any of them stalled and need to be reset.
  • For manual exchanges, arrange them in tabs based on the length of the timer.  For instance, if you prefer to work from right to left, you would put the exchange with the shortest timer in the tab to the far right, and the one with the longest on the far left.  That way, but the time you work your way through all the tabs, the longest one will be ready.
  • If you're still getting to your longest timer before it's ready, try clicking on the shortest one two or three times before moving on.  As a bonus, you'll get two to three times the credits on that traffic exchange as well!
  • Turn your sound off.  So many of the websites and blogs on a traffic exchange have audio and video clips. Five of these playing at once will drive you insane. 
  • Surfing is NOT a work-safe activity. The noise and the threat of virus attacks make traffic exchanges ill-advised on the job. 
  • Take note of websites and blogs that make you want to stop surfing for a minute and read. What caught your eye?  Apply what you learn to your own blog.
You can easily get a lot of hits with traffic exchanges.  Surfing can also be an interesting and educational experience.  Knowing what to expect from an exchange is half the battle. These tips should help you optimize your experience.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Working With Article Marketing Tools

In the upcoming weeks, I will be doing a series of reviews on article marketing tools.  Currently, I'm in the process of working with these tools, and while they're easy to use right out of the box, it takes some time to learn how to use them well.  One thing you definitely do not want to do is to spin an article without carefully choosing your synonyms. 

Some synonyms are just uncomfortable.  For instance, "I made it move" sounds okay, while "I made it articulate" just sounds a bit off.  People don't talk like that, and for anyone who knows about spinning, it's a dead give away that you are indeed spinning your article.  Then there are those synonyms that work in one context, but not in another.  Training and conditioning can be used as synonyms for each other, but the sentence "Turn on the air training," doesn't make any sense. 

It's important to keep in mind that these tools are just that, tools.  If you use them properly, they'll do a great job for you.  If you don't, well you'll get an article that sounds like gibberish.  Worse, if you submit it, then you've got an article that looks like gibberish with your name on it and linking back to your site or blog. 

There's no such thing as an article marketing tool that you can just click and publish. Even spun articles need the human touch. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Getting Backlinks With Article Marketing

The more research I do, the more I come to find out that article marketing is a key factor to the success of any online business.  Not only does article marketing give you the opportunity to sell yourself, your site, and your products, but it also is the primary source of getting backlinks. 

Here's how it works.  Include a link back to your site at the bottom of every article you write, and then submit your articles to directories all over the Internet.  Sounds simple enough, but there's a catch.  Google dismisses duplicate content.  So, if you submit your article to 100 directories, Google only counts the first one it finds.  The other 99 were pretty much a waste of your time. 

That's where article spinning comes into play.  Spinning an article means rewriting it by using different words and phrases, rearranging sentences and paragraphs, making it just different enough that Google doesn't see it as a duplicate. Imagine doing that 99 times.  I should mention that some people say it is only necessary to submit to the top ten article directories, so you'd only have to spin it 9 times. 

However, most of the sites I researched recommended submitting to at least 50 while others suggest up to 300.  That's a lot of spinning.  It's also a lot of submitting. There is software that can automate these tasks.  I'll be reviewing some of those next week, so stay tuned.

The point of all of this spinning and submitting is to get quality backlinks.  Quality backlinks, because they are attached to an article laced with your keywords, and coming from sites where they are listed under related categories amongst other related articles. There's just no getting around it.  If you want to be a success online, you have to do article marketing.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Backlinks - What Are They & How To Get Them

By now you've probably heard that backlinks are one of the vital cogs that make SEO (Search Engine Optimization) work, but that still doesn't explain what they are or how you get them. What they are is rather simple. Backlinks are links placed on other sites that lead back to your website or blog. Backlinks tell Google and Yahoo that other sites think you're worth linking too, and that gets you a higher page rank, which means more visitors and more sales. How to get them is not quite so simple.

There are, of course, programs you can purchase that will post your backlinks all over the Internet, but it's a good practice to learn how to do something yourself before you decide if it's worth paying to have it done for you. If you have the pioneer spirit or just can't afford to pay for it, below is a simple guide for getting backlinks to your website or blog.

Submit Your Site To Web Directories

Web Directories are like phone directories, only they list websites instead of phone numbers. Once your site is added to the directory, you'll have a backlink. Most web directories are free, even though they do have pay options that move your site up to the top of their list. Some directories claim that if you choose the free option that it'll take three months before it is reviewed, but in actuality it takes a couple of weeks on average.

There are lots of web directories, so if one only takes paid submissions, just skip it and move on to the next. Typically, you'll want to submit your site to 20 - 30 directories per week. Most directories will eventually drop websites from their listings after 60 - 90 days. It's a good idea to resubmit your website or blog every three months. Check to see if it's still there before resubmitting.

Sign Up With Popular Related Sites

Find websites in your niche, or closely related to it, that already rank high with Google and Yahoo, then become a member. Most sites have member profiles, which you can customize and add a link to your blog. Instant backlink! Remember, links from related sites are considered more valuable to search engines. If your blog is about gardening, you'll get more mileage by putting a backlink on a site about potting soil rather than one about electronics.

Join Related Internet Forums

Forums are everywhere and they cover just about every subject imaginable. If there is a topic that more than one person is interested in, you can bet there's a forum dedicated to it. Probably more than one. Just as with websites, forums give their members a profile, where you can post an instant backlink to your website or blog. However, forums also have a feature called a signature. Much like it sounds, a signature is added to the end of every post or comment a member makes within the forum. Signatures can be customized to include a link to your site.

By using a signature on a related forum, you are creating a new backlink each time you post. Warning: most forums will not tolerate blatant advertising, so be sure to keep your posts relevant and on topic. Staying on topic will also give you a good reputation within the community, which will encourage other members to check out your website or blog.

Respond To Related Blogs

Search for blogs related to your topic and post a comment. Most blogs allow you to include a link to your website, so once again you have an instant backlink on a related site. As with forums, it's important to keep your responses relevant. Don't just type "good article" and hit submit. Read the article first. Find something in it that you can elaborate on, so you can contribute something to the conversation. Even better, ask a question. That way you can start a dialogue and establish a relationship with that blogger, who in turn might visit and comment on your blog. It's important to become part of your niche community, so people in related fields get to know who you are and possibly help promote your website or blog for you.

Submitting Articles

Writing and submitting non-fiction articles can be a moneymaking prospect in and of itself, however they're also an excellent way to get backlinks. Most article submission sites allow you to add your link to your profile, to a resource box, and to the bottom of the article itself. That's a lot of relevant backlinks. Your articles might get the attention of other writers, who then might visit your blog and comment. All of this clicking and commenting equals quality traffic in the eyes of the search engines.

Backlinks, although simple to define, are a vital part of marketing a website or blog. The more links you have leading back to your site from other related websites, the higher the search engines will rank you. Getting quality backlinks can be time consuming, but if done correctly, it can establish and maintain your reputation in your niche community. And, that's time well spent.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Building Traffic With Traffic Exchanges

As previously discussed, traffic refers to the number of people visiting your site. There are other terms used for this as well, such as hits and page views, but they all mean basically the same thing ... they measure the number of people looking at your blog or website. The more traffic you get, the more opportunities you have to sell your products. One way to build traffic to your blog is to put it on a traffic exchange.

A traffic exchange is a website where its members agree to help each other build up traffic for their various blogs and websites. Blogs and websites are placed on a rotation, and members "surf" each other's sites, viewing each for a specified amount of time before clicking through to the next one. Instead of "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours," it's "If you look at mine, I'll look at yours."

There are all kinds of different traffic exchanges. Some want you to visit a page for 30 seconds, while others can require as little as 10 seconds per view. Some allow you to surf for credits, some for cash, and some for both. Credits are basically the amount of times your blog will get run through the traffic exchange. So, if you have 50 credits, your blog will get viewed 50 times. The rate at which you earn credits or cash varies from traffic exchange to traffic exchange. While it is possible to make money from surfing a traffic exchange, it really isn't very much, so I personally only surf for credits.

There are auto-surf exchanges and manual traffic exchanges. For an auto-surf traffic exchange, you simply go to their site, click to start surfing, then minimize the window and go about your business. Auto-surf surfs automatically. All you have to do is check it from time to time to make sure it doesn't get hung up on one site. Auto-surf exchanges sound great, because you can build up a lot of traffic without a lot of effort. However, my blogspot blog was rejected by every auto-surf exchange I signed up with. I don't know if it's a blogspot issue specifically, or if it's because you have to have your own domain.

Manual traffic exchanges mean you have to click on a button in order to move on to the next site. You will not get credit for visiting a site if you click on the button before the timer runs down, or if you click on the wrong button. Since I'm confined to using only manual exchanges, I usually have about five of them running in different tabs at the same time, and I surf them all at once. By the time I've clicked through all of them, the timers on the first ones have run down, so I can begin the cycle anew.

It was recommended to me to leave my blog on traffic exchanges for three weeks, and then to take them off. As mentioned in my previous post, the search engines don't count hits from traffic exchanges as quality traffic, so there's no real point to leaving it on the rotation any longer than that. Working For Yourself has just about completed its three weeks, and I will have gotten over 3,000 hits by the time it's done. That's surfing five manual exchanges three days per week, and viewing approximately 75 sites per exchange, per day.

Below, I will give you links to my favorite manual traffic exchanges. But before you start surfing, there are some things you should be aware of. First, there is the noise. A lot of blogs and sites have audio and video recordings, and sometimes you are listening to five of these going off at once. It's enough to drive you crazy, so I recommend surfing with the speakers off.

Second, DO NOT get on a traffic exchange unless you have up to date virus protection. My anti-virus software caught and stopped three viruses while on the exchanges. If you consider the number of sites viewed, the percentage of virus incidents is pretty low, but it's best not to go in unprotected.

One last question to consider is ... Are traffic exchanges a niche market unto themselves? In other words, are other people surfing the exchange potential customers? It depends on what you're selling. For the most part, the sites and blogs I saw on the exchanges are all either selling ways to make money online, or promoting other traffic exchanges, or trying to get people into their downline (that's another topic). So, if your blog is offering the same types of opportunities, it's unlikely that one of your competitors is going to buy from you. On an auto-surf exchange, the chances of someone actually looking at your blog, much less clicking on it, are even less.

That said, I think anything different on a manual traffic exchange is at least going to get some attention. I'll be testing that theory when I put my other blog on the manual exchanges and see if I can pick up a few sales. I'll let you know how that goes.

Traffic Exchanges can perform well for you, so long as you go into it with reasonable expectations. If you're just looking to get some hits to startup a new blog or website, then they'll do the job for you. If you're trying to earn a little money by surfing, they can do that for you too, but you do a lot of clicking to get a little money. If you're looking to sell your products to other surfers, then you have to be selling something different. If you're offering the same thing that everyone else is, then a traffic exchange is probably not going to produce sales for you.

Here are my favorite Manual Traffic Exchanges:

EasyHits4U . This exchange has two surf for credit rates, and you get prizes every 25 sites you view. The prize is usually text ad impressions or banner ad impressions, and occasionally you win more credits. To me, the prizes make things a bit more fun. They also have over 300,000 registered members, so that's a lot of potential eyes on your blog, if you have a little something different to sell.

FreeTrafficWorld. You can surf for cash or credits on this exchange, and they also have a lot of members ... over 20,000.

BlogClicker. This is one of my favorite exchanges, because it features mostly blogs, and they are selling a variety of different products. Believe me, once you spend some time surfing, you will appreciate looking at something different.

Hit 2 Hit. This is one of my favorite exchanges, because it's fast. The timer is only 10 seconds long, so I usually visit 2 sites on this exchange for every 1 I surf on the others. The membership is large, over 10,000, and there are lots of games you can play, where you can win 3 credits for the right answer, which keeps things fun.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Marketing Your Website - First You Have to Learn a New Language

Okay, so you've made a blog, you've signed up with companies you want to represent, you've added banners and links to your site, and you've even gotten into the habit of posting two - three times per week so that you always have fresh content. So, now what? Now, it's time to market you blog, but before you can do that, you have to learn a whole new language.

SEO

If you've googled web marketing, you've seen the acronym SEO on page after page. It's the mack daddy of the language you're about to learn. All other terms and acronyms bow down to this one, for it is their god. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Put simply, it means making your website as Google and Yahoo friendly as possible. Just like you googled web marketing, other people might be googling to find what you're selling, and SEO is what you do to make your site rank high on the list.

That brings us to our second term, another acronym called PR. If you guessed 'public relations' you're wrong. PR stands for Page Rank. The page rank runs on a scale from 0 to 10. A rank of 0 means you are not listed at all, while 10 means you're at the top of the list.

Keywords are words or phrases that people type into a search engine when they're looking for something on the Internet. Keywords are an extremely important part of SEO, and they can break you or make you. You attach keywords to your blog by using Meta Tags.

Meta Tags can be read by search engines, but are invisible to anyone looking at the web page. They are hidden in the code that makes all web pages visible. If you want to see what they look like, go to your favorite website, right click and select View Source. All that gibberish you see there is the code that makes the web page work. Meta Tags are usually at the top. They serve a lot of functions, but the ones of most interest to SEO are keywords and description.

The Title ... not the one written at the top of your blog, but the one written at the very top in the title bar of your browser ... is also very important in SEO. I'm not sure how yet, but it's one of the things I'll be learning and sharing as this blog progresses. The title is also hidden in the code.

Next comes backlinks. Backlinks are links you put on other websites that link back to yours. Search engines look to see how important your blog is by seeing how many other websites link to it. Not just any backlinks will do. It's better if it comes from reputable sites.

The entire purpose of SEO is to get traffic to your site. Traffic is the term for the number of visits your blog gets. Search engines also measure traffic as a factor in how they rank your blog. Again, not just any old traffic will do. A couple of rounds through the traffic exchanges will only do so much good as far as PR goes. On the one hand, it looks good that your site is getting a lot of visits, on the other, search engines take into account where the hits come from, and exchanges are not considered quality traffic.

That concludes today's vocabulary lesson. Take good notes. There's going to be a quiz. :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Learning How to Promote & Market A Blog

Some people make the choice to work for themselves. They plan for it, save for it, make sure every little detail is right before they begin. Others make the choice to earn a little extra income. But there are some of us who have the choice made for us. That choice was made for me in June of 2008, when I was laid off from my job due to lack of work. After the first year of diligently searching for and failing to find a traditional job as the recession got worse and worse, I truly feared for my future for the first time in my life.

I knew I had to do something to take control of my own financial well-being. Even if I was lucky enough to find a job, there would be no guarantee that this recession wouldn't cause me to be laid off again, but of course no job offer was forthcoming. The only option left to me was to find a way to work for myself.

My first attempt to work for myself was to open a CafePress store to sell my digital art designs. I spent hours putting the store together, uploading my artwork, designing various products, and then I waited for sales to come. And I waited. And waited. Waited some more. Nothing happened. Today, I'm still waiting, but I have a plan ... more on that later.

My second attempt was to start my own temp business featuring me as the only available temp. This business worked better for me, and it at least made more money than I spent on startup costs, but I still wasn't getting enough jobs to keep up with my day-to-day living expenses.

This is my third attempt. For a long time, I've been aware that people are making money on the web. If they can do it, why can't I? The problem, of course, was I didn't know where to even begin. A friend of mine forwarded me an email she received from a work at home program. I checked the company out and found out that they were legitimate. The system only cost $47 for lifetime access, so I figured I might as well give it a try. (I'm still evaluating the program, so I won't mention the name of this company until I'm satisfied that it works.)

It's only been a couple of weeks since I began the program, so the verdict is still out about how well it works, but I will say that I'm learning a lot. This blog was created as part of the program. It's a starter blog meant to help me learn the ropes. Now that I've finished creating the blog and getting signed up with the various companies I want to represent, the next step is to get people to my blog. It's called Traffic ... getting people to your website. I know what it is. I've always known what it was. What I don't know is how to get it.

And this is where my REAL education begins!

This is also the point where this blog finally finds its purpose. Working For Yourself is dedicated to my marketing education. I'll take what I'm learning and apply it to both this blog and to my CafePress store. (See, I told you I'd come back to this later. It's later.) Maybe it's vanity, but I happen to think that my artwork is good enough that people might want to buy a poster or a t-shirt, if I could just get my stuff in front of their eyes.

Will my efforts pay off? Stay tuned!

Executive Data Group Offers Comprehensive Training

Were you aware that data entry jobs are the #1 work from home job opportunity on the web? A great number of these jobs cannot be filled due to the lack of experience, knowledge or resources for connecting workers with the actual job opportunities.

That's where Executive Data Group comes into play. Executive Data Group will professionally train you to do a variety of job tasks. The Executive Data Group program is designed for those new to computers and the Internet. Listed below are just a few of the jobs they are going to teach you to perform for the organizations they work with.

Online Data Entry Clerk
Online data entry clerks work with numerous projects outsourced by companies. You will be working directly with the companies, which will send their projects right to you. You will be performing a variety of tasks, including creating or maintaining spreadsheets, producing company literature, word processing, etc. You'll do projects like generating fax cover sheets, company newsletters, business letterhead, etc. The majority of the forms are already designed and you are simply going to be entering the content furnished by the company and sending it back to them.

Data Marketing Operator
This is among the most popular kinds of data entry jobs on the Internet. This type of job can provide limitless amounts of work that you are able to perform at your leisure. Executive Data Group will train you to type small forms and submissions. You're trained on exactly how and where to post the submissions for any of the 1000s of businesses accessible in their network. Make use of the special pay tracking furnished by every company to monitor your earnings. You will end with a nice paycheck each month. Some workers can make $300 to $1000 or more per day with this particular program.

Web Research Assistant
Being a Web research assistant you'll be expected to look at particular websites and web-based products. You'll then compose an evaluation or complete data research reports with your general impression of the business or their products. All the tasks are carried out online from your own home. You'll have the chance to go to focus groups in your area as well. The essential part of the work is performed online and usually takes an average of about thirty minutes to finish. Lengthier projects typically mean more earning potential. This can be a fun job and build a nice income.

Executive Data Group provides you with:
  • Comprehensive training on various kinds of data entry jobs.
  • All essential software required to do the training and the jobs.
  • Thousands of organizations to perform work for.
  • Personalized guidance that will help you through training.
Does this sound like the kind of program you've been looking for? For more information, visit Executive Data Group.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Write Your Own Work At Home Success Story

Are success stories only written about those who were born with the success gene? Of course not, however, they are written about people who have made a decision to improve their current circumstances and have dedicated themselves to bettering their lives. It is easier to say you want to be a success than to actually do something about it. It's even more difficult to be a success doing work for another person. You typically make the boss more successful, but you wind up in the very same financial circumstances you started out in.

There are a variety of work from home opportunities that actually work. The most difficult part is to find the one made just for you. Remember that while some opportunities work well for others, they might not be the best solution for you. You must also make sure the company is reputable. Check to see how long they have been in business. Are they a member in good standing of the Better Business Bureau?

Before you choose a product to promote, be sure to evaluate the product while keeping a few things in mind. Does the product work? Would it be something that everyone can use? How frequently will people need or want to repurchase it? The most ideal scenario would be something that people want to buy on a monthly basis, in that case your customers will come back again and again.

A work from home business can be quite fulfilling. It may also be challenging for some people to get organized and train themselves to manage their time effectively. You can easily get swept up in the distractions that come from working in the home. To achieve success you need to consider it a job and schedule your time accordingly. In the startup phase of any business you should plan to work longer and harder. If you have chosen the right business for you, and you genuinely put forth the effort, you will succeed.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Writing For Profit Using Target Articles

Virtually everyone on every blog or website writes for profit. When you're trying to make money online, writing for profit is crucial. To move your site up the Google and Yahoo ladders you need to provide fresh content consistently. And not just any content either. Your article must be relevant. In other words, your business site is never the right spot to complain about that flat tire you got this morning.

Gear your articles toward providing potential customers with information about the companies and products you're promoting. Write an appealing, persuasive title or topic which will get across the concept of the article and that grabs people's attention. Research plenty of valuable information and facts about your products and solutions. Go over the features and benefits. Discuss problems your readers might be going through, then suggest your products as the most effective solution.

Article writing and marketing are equally important when it comes to generating revenue. The goal of promoting your article is to get targeted traffic to your site and with luck, make some sales.

Article directories are a great way to attract traffic from search engines as well as promote your products. Include keywords related to the products you are promoting in each article you submit. Be careful. Article directories will not allow blatant advertising within the article body. That's why you write about something related to the products you are offering, but not specifically about the products themselves.

Writing for profit can be fun and, well, profitable if you have the right tools and follow a few guidelines. If writing and submitting articles sounds like something you might be interested in, there is a company you might want to check out. The information they offer isn’t free, but the time and effort you save in digging up this information on you own might be worth it to you. Check it out. See what you think.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

What Is A Virtual Assistant?

A good virtual assistant is just like a highly skilled online executive assistant, not just a person who happens to own a computer and wants to make money some extra money. However, it can be the perfect career choice for anyone who has experience as an administrative professional. Basically, a virtual assistant is an administrative assistant who can work from anywhere.

Businesses benefit from hiring virtual assistants on many levels, and the demand for them is growing. Here are just a few of the services a virtual assistant can provide:

- Bill Paying
- Updating Blogs
- Fielding Phone Calls
- Managing Calendars
- Scheduling Appointments
- Creating Reports & Spreadsheets
- Online Banking
- Email Management

Being a virtual assistant can be a moneymaking and a money-saving career. In addition to a decent wage, you also don't have any travel and lunch expenses. You will have a control over your income that people working in traditional office jobs will never have. And, you have the convenience of being able to do your job from your own home. A virtual assistant gets to do a lot of different kinds of jobs and work with a lot of different kinds of people. You’re not limited to one geographic location. You can work for anyone anywhere.

To be a successful virtual assistant, you should think of yourself as more than just an online personal helper. You're a business owner whose business happens to be helping others. It can be a wonderful career if you are comfortable donning the multitude of hats a small business owner must wear. You should be aware that the hours can be irregular and you may have to work on short notice. You will also have to spend some time and effort marketing yourself and your business.

With the right tools and know-how, being a virtual assistant is one of the easiest home businesses to start. It doesn't involve substantial startup costs. Of course you'll need some computer programs, but if you're a long time administrative professional like me, you probably already own most of them. If you are familiar with the Internet and basic computer programs, then you probably have the skills to market yourself as a virtual assistant.

The best way to learn how to startup a virtual assistant business and to market it properly is to investigate programs created by people who have been working in the field for years, and who can show you precisely how it’s done. These programs aren't free, but they're not expensive either. Basically you are paying for knowledge and research that took years to acquire and then put into a successful program.

Here are a couple of companies I like. Check them out:

Online Data Entry Jobs, for more info GO HERE


My Data Team, for more info GO HERE

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Work At Home Online Job Opportunities Grow in Availability & Popularity

Work at home job opportunities have become a much more popular choice for a lot of people over the last few years. There are mothers searching for great ideas to make a little extra money, and fathers who are searching for supplemental income. Folks who have been laid off due to the recession - Americans, who did everything right in this economic downturn and still lost their jobs - need ideas for any kind of income. Work at home enterprises are a good solution for a lot of these people. Doing work from home typically allows you to make your own schedule and still generates a respectable income. And, where else can you be your own boss? Another benefit of working from home is that you can finally have some control over the amount of money you can make.

The availability of at home employment opportunities has skyrocketed, and a wide range of online job options is now just a mouse click away. Looking for the right opportunity to start your very own home business? Take a look at the number of work at home jobs listed on the internet and you'll find that quite a few of them are done online. Want to make money with an online home business? Don't worry. Knowledge of HTML, Photoshop, etc., is not required; nor do you need to own a business website or blog in order to participate in most online job programs. You just need to be able to understand written and video instructions in English, and have access to a computer with an internet connection.

There are a large variety of online jobs available such as:

  • - Virtual Assistants
  • - Receptionists
  • - Data Entry Operators
  • - Writers
  • - Web Designers
  • - Transcriptionists
  • - ... And much more!

You can start a virtual assistant business, or work from home for a company that uses you to support their personnel or clients. Online data entry jobs are simple and a great way for retired people, students, moms, and just about anyone to make some extra money. Article writing is one of the top home based careers for the creative minded, and it can be one of the most lucrative. You can also be an online tutor.

Other work at home opportunities include things like web marketing, advertising, and affiliate sales. Affiliate sales is one of the best online jobs because you sell products to customers and you don't even have to leave the house. Just join a company's affiliate program and advertise their products and services. Earn a commission for every sale you make. You can even start a website and turn it into an online store. You sell the product, and the company ships it out to the customer and takes care of all the details. All you have to do is collect your commission.

Men and women everywhere are wanting to enhance their lives by starting up personally satisfying and profitable work at home jobs. Choosing to start to your own home business is a big decision. It's a decision that means you're taking control of your own life and opting to guide your own future rather than working for someone else's success, or patiently waiting for the economy to get better so you can even find a job. Working at home can give the flexibility you want and the revenue that you need. Online job opportunities are knocking. All you have to do is open the door ... or click your mouse!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Working From Home - When It Starts Feeling Like a Job

Okay, so you've started your online business, you've been diligently plugging away at it, but now your initial enthusiasm is starting to wane because you're not seeing results as quickly as you'd like to. It's at this point where you might be thinking, "Why bother?" You get up one morning and stare at your computer like it's your old boss, demanding that you sit down and get to work.

Here's the reason why you keep going ... because if you don't, you will never see results. And it won't be because the techniques you've been employing aren't working, but because you gave up. There’s no worse feeling in the world than to look back at any endeavor and wonder if you could have succeeded if you tried a little harder.

Think of enthusiasm as a party girl. Enthusiasm only wants to work as long as it’s new and fun. It’s Determination and Self-Discipline that actually get the job done when it stops being new.

Sometimes determination will keep moving you forward when enthusiasm is ready to call it quits. This is where self-discipline comes in. Set aside a couple of hours each day for work. During those hours, you can update your blog, read over your Work From Home guidelines, surf traffic exchanges, research new companies you can promote ... anything, so long as it is work related.

At the end of the day, you'll feel much better about yourself knowing that you at least did something to keep your Online Business going forward. In time, your efforts will pay off in dollars. For now, content yourself with knowing that today; you did the best you could.

And don’t worry, party girl Enthusiasm will be back once your efforts start earning you money. She is such a material girl, but that’s okay, because the work horses Determination and Self-Discipline will always get you where you’re going.



Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Data Team - Offering REAL Work At Home Solutions

My Data Team has been offering legitimate online Work At Home opportunities since 2003.  Although some members of their program can make thousands of dollars a day, the company stresses that this is not a get rich quick scheme.  It will take time and effort to start earning real money.  The people who are pulling in thousands of dollars per day began like everyone else ... eager to learn and willing to try. 

No one in the world is born knowing how to make money online, but companies like My Data Team provide you with the training you need, AND they guide you through the enrollment process for thousands of companies that are looking for workers.  Here is a list of just a few of the jobs you will be trained to do:

  • Traditional Data-Entry Jobs
  • Word Processing
  • Business Coding
  • Legal Transcription
  • Document Data Recording
  • Data Research

My Data Team charges a small, one-time fee for registration.  After that, they give you the training tutorials, research, support, tools, software, and the jobs at no additional charge. They are NOT a get-rich-quick company. They are a legitimate company, offering legitimate work-from-home data-entry job opportunities that have proven success.  Satisfaction is 100% guaranteed!

To find out more, GO HERE.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

How to Find REAL Work From Home Opportunities

Working from home is becoming less of a dream and more of a necessity in the uncertainty of today’s economy. With rampant lay-offs nation wide, a home business no longer supplements a household income, but becomes the only source of income. More and more people find themselves suddenly desperately in need of any kind of income. Desperate people sometimes make bad choices that end up costing them money rather than earning it.

So, how do you avoid becoming a victim of a scam while searching for a way to earn money online? Mostly, just use the sense you were born with. There are lots of companies offering systems to help you earn money with nothing more than a computer and an internet connection. First, don’t be frightened off just because the company is charging a fee for the information. That information likely represents months of research, and naturally no one is going to give his or her hard work away for free.

Instead, compare the fee to other companies. If the fee is significantly higher or lower than other companies, it could be the sign of a scam. Next, read the offer. What exactly do you get for your money? Does the company give you enough information on exactly what you need to do to earn money? If the company is vague or evasive about what they’re offering, it’s probably best to pass them by.

Make sure the company isn’t giving you unrealistic expectations. It’s okay to tell you some people make up to $3,000 per day, so long as they also tell you what most people can realistically expect to make. Does the sales pitch stress that you will have to put forth some effort in order to be successful? If someone tells you that you can get rich quick with no effort, they're probably the ones getting rich, not you.

Once you’ve settled on a handful of companies that look good to you, the next step is to do a little investigative work. Open your favorite browser and do a search for the name of the company and the word "scam." If the company is not trustworthy, you will typically see several pages listed with customer complaints. Once you’re sure that the companies you like are all legitimate, do another search. This time, for the company and the word "review." This will tell you what customers think of their product.

Simply using a lot of common sense, realistic expectations, and a little research, you should be able to find a company offering the right kind of work at home opportunity for you. With dedication and the right motivation, you can make your home business a success.


For info on My Data Team, GO HERE.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Get Paid To Write

Did you know that you can get real writing jobs online?  No special training is necessary in most cases, although proof reading jobs do require an understanding of the rules of grammar.  This is the perfect solution for the creative person looking to make a little extra money. 

  • Write short articles for up to $50 per article
  • Review websites for inappropriate content for $20 per hour
  • Read and respond to email for up to $150 per day
  • Make blog posts for up to $30 per post
  • Edit content & proofread for up to $200 per day

For more information on Real Writing Jobs, GO HERE.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Treating Yourself Like You Would Treat Your Boss

A lot of people will routinely go the extra mile for their boss or the company they work for, but they can't seem to put that same level of dedication and effort into working for themselves.  Why? Mostly because they cut themselves the slack they know a "real" boss never would.  A "real" boss expects you to perform up to his level of expectations.

Here's the thing ... you ARE the "real" boss.  You have to demand from yourself what your old boss used to demand from you.  This concept seems simple enough, but it's easier said (written) than done.

If you're having trouble cracking the whip at yourself, try to imagine that you are working for someone else.  You're working for a boss who never comes into the office, and always expects you to anticipate his needs and meet them without asking.  Set deadlines for your projects and make sure to get them done on time so the "boss" won't get mad. 

Give yourself the same quality of work and performance efficiency that you used to give to someone else.  Your "real" boss would not be okay with you putting projects off so you can take care of personal business, and neither should you.  Working For Yourself gives you the opportunity to plan work around your personal life, but that doesn't mean you should put off business in favor of pleasure. 

Dedicating quality time to Working For Yourself will make your business as profitable for you now, as it used to do for any of the companies you worked for in the past. 

Online Data Entry Jobs

One of the ways you can Work For Yourself and make money from home is with an Online Data Entry job.  There are several different kinds of data entry jobs that you can find online, such as:


  • Outsource Data Entry
  • Worldwide Data-Entry Processor
  • Marketing Typist
  • Data-Collection Research Assistant
  • Data Proofreader
  • General Audio Transcriber
  • Home Secretarial Work
  • Virtual Assisting
  • Article Typing
  • Response Typist
I'll go over each of these later, but today let's talk about Outsource Data Entry.  You will perform various office projects for the companies you work for, including entering data into spreadsheets, creating business literature, and traditional word processing.  You will make fax cover sheets, company newsletters, pamphlets, etc.  Most of the time you'll be using existing templates and simply editing them to meet company needs, then send it back to them.  It's that easy!

One company, Online Data Entry, will train you on a Word Processor program, which they will provide at NO ADDITIONAL COST if you do not already have one.  You will learn how to create these simple literature projects quickly and professionally.  Once the project is complete, you'll email it back to the company and get paid!

Once again, this company has done all the work for you.  They charge a one-time fee that will give you access to thousands of companies, and provide thorough, easy to follow tutorials to show you precisely how to do the job and get paid.  You will be trained in every type of Online Data Entry job available.  Once training is complete, you can perform one, some, or all of these jobs for as many companies as you like and on your own schedule.

For more information on Online Data Entry jobs GO HERE!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Working From Home - Legitimate Online Jobs

With today's economy ... the recession in full swing, working from home is quickly becoming the only option for a lot of people.  Lay offs have been increasing over the last few years, and are projected to grow in the wake of downsizing as companies try to avoid the costs of the new health care package. 

If you do a search for working from home, you'll find a lot of options, but how can you tell the real online jobs from scams?  I've done some research and have found some legitimate companies out there, offering real tools and detailed, step by step instructions that tell you how to make money working from home.  None of these are get rich quick schemes.  Like anything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it.  But with just a little effort, you can be working for yourself. 

Legitimate Online Jobs is one of the companies I'm talking about.  You pay a reasonable, one-time fee, and you get access to thousands of companies and detailed tutorials telling you exactly how to succeed.  The companies themselves are FREE to register with and work for.  They offer multiple ways to make money; you can use one or all. Best of all, the tutorials are easy to follow, so anyone can learn to do this! Plus, your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. 

To find out more information on Legitimate Online Jobs, GO HERE!