Email Net-iquette

November 7, 2006

We all heard the following statement before: “you only have one chance to make a good first impression.” And in email communications, the first impression is the most important, as it is visual (a consumer LOOKS and SEES before he/she READS.)

You wouldn’t want to walk into a grimy, dimly lit shop either, would you? The same principle applies to email net-iquette. If we want to attract people to our emails, we will have to adhere to some rules and asthetics!

Most likely you would have seen some rather dull and ugly looking emails received in your inbox?! I admit, I’m guilty myself of sending them. You know what I’m talking about: an orange background and yellow borders, multi-colored text in all sizes from gigantic to microscopic, a message that looks like it was created by a crazed toddler? And to top it all off, there were so many animated moving objects, you felt like you came off a spinning wheel. DIZZY- If you did, I bet you didn’t feel the urge to read that email, did you? You probably just deleted it as quickly as possible.

==> PUT OUT THE WELCOME MAT

You want your email message to be friendly and inviting, not weired and scary. The suggestions below, and they’re just suggestions, not hard and fast rules will go a long way towards making recipients eyes say “come on in and explore” to your message.

==> DO’s and DON’Ts FOR ATTRACTIVE EMAILS

Try NOT to use use COLOR fonts in your message. (Leave that to junior high girls who want to write about Paris and her latest squeeze) Use BLACK TEXT ON A WHITE BACKGROUND. When you’re “speaking” in black and white, people will give their full attention to your message without being distracted by your color scheme. DON’T use UNCOMMON FONTS. If someone’s system doesn’t recognize the font you’ve selected, they could see gibberish instead of your brilliant message.

DO use the email marketers FAVORITE FONTS: Arial, Times New Roman, and Courier New

==> And please

DON`T use flashing buttons or banners in your email! Your prospects have undoubtedly gotten their fill of “flashy blink” when they’ve surfed the Internet. They don’t need more from you.

==> GET HYPER WITH EMAIL HYPERLINKS

An email hyperlink is just geek-talk for a link in your email to a website, or email address. Sounds simple enough, and it is (unless you try to contact a prospect on AOL who may not be able to receive “clickable” links.)

Don’t worry. There’s a “solution” for this:  simply type mailto: in front of your email address ==> no space in between, and
include the : <==

For a link to a web page, you need to write your link this way:

http://www.yourdomain.com

And don’t forget to tell your recipient that they can copy and paste this link into their browser if it’s not highlighted.

==> ALWAYS USE SIGNATURE TAGS

Today, it’s common practice on the Internet to tell people about your product or service with a SIGNATURE TAG, which is 3-6 lines of text (usually) that is automatically added to every message you send. This can add to your bottom line of business. Especially if you are marketing products. If you make it easy for people to visit your site by clicking on the hyperlink, then you will automatically get more hits.

To add a tag to your messages, simply open your email program. Find the SIGNATURES TAB (for example: located in the
TOOLS/OPTIONS menu in Outlook Express). Just follow the easy instructions for creating a sig file. You will find it simple enough and be amazed at the results.
Have fun 😉

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A Newbies Guide To Article Posting

November 6, 2006

How many times have you read the following? If you want to expand your home based business and build an online reputation as an expert in your choosen field, then one thing you can do is write and submit Ezine articles. Sounds simple? However, when I first started, I found the task very daunting. So I will share with you what I have learned.

Firstly you need to write an article. Write on a topic you know something about. Some ideas you have learned building your Internet business, something related to your Business Opportunity or maybe a Hobby or Investment Opportunity you have. Ensure it is interesting and informative and not just an advertisement for your home business. The most popular articles are between 300 – 750 words. To find your word count, go to <i>“tools”</i> in the Windows menu. There is an automatic word count tab there. Some Ezines want articles to contain 65 characters a line. You can search for a free formatting tool for free conversion to the number of characters you want. I do not pay for any listings, nor do I charge for my articles.

Here are some tips from Ezinearticles.com on writing good articles. “The first 4 words of the title are crucial to its success. The introduction can be the first paragraph. Make sure the article is keyword rich and reflects the theme of your home based business. Never put the title in the body. Never use more than 3 web addresses and they should all be different. Print a copy, proof read it, and then ask someone else to read it. Your article should look professional, with no spelling mistakes or vague sentences.

When you are satisfied with your article, start submitting it to Ezines and Ezine directories. Look for Ezines designed for work at home people, or whatever your article is related to. It is often more time efficient to write a few articles and submit them all together. It is time consuming to manually submit. Some can be submitted through the actual website, others want email attachments. Some Ezines want to you to subscribe to them, before you can submit articles. Establish an email address just for Ezines. Consider an address that matches your business, for example if you sell weight loss products use something like loseweight@yourprovider.com Once you start submitting articles you will receive a lot of spam. However, you need to read through them, as sometimes there is a request to re-use an article or a request for more articles and sometimes compliments.
Some people use different URL’s for every Ezine they submit to. I have not done this as once your articles are out in cyberspace they can be picked up by anyone. So you really do not know where the traffic is coming from. This is the beauty of the Internet. Good articles are used over and over by many Ezine owners.
It is imperative to include a “resource box” or “signature file” at the end of your article. This is your opportunity to describe your business in a few lines and include your own URL.

Do some searches for Ezine directories. Here are some addresses to get you started. I cannot guarantee they are all still current.
Ezinearticles.com
Directoryofezines.com
ezinepublishingcafe.com
zinestar.com
ezinelisting.com
goarticles.com
ideamarketers.com
gogetglobal.com
promotenews.com
trafficswarm.com
searchwarp.com
netterweb.com
articlecity.com
ezineadvertising.com
ezinewriter@com.au
submit@impactarticles.com
publisher@aboutaffiliates.com
editor@gogetglobal.com

Since I have been writing and submitting articles my home business has grown. Many people who are looking for a Business Opportunity are reading Ezines for information. Welcome to the wonderful word of Ezine writers. I wish you good luck and success with your own endeavours.
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About the Author:
Monika Mundell is a successful Internet Marketer. To learn how you can create an income stream from your home that will replace your job and develop true financial freedom visit: GlobalVideoWorld now.


How to create your own Blog

November 6, 2006

What the heck is a Blog anyway?

Here’s a direct description from the Blogger.com website:

“A blog gives you your own voice on the web. It’s a place to collect and share things that you find interesting— whether it’s your political commentary, a personal diary, or links to web sites you want to remember.

Many people use a Blog just to organize their own thoughts or write about their experiences while others command influential, worldwide audiences of thousands. Professional and amateur journalists use blogs to publish breaking news, while personal journalers reveal inner thoughts.

The blogging experience is about not only putting your thoughts on the web, but hearing back from and connecting with other like-minded folks.”

So why do we need to publish a Blog?

Publishing a Blog allows you to instantly create new content-rich web pages. These new pages can be linked to from the home page of your current website, if you have created one already and/or promote the site separately. By creating additional content-rich website pages and promoting them from your home page or through other means, you’ll be accomplishing two important things:

==> You’ll provide more value for your website visitors. This increases the “stickiness” of your website making people stick around longer and ultimately trust you more. On the Internet, trust translate to profits!

==> Search engines LOVE fresh content created through Blogs. By publishing your own Blog and adding fresh content to it on a regular basis, you’ll attract the attention of the major search engines who will list your website in their directories for FREE. That’s right! As soon as you have pages of your Blog in the search engines, you’ll start attracting free qualified traffic to your site without paying a dime for it. This is called “organic listing” Remember, Google Adwords? Imagine running a large and comprehensive Google Adwords campaign without paying anything for it… That’s exactly what you can accomplish by publishing your own Blog!

Are you ready to get started?

Come on… it’s EASY, it’s FREE and it’s FUN! 😉

In fact, you’ll have your own Blog setup in 3 easy steps.

Let’s get started…

Visit the Blogger website.

Once you arrive and look things over, click the “CREATE YOUR BLOG NOW” arrow.

Next, you’ll arrive at the “Create an account” page. Complete the fields on that page.

TIP: For your user name, I suggest using your first and last name combined OR the characters of your domain name without the .com, .net, .org, .ws etc.

Check the “Terms of Service” box and click on the “CONTINUE” arrow.

The next page is the “Name your Blog” page. Enter a title Example: YourName’s Home Business Blog or YourName’s Work at Home Journal or something like that… Be creative! 😉

Now enter your Blog  address. Again, I suggest using the characters of your domain name without the .com, .net, .org, .ws etc. If the name is taken, try the characters of your first and last name combined or anything else you want to be your blog address. Whatever name you decide upon will create your blog URL such as: www.YOUR~BLOGGER~USERNAME.blogspot.com

Next, complete the word verification field by typing the characters you see in the picture above the field.

NOTE: Ignore the “Advanced Setup” option for now. The advanced setup option allows you to add your blog files directly to your Global Domains International hosting account. I strongly advise you against using the advanced setup option at this time (unless you are already extremely comfortable with uploading files to your hosting account). You will have to learn FTP to be comfortable with this. And there are many free tutorials online to do so. Click the “CONTINUE” arrow.

Next, you’ll arrive at the “Choose a template” page. This page allows you to choose a custom look for your blog.

Take a look at the designs available and select one by marking the selection circle inside the blog template image. You can easily change the template later, or even create your own custom template design once your blog is set up.

Once you’ve selected your blog template, click the “CONTINUE” arrow.

Congratulations! Your blog has been created! 🙂

Now it’s time to add some content to your Blog…

Now that you have your Blog setup, it’s time to post one of your articles to it. If you haven’t got an article, start writing one now. The next step is to format your article. Some great tutorials of the HTML scriptlanguage can be found HERE  on how to format your article:

Once you have written you first post, click the “Publish Post” button at the end of the page.

Congratulations! You’ve just published your article on your own Blog! Now, every time you have new articles to post, simply repeat the process described above.

At this point, you have the option to view your blog or simply move on and continue adding articles. If you decide to view your Blog first, click the (in a new window) link.

Give yourself a pat on the back. You are a blog publisher now! 🙂 Congratulations!!

Now it’s time to tell people about your new Blog.


Deciding What To sell

November 6, 2006

So how can we make a decision on what to actually sell? There are virtually thousands upon thousands of products on sale on the Internet. Whether you sell on Ebay, from a Website, or you become a Clickbank affiliate, it doesn’t really matter. What is important is to be 100% sure of what you want to sell on the Net and then take it from there.

This is certainly the foundation of your online success, because without a product, you could create the best web sites and sales pages in the world, but the chances of creating success for yourself will be slim. You must have a product to deliver. And it helps, if you are passionate about. So where do you start?

Think about your current knowledge base. What do you know how to do really well? What are you good at? Have you got any hobbies? Cooking, Sports, Writing, Scrapbooking. Is there a field of expertise you know more about than the average person? You can offer information about your hobby or your unique skills and sell those online. People are always looking for helpful info on how to improve themselves in all fields. Perhaps you have created a unique and particular method of doing something useful. Anything you have information about that others are not as familiar with is great to sell online. Do an online search on your hobbies or area of expertise. Notice how many training manuals there are. Do you think they are there just to be there, or is someone earning an income selling them?

Notice if there are particular areas of expertise  in your hobby or field where there are few, if any educational titles. That might be the perfect thing for you to write about. Create an informational product that teaches people what you know that they don’t know. The secret here is to find a niche product, which is largely untapped. This could save you a lot of money in advertising costs.

Keep in mind you aren’t the first to ever think about writing an informational product, so you may have to search a little to find something that has not been written about already. Or you might notice that what is on the market is outdated or unclear. Could you create a better product than what is out there already? Having said that, the work from home Industry is probably one of the highest competing Industries out there and even if you come up with content or information that already exists, try to add value to it and make it your own!

If after reading this, you are still unclear of what to produce, then these Ideas might help you and give you some inspiration:
Cooking: An Ebook with recipes, targeted to age, locations, topic…

Coaching in a particular Sport: An article of how to train better, going into details of maybe how to develop a winning mindset, etc.

Writing: A manual on how to write more effectively for profit!

How to Run an Work from Home Business: A helpful report, Blog, Ebook on running an Internet Business. This is especially helpful, if you had failed in the past and you want to warn people of potential traps or pitfalls within the Industry. This will also give you credit as an experienced Marketer and people will build trust in YOU.

Scrapbooking: Show what you are good at. It can help provide an extensive learning manuals for a rookie, and you will have fun teaching people your hobbies!

I think you are getting the idea here? ANYTHING you can do that not everyone else knows how to do is an opportunity for you to develop a product and market it.

To your success 😉


It’s Been A Couple Of Weeks Since I joined PIF4P

November 5, 2006

So much going on in my business life right now. I feel that my head is reeling with all the new things I’m learning regarding proper website promotion. I wasted years trying to build a Network Marketing business the wrong way. The irony here is, that I didn’t even know. I spent the last 10 months learning smart marketing and I feel like I’m doing a fast track learning course what most people probably take 3 years to do. The thing is, I have still so much to learn; my current project is squeeze pages and copywriting.

Since I joined PayItForward4Profits I have managed to increase my team by 4 new people in under 2 weeks. Considering that I only did 2 days of promoting, that’s really a great result. My next target is to do a full 30 day promotion without spending any money at all. I will keep you posted in further articles on how that’s coming to.