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Good Ways To Make Money

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Good Ways To Make Money

Blogging the way Aaron Rashkin does it.

Blogging has become more popular in the last few years.  That is primarily because of the new technical age we are in and because it shown to be one of the good ways to make money.  I recently attended a seminar at which Aaron Rashkin was one of the speakers.  He has been very successful at making money online, especially with bigger ticket items.

There are thousands of people searching the internet for things that will solve their problems.  If you can identify these people and offer them a solution to their problem, they will pay you for that solution.  Blogging is a way to attract them to your offer by targeting them in the search engines.

Let’s say you have a program that teaches good ways to make money.  What you do is to tailor your blog content to people who are searching for help in making money online.  The way you do that is to find keywords and phrases that people would be searching with.  Find those keywords and phrases that have searches, but have low competition.   First you must get in the head of the person searching.

Who Are They?

Young, old, male, female and other such questions must be answered so you know how to target them.  For instance, would your product by best for a stay at home mom looking to earn money from home?

What Do They Do?

Do they work full time?  Do they hate their job and want to find something else?  Are they in an MLM business and finding it hard to attract new distributors?

What Do They Want?

Is their motive to get out of debt, paying off bills with a few extra dollars?  Or are they seeking to replace their regular job with income from an online source?   Perhaps they want to work from home so they can spend more time with their family.  Show them good ways to make money.

What Is Their Problem?

Are they working two jobs just to make ends meet?  Perhaps the husband and wife both work and they never see each other.  Maybe they are recently laid off and do not have a nest egg to see them through.

If you can target those four questions as it relates to your offer or product, than you have a good chance of attracting them to you.  You will identify their problem, then agitate them with the cold facts that things will never get better if they do not change.  Then you show them your solution to their situation and strongly encourage them to take action.

You are going to attract them to you with the content of your blog.  I think there are four methods you can use to assist in that attraction to you.

  • ·         Give them INFORMATION that about your offer and how it will solve their problem.
  • ·         EDUCATE them on the process and how you will be their mentor along the way.
  • ·         INSPIRATION.  People want to hear about the comeback story versus the setback story.
  • ·         Be ENTERTAINING in what you present to them.  Make it an enjoyable experience.

Incorporate these methods into your blogging and you will start seeing targeted traffic coming to you.  People with a problem that only you can solve will be beating down your door.

Drew Stiebeling

 

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How To Make Money Blogging

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How To Make Money Blogging

This is one of my favorite topics.  How to make money blogging.  I have a friend who has been trying to get home inspection business off the ground.  He has been doing okay but is ready to kick it up a little.  I suggested he start a blog about what to look for when buying a used home.  It went right over his head.

The principles of how to make money blogging are the same for any business.  You do not have to be the most knowledgeable on a topic, just impart what you do know to be fact.  You should be interested in the topic and write so the readers know that.  You also want to keep your blog to one topic.  Become known as the “Go To” guy for that subject.  If you are blogging about tennis and you also are interested in dog grooming, do not mix the two.  Start a second blog site.

So now we need to know how to make money blogging about your favorite hobby or your skill or your business.  Let me go back to my friend with the home inspection business.  He had gone out and secured a domain name and hired somebody to set him up a website.  The problem was, he could not update it by himself.  Every time he would want to make a change, he had to go to the webmaster.  I suggested that he change the format and go a format he or his secretary could update easily.  He looked at many templates, but ended up with Word Press.

Since he was offering a service he did not need a shopping cart or any of that extra stuff.  He and his secretary, with a little help from me, set out to develop the site.   He put all his contact information on the home page and started writing posts about what home buyers should be aware of.  He did a little advertising and traffic started to come to his site and the phone began ringing.  That created a new problem.  He was not able to follow up in a timely fashion.

So I suggested some automation.  We got him set up with and auto responder and lead capture system.  Interested parties would leave their contact information and they would get a free download of the “Five key things your need to be aware of when buying a used home” including how much notice he needed to schedule his service.  It was in the form of an ebook and he put his contact information on the very last page.  The searchers would read the ebook and be informed about how his inspection service could save them money in the long run.

This process can be structured for any business.  Online or brick and mortar.  How to make money blogging is a very basic process with just a few key elements.

  • Each site should be about one subject
  • Blog regularly adding fresh content
  • Be a source of knowledge on the subject
  • Don’t bang people over the head selling them
  • People want to buy, not be sold

For more on making money using the tools of the internet, check out some of my other posts.

Drew Stiebeling

MakeYoursNow@gmail.com

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How To Earn Money

How To Earn Money
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How To Earn Money

Blog like Lawrence Tam.

I recently was privileged to attend a training seminar the was conducted by Lawrence Tam.  Lawrence is trained as an engineer, but had a desire to learn how to earn money on the internet.  He found that the best way for him was to the blog.

Blogging is fast and easy to get started, but how do you earn money.  Lawrence explained that his type of blogging is to attract a certain type of person to his blog.  His blog is topical in that addresses what someone may be search for online.  For instance, how to earn money.  It could just as well be about dog training or tropical fish or even golf.  The point is that you focus you blog on the theme and you will be attracting traffic or visitors that are interested in that topic.

The next thing you need to do is to consistently add relevant content.  In other words, don’t start a blog on dog training and not keep it fresh.  You want visitors to come back.  If there in not any fresh material, they will stop visiting.  Restaurants offer a wide range of dishes on their menus for two reasons.  They want to attract customers who have a wide range of tastes and they want them to come back another time for another meal.  Rarely do people get the same thing every time at a restaurant.

In our dog training example you may put content on the blog about training large dogs versus small dogs.  How to keep your dog from barking and bothering the neighbors.  Once your visitors keep coming back and they trust that you are a knowledgeable source of information, they must also come to you for pet supplies which just happen to be for sale on your site.

Another way to accomplish this is to have multiple sites.  One for birds, one for dogs, and one for cats.  However, the all lead the visitor to your fourth site which pet supplies.

Another important ingredient in how to earn money online is the volume of the traffic the your site.  You need to attract targeted visitor that are looking for your product or service.  You also need lots of them who come back over and over.

You can pay for advertising, but you can waste a lot of money if the traffic you are paying for is not looking for your product any ready to buy.  I like to use some paid advertising, but when I do I rely heavily on SEO.  Search Engine Optimization.  Find terms and keyword phases that people are searching for that have low competition.

Low competition means that there are fewer other companies supplying the service you do.  It is rare that you would have no competition.  That would probably mean there was no need for your product or service.

Lawrence Tan retired from is engineering job at age 33 and has worked full time blogging ever since.  He has had as many as fifty blogs at one time

 

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What Is Spam Mail

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What is Spam Mail?

How to avoid getting a bad reputation.

There are several other terms you need to know to determine what is spam mail.  Spam or junk mail is electronic and is sent via email systems to unsubscribed recipients.  Usually, it is nearly identical content sent to thousands who do not want the information.  Much of this unwanted content contains links to various “phishing” websites.  The sender is trying to capture your information like your IP address or even get you to put your email address into a form in exchange for something free.

Other senders hope to get you to click a link and they download malware which at the least is annoying and at the worst it can damage your computer or certain software.  Now that you know what is spam mail, you will want to be cautious about opening email from unknown senders.

The term Spam is named for the luncheon meat product “SPAM”.   The name comes from combining a couple words together, Spiced HAM or Spam for short.  How does this relate to what is spam mail?  Years ago the Monty Python show a sketch in which almost every dish was prepared with SPAM.  Using the term over and over and over is like getting unwanted emails over and over, so the internet  community picked up the term.

It is important for internet marketers and home business entrepreneurs to know what is spam mail, so they do not use the same tactics.  In order to maintain a good reputation in business, you must avoid bombarding you potential customers with unwanted email.

Some of the better auto responder and emailing services will rate your emails and newsletters for potential spam.  Open rates and click rates are tallied to judge how you are using their service.  If they get too many complaints, they may shut you down.  So it is very important to know what is spam mail.

Drew Stiebeling

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Great Internet Marketing Tips

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Great Internet Marketing Tips

Harnessing the power of the internet in order to market your business can bring you big exposure and potentially, big profits. You do not need to be a technology guru to make internet marketing work for you either. A few simple ideas, like the ones in this article, can help any business owner take advantage of the tremendous internet marketing tips and opportunities available online.

Investing resources and purchasing ad space on someones website is a great way to market your own business. Many site owners out there are more than happy to advertise your business, and they will give you prime placement on their highly-trafficked sites for a little bit of cash. It is how they earn money and it is how you can climb the rankings.

Catalog your website in many different directory sites. Every link to your site increases your search engine visibility. The more places that your site is linked, the more popular it is going to be. Try to find directories specific to your subject material so that your site will appear in searches related to that subject. One of the great internet marketing tips I learned the hard way was not to buy backlinks. Most of them are trash.

Create an email account just for your website and check it constantly. Have it connected to your phone to receive instant updates. Your customers want you to connect with them, regardless of the reason they are writing you. Answering their concerns or comments promptly, is a great way to enhance public relations.

Put something unique in your site. This detail should have the power to attract site visitors to your website in search of your products or services. By having one unique product, you will be able to offer many products in addition to your one unique product.

Creating a website with multiple tabs and sections is a great idea to make your site look professional, but you do not want to get carried away here. Having too large of a website will turn most readers off. Unless you’re on the level of eBay or Amazon, try to keep the site as streamlined as possible.

Uniqueness sells better than conformity. The more unique and hard to find your product is, the more likely people will buy it through your website. Search for companies who offer interesting and fun items, as they tend to be the most unused. Becoming an affiliate to these companies is a bonus, as it almost ensures sales.

Market your website by taking advantage of every possible way to advertise your web address. Post an ad in the yellow pages. Include the address on all of your business stationery and paperwork, including business cards, receipts and invoices. Advertise in the newspaper and magazines. Distribute pamphlets at trade shows. Take the guesswork out of finding your business online by making the web address readily available through a number of sources.

Whether you are running an online-only business or simply extending your existing company online, internet marketing can work for you. A good internet marketing campaign can reach potential customers around the world or turn up fresh buyers right in your own backyard. Whomever you want to reach, learning the tricks of the internet marketing trade can help you reach them more effectively.

Yolanda Hergert writes some articles or blog posts on her blog concerning strategy to do good Article Marketing.

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How To Sell On Craigslist

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How to sell on Craigslist.

Kevin Greene uses these tips.

CraigsList is a great source of traffic if you how to sell on Craigslist correctly.  There are a few no*no’s when you use this source.  The biggest mistake most marketers do is to over publish to the site.

I have had some friends tell me they have had ads taken down or their IP address banned permanently.  All from over posting.  You need to stay under their radar.  My rule is only do two ad posts per day.

Rules of the road for how to sell on Craigslist.

1.  Always post in different cities and use different text.  Repeated ads can be taken down.  Original text for all ads is best.  Don’t use a spinner.  A strategy I use is to post two ads per day in different cities.  All are original content.

2.  Change categories for your posts.  Depending on what you are advertising, make modifications to the sub-categories.

3.  I have found that most of the submitter software out there gets you in trouble.  It is also against the terms of usage with Craigslist.  Original content gets rated the best anywhere on the internet.

4.  Most people do not know that Craigslist offers paid ads.  At this writing the ads are $25 each, but they have a big advantage.  Free ads floats down the order of view, while paid ads stay at the top longer.  If you can afford it, do it.

5.  Offer a FREE gift to visit the your site.  It must be germane to the site information.  Include a link to the FREE product.

6.  Always collect an email for that FREE offer.  That builds your list.

In summary, like most traffic sources, learn how to sell on Craigslist and it will provide free or low cost traffic generation.  The ads never go away.  After you have posted for 45-60 days of unique ads, you are done.  Go back and repost the oldest ad each day.  Two minutes and you are done.

Making money online can be simple. Just build a list of subscribers that like you and trust you. Offer them solutions to their problems and they will follow you anywhere. Click To Tweet!

Drew Stiebeling

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What Can I Write Off On My Taxes?

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What can I write off on my taxes?

Notes from a Dr. Ron Mueller seminar.

One of the benefits of having a home business is that the expenses for operating the business are tax deductible.  What can I write off on my taxes for my small business?  On top of the obvious ones like business cards, there are many others which can average $5,000 or more per year.

You need to teach yourself about these deductions and keep good records.  I have found that there are few areas that you need to pay particular attention to.  I have listed them below with a brief explanation of each.  If you are a home business or self employed, you need to know these well.  Information can be gleaned from the IRS website or from a tax professional.

Home Use

Areas of your home that are used to operate you home business are a tax deduction.  Your office, the area you store your samples and inventory are deductible.  What can I write off on my taxes for my home office?  The typical way to calculate this is to get the total square footage of your house, and then determine the square footage of the area used for business.  Divide the house square footage into that of the business used.  That will give you a percentage.  Let us say that may come out to be 10%.  Everyone’s number will be different.

Total up your expenses to maintain the house like utilities, insurance, and needed repairs.  Multiply your percentage times this number and that is your deduction.  Most times you cannot take your mortgage or rent as an expense.  However, there may be circumstances that may justify that as well.  Consult the IRS code or a tax professional.

Vehicle Operation

Unless you are incorporated, you usually cannot count the cost of acquiring the vehicle, like a loan.  What can I write off on my taxes for my vehicle?  You can however, count fuel costs, insurance and maintenance in most cases.  If your business requires you to do a lot of miles, the standard mileage deduction may be a better, and easier way to calculate your deduction.  You have to choose one or the other.  You also have to determine the amount personal use, as it is not deductible.  It certain situations you can depreciate the cost of the vehicle over a period of time.

Entertainment

If your home business requires you to put on house parties or buy lunch for a group that you are presenting to, these are legal deductions. What can I write off on my taxes for home parties?  If you buy snacks or beverages for you meetings with potential customers, keep your receipts as they are your proof of expense.  The IRS only allows 50% of your cost for meals and entertainment to be eligible for deduction.

Hire Your Kids

Yes, you can hire your underage children to help you in your business.  Have them stuff envelopes or lick stamps.  Put stickers on literature.  There are any number of things that they could do for you and you can pay them.  There are some limitations as to how much you can pay them annually, so do your research.  Learn what you can do, and implement it.

Medical Expenses

This is a very closely monitored area, but it may be possible deduct your medical premiums (or a portion of them) under certain situations.  At the very least, co-pays, drugs, travel to doctors, and other such costs qualify.  As I mentioned, this areas is closely monitored by the IRS, so consulate a tax professional to find exactly what you are eligible for.

What Should You Do Next?

I would take each area one at a time and educate yourself.  Once you have all the correct information on one area, move onto the next.  Which do you qualify for?  How to qualify for more.  Make sure you keep good and accurate records every month.  If you are going to file a quarterly tax estimate, you can deduct one quarter of what you anticipate the annual cost to be.  You do not have to wait until the end of the year.

A Great Resource

Dr. Ron Mueller is an expert in home based business taxes and he has put together a program called “Home Based Business Tax Savings Made Easy.”  It is a one stop source for everything you need to know.

 

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How to Make Money Quickly

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How to make money quickly!

Do solo ads on places like List Joe.

Solo ads are a good way to market if you don’t have your own list, or your list is small.  How to make money quickly, is basically to go to a Safelist and buy a one time email ad to their membership.  The size of each Safelist’s membership varies widely from a couple thousand to ten’s of thousands.  In a previous article, I listed the Top Ten Safelists.

You must do some research to find which ones will work best for you.  Most Safelists are filled with other marketers like yourself.  If the industry numbers are correct, 90% of them have not found an opportunity that is working and making them a good income.  So even though they are out there pitching too, many of them are looking for the next big deal and this is how to make money quickly.

Prices you will pay also vary.  A one time solo ad can be $10-100.00.  When doing your research, you need to find out how many are on their “Contact” list.  This is the list that gets mail from the Safelist owner and is more frequently opened.  You do not want to broadcast to the general email list, as the open rate is very low.  The Safelist management should be able to tell you the open rate of their “Contact” list.  It does not matter how much you pay, if you get a good open rate.

How to make money quickly is I would try to find the biggest list that your budget can handle.  However, make sure that the list is looking for information about your product or service.  I find sending weight loss information to list of business opportunity seekers.  Under the nature of the members before you promote the wrong type of product and waste your money.

Another source for coming up with good ad providers is to join some forums.  Google solo ad forums.  Join the group and see who is recognized for the best ad traffic.  This is starting from the ground floor, but you have to start somewhere.  You can also try Fivrr.com.  There is also somebody there that will send a bunch of emails for $5.00.  You need to contact the provider first to make sure his list is targeted to your niche.  It is a wasted $5.00 if you need people interested in weight loss and the providers list is to people who like to bake cakes.  Though most of them probably need to loose weight, but I think you see the point.

When doing any advertising you have two goals.  The first is to get a targeted lead.  The second is to capture the contact email.  This is how you build your own list.  You must offer something free in your ad in exchange for them giving you their information.

The free offer can be an ebook about your niche or a video about their interest.  If you are working in different niches at the same time make sure you keep separate lists.  Once you have your own list you can market relevant material to them for ever.

Drew Stiebeling

 

Top 10 Safelists

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I have had several of my subscribers ask how to develop income online with low, or even no budget.  Well to be sure it is a long and arduous process.  However, it is doable if you use the top 10 safelists.

The old saying is that you need money to make money.  That is never more true than on the internet.  Paid advertising is just that.  Paid.  It gets results and sometimes very quickly.  It can, if not done correctly, be bank breaking.  Do not shy away from learning how to do it, but learn how to target your ads and control you budget.

One way I found to attract traffic to your offers is to use Safelists.  Particularly the Top 10 Safelists.  These are websites that allow you to send emails to their members and post banner and text ads on the site.  Most of them offer a free membership to get you started.  Many offer free credits to get you on your way.  However, once you go through those credits, you have replenish they go to keep going.

Again, there is a free option to do this called, “Ad surfing”.  Most of the Top 10 Safelists offer this option.  What you do is agree to receive emails, and when you open them, you can accumulate credits to use when you want to email to them.  It can be very tedious and time consuming, but if you have time on yours hands, it can be effective.

Most of them will ask you for a “Contact” email and a “Email or Ads” email address.  If they do you should go to the free email services, especially the Top 10 Safelists  an get TWO new email accounts to be used for this purpose.  DO NOT use your personal email account.  Your will be flooded with emails that will choke your regular account.  Most of them recommend that you get these accounts from Gmail, but Yahoo and Hotmail will work for this purpose.  Always use the same account for Contact and the other for the ads mail.

When you get ads to the ads email, surf the ones with ADS in the subject line.  When you open the message, look for a link that says something like “Click Here For Credit”.  You will be re-directed to view the offer.  There will be a countdown timer that lasts from 10-20 seconds.  If you exit before the time is up, you will not get credit. (TIP, you can open 8-10 at the same time in different windows, and by the time you get back to the first the timer will have expired)

There are hundreds of Safelists out there and you cannot join them all.  Below I have a list of the Top Ten compiled by an industry publication.  They are rated in various categories to achieve their overall rating.  As a new member, you will be hit with offers after offer to upgrade or buy credits.  If you want to work free, you will have to pass on these.

Good luck,

Drew Stiebeling

ps, the list is in no particular order

Click on the name to go directly to the site.

List Joe
Email Hog
Adchiever
State of the Art Mailer
Bweeble
Fast Cash Mailer
Mister Safelist
Max Mailer Pro
List Adventure
The Lead Magnet

Communication Tools

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Communication Tools.

Review of Joel Therien’s GVO

I came across GVO about a month ago.  Quite be accident.  I was looking for communication tools.  I was investigating another program that led to GVO.  What I found was a remarkable opportunity to serve all my marketing online needs in one location.  They offer website registration, hosting, auto responder, video production, emailing, conference calling, just to name a few.

I have been using four to five communications tools providers just to get what I can get from GVO.  The total cost also comes out to be less.  If you are trying to make money online, you need to look at GVO.  They provide the services, but they also allow you to be an affiliate for the package as well.  You recruit people to use the services and they become your downline, so you make residual monthly income.  How sweet is that.

At this writing,  I have not found another package to equal this.  The business model is simply yet effective.  Provide your customer with the communication tools he needs in one package.  The allow them to offset the cost by earning affiliate commissions when you bring in a referral.  This not like selling lotions and potions that your friends and family do not want.  This is provide tools that other marketers are already using and paying way too much for.

Joel Therien is the CEO and founder.  He was getting into internet marketing and came up with the idea of a one stop shop for communication tools.  He has taken it even further.  They have training videos and seminars to teach their members how to best utilize their services to improve your online experience.

Joel comes from outside the industry.  He is probably best known for his fitness programs like “7 Minute Workout.”  He has taken his experiences trying to learn the internet and developed GVO to solve all an online marketer’s issues.  As your subscriber base grows, there is an increase in the monthly fee, but that is the same with anybody else.  Good problem to have, a large subscriber base.

I have started migrating my sites over to GVO and have found it to be an easy process.  It is nice to one username and password and one low monthly bill.  With the residual income it actually does not cost me anything.  Because I have other business interests I do not actively promote the program.  Most of my referrals come from customers in my other programs that ask about where to find tools.  I always recommend GVO.

Drew Stiebeling