Testing The Water

Written by Bob Osgoodby

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I have only come across three arguments as to why people do not have their own dot.com's:

1) I Already Have A Site With One Of The Free Hosts.

Look at your site throughrepparttar eyes of a potential client. Do you thinkrepparttar 102644 banner adsrepparttar 102645 free web site provider puts on your page, enhancerepparttar 102646 information you want your potential clients to see? Go to http://geocities.yahoo.com and see if this isrepparttar 102647 image you want for your business.

2) I Can't Afford My Own Dot.Com Name And Site.

Really ? You don't need many of those "bells and whistles" included by many providers, so why pay for them. You could have your own dot.com registered AND hosted for about $30 a year. That's aboutrepparttar 102648 cost of one fast food lunch a month. Do you really think this is too much to invest in your future? For an example, stop by http://bitshack.com and you'll see what I mean.

3) I Can't Design A Website.

We are not talking anything complex here, just a simple site will have dramatic results on your traffic, and sign ups. There are also an abundance of free web building programs out there. Go to: http://www.cas.psu.edu/docs/cashome/guides/htmllist.html and you will find plenty of free and low cost tools you can use. Remember you are talking about an on-line business, and this is one skill you should learn.

Let's talk facts. As more and more people spend time onrepparttar 102649 web, they quickly learn that if they've seen one affiliate site for a company, they've seen them all. They also develop a dislike ofrepparttar 102650 "pop down" screens and banners ofrepparttar 102651 free sites. They also look with disdain upon free web space provided by ISP's, as there is no degree of permanence there

If they're going to do business onrepparttar 102652 web, they want to deal with someone who will be around for awhile, and your own web domain and site is a good indicator. You at least are showing your prospects that you are serious about doing business onrepparttar 102653 web, and are probably not just "testingrepparttar 102654 water", hoping to make a quick buck or two.

Bob publishes the free weekly "Your Business" Newsletter Visit his Web Site at http://adv-marketing.com/business to subscribe. As a bonus, get 40,000 FREE E-Books from Larry Dotson, when you visit http://www.ldpublishing.com

"Boon or a Bust"

Written by Bob Osgoodby

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Now - can you use a site that is not your own domain? While notrepparttar preferred route to take, it is "head and shoulders" aboverepparttar 102643 link you get fromrepparttar 102644 affiliate program. Most ISP's give you web space free. Learn a little HTML code and you're in business. Or, if push comes to shove, hire someone to do it for you. Let's face it, if I see a URL that I recognize as an affiliate program, and I've been there before, I will simply "click away".

The old saying, that if a "salesperson sells themself first,repparttar 102645 sale of their product or service follows shortly thereafter" is certainly true. Establish yourself onrepparttar 102646 web and inrepparttar 102647 newsletters/ezines as someone who can be trusted, and is knowledgeable in their field. If people get to know and trust you, your recommendation to join your affiliate program will carry a lot more weight.

Now that you have control over your web page, you should have a guest book that visitors can sign. Now you have their email address. Folks, these are literally worth their weight in gold. You can now send them email about upcoming events on your web site, and not be accused of spamming.

Run a contest on your web site -repparttar 102648 prizes don't have to be offrepparttar 102649 wall. An ebook (and there a number available free) can be your prize - and again more email address. Write a free newsletter/ezine and publish it on a regular basis - even more email addresses. As long as there is content of interest, they won't mind a gentle reminder to visit your web site.

Consider a "non-competing" partner to help you withrepparttar 102650 site or to write articles forrepparttar 102651 ezine. It makes no difference to you if there is another link to another affiliate program on your site. If they are willing to sharerepparttar 102652 work in return forrepparttar 102653 link, it is to your advantage. The key here is "non-competing".

So - are affiliate programs a "boon" or a "bust"? If you simply join and sit back waiting forrepparttar 102654 money to flow, it isrepparttar 102655 later. If you are a "take charge" type of person and are willing to work a little, it can be a great opportunity.

Bob publishes the free weekly "Your Business" Newsletter Visit his Web Site at http://adv-marketing.com/business to subscribe. As a bonus, get 40,000 FREE E-Books from Larry Dotson, when you visit http://www.ldpublishing.com

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