Written by Mimi AK

There are two tactics that you have probably heard a lot of these days: AFFILIATE PROGRAMS and OPT-IN EMAIL. No doubt these are two POWERFUL tools of generating online income and sales. There is a catch though... they only work if you are ALREADY gettingrepparttar necessary traffic to your web site.

So, like all other new e-business owners, you must be stressing over ways to get, not JUST traffic to your website, but TARGETTED TRAFFIC! Really, it is simpler and cheaper than you think! The key is to FOCUS your efforts. Don't try and do everything at once. Take one step at a time. This way you will get BETTER results.

METHOD 1: Advertise in Newsletters and E-Zines

Carefully choose which newsletters and e-zines you wish to purchase your ad space with. Choose ones that have subscribers that match or almost match your target market. They must be people who could potentially be your customers. Choose ones with a medium to large subscriber-base. This way you will get you investments worth. Take note of where your ad will be placed. It could be atrepparttar 125194 top, middle, bottom...anywhere inrepparttar 125195 newsletter. The best spots are atrepparttar 125196 top ofrepparttar 125197 newsletter and on a page where readers are most likely to spend most of their time at. Also take note of other ads that might be surrounding yours. You don't want to place your ad next to a competitor's. This will lessen your chances of potential clicks. The size of your ad also influencesrepparttar 125198 location of your ad.

METHOD 2: Use Keywords and a Crawler Page to Secure that Top Spot in Search Engines

Your target market will NEVER find your web site if you have been usingrepparttar 125199 WRONG keywords! Search engines look for them in your Title Tags, Meta Tags, andrepparttar 125200 body of your text when ranking and categorising your web site.

When choosing keywords, be sure not to choose words that are highly competitive like business, books, software. These are too generic and will make it super difficult for you to secure that top spot! In order to find TARGETED keywords that are suitable for YOUR web site, sit down and have a good and long think of what someone looking for your site might type intorepparttar 125201 search engines. Remember, no one knows your business more than YOU! Ask around; ask your family and friends what THEY might type when looking for your product or service. Be SPECIFIC yet GENERAL. For example if your site offers services to help businesses go online, you might use repparttar 125202 following keywords: online business, online businesses, start online business, online business help, online business services etc. Use as many variations of your keywords as possible and include your company name and region if applicable. Also, study what keywords your competitors are using on their web sites.

Most search engines like Alta Vista and Yahoo ask that you submit just one URL and that they will follow allrepparttar 125203 links and findrepparttar 125204 rest ofrepparttar 125205 pages in your web site. You can make it easier for them by creating a page called a CRAWLER PAGE with links to all ofrepparttar 125206 most important parts of your site and submit that instead. Thus, ensuring thatrepparttar 125207 right pages will be noticed.


Written by Michael LaRocca

I've been asked this question. My newsletter--let's be honest-- is just a sales pitch for fans of a nobody named Michael LaRocca. Here I sit, not yet published, with 421 subscribers. That's one heck of a fan base.

Okay, I've been published since making that statement, butrepparttar question remains. 421 subscribers in four months with no product to sell. What is my secret?

Let's look at what I just said. "No product to sell." I've been sending out newsletters for four months, and I've written about 20 of them. One issue had a product to sell. What could I possibly have written about inrepparttar 125193 other 19?

It doesn't matter. The point is, I wasn't "selling" anything. People do not want to checkrepparttar 125194 email box and find somebody trying to sell him something every damn time he writes. They want something that will help them, or something that's interesting, or something that's just plain funny. If you get someone to subscribe to your newsletter, andrepparttar 125195 newsletter gives him/her nothing but a sales pitch, he leaves.

Every time I send out a newsletter, I lose about two subscribers. Butrepparttar 125196 rest just keep reading. That'srepparttar 125197 first point. Make it a good newsletter. Otherwise, all those people who joinedrepparttar 125198 list "just to see what it's about" won't stick around. If that'srepparttar 125199 case, allrepparttar 125200 promotion inrepparttar 125201 world won't help you.

Okay, with that out ofrepparttar 125202 way, let's assume your newsletter totally rocks. Let's assume it's so well written that every person onrepparttar 125203 planet who sees it wants to bear your children. It won't do you a bit of good if people don't know your newsletter exists. And that's really what this article is about. How to tell them.


Since you have a newsletter, you should start by listing it in allrepparttar 125204 newsletters that do nothing except announce new newsletters. Who would subscribe to such a newsletter? Not me. I presume thatrepparttar 125205 subscribers are folks with waaaay too much free time on their hands. Justrepparttar 125206 sort of people I'm after.

What I did was visit each ofrepparttar 125207 announcement lists, read their rules, and put together a single ad that is acceptable to them all. I savedrepparttar 125208 ad in a file along with their email addresses. As often as I'm allowed, I sendrepparttar 125209 ad torepparttar 125210 appropriate places and recordrepparttar 125211 date that I did it. Some are weekly and some are monthly. Here's my list:

ListBot has no searchable database, but they tell me it's coming soon. I will look for "announce" and "promote" and add some lists to my list.

SmartGroups - AAnnounce@smartgroups.com, AAnounce@smartgroups.com, misterlister@smartgroups.com

Topica - AAnnounce@topica.com, announce_lists@topica.com, FindLists@topica.com, List_Announcements@topica.com, List-Your-Lists@topica.com, List_Builder@topica.com, List_Of_Lists@topica.com, list-announce@topica.com, PromoteList@topica.com

Yahoogroups - 00-list-announce@yahoogroups.com, AAnnounce@yahoogroups.com, announce@yahoogroups.com, announce-lists@yahoogroups.com, ezine_announce@yahoogroups.com, getmoresubs@yahoogroups.com, List_Announcements@yahoogroups.com, List_of_Lists@yahoogroups.com, List-Your-List@yahoogroups.com, ListAdvertise@yahoogroups.com, listpromote@yahoogroups.com, Newlists@yahoogroups.com, promoteyourlist@yahoogroups.com, webbyweb@yahoogroups.com

As long as you're visitingrepparttar 125212 egroups, consider this. E-groups allow you to send a single email to everyone onrepparttar 125213 subscriber list. If you dive into every group you find and say, "Here's my site and here's what I'm selling," you're immediately identified as a spammer. People get pissed at you, and that's NOTrepparttar 125214 way to sell a book or a newsletter or anything else.

But here's what you do. As an example, let's say you wrote a book that's loaded with horse stuff. Findrepparttar 125215 groups where horsey people hang out. Joinrepparttar 125216 conversations. Don't spam! Just have some fun talking about something you love, horses. Be as helpful as you can. Atrepparttar 125217 end of each message, slip in your SIG. Your SIG will contain your website or newsletter address. You'll be surprised how many people "follow you home" and join your group.

Ask yourself why you're visiting my website or subscribing to my newsletter. (You are subscribing, aren't you? http://groups.yahoo.com/group/michaellarocca) It's because I'm providing content you want and need, and am genuinely nice and helpful. That's just how I am, but it also happens to be a great sales gimmick. Remember that. Provide something USEFUL in those conversations, and casually slip in your URL. Don't just go plastering everyone withrepparttar 125218 same spam or they'll never forgive you.


If you have a newsletter, and you have a website, each can promoterepparttar 125219 other. Both are free, so if you don't have both, fix that right away.

Now if you have a newsletter but no website, you may be saying "I can't set up a website." Wrong! I'm not going to go into allrepparttar 125220 details because (1) There are too many and (2) There are far too many people more qualified than I am. But if you want some help getting started, visit http://readers.freeservers.com/bookpromo.html

The site mentioned above is my own. It's where I put info and links aboutrepparttar 125221 places that I've learned from. It'll get you started. What you want to remember is this. Don't go after writers. Yes, I did that, but don't follow my example. Go after readers. Always remember that when you market. Readers.

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