7 Tips I Wish I Had Known 6 Months Ago About Online Marketing
(c) by Laurie Meade
1---The importance of a schedule and staying focused. Keeping on task. schedule promotions Plan and make a task schedule for project ideas. schedule purchases -- (don't buy on impulse, offer will still be there in a day or so!) schedule time -- (remember to schedule time for family members as well :o) schedule breaks from computer -- (not just physical breaks, take your mind of your business and have some fun --, you'll be more fresh and productive when you go back to work!)
2---The importance and value of keeping good records, Financial Promotional Backing Up Files Affiliate Information Passwords Contacts
3--- Don't try and run an online business with AOL. I personally have nothing against AOL It is a great service for computer illiterate newbie. However, once you get basics down, you can be much more productive with a different ISP. AOL does not allow you to filter email way it needs to be filtered.
When I was doing my business through AOL, I sometimes would be dealing with over 500 emails a day. No way to send them to different folders as in Outlook Express, MailWasher or many other email programs. Unless they have drastically changed things in Version 8, it is one of few that doesn't work with third party email programs. This just leads to wasted time and frustration.
4--- Speaking of wasted time.
Get a DSL hook up.
The extra cost is worth it in matter of time saved. Instantaneous downloads.
Web pages that come in as fast as click of a mouse.
It means more productive time spent on computer. More productivity means more money.
5--- Learn what a great tool Yahoo can be. I have read good comments and bad, about Yahoo. All I know is from my own experience. When I first started online, I exchanged a review for a copy of FrontPage 2002. While reviewing it, I put up a "practice site" on geocities. You can visit it here:
I read where you had to have a domain name for people to take you seriously. I agree. However, I learned that a free site is very beneficial to your business as well. Putting links on a free site will bring traffic to your domain name. If you use Geocities.com, it will help you get listed in Yahoo Directory eventually. Two of my pages at above mentioned site, are listed in Yahoo Directory. They are also two that get most traffic. By putting links on these pages to my other domain names, I can take advantage of all that free traffic.
You will also able to access this site from any computer, even when yours is down.
You can start and manage groups easily. I love convenience of running AutoResponse Plus right at my website. However, having a group to promote articles on Yahoo, makes more sense. Once someone has signed up for one Yahoo Group, it is a simple click of a button to add other groups.