A Beginner's Checklist to Promoting an Online Business (Part 1)

Written by Angela Wu

The Internet's full of hyped-up promises ofrepparttar 'ultimate' marketing secret that will singlehandedly skyrocket your business to instant success.

Naturally, this is ALL it is: hype. There's no single 'secret' that will magically transform a fledgling business into a powerful money-maker. Instead, every business owner is responsible for testing and refining various techniques until he or she has developed a solid, effective base that producesrepparttar 125026 desired results.

What works for one business may not work for another! Likewise, another business may have poor results with one method, while others experience great success. Here's a quick checklist of some ofrepparttar 125027 more popular -- and completely free -- marketing techniques to help you build your online business (note: this is a 3-part series).


1. Build and use your own opt-in list of targeted and interested prospects. Offer a free newsletter that provides fresh, interesting, and relevant content. You'll receive feedback from your readers about what's important to them, and over time they'll come to know and trust you. Your products, services, and even recommendations will then be taken much more seriously because you've developed credibility with your readers.

2. Contribute to newsgroups or discussion boards. Establish yourself as a helpful member of a community. Other members ofrepparttar 125028 community who come to know and respect you will often refer you to others.

3. Niche directories or search engines. Find allrepparttar 125029 highly-targeted directories and SEs for your market, and then work to get listed. You'll be surprised at how many niche sites there are! Good places to start looking are http://yahoo.com/ and http://www.dmoz.com/ .

4. Build your link popularity. For example, you can trade links with other businesses in your market so that you can 'share' each other's traffic. Most ofrepparttar 125030 major search engines take link popularity into consideration when ranking your site.

5. Endorsed mailings to other lists. Findrepparttar 125031 editor of a great newsletter, and offer your product or service to him for free in return for a review or an endorsed ad to his list. Endorsements fromrepparttar 125032 editor can far outperform regular 'ads', since they come from someone they know and trust (the editor).

6. Testimonials. It's fine for you to say that your product or service is wonderful... but there's far more 'punch' when someone else says it! Testimonials show prospects that you have happy customers and helps them to make repparttar 125033 decision to buy.

7. Use autoresponders to follow-up with your prospects. It has been proven time and time again that autoresponders can dramatically increase your profits! They're also great time-savers, saving you from following up with each prospect manually.

8. Ad swaps. You can get extra exposure for 'free' (no out-of-pocket expenses) by swapping ad space with another editor that caters to your audience. Plus it's a great way to put 'remnant' ad space to good use.

How to Spice up Your Ezines with Zero Cost!

Written by Jaruda Boonsuwan

The other day as I watchedrepparttar Matrix on HBO, something struck me hard!

That was when Morpheus said,

"What are you waiting for? You're faster than that. Don't think you are. Know you are!"

And before I knew it, I found myself switching offrepparttar 125025 TV. A second later, I rushed to my computer to finish my 2-month pending project.

I have to admit that there are times in our lives when we feel jaded and need a little encouragement.

Though it doesn't make any situations better, it helps us feel stronger inside...at least strong ENOUGH to carry on.

We're not always strong. There are times when we feel weak or tired. Our hearts are not made of steels. They have feelings, especially in this wild wild world.

Suppose you're feeling down and someone comes to you and say, "Never doubt yourself!", will you feel you have more power to fight and rise again?

I'm pretty sure you will...

Inrepparttar 125026 business world, a lot of people can easily get lost, exhausted and confused, having to deal withrepparttar 125027 most difficult situations allrepparttar 125028 time....NON-STOP.

Words of wisdom give us inner strength to believe in ourselves. They keep us energized and inspired.

If you run an ezine, add some nice quotes from time to time. Your subscribers will always appreciate your thoughtfulness.

You can try these:

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." -- Carl Bard

"The people who get on in this world arerepparttar 125029 people who get up and look forrepparttar 125030 circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." -- George Bernard Shaw

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