Written by Jim Beach

Those who operate internet businesses likely have their hands full.

That makes it hard to keep track of new developments. To see who is doing what and how successfully. To generate ideas for your own business. So what you need is a strategy to help you keep abreast of what is happening onrepparttar internet and specifically, in your area of interest - in as little time as possible.

Here are some tips and resources to help you to keep track in only minutes a day.

First you'll need a couple of sites you can count on to give you accurate and timely information onrepparttar 119087 internet. Here's a good one: Nua Internet Surveys.

This site houses a wealth of information onrepparttar 119088 internet, its size, scope and influence. Here's an example of a recent article:

Report Examines Profitability of Business-to-Business Web Sites

"42 percent of three-year-old business-to-business Web sites inrepparttar 119089 US are now profitable, with another 14 percent expecting to turn a profit withinrepparttar 119090 next year, according torepparttar 119091 latest report from ActivMedia...."

Each story contains a link to related articles, so you can go a little further if you choose. It also has a search engine to help you hone in on exactly what you're looking for.

The Pendulum Swings Both Ways

Written by Elena Fawkner

The first quarter of 2001 has been a shocker for many, if not most, online businesses, particularly those that rely heavily on third party paid advertising on their websites and in their ezines. It doesn't seem to matter who you are -repparttar Wall Street Journal or one-person webfront operation.

Hot onrepparttar 119086 heels of spiralling stock indexes and dot-com failures, many people are just plain leery of anything that has an "Internet" label. As a result, many online business owners are shutting up shop, figuring thatrepparttar 119087 returns just aren't worthrepparttar 119088 investment of time and money.

But wait. Let's take a deep breath and look at what's really going on here. You should be encouraged.


Inrepparttar 119089 beginningrepparttar 119090 Internet wasrepparttar 119091 new frontier. With all those metaphors being bandied about all overrepparttar 119092 place - talk of gold rushes, pioneers, gold nuggets just lying there forrepparttar 119093 taking - "go west young man (or woman)", echoed in our ears, "stake your claim to your share ofrepparttar 119094 Internet riches".

And so every man and his dog and every woman and her cat slapped up a website and started publishing an ezine. After a while, our pioneer started making actual money charging for advertising on her website and in her ezine and sellingrepparttar 119095 latest information product and business was plentiful.


After a while, things started to level off. No longer experiencing repparttar 119096 heady rush of exponential growth on a weekly basis, things started to level out. Business remained solid, however, and our pioneer, now thinking of himself as a capital E "Entrepreneur" figured, OK, this isrepparttar 119097 end ofrepparttar 119098 first big growth phase. It's time to start consolidating. And so our entrepreneur started investing in already-formed relationships, concentrating on existing customers, developing his "List" of contacts and joint venturing like crazy to try and sustain momentum.


But then things started to go wrong inrepparttar 119099 promised land. All of a suddenrepparttar 119100 most promising, courageous and innovative Internet businesses started to, well, bomb. All of a sudden, venture capitalists were demanding business plans that actually requiredrepparttar 119101 business to turn a profit. No longer was it enough to be onrepparttar 119102 cutting edge of an emerging new economy. Now all of a suddenrepparttar 119103 bankers started talking about "returns on investment", "time value of money", and (shudder), "profit"!

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