When I started my on-line adventure as a newbie marketer I was totally confused. Where to start, how to start, what opportunity to choose, figure out effective use of funds and time, how to set my priorities and many questions more.
As up till today I still don’t have all the answers. I was fortunate to get to know people who set me on the right track. You can read more on the about me page.
The best advice I can give you it to join some Social Media Sites to build an online presence. They are the best time investment you can do if you use them correctly. You will find my personal recommendations on page “Recommendations from Webmiep” I hope this blog will help people to start online business with the right foot on front first.
Do you know the woman on the right? It is Maryanne Myers and I am a big admirer of her. Why? Because she has created many traffic generation services, credit based mostly.
This is why I like them so much:
- Most of them have a in-house mail box
- They all have a twist, an unique extra or special feature
- Upgrades are very affordable and lifetime in most cases.
- Most have an affiliate program where also free members can earn.
Maryanne Myers has been owning affiliate/marketing sites for 14 years (1998) and currently own 37 affiliate/marketing sites.
Today she launched a new program
and I am all exited about it.
I think it will be highly responsive since people do not have to become a member to post their ad. I joined it an upgraded in it immediately because of the huge exposure it will give to my sites. Take a look at this screen shot:
I also bought a pack of auto post credits. The system checks every hour is my ad is still there. If it is not the system will repost it. I can change this ad whenever I want and it does not prevent posting another ad through the default system of posting links. But there is more!
When your account is boosted (upgraded) and somebody posts an ad, an email is sent with your personal auto responder message. Now how cool is that!
So go there and get your own
RollerPage or just
post an ad.
I am sure many of you know the fairy tale about the Ugly Duckly written by Hans Christian Anderson. The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from his surroundings until, much to his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. The story is beloved around the world as a tale about personal transformation for the better.
In my opinion this story relates to online work upto a certain level. Many newbies see themselves as an ugly duckly. Uncertain about their own skills and discouraged by their family and friends telling them they will never make a dime online.
Unfortunately that is true. Feeling overwhelmed and unsupported makes it very hard to step out of your comfort zone and to try develop new skills that are required to build a successful online business. People give up before they started and deprive them self to develop in the beautiful swan inside them.
What may newbies in online work do, is comparing themselves with the beautiful swans that are already making a decent living from working online. It is quite tempting to say “I can never do this or that”.
But you can! The beautiful internet swans of today all started out as ugly duckly! I.e. many of us did not grow up with computers and internet, we did not learn this in school like kids do today. Sure this is an obstacle but not one that can not be overcome.
Take for example Tony Tezak, owner of the Traffic Exchange Tezak Traffic Power
, one of the biggest and top rated non stop. I am pretty sure Tony who is older than I am (55 as I write this) did not get any computer lessons at school.
The only thing that differs from the fairy tale of the ugly duckly is, that time won’t do the trick. You need to be pro active and make an effort. Step out of your comfort zone and try. Step out of your comfort zone, make connections and ask for help.
Speaking of my own experience, there are many beautiful internet swans online that very well remember their ugly duckly time and are willing to help you and share their tips and experience with you.
So step out of your comfort zone and go for it! You will surprise yourself and master skills you never thought yourself capable off. It is difficult to step out of your comfort zone the first time but the more you do it, the easier it gets.
Do not measure success in $ because there won’t be plenty of those when you are just starting. Measure your success in mastering new skills, gaining insights and new contacts made that can help you. in time the $ will follow.
If you want that people notice what you have to offer you must make an effort to stand out from the crowd. Be unique. Try to think out of the box! here are some tips on how to do that
Take a look at below picture. Both very cute baby’s. If you were walking in a crowded street thinking about all the things you have to do today, which one is most likely to make you turn around and watch?
Graphic by webmiepgraphics.com
The answer is obvious. It is unusual to carry a baby in a grocery bag. My son (the baby is Bram, my grandson) got a lot attention in the shopping mall while carrying his son like this. Many people stopped and asked questions: how old is he, why do you carry him in a shopping bag, etc. And I asure you there were many more cute baby’s in the shopping mall.
Do you see the parallel with online marketing?
The internet is crowded with people that are trying to make a living by selling products and/or services. If you want that people notice what you have to offer you must make an effort to stand out from the crowd. Be unique. Try to think out of the box!
There are many ways you can do this.
- headlines that arouse curiosity
- appealing graphics, funny, beautiful, or…
- try to write your own texts. Make an effort to make it pleasant to read. A touch of humor often works very good.
- try to approach a topic from a diffrent angle
- details: many people “scan” pages. If there is a possibility to add a featured picture, do so. Your contribution will grab more attention at first glance than the ones without one. Remember that when you share it is often posted with a picture if available.
Paula van Dun
Newbie Marketers Blog
Do you know what the ideal work at home job is? Have you been considering working from home rather than commuting to and from an office or job site? It takes courage to walk away from your job and build a new career or small business. Not everyone is capable. You can read the job statistics and find the depressing news of failures. The statistic that stands out the most is “small business fail in the first five years.” So do many relationships. Notice a correlation?
The first five years is the learning period. Beginning, adjusting, reshaping, changing, and adapting occur during the first five years. Look at babies, small and vulnerable, dependent they come into this world. During the next five years they learn to walk, talk, read, and write. Beginning a business from home is not that much different. You are preparing for the arrival of a new life during the pregnancy. So you must prepare to shift to a new career.
Even if you decide to work from home doing the same type of job, it is still a new career. Business development is a career. You can stave off failure by preparing yourself. Here are a few steps to get you started:
- Jot down ideas of what you would like to do. Your interests, skills, hobbies, likes.
- Pick five from this list that interest you the most. Do not think about it. Look and write.
- Do some research either at the library or on line. What do you need to build the business from any one of these five items.
- How long will it take to begin earning an income? What are the start up costs? Or can you begin with what you have?
- Are there any skills required that you do not have? For instance, bookkeeping, writing, graphics, customer service, or customer relations? Your research will help you discover the skills to be successful.
The ideal work at or from home is the one you love to do. When you wake up in the morning you look forward to getting your day started. If you discover you need skills such as record keeping or book keeping to begin, consider hiring someone who can help. If you cannot afford to hire someone yet, consider bartering services or take a class at one of the adult schools or on line.
Working at home is not that difficult. What becomes difficult is our ability to complicate the process. Keeping it simple and easy is the best way to keep it fun. If you have hobbies you really enjoy, they can be profitable. Ask yourself if you will still enjoy them if you have to do them to make a living. Most hobbies loose their luster when it is a have to as a job.
Have fun doing your research. Remember to budget your savings for at least the first six months. Then learn how to market your self for free. Social networking is great, but post cards at the post office, local market, and business cards as part of the tip when you eat out are also great ways to get noticed.
Want some help getting started or barter services? Let me know. I will be happy to help or make a referral.
What does it mean to work from home? Or to find a work at home offer?
The first step in beginning your journey of working at your home is to understand the differences and similarities in jargon. Words are tricky and used in such a way as to lure you in.
Working from home, could mean you have an office at home and you telecommute to your primary job. You spend a percentage of time at the office, but work more from home. Telecommuting is a new adventure for many employers. This type of work comes with many advantages and disadvantages. More on this later.
Working at home, this type of phrase means that you work at your home and no where else. Simple, yet confusing. You have set up a place to work at your residence. This can be your kitchen table or your living room couch. The space you set up will depend on the type of work you have chosen to pursue.
These two phrases are the primary ones seen most often. Employers like the term telecommute. However, it can be interchanged with either the work from or work at home phrases.
Network marketers like to use both phrases. The words following can also be misleading. How many applications did you fill out only to discover you are now on a call list for business opportunities?
To sort out the offers, there are times all you can do is fill out the request for more information. Other times, keywords within the ad can clue you into the type of offer.
Job offers from a company should give you a job description, qualifications, pay expected, benefits if any, and a way to contact the hiring manager.
If you are asked to pay to work, forget it. These type of companies have found a way to make a mint or two by collecting a list of sites where employers seek out contractors. There are two options for memberships available, free and paid. Before you pay, join free, try it out, see how it works for you.
Network marketers are finding new ways to contact potential clients, regretfully they are not always honorable. Read the ad, compare it, if you want to pursue it, then go for it. There is no obligation or need to accept. Getting off the list is a bit tricky. You may receive a few more calls depending on the ad you answered.
For some readers this may seem a bit of a duh factor. But I ask you to go back to day one for you. Sitting there are your computer, glazed eyes, then an idea hits, search, and the now what buzzes you from somewhere in that hidden room.
What did you think work from home or working at home, meant? What does it mean to you now?
At least once a week I get an e-mail from a newbie Internet marketer presenting the same problem…
The marketer has created his first product along with a landing page on which to sell it.
Now, how does he drive traffic to that landing page to generate clicks and sales?
The most effective method is to send an e-mail marketing message advertising the product to your opt-in e-list.
Unfortunately, most beginning Internet marketers have either no list or a list so small that no significant sales will result from e-mailing to it.
The astute start-up marketer realizes his only way of accessing large, responsive e-lists is to do joint ventures with the big Internet marketers who own those lists.
Unfortunately, these successful Internet marketers with the big, profitable e-lists (a) don’t know who you are and (b) are bombarded by people asking them to promote products every day.
Therefore, they have little or no inclination to respond to your request.
So what are the do’s and don’ts of asking medium-size (like me) and big Internet marketers (like Jim Straw) to joint venture with you?
There will always be times in your life when you have to perform tasks that you deem unpleasant for one reason or another—working with a co-worker you don’t like, going to work on Mondays, taking the garbage out, driving to meet the in-laws at the airport, having dinner with the spouse’s friends…
Doing these things just siphons whatever motivation you have inside you and makes you feel sad, tired, sorry, even annoyed. But did you know that there are also things inside you that actually make it difficult to feel excited and enthusiastic? Get to learn the factors that make you hard to motivate:
1) Your mindset: Your mindset is a major factor that can make you hard to motivate. This is because it can severely limit your understanding of the world and all experiences in general. Your mindset can sometimes be composed of growth-inhibiting beliefs, prejudices, biases and standards.
If, for example, you believe that nothing good can come out of your staff, you’ll fail to see that there is a clerk there that actually has management potential.
If you refuse to believe that you can actually write for a famous magazine because you’re a person from a small town, you’ll miss out on an opportunity to expose your talent and reap its rewards.