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November, 2016

LinkedIn Marketing Strategy – Generate 50 Leads Per Day Just Using LinkedIn! (Crazy Stuff)

By on November 30, 2016

Last week, I ran into a webinar that completely blew me away, this guy was generating 50+ leads each and every day using a FREE social networking site. Since I started this blog after a few weeks of promotion, I’ve been getting around 300 visitors a day, and I have been getting a lot of leads using Article Marketing, Social Bookmarking, I never really focused on social networking, because I just didn’t like using them.

But only until I saw Larry Beacham also known as the “LinkedIn King”. This guy generates 50+ leads using his little secret strategy. I don’t think I have ever heard of anyone generate such amounts of leads romotely using LinkedIn. Here’s what I’m going to give you today… I am going to share with some of the things that I have learnt from this amazing webinar, and I actually done you a HUGE favour, I got you an exclusive recording to the whole webinar which goes on 70+ munites, so you can hear the king of LinkedIn himself, Mr Larry.

Key Points of The Webinar:

1. LinkedIn is for networking with other people, that’s why it’s a Social Networking site, not a site for spamming, so don’t go around putting your affiliate links everywhere. People go LinkedIn to meet other business-minded people and build relationships. Therefore, your goal on LinkedIn is to meet other like-minded people and get to know them, build your relationship.

2. LinkedIn is best and the biggest network for business orientated people. just by thinking about this, made me want to learn everything about this LinkedIn Marketing Strategy. Another thing that got my attentention is that the average income of the LinkedIn members is $150,000 per year, that’s just staggering. Compare that to the average income of the USA wich is only $30,000 per year. This means that LinkedIn members are a lot more qualified to own their own business making them laser targeted prospects for you.

3. LinkedIn can also be combined with the Article marketing strategy that I’m currently using to generate 30+ leads daily. I also learned that in LinkedIn, it’s all about giving quality advice, that means you should write quality Article and submit it to the LinkedIn directory. Because, I already do Article Marketing it makes sense for me to add this to my tactics.

I believe that this a cool and neat strategy that you can start applying right away and start seeing immediate results in your lead count. Most Network Marketers don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on paid advertisements, and if don’t either then I STRONGLY recommend you to use this simple and effective LinkedIn Marketing Strategy. This exclusive webinar is 70+ minutes long and it is totally full of VALUE. You can watch the whole thing for FREE on my blog.

Business Solutions – The Business Owner and the Internet

By on November 30, 2016

Small medium sized business owners and directors always seek quick and cost effective solutions to their problems; however, from time to time some problems are encountered in achieving this goal.

Some issues may be easy to fix and may be a ‘pleasant’ experience, such as addressing business growth, where to invest excess cash and so on. Others cause much concern, perhaps because of their complexity, urgency or their potential long term adverse impact on the business.

Understandably it is not uncommon to find that small business owners are technically capable in their area of expertise, but when challenged to find solutions to business related problems outside of that area they must turn to experts or professionals in other fields.

Particularly in a start up company the accountant, solicitor or bank manager may be a source of help. However, it may be found that not all answers are available from that source. So to whom does the business owner turn? It may be trade associations, chambers of commerce, network groups, other entrepreneurs, friends and so on.

All may offer some advice but this may be an uncoordinated approach and costly in terms of time. This source of knowledge may be of significant value and should not be totally overlooked. However, start-up companies and small and medium sized business owners usually seek business solutions immediately. After all they do wish to succeed in their business venture and issues that jeopardize that success require resolution at the earliest opportunity.

Consequently any delay in securing help from independent bodies or friends may be perceived as aggravating the problem to be overcome.

Unfortunately not all problems can be resolved quickly.

Some, perhaps many, business problems may be caused through a lack of planning or maybe lack of knowledge and understanding on the part of the small medium business owner. This may require investigation into the root causes of the problem in question, before action can be taken rather than develop a solution only to counter the ‘effect’ of the problem.

Also in the business world, the level of government ‘red tape’ may be burdensome to the business owner or director, and adherence to all aspects of their legal obligations is usually mandatory. However, governmental influence may delay resolution of problems, and ignorance of the law is not be an excuse should serious consequences arise through non-compliance.

In addition should cash constraints exist within the business, it may not be possible to ‘buy in’ the required level of expertise. This may burden the small medium sized business owner with gaining knowledge or learning skills alien to himself.

Today the business owner without adequate or reliable access to, knowledge of leadership, business management, business development, marketing, accounting, financial management, IT, business planning, ecommerce, employee relations and so on is seriously disadvantaged.

What alternative sources of business advice are available?

The internet may provide the help needed to overcome some if not all of these gaps in the business owners’ knowledge. This solution may not be satisfactory to everyone; the fear, uncertainty, reluctance in using the internet may still be an overwhelming barrier to some, but without doubt access to knowledge is much easier using this medium.

Understandably the early content based websites were dedicated to providing knowledge much biased towards sharing internet technology with others. This situation continues to change with many webmasters now committed to providing content for all niche areas, including those applicable to the small business owner.

Whether the business owner is in ‘fire fighting’ mode or being proactive in planning to avoid problems help and advice can now be found on the internet.

Up to date, easy to read newsletters on specific matters of interest, such as general business matters, taxation, are freely available; together with articles and e-books are available to help solve or prevent business problems.

This fount of knowledge continues to expand and many experts and entrepreneurs within the business sector continue to offer visitors to their websites valued help and assistance.

How should the business owner react to this plethora of knowledge?

Be positive.

The owner should continually research for sites that offer the business content that is being sought and is presented in an acceptable style. Actively participate in forums if available; this will raise awareness of your concern and afford the opportunity to other site participants to offer their advice freely in the matter.

Use the content on the internet as a valued tool in resourcing solutions to your business problems. Remember it is available at all times, easy to access and very cost effective.

Warning – You Must Engage! Start-up Businesses Look Online

By on November 30, 2016

There is a ray of hope amongst the financial carnage worldwide. The bleak economic outlook could be set to precipitate the start-up of a whole lot of new businesses. A recent story in the Sydney Morning Herald reports that many of those who may lose their jobs in the fallout will turn to starting their own businesses:

           ”We’re also seeing an increased number of sole traders starting up businesses in areas they are already skilled or experienced in. We believe these (people) are often connected to firms laying off employees.”

Many of these will not just have an online outlet for their businesses, but will start businesses that run only online. There has never been a better time to get online, with low cost options and heaps of competition amongst website developers worldwide.

The story also came with a warning:

 Spending heaps on brochure ware (that is, an information-based site) may be hard to justify if you’re not able to quantify the conversion rate.

In fact, 61% of those with sites surveyed by Melbourne IT last year have information-only content.

That means, for the most part, 61% of business websites don’t have a two way conversation through online mediums. They are putting their information out there like it is a broadcast medium, which it isn’t.

Your website needs to be a medium for you to engage with clients, for them to feedback to you, to tell you want they want and need. With other brands out there providing engaging, and social experiences, you need to move forward from web 1.0 brochure ware websites (so year 2000) and start playing in the web 2.0 space. 

Business Process Outsourcing – 3 Main Advantages

By on November 30, 2016

Outsourcing key company functions to a BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) firm is a major business decision that is fraught with great risk, considered against the upside of tremendous cost savings and increased profitability. Outsourcing for even non-core company functions can dramatically alter the landscape of your business so it is advisable to consider the decision carefully. Here are three of the primary reasons why businesses choose to outsource, along with the benefits gained by each practice.

Advantage #1: Lowering Costs:

Of course, this benefit is the most obvious, and the one that most managers are thinking of when they begin to investigate options for outsourcing work outside of the company. The primary reason costs are lowered from outsourcing is because the BPO firm, which is often located overseas, has much lower labor costs on an individual basis. Also, if a BPO firm is large enough, it can realize and economy of scale by amortizing functions across different clients in a way that the main client could never achieve.

Advantage #2: Releasing “Premium” Resources.

The principle here begins with the given that any company includes people who are being paid a premium wage, but whose time is split between core premium functions and non-core nonpremium functions. This is inevitable, as human beings are imperfect, however when contracting with a BPO firm a business manager has a greater ability to identify and specify which resources are considered premium and how much they should occupy within the total package. In this way, outsourcing creates a more “a la carte” option to establish the balance of work, and price labor according to its value.

Advantage #3: Risk Mitigation.

While outsourcing to a BPO firm can increase certain risks such as those that occur due to the management of a remote workforce, or the numerous cultural or language differences from those workforces that may impede the normal flow of business, other risks can be mitigated. Outsourcing work in the long-term means that there are a number of investments, both human (workers’ salaries) and capital (hardware, software, etc.) that are now being made by the BPO firm instead of its clients. Risk is reduced for the client, and even on the BPO firm side, risk is spread across a number of clients and therefore mitigated.

Top 5 Project Management Tips

By on November 30, 2016

Project management is ideal these days – especially if you need to get a lot done fast. Whether you are juggling a busy job, multiple jobs, or simply a hectic schedule, the ability to effectively manage your time and the projects on your plate will allow for increased productivity. Therefore, mastering the art of project management is essential. Here are some tips to help you succeed in your project management endeavors.

Lead Out

One of the best ways to ensure that you are succeeding in project management is to lead out. Those that fail to successfully project manage their lives or responsibilities often follow the crowd or wait for others to tell them what to do. Instead, a good project manager will analyze a situation and take charge. This is what natural leaders do. If leadership does not come naturally, it is important to work on stepping out of your comfort zone.

Develop Skills

In addition, specific skills are beneficial to project management. For example, those that are more organized often have an easier time managing their projects. The same is true with those that can communicate effectively. It is important that you develop the skills necessarily to effectively manage the different projects you are undertaking.

Learn To Solve Problems

Next, when it comes to projects, remember that nothing ever runs completely perfect. Instead, learn to solve problems. This will help you in the long run. Problem solving skills go a long way when it comes to project management and the best managers seem to know and understand how to effectively solve problems that come their way.

Delegate

In addition, it is important to learn to rely on others. A good manager understands that he or she cannot do it all by themselves. Instead, they need a good team by their side. Surround yourself with this team of people that will allow your projects to run smoothly. You will be glad that you have people to rely on throughout the project that can help you successfully complete each part.

Take A Class

Lastly, consider taking a class. There are a variety of different Project Management Courses that teach individuals how to effectively manage the projects they are in charge of. Most of the time these classes help individuals develop skills and they teach problem solving methods. All of this knowledge is invaluable and will only help an individual grow as they seek to be successful.

Time Management Courses – 5 Advantages of Time Management Courses Over Books

By on November 30, 2016

When it comes to time management and time management courses, the paradox is often that those who need them the most are those who are interested in them the least. Until the instances of missing deadlines, meetings and other important events snowball and come to a head to cause pain and loss whether financial or personal, people rarely give a thought about time management systems and processes.

Time management and productivity books abound in local bookstores, and for those who prefer digital formats, there are even more of them on the internet. For those who are already in the habit of working efficiently and are constantly looking for way to improve their efficiency and save time, these may be enough.

For those whose problems with procrastination, distraction and inability to finish what they start are severe enough to be taking their toll, a time management course might be a better idea for the following reasons:

1. Structure. It is true that books present their information in a structured, organized manner. How the reader receives and digests this information, however may not be as systematic and organized as the author intends. Often, a reader will just skim over the book, take out the parts that he or she feels is important, then promptly forget about the matter entirely. In other cases, a reader just squeezes in reading the book whenever it is convenient–something that does not exactly do much for retention and application. If time management, distraction and procrastination is the problem for the reader, chances are, the book may not even be read at all.

Courses, on the other hand, require the student to set aside a certain, regular time and period for studying the management of time and working on its problems. This provides the structure that someone who has a real problem with time management needs in order to work on his or her problems.

2. Presentation. Books allow the student all the information in a single sitting, allowing the reader access to everything at once. Many of the procrastinators I have worked with have a tendency to skim through all the information at a fast pace, thinking they are saving time in the process, and then forget all about them.

Courses, on the other hand, divide the information into single, simple concepts in at time-single concepts that students can easily focus on, and thus are retained easily and last longer. The most effective time management courses break down these concepts into actionable steps that can be easily implemented and integrated into daily life.

3. Involvement. A person reading a book will always have lower involvement than a person taking a course. Without involvement, chances are slim that changes can take place, no matter how much information is given.

Effective time management courses are structured in a way that enable or even force their students to think of the specific concepts in terms of their personal experience. This fast tracks the process of evaluating the problem (taking stock) identifying what changes need to be made, and committing to those changes. While many books try to address this issue by adding questions and “fill-in-the-blank” sections at the end of chapters discussing concepts, they hardly work because many people are conditioned to not write in books. In the case of ebooks (those in digital format) this involves taking an extra step of opening a new document, if the thought occurs to them at all.

4. Commitment. Books have readers. Courses have students. A reader’s only commitment is reading a book, it is his choice afterwards whether to remember it or not. A student, on the other hand, has an level deeper of commitment the moment he enters a course. Having this level of commitment already in place even before starting any effort to overcome problems of time management hastens the steps by leaps and bounds.

5. Assessment and Accountability. Many good time management books have sections with questions the reader must answer to assess where he is and track his progress. But because books are often read through or piecemeal in a disorganized manner, these portions are often skipped or just answered perfunctorily, with action points not tracked.

In a good time-management course, however, assessing progress and making the student accountable for his improvement is built into the program itself, making it easier to apply systematically–the basis of any program that requires change in lifestyles and processes.

The best time-management courses are of course those that are live: seminars, workshops and classes. The downside, however is that they are often unavailable instantly, require travel and scheduling, and can be expensive. A good alternative is to take an online time management course. Online time management courses abound. A quick online search of time management courses as well as the biggest problem it solves will give you a quick rundown of courses to take that may be most suited to you. (More)

How To Make Money With Facebook – Simple Facebook Money

By on November 30, 2016

The query of how to make money with Facebook is stirring up all over the web. Reason being, Facebook is not only the most widespread social media outlet on the planet right now, but in the past month if you check on Alexa.com you will notice that not once, but TWICE – Facebook passed Google in world wide traffic for the first time – making them the most popular website on the internet.

Do you not feel like doing a little dance? Congratulations Facebook – you’ve beat down the man – twice, in a month – & no other site has done that for 5 years. therefore the question becomes – what does all this mean to your business – & from what source can one literally make money with Facebook?

Before I get into the ‘how’ it is important to understand the reason Facebook even surpassed Google – & the reason is simple: more & more folks are utilizing the web as a social means. People do not have time to spend a few hours with neighbors at the coffee shop all the time anymore – hence instead, they’re hanging out on Facebook, many times multi-tasking as they are working their day job!

Consequently if that is the reason WHY individuals are on Facebook – then it is easy to discover HOW to make money with Facebook. You have to be social! I notice folks all the time doing this completely backwards. They are out there on Facebook spamming their affiliate links and multi-level marketing biz opp links on everyone’s Facebook wall praying that someone will click on the link and just ‘automatically’ buy their affiliate products or join their multi-level marketing opportunity. What’s the difficulty here? that is not even remotely social! If you are trying to make money on a social network, you cannot just be the sales person that keeps throwing ‘stuff’ on the wall & hoping some of it will stick. (Pardon the expression).

The good part is, you can be social on Facebook without even having a million friends – or even thousands of friends for that matter. I only have around 400 friends & use Facebook as a profit generating machine – I just do it completely differently than most other people. The key is to provide valuable facts to people rather than simply coming out and trying to hustle them something. For example, if you are a member of a multi-level marketing group on Facebook, instead of posting your biz opp links on the Wall, post a ‘how-to’ video or content on something you are good at in the network marketing industry. Perhaps it is sponsoring – maybe it’s having the right mindset, or being tenacious & not stopping until you make it. Whatever it is, post it on the Facebook Wall there & allow people the opportunity to ‘get to know you’ by means of your article or video before you jump right out & sell them on your business.

Think about it – when you find affiliate links all over your Facebook Wall or a Facebook group you are a part of, do you ever feel tempted to click or purchase anything from that person? If you’re anything like me, you are no doubt just totally annoyed that someone spammed your wall or your group wall and you click the little ‘x’ to remove the spam and block the user. right? that’s what I do. consequently to make money on Facebook – do not be that person – be the one that stands out from the spammy mess.

Online Auction Sites – Basic Tips For Sellers

By on November 30, 2016

Over the last several years, rising numbers of people have bought and sold goods at online auction sites such as eBay. Naturally, many folks who joined internet auctions soon realized the income potential available to those who could sell successfully. These have included stay-at-home parents looking for some extra income and entrepreneurs at heart who wanted to start their own full time business. Online auction sites are attractive to new entrepreneurs because they’re a target rich environment: people cruising internet auction sites tend to be people wanting to buy something as opposed to people just looking for information.

In order to start a business selling through internet auctions, you first have to decide what market to target and figure out how to obtain a solid product you can sell for profit at a reasonable retail price. Next, you have to figure out how to sell it. Here, I address the last issue, which is the easiest: how to sell online using auction sites. If you follow these two basic tips then you should succeed in launching your business, provided that you have a suitable product to offer that you know has some consumer demand. The two are:

1. Provide accurate and attractive product descriptions

2. Understand the policies of your auction site and payment provider, e.g., PayPal

Everyone knows by now that a photo is a must-have. The text descriptions are equally important, but sellers sometimes skimp on this part. There is no point in endlessly fretting about “What should I sell online?” only to later cut corners when you prepare the auction listings. A detailed description is particularly important if the product is sold with multiple accessories, such as a camera with different lenses. Also, if you are aware that the product is used with another item that is not part of your online auction, it is best to state explicitly that the other item is not included in the auction.

These can be illustrated with iPod auction listings. You probably know already that iPods are supplied with variable amounts of memory. Your description of the memory capacity for the specific item you are selling must be accurate, because if an item advertised a 32 Gb iPod turns out to actually be an 8 Gb model you can bet the buyer will lay a claim against you to get his money refunded. This is also why it can be hazardous to copy auction listings from another seller for a product if you don’t really know anything about it: yours might not be configured the same way his was. Negative feedback can be very damaging when you are in the startup phase for an online business. Suppose you are selling a used iPod without any headphones. Your picture just shows an iPod and no headphones are visible, since you aren’t auctioning a headset or earbuds with it. An iPod needs a headset of some sort, though, and any new iPod purchased in a store would include earbuds. Assuming that the buyer understands a headset is not part of the auction based strictly on your photo is risky. I advise an explicit, written statement that headphones are not included. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure to make money online.

Policies of online auction sites and their payment providers can change over time and you need to be aware of what their pricing or other policies are before jumping into selling in online auctions. As an example, occasional Paypal holds on payments have recently caused confusion for some new eBay sellers. Sellers have at times reported holds of up to 21 days on payments from PayPal. Of course, a seller is still required to ship items to buyers after Paypal has received cleared payment. This means a seller may be compelled to ship items before receiving payment, even funds to cover the shipping charges. Some folks have listed items for sale without recognizing this possibility and have then gotten frustrated when confronted with an unexpected delay getting paid. Online auctions generally do not require sellers to accept PayPal, but it really is the easiest service to use when starting a business with online auction sites. If you want to avoid PayPal, internet merchant accounts can always be used instead. Other options may also be available depending on the terms of your auction site-just beware of checks from buyers claiming to be from Nigeria!

Another area of frustration for sellers is not unique to online auction sites: returns! Some folks don’t want to cope with returns, so they’ll list an item with a return policy of “no returns accepted”. Others offer a return policy such as “returns accepted within 7 days, buyer is responsible for return shipping plus a restocking fee.” Requiring the buyer to pay return shipping and/or charging a restocking fee is standard. No matter what you write as a return policy, however, you can be forced to accept returns if the buyer alleges you provided an item that was Significantly Not As Described (SNAD). PayPal allows SNAD complaints to be leveled up to 45 days after the sale, so even if your listing said that returns would not be accepted after 7 days you are still bound by the PayPal SNAD policy if you accept payment through PayPal.

The terms of service for online auction sites and payment providers are not unduly complicated, but make sure you read the fine print before you try to start selling. Participating in auctions first as a buyer is usually a good idea. This also helps you to establish a good reputation within the online auction sites. If you have obtained a quality product to sell that consumers want to buy, you are able to create attractive and clear auction listings, and you understand how your auction site works, then you have all the makings of a successful internet auction based business. Good luck and have fun when you buy and sell online!

Setting Up Online Training (Part 1)

By on November 30, 2016

If you’re a business owner looking for a way to train your employees, online training is a convenient and affordable way to get the job done. Training programs can be set up on your office network or the internet and employees can access them from work or home. This makes training convenient for workers, and affordable for employers, who don’t have to pay the expenses of sending people out of town for training or shut their businesses down while employees train. Companies use online training for anything from introducing new software, to improving the way workers answer the phones, to keeping employees aware of new workplace legislation.

To begin your online training program you need to develop a lesson plan detailing how the information will be presented to your workers. Then you need to implement the plan, setting up the website where employees will access their lessons. Finally, you’ll want a way of measuring their progress. Later in this article we’ll examine your employees’ needs when it comes to online learning and the methods you can use for training. First let’s look more closely at what’s involved in starting the training program.

Most likely you already know what you want employees to learn, but unless you have previous experience as a teacher, it’s unlikely you’ll know the best way to get this message through to them. You can approach this problem in two ways. The first is to use an employee training school. These schools have online programs designed to handle common work place training topics and their programs can be implemented in your office. As well, many of them design custom programs if they don’t already have something that fits your requirements. The level of assistance they provide is entirely up to you. They may just design the lessons for you, or they may put together the entire website and even help you find a place to host it online. Try looking on the internet for “employ training online” or “custom employee training” and your search engine is likely to return a list of companies that provide these services.

If you already have experience in web design, a second way to approach the situation would be to consult an online teacher. A teacher can develop the lesson plans or advise you as to the best method you can use to get your message through to workers. An online teacher can help you convert a classroom based training program into one that works online. Depending on the nature of the training, you might need to hire an online teacher to assist your workers. For example, a teacher may be needed to grade exams or they may interact with students daily, helping them understand the lessons.

The final component of your training program is developing a method of measuring progress. You could use online quizzes that students take after each lesson or a final exam that is taken once all the lessons are complete. Both multiple choice and long answer tests can be created with online software. Another option is to monitor the training website keeping track of how often employees log on and how long they stay logged on per session. The method you choose will depend on the type of training you’re offering and will be covered in part 2.

Internet Home Business – How To Choose a Domain Name Registrar

By on November 30, 2016

To claim a domain name and use it for building your virtual office or website, you need to go to a domain name registrar, check the availability and register the name out of available options.

Today there is a plethora of domain name registrars available. But it was not always so.

Till 1998 Network Solutions was the only company that was authorized to register the domain name. It lost its monopoly after that and many companies have risen. While competition is good for the prices, it also adds to the confusion.

When you look for a domain name registrar, you should keep following in mind:

Accreditation: ICANN maintains a list of accredited domain registrars. The registrar pays application and annual fees to ICANN. A fee is also paid by the registrar to Network Solutions, the company that maintains the central registry of domain names. When you choose an accredited registrar, you ensure that your chosen domain name is officially part of the Internet. A list of ICANN accredited registrars has been posted in our blog.

Sometimes you might find a webhost or other sites allowing you to register at their website. These act as reseller to the accredited registrars. In such cases, they should disclose to you which registrar they represent.

Terms: Be absolutely certain to read and understand what you are getting before you pay. Read about ownership clause and other terms of condition.

Price: There was time when getting a domain name registered was an expensive affair. But now you can get a domain name much cheaper. There are many types of discounts available that vary greatly with registrars. Do check out various deals.

Duration: Do not register your domain for more than one year in the beginning. You would like to evaluate your registrar before committing for further.

Delay: A domain name is generally available within 48 hours after you register it. Check your registrar’s site to determine how long you will have to wait. If it says something like 7 days, do not go for that registrar.

Domain transfer: You should be able to transfer your domain name to another service without any restriction and for a fee not exceeding than fee for new registration. A lot of registrars also offer free transfer.

Generally there is a restriction on domain transfer for 60 days after you register your domain. Please check your registrar to find any other restriction and curbs.

Customer Support: This is another very important aspect. You need a good support system in case of any problem. Check out if phone or chat support is available. If Email support is the available support then it should not take them more than one business day to respond.

Few of the commonly used registrars are mentioned below. If you need to ask some specific question about some registrar please visit the forums on this topic. Many people would happily share their experience and guide you.

* nsi.com

* Register.com

* Dotster.com

* 000domains.com

* Signaturedomains.com

* Godaddy.com

* Namecheap.com