Thursday, June 21, 2007
Happy belated Fathers' Day for those dads out there! Hope you had a really cool dads' day. I know both my sons did.
I was searching on the web today and came across another interesting article "Drive Traffic And Backlinks To Your Web Site Without Lifting A Finger" and I highly recommend that you read it.
Also, would you leave a comment about the article on my blog as to whether you liked the article and would like to see more articles like this or if you didn't like the article and what you didn't like about it.
Here is the reprint of the article:
Drive Traffic And Backlinks To Your Web Site Without Lifting A Finger
By: Dave Saunders
By now everyone has heard how online press releases can generate quick targeted traffic and bring all the major search engines running to index you like there’s no tomorrow. The question is, have you done yours yet? Press releases have traditionally been something you paid thousands of dollars to have professionally written.
You needed to hire some fancy PR firm to write your release (usually by committee). Then they would submit it for PR News Wire (sometimes costing nearly a thousand dollars).Then they’d fax the release, and make a bunch of calls. If you were lucky, they would actually find a reporter who was interested enough to pick up your story -- and – you’d get some exposure.
Those days are history for those in the know. Today, you can use online PR services to put your release in front of more eyes than you can imagine. Faster. And certainly cheaper. In fact, many news reporters themselves are turning increasingly to news sources like Yahoo and Google for stories and content to meet their deadlines and keep their editors happy! Huh? Yes, I kid you not... Reporters have simplified and streamlined their “hunt for news scoops” by creating filters for online news. Just for the information about topics they’re writing about.
Yes, that's right... Reporters are just as lazy as the rest of us! Which is great news for you. Because it means that a little bit of creative keyword optimization in your release can put you at the top of all the news stories from the “big players.” But the benefits don’t stop there. Some online PR services allow you to include multimedia with your release and even add “backlinks” which savvy Internet marketers know are like candy magnets to search engines.
Why do some Internet marketers pay over $300 a month for just ONE of these backlinks from another website renting space from their own website? Because the “right” kind of backlinks can be worth more than their weight in online gold. And believe this: The right kind of press release, distributed to the right places, and in the right format... is one of the best treasure maps imaginable to that online gold.
Are you starting to picture what an effective online release can do for you and your website? I love doing press releases for my own sites but I've also come to enjoy providing those services to others. I believe in the Napoleon Hill “Think and Grow Rich” concept of if you want something, be ready to provide something of yourself to get it.
So here’s my offer... I want to write your next press release. It can be for a new site, or for an existing site. It doesn't matter one bit one way or the other. I will write your press release. I will submit your press release. And I'll even show you some of the cool tricks that can get you keyword backlinks right inside your press release. And... I will do this at no initial cost. That means free.
After the release goes out, if you’re satisfied with what a good news release can do for your website, then I ask that you pay me $500.00 and write an honest testimonial for me. If you're not satisfied, then you owe me nothing (except for an honest reason of what you didn't like, or where you felt I went wrong for you).
Is that fair, or what? I normally charge $1,500 and up for a single press release. Even that price has been considered a bargain because of the results I've gotten for my PR customers! So why am I doing this? Well, there are two reasons...1. Earning some extra money (there are dragons at my gate needing to be fed :)2. I have some excellent leads interested in putting me on retainer to do online PR campaigns for them.
Your endorsement for a job well done will help me clinch those deals.So, everybody wins. And all the risk is on me.There is only one catch. There’s always a catch, isn’t there? No biggie though. And entirely OPTIONAL...Some of the niftier features available from some of the online PR services require payment.
I’ll explain exactly what those options are. And I’ll explain what the potential benefits are for using them. If you decide you do want them in your release, then you need to pay those fees before your press release can be submitted with those options. So that’s it. I will brainstorm with you and find some news that can be used in a release about your site or your product. I will write the release and I will submit it to the high performing online news services.
If I come up with more than one news idea I will even give you the list of additional stories you can write, or have someone like me write, in the future. Again, if you like what you get I ask for $500.00 and a written testimonial.
I’ve already told a few people about this offer and the responses been pretty significant. I’ll do my very best to take care of all requests as quickly as humanly possible.But I will operate in a first come first served order. So if you’re interested, contact me now.
About the Author:Dave Saunders operates Nemock, LLC and can be reached at at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sunday, June 17, 2007
I came across this very interesting article, especially for those of us who are looking for ways to build our email list. I highly recommend it.
Do Your Potential Customers Forget About You?
[By: Tom Kulzer]
Your web business probably gets product inquiries from potential customers around the globe. Inquiries come via e-mail and your web site, and you try to send information to each hot prospect as quickly as you can.
You know that you can drastically increase the likelihood of making a sale by satisfying each person's need for information quickly!
But, after you've delivered that first bit of information to your prospect, do you send him any further information?
If you are like most Internet marketers, you don't.
When you don't follow that initial message with additional information later on, you let a valuable prospect slip from your grasp!
This is a potential customer who may have been very interested in your products, but who lost your contact information, or was too busy to make a purchase when your first message reached him.
Often, a prospect will purposely put off making a purchase, to see if you find him important enough to follow up with later. When he doesn't receive a follow up message from you, he will take his business elsewhere.
Are you losing business due to inconsistent and ineffective follow up?
Following up with leads is more than just a process - it's an art. In order to be effective, you need to design a follow up system, and stick to it, EVERY DAY!
If you don't follow up with your prospects consistently, INDIVIDUALLY, and in a timely fashion, then you might as well forget the whole follow up process.
Consistent follow up gets results!
When I first started marketing and following up with prospects, I used a follow up method that I now call the "List Technique."
I had a large database containing the names and e-mail addresses of people who had specifically requested information about my products and services.
These prospects had already received my first letter by the time they requested more information, so I used the company's latest news as a follow up piece.
I would write follow up newsletters every now and then, and send them, in one mass mailing, to everyone who had previously requested information from me.
While this probably did help me win a few additional orders, it wasn't a very good follow up method. Why isn't the "List Technique" very effective?
The List Technique isn't consistent. Proponents of the List Technique tend to only send out follow up messages when their companies have "big news".
List Technique messages don't give the potential customer any additional information about the product or service in question.
He can't make a more informed buying decision after receiving a newsletter! If someone is wondering whether your company sells the best knick-knacks, what does he care that you've just moved your headquarters?
List Technique messages convey a "big list" mentality to your potential customers. When I used to write follow up messages using the List Technique, I was writing news bulletins to everyone I knew!
I should have been sending a personal message to each individual who wanted to know more about my products.
What follow up method really works?
Following up with each lead individually, multiple times, but at set intervals, and with pre-written messages, will dramatically increase sales!
Others who use this same technique confirm that they have all at least doubled the sales of various products! In order to set this system up, though, you need to do some planning.
First, you'll need to develop your follow up messages.
If you've been marketing on the Internet for any length of time, then you should already have a first informative letter.
Your second letter marks the beginning of the follow up process, and should go into more detail than the first letter.
Fill this letter with details that you didn't have the space to add to the first letter. Stress the BENEFITS of your products or services!
Your next 2-3 follow up messages should be rather short. Include lists of the benefits and potential uses of your products and services.
Write each letter so that your prospects can skim the contents, and still see the full force of your message.
The next couple of follow up messages should create a sense of urgency in your prospect's mind. Make a special offer, giving him a reason to order NOW instead of waiting any longer.
After reading these follow up messages, your prospect should want to order immediately!
Phrase each of your final 1 or 2 follow up messages in the form of a question. Ask your prospect why he hasn't yet placed an order? Try to get him to actually respond.
Ask if the price is to high, the product isn't the right color or doesn't have the right features, or if he is looking for something else entirely. (By this time, it's unlikely that this person will order from you.
However, his feedback can help you modify your follow up letters or products, so that other prospects will order from you.
The timing of your follow up letters is just as important as their content. You don't want one prospect to receive a follow up the day after he gets your initial informative letter, while another prospect waits weeks for a follow up!
Always send an initial, informative letter as soon as it is requested, and send the first follow up 24 hours afterwards.
You want your hot prospects to have information quickly, so that they can make informed buying decisions!
Send the next 2-3 follow up messages between 1 and 3 days apart. Your prospect is still hot, and is probably still shopping around!
Tell him about the benefits of your products and services, as opposed to your competitors'. You will make the sale!
Send the final follow up messages later on. You certainly don't want to annoy your prospect! Make sure that these last letters are at least 4 days apart.
Following up effectively seems complicated, but it doesn't have to be! So many potential customers are lost because of poor follow up - don't you want to be one of the few to get it right?
Tom Kulzer, CEO and Founder of Newtown, PA based AWeber Communications, Inc. an opt-in email service provider. With 7 years managing opt-in follow up and newsletters for small businesses, email deliverability is an integral part of day to day operations. Learn more: http://www.aweber.com/?222958 and http://www.deliverymonitor.com/
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Unfortunately her grandfathers' body was pulled from the river the day before. The officials considered the possibility that little Hannah may have drowned when two day later here she comes stumbling out of the woods!
Want more details http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/06/16/girl.found.ap/index.html.
What an incredible human interest story.
Friday, June 15, 2007
I've had an exciting couple of days. I went to the Doctor yesterday. The problem was with my eyes. I notices that I had what felt like a cut in the far corner of my right eye.
I noticed this on Tuesday, and after doing some self medicating attempting to fix the problem myself (putting peroxide on the infected area!) I finally went to the doctor.
Well, the prognosis was that I had the pink eye! Yeah that crusty stuff that keep your eyelids shut when you try to open them the first thing in the morning.
Naturally, my Doctor her name is Dr. Dolly was livid when I told her that I had been using peroxide on my eyes! Not in my eyes directly but close enough that if it had gotten into my eyes there probably could have been bigggggg problems :)
So I had to take off work yesterday and today, gushy stuff still coming out of the eye, but there is noticeable improvement. So I know tomorrow I'll be even better than today.
Guess what I'm able to write you this note with pretty limited vision right now. What an experience. Next time I'll know better.
In addition to that the weather here is about 93 degrees and the humidity is up there. Talk with you later. Thanks.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Keep in mind that I've done this in addition to working my regular job and also attending to my home and family, which probably accounts for the length of time that it took me :)
I when I finished brainstorming for keywords to develop for my new Site concept or another blog not sure which I was very happy having just finished that step in the process, whew!
Was it a lot a work? Yes!
Was it satisfying having finished it? Yes, yes, and yes again :)
I was in the keyword tool center at http://www.sitebuildit.com/theblessing.html and using a tool call searchit which is at http://www.searchit.sitesell.com/theblessing.html
This is a wonderful tool that allows you to search on keywords.
It tells you how many searches have been done on a particular keyword and allows you access to tons of information.
This searchit tool enables you to narrow down your a niche specific to what you can master and are passion about without having to compete with the heavy weights that are on the net.
I am also following the plan that is in the Affiliate's Masters Course, by Ken Evoy.
Kudos to Ken for having the foresight to put together a blueprint for people like me.
All I need to do is just follow the plan and with lots of elbow grease I can have a successful well monetizing website :)
You can download a copy of this FREE ebook simply go to http://aff-masters.sitesell.com/theblessing.html and get a copy for yourself.
I know you'll be happy that you did. I certainly am! Be forewarned though, if you are looking for a get rich quick scheme this is not it.
If you are looking for a way to build a viable business and you're not afraid of working for it, then you gotta this for yourself.
My next step in this process now is to narrow down my keyword list and weed out keywords that are to competitive.
I'll keep you posted on this, talk with you soon.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
I came across this article the other day and it started me to thinking.
Naturally my goal here is to have my blog linkable and how to achieve that was a question that was burning in my mind.
So I set out on a mission to find out the easiest way to do that. You know we all want easy right?
And low and behold I came across this little survey while I was digging around over at http://www.Associateprograms.com
The article "How Linkable is your blog post" presented by Google Blogscoped I thought was pretty interesting.
The article starts out with a survey some of the questions posed were things like:
- My Post Title includes a pun
- My Post Title includes more than 10 words
- I start off by explaining the post core ideas
As well as other thought provoking questions. Well, long story short I continued with the survey and then clicked the submit button, which generates the results of this short survey.
My results were 20% linkable and it also gives suggestions on things that I can do to improve my linkability. Naturally I will be implementing those suggestions in the future.
If you would like to take this survey you can go to http://www.howlinkable.com and take the survey yourself. I'm sure you'll see it is an eye opener.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Have you been searching for FREE quality information that you can use to build a successful online business, but getting totally frustrated by the lack of *useful* content out there?
Believe me, I feel your pain! I was in the exact same boat that you're in right now...
No matter how *much* I searched, I just kept coming across the same old recycled tips from a bunch of so-called "experts," which turned out to be nothing but thinly disguised plugs for products nobody needs or even wants!
But then I came across Internet marketing guru Derek Gehl and his team at the Internet Marketing Center...
... and I quickly discovered that not all experts are created equal!
See, thanks to a lot of advice and help early on, Derek took a $25 investment and turned it into $60,000,000 in online sales -- and now, in appreciation for the support he received when he was starting out, he's determined to give back.
(For instance, in the past couple of weeks alone, he's given away over $450,000 worth of free eBooks. Talk about being committed to helping YOU succeed!)
Anyway, Derek's now offering FREE TRIAL subscriptions to his exclusive members-only online profit newsletter, "Secrets To Their Success," and he's agreed to reserve a few for my best customers!
If you haven't heard of "Secrets To Their Success" before, be prepared to be blown away, because every month, Derek and his team put together TWO extensive case studies of real people like YOU who have created online businesses that make a minimum of $100,000 a year.
And these are NOT just "fluffy" personality profiles...
Using intense "question and answer" interviews, Derek totally *dissects* each business, and exposes every tip... every strategy... every tool they used to start, build, and grow their businesses to their current success.
You'll even hear about the mistakes they made, and how they suggest YOU avoid them!
I've been a subscriber for YEARS, and the things I've learned have added more to my bottom line than I can even guess.
You should check it out. Like I said, it's totally FREE to try.
Here's the link to find out more:
P.S. Derek might be *enthusiastic* when it comes to giving stuff away, but he's not crazy. He's only got a limited number of FREE Trial subscriptions to go around (he IS running a business, after all), and once they're gone, they're gone...
... and I have NO idea when they'll be available again (the last time he offered them was over 3 years ago)!
So you should claim your FREE TRIAL right away.
Go to http://www.secretstotheirsuccess.com/t/914001/free
and see a program that I'm involved with and so far I really, really like.
It is with the Internet Marketing Center. They are offering a Free Trial Subscription
Monday, June 4, 2007
I just wanted to give you a quick update as to where I am today.
I'm still researching Making Your Content Sell.
This is the "C" in the formula of C>T>P>M
During my last post I talked a little about what your focus should be which is having great content.
How do you get great content?
Ask yourself these questions:
What do you talk about a lot to your friends?
What section(s) of the book store do you normally gravitate to?
What kind of hobbies do you have?
What are you passionate about?
What skills have your learned from your job that you could share with someone else?
Need some extra help with memory joggers? I found a pretty good site that is helping me to put together great content to talk about on my site.
You can visit them at http://www.mycps.sitesell.com/theblessing.html
When you have great content that not only pleases your visitor, but the search engines also, you will get a good ranking with the Search Engine Optimization.
I know I don't have to tell you good rankings with the SEOs brings traffic and tons of it!
Get the order right (C>T>P>M) and your site will rank high on Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.
Remember if you want lots of qualified traffic use the formula. Need additional information regarding the formula visit http://sitebuildit.com/theblessing.html
Talk to you soon!