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How To Create Professional Images Including Banners, Facebook Cover Photo And Many More Using A Free Online Tool!

A picture tells a thousand words. I think you cannot disagree with me that an ad with image is likely to be more effectively compared to chunk of plain text. The image can show a lot of things and more importantly, capture your attention.

Just scroll through your Facebook timeline. What usually catch your attention?

99%, if not 100% of the time, it is the image that catches your attention and makes you stop scrolling.

Even when you are surfing YouTube, video producers create specific video thumbnail just to catch your attention. You don’t really read through the titles of the videos at first glance.

So we cannot deny how important a good image can help you even in your internet business. Whether it is in your sales letter, blog post or on the various social media platforms.

What if I tell you that you can actually create your own professional images such Instagram images or Facebook Cover photo with just a few clicks for free?

Would you love to find out more?

I hope you do and today, I’m going to share with you how you can use Canva – a FREE online graphic design tool to help you to design and create your very own images for virtually any purposes.

First, go to https://www.Canva.com to sign up for a free account.

Just choose personal use which is the last option.

Follow the instructions and then once you have successfully registered for an account, login to the tool. After that, you can see that there is a preset of templates.

You can search for the templates on the search bar or scroll through the Create A Design segment.

Let’s take a look at what Canva can help you to design…

  • Facebook Cover
  • FlyerBlog Banner
  • Instagram photo
  • Pinterest Graphic
  • Infographics
  • Logo
  • YouTube Channel Art
  • Skyscraper Banner Ad
  • And many, many more!

Yes, that’s right. You can virtually create any kind of images. You can also make use of the custom dimensions to create a custom size image.

Different types of images have different dimension requirements. This is when Canva is such an useful tool as they provide the dimension or at least the correct dimension ratio for you.

In addition, the best part is that there are already many template layouts available and you do not need to start designing from scratch.

Using the template, you can edit and design your own image.

For this post, I am choosing the Facebook Cover as an illustration.

As a start, I suggest that you choose a background image first before you start to edit the image. There is plenty of background images for you to choose to design your image.

Click on BKGROUND on the left and choose one background image to start.

Next, you can make use of the ELEMENTS field to add new or edit elements.

You also can edit the elements. The editing option will be on appear on the top left within the design panel. You can change the colour or flip the elements.

At any point of time, you can also choose to undo your last action. Press on your keyword CTL + Z or click on the UNDO icon on the top left.

Just make use of the free stuff. There is no need to get the premium icons or special graphics.

You can even also upload your own images!

If you make to change the position of the images, simply click on the POSITION and change the position of the image or to align it to the page.

Of course, you can also add text to your image. Click on TEXT on the left side and choose if you want to add a heading, subheading or body text.

You can edit the text font, colour and font size. The editing panel is at the top of your image.

After you are done with the editing and satisfied with what you have done, you can click on the DOWNLOAD or PUBLISH button located on the top right to save the image.

Depending on the type of graphics that you are creating, you can even publish them to the exact platform directly!

After you have saved the image, you can use it for your intended purpose.

Now, if you wish to edit the image again after exiting Canva, you can login again and go to YOUR DESIGNS.

Click on the graphic that you’ve designed earlier that you wish to edit and proceed.

I hope that you’ve benefited from this quick tutorial on how to use Canva to design and create professional images for your internet business.

Now, go and “play” with Canva now!

Talk to you soon!

Building Confidence In Your Internet Business

Do you sometimes feel like you just don’t have the bold confidence necessary to succeed in internet business? Maybe you need a boost in your internet business confidence, or maybe you are just getting started and need some extra confidence to take that first step. Here are some tips for building confidence in internet business.

Get Educated

One of the most important confidence-builders is knowing that you know what you know! You may have a lot of great internet business ideas but you don’t have the know-how to make it happen. Educate yourself about how to market your product or service – what is your competition? How can you reach your demographic? What kinds of advertising should you do?

You may need some nuts-and-bolts education, too – for example, how do you set up an effective website? You may need some practical knowledge to help you reach your goals.

There are many ways to educate yourself in business. You can hire a business coach to help you one-on-one. You can also download eBooks, sign up with boards and forums where business-savvy people congregate, and ask questions of successful people.

One of the most important factors that getting educated can help you to build your confidence is because you are also getting updated with the latest trends and changes in your industry.

This allows you to be able to stay ahead of the competition and be confident about your internet business and makes unlimited profits.

Get Focused

Getting educated is the key to getting focused. You really can’t boldly march forward if you don’t know what direction you’re going in. Take some time to focus on your internet business. What, exactly, are you doing? What do you want to do? Who is your target market or demographic?

If you have diverse interests, this can be difficult – but it’s even more necessary, because diverse interests can be distracting if you don’t focus on one at a time. So once you get yourself educated about your market and what you want to do, you can launch a focused business (or focus an existing one).

Staying focus helps you to understand your internet business more and let you be more efficient in managing your internet business.

More importantly, if you have invested in a program or training course, please stay focus on it and do not jump from product to product. You need to follow through with what you have invested and make full use of the product.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

We all know that businessman or woman – the one who has written ten books, has a dozen jobs, and has a perfect house. You may not be that kind of person, and such a schedule and goals are just not realistic for you. It’s really not advantageous to compare yourself to others. Set your own realistic standards and compare your progress against those.

Everyone has their own pace and unique environment. Don’t let that bring you down. Be confident in yourself.

Believe in Your Success

A lot of people swear by the power of positive thinking. It is said that visualizing your goals can attract the very things you need to reach your goals. Even if you don’t get into the visualization bit, you can benefit from believing in your internet business and your own competence.

Trust your instinct and believe in yourself. Being optimistic is definitely much better than a pessimistic.

Once you get confident, you will be much more likely to attract clients, which in turn will build your confidence. It’s a good cycle to get into and eventually leads to unlimited profits.

How To Build A Profitable Niche Site In 7 Steps

Are you ready to make money from niche marketing? Here is a quick step-by-step guide to help you get started.

Niche marketing is the business of promoting and selling a product or service to a specialized segment of a market.

Step 1: Start Brainstorming For Ideas

Brainstorm as many as twenty possible niches. In order to make the process more efficient, do not just rely on a single brainstorming session.

Carry a notebook with you so that whenever you have a new idea, you can jot it now immediately.

You will be surprised that ideas come to you when you are in the least likely places.

A lot of great ideas of famous marketers actually originated from the restroom.

You can also look on the internt for some ideas and check out Google Trends, Amazon Best Sellers and eBay Pulse to understand what is popular right now.

Step 2: Do A Thorough Research On Each Niche And Choose One.

Make use of the free Google Keyword Planner to check out how many people are looking for it.

Is there demand and what is the competition?

Based on your research, eliminate the poor ideas and narrow down your list.

Then, it is time to choose the niche that you want to go into. Compare the niches and choose one that is profitable and you are also interested or have knowledge in.

The market should also have enough traffic and not too competitive.

Step 3: Learn The Inside Out Of The Market

You may already have knowledge about the market but is it still good to increase your knowledge.

If you do not have any knowledge at all, then the more you should learn about it.

The best way is to read forums and blogs. Simply search for the “Your Market” + Forums / Blogs on the search engines. It will provide you with plently of websites to check out.

If there isn’t any forums or blogs available, you might want go back to step 2 and choose another niche.

Step 4: Choose A Domain Name And Web Hosting

Using the research that you had done earlier, make use of the keyword to decide on a domain name.

Alternatively, you can brand it to yourself and make use of your name and the keyword for the domain name.

You can get a free domain name when you use this web hosting provider. Click here to sign up for web hosting and domain name.

Step 5: Build Your Website

Make use of WordPress to build a simple website.

You can learn the steps here: http://www.ewenchia.com/how-to-start-a-wordpress-blog-on-bluehost/

Next, start writing at least 10 informative articles about the topic and post it on your website. This is to attract traffic and get your website ranked in search engines.

Step 6: Create A Killer Product And Sales Process

This may be the most difficult step in the process. But once it is done, you do not need to do it again.

Make sure that whatever you create is catering to the market that you are targeting and you should have a unique selling point in order to stand out.

If you only have the rough concept of the product and do not know how to start. You may want to consider to outsource the creation of the product to a third party.

Step 7: Define A Marketing Strategy And Execute It

Draw up a promotion plan and aim to adopt one paid and one free traffic method to market your product and website.

Focus on making these methods work for you before you test out other marketing tactics. The trick is always to be consistent in your promotion effort.

Always remember, if you do not promote your product, then nothing is going to happen.

These 7 steps walk you through every step of the process, from coming up with the idea to creating a profitable site.

I hope it is useful to you and ignite some sparks in your creative brain.

What Can You Learn From Samsung Exploding Phone And Washing Machine?

I had been using Samsung Galaxy Note series for some time and owned a Note 7 before exchanging it for another Samsung phone. To be honest, Note 7 is really a good phone but unfortunately, the battery is not well-made. For the past few months, Samsung, the largest business conglomerate in Korea has been making headlines for the wrong reasons. However, there is much to learn from this episode that can be applied to our online business.

1)            Branding and reputation

Samsung is the only other brand that can “fight” with Apple currently but with these 2 exploding products, it hurts Samsung branding very bad. The good news is that over the years, Samsung had built up a credible electronics brand and it is still the number 1 smartphone producer despite Note 7 woes (accordingly to a cnet.com report on 17 November 2016). Hence, your branding and reputation is very important whether you are doing an online or offline business. Always be ethical and make the right decision for your business even thought it might hurt your revenue.

2)            Diversify your market once your first business is profitable

Samsung itself does not just concentrate only on electronics sales. It has diversified its portfolio into shipping, medical service, financial service and many more.  However, without any doubt, the aim of venturing into these markets is to make money for Samsung. It is the same for your online business, once you are successful in your first market, you need to replicate your blueprint and develop other markets.  If you have a successful digital product, you can launch another product for sale. Rinse and repeat. Do not rely on just one source of revenue.

3)            Good Customer Service

Samsung offers exchange and refund to Note 7 users and also recalled all the affected washing machine. This is a bold and necessary step to minimize any potential harm to users. Samsung tries to offer exchanges and cash top up in order to keep their customers. Samsung even offer trade in for the unreleased Galaxy Note 8 in an attempt to retain Note 7 customers. So in your online business, how do you provide good customer service to your users and prospects? Listen to them and reply them.  If there is anything that you can improve your service, go ahead and do it. Good customer service will retain your customers and also make them buy from you again.

However, please do not promote any products that will explode or harm your customers. 😛

Secrets of Best Selling Headlines

I have made millions from selling digital products online and one of the success factors is attributed to headlines that are able to sell and draw the readers’ attention.

The attention span of any visitors to your website is very short and if the website’s headline does not capture the visitor’s attention, chances are that they are less likely to read the rest of your website or sales letter.

Hence, if your headline is able to capture the visitor’s attention and make them continue to read the rest of the sales copy, your conversion rate will be higher.

So what are the secrets of best selling headlines? In today post, I am going to reveal the “secrets” to you.

Secret #1 – BIG HEADLINE and relevant image

With a BIG HEADLINE and relevant image, it will capture the visitor’s attention and it will be able to either pre-frame the visitor’s mindset or interrupt the visitor’s pattern.  It helps to increase the conversion rate.

Secret #2 – Using Curiosity with the help of the 5 Ws and 1 H.

Who, what, when, where, why and how. Using the 5 Ws and 1 H is a good guide to help you write a bestselling headline.  Use the right keywords and benefits that the visitors will receive to hook them into reading the rest of the page.

Eg. Learn How Your Can Skyrocket Your Online Income Within 17 Days Using This Secret Trick!

Secret #3 – Solution-Theme format

Offering the solution in the headline to the problem that your reader is looking to solve will definitely increase their chances to continue to read the rest of the sales copy.

Eg. Discover How You Can Get Rid Of Your Stubborn Tummy Scars In Just 3 Simple Steps!

Secret #4 – Shocking news format

People just love news and this is basic human instinct. When your headline is like shocking news, it will hook the visitors and make them to continue to read further.

Eg. 14 Years Old Discovered a NEW Profit System Making $3,427.08 Overnight!

Secret #5 – Offering improvement

Instead of begin competitive, I prefer to say that we as human being, like to improve on what we have. That’s how the world keeps advancing forward. Offer the improvement as a key benefit to make your visitors continue to read the rest of the page.

Eg. Find Out How You Can Dominate The Search Result And Leave Your Competitors Behind.. FOREVER

Now, the BIGGEST “Secret” is to test your headline and tweak it. If you have the resources, it is best to do split testing to understand which headline is working for you. Tweak, test and repeat to get your bestselling headline today!

Best Of Both Worlds – Free Traffic VS Paid Traffic

Traffic is the main fuel for running your online business. Without traffic, your business will not be able to move forward and generate revenue.  There is mainly 2 main categories of traffic – Paid Traffic and Free Traffic.

I always encourage our students to master one paid traffic method and one free traffic method. Hence, you will be able to enjoy the best of both worlds. Please also note that the traffic methods are also dependent on the niche of your business. Different niche has a different reliable source of traffic.

In general, paid traffic means using money to get the traffic while free traffic means that you are required to do some “work” to drive the traffic.

Why do we encourage using both types of traffic? This is because for most of the time, paid traffic will be able to provide you with instant result. On the online world, speed is very crucial to your success. You’ll want to be able to test, tweak and maximize your website conversion as fast as possible. The result may be positive or negative but it allows you further fine-tune your website.  Free traffic tends to be slower and you may not be able to see the result immediately.  However, as you build up your free traffic, it will grow in momentum and continues to brings you traffic even when you stop doing activities that brings in the traffic. On the other hand, your paid traffic strategy will not work once you stop investing in it.

Here are some of the ways that you can get your traffic.

Free Traffic

  1. Social Media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
  2. Forums
  3. Blogs
  4. Videos
  5. Basic SEO

Paid Traffic

  1. Per Per Click such as Google Adwords and Microsoft Bing Ads
  2. Social Media Ads such as Facebook Ads and Twitter Ads
  3. Banner Ads
  4. Emails Ads
  5. Native Ads

Now, let’s get going and get some traffic!

Inform Your Subscribers About Any Updates REAL TIME!

Hey! Do you want to inform users about any updates REAL TIME even if they are not on your website or subscribed to your mailing list?

This can be done by push notifications. It works great whether you have a regular blog or ecommerce website.

When visitors land on your website, there will be a popup notification to ask them if they like to receive updates about the website WITHOUT the need to enter any of their personal details such as email addresses.

One of the apps that I recommend is PushCrew.

You can sign up for a free account here: https://pushcrew.com/

With Push Crew, you will be able to do the following:

Talk to your Users Right on the Browser. Real-time

With push notifications, you don’t have to wait for your users to open their email inbox to get a communication. It will be delivered right on their browser. Real-time.

Reach your Users Anywhere on the Web

Push Notifications are delivered right on the browser. So you can engage your subscribers with your communication even when they are not present on your website.

Send Personalized Pushes. Make more Revenue

Push Notifications are clickable. So you can send people directly to any URL on your website (or outside your domain) based on their interests / actions on your website.

This is how it looks like when a visitor visits your website with the PushCrew app installed onto your website. First time visitors will see this pop-up.

Once they click on “Allow”, you will be able to send push notification whenever you want.

Your subscribers will be able to see this on their computer when you pushes a notification and click on it.

This is very useful for sending information to your subscribers when you have new offers, updates or anything that you want to share with your subscribers.

Go ahead and install PushCrew on your website today!

“7 Strategies To Create Great Content For Your Blog (And Why Pokemon GO Is One Such Strategy!)”

Lets talk about blogging!

Firstly, blogs have “evolved” over time. In the past, it gained popularity when many people started using blogs as their personal online journal. After that, it transited into a more organizational use and many people started using them for business purposes as well.

However, I feel that “real blogs” are meant to be more personal in both presentation and approach, with a less corporate feel…like this blog! :-)

blog-1027861_960_720Blogging is about sharing your passions and thoughts, and at the same time, monetizing the platform too so you can make money.  Hence, I usually encourage my students to use blogs as a platform to start their online business as it is simple, personal and very easy to start with.

However, it’s all about consistency and to be able to blog continuously is not an easy task. This is especially so if you’ve a day job and busy schedule.

You also need to ensure that what you’re blogging about have an impact. Meaning, it has a purpose, quality and hopefully, highly informational and educational.  Fact is, if your blog’s content is not too good, it just reflects negatively on yourself.

This is so important that I’ve decided to list down the SECRETS to always creating good, purposeful and informational content for your own blog…

Lets look at 7 simple strategies to do just that!

  • Reviews

You can do review type blog post. Most of the time, you will be doing a product review.

This can be applied to many things, from reviewing food which you commonly see on food blogs (which are very popular) to reviewing a movie you’ve just watched, to a software that you’re promoting. As you can tell, there are many different topics and options to choose from. Most importantly, talk about a topic you like and have a passion for!

Within the review post, you can summarize the overall benefits of the product and discuss what you like or dislike. You can also include thoughts about how the experience or product can be improved.

  • How To Tutorials

“How to tutorials” posts are very popular these days. This is because it can be very valuable to the readers, especially when they get to learn about a topic they are seeking information on.

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“How to tutorials” posts usually provide step-by-step guidelines on how a topic works or how to do a specific task. For example, a post about how to upload website files onto the internet using FTP, or a post about how to use Excel.

Again, most times you can then recommend a relevant product or service (your own or affiliate product) as a complete solution to the readers. This way you get to monetize your content!

  • Videos

Another popular type of blog post content you can create is videos.

Video is simply another content format, which can sometimes be easier than writing and typing.

You can also record a personal video to discuss, comment about a topic or teach something. A good idea is to do a “how to video tutorial” instead which is more effective in terms of presentation than text.

For example, it can be an on screen capture type of video to do a specific task, or you speaking over a powerpoint presentation and recording it. Both methods can be done with software tools like Camtasia or Camstudio.

  • Personal Experiences

success-503509_960_720Share your own personal experiences are one of the best types of blog post you can create. Again, it can be very varied on different topics. Just be careful what you say though, especially if it’s something controversial or illegal.

What I’m recommending though is to share your personal experiences on an educational topic instead. For example, what I do is share my own internet business experiences, successes and mistakes so that others can learn too.

Sharing your personal experiences will also add a huge human touch to your blog and cultivate a deeper relationship with your readers.

  • Industry News And Articles

You can also blog about industry news and articles. This can easily be done by sharing news and content from authoritative websites in your niche, giving credit to the source at the end.

For example, if your business is about social media, you can look out for the latest updates on Facebook and share them with your readers. This saves people time and effort.

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  • Other People’s Content

I know we’re all lazy so besides coming up with your own content, you can share other people’s content! This is very similar to the previous strategy but for this specific strategy, you would also want to add your own opinions and tips as an “add on”.

  • Current Trends

One of the most popular blogging strategy is to blog about current trends in your topic or niche. People get excited about trends and they also want to be updated constantly and always be “in the know”.

pokemon-1555036_960_720For instance, at the time of writing this post, people are crazy about “Pokemon GO”. Apart from the entertainment perspective, trends like these can lead to new industries and more businesses being created.

It’s already happening and there are many existing and new businesses leveraging on the trend now. For example, restaurants riding on the popularity by creating “Pokemon menus” and engaging real life actors to act as Pokemon characters in the restaurants, to attract players to come catch some Pokemons and dine at the same time (is that even possible??)

I’m also certain there are, or will be various informational products like “how to play Pokemon GO” type of ebooks and videos leveraging on the trend and making a lot of money.

Businesses and individuals are also riding on the trend by leveraging it as content, videos and more. The below is just a screenshot example of a website doing this:

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Yes, I’m guilty of being in this trend too, on the entertainment side that is.

I hope you enjoyed, and most importantly, benefited from this content.

Now go and create your next great blog post!

Ewen

How To Market Your Business Online

Marketing effectively isn’t all about the size of your budget; it’s about your audience. Even though you may be faced with a shoestring (or even a nonexistent) budget, one thing you do have is time. You most certainly can market your business on a shoestring, as long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort. Let’s jump right into it.

people-14589711) Understand Your Audience

Regardless of your budget, understanding your audience is at the core of being able to  market your business so that you attract the right audience.

 2) Blog, Blog, Blog

Your blog is the base from which all action should take place. It doesn’t matter whether or not you pay for your blog; everything you do should be on your blog before you post it anywhere else.

3) Facebook Pages Are a Must

Sign up for a Facebook Page for your business, then announce every new blog post, every new bit of information on that page, always linking back to your blog in the process.

4) Set up a Pinterest Account

Pinterest is hot right now. If you can find a way to incorporate pictures for each new blog post, you can promote yourself on Pinterest.

5) Set Up a Well-Made Linkedin.com Profile

Set up your profile and fill it out completely. Seek to improve it at all times, cross-pollinate information from your blog to Linkedin.com. Ask people to recommend you and endorse you. Do the same for others.

6) Use Twitter.com Often

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Twitter is a social network in which you can post short 140 character updates often, throughout the day, without irritating others like you might by doing the same thing on Facebook. Use it often to remind people about your blog.

7) Join Yahoo Groups

There are literally thousands of Yahoo Groups that you can join. Join groups that are comprised of your ideal audience members.

8) Use Craigslist to Post Ads

Using a verified email account you can post ads for your business. Choose the right category for your business. Posting between 4pm and 9pm is the best, according to Craigslist.

9) Make Smart Forum Comments

Find forums where your audience participates and make smart comments that show your knowledge about the topic, letting your signature line speak for itself.

10) Use Local Media to Get the Word Out

Most of the time local media can’t find enough stories. Be a story – send them a press release about your business and they’ll be glad to cover a local success story.

11) Utilize Free Directory Listings

There are directories all over the Internet; use them to list your products and services.

12) Use Your Websitebusiness-15822__180

Your website is already in place, so use it to its full potential by ensuring that it properly represents your business in full.

13) Become the Expert

People like listening to experts, so become the go-to expert in your niche. Before you know it more people will come to you and ask you more questions, which you can use for more blog posts, and to create new products.

14) Get Involved in Your Community

It will cost you time, and perhaps gas money, but the more involved you are with your local community, the more business you’ll get.

15) Write Guest Blog Posts blog-1-1241898Find niche sites that speak to your audience and offer to write original blog posts for them on a regular basis. All you need in return is a link to your site in your bio.

16) Publish a Kindle Book

Kindle makes it simple to publish, compile and edit your old blog posts into an eBook for your audience. Give it away free or sell it for 99 cents.

17) Ask Colleagues to Review Your Products/Services/Books

When you produce something new, always ask others to review it for you on their blogs and websites.

18) Have a Contest

Use your blog, social media, and/or Youtube.com to promote a contest with the prize being free product. Get people to vote on the winner, which will encourage sharing among the participants.

19) Give Away Free Reports

“Free” can be worth a lot these days. Create a great report – such as an overview of your niche – and give it away in exchange for email list sign-up.

icon-set-1142000__180 20 ) Add Social Sharing to Your Website/Blog/Newsletter

Make it simple for other people to share your website, blog, or newsletter by adding social  share buttons.

21) Do a Regular Q&A on Your Blog

Utilizing emails, questions found on forums, and other sources, create a weekly Q&A blog post. You can take just one question at a time and make an entire blog post built around it.

22) Repurpose Content into Video

Make your Q&A posts into a video, or make any past “how to” blog post into video. Sometimes people like to see things in other forms.

23) Host a Google+ Hangout On-air

Do your Q&A on Google+ Hangout On Air. Doing a live event can be scary, but it can also be a great way to get new connections.

24) Answer Questions on Google+

Search for and answer questions within your niche by people on Google+.

25) Answer Questions on Facebook

When someone asks a question you can answer on Facebook.

26) Answer Questions on Twitter

A lot of people will pose short questions on Twitter – be ready to answer them either in public or directly.

27) Use Quora to Build Your Business

Quora is a free service where you choose at least five topics and then contribute to questions and answers that are relevant to the topic.

28) Join Relevant Forumspeople-305730__180

Search for forums about your niche and join those where your audience participates. Then become the resident expert.

29) Join Groups on Linkedin.com

Find groups of both your audience and direct competitors and join them on Linkedin.com. Do not self-promote, but be free and open with your answers and questions.

30) Create Your Own Groups on Linkedin.com

Linkedin.com allows you to create your own groups, so create one in which you can pose and answer the questions you want to, as well as use to promote your blog.

31) Create Your Own Facebook Groups

On Facebook you can create many types of groups, both private and public. Create both so that you can converse with your audience and colleagues.

32) Join Groups on Facebook

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Find groups on Facebook that are both networking and marketing worthy. Join them, and participate actively.

33) Upload Videos to Youtube.com

Create videos and put them on Youtube.com, and also embed them into your website.

34) Spotlight Gurus in Your Niche

Create blog posts that spotlight gurus within your niche. When you mention someone, link to them as well. You might even end up with a comment from them, too.

35) Curate Other People’s Content

You don’t have to write all your own blog content, you can curate relevant content from others (as long as you link back to their content in full and only write a blurb about their content).

interview-905535__18036) Interview Experts for a Podcast

You can use free services like Skype to record interviews as a podcast. Post them on your site and to iTunes.

37) Transcribe Expert Interviews into an eBook

Repurpose the expert interviews into an eBook. You can make individual eBooks, and then at the end of the year compile them all into a larger volume.

38) Transcribe Expert Interviews into a Blog Post

Likewise, you can transcribe all interviews into blog posts. Some people would rather read than listen. Give your audience options for how they can get your information.

39) Host a Round Table with Experts on Google+ Hangout On Air

Gather up some experts and host a round table on a popular topic. While you’re limited to the participants on the round table, the On Air part is unlimited.

40) Interview People via Skype One-on-One

Skype is a great way to record an interview both in video format and audio format, then later post that recording Youtube.com, your site, or in some other format.

41) Do a Weekly Expert Roundup on Your Blog

Do you know four or five experts? Ask them to participate in a weekly expert panel where everyone answers the same question.

42) Participate in Weekly Expert Roundups on Other People’s Blogs

Be the expert answering the questions for someone else’s weekly expert panel.

43) Check Your Email for Q&A Inspiration

If you’re stuck for things to say on your blog, look no further than your email for questions from your clients. You can take one question and turn it into a blog post.

44) Create a Survey with SurveyMonkey Post Everywhere

SurveyMonkey has a free version that you can use to do a survey of your audience. Facebook and Linkedin.com are both good places to post your survey.

45) Create Follow Ups about the Survey

Use everything you do as blog fodder. Blog before, during and after any significant event, and include a survey.

woman-851446__18046) Respond to all Comments on Your Blog

If someone comments on your blog posts, always comment back.

47) Respond to all Comments on All Social Media Accounts

If someone comments on any social media account on any post, try to comment back as often as you can.

48) Solicit Guest Blog Posts

Create some guidelines for guest blog posts on your own blog, and actively solicit guest posts from experts.

49) Offer Your Speaking Services Locally

It can be frightening to speak, but speaking locally can get you written up in the paper, and give you plenty of blogging material.

50) Become a Source to the Press

Whether local or national, becoming a source to the press can get you free media coverage. Check out HARO for more information.

51) Volunteer Yourself & Any Member of your Company as Expert Panelists

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Don’t just do everything yourself. If you have a staff, or use contractors, let  them also participate in expert panels on your company’s behalf (subject to  your supervision, of course).

 

52) Donate a Large Amount to a Charity Your Audience Cares About

This doesn’t seem free, but add some amount to the price of your products and services so that you can give 10 percent annually to a charity of your choice. Write press releases about it and blog about it.

53) Let Your Audience Vote on the Charity to Donate to

Make it more of a big deal by having your audience vote on which charity will benefit, starting three months before the donation.

54) Submit Press Releases for All Your Newsworthy Activities

If you’re not submitting a press release each month, you’re not doing enough.

55) Organize Local Meetings & Roundtables

Local events can get you some online link love. Everyone who goes to the event will blog about it, and of course you will too. And, there’s that press release you can prepare and submit.

56) Go to Local Meet up Events

Join Meetup.com and find local events to attend. You can become recognized as an expert just by attending and interjecting your knowledge.

57) Offer Testimonials for Vendors or Colleagues

When you post a testimonial, you usually get a nice link back to your site; sometimes you get your picture published too.

58) Ask for Endorsements & Testimonialshand-157251__180

Likewise, getting endorsements and testimonials is a good way to boost your business.

59) Create a Free Mobile App

There are some free apps that you can brand for yourself and offer to your audience. It’s a great way to brand your business.

60) Give Loyalty Discounts to Customers

Seeing special offers and sales that available only to new customers can be rough on current customers, so why not offer them loyalty discounts for sticking with you?

61) Respond to Complains Immediately

When someone complains, never ignore it; deal with it immediately in a way that feels like a win for the customer.

62) Use Slideshare.net to Market Your Business

You can open a free Slideshare.com account, which is limited, but provides you with a good start. It’s a great way to share your knowledge.

63) Create a Free How to Webinar or Video

By using Google Hangout or other Webinar Software such as Any Meeting you can teach others how to do something in which you’re an expert.

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64) Give Awards for People in Your Industry

As a known expert you can create an award, make a widget, and give out the award yearly to someone who stands out in your industry or niche.

65) Ask for Sponsors for Events

Want to host an event but have no cash? Ask for sponsors. Often if you get sponsors you’ll not only be able to put on an event that’s free for participants, but you’ll also come out with a profit.

66) Publish an e-newsletter

An e-Newsletter is a little different from your basic email list. This is a planned periodic newsletter that you can even sell advertisements in.

67) Offer a Free eCourse on Your Topic

You can do this easily by email using technology you already have such as Aweber.com. Or if you don’t have that yet, you can use Mailchimp.com, which is free up to 500 subscribers.

68) Send Thank You Email for Purchases with an Upsell

Don’t miss out on opportunities to upsell when someone buys something. Your thank you page or thank you email is the perfect place to pitch a discount on another item, or even promote an affiliate product or service.

call-center-1027585__18069) Use Affiliate Marketers

By creating an affiliate program you create an army of marketers who can help your website rank higher on Google Search. Plus, you’ll make more sales.

70) Freely Help Others

Always be ready to help others online and offline. It’ll pay you back in more ways than you can imagine.

71) Use Article Marketing

Article marketing is not dead. You can still find reputable places to post your articles.

72) Build Up Your Google+ Page

Keep filling out and building up your Google+ page. The more your profile is perfected, and the more you perfect anything related to Google, the higher you’re going to rank in their search engine results pages.

73) Set up Webmaster Accounts with Google, Bing & Yahoo

Webmaster accounts are yet another link back to your site. Plus, the information you can learn from each is invaluable for you to boost your page rank.

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74) Use SEO on Every Page of Your Site

On page SEO refers to everything you do on every page of your website in order to help search engines find your site and rank it. Don’t overlook the importance of this.

75) Use Off Page SEO

Off page SEO refers to everything you do to promote your website off your site, such as participating in social media, article marketing and so forth.

76) Make Movies or Slideshows of Your Products & Services

Movies and slideshows are a great way to showcase your products & services. People like to see what they’re getting.

77) Attend Networking Events Often

Whether online or offline, networking events can boost your business awareness exponentially.

78) Keep Building Your List of Referrals & Keep in Touch

Don’t just meet someone and not connect. Connect on social media, connect in email and then keep those connections going.

79) Write Personalized Emails to Prospectsat-1019990__180

When you’ve met a promising prospect, drop them a personal note instead of a canned note. You’ll get a better response.

80) Contribute to Popular Industry Magazines

Industry publications, both online and offline, need contributors. It’ll only take some time to write them, and submit them, but the payoff is well worth it.

81) Become a Go-To Expert for the Press

Your local press needs people they can call on regularly for quotes. Be that person. Contact them anytime there is a story in your local paper with expert commentary. Before you know it, they’ll call on you.

82) Start a Weekly YouTube Show

Instead of just doing a random Youtube.com video, why not start a regular show. Ensure that it’s part of your niche and set up a regular schedule.

83) Start a Weekly Podcast

Guests or no guests, you probably have something to say about your topic that can be put in a weekly podcast.

84) Put Your URL on Everything

Social media profiles, bios, signature lines, business cards, your URL should be everywhere.

85) Submit Your Site to All Directories

Sure, your site will be picked up eventually, but why not submit it to them manually to hurry up the process.

award-155595__18086) Win Awards

If you find any contests to enter, do so, and then try to win. The more you win, the more you have to blog about, and the more people will see you as an expert.

87) Offer Excellent Customer Service

Remember that the word always gets out. If you provide excellent customer service (even if you make a mistake here and there) you’ll be seen more favorably. Do right by your customers.

88) Form a JV Partnership or Two

A joint venture partnership can expand awareness of your business, and encourage others to want to work with you too.

89) Use Free Services for Mini Sites like Google Sites, Weebly or Wix

If you have no money at all, you can still create a website with one of these services. It’s not recommended for long term, but it can do the job for the time being or for a limited-purpose site.

90) Grab Your Google Business Listing

Whether you have an online business or offline business, your Google Business Listing is important.

91) Grab Your Bing Business Listing

Same thing – the more search engines you’re listed with the better.

92) Grab Your Yelp! Business Listing

You don’t have to have a bricks and mortar business to be listed with Yelp!

93) Print Your Own Business Cards At Low Cost

This is an excellent way for you to get started marketing your business locally and in person without increasing your budget.

94) Encourage & Incentivize Word-of-Mouth

Ask friends, relatives, and customers to tell everyone they know about you and what you do. Give discounts or cash to those referrers when you get a paying client. This is a good use of those free business cards.

95) Utilize Your eMail Signature

Every single time you send out an email, it should include a signature that has links to your blog, social media sites, and a nice signature and tag line.

96) Ask Past Clients for Referrals

Past clients are a good source of testimonials and referrals, but they can’t provide these things if you don’t ask.

97) Offer Past Clients a Deal they Can’t Refuse

If you want your past clients to use you again, offer them a hefty discount to come back.

98) Offer Free Consultations

Every new customer should get at least a free 15 minute consultation. It will make them feel as if they can trust you more when they can talk to you.

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99) Host a Big Event & Give Away Your Products & Services

Whether on Google+ or via a webinar, hosting a big event and then giving away a huge prize package consisting of your products and services will make waves.

100) Cross-Promote with Complementary Businesses

If you know businesses that already market to your audience, contact them and make a deal to cross-promote each other’s products and services. This works best if you both have affiliate programs.

No matter how much money you make now, utilizing these free online marketing ideas will increase your bottom line. Marketing on a shoestring budget doesn’t mean you’re limited in what you can do. It also doesn’t matter if you do have the money to spend – most the ideas above are still good ideas to keep your marketing budget small and your business booming.

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Internet Business

Hi guys! How have you been?  I have a pretty tight schedule and you can see my schedule here. As you can see, I have been speaking at various events around the world. Many people know me as a Number 1 Super Affiliate in the internet marketing industry. For people who knew me, they know how I started my internet business by working everyday from 11pm to 2am before getting any real results. And yes, I was struggling for five years before I actually make real money from the internet!

Since then, I have achieved many things and at the same time, traveled around the world, helping many others to achieve their dreams. As mentioned earlier, I have spoken at countless live events and conducted numerous training. One common question that I always come across from my students or audience is what I wish I knew before starting my own internet business.

Today, let me share with you what I wish I knew before getting started.

#1 Have Laser Sharp Focus!

Nowadays, there is so much information on the internet and it is very easy to find information on how to make money online. However, with so many information and new ways to make money, it is very easy to get overloaded with information and get confuse. Do not try every new method that you discover, stick to one proven method. It is proven for a reason. I tried almost everything I can lay my hands onto when getting started and did not have much success until I start focusing. So, please focus.

#2 Massive Right Actions

Yes, besides having laser sharp focus, you need to put in MASSIVE RIGHT actions. Not just any form of actions or effort but the correct ones. Do not tell me that you are researching on the internet when you end up Facebooking. You need to be doing the right things such as driving targeted traffic and communicating with your list. Consistency is also a key here. Stopping for a rest for a day or two can greatly affect the business. If you want achieve big results, put in massive right actions everyday.

#3 It Is Not Easy

I struggled for 5 years. Most of us only saw the glory side of a success story on earning big money. But how many actually knew, understood or even went through the kind of hard work that these successful people did before succeeding? Internet Business can help you to achieve your goals but you need to work for it. It is not an overnight get rich quick scheme. It is not easy, if it is easy, everyone will be doing it. However, there is always a “short cut”. Click here to find out more!

#4 Get Someone To Bring You To Your Goal

Coaching

From 1997 to 2002, I tried literally everything before having success on the internet. Imagine what things you or me could have achieve in a period of 5 years. What if you can reduce the amount of time required to succeed? Won’t it be wonderful? I realize that getting someone to bring you to the place that you want to be is the most effective and fastest method. This is because the person knew how to get there. The next best thing is to get the successful person to help you in your business. I guess, I call this the “easier way” to reach your goals.

I hope you like what I have share with you today and let’s get things started!