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Here are 15 Internet Marketing Tips for YOU!
1. Treat it like a business
Just because you work online doesn’t mean you can sleep until noon and expect to see the money flowing in. If you want to have a business, you have to treat it like a business. This includes holding somewhat regular hours during which you don’t let other distractions take you away from getting your work done.
2. Learn how to manage your time
Working at home alone can be difficult. Staying focused and motivated is a challenge for even the most disciplined individuals. If you find you’re having a hard time managing your time you may need to find some good resources that will give you time management tips and techniques. Learning this important skill early on in your entrepreneurial venture can reap huge rewards in the long run.
3. Find a hungry niche market
BEFORE you decide what to sell. — A lot of online entrepreneurs come up with what they think is a great idea and then go in search of a market. This is the hard way of doing things! A better approach is to find a group of customers who have a specific need and then develop a solution for them. By providing exactly what they’re looking for you’ll have a much easier time selling to them and in the process will most likely discover many other products they’re interested in buying as well.
4. Have a professional looking web site
You would think this goes without saying. Yet a lot of people still get started by putting together a horrible looking site that makes them look unprofessional.
Website templates are so cheap nowadays (you can get a professional one for less than $50 and there are lots of great looking ones for around $30) that there is no excuse. If you don’t know how to add your content to the template visit http://www.scriptlance.com and find a freelancer who can do it for you. Overall you’ll spend less than $100 and you’ll start your online business making a great first impression.
5. Don’t worry whether everyone likes you
Business is not a popularity contest. So instead of focusing your energy on trying to be all things to all people, find a group of customers that you can relate to and who can relate to you and work on developing a relationship with them.
A lot of businesses have become successful because they took a controversial approach. It won’t appeal to everyone, but the people it does appeal to will often become fiercely loyal.
6. Personalize the experience for your customers
The Internet is a very impersonal medium much of the time. That’s why customers respond very well when you take the time to personalize your approach to them specifically whenever possible.
You can do this by segmenting your list, using their name when you email them, sending them offers that are related to something else they’ve purchased in the past and even giving them a way to send
you comments or feedback such as through your blog. The more they feel that you are talking directly to them, the more they’ll trust you and want to buy from you.
7. Learn to work smarter, not harder
Always be on the lookout for ways that you can get more done with less work. One of the best ways is to use the help of others to accomplish things. This can be freelancers who create content for you, a Virtual Assistant (VA) who handles your customer service emails and even a Joint Venture (JV) broker who arranges your marketing initiatives. As the person who is overseeing everything you can get a lot in a short amount of time.
8. Ask your prospects what they want
A lot of online marketers think that because they are a member of their target audience, they know exactly what their potential customers want. But all too often they don’t hit the mark. So instead of guessing, ASK your prospects. You can do this in the forums, on your squeeze page by adding a couple of questions, as part of your blog or newsletter, you can even have an exit popup when people
are leaving your site without taking action. By finding out what it is that they are looking for you can give them exactly what they want.
9. Brand yourself and what you do
People are more likely to remember brands because they are short, sweet and to the point. Stick in the minds of your customers by creating your own brand. Use a motto, slogan, nickname or logo that they can associate with you. Then use that in every piece of marketing you release, whenever you post in the forums and as part of your web site and blog.
10. Have the mindset that you WILL succeed
Too many people do not believe they are worthy of succeeding. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? Give yourself credit and truly believe that you have as much right as the next person to be successful. This positive mindset will take you far!
11. Offer a free newsletter
Although newsletters have become more work with spam filters and overloaded inboxes, this technique is far from dead! A well thought out, interesting newsletter is a great way to get attention from customers, potential partners and even the media.
Just be sure that you are not publishing one big ad every time. Providing good quality content that informs, interests and entertains people will keep them reading. Then you can add in appropriate ads that are related to the content and see a much greater percentage of people buy.
12. Give people a reason to visit your website
Use your website as an educational tool. Offer something that is valuable, clever and fun like games, coupons, educational materials written by experts or valuable tips that change each month. The important thing to remember is that fresh content will attract readers and studies show that the more often they visit your site, the more money they will spend with you.
13. Don’t try and do it all yourself
Although you may be on a tight budget, you have to be realistic about where your strengths lie. Are you a great software developer but can’t write a sales letter? Are you an expert at graphics but don’t know how to use them to build a web page? Be honest about what you’re good at and let someone else take care of the rest.
Although it may cost you a little bit of money, in the end it will save you a lot of time. And when it comes to online business, the faster you can get things done the better. After all, a half finished project is not earning you anything!
14. Aim for progress not perfection
It’s human nature to want things to be perfect before we introduce them to the world. The thought of creating a site that isn’t as good as it can be makes most of us feel like we’re failing. But in reality, your customers will never notice. They don’t know what your ultimate vision is, so they don’t know what hasn’t been done yet. Instead of obsessing over the details, aim for progress over perfection. Keep your business moving forward and as you go you’ll learn, change and grow.
15. Don’t give up!!!
Although it is important to accept when something isn’t working and be willing to move on, don’t give up on your dream of making money online. There are a lot of different business models that have been proven to be successful. If you are willing to work hard, be continuously learning and be adaptable enough to change strategies when needed, you too can be successful.
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# William Siong has been involves with IT, Network Marketing and Internet Marketing for many years by now. He is utilizing his blog to pursue his passion and making some online income to sustain his operation.
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