Internet Marketing and Invisible List Building

When I first started online marketing I kept hearing the so-called gurus shouting “The Money Is In Your List!” Up until that time the only list that meant anything to me was probably my grocery list. However, as I quickly became familiar with web marketing, list building became one of my key goals.Mainly because list building is one of the vital elements to your Internet marketing success. It can play an important role in increasing your sales, getting repeat targeted traffic to your sites and a perfect vehicle for branding your product or company. Moreover, your list can be a primary source of business relationships which will help you build your online business since these contacts can be the cornerstones of your online marketing.While I have fulfilled my main ambition of working full-time on the net, I have not as yet achieved my goal of reaching 100,000 subscribers. When I first started, my goal was getting 1,000 subscribers which I quickly passed, then it was 10,000 which was much harder to reach… getting to 100,000 will take much more time and effort but I believe I will get there eventually.Maybe that number is a bit foolish, mainly because I learned long ago it is not the size of your list that counts, but how responsive it is. Still, it helps to have a goal set for yourself… and a 100k subscriber list is not an unreachable number especially when you’re talking about the Internet. There are probably more than a few pimply faced teenagers out there who have gotten triple that number of subscribers just by placing some silly videos on YouTube.Many marketers also make the mistake that list building is all about sales and forget that your list is much more than just for monetary gain. It can be the basis for a whole wealth of ideas and interaction that goes well beyond how many sales you can squeeze out of your list. The really savvy marketers use their lists for market research, product development and treat their lists as a knowledge resource they can tap into, time and time again.Your list building can also be the foundation of your own vibrant online community. A community that’s interactive and a great source of both ideas and business contacts. Probably the best example of this type of community building would be those communities that spring up through the social networking media sites… and Twitter would be a good example of this type of list building.Invisible List BuildingIn studying and using lists over the years, some things have really surprised me. As an affiliate marketer I quickly realized most of my list building was invisible! This happened when I was fairly new at the marketing game, I had trouble with one of my site’s web host and I had to move the whole site to a different server and my site was down for several days… but the strange thing was my online sales from this site still kept coming even though my site was down.I was totally puzzled (I can be rather slow sometimes!) until I realized or rather learnt the marketing power of cookies. Almost all of the affiliate programs I was promoting on my site were using cookies to mark the traffic or clicks coming from my site as my referrals. If anyone of these referrals made a purchase in the next 30, 60, 90 or more days — I would get credit for the sale.My site was down, but because I had a whole list of cookied buyers lined up to purchase these affiliate products, my sales still kept coming. I was fairly new at this web stuff then and this was a real eye-opener for me. I started joining those affiliate programs that gave me the longest time-frame with their cookies. Most are around 30 days but there are quite a few that will give 365 days. Some affiliate programs such as Ken Evoy’s Site Build It and Marlon Sanders’ products even give you a life-time cookie.In affiliate marketing using these “cookies” to build up hundreds of lists of “invisible customers” can be a very effective marketing strategy. You might not see these lists, but they’re quietly working for you in the background, bringing in sales even if your site is down or even when you have stopped a particular campaign.Of course, the key here again, is how targeted is your marketing. You could have a million cookied customers lined up but if they have no real interest in your product — they won’t turn into buying customers. You must get the potential customer who has shown an interest in your product, onto your invisible cookie list. That’s why ranking high in organic search results for your chosen keywords plays a vital role in how much you earn online, especially if you’re into affiliate marketing. Going the PPC (Pay Per Click) route can also work but the profit margins are much closer.Nor should you ignore building an actual opt-in list of customers to your autoresponder system in this whole process. Many marketers also try to “cookie” their actual opt-in lists as soon as possible in order to boost their sales. Your invisible cookie lists can work in conjunction with your so-called real lists.Along those same lines, one of my most effective marketing strategies is to use “micro” list building which is building hundreds of small lists of customers for each affiliate product that I promote. In the process of building these lists of potential customers, my first goal is to get these customers “cookied” with my affiliate ID. Then no matter if they buy directly from you or from some other link on the web; you still get credit for the sale.Another effective marketing technique to use with your lists is to promote a whole group of related brand name products and MAKE SURE you cookie your list with ALL these different products so that no matter which one they eventually choose to purchase, you will still get credit for the sale. This way as a marketer you can come across as a helpful neutral third party pointing out the benefits and disadvantages of each product rather than a pushy salesperson pushing one product at your list. Nobody likes a pushy salesperson, so be a helpful friend instead.Don’t ignore the effectiveness of these cookies or invisible lists in your online marketing. Used properly they can increase your sales dramatically. You can have hundreds of these invisible cookied lists working for you on the web. When you get down to the actual numbers, a list of 100,000 subscribers can pale in comparison. So next time anyone mentions list building to you, just remember you can always go incognito!

Making Money Online

A Warm Hello From Me. Hope You EnjoyIntroductionThe idea of making money online is attractive to many, primarily because of the benefits it offers. Making money online is thought to be a hoax to some people, i can assure you it’s not as i am living breathing proof of. However I would like to add to all this by saying that making money online is not something that happens miraculously. Making money online is not a quick fix or “Get Rich Quick Scheme” as certain very “Unethical” people will tell you .However Making money online is possible and entirely up to you if you are willing to work hard ?Making money online isn’t a one way street… don’t be afraid to take the path less traveled and try something different. As Making money online is all about capitalizing on the successful opportunities, and knowing when to phase out the ones that are not turning a profit. Making money online is said to be easy by those who know how to do it but don’t really share real info, or those who just pretend.Although Making money online is extremely simple and easy if you have the right tools and approach.The ultimate secret to making money online is focus and determination without those two attributes i can equally assure you your wasting your time. The fact I read dozens of blogs dedicated to making money online is testament to the fact that everybody who is serious about the industry should read as much as possible.As The key to making money online is through multiple streams of income.The great thing about making money online is you do not need to have stock, a computer or even any computing knowledge; where else could you achieve this? The best thing about making money online is that you earn money online while asleep. Like any business Each business takes unique talents and abilities; mine are well suited for making money with the internet, and yours might be as well.BusinessUnlike any other business the online business can be done even without investing a single penny you have to pay your internet bills, of course. If you are very knowledgeable and passionate about a specific topic, then this could provide the perfect starting position for your online business. In addition to finding a profitable business, make sure it is one that you have an interest in… otherwise it will just become another annoying job, like what everyone else has.Once you break into your market, it’s time to make sure you have what it takes to build your business in blocks. It shows prospective clients just how serious you are about your business and instills a sense of professionalism. I used to be happy with having my blog and a hire me page, thinking it was sufficient enough for my business. In my case, my blog is my voice,portfolio site and my profile, telling clients “hey, I’m serious about this, this is my business and I treat it as such”.While I’m far from knowing it all (I learn new things every day), I would be happy to help you as much as I can from what I have learned up until this stage in my business. The key to starting a successful online business is…. Finding a successful and easy to follow business model and duplicating it over and over again. The great thing about having a successful online business model you can easily follow is that you CAN do it over and over and over again, as many times as you like.Affiliate MarketingAffiliate marketing should be a really fun and exciting home business that you can run from your personal computer, or notebook. Affiliate marketing is a big and profitable industry that covers a wide spectrum of topics and fields.It has long since been acknowledged that Affiliate marketing is undeniably the most popular way to make money online for us ordinary people.Affiliate Marketing is where in essence, you become a commission only salesperson for a company which can easily have thousands of sales people (affiliates) working for them. Affiliates make money online by referring customers to their merchants. Affiliate marketing programs are immensely attractive for business marketers ie “YOU”, because they don’t have to worry about having their own product, customer service, processing payments, etc.However it’s fair to say that Affiliate revenues vary tremendously with some programs paying as much as seventy five percent on each sale with others (Amazon is an example) who only pay a few percent.Affiliate marketing is one of the most profitable ways to make money online without a doubt.Affiliate Marketing can also bring you great financial success if you are prepared to apply a strong work ethic,focus and determination to everything you do.Affiliate marketing is a skill not a get rich quick scheme.I like to use affiliate links in my website and articles because i can receive up to a 75% commission on a product i had nothing to do with creating. This sounds difficult but it’s not because these companies have “Affiliate Programs” set up for their partners (Affiliates). Amazon, Commission Junction and ClickBank are three of the biggest affiliate marketplaces you can use if you’re branching out into affiliate marketing.If you want to earn the most amount of money with the least amount of risks, Affiliate programs are the way to go. Done correctly, affiliate marketing is undeniably one of the most powerful ways to make money from the web.ContentA more of a long term strategy for making money online, is to establish a web site that will continually grow in size and build up a membership base over time… whether that be paid subscribers, content providing or video entertainment.Running a Niche Product Content Blogs are one of the easiest ways to set up a new web site, which can focus on individual products or services that you sell. Based on your blog content, you would receive free search traffic and people interested in the product.If you can provide a content service or something that brings people back to your site often, you have a winner. Earnings are determined by the exposure you receive from your content. Some people need fresh content on a regular basis and if you can provide that content then you can cater to your market for as long as you can come up with the content.However to offset this downside, if all of your content is always available to all members your site will become more and more valuable as time goes on and you produce more and more. Like with the fresh content for consumption, with every new project you create you are increasing the value of your site if you make it all available.Recent developments in social media have caused web content to go viral more than ever before because it is so easy for people to share content that they like with their friends. A blog can help your brand or business to develop much more search visibility because it allows you to easily create more fresh content that caters to specific demographics as well. If one has content then making money on the web is possible.Success OnlineSuccess on the internet has little to do with education, experience or your financial background. Success always boils down to the same basic ingredients online or offline and that is hard work and common sense. I think this is one of the most important Keys to Success. In order to be successful you must try and apply.You certainly don’t have to reinvent the wheel, look around at successful blogs and pick a little trick here and there. Of course, there is more than one way to make money on the Internet and so there are more than one successful business models to follow.To ensure maximum success, be sure to pick one that suits your personal schedule, skill level and interests. Also, steer clear from anything that offers you “Overnight” success, or “Get Rich Quick” programs.However, many people have been very successful with home businesses. Many are having great success and have replaced or surpassed the income they were receiving from their job.A “Major Tip” i will give you in your efforts to succeed ,is that the more you help others succeed the more successful you will be ? If you gain nothing else from reading this i suggest you ponder and give a good deal of thought to that comment.ConclusionMaking Money Online is not as hard as you think,i personally know that Making money online is a great thing and great fun into the bargain. Making money online is an addicting pursuit, there’s no doubt about that. All in all my attitude towards making money online is a positive one as I have experienced it to be pretty fruitful one way or the other.I certainly feel in a day and age where our expenses seem to be expanding and our income shrinking.That making money online is a perfect opportunity for ordinary people to create an “Extaordinary” income stream that has the potential to Eclipse any previous earnings.My attitude towards making money online is that it’s one of the most empowering and profitable ways of all to earn a living and i fully encourage you in your efforts to succeed.Thanks for reading and i hope the content contained will point you in the right direction .To Your Success As AlwaysDouglas Stuart

Is it Safe to Use Online Car Finance?

Online car finance is convenient. You can apply over the net and shop around for a good deal from the comfort of your home.But with the rise of scams on the net there are precautions you should take to make sure you are not being ripped off.Car Finance Safety Tips1) If you are in an english speaking country, the website you are dealing with should be in english. If the English is poor it could be a scam site.2) Only deal with companies that publish full contact details on their site, such as phone numbers, preferably one in your country. Also they should maintain a physical office and also publish that on the web. A reputable company will have an office.3) They should be listed in the phone directory as well, either the yellow or white pages.4) No bank or finance company will ever send you an email asking for your passwords or account details.5) Check a number of companies out before you make your decision. Compare the rates. Read all the terms and conditions.6) E-loan and Capital One are two safe online finance companies and have passed all these checks from my research.7) I recently reviewed an offer from a finance company that looked like it was from Russia, who didn’t even have a phone number. They had all manner of explanations but it is simply not good enough. So go with professional companies. Remember, there is no such thing as something for nothingRemember to seek competent advice from a professional such as accountant before making financial decisions.