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Your First Priority As An Online Marketer

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Movement within a roundabout in a country where traffic drives on the left. Note the clockwise circulation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your first priority as an internet marketer is to generate traffic. Everyone having a business online is seeking traffic because it is your life-blood. Without traffic your business will be stagnant and will not make money.

You will have your website or blog ready to go, but no one will know where you are or how to find you on the internet without traffic. So, as you proceed you will find that getting traffic is going to be your number one priority, forever!

A list will allow you to generate money on demand or at will. Therefore, you are going to build your list of prospects early on. This is where you will collect names into your autoresponder series through which you will be able to broadcast messages to your list about your various products and/or services.

By building a list of prospects now you will gather perhaps thousands of customers that you will be able to offer your products and services to. You can offer all of your products including affiliate products to this list of buyers, thus increasing your sales and profits and making money on demand.

I am sure you have heard the saying, “the money is in the list.” It is true and it is the way that all of the top money producers earn a living online. Once you have established your list you will always have someone to market your products to.

And because they have already become familiar with you, whether or not they have ever bought from you at all, you will have established some form of trust and credibility with them, making it easier for them to buy from you.

Further, if a person has given you their email address they are essentially letting you know that they want to hear from you. So why not take advantage of the opportunity and begin marketing your products to them right away?

They are interested in what you have to offer and are more likely to purchase your offer. And one of the major advantages is that as your list grows you will be able to make your offers to your list over and over again by using your autoresponder software to contact them via email.

Building your list will increase sales conversions and profits from your business simply because you have an established relationship with your subscribers. The major reason a person will buy from you is because they trust you. And your subscribers have already established this trust relationship.

If you have a list, you have customers, and this will allow your business to have a life of its own and essentially create an income on auto-pilot. People who have taken the time to build a decent list become one of the top 1% of earners online.

Once you have built your list you will have a very valuable asset that you will be able to charge others for. You will be able to charge other marketers for sending solo ads or other forms of marketing material to your list. This creates another source of income for you!

Click here for a free autoresponder that will help you build your list fast. This autoresponder is free of charge and will allow you to set up your squeeze page so that you will be able to begin collecting email addresses and building your list right away.

Most people are not building a list which is a major contributor of online failure. It is so very important to build your list as it will propel your success forward as an internet marketer. By building your list you will be ahead of the pack with the awesome advantage of being able to make money immediately in a single day when you send an offer to your established list of subscribers.

Concentrate on building a list more than any other endeavor. Instead of going after this new shiny program and that one, build your list. Become one of the top 1% of earners online today by getting started now on building a list that will bring you profits year after year.

Here are 4 secrets to a successful list building program according to the Aweber Blog, who offers one of the leading online services:

Offers an incentive to sign up
Emphasizes the value of your information
Works on building the relationship
Gives the subscriber the incentive to stay

When you set up your autoresponder series concentrate your efforts on the 4 secrets to a successful list building program and you will definitely be on your way towards success.

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More Free Marketing Techniques

Social media marketing is all the rage and everyone is participating which is a good thing. So, if you are not on the top four social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest…it is a good idea to become a member and to start social networking on these sites as soon as possible. These sites will increase your traffic dramatically if used properly.

IBOsocial is a very interactive and responsive social network with lots of free tools that will help you advertise your site. This is a must have tool. It allows you to advertise your product or service to people who are interested in your offers. You create your profile and receive points which allow you to mail to their mailing list.

Additionally, this site also encourages you to post 2 free press releases a day on their site with their free press release tool. Your press release will be listed on Yahoo, Bing, Google and a few other sites. The best part about this network is that the users on this site are very receptive and responsive.

Moving up fast is Instagram which is a social media site that is used on your mobile device. It doesn’t matter whether you have an android or iphone device. The service is very similar to Pinterest where you pin pictures of your favorite things.

However, Instagram can only be accessed through your mobile device. Once you sign up with Instagram via your mobile phone only, you will be able to put your product or service on the website via your cellphone. It is a huge and very busy up-and-coming advertising medium.

The great thing about Social networking is that it is here to stay and Google rewards you for participating on the social networking scene. Just make sure that you are commenting and participating as much as your time allows.

No doubt, you are already a member on Facebook so don’t forget that Facebook has fan pages and groups that you can join and sponsor. Google will reward you by having your fan pages and group pages show up on their search engine. So at the very least, set up a fan page for your product or service.

Another free marketing resource is safelist advertising. This is where you join a number of safelists that have a certain amount of members that you are allowed to mail to on scheduled time intervals.

It is a little time-consuming to set up because in order to make an impact you will need to be a member of quite a few safelists. You will be required to sign up for at least 30+ safelists in order for this type of advertising to be effective.

You will be required to use 2 email addresses. One email address will be your contact email and the other will be your list email address. Before you sign up for your safelist accounts you must have your email accounts set up first. I recommend using gmail accounts because you are going to receive a lot of email offers from your lists.

The good thing about safelist marketing is that once you set this up you will be able to use this system year after year. Safelist marketing is especially great if you are promoting a free product as the safelist members are very receptive to free offers.

Traffic exchanges are another free source of advertising. Although, it seems rather mindless to sit there and surf websites, this type of advertising can and will produce sales and leads with your only investment being your time.

The best feature of traffic exchange advertising is that the people surfing these sites are usually looking for business opportunities. Therefore, they will be receptive to your offers. And, you may be receptive to theirs as well. You might find a great opportunity!

As mentioned, often people shy away from traffic exchanges due to the mindless nature of surfing other websites. If you are of this mindset, and you have children, you can pay them a weekly allowance to surf these sites for you. It only takes an hour a day or a few hours a week for you to obtain this free traffic.

Some experts believe that the banner and text ads convert extremely well on traffic  exchanges. So, make sure that you take the time to advertise your banners from the programs that you are promoting and place some text ads as well.

Once you have your safelists and traffic exchanges set up you can use them year after year. You can purchase credits for both your safelists and your traffic exchanges or you can simply surf for credits on the traffic exchanges. If you run out of credits on your safelist you can purchase credits or simply delete that account and set up another.

If you are really ambitious you can own your own safelist or traffic exchange for a very minimal monthly fee. This gives you another opportunity to advertise your products and services to quite a bit of traffic because these services are very popular among internet marketers.

Press release traffic is emerging as a good source of free traffic as well, especially after the advent of the Panda and Penguin Algorithm. And, again, you are rewarded by Google for writing and submitting press releases. There are both free and paid press release services that you can submit to. Make sure that you do not over-look this wonderful free source of advertising.

As far as creating your list, it is usually required that you pay a monthly fee for some type of autoresponder service in order to collect email addresses. Therefore, make sure that you save the email addresses that are being sent to your email inbox. Save them in your contacts and build your email address list in that way until you are making money online and are able to afford the monthly fee for an autoresponder.

You will then be able to send your offers to your contact list, and/or use their email addresses to have them join your social media programs. This is a positive step towards building your list and you won’t have the expense of an autoresponder service or the hassle of building a lead capture page.

The bottom line is that as an internet marketer or online business owner you will be required to either spend money on traffic or invest your time in free advertising sources. Some of the free traffic sources do require time to set them up, but it is either your investment of money or your investment of your time.

Of course, You will have to choose between which is most feasible for you, but an investment of your time is better than doing no advertising at all!

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Internet Marketing and Making Money Online

With the state of the economy, and the current high unemployment rate, I would imagine that there are a lot of people looking to make a living online. However easy it may appear, making money online is generally not an easy task.

I have been visiting the newbie internet marketing forums recently and the main thing that I have noticed is that they do not have a clue as to how or where to begin marketing their products, and services nor do they have a clue as to what to market.

The second thing that I have noticed is that they do not understand that it takes trial and error, research and hard work to become successful as an internet marketer.

Many believe that they can go online and promote a product and within 30 days or so realize a profit. For most, it just does not happen that way. It would be nice if it did. However, if that were the case most of the workforce in the United States and abroad would not have outside employment. They would just go online and start generating cash!

The bottom line is that there are a few things that must be done in order to begin making money online with internet marketing. Here are a few tips that I would like to offer the newbie as well as the experienced marketer:

1. Research is key in everything you do online. If you are promoting an affiliate product, you must research to make sure that the owner of the affiliate program has a record of paying on a regular basis and of course you must do the research to find out how much you will earn per sale.

You have to research the products and services that you are most interested in offering. Make sure that they are products that you would purchase yourself. Your enthusiasm is your best sales tool. Make sure to research anything that you decide to purchase online as well.

You must research the many areas of marketing. If you have a product or service you must research the way in which you will market your product. This includes whether or not you will use a link building program, article marketing, social networking, classified ads, forum marketing, other free marketing resources or paid advertising. Don’t forget that you have the most awesome research tool right at your fingertips. The internet!

2. Experiment. You must experiment with the various marketing techniques in order to see which ones fit your particular business model.

3. Make sure that you incorporate a variety of marketing techniques into your marketing plan. This is often referred to as your marketing mix.

For example, if you choose writing articles as one of your marketing strategies you could then incorporate submitting your article not only to the article directories, but also to social bookmarking sites, then to a forum. That covers 3 marketing strategies. That would be considered your marketing mix for your articles.

However, you must incorporate various marketing mixes into your plan of action. Once you see which combinations work best you will then be able to refine and perfect your marketing techniques and well as your marketing skills.

4. Build your list. It is a great idea to begin building your list from the very beginning of your online marketing career.

There will be some expense required for an auto-responder which you will need in order to build your list, but it is well worth it because you will be able to offer up-sells or other products to the customers that you have established trust and credibility with. Consider them your prospects or leads.

5. Stay focused. That is a major key factor in keeping to what you set out to do online. I think everyone faces this dilemma.

If you set out to write an article, or to post to forums on a particular day, don’t get side- tracked by the many distractions on the internet. It is so easy to go to your email box to confirm a link, and get side tracked on an ad and to momentarily set your attention elsewhere.

Internet marketing takes patience, determination, research and enthusiasm for your dream. Never give up on your dream because if you can dream it, you can achieve it. And make sure you dream big!

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