Friday, September 28, 2012

Building a website for your home office business


Getting a website for your home office business doesn't have to break the bank or be very difficult.  There are a few basics that you need to get out of the way.  A good domain name is the foundation.  A domain name is the web address that people can find your business at online. 

Buy domains online at a discount. Save some money by using discount codes.  Do a simple online search for domain promo codes.  Just a few quick minutes can save money.  Buying domain names is easy. 

Get web hosting for your new website.  Find a top web host that allows for more than one domain.  One website is probably all you are going to need.  You might want to do more than one site later on.  Give yourself room to grow online.

Use a blog to make your site.  It is fast.  It is easy.  It is simple to maintain and update.  Top blog programs are wordpress and blogger.  A blog can do all that you need for a quick, good looking site.

Get the basics started and you can always grow and get more complex, if you need to.  When your new website is ready, start learning how to market your new site.  Use social media to let people know about it.  If you don't want to do it yourself, you can use online vendors to get it done for a cheap price. 

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Google Adsense - Using Google Adsense on Your Home Office Blog

Google Adsense: What are some tips for using an ad program?

You have a home office site and you want to earn some money with it.  Selling your own products and services are job one.  There might be a way to make your home office site do double duty.  Think about adding Google Adsense to your home office site.  

What is Google Adsense?  It is a contextual ad program.  You supply the content and google adsense will place ads on your site that are related. 

Dust off your writing skills.  Write content everyday and write content that is interesting.

Many home office owners have one website.  Have you ever thought about creating more than just one site for your home office?   This can allow you to go after more niche markets, plus you have more opportunities for placing your google adsense ads.

When you are inside the google adsense dashboard, you will see the opportunity to setup special channels for your ads.  This can help you with monitoring your stats.  Name your channels and ads to make it easy to identify where the clicks and impressions are coming from.

Set up channels and monitor your statistics across all sites.  If one site is performing
poorly, consider changing the content or the ad layout.  Experiment!

Adsense ads can be customized!

Test different ad types and colors to see what works best for your sites. Try to blend your ads in with the colors of your web design. 

Search engines are another key for google adsense.  Find out what people are searching for related to your topics. The google free keyword tool is a great place to start.  Type in some keywords that you know are related to your business and see what other options the keyword tool comes back with.

Take advantage of free google tools - Google Keyword Tool

You might be surprised to see how many other ways people are searching for information related to your topic.  Make sure to download the keywords that you find and add them to articles that you create for your sites.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wasting Money on Domain Names


Trying to build an online business is interesting.  Creating websites, buying domain name, and writing web content are all time consuming but you are looking for the payoff in the end.  The idea is to get the ball rolling and get web traffic for your sites.  Once the content is created, you have an opportunity to earn income from there on into the future.

Building websites can allow you to make some bad decisions sometimes.  There might be a sale on domain names and you decide to invest a few dollars to test out a quick idea.  You might not even do any real homework as far as the keyword search count or if it makes any sense at all. 

Domain Name Sales

You just know that there is a domain name sale and you don't want to miss out on it. After you finish buying the domain, you have to come up with a way to make it work. What ends up happening is that you don't have a clear strategy and a year passes and nothing has happened with the domain.  It seems to happen year after year.

The idea of forwarding the domains to cost per action offers or parking the domain for google income might cross your mind.  Sometimes that doesn't even pan out.  I guess it really helps to have a plan when it comes to domain names. When those domain name sales come, you can go to your list to see if they are still available and you don't end up making a bad decision.

Domain Name Sales with String Attached

One thing that you have to lookout for with those domain name sales are the fine print details. They might include auto-renewals or special offers of trial products that come with the purchase.  When renewal time comes around, you don't want any surprises on your account.  Check to see if the auto-renew option is selected for your domains after you have purchased them.  Auto-renewal might work for some people but I like to take them off and take my chances.  Sometimes you can find renewal codes for domain names and use them to save money.  The auto-renew regular prices for domain names can be pricey.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Video Marketing - Add Videos to Your Marketing Mix


Are you using video marketing for your home business?  The thing to remember is that all people don't like sitting and reading long blog posts or articles.  Some people might want to watch something that is entertaining and educational. 

Making videos doesn't have to be hard or time consuming.  There are lots of ways to make videos quickly.  Remember that there are lots of people who are purchasing ipads and tablet computers.  There are many people that are connecting to the web with smartphones and electronic readers.  These devices are depending on good content and videos are just one way to connect with these mobile internet users.

Turn some of your photos into a video with animoto.  All you have to do is add your pictures and include text that is quickly turned into a great looking slideshow video with great graphics and sound.  The process doesn't take long to complete and in some cases the videos can be free. 

Tutorials are another type of video that you should think about creating.  People are turning to the web for informational and instructional videos on all kinds of subjects.  Create the videos that will guide those users through the rough patches and get them to a new level of understanding.  You can use simple screen capture software to create good looking videos that provide really good educational value.

You can always use your own video camera to create and edit videos. This might require you getting in front of the camera and not everybody wants to do that.  If you are not camera shy, go for it and become an online celebrity.  Create videos and make sure to link back to your websites and blogs were your viewers can get even more solid information online.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Use the top social media networks for your home office business


How are you using social media for your home business?   Social media applications like facebook and twitter are a great place to interact with your friends and family members.  It can also be a place to discuss your business.

Do you have a facebook business page?  You might not want to use your personal facebook for status updates about your home business.  Social media applications like facebook have a lot of users and it seems like the number of people using them continues to grow.  If your potential customers and clients are there, it is probably a good idea for your business to be there too.

Social media apps can combine with mobile marketing opportunities. People are connecting to the web using smartphones and tablets while they are on the go.  They can take pictures and find what is going on locally just by hitting a few buttons.  Get your home business ready with social media apps. 

Get a vanity facebook url for your business page.  When you first create a business page, the url will look kind of funky.  Get a custom url that is easy to remember and related to your home business. 

Facebook is not the only game in town when it comes to social media.  Twitter and LinkedIn are two other social media apps that you should consider. 

Twitter is simple to use.  You have status updates that are capped at 140 characters. You might have to get a creative to get your point across. 

LinkedIn is a professional social network.  This is a great way to connect with people from your academic past and your past colleagues from old jobs.  This network is more grown up and business focused.  With LinkedIn, people might be looking for answers to questions.  They might be searching for jobs.  Show your expertise online with LinkedIn and it might lead to new business opportunities.

Social media apps are a good way to get information about your home business on the web.  The real benefit of social media is that it doesn't have to cost you money.  It will cost you some time to manage your social media accounts, but there is not an out of pocket cost that you need to be concerned with. 

Social networks are a huge collection of web users.  You will be surprised at the people that you know, and the people they know.  Use social networks for your home business today. - Get Training on How to Get Clients


There is a free webinar that is happening right now that you should take advantage of.  It is called the client getting challenge.  It is being put on by Maria Gudelis. 

Do you have a consulting business?  Do you want to become a paid offline marketing consultant?  This webinar gives some tools and tips that can help you get started. 

The challenge is only 5 days long and the webinars go for just about an hour or more.  These are practical tips that you can put into place today to start getting the ball rolling with your business. 

Are you having a hard time getting clients?  This could be just the training that you are looking for.  Consulting is big business and if you are looking to break into consulting, you don't want to miss this.

What kinds of consulting are they covering?  Social media and marketing mostly, but you can apply the principles to just about any type of consulting business.  The main key is to start taking action.

Don't worry if you have missed the first day or two of the challenge.  They have provided access to the webinars via replay at the website.  The website is

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Make Youtube Videos for Your Home Office Business


Get your home office business in front of a large web audience.  People love to read blogs but they might be even more inclined to sit and watch a short video.  Have you thought about doing video marketing for your home office business?

There are so many ways to create fast videos for your home business.  If you are ready to get in front of the camera, you could star in videos and post them quickly to youtube.  Tutorials can be really popular online.  So explaining how things work and helping people get through tough problems that they might face with software or hardware could be your online ticket for making videos.

Making videos for youtube doesn't have to be hard.  Turn your spreadsheets into youtube videos.  Create regular powerpoint presentations and use screen capture software to add audio while you flip through the slides.  This is an effective way for creating videos.  There are different screen recording software programs that you can choose from.  Camtasia and Cam Studio are two of the popular programs for making videos.

Get more out of your smartphone.  Your smartphone probably comes with a video feature.  Test it out and see how the video looks.  You could use your smartphone to make videos that you post on youtube and other online video sharing sites.

Creating videos for youtube is not hard at all. After you make your videos, you will need to provide all the details that make a difference for people trying to find it online.  First stop by the google free keyword tool that is located on the google adwords site (  Find those high search keywords related to your video and come up with a really good keyword focused title for your video.  Another area that you have to pay close attention to is the description area.  Give details about your video.  This is the area where you can place good written copy to explain all that you need to about the video and more. Also include a link back to your website or blog in the description area. 

Tag your video with the right keywords.  The great thing about using youtube for your videos is that they are tied to google.  People do searches on the google website and sometimes videos from youtube pop up in the search results.  Also youtube itself is a widely used search engine. 

So there you have it.  You probably already have a ton of written content for your home office blog.  Think about turning that written content into video content and get access to more potential visitors and customers. 

Recurring Income for Your Home Office Business


The idea of working once and getting paid for it over and over again is appealing.  How can you do something like this from your home office?  One way to get paid over and over again is through using your writing.  You can do the work of writing once and get paid every time someone buys your book or information product.

Writing tends to last a long time.  Once you get your information product created, the focus has to turn to marketing the product.  There are lots of information products to chose from, but yours might be just what your market is looking for.  You cannot discount the way technology is changing the way that people get information.  Smartphones and tablet computers are giving people a simple way to get information while they are mobile.  Creating your own ebooks is a great way to tap into this emerging market.

The idea of recurring income can be exciting.  What about other ways to get paid over and over again.  Magazines have subscriptions but you still have to keep coming up with new content.  In the digital world, you could create your own membership website.  Membership websites operate just like magazines.  You would need to create content around your topic and get people to pay monthly for access to your information.  If you don't want to create all the content for yourself, you could always outsource some of the writing or use private label rights content. 

Regular websites or blogs could be a passive income stream for your home office too.  You could do keyword research and setup niche sites.  Setting up simple sites with wordpress is easy.  Make money with the sites through contextual and banner ads with services like google adsense, kontera, or chitika.  Joining related affiliate programs with products that fit the niche is also a good idea.  There are yearly costs that you will have to incur.  Domain name registration fees and web hosting fees are two that you might have to pay if you are not using free blogging systems to host your sites.

Another idea to consider is building up your own email list.  Email is not going away anytime soon.  Sure people have smartphones and they like to do text messages, but chances are that you have an email account and you check it everyday.  When you have an email list, you can load it up with information and let it send out information automatically.  In addition to the information that you provide, it is also a great place to include affiliate promotions and advertisements for products and services.  Again, you can think of the magazine model.  When you open up a magazine, there is much more inside than just the articles.  An email newsletter with an auto-responder can be another digital version of a magazine.  They call this type of online magazine an ezine.  Ezines are not totally hands off.  You have to create content on a consistent basis and it could require the use of outside writers or private label products.

The idea of working one time and getting income over and over in the future is not new.  You have to keep your eyes open and try new things. 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Web Traffic - Should you create your own affiliate program?


The other day I was able to view a webinar that talked about generating a lot of web traffic.  This is a topic that never goes out of style.  People want more web traffic and they want to make money off that traffic.  A home office website or blog is no different. 

The main point of the webinar was about changing your position.  Are you a one person business?  If you are then, it all falls on your shoulders to get things done.  You can only write so many blog posts and create so many articles for the article directories.  This webinar talked about turning the tables and getting others to help you get traffic.

It talked about how to generate web traffic and it was interesting. The other point that was raised was that getting traffic in itself is not the issue.  They gave an example of a website owner that was getting tons of web traffic but they were not making any sales.  That would really piss just about anybody off.  You go through all the trouble of getting traffic and then you don't have anything to show for it.  Isn't that just as bad as not getting any traffic at all? 

There was not much new that was learned during the webinar.  Taking action was the big factor.  The other big secret was about the role that you are playing.  It was all about leverage.  The solution was to start an affiliate program and get other affiliates to promote your own products and get traffic that way.  It makes sense.  Instead of trying to get traffic yourself, you let others generate traffic and sales for you and you pay them a commission. 

Have you thought about using leverage to get web traffic? 

Getting Traffic for Your Home Office Web Blog


Are you joining the ranks of other home office workers that have decided to start a blog?  Blogs are easy to start but how do you get traffic for it?  There are a number of different things that you can do to help get web traffic for your blog.

Blogging is all about sharing information and you need to keep updating your site with new content.  You want to do this for two reasons.  Your site followers are going to want to read new content and new information can help you with the search engines.

You can post information on your blog first and then think about adding content on other sites online.  Article directories are a good place to add content.  Provide links back to your blog in your profile area.  The benefit of using an article directory is that you article could be picked up and distributed to a large online audience that you might not otherwise get access to. 

Don't forget about going old school.  What about using free classified ads?  Craigslist and other free online classifieds sites get a lot of internet traffic.  There is nothing wrong with creating ads related to your online services. Provide a link to your blog so people can learn more information. 

Use the internet for all that it is worth.  You are not the only person with a blog.  You could check out a few other blogs in your niche or even another area that you are interested in.  Read articles and supply comments on what you find interesting.  Most blogs will have an area in the comments section to include a web address.  Provide your email and blog url along with your comments.  Don't spam, but really provide helpful comments that keep the conversation flowing.  The web is all about interaction and blog commenting is right along those lines.

Take your blogging in new areas.  You don't have to just sit and write content online to get web traffic.  Think about using other media forms to land some visitors and web traffic.  Make videos and do audio podcasts and remember to mention your blog address.  Reading long blog posts might not be the favorite cup of tea for every internet user.  So give them multiple ways of finding out about your blog site. 

Setting up a blog can be super simple.  The work comes with trying to get web traffic to your site.  Try multiple methods of landing new blog viewers.  Try one or try them all.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Home Office Technology - Get a webcam

Another item to add to your home office technology tool kit is a webcam.  If you have a newer laptop computer it might come standard with it, but if you have an older computer for your home business, you could get a webcam for next to nothing.

Why would you want a webcam for your home office?  Video is huge online. You probably already have a website or a blog for your home business, but it would be nice to more than just written text for your online audience.

A webcam is simple to install.  They usually come with a usb connector.  All you have to do is plug it into your computer and you are on the road to making your own videos for your home business.

The next step is choosing a software for producing your videos.  Just check online at some of the top software sites.  You will be able to find some good software at

Another benefit of getting a web camera is for video calling.  If you have a skype plan, you can talk and see the people on the other end of the call if they have a webcam too.

Web cameras can be vary as far as quality.  When you are just starting out, you might just want a simple webcam that gets the job done.  You can always upgrade to a better camera later on down the line.  A simple webcam that gets your feet wet can give you a glimpse of the possibilities.

I picked up a webcam from amazon for under 5 dollars.  It was a generic webcam, but it is easy to use and it even had lights on it. Think about adding a simple technology tool that can come in handy in your home office and home business.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Unlimited Income - Starting an Online Business


There are different ways to earn income.  You can work on a job and trade your hours for pay.  This is what most people do.  Or you can create products and services that don't require you to be there to get paid and earn money.

Passive income with your blog something that a lot of online business owners want.  The concept is really simple.  You do the work once and you get paid for it over and over again in the future.  Coming up with a really popular piece of writing and having ads that continue to pull income over time.  Can you think of a service that can be provided over and over again without your active involvement?

When people are thinking about making money the first thought is usually to go and get a job.  A job provides a steady paycheck but it might not get you where you want to go.  Jobs usually have income limits.  The job will usually tell you how much money you are going to make during the year.  That is limited income.  Sure if the amount the job pays is really high, you could manage your money and maybe make it to financial freedom but business is a completely different category.

Business doesn't have a cap on income.  A home business owner could come up with something new and exciting that starts to sell really well.  Unlimited income is possible with a business.  You hear about it all the time.  A kid decides to start a business from a dorm room and a few years later, the company is at the top of the business world. 

Businesses can get other people to help them get sales.  It is called affiliate marketing.  They set up affiliate programs and pay a commission for sales generated.  This is a great way for a business to pay just for performance.  Who knows how many sales can be generated by affiliates?  This could be considered a form of passive income.  After the product is created, the affiliates do the hard lifting of making the sales.

Affiliate marketing works for the affiliate and the vendor. The vendor gets a new customer and the affiliate gets a commission on the sale.  Business income is unlimited.  You can make as much money as you want. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

How to write blog posts for your home office blog

Everybody is telling you to start a blog and you finally give in.  Now it is time to get your first blog post completed.  Blogs can be as complex or as simple as you want them to be.

The basic parts of a blog post are the title and the body.  That is basically it.  Come up with a good headline for your blog post.  Use something that will grab attention.  You could follow the how to or 7 ways kind of formulas for creating a title.  Next, you want to write the body of your blog post.

Writing the body does not have to be difficult.  A simple way to do it is to make a list of the topics that you want to cover.  You don't have to number them.  Just write down the main points.  After you get 4 or 5 of them, you can start to write.  You could create sub topics that you want to cover or you could just start filling in the information.  Before you know it, you will have a complete blog post.  After you have the blog post done, you can go back and read and edit it.  Take out the stuff that you don't want to include.

Give your blog post a picture that can help add to the topic.  People like to share pictures online.  You could check flickr and other photo sharing sites for images. Just be sure to give credit and a link back to the original work.

If you don't want to do a picture, you could always add a video that goes with your blog.  Make one yourself or link to a video that works.  Youtube is a top video site.  Just check to see if the video that you like has an embed code.  Copy and paste it into your blog post.  It is really simple to do.

Keywords are important online and you want to let people know what your blog post is about.  Think about all the topics that you cover in your blog post and tag it with those words.  You can find highly searched keywords by visiting

You are pretty much done at this point.  All you need to do is decide when you want the blog post to appear.  You can publish it immediately or have it scheduled to be released in the future.  If you are ready to share your information with the world, all you have to do is hit publish.  Your new blog post should appear at the top of your blog.

That wasn't hard at all.

Web Traffic for Your Home Office Website

Web Traffic is a top that will not go out of style.  New blogs and websites are getting launched at a fast rate online.  Getting visitors to come to your site is going to be high on your list of priorities.

There are many ways to generate web traffic.  Writing articles and updating your site are two of the popular ways to get traffic.  The hope is that the search engines will find your new information and start sending people to your high quality content.

Search engines deliver free traffic to websites.  The search engines are always working to try to deliver the best results for their search clients.  So put your home office website in the best possible light for seo.

Do you know your ideal audience?  Where do they hang out online?  Commenting on other already popular blogs could give you an inroad to getting traffic.  Don't be spammy but offer up real interaction and insights that will make people want to visit your site.

Break into multimedia.  You probably have access to a video camera.  Start using it to make home office videos that you can post online.  You could create informative and entertaining videos or make tutorials that can help your clients and prospects.

Write your own ebooks with links back to your sites.  Ebooks don't have to be really long.  Just solve a problem.  How can you get your ebooks into the hands of your audience?  Think about using social media or media sharing sites.

Web traffic is something that people all over the world are looking for.  You spend a lot of time creating a high quality website and you want it to pay off.

Think about building your own email list too.  Growing a mailing list gives you an asset.  People still tend to check their email.  Once you get people on the list, you can deliver value and you are not as concerned about web traffic.  You have a built in audience and can communicate on a regular basis.

Setting up an email list is not hard at all and it doesn't take much money to get started.  You can get started with $1 dollar.

Write content for your sites for two audiences.  Evergreen topics and trending topics should be your focus.  Evergreen topics will be popular always.  Trending topics are hot right now.  Try to find a balance.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Home Business and Social Media


Are you using social media in your home business?  Twitter and Facebook are top social media applications. They both have a lot of users and you should think about adding your home business to the social media applications. 

Facebook and twitter are two of the large social media networks.  Another more professional network is called LinkedIn.  How do social networks operate?  People create profiles on the networks.  They include personal and business information including status updates, pictures, videos and more. 

Get your profile created and dive into social media.  You don't have to do a lot to get started.  Just fill in the information that you are comfortable sharing online.  Create a brief description of your services and make sure to include it in the area provided by the social network.

Now what do you do?  Find your friends and family online.  There are many people on social networks that you probably already know.  As soon as you sign up for the services, don't be surprised for requests to get added as a friend, follower, or link.  Your online network can grow rather quickly as people from as far back as your elementary school will start to get in touch with you.

Post status updates.  Depending on the social application that you are using, you can update your status of what is going on with you.  People talk about all kinds of things using social media.  They comment on breaking news, what is going on in their life, and even what they are eating.  The point of using social media is not to do hard selling online.  It is to interact with the larger social group.

Making your first tweet will probably be the hardest one.  After that, it will start to feel natural to post online. Post links to your blog posts.  Talk about the business, and talk about anything else that you want.  You do want to make sure that what you post you are comfortable with sharing online.  Once you add something to the web it is going to be there for good. 

So there you have it.  Get your home business ready for social media.  Get started today. 

Home Business


Working from your home office can have its benefits.  The idea of being able to wake up in the morning and not have to commute to a job is highly desirable.  You don't have to worry about braving the elements or siting in traffic.  Don't you want to give your gas card a break.  Aren't you tired of dealing with the high gas prices?

Home business usually involves Internet business these days.  Get the equipment that you need to be productive from home.  Computers are going to be one of the first items that you will want for your home business.  Desktop computers are great, but a powerful laptop computer and a smartphone should be priority.  Why would you want a laptop instead of a desktop?  A laptop computer gives you more flexibility.  So if you want to work outside of the home office, you can do it.  Go for a morning meeting at starbucks and connect wirelessly to the web.  Enjoy your coffee and work in an environment that is pleasant.

Running your own business is about freedom.  The freedom to do the work that you want to do.  When you have a business idea and a passion for pursuing it, you have an advantage.  A business is different from a job.  When you work for yourself, it is all about getting the job done.  You are not following the normal 9 to 5 hours of a job.  Business is all about generating results. So if you can get a job done faster and still provide top quality work, you do it and move on to the next project.

Marketing your home business will require adding some new skills.  You might be good at your job, but when you start your own business, you have to do more than just a few tasks.  When you work a job, you focus on the job.  When your run a business, you are in control of everything.  This means that you will be in charge of the technical repairs, marketing, accounting, finance, and human resources.  It sounds like a lot and it is. When you are just starting out, it might just be you wearing all the different hats in the business.  Over time your company might grow and require more people.  Home business owners don't have to hire a lot of employees to get things done.  There is always the option for outsourcing.  This could be partnering up with other business professionals or subcontracting out work tasks.

Starting your own home business is a big deal.  You don't know where you new business can end up.  You might start out at home, but end up with a large company.  New products and services are launched all the time.  You may have just what the market has been waiting for.  Are you ready to start on the road to business ownership?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Launching Your Home Business - Beware! - Don't start your home business without these items.


What are some of the home business tools that you really need to get started in business?  Have you ever heard stories of home businesses getting started at the kitchen table with nothing more than a piece of paper and a pencil?  Starting a business begins with formulating a plan and then executing.  There are plenty of tools that you can use now to start your business.  Some items can help your business get off the ground.

A good quality computer can go a long way in your business.  You don't even have to get the latest and greatest model.  When you are getting started, you just need something to perform the essential tasks that you need to complete.  A computer with an internet connection should be more than enough to get your business started.  You can always upgrade your computing system later.

Running a home business means that you might need to call on clients.  Get a cell phone for your home business.  Prepaid cell phone plans can keep your costs down and you can keep your business calls separate from your personal calls.  Another option for your home business is to use internet phone calling services.  Skype and vonage are services that can come in handy.  You could even get an internet phone number.  Another phone calling service is google voice.  Also consider getting an online fax phone number too.  Faxing is not as popular as in the past, but get one just in case.

What else do you need to get started in business?  With those tools you are ready to get the ball rolling.  The final tool that you will need is a website or a blog. These can be setup quickly.  Getting into the game of business doesn't have to take a lot.  You can get started on your home business dreams.  The next step could be to start writing articles and posting them on your blog or article directories. 

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Starting Your Own Home Business - What can you do from home to get started in business online?


So many people have home business dreams but they never really take the jump.  Opening up your home business doesn't have to be super hard. There are different types of home businesses. Internet based businesses can have a lower start up cost associated with it and you still can get the benefit of working for yourself.

What are some businesses that you can do from home?  Think about starting a writing service.  You could write books or write for websites.  New websites are getting started all the time online and they all have one thing in common.  They need good quality written context that gets people coming to the site.  New content is always going to be in demand online.  The only issue with becoming a writer online is that there is a lot of competition.  There are writers around the world that are looking for writing jobs and you might have to compete on price when you are just starting out.

Some businesses can be done from home with ease.  Are you ready to dive into the topic of search engine optimization?  Website owners put up sites and they might not have a clue about search engine optimization or keywords.  Do you know how to get more traffic for websites?  This could be an opportunity for your home business. A website owner might not be aware that they are using the wrong keywords on their sites.  Help them get more traffic and build your business online at the same time. 

Web traffic is what all blogs and website owners are looking for and if you can get the traffic, you are in the drivers seat.  Once you really get the hang of getting traffic, you can start to think long term and start building your own portfolio of high traffic websites.  Passive income is something that many people want to experience.  The idea of creating web properties and then sitting back and watching the money roll in gets people excited about the internet biz. 

Do you know how to leverage social media?  Take your skills and use them to help other small business owners get their social media accounts setup and off the ground.  Social media is still new in the eyes of home business owners and they might not have a clue about how to get started.  Educating home business owners on technology issues can be a good home business opp. 

Facebook and twitter are household names, but many home and small business owners don't know how to optimize social media pages for their businesses.  Do you know the secret sauce of getting traffic on your social media networks?  Are you ready to hold the hand of business owners that have to make upgrades to their facebook fan pages with the new timeline updates?  The business world is changing and small business owners have to find a way to keep up.  This could be your home business market.

What if you don't want to get that serious about your home business out of the gate?  There are other ways that you can ease your way into a home business.  Think about setting up your own blog and adding affiliate marketing to it to monetize the traffic.  Do you have a passion for something that you could write for hours and hours on end?  Are you an expert in something that you can share online with a blog? Think about all the things that you like to do and see if you can create a business around it.  Generate web traffic and make money with affiliate programs or banner ads that relate to the topic. 

What is holding you back from starting your own business?  You don't have to spend a lot of money to get started.  Take some time to brainstorm business ideas that you think are a good fit.  Is there a demand for those type of services?  Come up with a business plan and go for your business dreams.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Article Marketing Secrets


Dust off your writing skills and start using them to get some web traffic.  Article marketing could be what you are looking for.  What is article marketing?  You are using articles to help get targeted traffic coming to your sites. 

Anybody can do article marketing.  You probably already have a home business website or a blog.  Now you can use your writing skills by coming up with creative articles that people want.  Information is powerful and if you are picking the right kind of information, it could lead to traffic.  All you have to do is go on a few of the article directories and see that some people get tons of views for their articles. 

Create a powerful headline.  This is what gets people stop in their tracks in order to learn more about what you are offering.  You could have a great article but if the headline is not up to par, then your article can sit online and go unnoticed.  People are looking for how to information, they want tips that can help them achieve their goals.  So think about using some of those numbered headlines like 5 ways to do x or 10 of the top signs to look out for x.   Your headline is there to grab attention.

Write the body copy of your article and make it interesting.  People online have a short attention span.  If your copy is boring there is this thing called a back button on a browser that will get hit with the quickness.  You need to keep your audience engaged by keeping the language colorful and to the point.  There is nothing wrong with telling stories or creating vivid pictures to help them get a better picture of what you are trying to explain.  The body of your article is the meat that the audience has been looking for.

After you have given the target audience parts of the main course, it is time to finish off the article.  At the end of your article, you are going to want to include some information about yourself and a call to action.  Would the audience benefit from getting more information from you?  Let them know the reasons why and place a link back to your site. 

Getting your articles posted in article directories can be a traffic generation method for your blog or website.  The great thing about using the directories is that you don't have to spend any money.  You will have to spend some time coming up with content but you never know what the return may be.  All kinds of people are searching article directories for content.  You want your articles to get picked up by ezine owners and web developers that have a large following. 


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