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6 Proven Steps To Internet Marketing Success

There is a misconception that you can come online set up a web business and be making $1000s within days. Let be put that myth to rest right away. This has not been my experience nor the experience of anyone I have come in contact with through my online endeavours.

You need to give yourself at least a year to make an online business work and budget your money accordingly. Too many times I see people ploughing a wad of cash into their businesses and again, expecting instant riches.

New marketers also make the mistake of thinking that one marketing strategy will do. Of course some avenues will produce more than others but I have found the best way is to adapt a broad based approach to your online marketing. That means spreading your time and resources over several different methods.

I will attempt to outline in this text everything I feel you need to be doing consistently to make a success of your online business.

Again I MUST point out that you need to persist is this strategy and spend your money wisely. It amazes me the amount of people who drop out after the first month or two. What do they expect, miracles? You wouldn’t ditch an offline business after a month so why would you expect an online enterprise to be any different?

If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.

Bottom line is, targeted visitors = sales. This is definitely a numbers game and obviously the more targeted visitors you send to your website the more money you make. The concept is simple but you need to maintain a healthy focus to ensure that you stick this out for as long as it takes to make a profit, and progress to financial freedom online.

Here are the methods I use to send daily visitors to my sites:

1)Build Your List

It’s true what they say that the money IS in the list. Most successful online marketers have large lists of targeted prospects that they can send their offers to on a regular basis. Anyone new to this business should begin to build this list immediately.

You have to start somewhere and it takes time but it is certainly worth your while to begin now and develop a lasting and trustful relationship with those list members who eventually will feel comfortable in purchasing your recommendations. When trust grows this targeted list will become a virtual money tree and make you cash at will. Some marketers are able to makes $1000s sending an email to their list, which takes little more than a few minutes to write. Can you see the power in this method?

I use a couple of different methods, online forms at all my websites encouraging prospects to add their name and email addresses plus I also purchase many of my addresses from other companies that can send me 1000s of emails for affordable prices. These addresses are spam free and can grow my list a lot quicker than I could ever do from my own websites.

I have set up some tutorials here for companies that will send you targeted visitors:

http://www.pluginprofitstraining.com/emailleads.html

2)Pay Per Click search engines.

Over the years I have used PPCSEs to send 1000s of visitors to my sites. This is a fast track way to drive traffic to your sites. You can be up and running and getting hits in minutes.

I use http://www.overture.com, http://www.findwhat.com. These are the two most popular but there are many others.

I suggest you use Wordtracker to accumulate as many TARGETED keywords as you can. The more targeted keywords you collect the more visitors you get.

The idea is to ensure that you are paying less for visitors on a monthly basis than the sales you make.

3)Google AdWords

Google AdWords is similar in principle to PPCSEs in that you pay for your visitors. I suggest you use Wordtracker to accumlate 1000s of keyword phrases.

4)Article Submissions

Submitting topical articles is one of the most affordable and at the same time effective marketing strategies I know of. For more info and the resources to do this visit here:

http://www.pluginprofitstraining.com/articlesubmissions.html

5)Regular Search Engines

Yahoo, Google, and MSN send me as many visitors per day as any other strategy I use. It is highly recommended that you get started immediately to begin to build the online web presence of your website and thus your search engine rankings.

I have done this mostly through a reciprocal linking campaign which has had a greater effect on my search engine rankings than anything else. I employ the use of Linksmanager to automate my links campaign for which I pay a monthly fee or you can set up your own links manager at your own site using Kevin Ocasio’s excellent Reciprocal Manager.

For affordable search engine submission software try Web Position Gold

Please note: This is a long term strategy, so it will take at least a few months of persistent action to see any results at all.

6)Forum Posting

One of the greatest things that happened to me in my online career was being appointed moderator at one on the most popular online internet marketing forums. This has opened up more avenues and opportunities than any other strategy. I suggest you visit the popular, high traffic online forums daily and make it a point of sharing your experiences and giving your advice as often as possible. Get yourself seen!

The thing about this method too is that you can have a link pointing to your site in the signature of each post you make. Posting at forums will send daily traffic to your site AND the visitors will be highly targeted.

In conclusion:

I have been marketing online since 1998 and have tried 100s of different ways to drive targeted traffic to my websites. The above six strategies work, so I suggest you print them out and make the methods part of your daily marketing plan for the foreseeable future.

If they can work for me then they WILL work for you.

I wish you every success in your efforts.

Copyright 2004 Mal Keenan

How to Map Out a Marketing Plan

Customers, clients, consumers, they are the lifeblood of your business. It is their demand that creates the need for your supplies, and you need to fuel that demand constantly in order for your business to keep running. The best way to do this is through marketing. Marketing or advertising your products and services is a way to ensure that you will always have customer demands.

The real trick is, how do you create a productive and effective marketing strategy? With every important thing in life, it has to be planned or mapped out into a system. A marketing plan is one of the many business systems that will help you and your business tremendously.

You might think that customers are a dime a dozen, since everyone can become a potential customer. That’s very true, but how will you attack each prospect? What if they already have something similar to your product, or have no use for it at all? Moreover, what if your product is something that is non-perishable, like cars? Surely you can’t expect the same customer to come back and buy cars from you every single month, or year even, no matter how happy and satisfied they are. When you run out of choices, what will you do then?

This is where such business systems step in. With a marketing plan, you can manage your prospects systematically, cycling through them daily, weekly, monthly, even yearly. You never know when a cold lead from last week will be a ready and willing buyer tomorrow.

What you need to do is to know your product first. What about it will make it appealing to a certain type of person, or a specific group of people? Next, you should know your clients as well. What kind of people will benefit most from your product? You should also group your leads according to these data. You should also consider these in your advertising campaign as well.

From there on, it’s a simple systematic scheduling of when and how you’re going to tackle your leads. Plan out your marketing strategy daily, that way, you’ll accomplish something every day and won’t fall into a rut. It will also help you cycle through the leads who weren’t interested today, but who might be interested in the near or distant future. Mapping out will make you see your company’s future more concretely.

Using one of the business systems like a daily marketing plan will not only train you into a better marketer, but also help trickle in customers into your business. No more will you have to grasp blindly through the sea of leads, not knowing whether your business will survive until next week. When you map out a plan, you are in control.

A Daily Marketing Plan

When you embark on an Internet business or in fact any business for that matter, your most important tasks are those that bring in sales. No matter if you sell a product or service, and no matter what it is, your role is to do marketing and get visitors to your offering.

This requires you to do marketing online, and lots of it! Now, on the Internet you of course need to know how to market your business and there are many, many different ways of doing this and some are free and some require money. There’s a method to suit all budgets. What you need is the knowledge of what to do and how to do it. But please note that as you do research online on marketing strategies, you will be bombarded with this is the ‘best method’ and this is the ‘best method’. Please realize that all methods of marketing work, it is usually more of a case of finding one that suits your business, the way you work and sticking with it to give it time to work!

Hopefully if you have aligned yourself with an Internet company, then you can get training from their main website and your support group. They will tell you exactly what you need to do to start and succeed. If you are starting out by yourself and have no backup company, then you will need to learn how to market yourself. On the Internet, there are a ton of free resources that teach you some methods of marketing. Just go to Google and type in “internet marketing techniques” and you will get a load of results. YouTube is also a great resource for this.

Online, just like there are a million different Internet business opportunities, so there are a multitude of ways to market your business! This can be very confusing if you are not very experienced (and even if you are experienced!). I would just like to say that any method of marketing can work and can work for you. I would recommend that you learn 2-3 strategies and then just focus on those.

Without focus, it is very easy to get sidetracked and get stuck in the “analysis-paralysis” situation and get nothing done. It doesn’t matter what methods you choose, but just pick 3 and then work hard at those for 2-3 months. Evaluate your results and then bring in something else, or if it is working, then just continue and carry on! 2-3 months sounds like a long time, but remember that you are building a real business, not some get rich quick scheme that will undoubtedly fail. Get focused and take action on a daily basis, that is all there is to it!