How To Build A Successful Online Business

Selling today on the Internet has become much harder than it was a couple of years ago. Back then I could create a product host it on Blogger and be taking sales within 24 hours. I could use a service like pingomatic to share my content on all of the Social networks and be laughing my way to the Paypal bank, by the end of the week.

Crazy thing is that although a couple of years ago it was easier to make money…it was still only 3% of Internet marketers who were making anything more than $50 a week….Scary thought hey? Google has completely decimated the incomes of many people who counted on the Internet for making a living with the various “zoo” updates. I think if I were a newbie now I’d be hard pressed to not throw in the towel.

Anyone who believes the “get rich with a couple of clicks” dreams that are still being touted on the internet, needs to wake up and smell the coffee, it’s a dream and nothing more a dream that you’ll endlessly pursue and won’t deliver results.

So what can you do to make a living online if it’s all doom and gloom then? Fortunately there are still ways for making a living online and here are the things I strongly believe you should focus on:

  • Focus on something that you have a passion for and create great content
  • Create your own information product .(ebook,video or software)
  • Build a list using an autoresponder service and offer a free report as an incentive to get people to sign up. You can put affiliate links in this report, but make sure the product offers exceptional value. Once people have signed up give them a one time offer, something that compliments the free report you gave them.
  • Get the word out about your web site by posting in forums within your niche, look for people who are looking for help and provide them with useful information. Most forums allow you to have a signature link and you’ll get traffic and signups from this link.
  • Focus on building a relationship with your subscribers by sending them a series of useful emails. I have seen it stated that you should not try to sell to your subscribers until they have received at least 5 emails from you, I think this is sound advice.
  • Forget about using spammy tools to get results fast, in my opinion the only way to build a good business online now is by focusing on great content and building the authority of your site.
  • Stop purchasing the shiny objects from the Warrior Forum, sure there are some good tools there which will help you to build your business, but oftentimes find free equivalents online. In short “STOP WASTING YOUR MONEY
  • Build relationships on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus…again, don’t try to game the system. Ask questions, share your knowledge and establish yourself and your brand as an authority.

Building a successful online business is going to take time, but the long term results are worth the effort. I am going to set up a course here on Stealthymarketer and I will share the techniques that I have learned with my subscribers. So watch this space :D

Info Product Creation Tips

So you want to get into information product creation, good on you! So how the heck do you go about it? Fortunately It’s not quite as hard as you might imagine and believe me opportunity is everywhere! Every time that you spend money think of it as a way of making more money.

If you go to a conference network with people, maybe when you’re speaking to these people you will learn something that will in turn benefit others. Whatever you do look for opportunity, think of every time that you spend money as an opportunity to make more money. There is a product to be made from every experience, if you have learned something then you can share that information with other people and they will willingly pay you for it. Knowledge and experience are in invaluable asset. I’m a lover of automation and am always looking for ways to make my life easier and what benefits me will help other people too. You need to get into this mindset, there is a product to be made from every experience.

Look for opportunities on forums

Explore forums within your niche, do searches for terms like “How do I?” and “How to” you can make these searches broad or you can incorporate a specific keyword.

Try typing the following query into Google  site:warriorforum.com “How do I”+ list building. These kind of queries we’ll give you a basic foundation for research. Use the information you find to create products, it really doesn’t get much easier. I Have made tools specifically for this purpose just check out Forum Renegade and Niche Generator. With these tools I have automated search process, it makes my life easier as it will yours.

Expert interviews

I know several people online are making really good money by interviewing experts, either in video format or on skype. I saw one guy at a recent marketing event who had turned up with a video camera and tripod, all set to interview the speakers at the event. The event cost him several hundred dollars to go to, but when he left he had to content that would pay him back the amount he had spent many times over. This is an easy way to create content.

Video

You can use video to re-purpose content on the Internet, say for example articles from article directories. Start doing some research and compile some good information from articles and turn the content into video, a presentation perhaps where you take the viewer through strategies teaching them step-by-step. Show people “how to do what they want to do” and you will make money.

PDF’s

The easiest way to do this would be to take a collection of articles from an article directory and just paste them into your report, (including the author details). Maybe you can add value by adding to the content and giving your take on things. This would be an excellent avenue for enticing people to sign up to a mailing list and you can do this so easily, all you need is an office suite like “Open Office” and you can export the documents in PDF format.

Software

This is a personal favourite of mine and has enabled me to quit the rat race, although It’s not for everybody, as it takes quite a bit of technical know-how. However, you can easily to create your own software products using a development suite like Ubot Studio,

When I started I was using a free program called autohotkey to develop software, I generated enough money with this free program (and I’m not a programmer) to enable me to purchase the developer license of Ubot studio and since purchasing the development suite my software has generated several hundred thousand dollars in revenue.

At the end of the day though the one thing that is going to make you money is “FOCUS”, if you can’t stay focused on one project and see it through to completion,then you aren’t going to get anywhere. It’s a sad fact of life, but it’s true. I build and recommend products that make my life easier and the lives of my buyers, but if people don’t use them the way they were meant to be used, or they lose interest and jump onto the next “big thing” then they will just stay stuck and will never progress.

 

How To Get Great IM Products For Free

Yep you read that right, how often are you put off buying the latest new plugin, software tool or video course because of the cost?

This post is aimed at anyone (like me) who suffers from shiny object syndrome. I cannot resist all the latest plugins and tools I get notified about multiple times a day…I see some products and just have to buy them…it doesn’t matter whether that product sits on my hard drive and gathers dust…which is invariably what happens to many of the products I purchase.

When I mentioned in the title you could get these products for free, in the early days you will still have to buy them…but you will earn your money back quickly and more! As time goes by and implementing  the following strategy you will also get products for free…indeed some product developers will contact you and eagerly offer you review copies to get you to promote, that’s what happens to me.

So what the hell is this strategy Rob? and how do I get to benefit from all the cool products I want?

Firstly you are going to need to set up a review blog, the object of the strategy is to promote everything that you purchase. Make sure you check out the products beforehand, look at the reputations of the sellers of the products, read the reviews make sure you are investing wisely. I never promote anything that I do not use myself and I am concerned about quality, I value my blog readers and list subscribers and their satisfaction is very important to me.

Start to view those annoying promotional emails you receive several times a day as a valuable resource  which you can profit from. You  can be sure of a couple of things, the products being promoted are converting well and (hopefully) are good too. This is where you will need to do your research and check out reviews of the products before you commit. People receiving my emails can be assured that I purchase and test everything, I will never promote crap, no matter who asks me,…the product has to be good!

After reading the reviews and getting a feel of the reputation of the seller, look at how well they support their buyers on the thread…are they helpful? or do they appear to not give a toss? Next, , check out the affiliate platform where they are promoting.Take a look at the price and how well the product is selling and also look at the refund rate.

Before you approach the affiliate make sure that you have a good quality review blog set up, this is not going to be an overnight one click strategy…but if you work at this with a passion, you will create a profitable online business.

The hard part is going to convince the seller that you are going to be a trustworthy affiliate, unfortunately there are some scammers out there who have made it harder for new affiliates to get accepted. However on JVZoo you may find that the seller approves you, but doesn’t put you on instant payment until they can be sure that they trust you. This means you’ll have to wait a couple of months until you receive your commissions…but hell, if you start doing this regularly, you’ll be setting yourself up with several streams of recurring income…it really is awesome, I still get payments for products I’ve promoted several months ago!

The first thing you need to do is to purchase a domain for your review site, obviously if you are going to capitalize on free traffic then it will be time  to consult the Google Adwords tool, Market Samurai, Traffic Travis, Nichecracker etc. Keyword research is beyond the scope of this article, so I will not address it here.

I recently purchased Walt Baylis’s PR Powershot which could give your domain a headstart, the software reveals Expired domains with Page Rank, with the software it is easy to pick up domains of PR3 and above for a few dollars, this is now one tool I regularly use and wouldn’t want to be without. This tool would also be good for setting up your own private high PR blog network…it’s an essential purchase in my book and Walt is a great guy if you need support he’s there to help you right away!

Check Out PR Powershot Here 

Here are a couple of attractive review themes which you may like to consider for your review site, you can purchase both for a few dollars with developer licenses. Or you can always search for free themes too which will do an adequate job, I however like the two below :)

elite-review-theme

 

Elite review Theme – Get It Here

fantastic-review-theme

Fantastic Review Theme – Get It Here

OK so you have set up your review blog, now it’s time to give some detailed reviews of some of those products you’ve purchased in the past which have been gathering dust on your hard drive. Be totally honest and as descriptive as possible, If the product is the “Dog’s Danglers” then let your readers know and if something was not quite up to scratch talk about why the product doesn’t quite cut it. The more passion you can put into your writing the better and your readers will appreciate it and you will have the foundation of a great online business.

Once you are established, use forum marketing to promote your review site. Take advantage of having a signature link on places like the Warrior Forum. You can get a lot of traffic this way. All you have to do is to be helpful and respond to the questions people are asking. You don’t need to promote your site at all, if you establish trust then people will be curious and will visit your site. You might find my Forum Renegade software useful to this end, as it allows you to do targeted searches on forums in your niche, Nichegenerator is also a very useful tool which will help you…but that’s enough self promotion :)

I hope you have found this post useful and that you can now start a successful online review site.

Cheers

Rob

Four Ways To Drive Traffic To Your Site

let’s face it with all of the Google updates hitting us and making our jobs and more are more difficult by the day we really need to start looking at finding alternative sources of traffic. In the past it was easy to game Google with software that would create back links for us with the click of a button. However these days changes to the Google algorithm have rendered so many of the traditional link building methods ineffective and if we are going to survive online then we need to look at alternative traffic strategies.

What is the answer? I think it’s obvious to all of us, It’s all about building relationships with people in our niche and our buyers and the best way to do this is via social networks. We need to build authority and trust, once we have these things then we have the foundation of a very profitable business.

Below I have outlined four strategies which will help to make your blog a success under way is to drive traffic to your site, get you noticed by Google and ultimately your buyers.

Get focused

It is common knowledge that the reason that most people fail online is because they can’t stay focused, they flit from one idea to another, looking out for the next shiny object which promises wealth for minimal effort. We are bombarded with these types of offers on a daily basis and get caught in a perpetual buying a loop. How many of us have hard drives filled up with products that we’ve purchased, but have never used or have half-heartedly tried then given up just to move onto the next shiny object? Make a point of being focused and use the products you have purchased, follow the strategies through to completion and break the patterns getting you nowhere fast. Being focused means having a plan, cutting out distractions like checking your e-mail and PayPal account multiple times a day.

Make a list of all the duties which you want to accomplish in a day, You can use pen and paper for this or you might want to use project management software and as you complete each task cross it off. Organisation is your friend and if you can be focused and efficient you are going to have a much greater chance of success.

Create blogs with great content

We need to think about creating great content, slim sites purely built to advertise and promote affiliate products are two a penny and are never going to get you the income you desire, regardless of how many amazing WordPress plug-ins you have. Gone are the days where you could make money by having hundreds of low quality spammy sites. Think of quality not quantity and focus on building something really special which will benefit you for years to come. it’s also a good idea to base your business on something which you have a passion for, your readers will appreciate this too and there will undoubtedly be opportunities for either selling your own product or promoting an affiliate.

Get active on Social Networks

It takes time and commitment, but you need to get active on social networks and start building relationships with people. If your blog content is great then these people will share your posts, link to your site and become your customers. I’m not so sure about the content curation which is doing the rounds at the moment, I’m more inclined to think that this approach will be viewed by Google as duplicate content, no matter how you dress it up, all will be yet another thing to be hit by future Google algorithm updates.

Be active on forums in your niche

Set time aside each day to be active on forums within your niche, respond to a couple of threads a day, build a reputation on the forum, once again we are focusing on building authority and trust. if these forums allow you to have a signature link, then make a point of linking to your blog. You will get traffic this way and also sales, it’s a very effective strategy which has made me a regular income in the past.    Once you have visitors to your site, focus on keeping them there with great content. Provide a means of getting them to opt in in to your list. Really work on the relationship with your subscribers, treat your subscribers with the courtesy they deserve. Don’t mail them any old offer, just because it’s converting. Offer them value and only ever promote products which you yourself use and have faith in.

If you can concentrate on the areas that I’ve mentioned then you will have the foundation for a business which will be around for the long haul, rather than being hit by the next Google algorithm update.

If you have ever had your WordPress blog hacked then you’ll know how much of a nightmare it can be restoring the blog (if you’ve made regular backups) and getting all of your settings right again. The crazy thing is a big factor that plays a part in blogs getting hacked is whether or not the WordPress installations, plug-ins and themes are kept up-to-date. Obviously you need to use security plug-ins as well, by keeping all of your blogs up to date is a necessity there is no denying that.

After being hacked myself and looking at security issues, I came to the conclusion that what I needed was a tool which would update all of my WordPress installation is, plug-ins and themes with one click. To this end I built my blog updater, the software will see that your blogs are kept up-to-date and secure with minimum hassle. Take a look at the video below to see the software in operation and to get a better understanding of how it works.

This software is exclusively available for members of http://automatedtoolkit.com as part of their monthly $20 membership.The software is not the be all and end all solution to your security issues but it’s a large step in the right direction. To get hold of this great software and hundreds of other tools please visit http://automatedtoolkit.com today, you’ll be pleased that you did.

Hey guys, here’s another tool that is being released over at my sister site http://automatedtoolkit.com

This software automatically gets you Youtube views, Facebook likes etc and all you have to do is press go! In just a few hours of testing I got 51 Facebook likes on a blog post I submitted…totally awesome I think you’ll agree! Imagine, no more buying such services on Fiverr…just put my little bot to work and reap the benefits “Big Time” Hey you could even start your own Fiverr Business!

Come and join us today, I have loads of great IM software, PLR and tools…and an awesome Skype group! Isn’t it time for you to get my tools on your side and start making some good money with your online business?

If you are ready to take things to the next level, come ang join us at http://www.automatedtoolkit.com, it may be the best move you make in 2012.

Cheers Rob :)

Longtail Keyword Tool

Hey guys here is a long tail keyword tool which will enable you to discover the keywords that people are typing into the search engines within your niche. You simply enter a seed keyword phrase and click go, the software will then work its magic. The software outputs the data as a text file and also writes the keywords found to the software’s browser window. So all you need to do is take these keywords and enter them into the Google keyword external tool or market Samurai if you have it. You will then be able to distinguish the golden nuggets which you can then target.

You can get the software by signing up at http://automatedtoolkit.com and will also be able to download my other exclusive Internet marketing software, masses of PLR, courses and materials. I thoroughly recommend that you take advantage of this deal, its fantastic value and you can also interact with other members in our Facebook group and Skype Mastermind.

Hey Guys,

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It’s a great opportunity to save yourself some money and to take advantage of the generosity of these Internet Marketers.I have also put one of my products up there a brand-new keyword tool which uses Google instant prediction service to create a list of profit following keyword phrases. Find out in a couple of minutes exactly what people are searching for in your niche and then use these keyword phrases to target those people.

Sign up now and take advantage of this offer as it ends on Tuesday, 11 September 2012.I can’t vouch for the quality of all of the products on the site, but I can tell you that there is some excellent material to be grabbed. So head on over to: http://superimgiveaway.com/ultimatejv/go/94 and start downloading now, whilst you still have time!

 

Hi here’s a useful tool which you can use for forum marketing, it’s a cool tool and will find you all of the best forums to promote on regardless of niche. Simply enter your niche, click go and it will find from 10 to 100 forums for you to target. remeber with forum marketing it’s all about providing value, don’t use this as a spamming tool, use it to build authority.

Not only will you get traffic and sales, but you will also get backlinks to your site, use this on a daily basis  and you will make money. To get hold of this software please visit http://www.automatedtoolkit.com

Joining for a month will only cost you a dollar and you’ll have access to all of my great tools, plr and resources.

 

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