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Many people take online marketing as a refuge from the real world where you can hide behind a computer and hope to make an income without having to deal with people. However, this is far from the truth. Although you can hide behind your personal computer and make some money online without the help of others, it is going to be a very hard and daunting task to grow your business fast and in a larger scale if you do not work with others and build your network accordingly.

One of the saying out there goes like this, ‘It’s not what you know that matters, it’s who you know that will get you the networking success that you’ve always wanted’. And this statement rings a bell in the internet marketing world. This is not just any statement that is made up by just anyone, in fact this statement holds a lot of truth and it comes from real people who have been there and done it. One of the best ways to grow your business is to actually try your best to build a network online so if you socializing and building your network is not your strong point, then pay attention, because you will learn a thing or two about how you can improve on your networking skills online.

Smile more.

First of all, before you start any networking efforts, always remember that the basic to good connection and relationship is to smile more. This can be done digitally as well. What this means is that you should always use a smiley in your chat or messages or even in your emails. This helps to improve the impression on you that you are actually a very outgoing and friendly person. This is the basics of the most basics so you have to make sure that you get it right.

Whenever you place a smiley which is very easy to do, people will notice the emotion when you speak to them. And with a smile people know that you are in a good mood and being friendly. Joke around with when you are networking and bring a sense of humor to your communications. You will find that by doing this, you go a long way to connect with others. Because on the internet, you are rarely communicating face to face with the person that you are trying to reach out, and most of the time you are a complete stranger to them, the smiley can help break the ice and help them ease up when responding to your messages.

Make time to contact your partners.

Networking takes time. And if you really are sincere to become a friend of your partners or the people who you are trying to connect with, you absolutely need to make time to contact them. Try to engage them on their social network accounts such as on Facebook or you can just contact them via chat software’s like Skype.

It is very important to understand that you need to elevate your communication from email messages and slowly move on to communicate using chat messages or Facebook messages. From there, try your best to actually become their friend and as time goes by you will have to move on and take things a step further. The way you can do this is to actually get them on the phone and talk to them. If you are actually living somewhere near each other you can actually ask them out for a drink and buy them a cup of coffee. This kind of real life interaction can actually secure your success in the future.

The more people you connect with the better your chances to huge success is. And the best way to do this is to actually aim for people who are ‘strong’ enough to help leverage your business to a whole new level. One of the best networks in the internet marketing game today was asked a question about how he was able to befriend so many big time marketers and get them to help him out and promote his business. His answer was that everything was part of the plan. Yes, even if you have motive to become a friend of another marketer, the important thing is that you need to be sincere in helping each other out. That’s what friends are for!

Help them out without being asked.

When you are in the process of befriending fellow marketers and trying to connect with them, it is always a good idea is you can help them out in their business without ever being asked to do so. You have to take the first step and ask them how you can help them out. Ask them about their current project and see if you can lend them a helping hand. The more you help them out, the more you will leave an impression in their mind and the more they will be inclined to know more about you. Needless to say they will want to help you out as well when you need it the most.

Do extra for your partners every single time.

Every single time you decide to help out your JV partners, you should try your best to go way beyond their expectations. Give them extra help and opinions. That’s how they will realize that you are someone who has a big heart and it is worth being your friend. Make sure that you do extra and show them your sincerity and wow them every time you do something for them. In fact, this is also the time for you to show them your talents and capabilities so that they will be attracted to work with you the next time you decide to find a new partner for a new online business venture.

Networking efforts: One at a time.

Try to focus on building relationship with one marketer at a time. Of course this will take up a lot time before you can get a sizable amount of network. But focus is the key. When you devote most of your time and attention that you can spare on one single person, they will be unable to ignore you and they will without a doubt notice you more as no one else is willing to do what you are doing for them. Remember, connecting with others online should never be something that is in the short term. If you plan to become friends then make sure that it will be a lasting one and you will be rewarded more than you could ever imagine.

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If you are someone who just got started online and is operating on a limited budget, then you absolutely need to pay attention here. One of the most important tactics you will find that works to help you grow your online business is to actually build a sizeable list.  get hold of an affordable autoresponder and slap some email newsletters into your autoresponder. You are ready to go.

However, the true pain here would be to get the traffic that you need to check out and finally opt-in to your newsletter. Getting these subscribers can be a very hard and it can be a costly task as well. In fact, one of the biggest problems that you will face is to pay to get the subscribers first without knowing if they will ever convert into a profit. Hence, the best way to do this especially if you are new and low on budget is to actually find cheaper methods to build your list. Below are some conventional ways to build a list that does not cost you a bomb.

Cross promotions – ad swaps.

One of the most common ways to increase the amount of subscribers on your list is to use the cross promotion method otherwise known as ad swaps. With ad swapping, you will first have to look for partners who are willing to do an ad swap with you. An ad swap is nothing but you and your partner mailing for each other hoping to get more subscribers from each other’s list. Hence, it is obvious then that you will need to have a list first in order to use this technique.

Usually, some marketers will buy paid solo ads to build a small list first before starting with an ad swap. With paid solo ads, you will be able to quickly build an initial list. You should be able to start ad swapping when you have a list of 200 people. Of course the bigger your initial list the better and faster it is for you to build your list with ad swaps later on. One of the best places to find ad swapping partners in the internet marketing niche would be a service known as safe-swaps.

The faster you find swap partners, the more time you can save for other important aspects in your business. You can also find swap partners via a search on Google search engine or on forums related to your niche. You can even take a look at some of the Ezine directories because they should have a database of list owners who might want to swap with you within your niche.

Give product bonuses.

Essentially, building a list is based on giving away something free in exchange for an email contact. Hence, a clever way to boost your opt-in rate conversion is to actually rake up the amount of value in your incentives. If your competitors are giving away a free report, then you should try to give more than just a free report. Use bonuses or limited bonuses to help your visitors convert into a subscriber.

When you are operating on a limited budget, it is very important for you to attract subscribers effectively for a higher opt-in rate. This way you will maximize the results even when you are getting a fixed amount of traffic every month. The good news is, tweaking your opt-in landing page is pretty much in the low cost and you can do it in a very fast manner.

Use Viral Reports.

If you are looking for free traffic then viral traffic should be an interesting kind of traffic for you. Essentially you can use a viral report as your giveaway form people opt in to your list. What happens here is that when they read your report and they like it, they are offered ways and rights to distribute your report to people that they think needs it.

This word of mouth viral traffic may explode your traffic without you having to do anything. The most important key here is to write a very good report that people will be inclined to share and when you give them the rights to do so, plus a little of encouragement on your part to get them to share the report, you will definitely be able to gain a lot free traffic this way.

Another thing to consider here is that you should not stop with just one viral report. Go for as many as you can and when your viral report piles up, so will your traffic and your subscribers. The more you do this, the more you will find your list building works becoming effortless. However, a good start is the key so make sure your viral reports are of absolute quality and make sure you have provided instruction on how your readers can help you spread the word. Do try and use some sort of tracking to help you monitor the growth of your traffic and how well your reports are doing.

Make guest posts.

Another great way to gain traffic for your list building efforts is to make guest blog posts or guest article posts on other reputable websites. If you think about it, these sites are already enjoying a lot of great traffic and if you want a piece of the pie, you need to get involved in the content of these sites. The good news is, many of these reputable sites do encourage guests posts because they are constantly in need of new contents to keep their visitors happy. It’s how they grow and this can be an advantage for you.

However, you must first approach and befriend the publishers. This networking and connecting with the publishers will help you get your content published with a link back to your site. Master this and you will be able to enjoy traffic from their site and rank higher on the search engines for organic traffic. Therefore, try your best to work on your writing skills and networking skills because your guest posting efforts will definitely pay off.

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For any small online business owners, we are constantly troubled by the question how we can promote our businesses and get more exposure to our businesses without having to spend too much money and budget online? This is not an easy task for most because most of the time, to promote your website for free would often mean that it takes time, and to speed things up one will usually have to spend money to get more traffic to a website fast.

Nevertheless, there are many ways to promote your website online at a low cost. Some of them are paid methods while others are free. Mind you that the paid methods mentioned below will be at the lower cost as well. This is because we know that it is essential for small businesses to be wary of their budgets and spending. One of the keys to success for a small business is to keep the cost low while maximizing the returns. If the returns are low you could potentially be in the negative profit zone if you are not careful with your business budget. Here are some of the places that you can go to promote your business.

Facebook.

Facebook seems to be the center of attention these days. Most of the people online are on Facebook and they seem to be spending a lot of time every day hanging out and socializing in this virtual world. This huge amount of traffic and crowd on Facebook makes it a great place to spread the words about your online business. You will have to be extra careful here though because many other marketers have recognized this rise on Facebook and have tried to exploit Facebook for traffic. Because of this Facebook is now coming out with very strict rules to protect themselves and it’s users from spam and other unethical promotional methods.

The good news is, with these strict rules, you get less spam on the platform. What this means is that you will be able to promote your offers legally and still get the attention that you deserve on Facebook. There are two main ways to promote your product or offer on Facebook and it is the free method or the paid method. With the free method, you can build a fan page or a Facebook group to gather traffic. You will have to rely on viral traffic to increase your exposure to your website. With the paid method, you will utilize the Facebook Ads system where you pay for every click that or impression that you get.

If you know how to use the Facebook Ads properly, you can get the cheapest paid traffic in the industry. However, do your research first before plunging head first into this because if you do it wrong, it can cost you a lot of money advertising on Facebook ads.

LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is another great place for businesses to network and connect with other business owners or workers. This is because LinkedIn is one of the top networking websites for B2B (business to business) types of relationship. Hence, if you are selling a B2B product instead of a B2C (business to consumer) product, then LinkedIn will be one of the best places for you to meet business owners worldwide. All you need to do is create an account and set up your profile. The next thing you can do is keep adding new people to your list of friends like how you would do on Facebook or any other social media sites.

Twitter

Tweet your way towards your fame. Start following and get followed by others today. As your following grows your traffic and exposure for your website will also grow. Twitter can be a very important tool to get your business name out there gets it recognized. With every tweet you will get a lot of viral traffic to your site and links. With every re-tweets that you get from your own tweets you will get even more traffic and the numbers will just grow exponentially. However it is not as easy as it sounds because there are a lot of works to be done.

As long as you are willing to go through the learning curve and start raking up the numbers of your twitter followers, slowly but surely you will move closer to your traffic goals. Promoting on twitter is very cheap and all it takes is your time and creativity to get people interested to read more about you. With Twitter, it is also possible for you to carefully target your traffic as well but you will need to understand the demographics of your target market and aim first before you shoot.

Forums.

Using forums can also be a great source of traffic to your site. A good and popular forum should provide you with many ways to promote your business for a small fee. Hence, check out the forums within your niche and then try your best to get in contacts with your forum owners. Negotiate for a good price to advertise on their forums if they do not have a fixed price for advertisements.

Do a quick search online to see what forums are available within your niche. Try to focus on active forums and try to focus on the forums that are ranked high on the search engine. This way you can potentially get traffic coming from search engines as well. Of course you can try promoting your website for free in the forums as long as you follow their rules. You can use your signatures as a link back to your site and all you would be doing is helping people out on the forum. As your reputation grows, so will the traffic that clicks on your signature to go back to your website.

All in all, there are many ways to promote your business with a shoestring budget. This is because there are a lot of companies out there who realizes this demand and try their best to provide the means to help people just like you to promote on a low budget.

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The world of business is intriguing. People like to think that when they are working on their business their problem is solved. This is true for the people who engage in online businesses as well. The thing about starting your own business, you need to realize that your entire problem is only solved when you achieved a certain amount of success. What this ultimately means is that when you first started a business, you are actually going into a situation where you are taking up more challenges, problems, and obstacles in your life.

To many success gurus would say that this is not necessarily a bad thing. Many success gurus would teach and recommend their students to challenge themselves. They believe if one is comfortable with their life… they stay stagnant and this actually can hinder your growth in the aspects of success in life. The more you think about it, the more this makes sense. Of course this also comes to the matter of character. If you are someone who hungers for success and more in life, starting a business may fulfill this inner need. However, if you are someone who just wants a normal life that is of no worries, starting a business might not be suitable for you.

Of course staying in a 9-5 job does not mean you will get what you want as well. All in all, what matters here is that one needs to know that having a business that you can call your own can be a daunting task at times which brings us to the topic of our discussion today. Is your business working for you or are you working for your business? Well, this is a good question most internet marketers need to ask themselves today. Let’s dig deeper.

Are you working extra hours from home?

When you are working from home, working on your business, do you find yourself working extra hours or after hours? Are you still awake late at night trying to get things done and trying to get your businesses moving in the right direction? Have you compared your current working hours with those who work in a 9-5 desk job? If you are working more than you should, then you could have fallen into a different rat race than that exists in the business world.

A good business entrepreneur not only understands the equation of time, but they also understand that they can’t do everything themselves. Which is why, you will see that the most successful people amongst our internet marketing community only for a few hours a day. Take for example, the ultra-successful author of The 4 hour work week, Tim Ferris, he will tell you that if you work more than 5 hours a day, then you are doing it wrong. A good and successful business person will have their business working for them and they will be free to do anything they want most of the time. That is the ultimate freedom that we are looking for.

Robert Kiyosaki, the author of the famous Rich Dad Poor Dad book, says that in the business quadrant, you should be able to find financial freedom. So where is your freedom if you are working more than those on a 9-5 desk job when you are supposed to be living the life of your dreams? That’s right; you will need to evaluate what you are doing with your business right now.

What should be the ideal condition?

The ideal condition as a business person would be you delegating most of your work to those who you have carefully selected to be part of your team. All you will be doing is managing everything from the top. Much like a puppet master, you pull the strings in your business, and everything will come into place. You are not supposed to be on your desk trying to do everything because you would then be doing the job that is supposed to be meant for a team of 5 people or more.

You need to learn how to let go and trust others to do a good job for you. Learn to let go and you will find more time for yourself. Essentially, if you are smart and make the right moves, you will find yourself making the most money and having more time to spend them.

Outsource or get an assistance or partner.

The first thing you will need to do is to start hiring people that you can trust to work within your business. That is an absolute way for your business to grow. Get a partner that can help you improve your business and learn to outsource everything else to speed up your businesses and project execution.

For example, in the internet marketing business, it would take you at least half a year to launch a product of your own. You will take a few months just to create your main products and the products within your funnel. Next you will have to create your sales letter and sales message. Later on you will find yourself in need of graphics and creating the delivery page for your product. After all of that is said and then, you will need to start planning out your launch and gathering JVs. Hence you can see that even with 6 months there is no guarantee that your product will be successful because you might not have the connection and networking that is strong enough to make it happen alone.

So how then are those mega gurus launching products after product and raking up their success portfolio consistently? The answer is outsourcing. Even before their first project is completed, they have already started with the 2nd and 3rd launch. They will even have their plans for their 4th and 5th product launch ideas and plans listed out. Do they do all the work? No. All they are doing is planning and networking with the right people to make things happen. Sure they could be earning a lot less from the cost of each project, but to be able to launch one or two products each month will mean a lot of money on the table and not to mention all the email buyers list that they will be building.

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Working from home is a dream come true for most parents. The idea of being able to stay at home and watch over your children when they are growing up is certainly something that is very attractive indeed. But all of this does not mean that everything would go as smooth as you think it would. Because when you work at home hoping to spend more time with your children so that you can watch them grow would mean that you now have two responsibilities at the same time.

Quite frankly, these two tasks can be overwhelming. Imagine having to get the job done. Plus at the same time you have to make sure that you have ample attention to your kids. Many times you will find that you will lose focus when working in such an environment especially if multitasking isn’t part of your strength. Besides that… things can get rather stressful at times especially when your kids are acting out of behavior and there will be times when you will have to entertain them or even get angry at them to keep them at bay.

The main problem would be how can you get the best of both worlds and at the same time get everything done smoothly? Here are some pointers that could prove to be very useful to those who are working from home and taking care of their kids at the same time.

Be very organized.

The first thing that will help you greatly is to learn to be very organized with your work environment and working method. Keep everything is in a neat order so that you will not have a problem locating the things that you need be it a real world item like your paper works or digital data that exists on your personal computer.

Being organized will also mean that you know exactly what you are about to do and how you plan to do it so you will also have a good to-do list that will guide you throughout the day. Without a to-do list you will feel almost lost and you might even miss out on some of the important tasks by mistake.

Using a to-do list to help you keep track of your task that needs to be done will show you just how wonderful it is to use a to-do list. The more you use it, the more you will find that the to-do list is very useful. Make sure that you list out your task properly and then try to determine the order and priority in which task needs your attention the most. When you get this right you will find that your life will be so much improved and that you will be able to get most of the task done. Furthermore you will find that you will be in control most of the time and you know exactly how to achieve your goals.

Plan ahead and schedule.

Obviously, planning and scheduling your day every single day can be the most important thing that you do to keep you on track. You will want to plan out your day accordingly and make sure that you split your time properly for both your family and your work. The good thing about working from home is that you can freely shuffle and arrange your time in any manner that you would like. However, you need to make sure that you have allowed enough time to complete your work. And the rest of the time can be used to for your family.

The good news is when you are working from home; you save quite a lot of traveling time. If you decide to cook at home you should make sure that you shop for all the groceries on the weekend so that you don’t have to waste time during the weekdays just to go shopping. For this to work, you must absolutely keep a calendar and a timetable around you so that you know exactly how much time you have for your work and your children each day. Try to finish your work faster by focusing and of course make sure that your work is of quality by doing a double check every time you complete a task. This should free you a lot more time and still get your job done without much error.

Make sure you have activities for your children that do not require your attention.

Your child could potentially be very demanding on your attention an time. But you should easily take care of this if you can think of activities or tasks that your kids can enjoy and at the same time do not require a lot of your own involvement and time. To find these tasks, you can first look at the general interests that your kids have and then think of ways to get them started with their hobbies to spend their time. Of course you will always be there to guide them.

Depending on their age, you could even ask them to help you out in some of your time consuming tasks such as some simple paperwork. Kids just love to help out their parents and feel important. Another great way to get them to help you out is to get them to help out with house chores. Train them to do the chores every day and if you want you could reward them when they do extra chores for you. The rewards can be any incentives ranging from the good old praise or a monetary reward. When you get this right, you should be able to get more time and focus on getting your job done fast. Remind your kids, the faster you get off work, the more time you will have to spend with them. Happy parenting while at work!