May 4th, 2017

Internet Marketing Training

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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When developing a marketing strategy, you need to first develop customer personas. You need to ask some questions:

 

 

*What are your customers roles?
*Do they have decision-making authority?
*What are the demographics…

 

Every marketing strategy should start with your customer base. Who are the people using your product? What do these individuals value, what do they feel, what products are they currently using, and what will it take to sign them on as paying customers?

 

Marketing is about human-to-human relationships and can happen through any online or offline medium. At the end of the day, your customers probably won’t remember whether they found your company through a click on a Facebook ad or through a referral from a friend.

 

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April 26th, 2017

3 Basic Internet Marketing Tips

by Rahimah Sultan

 

 

The internet is a massive marketplace with all kinds of people – buyers, sellers, marketers, specialists, etc. Your business has unlimited potential to grow when it targets the internet as its market. If you’re a business owner with a website, you’ll want to use Internet marketing. If you don’t, your website is almost useless. Here are three basic Internet marketing tips to keep in mind.

 

Be sure you have a blog

 

Blog marketing will greatly boost your connection with potential customers. It will give you the ability to get feedback about your company, products and/or services and communicate with them through the comments section.

 

If you’re just thinking about setting up a blog, you need to determine exactly why you want to blog and write down your goals. Next on the list should be a step by step guideline that will accomplish those goals.

 

Then you should learn everything you can from experienced bloggers and determine your own path. Copying others never works. Just use them as examples.

 

With a static website there are minimal updates, not much new information, and not much customer interaction. A blog makes your website more reader friendly, and Google friendly. Google loves new information. When you post new articles regularly you will get picked up by search engines, of which Google is the most popular.

 

Make sure your website looks the way your target audience expects

 

Don’t waste time or money on conceptualizing what your site should look like. Just try and get ideas from successful ones who are in the same market and business as you. Learn from them, and create your own familiar design.

 

A wisely designed website is the way to go. It doesn’t have to be fancy and perfect. It just has to appeal to your target market’s taste. For example, if your website is about targeting prospects for your jewelry business, make sure it reflects such.

 

Don’t stop with a website

 

Many business owners think that once a website is set up, it will run on its own and function properly as it’s supposed to. Setting up your website is only step one – the foundation. After you’ve created and established an online presence, you have to make sure to follow up with other online business needs, which include your blog, search engine optimization (SEO), and social network integration.

 

In today’s ever-changing online marketplace it’s not enough to just have a website. Your business requires marketing strategies the same as an offline business. For marketing success you must engage in effective promotion.

 

Whether you’re an established business online or off, or you’re working from home on your own, Internet marketing requires investment of time, energy, and money. There is no free ride. So, make sure you’re visible in the online marketplace to ensure you have a chance at success.

 

In summary, be sure you have a blog, make sure your website meets your prospects expectations, and don’t stop with just a website. These three basic internet marketing tips are a starting point.

 

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April 20th, 2017

Internet Marketing Solutions for Home Business

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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You may already have an online business that is going well and you’re making money. So, you know the basics of Internet marketing and growing a business. But, there are many people who are unsure about establishing an online business and what to expect, and some have a website but no real online presence.

 

If you have a website you need to advertise it so people know you exist. There are many sources for free and paid advertising. If you’re just starting out be aware that unless you have an unlimited budget, paid Ads can become really costly very quickly so you have to watch them very closely.

 

In order to grow your online business you need a steady flow of targeted prospects visiting your website and online sales pages. Here are some Internet marketing solutions for home business.

 

You must use effective advertising that includes a lead capture page (LCP) with a lead magnet (a freebie or a discount you offer in exchange for names and email addresses) for visitors to fill in to get more information on your products or services. When they fill in this form they will be directed to a link to get what you’ve promised.

 

Now they are on a list you’ve set up at your hosting company so you can follow up with them and establish a relationship so they get to know, like, and trust you. This process of advertising, using a LCP, and a follow-up system is your sales funnel.

 

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So advertise your site to let people know you exist, use a lead capture page (LCP) to get prospects to subscribe to your list, and follow up with them using your autoresponder.

 

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April 12th, 2017

3 Keys to Internet Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan

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There are at least three things an Internet marketer needs for business; targeted traffic, a product or service, and a marketing funnel. Following are three keys to Internet Marketing.

 

Targeted Customers

 

You need targeted customers who are genuinely interested in your products or services. You can buy traffic or use free sources or both. You should be very careful when using paid sources for traffic, as it can become extremely expensive in a really short period of time.

 

Product or Service

 

Your product or service can be an actual physical product that is shipped to buyers or a digital product that can be instantly downloaded to their computers. If you don’t have your own product, you can use sources like Click bank, JV Zoo, and Deal Guardian, to name a few.

 

Just be sure that whatever the source, they are good products and not junk. You don’t want to taint your reputation. You can also become an affiliate for most products and earn commissions. Research the products and choose those with the best payout. You don’t want to spend your time promoting products that pay very little. Promote products that you use.

 

Follow-up Strategy

 

You need a follow up strategy for people who do not buy from you the first time they visit your site. A marketing funnel serves that purpose by capturing visitors’ information and adding them to your list of prospects to be contacted at a later date.

 

A marketing funnel is the process used to turn leads into customers beginning with the first interaction with you.

 

When someone sees an Ad linked to your venture and checks it out, it’s the first contact. Now you need a way to capture their information in order to follow up with them to get them to know, like, and trust you. You should have a form on that page asking for a name and email address. When this form is filled in, the prospect is taken to your thank you page which includes a link for the free gift you’ve offered in exchange for their information. This puts them on your list, and you can send them future emails that build a relationship, which will eventually entice them to buy from you.

 

Once you have a prospect’s information you can remind them of your products and services in a number of ways that include email marketing, online webinars and social media.

 

You can use an email autoresponder to develop the connection between you and a prospect. An autoresponder is a program that automatically generates a set response to all messages sent to a particular email address.

 

There are plenty of free marketing tools you can use in your business. You can check them out here.

 

You need targeted customers, a product or service, and a follow-up strategy for Internet marketing. Using these 3 keys to Internet marketing tips will help you get started.

 

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April 5th, 2017

A Home Business in Retirement

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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So, your reaching retirement age or are already retired and thinking about starting a home business. There are several things you must consider before doing so, and you must set up a plan. Among the things to be considered are investment capital, spatial needs, and your health.

 

As an entrepreneur you’ll have total responsibility for your business. Running a home business can be a very satisfying endeavor. Many home business owners enjoy the flexibility, as well as the opportunity to grow their businesses as they see fit.

 

Here is some great general information on starting a home business that will succeed.

 

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March 30th, 2017

Successful Email Marketing for Beginners

by Rahimah Sultan

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Before the World Wide Web as we know it today, one piece of Internet history was AOL and its “You’ve got mail,” message. That was our introduction to email.

 

Social media has replaced that with tweets, likes, and status updates. But we still love our email.

 

You could say that the inbox has become a place of solitude among the chaos. Here are some tips on successful email marketing for beginners.

 

People are overwhelmed with pitches and advertisements, and your messages look just like all the others. In order to be invited into their inbox you must take the following steps.

 

Phase I: Get permission

 

No email campaign was ever built without permission to start, so you need to begin building a list.

 

There are several ways you can do this. You can give away something for free or offer a newsletter or product updates.

 

You need a clear purpose for asking for an email address. A strong, clear, and concise call to action (CTA) is needed that states what will be received in exchange for the email address. Some of the things people want to know…

 

a) What will I get?
b) Will I be spammed?
c) How often will you email?
d) Will I get relevant offers or more junk?

 

Be specific in your CTA regarding what you’re offering. It could be a free how-to email series, a download such as an ebook or newsletter and product updates and releases.

 

Get Whitelisted

 

While almost all reputable email service providers work very hard to make sure that your emails are not blocked by major ISP’s, they can’t control whether or not your emails hit the inbox or the spam box. Although most will help you by providing a quality score to help you determine availability, getting whitelisted is the most effective way to ensure that your emails get delivered properly.

 

Essentially, getting whitelisted is equivalent to being marked as a friend, and the best way to achieve this is by being added to the recipient’s address book. The best way to do this is by providing instructions to do so at the top of each email, especially on the initial thank you and first follow-up email.

 

Phase II: Follow Up

 

Be consistent and do what you promise. If you say that you’ll be emailing once a week, don’t email daily. You’ll be setting yourself up for failure. The same applies if you tell someone it will be daily and you email once a week.

 

Almost all email service providers give you the option to create an autoresponder sequence, and you must take advantage of it.

 

You should send the initial follow-up email immediately as a way to introduce yourself and detail what you plan on doing with your new subscriber’s email address. It also needs to contain a link to the freebie you are offering. Then use your autoresponder to schedule your follow-up emails.

 

Each business has different needs, and there aren’t any hard and fast rules as to how often you can pitch or provide content, but remember that your email list is a permission asset and it’s best to be cautious in order to keep your subscribers.

 

Use an Autoresponder

 

Use an autoresponder to schedule content to be delivered on a consistent basis over the course of several days, weeks or even several months.

 

The benefit of that is when you do need to announce a new product or sale, you can count on the fact that you’ve already been in touch, having built a relationship over several weeks/months, and are much less likely to annoy your readers.

 

Be sure to schedule your autoresponder sequence on specific days so that you know when you can afford to send an email. Don’t send more than one per day.

 

Phase III: Analytics and Segmentation

 

You want to know the statistics of your campaigns. There are several, although three very important ones are open rate, click through rate (CTR), and unsubscribes.

 

If your open rate is low, it means that people have started to delete upon receipt, and you need to work harder on providing value and/or managing expectations.

 

If the CTR is low, you should focus on your copy.

 

If you have a high unsubscribe rate compared to optin-in rate, there’s a lot of work to do. Determine when people are leaving. If it’s after a certain autoresponder email, then re-work it. If they’re leaving after marketing messages, then change the way you present offers. If they’re leaving early on in your funnel, then you need to fix your original call to action so that it’s in harmony with what you’re sending.

 

Email analytics will give you very specific clues as to what you’re doing wrong. Of course you must be paying attention.

 

Segmentation is splitting your email list into groups of subscribers that have something in common and emailing them separately from the rest of your list.

 

For successful email marketing you must first get permission to email people, follow up with them using your autoresponder, and use analytics to determine what you may need to change for more success. For beginning marketers these successful email marketing for beginners tips will help you get started.

 

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March 22nd, 2017

25 Tips for Content Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Content marketing is a type of marketing that involves sharing online material such as videos, blogs, and social media posts. It is the art of communicating with your customers and prospects without selling, and is intended to stimulate interest in products or services.

 

With content marketing you’re delivering information that makes your buyer smarter. Great quality content, for your audience, should be useful and solve problems. The underlying principle is the belief that if we, as businesses, deliver consistent, ongoing valuable information to consumers, they will ultimately make purchases.

 

The 25 tips for content marketing are found in the article 25 Content Marketing Tips Every Marketer Needs To Know.

 

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March 16th, 2017

5 Tips for Business Success

by Rahimah Sultan
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Being successful in life requires a purpose and discipline to pursue that purpose. You must stay focused and avoid distractions. This also applies to business success.

 

You need to imagine yourself as a success. Daily visualize what your life will be like, what you’ll be doing, and how it feels. Decide what you like and are really good at and lay out a plan to get there. This will no doubt involve consulting with someone in your area of interest. Set clear goals and be realistic. Figure out what success looks like for you following these five tips for business success.

 

Focus on Your Main Objective

 

You might want to be a computer programmer or a software engineer. Research the requirements. It probably means attending school and getting certification. Or, you may want to be an Internet marketer. The same principal applies.

 

Write out a plan and begin taking steps toward that end. Don’t procrastinate. Break your goal into smaller goals and begin to work on those smaller goals. Set an overall timetable and times for finishing each smaller goal.

 

Avoid Distractions

 

Keep distractions at a minimum. It’s not possible to stay 100% focused 100% of the time. Just don’t let your goals take a backseat to them.

 

Find a Mentor

 

A mentor is someone who usually has a bit more experience than you, who knows the trade, offers advice, and helps you. A mentor will help you network, trouble shoot, and strategize.

 

Always keep learning. Gather as much information as you can. Take calculated risks.

 

Solve Problems

 

Successful people encourage progress by solving problems and answering questions. Can you make life easier for people in an effective way? Can you create a product or provide a service that fills a crucial gap?

 

Be Persistent

 

If your first attempt doesn’t work, pick yourself up and try again. Don’t make excuses. You will have failures. Failures don’t define you. They are learning experiences. Don’t repeat the same mistake. Don’t give up.

 

So, focus on your main objective, avoid distractions, find a mentor, solve problems, and be persistent.

 

Step out of your comfort zone. Don’t wait for opportunities to fall in your lap. Sniff them out. Successful people make big investments in their careers, in their businesses, in their education and, all investments involve risk. Use these five tips for business success to get started. Study your risks, make sure the odds are in your favor, and take a leap.

 

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March 6th, 2017

Blogging: An Essential Way to Get Your Message Out to Others

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Blogging has become an essential way to get your message out to others. You can incorporate text, pictures, links, short videos, or other media in your posts that make your content more appealing to readers.

 

The term was originally weblog and then weblog became just blog. The term blog is also used as a verb that means to add information or posts. Since the mid-1990s blogging has become progressively easier with easy-to-use publishing tools and is now the predominate way of self-publishing.

 

If you own a business or home business and want to spread the word about it, blogging can be a method of doing so and a way of branding yourself. You can write articles about your products or services and post them on your blog with a link to those products or services.

 

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February 28th, 2017

Autoresponders in Internet Business

by Rahimah Sultan

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So, you’ve been browsing and Googling and seeing all the promotions on the Internet for starting your own home business and the tools that are needed to do so. Then there are suggestions for platforms for setting up your business online. There is an abundance of information and courses offering training, and there are Ads promoting ways to get your information out to the public, and how to build lists using autoresponders, and on and on.

 

You probably already have a general idea of how to do business online. If not, and you’re a beginner, you may have a business idea or you may already have an offline business and may be wondering how to bring it online.

 

So where do you start if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to do business online?

 

Set up a place online to do business

First, you have to have a place online to do business, and that means establishing an online presence. You have to buy a domain name, which represents you and your company or home business, and set up your website with a hosting company. Your website is your “place of business.” You’ll place a sign-up form on your site to attract new prospects.

 

Use an autoresponder

The form you place on your website needs to be connected to an autoresponder so you can collect names and emails of prospects. You stay in contact with these signups through messages that go out via this autoresponder.

 

Autoresponders are used by individuals and also by Web sites that need to respond to user comments automatically. Businesses use them to inform an email sender that someone is out of the office and the date of return; a company may use an autoresponder for newsletter subscription opt-ins or cancellations. An autoresponder is used by businesses to confirm purchases and pertinent information regarding that buy. Email marketing, using autoresponders, has been identified as one of the most profitable modern marketing techniques.

 

You need to nurture your leads so they stay connected and gain confidence and trust in you.

 

Set up an email series

The most efficient and cost effective way to educate your new subscribers is to take them through a series of especially designed emails that take them from point A to point B in a sequential order. This series gives them the opportunity to get to know what you have to offer and how you can help them.

 

Set up a series of emails to go out at predetermined times. For instance, your first message will probably be a thank you for signing up or subscribing that includes a link to a freebie to be downloaded immediately. The balance of the series will be related to your product or service.

 

Every time you create an autoresponder series, it should take a subscriber from being a lead to a prospect to a customer. With an autoresponder series each new subscriber will get the same experience your first one did, if that’s what you want.

 

The strategy for your email series is determined by the type of product or service you offer. The number of messages can be seven – one a day or 30 or more. You can send one on the first seven days and then add others spaced at longer intervals. You decide what’s best for you and your business.

 

If your site is a blog, you can populate it with content that shows people how to use your services or how to solve particular problems. Then you can send a broadcast to your list with the link to your blog article. You may only want to set up a few messages in your autoresponder and then send broadcasts to your list. The choice is yours. You need to:

 

Focus on the reader’s desires and needs. What problems are your subscribers experiencing?
Use a real email address that people can reply to which can be your name or business name.
Personalize your emails and include a salutation. Make it sound like an email, not a press release.
Highlight the benefits you’re offering.
Use attention-grabbing headlines.
Make the email easy to read.
Proof read your emails. Use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Make emails easy to read.
Use a call to action stating what you want the reader to do.
When you get a response to an email, always reply.

 

Never send an email if a person hasn’t given you permission to do so and do not share a person’s information with anyone. Do not go overboard with affiliate offers and promotions.

 

In summary, set up a place online to do business, use an autoresponder, and set up an email series. Using these tips on Autoresponders in Internet Business should be helpful.