The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 6c on Techniques to Promote Your Listing

October 30th, 2014

Learn how to promote your listing through such techniques as Encouraging Additional Sales, Optimizing the Listing and Building a List Machine

Introduction

We are still on promoting our eBay listing in order to sell our items. We have some promotional techniques already under our belt. Things like promoting through the use of marketing tools and branding and linking to other listings. Now we will cover such promotional activities as encouraging additional sales, optimizing the listing and building a list machine.

Technique #4 Persuade or Promote Additional Sales, Just like at MacDonald’s

“Would you like fries with your burger?” Many a time, you will hear that from an employee and it works a lot of times. This is based on the belief that it costs less to sell more items to one who is already a buyer than to try to get a new customer. That is why so-called gurus advocate building a list. They can keep selling to the customers who have already bought from them.

Amazon is very good at this too. When you buy a travel book for instance, they will encourage the buyer to buy other books like “Cruising Around the World on Queen Mary 2 for 103 Days”. Amazon will also be suggesting other travel books as well. Then perhaps, suggest a travel agency. It is really to the best interest of any business to do this for this can increase the profit in each sale without having to spend money on more promotions.

How Do We Encourage Additional Sales?

There are tricks to this and one way is to offer a discount on additional items bought like a 15% discount on the second item sold and a 20% discount on the third item.

Having a prominent clickable link to your eBay Listings will encourage additional sales. Make this in addition to the default link that eBay creates.

Making it easy for the customers to see your listings in your eBay Store will also help. Offer them items that will complement what they bought. If they bought a Smoothie Recipe book, they may want to buy a blender they can use to make a smoothie.

Presenting a shipping discount when buying a second item may make a buyer decide to buy a second item. Say the shipping cost is not doubled. Adding a dollar for each additional item bought will encourage the customer to buy more. It will be hard to resist the combined shipping discount, don’t you think?

Trick #5: Optimize or Improve Your Listings for Search

Actually only around 10% will find your listing through browsing. The rest will find the items that interest them through the search function of eBay. I know you know what this means; you will really have to optimize your listing not only for eBay customers but also for people who use Google, Yahoo and other search engines to look for items they are interested in.

When your items show up in the search results of the other search engines, you get publicity for the products you are trying to sell. Since your main consideration is the eBay search results, you have to focus on that. Why? It is because, eBay search functions only look for the listing titles so include as many relevant keywords as you can there.

It is different with the web search engines for they search the whole listing, titles, descriptions and all. So how do we improve our listings for the search engines in the web? We know we have to optimize our work. There are tricks to do in this regard. No, I don’t mean for us to trick the search engines. I mean we have to optimize our work so the search engines can find us. Here are things we can do:

Follow Me On eBay: an Experiment to Increase our Visibility in Search

For the above video, I was only interested on getting the listing more visibility but the man who did it touched on other subjects but it’s all about eBay so they may help you too especially when combined with the following tips. Just give him a bit of time for at 7th minute of the video, he touched on the visibility.

1. Use title tags to indicate the listing title that should be accurate and unique. Include relevant keywords without stuffing unnecessary ones. Make the title brief but descriptive and informative.

2. The same is true with the description which should exactly summarize what the page is about in a sentence or two or maybe a brief paragraph that will interest and inform readers. It should include keywords the customers may use in searching for your item.

3. Have a clear organization hierarchy that is flowing naturally from the general content to the specific content. It is like a mini-outline with the most important information in the major headings and the less important ones in a sub-headings. Have the most important keywords higher up in the page highlighted, bold or in italics.

4. Instead of images, use text but if you must use images, you have to describe them in the text accurately using the tag and assigning relevant keyword to this tag.

Trick #6 Create a List Building Machine

Successful sellers keep a record of all their listings and purchasers. As they say, if you don’t do this, you are leaving money on the table. Each buyer of your items if you don’t keep a record will be lost in oblivion. You can convert this one-time purchaser into life-long buyers. He will be glad to get an email from you if you send him news on some new items he is interested in.

You should make this an optin list as it is a no-no to send spam. As soon as a buyer pays for his merchandise he bought, ask if he is interested in learning more things on sale and offers ahead of the rest. If he is, then he can sign up for your newsletter informing him of the latest bargains on eBay.

In an email you can thank him for his purchase and show him an optin page with an attention-grabbing headline urging him to sign up for a newsletter that will give him notice or a peek on what you have for sale. There will be a strong subhead to alert the visitors on the importance of knowing what is for sale ahead of time.

Then there are some bullet points where you will be listing all the benefits he will get if he signs up. Give him enough reason to opt in and start the convincing process. The bullets will show them the benefits he will be getting if he signs up. There will be an opt-in form where he can sign up for your newsletter and a strong call to action with private policy and disclaimer links.

Email marketing is made easy by eBay though. Free email marketing is offered to all eBay Store owners and everyone I talked to says it works. What eBay does is add a Newsletter link Sign up form to all your own listings. Then eBay creates five different mailing lists to fit different customers and kind of products.

The marketing tools at eBay will help find how successful your newsletters are which will give you an idea on ways to improve it as you go along. Then each month every eBay store owner can send free 5000 emails to the subscribers. You can send more but you have to pay a small amount, just a penny an email over the 5000 you are allowed to send for free.

How Do We Create an Email Mailing List?

I thought you’d never ask. Here is how:

1. Click the Marketing Tools link in My eBay.

2. The Summary page appears in the Marketing Tools. Click the link for Email Marketing in the section for Store Marketing.

3. Click the button for Create Mailing List and when the Email Marketing Summary page comes into view, enter the name of this mailing list.

4. Click the Save button and there you go, you have just created an Email Mailing List.

How Do We Add Subscribers to the Mailing List?

Subscribers cannot be added manually to the mailing lists. Just like before, they have to opt in themselves. They can easily do this from the item listings and through the pages at eBay Store. Each time someone adds you in their list of favorite sellers, they will be given the option to subscribe to your email newsletter,

Or buyers can subscribe to your email newsletters when they visit your eBay Store. While there, on the top of the page, they can sign up by clicking the sign Up link for the Store newsletter. Once they subscribe, their names will appear in the bottom of the page when they click the link for the Email Marketing Subscriber list. This page will also allow you to block subscribers so they will not receive emails.

How Do We Create an Email Newsletter and Send it to the Subscribers List?

1. Click the link for Marketing Tools in My eBay.

2. Click the link for EmailMarketing when the summary page appears.

3. Click the button for CreateEmail when the Email Marketing Summary page shows up.

4. At this point, the Select a Template shows up. You then can pull down the Type of Email List where you can choose the type of newsletter you want to send.

5. You can also select the template for your email newsletter here before clicking the button that says Continue.

6. There are a few things to do in step 6 when the Create Email page appears. You have to add the necessary information like which email list you’re sending the newsletter to, if you want to send it on automatic schedule, if you want to show your Store header, the newsletter’s subject and message, what products you want to showcase or if you want to show your feedback. Now you can click Preview and Continue button.

7. Check your newsletter, click the button for Edit Email if you want to change or add anything. Once you’re satisfied with how your email newsletter looks like in the preview, then click the Send Email button.

Conclusion

There you have three more ways to promote your listing: encourage additional sales, optimizing the list and building a list machine. These three ways along with using the marketing tools, branding and linking to your other listings should successfully promote your items for sale, no problem.

Your Turn

What do you think of the three ways to promote your listing? Feel free to leave your comment below on how to promote your listing in order to get some visibility at eBay and ultimately get your item sold.

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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 6b by Branding and Linking

October 23rd, 2014

The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 6b by Branding and Linking
Learn how to promote your listing through branding and linking

On How To Promote Your Listing Through Branding and Linking

Introduction

We have been working on how to promote our eBay listing through the use of My eBay and how to track the listing with the help of the Selling Manager. Then we learned to promote the listing the use of the marketing tools. Now we are ready to use more promotional ways to enhance our listing.

How A Successful Seller Promoted His Listing

Here’s how the seller who was successful in selling at eBay with promotion tips sprinkled in the steps he followed. I promised to give this to you and here it is. Apparently his auctions earned more money than others for the same type of items. He said his method worked and he was good enough to share us the steps he followed.

1. Research as much as you can every item you list. Find out how much the items similar to yours sold at eBay or what they charge for them at Amazon, abcbooks.com and other forums.

2. Use low starting bids for two reasons. They encourage more prospective buyers to participate and it costs less to list low starting bids. If you expect the item to be more popular, the lower you should set the starting bid.. If you think there will only be a few bids, set the price closer to your desired sale point and do not use a reserve. Reserves scare bidders.

Putting a low price on the item encourages competition. Why? Because all think they will get an item for cheap. On the contrary, the low price is like a magnet attracting watchers to bid resulting in a bidding war. Bidding war = better price. From the confessions of an eBay store worker, “Usually the lower the starting bid, the better off the item ends up doing.”

3. Set to start your listing on a Thursday afternoon or evening and run it for ten days. Set the auction to end on Sunday evening between 7 and 10 Eastern and 4 and 7 Pacific time. This will give you 2 weekends for people to bid. Listings that close on Sundays do better and so those that close in the evening. So close your auction when people get home from work, or have finished eating dinner. Time zones are important so keep that in mind. One successful eBay seller always starts his auctions at 10pm EST.

4. Pay the extra 10 cents if necessary so you can prepare the listing in advance and get it scheduled for Thursday evenings. Get ready a group of listings in advance which you can schedule to start within two hours of each other. Don’t make your listings to end closer than two minutes of each.

5. Offer delivery confirmation and free shipping for which you will be charged but then you’re building goodwill and that’s priceless. The delivery confirmation will put your mind at ease. As for free insurance, it does not seem to add value but offer this only for expensive items or an option for the customer to pay.

6. Offering a money-back guarantee is only if the item is not as described and not for the buyer to change his mind or makes a mistake.

7. Write an attention-grabbing title with care. Use keywords that would interest the buyers so your listing can be seen in the search results. Spell check the title and make it as long as you can, adding colors, adjectives and so on.

8. Prepare a good description listing down both the good and the flaws of the item. Add keywords but in conversational form. Do a comprehensive job on this even with long descriptions especially if bold and highlighting are used to give emphasis on the important parts.
Show main points in the form of bullets for people usually just skim through the listing.

9. Don’t accept bids from those who will give you headache like buyers with negative feedback who do not pay for their purchases.

10. Take pictures of your item and put them in the description. Put at least one picture. If you are selling an item worth $10 or more, put a gallery. The 35-cent gallery feature will show the photos when people browse the listing so use it. Using 4 or 5 pictures will pay for itself.

11. People will ask you questions but answer all of them, even the stupid questions. If it is a question a lot will be asking, post your reply publicly.

12. Be friendly and good-natured and you will receive better results.

The above technique worked well for this man. Two things in his technique stand out. He offers free shipping and list for 10 days. What is our take-away from this? Giving careful care and time in the listing can result in a huge amount of income.

Here’s a video on How to Promote eBay Items For Free Your eBay Auctions Or Fixed Price Items

Techniques On How To Promote Your Listing

There are thousands of listings on eBay but some of them don’t really get any exposure. You can create listing after listing till kingdom come and get not a glance from the prospective buyers. You can’t rely on the search results from eBay for your eBay store listing because usually they do not appear in the search results. Others appear when they search but you can’t just wait for this to happen. We have to be more proactive than that.

Yes, sometimes we don’t get a response to our listing yet others get their listings noticed and ultimately sold. What do they do that we don’t know? Are there secrets to this? This is where I come in. Now, don’t get me wrong. This is not something I came out myself. These are things I learned from many years of researching.

Here’s Technique #1. Branding Your Business

Promote your business by publicity, advertising, and other marketing devices like the experts do. What to do is brand your business and then market it. You can either brand an individual item or your whole business. That is your choice. But I think the best way is to market your business as that will have a long-term effect.

It’s true that promoting your individual items may result in more sales today. But how about tomorrow and the next day? Of course you can promote both. But how do you promote your business? First create your business identity. Just think of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s “finger-licking good” and Bank of Nova Scotia’s “You’re richer than you think.”

The brand you create for your business will define your business and will tell the world what your business is all about. With a brand, it tells the world your business is unique while without a brand you’re just one small-time eBay seller. Your brand will make you stand out and may have people humming a tune that defines your business.

Here’s Technique #2. Linking to Your Other Listings

This is simple; just link to your other listings. Despite the fact that it is important to market your whole business, you also have to promote your listings. What does this mean? You will have to promote both your eBay store listings as well as your auctions. Insert the following HTML code when writing the description of your item in order to link to your other items:

href=”http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?
ViewSellersOtherItems&userid=
USERID
&include=0&since=-

1&sort=3&rows=50&sspageName=DB:OtherItems”

target=_blank>
Please check out my other items!

Of course, you have to replace USERID with your very own user ID from eBay. Similarly, you can also change “Please check out my other items!” with words you want to use.

It is obvious, that one way to promote your other listing is to have the bystanders check out your other listings. Potential buyers may be interested in one item you are selling, why not show them your other items for sale? It makes sense, doesn’t it? Who knows those buyers might end up buying more items?

Even eBay helps promote your listings. They will include View Seller’s Other Items in the section in all the listing pages for Meet the Sellers. This will also have your current listings and if you have an eBay Store, the link to that will also be included. Here is the HTML code to insert in the description to add a link to your eBay Store:

StoreName
” target=_blank>
Check out my eBay Store!

Replace StoreName with your eBay Store name. Again, you can replace the tagline with text of your own liking.

Can Other Sites Link to Your eBay Listings?

Other websites can also link to your other listings and to your eBay store by inserting the aforementioned HTML codes. And did you know eBay has a button that you can add to your personal web pages? When people click this button, they will be sent directly to your listing. How can we do this? Here is how to do it:

1. Go to link your site to eBay at pages.ebay.com/services/buyandsell/link-buttons.html

2. Check the box to the My Listings on eBay button.

3. Enter the URL of the page where you want to put the button.

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click that you agree to the conditions.

5. An HTML Code will appear which you can paste on your web page.

Linking to your eBay Store is not too easy but it is doable.

1. Go to HTML Builder page at cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?
StoreHtmlBuilderHome

2. Here you can build links to individual items to your store, your store’s home page, specific store pages and store search page.

3. Click the link you want to work on and follow the instructions.

Technique #3: Setting Up Product Cross-Promotions

Cross-promotions are an important technique that could help sell more items on eBay. This has been mentioned before but there are more additions that could help more. For one thing this tool can help drive traffic to your listing. How? If you own an eBay store, you can go to the bottom of your listing and see a box that displays four items you sell.

That box is a potent advertising tool for those items. This cross-promotion box is available for those who own an eBay Store. Use the cross-promotion tool to specify which items to show in which boxes. The items differ depending upon the products you are trying to sell. You can manage this by going to the Summary page of your My eBay.

Then go down to the section that says Manage My Store where you can click the link that says Manage My Store. When that page appears, go to Marketing Tools and click the link that says Cross-Promotion Setting. This is where you can turn the cross-promotion on or off. Specify how you want to cross-promote and how your items will appear.

In order to do the above, click the link that says Cross-Promotions Defaults where you can click Create New Rule link to link the display of items to the kind of product a potential buyer is viewing. So if you are selling a make Money eBook, you’ll want it displayed when a buyer is looking at a similar product.

Conclusion

These are just a few more ways to promote your eBay listings. Those who do well don’t sit on their butt after they have created their listing. They continue working on ways to promote the items they sell. They use them all be they through the Marketing tool or through branding and linking with other websites the right way so they will still be in compliance with eBay’s rules.

Your Turn

So now, what do we do? Have you tried any of these Techniques? Which ones worked for you and which ones didn’t? Some of you have been selling on eBay and must have a few techniques of your own. Please mention them in the contact form below.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 6a

October 16th, 2014


Learn how to promote your listing through the Marketing Tools and discover the techniques on how to make the people more likely to buy your items for sale.

On How To Promote Your Listing Using the Marketing Tools

Introduction

You will have a better chance of selling your items if you promote them. As you will see in this section of The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 6a, you will find different ways of promoting your listing. There are so many of them, we have to divide this section into two or more parts.

How to Promote Your Listing Through the Marketing Tools

The first thing to do though is to update the marketing tools settings. If you don’t use the marketing tools, you will not be able to promote similar items on eBay. Neither will you be able to cross promote them. To make sure many buyers will see you items, get your marketing tools settings updated. They are automatically enabled so you can update them in My eBay.

Here’s How to Cross-Promote Your Item.

1. At My eBay, you might be asked to sign in so enter your username and password.

2. Click the link for Marketing Tools on the Account tab.

3. On the left side of the page below the heading that says Cross-Promotion, click Settings.

4. Choose the option for Cross-Promote My Items.

5. Click Apply and from then on, any listings you create will be cross-promoted.

Here’s How to Promote Similar Products on Related Listings.

1. At My eBay, you might be asked to sign in so enter your username and password.

2. Click the link for Marketing Tools on the Account tab.

3. Click the link Promote My Itemsthat says Promote Similar Listings and you may have to sign in again.

4. Choose the option for Cross-Promote My Items.

5. Click Apply and from then on, any listings you create will be promoted.

Later on, you may not want the items of other sellers to show up in your listing so you will have to cancel both the cross-promotion and your promotion of similar items on eBay. Canceling these two will effectively remove other similar products belonging to other sellers and similarly your items will not appear in theirs.

Here’s How to Cancel the Cross-Promotion

1. At My eBay, you might be asked to sign in so enter your username and password.

2. Click the link for Marketing Tools on the Account tab.

3. On the left side of the page below the heading that says Cross-Promotion, click Settings.

4. Choose the option Do Not Cross-Promote my items.

5. Click Apply and from then on, any listings you create will not be cross-promoted.

Here’s How to Cancel the Promotion of Similar Products on Related Listings.

1. At My eBay, you might be asked to sign in so enter your username and password.

2. Click the link for Marketing Tools on the Account tab.

3. Click the link that says Promote Similar Listings and you may have to sign in again.

4. Choose the option Do Not Promote My Items.

5. Click Apply and from then on, any listings you create will not be promoted.

Here’s a video How To Boost Your eBay Listings | eBay Sellers Tips & Tricks

What To Do When Visibility on eBay Gets Tough

The largest marketplace is eBay so you might think getting visible there is easy as pie. Or that it will be easy to promote your items. At least it should be easier than promoting your item in your website or in an eBay Store even. However this is not the case for the small eBay sellers. They will find themselves in such a large pond where it will be hard to swim around.

While it is true that eBay has wonderful tools for promotion of similar items and cross promotion of others, still small-time sellers find it hard to get visibility. For one thing, eBay forbids linking to other sites. But don’t worry for there are still simple techniques you can use to promote both your listing on eBay and the other selling activities you have outside eBay.

1. Cross-promote like there’s no tomorrow. Include the following message in every listing description you have: “Please check out my other auctions!” Make this bold, bright and bold. Include this sentence several times. Then connect it to your seller’s page by putting this “See Seller’s Other Items” at the top of any right-hand corner in every listing you have. Use this HTML tag so customers can just click that See Seller’s Other Items.


Please check out my other auctions!

(Replace MyMemberID with your own eBay member ID and augment with other HTML tags to make it more visible, of course!)

2. Check every chance you get to promote your product without going through eBay. Distribute stickers and business cards with your address and contact information. Include your website name without linking to it as this is against eBay’s rules.

3. List your item in multiple categories, in items that are high in demand and in different types of items as well. This is good when doing cross promotions and if you’re selling multiple items of the same type especially when they can be categorized in a number of ways. What will bring prospective customers is if you sell separate accessories and list items in different but relevant categories. Another suggestion is to list a few items that are high in demand that can attract bidders.

4. Listing your items on eBay and forgetting about them is not a good idea. You can use other websites where you can link to your eBay auctions. You can also blog about your listing and also link to your auctions from your e-storefront. The search engines may index your eBay auctions. The more you link to your auction from outside of eBay, the better it is.

5. Take care of your customers. The promotion does not end when you make a sale or when your listing ends. You can keep promoting your business to your buyers after the close of the auction. Email them after the deal is done and point them to your e-storefront. Use an invoice with your letterhead that will advertise your seller name.

6. You can also ask your bidders to add you to their favorite sellers list. And when you deliver your sold items, include a gift like jelly beans or mints which can make them come back and buy more items from you. Tell them often that you want them to be satisfied and happy with their purchase and that you want to earn repeat business from them.

7. Tweet about your listing in Twitter and tell your friends to like your listing in Facebook.

8. Including the shipping cost in the total price is a way you can promote your listing. Purchasers like to get their stuff shipped free or cheaply.

9. Try to boost your feedback rating by selling inexpensive items first because buyers usually want to buy from sellers who have a high feedback rating. They are more likely to buy from someone who has an established credibility. So get at least 30 positive feedbacks before doing more things.

10. There are eBay groups for products especially for such items as original art and home made goods. Participating in a group for your items will help promote your listing.

11. Becoming a power seller will also be a help to promote your listing. It is not open for applications but you can become a power seller if you regularly make a consistent amount for three business days. Since the requirements to become one change often, go to becoming a Powerseller on eBay to find out the latest information. By the way, you have to have good feedback to become a power seller. We will devote an additional webpage for this.

12. Meantime, while you’re waiting to become a power seller, you can go to eBay Sellers Unite blog where you can learn some tips to promote your listing.

13. If you want to open an eBay store of your own, you will have other ways to promote your listing. As a store owner you will have your own URL and so prospective buyers can search you via the search engines. You will also pay a lower fee for fixed price listings but remember though that you have to pay a monthly fee for your eBay store. So consider every angle before jumping into this.

14. To help customers find what they are looking for, eBay may show pertinent items on your listing but they prefer listings that offer free shipping and those that qualify for eBay Top Related Plus. Your items will then appear on other listings that are related to yours where you get more exposure in a top place.

The beauty of this is that the buyers will be able to see your promoted listings in several places.
One, your item will show in the listing of other sellers. Two, your listing will appear in all the emails sent to buyers when the item they purchase and bid on is not available anymore. Three, your item will also appear in emails for watched items. And four, your item will show at checkout when a buyer bids or buys your items. And get this, the customers will see up to 12 of your other items!

As you can see, promoting your listing in multiple ways could result in showing the prospective buyers your items giving them more options. If you show them other items, you can end up selling more items. Your item will appear with thousand other listings and in emails. This of course can send traffic to your promoted listing and your store. Next time, I will show you how one eBay seller successfully sold his items when he started his promotion right from the start.

Conclusion

These are just a few ways to promote your eBay listings. The overhead is very little and these techniques are useful for every model or market on eBay. Your visibility will increase, thus getting more traffic and sales.

Your Turn

Have you tried any of these tips? Which ones worked for you and which ones didn’t? Would you like to share some of your own promotions? Please mention them in the contact form below.

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References

1. http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/build-your-business-online/boost-profits/selling-tools/selling-manager/#829585051

2. http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/build-your-business-online/boost-profits/selling-tools/selling-manager/#sthash.rd71iZCQ.dpuf

3. http://www.salehoo.com/education/ebay-selling/beginners-guide-to-ebay
4. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Beginners-guide-to-selling-on-EBAY-Part-1-/10000000000099606/g.html

5. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Complete-beginners-guide-to-selling-shipping-on-eBay-/10000000003814256/g.html

6. Home Business Steps Tips For eBay Business

http://www.homebusinesssteps.com/2014/Home-Business-Steps-Tips-for-eBay-Business/

7. http://www.bzelbublive.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Milk-The-EBay-Cash-Cow-By-Alex-Jeffreys.pdf

9. http://youtu.be/327rO9SusNQ

10. http://pages.ebay.ca/help/sell/sell-getstarted.html



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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 5b

October 9th, 2014

Discover How the Selling Manager or the Selling Manager Pro Can Help You Track Your Sales on eBay

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On How To Track the Listing Through The Selling Manager Part 5b

Introduction

Previously , we learned to track our listing via MyEbay. There were tools we can use to track our listing. We can subscribe to these tools and use applications to help in the management of our selling activities. If we forget which applications we are subscribed to, have no fear, for all we do is go to MyEbay, choose applications and click Apps Center.

This time, the focus is on tracking the listing through the Selling Manager which is free to use. It has all the features of MyEbay and more. It can monitor the active listings. In addition, it is possible to leave feedback for multiple buyers at one time. There are also templates to use for feedback and emails. In addition, invoices and labels can be printed in bulk.

The eBay Selling Manager will enable one to create and manage listings quickly. It can track the status of the listings. All from the Selling Manager, you can also do such tasks after the item gets sold, like getting shipping labels printed and sending feedback. This is great for sellers who want to do their selling in a more efficient manner. And this is free for all sellers including those with a Basic eBay Store.

Why Do We Use Selling Manager?

There all kinds of tasks you can do from one central location. Those who use the Selling Manager can be more efficient at producing, running and following-up eBay listings. Naturally, this can save a lot of time especially with bulk listing features of generating similar listings. The draft features can let you work on your listing at a more convenient time for you.

And as if that is not enough, the Selling Manager provides guidance as you generate your listing with recommendations on ways to maximize the exposure of your item for sale and increase the potential to sell it more quickly. It will also suggest titles and prices based on the what is going on at eBay. And did I say it is free for all sellers including those with a Basic eBay Store?

What Features in Selling Manager Can Help Increase Selling Power?

Well, go to Listing creation under which you have options to generate new listings from the draft. It is almost like copy and paste. You can also copy and edit listings in mass. If creating a listing in bulk is not a time-saver and provides more selling power, I don’t know what it is. You can also list both the sold and unsold items in bulk.

You can do more under Listing management where you can see all your active and sold items as well as the scheduled and unsold items. Here you can also schedule your listings and allow exclusions of shipping. Where else can you do all these and cost you nothing? I bet, you will not find these features anywhere else.

You will be able to track orders and the items you were not able to sell under Order management as well as print shipping labels and upload tracking in bulk. You can also send order details here while you can track buyer feedback and leave feedback in bulk as well as keep and use custom feedback again under Buyer communication.

Then under Shipping and Payments, you can track numbers, print invoices and file credits all in bulk. How about under Reporting, what can one do here? You can archive the items you sold, look over all the summaries like the selling and sales activities as well as see all the sales reports on orders and items sold.

Here’s a video on Track Your Sales! eBay Inventory Spreadsheet

How Much Do I Pay to Use eBay’s Selling Manager?

I don’t know how many times I said it, but I will say it again. It is free to use. You pay nothing, nada, zilch, zero. And you still pay nothing in every language you use. That is why, we are adding here, a list of questions and answers because some people become skeptical from the experience they have encountered.

How Do I Start Using eBay Selling Manager?

It is easy; just subscribe to it. Those who have a Basic eBay Store are automatically subscribed. I f you want to generate listing and manage them in bulk, subscribe to it. Likewise if you want to manage your inventory. As soon as you are subscribed to either the Selling manager Pro or the Selling manager, you will find it in your tab for MyEbay.

What Can I Do to Subscribe to the Selling Manager?

If you have a have a basic eBay store, you don’t have to do anything for you are automatically subscribed to the Selling Manager or Selling Manager Pro. If you are not an eBay store owner, then you will have to go to the subscription page of the Selling Manager and click the button that says Subscribe Now.

The Selling Manager Offers All Kinds of Listing Guidance, What Are They?

The listing in bulk and the editing capability help the sellers grow. Here are the listing guidance the Selling Manager offers:

1. They offer title recommendations based on analysis of data on products similar to yours.

2. They give price recommendations based on the analysis of the eBay marketplace.

3. They suggest recommendations on pictures to use to make the product more appealing.

4. They recommend ways to help the listing meet the criteria for eBay Fast ‘N Free.

5. They offer help in identifying chances to be visible internationally.

6. They give recommendations on how the listing can be searched successfully.

7. They recommend Top Rated Plus Listing help to Top Rated Sellers so they can get 20% discount on the final value fee.

The Selling Manager Can Recommend Titles. How Is This Determined?

Any title recommendation is based on having analyzed the search performance data over time on the category your listing is on.

How About the Price Recommendation of the Selling Manager, What Are They Based On?

The price recommendations are based on the market analysis of the items similar to yours. Ebay looks for similar listings and a number of factors like specific information on the item, the price and the category it is in. I think this will be a time saver because when trying to price your item, you will have to study the eBay marketplace and look for the items similar to yours. This one is done for you by the Selling Manager.

How Do I Get My Active Listing into the Selling Manage?

It does not matter what tool you used to create your listing because once you subscribe to the Selling Manager, any listings of yours that are active will appear automatically on the Active Page.

Where Can I Get More Information on the Features of the Selling Manager?

The Selling Manager has a Help Page where you can access all the information on all of its features.

How is the Selling Manager Pro Different from the Selling Manager?

The Selling Manager Pro can give the same recommendations the Selling Manager can offer plus more advanced features as follows:

1. It helps track information about your item and has listing templates for the different ways the item is sold.

2. It creates listing templates with space for the title, description, pictures as well as different options you specify in the listing form.

3. It organizes products through the use of folders.

4. It updates the inventory which you can view in order to track the items you sell and the listing templates you use.

5. It tracks the quantity of the inventory so you know exactly how much you have left.

6. It issues alert so you can restock when your products go lower than what you specify.

There are more things that differentiate the Selling Manager Pro from the Selling Manager. Here they are:

They issue monthly sales report you can download to give you information on both profit and loss for each of the products you sold.

They leave feedback as many as 200 from the buyers at a time.

They offer automated options for relisting your products. You can either relist based on your schedule or relist endlessly whether your item is sold or not.

The Listings Are Live, What Do We Do Now?

Watch the live proceedings especially the auction. How do you do this? Just login to eBay and click My eBay link at the top of any page. Here you will see your listing, see and rate the interest your listing is garnering and how many have placed bids. You can also answer the buyer‘s questions.

If there are only a few people checking it out, tweak your listing to make some adjustment to make it more attractive to prospective buyers. You will be able to check out what change will work and which one will not make any difference. For any activity that requires action on your part, they will send you an email.

You are allowed to end an auction up to 12 hours before it is scheduled to end but don’t employ this too often. You can also lower the reserve price if you find no one is bidding. Check the buyers as well, like those from countries you can ship to, those who can’t pay through PayPal or those with negative feedback. Setting up a list of approved buyers will help.

Be friendly at all times; don’t intimidate or threaten buyers even if they are not paying for what they bid or bought. You don’t want to make prospective buyers to feel they are treated as thieves. You can file a report on this a little later. See How to Choose the Mode of Payment above. Then if you must add extra information, make sure they are shorter than your description.

Offer a return policy as not only will this qualify you for eBay discounts but also potential customers are more liable to buy. Anyway the track record is that few return their purchases. Then make sure you answer all their questions. Check your emails regularly and promptly answer their questions.

Conclusion

There you have it. Now you can easily track your listing either through the Selling Manager and the Selling Manager Pro. Previous to this, you also learned to track your listing through MyEbay.

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References

1. http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/build-your-business-online/boost-profits/selling-tools/selling-manager/#829585051

2. http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/build-your-business-online/boost-profits/selling-tools/selling-manager/#sthash.rd71iZCQ.dpuf

3. http://www.salehoo.com/education/ebay-selling/beginners-guide-to-ebay
4. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Beginners-guide-to-selling-on-EBAY-Part-1-/10000000000099606/g.html

5. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Complete-beginners-guide-to-selling-shipping-on-eBay-/10000000003814256/g.html

6. Home Business Steps Tips For eBay Business

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7. http://www.bzelbublive.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Milk-The-EBay-Cash-Cow-By-Alex-Jeffreys.pdf

9. http://www.wikihow.com/Sell-on-eBay

10. http://pages.ebay.ca/help/sell/sell-getstarted.html



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Plugin Blueprint, a Review

October 2nd, 2014

Background of Plugin Blueprint

At first the creator of Plugin Blueprint, Derrick Van Dyke, researched the market to find if there is a need for a Plugin Blueprint. He knew plugins allow one to export the database, media files, plugins, and themes. So, he conducted a research to see if it has been done before! He wanted to know what plugins were available and if there was room for more that are targeted to the buyer to solve their specific problem, to make life easier for them and at the same save time and money.

So what did he find? His research revealed there are quite a few plugins available so whatever plugins created would have to be approached in a different manner so that it will be the plugin people will want to use. In this connection, there has got to be a step-by-step video tutorials to show the prospective buyers how to use the newly created plugin.

These are words that say addon-plugin.

These are words that say addon-plugin.



Clear Definition of the Problem a Plugin Purports to Solve

The problem of what the new plugin is going to solve has to be clearly defined. So there is more research to do. A plugin for the most part, can only revise what the server can do and there are things a plugin is not supposed to do. It cannot, for example, create a new item. Neither can it change the size of an existing one.

The host application provides the services which the plugin can use. In fact, the plugin depends on the services provided by the host. It should be able to register with the host application so there can be an exchange of data between the two. The plugin is supposed to be able to work by itself and at the same time the host application should be able to work independently so the users can add and update the plugin without making changes to the host application.

List of Things I Like in the Plugin Blueprint

I like it that the Plugin Blueprint has places where to go to get ideas like http://codecanyon.net/ And there are instructions what to do so it is easier to find the commercial plugins you can get a license to. It even mentioned how much you have to pay for the license in order to be able to sell it as your own.

Only then will the idea of replicating a plugin is presented with suggestions on how to do it like make it work better but in less than a complicated way. The suggestion I like the best is that there is a way you can make a new plugin out of it, complete with new designs, graphics and templates.

There are samples of what features to look for before jumping in. In other words, find a hot seller first. I like the step 2 too and to get the plugin created with the help of Freelancer. It is also a wise suggestion to test it before the finalization process.

As for the project description, the fill-in-the-blank suggestion cannot be any simpler. The enclosed PDF will be such a big help in checking out if all the steps are understood right. The use of the screenshots for the user Interface will be appreciated and adding it to the PDF is really a great idea.

Posting the job to Freelancer has all the necessary steps to do it right and to make sure there is nothing left that will cause a misunderstanding between the two parties. The follow-up on the choosing the programmer and working with one plus the milestones were clearly outlined, leaving nothing for possible dispute down the road. I like the way the payment schedule was set up. It is also wise to release the remaining funds only after the beta testing and you are satisfied with the plugin.

All the steps needed are covered in writing the sales pages. And that offer of a 24/7 dedicated support is priceless except the link for it is not there. I also like the way the different ways the plugin can be sold with the caveat of being careful about offering selling rights for that could become an overwhelming process.

List of Things I Don’t Like

I like what it says to keep the plugin simple to have everything with funnels sales page and squeeze pages but there were no samples for them.

The Step 2 on getting the plugin created could have been expanded more with suggestions on outsourcing options. It is the same thing with the User Interface. It could have been discussed further. Perhaps giving a short demo on how to use Komposer or at least lead the reader with a link to it.

You lost me with the WP G plus One. What has that got to do with the plugin? If it is the name of the plugin, then lead the readers to it. Perhaps there is a link but I missed it and I am sure other regular readers will too.

Is there a time-frame agreed upon between the programmer and you? Also how will the Beta Testing be done? What are you looking for from the beta testing? All these questions will make it easier to understand the Plugin Blueprint. Things can be better organized with each topic put up right in the middle of the page before putting pertinent details below each topic.

My Final Verdict

The Blueprint Plugins has a lot of things going for it. It will help people know how to create a new plugin to make money from it. The blueprint took the prospective user through the different stages of creating a plugin: From the research on what is out there, the selection process, along with replicating and outsourcing it.

Conclusion

They are all there. Derrick Van Dyke did not even stop there. He had licensing, creating a sales funnel and beta testing all there. Sounds too good to be true, but it really is that simple. For the record, I spent a lot of time sifting through the information on the Internet and found this Plugin Blueprint a beacon of sound information.

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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 5a

September 25th, 2014

Learn how to use the resources on eBay to track your listing.

On How To Track the Listing Through MyEBay Part 5a

Introduction

Once you get your listing done, there are things you have to do. You got to track down what is happening. I know you do not have to be told this for everyone with a listing is just dying to know what is going on and how their item is getting on. But did you know eBay has such an excellent way to track down your listing?

My gosh, I don’t know of anyone who could be so organized as eBay does in helping you track and manage your listing. I will walk you through it and you will see. You will be amazed as I am in their program. You just have to read through the different links and everything will be as clear as a bell. There are two ways to do it: My eBay or Selling Manager. Let’s do the first one.

My eBay

This is free to use and is web-based so you don’t have to take notes or anything like that. You just click, read and understand, then input the change you want to make and save it. It will be there next time you come back, And whenever you are having trouble following the instruction there is always a link to where you can get help. How can it be more simple than that?

Everything you’re doing is on My eBay. It lets you monitor and track your buying and selling activities which you can access 24/7. It even sends and receives emails for you and updates your account information besides. That is why it is important to go to My eBay when you sign in to buy or sell specially when you plan to do it regularly. You see My eBay is great for new and low-volume sellers.

How do you go to eBay? Well, on most eBay pages, there is a link on top to My eBay. Clicking that will get you there. Once you are on the Activity tab, there are links on the left side which you can use to track your selling and buying activity. The Buy tracks items link will show what items you’re bidding on, the offers you made and the ones you did not win.

The List link has all your lists, the items you’re watching, the ones you saved and other custom lists you made. The Purchase History link will show all the items you bought in last three years. The Sell Tracks item has all the goods you have listed for sale. There is also a Shortcut list that can take you to the other pages that you may need more so edit Shortcut list to put in your preferences.

You can customize My eBay to suit your needs. You can move sections around where you want them to be. You can even make eBay show you the page you want to see first. How cool is that? You can even change the colors, delete any section and when you make a mistake, you can easily restore it back.

If you want to see or edit your account information, just click the Account tab in My eBay where you’ll see your billing and financial information and edit the other areas. Clicking the Summary for instance will show you a synopsis of your account the payment method and current balance. You can update your registration, shipping address and payment when you click Addresses.

You can change your user ID, password, telephone, profile, PIN, email and email addresses and automatic payment when you click Personal Information. At Communication Preferences, you can even tell eBay when you can receive notifications as well as how members can get in touch with you. You can also update your selling and general preferences at Site Preferences.

If you want to track your progress as an eBay seller, just click the Seller Dashboard which will also show how to maintain good customer service and keep your account in good order. All sellers can gain access to the Seller Dashboard but only sellers who have had 5 detailed seller ratings can access the detailed ratings section.

Ebay Buyer Fraud Return

There are three symbols in the dashboard that show how you’re doing as a seller. The green check shows you are meeting the requirements while the orange flag shows there are things you have to improve. The red alert shows your performance is below standard. From these you can see there are three performance levels: Top Rated Seller, Above Standard and Below Standard.

If you want to see notifications of your recent activities as a seller, go to the top of the Seller Dashboard. The Performance Summary will show your present level and the details for the different areas. The 20th of the month is when your seller level is assessed. Not only will they show you your current level but it will also reveal the projected level which is updated daily on how you are progressing and how you can improve your performance.

It is good to achieve Top Rated Status. Not only do you get a better placement for your listing but also you get a 20% discount on final value fees. You will also get a Top Rated Badge. Avoid falling below standard as you could have selling limits placed on your account and you could lose search placement benefits. Worse, you could be restricted from selling!

To help you maintain a good standing here are the areas they consider when you are ranked: Items and listings, shipping and delivery, negative and neutral feedback and cancelled transactions. Any of these areas can affect your rating. If any of them is at risk, you will see an orange flag beside it.

You will get some help in valid tracking for in this section you will know how you’re doing as to whether you’re uploading tracking within the specified time. Getting this done is a requirement to become a top rated seller as it is an indication of good customer service. You can prepare a report on the transactions that did not meet the requirements.

Cases Closed Without Seller Resolution

The seller performance is affected by the number of cases that were closed without the seller resolution. In this case the buyers have no chance to leave a detailed sellers rating or a feedback. Sellers have a limit as to the number of cases that are closed without seller resolution. It makes sense that this number indicates the seller is not able to resolve the problem with the buyer.

The open case therefore has to go to eBay or PayPal for a review. In this case the seller may be deemed responsible for the unresolved case. The maximum case requirements for all sellers is .30% after going over the maximum number of occurrences which is 2. Needless to say the top rated sellers are expected to meet higher requirements than the aforementioned ones.

If You Don’t Meet the Requirements, What Next?

What do you need to do when you don’t meet the minimum standards? You have to solve or get to the bottom of all issues on your account before you can buy or sell using other accounts. You also can’t register for a new account or use an existing one in order to avoid the limits on your selling and buying activities.

There is also no sense avoiding other policy consequences for not meeting the minimum standards because eBay monitors all the sellers who generate poor buying experiences in higher numbers with more frequency and in other areas where sellers are normally identified. Accounts like this will be downgraded, restricted or suspended or have the seller level given a below standard status.

When this happens to you, your selling activity will be limited and you get a lower search placement at least until you improve your rating. If you further go below the minimum standards, you may even be restricted from selling on eBay. Likewise, if you have been below standard for two months, your premium or Anchor eBay Store will be relegated to Basic level.

Individual listings may also be removed if they have larger claims than are normally seen. These include those receiving more negative feedbacks than usual. These will not be re-listed unless all problems are fixed. You can’t just open another account either. In this connection, try to learn as much as you can about multiple accounts.

What can you do should this happen to you? Read the guidelines on how to meet the buyers’ expectations. There are selling practices on eBay. You can go to your Seller Dashboard and click the See cases link. There you will see the detailed information on the cases that may affect your seller level. You can also check on your cases about the eBay Money Back Guarantee in the Resolution Center.

Performance Evaluation, Fair or Not Fair

When measuring the seller’s overall performance, eBay tries to be accurate as they look at the whole picture. They even consider the track record of the buyers as to how they open the items delivered to them and their tendency to leave negative feedbacks or low seller ratings. In this case, they try to protect the sellers.

More Information You Can Find on the Seller Dashboard

You can see your current discount and your standing as a Power Seller in the Discount section. Bear in mind qualified top rated sellers and those who give extra services in their listings receive discounts. The discount section also shows your active listings that are eligible for a discount. It tells you also what to do to be given top rated discounts on your other listings.

You will also find some data for Seller Protection on the seller dashboard. Here you will see how eBay makes the whole process safe and convenient for the sellers. They also mention how they are protecting you. Your total sales history is another information you will find on the seller dashboard including the total sales and transaction and even your first eBay sale.

In the left side are additional reports with tools that you can click which can help you track your progress in such a detailed way you will know what to do to improve your performance. Herein lies the challenge. The only ones who can access the detailed rating section are the sellers who have 5 – 10 detailed seller ratings or more.

If you click Feedback, you will be able to keep track of the feedback you received and the feedback you need to send. If you want to see your billing information and see how much to pay for seller fees, click Seller Account. Here you will see links to methods of payment. There will also be statements there for Applications you are subscribed to help with your selling activities.

If you want to donate to eBay Giving Works, just click Donation Account where you can also get receipts for tax purposes. To resolve problems, click the Resolution Centre. You can also go to your PayPal Account without having to leave eBay and logging in to your PayPal account, by clicking PayPal Account. How’s that for convenience?

It is the same thing if you have a Half.com account. You don’t have to logout of eBay, get the half.com on your browser, and login there. That is a tedious process that eBay makes it easy for all to avoid wasting time. You can also view your messages and reply to them by clicking Messages. Even those you receive in registered emails will be there after eBay has verified their authenticity.

Conclusion

There you have it. Now you can easily get the information you need on eBay. There will be nothing left for misunderstanding as there are also links where you can get help. Getting to know all the information eBay has for you catapult to ultimately succeed in your buying and selling activities.

Your Turn

If you have used eBay in the past or are using it right now, let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Comments, questions or suggestions? Please leave a comment below!

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References:

1. http://www.salehoo.com/education/ebay-selling/beginners-guide-to-ebay
2. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Beginners-guide-to-selling-on-EBAY-Part-1-/10000000000099606/g.html

3. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Complete-beginners-guide-to-selling-shipping-on-eBay-/10000000003814256/g.html

4. Home Business Steps Tips For eBay Business
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5. http://www.bzelbublive.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Milk-The-EBay-Cash-Cow-By-Alex-Jeffreys.pdf

6. http://www.wikihow.com/Sell-on-eBay

7. http://pages.ebay.ca/help/sell/sell-getstarted.html



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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 4f

September 18th, 2014

Learn How to Enhance Your eBay Listing for Better Performance and Reduce Fees at the Same Time

On How To Upgrade the Listing

Introduction

We are just about finished listing our item for sale. And we breathed a sigh of relief. That’s it; we’re done! All we have to do now is wait for the money to roll in. Not so fast, my dear for we have some unfinished business to attend to. How about if we want to upgrade our listing? Okay you win, here we go! Let’s do listing upgrades!

How To Go About Listing Upgrades

Now you will have a chance to choose any listing upgrades. The purpose of this is to make your listing more visible. This is a good idea if you are selling seriously but for the casual seller, there’s no sense getting listing upgrade. For the serious seller, yes. In fact, serious sellers should test the upgrades to see if they are more profitable for them.

Listing upgrades can make the listing more effective and thus make sales. The best sellers are in the know and can use them to get the best results. Some fees are only for the 3, 5, 7, and 10-day listings. The “Good ‘Til Cancelled” and 30-day listing upgrades cost more. The fees are also more expensive or with discounts for obvious reason for the top sellers and owners of eBay stores.

The appearance of the listing will look better with the listing upgrades and needless to say, doing so will attract more buyers. When choosing the listing upgrades, don’t choose blindly. Instead check out the following considerations so you can be guided accordingly. When do you pay for the upgrade? They are charged at the time of the listing and there is a no-refund policy on this.

Title

All sellers are given a title which has a brief summary of the item that will be shown in search results but are only allowed up to 80 characters but you can upgrade to have more space of 55 characters below the title box to create more interest and emphasis on your item. You can also make your item stand out by upgrading the title to appear in bold.

For $2 you can find your listing on the last page of the selling form with your title, description, shipping and handling, refund and exchange details. This will catch the eyes of the prospective buyers before they click on the other items. Some are saying that the cost is $0.50 per subtitle or $1.50 for GTC listings for which you get an extra line to showcase your item.

Is it worth it? There are talks that since 2011 the listing title went up to 80 from 55 characters so sellers may not be making use of the subtitle feature so find out what your competitors are doing because $0.50 per subtitle can add up. It is important to test this feature out especially if you do not have anything special to add in the subtitle.

Fees

Most upgrades are flat fees so compare the upgrade fee to the perceived value of your item. Are you selling a first edition of a classic book in excellent condition or are you just selling a modern edition of a book?

Fees depend on the listing upgrade, the selling format you chose and which eBay site you’re listing on. Ebay motors will command higher fees or get more discount than an eBay site, naturally. By the way, you may also have to qualify for some upgrades. Also do take note that the fee structure for eBay and eBay stores are different.

Here’s a video on fees:

Ebay Help ? Fees- Insertion and Final Cost Fees With Auction Style Listings

The Value Pack

You can combine upgrades and as a result pay a discounted price. The Value Pack, for example that includes Listing Designer, subtitle and Gallery Plus will cost you less than if you buy each feature separately. In fact this costs only $0.65 which is $0.30 cheaper than separate upgrades and $2 for GTC listings.

You will find this on the last page of the selling form with all your pertinent data. I think the bundled up cost is worth it especially if you are going to use the subtitles. Prospective buyers will notice your listing more in the search results. But sellers should at least test the Value Pack to be sure that it is worth their while.

If you choose to get Gallery Plus separately from the Value Pack. The fee is an extra $0.10 or $0.35 and $1 for GTC or Good Til Cancelled listing.

Bold

The cost for this listing upgrade is $4 for Good Til Cancelled and $2 for the regular listing. The good thing about this is that the font that is in bold will certainly make your listing stand out from the crowd. The fee is high I know but if it works, then it is worth it. But some people think the images are what get the clicks so they prefer to spend $0.35 on Gallery Plus.

Listing Designer

Listing Designer can improve your listing with attractive themes changing the ordinarily boring black text on white with visual template you choose from dozens that are available and you don‘t need to know HTML to use this, that‘s the beauty of it. There is no hassle to make your listing look professional without having to design it yourself.

Can you imagine how much this will cost you if you will have it custom made? And would you believe there are 100 themes to choose from on eBay? Most sellers choose the theme that matches the item they are selling. It will cost you $0.10 per listing and $0.30 for Good Til Cancelled listings. I think it is worth trying this especially if you find a theme that will match your item and your target market.

Gallery Plus

If you choose to get Gallery Plus separately from the Value Pack. The fee is an extra $0.35 but this will make your listing more attractive through the image results because the shoppers will get a bigger view of your item when they move their mouse over the image that is next to your listing which will make it stand out.

This is one of the first places the buyers will see so it is worth considering this because it will enhance your items. Is it really worth it? Some say it is worth it if you are selling the same type of items other sellers are also selling like video games and DVDs, especially if the market is highly competitive. Try it anyway and test it to find if it will attract more buyers.

You can also add up to 12 pictures to your listing and you can upload the first one for free. Each additional picture will cost you $0.15. When you are adding six or more pictures, do it through the picture pack upgrade as you will only pay for five. And if you’re adding six more pictures for a total of 12, you pay only a dollar. You can even supersize the pictures at a discount. Use Your Own Pictures for Your eBay Items To Sell and earn money from them at the same time.

Here are the Features of Gallery Plus:

As mentioned above, it shows larger pictures up to 400 x 400 pixels when the shopper hovers over the item instead of 96 pixels which is the standard size.

However, Gallery Plus only displays in the category of Clothing, Shows and Accessories up to 250 x 250 pixels. How do you see the enlarged photo? Just click the link that says Quick Look below the picture. I think that is what they call the Enlarge link and magnifying glass.

All your pictures will be shown in the search results with a small fee of course.

So you see the Gallery Plus upgrade highlights your pictures which makes the buyers take a second look. There are also more details shown in the item.

Other Listing Upgrades

You can upgrade to have your listing seen in international sites or on two suitable categories instead of just one. In fact, you can tick off as many categories as you need to be able to sell the item. A word of warning here though as this could become expensive. Why? Because eBay will just multiply all your other fees by the number of categories you tick.

If you want your item to appear on the main page with your title and description, then you will have to add $0.50 fee.

There are more listing upgrades available to those listing on eBay Motors. Just shoot me an email in the contact form below if you want the complete list.

The Question Now Is How To Do a Gallery Plus Upgrade

The link to the Gallery Plus is in the Sell Your Item form called Review your listing. This is under the Visibility Section of Maximize Your Listing. When you create your listing, you have the choice to upgrade your listing or wait till later. Later is good because then you can think if the upgrades are worth the fees you pay. But think of it this way. The fees you pay make eBay such a great marketplace.

Scheduled Listings

Believe it or not, you can also upgrade the Scheduled Start Time which allows you to choose the time when you want your item to become available. You are listing it now but for an additional $0.10, the prospective buyers can find your item in the main page with your title and description. They say this is a good upgrade for the auction format.

This upgrade can give you control when to start and end your listing. Is this control worth it? As mentioned above, it is worth for auction listings. You see, some products sell better at different times of day and on different days, too so $0.10 is worth it because you don’t know what days and times the buyers prefer. Set your ending at an easy-to-remember time like 9 PM.

Auction Format Upgrades

If you are on the Auction format, there are several upgrades available. One is the Buy It Now upgrade. You can add this but it will cost you from $0.05. You can also extend the auction for 10 days at a cost of $0.40. Add a reserve price? Yes, you can but it will cost you a fee that starts at $2. Do you think these fees are reasonable? Tell me in the comments below.

How to Reduce eBay Fees

There are different fees that eBay charges in exchange for your use of their website so you can sell your item. The type of fees you have to pay eBay range from insertion fees for extra photos, listing an item, final value fees after your item is sold. However, there are ways you can do to reduce the eBay fees.

1. The first thing you can do is to start your auction listing at lower prices so you can save on insertion fees. It is a must to pay insertion fees for listing an item to sell but you will be charged the lowest insertion fee if you start your auction price at 99 cents. The higher your starting auction price, the higher the auction fee is.

For example, if you start your auction price at $25, your insertion fee is 75 cents. Go higher than that at $50 and your insertion fee is $1. For the fixed price format, the insertion fee is 50 cents for items priced at 99 cents and over. These are the prices at the time of writing so make sure to go to eBay website to check out the latest prices.

2. Lower the number of listing upgrades you now use. You have to pay for every listing upgrade you sign up for. If you want a border around your listing, it will cost you $3 while having the title in bold will cost you $1. Just use the listing upgrade or limit the use for rare and higher-priced items.

3. If you put your reserve price in the body of your listing, the bidders will likely not lose interest in the auction, What are reserve prices? They are the lowest price you will accept and the fee starts at $2 for items costing up to $199.99. Most sellers want to start the bidding at a lower price to encourage some action from the bidders but add a reserve price so the buyers will not get the item for a song.

4. To upload photos of your items to eBay, use a third-party photo hosting website. This will save you from having to pay additional fees for photos at eBay although the first picture is free but each additional photo will cost you 15 cents. .

5. Get a final value credit when the buyer returns the item you sold them or does not pay for it within 60 days after the listing ends. You can apply for this at the Resolution Centre on eBay when you are logged in. .

6. When opening an eBay Store, start with a basic store level as the monthly cost for this is $15.95 while the Featured eBay store will cost you $49.95 a month and Anchor eBay stores will cost you $299.95. Anyway basic store is enough for new people at eBay who is not selling much yet and have just so-so inventory.

Listing End

At this point you will also get to see a preview of your listing. Check them out for any mistakes and fix them before the listing goes live. Before hitting the Save button, make sure you check everything. The overview page will show you your listing. Go over that and see if you missed anything. Do a spell check as well and keep an eye on correct capitalization and punctuation. These things make it easier to read the listing.

Correct all the mistakes you find until the first bid has been placed. Satisfied? Now click the submit button. The listing will not go live unless you submit it. After the review, you will see List Your Item, but if you are a first-time seller, you will have to login again and create a seller’s account. Then Click Continue.

You will be asked to choose how you are going to pay for your seller fees. If you choose PayPal, the amount due will be automatically deducted from your account. If you want, you can choose to pay through a credit card you put on file which could be Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card.

Ebay will charge your credit card 5 to 7 days after you get your invoice. You can also choose to pay through your checking account where eBay will deduct the fees the same time every month.

Conclusion

Many sellers like to upgrade their listings because it makes their item do better than if they did not choose to upgrade the listing. Make sure though that the fees are not getting out of control which should commensurate to the final value of the item along with the performance of the listing as a result of the upgrades.

Your Turn

Now that you know how to upgrade your listing for maximum exposure and performance, what do you think of the different upgrades? Which one works very well with you? Which ones did you find that are not worth the effort and money you put into it? Just let me know in the comment box below.

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1. http://www.salehoo.com/education/ebay-selling/beginners-guide-to-ebay
2. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Beginners-guide-to-selling-on-EBAY-Part-1-/10000000000099606/g.html

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4. Home Business Steps Tips For eBay Business

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5. http://www.bzelbublive.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Milk-The-EBay-Cash-Cow-By-Alex-Jeffreys.pdf

6. http://www.wikihow.com/Sell-on-eBay

7. http://pages.ebay.ca/help/sell/sell-getstarted.html

8. http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2006/05/15/my-ebay-method-thirteen-steps-to-more-profitable-auctions/

9. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Beginners-guide-to-selling-on-EBAY-Part-1-/10000000000099606/g.html


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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 4e2

September 11th, 2014

Learn four more modes of payment for eBay Sellers and how to do them the right way.

On Mode of Payment Part 2

Introduction

We have covered three modes of payments the seller can offer his prospective buyers. We have explored how to go about offering PayPal, ProPay and Payment upon pick up. We learned all the details involved in these three modes of payment, so much so we ran out of space to explore four more payment modes but here they are.

4. Paymate

Ebay recommends Paymate as a safe payment method because it allows for quick and secure payment on line with a credit or debit card. Then you can check your payment on eBay. The buyer does not need a Paymate account but has to make sure this payment method is offered by the seller.

If you do not see this information in the listing and you want to use it to pay for what you buy, ask the seller for Paymate before buying the item. The seller will probably be willing to offer this as the payment goes directly to the seller’s account so the buyer can get the item he purchased faster.

Here’s a Video on How to Register Your Account with Paymate

Here is how to pay for your item through Paymate.

Click the button that says Pay Now that you can find in the email from eBay confirming your purchase, or on My eBay or in the description page once you win the bidding. Check if your address is correct and click to change the address if it is wrong so you can update it. Click the Continue button after you confirm the details like insurance, taxes and postage.

For any missing information, click the link that says Request total from seller and he will tell you whatever missing information you need. After you get all the info, select your payment method which in this case is Paymate. Then after checking all the information again, click submit payment and confirm the order. That should complete your purchase.

If you want to check the status of you payment via Paymate, just go to My eBay or the View Item Page. You can also see go to https://www.paymate.com/cms/ to see your payment history. Contact Paymate Customer Support at https://www.paymate.com/cms/index.php/contact/customer-support for any question and if you made a mistake and paid for the item twice, just contact your seller at http://pages.ebay.com.au/help/buy/contact.html where you can get the correct link to get the seller’s contact information to get a refund.

5. Moneybookers

This is a new way to pay electronically on eBay in a quick and secure manner with the use of a bank account or credit card. It is good for countries that are not covered by other payment methods like Egypt. Payment can be tracked through My eBay or your credit card account. It is a convenient and quick way to pay and get paid.

The buyer can make payment on the listing page and the seller is notified of the credit card payment. Buyers don’t need to register nor pay fees. On top of these, Moneybookers covers the purchase price and original shipping cost if the buyer does not receive the item or if it is not the same as in the description.

There were some complaints though but not verified. One said PayPal is way better than Moneybookers.

6. Credit card or debit card processed through the seller’s Internet merchant account

Checkout on eBay currently allows sellers to accept credit and debit card payments using a gateway account. I do not recommend this though because you have to pay a fee every month whether you sell something or not. Authorize.net and CyberSource are two you will be able to use at eBay checkout.

If you have a payment gateway account, enter your information into My eBay. You will be able to accept merchant account information and authorization directly into My eBay. Just go there and click the account tab, choose site preferences, click on the Show link, click the edit link and follow the steps under Merchant Credit Card Preferences and submit your changes.

7. Bill Me Later

This is a secure and convenient way to pay over the phone or on the web without using a credit card. Just give them your birthday and the last four-digit numbers of your social insurance number. As you can see there are no codes or long account numbers to remember. Just accept the terms and you’re good to go.

Here’s how to get on with Bill Me Later.

Step 1. After you have selected the item to purchase, look for the option Bill Me Later at checkout if it is available for what you bought. You will also see this option at the description page of the item.

Step 2. Sign up for this option and they will ask you two questions. After you answer these two questions, just accept the terms.

Step 3. Click Pay Later.

Bill Me Later will then send you an email welcoming you with an enclosed information on your account. Then in about 10 to 14 days from the time you made a purchase, you will receive another email with a link to your electronic statement. You must be wondering by now, how does eBay bill you later.

Well, Bill Me Later works like a credit card where you can pay each month a little at a time. The interest will be added each month unless you bought something that is a “no interest deal”. In this case, pay it off within six months and no interest will accrue. There are a lot of things on sale at eBay that belongs to the no interest deal.

You can also accept unusual methods of getting paid. This way you may be able to reach some more buyers. We know that sellers do not want to accept cheques or postal orders for obvious reason. But you can choose which payment method you like when you list your items. There is an eBay Resolution Centre through which you can solve transaction problems.

For problems with transaction, go to eBay Resolution Centre

With any problem though, first talk to the buyer. Get the communication lines open with him. In fact, contact him directly if you have not heard from him two days after the listing ended. You may have to learn what to do when the buyer does not pay. One point to remember is to make sure the buyer has paid you before shipping the item.

If the buyer uses, electronic payment or credit card, check to see if they have been accepted and credited to your account before shipping the item. Some categories allow payment through cheques so in this situation, find out if the cheque has cleared the bank before you send the item to the buyer.

If the buyer still does not pay, try to talk with him and if he refuses, then file a complaint called Non Paying Bidders. They will ask you what steps you took to solve this predicament. Filing a complaint like this may spur the buyer into action but if not, you will get your listing fees back. In this case, eBay will send a notice to the non payers that they will lose feedback privilege for this transaction.

Conclusion

Now you have all the seven ways for the buyers on eBay to pay for the item you sell. PayPal, Propay and payment upon picked up are discussed in details on the previous page. This time you have the information you need to pay through Paymate, Moneybookers, Credit card or debit card processed through the seller’s Internet merchant account, and Bill Me Later.

Your Turn

In your experience, which mode of payment did you like the best? Which one did you like the least? Why? Please share with us your experience in the contact form below, so we will do a better job of selling and buying on eBay.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 4e

September 4th, 2014

Learn the three options for the buyers on eBay to pay for the items they buy. Choose the best that fits your customers, something that is convenient and secure.

How To List Your Item So It Will Get Sold Part 4e1

On Mode of Payment Part 1

Introduction

Now we come to the best part of your eBay selling activities.

It’s getting paid!

There are different ways to get paid. You can choose the best fit for both you and your customers. In fact, it is wise to consider the buyers’ needs. The payment method you choose should be convenient to them and that they will feel safe paying you through the chosen mode. In this connection, it is not a surprise to see more buyers where PayPal is the chosen mode of payment.

Bear in mind that for a lot of categories, you have to offer a minimum of one merchant credit card option and one electronic form. This provides a fast and secure transaction for you and the buyer. When a buyer clicks the Pay Now button in My eBay, the listing, or email notification, they pay you immediately and the payment is processed through the option you’ve chosen. You receive an email telling you you’ve been paid and you can now ship the item.

People are comfortable paying by PayPal. The buyers feel safe with PayPal because they know they are properly protected when they deal through it. The claim is that the sale can go more smoothly which could earn you positive feedback. And best of all, they may choose to keep coming back to you!

How to Choose the Mode of Payment

There are different ways of getting paid on eBay. It is not difficult to get to know them. Once you get a few practice and experience, everything will be a snap! We will make it easy for you on how to navigate each method of payment. We will discuss some of the most common and accepted forms of payment.

PayPal Tutorial Video Part 1

1. PayPal

Let us start with the mother of them all, PayPal! It is the most popular mode of payment although some sellers say it can hold your money for up to 21 days although that has not been my experience. If they ever did this, it would be they want to ensure a smooth transaction. This I have to say with PayPal though. I have been with them for many years and I have yet to see anything to complain about.

Most recommend PayPal because not only is it easy but also it is secure and highly convenient. What you can do is compare PayPal’s mode of payment with ProPay, Paymate and Moneybookers. Only then you will be able to decide which mode of payment is the best fit for you and your buyers.

Here’s how it works. After the buyer has selected the item to purchase, he checks out and logs into his PayPal account. Inside his account he can choose to pay for the item with the money they have in the account or to use a credit card or their checking account through PayPal. Mind you, you can’t offer this mode of payment unless you register with it. And you have to pay a fee.

It is easy to set up an account with PayPal where you can accept different modes of payment. Just be sure you are verified because this will show you are serious about your business. Getting verified takes a week so you should get this process started.

Not so with the buyers. They don’t have to register but if they are, they can pay through their account with PayPal. Neither do they have to pay a fee. There is buyer protection if he does not receive the item or if the item is not properly described. The protection covers both the purchase price and shipping cost.

The beauty of offering this payment mode is that the seller gets paid right away. In addition, There is protection for the seller as well when the tracking info confirms the delivery and the item is properly described. For any problem, eBay has a Resolution Centre where the seller can submit a claim if the buyer does not pay for his purchase.

2. ProPay

Just like PayPal you have to register and pay a fee to use this mode of payment while the buyer does not have to register and pay a fee. There’s protection for both seller and buyer. Payment is processed after the buyer checks out and fills in his credit card information. And you get paid right away.

3. Payment upon pickup

You can also choose to get paid when the purchased item is picked up. There is no need for you and the buyer to register for this mode of payment. Neither do both of you have to pay a fee. And you can get paid right away through cheques, cash, money order, PayPal, or credit card. For this, you have to indicate clearly in your listing which method you prefer.

It must be said, there is a risk in accepting personal cheques. A lot of banks charge fees for bounced cheques. This means you will not be paid for the items you sold plus you lose the item if it has been sent. Accepting personal cheques and money orders could take more time. The buyer writes the cheque, sends it to you, and waits till it clears your account. Only then can the buyer wait for his item to arrive.

This is not like at PayPal where he can easily buy the item, checks out, and the seller gets the money and sends the purchased item. You have to keep an open mind and be flexible though even when going through PayPal because if the buyer wants to pay through the balance in his PayPal account.

If his PayPal balance does not cover the full amount of his purchased item, then he will have to transfer funds from his regular account to his PayPal account which may take two business days. Anyway, whatever is the mode of payment, seven days is enough for them to get their payment through.

Just be careful for there are people who are out to get your money no matter how hard you try to be safe. It is true in our case. We bought a condo and had a lawyer to do the paperwork but the purchaser took so long to get their paper work, probably intentional, to our lawyer in which case there was no time to check whether they have paid their condo fee of $500 and property tax of around $300 each for the month.

After we moved in, we found that the purchaser did not pay for both items and we ended having to do that despite the fact in the agreement, the purchaser said he paid for both items. The lesson of the story? Even though you’re dealing with lawyers, you can’t still be 100% sure you’ll be safe.

Conclusion

There you have the three ways for the buyers on eBay can choose to pay for the item you sell. There are four more ways to pay for items sold on eBay on the next page. If this is handled right, the customers will be satisfied and will leave you a positive feedback. Some sellers don’t accept cheques or money orders and who can blame them? If they don’t clear after the seller has sent the item or the buyer has picked it up, it will not be easy to resolve the problem.

Your Turn

What is your experience like when you selected the mode of payment? Which one did you like the best and why? Please let us know in the comment box below.

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1. http://www.salehoo.com/education/ebay-selling/beginners-guide-to-ebay
2. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Beginners-guide-to-selling-on-EBAY-Part-1-/10000000000099606/g.html

3. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Complete-beginners-guide-to-selling-shipping-on-eBay-/10000000003814256/g.html

4. Home Business Steps Tips For eBay Business

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5. http://www.bzelbublive.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Milk-The-EBay-Cash-Cow-By-Alex-Jeffreys.pdf

6. http://www.wikihow.com/Sell-on-eBay

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August 28th, 2014

How To List Your Item So It Will Get Sold Part 4d

On Pricing and Shipping Your Item

Introduction

Pricing and Shipping options are the next things to tackle. How will you price your item? Will you have the item picked up by the purchaser or will you post it? Those who sell casually only choose for their customers to pick up what they buy especially if they are dealing with heavy weight items like furniture. Remember that three-legged chair? Sorry, but I can never forget that the rest of my life.

How to Set Your Price that Includes Shipping

To increase your profits and to be able to sell more, it is crucial determine the correct price for your items. If you sell auction style, the starting bid should cover how much you paid for the product including the PayPal and eBay fees as you never know if your item will get a bid. It is different for Buy It Now format where the price you set should include all expenses.

You have to consider all factors when setting your price. Be prepared with shipping supplies. You also have to include such factors as how much you paid for it, eBay fees, your time and the shipping cost. You can find out what the other sellers are charging for shipping the item similar to yours. The website of your country’s post office can also help.

If you want to turn pro, you might as well use postage so that you can attract as many buyers as possible. Choose whether you want to charge the same to all buyers or to calculate the cost. Charging the same cost is good if you’re selling to the same country and if your item is light weight and small.

Here’s a video on Calculating Shipping Costs

When shipping internationally though, calculating postage is the wise way to go. It is the same if your item is large and overweight. This is why it is recommended to have a shipping scale available to you at all times. This will ensure the actual shipping weight.

Now you have to choose which carrier you want to use. Learn the different methods of shipping and find the different companies that ship items near where you live. There’s the United States Postal Service, Federal Express, UPS, DHL and so on. In the US, USPS offers the best deal but visit the websites of the different carriers you want to employ to check out the latest rates.

When you sign up for a USPS account, they will ship (free) supplies to your home. It is the same for a UPS account where they also offer free shipping supplies. There are also plenty of auctions on eBay for boxes, labels, tape and other materials. It is best to know your cost BEFORE you post on eBay.

It is too bad that due to misuse and abuse, USPS does not provide free packing tape anymore. Packing paper and bubble wrap were never available as far as I know but there are ways to go around this. You can substitute old phone books and newspapers. When using newspapers, package the item in a clean bag first so the ink will not rub on the item. This way you can be good to the environment by saving, reusing and recycling things you receive in the mail like grocery bags and clean packing materials.

Your actual shipping costs could include boxes that equal to .50 per box, plus the tape, labels, etc. That will bring your cost for packaging alone to 75 cents. Add to that how much the actual shipping cost is, will equal the “packaging/handling fee” you will charge your buyer to cover your actual cost to ship the product.

Play with the different weights and various areas in the US and check out the estimated shipping cost. Shipping rates on eBay could either be a calculated rate that depends on the seller’s zip code and the buyer’s zip code or a flat rate. That is why the calculated rate does not solely depend on weight.

You don’t want to charge less for shipping with all those fees and cost of goods because you will lose money. Neither do you want to be greedy and overcharge because eBay’s search engine will put you down in the search results thus making your listing less appealing to buyers. What to remember is that as soon as someone buys your item, it is like a contract that is binding. You cannot get out of this agreement unless both parties agree to cancel the sale.

There are people on eBay who try to make more money from shipping which I do not recommend. That is not the honest way to conduct your business and you could lose customers in the process. Think of yourself as the buyer. How would you feel if you were overcharged for shipping and handling? Of course, you will stay away.

Ebay shows the default item location where you are registered so if you are drop shipping, change that to where the drop shipper is located. At this point, you can choose to offer return policy which is very important. Make sure you can stand behind your description of the item. Gently used and used items should be sold “as is” and now you will be shown pretty soon how much your listing will cost you.

Steps in Determining the Price For Your Items

1. Search for eBay prices other sellers got for the same item in the closed auction. By clicking the Advanced link beside the search box in your eBay account. After this page appears, type the name of your item in the search box. Scroll down and mark off the box by Completed Listings. In the Sort By menu, select Price highest first and click search. And voila! You will see all the items similar to yours during the last two weeks. Find the items with best results and the highest price. You can use that to price your item.

2. If your item is not on eBay like an antique, search the internet for a similar item. If you find a similar item in a website, use the selling price there so you can use that for your prospective buyers so they can compare prices.

3. There is a feature on eBay called “What’s It Worth?” that suggests average sell prices. On your eBay homepage, click the sell button. When the page appears, type your item name in the box near What’s It Worth? And click the button that says Look It Up. After it loads up, you will find the number of similar items sold in the last two weeks with high and low price range. Price your item accordingly depending on its condition.

4. Afraid your item might sell too low? Put a reserve price on it so the item will not get sold if the bid is too low. You will have the option to sell it next week or sell it to the highest bidder. Before you do this however check if this is a good strategy by looking over the closed auctions because there are categories where buyers do not bid when there is a reserve price on the item.

Here Are Some More Tips

  • Fixed priced items can be changed anytime for auction before the first bid is offered.
  • Lower starting bids may entice bidders and may lead to selling the item for more but if there is no interest, the final selling price could be very low.
  • You have an option to set a “reserve” price for your item and offer a low starting bid, but you have to pay extra for this.
  • Pay your eBay bills and other fees promptly in full so keep an eye on the invoices that eBay sends you so you will be able to keep listing your items.
  • Don’t overcharge for handling and shipping even when it is tempting to do so in order to offer lower prices but that will put your buyers off.

How to Complete the Transaction and Ship the Item

As soon as your listing is successfully completed with a sale, eBay will send an email automatically to the buyer with your payment instructions. Upon receiving the buyer’s payment, leave positive feedback and ship out the item right away. Get the buyer’s address from eBay’s confirmation email to you.

As soon as you receive payment, you will have to pack and ship it. Make sure you wrap it correctly, neatly, securely and professionally in the right size of parcel or envelope. Neatly and securely package the item. Be careful of fragile items. You don’t want them broken and make the buyer unhappy and dissatisfied. Use bubble wrap so it will not get damaged. Put the buyer’s address from the email confirmation on the parcel.

Print it if you can with a Dymo Label Writer so it will look more professional as well as use first class stamps as much as possible and post it. It is also wise to follow it up with an email to see if everything is okay. This is good customer service instead of just taking their money and run. This is how you build up your feedback and become a power seller.

After someone buys your item you will have to ship the item in the earliest possible time that you can do so. Why? When people buy things, they usually want to get them yesterday. It is also because you will want to get a positive feedback from them. If you make them wait to receive the item they bought from you, well, their displeasure will show in the negative feedback you will receive.

The buyer should leave a positive feedback as soon as the he receives what he bought in good order. Feedback is not a requirement for eBay users but as a seller, you need it to prop your reputation so sending the buyer the feedback will encourage him to do the same for you. You will receive an email from eBay if your item does not sell and you will be given the chance to re-list your item.

As soon as you get the notice that the item has been sold, send an invoice to the buyer if you don’t receive payment in the next few hours. Leave a feedback as soon as the buyer has paid you. You can ask the buyer to leave you a feedback too but ask only once, for you should not pester the buyer.

If you have a bad experience with a buyer or a seller, talk to them frankly and negotiate first before you leave a negative feedback. Resolve the issue first between the two of you before jumping into conclusion. Only give a negative feedback if nothing else works. Stand by what you say and do, for you never know if one will sue you. You have to back up any negative feedback with true facts.

Conclusion
You now know how to determine the price of your item and pack and ship the item to the buyer in the best possible way.

Your Turn
How about you? Did you find out something better to ship and price your items than what has been written here? Please leave your comments below.

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1. http://www.salehoo.com/education/ebay-selling/beginners-guide-to-ebay
2. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Beginners-guide-to-selling-on-EBAY-Part-1-/10000000000099606/g.html

3. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Complete-beginners-guide-to-selling-shipping-on-eBay-/10000000003814256/g.html

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5. http://www.bzelbublive.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Milk-The-EBay-Cash-Cow-By-Alex-Jeffreys.pdf

6. http://www.wikihow.com/Sell-on-eBay

7. http://pages.ebay.ca/help/sell/sell-getstarted.html

8. http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2006/05/15/my-ebay-method-thirteen-steps-to-more-profitable-auctions/

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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 4c

August 21st, 2014


How To List Your Item So It Will Get Sold Part 4c

On Scheduling Your Listing

Introduction

Just like with anything we have to do, planning is the key to success. We have to give our listing a chance to succeed by preparing and knowing what each listing step entails. We have to look ahead to avoid making a mistake. You don’t want to say at the end, Oh, I wish I did that. No you would not want to have any regrets and other wishful thoughts.

We know how to prepare for the listing and to choose the category. We also know how to write a compelling title for the listing and to write a great description to entice people to read your offering. In addition, we know how to add pictures, to source our items and to pick a selling format. Now we are going to tackle the scheduling of our listing.

How to Choose When to Start and End Your Auction or Buy It Now

The default for the listing duration is 7 days which is good because it gives many buyers ample time to view the listing. Sometimes though a longer or shorter time frame is better as in the case when you are selling an item that is of high demand like an iPod for which 3 days will be enough. A work of art, a collectible or a big-ticket item however will need 10 days.

The demand for the product depends on the time of the year to sell and on how much time you want your listing to run. Some people want a long time of exposure for a rare item. You want to have as many people exposed to your listing and this will ensure better traffic and bids.

Schedule your auction to end at a peak buying time. Often times, you will get a higher price for your item with this strategy. When you select the start your auction, choose to end it in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 10 days. The question therefore is, how in the world will you know when is the peak buying time? Don’t fret for I have the answer to that.

Auctions that end on Sundays, Mondays and weekends have higher traffic on these days so you could get a higher price for your item. One seller though said that because the audience for his online auction is a big country with different time zones, he chooses to end his listing between 8 to 10 PM Monday through Saturday and never on a Sunday. It makes sense because he wants people in the west coast to bid when they get home. There will be more competition and people during the closing times then.

Check out also the planned promotion of eBay for different categories at pages.ebay.com/sell/resources.html. You can then time your sale to coincide with the categories that are promoted and highlighted. Remember too that seasonal items are best sold during the appropriate season so don’t schedule selling skis in the heat of summer and bathing suits in the winter.

As you can tell, you can schedule your listing for as long as three weeks in advance. Yes, I am sure you know this but I bet you didn‘t know the maximum amount of listing you can schedule in advance. Would you believe it’s 3000? I know I didn’t believe it either. For one thing, who is willing to list in advance 3000 items? Not me anyway, I will not be able to handle that.

You want your listing to be searchable at a definite time, right? Here is the way to do that. This comes from many experienced eBay sellers and from eBay itself. If you want your listing to be searchable at a specific time, the best way to accomplish that is to list your item one day in advance. We know for a fact that within 24 hours, your listing is searchable but we want to make sure.

Besides, the listing may be delayed by 15 minutes at the start, as well as for the ending time of your listing. Another thing you should consider is that there is a fee for advance listing. That is why they ask for your credit card number although you will not be charged after you make your listing but rather it is after the start of the listing when they start charging you.

Now that we have got that out of the way, let’s schedule your listing:

Click the form for selling your item.

Scroll down to Choose a Format and Price Section.

Choose and click save the Scheduled start time option. Note that if you don’t see this, just go to the top of this section and click the add or remove options link.

Now you’re ready to click the Scheduled start check box and click the save button.

You just have to complete the rest of the form and submit your listing after reviewing it.

Sometimes life gets in the way and we have to cancel our listing and reschedule it to a mutually convenient day. Have no fear for I can help you with that. Just Go to My eBay. Point to the Activity Tab and choose Sell. This will take you to the Scheduled Section, and look for the listing you want to cancel where you will click the delete button or reschedule to change the start time.

Here’s a video on on How Long to List Your Item

Should YOU use 5,7,10,30 day or GOOD TIL CANCELLED on my EBAY listings?

How Long Do You Want Your Listing to Last?

It is really all up to you. You can choose the duration of your listing for 1, 3, 5, 7, or 10 days. You can choose to have the duration last for 30 days or until it is cancelled . But these two options are only if you are selling on a fixed price format. The ones listed under eBay Motor Vehicles come with a recommendation not to list it for ten days.

Things to Consider When Scheduling Your Listing

The first thing to bear in mind when scheduling the listing is your prospective buyers. Some people think the psychology of the buyers is that they watch the items for sale at first. Then they stop to think about it as to whether they will place a bid or not or to use Buy It Now. In this case, it may be better to put the duration for a longer time.

The other thing to consider is the shipping of the item. If you are selling a ticket to a baseball game, you have to schedule your listing in such a way, there will be ample time for you to ship the ticket so the buyers of the tickets will be able to see the game. This reminds me of tickets to a show at Princess of Wales in Toronto where the tickets did not arrive in time.

The good thing about scheduling your listing is that you can choose when to start and end your listing. It is really all up to you. You can schedule it anyway you like it at your convenience. You even have the option to schedule it in advance. You are in the driver’s seat and can control when to start and end it except after two hours of listing, you can‘t change the duration.

The Listing Times

After listing the start time for the item, often times, the item is listed right away except when you want to schedule it for later. Sometimes, you will not find your item when you search for a keyword or category, but you can still find it in My eBay or by the item number. As for the items you set to relist automatically, the relisting may not show for several hours.

As for the end time of your listing, the counting for each day is from your start day to the same day at the end time. So if your duration is five days and you listed your item at 12 noon on Monday, then it ends at exactly 12 noon on Saturday. However listings for fixed price and auction with Buy It Now option end after a buyer pays for it.

Those who list for one day will not find this option if they do not have a feedback score of 10.
Pacific time is used for listing on eBay and it is three hours ahead of those of us who live in the east. Then to confuse us further, there is the daylight saving time which moves one hour forward in the spring and falls back one hour in the fall.

Conclusion

Now you are armed accordingly and ready to list your item at least when it comes to choosing when to start and end your listing. You know how long you want to list your item for. There is no stone left unturned when it comes to this issue except that we have to learn more about shipping and handling which is a topic for another day.

Your Turn

How about you? What is your experience regarding the listing of your items when it comes to the duration. What works the best for you? Please share with us your experiences so we can add to them and alert those who may need in order for them to succeed at listing their own items on eBay.

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References:

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3. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Complete-beginners-guide-to-selling-shipping-on-eBay-/10000000003814256/g.html

4. Home Business Steps Tips For eBay Business

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5. http://www.bzelbublive.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Milk-The-EBay-Cash-Cow-By-Alex-Jeffreys.pdf

6. http://www.wikihow.com/Sell-on-eBay

7. http://pages.ebay.ca/help/sell/sell-getstarted.html

8. http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2006/05/15/my-ebay-method-thirteen-steps-to-more-profitable-auctions/

9. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Beginners-guide-to-selling-on-EBAY-Part-1-/10000000000099606/g.html

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How To List Your Item So It Will Get Sold Part 4b

August 14th, 2014

On Adding Pictures, Sourcing and Picking a Selling Format

Introduction

Now it is time to learn how to make use of pictures to enhance the listing of your item to sell on eBay. It is true what some say that a picture is worth more than a thousand words so take advantage of this feature. The pictures in your listing will increase the chances your item will get sold successfully. As well, we will see how best to source your items and to pick the right selling format.

How to Add Pictures

A clear nice picture is a must-have for any listing. Prospective buyers want to see a picture of the item with all the great details as clearly as possible. Taking pictures of your item can be a money maker. The background of a plain cloth will make a good backdrop. Make sure you have everything in your listing appear in the picture.

It is not a good idea to have multiple listing composed of different items all in one picture. If you have two listings, then have two pictures. If you have a rare and scarce product, people will want to see pictures. It is different for ordinary items that are needed everyday. You can have just one picture but make it a good one.

A photograph that clearly shows the item can make a listing good but a bad photo will keep prospective buyers away. Hopefully, you have already taken those pictures, It’s worth to take the time to take photos of your item for sale. A digital camera or a camera-phone will help make this easy and fun to do. It will be easy to upload the photos from the camera to your computer. Have them edited and uploaded in a folder in your computer.

This will make it easy as when you click Add Pictures. It will ask you to browse to look for the pictures in your computer. As soon as you find it and open it, you can upload the picture in the listing you are creating. You will be required to submit one photograph but a full gallery of pictures will attract more prospective buyers and will make them want to see your full listing so take advantage of this as it is free. Perhaps the other regions have to pay for this feature.

Here’s a Video on How to Add Free Images to Your eBay Listing or Template

Here’s how to take a good photograph of your item.

  • Take as many photos as the buyers will need. Take it from every angle that you think will be useful to the buyer.
  • Use natural light so turn off the flash. If needed, take the photo outside or by the window as it is imperative to use good lighting.
  • Have a good background without clutter and distraction, A sheet of paper can be used as a back drop for small items.
  • To improve the photo’s appearance, crop or rotate the photos or use eBay’s photo editor or a software to edit photos.
  • Take photos of unusual features and of any imperfection as this will boost the confidence of prospective buyers.
  • Above all, never copy any other photos in the listing as that will be a violation of copyright laws.

Here’s another resource with explanations on how to take better product-photographs for free.

How To Source Your Items

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When you get going with your selling career on eBay, what to sell sometimes depends on what items you can find. It will take time to do this so it is wise to find how you will source the items you plan to sell. It has to be something you will enjoy selling and are comfortable selling them.

1. Garage sales and thrift stores are good places to look for what you can sell. Just remember that mostly there is no return policy and you could end up with items that you cannot sell.

2. You can also find bargains at eBay. Look for under-priced items that are poorly presented with misspelled titles.

3. Outlet stores, as well as warehouse and discount stores are places you can find bargains. And often they have a return policy that will allow you to return items you cannot sell.

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How to Pick a Selling Format

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Now choose how you want to sell your item. There are two selling formats you can choose from. You can either sell your item at Buy It Now format with fixed price or sell it at the Online Auction. Choose one that best fits your item and which is more suitable for you. Or you can do both . You can have a Buy It Now sale and run an auction at the same time. When the first bid is made, the Buy It Now Price disappears.

Think carefully about this. Which format will make you more money? While it is true that auction online with low opening bid is less expensive, the odds of selling the item to make more money compared to Buy It Now format is less. At least you have a better chance of earning more with Buy It Now over the Auction Online.

The Buy It Now format is good if you know how much to get for the sale or if you have more of the same item available. It offers fixed price and lets the buyer buy the item and get it shipped to them right away. They don’t want to wait for the end of the auction. This is the way to go if there is more supply than demand so you want to set a competitive price. This is what people usually buy routinely. People who want their purchase immediately are not going to catch the attention of bidders.

The auction format is great for the first-timers as it is exciting to watch the bidding war. The recommended low price will attract a lot of interest. Auctions last for 1 to 10 days. You may get a higher price for your item when the buyers become competitive and tend to outbid each other.

The thrill is in winning the bid rather than the item itself. This is for items where people tend to fight over like for an uncommon piece of sports memorabilia. This is great for giving you an idea as to how much to charge for your next online auction.

Conclusion

You know now how to add pictures for your listing. As well, you learned some ways to outsource your items and how to pick the best format for the item you are selling. Is it the Buy It Now format? Or is it the Auction Online format? It is all up to you. You know your product for sale so you will know which format is the better fit.

Your Turn

Have you ever tried adding pictures to your listing? How did you do it? Perhaps your way is better. Will you show it to us in the contact form below? How about sourcing your items? Did you find a better way than what we outlined in this presentation? It is the same thing with the right choice of selling format. Any ideas than you can share with us on this will be more than welcome and appreciated.

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3. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Complete-beginners-guide-to-selling-shipping-on-eBay-/10000000003814256/g.html

4. Home Business Steps Tips For eBay Business

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5. http://www.bzelbublive.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Milk-The-EBay-Cash-Cow-By-Alex-Jeffreys.pdf

6. http://www.wikihow.com/Sell-on-eBay

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How To List Your Item So It Will Get Sold Part 4a

August 11th, 2014

Introduction

Here we are on the next stage of listing the item on eBay. In The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 4, we learned the best way to list the item which should include some preparatory work before starting the listing process. The first part of this stage is to choose the right category and we learned that as well. Now we are ready to create a compelling title and a great description.

How to Create a Title that Attracts Buyers

The title is the first thing the prospective buyers will see so we have to choose it carefully. Obviously you have to use the most important feature of the item. Go over the listings of the other sellers and you will get some ideas. The specifics on the item are in a drop-down menu. Put in as many specifics as you can.

Here’s a video on how to write the best title to sell your item on eBay.
How To Write a Great Ebay Listing Title! Tips & Tricks, Dos & Don’ts!

A good title will attract buyers. They will check out your listing to see if there is enough information and so determine if is worth their time and effort to explore it further. The title is the most important thing in an auction. The difference between a good and a bad title could mean earning $100 or $10. Why?

Let me explain the tips on getting an eBay title. It is not easy to get people find your auction because most of the time they just look for the title and not the description and you only have 55 characters to craft your title that will be compelling enough for the buyers to come and check out your listing. Here are some hints:

  • Don’t use such eBay clichés like Super rare camera, wow look at low price, cool, excellent, amazing. That’s not good because no one is going to search for those words.
  • Pretend you’re a buyer. What would you search for? What will be the first thing in your mind?
  • Think like a seller. Find the listings of sellers who are doing well selling items similar to yours. What titles do they use? Copy their styles of crafting their titles.
  • Be specific. Put the brand and the model number in the title. Potential buyers look for this information.
  • Enter all the pertinent words and spell them correctly. Inadequate information will appeal to a smaller number of prospective buyers and may result in the item not sold or sold at a cheaper price.
  • If you have more room you can include alternative words and phrases. .

You can add a subtitle if you want although this is a feature that is more advanced. This is usually for sellers listing items with extra benefits. In this case, it will be worth the additional cost.

Here’s an example of a good title: “Dell Latitude Laptop P3 500 Mhz Notebook PC Computer”

It has everything a buyer will want to know because the title obviously describes the most significant quality of the computer. It will appear in the search results for important keywords like Dell, (Latitude), the processor speed, laptop, notebook, PC and computer. The seller wants to make sure that people looking for any of those words will find his auction.

How to Write a Great Description

Once the potential buyers get attracted to your title, the next thing you have to do is tell about your item in the description. What to write, that is the question. Psst! Don’t tell them this but what you write in the description is really an ad or a sales letter. You have to get the potential customers excited over your item. This is not easy if one is not a copywriter but on eBay, it is easy to get the buyers excited if you have the right item to sell and enough information on it.

Check out the other listing similar to yours to get some ideas especially from the Top Rated Sellers. Now don’t copy them as you will be guilty of plagiarism. Use your own words and list down the features of your item in bullet form if possible. Mention the condition of the item and include information on shipping, payment and warranties. Tell them what benefit they will get from buying the item you are selling. Include some information on yourself, your background and expertise.

You have to include the Item Specifics. You can’t miss this as there is a drop-down menu that will alert you and put as many as you can. It is crucial to do this because the eBay search engine employs the item specifics to correspond with prospective buyers. If you skip this, you may end up in the lower search rank and your listing considered less appropriate.

The most important information should be above the fold or at the top or start of the description. You have to include all the technical details like the name of the manufacturer, the condition of the item, its size and dimensions, weight, color, brand, model number, when and where it was made, compatibility issues if it is to be used with something else, its history and anything else that is special about it like if it is covered by a warranty, even the condition of the item, including the flaws and defects.

The would-be buyers will soon find out anyway so they might as well decide whether the flaw is something they can live with. This will boost their trust in you. Mentioning the flaws of the item might make them more likely to buy. I saw one who bought a three-legged chair, I kid you not. In other words, include all relevant information.

Don’t write a scholarly description, just make it friendly and conversational. Show that you really know your stuff but tell the truth always so your reputation will be upheld always. Your potential customers may know more about your item because it may be their hobby so you don’t have to explain everything unless you are asked of course – just enough technical detail as you can.

Don’t put anything down in the description that you don’t fully understand because they might think you don’t know what you’re talking about. You can add some interesting detail in the description like how you got the item, why you’re selling it and who might like it. This is a personal touch that they might enjoy reading and can make them feel they can trust you.

Use moderately sized and easy-to-read fonts without any clutter as this will only take away from the listing. The large print books in the library will give you an idea as to the size of the texts. Let the description and photos speak for the listing. By all means, write as much as you can even if it is turning too long but you should not leave anything out.

It’s better to make a mistake of giving too much information rather than submitting very little details. You will find that there will be people who will appreciate that you took the time and effort to write such a long description. Don’t think they will email you for most are shy to approach you so you have to think of what they might want to know about the item and write about it.

And if they do email you and ask you a question, reply with an answer and then update your description to include that as people tend to ask the same questions. And if they do ask a question that is already in the description try to go back to it and make it bold or to stand alone on one line. That way they will get to notice it more.

You can write a great description as thoroughly as you can but make sure it is honest. I like what one eBay seller does. He writes a terms and liability disclaimer right after his description which says: “Buyer is to pay $– for shipping, Payment is due 7 days after the sale ends. I do not accept personal check and insurance is recommended. And I will not be responsible for lost and damaged items. I do not ship to other countries. Email me for any questions. I will be glad to help. Thank you for your interest.”

As a matter of fact, it is wise to make insurance mandatory especially for high-end items. In case of a dispute, you don’t want the money to come out of your pocket. Mind you, most people buying high-end items expect to pay insurance for them. It is good to post the fees in your listing. Make sure you include delivery confirmation just in case a buyer will scam you through PayPal.

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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 4

July 31st, 2014

How To List Your Item To Get The Best Chance at Getting Sold

Introduction

We have done quite a few things already. In Part 1 , we set up a solid foundation and learned how to start selling on eBay. Part 2 showed us how to choose an account name, a payment method and the profile page. As well, we explored the eBay site and learned how to choose what to sell. Then Part 3 showed us how to do research to learn how much to sell the item for.

Now we are going to tackle the best way to list the item in order that it will get the best chance of getting sold. You know how in the brick and mortar store, the sellers have to display their goods in the best possible light. Well, it is the same thing online, except we have to list the item in such a way it will attract the attention of prospective buyers. This is a warning though. It might take a few pages to learn how to list the item right, but it will be worth it.

Thank goodness we do not have to do this alone as there are information on how to list the item in such a way it will have the best chance of getting sold. There are oodles of help out there. We just have to get them organized and put all the information in one place where we can go back to check out how to do things. For now let us just say we are ready to create a listing that sells.

The thing to do is to research the market. Find the item you want to sell among the listings and especially the completed ones. Find what price the sold items went for and those that attracted a lot of bids. Read the information they have on their products and look at the photos as they will be what the prospective buyers will look for in your listing. Then check out what you think of the sellers’ trustworthiness and the ways the sellers conveyed that to you and incorporate that in your own listing.

How to Prepare To List the Item

It is wise to get everything we need for the listing like 4 to 5 photos of the item. As well, jot down all the specific details of the product like the model number, the measurements, color and brand. It is also good to know how old is the product and whether there is a warranty on it. As well, you should know how much it costs to ship it.

The Post Office can help with this as well as the listings of the other sellers. In the beginning as you are gathering the skill to write a good listing, it may take sometime to finish your draft. But don’t worry because you can always save your work and come back to it later. Trust me, you will have time to complete it.

Now you are ready to click the Sell Link on top of the eBay page. Any page on eBay has this link. Once you click that, you will see where to write a description. You will be asked to login again as soon as you click Start Selling. You may wonder why they will want you to login again. They just want to make sure you are you, for security reason. You will then be given a list of categories and you will have to choose the category under which your item falls. Click Continue.

How to Choose the Right Category

Choosing the right category is easy, sometimes. You are surprised at that? Well, read on and you will see why. Most of the time it is easy but sometimes it is not clear-cut. Why is it important to choose the right category? It is because some people search for what to buy by searching for them in the categories so if your item is in the wrong category, it is tough luck.

Some sellers make the mistake of putting their item under the category Everything Else and you understand now how wrong that can be. People are never going to find your item then. On top of this, listing your item under the wrong category is against eBay rules and they have the right to remove any listings that are not under the correct category.

I have not heard them actually do this but we might as well be on the right side of the law so we won’t get penalized or banned.

So what do we do if we find ourselves in this predicament? Ebay has a solution. What it does is suggest categories for you. Just type in something to describe your item on the page where the category selection is made and click search. It will be easy if you type in the model and brand of your item and this will give eBay an idea what to suggest as your category.

If that does not work, search for the other items for sale that are like yours and find out how the sellers categorize their items. They will be at the top of the description page for the item. Try searching for different words. You can also go through all the available categories on eBay’s front page and see if you can find the category for your item.

Needless to say the more specific the category is, the better it is all around. Another recommendation you have to pay attention to is to use as many subcategories you can as long as they are appropriate of course. For example, if you are selling an Apple laptop, don’t put it just under computer but put it also under Apple and under laptops as well. Your item will be found under all those three categories.

Take time familiarizing yourself with all the categories so down the road you will be more comfortable instead of thinking the categories are one big messy affair. How about if your item falls under two different categories? EBay has a solution for this too. For just a small extra fee, you will be allowed to list your item in another category as well. This may increase the number of potential buyers but not always. Sometimes it is just a waste of time and money to do this so once is enough often times.

Conclusion

There you just learned how to do the starting stages of listing your item to sell in the best possible light so it will get sold. That is what we want to happen, right? We learned to prepare for it so there will be no surprises. We also learned how to choose the right category. Next time we will learn to craft a compelling title and a description so complete that no one is going to resist but buy from you.

Your Turn

Have you ever sold an item at eBay? How did you prepare to list your item? How about the categories? Was it easy for you to select the proper category? Did you experience any difficulty? How did you overcome any obstacle regarding the preparation and selection of the right category. Please share them with us in the contact form below.

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References:

1. http://www.salehoo.com/education/ebay-selling/beginners-guide-to-ebay

2. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Beginners-guide-to-selling-on-EBAY-Part-1-/10000000000099606/g.html

3. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Complete-beginners-guide-to-selling-shipping-on-eBay-/10000000003814256/g.html

4. Home Business Steps Tips For eBay Business
http://www.homebusinesssteps.com/2014/Home-Business-Steps-Tips-for-eBay-Business/

5. http://www.bzelbublive.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Milk-The-EBay-Cash-Cow-By-Alex-Jeffreys.pdf

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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 3

July 24th, 2014

How Much to Sell Your Item For and Research

Introduction

The focus of The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 3 is on how much to sell the item you chose in Part 2. In this connection, some research is important. Not only will it get you the best price for what you want to sell your item for, but also it will help you create a listing that is going to sell and move.

Research How Much to Sell Your Item For

Researching your market is a must. You need to do some research in order to know how to price your item. You wouldn’t want to go at it blind, would you? Pricing your item should never be based on guess work. Anyway, it is simple to know how much to charge for any item anybody sells. It is crucial for any item we sell on eBay, that the price is right.

I don’t know why anyone will refuse to do this especially when the way to do the research is so easy to do. And everything you need to do this, is available at your finger tips. Just do a search on eBay for items that are similar to yours and have been sold. You are thinking, that is just easier said than done. Don’t be negativistic, it really is easy. Trust me.

This is how you research for the best price to sell your item. Go to eBay and where you see the product search, type in your item for sale. Then when you see the first search results appear, go on the left hand side called Refine Search Panel, scroll down till you find the Preferences Section. There you will see Show Only.

Under Show Only, you will see a box for Completed Listings. You will have to check that box so you can see the items that were sold during the last two weeks. At this point, if you are not logged in, you will have to, by entering your ID and password. Only after you have logged in, will you be able to see the completed listings displayed.

On the same page on the top right hand corner, click Highest First. There you will see End Date:Recent First. Study the prices on how the items were sold. This will give you an idea on how much to sell your item. After checking the highest price, go back to the same page but this time click Lowest Price First. This will show how poorly the item was sold. This will tell you if the item is worth for you to invest your time, effort and money for the listing.

Compare the item you want to sell with those in the completed listings as well as the ones that are active. This way you will be able to determine what price to sell your item for. Anyway researching on eBay’s Completed Listings as to how much similar items to yours were sold will give you an idea how much to sell yours. The green ones were sold while those in red did not.

Looking over all those items in Completed listing will allow you to see two important statistics. One will tell what items can be easily sold (the green ones versus the red ones). The second is how much are the items sold for. Isn’t it cool that research like this will show whether the item you want to sell will have a chance to be sold and for how much?

Here is what you can take away from this. Research all you can about your product. Dig through eBay and find the success rate and the average selling price before you list. Then do some research at other places too. Go to Amazon and other forums to see how much your item goes for at those places. Find out everything you can possibly find out about your item.

Type the name of your item in your favorite search engine. You might find something you didn’t know before. If there are other people selling something similar to your item, and chances are there are, then try to offer more information about your item than the other sellers do on theirs. That way you will be confident you are setting yourself up for success.

Research the Rules of Selling

As soon as you find the item you want to sell, check for it in the eBay guidelines to see if that is not among those that are not permitted to offer for sale. That is why it is important to understand that you will also have to research the rules of selling so you will stay in compliance. The rules are there to protect both sellers and buyers.

You will find that there are items that are not allowed to list for sale on eBay. There are some restrictions on some and others are downright prohibited to sell. Some items are not allowed to sell on eBay like weapons, food and event tickets. You may be wondering why some items are banned from being sold.

Remember those super bowl tickets that were sold that were worth thousands of dollars? Well, they turned out to be fake so we understand why there are some restrictions. Then remember that ad on Craigslist about a Baby for Sale or similar to that? Well, I need not go any further to prove the point that restrictions are so important.

In summary, researching the completed listing should be a part and parcel of the preparation any eBay seller should undertake. That way you will avoid some of the common mistakes others before you have committed. Wasting money on listing unpopular items is one. And the other is putting a price too high or too low for your item is the second one.

Conclusion

There you have what to do to get to know how much to sell your item for. Doing this will get you to know exactly the price for your item that will be make it competitive and has a better chance of getting sold. Researching the rules on eBay is also a wise thing to do so you can be sure to be compliant with the rules.

Your Turn

Have you ever tried to sell something on eBay? What has your experience been like? What did you find that worked well with you? Please share them with us in the contact form below.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

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3. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Complete-beginners-guide-to-selling-shipping-on-eBay-/10000000003814256/g.html

4. Home Business Steps Tips For eBay Business
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5. http://www.bzelbublive.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Milk-The-EBay-Cash-Cow-By-Alex-Jeffreys.pdf

6. http://www.wikihow.com/Sell-on-eBay

7. http://pages.ebay.ca/help/sell/sell-getstarted.html

8. http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2006/05/15/my-ebay-method-thirteen-steps-to-more-profitable-auctions/

9. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Beginners-guide-to-selling-on-EBAY-Part-1-/10000000000099606/g.html

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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 2

July 17th, 2014

Introduction

Find something to sell is Part 2 of this Definitive Guide to eBay Selling. Just check out the number of sellers who are making money on eBay. Seeing them gives one an idea that there are income possibilities there. Quite a few people did not set up an business; they just started selling and never left. But there is a right way and a wrong way to do this. Let us go through the path of doing it right.

You have already an account from Part 1 of this series. Now or even before you registered is the time to explore the eBay site. Just search for www.ebay.com and voila, it will be there. Just make sure the eBay site you’re on is the country where you live. At the site, you will find all kinds of information like the policies. Try out the search features so you can get familiar with how things work.

Now choose a good account name. Ebay will give you one but it is best to choose one that attracts buyers. The name must have two characters at least with no space or some symbols. You can’t use your website or email address as your User ID. Nor can you use the word eBay or a brand or trademark you don’t own.

Setting Up the Payment Method

The next thing to do is to set up your payment method. Most use paypal which you can sign up for right from eBay or at www.paypal.com This is a convenient way to pay and get paid on eBay. You will need your banking info, so get them ready. Make sure you get verified which shows you’re serious with your business and is a protection for both sellers and buyers. This will take a week, so it’s good to do it here before finding items to sell.

This is an easy way to handle payments. The buyer can pay from their home instead of writing a cheque, mailing it and spending on gas to do so. They can also pay with money order but this costs money as well. Paypal charges fees but the seller pays for this. If buyers don’t have Paypal account, they pay for the fees but around 95% have paypal account so this will work for you competition-wise.

You can also accept checks but be warned that there is a risk. The check could bounce and you will have to pay for bank fees. Besides this requires more time because you will want to wait for the check to clear before shipping the items and you know that eBay buyers not only want to get a good deal but also they want their item quickly.

Ebay also accepts credit/debit card, Skrill and ProPay, Bill Me Later or Payment Upon Pick up. You can check out some more options to find what works for you. Check out the policies for payment so you will know if what you choose is acceptable to eBay.

Build Your Reputation

Now that the payment method is set up and done, try to build your reputation by buying small items. You will want to get good feedback from the sellers as this is the way to build your reputation. The more positive feedback you get, the more you become a reliable member so buyers can be attracted to buy from you.

Your reputation is worth everything on eBay. You’re nothing without it. A negative feedback will make potential buyers nervous to deal with you. And who can blame them? The negative feedback you receive will go straight at the top of your page saying, “took a long time to deliver the item” or “sent a damaged item”.

A negative feedback will lose you sales while a good one will get you sales.

Setting Up Your Profile Page

It is now time to set up your profile page. A detailed one is not necessary if you are only selling small items. However, having your picture and some information about you will help buyers be reassured that you are a legitimate seller. They will also want to read about you and your credentials especially if you are selling expensive items.

It will be good to mention what your areas of expertise is. If you are selling baseball cards, for instance, the prospective buyers will want to know how much knowledge do you have in this area. It will be wise to mention your mission, the goals you are aiming to accomplish in your business.

Choosing What to Sell

Experiment on this at first which at this point, it does not really matter what to sell. Just look around your room right now. What can you sell around you? Some CDs and books, maybe? They are good to sell for your first try-out. It has been recommended to sell things around the house that you no longer need like appliances, piece of furniture, jewelry, clothing, and old toys.

Avoid risk by selling what you already have or just by starting small and slowly to check out what works. Experiment on a few small sales first because it does not make sense to build an inventory right away. It is best to get a feel on how to sell and get to see if you can become comfortable with all the logistics involved.

You can start small by selling thing things around the house first and other small items that you can keep for yourself or return if they don’t sell. This is better than building an inventory that you may not be able to sell at a profit and they may be hard to move, to boot. No, loading up on an inventory is a risky first step.
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Then you can choose what to sell based on what you know. If you are a collector or you have a hobby, you can start with that. In fact, in the beginning eBay started just catering to collectors and hobbyists. If you don’t have one, consider specializing on one that you have an interest in and know a lot about and if you are good at finding bargains on that area, you will do well.

Know also what you can’t sell like drugs, human parts, illegal items and hazardous ones too. Neither can you sell illegal services and live animals. At Craigslist for instance, there was an ad selling a baby, can you imagine that? That’s why it’s good to have feedbacks. So check out the policies of eBay to make sure you will not be banned.

Conclusion

There you now know what to sell at the start of your eBay selling career, Slowly but surely is the mantra we are aiming for. Selling items around the house without investing time and money on an inventory is the way to go after you have set up the account, payment method and profile pages. You will be better off doing it this way instead of rushing here and there without a system in place.

Of course there are more things to know to ensure success and there will be bumps on the road. Don’t let any obstacle stop you from pursuing your dream though. If there is anything that gives you trouble, just send me an email at the address after the authors’ names below. Meantime if you are in a hurry and can’t find things to sell, you can try to Find Trusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers for Ebay Sellers but don’t do this now until you have done all the steps.

Your Turn

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The Definitive Guide to eBay Selling Part 1

July 11th, 2014


Introduction

Why Did We Write this Guide?

Quite a few people have done well selling on eBay which has been in existence for around ten years now. But is it really for everyone? Not everyone has succeeded on it. But the fact is that everybody is talking about it and the opportunities it offers to both newbies and veterans alike. Sure, the veterans will be able to navigate through the system, but how about those who are just starting?

It has been profitable to all kinds of sellers, that’s true, especially those who have found their own niche. But what everyone should remember though is that it is not a get-rich-quick business. One has to do his share of work and be determined and dedicated to go through the different steps to ensure success.

But one does not have to be ultra successful to gain benefit from an eBay business. By ultra successful, I mean become a millionaire. Because feeling good about working at home and making a living out of it is enough benefit for some. After all, one does not have to be a millionaire to enjoy life. Money does not guarantee one happiness. And this is not sour grapes reasoning. It is backed up by everything going on around us.

Planning is critical for success in eBay online venture. There are different facets to consider but planning is the bond that holds everything together. It lays the foundation for the eBay business and it will enable one to attract browsers and covert them into customers. This is why we are writing this guide that we have gathered form years of having been online. This will give one the advantage needed to succeed.

Who Needs This Guide?

This guide is for everyone. From the bloggers who need the necessary information to get started, to the marketers who will benefit from the steps needed to succeed and to the entrepreneurs to give them the advantage to take their business to the next level. In simple, plain language, this guide is for everyone.

What is the Best Way to Use This Guide?

This guide is composed of different topics with each topic complete in its own. Not all may need every topic but this guide is written in such a way that you can jump from one topic to another depending on you need. A newbie of course has to read and digest it all while those who are more advanced can jump to the topic where they need more information on.

Topic 1 – Setting a Rock-Solid Foundation

This is where one will learn how to set a solid foundation for the eBay business. Laying a solid foundation means understanding every detail of the business, getting a complete and precise detail of what the business is involved and learning the correct path to get there. It also means one has to identify the mission in getting an eBay business going.

The notes you take in this chapter will identify the key product features and benefits that appeal to your customers. They will also define who your target customers are, which eventually will influence the language you use and how you write. Ultimately, this chapter will lay a foundation for persuasive copy that sells more of your products and services.

Knowing what makes this eBay business different from the other models will encourage you to pursue this. You don’t need much to get started. Having $50 can get one started with an eBay business. Remember though that there are things you must have to get started. It is not much to get one to start but here are the things you will need:

A digital camera

High speed Internet

A phone

Supplies needed for shipping like tape, boxes, tap measure, bubble wrap, and postal scales and charts.

A computer that is up-to-date

You need a computer for your eBay Business

You need a computer for your eBay Business


How To Start

One of the first things you need to do is getting a free account on eBay by registering.
This is easy. Just go to www.eBay.com Find the register link on top of the page if you have already been looking around this page. Click it and you will be asked to fill in your email address, phone number and where you live.

You will also be asked to select a user ID which will be seen by all you do business with. Choose one you can live with and one that will reflect what your business will be like. Once that is done, go to your email box to find the eBay welcome email and click the link to verify who you are. After you have done this, you be able to buy and bid.

You will then be welcomed to eBay where there are lots of opportunities to earn an income if you are willing to put in the time and effort necessary to succeed. It is not unusual to read and hear about people earning thousands of dollars a day. This will give you the impetus to do the same especially knowing some these people did not think of doing business on eBay. They just starting selling and kept doing it.

And lo and behold, they got themselves a business!

Remember though that there are some legal matters and tax you have to pay on what you earn on eBay. Get yourself also ready for the ups and downs that come with any business. Those who succeed believe in themselves and enjoy doing it. They also stick to it no matter what happens. As a result, they end up earning some money. Anyway the cost to run this business is so low you won’t lose anything if down the road you decide this is not for you.

Conclusion

There you have what to do to get started with an eBay business. Obviously, you have to know all these and more so you can be successful. Don’t let any obstacle stop you from pursuing success. If there is anything that gives you trouble, just send me an email at the address after the authors’ names below. Meantime if you are in a hurry and can’t find things to sell, you can try to However, if you find it hard to get something to sell you can try to Find Trusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers for Ebay Sellers but don’t do this now until you have done all the steps.

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How to Choose an eBay Business Model Part 2

July 3rd, 2014

Introduction

Four more eBay Business Models are featured here. Due to the length of the article on this topic we had to divide them into two parts. Part 1 explains the wholesale-retail and the drop shipping models. This Part 2 features the business models on local goods and crafts, liquidation and thrift lots, the brick and mortar store and lastly the specialty and hobby.

3. Business Model Local Goods, Crafts

This business model deals with a set of distinct products, crafts or services that are not sold by anyone else but there is a demand for them. In addition, the margins are higher so is the profit for the seller but the sales volume is lower. Once you have a steady supply of goods, you will have it made.

There are problems, however which we won’t let this deter us. The problem is not on keeping an inventory but on keeping a steady supply of products to sell. This business model can be operated with no inventory and very little capital but the problem is on finding the steady supply of products to sell especially when your business grows.

The success rate is good especially when you find a steady supply of goods to sell. The correct choice of goods is also a factor to the potential success. So is the existence of a market for your choice of goods. There will also be less competition because no sellers can easily duplicate this model.

Easy to Start: High

Capital Required: Low

Products Readily Available: Medium

Ease to Overcome Competition: High

Success Risk: Medium

4. Business Model – Liquidation and Thrift Lots

Just like the wholesale-retail model, you have to stock up on inventory but this time, you get them from discontinued items in large grab bags that you buy in as-is condition. Some of these goods are rare which no one else may have. You buy them at low cost and sell them at higher prices.

Liquidation and Thrift Lots

Liquidation and Thrift Lots

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The problem is that you may have problem with sourcing. There will be more legwork involved finding liquidators and building relationship with them. As well you get many products some of which you cannot sell so you will have to sort them out. Sometimes it will be hard to identify the goods much less photograph and describe them but some people have a knack for this sort of thing.

There is a high chance to succeed because the goods could be more unique and your costs much lower. This will of course lead to more profit so despite getting your hands dirtier, you won’t mind as you will have a better chance at getting more profit. The only thing is that you have to work on getting a steady supply of goods.

Easy to Start: Medium

Capital Required: Medium

Products Readily Available: Low

Ease to Overcome Competition: Medium

Success Rate: High

5. Business Model: Brick and Mortar Store

This is similar to the offline stores you see in the mall and other places except this one is on eBay. You can either list your best in-house goods or sell them from your store. If sold online, you will have to do the shipping and handling. This is great for people who don’t want to buy online and a good way to liquidate unsold items.

The problem lies in the speed online shopping occurs. So those who have offline brick and mortar stores have a hard time adjusting. This is not the only thing they have to adjust to. There is also a problem in labor and inventory management. Then there is the bookkeeping which is added to the mix of new things to adjust to.

The potential for success is there, not high but enough to keep one motivated to continue on. If you are able to adapt to this change in your business and if the goods you sell can be sold on eBay, then the chance for success is better than if you were just selling groceries or some auto mechanic services.

Easy to Start: It depends

Capital Required: Low

Products Readily Available: Medium

Ease to Overcome Competition: It depends.

Success Rate: Medium

6. Business Model – Specialty and Hobby

Hobbies are a good way to get started on eBay. For one thing, you’re already an expert on what you’re doing or collecting. You can gradually build up your inventory of collectibles. You are also lucky in the sense that your customers are eager enthusiasts and so will be loyal customers. You don’t need to have a large inventory as what you are really selling is your expertise. This can allow you to offer goods that are unique and not available anywhere else.

The problem lies in either you can do this as an expert or whether you have the ability to handle the kind of goods you are selling. This ability is an on-going affair, a lifetime really. In addition, there is the problem of sourcing. You visit estate sales, antique stores and old warehouses hoping you will find items that are hard to find.

That said, the potential for success is high. If you are dedicated enough to pursue this and have the knowledge for the hobby you are building a market on, then your fellow enthusiasts will respect and trust you. The beauty of this too is even if you want to leave eBay, you can easily do so and your customers will remain loyal.

Easy to Start: It depends

Capital Required: Medium

Products Readily Available: Medium

Ease to Overcome Competition: Low

Success Rate: High

Conclusion

You have all the models where you can determine which fits you most. Which one are you ready for – knowledge and ability-wise? Only you can tell which one you can use to be successful. You have the ideas and with hard work and a little bit of luck, you will be on your way to succeed.

Your Turn

Have I left anything out? Tell us and our readers what it is that will help them more in determining which business model they can work on with a better chance of succeeding. Which one of the different models do we have to research more to be a great help to our readers. Just say so in the contact form below.

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How to Choose an eBay Business Model Part 1

June 26th, 2014

Introduction

Now that you know the different ways of obtaining products to sell on eBay and how to start an eBay business, it is time to choose which business model to use. This is where you have to proceed with extreme caution. Why? Because there are a lot of scammers out there whose sole mission is to separate you from your money. There are a lot of people vying for your attention and we have to separate the sheep from the goat.

For example, a questionable site may promise you an easy way to gain wealth through eBay. They will say they have the proven method and the secret formula that will help you succeed with your eBay business account. Their presentation comes complete with pdfs, videos, and audios all inciting you to sign up with them.

They will even say that everything is easy and that there will be no work involved. That this is from a business insider that will make you rich beyond your wildest dreams. You’re so hooked by all the promises and so that you will not have a hard time starting an eBay business, you whip out your credit card ready to hand it to them on a silver platter.

Not so fast! Don’t be fooled by such promises. Just think, how can a $29.95 eBook make you a millionaire? How can money flow in to your bank account without you doing any work? Besides, if this were true, then why is it that almost all on the internet who try to earn money are still struggling, never mind what eBay business model they are in?

Besides there are thousands and thousands of eBay sellers. Don’t you think you will not have to compete with those sellers? Selling is not that easy. In fact in many cases, it is dog-eat-dog scenario. It is a cutthroat business to put it bluntly. Now mind you, don’t get me wrong. Some succeed but from not doing any work? Not a chance! But you can see now how important it is to get the correct information on choosing an eBay business model.

Choosing the Best eBay Business Model That Works For You

We know there are many sellers on eBay. That much we agree on, but what we probably will not agree on is that there are as many eBay business models as there are sellers. However, there are a few models that appear more often than the others. What will make one succeed is if you take advantage of the opportunities and to fully use your God-given talent.

One other thing to remember is that there is no one true model that will bring you to the never never land of wealth and the golden pot at the end of the rainbow. The beauty of this is that you can be as flexible as you need to because it all depends on different factors. Sometimes it depends on who and what you know and where you live. So this leaves us to one thing that we all need – drum roll please – help and information that is unbiased on all counts.

So here we are going to give you the lowdown and the ratings of the most popular eBay business models. The ratings will be given based on a set of criteria as follows:

1. Is it easy to start? Does one have to have a special knowledge and skill? Does it require special contacts and lots of money to get started?

2. Are the products for this model easy to come by?

3. How much capital is required to get started?

4. Are there lots of competition that will be extremely difficult to overcome?

5. What is the odd this model will be successful?

Keeping the five criteria in mind, let us explore the different models and see how they pass the grade. Keep in mind also that there are always exceptions to the rules. So the ratings are to be taken with a grain of salt. They should be regarded as a guide that can change depending on your ability to please your customers, among other things.

1. Business Model – Wholesale – Retail

This could be a retail business with eBay. You determine what products to sell. Then you find suppliers and build a relationship with them. Buy your inventory from them in wholesale amount with discount of course and then you sell them on eBay. This not that easy to start as you will have to get zoning permission and get space for your inventory.

Easy to Start: Medium

Capital Required: Medium

Products Readily Available: Medium

Ease to Overcome Competition: Low

Success Risk: High

To get you ready for the next eBay Business Model, here is a video entitled, “How to Drop Ship with Salehoo”.

2. Business Model: Drop Shipping

This has been touted as the best model by some and it is easy to see why. You can sell items that you do not have to buy or store. You’re basically a sales person for a company who packages and sends the goods that are ordered through you. You collect the money, send the cost to the company and you keep the difference.

There are many problems with this model though. Because you are not buying goods you sell, you get a very small discount. The competition is intense and you don’t know how the company fulfills your orders. You pay for listing so there is not much profit left for you. There are a lot of drop shippers that might create a demand for the goods that may lead to not enough available product.

Easy to Start: High

Capital Required: Low

Products Readily Available: Medium

Ease to Overcome Competition: Medium

Success Risk: High

Conclusion

You now know of the two business models for eBay sellers. Which of the two appeal to you? Is it the wholesale-retail one? Or is it the drop shipping business model? You don’t have to decide right now because we will deal with three more models to rate. Once you have all the different types, you will be in a better position to choose which one take on as your own. For all we know, you may even decide to combine two of them.

Your Turn

Did you get a clear picture of the first two models? What can you add to them so we can make it better? Your input and feedback will help other people to get a clearer vision of the difference between these two business models. Just leave your comments in the comment box below. I will really appreciate it.

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Home Business Steps Explains Two More Sourcing Methods

June 20th, 2014

Introduction

We will explain the next two sourcing methods which are next to the first two sourcing methods we explained on this page There we featured the pros and cons of the first two sourcing methods which are the manufacturer and drop shipping. This time, we will delve into the advantages and disadvantages of two more sourcing methods.

Sourcing Method #3 Wholesalers

Wholesalers buy in bulk from manufacturers at a very low cost and then distribute this to sellers and retail stores. You can buy products this way from the wholesalers at low cost which will net you a good profit. Establishing an account with a wholesaler will grant you a steady and reliable supply of goods.

These companies can approve the application you file with them which will make you a distributor of their products. You will enjoy a special pricing of around 15% to 50% off the list price. Then you can turn around and sell these items for a profit. The wholesale company will ship out the products for you first. This is a safe way to do business because they have a good return/exchange policy. And these wholesale companies are not out to scam you.

There are only two downsides to this and that is, you will have to have a business license. But this is not really difficult to obtain. Find out from your state how much it costs for a business license. Usually it is $75.00. The state usually approves any application for a business license. And listen to this, you could get three names for your business.

Another way to do this is to look for a company who is selling what you want to sell. Their website should have information on how one can become a distributor for them. If there is no such information, then send them an email asking how you can become a distributor for them. Companies want to have all kinds of distributors so you will more likely get a good response.

The second downside to this sourcing method is that you have to buy in bulk and you know what that means. You will have to figure out the storage and shipping costs and check whether the profit margin will be profitable for you. Then you will have to get a Tax ID number from the IRS that could take several weeks so you better apply for this while you search for the right wholesaler.

You can look for a lot of wholesalers at Go Wholesale search engine and my personal favorite, Salehoo. Or find a wholesale distributor who will guarantee you the inventory for a product that you can sell over and over again. You will then have time to market your business, automate the whole thing and live the lifestyle you always wanted.

Here’s a video for you on the Five Top Tips – How To Buy Wholesale And Find Wholesale Distributors At Will

Sourcing Method #4 Liquidation sales/clearance

Liquidation sales happen when a store has either gone bankrupt and has to liquidate the assets to pay for debts or the company just wants to move. The prices are cheap for new and good quality merchandise. Request for an inventory before you go so you can be assured if the available goods are up your alley. That said, it’s good to know that you can’t tell when liquidations will occur so this means you may not have a steady supply of goods to sell.

There are liquidation companies that sell off the inventories of other businesses. The beauty of this is that they offer sales on an on-going basis unlike the liquidation sales that happen only when a company goes out of business. If you live near a liquidation company, you will be able to inspect the products and avoid shipping costs. Won’t that be sweet?

You can also buy from liquidation company online but you will not be able to inspect the product. Neither will you be able to save on shipping cost. Assume you will get some damaged goods and factor that in, along with the shipping costs when checking out if the deal will be profitable or not. There are two websites online called Speedy Liquidators and Liquidation.

If you know of a business that is going out of business near where you live, grab this opportunity to earn big on eBay since you can get brand items for up to 70% off retail. You can also develop a relationship with a business owner who has extra inventory which you can sell for him in exchange for a commission.

At the end of the season, stores may want to offer clearance sales so they can get rid of their old stocks, returns and damaged goods. The prices are really cheap because the stores want to get rid of their stocks quickly. The trouble with clearance sales is that you have to buy by load which may include damaged items you will not be able to sell. What you can do at end of the season clearance sales is to buy goods off season and sell them during the next season.

Conclusion

There you have two sourcing methods that can help you find the products to sell on eBay which can help you succeed. If you want you can add to them garage and yard sales, flea markets and estate sales where you may find some vintage items. The good news is that there is no one ideal source. Choose one that will benefit you and your customers the most so the best bet is to use different companies.

Your Turn

Have you tried any of these sources? Which one did you like the best? Which one did you find was easiest to do? Which one should be avoided and why? Can you recommend any other ways to source the products you want to sell on eBay? Please share them with us at the Please share them with us at the contact form below.

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Home Business Steps Explains the Two Sourcing Methods

June 12th, 2014


Introduction

Do you want to succeed on eBay? Then you have to get the perfect product to sell. How do you find the perfect product or can you even find it? The answer to the second question is yes. Definitely. There are several ways where you can find a product to sell. You just need to have more than one source to find it. Why? Because you want to weigh the pros and cons of the different sources and find what’s best for you.

The different sourcing methods have advantages and disadvantages. Here we will show you the good and the ugly side of each source. After studying them, you will have to make a choice. Your choice will depend on how much cash you have and what stage you’re in on this business. Also it is best to pick several suppliers so you will have a steady supply of products to sell.

Here are the two different sources:

Sourcing Method #1 Manufacturer

The best option is to buy products at the lowest prices so you will have to go to the source or where the story began. It is obvious that going straight to the manufacturer will get you better prices. After all, it’s the first link in the supply chain. The only trouble is that distribution is not their main concern so they usually raise the minimum orders.

Usually, more often than we care to admit, they do not want to sell to individuals because they already have distributors in place. But if you find this an appealing source, you can contact them to make a deal (and who can blame you?), then get ready with the name of your business and your website where you can sell some items.

You see if you have a website they might be willing to talk with you because some manufacturers don‘t want to sell items that will be sold on eBay. So how do you find these manufacturers? Aside for Salehoo, which is my favorite, you can find manufacturers by searching such names as Alibaba, Thomas.net, for industrial products and Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Those buying from the manufacturers may have to order more than 1000 units or worse, buy a container load from them. This is quite a stiff requirement for those who are just starting out. The established sellers have this option as the way to go and I will tell you in a minute how they go around this.

How about us little folks?

Well, at Salehoo, although they are not directly involved in this so the responsibility lies in the people involved from starting out till completion, the buyers join forces in the forums where they get together to order a container full of the desired item. This way you get the best price but the pitfall is that chances are, you can’t sell all the items, but there is a solution to that. Some have been successful in getting rid of dead stock by listing it as a wholesale lot on eBay.

There are wealthy people who start by having things custom made for them. When you see an item in demand and yet is not available anywhere else, you can have it manufactured for you. Often this produces the largest profit since there will be no middlemen involved. And if the item you had manufactured for you becomes popular, then you will suddenly find yourself an inventor and make a large amount of money. The question is, how is this done?

You can have a product manufactured for you by local or overseas options. The manufacturers at Salehoo as well as a website called Turnkey, have a list of manufacturers you can contact. You will have to design the product and send your plans to the manufacturer who will produce it for you. The manufacturers do not expect you to be an engineer who can make a well-designed plan but after ten or so emails, the manufacturer can start producing your product for you.

There are some caveats to consider when you go down this route. Before the full order is shipped to you, ask the manufacturer to send you a model for you to approve before they produce the whole order. Be wary of scammers too. Exercise due diligence and research the company you want to deal with to make sure they are real. It is best to also have a knowledge on the product you’ll want manufactured for you.

Sourcing Method #2 Drop shippers

Drop shipping, what is it? Well, this is the process of selling an item a purchaser will buy which then will be shipped directly to the customer. You don’t have to keep an inventory of the product. You just collect the money from the customer who buys the product from you. Then you pay the drop shipper out of the proceeds of the sale and you keep the difference.

This is my personal favorite. Why? It is exciting and popular because the drop shippers store all the stocks and do the packaging, handling and processing the order. The best thing? You don’t have to make a minimum order. And you don’t have any risk as to holding the stock and having a place to store them. There is no need for a lot of money to get started either.

How about the downsides? Of course, it costs some money to have someone else do the processing of the orders. It usually costs $2 to $5 handling fees of the product you sell, so unless you have a good margin for the product, the handling cost will cut into your profit. The prices you pay are probably higher to begin with because you are not buying your products in bulk so that leaves you with little or no profit.

Besides, you never see the item before it is sent directly to your customer so you have no idea as to the quality of the product your customer will receive. There is some kind of risk on this as your reputation will be on the line if the customer complains about the product. You may also have to accept the returned merchandise from the customer and hope that this time, the drop shipper will do it right.

There are also scammers out there promising the moon and the stars. You can search for them online and see a lot of fake websites. If they say you will make 50% profit which sounds too good to be true, then it is probably not true. You will have to email the legitimate companies because some of them have just basic websites for they don’t do most of their business online.

You will have to deal with a contact person who will handle your account and this person will be the one to go to when something goes wrong. This person can be held responsible for wrong shipments and such. Another downside is that you will face a lot of competition because a lot of sellers prefer this way of selling on eBay and who can blame them?

You can operate this on a small budget with no need for a storage facility. On top of these, you can sell a wide assortment of products. That is why I am sold on Salehoo. And don‘t worry, some sellers have done well with this source method. This has become popular because it is so easy to use.

Conclusion

There you have the first sourcing methods that can help you find the products to sell on eBay which are the manufacturer and the drop shipping sources. It is up to you to decide which of these two will work for you or go to this web page to read up on the next two more sources which are the wholesaler and the liquidation and clearance sales sources.

Your Turn

Have you tried working with the manufacturers to obtain products to sell on eBay? How about drop shipping? Have you tried doing business this way? Which one do you like better? Or have you done some other ways that work better for you and your customers? Please share them with us at the email address below the authors’ names.

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Home Business Steps Tips on Finding eBay Niche Markets and Products

June 5th, 2014

Introduction

If you want a business that is going to last, then find yourself a good and profitable niche. With an ideal niche, you will be able to secure some affiliate products that can earn you some money. With lower than acceptable niche, you will have to work harder instead of smarter. Besides, there may not be enough products to promote when you‘re in the wrong niche.

What is a niche anyway? Many of us may not know what it means and therein lies the problem. We have to know what it is so we can be guided accordingly when we make a choice. A niche is a small part of something larger. It is a sub-market of a larger one. It is also not as highly competitive as the larger market. For example, diabetes is a large niche and diabetes complication is a smaller niche. You can even divide diabetes complications further into even smaller niches. That said, now we have to choose a niche.

The question is how do we do that? I am sold to the idea of how important it is to select an ideal niche. Without the niche, our effort at choosing the products to promote will be a hit-and- miss affair. It will be too difficult to win in such kind of scenario. Thank goodness there is some kind of help in the form of Niche Market Finder although I don’t recommend this for a beginner to go through and I will tell why in a minute.


Niche Market Finder

This is how you do it. Go to Niche Market Finder. This will help find the ideal niche easier in less than 30 minutes we are told. Let us try it, shall we? It is a matter of filling in the blanks with 1 or 2 keywords that describe the area you are interested in. It should be something you are knowledgeable and passionate about.

At the end of the research, you will be able to download your research in PDF. That means you will be able to refer to it or share it with other people. I put debt into wealth as my keywords. Now we come to Step 2 of 17 and I am asked if there is a problem to be solved. And I briefly describe my product. And here I say I have digital products on how to get out of debt and become debt-free and wealthy.

In Step 3, I am asked if I have experience in this areas and I say yes. And I describe my experience. In Step 4, I am asked to select a business among the following five choices:

Affiliate marketing
– Easy to setup. No process payment and fulfillment.

Network marketing (MLM) – Difficult to make it online. Requires face-to-face approach.

Information Products – Highest profit margin. No delivery cost. System can be automated.

Service – Easy to setup. No inventory. Requires knowledge. Geographical limitations.

Product (Dropship) – Easy to setup. Need to find reputable supplier.

Among the aforementioned choices (which part I should say is what I love the best in this Niche Finder), I choose Information Products. For step 5, I am asked to input some keywords and I did. Next, I am asked this question for step 6 – Are they active online, meaning whether my target markets are using forums, discussion boards and google groups and I say they’re in forums and social media.

Now comes Step 7 which is where it gets harder especially for a newbie for it is here where you have to predict the customer’s age and gender. Then for Step 8, you have to detect online commercial intent. The author supplied us with some resources but for a newbie, they will not be easy to follow like for instance the Keyword Planner where Google will want you to apply for an adword account. So for now I will just be putting below the rest of the steps:

Step 9 Traffic Estimator Use Traffic Estimator Tool, and paste keyword data into text fields –
Step 10 How Competitive Is This Keyword?
Step 11 Search For Trends. Is This Seasonal?
Step 12 Can They Pay?
Step 13 Spy on Your Online Competitors
Step 14 Survey Your Audience
Step 15 Create Your USP (Unique selling proposition)
Step 16 Build Your Website
Step 17 Congratulations you have reached the end of the process. Well done!!!

See what I mean? It is a nice way to get to the ideal niche but you would have to jump hoops to get there. Let us find another way to find the profitable niche.

How To Find Your Niche on eBay in 4 Steps

But we are not going to give up so easily, are we? It is still possible to find a niche and make a living doing it. This is just the hardest part of the whole project – finding that ideal niche. Here is what some people do. The claim is that finding a profitable niche can be as easy as following a four-step plan like so.

1. Write down a list of possible niches for which you have a passion. It could be a hobby or something you admire and collect, something you think you can sell for a profit and enjoy it at the same time. Finding a good niche is one of the most vital and the very first task to do so take your time with this step. Choose a niche that is sufficiently large to maintain your goal and will be difficult for competitors to imitate. The niche should also be able to sell an assortment of products buyers will want to buy.

2. List at least five to eight items of reliable products that have continuing supply and a price where you can make some money under each of the niches you wrote down in the first step. Make the products a combination of best sellers and hard to find items.

3. After each item listed in step 2, think of a realistic price you would be willing to pay. Remember to include foreign exchange and shipping and handling costs into the mix.

4. Search for the items in your list among the completed auctions on eBay. Do you think the prices envisioned for your items stand a chance? If so, you may have just found your niche.

5 Amazing Niches Someone Found For You

It is not easy to find an ideal niche. It takes time, lots of patience and perseverance to find the right goods to sell for a profit. Now here’s a hint: Those who are just starting to sell do much better when they target a very small market. That said, let me give you some amazing niche ideas a marketer researched to give you ideas on how to find specific niches:

1. Niche #1 Heart Rate Monitors are used by athletes and people who have to watch their heart rate. Why is this an exciting item? Not only is this item easy to ship and store but also its size fits all and it has a 75% success rate on eBay.

2. The second item, Plus Size Shoes, are difficult to find by those who need them to fit more comfortable than the ones sold in regular shoe stores. They are a great niche item not only because men’s size 14 and women’s size 11 have a success rate of 75% and 61.9% respectively on eBay but also because regular stores carry only a few of them. This fact makes these big-footed people go buy them online.

3. The third is Plus Size Maternity clothes which are proven profitable because they are light and easy to ship. Maternity and baby clothes will always work because people will always want to have babies so you will always have customers.

4. Military Insignia are collectibles and is a great niche. You can always dig deeper to find the best ones like the US Military insignia from Vietnam War. This is a great niche that does not go out of date and you may find some related niches like World War 2 and Russian medals.

5. Antique Clock is a great niche that will appeal to both home decorators and collectors alike. No wonder it has enjoyed over 67% success rate on eBay. You can easily pick them up at the yard sales and flea market where you can get them for a song and so you can profit from them
This is a good start for a newcomer to the market. And where can you get some of these products? At Salehoo of course!

Conclusion

Now you know how to go about finding a niche and products to sell online so you will have a better chance at succeeding on this venture. But remember you still have to get the business organized. Then experimenting with different products may hold the key to your success. Whatever you do, keep testing until you find success in your endeavor.

Your Turn

What do you think of the ways to find niches we outlined here? Have you heard of any other ways? Do tell us at the email address below the authors’ names.

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Home Business Steps on Finding The Best Wholesale Prices

May 29th, 2014

Finding the best wholesale prices should not be hard if you do your due diligence. First you have to understand the distribution channels of the industry so that you will be able to navigate through the system with reasonable ease and confidence. That said, the question remains, how many ways are there for a product to go from the manufacturer to the retailer? Let me count the ways.

Introduction

First let’s look at the different distribution channels which will clarify the existence of the different types of wholesalers. I bet we only know about manufacturers and wholesalers. I also bet we know nothing about importers and jobbers. Oh, I stand corrected for we know about importers. But jobbers? What are they?

If you are like me, you wouldn’t know about jobbers either. But I wouldn’t let a simple thing like that derail me so I went to work and learned everything about them. Jobbers are what they call wagon peddlers. They are the ones who deliver stuff to sell at stores, grocery or otherwise. But the distribution of goods is unique and does not necessarily go through jobbers.

If a retailer sells a lot of volume, for example, they are able to bypass the jobbers. With a smaller industry, the importers could easily sell directly to the retailers. Where does this leave us, we the smaller folks? Well I hate to be blunt, but at the beginning of your career, you will be dealing with small wholesalers and paying higher prices. Don’t lose heart though for as you sell more, so will you get better prices.

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Get The Best Wholesale Price

So now you know why your colleagues are selling goods cheaper than you. You’re scratching your head and wondering why. Well, scratch and wonder no more for there are ways you can get those prices too. You just have to use those grey cells on overtime and get your subconscious mind work for you so you will find the ways to get the best wholesale prices. Here are the ways to do just that.

Get to Know Your Suppliers and Build a Relationship With Them.

Find the names of the suppliers from the retailers and contact them. They might or might not sell to you because most sell through established distributors. Besides, they have minimum order requirements. Now you are not Walmart and can afford to buy only a few items at a time. Don’t stop here and give up. Instead ask them for the names of reputable distributors.

What do you do with the list of wholesale suppliers you got from the manufacturer? Contact each one of them and find out their requirement for the minimum order and their wholesale prices. Tell them point blank you’re starting small, and be friendly and thankful. They will appreciate the two-line email inquiry and your honest and friendly manner.

Then build a relationship with them by regular phone calls. Talk shop with them regarding the new products or the ones that are about to make an appearance. Talk about your goals with them and your plan to make a large order from them. They will understand as they know everyone has to start small. They will want you to be loyal to them and be a steady customer.

Buy In Bulk

This industry is all about volume. The more you buy, the better prices you get and of course you know where this leads to. That’s right. More profit. For now though, you’re a small business. I will be surprised if you are able to negotiate better prices from your wholesalers for the simple reason that your sales will not justify buying in bulk. But don’t despair for there are still doors that are open for determined people.

Just what is a bulk order? Is it an order for a thousand dollars? It depends on the cost per item of your order. If you are buying a tablet that costs a $100 each and you order ten of them for a thousand dollars, is that a bulk order? Nope! But if you buy a thousand dollars worth of goods at $2.50 per item, now you’re talking, for that is a bulk order.

The Wholesalers Catalog has a list of wholesalers that allow both individual and bulk orders on the products. The wholesalers are listed under product categories so it is easy to navigate through their site. The catalog is also updated regularly and provide posts on the products and on the information regarding the wholesalers.

What I like about Wholesalers Catalog is that they allow ordering one product at a time. And they will even dropship it to your customers. This is great for the small business people like us who are trying to get our toes wet at eBay. They will also send you news on one time special deals, liquidations and closeouts and below wholesale prices.

At Alibaba you will find wholesalers from all over the world. They can truly make global trade easy. Why? Well, they have over 2 million supplier storefronts for one thing. In addition, besides such simple and safe trade solutions, you can easily gain access to verified suppliers.

Alibaba also has an international list of wholesalers that you can search not only by their name and country but also by product. How cool is that? Any buyers who want to place a bulk order can do so through alibaba. They can also contact support of the wholesalers through alibaba. The only downside I can think for this site is the fact that they call for minimum bulk orders.

Order from the Source or as Close to it as Possible

The source we refer to here is the manufacturer. Start at the source and go directly to the manufacturers for it is here that you can get the lowest prices. Buying directly from the manufacturer will cut the cost for the middle men which will net you the best price but it is not easy to buy directly because the requirement is to buy a specific limit – at least 1000 units for each order. This means you have to be ready with the money, the storage and the arrangement for the transport of the goods.

You have to be good at negotiating with the manufacturer too. This process is long and will require that you stand firm on the lowest possible price you want to pay the manufacturer and still get a bit of profit. This is not easy when you are also trying to build a relationship with the supplier so use the technique the police employ – the bad/good cop scenario. They have a cop to play bad to get to the bottom of things which in your case is to get to the lowest possible price. Here are the steps to do this:

1. Look for the manufacturer’s website and their phone numbers or email address. Get in touch with the supplier which most of them have a page on their policies through phone, email or a letter via the post office. This is because their policies may not have the requirements needed to buy from them directly. Usually, you just need a registered business name and a state tax ID.

2. Find what you want to buy. Know your requirements for the product you’re interested in. Specify the material, design or logo or description you want on the product. Also, know in advance what is the minimum order you are willing to place.

3. Check the price and the amount that is available to ship. Make sure of the insurance coverage and get the tracking of the package.

4. Plan for the delivery as to the time so you will be there to sign and a place to store the goods.

5. Keep a detailed record of the order not only so you check the delivered goods against what you ordered to make sure you get the exact item, but also to use the information for your inventory.

Try Out Overseas Suppliers and Make Special Effort With Them.

I know it won’t be easy to deal with overseas suppliers because of the language issue but don‘t let this stop you from doing business. Establishing an ideal chain of suppliers is a life-long endeavor. Just remember that all you need for the first step is to get a product from your first supplier that you can ship at a profit. Just focus on that and then try the other suppliers.

Send them a local treat like a kind of lollipop that is not available in their country. Then send them some information about your business which often times will work because your prospective supplier is not conversant in English. They will be better at reading your information rather than talking about it.

At Prime Sale is where you can search for wholesale goods that are made in China like electronics, toys and clothing. You can order them online ready to be shipped. On top of the wholesale prices, they also offer discounts in the special deals section of their website. They also have sections for new arrivals, $5 Store and Best Sellers.

Global Sources is a B2B marketplace where you can enter English keyword to search for products. It is the same at Buyer Zone. where you will learn to buy smarter. For Korean Goods check out this site where you can browse for categories. I am surprised with this because what I saw are wholesale prices for American goods. They say this is where you will find Korean products. As for Hong Kong products, Busy Trade is where to go.

Conclusion

You now have the ways to get the best prices, but don’t stop there. Joining industry groups, professional networks and forums will help. And so do attending trade shows and subscribing to trade publications. There are tricks and tips to do all these but these are not within the scope of this article. Let me know below if you want them.

Your Turn

Have you ever tried getting the lowest price possible from a wholesaler or manufacturer? What was that experience like? Please share with us anything you have done or heard about this issue.

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Home Business Steps Tips on Wholesale Buying Myths Demystified

May 22nd, 2014

Introduction

Truth or Myth? That is the question. So this article tackles the 4 common and potentially deceptive pieces of advice to help you rule out the bogus wholesale buying facts they have been shoving down your throat. You see, people think of selling and buying wholesale items as a get-rich-quick system where the sellers make a lot of money from doing very little work.

Wholesale buying myths and facts are what we have to deal with. Watch out for the presumptions for the Internet is rife with them. For all the things we understand about this topic, it is surprising to find how much we really know compared to how much we think we know. This is what I want to focus on in this article. These myths persist but I will tell the real story with real ways to stay safe.

There are reports around that not only provide proof of misinformation but also lecture on probable but unverified assumptions that you may hear even from the so-called gurus or experts. Now don’t get me wrong. This does not mean we know nothing on this for there are good reports out there. We just have to learn to separate the sheep from the goats.

For example, realistic goals are necessary but presumptions like zero-work can derail the goal. The fact is that anything good requires some kind of work. Just get to the facts and don’t associate with programs who have dubious credentials. Stick to the ones that have been proven to work like for article writing, the choice of ezine articles is clearly obvious.

Why does this matter? We don’t want to lead people down the garden path thinking that listing what they want to sell is as easy as pie. Far from it, for if you don’t put in some investment in time or money, you will find yourself disillusioned after a few months to discover that things have not gone according to the plan. What some people don’t know is that if they don’t put the effort into this, they will just be led astray.

Here’s a video on the Myths of Buying Wholesale:

Let’s bust those 4 common wholesale-buying myths, shall we?

Myth #1: You Can Find Better Deals Online For All Your Wholesale Sources.

You can just search Google and in one minute you will find a site with the best prices for any items you can think of. Just input the item you want to check out on Google and voila! Hundreds of them will appear. It’s true the Internet will give access to websites of many wholesalers. It is the easiest way to make contact with some of them.

Facts:

The trouble is as some experienced it, that list of sites you find you will see quickly if those sites are scams. There are so many of them online. And their customer service is horrible. It pays to check out other sources as well. You can find them in Trade Magazines like Wholesale Merchandise and Close Out.

For one thing there will be fewer people looking for a good price there and so you might get lucky and land on a very good deal. This is another way of looking for bulk liquidators and wholesalers. This is what you have to do if you want to succeed selling stuff on eBay because they are designed to sell to wholesalers whereas wholesales are designed to sell to retailers. If you’re selling on eBay, you’re not a retailer; you are a wholesaler. This is what some people have experienced.

The Myth #2: The Best Place to Sell Wholesale Goods is at eBay.

Considered as the largest market place in the world, it has its share of having turned ordinary sellers into millionaires. You will read about millionaires in testimonials and you want to follow their examples. You look at the auctions and the products that sell, the product descriptions and you know it in your gut that you can duplicate their success.

Facts:

Busted! This is what some people say. And that’s because while it is true that eBay is the largest market place in the world, the competition there is stiff. You can gather this to be true from all the loss leaders you see being offered by the supermarkets. Week after week, they put out flyers with all the come-ons in order to entice people to buy their stuff there.

It is the same thing at eBay. There are items there that are so competitive that it is best for a new seller to avoid them at all cost or stand the chance at having to give up in no time at all. What are these categories, you asked? Well, they are such things as designer clothes, computer games and electronics.

So What Does One Have To Do When Those Are The Items You Love To Sell?

The recommendation is to shift your focus to less competitive areas. Selling through classified ads in the newspapers comes to mind. There are other alternative selling venues as well. How about Bonanza and Craigslist? You will find more success in these least competitive markets.

Partners of the local eBay in its international sites may also be the answer to your prayers when it comes to selling the competitive products more successfully. Try out eBay UK and eBay Australia. And don’t forget Amazon either. There are a lot of buyers out there and you stand the chance to do better there.

Mind you, you won’t be able to reach the audience you have waiting for you at eBay but those alternative sites have purchasers who are more likely willing to pay higher prices for the goods you sell. They say the statistics for those willing to pay more there is as high as 9 out of 10 times.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not downgrading eBay. It’s where you get best prices for the goods you want to buy and sell. But it is also where you can turn the disadvantage of fierce competition to your favor. How? Well, it’s there where you will find ideas on cheaper merchandise you can sell somewhere else.

There are more myth busters coming up. We have already put two myths to rest and now we have two more to debunk. Put on your thinking cap and let us see if we can get to the truth or facts behind these common wholesale buying myths and misconceptions. Busting them will not be easy but I will give them my best college-try.

The Myth #3: It is good Idea to Buy Products You Can Sell From Light Wholesalers

People think finding the item of your dream as a seller is as easy as 1, 2, 3. They think that searching for the item in Google will net them hundreds of items, all a seller’s dream. True, you may land on a few and so good luck to you. But admitting we all need help in navigating through the wholesale buying myth is the first step in the right direction.

The Facts:

The truth of the matter is that it is not as easy as all that. It will take some work on your part. You will find that you may have to contact the manufacturer directly. You will also find that you have to buy in bulk from large wholesalers. Besides the products are difficult to find because not many people want to buy them.

Here is one experienced seller at eBay said: “The same people that sell items wholesale to you, sell on eBay to clear out stock. They sell to you to make extra money at your expense. The only way you’re going to get product at a good profitable price is to buy items in bulk.” You can tell there’s truth in that.

The Myth #4: It is Not Necessary To Do Research For This Takes Valuable Time.

Many admit it is crucial to do research but they just do lip service to this because what they believe is opposite to what they are saying just to be politically correct. It is true research takes time when what they think they need to get going is to list the items for sale for all the would-be purchasers to see. They believe that once you list them, people will come and buy. Some have believed this for years.

The Facts:

I hate to burst your bubble but this is the Wholesale Buying Myth to Stop Believing Right Now. The myth to zero-work on wholesale buying is just that, a myth. No work to do! You hear this all the time. Is this too good to be true? Of course. So if you’re thinking of doing it this way, the advice is to stick to what has been tested, tried, and true.

You have been led to believe that if you just put in some links, things will be fine. This is an outdated belief that the actual experience will shatter. Listen to this voice of experience. “Everyone expects that they can just buy the membership to a wholesale source site and then get instant access to the wholesalers and killer deals. There is no wholesale list or site that can do this for you. It doesn’t work that way.” In other words, one has to work and do research.

Conclusion

You now know the four wholesale buying myths and how to bust them. Knowing this may not catapult you to the millionaires’ row, but they will certainly keep you safe and sound. This way you don’t have to give up before realizing your dream. You can continue working slowly and steadily until you reach your goals.

Your Turn

Now it is your turn to share with us your experience on this issue. Have you tried getting rid of any of these myths? Or have you come across any other myths? How did you bust them?

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Home Business Steps Tips – Still Don’t Know What to Sell?

May 15th, 2014

Introduction

You still don’t know what to sell on eBay? Have no fear for I am here. And so are the Trusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers for Ebay Sellers where you will always find something to sell. Besides, they always have some form of recommendations which if we follow, we will not be in quandary when it comes to looking for something to sell. Here’s a video that says it all. If you find just a white spot there, just click it and the video will appear or click the first line after the white spot:






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Didn’t I tell you they had that covered? They had Simon Slade prepare that for you. It’s only three minutes and thirty three seconds long but it will be worth your while to watch it. How do I know that? Because I was in the same position you are in. And after watching it, I am raring to go to sell some stuff at eBay.

You will, too, after watching it!

It will help you decide what to sell no matter what stage you are in. You could just be starting to sell. Or you are a seasoned seller and find yourself wondering what else to sell. Or you want to expand your horizon and grow your eBay selling empire to the next level. Well, watching the video will help do just that because you will get some tips.

SaleHoo is the Place to Join

Over there, you will find a galore of remarkable wholesale suppliers that you will end up wondering why you ever felt stuck not knowing what else to sell at eBay. For awhile there, you didn’t know what else to do. After finding things to sell around the house, you felt there was nothing more for you to sell.

Well, not anymore, that feeling has gone by the wayside, never to come visiting again!

For at SaleHoo, there’s quite a variety of goods to sell, where you are left bewitched and bewildered. Not exactly, because by now you have an array of goods to choose from, you will be able to make up your mind in not more than five minutes flat. It was so unlike before SalehHoo when you have no idea what to do which will just leave you in some kind of limbo.

Not in limbo anymore! Not when the choice is right there before your eyes.

But pick something that truly interests you. By now you already know what Sells Best on eBay That will narrow down the choice further. And pair that with something you have a passion for and voila, you’ve got it made. You can talk about it and write about it till kingdom come and it will not feel like work at all.

Best of all that will shine through to the buyers. For passion and interest are just like communicable diseases. They spread out virally and that will make your prospective buyers take a second look. And that second look could be quite clincher, a thousand more potent than just a casual glance.

Find Where Your Interests and Passions Are

Do you have a passion for something? Are you catching yourself fingering the material of a blouse you admire? Do you like looking at the mannequins at the store window wishing you could talk to them to say how well they look in the clothes they’re wearing? For me, it’s shoes; they’re my waterloo. One time I bought a lovely looking pair of shoes and they weren’t even my size.

How about computers and anything technology? If you get frustrated with your computer to the point you want to throw it out the window in exasperation, then for goodness sake, don’t try to sell that. Your prospective buyers will see through you. They will see it in your worried eyes in the body language that stiffens whenever you are asked about your product.

How about sports? If you love a ruined walk in the park, then you won’t have a hard time convincing your audience that running after a golf ball is a most fun thing to do. How about hockey? Ah, that’s a different matter for that one I love. Just don’t sit with me when we’re watching a hockey game because you will be black and blue by the end of the game. Because I will hit and slap you whenever my team makes a mistake and I don’t even know how to skate on ice.

How about line dancing and ballroom dancing? Now you’re talking. If you love dancing even if you do feel silly sometimes, then by all means, sell all the paraphernalia pertaining to them because the smile in your eyes and the glow in your face will help sell those items, including the shoes, by the way. For goodness sake, don’t forget the shoes!

Do you follow me? When you’re looking for something to sell, look no farther then what you love. I know that inside you lurks that thing that interests you the most, the one thing you can’t resist not having or you will just die just like the Thai people who said they will die if they do not have hot chili for breakfast. But do look for low competition and high demand so you have to do some research.

Find Trusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers for Ebay Sellers

Over there, they have a special software to make the market research easy as pie. They will keep you informed as to the hot niches that will help gain profit and what actually to avoid because they won’t make you money. All SalHoo members gain access to their incredible SaleHoo research lab.

That surprised you, didn’t it? Now you know that a laboratory is not just for science experiments. It is also home for market research on what to sell and what to avoid selling. Becoming a member of this directory with a lot of trusted wholesalers will give you the advantage you deserve. Go ahead and click this now. => SaleHoo Research is Easy If You Join

Conclusion

There you have things that will help you get unstuck when you still don’t know what to sell. This article will help you find your interests and passions. But over and beyond this, research for success is most important and SaleHoo is the place to go to for such research where you get help in determining the products to sell that will move and be profitable for you.

Have you ever been a member of SaleHoo or know someone who is? Please share with us those experiences so we can help others with their marketing strategy.

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Home-Business-Steps-Tips -The Pros and Cons of Dropshipping

May 8th, 2014

Like me, you will love drop shipping. So do other retailers. When you come to think of it, what is there not to love? You have the goods, list them and wait till someone buys something. Then you send the order to the drop shipper and they send the goods to the buyer and they charge you for the price of the goods. You earn the difference between what the buyer bought it for and the wholesale price of the goods.

Introduction

But first, let us clarify what drop shipping is all about. Drop shipping, what is it? It is just a fulfillment model that lets you sell products from a wholesaler. Once someone buys the goods from you, you send the order to the wholesaler who ships it from their warehouse to the buyer. The wholesaler will only charge you for the price of the item they sent.

So you see, you partner with a drop shipping wholesaler and set up an account with them. They all have different ways of setting it up. You can either agree to credit your account or leave it empty and just pay for the items you sell. But first, get the photos of the merchandise you want to sell from the supplier along with description of the product and list them for sale.

How Does This Work?

After you receive an order and receive payment from your customer, you go to your supplier’s site. Select the product you just sold and go to checkout to pay for it. You have to input the name of the buyer and the address. Your supplier will then package it and ship it directly to your customer. Some may do blind shipping (without a return address) or use a private label shipping with the return address customized to you with your name and logo.

You can list the item as new for online auctions and get the supplier to ship the item to the highest bidder. You earn the difference between the wholesale price and the winning bid after factoring in the merchant and selling fees from the auction. There used to be that most drop shippers are from the U.S. but with the internet making it easier, there are drop shippers from other countries. Here’s a video that will explain a lot about drop shipping. If you see a big white spot below, just click on it and you will see and watch the video or just click the link below:






What are the Benefits of Drop Shipping?

1. You can offer more product selection because you don’t have to buy them yourself and store stock on site.

2. You need lower capital to get started as you don’t have to purchase an inventory.

3. You take lower or no risks as your supplier takes the responsibility of handling and shipping the items and you only pay for the items you sell..

4. You can run your drop shipping business anywhere with just a laptop and an internet connection.

5. You save a lot of time as you do not have to run a warehouse nor package the sold items.

Is It a Profitable Business?

There are many factors involved but when this is done properly, it is possible to have a highly profitable business. It takes a lot of time and work, mind you, but it is a workable business model with the risk as very low. In fact, some people were able to quit their day job when their online drop shipping business got more profitable.

How Much Money Can You Earn from Drop Shipping?

It is difficult to pinpoint how much one can earn from this business. For one thing it depends on the business owner. Will he be dedicated enough and committed to do the work long-term, probably years? It also depends on the chosen niche. Having said that, hard work and the correct approach can make one earn as much as a six-figure income.

As for how much profit margin you expect to earn, it depends on the products you sell. Electronics sometimes could earn you between 5% to 10%. It will also depend on how much value you can offer your customers. Intrinsic value is very important. Look at the iPhone, every time a product comes out, there is a long line of customers waiting in line and most of these customers already own an iPhone.

Where Can You Sell the Drop Shipped Products?

Would you believe, you can sell them anywhere, but my favorite is to sell them through eBay. At Amazon, many items sold are dropped shipped. Even large companies do it. Sears and Home Depot come to mind. They just take orders from their catalog and away they go. So why not us too?

What are the Risks or Drawbacks of this Drop Shipping Business Model?

1, Stock shortages may occur with popular items and back ordering them may take a long wait to fulfill.

2. When prospective buyers ask for a photo of the product, you may not be able to give it as you do not have control over the inventory,

3. There are a lot of scammers out there that pretend they are wholesalers when in fact they are just middlemen so get only the trusted ones like theseTrusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers

4. You may have to pay $2 to $5 per item more than some of your competitors who buy items in bulk.

5. You may get blamed if the drop shipper makes a mistake or package the item poorly.

Conclusion

There you have the pros and cons of a drop shipping business model. It is viable way to start a business but it takes time, effort and dedication to make it going. Don’t forget to watch out for scams who will pose as legitimate drop shippers but in reality are just out to part you from your hard-earned money.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you done something similar or heard someone doing it successfully? Please share your thoughts in the contact form below or send us an email.

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Home-Business-Steps-Tips – Find the Best Dropshippers

May 1st, 2014

Introduction

So you want to sell stuff on eBay? You got started by reading and studying Home Business Steps Tips For eBay Business You also learned how to get Ready For eBay Business. It sounds easy enough especially when you started to Sell Items Found Around the House. But now what’s next?

That’s right, you can’t keep on selling items from your home or you will end up having no bed to sleep on or chairs to sit on. You will have to find some other places to look for something else to sell. Well, I have the answers for you, you will have to find reliable wholesalers and drop shippers. Wholesalers are fine but for me drop shippers are great. Why?

With drop shippers, you won’t have to buy the items you want to sell ahead of time. You just find the product to sell from there and when you find a buyer, just go ahead and let the dropshipper handle the shipping and handling of the purchased item. Isn’t that great? But wait a minute, you still have to determine what items are best to sell on eBay.

That said and done, the question that begs for an answer still stands.

Where do we get a reliable dropshipper?

To find the best drop shippers there are different ways to go about this. Here they are:

1. Trade magazines have advertisements from manufacturers and distributors. This is a very good way to find the most recent contact details. You don’t know where to find the trade magazines in your niche? Easy peasy! Just search for it the business directory of Yahoo and you will find several there.

2. Searching online may result in a good find of the best dropshipper in your niche. Search for it this way: Type in your keyword for your product + dropshipper will net you several names, but don’t just look at the first page of Google’s search results, The best drop shippers may not be listed on the first page.

3. Paid directories can be a good source of drop shippers like SaleHoo but be careful out there. There are plenty of directories that are nothing but scams. There have been reports of people paying to gain access to the directories just to find the links are outdated. Some may even ask for more money.

4. Nobles Book Stores have lots of trade magazines on their shelf and you may just find your niche there where there are dozens of advertisements on where to get drop shippers.

5. ThomasNet can be useful if you are looking for components like boot heels or components to seals and gaskets. You will find there an excellent list of manufacturers and distributors. It is also a good idea to check out Thomas Global.

6. Trade shows are excellent places to find good drop shippers. The only trouble here is that these are only for established retailers so you may be asked to show your credentials like you Tax ID and business cards or show your sales figures.

Now that we mention that dreaded four-letter word scam let us see if there are precautions to take to save us grief over avoiding those scammers:

1. Are they asking for extra fees? This is a red flag as most drop shippers will only charge for the items you sell. Most may charge a fee to set up an account for you and this is understandable but charging for a monthly fee or recurring fee should be avoided. Avoid these companies for you don not have to pay for a monthly subscription fee just to sell their product.

2. How old is the site? How can you do this? Just write the full URL of your supplier on the search bar at domainTools,com DomainTools.com Look at the Registry data and find the word created. It will just say when the site was created. Why do we have to do this? It’s because drop shippers come and go. There are two reasons why they stop their business. One reason is that they are fraudulent and the other reason is that it is difficult to be successful. The recommendation is to use sites that are more than two years old.

3. Ask for the shipping and return policies and also for guarantees and warranties. You don’t want to be holding the bag when some buyers decide to return the product they bought.

4. Do they have a good customer service? You don’t know what could happen. The package may not arrive at all or is defective. One way of finding out is to send the contact address an email asking some questions like the minimum quantity of order or their policy on getting a discount. Check how long it takes them to answer your question and if their answers are to the point and helpful. Are they polite and courteous?

You don‘t have to do so much research if you are dealing with a reliable one that has been time-tested like the Trusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers for Ebay Sellers where you will always find something to sell. But you go ahead and research them anyway. You will find that they will pass with flying colors.

Conclusion

Take your time looking for the best dropshipper. Perseverance will pay off in the long run. If you rush through doing this important task, you might end up being scammed. Either that or you are not getting the best prices. Taking a shortcut in researching for the best dropshipper is really out of the question here. Then pay attention to the precautions mentioned above.

How about you, or do you know anyone who found a good dropshipper? How did they do it?

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Home-Business-Steps-Tips – Find Out What Sells Best on eBay

April 24th, 2014

Introduction

So you want to sell things on eBay? You have heard a lot about it and want to get your feet wet too. But there is a question that comes to your mind. What do I sell at eBay? How can I be successful at this when I don’t even know what to sell? Hmm, time to ask questions and this article features all the answers and the recommendations to make this endeavor a success.

First, Start From the Very Beginning

Start by finding things around your house to sell. Surely, you can find something you do not need anymore. You have heard this advice before but you don’t understand the reasoning behind this. Well now you will know. Your selling on eBay, just like any other situations requires practice and experience. It is best to see what mistakes one can make and how to avoid them.

Why Start Selling Stuff We Have at Home

One reason is obvious. There is a learning curve to undergo. And what better way to do this than selling stuff from home? For instance, you have to write a full description of the item you will try to sell. Things you have at home are already a known entity. You know what they are and if there are questions, you will be better off answering them than if the item is something you have not used before.

The other reason is that you will gain the experience you will need to lay the groundwork for a successful eBay seller career. You will learn which items are risky to sell particularly electronics when you do not have warranty. You will also find that if you are not interested in what you sell, so will the prospective buyers. Besides you have to know the product inside out or else if the buyers ask questions that you can’t answer, they will lose confidence in you.

You Can Then Graduate to Selling From Small Wholesale Lots

After some practice selling stuff from your home you can start selling from wholesale lots. Sell items though that most people use every day. Products that most people need daily are excellent sellers. Besides, they are easy to obtain and sell of you go for a specific group. Don’t be like some sellers who try to sell all things to every body.

If you do it this way, that is target a small group, the sale may be slower but then you are learning about the market and getting to know how to target a specific group of buyers without risking having stocks on hand that you cannot move as planned. Here are the different groups of items that are used every day by most people and examples of items under each group:

Home decor : vases towels, mirrors, sheets, cushions, rugs, and throws

Garden : composter, gardening tool sets, lawn mowers, flower pots

Clothing : pajamas and other night wear, accessories, maternity, and plus sizes.

Beauty : men’s grooming, sunscreen, toiletry bags and cosmetic, insect repellent

Special occasion : birthday cards, wedding supplies, bridal shoes, party supplies, mother-of-the bride outfits

Kitchen : Microwaves, knife sets, recipes, toasters, water optimizer

What Sells Best on eBay

What Sells Best on eBay

So you see the aforementioned items are the ones that easily move in the marketplace, In addition to the above, you can target specific groups of special hobbies and support groups for different topics as diverse as gluten-free, diabetes, debt-free, home business , knitting, fishing and lots of other groups too many to mention.

Be Watchful of The Media

News items from all over the world could give you ideas on what to sell. For example, during the taping of the Dancing With the Stars Series, there could be a demand for shoes and costumes for ballroom dancing as well as for the music and other accessories. As well, news items on shortage of drinking water supply could bring in demands for spring waters and such.

In other words, to pick up new trends, you have to have your ears and eyes open to any eventuality. You have to keep track of what is happening in the world so you can jump right in and be the first to sell the hot-selling items as dictated by what is happening around the world. This is an essential key to your success as a power eBay seller.

Conclusion

You now have ideas on what sells best on eBay and that it is best to start small by selling things you no longer need at home. This will give you the opportunity to gain the experience essential to a successful career as an eBay seller. Then you can move along to small wholesale lots and sell items that most people need everyday.

Now it is your turn. Let us know what items you sold successfully on eBay and tell us how you did it in the comment box below.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

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Home Business Steps eBay Tips – Sell Items Found Around the House

April 17th, 2014

Introduction
Where else can you buy or sell items you find in your home with over 500 million buyers? Where else but eBay, the world’s largest marketplace online? It really is the best place and eBay is giving us the opportunity to sell our stuff to more buyers. And it is easy to sell at eBay. Just list it, pack it and get paid. It is as easy and simple as that.

You can literally turn those items around your house into cash. These are items that are just lying around that you do not need or use. I know you have them because statistics have shown that the average household has items around their house worth about $3000 that they no longer use. The burning question is, why not turn those unused items into cash?

Examples Of What To Sell

You don’t believe me? Well there’s a page at eBay that will inspire you to find items around your house that you can sell. They call it the Inspiration House.
Inspiration House. What is it? Well it’s a page much like your home with all kinds of items that you can sell at eBay. Just click the item in each room of the house and it will tell you how much to sell that item on eBay. Cool, huh?

Examples of what you can find to sell are limitless. A smart phone sells up to $539.00 while a pair of designer shoes can go for $696.00. Then there’s the designer dress that sells up to $769.00 while a designer handbag can go for $349.00. Can you imagine how many items in your home that you no longer use that you can turn into cash. Want more?

Find Things Around the House to Sell

Find Things Around the House to Sell

Do you want to know how much a nice woman’s watch can go for? Well it can go up to $389.00. How about a tablet? You will be surprised to know that it can sell up to $657.00. Action figures can sell up to $126 while video game consoles can go up to $658.00. And textbooks? They can go as high as $91.00.

How To Sell Textbooks on eBay
Speaking of textbooks, there is a guide on how to sell textbooks to help you sell to make as much money you can. Those science and math textbooks will be worth some money for you. And so do the other textbooks in health, history and foreign language. Why not sell them instead of leaving them around collecting dust? You lose nothing because you can list them to sell for free.

Of course, it makes sense that you have to do some digging first, literally and figuratively. Not only will you have to go looking for them at home but also you will have to do a little research. How, you asked? Well, search for the titles of the textbooks (one at a time) that are like yours and see which ones have just sold and for how much. This will give you an idea how much to sell your textbooks for.

Tips To Ensure Success

Those are just samples of what you can find around your home that you can sell on eBay. There are other things you can sell at eBay. Heck, yesterday, I read about a man selling fresh air from France. Can you understand that? If you do, you’re lucky because I can’t get my head around that. Do me a favor and explain it to me in the comment box below or at the email address underneath the authors’ names.

So you see you can let your imagination run wild. But for me, I guess I will go by learning the popular items sold at eBay. I am more conservative, I guess. Before I decide what to sell, I will have to go to the eBay marketplace
and find the popular items sold there. There, I will see for myself what to sell. I will also find how much money I can make by selling items from my home.

I will also want to learn, and you should too, the items that move fast. Now here’s a quick tip. Sundays and Mondays are a quick way to end an auction. Why? It is because that’s when more shoppers are doing their shopping online. And you know what that means. The more shoppers there are, the more sales there will be. It’s a no brainer. It is just good Math sense.

Besides, if you don’t know what format to use to sell on eBay, the Auction format of listing is the way to go as buyers are 50% more likely to buy when it is listed the Auction way. I don’t know why. Probably it is because auctions generate more excitement? There is some kind of psychology at play here. People go to the eBay Marketplace to be entertained.

Still don’t know what to sell on eBay? Do what I do and find products from Trusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers for Ebay Sellers This is perfect for Moms to start a home based business with step by step tutorials. That way you don’t have to pack and ship the products. Neither will you have to keep an inventory if you just have the items shipped directly from the wholesalers and drop shippers. But you still have to find out what sells best and the other stuff.

Checklist To Sell At eBay

When you’re ready to start your eBay business, here is a checklist that you can follow. This checklist will help you succeed. Good luck!

1. Take photos of what you’re selling. Remember that you are allowed up to 12 photos to upload with your listing for free.

2. Use the quick listing tool you can use to list your item for sale.

3. Keep on top of your listing through My eBay.

4. Verify that your buyer has paid you.

5. Print eBay labels.

6. Ship the item you sell.

7. Leave a feedback for your buyers as they will for you because that will keep the marketplace safe and clean.

8. Check your paypal account to see how much money you made.

Conclusion

That’s it. You’ve learned what items in your house you can sell and find examples that move fast in the marketplace. There are also some tips as to the kind of listing to have to help move the merchandise faster. This even includes a checklist that if you follow will set you up to a stellar career as an eBay power seller. Have fun and good luck!

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Home Business Steps Tips on How To Catch a Crook

April 10th, 2014

Among the first things an online retailer has to learn is how to keep safe from scammers. These people pretend to be suppliers; they want to take your money and run. That is why this lesson is very important as you should be dealing with suppliers who are legitimate and are not one out to scam you.

You don’t want to lose money from the activities of these scammers. They talk smoothly leading you down the garden path. They will promise everything, the moon, the stars and what-have-you, just to get you to sign up with them. They will entice you with promises and things that are free for you alone. Oh, there are so many horror stories out there. It is quite heart-breaking to hear about them. Here’s a video on this issue but if you see a big white space, just click on it and the video will appear.






Catching the Crooks kindly supplied by SaleHoo

That is also why dealing with suppliers inside the Salehoo directory with their Trusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers is the way to go. With these suppliers you don’t have to run a background check to determine whether they are the real deal or not. You don’t have to worry if they are trustworthy because they have been checked already by the Salehoo Dropshippers and Wholesalers.

Not everybody will want to go through these directories though. Mostly it is because they want to save money. What they don’t know is that they may save a buck or two but lose out more than they want to save. And the endless worrying and waiting for the goods you order is not worth the money you think you will save.

Use Only Trusted Wholesalers and Dropshippers

Use Only Trusted Wholesalers and Dropshippers

For those who still want to do it their way, it is crucial that you take part in this lesson as you will need it big time. Here you will learn what to look for or the signs that you may be dealing with a crook. Essentially if you take this lesson to heart, you will learn how to catch a crook before you even hire one as your supplier. Here are the signs to look for:

1. The prospective wholesaler or supplier does not ask for your Sales Tax ID or your business license. That’s one of the first things a real wholesaler will request for. It is a requirement for them to get either the Sales Tax ID or the business license. Mind you, the Sales Tax ID is only for sellers in the United States. You don’t need this if you live outside the US,

2. The prospective wholesaler or supplier does not sound professional when you call them. They do not identify themselves or the name of their business and instead just say “Hello” or “Yes” when they answer the phone.

3. The prospective wholesaler or supplier does not have a website that states their address and telephone number. Ask if you can come to look around their business address and you will meet with some resistance. This should not be a problem for them if they are legitimate as any serious wholesaler will certainly agree if you ask for an inspection of their premises.

4. The prospective wholesaler or supplier becomes devious when you ask for a sample of their product so be careful if they do not offer a product sample. Ask them why they are not offering this because most wholesalers are just glad to offer you one although you will most likely have to pay for it.

5. The prospective wholesaler or supplier declares they accept secure form of payment like PayPal or credit card but then later they say they only want a Western Union or wire transfer as mode of payment. This is the form of payment scammers use so be careful when you have not dealt with them before. Keep in mind though that trusted wholesalers could use this form of payment.

6. The prospective wholesaler or supplier may say they are temporarily out of stock of the item you are buying and yet expect you to pay. Request for photographic proof with the newspaper showing the current day in the backdrop.

7. Do your homework first and perform a diligent research on the company you are planning to utilize. Illegitimate companies love to do business with those who are uninformed and clueless. So be well informed before they have you in their clutches. Corrupt companies just hate people who are informed and they can’t fool.

Those seven things will certainly help you catch the crooks before you deal and lose money with them. When you see one of the above signs, be careful. They are not hard and fast rules but they could really be an indication that something is wrong. It is better to make sure before diving in and get ripped off in the process.

If you are not certain if the supplier is legitimate, you can post at the Community Forum to see if any member has used them and have some advice on the matter. The support staff at Dropshippers and Wholesalers can also help run a background check of your prospective wholesaler and supplier for you.

Conclusion

There you have all the signs to look for to check whether a wholesaler or dropshipper is legitimate or not. In addition, there are recommendations on what to do to make certain that you are dealing with the real deal. There is also some help from the staff that is made available for you as well as the Community Forum.

How about you? Have you had a bad or good experience with a supplier or wholesaler? Please write your comments on the comment box below or write us at the address below the authors’ names.

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Home Business Steps Report on Work-at-Home Scams

April 3rd, 2014

Let us heed the warning from the Federal Trade Commission that many Work-at-Home offerings are scams especially the ones that claim big money for little work or no work at all. This makes my hair stand on edge. Why? Because I can smell from a mile away that something is wrong. That is why we pause to have a chance to report to you about a recent scam as we do not want you to be a victim to this like what happened to us before.

The company sold to consumers their “Six Figure Program” for $27 that is supposed to include a website. The buyers found out they had to pay an extra $100 to set up their websites so now this company is banned to stop them from continuing this purportedly deceptive practice. In addition, the court froze their assets. I hope they return the money to the consumers who lost in this scam.

Scam Alert, Watch Out!

Scam Alert, Watch Out!

FTC advises that people who want to get onto a business opportunity to read the contract
carefully and check out the claims on what the sellers earned because they are required to provide a statement on their earning claims. Make sure of any refund policy and to make a list of references available.

The Federal Trade Commission also recommends the following:

  • Read or listen to the sales presentation critically.
  • Talk to those who bought the opportunity to see if the sellers’ disclosure corresponds with their experience.
  • Get professional advise to read the paper work before you sign on the dotted line.
  • Determine if all the required documents are provided by the owners. If not, don’t buy into it.
  • Look into the record of the seller. Google him and check with the state attorney general’s office, the local consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau to see if the offer is legal.

The trouble with the last one, especially with the Better Business Bureau, is that if the business has no record then they are reported as no record and so they may be deemed as legitimate. Besides, not only with the Better Business Bureau, scammers are known to provide false testimonials.

Regarding refund policy and cancellation guideline. The sellers can tell you to the high heavens about their satisfaction guaranteed-or-money-refunded till they are blue in the face. When the time comes for the cancellation or a refund, you may be faced with a hard time. So keep a record of all the paper work; copy or print them so you will have a leg to stand on when time comes that you need it.

Or do what I do. I use a virtual credit card that is only good for a one-time payment so that if they take time to settle things they will not continue charging your credit card while they investigate the veracity of your claim. They may do this even if they say in the sales presentation that your money will be refunded, no questions asked. If you want to know more on how to do this, just put it in the comment box below. So be careful out there.

Instead, why not go on a legitimate business like selling at eBay? There is work involved but at least you are not going to be scammed and there is some profit you can realize. Just by choosing the goods to sell from the Dropshippers and Wholesalers will help you get started.

If you don’t mind working and doing your best, here is a business where people found success. Here is the link again. Find Trusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers for Ebay Sellers This is perfect for Moms to start a home based business with step by step tutorials. You can even buy stuff you need from the same source. You never have to buy retail again.

Conclusion

What you should do if you have been scammed is to report your experience to the authorities. You can report them to your state attorney general’s office. Then there is the consumer protection agency in your state or county. Lastly but not least, report any unfavorable incident to Better Business Bureau as well as to the Federal Trade Commission.

How about you? Have you been conned or scammed by a company? What did you do? Please share with us your experience.

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Home Business Steps Ready for eBay Business

March 27th, 2014

We have been working on starting an eBay business. First we registered at eBay and learned to find something to sell. Then we learned how to determine the price on what we plan to sell and how to start listing the item for sale. Now we are ready to learn more on how to list the item on eBay.

Write a good description for your item. Get ideas from top eBay sellers by going through the listing of items similar to yours but don’t copy and paste as that will be illegal. Just get ideas and write the description in your own words. Listing the benefits of the item for sale so the buyers will get to improve their life is a good idea. Put on top the condition of the item. They will trust you more even if you say a chair’s leg is broken.

Select the way or the format you want to sell your item. Is it via auction where prospective buyers will bid for the item or is it a Buy It Now? Actually you can do both. The Buy It Now price will banish once the first bid appears. After this, choose the listing duration which has no rule fits all. An item in demand can be listed for three days while an art work may do better if listed for ten days as prospective buyers for this, need more time to consider the purchase.

You Can Run Your eBay Business from Anywhere

You Can Run Your eBay Business from Anywhere

There are a lot of options for payment to you. I prefer PayPal, Then there’s credit card, debit card, bill me later, payment upon pick-up. eBay suggests though to compare PayPal mode of payment with ProPay and Paymate and Moneybookers as PayPal usually holds the fund for as much as three weeks to make sure the transaction runs smoothly. Truth be told, I didn’t have that problem with PayPal.

Now you choose the options for shipping. Will you post it or just use pick-up? Posting it will make your item open for more buyers. Postage can be calculated according to buyer location or if it is a small item, it can have similar cost especially if you are selling it in your own country. USPS is generally the cheapest one but check out their websites to be sure.

The default location is where your eBay account was registered but if you’re drop shipping or wholesaling, change this location to your dropshipper or your wholesaler. Can you see why doing this through the dropshipper and wholesaler is my choice? You don’t have to worry about shipping or even handling, packing and customer service.

At this point you can offer a return policy and give extra instructions. eBay will give you a chance to review your listing and to add upgrades. You can list it now but if this is your first time to sell at eBay, you will have to establish a sellers account so you will have to click Continue. You have to sign in again for security sake and then choose how you are going to pay for your listing: PayPal, autopay through credit card, and direct pay through your checking account.

Now finally you can list your item and can start tracking what’s happening to your listing. You can track this by logging in and clicking My eBay link and see the activity around your listing. You can even answer the questions people may ask about your item. In addition, any activity in your listing that needs you or if it is sold, eBay will send you an email .

Conclusion
There you have all the steps to go through before selling at eBay. Obviously, you have to know all these so you can be successful at selling items on eBay. Don’t let any obstacle stop you from pursuing success. If there is anything that gives you trouble, just send me an email at the address after the authors’ names below. Meantime if you are in a hurry and can’t find things to sell, you can try to Find Trusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers for Ebay Sellers

Now you can start with your eBay business. Some of you might have had some experience on this. Would you please share with us your experience in the comment box below? If you see a name below the comment and the word logout, just click logout and you can then login.

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Home Business Steps Tips for eBay Business

March 20th, 2014

We already know how to start a business with eBay by implementing the first two steps. The first step is on getting a free account on eBay by registering. Then we went on the second step which is to find something to sell. The recommendation is for you to first sell the things around your house that you no longer need. However, if you find it hard to get something to sell you can try to Find Trusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers for Ebay Sellers but don’t do this now until you have done all the steps.

Step 3. Determine How Much to Sell Your Item For
Type in your item for sale in the product search. Scroll down the left hand Refine Search Panel until you see Show Only under which you will see a box for Completed Listings. Check that box and like magic you will see the items that were sold in the last two weeks where you can find out how much money the sellers made. The red ones ended without getting sold.

Looking through the completed listings will give you an idea whether your item will sell and at what price to sell it for. This will help you avoid making the mistake of not pricing your item right or selling an item that is not popular. Selling antique items will probably need to have a professional evaluation.

Anyway, it is good to start small because people will want to buy from those who have good feedback. At first, you will not have the feedback you need but after selling a few cheaper items you will gain some feedback. Another way of getting feedback is if you buy things at eBay as well.

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Home Business Steps Tips for_eBay Business

Step 4. List the Item You Want to Sell at eBay
If you don’t finish the draft for listing the item, don’t worry for you can always go back to complete it. However, it is good idea to have everything you need like 3 to 5 good photographs of the item you are going to sell. Write down all the details of the item like the dimensions, Model number, brand, color, how old it is and warranty if there is any. Get ready with the shipping cost by checking out with the other sellers or with the Post Office.

Then click the Sell Link from the top of any eBay page. Clicking that will show you where to write a description of your item. Then click Start Selling and you may be surprised that eBay will ask you to login again. This is to make sure that you are really you and not some kind of an impersonator. eBay will now give you a list of categories from which you will check the one your item falls under. Hit Continue.

Now you are ready to create a title which is the first thing the people will see so choose one wisely. Use the most important feature of the item you are selling. You can get some ideas from other eBay sellers by browsing through the listings. A sub title can be added if your item has other important features. There is a drop-down menu for the specifics on the item. Add as many as you can that fits the item.

It is now time to add pictures, the ones you took which you edited in Picasa and saved in a folder in your computer so that when you click Add Pictures, you can browse to find the pictures in your computer. Add them by clicking the Upload button. It is a good idea to add a free gallery picture of your item as this will make prospective buyers want to see your full listing.

You will soon be able to list the item you want to sell on eBay. Do the instructions above until you become comfortable and at ease with eBay’s website and instruction. On the next page, I will show you how to write your description in such a way the visitors will be enticed into looking at your listing more closely.

How about you? Have you done anything like this? Then please share with us your experience in the comment box below so we can learn from you as well. If you see a name below the comment and the word logout, just click logout and you can then login.
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Home Business Steps Tips on eBay Business Dropshippers and Wholesalers

March 13th, 2014

Here’s an exclusive secret that will help you make more money than over 90% of sellers in eBay. It is because here they have directories with trusted suppliers of hot items you can sell for instant profits online. Because you have trusted suppliers, it is easy to want to get started right away, but it is best to know the steps you have to take. Okay, you have the items to sell. What do you do now?

To get started with an eBay business you have to have the following:

  • A working computer
  • High speed Internet connection
  • A phone
  • A digital camera
  • Shipping supplies (i.e. boxes, packing tape, etc )

Personally I don’t need the last two items. It really depends on how you are going to sell at eBay. In my case, I prefer selling through dropshipping because then I don’t have to do any packing. Neither do I have to keep inventories of things I sell. I will let you know the way to do that later. Suffice to say that for now, know that I sell the goods through eBay or through Amazon for that matter and forward the sales to the supplier where they do the packing, the handling and shipping.

Most people sell directly at eBay so we will learn this first way and then move on to the next one later. First, we will concentrate on selling directly at eBay. Why is eBay so special? It enables anyone who is willing to work and determined to carry on with the business of selling through eBay to become successful. Perhaps not to become a millionaire but earn enough money to make a living.

HomeBusinessSteps Tips on eBay Business Dropshipper

HomeBusinessSteps Tips on eBay Business Dropshipper

All that can happen without leaving your home, being able to choose what to sell you are enthusiastic about and being your own boss with all the lifestyle benefits. To top these all, you don’t need a lot of capital to get started. Where else can you get a business going with just around $50 to invest? With that out of the way, let us go through the three steps to start selling at eBay.

Step 1. Register at eBay
The first thing to do is to register at www.eBay.com with your details such as your name, email address, physical address and telephone number. You will be asked to choose an ID. Choose one that describes your business as you will be needing this in all your transactions. If you want to sell yoga products for example, your niche would be yoga.com. More than likely though that has already been taken but don’t worry for here are some possible ones:

  • YogaSecret.com
  • MyYogaSecret.com
  • YogaMoves.com
  • YogaSuccess.com
  • MyYogaSuccess.com
  • 30DaysToYogaSuccess.com

It does not for example allow to sell weapons, food and event tickets.

So let’s check if what you have chosen to sell is allowed. Just go to the list of items prohibited to sell. You didn’t find your item in the prohibited list? I thought so. Read also the rules and if you see any violations you will know how to do it here so we can keep eBay and the internet clean.

There you have the first two-steps to go through before the selling process. Obviously, you will still have to know how much to sell your products for. This, plus all the preparations to ensure success are covered on the next page. Meantime if you are in a hurry and can’t find things to sell, you can try Find Trusted Dropshippers and Wholesalers for Ebay Sellers

How about you? Did you ever do an eBay business you can share with us? Write it down in the comment below. If you see a name there, just click logout and you can then login.

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Home Based Business and Moms – A Match Made In Heaven

March 6th, 2014

With Income Going Low, What Do Moms Do?

To supplement the monthly income moms are trying work at home and love the new arrangement. They feel they have the best arrangements because they can look after the kids and attend all the events a child is involved in be it athletic sports or ballet and music lessons.

They sell jewelry in their living rooms, pots and pans in the kitchen and look for other internet marketing opportunities to help with the shortfall in the budget. They willing to do a lot to earn some extra cash and at the same time stay at home to take care of their kids. So what else do they do?

Moms Love Running a Homebased Business

Moms Love Running a Homebased Business

Now let me share you this story that I bet will inspire you. Here’s a stay-stay-at-home mom whose business is very successful. In 2013, she was on track to earn $1.5 million dollars. How does she do it? It is using her kitchen and her passion for online marketing. And what helped her become hugely successful? Pinterest, that’s what.

What exactly did she do? Well she has three kids who all go to school. This fact made her think of how she can make easy and quick ways to prepare healthy lunches for her kids. This made her think of creating easy lunch boxes in her kitchen.

This is like a Bento box that is popular in Japan. It is really not just in Japan because you can see them all over the place where there are Japanese Restaurants. In fact my favorite Bento box is one with tempura shrimps and vegetables with a little bit of salad and Miso soup.

Sorry to digress and let’s focus on Kelly Lester’s successful business. For a school lunch, the Bento box is just a single box packed with a single meal. This became a fun way to create healthy school lunches instead of just preparing peanut butter and jam sandwiches and potato chips. You can really make your imagination run wild with this.

So many parents have the same problem about packing lunch boxes. And that is when Kelly came to the rescue and her business called EasyLunch Boxes was born. The boxes are compartmentalized and with cooler bags, you pack lunches quickly without wasting time and money.

She writes her own blog where she shares valuable content with her customers. They lap up her tips on how to pack lunches and how to run the home in the most efficient way possible. She also answers questions from her customers in this blog.

There are all kinds of marketing opportunities that you can check out. Here are some inspiring ideas for you.

1. Freelancing is one easy way to get started. For example, if you are good at writing, you can write 7-15 page reports, then you can make a living online working just a few hours each week from the comfort of your home. Or you can do photography, web design, marketing, whatever your skill is.

2. You can also make money from blogging. If you have a passion for style, hobby or any topic you’re interested in, you can start blogging about it. You can also become a virtual assistant for a busy blogger doing all kinds of services. If you’re creative, why not start a business creating gift baskets?

3. If cooking is your cup of tea, then why not figure out the best way to bake bread or other stuff related to cooking or baking. You could also start a home child care business taking care of children for parents who are working outside their home. You can also earn money from after school hours children who can stay with you until their parents get home.

Conclusion
You see there are so many ideas out there. You just have to nurture an idea in your brain, get some help and you’ll be on your road to success. Ask me for help in the comments below.

How about you? Can you share with us some success stories you have?

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Home Business Owners Alerts and Tips

February 20th, 2014

Home business is fun but not easy to run. There are benefits that’s true but there are challenges too. Money could get tight especially you want to spend some for your business to keep it growing. This is despite the fact that you are saving on such costs as office rental space, commuting expenses and clothing expenses. But don’t despair for here we are getting some alerts and tips to you.

Are you up to your ears in debt?
  We have to do something about this so we can save money to use it for the business to make it grow. One way is to understand the fees the credit card providers charge their customers. They have them in the fine prints and they take advantage of this by charging any number of fees. But we know what they are up to now so we can stop being slaves to them. So watch this section for more. You will be surprised at what you will see and hear.

If you want to see more of the above, just let me know at the contact information below the names of the authors. It is a bit camouflaged to protect the site from robots
There are ten of these videos with real good information. I can put them up one at a time right here for you if you let me know.

I know it is not easy to stop spending for stores could lure you into buying more. Studies have shown for instance that standing on soft carpet can make the furniture at a distance look more comfortable and cozier. Then there’s the smell of cinnamon bun that could drive you nuts and make you want to buy them. So do the soulful sounds of pop/rock songs, the Feel Me Squeeze Me signs and a salesman saying smoothly “But you are free..” These last four words are supposed to be the most persuasive words that can break your resolve not to spend. My solution? Just say, “But I am free to say no.”

Do some spring cleaning of your credit report.
Checking your credit report is the number one financial moves you can make each year. The credit report is the key to getting qualified for a loan. It is the secret to lower interest rates. You can even get better deals on your insurance premiums with a good credit report. And believe it or not, it can help find you a job. Watch more alert on this in this section.

Best tips for budgeting success are here. There’s a book by Judy Lawrence called The Budget Kit. It really is a workbook full of pages where you can record all your income, expenses, debt and other financial dealings. In addition, there are worksheets to help with creating a budget. It will help you take charge of the money instead of the other way around. We will explain the principles she used in her book.

How to lower your bills will have a section here where we will cover each topic: Looking for ways to save money on heating and cooling? The obvious thing is to adjust the thermostat. This can be done to reduce the costs and remain comfortable at the same time.

By the way you can request your energy provider for a home energy audit. This will locate the points where you are wasting the energy and ways to stop the waste. I still remember the audit done on our house and I was amazed how just putting bottles of water in my freezer will help save money.

Conclusion

There you have some alerts and tips that could save you money to channel to your home business to make it grow. You have tips on lowering your bills, spring cleaning your credit reports, budgeting tips and dealing with debts.

How about you? Share us anything you found that helped keep your finances healthy.

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 9c List Building : Squeeze Page, The Practical Side Part 3

February 13th, 2014

Here we are still on list building but it is probably the last of the Mohicans. It is hard work, I must admit it, but it is work that must be done. You can tell from all the statistics going around that practically over 90% of internet marketers are not doing well at all and not from not working hard because I know they do. We have done everything until the actual writing of the squeeze page and now we come to transferring it to the web host.

Transferring the Squeeze and Thank You Pages to the Web Host
Now comes the transferring of your squeeze and thank you pages to your web host. Here’s how to do it. Listen to this tutorial again that shows how to transfer files to and from a server via FileZilla which is also at Hostgator’s cPanel Find the squeeze page and thank you page in your computer. You will find them under Local Site. Then drag them to the right side which is the domain name folder. The file will be automatically transferred. Check it if it’s in the web by typing in the www.yourdomainname.com on the browser and you see your squeeze page live on the web.

Here’s another way to transfer the squeeze and thank you pages to your web host if you are not with Hostgator. Just like above you will need FileZilla except you have to download it. Go ahead and download it now.

To transfer the squeeze and thank you pages, open FileZilla and enter your domain name, user name, and password. Clicking “Quick Connect” will get you connected to your web host. The next thing to do is to look for your “public_html” folder. See what you’re looking for below and double click it to see your domain name. Then look for the Squeeze page and Thank you page on your computer. In the left screen is where you will find your files, which is also known as Local site.

Then find your domain name folder under the “public html” folder and drag the squeeze page into the domain name folder which will automatically transfer the file for you. To make sure the squeeze page is live, type on your browser your domain name and if the squeeze page is on the page, then you’re done.

Checking To See If The Squeeze Page Is Presentable
Now let’s take a look at our squeeze page and see if it looks presentable. Let’s go to Kompozer again and we see the content looks okay but we can still do something to improve it. Go to “Format” and click “Page Color and Background” on the top left. A chart will appear with different choices of colors for the background.. You can do the same for the other parts of the squeeze page but if you did it the plain easy way using Ming Jong Tey’s squeeze page or anybody else’s for that matter, the choice of color is already done.

We will also check the optin in the Squeeze Page to see if it is presentable and how we can improve it. First, open the Squeeze file in the Kompozer. The contents are all there; they’re just not quite presentable yet. Let us see if we can make it more presentable by changing the background color. On the top left is the “Format” where you will click “Page Color and Background”.

Select Use Custom Colors if you want to choose the background color, circle White for Background and click ok. You can do the same for the other parts of your squeeze page. You can change the size of the headline and the font as well. Highlight the headline and change the size and the font as you wish. If you want to center the headline, just highlight it and select “Align Center.”

Now we will go and improve the opt-in form from the autoresponder. We want to change “Your Name” to First Name and “Your Email” to Primary E-Mail. Go to the squeeze page source and look for Your Name and change it to First Name. Then look for Your Email in the source and change it to Primary E-Mail.

What Happens After the Sign Up
After they sign in to join your list, what do you think happens next? Set up your autoresponder so they are directed to a Thank You Page. This where you deliver the download page of your free offer. Some at this point, which I don’t like to do, pitch a One Time Offer before the subscriber sees the download link. If you decide to do this, make sure the OTO is related to the free offer. Others also put on some related advertisements for affiliate programs on the thank you page or the download page.

Once they sign up, the name and address are added to the email autoresponder account. This is what you use to follow up the people who join your list. So if ten people sign up, the mail is sent to these ten people. If a hundred sign up next time, then the email goes to 103 people. And because this is done automatically, hardly any work is expected of you. Of course you have to write the email but those are stored in the data base too and so are sent as people join your list.

After they are on your list you can set them up to the next stage down the sales funnel but not before you build trust and a relationship with them by sending good information and more freebies that will improve their life. This will be difficult to do manually if you have hundreds of people on your list without the help of your autoresponder.

You can set a campaign consisting of emails through the autoresponder which will deliver your emails automatically during the time intervals you indicate. Over and above this you can send a broadcast message to your list that can be delivered immediately about a new product or service. Isn’t this a good way to automate your business? Any new subscriber will start receiving the right emails at the appropriate time you specify.

So here’s the list building machine in a nut shell: 1. Squeeze 2. Email 3. Offer . It is so simple I even changed it around because for me we have to start with an offer to entice them into signing up to join a list and squeeze them to give their name and email address. Only then can you email them the products you promote that will improve their life. The thing is once you have the offer, the Squeeze page and the autoresponder in place, you can automate all three of them. It really is simple but we people make it difficult.

You don’t even need a huge email list, but you do need to offer products that are of high quality. Once this list building machine is set up, it works automatically and as years go by so do your mailing list goes up. But at the start you have to invest in yourself in terms of money or in work. So let’s reiterate those three parts of the list building machine: Offer, Squeeze Page and email via the autoresponder. That’s it. That’s all you need.

Setting Up An Autoresponder Campaign
Here, I will show you how to set up an autoresponder campaign through Get Response for the squeeze page you just created. You do it through Filezilla which you can either download or if your web host is Hostgator, they have it in their cPanel. Again which ever reliable host you pick will answer questions on this.

1. Login to your autoresponder. Then set up a campaign for capturing signers to your list. Click the “Create Campaign” button which will bring you to a page called “Create a new Campaign”. Input the name of the campaign where your email messages will be coming from which will either be your name or your company name, and email address. You don’t have to put your email on the Reply to field.

2. For the title, type in a brief description of the campaign while the more detailed description will be in the Description Box. After you finish entering the required fields, Click “Create a new campaign” and a new page will appear. If you see a warning that you have not personalized your confirmation message yet, just hit “Click here”. This will take you to another page to personalize the confirmation message to the one who just joined your list.

3. Choose a subject from the drop down menu that is most suitable. Then enter your message after which you put your signature. Don’t forget to click the save button. At this point you are not done yet for you have to input your address without which you will not be able to email your subscribers. Click save again. After you have done this, you will see a message called List created.

4. For the Optin Settings, check both “Email subscription” and “Web subscription” if you want double opt-in and leave them unchecked if you want just single opt-in. Click save again and as for the “Confirmation page URL”, you can either leave it blank or enter your Affiliate product URL or your Thank You Page URL.

5. Now that the setting up is done, it is time to get the code for the campaign. With your curser on the “Subscribers”, select “Build Subscribers List”. Then click “Capture Subscribers| and a window for another page will appear. There are three ways Get Response captures subscribers: HTML Form, Manage an Existing Pop-up and Create a new pop-up. For now, just select HTML Form and fill in which list you want to capture subscribers for.

6. The generated HTML code appears which you have to copy and paste to any page you want to capture the names and addresses of your visitors. To put it on your squeeze page. Open your squeeze page in Kompozer or on your web page and you will compose the words you want on the table that will appear.

On the bottom left of Kompozer, click “Source” button and you will see some HTML codes you don’t have to understand. Just look for “Paste Code Here and that is where you will paste the HTML Form you got earlier. Then choose “Normal” on the bottom left. You will then see that a form has been created.

How to Win the List Building Game and Avoid Mistakes

If you find your list building does not give you the results you want, check it out for mistakes that you may have unwittingly made. Are there links there other than the optin? There should not be any distractions there. You could also conduct a split test between two slightly different squeeze pages to see which one works better. Then check out the FREE Software That Builds Email Lists Automatically For You and can increase the optin rate as well.

Other ways to convert traffic so you will have a better optin rate is the use of pop up as mentioned above about the FREE List Building Plugin Also put the optin form in the header, footer and in the sidebar. As a matter of fact, it is a good idea to put the optin form at the end of every post you write. Here’s a video explaining this.

Another problem that may cause a poor optin result is not using a reliable autoresponder. Then some fail to offer a quality product and develop a good relationship with the subscribers. Then failure to send them regular emails and doing it sporadically may just make the subscribers unsubscribe. Sending copied emails from product creators will lower the optin rate too. All these mistakes could be prevented by just doing the right thing that could lead to better result.

Conclusion
There you are; you have everything you need to write your own squeeze page. You now know how to start your list building which is really the number one task you have to do online along with delivering value to your readers. If you follow all the tips mentioned on this web page you should be on your way to building a list you can be proud of.

What are your thoughts on list building? Do you have other ideas on how to do it right and better? Please leave your comments below. Thanks.

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 9c List Building : Squeeze Page, The Practical Side Part 2

February 6th, 2014

This list building lesson is getting too long, isn’t it, but it is going to be complete and all in one site. There will be no more thinking and wondering where and what the next step is going to be. There will be no more jumping from one site to another because everything is right here. Let us see what we have covered so far since the theoretical side of list building.

First, we did some preparation before writing the squeeze page. We had to do some explanation on what is needed in order to proceed like the web host, the autoresponder and the domain name. Then we talked about what to write for the headline and the bullets. And when we arrived at the picture for our offer, we just flat ran out of space and it is here that we start on this continuing saga of list building.

Picture of the Freebie
This will show the would-be subscribers what they are getting when they sign up to your list. Your success could depend on this. The better the offer or the bribe or the bait is, the better will the conversion rate be. And this includes what it looks like. You may have to get http://fiverr.com/ to do it for you for $5. Just make sure the eCover they use has no copyright issue with it.

Adding an Image
There is also instruction on how to add the image of your free offer. Do you see where it says, “Insert” in the Word Press dashboard? Just click that and click “Image”. Browse for the image, open it and add it to the page. If you are experiencing trouble with this, the autoresponder you hire to do your email marketing for you will answer any questions you have. Or you can leave a comment and question below. I can certainly help you with that.

How do we add the image of our free offer? Easy, just click Insert, then image and you will be asked to browse the internet or your files for the image of your free offer. All you have to do is upload it. You will also be asked for an “Alternate: text” just in case the image does not upload. Don’t forget to click okay when you’re done.

Then Comes the Optin Form
Now go to your autoresponder and get your web form. You can personalize it but don’t ask for a lot of information as that might just scare the readers away. Asking for the first name and the primary email address to get the free instant access will do. That’s all that’s absolutely necessary. The autoresponder requires the primary email address. That’s it. If you ask for more you will significantly reduce the number of subscribers.

Now look at the optin form that you obtained from your autoresponder or take a look at Ming‘s optin form. What do you see? We can personalize this further. There is the submit button that we want to change. Why? Because it’s in every form you see around the web. Besides, it may not mean anything to some people. Change it into the benefit they will get in exchange for writing down their name and email address.

The Submit Button
So change the submit button into something that makes more sense like Sign Up for Instant Access. Then if you want, we can make the optin form wider, length-wise. To do this, view the source code of a web page, press Control + U and look for size=“14”. Change 14 to your preference. Don’t forget to save this when you are done making changes. Control + U does not seem right but that should be for Underline so if you experience difficulty on this, just email me for I know of a longer way to view the source code.

Submit

Submit

Alternatively, you can click the source button on the bottom left of Kompozer. You will then see some codes in HTML. You don’t have to understand the HTML codes. All you have to do is look for size=“14”. You can change that to whatever size you prefer. Just don’t forget to save the changes when you’re done.

As for the submit button, say something like “Send Me Learn to Dance Tips” or “Get Free Instant Access Now”. Then below the optin form, add “I respect your privacy and will not sell or rent your info. Neither will I spam you and you can unsubscribe anytime.” Adding a tiny picture of you and a short testimonial will enhance your credibility. Black text on white page seems to be what people prefer. Test to see if having a video will increase the sign up rate.

Make sure you have two optin forms on your squeeze page. Put one above the fold and the other one in the very bottom of the page. Don’t add anything more here. Remember that the squeeze page has only one function – to get the visitors to sign up to your list. No external links are allowed here so the visitor will only have two options. Sign in or leave, that is the question. However, using a graphical optin box will increase the optin rate.

Make sure your graphics look professional and captivating.

Make sure your graphics look professional and captivating.

Professional Graphics should be used instead of cheap-looking ones that can turn off would-be subscribers. An amateurish-looking software box can ruin your optin offer.  So make sure your graphics look professional and captivating. It will pay off in the long run as it will motivate the readers to sign up for your list.

Call to Action
Now you tell them directly to fill in their name and email to get the offer while it is still available. The time limit may make them sign up. At this point, it is good to remember that whatever you put into the squeeze page should be something related to the niche you are targeting.

The Call to Action can do anything over on top of what you tell your visitors to fill in their name and address to join your list. In your blog, it can actually do a lot of things like sending your visitors to your blog or to another email list. The call to action can also ask them to buy something, or to get their opinion in a poll or survey or to like you on Facebook or follow you on Twitter. You can also ask them to sign up for your webinar.

Privacy Policy
Just below the optin form, let the readers know you will not sell or rent their email addresses and all personal information. Neither will you spam them. Privacy is an important concern for most people. Displaying the privacy message alleviate this concern and may increase the optin rate.

Provide Your Name and Email Address in every post.

Provide Your Name and Email Address in every post.

In the bottom of the squeeze page, provide your name and email address. Without these, the optin rate could go down. In fact, you have to include this information on every page or you have it in your contact page. The readers will want to know who are the people they are connecting with.

Then when it is all over and done with, think of ways to increase your opt in rate. There is always room for improvement by testing. Example of testing is to change the headline slightly and see how will that affect the rate of subscription. There are other things you can test like the number of bullets. After running the test, find out which one captures the most subscribers. That’s what you will use!

The problem with this is that you have to have traffic to see if your test will provide the result you are seeking for. It is okay if at this time you do not have the traffic to make your testing work out. Suffice it to say that you know you have to do this when traffic eventually comes your way.

Writing the Squeeze Page
I can’t believe that finally we are on this now. If you did it while we were refreshing our mind on what to write for each part of the squeeze page. That’s good, for then all you have to do is copy and paste what you have or keep editing it if you have it in draft form. Going forward with the following will be easy for you.

Three Ways to Write a Squeeze Page

1. Let’s see if we can do it the plain easy way like the internet marketer I was talking about once did because when he started, there was not much help on this issue. We need Ming Jong Tey’s squeeze page for this. I have it here because I would like you to have some kind of guide and use this when you are preparing your squeeze page, the plain and easy way. Copy and paste Ming’s squeeze page on your computer’s blank page. You can work your way down the page from the headline down to the call to action based on your offer of course using Ming’s squeeze page or anybody else’s for that matter.

Start with the headline. See Ming’s headline? That is where you start typing in the headline you prepared based on your offer and it is already aligned centre. Yours will replace Ming’s headline. Next add the sub-headline you prepared where Ming’s sub-headline is, which I think is on top. You can adjust the number of letters to suit the spaces in Ming’s squeeze page. Do the same until you get down to the last item of the squeeze page.

2. Or you can use a free template that you can google for . If you don’t have html know-how, perhaps the best way is through Quick Squeeze Pages. This will help you prepare a squeeze page just like the gurus create. Great if you don’t know HTML because it is point and click system that will have you creating a squeeze page you can be proud of. This may be cheaper at Ebay.

Now that does not mean you don’t have to write well although if your offer is good, you don’t have to be an excellent salesman who can sell ice even to the Eskimos. So just make sure, the offer will improve their life, something that will help them solve their problem. If your offer helps solve people’s problem, it does not even have to be super hot.

3. If you don’t want to do it this way, then keep reading as there will be another way to do it. But if you persist in doing it this plain easy way, how to upload it as a web page is down below, via Filezilla. Do the same until you get down to the last item of the squeeze page. But here are what they say we need to create a web page.

You will need a website creation software like DreamWeaver but I think there is a steep learning curve here. Kompozer is easier to use. Actually, there are good instructions on how to write a squeeze page with the use of Kompozer. It’s on page 9 of this book.

You will also need an FTP Software which is short for File Transfer Protocol. This is used to transfer file to your web host. Filezilla is the one to use and is free. There is a tutorial that will show you how to transfer files to and from a server via FileZilla which is also at Hostgator’s cPanel You can use this whether you created your squeeze page the plain easy way or the other ways like using Kompozer or the Quick Squeeze Pages.

Writing the Thank You Page
Now it is time to learn how to write a thank you page. It is important to have a thank you page for two reasons. One is to let the subscribers know you received their information and the other is so the subscribers recognize that you know what you’re doing and that you’re not one of those fly by nighters and to inform them on what to do after they have subscribed.

A thank-you page is important for two reasons.

A thank-you page is important for two reasons.

You now know the reasons, so what is next? Simple, isn’t it? You have to write the thank you page. Say, ‘Thank you for signing up for You can then tell them that you received the name and email address. Afterwards, let them know where to download the free offer. You can also tell them about your new product which is not mandatory. Then sign below the letter and put up your picture.

Here we go again. We have 2000 words already and so I have to wait next week to publish the last part of the list building series. Really this has been quite an exhaustive research and writing work I have done, the best so far. It is even better than the thesis I wrote for my master’s degree. We will have to wait for such topics as Transferring the Squeeze Page to the Web Host. What do you think of this?

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 9b List Building: Squeeze Page, The Practical Side

January 31st, 2014


List building
, why is it so important? As I read all the things I’ve learned online, it came to me one bright sunny day. I’m telling you; it was like an epiphany. Why am I telling you this right off the bat? I should wait until the end to see if you will come to the same conclusion I did. But no, you have suffered enough. You have to know it now to help motivate you into going through with your list building task, doing it step-step correctly focusing only on a few things and getting rid of information overload.

This is it. The light-bulb moment when it illuminated full blown. And it is that the secret to making automated money online is traffic on demand. That almost made you fall off your chair, didn’t it? But have no fear for traffic on demand is all about your list. This is better than driving traffic. And what it is you asked? What is better than traffic is owning your own traffic. And how do you own your own traffic? Well, by building a list of course!

Make Money Online Requires Providing Value

Make Money Online Requires Providing Value

You will make money with your list but it will take some upfront work and a bit of money to start for a domain name, an autoresponder and a web host. You may want the money right now but it does not work that way. You have to put in some work delivering value and you will have to undergo some delayed gratification first. You can’t have the lifestyle you’re dreaming off right away but the wait will be worth it.

Preparing To Write The Squeeze Page

Here is another obstacle that people neglect to tell us about. They told us we need to have an offer. They told us we should have a squeeze page and they even told us what should be in the squeeze page to make it as enticing as possible. Then what? What do we do next? Do we just twiddle our thumb and wait for a friendly soul to tell us what to do next? Oh I know, we have to read in between the lines. You see all we learned are just the theoretical side of building a list. What do you think comes next? Yes, it’s action time!

After studying the things that should be in the squeeze page, no one really tells us that now is the time to write the squeeze page based on the offer we chose to give away. So the first part is the headline. We should write the headline in such a way that it is not from our point of view but rather from the perspective of the visitors.

But before starting to write the squeeze page there are important things you must get ready for. You have to have an offer which could be an eBook, video, a software or a free report. If you don’t like to write, you could have a professional writer do it for you through Guru.com or Elance.com I could also write it for you so there are no more excuses..

Tools Needed to Create Your Own Squeeze Page

Some don’t need tools; they just write their squeeze page based on a an existing one like I showed you before and then just upload that into their web host through FTP which I will show you a bit later. At least I know one successful internet marketer who did it this way because when he started, there wasn’t much help on this issue but look at him now. He is such a successful internet marketer, one you will admire because he does things in an ethical manner.

You Need A Web Host If You Want To Be Seen Online

You Need A Web Host If You Want To Be Seen Online

You will also need a web host and I recommend Hostgator. We have already discussed this before so if you have not done so yet, go to Hostgator . that starts at $3.96 a month. It is Unlimited Web Hosting that is easy and affordable. How do I know this? Because I have been with them for years. They offer:
Unlimited Disk Space
Unlimited Bandwidth
Easy Control Panel
1-Click Script Installs
$100 Google AdWords Offer
4,500 Free Website Templates
99.9% Uptime Guarantee
45 Day Money Back Guarantee
24/7/365 Technical Support

Then we need the autoresponder like Get Response and Aweber that are easiest to use. Now is the best time to get started because of the Aweber $1 Trial.

Then you have to choose a good domain name which will cost $4.95 a year or less depending on what specials they have on when you sign up. But I think this may be a special offer that may go up to $10 a year which is really not much when you think of it as an annual cost.

But listen to this. At Bluehost it is $4.95 a month for unlimited space, transfer, domains on one account with free set-up, free domain, and no hidden fees. This includes professional web hosting, can you imagine that? Mind you I don’t know if this is an introductory offer but even then it will not be over $10 a month for both hosting and domain.

How do I know that? Because for years now my professional web host has been costing me $8.95 a month. Mind you, I still have to pay $10 a year for my domain name with Go Daddy but now it’s charging me more than $10 a year which irritates me because I know the going rate is either it comes free

with web hosting or at the most is $10 a year. That is why I am recommending that you get your domain name at Name Cheap.

Pick a domain name that will end in .com and avoid the new ones they may suggest to you like .mobi, .co, and .info. Just go ahead and choose a name that goes with the content of your blog and your personality. We covered how to pick a Domain Name or Topic or Nichewith the use of the keyword research. We also learned how to Select a Niche in Part One and
Part Two. If you need help or have a question on any of these, just leave a comment down below.

You need a way to collect money not from the free ebook.

You need a way to collect money not from the free ebook.

You also need a way to collect money not from the free ebook but from the One Time Offer. For this consider Paypal, Clickbank or 2 Check Out. Any of them will allow you to make transactions easily and collect the money for you.

Once you have all the above, you can start building a squeeze page. You may be thinking this is a lot of money to invest but let’s put them all in perspective. The website at Hostgator you can try for a penny a month but after the trial it will go up as in my case $8.95 a month for years now. The autoresponder will also cost you nothing or $1 for a free trial but it will be $20 a month after that.

Your domain name at NameCheap will cost you $4.95 a year and if it goes up it will not go over $10 a year. Altogether that will not go over $30. That’s about one latte a day at Starbucks. Where else can you start a business with that amount? Here’s The Complete Guide to Saving Money at Starbucks

There Are Ways to Save Money at Starbucks.

There Are Ways to Save Money at Starbucks.

This time, let us admit it. We cannot blame the gurus or anyone else if we do not get started on this darn list building. We have all the know-how. We have been offered many resources on a silver platter. But did we use them? Yes, of course we read them. But reading them and acting on them are way poles apart. Yes, we understand what they are all about. So are we working on this? Taking action? Judging from what we see around, we just put all those aside in the dark corners of our hard drive.

Meanwhile we continue checking out the Bright Shiny Objects, those who are promising us the moon, the stars and everything else that with just a push button, the money will rain on us. This is all scam and nothing else. They know it and we know it. Then why do we keep wasting our precious time, effort and money on these shenanigans? What we do not know is that the push buttons will work only after the work is done, after the list is built.

But now, enough is enough. We woke up from the nightmare of what is wrong with all the statistics. It is us that is the problem but now we can put a stop to this nonsense and get working like we never did before. We will show them. We will show them that we can rise to the challenge and from where we stand in the very bottom of the totem pole, we are ready to climb to the very top, no matter how slippery that climb gets. If you want an easy way, check this out:



This is another piece of the puzzle as to why we can’t go on our list building task. For without the website, autoresponder and web hosting, we can’t move forward. We’ll keep being stuck where we’ve been all these days, months or years. Convinced? Let’s move on and create our very own squeeze page.

Something we should keep in mind is that website visitors hardly ever go down to the bottom of the webpage so armed with this knowledge we have to make our squeeze page really short and focus. So you really have to explain why they should get your offer and that they will miss out on something they need if they don’t act now.

So now we are practically ready to write our very own squeeze page. But wait! As we get ready to write and even while we write it, let us go down the memory lane and check out the things to write in each part of the squeeze page. This way we will not leave any stone unturned and come up with a real super squeeze page.

First, the Headline
The headline along with the sub headline should grab the attention of visitors. Do what you do when you read the newspaper headline. What headline makes you want to read the rest of the story? Admit it. You just scan the pages and stop to read only the items with the headlines that grab your attention. Speaking of which, don’t make the headline too long, not more than 20 words anyway.

Make it stand out by using the red color code CC000. The size of the font should also be bigger than the regular text. Mention here the best benefit of the offer in a provoking way. Here’s another cool tip that I didn’t know before. They say to split the line better to keep the visitors to continue reading. For example in the line, “You will learn to dance better and dance like a star.” What we usually do is split the line between “better” and “and”. Right? Because it just makes sense. But the tip that says to split it between “and” and “dance”seems5 to make sense too because the readers will want to know what is next.

Then another cool tip is to learn what they do during the evening news. Before they go for a break, they say that when they come back, they will talk to someone who climbed the Everest and survived or something like that which makes one sit at the edge of his seat. I was caught on this once but what got to me was they kept mentioning the cliff hanger before every break until the last minute of the show! I can tell you, I was cross!

For an effective headline, try to create some kind of urgency or fear. To create urgency or scarcity, you can say “This is only for the first 50 subscribers.” To create fear, you can say, “If you do not read this book, you will miss the chance of ………” Fill in the blanks with whatever is your offer all about. So have you’ve got your headline now? Okay, let’s move on then.

Next Come the Bullets
Now we write the bullets based on the free offer and not on anything we want to sell. Write about the offer in a persuasive and precise way. Tell them so they will be curious by using numbers like how long will the benefit take effect but be sure this will be delivered. Shock and awe are good as long as you can support them. Then the most overused word is secret but it still works because a secret is something everyone tells everybody not to tell anyone. Not!!! Just joking.

The Most Overused Word is Secret

The Most Overused Word is Secret

The recommendation is not to have more than five bullets as that might leave you no space above the fold for the optin form. Another good suggestion I find is to make the first bullet bold, the next one not, the third one bold and so on. I think that will attract the readers’ attention, don’t you think? This is part of making sure the readers are convinced the benefit they will get is worth it to leave their name and email address.

In addition, make sure there is no doubt in their mind that this is the right thing to do. Don’t make this confusing and difficult. Keep the bullets short and to the point. Just point out the benefits of your offer. That’s it. It’s as simple as that. This is a situation where less is more. So are the bullets done? Let’s therefore get the picture for the free offer.

Oops! This is getting too long but the next page will show you how to get the picture for the freebie along with the rest of the elements of the squeeze page: optin form, call to action, privacy policy, writing the squeeze and thank you pages and transferring these last two to the web host. After that we will show you how to check to see if the squeeze page is presentable and how to make it so plus we will tell you what happens after the sign up and last but not least, we will show you how to set up an autoresponder campaign.

If there is anything you need to clarify the content of this web page, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below and I will personally reply.

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 9a List Building : Squeeze Page, The Theoretical Side

January 24th, 2014

There is no question about this. We all need to build a list. And to build a list, we need to give away an offer. These are the two things that are essential to succeed online – the things you need to focus on to be in the game. This is the only way to become a pro at building a business. For to build and grow a business, I repeat, you need only two things. What are they? That’s right. You need to have an offer and you need to build a list.

Oh, a lot of things are pulling us at every direction making things complicated and distracting us from the only two things we should focus on. What are they again? The offer and the list building. You focus on these two and you will be fine. Keep improving your list building technique and keep working on better offers and you will win. Just rinse and repeat.

We covered the offer or the bribe last time in three steps. It’s the simplest way to build a list. So, we checked out what our target market wants and not what we think they want. Then we chose the offer that will satisfy those needs and now we will present the offer to our visitors and to our list if we already have one. So I hope with the one week I gave you, you have chosen the offer you know your target market wants.

But let me show you this first because as I write this, a seasoned marketer is giving away a FREE Software Builds Email Lists Automatically For You As you know, having an email list is like “profits on demand”. With the right relationship with your subscribers and the right offers, you can hit the “send email” button and see sales and profits coming in instantly. Get this List Building Software while it’s still available for FREE. Here’s the link again. FREE Software Builds Email Lists Automatically For You

List building really comes down to three steps. First is to choose or create the offer. The second is to put up the squeeze page and the third is to drive traffic to the squeeze page which we are not going to look at until we are done with the squeeze page. Since we are not going to have the traffic distract us, let us concentrate working on the squeeze page, which is really a simple web page designed to build a list.

The Squeeze Page
When you start your website you should also begin thinking of building a list because as the blog grows and traffic develops, you’ll try to squeeze people onto your list. Your visitors will come from the free traffic the search engines will send you but you don’t want to wait for them. You’ll want to add people to your list as soon as possible.

A great way to do that is to funnel traffic, that is, make the visitors go through to a squeeze page. This is a page in your website that is designed with one purpose in mind – to receive the visitors and give them a chance to join your list in exchange for a freebie. The page will try to squeeze contact information from the visitors. So pay attention because all successful marketers use a squeeze page. And here’s the thing. You will also need to build a squeeze page for every product you sell online.

Here’s an example of a Squeeze Page: It’s one webpage that you write to capture the names and email addresses of your visitors. Why do we need this optin page? It’s obvious, isn’t it? Some squeeze pages I have seen are on the side bar but some think it is better to have a whole page devoted to it. It is just more effective that way. Why? Because there is no choice for them to do on this page except the optin box plus the disclaimer and privacy policy below it. So they have no choice but to read the headline and the rest before they can decide what to do.

Some successful online marketers even use the squeeze page as their own one-page website that they say it works like a charm. Why do they do this? Because they are focused 100% on earning money through email marketing. For this they need only a list and as long as they have a list of subscribers to email to with their promotions, they earn money from it. Not for me. I still want to deliver value. I still want to build a relationship with the subscribers. Besides, how long do you think will it take Google to find these one-page websites?

Here’s how they do it: #1. They drive traffic to their #2 Squeeze page which is the entire one-page website. Those who sign up are then sent to #3 & 4 the Thank You page which they say is 100% automatic where all you have to do is input an affiliate link into the system. I think those who don’t join the list along those who signed up are sent to #5 & 6 the database where the emails are stored.

Then all these people now get automatic emails for #7. Then you send manual emails for #8 when you want to sell something. It’s just like printing money, they say. They do nothing special for this, just spend about 20 minutes to write the email and send it to the list. And that’s it. Easy peasy, isn’t it? Not so fast, for where’s the value in that? Besides, won’t the subscribers opt out and run for the hills? I know I would.

Some bloggers think there are two ways to capture people’s names and emails. It’s either an Opt In from the Sidebar or Opt In from a Popover. People often ignore sidebar optin because they think everything in the side bar is an ad. You can overcome this by having a video to introduce the opt in. I can’t tell you about the Popover because I have never done that. Besides, every time I encounter one, I get annoyed so I don’t want to inflict the same to others.

Just keep the squeeze page simple. There’s no need for banners and flashes of lightning. Besides, this is just one piece of the puzzle that we are trying to put together into one cohesive whole. What you have to do is experiment with it. Making small changes can spell a difference. So what should you include in your squeeze page? And what will you have to do for each one so the visitor will not be able to resist not to join your list?

Headline, the Most Important Part of the Squeeze Page

Headline, the Most Important Part of the Squeeze Page

1. Headline - This should catch the attention of the visitors so it is the most important part of the squeeze page. This will make them interested in the benefits they are going to get from this offer so it has to be specific enough to get their interest. In the example we have, it says it only takes 9 minutes for which they have a chance to earn a specific amount of money. This is specific enough to motivate the visitors to go ahead and read some more.

So make sure the headline presents the problem, provides the solution and defines the terms. The features are not important to them but rather they are interested in what’s in it for them. Clearly, the benefits are what they are going to be after. Those interested to learn to jig, for example, don’t care if Justin Bieber can dance the jig; the readers will want to know if they can learn to dance the jig.

Exciting headlines make all the difference and it can make or break your offer. They are so important because they perform four functions. They grab the readers’ attention, deliver the essence of the message in a few words, select the target audience and make the readers jump into the rest of the page. Michael Masterson has developed a formula for writing successful headlines called the Four U’s Formula. Make the headline urgent, useful, unique and ultra specific.

Adding a snippet of useful info in your headline is an excellent way to grab the readers’ attention. Some people use a video to show case their squeeze page. If you do, make it short and sweet so they will not run and play hide and seek with you just like my curser does with me. Some say it could be just two minutes long at the most, but what do I know? I am a text kind of girl; I like to see what I am getting into.

2. Subheadings
– This is to remind the visitors of their problem and that this offer will help solve this challenge. Do this in such a way they will be eager to join your list.

3. Bullet Points – These show features and benefits of the offer that will help convince the visitor to sign up. Showing them the features is not enough because what they want is how those features will benefit them. Tug their emotions as the decision to give their email is an emotional decision.

How? By telling them the specific number of benefits and what’s in it for them but don‘t tell them how because if they already know how this is going to work out, they may decide not to subscribe. If they already know how the benefits will work for them, why would they have to sign up? The reason to sign up has gone out the window.

There is no need to use high and mighty words in the bullet. Simple language will do. Letting them know that your work is opposite to what some people recommend, like the use of flu shots, will create a “you versus them” scenario. And as I’ll mention later again, creating an urgency or a sense of immediacy might encourage them to sign up. Using the word “you” instead of “we” has also been known to help. It’s the same way for using bold, italics, underline and other formatting styles.

Use formatting styles to catch the attention of the audience.

Use formatting styles to catch the attention of the audience.

4. Optin box – This is the next point where the visitors can enter their name and email address, which I think is the missing piece of the puzzle. Here we go again, another snag on the horizon. What is it, for heaven’s sake, you asked? It is none other than an autoresponder where you can create an optin box and customize it. Site Built It, a web host, has an autoresponder built in and so is Hostgator which has a tutorial on it.

Believe it or not, I have seen squeeze pages without an optin form. That’s like driving a car without an engine, don’t you think? Think of it this way, without an optin form, there is no squeeze page. Why would one try to squeeze some information when there is no result in sight?

There is also an Aweber plugin for WordPress. At their site, Aweber has a default optin box which is not recommended by most but you can modify it to your own liking.

Aweber Default Optin Box To Modify

Aweber Default Optin Box To Modify

For one thing you can remove the link “Powered by Aweber Email Marketing Software“. As for the submit button, change that to either “Let Me In” or “Download Now.” Just make it something that will tease the visitors into signing to join your list. After you finish designing the form, you can then specify the basic settings like the name of the form and a Thank You page.

Your autoresponder will supply you with the optin form. Make this form simple which your visitor will fill out when they want to join your list. Don’t ask for a lot of information. Just a simple name and email address will do. If you ask for more information, chances are some will not bother to join.

The Autoresponder
This is the missing piece of the puzzle. It looks like without this, who will be recording the names in your list? Some web hosts have these like SBI but there’s none like Aweber, people say. When people come to your squeeze page, they arrive here at the Autoresponder. You use this to follow up the people who join your list. The beauty of all of these is that as soon as you have your offer, the squeeze page and the autoresponder in place, you can automate the whole process.

But really and truly, any reliable autoresponder you sign up for will have a tool for automating the creation of a web form. Choosing an autoresponder comes with the first step in list building. And you have to be careful in deciding which one to take on. Moving one from another is not going to be easy. So you have to consider all angles before making a decision.

Most popular autoresponders are pretty good although they come with pros and cons along with a variety of costs. Your list is the bedrock of your business and so you should choose a stable autoresponder, a company that has been around for years. Find out if the autoresponder will allow you to set up multiple lists because you may have more than one niche. Even if you are working on one niche, you may still need more than one list.

Price is important but it should not be the sole criterion in choosing the autoresponder you want to use. The quality of the service is paramount like the multiple list allowed, the full range of tracking features the service offers like checking the open rates, click throughs, subscribes and unsubscribes, location of list members, tracking the ad as to where they signed up for the list and delivery rates because you will want to know how your emails are working out.

Let’s take a look at some of them. Aweber has been doing this for a very long time and for the three or four years I had been with them, I only had one bad experience in the customer service. Otherwise their customer service is good. And they have a lot of features that I like. You can start for a one month $1 trial but make sure you understand that as your list grows, so does the monthly price. Last time I looked it was $29 for up to 2500 leads.

Aweber does get your emails delivered with no delay or just a minimal one. The emails sent through Aweber are not blocked or marked as spam because it has rigorous anti spam policy. It has a spam checker that scores your email accordingly to the point you can correct your email to an acceptable level, spam-wise, before putting it on queue to send out.

I love it when the confirmation of the email comes in with a musical tune. Then there are also quite a few web form templates you can use. You can create as many lists as you want, write your emails ahead of time and send them anytime you want. You can also automate your buyer list with the help of the automation rules and know exactly how many subscribers you have.

You can also import follow-up messages from a different account in which case you just click load campaign after copying and pasting the campaign code. This will be quite a time saver because you do not have to type all the follow-up messages. The support is also good with different ways to do it, by telephone, email and chat but this last one I find quite slow. Now is the best time to get started because of the Aweber $1 Trial.

Autoresponder Takes Care of the Mailing List

Autoresponder Takes Care of the Mailing List

I have been toying sometime now about joining Mail Chimp as their service is free if you have only 500 or less subscribers. You start paying if you go over that. They also have restriction as far as the number of emails you send out and I have no problem about that because I do not plan on sending emails often, perhaps at the most, it will be once a week. But the thing that’s making me rethink this decision is what I have heard that they do not want affiliate marketing.

Constant Contact is also good and has been around for years. They have good customer service and their prices are reasonable with a free trial period of 60 days. It costs less for 500 subscribers than at Aweber’s but just like there, the cost goes up with the increase in the number of subscribers you have.

iContact is another good autoresponder according to some who have use it. It has great features and services. You will have everything you’ll need here like features and tools. Their price is just like the others; it goes up according to the number of subscribers you have. It is good to consider this.

Then there’s Pure Leverage that has a $1 trial and then $25 a month for up to 50,000 leads. Traffic Wave costs $17.95 per month for unlimited leads. Get Response is where you don’t have to worry about looking professional either! GetResponse provides over 300 gorgeous templates so you’ll never have to spend money for a graphic designer again. It is $25 a month for up to 2500 leads.



So you see there are quite a few good services available but compare all the autoresponders in the market and check them out according to the above features if they are important to you. I think I am going to try Get Response because they have a free trial period and it’s much simpler to navigate their site. because I can tell you now those sixty days are going to fly.

5. Call to action to sign up. Tell people what they need to do so they will receive your free offer because some who are not used to this sort of thing may not know what to do. Always make it clear that they have to fill in their name and email address in order to get the download. Adding a red arrow to where they will add their name will help increase the number of sign ups.

Make sure your call to action is clear. Be very specific when you tell them what you want them to do. It’s just like in your blog, after you have given them the freebie and providing valuable content regularly you can then call them to action. They won’t mind if you recommend a product every now and then or tell them to visit your blog.

It is not easy to create Call to Actions without your visitors wanting to leave your site. The thing is some people are so blatant about it making them sound like an ad on TV or radio. What they should try is to be soft and gentle instead and be personalized. You can mention the benefits in the offer and why you want them to learn from it and what they should do to get it free.

6. Disclaimer and Privacy Links will help show the visitors you are a legitimate company. These will help protect both the readers and yourself. Besides people hate getting spam (short for “She’s Posing As Me” NOT!!) which is actually unsolicited emails. So let them know on the squeeze page that their contact info is safe with you, that you’ll never give it or sell it and that you’ll never spam them.

Here’s the best video on List Building I’ve seen on the web. It’s by Ming Jong Tey and it’s about the “6 List Building Tips for Your List Building Machine” that will increase your opt in rate.

When someone enters the email address, the autoresponder sends the email to congratulate and welcome them. Then they continue to receive email every day for nine days. Make sure that you know that the key to making money is to deliver value. If you don’t, you run the risk of them unsubscribing as fast as a bolt of lightning. This is not good, for you exerted the effort to have them join your list so you will want them to read your emails at least.

The key is to deliver value. Tell them how your blog grew and what your mission is. Let them know how to contact you when they need any help. Tell them you will love to connect with them soon. Say, please visit my sites at http://homebusinesssteps.com/ and http://www.debtchallenges.com for the latest information on both issues.

You don’t want to bombard your subscribers with advertisement too often but to send them something of value that they will need. They will be eager to open your emails and they may want to visit your blog and check out some of your promotions there. And best of all, they will not unsubscribe from your list, faster than you can say adieu.

What do you think of this? A lot of information, isn’t it? And this is only the theoretical side. Wait till you see the practical side of the Squeeze Page, in the next issue. For any comments, questions or help you may need, please write it in the comment below.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman




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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 9 List Building, First the Bribe

January 17th, 2014

Success depends on the relationship you develope with your readers. They like what they read in your blog and are interested to hear more from you. So they sign up to join your list and it is after this that building a real relationship begins. Staying in touch with them is a great way to build a real relationship with your audience.

They become comfortable receiving emails from you giving them free and useful information. They trust you and your recommendations. The beauty of this is that you can send them emails regularly in such an easy way because the whole process with your auto responder is automated. Once the system is set up, it functions smoothly on autopilot whether you have a dozen people or thousands joining your list and no matter where they live.

A lot has been said about the money being in the list. And it is right. I don’t have any problem with that. The problem lies in the fact that all that information come in bits and pieces. And no one really has said it right off, “This is the way to do it, step by step.” Oh some said it, I stand corrected, but then they give info on traffic and other things that got in the way.

So I decided this is going to be my mission. This is what I am going to do for this series, but you have to bear with me because this is going to be a long one. We will be talking about free giveaways, squeeze pages, autoresponders but I am not only going to give you the information but also put them in proper sequence and how each one ties in with the whole issue of list building.

Before you start building a list, you should already have been over delivering value at your site. In other words, you have to invest up front by writing all those blog posts that will be of help to your readers and provide them with valuable information to improve their life. And this has to be done regularly. It will take longer to get what you want but it will be all worth it. Remember patience is a virtue.

Building a List

Building a List

I know some of you are frustrated and desperate to try all the information, but the problem is not the information for you have them all but the nuts and bolts on what is that frigging first step going to be and how to put that in place before even talking about other stuff that are related, that‘s true, but should only be dealt with when the first step is clear and ready to work.

We know we need traffic but if we divert our attention to that, then we will never be able to get started. For what good is traffic when we do not have the system in place to start with? What good are all the information we are bombarded and inundated with if there is no place for that traffic to go and sign up to join our list?

The problem for a lot of people is not because they don’t know what a list building machine looks like. They have an idea what that looks like. It’s just that the information comes in bits and pieces with distraction galore making the whole list building process looking like a puzzle that no person can put together.

So we will start from the very beginning like the do re mi in Sound of Music. We will not confuse ourselves with automation and traffic, but just concentrate on what will make us able to start the process. Especially if you give people what they want, you will get what you want too. At this point we will not even think of driving traffic to the offer we have in place to start building a list. No siree! That will only distract us to do the very first thing which is the bribe.

Here’s the List Building Machine in a nut shell. Squeeze => email => offer. Don’t worry, we will take these one at a time and not in that order. So you see the three elements are the squeeze page which is also called a landing page or an optin page. They sometimes come in different names just to confuse us, but really once we discuss each of them it will be like the heavens will open up and you will have a clear vision of the whole process.

List Building

List Building

It really is very basic. It just looks complicated because people make it so. Sometimes, a crucial key is left out keeping you in the dark. Not this time. This time it will look like the waters of the Red Sea will divide into two parts and you will be able to walk through and see yourself arriving in that promise land, (drum roll please) the List Building Land!

The Offer or the Bribe

Let us look at the offer. This is what the people join your mailing list for. If they are not interested in your offer, they will not join your mailing list. It has to be an Irresistible Offer, an eye-catching one, you follow me? The thing left now is traffic but let us not allow that to distract us. That is a whole different topic to which I will share with you everything I learned about it. For now let’s stay on focus, on building a list. That’s the only thing we should care about.

Notice too that I changed the order from squeeze to email to offer. Why? For the simple reason that when we are doing our squeeze page and come to the offer part, what do you think will happen? That’s right. When we get down to the offer part in the squeeze page, we will be stuck again. That is what is going to happen for sure when we have not selected our offer yet.

By the time another guru tells us about the offer, our step-by-step plan is gone into oblivion and with all the overwhelming information we are getting, it will be like looking for a needle in the hay stack, just to get back to the squeeze page. So where do we get the offer? Don’t make the mistake of offering just any free give-away. Make sure your visitors are getting a good deal in exchange for their name and email address.

For List Building purposes, it is good to know that people love freebies. Think of a freebie to give away and they will join your list. One of the ultimate bribes are ebooks. There is a huge perception of value for this in exchange for a simple email address. Make sure it is valuable or they will just get the freebie and unsubscribe.

A good eBook has high perceived value with free content and it offers something your audience needs. It actually should offer something so should be long enough like it’s 50 pages long, is up to date and is loaded with useful and actionable tips. It should be so interesting they can’t put it down. Make sure you link the ebook to your sites.

eBook

eBook

Now let us tackle the question on what free offer can we use to encourage our visitors to sign up for our list. Actually a free offer takes many forms. What do you think your prospective readers want most? What will provide them so much value they will not be able to resist signing up? Provide an offer with quality content that focuses on solutions. This is part of building trust.

So what kind of incentive can you offer them to join your list? The possibilities are endless. There is no limit for materials you can offer them so they will join your list. Get creative and come up with a lot of possibilities. Make sure they are related to your niche or your email campaign. Here are some of them:

  • Templates – Of course this will depend on your readers. But whatever their interest is, there is a template for that. Examples are fonts, themes for WordPress and free graphics that will benefit them.
  • Video Course – Readers will perceive a set of 10 videos, each 20 minutes long a valuable offer. They may even think this is more valuable than a 40-page eBook and yet the latter will be more time-consuming than the videos. Or you could give them links to videos that are not accessible to everyone.
  • Free eBook or reports – This could be a compilation of your best blog posts converted into a PDF. This is the most common type of freebie given by quite a few webmasters.
  • Free tools – There are available tools in the world wide web that you can compile and will motivate readers to optin.
  • Prize – A chance to win a prize for joining the list among the first hundred or by a certain date.
  • Product Discount – A discount for your own product could be a good offer.
  • Free Services – You can offer a free service like posting in Facebook for them, editing and copywriting or a free article. Offer some time for a free consultation, but you have to be careful with this one as it could get too much for you.
  • Insider Information – You can offer free tips on timely information that help them build their wealth faster. Offer them some insider information they want.

Those are just a few ideas you can use to motivate people into joining your list. Be careful though in so doing you don’t give away the farm and devalue the benefits of joining your list. Giving away too much will have people join your list, just to get the freebie. No, you don’t want any hit-and-run subscribers. Make it clear that the best part of the offer will come through the emails you will be sending them.

Email - A Way to Build Relationship

Email - A Way to Build Relationship

We want to persuade them to sign up in our list. To do this here is what I learned from a guru. He said to employ the three P’s of Persuasion. What are they, you asked? Well, it’s pain, potential and proof. Tell them you feel their pain of the problem in your offer and show them how the offer could ease the pain, offering them some hope. Lastly, show them the proof the product will deliver the claim. Be specific in all of these and before you say your Hail Mary, you will have them hook, line and sinker.

Here is another pain-free way of crafting an offer. Buy a PLR from Tradebit http://www.tradebit.com/ Search for building a list. Pick the best parts of the PLR and outsource it to fiverr.com for $5.00 http://fiverr.com/ to put together all the best parts in the PLR in a report that you can offer as a bribe so readers will subscribe to your list. Or you can even have them put it in a five-minute video at Jing http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html

Choose which one you like to offer people in exchange for their signing up for your list. In addition to the above, if your hard drive is like mine, it will be full of ebooks that you are free to give away. Also, you can interview an expert on list building, write a transcription on that, convert it into a PDF and voila, you have something to offer or bribe the readers into joining your list.

That out of the way, let us go to the next step which is the squeeze page. But make sure you have your offer ready before you go to the next. That is why I will stop here to give you time to get your offer or bribe ready so that there will be continuity as we work on building our list. That way we will avoid the confusion that we usually get at this point.

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 8b Writing More Content for Word Press Blog

January 9th, 2014

Look Ahead and Create a Plan
Set up a schedule for creating content. Some post every day. Others do once a month. Your schedule to publish posts will truly depend on your time constraints. After the decision has been made you will need reminders, be it on pen and paper or Google Calendar. Then think of the resources you may need like content ideas from other blogs, guest posts, and contributors.

Remember that every content written has a purpose so think like a publisher. You are writing content to attract people you want to work with. You may need to ask your audience what their challenges are so you can write the content they need. And as you write, build up momentum in order to build up your business. Make people easy to find your work and share it in all social media sites. Also, stick to what you do best.

But it is not all about you. Rather show your readers it’s all about them. That is why you are giving them helpful content in a conversational way, something that will help them solve their problem. Build a community with them through the content you write. Then may be they will talk to other people about your work. What could be better than someone else telling others you’re a helpful person than yourself talking about how great you are. Hmm, that will be the day.

At this point, it is good to ponder on the four pillars of writing excellent blogs but I don’t agree with all of them. Can you guess which ones I don’t care much about? Let’s put them down here and see. Design, which in my case will probably scare people away, is a pillar but I try to deliver content so hopefully they will stay. The other pillars are SEO, Monetizing and social media which I believe I got covered. I usually forget about SEO and monetization, so there!

Content Marketing

Content Marketing

Now think about how to make a great blog post. Next to understanding your readers is knowing your topic so research is a must. We know it has to be compelling and engaging. But how do we do that? Okay, let me count the ways. First off is choosing the topic. Take time doing this and you will find your writing will flow better. Then comes the make or break part of crafting the blog’s title or headline.

Suffice it to say that if you can follow Michael Masterson’s sales-generating headlines called Four U’s Formula, you‘ll be fine: 1. Make your headline urgent like “Stop Your Arthritis Pain Today” 2. Make Your headline unique like “Vitamins Could Save Your Life” 3. Make your headline ultra-specific as in “Vitamins Z Can Stop Your Arthritis Pain Today.” 4. Make your headline useful. “This Time Plan Can Make Your Work Easier Today.”

Next comes the opening line which should grab the reader’s attention so he will dive deeper into your post. At this point, don’t think, just write. Then show them the point of the matter. What’s the point of your post, the reason for its existence? Focus on the benefit, not the features they will derive from the post so they will keep reading after which you can ask them to do something, a call to action no less.

And you are not done here yet. Find out how you can add depth to it to make the post more memorable. There are lots of contents here so I break them into sections. Conclude your post with inspiration; don’t let your post fizzle out or die a natural death. Save the best line for the last. In the conclusion, of course!

Polish up your posts by correcting errors. Get your friends to read it and critique it. After all, what are friends for? Psst, don’t tell them I told you, they hide from me, you know. Some friends I’ve got but I love them and they love me; we all just get busy. Time your publication so the post will get the most people to read it. I read a research that publishing on a Tuesday at 10 am is good, but what do I know? Do your own research and let me know.

You can’t just rest on your laurels just because you got it published. Go and tweet it, share it with your friends in Facebook, go to Delicious and see how they can make it tastier, share it with MySpace where all my circles are rappers, believe it or not and then go to StumbleUpon and let them well, stumble upon your post.

And now the comments come in and we have to interact with them. I get a lot of spams though and I hate to report them as spams so I just delete them. I get a lot of videos too; I think they’re trying to promote their videos. And you know I have Akismet set up in my site. Can you imagine if I didn’t?

When you’re ready to write, read up on how you can write better content. Using power words like easy, dependable, and guarantee can make people take action. There are other power words here you can use. And then we have this infographic that tells us sort of in a nutshell the “11 Essential Ingredients Every Blog Post Needs“:

11 Essential Ingredients Every Blog Post Needs [Infographic]

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There you have it, everything a blog poster needs and that will just effectively shut me up. For what else can I say after that? I don’t much like infographics for they occupy so much space, more than a page at a time sometimes. Besides, I am a text-kind of girl. I leave the graphics to more skillful people. But I just can’t resist showing you that because anyone who compares his blog with those 11 ingredients before publication will just know in his heart he has a great blog post, worthy of Google‘s blessings.

But this I have to say, okay, sorry I lied, right at the start keep a record of all the titles and categories of your posts. This way you can easily look for posts you’ve written especially when you are planning another one. You want to make sure it is something you have not written about before or at least refer to it when something has changed in your old posts and need to update them.

From time to time, review your blog posts so you can be consistent with the facts and opinions you have on such things as reviews. I am not saying you can’t change your mind about a review but at least you can make a reference to the old one and explain the difference in what your thoughts and opinions now. The readers will respect you more rather than feel manipulated when they think they caught in a lie and so will go away in droves.

I think WordPress has a way of notifying you when someone comments on your blog. Or during the set up, there is a way for the comments to be sent to your personal emails that you usually open. Apple can do it too. I know Facebook always notifies me of a new post from my friends.

How To Attract Comments to Your Blog
It is a good feeling to get people to comment in your blog but participation is usually low. Readers of your blog don’t really like to leave a comment. They feel they should have something important to say and this should not be the case so you should remind them of this. Or get this, they like to say something negative. It is just human nature I guess.

It is important to respond to comments as soon as your receive them. This may help with repeat comments and so may attract others to do the same. Once some leave comments it may drive other people to do the same. How about if they leave just spam or they are there because they want to sell their own product or promote their video? But don’t worry about that as long as you are delivering value.

Now that we have an idea it is crucial to have readers return to your blog if it is to be successful, we have to find ways and means to encourage readers to leave comments. There must be ways to do it without resorting to black hat techniques. My research led me the following ways to get people to leave comments. Here they are.

  • Write reviews as some will disagree with you and leave comments at your blog.
  • Ask for comments at the end of your every post.
  • Mention your opinion clearly and strongly which may strike a nerve enough to leave a comment.
  • The comments.Ho leave

  • Talk about other sites where the owners or their readers may leave comments at your blog.
  • Write a long post but leave something so readers will be able to leave a comment to add to your post.
  • Respond to comments as soon as possible,
  • Give rewards to the commenters by mentioning their name in the next post.
  • Post a response to a content in another site.
  • Write a post about the comments you received.
  • Allow your readers to post negative comment.-

What To Do With Comments
Comments, positive or not are most welcome. That means your content is resonating with your audience and you are at least being heard. This is one of the difficult parts of maintaining a quality blog – that your readers will return. To ensure this, you will have to respond to comments immediately. And their comments is showing that what you are doing is working.

The beauty of this is that you will have the opportunity to write content based on what your audience is saying in their comments. Not only are you getting some ideas for content but also you’re showing appreciation for those leaving comments. You can also request your other readers to have feedback similar or opposite to what you have been receiving.

You will also have to leave comments at the other blogs in your niche. This means you will have to set aside time to reply to the comments your audience leave and leave comments at the other blogs as well. When you go around commenting on the other blogs, don’t just say “Great post.” Rather leave something related to the post yet insightful so the readers there will get curious enough to visit your blog.

How To Handle Negative Comments
Just accept them and move on. Sometimes this negativity is a fodder for a new post. Negative comments show your blog is growing. They can be used to your advantage and is not necessarily a bad thing. How can that be a negative thing when they are giving you ideas for a new post? Discussions will come out of the negative comments and there you go. You have a blog post to write.

As you can see, engaging in your own blog and reading and responding to the comments left in your blog takes so much time. Really. It takes so much time that I always have to scramble to finish all the other stuff I have to do, But I think it’s all worth the effort. You are showing your audience your appreciation for their effort to engage with you.

How To Moderate All That Content
Eventually you may find yourself with quite a lot of posts and comments which you will have to moderate. You have to put a system in place now so you will keep track of everything along with the comments that come with them. This way when you’re planning a new topic, you know if it is going to be unique. What I do with mine is write a list of posts I have written and add to it as soon as I write another posts. But my friend is smarter for she prints all her posts and so gets a hard copy which she can review offline.

Have a comment policy whereby people are encouraged to leave comments but ensure that you are not getting spams. The ways to do this is to have Akismet up and running keeping guard and for you to check the comments right away especially at the start so you can delete the spams early on. That will discourage future spammers.

Content and the Search Engines
Your blog is for your readers, not for the search engine. You should not try to guess what the search engines will do and stuff keywords into your posts. We should not have to optimize for the search engines. Rather we should optimize for our readers by giving value. That way, when Google comes up with its algorithm update, whether it is panda, or penguin and then it’s hummingbird, you know you will be safe because you did not engage in trying to please the search engines and just focused on delivering value to your audience.

What To Do If We Are Running Out Of Ideas
There are ways to get over the hurdle of Blogger’s Block when you hit a wall. Reading is one way to get over this. That is why I do not have this problem. I read a lot! Other ways of beating the Blogger’s block are write for fun, conquer your fear of making mistakes and thinking people may say what you’re writing is stupid and brainstorm for ideas properly instead of going at it when you‘re already frustrated. Then relax, my friends, instead of getting into I’ve-got-to-finish-this-today mentality.

Look at this. This is cool. With the following Blog Matrix, you will never run out of ideas.

You see with that topic on Proper Etiquette on Social Media, you can write it so many different ways. In the aforementioned example, it is written for the executive in mind, using list as the form of the post of the article. Then one can also write it for a beginner, in the form of Question and Answer and as a video. Can you see how many ways you can turn one blog post into many different ones? Cool, huh?

blog_post_idea_machine

Despite the above, you could still be running out of ideas for a Blog Post. I don’t have this problem because I write down possible posts whenever an idea comes to mind while I do my other work so I don’t run out of what to write. I run out of time though. When you’re experiencing the writer’s block, go for a walk and take time off from writing. You will have other things to occupy your mind. But if you find that you have to write right away, here are some things you can do:

Read other blogs – I do this every day not for content ideas but to see which blogs I can go to leave comments and for networking purposes.

Read the comments as there may be something there that will give you an idea for a blog post.

Take a YouTube video that is related to your niche to post in your site and write a comment on it.

Check out your contact form for ideas left behind by your readers where you might get an idea for a blog post.

Search Twitter for ideas on your niche.

Rewrite an old post infusing it with new life from all the changes that have been happening. It is good to recycle content that has resonated with your audience. Put it in another form like podcast, webinar, video.

Wow, that concludes the last of the Mohicans, on content that is. With all these ideas, creating killer content is no problem. Taking extra time with points in this post will pay off in the long run. And you will be helping people craft their own posts thus contributing to making the wide world web a better place to hang around in.

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 8a Writing More Content for Word Press Blog

January 3rd, 2014

One can make money with a blog but you have to exercise patience because the early times should be devoted to growing the number of readers. It will take months, sometimes years to develop the kind of readership before monetizing the site. The goal and focus now is to provide content that will engage the readers to make them want to come back.

Step One: Four Basic Essentials
First, let us have a mental picture of the road we are taking. We have to find out exactly what you want to accomplish and what your audience will need. Then there are things we need to decide on. What do we need to accomplish our objective? What do bloggers need? Word Press of course. Then you will need to establish how to get started with a mailing list.

Social media is big these days so plan on creating a page and a feed for the blog early on on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, MySpace, StumbleUpon, and Delicious. Create a profile on these sites and post on these whenever you can, especially when you have just published a post. These sites are easy to go to and open an account.

Next on the agenda is to determine the blogging frequency you are going to make. They say blogging three times a week will catapult your blog to the tendency of becoming a popular site. The important thing here is to blog regularly. I have said it before. Blogging regularly is key to growing your readership and this, in addition to the aforementioned three elements will help you on your road to success. They help get a clear plan of action, a basic plan on where you are going.

One way to make sure you blog regularly is to stock up on posts. Some keep a whole month’s of posts ready for publication. That way, even if you get run over by a truck, you will not miss posting on your regular schedule. Another way is to accept guest posts. This not only allows you to keep up with your commitment but also you get a different perspective in your blog. It may also bring in new readers.

Beyond the Basics To Keep in Mind As You Write the Contents
Over and above the four basic essentials, are the contents, you are going to post hopefully you are mixing up contents to meet the needs of your diverse audience. Then there is your brand you want to develop as to how your audience and others will perceive you. The type of audience you have is also a consideration as you will have to determine what they need so you can provide value to them. Later on, monetization will come into play but it is good to think of it now. Keep all these five things in mind while you write contents for your blog.

Step 2: Tell a Good Story
People love a good story but don’t make it all about you. Ask them for their story as well. Remember, you are supposed to build relationship with your readers. You are to give them what they want before you can get anything. Something is wrong if you’re getting more than what you’re giving. Make your story consistent though on topics that people are interested in reading.

Be awesome when you write your posts for it is going to show. Of course you have to do a lot of research both online and offline. Then be short and sweet about it and add your take on it. Above all, have fun writing all that content and do over deliver as much as you can. Love what you write and your audience will love it too. Then you will truly be awesome.

Create value for your readers. Find out what they think are of value to them and write about it. It means that when they are looking for information they will find it in your site be it news, your posts, Q&A, Reviews, Social Platform and Inside Information. I already have for tips, alerts and around the web. Ask your subscribers what they want to see in your blog and create content to meet that need.

Write Content That Creates Value

Write Content That Creates Value

But how do you know what is of value to your readers? There is a way and I will let you in on a secret so don’t tell everyone else. Use Google Ad Planner for Gathering Demographic Info. I just found out this has been replaced with Google Display Planner. First, find the top websites in your niche and copy their urls. Then paste one of those urls into the search box and hit go. Voila you will find demographic info like gender and age groups.

More importantly, you will also find topics that are most important to the target audience. You will find what they like most to see in the niche similar to yours. Another tool you can use to gather demographic information is Alexa. It is similar to the Google Ad Planner. Paste the url of one of the top websites in your niche in the search box and you will be rewarded with information on the readers like their education level and income.

Step 4: Build a Relationship with your Readers and Do Net Working
Ask your audience what they want and provide the answer to them. Get in touch with the other bloggers in your niche and add comments to their blogs. Don’t just say, “Great Post”. Rather add your opinion to their post you read. In other words communicate not only with your readers but also with the other bloggers in your niche and in the social media as well.

Dig deeper into the mind of your target audience, what concern them the most, what interest them the most and what they want the most. Check out the websites they visit, the forums they go to and what they say there. Go to Yahoo Answers and find what questions they ask there. Search in Facebook by typing in the keywords in the search box.

Step 5: Monetize the Blog Properly and Automate Everything
In time, not now, you can monetize your blog. You can sell ad space or links. But automate it so it can be done effortlessly. For now, just know how you will monetize your blog. This will help you follow a clear plan of action to avoid mistakes. This is a good time to know how you will monetize your blog as you get to know your audience.

Stocking up on posts for at least two weeks at a time will help automate the process. When someone asks to guest post with you, accept it and this will help a bit with your posting schedule and commitment to regular posting. Have a ready template to follow when you prepare for posting so everything you need is there. You don’t have to scramble to look for how to upload a graphic, for example, because the instruction is already in the template.

Social media is time consuming but it is necessary. Thank goodness you can automate it with HootSuite which allows you to post content in advance. It can also automatically send your blog posts. You can have it send messages to your cell phone so you can reply to them immediately.

Social Media Helps

Social Media Helps

More Content to Prepare
Most blogs don’t get posts that are jaw-breaking but contents you must have. What kind of contents do we want? I gave you two tools to find the topics your readers are most interested in so that is what you are going to write. You may not get a lot of traffic from all the posts but you are growing. Now let’s take a look at some more content to prepare.

People who read blogs are not created equal. Some like reading long blogs. Some like a video here or an infographic there. They have different choices as to the type of content they prefer. Some prefer summary type of blogs so I try to put sub topics so they can scroll down to the topic they want to read. As a blogger you want to cater to these needs as much as possible.

Viral Content
Have you heard of viral content? Just like in YouTube, when a clip comes on and people love it, it spreads like wildfire and before you know it, thousands will be uploading it and watching. Viral content is the same way except they will be reading it in text. For content to go viral, it has to be timely and effective. It has to be funny and entertaining and yet authoritative in a way,

Some controversial topics can go viral simply because it does not follow the norm but just the same it can be powerful, driving some hot traffic to your site. Be careful though because you may hurt some people in the process and you may not like to get that kind of attention they may shower on you.

For the Video Lovers
They say it’s so much easier to create a video content but truth to tell, I am not among them. It’s true that my Ipod has a function for creating a video but I am still not comfortable with it. Even the simple process of embedding a video from YouTube to my blog is a daunting process. But this I have to say when you create a video content, it has to be interesting and should feature your personality as well.

Podcasts
The phone and internet can make it so easy for anyone to prepare a pod cast. It offers you another way to spread content to your readers. First find a specific topic to talk about with someone. You should have some form of script to guide you what to say in the podcast. Though you may have webcam and microphone in your laptop, they may not be enough to cancel the noise so get a headset and microphone that cancels the noise for a low investment of less than $50, then practice enough to get your podcast worthy to record and distribute.

Infographics
You can also have an infographic which is a representation of text content in the form of an infographic. Here’s a sample of an infographic.

Social Media Monitoring ToolsKISSmetrics Web Analytics

More Ideas for Content
1. Curation is popular but it has to be done right. You can’t just plagiarize a site and think of it as your own. Curation means you take bits and pieces of something, put them together and personalize it by adding your own content. For example, find five favorite websites and the post you like best in each of them. Write a post listing them and tell why they\re your favorites.

2. Case studies that are not longitudinal but rather short term and just observational on what some companies do with their say presence on Facebook or Google + , comment on them and offer solutions as to how they can do better. Find a favorite blog and write about it. Explain why you like it. Or find a blog you hate and write about it explaining your frustrations over it.

3. You can have a case study of your own successes and failures and write a post on them. I am sure the readers will eat them up and may even send traffic to check out where you failed and how. For me it just makes me feel just like everyone else. My life is not a bed of roses although I have been lucky in life so far, not in internet marketing though. Explain the steps that led you to succeed without bragging. As for the failure, tell what lessons you learned from them.

4. Interviews will also come in handy as a post which people will like to hear what you have been up to. Maybe they will learn some lessons from the merry-go-round life I am having. You can easily write a blog post on the interview plus it might give you some credibility for being able to interview a big name. It is also easier to write some interview questions instead of writing a post especially when you don’t have a clue what to write.

5. Pop Culture – A blog post that employs pop culture can help fill the gap of content creation. Think about how your niche relates to pop culture and write about that. Or watch a movie your readers might enjoy and share with them your experience or write a post like “The Sound of Music Guide to Marketing Your Talent“.

6. Two Unrelated topics can be put together to write a post on. For example if your niche is on debt challenges you can write about What Robin Hood Taught Us About Money. Actually that is not right for Robin Hood did teach us about money. Or you can write a post like this: “Elvis Pressley’s Guide to Writing Great Content“.

7. Old content can be used for videos, podcasts or made into infographics. Or create a short list of your favorites and tell what was in your mind when you wrote those posts. Then tell them what worked and what didn’t. New readers may not have read them so it is a win, win situation.

8. Write personal stories related to your niche. Tell some powerful ones that change your life for the better, crises and all like “Michael Schumacher’s Fight for Survival“.

9. Ask your friends what they would like you to write about.

10. Ask your readers in a post what they would like you to write about or ask them how they will solve some kind of a problem.

11. Request for guest posts from blogs smaller than yours or the same size if you like their content. They will be happy to do this and they will tell their followers and bring in new readership in the process. $$$ leave url for below

12. Write a review about a product like I did for Niche Profit Classroom, explaining why you like it. You can also request the company to donate a product or a free trial to raffle off to those who leave comments.

13. The television can be used to write a content with two unrelated topics like “The Law and Order Guide To Stop Hackers in Your Site“.

14. A book can help you write a content. It does not even have to be a book but the author’s name or a character like “What James Bond Can Teach You About How to Spy on Your Competition“.

15. A comic can help you write a popular post like “Robin William’s Guide to Getting the Job Done”.

16. Using a celebrity can be useful in writing a blog post like “Miley Cyrus Guide to How Not to Wreck Your Website”.

17. New trends at Google can help you write a good post on something like “Lovie Smith Shows How To Love Your Subscribers”.

18. Go to the movies and find inspiration there when you find you don’t have a clue on what to write.
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19, Walk around the neighborhood or play golf; you’ll surely find some inspiration there.

20. New Cultures can spur an idea. You don’t have to go around the world like I did, Trying a new sushi restaurant may inspire you to write great content.

21. The important thing to do when you are not inspired is not to post at all. That is why you have posts ready to go in times like this.

That is it folks. With all these suggestions you will not run out of any ideas at all. You will always have something to write about. Really the only problem will be time. That is what holds me back sometimes. There are always things to write about but there are only so many hours in a day to do everything you want to do. How about you? Tell me how you do it.

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 8 Writing Content for Word Press Blog

December 28th, 2013

It’s time to start writing your content but before you do, let’s give it some thought, shall we? We have to take time so that we can do it right. Install the plugins that we talked about before. We have to get all the tools we need to make sure we will attract the traffic and get some readers to the blog as early as possible.

Set the permalinks to “%category%/%postname%/. Install the theme you want and then get to know your dashboard. Set the widgets and sidebars but don’t let them become overcrowded. You will have time to change things as you go along. Just fill in the white spots as soon as you can.

How Much Should We Write?

Then comes the question of how much to write. Some say write as much what the article needs as to the information it tries to disseminate. Others say one should not write posts that are too long lest the audience finds it boring. Now what I am hearing is that longer posts do much better. And by longer, we mean 1000 to 1500 words. The important thing here is to make the posts thorough, complete and helpful. Not like others you have seen that are just thrown together half hazardly.

Writing Content for the Blog

Writing Content for the Blog

How Often Should We Write
Now comes the next question: How often do we post? You have to commit yourself to a regular schedule. If you can’t write a post regularly, then it will be difficult to build a readership. They say one who writes three times a week will do better. But wait! It is not as easy as all that. Three times may just make you stare at your computer and then before you know it, you will be rationalizing that you just can’t write that day. The muse has just abandoned you!

The lesson of the story? Commit to something that will be easier for you to stick to. Besides, if you are writing three times a week just for the sake of keeping your commitment alive at the expense of quality, then that’s defeating the purpose of having a website that you can be proud of. So you see quality is still better than quantity. So commit to the number of posts you can write regularly without sacrificing quality.

Keep your commitment according to your schedule. And then if you are particularly inspired one day and are able to write three quality posts in one day, you can just line them up for publication, one for each day of the week, one after the other according to the schedule you set up. You will just have extra posts waiting on queue So the point is to start writing instead of staring at the screen.

Just set a schedule you can commit to. Then later on, when you find you can easily produce more quality posts, then you can up your schedule to twice weekly posts. That is why some successful bloggers (and they are successful mainly because they publish quality posts regularly) have prepared posts for a month just in case something happens that will prevent them from writing one.

What to Write
But what do we write? There are many different types of content you can write about. Some popular ones are writing a list post and writing about a product, service and application or a link. Others write about the things they have learned in life and what is something worth to them. Still others write about the mistakes they have made in life. Whatever it is, write on topics you know your potential audience wants based on the keyword research you undertook.

Write Lists
Let’s take the different forms one at a time. Writing a list post is a no brainer. People love them. And you know what else they say about lists? Odd numbers do better than even numbers. I don’t have a proof for this because in my experience it does not matter much whether 7 best movies is better than 8. If you find a proof as to the veracity of this statement, let me know okay? That way we can update this post based on your findings.

It is no wonder why a list is a common and popular form of blog posts. It offers a lot of information that is easy to read. That said, how do you create a good list for your blog? There are things you have to consider. What do you think your audience wants? What will be of most value to your readers? Let’s look at some we have seen around the web.

Writing up a list of tips on one issue in your blog comes to mind. How about writing a list on the plugins for your blog that you cannot live without? Specify why this is important for each plugin in your list. How about creating a list on free resources people in your niche need? People love this sort of thing and may copy this for their site and give you a link back.

Then there are websites that are worth visiting often for the value they share. Make a list of websites to share with your readers the undeniable value they will get. How about creating a list of awesome things you’ve seen around the web? They will love getting this from you and thank you for them. They will become loyal readers, that’s for sure.

How about a list of secrets to your or someone else’s success? People love secrets especially if you tell them not to spread them around. You can also create your very own list of helpful blog posts on your site. You now see that there are many kinds of lists you can write about, Make sure though that they create value to your readers.

Write Reviews
Reviewing a product, service and application or a link is something worth writing about. Readers want to know how the products or services they are using or plan to use are perceived as to their usefulness in the reviews. But make sure you make your site effective and straight forward. This is a blog after all and it is supposed to do the talking.

If there are two products to choose from, what is one worth to you compared to the other one? This is a good reminder to see the importance of a product to the audience. That is why right from the start, you want to determine what you want to write for your audience, what you want to offer them.

Write About Lesson Learned
Any lesson learned in life is a good post to write. This could be such a value among those who are just starting out in your niche. Or a useful guide for those who are struggling. Besides people love to read a good story. Tell them a story about your personal life and this may make them want to come back and read some more.

The trouble is that some of us do not have that gift to incorporate a personal story in the post, but there are ways. Before you write, ask yourself if the topic has something related to you. For example, is there something funny that happened lately that is related to the post you plan to write? But don’t make it all about you. Find something also on how it relates to the readers as well.

Write About Mistakes Made
Then there are the mistakes committed by even the best of us. People love to hear this type of stories not only to learn more about famous people but as a reminder that we are all humans and so to err is human; to forgive divine. Then write how to correct these mistakes. This way you will be providing value to your readers who will want to come back for more.

Whatever it is, write on topics you know your potential audience wants based on the keyword research you undertook. From your keyword research, you know what they are looking for based on the searches they did. Answer that need and you’re good to go. Find out what others have done and do it better. Or do it from a different perspective.

And as you write, do it in a way the words just flow. At this point you do not have to worry about editing it. This can come later after all the writing has been done. You will see, if you do it this way, you will find yourself more productive or prolific as they say about authors who write a lot, cranking out post after post that will delight your audience.

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 7 Researching Keywords for Word Press Blog

December 20th, 2013

What is keyword research? It is finding the words that people use most in search engines. This is an important aspect in building a business online that people miss. If the target market is not properly researched, you won’t know if people would actually be searching for your topic and if you ever would be earning money from it. You will end up working with no idea if there is a potential profit from your work.

Research keywords to find out what people are searching for. This will give you better understanding of the difference between what people really want to read and what you think is a good niche. Keyword research is very helpful in discovering a good domain name. There are tools and resources that will help you deal with this.

Keyword Research

Keyword Research

Step 1 Find a Main Target Keyword Phrase. You have to choose keywords to use to promote so that you so that you can get some targeted prospects. To do this, select three websites the topic of which are of interest to you. Now check and see if the target keyword phrases are good to go after. How can we do this? There are quite a few ways to do this. The first one is to use free Google Adwords Keyword Tool. Actually this has been replaced by the Keyword Planner where they combined the functionality of the Keyword Tool and Traffic Estimator. You can get keyword ideas here. To gain access to this tool you have to have an AdWords Account. If you don’t have an Adwords account, here’s how you can get one

Once you’re inside the Keyword Planner, enter your keyword phrase, landing page and product category under the following setting: Choose all locations and English for language and to target Google and negative keywords. You can also customize your search. After you hit the search button, you will be amazed to see hundreds of relevant keyword ideas.

But don’t worry, just narrow this down to keywords that have at least 500 searches a month but for each group of keywords that contains a few keywords, it should at least have a total of 3000 monthly searches. Get the other keywords as well that have high monthly search volume so you can write articles on them and attract some traffic.

Now search for your keyword phrase again this time with the word review at the end. This is great because people who come to this review are already ready to buy and would just like a confirmation that they are getting a good product. Some may be wanting to find a review first before jumping in to buy. For a more in depth way of finding keywords, use Market Samurai where they have a week of free trial that changes from time to time.

Step 2 Find secondary keyword phrases. It is also important to find secondary keywords phrases that can help people find your website. Another tool that can help you find the keywords that people use to find your website is the Micro Niche Finder where you will discover how to uncover the hot niche markets. Keyword Elite – is another very powerful keyword research tool.

Now there are some unconventional ways of researching for keywords. One of them is to use Ming Jong Tey’s Buyer Keyword Hunter book which is a favorite of mine. Why? Because this targets the customers who are looking to buy the product which solves the problem of selecting the right niche and keyword in order to earn money online.

With affiliate marketing which is the easiest way to earn money, you need prospective buyers instead of those who are only looking for information. What could be better than pick the buyer keyword hunter? But wait there’s still work to be done. First you have to do some brainstorming.

You have to check out Amazon, My Simon, Google Trends, Ebay Pulse, Clickbanks and Dummies to see what are the hot sellers. For instance at Amazon, you can check out the best sellers on iPad. Now that you know the hot sellers, you can target the buyers instead of those who are just looking for information. I presume you are already an affiliate for Amazon, Clickbank, Commission Junction. If not, apply so you can sell their product.

Search for a product at Amazon sorted by popularity or better still, the hot seller lists and they’ll show you what are selling and where. Look for the reviews on the product. Usually for every 1000 sales, there is a review for that product. So if a product has 10 reviews, it probably sold 10,000 and probably sold almost a million with 1000 or more reviews. The forum posts also can tell you something. This where people discuss their purchases.

At Google Trends, there are tools that can tell what topics to write on. Google Trends has a hot list of searches. Search for your keyword here and Google Trend will inform you how it has trended since it first got indexed. Click on Hot Searches and it will give you the hot searches. This can help you get ideas so you will be able to attract traffic. They’ll show you what keywords are trending each day and what is written about them.

You can also find keywords and topics to write on at Facebook where you’ll see what is being searched most and Twitter where they track which has high number of tweets per hour. Whenever you’re looking for keywords make sure they are related to your site. You can also search for anything related to your site at You Tube. You will be able to use the contents created by other people. Just search for hot topic in your niche and voila, you will have ideas galore.

I am a fan of Google alerts because they allow you to define certain terms and then track those pages that mention them that come with your specific terms. Then they come and report to you in an email. Your posts could create an alert and the same is true with topics and the keywords you specified.

At Clickbank you will see which products are selling well and which ones are being heavily promoted. They show how the products are doing through gravity. The higher the gravity is, the more affiliates are promoting and selling the product. They are being sold successfully through heavy promotion by the affiliates.

That done, you still need to choose the proper keywords. And you can see how that is done, above in the first part of this report. Pick three best sellers at Amazon. The names of those products could be your keywords which you can enter in the keyword planner above. Find the keywords that at least have 1000 monthly searches. These people already know the product and what they want to buy so this is a time saver for you.

You do not have to guess who are the prospective buyers to warm them up into buying mood. Now you can checkout the competition among the top ten sites. Get the average Page Ranks of those ten and if the average PR is 2, then you know it is easy to beat the competition. Competition is moderate if the average Page Rank is 2.5 and hard if it is 5.

Another keyword research you can use is Flippa Keyword Research Guide. They say they use the Keyword Planner very rarely because it does not give them the necessary niche and keywords they need. They give an example of a 4-month old website that received 816 links in 3 months.

They gave another example of a website ranking high yet has only three pages: The home page has a video which is not even owned by the website and the other two pages are a contact form and an about page. It just goes to show that content is not really king, that old domain performs better, and that the SERP is gone. So you see as long as you get the right keywords, the battle is half won.

Basically, though just make sure that the keywords you would like people to search for are at the beginning of the title and in the description. You should never keyword stuff your blog posts, nor should you worry too much about the cost of keywords But with that in mind, there are a few things to look for.

Now you can see what an important tool keyword research is. A lot of those numbers show what your readers want, Whatever it is, it is nice to know what your readers are searching for and the keyword term they use to find what they want. So when you write a topic and make it broad, it could be watered down and not get the same impact with a narrower niche. And keyword research makes all these possible and easier.

How is this related to engine ranking? Plenty. If Google will see all articles on say how to do something all in different ways, then it will think it’s authoritative enough and become quite a resource. Now if you spread yourself too thin among many topics even related to the main theme, then it would be difficult to do very well.

Also, whenever possible, use your main keywords in your articles. Your articles could appear on page 1 or 2 of the search results for the right keywords because often times article directories rank high on search engines. It is the same in Squidoo. Use the keywords in the beginning like so: My Lens is about …..

So use the keywords in the title and Squidoo URL. Squidoo gets a lot of traffic. Anyone searching for a keyword could make your related Lens page be displayed. A simple Google search can bring up plenty of potential JV partners. So use keywords for higher search engine ranking. It just makes sense, doesn’t it? How about you? What is your take on keyword research?

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 6 Selecting Themes for Word Press Blog

December 12th, 2013

By default, when you install the WordPress.org, they say the theme twenty eleven is in use. It is not bad to use it because if it is done right, it will look attractive. It will not have the functionalities of the paid themes of course, but whether you get some power features or not, you will still be struggling with the technical stuff.

As you can tell, the default theme is a custom one. You actually have two options You can either use a free theme or a paid theme. The free ones could be attractive enough if done with care. However, they may not have the power features you will want for your website to have. As long as you understand that it is kind of limited, you may want to use the default theme.

WordPress Theme Blog Layout

WordPress Theme Blog Layout

Advantages and Disadvantages of Free Themes

The obvious advantage of the free theme is that it is free. They are also easy to use and edit. They are also easy to install so you can try as many of them as you can until you find something you like. The trouble is that they are very basic and later on you may want something more powerful. Support could also become a problem so if you choose a free theme, get one from Rocket Themes or Woo Themes because these offer paid themes and so you may not have some security issues when WordPress is updated.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Paid Themes

Paid themes have many advantages. They have great support and are updated regularly. They also have unique features that are lacking in the free themes. Due to the competition and because it is a way for them to make a living, the developers try hard to make their theme the best. They pay attention to details and can make your blog look more unique.

However, unlike the free themes, paid themes usually do not go through a review process and so may not be added to the official WP repository. In this case, they may or may not be standards compliant in terms of licensing. Besides, why spend money on something that may just turn into a hobby? In addition, all the bells and whistles they feature may not be of use to you..

Rocket Themes is the one where I read there were some problems like that it slows down your website unless you remove the rocket plugin but they have been around a long time and for $50, they have great-looking themes. They also have a good selection of free themes.

Woo Themes have a huge portfolio of themes for all kinds of niches but are generally for eCommerce Site. You will get a beautiful site with unbelievable flexibility. They are very popular but it is expensive, starting at $70 for each theme or you may want to pay $125 plus $25 a month to gain access to all the themes.

Theme Forest is a customizable and professional, multi-layout, ultra flexible WP theme but someone said it may not be updated often. They say to be careful with this theme because you may get the same type of support issues as the free themes. Why? Because the creators are freelance developers.

Genesis Framework is one powerful theme created by Studio Press. It enables one to build great websites with WordPress easily and quickly. Both the advanced webmaster and newbies will have a search engine optimized website and a secure foundation that would take them to places they never thought they could go. It’s expensive but worth it if you want a powerful theme.

Thesis Theme This is a perfect choice because it will make you able to do things the other themes can’t. It has boxes with point and click add on that will enable you to do more without having to write your own code. You can drag and drop your way to a customized design and use essential tools like Google authorship and branding,

Elegant Themes are beautiful premium wordpress themes. They go for simplicity and good looking designs. As of this writing, for $39 you get completely 100% access to their entire collection of 86 themes. They come with advanced features like page templates and theme options that give you full control of your website. They come with powerful features and with great support, who can beat that?

The aforementioned themes are the top six ones. There are a hundred others of course. But these are known to be all user-friendly, with great support and the most diverse options for upgrades. There are a great number of people using them and they seem to be happy and content with them.

Theme Installation

It is pretty easy to install a theme. John Chow says there are two ways of installing it. In the WordPress Codex, search for free themes. You can download it from a zip folder directly into WordPress. Or if you are getting a paid theme, you can upload that directly from the site where you bought the theme. The other way is to upload the files through FTP.

FTP Upload

If you cannot find the zip folder in your hard drive, or you cannot make the back uploader to work, here’s how to do it:

1. If you have not done it yet, unzip the folder.

2. Find the actual file. Read the ReadMe file which you will find after you unzip the folder.

3. Upload the theme folder to wp-content/themes/ on your server.

4. Under the Appearance menu, go to Manage Theme and activate it.

Ming Jong Tey has a different way of doing it which I prefer because it’s dead simple. Besides first, you choose and specify the layout you want in terms of widths, columns, features. Here he goes:

1. Go to appearance and click themes.

2. Click on the install theme tab.

3. Select your preference as to the layout like the width, columns and desired features. Then click find themes.

4. Preview the different ones that appeared when you search for a theme that suits the layout you prefer.

5. Once you are satisfied, click install the theme.

Choosing a theme for your blog is a necessity. For one thing, it will make your business stand out from all the competition. Presentation is the key. It has to be a suitable theme that will meet the needs of your prospective customers. They say you can even switch themes without having to re-enter all your pages and posts. Switch themes to check which one conveys your brand the best way.

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 5 Selecting Plugins for Word Press Blog

December 6th, 2013

WordPress plugins make it easy to modify and customize your blog. These plugins are hard working and can enhance the functionality of your blog. The good things they do run the gamut from protection against spammers and robots to transforming your blog into a mobile site and if you like, it could even act like a pod cast.

There are some plugins you may want to upload. But first, let’s deal with the different ways to upload a plugin. If you don’t find the plugins screen in the dashboard, it could be because you are using WordPress.com and that has some drawback. You may have to go to self-hosted WordPress.org. It takes less than half a minute to install a plugin but check the settings after installation as it may need to be configured. Let’s take a look at the three different ways of installing a plugin.

Install a Plugin through the WordPress Admin Panel Search Option
For the first way to install a plugin, go to WordPress Admin Panel and click on Plugins. Then click Add New. You will then see the description, the method of installation and other related info. If this is the plugin you want, click the Install Now button. The plugin will be downloaded, installed and then it will say the installation is done. Don’t forget to click on “Activate the Plugin”.

Install a Plugin Through Upload Method in WordPress Admin Panel
The second way to upload a plugin is for beginners when they can’t find their chosen plugin. You will have to download it as a zip file from the source. You can then go to the WordPress admin panel. Over there, you have to click on Plugin and Add New. After clicking on the Upload Tab, don’t forget to click on “Activate the Plugin”.

Install a Plugin using FTP Manager
This is the third way and is not user-friendly for the beginners especially if you are a newbie and have no idea if the FTP Manager is something or someone who will give you something to eat or what. You can gain access to your host via the FTP manager. Here is the path (/wp-content/plugins/) where you can upload the files.

Here are some plugins you may want to install.

Odiogo Listen Button This plugin puts a listen button underneath the title of every post allowing you to offer an audio version of every post. You have to register your blog’s RSS feed with Odiogo though. It does not consume any bandwidth from your server system. Imagine that, it\s like even having your own podcast. People not only read your blog, but they will have the option to listen to it.

Transform Your Blog Into a Podcast

Transform Your Blog Into a Podcast

Login Lockdownis a plugin that will protect your blog from hackers and scammers because it will automatically block IP addresses that cannot login after a few attempts. You see what hackers maybe trying to do is login with different usernames in the hope that one will work and then find your password with a decoder. You can block these attempts for a day or so.

Google XML Sitemap Generator is a plugin that will create a sitemap for your blog. This way, the major search engines will have an easier way to index your blog. Make sure you check “Notify Yahoo about update of your Blog.” Then apply for the yahoo free application ID. This is the way Yahoo will be notified whenever you have a new post.

WordPress SEO by Yoast is an important plugin as it helps secure organic traffic to your blog because this will allow you to change the title tag along with the description and keyword tags to make would-be readers choose to read your post when they find it among the search results. This enables you to become a better content writer.

SEO Slug is a plugin that removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve SEO and make it more search engine friendly. For example, if your blog is on “How to Write Better Content”, it will turn it into “/Write Better Content” However, when I checked it out, this is what I saw, “plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.”

G.A.S.P This plugin will add a client side generated checkbox to your comment form and ask them to verify that they are not spammers. This is so much easier than having to enter a captcha. The checkbox is generated in the commenter’s side so the robots cannot see it. It should therefore stop 99% of automated spam bots. Something new has been added that prevents spambots from thinking they have links of your website by removing the links from comments that have not been moderated yet.

CommentLuv Reward your readers by placing a link to their latest blog post at the end of their comments This encourages them to leave comments. This will also encourage them and the community to discover new posts. CommentLuv attracts the readers and includes anti spam features that will protect you and your blog from robots.

WP Greet Box displays a different greeting depending on where the visitors come from, be it from facebook, twitter, delicious or Google. It will keep showing the greeting until the visitor closes it, After that it will not show up anymore for that visitor. It also has a timeout feature so the visitor will not feel being nagged. It requires 2.7 or higher version.

No Follow Free removes the No Follow Free tag from your WordPress blog’s comments with a lot of custom options. There is a warning though that it has not been edited for two years and so may have compatibility issues with current blogs. Anyway, this plugin will encourage the readers to leave comments so their link will become do follow,

CBNet Ping Optimizer WordPress has a built in feature that makes it able to automatically ping your blog every time you hit update. The trouble with this is that if you’re editing and updating your blog often, you might be mistakenly regarded as a spammer. But don’t worry there’s a solution to that in the plugin called Cbnet Ping Optimizer.

WPTouch can easily create a slick mobile WordPress version of your blog with just a few clicks. Now that people are into their smart phones, this is one way to increase traffic to your site. This will also allow the mobile visitors to switch between the mobile version and the regular one. The beauty of this is that you won’t even have to change a bit of code to have this plugin work.

Add Post Footer will allow the blogger to add any custom paragraph, html code, ad code or any call to action you want the readers to do at the end of your post. You can even leave an opt in box. It is flexible and easy to use and you can customize it through the administration’s option panel.

404 To Start 404-to-start/ is here I am glad because I don’t like 404 page not found error, do you? It could make you lose some traffic but it is something that routinely happens. URLs could change and there you go. But don’t worry because there is a plugin for that. The 404 to start plugin can redirect your visitors to the home page or any other pages of your choice. This plugin will help solve problems with the search engines which regard external bad links as a no, no.

Yet Another Related Post Plugin This plugin displays a host of related links to your posts. Installing this will make Google love your posts because it will automatically add related posts to the one you just published. I put mine on manually most of the time though.

There you have quite a number of plugins you may want to use. You might be tempted to upload them all, especially they are so easy to install. It does not take a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist to install any of them. But don’t install them all, just the essential ones. And remember that WordPress runs faster with less number of installed plugins. That said, plugins make the blog more interesting.

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 4 Setting Up WordPress

November 29th, 2013

On the left side of the WordPress dashboard, you will see a list of options including the plugins you may want to install. Let us explain each one at a time so you will know what to do as you write your posts. The first on the list is Posts. Clicking that will bring out all the posts you have written so far.

There is also a link there that says “add new” posts which you have to click if you intend to write a new post. In this case, you have to write the title where it says to do so, and then just fill in the rest of the post. Click the visual tab so you can edit your work as you type in. If you know HTML and prefer to edit in it, just click the HTML beside the visual tab.

After you have written the post, you can set under which category the article is all about. Write down also the keywords you used in the article so it can be found by the search engine. After you’re satisfied with your post, either save draft or publish it right away. If you want to publish it in the future, then specify when you want it published.

If you have an old post that you want to edit, click that and you can edit that old post to your heart’s content. You can add an image or upload a video but make sure they are all related to the post. I have heard though that there is danger in changing the title which in this case, you’ll never be found. But it didn’t happen to me.

It is quite easy to start a blog with the use of WordPress.

It is quite easy to start a blog with the use of WordPress.

Pages On the left side you will see the word Pages. They are added and edited just like the posts but there are differences. In the blog you don’t have to create a hierarchy but if you want you can create a parent page and then if you create a new related page you can select that page as the parent. Usually though Pages are used for permanent things like about, contact and similar pages.

Media As mentioned above, one can upload and manage media directly from the media menu on the dashboard. There are icons on top of the content area. If you hover your mouse over each one, it will show what each is called. Basically they are for uploading images, videos and other media to your blog.

If you want to upload an image, browse for it in your computer, open it and it will appear in a new window where you can edit it, put a title, caption, alt tag (so Google will know what the image is all about). Then click the link that says “insert to post” and voila, it’s there for all the world to see. Make sure though that you use an appropriate keyword and use it as the filename of the image and that it is free to use and there is no copyright issue you have to contend with.

Appearance There are four options under Appearance. The first is to change your theme if you want to upload a new one. You can change or add widgets in the second option which are the blocks of contents on the footer or the sidebar of your site. This varies depending on the theme you select to use. You can change the menus in the third option as to which pages you want to put in the sidebar or on top of your site. The last is the editing option you can do for the theme but I don’t touch this.

Plugins These are pieces of code that help with changing the functionality of your WordPress blog. WordPress is an open source so anyone can create a plugin for it. There are hundreds and hundreds of plugins but you don’t want to use them all. For one thing, they may need to be updated and old ones may not work properly,

It is therefore wise to stick to some core ones that will likely always work to help with the running and marketing of your blog, keeping it safe from harm and optimizing it for SEO. We will discuss some essential plugins later. We will also explain how to install each one of the plugins.

Make sure to change the default username to your own choice of a username. Otherwise hackers could use that default username and do damage to your blog. You see, at the start of setting up the WordPress blog, the default username “admin” is used. If you don’t delete that and have your own unique username, a hacker could use that to login to your blog.

Settings is a big area to cover. Finally, here we are in the settings menu. This is a big one as there are quite a few options in here you can change. To gain access to these settings, just look for it in the left hand menu and click settings. For example, in the first one General settings let you modify many of the items.

The General Settings can control the way your blog is presented like the title, tagline, time zones, user default roles and date and time formats. The site title can be anything you like. It does have to be the same as the URL but the address will be the same. It will show how the actual URL of the site is displayed, the email address of the administrator and the membership setup.

The writing settings is where there are some tools that will have an effect on how you write your new posts. If you forget to have a category in your post, the Default Post Category will assign one and it is the same for the Default Link Category. It will show when you are posting and how big your writing box is going to be. There also the types of emoticons that will show up and tools to post by email or post by button.

Reading lets you choose which blog post appears on your front page. You may choose a static page to appear on the front page. By default, it will show the latest post but choosing a static page can come in handy if you want it to be a landing page or a welcome message. You can also define the length of the pages that appears in the RSS feed.

The discussion settings let you change the number of options for commenting. You can choose a gravatar, moderation settings and when you can get emailed. You can also change other comment settings and how long they can stay in moderation. And if you install a plugin like GASP, you will be able to control the activities of the spambots.

The media settings have been covered to a certain extent and I know this part of the game. What I don’t know is how to define thumbnails, how they are created and stored. As for embedding YouTube videos, I have uploaded quite a few of them before but as to how my web host organizes them, I will have to find out for sure.

Privacy refers to whether your blog will or will not appear in the search results. You can change the privacy setting by going to settings and in privacy, specify if you want or not want the search engine to index your post. Similarly when you are not done with your post yet, just save it as draft and not publish.

Permalinks
The URL will look like this when you don’t change your permalinks: http://www.yoursite.com/page1/page2/ As you can see permalinks tell WordPress how to display the URL for your post. The default is putting in a number which is not user friendly both to the user and SEO. To make it include the name of the post, go to permalinks and change it to custom: /%category%/%postname%.

There are other things to learn but the above will cover 91% of the work for your WordPress blog

. You are lucky you have this because I didn’t have any of these when I started out; So I was just like a blind person going through the motion. Only lately Ming Jong Tey has opened my eyes and so I started researching and doing this because I don’t want you to experience what I did.

Obviously these are not all what we need. There are plugins and themes that we will discuss in details so your blog will look and act like you envision it to do and be. You can always be adding things in the future so that your blog will grow the way you want it to do.

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 3 Starting Your Blog

November 21st, 2013

Now finally we are ready to create our blog. The best one to use is wordpress.org instead of the wordpress.com and I will tell you why. If your blog is only going to feature a hobby or similar topic instead of having one that could earn you money, then use the wordpress.com but if you intend to earn money from it, then using wordpress.org is the way to go.

Blogger.com is another one you can use and I like this one for I have been with them for years. I have read that it is not a good idea to have your blog at blogger.com because you won’t be able to put in affiliate links, but that’s not true at all. I have also heard that they could close you down and again that’s not true.

Starting Your WordPress Blog
You can start creating your blog as a hobby by just going to WordPress.com. They will ask you to create an account and to set up your very first blog. This is very simple as they will give you the steps to follow. Creating your business blog is not as simple but it is easy because you will be guided through step by step as shown in this video at How To Set Up a WordPress Blog From Scratch .

1. Go and Buy a Domain Name
Some of you have probably already bought this but if not, go to NameCheap. which may cost you $10 a year or even much less than that depending on what they have on special when you buy your domain name. Pick a domain name that will end in .com and avoid the new ones they may suggest to you like .mobi, .co, and .info. Just go ahead a choose a name that goes with the content of your blog and your personality.

2. Go and Buy a Hosting Plan
We have already discussed this before so if you have not done so yet, go to Hostgator . starting at $3.96 a month. It is Unlimited Web Hosting that is easy and affordable. How do I know this? Because I have been with them for years. They offer:
Unlimited Disk Space
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Easy Control Panel
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And oh, before I forget they have a tutorial video on just about anything that you may find an issue where you may experience a challenge. That challenge will just evaporate into thin air when you watch the tutorial video, because the issue is explained in a clear and concise manner.

You may be wondering why in heaven’s name should one get a hosting plan when you can easily do it in the same place where you buy your domain. You see, it is good to get these two separate because when you get into a problem and later have to move your blog somewhere else, you will have a difficult time doing so if both your domain name and hosting plan are together.

3. Point the Domain Name Server (DNS) to your Hostgator account
Your hosting company which is Hostgator will send you an email tellin
g you among other things your domain name servers (DNS). These domain name servers you will have to input in Namecheap. This is the way to do it:
a. Login to your account at Name Cheap.
b. Go to My Account and click Manage Domain which is on the right hand corner of the upper part.
c. Select by clicking on the domain name you just bought from Name Cheap.
d. Down below, click the Domain Name Server Setup.
e. This is where you will input the domain name servers you received in an email from Hostgator. It will say Specify Custom DSN Servers 1. _____ 2. _________
f. Don’t forget to save your work.

4. Now We’re Ready to Login to the Hostgator cPanel Account to Set Up the Blog
How To Set Up a WordPress Blog From Scratch . That’s the blog we have at the beginning of this post but go and watch it again because that’s basically how you install WordPress. But for those who are video-challenged and learn better through written instruction like me, here are the steps:

Step 1: Go to the Control Panel of Your Domain Name
Let us say your domain name is www.DesignerJeans.com. To go to the control panel for this domain, one would have to type in the URL of the domain followed by forward slash cpanel like this: www.DesignerJeans.com/cpanel.

Step 2 Then gain access to the cpanel.
Simply type in the username and password that the one who sold you the domain name sent you in an email. Click the login button and the cPanel appears:

Step 3: Scroll down to the “Software/Services” section of the cpanel.
Now just press the button or icon called “Fantastico De Luxe”. 

Step 4. On the left side bar, find the word WordPress and press it.

Step 5. Press “New Installation” and you should see the domain you just bought.
Do not write anything on the “Install in Directory. Just leave it blank. Login by putting in admin (I suggest you change this later on as this is the default sign in information which will make it easy for anyone to hack your website. Enter the password that they sent you.

Step 6. After entering all the above details, press the “Install WordPress” button.
Now press the button that says “Finish Installation”. 

Step 7. Log out by pressing the red “x” on the top left of the screen.

Step 8. That’s it, you’re done. You can now login to your website at www.YourDomain.com/wp-admin. Make sure you replace YourDomain.com with your own domain name.

Setting Up WordPress
You can start blogging now if you have something to say or wait until you have investigated the ins and outs of your website. There are things you need to familiarize yourself with so you can be guided accordingly when writing your content. We will cover that in the next post when we will look at the dashboard of your site as soon as you login using your ID and Password.

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Marketing with Roger and Evelyn Step 2 Building Your Brand Name

November 14th, 2013

It is important to build your brand right from the start. You want to know how to convey yourself to your audience in a consistent manner. Otherwise it will be difficult for them to believe in you. The heart of your business is your connection with the audience. Earning money comes after this connection, after your audience has had a positive experience.

How to build this relationship is through story telling. This will bring you and your audience together and will keep them engaged. Good stories will capture the audience attention and make your small business heard. People know there is a connection between marketing and story telling. So how can you make your story and your brand stand out?

Stories to make your brand stand out should tell why and how your company got started although they are not really about the company but it’s all about the readers and the benefit they will get. They are really the stars of the show, with you just in a supporting role. The stories should tell what makes you want to work on this every day and what kind of people work for your company.

Tell the audience about your mission and how you intend to get it accomplished. Talk directly to your readers on the difficulties you’re meeting. Stories you tell should not be like an essay, boring and isolated. Neither should they be a post on your blog that just manipulates your audience into becoming customers. In other words, it should not also be a publicity ploy or just a video that you want to go viral. Stories should be real that can only come from the heart.

Build Your Brand

Build Your Brand

This means you have to assess your own website or any marketing materials. To do this, I suggest you ask yourself the some questions or ask your audience similar questions. You reply to them and see if they understand. See also if they can get the answers by checking out your website. What questions to ask? Read on.

So ask yourself why you started your website. Why do you think readers or visitors will come and check it out? Why did you build it? Or if you do not have a website yet, ask yourself before you start anything, why you should have one and ask why people should come and visit it.

This brings us back to the same question. How do we go about this? Should we hire an expert to do this work for us? Will outsourcing this job do the work? Will doing this be counterproductive? Remember this has got to come from the heart. This should come naturally. If the reason you started your website like we did is to help people, then this should come easily and the stories will flow naturally.

Just in case you are at a loss for words, let me tell you about a person who overcame the problem. He got personal with his audience. He spoke to them in his blog by simply asking them questions. This way he was able to tap into their knowledge. He let his readers supply the stories for him. He surveyed his readers through such tools as Survey Monkey which I will explain to you later.

This way, he found what it was they needed and he based his work on an ebook on the results of that survey. He offered the ebook for free and his list grew exponentially and the rest is history. Now he has got it made. He does not have to rely on traffic from Google as he has his very own.

That became his own unique way on the road to success. You can tell other unique ways from all the offers your receive or even all the blogs you read. Some are of the same subject matter but if you look closely, they are approached from a different perspective or angle, making their offer unique.

Why are stories important? For one thing, that is how you build a relationship with your readers. They are a way for you to market whatever it is you will be selling later on. People usually listen to stories. Just think of why they buy novels and see movies. They want to know what is happening to others and how those experiences mirror their own.

For example, when eventually you are going to sell a cream for acne, you could tell your own story or of someone you know who struggled so much about the acne and was so miserable he did not even want to leave the house. Tell about the struggle in detail and his trying out all kinds of treatment to no avail. Now don’t tell a fib.

The stories you tell should be real and true. They should immediately catch the eye of the people you want to reach and get the benefit to be experienced right away. You can use these in all kinds of media. You can use it in your blog, in your sales letters and even when you’re trying to presell something. This works in all kinds of products.

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty of this story telling technique. What steps do we take to ensure success? Hold on to your hat for here they come: 1. Tell the story of a problem that will not go away. Tell of the misery you went through and how your life became a living hell. 2. Share with them how you tried to solve the problem, how you went from doctor to doctor to get your problem solved. Tap their emotions and ask for help. 3. Then all of a sudden here comes the answer to your prayers.. In a month’s time, problem solved.

So think of the image you want to project and what your content should portray. Then find out how you can develop that image. Plan how you will present yourself to your audience. How do you want your audience to see you? What do you want people to think of you?

Answers to these questions will help you know how to present your content. Be true to yourself though. You cannot build an image that is not what you are. To answer these questions, you will have to determine what you enjoy the most. What are your qualifications? Can you be an expert on something about your topic?

Don’t feel disheartened if you can’t be an expert the way you want to be.
You can start as a beginner and work along with your audience. Remember what we said before that you can let your readers do the stories for you. Later on, as your website grows you could end up an expert yourself

Next build a list of blogs that are similar to yours. You can find ones that you want yours to look like. Find websites that match your style and brand. You are not going to copy them but you want to get some ideas how those website owners are building their brand. You can even ask the owners for help. You will be surprised to know how many will offer a helping hand.

Now how will you know if your idea is working or not? That’s right, by taking action without being entirely blind. In our case, we knew what we wanted to do, help the diabetics. We were thinking more of the fun we have in helping them rather than make money so we were prepared to fail but even if we do fail, we know we will not be able to leave them behind, not until a cure is discovered or we get sick, whichever comes first.

So you see, your brand is the real image of yourself. And you have to start developing that brand right from the beginning. This will help you know what the content you are going to upload to your site should portray. The audience will get engaged if there is consistency in your brand.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

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Now that we have picked a topic, it’s time to seriously think more deeply on what and how we are going to blog. Where is the website, you asked? Don’t rush for that will come. There is no sense paying for it now when we are just going with Step One. Picking a domain name for your niche or business will at least take a week.

We know what our topic is about and from the keyword research I showed you, you can pick your domain name that is searched by at least 1000 times every day and has a supply of 10,000 or less competitors pages. You will be able to identify the need from the 1000 searches every day. Determine exactly what your blog will be about and what it will do.

Outline your Site
Now that you have selected a domain name for your business, it is time to write down an outline of what your site is going to be, the readers it is going to target and how you are going to make it grow. This first day is very important. You have to know how you are going to present your site and what you want the visitors to your site do and the resources you will need.

Here are the things you might need in your outline:

Your challenge is to identify a need with enough demand and then develop something to help people get what they need.

1. Write down the plan or the design of your site and how it will look like. What type of content will you have and where are they going to be on your site? Where will you put the ads?

2. How often are you going to upload content? It is important to have a regular schedule for uploading content and be consistent with it. So choose a schedule you can keep up with. Regular scheduling is better than sporadically uploading a post. The more consistent you are, the more traffic you are going to get. Do a research on what contents you are going to write about.

3. Determine which sites you are going to build a relationship with. These are owners of the sites that you are targeting to be like yours. Start building a list of these sites that you will be contacting later on.

4. Determine the products you are going to endorse or promote. Of course you have to know your readers first before finalizing the products.

5. Think of the plan of action you will need to do to make money off your site. How are you going to get traffic to your site? How are you going to convert this into cash? Should you try to make money right away? There are two schools of thoughts on this issue. Start monetizing right away or wait awhile?

Things To Do
1. Determine who your audience is going to be. You will have to learn to know them because you are going to write for them. After you have identified their need then you can create something to meet the need. Will this audience be able to spend money to meet their need?

2. What do you want to write about? Are you going to find this interesting because if not, you might as will change to another topic that you will love to write about. Do you personally know something about this topic and can write about it? Will you find it enjoyable?

3. What can you offer your audience better than your competitors? Do you have expertise in your chosen topic?

These are just the things you will need to cover before you start paying for a domain name and a hosting fee. That is why I didn’t want you to get them before you are absolutely sure what you are going to do and love it at the same time.

Tasks to Finish

Hopefully by the end of this post, you will have been able to choose a topic and your domain name

Now it’s time to buy a domain name at Namecheap

Now we are going to buy hosting from
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October 31st, 2013

Now we come to how do we find the right niche. Well, one way is to go to Amazon and find the best sellers. Once you’ve found a topic that you want, enter it into Keyword Planner and find the average monthly searches. The higher it is of course, the more popular it and so it is a topic that could be more profitable than others. And you can find keywords there.

You can use phrases for your keywords or what you call long tail keywords and many related keywords which you can write about and add content to your website using these keywords. You can look up these keywords at the aforementioned Keyword Planner where the keyword planner has replaced the google adword tool. You need an Adwords account to get keyword ideas with Keyword Planner. You can create an Adwords account right here.

Then you type it in google search and find phrases with 10,000 or less competing pages which is the number of supply out there. Then find the demand looking for the keywords that have people searching for at least 1000 every day. You can find profitable topics this way looking for those searching for this topic for the demand and finding competing websites for supply. The more demand it is for the topic and the less supply, the better it is.

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You can research for a topic the same way by looking for the best sellers at Clickbank. Think of which one you want to enter, buy that product and see how they sell it to you. Find out how you can improve it. Then you can either offer larger commission and make it into a multi-media product. You can also use a better sales page and whatever else you can do to improve this product.

The Wordtracker is also a good place which you can try for free to reveal high-performing keywords in minutes. You can start your research by entering a keyword to start exploring your market. Then at Wordze you can have a free 30-day trial where their patented WordRank tool will show you exactly which keywords to target! The Worddiscovery also has a free trial where you can discover the best keywords to target on your website

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel because you can just go online to find the websites that are already doing well by using these spying tools: You can try SpyFu for free, SEMRush where you can register for free and Compete.com which also has a free trial. These sites can assess how much traffic they get and what keywords they target.

Then you can also go to forums on the topics you have chosen where you will find like- minded people asking and answering questions. On researching a profitable topic you will find one you enjoy the most. Then on the next task that we have to do, you will find what your strengths and where you need help. For these you have to ask people for help.

I have to point out at this point not to over complicate this process. To simplify it, we can go through three steps. The first one is to find what people need or want. Then look for the solutions both online and offline and decide on the business that will meet those needs. The next step is to create a website and start the marketing process. Of course, you will need to do some keyword research but not necessarily to determine the business but rather use the keywords for content-writing.

In other words, pick an area that will be both a passion and profitable too. The trouble is the top areas like insurance and cars are competitive and saturated. But you can get smaller niches out of them. You probably will not get the traffic of the big ones but you will be able to get a slice of it.

So this issue goes back to your own reflection of what you enjoy most in life. You’re the only one who can tell what your passion is. Nobody else can, but if you find an untapped niche and drive traffic it, that could be a gold mine. Don’t spend too much time on this though. A week or two should be enough.

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October 18th, 2013

B. Plans and Tips to Ensure Success

So what plans do we have to create? We have to create a plan for the year. From that we do a three-month plan. Then break it down to a three monthly plans. Each monthly plan can then be broken into a four weekly plans. Each week is then broken down into seven daily plans. Lastly, but not least, plan what you will do the following day before you end up your tasks for today. If we don’t do this last one, we may just end up doing the emails, trying each shiny offers we see and talk on the phone.

To plan the daily tasks, ask yourself what you have been doing online. It could be just doing emails for half an hour, going to social media like Facebook and Twitter for an hour. Perhaps you wrote an article for an hour and surfed the net afterwards. Before you know it, it was time for lunch. In the afternoon, you checked your email and surfed the net and then the day is over.

Have a Daily To-Do Sheet

Have a Daily To-Do Sheet

Here are some tips he gave to make us more productive:

1. Have good lighting in the office space.

2. Listen to calm music.

3. Take breaks once an hour.

4. Work station should be quiet and clean.

5. Don’t read emails all day.

6. Go out for walks.

7. Have a plan of attack.

8. Drink water.

9. Prioritize the tasks into abcs.

10. Work to a count down timer.

11. Don’t let people interrupt you.

12. Turn off email, Skype, MSN-Yahoo Messenger, and cell phone.

13. Plan tomorrow today in order, with the most urgent tasks first.

Here’s this guru’s rationale for this way of working:

1. If you work for 60 minutes on your A-list task in productive session and did that four times a day, you would be doing more productive work than others would do in a month.

2. In 12 days, you would have done more productive work than others would in a year.

3. You are working on productive tasks, they are working on nothing.

Don’t multi task. Instead follow your daily to do sheet and then write them down on your daily did sheet. Since he has been doing this, he’s been making $50,000 a month. So remember to use the daily did sheet to work out what distracts you. You can use this information to become more focused. Anyway do the most urgent work of the day first before doing the non-productive ones.

Now we are ready to go to Part 2 which is building a website. But before we start buying a domain name and a hosting plan, there are things we have to learn first. We just don’t jump in and get a domain name. It is not as simple as that. Well, it is simple but it is good to do it the right way so there will be no looking back. Mistakes could easily be avoided if we do all the necessary elements first. See you in Part 2!

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A. What To Do to Ensure Success
We badly need this part so we can be ready before we jump into building a website. I don’t want you to make the mistakes we made when we jumped right into it before we had all the information. Getting you ready first will help position you and your business in the right manner right from the start. This way we can ensure that you become a success with this. Take down notes though as you go along this marketing program.

This introduction could be a long one but it will help you establish a structured business right from the start. Use the strategies we will teach you every day until things become a habit. Develop this mindset of building an online business that provides value to your readers and followers. And as such you may need people to do some tasks for you. So a change in the mindset is important. As this guru said, “This is NOT a get rich quick scheme; It’s a get rich forever system.”

Why do some people fail? There are a number of reasons and one of them is information overload. Now you don’t have to expose yourself and be confused with more information if you stick with this site. Those you get elsewhere come in bits and pieces anyway. But there are other reasons why most people fail. Some are afraid of technology, they have no system, no plan, no mentor, and no focus. They love the hype they see in their emails and so they are just lost. And some, you won’t believe this, are just afraid of success.

Overcome Information Overload

Overcome Information Overload

This is just the beginning. We will be doing a lot of things, building a list to create a following. We will make sure that we provide value and making money will come later. As this guru said, “Don’t chase money…Let money chase you.” You position yourself to do this. And how do you position yourself? Provide valuable content. Get an idea going. Don’t worry about it not being right. You will have time to go over it again.

The difference between the winners and the losers is action. The winners take action. What do you think the people who made millions did with their ideas? They took action. They created something in the cyber-space, created value and that brought money to their bank. They didn’t moan, they just kept plugging away. They started with zero in their list and made that grow one by one when they started.

The first pages in your work may all be failures but you can make the last chapter a happy one by taking action. Learn all what we are all reading now fast and at the same time you can apply what you are learning. It is up to us to make the last pages the best ever. You can do this because we will show you what we learned from these successful people. These things appear simple but when put together and you take action, goodbye being poor, hello wealth!

The problem is that too many of us are in a rut and we have to climb out of that to succeed. We have to do a lot of planning first or risk failing because we will just keep on working with no focus. We will just be confused and overworked. Besides, without the planning, how can you run a business? This introduction will do that for you. It will help you get organized so no matter how many things come to you, you are prepared not to lose focus.

With focus you will be ahead in the game.
Without it, you are lost. Focus on how the successful people make money online. All the rest of the work you can outsource. This is probably why this guru wants us to write a pledge so that we will be more productive. He gave some examples like “Use a countdown timer when doing productive tasks, emails only twice a day, do daily sheets and the daily did sheet and plan tomorrow today.”

We must explain the daily did sheet. You see when we plan today the work we will do tomorrow, we list down the tasks we have to do. Then at the end of the day, we list down all the work we finished during the day. We guess this will make us more accountable because what good is a daily do sheets if we do not actually do them and have them listed in our daily did sheet? Do you follow us?

Now is your turn, comment on this post, will you?

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Here is an internet business that I have not seen before. It is worth trying it out because there is a 60-day money back guarantee. Here’s what you get for a one-time payment where you do not need to spend anymore money and you will be able to build your own list. It is called
CB Passive Income License Program .

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The CB Passive Income License Program will give you:

1. Your Own Clone “Secret Web Page” that is ready-to-go, whereby you DO NOT need to do anything else with it, other than to promote the unique link that’s created for you.

2. A Valuable Free Gift To Giveaway is already “integrated” with your clone webpage. YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING HERE, IT’S ALL AUTOMATED.

3. A Continual Income Stream

4. A LIFETIME Commission when you get people to subscribe to your “secret web page” for free.

5. A Solid Internet Business where you don’t need to hire designers, content writers, a copywriter and even an email marketer! Neither do you have to pay for a domain name, hosting fees and an autoresponder which are essential to get an internet business going.

6. Access To My Promotion Training Courses where you will be trained how to get traffic to your webpage.

How do I make money?

The software creates the “Secret Web Page” for you. We’ll provide you with the training on how to promote it (in case you’re a newbie). Your webpage builds your list and our marketing system monetize it for you. Basically, it’s a complete turnkey of my marketing system – the difference is, my marketing system is now WORKING FOR YOU, to generate affiliate commissions for you.

So click CB Passive Income License Program and see for yourself if that is not what you have been looking for. It is something where you do not have to pay for hosting fees or an autoresponder and at the same time you will be building your own list. And that’s what everybody is saying. The money is in the list. Actually, the money is in the relationship you have with your list.

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Mistakes 8, 9, and 10 of the 10 Mistakes When Starting a Business

October 3rd, 2013

I hope you’re having a good day; I am concerned because we are looking at all these start up mistakes that are depressing to think about but it is good to go through in order to be better prepared on this venture that we like to go into. We have done the first seven of the mistakes to avoid when starting a Business.

Mistake #8 is on not giving up so easily. There will be bumps on the road that are expected and one should not give up at the first bump. This is the reason why most people fail when starting a business. Once they hit the first bump, they get desperate enough to quit.

There was one woman who gave up because she felt everything went wrong. It seemed like everybody and his dog wanted to use her office computer because it was newer than the one they had. Not only that, even her office supplies went missing, including her pens. If only she had told them the rules that her office is off limits during office hours, then limits would have been set!

Rules to Follow During Office Hours

Rules to Follow During Office Hours

And everybody wanted to talk to her. Sometimes they even wanted her to drive them somewhere because it was not supposed to take long. But a short drive would go longer than anticipated. There was the stop at the ice cream parlor. Then there were stamps to buy at the post office and so on and so forth. You follow me?

One should stop all these interruptions from the get go. At the start there should be rules that hours for the office are what they are supposed to be. Put up a sign that you cannot be interrupted. Better still, type up all your requirements and distribute them to all who may think of interrupting you at work.

Mistake #9 is to think that what happens to other businesses will also happen to you. All businesses are different. What may happen to one may not happen to you. Just keep plugging away on yours until things work out. Mind you, it is not bad to study what others are doing and determine if that will work for you as well.

Mistake #10 is to keep being positive. Don’t feel let down at the first problem you meet. Think of it as a challenge and find ways on how to cope with it instead of wanting to quit. Starting a business takes time to see the reward. But you will soon see the light at the end of the tunnel, just you wait and see.

Phew! I am glad we got that out of the way. That’s all for now. See you next week when we can address some other issues. Thank you for being my subscriber. There will be some things brewing in my head that will surprise you. I have been mulling on this for sometime now.

You see I took a traffic course and a marketing course. I like them both and learned a lot from them. The reason I took those courses is because I know there were things I was not doing. You see, working on this was just kind of a hobby for me. But I have grown to like it so while I am at it, I might as well do it right.

Going back to those courses, I need your help as to which one should I share with you. The traffic course is only on traffic while the other one is more complete. So email me as to which one you want me to share with you. Is it the traffic course or is it the complete course? So the ball is on your court. Let me know, okay?

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

Here is an internet business that I have not seen before. It is worth trying it out because there is a 60-day money back guarantee. Here’s what you get for a one-time payment where you do not need to spend anymore money and you will be able to build your own list. It is called
CB Passive Income License Program. Go ahead and click that and try to see if it will generate affiliate commission for you.

The CB Passive Income License Program will give you

1. Your Own Clone “Secret Web Page” that is ready-to-go, whereby you DO NOT need to do anything else with it, other than to promote the unique link that’s created for you.
2. A Valuable Free Gift To Giveaway is already “integrated” with your clone webpage. YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING HERE, IT’S ALL AUTOMATED.
3. A Continual Income Stream
4. A LIFETIME Commission when you get people to subscribe to your “secret web page” for free.
5. A Solid Internet Business where you don’t need to hire designers, content writers, a copywriter and even an email marketer! Neither do you have to pay for a domain name, hosting fees and an autoresponder which are essential to get an internet business going.
6. Access To the author’s Promotion Training Courses where you will be trained how to get traffic to your webpage.

How do you make money?

The software creates the “Secret Web Page” for you. We’ll provide you with the training on how to promote it (in case you’re a newbie). Your webpage builds your list and our marketing system monetize it for you. Basically, it’s a complete turnkey of my marketing system – the difference is, the marketing system will be WORKING FOR YOU, to generate affiliate commissions for you.

So click CB Passive Income License Program . and see for yourself if that is not what you have been looking for. It is something where you do not have to pay for hosting fees or an autoresponder and at the same time you will be building your own list. And that’s what everybody is saying. The money is in the list. Actually, the money is in the relationship you have with your list. I will explain that later.

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Mistake #6 and #7 of the Ten Mistakes When Starting a Business

September 26th, 2013

Mistake # 6:  This is about some people who promote themselves instead of trying to offer solutions to other people’s problems.  What they don’t know and understand is that people can’t care less what degree you finished in school to work in specialized field.  What they are interested in is what you can do to help them.  If you hit on what they need and you can offer solutions to this need, then you will have a good paying customer.

To succeed in home business, you will really have to market your product and services.  You have to determine whether your products and services are the right ones and see if they are in the right place.  They have to meet the needs of your clients.  Now the question is how will you know this?

It’s simple; just talk to potential customers. See what they need.  This can also be done through questionnaires and surveys.  In addition to talking to them conversationally, do some interviews.  You will be able to obtain important information so you can hone your product and services to meet the demands of the potential customers.

Know Customers' Needs

Know Customers' Needs

It is also important to know where to sell the product and offer the services and what price you are going to offer them for because you should find out what the market will pay for your products and services.  How to sell them should also be focused on but most especially who should you sell them to.  As to how to sell them, there are different ways.  You could do it by having them on your retail shelf, at the shows and at fairs. If they are digital products, you can sell them online electronically.

And this is not all.  The way to promote what you are selling is also an important thing to check out.  Are you going to advertise, do networking or offer coupons?  As you can see, there are so many things to think of and do rather than to be promoting yourself.  This is a mistake you have to avoid at all cost.

Mistake # 7: Some marketers distribute their fliers to promote to their business in the wrong places. For example, if your business is on carpet cleaning, you should not distribute your fliers in the grocery stores.  Rather you should hand them out at the furniture stores and such.

Clearly, the above does not belong to a strong marketing plan.  That is why so many businesses fail within three years of their launching.  Not determining the target market before you open for business is not the way to go down the road to success.  So is not developing ways to promote the business.

There are brochures and ads to think about.  Web sites can also be considered and so are trade shows.  If your product is book sale, then join the book fair that is sponsored by the library.  They even give a small honorarium for those who participate in these book fairs.  And don’t forget your brand.  How you present yourself is part of the success you can have.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

Here is an internet business that I have not seen before. It is worth trying it out because there is a 60-day money back guarantee. Here’s what you get for a one-time payment where you do not need to spend anymore money and you will be able to build your own list. It is called
CB Passive Income License Program.
The CB Passive Income License Program will give you:
1. Your Own Clone “Secret Web Page” that is ready-to-go, whereby you DO NOT need to do anything else with it, other than to promote the unique link that’s created for you.
2. A Valuable Free Gift To Giveawayi s already “integrated” with your clone webpage. YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING HERE, IT’S ALL AUTOMATED.
3. A Continual Income Stream
4. A LIFETIME Commission when you get people to subscribe to your “secret web page” for free.
5. A Solid Internet Business where you don’t need to hire designers, content writers, a copywriter and even an email marketer! Neither do you have to pay for a domain name, hosting fees and an autoresponder which are essential to get an internet business going.
6. Access To My Promotion Training Courses where you will be trained how to get traffic to your webpage.
How do I make money?
Our software creates the “Secret Web Page” for you. We’ll provide you with the training on how to promote it (in case you’re a newbie). Your webpage builds your list and our marketing system monetize it for you. Basically, it’s a complete turnkey of my marketing system – the difference is, my marketing system is now WORKING FOR YOU, to generate affiliate commissions for you.




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Mistakes #4 and #5 of the Ten Mistakes When Starting a Business

September 19th, 2013

Mistake #4. Paying a professional web designer a lot of money to build you a website is something I consider a mistake. The best thing to do is to get a good hosting service that gives a lot of help in website building and you can do it yourself for nothing. It happened to me. I paid thousands of dollars that did not deliver. Only after I signed up with Site Build It that I began to see the light.

But there is the other side of the spectrum who believe that trying to do it yourself to save money is an expensive mistake. They believe that people who do this waste a lot of time and money instead of sticking to what they do best. Besides hiring a professional web designer can make your website attractive to visitors and search engine optimization can also be looked after.

Let us look at an example. Mary wants to set up a business online. She finds it expensive so she decides to do the website by herself to save money. So she goes online and spends hours, weeks and months trying to find the best hosting there is only to find that some just promise her the moon and then she has to go and find another hosting company.

Can you see how much time she is wasting to do that? It is time that she could have spent marketing her products and services. I bet she spent as much money doing it herself compared to hiring a professional web designer. This is besides the time she lost that she could have used doing more productive stuff.

If you don’t want to make the mistakes Mary did and would like a step-by-step internet marketing training for quick and lasting online income then get Niche Profit Classroom where they will give you everything you need. I was so impressed with this program I reviewed it and you can read it at Niche Profit Classroom – A Review

Mistake #5. There is no need to buy business cards and brochures at the start of your online business. Your business could change from month to month which will just make your business cards and brochures obsolete. So you see, it will just be a waste of time and money. That’s what some people think.

Business Cards as Essential Marketing Tools

Business Cards as Essential Marketing Tools

Then there are others who believe it is good to plan early. They say you may even get 10% off your purchases. So it is good to buy brochures, stationary and business cards? Absolutely, if you need them because there are other ways to keep your other expenses low.

For example, you can buy second-hand furniture for your home office, get only supplies and equipment that you need. You can also shop for bargains and hire workers only on contract and as needed. In addition, you may be able to get your suppliers to agree on an extended period of payment until your own client makes a payment to you.

Brochures are important though as it shows in an attractive manner what products and services you are trying to offer. So be very creative in designing the brochures you want to publicize your business. It should really give information about the products or services you are offering.

Then there are the business cards that are really an essential tool for marketing one’s products and services. They are easy to distribute, that is true, but too many marketers fail to see how important business cards are especially if that that is their only marketing tool. It should include the name address, phone number, email address, website, services offered and quotations.

Now it’s your turn; tell us your thoughts on this issue by leaving a comment down below.  Thanks.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

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Mistake #3 of the Ten Mistakes When Starting a Business

September 12th, 2013

Mistake #3. A tiny ad that is all you can afford will not stand out so it is best to wait before putting up an ad or until your marketing budget can afford it so you will not waste your money. A tiny ad in the corner or a one-liner will not call attention to your ad.

Some people think otherwise though. They say to get started advertising even though business owners are not that confident it is going to work. Besides being expensive, some do not know how to measure it relative to ROI (return on investment.

We can understand why some of us will not know how it works despite the fact that we are bombarded with advertisements all day long. All a small business operator knows is that if the business is not growing and is stuck, advertising might be able to perk up the situation.

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Advertising, Will It Work? Courtesy of freefoto.com

At this point it is good to see the pros and cons of advertising. What can it do for the business? Besides promoting and informing the prospects of the benefits the business can offer, it can help build credibility and boost the brand and reputation.

However, there are things advertising cannot do for the business. It cannot make the business better if the products and services are not up to par. Neither can it produce an immediate customer base nor help with gains and losses and improve the customer service.

To ensure success, one must plan the ad carefully and to make sure it targets the correct audience. The advertisement should also be seen frequently for no one is going to jump and come to buy something from you right off the bat. It has to be distinctive and compelling. Then give it time to work.

What are the different forms of advertisement can one employ? One can advertise online and get some banners to put up in websites. Then there are the ads one can have in newspapers, magazines, radio, and television. One can print flyers or even mail prospective customers.

So what are we to do? To advertise or not, that is the question. We know it does not guarantee success or sales and it is expensive. Someone said though that if you do it right, prospective customers will become aware of you. On the other side of the spectrum, the advice is don’t advertise. It takes time to make it good and it’s expensive.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

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Top 10 Mistakes When Starting a Business

August 29th, 2013

Watch this section for those mistakes so you can avoid them. For even though you have a great idea, and I am sure you do, you get so excited you want to get started right away. So what do you do? You went and ordered some business cards and printed some ads like I did.

Then you paid someone to get your website ready and boy, was it expensive. Then you started waiting for the customers to come by. After all, you have such good credentials and your skills are beyond the ordinary. So you kept waiting and waiting.

Here’s a person who has been through this before. She is saying that you just made the top ten mistakes. Huh? What mistakes, you asked yourself. I worked hard at this and I got ready everything. Well, let us just keep an open mind, shall we? Let us listen to the voice of experience.

Here’s mistake #1. You have to make a plan. Without a plan, it is easy to fail. You have a great idea but that is not a plan. Planning may take a long time and it is boring but it will benefit you to have a blueprint of what you are going to do. I have been online for over five years and the following are the resources you should have. The others I tried came in bits and pieces. These are the only ones that came in such a comprehensive manner that you won’t help but do well as long as you’re willing to work!, review,

How are you going to start? When will you get the funds? Who will help you? Do you know a person very well who will do your website for you? How much will it cost? How are you going to get people to come? You see, this blueprint is your guide. Don’t waste your time like I did. The following are the resources that should help you as they are helping me, not like the others that I wasted my time and money on.

Marketing With Alex This is an amazing resource if you want to make it big. As long as you follow what they say for you to do, you will! You have to have the time and the determination to follow through.

Get Your Niche Profit Classroom Everything is ready for you when you get this, I mean everything: ecourse, eBook, website builder and all, the whole enchilada. Everything is there but the kitchen sink! I was so blown away by this when I signed up for a $1 trial that I wrote a review on it. Read my review on it at http://www.homebusinesssteps.com/2013/niche-profit-classroom-a-revie/

Blogging With John Chow! // He is earning $40,000 a month blogging. Can you imagine that? When you get this product, you will believe it as I did! See if you can duplicate his system.

As for traffic to go to your website, this will help you as it did me! The only problem with this is that the instructions are in the video and you know some of us learn better in other ways like me. So I transcribed the lessons and if you buy this product through this link and send me your receipt, I will send you the transcripts one module at a time.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

12 Reputably Easy Ways to Avoid a Home Business and Job Scam

August 22nd, 2013

Avoid a homebusiness scam should be an advice to take to heart. Why? It is because there are a lot of scammers around looking for people from whom they can get some easy money. These people pretend to have a legitimate home business opportunities to make one rich. Don’t be fooled by them!

1. Research the company who is offering you such home business opportunities. Find out who they are and Google them. This way you will know if there had been complaints on the people you are thinking of joining. Besides those who have been scammed usually tell others online.

Avoid Homebusiness Scam

Avoid Homebusiness Scam

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2. Learn to read an advertisement effectively. Do this with every company you’re interested in. Make sure it has a listed telephone number and the hours of operation are spelled out clearly. Check the way to contact them, the email address and physical address. Check the testimonials carefully whether the reviews are too good to be true.

3. Call the Better Business Bureau for any complaints about their offerings. Don’t put all your eggs in this basket though. Why? Because those who have no record may not have been reported. Check to see if there are logos of known establishments that endorse the company you’re interested in.

4. Don’t pay any start up fees. Consider work at home jobs like work in an office. These people don’t pay to work for their employers, so why should you? You don’t need to pay for a system to work for them. If you need to learn some skill to get a job, go to the nearest college and enroll there.

5. Learn as much as you can as to the kinds of jobs that allow people to work at home. A good education to gain knowledge on this will go along way. Your research will show that envelope stuffing is not one of them.

6. Don’t believe in a money-back guarantee because it is easy for them to say this. Usually it is not true unless it is backed by a solid company like Clickbank. If there are guarantees, read and understand them carefully.

7. When you want to find a job working at home or a home business, search for them at legitimate sources instead of online where there are many scams. There are books of authority on this like “The Work at Home Sourcebook.”

8. Stay away from home based business opportunity that promises you the moon like income that goes through the roof. It is most unlikely to earn thousands of dollars overnight.

9. Check the registration details of the domain that is advertising jobs and home based business.

10. Don’t get involved with lotteries and pyramid schemes.

11. Your friends and family might be able to tell you about the job or home based business you’re interested in.

12. Don’t be quick to sign on the dotted line. Keep looking around for there are legitimate ones online.

Let your brain work for you. If you read something like you will earn thousands of dollars every day, then why is it that only very few are making money online? It does not make sense, does it? This is certainly a scam, so avoid it like the plague! No one can earn that much money without working hard at it.

Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman




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Recession and Work at Home Moms

August 15th, 2013


How are “home businesspeople” dealing with this recession?

There is an Association of Home Businesses.  This is the business association for those who work at home.  They have a monthly meeting where they discuss the current issues that home businesses are facing.  It is good to be associated with like-minded people.  Visit online at:   http://www.ahboregon.org.

You can start your own organization like the above.  It will be great to share ideas with the other people who are in similar situation you are in.  The give-and-take ideas among the members will be priceless.  With the internet and social media to use as tools, how can we fail at this?
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With Income Drying up, It’s Moms to the Rescue
To supplement the monthly income moms are seeking work at home enjoying the best arrangement.  They will still be available for piano recitals, ballet lessons and soccer practices.  But this flexibility is not what is driving them.  It is the fear that their husbands might lose their job.  So what do they do?  They sell jewelry in their living rooms, pots and pans in the kitchen and look for internet marketing opportunities to help with the shortfall in the budget.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman


Niche Profit Classroom – A Review

August 8th, 2013


Background of Niche Profit Classroom
– This is a  marketing training unlike any others I have seen.  It is done in step-by-step fashion that is easy to understand.  I signed up for a $1 trial and I was intrigued by the scope of the materials included in this classroom.  I therefore decided to review it as I think this is something that will help people put up their website and get their business launched.

Clear Definition of the Problem it Purports to Solve
– The founders of Niche Profit Classroom knew people were having a hard time earning money on line.  I think I know from my experience that they realize that information on how do things to get a website up and running to make money online come in bits and pieces and no one has really come up in putting the entire thing as a coherent whole.

This is what is holding the readers back in their quest to succeed.  For example, all the gurus are saying the money is in the list and they will let you know how to get that list but the whole process is like a mine field because there are technical issues to surmount.  I believe this is the problem that the founders of this system tried to solve and voila, Niche Profit Classroom is born.

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Pencils for Classroom

List of Things I Like – I was intrigued by the wholeness of the process with coaching even included.  So when I was offered to get a bonus, I grabbed it and signed up for a $1 free trial.  I was hesitant at first because I was busy with two other projects but I really wanted to know if it is possible to have the whole thing in one shot.  And if I find it good, I promised myself to write a review on it to let other people know of its existence.

I was astonished by what the bonus pack included.  It had ready-made niche packs containing everything one needs to get a website up: ebooks, email course, articles, sales letters, templates and keywords.  The niche packs included such topics as baby showers, bass fishing, a beginners guide to yoga,  boating, fly fishing, body building, crochet, bronchitis, golf, forex trading, genealogy, iguana care, identity theft,  hybrid cars, irritable bowel syndrome, and lots more.

The bonus came with Turbo Power Graphics that come with 20 sales pages, 10 one-time offers, 10 thank you pages, 30 squeeze pages, 30 testimonial box designs. 10 adsense ready pages, ten review pages and a lot more.  Can you imagine the time you save with all of these?  Of course you have to tweak and personalize them to make them your own, but still, you don’t have to go manufacturing them on your own.  To top it all, it comes with all the training, coaching and software you have access to.

List of Things I Don’t Like – The one thing I don’t like about this is that most training is done through video but it is because I am a visual person.  Anyway, what is the other choice?  Learning things one at a time without tying them up together into a profitable website will get you stuck and frustrated.  So I went through the video training; it was a little slow for me but I learned what I came for.

You have to sign up for an autoresponder with Aweber which I did before for over a year and that didn’t get me anywhere but with this Niche Profit System, I am confident I will get extra help from these people.

Some said, “Customer support people are extremely rude and condescending.” There was even one who quit NPC just because of the lack of support.  This person even said that the NPC’s support staff has to be the worst and rudest people he ever encountered, but that is not how I found them.  In all my interaction with the customer support, they have been kind and sympathetic and answered my questions fully.

One review also said that you have to have a lot of money to buy their additional software but I have not been asked to buy any software.  In fact we are told we have access to all their software and except for Aweber and the NPC monthly fee, there is no other cost involved to get your site up unless you choose to have the extra bells and whistles.

My Final Verdict – Niche Profit Classroom is easily the best information you can get to get your websites up and running.  With free hosting for 15 sites you can’t go wrong with this.  If you are willing to be patient and work on this, you can easily succeed for everything you need is at your fingertips.  So Get Your $1trial Niche Profit Classroom here.

Make Money Online_11 by Creating a Squidoo Lens by Evelyn Guzman

August 3rd, 2013

Make money online_11 by creating a squidoo lens is something we already did last time. But surprise! That was only an introduction. Now we have to do the actual writing of the lens but let’s recap what we have been doing before we got to this stage:

  • Step 1: Select a profitable niche.
  • Step 2: Find the questions and problems people have in the chosen niche.
  • Step 3. Choose the affiliate products to promote.
  • Step 4. Find the three key phrases that will help market the products.
  • Step 5. Write articles on each of the key phrases.
  • Step 6. Submit articles to Article Directories.
  • Step 7. Create a Blog Rich in Keywords.
  • Step 8. Create a Squidoo Lens.

Make money online_11 with squidoo lens is it such a good idea to be able to work from home and share one’s passions, hobbies, ideas or online business. You can start your own group (This has been suspended at the moment, so it is important to join existing groups, see the “Lensography” at the bottom for more information and select one or more of groups to join.) Like-minded people share a common area on the web. Squidoo Groups are the way to do it.

Here are the steps for creating a squidoo lens:

  • 1. Click on “make a new lens”. This is on the right hand side. It will ask you what your lens is all about. This will be the title of your lens. Don’t worry if you are not 100% sure as you will be able to change this later.
  • 2. For this step, squidoo basically wants to know what you want to do with your lens. I suggest that you leave the selected button for now.
  • 3. You have to select a unique name for Squidoo. Why unique? Because there should not be two web page titles alike or the search engines will go crazy where to send anyone who searches for a particular topic. The title and URL of your lens will be the result of this step. It will be similar to this: http://www.squidoo.com/creating-lenses The last two words are the unique names of your lens that Squidoo approved. It will change each time you create a lens depending on the content of the article you want to post there.
  • 4. After several tries, Squidoo will tell you if your title is accepted. Be patient for it will search its vault of millions and millions of titles to see if your choice has already been taken. It is after your page has been accepted that you will be asked to enter three keywords from your article. Write the best ones for which the web surfers will find you. Now it is time to wait for the squidoo lens to come alive.

You can now see the basic lens structure. At this point you can click to reorder the modules button. Erase all except those marked. But you know what? They want at least four modules to approve your lens. You can add more modules later. Click on save after deleting the modules you are not going to need for now.

The last thing to do is to copy and paste the information you have like the article you wrote in Step 5. Change the title of the module before you publish it as everyone has “NEW” . Otherwise you will not get approved. It is also good to divide your information into three or four modules as this will receive a better rating. And better rating could lead to make money online_11.

After you publish it, you can see the status of your lens by going to the dashboard. Once you see the green tick (when you have at least four modules), then it is approved and you can join the groups and vote for other lenses. The more groups you join the more the search engines will find you.

It also makes sense if you make a few lenses to write a Lensography or sitemap as it will hold together all the link details of your group. Link all your lenses to your articles at ezine directory. Thank goodness, that’s done. Next time we can go to step 9 at last. Don’t you worry. There are only two more steps left. Now hopefully, we can start to make money online_11.

7 Most Outrageously Talked About on the Good, the Bad or Ugly Things of Starting a Business at Home by Evelyn Guzman

August 1st, 2013

So many of us want to venture into that land of home business. Why is that do you think? Is it the thought of easy money? Not at all for some. Some people just love the challenge. They get that high in finding a challenge just like Warren Buffet when he finds an investment worth getting into. Here’s what some people talk about when launching a home business from home.

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1. The investment is minimal, a pittance really. Compare this to having to rent a commercial space. That will be a laugh, don’t you think? It’s like comparing a mountain with a mole hill.

2. That’s not all the savings you get. There’s the travel back and forth between home and office. Why, in Toronto alone, getting to the office and back at home can cut down three hours of your precious time.

3. Then there’s the savings on clothes, not that you aim to look like a model when you go to work. But at least you have to look presentable. But this could boomerang at your home office. Your clients may start thinking you’re not professional at all and may start heading to the door instead of talking to you, that is, if you’re still in your pajamas.

4. You might save some money too in claiming a deduction for the portion of your house you use for your home business. But if you’re not Math savvy, forget it for the IRS and the CRA will get you to fill out forms.

5. Then when the sun is shining out there, you have to fight the urge to head for the beach and get some downtime without having done any work yet. It will certainly be difficult to concentrate on your work.

6. There are other distractions as well. The call of your friends and your kids will be difficult to ignore and pretty soon you’re in the mall licking an ice cream cone or playing hide and seek with the golf ball because that darn golf ball won’t behave and go where you want it to go.

7. You can lessen the distractions by letting folks and friends know that you adhere to business hours. Arrange your office with professional looking furniture even though they’re just from the thrift store.

There you have the 7 most talked about the advantages and disadvantages of launching a business from home. With a lot of firm determination and focus, anyone should be able to survive them. Just think of your goal and imagine what it will be like when finally you succeed and achieve your dream What do you think? Are you up to it? Leave me a comment, will you?

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Tips You Can Follow Today For a Richer Tomorrow

December 19th, 2012

Tips, what are they good for? People can benefit a lot from the ways to manage their finances. So it is therefore important to keep track of tips that will help one look after his financial health. More often people know of these tips already but reminders will help. Pick ones that pertain to you. We will therefore showcase some at least once a week and more often if possible. If you want more of these, just sign up at the top of the home page and you will receive more every week.

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Free Tool # 2 Snap Pages
The first tool I showed you was paypal. With this tool # 2, you can build web pages using snap pages even if you don’t know a thing about building a website. You can upgrade later on for $50 a year but you can definitely do it with the free version. It is an easy way to create a website especially if you are just starting out. The drag and drop tools are easy to use so you can see your business website running in no time.

How is it different?
If you have ever tried to build a website, you know how overwhelming it is. This one is different because they will give you tools you need when you need them. They will leave the ones you don’t need yet so there is less confusion. The process of building your website will be more enjoyable then.

A website creation tool. snap pages appear to have a lot going for it with more original ideas carved into it than the other website creation tools. The service is hosted but they can do redirects. With this you can share your interests or hobbies with friends and socialize with them. This is just what most people want.

Is it right for you?
If all you need is a professional-looking website that you can maintain and update with no hassle, then this is the tool for you. The service is attractively designed and yet it is made simple by keeping the choice for the user to a minimum. There are a number of customizable templates to choose from. You can specify the colors, text boxes and placement of columns and widgets. Yet you can choose your own logos.

This does not mean you can’t create rich, multimedia pages because you will have the freedom to drag and drop widgets and text boxes, including photos and even Google maps. It has also an integrated calendar with all the pages built standards CSS/HTML. The whole thing is also SEO friendly.

An Excellent Tool

When starting a business, there are quite a few who will approach you offering their help and services at a cost but you don’t need to do that. There are excellent services that will not cost you a penny. You might as well start using the services of excellent tools that are not going to charge you a monthly fee.

One such tool is paypal which will let you collect payments from your customers even though they do not have an account with paypal. You can either sign up for a Business account or a premier account. You don’t have to pay for a debit card either and it’s free. You will not need a merchant account that will charge you an expensive fee every month.

There are some disadvantages though and you get them from the other companies as well. They do have rules all should follow so multi-tiered payment structure or selling related to MLM should go somewhere else. And if you’re selling physical goods and the purchaser says he didn’t receive the goods you will have to submit proof of delivery. They also say Paypal locks accounts sometimes and that it is harder to contact them. That’s not my experience; they have not locked me out and whenever I need help, they are there for me.


Press Release is Important to Small Businesses

Press release to small businesses is an important aspect of getting them noticed. It is good to have an announcement to the media any anything newsworthy to bring attention to the business. The press release could be sent to magazines, newspapers, television and radio stations.

Marketing industries and public relations have evolved to the point the business brand and image management are more easily considered as part of the strategies of online advertising. The press release can make it more diversified to keep clients more informed as to the companies marketing information.

There are companies that help change inquiries into sales. The press release that is well written using the proper keywords will helpfully grab the attention of the target market. This is possible without the small business having to fork out huge amount of money for traditional forms of advertising.

How to Start an Online Business To Ensure Success Tip_2 Choosing a Domain Name

Last time we had tip #1 on How to Start an Online Business To Ensure Success. We learned what the internet is about and understand how the tools in the web work. That done, we are ready to tackle the next step which is Choosing a Domain Name.

Choosing the domain name is one of the most essential things to do for your online business. For one thing that will be your brand and what your customers will remember to come back to you. So you have to choose one that is easy to remember and short enough for others to type in your address.

Don’t create your own words like Google did unless you have a marketing budget to make that a household name. Instead use a combination of words that mean something. You can add your local place with the keyword to make your customers find you and chances are the keyword will still be available in “.com” which is better than “.net” or “.biz”

You may also get a premium domain which has been pre-registered and is being sold at a profit. Premium domains are more expensive though but may be worth the investment if you are thinking of making your online business a highly profitable one.


How to Start an Online Business To Ensure Success Tip_1

If you are thinking of starting an online business, knowledge on the internet is something you will have to learn. It is more than just sending emails. If you don’t have any idea what tweeting and updating the status in Facebook, then you must be lacking something that will help you in your quest for an online business. So the next tips will be on the things to do and learn so you can make a success of your effort.

The first thing is to understand how the web tools work. There are quite a few web tools that will help but learning how to understand and use them takes some time. You will have to research the competition too so you will know what works for them and determine how you can make what they do better. You will have to know all about the internet culture. That done, the next tip, (more like steps really) will be on selecting and registering the domain.


Workplace Benefits and Drawbacks For Working at Home

There are benefits for working at home. For one thing, there is no commute and one should not underestimate the savings on gasoline. Then there are no clothing issues. While it is not good to work in your pajamas at home, still you do not have to be well dressed. There is no time clock too and there are fewer distractions. And best of all, the coffee is excellent.

But all the above does not make working at home a Shangri-La because there are drawbacks. The office is open 24/7 so any unfinished work can be done even on a Sunday. And there are many bosses. Anyone you are working with is a potential boss. Even Google is your boss.

Then there are the drop-ins. Just because you are working at home, people think they can just drop in and have a chit-chat. But if you don’t work you don’t get paid. There are no vacation and sick days either. And the children don’t like it one bit.

It gets lonely without co-workers to meet at the water cooler for a five-minute break. When there is a deadline for the work you have to finish, family and friends could distract you to no end. They think just because you’re home, you can’t be working.

There you go. You have both the good, the bad and the ugly. What do you think? Should I stick with this and get a job? Not so fast! It is because I enjoy this. I just have to learn to roll with the punches. You just have to remind well-meaning friends and family that you have a job to do.

In Home Business – Mom’s the Word

Some mothers are finding success in home business while raising their kids. They learn to balance their duties between being a mom and being an entrepreneur. Most take care of their kids during the day and as soon as they fall asleep, the moms are off developing their business.

Often they are called mompreneurs and they are growing in numbers. In Canada, there are more than 900,000 entrepreneurs and 80% of them are women. And out of every five of them, four are mothers. They feel empowered as they become financially independent.

The Importance of Mentorship in Home Business

You can achieve your home business dreams through mentorship. It is not about making it big and getting rich. Rather it is about people who want to express their creativity and ideas. This is where mentorship will come in. The mentors will be able to help people bring their ideas to life.

Actually very few people are mentored which is a shame because there are unique ideas waiting to be hatched which may never see the light at all. People are afraid to ask for help when this is such a remarkable concept to achieve dreams through mentorship. It is a win-win situation because achieving the dream is the goal and yet it will also affect the community in a good way.

Here’s an example of one who can mentor you from
newbie to millionaire . Maybe not a millionaire, but if you follow what she will teach you, you will at least make some money.

Stress Management Signs

Fear of small business failure could lead to owner burnout. There is lots of stress and the hours are long. There are plenty of things to do that the small business owners risk physical and mental exhaustion. A small business owner has lots of responsibilities such as production, marketing, sales and bookkeeping.

Manage the stress by taking charge of thoughts, the schedule and the way to cope with the problems. The goal is a balanced life of work, relaxation, relationships and fun. Develop the flexibility to have grace under pressure and to meet the challenges head on. Be aware of the signs of stress like excessive worrying, negativity, feeling depressed, pains and aches.

Lower Stress at Work

Let’s face it; running a home-based business is not all fun and games. Sometimes it’s stressful. We have to do something about this as too much stress can injure the brain. You see prolonged stress releases the hormones called Glucocorticoids which can cause memory shortfall and slows down the creation of new brain cells.

Yet some stress is good for us. It can give us energy and helps to get the juices flowing. We all know exercise helps reduce stress. But how do we do that when we are practically tied to the desk? Well, I know some techniques to lower stress at work but since I do not want to put some undue stress on myself, I will give you one tip at a time on this series called “Lower Stress at Work”.

Here’s the first of the series. De-stress the shoulders. The neck and shoulder have a tendency to tighten up when we are under stress. Do you know how to relieve that pain? Just lift the shoulders to your ears, squeeze and then drop them quickly back in place. Go ahead and try it; you will see the difference.

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The Pros and Cons of Working at Home
We know working from has many advantages among which are savings on office and transportation cost, and the chance to be near your family both the young and the old who may be needing your care. Then there’s the flexibility in the hours that you put in making you able to meet the needs of your family as well. But there are pitfalls to consider.

Household responsibilities can get in the way and distract you from moving forward in your work. Schedule them at different time of the day. Don’t lose focus by the unnecessary telephone calls. Talking to family and friends can take too much of your time. Devise a plan so that they know when you are working and need to concentrate.

Volunteer and Boost Your Resume

What you get for helping others may not be just a one-time perk. When you volunteer to help say do income tax for low and moderate income residents, you get free training. The skills you get from the free training can be added to your resume. It may be just what you need for your resume to stand out.

How to Make Money Online in 2012

  • 1. The first thing to do is to find a product that people desperately need and that you can help put them in the right direction. It has to be something that is affordable and easy to understand and use.
  • 2. Check how much demand there is for this product and search for the keyword that can be used to find it.
  • 3. Find out the competition. If they are high-ranking, search for another keyword.
  • 4. After you get a good keyword or two, register a domain name and get a web host.
  • 5. Set up Word Press on your site.
  • 6. Install All In One SEO Pack. This is also the time when you write a few articles to populate your site.
  • 7. Set up your affiliate banners and call to action in important places where they can be seen.
  • 8. After you are satisfied as to how your site looks like and with the on-page SEO, you are ready to get traffic.
  • 9. For the off-page SEO, it is time to get back links to your site.
  • 10. Now you can watch how your site is doing through Google Analytics.
  • If you find you need help in any or all of the above steps, then sign up for home business coaching. Currently I’m booked with clients through the end of the year and next month, but when spots open up I will let you know about it.  You see this is only available to 10 clients at a time. Just leave your name and email address at the Alerts and Tips for You form on the right hand side above and you can also get free alert and tips once a week, if the form below does not work. You can unsubscribe anytime.

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    Networking works. One should just network, network, network. We know it is not easy. We don’t wake up one day and just say that today is the day we are going to network. It is something we do as we live from day to day. Not only will we be able to give back to the community for nurturing us but also it is a way for people to get to know us and become an important contact.

    Starting a Homebusiness May Be a Good First Step, But Take Next Strides Lightly

    There is a lot of home business opportunities lurking around the corner that would qualify as a first good step. Some communities will even welcome you with no strings attached. Others will offer incentives and some, no matter how insignificant your business is, will treat you with the utmost respect when you go down to the city hall to ask clarification about zoning bylaws and so on.

    They will be delightfully efficient and humorous at the same time and you can’t help but wonder what planet they are from because it is not so easy to find people reacting this way. Well, one thing for sure, you won’t fight this city hall. But, don’t accept this as an everyday occurrence because there is hard work ahead. You don’t mind this because you chose a business you absolutely love.

    But answer these questions honestly and truthfully first and they will change your life. You have to do this first if you plan on starting and running a home based business that succeeds.


    How to Find SEO Low-Hanging Fruit

    This an excellent post on how to find a niche that may work for us. It is true the older a site is, the better is the chance to make good at it. Then there’s the low-hanging fruit. But then I read in the post that sites with dashes may not do well. The low-hanging fruit will have to have dashes in them won’t they? I ask this because I see quite a bit of websites in the web with a lot dashes in them and they are doing well.


    Reinventing Himself into a Webmaster

    Smith indeed is an admirable person to have done what he accomplished. Imagine having to start at 40 and learn how to do web design when he had no experience with the use of a computer. But he didn’t let that stop him and went back to school. He accomplished his goal working hard and now is doing well working at a website design company. Congratulations are in order for Smith.


    Picking the Suitable Marketing Services

    When you open your online business you will realize that you need traffic to get to your website where you conduct your business. And it is not only any kind of traffic but targeted traffic is essential so I am glad that we have been given this advice to hire a professional who can assist with the optimization of the website.


    Five Ways to Preserve Capital When the Investment Climate is Down

    When the investment climate is down here are five ways for the nervous investors to mull over and preserve capital:

    • 1. Don’t change anything as long as you have a good mix in your portfolio for over time this is still a good strategy.
    • 2. Sell only a portion of the most volatile stocks in your portfolio.
    • 3. Increase investments in bonds and consumer staples .
    • 4. Have some shorts in your investments like ETFs.
    • 5. This last one is extreme because it is to sell everything and put all proceeds in money markets. There are three disadvantages. One is that it costs to sell and then buy back. Secondly, one does not earn much with low interest rate and the last is that people who sell usually stay in the money market too long and can miss out on the gains the market can achieve.


    What Home Business To Start

    Just like the last tip, the choice of which business to start depends on what one is good at. One has to know in what areas he is good at or what he can do best. You can’t just buy a business from anyone and think you will be successful at it. If you really want to do well, do some research on what people want. Knowing what people need and finding ways to meet this need will at least put one on the right track.



    Home Business, What Should it Be?

    A lot of people have asked me about this but what they forget is they have to know what their interests are and the skills they have first. They have to figure out where their passion is so they will be really happy in what they are doing. They have to know what they are good at.

    Buying into an offer online may not help. For one thing, you have to know what people want. This will let you know if there is a market for the business you want to open. Only then you can start to find out how you can deliver and solve whatever problems the people are seeking. So there is a need for a lot of thinking before jumping in.


    Start Your Own Work At Home Business, What You Need to Consider

    Start Your Own Work At Home Business, What You Need to Consider

    While it’s true that having your own home based business is fun, there are things to consider before diving in. For example, you will have to think of the time you will devote to your business. There is flexibility in the scheduling of the time you will spend for this venture which is a good thing.

    You will also have to think of how it will affect your current work schedule. Then there are risks you have to bear in mind. You will want to know what risks are involved so you can put a system in place for protection. There will also be investment involved that you have to consider before jumping into any venture. After you have considered all these, then go ahead and jump right in.


    Home Business Steps

    Starting a business is not as easy as opening your doors. There are quite a few steps you have to consider. In the tip section, we will not fully explain each step but rather just give the big picture. We will do one step at a time showing in general what one must go through for each. Meantime when I get the chance, we will discuss in detail each step in the main section of the website.

    The first step involves determining what services and products you are going to provide. Do you have the skill and knowledge to offer this service or product? Is there a need for this product or service? Do you have the energy to go through all the steps of marketing the service and product you have in mind? After you have done the necessary research, then I will show you in the next tip the next step to follow for the home business you are trying to create.


    Freelancing – A Great Alternative to Home Business

    We will start a series on Freelancing tips and for this week, we will introduce this guide on this issue. Then every so often, we will talk about the nine areas, one at a time, where you can do some freelancing work and earn money on the side. This is one way to work from home and earn money without the hassle of starting a full-blown home business.

    This guide will show how to be a freelancer and what to expect in this kind of work. There are nine areas where you may pick the one that best fits your skill. This will give you an idea as to what areas you may want to look at in depth where you can start to be an entrepreneur. So the next time, we will look at how to get started in Freelancing.


    Home Business – Where Do You Meet Your Clients?


    Home business client meeting in your kitchen? Not with a sink full of dirty plates. So you see, it is best not to meet at home. This should be for people you know well. Even then, choose a room that is quiet and without clutter. Otherwise, choose alternative locations like libraries, a coffee shop, restaurants, or rent an office space. A hotel conference room may also be an option.

    Some places you should avoid when meeting with your clients are your bedroom, a pub and a fast food restaurant. Whatever is the choice depends on where you think the client will be happy but you have to decide the appropriate place.

    You Can’t Buy Home Business Success

    You can’t buy home business success is so true. You really have to earn it. So what does it mean? You will have to work at it. I have seen people try to buy it and they end up just losing their money. So when someone tells you, you will have a list without any effort, no skill and in just a few hours; run and keep your money in your wallet where it belongs.

    Tip #1 on How to Market Your Home Based Business
    First of all, you have to make sure that you have a strong brand. You will need to stand out from the other companies. So when they see your brand, people will notice you and will want to connect with you. What do you think will appeal to your customers? Check out the branding of other companies similar to yours and then based on the research, you can make your own.

    Starting a New Home Based Business, How to Decide If It’s Right For You

    If you are having trouble whether to start a home based business or not, there is some help. The Small Business Administration has a tool to help you decide. The tool is not just for home based business for it is also for other small businesses. It will help though because this tool will help you find out if you have the skills, experience and characteristics that will ensure success. It’s at http://www.sba.gov/assessmenttool/ I tried to make this clickable but it didn’t work out. So copy and paste it onto your browser.


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    How to Avoid Tax Scams

    Avoid tax scams as it is not worth it to have to worry that the IRS will find you not in compliance with the rules. So if someone approaches you that you can deduct all kinds of expenses, don’t buy into it as you have to have receipts to prove your claim. Remember that even though someone else prepares your income tax return, you are still responsible for it.

    Office Clutter

    Office clutter can cost your business money. How? At times, when someone calls or buys something online from you, you can’t find what you need to close the deal. That’s what they call leaving money on the table. Then at other times you get paralyzed from all the emails in your inbox. Keep things organized and you will do much better.

    Bank of America Tackles Principal Forgiveness

    Can you believe Bank of America is going to forgive or cut the principal by as much as 30% on about 45,000 home loans? Not too long ago, banks attempted to reverse the number of foreclosures but not one of them mentioned cutting the principal. Now since the largest mortgage lender announced its program, other banks may follow.

    The government and regulators have been in favor of the reduction of the principal but the banks have been hesitant to do this as they will have to take immediate loss. But now that home values have fallen so much, the banks may be willing to cut the principal especially so, if you do the math, the foreclosure cost is much more than the principal reduction.

    10. They Say They Can Negotiate to Make Your Debt Lower (Number 10 Money Tip for 2010)

    Be careful with this one as this is entirely different from the consolidation service. When these companies negotiate a lower total amount loan for you, there are some ramifications that you may not be aware of. If you want to get a good credit rating, this will not do it for you. Why? Read on.

    These companies may be able to negotiate a lower debt amount for you but the reduction amount will be a taxable income. For example, if you owe $30,000.00 and the company was successful at arranging to lower your debt to $10,000.00, the $20,000.00 they save you will become an income for which you will have to pay a tax on.

    In addition, the report will say that it is a paid charge off. What does this mean? It will carry with it an R-9 on the credit report and that, my friends, will lower your credit rating. So you see, this form of settling your debt is not a wise alternative if you want to maintain your credit rating.

    9. They Give a Quote of Unusually Low Monthly Payment (Number 9 Money Tip Sign to Avoid for 2010)

    Two things to remember here to see why giving you an unusually low monthly payment that will make you suspect this is a dead giveaway are here:

    • Other companies have given you a much higher monthly payment.
    • Your balance is substantial in the vicinity of $30,000.00.

    Be wary also of companies that use serving associates. These advertise on TV, in the internet and on the phone. What they do when they are successful at reeling you in is to sell your data to other companies. This is why we have to be very careful in the choice of companies we deal with.

    8. Don’t Sign With a Company When They Quote Payoff Times of a Certain Number of Years or Months (Number 8 Money Tip Sign to Avoid for 2010)

    If the payoff time of a certain number of years or months does not come with the payoff time for each creditor, then something may be amiss. Make sure that you will get the individual quotes of payoff times for each of your creditors. When you have six creditors with six different interest rates and six different balances, then obviously, the quote that states a certain number of names and months comes from a sales script that a telemarketer is reading to you.

    No professional debt management person can give you such a forecast unless backed up by a detailed calculation shown on a spreadsheet or a sheet of paper. This way you can do some checking up to see if their calculation makes sense. The Payoff Calculator will help you with this.

    Here’s another tip, this time on how to beat foreclosure. Do you know what some people do? They stay in their homes for years by repeatedly filing for bankruptcy. Some say this is an abuse of the system but what can parents do if there are children involved?

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    7. They Quote Interest Rates Lumped Between 0% and 10% Instead of individually for each Creditor (Number 7 Money Tip Sign to Avoid for 2010 with a Company Who Does This)

    They give you an interest quotation of from 0% to 10% instead of individual interest rate for each creditor. When they start negotiation with the different creditors, not all of them will offer the same rate, Just the same, though you will want to know what each creditor will charge you for the interest rate.

    They will even offer you an award in the form of some cash. This may only divert you from what you really need to pay attention to. Sometimes the supposed cash back award may cover up the higher interest rate you may have to pay.

    6. They Advise You to Include Your IRS Debts (Number 6 Money Tip Sign to Avoid for 2010)

    Your debt to the IRS should be handled separately in the consolidation process from all your other accounts. So don’t believe any promises that this problem of yours will evaporate into thin air. There is a proper source that can handle this and it is the Internal Revenue Services. So if you hear someone promising you that it can be solved just like that, ask IRS to make sure if it is true.

    5. They Advise You To Include Accounts That Are Already Low (Number 5 Money Tip Sign to Avoid for 2010)

    Some will have the nerve to advise you to include your student loans in your consolidation. Student loans have already low rates. Why would you have to do this when the student loans already have low interest rates? Duh, that’s a no brainer. For student loans that you may need help on, check this out at
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    They Require You Call Back to See If You Are Approved (Number 4 Money Tip Sign to Avoid for 2010)

    There are no such things as requirements for approval for your debt to be consolidated. The only thing to determine is whether the creditors will offer terms that are better for you and also whether you can pay the amount that is required.

    Also, if they do not try to find out if you need to have an account out of the program before you begin with them, then fire them and try another company. Who knows, you may need something to fall back on if things do not go as well as you anticipated.

    They Require Your Account Numbers (Number 3 Money Tip Sign to Avoid for 2010)

    They want you to give them your account numbers before giving you a quote. You should not give them your account numbers as these are not necessary for them to give you a quote. All they need are the creditors’ names, the interest rates and the balances.

    They may also offer you a lot of services like credit repair and help with the IRS. Do not fall for these jack of all trades for debt consolidation needs a lot of work and branching out to others could spell trouble. It means the company may have some internal problems.

    Help! They Require You to Close All Your Accounts (Number 2 Money Tip Sign to Avoid for 2010)

    They insist that they keep the first payment as a set-up fee. Thank goodness, there are now changes in policies that make this no longer reasonable. They also may want you to close all your accounts. So please study the contract carefully.

    Help! There are Sharks in the Ocean! (Number 1 Money Tip Sign to Avoid for 2010)

    Due to so much demand for help on debt management, unscrupulous companies have sprouted all over the world. Those who have asked for debt help are exploited by some companies to the point their credit is damaged more than it really is. To be careful is the order of the day. Here are some signs of companies you should avoid:

    1. They do not offer a guarantee. There are trustworthy companies that offer a guarantee. Some unscrupulous ones require you to pay them by cashier checks or money order or they may get you to let them debit your account right away. Be very careful with these companies as you should not be required to pay until you are already in the program.

    How to Reduce Fees You Pay to the Bank Tip#2

    Here’s another way to reduce the bank fees:

    Account Maintenance Fees – For just keeping your checking and savings account open, the bank could charge you for as much as $12.00 a month. What to do? Call the bank if you see some strange charges that you did not make and were not there last month. Know the terms of your account and try to find the bank that is right for you.

    Today is the last day to sign up at the top of the page for alerts and tips on how to reduce the bank fees to receive them all at once. Otherwise you will get them one week or so at a time.

    How to Reduce Fees You Pay to the Bank Tip#1

    There are small banking fees that could cost you quite a bit if you are not careful. In the following weeks, we will let you know how to avoid some of them. You probably were not even aware of them.

    Transfer Fees – Do you have linked accounts? When you move money around between linked accounts, some banks now charge $3 or $5 for each transfer that you make online. Try to make only one transfer a month or redirect a direct deposit.

    Debt Collection Rules

    Here are the rules for debt collectors according to the Fair Collection Practices Act:

    • Collectors can only call 8am to 9 p.m., in your time zone.
    • They cannot harass by calling repeatedly.
    • Collectors cannot use obscene, profane or abusive language.
    • They cannot threaten violence for failure to pay.
    • Collectors cannot call you at work if they know your employer does not allow it.
    • You have a right to dispute the debt within 30 days of written notification.

    Should You Walk Away From Your Home?

    Let us take an example of the couple who bought their house in the middle of 2006 for $240,000.00. They put a 5% down payment and obtained a 30-year fixed mortgage at 6 3/4%. They pay annual taxes of $3500 and $2500 for insuring the property.

    The market went south and their home is now worth $137,500. Altogether they have made 41 monthly payments of $1976.00 and still owe $219,000 in principal. If they walk away, they could rent a similar home for $1100, thus saving $80,000 if they stayed in their home for eight years. They will make more money if they put the savings in an investment account.

    Here’s the problem. In Florida, there is a law that allows the lenders five years to pursue a deficiency judgment and they could be forced to pay the difference between the loan and the foreclosure price. This has not been common these days though because of the rampant foreclosures. But their credit rating could get hit as well.

    If the couple decides to stay, it will take them 15 years to get back their equity at 4% appreciation. In addition they will lose $630 a month or $113,400 over 15 years which is the difference between the monthly mortgage and rental payments. Rents could rise but then they won’t have to spend thousands for maintenance of the home.

    So should they walk out of their home? Is saving $100,000 worth the risk on their credit score and the chance they would have to face the deficiency judgment? You be the judge of this and let us know via the contact form what you think of this.

    Find Help With College Cost

    Parents should make use of every chance to help with the college cost. Cost for college including books, tuition and fees go up every year. It makes sense to try to secure every help so that whatever money saved can be used to start up a business to go from debt into wealth. I am writing an ebook with links like this example: Those who qualify may be able to get grants for as much as $4000 every year to pay the bills. Find out if you qualify at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocfo/grants/sites.html So sign up at the top of the page so you can get these tips.

    Don’t Close Debt and Credit Cards with Good History

    Since when have debt and credit cards been with good history? They are with good standing history if payments have been made on time, the credit history has been long and the ratio between the credit limit and the balance is low. Now why are you not supposed to close these good guys?

    Because closing them will impact your credit history. Your credit score could go down and you know what that means. Your interest rate will go up and when time comes you will need to borrow some money, it will cost you more. Remember before we can invest to be wealthy, we have to pay off the debt.

    Parents Can Find Some Debt Relief With $2,500 Tuition Credit

    Parents who pay for their children’s college tuition fee can find a maximum of $2500 through a tuition tax credit. This is part of President Obama’s stimulus bill which is called higher-education tax credit. There is no additional paper work required. The only thing is that the students have to file their income tax return on time. See this resource for more information: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=205674,00.html Perhaps when we get help we will get debt-free sooner and be ready to start a home based business.

    Deferment, Forbearance or Default?

    When you find yourself with a $120,000 college degree, with no job and the six-month grace period is over, what do you do? There are options like deferment and forbearance. Check it out here at http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/difficulty.jsp Copy and paste that onto your web browser. How about default on the loan? Don’t even think of this for although the deferment and forbearance have some repercussions, nothing as damaging as paying late and defaulting on the loan.

    Congressional Proposals That Could Lighten the Financial Burden

    It is a great thing that finally there are congressional proposals that will help those who have a pre-existing condition. These proposals will take away the ability of the insurance company to deny coverage to those who have a pre-existing condition or drop them for a medical history that has not been disclosed. There may also be a cap on the maximum cost that a patient or a family will incur. This will lighten the financial burden.

    Lessons Learned on Credit Card Debt

    Here are the lessons someone emailed me about what he learned:

    • Don’t sign up for credit cards just because of the gimmicks, like a free t-shirt or trip.
    • Charge only what I can pay off in full when the statement arrives.
    • Purchasing things just to impress someone is a big no-no.
    • Debt will keep growing unless you do something about it.
    • The only way to be free is to be out of debt.

    Having Problems Getting on to the Next Stage of Your Life?

    Find out what is it you want in your life, visualize it and say “yes” to whatever it takes to get there. Find what action steps you need to do to take you there. If it is getting out of debt that you want to happen, then do it. There are a lot of resources available. Find out the steps to getting out of debt and do them. If you find they are difficult to follow, get help. Your body knows when life gets too difficult to handle. Listen to it and keep looking for help until you find the one that suits you.

    Even Those Insured Can Go in Debt With Serious Illness

    It’s unbelievable but true that having a health insurance will not make one not go into debt. Why? Because there is a difference between the actual cost of treatment and what insurance covers. That is why those with medical problems that are life threatening and chronic go into hole so deep it is impossible to escape.

    Thank goodness there are now measures in the legislature dealing with this problem like:

    • Insurers will be required to offer benefits that meet quality standards with less coverage gaps.
    • There will be caps on out-of-pocket costs for patients.
    • Insurers will be stopped from refusing coverage of pre-existing condition.

    I will be so glad when a legislation like that passes for then there will be less chance of us going into medical debt. Then we can concentrate on getting wealthy through investments or a home based business.

    So try to sign up for more alert and tips so you can get them every week as those which I send to my subscribers may not land in this web page. Sign up down below:

    Debt Consolidation or Debt Settlement?

    We have to continue to face the music no matter how unpleasant it is because to get into wealth, we will have to get out of debt first if we want to do some investment or go into business. So when you feel a headache coming and you feel lethargic and agitated thinking of how to get out of debt, don’t forget to do the good stuff.

    Don’t forget to eat healthy, exercise and have some social activities with friends. When you are exhausted though and feeling tired, get rested before going on the next flurry of activities. You will then be better prepared to deal with the debt.

    When asked if it is good to use a debt settlement company to settle the debt for a lower amount, an expert said it is better to do the debt consolidation route as it will make things more manageable with one monthly payment. As soon as this is paid, one can work on building one’s credit.

    The debt settlement damages the credit history of the debtor. Not only that, you will have to pay federal taxes on the amount that has been reduced. Just remember that this will not take a day or two to solve the problem. It will take sometime until you finish paying it off. With discipline and determination, you will get there.

    Say :Yes” to the Action Steps!

    Having trouble getting on to the next stage of your life? Visualize what is it you want in your life and say “yes” to the action steps that will take you there. Is it getting out of debt that you want to happen? Then find out how to do it and take the steps. If you find it too hard, get help. Our body knows when life gets too hard to handle but there is always help around. Keep looking for help until you find the right fit

    What is holding you back?

    Having trouble getting on to the next stage of your life? Visualize what is it you want in your life and say “yes” to the action steps that will take you there. Is it getting out of debt that you want to happen? Then find out how to do it and take the steps. If you find it too hard, get help. Our body knows when life gets too hard to handle but there is always help around. Keep looking for help until you find the right fit

    Could it be your beliefs, past actions and debts that are accumulating faster than I can say debt collector? Are you stuck and can’t go forward to have a home-based business because of overspending? Find out what is triggering the over spending. Is it your job that pays high but makes you overspend? Or is there a deep-seated psychological reason behind it all? Whatever it is, face it and determine what you have to do and then do it.

    Can Debt Make You Sick?

    According to a poll, eight out of ten Americans have been hit by the economic crisis. In this case, the credit score can go down and with it the health as well. It’s no wonder for financial health offers security and with that threatened, so is the ability to face other issues. This can make anyone feel physically sick. Fortunately, there are possible solutions.

    So how can you keep your health during this tough economic scenario? Well, just thinking about it will just make it worse. Let’s follow the “mind over matter” thinking so we will not let the debt take over our life. There are some strategies we can follow and I will give you the first one today and the others hopefully next week. Ready?

    Look back to see what happened. How did we end up in this situation? Could we have done something to avoid this? What is the cause of this? Do we have some behaviors that we need to change so we can avoid similar things from happening again? Stepping back this way will empower us to face the challenges. Next week, I will let you know the other two strategies. Knowing the cause will lead us to get help from reliable people.

    Here Are Two Questions about Debt Collectors

    How can I stop a debt collector from contacting me?
    You can tell the debt collector to stop contacting you by writing him a letter.

    Can a debt collector contact you any place or time?
    A debt collector cannot contact you any time or place that is inconvenient to you. He cannot call you before 8:00 am in the morning or in the evening after 9:00 pm.

    Do you want to know what happened to the debt collector company that filed collection suits against debtors for debts that were beyond the statute of limitation and so have expired? Well, the consumers filed a class action suit against this company and now the plaintiffs’ lawyers have announced that the company has made a settlement for $150,000. Yay, one point for the good guys! Now do you want to know if your debts have expired? Just sign up at the top of the home page and you will receive more tips every week and two or three of those weeks will be on statute of limitation or sign up down below:

    Sometimes I can’t wait to tell you something important. For example I have been sending tips on the statute of limitation of debts. Did you know that once your debt has expired, you are not obligated to pay for it? Sure enough, a firm was fined for trying to collect a debt that has expired and even sued people for not paying up. So these people got themselves a class action suit and won!

    Amazon Deals and More

    November 16th, 2012

    How good are these deals? It depends on what you’re looking for so no one can generalize but there are sweet deals to be had especially on toys and electronics. Besides it is no longer just on one day. So take advantage of the daily deals too. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for! Just click the following link and away you go! Go ahead and click that Amazon Deals for You Link and check out what they have for you. Tell your friends!

    Amazon Deals For You

    Home Business Ideas For You – 2. Web Design Business Part 7 How To Attract and Keep New Clients

    November 14th, 2012

    Home Business Ideas For You – 2. Web Design Business Part 7 How To Attract and Keep New Clients

    Web design business is up and running but the work is not done yet. Now is the time to think and work on ways to attract customers and to keep them coming. This is not going to be easy as you know there are quite a few businesses like yours. The problem then is how to get these customers to choose you instead of the competition. Don’t worry for we are ready to explore the different ideas to do just that.

    1. Give valuable information instead of trying to sell.
    Provide them with information they need in order for them to build their trust in you first. No one is going to buy anything from anybody who has not proven himself to be trustworthy. You may not even be able to get customers to come to you if they do not know that you will be of help to them.

    So how do we do that? Offer to help them by giving away free information. Find out what their problems are and offer them some solutions to whatever is troubling them. Once they know you will be around to help them, maybe they will drop by and check you out some more. It may be then time to provide some kind of tutorial at this point.

    Your competition may have blogs to provide information and to show case what they are all about. These blogs will help them offer solutions to problems that they maybe having. Once they get the information they need, then they can start start trusting you and may even become a customer. So google a set of top articles in your area and decide how you can use these articles to have a blog, or offer a tutorial or have an ebook to give away.

    2. Choose a Niche
    When you are just starting out, it is difficult to concentrate on a huge marketplace. Instead it will be wise to focus on a niche. A niche is a smaller segment of the target market so instead of looking at toys for instance, target instead a smaller segment of that huge marketplace, say Teddy Bears You will do better than your competitors in serving this smaller segment.

    When choosing the niche, you have to consider whether there is a need for that niche and that people will be willing to pay for it. You should also determine if there are already competitors in this market and whether it would be big enough to be lucrative and has a potential to grow. Also, the choice of the niche should also depend on your ability to stop your competitors from getting all the market share.

    So how are we going to do this? You will have to do some kind of self-analysis and check out your interests along with your strengths and weaknesses. What kind of work did you do before and what interested you the most? Then work on testing the waters by developing a marketing plan and creating some products for the niche of your choice.

    3. Check Out the Daily Deal Websites
    There are some daily deal websites that offer interesting discounts during a limited time discounts. The offers give businesses some new customers. Even though the prices are at a discount, there is still profit to count on. So it should be a great place to market your services or products.

    Sometimes they say though that there may be an inducement to price the deals to the sellers or merchants. Now they are starting to see that prices may be manipulated. To avoid surprises, include restrictions not only time-wise for you never know you may get more takers that you can chew.

    So how do we go about this? Those daily deals are usually for spas and restaurants. Well if you are selling a product or service that will benefit any web professional, you can certainly post your daily deals at http://www.mightydeals.com/ This can give you a rush of customers. Submit your deal there http://www.mightydeals.com/submit_a_deal

    There you have three ways to increase your customer base: help solve problems before selling, concentrate on a niche and participate in dail deals. How about you? Share with us some of your tricks. For now, we ran out of time again but have no fear because by next web page we are going to explore more ways to attract clients and keep the customers for your web design business.

    Newsalerts That Could Impact Your Financial Well-Being With Word Press

    November 6th, 2012

    From time to time, we will report on alerts that could help solve financial problems. We scoured the net to find them and will post comment on those articles that may help you. We will include those comments here. Try to click the link as the news provider may delete the news item. Also sometimes the page will not change the url address into a link no matter how hard we try. In that case, just copy the address and paste it in your browser. If they do delete the news, the snippets of information may still help:

    Newsalert

    Getting a Domain Name for Word Press

    Creating a website nowadays is so much easier than in the 90s when you have to learn a whole lot of programming   So you must be thinking what it is you really need to get a website going. But first let me tell you the disadvantages of using WordPress without web hosting. Really it is just a matter of cost and very minimal at that.

    There are absolutely two things you need to have. You need a domain name that can cost $10 a year that can sometimes come free during the first year when it comes with the hosting which is the second thing you need, a dependable hosting account that can cost $5 a month or more. So roughly these two essentials to run a business will cost $70 a year.

    The domain name is your office address on the Internet where people can reach you. Hosting is more like the office space where you can store your stuff. If you are running a brick and mortar store, renting an office space is very expensive unlike in the online world where the cost is affordable. And there are tips that can make it even cheaper.

    We will have to register the domain name with a registrar who will collect the yearly fees. The registrar can be the same company as the hosting one but it is better to have different ones. Why? It is because the web host can easily take your website down if there ever is a disagreement between you two and lock you out of the control panel thus not allowing you to transfer your website to another web host. It is therefore better to separate the two and stay with ones that I highly recommend.

    Once you have your website set up, you will have to determine which business model to adopt to make your website a 24/7 money-making machine. Once the sales funnel are set up, there will just be minor maintenance you have to do. This is the power of leveraging the technology. We will do that step by step. But first, we have to choose the domain name and register it which we have on the next webpage.

    But if you are in a hurry and want to learn fast, here’s a 60-day No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee risk-free to try the Complete WordPress Tutorial Video Training Course! This will give you a head start to overcome the problems others are facing. WordPress is awesome and easy to use but there are issues you will need to learn.

    That is why some fail at this because they do not have the proper training. The problem continues on because answers to questions come in bits and pieces that will leave one just spinning the wheel until now that the Complete WordPress Tutorial Video Training Course has arrived with all the answers in one site.

    Now it is possible to build your website right and earn money from it sooner than if we continue spinning the wheel. This is a complete step by step WordPress video training series with over 60 instructional videos on how to construct a SOLID website which is optimized for the search engines.

    You will learn all of the basics as well as advanced web design techniques. Plus Much More This is not a skimpy run of the mill WordPress Training Course, You will also get complete training on how to properly optimize your site and how to promote your website. What this course includes: Full length videos – No short 3 minute quick tip type of videos. Here’s the link again: Complete WordPress Tutorial Video Training Course!

    Getting Started With WordPress

    I just read two excellent books on how to use WordPress when creating websites that made me decide that this is the one I would like to share with you as an alert from month to month. It is because I wish I had these two books when I started my blog because what I learned before were all bits and pieces. This time I have the opportunity to show you the whole thing.

    Word press is used by a lot of people from big businesses down to mom and pop operations. It is free and easy to use but powerful. One does not need technical skill to put up professional looking website. One just needs to know how to use the web browser and if you have searched something in the web, then you know how to use it.

    I am not going to lie to you; it will take a bit of work but with this I will be able to help you. Together we will jump over the hurdles and even though you know nothing about building a website you will be able to create one that you will be proud to show off to your family and friends. They may even end up asking you to help them build their website.

    We will show you how to build your website step-by-step but as long as you follow them and work on the exercises with the help of your computer, you should find yourself a successful website builder. As I do the steps, follow If you are in a hurry and want to learn fast, here’s a 60-day No Questions Asked Money Back Guarantee risk-free to try the Complete WordPress Tutorial Video Training Course!

    This will give you a headstart to overcome the problems others are facing. WordPress is awesome and easy to use but there are issues you will need to learn. That is why some fail at this because they do not have the proper training. The problem continues on because answers to questions come in bits and pieces that will leave one just spinning the wheel until now that Complete WordPress Tutorial Video Training Course has arrived with all the answers in one site.

    Now it is possible to build your website right and earn money from it sooner than if we continue spinning the wheel. This is a complete step by step WordPress video training series with over 60 instructional videos on how to construct a SOLID website which is optimized for the search engines. You will learn all of the basics as well as advanced web design techniques. Plus Much More

    This is not a skimpy run of the mill WordPress Training Course, You will also get complete training on how to properly optimize your site and how to promote your website. What this course includes: Full length videos – No short 3 minute quick tip type of videos. Here’s the link again: Complete WordPress Tutorial Video Training Course!

    Four Strategies to Grow a Profitable Online Business

    Some people build online businesses and earn a living from the very first day while some just are not able to do the same. So I researched what the successful people did, the result of which I want to share with you and hopefully we can follow the same path. We all want to follow this example so we can do the same. Here are four things to do:

    1. Create a system that can help solve the readers’ problems. It has to be something more than what they get from the other businesses. You really have to be creative and add pizzazz to the system you create.

    2. The readers want to be told what to do to solve their problems. Either that or they want to be entertained. If you can do both, they will buy from you.

    3. Find out the areas where your readers need help and then help them how to prepare to cope with those situations. Create a system that can help them meet those challenges.

    4. Don’t send them to read someone else’s posts. Just lead them to yours. Here is an example of a system one can create to grow a profitable online business: How To Create Incredibly Profitable Joint Ventures For Your Online Business!

    Internet Marketing, What is That? Advice from a Newcomer

    The best thing to do is to ask questions. People around you will help especially when Pandas and Penguins start appearing on web pages. Then this newbie said to walk the walk. One can’t keep on reading about it without having to delve into the innards of internet marketing. There are lots of learning centres around that will help you get around Google Adwords Google Adwords and Google Analytics Really the only thing that stands in my way is lack of time.

    Read all you can about internet marketing. Here are some good things one really has to read like Why Knowing Everything About SEO Doesn’t Mean Shit. There are also some Google basics you have to read as well as the Beginners Guide to SEO. Don’t worry, we will deal with all of these in detail next time.

    Social Media and Marketing, What’s the Connection?

    Social media enables the small business to reach more people online. There are tools one can use to keep the business growing and social media is definitely one of them. Why? It is because one can easily integrate social marketing with the social media. How? Read on to find out how.

    One can run a campaign involving the social media and marketing. There are four steps for running a campaign and integrating both social media and social marketing. First is to gain an understanding on the way the market behaves these days. After appreciating the changing internet marketing scene, one is now ready to know the consumer of the business.

    Knowing the mind of the consumer will help get sales because you will be able to reach them better. Only after these first two steps that you will be ready for the third step which is creating a social campaign. The tactics and strategies will be different for each campaign but the common expectation is to achieve the business goals.

    The last step is to make every campaign unforgettable. With the correct brand, the campaign can’t help but be memorable. Here is where one can take the customer service where the clients are. This is where they are gathering and where one can hear what they are telling each other about the business. Respond to whatever they are saying and they can’t help but gain your loyalty.

    If you have a need for a business to do Facebook updates and tweets for you, look no further for our company can do this for you. Our company is currently booked with clients through the end of this month and next, but when spots open up I will let you know about it.  You see this is only available to 10 clients at a time. Just leave your name and number at the contact form here; Just go to the contact form and write there that you are interested in getting social media help.


    10 Internet Marketing Ideas to Help Boost Your Business

    To succeed at a home business one has to be prepared to do what it takes to employ some innovative ideas like joining social media sites, drafting a press release and doing some email marketing strategies. One may also have to create a blog and videos and then offer discounts.

    Participating in forums, optimizing your websites, running contests and making your site interactive through mobile application will also help. Now these all seem to be a tall order but have no fear because as soon as I get a chance and finish what I am doing for you on tips, this will be the next one I will tackle to show how to do each one of them.


    Home Tax Business Raided and Accused of Fraud by State

    Listen to this. Tax Fraud Investigators raided a Tax Business in
    Albuquerque tax preparer’s office and carried off boxes of documents.
    State Taxation and Revenue Department agents pulled computers, files and financial documents for hours out of the home business Monday morning.

    Apparently, Flora Mascarenas filed hundreds of fake income tax returns and received refunds of almost $150,000. The investigators said Mascarenas was running a tax preparation service at her home illegally. She may also have stolen the identities of her clients.

    News reporter Chris Ramirez asked Mascarenas if she did anything wrong but she answered in the negative. She said she is not a tax preparer but that she does bookkeeping and accounting. The investigators however said that Mascarenas may be part of a larger fraud ring and will proceed with prosecution. What do you think?

    Tips on How to Effectively Maximize Internet Marketing

    These are indeed important information that are certainly needed in order to survive the home business world in the internet. One’s product should be easy enough to use, keep up-to-date with the news and know where you can promote the business are some of the things to remember.

    Giving away some valuable tips will also help and of course after the penguin update, everyone knows now not to cheat the search engines. Of course the focus should be the customers anyway and what one can offer them that will be of help solve whatever problem they are encountering.

    5 Internet Marketing Musts for Small Businesses

    Yes, a small business cannot get away from internet marketing and it’s true the first step is to stay savvy. We have to learn as much as we can. And we don’t stop here for we have to get creative and get a strategy that will work for the business. After all, there is no such thing as one size fits all.

    We have to remember that our website is the focus of all we do so whatever you do should lead back to your website. I guess that is my problem because I focus more on what my readers need. I do send them back to my websites but I don’t even measure what works and what doesn’t. Oh sure, I have Google Analytics but I don‘t really do much about it.

    5 Step Internet Marketing & SEO ‘How To’ for Professionals


    Professionals need a website or else the clients or customers will go to the competitors who have a website. Google says most of the searches are local so this should benefit the professionals who have a website. It is not hard to get one anyway.

    It can be outsourced or you can do it yourself by starting a blog and getting listed in Google places. Do some SEO stuff and social media along with guest blogs and articles so the website can become an authority site. This should be easy to implement. They say it is not time-consuming but my experience says otherwise.

    Mother Bags Success with her Home Business

    Congratulations to Washington for achieving success with her internet business. I am sure she must have worked real hard for her dream to come true. Imagine earning a six-figure income by selling purses, totes and bags. She is also a role model for all of us. She does it by selling directly to people at home parties just like Avon and Tupperware.

    Things to Consider Before Starting a Home Business

    Asking the following questions and determining the answers will help decide whether starting a home business is the right choice. Can you support yourself financially? This has to be considered carefully for there will be costs involved like equipment and office supplies to buy. Will your budget therefore have room to start a business?

    Then there is the question on whether you can stay focused on the things you have to do for the business. Setting up specific time without family and friends interrupting your work will help. Will you be able to say no to taking breaks with friends who may think your hours are flexible? All considerations on these questions will help clarify whether starting a home business is for you.

    The Beauty of a Home-Based Business Model

    This proves that aligning one’s business with a successful brand is a win-win situation. True it would cost money by way of an endorsement deal plus a percentage of the royalty and the equity on the business. But that’s probably money you will have to spend to get going with the business. This deal and model business therefore is worth taking on as a short-cut to success.

    Internet Marketing for Beginners
    Here’s a man who has just been one year doing internet business and is now doing very well. He has some good advice for us. He said we don’t have to know how to do things. We just need to hire people for reasonable amounts at – www.elance.com ; www.guru.com , – www.odesk.com – www.craiglist.org
    What we need to do is to focus on big ideas that make dollars for us.

    Don’t Pay For Internet Marketing Services You Don’t Really Need

    Before hiring the services of an Internet Marketing Company, aside from making sure it is legitimate, be sure you understand what the problem is so that whatever it is, it will be solved. Be sure also that your budget is enough to fix the problem. A limited budget may not be enough to fix the problem and you will end up getting some done, stop and then get something done again without the problem getting fixed.

    Another thing is to check the problems from different angles. Could it be the structure of the site? Do you need relevant and quality content or do you have problem building links? There has got really to be an in-depth analysis of the site and a professional will be needed to do the work to achieve the goal you are aiming for.

    Inbound and Outbound Marketing Compared

    The new way of marketing through engaging content in blogs and websites that add value with interesting and informative data is winning over the outbound marketing using billboards and TV ads. The consumers have learned to find, research and buy what they need online.

    They have been empowered by this new way of buying things and so this inbound type of marketing is the alternative way of finding and buying things. It costs less than the traditional way of marketing for one thing so it is also a win-win situation for the business.

    Designs Online Keeps Upper Township Mother Home With Family

    Wow! Imagine being a $14 dollar an hour secretary to building a business with an annual income of $200,000. She did it so she could stay at home to look after her autistic son. But now he goes to school so Kline can go to work for 11 hours a day. She started small by just creating logos and look at where she is now – building e-commerce websites for other people. This is indeed an inspirational story that will give others the motivation they need to create a home based business of their own.

    3 Different Ways To Earn Income At Home

    The current economic trouble is getting people to try earning money online. I read this top three ways to do this and thought I’d share them with you. One is affiliate marketing where you sell other people’s product and you earn commission for doing so. Then there’s e-bay where you can sell stuff and earn money that way. And of course there’s one where you write articles and get paid for doing so. Let me know if you want more information on this by filling out the contact form at http://www.debtchallenges.com

    Article Marketing: A Simple Way to Boost Your Visibility

    I thanked the author of this article for refreshing my mind about this. I do article marketing but not that often. I used to submit articles every week but there are only so many hours a day and the eight hours I devote to this, seven days a week does not even allow me to finish everything I have to do. But what is so refreshing about the article is what the author said that some directories allow the writer to make some money out of their work. I just have to tell those reading this that this is an option for them. Sorry I had to remove the link as it is not allowing me to take you there.

    Is There a “Best Home Business” or Is That Nonsense

    I want to share with you these really excellent suggestions especially these days when every Tom Dick and Harry just wants to earn money off you. The recommendations will steer some would-be marketers out of trouble. And the author is so right. No one just makes money without doing the work. That is why it is best to choose something you are passionate about. At least, even though money may be a long time coming, at least you are enjoying what you are doing.

    Internet Marketing – How To Increase Your Conversion Rate

    It is good to know how to make every page like a landing page. It makes sense to do so. The only thing now that puts a barrier between this excellent advice and my actual implementation of it is the time element. I finished a lot of pages already and that would mean I will have to go back to each one of them to implement the recommendation. The thing is I am already doing 8 hours of work on this and I don’t know where else I can find time for it. I know I can outsource it but every time I outsource something, I still have to a lot of work on the outsourced materials.

    Visit Marketing Pilgrim’s Internet Marketing Job Board Today!

    This is good service for both the advertisers for the job and the job seekers themselves. Imagine having in one place the list of current jobs available for those who are looking for one. It is very convenient too for the advertisers to do the application online.

    How To Start A Home Business

    This is an excellent article and will be quite a help for those who are just starting to test the water. I like it that the author mentioned the importance of a good plan for without it, there is more chance at failing because it will feel like working in the dark. The advice on doing the business with one’s passion in mind is also right on the money.

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