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Friday, December 26, 2008

5 Online Business Ideas for 2009

Do you want to start making money online in 2009? January is a popular time to start an internet business, as everyone is making their new year's resolutions.

There are lots of different way to earn money on the internet, it is just a matter of choosing the method that suits you best. Using the Internet to start an online business of your own makes things far easier than starting from scratch in the offline world.

Here are 5 online business ideas for 2009:

1. Start your own affiliate marketing business. Affiliate Marketing allows you to receive a commission every time you sell someone elses product. Often you can receive commissions as large as 50% and it is easy to get started. You can find a product to sell in virtually any market today as there are literally millions of affiliate programs around the world.

2. Join a network marketing company and work at building a residual income. This has matured into a profitable business model and is a great way to make money online if you enjoy working with people. Building a downline distributorship is one way to create a residual income for a lifetime.

3. Niche marketing is a term that has really taken on a life of its own in the past year and will be an extremely good online business idea in 2009.

Narrowing down a broad theme into a smaller niche is a great way to make money and have fun too. This is especially true if you can find something to sell in an area that you have an interest in or a passion for.

4. Blogging is a good choice if you are good at or enjoying writing. You can also monetize your blog and make money selling advertising on it as your traffic increases.

One easy way to get started with blogging is to create your blog using for free. Blogger is a free blogging platform owned by Google and it is very easy to monetize your blog with Google Adsense and get paid every time someone clicks on an ad.

5. Selling private label rights products is a fast way to jumpstart an Internet business. One of the main benefits is that the product idea has already been thought through and created for you.

As a matter of fact most of the product is created and requires just a little bit of modification on your part to have products ready to sell. Another great thing about selling PLR products is that all the profits are yours to keep.

Visit my Home Business Ideas website for more ways to start a business in 2009.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

7 Deadly Search Engine Sins - are you Commiting Any?

Are you tired of waiting for your website to reach the top of the search engine ranks? Or are you getting far less visitors than you would like from Google? If this sounds like you, read on and find out whether you are committing any of these search engine sins!

Sin 1 – Keyword Ignorance

One of the most common mistakes that people make when building a website is to completely disregard keyword research. The result of this is that you could end up building a website around keywords that nobody actually searches on or you could build a site using the most competitive keywords on the internet and have to wait forever to see any results.

At a minimum you should pay a quick visit to the free Google Adwords Keyword tool and type in a few keyword ideas. Take a look at the results and be sure that the keywords you pick have a good number of searches per month. Also type your keywords into Google and make sure that you feel confident about beating the competition and getting your site on to the first page of results.

Sin 2 – Keyword Spamming & Hidden Text

Mentioning your keywords hundreds of times throughout your web page or making big lists of keywords with a font color that is the same as the background color is not going to help your search engine rank. Neither is adding keywords that have nothing to do with the content of your page. Search Engines are smarter than that.

Remember that you are writing primarily for your visitors, not the search engines. You do want to mention your keywords in specific places such as the TITLE tag, H1 tag, alt text and throughout your copy, but don’t overdo it. If it doesn’t sound right when you read it back, you have probably gone too far.

Sin 3 – Only Optimizing the Home Page

Many people will spend all their time concentrating on optimizing the home page. The home page is often the most important page on your website with the most visitors, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect the rest of your website.

Choose different keywords for each page on your website and for each blog post you make. This will allow you to “multiply” your search engine traffic. Even if you choose less popular, less competitive keywords this can have a dramatic impact on your traffic if you have lots of optimized pages on your site.

Sin 4 – Not knowing your Competition

Before you go ahead and optimize a page on your website for a particular keyword phrase you should take a look at the websites that you are competing with.
Enter your keywords into Google without the quotes and take a look at the web pages on the first two pages of results. Most people don’t go past page 2 of the results when they are searching, so you need to be able to compete with the sites on the first two pages.

Are these sites big multinational companies? Do they have high page ranks or thousands of backlinks? If so, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t compete with them, but you should at least have an understanding of where your site is in comparison to these sites and make an educated guess about whether or not you can compete with them.

Sin 5 – Bad Linking

It pays to be careful about who you link to. Linking to “bad neighborhoods” i.e. sites that have been penalized by the search engines could have a detrimental effect on your own ranking. Similarly, selling text links on your website is also looked upon as bad by the search engines.
You should also be careful about how many links you have on a single page. The Google webmaster guidelines state that you shouldn’t have more than 100 links on a single web page.

Sin 6 – Poor Navigation

Having a site with a poor navigation structure or using exclusively javascript menus could result in your website not getting fully indexed by the search engines.
Search engines can’t read javascript, so be sure that if you do have a javascript menu, supplement it with a text based menu. You should also make sure that visitors and search engines can easily find all the pages on your website. One way to do this is to generate a site map.

Sin 7 – Forgetting about Off Site Optimization

Finally, one of the things that you cannot afford to forget about is off site optimization. This means getting lots of backlinks from related, good quality websites and using your keywords and variations of your keywords in the anchor text.

Building backlinks is the best way to increase your position in the search engine ranks and you should aim to grow your backlinks steadily over time.

For more tips on search engine optimization subscribe to the Free SEO Course or download 10 Ways to Improve Your Search Engine Rank.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Review of Free Traffic Bar (FTB)

This is a review of Free Traffic Bar.

If you are looking for low cost or free ways to get traffic to your website, read on to find out whether or not Free Traffic Bar (FTB) is a good option.

When I started testing Free Traffic Bar I didn't have high hopes as I thought it would be similar to Instant Buzz, which I had used for a few days and then uninstalled as I hated it.

However, I was pleasantly surprised.

What is Free Traffic Bar?

It is a toolbar that you can install on your web browser (e.g. internet explorer or Firefox) and it contains a search box, a menu of internet marketing tools (e.g. copyrighting, SEO, website building, lead capture etc) and a text ad that changes every time you visit a different page.

Every time you go to a new page on your web browser you earn a credit. You can then use these credits to display ads on other people's toolbars (over 30,000 members) or for banner and text ads on the Free Traffic Bar site.

There is a downline builder that includes programs such as Traffic Swarm, Home Income Team, GDI, various Clickbank products, traffic exchanges and advertising programs.

There is also a library containing a range of free resale rights products.

Is it easy to install?

I found the installation very simple and trouble free for both IE and Firefox. Once it was installed there were no problems and although I do notice the ads from time to time it is not obtrusive. I've been running it now for 2 weeks and haven't felt the need to uninstall it like I did with Instant Buzz.

Is it easy to use?

The member center has lots of short helpful videos and an FAQ explaining how to set up ads, how to install and use the toolbar, how to exchange credits, how to use the downline builder and more. I found it very easy and straightforward to set up my ads and exchange credits.

Can I make Money from It?

Yes. If someone signs up through your own link and they go on to upgrade to a "Pro" membership or buy some ad credits you will receive 50% commission if you are a Pro member yourself.

Free members and Pro Members also earn credits on up to 10 levels of their downline. So if you don't like toolbars, then you have the option of earning credits purely from your downline.

You can also earn money through the downline builder. If you add your affiliate IDs to the downline builder and one of your downline purchases a product you will receive a commission.

How much does it cost?

Basic membership is free. So you can install the traffic bar, earn credits, create ads and refer people and earn credits from them without paying anything.

Pro membership costs $19.99 per month and you receive 15,000 credits each month.

How Good is It?

This is the part that surprised me. I am no copywriter and writing ads has never been my strong point, so I will probably see similar results to the typical person. From my testing over the period of two weeks I have seen clickthrough rates between 1% and 4.5% depending on the ad I am using.

All my ads have been related to getting signups to my list (both my home business newletter list and my SEO Email Course) and I have been receiving one or two signups per day to these lists from FTB, which isn't bad for a free traffic source.

Is there any Support?

There is a support ticket system, a forum, lots of videos and an FAQ. There is also a support phone number.

How do I sign up?

Just visit the Free Traffic Bar website and follow the instructions to create an account.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Free SEO Tools

I've just written a brand new report called 10 Free SEO Tools.

This report is free and it introduces and explains how to use some of the best SEO tools on the web. These include:

  • Keyword Research Tools

  • Backlink Checker Tools

  • Social Bookmarking Tools

  • Visitor Analytic Tools

  • Rank Checker Tools

To download this report just sign up for your Free SEO Email Course.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

What are the Best Online Businesses?

Do you want to start your own business? If so, starting a business online is one of the best ways to get started due to the low startup costs and low risk. The best online businesses are run by those people who have a good understanding of their long term goals and are motivated to achieve them.

Some of the most successful businesses are run by people with degrees in business. They may have gone to school knowing they wanted to pursue business or they might have had another career field in mind that required a business background. However, many online businesses have been started by people with no business background at all, which gives the general public a good chance of starting their own successful business online.

You can learn many lessons from the creators of these online businesses. By studying how they started their business and the steps they took to increase traffic to their websites we all can benefit, and use the knowledge to grow our own online businesses.

Google, YouTube and MySpace are all good examples of successful online businesses. Each of these websites was made with the idea of servicing people. Google provides millions of users worldwide the ability to find what they are looking for on the internet.

Google has grown with the times since it started as well and has increased its user experience by constantly updating the agorithm of search and finding new sites. Additionally they have offered users other options for their internet needs such as Gmail, Google Docs, Gtalk, and Google News.

Myspace was started by one person who wanted to network with friends and family and share their life online with them. By that one person sharing their idea and website with people his own idea he has been able to inspire millions to share their lives online as well. Everyone seems to be connected in their extended network, and people can share as much or as little of themselves with their friends and family online. From pictures to videos to their favorite songs, Myspace gives people individuality in the online world.

Another one of the best online businesses is Youtube. The founders of YouTube created this site to provide the ability for visitors from all around the world to easily share their favorite videos. People could easily make a video and upload it to share with millions. You could show some of your individuality, you could teach others, or even promote your website.

Find more about starting an online business and learn how to build your own website.