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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Niche Marketing Research Tips

Niche Marketing is becoming more popular as a way to make an income online. However, your success depends on how well you do your niche market research.

If you are just getting started it is very important to do some niche marketing research. You must be able to find people who have a real interest in what you are offering.

One example of this would be a 1950s vintage clothing business. You won't be able to sell vintage clothing to anyone. Imagine trying to market it to people, who are only interested in the trendiest clothes, don't you think that would be a bit hard?

Your niche is 1950's vintage clothing and in order to get your business up and earning, you need to market your products to people who are interested. That's the whole idea behind it.

If your niche is very specific you will find it a lot easier to determine who your market and potential customers are.

The question here that's up in the air now is how can you find your market? Well, niche marketing is a lot like internet marketing in general. The only real difference is the fact that with niche marketing, you need to be a bit more specific about where and who you advertise your products to.

Using the above example, one way of doing your niche marketing research would be to visit online forums or find online groups of people who have an interest in vintage clothing.

You should get involved in online forums and communities related to your niche. Spend some time trying to understand what people are looking for and participate in forums by asking and answering questions. You need to generate interest in them so presentation is key. This is the first thing that they would see so present your products in an appealing way.

It can be a lot simpler to reach your niche market online than it is offline. There are thousands of forums and online communities that people with similar hobbies or interests can join and interact with one another. On the other hand, for an offline business which is based at home, this can be a little trickier but not impossible. You can do this by finding out what groups are available in your local community. You know how some people have groups like book clubs or knitting clubs and such? Well, there would always be people whom you share similar interests with. It doesn't have to be a big group because eventually, word would spread out and when it does, you'll see a growth in your business and your clientele.

Even those who weren't interested at first can be enticed, but it is important to do your niche marketing research first.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

How to Increase Google Page Rank

Visit any internet marketing forum and you are bound to find at least a few discussions on Google page rank. But what exactly is Google Page Rank and what do you need to do to increase it?

Google Page Rank is a value that Google assigns to a web page based on the importance of the page. It is determined by the number of incoming links to that web page and few other factors including the page rank of the page giving the link to you.

How to you increase your Google Page Rank?

1. First of all you can increase the number of links you have pointing back to your website. This fact alone can increase your link popularity and ultimately increase your page rank. Combined with that is the fact that the more back links you have pointing back your website for more potential traffic you will get from it.

2. As well as increasing the quantity of links to your website you should also try to get your links on high quality web pages. This means getting your link on pages that are ranked as high or higher than yours. When you do this some of their page rank can be transferred to you which ultimately helps increase the page rank of your site.

There are lots of ways to increase your page rank, but the most common methods are posting in discussion forums that have a high page rank, article marketing, submitting your site to directories, commenting on blogs and distributing press releases.

It is worth noting that the page rank displayed on the Google toolbar is not up to date. Although Google is always internally updating the page rank of web pages, the toolbar page rank is only updated every few months. Be aware that just because a page has a PR0, it doesn't necessarily mean that you don't want to spend time getting your link on that page. The page rank could increase on the next toolbar update.

Finally, it is worth remembering that a good Google Page Rank on its own is not necessarily going to mean lots of traffic. You also want to ensure that you have chosen good keyword phrases and have optimized your website.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Free Internet Business Ideas

The failure rate for internet businesses is very high - some say above 95%. However, often the reason for failure is not with the business opportunity, but with the person. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to start a successful internet business and not many people have the skills or the patience to do this.

This leads to a question of how important is the Internet based business that you join to your success? I would say that it is not as important to your success as you might think. Therefore why not start a free Internet business as opposed to shelling out money to get started?

Examples of free internet business ideas include:

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Free Paid Surveys
  • Blogging
  • Free "Get Paid To" programs
  • Ebay

We all have distractions in our life and a lot of the time, working on an Internet business takes a lower priority than anything else.

If you're the type of person who is constantly starting things and never finishing them, this is another reason to try and find some free internet business ideas rather than investing a lot of money to get started.

You can find a list of my recommended Free Home Business Ideas here.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

How to Create your Own Website

Setting up your own website doesn't have to be complicated nor does it have to be expensive. It is possible to get your domain name for around $10 a year, a good host for less than $10 a month and be up and running in a few days or less.

The following steps explain to to create your own website:

(1) Register your Domain Name. Before you do this it makes sense to think about your keywords. The domain name plays a part in search engine positioning so if you are able to get a couple of your keywords within the domain name this will help you later. Learn more about choosing keywords and registering a domain name. Avoid extremely long domain names and be sure to keep it relevant to your market. If you are going to be advertisng your site offline try to pick a name that is short and easy to remember.

(2) Find a web host. There are thousands of hosting companies on the internet today, offering all sorts of packages and charging a wide range of prices. There are free hosts available but these are not recommended if you are running a business as they tend not to be as reliable and they often show ads on your website. I personally recommend Hostgator web hosting. It is very reliable and I have hosted a number of my own websites there for over three years. You can get a good hosting package with them for around $8.95 per month, going down to $4.95 per month if you sign up for multiple months.

(3) Build your Website. There are a number of options available here depending on your experience and your budget. These options include:
  • Building your site from scratch using HTML (advanced skill level, low cost)
  • Using professional graphics or a template & HTML (advanced skill level, medium cost)
  • Using a content management system such as Wordpress or Joomla (medium skill, low cost)
  • Getting your website designed professionally (low skill, high cost)

You can find more options for building your own website here.

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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Paid Surveys No Fee - 5 Tips to Maximise your Profits

Are you looking for no fee paid surveys? Many companies will charge you for a list of survey opportunities but you can find a list of free paid online surveys here.

Paid Surveys with no fee are a legitimate way to earn some money in your spare time. To get the most out of these here are some tips to maximise your earnings.

1) Register with as many survey companies as possible. The number of survey invites that you receive depends on your demographics. If you only sign up for one or two survey companies the chances are that you will only qualify for a handful of surveys. You have a better chance of receiving more paid survey invites if you register with as many survey companies as you can.

(2) Create a separate email address. Creating a separate email address will help you to stay organized. This will allow you to separate your regulars email from your survey emails and you will feel less overwhelmed by emails. This means that you can just login to your separate email account whenever you want to work on filling out surveys. The best free email account to open is a Google Mail account.

(3) Use a form filler application such as Roboform to help you fill in your profiles and remember passwords. When you fill in your profile at survey sites you will usually have to complete very similar questions. You can fill in forms much more quickly by using an application like Roboform. Roboform will also remember usernames and passwords, which can be helpful if you have registered with a lot of survey companies.

(4) Fill in your profile and complete as many screener questionnaires as possible. Many survey companies will ask you to complete a profile. This will help them to match surveys to you. The more information you put in your profile, the more likely you are to get survey applications. Occassionally survey companies will email you a screener questionnaire. This is a short survey designed to determine if you fit their criteria. If you ignore these screener questionnaires you will not be invited for the survey.

(5) Be honest. Many people are tempted to lie in order to qualify for a survey that they normally wouldn't. If you do this, there is a danger of getting caught and if you are honest you may well get as many or perhaps more survey applications than you would if you lied. Companies require people of all ages and occupations

For more paid surveys no fee opportunities visit free paid online surveys.