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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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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Happy New Year and Making Money with Autoresponders

Happy New Year! It's the 3rd of January and I am still recovering from the all the New Year celebrations! To save me thinking for myself today, here is a guest article from Stone Evans, otherwise known as the Home Biz Guy. In this article you can find out how to use autoresponders to make you money on autopilot.

The Home Business Marketing Strategy That Has Never Failed
Copyright © Stone Evans, The Home Biz Guy
Plug-In Profit Site

Today I'd like to share with you the strategy I used when I first got online many years ago to generate automated income from home. This strategy still works today. You can use it to sell your own products or you can use it to sell other people's products as an affiliate or partner. It can work in practically any niche market.

The theory is simple. Build a list of people who have given you permission to email them about a particular topic and then send relevant information and special offers to those people promoting products and services that you are selling. This is a very easy way to make money.

The first thing you need to do this is a tool called an autoresponder. An autoresponder is simply a tool that collects subscribers for you and gives you the ability to email those people in mass. For example, with an autoresponder you can type an email message saying anything you want, load it into a field that looks just like the text area you type any normal email into, click Send, and your message will be delivered to all your subscribers instantly addressing each one on a first name basis. This could be just 10 people or it could be thousands, even millions.

When you use an autoresponder to send a message promoting a product you are selling to a targeted group of subscribers, you have a very good chance of making sales if what you are offering is something that your subscriber database is interested in.

From my point of view, a lot of the information and systems available online which try to help people make money are over-complicated and often mis-guided. The same simple formula for making money online that worked for me (someone with no previous experience) almost 10 years ago is still working today and it's very, very simple to apply. In fact, I'll walk you through the steps I use (and so do many, many others) to pull in automatic profits 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year like clockwork.

The first thing you need is an autoresponder. You don't even need your own website for this. There are many good autoresponders on the market. One that I use is called GetResponse which you can take a look at:
http://www.freegetresponse.com/

This is the autoresponder I use to deliver my Home Business Secrets Mini-Course at:
Plug-In Profit Site

As you'll see if you subscribe at the site above, my free mini-course will be delivered to you automatically by email as if it's written to you personally. This takes no effort from me (other than writing the messages in the first place) to deliver this mini-course to you and thousands of other valued subscribers using an autoresponder.Another autoresponder I use is called AutoResponse Plus. You can check it out at:
http://www.autoresponse-plus.com/

The difference between GetResponse and AutoResponse Plus is that GetResponse does not require you to have hosting. It's hosted for you. AutoResponse Plus requires you to have your own hosting account where the company will install the software for you directly. Also, when it comes to building a mailing list, GetResponse provides an in-house service to build your mailing list for you called Get Subscribers which you can see at:
http://www.getsubscribers.com/

If you are using AutoResponse Plus, you would need to use a third-party service such as List Builder Pro to build your mailing list:
http://www.prolistbuilder.com/

This brings me to the next step of the process of making money on autopilot with an autoresponder. You need subscribers. The fastest way to build a permission-based list of subscribers of people who are interested in what you have to offer is called co-registration. That's what the Get Subscribers and List Builder Pro services provide. All the details about how these work can be found at:
http://www.getsubscribers.com/ and http://www.prolistbuilder.com/ respectively.

Once you know about these services, the steps to make money online are really very simple.

Step 1) Get an autoresponder.

My 2 favorite autoresponders are:
1. GetResponse: http://www.freegetresponse.com/
2. AutoResponse Plus: http://www.autoresponse-plus.com/

Step 2) Order subscribers.Here's 2 reputable co-registration services:
1. Get Subscribers: http://www.getsubscribers.com/ (works exclusively with GetResponse)
2. List Builder Pro: http://www.prolistbuilder.com/ (works with AutoResponse Plus and most other autoresponder in the market, not GetResponse though)

Both of these service can be setup to add subscribers to your autoresponder automatically without you needing to lift a finger. Just go through the guided setup process when placing your order and they will take care of the rest.

Step 3) Make an offer.
Send valuable information and special offers to your subscribers on a regular basis. This is a simple process for making money on autopilot that has never failed me.

In the beginning, I didn't have a lot of money to invest in advertising. That was a good thing. It forced my mind to think about and discover what technique had the lowest risk associated with it. You see, I figured that if I purchased 500 co-registration subscribers, all of these people were mine to contact as often as I wanted until they either bought something from me or unsubscribed. So in the case of Get Subscribers, today I need to pay $189.95 to get 500 guaranteed subscribers. That's 500 people who have given me permission to email them as often as I want. Do you see how powerful this is?

In my niche market, I promote home business products, services and opportunities as an affiliate which all pay very generous commissions. If I email my list of 500 people a few times and just get 5 (1%) of them to sign up for one of the products or programs I promote, I've already made a profit. But the real beauty of this type of advertising is that even after I've made a profit on my initial investment, I still have my complete list of subscribers (minus the few that have unsubscribed) to continue emailing, building a relationship with and promoting different products to. If I'm even the slightest bit creative and consistent with sending offers to my list, I can make a small fortune with this single asset.

What I've described above is EXACTLY how I started making money online many years ago and how I still earn a healthy percentage of my money today.

Maybe you're thinking that setting up an autoresponder and building a list is easy, but you don't know what to email to your list to make money. If that's the case, I invite you to consider that nearly every affiliate program or business opportunity you can join provides pre-written email marketing letters that you can simply copy and send to your list. In most cases, these letters are proven sellers which is why the affiliate programs and business opportunities provide them to you. They have tested them and experienced positive results already.

That said, in my own experience, I usually find that I can get improved results with letters I write myself to my list when I am sincere and offer my own personality, point of view and value to an offer I am promoting.

But the bottom line here is that making money online can be very simple. You don't even need to have your own website, you don't need to attend any seminar or buy any expensive marketing courses, or pay for one-on-one personal coaching, etc. You just need to look around and watch what other people (the big dogs) are doing to make their money.

In most cases, they are simply building list and emailing that list special offers and announcements to promote products that generate revenue for them. Instead of being on the receiving end of this one-way marketing barrage, put yourself on the delivering end of the emails and receiving end of the commission checks and bank deposits that arrive when you setup your own autopilot online marketing system.

All you need is an autoresponder, subscribers and an offer.

What are you waiting for? You can do it!


About the Author:
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If you don't want to do it all yourself, The Home Biz Guy can setup your autoresponder for you and load it with that same pre-written email marketing campaign he uses to pull in automatic profits with 24/7/365. All you need to do at that point is supply the subscribers. Complete details and signup instructions are available for you now at: Plug-In Profit Site

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Review of Article Post Robot

Updated in June 2007

A while back I bought some software called Article Announcer and reviewed it on this blog. One of the drawbacks of Article announcer is that it is pretty expensive, costing over $300!

Article Announcer now has a few competitors on the market, one of these being Article Post Robot. I've just used this software to submit my latest article titled How to Start a Blog and Make Money Online. Article Robot is kinder on the wallet and is currently priced at $127. The question is, does it do what it says on the tin? And how does it compare to Article Announcer?

Unlike Article Announcer, Article Post Robot is a downloadable product, so once you've purchased it and your account has been created you can download it instantly. It doesn't come with any fancy videos, audios or polished user guides - there's just an 21 page PDF manual. The manual isn't written in perfect English, but it's pretty straightforward and tells you what you need to know quickly.

The software is easy to install and is supported by Windows 2000 and Windows XP. You'll also need Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher and you have to to download Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. I managed to install everything on my PC without any problems within a couple of minutes.

The User Interface for Article Post Robot is clean and simple and the product is very easy to use. There's a total of 501 Article Directories in the list. Some of the directories don't require a login, but most of the directories do. This is probably the most time consuming part of the article submission process, but is necessary regardless of whether you are using software or submitting manually. The good news is that you only need to do this once, for your first article. Article Post Robot lets you view the list of article directories and sort them by page rank or alphabetically. You can right click on any of the article directories and add login details or visit the directory in a new browser window. You can choose to select all 501 directories or manually select a subset of the directories. I decided to start with the directories that didn't require a login.

The next step is to enter the information about the article itself. I clicked on the Article Options tab and enter the article title, sub title, keywords, summary and choose up to 5 possible categories in order of preference. I then clicked on the Article Content tab and pasted in the actual content of the article in text format. Finally I clicked on the Author Options tab and entered my author resource box. You have the option of entering as many author resource boxes as you like, which is very useful.

Once you've set all the article details up and chosen which article directories you want to submit to you need to decide whether you want to submit to the directories manually or automatically. Being a bit cautious, I decided to submit manually to a few directories first. This was very straightforward - I just clicked on the "Next Article Site" button and Article Post Robot automatically filled out the article submission form with details of the article title, keywords, summary, article body, author resource box and catogory. Manual submission gives you that extra bit of control over your submission and allows you to change the category and check that all the details are correct before pressing the submit button to submit your article. Once I've submitted the article I just need to hit the "Next Article Site" button again and watch while Article Post Robot fills out the next article submission form. Everything worked perfectly and I didn't need to change any of the details that Article Post Robot filled out for me.

After about 15 manual submissions I decided to trust Article Post Robot to submit automatically for me. I stopped the manual submission and checked the automatic submission box. I then left my computer, made a cup of tea and watched some TV while Article Post Robot worked hard submitting my articles to the remaining directories. Once it was finished I just needed to check the log file to make sure that my article had been submitted to all the directories successfully.

The automatic posting feature of Article Post Robot is excellent! Unless you need the control to select a very precise category or to modify some of the fields manually there is no need to use the manual submission.

If you want to increase your article marketing success by submitting slightly different versions of each article, then Article Post Robot has a great new feature that helps with this. It allows you to have multiple versions of your article title, article summary, artice and resource box.

It also lets you have one copy of your article or resource box and put a choice of different words between curly brackets. Article Post Robot will randomly choose one of the words between each of the brackets {{{ and }}}.

A few days after I submitter my article a quick search in Google for "How to start a blog and make money online" revealed 747 results.

Article Post Robot also has the ability to send your article to article announcement lists and has a list of 53 lists to email your article to. Setting this up just involves adding information about your email server (SMTP) and hitting the start button.

Overall I would highly recommend Article Post Robot. It's easy to setup and use and will save you a huge amount of time when submitting your article to directories.

If you are debating whether to purchase Article Post Robot or Article Announcer, here are a few comparisons:


  • Price - Article Post Robot is almost a third of the price of Article Announcer
  • Number of Directories - Article Post Robot has around 50% more directories to submit too
  • Number of Announcement Lists - Article Post Robot has more than twice the number of Announcement lists
  • Number of Ezine Publishers - Article Announcer has the ability to send your article to over 100 ezine publishers. Article Post Robot doesn't have this facility
  • Features - Both of these software products have similar kinds of features, but there are a few differentiators. Article Post Robot has an automatic submission feature, whereas Article Announcer doesn't. Article Announcer has the ezine publisher submission feature, whereas Article Post Robot doesn't.
  • Ease of Use - I found Article Post Robot slightly easier to use. The automatic posting option also makes it faster.
  • Documentation - Article Announcer has better documentation, including videos and a polished user guide. It also comes with extensive audios on article marketing stratigies.

You can find out more about Article Post Robot here.





Article Post Robot



You can read the review of Article Announcer here.

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Are you Tracking Your Ads?

If you're not tracking your ads, then you'll find it difficult to understand which methods of advertising are successful. This means that you could end up throwing more money into that advertising black hole and end up with no return for your investment.

If you are submitting an article to an article directory or adding a link to your website to your signature in a forum I don't recommend using a tracking link as you will lose the advantage of increasing the number of backlinks to your site.

However if you are using ezine ads, solo ads, pay per click ads or classifieds, it makes sense to use a unique tracking link. This can save you lots of money in the long run.

If you are looking for a free ad tracker I recommend TrackThatAd - this is completely free to use.

Another tool that I highly recommend just to get a general feeling of what the visitors to your website are doing is StatCounter. This tool will let you see how many visitors you have, which websites they were referred from, the keywords that they used if they visited from a search engine, which countries your visitors are from, how long they stayed on your site and much more. All you need to do is copy and paste a small bit of javascript code onto each page on your site.

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Monday, July 11, 2005

Article Announcer Review

Writing articles is one of the best ways of promoting your website. Benefits include increased targetted traffic to your site, higher search engine ranking as a result of the increased backlinks and increased credibility. Have a look at my article How to use Articles to Boost your Online Presence if you want to understand more about the benefits of article writing.

One of the headaches of using articles for promotion is the time that it takes to distribute them to article directories and ezine publishers. It's easy to spend hours and hours finding article directories and ezine publishers, filling in all the forms on each of the websites using cut and paste and keeping track of which directories you have submitted to your article. I usually manage to submit to about 50 or so directories gradually over a period of a few days and then I end up getting bored and stopping there. I would rather spend my time doing something else! There are some services whom you can pay to distribute your articles for you, but I feel that the charges for these services are a bit steep if you are on a tight budget.

For this reason I felt pretty excited when I heard that Jason Potash was releasing a product called Article Announcer to automate the article submission process.

At $379, this would be the most expensive internet marketing purchase that I have ever made, but the thought that this could save me hours and hours of time was enough to convince me that it was worth it.

So on the day of release I went straight to the site and ordered the Article Announcer package, which consisted of 4 Audio CDs & a transcript of the CDs, the Article Announcer Software itself, a user guide and video tutorial.

I paid by paypal and received the goods just a few days later, despite the fact that I live in Scotland and it was being shipped from the US.

My first instinct was to install the software immediately, but I took the advice on the letter that came with the software and decided to listen to the "Article Blueprint" Audio CDs first and spent the next 5 car journeys to and from my work listening to Jason Potash and John Reese talk about everything under the sun related to writing articles.

I've been using articles to promote my websites for just over a year now, but I found the CDs really informative and although I already knew about a lot of the stuff they were talking about I definitely learned a few things that I didn't know about before. The CDs cover all the basics of writing articles plus how to get articles ghostwritten for you, the best ways and places to submit articles, what to put in your resource box, how to approach ezine publishers, search engine optimisation for articles, keyword density, writing a good headline, copyright issues, strategies for getting the most out of your article and lots lots more. If you've never done any promotion with articles before this will tell you everything you need to know. If you've done lots of article promotion in the past, this will reinforce what you already know and you'll probably learn a few new things too.

I've still got to watch the video tutorial to so I'll update this review once I've done so, but I have installed and started using the software so I can now get to the important part of reviewing the software.

The installation of the software onto my laptop (Windows XP) was quick and easy. I then used a "Download Latest Update" button to get the latest version.

The first thing I did after installing Article Announcer was to fill my "Company Info". This basically consists of my name, address, website URL, website name etc. I then filled in the name of my SMTP server, email address and login details to allow the software to send emails to announcement lists and ezine publishers on my behalf. You can also set up an optional "wait" period to avoid sending all your emails simultaneously.

Since I didn't have a new article I decided to use one of my old articles, but only submit it to places that I hadn't done so already. This was pretty straight forward. I just pressed the "New" button in the Article List view and entered my Article Title, Category, my name and email address, Article URL and autoresponder address, keywords, resource box, short description and the article itself. You basically enter all the information that you would normally enter when you submit your article to a directory.

You then go on to the "Article Submission" part. There is a list of almost 100 article directories, 21 Announcement lists and around 1000 ezine publishers

So far I have only used the Directory submission part and plan on using the ezine publisher submission and announcement lists submissions for my next new article. I'll make an update to this review once I've used these.

To submit to the directories you just need to go through the list and check the box beside all the directories that you want to submit to. For each directory you can look at the URL, name of the site, rating of the directory from 1-10 and comments about each directory. You can sort the list on any of these fields, delete any of the directories that you want to or even add your own directories to the list.

Once you've selected the relevant directories is just a case of pressing the submit button. You'll be taken to the correct page of each article directory in turn and Article Announcer will automatically fill in 95-100% of all the required fields, using the information that you entered earlier. It's just a case of reviewing the information to make sure that you are happy with everything then pressing the submit button. Once you've done that you press the "Submit Next Site" button and your off to the next directory. I managed to submit to around 40 directories in an hour, probably about 4 or 5 times faster than doing it by hand. I've also found a whole host of other directories that I never knew about before, so the article that I used is now submitted to 40 directories on top of the 50 or so that I submitted it to previously.

As I mentioned, I've not used the announcement lists or the ezine publishers list yet, but this will also save you heaps of time as the Article Announcer software will automatically send all your emails for you, once you've filled in the necessary templates. The list of Ezine publishers is pretty impressive and you can sort them by category as well.

I am very happy with my purchase, but since I work as a software developer by day, my review wouldn't be complete without making a few suggestions for future enhancements :-)

(1) For the benefit of those who have multiple websites on completely different topics e.g. internet marketing, travel, health etc it would be good to have multiple "views" within the software e.g. a view for my internet marketing articles, a view for my travel articles etc. I could then have different company information and different "Other Settings" rather than update these settings every time I want to write an article in a different area.

(2) The idea of additional "views" would also help when submitting articles to all the directories. Currently I have to review the list of article directories before I start submitting my article, just to make sure that I don't submit to a directory that doesn't cater for my topic. E.g. I don't want to submit my travel article to a home business article directory. I then check the boxes of all the articles that I want to submit to. None of this is saved and I can't just delete the article directories that I don't want to submit to as they may be relevant for another article that I wish to submit at a later date. Either extending the "views" concept to this or allowing the directories to be sorted based on the type of directory would save time.

(3) Currently if I skip a directory due to the site being unavailable, the checkbox beside that directory is then unchecked. This means that if I return to my article submitting the next day I can't see a list of the directories that I didn't manage to submit to. I know that it is one of the directories without a recent date in the "Last Submitted" box, but I'll have to read through the list of article directories again to find them.

In summary, this software is a MUST for anyone who wants to use articles to promote their website. You will quickly recoup the cost of the product as a result of the combination of the time that you save submitting articles and the extra traffic you receive by submitting your article to the comprehensive list of directories, announcement lists and ezine publishers.


You can Buy Article Announcer Here.

You can also read a review of a less expensive competing product called Article Post Robot here. This review includes a comparison with Article Announcer.



If you have any comments on my review or want to add your own experiences, please feel free to submit a comment to my Blog!

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