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Are YOU a Trojan?

 

Have you been investing your time in learning all you can about building an online business?  I was lucky: having found my mentor back in 2009, I’ve personally invested many hundreds of hours over the last three years, learning every aspect of what it takes to build an online business from the very start. Nothing has been left out, from getting my head around HTML, autoresponders, driving traffic to my sites, creating my own products – and I have enjoyed every minute (although there have been times when I wondered if I’d ever get there!) I’ve attended seminars, webinars and built up relationships with people following the same path as me.

There are those who take action – and there are those who don’t. The ones who don’t are usually the people who say that internet marketing and successful online businesses don’t work. Those who’re willing to spend their  time learning and implementing are the ones who reach their goal. You HAVE to make sacrifices if you want to win. What these sacrifices are will differ from person to person. When I began online, I gave up watching tv to concentrate on learning the skills I needed, and although I love reading, this too took a back seat whilst I learnt all I could. Three years on, I still watch very little tv and spend most of my “me” time on my pc or laptop, still learning and implementing!

Of course, we never stop learning. The very nature of this business means that nothing stands still, you constantly need to learn new skills if you don’t want to get left behind. I’m now moving forward and beginning to incorporate new strategies on my sites – and I’m looking forward to seeing how they work for me. Nothing can beat putting something together and watching it come alive on your website at the click of a mouse!  An online friend once teased me and said I was like a Trojan when it came to gettting things done; well, I’ve no beef to being compared like that!!

Taking the time out to learn is something which you should take seriously if you want to succeed online. Take every nugget of good information you find and make use of it – find yourself one or two people who are doing things you like and learn from them. I personally now have about four or five people who I’ve got to know and trust, whose input and knowledge I soak up like a sponge – then I utilise this information in my own way.

It’s a hard fact of life but unless you’re willing and committed to investing your time and effort into this business, you’re likely to fall at the first post. Get yourself in the right mindset, make your plans, set your goals and GO FOR IT!


Camtasia for newbies!

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video marketing is THE way to go to build your online business but many people shy away from this because they’re not au fait with recording a good video. Camtasia is the best videoing product out there, in my opinion, but it’s not the easiest to get your head around if you’re new at the videoing game! And I know, because Camtasia’s been one of the things I’ve really wanted to crack wide open and now I have found the video course to help me do it at last!

Luckily, my good friend Keith Everett from http://www.askthetipster.com has come to our rescue and has produced a brilliant short video course aimed at helping YOU learn Camtasia quickly and easily, to that you can produce expert videos in no time at all.

This is what’s included in Keith’s video course:


 

 

10 Amazing Step By Step videos To Walk You Through…

 

video 1 – How to Record The Screen
video 2 – The timeline & The Storyboard
video 3 – Creating Amazing Cursor & Zoom & Pan Effects
video 4 – Adding Images To Your videos
video 5 – Adding Transitions
video 6 – Adding A Soundtrack – Part 1
video 7 – Adding A Soundtrack – Part 2
video 8 – Adding AMAZING transitions
video 9 – Editing & uploading – Part 1
video 10 Editing & Uploading – Part 2

You will get EVERYTHING you need to CREATE your Amazing Camtasia videos….NOW!

If you’re serious about your online business, you need to take a look at what Keith’s offering – and in case you’re wondering about the price and thinking this will be WAY pricy, let me tell you that at the moment, you’ll pay only $10.80 for this course. At that price, plus a full 100% money back guarantee, you can’t afford not to go and grab your copy and start making those Camtasia videos!

Head over to Keith’s offer TODAY -  I only promote products I have myself and this is one course I promise you won’t be disappointed in!


It’s enough to make a squirrel spit!

If there’s one thing that makes me as mad as a spitting squirrel, it’s clicking on yet ANOTHER link/squeeze page/website which is promising budding internet marketers the earth overnight, simply at the click of a button!

No-one ever said building an online business was easy – it takes time, patience and a TON of hard slog to build the foundations and for any newcomer especially, believing that there’s a pot of gold at the end of a squeeze page will only lead to disappointment and disillusion.

Have these people no scruples? Don’t they care that they’re putting out their rubbishy products to the unsuspecting newcomers, encouraging them to part with their hard-earned money with false promises of overnight success and millionaire bank balances? How do they sleep at night?   Having learnt both my internet marketing skills and the proper way to conduct myself in my online dealings from the best mentor around, Chris Farrell, I’m always disgusted when I see these trashy offers being peddled by people whose only thought is for lining their own pockets.

Internet marketing sometimes has a bad name and it’s not surprising when you see the plethora of junk doing the rounds; one hyped-up product after the other, each promising you an instant business that’ll churn dollars into your bank account overnight.   So often, the “shiny object syndrome” kicks in,  tempting you to buy into the next advertised launch in the hope that THIS time, you’ll have found the only thing you’ll need to make it big.

Take some advice from someone who’s been there, done that and got the t-shirt; there is NO easy push-button success in this business. If you want to see money in your bank within days, then building an online business is definitely not for you. Learning to build a sustainable internet business  may take you many months but along your journey, you’ll hopefully learn some awesome skills, meet some wonderful people and finally, begin to see some income as a reward for all your hard work and effort.

If you’re still struggling to get started and need a trusted mentor, why not head over to see what Chris Farrell can do for you?  And if you’ve already covered the groundwork, why not  step up your business using the power of Social Media?

 

My IM Journey …..so far

Finally finished migrating all the posts from my old blog documenting my IM Journey, which began back in October 2009 …… looking back on these now, I can see the learning curve I’ve taken (and am still taking) and just exactly how far I’ve come.

I’ll be continuing to blog about my continuing online forays and if you want to see where it all began, here’s the first post

Kindle publishing – another income stream

Having been an avid Amazon user over the last few years and more recently, having had success as an Amazon Seller selling books, I was intrigued to find out that I could convert my ebooks and reports into Kindle editions and put them onto the Amazon marketplace!

“Article Toolbox”, one of my reports which I currently sell, has been duly converted into a Kindle edition and is now available online for purchase. The wonders of the internet and the many ways of developing income streams never fail to fascinate me …..

Looking for a writer? Let me help ……

Looking for a Writer? Let me help …

May 25th 2011

Over the last few months, my writing service has slowly taken shape and I now write for various people in different avenues. If I can help you, please let me know – and you can head over to my Writing Services page here on my site for more information.


Julie Atkins, EzineArticles.com Platinum Author

Strategies for Increasing Traffic to Your Sites Using Articles

Most people grasp the concept of article marketing, aware that by submitting their articles to the various directories, together with websites and blogs, they should attract some traffic.

However, there are other strategies which you can use to increase traffic to your sites, using your articles, some of which you may know, some may be new. Here are some quick suggestions for you.

Ok, so the obvious submissions are:

- to Ezine
- to other article directories of your choice
- to your blogs and websites

ALWAYS submit your articles to EzineArticles first! Ezine are the cream of the ezine directories, so it’s important that you submit to them first. Once your article has been accepted by them, you’re free to submit to as many other article directories as you want. Make sure you ping each article with all the social bookmarking sites (try Pingler)

Once you have a completed article, you can then go on to create more articles from this original. Submit these to the top five article directories, socially bookmark them and get more back-links and traffic.

Convert your original article into a video, then upload this new content to YouTube, as well as other video sites, using TubeMogul.

You can also record the article and turn it into a podcast, which can be distributed to the podcast directories.

Combining one or more articles of a similar vein, you can produce an eBook and submit this to several eBook sharing platforms.

Check out other online blogs with similar niches to your own and contact the owner to see if they would be willing for you to submit your article(s) to them as a guest blogger. If they agree, you can reciprocate and post their articles on your site.

Sometimes you need to think outside the box and find new ways of getting your content out there!

If you’re struggling to write articles, I’ve written a report which will help you learn how to write compelling articles and get them submitted. You’ll find it here.

Fiverr – What Can YOU Offer?

Fiverr is simple – it’s a place where people offer to do something for $5! What you offer is down to you – anything goes on Fiverr! (more details about what’s acceptable are included later)

Many people steer clear of Fiverr as they believe that because you only get paid $5, it’s not worth their while doing work for this sum but Fiverr connects you, the service provider, with customers ….. and many $5’s soon add up.

There’s far more to Fiverr if you utilise its potential fully. So, let’s find out a little more about the site ….

Your work is known as a “gig” and each one is worth $5. The price is non-negotiable and all transactions HAVE to go through Fiverr; it’s forbidden to try and negotiate outside the site and anyone caught will be instantly banned from the site.

Every seller simply completes this sentence when they create a gig: “I will ……. For $5”, followed by a description of the service offered and the turn-around time in days to complete the order. This time span is important – make sure you allow enough time to complete the order, taking into account all your other commitments, both work and home. Failure to meet your deadline may result in your gig being cancelled by the buyer.

All gigs are categorised, so it’s easy to find a service you’re looking for.

Outsourcing on Fiverr

If you need something done, you simply complete the search box on the right hand side of Fiverr’s main page and someone may get back to you. You’ll receive an email from seller’s letting you know how they can help you and it’s up to you to choose or ignore these.

So, I’ve signed up – what now?

The worst thing you can do is simply sign up to Fiverr, create a gig and then sit back and wait for someone to find you. If you do this, your gig will more than likely fall below the first two pages of the site and this in turn means that no-one will see you gig; which equals no work!
So, you need to market your gigs to make them stand out – and to do this, you’ll need to drive as much traffic as possible to the gigs.
You may be lucky enough to pick up a client who loves what you do and they keep coming back for more. You want people to pay for your gig, then leave positive feedback. The more feedback you get, the easier it becomes to get your gig featured. This simply means that it’ll appear at the top of the first page of the Fiverr site, where more people can see it!

Fiverr works in two ways – for the seller and the buyer

The Seller:
• You create a gig for the service you want to provide (you can create up to 20 gigs on your account)
• You upload your gig onto Fiverr
• You’ll receive an email notifying you when some orders your gig
• You’ll be able to communicate with your buyer
• After you’ve completed the gig, Fiverr will credit you with $4 48 hours after you’ve delivered your work. The $1 is their standard fee
• Once the funds have cleared, you can withdraw them and credit them to your PayPal account

The Buyer:
• Check out Fiverr and find a gig that matches what you’re after
• You can send a message to the seller before you commit to purchasing
• Order your gig and pay $5 by PayPal or credit card
• You’ll be able to communicate with your seller as many times as you want through Fiverr, sending information, documents etc
• Once the gig’s completed, you’ll receive your completed work
• You’ll have 48 hours after delivery to ask the seller to make any changes you’d like
• You should then provide feedback for the seller

The money you receive as a seller has a clearing period of 14 days. This is to protect the system from fraud and also any problems with complaining buyers can be sorted before payment is cleared.

Positive feedback is vital for your success – the more “thumbs-up” you receive, the more chance buyers will hire you! Most buyers select a gig based on its ratings and feedback – they want to be sure they select a trusted buyer who can deliver!

Featured Gigs

As well as getting good reviews from buyers, you can also get more traffic to your gig if you become featured by the content editors at Fiverr. This means your gig is shown at the top of the appropriate Category page, with a “featured” banner. You’ll only draw the editor’s attention by getting views to your gig first and ensuring an attractive presentation with pictures, video and a great description of your work can lead to being featured.

What’s not allowed on Fiverr?

Virtually anything goes – but forbidden content includes pornography and any adult content, by either buyer or seller.
Try doing something a little different from everyone else to catch people’s attention and get hired! Only you can decide what skills you have that you’re willing to sell for $5.

Decide what you can do best, give some real thought to your skills and how best you can offer them. Be creative – finding a unique angle to present your gig will result in you acquiring more work. Once you’ve secured the work, try to concentrate on completing the gig as quickly and professionally as possible. Avoid distractions, such as the tv, Facebook or reading your emails – setting aside a couple of uninterrupted hours to work will pay dividends and if you’re able to deliver the gig well before the turn-around date, this will stand you in good stead.

Getting More Free Traffic to Your Gigs

If you have several gigs, but they seem to be lacking views and orders, try some of these methods to get more traffic and earn more money.
• Share your gigs on Facebook and Twitter
• If your friends have related sites or blogs that attract good traffic, ask them nicely if you can put a small ad about your service on their site
• When you have completed some gigs and have positive feedback, you can request new features for your account over at Fiverr. They’ll review your request and let you know if you’re eligible.
• Include a high-quality relevant digital image to your gig
• Add keywords – these will help your gig get picked up by the search engines
• Make sure your title is clear and descriptive – make sure you describe exactly what you’re offering and be honest
• State a realistic delivery time – take into account your other commitments
• Provide clear instructions to the buyer

If you always aim to provide a quality service in the most effective way possible, answer seller’s queries promptly and politely, you will begin to get your name recognised and the work should begin to flow for you.
If you’re one of those not yet taking advantage of Fiverr, why not head on over and begin seeing those $5 in your account?

You can check out my current gigs here on my home page or over here at Fiverr

My Writing Services

I’ve finally added a page promoting my Writing Services here on my site; I promote it elsewhere so it seems pointless not doing so on here too!
You can check out what I offer my clients on the page entitled “Writing Services” or just click this link to be taken straight there.