Online Income

WELCOME to Online Income, an introduction to the internet lifestyle. On this page I will start by giving you an introduction to the basics. There are several methods to earn money online, which includes: - Traditional Internet Marketing - Affiliate Marketing - Network Marketing - Blogging Curious about Internet marketing or network marketing, not sure, what it is, or how it works? Is it a modern day version of a pyramid scheme that is now on the Internet? No, it is not a pyramid scheme it is a network of individuals who sell products. You probably have been one of those consumers. The way that network marketing functions is that certain individuals have an extensive knowledge of the products that are going to sell. This is not the same as going into a store and asking a sales person for information on a product, they then look at you as if you came from another planet, and they have no idea how to answer your question. Those with this information train others to be as knowledgeable as they are and then they do train others and so on. While the training takes place, each representative will sell the products via word of mouth and everyone profits financially. Multi-level marketing (MLM) differs because they are a large company that will train individuals to sell a product and then these new representatives will train another when they have learned about the products and each works at various levels of compensation. In multi-level marketing (MLM) the companies financial growth does not depend on the amount of products sold their profit comes from the amount of individuals that are part of their company selling the products although they do require that the products are only sold through multi-level marketing (MLM) business. In order to rise to the top of company in the economy of today you usually have to work for them your entire life and that is not done as much as it was done 50 years ago. Most employees are always looking for the better off and will not hesitate to leave the firm they are with if they are offered a better financial package. This is one of the draws of network marketing that they can make a residual income for the rest of their lives and work it as either fulltime or part-time. You can work a current job and do network marketing on the side until you are ready to do network marketing full time. What most people like about this form of income is that there are no barriers to the amount of money you can make or any form of discrimination or the thought of not having enough qualifications. The risk is low, the financial requirement to start is low, and you do not have to restock items. Your primary investment is a good work ethic and a willingness to meet new people and let them know how their lives can change for the better. Affiliate work is a rewarding work at home profession. There are hundreds of companies and small businesses that will pay you a commission for selling their top selling products. There are 2 main ingredients for success. Successful affiliates learn networking techniques and apply them, and the most important ingredient of all is to have a positive attitude. If you have these two things, there are virtually no limits to what can be accomplished. For anyone new, or old to the affiliate profession it can get extremely tough, Those tough times can make or break, the work at home affiliate. When times are rough it is sometimes easier to just throw up your hands, and walk away, but for the successful marketer there is no walking away, they stick with it, they are patient, and persistent. These people have started a mission and will not quit until they succeed. If this sounds like you then this profession may be just what you have been looking for. For most people the most difficult times are seen, when they first start out. This is the time to be diligent. As a newbie you have to work much harder than the old timer who, has advertised their web pages and products for years. Most old timers can literally go away for a month or more, and come back to find that while they were gone they made sales. This is known to the industry as auto pilot. For the newbie it will be awhile until their site goes into auto pilot, but auto pilot should be something to shoot for in the affiliate based business. For the time being there are many ways to get up, and running. The difficult task is deciding how, and where you wish to start. If you are considering trying your hands at being a affiliate. The first thing to understand is that a web page is nothing with out visitors. ( Note: If you do not have a web page there are affiliate groups that will give you links, and some will even build you a web page.) Your web page or landing page is like a store for the most part, if no one knows where you are, or what you have to offer you will not sell any products. The same thing applies to a web page or a landing page, You can have the best web page in the world, and it will not do you any good. YOU HAVE TO GET VISITORS! Don't make it a point to get just any visitor either! Make it a point to get the targeted visitors! 1.) Most importantly, when you join an affiliate group the first thing you need to do is, contact your sponsor. This is the person who is accredited with recruiting you as the new affiliate member. Make it a point to contact your sponsor, Introduce yourself ask for some start up tips. Remember starting up is the hardest thing you will ever have to do in this business, or any other business for that matter. From there it will get easier. So don't be afraid of asking for help. Get help where you can. Your sponsor will be more than happy to give you pointers. 2.) Most affiliate groups have a training course available to new affiliate members. Read them understand them and apply them. In those courses you will get tools, ideas, and links to promote their products. all of them will give you advertising pages or landing pages such as this one http://goo.gl/Yj4fkW. You should use these pages to promote your products. These pages make things easier for beginners. It allows for the affiliate to concentrate on getting the link out to potential buyers. AKA Targeted Visitors. 3.) Now the time has come to decide on what roads to take. How will I market my new business? This all depends on who you are. If you have money to spend you can advertise anyway you would like to. You can advertise with Google Ad words, or other pay per click (ppc) services, place ads in magazines ect.... The point is there are limitless possibilities. For those on a budget you can advertise many different ways as well, you will need to be a little more creative in your advertising. Advertise through blogs, and forums, to writing articles, reciprocal linking is a good idea (exchanging links with other web sites.), promote through emails (No Spamming please) there are endless advertising methods for both kinds of affiliates. 4.) Once you have decided on how you will advertise try and get your links in front of people who are looking to buy your products. If I am promoting bass fishing equipment I need to find a captive audience. I need to get my link in front of those people who want to buy bass fishing equipment. There is no rocket science involved here! Ask yourself this question; where are my potential buyers? The beautiful thing about the Internet is, the answers are only a click away. Use the Search Engines for this example I would type in fishing blogs, forums, stores, bait shop, fishing story postings, derby ect... This would be a goof start to finding your customers. Once your advertising starts flooding the Internet it is almost impossible to stop people from buying your companies products. You would have to shut down your web site, and turn off your links. The rewards can be fruitful, and with the right attitude, knowledge, and products, you will earn a piece of the Internet's great wealth. You can find several articles on Affiliate Marketing on my website. Click here for more! Network marketing is, or should be, organic by definition. After all, it comes about as a natural product, or byproduct, of normal actions of you, the network marketer. Like most things organic, it might benefit a little from some planting, fertilizing and removal of parasites. A genuine "network marketer" is concentrating more on the network than the marketing side of the equation. Many of the sales made by network marketers come more often from the trust and relationship the buyer has with the marketer rather than from the perceived qualities of the product itself. Make no mistake here, a good product at a reasonable price can influence a lot of potential buyers, but the trust in the seller will have a lot more to do with success, all other things being equal. This brings up a point for those interested in getting into a network marketing program, but who are afraid of having to "sell" things. If done properly, the major "job" of the network marketer is to continually expand their circle of friends and acquaintances. It's a rough life, isn't it? Another point to remember is that many internet business opportunities and internet marketing techniques adapt themselves quite easily to the network marketing model. The main difference the network is built in cyberspace and you may never see a single customer.

HOW TO BUILD A NETWORK

There are many places and activities that are good for building your network, but there are a couple of steps you might want to take first.

* Prepare yourself:

At first, there are going to be two strong tendencies on your part. One is to throw up your hands and quit at the first question or contact, the other is going to be the desire to make every meeting into a sale. Both of these will probably be influenced primarily by ignorance. If you don't know what you are talking about, you will either avoid the topic completely, or babble idiotically. You should definitely be as familiar as possible with your company, its history, its place in the business community, the products you sell, prices, return policies, and the business opportunity itself, in the case of a multi-level-marketing business. You don't have to have every figure or statistic immediately at hand, that's what brochures, website, and lunch dates are for, but you should be able to present a rational overview without consternation. You should also prepare some simple, tantalizing responses to such beautiful lead in questions such as, "And what business are YOU in?" In his book "The Wave 4 Way To Building Your Downline," Richard Poe offers tips from a successful network marketing professional named Jerry Campisi. When asked what he does for a living, Jerry would commonly reply, "I'm a lifestyle marketer." This response would very often elicit a request for further details on the part of the listener who would then be in the position of asking about what Jerry had to sell rather than having to run away from a sales pitch. In his network marketing classic, "Big Al's Super Prospecting: Special Offers & Quick-Start Systems", Tom "Big Al" Schreiter offers much the same advice, including a list of sixteen possible responses, such as, "I put people on the fast track to retirement. I save them money and help them retire 15 years early". See how it works? * Prepare your tools: It doesn't hurt to have some brochures in your pocket or purse, but the biggest single physical network marketing tool you will need for building your business and your network is the simple business card. Always have plenty of these with you and hand them out liberally. They should be simple and unobtrusive but should give the prospect all they need to get in touch with you. They should NOT be sales pitches, although they can contain the name of your business and/or a quick overview of your business. For example: Bob's Mowing - Complete Landscaping and Lawn Care. It is also a plus to include a website and email, particularly if they contain information about your business: bobrobertslandscaping.com, email bob@bobrobertslandscaping.com. That website did not exist when I wrote this, by the way, so if you are Bob Roberts and are in landscaping, go for it!

WHERE TO BUILD YOUR NETWORK

Your network will be mainly built from two groups, professional contacts and social contacts. I view professional contacts as two groups, although there might be some overlap or blurring between the two. I refer to connected and non-connected professionals.

YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

Connected professionals are the people you work with or come in contact with as a result of your "real" business if you are just getting started in network marketing. You have to be careful here as you can alienate someone you need for your regular business, or you might create a conflict or overstep a boundary. Just as one example, many companies frown on soliciting and might consider even talking about your network business as grounds for censure or even firing. Non-connected professionals are those such as property managers, real estate agents, car sales people, and others who may already have a rich network of contacts, who may have some sales experience or expertise, and who might be interested in your opportunity if not your product. I won't call these people "fair game", but you certainly do have a little more latitude in contacting them and explaining your business, and having them join you could be quite a boost.

YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK

You may already have a broad network of social contacts, but here are a few suggestions of what you can do to broaden this network. 1. Public places and events: You can frequent malls, fairs, coffee shops, sidewalk sales, garage sales, and other group functions...all in the interest of broadening your reach. Stay away from selling. Talk of generalities or the weather, or who won the game last night, but have your cards ready and know what you are going to say when the moment arrives. A lady asked me about a wrap I had on my wrist the other day, and I jokingly replied that it was an occupational hazard. I spent so much time making money on my computer that I must have gotten carpal tunnel syndrome. Trust me, after that, she was more interested in the money she could make than possible damage to her arm. By the way, I switched to an ergonomic keyboard and mouse along with a better chair and it cleared up. 2. Clubs and organizations: While many of these are targeted groups with agendas of their own, there are a great many opportunities to network with the membership, and they are a great way to expand your own group of contacts. You can also sometimes get some great help in other ways as well. More than one person, including myself, has gotten a good job through a social contact, or a good price on furniture. 3. Speaking engagements: If you are knowledgeable on a subject related to your business, you can provide free workshops, classes, or talks on that subject. Don't think it works? I once watched woman who sold self-defense items such as pepper spray, whistles, and books, sell over 200 items after giving a 45 minute talk on protecting yourself. 4. Business lunches or seminars: Here's an opportunity to mingle with like minded people who might be interested in what you have to offer. It's a great time to exchange cards and practice your "what do you do for a living?" response. By the way, there is a website called MeetUp.com. You can go there and sign up to join or start groups of people in your area who share your interests. Two weeks from today, I am going to participate in a seminar on search engine optimization. The audience will include a lot of people who will be interested in internet marketing...a topic I know a little about. I wonder if I can give them a card? There are many other situations such as PTA meetings, weddings, and even church functions which become great network marketing opportunities when you leave the selling at home and concentrate on making friends and acquaintances. Here's a list of popular network marketing companies: - Empwer Network - Wake Up Now - Internet Lifestyle Network - My Online Business Empire - Big Idea Mastermind You can join either of these networks, but remember, it is really hard to get to the top. It requires a lot of work. So what is blogging really all about? First off, let me tell you that it’s a lucrative business to blog and that blogs are easy to set up and manage. Imagine getting paid to write about subjects that interest you, whenever you want, wherever you are! The flexibility involved allows you to maintain your blog at your own pace, and with Internet cafés easily accessible all over the globe, even your vacation won’t get in the way of your blogging… Or should I say: even your blogging won’t get in the way of your vacation? In this article, let’s take a look at the profitability of a blog and set up one of our own, free of charge! Interested? Read on! First, you need to get yourself a blog. There are several options – host a blog on your own domain or get a free one. For starters, let’s talk about the free blogs. You can obtain one at http://www.blogger.com or the newer (and better!) http://www.wordpress.com. WordPress is a free blog engine that is robust and infinitely expandable. Blogger is actually owned by Google, so it will be detected by Google’s radar faster and you will be indexed more quickly. WordPress.com, however, is a relatively new option so I have no comparison on the speed of getting indexed by search engines. However, WordPress is better in the sense that it has more advanced features such as Trackbacks and Categories. You can also manage your sidebar links more efficiently (more about this later). Get a free blog at either Blogger or WordPress. Then, familiarize yourself by publishing your first post on your blog and tinkering around with the options and templates. Here are some words to start expanding your blogging vocabulary: Permalink – Permalink stands for permanent link, which is a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) that leads to an individual post that you make in your blog. Trackback – When you post about someone else’s blog post elsewhere, your post will show up in their “trackback” section. This feature, however, is not available with a Blogger account. Pinging – Blogging seems to be paired with pinging almost every time either one is mentioned nowadays. Pinging is actually the action where a certain aggregator is notified whenever your blog is updated, so that the aggregator may show the newest post of your blog on their website. This is a useful way to gain traffic, which I’ll discuss in a future article. Next, let’s look at the type of content that’s suitable for your blog in order to make it profitable. You need to understand that there is no fixed scope that your blog should have, which means you can write about whatever you’re interested in. Mind you, the difference between a profitable blog and a non-profitable one is the way you write. What would you prefer: reading your university professor’s lecture notes or the latest novel by your favorite author? People prefer to read “light” items most of the time. When they check out your blog, they are not only looking for information, but they are also looking for information that they can access easily. So, to attract more visitors as well as to keep your current readers coming back for more, it’s very important to add a personal touch to your blog posts. This can be done by simply imagining that you’re talking with your personal friend. An extra bonus for your readers would be a great sense of humor, so try to add funny comments in your articles where relevant. Another important point is to avoid addressing your reader as a plural unit. Don’t write as if you’re preparing a speech. Instead, write as if you’re having a conversation with a single person, an equal friend, because this will make your reader relate to you more easily. Besides that, it’s also very useful to establish your own personality through your words. We’re very curious creatures, so naturally your visitors would want to know as much about you as the information you’re offering them. Having a distinctive personality in your blog will make a world of difference between your blog about gadgets and all the other blogs about gadgets out there. This is a lot like creating your own brand name, where people immediately remember your blog’s name when they need information about gadgets, just like how people immediately think of McDonald’s for fastfood or Nike for sportswear. There will be more on the subject of content the next time. When word gets around about your command of blogging, others who need to know about blogging will start to actively seek you out!

Let's Setup A Blog!

In this guide I am going to run with wordpress. I find it easy to navigate and it is really flexible when it come to making it how I like it. This is what you need to do: 1. Get a domain name 2. Download and Install WordPress 3. Customize the blog to your likings 4. Spread the word!

Step 1 - Let's Get A Domain Name

First off you will need to get a domain name. This is basically your website database. You can buy one from various prodivers such as: Bluehost, GoDaddy, DreamHost, Laughting Squid and One.com. Personally I prefer using One.com cause they have an amazing support team that are available 24/7. They also support "1 Click WordPress Install". To get a domain name at One.com click here. Once you have bought a domain name, it should'nt take long before you could start configuring it to install WordPress. When you get your confirmation mail that says everything is ready to go, log into your admin account and look for a button called "1-Click WordPress". Then hit the "NEW INSTALLATION" button. Follow the instructions and you're done! If can't get it working, continue to step 2.

Step 2 - Downloading and Installing WordPress

In this guide I am going to cover the download and installation of WordPress. To download WordPress you need to visit: WordPress.org, click here to open in a new window. Then click the "DOWNLOAD WORDPRESS X.X.X" button that can be found on the page. Then click the "DOWNLOAD WORDPRESS X.X.X" button again. Make sure it says ".zip - X.x mb" under the button. Congratulations, you have successfully downloaded the latest version of WordPress! When you have finished the download, extract the files to a folder called "wordpress" and save the directory location. (We need it for the next step.) Lets's continue to the install. When you bought the hosting and domain name, you should have recieved a mail covering the FTP/Connection infirmation. This could also be available in your control panel. The information you want to see should look similar to this: FTP Host: ftp.yourdomainname.com Username: yourdomainname.com Password: "A random password" Example: xDukFslNE When you've found your FTP/Connection information, make sure to write them down on a piece of paper or in a word document. Now you need a FTP/Connection Software. I use a software called "FileZilla" and I like it a lot. You can download FileZilla here! - http://goo.gl/a60vHb Once downloaded, follow the instructions and complete the install. Restart may be required. When you have completed the installation and restarted(if necessary) you should start FileZilla. Then you should be looking for 3 windows that says: Host, Username, Password. There should be a 4th one called "Port" but we will leave that one blank. Now, get your FTP/Connection information ready, and type them in, then hit "Connect". You are now directly connected to your domain. When you have connected you should be able to see some files. Leave them for now. On the left side you can see your own directory, called "Local Site". Locate your downloaded and extracted WordPress.zip file. Open it, then drag all the files in your wordpress folder over to the server directory. Once all the files are transfered, you open up your browser and enter the following URL: yourdomainname.com/wp-admin/install.php. This will get you to the installation page for WordPress on your Domain Server. Now you follow the directions given. When you need to enter

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