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Tips To Better Your Home Based Business


 

Tips For Your Home Based Business  

Having a home based business may not be all fun and games as some people may make it out to be. There are some very important factors that contribute to your success and can make you a better overall business owner. There are some things you should keep in mind if you are looking to start a home business or already have one. The tips below will shed some light on the important things that can serve as a guide to successful business practices.

Time is everything and even though you don't necessarily have to "clock" into work at 8 AM, it is imperative that you work out a schedule for yourself. Consider important aspects of your life such as picking up kids, grocery shopping or going to classes. Make sure when you set your schedule, you work around these things and ensure that your schedule can work for your lifestyle. Stick to the schedule that you develop in order to get a proper flow of things. Don't just create the schedule, live it!

Since you are looking to work from home, it is important that you don't evade your chores and doing everyday things either. Make sure that you create a proper balance between your home based working life and the chores that you must complete each day. A schedule helps things along, but it also depends on how well you learn to balance different aspects of your life.

You probably already have an idea of what you want to do for your future business, which is good. The next step is figuring out what your targeted crowd is. Figuring out what age group and types of people you cater to can help form meaning to your business, especially when you go on to advertise it. Your advertisement, setup, layouts and products should reflect the crowd you want to attract.

It can be a very emotional process when dealing with your business, especially if it is something very near and dear to your heart. Make sure you learn how to keep personal feelings out of business decision matters. Getting too involved can hinder your ability to make the right business decisions when they are due.

Learn how to recognize your successes, not just your failures. Most business owners focus too much on the negatives and the things they didn't do. How about focusing on the things you did accomplish? Set milestones for yourself and get together with friends and family to celebrate them! This helps motivate you and keep things interesting as a business owner.

 

If you have lots of friends and family, they may feel that since you are a home based business owner, they can ask for favors and free stuff. Don't go down that road. Once you start, people you barely know will start asking for handouts. It may seem like a harsh way to go, but understand that this is your business life and not your social life. Explain to your friends and family that when you are working or selling at home, you are essentially working and are unable to provide them with what they need.

Sometimes, business owners are looking for a fast and free way to get things done. This is especially true about business websites. Avoid uploading webpages to free hosts like Tripod. Free hosts display ads on all of your pages and don't give you the bandwidth you need for proper traffic. Not only that but having a free host is unprofessional. Register a proper domain name and get a good host. There are plenty of very affordable yearly plan hosts that can serve your purposes well. This is not an area you should cut your budget on!

A good handful of home based business crash and burn during the first year. Don't be one of the many who turns out a failure just because you didn't do your research! Implement what you have learned from this article today and your hard work will pay off.

Sincerely,

Joan Beaulieu
Internet Marketing Coach
Teaching The Art Of Working Smart
Skype: joanbeaulieu2
 
 
 

Joan Beaulieu Market Hive Founding Member

 

Writing Quality Articles To Promote Your Business


 
 
You can develop a strong presence on the internet by writing quality articles. Go over these tips to learn more about article marketing.

Write useful articles on topics you are familiar with. You should stick to things that are directly related to your online business, such as activities your products are designed for or some helpful tips related to the services you offer. Find out what your audience is interested in by keeping track of which articles are popular and producing more similar content. Feature these articles on your site or blog and create an archive to help your visitors find information on a specific topic.

Share your articles with your audience through emails and social networks. You can update your social networks anytime; post a link to your latest article and write a short introduction to get people to click on your link and read the entire article. Encourage people to comment on your posts and share this content with their friends. You can also send out a newsletter on a monthly basis; include links to new content or to the most popular articles of the month. You can keep your newsletter short by sending only the introduction of each article along with a link. Keep track of how many people click on these links to read the full articles. 

Submit your articles to directories. Take the time to learn more about different directories and select one your target audience is likely to use and trust. Select directories with good reputations and useful content and stay up to date so you can submit content to new directories before they become popular. Each article you submit should have a good title filled with keywords and be easy to find through searches thanks to tags. Place up to three or four links throughout your articles to provide your readers with more information on your topic; you could direct them to your site or blog, or to a page where you already have a back-link to your content. You can also add links to your site or blog in your sources.

Submit your best articles to online magazines, newspapers and various sites or blogs. Your goal is to get your content featured on sites or magazines your target audience reads. You can achieve this goal by creating quality articles and establishing a name for yourself within your niche, for instance by signing the articles you submit to article directories with your name. If your content gets featured, do not hesitate to share links or to feature the content of the person who shared your articles. People will be ready to feature your content again if they can gain something from it. Be patient, stay in touch with the people who feature and share your content and help them out in exchange.

Keep these tips in mind and make sure your article marketing efforts are directly related to your other marketing campaigns. Focus on writing quality articles and developing a good reputation online and your article marketing campaign should be successful.
 

Sincerely,

 

Joan Beaulieu
Internet Marketing Coach
For Home Business Owners
Teaching The Art Of Working Smart

Skype:joanbeaulieu2

Joan Beaulieu Market Hive Founding Member

 

Where To Concentrate Your Internet Marketing Efforts

 

Where To Concentrate Your Internet Marketing Efforts

Harnessing the power of the Internet in order to market your business can be a very powerful tool for increasing your profits. There is a risk that you'll waste excessive amounts of time and money in order to realize minimal gains, though. In order to avoid that risk, you need to make your online marketing as effective as possible. Here are some points you'll want to consider in order to do that.

You can begin by making a fair assessment of your online capabilities. How much time do you spend on the Internet already? How familiar are you with building websites? Does your business already have a site of its own? One of the easiest ways to avoid wasting time with Internet marketing is to stay within the limits of your comfort zone. You don't have to invest ages in cultivating new skills to market online; there are productive ways of marketing suited to every level of Internet expertise.

Blogs make a great starting point for any Internet marketer. They can be easily integrated into your existing website, or you can start a blog without any other online presence. A good blog can form a launching pad for more complex marketing efforts to come. It will also give you vital practice that can make you more comfortable with your new role as an Internet marketer.

Writing articles is a marketing strategy just a tiny bit more advanced than blogging. The content in question is virtually identical; the only difference is where you put it. Article marketing requires more social networking than blogging does. For your articles to really have an impact, you need to get them posted to popular, reputable sites. The key to doing this is usually cultivating a good relationship with the people in charge.

Once you spread your social butterfly wings and start interacting directly with other Internet users, establishing a presence on online forums is a great idea. To get the most out of participating in a forum, you need to have another home on the web. Your blog and / or website needs to be up and running before you join forums. You'll want to concentrate on forums that share an interest with your business. Strive to make a positive contribution to these online communities; don't just make sales pitches. Letting other forum users benefit from your expertise is the best marketing you can do.

Social media sites (e.g. Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter) make a good place to expand once you have a fairly extensive Internet marketing campaign underway. These sites are all about forging connections, so you need to have plenty of different resources to connect. You can use social media accounts to announce the arrival of new content or special offers on your business's website. In order to gather a good audience on these sites, remember to provide visitors with something of real value.

 

The points outlined above make for the decent skeleton of an Internet marketing campaign. Fleshing that skeleton out is up to you, and you'll want to do it according to your own talents and interests. As you progress in your marketing efforts, you'll be able to find many more great ideas to help you on your way.

Joan Beaulieu

Internet Marketing Coach
For Home Business Owners
Teaching The Art Of Working Smart
Skype:joanbeaulieu2

http://altagold.com

 

Joan Beaulieu Market Hive Founding Member

 

SEO Methods|Sustainable SEO Methods For Long-Term Success

 
Sustainable SEO Methods For Long-Term Success

As with most business and online strategies, seeing results from your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts may take time. While your efforts may not produce drastic improvements in your website's search results ranking overnight, every little bit helps. When executed properly, your company's SEO strategy can produce sustainable, short and long-term results that can drive online success.

Until your site is indexed by search engines, it will not appear on search results pages; this can take months or even years. Instead of waiting for that day, take a proactive approach by registering the homepage of your website with the most popular search engines: Google, Bing, Yahoo! and Ask. This speeds up the process considerably, and many websites and online applications will register your site for little or no cost.

If you've ever performed an online search, you've probably experienced frustration as a result of a run-in with black hat SEO. Doorway pages, hidden text and keyword-stuffing are all unscrupulous methods of boosting site ranking. Have you ever searched for information and generated search results that had absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand? Clicking on these links leads you into a labyrinth of misinformation and may even expose your computer to unwanted intrusion. Irritating, isn't it? Yes, the site may have made it to the first page of search results, but does it meet your needs? Absolutely not! These methods waste your time and that of your would-be site visitors.

Regardless of your industry or target market, keywords play a vital role in the optimization process. Your website should include keyword-rich content in both body text and image tags. Like most things, however, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. You need not include the same keywords over and over again within a single sentence or even in every sentence; this adversely impacts readability and makes your site appear unprofessional in the eyes of site visitors.

If your online presence has not yet been established, you may wish to consider whether or not your domain name is working for you. A website's domain name plays a large role in its visibility on search results pages. Ideally, your domain name should be a single, highly relevant keyword. If the only available domain name contains two words, consider adding a hyphen between them. Otherwise, many search engines (including Google) cannot distinguish both words; consequently, non-hyphenated domain names carry no advantage in establishing search rankings. Again, this is a drastic move and should be used only as a last resort and in the absence of a strong online presence.

While it is unreasonable to demand overnight results from your search engine optimization efforts, it is natural for you to experience anxiety as you monitor your site for increases in site traffic and search results ranking. Fortunately, these guidelines have consistently proven effective at producing sustainable, long-term improvements. Until you see the desired results, continue to learn as much as possible about SEO and how it can help your business or blog. New techniques are constantly under development, and any single one could be the driving factor in your website's success.
 

Joan Beaulieu 
MarketHive

Skype: joanbeaulieu2

http://altagold.com

 

 


Social networks are becoming the go-to platform for online promotion and commerce for home-based businesses, a new study shows. Though websites have provided a relatively inexpensive way for businesses to efficiently reach prospects since the 1990s, many home-based business owners still believe that they are difficult to create and costly to set up and maintain. As a result, less than half of home-based businesses have a website.

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