3 Online Marketing Strategies that will get you noticed, make you money, and help you dodge the flying bullets

by JACK HUMPHREY on SEP 30

I loved Wonder Woman growing up! The way she dodged bullets with her heavy metal bracelets and the way she used her magical golden lasso to get the truth out of people. Building a business on the internet you have to know how to stay out of the way of flying bullets if you want to avoid ending up broke and confused. Today, I want to share 3 online marketing strategies that will get you noticed, make you money and help you dodge the flying bullets so you stay focused.

Getting Noticed

With all the noise out there on the internet it can be hard to imagine that anyone can hear anything but the thing is they can. You will understand this if you have ever had to shut off the noise from a crowd – people will be busy talking and around making noise but you manage to “tune it out” maybe even switch it off completely but suddenly someone will say something worth listening to and it catches your attention. In there amongst the noise you are able to tune into this one person and listen to what they are saying. Have you ever had that experience? It happens if you have children too – you learn to tune them out but a slight change in noise level or if something doesn’t sound right and you can tune straight back in.

Well that is exactly how it is online. People will tune in to the message they want to hear and block everything else out – the trick is to get noticed enough so they choose you as the person to tune
into!

We all know that content is king and that content that provides information and shares something that other people think is worth telling their friends about is what you want to create. That content could be written on your blog, spoken on audio or delivered in person via video – the format of the content isn’t important but the message is and getting it to hook people in is now your only goal.

To get noticed online you need to attract people to you because you:

  • Entertain
  • Educate
  • Inform

Taking time to do one of the three or even all three of them will help you get noticed and begin to build trust. Being different, playing with words, telling stories – all these classic marketing strategies work well online and we are able to share them with a much larger audience thanks to blogs, video and social networks.

Making Money Online

It is a sad statistic that says over 90% of people who are currently trying to make money online never actual manage to make it happen. Why? Well it could be because they spend too much time dodging flying bullets (see below) or it could be because they are having trouble getting noticed above all the noise in their niche.

The whole system to making money online is actually very simple. You find a group of people who all want something desperately and you become the answer to their prayers. So if I want to lose weight you provide me with the solution, if I want my dog to stop chewing my shoes you have the answer and if I want to bring in more clients to my massage business you can show me how to do that.

Just find a group of people who want something – but this is where people go wrong – they don’t bother to research first to find out what people want and they rush out and put up their website believing they KNOW what people want. You need to do your research, and even after you research you need to know how to get noticed so that people choose you over the next guy or gal. Then you start to make money.

Let anyone tell you it is more complicated than that and rest assured that they have some $997 product they want you to buy that will teach you a bunch of stuff you don’t need to know.

From the dawn of my internet career my mentors (Mark Victor Hansen being my main one) taught me the same thing – find a pond of hungry fish and feed them!

Dodge The Flying Bullets

Okay confess. How many online marketing “gurus” do you listen to at any one time? It was an obsession I had when I started out and I just couldn’t tune them out for fear of me missing out on the next best thing.

Moving from one opportunity to another, believing there is one product after another that will help you make it online or simply reading all the different opinions from different people on how you can make the internet work will drive you crazy. It will keep your inbox full and may even make you feel important but ultimately it will strip you of any chance you might have to build a successful online business.

If your inbox does suffer from guruitis it is time to rid yourself of the disease by deleting as many of those offending emails as you can. Focus on who you get the most value from – how they help and what they provide. If you can’t answer those questions about one of the gurus you hear from then you won’t be missing much if you unsubscribe from their list.

So there you have it 3 Online Marketing Strategies that will get you noticed, make you money and help you dodge the flying bullets. Smart online marketers understand the importance of quality in their information, building trust and being creatively different in order to get noticed. If you just want to sell a bunch of affiliate products then go off and find your pond of hungry fish and feed them. If getting noticed as someone who knows stuff worth listening to is your ultimate goal then be prepared to do some work on your content and take your time.

Building your reputation is a little like rolling a snowball down hill – its starts slowly and as the speed picks up it grows bigger and bigger. Just one viral video or one article that is liked and shared by thousands is all you need to suddenly catapult you into the limelight of your target market and when that happens your whole world changes.

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The 5 Reasons Why Your Content Sucks (by Frank Lee)

So, you’ve set up a blog. You registered a domain that tells the world what your blog is about, and maybe you’ve even hired a professional to design your templates for you. Your blog looks as slick as possible, and yet, you’re still not getting traffic.
There’s one reason that’s very likely to be the problem – your content just plain sucks.
You see, when you start a blog, you have as much chance as anyone to get traffic to your site. However, if that traffic arrives there, and finds nothing even vaguely useful or interesting, then they’re not likely to return. This is why your traffic suffers. People are spending a few seconds on your blog, deciding they’re not interested, and leaving, never to return.
If you want to rectify the problem, and rebuild your traffic, you need to understand why your content sucks. Here are our top five reasons.

1. You Have Nothing New to Say (Or Nothing at All)
Too many bloggers rehash everything they’ve seen on other websites or blogs. What’s worse even than that though are bloggers who really have nothing to say. Find something that YOU would be interested in reading about, before you just write whatever pops into your head. If you’d be interested, other people will be too.

2. You Think Research Is Something Other People Do
Even if you have something great to write about, you still have to research. Giving people the wrong information is a cardinal sin to bloggers, so make sure that you always have all your facts straight. If not, at best, your readers will think you’re a joke. At worst, you could open yourself up for lawsuits. Just avoid it, and do your research before you write and post.

3. Your Writing Style Has All the Sex Appeal of Damp Newspaper
Come on! People want to read blogs that are funny, exciting or interesting. If your posts are dull, gray, and loaded with technical jargon and high brow literary style prose, no one will want to read them! Write as if you were talking to a friend, and you should find people more willing to read your content.

4. You Don’t Believe In Checking Spelling and Grammar
You don’t have to be a potential Pulitzer Prize winning writer to have a great blog. But your content has to make sense. If your posts are garbled, make no sense, and are littered with spelling and grammar mistakes, you make it hard for your readers to finish them. Make sure you check your spelling and grammar and that you preview your post before you upload it.

5. Paragraphs, Lists and Subheadings are Foreign Territory to You
You can be the best writer in the world, and have the most interesting content around. However, if it’s all presented in one solid block of text, I can guarantee you, no one will read it. Break your content up, and make it scannable by using bullets and numbered lists, breaking text into paragraphs, and using subheadings. Make it easy for people to read your content, and they’re more likely to do just that.
Once upon a time, the Internet was a small, elite place. There was even a website that used to list all the new sites on the fledgling World Wide Web. These days, however, it’s less like a small village, and more like a gigantic city, with people from around the world. People have choices about what they follow online, and that means that now, more than ever, your content needs to be great.
Even though the Internet may seem to have an anything goes policy, there are some strict unwritten rules about what makes a good site or blog. The good news is that you, and anybody else, can learn those rules, and apply them to your blog to increase its popularity.
Of course, you still have to have something interesting to say, but understanding the technicalities can help ensure that there are people who will listen. So before you blindly launch your blog or website, take the time to learn the rules. It’ll make building a successful blog a whole lot easier.

About the Author: Frank Lee has a step by step guide to article marketing on BreakthroughInternetMarketing.com. Visit his site today and discover how you too can generate loads of free buying traffic using a simple 5 step unique article writing method.

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Fast Lane Population Growth – Good Market

Internet Telecommunication Union estimates that there will be more than 2 billion Internet user by the end of 2010.

Current world population, as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau, is above 6.8 billion. And that means about 30% of world population will be actively online by the end of this year.

Give or take, there’ll be around 226 million new Internet users in 2010, and more than half will come from developing countries, but those developing countries still have a lot to go, despite the fast growth of Internet users there.

Estimations stated that around 71% of developing countries population will be online, compare this number to only 21% of developed countries population goes online. Regionally speaking, Europe has 65% population goes online, 55% Americas population online, Asia-Pacific has 21,9% online of their population, while only 9,6% population is online in Africa.

United Nation’s agency for information and communication, the ITU, sees that broadband and public internet access are the most important factors that can drive growth in developing countries. ITU Secretary-General, Harmadoun Toure said, “Broadband is the nest tipping point, the next truly transformational technology. It can generate jobs, drive growth and productivity and underpin long-term economic competitiveness”.
(Original article by: Stan Schroeder on Mashable)

The illustration above clearly showed us, how good is Internet market nowadays. High population would mean high currency traffic too. So, keep blogging guys.

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Blogging 101 Ideas

Some people said that makin blogs are some of the easiest way to earn bucks – make some writings, post it, let adSense do their job. Well, although it’s not completely wrong, some of us just don’t cut to get the right thing to write about. Not all of us can become the next John C. Maxwell, or in the least, the next Mario Teguh or even Paulus Winarto.

But then, should we let those things stop us? Well, don’t. For starters, I put some tips of what to do or post, at least to get us started.

Here’s a little 101 of the things you should consider doing:

  • Brainstorm by matching up your readers wants and needs using the Visitor Grid method of brainstorming.
  • Write a post by examining the pros and cons of an issue.
  • Write a tutorial.
  • Do an interview with key people in your niche.
  • Create a mock head-to-head competition like what Daniel did.
  • Do a case study like what Read/Write Web did with the hot topics on Technorati 100.
  • Take an alternate position.
  • Write a long comment.
  • Pick a topic by reading business book titles.
  • Research a topic by doing research on Amazon.com.
  • Drill down on a topic using Ask.com’s search feature.
  • Do a post that answers your readers’ questions.
  • Create a comprehensive list.
  • Create flagship content.
  • Interview controversial people in your niche.
  • Post about current events in your niche.
  • Invite your readers to submit articles.
  • Instead of exchanging links, get together with other bloggers and review each others’ blogs.
  • Connect with bloggers around your same level and share ideas.
  • Do a “speedlinking” post.
  • Post about posts made by others in your My Blog Log community.
  • Be opinionated in your post.
  • Turn off the nofollow attribute to encourage comments.
  • Do a “tag” post and have other bloggers who are tagged add to a list.
  • Do an “IM” PPC campaign and then post about the results.
  • Be a guest blogger and share ideas with new readers.
  • Review your statistics to see what keywords referred your visitors to your site and post about those.
  • Answer your readers’ questions with more questions (i.e., have you thought about…?).
  • Contrast two or more positions in a post.
  • Make a post that solves a problem.
  • Make a post that is inspirational.
  • Make a satirical post.
  • Write a series of posts.
  • Post your research findings.
  • Post an “advantages/disadvantages” post.
  • Update an old post for new ideas/findings.
  • Link ideas from different genres in your posts (e.g., Celebrities and the gadgets they own).
  • Debunk a myth in your post.
  • Make a post for beginners.
  • Make a post for advanced readers.
  • Invite experts to comment on your post.
  • Ask your readers to Digg your best posts.
  • Change up your posting style (e.g., tutorial, reviews, etc.).
  • Write a funny post.
  • Create a huge list of your best posts.
  • Add to a list started by another blogger.
  • Create a mission statement for your blog.
  • Make a post simplifying a complex problem for your readers.
  • Create a guide for your niche.
  • Make a post turning a negative into a positive through humor ( e.g., tell a joke: “My parents tell me I’m autistic. I tell them they have an attitude problem.”).
  • Browse through a thesaurus and see if synonyms help spark ideas for your posts.
  • Respond to criticism in a post (e.g., respond to the Wall Street Journal’s criticism of bloggers).
  • Write a post like you are telling a story.
  • Spruce up your posts with pictures.
  • Post about frequently asked questions in your niche.
  • Pose a rhetorical question in your post.
  • Post about what’s popular and why it’s beneficial ( e.g., “Twitter” for tech blogs).
  • Pose a hypothesis and conclusion in your post.
  • Support your post with related post links.
  • Make a [blank] for dummies post.
  • Post a picture that speaks a thousand words.
  • Buy a how-to book from a bookstore and use some of the ideas from that book to generate ideas for posting (e.g., a book about Photoshop).
  • Look at the archives of your niche competitors and see if any of their old posts can be expanded in an “update” post on your blog.
  • Post with a personality (e.g., John Chow is evil).
  • Write about how to do something more efficiently in your niche.
  • Write about generally unknown secrets in your niche.
  • Write about how to use a product in an unconventional way.
  • Do a post transcribing live events (e.g., Macworld conference).
  • Dissect an argument in a post.
  • Make a post summarizing someone else’s post.
  • Make a post about how things have changed from the past.
  • Make a post that expands on someone else’s post.
  • Create a post that incorporates the words, “desperate” and “futile”.
  • Make a post alleging a conspiracy (e.g., Is there a Digg Bury Brigade?).
  • Make a post that encourages visitors to subscribe by offering a reward.
  • Make a post that involves New York City, London, San Francisco or Sydney.  For example, review a local business like this one about New York movers.
  • Make a post that incorporates in the title the word “crossover”.
  • Create a post that utilizes a bar chart or pie chart.
  • Create a post that has a cliff hanger to be answered in a later post.
  • Make a post about pitfalls in your niche.
  • Participate in a reciprocal guest blogging scheme where you blog on someone else’s blog and that other person blogs on your blog.
  • Do a paid posting targeted to your readers.
  • Profile the competition in your niche.
  • Post linkbait.
  • Make a post about your fellow bloggers’ top posts.
  • Make a post about your most popular posts.
  • Read some sports (or other genre) magazines and incorporate some of the writing styles in your posts.
  • Write a post that pinpoints similarities and differences.
  • Write a post giving a free recommendation.
  • Write a post about something that is merely “good” but not “great”.
  • Write a post about a hack for your niche.
  • Make a post that constructively criticizes someone else’s post.
  • Run a poll and post the results of that poll.
  • Ask your loyal readers to email you links to their best resources and make a post about what you found.
  • Write only about a particular theme for a week.
  • Designate each day of the week as a theme day where you will always post about a particular topic on that day.
  • Review your blog’s (weekly, monthly, yearly) performance and post the results.
  • Write an “attack” post by setting up an argument and then shooting it down.
  • Combine some of your best posts from your archives into a new series.
  • Hold a conference via blog posts.
  • Make a “101 ideas” post. :razz:
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