Friday, October 21, 2011

Basic Internet Business Model

Many people spend hours after hours searching for the perfect internet marketing system but cannot find one. Some were drawn to the getting rich over night schemes only to realize these are all scams after parting with their money. It is very sad to hear about these stories and I can understand why they fall for these tricks. They are either in financial difficulty or hate their current jobs and wanted to quit immediately.
The hard truth is that it needs time to grow your online business, there is no perfect system and over night success formula around.
The basic internet marketing model is very simple comprising the follow components:

1 Domain
2 Hosting
3 Website
4 Autoresponder

Maybe most of you already knew. But they are essential and vital for your success.
These are tools, not your online business. It is possible that you have come across them individually and even are very well verse in one or two of them. Unfortunately nobody told you how to piece them together to form a solid business model. It is natural, because it is always easier to sell part by part than selling a complete package, so why should they tell you the truth and risk losing your business?
Since these are tools you are expected to come out with some money in order to be allowed to use them. You understand that you need money to run a business be it online or offline. Of course, you have heard a thousand times that you do not need any money to start an internet business. But it is not true, you have to spend money, although not a lot of money. Also you need to put in consistent hard work to make it a success.
You can write books on any one of the components mentioned, but you need not go to that detail, you only need to know enough of each to form a successful online business model.
I am about to do that, telling you just enough of each to get you on the right track to success. I will create a series of posts, be sure to check back often in order not to miss any of it.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What is important when designing a website

One of the most overlooked and misunderstood portions of web site designing and set up is the content. What do you actually fill the pages with, is the most common question today. Well the answer is rather simple, content and lots of it. One of the biggest problems with content these days is there is not enough original web content for your site. Why would you have an article that 500 other sites already have on theirs? This will not keep you in the race if you do not have original stuff.

As every good web site designer knows, it is the use of keyword rich content that can make or break your site. These keywords are what are considered a beacon for the page, when the keyword is typed into the viewer's browser. Not having keywords or very poor ones will not generate traffic to the site, leaving the site virtually in the dust of the competition. This is where creativity comes into play, you need to keep sharp to stay on top of the competitors and keep your site flooded with traffic. The more traffic you have the higher the page ranking. When your page ranking is high, you will have your site up around the top page or pages where most people surf.

Many people for one reason or another rarely venture past the first few pages in a search engines listings, if your site is not in high rankings chances are you are not going to be seen. There is word of mouth yet someone actually has to stumble onto the site and view it for it to be noticed. For this one reason alone, you need to have content that can generate hits. Now there are many sites where you can grab free content for your site, yet this free content rarely has any keyword rich value to it and is surely not going to make you financially stable anytime soon. You need to find the stuff that no one else has in order to be original. Having fresh content that a viewer is actually looking for and has not found everywhere else online is the key to bringing in more business.

This is not restricted to merchant based sites or affiliate sites, this goes all the way down the list of possible web site designs. Many people today write their own content with their keywords in it, to ensure that the indexing is updated regularly. If you do not have any writing skills or have no programs to ensure that the content has not been used before, this could easily be a daunting task. There are however, many sites dedicated to this very problem. You can go to a site such as Elance and employ a hired gun to do your content development. This is a site where web designers congregate, and you can simply put out ads on what you are looking for. Then a writer has the option of taking on the task of filling your site with proven content that will sell for you.