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Internet Business Education Is Mandatory

One of the most common mistakes that are made by people who have an internet marketing business is their lack of education. When you have a business online you have to constantly learn new things.

It is very important for you to educate yourself on a number of different things such as, internet marketing, advertising methods, and anything else that you find that will affect your business. A lot of people make the mistake of learning one or two things and thinking that they can build their business without having to know anything else.

When you have a business online you have to keep up with what is happening. Things change on the internet so fast, especially when it comes to internet marketing and advertising. When you don’t take the time to educate yourself you are setting yourself up to fail.

You have to be on top of what is going on online every day. You will be able to find out what is happening and changing from a number of different sources such as forums and emails. You just need to realize how important education is to the success of your business. Without education you will never be the success that you want to be. Besides educating yourself you need to remember that you don’t want to spend any time on unproductive activities that can stop you from growing your business.

UNPRODUCTIVE ACTIVITIES THAT WILL HINDER YOUR BUSINESS PROGRESS

There are so many things that you have to do every day to get your business making money. You will have enough to do on a daily basis without hindering yourself by doing something that will not help your business. Here are some of the things that you don’t want to spend a lot of time on.

•    Checking your email
You want to set aside a certain time each day to check your email. You can check it in the morning, afternoon or at night. You can even check it twice a day if you have to. When you do look at any emails that you have you want to respond to whatever you need to then set aside everything else until all of your work is done for the day. This way you will not be distracting yourself from the work that needs to be done.
•    Spending time in forums
You want to spend time in forums to learn and ask questions when you get stuck on something. You just don’t want to spend hours in there just to avoid doing your work.
•    Looking on different search engines
You may have times that you have to use search engines to find something that you need. You don’t want to spend time doing this until your days work is done unless it is absolutely necessary. Surfing the web all day will definitely hinder your progress.

These are all things that you will have to do at some point throughout your day.

You just want to make sure that you don’t let these tasks come before the necessary work that needs to be done. You want to be organized about doing the most important things first and the least important things last. Otherwise, you will end up not getting anything accomplished to help you grow your business. By doing the above tasks you can learn things that will help you with your business but you have to have your priorities straight so you can get as much done in one day as possible.

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Free Internet Marketing Education

Education is the key to any business success. You will definitely need to spend some time each day for your education. There are many ways that you can learn whatever you need to. You just want to make sure that you don’t waste your money or your time trying to further your education. You may have to buy a product such as an eBook or software to help you learn what you need. You want to make sure that you are selective about what you buy though.

There are so many things out there that will promise you that you will learn certain things so you end up buying it only to find out that it is fluff filled and didn’t teach you a thing. So make sure you take the time to find out as much as you can about any product you have to buy before you spend your money on it. Here are some ways that you can further your education to help you with your internet marketing business.

•    Forums:
This is a great way to learn that is usually free. Some forums you will have to pay a membership fee for. However, most of the time you will be able to join a forum without having to pay for it. You can go to any search engine and type in internet marketing + forums. This will give you a whole list of them that you can join. Forums are a great way for you to learn. There are many people involved that will know the information you need. You will need to search the forum to find out if the question you have has already been asked. When it has not been then you will just need to ask your question and wait for someone to answer it. When you do get involved in forums you want to make sure that you make a worthwhile contribution to any forum you are a member of. So don’t just ask questions, get involved and answer other people’s questions if you know the answer they are looking for. Forums can be a great support system for any business owner. Some great forums for you to get started with are:
o    www.warriorforum.com
(This is where a lot of successful internet marketing business owners hang out.)
o    http://internetmarketingforums.im4newbies.com
(This forum is great for anyone that is just starting their internet marketing business or for advanced internet marketers)
•    Articles:
This is a great way to learn what you need to know. There are so many article directories that you can find articles at. You can go to any search engine and type in article directories or internet marketing + article directories. These articles are all free for you to look at. There will be a lot of different articles written by different people so you may need to read more than one article in order to find the answer that you are looking for. Articles are great because they are written about something that is happening now as opposed to things that have happened in the past. Some of the more popular articles directories to help you get started are:
o    www.ezinearticles.com
(This article directory is one of the most popular ones online)
o    http://www.articledashboard.com/
(This is another popular article directory that a lot of people use)
•    Newsletters or Ezines:
You can find a newsletter or ezine that has to do with internet marketing. People who send these out will keep you informed about different things that are happening or changing. They will also give you free information that will help you learn something new that can benefit your business. You don’t want to join more than four of them or you will be so overwhelmed that you will not be able to read what is sent to you.

You now have a ton of resources for learning about Internet Marketing & Business without spending a red cent!








Grow & Target Your Online Business

Most people who start an internet marketing business don’t realize how much work it will actually take to be the success that you always hear about online. The people who have already made their success didn’t get there because they were lucky. They worked hard and advertised in a lot of different ways to achieve their success. You need to learn how to market your business online so that you can keep your business growing. This is one of the biggest mistakes that people make every day with their internet business.

When you don’t keep your advertising going so that your business can keep growing you will lose a lot of money. When you start making money you can’t just assume that you will be able to make more. You have to guarantee it. The only way to do this is to keep your business where people can find it.

It won’t always be easy to do, especially with internet marketing businesses. There is a lot of competition in internet marketing. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a successful business. All it means is that you will have to work harder and smarter to get where you want to be.

With internet marketing businesses there are a lot of ways that you can continually grow your business. One way is by advertising. The other way is by targeting your market and building a mailing list, which brings you to the next point.

TARGETING YOUR MARKET

This is not as easy as it sounds. When you hear about someone who targets the market they are in, it means that they know who their customers are and what they are looking to buy. They know this because they realize how important this is to make good money with their business.

When you want to target the internet marketing customers you will have to do some research. You don’t want to just try and guess what people want. You need to know for sure. There are some different ways that you can find out this information.

•    Do a keyword search. There are free keyword tools such as, the Google keyword tool or good keywords tool, which you can find here:

http://www.goodkeywords.com/products/gkw/.
You want to make sure that you use more than one tool because each one will give you different keywords that people search for. When you know exactly what type of internet marketing product that people are looking for you can very easily provide it for them. You may want to invest some money to get one of the paid keywords tools to help you with a more advanced search. You don’t have to because the free ones will suffice for what you are looking for. However, the paid ones will give you many more details that will make it much easier for you to do your research.

•    You will want to go to internet marketing forums to find out what people need help with or what type of product they are looking for. People go to forums all the time to find the help or products that they need for their own businesses or personal reasons. One very popular forum to check out is:
www.warriorforum.com

By doing these two things you will be able to learn what type of internet marketing product people want or the help that people need. This will then help you target a customer that you can provide for. You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to but when you take the time to find out who your customer is and what their wants or needs are you will end up making your business so much more successful. Plus when you research you will find a lot of people looking for different products. You can then expand your business to provide it for them. This is a great way to keep your business growing.








Tools For Getting Started

In order to have a smooth running internet marketing business you have to have tools to help you. There are a lot of tools that people everywhere will tell you, you have to have.

You don’t need every tool to get started. You need to start with just the most important ones and then add on to it later as you need them. When you try and do everything at once you will end up getting yourself in debt. Not to mention the confusion all of these tools will cause. You have to know what each of the tools are for and how they work. This is very important to the success of your internet marketing business.

Here are some tools that you have to have when you are first getting started with your business.

•    Domain Name:
This will be the URL where people will be able to find your website. When you choose a domain name you will want to make sure that you choose carefully. The name that you choose should have something to do with the type of business you have. So for an internet marketing business you want to choose something that will reflect this type of business.
•    Web Host Account:
This is where you will host your website. You have to have a web host account in order to have a place to put your website. There are all different hosts that you can choose from. You need to do some research to find out which one has everything you need. When you don’t know much about web hosting you can go to internet marketing forums and ask what other people are using. They will be more than happy to give you their recommendations.
•    Newsletter:
You need to have a newsletter that you provide to your customers. This will help you in a lot of ways. You will give them free valuable information that they can use for whatever it is that they are doing. You have to make sure that the information is something of value because if it is not then you will end up losing customers. When you have a newsletter you will be starting a list of names and email addresses that you can market your business to more than once. This will give you customers that are easily available to you for any marketing you want to do. You will also be able to concentrate on finding more customers to sign up to your list.
•    Auto Responder:
In order to deliver your newsletter you have to have this internet marketing tool. This will make it so much easier on you. Without this tool you would have to manually send out your newsletter to everyone that signs up. With an auto responder you will be automating your newsletter to get sent to people right after they sign up. When people sign up for your newsletter and give their name and email, this information will be sent directly to the auto responder. Then it will add the name and email, and send out their first newsletter to them. By automating this part of your business you will be freeing up your time so you can concentrate on other tasks that you have to do in order for your business to become successful.
•    Website:
This is very important to have because this is how people will find out about your business. On your website you will be able to put all of the information that you want them to see. You will also have products that they can buy from your website. Now if you don’t know how to build a website for yourself then you can hire someone to do this for you. Doing it this way can get expensive though. The other way to get your website set up is to learn to do it yourself. You can either learn HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) or you can use an editor such as Front page to help you do it. The choice is yours on how you get your website set up. You just need to realize that this is the most important tool that you will need.

These are the essential tools to starting up online.  Research your options and pick one that best fits your needs.








Internet Business Focus

When you start an internet marketing business, one of the mistakes that you will make is to let a lot of different things distract you from building your business. This happens to everyone that has a business online. The one thing that you have to do is to learn how to keep yourself focused on what you are trying to achieve. The more focused you are on your business, the faster you will make money with it, and the success you want will be yours that much faster. There are a couple of different things that you can do to help you stay focused on your business.

•    You want to set some goals. This is something that a lot of people don’t do. Believe it or not but goals are extremely helpful for helping you stay focused. You want to write down short term goals for three months and six months. You also want to write down your long term goals for one year and five years. Make sure that you are realistic with your goals. You don’t want to have a three month goal of make $100,000. That is not going to happen. So make sure that you put down goals that you know you can achieve. Once you have your goals wrote down you want to make sure that you put them in a place you can see them every day. That way when you start getting side tracked you can read them to help remind you of what you are working towards.
•    Set up a dream board or a goal board with pictures. All you need for this is a poster board or a bulletin board. You then will need some magazines or pictures of things that you want in your future as your business starts making more money. This is much like the goals that you set but different in a big way. When you can visualize what you are working towards, such as the house you have always wanted or your dream car, you won’t believe how much this can help you stay in focus. Being able to see visual pictures of what you want will make all the difference in the world. You want to put everything on this board that you want. From your dream house, car, animals, money, or anything else you want. Then you want to hang it in a place where you can see it every single day.
•    Make a list every day of what you want to accomplish, then don’t stop working until you get it all done for that day. There may be some things that will take you a couple of days to get done. That is okay as long as you put them on your list every day until they are done. By having a list you will keep yourself focused on what needs to be done to help you grow your business.
•    Set aside a certain time to work. You also need to have a place where you can work with no interruptions. Let your friends and family know what time you are going to be working. When you try and work with disruptions you will not get as much done as you should. The more time you can work the faster you will be able to grow your business.

All of these things will help to keep you focused on what you are trying to accomplish. You don’t have to do these things but you will find that they make it so much easier for you to get things done and to help you keep going towards your goals. When you are not able to keep yourself focused you will never be able to reach the success that you know you can achieve.








The Wrong Reasons For Starting An Online Business


Why you start a business is very important. Your reason for starting this business will be your primary reason for making it a success. There are more people every day who want to start their own business. The problem most times is that they don’t know what to do to start or what they want to do online for their internet business. The first thing you need to do before you choose which business you want to do is to figure out why you want to start it. Most people want to start a business in order to earn more money, to be able to fire their boss, or to stay at home and raise their kids. These are only a few of the reasons why people want a business from home. Everyone has their own reason but you have to know what this is before you start. One thing that most people don’t realize is that when you don’t have a clearly defined reason for starting a business, you are setting yourself up for failure from the start. Otherwise, what is going to keep you motivated to help you make your business a success?

WHAT TYPE OF BUSINESS SHOULD YOU START?
Most people feel lost when they get online to find a business they can do. There are so many types of businesses that you can choose from. You will need to do some research to find out which business would be right for you. There are some things that you need to consider before you choose the business for you. How are you supposed to find the business that you want?


DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE

This is very important when you are choosing your business. Most people don’t realize how much this can affect whether their business is a success or not. You need to think about what it is that you like to do such as a hobby, or you can even do something that you have always wanted to do but never got around to. The more that you like what you do the easier it will be for you to do the work that needs to be done in order to start making money with your business.

Here are some business ideas that you can start with to help you figure out what it is that you want to do.

•    Internet Marketing
This is a very popular business that a lot of people are starting. There are so many ways that you can start your business with this type of business. (This is the business that this book is going to concentrate on)
•    Ebay Store
This one is also popular because you can set up a store on eBay and sell whatever products you want. You just have to figure out where you are going to get the products to sell.
•    Affiliate Marketing
With this business you will be able to start it almost immediately. You will have to find an affiliate program to sign up with, than start selling their product.
•    Jewelry Business
With this business you can either find Jewelry to sell or you can make your own and then sell it.
•    Website Design Business
You would start a business where you would build websites for clients. You will need to have experience building websites in order to do this business.
•    Gift Basket Business
There are so many different types of gift baskets that you could decide to sell them all or just a certain type. Again you will need to find the products that you can sell for someone else or you can make your own gift baskets.
•    Article Writing Business
When you write articles or eBooks you can start a business where you write for other people. There are so many website owners out there that need to the content or the eBook but they don’t have time to write it themselves. So they are more than happy to outsource to you if you know how to write.

You now have a few ideas for starting your own business!










The Right Business For You

When people get online to start a business, some of them have a clear idea about what they want to do. Others don’t have a clue. You have to find the right business from the start. This is very important but most people don’t realize it. So why is it so important to find the right business?
You will end up jumping from business to business which means that you are wasting time that could be spent making your business a success.
More than likely you will end up getting yourself into debt. This happens to more people than you think. When you jump around to different businesses it is going to cost you something for each one. Before you know it you will have no successful business and a mountain of debt that you didn’t need.

The right business will mean that you love what you do. This will also mean that you will enjoy making your business a success. When you don’t like what you do it will be the same thing as working a job. You will end up hating it and you will eventually stop doing it.

You will end up discouraged or frustrated. This happens all the time to people who are trying to make money online. They then don’t have the motivation they need to continue with the business so they stop. By finding the right business to suit you, you will have an advantage over others because you love what you do, which means that you will have to motivation that it takes to succeed.

These are all very important reasons why you have to take the time needed to find the right business. Most people make the mistake when they are going to start a business of not thinking about these things. You don’t want to make the same mistake they do. You want to start a business that you will love and can be successful in right from the start. You will be so much happier when you know that you are doing the business that suits you best.

RESEARCH THE BUSINESS YOU WANT TO START AND HOW TO DO THAT

When you are looking for a business you need to find out as much as you can about it before you sign up for any business. This is very important to do because when you don’t you will end up disappointed in the business. You have to make sure that the business you choose has everything you need to run a business and make it successful.

Here are some things that you need to find out about any business before you start.

•    What do they pay? When do they pay? How do they pay?
•    Do they give you the marketing materials needed to get started? Will they allow you to come up with your own marketing materials?
•    Do they offer you support or are you left on your own to try and muddle your way through to success?
•    What are other people saying about the particular business you want to start? Are you hearing good things about it or bad reviews?
•    Is this business something that you will enjoy doing? Can you see yourself doing it for years?
•    Does the business offer the customer support for their customers or is this something you will have to do?

These questions are very important ones to find answers to. You have to know what the business will provide you, their customers and what they will give you help with. For anyone that is starting their own business you already have enough to think about without having to try and find your way to success without any help. The more help that you have the better chance you have to making good money with your business.









Serious Business

When you have an internet marketing business the worst thing that you can do is to treat that business as a hobby. People who treat it as a hobby will never be very successful. You have to take your internet marketing business or any business for that matter very seriously. This means that you have to work hard to make it successful. You can work whenever you want to but you will have to work at it.
 
No one can make your business successful except you. There are too many people who start a business and then treat it like they would their favorite hobby. They don’t understand why they are not getting the results that they want.

A Business has to be treated very seriously. When you have a brick and mortar business you would definitely not treat it like a hobby because you know how much it cost you to get it started. So why would you treat your internet business any different? Even if it doesn’t cost you a lot to get started you still have to think of it just like you would any other type of business. This is one big mistake that a lot of people make but don’t even realize it. So your best bet is to start out treating it like a business and continuing in that fashion. That way you will not be making the same mistake that a lot of people do.

TREATING YOUR BUSINESS LIKE A HOBBY CAN BE DAMAGING

When you have a business online you will automatically expect it to be different than a brick and mortar business. This is true in a way but it is still a business and not a hobby. You have to realize this up front because there are things that can happen to your internet business if you don’t take it seriously enough. Here are some very common things that happen when people don’t take their business seriously enough.

•    Your advertising will fall short. This means that as a hobby you will only do a small amount of advertising. When you have a business you have to continually advertise using more than one method. A business that will be successful will have to be seen by a lot of people. This is very important but if you don’t take it seriously enough then you will never do the advertising that you have to in order to be successful.
•    The money that you want to make will never materialize. In order for your business to make money you have to get it in front of as many people as you can. When they can’t find your business they won’t buy your product. This is just a fact of life. By treating your business as a hobby you will never have enough people who see your products. It takes hard work and continuous advertising to sell your products. People who don’t work their business the right way will never make the kind of money that they want.
•    You will end up quitting your business or getting very discouraged that you give up. There are so many people who never treat their business like it should be. They then don’t make enough money and can’t figure out why. They will then get so discouraged that they give up or they just quit altogether. This has happened so many times with internet businesses. Having a business online is not going to be easy but it will be very rewarding if you are willing to make it happen. You have to do whatever it takes and don’t let anything or anyone discourage you from your goals.

Remember that you need to stay focused and serious about your business and the tasks at hand.









Optional Tools For Later In Your Business

•    Blog:
This is kind of like a website only not as hard to set up. You don’t have to know HTML in order to set this up. There are a couple of different blog sites that you can use. The most popular two are blogger.com and wordpress.com. These are free to set up. There are many others that you can use if you decide not to use those two. The reason that you want a blog is that they can help you get free traffic to your website and products you are selling. With a blog you will put content or articles on there that will have keywords that have to do with internet marketing. This will help you get a better rank in the search engines. Search engines love blogs because they provide content for their readers. You don’t have to use this tool if you don’t want to but you really should if you want to start seeing results. We recommend WordPress as our blog software of choice, you can see an example of an Internet marketing blog at www.JeremyBurns.com/blog
•    Link Directory:
You need to have a directory where people can exchange links with you. This means that you will put your link on their site and they will put their link on your site. This will help you get better ranking with the search engines. The more sites that you have linking to your site the higher you will go within the search engines.
•    Internet Marketing Strategy:
This is something that you will have to have in order to make money with your business. You will need to start with a small strategy when you first start your internet marketing business. So this is something that you need when you first start and that you can add more to later when you are making more money. You need to have more than one way that you can market your business. When people can’t find your business you will never make your business a success. There are many free methods and paid methods that you can use. You want to know what your advertising budget is so that you know where you need to start. When you start with the free methods such as, articles, blogs, social bookmark sites, forums, traffic exchanges and link exchanges, among many others, you will see results but it will take more time. Using the paid methods such as, pay per click, solo ads, ezine ads, paid links on a high PR site and many others, you will definitely see results much faster. You do need to have some money to work with when you choose these methods. Whatever way you choose to go is your choice you just want to make sure that you have a strategy that allows you to advertise more than one way. That way if you find a method that is not getting you any results you can take it off your strategy list and try something else.

These are some of the tools that you will need to add to your business as your business grows. There are others that you will find along the way that you may need to add. That will depend on what type of business you have, and what you are trying to achieve with your business. You will know when you find these tools whether it would be worth your time to use or whether it would be a waste of your time and money.

You don’t want to use any tool that you don’t need because you will already have enough to do with the tools that you do need. You will also need to be concentrating on finding customers and getting your website in front of as many people as you can. You will definitely only want to use what you absolutely need when you need it, otherwise you will find yourself confused and discouraged with your business. This is not something that you will want happening because it will make it harder for you to make your business a success.








You Have To Work Your Internet Business

This is a huge mistake that so many people start their business believing. Just because your internet marketing business is online does not mean that you won’t have to work to make it a success. With any business you do whether online or not you have to be willing to work hard to get where you want your business to be. You can’t just do a little work and expect miracles because when you do that you will end up sorely disappointed.

Even if you are only willing to do a little work every day on your business, you have to at least do something. The more effort you put into your business the more money you will make, and the more successful your business will be. You have to make as much effort on your business as you can every single day. Otherwise, you will never get anywhere with it.
You have to be constantly learning about anything that affects your business, and advertising with three to five different methods at a time. You want to make sure that you don’t put all of your eggs in one basket, so to speak. The more methods you are using the more advertising success you will have. This is very important if you are going to have any kind of success. You have to learn how to work hard but also smart. This means that you need to do things that will help your business grow, and don’t let yourself be sidetracked by anything that will not help your business.

Too many people start their internet marketing business believing that they will be successful and get rich quick over night. This has happened but it is very rare. This brings you to the next mistake that a lot of people make with any business they do.

YOU WILL NOT GET RICH QUICK ONLINE

You have heard about people who get online, start their business, and then make a ton of money right away. This can happen if you are very lucky but it is not likely to happen to you at all. Too many people hear about the people that it does happen to and think WOW I can do that. You might be one of the lucky ones that it will happen to but most of you will never have it happen. So you need to be realistic about doing a business online.

You can get rich online very easily. However, you will have to work hard, be persistent, have patience, and have the attitude that no one and nothing is going to stop you from becoming successful. Most of the people who have already achieved success from their internet business, had to do the same thing to make it where they are today.
When you have an internet marketing business you will be able to make as much money as you want to but it will take you some time to do. For some people it will take months and others it may take years. You need to realize that no matter how long it takes you, you will have to work for it. There is no other way for you to have a successful business. 

When you start with a business that promises to make you rich over night or quickly, you might want to run the other way. They are usually not being honest with you. Honesty is a big thing on the internet because no one has any other way of knowing you or what your business can do for them.

You have heard the saying, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. This goes double for any business online. So before you start any business you have to realize that no matter what business you do, especially internet marketing businesses, you will have to work hard in order to be a success with it.









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